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Grdina, Gordon / Jim Black: Martian Kitties Grdina, Gordon / Jim Black:
Martian Kitties

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Thirteen succinct improvisations pitting Gordon Grdina's swinging middle-eastern flavors on the oud offset by gritty, experimental guitar work against drummer Jim Black's well-chosen and rock-solid grooves, an engaging album that shifts and explores a tremendous range of ideas and adventurous attitudes that span jazz, rock and experimental genres with ease.

Grdina, Gordon / Jim Black: Martian Kitties [CASSETTE W/ DOWNLOAD] Grdina, Gordon / Jim Black:
Martian Kitties [CASSETTE W/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Thirteen succinct improvisations pitting Gordon Grdina's swinging middle-eastern flavors on the oud offset by gritty, experimental guitar work against drummer Jim Black's well-chosen and rock-solid grooves, an engaging album that shifts and explores a tremendous range of ideas and adventurous attitudes that span jazz, rock and experimental genres with ease.

Ward, Alex: Gated Ward, Alex:
Gated

(Discus -- UK )

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A stunning solo album showing the widely diverse interests of UK clarinetist and guitarist Alex Ward, recording in the studio in 10 multi-track pieces using clarinets, saxophones, guitars, keyboards, electric bass and assorted software instruments in a mix of pre-composed and improvised approaches, burning the spectrum from contemplative to aggressively assertive performance.

Flying Luttenbachers, The: Negative Infinity [VINYL] Flying Luttenbachers, The:
Negative Infinity [VINYL]

(ugEXPLODE / GOD Records -- USA )

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Adhering to the tenets of "Dissonance, Speed, Aggression, Weirdness, and Singularity", Weasel Walter leads his Flying Luttenbachers in their 15th album of no wave, punk jazz & brutal prog, Weasel switching to guitar and yielding the drum chair to Sam Ospovat, as the band rips through ridiculously complex twists and turns, even taking on Albert Ayler's strange '66/'67 musical suites.

Sharp's, Elliott Terraplane: Century Sharp's, Elliott Terraplane:
Century

(zOaR Records -- USA )

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An unflinching look at life in post-Reconstruction America, commemorating the anniversary of Nancy Cunard's 1934 collection of African-American writings, poems, and song lyrics titled Negro: An Anthology, from Elliott Sharp's Terraplane, with vocalists Tracie Morris, Eric Mingus, Mikel Banks, and instrumentalist including Sharp, Dave Hofstra, recordings from Hubert Sumlin, &c.

Flying Luttenbachers, The: Negative Infinity Flying Luttenbachers, The:
Negative Infinity

(ugEXPLODE -- USA )

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Adhering to the tenets of "Dissonance, Speed, Aggression, Weirdness, and Singularity", Weasel Walter leads his Flying Luttenbachers in their 15th album of no wave, punk jazz & brutal prog, Weasel switching to guitar and yielding the drum chair to Sam Ospovat, as the band rips through ridiculously complex twists and turns, even taking on Albert Ayler's strange '66/'67 musical suites.

J. & F. Band, The (Fonda / Tononi / Durante / Grissom / Irabagon / Parrini / Rodgers / Sharrard)N: M J. & F. Band, The (Fonda / Tononi / Durante / Grissom / Irabagon / Parrini / Rodgers / Sharrard)N:
Me and the Devil

(Long Song Records -- Italy )

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A powerful and effusive jazz rocking and danceable album of instrumentals and songs from the Italian/International J & F Band of drummer Tiziano Tononi, bassist Joe Fonda, plus guitarists David Grissom, Bobby Lee Rodgers & Scott Sharrard, keyboardist Pee Wee Durante, violinist Emanuele Parrini and saxophonist Jon Irabagon, recording in New Haven, CT; get it on!

Chansons du Crepuscule (Helene Breschand / Elliott Sharp): Aube Chansons du Crepuscule (Helene Breschand / Elliott Sharp):
Aube

(zOaR Records -- USA )

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A collection of original songs and interpretations inspired by Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, from vocalist Hélène Breschand, also performing on harp, electronics & field recordings, in a duo with Elliott Sharp, who creates grooves and instrumental environments on guitar, synth, bass, drum programming & electronics, each song beautifully fractured and rich in detail.

J. & F. Band, The : Cajun Blue J. & F. Band, The :
Cajun Blue

(Long Song Records -- Italy )

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Following their first record with this powerful blues rock & jazz album, the Italian/US J & F Band of Tiziano Tononi (drums), Joe Fonda (bass), drummer/percussionist Jaimoe and Pach, Peewee Durante (keys), Alberto Mandarini (trumpet), Beppe Caruso (trombone) and Gianluigi Paganelli (tuba), with guest guitarist David Grissom and vocalist Lamar Williams Jr.

je'raf: Throw Neck je'raf:
Throw Neck

(Amalgam -- USA )

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Reminding of Downtown NY bands in the vein of No Safety or Curlew, this Chicago/NY 7-piece blurs rock, jazz and funk forms with intelligent and often satirical lyrics, upbeat and joyful music that defies categorization through groove-based songs that playfully critique while keeping it all danceable and fun, in a wonderfully talented and enjoyable album.

Nace, Bill: One Note (Solo Guitar 2) [VINYL] Nace, Bill:
One Note (Solo Guitar 2) [VINYL]

(Open Mouth -- USA )

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An early recording of guitarist Bill Nace performing solo in Bennington, Vermont in 2007, originally released on cassette in 2008 on the Open Mouth label, here re-pressed on LP to re-introduce an earlier, wilder side to Nace's playing through brief pieces of diverse intention using an array of objects to transform his guitar into a tightly honed sonic device.

Sharp's, Elliott Terraplane: Kick It Six Sharp's, Elliott Terraplane:
Kick It Six

(zOaR Records -- USA )

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The title referencing a Blind Willie McTell entreaty to himself, Elliott Sharp's contemporary blues project Teraplane truly "kicks" in 8 burning pieces of concentrated guitar work from Sharp, solo and in overdub, recording in Studio zOaR while performing on electric guitar, vong co guitar, lap steel guitar, console steel guitars, mandocello, mandola, basses & drum programming.

Korekyojinn (Yoshida / Nasuno / Natsuki): Mesopotamia Korekyojinn (Yoshida / Nasuno / Natsuki):
Mesopotamia

(Magaibutsu Limited -- Japan )

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The Japanese Korekyojinn trio of Tatsuya Yoshida on drums, Mitsuru Nasuno on bass and Kido Natsuki on guitar continue their high energy approach to prog and jazz/rock with this, their 6th studio album over 20 years, in seven new pieces of extended instrumental works maintaining the effortlessly complex & joyful interplay amid quickly shifting time signatures and melodic changes.

Frith, Fred: Rocking The Boat (Volume 1 Of The Fred Records Story, 2001-2020) [BOX SET] Frith, Fred:
Rocking The Boat (Volume 1 Of The Fred Records Story, 2001-2020) [BOX SET]

(Recommended Records -- UK )

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The first of three sturdy box sets from innovative guitarist, composer and improviser Fred Frith, here with 8 CDs from the Recommended Records label plus a bonus CD, a thick booklet of artwork, photographs & extensive notes from Frith; albums included are Guitar Solos, Gravity, Cheap at Half the Price, Killing Time, Impur , Middle of the Moment, Keep the Dog; Dropera.

Frith, Fred: Crossing Borders (Volume 2 Of The Fred Records Story, 2001-2020) [BOX SET] Frith, Fred:
Crossing Borders (Volume 2 Of The Fred Records Story, 2001-2020) [BOX SET]

(Recommended Records -- UK )

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The second of three sturdy box sets from innovative guitarist, composer and improviser Fred Frith, here with 8 CDs from the Recommended Records label plus a bonus CD, a thick booklet of artwork, photographs & extensive notes from Frith; albums included are Live in Japan, Speechless, Prints, Step Across the Border, Impur 2, Art of Memory II, Skeleton Crew, Helter Skelter.

Frith, Fred: Stepping Out (Volume 3 Of The Fred Records Story, 2001-2020) [BOX SET] Frith, Fred:
Stepping Out (Volume 3 Of The Fred Records Story, 2001-2020) [BOX SET]

(Recommended Records -- UK )

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The third of three sturdy box sets from innovative guitarist, composer and improviser Fred Frith, here with 8 CDs from the Recommended Records label plus a bonus CD, a thick booklet of artwork, photographs & extensive notes from Frith; albums included are Technology of Tears, Propaganda, Allies, Accidental, The Previous Evening, Happy End Problem, Nowhere, Sideshow, Field Days; Inimitable (previously unreleased).

News From Babel: Letters Home [VINYL] News From Babel:
Letters Home [VINYL]

(ReR Vinyl -- Italy )

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Originally issued on vinly LP in 1986 and at last reissued on vinyl, this incredible band emerged post-Henry Cow, initiated by alumni Chris Cutler (drums) and Lindsay Cooper (reeds), plus bassist Bill Gilonis, Zeena Parkins on harp, and four outstanding vocalists taking on Chris Cutler's insightful texts: Phil Minton, Dagmar Krause, Sally Potter, and Robert Wyatt.

Various Artists: Sharp, Elliott Presents I Never Metaguitar 5: Solo Guitars For The 21st Century Various Artists:
Sharp, Elliott Presents I Never Metaguitar 5: Solo Guitars For The 21st Century

(Klanggalerie -- Austria )

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Elliott Sharp's fifth compilation bringing a diverse and global view on modern solo guitar work continues the series on a new record label and with the same exceptional ear for superb musicians, here including Anthony Pirog, David Watson, Liberty Ellman, Matteo Liberatore, Mike Baggetta, Chris Vine, Craig Green, Jerome Harris, Philip L'Epee, Will Bernard, &c.

Spaceman, J / J Coxon: Play The Red Krayola Live 1967 [VINYL] Spaceman, J / J Coxon:
Play The Red Krayola Live 1967 [VINYL]

(Treader -- UK )

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J Spaceman and J Coxon play the music of avant rock band The Red Krayola! through two guitars, feedback, metronomes and a music box, recording during preparation for a joint performance by J Spaceman and J Coxon as part of: Art and Language: Letters to The Jackson Pollock Bar in the Style of The Red Krayola, Lisson Gallery New York, October 2019.

Haco: Nova Naturo Haco:
Nova Naturo

(Someone Good -- Australia )

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Drawing inspiration from mythologies surrounding ideas of rebirth, Haco's unique sense of ambience within song structures creates beautiful environments of rich detail and encompassing warmth, performed with an eclectic group including improvising guitarist Manuel Adnot, pianist Tetsuji Matsuo, Stabilo (Speaker Gain Teardrop), Tarnovski (Gurun Gurun), and Keiichi Sugimoto (Vegpher).

Plan Kruutntoone: Wat Doen De Handen [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] Plan Kruutntoone:
Wat Doen De Handen [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]

(esc.rec. -- Netherlands )

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The fifth album from Amsterdam avant rock band Plan Kruutntoone led by Hans Visser on guitar, banjo & voice, and drummer/percussionist Chris MŸller, is a diverse set of recording that bring a sense of isolation and introspection, including spoken word pieces with Samuel Beckett text fragments, and a string quartet composed by Hans Visser; unique and singular.

Squid: Bright Green Field Squid:
Bright Green Field

(Warp Records -- UK )

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Blurring the boundaries of popular rock, composed and electro/experimental/ea forms, with hints of The Ex, Gang of Four, Talking Heads, LCD Soundsystem and their own happily quirky sound, Squid was formed in Brigton by Ollie Judge (Drums & Lead Vocals), Louis Borlase (Guitars), Arthur Leadbetter (Keys, Strings & Percussion), Laurie Nankivell (Bass & Brass) and Anton Pearson (Guitars).

Motorpsycho: Kingdom of Oblivion [2 LPs CLEAR] Motorpsycho:
Kingdom of Oblivion [2 LPs CLEAR]

(Rune Grammofon -- Norway )

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The productive and excellent work of Norwegian rock band Motorpsycho, releasing an album a year for 30+ years, continues with this superb example of long form and diverse approaches to the rock medium, the core trio of Saether (bass, vocals, mellotron, &c), Hans Magnus Ryan (guitar, sax, vocals) and Tomas Jarmyr (drums) extended by Reine Fiske on guitar and Ola Kvernberg on percussion.

Mollestad, Hedvig Trio: Ding Dong. You're Dead Mollestad, Hedvig Trio:
Ding Dong. You're Dead

(Rune Grammofon -- Norway )

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A scorching album of instrumental rock bridging avant, prog and jazz/rock forms, from the inspired and burning Norwegian band led by guitarist Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen and her trio with bassist Ellen Brekken and drummer Ivar Loe Bjornstad; reference John McLaughlin, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, or just focus on the powerhouse that is the Hedvig Mollestad Trio.

Chrome Hill (Lerheim / Nymo / Lofthus / Arntzen): This Is Chrome Hill [VINYL] Chrome Hill (Lerheim / Nymo / Lofthus / Arntzen):
This Is Chrome Hill [VINYL]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Self-described as Scandinavian jazz rock noir, the Chrome Hill quartet of Asbjorn Lerheim on baritone guitar, Roger Arntzen on double bass, Torstein Lofthus on drums & vibraphone, and Atle Nymo on tenor saxophone, present a dramatic album of contrasts inspired by cinematic and musical moods, merging elements of folk, Delta blues and cowboy rock into their darkly cool sound.

Various Artists (curated by Nick Vander): Walk My Way, Volume Five Various Artists (curated by Nick Vander):
Walk My Way, Volume Five

(Orbit577 -- USA )

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The final of five volumes from this series curated by Nick Vander, a testament to the incredible musical range of the guitar and the imaginative possibility of guitarists around the world, with tracks from Harvey Valdes, Antonio Guillen, Boris Belica, Sandy Ewen, Denis Sorokin, Arvind Ganga, Pengboon Don, Josue Amador, Todd Clouser, and Mohammed Ashraf.

Taylor, Mike: Trio, Quartet & Composer, Revisited Taylor, Mike:
Trio, Quartet & Composer, Revisited

(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd -- Austria )

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Found dead in the Thames River in 1969, pianist & composer Mike Taylor left a legacy of two solid & lyrical jazz albums, of which the complete Trio album and one track from Pendulum are remastered; but he was also a songwriter for the Eric Clapton/Ginger Baker/Jack Bruce band Cream, of which three Taylor compositions with lyrics and vocals by Baker are included.

Various Artists (curated by Nick Vander): Walk My Way, Volume Four Various Artists (curated by Nick Vander):
Walk My Way, Volume Four

(Orbit577 -- USA )

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The fourth of a five volume compilation series curated by Nick Vander, a testament to the incredible musical range of the guitar and the imaginative possibility of guitarists around the world, with tracks from Janet Feder, Martin Vishnick, Ikbal Lubys, Edward J. Gibbs, Joshua Weitzel, Guram Machavari, Eric Wong, Garth Erasmus, and Bill Horist.

Coultrain: Phantasmagoria Coultrain:
Phantasmagoria

(577 Records -- USA )

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West Coast songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Coultrain, aka Aaron Michael Frison or Seymour Liberty, in an collection of songs based around a sequence of images reminiscent of a dream, capturing the hazy state of mind that drove the process behind this album, as well as its dreamy effect; soulful and introspective, an album of poetic observation and reflection.

Coultrain: Phantasmagoria [VINYL] Coultrain:
Phantasmagoria [VINYL]

(577 Records -- USA )

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West Coast songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Coultrain, aka Aaron Michael Frison or Seymour Liberty, in an collection of songs based around a sequence of images reminiscent of a dream, capturing the hazy state of mind that drove the process behind this album, as well as its dreamy effect; soulful and introspective, an album of poetic observation and reflection.

Musicworks: #138 Winter 2020/2021 [MAGAZINE + CD] Musicworks:
#138 Winter 2020/2021 [MAGAZINE + CD]

(Musicworks -- Canada )

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The final issue of 2020 is is dedicated to the art of conversation in music and about music during the age of pandemic; with Debby Friday on the cover, plus articles about Victoria-based composer Anna Höstman, Tehran-born Araz Salek, Tkarón:to-based saxophonist and composer Olivia Shortt, with a CD including tracks from those artists, plus reviews, articles, &c.

Weiss, Dan Starebaby: Natural Selection Weiss, Dan Starebaby:
Natural Selection

(Pi Recordings -- USA )

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The follow-up to NY drummer/composer Dan Weiss's 2018 release Starebaby is an unconventional compounding of electric jazz, doom metal, electronic music, and improvisation, performed with Matt Mitchell on piano & Prophet 6, Craig Taborn on piano, Fender Rhodes & synthesizers, Ben Monder on guitars, and Trevor Dunn on electric bass.

Various Artists (curated by Nick Vander): Walk My Way, Volume Three Various Artists (curated by Nick Vander):
Walk My Way, Volume Three

(Orbit577 -- USA )

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The third of a five volume compilation series curated by Nick Vander, a testament to the incredible musical range of the guitar and the imaginative possibility of guitarists around the world, with tracks from Sergio Sorrentino, Christian Vasseur, CharbelHaber, Misha Marks, Henry Kaiser, Nick Ashwood, Emil Palme & Taus Bregnhøj-Olesen, Sharif Sehnaoui, Colin Robinson, Martin Huba

Various Artists (curated by Nick Vander: Walk My Way, Volume Two Various Artists (curated by Nick Vander:
Walk My Way, Volume Two

(Orbit577 -- USA )

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The second of a five-volume compilation series curated by Nick Vander, a testament to the incredible musical range of the guitar and the imaginative possibility of guitarists around the world, with tracks from David Stackenas, Jessica Ackerley, Jorge Espinal, Usui Yasuhiro, Scott Fields, Sebastian Sequoiah.Grayson, Sam Shalabi, Shinobu Nemoto and Nyctalllz.

Lucas, Gary: The Essential Gary Lucas [2 CDs] Lucas, Gary:
The Essential Gary Lucas [2 CDs]

(Knitting Factory -- USA )

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A retrospective of the work of guitarist and one-time Captain Beefheart Magic Band member Gary Lucas, in two CDs, the first devoted to songs recorded with Lucas' psychedelic jazz-rock band Gods and Monsters, the second devoted to solo works, rarities and collaborations, with an incredible list of performers reflecting Lucas' diverse 40-year career.

Various Artists (curated by Nick Vander): Walk My Way, Volume One Various Artists (curated by Nick Vander):
Walk My Way, Volume One

(Orbit577 -- USA )

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The first of a five-volume compilation series curated by Nick Vander, a testament to the incredible musical range of the guitar and the imaginative possibility of guitarists around the world, with tracks from L. Hein, Davaajargal Tsaschikher, Alan Courtis, Marco Cappelli, Elliott Sharp, Hery Ujjaya, Killick Hinds, Gilbert Isbin, and Nick Vander.

Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere: Theta Five Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere:
Theta Five

(Discus -- UK )

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The 5th album from the UK collective improvising progressive rock band of reedist Martin Archer, drummer Steve Dinsdale, bassists Lorin Halsall & Terry Todd, percussionist Walt Shaw, keyboardist Andy Peake, violinist Yvonna Magda and string player & vocalist Jad Todd, merging acoustic and electronic instruments in rich and often dreamlike forms that flow with spirited refinement.

Chrome Hill (Lerheim / Arntzen / Lofthus / Nymo): This is Chrome Hill Chrome Hill (Lerheim / Arntzen / Lofthus / Nymo):
This is Chrome Hill

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Self-described as Scandinavian jazz rock noir, the Chrome Hill quartet of Asbjorn Lerheim on baritone guitar, Roger Arntzen on double bass, Torstein Lofthus on drums & vibraphone, and Atle Nymo on tenor saxophone, present a dramatic album of contrasts inspired by cinematic and musical moods, merging elements of folk, Delta blues and cowboy rock into their darkly cool sound.

Wyatt, Robert: His Greatest Misses Wyatt, Robert:
His Greatest Misses

(Domino Record Co. -- USA )

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Originally released in 2004 in Japan, this compilation covers songs from Soft Machine legend Robert Wyatt's solo career, from albums back to Rock Bottom through Cuckooland, sequenced non-chronologically reflecting the depth of interest, excitement & pathos of his remarkable career, one of rock's most unconventional and brilliant songwriters and singers.

Kazuhisa, Uchihashi / Yoshida Tatsuya: Improvisations 5 [2 CDs] Kazuhisa, Uchihashi / Yoshida Tatsuya:
Improvisations 5 [2 CDs]

(Magaibutsu -- Japan )

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21 wild rides from the fully improvised duo of guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi on guitar & effects, and Tatsuya Yoshida on drums, voice & sampler, two CDs from four separate concerts at Japanese venues Akihabara Goodman in 2012 & 2014, Kichijoji FOXHOLE in 2014, and Okubo Hikarino-Uma in 2017; intensely exciting and magnificently masterful improv instrumental rock.

Sanhedrin (Haino / Yoshida / Nasuno): Change The Density So That You Can Crawl Up From The Sea Of   Sanhedrin (Haino / Yoshida / Nasuno):
Change The Density So That You Can Crawl Up From The Sea Of Duty

(Trailights Record -- Japan )

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Formed in the mid-2000s in the wake of the band Knead, the first new Sanhedrin album in six years sees the return of Keiji Haino on guitar, Mitsuru Nasuno on bass guitar and Tatsuya Yoshida on drums, performing live at Akihabara Club Goodman in Japan for four extended rock improvisations, dense, soulful avant-prog with feedback drenched resonance.

Konrad Strumpfel & The Set: refrescoscopio [CASSETTE] Konrad Strumpfel & The Set:
refrescoscopio [CASSETTE]

(Music a la Coque -- France )

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An unissued album from Bavarian experimenter & songwriter Konrad Strumpfel and "The Set", the Czech duo of Herbert Lukundra & Josif Afkak, who added their contributions to Strumpfel's work which had been sent to them by post, the strengthening of the "Iron Curtain" between the USSR & Europe in the late 80s then prohibiting the release of their collaboration.

Acid Mothers Temple: Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo [VINYL 2 LPs RSD] Acid Mothers Temple:
Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo [VINYL 2 LPs RSD]

(SPACE AGE -- E.U. )

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Acid Mothers Temple's Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo was first released on CD in 2007 by Ace Fu Records, here re-mastered for vinyl, "Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo" being a phrase expounded by a 13th century Japanese Buddhist monk called Nichiren translating loosely to "I devote myself to the Mystic Law of the Lotus Sutra" or "... the Wonderful Dharma of the Lotus Flower Teaching".

Residents, The : Icky Flix: The Original Soundtrack Recording [2LP Vinyl RSD] Residents, The :
Icky Flix: The Original Soundtrack Recording [2LP Vinyl RSD]

(Ralph Records -- USA )

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Colored vinyl double LP Record Store Day release of the soundtrack to the eyeballed band's 2001 "Icky Flix" DVD, 20 re-worked classic Residents tracks, originally released as a 14-track soundtrack CD, here in an extended edition that includes 6 additional tracks, "reimaginings" not included on the original version of the album.

Brochard, Eric / Fabrice Favriou: Derviche Brochard, Eric / Fabrice Favriou:
Derviche

(Ayler -- France )

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Improvised and heavy forms of experimental rock from the French duo of piccolo bassist Eric Brochard and drummer Fabrice Favriou, their music dramatic, ritualistic and urgent as they reference Maya Deren and mythological experience, their music hypnotically mesmerizing and sonically rich, slowly whirling dervishes in five varying sequences that growl and transfix.

Das Rad (Archer / Robinson / Dinsdale): Adios Al Futuro Das Rad (Archer / Robinson / Dinsdale):
Adios Al Futuro

(Discus -- UK )

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The 2nd release from the UK instrumental rock band Das Rad of Nick Robinson on guitars, keyboards & electronics, Martin Archer on woodwind, keyboards, synth bass & electronics, and Steve Dinsdale on drums, keyboards & electronics, expand their sound and referenes as they tug on the heartstrings of prog, krautrock and other advanced rock forms with modern and mellotron-fueled orchestration.

Musicworks: #137 Fall 2020 [MAGAZINE + CD] Musicworks:
#137 Fall 2020 [MAGAZINE + CD]

(Musicworks -- Canada )

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Fall 2020 issue of Canada's finest new music magazine, focusing on guitars--hollow, heavy, bowed, cracked, pedalled, flung, trusty companions & feedback demons; Plus articles on Casey Koyczan, Susan Alcorn, Amy Brandon, Aidan Baker, Eliza Kavtion, C. Diab, Markus Lake, Catherine Debard, Cloud Chamber, &c; and an 11-track CD with music from the aforementioned.

Plan Kruutntoone / Reinier van Houdt : Pas Maar Op, Want Deze Tas Is Van Zorro (En Zorro Houdt Van M Plan Kruutntoone / Reinier van Houdt :
Pas Maar Op, Want Deze Tas Is Van Zorro (En Zorro Houdt Van Mij)

(esc.rec. -- Netherlands )

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Plan Kruutntoone joins forces with avant-garde pianist Reinier van Houdt for a conceptual narrative blurring improvised music, compositional and rock forms, with a narrative based around Zorro and Rosa, geography (and Spielberg) and Brodski, or in their terms: composed and deranged music and lyrics (and other words) on guitars, basses, drums and a piano.

Higgins, Tyler (w/ Monticello / Stevens): Broken Blues Higgins, Tyler (w/ Monticello / Stevens):
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(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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Blues with a strong sonic sense in Atlanta, GA guitarist Tyler Higgin's 2nd release on Shhpuma, his trio again featuring drummer Paul Stevens, and here adding bassist Gabriel Monticello, known for symphonic, jazz and rock forms, bringing masterful skill to this album that richly blends blues, gospel, folk, jazz and rock forms with passion and style.

Jerkagram / Martin Escalante : Parkour Jerkagram / Martin Escalante :
Parkour

(577 Records -- USA )

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Ater a concert in Los Angeles with Martin Escalante on the same bill, the twin brothers, guitarist Derek Gaines and drummer Brent Gaines, asked the extreme saxophonist to join them in the creation of a new, cathartic form of improvisation, filled with angst and dramatic release, ending with an extended journey in sound and squawk; a gripping album of gritty improv.

Roman Radkovic Collective: Televize [VINYL] Roman Radkovic Collective:
Televize [VINYL]

(Mappa -- Slovokia )

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A Slovokian experimental group with rock roots and a somewhat DaDa approach to unusual song forms using perplexing repetitions and interventions, led by guitarist and vocalist Roman Radkovič with Josef Novák on keyboard, Jiří Šíla on accordion, Zdeněk Řihošek on harmonica & double bass Zdeněk Caha on drums & voice, and Miloš Šandera on percussion.

Karkhana: Bitter Balls [VINYL] Karkhana:
Bitter Balls [VINYL]

(Unrock -- Netherlands )

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LP-only, no 7" single. The second full-length album from Karkhana, a septet featuring members of Dwarfs Of East Agouza, A "Trio", Konstrukt, Chicago Tentet, Land of Kush, among others in four compositions of "crystal clear and deep, dark, distorted unrock compositions" in both electric and acoustic instrumentation, an international genre-crossing album.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

(Munster Records, Insulin Addicted Records, CruditŽs 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.

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.

Walter, Weasel : Skhiizm Walter, Weasel :
Skhiizm

(ugEXPLODE -- USA )

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Drummer Weasel Walter turns to his love of furious metallic music in this intimidating album of chaotic, noisy skronk rock in a solo album played on guitars, drums and electronics accompanied by distorted grunts that add a disturbing layer to the madness; aggressively skillful and demanding, intended to be played LOUD, with a take-no-prisoners, no-apology attitude.

Chadbourne, Eugene Contemporary Rock Band: Eugene's Treat Area Chadbourne, Eugene Contemporary Rock Band:
Eugene's Treat Area

(Chadula -- USA )

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Eugene Chadbourne's Contemporary Rock Band is a trio with bassist Jair-Rohm Parker Wells of Machine Gun fame, electronic harmonica master Steven De Bruyn of El Fish and The Rhythm Junks, and Doc Chad himself on electric & acoustic guitars, banjo and voice, in a well-recorded studio album of covers that range from rock, pop, psych, experimental, blues, and a unique cover of "Monk's Dream".

Chadbourne, Eugene Contemporary Rock Band: Sounds Of The Now Generation Chadbourne, Eugene Contemporary Rock Band:
Sounds Of The Now Generation

(Chadula -- USA )

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Doc Chad took his Contemporary Rock Band, here as a quintet with Schroeder on drums, Fisten Titus Waldenfels on fiddle, Jan Fitsen on bass, and Marcello Del Bosco on drums, on a tour of Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Slovenia, Bulgaria, here presenting the best of the tour with recordings of Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, plus a solo piece recorded on a vintage acoustic guitar.

Chadbourne, Eugene: Country All The Way Chadbourne, Eugene:
Country All The Way

(Chadula -- USA )

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A mix of songs and instrumentals, with 11 country classic covers, recorded in the studio and on tour from 2017-2018 in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Slovenia, and Bulgaria, and the UK including one track from Cafe Oto, in the company of Titus Waldenfels (guitar), Thilo Kuhn (keys), Schroeder (drums), Gary Cherwonka (pedal steel) and Steven De Bruyn (harmonica).

Knalpot (Fanoli / Jager / Caron): Dierendag Knalpot (Fanoli / Jager / Caron):
Dierendag

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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Sporting a strange sense of humor and blending rock and improvisation, instrumentally this Amsterdam is the duo of Raphael Vanoli on guitar, synth, & electronics and Gerri Jager on drums, synths, & electronics, with Sandor Caron providing sound design, here in an album of stylistic amalgamations of unexpected and upbeat rhythmic oddity and fun melodic inventiveness.

ZNR: Traite De Mecanique Populaire ZNR:
Traite De Mecanique Populaire

(Recommended Records -- UK )

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French composer and producer Hector Zazou's 2nd and last release with a "most exquisite and eccentric of groups, who hardly touched the world of working bands, and whose existence was tenuous, flickering, mythological - and yet who managed, stealthily, to find its way in time to legendary status by leaving an indelible trace in recorded form of their verifiable existence."

Hawkins, Chester: Natural Causes - Original Music For Pale Trees, A Film By Tim Ashby [VINYL] Hawkins, Chester:
Natural Causes - Original Music For Pale Trees, A Film By Tim Ashby [VINYL]

(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.

Baker / Glover: Love, Approximately Baker / Glover:
Love, Approximately

(Bad Architect Records -- USA )

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Bridging folk traditions with modern aesthetics, the duo of Evan Baker on guitar and Austin Glover on violin, both contributing songs, sing about everyday events, music, and life, the songs having a bluesy and even early Kinks feel at times, made unique through a cappella moments and languid instrumental sections.

Higgins, Tyler (w / Stevens / Higgins): Blue Mood Higgins, Tyler (w / Stevens / Higgins):
Blue Mood

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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Hailing from Atlanta, GA, guitarist Tyler Higgins is also a multi-instrumentalist and composer who merges genres of moody, cinematic music based around folk, blues, jazz and twisted with unusual approaches, aided in his endeavors by drummer Paul Steven and wordless vocalist Ellen Higgins, producing a alluring set of musical narratives.

Golden Oriole: Golden Oriole Golden Oriole:
Golden Oriole

(BeCoq -- France )

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Rough and ready, angular instrumental rock from this Stavanger, Norway-based instrumental duo of Kristoffer Riis on guitar and Thore Warland on drums, two parts of the power-trio Staer, here creating a massive dose of momentum as they push heavy rhythmic riffs with odd tonality and a great sheen of prickly effect layers, in a compelling and muscular album.

La Baracande : La Baracande La Baracande :
La Baracande

(BeCoq -- France )

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The third album from the French/Belgium La Baracande, with vocalist/violinist Basile Bremaud leading a quartet of violin, guitar, lap steel, pedal board, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy, and drone, singing long form ballads of epic tales of life and love that they describe as speaking with a voice to the living and our ghosts.

Murayama, Seijiro: Broken Iteration [2 CDs] Murayama, Seijiro:
Broken Iteration [2 CDs]

(Herbal International -- Malaysia )

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A 2-CD release from Japanese percussionist Seijiro Murayama, performing solo on "objects" which combines clearly percussive objects and other electroacoustic items of obscure origin, creating active, rich and curious sonic environments that envelop the listener.

Scarassatti, Marco: Casa Acustica (Fragments From An Improvisation Diary) Scarassatti, Marco:
Casa Acustica (Fragments From An Improvisation Diary)

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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"Like what happened in Rios Encausurados (Seminal Records, 2015), in the compositions / improvisations of Marco Scarassatti, the recorded sounds of the sound landscape are again of special relevance. In this case, are the own recordings...

 

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