I’m a field-recordings man, and a rocker, and I also love old-timey, bluegrass, roots reggae, skronk and punk-jazz.
Speaking recently with a gentleman in Carnegie Hall who was researching what folks get out of hearing music performed live, I began to think a lot about the various methods by which, and reasons why, we listen.
Duets between master improvising guitarists Noël Akchoté and Derek Bailey, originally on the very limited 12″ LP Rectangle REC F not so long ago, are now reissued on Drag City’s improv imprint.
Once again I’m glad to share some more of these releases with you. Some are fresh out of the oven, and others have been waiting for their proper time.
The events surrounding the terrorist destruction of the Wold Trade Center has had a peculiar effect on the musicians and other artists I’ve spoken with.
New releases are coming out quicker than you can say CD-R, both reissues of music considered risky decades ago, or of musicians still trying to both push the edges and absorb the traditions.
So many releases, so little space, even here in cyberspace.
There has been so much activity on the new music front that I am physically incapable of writing about some of the concerts I’ve attended this season.
I’ve been eschewing the live scene for a few month to take stock, literally, of the new releases happily flooding the market.