Sunday, March 23, 2014

Thollem/Chase – Dub Narcotic Session (2014)

I woke up this morning looking for some experimental music. Something off-kilter and disjointed to complement the poppy melodies discussed on the previous day’s podcast. While gazing at my awesome physique in the shower, I listened to the newest episode of the legendary Beats in Space podcast, and made it my goal to dig deep into the submission box for something weird and otherworldly. Thankfully New Atlantis Records was there to make my day.

Thollem/Chase are two mainstays of the experimental music scene in New York. Thollem McDonas is an established pianist, and Brian Chase is the drummer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. This set was recorded live for K Records Dub Narcotic Sessions, and is everything you want from both your jazz and your punk: intensity, uncertainty, and a willingness to buck any known trend to make something new and remarkable. This isn't music for a swinging dance party or a Mohawk gathering of crusty types. This is music to demolish even the most jaded and far-reaching music aficionado. Enter if you dare.

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