Bill Laswell . does he got an album I can listen to all the way through??

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I can find several songs, most of the Axiom dub and Praxis variety that I like, but I can't seem to keep an interest through a whole album. Can anyone out there reccomend a decent full length??

brg30 (brg30), Friday, 31 January 2003 22:15 (nineteen years ago) link

I'd vote for Last Exit's Noise Of Trouble Myself. That's pretty fun. He plays bass in that group.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Friday, 31 January 2003 22:17 (nineteen years ago) link

brg- I struggle with getting through single tracks so i can't help.

(BTW...I'm gonna tape 90 mins of sound art for you, you still want it yeah)

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Friday, 31 January 2003 22:20 (nineteen years ago) link

brg30 / Julio - have you tried any Material? I've only got The Best Of... but it's all pretty listenable (even the track with Whitney Houston!)

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Friday, 31 January 2003 22:36 (nineteen years ago) link

no i haven't heard material. I have heard a couple of tracks on radio 3 and then this awful piece he did with Jah Wobble.

(sorry abt the delay on the tape BTW...I just haven't been able to get round to it)

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Friday, 31 January 2003 22:40 (nineteen years ago) link

You're sending me a tape Julio?! Goody! What of? ;~)

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Friday, 31 January 2003 22:41 (nineteen years ago) link

I just listened to Material's Memory Serves (1981?) twice in the last couple weeks. It was a lot better than I remembered it being. The avant-jazzers they brought on board actually integrate into the mix really well. Quite enjoyable.

Noise of Trouble is my favorite Last Exit rec as well.

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Friday, 31 January 2003 22:42 (nineteen years ago) link

stewart- cheeky. very cheeky of ya.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Friday, 31 January 2003 22:44 (nineteen years ago) link

if you want a tape then grate BUT I unfortunately take my time on these things.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Friday, 31 January 2003 22:48 (nineteen years ago) link

Awwww! I thought I was gonna get some Derek Bailey!

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Friday, 31 January 2003 22:49 (nineteen years ago) link

If it'll clinch the deal, I can offewr you more Beefheart bootlegs than any sane individual could ever want....

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Friday, 31 January 2003 22:52 (nineteen years ago) link

Jazzonia is amazing and very accessible. There are others, but that's my recomendation for you. Now you have to hear the damn thing (don't worry, it's nice!).

pina, Friday, 31 January 2003 22:55 (nineteen years ago) link

''If it'll clinch the deal, I can offewr you more Beefheart bootlegs than any sane individual could ever want....''

*drooling* OK got any of that stuff from the early 70s (you've seen the beefhart doc where the magic band are doing a version of click clack right)

and if you want some Derek bailey stuff then I've got it.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Friday, 31 January 2003 23:03 (nineteen years ago) link

5 gd-to-great albs w/ some Laswell involvement:

The Last Wave - Arcana - w/ Derek Bailey and Tony Williams

Panthalassa - his terrific 70s Miles Mix

Guts of a Virgin - Painkiller - w/ John Zorn and Mick Harris

Ask the Ages - Sonny Sharrock w/ Pharoah Sanders, Charnett Moffett and Elvin Jones - One of Laswell's best production jobs - see also 'Orgasmatron' by Motorhead and 'The Burning World' by Swans

Decided... Already the Motionless Heart of Tranquility, Tangling the Purple Prayer called 'I' - Purple Trap - Laswell, Keiji Haino and Rashied Ali

Andrew L (Andrew L), Friday, 31 January 2003 23:10 (nineteen years ago) link

Material's Secret Life is the only one that does much of anything for me.

Andy K (Andy K), Friday, 31 January 2003 23:36 (nineteen years ago) link

try...King Cobb Steelie- project twinkle
i don't much care for Laswell but i like this record.

chad (chad), Friday, 31 January 2003 23:54 (nineteen years ago) link

Laswell's entirely hit or miss, there's really little middle ground, i feel. the misses are thoroughly unforgivable (feel *every* muscle in your face needed to make a frown go to work) but what is doubly sad is that the material (no p.i.) that does hit is due fully to the involvement of others. last exit's success is (for me) due to the brötz bringin' the mayhem and sharrock's attacks. golden palominos s/t (first) album is a winner but you've got arto, zorn, frith and anton fier as mates so there's no surprise there. this is probably the only one i've heard that makes for a pleasant listen all the way through. the only caveat is that you *know* it's laswell playing that bass, so if you've a weak stomach there's not much you can do.

Dr. Annabel Lies (Michael Kelly), Saturday, 1 February 2003 00:31 (nineteen years ago) link

I recommend Material's 'Memory Serves' (1981) and Bill Laswell's 'Baselines,' both of which feel a little more song-oriented than some of his other stuff. Of course, the bass playing is what makes both of the albums.

Patrick South, Saturday, 1 February 2003 02:27 (nineteen years ago) link

much of what's said above by Dr. Annabel Lies - true, actually
the discography under L'well's own name - erratic ('Baselines' & 'Hear No Evil' are two early ones i have, haven't felt any haunger for them inna long while),
BUT Laswell/Brötzmann's duo rekkid 'Low Life' might be worth cheking, brg

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Saturday, 1 February 2003 02:37 (nineteen years ago) link

I like Material's Seven Souls, for what that's worth. It's a Middle-Eastern flavored thing with some WM Burroughs vocals.

nickn (nickn), Saturday, 1 February 2003 05:15 (nineteen years ago) link

I recommend Material's 'Memory Serves' (1981) and Bill Laswell's 'Baselines,' both of which feel a little more song-oriented than some of his other stuff. Of course, the bass playing is what makes both of the albums.

i'd recommend these too. but his bass playing? aaaargh! dull.

gaz (gaz), Sunday, 2 February 2003 08:52 (nineteen years ago) link

i saw praxis live and dj disk was drinking whiskey onstage and got mad and threw his turn tables in the audience and walked off stage and buckethead took off his mask and had another mask on underneath and laswell was like "man im too old for this!" and b rain had a huge bass drum and i said "brain, man your bass drum is big!" and he said "yah well have you seen tommy lee's?"

chaki (chaki), Sunday, 2 February 2003 11:19 (nineteen years ago) link

That's a great story, dude! I bet Buckethead had another mask on under that one!

I was just gonna suggest Praxis' Transmutations, as that was the first Bill Laswell album I ever got sooo many years ago, and listened to it from beginning to end almost every day for the last 3 years of high school. Bad-ass album.

Didn't Laswell produce the Tabla Beat Science album? That thing is KILLER!

He also has a couple ambient albums he did with Talvin Singh that are really stunning, albeit in a listen-to-this-late-at-night-with-headphones-on kinda way.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Sunday, 2 February 2003 16:29 (nineteen years ago) link

interesting that chaki and nickalicious — the most vocal deep funkateers on ilm — are both so manifestly unswayed by the "laswell = lame bassman" position

mark s (mark s), Sunday, 2 February 2003 18:27 (nineteen years ago) link

mark s thats because i agree with it!

chaki (chaki), Sunday, 2 February 2003 18:57 (nineteen years ago) link

oh ok :(

(i tht i'd discovered a mysterious contrary phenomena)

mark s (mark s), Sunday, 2 February 2003 19:00 (nineteen years ago) link

heh i dont think there is ANY arguing the Laswell = lame bassman position. however he's not really schooled he just plays free and wild mostly. (which is what alot of ilx goes for) (yet alot of ilx hates laswell so theres your mysterious contrary phenomena)

chaki (chaki), Sunday, 2 February 2003 19:30 (nineteen years ago) link

''I have heard a couple of tracks on radio 3 and then this awful piece he did with Jah Wobble.''

well I mentioned this above and its not that he is 'lame'. The piece consisted of one constantly repeating bassline and there were other things but they were all so non-substantial that the only thing I could keep my ears fixed on was that constantly repeating bassline.

I like things that change a bit over time and yet don't, on the whole, but the way this was played out in a way that there didn't seem to be much change. The whole thing in the 'dulled' my mind into a coma (I'm not sure this bit makes much sense but I won't change it).

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Sunday, 2 February 2003 20:27 (nineteen years ago) link

two years pass...
OMG GUYZ BILL LASWELL MIXES M.I.A. AND TUUVAN THROAT SINGING AND BLUES -- ETERNAL EYE DUB FREEDOM TERROR MIX -- DROPS IN AUGUST!!!!

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Monday, 2 May 2005 01:58 (seventeen years ago) link

r u cereal or funnin?

Stormy Davis (diamond), Monday, 2 May 2005 02:04 (seventeen years ago) link

it seems plausible - except for sterl's excitement.

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Monday, 2 May 2005 02:05 (seventeen years ago) link

I'll recommend these:
Material "hallucination engine"
Praxis "transmutation-whatever it's called"
Radiodub
Book of Entrance
Ambient Dub double CD
Invisible Design

The problem with his stuff is poor editing and his weird sense of production and quite often his very bass tone, which quite often has me wondering if he's just stubborn about his lame outdated "sound" or if he really think that sounds great.

Leon Snodgrass (Eleventy-Twelve), Monday, 2 May 2005 02:17 (seventeen years ago) link

quite often

Leon Snodgrass (Eleventy-Twelve), Monday, 2 May 2005 02:18 (seventeen years ago) link

I own that Material album "One Down." Nona Hendryx has a couple of okay moments; nothing spectacular, except for the greatest Whitney Houston ever recorded, her version of Archie Shepp's "Memories."

As for his other productions, he's got moments on the Mick Jagger solo album and PiL's "Album."

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Monday, 2 May 2005 03:44 (seventeen years ago) link

"Memories" is by Hugh Hopper (of Soft Machine). Shepp just plays on the Material version.

nickn (nickn), Monday, 2 May 2005 04:55 (seventeen years ago) link

oops. I stand corrected.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Monday, 2 May 2005 12:15 (seventeen years ago) link

The Noise Of Trouble is the worst Last Exit disc, to my ear. But one of their best, Köln, is being reissued as part of the Unheard Music Series this year. Get that one when it comes out. (Downtown Music Gallery is supposed to be reissuing Headfirst Into The Flames at some point, which is also excellent and sounds like nothing else in their catalog.)

Second the recommendations for Pain Killer. Just get the four-CD box; the two EPs are on Disc 1, Disc 2 is the killer part of Execution Ground (the sucky ambient remix version is Disc 3), and Disc 4 is smokin' live stuff from Japan, with guest vocals from Eye.

Also, check out Praxis's Transmutation Live if you can find it - it was on Douglas, and now it's out of print, but there's some mind-roasting interaction between Buckethead and the whole Invisibl Skratch Piklz on it.

pdf (Phil Freeman), Monday, 2 May 2005 12:25 (seventeen years ago) link

Massacre - Killing Time (1981) - much better than the later incarnation of this group

James Blood Ulmer - America: Do You Remember the Love? (1986) - Ronald Shannon Jackson sounds great on this

todd (todd), Monday, 2 May 2005 13:33 (seventeen years ago) link

ten months pass...
The trilogy of related albums from ca. 1989: Material: Seven Souls, Ginger Baker: Middle Passage, & Nicky Skopelitis: Next to Nothing are possibly the last amazing Laswell productions for the newcomer, before he succumbed to cookie cutter mass production for his consumers.

As others have mentioned, Laswell's bass playing leaves a lot to be desired. Its not the tone (which is timeless), its that strangely for someone with so influenced by dub, funk, and africa, BL rarely plays a supple groove. There's no syncopation, no bounce, just on the ledger plod.

But do check out his production work with OTHER bassists. My personal faves are Automation: Dub Terror Exhaust, (apt title, w/ Wobble on woofers, and a contender for loudest bass on record ever), and his production of Jamaican rhythm section Sly & Robbie on Rhythm Killers, the great lost 80's funk symphony.

BL's lasting contribution to my personal contribution is his impeccable taste in releasing non-Western musics. Gnawa Music of Marrakesh, Talip Ozkan, Samulnori, etc all opened up hitherto unheard genres for me (and make Stern's Music a tidy sum at my expense).

sombrehombre, Monday, 27 March 2006 17:28 (sixteen years ago) link

The trilogy of related albums from ca. 1989: Material: Seven Souls, Ginger Baker: Middle Passage, & Nicky Skopelitis: Next to Nothing are possibly the last amazing Laswell productions for the newcomer, before he succumbed to cookie cutter mass production for his consumers.

As others have mentioned, Laswell's bass playing leaves a lot to be desired. Its not the tone (which is timeless), its that strangely for someone with so influenced by dub, funk, and africa, BL rarely plays a supple groove. There's no syncopation, no bounce, just on the ledger plod.

But do check out his production work with OTHER bassists. My personal faves are Automation: Dub Terror Exhaust, (apt title, w/ Wobble on woofers, and a contender for loudest bass on record ever), and his production of Jamaican rhythm section Sly & Robbie on Rhythm Killers, the great lost 80's funk symphony.

BL's lasting contribution to my personal collection is his impeccable taste in releasing non-Western musics. Gnawa Music of Marrakesh, Talip Ozkan, Samulnori, etc all opened up hitherto unheard genres for me (and make Stern's Music a tidy sum at my expense).

sombrehombre, Monday, 27 March 2006 17:30 (sixteen years ago) link

Praxis's Transmutation Live has just been reissued under the title Zurich and is an absolute must-own.

pdf (Phil Freeman), Monday, 27 March 2006 18:04 (sixteen years ago) link

I find that hard to believe, Phil.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Monday, 27 March 2006 20:10 (sixteen years ago) link

that's the one with the Scratch Picklz..? that one is great.

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 27 March 2006 20:59 (sixteen years ago) link

Panthalassa
Table Beat Science
Dub Chamber Vol 3

I have purchased maybe 20 Laswell-related discs and these are the 3 that I listen to on a regular basis.

harshaw (jube), Monday, 27 March 2006 21:23 (sixteen years ago) link

>I find that hard to believe, Phil.

Buckethead + Invisibl Skratch Piklz = screaming metal madness w/crazy turntable noise antics. Brilliant. I swear.

pdf (Phil Freeman), Monday, 27 March 2006 21:26 (sixteen years ago) link

Temporary Music album, yo. That and Memory Serves are the only ones I can stand from this vantage point (and the EXCELLENT Massacre album mentioned upthread). There was also a great early 12" on Celluloid - "Ciquiri"/"Detached" or something like that.

sleeve (sleeve), Monday, 27 March 2006 21:27 (sixteen years ago) link

Ginger Baker's "Horses and Trees" I think is the classic Laswell album. Temporary Music is good but I don't think it's aged well. Same goes for Praxis/Transmutation.

caspar (caspar), Monday, 27 March 2006 22:19 (sixteen years ago) link

can definitely listen to the first Massacre album all the way through, though that's as much to do w/Frith as Laswell

Dominique (dleone), Monday, 27 March 2006 23:57 (sixteen years ago) link

Will anyone defend Mick Jagger's She's the Boss?

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 28 March 2006 00:06 (sixteen years ago) link

strangely for someone with so influenced by dub, funk, and africa, BL rarely plays a supple groove. There's no syncopation, no bounce, just on the ledger plod.

This strikes me as hilariously accurate.

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Tuesday, 28 March 2006 00:11 (sixteen years ago) link

will anyone defend Matisyahu?

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 28 March 2006 00:12 (sixteen years ago) link

in my coat pocket for the last week has been a copy of the celluloid comp *Beat Freaks* ans i still haven't listened to it all the way thru. i've heard some of it though. or at least the time zone and d.st. stuff anyway. i got it at the dump.

scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 28 March 2006 00:12 (sixteen years ago) link

cassette copy, that is.

scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 28 March 2006 00:12 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm pretty sure I've liked some Material, I'm not not sure which Material. (This is going back to times when I was listening to the radio a lot, and not always figuring out what was what.)

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Tuesday, 28 March 2006 00:14 (sixteen years ago) link

i recently bought a copy of the album he did with terre thaemlitz. i like it a bunch.

Christopher Costello (CGC), Tuesday, 28 March 2006 03:22 (sixteen years ago) link

they played the william s burroughs material song on the sopranos!

shredding repis on the gnar gnar rad (chaki), Tuesday, 28 March 2006 03:47 (sixteen years ago) link

twelve years pass...

hey this record with Milford Graves (The Stone) is pretty cool!

sold out in presale (sleeve), Saturday, 23 February 2019 20:49 (three years ago) link

For those that rip on his bass playing, "This is the Picture(Excellent Birds)" by Gabriel/Anderson is pretty awesome. At the time I liked his playing on the trip-hoppy '90s Material albums, too. Pure, This is How it Feels ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Dw19PW8RzE

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 23 February 2019 20:59 (three years ago) link

Shit, I mean the Golden Palominos. Same diff.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 23 February 2019 21:03 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

The new one, Against Empire, just blew me away. I haven't listened to his work much over the past 20 years or so.

akm, Saturday, 25 April 2020 05:13 (two years ago) link

His Bandcamp page is impressive.

EvR, Saturday, 25 April 2020 12:09 (two years ago) link

lol wow i thought my bandcamp was ridiculous. now i feel better. thanks bill laswell!

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Sunday, 26 April 2020 00:09 (two years ago) link

Bill Laswell: bass, effects
Pharoah Sanders: saxophone
Peter Apfelbaum: saxophone, flute, keyboards
Herbie Hancock: electric piano
Jerry Marotta: drums
Chad Smith: drums
Hideo Yamaki: drums
Satoyasu Shomura: drums
Adam Rudolph: percussion

... huh

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 26 April 2020 00:26 (two years ago) link

now THAT sounds like a funky record !!

budo jeru, Sunday, 26 April 2020 00:30 (two years ago) link

Only one drummer per track, though.

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 26 April 2020 01:23 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Bought a bunch of his stuff off Bandcamp last night: all five volumes of the Sacred System dub series (different personnel and moods on each one, so I'm not sure what's supposed to tie them together) and the two Automaton releases — Dub Terror Exhaust, mentioned way upthread, has more bass than anything I've ever heard in my life. I feel like if I had a subwoofer it would bounce things off shelves in my apartment. The second Automaton disc, Jihad, is more ambient — two 25-minute tracks with lots of violin and percussion and sound effects.

I also noticed that if you become a subscriber for $22 a month he gives you a shit-ton of exclusives, among them two never-officially-released Last Exit shows. One is the widely bootlegged Moers Festival performance where they were joined by Diamanda Gálas and Billy Bang, and the other is from Allentown, PA; all the tracks are untitled, and I think some of it may have wound up on Cassette Recordings '87. I might join for one month, download those, and cancel...

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 19 May 2021 12:57 (one year ago) link

Good plan. Some of the mighty bandcamp stash is under his name, a bunch more is here: https://modtechnologies.bandcamp.com/music (both with that same stupid picture of him)

dow, Wednesday, 19 May 2021 16:33 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

I signed up for the Bandcamp subscription and have so far downloaded the two Last Exit shows, plus a live gig from 2018 with Ravi Coltrane on sax and Hideo Yamaki on drums. The Allentown gig is phenomenal so far, not all wall-to-wall blare at all, some surprisingly tender moments from Brötzmann. Plus, when I went looking for more information on it, I turned up this interview with Sharrock and Jackson from a local paper, previewing the gig! A really good little piece; I haven't come across many interviews with either man over the years.

but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 3 July 2021 13:24 (eleven months ago) link

Yeah, might have to sign up and get that--and this: https://billlaswell.bandcamp.com/track/the-sprawl And this collection of early Material---no credits, but hopefully w Sharrock: https://billlaswell.bandcamp.com/album/access-beginnings And somewhere in there is a live Material set I hadn't seen before,that does incl. Sharrock (maybe rec. in New Jersey?)

dow, Sunday, 4 July 2021 17:24 (eleven months ago) link

Dammit, I give up--please link the Last Exit Allentown, unperson---I see all their others (except the one w Galas and Bang, but I've got the bootleg of that)

dow, Sunday, 4 July 2021 17:55 (eleven months ago) link

Here's the link to Allentown:

https://billlaswell.bandcamp.com/album/allentown

And here's an early Material set (1981) with Derek Bailey, Sonny Sharrock, Fred Frith, John Zorn, and Charles Noyes:

https://billlaswell.bandcamp.com/album/the-kitchen-nyc

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 4 July 2021 19:16 (eleven months ago) link

Great, thanks! I forgot about the page where he shows you alll the stuff you get by subscribing, incl. exclusives. Looks like Montreux 1983 was the Sharrock-era Material I was thinking of. Looks like the one w Bailey etc is what I already have as legit download, released ca. 2007(if not, it's the same line-up and year)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8qex2ODYnM

dow, Sunday, 4 July 2021 20:19 (eleven months ago) link

So is everything he released on Axiom on the Bandcamp site? I just noticed that some Axiom stuff is on Spotify, but not all of it. Was yearning to hear Ritual Beating System, but it looks like I have to find my copy.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 4 July 2021 20:38 (eleven months ago) link

This one! https://billlaswell.bandcamp.com/album/ritual-beating-system

dow, Sunday, 4 July 2021 20:47 (eleven months ago) link

Meant that w a question mark, but it's the only RBS I know of.

dow, Sunday, 4 July 2021 20:48 (eleven months ago) link

Yeah, that one. I know I have a digital copy of it to listen to, but I was hoping I could just stream it on Spotify. But it's not in there. (Still, another fave from that era, Material's Third Power, is!)

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 4 July 2021 21:50 (eleven months ago) link

his first album baselines is sick af!

kurt schwitterz, Monday, 5 July 2021 05:35 (eleven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Just got another subscriber exclusive: a 2002 concert as Material featuring Pharoah Sanders, Amina Claudine Myers, Hamid Drake, violinist Lili Haydn, and percussionists Karsh Kale and Aiyb Dieng. Might be good, might be sleepy "world fusion" kludge, but with that lineup I'm gonna at least give it a shot.

https://billlaswell.bandcamp.com/album/frankfurt

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 17:40 (eleven months ago) link

I #actually like Gigi's "illuminated audio" which i believe is a laswell vibe

xheugy eddy (D-40), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 19:14 (eleven months ago) link

Yeah, he produced it (and they were married at the time; I believe they have a kid together, but I could be wrong about that).

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 20:10 (eleven months ago) link

I like this darkish ambient album he did with tetsu inoue on FAX: https://www.discogs.com/Cymatic-Scan-Cymatic-Scan/release/134772

brimstead, Tuesday, 27 July 2021 20:40 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

The latest subscriber exclusive on Bandcamp is a Praxis show from the Knitting Factory in NYC that featured a shit-ton of guest vocalists: Antipop Consortium, Nature Boy Jim Kelly (a pseudonym for one of the dudes from New Kingdom), Sussan Deyhim, Liu Sola, and to introduce the show, Rammellzee. I was there; he came onstage in full junkyard samurai/gundam armor. It was amazing.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 01:07 (ten months ago) link

Rammellzee. I was there; he came onstage in full junkyard samurai/gundam armor. It was amazing.

as in like the cover for his album !?

https://www.discogs.com/Rammellzee-Bi-Conicals-Of-The-Rammellzee/release/247455

mark e, Wednesday, 1 September 2021 07:44 (ten months ago) link

Yeah, it was something like this one. Unbelievable to see in person.

https://superradnow.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/rammellzee.jpg

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 1 September 2021 11:04 (ten months ago) link

well i never.
i had always assumed the cover of that album was a (toy) model type of thing.
guess not.
need to dig out the album again.
did not get into it when i first heard it, then gave it a few spins last year, and really really enjoyed it.
think once i realised it was an noice/beats/experimental album as opposed to straight up hip hop (which i expected when i picked it up), then the whole vibe of it hit home a lot more.

mark e, Wednesday, 1 September 2021 11:45 (ten months ago) link

nine months pass...

Noteworthy, and sad to see

https://www.gofundme.com/f/emergency-please-help-bill-laswell

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 20:19 (three weeks ago) link

The good news is that he is just about at his goal, and after just 2 days.

henry s, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 20:44 (three weeks ago) link

Jeebus. Well, if there was any doubt the dude put every penny he ever made back into making and recording music for and with others ...

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 8 June 2022 21:08 (three weeks ago) link

Thought someone would mention Hashisheen: The End of Law

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Wednesday, 8 June 2022 21:37 (three weeks ago) link

Lots of familiar names on the list of donors.

Antifa Sandwich Artist (Boring, Maryland), Thursday, 9 June 2022 02:35 (three weeks ago) link

A really interesting subscriber-only release just went up: an hour-long rehearsal recording from 1997 with Derek Bailey on guitar, Laswell on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums, and DJ Disk on turntables. They played at some festival in Frankfurt, and this is from the day before, or something.

but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 18 June 2022 18:32 (two weeks ago) link


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