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Q&A – Gregg Kowalsky 0

1. Analog or Digital?
2000-2005 digital, 2006-present, analog

2. What time did you wake up today?

3. Last thing you read?
Orient Express by Graham Greene

4. Whats your first memory?
4th of july 1979, sitting on my dad’s lap on the balcony, with late
stevie wonder playing on the radio.

5. Tea Or Coffee?

6. Last thing you cooked?
asparagus, quinoa, lomo

7. If you’re reborn who or what would you like to be?

8. What inspires you?

9. Last record you played?
ustad bismillah khan, le shahnai

10. Favorite piece of musical equipment?
sony tcm-20dv cassette recorder, can play tapes at half-speed among
other features.

11. Last movie you saw?
I am Cuba by Mikhail Kalatozov

12. Who do you love?
family, friends and sunsets

13. Do you have any pets?
7month old wirehaired daschund. Bubbles, you know

14. Are you useful?
I’ve been teaching for a few years, I hope so…

15. Biggest fear?
sharks, i’m from south florida, in my defense.

16. What do you value the most?
my health

17. Famous last words?
pura vida

Gregg Kowalsky lives, breathes and makes music in Oakland, California where he shares a space with his lady and Bubbles the Magic Dog. With a forthcoming Tape Chants LP on Kranky and who knows what else up his sleeve, Gregg is a busy man. Check out his personal website for even more info.

Pic by Ned Raggett from Bottling Smoke Festival, LA.

Alice Coltrane – Live 1972 0

Alice Coltrane
Pharoah Sanders
Archie Shepp
Jimmy Garrison
Cecil McBee
Clifford Jarvis
Ed Blackwell
Kumar Kramer

1: Africa (28:25)


Braille – Partir 0

Track 1: Postal

Discovered this while living in Japan (the Tower Records in Shinsaibashi, Osaka had a KILLER experimental music section). Pretty obscure and I think out of print, this kind of runs hot in the whole, dare I say, laptop vein, but it stands out.

His MySpace page has some more recent tracks which sound pretty good.

Notorious B.I.G – Age 17 0

Marion Brown – Geechee Recollections 0

Marion Brown
Geechee Recollections
Impulse! LP, 1973

1. once upon a time (a children’s tale)
2. karintha
3. buttermilk bottom
4. introduction
5. tokalokaloka, part 1
6. tokalokaloka, part 2
7. tokalokaloka, part 3
8. ending

marion brown – as ss perc
leo smith – horns perc
bill hasson – narration
steve mccall – ds pec
james jefferson – bs
william malone – thumb piano, autoharp
jumma santos – cong perc


2001: A Space Odyssey 0

7″ – Labradford – Julius / Columna de la Independencia 0

A: Julis
B: Columna De La Independencia

Merge Records 1994


ARP, EXPO 70, WOODEN SHJIPS – Tuesday August 19 – Hemlock Tavern – SF 0

Anni Albers 0




Q&A – Tony Cross 0

1: Analog or Digital?
Analog, no doubt.   You can’t replicate the energy of human interaction with a machine.  Analog is all about the present, whatever that may be.

2: What time did you wake up today?
6:30 a.m.

3: Last thing you read?
Robert Frost’s poem, “Directive”.

4: What’s your first memory?
Sitting next to my mother while she sorted laundry, and her telling me that I was going to start violin lessons.  I was bummed because I wanted to join the children’s theater group my older sister was in.  In a way nothing has changed since then.

5: Tea Or Coffee? 
Green tea.  Unless we’re in South America, in which case, café con leche.

6: Last thing you cooked? 
Lemon pudding cake.

7: If you’re reborn who or what would you like to be?
Either a douglas fir tree or a mountain.  I’d like to spend my next life, if such a thing exists, in a place as devoid of human-made sound as possible.

8: What inspires you?
The forces of nature.  Weather, trees, rain, snow, rocks, hunger, unforeseen combinations of sounds, the beautiful minutia of everything.  Also my two sisters, both of whom are forces of nature themselves.  My older sister taught me how to make bread last month – that is my biggest inspiration yet this year.

9: Last record you played?
Arvo Part’s “Berliner Messe” sung by the Paul Hillier Theatre of Voices.  The “Credo” section of that piece is one of the all time greats.

10: Favorite piece of musical equipment?
Impossible to answer.  But my current favorite is my Bina 23B Deluxe harmonium.  It’s the best thing that’s happened to me in the last 3 years.  And the first piece of equipment that has significantly changed the way I think about making music.

11: Last movie you saw?
I’m sorry to say it was the new Indiana Jones movie.

12: Who do you love?
Danica, my family, and my closest friends, who are no different than family.  Also Johnny Cash.  Oh, and Ali Farka Toure, and Sergei Prokofiev.  And John Muir.  And Wendell Berry, Rick Bass, Barry Lopez, Rachel Carson, and James Galvin.  And Derek Jeter, and Springsteen.  And basically anyone who is kicking ass and taking names.

13: Do you have any pets?
Dusty.  A scruffy, self-possessed, reformed stray dog.

14: Are you useful? 
To a very limited number of people, yes I think so.  I worry about this quite a lot and would really like to be more useful.  In the end, being useful to a few people that I love is all I can ask for, and though that’s enough I’d like to try for more.

15: Biggest fear?
I don’t fear much, but I’m scared shitless of dying in a fire.  I get scared when I’m alone in the woods in the middle of the night, but have resigned myself to getting killed by a wild animal if it comes to that.  There’s justice in it, and it would be a respectable way to go.  Plus they just owe us for all the bullshit we throw their way.

16: What do you value the most?
Health (my own and that of those I love) and time.

17: Famous last words?
I saw this on a gravestone in Greensboro, Vermont a couple of months ago, three lines from a Gary Snyder poem:

“Stay together,
Learn the flowers,
Go light.”

That pretty much says it all.

Tony Cross lives, works, drinks tea & makes music in San Francisco. His first solo CD “A Light In The West” is now out on Digitalis. Go pick it up!

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