Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Recording: Neil Rankin/{AN} eel/Michael Kaler/Glen Hall

Artist: Neil Rankin/{AN} eel/Michael Kaler/Glen Hall

Song: [excerpt from first piece]

Recorded at Dundas Video ("Track Could Bend #13"), April 5, 2016.

Neil Rankin/{AN} eel/Michael Kaler/Glen Hall - [excerpt from first piece]

To my great surprise and delight, Track Could Bend has survived and thrived for a full year. To celebrate, I invited everyone who played the series' first twelve months (more than seventy people!) back for a birthday party. In the end, the night consisted of twenty-seven musicians collaborating over eight short sets, most of which were spontaneous "bands from a hat", drawn by lot before the set started. Given the wide range of musical practices and backgrounds, it was quite exciting to see how much coherence and excellence resulted.

This quartet fell right into an off-kilter groove, presenting a spontaneous no-wave prog-suite driven by grooves from bassist Michael Kaler (part of Alaniaris at TCB#6) and saxophonist Glen Hall (who had performed as part of Rub Out The Word at TCB#9). Neil Rankin (who had left a trail of Slime at TCB#5) crouched in front of the stage, using a radio and some pedals to add some sonic textures while Neal Retke (a.k.a {AN} Eel, featured pop stylist at TCB#10) tied everything together with his presence and vocal babblebursts.

[The next Track Could Bend will be at Dundas Video on Tuesday, May 3rd, featuring Kosher Dill Spears, Terms Of Venery (Mike Smith, solo electronics) and Glamour Nails (Lina Allemano + Justin Haynes).]