BORBETOMAGUS & HIJOKAIDAN
Both Noises End Burning

[Victo, www.victo.qc.ca]

PETER BROTZMANN OCTET
The Complete Machine Gun Sessions

[Atavistic/UMS, www.atavistic.com]

KEVIN DRUMM & DANIEL MENCHE
Gauntlet

[Editions Mego, www.editionsmego.com]

I recall as if it were yesterday. Borbetomagus and Voice Crack sharing the same stage at 1994's FIMAV. Despite the earplugs firmly positioned in my ears and despite sitting at one of the most remote tables at the Colisée, the afternoon gig was unforgettable. To say noise ruled the proceedings is a bit of an understatement. If anything, the two groups threw slabs of noise in each others faces almost as a form of a test. It's as if each grouping wanted to hear the extremes the other would go in to make the whole experience a thrilling ride for half-asleep audience. Fast forward a dozen years to a Japanese studio in Osaka. Voice Crack is replaced by the quartet known as Hijokaidan. Guitar player, vocalist, drummer and a member manning electronics. Borbetomagus line-up remains faithful and unchanged - saxophonists Jim Sauter and Don Dietrich and guitarist Donald Miller. For just over 70 minutes, the seven-headed monster spews out buckets and piles of noise. Not just any noise, mind you. These are professionally construed slabs of delectable, fudge stuff. Guitarists mingle with feedback, which fuses with furious blasts from saxophonists, while the percussionist tries to outdo everyone else, but is rarely heard above the racket. Add to this a vocalist [grunting something that is rarely heard] and a thick stew of electronics barrage and you've got a fully satisfying meal all by itself. Sorry man, I've got no more room for dessert. I'm full.
Back in 1968, very few were actually prepared for the massacre that was "Machine Gun". It put reed man Peter Brotzmann on the map. It would become one of the best sellers for the now defunct FMP label. Brotzmann stated things very clearly, "?Everybody was hot to play, I hadn't seen such euphoric mood before. It went well, we remembered the pieces, played some good solo stuff, got it on tape. No idea that we just had recorded THE classic album of European "Free Jazz". Anger is all over the tracks. Fury and frustration is what these eight master musicians needed to get out of their systems. The classic sax section includes Willem Breuker on tenor and bass clarinet, Evan Parker on tenor and leader on tenor and baritone. Add to this dueling basses of Peter Kowald and Buschi Niebergall, along with two master drummers in the form of Han Bennink and Sven-Ake Johansson and pianist Fred Van Hove and we're riding the high waves of annihilation. When the waves of noise hit, your head tends to turn at a 90 degree angle. You either stay with the music, or you shut it down a few seconds after it starts. There are no in betweens. You're either in or you're out. The Atavistic re-issue comes complete with the only version of Machine Gun live, recorded at 68's Frankfurt Jazz Festival. This is a breather for those that can't handle the intensity of the rest of the album as you actually get to hear Van Hove on spiraling piano phrases, along with a more subtle percussive machinations of Johansson. Take no fuckin' prisoners, "Machine Gun" is reborn and ready to be served up to those who've missed this slab of essential fire music first or second time around.
Noise is noise is noise as the poem goes. Then again, there's the duo of noise-obsessed maniacs of Kevin Drumm and Daniel Menche. Playing guitar, Drumm understands the body's urgent need to feel something dramatic, while Menche chooses an organ for maximum effect. Of course, both are credited as playing noise [various effects and toys] - the only reason for this release to exist. Actually, now that I think of it, "Gauntlet" is a lot more than just pure, unadulterated noise. It's frolic, fun and nastily loud. Oddly enough, both play a lot of textural stuff within the context of the long 29 minute track that makes up the disc. Moving from simple fuzz, to metal-scraping guitar, to pulsing of organ going head-to-head with obnoxiously furious guitar, to a simple drone, the album has much to offer for lovers of varied type of noise. There's even a "quiet" section if you can call it that, which features a low-buzzing generator sound that is actually quite pleasant to the ears. The marching sound soon enough builds up tremendously in intensity and climaxes in an aural orgasm of extreme proportions. Noise as tasty as this is hard to come by. Enjoy while pickings are fresh.

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Quio - Phiu
+ Vs_Price - Song06.txt.
+ Gebrüder Teichmann - The Number Of The Beat
+ Swod - Sekunden
+ Rework - Pleasure Is Pretty
+ Various Punks Vol_A
+ Modeselektor - Happy Birthday!
+ Genaro La Fosse - Focus Factor
+ Bunny Lake - The Church Of Bunny Lake
+ bpmf - Parousia Fallacy
+ Basteroid - Upsets Ducks
+ Louie Austen - Summer Love EP
+ Anthill - Love

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+ EDDY MEETS YANNAH - Once in a While
+ DON CHERRY QUINTET - Live at Café Montmartre 1966
+ F.S. BLUMM MEETS LUCA FADDA - F.S. Blumm meets Luca Fadda
+ GOSTA RUNDQVIST / ANDREAZ HEDEN - If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Motel Lovers
+ GRAND NATIONAL - A Drink & A Quick Decision
+ DIMENSION X - Dimension X
+ FOR BARRY RAY - New Days
+ EYES LIKE SAUCERS - Still Living in the Desert (and mostly inside my own head)
+ WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS - Heartcore
+ COLD BLEAK HEAT - Simitu
+ THE BEAUTIFUL SCHIZOPHONIC - Musicamorosa
+ WILLIAM BASINSKI - El Camino Real
+ HANS KENNEL MYTHA - How It All Started
+ SIX TWILIGHTS - Six Twilights CD/DVD
+ PAOLO ANGELI - Tessuti
+ NELS CLINE, ANDREA PARKINS, TOM RAINEY - Downpour
+ BLOSSOM TOES - We Are Ever So Clean - If Only for a Moment
+ SINEAD O'CONNOR - Theology
+ CHICAGO UNDERGROUND TRIO - Chronicle CD/DVD / TIGERSMILK - Android Love Cry
+ SUN RA & HIS ASTRO-INFINITY ARKESTRA - Strange Strings / SUN RA & HIS INTERGALACTIC-INFINITY ARKESTRA - The Night of the Purple Moon
+ PJUSK - Sart / JODI CAVE - For Myria
+ MARCUS SCHMICKLER / HAYDEN CHISHOLM - Amazing Daze / ASMUS TIETCHENS / RICHARD CHARTIER - Fabrication / RAFAEL TORAL - Space Solo 1 / BRION GYSIN - Live in London 1982 / SUPERMAYER - Supermayer Save the World / VALGEIR SIGURDSSON - Ekvilibrium
+ WOLFMANGLER - Cooking with Wolves
>> BORBETOMAGUS & HIJOKAIDAN - Both Noises End Burning / PETER BROTZMANN OCTET - The Complete Machine Gun Sessions / KEVIN DRUMM & DANIEL MENCHE - Gauntlet
+ TIMELESS PULSE - Quintet
+ SKALLANDER - Skallander
+ THE OSCILLATION - Out of Phase
+ MATT McCORMICK - Very Stereo
+ PUMICE - Pebbles
+ MICHIO KURIHARA - Sunset Notes
+ BLAINE L. REININGER - Glossolalia
+ VOLUME - Aeter

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ A source of energy - rozmowa z duo Modeselektor
+ A mixture of things - rozmowa z Quio