Recommendations for January 23 to January 29, 2005
this week's New York Night Train show list - go
Afrobeat Orchestra is back from their extensive
globetrotting and playing an APAP (I dunno what that is either)
showcase for their booking agency, the Billions Corporation.
This twelve or thirteen-piece (maybe more) bunch have been
smokin’ Fela Kuti style for a long time. And while it’s
been a while for me, I can’t imagine it being anything
less than a big funky sweat-fest that’s bound to liberate
more than a few souls. In an interesting fit, the bill also
includes singer/songwriter Martha
Wainwright, sister of Rufus.
daughter of Loudon
III and Kate
McGarrigle, and an artiste in her own right.
And leading off is The
Bell Orchestre – a Montreal eclectic and
quarky post-rockish instrumental quintet with two former members
of Arcade Fire. Everything is definitely is worth checking
out as the Billions
folks got good taste.
on Monday legendary author/critic/journalist/guitarist/conductor
Sugar is at Tonic.
Modeled after Bitche's Brew, Burnt Sugar employs
the unusual improvisational conduction system devised, employed,
and made famous by Lawrence
Go, who wins the award for best video choreography
I’ve seen all year is at Maxwell’s with Controller
Controller and Apollo
Lewis who started out with Max
Roach, but became famous with "The In Crowd"
playing a jazz-pop version of “Hang on Sloopy”
– and famous to me for all of his dollar albums I’ve
found at thrift stores - promises to bring NYC some easy listening
Technological innovator/jazz-pop guitar great Les
Paul continues his long-running stint at the
Vince Anderson sadly won’t be at his weekly
Betty show as he’s busy converting the
heathen continent of Europe along with with White
big excitement of the week is that William
Parker has a run at The Stone. For those of you
that don’t know the joint: It opened last year. John
Zorn is the musical director. It is strictly
improv and almost always $10. I don’t know if there’s
anywhere else quite like it in the world. A formidable bassist
and composer first and foremost, William Parker, if you have
to describe him in a single sentence, may be the man most
responsible for keeping free jazz going during its dry spell,
has played with anyone worth a darn in that area, and is personally
responsible for furnishing the great Henry
Grimes with a bass for his recent unearthing.
This first night of his series, Parker gets The William Parker
Quartet together featuring longtime collaborators/heavy hitters
Barnes, and the unreal drummer Hamid
Drake – with the addition of pianist Eri
Yamamoto – making it technically a quintet.
the Tucson instrumental duo whose music always covers a vast
swath of musical territory, will be at Joe’s Pub. Formerly
Friends of Dean Martinez, the duo has gone on
quite a sonic journey since. It should be interesting to see
where it’s currently leading them.
the East River Bar in Williamsburg presents an eclectic night
with Chasm, Room, and Morex Optimo. I mention this because
blogging Swiss punk Roman
Elsener of the Roman Games is now also a member
This evening’s William
Parker performance will be William Parker’s
Painter's Spring with Daniel Carter and Hamid
Drake. This should also be smokin’. Carter
and Parker have been on and off for over three decades –
Dimensions In Music. And I already warned you
is playing at the Williamsburg club Barbes. In addition to
bass, guitar, and drums, this small eclectic international
ensemble features a thereminist, a vibraphonist, and a Russian
singer who also dances. They are at once folksy and classical,
dark and funny, and definitely far from the sort of gypsy/klezmer
thing that you might expect.
party should also be fun. They have some rocking bands –
Suzuki, Aberdeen City, The Go Station, and the
Young Lords. There’s also, DJ’s, art, an open
bar (after you shell out fifteen clams) and, finally, if you
are into getting your picture taken so you can be on a web
Night’s Party is credited with “event
photos” on the flier. Damned - I should bring a camera
and get the girls to take their tops off for me. I mean I
do have a web site. Don’t I?
producer, and extraterrestrial lizard MF
Doom is at Nokia Theatre tonight with Big
Daddy Kane, Pete
Sear. If you aren't acquainted with MF by now,
he used to be Zev Love X from KMD
in the early-1990s (and appeared on 3rd Bass' "The Gas
Face"). Since then he disappeared after the death of
the other half of KMD, his brother, Subroc, and re-surfaced
and re-invented himself in 1999 as MF Doom. Since then he's
been a central figure in underground hip-hop alone, with Madvillain
and, most recently, in DangerDoom
DJ Danger Mouse). He has a comic book aesthetic,
sci-fi music, and masterful Dada-ish rhymes. Of all contemporary
rappers, he may be the closest heir to the Rammellzee
legacy - less in terms of his rapping or skills and more in
terms of aesthetics. I don't know what to expect live but
I don't see how it could be anything less than freaky, fun
and fantastic - Fantastic Five, that is.... And Big
Daddy Kane - one of the greatest emcees, and
according to himself, lovers, of the late 1980s. Apparently
Daddy's back in a big way with more flow than the East River.
Let's find out... Then don't forget legendary DJ/producer
Pete Rock and beatboxing MC Lord Sear (who did cameos not
only with the Beasties
Pun, but also KMD). A super-solid line-up.
Parker's week at The Stone continues with two
project's tonight - Pyramid
Trio (8 PM) and Raining
On the Moon part one (10 PM). Roy
Campbell's Pyramid Trio, once again featuring
the unbeatable rhythm section of William Parker and Hamid
Drake , has got to be one of the best combinations
of the week. Roy Campbell's possesses a rich vocabulary of
sounds, tones, and riffs. And, while he's billed on trumpet,
will he sneak some exotic instruments through the back door
of The Stone? Raining On the Moon may be The William Parker
Quartet's most accessible work. Mellow and swingy, the other
big difference is that the quartet is joined by the honey-toned
voice of Leena
Conquest - again the all-star line-up is Parker,
Drake, Lewis Barnes, and Rob Brown.
Ali Quintet starts their weekend-long run at
Sweet Rhythm tonight. An innovator in "polytonal drumming,"
Ali's virtuosic, metronomic, and asymmetrical betrayal of
the steady groove marked a turning point in jazz and, it's
safe to say, earned him a place among the most influential
drummers in history - particularly in the free jazz tradition.
He is best known for his double drumming with, and eventual
replacement of, Elvin Jones in John
Coltrane's band - remaining Coltrane's drummer
up until the saxophonist's death. You can also find him on
recordings by everyone from Archie
Shepp to Alice
Coltrane. Let's see who he brings with 'em.
Wobble and the English Roots Band is at the Avalon.
Wobble was the PiL
bassist on the good albums who quit at the right time to embark
upon a solo career exploring dub, experimental music, and
various world genres.
Rev bassist J Russo's long-lived project, is
at Pianos with Lolita Bras, December Sound, and The Bird and
the Vine. Hopewell's take on psychedelic pop is original,
well-written, well-conceived, and loud. Apparently the world
is finally beginning to open its gates to the lads - and they've
more than earned it.
Sound Track Orchestra of New York, AKA the talented drummer/artist/electronic
Ventilato, will be performing tonight at ISSUE
Project Room. Fa will be improvising the accompaniment to
one of the most visually stunning and important works in cinema
With a Movie Camera (1929) - with loops,
samples, and CD manipulations.
Street Boys, and Christy
& Emily at the Cake Shop. Though, Frances
typically plays eclectic folky music with toy piano, accordion,
guitar, kalimba, Pakistani banjo, autoharp, glockenspiel,
violin, viola, percussion, bass, am radio, sampler and iPod,
tonight we will find him with a pared-down electric rock quartet.
P show at Tommy's Tavern in Greenpoint with Bent
Outta Shape from Brooklyn, Common Vision from
Ashville, NC, and International Anthems for Irrational Numbers
from Philly. Of particular interest is openers Monogamous
Octopus which is billed as "colin from usaisamonster,
barbara from animental, meghan from threesome, playing no
wave and george michael covers. Either way, Tommy's is always
cheap and fun.
Canadian collective Broken
Social Scene starts another run at Webster Hall.
I'd tell you to be ready for a stage full of folks doing lots
of instrument switching and jamming, but I think it's sold-out.
But not to worry - the dudes who live in the storefront below
me would probably gladly let you pay a much lower price to
watch their instrument-switching jam session any night of
the week. But really, I ain't a playa hata- they ain't as
bad as all that - but neither are those dudes downstairs...
Parker concerts continue at The Stone with free
jazz supergroup Other
Dimensions in Music for the early show. In addition
to Parker, the ensemble features longtime Parker collaborators
Carter, on reeds and trumpet, and Roy
Campbell, on trumpet, and the legendary and unreal
avant drummer Rashid
on the Moon part two is once again Parker, Hamid
Drake, Lewis Barnes, Rob Brown, and the voice
Conquest (see Thursday).
Friendship Society used to irritate the hell
out of me for assembling the obvious (punk or ska or generic
world music forms) in an unintegrated manner - with a thespian-ish
Weimar cabaret presentation - sort of like Joel Gray speeding
through the Casio preset menu. That’s all changed now
and they’ve mastered the difficult art of incongruence.
And, they rock out, really throw down musically, and their
shows have become unpredictable affairs with a younger audience
that goes nuts.
of my favorite all-time guitarists, Marc
Ribot, is at Tonic with his new band Marc Ribot
‘s Ceramic Dog. This is Ribot’s foray into the
hard and the heavy with bassist Shahzad
Ismaily and drummer Ches
Coltrane drumming phenomenon Rashied Ali continues
a stint at Sweet Basil with his quartet (See
Thursday). And another jazz drum legend, Paul
Motian, brings his octet to the Village Vanguard.
Motian played in the 1950s with everyone from Stan
Getz to Thelonious
Monk, but is best known for his work with on
those sublime Bill
Evans Trio records. This should be an extension
of his wild Electric
and Uncle Woody Sullender are at ISSUE Project Room. Talibam
is a drums/synth/sax trio that features Kevin Shea from Storm
and Stress and Coptic
Light. Talibam's music is not easy to categorize
but can be described as loose, spastic, and energetic.
Action, who sound a lot like their name (a Flaming
Groovies song) would imply, but with a little
approach, throw their record release party at Union Pool.
Also worthy of mention on the bill is the rough punk band
DC Snipers – who have some artful guitar
breaks. With Tampoffs, Crimson Sweet, and VCR
Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, who I haven’t
seen forever, used to really shake it down. If you’re
at all into zydeco - go... Philly’s Man
Man, at the Cake Shop, who go for the carnival/late
Waits thing (but sometimes come off a bit more
The Detestable Festevil at Tommy’s in Greenpoint features
Wilson Shock Treatment, Live Girls, and Action
Adventure Systems. Brian Wilson Shock Treatment play some
super-low-fi sixties garage rock that has some Detroit in
it as well. Broken
Social Scene continues to jam Webster Hall (See
Thursday). And, finally, Lez
Zeppelin, whose name is also self-explanatory,
do their shtick in the friendly confines of the Bowery Ballroom.
here to find out why New York Night Train selects
Cosby and His White Pudding Pops as the show
of the week.
Lucas and Gods
and Monsters are at The Bowery Poetry Club. Lucas
is of course the bizarre and astounding guitar hero that made
his name with late-period Captain
Beefheart and has gone on to play with everyone
you can think of. In this, his own band, the rhythm section
consists of two men who helped plant the early punk rock seeds
in Boston and New York - Ernie
Brooks of the Modern
Lovers on bass and Billy
Ficca of Television
on drums. I wish everything didn’t always happen on
the same night.
Parker’s run at The Stone continues to
go strong with two multi-media performances. The first, “While
We Still Have Feet,” features the poetry of David
Budbill accompanied by the rhythm section of
Parker and Hamid
Drake,. The late show is Eloping
with the Sun featuring Parker on the sintir,
Drake on frame drum,
Joe Morris on banjo and guitar, and the dancing
of Patricia Nicholson.
Day and The Time and Sharon
Jones and The Dap-Kings put on a show at BAM's
Gilman Opera House. Anyone who knows about this band know's
there's no way they could stink - particularly if they still
have that full-band slide-over move they made famous in Purple
Rain. Folks from Minneapolis always swear that Prince learned
everything he knows from Flyte Tyme and Grand Central –
the two mid-Seventies bands that Morris Day and the Time draw
from (I found an article about that scene here).
Go spend some time with him because “Gigolos Get Lonely
Kulintang is debuting a new piece entitled 7000
Mysteries at ISSUE Project Room. Electric Kulintang is the
project of two percussionist/composers Susie
Ibarra and Roberto
Rodriguez. Kulintang is a Filipino musical style
named after a percussion instrument that consists of eight
gongs in a wooden tray. The duo navigates the waters of experimental
jazz and funk as they loop and sample the kulintang and add
Brooklyn is hosting a dub battle between the Dub
Nomads and Dr.
Israel and Dreadtone International. Israel’s
long gone classic Inna
City Pressure was just re-released along
with his new one Dreadtone International: Patterns of
War on ROIR. Israel takes the dub seriously – knowing
good and well its inclusive possibilities. You don’t
know dub until you’ve heard it applied to Black
Sabbath. Enough said.
Coltrane’s drumming phenomenon Rashied
Ali continues a stint at Sweet Basil with his
quartet (see Thursday).
Evans Trio beat-master, Paul
Motian, brings his octet to the Village Vanguard
(See Friday). And once
Social Scene continues to jam pack Webster Hall
Fa She Mello and Stefan
Tcherepnin, Rubbed Raw Dance Squad, and Andersonic
at Sin-e. The ambitious Excepter always seems to get
a write-up here. Their trademark among all of more recent
underground improvisers is their play with dance music. There’s
no shortage of synths, space-age samples, loops, club beats,
and super-delayed dubby vocal sounds. There’re also
found sounds, feedback, dissonance, and a number of features
that identify Excepter with the noise genre. And modern dance…
Stefan Tcherepnin is also on the bill. He’s the fourth
generation of notable composers in the Tcherepnin family son
grandson of Alexander
and great-grandson of Nikolai.
He works in live analog electronic music.
at Scenic. The lovely ladies of Moisturizer are concluding
their residency at Scenic with a celebration of the end of
the Year of the Cock and the beginning of the Year of the
Dog. Moisturizer, in the middle, is a veteran all-star trio
Vince, etc.), Moist
Friendship Society, etc.), and whoever their
new drummer is. With only a sax, a bass, and some drums, over
the years they have become THE funky downtown sweat institution.The
headliner, Volney Litmus, features the fellas from Antiballas
(see Monday) and plays what they call Lo-Fi
AM Rock - but sounds a bit Costello-y to me. And finally,
first, and certainly not least, Re-Tada is the talented Tadayuki
Hirano's solo version of Tadanoshin. Tada, who you may remember
as the drumming monster of Japanese New York noise outfit
Bide, is actually a pretty fun and sexy Prince-like
bandleader. A party to say the least.
Parker’s week at The Stone
concludes with two benefit shows – each the world premier
of a new piece. The early one, “Frames,” is with
Andrew Bemkey, Matt Lavelle, Sabir Mateen, and Daniel Carter
all on woodwinds and Alon Nechushtan on piano. The late show,
"Light In The Hall of Whispers," features Myk Freedman,
Todd Nicholson, David Moss, and Shiau-shu Yu – all on
Circus and Guignol at Mo Pitkins.
Despite their horrible name, Beat Circus are a notch above
your average retro-carny band – they’re more musically
accomplished and their scope is wider. If it’s your
thing, what’re ya waitin’ for?
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