1.29.2010

Glenn Gould: The Idea of North



Bob Burnett: This cold, stark--and lovely--phase of winter has me thinking of the time Glenn Gould produced a series of sound documentaries for CBC radio between 1967-77 after ending his career as a touring concert pianist. He used field recorded interviews woven together to create beautiful sound tapestries. All three use a technique Gould called "contrapuntal radio" in which several people are heard speaking at once--much like the voices in a fugue. One of the documentaries is called The Idea of North where the focus is on five people talking about living in the isolated areas of northern Canada. In the film 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould (well worth seeing!) during the broadcast of The Idea of North, the Glenn Gould character goes into an absorbed by the moment conductor arm-waving motion. The movements are in sync with the fades and sound crossings happening in the audio layers. It always struck me as touching; Gould dancing like a conductor to the motions within the voices; Gould treating the cadences and inflections of the interviewees as musical moments. I also identified with the overall content and ideas from a lifestyle point of view; the desire to live in an isolated or harsh weather environment where nature makes you constantly aware of its existence--a life away from automatic sprinkler systems and drive thru windows.

I've tried to find a full recording of The Idea of North but haven't had any luck. I've linked an excerpt here from the CBC archives. An amazon search reveals there was once a CBC release titled The Solitude Trilogy that is now out of print. (but available used for $65) I just found a youtube link of the scene from 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould as well as an interview with Gould discussing North with the bonus of him playing an Anton Webern composition.

Spoon:Transference


Kim Kirkpatrick: I have been surprised through the years by how many music fans I know who have missed out on Spoon. We all have bands slip by us, and I really enjoy backtracking - catching up on a band's output when I finally am turned onto them. But if Transference is your introduction to Spoon it may leave you feeling a bit foolish and wondering why you didn't notice them all these years. Spoon has been around for 17 years, released 7 full length albums, and 20 singles. Their first full length was on Matador, then they moved to a major label (Elecktra), got dropped after one release, and since then have released 5 albums on Merge (thank you Merge).

Transference is Spoon's newest release (January of 2010) and I'd say it is the one to start with if you are unfamiliar with their music. Transference is a refinement of Spoon's music in several ways. The songs have the same carefully layered instrumentation, the pounding rock, catchy pop sound of previously fav releases, such as Kill The Moonlight and Gimme Fiction. But Transference is their first self-produced release, and the production quality is a step up, not a radical improvement but noticeable. The songs sound bigger, and the instruments have more muscle in their sound. The production is stunningly clear, and it sounds like an intimate, live recording in a small room. Britt Daniel (lead singer, songwriter, guitarist) has said the production was closer to his home demos than usual, and that he wanted a more stripped down sound. While such immediacy is undeniably heard on Transference, the overall pop perfection belies accepting this was a less deliberate or more carefree recording than any other Spoon release.


Spoon* started out in the indie scene of Austin Texas, and were filed alongside other post punk bands of that decade. On Spoon's earlier releases one can hear the looseness and quirkiness of Pavement, the energy of the Violent Femmes, as well as the powerful blast of The Pixies. Spoon has outlived and surpassed such classifications, their influences are not paramount, and they have no nostalgia element in their music. After a particularly loud playing of Transference I've concluded this release is more than just an incremental improvement by Spoon - they have reached a new level of individuality and coherence with their music. Because of Spoon's intelligence, passion, and persistence, Transference presents an amalgamation of Rock/Pop music, albeit subtle, but it is audible in every song and each band member's playing. Spoon's musical parameters encompass the early 60s (Motown, Merseybeat) through multiple sources of the late 20th century, right up to today. Spoon has been inspired by and absorbed this musical history and now it all has come together wonderfully. Whatever direction their songs take, the music simply and profoundly sounds like Spoon.


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The name Spoon was taken from a Can song, released on the classic Ege Bamyasi album in 1972. Can also used the name for their own record label, Spoon Records. You gotta love this kind of referencing and crossing over of decades and genres by musicians.



Bob Burnett: I'm drawn to the overall production of Transference---it has depth. You can feel there's space between the vocalist and the mic, drums are real, guitars are creating changes in the atmosphere and in general air is being stimulated with sound and not just hard wired into a mixing board. All these elements make it a huge plus for me as a listening experience. Additionally the songs have inventive structures all the while maintaining an element of (dare I say) "fun". I listened to the album with headphones in the middle of the night over the weekend. There I was, covered in a blanket on my "listening couch" bobbing and toe-tapping the whole time. Ah--the experience of listening to an album; a work in its entirety.....the pleasure of songs building and leading to another...the satisfaction at the conclusion of knowing you've heard something and are better for it!













1.26.2010

Dumbfound

Kim Kirkpatrick: A mix using four bands reviewed--Daedelus, The Bats, The Clean and Supersister. A range of Samplelectonica, Dutch Progressive '70s style and New Zealand Pop.




*Photography for "Dumbfound" by Kim Kirkpatrick

1.23.2010

Mixcloud: In A Landscape+

Bob Burnett: a little more c60 soundtrack fun from the c60 shoemakers elves who pop down to the workshop at night.

1.21.2010

Edgar Varese: Ionisation


Bob Burnett: A nice stumble-upon occurred this morning that took me back several decades to an inspiring time of discovery. I'm referring to a twitter link I received (thanks Ambienteer)to a video produced by Flat-E inspired by Edgar Varese's 1929-31 composition Ionisation. The video was originally made to accompany a London Sinfonetta performance of Ionisation but as you'll find out developed a life of its own. This version accentuates the angular, jagged compositional approach of Varese and with the addition of contemporary electronics, enhances the composition in new ways. It makes perfect sense that Varese's work has the organic ability to be built upon with contemporary instrumentation and technology.

I fell into Varese as many did via Frank Zappa back in the '70s. One Zappa album in particular, Lumpy Gravy, stood out for me--the crashing chords, retrograde staccato sounds, percussion, odd time signatures all did my teen ears well. Research led me to discover Lumpy Gravy was for the most part a nod to Varese so off I went in search of Varese albums. I found a wealth of wonder--the apex being his masterwork (in my opinion) Poeme Electronique, a composition commissioned to play in the Le Corbusier-designed Phillips Pavilion during the 1958 World's Fair through 400 speakers. In addition to the music, I was made aware of the Henry Miller book The Air Conditioned Nightmare and one chapter in particular "With Edgar Varese in the Gobi Desert" (I linked long excerpts from the book--go to page 163 for the specific chapter mentioned) which touched on music, philosophy, religion, the state of sound, the need for madmen composers and Varese's composition Deserts.

I am feeling a need to go back to the bookshelf and pull down my dog-eared copy of The Air Conditioned Nightmare, revisit some of those underlined words, the asterisks in the margins, the notes on names to explore further: Dane Rudyhar, Alfred Steiglitz, John Marin, Krishnamurti to name a few. In the meantime--I think I'll rewatch Ionisation.

Ionisation from Flat-e on Vimeo.

1.19.2010

Hindsight: Songs From Recent c60Crew Posts

Kim Kirkpatrick: I put together a few cuts from reviews I've recently done: Built to Spill, Ivy, Broadway Project and Keith Hudson.

1.18.2010

Escortic Joynt: The Return of Substring Bridge

Bob Burnett: Here's a mix that seems to touch back on music that comes from Chicago or is associated with a Chicago label. Additionally, the mix includes a cut from an album that happens to be from a c60 crew review in 2007--Mats Bergstrom's Substring Bridge. The cut is the namesake: "Escortic Joynt"--a Steve Reich mash-up.

1.10.2010

Stillness of Motion+

Christopher Willits


Bob Burnett: I don't know if it's an attempt to reverse the reaction I'm having to the cold winter weather but I've been listening to guitar innovator Christopher Willits a lot these past few weeks. The short description is this San Francisco-based guitarist/multi-media artist merges traditional guitar improvisation with computer software thereby opening up a wide palette of options be they technical, stylistic, textural, rhythmic--whatever. I have him in several forms of release so I figured I walk through a few and hopefully offer something that sticks. There are two solo albums I listen to regularly: Folding and the Tea and Pollen. Folding and the Tea is from 2002 and introduced me to his "folding" guitar sound --guitar lines and harmonies are blended into each other using custom-designed software. The outcome is an album that occasionally borders on the melodic yet intricate styles familiar to my ears from Canterbury-era progressive music. Sometimes in the midst of listening I think I hear a cluster of notes or melodies vaguely reminiscent in a distant way to National Health for example. Other moments offer small, swirling delicate music. I say delicate because they are subtle, stirring--almost in the realm of observing the aleatory of nature with blips, pulses, swirls and static like pops. Willits received his masters at Mills College and studied with Fred Frith and Pauline Oliveros so that fact alone deserves a Wayne's World "we're not worthy" bow from me. As I listen to Folding and the Tea (and Pollen for that matter) I am drawn to the work of other composer/teachers from Mills--notably David Behrman as well as Maggi Payne's work on the Lovely Music label.

2003's Pollen is a further exploration into folding guitar sounds with a slightly more symphonic approach--not that it gets stringy or large--it just has a bit more sonic range at times than the intimate Folding and the Tea.

In previous c60 posts I've mentioned my utter fascination about his duet with Taylor Deupree, Listening Garden--an environmental soundscape designed to play in the tea spaces at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media. (in Yamaguchi, Japan) Willits and Deupree brought together their improvisational playing with environmental recordings from the actual tea spaces with a goal of mirroring and heightening the mood of the space where the piece plays. I don't know how it sounds in the Center but I find great pleasure in listening to the five part composition as it brings together field recordings and minimal composition. Boomkat said: "'Listening Garden is like reclining into a gorgeous pillow of sound, relaxing without being audio wallpaper and absorbing without resorting to clich├ęd digital trickery."

Finally-and I know I'm not touching on several of his other works--Willits just released the 3 cut Live on Earth Vol.2 made up of three different recordings from June 2009 of the composition "Beams". I recently graciously received a free download via his facebook friends site. He made it available to 2000+ people. For me, "Beams" is a long, slowly evolving tone improvisation hearkening back to the innovations Robert Fripp made with Frippertronics such as "Wind on the Water" with Brian Eno on Evening Star or "Water Music" on Exposure. I'm finding my cursor drifting back to it on iTunes throughout the day for another listen. Seems pretty habit-forming at this point.

As mentioned there are many other releases and possibilities to explore (in fact here's an old c60 write-up of Willits+Sakamoto). I only offer up a few. Christopher Willits' work is very rewarding and I highly suggest digging into some of it yourself.

1.08.2010

Roger Hudson

Bob Burnett: I just discovered that old high school friend and Nashville-based guitarist/composer Roger Hudson posted a few homegrown videos. Roger and I used to hang out in high school talking Mahavishnu Orchestra, Fripp & Eno, Bob Marley and a million other things. He's been in the Nashville area for several decades composing, teaching and playing. You can download his solo acoustic album Guitar Peace on Amazon. He's a follower of c60 so here's a bone for a loyal reader. Hey, do I detect a bit of a Pentangle nod going on here?



1.06.2010

Ivy:Guestroom


Let's Go to Bed (The Cure)
Kite (Nick Hayward)
Say Goodbye (Papas Fritas)
Streets of Your Town (The Go-Betweens)
I Don't Know Why I Love You (House of Love)
Only a Fool Would Say That (Steeley Dan)
Digging Your Scene (Blow Monkeys)
L'Anamour (Serge Gainsborough)
Be My Baby (The Ronettes)
I Guess I'm Just a Little Too Sensitive (Orange Juice)

Kim Kirkpatrick:
10 cover versions from New York based Ivy's Guestroom released in 2002.
The trio Ivy originally formed in 1994, since then they have released several EPs/Singles, and half a dozen albums, the last one in 2005. I am eagerly awaiting a new release said to be available early this year. I have all their releases, but here I am going to focus on this release of cover songs. You can learn more about Ivy and their multitude of musical side trips at their site, which has a particularly pretty home page.

Guestroom reveals a lot about Ivy's diverse musical taste and influences. Listening to these ten tracks is interesting because of the comparisons you inevitably make to the originals. As a longtime Ivy listener it is especially interesting to hear them apply their skills to interpreting and making these songs their own. Ivy are excellent musicians, multi-instrumentalists, creative in the studio, you can count on an attention to detail both in their playing and recording. Guestroom has a lot of multi-tracking and effects, but none of these announce themselves. Ivy's recording techniques are subtle and the playing is always tastefully restrained and relaxed.

Along with the variety of instruments and effects on Guestroom, there are consistent elements from song to song. The multi-layered vocals are by Dominique Durand who has a soft, smooth style - many would compare her to Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier. The drumming sounds very live, steady and to the point, Ringo's playing came to mind. An acoustic guitar is usually the strong rhythmic base for the songs, with lots of over laid electric guitar work that I particularly enjoy. Often this involves the use of a wah pedal, always in a controlled, delicate manner, a technique I really appreciate hearing, given the excess you usually experience when guitarist step on these pedals.

Guestroom overall is a fine album, one of those rare ones you can safely play in a large group and know the majority of people will like it. Since these are cover versions you have the added fun of watching people slowly recognize the songs. Overall Guestroom works well on the surface but stands up to more attentive listening and repeat playing. Their are two songs that I tend to skip, personal taste prevents me from ever listening to a Steely Dan song again in this lifetime, and honestly Ivy does little to change the song, unlike most of the other tracks. The other track is The Cure's "Let's Go to Bed", Ivy does an excellent job covering the song and they have a video of it here. I just never liked this dance oriented song much, seemed like the downfall of The Cure to me.

The rest of the album I really enjoy, three songs in particular:

  • I love "Kite", written by Nick Hayward, perhaps best known for his Haircut 100 days. If you go to the link he has the original "Kite" recording, a truly beautiful song. Ivy doesn't radically change the song, it still rides on a nice mandolin line through out. This is a wonderful selection by Ivy, suits them perfectly, and the song really comes alive with Durand's vocals, taking on new meaning being sung by her.

  • I've always been fond of Orange Juice, going way back to their work on the Postcard label. Orange Juice's "I Guess I'm Just a Little Too Sensitive" is covered by Ivy with a light touch overall. Acoustic guitar, multi track vocals, excellent wah effects, with a slight build through the addition of organ, melodica, a touch of backwards guitar, and a nice finish with an understated guitar solo.

  • Ivy really dug in on The Ronette's "Be My Baby". The original is a famous Phil Spector Wall of Sound production, and a song he co-wrote as well. With that knowledge it is a treat to hear Ivy expand on the production of this classic, really stretch it out, and pump up it's atmospheric level. It starts with a Trip Hop drum pattern, joined by a looping and warped guitar line, drums that sound underwater, all leading up to huge echoing vocals. This song builds slowly, the atmosphere gets thicker and thicker with the addition of church organ, swirling background vocals, a sinister bass line, and some slow wah effects.



Alec Soth Video

Las Vegas Birthday Slideshow from Little Brown Mushroom on Vimeo.

1.05.2010

Nils Frahm - Wintermusik

Nils Frahm - Wintermusik by sonic pieces

Bob Burnett: I just discovered this album thanks to a Loscil tweet. The second cut "Tristana" fits nicely into the stark cold we're experiencing along the eastern seaboard. I'm always reminded of Robert Wyatt and Nico songs whenever I hear a harmonium or pump organ kick in.

Lady Day: The Complete Columbia Golden Years


Bob Burnett: A quick link to c60 tenured Prof. Mike Johnston's updated and comprehensive review of a really reasonably priced box set of Billie Holiday's Columbia releases circa 1933-44. Mike originally posted about the initial boxed set (as well as other Billie Holiday releases) on c60 a few years ago however a re-visit was in order since this less than $60 box became available.

1.03.2010

Keith Hudson:Flesh of My Skin Blood of My Blood


Kim Kirkpatrick: Flesh of My Skin Blood Of My Blood has an interesting history. This release is considered a reggae masterpiece, also the first true reggae album, not just a collection of singles released on an LP. It was released in England in 1974, but oddly was never released in Jamaica. It quickly went out of print and became a talked about obscurity that few reggae fans had heard. Thanks to the label Basic Channel, and it's superb reggae reissue sub label Basic Replay, this piece of reggae history surfaced again (and for the first time on CD) in 2004. This was Keith Hudson's solo debut, and thirty years later the intense lyrics (of the black experience and history), the haunting performance and production still create a vivid impression of skill, content, and blending of genres.

Keith Hudson grew up in Jamaica with classmates such as Bob Marley, Delroy Wilson and Ken Boothe, with whom he organized school concerts. In 1960, at the age of fourteen he released his first record, using musicians who would later join The Skatalites. He continued to produce instrumentals and popular Jamaican 45s for many famous reggae vocalists including: Ken Boothe, Delroy Wilson, John Holt, and U Roy. In 1970 he started singing on his own tracks, and by 1974 when he relocated to the United Kingdom he had stopped recording other vocalists all together. Hudson was signed to the Atra label and worked at Chalk Farm's Studios in London. His first release for the label - Flesh Of My Skin Blood Of My Blood was produced, written and arranged by Keith Hudson and released in 1974.

Hudson picked musicians who were the bedrock of 70s reggae, including: Augustus Pablo (harmonica, melodica), Earl Chinna Smith (guitar), Leroy Sibbles (bass), Santa Davis (drums), and Candi McKenzie (backing vocals). Count Ossie And The Mystic Revelation (who I reviewed back in January 2007) bring their percussion and congas to the first track. They set the mood on this unique instrumental track "Hunting", a blending of dread roots, blues, and Nyahbinghi rhythms. (See below for info on each musician)

While writing this post I listened through a DAC/headphone pre amp/ transport system with Sennheiser HD 800 headphones. This system tends to expose flaws, revealing brittle or harsh recordings, and bad production. I selected this release specifically to hear it more intimately through this system. I found Flesh Of My Skin Blood Of My Blood beautifully produced and recorded. The prime exception is the intro track mentioned above, with distorted bass and a bit of overlying noise. These kind of sonic flaws are nothing new to anyone who listens to early reggae (some Lee Perry cuts come to mind) and Flesh of My Skin Blood of My Blood overall provides 30+ minutes of rich, velvety lushness you can lose yourself in.

Of course fine production and skilled playing does not guarantee any music is worth your time. I was attracted to Hudson's serious, consistent message of consciousness (some refer to this as a concept album), and how the hard hitting band supported the lyrics with relaxed rhythms and drumming that persistently lags behind just so slightly. The musicians on this recording live up to their legendary status, the playing is warm and interwoven, the interaction is pure reggae at it's best. But the real importance of Flesh of My Skin Blood of My Blood is the smooth blending of musical genres Hudson created. Not only from track to track but within the songs. The title track (actually two cuts) is split between a vocal and an instrumental track. It has a pop element within the melody but also sways in classic roots reggae style, with rhythm and blues as the underlying center. "Testing My Faith" follows, with it's country and western harmonica and melody, blended with blues guitar and reggae beat. "Fight Your Revolution" skips along at a nice pace with beautiful layered vocals by Hudson and McKenzie, and two (left & right) soulful guitar tracks from Chinna Smith. "Darkest Night On A Wet Looking Road" was originally a single from 1971. On this version Hudson blends jazz and wah wah guitar tracks, reverb vocals, and an overall production worthy of Isaac Hayes. "Talk Some Sense (Gamma Ray)" is classic roots reggae along the lines of early Bob Marley and The Wailers. "Treasures of The World" is lover's rock based, a bit heavy on the synth keyboard, but with particularly nice singing by Candi McKenzie. "My Nocturne" is an instrumental, with organ and synth keyboards laying down an infectiousness melody, and excellent rhythm and wah guitar playing, all in a blues/reggae package. "I Shall Be Released" is plain weird, with keyboards intruding on the melody, conga and tambourine beats, and limited vocal presentation from Hudson. "No Friend of Mine" is a ballad, countered by blues guitar and conga percussion. "Stabiliser" closes out this release, another instrumental which features a thick organ sound, melodica, and guitar. It is a fitting closing with it's blending and blurring of multiple genres and heavy atmosphere.

Because of the blended genres and the blues foundation of much of the playing, I think this release would be of interest to even the casual reggae listener. For me in addition to all the praise above I found a couple of other elements on this release that were particularly satisfying. Earl Chinna Smith's playing is front stage and featured on Flesh Of My Skin Blood Of My Blood. Chinna is THE guitarist of classic reggae, it is impossible to imagine the prime years of this genre without his playing. He has always been a favorite guitarist of mine, and I have yearned for decades to here him featured and eventually I decided such a recording did not exist. Even his few solo releases did not feature his diverse skills as wonderfully exposed as on this release. I also spent a few years and dollars searching for more reggae female vocalists, brought upon after hearing the I Threes live, Bob Marley and The Wailers back up singers. In general, I was disappointed by what I found, until hearing Candi McKenzie's beautiful and significant contribution on Flesh of My Skin Blood of My Blood.

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Augustus Pablo
Essential roots/dub reggae producer, and musician most famous for featuring the melodica on such classic recordings as: This Is Augustus Pablo, King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown, and East Of The River Nile.

Earl Chinna Smith
He appears on dozens of CDs I own, such as: Abbyssinians, Prince Alla, Horace Andy, Dennis Brown, Burning Spear, Cornell Campbell, Don Carlos, Johnny Clarke, Mikey Dread, Earth and Stone, Phillip Frazer, I Roy, King Tubby, Barrington Levy, Ras Michael & Sons Of Negus, Roots Radics, Mighty Diamonds, Freddie McGregor, Hugh Mundell, Augustus Pablo, Lee Perry, Prince Far I, Prince Jammy, Michael Prophet, Scientist, Sly and Robbie, Bim Sherman, Linval Thompson, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Bunny Wailer, and Delroy Wilson.

Leroy Sibbles
Lead singer for the rock steady Heptones, bassist for the Studio One label, also worked with Lee Perry, and Lloyd "Bullwackie" Barnes founder of the Wackie's label. A label significantly reissued by Basic replay, without them I would never have heard Bullwackie's work.


Santa Davis
Original drummer for Roots Radics and Channel One Studio.

Candi McKenzie
She also appeared on the classic Heart Of the Congos by The Congos and Exodus by Bob Marley and The Wailers.

Fluid Radio: Top 10 of 2009

09'S Top 10 by Fluid Radio on Mixcloud


Fluid Radio is an online "electroacoustic frequencies" music source. They describe themselves as the "best in experimental frequencies allowing listeners, artists, producers and promoters to be completely involved in the growth and direction of the station. Focusing on experimental genres, we aim to provide a space to share in the creative process and spread the experience of inner exploration through musical expression. The playlist is diverse, encompassing Ambient, Modern Classical, Experimental Acoustic, Folk and Abstract sounds."They've been a fruitful website for me this year. I discovered several artists--most notably Solo Andata, Danny Norbury and (I think...)Loscil. They just compiled their Top 10 for 2009 and created a 45 minute streaming compilation featuring their choices. I've posted the link above and hope you get a chance to listen to it.

1.02.2010

2010: A lot of Ben Perowsky

Photo by Leah Meyerhoff

Bob Burnett: 2010 has started off well thanks to Ben Perowsky. Esopus Opus and El Destructo Vol. II: Moodswing Orchestra to be exact. Two vastly different outings offering the same result: delightful listening pleasure.

Ben Perowsky is a drummer who in addition to fronting his own groups has found time for a diversity of recording sessions over the years in jazz, R&B, pop/rock, experimental with people such as James Moody, Rickie Lee Jones, Roy Ayers, Miles Davis alums, Dave Douglas and The Lounge Lizards. Let's take on Esopus Opus first: it's a Ben Perowsky Quartet release featuring in addition to Ben on drums, Chris Speed (clarinet/tenor--various Tzadik albums), Ted Reichman (accordion/piano--I have him in a duet release with Anthony Braxton) and Drew Gress. (bass--also on John Surman's Brewster's Rooster reviewed earlier this month) In conjunction with terrific original material the quartet covers The Beatles Flying as well as Within/Without You. Jimi Hendrix's Manic Depression also gets a rework as does Hermeto Pascoal's Nem Um Talvez. There's an exuberance in play here that is captivating for rock listeners as well as "out" jazz people. The playing is tight, open and incredibly well recorded at Brooklyn Recording by Andy Taub. Perowsky's drums have "color", vibrancy and drive--always pushing the music ahead. I'm fondly reminded of a number of releases--Charlie Haden's Ballad of the Fallen, any number of Paul Motian's albums, Bill Frisell's Have A Little Faith come to mind off the top of my head.

The other album is El Destructo Volume II: Moodswing Orchestra, an effort that features a wide range of vocalists/groups (Joan As A Policewoman, Elysian Fields and Bebel Gilberto, for example) as well as an array of NYC's incredible musicians. Moodswing Orchestra is more ethereal and dub soundscape-like than the Quartet. I'm reminded of Hal Wilner-produced projects such as the Mingus tribute Weird Nightmare. There's a wide range of sonics--Perowsky's drums along with woodwinds, trumpets, bass, sound effects, snap-crackling vinyl, theremin, tuba and "air". Moodswing Orchestra is an album that makes me wish I was still on the radio someplace; I'd just put it on and watch the curious calls come in. As a matter of fact, my 13 year old was just lying on the bed next to where I was typing while listening to Moodswing. Now I hear her upstairs playing her drum kit.

I can only hope a young Ben Perowsky is in the making.