Monday, August 29, 2016

Jenny Hval

Jenny Hval, who in the past has had documented problems using normal gym equipment, is so weird, but weird in a good way.  Here's Female Vampire, where she seems to be troubled by having skin, from her new album, Blood Bitch, out on boutique label Sacred Bones.

As for gym equipment, that battle is over.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen at The Earl, April 24, 2014
With her epic new song Sister, Angel Olsen shows that she will be making some significant statements in her breakout new release, My Woman.


Angel Olsen will be appearing at Terminal West on September 9.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Meanwhile, In West Berlin

For job-related reasons, we just spent the past week in a place called West Berlin, not Germany, but New Jersey, and we listened all week to Philadelphia's WXPN but couldn't get Parquet Courts out of our head.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Dharma Warriors

Henry Flynt was born in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1940. He is both an exhibited artist and an anti-art activist as well as a philosopher-musician.  His work is often associated with conceptual art, nihilism, and Fluxus. 

Flynt’s work devolves from what he calls cognitive nihilism, a concept he developed and first announced in the 1960 and 1961 drafts of a paper called Philosophy Proper. The 1961 draft was published in Milan with other early work in his book Blueprint for a Higher Civilization.  Flynt refined these dispensations in the essay Is There Language? that was published as Primary Study in 1964.

In 1961, Flynt coined the term "concept art" in the neo-dada, proto-Fluxus book An Anthology of Chance Operations (co-published with La Monte Young). Concept art, Flynt maintained, devolved from cognitive nihilism, from insights about the vulnerabilities of logic and mathematics. Drawing on an exclusively syntactical paradigm of logic and mathematics, concept art was meant to supersede both mathematics and the formalistic music then current in serious art music circles. Therefore, Flynt held, to merit the label "concept art," a work had to be an object-critique of logic or mathematics or objective structure.

Because of his friendship and collaboration with La Monte Young, Flynt sometimes gets linked to Fluxus. While Flynt himself describes Fluxus as his "publisher of last resort" (Flynt did permit Fluxus to publish his work, and took part in several Fluxus exhibitions), he claims no affiliation or interest in the Fluxus sensibility.  In fact, he is a strong critic of the neo-Dada sensibility.

In 1962, Flynt began an anti-art campaign.  He demonstrated against cultural institutions in New York City (such as MoMA and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts) in 1963 and against the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen twice in 1964.  Flynt wanted avant-garde art to become superseded by the terms of "veramusement" and "brend" - neologisms meaning pure recreation. 

Flynt is also known for his musical work that attempts to fuse avant-garde music (particularly the hypnotic aspects of minimalism) with free jazz, country blues, rock, and hillbilly music.  

Raga Electric: Experimental Music 1963-1971 is an anthology of Flynt's most challenging avant-garde work that includes Raga Electric (1966) and Free Alto (1964).  In 1966, Flynt recorded several demo tapes with The Insurrections, a folk-rock garage band, which were later compiled and released as I Don't Wanna in 2004.

His first CD release was You Are My Everlovin'/Celestial Power, initiating the "New American Ethnic Music" or NAEM series, quickly followed by Spindizzy (NAEM Volume 2) and Hillbilly Tape Music (NAEM Volume 3)Flynt's vision of rural roots music combined with American minimalism is further showcased in Blue Sky, Highway and Thyme from Back Porch Hillbilly Blues, Volume 1, and Informal Hillbilly Jive from Back Porch Hillbilly Blues, Volume 2. 

Henry Flynt & Nova'Billy collects material recorded between 1974 and 1975 by his rock band Nova'Billy. 

C Tune documents a 1980 live improvisation with Catherine Christer Hennix on tamboura and Flynt on electric violin. Dharma Warriors (above) showcases another meeting between Hennix and Flynt recorded in 1980 in Woodstock, New York.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Album Leaf

We've never seen The Album Leaf before, but we like the music and (and it has to be said) they will be playing Terminal West on Monday, September 12, the night after Alela Diane and Joanna Newson perform at The Buckhead Theater. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Alela Diane

Alela Diane at Bumbershoot, 2012
I forgot to mention, but Alela Diane, who we saw at MFNW (RIP) 2011 and Bumbershoot 2012, will be opening for Joanna Newsom at The Buckhead Theater on Sunday, Sept. 11, the night after Mutual Benefit and Quilt appear at The Earl and the night before The Album Leaf play Terminal West. Here's the "Dude, I Was There!" video of Diane's Bumbershoot performance.