Tim Berne, Nels Cline and Jim Black—The Veil
During a brief freakout I had on Twitter last week over the fact that the internet wouldn't stop talking about ridiculous bullshit like M.I.A. giving the finger at the Superbowl, I asked if anyone had by any chance heard any actual fucking records they felt like talking about. Local writer Seth Colter Walls dutifully responded with a list that included Snakeoil by jazz saxophonist Tim Berne. I still have't been able to find that record, weirdly, but I've now spent a ton of time with The Veil, an album from last year that features Berne on sax, Wilco's Nels Cline on guitar and Jim Black on drums. It's a dizzying and at times punishing 58-minute collection that repeatedly pulls you into its many near empty spaces, only to fill them up around you, quickly and loudly and never quite in the way you'd expect.