TRAVIS DUO: Jarvis Earnshaw & Trevor Dunn – HYPNAGOGIA

Jarvis Earnshaw and Mr. Bungle’s Trevor Dunn mutate jazz into a wholly new and abstract beast on the wonderfully warped Hypnagogia. On this wild record, Trevor Dunn, who has also played with the likes of Fantômas and John Zorn, utilizes a contrabass to create a solid backdrop of springy notes and groaning drones for JarvisContinue reading “TRAVIS DUO: Jarvis Earnshaw & Trevor Dunn – HYPNAGOGIA”

Luke Stewart & Jarvis Earnshaw Quartet – s/t

If you like your jazz to be mystical, highly atmospheric and transportive, then Luke Stewart and Jarvis Earnshaw Quartet’s self-titled record on No Quarter is the album for you. Recorded in the winter of this year, this record features dense landscapes of unpredictable sounds. The quartet plays as vibrantly and free as possible, utilizing everyContinue reading “Luke Stewart & Jarvis Earnshaw Quartet – s/t”

Tashi Dorji / Ian McColm / Frank Meadows – The Power of Water

Uncompromising, raw and beyond otherworldly, The Power of Water is without a doubt one of the most essential free improv records of 2021. Tashi Dorji (of Kuzu), Ian McColm (of Heart of The Ghost) and Frank Meadows (of The Library of Babel), are each veterans of the DIY avant-garde and free jazz worlds, but thisContinue reading “Tashi Dorji / Ian McColm / Frank Meadows – The Power of Water”

March 2021 Roundup

Life’s been chugging right along here at RCU towers. The weather’s getting warmer, vaccines are rolling in and the possibilities for healthy and safe concerts seem to be just on the horizon. Despite all of the changes, we’ve still had our ears glued to the stereo with plenty of new and recent releases. Here’s aContinue reading “March 2021 Roundup”

Michael Wimberly – Afrofuturism

Michael Wimberly, a renowned and highly accomplished jazz percussionist and composer, paints a sonic display of his musical DNA across the 13 tracks that make up Afrofuturism. Released in three different parts (with the final piece coming out this Friday), this album finds Wimberly with a veritable army of talented collaborators (including Joss Stone andContinue reading “Michael Wimberly – Afrofuturism”

What’s Spinning? – with Jesse Jarnow

Photo by Ted Barron In a new companion series to Liner Notes that we’re calling What’s Spinning?, we ask somebody that we admire in (and out of) the music world about their most recently purchased records. For our first entry in this feature, we are beyond honored and excited to have writer, DJ and co-hostContinue reading “What’s Spinning? – with Jesse Jarnow”

Stay in Shape! Vol. 1

With the ability to safely host concerts still far down the road, Brad Farberman, of Middle Blue and Big Feet, took the initiative to try to save some of our beloved stages with his new series of benefit albums, Stay in Shape! Each entry in this collection will drop monthly, on every Bandcamp Friday, whenContinue reading “Stay in Shape! Vol. 1”

January 2021 Roundup (Part 2)

The sheer amount of great music pouring in from the end of 2020 into the start of 2021 was so immense (and I was so busy during the last two weeks), that a second volume of January’s roundup post was absolutely necessary. Here’s what else we’ve been listening to and digging lately: Matt LaJoie –Continue reading “January 2021 Roundup (Part 2)”

December 2020 Roundup

This horrible year can’t end soon enough, but there’s still so much great music to cover! To make matters worse, I had to take most of last week off to tend to some urgent matters, so the stack of music in my inbox just keeps growing and growing. So here’s a final roundup for 2020!Continue reading “December 2020 Roundup”

Exclusive Live Video: Brad Farberman – “I Have a Little Dreidel”

Happy Hanukkah, folks! To celebrate the holiday, Brad Farberman, the versatile guitarist of experimental funk jazz groups Middle Blue and Big Feet, performed his rendition of “I Have a Little Dreidel” exclusively for Record Crates United. Check out the clip below, which he filmed himself in his own NYC backyard: Huge thanks to Farberman forContinue reading “Exclusive Live Video: Brad Farberman – “I Have a Little Dreidel””