Marc Ribot’s schizophrenic rock band, Ceramic Dog, plus Best Coast’s peach-fuzzy Record Store Day single and an awesome A-Trak video for Rube Goldberg buffs to nerd out to.
Leo Records unearths some primo Russian free jazz in the form of Goat’s Notes, PLUS the new Poliça single, feat. Justin Vernon, a very culty video by Brooklyn Smiths-lovers Ski Lodge and a taste of Lana del Rey from the Gatsby soundtrack
A new record by Chicago’s the Engines feat. much of Vandermark 5 and saxophonist/flautist John Tchica, PLUS a fresh track by Michael Feuerstack and videos by Boogat (yay!) and GI. Joe & GI. Jane (um, yeah).
The William Hooker Quintet as captured live in 2010, at New York City’s Roulette. PLUS an exclusive Beat Market remix of local electro-pop act le Couleur, ahead of tonight’s launch of a new local record label, Lisbon Lux. AND heartbreak, grace and magic realism collide in the new video by Phosphorescent.
Once upon a time, there was a radically quiet style of noise music known as “lowercase.” Now it’s time to extend the genre, and by bridging ambient minimalism and free improvisation, this record by Nigel Taylor and Fausto Sierakowski provides one model.
Pianist Alberto Braida and clarinetist Giancarlo Locatelli improvise and compose on their ninth record together, PLUS a track by NYC quintet Caveman and a NSFW video by Foals, set in a (literally) seedy Eastern European dive.
Kings of guitar, piano and trumpet unite to mount some masterful free improv, PLUS sunny dancefloor fodder from L.A.’s Goldroom and Mereki Beach and an Unknown Mortal Orchestra video depicting nudity, masturbation and mental anguish — with puppets!
A brokedown six-stringer gets passed around by Grade-A guitarists with ace results. A track by Cleveland’s Pleasure Leftists will thrill connoisseurs of tall-haired crooners and minor-chord urgency. A video for a bangin’ tune by Montreal son A-Trak sees his guest rappers rocking rhymes from the club to the dep — though we’re not sure that’s actually a dep.
Lithuanian jazz label NoBusiness uncovers more black gold in the form of NYC’s the Group, PLUS a meaty psych-pop proposition by Ty Segall collaborator White Fence and a Three Loco video depicting an average day in Parc Ex, or a neighbourhood made to resemble it.
Improv in bloom care of Swiss violist Charlotte Hug and French pianist Frédéric Blondy, PLUS a new track by Real Estate offshoot Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, and the wacky new wrestling video by Tyler, the Creator