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Los Angeles/Atlanta 2021 [no label, 1CD]

With Esperanza Spalding, Gold Diggers, Los Angeles, CA; July 10, 2021. Very good livestream. Terminal West, Atlanta, GA; December 8, 2021. Very good audience recording.

Thanks to JimmyJon for sharing the Gold Diggers tracks at The Traders’ Den.

Thanks to Brandon for sharing the Atlanta show at Dime.

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Grayson Haver Currin, pitchfork.com:

On his new solo album, Forfolks [released in December 2021], the Tortoise guitarist blends loops and improvisations in dazzling ways. It sounds like jazz but moves like a soft techno dream.

After a quarter-century as a linchpin of Chicago’s overlapping experimental jazz and rock scenes, the guitarist Jeff Parker finally made his solo debut in 2016 on the aptly named Slight Freedom. For years, Parker had embedded his chiseled guitar leads within the sophisticated post-rock of Tortoise and played in audacious jazz-oriented ensembles like the Chicago Underground Duo.

The basic premise of Forfolks is simple enough: As the tape rolls, Parker creates loops from tiny snippets of his coruscant electric guitar tone or stretches single notes into long drones that wobble like an old pump organ. He then improvises to those loops in single takes with no overdubs, creating instantaneous guitar duets for one player and his pedals.

Forfolks, however, never feels showy or vain; it’s joyous, Parker delighting in the ideas he unearths as he plays along with the sound of himself. The results often feel dazzlingly complicated, as though these songs were built through some greater studio sorcery, like cobbling together various takes or recording the layers one at a time. The points where the loop ends and the playing begins are often unclear, so distinguishing what is new from what is repeating can be like trying to discern the individual spices in a delicate soup.

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Gold Diggers, with Esperanza Spalding - July 10, 2021
Track 01. Improvisation 1 25:19
Track 02. Improvisation 2 8:10
34 mins

SBD > Bandcamp livestream (archived for 24 hours) > Video DownloadHelper > MP4 > dBpoweramp > WAV > FLAC

Atlanta - December 8, 2021
Track 03. Untitled 7:30
Track 04. Untitled 17:07
Track 05. Untitled 8:20
Track 06. Untitled 13:18
47 mins

Tascam DR-07 internal mics (PCM 48kHz 24-bit) > SD card WAV >
Audition CC (tracked, amplified, faded) > xACT > FLAC 48kHz 24-bit level 8

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  2. He might be my dad. Mom fucked a lot of guys who looked like him.

    By DD on Mar 27, 2022

  3. He looks like Hootie. Hows somebody blow a fish?

    By HHH on Mar 27, 2022

  4. H- I put it’s dik in my mouth and start sucking it and licking the head and bob my head up and down the shaft for increased stimulation.

    It’s the same technique I use to blow any animal with a penis. Fish are trickier because their diks are even smaller than yours so I can’t do much head bobbing, except on large fish.

    By Derrick on Mar 28, 2022

  5. Same here Derrick, except I spend a fair amount of time flicking the dik with my tongue and licking the head and under it.

    I was just wondering if anyone had a different technique to share, especially with fish. Blowing trout, and similar sized fish, isn’t easy. But I persevere!

    By HHH on Mar 28, 2022

  6. HHH and Derriere, I wish you 2 old fag hag faggots could show me how to suck a coc k. You guys blow (U-L-E) LOL out of the water

    By Heartland Sissy on Mar 28, 2022

  7. You 2 old queens really know how to please a man. HOLLA.

    By Nelson on Mar 28, 2022

  8. Rumor has it Jeff gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Mar 28, 2022

  9. Of course

    By U L E on Mar 28, 2022

  10. This darkie has got a salami in his britches I hear . Super duper big .

    By ELU on Mar 28, 2022

  11. Who starts these rumors?

    By Jocko P on Mar 28, 2022

  12. Twernt me above . Not gay anymore

    By U L E on Mar 28, 2022

  13. …until I meet the right fella

    By U L E on Mar 29, 2022

  14. I’ll use H’s dik sucking technique when I do . I’m getting a lot of practice with it

    By U L E on Mar 29, 2022

  15. Last three twernt me , more fakes

    By U L E on Mar 29, 2022

  16. All gay stuff twas me , always is , always will be

    By U L E on Mar 29, 2022

  17. I am so gay that I leaave a trail of flames behind me. Im a real flaming faggot

    By U L E on Mar 29, 2022

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