(As per the request of the band, their name has been changed to “The Unraveling of Mrs. Potts.”)
Free improvisation is difficult by nature, and the practitioners of this kind of music often realize that it has to become a lifestyle before it can really become great music.
Fortunately, there is a thriving and incredible free-improv scene in Oregon right now, with a number of great collectives and groups forming to produce some incredible sounds. And, as I’m sure you could guess, this is perfect for Mid-Valley Mutations, because I get a chance to introduce listeners to groups like The Unraveling of Mrs. Potts.
Consisting of new and older members of the local scene, this group is working hard to continue to lessons learned from free-improv of the past, while incorporating elements of electronic noise and rock music gracenotes to incorporate some of the interesting musical developments of the last couple decades. But at the heart of this kind of music is jazz, a
kind that is focused on musical exploration and experimentation that speaks to the center of what our show is all about. Currently, there isn’t much outside of the few tracks on their Soundcloud Page, and I would keep a link to their WordPress Page, too, for news. But all of that speaks more to the live experience of Toadstool than anything else. When you are in the room with these gents, there is an electricity to the performance that is both breathtaking and exquisite. And, lucky for you, it’s all here on our program this week.
In this episode, join us for two live sets, and an interview. And, to cap things off, we present another installment of Dimestore Radio Theater, this week with Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. It’s all part of the way we like to kick-start the weekend.
We also mention the Pledge Drive, which begins 3 June and runs through 9 June. For the drive, I’m offering a record from my personal collection as a gift to everyone who donates to KMUZ. Get a cool record and keep the station on the air! And, let people like Toadstool have a place for them on local radio.
The Unraveling of Mrs. Potts, LIVE!
Part I: Suzy Who?
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Baby Suzy Sez What? * The Unraveling of Mrs. Potts. * Mosh Pit Economics * Soundcloud.com (2017)
Part II: Blossoming
03.) Blossom * The Unraveling of Mrs. Potts * Mosh Pit Economics * Soundcloud.com (2017)
04.) Live Set 1 * The Unraveling of Mrs. Potts * 2 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part III: Medicine Men
05.) Medicine Man * The Unraveling of Mrs. Potts * Mosh Pit Economics * Soundcloud.com (2017)
06.) Interview * The Unraveling of Mrs. Potts * 2 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part IV: Again
07.) Live Set 2 * The Unraveling of Mrs. Potts * 2 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
08.) Awakening * The Unraveling of Mrs. Potts * Mosh Pit Economics * Soundcloud.com (2017)
Part V: Dimestore Radio Theater
09.) The Case of the $100,000 Legs * Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar * 14 April 1949 * NBC (1949)