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Duration Show - Joshua Abrams, The Necks, Made to Break, etc.

Read "Duration Show - Joshua Abrams, The Necks, Made to Break, etc." reviewed by David Brown


This week, I'm interested in exploring duration. 100 years ago this month, Louis Armstrong made his first recordings with King Joe Oliver. Those tracks were all 3 minutes or less--not a great vehicle for improvisation--but they made it work. Over time our ability to capture longer artistic expression increased, but attention spans vary. Tonight, we'll be spinning six tracks lasting between 15 and 20 minutes. Each artist using the time differently. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live ...

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Album Review

The Necks: Three

Read "Three" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


With their stubbornly spiky, hold-onto-your-hat mindset firmly rooted, a high fever runs wild on Three, The Necks' twenty-first release in its thirty-three year, unhindered-by-genre career. It starts like most of the trio's existential, kaleidoscopic excursions do: some minimalist point of blurred melodic frenzy is acted upon and the rest becomes an amalgam of theory and system... jazz, rock, industrial, whatever suits the moment. It can be irresponsibly reckless, remotely ambient, soulfully rewarding, cantankerous, glaringly indulgent or plain brilliant at any ...

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Album Review

The Necks: Three

Read "Three" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Live performances by Australian free-improvising trio The Necks typically take the form of a single, slowly growing and morphing mass of sound. On recordings the musicians give themselves permission to sculpt the sound, so it is not a real-time document. Nevertheless their two previous albums Vertigo (Northern Spy Records, 2015) and Body (Northern Spy Records, 2018) both presented a single long track apiece, paralleling their live practice. This time the program is broken into three parts, each with its own ...

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Radio & Podcasts

The Necks Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Read "The Necks Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS


Endlessly fascinating, hypnotic improvisations on piano, double bass and percussion by The Necks, the Australian trio that achieved a world wide cult status.The Australian trio The Necks plays slowly unfolding, hypnotic improvisations that touch on all kinds of music, from Western minimalism to African trance and from to ambient to contemporary electronic music. Every other set of The Necks is another slowly unfolding improvisation based on the interaction between piano, bass and percussion.In the late 1980s ...

Album Review

The Necks: Body

Read "Body" reviewed by Luca Canini


Si potrebbe iniziare dicendo che il disco è il ventesimo (live esclusi) pubblicato dai The Necks in quasi trent'anni di carriera; oppure ricordando che il precedente, di disco, si intitolava Unfold, e che dal formato vinile (doppio) per Body il trio australiano ha deciso di tornare al caro, vecchio CD, ripristinando la regola aurea della traccia unica (stavolta da 56 minuti). Si potrebbe iniziare insomma dal più classico dei come-dove-quando, dalle circostanze, dai dettagli spicci che compongono ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Ice, Ice, Baby

Read "Ice, Ice, Baby" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Mike's apparently random picks for this episode, whose release dates range from the mid-fifties to this very year, turn out to have at least one aspect in common: the artists involved illustrate different aspects of “cool." After detours exploring Michel Petrucciani's personal life and Mike's beef with British jazz critics, we wind things up by discussing a classic release from folkster Gillian Welch in our pop matters segment. Playlist Discussion of The Necks's album ...

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Album Review

The Necks: Body

Read "Body" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Their official biography calls The Necks “one of the great cult bands of Australia," which says more about their fan base than the music they play. But it's still not a bad place to start; certainly, the mesmerizing improvised, slow-moving sound they create together is not likely to attract a mass audience. Like most of their recordings and live concerts, Body is a single, nearly hour-long improvisation--but one with four distinct sections. The performance begins with Chris Abrahams' ...


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