DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid — Celestial Mechanix: The Blue Series Mastermix
(Thirsty Ear THI57148.2, 2004, 2CD)
by Jeff Melton, Published 2005-03-01It’s not hard to figure out why DJ Spooky is in such demand in the New York downtown scene; it seems the man has no tangible musical boundaries by finding further riches in already excellent sound recordings. The modern sampling process has evolved into much more than the sample, borrow and steal orientation that only a few years ago was not identified as a viable musical source. Spooky straddles both sides of the fence: the compositional side as well as the sampling side and the best of both worlds is the intuitive outcome. His mastermix on this collection of reworks always focused on rhythmic sequences start here with “CD-DIR Gesture” before navigating into jazzy territory on “Travelogue – NYC to Hawaii.” “Lingua ex Machina” is Spooky’s own rap vibe of his collective mindset across a walking bass line. “Maldoror’s Gambit” merges mournful violins with jungle beats and even a few snippets of Star Trek samples of hand phasers that is quite amusing. Closing out disc one is a rendition of Craig Taborn’s “Shining Through” that gives an altogether positive new slant on the ambient and rhythmic shape of the piece. Disc two is one continuous 35 track sequence of pieces that cycles through many a substantial number of twists and turns. Beginning with the sampled announcer’s statement that “This is your story” into a brief piano interlude from Anti-pop Consortium’s project with Mathew Shipp and later into an extract from the pianist’s “New Bop.” The longest most ethereal bridge is sampled from Shipp’s Equilibrium CD with vibes and a straight 4/4 tempo. The mix closes with two ambient stylized tracks that end the piece on an ominous tone. Overall Spooky has a wide palette of tools to use at his disposal and he is fearless in his pursuit of the ultimate mix.
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more
Cruise to the Edge and Seaprog 2020 Festivals Postponed – The worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus has started to produce casualties in the music festival world, and music festivals are not immune. We've had word that both the Cruise to the Edge (originally slated for March 27 - April 1) and Seaprog (originally June 5-7) have been postponed to later dates, with those dates to be announced. » Read more
McCoy Typer RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of one of the most influential pianists in the history of jazz, McCoy Tyner. His tenure with John Coltrane in the early 60s includes some of the most treasured recordings of the era, including My Favorite Things and A Love Supreme. After leaving Coltrane's group, he had a long and successful solo career. He was 81. » Read more
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more