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The Monthly List: Jan + Feb’s Top 26 Albums

haptic_bandBetter late than never: here we go with a combined monthly list for the first part of the year. The last two months have been filled with tons of great new music, some of which I’ve had the chance to review, some of which I’m in the middle of writing about now. There’s lots more due out in the next few months too, which means I need to pick up the pace.

That said, here’s a list of what’s been in my CD player and on my turntable in the last couple of months. Links to my favorite sites for reviews and information are found at the bottom of the page. You can always find good info at Brainwashed.com, DustedJust Outside, and All Music Guide, and samples are available virtually everywhere. Forced Exposure and Boomkat are good places to go if you’re looking for the more obscure stuff.

As always, formats posted are the ones I own. You can find numerous retailers carrying these titles at the bottom of this page.

  • Tarab, Strata on UNFATHOMLESS (CD)
  • Haptic, Abeyance on ENTR’ACTE (CD)
  • Morton Feldman, For Philip Guston on DOG W/A BONE (4CD)
  • Morton Feldman, Piano and String Quartet on BRIDGE (CD)
  • Philip Corner, Italian Air: Wind, Water & Metal on RICERCA SONOROA (LP)
  • The Shadow Ring, Remains Unchanged on KYE (2LP)
  • Jacques Lejeune, Parages and Other Electroacoustic Works 1971 – 1985 on ROBOT (3CD)
  • Max Neuhaus, The New York School on ALGA MARGHEN (CD)
  • Michael Byron, Awakening at the Inn of the Birds on COLD BLUE MUSIC (CD)
  • Michael Byron, Music of Nights Without Moon or Pearl on COLD BLUE MUSIC (CD)
  • Anne Guthrie, Codiaeum Variegatum on STUDENTS OF DECAY (DIGITAL)
  • Machinefabriek, Attention, the Doors are Closing! on SELF-RELEASED (DIGITAL)
  • Joseph Clayton Mills, The Patient on ENTR’ACTE (CD/BOOK)
  • Michael Pisaro/Greg Stuart, Closed Categories in Cartesian Worlds on GRAVITY WAVE (CD)
  • Joe Panzner/Greg Stuart, Dystonia Duos on ERST AEU (CD)
  • Jim O’Rourke & Christopher Heemann, Plastic Palace People Vol. 1 on STREAMLINE (CD)
  • Claypipe, A Daylight Blessing on MIE (DIGITAL)
  • Robbie Basho, Visions of the Country on GNOME LIFE (LP)
  • Rodd Keith, My Pipe Yellow Dream on ROARATORIO (LP)
  • Autechre, Amber on WARP/WAX TRAX!/TVT (CD)
  • Poemss, Poemss on PLANET MU (DIGITAL)
  • Venetian Snares, Doll Doll Doll on HYMEN (CD)
  • Venetian Snares, Winter in the Belly of a Snake on PLANET MU (CD)
  • The Orb, U.F.Orb on ISLAND RED LABEL (CD)
  • No Right Turn, No Right Turn on EM RECORDS (CD)
  • Ida, Will You Find Me on TIGER STYLE RECORDS (CD)
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Broadcast 08: The New York School in Boston

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Detail from the cover of “The New York School” by Max Neuhaus. Released by Alga Marghen.

An embarrassingly late update for the last radio show I hosted on WZBC, which was broadcast on January the 19th. Below are two links to the audio for that show. They will be replaced this Sunday (February 2nd, Groundhog Day), when I will be back on the air featuring new music from Joseph Clayton Mills, among others. Mills has several new records out, including one inspired by notes that Franz Kafka wrote to his friends while on his death bed. It sounds fantastic and I’m excited to share. The program will start at 6 PM eastern and end at 8 PM, so for those of you not interested in the Super Bowl and looking for an alternative, tune in.

One of my favorite pieces from this show was Max Neuhaus’s rendition of Feldman’s “The King of Denmark.” It comes from The New York School: Nine Realizations of Cage, Feldman, Brown, a CD first released by Alga Marghen in 2004. Alga Marghen is an Italian label that specializes in 20th century music, Fluxus composers, sound poetry, and various other sound arts, and a big chunk of their catalog has recently been made available State-side thanks to Forced Exposure. I’d encourage anyone interested in what they hear on this show to check their releases out. That Neuhaus CD is an excellent place to begin.

Any questions, comments, or requests, please send me an email or just drop a message into the comments section below.

Thanks for listening.

Laughter: January 19th, 2014 – Hour 1 and Hour 2

  1. Sonic Youth “Edges” from SYR 4: Goodbye 20th Century (1999) on SYR — composed by Christian Wolff
  2. Olivia Block “Heave To (Part 2)” from Heave To (2006) on SEDIMENTAL
  3. KTL “Phill 1” from V (2012) on EDITIONS MEGO
  4. Max Neuhaus “The King Of Denmark” from The New York School (2004) on ALGA MARGHEN — composed by Morton Feldman
  5. Burkhard Stangl “Unfinished – Sailing” from Unfinished. For William Turner, Painter. (2013) on TOUCH — performed by Fennesz (first take, no edits, no cuts)
  6. Polwechsel “Hyogo” from Polwechsel 2 (1999) on HATART
  7. Gordon Mumma “Than Particle” from Live – Electronic Music (2002) on TZADIK — performed by William Winant and Gordon Mumma
  8. Noah Creshevsky “Drummer” from The Tape Music Of Noah Creshevsky 1971-1992 (2004) on EM RECORDS
  9. Francois Bayle “Eros Bleu” from Archives GRM (2004) on INA GRM
  10. Franco Evangelisti “Cinque Strutture, per piccola orchestra e nastro magnetico dalla ‘Die Schachtel’ 1962-63” from Franco Evangelisti (1998) on EDITION RZ