An occasional tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears lately.


Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian DefenseMoving Still (Pi Recordings; 2016)

Chöying Drolma & Steve TibbettsChö (Rykodisc; 1997)

MayhemDe Mysteriis dom Sathanas (Century Black; 1994)

LaraajiAmbient 3: Day of Radiance (Virgin; 1980)

Van der Graaf GeneratorDo Not Disturb (Esoteric Antenna; 2016)


Olivia Block – “Dissolution B” (from Dissolution) (Glistening Examples; due Nov. 11, 2016)

New Music Co-opInvisible Landscapes (Willow St.; 2016)
> Michael PisaroAscending Series (7) (evaporation); Radu MalfattiRed River 7

Charlie Haden Liberation Music OrchestraTime/Life (Impulse!; 2016)

David S. Ware & Matthew Shipp DuoLive in Sant’Anna Arresi, 2004 (AUM Fidelity; 2016)

Body/HeadNo Waves (Matador; due Nov. 11, 2016)


Morgan Evans-WeilerEndless Overtones in Relational Space (Suppedaneum; 2016)


InquisitionBloodshed Across the Empyrean Altar Beyond the Celestial Zenith (Season of Mist; 2016)


Ken ThomsonRestless (UFFDA/Cantaloupe Music; 2016)
> Restless – Ashley Bathgate, Karl Larson; Me Vs. – Karl Larson

King CrimsonOn (and Off) the Road 1981-1984 (DGM/Panegyric; 1981-84/2016)


Bent KneeLive at The Space (self-released; 2016)

Toshiya TsunodaSomashikiba (edition.t; 2016)

Wakana Ikeda/Yoko Ikeda/Aya Naito/Masahiko Okura/Taku SugimotoSuidobashi Chamber Ensemble (Meenna; 2016)
> Jürg FreyExact Dimension without Insistence; Michael PisaroFlux [Harmony Series No. 8A]; Pas [Harmony Series No. 8C]; Antoine BeugerVegetable Rustling; Michael PisaroFesthalten/Loslassen

Grateful DeadDave’s Picks Vol. 20: CU Events Center, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 12/9/81 (Grateful Dead/Rhino; 1981/2016)


Happy PlaceNorthfield (Exit Stencil; 2016)


Mary Halvorson OctetAway With You (Firehouse 12; 2016)

Musica Elettronica VivaMEV 40 (1967-2007) (New World; 1967-2007/2008)

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Further reading

In Review: Quantum Natives

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I've wondered occasionally whether the position of arts critic – self-appointed or otherwise – should be subject to term limits. The thought occurred to me most recently while attending… no, while immersed in Grace Nexus, the simultaneously bewitching and bewildering presentation mounted at Issue Project Room on April 15 by Quantum Natives: either a British digital-media collective or "an abstruse net-label run by two art school-educated Londoners," according to Resident Advisor. Maybe both.

Playlist.

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Midori Takada, Kelly Moran, Sarah Hennies, Olivier Alary, Gov't Mule, Ecstatic Vision, Allan Holdsworth (RIP), and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.

Early Audition: Bearthoven, Trios

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Formed in 2013, Bearthoven has built up an estimable repertoire of fresh pieces for an instrumentation that's canonical among jazz circles, but uncommon within the concert-music world. Listen to an exclusive stream of a Fjóla Evans piece on Bearthoven's debut album, 'Trios,' courtesy of Cantaloupe Music.