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Lee Ranaldo with Dave Dyment – New Life After Fire (for Tom Thompson)

Another Taranna December grab…


I already covered this odd duck RIGHT HERE, BACK IN 2010. I’d sold it off at some point, figuring I was never gonna listen to it again. But when I saw it again in the wild (a rare occurrence, as it was a limited edition), the collector part of my brain took over and I grabbed it up just because. Now, I’m sure I had reasons, like ‘hey it’s the Sonic Youth guy and that’s cool, ‘and ‘hey it’s likely only a few copies are out there, better rescue this one,’ and ‘when am I ever gonna see this again?’ etc etc. Completely forgetting, of course, that I had one and sold it. Sigh. Such is how my collector brain works.

Anyway, played it again. I pretty much agree with my past self (see link, above). Onward!


UPDATE: Turns out, this is the last of the Taranna December stuff. Thanks for Reading!

Lee Ranaldo with Dave Dyment – New Life After Fire (for Tom Thompson)

This was a live recording made at Lee’s Palace in Toronto on 2001-09-05, the sounds and voices of which were accompaniment to experimental films made by Ranaldo (of Sonic Youth, of course), with sampler embellishments from Toronto-based artist Dyment. I snagged this simply for curiosity’s sake. I knew it would be way out there, with Ranaldo involved, and I was also interested to know how it could be connected to Tom Thompson (of Group Of Seven), although Dyment might have had a hand in that choice? We may never know.

This disc contains five Fires, ranging from four minutes to ten minutes in length, all of them odd experiments with sounds, static, and voice. They range from quiet moments to full-on blasts of noise. Nothing much that’s tuneful in the lot of these tracks. I imagine that it would have been more interesting to have been there for this performance. Having the visuals to accompany the sounds would probably help immensely. The disc by itself is pretty boring, and drags up the whole debate about ‘what is art?’ Can sitting around (possibly pretentiously) making random noises with a mixer and a guitar be considered art? Well, why not. If people want to see it and hear it, power to the artist. Laurie Anderson would love this. It didn’t do much for me, but I’m just one guy.

And now I’ve done that.

Wikipedia lists this as a Thurston Moore effort. The packaging on this CD clearly says Ranaldo, and Moore’s name is nowhere on it, not even in the thanks. Still, anything’s possible with these guys. I’m sure some SY fan out there knows way more about this than I’d ever care to know.

A Trip To The Big Smoke

Back from a fairly successful trip to Toronto this past Saturday. Hadn’t been down to the city for a couple of years, so I was suitably overwhelmed by the ridiculously packed 401 and Yorkdale, and the cacophony of cultures, sights, sounds and smells in the downtown area. Been in the sticks too long, I guess. But it was also good to get the city under our feet again, see what was new.

Hit Sonic Boom, of course, and scored some gems there, and got a couple of cool discs in the basement at BMV. Made a trip along College to Soundscapes, a shop which was new to me (oops, there goes my street cred!). It’s lovely. They’ve got a great selection, very tasteful and completist. I’d go back there especially when there was something harder to find I wanted, chances are they’d have it.

And my musics haul from this trip? Here’s a list (reviews forthcoming for some of them)…

Rollins Band – Nice (advance promo cd with epk footage)
Jack Johnson – Wasting Time (promo single)
Paddy Casey – Addicted To Company Pt. 1 (remember him?!)
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Acme Plus
Lee Ranaldo with Dave Dyment – New Life After Fire (for Tom Thompson)
Pavement – Quarantine The Past (hits collection)
Tribute – Everything Is Ending Here – A Tribute To Pavement
Tribute – Borrowed Tunes – A Tribute To Neil Young

I also have the new Gord Downie (The Grand Bounce), so I think I might do a series like I did for the Hip, listen to all 3 of his solo efforts in sequence…

Get ready, more is coming shortly!

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