Avant outing by this Manhattan-based composer, showing different sides of his work. the title piece takes up the majority of the 30-ish minutes playing time and consists of performance/collaboration with other names familiar from this label (Ikue Mori, Zeena Parkins, etc). the other two tracks are probably best described as musique concrete for sampler: “Cartoon for Scott Bradley” is a piano/sampler duet that evokes Carl Stalling at his finest; “Trio for Samplers” also being aptly titled…
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I’ll have to admit that I’m not that great at talking up some of the music I post here, even though I do love it. this Avant release is no exception. Previte‘s name should be familiar to most (at least from this collaboration I posted a while back, if nowhere else)… but that being said, I think this review sums up the album far better than I could hope to, so I’ll take the lazy way out.
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ps – as a side note, I’m giving ShareOnAll a try for this and the next few posts… not only do they spread to other filehosting sites ala Massmirror, they also allow you to choose which other hosts you want to use (to a maximum of five). they also have a login/file-sorting system to keep easier track of the links (one of the drawbacks to Zshare is that it doesn’t offer this) and an upload progress meter (something else Zshare also lacks). I’ll be using it to “spread” the files to Zshare, Mediafire, Rapidshare, Badongo and Megaupload… this should leave plenty of options for folks who have “issues” with one host or another – also handy if one host decides to remove the link, since the other four will still have it. time will tell whether ShareOnAll will remain a viable option, but so far it’s the best one I’ve encountered.
although this was an Avant release, I had some exposure to this group during my teenage “punk rock mailorder” phase, via some 7″ releases and/or compilations they appeared on back then (i.e. early-mid 90s). for whatever reason – I still can’t really put my finger on it – they were never quite my cup of tea. which is odd, since any way I’d describe them on paper would indicate that I should love them. but for whatever reason, I guess it wasn’t meant to be. that said, I am still committed to slowly-but-surely making the Avant catalog available in “The Sector”, so:
soooo… ya think Big Black invented the idea of loud/distorted guitars over a drum machine do ya? think again. whether by necessity or design, this French group did it all the way back in 1977, the year these two singles were released. granted, there’s more reckless punk abandon on display here than Albini & co. ever mustered (though the latter do deserve credit for tightening things up in the execution and production departments) and the drum machines of the day weren’t exactly technological wonders… I won’t blather on about how things were “better back in the day” (I wasn’t even a year old when these were released) but all the same, these singles are an important history lesson for anyone who might not have been aware of their influence on other bands who in turn influenced other shit that’s going on today.
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this 1996 Avant release sees a bit of a departure from the type of material I had been used to hearing from Z’EV. his percussive tendencies – particularly those involving various types of metal – are arguably what he’s best known for. and, truth be told, that’s where my own affections for his material are the strongest. what we have here though is an interesting mix of speech samples, acoustic percussion and what sounds to my ears like some electronic percussion as well. one review I read characterized this as his best release – I don’t know if I’d go that far (and I won’t claim to be familiar with his entire catalog either), but it’s certainly one of the more enjoyable of the ones I have heard. I was also reading on another blog that had posted some of his earlier material that Z’EV appreciates and encourages internet-based sharing of his work, so here’s one that no one has to feel guilty about 😉
despite sharing the same name, I don’t think this particular Avant release has anything to do with that animated green ogre that my kids love so much. instead what we have here is another ensemble of downtown-NY musicians, containing pretty much all aspects of what that usually entails – aspects of improv/jazz, hints of no-wave, etc – as well as hints of cuban music. these divergent styles congeal into a sometimes-enjoyable, sometimes-meandering whole. most people will probably recognize Ribot best from his time with the Lounge Lizards, but his Wiki entry provides more detail as well as additional links if you’re so inclined. in the meantime, like most Avant releases this one is out-of-print and difficult to locate remaining copies of, so until/unless that changes,
I’ve posted material by this band before and this gem originally came from Spending Loud Night before he nuked the old blogger version of his page… since it wasn’t up there for very long I’ve decided to offer it again here as it’s too good to be missed. it was a little over 100MB and I hate Megaupload, so…
all but the last track here
and just the last track here
ok, been meaning to do this for a while so we’re gonna take a short break from the Avant reposts…
a while back I posted a bunch of MX-80 releases, but I had split up “Big Hits” and “Hard Attack” into separate posts even though I had ’em on the same disc. I also discovered I’d indexed the tracks incorrectly when I ripped it the first time… so I’ve decided to come back with a fresh rip of that disc and figured I may as well put all the MX-80 stuff together in one big post.
ergo, the “Big Hits/Hard Attack” dual re-issue, properly indexed this time, is here
the old link for “Crowd Control” is still active here
and the one for “Always Leave ‘Em Wanting Less” is still active here … since I’ll be deleting the old posts that this one is replacing, here are my comments on this one from the original post: lastly we have what seems to be an official release (it was on Atavistic) with excerpts from live sets in Chicago and San Francisco in the mid-90s. all the hits are here and then some… if you thought Rich Stim’s narratives sounded dry and witty on the albums, wait til you hear him on this one
and don’t forget the excellent release I posted eons ago by MX-80 side-project O-Type
enjoy if you haven’t already.
an Avant release from this frequent Zorn cohort, which sees him collaborating with Eyvind Kang, among others… to be honest, most of it isn’t really my speed at this point in time… pleasant enough in the background… except for the last couple of tracks, which add some percussive elements to the proceedings and really grab my attention. YMMV of course and let’s face it: with a label as varied as Avant was, it’s probably a rare person who will absolutely love every single thing they released…
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