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NYC Underground Lo-Fi Volume 1
20131009
Features the jam which would lead to the creating of Eighty-pound Pug.
David Tamura
Ken Huang
Tommy Occhi
Poodle
20131010
the very first gig, at Spectrum NYC
David Tamura
Paul Feitzinger

Downtown Music Gallery

This live completely improvised performance from 2013 explores the realms of doom metal and free jazz. The songs meander between coherent, sloppy-tight riffs reminiscent of what Black Sabbath did on occasion, and more chaotic playing. "Featuring Alex Lozupone on guitar/bass, David Tamura on tenor sax and Paul Feitzinger on drums. Alex Lozupone runs the Dog & Panda label which has released a half dozen discs, three of which are sessions led by drummer Marc Edwards. This is the first time meeting between the three members of this trio recorded at Spectrum on Ludlow Street, just one subway stop away from DMG and one of last performance places left in Manhattan that features a variety of New & Experimental musics. I hadn't heard of Alex or Paul before this disc but Alex is a member of a couple of Marc Edwards bands. David Tamura we know from his recent work with Dave Burrell, Kidd Jordan and Sabir Mateen. Right from that opening salvo, this trio is powerful and impressive. Mr. Lozupone sounds as if he is playing some dark, metalish, heavy guitar with Mr. Tamura's sax also erupting intensely and Feitzinger strong drumming holding things together. Scary, punk/metal/free/jazz improv?!? Lozupoane does a fine job of playing powerful riffs, helping to keep the trio focused into a fire-breathing bohemeth. He uses effects likea wah-wah or distortion to fatten his sound into a more throbbing mass. Torture time? Indeed." - BLG/DMG
donetsk donatello
20140707
a 78 minute epic CD of two live performances
David Tamura
Paul Feitzinger
John Spreaders
Kevin Shea
Yuan Liu

Downtown Music Gallery

The personnel for this version of Eighty-Pound Pug features Alex Lozupone on guitar/bass & bass loops, David Tamura on tenor sax, Paul Feitzinger on drums & keyboard, John P. on loops, effects & drums, Kevin Shea on drums & drumpad and Yuan Liu on modded SK5. The music on this disc was recorded at two different live sessions, one with John P. on drums and one with Kevin Shea (from MOPDTK & Talibam!). This music has a heavy jazz/rock jamming sort of vibe going on which changes as it mitates section to section. I like the sound of this band although the live recording quality is good but never too precise, it still fits the music/vibe. Alex's heavy riffs for guitar or el. bass remain at the center of their sound, although Tamura's sax sounds as if he is playing through devices at times at least a somewhat distorted PA. If you recognize Mr. Tamura's name it is due to his work with Joe Chonto for the SomeRealMusic label. Tamura is an intense saxist who is often featured in Eighty-Pound Pug and consistently wails like there is no tomorrow. Sometimes this music get as thick as good porridge when they turn it on full blast with those electronic effects adding even more swirling insanity to the wind-whipping hurricane force. Just when you think that it is about to spin out of control, Alex will add some riff to help pull things together. Almost too much! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
First Meetings
20141212
compilation of various first meeting live shows
David Tamura
Paul Feitzinger
Keith Abrams
Michael Durek
Ayumi Ishito
Chris Bacas
Ken Chia
Fred Schneider
Borts Minorts
Jack Warren

Downtown Music Gallery

Don't be fooled by the two cute dogs on the cover of this disc, the music is not cute in any way. Right from the intro, the music has a heavy, hard rock sound with punk-like guitar riffs and two saxes (tenor & soprano) swirling together like a tornado bearing down. Mr. Lozupone's electric guitar or bass playing is often at the center the storm here providing some swell melodic yet heavy throbbing lines while one or both saxes solo along with him. The only musician here that I know from other sessions is saxist Dave Tamura who plays with Joe Chonto called Sonic Insurgency as well as with Ron Anderson. The other saxist here, Ayumi Ishito on soprano, also sounds consistently strong throughout most of this disc. One of the things I dig about this disc is that none of the pieces, except one, are over 10 minutes so nothing goes on for too long. At times Alex plays some wah-wah guitar, giving the music a Hendrix-like sound which is another plus. This music sounds like it was recorded live since I hear some applause here & there. The overall sound is a bit over-the-top at times yet the spirit and spooky vibe (with some mysterious theremin bits) sound great nonetheless. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
tenoreleven
20141212
a collaboration with a legendary Philadelphia musician
David Tamura
Paul Feitzinger
John Spreaders
Elliott Levin

Downtown Music Gallery

Featuring Elliott Levin on tenor sax, flute & poetry, David Tamura on tenor sax, Paul Feitzinger on synth & drums, Alex Lozupone on 7-string bass & guitar, John P on drums & effects plus Borts Minorts on vocal & drums (1 track). This disc was recorded live at Otto's Shrunken Head in NYC in August of 2014. Eighty-Pound Pug is bassist Alex Pupone's crazed free unit with revolving personnel and a few regular members: Tamura, Feitzinger and John P (Spreades). The only two names I know in this version are Philly sax legend Elliott Levin (New Ghost & Cecil Taylor sideman) and Dave Tamura, who is a member of another fine ongoing free ensemble with Joe Chonto. Mr. Lozupone switches between heavy guitar and electric bass as the music swerves also from free jazz/rock with some intense wailing saxes rising up in waves. Whether playing guitar or bass, Lozupone is the one whose playing is at the center giving shape to these festive freer works. Mr. Levin is also a a fine poet and spoken word performer so he gets his chance to add his sharp observations, both incisive and witty, the the proceedings. There are moments when the music seems to be moving into some Hawkwind-like space-rock but it doesn't last that long until it mutates into another section. There is a dark undertow to this music that is somehow inviting like some healthy quicksand. Both saxes are spinning through a live PA system which also gives this a non jazz-like sound, yet somehow there is something appealing about this that is not so easy to explain. The spirit keeps peeking through the demented swirl no matter what. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
Pug Wife!
20150707
all instrumental CD performed live at Spectrum
David Tamura
Paul Feitzinger
Chris Bacas
Jen Kutler

Downtown Music Gallery

Featuring Alex Lozupone on guitar/bass, David Tamura on tenor sax & keyboard, Paul Feitzinger on drums, Chris Bacas on soprano sax and Jen Kutler on kegel synth. This disc was recorded live at the Spectrum in NYC. The Eighty Pound Pug project continues to evolve with slightly different members on each disc. This one features saxist David Tamura who has worked with Dave Burrell & Joe Chonto. The other saxist here, Chris Bacas, used to work with Buddy Rich (?!?) and recently played on a CD by Bolide with Mat Maneri & Russ Lossing. Eighty Pound Pug (EPP) are an all improvised unit, so their sound is always changing or mutating. Mr. Lozupone kicks things off with a disturbing, hypnotic riff before they move into a more krautrock like groove with synth and sax swirling together. Is this a long lost Hawkwind gig? Sounds like it at times. Lozupone does a good job of playing riffs, which set the band up to jam, saxes riding on top of the synth, guitar and drum grooves. Although this music has a loose, almost sloppy feel, there is something I like about its exuberant, crazed, jamming quality we so rarely find in most current releases. There are two different covers for this disc. One cover has an infrared woman with a bass guitar in one hand and what looks like a metal dildo in the other hand with an unhappy looking dog floating in front of her. Not so sure what that is about?!?! - BLG/DMG
Leave The Door Open
20150707
jazz poetry metal featuring Steve Dalachinsky
Paul Feitzinger
Ayumi Ishito
Steve Dalachinsky

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14. Steve Dalachinsky/Eighty Pound Pug: Leave the Door Open (Dog and Panda)
Downtown NYC jazz poet Steve Dalachinsky surprised us with this collaboration with guitarist/bassist Alex Lozupone's jazz-metal power trio (there's that phrase again: is it a trend?) Eighty Pound Pug, with tenor saxophonist Ayumi Ishito and drummer Paul Feitzinger. Dalachinsky's self-deprecating Brooklyn humor and existentialist beat musings, more usually accompanied by free jazz, prove highly compatible with this doomier sound keyed on Lozupone's electronically combined bass and guitar. Really, what better to accompany a 9/11 poem that starts, "I thought it was the end of the world/And then the end of the world happened again"? -- Steve Holtje
When The Flowers Bloom In Baltimore
20150707
the first Pug CD with vocals on all tracks
David Tamura
Paul Feitzinger
Ayumi Ishito
Chris Bacas
Borts Minorts
Eli Chalmer
Malcolm Hoyt
Isaiah Richardson Jr.
Bruce Mack
Nick Kirshnit
Julia Chen

Downtown Music Gallery

This is an extended, 12 piece, version of Eighty Pound Pug with guests like Bruce Mack from Burnt Sugar and Borts Minorts from another dimension. Not all of the players are on every track, since there are guests sitting in here and there. For this disc, EEP have three different vocalists who sing on different tracks. By now, Eighty Pound Pug, do have their own wacky, wild & wooly & intense sound. This is some sort of space/rock with a grinding groove, alien vocals and brain-blasting horns. A number of the tracks on this 13 song disc, fade out due to time limitations which is a good thing so that things rarely outstay there welcome. Fans of Hawkwind and other more krautrock like space/rock should give this band a chance. They will take out out there to another dimension if you let them in. - BLG/DMG
speechless
20151111
all instrumental CD featuring performances from 2014 and 2015
David Tamura
Paul Feitzinger
John Spreaders
Ayumi Ishito
Chris Bacas
Stefan Zeniuk
Borts Minorts
Mike McGinnis
Mara Mayer
Isaiah Richardson Jr.
Julia Chen
Kyungmi Lee
Nonoko Yoshida
Diana Kinschief

Downtown Music Gallery

This disc is a compilation of unreleased live tracks from several gigs around the town. All are instrumental and the few known musicians include: David Tamura on tenor sax & keyboard, Stefan Zeniuk (from Gato Loco on W&W), Mike McGinnis on several reeds and Nononko Yoshida on alto sax (2 tracks). The liner notes don't list where or when these tracks come from but no matter. The sound is clean and warm. Most of the tracks feature a trio or quartet with Mr. Lozupone on guitar/bass, David Tamura on tenor sax &/or keyboard, Ayumi Ishito on tenor & soprano and Paul Feitzinger on drums & keys. Alex's strong, spirited and at times heavy (with fuzz & wah-wah) guitar is at the center of most of these pieces with 2 or 3 saxes or flutes erupting next to him. None of these jams go on for too long so no one solos too much before a piece fades away. Each of the half dozen saxists get their chance to stretch out and solo so there a number of fine solos throughout from David Tamura, Ayumi Ishito, Mike McGinnis, Chris Bacas and our own Nononko Yoshida, who recently move back to Japan. At 79 minutes long, there is surprisingly no filler here. -BLG/DMG
A/B with Super Always
20151111
A/B with upstate New York band Super Always, includes 40 minute Pug gig
David Tamura
Paul Feitzinger
Ayumi Ishito
Borts Minorts
Isaiah Richardson Jr.
Amber Brien
Live at the 154
20160705
A special Halloween gig in Brooklyn on an EP
Paul Feitzinger
Ayumi Ishito
Aubrey Smith
Garrett Williams
As serious as a pug-attack
Highlighting performances and variations within the band
David Tamura
Paul Feitzinger
Ayumi Ishito
Stefan Zeniuk
Borts Minorts
Isaiah Richardson Jr.
Bruce Mack
Diana Kinschief
Rock Savage
Whatever You Say/1600 lb pig
A single with the first meeting of Bruce Mack and Aubrey Smith
David Tamura
Paul Feitzinger
Ayumi Ishito
Glenn Cornett
Bruce Mack
Aubrey Smith
Rock Savage
Elijah Shiffer