Anthony Pirog

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Krentz Ratings:
Where is Home (2012), 5.5/10
Palo Colorado Dream (2014), 6/10

Washington's guitarist Anthony Pirog surfaced with Where Is Home (2012), a collaboration with Janel Leppin. Palo Colorado Dream (Cuneiform, 2014), performed in a trio with drummer Ches Smith and bassist Michael Formanek, collects music of the previous decade, ranging from new-age folk music (Palo Colorado Dream) to poppy ditties (Song In 5), from anthemic post-rock (The New Electric) to romantic balladry (I'm Not Coming Home). The trio even doubles as a bar band in The Great Northern, a Latin-tingued lullaby that morphs into a loud and rowdy blues jam. The more adventurous listeners are treated to a couple of dissonant and disjointed intermezzos (Minimalist, Threshold) whose ideas blossom in the longer surreal chaotic soundscape of Heads.

Music of the Anacostia Delta (Cuneiform 2016), credited to the Spellcasters, was a collaboration with fellow guitarists Joel Harrison and Dave Chappell and a rhythm section.

Pirog then joined Brendan Canty and Joe Lally of Fugazi to form the punk-rock band Messthetics, documented on The Messthetics (Dischord, 2018) and Anthropocosmic Nest (2019).

The same trio of Palo Colorado Dream recorded the 14 brief vignettes of Pocket Poem (Cuneiform, 2020).

Anthony Pirog played guitars, guitar synth, lap steel & loops on his solo In Side (september 2020).

Figure/Ground (february 2021) documents a collaboration between Henry Kaiser and Anthony Pirog.

The Great Mirage (recorded in 2022) documents improvisations of the electric guitar duo of Joel Harrison and Anthony Pirog accompanied by Stephan Crump (bass) and Allison Miller (drums).

Location Location Location, featuring Michael Formanek (electric and double basses, guitar) and Mike Pride (drumset, marimba, bongos, dub), debuted with Damaged Goods (Cuneiform, 2023).

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