New Arrivals

New Arrivals
"... discerning ears will find that Auburn Lull's rich tapestry is as dangerously hypnotic and transporting as it is soothing."-Tiny Mix Tapes

The reclusive midwesterners return from dormancy with nine stunning, elegantly sparse tracks that showcase the band at its most focused, melodic, and mysterious. While distinctly sounding like Auburn Lull, Hypha veers into uncharted territory, delivering surprises at every turn. The hallmark cavernous guitars and vast, slow-motion expanses, though still...

James Blood Ulmer: guitar
Mats Gustafsson: tenor & baritone saxophone
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten: electric & double bass
Paal Nilssen-Love: drums, percussion

This places Blood in front of a smokin', crazy band of youthful equals and makes for the best and most 'out' album he's made in years and years!

"Viking jazz band The Thing team up with one of the legendary men of jazz and blues. Guitarist and singer Ulmer combines (free) jazz, blues, funk, and rock -- always on the edge...

"2015 live recording from the Supersense Festival in Melbourne, previously unreleased, featuring a supergroup of Manuel Göttsching, Ariel Pink, Oren Ambarchi, and Shags Chamberlain playing material from classic Ash Ra Tempel releases, 1972's Schwingungen (and 1973's Seven Up."

"Out of the blue -- I was invited to perform in Melbourne, Australia. It happened thanks to my dear old friend Mick Glossop, who made the suggestion to Sophia Brous, at the time the curator of a music-festival called...

I have long prided myself in the bargains we find for our customers. One of my early bosses in the record store biz used to proudly point at the (really good) selection he had of cheapie discs and say, "I have the best 'Record Hell' selection anywhere!"
Well, he DID, but WE DO NOW!
But even with what we've always got, this is a particularly fantastic buy of the latest release by a particularly fantastic band, and you really should pick this up. Period.

I don't want to say you shouldn't..

This is a new studio release (with bonus) from guitarist/composer Steve, which was delayed by legal machinations having to do with his divorce (hence the title). This features some unusual and special guests: Chris Squire and Anthony Phillips! While Steve's glory days of Voyage of the Acolyte may be behind him, he continues to make good albums that sound like his work. This is a limited edition that includes the icing on the already pretty tasty cake of a bonus disc of live versions of older solo and....

Spettri's first release, Spettri, consisted of previously unreleased recordings from 1972. Now the band is back with a contemporary album.

"1001 years after the first original SPETTRI Album recorded in 1972, nothing has changed!

In the year 2973 Black Widow is proud to present again the original band from Florence well alive and kicking!
Stefano Melani ( Hammond, piano, mellotron and synth )
Raffaele Ponticiello ( Guitars )
Vincenzo Ponticiello (Bass )...

Tom Scott - composition, clarinet, alto clarinet, oboe, flute, soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, grand piano, keyboards, vocals, and small percussion
Billy Swann-bass
Mark Stanley-guitar
Paul Sears-drums

Bands are hard, gang. Even bands that have been together (and apart) for decades and decades and whose members have real love for each other. It's still hard to keep a band together forever.
Around 2011-12, The Muffins started working on a 'big band' project, which

2003 remaster with 5 bonus tracks, this reissue was coordinated by Mark Powell and the booklet was designed by Phil Smee and includes lots of great photos and information! Originally released October, 1976. "BJH bring to mind so many influences yet rem...

"There has been understandable confusion for decades about the overlap and the differences between Colosseum's second U.K. album and their second U.S. album. Their second U.K. LP was titled Valentyne Suite; their second U.S. album, however, was not only given a different title, The Grass Is Greener, but featured a substantially different track listing, with only four of the eight tracks overlapping with Valentyne Suite (although the version of "The Grass Is Greener" on the U.S. release has a guitar...

"The product of a recording session in New York City in 1970, “Where Fortune Smiles” is one of the milestone albums to be recorded at a time when the divisions between the worlds of jazz and rock were less defined and albums such as Bitches Brew by Miles Davis and the work of Tony Williams’ Lifetime pointed a new direction in music.
Originally released on Pye Records’ “Progressive” imprint Dawn Records, Where Fortune Smiles was recorded fresh on the heels of John McLaughlin and Dave Holland’s work...

"A newly re-mastered edition of the 1969 recordings by Bodast, the short-lived band formed in late 1968 featuring STEVE HOWE (Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass), DAVE CURTIS (Bass, Vocals), BOBBY CLARKE (Drums) & CLIVE SKINNER (Vocals, Acoustic Guitar).
Originally known as Canto, the trio of Howe, Curtis and Clarke adopted the name Bodast (and abbreviation of their first names) after a few months. Later joined by Clive Skinner, the band recorded a series of songs at Trident studios in London...

"Born of a time when jazz musicians crossed in to the world of rock music, Atlantic Bridge was a quartet featuring Mike McNaught (piano, electric piano), Daryl Runswick (bass, bass guitar), Jim Philip (flute, soprano sax, tenor sax) & Mike Travis (drums). All four musicians were seasoned players on the London jazz circuit, but sought to expand their musical horizons.
Influenced by the experimentation of Miles Davis on his album Bitches Brew and by the work of British musicians such as Keith Tippett..

"Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a new 2CD anthology celebrating the fine American jazz rock band The Flock.
Hailing from Chicago, The Flock was one of the most original groups to emerge on the late 1960s buoyant music scene. Along with their fellow Chicagoans Blood Sweat & Tears and Chicago, The Flock were highly original in their musical approach, successfully fusing jazz, rock, blues and even classical influences. The band recorded three singles in 1966 and 1967 before..

"Following on from the album “Another Life”, prog flute player John Hackett presents an outstanding album by his newly formed band, featuring Nick Fletcher, Jeremy Richardson and Duncan Parsons.
With a heady and eclectic mix of rock-solid song-writing, swirling mellotron and at times, free improvisation, the virtuosic flute and guitar performances shine through the memorable compositions. John’s brother, Steve Hackett, makes a special guest appearance on harmonica on ‘Never Gonna Make A Dime’

Tremendous price on two albums of (mostly live) astonishment. This album was (mostly) recorded live at Washington DC's Cellar Door on the one night (October 19, 1970) that John McLaughlin came down from NYC to join the regular group of Miles, Keith Jarrett, Gary Bartz, Michael Henderson, Jack DeJohnette and Airto Moreira. Too bad I was only 12 at the time, or I would have mosey'd down there too.
With the posthumous release of all of the shows in the "Cellar Door" box, I have read a lot of reviews...

"Larry Coryell revisits familiar territory after taking a bit of a downward spiral of career misdirection and personnel changes going back a few years.
The Eleventh House, now defunct, and Coryell re-evaluating his direction, records Back Together Again with ex-Eleventh House drummer Alphonse Mouzon, while retaining John Lee on bass as well.
No horns. No keys. Just good funky rock fusion also featuring capable guest guitarist Philip Catherine.
All players are on top of their game, and...

A iconic mid 60s John Coltrane album that deserves every singe gram of eminence it has gained in 55 years and counting. If you don't own it, this is a must. Period.

"One of the most important records ever made, John Coltrane's A Love Supreme was his pinnacle studio outing, that at once compiled all of the innovations from his past, spoke to the current of deep spirituality that liberated him from addictions to drugs and alcohol, and glimpsed at the future innovations of his final two and a half...

"Sulle Corde Di Aries was Battiato's third release and showed his fascination for electronic, minimalist and systemic musics. As such, it is quite similar to Pollution except much more electronic based and with a more definitive style. There are also a lot of modern classical strains coming through here and a great spacey feel again reminding me of Sensations Fix or Gong at times. A simply fascinating album."-Expose/Mike McLatchey.

Battiato's music can jump from neo classical to Italian progressive rock (somewhere between Sensations Fix and Le Orme) to space rock like Gong and on to bizarre tape collages with narration. It all adds up to a fascinating and innovative album with mo...

"Franco Battiato was an Italian pop singer who for a span in the 70s made a string of very experimental albums that fit very roughly in the vein of groups such as Opus Avantra or Pierrot Lunaire.
Battiato on all of these titles (and beyond) set out to create completely new musical forms, and evolved from strange pop and rock realms to systemic and minamalist music before returning to pop music."-Expose/Mike McLatchey.

"Heather Trost is best known for her work composing and performing as one half of A Hawk And A Hacksaw. She has also played with Neutral Milk Hotel, Beirut, Josephine Foster, and most recently Thor Harris of Swans. She has arranged and performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra, as well as conductor Andre De Ridder and his Stargaze Orchestra, and toured throughout the world.
In 2014 she released her first solo project, a 7-inch on Ba Da Bing Records, followed in 2015 by Ourobouros, a limited edition..

"Heather Trost is best known for her work composing and performing as one half of A Hawk And A Hacksaw. She has also played with Neutral Milk Hotel, Beirut, Josephine Foster, and most recently Thor Harris of Swans. She has arranged and performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra, as well as conductor Andre De Ridder and his Stargaze Orchestra, and toured throughout the world.
In 2014 she released her first solo project, a 7-inch on Ba Da Bing Records, followed in 2015 by Ourobouros, a limited edition..

Just when you had given up all hope...
Nils Frykdahl – vocals, guitar, flute
Dan Rathbun – bass, various homemade instruments
Michael Mellender – guitar, trumpet, percussion, percussion-guitar
David Shamrock – drums, glockenspiel
Drew Wheeler – guitar, glockenspiel, Theremin

“Undestroyed is the long-awaited debut from the genre- damning Free Salamander Exhibit, with the appropriate confusion of tottering riffage, clarity of intent, and

"Dual Mono is the third Barreca | Leimer collaboration. The process used for producing Dual Mono was designed to destabilize established habits and predilections in favor of responding to the music in at least subjectively new ways. It was also designed to reduce the illusion of control, to become more responsive to and accepting of unpredicted outcomes, and to give the music—as much as possible—a voice less tampered with...

Marc Barreca : digital synthesis, sampled sources, treatments and signal reprocessing
K. Leimer: analog and digital synthesis, electric guitar and bass, percussion, prepared piano, treatments and signal reprocessing.
Tyler Boley: guitars....

"Formed in 2010, The Cosmic Dead are a quartet from Glasgow, Scotland who share their music through good vibes and better vibrations. Known for their improvised, chaos-strewn, Buckfast-smashedagainst-the-wall take on space music, they have roamed from Roadburn to Las Vegas, Dundee to Bangalore. Each album is a document of the time and space the group find themselves in, a tangible artefact hewn from a psychedelic continuum orchestrated by The Cosmic Dead.
Eccie Bam Yas, E? began life as a more...

"The Cosmic Dead return with their first full length album since 2014’s Easterfaust. For the uninitiated The Cosmic Dead are a quartet from Glasgow, Scotland, making some of the best raging freak out psych right now. Rainbowhead is a brand new LP, featuring four tracks of spaced out, heavy psych formed from insane chugging bass, trippy synth blasts, krautrock infused metallic guitar riffin’ and furious cascading drum cycles. The band’s constant positive vibes have led to them touring all over the UK and...

"InsideOutMusic proudly presents “Children Of The Sounds”, the 13th studio album by KAIPA, one of Sweden’s most legendary progressive/art rock acts! Currently featuring mastermind Hans Lundin as well as members of Mats & Morgan, The Flower Kings, Karmakanic, Scar Symmetry & Ritual, the almost one hour long album offers an inventive and dynamic sonic journey uniting elements of folk, prog rock & fusion with soulful female & male vocals as well as stellar musicianship. “Children Of The Sounds” is as....

"InsideOutMusic proudly presents “Children Of The Sounds”, the 13th studio album by KAIPA, one of Sweden’s most legendary progressive/art rock acts! Currently featuring mastermind Hans Lundin as well as members of Mats & Morgan, The Flower Kings, Karmakanic, Scar Symmetry & Ritual, the almost one hour long album offers an inventive and dynamic sonic journey uniting elements of folk, prog rock & fusion with soulful female & male vocals as well as stellar musicianship. “Children Of The Sounds” is as....

"If one were to have access to a time machine and could go back to see legendary bandleader Thelonious Monk in concert during the 1950s and ‘60s, you’d likely see him so compelled by the music that he would retreat from his piano mid-performance and conduct his band, no matter how small or large, through an impassioned dance. But behind the joyous dance that overtook the stage lay the societal struggles a jazz musician endured to present that 90 minutes of musical freedom – a tale of police harassment...

Irène Schweizer: Piano
Joey Baron: Drums
"A meeting of two jazz giants: In 2015, Joey Baron, one of the most sought after drummers on the New York scene met the First Lady of European jazz, Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer, in concert in Zürich. During his long career Baron has played with bands such as Naked City and Masada and worked with musicians Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker, Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot.
Schweizer had already performed and recorded with the best drummers on the...

Ralph Alessi: Trumpet
Ingrid Laubrock: Saxophones
Kris Davis: Piano
Drew Gress: Bass
Tom Rainey: Drums
Tom Rainey is one of jazz / avant music's current greats on the drums and what a band he's got here! Recommended!

"On this second CD with his band Obbligato Tom Rainey surprises with standards and beautiful love songs like «Stella by Starlight», «What Is This Thing Called Love» or «I Fall in Love too Easily».
Tom Rainey has played in bands with Tim Berne, Fred Hirsch

"Behind the Shadow Drops is the new solo endeavor from Takaakira 'Taka' Goto, founding guitarist and composer of iconic Japanese experimental rock group, MONO.
Established in 2016, Behind the Shadow Drops combines Goto's disparate but commensurate interests in many different forms of music, most notably ambient, trip-hop, industrial minimalism, and modern classical.
Recorded at Goto's home studio and mixed with esteemed producer and percussionist, John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea and Cake...

"Behind the Shadow Drops is the new solo endeavor from Takaakira 'Taka' Goto, founding guitarist and composer of iconic Japanese experimental rock group, MONO.
Established in 2016, Behind the Shadow Drops combines Goto's disparate but commensurate interests in many different forms of music, most notably ambient, trip-hop, industrial minimalism, and modern classical.
Recorded at Goto's home studio and mixed with esteemed producer and percussionist, John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea and Cake...

2017 release from one of the most popular instrumental post-rock bands out there!
"Every Country's Sun takes two decades of Mogwai's signature, contrasting sounds – towering intensity, pastoral introspection, synth-rock minimalism, DNA-detonating volume – and distills it, beautifully, into 56 concise minutes of gracious elegance, hymnal trance-rock, and transcendental euphoria. Produced by psych-rock luminary Dave Fridmann, it's a structural soundscape built from stark foundations up; from a gentle...

"As the hippie movement hurdled towards its emanate demise, bad vibes infiltrated the rock world. Tainted LSD, loud motorcycles, and a series of brutal deaths spawned inspiration for guitar-wielding teenagers across the globe. Implementing deafening fuzz and satanic screams to create their proto-metal monstrosities, short-lived stoner bands pressed their lysergic experiments in microscopic quantities before blacking out entirely. Lifted from the ashes of the acid rock hell fire are 18 distorted tales of...

"As the hippie movement hurdled towards its emanate demise, bad vibes infiltrated the rock world. Tainted LSD, loud motorcycles, and a series of brutal deaths spawned inspiration for guitar-wielding teenagers across the globe. Implementing deafening fuzz and satanic screams to create their proto-metal monstrosities, short-lived stoner bands pressed their lysergic experiments in microscopic quantities before blacking out entirely. Lifted from the ashes of the acid rock hell fire are 18 distorted tales of...

"this long-playing record, a thing we made in the midst of communal mess, raising dogs and children. eyes up and filled with dreadful joy - we aimed for wrong notes that explode, a quiet muttering amplified heavenward. we recorded it all in a burning motorboat. 1. UNDOING A LUCIFERIAN TOWERS - look at that fucking skyline! big lazy money writ in dull marble obelisks! imagine all those buildings much later on, hollowed out and stripped bare of wires and glass, listen - the wind is whistling through all....

"this long-playing record, a thing we made in the midst of communal mess, raising dogs and children. eyes up and filled with dreadful joy - we aimed for wrong notes that explode, a quiet muttering amplified heavenward. we recorded it all in a burning motorboat. 1. UNDOING A LUCIFERIAN TOWERS - look at that fucking skyline! big lazy money writ in dull marble obelisks! imagine all those buildings much later on, hollowed out and stripped bare of wires and glass, listen - the wind is whistling through all...

Yang, a French quartet whose stunning compositons combine intricate guitar parts with driving rock, is the newest project led by French guitarist and composer Frederic LEpe. LEpes former projects include founding two of the most intriguing all-instrume...

"In mid-October, 1969, I left the UK to meet up with bassist Barre Phillips and drummer Stu Martin to begin working with them as "The Trio". Before I left however, a few close friends and I held a sort of 'farewell' session in Tangerine Studios in London. On hand were drummer John Marshall, electric pianist John Taylor and Brian Odgers on bass guitar - later Mike Osborne appeared with his alto and joined us. Shortly after I left England, the studios closed down and, although a few test...

Bassist Harry Miller was born in South Africa, but he was the Brit-jazz bassist throughout the 1970s, playing with John Surman, Centipede, Mike Westbrook, Keith Tippett, Mike Osborne, King Crimson, Julie Tippetts, Alan Skidmore and Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath, among many others, as well as co-founding the legendary Ogun label, which did so much to document the Brit-jazz scene in the 1970s.
Harry's group, Isipingo, which he led for a number of years, could be compared to a smaller-scale...

''...a fresh & almost indescribable fusion of rock, jazz, modern classical, sampled sound & noise.' - The Boston Phoenix

BOTM are a superb instrumental 4 piece (multi-keyboards, guitar, electronic percussion, & sax) who combine equal parts progressive rock, pulse, classical, & more into an instantly recognizable whole; no rock band uses interlocking parts as brilliantly as these guys. This is their first in 5 years and many people think it is their best yet! Start here.

This is a new, nearly-all instrumental, progressive rock album by a Milwauke, WI quartet consisting of keyboards, guitar, bass & drums. Some of it reminds me of Happy The Man and Gentle Giant at their most aggressive in terms of some of the melody lines and counterpoint used; it won't fool you into thinking you're hearing those bands (good) but it shows the level of proficiency we're dealing with on this album (double good).
Very, very good stuff and, as the band says, "Aggressive, progressive...

Why this classic of Italian progressive rock has been out of print for quite a numbers of years is something I can not fathom, but here it is again.

This really is one of the classic Italian progressive rock albums of all time and also one of...

"You take a trio of the finest traditional griot musicians from Mali and put them in a studio with Western music's most revolutionary string quartet - and the resulting album is one of the most richly rewarding musical collaborations you are likely to encounter. Together the Kronos Quartet and Trio Da Kali have created an album that is rich in texture, hauntingly melodic and strikingly inventive as violins, viola and cello combine with balafon, ngoni and the powerful female voice of Hawa 'Kassé Mady'...

"How to follow-up a Grammy-nominated album disarmingly called Songs I Like a Lot? By broadening the canvas and releasing Songs We Like a Lot, of course. John Hollenbeck returns after the triumph of Songs I Like a Lot, accompanied again by vocalists Kate McGarry and Theo Bleckmann, with an expanded palette and even more robust sonic transformations, encompassing everything from Burt Bacharach to the poetry of Kenneth Patchen, from Cyndi Lauper to a deconstructed Get Lucky.
A combination of indelible..

His 23rd. That's quite an achievement beyond the fact that it's also a really good one!

"A quite beautiful album, though much underrated by fans. Each song here has a strong narrative - tales within songs. Love lost and celebrated in 'Naming the Rose'; a man's obsession with a younger woman in 'How Far I Fell'; domestic violence in 'Like Veronica' and is that a hint of the novel 'Perfume' contained in 'In A Bottle'? Hammill has always had a strong narrative inclination but here it's at its most..

"This is an eclectic collection, even for Hammill. Going as far back as Chameleon's "Easy to slip away" -- a real treat for we long-time listeners -- and Rikki Nadir's "The Shingle Song" (simply "Shingle" on NBC) Hammill reinterprets his and our pasts with an immaculate reading of the now centuries-old technique musicologists term "word painting". It's an approach that Hammill often favors, one which assigns the instruments to the primary task of not simple accompaniment, but the more interpretive and...

"Limited red vinyl LP pressing including digital download. Archive release from the veteran synthesist of Pere Ubu. Terminal Drive is studio recording of a mythical piece of electro-acoustic music composed and performed in 1975 by Allen Ravenstine with assistance from Albert Dennis on string bass.
Terminal Drive's significance in terms of Cleveland underground music cannot be understated and has been cited as partially responsible for Ravenstine's invitation to co-form the musical unit Pere Ubu in...