Tag Archives: Glenn Branca

Lee Ranaldo discusses his 13 favorite albums

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Lee’s favorite albums include Glenn Branca, Sibylle Baier, Grateful Dead, The Beatles, and more.

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Enigmatic, Psychedelic Postpunk from Supergroup Heroes of Toolik

Source: New York Music Daily

Heroes of Toolik are as close to a supergroup as NYC has right now. Frontman/guitarist Arad Evans plays in avant garde legend Glenn Branca‘s ensemble. Bassist Ernie Brooks was in the Modern Lovers, and Billy Ficca held down the drum chair in Television. Violinist/singer Jennifer Coates rounds out the lineup with trombonists Peter Zummo (ex-Lounge Lizards) and John Speck. Together, they offer potently tuneful reinforcement to the argument that cerebral music can be just as catchy.

Their sound blends riff-driven postpunk, psychedelia and minimalism, with the occasional jazzy flourish. They’re playing a rare stripped-down duo show at around 9 at Troost ...

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Glenn Branca premiering Bowie tribute at Roulette

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

“David Bowie was our hero. Intelligent, talented and with the desire to create a really new different rock…When he died, I was shocked like everybody else….I hadn’t realized how much he meant to me throughout most of my life. I think somehow knowing he was here, was like having a muse.” – Glenn Branca

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An orchestra of guitarists performed “Glenn Branca’s Symphonies” at Masonic Hall (pics)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Part of the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy in NYC, “Glenn Branca’s Symphonies” happened on Monday, May 16 at the gorgeous, baroque Masonic Hall in Chelsea and featured three of the composer’s compositions for a guitar orchestra. That orchestra included longtime Glenn Branca associates Reg Bloor and Arad Evans, Haley Fohr (Circuit des Yeux)…

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Rhys Chatham readies new LP, touring; three Glenn Branca symphonies being performed for Red Bull Music Academy

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Experimental musician, no-wave fixture and guitar innovator Rhys Chatham is releasing a new album, Pythagorean Dream, on which he plays trumpet, electric guitar, and alto, bass and C flutes. You can check out an excerpt of the final track off the LP below…

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This Year’s Bang on a Can Marathon Focuses on Its Core Talent

Source: New York Music Daily

What better to jar a sleepy crowd out of a pre-noon summer torpor than a steel pan orchestra? Kendall Williams’ arrangement of a Lord Nelson calypso hit, with its exubertant resemblance to a ballpark organ version of Take Me Out to the Ballgame, made an apt kickoff to this year’s Bang on a Can Marathon. The 2015 edition of the annual avant garde festival differentiated itself from previous concerts with its emphasis on larger-scale works, circling the wagons with a somewhat abbreviated list of performers. Past years featured an often exhilarating mix of global acts, frequently going on til ...

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