New music from Grant Evans and Rachel Evans (Motion Sickness of Time Travel) under their recently adopted alter-ego Coyote Image, forthcoming from Kimberly Dawn, Frank Baugh’s limited-run mini-CDr label. Grant and Rachel are most familiar for their individual efforts, their duo Quiet Evenings and their ceaselessly fascinating indie label, Hooker Vision. It was brilliant to finally see them perform live at the Stone in New York City on February 1. Already I’m looking forward to next time, but suspect they’ll drag me down to Athens, Georgia, before that.
News has arrived that Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, a cornetist, conductor, composer, conceptualist and inimitable spirit, has succumbed to the cancer with which he was diagnosed last year. I’d so hoped for his recovery, but it was not to be. If you know his work, this poignant musical slideshow will kindle warm memories; if you don’t, let this be the start of a fruitful voyage of discovery.
Impressive sample from Insight by Hundred Acres, the third release on the new Worn Habit imprint from Michael Pouw, who also runs the honored Canadian tape label House of Sun; plays in Basked Unit; and records as Knit Prism and Elder. No idea who Hundred Acres might be – though it’s probably not this band – but I’m eager to hear more. You can connect with Worn Habit on Facebook and Twitter, too.
Singer and synth player Caroline Teagle’s latest creation as Imperial Topaz, with Zachary Zierden on more synths, might just be her sultriest song to date. You can catch the duo’s live debut at The Stone in New York City on Sunday, February 3, and, if you act fast, you can snag a copy of their new split cassette with Motion Sickness of Time Travel on brother Franklin Teagle’s label, Tranquility Tapes (for which Carolyn provides all the snazzy cover art).
Angular Music, the debut full-length album by Tilth – Nathan McLaughlin, Cody Yantis and Joe Houpert – is now available for preorder on the Soft Abuse website, here. McLaughlin has been among my most significant discoveries in 2012 (I can’t get enough of his now-concluded Echolocation cassette series), and I’ve also admired his work with Houpert as Loud & Sad; Houpert’s solo music as Prayer; and the too-little bit of Yantis’s work I’ve encountered up to now.
Tōru Takemitsu – Archipelago S. (1994) Members of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra/Yuzo Toyama
If you’re in New York City on Monday, December 10, you can hear Juilliard’s outstanding new-music group Axiomplay this live at Alice Tully Hall, free of charge and paired with John Adams’s Grand Pianola Music.
The great free-jazz saxophonist David S. Ware, with whom I had the opportunity to connect briefly and fruitfully during the P.R. phase of my career, moved on to the next plane of existence on Thursday, October 18, 2012, following a lengthy illness and a temporary reprieve, during which he created some of the finest music of his career. Ware’s recent albums are readily accessible and highly recommended, but my Time Out comrade Hank Shteamer has unearthed a rare treasure: Ware’s early LP Birth of a Being, featuring pianist Gene Ashton (later Cooper-Moore) and drummer Marc Edwards, is available for streaming in its entirety on Soundcloud.
The excellent local label Rvng Intl. has just opened up a Bandcamp store. Celebrate by blissing out with this narcotic collaboration by Blues Control and Laraaji, available for cheapskate streaming, dry-goods purchase and download in both lossy and lossless varieties.