Last Tuesday's episode of Talk's Cheap featured Barnacled, an avant-jazz super-group from Providence RI. They have a new album on ESP-Disk called Charles, and played the following set before their record release party at the Bowery Poetry Club with Alan Sondheim and Septimania.
Barnacled Live at WFMU on Talk's Cheap 12/16/08 [playlist] engineered by Trent Wolbe
1. Title (mp3) opening track to Charles
2. Polyurethane (mp3) from Charles
3. Slappodrome (mp3) a Nicotina and the Legs song (see below)
4. Vulcanizing Society (mp3) orig. from the 7'' on White Denim
Lineup: Frank Difficult - Electronics/keyboard // Michael Jeffries - Baritone sax // Matt McLaren - Drums, percussion // Alec K Redfearn - Accordion, Jaw's harp // Ann Schattle - Horn in F // Erica Schattle - Bassoon // Chris Sadlers - Bass // Nicotina - Guitar // (thanks to Alto Sax player Jason McGill for cordinating the session, though he was unfortunately not able to attend)
After the set, Alec gave some good reasons as to why Charles is the group's first full-length release since 6, released on Corleone Records in 2002. Apparently the new recordings were made in 2004, but sat on the shelf waiting to get mastered while the group's members focused on their myriad side projects, which include but are not limited to:
Alec K Redfearn & The Eyesores -- Redfearn's group has featured almost every member of Barnacled at one time or another.
The Seizures -- Matt McLaren, Chris Sadlers, and Alec Redfearn, described as Eyesores-light, with an upcoming record on Corleone
Anntastic -- Ann Schattle and Frank Difficult
Frank Difficult -- released a cd-r series of solo electronic experimentation titled "Sonic Bukkake", former V Majestic psych-rocker
Head of Horns -- Frank and Alec's metal band
Bellows -- Michael Jeffries
Nicotina and the Legs -- Nicotina's project. Founded in Italy, along with his Burp Publications/Enterprise magazine/record label
JMMMJ -- formerly a saxpohone duo feat. Jason McGill and Michael Jeffries, now with the addition of drummer Matt McLaren
Black Faced Sheep - Frank, Chris, Reed, Alec
Rustbucket - Matt McLaren, who also hosts a percussion-driven public access show called Tom Tom Time
Mrs. Six Eyes - Alec, Matt and Josh (of Septimania) work at Resources for Human Development, and arts organization for people with developmental disabilities, where they met collaborator Amy aka Mrs. Six Eyes. Video of "Paint The Walls With Your Tail"