Amenra – Mass V CD (Neurot)
Mixes surreal melodies and warped subtleties with churning rhythms, pummeling riffs and crushing dynamics. Their postmodern vision of music, consisting of droning, repetitive chords alternated by gut-wrenching howls, make experienced listeners renounce their definitions of music, perhaps even their whole belief systems. Guest vocals from Scott Kelly (Neurosis).
Asia – Resonance 2xCD+DVD (Frontiers)
Resonance was recorded in Basel, Switzerland during the reunited band’s 2010 tour for their album Omega.
Breathless – Green To Blue CD (Shellshock)
The godfathers of space rock melancholia return with eleven bittersweet songs of love and loss, including three songs mixed by Kramer, best known for his work with The Butthole Surfers, Galaxie 500 and Low. Vinyl version due December 4.
Peter Brotzmann/Chicago Tentet – Walk Love Sleep 2xCD (Smalltown Superjazz)
A virtuosic field day for free-jazz admirers, Brotzmann’s latest includes Ken Vandermark, Mats Gustafsson, Joe McPhee, Jeb Bishop, Per Ake Holmlander, Fred Lonberg Holm, Kent Kessler, Michael Zerrang, Paal Nilssen-Love, Johannes Bauer and Jeb Bishop. Recorded at Cafe Ada in Wuppertal, Germany in April 2011.
Harold Budd – Bandits Of Stature CD/LP (Darla)
14 compact Budd composed string quartets played by the Formalist Quartet. Elegantly simple, avant-garde string quartets, each with his own unique, subtle tension and pastoral abstraction.
Don Caballero – Gang Banged With A Headache And Live CD/LP (Joyful Noise)
First live album, the recently surfaced authorized bootleg. Includes a decade of quintessential music spanning 1993-2006.
Miguel Campbell – Back In Flight School CD/2xLP (Hot Creations)
Explores where the highs of electronic dance meets the depths of soulful funk and disco nostalgia.
Jerry Cole And His Spacemen – Surf Age [Reissue/1964] CD (Sundazed)
An endlessly inventive amalgam of surf and ‘60s pop.