I recently finished reading Garry Mulholland’s Fear of Music: The 261 Greatest Albums Since Punk and Disco. I picked it up to fill in the gaps of my popular music education–specifically the years between 1989 and 1999 when I was either pursuing classical music (and felt obliged to shut out pop influences, oh boy, isn’t that a ripe topic for discussion…) or too involved in some obscure corner of avant-garde/jazz/experimental/electronic/other to pay attention to what the “kids” were hearing.
It’s a fun read, thanks largely to Mulholland’s cheeky streak but even more so to his idealism. Mulholland values his pop music for its world-changing properties as much as for its booty-shaking abilities. And his disappointment as each starry-eyed group and movement sells itself short to crass commerce and popular opinion is somehow registered with eternal optimism: maybe something stuck this time around, maybe lessons were learned, maybe it will all be different next time around… Too bad it never quite works out that way.
Oakland-based heavy-Americana trio P.A.F. curate an eclectic evening of improv, noise, psych and rock crossing lines and blurring distinctions between your scene and mine.
â€¢ Holland Hopson: banjo and electronics
â€¢ Improvised trio with local greats Matt Ingalls, Jake Rodriguez and George Cremaschi
â€¢ Premier performance of psych master Nehemiah St. Danger‘s latest work
â€¢ P.A.F. – original lineup featuring Eric Carlson, Gene V. Baker and Scott Pinkmountain
I’ve put up a batch of hard cider…
I transferred it to the secondary fermenter a few days ago and gave it a preliminary taste. Yum yum. It’ll go into bottles in a week or two and should be ready to drink for Thanksgiving.
Going through some old recordings I ran across these duets with guitarist Sandy Ewen from the 2003 No Idea Festival in Austin TX. Sandy is playing her distinctive chalk-guitar and I’m on squeaky sneakers, soprano saxophone and live electronics. Sandy is now with the Weird Weeds and also plays with Tom Carter as Spiderwebs.