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Hifiklub: E Lisboa Hifiklub:
E Lisboa

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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A collaborative French instrumental rock band led by and with compositions from the core quartet of Anthony Belguise (drums), Jean-Loup Faurat (guitar), Regis Laugier (bass) and Nico Morcillo (guitar), with a list of 22 international guests across 8 songs and instrumentals, including Rafael Toral, Maria Radich, Paulo Furtado, Carlos Zingaro, Rui Carvalho, &c.

Ministry: Just One Fix EP <i>[Used Item]</i> Ministry:
Just One Fix EP [Used Item]

(Sire -- USA )

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Drumplay: Pyramid People <i>[Used Item]</i> Drumplay:
Pyramid People [Used Item]

(Signal Tree -- USA )

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Copernicus: Immediate Eternity <i>[Used Item]</i> Copernicus:
Immediate Eternity [Used Item]

(nevermore -- USA )

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Lindgren, Erik: Sound On Sound: Ambitious Teenage Pop Rock 1973 - 1974 <i>[Used Item]</i> Lindgren, Erik:
Sound On Sound: Ambitious Teenage Pop Rock 1973 - 1974 [Used Item]

(Arf! Arf! -- USA )

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University of Errors: Jet Propelled Photographs <i>[Used Item]</i> University of Errors:
Jet Propelled Photographs [Used Item]

(Cuneiform -- USA )

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Small promo drill in top right of jewel tray, otherwise like new.

"University of Errors is led by guitarist, vocalist, and pataphysical icon Daevid Allen. Daevid was one of the founding members of The Soft Machine (and later the founder ...

Weber, Allen: Hot Shock <i>[Used Item]</i> Weber, Allen:
Hot Shock [Used Item]

(NO LABEL -- USA )

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Grooves with Energy, or Sandunga Jazz Fusion as guitarist and leader Allen Weber describes his mix of jazz rock fusion infused with Latin, Carribeo, Funk, Blues, R & B and Rock.

Bi-Ki?: Quelque Chose Au Milieu Bi-Ki?:
Quelque Chose Au Milieu

(BeCoq -- France )

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The alto sax duet of Jean-Baptiste Rubin and Sakina Abdou sculpt sound material that draws on the acoustic resources of the space within which they play, captured here in various locations in Northern France by the keen ear of saxophonist/conceptualist Jean-Luc Guionnet.

Durio Zibethinus (Quentin Biardeau / Valentin Ceccaldi): Poissons Frais Durio Zibethinus (Quentin Biardeau / Valentin Ceccaldi):
Poissons Frais

(BeCoq -- France )

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Saxophonist Quentin Biardeau and cellist Valentin Ceccalid, also on percussion, are Durio Zibethinus, a duo from Orleans, France using traditional and unusual instruments to present unique free improvisations balancing powerful technique and just plain creative fun.

Earnear: earNear Earnear:
earNear

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )

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Intricate interactions in free improv from the Portugese trio of violist Joao Camoes, cellist Miguel Mira (Open Field String Trio, Nuovo Camerata), and pianist Rodrigo Pinheiro (Red Trio), focused on the balance between contrasting counterpoint, polyrhythms and fluid soundscapes.

Leaney, Aaron & Chris Dadge: Continuity Leaney, Aaron & Chris Dadge:
Continuity

(Bug Incision Records -- Canada )

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The Leaney-Dadge duo has been working together since 2006; this release is taken from a series of weekly sessions in Mount Pleasant, Calgary, using extended instrumentation including trumpet, percussion, zither, recorder, and piano.

Kawabata, Makoto / Geoff Leigh: Spatial Roots Kawabata, Makoto / Geoff Leigh:
Spatial Roots

(Acid Mothers Temple -- Japan )

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A live recording of the first encounter between Henry Cow/Radar Favourites/Ex-Wise Heads reed, wind and electronic artist Geoff Leigh and Acid Mother Temple guitarist and solo artist Kawabata Makoto, performing at Urbanguild, in Kyoto, Japan, in 2014 for a set of electronic, psychedelic improvisation of great detail using a vast arsenal of experimental approaches.

Chadbourne, Eugene / Cat Jammers: Invitation To A Jam Session Chadbourne, Eugene / Cat Jammers:
Invitation To A Jam Session

(Chadula -- USA )

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In the 1980's guitarist and eccentric sound artist Eugene Chadbourne started a series of cassettes that ultimately became the LP "Country Music in the World of Islam"; this new and astonishing archive collection culls material from that and blends it in studio collage with live material from Elliot Sharp, Sun City Girls, Jon Rose, phone messages from Derek Bailey, &c &c.

Chadbourne, Eugene w/ Son of Shockabilly: Unreal Band Chadbourne, Eugene w/ Son of Shockabilly:
Unreal Band

(Chadula -- USA )

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Recorded the year before the first Shockabilly record in 1983, this live album with Eugene Chadbourne on electric guitar and vocals, plus Shockabilly-to-be and percussionist David Licht, and Tom Shepard taking Kramer's place on bass, as the trio take on country music, Hendrix, Beatles, Yardbirds, bring out The Rake, and otherwise twist up a set of great songs.

Mattin: Songbook #6 [VINYL] Mattin:
Songbook #6 [VINYL]

(Munster Records, Insulin Addicted Records, Cruditˇs Tapes -- E.U. )

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Spanish sound artist and vocalist Mattin in his 6th "Songbook" album, performed with Farahnaz Hatam, Pan Daijing, Colin Hacklander, Werner Dafeldecker, and Dean Roberts, a vicious mix of essentially no-wave rock and experimental music, six songs at exactly six minutes each covering topics of the conflicts, confusion and frustrations of our modern age.

Kalabalik (Raoul Bjorkenheim / Anders Nilsson / Gerald Cleaver): Kalabalik: Live At Downtown Music G Kalabalik (Raoul Bjorkenheim / Anders Nilsson / Gerald Cleaver):
Kalabalik: Live At Downtown Music Gallery January 2, 2011

(DMG ARC -- USA )

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In 2010 Scandinavian guitarists Raoul Bjorkenheim and Anders Nilsson performed this incredible concert at DMG in NYC, accompanied by NY drummer Gerald Cleaver, a breathtaking album of intricate improvised interplay.

Killing Spree (Metzger / Daniel / Galichet): Boko Boko Tour Killing Spree (Metzger / Daniel / Galichet):
Boko Boko Tour

(Ayler -- France )

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A heavy album merging free improvisation, blues and rock forms from the French Killing Spree trio of Matthieu Metzger on alto saxophone & electronics, Sylvain Daniel on electric bass & effects, and Gregoire Galichet on drums, living up to the band name in dark malice captured live at Club Soto in Kyoto, Japan during their 2018 Japanese tour; vengeful.

King Champion Sounds / Surplus 1980 (Moe! Staiano): Split [7" VINYL] King Champion Sounds / Surplus 1980 (Moe! Staiano):
Split [7" VINYL]

(Tractor Notown -- USA )

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A split 7": on one side Sleepytime Gorilla Museum percussionist/drummer/composer Moe! Staiano's West Coast rotating ensemble Surplus 1980 in a teaser for an upcoming release with G.W. Sok, Kyle Bruckmann, members of Fred Frith Trio and Total Shutdown; on the other side King Champion Sounds featuring G.W. Sok, formerly of the Dutch band the Ex.

Steidle, Oli & The Killing Popes (Steidle / Mobus / Nicholls / Downes / Donkin): Ego Pills Steidle, Oli & The Killing Popes (Steidle / Mobus / Nicholls / Downes / Donkin):
Ego Pills

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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Rapid fire playing and a wicked humor fuels drummer Olie Steidle's album with guitarist Frank Mobus, keyboardists Kit Downes and Dan Nicholls, and bassist Phil Donkin, mashing together electro-jazz, art rock, hardcore and club music into upbeat and twisted music, building up to a narrative "Speed Junky on Funny Human Darts"; insanely embraceable and stunning.

Surplus 1980 Collectiv Ensembl With G.W. Sok : Forget All This Surplus 1980 Collectiv Ensembl With G.W. Sok :
Forget All This

(Music a la Coque -- Italy )

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Surplus 1980 Collectiv Ensembl takes the current members of drummer Moe! Staiano's Surplus 1980 along with associated musicians, including Kyle Bruckmann, John Shiurba, Vicky Grossi, Paul Costuros, &c, with vocals from Dutch vocalist G.W. Sok (The Ex), in an album of avant post-punk rock, sophisticated but determined and pointed music, an unusual hybrid of impressive styles.

Edelin, Michel Quintet w/ John Greaves: Echoes Of Henry Cow Edelin, Michel Quintet w/ John Greaves:
Echoes Of Henry Cow

(RogueArt -- France )

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Including musicians involved with the Canterbury scene (Sophia Domancich), Magma (Simon Goubert) and Henry Cow's own John Greaves narrating, French flutist Michel Edelin's Quintet takes on the music of Rock in Opposition legendary band Henry Cow, ten inventive "echoes" of their music as it has transformed performers and listeners over time; exceptional.

Ravenstine, Allen : Four Stories Book [BOOK] Ravenstine, Allen :
Four Stories Book [BOOK]

(Recommended Records -- UK )

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The original EML synthesizer player for the unique and forward-thinking Cleveland rock band Pere UBU, Allen Ravenstine presents an illustrated book with four stories written during his touring days and referring to those years, originally published in Cleveland Edition, The ReR Records Quarterly, and The Penguin Book of Rock and Roll Writing.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.: [VINYL 2 LPs REMASTERED + DOWNLOAD] Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.:
[VINYL 2 LPs REMASTERED + DOWNLOAD]

(Black Editions -- USA )

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The rock legacy that is Japan's Acid Mothers Temple led by guitarist Makoto Kawabata reissues their 1st album from 1997, an ensemble of 14 musicians including guitar, synth, sax, bass, drums, didgeridoo, magic cane, and penguin; a heady brew of hypnotic flowing psychedelic, prog-quoting kosmiche, starting their legacy with a prayer and ending with AMT for All!

Electric Bird Noise: Hearn-Roberts-Strong-Watts Electric Bird Noise:
Hearn-Roberts-Strong-Watts

(Silber -- USA )

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Guitarist Electric Bird Noise, aka Brian Lea McKenzie, continues his string of slightly off-center rock albums, primarily instrumental work, this album including a muscular quartet with Jason Hearn on drums, Bradley Wayne Roberts on bass, Steve Strong on drums, plus an Alan Watts narration; 8 dramatic tracks using loops, effects, backward tracking and other aural trickery.

Hawkins, Chester: Natural Causes - Original Music For Pale Trees, A Film By Tim Ashby [VINYL] <i>[Us Hawkins, Chester:
Natural Causes - Original Music For Pale Trees, A Film By Tim Ashby [VINYL] [Used Item]

(Intangible Arts -- USA )

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Washington, DC based electronic experimenter Chester Hawkins (Blue Sausage Infant) was commissioned by director Tim Ashby to compose this work for the soundtrack to his feature-length film "Pale Trees", Hawkin's music illustrating the film's gradient of psychological colors from darkness, rage, and vengeance through a mix of kosmische drone in a Tangerine Dream vein.

Martel, Frank / L'Ouest Celeste: Ye - Yi - You - Ya <i>[Used Item]</i> Martel, Frank / L'Ouest Celeste:
Ye - Yi - You - Ya [Used Item]

(Monsieur Fauteux -- Canada )

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Mattin : Songbook #5 [VINYL] <i>[Used Item]</i> Mattin :
Songbook #5 [VINYL] [Used Item]

(Disembraining Machine -- Australia )

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Mattin takes 5 spontaneous 5-minute songs from 5 musicians, and a 25 minute concert structured by 5 instructions based on those song titles, then records vocals for the 5 songs as a singing lecture, then superimposes all 3 to create the five 5-minutes songs on this album.

My Cat Is An Alien: Robert Opalio/Maurizio Opalio [VINYL] <i>[Used Item]</i> My Cat Is An Alien:
Robert Opalio/Maurizio Opalio [VINYL] [Used Item]

(Important Records -- USA )

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A split LP with each side featuring a 20 minute solo track from both brotherly halves of the acclaimed space guitar improvising band My Cat Is An Alien.

Savoldelli, Boris: Biocosmopolitan <i>[Used Item]</i> Savoldelli, Boris:
Biocosmopolitan [Used Item]

(MoonJune -- USA )

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Vocalist Savoldelli in an exquisitely-crafted album of overdubbed vocal work, with help from trumpeter Paolo Fresu and bassist Jimmy Haslip; elaborite harmonies, interlocking rhythms, exultant influences.

Hayward, Charles : (Begin Anywhere) Hayward, Charles :
(Begin Anywhere)

(Klanggalerie -- Austria )

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This Heat and Camberwell Now drummer, songwriter, vocalist, experimenter and sociological observer Charles Hayward steps away from his drums for an intimate album of song, performing on piano with minimal accompaniment as he presents new songs and new versions of songs including pieces from Camberwell Now; powerfully fragile, insightful, fascinating.

Abraxas / John Zorn : The Book Beri'ah Vol 5: Gevurah Abraxas / John Zorn :
The Book Beri'ah Vol 5: Gevurah

(Tzadik -- USA )

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Blending a punk rock sensibility with Sephardic tribalism via a taste of North African Gnawa magic, Abraxas is one of the most primal and rocking ensembles in the Masada family, here taking on the 5th edition of Masada Book Three, "The Book Beri'ah", recording in Bill Laswell's studio for 9 joyfully exuberant and intensely executed interpretations of Zorn's compositions.

Trigger (Greene / Hanes / Edgcomb): Pull Trigger (Greene / Hanes / Edgcomb):
Pull

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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John Zorn invited the trio of guitarist Will Greene, bassist Simon Hanes, and drummer Aaron Edgcomb, to found a new band and play his score books "Bagatelles" and "Apparitions" for his Tzadik label; the trio found common ground merging jazz, experimental and rock forms, forming Trigger and releaseing this album of wonderfully strange creative intent.

Cat in a Bag (Figueira / Fonseca / Clemente / Lucas): Cat in a Bag Cat in a Bag (Figueira / Fonseca / Clemente / Lucas):
Cat in a Bag

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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With 3 members of the sextet Slow is Possible--alto saxophonist Bruno Figueira, guitarist Joao Clemente and drummer Duarte Fonseca--plus bassist Joao Lucas (who has his own trio on Creative Sources), this cat is a genre-mashing band, blurring jazz and rock forms in a very Downtown NY way: open-minded, surprising, articulate, sophisticated, and passionate improv.

Ali / Bordreuil / Mattrey : I Used To Sing So Lyrical [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] Ali / Bordreuil / Mattrey :
I Used To Sing So Lyrical [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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The debut recording of New York double bassist Sean Ali's improvising string trio with violist Joanna Mattrey and cellist Leila Bordreuil, having worked together since 2015, each brings impressive technique and a somewhat twisted approach to their strings in a diverse set of extended improvisation from pensive and spacious to formidable density.

Amado, Rodrigo / Chris Corsano: No Place To Fall [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] Amado, Rodrigo / Chris Corsano:
No Place To Fall [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Having previously worked together with Joe McPhee and Kent Kessler, this album distills the Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado and NY drummer/percussionist Chris Corsano to a concentrated sax and drum duo of earnest and edgy playing, bending jazz, free and blues idioms to their will with magnificent technique and power, both clearly elated in their meeting.

CARL (Damon Smith / Daniel Kamins /  Andrew Durham): Solid Bottom [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] CARL (Damon Smith / Daniel Kamins / Andrew Durham):
Solid Bottom [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Two basses and a lower-end saxophone from the trio of Damon Smith on double bass, Andrew Durham on electric bass, and Danny Kamins on baritone sax, Durham also adding effects and "Radio Manipulation" to their deep sound, Durham & Kamins the core of CARL with Damon Smith adding extra underpinnings to their slowly developing, sometimes pensive, sometimes cantankerous, profound improvisation.

Charles, Xavier / Eric Normand : Avis Aux Reacteurs Charles, Xavier / Eric Normand :
Avis Aux Reacteurs

(Inexhaustible Editions -- Slovenia )

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Recorded live at Silence Sounds in Guelph Canada, the duo of Xavier Charles on clarinet and Eric Normand on electric bass & objects eschew idiom in favor of their unique natural language on their instruments, applying patient development of truly idiosyncratic and fascinating command through a single extended work punctuated in seven diverse passages.

Mazzarella, Nick Trio: Counterbalance [VINYL] Mazzarella, Nick Trio:
Counterbalance [VINYL]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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From 2008-16 until drummer Frank Rosaly moved to Amsterdam, alto saxophonist Nick Mazzarella's Trio was an active part of Chicago's creative jazz scene; in early 2018 Rosaly returned for a visit and Mazzarella composed a suite of 6 new pieces to commemorate the trio's tenth anniversary, the exuberant result this excellent concert recorded at Co-Prosperity Sphere!

Killick: Stay-At-Home Monk [VINYL] Killick:
Stay-At-Home Monk [VINYL]

(H(i)nds(i)ght -- USA )

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Varying the instrument and proportions of acoustic or electric presentation straddling the foreground/background dynamic for each track, Appalachian Trance Metal guitarist Killick presents his first vinyl LP to extend his vast CD discography; a worthy and curious album of solo guitar, acoustic and electroacoustic work that belongs in any guitar enthusiast's collection.

Chadbourne, Eugene: Solo Guitar Volume 3-1/3 [VINYL] Chadbourne, Eugene:
Solo Guitar Volume 3-1/3 [VINYL]

(Feeding Tube Records -- USA )

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The third of four volumes in Feeding Tube's series of solo albums from guitarist Eugene Chadbourne documents recordings made in Calgary, Canada in the 70s while he waited out Vietnam & Nixon; Chadbourne programmed this volume to reveal material never heard before, improvised in a creative period of playing influenced by jazz, country, folk, blues and free experimental styles.

Blue Sausage Infant: Flight of the Solstice Queens Blue Sausage Infant:
Flight of the Solstice Queens

(Zeromoon -- USA )

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Chester Hawkins' long-running BSI project now based in DC, layering groove based (kraut)rock with unearthly sound sources, plundered samples, and all form of unmentionable sound.

Tippett, Keith: The Unlonely Raindancer Tippett, Keith:
The Unlonely Raindancer

(Discus -- UK )

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Mujician pianist Keith Tippetts embarked on his first solo tour in 1979, capturing these concert recordings that were originally released in 1980 on vinyl on the Universe Label; long out of print, Discus has revived these extraordinary recordings, showing the incredible technical abilities, endurance, and quick-witted creative powers of this legendary improviser.

Haino, Keiji / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi: In the past only geniuses were capable of staging the p Haino, Keiji / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi:
In the past only geniuses were capable of staging the perfect crime (also known as a revolution) Today anybody can accomplish their aims... [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Black Truffle -- Australia )

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The ninth album from the enduring trio of Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke, and Oren Ambarchi, recorded in 2015 at Tokyo's SuperDeluxe, with both Ambarchi and O'Rourke performing on drums and percussion, O'Rourke also using a Hammond Organ and Ambarchi on flute, while Haino asserts himself on guitar, electronics and voice, in 2 groove-based pieces and 2 side-long epics.

Eclectic Maybe Band: Reflections In A Moebius Ring Mirror Eclectic Maybe Band:
Reflections In A Moebius Ring Mirror

(Discus -- UK )

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The second album of this Guy Segers (Univers Zero) project in an eclectic ensemble of improvisers, rock musicians and experimenters, a genre-defying project of primarily instrumental work with interventions of song, merging acoustic & electric instruments with electronics, live improvisation with studio manipulation, to find new forms of mesmerizing music.

Frostlake: Ice & Bone Frostlake:
Ice & Bone

(Discus -- UK )

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The second album from multi-instrumentalist Frostlake (Jan Todd, also of Orchestra of The Upper Atmosphere), hallucinatory songs of layered vocals accompanied by the creative bass of Terry Todd, for rich atmospheres with warm instrumentation augmented by field recordings; absorbing music that draws its listeners into their beautiful, psychedelic dream states.

Pinhas, Richard / Tatsuya Yoshida: Ascension Pinhas, Richard / Tatsuya Yoshida:
Ascension

(Magaibutsu Limited -- Japan )

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The collaboration between Magaibutsu label leader, Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins, Korekyojinn, Koenji, The World Heritage, &c) on drums, keyboards & voice, and Heldon mastermind Richard Pinhas on guitar & effects, continues with this CD of live material from their 2014 Japanese tour, extending the 2015 "Live in Japan" album, including the 8-part "Ascension".

Mute Socialite: More Popular Than Presidents and Generals Mute Socialite:
More Popular Than Presidents and Generals

(Dephine Knormal Musik -- USA )

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Dynamic and hyperkinetic songs from this West Coast band with Moe! Staiano (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum), rugged and impressive instrumental rock including a cover of Massacre's "Killing Time".

Surplus 1980: Pigeon Obstacle Course Surplus 1980:
Pigeon Obstacle Course

(Dephine Knormal Musik -- Czech Republic )

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Created out of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and drummer/percussionist Moe Staiano's Mute Socialite, this 7-piece improvising rock band turns rock on it's side in mostly instrumental, energetically complex and twisted rock pieces with acerbic social narrative, the band employing three drummers, bass & two guitars, piano and trumpet from Darren Johnston.

Surplus 1980: Pigeon Obstacle Course  [VINYL + 7''] Surplus 1980:
Pigeon Obstacle Course [VINYL + 7'']

(Dephine Knormal Musik -- Czech Republic )

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Created out of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and drummer/percussionist Moe Staiano's Mute Socialite, this 7-piece improvising rock band turns rock on it's side in mostly instrumental, energetically complex and twisted rock pieces with acerbic social narrative, the band employing three drummers, bass & two guitars, piano and trumpet from Darren Johnston.

Haino, Keiji / Sumac: Even for just the briefest moment Keep charging this "expiation" [VINYL 2 LPs] Haino, Keiji / Sumac:
Even for just the briefest moment Keep charging this "expiation" [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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The second collaboration between the American avant-metal rock trio Sumac of guitarist Aaron Turner, drummer Nick Yacyshyn and bassist Brian Cook and Japanese legendary guitarist and vocalist Keiji Haino finds the quartet settling down from their first blast of an album, here slowly building their heavy feedback-drenched, ponderous and epic music.

Remote Viewers, The: Persuasive With Aliens Remote Viewers, The:
Persuasive With Aliens

(Leo Records -- Great Britain )

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Zs: Grain [VINYL] Zs:
Grain [VINYL]

(Northern Spy -- USA )

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Tenor saxophonist Sam Hillmer (The Diamond Terrifier) takes NYC's Zs into a new direction as a trio with guitarist Patrick Higgins and percussionist Greg Fox, presenting the two part "Grain", a massive work of reorganized sound.

Judge Schreber's Avian Choir: Bleed [VINYL] Judge Schreber's Avian Choir:
Bleed [VINYL]

(Cort -- USA )

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Saxophonist and composer Crowmeat Bob's ensemble, Judge Schreber's Avian Choir, is a project name he's used to present his large ensemble pieces involving composition, improvisation, and conduction, here in a conducted collaboration with 15 bowed string players, a heavy metal rhythm section and Bob's own overdubs on reeds and guitar.

Koenjihyakkei: Angherr Shisspa Revisited Koenjihyakkei:
Angherr Shisspa Revisited

(Skin Graft -- USA )

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A new edition of Koenjihyakkei's landmark fourth album, blending progressive rock, jazz fusion, symphonic rock and neoclassicism with the energy of hardcore punk, the volume of metal and the attitude of Rock In Opposition, from Tatsuya Yoshida on drums, Sakamoto Kengo on bass, Kanazawa Miyako on keyboards Yamamoto Kyoko on voice, and Komori Keiko on reeds.

Haino, Keiji / Sumac: Even for just the briefest moment Keep charging this "expiation" Plug in to ma Haino, Keiji / Sumac:
Even for just the briefest moment Keep charging this "expiation" Plug in to making it slightly better

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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The second collaboration between the American avant-metal rock trio Sumac of guitarist Aaron Turner, drummer Nick Yacyshyn and bassist Brian Cook with Japanese legendary guitarist and vocalist Keiji Haino finds the quartet settling down from their first blast of an album, here slowly building their heavy feedback-drenched, ponderous and epic music.

Low & Spring Heel Jack: Bombscare [VINYL 12" EP] Low & Spring Heel Jack:
Bombscare [VINYL 12" EP]

(Treader -- UK )

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Merging the US band Low of Alan Sparhawk (guitar, voice), Mimi Parker (voice, drums), Zak Sally (bass) and Ed Coxon (violin, viola) with Ashley Wales of the UK band Spring Heel Jack, in an EP of lush slow moving and beautiful songs, structurally interesting pieces of beautiful abstraction; unavailable for two decades and lovingly reissued now on the Treader imprint.

Attias, Michael : Echos La Nuit Attias, Michael :
Echos La Nuit

(Out Of Your Head Records -- USA )

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A beautiful solo set of 12 improvisations, Michael Attias performing on alto sax with his left hand and piano with his right, captured in the natural reverberation of La Maison en Bois in Abeville-La-Riviere, France; surprisingly his 1st solo album, developed over 12 years yet played in under an hour with no retakes, a wonderful nuanced reflection in tone, melody & color.

Durand, Werner : Schwingende Luftsaulen 2 Durand, Werner :
Schwingende Luftsaulen 2

(ANTS Records -- Italy )

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A beautifully hypnotic album of saxophone, accompanied by Pan-Ney, Shruti Box and Organ, recorded in overdubs by composer/wind player Werner Durand in this 2nd chapter of his trilogy focused on the Pan-Ney, a self-built instrument for repetitive foundations, as Durand draws on elements of nature, mythology, dance, religion, literature and folklore.

Fisher, Colin Quartet: Living Midnight [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] Fisher, Colin Quartet:
Living Midnight [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Toronto-area saxophonist Colin Fisher, best known for his group I Have Eaten The City, with his collective quartet of NY players Daniel Carter on tenor, alto & soprano saxophones + clarinet & flute, Brandon Lopez on upright bass, and Marc Edwards on drums & percussion, for three extended and exploratory improvisations of exemplary creative insight.

Fraser, Nick / Kris Davis / Tony Malaby (with Laubrock & Allemano): Zoning [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] Fraser, Nick / Kris Davis / Tony Malaby (with Laubrock & Allemano):
Zoning [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

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Recording in Toronto, the core trio of drummer Nick Fraser, saxophonist Tony Malaby and pianist Kris Davis are joined on four tracks by tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and trumpeter Lina Allemano, in an album of composed and collective improvisation, merging Toronto, NY and European influences in an accomplished album of diverse approaches and orchestrations.

Komeshi Trio (Kolovos / Shiroishi / Meek): The Master Speaks Thrice [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] Komeshi Trio (Kolovos / Shiroishi / Meek):
The Master Speaks Thrice [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

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Dark and demanding improvisation, each side of this album an extended foray into dark and dangerous explorations from the Los Angeles trio of Peter Kolovos on guitar, Patrick Shiroishi on saxophone, and Noel Meek on electronics and tapes, Shiroishi's sweeping tones matching the electronics and effected guitar in a glorious nightmare of darkly imaginative sound.

Lawler, R Keenan / John Krausbauer: Spectre Of Radiants Lawler, R Keenan / John Krausbauer:
Spectre Of Radiants

(ANTS Records -- Italy )

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An extended and rich confluence of strings from R Keenan Lawler and John Krausbauer, using resonator guitar and banjo, sustained tones that intertwine in a beautiful and optimistic drone, minimalistic yet drenched in a profusion of harmonic detail; a beautiful and elusive dream mixing between an Indian raga and an alien electronic environment.

Livebatts! Livebatts!:

(ANTS Records -- Italy )

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Recorded in the mid-90s, Livebatts! was a project of John White (Cornelius Cardew, Scratch Orchestra) developed to exploit "toy" keyboards of the 80s--cheap battery-driven instruments that hold tremendous potential for "serious" music-making--used here in a playful quartet with vocalist MJ Coldiron, Andrea Rocca (guitar & samples) and Nancy Ruffer (electrified flute).

McAuley, Jim / Scot Ray: Second Earth McAuley, Jim / Scot Ray:
Second Earth

(Long Song Records -- Italy )

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An excellent first meeting of two guitarists recording on a February afternoon and released in the sequence recorded with no edits or changes, from Jim McAuley on guitar and Scot Ray on lap steel slide guitar with effects, an innately lyrical blending of styles masking the strong technical skills and long histories of these two superlative players.

Nealand, Aurora / Steve Marquette / Anton Hatwich / Paul Thibodeaux: Kobra Quartet  [CASSETTE w/ DOW Nealand, Aurora / Steve Marquette / Anton Hatwich / Paul Thibodeaux:
Kobra Quartet [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Quietly lurking as it prepares to attack, this Kobra is the free improvising quaret of Aurora Nealand on accordion, alto saxophone, voice & objects, Steve Marquette on acoustic & electric guitars, Anton Hatwich on bass, and Paul Thibodeaux on drums, captured live at Chicago's Hungry Brain during the Instigation Festival for a mysterious 2-part "New Omens" and some "Telly Attire".

Sharp, Elliott / Sergio Sorrentino: Spilla' Sharp, Elliott / Sergio Sorrentino:
Spilla'

(ANTS Records -- Italy )

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'Spilla' means 'to play' in the language of Neapolitan musicians, and playing here are NY guitarist and composer Elliott Sharp and Italian guitarist Sergio Sorrentino, presenting world premier recordings of 4 works recorded live in Vercelli, Italy: two improvisations and two graphic scores performed on electric guitar with incredible technique and passion.

Trrma' / Charlemagne Palestine: Sssseegmmeentss Frrooom Baaari [VINYL] Trrma' / Charlemagne Palestine:
Sssseegmmeentss Frrooom Baaari [VINYL]

(BeCoq -- France )

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Stochastic music for percussion and synthesizers from New York avant conceptualist and keyboardist Charlemagne Palestine, here on piano & electronics, with the Italian duo Trrma' of Giovanni Todisco on percussion and Guiseppe Candiano on synth, in two side-long works of irregular rhythm, complexity and dissonance that build and recede in a suspenseful journey.

Toys'R Noise: Manivole [VINYL] Toys'R Noise:
Manivole [VINYL]

(BeCoq -- France )

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Using toys and handmade instruments alongside guitar, bass, synths, plundered recordings and electronics, the French Toys'R'Noise trio are a live performing group that borrows from electro-beat rock forms with overtones of IDM/ambient forms, building extended sections and then amusing with quick-witted sections that bridge a clear love of the music.

Bonne Humeur Provisoire: Marek [VINYL] Bonne Humeur Provisoire:
Marek [VINYL]

(BeCoq -- France )

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A very odd album of experimental rock and mutilated folk forms that they refer to as "A sort of traditional music from a later country in a less faraway time", from French percussionist Bertrand Fraysse with vocalist Miha, using repetition and simple forms that build to strangely dense electronic environments, with a clear DIY and peculiar attitude; great fun!

Dalachinsky, Steve / The Snobs: Massive Liquidity Dalachinsky, Steve / The Snobs:
Massive Liquidity

(Bam Balam Records -- USA )

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Late NY poet and writer Steve Dalachinsky met with the French electro-rock duo The Snobs of Mad Rabbit and Duck Feeling in Paris in the winter of 2011, recording vocals that Rabbit & Feeling then edited and set to experimental music using guitar, bass, sitar, electronic organ, percussion, effects &c. creating effective settings for Dalachinsky's profound and fascinating words.

Univers Zero: Phosphorescent Dreams Univers Zero:
Phosphorescent Dreams

(Sub Rosa -- Belgium )

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Originally released in Japan on the Arcangelo label, this 2014 album from Daniel Denis' Univers Zero finds the chamber rock band in a tightly dynamic configuration of reeds, keys, guitar, bass, drums and percussion, as they present intricately dark, complex musical schemes that reference avante classical forms through powerfully expressive rock forms.

Univers Zero: Phosphorescent Dreams [VINYL] Univers Zero:
Phosphorescent Dreams [VINYL]

(Sub Rosa -- Belgium )

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Originally released in Japan on the Arcangelo label, this 2014 album from Daniel Denis' Univers Zero finds the chamber rock band in a tightly dynamic configuration of reeds, keys, guitar, bass, drums and percussion, as they present intricately dark, complex musical schemes that reference avante classical forms through powerfully expressive rock forms.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.: Reverse Of Rebirth In Universe [RED VINYL] Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.:
Reverse Of Rebirth In Universe [RED VINYL]

(RIOT SEASON -- UK )

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A new chapter for Acid Mothers Temple and The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. as original members Kawabata Makoto (guitar, speed guru) and Higashi Hiroshi (synthesizer, noodle god) welcome Jyonson Tsu (vocal, midnight whistler), Satoshima Nani (drums, another dimension), and Wolf (bass, space and time) in a sophisticated spacer that references Gong, Grateful Dead, and even Bobby Vinton.

Krokofant w/ Stale Storlokken / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten: Q [VINYL LP + CD] Krokofant w/ Stale Storlokken / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten:
Q [VINYL LP + CD]

(Rune Grammofon -- Norway )

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Bassist Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten (The Thing) and Stale Storlokken (Elephant9, Supersilent, Terje Rypdal) join the Nordic Krokofant trio of Axel Skalstad on drums, vibraphone, Tom Hasslan on guitar, and Jorgen Mathisen on saxophone, presenting the band's 3rd album, performing the 4-part work "Q", an intense and sophisticated album of complex and passionate instrumental rock.

Frostlake: Ice & Bone <i>[Used Item]</i> Frostlake:
Ice & Bone [Used Item]

(Discus -- UK )

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The second album from multi-instrumentalist Frostlake (Jan Todd, also of Orchestra of The Upper Atmosphere), hallucinatory songs of layered vocals accompanied by the creative bass of Terry Todd, for rich atmospheres with warm instrumentation augmented by field recordings; absorbing music that draws its listeners into their beautiful, psychedelic dream states.



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