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Half Notes: Afuche – Highly Publicized Digital Boxing Match (2011)

The closest musical cousins to the whack jazz quintet Afuche that comes to mind are fellow Brooklyners Little Women and the Italian trio Treo: they share some of Little Women’s penchant for highly agitated thrash jazz and Neo’s total unity between harmony and rhythm. At least, that’s what I take away from listening to their second full-length album, Highly PublicizedRead More

Richard Pinhas and Merzbow – Rhizome (2011)

Last fall, we saluted the arrival of a new Richard Pinhas CD, Metal/Crystal, one that supplemented his trio with fellow experimentalist warriors Merzbow and Wolf Eyes.

One Track Mind: Wadada Leo Smith's Organic – "Don Cherry's Electric Sonic Garden" (2011)

The music of Wadada Leo Smith, no matter the setting, is spiritual, mesmerizing, purposeful and often dense. We found out back toward the end of ’09 just how dense his music can be

Gutbucket – Flock (2011)

Gutbucket – Flock (2011)

photo: Natascha Rockwin by S. Victor Aaron According to Wikipedia, a gutbucket is “a stringed instrument used in American folk music that uses a metal washtub as a resonator.” There is even a “gutbucket blues” style of music that was played by those jug bands of long ago. And so since we’re here to talk about a band called “Gutbucket,”Read More

Half Notes: The Soft Machine – NDR Jazz Workshop – Hamburg, Germany, 1973 (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Hard to believe it’s been over three years since a Soft Machine record was last scoped out here, but that’s only half the time frame between the live dates between The Middle Earth Masters and this one from May, 1973, called NDR Jazz Workshop – Hamburg, Germany, 1973. Although never before released, the audio from WestRead More

Half Notes: Mats/Morgan Band – The Music Or The Money? (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron The Mats/Morgan Band is a Swedish experimental/progressive rock group that is very closely tied to Frank Zappa. Led by two Swedish child prodigies Mats Oberg (keyboards, harmonica, vocals) and Morgan Agren (drums, programming, keyboards, voice), Zappa was so impressed with the two lads in the late eighties that he took them in as proteges and intendedRead More

Richard Pinhas featuring Merbow and Wolf Eyes – Metal/Crystal (2010)

Richard Pinhas featuring Merbow and Wolf Eyes – Metal/Crystal (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron Even if you’re into experimental music you might not have heard of Richard Pinhas, but he’s kind of a big deal in his native France. This guitarist led the art-rock band Hedron in the mid 70s, during which time they made seven albums. Pinhas went on to record under his own name, at first sporadically, butRead More

Curlew – A Beautiful Western Saddle (1993, 2010 reissue CD+DVD)

Curlew – A Beautiful Western Saddle (1993, 2010 reissue CD+DVD)

by Pico Before there was Sonic Youth, before there was Radiohead, Material, The Flaming Lips or the Animal Collective, there was Curlew. Founded by saxophonist/composer George Cartwright in 1979, Curlew soon became an incubator for just about every important name in the the New York downtown experimental music scene that thrived in the 80s and 90s. Kenny Wollesen, Fred Frith,Read More

The Claudia Quintet + Gary Versace – Royal Toast (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron The Claudia Quintet is an ensemble that goes by its own set of rules. With its slightly weird combination of vibes, accordion, sax, double-bass and drums, and songs that don’t follow the script of how songs go (but avoids skronkery and dissonance), the five piece band is an anomaly of an anomaly. It all comes fromRead More

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