Monday, June 27, 2005
Thievery Corporation's label finally, after weeks of being blown off and told"it's in the mail"-can you believe that little chestnut is still used?- sent the CD to the mailbox. I jus' don't get no respect...
I am just wild about Four Tet-Everything Ecstatic. Four Tet is Kieran Hebden and when he says his influences were broad before making this album, I am a true believer. I may be a neophyte to this whole Trip Techno (my term for it) stuff, but this album should be in every household.
Monolake sent me four CDs and his albums are complex experimental techno. I mean what the hell do you call this stuff? Dark Trip Techno? Robert Henke is Monolake and just maybe I can get an interview sometime. Seems like there's some samples from Apocalypse Now or maybe it's just late and those two Diet Cokes are really kicking in. It's just late. www.monolake.de
Paul Avgerinos sent me four of his CDs. This carefully walks a thin line between New Age (most of which is dreadfully dull and unimaginative) and Ambient. Paul comes from a classical background and it seems a degree from Peabody is part of that. I have been delaying listening to these and I need to get over my "teshophobia"-a fear of new age music.
Charleston musician Terry "Bug" Lilly sent me his "Songs From A Green Guitar." This kid has got an amazing voice. Normally singers with guitars make me leery, but I always give everything a shot. Half of Me is a good song.
Prime Time Sublime Community Orchestra, lead by Paul Minotto, has a new one appropriately called Songs That Will Never Win A Grammy. This in-your-face-we're-not-commercial wacky ensemble has not very subtle Zappa influences written all over it. This we're-so-creative-and-never-commercial attitude is written all over this group and while that's a concept I can easily swallow, my thought is this: groups who are creative don't have to so agressively advertize it. Medeski, Martin and Wood immediately come to mind in that regard. Still, anything this wacky has to be played if only to annoy people.
Patrick O'Hearn has Slow Time out now. I enjoyed 2003's Beautiful World. One of these guys with a gentle take on electronica that neither gets too ominous, far-out, dark or freaky, yet he makes it interesting. That's not easy.
new ECM discs in specific:
Marcin Wasilewski, Slawomir Kurkiewicz, Michal Miskiewicz-Trio
Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico-Sumiglia
Trygve Seim- Sangam
Charles Lloyd- Jumping the Creek
Dino Saluzzi, Jon Christensen-Senderos
Giya Kancheli-In l'istesso tempo
Gianluigi Trovesi, Gianni Cosia- Round About Weill
Frances-Marie Uitti, Paul Griffiths-there is still time
Tord Gustavsen Trio- The Ground
Christian Wallumrod Ensemble- A Year From Easter
More stuff as it comes. Enjoy.
Posted by eclectic guy at 3:53 PM