Anthony Braxton

Perhaps the most important avant-garde composer of our day, Anthony Braxton turns out to be a big fan of the late, great Captain Beefheart!

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anthony-braxton“My friends call me Anthony ‘Beefheart Boy’ Braxton!” he says cheerfully.

“He was totally creative,” Braxton says of the late Captain Beefheart. “His compositions were outrageously beautiful and original. His ensemble was really special. Some people talk of Captain Beefheart as a far-out rock musician, but when I think of Beethoven, Duke Ellington, [saxophonist] Paul Desmond and Frankie Lymon, I can easily put Captain Beefheart in with my heroes and heroines.”

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….by the way, I’m a composer too.

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[Music] JOY DIVISION – ” Unknown Pleasures ” 40th Anniversary Red Vinyl LP — The Fat Angel Sings

Warner Music will issue a limited edition 40th anniversary version coloured vinyl edition of Joy Division‘s debut studio album “Unknown Pleasures” next month. The album will be pressed on ‘ruby red’ 180g vinyl and will come packaged in alternative artwork – a white sleeve that resembles the original Peter Saville design concept. In June 1979, Joy Division released […]

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[Music] Jack Hertz – The Wind Speaks to Branches on the Hill

Bedroom ambient musicians should be a dime a dozen, but if you actually delve into their back catalogs, you find that they have a tremendous amount of talent.  I don’t know much about Jack Hertz, but I’ve come across his work while looking for other favorites like Cousin Silas, Martin Neuhold and the late Wolfgang Gsell (may his memory be ever eternal).  The cover art reeled my in instantly, so, as is my habit before beginning my work day, I spent my free hour with headphones in tow and jumped right into this release.

The sound is spacious, ambient in the pure sense of the word, and rather engaging at times, with pulses of low tones and what seems to be rather interesting instrumentation filling in any potential voids.  This is a beefy release for an ambient record.

As an aside, you may wish to consider heading over to his record label’s Bandcamp page.  Aural Films are offering 239 releases for the unbelievably low sum of fifty cents.  All I’ve perused have been interesting.