Live From New York

Martin Longley stays up past your bedtime to report on late night happenings in the city that never sleeps.


LIVE FROM NEW YORK

James Blood Ulmer, Bill Laswell, Ty Segall, Richard Thompson & Method Of Defiance

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James Blood Ulmer/Bill Laswell/Adam Rudolph/Don McKenzie The Stone June 24, 2014 Bassist Bill Laswell's week-long residency at The Stone featured an enticing selection of combinations, not least this quartet, co-fronted with guitarist James Blood Ulmer. Also, the globally-adventuring percussionist Adam Rudolph connected with drummer Don McKenzie, the least well-known player here, who's worked with Vernon Reid, Elliott Sharp and Marc Ribot. The late set had the feel of a jamming session, as Ulmer ...

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Paal Nilssen-Love, Bruce Brubaker, Muzsikás & The Glasshouse Orchestra

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Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit First Unitarian Congregational Society June 13, 2015 There aren't many churches where a believer can purchase Large Unit underpants upon entrance. Brooklyn's Issue Project Room experimental music venue is currently undergoing even further renovations, so they've been promoting gigs at various temporary haunts around the city. A reverberant Brooklyn Heights space such as this one might be viewed as an uncertain proposition when housing a fully engorged band such ...

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Colonic Youth, Andy Farber, Tal Ronen & Paquito D'Rivera

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Colonic Youth Trans-Pecos December 22, 2014 In the wintry wasteland, the new-ish Trans-Pecos venue did not seem to boast a particularly peachy set-up. It may or may not still be operated by Todd P, normally known as a promoter of slightly swerved rock outfits, and there were tales of this old Silent Barn-owned hole having some kind of bar. Now, there seems to be no licence for booze, and no cash for heating in ...

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The Music Of Terry Riley, Miriam Makeba, Andy Warhol & Gil Evans

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Darmstadt Essential Repertoire/Ensemble LPR (le) Poisson Rouge November 4, 2014 This rendition of Terry Riley's “In C" was presented by a grouping that virtually has no name. The Darmstadt Essential Repertoire team (long associated with Brooklyn's Issue Project Room) have been presenting an annual invocation of this pioneering minimalist classic by the almost octogenarian Californian composer. In recent years, the Poisson on Bleecker Street has been involved, and the venue's in-house ensemble formed ...

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Matthew Shipp, Marc Ribot, Dorado Schmitt & Randy Weston

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The Matthew Shipp Trio Dizzy's Club November 3, 2014 It's not often that a hero of New York's alternative downtown improvising scene ventures uptown to play a mainline jazz club. It's even more of a rarity for a Dizzy's set to consist of a single long piece. In fact, it's a virtual certainty that such a thing has never occurred before. Pianist Matthew Shipp seemed to find himself an entirely new audience on ...

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Television, J Spaceman, Kid Millions, Thurston Moore & Adrian Belew

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Television/J Spaceman & Kid Millions Skirball Center For The Performing Arts October 25, 2014 New York University's performance theatre has turned into a regular home for these Joshua Light Show mini-seasons. This was the last of three evenings where the veteran old-school psychedelic light outfit was playing host to a pair of acts each night, suitably aligned to its sense of far-out oily-liquid spectacle. Founded by New Yorker Joshua White, the JLS was ...

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The Music Of William Onyeabor, Mott The Hoople, David Lynch, Angelo Badalamenti & Fela Kuti

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Atomic Bomb! Central Park October 4, 2014 This was the climactic set on the first day of the inaugural New York version of the Modern Sky festival, an event that originates in Beijing. There could have been a percentage of audience members concealing their nine-album box sets of William Onyeabor's complete works, but it was probably small. A much less intimidating collection of this retiring Nigerian funk-pop master's output can be found as ...

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Ches Smith, Patti Smith & Jesse Paris Smith

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Ches Smith's We All Break The Stone September 30, 2014 The California drummer Ches Smith has long been transplanted to New York City, so that now he's indelibly embedded in its streets, he's frequently playing in a vast variety of settings. Some of these were presented during his six-night residency at the Stone, John Zorn's deeply uncompromising Alphabet City corner-venue. We All Break is a curious name for a combo that revolves around ...



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