July 31, 2016

Playlist Week of 2016-07-30

* Steve Reich: Tehillim (ECM LP)
* Miles Davis: The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions (d.1,4) (Columbia/Legacy 4CD)
* Charles Mingus: Tijuana Moods (d.1) (Bluebird 2CD)
* Wayne Shorter: Atlantis (Columbia LP)
* Dorothy Ashby: Afro-Harping (Cadet/Verve CD)
* Tony Scott: Music For Zen Meditation & Other Joys (Verve LP)
* Anthony Braxton: 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011 (selections) (Firehouse 12 Blu-Ray)
* Gruppo d’Improvvosazione Nuova Consonanza (EMI/Superior Viaduct LP)
* The Group: The Feed-Back (RCA/Schema LP/CD)
* Edward Vesala: Satu (ECM LP)
* Mary Halvorson: Meltframe (Firehouse 12 LP)
* Tomas Fujiwara & The Hookup: Actionspeak (482 Music CD)
* Tomas Fujiwara & The Hookup: The Air Is Different (482 Music CD)
* Gianmarco Liguori: Penta Beat (Sarang Bang 7”)
* Gianmarco Liguori: Duga-3 (Sarang Bang LP) (†)
* Neneh Cherry: Blank Project (Smalltown Supersound 2LP)
* Roxy Music: Avalon (Virgin HDCD)
* Richard Pinhas & John Livengood: Cyborg Sally (Souffle Continuu 2LP)
* Stomu Yamashta’s Go: Live From Paris (Island 2LP)
* This Heat: This Heat (Piano/Modern Classics LP)
* Steve Roach: On This Planet (Fathom CD)
* Opeth: My Arms, Your Hearse (Candlelight CD)
* Opeth: Still Life (Peaceville CD/DVD)
* Sleep: The Clarity (Praise Iommi 12”)
* Earth: Primitive And Deadly (Southern Lord 2LP)
* Sunn O))) & Boris: Altar (Southern Lord 3LP)
* Vhol: Deeper Than Sky (Profound Lore LP)
* White Hills: Heads On Fire (Thrill Jockey LP)
* The Sword: Warp Riders (Kemado LP)
* Minsk: The Ritual Fires of Abandonment (Relapse/Gilead Media 2LP)
* Windhand: Windhand (Forcefield LP)
* True Widow: Circumambulation (Relapse LP)
* Alabama Shakes: Sound & Color (ATO 2LP)



I learn about a lot of interesting music in the YouTube Vinyl Community -- more than I can possibly keep up with! 

But one record really stood out recently, with its beautiful, hand silkscreened jacket and described by a trusted VC-er as "Heldon meets Miles Davis in New Zealand" (or something like that). 

Intrigued, I checked out Gianmarco Liguori's Duga-3 over on Bandcamp and ordered a copy. I enjoyed the immediate (lossless) download while waiting for the LP, which arrived astonishingly fast from the other side of the world. 

Released in a limited edition of 200 vinyl copies back in 2011, I am frankly amazed this didn't sell out long ago; it is simply one of the best records I've heard in a long time. Yes, I hear Heldon and electric Miles -- but also some contemporary classical moves and a very up-to-date approach to technology which makes it all hard to classify. In fact, I hear something new every time I put it on. Seriously, go check it out.

I hope the VC buys them all up. Worth every penny, in my opinion -- even with international shipping costs being what they are.

Anyway, you can listen to me yammer while it plays in the background on my latest video. Even more amazing, Mr. Liguori included a seven-inch from 2007 and a handwritten postcard in the package and we have corresponded a bit via email since posting this video. Dig it!

July 25, 2016

Playlist Week of 2016-07-23

* Berio: String Quartets (Arditti) (Montage/Naïve CD)
* Berio: Voci (Kashkashian/Radio Symph. Wien/Davies) (ECM CD)
* Les McCann: Fish This Week (Blue Note 2LP)
* Mtume: Alkebu-Lan: Land of the Blacks (Strata East 2LP)
* Joseph Jarman & Famoudou Don Moye: Egwu-Anwu (Sun Song) (India Navigation 2LP)
* Jaco Pastorius: Jaco (Improvising Artists LP)
* Manu Katché: Playground (ECM CD)
* Dennis Gonzalez: Stars/Air/Stripes (Daagnim LP)
* The Blue Series Continuum: GoodandEvil Sessions (Thirsty Ear CD)
* The Blue Series Continuum: The Sorcerer Sessions (Thirsty Ear CD)
* J. Spaceman & Matthew Shipp: SpaceShipp (Treader CD)
* Howard Roberts: Antelope Freeway (ABC/Impulse! LP)
* Annette Peacock: I’m The One (RCA/Future Days LP)
* Neneh Cherry & The Thing: The Cherry Thing (Smalltown Supersound LP)
* The Last Poets: OH My People (Celluloid LP)
* Flying Lotus: You’re Dead! (Warp 2LP)
* Marcos Valle: Previsao Do Tempo (Oedeon/Light In The Attic LP)
* Azimüth: Azimüth (Som Livre/Far Out LP)
* Amazing Blondel: Fantasia Lindum (Island LP)
* Amazing Blondel: Mulgrave Street (DJM LP)
* Harmonia: Documents 1975 (Groenland LP)
* Harald Grosskopf: Synthesist (Sky/Bureau B LP)
* Duran Duran: Rio (Capitol LP)
* Mick Karn: Titles (Virgin LP)
* Guided By Voices: Please Be Honest (GBV, Inc. LP)
* Robert Pollard: Of Course You Are (Fire LP)
* Ricked Wicky: Swimmer To A Liquid Armchair (GBV, Inc. LP)
* Sunn O))): Oracle (Southern Lord LP)
* Atriarch: Forever The End (Seventh Rule LP)
* Deafheaven: Demo (Sargent House EP)
* Inter Arma: Paradise Gallows (Relapse 2LP)
* Wild Nothing: Life of Pause (Captured Tracks LP)



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July 17, 2016

Playlist Week of 2016-07-16

* J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos (Academy of Ancient Music/Manze) (Harmonia Mundi SACD)
* J.S. Bach: Sonatas for Flute & Harpsichord (Beaucoudray/Christie) (Harmonia Mundi CD)
* Eddie Henderson: Realization/Inside Out (Capricorn/Soul Brother CD)
* Eddie Henderson: Sunburst (Blue Note LP)
* William Parker Violin Trio: Scrapbook (Thirsty Ear CD)
* Arcana: The Last Wave (DIW CD)
* Arcana: Arc of the Testimony (Axiom CD)
* Mat Maneri: Pentagon (Thirsty Ear CD)
* Mary Halvorson Septet: Illusionary Sea (Firehouse 12 CD)
* Tom Rainey Trio: Hotel Grief (Intakt CD)
* Tom Rainey Trio: Cornelia St. Café, NYC 2016-07-01 (AUD WAV)
* Franco Micalizzi: I Due Volti Della Paura (Pegaso/Sonar LP)
* Jack Bruce: A Question Of Time (Epic LP)
* Bill Bruford: The Bruford Tapes (Polydor LP)
* Tom Verlaine: Dreamtime (Warner Bros. LP)
* Pigbag: Dr. Heckle And Mr. Jive (Y/Rough Trade LP)
* Robert Rich: Medicine Box (Soundscape Productions CD)
* The Mars Volta: Octahedron (Warner Bros./Rodriguez Lopez 2LP)
* Kawabata Makoto: White Summer of Love Dreamer (Blackest Rainbow LP)
* Boris: Pink (Deluxe Edition) (Sargent House 3LP) (†)
* Boris: Attention Please (Sargent House LP) †
* Pig Destroyer: Mass & Volume (Relapse 12”)
* Moths & Locusts: Mission Collapse in the Twin Sun Megaverse (NoiseAgonyMayhem LP)
* Dragged Into Sunlight: Hatred For Mankind (Prosthetic CD)
* Black Cilice: Mysteries (Iron Bonehead LP)
* THAL: Glitter (Voodoo Chamber CD)



Here are my last two Vinyl Community videos, if you're interested. I'm very excited about the Black Metal VCLT I received from my friend in London (pictured). Enjoy!

July 9, 2016

Playlist Week of 2016-07-09

* Vivaldi: Cello Sonatas (ter Linden/Mortensen) (Brilliant Classics 2CD)
* Andrew Hill: Grass Roots (Blue Note CD)
* Anthony Braxton Quartet: [Quartet (Sao Paulo) 2014] (SESC 2CD)
* Evan Parker & Matthew Wright: Trance Map (Psi CD)
* Eberhard Weber: The Colours of Chloe (ECM LP)
* Mark Isham: Vapor Drawings (Windham Hill LP)
* Jeff Parker: The New Breed (International Anthem LP)
* Rodger Coleman: Real Gone (NuVoid Jazz/BandCamp WAV)
* Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: Heeltop Home Studio, December 2015 (selections) (WAV)
* Frank Zappa: Lumpy Gravy (Verve LP)
* John Renbourn: The Nine Maidens (Transatlantic LP)
* Amazing Blondel: Fantasia Lindum (Island LP)
* Jade Warrior: Kites (Island LP)
* This Heat: This Heat (Rough Trade/Modern Classics LP)
* This Heat: Deceit (Rough Trade/Modern Classics LP)
* Opeth: Deliverance (Music For Nations/KOCH 2LP)
* Boris: Pink (Deluxe Edition) (Sargent House 3LP)
* Boris: Attention Please (Sargent House LP)
* The Sword: High Country (Razor & Tie 2LP)
* Windhand: Grief’s Infernal Flower (Relapse 2LP)
* Inter Arma: The Cavern (Relapse LP)
* Inter Arma: Paradise Gallows (Relapse 2LP)
* Usnea: Random Cosmic Violence (Relapse 2-45RPM LP)
* Myrkur: M (Relapse LP)
* Charles Rumback & Ryley Walker: Cannots (Dead Oceans LP)



Ever since I got the Moog Sub 37 (and assembled the Moogerfoogers to build a semi-modular "Moogertron"), I have been recording a ton of music in my home studio. It is in the nature of analog synthesizers that patches are ephemeral and almost impossible to re-create after the fact, so I've pretty much been recording everything.

I've gathered some of this music into my first solo album, Real Gone, now available digitally at BandCamp. These are all live, electronic improvisations incorporating the Moog along with guitar, piano and MIDI synthesizers in various combinations and sequenced as a three-sided LP. I hope you enjoy the journey!