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Video of the Week: Big Lazy - "Avenue X"

Avant twang, Americana noir, garage chamber music, whatever you'd like to label composer/guitarist Stephen Ulrich's NYC-based trio Big Lazy (drummer Yuval Lion and bassist Andrew Hall), one thing is undeniable -- the vibe is unforgettable. "Avenue X" is from their fifth long player entitled Don't Cross Myrtle and it features Sexmob trumpeter Steven Bernstein. Love the "Mission Impossible" guitar lick during the middle eight. And the video is pretty fab, too. Ready for consumption today.

April 1 Classical Reviews Roundup

Fillip Cornershop
Satiediously, vol. 2
(Unheard Universe)
 
Following up on last year's initial Satie volume, Cornershop now delivers a unique reading of Satie's notorious "Vexations," the one-page piece which Satie said should be performed with repeats until it totaled 840 times through the printed text (or perhaps not; debate has raged since its 1949 publication). Cornershop brings the piece in at a monumental 48 hours (more traditional performances of the 840-times length range from 18 to 28 hours). 

As I was wondering how Cornershop could achieve such a performance without the aid of caffeine, which in turn would mitigate against his chosen slow tempo, I noticed a splice after the 168th time through and then, in turn, after the 336th. Shortly after the latter, and concurrent with my wife's threat of divorce, I had to stop listening, but a little math revealed to me that 1 through 168 and 169 through 336 were precisely the same length, so it appears that we may have a use of studio recording technology whose scandalousness could rival that of Schwarzkopf's high C in Tristan und Isolde, as well as literal confirmation of my wife's statement "this is getting a little repetitious, don't you think?" Potential controversy aside, this release is an obviously desirable artifact for Satie completists and insomniacs, a Goldberg Variations for the 21st century. Read more »

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