Fly Ashtray is an American rock band, formed in 1983 in the Bronx, New York, by Chris Thomas, James Kavoussi, Eric Thomas, John Beekman and Mike Anzalone. At some point, Thomas and Anzalone left the band which led to Beekman moving from lead vocalist to bassist/guitarist, and then Kavoussi switched from keyboard to guitar. Glen Luttman joined the band at this juncture to play the drums.
Spoog, a side project, resulted with impromptu gigs when one or another member of the band was out of town. Anzalone and Kavoussi also played in Uncle Wiggly. Kavoussi has made solo records billed as Phoaming Edison. The line-up of Thomas, Kavoussi, Beekman and Luttman was stable for a lengthy period until Beekman’s duties were taken over in 1998 by Dave Abel.
In 2003, Luttman requested a leave of absence from Fly Ashtray, and in the same year Eric Marc Cohen took over drum duties. The band released two records on Shimmy Disc and worked with Kramer. More recently, the band’s music was featured in “Responsible Ballet and What We Need Is a Bench to Put Books On”, a dance piece choreographed by Jon Kinzel, and performed at The Kitchen in New York City.
The band’s new album, We Buy Everything You Have is coming out soon from Old Gold Records.
Some things in life are just meant to be. The first time Chris Hazelton experienced a real Hammond B-3 organ, he knew instantly that it was the instrument he was destined to play. At the request of his college professor, the then-underage aspiring musician snuck into a dark Kansas City jazz club called Bobby’s Hangout to hear the man behind the console, jazz organ master Everette DeVan. After several weeks of coaxing, Mr. DeVan agreed to take Chris on a student, showing him the ins and outs of the complex machine. With a background in string bass and piano, Chris’ transfer to organ was a natural one.
Soul Jazz Fridays was recorded live at the Green Lady Lounge in Kansas City, MO on October 26th, 2015. You can preorder it now.
Eyck composed these six Fantasias specifically for the 12” vinyl LP format, a practice reminiscent of early-60s Nonesuch releases. All performances were recorded in full takes with no editing. American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) tracked Eyck’s scores first, and then Eyck overdubbed her deft, fluid, single-take improvisations—thus the fitting title Fantasias. The result is an organic virtuosity that leads the listener through a wide range of sonic environments across the six pieces.
Eyck’s striking theremin performances on Fantasias showcase her dead-aim intonation, her command of microtonality, her fluid melodicism, and—perhaps most importantly—her utter lack of self-consciousness as an improvisor. This latter quality is no accident, as Eyck has practiced improvisation for years, and has even studied techniques typically aimed at athletes for entering flow-states and shutting down critical inner dialogue.
Pop guitarist Sadler Vaden‘s Self Titled (and self-released) album is a follow up to his 2012 album Radio Road, on which he played all instruments. Following stints with Jason Isbell’s 400 Unit and Drivin n Cryin, this new album employs producer Paul Ebersold and guitarist Audley Freed.
Azucar Records is a boutique, vinyl-only label dedicated to releasing limited edition pressings of classic albums from the past 30 years, never before issued on vinyl. Azucar Records began as a simple question: “Why isn’t that available on vinyl?”
Ken Stringfellow’s (The Posies, Big Star, R.E.M.) classic 2001 solo album Touched is now available on limited edition orange cream vinyl. Just 500 copies of Stringfellow’s stirring masterpiece have been pressed. From the somber opening notes of the first track, Down Like Me, to the album’s hopeful closer, Here’s to the Future, each song resonates with an emotional timelessness that only the greatest songwriters can deliver. Stringfellow’s compositions on Touched burst with warmth and soul, making the LP one of the truly great albums of the past 20 years.
The Black Swamp Arts festival is a free three-day art and music festival in historic downtown Bowling Green, Ohio. Over 60,000 people attend to enjoy the art, music, and atmosphere. Downtown Main Street is lined with over 150 juried artist exhibits from across the country.
The first Black Swamp Arts Festival was held in Downtown Bowling Green in the Fall of 1993. It was organized by a group of Downtown Business Owners and members of the community who had an interest in spotlighting the arts in Bowling Green. Each year, the Festival has grown: increased number of members who plan and organize Festival details, increased number of fine artists who display and sell their artwork, increased number of performing artists who entertain with all genres of music and stage performances, and an increased number of participants, both local and from out-of-town, who come to enjoy and support the arts.
The latest from Los Angeles synthesis figurehead M. Geddes Gengras consolidates his entire arsenal of techniques and compositional tricks into a four-sided opus of immersive sound worship. Recorded and assembled across six years and far-flung geographies (California, Connecticut, The Netherlands), Interior Architecture was imagined as an “impossible object,” simultaneously stark and lush, sprawling and concise, analog and digital. Gengras’ array of processing modules allow for a near-infinite complexity of texture and movement: tones rise and morph and recede, inscrutable chords float in space, elements integrate and then refuse resolution.
Long-time associate Seth Kasselman guests on clarinet throughout Side C but otherwise “Architecture” is, as per usual, a solitary affair – the rogue alchemist alone at his mainframe, the laboratory thick with smoke. His is an ambiguous and experiential form of tactile psychedelia, electronic rorschach tests for the 21st century. Gengras’ own assessment is suitably consuming: “At its best it should feel like sinking into really warm quicksand or dying of hypothermia.”
Jon Camp is a composer and guitarist from the Washington, DC region. He creates exploratory music with hooks. His first EP, Earwig, was released in September of 2014. In August 2016, he released his full-length follow-up, Stifled Hair-Trigger.
Courtney Granger lives in Lafayette, Lousiana. A master fiddler and extraordinarily talented singer, Courtney hails from the Balfa family lineage, which is evident in his powerful vocals and heavily Balfa-influenced fiddling. While for the past 8 years Courtney has been playing and touring full time with Cajun groups the Pine Leaf Boys and Balfa Toujours, Courtney has always had a deep affinity for and knowledge of classic country music. Featuring a master group of musicians and production by the renowned Dirk Powell, the long-awaited Beneath Still Waters is Courtney’s solo country debut.
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