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Monday, July 9, 2007

Arrington de Dionyso @ the Comet tonight

posted by on July 9 at 9:01 AM

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Arrington de Dionyso (Old Time Relijun) is playing a “free raga” set on bass clarinet at the Comet tonight, on the billl with Cryptacize (featuring Chris Cohen of Deerhoof and Curtains, and Nedelle), Aaron Mannino, and Get Him, Eat Him. Show starts ca. 9 PM and cover is $6. Here’s what I had to say about Arrington’s solo stuff last year:


The instrumentation for Breath of Fire, the first proper solo album from Arrington de Dionyso of Old Time Relijun, reads like a list from some sort of bizarre Victorian parlor game: voice, newspaper, copper kettle, bass clarinet, and khomuz (more commonly known as Jew’s harp). Aside from “some birds outside,” de Dionyso is the sole performer, and no electronic effects or overdubs were utilized to alter the music, which was all recorded live.

What does it sound like? Devotees of Tuvan throat singing shouldn’t be startled by the opener, “Emptiness and Void,” but fans who associate the K imprint with indie rock may recoil when they hear this extended vocal drone, which suggests a cross between a didgeridoo solo and the teacher from old Peanuts cartoons using circular breathing to chant one long, uninterrupted om. Other pieces evoke small woodland creatures signaling intense discomfort via a series of squeals and pants (“Holotropic”), or a youngster suffering from gastrointestinal distress while mimicking a storm at sea (“Xibalba”). Such wordless vocal cuts are punctuated by playful interludes rendered on bass clarinet, plus several sonic outbursts that simply defy easy identification. This primal and often mesmerizing disc will either have you clawing for the STOP button within minutes, or it will ignite vivid flights of imagination to rival those inspired by one’s initial exposure to the innovations of Brian Eno and Sun Ra. Either way, Breath of Fire is undeniably powerful stuff. KURT B. REIGHLEY

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it was a great set, bass clarinet, mouth harp, some Tuvan throat signing. Too bad about the little gaggle of Hillsters that were yapping loudly over the music about their stupid little lives...

FYI, he's playing every Monday night at the Comet this month and went on first last night at around 10pm. Highly recommended (at least if you can show some respect and shut the fuck up)

Posted by Abe | July 10, 2007 9:37 AM

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