Circles Around The Sun

Relix Presents:

Circles Around The Sun

Currituck Co.

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:15 pm)

This event is 21 and over

Tickets available at the door. $17 cash only. 21+

Circles Around The Sun
Circles Around The Sun
Few albums have the creation myth of Interludes For The Dead by Neal Casal's Circles Around The Sun. The 10 instrumental jams that encompass the release were commissioned by Justin Kreutzmann, the filmmaker son of Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, to accompany the biographical visuals he was compiling to be shown during set break at the "Fare Thee Well" concerts the living members of the Dead played in the summer of 2015.

As guitarist in the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and a sometime participant in Dead bassist Phil Lesh's Phil & Friends jam sessions, Casal was a natural for the project; he, in turn, brought on Brotherhood keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bassist Dan Horne and drummer Mark Levy. At the shows, their music was a smash sensation: deeply familiar to the reunited Deadheads in how it tonally, rhythmically and melodically mimicked the Dead's songs, yet possessing its own weirdo majesty. Some pieces were explicit in their reverence, while others applied the Dead's freewheeling modus operandi and took their own course.

At more than 20 minutes, "Kasey's Bones" is most certainly one of the latter. From the opening electric-piano-plus-guitar squall/lurch, there's a Bitches Brew vibe to the proceedings. If most of the track's first 10 or so minutes clip along at a shuffling pace Deadheads will recognize (and haters will cite as primary evidence), the latter half is a unique explosion. It begins around the 10th minute, when MacDougall's switch to a spacey-sounding Juno synth serves as a prompt, and then they're off. MacDougall is on a clavinet creating stabbing funk patterns, while Casal weaves lines around him, the pair mimicking the early-'70s interplay between Jerry Garcia and his non-Dead keyboard partners, Merl Saunders and Howard Wales.

Soon, though, Casal hits a turbo-charge of pure lead-guitar shredding, and the rhythm section supports him with equally intense playing that crackles continually for three or four minutes with zero let-up. When it comes out the other side, everyone takes a breath: Levy keeps a steady pocket with Horne on dubby support, while MacDougall and Casal drift slowly toward an ambient space before devolving into an electronic-music black hole. If you know the Dead's trajectory, it's a perfect distillation of the group's fusion-filled 1973-74 jams. If you don't, it's a wonderfully evocative soundtrack for posterity, as it was for five thrilling summer nights.


Circles Around the Sun - Interludes for the Dead from ZOO on Vimeo.

Currituck Co.
Currituck Co.
Currituck Co., the musical solo project of Kevin Barker, was an integral part of the "freak folk" movement in the early 2000s. After making a slew of vinyl-only releases and a CD on the famed weirdo-indie Teenbeat label, Kevin worked as a sideman for folk luminaries Joanna Newsom, Devendra Banhart, Vashti Bunyan, Antony and the Johnsons and Vetiver. He released his album "You & Me" on Devendra's Gnomonsong label, backed by Jonathan Wilson, Otto Hauser, Wilco's Pat Sansone and Eric D. Johnson from Fruit Bats. Along the way he made a documentary about Joanna and Devendra's 2004 tour, the NYT Critic's Pick "The Family Jams." He also made a feature film "Last Kind Words," starring Deadwood's Brad Dourif. After recent stints backing The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser and as a member of Fruit Bats, Kevin is back as Currituck Co., releasing an LP on Feeding Tube in 2017.
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
http://www.brooklynbowl.com/

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