Chadbourne, Dr. Eugene / DeLorenzo, Victor / Jackson, Brian / Ritchie, Brian
G.O.I.N. "Get Out of Iraq Now" [DVD]
Released in: USA
Chadbourne's "G.O.I.N." is an acronym for "Get out of Iraq Now." That said, the band plays a mixture of jazz & improvised pieces alongside protest songs, some pointed, some tongue-in-cheek, but all more focused on the music than the name might imply. The band is drawn from Chad's long involvement with Violent Femmes members Brian Ritchie and Victor DeLorenzo, joined on flute and piano by Brian Jackson, former Gil Scott-Heron collaborator. The DVD documents a complete concert of G.O.I.N. performing live at Bimhuis in Amsterdamn, March 2006.
Under Robert O'Haire's direction the excellent video footage is interspersed with statements from all of the artists involved, discussing the history of the band and the individual artists' contributions. The video focuses on the players rather than video technique, making an extremely watch-able concert. Pieces played include works by Albert Ayler, John Coltrane, Gil Scott-Heron, Gary Bartz, and Steve Lacy, as well as Chadbourne originals and traditional material. The interplay in the band is excellent, balancing the various styles using great subtlety and a relaxed sense of humor, with amusing dialog between numbers. The playing is uniformly excellent, Chadbourne's typically odd voice barbed on the political material, but relaxed and respectful on other vocal material, his guitar work is typically superb..
Brian Ritchie is featured on Shakuhachi for several numbers, lovely improvisations, particularly Steve Lacy's "Blues for Aida." Daughter Molly Chadbourne also sings a cover of "The Girl from Ipanema" updated to "The Girl from Al-Quaeda," a fun if slightly off-kilter vocal. Pianist Brian Jackson sings a tasteful rendition of "Pieces of a Man," a song that he cowrote with Gil Scott-Heron.
At 109 minutes the video is worth the price of admission, but Straw2Gold also fills out the release with the entire show in MP3 format. For an artists with innumerable releases, this is one of the finest Chadbourne packages available.
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"A seemingly endless -- and endlessly eclectic -- series of releases made the innovative guitarist Eugene Chadbourne one of the underground community's most well-known and well-regarded eccentrics. Born January 4, 1954 in Mount Vernon, NY, Chadbourne was raised in Boulder, CO, by his mother, a refugee of the Nazi death camps. At the age of 11, the Beatles inspired him to learn guitar; later exposure to Jimi Hendrix prompted him to begin experimenting with distortion pedals and fuzzboxes. Ultimately, however, he became dissatisfied with the conventions of rock and pop, and traded in his electric guitar for an acoustic one, on which he began to learn to play bottleneck blues.
Perhaps Chadbourne's most significant formative discovery was jazz; initially drawn to John Coltrane and Roland Kirk, he later became an acolyte of the avant excursions of Derek Bailey and Anthony Braxton. Despite the huge influence music exerted over his life, however, Chadbourne first studied to become a journalist, but his career was derailed when he fled to Canada rather than fight in Vietnam; only President Jimmy Carter's declaration of amnesty for conscientious objectors allowed the vociferously left-wing Chadbourne to return to the U.S. in 1976, at which time he plunged headlong into the New York downtown music scene. After releasing his 1976 debut, Solo Acoustic Guitar, he began collaborating on purely improvisational music with the visionary saxophonist John Zorn and the acclaimed guitarist Henry Kaiser.
Quickly, Chadbourne carved out a singular style, comprised of equal parts protest music, free improvisation, and avant-garde jazz, topped off with his absurd, squeaky vocals. A complete list of Chadbourne's countless subsequent collaborations and genre workouts is far too lengthy and detailed to exhaustively document, although in the early '80s he garnered some of his first significant attention as the frontman of Shockabilly, a demented rockabilly revisionist outfit which also featured the well-known producer Kramer. Following the group's breakup, Chadbourne turned to his own idiosyncratic brand of country and folk, accurately dubbed LSD C&W on a 1987 release, the same year he joined the members of Camper Van Beethoven for a one-off covers project. In addition, he recorded with artists ranging from Fred Frith and Elliott Sharp to Evan Johns and Jimmy Carl Black, the original drummer in the Mothers of Invention; in between, he continued exploring unique styles inspired by music from the four corners of the globe, all the while issuing a seemingly innumerable string of records, most of them on his own Parachute label."-All Music (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/eugene-chadbourne-mn0000172925/biography)
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109 minutes; Stereo; DVD; NTSC; All Regions
Catalog ID: S2G-003
Squidco Product Code: 8113
Packaging: DVD snap case
The last track comes from the first G.O.I.N. gig ever, at the Fox River Jazz Festival in Wisconsin, summer of 2006. Everything else was recorded in Holland during our spring European tour, produced by Bob O'Haire
Eugene Chadbourne-guitar, banjo, voice
Victor DeLorenzo-drums, percussion, voice
Brian Jackson-piano, keyboards, flute, voice
Brian Ritchie-one string and no washtub washtub bass, shakuhachi, voice with special guest Molly Chadbourne
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2. Change Has Come (Ayler)
3. Der Fuehrer's Face (Wallace)
4. Rebuild New Orleans in Iraq (Chadbourne)
5. The Girl from Al-Queda
6. "It's an interesting match of people...."
7. Living Space (Coltrane)
8. Lady Day and John Coltrane
9. Vietcong (Gary Bartz & Scott-Heron)
10. The Old Piano
11. "Mr. Chadbourne is quite the bon vivant...
12. The Bully Song (Chadbourne)
13. Pieces of Man
(Jackson & Scott-Heron)
14. Motherless Children (traditional)
15. Blues For Aida (Lacy)
16. Uhuru Sasa (Gary Bartz & Andy Bey)
17. Summertime (Gershwin)
18. Home is Where the Hatred Is
19. The Creator Has a Master Plan (Sanders-Thomas)
20. Mr. PC (Coltrane)
21. "Hope to see you again sometime..."