Weekend Frenzy: Thai Pop, Don Cherry, Steve Buscemi, Christine Welch, Estradasphere

Best? Fire? -- by Joe Reifer

Best? Fire? — by Joe Reifer

  • I’ve been following Alan Bishop’s Sublime Frequencies label, and the new Thai Pop Spectacular is an amazing mix of rock, funk, surf, and disco music played in a way you’ve never heard it before — highly recommended
  • I also picked up the re-issue of Don Cherry’s Live at Cafe Monmartre 1966 — featuring a shredding Gato Barbieri before he went smooth, Karl Berger’s wonderful vibes, Aldo Romano on drums, and Bo Stief on bass. Another great free jazz release from ESP-Disk
  • Over at the used bookstore, I came across the Christine Welch book commonplace. Welch’s work is rooted in the tradition of Lynne Cohen, with a bit more vibrance and humor (not that I don’t enjoy the bleakness in Cohen’s work). The exploration of the ordinary is a common trope in modern photography, and tough to pull off convincingly. Welch’s book is a rare example of a book in this genre that really works — subject choice, composition, color, and image editing are top notch
  • After CD and book purchases were made, I saw the new Tom DiCillo film Delirious, starring Steve Buscemi as a paparazzi that takes on a homeless kid as an assistant, and flips out when the kid becomes a TV star. I had high hopes for Delirious — DiCillo’s 1995 film Living in Oblivion is the definitive indie-film about making low budget movies. I’m a big Buscemi fan no matter how many times the Coen Brothers kill him, and he plays a photographer in the movie — how could it be bad? Well, you might want to wait until this one comes out on DVD
  • My friend Troy Paiva turned me on to the band Estradasphere last year — their 2006 release Palace of Mirrors is a frenetic, foot stomping, genre mashing blend of prog rock, middle eastern, jazz, and metal in the vein of Mr. Bungle or Trey Spruance’s Secret Chiefs 3, but with it’s own unique sound. Here’s a live video, and there’s reportedly a DVD coming soon