Covid-19 is dangerously impacting the social-economic category of musicians. No concerts, poor political and social consideration, uncertain earnings. As a consequence, an ever-growing number of musicians, especially those from the experimental area, are trying to promote their music on BandCamp in digital format only. It is increasingly difficult for me to follow and review this incredible flow of music. I therefore decided to open this section on my blog Neuguitars where I propose music in digital format that I consider particularly interesting and worthy of attention. I hope you like it. Let’s support musicians. They need it.
The Young Philadelphians – Live in Tokyo, Bandcamp 2020
Recorded Live at Club Quattro, Tokyo, Japan on July 28, 2014
Jamaaladeen Tacuma, G. Calvin Weston, Mary Halvorson, Marc Ribot: 4 professional, harmolodic noise improvisers with an uncommon love of Philly soul and hard groove. Forever young, forever Philadelphian, forever fixated on the moment before dance went digital. Stuck in the groove like a scratch in your favorite record. Ladies and Gentlemen…the hardest working musicians in punk/funk/soul/noise: The Young Philadelphians!!!
The Young Philadelphians pays tribute to twin legacies: The mind-blowing harmolodic punk-funk of Ornette Coleman’s first Prime Time band and the sweet, optimistic pulse of 1970s Philly Soul. Ribot enlists bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and drummer G. Calvin Weston, both Prime Time alumni and Philadelphia natives, along with guitarist Mary Halvorson plus a newly added 3-piece string section to do the job.
released November 13, 2015
Marc Ribot – guitar, vocals
Mary Halvorson – guitar
Jamaaladeen Tacuma – bass
G. Calvin Weston – drums
Yoshie Kajiwara – violin
Takako Siba – viola
China Azuma – cello
Recorded Live at Club Quattro, Tokyo by Seigen Ono
Mixed by François Lardeau
Mastering by Joseph Branciforte
Artwork by Ashura Benimaru Itoh
Photography by Hiroki Nishioka