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Music, Hear This Sticking Their Necks Out

Sticking Their Necks Out

While Australian trio the Necks is often categorized as jazz, the group actually takes its influence from Krautrockers such as Neu! and minimalists like Philip Glass and Terry Riley. When they perform, the lads usually introduce a simple, improvised melodic…
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Music, Reviewed Gonzales


Rumor has it Gonzales recorded this sublime album (issued Stateside for the first time) during a difficult songwriting session with English pop legend Jane Birkin. That would explain the deep relaxation quality permeating every instrumental note. Here we have Gonzales,…
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Music, Reviewed Matthew Shipp

Matthew Shipp

English poet W.H. Auden once observed that "the most exciting rhythms seem unexpected and complex, the most beautiful melodies simple and inevitable." Pianist Matthew Shipp has made a career out of reconciling these two elements. One of the most prolific…
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Music, Riff Raff Riff Raff

Riff Raff

The Music Scene's Dead? Again? There's a rumor going around these days. Have you heard? The Bay Area music scene is dead. Somebody killed it. It's in a gutter somewhere -- 11th and Folsom, probably -- bleeding profusely. Go ahead,…
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