Wednesday, March 28, 2012


thought it would be criminal not to raise a flag of praise for damien jurado's latest lp. josh & i have had maraqopa spinning on our players & in our heads since its release & it's really ringing our bells. we are both in agreement that this is his best material to date. it has genuinely stimulated great, sprawling discussion between us. you know you have something good when all aspects of the content generate conversations of length & real worth. if you haven't already, grab a copy & listen close! d

Monday, March 26, 2012


So, I'm pretty excited to be able to share this post with you. If you've been checking out this blog for a little while, you might remember a "BlackForrestry featured worker of craft" post that I put up a year ago showcasing the work of my buddy Tim Condon, who makes music under the moniker of Herizon. Well, after making great music for many years, Tim has decided to record an album. So, this May, you can expect the release of Herizon's very first 10". It will be available through Harding Street Assembly Lab (where you can pick up the Herizon/Virgineola split 7", as well as other great records) and it will be sportin' a magical, translucent, orange color...boy oh boy, that sure is gonna make my turntable look purdy!!! So, save your pennies and plan to pick one up in a month and a half. Check out two of the songs from the record- below the cover art...and take a peek at my original post to enjoy some of the excellent collage work that Tim puts together.

1. still believing
2. all alone
3. Home Again (live)
4. Chesapeake Bay
5. crave the sound
7. all gone
8. in my crown
9. tied to me

Friday, March 23, 2012

...Hand In Hand/Neokarma Jooklo Experience...

I came across this song, "No Goal Can Be Too High", by Hand In Hand, a few months ago over at Microphone In The Trees. I snagged it because I noticed that David Nuss from No Neck Blues Band is a contributor to the group. I've enjoyed NNCK's recordings over the years, so I thought that I'd give it a shot. While somewhat similar in style to a NNCK track, this song differentiates itself with a very prominant vocal recitation of a passage from the biblical Book of Isaiah...pretty "out there" sort of stuff. Apparently the song appeared on one side of a, now out of print, 7" 45 hand cut lathe. Only 32 of the records were produced via Medusa Records. It's definitely not something I could listen to daily, but I find it interesting nonetheless. Check it out, even if for oddities sake.

"Hand In Hand: No Goal Can Be Too High"

This song is the B side from a record entitled "Peaceful Messages" by the band Neokarma Jooklo Experience. It was put out on Qbico records. It's a pretty cosmic tune, so I hope you can get your head around it.

"Neokarma Jooklo Experience: Holy Freedom"

Thursday, March 22, 2012

...Other Dimensions In Music...

Ever since Doug posted his Outside Beat: A Mixtape, I've been on a little bit of a jazz kick. Among other things, I've been giving Live At The Sunset by Other Dimensions In Music quite a bit of ear.

This album came out in 2007 and features Roy Campbell on trumpet; Daniel Carter on sax/flute/trumpet; William Parker on Bass; and Hamid Drake on percussion/drums. I have enjoyed the collaborations of Parker, Carter, and Drake in the past, and respect them as some of the best free jazz musicians recording/performing today. This album only reinforces my sentiment. Check out the two tracks below and don't snooze on what's going down in free jazz today.

"Other Dimensions In Music: Hip Bop"

"Other Dimensions In Music: Slam Me Down (for Slam Stewart)"

...032212 Photos...

Here are a few photos from the past month...

..A month ago, Shanna and I celebrated our 9 year wedding anniversary. We took a couple of photos to commemorate the day. Vashti and Ephraim just turned 2 years old and are changing constantly...

...Life is wonderful!!!!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

////outside beat////a mixtape////


Then another tomorrow
They never told me of
Came with the abruptness of a fiery dawn
And spoke of Cosmic Equations:
The equations of sight-similarity
The equations of sound-similarity
Subtle Living Equations
Clear only to those
Who wish to be attuned
To the vibrations of the Outer Cosmic Worlds.
Subtle living equations of the outer-realms
Dear only to those
Who fervently wish the greater life

- Sun Ra


angels and demons at play - sun ra

utopia & visions - don cherry

africanasia part II - claude delcloo

b.t. - arthur jones

legacy - andrew hill

tarik - dewey redman

the will come is now - ronnie boykins

hum-dono - joe harriott/amancio d'silva quartet

rufus 3rd - new york art quartet

lonely woman (ornette coleman) - marzette watts ensemble

humility in the light of the creator - kalaparusha maurice mcintyre


Friday, March 9, 2012

...030912 Emancipation...


Pillar of Cloud...

Pillar of Fire...

Mantras from Burning Choir.



Divide the Dark Sea-
Like bone and marrow...

"Let My people go"-
Your People inside me.