Download of the Week

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 16, 2018
Glass comes very close to the embodiment of a perfect record. Recorded live, in situ, at Philip Johnson’s Glass House in Connecticut, Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto turned Johnson's people who live in glass houses into their instrument:
"...the pair fixed contact mics to its glass walls, which they effectively played as an “instrument”, rubbing it with rubber gong mallets to generate delicate tones which they combined with a sympathetic palette of singing glass bowls, crotales, keyboards and mixers."
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 09, 2018
Xylouris White is Cretan lute player/vocalist George Xylouris and Australian drummer Jim White. Mother, released on Bella Union on January 19, 2018, is their third album of a series:
Xylouris says, "Mother is the extension of Ghosts and Black Peak. Three things, all part of a whole. Goats are mothers, Zeus was raised on Amaltheia's milk, Black Peak is Mother's Earth... Mother Earth is the mother of everything."
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 02, 2018
Eleven songs and 38 minutes make up the eponymous playful and prickly debut LP from British/Icelandic trio Dream Wife.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 26, 2018
Peasant, released in June 2017, is a free(ing), lovely, wild romp through the Dark Ages à la Richard Dawson.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 19, 2018
東方不敗 (named after a character, ‘Dōngfāng bùbài’ which means ‘Invincible East’, in a Jin Yong novel) is the debut album from Malaysia-born, Singapore/Taiwan/Shanghai/US-raised producer Tzusing. I found reference to this record on a The Wire's year-end list, found the record on Bandcamp (released on L.I.E.S.), hit Play, hit Buy Now. In short order.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 12, 2018
Sometimes it takes time to find what I'm looking for—the salve to sooth some ache or pain. At times like these, I avoid go-to's preferring to find something new, even if that something turns out to be old.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 05, 2018
Just what the Dr. ordered. The past few weeks have been fraught with sickness; first Jess, then us. This is the cold that won't go away as I'm into week 3. Yea, I went to the Dr. who had a full waiting room of walk-ins all there with the same thing, who prescribed an antibiotic and something for the vertigo, which should help with the nausea. As such, I've been searching out soothing from my local and Tidal-enhanced music library.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 29, 2017
Trupa Trupa are four mates from Gdansk who make fabulously morbid catchy music.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 15, 2017
Sunny Murray is largely credited for putting the "free" in jazz drumming. He passed earlier this month, on December 7, at the age of 81 in Paris, France, his home.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 08, 2017
Mono No Aware is the first compilation album from the folks at PAN and it's a shimmering doozy. Featuring Jeff Witscher, Helm, TCF, Yves Tumor, M.E.S.H., Pan Daijing, HVAD, Kareem Lotfy, ADR, Mya Gomez, Sky H1, James K, Oli XL, Bill Kouligas, Flora Yin-Wong, Malibu, and AYYA, there's over an hour of earthly and unearthly ambient, beautifully colored light and dark.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 01, 2017
More or less, we all live in fantasyland. Marvin Pontiac was born there and The Asylum Tapes have sprung forth like a breath of fresh freedom.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 17, 2017
Like I said, blame Stephen. Aldous Harding's Party, released on 4AD in May of this year, is perfect.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 10, 2017
The older we get, the more distance lies between us and what it's like to be young. Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking that this distance represents a linear progression; a slow steady march towards wisdom. As George Gershwin said, it ain't necessarily so.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 03, 2017
Obaro Ejimiwe/Ghostpoet had me at Dark Days + Canapés.

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