I’m back in Portland, and have a few housekeeping announcements… I have two pieces in the latest issue of Signal to Noise, including reviews of a recent Eskimo King/Afternoon Penis split LP on Abandon Ship Records, and the debut solo release from Ken Camden on Kranky.
I also have two pieces in the summer issue of Paris Transatlantic — read the review of Roger Tellier-Craig’s tape ‘Motion Flares’ on Root Strata here and the review of Usurper and Sticky Foster’s self-titled collaboration on Chocolate Monk here.
Also the Christian Wolff/John Tilbury/Howard Skempton/Robert Worby transcript is a gem — I love the long-form pieces on PT the most:
Tilbury: The great Thelonious Monk – one of my favourite pianists, along with Dinu Lipatti and Clifford Curzon – he said that, “I made all the wrong mistakes.” I know exactly what he meant, having improvised a lot over the years. Nothing you do sounds right; whatever you do, it always seems wrong. Your mistakes seem wrong, your decisions seem wrong. You feel you want to walk off the stage. And sometimes if you are in the company of people like Eddie Prévost and Keith Rowe, you can actually do that. You can stop and say “Bugger this. I’m off. I’ll leave it to them to clear up the mess. Let them sort it out.”
The rest is here.