Dead Bars, not Counterpunch.
Showbox at the Market, Seattle,
October 11, 2018
October 11, 2018
The Showbox at the Market, Seattle
Our long-time favorites Dead Bars opened at the Showbox.
Let me say that again.
Dead Bars opened at the Showbox! Woo Hoo!
We have watched and listened to this fine little band rise from their beginnings as a one-off pick-up band thrown together to play a few songs before Your Mother Should Know came on at the Comet back in 2013 - a great show that also included two of my other local favorite outfits: Rob McDonald's Canals of Venice and Emma Danner's Red Ribbon. It was our anniversary, so Karen and I were delighted to be there as they spread their wings on the ample Showbox stage. They even played Regular, which is one of Neal's songs!
Counterpunch hails from Chicago, The Bombpops, who were down one regular member to attend her sister's wedding and for whom their producer filled in, if I got the story straight, were from San Diego, and Strung Out has apparently been doing their thing since 1989. This is not the first time we have been to a show because the opener was somebody we knew, and in which I had never heard of the headliner.
October 8, 2018
Concerto in F BWV 1047 - J. S. Bach - New London Consort, Philip Pickett
subdued trumpet touched to balance flute and strings
outsized no more
each part given its full color and articulation
not a reduced orchestra, but a chamber ensemble of only the players absolutely necessary to cover the parts
Quartet in E minor Op. 59 #2 - Beethoven - Alban Berg Quartett
do not approach directly
it will struggle to break free
a vacancy in its middle
third movement gets stuck in tuneland (which paid the bill) and has to work mightily to sneak out the back corridor
here be the cheerful hero youth to finally grasp the prize
if only there were any end to braggadociations
October 9, 2018
was setting it in far off Seville just enough distance to pass the censors?
Answer after some research, sort of, but not really. Beaumarchais had spent some time at the Spanish court. What a crazy life he led! What other 18th Century watchmaker's name springs so easily to mind?
Stockyard Strut - Freddie Keppard [from Alan Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]
before imitators imitated celebrities they clowned types and critters
anything to get a laugh
the act made more money if there was music
so the band learned to imitate the imitators imitating clown types and critters
everything is a show
Howl (for Carl Solomon) - Allen Ginsberg [from Holy Soul Jelly Roll]
would prefer to read without hip static
post holocaustic flagellation
tunes his pitch to the room of words
the vast stone of war
forget your underwear
Twenty-Four Tonal Preludes: 9 through 12 - Greg Short - Keith Eisenbrey [June 2009]
I like my playing on these, deliciously reckless
Greg's piano writing is brilliantly orchestrated
Busoni-ish in expanse
each impact keystroke chord struck
slips so perfectly into the granular swing
dropped from above
such clear thinking!
Intermezzo - Aaron Keyt - Keith Eisenbrey, Aaron Keyt
A story teller tells a tale with tune bits
edges between segments are given room to breathe
by spreading them oddly among the two pianos
(even with the shuffled order of the ultrafamiliar we give it a long line lyricality)
in the form of a dialog
between two pianos
October 12, 2018
Papa Legba - Talking Head [from True Stories]
adds interest by adding sounds rather than by re-arrangement
gets stuck when there are no more to add that make a difference
Banned Rehearsal 272 - John E, Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Aaron Keyt [October 1991]
Aaron provides music lesson for young
and old beat drum beat drum gibberishpoems
"free space for causeless bliss"
persistent drumming drum must be tapped at all times wolves dontcha know wolves say what
do I hear slinky back there?
we howl at the leaves
missivate to the stars
pa pa hay dn's
dead and gone
but his mem ree ling ers on
in the grave his bo dee rots
these are rhymes
we teach our tots
that was a subtle use of rhyme there pal
nonsense rhymes for the outré 90s dad
absurdist radio play
best cadenza ever