Posts filed under Field Reports

2017 (music)

2017 will be over soon. Good riddance. Current obsession, thanks Prez! Related Readings: 2017 Books (On Probabilistic Thinking, Technologies of Power, and Austerity & Poverty) Algiers, “The Underside of Power” Moor Mother & ONO play Resonance Series Catching Up #4 2016 Algiers, The Underside of Power (Matador Records, 2017) I suppose I was waiting for… (read more)

2017 (Books)

Every day of 2017 has felt like one sliver of species-death, that sliver slowly-extracted in the most painful and least explicable manner, that sliver drawn to cause pointless suffering for as many people as possible, that sliver drawn to clothe those most lavishly clothed, feed the fullest, empower those most powerful, and so on. There… (read more)

Moor Mother / ONO

“We don’t do songs.” Moor Mother was running a line test at The Hideout in Chicago, and uttered one of countless cutting truths while prepping with sax cohort David Boykin. The sound engineer wanted to know how long Boykin’s set up would be needed, perhaps for one song? But in the spirit of the night,… (read more)

Catching Up #4

I feel like I should have a really, really good reason for being so late with this, and being so sporadic with these posts. Let’s get straight to it. Ural Thomas and The Pain, s/t (Mississippi Records, 2016) Take stock of all the artists you know about, including those that you listen to, those that… (read more)

Making “Our Severed Sleep”

It’s difficult to explain the feeling in retrospect, but Daniel Wyche and Ryan Packard comprised one of my favorite experimental and rock acts beginning in autumn 2014. Playing at first under the auspices of interpreting one of Wyche’s tape compositions, Packard and Wyche also incorporated a new series of compositions into their live set, including… (read more)

ONO, Spooks 2a: Travis & test press art

While preparing for the release of Spooks, Travis completed a series of exquisite, detailed ink drawings on the test press labels. He produced two majors “motifs” or themes, and then recreated each scene on 12 test presses (x 2 LP) in vivid detail. The individual pieces feature variations, but the major imagery and storyline is the same across… (read more)

ONO, Spooks 1: P. Michael

To prepare for Spooks, I thought it was necessary to work directly with ONO to begin working with this extended and deep record. The album is unlike any ONO album to date, insofar as it captures more funky and soulful “traditional” sounds, while also effectively conveying the theatrical (in a good way) energy of the… (read more)

Black Lives Matter

Black lives matter: fits of rage consumed any semblance of white guilt I felt to begin the year, as increasingly heartbreaking incidents of racist murder and terrorism continued. Rage, at my own comfort (hailing from the comfortable spaces of do-nothing middle class hanging on for dear life for any table scraps) and the utter culpability… (read more)

Muyassar Kurdi European Tour

Muyassar Kurdi boasts a pair of challenging, genre (or structure) defying releases in 2015, and the Chicago artist heads across the Atlantic on her forthcoming tour. After releasing White Noise in late winter, Kurdi issued Winter Improvisations, an hourlong cassette forged from a set of reel-to-reel recordings. These sidelong performances are highly abstract compared to… (read more)

Horse Lords: Abstract & Rhythmic Excursions

GOODNESS, five months ago, already, I witnessed Horse Lords opening for LITURGY at the Subterranean in Chicago, in order to check out the highly-regarded experimental act and begin discussing music with the group. The quartet played one of the fiercest opening sets I’ve seen, with the particular quality of winning over an audience throughout the… (read more)

INDUSTRY DUMP

INDUSTRY DUMP is an “off-press-cycle” / “free range” music site, to explore every avenue of recorded or live performances, histories, oddities, deadstock, forgotten artists, etc. A dump file for the music industry.