"Tomo puts me at ease," Burazer says. "He's so easy to work with and so brilliant. He has a calming quality. Things are light with him, even though he's carrying the low end musically. As a person, he's playful." This playfulness is just as fruitful in another of Yasuda's current projects, Coconut, where he and visual artist Colter Jacobsen create meandering folk and jazz improvisations that Arthur Russell might appreciate.
Tussle in 2008 aren't without a sense of humor or adventure, whether it involves playing under the influence of natural hallucinogens in a Museum of Natural History or bringing a Gay.com Frisbee in their percussion bag to a show at CellSpace. In the end, naming what they do or attempting to define it is beside the point. "Some of the [song] titles come from [playing] Mad Libs on tour," Burazer offers when I ask how this group of instrumentalists deals with words. It makes sense: Cream Cuts is Tussle's mad liberation from past constraints, a 'shrooming world of sound that offers pleasure right now, and hints of greater possibilities to come.
With Christopher Willits, Mi Ami, the Drift, and Eyes
July 17, 9 p.m., $8
Gray Area Gallery
1515 Folsom, SF
With Waters and Hollers, and Shygrape
July 17, 9 p.m., $5
3187 Mission, SF