D. Charles Speer & The Helix
From Doubled Exposure on Thrill Jockey

Sleep - The Clarity

Legendary stoner metal outfit Sleep have returned with “The Clarity”, their first official release in over a decade. The California trio’s sprawling, nearly ten-minute track was released as part of this year’s Adult Swim Summer Singles.

Undomondo Midyear Selection 2014

First crop of 2014 as selected by yours truly.

Eyvind Kang - Hakem
From Alastor: ‘Book of Angels’ Vol. 21 (Tzadik 8316; USA)

World traveler, nomad, mystic and violist, Eyvind Kang has created several of the most wildly creative CDs on Tzadik. Here he turns his hand to 10 tunes from Zorn’s remarkable Book of Angels. Featuring spectacular orchestral arrangements and brilliant studio techniques, Eyvind has put together a CD unlike anything on the Angels series, highlighting the spiritual side of the Angels project, the singular lyricism of Zorn’s compositions and his own richly inventive musical imagination.

Innercity Ensemble - White I

Innercity Ensemble‘s II is a study in black and white, but in these improvisations the colors are not always what one might expect. Each entry comes across as a riff on a theme. The contrast yields to synthesis, much in the same way as a yin-yang symbol swirls opposing forces until they seem complimentary. A Closer Listen