One weekday afternoon some time in the spring of 1989, if I've not lost too much to the vagaries of memory, I was in my Fort Greene apartment, trying to occupy myself constructively during one of my frequent stretches of unemployment. I know it was a Monday, because I tuned in to Tony Coulter's Monday Afternoon New Music show on WKCR, and heard the most mesmerizing and unclassifiable music I had yet encountered.
Voices at the End of the Night:
By Ron Horning
The Fall, New Facts Emerge, Cherry Red Records, 2017
Mike Hudson & the Pagans, Hollywood High, Ruin Discos, 2014
The Falls previous studio album, Sub-Lingual Tablets, ends with guitar lashed diatribes against Facebook and iPhones, and the first cut on New Facts Emerge is Segueso whats the target this time?
As if to counter the growing spread of extreme-right ideology throughout the western world, punk rock, that forty-year old, often political genre, appears to be advancing with similar force.
One day while walking down St. Marks Place with a friend (a bit stoned) at the age of fifteen or so I heard this wild music coming out of a doorway, that I later learned was for the 5 Spot. I stuck my head through and saw this amazing pianist tearing up the keys. I was stunned.
Steely Dan played the Paramount Theatre in Seattle on the first of July, 1974—there's a live recording—and the MC introduced the band thus: "Ladies and gentlemen, here by popular demand and at great expense to the management, you may like them—personally I don’t—from Los Angeles, California, Steely Dan!"