New Arrivals

New Arrivals
One of the greats of an always great Swedish scene is the band Agusa; they manage to sound both modern and totally channel the spirit of the 70s at the same time. Highly recommended for progressive rock fans.

"Swedish psychedelic/progressive rock alchemists AGUSA present their third full-length album, and second for Laser’s Edge, simply titled Agusa.
The follow-up to 2015’s Agusa 2 (Två ) sees the AGUSA circle expanding their kaleidoscopic output which conjures images of nature and the...

"The second album by TEMPEST, the group formed in 1972 by Colosseum drummer JON HISEMAN. Upon the demise of Hiseman’s previous group he formed the muscular outfit Tempest with Colosseum bassist MARK CLARKE, guitarist ALLAN HOLDSWORTH and Vocalist and Keyboard player PAUL WILLIAMS.
Another excellent work, this Esoteric Recordings edition of “Living in Fear” has been re-mastered and restores the albums original elaborate artwork and features two bonus tracks recorded in 1974."

"Double CD release of the outstanding compilation, Outro Tempo: Electronic And Contemporary Music From Brazil, 1978-1992. Contains three tracks not included on the double LP version (MFM 016LP). For their first multi-artist compilation, Music From Memory take a trip to the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Outro Tempo: Electronic And Contemporary Music From Brazil, 1978-1992 explores the outer reaches of Brazilian music, where indigenous rhythms mix with synthesizers and where MPB mingles with drum...

"The easier Badger album to find, and the one worth having anyway. As the album's title indicates, the band also took the unusual step of making their first album a live recording of original songs. It has aged very well -- with all the energy of live...

"Viewed from the American sub-underground (aka our headquarters), the Finnish scene always looks like a haven of freaks. Surely there are lots of dull rock, pop, and rap outfits from this chilly and heavily forested country, but they don't get exported, so we don't have to hear them. The Finnish bands we've known and loved are psych, prog, hardcore, free jazz, and post-form monsters of all shapes and sizes. A new name to add to the list of Deadly Finns (thanks, Eno) is Niko Karlsson. Well, not entirely...

"Song Cycle Records present a reissue of 1977-1981, a collection of rare free-jazz pieces performed by John Zorn and selected by the American guitarist and music critic Eugene Chadbourne originally released in 1998. Originally released to accompany the book release of Sonora: John Zorn (Materiali Sonori), the album is presented here for the first time in an exclusive release in limited edition on vinyl. This special issue includes the original book that features exclusive interviews, essays, and photos...

"Ilpo Väisänen (Pan Sonic) and Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM) retitle themselves Die Angel for Entropien 1, their eighth LP of electro-acoustic music together, and the duo's debut for Shapednoise's Cosmo Rhythmic label. Accompanied by skilled improviser Oren Ambarchi on two tracks, Die Angel model a complex physicality through raw, elemental inputs, exploring a flux of reactive feedback processes and mutating, unstructured sonic states generated from crackling fusions of electronics, drums, electric...

"Following 2016's compilation of archival recordings by Suso Saiz titled Odisea, Music From Memory mark their 20th release with an album of new works by the Spanish electronic music pioneer. Recorded in Madrid between January and February 2016, this is Suso Saiz's first release of new music in nearly ten years. Titled Rainworks, this release was originally part of a commission from a Canary Islands water company. The first ideas for the compositions developed from a documentary that Suso had seen....

"Trumpeter Jon Hassell was the originator and unrivalled master of the musical aesthetic he dubbed Fourth World — in his own words, "a unified primitive/futuristic sound combining features of world ethnic styles with advanced electronic techniques."

Jon is certainly best known for the 3 albums he made with the enouragement/help of Eno on Editions EG, of which this is the 2nd. Man, I love this stuff; NOBODY else sounds like this!

"Beautifully remastered, with a bonus track...

A absorbing and unusual album of gemelan music, with an awesome cover image!

"A fascinating immersion in the heart of a funeral ceremony live recorded in Bali, where gongs, cymbals, and drums give rhythm to the bewitching atmosphere of this mortuary procession. The international audience's interest into Balinese music and its gamelan orchestras dates back to the edition of large ethnographic series in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s which largely encouraged the discovery of this music beyond...

Wadada Leo Smith trumpet

"Most people would never realize that I am closer to Thelonious Monk than to any other artist," says Smith. "What connects us is a vision of composition and its forms, music psychology, and our articulation of the ensemble as a trashing field for new information." From the time he listened to the early masters of modern jazz as a teenager, Smith felt that "It was Monk, his ideas of a band and composition, that were the closest to what I dreamed of being as an artist....

Wadada Leo Smith trumpet
Michael Gregory Jackson guitars
Henry Kaiser guitars
Brandon Ross guitars
Lamar Smith guitars
Bill Laswell electric bass
Pheeroan akLaff drums
Adam Rudolph percussion

"Clearly, the music of Wadada Leo Smith is, like all music of strength, allure and self-acknowledged and unfolding mystery, a world unto itself. Whatever form, palette or context a project assumes, from his duets with Vijay Iyer or John Lindberg to ensembles of ever-varying

Excellent, late-period (1976) debut by this fine UK folk-rock outfit.

"The first ever official UK release of the album "Revel, Weird and Wild” by the legendary Progressive Folk Rock group Spriguns. Formed in 1972, the band was originally known as Spriguns of Tolgus and were formed by Mike and Mandy Morton. The band’s debut album was produced by Tim Hart of Steeleye Span and brought them to the attention of Decca Records for whom the album "Revel Weird and Wild” was recorded in 1976. By this time...

Excellent, late-period (1977) second album by this fine UK folk-rock outfit.

"The first ever official UK release of the album on CD "Time Will Pass” by the legendary Progressive Folk Rock group Spriguns.

Formed in 1972, the band was originally known as Spriguns of Tolgus and were formed by Mike and Mandy Morton. The band’s debut album was produced by Tim Hart of Steeleye Span and brought them to the attention of Decca Records for whom the album "Revel Weird and Wild” was recorded in 1976..

New, digi-pack issue made from the tapes, of this well known group's debut album that isn't the one they are famous for, but is still a good one, for what it is.

"That is a plain warning for everyone out there that this 1970 debut by...

I don't know why this great band lasted such a short time - they made a studio disc (this) and then did some touring (I saw one of the shows and it was great) and then nothing. But we can play this and remember what might have been/should have been a...

This is a bootleg repackaging of disc three and the audio portion of disc four from the now long out of print Grow Fins box set, so it's utterly worthless if you own that and really good and worthwhile and utterly revelatory if you don't!
This is the Magic Band, sans Don, at the first sessions for Trout Mask, which were recorded at the Woodland Hills house they lived and practiced in, running through their repertoire which, along with a few other recordings, ended up as Trout Mask Replica...

This is a repackaging of disc two - one of the discs of great stuff from the now long out of print Grow Fins box set, so it's utterly worthless if you own that and really good and worthwhile (and quite good sounding for 50 year old unreleased recordings) if you don't!

1 Electricity (1968 Live) 3: 42
2 Sure Nuff N Yes I Do (1968 Live) 2:57
recorded live at MIDEM Pop Festival, Cannes beach, France.

3 Rollin N Tumblin (1968 Live) 11:08
4 Electricity (1968 Live) 3:54

This is a bootleg repackaging of the first disc (the earliest material) from the now long out of print Grow Fins box set, so it's utterly worthless if you own that and really good and worthwhile and utterly revelatory if you don't!
1 Obeah Man (1965 Demo)
2 Just Got Back from the City (1966 Demo)
3 I'm Glad (1966 Demo)
4 Triple Combination (1966 Demo)
5 Here I Am Always I Am (Early 1966 Demo)
6 Here I Am Always I Am (Late 1966 Demo)
7 Somebody in My House (1966 Live)...

"A very early raga recording of La Monte Young and The Theatre Of Eternal Music. It's unclear who else appears on this material (possibly Dennis Johnson and/or Terry Jennings).
Notable is that, if the year given on the cover is correct, it predates the involvement of Marian Zazeela, Tony Conrad, Angus MacLise and John Cale by roughly two years. This is probably one of the earliest records of the commune.
Founded in 1960 in the area of New York, the Theatre of Eternal Music (a.k.a. The Dream...

"Seven Steps represents Brooklyn Rider's newest installment of their transformational approach to the string quartet tradition including one of the greatest works in the string quartet repertoire, Beethoven's opus 131, the premiere recordings of a work by Slow Six frontman, Christopher Tignor and Brooklyn Rider's first-ever collaborative composition, "Seven Steps".
"Seven Steps" was born out of the question, "why shouldn't a string quartet also endeavor to create music collaboratively, rather than...

"Born out of a desire to use the rich medium of the string quartet as a vehicle for communication across a large cross section of history and geography, Brooklyn Rider is equally devoted to the interpretation of existing quartet literature and to the creation of new works. Following their critically acclaimed debut album, Passport (2008), Dominant Curve, a new self-produced recording from the group, marks their second release on In a Circle Records. Dominant Curve's eclectic sound world is deeply...

"Notably more furious & urgent than anything on their previous albums...these avatars of an anguished, angular muse have unleashed their ultimate tour de force...this is a turbulent masterpiece." 5 stars (highest rating) - Alternative Press

After Roger Trigaux left Univers Zero, he formed Present. After a long lay-off and a gradual return to music, this was the 1998 release that led to a newly rejuvinated band and their legendary trek across the USA that same year. Just telling you.

"In 1973, a rock guitarist and an electronic knob-twiddler released a revered and trail-blazing document in contemporary ambient music: Robert Fripp and Brian Eno's No Pussyfooting. Thirty-five years later, guitarist Richard Pinhas and noise artist Masami Akita (aka Merzbow) have formed the 21st century version of the concept." – Brandon Wu/Washington City Paper

It's interesting that Brandon Wu compares the work of Richard Pinhas and Merzbow to Fripp and Eno. At the...

Really great, noisy, electric jazz quartet from Paris. The group consists of
Piero Pepin-trumpet, bugle, keyboards, vocals
Marc Demereau-alto & baritone sax, synths, vocals
Matthieu Sourisseau-double bass
Fabien Duscombs-drums
While they don't sound anything like them, in a lot of ways, this reminds me of the great French trio Jean Louis; definitely jazz, but at times the bass is hugely over-driven, there is a lot of electronics and smeary noise and the whole thing just rocks! So..

This is the first release by this 'low end' saxophone trio from Toulouse, France. Consisting of composer Marc Démereau on baritone sax and Marc Maffiolo and Florian Nastorg on bass saxes (!), this is not a jazz or improvised music release; it really has more in common with rehearsal intensive avant-rock music, ala, say "Blast" while still allowing some room for solos.
Fairly indescribable beyond what I've said above; with these three POWERFUL low-end saxes pushing out the riffs, it rocks a lot more...

"After thirteen years and thirty-two CDs Zorn’s expansive Book of Angels project is now complete! This final installment presents the last ten unrecorded compositions from Masada Book Two and the variety, drama and lyricism is just as strong as the very first volume. Mary Halvorson, a long time Masada fan and one of the most acclaimed guitarists of her generation leads a dynamic quartet featuring Miles Okazaki, Drew Gress and Tomas Fujiwara. The music is intense, wild and incredibly varied—a beautiful...

"This was my first taste of ELECTRIC MOON and it was spellbinding to say the least. I understand this isn't as heavy as their previous albums and I'm looking forward to hearing some of those. As Rivertree mentions in his review this is a very trippy album and I really dig the sound. Not that this isn't without it's heaviness, it just trips along quite often to great affect. Really cool to see Dave Schmidt on here, otherwise known as Sula Bassana. He recorded it, mixed it and produced it. He also plays...

"By no means a release of new or current Don Cab material (and originally released in 1999), Singles Breaking Up (Vol. 1) offers quite a range of the band's history to appreciate."

Unlike his two, previous, non-soundtrack albums, this is John's actual movie themes (all of which he wrote) and is done in the same heavy progressive style as his 2016 concert tour presented them! Fun stuff and fans of Goblin, Zombi and John's always great soundtracks will love it.

"John Carpenter is a legend. As the director and composer behind dozens of classic movies, Carpenter has established a reputation as one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of modern cinema, as well as one of its..