Sunday, May 6, 2007

Naked City Live Vol 1: Knitting Factory 1989

Naked City was an avant-garde group led by saxophonist / composer John Zorn. New York based Naked City were primarily active from 1988 to 1993 with a brief reunion in 2003. Genres covered by Naked City include Jazz, Metal, Country, Punk, Surf, Grindcore, Death, Ambient etc etc etc. By all accounts the most popular album released by Naked City was 1990's "Torture Garden", with it's spasmodic bursts of metal, jazz and all other genres in between, after, and before, "Torture Garden" was a big hit with metal fans, which earned the group supports for such groups as Carcass and Napalm Death. Of course you can't discount the vocal stylings of The Boredoms' Yamatsuka Eye on this album, reminiscent of a cat being sucked slowly into a garbage disposal whilst it is on fire and giving birth. Another occasional member of Naked City (I'm thinking when Eye was on holiday's or something) was Mike Patton, of which you can clearly hear the influence on his Fantomas outings. They released 7 albums from 1990-93, Naked City (1990), Torture Garden (1990), Heretic (1991), Grand Guignol (1992), Leng Tch'e (1992), Radio (1993), and Absinthe (1993). The Black Box was released in 1996 which contains the albums Torture Garden and Leng Tch'e, Naked City Live Vol. 1: The Knitting Factory (1989) was released in 2002 (click title for this one) and The Naked City Box Set was released in 2005, which contains all the albums plus a very special version of the Grand Guignol Opus performed by Mike Patton.
John Zorn: saxophone, voice, composer, bandleader
Bill Frisell: guitar
Wayne Horvitz: synthesizer, piano
Fred Frith: bass guitar
Joey Baron: drums
Yamatsuka Eye: voice
Mike Patton: voice (Live & Grand Guignol 2005)


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Naked City - Torture Garden (1991)
Naked City - Naked City (1990)
John Zorn - The Big Gundown
Naked City - BlackBox (1996)
(Torture Garden)
John Zorn - Spy vs. Spy
Afrirampo : Kore Ga Mayaku Da (New Japan)
John Zorn - Filmworks XIII: Invitation to a Suicide
Praxis - Sacrifist
Toshinori Kondo : Fukyo (New Japan)
Buckethead - Kaleidoscalp (Lunatic Fringe)
Various Artists : Great Jewish Music: Serge Gainsbourg
Otomo Yoshihide : Cathode (Composer Series)
John Zorn / Yamatsuka Eye - Nani Nani
John Zorn - Chimeras
John Zorn - Book of Heads
Ground Zero : Plays Standards
John Zorn : Ganryu Island
John Zorn - Music Romance, Vol. 2: Taboo & Exile
Marc Ribot: My Divertido! (Very Entertaining!)
Yosuke Yamashita, Bill Laswell, Ryuichi Sakamoto - Asian Games
Jamie Saft Trio - Astaroth: Book of Angels Vol.1
Masada String Trio - Azazel: Book of Angels vol.2
The Kronos Quartet - Winter Was Hard
Otomo Yoshihide's The New Jazz Orchestra Plays ...
pass: eye2ear
Steve Reich - Triple Quartet
Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Orchestra - ONJO
pass: eye2ear
MicroCosmos : Pilgrimage (New Japan)
The Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet : VOODOO
Masada - Live In Middleheim
Koby Israelite - Orobas: Book Of Angels Vol. 4
Azzddine with Bill Laswell - Massafat
Otomo/Laswell/Yoshida - Episome
Kronos Quartet: Short Stories
Buckethead, Bill Laswell, Shin Terai – Shine: Heaven and Hell
pass: Baku
Limited Express (Has Gone?) - Feeds You 2003
Rodd Keith : Ecstacy to Frenzy (Lunatic Fringe)
Ekstasis - Wake Up The Dream (1998)
pass: Baku
Toby Driver : In The L..L..Library Loft (Composer Series)
Ground Zero - Ground Zero
Teiji Ito : King Ubu (Composer Series)
Mr. Bungle - Mr. Bungle (1991)
Raz Mesinai : Cyborg Acoustics (Composer Series)
Mike Patton - Adult Themes For Voice (1996)
Haino Keiji/Yoshida Tatsuya : New Rap (New Japan)
John Zorn - Masada Guitars
Yoshida/Fujii : Erans (New Japan)
Shoji Hano & Keiji Haino - Fushigi na Kao
Richard Crandell : Mbira Magic (Composer Series)
Chien-Yin Chen : Purr (Composer Series)
Mono : Under the Pipal Tree (New Japan)
Mike Pathos : People (Lunatic Fringe)
Hoahio : Peek-Ara-Boo (New Japan)
Maudlin of the Well'2001 - Bath OR
Norman Yamada : Being and Time (Composer Series)
Keiji Haino & Michihiro Sato : Tayu tayu to tadayoitamae kon
Giustino Di Gregorio : Sprut (Composer Series)
Satoko Fujii Orchestra - South Wind
Otomo Yoshihide - Shabondama Elegy
Derek Bailey With John Zorn & William Parker - Harras
The Cracow Klezmer Band - Balan: Book of Angels Vol.5
John Zorn - Cobra (Studio & Live Version)
Yamamoto Seiichi : Nu Frequency (New Japan)
Davka : The Golem (Radical Jewish Culture)
John Zorn's Cobra - Live At The Knitting Factory
Keiji Haino & Derek Bailey - Songs
John Zorn - Morricone Tribute Live (Verona, 1988 bootleg)
John Zorn - Cobra vol.2
Naked City - Live at Amsterdam (2003 bootleg)
Mamoru Fujieda : Patterns of Plants (Composer Series)
John Zorn - Rituals
Maryanne Amacher : Sound Characters (Composer Series)
Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Ensemble : Dreams (New Japan)
Hemophiliac - 50th Birthday Celebration Volume 6
Fushitsusha - A Death Never To Be Complete
Milford Graves/John Zorn : 50th Birthday Celebration Vol. 2
Fred Frith/John Zorn - 50th Birthday Celebration Volume 5
Bill Laswell : Invisible Design (Composer Series)
Smith/Ibarra/Zorn - 50th Birthday Celebration Volume 8
Jamie Saft Trio - Trouble
John Zorn - The Classic Guide to Strategy
John Zorn - 50th Birthday Celebration Volume 9
Zubi Zuva - Jehovah (New Japan)
John Zorn - Filmworks I
The Dream World Of Dion McGregor (He Talks In His Sleep)
John Zorn - Filmworks II
Music For an Untitled Film By Walter Hill

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Bill.Bo said...

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congratulations to your blog and thank you for the hell of work you spend on it.

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