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    Wolfgang Muthspiel

    Wolfgang Muthspiel :: Angular Blues

    Backed by bassist Scott Colley and visionary drummer Brian Blade, Austrian guitarist leads his trio through standards and patient originals and offers a solo showcase—“Solo Canon in 5/4”—that showcases his mellow soulfulness.

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    Cindy Lee

    Cindy Lee :: What’s Tonight to Eternity

    What’s Tonight to Eternity? is a masterpiece of pop-hauntology; a deconstructionist orchestra of girl group melody and Metal Machine Music distortion. Both Eternity and its sister record, Cat-O-Nine-Tails—released independently a few months later—belong on the shelf somewhere between contemporary sound-alchemists like Ariel Pink, John Maus and The Caretaker and timeless songwriters like Roy Orbison and Shadow Morton.

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    Channelers :: Isles Beyond

    Isles Beyond has a deliciously Popol Vuh-ish flavor, with gentle piano, drifting dulcimers, mystical guitars all adding up to a very beautiful, very meditative listen. Some moments get lush and pastoral, while others maintain a minimalist vibe. This is sunrise music, hopeful/healing sound for the day ahead.

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    Pylon :: Pylon Box

    Come for the long overdue vinyl reissues of Gyate and Chomp, stay for the Razz tape (a 13-song 1979 unreleased session), Extra (a collection of singles, B-sides, rarities and live joints), and a 216 page hardbound book.

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    Chris Bowden

    Chris Bowden :: Time Capsule

    Originally released in 1992, saxophonist and composer Chris Bowden’s Time Capsule is an immersive trip wholly unto itself. An enigmatic hour and 17 minute astro-jazz, dub, spaceship.

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    Chicago Underground Quartet

    Chicago Underground Quartet :: Good Days

    Another phenomenal album from the Chicago Underground jazz collective, spearheaded by Rob Mazurek and Chad Taylor. More commonly taking forms as the Duo or Trio, original guitarist Jeff Parker returns, and Josh Johnson (a member of Parker’s New Breed band) rounds out the quartet on bass and piano.

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    Felbm :: Tape 3/Tape 4

    Tape 3/4 — the latest entry in Felbm’s ongoing “tapes” series. At 14 tracks, the Utrecht based artist continues down the path set out in 2018, woodshedding material via 4-track. A homespun instrumental affair brimming with low key jazzscapes.

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    Strum & Thrum

    Strum & Thrum :: The American Jangle Underground 1983-1987

    Strum & Thrum: The American Jangle Underground 1983 – 1987 gathers 28 gemlike tracks from bands that are mostly now forgotten. Some of the artists went on to commercial success, but that was clearly never the goal.

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Bob Frank :: Within a Few Degrees

Bob Frank popped up in the early 1970s with a beautifully downbeat LP of finely rendered downer folk for Vanguard Records. And then, he dropped from view almost entirely. But a small coterie of admirers (such as legendary producer Jim Dickinson) kept the flame alive, leading to a low-key early 2000s comeback. Frank passed away recently, but his legacy has been bolstered considerably by the newly released Within a Few Degress.

Gwenifer Raymond :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Gwenifer Raymond is a virtuoso guitar player, born in Wales but extraordinarily adept in the American Primitive tradition, which she learned from Stefan Grossman tab books, John Hurt records and a guitar teacher who introduced her to John Fahey. Her latest album, Strange Lights Over Garth Mountain, is steeped in folk and blues, but imbued with a bit of Welsh folkloric strangeness, which she distinguishes from other UK traditions for its violence and its dark humor.

Transmissions :: Nels Cline

Nels Cline joins us as we kick off the new season of our weekly Transmissions podcast. The guitarist and bandleader discusses his new album, Share the Wealth. long history, early days working in record stores, and how joining Wilco changed his life.

Between and Beyond :: Japan’s Mutant Pop Underground

Over the past five years, Light in the Attic have offered wanderlusting listeners a series of primers with reissue compilations featuring music not yet released officially outside of Japan.

The label’s latest collection is called Somewhere Between. Subtitled Mutant Pop, Electronic Minimalism & Shadow Sounds of Japan 1980–1988, this compilation attempts to connect the dots between various fringe figures operating outside of the country’s monolithic commercial music industry.

Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard :: January 2021

Freeform transmissions from Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard on dublab. Airing as a four-hour block every third Sunday of the month, RFAD features regular shows, friends, and collaborators. The January broadcast features a special guest set by Matthew E. White and the Spacebomb house band join us for Fever Dreams. Tune in via dublab Sunday, January 17 from 4-8 PM Pacific.

Daniel Lanois :: Power

With the Heavy Sun Orchestra in tow, Daniel Lanois’s “Power” rattles with dubby intensity. It’s the latest taste of his forthcoming album of psychedelic gospel, Heavy Sun, pairing synth bass bombast with the straining gospel vocals of organist and minister Johnny Shepherd.

John Surman :: Upon Reflection (ECM)

Here’s something to get lost in, the hypnotic world of British reedman John Surman, courtesy of his 1979 ECM effort, Upon Reflection. Recorded in Oslo, with production helmed by Manfred Eicher, the recording finds Surman in widescreen form experimenting with sequencers and synthesizers in addition to his duties working bass clarinet and baritone/soprano saxophone.

The Ibrahim Khalil Shihab Quintet :: Spring

Recorded in the late 1960s by Cape Town pianist Ibrahim Khalil Shihab and his group, Spring calls to mind Atlantic-era Coltrane at its breeziest, with saxophonist Winston ‘Mankunku’ Ngozi fluttering above the steady, sunny backing. Though it has to be said that this collection of musicians could get heavy if need be; check out the masterfully moody vibe they bring to “Birds,” a ten-minute homage to Trane’s “Spiritual.”