new to stock as of
september 12th, 2006
|old gold (usa) #og nyc lp|
gd stereo (united states) #gd 018 lp
tamio shiraishi / sean meehan “annual summer concerts” long playing record
|documentation of the 2002 & 2003 installments of tamio shiraishi & sean meehans annual outdoor summer concert-series, held on july 19th, 20th, and 21st, 2002 (under the manhattan bridge) and july 19th & 20th, 2003 (in the municipal garage of the 70th street boat basin)|
much like its precursor (in the city, released on fusetron) this is a gorgeous lp release (capably designed by the knickerbocker folks) - the sounds conjured up by the two both defeat and submit to the environmental happenings surrounding them (and a small crowd) as they perform subtle percussion and saxophone duets...
near-perfect in its embrace of cage-ian musical ideals. essential listening and one of the highlights in recent environmental improv activities...
|old gold press release...|
|tamio shiraishi & sean meehan|
"summer concerts" lp
180-gram vinyl 12-inch edition of 510 in silkscreened jackets with art by knickerbocker.
a co-release with gd stereo.
recorded by geoff dugan during the duo's annual summer outdoor concert. always in a different overlooked and unobserved part of the city, this record offers a sample from under the manhattan bridge and in the municipal garage of the 79th street boat basin. a follow up to the "in the city" fusetron release. 180 gram vinyl and rad artwork again by knickerbocker. limited edition of 500.
a testimonial from marshall avett:
when i first heard tamio shiraishi, i wanted to blow my eyes out. the opening burst of sheer overpowering sound of his sax on the "our lips are sealed" cd on pure was all i needed to hear to know that i had to (a) get my hands on all his music, and (b) get a saxophone myself and have at it. years later, here i am still trying, and there shiraishi is cracking concrete and splitting bridges in half in new york city with his trusty horn. a follow up to the fusetron one-sided 12", this 180 gram vinyl is a full length capturing two summer concerts that shiraishi and percussionist/artist/thinker/time traveler sean meehan put on every year in the big apple. i wasn't there, but geoff dugan was and recorded them for the rest of us poor saps. a third player should be given credit here, too, as the landscapes the duo chose for venues are just as much a part of the recording as the instruments played. the manhattan bridge and the municipal garage on 79th street cradled, amplify, defy and deflect shiraishi and meehan. the passing traffic and trains make it a quartet. shiraishi's playing is just as shrill and piercing (to the bone and soul) as ever, but in these recordings he is in the distance - maybe crouched behind a truck or on the other side of a pillar? - his reed peeling out with every breath. as for meehan, i have no idea what he's doing. but it's a damn fine thing whatever it is. eat it up.