NELS CLINE SINGERS
file under: experimental, jazz
Nels Cline might be best know as the guitarist who replaced Leroy Bach in Wilco, but he has been playing with artists such as Mike Watt and Thurston Moore, as well as pursuing his own solo projects, for decades. From NPR:
Like his pal Bill Frisell or colleague Marc Ribot, Cline owns a style that's as adaptable as it is unusual. Part of what he offers is in line with the school of noise guitar innovated in part by another friend and collaborator, Thurston Moore: Cline relishes the peculiarities of the Fender Jazzmaster, and has a profound fascination with discordant sonics. But his interests and abilities extend far beyond feedback. As a soloist in rock and fusion settings, he avoids blues-rooted cliches; his attack is physical and his phrasing abrupt, often punctuated by shrewd use of the guitar's tremolo arm. Cline's application of pedals and other electronics is so involved that they become instruments unto themselves, yet he can deliver a convincing approximation of cool-toned jazz playing.
Head over here to listen to "Floored"- a track off of The Nels Cline Singers’
latest album, Initiate.
The Nels Cline Singers are playing two shows at LPR on July 6th. You can get tickets for the early show here, and the late show here.
file under: avant-garde, experimental, new wave, performance art
Laurie Anderson's 40-year career bucks classification, incorporating performance art, music, spoken word, video, and more. To mention John Zorn, Lou Reed, and Philip Glass only glosses her collaborations with the American avant-garde. She's also crossed over in interesting and unexpected ways, whether voicing a singing tot in The Rugrats Movie, or hitting #2 on the 1981 UK Singles Chart with "O Superman (For Massenet)", a doomsday anthem combining the vocoder with an aria from Le Cid. That angelic, robotic voice is often reprised on Homeland, her first new album in a decade, which fans will welcome as an heir to her definitive performance piece, United States. It's also a perfect starting point; an exquisite state-of-the-union dispatch as only Anderson, America's darkly comic conscience, can provide. –Brian Howe, Pitchfork
Head over to NPR to stream Homeland in its entirety.
Click here to get tickets to her show on July 13th.
file under: jazz, indie, experimental, post-rock
On Fillmore is duo comprised of upright bassist Darin Gray and drummer Glenn Kotche who create compositions using field recordings in addition to their respective instruments. While their commitments to other projects (Jim O'Rourke, Wilco, and solo work) have limited their time to record together, they have still released four albums and scored several films since forming in 2000. Pitchfork on their latest album, Extended Vacation:
These seven interwoven pieces delight: Accessible but not pedestrian, complex but not esoteric, Extended Vacation feels improvised in spirit, but, in both structure and sound, it reveals two focused, imaginative composers and performers. The melodies and the warped sounds-- a vibraphone blurred into an organ, animal samples sculpted into a symphony, xylophone lines fashioned into music box tunes-- make Extended Vacation the most instantly likable On Fillmore album yet.
Check out their video for “Master Moon” below
Click here to get tickets for their July 15th performance with Rachel Grimes.