Tibbetts, Steve / Acoustibbets/Elektrobitts/Axotibbetts
Album:Acoustibbets/Elektrobitts/Axotibbetts Collection:General
Artist:Tibbetts, Steve Added:Feb 2011

A-File Activity
Add Date:2011-07-10 Pull Date:2011-09-11 
Week Ending:Jul 24Jul 17

Recent Airplay
1.Jul 20, 2011:bricolage i
Hellbound Train, Full Moon Dogs
3.Jul 15, 2011:Music Casserole
All For Nothing
2.Jul 20, 2011:Grace
4.Jul 13, 2011:Brownian Motion
Going Somewhere

Album Review
Your Imaginary Friend
Reviewed 2011-06-30 
3 CD set, a collection of music released over the span of 1976-2010 on such great labels as Six Degrees, Cuneiform, Ryko, ECM: Guitar playing with a lot of tabla and Eastern influences very much in the vein of John McLaughlin/Shakti later King Crimson, and bordering on jazz. All instrumental besides some female vocalizations, soaring. Pretty and heady stuff that would fit in amongst noise and experimental as well as a World or Jazz set. Some of it is “smooth” and others are blasting prog jazz stylings that are impressive and some is far along the avant/experimental/noise spectrum (!) and a lot is undeniably World. CDs have 14-19 tracks each (!) where CD1 concentrates on acoustic guitar, CD2 electric, brings to mind all the greats along with experimentalists Saqquara Dogs and CD3 is genuine avante/experimentalism. Theres a lot in here and I encourage you to explore this stuff. I’ve commented on what I felt were highlights of the set in lieu of a complete unwieldy track by track.

CD1: acoustic guitar 1) percussive chill, eastern feel with McLaughlin coming to mind 2) upbeat, denser with tabla etc, faster picking 3) take on Led Zeppelin’s “black mountain side”, the guitar is almost to the T, the tone is slower and smoother 5) soaring fem vocs 7, 10,11) very lovely and chill 16) solo, nice

CD2: electric guitar 1) builds in intensity, some searing guitar and pounding percussion 3) smokin’ 4) slower more mindful, supercool guitar 11) some really nice prog, super stylin’

CD3: experimental, avante and World (all dreamy lovely stuff) 1) long and pretty 10-16) features eastern female vocals and other, very world 19) string heavy, almost folky but really pleasant

Track Listing
1.Chandogra 26.Name Everything
2.All For Nothing 27.Your Cat
3.Black Mountain Side 28.Ur
4.Wish 29.Sphexes
5.A Clear Day And No Memories 30.Ten Years
6.Climbing 31.Vision
7.Night Again 32.Going Somewhere
8.My Last Chance 33.Kuladzokpa
9.The Big Wind 34.Wait
10.Aerial View 35.3 Letters 1
11.Interlude 36.3 Letters 2
12.100 Moons 37.3 Letters 3
13.Start 38.Running
14.Mile 234 (Excerpt) 39.Burning Temple
15.Lament 40.Kyamdro Semkye
16.Threnody 41.Ngani Tröma Pt. 1
17.Tal 42.Ngani Tröma Pt. 2
18.Full Moon Dogs 43.Nubchok Dechen
19.Hellbound Train 44.Senge Wangchuck
20.Black Temple 45.Kangyi Tengi
21.Chandoha 46.Palden Rangjung
22.Lochana 47.Kyamdro Semkye
23.Roam And Spy 48.Ishvarana
24.Nyemma 49.Padre-Yaga
25.Forget 50.Fjellmanngjenta