Now it’s jazz, the place is roaring, all beautiful girls in there, one mad brunette at the bar drunk with her boys. One strange chick I remember from somewhere, wearing a simple skirt with pockets, her hands in there, short haircut, slouched, talking to everybody. Up and down the stairs they come. The bartenders are […]
This release bridges the not-so-large gap between genres, connected by Heldon guitarist and loop master Richard Pinhas, and perhaps the most prolific post-Industrial composer of all time, Masami Akita (under his performance monicker Merzbow).
This is a live recording performed live during the Sonic Circuits Festival, September 24, 2010 at La Maison Française [The French Embassy] in Washington D.C. The sound quality is superb, and as one would expect from two masters of their respective fields, their instruments of choice (guitar and loops for Pinhas, computer for Merzbow) ebb and flow into each other effortlessly. This is a powerful release, and I hope it is the beginning of a long-term collaboration between both.
If you are a fan of the genre, this release will not leave you feeling disappointed at all. The guitar work is excellent, as it soars and dives effortlessly, and is supplemented with a fair amount of noise that doesn’t overwhelm the beauty of the tracks.
It’s impressive when you are so good that Dave Davies of The Kinks gives you his stamp of approval. Pete Kosanovich gets compared to the aforementioned Kinks, Bob Dylan and other luminaries frequently, and the comparison is apt. He only lacks a good publicist who can spread the word of his talent, which would sound perfectly in place in a collection of 60’s records. The man’s vocals and guitar playing sound like he traveled time to shame today’s crappy ‘rock’ garbage.
In 1995, I was approached by the owner of MA Recordings (a kind man whose name I have since forgotten) to sell some of his CDs on consignment. Among the releases was an album performed by Bulgarian pianist Milcho Leviev. He had several releases on this imprint because he was living in Los Angeles at the time, and it is one of my life’s regrets not having the chance to meet him.
Milcho passed away this week, and we bid him a fond farewell and a pleasant afterlife. Here he is collaborating with Bulgarian multi-instrumentalist and a friend of this blog, Theodosii Spassov.
There is a group of wonderful ambient musicians on Facebook who constantly release music of stunningly good quality. Names like Cousin Silas, Martin Neuwirth, Glen Sogge and Scott Lawlor among others are among the great names working in this field. Another was Candy Lozier, a fine composer who passed away in September of this year. She collaborated with so many wonderful musicians, ran a label, and contributed mightily to the spread of ambient and electronic music. This compilation is a great memorial to all she did for the scene.
RUTH GARBUS – Kleinmeister (Orindal, 2019)* Non è un semplice album di cantautorato femminile il secondo lavoro sulla lunga distanza di Ruth Garbus, artista del Vermont che da solista ha pubblicato un altro paio di Ep nel corso di oltre un decennio, nel quale è stata tra l’altro voce e batterista degli Happy Birthday, band […]