Squarepusher celebrates twenty years of experiments this year.
KORG VOLCA SET UP:
Volca Bass & Volca Beats into the sub mixer Behringer Xenyx 802
SYNTH RACK SETUP (*used on this track)
Roland Juno 60 (with Kenton MIDI PCB MK II)*
Nord Modular Rack*
Jomox Xbase 09 (special edition with Jazbase upgrade)*
all Synths run into Soundcraft Spirit M12 into Main Mixer (TL Audio Fat Track)
Send FX Spirit M12:
Line 6 Echo Pro (Tape dub Delay)
Lexicon MPX 100 (Hall/Chamber)
SEQUENCER / MIDI KEYS: (*used on this track)
Yamaha RM1x* (Master Clock, no internal sounds used)
Miditech Midistart Midi 25*
Godin LGX-SA with Pedals in the following order (*used for this track)
Barber Tone Press*
Barber Small Fry*
EHX Micro Pog*
EHX Neo Clone (in Superego FX-Loop)*
EHX Small Stone (in Superego FX-Loop*)
Colorsound Tremolo Clone (in Superego FX-Loop)*
Neutron Filter (Mutron III Clone)*
Tech 21 Blonde V2*
Dunlop Volume Pedal GCB-80*
TC Electronic SCF Chorus Stereo Out*
EHX Memory Man Deluxe Tap Delay 1100 (R)*
Ibanez ES2 Echo Shifter (L)*
Neunaber Wet Stereo Reverb (with Shimmer Update 1.0)*
Boomerang III Phrase Sampler/Looper Stereo* for live guitar loop &drone/soundscapes
into Main Mixer TL Audio Fat Track
all FX are on the Pedaltrain SC Pro
A ton of complexity going in and yet what sounds like a clean stereo out. With all the reverb and echo, it takes a lot of planning to be able to get a tight live mix; and then add into the project a very helpful and artful video production. Five stars.
My muso colleague Dr. Bill weighed in at the end of January with his best of 2013 jazz choices. His list names a top ten. There is one point of overlap between our different estimations, Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom date, No Morphine No Lillies.
Yet, I too enjoy almost everything I also heard that is on his larger list. Our tastes are very similar.
Local educator and jazz pianist, composer, bandleader, David Ake appears at the top of his list. Last year he became the head of the music department at Case Western Reserve University and put out a fine small ensemble date, Bridges. I like the record immensely.
Dr. Bill has been broadcasting on CWRU’s WRUW 91.1 for decades. Walking Dr. Bills’ Rhythm and Blues Survey starts at 10pm on Aunday, and his jazz hour, Bird Calls follows at 11pm. He is truly an expert, advocate, and reviewer and scholar.
For me, Bill was also, along with Harvey Pekar, one of my key musical mentors. I first met back when I worked in a Cleveland Heights record store, Budget Records and Tapes, in the winter of 1971. He insisted I check out Howlin’ Wolf–and I did so–and he then carried the blues flames to me. (Harvey covered the jazz fire.) We both became crazed jazz heads over the next many years and we both worked in music retail and were broadcasters, Bill here in Cleveland, and me in Middlebury, Vermont.
I was pleased as punch that we took up our friendship when I returned in 1992. We get together and have what we call sessions–something muso tend to do!
Diane Birch singing her originalValentino from her 2009 debut Bible Belt.
Being a sucker for 60-70’s revivalism in, as I guess it makes sense to say, ‘younger voices and hands,’
Ms. Birch made mad progress between her plucky moves to LA and NY, the release of a 2009 debut stocked with nothing but original songs, and the session with Daryl Hall and his great house band. Myself being an old timer, she reminded me (in 2010) sonically of the squaring of Carly Simon and Phoebe Snow, and feel-wise of classic-period Elton John (1970 would be the marker year.) Plus, she writes terrific songs, putting her in the league of fellow revivalist and Daryl’s House alum Grace Potter and popster Feist.
Her new record (iTunes) is terrific and is also daring in its ambitious attempt to successfully capture the ambience of the 70s/80s historical turn of hippie pop, urban soul, and classic FM rock into the wall-of-sound pop music–think Tears For Fears and Prince–that did not itself largely manage to survive all the way past the upwelling of punk and disco.
What music were you listening to for inspiration while making Speak A Little Louder?
DB: I was listening to everything from Siouxsie & The Banshees, Depeche Mode to Peter Gabriel and Tears For Fears and ’80s David Bowie — that whole Nile Rodgers era. A lot of the same references I had for Bible Belt — sort of the adult contemporary music of the ’70s and ’80s, I’m a total sucker for! I love Phil Collins and I love Annie Lennox. It ends up sounding probably a little more genre-specific because my songwriting style is pretty influenced by the classic style of songwriting from those eras. I’m just not that influenced by Top 40 radio songwriting right now. You know, I hear it. I get it. But I just do what I do and I gravitate to the things that I like. (full interview)
To help me deal with the fact that John Paul White and Joy Williams, The Civil Wars, aren’t speaking with each other, I lean on one of the top most of my “second position” favorite bands.
The Civil Wars are my favorite pop group of the moment right now, ever since shortly after their record Barton Hollow was released. It is true there are tens of favored artists in the second spot, but The Civil Wars take the pride of place.
They play, to me, mountain soul music. The intensity of their melancholia and the spike of their all-tangled-up erotic power is fit without any cotton candy margins at all. Two great voices, acoustic guitar and three chords. And, you have to throw away assumptions about how they pull it off when you discover both are married to other people.
A new record is due after Joy Williams and John Paul White navigated some bumps in the road. Thank you very much.
bonus: Live at Amoeba
…new collaboration between L.A. sound collagist Julia Holter and loop-loving experimental artist Jib Kidder. Holter wrote the song, titled “My Baby”, using material from Jib Kidder’s song “Ringtone Cowboy” (off his forthcoming record Steal Guitars). She calls it a “remix” on Twitter. via Pitchfork
“You’re only here for a minute.”
via Soundcheck WNYC
Playing on Thursday at Apollo Theater (253 W 125th St, Harlem)
Get: Tickets (start at $55)
The Brooklyn-born jazz piano great Randy Weston has been making music for more than five decades. Early on in his career in the 1960s, the composer and bandleader began mixing elements of African music with his jazz. Weston spent nearly a decade living and traveling around the African continent, including to Morocco, to trace the connections between jazz and African music.
On Thursday night, Randy Weston and his African Rhythms Quintet perform at the Apollo Theater as part of the star-studded Jazz Foundation of America benefit “A Great Night In Harlem.” Download the NEA Jazz Master’s Latin-tinged tune “Fly Hi” from his recent album, The Storyteller.
Here are 105 of my favorite recordings from 2011. I put in the time, so, maybe, you don’t have to. This tip of the iceberg, revealed here, stands atop a mountainous amount of satisfying music. Unlike last year, the recap is all in one place, and from my perspective I note lots of interesting juxtapositions. It was terrific year for archival digging and reconstitution. The Beach Boys Smile Sessions may stand on top, but the scorching sessions from Miles Davis (1967) and Jimmy Hendrix (1968) mark out other staggering musical moments from the sixties.
Matana Roberts struck me as a likely leading light of the improv year after hearing her two superb records the first time. She made it first across the finish line of my highest estimations with her sturdy and sophisticated updating of Great Black Music; i.e. the so-called Chicago avant-garde. The last ten years in Jazz have turned about the arrival of a brilliant wave of youngish players. This year Matana Roberts, Peter Evans, and Colin Stetson, scratched my radar screen. Meanwhile in 2012 Phil Woods turns 81 and Stan Tracey turns 86. Abdullah Ibrahim turns 78. Hopefully each has another brilliant record or two or more in ’em.
Hidden gems in my listing here include Dengue Fever’s Cannibal Courtship, a rollicking, syncretic world beat bounce-around; Ablaye Ndiaye Thiossane, who at 76 came back with a record of Senegalese rhumbas; and another comeback item from Plaid, Scintilli. Maria Minerva’s Sacred and Profane Love helped fill the gap for an Ariel Pink-less year. The Belle Brigade’s backward-looking west coast pop rock won me over, edging out Old Californo and The Dawes for pride of place in the department of guilty pleasures. Ndidi Onukwulu’s The Escape proves we in fact do need an ebony Cat Power.
Bjork’s Bibliophilia earns special mention because in its “app” form for mobile devices she pulled the cover off of one engrossing prototype for the future modalities for pop music. Finally, Glen Campbell’s Ghost On the Canvas is likely his last record, and may well be his best too. It was without a doubt the most courageous record of the year.
TWELVE MUSIC ESSENTIALS – 2011
|1.||The Beach Boys – The Smile Sessions|
|2.||Matana Roberts – Coin Coin, Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres|
|3.||Miles Davis – Live in Europe 1967- The Bootleg Series V.1|
|4.||Bon Iver – Bon Iver|
|5.||Fleet Foxes- Helplessness Blues|
|6.||Bombino – Agadez|
|7.||Dengue Fever – Cannibal Courtship|
|8.||Stan Tracey – Soundcheck|
|9.||Bjork – Biophilia|
|10.||Ellen Fullman – Through Glass Panes|
|11.||Charles Bradley – No Time for Dreaming|
|12.||Ebo Taylor – Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1973-1980|
JAZZ – PROGRESSIONS
|1.||(a) Matana Roberts – Coin Coin, Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres(b) Matana Roberts – Live in London|
|2.||Satoko Fujii Min-Yoh Ensemble – Watershed|
|3.||Peter Evans Quintet – Ghosts|
|4.||Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol.2- Judges|
|5.||Craig Taborn – Avenging Angel|
|6.||David S. Ware – Planetary Unknown|
|7.||Wadada Leo Smith’s Organic – Heart’s Reflections|
|8,||Irene Schweizer – Chicago Piano Solo|
|9.||Joe McPhee & Chris Corsano – Under a Double Moon|
|10.||William Parker & The Element Choir – At Christ Church Deer Park|
|11.||Bill Dixon – Envoi|
JAZZ – TRADITIONS
|1.||Stan Tracey – Soundcheck|
|2.||Keith Jarrett – Rio|
|3.||Phil Woods & Bill Mays – Woods & Mays|
|4.||Charles Lloyd & Maria Farantouri – Athens Concert|
|5.||Eric Reed – The Dancing Monk|
|6.||Erena Terakubo – New York Attitude|
|7.||Joe Lovano – Us Five – Bird Songs|
|8.||Captain Black Big Band – Captain Black Big Band|
|9.||Jack DeJohnette – Group Live at Yoshi’s|
|10.||Lee Konitz, Brad Mehldau – Live at Birdland|
JAZZ – HISTORY
|1.||Miles Davis – Live in Europe 1967- The Bootleg Series V.1|
|2.||Weather Report – Live In Berlin 1975|
|3.||George Russell – Things New – Unissued Concerts 1960 & 1964|
|4.||Weather Report – Live in Offenbach 1977|
|5.||Miles Davis – Bitches Brew Live|
|1.||Dengue Fever – Cannibal Courtship|
|2.||Omara Portuondo & Chucho Valde – Omara & Chucho|
|3.||Hossam Ramzy – Rock the Tabla|
|4.||Adanowsky – Amador|
|5.||Carlo De Rosa’s Cross-Fade – Brain Dance|
|6.||Kiran Ahluwalia – Aam Zameen Common-Ground|
|7.||Omar Souleyman – Haflat Gharbia_ The Western Concerts|
|8.||Stephen Marley – Revelation Pt. 1 The Root Of Life|
|9.||Aurelio Martinez – Laru Beya|
|10.||Nana Vasconcelos – Sinfonia & Batuques|
|1.||Bombino – Agadez
Ablaye Ndiaye Thiossane – Thiossane
|2.||Mamadou Diabate – Courage|
|3.||Tinariwen – Tassili|
|4.||Vusi Mahlasela – Say Africa|
|5.||Cheikh Lo – Jamm|
|6.||Dawda Jobarteh – Northern Light Gambian Night|
|7.||Fatoumata Diawara – Fatou|
|8.||Tamikrest – Toumastin|
|9.||Seun Kuti And The Egypt 80 – From Africa With Fury Rise|
|10.||Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya – Sotho Blue|
AFRICA – REISSUES
|1.||Ebo Taylor – Life Stories (Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1973-1980)|
|2.||El Rego – El Rego|
|3.||va – Bambara Mystic Soul- The Raw Sound of Burkina Faso|
|4.||Orchestre Poly-Rythmo – Cotonou Club|
|5.||Remi Kabaka – Black Goddess – The Soundtrack from Ola Balogun’s film|
EXPERIMENTAL – SLOW
|1.||Ellen Fullman – Through Glass Panes|
|2.||Mark McGuire – Get Lost|
|3.||Thisquietarmy – Vessels|
|4.||Barn Owl – Shadowland|
|5.||Hallock Hill – The Union|
|6.||Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place|
|7.||Le Revelateur – Fictions|
|8.||Killimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble – From The Stairwell|
|9.||Bill Orcutt – How the Thing Sings|
|10.||Aidan Baker With Kevin Micka – Green Figures|
EXPERIMENTAL – BEATS
|1.||Bjork – Biophilia|
|2.||Tim Hecker – Ravedeath|
|3.||Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica|
|4.||Banquet of the Spirits – Caym. The Book Of Angels V. 17|
|5.||Plaid – Scintilli|
|6.||Nicholas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise|
|7.||Gorillaz – The Singles Collection|
|8.||Gold Panda – DJ-Kicks|
|9.||various – The Remix According To Nightmares On Wax|
|10.||various – Ninja Tune XX Rarities|
POP – FOLK
|1.||Fleet Foxes- Helplessness Blues|
|2.||The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow|
|3.||Bill Callahan – Apocalypse|
|4.||Ry Cooder – Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down|
|5.||Eilen Jewell – Queen of the Minor Key|
|6.||The Black Lillies – 100 Miles of Wreckage|
|7.||Liz Green – O, Devotion!|
|8.||Austin Lucas – A New Home in the Old World|
|9.||Buddy Miller – The Majestic Silver Strings|
|10.||Gillian Welch – The Harrow and the Harvest|
POP – OLD TIMERS
|1.||The Beach Boys – The Smile Sessions|
|2.||Tom Waits – Bad As Me|
|3.||Cowboy Junkies – Demons – The Nomad Series, Volume 2|
|4.||Glen Campbell – Ghost On The Canvas|
|5.||Garland Jefferys – The King of In Between|
|6.||Bobby Charles – Bobby Charles|
|7.||Dave Alvin – Eleven Eleven|
|8.||The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Winterland|
|9.||Lindsey Buckingham – Songs From the Small Machine|
|10.||Ray Davies – See My Friends|
POP & ROCK
|1.||Bon Iver – Bon Iver|
|2.||Feist – Metals|
|3.||The Belle Brigade – The Belle Brigade|
|4.||Wild Flag – Wild Flag|
|5.||Glossary – Long Live All Of Us|
|6.||tUnE-yArDs – Who Kill|
|7.||Old Californio – Sundrunk Angels|
|8.||Maria Minerva – Sacred and Profane Love|
|9.||TV On the Radio – Nine TYpes of Light|
|10.||Wilco – The Whole Love|
SOUL & BLUES
|1.||Charles Bradley – No Time for Dreaming|
|2.||Steve Cropper – Dedicated, A Salute to the Five Royales|
|3.||Eric Bibb with Staffan Astner – Troubadour Live|
|4.||Mayer Hawthorne – Impressions|
|5.||Meshell Ndegeocello – Weather|
|6.||Ndidi Onukwulu – The Escape|
|7.||Tracy Nelson – Victim Of The Blues|
|8.||Lucky Peterson – Every Second A Fool Is Born|
|9.||Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – Soul Time! vol. 1|
|10.||Five Blind Boys of Alabama – Take the High Road|
ROCK – HISTORY
|1.||REM – Part Lies Part Heart Part Truth Part Garbage 1982-2011|
|2.||The Brian Jonestown Massacre – The Singles Collection 1992-2011|
|3.||Lou Reed – Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal|
|4.||Mekons – Ancient & Modern 1911-2011|
|5.||The Rolling Stones – Some Girls|
1 Glenn Jones – Menotomy River Blues 1:30
2 Barn Owl – Midnight Tide 5:16
3 Ellen Fullman – Flowers 9:56
4 Erik Wollo – Silent Currents 2, Part 6 3:15
5 Julia Holter – The Falling Age 9:14
6 Tim Hecker – Sketch 3 1:20
7 Trouble Books & Mark McGuire – Life in a Peaceful New World 4:47
8 Aidan Baker & Kevin Micka – Figures 14:42
9 A Produce & Loren Nerell – String Theory 3:54
10 Nauseef, Mori, Parker, Laswell – Majuu 3:33
11 thisquietarmy – The Pacific Theater 11:58
Imagine what a very long slow sweep of a wide brush laden with several shades of paint looks like. This mix captures a sweep of slow music, a favorite genre known–otherwise–by different labels. Yet, as you have the opportunity to hear in this bringing together of some of my favorite brush strokes from recordings of the last year or so, it all could be termed sound painting too.
1 Kaysha | Bien plus fort que les mots 4:03
2 Tiê | Já É Tarde 2:45
3 Aurelio | Bisien Nu 3:35
4 Malika Zarra | Leela 4:24
5 Anelis | Bola com os amigos 4:47
6 Hindi Zahra | The Man I Love (Unplugged) 3:19
7 Banco de Gaia | Farewell Ferengistan 6:13
8 Chico Barque | Nina 3:07
9 Hamilton de Holanda & Andre Mehmari | Bebê 1:34
10 Menahan Street Band | Make the Road by Walking 2:59
11 Seu Jorge & Almaz | Cristina (Vou Ver Cristina) 3:09
12 Boban i Marko Markovi Orchestra | Caravan 3:18
13 Dengue Fever | Family Business 3:38
14 Arat Kilo (f. Rokia Traoré) | Get A Chew 6:39
15 Jadid Ensemble | Llamar 3:43
16 Karsh Kale | Man On Fire 4:41
17 Sussan Deyhim | Fire Within 6:07
18 Hazmat Modine & Kronos Quartet | Dead Crow 3:45
‘thrilling songs recap’ part one, World music. Lots to dance to here!
Bonus, Iness Mezel.
320kbs mp3 iTunes/IPod ready Rapidshare
…kind of a housekeeping note. This year I am much more prepared to assess and feature my favorite recordings of the year. The principle change is, like similarly indulgent net musos, I’ve set the end point for the year in music to be the end of November. This outs my own efforts more than a month ahead of where such efforts usually are at.
Short of providing the year-end wrap up, I’m also going to present a series of Dub Collision podcasts/mixes that throw together individual tracks I’ve been struck by; sort of a teaser you can download and enjoy.
The Staves; debut due next year; free tastes arrived already
If you had asked, me say about five years ago, whether or not the hippie folk rock of my youth would ever burst through into a completely contemporary iteration, I would have cynically reminded you music culturistas have sustained their reaction against so-called hippie music for twenty-five years.
This reaction has been going on so long that we can nowadays find it remarkable (for example) that Wilco or The Jayhawks, folk rock exponents in the second wave, have managed to ply their trade on the margins of guilded respectability for over 20 years. Face it: only with guilded respectability is the listener relieved of being accused of favoring (at least) mildly uncool, bourgeois, regressive musical artistry.
Then, amazingly, the reaction dissipated without issuing even an audible gasp. Alternately, and more likely, I haven’t been paying anywhere near enough attention. Yes, I was rather struck by the debut of The Fleet Foxes.
Upshot is I get it–it’s the new golden age. I’m now tracking its antecedents beyond the lucky accidents, (such as Or, The Whale, Last Town Chorus,) I’ve gathered up over the years.