An edition of Ben Watson's long-running radio show Late Lunch With Out To Lunch called "Music Has Lost its Sense of Fun", a response to a letter by John Coldwell in The Wire (#348, February 2013) complaining he felt swamped by product. Watson's target is John Zorn's concept of "Avant", which Watson feels is now The Wire's invertebrate genre, abandoning the jazz backbone of the R. D. Cook period (when Watson was welcome in its pages). All Avant is a righteous rebellion versus mass music, so no criticism is possible: hence the sense of over-production. Writers are no longer registering their real feelings, something which characterised the writings of jazz critics like A. B. Spellman, Nat Hentoff and Leroi Jones. Watson's radio show mixes pop, jazz, avantgarde, home-recordings of Watson's son Mordecai (4), Cobbingesque gargle poetry and Zappa novelty records to taunt those serious fools at The Wire office. Moshi Monsters make an appearance too, as well as pianist Gwilly Edmondez, the latter live in-studio on a visit from Newcastle.
NB: Don't try this at home! Watson was banned from Resonance FM for fifteen weeks due to his heretical opinions ...
February 8, 2013 Subject:
I know the collective cringe that bubbles up at a term like Surrealism, but 'Music Has Lost Its Sense Of Fun' is IT; let the collective cringe. The turbo grease dynamo juice critique revolutionary tongue, its open pocket overflowed thelonious ramifications, the Where We Are lived totality or gerundial as Prynne sez, (/Herzog, corny, calls it 'ecstatic truth') & thru this open blemish sex machine the blue yodel turbine cranked full blast 360 n-lite Housu. What Stupid would literalise a term like AUTOMATISM to exclude, this, this THING? Blush the brown pants that wade in the Dalí, away in a manager whiz kid devo spud sloganeering con-sense's horse sweat crabgrass: 'Rob the young', economicon knob kneed insanity! Well fuck that. This is LIVE, this is Poetry samurai-sliced thru, automatism rot luck as I need it, why not, spank the irony eyebrowsers into showing real emotion. Show up, what dialectics not only means but DOES.*
See you later, too much for my mirror & I need that too,
*ps 6 1/2 yrs ago I understood dialectics as 'The leash works both ways', a short-person version of Hegel's Master-Slave proto-class-conscious parable, but that was before I caught sight of Franklin R.'s work (also because of Ben). & now I HEAR it. x