Starring, Dustin Wong & Dan Friel, White Out, PC Worship
Via Northern Spy Starring.
Saturday, July 7
Better than: Next week's Crimson ProjeKct appearance, perhaps?
It may have ended with a dazzle, but this Northern Spy Records-curated night of intriguingly difficult music did not commence auspiciously, at least for this reviewer.
After missing PC Worshipwhom a whiney friend-slash-editor on the scene characterized approvingly as "Buttholes-y globs of noise swirl"there was what felt like an interminable wait for White Out to set up Tom Surgal's drums and Lin Culbertson's electronics. The reason for the delay soon became apparent with the nonappearance of the collaboratively inclined duo's advertised guest, the great free-jazz saxophonist Charles Gayle, whose lonely mike stand mocked our attention as the show went on, if tentatively. Surgal's incantatory tom-tom rolls and cymbal highlights generated the Higgs bosons necessary for Culbertson's loops, yodels, chimes, and flute flights to matter, creating a modest improvised universe in the process, although nothing as extreme as, say, 2009's Senso with Jim O'Rourke and Thurston Moore.