KZSU playlist for Friday, May 8, 3:00 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. (Comments added during the day Saturday, May 9.)
….. I’d already mentioned Brad Shepik‘s Human Activity Suite. Sean Noonan‘s Brewed By Noon (that’s the band name) is the same idea inside-out; the drummer mashes together African pop, traditional Scottish/Gaelic sounds, and a jazz-fusion guitar attitude, emphasized by having Jamaledeen Tacuma on electric bass. On top of that, he’s hired ringers from the NYC avant-jazz camp; Mat Maneri turns in a blazing viola solo on “Morpheus.”
Noonan made a nice bookending with banjoist Bela Fleck’s African all-star album and the percussive pellet rhythm of King Crimson‘s “Waiting Man.”
….. The Marc Alban Lotz album is the soundtrack to some Dutch “multimedia project” about fish. It’s got lots of silly noises and sounds (a PVC-pipe flute, for instance) packed together in catchy, rhythmic little pieces. The result is probably appropriately otherworldy and cutesy for a fish show. Best of all, the project is called Bite!, which I happen to find really funny.
….. Once upon a time, Lydia Lunch, backed by a band that included Thurston Moore on bass, recorded an EP of gloomy rock songs called Limbo. In 1995, Atavistic packaged it with Drowning Lucy Hamilton, an EP of bass clarinet, piano, and/or guitar duets between Lunch and Hamilton, to form the Drowning in Limbo CD. It was cool to play “Friday Afternoon,” one of the Limbo tracks, although it’s quite a downer for an actual Friday afternoon (the calm start to the Shepik piece provided a good way out). The stark improv of the instrumental tracks sounds like good territory for mining as well, so don’t be surprised if it appears on another show soon.