Playlist: May 29, 2009

KZSU playlist for Friday, May 29, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Things of note:

….. The Matthew Sperry Memorial Festival is on next week; I’ll post more later, but you can learn all about it at Supermodel Supermodel is a band that included him and UK trombonist Gail Brand, who will be a guest at the festival.….. Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society is a “steampunk” big band, which is a cool concept, but most of the steampunk aspect is in the album artwork, photography, and (possibly?) costumes on stage. It didn’t translate well on radio. Then again, if I’d played the 11-minute “Phobos,” listeners would have heard a nice steampunky rhythm, like train wheels, starting and ending the piece. I opted instead for “Transit,” partly because it’s got an Ingrid Jensen solo.

….. “Thelonious,” taken from a 1994 live album, is a straight blues with some nice overblowing in Hamiett Bluiett‘s sax solo.

….. Don Ross and Andy McKee are a couple of acoustic-guitar wizards in an instrumental folky vein (think Michael Hedges). “Hoover” is a snappy, fast piece, ear-catching.….. Hal Galper‘s Art-Work is a straight piano trio. Well, maybe not that straight. “Take the Coltrane” opens up with a kaleidoscope of piano splashing before settling into that nice piano-trio mode. He’s got Reggie Workman and Rashied Ali behind him, so it’s not lightweight stuff.

….. I’m not familiar with contemporary composer Yehudi Wyner, but the daunting, dramatic opening to his “Lyric Harmony” symphony seemed a good exit from the insanity of Jarrod Fowler (noted back on May 15). “Lyric Harmony” is a modern classical piece, dark and challenging but still very classical sounding, making it difficult to mesh with other musical types. Maybe it worked; maybe I was trying too hard.

….. The Wooden Birds are an indie-pop band who are headlining a Sunday night (May 31) show at The Rickshaw Stop, organized by our own DJ Canuck.

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

Little links that say things like “more here” go to previous entries in this blog. I’m trying to find a way to cross-reference entries without adding too much clutter; linking from the artist name was an option, but seems a bit… I don’t know, deceptive? I’m still feeling out how I want to do this.

Artist Track Album/Label
Mahanthappa, Rudresh / Indo-Pak Coalition I.I.T. Album Review Apti
Innova Recordings

Galper, Hal Take The Coltrane Album Review Art-Work
Origin Records
Univers Zero Presage Album Review Relaps
Cuneiform Records
Wooden Birds Hometown Fantasy Magnolia
Barsuk Records

Davis, Kris

(more here)

Once Slightest Shift, The
Fresh Sound New Talent
Bloom Project Of Reflection Veil Album Review Sudden Aurora
Edgetone Records
Del Sol String Quartet Kui Dong “Spring” Album Review Ring Of Fire
Other Minds
Masada Hekhal Gimel

Shepik, Brad

(see also here)

Stir (Antarctica) Album Review Human Activity Suite
Songlines Recordings
— (4:00 p.m.) —
Mcauley, Jim Huddle’s Riff Album Review Ultimate Frog, The
Drip Audio
Wright, Nancy Minority Moanin’
Chicken Coup Records
Bluiett, Hamiet Thelonious Ballads and Blues
Shanachie Entertainment

Argue, Darcy James / Secret Society Transit Album Review Infernal Machines
New Amsterdam Records
Ross, Don & Andy Mckee Hoover The Musical Dog Album Review Thing That Came From Somewhere, The
Candyrat Records

(Blog entry)

Zhagunk The Illusion of Joy

Halvorson, Mary/Weasel Walter

(more here)

Rare Vodka from the Fourteenth Century Opulence
Fowler, Jarrod

(see also here)

The End of Senseless Beating/Knocking the Subject Album Review “Percussion” As Percussion
Patrick Lovelace Editions
Wyner, Yehudi Lyric Harmony (Revised Version, 1996) [excerpt] Album Review Orchestral Works
Bridge Records
Gebbia, Gianni Hemphill H Portraits
Rastascan Records

Jang, Jon & Pan-Asian Arkestra Great Wall/Gold Mountain Tiananmen!
Soul Note
Newton, James The Crips [excerpt] James Newton
Newton, James Solomon, Chief Of Wise Men Axun
Warner Bros. Records

Lacy, Steve Trio The Gleam Window, the
Soul Note
Kihlstedt/Robair/Sperry Sonarchy Two Album Review Sonarchy 1998
Majmua Music
Supermodel Supermodel Naomi Naomi Album Review Supermodel Supermodel
Space Between, the Silvia Angelica
482 Music

Pope, Odean Happiness Tears Plant Life
Porter Records

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