The Invisible Party – Shumankind

The Invisible Party – Shumankind

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Shumankind is the debut record by The Invisible Party, an improvising trio that plays hard and takes no prisoners. The three-pronged attack of guitar, bass and drums creates splatters of spontaneity, off-kilter phrases and distorted shrieks and scrapes, all done with merciless joy and abandon. Shumankind rewards repeated listening as new shapes and colors take form to reveal a truly one-of-a-kind musical universe. Guitarist Jon Lipscomb is based in Malmö, Sweden and has worked with Brandon Lopez, Jarrett Gilgore, Anders Lindsjö, Ole Mofjell, Jaimie Branch and others. Brooklyn-based bassist Kurt Kotheimer has worked with Bobby Previte, Chris Cohen (Deerhoof), Michael Coleman (Michael Rocketship), Ava Mendoza, Matt Nelson (Tune-Yards) and others. Also based in Brooklyn, drummer and multi-instrumentalist Dave Treut has worked with Crystal Fighters, Kaki King, Chris Taylor (Grizzlybear), Wild Yaks, Brandon Seabrook and others.

Jon Lipscomb – Guitar
Kurt Kotheimer – Bass
Dave Treut – Drums
Engineered and mixed by Kurt Kotheimer at Figure 8 in Brooklyn, NY summer of 2017.
Mastered by Jon Lipscomb
Cover art by Alexandra Costin

Tracks:

  1. Invisible Party
  2. Eye Forms
  3. Plain Words
  4. Conquest of Bread
  5. Book Chin
  6. Thirteenth Cone
  7. Sleep Ship
  8. Perpetuate the Fuzz

The Lie Detectors – Part III: Secret Unit

The Lie Detectors – Part III: Secret Unit

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Eyal Maoz & Asaf Sirkis

The Lie Detectors is a duo of Eyal Maoz on guitar and Asaf Sirkis on drums. Close friends since they were 10 years old growing up in Rehovot, Israel, Maoz and Sirkis formed a Top Secret organization called The Lie Detectors. That organization gives their current band its name and at least partially explains their uncanny, telepathic style of making music together. Now based in New York, Maoz is a staple of the avant-garde scene with his bands Lemon Juice Quartet (with trumpeter Avishai Cohen) and Edom (featuring John Medeski and releasing albums on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records) and as a member of Shanir Blumenkranz’ Abraxas and John Zorn’s Cobra. Sirkis, now based in London, is one of the most active drummers on the European music scene, working with Larry Coryell, John Abercrombie, Jacob Collier, Dave Holland, Soft Machine and many others. The Lie Detectors is at once rooted in the rich tradition of jazz yet always willing to smash it wide open, bringing in other influences including rock, punk and whatever else might cross their Top Secret path.

Eyal Maoz – guitar
Asaf Sirkis – drums
Recorded at Cowshed Studios, London, UK
Recording engineer: Joe Leach
Mixed at The Bunker Studios, Brooklyn, NY by John Davis
All compositions by Eyal Maoz (ASCAP) except Tree by Asaf Sirkis
Art work by Victor Melamed
Asaf Sirkis plays Remo drum heads, Vic Firth Sticks, and Istanbul Agop cymbals

Tracks:

  1. Rice
  2. Go
  3. Closer
  4. Here and There
  5. Follow
  6. Flying Horse
  7. Sting
  8. Circles
  9. Tree
  10. Zoo
  11. Green Shirt
  12. Quiet ME

XOL – XOL Plays X.EN

XOL – XOL Plays X.EN

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XOL is a quartet of veteran improvisers on the vibrant European free music scene, with Guy Bettini on cornet, trumpet and fluegelhorn, Harri Sjöström on soprano sax, Luca Pissavini on bass and Francesco Miccolis on drums and percussion. Going beyond traditional structures and tonalities and composing collectively in the moment, they take the listener on a sonic journey to the outer reaches of the universe. XOL has toured extensively with the legendary Peter Brötzmann, and members have worked with other luminaries including Derek Bailey, Cecil Taylor, Gerry Hemingway and Tiger Okoshi.

Guy Bettini: cornet, trumpet, fluegelhorn
Harri Sjöström: soprano sax
Luca Pissavini: double bass
Francesco Miccolis: drums, percussion
Recording, mix and master by Eliyah Reichen – Beyond Groove Studio – Switzerland
photo and graphic by guy bettini
produced by guy bettini CircoRu, circoru.org

Tracks:

  1. still water has no mind
  2. to receive the image
  3. of the migrating geese
  4. the whole moon
  5. and the entire sky
  6. are reflected in one
  7. dewdrop on the grass

Action Friend – bon•ho•mie

Action Friend – bon•ho•mie

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Formed in 2005 beneath the shadow of The Berkeley Inn in Denver, CO, Action Friend has achieved true ‘road warrior’ status through hundreds of live shows, two studio albums with acclaimed producer Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Tool, Mike Patton, Big Business) and three different bass players. Action Friend are now based in LA, and original members Jeremy McLean and Paul Alexander have initiated John Schuller (Master Musicians of Bukkake, Earth, Asva, The Youngs) and Mark G. Thornton (God Of Shamisen) into the fold. ‘bon•ho•mie,’ their third album and first for Chant Records, finds the band in top shape, digging deeper into their singular, genre-hopping brand of rock music.

Paul Alexander -Drums
Jeremy McLean – Guitar
John Schuller – Bass/Vocals
Mark G. Thornton – Keyboards
Recorded, and mixed by Toshi Kasai @ Sound Of Sirens Studio (LA, CA) Recorded in April of 2017. Produced by Action Friend and Toshi Kasai.

Tracks:

  1. Airborne Infant Tree
  2. AxA
  3. DemoNSkuLL
  4. OxO
  5. LMNOP Whole
  6. YxY
  7. Sewer Abuse
  8. Night Brunch
  9. WxW
  10. She Wasn’t, She Isn’t

The Modulators – Drivetime

The Modulators – Drivetime

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Drivetime is the latest album from ultra-prolific madman keyboardist Brian Marsella and presents the debut of The Modulators, with Reid Taylor on bass and Kenny Grohowski on drums. Drivetime is the perfect car playlist, tunes to accompany you whether driving on the open road or stuck in an unrelenting LA traffic jam. From surf rock to punk to glitch synth, psychedelia, circus music, film noir and more, Drivetime never stays in neutral. Throughout the 44 minute journey are sprinkles of references to Twin Peaks and the surreal world of David Lynch. Featuring special guests Cyro Baptista on percussion and Jon Irabagon on clarinet, Drivetime will get you where you want to go in style. (And by the way, despite what your ears may tell you, no guitars were used in the making of this album.)

Tracks:

  1. Start Your Engines
  2. TP Is Coming Back In Style
  3. C#
  4. Chinese Food In New Jersey
  5. Just In Case
  6. The Fibers Are Telling Me Something About What LIES Beneath
  7. Easy Rider
  8. No Sleep Tonight
  9. Basement
  10. Time Travelers Overture
  11. Space Between Dimensions
  12. Fecal Core
  13. Dr. Jacoby Ain’t Nothin’ but a Gigolo (The Doctor Is In)
  14. Stupid
  15. Cul-de-sac
  16. Smoke
  17. The Timely Death of 2017
  18. Better Days

Event Horizon (Greg Cohen and Randi Pontoppidan) – Space Geode

Event Horizon (Greg Cohen and Randi Pontoppidan) – Space Geode

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Greg Cohen is one of the world’s most sought after bass players, collaborating with everyone from Woody Allen, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson to Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, and Brian Eno. He has also worked as an arranger, producer, musical director and composer for the theatre, film, television and recording studios. Randi Pontoppidan is a Danish vocalist, improviser and composer. At home in the worlds of free improvisation, jazz, performance art and contemporary classical music, she has collaborated with artists including Paul Hillier, Else Torp, Theatre of Voices, Sissel Vera Pettersen, Thomas Agergaard, Simon Toldam, Lotte Anker, Morten Søndergaard, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Morten Søndergaard and Stuart Lynch. Cohen and Pontoppidan recorded ‘Space Geode’ on one November day in a dark room in Berlin called The Funkhaus, once the headquarters for East Berlin Radio.

Tracks:

  1. Space Geode
  2. Dogs
  3. Alfalfa
  4. Neptune Moon
  5. Mercury’s Comet
  6. Universes Bb
  7. Nova LOX
  8. Interstellar Smorgasbord
  9. Under a Rock
  10. Pearls of Fizzdom
  11. Pluto’s Cry
  12. Galactic Glop

Dark Ages

Dark Ages

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Dark Ages is a recording by five stalwarts of the restless New York City scene who gathered on a snowy winter night in Brooklyn to improvise together with one twisted mind. Working with legendary producer Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Helmet, Bill Laswell), the resulting album references everything from the doom metal of Sleep’s “Dopesmoker” to punk pioneers Black Flag and No Wave music. Members of Dark Ages have worked with a diverse roster of musicians and projects including Blue Man Group, Shudder To Think, Gary Lucas and Doctor Nerve.

Dark Ages:
Tom Shad, BEAD Bass
Jesse Krakow, Bass
Nick Didkovsky, Guitar
Nick Oddy, Guitar
Dave Miller, Drums

Tracks:

  1. Golem
  2. Factorial
  3. Pawns
  4. Exhumed
  5. Sweat
  6. Clot
  7. The Gates of Arotaakh
  8. Post Mortem

Alon & Joca with NDR BIGBAND – Dança Das Águas

Alon & Joca with NDR BIGBAND – Dança Das Águas

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With roots in Latin America, Africa, Israel and the Middle East, the virtuoso duo of Alon Yavnai (voice, piano) and Joca Perpignan (voice, percussion) are joined by Germany’s acclaimed NDR Bigband on Dança Das Águas. One of the most acclaimed big bands in Europe and the official jazz orchestra of German public radio in Hamburg, NDR Bigband has performed with a who’s who of jazz including Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker, Art Farmer, Don Cherry, McCoy Turner, Lionel Hampton, Carla Bley and Wayne Shorter.

Tracks:

  1. Jogo do Viver
  2. De Partir Chegar
  3. Arrancada
  4. Ondas Di Sangui
  5. Axé
  6. Rosas Amarelas
  7. Céu De Aruanda

Personnel:

All arrangements by Alon Yavnai
Conductor Jörg Achim Keller
Vocals + Percussion Joca Perpignan
Piano + Vocals Alon Yavnai
Guitar Marc Kakon
Drums Kiko Freitas

NDR Bigband:
Trumpets
Thorsten Benkenstein
Ingolf Burkhardt
Claus Stötter
Reiner Winterschladen

Saxophones
Fiete Felsch Alto
Peter Bolte Alto
Christof Lauer Tenor
Lutz Büchner Tenor
Frank Delle Baritone

Trombones
Dan Gottshall
Klaus Heidenreich
Stefan Lottermann
Ingo Lahme Bass Trombone/Tuba

Bass Ingmar Heller

Percussion Marcio Doctor

Recording Date: 21.–25.9.2015
Recording Venue: NDR Studio 1, Hamburg
Recording Producer: Oliver Bergner
Recording Engineer: Sven Kohlwage
Mixed by Oliver Bergner
(except Track 4 – Ondas di Sangui – mixed by David Feldman)
Mastered by David Feldman
Producers for NDR: Axel Dürr & Stefan Gerdes

Midwood – Out of the Narrows

Midwood – Out of the Narrows

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Led by violinist Jake Shulman-Ment, Midwood is an experimental klezmer/rock/avant garde celebration of freedom and the Jewish tradition of wandering and migration. This new supergroup, featuring some of the most exciting young performers on the international world music stage, seamlessly traverses borders through original compositions, expansive improvisations on traditional melodies, and heart-wrenching re-imaginings of Yiddish folk songs. Their debut album, Out of the Narrows, draws from deep Eastern European Jewish roots to explore the power of love, movement, and wilderness to transform the human mind and heart.

Midwood:
Jake Shulman-Ment, violin
Yoshie Fruchter, guitar
Richie Barshay, drums, percussion
Eléonore Weill, vocals

Tracks:

  1. Isaac
  2. Ansky
  3. Ahava Raba
  4. Dortn
  5. Bughici Nign
  6. Bughici Khusidl
  7. Waltz
  8. Az in Droysn
  9. Gute Nakht

Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt – Illusion Machine

Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt – Illusion Machine

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Picking up from where the band left off with their 2015 debut CD on Tzadik Records, Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt digs deeper, refining a collaborative sound which draws upon film score, desert-blues, psychedelia, Balkan, and Central and South American music. On their sophomore recording Illusion Machine, the usual line-up adds sixth man of the year, virtuoso Columbian percussionist Juan Carlos Medrano to the fold, elevating the overall sound into a darker and more orchestral version of itself. The music on Illusion Machine is overflowing with exciting rhythms, searing guitar work and beautiful melodies, performed by an incredible group.

Bret Higgins – Double Bass
Aleksandar Gajic – Violin
Robbie Grunwald – Electric Piano and Organ
Tom Juhas – Electric Guitar
Juan Carlos Medrano – Percussion
Joshua Van Tassel – Drums

Recorded and Edited by Jeremy Darby at Canterbury Music Company, Toronto
Additional Editing by David Hermiston at Woodbine Studio, Toronto
Mixed by Justin Phelps at Hallowed Halls, Portland, Oregon
Mastered by David Travers-Smith
Artwork and Design by Asli Alin – aslialin.com
Produced by Bret Higgins
All music composed by Bret Higgins

Tracks:

  1. Shadowboxing
  2. Hunter
  3. Last Man Standing
  4. Euculipsa
  5. Astral Soul Shake
  6. Sun Gazers
  7. Stero
  8. Illusion Machine
  9. Zebop
  10. Moon Catchers