The second collaboration from alt-folk guitarists Bill Mackay & Ryley Walker, SpiderBeetleBee, will be released on October 20th via Drag City. A lovely video below of railway travel in eras past accompanies their song “Lonesome Traveler.” Another track streams, as well as ordering instructions (you will want those), via their Bandcamp page (below). Continue reading “Bill MacKay and Ryley Walker: “Lonesome Traveler””
Last week, Thrill Jockey recording artist Dan Friel released Guitar Module 2017, an album by his new trio Upper Wilds. Guitars rife with distortion and layered vocals populate the LP’s propulsive songs. “UFO” is the album’s second single. It encapsulates the Upper Wilds’s approach to music-making, with the vocals interspersed with copious amounts of instrumental soloingContinue reading “Upper Wilds – “UFO””
Contemporary soul singer Charles Bradley has died at the age of 68. The cause was cancer. He will be remembered as the finest shouter in blues, funk, and soul circles since James Brown.
Bruce Brubaker Le Poisson Rouge September 17, 2017 Sequenza 21 By Christian Carey NEW YORK – Pianist Bruce Brubaker has long been known as one of the best interpreters of Downtown contemporary music around. His is a versatile catalogue of recordings, including excellent CDs of works by John Adams, John Cage, Alvin Curran, WilliamContinue reading “Bruce Brubaker at LPR”
It has been seven years since The Clientele’s last recording, The Minotaur EP. On Friday, via Merge, the group releases the LP Music for the Age of Miracles. As the lead off track “Everything You See Tonight is Different from Itself” (video below) demonstrates, they return with undiminished creativity and, in this turbulent time,Continue reading “The Clientele’s New Recording Out Friday”
Best known for his work with Sonic Youth, in recent years Lee Ranaldo has carved out an interesting solo career. “Moroccan Mountains” is the lead off track from Electric Trim, his first LP for Mute (out 9/15/17). Check out the evocative, seven-and-a-half minute long video that accompanies the song below.
Energies, by Pauline Anna Strom, is out 11/10/2017 via RVNG Intnl.
This October (the 20th to be precise) one of the releases I’m most looking forward to is Nicholas Deyoe’s for Duane (Populist). His second album on the imprint, if features five new, typically audacious, chamber pieces. Check out some streamed selections via the Bandcamp link below. Deyoe also appears on Ashley Walters’ October Populist release, Sweet Anxiety (video below).
Two articles I wrote over the summer are finally out. My interview with New York Polyphony has been published in the latest issue of Early Music America. An article on mentorship in music, which includes interviews with Fred Hersch, his student James Shipp, and James’s student Ian Burroughs, has been published in Carnegie Hall’s 125th Anniversary Magazine, Beyond the Stage (read here).