Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The 1 Hundred :: Red House Painters - Down Colorful Hill

Red House Painters - Down Colorful Hill (4AD, 1992) // New Vinyl

These days Mark Kozelek is known as much for his press-prodded feuds with festival organizers, reporters, and other bands as he is for the flow of releases as Sun Kil Moon or under his own name; these releases are plentiful and sometimes still quite daring and sublime. But 25 years ago a then 25 year old Kozelek and his band Red House Painters released a debut album full of slow and melancholy gems about youth, first crushes, and missing friends. It remains one of the must-haves in his ever-expanding discography.



Saturday, November 18, 2017

The 1 Hundred - Sunn O))) - Monoliths and Dimensions

Sunn O)) - Monoliths & Dimensions (Southern Lord, 2009) // New CD

Primarily considered a metal band, Seattle's Sunn O))) is also about stretching the genre to new heights and depths... generally depths of tone in their early work that featured low tune riffs and drones that seemed to emerge from the the universe's creation. On Monoliths & Dimensions the group collaborates with everyone from Australian experimenter Oren Ambarchi to composer Eyvind Kang to deliver a work that balances anger, beauty, despair, and grace in equal measure. Closing track "Alice" is perhaps the most stirring and epic track you'll find on an album played by guys obscured by fog machines and wearing druid robes.



Thursday, November 16, 2017

The 1 Hundred Bill Evans & Jim Hall - Undercurrent

Bill Evans & Jim Hall - Undercurrent (1961, UA, reissue 2017) // New Vinyl

As much as I love Miles Davis and John Coltrane, I often veer back to jazz that features the piano as the lead instrument... especially Thelonious Monk and especially especially Bill Evans. And though Undercurrent is not Evans on lead it is one of the loveliest in his discography. Evans duets with guitarist Jim Hall, the two give verve and vigor to such standards as "My Funny Valentine" and "I Hear a Rhapsody." Among the other tracks is "Dream Gypsy," a piece credited to a composer named Judith Veevers for whom very little biographical information is available... and this appears to be her only recorded composition. Its opening piano phrase is worth the price of the album alone.