"Permission to entertain alternative experiences is neither granted nor denied."
J. K. Randall "Concerning Birds by JKR and AM:" - Open Space Magazine Issue 11 Fall 2009
November 5, 2016
strangely joyless, as though playing for their own heads
How can you not have fun if you wear a cat mask?
The Sun Giants
Has all the parts of a standard 4-piece, drums, bass, lead and rhythm guitars w/vocals. But here it's all about the bass and her wicked quick fingers.
November 5, 2016
Variations for Piano op. 27 - Webern - Charles Rosen
It stands right up to your eyeballs, studying your every blink.
Melancholy Baby - Earl Hines [from Alan Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]
Something about the sforzando pokes into new registers that comes across as distinctly Webernian. Well yes, see above. By the end he's got that tune dancing quickstep backwards across the tables in 8-inch heels.
'Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do - George Lewis and The Original Zenith Brass Band [from Alan Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]
Here's the shot: a circular bar, the camera aimed inward on an extracircumferential track whipping around, projected several frames per second too fast, multiple bartenders mixing drinks rapid fire, all the while juggling flaming swords.
November 6, 2016
The Rake's Progress Act I - Stravinsky - Orchestra of St. Luke's, Robert Craft, Jayne West, Jon Garrison, Arthur Woodley, John Cheek, Shirley Love, Wendy White, Melvin Lowery, Jeffrey Johnson, Gregg Smith Singers
Each ointment has its particular fly in't. Technicolor sound and stage apparatus plainly in view. It almost wears a neon sign: Caution! Ironic Remove At Work!
November 8, 2016
I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent - Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers [collected from Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]
Rides happily through the clumsy engineering on stupid charm alone. I love the variations played on where exactly in the measure "No I'm not a juvenile" enters. All those "no no no no no no no's" were oddly timely.
Stand By Me - Ben E. King [collected from Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]
As was this. But: Triangle! Sandblock!
Adieu - Karlheinz Stockhausen - London Sinfonietta
I still remember Benjamin Boretz's comment about this: "when he runs out of ideas he lets Krenek write a measure" (paraphrase from a conversation in about 1983) - both funny and dead on as to how the affective disjuncture feels going down.
Evil Woman - The Electric Light Orchestra [Rescued Record]
Since the hook is pretty much all one can hear clearly as words, the song comes across as, effectively, a pure expression of misogyny. Yes I can look up the lyrics (I did), and yes it falls in a long tradition of vindictive breakup songs from all skews of gender and orientation, but really, the only thing that gets through is the bald brainwashing repetition: "Evil Woman Evil Woman Evil Woman . . ." Sorry guys, it's just icky.
The Montreux Berlin Concerts Cuts 5 and 6 - Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Dave Holland, Barry Altschul
Partly a celebration of flights of improvisatory fancy, partly an indulgence of collective intricacy - precisely executed fugal scribbling.
Indiscipline - King Crimson [from Discipline]
A music reporting back on the reaction of its perpetrator. "I like it! I wish you were here to see it!"
Live To Tell - Madonna - [collected from Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]
I was amused to discover that I could sing along with her in her own register - and my upper range isn't all that high.
Breed - Nirvana [from Nevermind]
Love the way KC's vocals imitate the guitar's downstrokes in a kind of record stuck record stuck power play. Stravinskian, perhaps.
In Session at the Tintinabulary
November 7, 2016
Gradus 302 - Neal Kosály-Meyer