Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon Live at The Spot +1
Astral Spirits is unbelievably excited to present the debut release from the duo of Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon! “Live at the Spot +1” presents 1 solo performance by each as well as 3 duo cuts all (but one) recorded live at The Spot Tavern in Lafayette, IN, toward the beginning of Tashi & Tyler’s time together as a duo. Since these recordings Dorji & Damon have recorded another full length album (the amazing “Both Will Escape” out in October on Family Vineyard Records!), done a handful of tours together (including a small tour as a trio with Mette Rasmussen!) AND tore the roof off the Hungry Brain at “Astral Spirits in Chicago” as a trio with Thom Nguyen of MANAS.
A bit of background info…Tashi Dorji grew up in Bhutan and has lived in Asheville, NC since 2000. He has released a staggering number of amazing LP’s in recent years for labels such as Hermit Hut, Bathetic, Feeding Tube, VDSQ, Cabin Floor Esoterica and more. Tyler Damon is a Bloomington, IN based drummer who has played with numerous amazing folks including Thee Open Sex, Darin Gray (Damon/Gray’s duo tape “Oninbo” is a favorite AS office jam), Mars Williams, Ken Vandermark, Circuit Des Yeux, Dave Rempis, Little Howlin Wolf, and tons more. Damon really blew our minds at “Astral Spirits in Chicago” both in the trio with Dorji/Nguyen but especially his playing in the quartet of Rempis/Adasiewiscz/Haker Flaten/Damon!
“Live at the Spot +1” is a snapshot of Dorji & Damon learning to play together. At times it may sound a bit loose, but Dorji & Damon never loose focus. “Flashes of ecstatic intensity, blurred timbral lines, fractal repetition, noir-ish, cinematic mystery and inclinations toward free play” is part of their own bio BUT also is the perfect description of the music you’ll hear on this tape. Throughout the entirety of the tape there is an unhinged excitement exuding from the music. True modern day fire music captured live in all it’s glory.
Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon “Live at the Spot +1” is out September 2, 2016 in an edition of 175 tapes with digital download.
Tashi Dorji — guitar
Tyler Damon — drums & percussion
A1 recorded by Patrick Kukucka on July 8, 2015 in Asheville, NC. Mixed by John Dawson at Magnetic South in Bloomington, IN
A2-B2 recorded live by Don Gray at The Spot Tavern on April Fools’ Day 2015 in Lafayette, IN.
Special Thanks to Paul Baldwin, Don Gray, Patrick Kukucka, Zech Baumhover and Tom Burris.
THE REVIEWS & ARTICLES:
Review by BILL MEYER for THE WIRE.
Review by GUILLAUME BELHOMME for LE SON DU GRISLI (in French).
Review by JACOB AN KITTENPLAN for CASSETTE GODS.
Interview/Review by ELIZABETH NEWTON for THE QUIETUS.