AMN Picks of the Week: Dave Ball & Jon Savage / Pinhas, Yoshida, Merzbow / Pinhas, Cleveland / Dirk Serries

Merzbow, prominent Japanoise musician, in 2007

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.

Dave Ball / Jon Savage – Photosynthesis (2016)
Richard Pinhas / Tatsuya Yoshida / Merzbow – Process and Reality (2016)
Richard Pinhas / Barry Cleveland / Michael Manring / Celso Alberti – Mu (2016)
Dirk Serries – Unseen Descending And Lamentations (2015)
Dirk Serries – Microphonics XXI-XXV (2013)

Defeating The Jazz Zombies

Source: Stereogum. While I’d prefer to recommend “in addition to” rather than “instead of”, the author has some good points.

The artists below, and hundreds more like them, are making amazing, genuinely new music right now, mostly on independent labels driven by real passion. You can see them live, too, in surprisingly small venues. So support living jazz artists. Trust me, once you’ve explored the 21st Century jazz scene for a while, you can always come to a major record label for a history lesson, as they’ll be pumping out reissues and archival vault-scrapings (there’s a new set of Miles Davis studio outtakes, recorded between 1966 and 1968, coming in October) until the earth crashes into the sun.

Musique Machine Reviews

Gong, playing live in the Zappa club in Tel-Av...

Source: Musique Machine.

Gilli Smyth – Mother
Hypnopazuzu – Create Christ, Sailor Boy
Stavros Gasparatos – Expanded Piano
Stavros Gasparatos plays a spacious, minimalist and thoroughly Big Hole / See Through Buildings – Split
Roadside Picnic And Piratehairwaves – Star Wars: Chaos Theory
D.S.W.A.C.V – Flora Series- Part II-Hera
Lurid Hallway – Door Four
Genetic Transmission – Last
Clark Ashton Smith – Inferno