:Episode One-Hundred Eighteen: 08.31.2018
|Taj Mahal Travellers||II||August 1974|
|August Born||More Dead Bird Blues||August Born|
|Rafi Bookstaber||Make Up Yr Mind||Late Summer|
|Mac-Talla Nan Creag||Caisteal Grugaig||Mac-Talla Nan Creag|
|Pancrudo||Maestro Del Kiosco||Pulsatron 7"|
|Oren Ambarchi / Konrad Sprenger / Phillip Sollmann||Suez (Version)||Panama / Suez 12"|
|Konstrukt & Keiji Haino||Into A Trap Surely So Elaborately Laid Air Has Entered And A Splendid, Beautiful Monster Now Swims (Part I) (Live)||A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little That Way Lies A Quagmire|
|Szun Waves||New Hymn To Freedom||New Hymn To Freedom|
|Raul Lovisoni / Francesco Messina||Amon Ra||Prati Bagnati Del Monte Analogo|
To mark the last day of August, and the start of Labor Day weekend, the "unofficial" end of summer (there is no U.S. Dept of Seasons, nor any sort of sanctioning body governing seasons, so there is no "official" start or end to any season... but, anyhow, thanks for joining me here on the Language Pedant Program) the opening set consists of a track from the Taj Mahal Travellers classic August 1974 (recently reissued on vinyl by Aguirre Records), a song from August Born (a project of Six Organs of Admittance's Ben Chasny and Fushitsusha's Hiroyuki Usui) and a number from Late Summer by Rafi Bookstaber. I also, during the airbreak, entreat Mr. Bookstaber to make another album soon, as Late Summer is one of my most-listened to records of the past couple of years (this despite the fact that his name makes it sound like he wants to do violence to me... my last name is Booker, if you've never checked out the About Me page).
The next set starts with Mac-Talla Nan Creag (whose name I of course say in a Groundskeeper Willie-ish mock Scottish accent) whose self-titled debut consists, in a somewhat similar vein to August 1974, of a series of droney tracks recorded au naturel, at various historical sites around Scotland. Following this is Pancrudo, with some spaced-out, lo-fi cumbia from his debut seven-inch. Lastly, we hear from master of dark ambience Oren Ambarchi, who with collaborators Konrad Sprenger and Phillip Sollman has produced two songs, each occupying a side of a 12-inch single, dedicated to the world's two great canals, Panama and Suez.
The final set begins with some truly freaked-out free jazz from Turkey's Konstrukt, abetted by Japanese avant-garde legend Keiji Haino, continues with some Argentinian weirdness by Panchasila, delves into improv-drone territory with the UK's Szun Waves, and ends with a bit of 70s Italo-prog (is that a genre? it should be) by Raul Lovisoni and Francesco Messina (taken from the recently reissued album Prati Bagnati Del Monte Analogo, which has maybe the most late-seventies jazz LP cover art ever: color image framed in white, check; Art Deco-influenced pastel referencing 1920s cafe culture, check; blocky, semi-serif font, check).