Bill MacKay and Ryley Walker: “Lonesome Traveler”

 

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).

 

 

 

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Upper Wilds – “UFO”

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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 soloing and guitar switching back and forth between the roles of doubler and foil. Guitar Module 2017 is a versatile and compelling piece of work, likely to be appealing to hard rock and indie fans alike.

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/6F5h9uoEF73bokNa92OFST

Upper Wilds tour dates:
Oct. 7 – New York City, NY – Alphaville w/ E
Nov. 9 – Baltimore, MD – EMP Collective
Nov. 10 – Cleveland, OH – Survival Kit
Nov. 11 – Chicago, IL – Situations w/ RLYR

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Lee Ranaldo – Moroccan Mountains (Video)

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Lee Ranaldo Photo: Fred Riedel

 

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.

 

Nicholas Deyoe on Populist (Preview)

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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 New Feature Articles

Two articles I wrote over the summer are finally out.

New York Polyphony article in EMA

My interview with New York Polyphony has been published in the latest issue of Early Music America. 

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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).

 

Liza Lim: “How Forests Think” (Video)

 

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On August 14th at Merkin Concert Hall, International Contemporary Ensemble will give the U.S. Premiere of Liza Lim’s How Forests Think as part of a Mostly Mozart Festival concert featuring music by female composers. The program also includes a US premiere of Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Aequilibria and Earth Ears by the recently departed Pauline Oliveros. All three composers are favorites of mine – great programming ICE!

(7:30 PM start time; tickets here)

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