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Loren Connors
The Departing Of A Dream Vol. V

Releases of the music of Loren Connors are always welcome, and they are especially so when they continue a remarkable suite of records intended as a tribute of sorts to Miles Davis. The Departing Of A Dream Vol. V is a typical example of Connors’ near-spiritual craft with the elec...view item »

Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi with Masahiko Satoh
Proton Pump

Mmmmm, juicy free improv team-up here! Japanese masters Akira Sakata (on alto saxophone) and Masahiko Satoh (on piano) are joined by the super-powered rhythm section Chikamorachi, aka Darin Grey on bass and Chris Corsano on drums. The resulting session, released...view item »

Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon
Leave No Trace (Live In St. Louis)

Two people, one with guitar and one with a drum kit. It’s a set-up ripe with potential for instant-composition from magic, and Tashi Dorji and Tyler Damon take their starting place and really run with it. Leave No Trace, recorded live in front of an audience in St. Louis, is a fierce, tight, inven...view item »

Robert Crotty & Loren Connors
Robert Crotty With Me: Loren's Collection (1979-1987)

Around the same time Connors laid down his first primal solo guitar albums at his home in Daggett Street, New Haven, he recorded these duos with visiting local bluesman, Robert Crotty. Connors revered the elder guitarist, and with his trademark vocal moan audible beneath Crotty’s more sonorous singing, there’s a sens...view item »

Loren Connors
Blues The 'Dark Paintings' of Mark Rothko

Loren Connors is one of those avant-garde composers’ whose records sell out quickly, and definitively. When their albums make a return, they are no longer avant-garde, but canon. So it should be with Blues the ‘Dark Paintings’ of Mark Rothko, inspired by Rothko, and a timepiece in its own right. 800 co...view item »

Hisato Higuchi

Reissue of Japanese guitarist Hisato Higuchi’s debut EP She, expanded with two never released before tracks from his original recording sessions and made available on vinyl for the first time. Incredible delicate and nuanced guitar strumming awash with ethereal electronic fuzzes and glitches akin to Machin...view item »

Loren Connors
Angels That Fall

Yet more guitar murmurations reissued by the blues enigma Loren Connors. At this point he's risen to prominence in experimental scenes through a series of lovely re-evaluations, and Angels That Fall is another. Recorded as recently as 2016, it offers the same interactions of silence and resonanc...view item »

The Last Four Digits
Don't Move (1980-1982)

The Last Four Digits were a band that only existed for a few years in the early 80’s, but still managed to have two thoroughly different line-ups in that time. Don’t Move (1980-1982) anthologises both editions of this key underground new wave group with a great selection of tracks. The LP version comes with ...view item »

Tom Carter & Loren Connors

The twin crown princes of American guitar join forces for what appears to be the first time ever! Charalambides man Tom Carter is a little more psychadelic, and Norman favourite Loren Connors is a little more bluesy, but both are masters of gorgeous in-depth improvisation, and they twirl togethe...view item »

Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon
Both Will Escape

Both Will Escape is the first time that guitarist Tashi Dorji and percussionist Tyler Damon have committed collaboration to wax. These four improvised pieces are quite something, each player bringing a highly original attitude to their instruments. Sometimes we get searing electric flares, sometimes sub...view item »

Loren Connors
The Departing of a Dream, Vol. VI

The vastly talented Loren Connors recently started up his Departing of a Dream series on Family Vineyard: here is Volume VI. This is Connors in an especially ethereal mood, with his guitar seemingly morphing into something not of this world. 10” vinyl on Family Vineyard, firmly limited to...view item »

Dow Jones and The Industrials
Can't Stand The Midwest 1979-1981

Dow Jones and The Industrials, who have one of the best band names I’ve seen in ages, were a US art-punk outfit from the turn of the 80’s, who couldn’t stand living in the very un-art-punk Midwest. Can’t Stand The Midwest contains a stack of their simple-but-weird tracks, some of which have never...view item »

Loren Connors & Clint Heidorn

A pair of six-string guitarists: the young Clint Heidorn and the veteran Loren Connors. Light was recorded in a Brooklyn Cathedral, and the listener can almost see the carefully-deployed chords sinking through the spacio...view item »

Loren Connors
The Red Painting

Loren Connors is deservedly famed for his meditative guitar playing, but this release is the first time we’ve been able to hear what he can do with a piano. The Red Painting is a single-sided 7”, so it only provides a brief glimpse of what we will hopefully see more of in the future: but what a glimpse. 338 ...view item »

Akira Sakata & Jim O' Rourke With Chikamorachi & Merzbow
Flying Basket

Saxophonist Akira Sakata presents a furious five-way assault jam in conjunction with guitarist Jim O'Rourke and Chikamorachi (aka drummer Chris Corsano and double bassist/percussionist Darin Gray) with the added bonus of a...view item »

Loren Connors
Live In New York

The US avant guitarist Loren Connors further consolidates his legendary status with a self-explanatory live outing. As usual, the blues hovers spectrally over proceedings while the guitarist's inventive and diverse technique recalls fellow masters including Robert Johnson, Ry Cooder an...view item »

Little Howlin' Wolf
The Guardian

Little Howlin’ Wolf (not to be confused with non-size-specific bluesman Howlin Wolf) is an outsider Chicago street musician who used to chuck out intense avant-blues jams filtered through various musical traditions. The Guardian was first released in 1982, and makes for a pretty wild and unique li...view item »

Little Howlin' Wolf
Cool Truth

Little Howlin’ Wolf (not to be confused with non-size-specific bluesman Howlin Wolf) is an outsider Chicago street musician who used to chuck out intense avant-blues jams filtered through various musical traditions. Cool Truth is a 1985 LP collection of singles, now reissued onto vinyl by Family V...view item »

Kid Millions & Jim Sauter

One of those call 'n' response jazz crews, Kid Millions & Jim Sauter collate rhythmic jams out of sax and drums, making pieces that land between smooth and obliterating. They come out the other end with six ecstatic songs collected into one package called 'Fountain', showing off a strong artistic vision and an ability to keep up with jazz bl...view item »

Paul Flaherty
Aria Nativa

Paul Flaherty is a no-fuckin’-messin’ free jazz saxophone guy perhaps best known for his noisy trio with Chris Corsano and C. Spencer Yeh, but Aria Nativa finds him entirely solo. He still brings it though, loaded up on energy and saxophone-shouts, a high power blast straigh...view item »

Loren Connors & Jim O'Rourke
Two Nice Catholic Boys

Those Two Nice Catholic Boys are also two highly creative guitarists: Loren Connors and Jim O’Rourke. This album on Family Vineyard provides three live improvisations plucked out from years of performing, and really it is just a pleasure to hear these two total pros responding to each other. Somet...view item »

Hoi Polloi
Hoi Polloi

Here’s a little known private press gem from 1972 by Hoi’ Polloi, a collection performed and recorded by students at Richmond Indiana’s Earlham College. They weren’t a band so much as a loose collective of musicians working together on the record, recording live into a Revox tape machine and then playing along to those ta...view item »

Loren Connors
The Departing of a Dream

This man is without question a true master of his artform. His minimalist / reductions of the delta blues are some of the most haunting music I think I’ve ever heard. It is incredible to think that back in the 70’s he chucked a load of his LP’s in a dumpster because nobody was buying them. It’s a different story these day...view item »

Apache Dropout
Magnetic Heads

This is a lot of fun! What we have here isn’t exactly a “new” Apache Dropout album, but a rummage through their early self-released tapes, made between 2008 and 2009. Great stuff it is too! Murky lo-fi noise scuzz and tape murk do little to diminish the foot-stompin’ country-gara...view item »

Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi
Live at Hungry Brain

saw these guys rocking out at Cafe Oto last night, absolutely amazing live set. Convinced this record will be like owning a part of the wild action. ...view item »

Darin Gray & Loren Connors
The Lost Mariner

I spent much of last weekend listening to Loren Connors' stunning triple CD set Night Through and now I've got his 1999 collaboration with Darin Gray (ex of Dazzling Killmen and Yona Kit, amongst others) to review. What a coincidence! Weird beard! Twilight Zonez! Etc! The improv generally takes shape with Gray offering sparse thunder and setting th...view item »

Human Skab
Thunder Hips and Saddle Bags

Thunder Hips and Saddle Bags is genuinely provocative and cause for serious consideration and contemplation, but also pure fun and entertaining the whole way. I'm not sure if this record is special because it documents our child character, or because it just documents the chaos and creativity of childhood in general. Who didn't run around, beat ...view item »

Loren Connors
Night Through - Singles &; Collected Works '76-'04

Family Vineyard do the decent thing and reissue this triple CD compilation of various rare Loren Connors recordings. Material garnered from almost 30 years and who-knows-how-many releases, all displaying the special, exploratory guitar playing of Connors. Remastered by Jim O’Rourke, so you...view item »