Archive for April, 2009

Hi Red Center, Assemble, Joyful Noise, 2009

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Following Architectural Failures (2003), their first effort, Hi Red Center has lead us to the other side of the mirror. With Assemble, recently released on Joyful Noise, these four New York stooges propel the listener into a sumptuous and colorful wonderland where everything is falsely welcoming. Taking cues, perhaps, from the likes of Lewis Caroll and his foul-mouthed flowers, Hi Red Center conjures scenes of toothless imps and giants that aren’t so giant at all. A play with off-kilter syncopation on the opening track sets the tone for what is to come: everything here may topple without warning. From song to song, logic is joyfully pushed and pulled, and common sense turned on its head; these boys cannot introduce a riff or catchy backbeat without exploding them like fireworks just a few seconds later.

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Hi Red Center, Assemble, Joyful Noise, 2009

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Depuis 2003 et Architectural Failures (2003), leur premier opus, Hi Red Center nous emmène de l’autre côté du miroir. Avec Assemble, tout juste sorti chez Joyful Noise, les quatre compères new-yorkais nous propulsent dans un monde brillant et coloré où tout n’est que faussement accueillant ; si chez Lewis Carroll les fleurs s’invectivent, chez Hi Red Center, les beaux gosses sont édentés (“Toothless Beau”), et les géants pas si grands que cela (“Littlest Giant”). Dès l’ouverture de l’album – un jeu de déphasage brinquebalant -, le ton est donné : tout peut basculer à tout instant. De chanson en chanson, la logique est joyeusement bousculée, le sens commun mis sens dessus dessous ; à peine un riff est-il esquissé, à peine un backbeat est-il installé, que les quatre garçons font tout exploser dans un joyeux feu d’artifice.

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News : Soutenez le Farniente Festival

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Fin septembre 2008, l’équipe de l’association le Sens du Poil annonçait que l’organisation de la troisième édition du Farniente Festival était mise à mal par la nouvelle municipalité de Pornichet, qui coupait brutalement toute subvention et toute aide logistique (retour sur l’affaire ici). Aujourd’hui, les acteurs de la politique culturelle de la Ville obligent l’équipe du festival à quitter le territoire communal.

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News : Capillary Action en tournée

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

“La prochaine étape, ce sera un ensemble entièrement acoustique – guitare classique, contrebasse, trompette, percussions, accordéon et voix –, qui mettra en avant le côté plus mélodique de Capillary Action”, nous expliquait Jonathan Pfeffer en octobre dernier, alors que nous l’interrogions à propos de ses projets. Cette nouvelle formation de Capillary Action a débuté en février dernier une gigantesque tournée mondiale (19 dates américaines, 15 au Royaume-Uni, 48 en Europe continentale), qui passera dans le coin fin avril et début mai. Un rendez-vous à ne pas manquer !

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Spirogyra, Bells, Boots and Shambles, 1973

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Easily confused with the American smooth jazz nightmare by the same name (or almost: Spyro Gyra), Spirogyra were everything that their popular 1970’s alter egos were not: long-haired, musically conscientious, fiercely independent, and politically engaged. Perhaps musical celebrity is more than just a competition between analogous Google search terms, but information about the Canterbury acid folk outfit — like physical copies of their records, reissued or otherwise — is notoriously hard to track down. What we know about the group is limited to a few vital stats: founded by singer and guitarist Martin Cockerham at the University of Kent in Southeast England and featuring a revolving cast of like-minded earthmuffins (vocalist Barbara Gaskin, bassist Steve Borrill, violinist Julian Cusack, and future Fairport Convention drummer Dave Mattacks), Spirogyra produced three stunning records between 1971 and 1973, then vanished off the face of this space-time continuum.

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Andrew Paine, Five Perspectives (On The Same Event), Apollolaan Recordings, 2008

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

“If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.” While it would be naïve to peg Glasgow’s Andrew Paine as a direct descendant of the father of experimental minimalism—ignoring everything that has happened in music in between– John Cage’s maxim on repetition goes a long way in capturing our experience of Five Perspectives (On The Same Event), released on Apollolaan Recordings last year.

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La Otracina, Woven Wanderers, Colour Sounds, 2009

Monday, April 13th, 2009

La Otracina is drug music—more specifically, marijuana music. Not surprisingly, their MySpace page declares that their sound is of “cocaine riffs, mushroom freakouts, hashish metal, and fuzz-drunk jazz-rock.” Personally, only a couple of those drugs come to my mind while listening to their CD, Woven Wanderers, released on drummer and vocalist Adam Kriney’s Colour Sounds imprint. And I really think that listening to this CD is best complemented by smoking a good amount of Mary Jane.

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Mostly Other People Do The Killing, This Is Our Moosic, Hot Cup, 2008

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

“Standing on the shoulders of giants makes it easier to kick them in the teeth.” This expression, worthy of Monty Python, neatly sums up the code of Mostly Other People Do The Killing, a New York combo led by contrabassist Moppa Elliott. Indeed, Mostly Other People Do The Killing show that they have grasped (and so, can gut) jazz history to the bone: while they reveal a sturdy formal reverence with every studied lick, MOPDTK never demonstrate their knowledge better than when they mock it. And This Is Our Moosic, their third studio album, does just that.

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Julian Lynch, Orange You Glad, Olde English Spelling Bee

Monday, April 6th, 2009

orangeyouglad452[1]Is there something in the water in Ridgewood, New Jersey, or does the Garden State just happen to be coughing up a lot of blissed-out psychedelia these days? Like childhood neighbor and long-time collaborator Matt Mondanile (Ducktails, Predator Vision, Real Estate), Julian Lynch has been churning out more quality homegrown recordings than we have time to digest. His sound, a one-man patchwork of vocals, wah wah guitar, bass, drums, and kitschy synth effects, carries the happy-go-lucky quality synonymous with recent Ridgewood output into the territory of the singer-songwriter.

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Rhys Chatham’s Astrological Advice for Musicians: April

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009


Visitation Rites is proud to present the first installment of Rhys Chatham’s astrology column for experimental musicians, which draws on his experience as a composer and a meticulous analysis of the geometrical relationships between the sun and other planets in monthly astrological charts. Have fun reading the predictions for your sign, and do not be fooled by cheap imitations!

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