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Veteran music nerd and longtime Rolling Stone contributor David Fricke throws Nels Cline some L-O-V-E in the magazine's new issue.

Hmmmmmm... [photo by Peak]

Das Vilco's untitled new record drops sometime in late June, but their new live tour DVD Ashes of American Flags drops even sooner than that: April 18, which is also the much-hyped date for National Record Store Day. Check out this exclusive live clip of "Side with the Seeds" from the DVD. A Wilco-less Mr. Nels will also be featured TODAY on WXPN's venerable live music program World Cafe with David Dye.

Alex circa, uhhhhh....1980? [photo by Mark Weber]

Alex Cline will celebrate "Day After Record Store Day." At 7pm on April 19 he'll add his fierce percussion skill set to a live improvised "re-scoring" of Metropolis, Friz Lang's classic 1927 dysopian fantasy. He will appear with guitarist G.E. Stinson, flautist Will Salmon (whose instrument will "speak" for Maria, the film’s protagonist), violinist Jeff Gauthier and bassist Bill Casale.


Two weeks later on May 3 at 7pm, Alex and Will Salmon will present the third in his spring series of Sunday evening concerts. The evening opens with a true Battle of the Lungs: Steve Adams & Vinny Golia, two old friends and hard-core veterans of the jazz and New Music world. Virtuosi Adams (ROVA Saxophone Quartet, collaborations with Ken Filiano, the Bill Horvitz Band and others) and Golia (local uncompromising bandleader-composer-teacher-avant guardian-elder statesman) will present a dazzling multi-horn display of open, sophisticated, intense, subtle, varied, and expressive improvisational adventure. The resonant acoustics of the Center for the Arts should emerge as their wonderful helper and friend as their sonorous interactions swirl around and stunningly fill the space. A rare, dynamic, and intimate meeting.

The second set features Alex with keyboardist/ulitmate tech head Wayne Peet and mad trumpeter John Fumo: also old friends who have played in each others’ bands and in countless others’, running the gamut from the jazz mainstream and avant-garde to arena-level pop to film music to Latin jazz and pop to New Music. One thing they have never done is play together in a trio. Alex, who initiated the project, began playing with Fumo in the early eighties and Peet in around 1980. In their May concert debut, the three of them, under the moniker of Dot Org (so named partly in honor of Peet’s 1970s-vintage Yamaha organ that is featured as a prominent voice in the group’s sound), will collectively explore the expansive, the loosely-structured, the atmospheric, the drivingly rhythmic, the lyrical, and the obtuse ends of the spontaneous music spectrum, drawing on chemistry that is tried and true. Recommended!

Both shows will take place at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock (one block west of Eagle Rock Blvd.). Admission is $10, students, seniors, and series performers half price. Free parking is plentiful. Further information can be obtained by calling (626) 795-4989.

Meanwhile Alex's Continuation and Nels' Coward continue to rack up the great reviews!

"Cline Every Mountain"
"What Would You Do for a Clinedike Bar?"
"California InCline" (santa monica reference)
"No Cline on the Horizon"

HAPPY %#@$!*&^>?+ TAX DAY!

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