Listed: Chris Corsano + David Wain
"Chris Corsano is one of the most immensely talented drummers to have emerged from the recent past. Those who have witnessed the giganticism of his formal leaps in the jaws of post-avant-garde power surging, have been left slack w/ the wonder & hilarity of it all." – Byron Coley
1. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - En Concert A Paris (Ocora) 5CD box. 2 French concerts, one from '85 & one from '88, released as a 5-disk set in 2000. One of the best Christmas gifts I ever got. I don't know about you, but I'd kill to have a set a pipes that shot straight to God's ears.
2. Test - Ahead! (Now Jazz/Ramwong) LP, s/t (Ecstatic Peace!) CD, Live Test (Eremite) CD, s/t (Aum Fidelity) CD. Their whole discography is beyond top-notch. Why are these four (Daniel Carter, Sabir Mateen, Tom Bruno, Matt Heyner), not showered with gold chains and expensive suits each time they step foot into NY's subway system? Kings among men, I tell you.
3. Harry Pussy - What Was Music? (Siltbreeze) CD. Collects material from '92-'95: their early singles & first album. No drummer has made my jaw drop lower than Adris Hoyos.
4. Urabe & Chie Mukai - Dual Anarchism (Siwa) LP. Great, just-out duo LP that pairs Mukai's vocals, kokyu (aka er-hu, a 2 string, bowed instrument), etc. with Urabe's saxophone squeal, etc. Was very excited to hear about this one, as I really liked their respective solo LPs (Mukai's on Siwa & Urabe's on PSF). As always w/ Siwa product, the silk-screened cover is a real beaut, so the record fetishist within is PLENTY satisfied.
5. Parson Sound - s/t (Subliminal/Tillindien) 2CD. Archival release from last year of late 60's/early 70's Swedish psych group that'd become (International) Harvester & Trad Gras och Stenar. Sorta like Terry Riley for supersized rock instruments wielded by stoned-to-slow-motion teenagers from Village of the Giants.
6. Throbbing Gristle - 1st Annual Report (Get Back). Another archival release, this one from '75 & by Brits, not Swedes. This is the great "lost" first TG record that didn't surface until just this past year. "There's been a m-m-m-murrrderrr." Oh, Genesis, you slay me! Good year, that 1975.
7. Skip James - Today! (Vanguard) LP (been reissued on CD, though). I know a lotta sweaty blues collectors would snort at the choice of '60s rediscovery-era James over his 30's material, but fuck'em--I'm willing to get all greased up & fight to the death over it.
8. Paul Flaherty - forthcoming solo saxophone CD. Currently, it's awaiting release, but hot damn, I hope it's soon for everybody's sake. Mine included, 'cause it'd be nice to "upgrade" to a CD (sadly, there is little chance of vinyl) from the tape I've got. Great soundtrack for your next barn-burning or snake-handling.
9. Tim Barnes - All Acoustics (Quakebasket) CD. Fucking real swell solo drum CD. Barnes is often spotted w/ Tower Recordings, Jim O'Rourke, Neil Haggerty, et.al., and is a crafty motherfucker who makes difficult things like doing a solo drum record look very easy. Bastard. Along w/fellow New York percussionist Sean Meehan, praises for his solo-drum-think don't get sung nearly enough.
Plus plenty from the loosely defined free jazz canon. To name a couple recent listens: Patty Waters 2 LPs for ESP; Peter Brotzmann-Louis Moholo - The Nearer the Bone, The Sweeter the Meat (FMP) LP; Frank Wright/Alan Silva by the score--especially all those Center of the World LPs (check the first one -CW 001- especially the Silva solo that spans the side change), Jemeel Moondoc's Muntu - First Feeding LP, Milford Graves - BaBi LP & a tape of Meditations Among Us my dad made me off the radio. Thanks, pop!
David Wain co-wrote and co-starred in MTV's legendary sketch comedy series "The State." He also wrote and directed 2001's "Wet Hot American Summer". Wain currently writes, acts and directs a series of skits and shorts called "Stella," which will featured live at New York's Fez Under Time Cafe throughout September and October.
Top 10 Albums of All-Time (in no particular order):
The Violent Femmes - Hallowed Ground
The Pretenders - The Pretenders
The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow
Shudder to Think - Pony Express Record
Shudder to Think - Get Your Goat
Suzanne Vega - Suzanne Vega
X - Los Angeles
Cake Like - Bruiser Queen
Iron Maiden - Number of the Beast
The Replacements - Let It Be
By Dusted Magazine