Just announced: YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND, featuring Yoko Ono, Denardo Coleman, Erik Friedlander, and Alan Licht, perform at MoMA August 14 and 15. This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971, on view through September 7, 2015.

[Photo by Kate Garner © Yoko Ono]

YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND, featuring Yoko Ono, Denardo Coleman, Erik Friedlander, and Alan Licht, performed at MoMA this week in conjunction with the exhibition Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971, on view through September 7, 2015. 

[YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND, featuring Yoko Ono, Denardo Coleman, Erik Friedlander, and Alan Licht, performing at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, August 14, 2015. Photograph © The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Scott Rudd]

Musical selections from the soundtrack of Bad Jubies

composed by Disasterpeace

nature collagin’ - Kirsten Lepore

beatboxing/vocalizations - John DiMaggio

from Disasterpeace (Rich Vreeland):

“I had the pleasure of scoring Kirsten Lepore’s guest directed, Emmy award-winning episode of Adventure Time from Season 7, ‘Bad Jubies’. This is one of my favorite shows and I wanted to honor the feeling of open-ended creativity I feel is often on display when watching it, so I set out to create a collage aesthetic. I asked a bunch of friends to contribute samples to the score, and I was showered with all kinds of wonderful sounds. Guitars, organs, vocalizations, old answering machines, and that’s just scratching the surface really.

Special Thanks to: Kirsten Lepore (nature collages), Joseph Bourgeois (gameboy and various voice samples), Liz Ryerson (amazing answering machine recordings), Mateo Lugo (jaw harp from one of our sessions), Dan Cantrell (accordion from one of our sessions), Mark DeNardo (wonderful acoustic guitar and dobro recordings), Dan de Lara & Matt Powell (drums, organ and pianet), Martin Kvale (cool weird synth things), Jay Tholen (ukelele, guitar, keyboards), John DiMaggio (for being Jake the Beatboxing Dog wonder), Mathijs Wiermans & Anne la Berge (for avant garde flute improvisations), and Dino Lionetti (because I sampled his circuit bent keyboard).”

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Understanding the Mechanism Driving Synapse Dysfunction

Genetic analysis of human patients has shown that mutations in genes involved in synaptic communication can drive neuropsychiatric and neurological diseases such as autism spectrum disorder and Alzheimer’s disease.

The research is in Neuron. (full access paywall)

Research: “The Sorting Receptor SorCS1 Regulates Trafficking of Neurexin and AMPA Receptors” by Jeffrey N. Savas, Luís F. Ribeiro, Keimpe D. Wierda, Rebecca Wright, Laura A. DeNardo-Wilke, Heather C. Rice, Ingrid Chamma, Yi-Zhi Wang, Roland Zemla, Mathieu Lavallée-Adam, Kristel M. Vennekens, Matthew L. O’Sullivan, Joseph K. Antonios, Elizabeth A. Hall, Olivier Thoumine, Alan D. Attie, John R. Yates III, Anirvan Ghosh, and Joris de Wit in Neuron doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2015.08.007

Image: Synapses are made up of many different proteins that link neurons together and regulate communication between these cells. This image is for illustrative purposes only. Credit: BruceBlaus.


In 1966, Ornette Coleman made his 1st studio album for Blue Note “The Empty Foxhole” which found Ornette in a trio setting playing violin & trumpet in addition to alto saxophone along with his 10-year old son Denardo Coleman on drums & bassist Charlie Haden. It’s now available to download or stream for the 1st time!


[photos by Francis Wolff]

Pat Metheny / Ornette Coleman ‎– Song X
Geffen Records ‎– GHS 24096

Alto Saxophone, Violin – Ornette Coleman
Bass – Charlie Haden
Drums – Jack DeJohnette
Drums, Percussion – Denardo Coleman
Guitar, Guitar [Synthesizer] – Pat Metheny

^^^See that?  That’s an all star lineup, legends at work.  Best part?  "Song X" is a record that can be found ANYWHERE.  It was pressed a million times in every country possible and well distributed by a major label. There are more copies of this record currently in existence than renewed demand for wax could ever possibly meet.  If you want to own it, you will inevitably come across a copy. Question is, will you want it?

“Song X” is not “Kind of Blue”, “Time Out” or “Blue Train”.  It’s certainly a a more feral beast than “Shape Of Jazz To Come”, often threatening to maul the ears of the more genteel amongst the jazzbos.  It is an unhinged cacophony of twisted brillance that’s about as metal as anything I’ve ever heard, purest beast mode. A roller coaster ride straight into a wall of crazed notes, twisted to great effect and delivered with surgical precision.  

To be clear: this is not dinner jazz for the martini and cigar set.  However, if you wish to be inspired by what exists beyond the conservatory, strap in!  Ain’t nothing secondary about “Song X”.  In fact, I’d say it’s about as essential as anything else in Ornette’s vast musical catalog.  But hey, please don’t take my word for it.  Click the link, prepare your ear holes for “Mob Job”.  You’ll either turn it off after 10 seconds or immediately start looking for a copy of your own. If you already own a copy, pull it off the shelf and give it a spin. Remind yourself why you brought it home in the first place.   Trust your ears, they never lie.