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Shelley Parker, Live at Flussi Festival

From the Entr’acte website:

Sleeper Line is a five-track EP constructed from the original components of a live set performed in December 2012. These components — manipulated found sounds — were recorded at various times and in various environments: Dungeness Power Station (2012), street recordings post-Notting Hill Carnival (2007), a prior live performance at the White Building in London (2012), and a cassette recording made in the cloakroom of the Metalheadz Sunday Sessions club night (1997). The cyclical process of merging analogue and digital media, elements of dance music and varying locations and timescales, sits at the core of the compositional and sonic structures of the EP.

Shelley Parker is an artist based in London. Her practice explores the experiential potential of sound and image through the manipulation of technology and the study of structure and material. Live audio feeds, bass frequencies and found sounds are recurring themes within her performance, installation and music production.


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Song of the Night: “Almost Was Good Enough” Live

songsohia_black_lrgWith the 10th anniversary edition of Magnolia Electric Co. due out soon, I thought I’d share one of my favorite performances of one of my favorite songs on the album. The below version of “Almost Was Good Enough” was recorded on 15 October 2003, at Planta Baja in Granada Spain. It’s about six minutes longer than the original, opens up with an extended guitar solo, and has a trumpet solo in the middle that I absolutely love. The band sounds incredible and the recording quality is good and balanced.

Anyone with info about who was in the band for this tour, please leave a comment. I’m willing to bet that’s Mike Brenner on the slide guitar, and I think maybe Jason Groth is playing lead guitar, but I can’t remember if he was in the band by 2003 or not.

I took the recording from a bootleg uploaded to the Magnolia collection, which has the blessings of both the band and Secretly Canadian.

You can download the entire set here.


Michael Pisaro Live at Complice Gallery

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A live performance of Michael Pisaro’s “hinwandeln (zwischen himmel und erd)” and “Transparent City (2)” has been posted on his Gravity Wave label page. I’ve posted the Soundcloud link below as well. From Michael’s description:

… performed in alternation and without breaks by Johnny Chang, violin, Koen Nutters, contrabass, Gary Schultz, sine tones and myself, classical guitar. hinwandelnis a trio – and for each of the four times it appears, we rotated amongst the musicians (i.e., a different group of three players each time). Transparent City (2) is a set of instructions for how to play live instruments with a playback of recordings from the Transparent City discs (Edition Wandelweiser).

Two new Gravity Wave discs—”The Middle of Life (Die ganze Zeit)” and “The Punishment of the Tribe by its Elders”—are scheduled for release in January 2013 and will be available via ErstDist.