CD Reviews

Sunday 31st May

May 31, 2009

So the first two Creative Sources releases then. The first here is titled Abstract Mechanics and is credited to João Lucas, who is the composer here and one half of the musical duo that performed the music, playing piano, accordion and electronics alongside cellist and long-term collaborator Miguel Mira. The music was composed to accompany a […]

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On Creative Sources

May 31, 2009

Before I post tonight’s mini-reviews of two recent Creative Sources releases I thought I would share a few thoughts on the label that I have had today. CS gets a lot of stick, unlike that received by any other label operating today bar maybe Leo. There seems to be two main threads to the criticism. […]

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Saturday 30th May

May 30, 2009

Another long day at work, tired with barely a moment to myself. But then you knew that already, shut up and move on to the music Richard. Well only one disc again tonight, but I’ve listened through to it twice, and have managed a couple of interrupted spins before. so I have taken in just […]

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Friday 29th May

May 30, 2009

Another hectic day without a moment to call my own. I need a holiday. Anyway following last night’s promise to listen to at least one album a day properly so as to get the “to listen” pile of CDs here down a bit, I woke up this morning, ripped Lee Patterson’s Seven Vignettes to my […]

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Thursday 28th May

May 28, 2009

Such a frustrating day today.I go tnothing that I intended to get done sorted, and so will now have to be up really early in the morning to catch up. I did a lot today, everything from gardening to dodging a fence pole thrown at me by a drunken moron, but nothing I set out […]

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Wednesday 27th May

May 27, 2009

Kind of a pondering day today when it comes to listening to music. The only CD I managed to listen to properly from start to finish was Andrea Neumann’s Pappelallee 5 again, which I wrote about last night. This one has really impressed on me, and I’ve not seen any comments about it in many […]

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Tuesday 26th May

May 27, 2009

First of all a heads-up on a blog designed to document the meetings of three of London’s most currently vibrant musicians. Flat grey marked suspended pole holds tree is described as an accumulative trail of the activities of Paul Abbott, Benedict Drew and Seymour Wright. So far it contains a series of drawings, a short […]

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CD Reviews

Monday 25th May

May 25, 2009

At work again today while what felt like the rest of the country sat about in the sun… bah humbug. Home quite early though and sat with another glass of ropey chardonnay and the same Derek Bailey album that I have been completely infatuated with for the last week. More on that in a minute. […]

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Concert Reviews

Sunday 24th May

May 24, 2009

So then to yet another concert write-up, this time of the second Sotto Voce all day (well, 4-11PM) concert held at the somewhat rough and ready but also quite charming State51 Factory venue in East London just off of Brick Lane. It was a lovely day (as today has been as well) and so much […]

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Saturday 23rd May

May 23, 2009

A beautifully warm and sunny day here today and so what better way to spend the afternoon and evening than in a hot dusty old warehouse listening to music? 😉 I was at the Sotto Voce concert organised by the No-Signal people today from about 4PM onwards. The truth though is that although the music […]

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Friday 22nd May

May 22, 2009

Its never easy to write about live music a day or two after the event unless you have a recording to help you remember, which on this occasion I don’t… Its even harder if you are playing other good, thoroughly distracting music at the same time as writing. I just had to turn off disc […]

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Thursday 21st May

May 21, 2009

Well its nice to be able to collapse at home tonight after work. I’m really feeling the after effects of a few crazy days tonight. Not that I have any regrets at all about making my second and third trip to Café Oto in a four day period, it is always a pleasure, but making […]

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Wednesday 20th May

May 21, 2009

I’m really sorry but just another late short entry from me again tonight. I went into London again for the Murayama / Wright/ Prevost show, which also had an excellent solo set by Guillaume Viltard on double bass added to the bill. On the train in this evening I spent an hour writing a long […]

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Tuesday 19th May

May 20, 2009

Another very brief post tonight I am afraid as I have just got back from London again, very late again, after a trip to Café Oto for a change. Tonight I saw three sets, a solo from percussionist Seijiro Murayama, a duo from Ute Kanngiesser and Terry Day, and a further duo from Murayama with […]

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Monday 18th May

May 18, 2009

Today’s header image has a special resonance for me, being part of the original sleeve design I proposed for the cover of wedding ceremony, the recent Cathnor disc. It is a photo I took on the evening of the Brussels recordings that make up most of the album, a shot of the curtains in my […]

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Sunday 17th May

May 18, 2009

Well it is ludicrously late and I have only just got in, thanks to the excuse for a railway system we have in this country suddenly deciding that the last train out of London tonight should suddenly become a bus, and that it should then sit outside the station for an extra half an hour […]

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Saturday 16th May

May 16, 2009

My feet didn’t touch the floor at work today. I got home an hour or so back and just collapsed with some convenience food, a glass of very good wine (bought at a very cheap price) and because I didn’t feel like having to tackle anything too energetically demanding, a version of Morton Feldman’s For […]

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Friday 15th May

May 15, 2009

Improvising Orchestras are odd animals. I have to say that until my very recent experience with the 40 musician strong London Improvising Orchestra at the Freedom of the City festival the times I have witnessed large group improvisations haven’t been that inspiring. I had seen the London group early on in their existence, and had […]

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Thursday 14th May

May 14, 2009

Well the good news is I seem to be me again. Not that there is anything necessarily wrong with being Phil Julian I must add, but it is nice to know who I am, life gets even more confusing otherwise. I had a day off of work today, and being pretty tired I stayed in […]

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Wednesday 13th May

May 14, 2009

Another day another CD review then… I’ve done a good few lately, hope you don’t mind another. Today was a bit crazy, I spent the morning trying to get far too much done in not enough time, then left for work when I did pretty much the same thing again but got paid for it, […]

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Tuesday 12th May

May 12, 2009

A good day at work today, mainly because I didn’t really do any work and then got home early, but still. Once home I made the mistake of trying to contribute constructively to an I Hate Music thread again because I felt I had something to add. Oh well, I guess we never learn… Maybe […]

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Monday 11th May

May 11, 2009

A tedious, irritating and mentally exhausting day at work today. Coming home though I listened to Rhodri Davies and Max Eastley’s Dark Architecture, yet another new release on Another Timbre, this one a CDr as part of the AT Byways series of discs. I actually found myself listening so closely, absorbed in the music that […]

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Sunday 10th May

May 10, 2009

There is a kind of ongoing joke between myself and Lee Patterson along the lines of no matter which city in the UK I go to to attend a concert I invariably find him when I arrive stood just outside the venue with a cigarette in hand. Today I wandered around the Serpentine Gallery in […]

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Saturday 9th May

May 10, 2009

I’ve never really felt comfortable advertising Cathnor releases here, but seeing as people seem to be interested I will quickly announce that the seventh full length release on the label is now available, more info here. I am on something of a positive surge with Cathnor right now, having been working on two different sleeve […]

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Friday 8th May

May 8, 2009

Urgh a long tough day at work with my head buried in the dullest paperwork until I finally gave up with a pounding headache. The journey home was a battle through hordes of moronic idiots falling out of Oxford’s bars and nightclubs, then some medically unhinged idiot stood up in the carriage on the train […]

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Thursday 7th May

May 8, 2009

So last night after writing here, bang on midnight I went to bed, switched off the lights and left the CDr of assorted versions of Thelonius Monk’s ‘Round Midnight quietly playing in the room. As much as anything I found the music very restful, and so its no surprise that I was asleep long before […]

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Wednesday 6th May

May 6, 2009

First of all, if you are an International reader you can skip this first paragraph… If you are in the UK or Ireland though, take a look at the Events Calendar. Lots of new entries there today. Thanks Phil for the hard work. Some really interesting gigs forthcoming, the second Sotto Voce gig on the […]

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Concert Reviews

Tuesday 5th May

May 6, 2009

So going back to yesterday’s concert. I’m going to begin at the end and work backwards.The last set I saw before leaving was the trio of John Coxon, (electric guitar) Mark Sanders (drums) and Pat Thomas. (piano and synth) I actually really enjoyed this set. They played fast and hard, and partly amplified. I was […]

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Monday 4th May

May 4, 2009

Today I went back into London and caught six more sets at the Freedom of the City festival. I left before the end though due to being just too tired to focus properly, and so I missed the last five performances. Eleven sets in one day is a bit much and I have been somewhat […]

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Sunday 3rd May

May 4, 2009

 “Welcome to AMMMusic” Those were the last words of Eddie Prevost’s introduction to this evening’s augmented AMM quintet performance. As he sat down behind his minimal tam tam and snare set up he was surrounded by a piano, a cello, a saxophone and an electric guitar laid flat on a table. Anyone with knowledge […]

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Saturday 2nd May

May 3, 2009

Another recent download release then tonight, this time from the [Array] label, Massimo Magee’s vehicle for releasing his own music and (I imagine) other music he likes as well. This one really confused me even before I got to listen to any of it… The music is organised into three parts, of four, one and […]

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Friday 1st May

May 2, 2009

Spurred on by recent discussions about downloadable music I aim to now spend a few days catching up on a few recent dl pieces I have grabbed. I will finally get to the Capece/Kyriakides albums at some point, but today I have listened through a few times to a little collection of older pieces made […]

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