While Arrington de Dionyso's Old Time Relijun (who played a 2007 WFMU Free Music Concert show at Southpaw in Brooklyn) has always had its poetic/jazz-punk leanings in similar terrain as the likes of Blurt, it's always been interesting to see what AdD has gotten up to on his own. In 2001 his Abraxasaxophonic release basically allowed Arrington's sax squall to lock horns (violently) with actual lite-FM jazz recordings running simultaneously in the background to a most pleasing if not disorienting result, though his collaboration with Thollem McDonas, Intuition, Science, and Sex (Edgetone Records) breathes a less perverse air while still stepping sideways of traditional jazz genre-lock. With McDonas on beatup piano in an airy room, de Dionyso's bass clarinet froths in an ominous, though far from assaultive drone; if anything it conjures up a humid bog complete with some meditative off-kilter ivory tinkling planted firmly in some righteous mud to appease the groaning creatures in the surrounding muck. Closer "An Eye" (Real Audio) starts to rustle the stray gunk together a bit heavier than the rest of the disc, but recedes into a harmonium-like finale.
Another splinter-off project making some good noise is Cave, sprung from post-rock-metal-whatsiz unit Warhammer 48K. On an LP compiling two EPs Hunt Like the Devil/Jamz (Permanent Records), shifting metrics of gunky synths, repetitive basslines and overall astral-gazing permeate these grooves in abundance. If Oneida were devoid of a bit of their precision and sprawled in a way to let figures tumble over into each other more often you might get an idea of what Cave were up to rhythmically, but it's when the guitars start to go into acid rampage mode is when I really get interested. Once they start cooking there's some comparisons to Comets on Fire, Titan, or the Heads, but in some ways it still resides in some of the safer zones of a number of the Can-worship types who take it all a bit too literally. Which isn't to say it's a bad thing; there are plenty of surprises and sharp turns going on in the studio which make these two EPs diverse, I guess I'd like to hear the production a little rougher around the edges and let certain elements come unhinged a bit more, but again, pretty nice listening. "Hunt Like Devil" (Real Audio).