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”

Ruthann Friedman – Hurried Life: Lost Recordings, 1965-1971

For Record Store Day’s “Drop 2” this Saturday, keep an eye out for the first ever vinyl issue of Hurried Life: Lost Recordings, 1965-1971, by astral folk cult favorite, Ruthann Friedman. Originally released in 2006 on CD and finally pressed onto black plastic this year by Tompkins Square Records, Hurried Life features 15 demos, homeContinue reading “Ruthann Friedman – Hurried Life: Lost Recordings, 1965-1971”

Video Premiere: “Outside Laughing,” by Mason Lindahl

Mason Lindahl’s Kissing Rosy in The Rain is without a doubt one of the brightest and most unique examples of solo guitar music this year. It’s a record full of emotional subtlety and sharp minimalism with lyrical guitar lines that feel more closely related to somebody like Vaughan Williams than say, Jack Rose. Now aroundContinue reading “Video Premiere: “Outside Laughing,” by Mason Lindahl”

Bobby Lee – Origin Myths

Bobby Lee’s Origin Myths takes cosmic Americana music to a whole other level. Recorded in the pockets of free time between the tasks of early fatherhood in the depths of the current pandemic, this album finds Lee improvising freely on guitar with a variety of hallucinatory effects and a dusty drum machine. He takes theContinue reading “Bobby Lee – Origin Myths”

Mason Lindahl – Kissing Rosy in the Rain

Mason Lindahl takes solo guitar music well beyond its folk and blues roots, and approaches it instead from a classical and minimalist experimental frame of mind. The NYC-based musician’s compositions are filled with brisk nylon flamenco fingerpicking and tight lyrical melodies, punctuated by brief, but tense moments of silence. His guitar work alternates between aContinue reading “Mason Lindahl – Kissing Rosy in the Rain”

The Record Crates United Mixtape #28: An Interview with Ramona Stout

Be sure to tune in to tonight’s episode of The Record Crates United Mixtape, as we have┬áthe privilege of hosting the great Ramona Stout. Stout is a record producer, writer, podcaster, and scholar of ethnomusicology. She is perhaps best known for her highly acclaimed compilation of rare mid-western gospel music, No Other Love (pictured above),Continue reading “The Record Crates United Mixtape #28: An Interview with Ramona Stout”