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In July of 2013, Norwegian jazz drummer PAAL NILSEN-LOVE was slated to perform a solo set at Audio Rebel in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. To the delight and surprise of all in attendance, he was joined on stage by on-again/off-again Brazil resident and No Wave demigod ARTO LINDSAY (DNA, LOUNGE LIZARDS, GOLDEN PALOMINOS etc) on guitar and vocals.

The duo proceeded to rip through a couple extended jams that featured Lindsay at his most skronky and frenetic, bringing to mind all the art-damaged beauty and angular aggression of his early work, but in a long-form freakout style which gave his playing more time to evolve and stretch out than it could in one of DNA’s tightly-compacted jams. Paal Nilssen-Love matched Lindsay every step of the way, pushing the sonic assault forward with an air-tight combination of spattering jazzy explosions and rock-solid grooves.

The collaboration was recorded for posterity and the resultant record is Scarcity, a 180 Gram LP (one side at 33 RPM and the other at 45) available now through Nilssen-Love’s PNL imprint. Of the performance Nilssen-Love wrote: “The gig was amazing and we were both drenched in sweat and we agreed that we have to do more.” Sure enough, the duo got back together this June for the Moers Festival in Germany. That full performance was captured on video and is definitely worthy of your attention as well.

Scarcity is available now from PNL. As to whether the duo will continue to collaborate, we can only hope.

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