Peter Gordon & The Love of Life Orchestra’s dense, experimental and deeply funky music has just been reissued, re-alerting listeners to the composer’s unique, genre-crossing sounds. Gordon spoke with BOMBlog’s Nick Hallett about collaborating with artists like Arthur Russell as well as the ways in which his work continues to exert an influence on the dance floor in addition to the concert hall.
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Concert reviews, album reviews, and other music-related posts.
On a summer night last July BOMBlog contributor Richard Goldstein came across something out of the ordinary in a Chelsea gallery, among Bill Beckley’s photographs was experimental folk musician Sam Amidon. Intrigued, Goldstein picked Amidon’s brain about free-jazz, the history of American folk music, and the skills you can pick up on a beach in Nova Scotia.
Sculptor Ian Schneller and champion whistler Andrew Bird joined forces on the Guggenheim’s rotunda in early August for the Dark Sounds concert series, performances that were conceived in conjunction with the Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance exhibition. In the spirit of Haunted, we went analog and had photographer Ryan Spencer shoot the show on his 35mm camera.
BOMB’s very own Lena Valencia and music blogger PIXELHORSE (a.k.a Elise Oh) give you an instant-messaged tour of this year’s Northside Festival put on by L Magazine, complete with pictures and video. It’s easy. It’s virtual. And much, much less sweaty. For blogger coverage of a festival curated by bloggers click through!
By Andrew Frank
Mysterious, talented, and “lyrically-lax” Justin Ringle of Portland’s Horse Feathers talks to Andrew Frank about his music, his inspirations, and how (if not why) the words “just feel right.”
By Alex Traub
By Luke Degnan
Musician Carl Simmons recorded the album Honeysuckle Tendrals ten years ago, and it has just been released by Sacred Bones Records. From the Sacred Bones website: “Think Peter Grudzien reading Mother Goose, The Cheshire Cat conducting the Langley School Music Project, or Bob Dylan singing unknown lullabies with a head full of helium.” Click through to read the interview and to hear three of Carl Simmons’s songs.
Named after a Balinese witch goddess, Rangda is three-headed beast of a band. Ben Chasny, Sir Richard Bishop, and jazz/noise/whatever genius drummer Chris Corsano have teamed up to blow minds with their debut album, False Flag. As Chasny says, koan-like: “No belief. No system. Not even the belief that there is no belief.” The Witch-Queen speaks. Hark.
By John Ruscher
It must have been something like this in the good old days. After forty-odd years, the Joshua Light Show, a psychedelic extravaganza, returned for a week-long residency at the Abrons Art Center. BOMBlog’s John Ruscher was in attendance as bands like MV+EE, Woods, Oneida and the Silver Apples flashed back in front of the Light Show’s gorgeous, shifting backdrops. PLUS: A video from itsnotyouitsme’s performance.
The latest BOMB podcast co-produced with 651 ARTS features Ugandan-Rwandan-American jazz vocalist and composer Somi and music giant Hugh Masekela discussing heir shared musical influences and the connections between jazz and Africa.
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