Thursday, April 24, 2008

Fake Jazz - Josh Stevenson, The Sorrow and the Pity, Jazzfest

Photos by Femke van Delft

Hm! Those interested in checking out Fake Jazz Wednesdays (if'n you haven't already) should definitely bear April 30th in mind. Josh Stevenson, formerly of Jackie-O Motherfucker, currently of BCVCO, and head of the Cast Exotic imprint will be doing his Magnetic Ring thing there (which I have yet to actually see and am quite excited about); Dave Chokroun, meanwhile - the pic at the top - will be leading the Sorrow and the Pity, with Darren Williams - a spastic Minutemen-meets-Albert-Ayler poltico-poetic blustering shitstorm of punk/jazz playfulness that sees Dave step away from the bass and get back behind the drumkit. (Dave and I talk a bit about the project here - and fuck, the songs on the Myspace page are GREAT! Dig "The Ape Man!"). I'm told saxophonist Williams may take a hiatus from th' scene for awhile, for reasons I forget, so there may not be many other chances to see these guys soonish... Also on the bill are trippy drone psychedelia artists Ascend, Vipers! and Set Sail to Sea, whose Myspace account I cannot find.
By the by, both Josh and Dave are featured prominently in my Wire piece; the photos above are outtakes from Femke van Delft, and happen to be shots we submitted to the Wire that, to the best of my knowledge, they did not use.

Oh: Coastal Jazz announced it's jazzfest lineup today - The Thing is coming back! Yaaah! (and with Ken Vandermark, too!).

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