Archive for October, 2006
We’re happy to share news from the world of Jeff Goddard, as he (along with Gavin McCarthy) has been an important player in many Kimchee-related projects over the years (Karate with Geoff Farina, Nedelle, Heidi Saperstein, Rosa Chance Well). Jeff moved to Gent, Belgium on September 1st to live with his lady love. Before he left, however, he and Gavin spent two days recording an album’s worth of material for a project titled Possible Path. It features bass and drums, sans voice, as well as some samples and effects. According to Gavin: “In terms of music, think everything from minimal ambience to frenetic improvisations to deep grooves.”
After Jeff’s Belgian leap, he had a marvelous Branca moment. In his words:
I was thrilled to be part of Glenn Branca’s Hallucination City, Symphony #13 here in Belgium, playing the part of BASS 4. Last week was only the 3rd presentation of the symphony and the first outside of the US. The symphony is written for 80 guitars, 20 basses, and drums. Our group was about half the intended size, due to the difficulty in finding enough people to read the parts and who could commit to 11 hour rehearsals. With 1700 measures over 4 movements clocking in at just over an hour, this piece is one of the most incredible things I have ever heard or been a part of. The piece was performed twice in Gent, and once in Kortrijk this past weekend. Even at half the size it is surely the loudest music I have ever experienced. I found concentrating on the score hallucinatory in itself due to the volume, something akin to the world either beginning or ending. Not for faint ears.
We wish Jeff well in his new life in the land of chocolates, monastery brews, and waffles!
Didja think we’d maybe forgotten the fact that in this year of 2006 Kimchee Records hit the 10th anniversary of its existence? Well no…it only slipped our minds until more than half the year slipped by. It was in March 1996 that we co-released (along with Slow River Records) the Pipeline! compilation CD , a collection of live tracks taken from the archives of the local music program Pipeline! on WMBR in Cambridge, which at the time I (Bob Dubrow) hosted and Andy Hong (the other Kimchee founder) engineered. March 2006 and the rest of this year has been something of a downtime for the label without a new release to promote, so thoughts of our “venerableness” (thanks Jonathan Perry!) were not topmost on the mind. But this past August it struck me: I realized most of the acts for whom we’ve released CDs over the past 10 years were still in existence! Knowing the attrition rate of bands on most label’s rosters, this seemed something worth celebrating in itself. And it inspired me to start planning a couple of showcases that could also, a touch belatedly, commemorate our 10th year on the planet.
Things are still a bit sketchy, but here’s the scoop so far: There will be two Kimchee at Age 10 shows, one the last week in December and the other the first week in January. And these musical forces have already said they will surely, or more than likely, play:
Willard Grant Conspiracy
Victory at Sea
The Snowleopards featuring Heidi Saperstein
Hilken Mancini & Chris Colbourn
Cordelia’s Dad reunion
Rosa Chance Well reunion
So now you know. Stay tuned for more information!
Two members of Tiger Saw share a new split single out on Class Act Records. One side features head honcho Dylan Metrano’s “Like Ponies,” which he claims is a “dance jam for early autumn dance parties.” The other side has two dance songs by bndmate Sam Rosen: an original and a Madonna cover. There were only 50 made, so hurry and snag one.