Weird Forest Distributes Select Rare & Hard-To-Find Titles. Visit Our Distro Page >>>

Index Of Releases

Ava Mendoza & Nick Tamburro Quit Your Unnatural Ways CD
Listen to
WEIRD-082 Ava Mendoza & Nick Tamburro - Quit Your Unnatural Ways CD

No doubt Ava Mendoza's star is on the rise and deservedly so. Her technical virtuosity and broad artistic vision defies easy genre classification. Guitar World magazine recently spotlighted her to its shredhead readers while a recent collaboration with tUnE-yArDs brought her to the attention of indie rock fans. While the music world is just beginning to learn about Mendoza, I first jammed with her over a decade ago and knew straight away how amazing she was. Since then, she's graduated from Mills College vaunted music program (graced by the likes of Fred Frith and Pauline Oliveros) and gone on to work with such diverse artists as Carla Bozulich's Evangelista, Nels Cline, Weasel Walter, Liz Allbee, Henry Kaiser, Mike Watt and many, many others.

Mendoza's musical diversity extends to releases under her own name as well. For someone so steeped in San Francisco's free music scene, her first album was a bit of a surprise, a CD filled with intimate solo guitar pieces, a selection of covers and originals influenced by old fingerpickin' bluesmen and a touch of American primitivism. Quit Your Unnatural Ways goes nearly 180 degrees in the opposite direction. First off, there's the addition of drummer Nick Tamburro but it goes beyond instrumentation. Quit Your Unnatural Ways is all fire and brimstone with Mendoza and Tamburro accomplishing a rare feat -- marrying the intense energy of free jazz to instantly memorable tunes anchored by Mendoza's monstrous riffs. While most songs here follow the familiar head-solo-head jazz structure, the album feels closer to a marriage of free jazz and metal. Every song, save a brief musical interlude, features a heavy, glorious riff serving as a springboard for Mendoza's dazzling guitar pyrotechnics. While Ava's guitar is at the center of proceedings, Tamburro's contribution is essential as his drums provide much of the ecstatic energy, somehow propelling the songs forward without losing the beat and going completely free. The end result is a wild, exhilarating ride that's sure to appeal to music fans of all stripes.

Mastered by Jake Rodriguez. Artwork by Christina McPhee with layout by Suzanne Shaffer.
Deluxe CD digipak edition. Digital version available at online retailers.
Choose shipping option

Back To Top | Back To Home

Ava Mendoza / Mucky The Ducky split Tape
Listen to
WEIRD-081 Ava Mendoza / Mucky The Ducky - split Tape

Special tour edition tape of Mendoza's upcoming CD release on Weird Forest. Joined by Nick Tamburro on drums, the duo meld heavy metal riffage with free jazz energy for a spectacular musical eruption.

Helmed by Sean Johennessen, Mucky the Ducky is definitely a collective of the 21st century. Raised on a bevy of underground musical influences, their side of the split finds the group seamlessly blending free improv, drone and drummer Jon Bafus' propulsive rhythms into a coherent, compelling listen.

Special tour edition release limited to 75 copies.
Ava Mendoza / Mucky The Ducky - split Tape

Back To Top | Back To Home