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    LOVING

    LOVING :: Any Light

    After the amiable lo-fi debut If I Am Only My Thoughts, Loving makes a self-proclaimed “sonic leap” on sophomore stunner Any Light. Of course, this seamless transition to the studio is a credit to the Canadian duo’s charmingly unwavering formula. With delayed vocals that don’t kick in until nearly two minutes, the gentle acoustic strum of the title track sets the perfect tone for this remarkably intimate collection of songs.

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    Corey Madden

    Corey Madden :: Taste the Hour

    Released on the peripatetic Worried Songs, Taste the Hour finds camaraderie in the label’s ever-expanding ilk of freaks, heady rockers, and ardent songcrafters. Sure to stand above the fray in a growing world of blissed-out jammers, Madden has founded a realm where folk-rock grit is further refined in fuzz and adorned with sparks of power-pop benediction.

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    Alice Coltrane

    Alice Coltrane :: The Carnegie Hall Concert

    Had The Carnegie Hall Concert been released in 1971 when it was originally commissioned and recorded by Impulse as a double live LP, it would undoubtedly rank among the all-time holy grails of live jazz, no, live music, period.

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    Soft Power :: Raw Bites

    Add Helsinki sextet Soft Power to the growing list of jazz-rock revivalists. On their third album Raw Bites, Soft Power marries krautrock musculature to the jazz dynamics of Canterbury-scene stalwarts like the Soft Machine. But where one might expect fusion excess, Raw Bites delivers a punchy, rollicking album, brimming with riffs and hooks. This band is one to watch.

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    Fugazi

    Fugazi :: Red Medicine

    “Waiting Room” this is not. This grip of thirteen tracks of art damaged post-punk turns 30 next year …

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    Yura Yura Teikoku

    Yura Yura Teikoku :: Hollow Me

    Prior to founding Zelone Records and becoming the emperor of mellow groove, Shintaro Sakamoto fronted Yura Yura Teikoku. A scrappy psych trio with humble origins in the Tokyo’s DIY underground, the band cut a unique trail guided by an eclecticism that pushed their sound ever further to new heights.

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    Steven R. Smith

    Steven R. Smith :: Olive

    Thirty years into his storied career, Jewelled Antler veteran Steven R. Smith remains one of the most distinctive guitarists in American music. Whether observing the flora and fauna or the ruins of imaginary cities, Smith’s music is a form of witness. His newest album, Olive, featuring Kate Wright of Movietone and a micro-orchestra of horns and woodwinds, seasons his funereal post-rock with whimsy and brightness.

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    V/A :: Nippon Psychedelic Soul 1970-1979

    Kicking off Nippon Psychedelic Soul 1970-1979, the latest from London-based reissue outfit Time Capsule and the follow-up to their Nippon Acid Folk compilation, is Hiroshi Kamayatsu’s “Have you smoked Gauloise?,” a masterstroke of orchestral, mutant-pop.

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The Lagniappe Sessions :: The Reds, Pinks and Purples

With six albums, many EPs and innumerable singles released over the course of just five years, you’d think The Reds, Pinks & Purples would be hitting some kind of diminishing returns zone at this point. And yet … you’d be totally wrong for thinking that. Through some sort of infernal jangle-pop sorcery, the ever-prolific RPP mainman Glenn Donaldson continues to come up with the goods; in fact, the latest LP, Unwishing Well, may well be his best effort yet. It’s a record that blends 16 Lovers Lane shimmer with Felt-like melancholy, heartfelt sentiments with occasionally hilarious barbs. Lovingly crafted, world weary, expertly bittersweet — just like heaven. For this excellent Lagniappe Session, Donaldson takes us on a tour of a few favorites old and new-ish. 

Floreana :: Floreana I

Similar to the formative ethos of Les Baxter or Haruomi Hosono’s instrumental take on the Pacific on “The Last Paradise”, Floreana’s grooves are soaked in saltwater like the crashing waves in the outro of “Asilo de la Paz”.

Shabaka Hutchings :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

“What does it mean to have music of spiritual substance?” Shabaka Hutchings of Sons of Kemet joins us to discuss his solo debut, Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace, which finds him shifting from sax to flute, creating a spiritual, familial, and open zone that invites the listener in. He joins AD to discuss collaborating with André 3000, the flute, and trusting intuition.

Dana Gavanski :: LATE SLAP

On her third album, LATE SLAP, the Serbian-Canadian musician warbles, coos, and ululates like an art deco songbird. Gliding across meticulously constructed orchestral synth-pop with emotional intensity regulated at a slow simmer, Gavanski combines classic songcraft with a mishmash of hyper-modern motifs, tempering the tragic clown with a sense of stillness. Fans of Cate Le Bon’s manicured post-punk or last year’s excellent album from En Attendant Ana might find another new favorite here.

Bruno Berle :: No Reino Dos Afetos 2

Born in Maceió, in the Brazilian Northeast, Bruno Berle gives bossa nova the hyperpop treatment it deserves (should we call it hyperbossa?). No Reino dos Afetos 2 filters Arthur Russell-like melodies through inventive uses of autotune and DAW presets.

Amen Dunes :: Round the World

Sonically ever-shifting, Amen Dunes’ Damon McMahon remains resolute in his intent. On “Round the World,” the latest taste from his upcoming album, Death Jokes, he dances amidst a world ablaze, making an impassioned plea for us to live free—in the moment, free from the shackles of societal expectations and pervasive self-obsession, and perhaps to even realize freedom in the belief that the end may only just be the beginning.

James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

The excellent All Gist, out this week on Paradise of Bachelors, sees James and Nathan taking their musical partnership back to its roots. It’s an album full of gorgeously interlocking guitars, bewitching melodies and a couple of curveball covers. More than anything, All Gist sounds like a conversation between two old friends — one that we’re all lucky we get to eavesdrop on.

Transmissions :: Pat Thomas

This week on Transmissions, author, producer, archivist, and musician Pat Thomas. In the late ’80s, he helped take the Paisley Underground overground with his label Heyday Records. Later, he helped bring out reissues by artists like Judee Sill, Sandy Bull, PiL, and more. And as if all that wasn’t enough, he’s the author of a number of essential counterculture histories and a musician himself. He joins us today on Transmisions.

Videodrome :: Husbands (1970)

Husbands is the unvarnished truth of masculinity in crisis, as deeply flawed and unflattering as it may be. In the absence of judgment and editorialization of its character’s actions, Husbands becomes one of the most wounded and unflinchingly honest deconstructions of the American male in cinema.

Adrianne Lenker :: Bright Future

Adrianne Lenker’s Bright Future is an acknowledgement of all that is transient in life, a releasing of that comes and goes. On her sixth solo album, the Big Thief singer evokes the feeling of a sunrise on a new day—filled to the brim with fresh images and memorable melodies.

Moose Loose :: Elgen er løs

Elgen er løs, it must be said, does not sound like ECM jazz. Instead what we have here is a blast of funky, fuzzed-out jazz psychedelia. The sinewy “Flytende Øye” could easily pass for a straight-up krautrock jam. Honestly, the whole thing hews closer to Soon Over Bamaluma than Return to Forever.

Steven R. Smith :: Olive

Thirty years into his storied career, Jewelled Antler veteran Steven R. Smith remains one of the most distinctive guitarists in American music. Whether observing the flora and fauna or the ruins of imaginary cities, Smith’s music is a form of witness. His newest album, Olive, featuring Kate Wright of Movietone and a micro-orchestra of horns and woodwinds, seasons his funereal post-rock with whimsy and brightness.