WTF Wednesdays

WTF Wednesdays: Betraying the Martyrs, “Let It Go” from Phantom (2014)

WTF Wednesdays: Betraying the Martyrs, “Let It Go” from Phantom (2014)

A death-metal version of the signature song from Disney’s ‘Frozen’? Yep.

WTF?! Wednesdays: John Zorn, “Chronology” from Spy vs. Spy (1989)

WTF?! Wednesdays: John Zorn, “Chronology” from Spy vs. Spy (1989)

I wonder what Ornette thinks of this stuff?

WTF?! Wednesdays: Diamanda Galas – Plague Mass (1991)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Diamanda Galas – Plague Mass (1991)

A powerful, nearly unhinged vocal recalls the first wave of AIDS-related deaths.

WTF?! Wednesdays: Arto Lindsay, “Erotic City” (1996)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Arto Lindsay, “Erotic City” (1996)

I’ve always been a big fan of covers, especially when the artist doing the covering decides to completely reinvent the original song. A regular ‘ole tribute? Well, it takes a lot of charisma to pull that off

WTF?! Wednesdays: Battles, “Atlas” from Mirrored (2007)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Battles, “Atlas” from Mirrored (2007)

Battles hears no formal divide between the avant-garde and the mainstream. I wish more bands felt the same way.

WTF?! Wednesdays: Ryuichi Sakamoto and Arto Lindsay, “We Love You” (1990)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Ryuichi Sakamoto and Arto Lindsay, “We Love You” (1990)

What do you get when you unleash pianist/composer Sakamoto and noise merchant Lindsay on this early Rolling Stones track?

WTF?! Wednesdays: Peter Brotzmann and Nasheet Waits Duo at UMass Amherst (2005)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Peter Brotzmann and Nasheet Waits Duo at UMass Amherst (2005)

We were sitting about 70 feet away and the amount of sound coming from that man’s horn … unamplified … was kind of scary. I don’t know how he does it.

WTF?! Wednesdays: Trumpeter Forbes Graham

WTF?! Wednesdays: Trumpeter Forbes Graham

You’ve probably never heard of trumpeter Forbes Graham, though you might have heard him if you’re familiar with the (insert genre here, since I have no idea what to call them) band Kayo Dot.

WTF?! Wednesdays: Rhys Chatham, “Bass Flute Study 21iv14 V02” (2014)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Rhys Chatham, “Bass Flute Study 21iv14 V02” (2014)

Composer/guitarist/trumpet player Rhys Chatham is perhaps most well-known for his early guitar-based aggressions, particularly the sonic wall of sound that was “Drastic Classicism.”

WTF?! Wednesdays: Cameron Carpenter, “Revolutionary Etude” (2008)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Cameron Carpenter, “Revolutionary Etude” (2008)

The usual deal here is that I find and write about some music that can push people over the edge or even better, make them advance the argument that it’s not really music at all.

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