Monday, May 2, 2016

Concert Listings Roundup #147

You can read more about why I'm doing listings here. Long story short: This curated and decidedly non-comprehensive list contains nothin' but shows that I am going to/would go to if I had more time.

Gigs of the week:

Feast In The East 5 Year Anniversary Day 1 (feat. New Fries / Horse Lords / Carl Didur / JFM) / Anchored Social Club 2016-05-06 (Friday) [FB event]

Feast In The East 5 Year Anniversary Day 2 (feat. MATROX / Blonde Elvis / Germaphobes / Castle If) / Anchored Social Club 2016-05-07 (Saturday) [FB event]

Feast in The East has now moved through a half-dozen unconventional venues but the spirit behind the series remains strong and always gives a reason to make a rare musical journey across the Don Valley. The events embrace the DIY ethos beyond the bands on stage — the food and the environs are also just as much a part of creating the friendly spirit that the series engenders. This two-night spectacular to celebrate five years of great music serves as a sort of "greatest hits" package of performers from the series' past and the events also mark the release of a cookbook ("featuring 40 original recipes & pieces of art, plus 2 cassette tapes of music"). Bon appetit!

This week's noteworthy shows:

Cate Le Bon (Mega Bog) / The Horseshoe Tavern 2016-05-02 (Monday) [more info]

Track Could Bend #14 (feat. Glamour Nails [Lina Allemano + Justin Haynes] / Terms Of Venery [Mike Smith, solo electronics] / Kosher Dill Spears) / Dundas Video 2016-05-03 (Tuesday – PWYC!) [FB event]

Toronto Plays Itself (feat. Maylee Todd / Clairmont The Second / Petra Glynt) / The Garrison 2016-05-03 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Troubleshooting (feat. Ian Macchiusi / Ian Jarvis / Michael Palumbo) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-05-04 (Wednesday — early) [FB event]

Twin Talk (Tania Gill Quartet) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-05-04 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Ride the Tempo presents (feat. Partner / Pony / Eyeballs / Pale Lips / Pins & Needles) / The Silver Dollar Room 2016-05-04 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Toronto Jazz Festival Discovery Series: Nick Fraser double release celebration (feat. Nick Fraser Trio / Nick Fraser Quartet) / The Rex Hotel 2016-05-04–2015-05-05 (Wednesday + Thursday) [FB event]

Stressfest 3: Day One (feat. Crosss / Edhochuli / Grand Detour / Cellphone) / CineCycle 2016-05-05 (Thursday) [FB event]

Wavelength 699 (feat. Partner / Kurt Marble / LOLAA / Entire Cities / The Fern Tips / Walrus) / The Silver Dollar Room 2016-05-05 (Thursday) [FB event]

Shhhhh ["celebrating the launch of the musical instrument lending library"] (feat. Deliluh / Dorothea Paas [solo] / Stucco) / Toronto Public Library – Parkdale Branch 2016-05-06 (Friday – free! all ages!) [FB event]

Stuck in the City/Not Dead yet present (feat. Hank Wood & the Hammerheads / Soupcans / The Boys / Conman) / Soybomb 2016-05-06 (Friday) [FB event]

Shhhhh ["celebrating the launch of the musical instrument lending library"] (feat. Retired / New Positions / Blue Light / Kapali Carsi) / Toronto Public Library – Parkdale Branch, Basement Auditorium 2016-05-07 (Saturday – free! all ages! afternoon show @ 4:30 p.m.!) [FB event]

Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-05-08 (Sunday) [FB event]

Ken Aldcroft Trio [Ken Aldcroft/Wes Neal/Jesse Baird] / The Emmet Ray 2016-05-08 (Sunday) [more info]

Somewhere There's Second Sunday Series) feat. Christian Ferlaino) / Array Space 2016-05-08 (Sunday)

Taylor Knox (Boyscott / Shawn William Clarke) / Burdock Music Hall 2016-05-08 (Sunday) [FB event]

Add these to your calendar:

Reminder: This post only contains this week's updates — the full listings can always be found over on the right-hand sidebar!

Wordless Word (feat. Jin Hi Kim + Robert Appleton [Korean zither + generative multimedia software] / Graham Wakefield [solo electronics]) / Array Space 2016-05-10 (Tuesday) [FB event]

The Grand Residency (feat. Grand Analog / Bonjay) / Rivoli 2016-05-10 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Somewhere There presents (feat. Torche! [Xavier Charles + Éric Normand] / Waniuk + Arulanandam / Saumer + Tielli) / Ratio 2016-05-12 (Thursday)

Merganzer (Tess Roby / Best Fern) / The Tranzac (Main Hall) 2016-05-13 (Friday) [FB event]

New Chance (Prince Nifty) / Holy Oak Café 2016-05-13 (Friday) [more info]

Dun Dun Band (c_RL) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-05-14 (Saturday) [FB event]

Bedroom Sessions (feat. Danielle Fricke / Coral King [solo project from Triple Gangers/Hush Pup's Ida Maidstone] / Maggie Smith [member of WEARENOTWHOWEARE/Gold Pony] / Gusty Winds) / Handlebar 2016-05-15 (Sunday) [FB event]

Nancy Pants (TV Sets / Human Bodies) / Handlebar 2016-05-21 (Saturday) [FB event]

Music Between Friends (feat. Brave Radar / LOOM / Blunt Chunks) / Handlebar 2016-05-22 (Sunday) [FB event]

Union Suit (Property / Fake Humans) / Holy Oak Café 2016-05-26 (Thursday) [FB event]

Burn Down The Capital presents (feat. Fet.nat / Several Futures / Retired) / Double Double Land 2016-05-26 (Thursday) [FB event]

Big Easy Nights presents Night Time Sounds (feat. Moonwood / Mune / Bicyclops) / Duffy's Tavern 2016-05-28 (Saturday) [FB event]

Electric Eclectics & Burn Down The Capital present (feat. Wolf Eyes / Nadja / Burden / Doom Tickler) / The Garrison 2016-06-03 (Friday) [FB event]

Martha Farquhar-McDonnell [My Singing Bird album release!] (GREX) / Church of St. Andrew by-the-lake 2016-06-05 (Sunday – afternoon show @ 4 p.m.!) [FB event]

Heaven For Real (Bernice / Old and Weird / Thick Neck) / Double Double Land 2016-06-16 (Thursday) [FB event]

NO FEST – Day 1 (feat. Chastity Belt / Fake Palms / Twist) / The Garrison 2016-06-17 (Friday) [FB event]

Colleen Green (Cassie Ramone / Kurt Marble / Plasmalab) / Smiling Buddha 2016-06-20 (Monday) [FB event]

Solonation (feat. Heidi Chan / Kayla Grant / Aki Takahashi / Nicole Rampersaud / Xuan Ye) / Array Space 2016-06-25 (Saturday) [FB event]

Silent Shout presents: No Borders Kitchen Benefit Show (feat. Sean Nicholas Savage / Cadence Weapon / Calvin Love [solo acoustic] / Petra Glynt) / The Garrison 2016-07-01 (Friday) [FB event]

Nite Comfort 35 (feat. JFM / Let There Be Light) / Handlebar 2016-07-03 (Sunday) [FB event]

Community corner:

  • Counting Sheep, a "guerrilla folk opera" by Mark and Marichka Marczyk along with the Lemon Bucket Orchestra is being remounted later this month (May 26 to June 5) at 296 Broadview Avenue. More than a play or performance, this is a deeply-interactive experience that sees the audience sharing food and throwing bricks, creating an immersive sense of what it feels like to be in the middle of a revolution. Set in Ukraine's Euromaidan, this presents historical change from the inside, with all the chaos, sorrow, and glimmers of hope intact. I saw this during its run at SummerWorks last year, and it has strongly stuck with me ever since — it gets my highest recommendation.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Recording: Christine Duncan/Patrick O'Reilly/Laura Swankey

Artist: Christine Duncan/Patrick O'Reilly/Laura Swankey

Songs: [two excerpts]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), April 20, 2016.

Christine Duncan/Patrick O'Reilly/Laura Swankey - [set 1 excerpt]

Christine Duncan/Patrick O'Reilly/Laura Swankey - [set 2 excerpt]

Excellent work here from three fab improvisers. I'd seen Christine Duncan and Laura Swankey vocalizing together a couple months ago, so it was interesting to watch their chemistry continuing to develop. Meanwhile, Patrick O'Reilly added a wide range of sonic backgrounds on guitar, his pedals helping him to move from percussive krrchings to ambient textures.

There's an amazing bit of improvised beauty in the second piece — there's a couple minutes in the middle of this chunk that are at a lower level than is easy to listen to, but something really magical happens. Duncan starts into a meditation on choices, and riffs for a bit on the notion of "a bird in the hand", and then into a meditation on what's near to your hand right now, and what you could choose to do with it.

The others drop out, and Duncan continues in almost a whisper. Then there's a long pause, and she concludes (at around the 4:00 of this excerpt), "think about it" — and for a second it feels as if that's going to be it. But then, she re-gathers her thoughts and delivers a spontaneous secular sermon on choice and presence and it's just wonderful. And speaking of choices, listen how O'Reilly and Swankey come back in to shimmer around Duncan's words as they pull everything back into a giant crane shot/psychic hug to close it out.

Recording: No Octopus Dances

Artist: No Octopus Dances

Song: [set 2, first piece] (excerpt)

Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), April 20, 2016.

No Octopus Dances - [set 2, first piece] (excerpt)

In light of Inky's valiant escape from captivity, there was some talk from the stage on whether the band's moniker, at least on this night, should be the more celebratory "Octopus Dances". Meanwhile, percussionists Germaine Liu and Mark Zurawinski challenged themselves by stripping their kits back to no more than a snare apiece, along with a variety of bricabrac at their feet. There was still plenty of inventive rings and rattles while Allison Cameron mixed in some distorto-banjo to her warped keyb jigs and Stephen Parkinson added his stabbing guitar worries.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Recording: The Beverleys

Artist: The Beverleys

Songs: Hush + Hoodwink

Recorded at Smiling Buddha, April 16, 2016.

The Beverleys - Hush

The Beverleys - Hoodwink

Bands don't last forever. One gets used to the natural cycle of things, but the announcement that The Bevs' vinyl release show (for last year's excellent Brutal) was also serving as their farewell was a bit of a shock. Still, even if it leaves a pang of regret for songs not written and shows not played, maybe there's something to be said for going out on top, and leaving with a big party in a room filled with friends. Aside from a quick "we're never playing here again!" quip while sorting out some recalcitrant gear, the band mostly let the music do the talking, playing pretty much everything in their songbook one last time. This was a damn fine band that I was glad to get to see and document — all the best to 'em going forward.

Recording: Surinam

Artist: Surinam

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Smiling Buddha, April 16, 2016.

Surinam - unknown

There was more new material in the band's setlist — the songs from last year's tape are mostly in the past now. As well, Ami Spears (recently departed from Crosss) is now in the fold on keybs. Her role seems to be to add drones under the surface of the music — sometimes you can't entirely hear them in the din, but you can feel that there's some extra menace lurking beneath the surface.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

Recording: Plasmalab

Artist: Plasmalab

Song: Blackout

Recorded at Smiling Buddha, April 16, 2016.

Plasmalab - Blackout

A Beverleys show was the right place to discover this self-proclaimed "junk rok" trio — they featured a pop streak that would come in and out of focus from song to song, sometimes working harder to just pummel through than work in the hooks. With nearly as many hints of LiLiPUT as the Stones, this was a bracing, quick set to set start off a happy-sad night.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Concert Listings Roundup #146

You can read more about why I'm doing listings here. Long story short: This curated and decidedly non-comprehensive list contains nothin' but shows that I am going to/would go to if I had more time.

Gigs of the week:

Baby Cages (Jo Passed / Secret Sign / Brigitte Bardon't) / The Silver Dollar Room 2016-04-28 (Thursday) [FB event]

Womxn Pedalling ["a new performance, workshop and gathering series curated by Lido Pimienta showcasing womxn in music + exploring the use of loopers and pedal stations as core tools for music composition and performance"] (feat. Alissa Vox RAW / New Chance / Kira May / Witch Prophet) / Gladstone Hotel 2016-04-28 (Thursday) [FB event]

Two cool shows on Thursday night, and to be honest, I have no idea where I'll end up yet. But it's cool, in any event, to see some boundary-pushing shows on local stages and a whole lotta woman power. (On that theme, and pushing things in a different direction on that same night, Zimbabwean a cappella group Nobuntu are at Lula Lounge.)

This week's noteworthy shows:

Bloop/Unexplained Sounds (feat. Lina Allemano/Mike Smith/Germaine Liu/Nick Fraser) / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-04-26 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Arts & Letters Club Music Salon (feat. Andréa Tyniec / Jonathan Krehm / The Canadian Electronic Ensemble) / Arts & Letters Club 2016-04-26 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Burn Down The Capital presents (feat. Circuit Des Yeux / Marisa Anderson / Michael Keith / Myk Freedman) / Ratio 2016-04-27 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Omhouse (Luka / Stephen Steinbrink) / Smiling Buddha 2016-04-28 (Thursday) [FB event]

Nobuntu ["all-female a cappella group from Zimbabwe"] / Lula Lounge 2016-04-28 (Thursday) [FB event]

St. Dirt Elementary School [15th Anniversary!] (DUST: The Quietest Big Band in the Known World) / The Music Gallery 2016-04-29 (Friday) [FB event]

LAL [Find Safety album release concert!] (Too Attached / Marshia Celina) / Lee's Palace 2016-04-29 (Friday) [FB event]

The Ryan Driver Sextet / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-04-29 (Friday)

Rheostatics (Amelia Curran) / Massey Hall 2016-04-29 (Friday) [more info]

Eucalyptus [April Saturdays residency!] / Hirut Restaurant 2016-04-30 (Saturday – Good eats available but not obligatory! early show 7 to 10 p.m.!) [FB event]

Reel Cod presents (feat. Village [Drag LP release!] / Mimico / The Sulks / Processor) / Smiling Buddha 2016-04-30 (Saturday) [FB event]

Burn Down The Capital (feat. Brahja Waldman / Thom Gill / Khora & Mas Aya / Hobson's Choice) / Ratio 2016-04-30 (Saturday) [FB event]

Astrosurf [EP release!] / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-04-30 (Saturday) [FB event]

Spectrum Music: La Suite Du Petit Prince/The Little Prince Suite ["an enchanting blend of storytelling and music based on the novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry"] / Alliance Française de Toronto 2016-05-01 (Sunday – afternoon show! free for kids!) [FB event]

Collective Improvisation with Avesta Nakhaei / The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge) 2016-05-01 (Sunday — afternoon show, 2:30–4:30 p.m.!)

Tamara Sandor [album launch!] (Bernice / Blunt Chunks) / Burdock Music Hall 2016-05-01 (Sunday) [FB event]

Nite Comfort 33 (feat. Onewayness / G Group) / Handlebar 2016-05-01 (Sunday) [FB event]

Add these to your calendar:

Reminder: This post only contains this week's updates — the full listings can always be found over on the right-hand sidebar!

Greys [Outer Heaven album release party!] (TV Freaks / Casper Skulls) / The Garrison 2016-05-13 (Friday) [FB event]

Audiopollination #42.1 (Rob Carroll/Tiina Kiik/John Yelland / Neil Wiernik/Clara Engel / Dimitar Pentchev/Melissa J/Darlene Cuevas / Carter Thornton) / Array Space 2016-05-14 (Saturday) [FB event]

Uh Bones (The Sulks / Terror Lake / Sprawls) / The 300 Club 2016-05-14 (Saturday) [FB event]

Iderdown (Dirty Inputs / organdrum) / Smiling Buddha 2016-05-17 (Tuesday) [FB event]

Lab Coast (Century Palm / Dorothea Paas) / Burdock Music Hall 2016-05-18 (Wednesday) [FB event]

Whimm (Homebody / Poster Boy / Lizzy Boredom) / The Silver Dollar Room 2016-05-18 (Wednesday) [FB event]

B-17 [Goodbye record release show!] (Prince Ness / Glass Slipper / Sissy Boy) / The Silver Dollar Room 2016-05-20 (Friday) [FB event]

Audiopollination #42.2 (feat. The Lady Hedonism Consort of Toronto [Ilana Waniuk/Laura Bates/Aline Homzy/Sanaz Nakhjavani/Heather Segger/Nicole Rampersaud/Bea Labikova/Alexandra Spence/Laura Swankey/Zoe Alexis-Abrams/Nilan Perera] / Alexandra Spence/Diane Roblin / Alexandra Spence/Paul Newman) / Array Space 2016-05-22 (Sunday) [FB event]

Shotgun Jimmie (Canyon Carvers / LUKA) / Monarch Tavern 2016-05-28 (Saturday) [FB event]

Veda Hille (John Southworth) / Burdock Music Hall 2016-06-02 (Thursday) [FB event]

CCMC [rare "collective" appearance featuring past and current CCMC members playing in various combinations and also as a large ensemble] / Gallery 345 2016-06-11 (Saturday) [FB event]

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Recording: EAR-CAM

Artist: EAR-CAM

Songs: [two excerpts]

Recorded at The Tranzac (Tiki Room), April 16, 2016.

EAR-CAM - [first set, excerpt 1]

EAR-CAM - [first set, excerpt 2]

Another in an intermittent series of reunions from this longstanding improvising force saw the group's numbers reduced with vocal soundmaker Nobuo Kubota absent. He did, however, make some virtual appearances via Glen Hall's cataRT sound manipulations, which also included some cut up Burroughs vocals. Embroidered by Tomasz Krakowiak's quietly-minimalist percussion, that left Hall and John Oswald's reed work to compete with Christine Duncan's vocal adventures. In the second set there was increased competition for the audience's eyeballs when the freeform music was accompanied by some equally abstract tap dancing.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Recording: ZONES

Artist: ZONES

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Sonic Boom (Record Store Day), April 16, 2016.

ZONES - unknown

I was sad to have missed the celebration party for Zones' new album, but with a big sub in place at Sonic Boom, it was an ample reward to hear the band experimenting with some new rhythms. No longer just woozing with their dub-psychedelic layers of echo-haze, there were also excursions like this that skewed more towards mutant disco.

* I'm not sure if this a new track, or something that got reworked a bit from its previous form — lemme know if you can work out the title to this one.

Recording: Eucalyptus

Artist: Eucalyptus

Song: Narcalypso

Recorded at Sonic Boom (Record Store Day), April 16, 2016.

Eucalyptus - Narcalypso

In the midst of their every-Saturday-in-April residency and sporting a new tape with two new long tunes, Brodie West's recent preoccupation with percussion was on display here with the band now sporting three percussionists (Blake Howard, Evan Cartwright and Nick Fraser). Trumpeter Nicole Rampersaud was unavailable for this one, so it gave the back line all the more space for rhythmic interplay in a mix of older tunes with new stuff, like the infectiously singalong stop-and-go rhythms of "Stop and Go".

[Eucalyptus' residency continues with shows tonight (April 23) and next Saturday at Hirut Restaurant, just steps from Woodbine subway station.]

Recording: Partner

Artist: Partner

Song: Lesbian Green Day

Recorded at Sonic Boom (Record Store Day), April 16, 2016.

Partner - Lesbian Green Day

Leading off an excellently-programmed afternoon of free in-store entertainment for Record Store Day, Partner once again eschewed their rhythm section and guitar solos to play a stripped-down set. Sometimes (as with "Everyone Knows You're High") that is a means to showcase a song that'd sound good in any context, but a couple songs here sounded more purpose-built for acoustic arrangements, including "Gross Secret", played "in the style of Neil Young". This little song shows the band at their most self-aware, making a couple meta-observations and not sticking around for a second more than the idea requires.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Recording: Soundstreams

Artist: Soundstreams

Songs: Music for 18 Musicians (two excerpts) [composer: Steve Reich]

Recorded at Massey Hall (Steve Reich at 80), April 14, 2016.

Soundstreams - Music for 18 Musicians [excerpt 1]

Soundstreams - Music for 18 Musicians [excerpt 2]

The centrepiece of Soundscapes' season (with a series of spin-off concerts and other associated events) saw the new music ensemble upsize to a nearly sold-out Massey Hall for this celebration of American composer Steve Reich. Reich lead the evening off himself in a performance of Clapping Music (1972) with Russell Hartenberger — a most minimal act of minimalism from the sound of two sets of hands each clapping out a simple rhythm which slowly shifts for one of the players through a series of repetitions. That elemental percussive act was elaborated upon in the expansive Tehillim (1981) with a quartet of voices and further percussion adding layers of abstracted praise song.

The night's second half was given over to the epic Music for 18 Musicians (1976), a sustained rhythmic exercise in subtly-shifting textures. This performance came out at the longer end of the spectrum of performances of the piece at seventy-two minutes, which is a lot of time for the Reich Curve to rise and fall, rise and fall. Seeing this live involved grooving to the piece on two different (and sometimes contradictory) levels: the trance-inducing rhythms of the gloriously phasing pulses encouraging zone-out bliss while the fact of the performance itself constantly engaging one's attention. To the latter, it was fascinating to see how the eighteen musicians1, playing without a conductor, handled the heroic regularity that the piece demanded, through musical and physical cues as well as an elaborately-choreographed rotation system that saw musicians trade off spots (and musical duties) as the piece progressed. Fascinating and absorbing — and the piece sounded pretty good in the old house on Shuter, which can sometimes be an acoustically-underwhelming boomy room.

1 There was a fascinating mix of musicians in the ensemble, drawing from from the local New Music scene and beyond. For the record, the eighteen musicians were:

  • Lesley Bouza, voice
  • Michelle DeBoer, voice
  • Carla Huhtanen, voice
  • Laura Pudwell, voice
  • Anthony Thompson, clarinet/bass clarinet
  • Lori Freedman, clarinet/bass clarinet
  • Jesse Zubot, violin
  • David Hetherington, cello
  • Simon Docking, piano
  • Gregory Oh, piano
  • Tania Gill, piano
  • Stephanie Chua, piano
  • Ryan Scott, percussion
  • Russell Hartenberger, percussion
  • Garry Kvistad, percussion
  • Bob Becker, percussion
  • Michelle Colton, percussion
  • Haruka Fujii, percussion

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Recording: Jazz Bras Dot Com

Artist: Jazz Bras Dot Com

Songs: [excerpt, in two parts]

Recorded at Array Space (Somewhere There presents), April 13, 2016.

Jazz Bras Dot Com - [excerpt, part 1]

Jazz Bras Dot Com - [excerpt, part 2]

Harp, guitar and voice is perhaps not an obvious choice of instrumentation for an improvising trio — and forming a working group with its members based in Vancouver, NYC and Toronto is perhaps equally audacious. Finding common ground while at a jazz workshop at the Banff Centre, these player quickly gelled and their joint recordings there have been released as their debut album. Fairly even handed, Elisa Thorn's harp tended to focus a bit more on textures and Jessica Ackerely's guitar on noisy diversions, with Laura Swankey ranging from integrative wordless vocals to percussive smacks. It must take some dedication to haul a full-sized harp around for small-scale, noisy improvised music shows, but my understanding is that this brief tour included some further studio time, so expect this intermittent collaboration to continue when the musicians can gather themselves together.

[Laura Swankey, the locally-based member of this group, will be performing at The Tranzac tonight (April 20th) alongside vocalist Christine Duncan and guitarist Patrick O'Reilly.]

Recording: Luscar

Artist: Luscar

Song: unknown*

Recorded at Array Space (Somewhere There presents), April 13, 2016.

Luscar - unknown

It's been exciting to see this cadre of younger players — many of whom are familiar to each other through music studies at U of T — making their presence known at recent Somewhere There events, both in the crowd and increasingly on stage as well. This group isn't afraid to get noisy, and after Solon Gee's echo-ringing disruptive intro, everyone starts chopping away. That the subtleties of the compositions are pushed aside a bit as the group bashed through the pieces isn't something to complain about — if anything, I'm quite happy that these musicians, all of whom with shops to spare, aren't settling for something merely "tasteful". (That was reaffirmed in the set's final piece, an ambitiously absurd love song from Anthony Argatoff called "Burrito Girl" that featured vocalist Laura Swankey in a high-shrieking duet with Argatoff's sax.)

* Does anyone know the title(s) to this one, or if it's, in fact, two pieces together? Please leave a comment!

Recording: No Seas

Artist: No Seas

Song: [two sections]*

Recorded at Array Space (Somewhere There presents), April 13, 2016.

No Seas - [two sections]

Some intriguing work here from Alexei Orechin. With an array of pedals at his feet and a table full of cassettes and tape players the layout connotes "noise" — but Orechin instead brought something more subtle. Through there were some textured, tone-bending passages a lot of his playing was intricately organized in a way that connoted jazz chops rather than a noise attack, and my understanding is that even if there's room for some variance these pieces are composed, often in response to the tape-textures. Some parts (such as the latter portion on this extract) also brought to mind Black Walls' use of found sounds. Leaning on inspiration such as the piano in a Nina Simone piece, this subverts the expectations you might bring to Orechin's noise/lo-fi setup.

* Does anyone know the title to these? Please leave a comment!