A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears lately.

Günter Schlienz – Sterne Über Der Stadt (ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ; 2017)

Pere UbuDrive, He Said 1994-2002 (Fire; 1994-2002/due May 26, 2017)

Latitude 49Curious Minds (Latitude 49; 2017)
> Gabriella SmithHuascarán; Garrett SchumannA Five-Note Chord, seen from the porch of a curious mind; Tomás I. Gueglio Saccone – Sextet II: Apostillas a Mil Panaderos; Jared MillerThe Duality of Nostalgia; John Dorhauer – Puzzle Lunch Tulips Cheezborger (and other non sequiturs); Virgil MoorefieldA Wish for the Displaced

Black SabbathHeaven and Hell (Warner Bros.; 1980)

Ryan OldhamInner Monologues (Venn Diagram of Six Pitches) – R. Andrew Lee (Irritable Hedgehog; 2017)

Nicole MitchellMandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (FPE Records; due May 5, 2017)

Lejsovka & Freund – Music for Small Ensemble & Computer (MIE Music; due April 28, 2017)

Julia HolterIn the Same Room (Domino; 2017)

Art Ensemble of ChicagoGo Home (Galloway; 1970)

Art Ensemble of ChicagoChi-Congo (Decca/Fuel 2000; 1970/2005)

Chris StricklandSituations Enveloped (Caduc; 2016)

Matthew Revert – An Insect on the Other Side of the World Climbing Up a Table Leg (Caduc; 2016)

Jean-Luc Guionnet Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Évreux, France, April 10, 2013 from Bending Contumax: Organ Works (2008-2014) (No Schools; 2015)

Jarrod Fowler, Taku Unami, et al.Species pluralis (No Schools; 2016)

Aaron DillowayModern Jester (Hanson; 2012)

Dag Rosenqvist & Matthew CollingsHello Darkness (Denovali; 2017)

Jason MoranThanksgiving at the Vanguard (Yes Records; 2017)

Joe PanznerPolished Rocks (07.12) (Gameboy/self-released; 2006/2012)

Pierluigi BilloneITI KE MI – Marco Fusi (YouTube; 2015)

Anthony Braxton, Derek Bailey & George LewisTrio (Pisa) 1982 (Braxton Bootleg)

Anthony Braxton & Günter “Baby” SommerDuo (Zurich) 1984 (Braxton Bootleg)

RapoonSeeds in the Tide, Vol. 04 (Zoharum; 2015)

Tom CarterThe Dance from Which All Dances Come (Wholly Other; 2009)

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