Surgery 63

• October 14th, 2019


Happy Thanksgiving! Or at least to the Canadian listeners among you. The task of making seitan meatloaf with leeks and mushrooms overtook the time needed to prepare a new episode, so please enjoy this "vintage" show, originally posted back on August 14th of 2008.

Quartetski Does Prokofiev - Visions Fugitives Op. 22 (Ambiances Magnetiques)
Tape - Milieu Plus (Hapnä)
Town And Country - Up Above (Thrill Jockey)
Neil Young - Dead Man Sountrack (Vapor Records)
Willits + Sakamoto - Ocean Fire (12k)
Ólafur Arnalds - Eulogy for Evolution (Erased Tapes)
Pram - The Moving Frontier (Domino)
Monolake - Hongkong Remastered (ML)
Bird Show - S/T (Kranky)
Jane - Berserker (Paw Tracks)
Terminal 4 - When I'm Falling (Truckstop)

Track Listing

Quartetski Does Prokofiev - Lento Irrealmente [0:00]
Tape - Root Tattoo [2:48]
Town & Country - Almost At White Glass And Sun [6:17]
Neil Young - Guitar Solo 5 (excerpt)[10:06]
Willits + Sakamoto - Sentience [14:39]
Ólafur Arnalds - 1440 [22:51]
Pram - Sundew [29:31]
Monolake - Mass Transit Railway [32:29]
Bird Show - Green Vines [39:28]
Jane - Agg Report (edit) [45:24]
Terminal 4 - This Must Be The End [54:31]

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Surgery 208

• September 30th, 2019


Bill Orcutt - Odds Against Tomorrow (Palilalia)

Pan•American - A Son (Kranky)

Weeping Bong Band - II (Feeding Tube)

We Like We & Jacob Kirkegaard - Time is Local (Sonic Pieces)

Joseph Allred - O Meadowlark (Feeding Tube)

Tsone - Pagan Oceans (Home Normal)

Ricardo Donoso - Re_Calibrate (Denovali)

Floating Spectrum - A Point Between (Temporary Residence Ltd)

Moss Covered Technology - Slow Walking (Polar Seas)

Jogging House - When (Dauw)

Visionist - Safe (PAN)

Greg McMurray - Stay Up (Figureight)


Track Listing


Bill Orcutt - Already Old [0:00]

Pan•American - Memphis Helena [2:42]

Weeping Bong Band - Pattern of a Platitude [10:08]

We Like We & Jacob Kirkegaard - Amor & Psyche [16:45]

Joseph Allred - The Porch In The Morning, And The Angel Returns [19:04]

Tsone - a good cleansing always sets one's mind to rights [24:04]

Ricardo Donoso - Forced Perspective [29:27]

Floating Spectrum - Rising tide, nourished soil [34:07]

Moss Covered Technology - Departure Process [39:13]

Jogging House - Breaks [45:52]

Visionist - Tired Tears, Awake Fears [49:46]

Greg McMurray - Blindless Sea of Light [52:58]

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Surgery 207

• September 16th, 2019


Love Foreverest - Love Foreverest (Reckno)

Matthew Halsall - Oneness (Gondwana)

Konstrukt + Ken Vandermark - Kozmik Bazaar (Karlrecords)

Mario Diaz de Leon - Cycle and Reveal (Denovali)

Bora - Noyeé (First Terrace Records)

Günter Schlienz - Know Your New Age (Zoharum)

9t Antiope - Grimace (Eilean Rec)

François J. Bonnet & Stephen O'Malley - Cylene (Editions Mego)

Chihei Hatakeyama - Forgotten Hill (Room40)


Track Listing


Love Foreverest - Ski Swan in the Shower [0:00]

Matthew Halsall - Life [3:40]

Konstrukt + Ken Vandermark - Bammm! [13:24]

Mario Diaz de Leon - Sacrament [18:01]

Bora - Dypsnée Alix [30:44]

Günter Schlienz - The Prophet [36:20]

9t Antiope - An End on Itself [45:12]

François J. Bonnet & Stephen O'Malley - Première noire [51:30]

Chihei Hatakeyama - Forgotten Hill [54:36]

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Surgery 206

• September 2nd, 2019


Penguin Cafe - Handfuls of Night (Erased Tapes)

Pan•American -  Kidnap! (Kranky)

Roy Montgomery + Emma Johnston - After Nietzsche (Aguirre)

drkmnd - Days Bleed (Inner Ocean)

Donnacha Costello - Sliced Life 1997-1999 (self-released)

Segue - The Island (Silent Season)

Valotihkuu - By the River (Hidden Vibes)

Sweeney - Human, Insignificant (Sound in Silence)

Halftribe - Backwater Revisited (Dronarivm)

Otto Solange - WOH (Eilean Rec)

Spring Quintet - Raven, Raven, Raven (Whitelabrecs)


Track Listing


Penquin Cafe - At the Top of the Hill, They Stood… [0:00]

Pan•American - Kidnap! [5:38]

Roy Montgomery + Emma Johnston - Realm of the Senses [10:02]

Drkmnd - Jericho [16:53]

Donnacha Costello - Mehringdamn [19:30]

Segue - Beacon Point [31:21]

Valotihkuu - Afternoon [37:11]

Sweeney - We All Seeing [42:07]

Halftribe - Ideosyncrasy [45:44]

Otto Solange - Why The Stars Glow Above Iowa [50:45]

Spring Quintet - Raven, Raven, Raven pt. 4 (edit) [55:14]

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Surgery 205

• August 19th, 2019


Shards - Find Sound (Erased Tapes)

Francesco Maria Narcisi - Wanderer (Unknown Tone)

Luis Fernandes - Demora (Room40)

Max Würden - Format (ASIP)

Andrew Tasselmyer & Patrick Spatz - Interior Currents (Constellation Tatsu)

Wilson Trouvé - Malam (Hush Hush)

Darren Harper - Paths (Shimmering Moods)

Pètra - Aunis (Injazero)

The Humble Bee & Offthesky - All Other Voices Gone, Only Yours (Iikki)

Arovane & Mike Lazarev - Aeon (Eilean Rec)


Track Listing


Shards - Summer Sickness [0:00]

Francesco Maria Narcisi - III.II Ascension [3:52]

Luis Fernandes - Rising Edge [8:43]

Max Würden - Desiccate [14:24]

Andrew Tasselmyer & Patrick Spatz - Interior Current Number 3 [20:35]

Wilson Trouvé - VII [30:28]

Darren Harper - Wooded [33:51]

Pètra - Aunis [43:58]

The Humble Bee & Offthesky - Bee-Like, Death-Like [50:31]

Arovane & Mike Lazarev - Us, Inside [56:27]

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Surgery 204

• August 6th, 2019


Francesco Giannico - Les Mondes Imaginaires (Time Released Sound)

Comit - Remote Viewing (ASIP)

Telefon Tel Aviv - Dreams Are Not Enough (Ghostly)

K. Leimer - Irrational Overcast (First Terrace)

Albrecht La'Brooy - Healesville (Apollo)

Lifted - 2 (PAN)

Portico Quartet - Memory Streams (Gondwana)

Ami Dang - Parted Plains (Leaving Records)

Michael Cutting - Luft (Eilean)

Avian Comfort - Weekender (Hush Hush)

Lusine - Retrace (Ghostly)

Zahn | Hatami | McClure - Ypsilon (n5MD)

Daigo Hanada - Ouka (Moderna)

Chihei Hatakeyama - Void XIX (White Paddy Mountain)


Track Listing


Francesco Giannico - Annihilated [0:00]

Commit - Soft Focus [5:25]

Telefon Tel Aviv - standing at the bottom of the ocean; [9:59]

K. Leimer - Uncertain Instruction [15:28]

Albrecht La'Brooy - Afternoon Carafe [17:59]

Lifted - Now More Than Ever [26:13]

Portico Quartet - Signals in the Dusk [30:26]

Ami Dang - Raiments [35:55]

Michael Cutting - Tide [39:15]

Avian Comfort - Starboard [42:00]

Lusine - Retrace [45:51]

Zahn | Hatami | McClure - absyrb [50:01]

Daigo Hanada - Under the Starry Sky [53:51]

Chihei Hatakeyama - Hot Summer Night [56:09]

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Surgery 56

• July 22nd, 2019


Fighting the heat and its sapping of creativity energy this weekend. To that end please enjoy this "vintage" episode of Surgery originally posted on March 18, 2008. Stay hydrated!!

Bochum Welt - R.O.B. (Robotic Operating Buddy) (Rephlex)

Lars Stigler - Samarium-Cobalt Compound Impulse-Release Magnets And Linear Resistance Inputs (Karate Joe) 

Bobby And Blumm - Everybody Loves (Morr

Various - Monika Bärchen Songs For Bruno, Knut & Tom (Monika

Ulaan Khol - I (Soft Abuse

Atlas Sound - Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel (Kranky

Borko - Celebrating Life (Morr) 

Fuck Buttons - Street Horrrsing (ATP/R)

Principles Of Geometry - Lazare (Tigersushi)

Thee Silver Mt. Zion - 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons (Constellation

Sun City Girls - You're Never Alone With A Cigarette (Abduction


Track Listing


Bochum Welt - DR2D [0:00] 

Lars Stigler - As Cells Approach Exhaustion... [5:16] 

Bobby And Blumm - The Letter [10:37] 

Michaela Melian - Locke Pistole Kreuz (Edit) [13:27] 

Ulaan Khol - Untitled 04 [17:10] 

Atlas Sound - Ready, Set, Glow [20:02] 

Borko - Hondo & Borko [22:56]

Fuck Buttons - Sweet Love for Planet Earth [29:38] 

Principles Of Geometry - Akeshore [38:17] 

Thee Silver Mt. Zion - Blindblindblind [43:36] 

Sun City Girls - Sev Acher [56:49] 

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Surgery 203

• July 8th, 2019


The Phonometrician - Mnemosyne (Lost Tribe Sound)

Petrels - The Dusk Looms (Denovali)

Sky Civilian - Open Door (Atom Nation)

Skyphone - Marsh Drones (Lost Tribe Sound)

Seabuckthorn - Crossing (Eilean Rec)

r beny - echo's verse (Dauw)

Offthesky - Illuminate (Eilean Rec)

Spheruleus - Light Through Open Blinds (Lost Tribe Sound)

Multicast Dynamics - Lost World (Denovali)

Loscil - Equivalents (Kranky)

Inner Vision Laboratory - Continuum (Zoharum)


Track Listing


The Phonometrician - Here Comes the Storm [0:00]

Petrels - Surface of Last Scattering [5:17]

Sky Civilian - Alone [11:36]

Skyphone - Kiev [15:58]

Seabuckthorn - The Observatory [20:18]

r beny - crushing [24:06]

Offthesky - Exhale Incandescent [29:55]

Spheruleus - Wreathe [37:42]

Multicast Dynamics - Observation Deck [42:16]

Loscil - Equivalent 7 [46:55]

Inner Vision Laboratory - Unseen Patterns [53:26]

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Surgery 202

• June 24th, 2019


This year's FIMAV in Victoriaville, QC, Canada was wonderful as usual -- the 35th edition!! As I did last year, I'm presenting an episode showcasing some of the artists who presented stellar shows. As always it is a stylistically mixed bag, but I think it still flows well. Hear for yourselves.

Also, just below the track listing, there is a brief interview with festival founder, general manager, and artistic director Michel Levasseur. Enjoy!


Tyshawn Sorey - Verisimilitude (Pi Recordings)

Tomaga - Extended Play 1 (Negative Days)

Ingrid Schmoliner + Elena Kakaliagou - Nabelóse (Corvo Records)

Peter Brötzmann + Heather Leigh - Sparrow Nights (Trost)

John Butcher - Resonant Spaces (Confront)

Peggy Lee - Echo Painting (Songlines)

Kim Myhr - You Me (Hubro)

Senyawa - Menjadi (Morphine)

Lionel Marchetti + Xavier Garcia - Machine Lyrique (Signature)

Bang on a Can Allstars - Field Recordings (Cantaloupe)


Track Listing


Tyshawn Sorey - Cascade in Slow Motion [0:00]

Tomaga - Bluest [4:25]

Ingrid Schmoliner + Elena Kakaliagou - Goldgefüllter Lippenrand [12:58]

Peter Brötzmann + Heather Leigh - This Word Love [17:57]

John Butcher - Close by, a Waterfall [23:19]

Peggy Lee - Hymn [29:37]

Kim Myhr - You / Me (excerpt) [35:30]

Senyawa - Menjadi Jadi [39:55]

Lionel Marchetti + Xavier Garcia - Dix-Neuf [45:01]

Bang on a Can Allstars - Reeling (Julia Wolfe) [51:35]


Could you compare the planning and execution of the festival at its beginnings to what it is like now, 35 years later?


I guess the process has evolved and refined itself. This has been a work in progress and learning and being open with humility. There is so much music and we know so little. But the plan has always been to be open, to take risks and to have a program as diversified as possible.


What has been the biggest challenge to keeping the festival going year after year?


Not to go bankrupt!


In your introductions to each show you often mention finding new artists by attending other similar festivals around the world. What festivals are your favourites and do you attend them with recruiting in mind or does that just happen organically?


My old favourites are Mulhouse and Wells but I like to go to new Festivals, young and old ones, small and big ones,  especially to discover new artists in specific genres of music. I usually do one third of the program with attending other Festivals, one third in listening to all proposals received by mail, usually over 200 each year, and another third that I contact myself through contacts of old friends and suggestions.


This year FIMAV was conducting surveys to determine the make-up of its audience, and you discovered that the festival attracts an older crowd. Is there always a desire to plan shows that might attract younger crowds, and do those have to be considered against what the overall aesthetic of the festival


I made a joke on that presentation. I teased our audience as we have not heard anything about the survey yet. In the mid-90s we had one of the youngest audience for new music in the world, especially because of musicians like Thurston Moore and Mike Patton. When we stopped for a year and came back in 2010 after the big economic collapse we lost a lot of our audience, especially the younger audience who don’t have much money anymore, and they have a lot of shows in big cities like Montreal. But I don’t make up a program for young or old people, but for the music!


During the week of the festival, are you able to occasionally relax and just watch some of the shows, or does your administrative duty keep you too busy?


I present and listen to all concerts. Usually I miss less than an hour of music per Festival… This year I heard every note!


If you had to pick three shows that moved you the most over the whole run of the festival what would they be?

Impossible to answer that one. I would like to mention at least 3 concerts per year so it would be over one hundred concerts to mentioned… I think this year, it is the Barre Phillips Solo with a full house at the Colisée being completely in tune with the musician… a rare moment!


At one of the shows this past year you, maybe jokingly, mentioned you always dreamed of having Jerry Garcia play. Are there any other artists you haven’t had yet that you’d still love to have play?


Frank Zappa!


Do you see yourself continuing to plan the festival for an indefinite period of time, and if you decided to retire from it yourself, do you believe the festival would continue in your absence? 


I can’t see much in advance. At the moment I am thinking about next year and I have no idea what is going to happen. I think it is a nice idea to have the Festival continue forever but I believe in having an end for everything and everyone!


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Surgery 201

• June 10th, 2019


Félicia Atkinson - The Flower and the Vessel (Shelter Press)

Hypnotic Earth - Suspended in Silence (Whitelabrecs)

Tess Said So - Piaf's Boyfriend (Preserved Sound)

Yagya - Stormur (ASIP)

Dag Rosenqvist - Blood Transmission (Hidden Vibes)

Western Edge - Prowess (The Declining Winter)

Georgia - Time (Firecracker Recordings)

Carmen Villain - Both Lines Will Be Blue (Smalltown Supersound)

M. Grig - Mount Carmel (12k)

Christopher Willits - Sunset (Ghostly International)

WMD - Young Angry Love (Hush Hush)


Track Listing


Félicia Atkinson - Shirley to Shirley [0:00]

Hypnotic Earth - Christmas Lights [4:18]

Tess Said So - Black Light [8:52]

Yagya - Stormur eitt [12:11]

Dag Rosenqvist - A Single Point [18:26]

Western Edge - You Look So Beautiful from Up Here [26:04]

Georgia - Ayolas [29:16]

Carmen Villain - Observable Future [34:37]

M. Grig - Response [42:20]

Christopher Willits - Coast [50:27]

WMD - Late [56:31]

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