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Because the accordion is intrinsic to zydeco, Andre Michot of the Broussard Louisiana’s Lost Bayou Ramblers doesn’t pick up his lap steel enough for my tastes. But when he does. . . sweet.
Louis Michot – Fiddle & Vocals
Andre Michot – Accordion & Lapsteel
Cavan Carruth – Guitar & Vocals
Eric Heigle – Drums
Korey Richey – Bass
The Gilded Palace of Sin isn’t strictly a country rock record. But when Parsons chose to mix the country with whatever else, he did it so well that it drew the ire of the Nashville establishment who felt that Parson’s music was a stain on the wholesomeness of pure country music. A sort of hippie invasion, if you will. Looking back, it’s funny to think about. Not only Nashville’s revulsion at Parson as an unsavory character—because there were no unsavory characters in country music—but also because country rock and country pop now dominate a large section of the consumer music market. That sort of genre blending, the country aesthetic mixed with dance beats or rock riffs, is a flower off the tree of Parson’s Cosmic American Music. Although I’m not so sure he would be happy with the dumb-downed legacy that is the current state of country music. American it is. Cosmic it is not.
Counterbalance No. 153: Flying Burrito Brothers’ ‘The Gilded Palace of Sin’ by Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger
The Guilded Palace of Sin remains for me, after forty-six years, one of my favorite pop records of all time, certainly in the top five.
I put the following compact disc in my car player and listened to it twice.
The hook for me, once again, was Sneaky Pete Kleinow’s pedal steel magic. His playing reinforces my own sense that The Burrito Brothers were a psychedelic country band, with Sneaky’s shapeshifting steel fronting the lead guitar aesthetic with its leaps between swirly chorus-effect and bandsaw fuzz.
Plus, marvels of lip-synch and stand-up pedal steel.
Sneaky Pete also anchored The Flying Burrito Brothers on tour.
Calgary, August 1970
There are some fine audio-only concerts from 1970 on youtube.
Seattle Pop Festival – July 27, 1969
December 6, 1970 – Lyceum Ballroom – London, England
Surely, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals will put out a studio record this year.
In the meantime, I discovered the musical bookend to current favorites, Wussy, a band named Alcoa.
Wussy Official Video!
. . .some slow music today.
The visual is hypnotic whereas the music supplies a non-hypnotic soundtrack to the visual stream.
This is the Home Version of Steely Dan’s PBS “In The Spotlight” Special, with additional documentary footage and a few new edits.
2011 Tour (audience)
Steely Dan – Do It Again / Reelin’ in the Years – Live on NBC, 1973 (Remastered)
Steely Dan – Live at The Record Plant, Los Angeles (KMET – Live) (03/20/1974)
The Making of AJA
Brian Eno & Karl Hyde – High Life at Warp Records
Brian Eno wins Giga-Hertz Award for contribution to electronic music
Producer and musician takes home €10,000 for his lifetime of ‘musical transgression’ at prestigious ceremony
Those were the days. I thought they would never end, and they haven’t ended. Nowadays, I use MIDI over wi-fi to enable me to control software synthesizers such as Absynth and Alchemy with touch-based controllers, such as the wonderful Gestrument and TC-Data.
Aktuala – syncretic acoustic world music ensemble from Italy, from the early seventies; . . .at times somewhat in the vein of Oregon, but much more trance focused
via Vers du Silence Blog (‘A’ list music exploratorium)
In which I learn that Robert and I have a lot of roots in common. This isn’t surprising, yet it is a pleasing and resonant confirmation of a sonic ethos I apparently share to a degree with Mr. Rich. He’s been an inspirational force in my musical outlook for over twenty four years.
His new record is Perpetual.
The promise of synthesis was to produce any instrument sound you can imagine. However, if you’ve ever tried to play a convincing guitar, sax, violin, clarinet or cello solo on a MIDI keyboard, you’ve found it to sound static and lifeless because keyboards can’t do much more than turn sounds on and off at different volumes. LinnStrument takes a new approach, capturing each finger’s subtle movements in three dimensions for simultaneous fine control of note expression, pitch and timbre. With this level of expressive control, the promise of synthesis is finally a reality.
Anthony Braxton 12 +1 Composition 355 – Internazionale di Musica Biennaole Musica, 2012
Here’s a selection of some of the best Abdullah Ibrahim youtube videos. If you’re reading this, I hope you take 60 minutes of your valuable time to give a listen to the artistry of Dr. Ibrahim. For people who happen to be especially sensitive to, and receptive of, the sound the human spirit makes when it is channeling extrapolations of the eternal mysterious formulas, remember the insight of Inayat Khan,
There is nothing in this world which does not speak. Every thing and every being is continually calling out its nature, its character, its secret; the more the inner sense is open, the more capable it becomes of hearing the voice of all things. What we call music in our everyday language is only a miniature, which our intelligence has grasped from that music or harmony of the whole universe which is working behind everything, and which is the source and origin of nature. It is because of this that the wise of all ages have considered music to be a sacred art. For in music the seer can see the picture of the whole universe; and the wise can interpret the secret and the nature of the working of the whole universe in the realm of music. (Inayat Khan)
Torino Jazz Festival 2013
28 April 2013
Jazz Piano Festival, Kalisz, Poland
December 9, 1984
Abdullah Ibrahim (piano)
Carlos Ward (alto sax, flute)
Full concert set featuring Ekaya, from 2011
*horrifying ad to skip over at beginning*
1968 NDR-Hamburg (G), Abdullah Ibrahim (p) John Tchicai, Gato Barbieri (reeds) Barre Phillips (b) Makaya Ntshoko (d): Jabolani (= “Joy”) (poster) I guess there is no other known earlier TV-clip from Abdullah Ibrahim than this 1968 clip and wonder why it isn´t already uploaded. Same to be said about the following clips of general interest from Michael Naura´s German Jazz-TV series in the early 1980s.
bonus: half of African Piano, Sackville
h/t Robert Wyatt and Stuff Blog – terrific, visit and bookmark, please.