PROFILE: Rachel Grimes

Rachel Grimes knew how to play the piano before she learned to walk. “My dad and grandmother played, so I was always sitting beside them following along, watching and listening in wonder at how they could make that magic,” the composer/pianist told me recently from the home she and her husband, educator Alec Johnson, share…

BOOK REVIEW: Bill Callahan – “I Drive A Valence: The Collected Lyrics”

Singer-songwriter Bill Callahan might be known more for his early lo-fi aesthetic and morose Minimalist middle period than the pensive Leonard Cohen-isms of his lyrics, but it’s not for lack of trying. So goes the thesis of I Drive A Valence, a Drag City-published book that finds Callahan cherry-picking selections from his finest lyrics and…

REVIEW: tētēma – “Geocidal”

Sabina Maselli’s spirited avant-film experimentation is the perfect introduction to tētēma, the Anthony Pateras/Mike Patton duo debuting tomorrow on Ipecac. Both, it should be noted, are mind-blowing. Filmed in digital, transferred to film and bounced back again into the digital domain – just like Beckett wrote/translated from French to English to French again, Pateras notes –…

REVIEW: Captain Beefheart – “Sun Zoom Spark” Box Set

Experiencing Captain Beefheart always has felt like a bit of an acid trip to me. Shape-shifting, mysterious and occasionally frenzied, Don van Vliet’s gravel-voiced Beefheart persona and his aptly named Magic Band, like painters on bad bread, spread all of the colors of the rainbow and then some across the musical/muse-ical ceiling, then proceed to…