Monday, February 1, 2016

Video of the Day #14/2016: Alain Badiou (27, 28) / Sounds of the Day #13/2016: Deathstench - Phurpa (1) / Tom Carter (4) / Orcutt - Corsano - Bishop - Caught on Tape (1)

Alain Badiou - Sur Platon (2014)




Alain Badiou - Penser les meurtres de masse. À partir des meutres de masse du Novembre 13 (2015)


Plus the preview for this sensational
Deathstench - Phurpa
"Evoking Shadows of Death"
out in February on Black Plague




And the always essential
TOM CARTER


Brent Sirota writes in this awesome text:
"A man in a crisis, Faulkner once wrote, always falls back upon what he knows best. Three summers ago, Brooklyn-via-Houston guitarist Tom Carter was in crisis. On tour in Europe with his pioneering psych-folk unit Charalambides, Carter was stricken with pneumonia, complications from which impelled doctors in Berlin to place him in a medically induced coma. Family members, bandmates and lovers of otherworldly music everywhere watched and waited during the six weeks Tom spent in the intensive care unit and the additional month in a rehabilitation facility. Sighs of relief were exhaled throughout the worldwide warrens of underground music when Tom finally returned to New York in August 2012, convalescent. (The incredible 99-track compilation Deserted Village released the following year to help defray Carter’s medical expenses plays like an almanac of global head music.) The steady stream of outstanding recorded music Tom Carter has released over the last two years, both solo and collaborative, suggests a man more than returned to form—falling back on what he knows best, but somehow better. 



Tom Carter’s new solo album, Long Time Underground, is nothing short of stunning. While Carter shrugs off suggestions that Long Time Underground represents some sort of sea change in his approach to making music, this (along with its companion post-illness release, Numinal Entry, on Halatern) comprises his first solo work this decade. Long Time Underground, moreover, is the first solo studio recording Carter has ever done. 

Long Time Underground is almost unsettling in its purity. A collection of fractal guitar études, the album is comprised mostly of composed material—some of which was written in the studio, some worked out in performance over the past few years. Each song was set down live without overdubs, and the result is an almost confessional intimacy. The sprawling side-long opener ‘August is All’ begins in a kind of languorous humidity, Carter’s bell-like guitar chiming against a scrim of cicada song and building to a storm of jagged heat lightning before subsiding again. Carter’s guitar is painting landscapes here, conjuring a panorama in such vivid colors and textures that one is happy to idle there for a time. ‘Entreaertne’ is an electric prayer, set against the harmonium-like breathing Carter somehow elicits from his guitar. The bluesy, cascading dirge of “Carvedilol Cowboy” has just enough swagger to almost count as rock and roll. The luminous “Prussian Book of the Dead” slowly transmutes a hopeful, hymn-like progression into bright, buzzing angelic noise. (The song’s title, with its intimations of mortality in Berlin, promises something radiant, if not quite human, awaiting us all on the other side.) The album closes with an older song, “Colors for N,” an earlier version of which appeared on Carter’s 2007 Whispers to Infinity CD-R, a barbed wire song of devotion. 

No one even passingly familiar with Tom Carter’s past work will be terribly surprised by the breathtaking musical talent displayed on Long Time Underground. Although even long time fans may be startled by the sheer completeness of the worlds Carter manages to summon with a single guitar recorded in real time. The shock, I think, is the emotional clarity of the work. The album eschews the searching, exploratory (sometimes aimless) quality typical of latter-day psychedelia because it always seems so assured of precisely where it is headed. This may, of course, be attributable to the predominance of composed over improvised material on Long Time Underground. But it may also be the emotional groundedness of a man long detained from friends and loved ones and so possessed of immensely richer sense of home. As aesthetically and emotionally complete a musical experience as you are likely to have all year, Long Time Underground is simply the work of man, mortal but still illuminated. 

-Brent S. Sirota-



And this gem of a record
Caught on Tape / Corsano-Orcott-Bishop
"Parallelogram"
released XII/2015




Thurston Moore, Alan Bishop, Bill Orcutt, John Moloney, and Chris Corsano are five of the most uncompromising and visionary voices to emerge out of the last quarter century of American underground rock. It is an honor to capture all of these artists within the confines of a single album for this raucous and boundary-free volume of Three Lobed Recording’s Parallelogram series. Thurston Moore and John Moloney’s Caught on Tape project presents a side-long deconstruction of “Ono Soul.” Freed from the constraints of being a three minute and change “pop” song from Moore’s 1995 classic “Psychic Hearts,” the track uses the original material to bookend a roller coaster of squall, feedback, and the intuitive exchange between Moore and Moloney. The Bishop/Orcutt/Corsano side reflects one of the only two ever performances as a trio of these underground luminaries. Proof that like kinds will always eventually drift to each other, the charging and lurching energy that crackles through their set proves without a doubt the depth of the connection between the three performers. The set of improvisations wraps up with “Politician,” easily the most incendiary and twisted Cream cover ever set to tape. Both sides of this album were recorded during some of the day shows Three Lobed assembled during the last several years at the Hopscotch Music Festival. 

The Parallelogram collection originated in the particular magic that comes from finding the *right* musical pairing. We’ve all experienced the perfect song at the perfect time and know how electrifying it can be. The set and setting that combine to make those jukebox choices, mix tapes, or playlists really work can be so hard to define, but easy to identify once they are out there in the wild. Part of the fun for Three Lobed Recordings has always been trying to divine the alchemy of pairings that work to our ears. These efforts have time and time again taken the form of collections and collaborations, both as multi-volume releases (ranging from the trio of multi-disc series to the Not The Spaces You Know, But Between Them box set) and single albums (such as the collaborative albums from Golden Gunn or the Hagerty-Toth Band to the Eight Trails, One Path compilation). With this thought in mind, Three Lobed proudly presents Parallelogram, a collection of five carefully assembled split albums celebrating complementary musical pairings.
credits
released December 11, 2015 

-CAUGHT ON TAPE- 
Thurston Moore – guitar, vocals 
John Moloney – drums 
Recorded and mixed live by Jonas Blank at the Three Lobed Recordings / WXDU Hopscotch Music Festival Day Show held at King’s Barcade in Raleigh, NC, on September 6, 2013. 

-BISHOP - ORCUTT - CORSANO- 
Alan Bishop – bass, vocals 
Bill Orcutt –guitar 
Chris Corsano – drums 
Recorded live by Jonas Blank at the Three Lobed Recordings / WXDU Hopscotch Music Festival Day Show held at King’s Barcade in Raleigh, NC, on September 7, 2012. Stem mastering by Patrick Klem.
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