Boxhead Ensemble / Here: The Chicago Sessions
Album: Here: The Chicago Sessions   Collection:General
Artist:Boxhead Ensemble   Added:Mar 2017
Label:Jealous Butcher Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2017-04-05 Pull Date: 2017-06-07 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: May 28 May 21 May 14 May 7
Airplays: 1 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 30, 2020: Stranded at Settembrini's
Wednesday Trio No. 4
4. May 16, 2017: Waste FM
Thursday Trio No. 2
2. Jun 09, 2017: The Lord's Last Supper
Wednesday Duo No. 2
5. May 13, 2017: Music Casserole
Wednesday Trio No. 3
3. May 27, 2017: Reckless Burning
Thursday Quartet No. 3 / Thursday Trio No. 7 / Thursday Quartet No. 4
6. May 03, 2017: Brownian Motion
Wednesday Trio No. 1

Album Review
DJ Away
Reviewed 2017-03-29
Epic desert cinema music from Michael Krassner’s simultaneously unsung and legendary improv collective. Lush, majestic, twangy, droning, dreamy, occasionally heavy instrumentals. Boxhead Ensemble started in 1992 when Michael scored his friend Braden King’s student project; this album consists of A+ cutting-room floor sessions for King’s feature film Here. Dozens of phenomenal musicans have played in the group, from Bonnie “Prince” Billy to members of Wilco. Here, Krassner is joined by Tim Rutili (Califone/Red Red Meat), Jim White (Dirty Three, Xylouris White), Shahzad Ismaily (Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, Marc Ribot), Jim Becker (Califone, Iron and Wine), and Fred Lonberg-Holm (Joe McPhee, Peter Brotzmann, Ken Vandermark). RIYL: Neil Young’s Dead Man soundtrack, Ry Cooder’s Paris, Texas soundtrack. This might be the high point so far in the group’s captivating discography; highest recommendation. Favorites: 1-2, 1-3, 1-9, 1-11, 2-4, 2-7. No words, no FCCs.

Disc 1
1. (2:29)—Very slow, tense. Western fiddling. You can picture the tumbleweed.
2. *(8:56)—Rocks harder than any other Boxhead piece I’ve ever heard. Heavy, slow burning guitar. Jazzy drums. Gets really intense, almost proggy. Killer!!! RIYL anything on Rune Grammofon.
3. *(4:46)—Moody, soft, high drone. Minimal fingerpicking with lots of reverb. Gray sky music.
4. (2:15)—Shuddering guitar disortion, fingerpicked guitar, banjo.
5. (3:28)—Slow and low desert blues. Drums enter at the end.
6. (8:05)—Halting strumming, slide guitar, repetitive cello.
7. (1:56)—Noisy, slightly dissonant drone. Mournful wordless singing.
8. (1:07)—Raindrop-like, melancholy guitar plucking.
9. *(4:34)—Tin-can blues guitar, calm waves of pedal steel, painterly cello.
10. (1:32)—Insistent guitar picking.
11. *(2:39)—Fast brushed drumming. Warm, soft electric guitar.

Disc 2
1. (5:57)—Super slow boogie with pretty piano.
2. (1:58)—Muted guitar plucking.
3. (2:31)—Gentle, high, slightly feedbacky drone. Skittering flute noises.
4. *(8:29)—Fluttering background noise, intro drone. Energetic free drumming. Builds, gets loud and heavy. Full-on free jazz desert rock.
5. (2:23)—Dark, slow, trippy guitar jam. Shaker.
6. (2:30)—Moody, chugging guitar and banjo. Slow second half.
7. *(6:44)—Nocturnal, languid. Slow, keening, breathtaking cello solo.
8. (11:57)—Slow slide guitar. Reserved beginning. Slow fiddle. Turns into an ambling, psychedelic folk blues jam.
9. (1:13)—Various plucked strings, guitar distortion, hand percussion.

Track Listing
1. Thursday Trio No. 1   11. Thursday Trio No. 5
2. Wednesday Trio No. 1   12. Wednesday Quartet No. 1
3. Thursday Trio No. 2   13. Wednesday Duo No. 2
4. Thursday Quartet No. 1   14. Thursday Trio No. 6
5. Thursday Trio No. 3   15. Thursday Quartet No. 3
6. Thursday Trio No. 4   16. Thursday Trio No. 7
7. Wednesday Trio No. 2   17. Thursday Quartet No. 4
8. Thursday Quartet No. 2   18. Wednesday Trio No. 4
9. Wednesday Trio No. 3   19. Thursday Trio No. 8
10. Wednesday Duo No. 1   20. Thursday Trio No. 9