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Guillermo Galindo’s Songs of the Border

At lunch with Guillermo Galindo in Winter Park, Florida, he recounted how the photographer Richard Misrach had picked him up at a Motel 6 in San Diego where he was staying. Misrach pulled up in a huge 4x4 pickup truck. They were going to search for objects left by migrants. Misrach and Galindo headed out from the motel. They drove for over three hours down dirt roads along the border.

A Soundtrack for the Age of Immanence

Configuração do Lamento, the 2016 debut from instrumental band Deafkids, is an incendiary meld of punk, ambient metal, progressive sonics, and adrenalized percussion. The group crafts compelling tracks that highlight varying aspects of their multifaceted sound. The album opens with “Veia Aberta,” featuring a jackhammer rhythm and choppy guitar riff reminiscent of Bleach-era Nirvana, segueing into a drone punctuated by grunts and groans filtered through a multitude of effects.

Timo Andres: Work Songs

Sometime around 1914, the American composer Charles Ives outlined a daily schedule for life at his Redding, Connecticut home in a diary called “Our Book” that he shared with his wife, Harmony. By 6:30 am, Ives was “up & at them,” followed by chores and then a quarter-of-an-hour playing Bach.


So once again your wandering reporter who’s been entrenched in Paris and London gives you a report. Lots of gigs. Gigs. And more gigs. I got to catch folks like Steve Beresford, Alex Ward, Dominic Lash, John Butcher, John Edwards, Fred Frith, Syvain Kassap, Benjamin Duboc, the Dave Liebman Quartet, and more. I even got to play with some of them. In this column I will focus mostly on Frith.

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