Monday, March 20, 2023

Live shot #80!


Ratchet Dolls, Edge Bar Tucson 3/18/23. A great live band that have clearly honed their ability to present, pace, and sound out a Rock 'n Roll show. They're touring the country now at the club level, see 'em before they take the step up to larger, less accessible stage views. Rockin'!

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Live shot(s) #79!


Non Grata, Psychedelic Heavy Rock from Tucson guys.  The Edge Bar, 3/18/23.

 Very good live band. Drummer, please use a different snare drum next time though, that Ludwig marching snare got lost in the mix.

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Live shot #78!


Musician with many stringed instruments doing a piece that involved tuning them one by one as the mics gave feedback and the sound engineer made verbal interjections.  Hotel Congress, Tucson 3/18/23

Friday, March 17, 2023

Live shot #77!


Andrew Joron digging in on his theremin sounds, 50 Mason Social Club San Francisco, 2012.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Live Shot #76!


Alphastare, Berkeley Arts Festival Building, Berkeley CA ca. 2016

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Evan Lipson-Echo Chamber; Public Eyesore Records #152, 2023


My oh my, such darkened beauty here from Evan Lipson. On Echo Chamber, the well traveled bass player has presented a threnody for victims of the 20th Century Military Industrial Complex, one that was recorded inside a facility that said complex used to build explosives which killed untold millions. Those countless deaths can and should loom large as one listens, at the very least in terms of supplying the dark side of the very moving experience one could have when hearing this CD. They are not pleasant to ponder, nor should they be. That said, it's imperative that taxpaying Americans start to reckon with them; it's the only sure way to healing the physical and psychic wounds that still permeate so many areas. OK, that's the dark side of Echo Chamber

On the beauty side, the attentive listener will find themselves immersed within a fascinating display of extended techniques for the upright bass, all utilized in eminently musical ways, ways that lead the ears from zone to zone of fascinating passages. Pizzicato, arco, con legno, spiccato...these and so many more methods for coaxing new sounds from a well investigated instrument show up on Echo Chamber. Lipson presents three quarters of an hour of focused, present solo playing on Echo Chamber, forty five-ish minutes of deeply engaging investigations, made even more compelling by his astute spacial awareness with an echo chamber. The ways that his tones bounce around the big concrete space of a bunker are damn great. 

For American society to be taken seriously again, it must remove the yoke of Military Industrial Complex. It must also consider cultural moves such as those made on Echo Chamber. It's Disaster Amnesiac's wish that in, say, one hundred years, musicians such as Evan Lipson and their contributions to a truly creative culture are discussed and valued. 

God Bless America.

Live shot #75!


Chayse Beckham, Tucson, 3/4/2023. Contemporary Country with a tight band and lyrics gritty enough to stick.