Paik, Ernie, en-us © 2014 The Pulse and Brewer Media. All rights reserved. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Inventing the Convulsive Blues “Ideally, free improvisation perhaps should be a requisite course for degrees in sociology, psychology, political science, etc., since it involves all these areas, as well as sound production.”

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Underground Saudi Metal, Above-ground Free Improv "Saudi Arabian” and “black metal band” are not exactly words one expects to see placed beside each other, but, with the way Al-Namrood guitarist/bassist Mephisto puts it, it makes complete sense.

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Seabrook’s Sonic Shrapnel, Seymaili’s Saharan Spin Shred your ears or swirl to West African rock

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Psychedelic Folk-Rock, New York Garage Fuzz Kikagaku Moyo flits, People brashly explores

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Aural Alchemy at Barking Legs One reason Reed is drawn to experimental music is because “it’s more about feeling than proficiency” and that it offers “true freedom of sound and expression.”

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Fascinating Not-Rhythm Colpitts answered some questions via email for The Pulse in advance of the June 26 Man Forever concert at Sluggo’s North.

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Electronic West Africa, Thrashing New York Mamman Sani’s balladry, Period’s meaty outbursts

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Controlled But Passionate, Just Plain Badass Classical rockings in collaboration and some extra-bonus Miles

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Disorderly Dark Swans, Romping Bleeding Rainbow Punishing music gets uplifting, pop-rock gets in the garage

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Cheeky Goth/Industrial, Brash Garage Rock From Australia to Israel, feel the noize

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The Moon Shines in the Chattanooga Sky "If by the end of the concert everybody in the room comes together to some sort of understanding, that feels good to me.”

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Pushing the Boundaries of Music-Meets-Art The limited edition nine-volume cassette series Fits on the Life Like tape label, centered on the Michigan underground scene, is a multi-media project with a simple premise.

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Mix-up Meets Hip Hop, Drone Meets Sinister While Light Divide has a few touchstones of ambient music and ostensibly has a neutral attitude, ultimately it has a slightly sinister grip and disquieting undercurrent that doesn’t make for totally easy listening.

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They Have It On Tape “This year marks the 70th anniversary of Halim El-Dabh’s The Expression of Zaar, which was perhaps the earliest example of tape music,” said Evan Lipson, musician and Secret Weave co-founder.

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Early (Still Weird) Residents, Recent (Still Weird) Residents In today’s information glut, where over-sharing is an official thing, one wonders where the notion of mystery has gone. The musical group that has always welcomed mystery—possibly more than any other—is The Residents...

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Problematic Protomartyr, Hats Off to Le Q This new collection shines the light on a particularly fruitful period of his in the early ’60s, jam-packing onto four CDs eight full-length albums and a 4-song EP originally released on the labels Mercury, Impulse! and Roulette.

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When Does the Flash Overshadow the Music? On the other end of the spectrum, there are countless examples; James Brown had his dance moves, and Robert Pollard (of Guided by Voices) had his on-stage binge drinking and karate kicks.

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Cult Classic, Gentle Amble Despite these issues, this writer welcomes any opportunity to introduce newcomers to the strange and unique world of Family Fodder, a culture mash-up of highbrow and lowbrow aims fueled by an unfettered, entertaining cleverness.

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Too Many Cooks, Cybernetic Eccentricities With a different editing philosophy, this writer is convinced that the album could have been more memorable, but as it stands, it’s a muddled vision, perhaps with too many cooks in the kitchen.

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Winter Survival, Father-and-Son Improv Exploration However, serendipity is not pure chance and disorder; the people involved must have the skills necessary to facilitate the situation, along with the wisdom or intuition to recognize something special when it happens.

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