Cuneiform releases

Cuneiform
The Eyesores are an accordion-driven, gypsy cursed band that specialize in funeral marches and hypno-drone trance music, among other, equally odd things. The Eyesores are bad ass motherfuckers in an entirely new way. Recommended.-The Noise. This one is...

Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores have been making uniquely rewarding music for over 15 years. They are one of the great uncategorizable, creative ensembles of our time, crafting a music that is distinctly theirs alone...

"One of the most successful combinations of booty-shaking and brain-stimulating music to be released ths year!"-Splendid The first thing to know about the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble is that they are FUN. A lot of fun. Based upon and expanding greatly..

The Two Faces of Janus - one face looking at the past, one face looking towards the future. Borrowed from Greek mythology, Janus is an apt metaphor for the lat-est release by accomplished reedist and composer Jason Robinson. Robinson first appeared...

On saxophonist/composer Jason Robinson’s polydirectional masterpiece Tiresian Symmetry, he’s gathered an extraordinary cast of improvisers to investigate and embellish the framework of his compositions. The music’s richly...

On the Winter Solstice of 2014 – the Northern Hemisphere’s longest night of the year – composer, bandleader & percussionist Adam Rudolph convened 11 of New York City’s finest and most adventurous guitarists in a New Jersey studio for a most...

Like contemporaries Sonny Sharrock and Terje Rypdal, Russell makes it sound as if the guitar is not enough, as if he's reaching for something wilder, something that can't be contained within the 6 string cage-Jim O'Rourke...

"I had the idea to write songs for a jazz band that had elements of Black Sabbath, the Cure, Jaco-era Joni Mitchell, and free jazz. I intentionally made the free playing and the composed sections less compartmentalized. The idea is to have a really...

"Dylan Ryan is a drummer adept at combining his jazz skills with adventurous rock, resulting in music that maintains the cerebral and viceral qualities of both." – JazzTimes....

"...this Cuneiform release is a great gift. It doubles the amount of S.O.S. material in existence and affords perhaps a better sense of where the group came from and was headed even than the official LP." – Brian Morton, Point of Departure

"With so many archival releases these days, it is surprising to hear one of this quality and historical magnitude. Anything from S.O.S. would have been welcome, but this mixture of live and studio sessions, in stunning sound, exceeds
...

"...the results are a mix of electric jazz, minimalism, and Brazilian samba, bossa nova, and street sounds. Percolating textures, crackling cornet (smacking of Miles Davis and Don Cherry), and surreal electronica process local riffs and rhythms for...

This is an extremely high-quality vinyl version of this great album, and the wild, colorful cover artwork looks just wonderful in this larger size.

The vinyl edition is a limited edition, one-time only pressing of 500 copies, but...

"São Paulo Underground's work - all of Mazurek's work, really - draws from multiple traditions, each of them already porous and absorbent, and combines ideas from each into something utterly new, while keeping it welcoming to almost any curious listener." – The Wire

"Mixing the opaque with the diffused and blurring the lines between electric and acoustic, Rob Mazurek’s wide ambition continues to race toward the outer limits of what is possible in music." – Something Else
...

Tres Cabeças Loucuras is the third album by Sao Paulo Underground. It's a very catchy, jazz + electronics album filled with sunny melodies, beats, noise, sounds and songs. The group formed around Rob Mazurek (cornet and electronics), a key player in...

The brutal-jazz power trio Schnellertollermeier doesn't screw around. Their uncompromising attitude is even apparent before you hear a note of their music -- it's right there in that deliberate tongue-twister of a name. Their fresh and...

"Smith uses his magisterial instrumental voice, his inspirational leadership and his command of classical, jazz and blues forms to remind us of what has gone down and what's still happening." – DownBeat’s 80 Coolest Things in Jazz Today

"A trumpeter and composer of penetrating insight." – The New York Times


Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet, director of the ensemble
Anthony Davis – piano
Ashley Walters – cello
John Lindberg – bass..

"Organic’s music is a swirling roar, part fusion and part jazz rock orchestra, like a combination of Burnt Sugar and Frank Zappa’s Hot Rats Ensemble. – The Wire, February 2010 cover story

"Organic’s music is powerfully electric and...

Spiritual Dimensions is a double album that features two very special groups, both filled with truly great and legendary musicians! Both discs were recorded live to capture the energy and spirit that Smith's shows have. The first disc is by Wadada Leo...

This is the third album by Wadada’s all-star Golden Quartet, which features four major names in modern and avant-garde jazz:
Wadada Leo Smith-trumpet Vijay Iyer-piano, Fender Rhodes & synthesizer
John Lindberg-bass
Shannon Jackson-drums..

"Ten Freedom Summers is one of my life's defining works." – Wadada Leo Smith

Wadada is one of the most imaginative and explorative composers in creative music.... He is a National Treasure." – John Zorn

The fourth in our Soft Machine archival series. While I am really proud of all of our Soft Machine releases, this one is really special & something perhaps even close to magnificent. Backwards is comprised of recordings from three different and interes...

Poking around in the back of the warehouse while trying to consolidate stuff, we found these Japanese versions of this title.
It is identical to the standard version, except it has one bonus track which is unavailable elsewhere, a 2:03 version of..

Soft Machine were one of first and one of the greatest jazz/rock bands of all time. Their importance and influence was especially great in Europe, where they influenced several generations of bands, and their influences can still be heard to this day i...

Japanese mini-LP sleeve edition. Comes in a really nice embossed card stock jacket.

Soft Machine were one of first and one of the greatest jazz/rock bands of all time. Their importance and influence was especially great in Europe...

The Soft Machine line-up of Elton Dean, Hugh Hopper, John Marshall and Mike Ratledge lasted under half a year and recorded just one half of an album (side two of "5"). Live in Paris is a rare recording of this quartet during that lineups final days; De...

"Soft Machine were the grooviest, coolest psychedelic band of the era..."-Phil Manzanera.

The Soft Machine were one of England's original and best psychedelic bands, emerging out of the same "UFO Club" London scene at the same time as Pink Floyd. While the band would always undergo constant personnel and stylistic change, their best known lineup in their psychedelic days was the trio of Kevin Ayers-bass, guitar, vocals, Mike Ratledge-organ and Robert Wyatt-drums, vocals. They played many shows...

Released for the very first time here is the Soft Machine's television broadcast, recorded for Germany's famous "NDR Jazz Workshop" on May 17, 1973. This performance was one of the earliest shows by the quartet of Roy Babbington (electric bass), Karl...

Noisette was recorded January 4th, 1970, by the short-lived quintet formation of the group: Elton Dean & Lyn Dobson-reeds, Hugh Hopper-bass, Mike Ratledge-keyboards & Robert Wyatt-drums & vocals. Noisette showcases a band in transition from their earli...

A archival classic of stoned, cut-up, tape loop, manipulated, concrete noise, organized sound craziness

"...well worth hearing, anticipating as they do many of the textures later utilized on Soft Machine Third." – Mojo...

Soft Machine were one of the greatest UK avant/jazz-rock bands of all time and their work, whether their earliest performances as a psychedelic band, who were contemporaries of, and shared stages with Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd and the Jimi...

"Sonar has defied the norm by crafting something singular and magical." – The Buffalo News

"Two guitar currents circulate and sparkle hypnotically, warm deep basslines hit with assertiveness and groove, drums pound with finesse and might. Luminous, alluring, dangerous....Sonar is a highly creative and original nocturnal entity constantly evolving in order to provide immersive and challenging instrumental music that stimulates the mind, body and soul."– Igloo Magazine

"Had MC Escher made music instead of drawing his famously impossible and perplexing perspectives, it would sound like Sonar." – Sid Smith, Prog Magazine ...

We have exactly FOUR copies of this R.I.O. rarity left!
Platypus is the second album by this instrumental chamber rock/zeuhl/R.I.O. ensemble from Bordeaux, France. Sotos was formed in January of 1996. From the beginning the line up has been the same five young musicians on guitar, violin, cello, bass and drums, all of whom were students at the French National School of Music when they formed the group. In 1999, they recorded their first album which was released on the French Gazul label and which met...

"Changing tempos, directions, riffs & rhythms every 20 seconds, stopping on a dime, accelerating to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds..." 5/5 stars ("Indispensable") – Alternative Press

In the early 80s, The Stick Men ruled the Philadelphia no wave scene. Reminiscent of James Chance and the Contortions with more hyperkinetic energy, they created a frenzied psycho-punk sound that featured gut-wrenching timing, extraordinary charm, personality with a plus, and tons of good humor....

For nearly 45 years, John Surman has been one of England's best known modern jazz musicians. His career began in the late 60s as both a sideman and a leader with such notable greats as John McLaughlin, Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath...

This is a truly stupendous archival find, with broad appeal to both jazz and early fusion fans. This never before released album was recorded on October 7th, 1969 by John Surman and British jazz superstars. It is a mix between the vibrancy of late 60's...

Born out of cataclysm and nurtured in silence and solitude, the music of Tatvamasi reveals hidden depths of the Polish soul. Tatvamasi is an extraordinary instrumental ensemble that plays scorching, uncategorizable music defined by searing tenor...

Last copies!! If you want it in physical form, this is your last chance!

Thinking Plague's greatly anticipated 5th album presents a further maturation of the bands sound. Not content to merely repeat their past successes, the album's overall...

This title is out of print, and HAS BEEN for some time but when Cuneiform's distributor shut down at the beginning of 2017 & we had to find a new distributor (we did) and recover our product (we did), we also found some odds and ends, including some 'lost' titles. So, here are a few that we found that you can get WHILE THEY LAST; buy now or forever hold your peace.

Last copies!! If you want it in physical form, this is your last chance!

Thinking Plague grew out of basement recording experiments by Mike Johnson & Bob Drake in the early 80s. They released their 1st lp, ...a thinking plague in 1984 on their...

Robin Chestnut – drums
Elaine di Falco – voice, accordion, piano
Mark Harris – soprano and alto saxophones, Bb and bass clarinets, flute
Mike Johnson – guitar, samples, midi instruments
Bill Pohl – guitar
Dave Willey – bass, accordion, drums

Clouds scud across a storm-wracked sky, but while briefly exposing rare shards of blue, most often, blacker, gloomier grays lurk behind the mists.
Sometimes a work of art enables us to...

"Perhaps the finest attempt so far by an American band to add to the pantheon of classic Rock In Opposition records...Mike Johnson's compositions are astonishing and - the clincher - beautiful, and Susanne Lewis' vocals are ...eerily enigmatic..."

“The barrage of riffs are both epic and melodic, the low end beefy and the percussion massive. Expect nothing less than magic from these three avant purveyors.” – The Village Voice

“... all three of these musicians have a well-established history of creating unconventional music. That trend doesn’t end here, but as challenging as this music is, it’s presented in a way easy to accept.” – Wondering Sound
...

"If Cream and Nirvana had played instrumental jazz...they might have sounded something like Thumbscrew... [who] forge a sound that is both heavy and melodic, qualities shared by those iconic power trios....it's the taught rhythmic and harmonic...

A reissue of guitar-star Steve's long unavailable 1st lp from 1977. Recorded using just multiple guitars, synth, & tape effects/processing, this achieves an unholy mix of finger-style guitar Americana with the psychedelic spirit & effects of Jimi Hendr...

Time of Orchids is an indefinable avant-rock band that formed in 1999 in New York City. After 3 self-released albums and a release on Tzadik that brought them to a much wider audience, Namesake Caution is their fifth release and their first on...

U Totem were the avant-rock supergroup that combined personnel from Los Angeles' 5uu's and Motor Totemist Guild. They existed between 1998 - 2004 and released two albums, of which this is the second. Since his time in U Totem, drummer/composer Dave Ker...

“The closest thing to Henry Cow in complexity...world class playing & singing...there is nothing else like this now.” – Chris Cutler

“U Totem is characterized by unsurpassed technique and perfect sound; in addition, this music is well written & well orchestrated...this must surely be the CD of the year!” –Gateavisa


U Totem is the combination of the 5uus & the Motor Totemist Guild. This pairing has brought out the best parts of both bands, combining the abstraction & lyricism of the.

Founding members of the original "Rock In Opposition" [R.I.O.] movement and the inventors of "chamber rock", Univers Zero have continued to change and grow and develop over their entire career, while still keeping a ensemble sound and spirit that is...

In our 'quest' to rid ourselves of all Univers Zero titles, we are selling our stock of the Japanese version of this title.
It is identical to the standard title, except it has one bonus track which is unavailable elsewhere, "Up Or Down", written...