Tuesday, October 21, 2008

ORCHESTRA GONG GENG & YUKIE IMUTA'S KITAKAZE TO TAIYO





ORCHESTRA GONG GENG, Avant de commencer
Incerta Records (CD-r) $10.00 (Very Limited!)

Archival release from 1984, recorded at the Miasa Summer School Fest, Nagano, Japan. Live improvisation from a number of prominent members of the Japan underground performing under various aliases. Kind of an “out “ jazz workout colliding with a Taj Mahal Traveller Fluxus vibe. Very nice.



YUKIE IMUTA'S KITAKAZE TO TAIYO, Volume 1
Incerta Records (CD-r) $10.00 (Very Limited!)

A CD-r re-issue of a self-released cassette from 1986, recorded at Koto-ku Bunka Center, Tokyo Japan. A bit of a mystery. Frontman Yukie Imuta had ties to Japanese avant garde theatre, as well as Luna Park Ensemble, and other members of the Japan underground. Toy pianos, trumpets, kokyo; The CD opens with a duet for emphysema-ridden melodica and vocal chord shredding vocals, and it just gets better from there. 80s Avant-Wave weirdness meets the lysergic underground.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

EVENTS: Oct 15th &16th: JACK ROSE, MICHAEL CHAPMAN, ILYAS AHMED, FURSAXA & RAFI BOOKSTABER!


TWO NIGHTS OF MUSIC!


WED, OCTOBER 15th at 8PM:

MICHAEL CHAPMAN
JACK ROSE



THUR, OCTOBER 16th at 8PM:

ILYAS AHMED
FURSAXA
RAFI BOOKSTABER



JACK ROSE

"...by now, Mr. Jack Rose should need no introduction. Numerous releases on Eclipse, VHF, Tequila Sunrise, tons of amazing shows, every performance totally spellbinding, with a repertoire that runs the gamut from classic bluegrass to drone drenched ragas to neo-Appalachia and probably to some styles of playing he just made up. In fact Rose was seemingly the first to not just ape the music and style of John Fahey, instead choosing to create his own sound and style, due in no small part we'd guess, to his membership in drone-raga ensemble Pelt, and that raga vibe most certainly informs all of his playing, which just might explain why we find Rose so much more interesting than many of his contemporaries." -Aquarius Records

MICHAEL CHAPMAN

"...self-styled old white blues guy from Yorkshire is one of the most under-rated heroes of our time. With his uniquely English melancholic perspective and emotive guitar style he deserves wider recognition."
"...mix two parts Alabama backwater with a few pints of Hull, some vintage wine and some rare herbs, and you have a swampy brew."
-Bournemouth Daily Echo

ILYAS AHMED

"...this guy nails it like its in his DNA. way beyond a simple formula, this is a complete tonal voyage...a dark ritual of dueling reeds and buzzing drones, things erupt into some seriously burning psych raga excursion built from totally heavy, jamming, acoustic guitar licks, eastern grooving hand percussions, stoned backwards or fuzzed-out electric guitar splatters, and subtle creaky drones. the vocals are nearly unintelligible but swirl beautifully through most songs like floating smokey ripples. woozy, headbobbing, and completely THERE. yow…" -Time-Lag

RAFI BOOKSTABER

...ethereal psychedelia for the masses? Maybe. Kind of depends what's being amassed. Gravel. Hirsute orphan girls. Large piles of sodium bicarbonate. Sure to sooth that hard to reach itch between the left and right hemispheres.

FURSAXA

"Fursaxa boasts a fan base with the likes of Bardo Pond, Acid Mothers Temple and Thurston Moore, who released a record by her on his Ecstatic Peace! imprint. A previous member of the band UN, Burke is now one of the epicentres and key collaborators of the North American free-folk movement, along with such luminaries as Jack Rose, Charalambides, Ben Chasny and the Jewelled Antler Collective. With her hypnotic, echo-y churchbell chanting, Burke possesses a power-filled vocal sound that harkens back not only to those other polar queens of disaffected freakout psychedelia Nico and Barbara Manning, but she is also akin to and inspired by Hildegard von Bingen, the 12th-century Benedictine mystical abbess. With the low drone of chord organ and Farfisa, detuned ringing guitar, and endlessly looped, multiply-tracked vocals applied with heaps of delay, Fursaxa sounds like a tripped-out medievalist perched upon a poppy petal. Burke has an alchemical knack for turning folk into lo-fi, and then into sheer psych and back again, but more importantly, her music is pure humming narcosis." -ATP