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     Akiko Yano

    Akiko Yano :: Japanese Girl

    Whether producing Little Feat, or behind the boards sidewinding down Shakedown Street, Lowell George had a sound. And as sonic mojos go, no matter the project, his touch felt instinctual, immediate and, of course, funky. In 1976 George and the band hooked up with Akiko Yano to record her debut full-length, Japanese Girl, on the west coast at Hollywood Sound Studios. The flipside was laid down back in Tokyo with Haruomi Hosono, Tatsuo Hayashi and Moonriders’ Keiichi Suzuki.

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    Sonny Sharrock

    Sonny Sharrock :: Ask The Ages

    The first ever vinyl pressing of the legendary free jazz guitarist’s seminal final album Ask The Ages. Available now via Hive Mind Records.

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    Sir Shina Peters & His International Stars

    Sir Shina Peters & His International Stars :: Sewele

    The record has a kind of strange outsider art beauty about it that’s welcoming and inviting in its eccentricity. Big buoyant rhythms humming about streaks of strange nocturnal neon splendor. The Stars’ spaced-out soul mingling casually with their earnest and lo-fi approach to highlife garage rock.

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    O Ternp

    O Ternp :: atrás/além

    atrás/além, O Terno’s 2018 masterwork. The Sao Paolo-based trio’s latest full-length is brimming with psilocybin-friendly arrangements, cavernous grooves, and Tim Bernardes’ intoxicatingly soulful tenor. Not to mention cameos from Shinataro Sakamoto and Devendra Banhart.

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    Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan :: Street Legal

    Home to “New Pony”, one of the nastiest songs in the Dylan catalog (and a personal favorite), Street Legal dropped in June of 1978 — shortly before the artist entered his ‘born-again’ period. Some folks malign the record. They’re wrong.

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    Jessica Pratt

    Jessica Pratt :: Quiet Signs

    Jessica Pratt doesn’t have many contemporaries. Her nylon-string reveries exist in a precarious space between the then and now. Quiet Signs, her latest, is a winter album and is more haunting than anything she’s put out before. It’s less immediate than On Your Own Love Again, her 2015 arrival, but once the melodies work themselves into you, they’re impossible to wash out. You won’t want to, anyway.

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    Steve Gunn

    Steve Gunn :: The Unseen in Between

    Working with producer James Elkington and longtime Bob Dylan bassist Tony Garnier, Gunn presents some of his most affecting songs yet. Stepping forward with brilliant confidence, it’s a shady record, concerned with the transparency of liminal spaces, steeped in the unknown, and a reckoning with the loss of his late father.

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    Susumu Yokota

    Susumu Yokota :: Acid Mt. Fuji 赤富士

    Originally released in 1994, and reissued last year via the Berlin-based Midgar Records, Acid Mt. Fuji marked the debut lp of the late Japanese producer Susumu Yokota. Atmospheric and awash in a myriad of electronic, ambient, textures, the record more than earns its title. Buoyed by an atypical amalgam of numinous field recordings, drones, drum machines, and samples, Fuji’s hour and 14 minute runtime is an indeed a trip. As a recording, its pulsating push, pull and ultimate flow were made for headphones.

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Neil Young + Stray Gators :: Tuscaloosa

Intentional or not, Neil Young picked a rather poignant time to release a live album recorded in Alabama—and given his prickly history with the state (and with the South at large), Tuscaloosa feels like it’s arriving in the same way that so much of Shakey’s career has: just when we need it.

Heat Wave (Volume 3) – A 7″ Mixtape

Several years back, Los Angeles collector and dj Daniel T told us about a regular series he was starting with fellow head, Wyatt Potts. It became Heat Wave — a weekly dj night in east Hollywood focusing on (often rare) slices of international funk, soul, disco and beyond. It’s grown (a lot) and is now a second home to a global coterie of visiting DJs from the likes of S. America, Europe and Asia. But this week is different. It’s just the resident founders and they’re only spinning from their 7″ collection.

Craig Leon :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Craig Leon spent the ’70s helping define the sound of New York City’s punk and experimental explosions. His new album, The Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2: The Canon, features new recordings that return to the celestial focus of his album 1981 album “Nommos,” blurring distinctions between minimalism, electronic folk, and New Age.

Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise (Documentary)

For those interested in the potent alchemy that was the brew of bandleader, philosopher, player and poet, Sun Ra, filmmaker Robert Mugge’s documentary “A Joyful Noise” is essential. Released in 1980, the hour long film captures Sun Ra’s Arkestra performing in Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Baltimore, along with behind the scenes footage of the players at rest, rehearsal and in interview.

Stream the film, in its entirety, below.

Connan Mockasin: Auckland, New Zealand, April 2015 / Sundae Session

Over the past decade the Kiwi artist (née Connan Tant Hosford) has called California, England, and, at present, Japan home. One thing that hasn’t changed? Hosford’s singular fealty to a sound that can only be described as his own. There have been numerous imitators since, yet Mockasin’s homegrown surrealist psychedelia, and exploration thereof, has remained both constant and in flux.

Future Language: The Dimensions of VON LMO

Lori Felker’s documentary about no wave/space rock weirdo Von LMO is a true labor of love. Like many other music docs about obscure or forgotten acts, it began from Felker’s fandom, but unlike most of the others, this film acknowledges its subject’s faults and often even calls into question whether he’s worthy of celebration. I’m glad Felker kept going because Von LMO’s flaws are as fascinating as his strengths.

Aaron Beckum :: Obsolete

Los Angeles, lo-fi cosmic country, newcomer Aaron Beckum has the pyramids on his mind. It’s here, in a metaphysical Egypt, the crooner drowns a platitude of sorrows in terra-cotta whiskey amongst the monument’s 2.3 million stone blocks…all the while counseled and kept company by Sphinx. Naturally.