Friday, June 11, 2010

One of Cleveland's Contributions to Out Music

along with, say, Albert and Donald Ayler and Screamin' Jay Hawkins, is Elliott Sharp, shown here in London with John Butcher, John Edwards, and Tony Marsh:

At Cafe Oto, 06/05/10
Shot by Shuffleboil

Unfortunately, this cuts off shortly after the beginning of a duo passage between the two you can go directly to it, if you so wish:

And here is Sharp in a solo spot:

Thursday, June 10, 2010

"We like Birdland, we like Birdland!" and the 'imperfections' of filmmaking

George Landow Aka Owen Land - "Film In Which There Appear Edge Lettering, Sprocket Holes, Dirt Particles, Etc" (1965-66)

Huey "Piano" Smith and The Clowns - "We Like Birdland"
I didn't get hip to this song until I saw Half-Japanese do it at Folk City...

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Steve Noble

One day in the late 80s or early 90s, I was woken by a familiar Southern voice and an unfamiliar English voice, while in the small guestroom/storage-space at a friend's apartment on E. 13th Street in NY. The voices belonged to Davey Williams, the great guitarist from Alabama, and Steve Noble from England. I got up, said Good Morning, and I think I babbled something nonsensical to Noble about how impressed I was with the sound of his bass drum at the gig I had seen him at the night before (don't remember who else was playing...). That may have been the same trip where I was leaving the apartment and the NYPD grabbed me, threw me down on the floor, and put a gun to my head, etc. (Upon further reflection, I think I was on my way out to see Noble play with Ernst Reijseger at the old Knitting Factory when New York's Finest decided that I was a Public Enemy...)

Steve Noble Quartet @ the Vortex, London, 05/19/10.
Steve Noble with Orphy Robinson (e-vibes), Jason Yarde (Sax), John Edwards (Bass)
Shot by Shuffleboil

At this point I would like to comment on the unit on Jason Yarde's scalp; it looks like a brilliant synthesis of the singer from Stump, and Sonny Rollins when he sported a mohawk...

Further research reveals that Noble and Williams recorded two albums with the tuba player Oren Marshall...

Say What! with Steve Noble, Oren Marshall, 1992
Transmutating with Steve Noble, Oren Marshall, 1993

Monday, June 7, 2010

This week in Cellular Chaos

Weasel Walter & co. bring the heat:

Cellular Chaos live at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn, New York City, 06/02/10.

Filmed and Edited by (((unartig)))
Audio Recorded and Engineered by Weasel Walter