Saturday, August 5, 2017



August 4, 2017
Klondike Kate
Mud On My Bra
Juicy Thompson and the Snuggle Regime
Porn Bloopers
Café Racer, Seattle

Anyone is there for their own reason. Not the sort of evening that could possibly be composed though there was composition in super-abundance need I only mention the fine sequence of tempi rung by each group like a Haydn oratorio nor the sort of evening that could possibly be planned though there was plenty of planning and plotting and wheeling and dealing in gigs here and there and of course the whole business plan of the venue to stock and staff the bar and kitchen clear the tables turn the sprinkler on just outside the door [¿] how friendly is that [?] the music of the table chatter and dance of the crowded flirting every bit as engaging as and did I mention how much fun the bands were having just being an event or some to which anyone might gather for their own reason what I mean is this sort of evening as an event in itself must simply arise there it is. Gives me faith in music it does.


July 29, 2017

Crucifixion - Arizona Dranes [from Goodbye Babylon]

Within the conventional figurational schema: attention to details, to the balance of registers, to clean articulation.

Concentratin' On You - Connie Boswell [from Alan Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]

Room for a dance number in the instrumental choruses.

Boogie Woogie - Count Basie [from The First Records He Ever Made]

The staccato hits are echoed in the staccato run in the piano. A vocal ornament: quick wide quasi-appoggiatura (3rds and 4ths, I think, rather than steps), it is playfully placed within the meter.

Bebop in Pastel - Bebop Boys [from Alan Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]

A relaxed tempo groove with hints of Count Basie's staccato hits lick, melodically juiced.

Panama - Kid Thomas and his Algerian Stompers [from Alan Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]

The notes within the different chords don't talk to each other across the bars in the way they might in classical tonal works. I'd like to think they do, but that we're not hit over the head with it, but I suspect that's wrong too, and listening that way is simply an error.

Hat posing with Peggy Lee
There's a Small Hotel - Peggy Lee [from Black Coffee]

In terms of musicianship (the alternation of 3 feel and 4 feel) she tends to be a bit of a show-off. If you got it flaunt it.

There's No Other (Like My Baby) - The Crystals [collected from Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]

I can't help but wonder if the engineering of these was done with car radios in mind. Was the point of selling songs to the radio station simply the selling of radios? Quite a nice song though.

4th Time Around - Bob Dylan [from Blonde on Blonde]

Deflecting sense, words become a matrix of they mean what you want them to mean.

San Tropez - Pink Floyd [from Meddle]

It might be trying to be a Paul McCartney song, in the Honey Pie mode.

Dreamboat Annie - Heart [from Greatest Hits]

Being not quite a fast dance and not quite a slow dance, it requires negotiation, like gender.

Untitled Track 1 - Empire Brass Quintet [from American Brass Band Journal Revisited]

Karen brought this album into the family in the form of a trackless cassette.

July 30, 2017

Banned Sectional 21 KEE NWM - Keith Eisenbrey and Neal Kosály-Meyer [February 1986]

We must have planned to start together, Neal and I. (d)(e)-volves into a couple of sudden songs (that being what we were doing at the time) including a version of Ain't No Easy Woman with a verse I don't remember.

running amok - Infamous Menagerie

as if recorded from inside a can in the next bar over. luscious!

August 1, 2017

Banned Rehearsal 426 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Anna K, Aaron Keyt, Neal Kosály-Meyer [June 1996]

Close surgery, radio beepings are the monitors, one by one they go off revealing at last the flutter beat of a bird's heart. Universal time. At the tone the time will be.

Foundation - Keith Eisenbrey

A midi rendition of my organ prelude based on the hymn tune FOUNDATION. Throbbing and twisted.

Banned Rehearsal 696 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Neal Kosály-Meyer [February 2006]

I introduce the players, and then thunder introduces itself. Rain on roof gentle, as though attempting to make the least sound possible and still be what we do.

August 2, 2017

Here In My Bed - Rachel Harrington [from Celilo Falls]

Not goodbye not hello just the fact of changing. Her vowels thin themselves unexpectedly, drawing you in closer by finesse.

Autoheterophony: Kum Ba Yah - Keith Eisenbrey

Making a new time of a pile of times.

Die Kunst der Fuge Contrapunctus XIII - J. S. Bach - Zoltan Kocsis

Awkward, the voices cooperate under mutual protest.

August 3, 2017

Mildred Bailey
Harmoniemesse - Haydn - English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, Joanne Lunn, Sara Mingardo, Topi Lehtipuu, Brindley Sherratt, Angharad Gruffydd Jones, Andrew Busher

In which Haydn demonstrates the necessary care to be given to composing each measure. A continually shifting array of forces, the sort of thing that might have made Elliott Carter just give up.

My Soul Is A Witness - Arizona Dranes [from Alan Lowe's Really The Blues]

Voice honed like a knife blade.

Georgia On My Mind - Mildred Bailey [from Alan Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]

I need a word that combines the notions of portamento and diphthong and a fiddler's touch.

Evenin' - Count Basie [from The First Records He Ever Made]

The beat and the meter meet at a slant. Don't stand still or you'll slide right off the edge of it.

In Session at the Tintinabulary

July 31, 2017
Banned Rehearsal 940 - Pete Comley, Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Neal Kosály-Meyer

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