by Cat Johnson
18 years and 10 albums in, the Drive-by Truckers are still at it, and more importantly, still bringing interesting stories full of down-and-out characters, love gone wrong (and sometimes right) and everyman tales of life in the South.
English Oceans, however, sees the band calming things down a bit, spending more time on the musical subtleties and less on the window-shattering arena rock jams. It also sees Mike Cooley, ever the sideman to Patterson Hood, bringing more songs and vocals to the table.
Here’s a trailer with snips of songs and some great footage of the band in lo-fi action.
Thanks again to Sabyrtooth for rocking First Friday for us.
photos by Brian Crabtree
Photos by Cat Johnson
Last week, Mary Gauthier and her band swung by the store to play a handful of songs for us. It was a great set featuring old and new material, and a perfect warmup to her show that night at the Kuumbwa, where she proceeded to bring the audience to its feet with her heart, humor and fire.
Mary has a new live album coming out soon and we’re usually stocked with her back catalog, so come down to the store and see what all the fuss is about.
Huge thanks to the local rising jazz stars of BeBop who, again, wowed us with their style, funkiness, knowledge of the jazz canon and technique.
Photos by Brian Crabtree
Yesterday the Power Strip Ensemble Players graced us with a very enjoyable and thought-provoking performance of the John Cage composition Radio Music. Here’s some background on the piece, taken from the John Cage website.
Category: Musical composition
Dated: Stony Point, N.Y., May 1956
Instrumentation: for one to eight performers, each at one radio
Premiere and performer(s): May 30, 1956 at the Carl Fisher Hall in New York City. Performance by John Cage, Maro Ajemian, David Tudor, Grete Sultan and the four members of the Julliard String Quartet
Dedicated to: —
Published: Edition Peters 6783 © 1961 by Henmar Press
Manuscript: 8 parts (typescript, signed, in ink – 10 p. Folder 216) in New York Public Library
“Radio Music is a work composed using chance operations. The 8 parts indicate between 26 (part E) and 64 (parts C and G) different frequencies between 55 and 156 kHz, notated using numbers (and not using conventional staves, like in Imaginary Landscape No.4). Lines indicate silences, “expressed by maximum amplitude”. The number of silences varies between parts: from 9 in part D to 27 in part G.
Cage mentions that every part is in 4 sections, with or without silences between them, to be programmed by the player(s).
The published score consists of a title page and 10 typed leaves containing 8 parts (parts C and G 2 pages each).”
Thanks to all who came down for the performance, thanks to the Power Strip Ensemble Players and thanks to New Music Works for setting it all up. Here are a few photos from the event.
Photos by Brian Crabtree
Hot off his appearance on Letterman the other night, Cory Chisel is bringing his roots-rocking stage show to the Santa Cruz Streetlight with a free in-store concert on Monday, August 6 at 6pm.