Here are my offers this week:
BILL LASWELL + MILFORD GRAVES (USA)
Availability: Early 2017
Availability: 18th, 19th and 20th October
YANNIS CHALPOUDIS (Greece)
Availability: from mid January onwards
ANDERS JORMIN + LENA WILLEMARK + KARIN NAKAGAWA (Sweden/Japan)
Availability/ From June 2017 onwards
HULDRELOKKK (Sweden, Norway, Denmark
Availability: From 13th February onwards
DAVID GRUBBS (USA)
Availability: January and June 2017
Availability: From 15yh January 2017 onwards
Availability: From 7th October onwards
BILL LASWELL + MILFORD GRAVES
Bassist Bill Laswell and drummer Milford Graves have recorded a studio album, Space/Time Redemption, for the Finnish TUM label; it’s out now. (Get it from Amazon.) The disc contains five lengthy improvisations, and runs just over an hour. It’s not their first duo interaction; when Laswell curated a residency at John Zorn‘s performance space The Stone in 2014, the two men improvised together, and the results were released, as a single lengthy track, on the bassist’s MOD Technologies imprint. In the January 2015 issue of The Wire, I wrote, “Hearing [Laswell] paired with free drummer Milford Graves on the 40 minute ‘Back in No Time’ is like listening to two records at once. The two men rarely intersect—nobody’s gonna make Milford Graves play a groove—but hearing their individual meanderings in parallel produces a lot of magic.”
THE POP GROUP
The Pop Group are a British band formed in Bristol in 1977. Their output in the late 1970s, which drew on an iconoclastic range of sources across music, art, and politics, made them a pioneering post-punk act. In 2010, the band reunited, touring and recording for the first time in three decades.
Inspired by the energy of the punk rock movement but disillusioned by its musical conservatism, the group initially conceived of themselves as a funk outfit, drawing influence from black dance music, the avant-garde, and radical politics. Soon after forming, they began to gain notoriety for their incendiary live performances and were subsequently signed to Radar Records.
Sensational (born Colin Julius Bobb, October 18, 1974 in Guyana, South America) is a hip-hop performer from New York.
His style is considered unique and different. On his debut he was forced to use his headphone cans as a makeshift microphone, and used sounds from old analogue equipment and found sounds which were recorded and then looped. His style is often about weed intake or sci-fi based themes. He is known more for his often eclectic collaboration work, having played with the likes of Cardopusher, Kid 606, Handsome Boy Modeling School, DJ Scotch Bonnet, Kouhei Matsunaga, and Spectre. Often quite prolific but known for brief spells of homelessness, it not known how much of Sensational’s discography there actually is, as he can often be found selling his music on the streets of New York.
There’s no denying that many of us love music that builds, peaks and explodes in an ecstatic chaotic frenzy. Whole genres of music are based around this concept. There’s something almost spiritual about this experience, it creates a physical reaction in the body, it’s cathartic and transcendent – it makes sense both musically and emotionally.
Swiss/ Lebanese outfit Praed are very much aware of the ecstatic moment, of the chaos, the frenzy, and the adrenalin of when the music coalesces and everything feels just right, despite the fact that it’s often became an almost indecipherable cacophony of noise. In fact they are so aware of it that they have elected to prolong this moment – for an entire album.
A brutal blend of three different substances, as conflicting as harsh noise, 70’s pop, crust punk and drone can be, Noyades’ music is a psychedelic trip to death. The all-instrumental French band especially focuses on creating and releasing tension through intense live shows.
After nearly two years of existence, they will release their next LP « Go Fast » on S.K Records (Fr) and Kandala Records (Taiwan).
They as well have performed numerous times with Acid Mothers Temple, Pop.1280, Hey Colossus, The Cosmic Dead, … »
Yiannis Chaldoupis, clarinettist and vocalist, plays thetraditional music of Greece with a twist. He was born inParakalamos, a village in Pogoni, nestled in the mountains of Epirus in northwest Greece, not more than thirty kilometres from the Albanian border. The natural beauty of the region has provided a rich source of inspiration to many musicians from the area, and for Yiannis, musical ideas come in waves like the contours of the mountains around him.
Anders Jormin’s new Swedish-Japanese project returns the highly distinctive voice and fiddle of Lena Willemark to ECM (her first appearance on the label in more than a decade), and introduces koto player Karin Nakagawa. In their collaborative music the Japanese classical tradition and the stark, archaic sounds of the koto, allied to Jormin’s muscular bass improvisations, form a unique context for Lena’s sung poems, delivered in her native Älvdals-dialect. Traditions and non-idiomatic improvising are cross-referenced, and new paths are opened up.
The wood nymph’s beckoning call, is an all-female trio playing acoustic folk music from three Scandinavian countries: Norway, Sweden and Denmark as well as their own material.
Three angelic voices coupled with two virtuoso fiddles and a groovy rhythmic guitar, they celebrated their world premiere concert to an enthusiastic Berlin audience in late 2009.
David Grubbs is a composer, musician, and writer. He works in a wide range of avant-rock musical forms and frequently collaborates with other artists on multimedia projects.
Grubbs has released twelve solo albums and he has appeared on over 150 commercially released recordings. He was a founding member of the groups Gastr del Sol, Bastro, and Squirrel Bait. He has performed with the Red Krayola, Will Oldham, Royal Trux, Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros, and Mats Gustafsson, among others. With the support of his 2006 FCA grant, Grubbs collaborated with poet Susan Howe on Souls of the Labadie Tract, which they performed at Southbank Centre in London, Yale University, and Walker Art Center. Souls of the Labadie Tract was released as a CD in 2007. Subsequent to his 2006 Grants to Artists award, Grubbs released the solo album The Plain Where the Palace Stood (2013) and authored Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, The Sixties, and Sound Recording (2014).
Rage is a versed guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, producer and a visual artist. His music is an incorporation of a variety of different genres such as jazz, electronic, funk, world, classical, film, reggae, dub, drum ‘n’ bass, ambient and even pop/rock music. He draws his inspiration out of ancient music styles, merging them with modern approach to composing, fresh methods of audio mixing and mastering in order to create a groundbreaking result in relation with proven ideas that have been the source in music for thousands of centuries.
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Alain Bolle / Some Noise
84, Rue des Pâquerettes
Alain Bolle / Some Noise
84, Rue des Pâquerettes