8/31/20: This Week: Grex Releases Everything You Said Was Wrong
Bay Area art rock/experimental duo Grex release their new studio full-length, titled Everything You Said Was Wrong, September 5, 2020 on Geomancy Records (formats include LP, CD, and digital on Bandcamp, streaming). This record, an explosive blend of 60s free jazz, electronic rock, experimental hip-hop, and noise music, speaks to the embattled radicalism and outsider culture of 2020. It may be Grex’s last.
To commemorate this release, Grex will spearhead Lockdown Festival 3, a September 5 livestream event. Joined by a host of exciting experimentalists, including, among others, cutting-edge electronic project Salami Rose Joe Louis, Asian Improv aRts cofounder Francis Wong, Jordan Glenn's Wiener Kids, Washington, D.C. bassist Luke Stewart, and Bay Area duo LOAN, Grex solicits donations in support of the ACLU and the continued work of legendary percussionist Milford Graves. All sales of Everything You Said Was Wrong will go to the aforementioned causes.
Buy Everything You Said Was Wrong HERE
And learn more about Lockdown Festival 3 HERE
8/6/20: Brand New Grex: The Other Mouses / Lockdown 3 / New Album from Lewis Jordan
Courtesy of the great and mysterious SNEAL, Grex presents a brand new video for The Other Mouses - a song from the band's forthcoming Geomancy album, Everything You Said Was Wrong.
Everything You Said Was Wrong releases on September 5. On the same day, Grex spearheads Lockdown 3, a livestream-only festival featuring a murders' row of experimentalists and creative musicians. All first week proceeds from Everything You Said Was Wrong, and all donations collected from Lockdown 3, will go directly to both the ACLU and a handful of Bay Area-based organizations of conscience. More details forthcoming.
In other news, Bay Area improvised music great Lewis Jordan has released Keys to the High Way. The full record may be found HERE.
Says Lewis, "Along with original compositions and the rich resources of our public domain, this recording includes tracks written by Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Curtis Mayfield, and John Coltrane. There are elements in this recording that continue to be the touchstones for music at large, music that will not be confined or cornered: the will to speak truth to power in song and words; the imperative to remind ourselves when and whence we were first touched; the desire for a collective form of improvisation that we can always bring our hearts to."