2018 Best of Lists from Around the Web: Part V

It’s that time again. We gather best-of-2018 lists from around the web and provide links here. Sure, we haven’t reached the end of the year yet, but some intrepid individuals just cannot be held back. The AMN Best of 2018 is coming in early January. Stay tuned…

Pop Matters’ best ambient of 2018.

Exclaim’s top 10 experimental and modern composition albums of 2018.

Bandcamp’s best ambient albums of 2018.

News Music Box 2018 staff picks.

See also:
2018 Best of Lists from Around the Web: Part I
2018 Best of Lists from Around the Web: Part II
2018 Best of Lists from Around the Web: Part III
2018 Best of Lists from Around the Web: Part IV

Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

WLSFW – “Featuring” (Puzzlemusik, 2018)

Axel Dörner/ Agustí Fernández / Ramon Prats – “Venusik” (Multikulti Project, 2018)

Georg Graewe / Damon Smith / Michael Vatcher – “Unhesitating” (Nuscope Recordings, 2018)

Tom Arthurs / Alberto Novello – “Cahier de petits coquillages vol. IV/V” (Jestern, 2018)

CHICAGO EDGE ENSEMBLE – “Insidious Anthem” (trost, 2018)

Satoko Fujii / Joe Fonda – “Mizu” (Long Song Records, 2018)

Josh Sinton’s Predicate Trio – “making bones” (Iluso Records, 2018)

The Latest Album from Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret Reviewed

Source: The Nation.

The Other Side of Air, the wholly superb recent album by the pianist/composer Myra Melford and her small ensemble Snowy Egret, is shimmering, pulsing proof of this. The project, the 27th album that Melford has released as a bandleader or co-leader over the past three decades, is a musical achievement of a high order. It’s an impeccably accomplished and deeply satisfying collection of jazzy new-music pieces created largely (though not entirely) through free improvisation on melodic, thematic, structural, or attitudinal ideas that Melford provided or suggested to her bandmates. It’s not often clear which elements of the music were composed in advance and which took form spontaneously in the studio, through the interplay of seasoned improvisers skilled at listening to one another and responding imaginatively on the spot. But there’s no harm in that: All the music sounds intuitive and dynamic, openly expressive—alive.

Interview with Mike Johnson of Thinking Plague

Source: Pienemmät Purot.

It’s hard to find musical heroes as an adult. Sure, there are great albums being published all the time, some of them even by fresh faces. Yet, it has been a long while since anything has impacted me in the same way that King Crimson, Yes, Rush, Miles Davis or John Coltrane did when I was between fifteen and twenty years of age. The band Thinking Plague is an exception, as I only discovered it in 2017 when they published their latest album Hoping Against Hope. From the first few measures, something in the band’s music spoke to me directly, and the band soon rose to that special category of favorites, inhabited by the heroes of my youth. The music is not based on riffs, nor is it driven by the individualist expression of instrumentalists or vocalists, but rather by the pen of its composer; the music is complex but such complexity serves a musical purpose unlike is the case in so much of progressive rock and metal.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1162

Source: Vital Weekly.

O SAALA SAKRAAL – ETMAAL (CD by Cyclic Law) *
SKYMME – KHORO (CDR by Norwegianism Records)
KATHARINA KLEMENT – DRIFT (CD by Chmafu Nocords) *
SHE SPREAD SORROW – MINE (CD by Cold Spring) *
MERZBOW / GENESIS P-ORRIDGE – A PERFECT PAIN (CD/LP by Cold Spring) *
ZENI GEVA & STEVE ALBINI – MAXIMUM IMPLOSION (2CD by Cold Spring) *
MARIE TAKAHASHI & HUI CHUN LIN & CHINO SHUICHI – I’M NOT YOURS (CD by Maybee)
ELO MASING & HUI CHUN LIN & CAROLINE CECILIA TALLONE & ERNESTO RODRIGUES & AME ZEK – BURATINO (CD by Creative Sources Recordings)
TIM BRADY – MUSIC FOR LARGE ENSEMBLE (CD by Starkland)
MAULEX – CYCLIDE (LP by Bin)
SANDRA BOSS – THE ACOUSTIC APPRAISER (LP by Bin)
TRUUS DE GROOT – THE WAVE WIDOWS (CDR by Declaw Ditties) *
DANIEL SPICER & PAUL KHIMASIA MORGAN – SUV22 (CDR by Aural Detritus) *
SCHWEBEN – SKETCHES OF PLAINS (cassette by Otomatik Muziek) *
MATTHEW ATKINS & PETER MARSH – PAPER WASPS (cassette by Invisible City Records) *
ROVELLASCA – INTERFERENCE (cassette by Invisible City Records) *
BITSY KNOX & ROGER 3000 – OM COLD BLOOD (cassette by Tanuki Records)

Upcoming DC Creative Music Shows

From the Impending Bloom calendar.

On Sunday, December 30th @ 6PM, a Celebration & Observance of the Spiritual Music inspired by Kwanzaa. Featuring “Kawaida” the work of James Mtume. Eric Kennedy on drums, Herman Burney on bass, Allyn Johnson on piano & Jamal Moore on reeds, and special guest: TK Blue on reeds.. @An Die Music, 409 N. Charles Street.

On Saturday, January 12th @8 & 9:30PM,an evening of Randy Weston Music. Featuring TK Blue on reeds, Rodney Hendricks in piano, and Min Xiao Fan on pipa & vocals. @An Die Music, 409 N. Charles Street.

On Sunday, January 13th @ 8PM, reedist Dave Liebman, drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake & drummer/percussionist Adam Rudolph. @An Die Music, 409 N. Charles Street.

On Friday, January 18th @8 & 9:30PM, David Murray Annual Class Struggle Band celebrates MLK Day. @An Die Music, 409 N. Charles Street.

Also on Friday, January 18th, baritone saxophonist Dave Sewelson Quartet, w/Steve Swell on trombone, Nik Francis on drums and William Parker on bass. Opening Duo set, followed by a Free Jam closer with other guest players. @Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street in Takoma, DC, @8PM.

On Sunday, January 27th, the Jason Kao Hwang Human Rites Trio, featuring Jason Hwang on violin and viola, Ken Filiano on double-bass, and Andrew Drury on drums. @Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street in Takoma, DC, @8PM.

And on Sunday, February 17th, the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, w/founder Kahil El’Zabar on drums, percussion, kalimba and voice, Alex Harding on baritone sax, and Corey Wilkes on trumpet, including a duet tribute to poet Ntosake Shange, by Khahil and poet Dine Watson. @Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street in Takoma, DC, @5PM.