May 23, 2016

Andy Stott, "Butterflies"



A beautiful and warped track from the latest Andy Stott long-player. He's cleaned up his sound a bit, though the new stuff is still pretty woozy. Like all of Andy's music, this sounds best when played very very loud.

May 15, 2016

Wand, "Sleepy Dog"



I think this is about paranoia.

May 8, 2016

Elephant9 at the Tokyo Jazz Fest



This is from a few years ago. The Norwegian trio Elephant9 is joined by guitarist Reine Fiske, a member of Dungen. Watch for explosions.

May 7, 2016

Terje Rypdal Trio on French TV, 1973



Terje's shirt is almost as audacious as his playing. Also, awesome Bass VI work from the blonde Scandinavian guy on the left.

May 1, 2016

DJ Krush, "Sonic Temple"



Admirable sound mixing here, as the ambient audio textures of Tokyo merge with the electronic noises Krush makes with his turntables.

April 30, 2016

Tal Wilkenfeld, "Chelsea Hotel"



Tal doing Leonard. Only knowing her virtuoso prog leanings, I wouldn't expect this sort of thing. But she slays it.

April 24, 2016

Wussy, "My Parade"



It warms my heart to see nice things like success and recognition finally happen to Wussy. A beautiful performance of a beautiful song.

April 17, 2016

Tim Hecker, "Black Phase"



Hecker is back with a new LP. Tim put out couple of ambient and piano-based projects about five years ago that earned him a new audience. Now he's going with more layered electronics and taking a sonically complex approach. Very deep.

April 15, 2016

Céu, "Perfume do Invisível"



The lead-off track from the latest by Brazilian singer Céu. This record is a step forward for her, and it's as solid as a brick. My favorite Brazilian guitarist, Pedro Sa, is all over it too!

April 2, 2016

Maki Asakawa, "Ano Otoko ga Shindara"



Singer Maki Asakawa had a unique take on jazz that combined Japanese lyrics and musical traditions with French and American pop sounds. She died in 2010, leaving behind stacks of moody, smoky songs. Honest Jon's just compiled her best work, check it out.