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    Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds

    Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds :: Swing From The Sean DeLear

    Kid Congo takes us on a walk through his dreams of the dead with “He Walked In.” Backed by The Pink Monkey Birds, who churn an incantatory groove with Chicano swing, Kid recounts a dream visit by his one time Gun Club bandmate, the late Jeffrey Lee Pierce.

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    The Ibrahim Khalil Shihab Quintet

    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.”

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    Endless Boogie

    Endless Boogie :: The Gathered and the Scattered

    Available digitally or in a very handsome four-lp limited edition, The Gathered and the Scattered is made up of either very hard-to-come-by recordings or wholly unreleased material—and as simple as the band’s ethos is, it’s amazing how rewarding virtually every moment here is. The formula is not fucked with. The formula is perfect.

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    Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Matt Sweeney

    Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Matt Sweeney :: The Hall of Death

    Bonnie Prince Billy and Matt Sweeney return with a fiery new song featuring Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar and announce the long-awaited sequel to 2005’s Superwolf titled, naturally, Superwolves.

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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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    Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger

    Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger :: Force Majeure

    At first glance, an album of lockdown livestream performances might not seem incredibly essential. But Dezron Douglas and Brandee Younger’s Force Majeure is, in fact, incredibly essential.

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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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    Between and Beyond

    Between and Beyond :: Japan’s Mutant Pop Underground

    Light In The Attic’s latest archival Japanese 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.

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Wau Wau Collectif :: Yaral Sa Doom

Uniting West African musicians, poets, and producers with Karl Jonas Winqvist, Wau Wau Collectif builds a cosmic jazz sound, weightless and joyful. And while it may feel tempting at times to describe this as “West African music,” it is in truth a trans-global work.

Peter Guralnick :: Transmissions

Legendary music writer Peter Guralnick joins us this week on Transmissions. He’s been writing about the blues, rock & roll, soul, and R&B since the late 1960s. His latest book is called Looking To Get Lost: Adventures in Music & Writing. It is a book about the creativity that fueled artists like Johnny Cash, Robert Johnson, Ray Charles, Dick Curless, Howlin’ Wolf, and others. He joins us for an open discussion about the early days of music journalism, artistry, and the curiosity that fuels his work.

Endlings :: Cither

Diné avant garde composer Raven Chacon and John Dieterich team up as Endless for another vast chasm of overwhelming noise. Their latest, “Cither” began as a phone app experiment but becomes something monumental in the duo’s hands.

R.L. Burnside :: Brotherhood Sportsmen’s Lodge, Como, Mississippi, September 28, 1974

We may still be a ways away from gathering in a crowded bar to catch a little live music — but in the meantime, enjoy this downright miraculous 17-minute clip of R.L. Burnside in 1974. Filmed in glorious black-and-white by Memphis’ unclassifiable Tav Falco, it’s a startlingly vivid portrait of the then-thriving Mississippi Hill Country blues scene, with Burnside presiding over a packed house with nothing but a guitar and amplifier

Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard :: February 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 February broadcast features new episodes of New Happy Gathering, Range and Basin, Doom and Gloom from the Tomb, and Threat to Creation, a mixtape by In Sheep’s Clothing Hi-Fi. Listen Sunday, February 21, from 4-8 PM PT on Dublab.

Iceage :: Vendetta

Danish rock & roll band Iceage return with a swaggering crime drama humor on the booming and bluesy “Vendetta.” It’s the Sonic Boom-produced second single from the forthcoming Seek Shelter, out May 7.

Fletcher Tucker :: Transmissions

Northern California mysticism with Fletcher Tucker. His latest album of ritualistic folk music is called Unlit Trail, a record settled deep into the sacred nature of existence. Tucker joined us to discuss Star Trek, animism, family, the Esalen Institute, human potential, and the deep history of his instruments and home in Big Sur, California.