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”

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 fit it into genre boundaries or even find…

REVIEW: Robin Aigner – “Bandito”

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 invitation of F.D.R./ I’m the only one who…

Review: Pinataland – “Hymns for the Dreadful Night”

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 true return to form, recapturing the magic and…