Thursday, October 19, 2006

White sun structures

Wake up from series of dreams that got into a few dark Underworld scenes,
African women doing somethings in opulant Apt. with shades drawn,
dead and undead living among us; left with details from faces , surfaces , furniture.

Outside, white sun and a faint chalky taste in the air as construction continues below on the Loop Road

Grazing the Times online this AM;
Well done audiovid piece on Keith Jarrett's recent NY concert improv's
with samples and comments on his notes , went well with the morning here.
The words he used in describing the pieces he intends to improvise , how he saw the audience and the music bits themselves were all useful , timely and free

Also enjoyed piece on IM Pei's new Chinese building ,
his comment that his wife would like this one to be his last building reminded me of her; I used to get dropped off at Sutton Place one day a week bk during the early '80's summer's when I worked for landscaping Co. on LES in order to take care of the grounds there, a large (by NYC standards) back lawn that swept down to above the River's edge, just South of the Triboro Bridge and right along the flightpath of the small plane that crashed into the building at 72nd the other day.
IM Pei lived in one of the Apt's that opened out onto the lawn and although he never seemed to be home , his wife was very sweet and would bring me out her great iced tea on a tray and leave the pitcher there.
All in all , I do hope he does do another building , but I get her point.

This jetlag has passed , last night I was able to stay up through afternoon and past midnight , no problem , not so out of it.
What did I do ? oh the usual stuff i always want to avoid when I'm still in a post travel mood bubble - watch too much TV , for too long at a stretch , flipping channels.
But Lost was good last night.

Have been buffering the bubble in past week by listening to alot of music i'm into this moment, Cluster's Sowisoso (Hollywood and Sowiesoso are just soo good) , Harmonia, Tangerine Dream various , Popol Vuh in den garten pharoahs , Ash Ra Tempel again.
They definitely help keep my attention on more abstract things and feelings ,
good for working on computer and can be BMG or intensely detailed listening.
The listening trains the brain and provides a kind of neutral neural whiteboard for works to come as Ike Yard will be getting together for sessions in next months.
Defining both what I want to do and what i do not want to do ...
Anything to keep me out of the day to day.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

NYC 1977 -1984 musik people

On release of New York Noise 3.
This one has alot to enjoy , some things you didn't hear before
Happy to hear Boris Policeband again ,
probably the first time for many people to catch his work.
Having IMPLOG , Dark Day , IY and Rev all together just sounds good and right for that period,
the Snatch track is special , has a 'time'a production time space all it's own
Jailhouse Rock remastered a bit and hearing new things in the production there
Ut had been in mind for the longest time , Ulmer's TV Blues kept coming back to me
and everyone beared with as it came into being at Soul Jazz

None of these groups had press agents , mostly did what they had to do themselves
(the posters, putting them up, hustling gigs, making dubs and so on)
The feeling of the city then when groups sometimes started but didn't last ,
some people did all kinds of stuff simultanously just to survive
frantic to get something together ...
Alot of those people are gone now and cities change but in this eclectic group you find some forms of that energy of the city then.
The collection here highlights groups of No wave / post No wave musicmakers like Donny Christensen , Robin Crutchfield , Boris , Marty Rev who had gotten ahold of electronic instruments and who all knew each other from such a close and short lived scene. The rougher stuff like Boris P never got a further production to develope,
IMPLOG only existing because Donny wanted it too , glad we could have 2 IMPLOG cuts
SNATCH pieces teased and willed into being out of tape bits and tracks.
Thanks to Judy , Jacqui for liners , Robert for the art and thanks to Soul Jazz

Monday, October 16, 2006

New York Noise 3 !

Well, we got Trevor Jackson's label gone down ,
CBGB's closed it's doors ,
VH 1's 'Hiphop Honors' with Afrika Bambaataa , Rakim and ...
Russell Simmons , hosted by Ice T
and New York Noise 3 out today ...

And already a great Review on boomkat
As often happens with my name , there's a mistake there ,
No it's not 'Algabright' , 'Augabright' as per Rammellzee (or 'Arbright' as I used to shorten it) it's just Argabright.
I am bit surprised it seems "The City That Never Sleeps" opens the Album,
I had it down as the Album closer ...
But well chuffed Soul Jazz got it out this soon and now it's getting out there .
Enjoy , and thank you to all the artists.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

rumblings continue

... small earthquake in Japan yesterday ,
was followed by an earthquake this morning in Hawaii ...