A few things that should be heard, narrated by a Purple Prose Peddler.
One thing is demonstrating against obtuse foreign policy by gathering in the streets and ranting hollow slogans; much better is moving the blade of repressed rage into the already painful wound of indifference via unconventional means. "The foolkiller" is an effort by a 14-piece group of major improvisers from the San Francisco Bay Area, who all deserve to be mentioned here: Andre Custodio, Philip Everett, Ray Schaeffer, C.J. Reaven Borosque, Matt Davignon, Dina Emerson, Sandor Finta, Lance Grabmiller, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Marina Lazzara, Bob Marsh, Jessie Quattro, Alwyn Quebido, Rent Romus. If you're looking for some kind of "style" - wrong way. The ear-shocking abstractions of this multi-talented horde of pretty nervous, commonplace-attacking outsiders will have you sitting quite uncomfortably on the burning coil of hallucinated "poems" where the vocalists deliver serious punches to the stomach pit, sounding politely desperate and dramatically ironic during their elegant nightmares drenched in metaphysical instrumental hopelessness. One can clearly feel the strong connection among the artists in this assortment of unfamiliar imaginations; this is the very force of this difficult album, which certainly won't reward those approaching it with superficial attitude and - of course - contrary sociopolitical opinions.
TOUCHING EXTREMES C/O
VIA AVICENNA 99
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EMAIL #1: touching.extremes(at)tiscali(dot)it
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LEGION OF DAGON:
Jazzy, skronky experimental rock is
a difficult thing to pull off, even if you're an inarguably brilliant musician
-- conduct an opinion poll at your local record store and you'll find that
music lovers are split between thinking guys like Bill Laswell and Buckethead
are brilliant and that they're unpardonably awful. Tri-Cornered Tent Show work
that same cartoonish, histrionic end of the noise rock spectrum, and Legion of
Dagon is, as you'd guess, a love or hate proposition. You'll either find it
wanky and mawkish or refreshing and daring. Either way, you'll have a difficult
time remaining neutral toward their squibbling reed instruments,
Lovercraft-inspired lyrics and dramatic percussive flourishes.
-- Phillip Buchan
"...the players...certainly possessing talent...one has the impression of preparing for a journey."
-Jason Bivins, Cadence
"...a unique and expansive sound experience that defies genre."
A. Fremont, KFJC FM
"70's era electro-technology taken to its refined limits"
A. Fremont KFJC FM
"If you're into jazz/noise/improv/tweaker-ism, you'll want to check out this excellent release"
-Max Level, KFJC FM
"'Waltz of the Shogoths' is particularly good - almost like a Nancarrow player piano piece met up with early Cecil Taylor on the way to a blues jam"
-Jasons Bivins, Cadence