C. Spencer Yeh Streams New Video Piece for ISSUE Project Room

As a part of ISSUE Project Room’s ongoing quarantine-coping series, Isolated Field Recordings, sound and video artist C. Spencer Yeh featured a livestream on Wednesday entitled THE BIG SHARE with original composition, a pet cat, and some delicious dinner footage filmed by the notorious foodie himself. ISSUE’s site is still hosting the full video, along…

Recommended New Arrivals for June

Feast your eyes upon this half-assed, random list of things that happen to be available, starting this month. Contact us if you know of another release to share. Film TommasoWilliam Defoe plays opposite of director Abel Ferrara’s own wife and daughter as a Ferrara-like aging artist in Rome. Documentary-styled and improvised. View the trailer here.…

Uncertainty in All That Beauty Is: Mud as Defined by Fred Moten

I recently spoke to someone about Fred Moten, in general, who has most recently released a somewhat still rather new collection of poetry (although when referring to Moten’s work, the term “poetry” seems awfully reductive as his writing blurs the categorical lines between essay, anthem, lyric, and otherwise) entitled all that beauty is. This other…

Rest in Peace, Jimmy Cobb

Iconic jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb, a master of subtlety who helped shape modern jazz as we know it, died at his home in New York on Sunday. According to his wife, Eleana Tee Cobb, the cause of death was lung cancer. He was 91. Cobb was most known for his contribution of minimalist swing and…

Abandoned Space and Gabe Fernandez

When the global pandemic of Covid-19 had finally spread to unignorable reaches, the world reluctantly retreated to their homes and left behind a vacant civilization. It now seems almost too apropos to use my quarantine downtime to reflect on the depictions of the deserted places and unoccupied rooms featured in the paintings of Portland artist…

Bill Orcutt – Odds Against Tomorrow

Within the first moments of this record, Orcutt casually defies an unanimous expectation. There is no cathartic cacophony urgently bursting through the door and entangling you in a frantic manipulation of steel strings. There is no screech and squeal, no trademarked madness. There is, on the contrary (but not unlike a similarly-toned recent self-titled release),…

Interview with CAConrad

(Note: this interview was first featured on February 17, 2012 and is reposted here for archival purposes) Philadelphia-based poet CAConrad is an unabashedly unique and moving voice.  Author of works such as Deviant Propulsion and The Book of Frank, Conrad employs majestic surrealism with blunt grit to achieve visuals and movements previously unrealized in poetry.  His infinite imagination…

Interview with Nate Wooley

(Note: this feature was originally posted February 15, 2012 and is reposted here for archival purposes) You may know of trumpeter Nate Wooley for various reasons: perhaps for his inexplicably imaginative performances, for his frequently deepening and prolific discography, or for his many collaborations with some of jazz and experimental music’s most  celebrated players.  What…