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The Flying Luttenbachers

Between 1991 and 2007 this notorious instrumental unit wasted puny earthlings with an amorphous fusion of all things extreme and dissonant in music: hardcore-punk rawness, death-metal speed/technicality, free-jazz asymmetry, no-wave skronk, progressive-rock conceptual bombast, electronic-noise and modern-classical abstraction. Over the course of 16 full-length albums the group included jazz luminaries such as Hal Russell, Ken Vandermark, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Jeb Bishop as well as underground rock virtuosos like guitarists Mick Barr and Ed Rodriguez. The band's connection to the jazz idiom comes primarily from a thread of high energy freedom that was most apparent on punk-jazz albums such as 1995's "Destroy All Music" and the obliteratingly brutal double LP "Trauma" released in 2001

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The End: Svårmod Och Vemod Är Värdesinnen

Read "Svårmod Och Vemod Är Värdesinnen" reviewed by Vitalijus Gailius

The End emerge as a massive collaboration among Norwegian baritone saxophonist Kjetil Møster, Swedish baritone sax hooligan Mats Gustafsson, Norwegian noise-jazz guitarist Anders Hana, the San Francisco-based avant-rock band Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier and miraculous singer Sofia Jernberg. The quintet's debut “Svårmod Och Vemod Är Värdesinnen" manages to grasp several musical traditions. It sounds ...

Weasel Walter / Mary Halvorson / Peter Evans: Electric Fruit

Read "Weasel Walter / Mary Halvorson / Peter Evans: Electric Fruit" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Weasel Walter / Mary Halvorson / Peter EvansElectric FruitThirsty Ear2011 Percussionist and improviser Weasel Walter often uses the term “face rip" to describe a particularly intense musical experience. In improvised music, you often don't get a “blood and guts" approach; free jazz, in many instances, has been ...

Trauma

Label: ugEXPLODE
Released: 2008
Track listing: Trauma 1; Trauma 2; Trauma 3; Trauma 4; Trauma 5; Trauma 6; Trauma 7; Trauma 8; Trauma 9; Trauma 10; Trauma 11.

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The Flying Luttenbachers: Trauma

Read "Trauma" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Trauma originally came out in 2001 as a double LP set on drummer Weasel Walter's ugExplode label. Named as an obscure homage to a founding member, multi-instrumentalist Hal Russell, the Flying Luttenbachers recorded sixteen albums in as many years of existence (ceasing in 2007). Though initiated by Walter and Russell, the group was always Walter's 'baby/chief ...

Destroy All Music Revisited

Label: Skin Graft Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: Demonic Velocities/20,000,000 Volts; Fist Through Glass; Sparrow's Thin Lot; Spl

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The Flying Luttenbachers: Destroy All Music Revisited

Read "Destroy All Music Revisited" reviewed by Henry Smith

Still as uncompromising as it was at its release almost ten years ago, The Flying Luttenbachers Destroy All Music Revisited is an amalgamation of so many disparate styles of music that it continues to remain virtually unclassifiable. Formed by percussionist and Hal Russell protégé Weasel Walter in 1994, the group went through numerous personnel changes before ...


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