Profile: PARTCH – Corporeally Yours

Originally published in San Diego CityBeat Feb. 29, 2012 Imagine musicians in street clothes flowing rhythmically as they hammer split ends of bamboo or pluck de-tuned strings. Picture dancers slinking across the stage, fluttering out impressions of Buddhist poetry or Greek tragedy. Picture an invention resembling a mutated organ, its customized tuning system boasting more…

Review: PAK – Secret Curve

Originally published in The Brooklyn Rail May 2011 Ron Anderson is the best kind of madman. There’s just no other way to say it. With Secret Curve, the Brooklyn musician’s third outing with the avant-jazz-rock trio PAK, Anderson has willed into being something so mind-bending, frenetic, and complex—but tight and composed—that it mocks attempts to…

Robin Aigner – Bandito

Originally published in American Songwriter Jan. 19, 2010 Robin Aigner’s got you hooked from the first verse. The acoustic guitar, jazzy and hushed, slowly shuffles, the violin weeps and fingers run over the keys of a piano before a single word is spoken. And, then, it comes. “I’ve been to the Campbell Apartment/ at the…

Review: Pinataland – Hymns for the Dreadful Night

Originally published in The Brooklyn Rail, July/August 2011 It’s 2003 all over again, and no, no, please exhale—I’m not talking about any kind of reprise of the Bush years. The Brooklyn-based “antique-garde” ensemble Piñataland is at it again—self-releasing their third full-length CD, Hymns for the Dreadful Night—and the new record, all 10 tracks, is a…