Readers who trawl the byways at I Hate Music will be, erm, heartened to know that I received the Michel Henritzi offering, "Keith Rowe Serves Imperialism" this afternoon. The accompanying text, which can be read at www.mattin.org, is printed in a handsome booklet. Four tracks, non-contemporaneous "duos" between Henritzi and Shin'ichi Isohata, Bruce Russell, Mattin and Taku Unami. I'll write it up for Bags, no problem, even if I think the title is just a silly, puerile provocation (and isn't particularly backed up in the notes). The disc is a dedication to Derek Bailey and Masayuki Takayanagi and one funny thing is that Isohata's playing on the opening track is utterly Bailey-esque. I guess imitation doesn't serve imperialism. The second, on now, is a feedback duet with Russell and sounds pretty OK.
Also in the same package is "Euskal Semea", by Josetxo Grieta (Josetxo Anitua & Inigo Eguillor) and Mattin. If I'm understanding the notes correctly, it's a deconstruction of the Velvet's "European Son". We shall see. (Not that I'd know "European Son" if I tripped over it....)