“The Shadow of Heaven” [puppet show live on WFMU]
On Captain Ahab’s recent US tour, the band performed a 15-minute puppet show, entitled “The Shadow of Heaven,” which explained the origins of their dancer Jim. They recently went on Marty McSorley’s show on WFMU, who helped document it with fancy cameras. Check it out above — it’s amazing.
Captain Ahab’s third full-length, The End of Irony (TMT Review) was released last year on Deathbomb Arc.
A Man Should Die Gaunt [Daytrotter session]
“Incredible, thank you!!!”
“This is so good.”
“I did not expect that noticeable a guitar, and I thoroughly enjoy it.”
“This is so great. Why? are fantastic.”
These are just some of the comments about WHY?’s recent Daytrotter session. Go here to read more. (You could actually listen to WHY?’s session there too if you want, but I know what really makes you tick.) Oh, and hey, while I have you, might you be interested in purchasing our Darfur benefit comp for the exclusive WHY? track?
Imai Keishô / Yamase Shôin
On May 24, World Arbiter will release Japanese Traditional Music: Koto - Shamisen, a compilation of 1941 recordings of the Kokusai Bunka Shinkô-kai, masters of the koto and shamisen. This release, the third installment in a projected five-volume series, features koto/shamisen literature and dances from Kabuki and puppet theater traditions. You should buy the real deal too, as it comes with lengthy liner notes. With any luck, maybe you’ll learn a thing or two.
• World Arbiter: http://www.arbiterrecords.com
“Alphabet of Movements”
Stream percussionist Jon Mueller’s new album Alphabet of Movements in full. The first track is an epic meditation with snare drums, which are placed on top of small amps to create a billowing resonance as volume increases. The second transfers a similar aesthetic to the gong, repeating phrases meticulously to display the instrument’s natural reverberations and overtones.
• Jon Mueller: http://www.rhythmplex.com/
• Type: http://typerecords.com/releases/alphabet-of-movements-2
Harsh noisecore group/wedding band Sissy Spacek — featuring the likes of John Wiese, Corydon Ronnau, and Jesse Jackson — have a new LP out on Gilgongo. It’s called Dash, and it sounds like *WERJKLW:L%KJ@$#()*#()$!@!!!!!L:JK%% #%$#$!!!
It was 5AM, in the summer, when jazz composer/improviser Matana Roberts decided to be Montreal’s alarm clock. Check the video above to see it happen. Meanwhile, run (literally) to your favorite record store next week to get Matana Roberts’ COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres, which is being released by the folks at Constellation.