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Ahleuchatistas: Location Location

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This band with the tongue-twister moniker used to be a three-piece but these days experimental and progressive-rock guitarist Shane Perlowin and drummer Ryan Oslance execute the whole shebang as a duo. With recordings for venerable cutting-edge record labels such as Cuneiform and Tzadik amid self-produced ventures, critics and fans of the band's legacy use the term math-rock as an indicator, largely relating to geometric patterns that are designed with impossibly complex time signatures. In previous times, the musicians moved about with the velocity of a road runner on steroids. Although it must be stated that Ahleuchatistas' methodologies were founded on ...

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Ahleuchatistas: Of The Body Prone

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Of The Body Prone is the fifth album from the six year-old Asheville, North Carolina-based power trio Ahleuchatistas. Guitarist Shane Perlowin, bassist Derek Poteat, and new drummer Ryan Oslance fuel progressive rock structures, free improvisation and avant-garde experimentation with a brash punk rock attitude on their most expansive record to date.

Invoking the lysergic Spaghetti Western drama of Ennio Morricone, the meticulous formalism of King Crimson, the spiky angularity of Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, and the aural violence of Massacre, the trio draws from an array of genres for their eclectic, episodic compositions. Their stylistic diversity reaps impressive ...

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Ahleuchatistas: Of The Body Prone

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Tzadik label chief John Zorn has never lost his passion for hardcore music. Although his band Naked City is no more, he continues to promote artists who, to quote Allen Ginsberg are, “destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix." The band Ahleuchatistas certainly does know how to Howl (from Ginsberg's 1956 poetry collection).

Of The Body Prone is the fifth CD release by the band and follows Same And The Other, a reissue by Tzadik of a 2004 out-of-print disc. The band consists of guitarist Shane ...

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Ahleuchatistas: Of The Body Prone

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Tzadik label chief John Zorn has never lost his passion for hard-core music. Although his band Naked City is no more, he continues to promote artists who, to quote Allen Ginsberg, are “destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix." The band Ahleuchatistas certainly does know how to Howl.

Of The Body Prone is the fifth CD release by the band and follows Same And The Other a reissue by Tzadik of a 2004 out-of-print disc. The band consists of guitarist Shane Perlowin, bassist Derek Poteat, and drummer Ryan Oslance, ...

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Ahleuchatistas: Even In The Midst....

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If the notion of “post-rock" can be seen as something other than downright facetious for a moment, then the idea that such a canon would take in the likes of both Captain Beefheart and Pere Ubu ensures that Ahleuchatistas belong there also. Such labeling, arbitrary as it inevitably seems, serves a purpose in this case in locating terms. At the same time it serves no purpose at all when the hyperactivity and woozy syncopation of “Take Me to Your Leader Never Sounded So Alien" is so distinctively this band's own. Indeed, it could feasibly be the case that such qualities ...

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Ahleuchatistas: Even In The Midst...

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As a teen growing up in the 1970s, I was enamored by the complexities of a budding transcontinental progressive-rock scene. Odd-metered time signatures and jazz-like explorations were a feast for the ears, thanks to bands such as Gentle Giant, King Crimson and others. Fast-forwarding to the millennium, a new harvest of performers is perhaps ruling the roost.

Take for example, this North Carolina-based trio, which approaches from every conceivable direction via an intricately-carved and mind-bending approach to the rock idiom. On its fourth album and second for this estimable record label, Ahleuchatistas gushes forth with insurmountable ...



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