Friday, December 5, 2008

Omni Transgression In Sound: AstroNation Mixtape Series!!!! Clean Off Your Tape Decks...

AstroNation is proud to present the start of a very beautiful thing, Omni Transgression In Sound. Omni Transgression In Sound will offer tape collectors a new source of enjoyment for eclectic sounds of all styles and genres. Friends, companions, vinyl junkies and a small number of other people have agreed to be a part of this new series of mixtapes compiled from the depths of all of our collections. O.T.I.S. will be sourced from vinyl only, so expect a few clicks and pops, but the warmth and depth of vinyl to cassette transfers will hopefully make you as happy as it has me. The fist 2 mixtapes are done and run 120 minutes each and 2 more are currently being drawn up for completion by the end of this month. In a few days I will post the track listing and provide an address for anyone to send a blank 120 minute tape and enough postage to get the package back for a copy of the first mixtape.

Astro Nation of the United Worlds of Outer Space
We Do By Declare Ourselves to Be Another Art of Being

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sun Ra Live Concerts from November 1978! (Berkeley, CA and Portland, OR)

AstroNation presents awareness for more archived material from the world of dimeadozen, something everyone at AstroNation has brought forth on this blog in all areas of live recorded history. For anyone who is into the live recordings of Sun Ra or any other avante-guard sounds, this posting is for you! The theme song that sparked the name for this blog is in the first set, so don't miss out. As always, everything is lossless and the info texts present the best aerial view possible. Please give thanks to all the collectors who take their time to present us this treasure trove of recorded history. I haven't been able to use dimeadozen lately from lack of time but I logged on and found these today, don't sleep!

Sun Ra Arkestra
Zellerbach Auditorium @ University of California, Berkeley, CA.

Source:KPFA-FM > ? > CDR > EAC > FLAC

1. King Porter Stomp (Morton)
2. Unidentified Blues (Ra) - org, eg, vib, tp
3. The Mayan Temples >
The Sound Mirror (Ra) - SR, ens voc >
4. Of Other Tomorrows Never Known (Ra) - SR org >
The Mayan Temples
Big John's Special (Henderson)
5. Outer Spaceways Inc - ens voc>
Calling Planet Earth - ens voc >
We Travel the Spaceways - ens voc
6. Sun Ra Unidentified Interview


As promised, here comes another reseed. I couldn't find it on the tracker, but I'm pretty sure it came from EZT back in the day. Props to the original seeder / taper.

Now for the bad news: as the original info file noted, this show is fragmentary, and it's also in pretty poor sound. I'll upload a couple of samples so you can judge for yourself. Whatever else the case might be, it's Ra, so if you can put up with the sound quality, you will be rewarded!

Original Info:
Sun Ra Arkestra
Earth Tavern
Portland, Oregon
(this is a fragmentary tape of this show)
aud>?>cdr>eac(secure mode)>flac(level 8)

total time 0:43:55

1 untitled improvisation
2 Face the Music / Make Another Mistake
3 Images
4 Theme of the Stargazers
5 Pleiades
6 Discipline 27-II/This World Is Not My Home/ Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
7 Angel Race
8 An Astro Nation of the United Worlds of Outer Space
9 Interstellar Low Ways
10 Journey to Outer Space / There are Other Worlds They Have Not Told You Of / Third Heaven / Why Go to the Moon
11 unidentified title

Sun Ra-org, voc
Michael Ray-tp
poss. Eddie Gale-tp
Tony Bethel-tb
Vincent Chancey-Frh
Marshall Allen-as, fl
John Gilmore-ts, perc
prob. Eloe Omoe-as, bcl, fl
Danny Ray Thompson-bs, fl
James Jacson-bsn, perc
Damon Choice-vib
Dale Williams-eg
poss. Richard Williams-b
Luqman Ali-d
Space Ethnic Voices:
June Tyson-voc, dance
prob. Judith Holton (Wisteria)-voc, dance
prob. Cheryl Banks-voc, dance
Eddie Thomas (Thomas Thaddeus)-voc, dance

Bola Sete - 1966 - Bola Sete At The Monterey Jazz Festival

I found this gem in Amoeba Records today. I first heard of Bola Sete from the Magic of Juju blog page and have been searching for records of his ever since. If you enjoy acoustic music with lots of variation, you will love this album.

Verve Music Group Album Description (Source Link):

The late guitarist Djalma de Andrada gained the Portuguese nickname Bola Sete or ("seven ball" in English) for the single black ball in the game of billiards (not to be confused with the eight ball of pool) because he was the only black player in a Brazilian jazz group. Like many of his compatriots during the 1960s influx of Brazilian musicians to America, Bola Sete had roots in both Brazil’s European classical and African folk traditions. But he was also strongly influenced by jazz masters such as Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt, and especially Barney Kessel, and he developed a jazz-based, steely-toned acoustic guitar style. Bola Sete at the Monterey Jazz Festival captures a remarkable live set from 1966.

Bola Sete’s love of jazz played a large part in shaping his career in the States. After he joined pianist Vince Guaraldi’s trio on the West Coast, he was heard by the great trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in 1962. Gillespie raved about his Brazilian Afro-jazz fusion, and by the time the concert documented here took place, Bola Sete had formed his own combo. On this set, which features a medley of songs from the movie Black Orpheus and two original compositions, including an exquisitely Brazilian "Flamenco", the players catch fire. There is brilliant interplay among the guitarist and drummer Paulinho Da Costa, virtuosic on a range of percussion instruments that create a true street-samba feel; the sensitive bassist SebastiĆ£o Neto; and the audience, whose roars of approval create an ideal, Carnival-like excitement around the music.

1. Black Orpheus Medley: Manha De Carnaval/ Adieu Tristesse/ Samba De Orfeo
2. Soul Samba
3. Flamenco
4. Spoken Introduction
5. Coisa Numero Um (Coisa No. 1)
6. Satin Doll

Check out another review of this historic document here