avant-garde Archive

DVD Review: Going Underground

Sir Paul McCartney had no role in the making of Going Underground: Paul McCartney, the Beatles and the UK Counter Culture. But to the extent he even knows about it, he must surely approve. As he might say, he’s probably “well chuffed” about it. Extending to feature film length the argument that official Macca biographer

Photoblogging: Mountain Oasis 2013, Part Two

Some images from the second night of Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit in Asheville NC. All photos © Bill Kopp. Photos from the first night are here. More Mountain Oasis coverage to come. Follow “the_musoscribe” on Twitter and get notified when new features, reviews and essays are published.

Mountain Oasis Electronic Summit: Recap Part 2

On Saturday — the second of the festival’s three nights — I took in two shows of note. I had tentative plans to check out some other sets, but these two were so compelling, I stayed for the entirety of the performances. Gary Numan Music fans of a certain age – and perhaps other, younger

Mountain Oasis Electronic Summit: Recap Part 1

My sweetheart and I enjoyed the first night of 2013 Mountain Oasis together; while I’d cover nights two and three on my own, this night we managed together to take in all or part of sets by five acts; here’s a rundown of the three most notable. Half Japanese We arrived at the Thomas Wolfe

Fall Capsule Reviews, Part Two

Once again, here’s an entry in my occasional capsule review series. This go-round I’ll take a quick look at four brand-new, nominally jazz albums.     The New Gary Burton Quartet – Guided Tour Gary Burton is a giant in the jazz world. In addition to an extensive body of work, the vibraphonist has contributed

Album Review: Various Artists – The Dutch Woodstock (CD+DVD)

I’m a hardcore Pink Floyd fanatic. Yeah, one of those lot who insists that the stuff they did before The Dark Side of the Moon is filled with untold riches. The sort who (allegedly) has over 200 lossless audio documents of Floyd concerts, some dating back to the Syd Barrett era (though you can’t hear

Album Review: Brainticket – Cottonwood Hill

Hype is a funny thing. Sometimes it invites scorn, mockery. Recently I received a press release heralding the latest album by “the most talked-about band of 2013.” As you might have guessed, said band has never had a hit, and I’d not heard of them at all (neither had anyone from among an informal survey

Album Review: Ant-Bee — Pure Electric Honey

Though it far too often is the case, avant garde music need not be chilly and foreboding. Sometimes it can be warm and inviting, while still maintaining its outré, weird-and-wonderful characteristics. That’s the case with Pure Electric Honey, the 1988 debut album from Ant-Bee, reissued on CD in 2013. Pure Electric Honey certainly bears few

Album Review: Jeremy Steig — Wayfaring Stranger

In the very late 1970s – or perhaps it was the very early 80s; after so many years, I’m not entirely sure – I picked up a used copy of Lillian Roxon’s Rock Encyclopedia. I was (and remain) a voracious consumer of that kind of thing; not long after I became a rock fan, I

Album Review: E.Normus Trio – Love and Barbiturates

This music reviewing gig of mine is funny, sometimes. Not long ago I received via email a press release from a New York-based music publicist. The message covered a number of recent releases, most of which fell into a jazz and/or avant-garde category. I read through and was especially intrigued by one of the artists