Monday, November 13, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-11-12

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The Henry Threadgill sweep continues, this week with a large chunk of early Sextet records, all of which are brilliant... in many ways, these early LPs on the About Time label are my favorite Threadgill recordings (especially Subject to Change)... they share a lot sonically and organizationally with the early David Murray Octet records (which Threadgill played on)... Finally checked out the new remix of the Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl album... I guess it's an improvement... at least the crowd sounds are reduced somewhat... and of course it's great to have "You Can't Do That" as a bonus track!... so: why not just release all of the 1964 and 1965 Hollywood Bowl recordings, instead of just recreating an album that George Martin didn't care much for putting together in the first place?

Playlist 2017-11-13:

*Air: 80° Below 82'
*Daniel Barbiero/Cristiano Bocci: Non-Places
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium J (disc 2)
*Roscoe Mitchell Trio: Angel City
*RAIC: 2017-10-14 Etching Tin Recording Studio, RVA "Balance of the Three" (wav)
*Henry Threadgill Sextet: When Was That?
*Henry Threadgill Sextett: 1982-06-29 Kool Jazz Festival, NYC (CDR)
*Henry Threadgill Sextet: Just the Facts and Pass the Bucket
*Henry Threadgill Sextet: Subject to Change
*Iannis Xenakis: Orchestral Works & Chamber Music
*Amon Duul II: Yeti
*Les Baxter: Ports of Pleasure
*Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl (2016 remix)
*Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings (disc 10)
*Russ Garcia: Fantasica: Music from Outer Space
*Hotel X: 2017-10-18 WRIR Studios, RVA (mp3)
*Steve Miller/Lol Coxhill: "The Story So Far​.​.​." ".​.​.​Oh Really?" (disc 1)
*Various artists: Space Age Cocktail Lounge (disc 1)

Reading List, Week of 2017-11-12

Reading List 2017-11-13:

*Willingham, Bill, et al. Fables: The Deluxe Edition Book Thirteen (started)
*Jowett, John. "Shakespeare and the Kingdom of Error," in The New Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, Critical Reference Edition, Vol. 1 (started/finished)
*Rasula, Jed. "The Media of Memory: The Seductive Menace of Records in Jazz History," in Jazz Among the Discourses, ed. Krin Gabbard (started/finished)
*Willingham, Bill, et al. Fables: The Deluxe Edition Book Eleven (reread/started/finished)
*Willingham, Bill, et al. Fables: The Deluxe Edition Book Twelve (reread/started/finished)
*Mullan, John. What Matters in Jane Austen? (finished)
*Willingham, Bill, et al. Fables: The Deluxe Edition Book Nine (reread/finished)
*Willingham, Bill, et al. Fables: The Deluxe Edition Book Ten (reread/finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Le Carré, John. The Night Manager (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-11-05


Saddened to hear of Muhal Richard Abram's death... a major inspirational figure for me, both in his playing and composing, and in his stature as a leader and mentor for so, so many musicians, of the AACM and beyond... check out Brian Olewnick's piece on him written last year... Olewnick says: "I doggedly followed along for a good while, however, I think up until "One Line, Two Views" (New World, 1995) at which point I gave up. So I may well have missed some fine music subsequently." Yes, Brian, you did... besides the several live recordings of Muhal trios with Roscoe Mitchell and George Lewis (plus the album Streaming), there were many other recordings of note from the last twenty years: Spectrum, Made in Chicago, Vision Towards Essence, the 2016 Milan quintet date, and the incredible Experimental Band live recording from 2012... after I finish my Threadgill sweep, I'll definitely need to go through all my Muhal recordings... I've been enjoying exploring various Krautrock groups over the past few years... on one hand, I regret not being exposed to the music of Can, FaustAmon Düül II, Faust, Neu, etc. when it first came out... on the other hand, I probably wasn't ready for it then... I definitely wasn't ready for Sun Ra when I was younger... I'm still learning...

Playlist 2017-11-06

*Air: Air Mail
*Tim Berne's Snakeoil: Incidentals
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium J (disc 1)
*Paul Chambers: Go...
*Pete Christlieb/Warne Marsh Quintet: Apogee
*Barry Guy New Orchestra & Elliott Sharp: 2009-11-06 Berlin (CDR)
*Barry Guy New Orchestra: Amphi • Radio Rondo
*Noah Howard: The Black Ark
*Roscoe Mitchell: Bells for the South Side (disc 1)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-10-23 "Value-Added Air" (wav)
*Tom Rainey Trio: 2017-09-09 Jazz Gallery, NYC (wav) (disc 1)
*Tyshawn Sorey: Verisimilitude
*James Blood Ulmer with The Thing: Baby Talk
*Nate Wooley: Battle Pieces 2
*Iannis Xenakis: Terretektorh/Nomos Gamma
*Amon Düül II: The UA Years 1969-1974
*Animal Collective: Painting With
*Becker and Fagen: Early Demos and More (1969-81)
*Big Walnuts Yonder: Big Walnuts Yonder
*Tommy Bolin & Friends: Live at Ebbets Field June 3 & 4, 1974
*Deerhoof: Mountain Moves
*Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings (disc 9)
*ESP Ohio: Starting Point Of The Royal Cyclopean

Reading List, Week of 2017-11-05

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Getting caught up....

Reading List 2017-11-06:

*Le Carré, John. The Night Manager (started)
*Willingham, Bill, et al.  Fables: The Deluxe Edition Book Nine (reread/started)
*Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death (started/finished)
*Vaughan, Brian K., and Fiona Staples. Saga, Volume 6 (started/finished)
*Shakespeare, William. The New Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works (introductory matter only) (finished)
*Vaughan, Brian K., and Fiona Staples. Saga, Volume 5 (finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Mullan, John. What Matters in Jane Austen? (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Experience of Reading


The experience of reading is always the experience of language, even though many readers don’t stop often enough to acknowledge this. We read artfully arranged words that in works of literature create “meaning” only relative to their arrangement, which is not the arrangement to be found in newspaper columns or political speeches. A critic should be sensitive to the particular kind of arrangement—which includes the arrangement into “form”—found in a particular work. Even leaping ahead to “story” or “setting” distorts our actual experience of the work unless we also notice the way the writer has used language to create the illusion of story and the illusion of setting. (Daniel Green, "An interview with literary critic Daniel Green about his new book, Beyond the Blurb" by Edwin Turner, 2016)