Tuesday 27 January 2015

A William Burroughs Birthday Book


I found this doing a clear out some years back a couple of months after Burroughs birthday and thought it would be a good idea to scan and post in time for the following year but just plain forgot. I would come across it from time and then forget about it again…anyway I’m on it this year round.
I bought this after the event from a underground mail order book distribution catalog called counter culture(?) pre internet days.
I haven’t read this since 1994 but had a quick scan through it whilst scanning, some interesting stuff within.
Counter Productions were a great source for finding unknown, weird and fringe gems, most of which I’ve kept and will scan and post if I find the time.
• Stylo •

A William Burroughs Birthday Book was produced to coincide with an event promoted by Catherine
Lupton and held on 5th February 1994 in Brighton, the 80th Birthday of William Burroughs.
The event itself in many ways mirrored Burroughs' own approach to literature and art, being a
random coming together of discrete connections that were collaged into a 'whole'. Alongside video
and sound-bites, numerous artists, writers and performers presented their work...
The only criterion was that the presentations should in some way be appropriate as a gift to Mr Burroughs.
The event was a sell-out, the dreamachines flickered into the night, and Dr Benway even
performed an appendectomy to thrill the crowds!
The booklet proved to be extremely popular. The following pages give just a flavour…WSB
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Sunday 4 January 2015

Buck Jam Tonic

Buck Jam Tonic is a double album of improvised music by John Zorn, Bill Laswell & Tatsuya Nakamura. The album was released on the Japanese Wilddisc label in 2003 and is comprised of one disc mixed in Tokyo and another mixed in New York City. A vinyl edition was also released containing only the Tokyo mix.
The two discs make a neat set: the first was mixed by drummer Tatsuya Nakamura, while the second features three Bill Laswell interpretations of the same sessions. An obvious result is that there's some overlap of source material between the discs (see the samples of "Nu," from the Tokyo mix, and "Tzu," from the New York mix), but where Nakamura's tracks are rough-sounding little nuggets of rock, Laswell's are denser epics that build and ebb dramatically (across a wider spectral range, too) over the course of 20 or 30 minutes. Furthering the variety, John Zorn actually played alto and soprano sax that day instead of just honking, and Laswell pulled out some monstrous "boWAAAAAAAOW" noises to really get the blood flowing; the effect is a lot like the ugly muscle of Execution Ground, only with way peppier drumming. Hearing it through two different sets of ears gives BJT some replay value beyond its fist-pumping qualities, too, so it's more than just a replacement for a concert experience. Get past the awful name and hideous cover, and there's plenty to enjoy. - Taylor McLaren

Disc one • Tokyo mix
1. Old Dragon - 4:53
2. Lobo - 7:18
3. Matagi - 5:39
4. Toccata for Coyote - 10:20
5. Nu - 4:53

Disc two • New York mix
1. Tzu - 23:29
2. Second Sight - 28:37
3. Panepha - 15:39

John Zorn
• alto sax, soprano sax
Bill Laswell • electric bass
Tatsuya Nakamura • drums

All compositions by Nakamura/Laswell/Zorn
Recorded on December 6, 2002 at Victor Studio, Tokyo
Disc one mixed at Studio Sunshine,
Tokyo, by Tatsuya Nakamura
Disc two mixed at Turtletone Studio,
New York City, by Bill Laswell
Produced by Tsutomu Fujii

Label: WildDisk – WDD-004/005
Format: 320
Country: Japan
Released: 2003
Genre: Jazz, Rock
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation