Podcast #1-5. Wayne Horvitz/Pigpen: V as in Victim

After I discovered John Zorn’s Naked City, I wanted to explore the works of its individual members. I assumed their own albums would sound like Naked City. That wasn’t the case with Bill Frisell and Wayne Horvitz. I bought a number of albums by both, and I have to admit I was kind of bored by them.

But then I stopped expecting Naked City and listened to them as individuals. Horvitz’s music grew on me to the point where I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t a fanboy. His work is so varied, I could — and probably might — spend a few more podcasts exploring them. Pigpen most closely resembles Naked City, and V as in Victim is the band’s tightest album.

Songs featured:

  • ‘Cause I’m in Love Yeah
  • Testament
  • Speech
  • A Portrait of Hank Williams, Jr.
  • Stompin’ at the Cranium
  • Again (Bill Frisell cover)
  • V as in Victim


  • Id says:

    Was V as in Victim among the original albums of Horvitz you’ve sampled post Naked City, because I can’t believe you couldn’t hear the resemblance between the two! I was getting major Zorn vibes from the samples. Sure they never reached the frenetic levels of weirdness that Naked City did, but still undeniably Zorn-esque. Which means I must get this album…
    I also freely admit to getting shivers once “Koko de Kiss Shite” came on. I haven’t heard that album in 2 years… that clip totally reminds me of all the intangible “things” that are missing in SR’s music post KZK. Her music just hasn’t been as vibrant I say. So, when does the requisite tackling of KZK begin?

  • NemesisVex says:

    “V as in Victim” came a few years after Naked City, and the Wayne Horvitz albums available around the same time as Naked City were starkly different. “Miracle Mile” and “This New Generation” (both on Nonesuch) are incredibly mellow. Horvitz formed Pigpen after I had gotten used to his quieter sound. I didn’t really make that time line clear.
    I may do a full KZK podcast in the future, but I do mention KZK in the next podcast.