Essential New Music: Mars Williams' "Mars Williams Presents: An Ayler Xmas Vol. 5"

Essential New Music: Mars Williams’ “Mars Williams Presents: An Ayler Xmas Vol. 5”

Mars Williams has the kind of name that, once heard or read, is not forgotten. But even if you don’t
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Essential New Music (Book): David Lester's "Prophet Against Slavery"

Essential New Music (Book): David Lester’s “Prophet Against Slavery”

David Lester is a longstanding contributor to MAGNET. Every Saturday, we post an illustration by him, which pairs with a
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Essential New Music: Kuzu's "All Your Ghosts In One Corner"

Essential New Music: Kuzu’s “All Your Ghosts In One Corner”

All Your Ghosts In One Corner … and Kuzu in the other? Since this record was recorded on tour in
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Essential New Music: Circuit Des Yeux's "-io"

Essential New Music: Circuit Des Yeux’s “-io”

Breathe. If you’re afflicted with anxiety, that’s what you’re taught to do, and that’s the first sound Haley Fohr makes
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Essential New Music: Smoke Bellow's "Open For Business"

Essential New Music: Smoke Bellow’s “Open For Business”

Open For Business. The title is an invitation, and you don’t need to be a former customer to get in
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Essential New Music: Antietam Plus' "His Majesty’s Request: A Wink O’Bannon Select"

Essential New Music: Antietam Plus’ “His Majesty’s Request: A Wink O’Bannon Select”

In every local music scene, there’s a person who knows. They know the tunes, the sounds and the ways to
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Essential New Music: Parquet Courts' "Sympathy For Life"

Essential New Music: Parquet Courts’ “Sympathy For Life”

Stepping forward while looking back, Parquet Courts push musical boundaries while still retaining a sense of identity on Sympathy For
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Essential New Music: Rhyton's "Pharaonic Crosstalk"

Essential New Music: Rhyton’s “Pharaonic Crosstalk”

Freedom, Kris Kristofferson once wrote, is just another word for nothing left to lose. Rhyton’s singer and string-bender, Dave Shuford,
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Essential New Music (Film): "Karen Dalton: In My Own Time"

Essential New Music (Film): “Karen Dalton: In My Own Time”

When Bob Dylan hit the New York folk music scene, he found that one singer stood out from all the
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Essential New Music: Gerycz / Powers / Rolin's "Lamplighter"

Essential New Music: Gerycz / Powers / Rolin’s “Lamplighter”

A survey of “what’s in your bag” record-store interviews is bound to reveal that most music lovers nowadays like more
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Essential New Music (Film): "What Is Man And What Is Guitar? Keith Rowe"

Essential New Music (Film): “What Is Man And What Is Guitar? Keith Rowe”

There’s no shortage of music documentaries that leave way too much in; how many hours do you really want to
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Essential New Music: Tobacco City's "Tobacco City, USA"

Essential New Music: Tobacco City’s “Tobacco City, USA”

If you name your country band Tobacco City, you’re duty bound to play some songs about bad decisions. The Chicago
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Essential New Music: Bill Nace's "One Note (Solo Guitar 2)"

Essential New Music: Bill Nace’s “One Note (Solo Guitar 2)”

The title is a bit of a dare. Can you find the one note that Bill Nace plays? Good luck.
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Essential New Music: Caterina Barbieri's "Fantas Variations"

Essential New Music: Caterina Barbieri’s “Fantas Variations”

“Fantas” originally appeared on Caterina Barbieri’s 2019 LP, Ecstatic Computation, as a cascade of tone-bursts that bounced, Superball style, away
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Essential New Music: Alasdair Roberts og Völvur's "The Old Fabled River"

Essential New Music: Alasdair Roberts og Völvur’s “The Old Fabled River”

There’s been no shortage of records whose making reflects our times. Performed alone or cobbled together via file sharing, their
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Essential New Music: William Parker's "Mayan Space Station"

Essential New Music: William Parker’s “Mayan Space Station”

There’s a lot to be said about William Parker. He’s a peerless double bassist, a culture-spanning multi-instrumentalist, an ambitious composer,
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Essential New Music: Adrian Crowley's "The Watchful Eye Of The Stars"

Essential New Music: Adrian Crowley’s “The Watchful Eye Of The Stars”

Anyone who’s not only been making albums for more than 20 years, but ones that stack up awards in his
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