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This Chicago-based jazz label has been dropping masterpieces at an alarming clip. I went with S/D since most label threads do, but I haven't heard anything that hasn't been worth at least a listen yet. And really only the Damon Locks album hasn't wowed me--and hell, I only listened to that once I should revisit.

Makaya McCraven (all three I've heard are fantastic, but if you're not sure where to start Universal Being is amazing & beloved on ilm)
Jaimie Branch (I've only heard Fly or Die II, which is great, but I noticed Fly or Die I was one of unperson's best of the 2010s)
Resavoir, s/t (a personal fave)
Junius Paul, Ism (big double album that covers a lot of ground; reminiscent of Universal Being at times but with much more stretching out and less beat-driven)
Angel Bat Dawid

Curious about:
Jeff Parker's stuff. I used to love Parker/Tortoise/Isotope/CUD and love hearing his highly recognizable guitar on UB, but he's been off my radar for at least a decade.
Ben LaMar Gay.
Irreversible Entanglements (also on unperson's list)
basically everything else they've put out

rob, Thursday, 23 January 2020 23:28 (one year ago) link

oh yeah:

rob, Thursday, 23 January 2020 23:30 (one year ago) link

I shouldn't start threads when I'm exhausted; it's Universal Beings (plural)

rob, Thursday, 23 January 2020 23:30 (one year ago) link

great label — i loved the Damon Locks album from last year.

tylerw, Thursday, 23 January 2020 23:34 (one year ago) link

ah ok that settles it, I'm going to give that another try right now

rob, Thursday, 23 January 2020 23:37 (one year ago) link

Pretty sure everything they put out is good. Angel Bat Dawid is my hero, she is so awesome

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 23 January 2020 23:49 (one year ago) link

ooh will read that later, thanks

um yeah this Damon Locks album rules, and I love Phil Cohran, which this is very much in the vein of, so I don't know what happened last time?

rob, Friday, 24 January 2020 00:02 (one year ago) link

They really do have a pretty amazing catalog. Don't overlook stuff like Hear In Now's Not Living In Fear (a violin-cello-bass trio featuring Mazz Swift, Tomeka Reid and Silvia Bolognesi) and the Nick Mazzarella Trio's Ultraviolet (NM on alto sax, Anton Hatwich on bass, Frank Rosaly on drums).

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 24 January 2020 00:12 (one year ago) link

The new Jeff Parker album is really great. More on this (maybe) when I'm not so tired

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 24 January 2020 01:23 (one year ago) link

Parker's gearing up for a hell of a year. In addition to the new solo disc (which is excellent), he's on a disc with saxophonist Chris Speed and drummer Matt Mayhall (under Mayhall's name) and there's a Chicago Underground Quartet album, their first in 19 years, coming in March.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 24 January 2020 01:37 (one year ago) link

Haven't heard the new one yet, but I love The New Breed.

jaymc, Friday, 24 January 2020 01:47 (one year ago) link

I too love The New Breed, and that CUQ album, can't wait for the new stuff.

fetter, Friday, 24 January 2020 11:20 (one year ago) link

Yes! This label is taking all of my money. All the Makaya McCraven records are fantastic. I especially like Highly Rare and Where We Come From. The Jaimie Branch record is great too.

stop torturing me ethel (broom air), Friday, 24 January 2020 11:37 (one year ago) link

Haven't heard the new one yet, but I love The New Breed.

― jaymc, Thursday, January 23, 2020 8:47 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

I like almost everything he's done (solo or otherwise) and I think Max Brown is maybe his best work

His Eremite LP--while very different--was also excellent and kinda slept on imo

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 24 January 2020 13:19 (one year ago) link

speaking of which, this
is an excellent review that for me encapsulates this record's greatness (and the kind of thoughtful piece that provides a nice antidote to the stuff in the 'worst music writing' thread)

I haven't had a proper headphone listen yet, but I could swear I heard some beatboxing on one of these tracks. One other observation: "Go Away" has the dopest bassline of the year

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 24 January 2020 14:01 (one year ago) link

The New Breed is my favorite Jeff Parker work and my favorite IA record, can't wait to get into the new one.

All the Makaya records are worth a listen of course, but Universal Beings is the one I go back to.

Not so into jaime branch personally, great bands and the records are cool, but I can't get past the trumpet playing.

Loved Junius Paul when I've seen him live, but haven't been able to give his record (or the Angel Bat Dawid one) a real listen yet.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 24 January 2020 18:20 (one year ago) link

Confirmed, new Jeff Parker is where it's at.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 24 January 2020 21:36 (one year ago) link

Not so into jaime branch personally, great bands and the records are cool, but I can't get past the trumpet playing.

Is it the tone, technique, or melodic lines / choices? Or something else? Genuinely curious as I find I like a very specific trumpet sound (a more breathy, less 'sharp' sound is the best way I can describe it--Tomasz Stanko, Miles obvs) and certain players really get on my nerves in a way that reeds players rarely do

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 24 January 2020 22:08 (one year ago) link

Definitely the former, she just doesn't sound like a great trumpet player to me. I know I'm being a snob, but I'm spoiled by great technical trumpet players in the New Orleans mode (which is really a trumpet city), and for me that instrument is about having a big sound (even if you're not necessarily playing loud or high). For some instruments technique doesn't matter so much and you can express your ideas without having a lot of it, but idk, trumpet is pretty unforgiving, there's so much that goes into just having a decent sound on it before you even get to anything else.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 24 January 2020 22:37 (one year ago) link

I've heard her in a variety of contexts (she recorded a bunch as a sideman before coming out as a leader) and she's an extremely skilled player who can make the horn do whatever she wants. She sounds the way she does on her own albums by choice. Just listen to the way she shifts from slurry blues to brassy mariachi horn on "Prayer for Amerikkka."

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 24 January 2020 23:38 (one year ago) link

Great track, and everything works in context, but I still find the trumpet playing in the last couple minutes a little cringe-y, sorry! She definitely has her own thing though.

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 25 January 2020 22:37 (one year ago) link

Maybe slightly off topic (since the album isn't actually on IA), but what does everyone think of the Moses Boyd full length? I'm one of the only people (judging by ILX, anyway) who didn't love "Rye Lane Shuffle," but I absolutely adore "Drum Dance" and was wondering how much of the album sounds like the latter as opposed to the former.

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 27 January 2020 18:36 (one year ago) link

love the new jeff parker great stuff

Mordy, Monday, 27 January 2020 20:12 (one year ago) link

I am pretty into all the Ben LaMar Gay stuff, though admittedly it is all kind of all over the place so yr mileage may vary
Jeff Parker's stuff for the label is just fucking fantastic

chr1sb3singer, Monday, 27 January 2020 20:18 (one year ago) link

Paul, I listened to that once and don't really remember what I thought (but loved both Rye Lane and Drum Dance, so not a great sign). You might get more of a response on the general rolling jazz thread, or there could be some past discussion on the Shabaka Hutchings one as it sort of evolved into a broader London jazz thread

my to-listen pile for IA is intimidating right now

rob, Monday, 27 January 2020 20:19 (one year ago) link

bookmarked, thanks all

The Squalls Of Hate (sleeve), Monday, 27 January 2020 20:20 (one year ago) link

If you haven't checked out Angel Bat Dawid at all, this song is a great place to start. It's what I remember from the first time I saw her play. Her rise has truly been meteoric and she is a gracious wonderful person afaict

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 27 January 2020 20:24 (one year ago) link

thanks, will listen tonight

The Squalls Of Hate (sleeve), Monday, 27 January 2020 20:24 (one year ago) link

great album and that profile you posted, LL, made me <3 her

rob, Monday, 27 January 2020 20:26 (one year ago) link

does anyone know anything about angel bat dawid's black hebrew israelite background/ which community or temple she belongs to? just curious.

Mordy, Monday, 27 January 2020 20:27 (one year ago) link

i feel like i read an article/interview where they talked about it a little but i don't remember which one or where
that's not very helpful sorry

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 27 January 2020 20:32 (one year ago) link

Mordy, all the articles I have seen about Angel Bat Dawid mention her parents being Black Hebrew Israelites, but never say much about her faith . They do say she practices her music a lot and travels a lot. Plus her name is a reference to being a daughter of David ( Old Testament) but that’s about all I have noticed

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 16:05 (one year ago) link

This has become one of my favorite labels in the last few months. I just picked up the new Jeff Parker, but I'm still working my way through all of the stuff from the past few years I picked up - Angel Bat Dawid, Jaimie Branch and Damon Locks. Was already into the Makaya McCraven album from last year.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 28 January 2020 17:22 (one year ago) link

Resavoir, s/t (a personal fave)

Damn, thanks for this recommendation. This is really great in a way I wasn't expecting (strings! Fourth World vibes!)

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 6 February 2020 14:54 (one year ago) link

Yes! I've struggled to articulate what is so good about that album, but while I'm not sure I'd argue it's the best IA release, it is my most played

rob, Thursday, 6 February 2020 17:45 (one year ago) link

It just does so many things, and in a way that seems natural and doesn't draw attention to the fact that its "eclectic" or whatever. It's just really good music!

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 6 February 2020 17:57 (one year ago) link

Yall know Moor Mother is Present on Art Ensemble of Chicago o We Are On The Edge, right? Got this press release yesterday---heavy hype, but for who better:

Irreversible Entanglements Announce New Album, Who Sent You?,
Out March 20th on International Anthem/Don Giovanni

Watch the Video for Lead Single, “No Más”

Free jazz collective Irreversible Entanglements announce their new album, Who Sent You?, out March 20th on International Anthem/Don Giovanni, and today present its lead single/video, “No Más.” The group is comprised of Camae Ayewa (aka Moor Mother), saxophonist Keir Neuringer, trumpeter Aquiles Navarro, bassist Luke Stewart, and drummer Tcheser Holmes. Who Sent You? is the punk-rocking of jazz and the mystification of the avant-garde. This record weaves kinetic soul fusion, dreamy yet harrowing poetry, and intricate rhythms into warmth-giving tapestries that comfort and conceal, confront and coerce all at once.

“No Más” was composed by the Panamanian-born Navarro in a harmonic echo of a Strata East free jazz classic over a movement-inducing Latin rhythm. Over its peak moments, poet/MC Ayewa professes: "No mas. No more... No longer will we allow them to divide and conquer, divide and oppress, define our humanity..." Its stunning accompanying video was shot in Johannesburg, South Africa by filmmaker and photographer Imani Nikyah Dennison. The video explores the concept of Africans escaping planet earth, on a path to liberation. A story of migration told through collage, stock footage, and movement, all being driven by the sounds of free jazz and poetry.
Originally performing as two different ensembles at a Musicians Against Police Brutality event in 2015 (in response to the NYPD slaying of Akai Gurley), the future members of Irreversible Entanglements recognized a shared ethos, and shortly after, assembled as a single unit for an impromptu studio date at Seizure’s Palace in Brooklyn. That session yielded their debut album, 2017’s Irreversible Entanglements. Critical and communal acclaim for the album (including “Best of 2017” nods from NPR Music, WIRE Magazine, Bandcamp, and others) fueled a high demand for the band in the live setting, and the group have since spent much of 2018 and 2019 on the road. They have collaborated in performance with many legends of creative music including Amina Claudine Myers, Pat Thomas, and Nicole Mitchell; and their highest profile shows have included Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, Le Guess Who Festival In Utrecht NL, Barbican in London, and the Smithsonian in Washington DC.

Where the band’s self-titled debut was all explosive noisy anthems and glorious cosmic bluster, Who Sent You? is a focused and patient ritual. Irreversible Entanglements take their time in between these grooves, stalking the war-torn streets of the Deep South and post-Columbian apocalypses—taking their time to dream up an amalgamation that sounds truly euphoric. More than the sum of its parts—war-like basslines, haunting saxophone, cyberpunk brass, the unwieldy storm of drums, and the oracular phyletic incantations of Ayewa—Who Sent You? is an entire holistic jam of “infinite possibilities coming back around,” a sprawling meditation, a reminder of the forms and traumas of the past, and the shape and vision of Afrotopian sounds to come.
Who Sent You? Tracklist:
1.The Code Noir / Amina
2. Who Sent You - Ritual
3. No Más
4. Blues Ideology
5. Bread Out Of Stone

Irreversible Entanglements Tour Dates:
Tuesday, March 31 - Chicago, IL @ Co-Prosperity Sphere
Wednesday, April 1 - Iowa City, IA @ Mission Creek Festival
Saturday, May 23 - Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Jazz Festival
Praise for Recent Non-Album Track "Homeless/Global"

“Just 30 seconds into this 23-minute improv, upright bassist Luke Stewart and drummer Tcheser Holmes hit the runaway-train pocket hard and fast. Folks, the track doesn't let up from there...a dense, moving preview of the group's upcoming album.” - NPR Music

“Against a simmering backdrop, Ayewa holds forth rivetingly on border violence and
forgotten black history.” - Pitchfork

“seriously compelling” - Stereogum

“23 searing minutes that consist of breathtaking, brutal saxophone leads, mournful trumpet drones, and a nervy rhythm. Over the fray, Ayewa ruminates, states and repeats indelible phrases and images” - WXPN’s The Key

“When at full flight, the group is a volcano of emotional sound — a radical, unapologetic Blackness of so-called avant-garde emanating from its every note and syllable, chronicling the pain, rapture and circumstance of our shared moment.” - Afropunk

dow, Thursday, 6 February 2020 18:15 (one year ago) link

Dunno what's happening with that video link; it opened instantly in gmail. Another ILM thing--anyway, it's on youtube.

dow, Thursday, 6 February 2020 18:19 (one year ago) link

Here's the video:

And here's an hour-long performance from 2018:

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 6 February 2020 18:44 (one year ago) link

This new Jeff Parker record is a holy mess but I keep coming back to it.

Ngolo Cantwell (Chinaski), Monday, 10 February 2020 22:13 (one year ago) link

I was going to ask what the consensus was on the new album. Just ordered the CD.
By holy mess, do you mean it's unfocused? I really hope it's as good as The New Breed.

millmeister, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 13:37 (one year ago) link

Not unfocused as such, skittish, certainly, and fragmented. I've not made sense of it a whole yet, but it is coming together.

Ngolo Cantwell (Chinaski), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 14:04 (one year ago) link

Could be a slow burner then. They're generally the best.

millmeister, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 15:36 (one year ago) link

So far I don't like it as much as The New Breed, but I think it will be a slow burner. "3 for L" is fantastic.

fetter, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 16:12 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Digging the Makaya McCraven / Gil Scott Heron thing at the moment.

fetter, Thursday, 12 March 2020 11:31 (one year ago) link

It's really good! I actually really like that Alabaster Deplume album too.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 12 March 2020 14:29 (one year ago) link

otm! big up calzino for mentioning the DePlume on the rolling jazz thread: it is achingly beautiful

rob, Thursday, 12 March 2020 14:39 (one year ago) link


Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 12 March 2020 14:49 (one year ago) link

i could use some achingly beautiful today; queuing up now.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 12 March 2020 16:45 (one year ago) link

Oh, the dePlume is really nice!

Sund4r, Saturday, 14 March 2020 15:59 (one year ago) link

Yes enjoyed it on a short flight yesterday

Heez, Saturday, 14 March 2020 16:14 (one year ago) link

Another vote for the deplume here finished it and immediately restarted it for a second listen thru critical and kind music at this moment

Mordy, Saturday, 14 March 2020 16:27 (one year ago) link

yeah, it's great.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 14 March 2020 23:13 (one year ago) link

Good god damn this DePlume record is absolutely beautiful.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Monday, 16 March 2020 21:57 (one year ago) link

Thanks for the reminder -- I checked out the DePlume today, and it is wonderful. It has a slight Getatchew Mekurya vibe.

stop torturing me ethel (broom air), Monday, 16 March 2020 23:53 (one year ago) link

yah, that is right. really a great album, thanks for hipping me to it.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 02:05 (one year ago) link

That Alabaster DePlume record is exactly what I needed right now, thank you

city worker, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 14:31 (one year ago) link

"Not My Ask" brings me to tears

Mordy, Thursday, 19 March 2020 03:59 (one year ago) link

Praise for Recent Non-Album Track "Homeless/Global"

this is so good rn

j., Thursday, 19 March 2020 04:37 (one year ago) link

Alabaster DePlume = ILM record of the year 2020, calling it now

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 19 March 2020 14:06 (one year ago) link

icymi, rob made a thread for it:

thread of rapturous appreciation for Alabaster DePlume

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 19 March 2020 15:55 (one year ago) link

three months pass...
four weeks pass...

I am two tracks into the new Makaya McCraven (Universal Beings E&F Sides) and it is FYAH

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 31 July 2020 17:22 (eleven months ago) link

Loving this one

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 31 July 2020 18:49 (eleven months ago) link

posted unwatched but excited to see this short makaya bio doc

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 10 August 2020 19:01 (eleven months ago) link

okay, watched; really great and helpful in understanding his process.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 10 August 2020 23:58 (eleven months ago) link

Interested in seeing that. New album is decent but I don't think it's as good as Universal Beings. Some good grooves, though; I can see why it would appeal to Jordan.

magnet of the elk park (Sund4r), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 02:45 (eleven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Universal Beings continues to be my most reliably enjoyable album of quarantine. Works for anything. I know it gets a lot of love but if anything I think it's underrated. Like, why isn't this guy on tv?

I wonder if the Jaimie Branch agnostics itt have heard the Anteloper stuff with Jason Nazary. It definitely converted me. Great stuff

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 28 August 2020 12:55 (eleven months ago) link

i do feel like the crossover with makaya and say, the herbie hancock/robert glasper/kamasi washington crowd seems natural and it's either a matter of time for him to break bigger or it's just a sign that he's not interested in pursuing a broader audience.

Again, that doc is great; anyone even a little into makaya should watch it.
Turns out his mother is a lead member of Kolinda (pictured, i think, on this youtube thumbnail on the right)!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 28 August 2020 15:37 (eleven months ago) link

Will check doc, thanks. He was featured on Jazz Night In America not too long ago, should be in their archive. Also in that good recent UK comp Kaleidoscope, which is on YouTube, also w some Brits on A bunch of other stuff on bandcamp I haven't listened to yet, but digging this: And def. Gil Scott-Heron's We're New Here: A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven, as I carried on about over on What Are You Listening To? 2020:
Still haven't heard the original album, or Jamie xx's reworking, but the unmistakable sound and sensibility of classic Gil come through: sharp, reflective glints in the dark, rough-edged a fluid, lyrical and realist, searching and on point, thematic and grooving---jazzwise, yet "blues is a feeling" the overall. Only thing is, some of the originals are really short, like down to 37 seconds: golden kernels of potential and realization---McCraven is def. not showboating, but I wish he extended these--maybe he was required to stick to the original track times? I'd like a bit more---Laswell redoing Marley and Miles? Anyway, it's all good, though faves are mostly because they have longer to make an impression: "New York is Killing Me," "I'll Take Care of You," "Me and the Devil"--yes, Scott-Heron and Robert Johnson and Mr. D. on the Greyhound, seems natural. Speaking voice is worn but clear, singing voice not that different from 1970s.

dow, Friday, 28 August 2020 20:06 (eleven months ago) link

That Where We Come From set is maybe my favorite McCraven thing; you can get it on IA's Bandcamp page (I have the CD):

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 28 August 2020 20:16 (eleven months ago) link

two months pass...

Can’t wait to hear the new Angel & the Brothahood live album, the backstory is grim but I loved the part about how she sat down at the hotel piano and went off on the guy who told her not to play.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 31 October 2020 23:37 (eight months ago) link

three weeks pass...

^I still haven't gotten to that, but I just listened to Rob Mazurek/Exploding Star Orchestra's "Dimensional Stardust" and really loved it:

rob, Wednesday, 25 November 2020 21:47 (eight months ago) link

Her live album is REALLY good, would recommend with the caveat that it's pretty heavy!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 26 November 2020 00:25 (eight months ago) link

It's emotionally a lot to take - not something you're gonna want to listen to every day. But yeah, it's great stuff.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 26 November 2020 01:50 (eight months ago) link

I'm on track 5 of the Mazurek now and am really liking it so far.

actually-very-convincing (Sund4r), Thursday, 26 November 2020 06:40 (eight months ago) link

It took a few listens to absorb, but I'm now quite taken with the shimmery Chicago Waves by Carlos Niño and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. It's much much more new age/ambient than jazz, probably closest to the De Plume record than anything else on the label that I've heard, though it doesn't pierce your heart with melodies like AdP. Maybe some day I can listen to it while strolling through an aquarium (perhaps Shedd...sigh).

As that recommendation maybe implies, I still haven't gotten into the mental space to try the new Dawid

rob, Saturday, 5 December 2020 18:14 (seven months ago) link

I worked yesterday afternoon in front of a fire with the Exploding Star Orchestra album on and it was very nice.

Joe Biden Shot My Dog - Vols. I-XL (PBKR), Sunday, 6 December 2020 14:45 (seven months ago) link

two months pass...

There's a new Damon Locks/Black Monument Ensemble album coming in April:

the first track is really beautiful (recorded live & outside last summer -- you can hear the cicadas)

rob, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:01 (five months ago) link

I love that. The video is very cool as well.

perhaps I myself was the object of my search (PBKR), Friday, 26 February 2021 19:03 (five months ago) link

The whole album is amazing. I said on Twitter that it's like a combination of SAULT, an Adam Curtis documentary, and Archie Shepp's Attica Blues.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 26 February 2021 19:12 (five months ago) link

Will be pre-ordering this for sure. A little surprised the physical edition isn't out until July though, shit must really be getting backed up.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 26 February 2021 19:16 (five months ago) link

I've only seen like 10 mins of a Curtis doc but I am intrigued by that description

rob, Saturday, 27 February 2021 00:21 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

Well this totally rules—deserves its own thread really, but I'm annoyingly busy today

rob, Friday, 9 April 2021 14:56 (three months ago) link

fyi Sons of Kemet fans should get on this immediately

rob, Friday, 9 April 2021 16:13 (three months ago) link

This = Damon Locks and Black Monument Ensemble? It's great. Wish there was a little less spoken parts, but I get that's an essential part of what their doing.

guillotines aren't just for royalty anymore (PBKR), Friday, 9 April 2021 19:16 (three months ago) link

was a little less = were fewer, jesus

guillotines aren't just for royalty anymore (PBKR), Friday, 9 April 2021 19:16 (three months ago) link

yes that's the one!

Since we have some deathly allergic-to-spoken-word jazz fans around here, I think it's fair to note that, aiui, most of the "spoken parts" are samples not slam poetry, giving the whole thing something of Madlib/sound collage quality (I assume this is what unperson meant by referencing Adam Curtis). Still might not be your cup of tea, but it's a different vibe from some of the declamatory contemporary jazz that I know rubs some the wrong way

rob, Saturday, 10 April 2021 13:24 (three months ago) link

Yeah I like the Damon Locks album a lot. The first and last tracks in particular.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 10 April 2021 15:45 (three months ago) link

Been enjoying it

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Sunday, 11 April 2021 04:35 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

Went to see Jaimie Branch & her fantastic band blow the roof off last night -- it was my first show post-pandemic and I may have been primed to enjoy it regardless but I LOVED IT. I loved everything about the performance -- the band's chemistry, the energy, the music itself, interaction with audience, guest players!, her performance style. If you have a chance to see her, don't miss it. I think the band is on tour?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 4 July 2021 18:40 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah, I've been getting that experience, as much as possible online, from listening to their live album:

dow, Sunday, 4 July 2021 19:00 (three weeks ago) link

I am not super familiar with Angel Bat Dawid's work, does she always use autotuned vocals so extensively, like on this?

sleeve, Wednesday, 7 July 2021 19:05 (three weeks ago) link

She uses a lot of different vocal techniques/ways of singing and/or vocalizing -- that's just one thing she does ime. Not broadly representative of her vocal style.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 7 July 2021 19:25 (three weeks ago) link


sleeve, Wednesday, 7 July 2021 22:42 (three weeks ago) link


“Like a blossom emerging from between the floorboards of a slaughterhouse, Moor Mother’s music is an act of transcending a violent, intolerable present.” - The Fader

Today Moor Mother – aka Camae Ayewa – is announcing her new album ‘Black Encylcopedia Of The Air’, thirteen mesmerizing tracks about memory and imprinting and the future, all of them wafting through untouched space like the ghostly cinders of a world on fire, unbound and uncharted, vast and stretching across the universe.

On the new single “Obsidian”, Moor Mother says the song is about present danger - “thinking about one's proximity to violence. Thinking about violence in the home. Violence in communities." Featuring rapper Pink Siifu, listen and watch the song’s new video here -

dow, Thursday, 15 July 2021 17:25 (two weeks ago) link

from Rolling Jazz:

More Energy Fields, Current
by Carlos Niño & Friends
Tagged in label notes as 10 pristine gems of collaborative communication helmed by the Southern Californian sage, elegantly presented in his unique “Spiritual, Improvisational, Space Collage” style. And sounds like the improvisational part might feed and respond to the Space Collage: it's more jazz than set piece, like the tracks, never too long, might be scooping up something along the way, lighting in the bottle and vice-versa. Wonder if they play live, with loops, maybe? (I imme

Listening on headphones, I keep getting aerial glimpses of the Pacific Coast Highway, interspersed w more time in little caves and coves: an intimate, though airy, small group sound, always incl. Niño (percussion, sound design, editing, mixing) and I think always Jamael Dean on keys, with others sometims on drums, tenor and/or flute, synths, and voices (on one track: wordless ones, don't worry, of Laraaji and Sharada). Shabaka Hutchings, Dntel, Adam Rudolph, Aaron Shaw, a bunch of others, coming in and moving on, at least for a while, never too many at once.

First one to command my attention was "Nightswimming," then so many of the others that I gave up on linking a favorite in addition to the whole thing:

― dow, Monday, May 31, 2021 4:57 PM (one month ago) bookmarkflaglink

Niño’s previous album on IA, Chicago Waves, is live if you’re curious! I think I described it as more like ambient/new age than jazz on the IA thread but I liked it a lot

― rob, Monday, May 31, 2021 5:08 PM (one month ago) bookmarkflaglink

Will check, thanks! Ambient/New Age usually puts me right to sleep, but this got me more awake.
Also, this one has *kind* of a DePlume vibe, or related appeal,anyway, but maybe earlier in the day or evening, and a little more spare?
- dow

dow, Thursday, 15 July 2021 17:29 (two weeks ago) link

also from RJ:
omg Dedicated to Saint Escrava Anastacia.
released June 19, 2021

All instruments, vocalz, and synths performed, produced, recorded, arranged & mixed By Angel Bat Dawid.
First encounter w this, and don't know of course if it will seem as amazing now that I know what to expect (nothing like what I did expect from several titles, which is prob the point), but so far it's immediately compelling, often beguiling, with an eerie, tranquil intensity, and some shifting surfaces and perimeters (for inst, what's happening to the vocals going around the room---"I know I should be grateful"---in " 'Goree,' or Slave - Stick"---we also get the improbably redemption of overt Auto Tune sometimes, or maybe keys, emphasizing the inflection (of male group vocals? Or herself treated?) that suggests a African-Hebraic-Isalmic chain, rattling a little (the clarinet encourages this). One of the most affecting tracks is her untreated, a capella , "Bet"--followed, in a plausible way, by a calmly killer finale trilogy. None of this is an onslaught of sounds though; each room is only as full as need be. Seems like a rec to fans of adventurously historical clarinetists John Carter and Matana Roberts (her Coin Coin series, and maybe all of his Roots and Folklore: Episodes in the Development of American Folk Music, although the album from that I'm thinking of, and most familiar with, is Fields).

― dow,

dow, Thursday, 15 July 2021 17:33 (two weeks ago) link

^^ I'm really enjoying that one

sleeve, Thursday, 15 July 2021 17:37 (two weeks ago) link

Hush Harbor Mixtape is amazing, too bad I'm too late to pick up the tape
Quite an amazing label, starting to feel I can basically buy anything I happen to see out there

willem, Friday, 16 July 2021 08:12 (two weeks ago) link

Hush Harbor is great, been listening alot (and did order the tape!). Just saw this one dropped with very little info:

Not much info to go on as there's no digital release, only the 2xlp. It sounds like it's beats and tracks Jeff Parker has worked on over the years. I can't find internet documentation of much, but did find one of the tracks on his Soundcloud:

city worker, Tuesday, 27 July 2021 17:19 (three days ago) link

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