Lemmy Kilminister, R.I.P

Memories of Lemmy in Three Acts

Act 1: 1972. A young boy, living in Scotland, hears a hard driving, space-themed slice of psychedelia on BBC Radio. The song features a strained, reverb-drenched vocal, a soaring, synth solo, and a woozy, Jimi Hendrix-like guitar lead. The song is Silver Machine by Hawkwind. The boy is immediately transfixed and buys the single. Years later, the boy discovers the vocal is by Lemmy, the leader of a new rock band, Motorhead- that bridges heavy metal and punk, – that the boy has fallen in love with.

Act 2: 1982. The young adult, back in Canada, goes to see Motorhead at the Coliseum at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. The venue stinks of manure: the perfect setting for a Motorhead concert. The show is a blur. It is fast and deafeningly loud. In the pre-earplug era, the young adult’s ears ring for days. The smells and sounds he never forgets.

Act 3: 2012. The middle aged adult goes to see Motorhead with his family at the Heavy T.O. metal festival at Toronto’s Downsview Park. The constant downpour has turned the venue into a sea of mud. The ankle deep mud sticks to his shoes like dead weights. It makes movement near impossible. The group, in its latest incarnation, play on the afternoon of the second day; dark clouds threaten: the perfect setting for a Motorhead concert. The show is a blur. It is fast and deafeningly loud. This time he and his family are wearing earplugs. The sights and sounds he never forgets.


August 20, 2015

August 20

  • Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp, “Maddalena”, Callas, Leo
  • John Russell/Phil Durrant/John Butcher, “Liberal Rose”, Conceits, Emanem
  • Tony Wilson 6tet, “Bobby Joe’s Theme”, A Day’s Life, Drip Audio
  • Arrigo Capelletti/Furio Di Castri/Bruce Ditmas, “Dialogue”, Homage to Paul Bley, Leo
  • Jeffrey Haden Shurdut, “Yad 1”, Yad, Independent
  • Mark O’Leary, “Mystic”, Levitation, Independent
  • Tom Chess, “Stepping out of Circles”, Momentarily Endless, Independent
  • Devin Gray, “Notester”, Relative Resonance, Skirl

August 13, 2015

August 13

  • Arrigo Capelletti/Furio Di Castri/Bruce Ditmas, “Durate”, Homage to Paul Bley, Leo
  • Mark O’Leary, “Rite”, Levitation, Independent
  • John Russell/Phil Durrant/John Butcher, “From Eggs to the Apples”, Conceits, Emanem
  • Tony Wilson 6tet, “The Laundry Room”, A Day’s Life, Drip Audio
  • Tom Chess, “Wig for a Saint”, Momentarily Endless, Independent
  • Devin Gray, “Transatlantic Transmissions”, Relative Resonance, Skirl
  • Jeffrey Haden Shurdut, “Yad 2”, Yad, Independent

July 23, 2015

July 23

  • John Russell/Phil Durrant/John Butcher, “Soft Hours and Solidities”, Conceits, Emanem
  • Tony Wilson 6tet, “It’s About That Time”, A Day’s Life, Drip Audio
  • Paolo Porta, “Peace Keeping”, Beginner’s State of Mind, Slam
  • Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot, “For Heaven’s Snake”, Kiss the Brain, Lumo records
  • Han-Earl Park/Catherine Sikora/Nick Didkovosky/Josh Sinton, “Hydraphon”, Anomic Aphasia, Slam
  • Tom Chess, “Hymn of Bridges”, Momentarily Endless, Independent
  • Ivo Perelman/Whit Dickey, “Mobley”, Tenorhood, Leo
  • Devin Gray, “In the Cut”, Relative Resonance, Skirl
  • Jeffrey Haden Shurdut, “2”, The Mini Marching Band, Independent

July 16, 2015

July 16

  • Tom Chess, “Coverage”, Momentarily Endless, Independent
  • Ivo Perelman/Whit Dickey, “Rollins”, Tenorhood, Leo
  • Devin Gray, “Undo the Redo”, Relative Resonance, Skirl
  • Jeffrey Haden Shurdut, “1”, The Mini Marching Band, Independent
  • Klaxon Gueule, “Une fois pour toutes”, Pour En Finir, Ambiances Magnetiques
  • Paolo Porta, “Blue Room”, Beginner’s State of Mind, Slam
  • Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot, “Fumes”, Kiss the Brain, Lumo records
  • Han-Earl Park/Catherine Sikora/Nick Didkovosky/Josh Sinton, “Pleonasm”, Anomic Aphasia, Slam

July 9, 2015

July 9

  • Devin Gray, “City Nothing City”, Relative Resonance, Skirl
  • Jeffrey Haden Shurdut, “2”, The Mini Marching Band, Independent
  • Sylvie Courvoisier, “Mise en Pieces”, Signs and Epigrams, Tzadik
  • Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot, “Nose Coloured Glasses”, Kiss the Brain, Lumo records
  • Han-Earl Park/Catherine Sikora/Nick Didkovosky/Josh Sinton, “Monopod”, Anomic Aphasia, Slam
  • Klaxon Gueule, “Sans Lui Dire”, Pour En Finir, Ambiances Magnetiques
  • Paolo Porta, “November”, Beginner’s State of Mind, Slam

July 2, 2015

July 2

  • Jeffrey Haden Shurdut, “1”, The Mini Marching Band, Independent
  • Paolo Porta, “Isabella”, Beginner’s State of Mind, Slam
  • Han-Earl Park/Catherine Sikora/Nick Didkovosky/Josh Sinton, “Monopod”, Anomic Aphasia, Slam
  • Klaxon Gueule, “et demeurer immobil”, Pour En Finir, Ambiances Magnetiques
  • Victor Kissine, “Duo”, Between Two Waves, ECM
  • Sylvie Courvoisier, “Chick”, Signs and Epigrams, Tzadik
  • Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot, “Into the Sprig of Parsley”, Kiss the Brain, Lumo records

June 27, 2015

June 27

  • Klaxon Gueule, “Du Creux”, Pour En Finir, Ambiances Magnetiques
  • Victor Kissine, “Between Two Waves”, Between Two Waves, ECM
  • Craig Taborn Trio, “Speak The Name”, Chants, ECM
  • Charlie Beresford/Sonia Hammond, “Scratching The Sky”, The Silence of Snow, 52nd.com
  • Vertical Squirrels, “Moondog”, Time of the Sign, Ambiances Magnetiques
  • Mark Weber/Michel Vlatkovich, “Poem 4”, Elasticity, pfMentum
  • Sylvie Courvoisier, “Meccania”, Signs and Epigrams, Tzadik
  • Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot, “Kiss”, Kiss the Brain, Lumo records
  • Javier Vercher/Ferenc Nemeth, “Giant Henge”, Imaginary Realm, Dreamers Collective Records
  • Darrell Katz and ICA Ochestra, “Riding A Bicycle”, Why Do You ide, Leo

June 20, 2015

June 20

  • Craig Taborn Trio, “Speak The Name”, Chants, ECM
  • Sylvie Courvoisier, “Epigram I”, Signs and Epigrams, Tzadik
  • Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot, “Fumes”, Kiss the Brain, Lumo records
  • Lukas Ligeti/Theilem McDonas, “Connecting Thoughts”, Imaginary Images, Leo
  • Javier Vercher/Ferenc Nemeth, “Circles In The Sky”, Imaginary Realm, Dreamers Collective Records
  • Darrell Katz and ICA Ochestra, “Sticks and Stones”, Why Do You ide, Leo
  • Charlie Beresford/Sonia Hammond, “Marking the Hillside”, The Silence of Snow, 52nd.com
  • Vertical Squirrels, “Strange Beautiful”, Time of the Sign, Ambiances Magnetiques
  • Mark Weber/Michel Vlatkovich, “Poem 15”, Elasticity, pfMentum

June 14, 2015

June 13

  • Javier Vercher/Ferenc Nemeth, “Form and Meaning”, Imaginary Realm, Dreamers Collective Records
  • Darrell Katz and ICA Ochestra, “A Better Teacher”, Why Do You ide, Leo
  • Charlie Beresford/Sonia Hammond, “Headless Bluebell”, The Silence of Snow, 52nd.com
  • Michel Lambert, “12-28”, Journal Des Episodes II, Jazz from Rant
  • Vertical Squirrels, “Swamp Code”, Time of the Sign, Ambiances Magnetiques
  • Mark Weber/Michel Vlatkovich, “Poem 12”, Elasticity, pfMentum
  • Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot, “The Brain”, Kiss the Brain, Lumo records
  • Lukas Ligeti/Theilem McDonas, “Reflexivities”, Imaginary Images, Leo
  • Jack Wright, “Untitled”, As Is (solos from Beirut and Barcelona), Independent