Essential New Music: Joseph Airport's "Vector 23"

Essential New Music: Joseph Airport’s “Vector 23”

Vector 23, the seventh LP from multi-city rockers Joseph Airport, is the song cycle about infamous airplane hijacker D.B. Cooper
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Essential New Music: Sonic Youth's "In/Out/In"

Essential New Music: Sonic Youth’s “In/Out/In”

In/Out/In is not a “new” Sonic Youth archival release. Everything on it has been released before. Two tracks were on
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Essential New Music: Roy Montgomery's "Audiotherapy"

Essential New Music: Roy Montgomery’s “Audiotherapy”

Forty-one years ago, Roy Montgomery and his colleagues in the Pin Group helped launch a specular run of independently made,
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Essential New Music: Robbie Lee & Lea Bertucci's "Winds Bells Falls"

Essential New Music: Robbie Lee & Lea Bertucci’s “Winds Bells Falls”

The Incredible String Band’s truckload of instruments and Yes’s multi-necked guitars did each band’s appeal no harm; novelty begets intrigue
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Essential New Music: Pan•American's "The Patience Fader"

Essential New Music: Pan•American’s “The Patience Fader”

One possible upside of being a solo performer in these times is that you’re equipped to carry on in isolation.
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Essential New Music: Luke Stewart’s Silt Trio's "The Bottom"

Essential New Music: Luke Stewart’s Silt Trio’s “The Bottom”

The Silt Trio’s name clues you in to its relationship with history. The group churns layers of accumulated knowledge, mixing
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Essential New Music: The Jazz Butcher's "The Highest In The Land"

Essential New Music: The Jazz Butcher’s “The Highest In The Land”

For devoted, longtime fans of Pat Fish (a.k.a. the Jazz Butcher), The Highest In The Land could be a difficult
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Essential New Music: Animal Collective's "Time Skiffs"

Essential New Music: Animal Collective’s “Time Skiffs”

Compared to the late 2000s and early 2010s, indie-rock album cycles have felt more like meeting up with old high-school
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Essential New Music: Jake Xerxes Fussell's "Good And Green Again"

Essential New Music: Jake Xerxes Fussell’s “Good And Green Again”

You can’t get around dealing with time when, like Jake Xerxes Fussell, you’re a second-generation folklorist. How much do you
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Essential New Music: Savage Republic's "Meteora"

Essential New Music: Savage Republic’s “Meteora”

Savage Republic first convened in the early 1980s. Original guitarist Bruce Licher and a shifting array of musicians shook up
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Essential New Music: Ava Mendoza's "New Spells"

Essential New Music: Ava Mendoza’s “New Spells”

A title like New Spells immediately raises the question, what happened to the old ones? Ava Mendoza’s latest solo album
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Essential New Music: Zea's "Witst Noch Dat D’R Neat Wie"

Essential New Music: Zea’s “Witst Noch Dat D’R Neat Wie”

When Arnold de Boer isn’t singing and playing guitar with the Ex, he records under the name Zea. Untethered from
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Essential New Music: C Joynes' "Poor Boy On The Wire"

Essential New Music: C Joynes’ “Poor Boy On The Wire”

The pandemic has precipitated plenty of shut-in recording projects, mostly involving some degree of solitary activity. Poor Boy On The
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Essential New Music: Greg Malcolm's "Just Like Jim"

Essential New Music: Greg Malcolm’s “Just Like Jim”

Depending on your perspective, Just Like Jim is a tale of comfort or caution. Your prized possessions may not only
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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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