Style: Progressive Rock, Experimental Rock
Vibe: Epic, Psychedelic, Chaotic, Bombastic, Cerebral, Complex, Cryptic, Energetic, Ominous, Intense
Musical Attributes: Dense, Polyphonic, Technical, Odd Time Signatures, Headphone Album, Studio-as-an-Instrument, Progressive
Style: Avant-Garde Big Band, Free Jazz
Vibe: Cerebral, Bombastic, Energetic, Complex, Abstract
Musical Attributes: Dense, Poly-Free Improvisation, Polyphonic, Dynamic, Instrumental, Technical, Innovative
Released in 1980 on Warner Bros. Format: LP
Style: Free Jazz
Vibe: Communal, Bombastic, Complex, Energetic, Passionate, Chaotic
Musical Attributes: Collective Improvisation, Dense, Instrumental, Acoustic, Dynamic, Polyphonic
Released in 2011 on Sub Pop Records Format: LPx2 Style: Post-Rock, Motorik Vibe: Driving, Nocturnal, Urban, Focused, Energetic, Futuristic
Released in 1979 on Tomato Records Format: LP, Promo copy Style: Free Jazz Vibe: chaotic, complex, energetic, manic Musical Attributes: Polyphonic, Improvisation, … More
Released in 1987 on Paisley Park Records Format: LPx2 Style: Funk-Rock, R&B, Pop Vibe: Eclectic, Sensual, Playful, Eccentric, Groovy
Irreversible Entanglements follows up the scathing fire music of their debut with regenerative and ritualistic earth music. “Who Sent You?”, is a record that looks not only to the violent “rhythms of oppression”, past and present, that need to be burnt to the ground, but to a future built from the ashes of these unjust systems. Irreversible Entanglements are simply one of the most powerful bands in existence, building their symbiotic improvisations with fervent passion, hypnotic rhythm, and urgent truths.
Originally released in 1971 on CjR Records Superior Viaduct reissue (2019) Format: LP
Released in 2016 on Polyvinyl Records Format: LP, translucent purple vinyl
Released in 2017 by Arts & Crafts Productions Format: LPx2
Style: Free Jazz
Vibe: Abstract, Energetic, Passionate, Complex
Musical Attributes: Improvisation, Polyphonic, Polyrhythmic, Dissonant, Poly-Free
Released in 2007 on Kemado Records Format: LP, mirrored cover
Released in 2019 on Constellation Records Format: LP
Originally released in 1997 on Thrill Jockey Records 2012 Reissue on translucent red vinyl Format: LP
Released in 1983 on Columbia Records Format: LP
Album Information: Originally released in 1966 on Blue Note Records Recorded May 19, 1966 1973 Reissue Format: LP Personnel: Cecil … More
Originally released in 1996 on Thrill Jockey Records 2017 Reissue on clear vinyl Format:: LP
Originally released in 2003 on Diwphalanx 2019 Third Man Reissue Format: LP
Released in 2019 on Impulse! Records Format: LP
Released in 2019 on Constellation Records Format: LP
Released in 2017 on International Anthem Recording Co. Recorded June 2016 Format: LP
Released in 2017 on Constellation Records Format: LPx2, etching on side D
Released in 1971 on Columbia Recorded Feb-April 1970 Format: LP
Originally released in 2004 on Relapse Records 2014 pressing on Oxblood vinyl Format: LP
Originally released in 1972 on EMI 1974 US pressing on Editions Makossa Format: LP
There is a certain beauty just to being alive, and Ought make it their mission to find it through raw rock n’ roll that veers seamlessly between upbeat post-punk, meditative feedback drones, dramatic ballads, and cathartic guitar freak outs.
Recommended for fans of post-punk that blends the moodiness of Joy Division, Iceage, and Television with the experimentation and noisiness of This Heat and No Wave.
Released in 2012 on Rad Cult/FrenchKiss Format: LP, Orange Vinyl
Released in 1965 on Jazz Workshop (Mingus’ own label) Numbered 1966 pressing Recorded in 1964 at the Monterey Jazz Festival … More
Originally released in 2005 2006 Southern Lord Reissue Format: LPx2, Pink vinyl Includes 3 sheets of blotter paper
Released in 1961 on Atlantic Records Format: LP
Released in 1977 on RCA Records Format: LP
Released in 1967 on Impulse! Records Format: LP
Originally Released in 2007 on Paw Tracks 2017 Vinyl Me, Please pressing on My Animal Home Limited Edition Format: LPx2, … More
Released in 1969 on BYG Records Japanese Pressing Format: LP Artwork by Moki Cherry Recorded August 22, 1969 in Paris, … More
Released in 2012 on Sargent House Records Format: LP Signed by Nick Reinhart
Originally released in 2000 on Epic Records 2010 Repress Format: LPx2
Self released in 2007 Format: 12″ EP, 45rpm Limited to 250 on brown vinyl
Released in 1967 by Columbia Records Format: LP
Released in 1968 on JCOA Records Format: LPx2, includes 12″ booklet
Released in 1974 on Atlantic Records Format: LP
Released in 201 on Young Turks Format: LP, die cut cover Recommended Tracks A2 – Red Lights (Spacey, Funky, Energetic … More
Released in 1972 on Columbia Records Late 70’s/Early 80’s Reissue Format: LP Recommended Tracks A1 – The Shoes of the … More
Released in 1966 on Impulse! Records Recorded February 19, 1966 Format: LP
While more cerebral than emotive, this live set is a frenzied demonstration of what four virtuosic musicians sound like when they give in to the intuitive whims of collective improvisation. Even when playing a composition, this quartet will stretch and mutate the melody into every possible pattern without ever playing it directly. The group interplay is often bombastic and can be overwhelming, but thankfully they vary the dynamics through mellower sections, as well as solo and duo pieces.
Originally Released in 2004 on FatCat Records 2011 Reissue on My Animal Home Format: LPx2
Released in 2012 on Polyvinyl Records Format: LP, white vinyl
Released in 1974 on Blue Note Records Recorded September 10th, 1970 at Van Gelder Recording Studio Format: LP
Released in 2015 on Joyful Noise Records Recorded April 4-5, 2014 Format: LP, clear seafoam green vinyl
Released in 2004 on Dim Mak Records Format: 12″ EP
Released in 1972 on Blue Note Records Format: LP
Released in 1973 on Flying Dutchman Records Format: LP
Released in 2004 on Warp Records Format: LPx2
Released in 1970 on Straight Records Format: LP
Released in 1961 on Impulse Records Og Stereo RVG pressing in Mono Jacket Format: LP
Originally released in 2009 on Relapse Records 2013 Pressing Format: LPx2
Originally released in 1971 on United Artists Records Unofficial pressing on purple and brown marbled vinyl Format: LPx2
Released in 1966 on Impulse Records Original Pressing
Originally released in 1993 on Duophonic Records This pressing was released in 2012 on 1972 Records Format: LPx2
Released in 2007 by Gold Standards Laboratories Recorded November 2005 in Amsterdam Format: LP
Originally Released in 2007 on Ipecac Vinyl released in 2008 on Black Diamond Format: LPx2
Released in 1973 on Blue Thumb Records Format: LP, Quadrophonic Pressing
The Whole Thing is Just There is another beautiful and life-affirming release from Young Jesus, the second with the current L.A. iteration of the band. Their inter-band chemistry seems stronger than ever, with telepathic improvisations, symbiotic catharses, and a mutual love for each other that is easily felt from a listener’s perspective. The lyrics deal with self-exploration and one’s relationship with the world around them, finding solace in spirituality, existentialism, literature, and the ethos of free jazz. Stylistically the music seems rooted in late-90’s indie rock and emo, with seamless but adventurous detours into post-rock, noisy post-hardcore, and free improvisation. Excited to see where these guys go next.
Discpline marks the first in a trilogy of complex prog-meets-new-wave masterpieces that have been relished by anxious overthinkers for decades…featuring polyrhythmic riffs, innovative guitar textures, overwrought sing-talking, and a strong inter-band chemistry.
The new album from guitarist Yonatan Gat finds cohesiveness in its sprawling diversity. Stylistically it combines the rawness of garage rock, the thematic improvisation of Free jazz, and the experimental editing of musique concréte with psychedelic production, Arabic and Klezmer scales and surfy tremelo guitars.
Released in 1975 on Casablanca Records Format: LP
Originally released in 2010 on Columbia Records 2014 RSD pressing Mastered from original analogue tapes No. 1175/4000 Format: LPx2, 180g
Released in 1981 on ECM Records Recorded in concert in May, 1980 at Amerika Haus München, Germany Format: LPx2
Recorded live at Cafe Monmartre in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 23, 1962 Released in 1976 on Arista Records
Released in 1959 on Atlantic Records 1970’s Pressing
Released in 2007 on Young God Records Format: LPx2
Released in 2002 on Arts & Crafts Records Format: LPx2
Information: Released in 1974 on Milestone Recorded on July 7, 1973
Information: This album was released in 1969 on Bizzarre Records
Fuzzy riffs, driving rhythms, and spacey synths tear through the speakers like a blistering comet through the solar system.
For fans of Black Sabbath, Neu!, Jethro Tull
Album Information: Originally released in 1970 on Atlantic Records 1974 Repress
Psychedelic post-punk from Chicago with noise rock dissonance, free jazz sax freak outs, Rhodes keyboards, proggy time signatures, and anxious vocals drenched in delays.
Album Information: Released in 2009 on Rodriguez Lopez Productions Artwork by Sonny Kay Recorded on the E-Clat Morgue Portable Disaster … More
Acoustic-shredder/singer-songwriter ventures out of the jazz-inflected folk-rock territory explored by his last few albums to create something that feels fully himself. Deafman Glance is full of angular left turns, complex structures, airy flutes, jazz detours, and psychedelic atmospheres. A balance of great songwriting, jazz musicianship, and experimental/art-rock tendencies. Recommended to fans of Tortoise’s Standards, Tim Buckley’s Starsailor, and King Crimson’s Red. (Click for full review).
Taking a detour from his usual loner-droner psych folk style, Ben Chasney enlists former Comets on Fire bandmates to jam some heavy rock burners with a a cosmic amount of electric guitar shredding, evoking Neil Young & Crazy Horse blasting off on a rocket. The new electric energy brought to this album is balanced out by an equal amount of the fingerpicking prog-folk and meditative acoustic ballads that have been developing in his music since the 90’s. While I will always love his more melancholy, nocturnal records that sound like he’s lost in a forest somewhere, I welcome the fiery energy of Ascent.
This double album set is recommended to anyone looking for extremely primal, complex punk rap with a wide range of influences, including industrial hip-hop, IDM, math rock, noise, and psychedelic rock. Fans of experimental, aggressive hip-hop like Dälek or Public Enemy will probably really dig this, as will fans of math rock for the extremely innovative musicianship and intricate interplay of Death Grips’/Hella’s Zack Hill and Tera Melos’ Nick Reinhart (who plays on 5 of the tracks).
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Album Information: Released on Milestone Records in 1972
Album Information: Released in 2009 on Downtown Music Exposion originally released in 2008 and is included as a bonus LP … More
Shakti means “Creative Intelligence, Beauty & Power” and trust me, these are all in abundance on these devotional jazz ragas. Featuring John McLaughlin joined by a quartet of Indian master musicians, this album is a blissfully uplifting and meditative release.
In this energizing exploration of Hindustani classical music from a jazz perspective, John McLaughlin joins a virtuosic trio of Indian musicians who inspire some of the most impassioned and impressive playing of his career. His acoustic guitar shredding veers close to the bendy sounds of the sitar and fits nicely with the dense web of percussion created by Vikku Vinayakram and Zakir Hussain. Violinist Lakshiminarayana Shankar’s emotive themes and fiery solos make him a perfect foil to McLaughlin.
Album Information: Released in 2007 by Polyvinyl Record Co
An anxious, eccentric celebration of the mundane informed by post-punk, noise, no wave, and drone.
This album is full of energetic, psych-prog maximalism that occasionally settles down into (relatively) slowed down, spacious grooves. I recommend this to fans of The Mars Volta or anyone looking for a manic blend of psych, prog, fusion, punk and latin influences.
A couple of months before his death in 1967, John Coltrane went into the studio with drummer Rashied Ali to record some of the most free recordings he’s ever made, the freest of free jazz. Perhaps this freeness is due to the absence of other tonal instruments, leaving Coltrane untethered to harmony and 100% free to play whatever raw, unhindered creativity flows through him.