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Surplus 1980: Illusion of Consistency [VINYL + CD + DOWNLOAD]
Surplus 1980:
Illusion of Consistency [VINYL + CD + DOWNLOAD]

(Surplus Industries -- USA )


Price: $19.95    




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Composed using an "exquisite corpse" method during the pandemic, where each player provided a partially complete track with instructions to expand their concept, enlisting an incredible set of musicians across the US & Europe, directed by Moe! Staiano, including Jesse Quattro, Fred Frith, Carla Kihlstedt, , GW Sok, Amy X Neuburg, Darren Johnston, &c &c.

Cassiber: The Cassiber Box redux [6 CDs, 1 DVD and Book]
Cassiber:
The Cassiber Box redux [6 CDs, 1 DVD and Book]

(Recommended Records -- Great Britain )


Price: $64.95    




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Reissuing the 2013 box set of the 1980s UK/Euro improvising rock band Cassiber, including their 4 remastered studio albums + 2 additional CDs, a 2 hour DVD, and a 32-page color book, revealing an amazing band merging experimental rock, fringe jazz, punk, pop, plunderphonics, improvisation, & musique concrete with an energetic and complex form of studio composition - superb!

Hollow Deck: Over East [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Hollow Deck:
Over East [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Tripticks Tapes -- USA )


Price: $9.95    




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Straddling quirky folk song and experimental sound collage, the long-running Western Massachusettes duo of fiddler, banjo player & singer Mia Friedman and clarinetist, wind player & sound artist Andy Allen (Guerilla Toss) present an album of observational songs with unusual perspectives and an anything goes approach to the music that surrounds each song; delightful.

Awkward Geisha / Eugene Chadbourne: Awkward Geisha / Eugene Chadbourne [7'' VINYL]
Awkward Geisha / Eugene Chadbourne:
Awkward Geisha / Eugene Chadbourne [7'' VINYL]

(Love Earth Music -- USA )


Price: $14.95    




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A split 7" vinyl between UK collage artist Ade Rowe, also known as Awkward Geisha, in a country & western song of improvised guitar & sax titled "Psycho"; and somewhat appropriately backed with a quartet of guitar, harmonica, mandolin & trumpet from avant country eccentric Eugene Chadbourne, poking fun through a song titled "Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mother".

Marks, Hannah: Outsider, Outlier
Marks, Hannah:
Outsider, Outlier

(Out Of Your Head Records -- USA )


Price: $12.95    




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Merging jazz and rock forms, NY bassist Hannah Marks composes and provides the lyrics for 10 inspired songs of incisive, quirky and expressive topics, performed with a sextet of solid players from the genre-mashing NY scene: Sarah Rossy (lead vocals), Lee Meadvin (guitar), Lex Korten (piano), Nathan Reising (alto saxophone), and Connor Parks (drums).

Eclectic Maybe Band: Bars Without Measures
Eclectic Maybe Band:
Bars Without Measures

(Discus -- UK )


Price: $15.95    




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Creating structured works from real time improvisations, Guy Seger's (Univers Zero) large ensemble of absolutely impressive players breaks down to smaller grouping to record the layers of each piece, which Seger then uses as raw material for each finished piece, as elements of rock, jazz, composed, and experimental forms merge into accomplished and engaging compositions.

Longhand (Tony Wilson / Peder Long) with special guests Jesse and Josh Zubot: Plays Long
Longhand (Tony Wilson / Peder Long) with special guests Jesse and Josh Zubot:
Plays Long

(Drip Audio -- Canada )


Price: $14.95    




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Vancouver mainstay, guitarist and composer Tony Wilson leads Longhnad, performing the energetically twising and turning, genre-spanning music of composer and saxophonist Peder Long, a mentor to Wilson while studying at Malaspina College, in a band with Vancouver collaborators Russell Sholberg (bass), Skey Brooks (drums), Jesse Zubot (violin) and Joshua Zubot (violin).

Cutler, Chris: Compositions And Collaborations 1972-2022: In A Box [10 CD / DVD / BOOKLET BOX SET]
Cutler, Chris:
Compositions And Collaborations 1972-2022: In A Box [10 CD / DVD / BOOKLET BOX SET]

(Recommended Records -- UK )


Price: $74.95    




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An amazing collection and reflection on the work of percussionist, composer and connector Chris Cutler of Henry Cow fame and founder of the highly influential Recommended Records label and distribution service, through 10 CDs, 1 DVD and two books of documentation, artwork, photographs, published and unpublished texts in a sturdy box, with over five hours of unreleased materials.

Mollestad, Hedvig Weejuns: Weejuns
Mollestad, Hedvig Weejuns:
Weejuns

(Rune Grammofon -- Norway )


Price: $15.95    




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A new trio from Norwegian improvising rock guitarist Hedvig Mollestad with Supersilent/Elephant9's Ståle Storløkken A new trio from Norwegian improvising rock guitarist Hedvig Mollestad with Supersilent/Elephant9's Ståle Storløkken on bass and drummer Ole Mofjel, in a well-balanced album that brings to mind Crimson, ECM fusion or Mahavishnu/Miles, through a six live performances throughout Norway of burning interaction around introspective sonic environments.and drummer Ole Mofjel, in a well-balanced album that brings to mind Crimson, ECM fusion or Mahavishnu/Miles, through a six live performances throughout Norway of burning interaction around introspective sonic environments.

Pere Ubu: Architecture For The People: 1979-1982 [4 CD BOOKBACK + DOWNLOAD]
Pere Ubu:
Architecture For The People: 1979-1982 [4 CD BOOKBACK + DOWNLOAD]

(Fire -- UK )


Price: $47.95    




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Compiling three essential albums from legendary Cleveland art rock band Pere Ubu--New Picnic Time (1979), The Art Of Walking (1980), and Song Of The Bailing Man, along with an album of out-takes and oddities, Architectural Salvage (1981), presented in a handsome four-disc 'bookback' with notes and memorabilia approved by the band.

Pere Ubu: Elitism For The People: 1975-1978 [4 CD BOOKBACK + DOWNLOAD]
Pere Ubu:
Elitism For The People: 1975-1978 [4 CD BOOKBACK + DOWNLOAD]

(Fire -- UK )


Price: $47.95    




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Compiling two of the earliest and most essential albums from legendary Cleveland art rock band Pere Ubu--The Modern Dance and Dub Housing (1978), along with the 1995 compilation the Hearpen Singles and a 1977 live set in Manhattan, in a four-disc 'bookback' set featuring excerpts from the Pere Ubu scrapbook 75-82, written by David Thomas, including historical photos.

Mollestad, Hedvig: Weejuns [VINYL 2 LPs]
Mollestad, Hedvig:
Weejuns [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Rune Grammofon -- Norway )


Price: $37.95    




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Teaming up with Norwegian keyboard player Ståle Storløkken of Elephant9 & Supersilent and drummer Ole Mofjell, guitarist Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen introduces her new trio with this double album of live recordings from three separate concerts in Oslo and Stavanger, Norway, in dynamic performances of blistering, building prog and jazz fusion-oriented rock forms.

Squid: O Monolith
Squid:
O Monolith

(Warp Records -- UK )


Price: $17.95    




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The second full-length album from the UK genre-merging rock band Squid, in eight new songs of quirky imagistic and insightful lyrics and playing, surprising instrumental combinations and an experimental approach to layering sound, born from onstage improv experiments during their 2021 tour, recording this album at Peter Gabriel's studio at the end of that tour.

Orcutt, Bill: Jump On It [VINYL]
Orcutt, Bill:
Jump On It [VINYL]

(Palilalia -- USA )


Price: $23.95    




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Ten years having passed since his last solo acoustic guitar album, Bill Orcutt's new release focuses on a more lyrical, relaxed and reflective side to his playing, in ten succinct pieces recorded in the spring and summer of 2002 at San Francisco's community focal point for and member of Intersection for The Arts, The Living Room.

Yoshida, Tatsuya x Satoshi Mishoiba: Moonlight Sonata
Yoshida, Tatsuya x Satoshi Mishoiba:
Moonlight Sonata

(Magaibutsu Limited -- Japan )


Price: $16.95    




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A live performance at Koenji Jirokichi that draws on the works of Sergei Prokofiev, Bela Bartok, Manuel de Falla and Ludwig van Beethoven, from drummer Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins, Koenji Hyakkei) and pianist Satoshi Mishiba (Kinniku Shoujotai, Tokusatsu), part of Yoshida's "Piano 10th Game" series, as the two layer and spectacularly interweave melodies and tight percussive work.

Yoshida, Tatsuya x Kentaro Nakao: T.h.e.d.i.e.i.s.c.a.s.t
Yoshida, Tatsuya x Kentaro Nakao:
T.h.e.d.i.e.i.s.c.a.s.t

(Magaibutsu Limited -- Japan )


Price: $16.95    




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Captured during their 2023 tour, the super-energetic, instrumental Japanese avant-rock duo of drummer Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins, Koenji Hyakkei, &c) and bassist Kentaro Nakao (Number Girl, &c) selected the best of their rugged and bewilderingly skillfull improvisations from three concerts at Bordland in Sendai, at Crates in Morioka and at Sublime in Aomori.

Sharp, Elliott / Eric Mingus: Songs from a Rogue State
Sharp, Elliott / Eric Mingus:
Songs from a Rogue State

(zOaR Records -- USA )


Price: $11.95    




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Extending their collaborations with this project that blurs rock, experimental and improvised forms in a very Downtown NY way, Elliott Sharp performing on guitars, analog synth & drums machines joins with Eric Mingus on bass and primary vocals, with Doug McKenzie providing drums samples and loops, for a set of insightful, incisive, extraordinary songs.

Tabata / Yamaji / Yoshida: Missing Heads
Tabata / Yamaji / Yoshida:
Missing Heads

(Magaibutsu Limited -- Japan )


Price: $16.95    




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A live performance in Koenji, Tokyo at the club Jirokichi in 2022 from the prog-oriented instrumental improvising power rock trio of Mitsuru Tabata on guitar, Kazuhide Yamaji on guitar and Tatsuya Yoshida on drums, Tabata & Yoshida providing vocal emphasis through the nine brisk and highly interactive tracks of great energy, psychedelic overtone and impressive technical skill.

Yoshida, Tatsuya x Owada Chihiro: Dotsukiuta
Yoshida, Tatsuya x Owada Chihiro:
Dotsukiuta

(Magaibutsu Limited -- Japan )


Price: $16.95    




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Quick-witted and intensely detailed improvisations between Japanese drummer Tatsuya Yoshida and pianist Chihiro Owada (Karasutou!), who also performs on pianica, with both free vocalizing, in eleven recordings captured at live performances between 2021 and 2013 in Ogikubo, Maebashi and Youtsuya, Japan, plus a bonus studio composition combining unused sources.

End, The (Jernberg / Moster / Gustafsson / Hana / Fjordheim): Why Do You Mourn  [VINYL]
End, The (Jernberg / Moster / Gustafsson / Hana / Fjordheim):
Why Do You Mourn [VINYL]

(Trost Records -- Austria )


Price: $34.95    




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The third album from the genre-merging quintet The End of of Sofia Jernberg (vocals), Kjetil Moster (clarinet and tenor saxophone), Mats Gustafsson (flutes, baritone saxophone and electronics), Anders Hana (baritone and bass guitar) and Borge Fjordheim (drums), an experimental song-based project influenced by avant rock, jazz and soundscape in seven nuanced pieces.

Corsano, Chris / Bill Orcutt: Play at Duke [VINYL]
Corsano, Chris / Bill Orcutt:
Play at Duke [VINYL]

(Palilalia -- USA )


Price: $24.95    




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Performing together for more than a decade at the time of this recording at the 2022 Three Lobed Records 21St Anniversary Festival at Duke University in Durham, NC, the duo of guitarist Bill Orcutt and drummer/percussionist Chris Corsano burn through three distinct improvisations that pack in a wealth of ideas, styles and moods in a tight and cathartic set.

Das Rad: Veer
Das Rad:
Veer

(Discus -- UK )


Price: $15.95    




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Adding bassist Jon Short to their lineup, the 4th album from Das Rad continues the band's genre-merging approach of rock & improv forms rooted in prog, kosmiche, and jazz rock, this post-pandemic album bringing the band back together for live interaction, their enthusiasm evident in their energetic intercourse, particularly in the extended suite "Expergefactor".

Paul, Ashley / Jeffrey Alexander: Between The Surface And Tomorrow [VINYL 7'' w/DOWNLOAD]
Paul, Ashley / Jeffrey Alexander:
Between The Surface And Tomorrow [VINYL 7'' w/DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Editions -- USA )


Price: $12.95    




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Once roommates in Rhode Island, guitarist Jeffrey Alexander of The Heavy Lidders, now living in Philadelphia, and guitarist/vocalist Ashley Paul, now living in London, come together again for a 3-song 7" release of idiosyncratic and informed free-form songs and instrumentals performed with a saxophone, clarinet, prepared guitar, prepared percussion, moog & electric piano.

Officer!: Bandagen
Officer!:
Bandagen

(Klanggalerie -- Austria )


Price: $18.95    




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After The Work and his involvement with This Heat, guitarist Mick Hobbs formed Officer!, a shape-shifting RIO band that presented Hobb's unique, amusing and incisive songs, releasing three proper albums and, in 1989, a cassette on the Swiss label No Records that is here reissued, half of the album written for a stage play called Bandagen by Grazia Pergoletti.

Hemingway, Gerry: Afterlife
Hemingway, Gerry:
Afterlife

(Auricle -- Switzerland )


Price: $17.95    




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Taking what he describes as a road he's never been on, percussionist and improviser Gerry Hemingway turns in an astute album of original songs, Hemingway's voice expressive on work he explains was originally influenced by Dylan, Geeshie Wiley, Lou Reed or Monroe Brothers, the album developed over four years with a cast of collaborators including Ralph Alessi, Earl Howard, Michael Moore, &c.

Hemingway, Gerry: Afterlife [VINYL]
Hemingway, Gerry:
Afterlife [VINYL]

(Auricle -- Switzerland )


Price: $27.95    




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Taking what he describes as a road he's never been on, percussionist and improviser Gerry Hemingway turns in an astute album of original songs, Hemingway's voice expressive on work he explains was originally influenced by Dylan, Geeshie Wiley, Lou Reed or Monroe Brothers, the album developed over four years with a cast of collaborators including Ralph Alessi, Earl Howard, Michael Moore, &c.

Pere Ubu: Trouble On Big Beat Street
Pere Ubu:
Trouble On Big Beat Street

(Cherry Red -- E.U. )


Price: $18.95    




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The 19th Pere Ubu album brings members from the history and offshoots of the band that initiated in Cleveland with vocalist David Thomas, melded with members Keith Moline and Andy Diagram from Pale Boys, legendary drummer Chris Cutler (Wooden Birds & Pere Ubu), clarinetist & guitarist Alex Ward and bassist Michel Templem, for 17 wide-ranging songs, often eccentric, but always uniquely Ubu.

Three-Layer Cake (Mike Pride / Mike Watt / Brandon Seabrook): Stove-Top [GREEN VINYL]
Three-Layer Cake (Mike Pride / Mike Watt / Brandon Seabrook):
Stove-Top [GREEN VINYL]

(Rarenoise Records -- UK )


Price: $21.95    




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Circumventing pandemic lockdowns, the trio of Brandon Seabrook on guitar, banjo & tapes, Mike Pride on drums, marimba, glockenspiel, bells & organ and Mike Watt on bass recorded their contributions in separate studios and file-shared to create this genre-merging album of free improv, rock, experimental and inexplicable forms; an inspired and seriously unique album of challenges overcome.

McLaughlin, Elijah Ensemble: III [VINYL w/ DOWNLOAD]
McLaughlin, Elijah Ensemble:
III [VINYL w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $19.95    




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The third album in Chicago 6- & 12-string guitarist Elijah McLaughlin's numbered album series of original compositions, rich flowing works of lyrical textures augmented with environmental field recordings and tape loops, performed with Jason Toth on upright bass, Katinka Kleijn on cello, effects, Joel Styzens on hammered Dulcimer and Adler Scheidt on piano.

Cochrane, Chris / John Thayer: Excavation [VINYL]
Cochrane, Chris / John Thayer:
Excavation [VINYL]

(Astral Editions -- USA )


Price: $19.95    




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The core duo of guitarist & bassist Chris Cochrane (No Safety) and drummer & electronics artist John Thayer dig deep into a bag of aural tricks in eight compelling tracks that blur rock, jazz and experimental approaches to upbeat rhythmic music, assisted on various pieces by an excellent cast including Zeena Parkins, Graham Haynes, Gelsey Bell, and Kato Hideki.

Orcutt, Bill: Jump On It
Orcutt, Bill:
Jump On It

(Palilalia -- USA )


Price: $14.95    




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Ten years having passed since his last solo acoustic guitar album, Bill Orcutt's new release focuses on a more lyrical, relaxed and reflective side to his playing, in ten succinct pieces recorded in the spring and summer of 2002 at San Francisco's community focal point for and member of Intersection for The Arts, The Living Room.

Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere: Theta Six
Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere:
Theta Six

(Discus -- UK )


Price: $15.95    




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Referencing the "laminal" style of AMM improvisations, the 6th album from the UK-based Orchesta of the Upper Atmosphere ensemble, led by multi-instrumentalist and woodwind player Martin Archer and Jan Todd, evolved from studio sessions of bass rhythms, free improvisation over those foundations, and then horn & voice arrangements shaped around the results, creating a superb hybrid of jazz rock, textural and free improv.

Mollestad, Hedvig / Trondheim Jazz Orchestra: Maternity Beat [VINYL 2 LPs]
Mollestad, Hedvig / Trondheim Jazz Orchestra:
Maternity Beat [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Rune Grammofon -- Norway )


Price: $38.95    




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Working again with the 12-piece, expressive Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Norwegian guitarist and composer Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen recorded this double LP in the studio in Halden in 2021, for 9 long form epics that bridge and merge rock and jazz genres, in both instrumental work and songs that explore the nature of family and issues of social justice.

Motorpsycho: Ancient Astronauts [VINYL]
Motorpsycho:
Ancient Astronauts [VINYL]

(Rune Grammofon -- Norway )


Price: $29.95    




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Four new tracks from the incredibly prolific Norwegian long form rock band Motorpsycho of Bent Saether on bass & vocals, Hans Magnus on guitar & vocals and the departing album for drummer Tomas Jarmyr, in a well-balanced release of songs and instrumental work including their longest piece to date, a theme from an imagined movie; sophisticated & intelligent modern rock.

Three-Layer Cake (Mike Pride / Mike Watt / Brandon Seabrook): Stove-Top
Three-Layer Cake (Mike Pride / Mike Watt / Brandon Seabrook):
Stove-Top

(Rarenoise Records -- USA )


Price: $13.95    




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Circumventing pandemic lockdowns, the trio of Brandon Seabrook on guitar, banjo & tapes, Mike Pride on drums, marimba, glockenspiel, bells & organ and Mike Watt on bass recorded their contributions in separate studios and file-shared to create this genre-merging album of free improv, rock, experimental and inexplicable forms; an inspired and seriously unique album of challenges overcome.

Aldrig, Ljug: Stabbings / Juiced [7'' VINYL + DOWNLOAD]
Aldrig, Ljug:
Stabbings / Juiced [7'' VINYL + DOWNLOAD]

(thanatosis produktion -- Sweden )


Price: $14.95    




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Ljug Aldrig, aka Roosen, a visual artist, guitarist and vocalist from Stockholm, is heard in a 2-song 7" + download release performing with Dennis Egberth on drums, Alexander Zethson on keys, Anton Toorell on bass, guitars and Isak Hedtjarn on saxophone.

Surplus 1980 + G.W. Sok: Kremlin Gremlin [VINYL 7'']
Surplus 1980 + G.W. Sok:
Kremlin Gremlin [VINYL 7'']

(Surplus Industries -- USA )


Price: $10.95    




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Reminiscent of the packaging of early releases from The Ex, the vocalist from that band--G.W. Sok--provides the words for the first tracks on this 7" from Sleepytime Gorilla Museum drummer/composer Moe! Staiano's long-running band, a brutal wordplay stab at Russian president Putin for his invasion of Ukraine; plus a dub remix of a song on the upcoming full-length Surplus 1980 album.

Drake, Bob : Legendary Lore Of The Holy Wells Of England
Drake, Bob :
Legendary Lore Of The Holy Wells Of England

(Recommended Records -- UK )


Price: $15.95    




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A unique exposition of an 1893 text by Robert Charles Hope exploring the legends of England's "holy wells", the water of which was purported to have healing properties, adapted to atmospheric songs by Drake and performed on a 1940 Hammond model BC organ and a Challen upright piano; delicate and descriptive songs that detail the legends and the hope they inspired.

Koenjihyakkei: Nivraym Revisted
Koenjihyakkei:
Nivraym Revisted

(Skin Graft Records -- Japan/USA )


Price: $14.95    




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Originally released in 2001 on the Magaibutsu label, the 3rd studio album from Japan's Koenjihyakkei led by drummer/vocalist Yoshida Tatsuya energetically blends progressive rock, chamber rock, fusion and composed forms, here revisited for the 2nd time with the 2009 expanded reissue remixed again with new additions, plus three bonus tracks from a 2020 concert.

Koenjihyakkei: Nivraym Revisted [VINYL COLORED 2 LPs]
Koenjihyakkei:
Nivraym Revisted [VINYL COLORED 2 LPs]

(Skin Graft Records -- Japan/USA )


Price: $43.95    




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Originally released in 2001 on the Magaibutsu label, the 3rd studio album from Japan's Koenjihyakkei led by drummer/vocalist Yoshida Tatsuya energetically blends progressive rock, chamber rock, fusion and composed forms, here revisited for the 2nd time with the 2009 expanded reissue remixed again with new additions, plus three bonus tracks from a 2020 concert.

Growlers Choir: LIVE au FIMAV
Growlers Choir:
LIVE au FIMAV

(Les Disques Victo -- Canada )


Price: $15.95    




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A unique concert even by the standards of Victoriaville from The Growlers, a vocal ensemble who interpret heavy metal, known for their epic work "Hate.Machine" and "The Dayking" with participation from poet Fortner Anderson, performed here along with a comprovisation backed by an electronic track originated from electric guitar recordings.

Coultrain: Mundus [VINYL]
Coultrain:
Mundus [VINYL]

(Positive Elevations -- USA )


Price: $18.99    




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West Coast songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Coultrain, aka Aaron Michael Frison or Seymour Liberty, in a sequel to his Phantasmagoria album, a soulful, introspective and lyrical 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.

Henry Cow: Glastonbury, Chaumont, Bilbao And The Lions Of Desire
Henry Cow:
Glastonbury, Chaumont, Bilbao And The Lions Of Desire

(ReR Megacorp -- UK )


Price: $15.95    




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Expanding on the history of Henry Cow in new recordings discovered after the 19-CD Cow Redux box, including: a well-recorded concert at the the first Glastonbury Fayre in 1972, the earliest recordings of the quartet of Martin Ditcham, Fred Frith, John Greaves and Tim Hodgkinson; a 1978 grouping with Phil Minton; unrecorded compositions from 1977 in Bilbao; and a 1976 Chaumont Concert.

Cutler, Chris: It Makes Sense To Me [2 CDs]
Cutler, Chris:
It Makes Sense To Me [2 CDs]

(ReR Megacorp -- UK )


Price: $17.95    




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An excellent 50 year overview of the work of drummer & composer Chris Cutler, best known for his work with Henry Cow and his label ReR Megacorp, but also heard here in groupings including Art Bears, Cassiber, News From Babel, Aqsak Mabou, Duck and Cover, Peter Blegvad, Rene Lussier, The Work, Pere Ubu, The (ec) Nudes, Domestic Stories, Cutler/Frith, Cutler/Parkins, &c.

Bergsten, Thomas: Ganjibiri
Bergsten, Thomas:
Ganjibiri

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )


Price: $13.95    




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Known for the psychedelic dance band Gunerius & Verdensveven or The Harvey Steel Show, Norwegian guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Thomas Bergsten assembles an ensemble that blurs the lines between long improvisation and psychedelic-spiritual jazz, from freak jams to ECM-like electric beauty, tinged with Captain Beefheart or Faust; difficult to describe, intensely creative.

Mollestad, Hedvig / Trondheim Jazz Orchestra: Maternity Beat
Mollestad, Hedvig / Trondheim Jazz Orchestra:
Maternity Beat

(Rune Grammofon -- Norway )


Price: $15.95    




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A large work composed and arranged by Norwegian guitarist Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen for the 12-piece Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, this album shows Mollestad's increasing range in expressive work that extends boundaries between composed, improvised and rock music, with authoritative playing balancing serious concepts from pandemic or motherhood with playfully whimsical moments.

Orcutt, Bill: Music for Four Guitars
Orcutt, Bill:
Music for Four Guitars

(Palilalia -- USA )


Price: $15.95    




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Using four guitars tracks, each assigned to a specific melody in counterpoint, Bill Orcutt presents an assertive set of fourteen compositions in a minimalist form--think Steve Reich--each part organized through controlled freneticism that tames the wild nature inherent in each piece; a downloadable 80 page score illustrates the complex madness of the guitarist's mind.

Coultrain: Mundus
Coultrain:
Mundus

(Positive Elevations -- USA )


Price: $14.95    




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West Coast songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Coultrain, aka Aaron Michael Frison or Seymour Liberty, in a sequel to his Phantasmagoria album, a soulful, introspective and lyrical 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.

Astroturf Noise (feat Susan Alcorn): Blazing/Freezing
Astroturf Noise (feat Susan Alcorn):
Blazing/Freezing

(577 Records -- USA )


Price: $16.00    




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A 2nd album of inexplicable and fascinating genre merging based around Americana roots music sliced and diced with jazz/improv, electronica, and Downtown NY forms, from the core trio of Sam Day Harmet (mandolin), Sana Nagano (violin), and Zachary Swanson (upright bass) with guests Susan Alcorn on pedal steel guitar, avant bluegrass guitarist Stash Wyslouch and Soundpainter Walter Thompson.

Astroturf Noise (feat Susan Alcorn): Blazing/Freezing [7-inch VINYL]
Astroturf Noise (feat Susan Alcorn):
Blazing/Freezing [7-inch VINYL]

(577 Records -- USA )


Price: $18.99    




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The opening and closing tracks from the new Blazing/Freezing album on a 7" single by the genre-merging Downtown NY trio of Sam Day Harmet (mandolin), Sana Nagano (violin) and Zachary Swanson (upright bass) deconstructing Americana roots music by slicing and dicing it with jazz/improv, electronica, sample sources, and inexplicable errata.

Titan to Tachyons (Gates / Dunn / Grohowski / Hollenberg): Vonals
Titan to Tachyons (Gates / Dunn / Grohowski / Hollenberg):
Vonals

(Tzadik -- USA )


Price: $15.95    




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Led by West Coast-based New Zealand guitarist Sally Gates, the 2nd album from this genre-blurring heavy improv band of original members Matt Hollenberg on the 6-string bass VI and Kenny Grohowski on drums, now officially a quartet with prior guest bassist Trevor Dunn a fourth member, here in 6 tracks that shred and weave intricate layers of jazz, rock, blues and metal.

Baker, Duck: Contra Costa Dance
Baker, Duck:
Contra Costa Dance

(Confront -- UK )


Price: $13.95    




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In 1980 Duck Baker's first label deal had expired and the label changed direction, as did Baker himself from arranging traditional tunes into compositions for improvisation; still, these well-recorded demos from 1982 held an appeal through song selection and a uniquely edgy yet lyrical approach to his playing, now finally released to the public 40 years later.

Haino, Keiji + Sumac: Into This Juvenile Apocalypse Our Golden Blood to Pour Let Us Never
Haino, Keiji + Sumac:
Into This Juvenile Apocalypse Our Golden Blood to Pour Let Us Never

(Thrill Jockey -- USA )


Price: $11.72    




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The third release from the 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, for six rugged free rock improvisations captured live at the Astoria Hotel in Vancouver BC during Haino's 2019 tour of North America.

Haino, Keiji + Sumac: Into This Juvenile Apocalypse Our Golden Blood to Pour Let Us Never [2LPs CLEA
Haino, Keiji + Sumac:
Into This Juvenile Apocalypse Our Golden Blood to Pour Let Us Never [2LPs CLEAR COLOR VINYL + DOWNLOAD]

(Thrill Jockey -- USA )


Price: $32.95    




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The third release from the 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, for six rugged free rock improvisations captured live at the Astoria Hotel in Vancouver BC during Haino's 2019 tour of North America.

Action & Tension & Space: Tellus
Action & Tension & Space:
Tellus

(Rune Grammofon -- Norway )


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With one foot in fusion-oriented improv and the other in psychedelic/prog rock, the 4th album from the Norwegian quartet of Per Steinar Lie on lapsteel & electric guitar, Oystein Braut on guitar, organ & Mellotron, Julius Lind on double bass and Orjan Haaland on drums are joined by keyboard wiz Sigbjorn Apeland and percussionist Stale Liavik Solberg.

Tippetts, Julie / Martin Archer: Illusion [2 CDs]
Tippetts, Julie / Martin Archer:
Illusion [2 CDs]

(Discus -- UK )


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Their first album after a 6-year break, the collaboration of vocalist Julie Tippetts and multi-reedist & electronic artist Martin Archer is heard in two distinct presentations: a large and stunningly complex suite with an ensemble of acoustic and electronic artists; and a sequence of 13 separate and contrasting songs, performed by various small groups drawn from the JTMA Ensemble.

Lipscomb, Jon: Conscious Without Function
Lipscomb, Jon:
Conscious Without Function

(Relative Pitch -- USA )


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Swedish guitar improviser Jon Lipscomb (LOPLOP, Swedish Fix) takes his listeners on a rugged trip across the strings, using distortion, tremolo and rapid-fire technique as he mines territories between free improv, noise and rock, his nimble mind stopping to explore areas of interest then cascading into new, turbulent environments; frightfully powerful.

McEvoy, Aonghus : Under & Cracked [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
McEvoy, Aonghus :
Under & Cracked [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $7.95    




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Beautifully flowing acoustic avant folk under a diverse set of influences from the Dublin five-piece band led by acoustic and electric guitarist Aonghus McEvoy, with George Brennan on electronics, David Lacey on drums, Sean Maynard Smith on upright bass and Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh on viola, evolving their tracks from pastoral to edgy agitation or ecstatic drone.

Work, The: The Worst of Everywhere [2 CDs]
Work, The:
The Worst of Everywhere [2 CDs]

(Ultragash -- Japan )


Price: $15.40    




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Originally released by Woof Records in 1982 on cassette, this double CD reissues an essential lo-fi document from The Work (Bill Gilonis, Mick Hobbs, Tim Hodgkinson and Rick Wilson) in live performances from gigs and rehearsals assembled in cut-up form, adding new pieces and expanding on others, joined at times by Catherine Jauniaux, Bob Ostertag, Chris Cutler, &c.

Mollestad, Hedvig : Tempest Revisited [VINYL]
Mollestad, Hedvig :
Tempest Revisited [VINYL]

(Rune Grammofon -- Norway )


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For her 2nd solo record aside from her rock trio, guitarist Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen expands her orchestration to an octet, adding jazz-rock elements while balancing scorching playing with lyrical and open passages, as she pays tribute to Arne Nordheim's 1979 composition for Shakespeare's "The Tempest", and for her own experiences of furious weather in her home town of Ålesund.

Orcutt, Bill: Music for Four Guitars [VINYL]
Orcutt, Bill:
Music for Four Guitars [VINYL]

(Palilalia -- USA )


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Using four guitars tracks, each assigned to a specific melody in counterpoint, Bill Orcutt presents an assertive set of fourteen compositions in a minimalist form--think Steve Reich--each part organized through controlled freneticism that tames the wild nature inherent in each piece; a downloadable 80 page score illustrates the complex madness of the guitarist's mind.

Hippie Diktat: Gran Sasso
Hippie Diktat:
Gran Sasso

(nunc. -- France )


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Stripping down their performance matter to its most minimal expression, their work developed since 2011 as they've toured the European alternative scene, the Hippie Diktat trio of Richard Comte on electric baritone guitar, Julien Chamla on drums and Antoine Viard on amplified baritone saxophone work an energetic and heavy set of Steve Reich-ian grooves.

Abhorrent Expanse (Polipnick / Fratzke / Courage / Glenn): Gateways To Resplendence
Abhorrent Expanse (Polipnick / Fratzke / Courage / Glenn):
Gateways To Resplendence

(Amalgam -- USA )


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Covering vast approaches to improvised and experimental music, based around scrabbly free playing, dark rock intensity, experimental and abstract tapestries of sound and unexpected transitions,the Minneapolis quartet of guitarists Luke Polipnick & Erik Fratzke, bassist Brian Courage and drummer Tim Glenn tell a consistent narrative of urgently creative exploration; gripping.

Hippie Diktat: Gran Sasso [VINYL]
Hippie Diktat:
Gran Sasso [VINYL]

(nunc. -- France )


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The 3rd album from the French Hippie Diktat trio of Antoine Viard on baritone sax, Julien Chamla on drums and Richard Comte on guitar, drawing parallels to Sunn O))) and the raw power of Peter Brötzmann, here in a four-part work of primal rhythms and powerful textures, applying the use of space and timing around repetition to create a bedrock of brawny sound.

Dredd Foole & The Din: Songs In Heat (1982)
Dredd Foole & The Din:
Songs In Heat (1982)

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )


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Documented previously on just one 7" record, the joining of Mission of Burma and post-punk vocalist Dredd Foole, aka Dredd Foole & The Din, is a focal point for Boston's early 80's DIY rock movement, here reissued, remastered and remixed from the original master tapes, along with the rest of that studio session, giving listeners the first full look at their searing and seminal work together.

Roue Libre (Lanau / Comte / Biardeau): Titanomakhia [CD EP]
Roue Libre (Lanau / Comte / Biardeau):
Titanomakhia [CD EP]

(nunc. -- France )


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This assertive French rock trio's first EP takes on provocative subjects with urgency and an acerbic humor through dark and driving grooves and tight interaction, from the trio of Theo Lanau on drums, Richard Comte on guitar, bass, & voice and Quentin Biardeau on saxophone & keyboards, from studio treated live recordings at Astrolab, in Orleans, France.

Byron, Raymond: Bond Wire Cur [VINYL]
Byron, Raymond:
Bond Wire Cur [VINYL]

(ESP -- USA )


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New Weird American Movement/Freak Folk singer/songwriter Raymond Byron Magic Raposa (Castanets, Raymond Byron and the White Freighter) writes in both an Americana style, and also in idiosyncratic, imaginative and unusual terms, using strong and unlikely images around ambiguous subjects that make his songs curiously repeatable, here in 20 succinct songs.

Vegan Dallas: Electro Griot
Vegan Dallas:
Electro Griot

(nunc. -- France )


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Rhythmically rich instrumental music crossing experimental, rock and compositional forms with an ear towards primitive and instinctual pulses, the French quartet of drummer & bass harpist Julein Chamla, percussionist Benjamin Flament, Simon Henocq on live electronics and guitarist Richard Comte explore innate pulses imbued with modern and urgent overtones.

Vegan Dallas: Electro Griot [VINYL]
Vegan Dallas:
Electro Griot [VINYL]

(nunc. -- France )


Price: $19.95    




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Rhythmically rich instrumental music crossing experimental, rock and compositional forms with an ear towards primitive and instinctual pulses, the French quartet of drummer & bass harpist Julein Chamla, percussionist Benjamin Flament, Simon Henocq on live electronics and guitarist Richard Comte explore innate pulses imbued with modern and urgent overtones.

M (feat. Ben Stapp / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Marco Colonna / Steve Swell): Broken Songs
M (feat. Ben Stapp / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Marco Colonna / Steve Swell):
Broken Songs

(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!) -- Poland )


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A set of blues songs of a personal nature, concepts for a broken yet hopeful age, written and sung by improvising guitarist Marcin "M" Olak (Gadt/Osborne/Zakrocki/Olak, Agusti Fernandez) performed and expanded by a set of stellar improvisers: Ben Stapp on tuba, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Marco Colonna on flute and Steve Swell on trombone.

Action & Tension & Space: Tellus [VINYL]
Action & Tension & Space:
Tellus [VINYL]

(Rune Grammofon -- Norway )


Price: $35.95    




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With one foot in fusion-oriented improv and the other in psychedelic/prog rock, the 4th album from the Norwegian quartet of Per Steinar Lie on lapsteel & electric guitar, Oystein Braut on guitar, organ & Mellotron, Julius Lind on double bass and Orjan Haaland on drums are joined by keyboard wiz Sigbjorn Apeland and percussionist Stale Liavik Solberg.

Hippie Diktat: Fire On
Hippie Diktat:
Fire On

(Self Released -- France )


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Six raw instrumentals bridging free jazz and free rock forms, clearly influenced by both Brötzmann and Sunn O))) (as referenced in the track "SunnA)))") from the French Hippie Diktat trio of Antoine Viard on amplified baritone sax, Julien Chamla on drums and Richard Comte on guitar, recording at l'Ecluse, in Reims in 2013 for six ruggedly inspired tracks.

Hippie Diktat: Black Peplum [VINYL]
Hippie Diktat:
Black Peplum [VINYL]

(BeCoq -- France )


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Using raw and primal rhythms, deep textures from amplified baritone saxophone and trance approaches to rock instrumental music balancing Steve Reich and Sunn O))), the French Hippie Diktat trio of Antoine Viard on baritone sax, Julien Chamla on drums and Richard Comte on guitar has toured Europe since 2011, here in recordings at l'Ecluse, in Reims from 2013.

Residents, The: WARNING: UNiNC.: Live And Experimental Recordings 1971-1972 [VINYL 2 LPs]
Residents, The:
WARNING: UNiNC.: Live And Experimental Recordings 1971-1972 [VINYL 2 LPs]

(CRYPTIC CORPORATION -- USA / EU )


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The Pre-Residents years, as exhumed from the band's extensive master tape archive. BLACK 2xLP. Double LP set featuring two live shows recorded in 1971 and 1972 plus the complete '1-10 (with a touch of 11)' album, recorded in 1972 and previously only released in short excerpts.

Mollestad, Hedvig : Tempest Revisited
Mollestad, Hedvig :
Tempest Revisited

(Rune Grammofon -- Norway )


Price: $15.95    




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For her 2nd solo record aside from her rock trio, guitarist Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen expands her orchestration to an octet, adding jazz-rock elements while balancing scorching playing with lyrical and open passages, as she pays tribute to Arne Nordheim's 1979 composition for Shakespeare's "The Tempest", and for her own experiences of furious weather in her home town of Ålesund.

Bootstrappers (Elliott Sharp / Melvin Gibbs / Don McKenzie): Xenolith
Bootstrappers (Elliott Sharp / Melvin Gibbs / Don McKenzie):
Xenolith

(Klanggalerie -- Austria )


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The first new Bootstrappers album since 1992, joining band leader Elliott Sharp for this 3rd album are longtime collaborators Melvin Gibbs on electric bass and Don McKenzie on drums, for seven assertive rock-based improvisations fueled by electronics, free jazz, no wave and electroacoustic sound, manifesting a hardboiled NY ethic of focused grooves and free playing.

Yoshida, Tatsuya / Risa Takeda: SUPERHELIX [CD + DOWNLOAD VIDEOS]
Yoshida, Tatsuya / Risa Takeda:
SUPERHELIX [CD + DOWNLOAD VIDEOS]

(Magaibutsu Limited -- Japan )


Price: $16.95    




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Fifteen rock instrumentals between drummer Tatsuya Yoshida and pianist & keyboardist Risa Takeda, generally high-speed, technically superb and melodically infused pieces of imaginative creativity with a quirky sense of humor, augmented with Yoshida's vocalizing and effect processing from both; includes a download sheet for 15 high-def movies, one for each track on the album.

Kazuto, Shimizu / Yoshida Tatsuya: Whatchamacallits [CD + DOWNLOAD MOVIE LINK]
Kazuto, Shimizu / Yoshida Tatsuya:
Whatchamacallits [CD + DOWNLOAD MOVIE LINK]

(Magaibutsu Limited -- Japan )


Price: $16.95    




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A live recording at Koenji Jirokichi in 2022 between Magaibtusu leader Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins, Korekyojinn, Koenji Hyakkei, PYN, &c) and pianist Kazuto Shimizu (Arepos, Chakra, Hikashu, Killing Time, Lars Hollmer's Global Home Project, &c), both on vocals as they unfold a playful and technically incredible set of "Doodads", "Watchamacallits" and other wonderful curiosities.

Atsushi / Tatsuya / Makoto: Japanese New Music Festival Japan Tour 2022
Atsushi / Tatsuya / Makoto:
Japanese New Music Festival Japan Tour 2022

(Magaibutsu Limited -- Japan )


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Recordings from the 2022 Japanese New Music Festival Japan Tour from the trio of Tsuyama Atsushi on bass, guitar & piano, Yoshida Tatsuya on drums, synth and vocals, and Kawabata Makoto on guitar, bass and vocals, selecting the best tracks from the tour into a collection of 15 psychedelic, progressive, experimental and uncategorizable rock forms!

Takeda, Risa : The Sorcerer's Castle
Takeda, Risa :
The Sorcerer's Castle

(Cbzm Records -- Japan )


Price: $11.55    




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An epic story in symphonic rock style from pianist, drummer and composer Risa Takeda, telling the fantastic tale of a dramatic confrontation between an Emperor and a Sorcerer, through eleven compositions of a contemporary classical and theatrical nature, using modern synthetic sources in active and complex orchestration as the plot advances.

Various (The Residents / MX-80 / Chrome /  Tuxedomoon): Subterranean Modern
Various (The Residents / MX-80 / Chrome / Tuxedomoon):
Subterranean Modern

(Klanggalerie -- Austria )


Price: $13.95    




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Reissued as the inexplicable avant rock band The Residents celebrate their 50th year, this compilation album from 1979 includes tracks from San Fransisco peer bands Chrome (Damon Edge/Helios Creed), Art rockers from Indiana, MX-80 Sound, SF electronic new wave band Tuxedomoon, and four tracks from The Resident's themselves, two with Fred Frith on guitar.

Charming Hostess: The Ginzburg Geography
Charming Hostess:
The Ginzburg Geography

(Tzadik -- USA )


Price: $12.89    




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An examination of the lives and work of anti-fascist political activists Natalia and Leone Ginzburg during World War II, researched and developed by late vocalist and composer Jewlia Eisenberg, this album completed by her longtime collaborator Marika Hughes and performed with musicians including Nils Frykdahl, Darren Johnston, Dan Cantrell, &c.

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

(Orbit577 -- USA )


Price: $14.95    




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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 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.

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.

 

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