Weekly Ink, May 29

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May 292014
 

This week’s ink-stained wretches have scribbled a bit more than usual:
J. L. Puckett has a feature piece in the C-J about Louisville native and jazz musician Don Braden, along with his Organix Trio, featuring Vanessa Rubin, scheduled to play a show in Bird Hall at the University of Louisville School of Music tonight. Tickets are $15.
Over at LEO, Peter Berkowitz writes about This World, the new record from Watter, and, along the way, how the band came to be. Of primary focus is former Slint band member Britt Walford, plus founders Tyler Trotter and Zak Riles and their connection to Tony Levin, former bassist for King Crimson. It’s an interesting read.
Berkowitz also has a piece on New Mother Nature, with former Louisvillian Axel Cooper. They’re playing at Zanzabar on Friday.

Watter: This World -Small Business-

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Apr 142014
 

Sometimes, it’s best to let the publicist handle the description: “Watter is a new trio made up of close friends and collaborators whose collective pedigree reads like a desert island list of must-haves in experimental rock musicians. Multi-instrumentalists Zak Riles (Grails) and Tyler Trotter are anchored by legendary drummer Britt Walford (Slint, Evergreen) on six genre-defying pieces of monolithic mood music. For Riles and Trotter, it’s a chance to dig deeper into the sandbox in which Grails have sculpted many mercurial masterpieces in recent years; for Walford, it’s the opportunity to play a substantial role in a new active band for the first time in nearly twenty years. Written, recorded, and produced entirely in the group’s collective studios in Louisville, KY, This World is a stunning combination of heady psychedelic rock, vintage cinematic New Age explorations, and sinister Krautrock, performed with seemingly endless stamina. Born out of many late-night jam sessions, many songs also feature fellow Louisville icons - Rachel Grimes (Rachel’s) provides several of the album’s most sublime moments, and The For Carnation’s Todd Cook lays the heavy, bass-driven foundation for the penultimate epic, “Seawater.” This World is the kind of album that inspires renewed wonder in the mysterious powers of Louisville’s water supply. It draws impossibly broad inspiration from decades of Eastern and Western folk, rock, ambient, film score, library music, and neoclassical, and masterfully emerges with an ever-enveloping suite perfectly befitting its constantly curious composers.”
The track is called “Small Business”:

A New Louisville Supergroup

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Mar 062014
 

Syd Bishop struggles with the definition of “supergroup” before conceding that it’s as good a label as any to describe the new Louisville band Watter, composed of Britt Walford of Slint, Grails member Zak Riles and Tyler Trotter, Strike City, The Children and Phantom Family Halo. Go read Bishop’s take on it here.

It seems that Spin Magazine noticed too.

Here’s “Rustic Frog” from the upcoming album, due out on May 27: