New Arrivals

New Arrivals
Really great album of somewhat glitchy ambient atmospherics; after hearing it, you will not be surprised that he was Jon Hassell’s roommate (see below!)

“Even if you've never heard of Hugh Marsh you've almost certainly heard the sound of his violin. He's a featured player on soundtracks by Hans Zimmer and Harry Gregson-Williams, was nominated for a Juno award, recorded with Iggy Pop and The Stooges, and was in the backing band for Bauhaus' Peter Murphy, all a tiny fraction of his decades-long...

"New York quartet Sunwatchers drew a line in the sand with their last album "II", a powerful statement of the band’s unique brand of spiritual, free-rock, gonzo attitude and a progressive socio-political worldview. "Illegal Moves" is their second album for Trouble In Mind.
"Illegal Moves" is the band's most potent blend yet; a heady potion of free-jazz, psychedelia, punk & noise rock that is both tender and ferocious; the perfect soundtrack to smash capitalism and fix our broken system thru sonic...

"New York quartet Sunwatchers drew a line in the sand with their last album "II", a powerful statement of the band’s unique brand of spiritual, free-rock, gonzo attitude and a progressive socio-political worldview. "Illegal Moves" is their second album for Trouble In Mind.
"Illegal Moves" is the band's most potent blend yet; a heady potion of free-jazz, psychedelia, punk & noise rock that is both tender and ferocious; the perfect soundtrack to smash capitalism and fix our broken system thru sonic...

“III: Chroma/Contour is the third album from Billow Observatory, the collaborative project of Danish producer Jonas Munk (Manual, Ulrich Schnauss collaborator, and more) and Michigan native Jason Kolb (Auburn Lull). The album's nine tracks eschew the pulse and rhythm that defined the duo's previous effort -- II: Plains/Patterns (2017) -- in favor of sparse melodic possibilities and a more abstract palette of sounds.
Chroma/Contour suggests looking both 20 years forward and twenty years back, while...

“Originally released on cassette in 1986, Celestial Realms is a collaborative album from new age figurehead and Brian Eno-collaborator Laraaji, and fellow cosmic traveller Jonathan Goldman (aka Lyghte). Laraaji conjures his typically vivid soundworld of shimmering electric zither, while Goldman inhabits that world with pulsing guitar and droning synthesizer. A trance-inducing ambient voyage. Celestial Realms provides a 46-minute blissful ambient voyage featuring zither, bells, synthesizer, and guitar....

Matthew Shipp – piano
Michael Bisio – bass
Newman Taylor Baker – drums
“Matthew Shipp has established himself as the premier jazz pianist of his generation over the course of a three-decade career including many acclaimed albums under his own name plus his prominent tenure in the David S. Ware Quartet and a vast array of collaborations with the likes of Spring Heel Jack, Ivo Perelman, Sabir Mateen, Darius Jones, Joe Morris, Jemeel Moondoc, Mat Walerian, and many more. ESP-Disk' in its...

This early 80's album, his last before his 'retirement', is a really strong one!

“...his fifth album L'Ethique saw the ex-Heldon guitarist and synth wizard return to bigger and bolder band-like methods. After the release he disappeared from the limelight for nearly a decade and returned in the 1990s. Interviewed by the Electronics & Music Maker magazine in 1982, Pinhas spoke in buoyant terms about the future of his recording career. Having just unveiled his fifth solo album, L'Ethique, he was

When Henry Cow fell apart in the summer of 1978, the main players in the band dispersed. Fred Frith left England to settle in NYC for a good number of years, getting involved the then just beginning to evolve 'downtown' sound, recording three excellent and high-profile albums for Ralph Records, forming first Massacre and then Skeleton Crew. Chris Cutler formed the Art Bears and also was an important member of Cassiber. Lindsay Cooper and Georgie Born did a lot of musical improvising and John Greaves had...

"Between “Blue & Yellow” and “Deceit” came the EP, “Health & Efficiency”. It bridges a gap between the mostly improvisational former, and the highly composed latter, showing great diversity in the band’s sound in general, as well as nicely documenting their two extreme directions.
The title track is This Heat’s single most high-energy piece ever, and is a tour de force of singing, ensemble playing and sound texture; It is propelled along by Charles Bullen’s signature guitar strumming & ratcheting...

“Boris Kovacs was born in Vojvodina, the multi-ethnic region of what was then Yugoslavia. He studied accordion and saxophone, going on to teach himself many other instruments. On this record he plays mainly soprano saxophone, leaving Jasna Jovisevic to take alto and bassclarinet. Like pianist Slobodank Stevic, she was classically trained, as was bassist Sinisa Mazalica. The drummer, Boris' son Lav Kovac, is celebrated for his very different playing in Howling Owl and with a variety of eastern bands...

Speechless is one of Fred's most enduring & endearing works. It was his second post-Henry Cow solo album, and he recorded it with the backing of Etron Fou Leloublan on one side of the original album and Massacre on the other.

“After Gravity, where he worked with The Muffins and Samla Mammas Manna, this was Fred's second solo release for The Residents' Ralph Records, this time working with French RIO band Etron Fou Leloublan - notably their drummer, Gigou Chenevier, who makes a major musical and...

"Mythopoetry is the debut album of the Norwegian progressive rock act Mythopoeic Mind. The project is the brainchild of Steinar Børve, saxophonist and founding member of the RIO-/Cantebury-inspired instrumental band Panzerpappa who´s merits include playing and recording with Cantebury legend Richard Sinclair. Although Cantebury still is an important musical inspiration to Børve, Mythopoeic Mind has a stronger flavour of symphonic rock than anything he has done before.
The album was recorded during...

Jostein Smeby / guitar, vocals
Stig Arve Kvam Jørgensen / hammond, synth, piano, vocals
Erik Paulsen / bass, vocals
Eskil Nyhus / drums, percussion
with:
Alessandro Elide-Metal / percussion

“One of Norway's best musical secrets is Arabs In Aspic. Every new album is better than the previous. The band started out as more of a stoner rock band but the progressive elements kept on creeping into the mix. Hammond organ runs wild on this incendiary live album. The musical styl

"Tribus is the 3rd release from Norwegian symphonic progressive rock band The Windmill. The Windmill are a Norwegian progressive rock band formed in 2001 in the outskirts of Oslo. The music is symphonic neo prog influenced by several bands from the golden years of the seventies, such as Genesis, Pink Floyd, Camel and others. The debut album "To be continued ..." was released May 2010,and the follow up "The Continuation" was released in 2013 to great reviews around the world. Now After 5 years...

"Some artists just live to push the envelope like they’re working at the post office - and where would we be without them? For when it comes to invention, it is the eclectic and the eccentric that tend to cook some of the most delectable of stews in the pools of creativity; ones which the more adventurous of us shall happily devour.
We certainly cannot speak of juicing the fruits of the creative trees without dropping a reference to Progressive Rock – for Prog. tends to be the Yggdrasil of musical...

Very good, mostly instrumental spacerock that combine a certain modern dark heavy/stoner factor with obvious influences from Hawkwind, Ozrics, Gong, but with a darker edge, ala Nebelnest!
Easily recommended to space-rock fans!

“Arising from the confluence of La Morte (flute) and Lo Spazio (lead guitar), La Morte Viene Dallo Spazio is an open ensemble that has reached his current shape by its conjunction with two Female Entities (bass, synth/moog).
Inspired by sci-fi italian movies and...

Very good, mostly instrumental spacerock that combine a certain modern dark heavy/stoner factor with obvious influences from Hawkwind, Ozrics, Gong, but with a darker edge, ala Nebelnest!
Easily recommended to space-rock fans!

“Arising from the confluence of La Morte (flute) and Lo Spazio (lead guitar), La Morte Viene Dallo Spazio is an open ensemble that has reached his current shape by its conjunction with two Female Entities (bass, synth/moog).
Inspired by sci-fi italian movies and...

Nate Wooley – trumpet
Mary Halvorson – guitar
Susan Alcorn – pedal steel
Ryan Sawyer – drums

“The Columbia Icefield is an imposing behemoth, the largest icefield in the Rocky Mountains, a glacial structure that feeds into the Columbia River, and, eventually, into the Pacific Ocean. It’s alien, unapproachable, and yet, somehow, a striking metaphor for man’s relationship to nature.
On Nate Wooley’s forthcoming, soaring, Columbia Icefield, the Pacific Northwest bred trumpeter trie

Guitarist Michael Rother was an important part of two of the most important Krautrock bands of the 70s, Neu! and Harmonia, and is a footnote in the early years of Kraftwerk as well. This includes his first four (and best) solo albums as well as otherwise unavailable material!

"Here's a much-needed blast of good news: Berlin label Groenland will be releasing a box set of Neu!/Harmonia/Kraftwerk guitarist Michael Rother's first four solo LPs. Titled Solo, the box will encompass Flammende Herzen...

Michael Gregory Jackson – electric & acoustic guitars, vocals, harmonica, shakers, tambourine & cowbell
Niels Praestholm – bass
Simon Spang-Hanssen – alto & soprano saxophones Matias Wolf Andreason – drums

“In WHENUFINDITUWILLKNOW, MGJ and the Danish Jazz Musicians in his Clarity Quartet Return to Avant Roots He Had Germinated Alongside Wadada Leo Smith and Oliver Lake in the ‘70s Jazz Loft Scene.
Michael Gregory Jackson is a six-string magician whose most stunning sleight of h

Guitarist Michael Rother was an important part of two of the most important Krautrock bands of the 70s, Neu! and Harmonia, and is a footnote in the early years of Kraftwerk as well. This includes his first four (and best) solo albums as well as otherwise unavailable material!

"Here's a much-needed blast of good news: Berlin label Groenland will be releasing a box set of Neu!/Harmonia/Kraftwerk guitarist Michael Rother's first four solo LPs. Titled Solo, the box will encompass Flammende Herzen...

Rob Mazurek – cornet
Jeff Parker – guitar
Dan Bitney - drums and percussion
Matt Lux – bass
Brian Keigher – percussion
Jonas Munk - guitar, electronics
Jakob Skøtt - drums, percussion

“Chicago Odense Ensemble is a unique collaboration that came together in the winter of 2008 while Danish musicians Jonas Munk and Jakob Skøtt stayed in Chicago.
Via mutual friends, and a support gig for Isotope 217 in Millenium Park, a studio session was arranged for the two to impr

Rob Mazurek – cornet
Jeff Parker – guitar
Dan Bitney - drums and percussion
Matt Lux – bass
Brian Keigher – percussion
Jonas Munk - guitar, electronics
Jakob Skøtt - drums, percussion

“Chicago Odense Ensemble is a unique collaboration that came together in the winter of 2008 while Danish musicians Jonas Munk and Jakob Skøtt stayed in Chicago.
Via mutual friends, and a support gig for Isotope 217 in Millenium Park, a studio session was arranged for the two to impr

“Futuro is Not Waving's sublime synth/ambient soundtrack to one of the world's most intense art/theatre experiences: Sean Rogg's radical immersive artwork The Waldorf Project -- fusing choreography, spatial design, music, and performance into a cohesive experience. Drawn from more than 20 hours of material made for the project between 2013-2018, Futuro finds Alessio Natalizia exploring a style of tonal and spatial minimalism that works as a fine palette cleanser from much of what you've heard from him...

“In 1978, Danish percussion master Marilyn Mazur founded the bold, innovative Primi Band, an all-female music-theater ensemble that drew from a deep well of primal energy and experimental audacity. Four decades later, Mazur reinvents the core concepts in an adventurous new fashion with Shamania, a gathering of ten of Scandinavia's most inventive and respected female musicians.
Whereas Primi Band culled it's members from risk-taking but non-professional musicians, Shamania comprises ten highly....

Ivan Fedotov – drums, percussion, сachon, wave drum
Arkady Fedotov – bass, synth, noises
Alexander Kuzovlev – guitars, mandoline
Alexey Klabukov – keys, synths
Vitaly Borodin – violin, accordion, piano, synth
with
Pavel Alekseev – tenor saxophone

Latest (well, as of October 2018) release by this excellent Russian spacerock and more ensemble. And on this one you will definitely hear a lot more ‘and more’!

“In the philosophical tradition of Taoism, "Chi" is the word used to describe the animating force of the universe, the breath of life that permeates all existence. A natural phenomenon, when channeled it can provide a spark to ignite seemingly supernatural powers. In their first meeting as a trio, saxophone great and NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman and virtuoso percussionists Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake tap into that spiritual force to create Chi, a transcendent collaboration deeply possessed of fresh...

“Saxophonist/flutist Anna Webber has been an active performer and bandleader on the New York scene for the last decade, playing with the likes of John Hollenbeck, Dave Douglas, Matt Mitchell, and Jen Shyu. Her own projects, which are clear expressions of her knotty compositional sense, have been hailed by The New York Times as "bracing, argumentative and engineered to show the range of the group members: fulminous, intense collective improvisation; rapid, chromatic steeplechases; research into long tones...

Dave Holland: double bass
Kenny Wheeler: trumpet, pocket trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn
Steve Coleman: alto and soprano saxophones, flute
Julian Priester: trombone
Marvin “Smitty” Smith: drums, percussion

“As well as being a mighty bassist, Dave Holland has long been a wise band leader, filling his groups with players of differing background and experience and drawing on their collected knowledge and energies. Holland recognised the individuality of Steve Coleman’s skills as solois

Paul Bley: piano
Gary Peacock / Mark Levinson: double bass
Barry Altschul: drums

“First released in the spring of 1971, these historic recordings from March and July 1967 capture the sound of a genre being born in the free ballads of Annette Peacock, played with extraordinary sensitivity by Paul Bley’s trio.”
Annette Peacock: “Critics introduced new terms, describing this music as sparse, understated, minimal, radically lyrical. The free ballad captured the imagination of listeners.

“Obscure Heavy psychedelic progressive album from1970! Sole release by this Colombian band that surfaces briefly after the Speakers, Young Beats, Ampex and Time Machine era had come to an end. The band boasts an Italian jazz-rock drummer, Roberto Fiorilli and legendary Genesis (Uruguayan hard rock band) bassist Humberto Monroy. The record consists of one track divided into two long experimental progressive ventures (Viaje I and Viaje II) of fierce, fluid and free collective improvisation with spacey...

“Unreleased US West Coast psychedelic. The very frst recordings by the Bleu Forest happened after they played a show at the Hey You Coffeehouse in Ventura, CA. Jimmie Haskell decided to have them come to Hollywood and record on the spot at his place. His intention was to capture how the band sounded live, and this is what you get in “Ichiban": two mics, the band, a recording machine, no retakes, spontaneity and raw energy, a time-capsule direct From Jimmie's place in 1967. The sound and the style....

“George Phelps who had joined The Carnations met up with Goliath members in a studio and through a myriad of circumstances, teaming up with drummer Robert Wolff (ex "Micah") these musicians merged into Raven in Louisville KY in late 1972 (even though they were all fro Terra Haute, Indiana). From this moment on, the band toured extensively through 24 states non-stop for the next four years before recording this material in 1976, which remained unreleased until today. Soon after the recording was completed...

John Carter-clarinet
Bobby Bradford-cornet
Don Preston-piano, synthesizer
Richard Davis-bass
Andrew Cyrille-drums

“Clarinetist John Carter and cornetist Bobby Bradford teamed up many times during a 25-year period. Nearly all of their joint recordings were issued under Carter's name, but this CD is an exception. Carter's often intense flights on clarinet served as a contrast to Bradford's mellower sound. What is unusual about this set, which also includes bassist Richard Davis an

“The official reissue of super-rare and fabled prog-rock/library/synth album L'Univers De La Mer by French composer Dominique Guiot.
Written, composed and played by Dominique Guiot with his Mellotron, Minimoog, clavinet, organ, and guitar, L'Univers De La Mer draws its inspiration from deep sea exploration, oceanic creatures, and underwater kingdoms.
The 12-track album navigates organically through diverse mutations of the prog-rock and synth kind, from scenic meditation pieces...

“Previously unreleased recordings from 1968/1970 by British quintessential psychedelic/progressive band Mandrake Paddle Steamer/Mandrake, culled from the band's archive of reel tapes and acetates. Pure late '60s UK psychedelic sound with early prog moves, plenty of Hammond, and fuzzed-out guitar with powerful vocals... Including such lost gems as the Barrett-Floyd sounding "The World Whistles By", killer psych-rockers like "Pandemonium Shadow Show" or "Doris The Piper", the mellotron-fueled "October...

Bruce Hampton (vocals, trumpet)
Glenn Phillips (guitar, saxophone)
Harold Kelling (guitar, vocals)
Mike Holbrook (bass)
Jerry Fields (percussion, vocals)

The Hampton Grease band are legends of weirdo American music and performed a wild, energetic and tight music featuring wild dual guitar work and a solid rhythm section plus a wild-card vocalist. Comparable in some ways to the Magic Band, the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers, but with a wild/freak-out streak, basically they

A simply fabulous 1966 free-jazz release!

“The New York Contemporary Five's Consequences, originally released in 1966. The New York Contemporary Five barely lasted a year, all told, but they recorded five albums that shaped the jazz to come. They were a super-group after the fact -- the stellar frontline of Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, and John Tchicai all being relative newcomers at the time. Cherry had recently left Ornette Coleman and was only starting to stretch into world music. Shepp was fresh..

“The legendary Don Cherry with his great 1966 quintet featuring Gato Barbieri on tenor sax, Karl Berger on piano, Bo Stief on bass and Aldo Romano on drums. This quintet can also be heard on three releases on ESP-Disk, three volumes titled Live at Café Monmartre 1966 and with the New York Total Music Company in 1968. This recording is taken from an excellent radio broadcast.”

“The first ever vinyl reissue of The Momes' Spiralling, originally released in 1989 on the Woof label. Featuring Tim Hodgkinson (Henry Cow, The Work) on Hawaiian laptop noisy guitar and keyboards, Mick Hobbs (Family Fodder, The Work, Officer!) on bass, and Andy Wake (Unrest, Work & Play) on drums, The Momes were a unique power trio with an abrasive sound channeling post-punk, psych-prog, and avant-rock.
Spiralling is their sole album, recorded at This Heat's Cold Storage studio by Charles Bullen...

“From Guy Skornik, the composer and arranger behind Popera Cosmic and Pour Pauwels (1971), comes the enigmatic instrumental cues that provided fellow existentialist and notorious auteur director Alejandro Jodorowsky (The Holy Mountain, 1973) with the soundtrack music to what is now considered his rarest and most overlooked feature film, Tusk (1980).
The label present the original film edits from the 1979 studio sessions featuring Steve Hillage (Gong) and members of Cossi Anatz. Following his...

“Günter Schickert's debut Samtvogel (1975) was one of the most significant guitar albums of the krautrock era. Points of comparison from today's perspective are Syd Barrett or Pink Floyd's more adventurous early recordings. Schickert's follow-up, Überfällig (1980) was released on the legendary Sky label. Once again a milestone recording, it showcased Schickert's hypnotic echo guitar which developed into one of the hallmarks of the krautrock sound. Schickert's new album Nachtfalter, translating as "moth"...

“Günter Schickert's debut Samtvogel (1975) was one of the most significant guitar albums of the krautrock era. Points of comparison from today's perspective are Syd Barrett or Pink Floyd's more adventurous early recordings. Schickert's follow-up, Überfällig (1980) was released on the legendary Sky label. Once again a milestone recording, it showcased Schickert's hypnotic echo guitar which developed into one of the hallmarks of the krautrock sound. Schickert's new album Nachtfalter, translating as "moth"...

“Bruno Bavota is a young Italian composer and multi-instrumentalist with seemingly boundless potential, and an extraordinary gift for marrying the intellectual and emotional into earnest and profoundly effective songs. Though favorably compared in his early career to another Italian composer, the legendary Ludovico Einaudi, Bavota has found himself increasingly pursuing ways to distort and disturb traditional arrangements and melodies in pursuit of a more distinct resonance. Armed with a plethora of...

“Originally issued as a double CD set in 2012, Seventh Heaven was a primarily orchestral work featuring the City of Prague Orchestra and was recorded in various locations in London and Prague. A gorgeous and evocative collection of compositions, the album was hailed by Classic FM radio and is one of Anthony's enduring works. This new edition of Seventh Heaven features the original album newly remastered, along with a bonus CD featuring ten previously unreleased recordings, among which is a rare 1973...

There’s a lot of good stuff here and a lot of stuff you don’t know, but possibly most essential of all is the DVD, which is just amazing.

“Lighthouse’ is an anthology from the entire Tim Blake pantheon, a 3-CD set selection from work with Gong, Hawkwind and 5 solo albums, plus a DVD of a live solo performance from 1979, and extensive liner notes from Hawkwind-head Ian Abrahams, including extracts from interviews. You can take this release in a couple of ways: as an introduction to his work, for...

Peter Brotzmann-saxes
Juhani Aaltonen-tenor sax
Peter Kowald-bass
Edward Vesala-drums

“This official and Brötzmann-approved reissue also marks the world premier of another, completely previously released session from the same group!"

What happens when two of the legendary founders of European free improvisation/the FMP school meet two greats of the Finnish jazz and free music scene? Hot Lotta!
This free-jazz/free music obscurity originally released in 1973 and has been

Jim Piela - Alto Saxophone
Joey Lamb - Trumpet
Bob Sabin - Bass
Josh Bailey - Drums

“As a young man, I came up musically in a small Midwestern scene, a town right on the Mississippi river. There was plenty of work so long as you could groove and play/write creative and compelling melodies, both of which became incredibly important to me. As I developed, though, I came to realize how my fear of what was unaccustomed had driven my life. It became increasingly important to me to..

Bernardo Lanzetti (vocals)
Flavio Premoli (keyboards and vocals)
Franco Mussida (guitar and vocals)
Franz Di Cioccio (drums, percussion and vocals)
Mauro Pagani (woodwinds and violin)
Patrick Djivas (bass)

Previously unreleased, professional recording of P.F.M. live in the UK to promote Chocolate Kings, recorded May 1, 1976, and lost in the vaults of Manticore Records until now! This includes the entire concert!

Disc: 1
1. Paper Charms
2. Four Holes

The Third Ear Band were a late 60's/mid 70's quartet who were fixtures at ALL the festivals & who used hand drums, oboe, violin/viola & cello to make a dark, pagan & medieval-influenced, acoustic music. The only thing that comes close to their sound is some small bits of the early Univers Zero records.
This, their third album, was a film soundtrack and is more electric than what came before, while still absolutely retaining their unique sound. It was their final 70's release before their late 80s....