Essential New Music: Nightshift's "Zöe"

Essential New Music: Nightshift’s “Zöe”

One moment, Zöe sounds like it’s beaming in from a time when you could still buy rotary phones in stores.
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Essential New Music: Thumbscrew's "Never Is Enough"

Essential New Music: Thumbscrew’s “Never Is Enough”

The second law of thermodynamics is invaluable when you want to understand why things keep coming apart. But if you
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Essential New Music: Plankton Wat's "Future Times"

Essential New Music: Plankton Wat’s “Future Times”

Future Times was born of a dire present. Plankton Wat is the solo project of guitarist Dewey Mahood (ex-Eternal Tapestry, Galaxy
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Essential New Music: Fred Neil's "38 MacDougal"

Essential New Music: Fred Neil’s “38 MacDougal”

Not many people have yearned less for success than Fred Neil. Plenty of beatniks, folkies and hippies from the 1950s
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Essential New Music: Don Cherry's "Cherry Jam"

Essential New Music: Don Cherry’s “Cherry Jam”

The COVID virus may have owned 2020, but 2021 is the year of Don Cherry. The Oklahoma-born trumpeter, whose curious
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Essential New Music: No Friends Band's "To All My Friends"

Essential New Music: No Friends Band’s “To All My Friends”

People make records for a lot of reasons, and who are we to judge? Music lovers, that’s who we are,
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Essential New Music: Roy Montgomery's "Island Of Lost Souls"

Essential New Music: Roy Montgomery’s “Island Of Lost Souls”

Forty years ago, Flying Nun Records released its first single. The Pin Group’s “Coat” imagined a world of sound and
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Essential New Music: Loren Connors & Oren Ambarchi's "Leone"

Essential New Music: Loren Connors & Oren Ambarchi’s “Leone”

Loren Connors has dueted with many guitarists over the years, but he always presents them with the same challenge. The
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Essential New Music: Richard Hell And The Voidoids' "Destiny Street Complete"

Essential New Music: Richard Hell And The Voidoids’ “Destiny Street Complete”

How much does an album really matter? That all depends on who you ask. If you’re Neil Young, you have
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Essential New Music: Spiral Wave Nomads' "First Encounters"

Essential New Music: Spiral Wave Nomads’ “First Encounters”

Photo by David Zukauskas This album may be a first encounter, but it’s by no means a first impression. Guitarist
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Essential New Music: Wendy Eisenberg's "Auto"

Essential New Music: Wendy Eisenberg’s “Auto”

When you need to respond quickly, you might let your fingers do the walking. Wendy Eisenberg has the sort of
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Essential New Music: Toho Sara's "Toho Sara"

Essential New Music: Toho Sara’s “Toho Sara”

Time sure can do a number on status and perspective. In 2020, Makoto Kawabata is the ringleader of the celebrated,
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Essential New Music: The Silence's "Electric Meditations"

Essential New Music: The Silence’s “Electric Meditations”

When musicians revise their practices to achieve a new normal post-pandemic, they might want to take notes from Masaki Batoh.
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Essential New Music: Rempis / Parker / Flaten / Cunningham's "Stringers And Struts"

Essential New Music: Rempis / Parker / Flaten / Cunningham’s “Stringers And Struts”

This quartet gathered for the first—and so far only—time on a late summer night when everyone happened to be playing
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Essential New Music: Monoshock's "Runnin’ Ape-Like From The Backwards Superman 1989-1995"

Essential New Music: Monoshock’s “Runnin’ Ape-Like From The Backwards Superman 1989-1995”

Some devotees of two-wheeled navigation will argue that monoshock suspension is superior because it enhances stability. The music of Monoshock
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Essential New Music: Rafael Toral & João Pais Filipe's "Jupiter And Beyond"

Essential New Music: Rafael Toral & João Pais Filipe’s “Jupiter And Beyond”

No living musician relates more to space than Rafael Toral. He’s employed recordings captured by NASA and played music that
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Essential New Music: Mic Harrison And The High Score's "Bright Spot"

Essential New Music: Mic Harrison And The High Score’s “Bright Spot”

Bright Spot could be labeled “bar-band music,” but while that tag is often used pejoratively, it’s the highest of praise
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