A beautiful book-length prose poem from DavidGrubbs – an artist that some know as a musician, some as a singer, and some as a writer for his previous essential volume on improvised music! The book is very narrative – and tells this dream-like story of a musician faced with the need to figure out and assemble an instrument in front of a crowd of waiting listeners – who themselves get roped into the action as the story moves on – all in a way that almost reminds us of the Little Nemo In Slumberland work from Windsor MacKay! The writing is wonderful – and balances moments of action with passages of reflection – all while examining the relationship between musician and listener, in a way that's as eminently readable as it is theoretical – and is maybe a secret look at the nightmares that all performers must get as the years go by. The wit of Grubbs' lyrics come through beautifully in the writing – and like the artist himself, the book is as down to earth as it is filled with new ideas and pathways for continuous creative activity! 142 pages, softcover. (Books, Rock)Book
Manuel Mota & DavidGrubbs —
Lacrau ... LP Blue Chopsticks/Drag City, 2018. Sealed ...
An engaging electric guitar duo set from Portuguese experimentalist Manuel Mota and the ever-adventurous DavidGrubbs! There's a kind of gentle confidence to the interplay here, and a way of letting the rawest little touches resonate and bounce off each other that's really impressive, and engaging the whole way. A nice little triumph of spontaneity and mood we'll come back to again and again! Includes "Eira", "Nucleo Do Dia", "Molhe", "Aperto De Mao" and longer closer "Vigario". (Jazz, Rock)LP, Vinyl record album