Including printed inner sleeve housing a Nagaoka anti-static record sleeve, plus an original insert that functions as Obi. Housed in a fold-out outer sleeve. He was Afro-American and gay, a composer who rocked the cerebral world of process music with his explosions of free improvisation. All three works generate their epic soundscapes through adamantly restated patterns and interlocking canons, not fragmenting now, but preaching urgent truths. While using process and rhythmic patterns, there is a flexibility that lends a breathing, organic feel to his music, a muscularity missing in a lot of other music from that time ith the re-emergence of his powerful music, a missing gap in the history of contemporary music has been filled. Created in the late s, these three pieces should have been released on vinyl at the time they were written.
Julius Eastman’s Guerrilla Minimalism
'Gay Disco' | Guerilla Toss
For the past couple decades, the figure of Julius Eastman has been fruitfully revisited by interpreters, composers, scholars, and media, producing important reconsiderations of ss US avant-garde history. Their points are now relatively well-known, and the composer is the epicenter of exciting developments in the disarticulation of the canon of minimalism. Instead, KPMB foreground the precisely crafted interactions between pianos not as powerful, almost violent explosions, but as clearly interweaving voices that intermittently raise or lower their tone. Suffice to say, KPMB softly let the march diminish, its consequence not an all-out war but an integration into shimmering, introspective piano conversations. There is no defusing the guerrilla, its confrontational spirit simply transitioning towards an inner, quiet discipline of militance that does not simply aim to float freely beyond the world, as John Cage would have it, but to break its silent iron grip with a faith to rival its most powerful oppressions. In the end, the more Eastman works there are out there, the better, since it is through players like those mentioned above that we will at last have the privilege of listening to the many nuances and possibilities of his compositions. I also hope it will not be followed by canonization, that Eastman as a tragic figure will continue to be inexhaustible source of tensions and confrontations with the smooth history of minimalism in the US.
New publication: “Gay Guerrilla”
The LP that made us fall in love with this band! Unbridled and demented noise rock with heavy doses of technical hammering , extreme musicality, and heaps of perverse funk. Complex composition mixed with raw punk energy make Gtoss one of the most refreshing young bands out there. Ride the guerilla! Live In Nashville finds G-Toss playing a decadent array of tracks across a variety of earlier releases, as well as tracks from their breakout LP "Eraser Stargazer".
At that time his music was generally unknown, as there were no recordings or scores available. Since then his music has gradually experienced increasing recognition, building towards what could be called Eastmania today. With the re-emergence of his powerful music, a missing gap in the history of contemporary music has been filled.