New Nixon Tapes
(Roaratorio - ROAR16) LP $15.00
Since 2003, NYC's Talibam! have been charting a course through improv waters where rock, jazz, noise and all stops in between collide in an aggressive mix that defines free music in the best sense of the term: nothing is deemed out of bounds. Too much fun to be a po-faced postmodern exercise, and too expertly played to get sunk in a morass of good intentions, The New Nixon Tapes hurtles through two side-long pieces in an agile cascade of rhythmic and melodic ideas. Kevin Shea (drums) and Matt Mottel (synthesizer) have worked with Cooper-Moore and Rhys Chatham, among others; here they're joined by master saxophonist / trumpeter / flautist Daniel Carter. Recorded live in the WFMU studios. MP3 download coupon included.
Peeesseye + Talibam!
(Smeraldina-Rima - SR13) 2xLP $20.00
This overdue collaboration between Evolving Ear labelmates Talibam! (Kevin Shea on drums, Matt Mottel on keyboards) and Peeesseye (Jaime Fennelly on electronics, Chris Forsyth on guitars and Fritz Welch on drums) rips. Driven by the double-barreled percussion attack, underpinned by Fennelly's drones and scribbled all over by Mottel and Forsyth, whose gonzo soloing reminds us single-chord jams have been around since The Fugs roamed the earth and Angus MacLise still turned up for rehearsals. Sometimes they dispense with chords altogether and dive into the primeval, murky soundpool. Loud, messy, and glorious. Artwork by Rachel Lowther. Edition of 600