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Kullrusk: Spring Spring Spring Spring Spring [180 g RED VINYL] (Moserobie Music)

A limited reissue of the 2005 release from the quartet of Jonas Kullhammar (amplified clarinet & tenor sax), Per Johansson (amplified clarinet & alto sax), Sven Lindvall-Bjarton (bass), & Martin Jonsson-Vistalite (drums), in a great blend of free & contemporary jazz. ... Click to View

Arto Lindsay : Encyclopedia of Arto [2 VINYL LPS] (Northern Spy)

NY-based Arto Lindsay's diverse career includes No Wave band DNA, Ambitious Lovers with Peter Scherer, acclaimed Brazilian-tinged pop records, and improvising with a great set of Downtown NY players, much of which is presented in this excellent cross-section of his work to date. ... Click to View

Brian Eno: My Squelchy Life [VINYL] (Opal)

Brian Eno completed this album in 1991 on the Warner label, who failed to release it; it was a bonus for the deluxe edition of "Nerve Net", but never properly released until this 2015 Record Store Day edition, bringing this great vocal pop album into the proper light. ... Click to View

Don Vliet Van (Captain Beefheart) and The Magic Band: Rough Raw and Amazing [VINYL 2 LPs] (OZIT RECORDS)

A release from John Peel's personal tapes archive, recorded live at the Leicester De Montfort Hall in 1972 in the Spotlight Kid era tour, in a double LP edition showing Von Vliet to be in great form in front of an eager and receptive audience. ... Click to View

Michael Pisaro : Melody, Silence (For Solo Guitar) (Potlatch)

A collection of materials for solo guitarist, written by Michael Pisaro and here performed by Christian Alvear, presenting the performer with up to 12 fragments which can be played in any order and which allow for various transformations, cuts, extensions and silences. ... Click to View

Charlemagne Palestine : Bells Studies [VINYL] (Alga Marghen)

From 1963 to 1970 avant composer/performer Charlemagne Palestine played the 26-bell carillon at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church while attending The High School of Music and Art in New York; this LP collects recordings of his performances from those early days. ... Click to View

Charlemagne Palestine : CharleBelllzzz at Saint Thomas (Golden 666) (Alga Marghen)

Previously unreleased recordings of Charlemagne Palestine's "Bells Studies", some of his earliest works, captured while attending The High School of Music and Art in New York in the 60s, of the 26-bell carillon at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church. ... Click to View

Albatre: A Descent Into Maelstrom (Shhpuma)

An experimental music trio playing a joyously harrowing display of urgent bass & sax noise, skewed jazz elements, frantic but meticulous drumming and abrupt moodshifts, representative of the crossover of improv, noise rock and jazz currently made in Holland. ... Click to View

Coclea: Coclea (Shhpuma)

Clean Feed's side label Shhpuma presents a solo release from multi-instrumentalist Guilherme Goncalves (Gala Drop), dreamy and informed guitar-driven mkusic borrowing from kosmische musik, Edgar Froese, or Loren Connors in gorgeously paced lush instrumental music. ... Click to View

Joana Sa: Elogio Da Desordem (In Praise of Disorder) (Shhpuma)

Composer, pianist and multi-instrumentals Joana Sa gives voice to texts by Goncalo M. Tavares as read by Rosinda Costa, where the text organizes the thoughts that filter the multiple, disorderly, eccentric, voluble mind described in Tavares' work. ... Click to View

Robert Ashley: The Wolfman (Alga Marghen)

A collection of pieces that introduce the listener to the most extreme experimental side of the late American composer Robert Ashley, with a 12-page booklet including liner notes written by the composer and the complete score of "The Wolfman". ... Click to View

David Behrman: Wave Train (Alga Marghen)

2015 remaster of Behrman's 2002 album issuing works from 1959-68, including a piece with Gordon Mumma; sounds for a film by Robert Watts; a collaborative work with Alvin Lucier, Gordon Mumma & Robert Ashley; and a work with David Tudor on piano and Christoph Caskel. ... Click to View

James Blackshaw : Summoning Suns [VINYL] (Important Records)

A lovely album of instrumental guitar and songs in James Blackshaw's tenth studio album, the first recording to feature his voice and lyrics, drawing inspiration from '60s and '70s singer-songwriters, baroque and orchestral pop, and folk music. ... Click to View

John Russell / Phil Durrant / John Butcher: Conceits (1987/1992) (Emanem)

In 1987 the trio of John Butcher on tenor & soprano sax, Phil Durrant on violin & trombone, and John Russel on acoustic plectrum guitar, released this LP of free improvisations using superb forward-thinking dialog, remarkable 3 decades after its release! ... Click to View

Evan Parker: Monoceros (psi)

The four part "Monoceros" was recorded by saxophonist Evan Parker, here on soprano, in 1987, originally for the Incus label, here in a remastered form with Parker showing his masterful use of the extended techniques that have influenced a generation of players. ... Click to View

Marcio Mattos: SOL[os] (Emanem)

Surprisingly the first solo album from bassist Marcio Mattos, an important member of the London free improv and jazz scenes since the 70's, here presenting recordings from late 90s and 2000's, and a live recording at St. Mary's Old Church in Stoke Newington, 2010. ... Click to View

John Butcher / Phil Durrant / John Russell: The Scenic Route (Emanem)

1999 release of the trio of John Butcher on soprano & tenor sax, Phil Durrant on violin, and John Russell on guitar, meticulous improvisation using outrageous technique, "unorthodox thematic development and off-center interplay which at times is odd and surreal". ... Click to View

Milo Fine Free Jazz Ensemble: Earlier Outbreaks of Iconoclasm (1976-8) [2 CDs] (Emanem)

An excellent reissue of reedist/drummer/pianist Milo Fine, bringing together material released on Hat Hut in 1976 & '7 ("Hah!" & "The Constant Extension Of Inescapable Tradition") plus his never-issued '78 album "When I Was Five Years Old, I Predicted Your Whole Life". ... Click to View

Nordstrom / Johansson / Schlippenbach: Stockholm Connection [3 CDs] (Umlaut Records)

A unique 3CD-box from Umlaut Records putting in attention the musical collaborations between two of Sweden's most headstrong musicians: the pioneers Bengt "Frippe" Nordstrom and Sven-Ake Johansson. ... Click to View

Tim Berne's Snakeoil: You've Been Watching Me (ECM)

Saxophonist Tim Berne in his 3rd ECM album, leading his NY band Snakeoil, now a quintet with guitarist Ryan Ferreira joining pianist Matt Mitchell, clarinetist Oscar Noriega, and percussionist Ches Smith, for intricate, dynamic and sophisticated modern jazz. ... Click to View

John Zorn: Simulacrum (Tzadik)

John Zorn's organ trio crosses metal, jazz, minimalism, atonality, and noise in 6 intense and rocking tracks performed by John Medeski on organ, Matt Hollenberg on guitar, and Kenny Grohowski on drums. ... Click to View

Per Bloland: Chamber Industrial (Tzadik)

Composer Per Bloland blends custom built electronics with instrumental textures to create unique soundscapes, presenting 5 works performed by Ecce Ensemble Chamber Industrial in a release of vigorous electroacoustic and instrumental compositions. ... Click to View

The Work: Slow Crimes [VINYL LP + 7-inch] (Megaphone/Knock 'em Dead)

The Work, formed in 1979 by reedist Tim Hodgkinson (Henry Cow), guitarist Bill Gilonis, bassist Mick Hobbs, and drummer Rick Wilson, plus vocalist Catherine Jauniaux in the first vinyl issue of their 1st LP, an aggressive and intelligent post-punk/RIO masterpiece. ... Click to View

Various Artists: Miniatures [VINYL] (Megaphone/Knock 'em Dead)

Released in 1981, keyboarist Morgan Fisher asked a broad set of artists including Robert Wyatt, David Bedford, Fred Frith, Maggie Nicols, Ollie Halsall, The Residents, Lol Coxhill, &c &c. to create a piece of music 60 seconds in length; here in a 180g vinyl reissue. ... Click to View

No Pair (Chiapperini / Elia / Trapani / Fusco): Chaos and Order (Long Song Records)

A mix of free jazz, rock, and avant-garde experimental music from clarinetist Francesco Chiapperini in a quartet with Gianluca Elia on tenor sax, Dario Trapani on electric guitar, and Anotonio Fusco on drums; lyrical modern jazz with a good dose of free chaos. ... Click to View

John Butcher / Gino Robair: Bottle Breaking Heart Leap [VINYL] (Alt.Vinyl)

An amazing example of modern free improv from two modern masters--John Butcher on tenor and soprano sax, acoustic and amplified; and percussionist Gino Robair on energized surfaces, blippoo box--playing with frightening intensity in perfectly paced dialog. ... Click to View

Liz Allbee / Burkhard Beins: Mensch Mensch Mensch [VINYL] (Alt.Vinyl)

Berlin based composer-performers Liz Allbee and Burkhard Beins team up for some electro-acoustic explorations, utilizing synths and field recordings, trumpet and percussion, and tuning forks. ... Click to View

Matt Starling: Terry Riley's Dorian Reeds (For Brass) (Self Released)

Matt Starling, founder of the Salt Lake Electric Ensemble, returns with a lesser known but equally impressive Terry Riley composition, "Dorian Reeds" for solo performer, microphone and two tape recorders, performed by Starling on flugelhorn and layered in the studio. ... Click to View

Charlemagne Palestine : Four Manifestations On Six Elements (Golden 5) (Alga Marghen)

One of Charlemagne Palestine's most well-known works, finally included in the Alga Marghen Golden Research series of CD editions presenting the composer's relevant historical recordings. ... Click to View

The Wire: #374 April 2015 [MAGAZINE + CD] (The Wire)

April 2015 issue + Wiretapper CD: On the cover: Holly Herndon; The Wire Tapper 37 VA CD; Invisible Jukebox: Lightning Bolt ; The Primer: Moondog; Brighton Noise Poets; Liturgy (Heavy overload); Model 500 (The future returns); John Wiese (New noise mutations); Global Ear: The Hague. ... Click to View


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:  () Shaking the Squid - April 25 2015 by philz

Fake The Facts: Soundtrack (Trost Records) Fake The Facts - Soundtrack
(Trost Records)
- Jeph Jerman

Greg Cohen: Golden State (Relative Pitch) Greg Cohen - Golden State
(Relative Pitch)
- Paul Serralheiro

:  () Shaking the Squid - April 11 2015 by philz

Otomo Yoshihide & Paal Nilssen-Love:  (JVTLANDT) Otomo Yoshihide & Paal Nilssen-Love
- Kurt Gottschalk

Paul Flaherty & Randall Colbourne: Ironic Havoc (Relative Pitch Records) Paul Flaherty & Randall Colbourne - Ironic Havoc
(Relative Pitch Records)
- Jeph Jerman

:  () Shaking the Squid - April 4 2015 by philz

Lunt: Water Belongs To The Night (Tremens Archives / We Are Unique!) Lunt - Water Belongs To The Night
(Tremens Archives / We Are Unique!)
- Massimo Ricci

John Edwards / Mark Sanders / John Tilbury: A Field Perpetually at the Edge of Disorder (Fataka) John Edwards / Mark Sanders / John Tilbury - A Field Perpetually at the Edge of Disorder
- Brian Olewnick

:  () Shaking the Squid - March 28, 2015 by philz

Matthew Shipp Trio: The Root of Things (Relative Pitch) Matthew Shipp Trio - The Root of Things
(Relative Pitch)
- Matt Schulz

Paul Dunmall / Philip Gibbs / Neil Metcalfe: The Ravens Look (FMR) Paul Dunmall / Philip Gibbs / Neil Metcalfe - The Ravens Look
- Christopher Mandel

:  () Shaking the Squid - March 21, 2015 by philz

Evan Parker and Sylvie Courvoisier: Either Or And (Relative Pitch) Evan Parker and Sylvie Courvoisier - Either Or And
(Relative Pitch)
- Dave Madden

Arto Lindsay / Paal Nilssen-Love: Scarcity (PNL Records) Arto Lindsay / Paal Nilssen-Love - Scarcity
(PNL Records)
- Kurt Gottschalk

Mary Halvorson / Michael Formaneck / Tomas Fujiwara: Thumbscrew (Cueniform) Mary Halvorson / Michael Formaneck / Tomas Fujiwara - Thumbscrew
- Matt Schulz

Ben Bennet / Jack Wright: Tangle (Public Eyesore) Ben Bennet / Jack Wright - Tangle
(Public Eyesore)
- Jeph Jerman

John Carter and Bobby Bradford: Tandem (Emanem) John Carter and Bobby Bradford - Tandem
- Paul Serralheiro

Anthony Braxton: Ensemble Montaigne (Bau 4) 2013 (Leo) Anthony Braxton - Ensemble Montaigne (Bau 4) 2013
- Brian Olewnick

The Whammies: Play the Music of Steve Lacy Vol. 3 Live (Driff Records) The Whammies - Play the Music of Steve Lacy Vol. 3 Live
(Driff Records)
- John Eyles

Michel Doneda: Everybody Digs Michel Doneda (Relative Pitch) Michel Doneda - Everybody Digs Michel Doneda
(Relative Pitch)
- Kurt Gottschalk

Chrysakis / Matthews / Pedreira: Garnet Skein (Aural Terrains) Chrysakis / Matthews / Pedreira - Garnet Skein
(Aural Terrains)
- Matt Schulz

Max Johnson Quartet: The Prisoner (NoBusiness) Max Johnson Quartet - The Prisoner
- Marc Medwin

Auris + Gino: Rub (Public Eyesore) Auris + Gino - Rub
(Public Eyesore)
- Dave Madden

Jacques Coursil with Alan Silva: FreeJazzArt: Sessions for Bill Dixon (RogueArt) Jacques Coursil with Alan Silva - FreeJazzArt: Sessions for Bill Dixon
- Brian Olewnick

Partial: LL (Another Timbre) Partial - LL
(Another Timbre)
- Jeph Jerman

Fennesz: Becs (Editions Mego) Fennesz - Becs
(Editions Mego)
- Kurt Gottschalk

Xambuca: Joulupukki (Erototox Decodings) Xambuca - Joulupukki
(Erototox Decodings)
- Florence Wetzel

Tim Olive / Anne-F Jacques: Dominion Mills (845 Audio) Tim Olive / Anne-F Jacques - Dominion Mills
(845 Audio)
- Dave Madden

Stephen Gauci / Kirk Knuffke / Ken Filiano: Chasing Tales (Relative Pitch) Stephen Gauci / Kirk Knuffke / Ken Filiano - Chasing Tales
(Relative Pitch)
- Marc Medwin

Sten Sandell / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Michael Zerang: Disappeared (Nuscope) Sten Sandell / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Michael Zerang - Disappeared
- Matt Schulz

Joelle  Leandre & Pascal Contet: 3 (Ayler) Joelle Leandre & Pascal Contet - 3
- Massimo Ricci

Tetuzi Akiyama & Anla Courtis: Naranja Songs (Public Eyesore) Tetuzi Akiyama & Anla Courtis - Naranja Songs
(Public Eyesore)
- Dave Madden

eRikm: Austral: Le Son, la Memoire et la Chair (D'Autres Cordes) eRikm - Austral: Le Son, la Memoire et la Chair
(D'Autres Cordes)
- Jeph Jerman

Bogan Ghost: Zerfall (Relative Pitch) Bogan Ghost - Zerfall
(Relative Pitch)
- John Eyles

Paal Nilssen-Love & Mats Gustafsson: Sin Gas (Bocian Records) Paal Nilssen-Love & Mats Gustafsson - Sin Gas
(Bocian Records)
- Kurt Gottschalk

CM von Hausswolff / Jason Lescalleet / Joachim Nordwall: Enough!!! (Monotype) CM von Hausswolff / Jason Lescalleet / Joachim Nordwall - Enough!!!
- Brian Olewnick

Matthew Shipp: Piano Sutras (Thirsty Ear) Matthew Shipp - Piano Sutras
(Thirsty Ear)
- Massimo Ricci

Chang / Davies / Drouin / Durrant / Patterson / Tilbury: Variable Formations (Another Timbre) Chang / Davies / Drouin / Durrant / Patterson / Tilbury - Variable Formations
(Another Timbre)
- Marc Medwin

Christian Wolfarth: Acoustic Solo Percussion Vol 1-4 & Remixes (Hiddenbell) Christian Wolfarth - Acoustic Solo Percussion Vol 1-4 & Remixes
- Jeph Jerman

Broken Consort: Done (Quakebasket) Broken Consort - Done
- Dave Madden

Jaap Blonk / Sandy Ewen / Damon Smith / Chris Dogburn: North of Blanco (Balance Point Acoustics) Jaap Blonk / Sandy Ewen / Damon Smith / Chris Dogburn - North of Blanco
(Balance Point Acoustics)
- Kurt Gottschalk

Angles 9: Injuries (Clean Feed) Angles 9 - Injuries
(Clean Feed)
- John Eyles

Ferran Fages: Radi D'or (Another Timbre) Ferran Fages - Radi D'or
(Another Timbre)
- Marc Medwin

Ernesto Rodrigues / Antonio Chaparreiro / Jose Oliveira: Paris (Creative Sources) Ernesto Rodrigues / Antonio Chaparreiro / Jose Oliveira - Paris
(Creative Sources)
- Jeph Jerman

Polwechsel: Traces of Wood (hatOLOGY) Polwechsel - Traces of Wood
- Brian Olewnick

Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio & Peter Evans: The Freedom Principle (NoBusiness) Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio & Peter Evans - The Freedom Principle
- Massimo Ricci

Martin Iddon: pneuma (Another Timbre) Martin Iddon - pneuma
(Another Timbre)
- Kurt Gottschalk

Nathaniel Bartlett: Far Reaches (Sound-Space Audio Lab) Nathaniel Bartlett - Far Reaches
(Sound-Space Audio Lab)
- Dave Madden

Daunik Lazro / Joelle Leandre: Hasparren (NoBusiness) Daunik Lazro / Joelle Leandre - Hasparren
- John Eyles

Mark Dresser / Gerry Hemingway / Assif Tsahar: Code Re(a)d (Hopscotch) Mark Dresser / Gerry Hemingway / Assif Tsahar - Code Re(a)d
- Massimo Ricci

Alvin Lucier: (Amsterdam) Memory Space (Unsounds) Alvin Lucier - (Amsterdam) Memory Space
- Brian Olewnick

The Apophonics: On Air (Weight of Wax) The Apophonics - On Air
(Weight of Wax)
- Kurt Gottschalk

Inner Ear: Return from the Center of the Earth (Bocian) Inner Ear - Return from the Center of the Earth
- Florence Wetzel

Assif Tsahar & Tatsuya Nakatani: I Got It Bad (Hopscotch Records) Assif Tsahar & Tatsuya Nakatani - I Got It Bad
(Hopscotch Records)
- Paul Serralheiro

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