New Arrivals

New Arrivals
"The sixth CD by Zorn’s heaviest 21st century ensemble Simulacrum celebrates the 500th anniversary of the passing of one of the greatest painters the world has ever known—Hieronymus Bosch. A visionary of unparalleled power whose imagination and fantastical creations re- main uniquely his own, Bosch is one of the most enigmatic figures in world art. Inspired by his surreal visions of Heaven and Hell, “The Garden of Earthly Delights” blends heavy metal, blues, funk, jazz and modern classical music together...

"Director approved artwork. Sleeve notes By Angelo Badalamenti . Vinyl re-master by Tal Miller. Laquers cut by David Cheppa at Plush Vinyl. 180G damn fine coffee colour vinyl. 425gsm Gatefold sleeve housed inside a bespoke white die cut outer jacket with white spot varnish finish, complete with obi strip. 'I'm glad that after 25 years, Death Waltz Recording Company has re-released the original soundtrack for Twin Peaks for a new audience to enjoy. This is my defining work as a composer and I'm happy it...

"In the early spring of 1977, while largely both ensconced in an apartment building in West Berlin, Iggy Pop and David Bowie set out on the road together to promote Iggy's then-new record The Idiot, released a couple of weeks after the tour began. The record - Iggy's solo debut - featured an enormous contribution from Bowie in the form of production, composition and, possibly, as a musician, but as no official list of line-up credits has ever been published, we can now never know. However we do know that...

"In May 1972 Twenty Sixty Six And Then met first time and decided to found a band. Day and night they rehearsed and filed on their sound in their residence in Mannheim.
A journalist at that time wrote, "Dominating in their music is a dynamic, which is regulatory in the developing harmonies in the complex structured arrangements. When the musicians sometimes get lost in old hard rock stereotypes they kept enough distance to the sounds, to prove their intents with detailed inserted alienation." ...

"Recent Developments is the latest project from NY composer, percussionist, and bandleader Harris Eisenstadt. A quirky nonet that includes many of Brooklyn's most esteemed creative musicians, the project marks the 20th album of Eisenstadt's career as a bandleader (including five previous releases on Songlines) alongside over 40 recording credits as a collaborator. Recent Developments is the fifth installment in Eisenstadt's music for medium-sized ensembles, which also includes Fight or Fight (2003)...

"Re-Release of Klaus Schulze's "Androgyn" (originally released 2002 as part of the strictly limited and long exhausted 5CD Boxset "Contemporary Works II"). The first track on "Androgyn" has again, like on "Another Green Mile", the cello of Wolfgang Tiepold and some odd voice samples added to interesting synth sounds. The long second track has Klaus on electric guitar and for good reason it's called "Back To The Future": Klaus plays the guitar with a "Gleiteisen", a piece of iron that he used in the...

"Named the 'Un-Concert' by Zappa himself, the various live recordings featured on this CD come from a host of venues played by Frank and his then-mothers during their 1973 tours of the US, Canada and Australia. In large part recorded between June and December that year, Mother Superior Frank then chose to provide WLIR-FM New York with his own reels to broadcast this selection of rare diamonds across the airwaves on New Year's Eve 1974. The results are quite astonishing as can now be heard on this CD...

Great to see this, the second solo album by Snakefinger, that was released to great acclaim in 1980 on the Resident's Ralph label. A minor classic of whatever it is that the Residents and associated acts are!

"Snakefinger surely needs not much of an introduction. Born Philip Charles Lithman in London, he moved to San Francisco in 1971. His roots lie in the British blues scene, but he soon became friends with The Residents who also gave him the name Snakefinger based on a photograph of Lithman...

Chris Pitsiokos alto saxophone
Brandon Seabrook electric guitar
Tim Dahl electric bass
Weasel Walter drums
"With only 26 years of age, alto saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos is the face of the new generation of musicians who are changing the New York scene. Wild, fierce and raw, his personal playing style is making waves all around, and it’s not a real surprise to find in his Unit some of the most adventurous figures active in the frontier between jazz and rock, namely Brandon Seabrook...

Daniel Levin cello
Mat Maneri viola
Matt Moran vibraphone
Torbjörn Zetterberg double bass
"Live At Firehouse 12 documents the Daniel Levin Quartet in live performance with its current working line-up, now featuring Mat Maneri on viola. The new palette of timbres and textures afforded by the change in instrumentation from trumpet to viola provides ample opportunities for the band to explore previously uncharted territory, and the musicians take full advantage here, producing music..

Alexander Zethson piano
Mattias Ståhl vibraphone
Magnus Broo trumpet
Goran Kajfes cornet
Mats Äleklint trombone
Eirik Hegdal baritone saxophone
Johan Berthling double bass
Andreas Werliin drums
Martin Küchen alto and tenor saxophones
"Martin Kuchen’s nonet returns for more avant-jazz to dance to, confirming once again that creative music with political conscience can be festive, even considering the seriousness of the subject of this record. The title is an..

Jean-Brice Godet clarinets, radio, dictaphones
Pascal Niggenkemper double bass, objects
Sylvain Darrifourcq drums, percussions, zither
"The name of French clarinetist Jean-Brice Godet may not ring a bell in the minds of American, German or Japanese jazz fans, but if we say he’s a regular companion of the celebrated bassist Joelle Léandre and remember that he already worked with the likes of Anthony Braxton and Fred Frith you have sufficient indication that an album signed by him really...

Bostjan Simon sax, electronics
Stephan Meidell guitar, bass, percussion, electronics
Luis Candeias drums, percussion
"«Lean back and give it time to grow», asks Velkro to the listener in the liner-notes of their new CD, “Too Lazy to Panic”. In fact, the compositions by the trio with Bostjan Simon, Stephan Meidell and Luís Candeias need your attention to develop. They may be intense, but there’s no hurries. This hybrid of jazz with psychedelic jamming rock and experimental electronic music...

Klaus Ellerhusen Holm b-clarinet, bass clarinet, bass amplification
Roger Arntzen double bass
Ivar Grydeland pedal steel guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo, drum machine
"For some time, and for two released albums, Ballrogg was the name of the duo formed by clarinetist and saxophonist Klaus Ellerhusen Holm (Honest John, Large Unit) and double bassist Roger Arntzen (In the Country, Chrome Hill), identified by a captivating approach which combined an exploration of the influence of

Peter Van Huffel alto saxophone
Roland Fidezius electric bass, effects
Rudi Fischerlehner drums
"After the broad success of “Bite My Blues”, Canadian saxophonist Peter Van Huffel’s Berlin band Gorilla Mask is back with more music; not to cover the foot imprints of his previous work but going beyond a good number of steps. You can’t say anymore that this project consists of a mix of jazz with punk and metal – the kind of sonic assault heard on “Iron Lung” has an identity of its own...

Aaron Bennett tenor saxophone
John Finkbeiner electric guitar
William Winant vibraphone, percussion, Foley
Lisa Mezzacappa acoustic bass, samples
Tim Perkis electronics
Jordan Glenn drums
"San Francisco Bay Area bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa draws inspiration from a wide range of sources in her music, from film to visual art to science. Her newest release, avantNOIR, is a suite of compositions for jazz sextet based on noir crime fiction—classic works by Dashiell Hamme

Composer / band leader / trumpeter Samantha Boshnack gained *my* attention for her first release with this 14 piece big band, entitled "Go To Orange", which came out of nowhere and hugely impressed me with its maturity.
This is the somewhat different (more world music influences) but equally poised follow up and it is another excellent unclassifiable-but-still-jazz release. Highly recommended!
"In light of a career that has taken her around the proverbial world and back again, it was only...

Pretty amazing, 50-year old archival find in pretty amazingly good sound!
Finn von Eyben was a gifted bassist and composer of the early free jazz scene of Scandinavia, but, soon after these recordings, he gave up music professionally to pursue a career in medical research, so, these studio and live radio recordings in addition to being great, are among his last recorded works!

Finn von Eyben Workshop:
Jesper Bech Nielsen (tenorsax), Kim Menzer (trombone), Søren Svagin (piano), Finn von...

Pretty amazing, 50-year old archival find in pretty amazingly good sound.
This is John Tchicai and Finn von Eyben's group together after the last version of the New York Art Quartet broke up.
Hugo Steinmetz (trumpet)
Kim Menzer (trombone)
John Tchicai, Karsten Vogel (alto saxophones)
Steffen Andersen, Finn von Eyben (basses)
Bo Thrige Andersen (drums)
Giorgio Musoni (percussion)

"Saxophonist John Tchicai returned home to Denmark in 1966 after four years in

Long-awaited and quite wonderful second album by Yang. Wasn't sure it would ever happen (read below) but I'm glad it did and it is everything we were all waiting for!

"Founded by Frédéric L'Epée in 2002, Yang is an instrumental rock quartet...

Frédéric L'Épée: guitars, keyboards (Shylock, Philharmonie)
Laurent James: guitar
Nico Gomez: Bass
Volodia Brice: Drums

This is the third release by Yang, a French / German quartet who combine intricate guitar parts with driving rock.
Featuring the 'standard' line-up of two guiarists, bass and drums, Yang play a dynamic instrumental music that rocks hard, and which bears comparisons most closely to elements of King Crimson.

"Yang is an instrumental quartet who

Jon Lundbom-guitar
Jon Irabagon-sax
Bryan Murray-sax
Moppa Elliott-bass
Dan Monaghan-drums
“By now, guitarist Jon Lundbom should be getting more extensive attention...Lundbom plays and writes like a guy who’s digested a lot of different styles and can draw on them easily without being too obvious or referential with them. …[BVC fits] into Lundbom’s vision where strong post-bop melodies and rich voicings co-mingle with solos that aren’t afraid to kick up a cloud of dust. ...A jazz...

Moon Duo are actually a new psychedelic / stoner / motorik-beat trio and they are led by the singer and guitar player of another fine modern psychedelic band, Wooden Ships.
If you are a fan of the things released by the Beyond Beyond Is Beyond label, this would fit RIGHT in and you will love this one.

"Meaning all things magick and supernatural, the root of the word occult is that which is hidden, concealed, beyond the limits of our minds. If this is occult, then the Occult Architecture...

"The anthroponym Araminta means "lofty" and "protective." Araminta was also the given name of one of the most important figures in US and world history, abolitionist Harriet Tubman.
Guitarist Brandon Ross, bassist Melvin Gibbs and drummer J.T. Lewis have proudly worn Harriet Tubman's chosen name as their eponym for nearly 20 years, reaching for the heights of musical expression while preserving elements of their musical path. Harriet Tubman's recording Araminta is about becoming....

Nate Wooley :: trumpet
Stephanie Richards :: trumpet
Vincent Chancey :: French horn
Steve Swell :: trombone
Bill Lowe :: bass trombone & tuba
Jim Hobbs :: alto saxophone
Ingrid Laubrock :: soprano & tenor saxophones
Matt Bauder :: tenor & baritone saxophones
Jason Kao Hwang :: violin & viola
Tomeka Reid :: cello
Ken Filiano :: bass
Mary Halvorson :: guitar
Jay Hoggard :: vibraphone
Tomas Fujiwara :: drums
Taylor Ho Bynum :: composer, cond

"The fire and fury of '60s free jazz and the tumult of electronic rock tinged experimental music is on full display on this new powerhouse offering from four cutting edge Oslo based musicians collectively known as Reflection in Cosmo.
With Kjetil Moster on saxes, Hans Magnus Ryan on guitar, Stale Storlokken on keyboards and Thomas Stronen on drums, these four kindred spirits strike a tumultuous accord on their self titled debut on RareNoise Records, which represents Moster's followup...

"The fire and fury of '60s free jazz and the tumult of electronic rock tinged experimental music is on full display on this new powerhouse offering from four cutting edge Oslo based musicians collectively known as Reflection in Cosmo.
With Kjetil Moster on saxes, Hans Magnus Ryan on guitar, Stale Storlokken on keyboards and Thomas Stronen on drums, these four kindred spirits strike a tumultuous accord on their self titled debut on RareNoise Records, which represents Moster's followup...

Following on the heels of 2015's captivating Inflamed Rides, the members of the powerful collective O.R.k. - lead singer Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari, Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin, Marta Sui Tubi guitarist Carmelo Pipitone and King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto - were primed to deliver an even more potent statement for their sophomore offering.
Coming off of a triumphant tour of Europe and South America, they were charged to take things up a notch. And so it was with Soul of an...

Following on the heels of 2015's captivating Inflamed Rides, the members of the powerful collective O.R.k. - lead singer Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari, Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin, Marta Sui Tubi guitarist Carmelo Pipitone and King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto - were primed to deliver an even more potent statement for their sophomore offering.
Coming off of a triumphant tour of Europe and South America, they were charged to take things up a notch. And so it was with Soul of an...

This is a great, late period 'old style' Sun Ra lp; it's his first NYC recording, as far as can be told, but it sonically has much more in common with his Chicago recordings of the late 50s, which is my very, very favorite period of his work. Highly recommended.

"Sun Ra's only release for the Savoy label is a gem. Recorded in October of 1961, this is probably the first recording the Arkestra made after arriving in New York. As such, you're dealing with a smallish Arkestra (seven main...

This was the second album released by this English-by-way-of-Germany spacerock band. It was recorded in 1972 and features Taff Freeman (mellotron, pianos, organ, vocals), Roye Albrighton (guitars, vocals), Mo Moore (bass) and Ron Howden (drums).
Despite my fondness for the pure psychedelic progressiveness of Journey To The Centre Of The Eye, A Tab In The Ocean is the first release where they really gain their very unique sound and sense of self. Another excellent spacerock release...

There was an amazingly high number of great albums being released on ECM during the 1970s and this is one of many beautiful, enjoyable classics. This 1978 release features his post-Odyssee group of Terje Rypdal-electric guitar, keyboard, synthesizer, Palle Mikkelborg-trumpet, fluegelhorn, RMI, tac piano, ring modulator, Sveinung Hovensjø-basses and Jon Christensen-drums, percussion. Not as powerful as Odysee (nothing is!), but as great in a different way.

This is simply an unbelievable find and has to qualify for archival release of the year!
After two albums, guitarist Michael Rother left Neu! & joined forces with the electronic duo Cluster (Hans Joachim Roedelius & Didier Moebius) in the mid 1970s. They made two brilliant albums that combined Rother's melodic sense with the early, home-made electronic king-klang of Cluster, were generally ignored at the time. Eventually the musicians kinda gave up on the whole starvation thing and moved onto other...

"Fresh off his tours supporting Mogwai and S U R V I V E, Majeure returns with a blistering EP of seemingly limitless synth textures and seemingly endless drum fills. Majeure – the solo moniker of Zombi and Contact cofounder, A.E. Paterra – has built a reputation as one of North America’s most interesting purveyors of synth-based rock music. Often overlooked is the fact that Paterra is also one of the world’s premiere prog-rock drummers, a fact that is emphatically obvious on Apex. Over the course of...

"Tim Bowness follows 2015’s Stupid Things That Mean The World - Top 10 in the UK ‘Rock’, ‘Vinyl’ and ‘Prog’ charts - with a release unlike any in his back catalogue.
Lost In The Ghost Light is a concept album revolving around the onstage and backstage reflections of a fictional ‘classic’ Rock musician in the twilight of his career. It is a grand statement about a grand era of music making and an undoubted highlight of Bowness’s career.
Ranging from the hypnotic opener Worlds Of Yesterday to...

"Tim Bowness follows 2015’s Stupid Things That Mean The World - Top 10 in the UK ‘Rock’, ‘Vinyl’ and ‘Prog’ charts - with a release unlike any in his back catalogue.
Lost In The Ghost Light is a concept album revolving around the onstage and backstage reflections of a fictional ‘classic’ Rock musician in the twilight of his career. It is a grand statement about a grand era of music making and an undoubted highlight of Bowness’s career.
Ranging from the hypnotic opener Worlds Of Yesterday to th

"Following the reissue of the entire recorded output of South London-based experimental act This Heat and its successor, Camberwell Now, Modern Classics Recordings holds the lens up to a special split album created by one of the driving forces behind those groups - drummer Charles Hayward - in collaboration with Italian musician Gigi Masin, whose looping, rhythmic, electronic compositions have seen his cult following grow in his four decades as a recording artist. Originally released on Belgium's Sub...

"Filipino-American Jon Irabagon has topped both the Rising Star Alto Saxophone and the Rising Star Tenor Saxophone categories in Down Beat's critics polls and been named one of Time Out New York's 25 New York City Jazz Icons. A founding member of Mostly Other People Do The Killing, he is also an integral member of the Mary Halvorson Quintet, Dave Douglas Quintet, and Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor. John Hegre is a musician, songwriter, sound engineer, and a pioneer of the Norwegian noise music scene. He...

"Mental Experience present a reissue of Cozmic Corridors self-titled album. Cozmic Corridors is an underground kraut-kosmische monster, recorded and produced circa 1972-73 in Cologne by Toby "The Mad Twiddler" Robinson for his Pyramid label. The album was apparently released as an ultra-limited handmade edition back in the early '70s, but no original copies have surfaced (editor's note: which tells you everything you need to know about whether or not this was ever really released back in the day...)....

The classic 1st album by Faust. Upon its release in 1971, it really looked and SOUNDED like nothing else. Intelligent and crafty use of the studio in a way that no one else in rock other than Frank Zappaa was doing (and it sounds nothing like The Mothers).
While I actually *enjoy* some of their other works more, none of their other albums were as radical and shocked the scene as much as this one. As the man in England who owns the label would say, "recommended!"

"The 2nd album from Norway's seminal progressive rock group White Willow has achieved cult status, melding symphonic rock, folk rock and gothic atmospheres in a unique blend. The album is awash with vintage instruments like Mellotrons and Theremins...

The Residents third album, which was the 1st one I bought, when I was in San Francisco in 1977. Many people think it is their best work, as it totally disassembles a number of 60s top 40 hits into barely recognizable form. Classic cover image!...

"Esoteric Antenna are pleased to announce the release of the eagerly awaited new studio album by John Lees Barclay James Harvest - "North". The album (featuring all new material) draws on the fine musical heritage of Barclay James Harvest whilst...

"For over forty years Gordon has enjoyed the well-deserved reputation as one of Britain’s greatest guitar players. He made his first recordings in the 1960s as folk artist, but by late 70s he had crossed into the Progressive Rock genre. A trio of albums on the Electric Records label earned Gordon much praise and an ever-increasing fan base. In 1979 he released the album “The Peacock Party” for PVK Records, (also re-released on Esoteric this month), a highly successful project. 1982’s “Airwaves” was his...

The third studio release since VDGG came back from their 30 year slumber. This one is quite different, as it is a selection of experiments and improvisations. As Peter says, "Most of the music on "ALT” was made while we weren't really looking, or...

"Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce an official release of Rick Wakeman's live concert with the Orchestra Della Svizzera Italiana, in Lugano, Switzerland on the 2nd July 2009, where he performed strictly on the grand piano.
This event was the perfect setting for Wakeman s classically inspired compositions to be performed, including The King Arthur Suite, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Catherine Howard . With an orchestra conducted and arranged by Guy Protheroe, the Lugano concert...

IF you ever felt the need to hear Jello Biafra cover Roxy Music's "In Every Dream Home A Heartache" and JG Thirwell cover Bowie's "Station To Station, both fronting the Melvins, well, then, you got off at the right stop!

"Normally, when a long-running band releases an album of covers, it's seen as the band just cutting loose, mixing it up, and having a little fun with someone else's songs for a change. The Melvins, however, are not a band that anyone would ever accuse of kowtowing to anyone's...

Modern pop from the vocalist of Doves, with a definite emphasis on experimentation within the form.

"Odludek, the solo debut from Doves' Jimi Goodwin, makes up for what it lacks in consistency of tone with a pioneering spirit that both mocks and celebrates the digital age. Genres be damned, Goodwin is at his heart a world-weary Brit-pop songsmith in the vein of Elbow's Guy Garvey, and there is some of that to be found here, but for the most part, Odludek's ten largely disparate tracks play like...

Harper is the son of Paul Simon and the music here is his own; I don't hear any discernable audio evidence of his father. This is more like modern psychedelia with folk and shoe-gazey touches, featuring a large number of supporting players, which very much give this a band sound.

"If you're looking for another Paul Simon album, look somewhere else. Harper Simon's most recent work has more in common with the power pop of Big Star, the guitar interplay of Television and the "Smile" era psychedelia...

Mats Gustafsson slide and baritone saxes
Craig Taborn piano
"Two very different musicians from the wide range of the jazz spectrum, Mats Gustafsson and Craig Taborn played together just once, for the 2015 edition of the Ljubljana Jazz Festival, and that explains the chosen title of this LP. The meeting seemed improbable, but in what concerns improvisation, if the protagonists are committed explorers of spontaneity anything can happen, even the most extraordinary music. That was the case – the...