Playlist: May 8, 2009

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.

….. Happy Apple and Sex Mob are co-headlining at Yoshi’s (San Francisco) on May 20 and 21. What a great billing. It’s a single admission for one full set from each band.

Most album titles link into KZSU’s Zookeeper database; the Album Review icon means there’s a review or description there as well.

Artist Track Album/Label
Iyer, Vijay Macaca Please Album Review Tragicomic
Sunnyside Communications

Microscopic Septet, The Lies Album Review Lobster Leaps In
Cuneiform Records
Gutbucket More More Bigger Better Faster With Cheese Album Review A Modest Proposal
Cuneiform Records
Shakers N’ Bakers Even Shakers Get The Blues Album Review Yearning For Zion
Little I Music

Fleck, Bela D’gary Jam Album Review Throw Down Your Heart
Rounder Records
King Crimson Waiting Man Beat
E.G. Records
Noonan, Sean / Brewed By Noon Morpheus Album Review Boxing Dreams
Songlines Recordings

Lotz, Mark Alban / Lotz Of Music Of Royal Herring (Den Koninklijke Haring) Album Review Bite!
Loplop Productions
Trio Hot Zbiggery Jink
Nemu Records

— (4:00 p.m.) —
Malaby, Tony / Cello Trio Two Shadows Album Review Warblepeck
Songlines Recordings
Lunch, Lydia Friday Afternoon Album Review Drowning in Limbo
Atavistic/Truckstop Audio
Shepik, Brad Blindspot (North America) Album Review Human Activity Suite
Songlines Recordings

Happy Apple Marvin Says Body Popping Moon Walking …
No Alternative
Sex Mob Live and Let Die Din of Iniquity
Columbia Records (Jazz)

Codona New Light Codona
Warner Brothers (Jazz/Blu

Berthiaume/Sharp Oeuf Album Review Base
Actuelle Cd
Cheer-Accident Blue Cheadle Album Review Fear Draws Misfortune
Cuneiform Records
— (5:00 p.m.) —
Mcauley, Jim Jump Start Album Review Ultimate Frog, The
Drip Audio
Redman, Joshua March Album Review Compass
Nonesuch Records

Chapin, Thomas Trio Bad Birdie Menagerie Dreams
Knitting Factory, the
Sparks I Can’t Believe That You Would Fall For All The Crap In This Song Album Review Exotic Creatures Of The Deep
Lil’ Beethoven Records

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