Essential New Music: Lloyd Thayer & Jerome Deupree's "Duets"

Essential New Music: Lloyd Thayer & Jerome Deupree’s “Duets”

Sometimes you just have to narrow your options a bit to get things done. Cambridge, Mass., multi-instrumentalist Lloyd Thayer has
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Essential New Music: Bailterspace's "Concret"

Essential New Music: Bailterspace’s “Concret”

It’s tempting to say that any combo of musicians who first played together 40 years ago has been around for
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Essential New Music: Christian Lillinger’s Open Form For Society's "Live"

Essential New Music: Christian Lillinger’s Open Form For Society’s “Live”

If you want your art to change the world, you have to think big. Sun Ra proposed extra-terrestrial solutions to
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Essential New Music: Yo La Tengo's "We Have Amnesia Sometimes"

Essential New Music: Yo La Tengo’s “We Have Amnesia Sometimes”

No one planned for a year like this. Even the survivalists muffed it; they might've stocked up on guns and
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Essential New Music: Stirrup+6's "The Avondale Addition"

Essential New Music: Stirrup+6’s “The Avondale Addition”

Stirrup has always had a thing for addition. The instrumental trio—bassist Nick Macri, drummer Charles Rumback and cello/electronics/tenor-guitar player Fred
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Essential New Music: Dan Melchior's "Embankment To The End Of The Line"

Essential New Music: Dan Melchior’s “Embankment To The End Of The Line”

Dan Melchior has been a resident of the United States for 22 years. But before that, he was part of
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Essential New Music: Jim O’Rourke's "Shutting Down Here"

Essential New Music: Jim O’Rourke’s “Shutting Down Here”

When Jim O’Rourke first visited the French institution known as the Groupe de Recherches Musicales 30 years ago, it was
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Essential New Music: Quin Kirchner's "The Shadows And The Light"

Essential New Music: Quin Kirchner’s “The Shadows And The Light”

Smart bandleaders know that if you want you band to sound good, nothing’s more important than a good drummer. You’ll
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Essential New Music: The Mekons' "Exquisite"

Essential New Music: The Mekons’ “Exquisite”

The Mekons have been through their share of changes since they first convened in Leeds, England, in the late 1970s.
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Essential New Music: Powers/Rolin Duo's "Powers/Rolin Duo"

Essential New Music: Powers/Rolin Duo’s “Powers/Rolin Duo”

The Powers/Rolin Duo messes with expectations in most delightful ways. Their instrumentation—hammered dulcimer and 12-string acoustic guitar—looks like something you’d
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Essential New Music: Lithics' "Tower Of Age"

Essential New Music: Lithics’ “Tower Of Age”

A tower can be an advantageous observation post or a monument to the past. Lithics’ Tower Of Age is both.
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Essential New Music: Buck Curran's "No Love Is Sorrow"

Essential New Music: Buck Curran’s “No Love Is Sorrow”

To misquote Bob Dylan, the times they are putting us through some changes. 2020 should've been a good year for
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Essential New Music: A.F. Jones' "A Jurist For Nothing"

Essential New Music: A.F. Jones’ “A Jurist For Nothing”

Anyone who's served a tour of duty under the waves will tell you that the sound of inrushing water is
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Essential New Music: Tatsuya Nakatani & Shane Parish's "Interactivity"

Essential New Music: Tatsuya Nakatani & Shane Parish’s “Interactivity”

The title of the second recording by Tatsuya Nakatani and Shane Parish goes right to the heart of their shared
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Essential New Music: The Necks' "Three"

Essential New Music: The Necks’ “Three”

Numerology has never seemed that important to the Necks. But the title of the Australian instrumental combo’s latest album is
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Essential New Music: Sir Richard Bishop's "Oneiric Formulary"

Essential New Music: Sir Richard Bishop’s “Oneiric Formulary”

Have you tried to reach a doctor lately? Not so easy, is it? There are good reasons why this is
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Essential New Music: Jon Hassell's "Vernal Equinox"

Essential New Music: Jon Hassell’s “Vernal Equinox”

Maybe you first heard Jon Hassell on Talking Heads’ Remain In Light, Peter Gabriel’s Passion or the two records that
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Essential New Music: Robbie Basho's "Songs Of The Great Mystery: The Lost Vanguard Sessions"

Essential New Music: Robbie Basho’s “Songs Of The Great Mystery: The Lost Vanguard Sessions”

Mystery is inherent in Robbie Basho’s music. His vocal performances extolled the wonders of both the natural and supernatural worlds.
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