Score for John Butcher Group’s somethingtobesaid

The written score for one of my favorite releases of 2009, the John Butcher Group’s somethingtobesaid.  Pretty interesting to read through the score.  I found this posted on the BBC3 website but I couldn’t seem to find the link so you can download here: somethingtobesaidscore.pdf.


The Weasel Walter Welcome Wagon

via Village Voice – The Weasel Walter Welcome Wagon.

I have to figure everything out again. I was fairly comfortable on the West Coast, but it seemed static at the end. And I’m against stasis.

Weasel Walter Quintet is playing this Saturday 1/23 at Silent Barn. Welcome to the east coast, Weaz.

A Conversation with James Salter

A conversation with James Salter, author of Solo Faces and screenwriter of Downhill Racer. – By Michael Agger – Slate Magazine.

A somewhat wasted interview with James Salter but I’ll take anything on one of my favorite writers.  I understand that Criterion is promoting their new print of Downhill Racer but the author really missed a chance to talk to James Salter, who seems to be a kind of legendary conversationalist the likes of which don’t exist any more.  I purchase a used copy of A Sport and a Pastime any time I see one.  I’ve yet to read Solo Faces, but it is generally not thought to be Salter’s best book. On the other hand, Downhill Racer is a great film.  Already anticipating the biography for more juice on Salter.

Playlist for The Long Rally with Scott McDowell – January 19, 2010

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Playlist for The Long Rally with Scott McDowell – January 19, 2010
Tuesdays 6am – 9am on WFMU 91.1fm 90.1fm
Drawing an endless knot.

January 19, 2010: Keep You Beautiful

Artist – “Song” – Album (Label) *=New

Grachan Moncur III – “Hipnosis”
Fabio Orsi – “3” – I’m Here
Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides – “side b” – Poisson

Marconia Notaro – “Sinfonia em Re” – No Sub Reino Dos Metazoarios (Time-Lag)
Silver Jews – “New Orleans” – Starlite Walker (Drag City)
Chocolate Watchband – “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue” – The Inner Mystique (Sundazed)
Six Organs Of Admittance – “1000 Birds” – Electric Six Organs

TTT featuring A.R. Penck – “Be Cool in Munich” – Be Cool in Munich Part 2
The Band – “It Makes No Difference” – Northern Lights, Southern Cross
Spectre Folk – “Sat Around” – Compass, Blanket, Lantern, Mojo (Arbitrary Signs) *

Greg Davis – “Lucky” – Primes (Autumn) *
Blood Stereo – “For Heavy Lung” – For Heavy Lung
Hospitality – “Liberal Arts” – Hospitality (no label) *
Bunda Love – “Puff” – Beards & Calves (Funhole) *
Greg Kelley & Alex Neilson – “Passport to Satori” – Passport to Satori (Golden Lab) *

Chicago Underground Trio – “Laughing with the Sun” – Boca Negra (Thrill Jockey) *
Tirath Singh Nirmala – “Riding Evy Gust” – Growing into the Wind (Rhizome) *
Nikasaya – “Ufun Taxi” – One Summerheim *
Tindersticks – “Keep You Beautiful” – Falling Down a Mountain (Constellation) *
Josephine Foster – “Exultation is the Going”

Majutsu No Niwa – “Journey to the End of the Night” – Frontera (Musik Atlach) *
MV & EE – “Moment Spacing” – 7″ (Golden Lab) *
Puffy Areolas – “Lutzko Lives” – 7″ (Columbus Discount) *
Zola Jesus – “No Time” – Sacred Bones Records Winter 2009 1-sided LP (V/A) (Sacred Bones) *

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Bobby Charles RIP

Bobby Charles, the wonderful songwriter, passed on yesterday at the age of 71.  His self-titled Bearsville LP with The Band backing him up is a straight masterpiece.  I even named my own band after one of his tunes.  RIP Bobby.
Bobby Charles – I Must Be in a Good Place Now
Bobby Charles – Homemade Songs

The Lost Electric Six Organs Of Admittance Album

via Silver Currant: The Lost Electric Six Organs Of Admittance Album.

I don’t know if I posted about this before, but it’s such a monster.  It’s one of those things that I feel privileged to hear, given the backstory and the quality of the music on these tapes.  Ethan Miller (from Comets on Fire, who posted this originally on his Silver Currant blog) really nails the source of its beauty: a raw reckless energy and a sense of excitement contained within these tunes.  Go read and download NOW.

Six Organs of Admittance – “1000 Birds”

New Mexicoe – Flood Music

(This is a mirror post from the New Mexicoe tumblr).

39 minutes.
Audio: 12/30/09
Video: 10/25/09

This is Colonial Recordings USA #093.  Also available as a limited-run cassette.