|Shalom, friends. We continue to be devastated
by the loss of our friend, Thomas Chapin. He touched many people here in
NYC,as well as around the world, with his uplifting music & positive
energy. There will be a memorial service for Thomas in NYC in March, perhaps
on the 10th, his birthday. We will keep you posted. In lieu of flowers,
Thomas' wife Terri asks that you make contributions to Thomas Chapin Memorial
fund at the Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. ,61810 or the Leukemia Society
of America. There will be a tribute gig at the Knit on March 1st @ 9pm
w/ John Zorn, Ned Rothenberg, Marty Ehrlich, Mario Pavone & guests.
We love you Thomas, forever & always.
NEW RELEASES NEW RELEASES NEW RELEASES
RECOMMENDED GIGS RECOMMENDED GIGS RECOMMENDED
1.JOHN ZORN/MASADA-9/Tet (DIW 933)
Rejoice! Another colossal offering from the greatest jazz quartet of this
decade! Ancient to the future, the long & difficult journey of the
Jews continues, with Masada painting the pathway. This is a perfect quartet,
each member a giant in their own right, but it is Zorn's music that brings
them together in a rich diversity of spirits. Another gem, one more to
go. At $16., this is still the best price anywhere.
2. JOHN ZORN-Filmworks VIII 1997 (Tzadik
7318) Incredibly lovely & immensely evocative. Actually, the first
45minutes feature chamber Masada pieces exquisitely played by the Masada
String Trio with Marc Ribot, Anthony Coleman & Min Xiao-Fen (pipa virtuoso).
The final 20 minutes feature an excellent percussion duo of Cyro Baptista
& Kenny Wollesen. A perfect gift for your parents or sweetheart. Another
great cover designed by Ikue. $14.
3.PAINKILLER-The Complete Studio Recordings
(Tzadik 7317) One of the scariest post-punk power trios to ever blast our
brains right out of our skulls! Featuring Bill Laswell on mutant monster
throb electro bass, John Zorn on sandblasting alto sax & vocal mutilation
and Mick Harris on brain frying death metal/speedcore drum fury. This set
consists of everything they put out except the "Rituals" live cd., but
does include yet another live gig from Osaka & twisted artwork as well.
Laswell's massive production includes dense dub & ambient remixes.
Not for the squeamish. A 4cd set for $40.
4.MILFORD GRAVES-Grand Unification
(Tzadik 7030) Free jazz drum legend from the 60's onwards, Milford records
so rarely. He is a professor at Bennington for over 20 years, a herbalist
& a healer. This is a solo percussion masterwork- ritualistic chanting,
percussive thunder, a walking history of the drums. Welcome back! $14.
5.BUCKETHEAD & BRAIN:PIECES-I need
5 minutes alone (Avant 054) A warped power duo of Buckethead on molten
metal, speed demon & totally shredding guitar & el. bass, with
Brain (Praxis & Primus) on monster drums. Buckethead is a cartoon super
hero who can play faster & heavier than most mortals can comprehend.
6.EasSide PERCUSSION-ESP (Avant 073)
Superb modern percussion trio, featuring Jim Pugliese, Christine Bard (both
played for Zorn & Shrek) and Michael Evans. Utilizing dozens of odd
percussive instruments, household objects, acoustic & electric &
even a theremin. From dense landscapes like Xenakis, to funk, rock &
noise!! An excellent excursion. Often dense, dark & mysterious. $18.
7.ELLIOTT SHARP/ORCHESTRA CARBON-Rheo-Umbra
(Zoar 17) Featuring the Carbon quintet & Soldier String Quartet, plus
2 bass clarinetists & the return of the slab, an E. Sharp invented
string instrument. Dense, dark, bizarre textures & difficult music.
Are you ready?!? Limited edition of 300, signed & numbered by Elliott.
8.KRAMER-Songs from the Pink Death
(Shimmy/KFW 502) The master of psychedelic production, 60's style is back
with a vengenance. After a couple of years of real life soap opera &
courtroom drama, Kramer comes up with another gem of cosmic layered guitars,
fuzz bass, mellotron & everchanging vocal characters. Complete with
a Beatles cover & samples and Ziggy Stardust influence. A triumphant
return to form. Why more bands don't utilize Kramer's magical production,
remains a mystery to me. $13.
9.DEREK BAILEY & EUGENE CHADBOURNE-
(Rectangle L) 10"ep. For the last few years, my old buddy Eugene has been
on a roll. Less comedy & politics, more legendary free-jazz guitar
prowess. Both gigs & releases are getting better. His duo tour/cd with
Paul Lovens, reunion gig with Zorn, and his Insect & Western free/bluegrass
unit all show him to be the master he really is. This duo w/ Bailey is
another fine release. Commencing with mostly acoustic guitars, there is
a nice balance of free & playful episodes, with Eugene occasionally
breaking into a line or two of vocals. There are excursions of free-form
guitar freak-outs, as well. Funny speech by Derek closes this ep. Good
vinyl & simple b & w cover. $12. for French import.
10.FRED FRITH & NOEL AKCHOTE-Reel
(Rectangle K) 10" ep. Noel Akchote is new name to me, but not for long.
This is his label & they now have out 4 records of outstanding improv.
Noel is a fine out guitarist in his own right, a great match of wits for
Frith & Derek Bailey. Fred is the master of guitar as noise-making
device. A variety of approaches to wacky string manipulation, volume pedal
grace, much mutant & alien like sounds. Live, May '96. $12. for 10"
11.DEREK BAILEY & NOEL AKCHOTE-Close
to the Kitchen (Rectangle F) 12'' lp. Studio recordings. Serious improv,
both guitarists constantly on target! From quiet acoustic sounds to double
burning squeal/scree/skronk explosions. Noel seems younger, with his Beefheart
& more post-punk sounds. Strong stuff, a must for Bailey fans. $12.
also for 48 minute full length french import lp.
12.TELECTU/CHRIS CUTLER/JAC BERROCAL-s/t
(Fabrica De Sons 001) Telectu are a weird electronic duo from Spain that
have collaborated with LaMonte Young & Elliott Sharp. Chris Cutler
is master percussionist from Henry Cow, Art Bears, News from Babel... Jac
Berrocal is a legendary French avant trumpeter who has played with Catalogue
80, Gilbert Artman & the (NY) Sirens. Together, this unit provides
an amazing journey through ever-evolving electronic landscapes. Intricate,
selective, swirling sounds with some tortured guitar thrown in. 3 long
live pieces on an import cd for $17.
13.THE FONDA/STEVENS GROUP- "Live from
Brugge" (De Werf 010) More great music by these local unsung giants! Herb
Robertson on trumpets & Mark Whitecage on alto sax, both monster players!
Michael J. Stevens on piano, Joe Fonda on bass & Harvey Sorgen on drums
(from Hot Tuna) are a great rhythm team as well. Blue Note like swing,
Mingus like swagger, not to be ignored, but cherished. $14.
14.MICHAEL JEFREY STEVENS & MARK WHITECAGE-Short
Stories (Red Toucan 9312) Outstanding duo of piano & alto/soprano sax
& alto clarinet. Often beautiful little stories, two masters weaving
streams of histories...Whitecage is a continual wonder with his great Dolphyesque
bent tone on alto sax. Stevens also sizzles & explores the piano inside
& out. $14.
15.AHLAM- "Acting Salam" (Barbitity
009) Bill Laswell produced & played most fat bass on this release,
Bob Musso on el. guitar. Algerian slammin', jammin', funky, throbbing bass,
total groove, ecstatic, Rai rockin', trance inducing, psychedelic dub &
a massive Musso/Laswell duet! A load of fun, so put on your dancin' shoes!
16.IF, BWANA-Tripping India (Pogus
21013) Al Margolis' continuing project of the total manipulation of sounds.
Like Morton Feldman, one must be patient to appreciate the minimal scenery
& slowly unfolding mystery. The trip to India is especially compelling.
A steal for $10.
17.Q.R. GHAZALA-Requiem for a Radio
(Realization 012) Reed Ghazala is an instrument maker you might recall
from that groovy "Gravichords" comp that came out last year. A four part
requiem for a radio that is slowly destroyed & transformed. Shadowing
an actual requiem mass, this is quite successful as bizarre journey through
technology as it is being melted down to scrap. $10. for now.
18.RUINS-Refusal Fossil (Skin Graft
45) 20 track 60min. comp of unreleased material live w/ guests & studio
from '88 to '95. You either love or hate this wacky jap post punk/prog
power duo! Guests include members of Tipographica, Omoide Hatoba &
Demi Semi Quaver. Totally obnoxious,in your face, fast & furious, blastin',
that Magma like operatic voice seriousness/silliness. The final treat is
the dreaded Prog Rock medley. You get the picture. $14.
19.IVO PERELMAN.WILLIAM PARKER.RASHID ALI-Live
(Zero In) Ivo continues to unleash his tenor blasting freedom with two
other local giants of free jazz. Recording live at the Knit by yours truly
on my birthday, June 19th, '96. Does Ivo ever rest, it certainly doesn't
seem like it. 10 cds in 3 or so years. A frenzy of intense activity from
this solid trio. William works his mystical buzzing bass, too. $14.
20.SINGERS & PLAYERS-Revenge of
the Underdog (On U 0011) Second superb offering by early dub vocal unit
from 1981, featuring the lovely vocals of Bim Sherman & the ancient
cosmic rasp of Prince Far I. Adrian Sherwood is always on a mission to
echo & accentuate little nuggets of surprise. Grab these On U reissues
before they disappear once again. $14.
21.DUB SYNDICATE-Tunes from the missing
channel (ON U 0038)
Another cosmic dub reissue, this time from
'85. Important contributions from Jah Wobble, Keith Levene, Steve Beresford
& Dr. Pablo. Mostly instrumental, even more psychedelized, throb thick
bass groove and dance/trance vibes. Progressive production & effects.
Hello all, welcome to this latest episode
in mindlessness known as MIKESSPACE. Here's hoping that 1998 thus
far has been good to you. Sorry that I was on auto-pilot for that last
issue but due to the absence of worthwhile review material (and wittiness),
I had to be. So enough with APOLOGIES, onward to the DEDICATION.
This missive is dedicated to all of our faithful customers who keep this
place going in the good times and especially to those who keep us afloat
in the bad.
ERIK FRIEDLANDER'S CHIMERA-Feb 17-21
Knit Old Office 8 & 9:30
ELLERY ESKELIN/ANDREA PARKINS/JIM BLACK-Feb
20 &21 @ the Internet Café 82 e. 3rd st. 10 & 11:30
MARK HELIAS solo acoustic bass @ Downtown
Music Gallery this Sun Feb 22nd @ 7pm free 13 Monroe St. (bet 2nd &
MARTY EHRLICH TRIO & GREGG BENDIAN'S
INTERZONE on Sun Feb 22nd @ KF main space @ 8pm
MATT SHIPP TRIO & ROGER MILLER DUO
@ KF Tues Feb 24th @8pm
GOLD SPARKLE BAND great avantjazz from
Atlanta Wed Feb 25th @ AlterKnit @ KF @ 11pm
DANIELSON FAMILY & a 40 piece gospel
choir @ Threadwaxing on Thur Feb 26 @ 8pm
TRISTAN HONSINGER-BLAISE SIWULA-MICHAEL
HERBST-DAVE GOULD Feb 26th @10pm @ ABC No-Rio 156 Rivington St. $5.
GAWK & EasSide Percussion @ the
Baggott Inn @ 10pm on Fri Feb 27th
TRISTAN HONSINGER-HAL ONSERUD-BLAISE SIWULA-JACKSON
KRALL rare group gig by this FMP allstar cellist on Fri Feb 27th @
the AlterKnit @ 11pm
ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO @ AliceTully
Hall on Sat Feb 28th @ 8pm tix $25.
SABIR MATEEN & BECKY SCHMOYER sax
& guitar/voice duo here @ DMG on Sun March 1st @ 7pm free
THOMAS CHAPIN TRIBUTE @ the Knit w/
Zorn, Rothenberg, Ehrlich, Pavone... Sun Mar 1st @ 9pm
DEEP LISTENING BAND @ the World Financial
Center on Mon Mar 2nd @ 7pm
ELLIOT SHARP'S TERRAPLANE smokin' instrumental
blues unit w/ Sim Cain (Rollins Band) on drums @ the Knit Old Office Mar
4th-7th @ 8 & 9:30
JOHN ZORN'S MASADA STRING TRIO @ Merkin
Hall on Thur Mar 5th @ 8pm
BANG ON A CAN ALL STARS DO ENO'S MUSIC
FOR AIRPORTS Alice Tully Hall on Sat Mar 7th @ 8pm for $30.
RANDY HUDSON rare solo el. guitar &
guitar synth from former Bongwater lead guitar great here @ DMG @ 7pm for
CURLEW & KAMIKAZE GROUND CREW @
the knit on Tue Mar 10th @ 10pm
THE POOOL W/ HOPPY KAMIYAMA video improv
adventurists @ the Kitchen on Thur Mar 12 @ 8pm
JOHN ZORN & FRIENDS & TONY TRISCHKA
@ the Lion's Den on Fri Mar 13 on 214 Sullivan St.
JOHN ZORN & MIKE PATTON @ the Knit
on Sat Mar 14th
Maya MASAOKA/OLIVER LAKE/REGGIE WORKMAN/ANDREW
CYRILLE @ the Knit Sun Mar 15th @ 8pm Maya is a koto master from the
OLIVIA.NEW.TON.JON w/ HOPPY KAMIYAMA
@ Coney Island High On Tue Mar 17th this God Mt.'s founder Hoppy's post
punk improv crazies!
My DESERT ISLAND____________ for
this outing is DI Video (cartoons). If I could have just 10 tapes (taped
at the slowest possible speed, of course) and filled with nothing but cartoons
they would be-
1. a Daffy Duck anthology
2. a Bugs Bunny anthology
3. a Beavis & Butthead anthology
4. a SGC2C/Cartoon Planet anthology
5. a Cow & Chicken anthology
6. a Dexter's Laboratory anthology
7. a Johnny Bravo anthology
8. a Ren & Stimpy anthology
9. a Sailor Moon anthology (shut up)
10. an Aeon Flux anthology
I'll begin with the Go-Out-And-Buy-This-Now!
review. It goes to MONO, the album is Formica Blues and it will be available
on 2/10. If you like your Portishead mixed with your Burt Bacharach and
your Phil Spector, this is for you. James Bond themes sung by the Carpenters
or maybe Dionne Warwick doing Marlene Dietrich torch tunes. Whatever...
go get it. The track "Life In Mono" should be impacting radio as I type
this. The award also goes to Chicane- Far From The Maddening Crowd on Edel
America records. Now, I like this thing and I'm unapologetic about it,
if I gush, forgive me. This piece straddles the sonic space between New
Age, House, Big Beat, Jungle and even Soul. Seriously, track one is that
kind of piece where you can't tell if it's ambient or just a great New
Age tune without all the mush. Track two touches on Flamenco and stirs
in some nice pads and strings and it's not until halfway through track
three that this wolf takes off its sheep costume and reveals itself as
a fine Trance/Ambient/Jungle/whatever hybrid of beautiful proportions.
Oh yeah, say hello to the stunning vocal hook on track four while you're
at it. This is a total brain vacation of gorgeous, lush sounds set to beats
that you can dance to or relax in a tub with. It's Yanni-Techno... ok,
that's harsh and won't sell you on it. It's... nice, real nice. Fans of
Opus III, Orbital, Way Out West, Salt Tank, Rabbit In The Moon, etc., take
note; this is your CD!!!
Ozric Tentacles- Curious Corn- [Mad
Anyway, that's it from me. Until next time,
(RIYL: Gong-type space jams, Cul De Sac,
Nothing too new presented here/just more
of the same that some hold dear like twiddly-knob synth and wank guitar/like
galactic collisions seen from afar
Various Artists- Firestarter- [Century
(RIYL: Blackend 1 & 2) $3.98 list
for 15 tracks!
Black Metal comp. features cream of the
crop/but nothing here's unreleased Emperor, Ulver and Mayhem gathered/for
a summoning of the Beast
Tribes Of Neurot/Walking Time Bombs-
Static Migration- [Release](RIYL: Neurosis, Pain Teens)
night trips through dark factories
with jungle drums
Actually, this release deserves more than
that because it is truly multi-dimensional. There's a track on here that
sounds like ZZ Top jamming on Hawkwind material. Another sounds like Labradford
on acid. Very interesting...
God Dethroned- The Grand Grimoire- [Metal
(RIYL: Dark Funeral, Kreator)
For you a new orifice ripped/compliments
of these Dutch four maiming with sheer ugly hatred/is this sonic paean
Steve Roach/Vidna Obmana- Cavern Of
(RIYL: Early Steve Roach, Trance Mission)
drones and chants and drifts
a deep and gorgeous haunting
goth new age and noir
Mithotyn- In The Sign Of The Ravens-
(RIYL: Arcturus, Mythological Cold Towers)
Folk-tinged Black Metal
Harshest screams meet baleful tongues
in misted forests
Vond- Slipp Sorgen Les- [Dark Dungeon]
(RIYL: Medieval electronics, re-issues
that don't say so on the cover)
Cleverly packaged and sold again/a new
title for 'Selvmord' if you like Mortiis you'll love this piece/ if not
you'll soon be bored
Defleshed- Under The Blade- [Death]
(RIYL: Kreator, Destruction)
Is this, like, Germany 1985?/bands like
this keep retro alive but this old school project is one to savor/death
metal done with some 80's thrash flavor
Jeff Greinke- Cities In Fog- [Projekt]
(RIYL: dark ambient) (2cd set, his first
album and it sequel in one package)
at night when ghosts are roaming
and traffic's distant
Unsane- Occupational Hazard- [Relapse]
(RIYL: Today Is The Day, Deadguy, Swans)
with a truncheon for guitar
and razored vocals
Gates Of Ishtar- The Dawn Of Flames- [Death]
(RIYL: Swedish Melodic Death eg, Dark
Not too good and not too bad/ which ain't
to say it doesn't rate but nothing not yet done to death/on the last two
At The Gates
Craig Armstrong- The Space Between Us-
(RIYL: Musique Noir... has that been coined
yet? ya know: Portishead, Alpha, Autour De Lucie, etc)
Big and orchestral/like In The Nursery
with Elizabeth Fraser/whose singin' ain't
That sucked. Try this...
I like it, I'm just not sure how to feel
about it. It's kind of a soundtrack without the movie. A Mike Figgis movie,
at that. You know, depressing but sexy, painful but full of hope, dark
His Most Benevolent and Divine Appointedness,
Emperor Mike I