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2014 Best of Year Lists: Part III

Posted: December 18, 2014 by Mike in General

It’s that time again. We gather best-of-2014 lists from around the web and provide links here. Enjoy.

A Closer Listen’s top ten ambient releases
Gapplegate’s best of 2014
Free Form Freakout’s favorite tapes of 2014
Drowned in Sound’s finest ambient releases
Derek Taylor
Kurt Gottschalk‘s top 12
Troy Collins‘ Best Releases Of 2014

Pan y Rosas has a new release out from Rene baker.

New at Tokafi: Imperfect Forms, an expansive multimedia project about the work of Kenneth Kirschner, a composer and sound artist from Brooklyn, New York. The project includes a 180-page ebook with essays, interviews and analyses and a selection of Kirschner’s music on Bandcamp, as well as a 20-track remix compilation.

On December 21, Jerry Busher, the Lost Civilizations experimental music project and Utenzil will perform in the Indie Adams Morgan series ( at the Black Squirrel’s Tap Room (, located at 2427 18th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20009, (202) 232-1011. Opening for that evening will be a solo performance by percussionist Jerry Busher and Mike McMorris/Utenzil will present the closing set. The evening starts at 8 pm; admission is free and open to all ages.

The Runhild Gammelsaeter & Lasse Marhaug Quantum Entanglement LP is available now on Utech Records.

Avant Music News Best of 2014

Posted: December 14, 2014 by Mike in General

To the extent that these lists mean much of anything, here are our favorite recordings of 2014. Many of our favorite albums have been reviewed here at AMN, and these reviews have been linked in the list below. Also, let me add the usual disclaimer that this list is incomplete, I have not heard all 2014 releases, and probably missed a few really good ones. Enjoy.

Albums of the Year:

Max Johnson – The Prisoner
Dan Weiss – Fourteen

Best of 2014:

Led BibThe Good Egg
John Luther Adams – Become Ocean
Rodrigo Amado / Wire Quartet – Wire Quartet
Oren Ambarchi / Eli Keszler – Alps
Änglagård – Prog på Svenska – Live in Japan
Sam Boshnack / Quintet – Exploding Syndrome
Anthony Braxton – Trio (New Haven) 2013
Brownout – Brownout Presents Black Sabbath
Tom Carter & Pat Murano – Four Infernal Rivers
Chemical Clock – Bad Habitat
Nels Cline / Singers – Macroscope
D.C. Improvisers Collective – In the Gloam of the Anthropocene
John Dikeman – The Double Trio
Tomas Fujiwara Trio – Variable Bets
Barry Guy / New Orchestra – Amphi / Radio Rondo
Mary HalvorsonReverse Blue
Ross Hammond – Humanity Suite
Howlround – Torridon Gate
If, BwanaThe Rationale for a Space Telescope
Jack O’ The Clock – Night Loops
Peter Kerlin / Octet – Salamander*
Steve Lehman / Octet – Mise en Abîme
Magma – Rïah Sahïltaahk
Ross Martin / Max Johnson / Jeff Davis – Big Eyed Rabbit
Jim MatheosHalo Effect
Rob Mazurek and Black Cube SP – Return the Tides: Ascension Suite and Holy Ghost
Otavan Veret – Otavan Veret
Reconnaissance Fly – Flower Futures
Steve Roden / Stephen Vitiello – The Spaces Contained in Each
tetema – Geocidal
Ken Thomson / Slow Fast – Settle
Thumbscrew (Halvorson / Formanek / Fujiwara) – Thumbscrew
Touch and Go Sextet – Live at the Novara Jazz Festival
U Sco – Treffpunkt
Peter Van Zandt Lane – HackPolitik
Andrew Weathers / Seth Chrisman – Louella

Honorable Mentions:

2TE – Freund, Der Sub Divo
After the Rain – The Night Must Fall
Rodrigo Amado / Motion Trio / Peter Evans – Live in Lisbon
Rodrigo Amado / Motion Trio / Peter Evans – The Freedom Principle
APUH! – Ett
Jon Armstrong / Jazz Orchestra – Farewell
Jonathan Badger – Verse
Aram Bajakian – There Were Flowers Also in Hell
Guy Barash – Facts About Water
Matthew Barnson – Sibyl Tones
Jon Batiste / Chad Smith / Bill Laswell – The Process
Battle Trance – Palace of Wind
Raoul Björkenheim / eCsTaSy – eCsTaSy
Black Dirt Oak – Wawayanda Patent
Philip Blackburn Music of Shadows
Tyler Blanton – Gotham
Jaap Blonk / Sandy Ewen / Damon Smith / Chris Cogburn – North of Blanco
Bogdo Ula – Cult of the Harmonic Oscillation
Piero Bittolo Bon – Jump the Shark
Bord à Bord – Bord à Bord
Anthony Braxton with Kyoko Kitamura, Erica Decker, Katherine Young – 12 Duets (DCWM) 2012
Lucas Brode – Prixvyou
Brute Force – Brute Force
Taylor Ho Bynum / Tomas Fujiwara – Through Foundation
Chris Campbell – Things You Already Know
Carrier / Lambert / Lapin – The Russian Concerts Vol. 2
Cellar and Point – Ambit
Chicago Underground Duo – Locus
Ty Citerman – Bop Kabbalah
Combat Astronomy – Time Distort Nine
Jeff Cosgrove / Matthew Shipp / William Parker – Alternating Current
Bryan Counter and Satchel Forrester – Twice Stopped
Tomasz Dabrowski / Kris Davis / Andrew Drury – Vermilion Tree
Anthony Davis – Notes from the Underground
Kris Davis – Massive Threads*
Dead Neanderthals – Prime Dead Neanderthals and Machinefabriek – DNMF
Deadwood – Sheolic
Desiderii Marginis – Hypnosis
Djam Karet – Regenerator 3017
Pierre Dorge / Torben Westergaard / Tyshawn Sorey – Like Salamanders We Survive
Mark Dresser / Gerry Hemingway / Assif Tsahar – Code Re(a)d
Peter Epstein / Quartet – Polarities
EXEDO – Waul
Falsetto Teeth – Boiling High Idol
Fazzini-Fedrigo XYQuartet – XY
André Foisy – The End of History
Fred Frith / John Butcher – The Natural Order
Gauci / Knuffke / Filiano – Chasing Tales
Ben Goldberg / Adam Levy / Smith Dobson – Worry Later
Milford Graves / Bill Laswell – The Stone (Back in No Time)
Grey Frequency – Immersion
The Grip (Peters / Marshall / Skinner) – Celebrate
Rich Halley / 4 – The Wisdom of Rocks
Ross Hammond / Grant Calvin Weston – Blues and Daily News
Happy Family Minimal Gods
Phil Haynes / No Fast Food – Corner Store Jazz
The Heliocentrics / Melvin Van Peebles – The Last Transmission
Michael Hersch / Blair String Quartet – Images from a Closed Ward
Icepick (Nate Wooley, I.Haker-Flaten and C.Corsano) – Hexane
Ideal Bread – Beating the Teens
In Slaughter Natives – Cannula Coma Legio
Indigo Mist (Cuong Vu / Richard Karpen) – That The Days Go By And Never Come Back
Jon Irabagon / Mark Helias / Barry Altschul – It Takes All Kinds
Miguel Isaza – Uji
Max Johnson / Trio – The Invisible Trio
Darius Jones – The Oversoul Manual
JÜ / Møster – JÜ Meets Møster
Reid Karris – Ambiens Sonitus
Kayo Dot – Coffins on Io
Keith Kelly – The People Who Left
Khost – Copper Lock Hell
Bernd Klug – Cold Commodities
Knifeworld – The Unravelling
Igor Krutogolov / Karate Band – How to be a Crocodile
Helmut Lachenmann / JACK Quartet – Complete String Quartets
Lamia Vox – Inlumaeh (EP)
Dominic Lash / Quartet – Opabinia
Led Bib – The People in Your Neighbourhood
Neil Leonard – For Kounellis
Locrian – The Crystal World
Chris Lynn / Daniel Barbiero – Augmented Landscapes
David MacBride – A Special Light
Machine Mass / Dave Liebman – Inti
Sava Marinkovic – Evocation
Marsen Jules (Martin Juhls) – At GRM
Marsen Jules (Martin Juhls) – Beautyfear
Ryan McGuire – Civilian
Medeski, Martin & Wood / Nels Cline – Woodstock Sessions (Vol. 2)
Mesektet – Towards a Bleak Sun
Method of Defiance – Phantom Soundclash Cut-Up Method: One
Szilárd Mezei / International Improvisers Ensemble – Karszt
Paul Mimlitsch / Andre Darius / Martin Pozdrowicz – Outsiders
Nicole Mitchell / Black Earth Ensemble – Xenogenesis II: Intergalactic Beings
Mole (Aanderud / Takeshi / Hecht) – RGB
Thurston Moore / John Moloney – Caught on Tape – Full Bleed
Joe Morris Quartet – Balance
Mostly Other People Do The Killing – Blue
N.E.W. (Steve Noble, John Edwards, Alex Ward) – Motion
Keir Neuringer – Ceremonies Out of the Air
Noiseless Ensemble – No Noise
Adriano Orru – Palimpsest
Ed Palermo Big Band – Oh No! Not Jazz!!
Ashley Paul – White Night
Pharoah (Sanders) and The Underground Spiral – Mercury
Phurpa – The Magic Rituals of the BON Tradition
Richard Pinhas / Tatsuya Yoshida – Welcome in the Void
Anthony Pirog – Palo Colorado Dream
Bobby Previte – Terminals
Martin Rach -Shores of Bare Lands
Abbey Rader – The Message
Reutoff and Sal Solaris – Eigengrau
Eric Revis – In Memory of Things Yet Seen
Steve Roach – Bloodmoon Rising
Jason Roebke – Combination
Rent Romus / Lords of the Outland – The Proceedings of Dr. Ke
Daniel Rosenboom Quintet – Fire Keeper
Jonathan Rowden Group – Becoming
Dylan Ryan / Sand – Circa
JC Sanford Orchestra – Views from the Inside
Sax Ruins – Blimmguass
Dirk Serries – The Origin Reversal
Shrine – Nihil
Nathan Parker Smith – Not Dark Yet
Wadada Leo Smith – The Great Lakes Suites
Wadada Leo Smith / Bill Laswell – The Stone (Akashic Meditation)
Wadada Leo Smith / Hardedge – The Nile
Wadada Leo Smith / Jamie Saft / J. Morris / B. Pandi – Red Hill
Sonar – Static Motion
Elias Stemeseder / Devin Gray / Anna Webber – Jagged Sphere
Marco Stroppa – Upon a Blade of Grass
Natsuki Tamura / Alexander Frangenheim – Nax
Thisquietarmy – Alter of Drone
Tramuc and Darius – Rebirth of Time
Treha Sektori – Severh Sehenh
Trepaneringsritualen – Perfection & Permanence
Tristan Perich / Vicky Chow – Surface Image
Matt Ulery – In the Ivory
Various Artists – My God, It’s Full of Stairs
Various Artists – Great Performances from the JOLT Festival Basel
Scott Wheeler – Crazy Weather
Wolvserpent – Perigea Antahkarana
Woven Entity – Woven Entity
Jack Wright / Ben Wright – As If Anything Could be the Same

* Late 2013 releases that we did not consider for our best of 2013 list.

2014 Best of Year Lists: Part II

Posted: December 13, 2014 by Mike in General

It’s that time again. We gather best-of-2014 lists from around the web and provide links here. Enjoy.

The New York’s best jazz reissues
The Improvised Blog’s top jazz
Perfect Sounds
Brooklyn Rail
S. Victor Aaron’s Avant Garde + Experimental Jazz

Braxton, Anthony

Braxton, Anthony (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Woven Entity – Woven Entity (2014)
Anthony Braxton with Kyoko Kitamura, Erica Decker, and Katherine Young – 12 Duets (DCWM) 2012 (2014)
Brownout – Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath (2014)
Sava Marinkovic – Evocation (2014)
Various Artists – My God, It’s Full of Stairs (2014)

2014 Best of Year Lists: Part I

Posted: December 9, 2014 by Mike in General

It’s that time again. We gather best-of-2014 lists from around the web and provide links here. Enjoy.

Tom Hull
Jazz Right Now
The Improvised Blog
Lyn Horton

All About Jazz Reviews

Posted: December 8, 2014 by Mike in General

From All About Jazz:

Nucleus With Leon Thomas
Live 1970 (Gearbox Records)

Luís Lopes Lisbon Berlin Trio
The Line (Clean Feed Records)

JÜ With Kjetil Møster
JÜ Meets Møster (RareNoiseRecords)

Wayne Horvitz/The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble
Wayne Horvitz/The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble: At The Reception, Wayne Horvitz: 55: Music And Dance In Concrete (Songlines)

Matt Lavelle And John Pietaro
Harmolodic Monk (Unseen Rain Records)

Keith Humble / Bert Turetzky
Kinetic Conversations (Move Records (AU))

Chemical Clock
Bad Habitat (Table and Chairs Music)

Joe Morris Quartet
Balance (Clean Feed Records)