Live at Mahall’s, Cleveland, OH. Photo by Rob Galo.
Tashi Dorji & I hit the road in late-March/early-April for a string of dates leading to and from our residency at the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City. We recorded a great deal of material during our days-long session at Flat Black Studios in Lone Tree, Iowa with engineer/proprietor Luke Tweedy at the helm. Special thanks to Luke & Chris Wiersema for their efforts in making the residency come together in such a fantastic and accommodating way. It was truly sublime and rejuvenating to spend the week at Flat Black observing the transition from Winter to Spring across the undulating flatlands, ringing in the new season daily through hours of unencumbered playing. I’m grateful for the opportunity. Many thanks also to everyone who helped our tour dates come together; as always we were humbled to be treated so well, so often, by so many golden human beings.
Dave Rempis and I also got together in late-April for some duo action at the one-and-only Spot Tavern in Lafayette. Indiana. Here’s a clip from one of our two sets captured by Tom Burris:
Poster by Aaron Denton.
Additionally, (Thee) Open Sex has a short tour on the horizon (several of which include our Asheville psychedelic-compatriots, Acid Reign) for the first time in years. Here are the confirmed hits:
– Tuesday, June 13th – Open Sex w/ Lather Sommer Duo, Amy O, Rays (Oakland) @ Magnetic South (1305 S. Madison St.), Bloomington, IN
– Thursday, June 15th – Open Sex @ Terrapin Station (920 S. 12th St.), Murray, KY
– Friday, June 16th – Open Sex @ Far Out Nashville @ The East Room (2412 Gallatin Ave.), Nashville, TN
– Saturday, June 17th – Open Sex, duo w/ Thom Nguyen w/ Acid Reign @ All Go West Festival, West Asheville, NC
– Sunday, June 18th – Open Sex w/ Psychic Baos @ The Pilot Light (106 E. Jackson Ave.), Knoxville, TN
– Monday, June 19th – Open Sex w/ Jason Lescalleet (Berwick, ME), Acid Reign @ The Lazy Diamond (98-A Lexington Ave.), Asheville, NC
– Tuesday, June 20th – Open Sex w/ Acid Reign @ Neptune’s Parlour (14 W. Martin St.), Raleigh, NC
See you out there…
Open Sex also recently released a split cassette with Bloomington’s Lather Sommer Duo in a limited 100-tape run. Tony Conrad is an inspiration to us all and the tape is, loosely speaking, a tribute to Tony. Listen and download/order the cassette HERE. The tape is also available in Bloomington at Landlocked Music and TDs CDs and LPs. As a side note, if you haven’t yet had the chance to view the stunning documentary “Tony Conrad: Completely In The Present,” I highly recommend it. Tyler Hubby did an excellent job in presenting the legacy and spirit of this still-underrated giant.
Collage by Alex Cunningham. Original photo by Frederick Eberstadt.
Next up, Yoke has its first new release of 2017, YO-05. This time around we have an untitled one-off trio of NYC’s Daniel Carter on reeds & trumpet with Muyassar Kurdi on vocals, movements & electronics joined by yours truly on drums & percussion. Recorded with a handheld at a cavernous dance cooperative in Ridgewood, Queens one afternoon last Summer, this is a raw document unlike much else in my catalog. My intention was to have this one out sooner but it looks like I should have copies in hand by June. More to come…
Keeping in line with the tape theme, Tashi & I’s cassette on Astral Spirits, 2016’s “Live At The Spot +1,” was recently reviewed by one of my favorite shops in the country, Deep Thoughts in Jamaica Plain, Boston on their Cassette Gods blog. Check it out HERE. I sincerely appreciate reading that my playing is “beatifically disorienting and hypnotic and evocative of animal rutting and fighting and writhing…” Thanks Cassette Gods! This tape is now out-of-print but I’ll bet you can find one if you look hard enough…
Manas “III” artwork by Bill Nace.
Tashi & I also have another LP on the horizon, this time as MANAS w/ drummer-and-homie-extraordinaire Thom Nguyen. To be fair and accurate, I’m actually the guest on this one as Thom & Tashi have been ripping it up in duo style as MANAS for many years now. The new LP, entitled III, is the follow-up to 2015’s self-titled LP on Florence, Mass’ Feeding Tube Records. Test presses have been approved and this one should see the light of day soon, also via Feeding Tube…
Lastly, Tashi & I will be going on tour again this September in support of the aforementioned releases (and some still unmentioned), concluding with 2017’s Cropped Out Festival, arguably my favorite fest anywhere. Dates and details coming soon…but in the meantime, GET STOKED on that Cropped Out lineup! – T
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Elastic Arts, Chicago, November 4th, 2016. Photo by Julia Dratel.
Tashi and I had a great time recently talking with Elizabeth Newton for a feature over at The Quietus:
“I’ve been running from purist sentiments my whole life, so I don’t think I need any more of that. I’m going to reject dogma every single time. There’s no place for it.”
Additionally, here’s a Polish review from Piotr Lewandowski of our November 4th, 2016 hit at Elastic in Chicago (via Google Translate):
“The joint report from two nights at Chicago’s Elastic Arts. Tashi Dorji is one of my favorite guitarists of the last few years, referring to Derek Bailey, rather than the American tradition, who finds a great and acoustic and electric format. On the solo albums of his improvisations which predominantly take the form of compact, several minutes eruption. At a concert on Friday, November 4, in a duo with drummer Tyler Damon I Dorji I played but a continuous, evolving improvisation. It was one of the best guitar-percussion concerts I’ve seen in recent years. Stoking energy (I not heard before Damon, but it really explosive drummer), impressive sounds and tones, fascinating in the aisles of avantrockowych spasms in almost meditative silence and a mosaic of small sounds. After the concert, Tashi said that every concert you have to play as if it was the last and the fact that it looked like – absolute determination and creativity. Brilliant performance.”
Dziękuję Ci, Piotr! Here’s a link to the original Polish language review : http://popupmusic.pl/no/48/galerie/813/tashi-dorji–tyler-damon%2C-amirtha-kidambis-elder-ones
Tashi Dorji and I were reviewed in the new issue of Wire Magazine by Bill Meyer (thanks again Bill!). He wrote about the recently released Astral Spirits cassette “Live At The Spot +1” and our new LP on Family Vineyard, “Both Will Escape.” Check out the review below and snag a copy of the mag if you feel so inclined:
Other recent reviews of “Both Will Escape” below:
Marc Masters’ 200 Words column at The Out Door:
“…there’s something frighteningly blood-quickening about Dorji and Damon’s nuclear energy on Both Will Escape, such that the entire 43 minutes seems to glow with radiation and spark with high voltage. The sounds of Dorji’s earth-clearing guitar and Damon’s fist-pumping kit rocket out of the speakers in ways that feel dangerously uncontrolled, like someone playing with a plugged-in toaster over a filled-up bathtub. I’m hesitant to make comparisons because the specific language Dorji and Damon have quickly developed deserves to be savored and digested on its own, but suffice to say that there’s a rarified upper echelon of guitar/drum annihilation that for me is topped by the detonating 90′s work of Rudolph Grey and Rashied Ali, and Both Will Escape squarely belongs in that league.”
Justin Spicer’s Cerberus column at Tiny Mix Tapes:
“As Dorji settles in and begins to twist his guitar into a steely sledgehammer, Damon begins to apply a similar blunt force to his percussive instruments. They do this not through one particular sound study; the rhythm and influence jumps from song to song, keeping both nimble and on edge. Neither wants to drop the ball, so the results are an album’s worth of fantastic ideas that can’t settle down. Each brings its own mood and setting; a very Prokofiev feeling.”
Eike Klien also reviewed the LP for German readers over at Das Klienicum…
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