This one is for Bob. Listen to Rhys Chatham’s beautiful tribute to Robert Ashley, who passed away on March 3 at the age of 83. Here’s an excerpt from Chatham’s remembrance for the Frieze blog:
"My role model was Bob. Heck, I loved his music, but what I wanted to be, when I attained his age, was not to write music exactly like his, but to BE like him. Why, I’d go to his house and see instruments all over the place and Susan Sontag’s book On Photography on the table, and I thought to myself, ‘Holy guacamole, this is what being a composer is all about.’ Never mind his cool shades and sleek look, and his winning way with words; this was a beautiful man, someone to look up to, as virtually all of my close personal friends of my generation did.”
Seth introduced Twitter to the first image of The 8G Band, and now it’s time you learn a bit more about this stacked roster.
Fred Armisen (Bandleader)
You no doubt recognize our bandleader from a little show called Portlandia or, of course, his 11 years on Saturday Night Live….
Pontiak is three impressively bearded brothers — Jennings, Lain and Van Carney — who grew up on farms in rural Virginia. Those farms still serve as Pontiak’s cornerstone: The brothers built their own studio on one such farm, where they record their titanic, thundering slabs of riff-worshipping psych-rock. Innocence, Pontiak’s ninth and latest full-length record, sounds redolent of those Virginia wilds, pairing bear-in-the-woods roars and pastoral grandeur in equal measure. (Read Patrick Wall’s review of Innocence here.) Below, Jennings Carney contributes 10 records with a profound effect on him and his brothers.
Pontiak’s new album, Innocence, is one of my favorites of the year so far—a walloping dose of brotherly riffage as mature and robust as Virginia countryside from which it was conjured. Check out ten records that have influenced the Carney brothers above.
We caught up with Howard Fishman to talk about Connie’s Piano Songs: The Art Songs of Elizabeth “Connie” Converse, an exciting new album that he produced, and the upcoming album release show at LPR on Monday, February 17. Check out our Q&A—Connie’s story is as fascinating as her music is beautiful!
Love this little gem from the new SM+Jicks album—especially the amazing reggae breakdown/punk frenzy punch line.