On a whim, I decided to sort my YouTube videos by views and construct my own “Top 20” list. There’s a lot of Peter Case, no surprise; he’s an artist I’ve been working closely with for many years. Peter’s Fellow Grammy nominee John Fullbright was just starting to get national media buzz when I recorded these clips five years ago in Virginia.
In the obligatory nightclub scene of my imaginary film noir, there won’t be a swing band with a sultry singer, as in “Criss Cross,” Murder, My Sweet” or “The Maltese Falcon.” There will be a rock & roll band in a dive bar, and they’ll look and sound something like this.
THE THING is a Norwegian/Swedish improvisational trio that sounds to my ears like a combination of free jazz and death metal. I saw them a few months back at Trinosophes, the Detroit performance space where I recorded the Over The Pavement concert DVD last year. There is no describing them. Here they are.