Saturday, October 28, 2017



October 21, 2017
Finnegans Wake Chapter 2 - James Joyce - Neal Kosály-Meyer, with Karen Eisenbrey, percussion, and Jim Knodle, lights
Gallery 1412, Seattle

When the lights are out inside where we are, the lights from back stage leak through the cracks in the wall into the darkness where we are.


October 22, 2017
A Galliardes Gygge - William Byrd - Elizabeth Farr [from My Ladye Nevells Booke]

Concerned with distinctions: common and elite. How close to the surface the common is, how sophisticated is the ornament. All dressed up for court.

Die Kunst der Fuge, Contrapunctus XVII, Rectus and Inversus - J. S. Bach - Lionel Rogg

Bach designs his material so that it does what he wants it to do. The Inversus almost pulls off the Satie trick of having no difference from the Rectus that makes any difference, it is clearly the same piece in every particular that matters. Heaven and earth, up and down, near to each other past touching.

The King of the Zulus - Louis Armstrong's Hot Five [from Hot Fives and Sevens]

Solo impersonations, complete with shticks-aplenty. It can so easily be heard as exactly a blackface act, and they know it, but it is their shoe in the door.

Talking Columbia - Woody Guthrie [from Columbia River Collection]

Musical journalism, he even tries to stay on topic, but he has a knack for wandering off before you realize where he has led you.

Elegy in Memory of Serge Koussevitsky - Howard Hanson - Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz

Fugal, but rolling in heaves and billows, smoothly in billows and heaves. No non sequiturs here. Edges are beveled soft as a lakeside morning. Hints of Wagner and Ravel, Tunes murmur among the voices, veering toward Hollywood grandiosity.

O Sons and Daughters - Williams - Lake Washington Singers, Betty Eisenbrey [from Spring Concert 1961]

Ripped from an LP, from back in the day when you could press just a few for memory's sake.

Good Thing (Remix) - Paul Revere and the Raiders [from The Legend of Paul Revere]

On the fine line between sincere and creepy, in the end it's so blatantly pornographic I am amazed it was allowed on the radio.

Mercedes Benz - Janis Joplin [from Pearl]

Her entire body goes into the foundation of her sound. A cackle to start. She near-rhymes 'poor', 'tired', and 'Lord'.

Silly Love Songs - Wings [a Rescued Record]

The happy version of the opening from Pink Floyd's Money.

a cheery world cartoon
body smoothed out of voice entire
by intent and engineering

classy songwriting though

Hamburger Lady - Throbbing Gristle [from The Best of Throbbing Gristle]

A dial twiddling virtuouso
undulating a bit like ol' heaves and billows himself.
See above.

October 24, 2017
Banned Rehearsal 66 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Neal Kosály-Meyer [March 1986]

We may have started to see Banned Rehearsal 100 in the lights by then.

a furnace hum some
tappings around and some
tapings around ocarina
jingly scrapes

we drag the room and pick up noises as we go
The Boospook Pumpkin
oc or other flute
again cassettes were our effect set
stacked literally and loopilly

dragging the past off the seafloor
sounds of its mechanisms
spring doors clopping shut

the immediate is a surface upon which the past is etched
cut phonographically
we are the vinyl

paperformants (neal's)
as long as it takes
an ur gent mess age from the odd IO re cord industry
Neal names our first brace of kittens


after a political announcement
we stop out to birds
and wind roar train
for the west leaves
in 20 minutes better hurry


Song Three - Infamous Menagerie

Gets that world weary sneery ugly that PIL aimed at but missed.

In Session at the Tintinabulary

October 20, 2017
Construction - Karen Eisenbrey

While at work, Karen recorded several minutes of hammering from across the street.

October 23, 2017
Banned Rehearsal 945 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Steve Kennedy, Aaron Keyt

Only 55 to go before number 1000. We'll probably get there before 2020 if we keep going.

October 27, 2017
The Boospook Story - Karen Eisenbrey

Shortly after we were married (31 years ago this month) Karen made a piece of brilliance, a picture book titled "The Boospook Story". She reads it here,  with preambleous conversation among Isaac, Karen, and Keith Eisenbrey.
The Boospook Stump

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