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Ken Shimamoto
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Writer, occasional guitarist, and unreconstructed music geek.
Writer, occasional guitarist, and unreconstructed music geek.

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Harriet Tubman's "Araminta"
Harriet Tubman is the rubric chosen to represent a power trio of veteran musos who are accustomed to working the territory where free jazz, funk, and heavy rock intersect. Guitarist Brandon Ross  has long been a mainstay in the groups of Henry Threadgill, C...

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GR's "Propel Tension on Polyester Base"
It was one of the most electrifying shows I've ever seen in my life. In 2009, the Gunslingers , a French trio that had managed to book a U.S. tour on the strength of a blazing album, No More Invention , and the advocacy of Julian Cope, came and blew the roo...

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The Drawer Devils' "Hail Satin!"
Drummer Hank Tosh  has an illustrious history in Dallas garage rock, with stints in the Deadites, Stingrays, Gospel Swingers, A Feast of Snakes, and Bipolar Express under his belt. More recently, he kicked the traps behind the instrumental Ape Hangars until...

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Ten things I liked in 2016,
1) Helping Dennis Gonzalez  hang his art exhibit at Grackle Gallery , and hearing his new band Ataraxia Trio  in one of their first performances. I'm looking forward to hearing the recordings they just completed, after a few more months of sound evolution. ...

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Ten things I liked in 2016,
1) Helping Dennis Gonzalez  hang his art exhibit at Grackle Gallery , and hearing his new band Ataraxia Trio  in one of their first performances. I'm looking forward to hearing the recordings they just completed, after a few more months of sound evolution. ...

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Mo' David Breskin: Kris Davis, Ben Goldberg, Mary Halvorson
One of this year's pleasant  surprises has been the realization that two of my favorite records of 2016 -- Nels Cline's  Lovers  and Mark Dresser's  Sedimental You  -- were produced by the same man: poet/journo/record man  David Breskin . Lovers  was the cu...

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Mo' David Breskin: Kris Davis, Ben Goldberg, Mary Halvorson
One of this year's pleasant  surprises has been the realization that two of my favorite records of 2016 -- Nels Cline's  Lovers  and Mark Dresser's  Sedimental You  -- were produced by the same man: poet/journo/record man  David Breskin . Lovers  was the cu...

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Things we like: Tin Huey, John Cale, Heater, BULLS, Bad Times
The Buckeye State may be on the verge of enacting an abortion law even more restrictive than ours down here in Texas (sans the burial/cremation requirement), but Ohio remains the secret music capital of America. For proof positive, here's Tin Huey , Akron's...

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The Exterminators' "Product of America"
Ain't no punk like an old school punk, and I sure as shit don't mean Blink 182 or Green Day. As the first generation of punkeroos that teethed on the Ramones and Sex Pistols hits 60, it's worth noting that playing this music meant something different than i...

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Mark Dresser Septet's "Sedimental You"
At band practice this week, while watching a DVD of a documentary about the '80s DC punk scene, I wondered what kind of protest music the next four years are going to bring. Ever since the election, I've been hearing Mingus' "Fables of Faubus," "Prayer for ...
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