Posts Tagged ‘Adrian Belew’

WHO’S THAT MAN? ED RANDAZZO IS THAT MAN CELEBRATING 10 YEARS IN THE PA MUSIC BIZ

October 24, 2019

A comprehensive compilation of an artist’s survival in a local market for over ten years. A rare feat for that market. Photo courtesy edrandazzomusic.com

One thing this blog has taught me is, “Stay in your lane”. I’ve dabbled in jazz reviews, world reviews, indie reviews, Americana reviews, and it has brought me to the point where, I need to stay within my personal wheelhouse of expertise. While I may not be the world’s foremost authority on Goth music, I will continue to bait all the Daniel Ash fans with my opinion (yes, Vinnie, that last word, OPINION, stupid Bauhaus loser arguing with my opinion) but I will pick and choose my reviews carefully from this point forward.

So when it was proposed to me that I could do the new Ed Randazzo retrospective, I jumped at the chance. Admittedly, Randazzo’s style of traditional, Americana folk-soul borders suspiciously close to some of the music I have recently sworn-off. For personal reasons I will pay no more attention to Sam Llanas and his crew. Since I will not be committing any further column space about his Americana, why not support a local boy who isn’t a full-of-himself douche who doesn’t appreciate those who were pulling for him, and promoting them to the best of their ability? Randazzo never made any promises, connections or forged any allegiances to go back on.

I have no problem promoting someone who is genuine, earnest, and has bon-a-fide talent. Like Ed…

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END OF AN ERA! PSYCHODOTS PLAY FINAL 666TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING SHOW WITH EMOTIONAL POWERHOUSE PERFORMANCE!

October 19, 2019

The final 666th Thanksgiving psychodots show. Thankfully they captured it for all to enjoy. Photo courtesy Rob Fetters

Thank you Adrian Belew. No, seriously! It was through my familiarity with his tenure in King Crimson that I got to know Rob Fetters, Bob Nyswonger and Chris Arduser. Those three had long been together as The psychodots. Then Belew’s buddy Rob Fetters paid an LA visit to a woodshedding Belew, who was being taught all of the impossible Zappa guitar parts that made up the Sheik Yerbouti album and tour (as both were often intertwined with Zappa).

At some point Belew and Fetters had decided to start a band. Something with a name that sounds like a little-league baseball team. The Bears! The formulation of the band was easy; Belew + psychodots = The Bears.

psychodots (yes, the preferred spelling of the band name has no capital letters, allegedly, if I mis-speak, Fetters will hang me out to dry on social media) had been making off-beat, catchy music for years with a healthy catalog that I will be covering at future dates on this blog. Another band that Fetters and Nyswonger were in with Ricky Nye and Bam Powell, the Raisins, also had songs revisited as Bears songs. “Fear Is Never Boring” from the Bears first album was, in fact, an early Raisins song as was the Bears song “Superboy” which was a reworked Raisin’s song called “Valentine”.

Through that association, I also learned that there is/was a thriving indie music community in the Cincy area! Not only were Arduser, Fetters and Nyswonger in psychodots, there were other bands that shared personnel. Raisins, Bucket, Graveblankets, then other bands would later evolve from those. Flying Underground, Bluebirds, Copper, and so many more that I know I have forgotten.

As part of that scene, every year around Thanksgiving, the psychodots come together and play their annual gig. But in 2018, that tradition came to an end.

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DAVID FITZPATRICK GREETS US WITH A WHIRLWIND THAT IS PARACHUTES IN HURRICANES

August 10, 2018

David Fitzpatrick puts his name on the line for Parachutes And Hurricanes. Photo courtesy the internet

I love Gary Tanin. I really do. He’s been a fan of this blog way back before it was this blog. The history between us goes back to when I was writing for Princeton Record Exchange. I don’t recall what review I wrote that garnered his attention there, but he came along when I decided to blow off the other two stores I was writing for and forge out on my own.

For that I will always be grateful. But I fear this is where all good things must end.

All throughout this blog’s history, I have made every effort to look for the unusual, the out-of-the-way, off-the-beaten path stuff. Having first been born and raised in the NJ/NY area, I was influenced by that fringe that was all around then. Free radios in cars blasted new and unusual stuff with the birth of FM radio. WPLJ, so on etc. So while I was getting the fresh info and news and new music, my family was imploding and my mother had to take me away from all that culture…

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OFF THE RECORD: FRIPP/SYLVIAN CAUGHT LIVE, BUT WITHOUT DAMAGE!

July 3, 2018

This is what you want if you want to hear some alternate versions of Sylvian/Fripp songs from the live CD ‘Damage’.

Robert Fripp and David Sylvian collaborated in the 2000’s to bring us two albums, The First Day, and the follow-up live disc Damage. Those are the two commercial releases that the combo put out. However, we have our hands on an off-market release called “Live From Massey Hall” from our supplier of all things off-market, Live Gig Recordings (look for their link later on in this review).

The history between Fripp and Sylvian initially didn’t progress as Fripp would have liked. At that point Fripp had asked Sylvian to join another (double-trio, six person) version of King Crimson (it appears as though he’d been seeking to usurp Adrian Belew from his long-standing role as lead vocalist and front person for King Crimson for a long time, only having done so within the past couple of years, filling his shoes is Jakko Jaoidsgfilsuxghfp). Sylvian already had a reputation as his own artist and felt he would only be able to collaborate so far under the Crimso moniker. So they settled for a remarkable collaboration that resulted in one of the most catchy prog songs ever recorded (“Jean The Birdman”, with a close second to “God’s Monkey”). We’ll delve into those songs when we get there.

First, I have something to say about the removal of Adrian Belew from King Crimson. Belew claims to be good with it, Fripp claims his status is the honorary 9th member of the new, eight member, three drummer configuration of King Crimson, as Tony Levin was during the Trey Gunn years in the early 2000’s. Belew is not idle by any means. His power trio just played the Irridium in NYC , and he is part of the David Bowie tribute act that is casually touring the world. I do see Fripp’s point about Belew as the front person. The fact is, he was too cheery, too happy in demeanor for the usually dower music that is/was King Crimson.

Returning to this project, the album’s cover photo for The First Day shows Sylvian AND Fripp having ridiculous, laughing smiles on their faces. No issue, they had a positive working relationship. Fripp has one with Brian Eno too, I don’t see them touring No Pussyfooting, or Evening Star, or Equatorial Stars, or Cotswald Gnomes, or…

A rare sight for the period. Robert Fripp laughing in a photograph.

Sylvian remains a solo artist. A fascinating one at that. Someone I hope to get more familiar with in terms of his work, straight away! Fripp is lumbering about with King Crimson. Two guitarists, a bassist/stick player, a keyboardist, a wind player, and three drummers. The samples I have heard from one of their many live performances sounded stiff, uniform and stilted.

I still contend Fripp is losing the plot…

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CONVERGENCE ALERT! ADRIAN BELEW JOINS WITH POLICE DRUMMER STEWART COPELAND AND LEVEL 42 BASSIST MARK KING TO FORM THE SUPERGROUP OF ALL TIME, GIZMODROME!!

May 26, 2018

What happens when a goofball drummer joins a funkoslap bass player, a happy-go-lucky noisemaker guitarist, and a virtuoso keyboardist? Gizmodrome! Photo courtesy Gizmodrome and the internet.

You hear me going on about convergence all the time. This artist I like works with that artist I like. Convergence. Laurie Anderson and Peter Gabriel, the artist who will no longer be named in this column and The Residents, Robert Fripp and Daryl Hall, Talking Heads and Eno, Eno and Devo, Fripp and Bowie, Bowie and the guitarist who is a member in this most unusual band we are about to review, Adrian Belew and if you want circular closure, Adrian Belew and Laurie Anderson.

Slap bassist extraordinaire Mark King has had his unique sound in every household guaranteed. If someone can honestly tell me they haven’t heard the song “Something About You” before, they are either VERY old (and I’m 55, so I know old) or live under a rock. King is one of those ‘taught-myself-how-to-make-a-living-at-this-thing’, type of players. Sophisticated playing with an innovative knack. I could go on about his co-collaborators outside Level 42, but this will be long enough.

The one member I know little about it Vittorio Cosma. He is the host of the band, in Italy. Italy is key to this band’s story as Copeland used the Italian backdrop to lure Belew to compliment the existing band Gizmo. King had opened for The Police back in the day, so Copeland recruited him and with those additions, the band Gizmodrome was born!

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THE MUSICAL COMET THAT IS LORD RUSS RETURNS WITH FUTURISTIC VISIONS OF THE PAST. HAVE YOU HEARD???

July 17, 2017

The newest take on some established songs, done Lord Russ style! Photo courtesy Russ Brooks

Lord Russ has a past with this blog. That sounds so sordid, doesn’t it? But that ‘past’ is a good one! Lord Russ found me while I was still with Princeton Record Exchange. He took advantage of my open position that “if you have the balls to accept what someone who knows something about music has to say about yours, bring it!” and brought me his first delightful album Heir Of Mystery! Easily the best “indie” (in the truest sense of the word, Lord Russ’ neighbor, Mark Mulcahy and his band Miracle Legion roadied for themselves on their recent reunion tour, set up, tore down, and loaded out, here’s a band that’s been on TV, David Letterman, Adventures Of Pete and Pete, too numerous to list, having to roadie their own shows because that’s how the record industry is now) disc to come my way this year. The fortunate part of the Miracle Legion show was the availability of two new releases, two double live CDs, one from Miracle Legion, and one from Polaris. The difference being, no Ray Neal in Polaris, his place was filled by another Lord Russ neighbor, Henning Ohlenbusch who played lead guitar and allsorts. The CT/Mass music scene is a very intriguing one. If what Fatso Jetson leader Mario Lalli claims is correct, the High Desert/Wonder Valley scene is dead.

But I digress…

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The Silence Of The Hands That Made The Most Wonderful Sounds… Allan Holdsworth, April 16, 2017

April 16, 2017

Holdsworth doing what he loved with those he loved. Photo courtesy of MoonJune

I didn’t want to get into doing obituaries. But when we lose a talent of the likes of Allan Holdsworth, words must be expressed. I was first fully exposed to Holdsworth’s amazing playing was through his work with the band Bruford. This exposed me to Jeff Berlin (the other Jeff B,) keyboardist Dave Stewart and when Holdsworth was not able, “the unknown” John Clark would fill in.
I had been on a steady diet of King Crimson, I was at the point where I was digging into King Crimson members solo efforts (this was the early 80’s incarnation, Fripp, Belew, Levin, Bruford) when I came across the Bruford albums. Had them special ordered from out of the country. The old completist “had-to-have-them” ethos.
Well when the very first notes from Holdsworth came through, I, as a guitarist changing styles from pop to prog was dumbstruck. The athletic strides of the notes coming from the fretboard, utterly, and totally amazing!! I had never heard a player like him in all my years.
Doubt I will again…
From the desk of MoonJune Promotions, who handled Holdsworth’s promotion:
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Dear Friends in Music
Today is a very sad day for me.
R.I.P. Allan Holdsworth (August 6, 1946 – April 16, 2017).
There is no greater measure of a life well lived than the amount of people he had impacted, and by that measure the artist Allan Holdsworth lived a very good life. This man took a plank of wood, a few strings, and some wires and transformed people’s lives in a way that few others have. The ultimate genius of the rarest kind. One of THE greatest musicians ever lived. So much history with Allan between 2001-2016.
You will be missed forever, Allan – Yo Ol’ Geezer, i love You.
Rest In Peace.
​​​​​​​My deepest condolences go to his daughters Emily and Louise, his son Sam, and his granddaughter Rori, and everybody else who loved this truly unique man.
Nardini
All right then, then….
Can I Get You Another One While We Are Waiting?
Leonardo Pavkovic
MoonJune Music, New York
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I really am trying to avoid being the blogger of death, but it seems to keep rearing its ugly head. I have many fears for 2017, the Mets winning the world series (for a true Met fan, all this means is the further commercialization of the team), nuclear war from Jung-Un, Trump, Putin, even the domestic effects of Trump. But my biggest fear? We will have a repeat of 2016 and there will be more, wholesale, devastating passings to deal with.

THE MASS EXODUS I HAD FEARED SINCE CHILDHOOD IS HERE NOW!

April 4, 2016

Sorry folks, no photos of album covers or artists performing live in this blog. In fact, we are embracing the here and now, with a morose eye towards the future. I never thought I would be posting something like this, but in the light of recent events (read: the massive amount of influential musicians who are passing away at a pace none of us can keep up with), I really had no choice. This was a necessity above and beyond my ordinary macabre nature.

For me, I think it started with the death of Alan Myers, the original drummer for Devo. It was a severe blow when a short time later, his bandmate and co-founder of Devo, Robert Casale also (and most definitely unexpectedly) passed away.

Then the onslaught began.

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THE KING IS DEAD, LONG LIVE KING CRIMSON! KING CRIMSON LIVE IN ARGENTINA 1994

October 1, 2015
King Crimson Live In Argentina 1994 from the Thrak tour. Photo courtesy DGMLive.

King Crimson Live In Argentina 1994 from the Thrak tour.

I don’t much care for revisionism. Yet I get sucked into it time after time. I posted on the accompanying Facebook page for this blog, https://www.facebook.com/groups/bouleblog/, that the there will be changes on this blog. Well here they are. I tried to ‘play nice’ as the saying went. I tried to appease all the people who submitted work for me to review. I found myself watering down my utter loathing for certain acts and more importantly I was allowing my disdain for certain acts to dictate my rate of reviews. Yet after making promises to people to review music outside my comfort zone, and having those people demand edits, the not bother to repost my efforts in an effort to promote a show for these people, I’M OUT!

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OH THE HUMANITY! POSSIBLY THE LAST CHRIS ARDUSER SOLO ALBUM EVER!

January 14, 2015
The new and possibly last solo album from BouleBlog favorite Chris Arduser. Cover photo courtesy Crooked Mile Records.

The new and possibly last solo album from BouleBlog favorite Chris Arduser. Cover photo courtesy Crooked Mile Records.

Long since the inception of this blog, which started through Princeton Record Exchange, I have enjoyed reviewing Chris Arduser’s work in order to put him in front of the popular view. Since discovering him with the Bears (featuring Adrian Belew) I have really enjoyed Arduser’s contribution to the Bears work as well as with the psychodots, including long-time bandmates Bob Nyswonger and Rob Fetters. But not only his work in bands such as the Bears and psychodots, Arduser on his own has quite a collection of solo albums, the last of which Hapless, was reviewed by this intrepid blogger for the Princeton Record Exchange (it may also appear as a Friday Flashback on this very blog).

There does appear with one overshadowing rumor with this release, that rumor being that this will be the last Chris Arduser solo album. If this does prove true I can only put this in the category of tremendous tragedy. Arduser’s solo albums have brought me many joyful hours, and I feel if they had gotten greater circulation throughout the music community nationwide, hell, worldwide, he would be a much bigger act then he is now. Not that he’s a nobody. Arduser is one of the biggest names in the Cincinnati music area especially when it comes to percussion. Basically if you’re in the Midwest he’s your go-to guy if you want a session drummer with killer chops. But he’s not just a drummer. I have personally witnessed Arduser play mandolin live with the Bears, and on his solo albums often times he’ll play each and every instrument you would hear; mandolin, keyboards, bass, guitar, drums and some instruments one might not expect from a “pop” musician.

Yet Arduser, always ready to throw a monkey wrench into the sound has come up with some very intriguing noises on the new release called Flibbertigibbet. How’s that for a monkey wrench of a title? I think it’s time we dug into Chris Arduser’s latest offering and sit back and enjoy the strangeness!

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