November 15, 2013

“When musicologists of the future look back to find the missing link between the avant-jazz and synth rock of the early 21st century and the hybrid sounds that have yet to reach our contemporary ears, the formation of the futurist jazz trio CACAW may represent a key point on that evolutionary timeline. With music inspired by the love between robots, the swallowing of one star by another, and elements in a state of change, the band’s 2013 debut CD, Stellar Power, is an album driven by transition, whether in the music or in the cosmos.”

Check out the band at their official Website, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Tumblr, Vimeo, Instagram, YouTube and BandCamp. The band hits Pittsburgh this Sunday night at the Thunderbird Cafe on their ‘Midwest Record Release Tour‘ for their latest album “Stellar Power” with support from locals Napoleon in Exile. I want to thank Landon Knoblock (Keys) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • “James Brown Is Dead” by L.A. Style, or “Nevermind” Nirvana (think I recorded these to cassette off the radio i.e. the torrent of the early 90s).
  • Your last album bought?
  • Chrome Sparks “Sparks EP”.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • Pink Floyd “The Wall” or anything by Boards of Canada. Spun Pink Floyd on vinyl going to bed every night in high school, knew every pop, skip, and scratch onthose records. Dreamed of B3 organs and perfectly constructed David Gilmore guitar solos.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • Matthew Shipp “Art of the Improviser”. I threw it into the back of my truck.
  • First concert attended?
  • Santana (pre Rob Thomas). Went with the drummer from my first middle school band, DC12.
  • Last concert?
  • Star Rover, Eivind Opsvik Overseas, and Brandon Seabrook at the Paperbox, Bushwick.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • Karl Stockhausen’s ‘Oktophonie’.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • The Rolling Stones.
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • I need your help, we’ve never been to Pittsburgh! What should we do? Tell us where to go, where to eat, what to see. Who’s out there, let’s hang!

Thanks, Landon. I too listened to a ton of Floyd growing up. Easily destroying several cassette copies of “The Wall” and “The Final Cut” from overuse.