Cassette Reviews, CD Reviews

Phil Julian – Location +

November 30, 2011

Cassette Entr’acte The first thing that I enjoyed a lot about today’s release, a cassette tape named Location+ by Phil Julian released on the Entr’acte label was the very satisfying, if surprising little hiss I got when I slid the knife into the vacuum pack packaging to open it. Entr’acte packaging is always a lot […]

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Tuesday 29th November

November 30, 2011

Bleuuurgh. At work until ten tonight, an eleven hour shift, so more than a bit tired this evening. Still, I promised a full week of reviews, so here we go. Tonight’;s disc is a release on one of my favourite labels, L’innomable, the longstanding Slovenian label, whose owner, Luka I finally got to meet after […]

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Monday 28th November

November 29, 2011

Rubbish day at work, and so inevitably tired tonight, but I have been listening a lot to a few album cover recent days, so reviewing tonight has been just about solidifying those thoughts. Tonight a few words about a release on the Florida based Ilse label. As I had been listening to this release, a […]

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Sunday 27th November

November 28, 2011

It just occurred to me that I forgot to write a few words yesterday about the concert I went to see on Friday evening. As I have spent today listening intently to four different new albums of music, but perhaps haven’t quite listened to any of them enough times to firm up my thought son […]

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Saturday 26th November

November 27, 2011

After a long tiring day at work, it helps to come home to a new Haptic album. it helps a lot. This is a great record. Haptic are the Chicago based trio of Steven Hess, Joseph Clayton Mills and Adam Sonderberg. This album, named Scilens (apparently a character from Shakespeare’s Henry IV but also an anagram […]

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Friday 25th November

November 26, 2011

So tonight Julie and I (yes, I talked her into it again!) went into London to see a concert. Three acts played on a Soundfjord bill, the final one of which we didn’t stay to see as we both have to be up for work tomorrow, and the opening one I didn’t enjoy all that […]

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Thursday 24th November

November 25, 2011

OK, so tonight a rather lovely piece of writing from Simon Reynell, a few candid, amusing and extremely thoughtful observations on attending concerts of live music. Simon has been spending a lot of time this last week at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. He has managed to hear seventy or more performances. I joined him […]

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Wednesday 23rd November

November 24, 2011

Tired and stressed today, partly due to being up at 5AM for work and not getting home until twelve hours later, but also because I have been overdoing it lately trying to get too much done in too short a period of time. Still, I managed a few hours sleep this evening, which I hadn’t […]

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Tuesday 22nd November

November 23, 2011

I will try and write briefly tonight a it is midnight, I haven’t been home long and I have to be up extremely early. A review though is long overdue from me, so tonight a few words about a new release on Radu Malfatti’s b-boim label, a disc titled Slow Breath by the French multi […]

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Monday 21st November

November 22, 2011

Very tired indeed after last night’s driving exertions and then a long and not easy day at work today. tonight after arriving home at about 9PM I have worked constantly rewriting some work for other places than this blog, so I am afraid that I haven’t got a review of you this evening again. I […]

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Sunday 20th November

November 21, 2011

A very brief post tonight then as I have just got in after a four hour drive home from Huddersfield in thick fog, tired after a full day of one concert after another. I think all in all we took in four concerts and eighteen different compositions by fourteen different composers throughout today, though its […]

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Saturday 19th November

November 20, 2011

So I am in Huddersfield, the jewel in the crown of the North (ahem). I am attending a couple of days of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, an event I have been to a few times now and while I have usually enjoyed the music here I invariably go home hoping I don’t have to […]

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Friday 18th November

November 19, 2011

Tomorrow morning I am getting into my car and driving up to Huddersfield for a couple of days to take in the beautiful sights of such a lovely city (cough) but also to attend a few concerts. I am going primarily to see the fromScratch event, a performance by the Basel Sinfonietta of music inspired […]

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Thursday 17th November

November 18, 2011

Pretty tired tonight, just for a change. I worked hard for ten hours today and then went to a birthday dinner for a work colleague after, so it is past midnight now as I begin to write tonight’s review. Please excuse me if there are more than the normal number of typos here and if […]

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Wednesday 16th November

November 16, 2011

Taking an evening out of writing here so as to be able to finish off some writing for elsewhere I’m afraid. Right now I feel somewhat inspired by a lot of music, and have the urge to write about a good proportion of it, but sadly I also have a day job to do, which […]

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Tuesday 15th November

November 16, 2011

Tonight’s CD is another in the growing list of discs that have been put together from worldwide contributions from musicians that may well have never met before. This one is credited to a group named The Limbo Ensemble, who are nine musicians, mostly playing acoustic instrumentation, with the Portugese flautist/clarinetist/electronics and field recordist Paulo Chagas […]

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Monday 14th November

November 14, 2011

Oh good, back to vocal-less abstract sounds as music then… To be precise another new release on the Chicago-based Pilgrim talk label, this time a solo for trumpet by Graham Stephenson. To be more precise, Stephenson’s instrumentation is brilliantly listed as ‘Trumpet, Microphone, Audacity’ with the last of those three perhaps referring to the open […]

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Sunday 13th November

November 13, 2011

Well what the blinking’ flip am I meant to make of this?! Sorry, let me explain. A little while back three new discs from the Polish label Bôłt arrived here, the first in a series named Populista. Of these three, I have picked out the first to listen to today. It is a recording of […]

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Saturday 12th November

November 12, 2011

As CDs gradually stop selling en masse, and as financially it becomes increasingly silly for companies to keep spending a lot of money on making them, the future of music released as a hard copy seems to be in small run, niche-market CDr editions, often with hand-made or easy to create packaging. This isn’t a […]

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Friday 11th November

November 11, 2011

A little too tired and irritable tonight, and so no post. You wouldn’t like me when I’m irritable… In truth I am listening to music, but for the purposes of writing elsewhere- The Wire and a couple of sets of liner notes to forthcoming albums. Its also raining pretty heavily here, and the sound of […]

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Thursday 10th November

November 11, 2011

Feminization of the Tassel is the really rather wonderful title of a new release on the Chicago based Peira label by the cross-generational duo of Fred Lonberg- Holm (cello) and Aaron Zarzutzki (no-output turntable). This CD contains six tracks that showcase an area of improvised music I am noticing appearing quite a bit these days- […]

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Wednesday 9th November

November 10, 2011

A busy day today, getting a lot done, catching up on the email backlog, cooking and eating a great lunch with Julie, starting to write my review of Grundelweiser for The Wire, and this evening, as well as listening to the music I am about to review, I turned in my top ten records of […]

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Tuesday 8th November

November 9, 2011

So to the Sunday’s performances at the Grundelweiser festival. I really liked the way that the day was programmed, with five sets performed overall, in three batches with an hour’s interval between each. The day began early, at noon, and ended at five,

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Monday 7th November

November 8, 2011

So, some thoughts about Friday and Saturdays of concerts then, with a write-up of the five performances on Sunday tomorrow. Covering all in one night is too much and the sets on these two evenings were quite different to what we heard on the final day. I am going to be writing an overview of […]

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Sunday 6th November

November 7, 2011

Its nearing midnight tonight and I have not long been home having attended the final, quite wonderful day of the Cut ‘n Splice: Grundelweiser festival in London. Events today took place from midday through to five, but then much discussion and a meal followed so I am home later than expected. The weekend has been […]

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Saturday 5th November

November 6, 2011

OK, so its 1AM and I am back in my hotel room again after another lovely evening. Its too late for me to realistically write a review of the performances tonight, apologies for that. I will write in detail about the entire event once I return home late tomorrow. Tonight, after a really great performance […]

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Friday 4th November

November 5, 2011

Oh boy I’m tired. I am writing this from my hotel room in London having had a similar day to yesterday, up at 4.30am after just three hours sleep, a full day’s work then the journey over to London for the second night of the Cut n’ Splice event at the ICA. Tonight I am […]

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Thursday 3rd November

November 4, 2011

On the train home from London again then. Last night I attempted some kind of reportage review of the evening’s music, but was just too tired to write properly, and what emerged was a load of old rubbish. Tonight I am even more tired, having had three hours sleep last night before heading off to […]

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Wednesday 2nd November

November 3, 2011

So tonight I made it along or the first, preliminary night of the Cut ‘n Splice – Grundelweiser group of events in London. Despite being up at 4AM this morning, and having to be up again the same time tomorrow, I made the trip to Kings Cross and the curiously nice Centre for Creative Communications […]

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Tuesday 1st November

November 2, 2011

So no post again tonight, but then I only got home from work about an hour ago after a twelve hour, very tough shift. I also have to be up for work again in about four and a half hours as tomorrow I am working very early so as to be able to leave and […]

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Monday 31st October

November 1, 2011

So a new album by The Necks, the Australian trio of Chris Abrahams, (piano) Tony Buck (drums) and Lloyd Swanton (bass and other guitar). I must admit to begin quite surprised to have been sent this new disc, an album called Mindset released here on CD on the ReR label but available in other parts […]

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