For the Record is a weekly round-up of new and upcoming recordings of interest to the new-music community – contemporary classical music and jazz, electronic and electroacoustic music, and idioms for which no clever genre name has been coined – on CD, vinyl LP, cassette, digital-only formats… you name it.
This list of release dates is culled from press releases, Amazon, Bandcamp, and other internet stores and sources, social-media posts, and online resources such as Discogs. Dates cited typically correspond to initial U.S. release, and are subject to change. (Links to Amazon, used when all else fails, do not imply endorsement.)
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Happy Bandcamp Friday!
Most of the releases you'll see listed below are available on Bandcamp, which on the first Friday of each month waives its fees in order to put more money directly into the pockets of artists and labels impacted by the many, many hardships this last year-plus has imposed. Many of my favorite recent releases are on Bandcamp, as well, like the fantastic four-CD set of John Cage's Number Pieces recorded by Apartment House for Another Timbre; the Alarm Will Sound set of Tyshawn Sorey's For George Lewis and Autoschediasms on Canteloupe Music; the fabulous rendition of Julius Eastman's Femenine recorded by Wild Up for New Amsterdam; and the wonderful collaboration among composer Gabriella Smith, cellist Gabriel Cabezas, and producer Nadia Sirota, Lost Coast, on Bedroom Community.
Three more tips: First, don't sleep on rag'sma, the mesmerizing new JACK Quartet recording of music composed by founding member and violinist Christopher Otto—it's quite extraordinary. Second, be sure to check out the two new Indexical releases listed below, coming Sept. 24… I have been waiting eagerly for years to have a Ghost Ensemble recording of Teodora Stepančić's Harp N Ropes (No. 4), the premiere performance of which made me a Stepančić fanboi, and the other new release features her fine-tuned trio with partner Assaf Gidron and their comrade Martin Lorenz. And third, there are three new Elsewhere recordings listed below for Sept. 27 release, and they are all very special indeed.
The lists that follow could be a whole lot longer, but it's been a seriously taxing week and I'm pressed for time now. Do keep exploring, dig deep, and listen big.
New this week.
Tim Berne's Bloodcount - Attention Spam (9donkeys)
Tim Berne's Bloodcount - 5 (9donkeys)
David Bird - Iron Orchid - Ning Yu (New Focus)
The Claudia Quintet with Eileen Myles - Evidence-based (Flexatonic)
cranc + Derek Bailey - from ten, two and three + improvisation (Scatter)
Greg Davis - Fireside Bowl (06/30/2004) (self-released)
Greg Davis - Sydney Opera House (10/06/2004) (self-released)
Lawrence English - A Mirror Holds the Sky (Room40)
Mark Helias/Tim Berne - Not for the Multitudes (self-released)
Susan Howe & David Grubbs - Concordance (Blue Chopsticks)
David Grubbs & Ryley Walker - A Tap on the Shoulder (Husky Pants)
Roland Kayn - Transit (Reiger-records-reeks)
Petr Kotik - The Plains at Gordium - Talujon (Unseen Worlds)
Travis Laplante/Jason Nazary - Tunnel to Light (Tripticks Tapes)
Jeff Lederer - Eightfold Path (little(i)music)
Logan Strosahl with the Charles Rosen Ensemble - Book II of Arthur: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Sunnyside)
David Toop, Akio Suzuki, Lawrence English - Breathing Spirit Forms (Room40)
Luke Stewart - Works for Electric Bass Guitar (Tripticks Tapes)
Francisco López - untitled (2020) (Marginal Frequency)
Ghost Ensemble - Mountain Air - compositions by Pauline Oliveros, Marguerite Brown, and Teodora Stepančić (Indexical)
Teodora Stepančić, Assaf Gidron, Martin Lorenz - Two Trios - compositions by Teodora Stepančić and Jürg Frey (Indexical)
Bruno Duplant - l'infini des possibles - Guy Vandromme (Elsewhere)
Jordan Dykstra/Koen Nutters - In Better Shape Than You Found Me (Elsewhere)
Michael Pisaro-Liu - Tombstones - Barbara Dang & Muzzix (Elsewhere)
Sven-Åke Johansson/Niklas Fite/Joel Grip - Swinging at Topsi's (Astral Spirits)
Paula Shocron/William Parker/Pablo Diáz - El Templo (Astral Spirits)
Cody Yantis - Physical Silence (Round Bale)
Guy Klucevsek - Citrus, My Love (Starkland; 1995 recording, standard and deluxe versions)
Artifacts (Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, Mike Reed) - …and then there's this (Astral Spirits)
Roedelius + Dallas Acid - Mind Cinema (Astral Editions)
Charles Rumback - Seven Bridges (Astral Spirits)