CDs + Vinyl:
Aeges – Weightless CD (Another Record Co.)
Los Angeles based Aeges huff in Queens Of The Stone Age’s desert-born riffs, marry them to post-hardcore angst and spit out a riffy, melodious, volume-charged sound. Having counted members of Pelican, 16 and Juliette Lewis and The Licks in its rank, Aeges has been concocting it’s sound for the past four years: gigging with bands as diverse as Coheed & Cambria, Thrice and TOOL.
Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra – Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra CD/LP (Glitterbeat)
Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen was asked to come to Haiti and play with an assortment of leading Haitian musicians recruited by the Haitian National Bureau of Ethnology. Out of the chaos, Allen stepped up as music director, laying down beats to which were added super bass lines, voodoo rhythms, chants, and more. This album was assembled from rehearsal tapes after plans to record the live performance were thwarted by technical difficulties.
The Amazing – Ambulance CD/LP+MP3 (PTKF)
Despite reflecting Chris Gunrup’s often-bleak worldview, the music is expansive and beautiful, marked by playing that is as much free jazz as rock — pure music without any showiness. The songs unfold slowly, without a traditional verse/chorus structure, spinning gauzy webs of shimmering mystery with their own inimitable dynamic of sinuous, swirling guitars; rich, ambient bass lines; crisp percussion and restrained, church-like, keyboard textures.
Apocalyptica – Plays Metallica By Four Cellos [Reissue/1996] CD/LP (Odyssey Music Network)
Remastered reissue. As the album’s title suggests, this is a tribute album, made from instrumental cello covers of Metallica songs.