Posts tagged with "Astral Spirits"

Rob Mazurek, ‘Chimeric Stoned Horn’

November 20, 2017

Rob Mazurek, ‘Chimeric Stoned Horn’ Astral Spirits, 9.29.2017 Chimeric Stoned Horn documents the sounds of Rob Mazurek’s Constellation Scores, his multimedia exhibit for this year’s Lyon Biennale. It’s his second solo outing for Austin’s Astral Spirits and the first album he’s made since relocating with his wife Britt to Marfa,... 

Matthew Lux’s Communication Arts Quartet, ‘Contra/Fact’

October 25, 2017

Matthew Lux’s Communication Arts Quartet, ‘Contra/Fact’ Astral Spirits, 9.22.2017 Veteran Chicago jazz bassist Matthew Lux has released a warped vision he’s proud to call his own. Contra/Fact, his first release, is true to its name as a bevy of contradictions. In addition to Lux, the album features drummer Mikel Patrick Avery, cornetist Ben Lamar Gay,... 

Billington / Shippy / Wyche – ‘S/T’

October 20, 2017

Billington / Shippy / Wyche – ‘S/T’ Recorded at one of Chicago’s premiere arts programming spaces, Elastic Arts, Billington / Shippy / Wyche shows off some serious chemistry between three contemporary mainstays of Windy City experimental music. As befits a city with such a strong lineage of noise rock and free jazz, the trio —... 

Stream: Thurston Moore and Umut Çağlar – ‘Dunia’

September 5, 2017

Stream: Thurston Moore and Umut Çağlar – ‘Dunia’ In 2016, Astral Spirits released Live at Islington Mill, a cassette chock full of funky, left-of-center jazz that defies gravity and tugs at the boundaries of our plane of existence. That tape featured a Turkish crew that goes by the name of Konstrukt, alongside 808 State’s Graham Massey and Tombed... 

Stream: Mike Majkowski – ‘Days and Other Days’

May 18, 2017

Stream: Mike Majkowski – ‘Days and Other Days’ Double bassist and composer Mike Majkowski relishes the very-much blurred line between modern composition and electronic atmospherics. On the Days and Other Days LP, his second collection for Austin, Texas purveyors of free jazz and other experimental madness Astral Spirits, this tendency finds a heady,... 

Conscious and Unconscious: Michael Krassner’s Boxhead Ensemble

April 14, 2017

Conscious and Unconscious: Michael Krassner’s Boxhead Ensemble For anyone in thrall to the avalanche of experimental rock bands that upended American music around the turn of the millennium, Michael Krassner’s Boxhead Ensemble is a hidden grail. Here’s a partial list of the musicians who have played in the Ensemble over its 25 years of existence: Will Oldham... 

Icepick, ‘Amaranth’

August 3, 2016

Icepick, ‘Amaranth’ Astral Spirits, 1.22.16 In a poetic doubling of firsts, Icepick, the first project to release a cassette on the outward-bound Monophonus Press imprint Astral Spirits, returned earlier this year with their and the label’s debut vinyl offering, Amaranth. If you started collecting the Astral... 

Spirits Rejoice: An Interview with Astral Spirits’ Nate Cross

May 17, 2016

Spirits Rejoice: An Interview with Astral Spirits’ Nate Cross Time was, rock criticism was rotten with youngsters stealing the pennies off the eyes of Lester Bangs’ corpse. They’d wheedle around a non sequitur ledge before going bug-eyed about a band that was almost always some variation on the same geocodes and same genre gestures, holes torn in the same... 

Joe McPhee, ‘Zurich (1979)’

April 13, 2016

Joe McPhee, ‘Zurich (1979)’ Astral Spirits, 1.22.2016 Joe McPhee knows two modes in the solo. He knows the warrior and he knows the sputter. He can occupy everything in between too, percussively amalgamating pieces of phrases, here and there. He is the truest definition of the jazz multi-instrumentalist, having occupied the flugelhorn,... 

Week in Review #101

January 9, 2016

Week in Review #101 #1 – 1.4.2016 – Denver based hyper-realist David Winkler, aka julien — who appeared on the recent Wasabi Tapes comp we mentioned in last week’s review — shared a brisk but vibrant preview mini-mix for his upcoming cassette with Orange Milk. It’s the first I’ve... 

I Still Have No Idea What to Put Here: Dwight’s 2015

January 8, 2016

I Still Have No Idea What to Put Here: Dwight’s 2015 In a year filled with over-hyped rhetoric, it feels a little surreal to try and parcel up my take on the experience. Honestly though, I may have felt similarly last year, if the title of my year end posts signals anything. America’s long-winded election is in full-swing… a year+ long leer... 

Decoder Podcast #03

December 22, 2015

Decoder Podcast #03 Though we finished up with this episode early enough in the month that we managed to neglect even the most rudimentary holiday sentiments, we’re still proud to share the third episode of the Decoder Podcast in time for Christmas — thanks as always to Free Form Freakout and Decoder’s... 

Mazzarella/Haker-Flaten/Ra – ‘Azimuth (Live at Constellation)’

November 25, 2015

Mazzarella/Haker-Flaten/Ra – ‘Azimuth (Live at Constellation)’ The third release in Astral Spirits latest batch, Azimuth, records three improvisers during an hour-long set at Chicago’s jazz and classical focused Constellation club late last year, featuring the show organizer Nick Mazzarella on alto saxophone, Norweigan bassist Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten (currently... 

Week in Review #56

February 21, 2015

Week in Review #56 The new FFFoxy Podcast will be delayed until later today since the stalwart David Perron had to postpone recording until this morning — we’ll point you to the new installment ASAP. In the meantime, I thought I’d clear out an older tidbit that caught my eye this week: a wonderful feature... 

Astral Spirits Batch #3: Shit & Shine, Nick Hennies, Tredici Bacci/ENPSE

February 17, 2015

Astral Spirits Batch #3: Shit & Shine, Nick Hennies, Tredici Bacci/ENPSE The near simultaneous arrival of the third tape batch from Monofonus Press’ future minded jazz imprint Astral Spirits in our mailbox and online is enough to make me wish I’d made a fourth entry for my contribution to last month’s label feature, because I doubt any vision of my 2015... 

Week in Review #49

December 13, 2014

Week in Review #49 We’re starting to break into list season and although Decoder’s 2014 features will run early next year, we kicked things off a bit early this week with Experimedia founder Jeremy Bible’s favorites from the preceding year; check that out here. We also debuted a new column focused on...