Saturday, June 3, 2017



May 28, 2017
We're Almost Down To The Shore - Jimmie Strothers [from Goodbye Babylon]

tune your banjo
to the thrum of the head

tune your voice
to the beeline precision of the string

that is to say, if you want to sing in tune, this is the gold standard

Flo Flo - Sam Donahue [from Alan Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]

what have we with which to speak?
music is our ticket to public consciousness

When I'm In My Tea - Jo Jo Adams [from Alan Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]

among ourselves our own late night comic songs reasserting the creative imperitive

Dinah Washington
I'm A Fool to Want You - Dinah Washington [from Alan Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]

gives PL a run for her money as sexiest voice ever

It Ain't Necessarily So - Peggy Lee [from Black Coffee]

the words themselves wouldn't strike one immediately as torch song material, delivery is everything.

Little Sister - Elvis Presley [collected for Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]

in our history with recorded music rock and roll is simply among the first that capitalized on the hugely increased horsepower available from amplification 

May 29, 2017
I Want You - Bob Dylan [from Blonde on Blonde]

never had a problem with the 'fact' that he doesn't sing in tune - always figured he hit every note he aimed at - gestural intonation

Crossroads - Don McLean [from American Pie]

a patina of heartfelt worldweary depth - one assumes (probably in error) that there is sense to be made of it

Diamond Dogs - David Bowie [from Changes One]

pushes the studio effects on the vocals to the point of being kind of a mess
far from my favorite DB

AKU - midi with reverb - Keith Eisenbrey

the notion of tempo relies on pulse
the notion of expanse relies on itself

my fling with larger than life
certainly brash certainly complete

I'm Gonna Move Right In - The Velvet Underground [from Another View]

game for guitars jamming in turns

Banned Rehearsal 246 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Aaron Keyt [February 1991]

orchestral violin frenetic flute kalimba far away [are counterpoints a form of criticism?]

N once posited of BR that we don't know what we're doing, that is, we are doing don't knowing, knowing in doing don't knowing, knowingly we do don't knowing

[mic'd a certain way, sul ponticello makes a pretty good imitation of old-time radio static :: what stations can we pick up on the sul pont?]

If anyone cares, this recording was made on a mid 70's Sanyo cassette tape player (still works). The mics were two Realistik PZMs taped to the wall (they still work too) no school like the old school


I'm Not Waiting - Sleater-Kinney [from Call The Doctor]

love the angles at which the verse and chorus and bridge snag each other

May 30,2017
Banned Rehearsal 609 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Anna K, Isabel K, Aaron Keyt, Neal Kosály-Meyer [June 2001]

barnacles and shore birds crab hiphopbeatbox on the radio waves :: we find our way out of Kammersymphonieland :: that is a gull or several

4 Midi Pieces - Elaine Barkin [from Open Space 21]

coy little pitch bends
playing the part, in a stage drama, of music
a diversely situated spirit
a gnarly timefeel

Figure Study 7 - Keith Eisenbrey

between waiting for possibilities to evaporate and leaving space for others to attack, caught in a strobeflash frozen into time

Pietracatella  - Denise Glover [from Pathways]

love how the tempo discovers itself established

May 31, 2017
Der Kunst der Fuge Contracpunctus X - J. S. Bach - Lionel Rogg

a platformer in more dimensions than are strictly possible

String Quartet in D minor, opus 76 #2 Hob.III:76- Haydn - Amadeus Quartet

to be sub-titled 'the overtly contrapuntal'

No Foolin' Around
June 1, 2017
High Fever - Freddie Kreppard, Cookie's Ginger Snaps [from Alan Lowe's Really The Blues]

synchronized tonguing

Bandit Cole Younger- Edward L. Crain [from Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music]

cautionary tale
voice from the grave
news clip op ed
how fare the outlaw
in this outland?

O Lord I'm Your Child - Elder Otis Jones [from Goodbye Babylon]

preaching as a collaborative endeavor whipping up to singing

Benny's Bugle - Lester Young [from Alan Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]

more o' that fine tonguing together

Ecuador - Stan Kenton [from Alan Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]

ladies and gentlemen, we now give you dynamic deep focus

Deliverance Will Come - Johnson Family Singers [from Goodbye Babylon]

tight homophony square as square is square pulled back at ends of verse
no solo voice (one voice out of many)

Gee Baby (Ain't I Good to You) - Peggy Lee [from Black Coffee]

vibe and bass solos are killer

Midnight Ride - Paul Revere and The Raiders

self promotion and novelty song all at once, and a seed for Bill & Ted

Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again - Bob Dylan [from Blonde on Blonde]

hyper singsong delivery opens up compositional space [see above gestural intonation]

Empty Chairs - Don McLean [from American Pie]
Rick Wright

another one that would have been better off without the strings & other claptrap, but not much better

Rebel Rebel - David Bowie [from Changes One]

different readings of the same character, actorly

Sheep - Pink Floyd [from a collection of great dance songs]

lots of room for light show and Rick on the keys. (Karen liked the picture of Gilmour so much I thought I'd give her some more eye candy.)

In Session at The Tintinabulary
May 29, 2017
Gradus 312 - Neal Kosály-Meyer

hillside contours
that one is off like an alien space saucer into disappearance
the waited silence resonance of the holy
last scent of sunset before evening reeks into night

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