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clinical_archives on 06/01/2011 at 04:43PM

Clinical Archives Mix - May 2011

Some best music and songs of May on a netlabel Clinical Archives.

01 - Opa! - Nakurilah - 4:43 (ca446)
02 - Agustin Strizzi Group - El Dueño de las Mentiras - 8:22 (ca444)
03 - Baristik Mi Gostembil Project - Bahar Uykusu - 1:12 (ca445)
04 - Sandro Marinoni - Dagon - 4:48 (ca443)
05 - Leandro Casas - El De’n Casa - 3:32 (ca441)
06 - Utrovortu - Pichuga (Tick) - 2:59 (ca440)
07 - Baristik Mi Gostembil Project - Baris vs. Serge - 2:01 (ca445)
08 - Agustin Strizzi Group - Intrincado - 6:53 (ca444)
09 - Lunatic Scale - VII - 7:00 (ca442)
10 - Baristik Mi Gostembil Project - Zamana Agit - 3:02 (ca445)
11 - Sandro Marinoni - Don Baltasar - 1:34 (ca443)
12 - Utrovortu - Po stakanchiku (Whip Off) - 2:13 (ca440)
13 - Leandro Casas - Pa’l Que Tuvo un Mal Día - 2:29 (ca441)
14 - Russian State Museum's Lottery - 5:35 (ca446)

Total time: 56:17

Artists:  Opa! (Russia), Agustin Strizzi Group (Argentina), Baristik Mi Gostembil Project (Turkey), Sandro Marinoni (Italy), Leandro Casas (Argentina), Lunatic Scale (Russia), Utrovortu (Russia)

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clinical_archives on 05/06/2011 at 11:00AM

Clinical Archives Mix - April 2011

Some best music and songs of April on a netlabel Clinical Archives.

01 - - Severn Suzuki - 4:44 (ca436)
02 - Stefano Ferrian's dE-NOIZE Project - Chapter #01 Amphetamine - 10:38 (ca435)
03 - HALStER - drawer no.1 (cricedidae) - 5:21 (ca438)
04 - Trío Antimanierista - fcarregols - 5:09 (ca439)
05 - Nice Wings, Icarus! - Journey Back Home - 4:07 (ca437)
06 - Claudio Nuñez - folkdance vii - 3:25 (ca433)
07 - Joxfield ProjeX - Majestic Pattern City Revisited Evolution I - 5:20 (ca432)
08 - Count Portmon - RCL-290 (excerpt) - 4:56 (ca434)
09 - - Echoes (Rampue Remix) - 8:00 (ca436)

Total time: 51:38

Artists: (Germany), Stefano Ferrian's dE-NOIZE Project (Italy), HALStER (Sweden), Trío Antimanierista (Spain), Nice Wings, Icarus! (Ukraine), Claudio Nuñez (Argentina), Joxfield ProjeX (Sweden), Count Portmon (Czech Republic)

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mwalker on 07/23/2010 at 09:00AM

Nat Baldwin: Most Valuable Player

Dipping a few months back into our archive, I’m thrilled to be able to share the complete recording of the wonderful Nat Baldwin's solo set from May 22nd set at ISSUE (a bill he shared with the also-great Woody Sullender). Beyond being one my favorite songwriters to come around in the last decade (ignoring the somewhat strange arbitrariness of cataloguing albums based on calendar years, his Most Valuable Player album would have almost certainly taken the spot as my favorite album of 08, if I made such lists…which I do), Baldwin also wields his contrabass like an inextricable extension of his own body. At times, the connection between self and instrument feels so intimate and natural that concepts like ‘virtuoso’ feel irrelevant and platitudinous – like saying someone has a virtuosic ability to see with their eyes or walk down the street. As a result, evocations of Arthur Russell are rather difficult to avoid – indeed, Baldwin closed the set with a gorgeous take on Russell’s classic “A Little Lost” – but it’s more of a kindred spirit-type connection; Baldwin has certainly developed a wholly unique voice of his own.

Also like Russell, Baldwin manages to instill his haunting and effortlessly approachable tunes with an inseparable and organic layer of continuous experimentation that, rather than call attention to itself, pushes and propels the songs forward with a subtle but unmistakable tension – injecting the compositions with an alluring honesty and grounded vulnerability. The brief but viscerally emotional sections of free improvisation that commence and bifurcate the set (obligatory mention of his tenure as a pupil of Anthony Braxton) coalesce seamlessly into his structured songs, which in turn flow, one into the next, over a gentle cascade of perpetual motion eighth notes. Conventional demarcations of regular time are not so much evaded as made unnoticeable, and the elastic vocal melodies stream over the tops of the imperceptible bar-lines with an elegant freedom of movement. Time maintains a steady and immediate presence in the music yet the annoying but often difficult-to-avoid human tendency to insert artificial divisions remains refreshingly absent. Lovely stuff, for sure.

If you're looking for him around town, check his August 21 show at the Silent Barn with Dead Western, Skeletons, Little Women, and Nine 11 Thesaurus.


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mwalker on 05/14/2010 at 09:30AM

convergence for four

Wally Shoup at ISSUE (5/12/10). Photo by: Peter Gannushkin / DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET

Last Wednesday, stalwart free improv veteran Wally Shoup made a cross-country trip from Seattle to Brooklyn to preside over a more or less perfect session with New York's finest: trumpeter Nate Wooley (certainly no stranger to the FMA), percussionist Andrew Drury, and bassist Reuben Radding. Shoup’s playing is both arrestingly visceral and disarmingly vulnerable. While more than capable of both long, intricate phrasing and complex barrages of explosive skronk, he is at his most impactful when honing his energies on a single note. Obsessively holding a pitch across an array of timbral transformations, Shoup wrenches out every last drop of emotional resonance from a tone as if squeezing out a densely-filled sponge.

The quartet operates at a rare level of intuitive communication, shifting from frenetic chaos to hard-swinging rompage to doleful lyricism – all executed with a remarkable complexity of interaction and singularity of consciousness. The most striking moment, however, comes in the last five minutes as Wooley and Radding simultaneously establish a unified drone – erecting a soft but impenetrable, unwavering band of unified vibrations against which Drury and Shoup launch a transcendent assault of staggering depth before being absorbed, themselves, into the singular beam of sound.

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