Saturday, November 24, 2007

DEBT OF NATURE-RECORDINGS FROM LIVE PERFORMANCE 1984-1986, USA
















Once described by Brad Laner to me as being his "garage band AMM", it's an amusing capsulization of the aesthetic of this improv squad he founded as a precocious teen, albeit one that fails to note just how exemplary D.O.N.'s sound was of the overarching L.A. Free Music Society sensibility (strong overtones of Le Forte Four's improv shenanigans circa "Spin 'n' Grin"), but then Laner's work of the era has always been mysteriously absent from both discographies and discussions of LA.F.M.S., despite his heading up the finest of all L.A.F.M.S. ensembles (read: Steaming Coils). These two lengthy cuts were cherry picked and re-arranged by Laner from the D.O.N. archives and according to him represent a composite of several different shows originating from performances at The Anticlub, Galleria Ocaso, Mission Furniture Co., Oranges/Sardines gallery, Cheap Racist gallery and Olio. Try this on for a cast of characters (in addition to Brad): Spencer Savage (Steaming Coils, Stay Home), James Grigsby (The Motor Totemist Guild), Rick Potts (Steaming Coils, Le Forte Four, Dinosaurs With Horns, Solid Eye) , Joseph Hammer (Steaming Coils, Dinosaurs With Horns, Solid Eye) , Tom Recchion (Doo-Dooettes, B-People), Jac Zinder (Stay Home), David Chrisman (Steaming Coils, Three Day Stubble), Lucija Kordic (To Nije Sala, What Makes Donna Twirl?), Jim Goodall (Severed Head In A Bag, Jon Wayne, Medicine), Earnest Beauvine (Jon Wayne) , Kraig Grady (Laner collaborator on Music From The Island Of Anaphoria), Cynthia Skovlin (part-time Steaming Coils contributor), Leo Vishmid, Greg Lloyd, David Van Brink, Mariska Leyysius and Greg McCourt. Whew! Howza 'bout dat, eh? As with the previously cited Le Forte Four, the improvs here exemplify an approach to the form that find the numinous in the ludicrous; power tools and kazoos engage in death matches with surreal splices of tape collage and belching and retching emerge from stormclouds of surging audio generator roars in this domain where dada is yahweh. Thanks to Brad for supplying the contents of this post...

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh boy !! What a night : five in the morning after listening to Walter Marchetti and Debt Of Nature ... The first side of the Marchetti record , then the first track of DON, then the second Marchetti track & end with the second DON track ... Some way they went well together.

J.

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Bob Hopeless said...

This looks exciting. Thanks again for this and so much else!

alfarmania said...

Nice to see another tape with Debt of Nature... last week I actually digged up "Never show your genitals to an Animal (Pets Have Fears, Too...)". I have no idea how many copies that exist but my number is #5. It was released on Party Sound Tapes. Cover artwork has some guy with a moustache jerking off and touching the eye of a giant cat. Great stuff. Think it was released originally on Real Big Dog Tapes in 25 copies 1981.... this is a reissue from 83.

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