Bill Fay: Bill Fay and Time of the Last Persecution (Eclectic Discs)By David Shirley
Peace be in your breath and in your sighing. Peace be in your jack and in your blade. And peace be in your Sunday picnic And your old school friends whove passed away. But tell it like it is.
The Fall: Fall Heads RollBy Donald Breckenridge
Mark E. Smitha well-read dockworker and the self-professed psychic son of a plumberhad his brain lit up by the seemingly endless possibilities of punks first wave and, more important, its American roots in the late-'60s sonic garage assaults of The Stooges and the demonic blues howls of Captain Beefheart.
Charles Ivess Universe Symphony, FinallyBy Richard Kostelanetz
The premiere of Johnny Reinhards realization of Charles Ivess Universe Symphony, at Alice Tully Hall on June 6, 1996, is still justly remembered as counting among the great concerts of the 1990s. It included dozens of downtown performers, including flautist Andrew Bolotowsky, percussionist Slip La Plante, violinist Tom Chiu, and pianist Joshua Pierce, most of them working out of an appreciation of Reinhards effort to produce Ivess final, purportedly unfinished piece.