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An Invocation For Beginnings

Ze Frank is back.  A kickstarter project helped him with the new ‘A Show’ website and weekly (bi- or tri-weekly?) online episodes building off his popular online performances and monologs contained on ‘The Show’.  If you’re confused, that’ s alright, because I’m confused too.  Below is his first video, just in case you need a pep talk today: [youtube RYlCVwxoL_g 600 400]

Caine's Arcade

Making a 9 year old boy’s dream come true… [vimeo 40000072 600 400]

22 Bonds For One Minute

22 Bonds For One Minute [youtube T6QOxo4g2rw 600 400]

Charles Gayle Is Streets The Clown

I’ve seen Charles Gayle perform numerous times in both solo and group settings.  He never ceases to amaze me as a performer.  He’s had an amazing life which he sometimes alludes to in lengthy spoken word monologues during his solo performances.  Charles Gayle can often be found busking in New York City under his “Streets The Clown” persona. The Wire Magazine has a feature on him this month (April 2012).  You can also find an article from 1994 in the magazine’s archives about him and here’s a video of his street busking in New York. [vimeo 38851398 600 400]

Dustin Wong's Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads

If I had to choose my favorite release of 2012 already, just a few months in, it would probably be Dustin Wong’s stellar Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads, on Thrill Jockey Records.  The album’s title gives a little hint to the inspiration of the music – dreams – and the continuous ebb and flow of the music only support the active dream like state induced by these tunes.  Dustin released an ambitious double CD debut Infinite Love in 2010 and was in the Baltimore-based band Ponytail. If you’re not aware of Dustin Wong’s artistic approach – he is a master of taking bits of guitar, looping these sounds, and then layering these loops to construct songs.  This aesthetic, to me, brings to mind Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint played by Pat Metheny, but, more akin to ten recordings of Electric Counterpoint all played at once, layered, and slightly off center, but even more incredible sounding than you would imagine.  There’s only a minimal reliance of voice and percussion (…and I’m not convinced the percussion sounds aren’t his guitar anyway), so basically the record is all guitar all the time, but it doesn’t always sound that way.  I’m not complaining that it’s all guitar - It’s amazing. If you haven’t heard Dustin Wong before, the following two videos will give you an idea of what his inventive audio is all about.  The first video is the last track from the new album and the second video is a live performance. [youtube PkjwCEG0zzs 560 315] [youtube KAzk4-xSZh8 560 315]