5/14/2013 - new release!
Andrew Woods is many things.
He is an amazing guitarist, except that most of his stringed instruments are not exactly "guitars" as such.
He leads an indescribable musical ensemble called WEGO (operating at the little-explored boundary between improvised music, audience participation, and well-known radio hits of the last 40 years), plays solo acoustic sets with rattles on his wrists and bells on his toes, made up one half of the amazing jamprog duo Neon Brown (with his brother Adrian on home-made drum kit) and led a twice-monthly night of exploratory groove-based improv at Mr Spot's Chai House for just years and years and years, until the place finally shut down around his ears.
Two years ago he released his first "solo" album (post-Neon Brown, post-Chai House jam nights). It was called 'Neon Grey' and it was played on acoustic guitar with shakers and rattles as described above. Some of the songs were completely improvised, including lyrics. It was a pretty cool album. (Hint: it's around here somewhere.)
'Unscheduled Return' on the other hand represents Andrew's return to electric form. Andrew plays every instrument on several tunes, other pieces include members of WEGO or Neon Brown, still others feature web-based collaborators who live hundreds of miles from Andrew's home in Seattle. The resulting sound-paintings will take you somewhere warm and friendly, with plenty of room. The dining car, perhaps.
4/30/2013 - new release - DUST STORMS may exist
The long-awaited, entirely unexpected sequel to "GUSTY WINDS may exist".
"5 and I have been experimenting with controlled sonic chaos for years. Band practice was always interesting, because what we were really practicing was a shamanistic ritual of reading the moment, channeling the energy of the space into sounds that we could make with our instruments.
It is this very ideal that I am continually drawn to. I can’t remove that from my musical ability, as I managed to firmly entrench this ideal into my soul."
read the rest of the essay on the album page or on Marc's blog:
4/1/2013 - new release - A Box Of Skunks
Being, so far as we know, the complete collected works of Yggdrasil IN The Skunk-Ape Moment from 2008 until 2011. Further works are expected to occur later in 2013.
YGGDRASIL IN THE SKUNK-APE MOMENT can most readily be thought about as a trio of improvising musicians: Evan Strauss (electric bass), Morgan Greenstreet (percussion), Michael Andrew Hutman Beggs (trumpet). Other modes of consideration may yield greater or dissimilar rewards.
2/23/2012 - new release!
Here's a set of turbulent freerock from 5-Track (guitars) and Josh Charney (keys). Recorded to gooey 4-track cassette, then painstakingly and somewhat inacurrately transferred to digital approximation, it's as if you walked into the kitchen just as the transparent kettle began to boil. Then you just stood there and watched.
12/21/2012 - new release!
We might encounter the end of the world today, or we might find ourselves gleefully lost and confused in McKenna's "concrescence of novelty" — but either way (wait for it) Something Remarkable has happened. Have some more wonderful music!
Something Remarkable features the pop-funk song-jams of Seattle's electric guitarist Woody Frank. The rhythm section includes Cosmic Primitive favorites Evan Strauss (bass) and Patrick Lenon (drums). Every song presents a new revelation. Enjoy your selves.
12/12/2012 — new release!
Improvised electric racket from the improvised electric Northwest. Turn up, percolate, smoke out.
9/18/2012 — new release!
WARNING: contains psychoactive musical devices.
8/21/2012 — new release!
The psychedelic northwest rears its lovely head ...
It is well-understood that, with or without an improvisational journey to the edges of space, time and consciousness, a song can be a mind-altering experience. Because ALL MUSIC IS PSYCHEDELIC MUSIC. Tune in, turn on, wiggle-dance.
7/30/2012 — new release!
Ambient trippitude from the UK. Melting wallpaper music. Danceable Dali with a black hole in her 4D pocket. So-cool-it's-hot acidbubble simmerings.
Ever-evolving semi-improvised cosmic compositions from a genuine band with genuine talent and genuine passion and a genuine tap straight to the center of the Beam.
Can you tell we like this one? it's something special ... And, it comes with a bonus track available only to true Cosmic Primitives.
6/28/2012 — new release!
Southern-fried sashimi boogie with an all-star cast of friends and neighbors from the greater Echo Park environs. Songs in and out of various American traditions, from punkabilly bluegrass to Cosmic American and even a sea shanty (cos who doesn't love a sea shanty?)**
Banjo contributions from the mighty balladeer they call Olentangy John. Many guitars and basses from 5-Track. More guitars and basses from Alex Maslansky. Scott Keil on the drums (many of them found in the kitchenwares section of Los Feliz Goodwill). Alex Volz on even more guitars. And that's not all. The inventory rolls on. Check it out.
**LANDLUBBERS, that's who! (thanks to Woody for the quip...)
6/19/2012 — new release!
THE OTHER SNOCK
This is the first of several recordings (well, at least two) that we'll be releasing from CHAISTOCK 2012, an event that took place in Seattle, WA on May 5th of this year to commemorate the final yuppification of a vibrant and creative community hub, Mr Spot's Chai House (R.I.P.)
"If There Is Truth ... " is a composition by Evan Strauss ("The Jimi Hendrix of Free-Bass") for two electric guitars, drums, and electric bass guitar. It is based on ideas drawn from Anthony Braxton and Dylan Carlson. This is the only time the piece has ever been performed. There was no rehearsal, only minimal prior discussion of themes and concepts. The results speak for themselves.
5/25/2012 — live video, improvised psych, Seattle-L.A. summit meeting!
A new group for Seattle's improvising innovator John Leighton Beezer. Video from their first two performances, indeed first meeting in the case of several players, at Origami Vinyl (Echo Park) and Human Resources (Chinatown) in Los Angeles, CA, Earth, February 24, 2012.
John Leighton Beezer ... guitar
Avi Zahner-Isenberg ... guitar
5-Track ... bass
Sheridan Riley, Scott Keil ... drums
guest vocalist: ETM (Sabrina Bernasconi)
special thanks to Sean & Neil @ Origami & Grant @ Human Resources!
and everyone else who made it swing
5/19/2012 — Horse Thieves live in Olympia, 2006-05-05
Alex Maslansky dug up this awesome recording and was kind enough to throw it in our direction. We ran it through the quantum catbox and spiffed it up some. Now you can enjoy it, free of charge, courtesy of Gemini.fm ... to wit:
5/13/2012 — video!
5-Track's Epic Striation Band
live at TAIX
here's a couple live takes of 5-Track tying knots in the universe with his Epic Striation band, featuring Patrick Lenon (drums), Alias (bass), and Josh Charney (keys). Josh met the rhythm section about an hour before they threw down this 45-minute breath-based improvisation, a little thing we like to call "TAIX's Breath"
... and immediately after they did that, they did this:
NB: both the breath-based-improv concept and the song "Out Of The Wind" date back to 1999, an epic house-sit, an epic 4th of July weekend, and a recording session by the band called BRUCE for their elusive full-length debut: "Squid Salad".
An epic collaboration featuring the fungus-lords of Los Angeles psych-prov, as well as seminal grunge-prov pioneer John Leighton Beezer. Recorded during the last half-hour of someone else's recording session.
Someone made this record when we weren't looking ...
may you find happiness and the root of all happiness,
oh, and we're on some things: