Dave Heumann – Guitar Tapes Vol 1

Armed with just an electric guitar, Dave Heumann takes you to stoic, idyllic places on Guitar Tapes Vol. 1. On this record, Heumann, of whom you may know of as the head of Arbouretum, plays seven sprawling electric guitar improvisations without any overdubs or accompanists. With such a simplified set up, Heumann focuses hard onContinue reading “Dave Heumann – Guitar Tapes Vol 1”

Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble – II

It wasn’t going to be easy for guitarist Elijah McLaughlin to outdo his brilliant 2020 debut album, but he certainly achieved that feat with this majestic LP of improvised chamber folk music Available this Friday on good ol’ Tompkins Square Records, Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble II features the trio of musicians (Joel Styzens on hammered dulcimerContinue reading “Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble – II”

Mal Waldron – Searching In Grenoble: The 1978 Solo Piano Concert

Tompkins Square has gifted the jazz world with a true gem: a smokin’ previously unreleased Mal Waldron solo piano concert from the height of his powers. Waldron, a New York City-born pianist and composer, was known for playing with the likes of John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy and Charles Mingus, as well as being the lastContinue reading “Mal Waldron – Searching In Grenoble: The 1978 Solo Piano Concert”

The Record Crates United Mixtape – Episode 75

This episode intermingles daring contemporary jazz with cosmic ambient dreamscapes and a bit of folk rock to give you a little taste of autumn. Check it out below: If you like what you’re reading, please help keep RCU thriving. You can show your support by becoming a patron at our Patreon account or you can make aContinue reading “The Record Crates United Mixtape – Episode 75”

Elkhorn – Distances

On Distances, Elkhorn proves just how far they’ve evolved by soaring to daring new heights on robust and agile wings. Across the record’s four epic tracks, guitarists Drew Gardner (electric) and Jesse Sheppard (acoustic) take their twisting double-helix interplay down gnarled and heavily forested footpaths, snaking along the seismic rhythms of duo drummers, Ian McColmContinue reading “Elkhorn – Distances”

Angeline Morrison – “Go Home”

Angeline Morrison delivers the historic Black British experience missing from her nation’s folk music with her latest single, “Go Home,” which is out today on the prestigious Topic Records. Morrison is one of the freshest voices in English folk music today, and a recent winner of the Christian Raphael Prize, awarded to her by theContinue reading “Angeline Morrison – “Go Home””

Mohammad Mostafa Heydarian’s Songs of Horaman to Receive Vinyl Release October 7th

This hypnotic collection of tanbur workouts by Kurdish musician, Mohammad Mostafa Heydarian, is finally seeing a vinyl release this October, and preorders are available now. Originally released last year on cassette by the great Radio Khiyaban label, Songs of Horaman will now be reaching a wider, global net of listeners, as it deserves, thanks toContinue reading “Mohammad Mostafa Heydarian’s Songs of Horaman to Receive Vinyl Release October 7th”

Sunburned Hand of The Man Announces 20th Anniversary Reissue of Headdress

Sunburned Hand of the Man’s first proper vinyl release gets a beautiful remastered reissue treatment thanks to the wizards at Three Lobed Recordings. Originally recorded in the summer of 2001, and shortly after the tragedies of 9/11 in the wilds of Western Mass., Headdress was and still is an astounding document of the shamanic tribeContinue reading “Sunburned Hand of The Man Announces 20th Anniversary Reissue of Headdress”

A Real Cool Time in Cranford: RCU Presents Jeffrey Alexander & The Heavy Lidders with Rootless and Seawind of Battery – 9/10/22

All polaroids by @RoseGardens, and all other pictures are by Christopher Bruno. Please follow them and check out more of their work! The first ever public Record Crates United event was an astounding experience. I immediately want to thank everyone who leant a hand to make this day the brightest in the site’s history thus far.Continue reading “A Real Cool Time in Cranford: RCU Presents Jeffrey Alexander & The Heavy Lidders with Rootless and Seawind of Battery – 9/10/22”

Rootless – What The Truth Leaves Out

Rootless’ fingerpicking prowess is the nucleus of his latest release, What the Truth Leaves Out, which is available today on cassette from Feeding Tube Records. Rootless, AKA Jeremy Hurewitz, is known for combining gentle fingerstyle guitar with cosmic electronic sounds, field recordings and even indigenous instruments to create an ethereal psychedelic folk soundscape. Yet here,Continue reading “Rootless – What The Truth Leaves Out”