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

Spotify jukebox does not correspond precisely with the listed selections that follow, but maintains the playlist’s continuity and personality.

King CrimsonRadical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind (DGM; 2016)

Revolting CocksBig Sexy Land (Wax Trax; 1986)

R.E.M.Accelerate (Warner Bros; 2008)

KMFDMNihil (Wax Trax/TVT; 1995)

Slow Music ProjectAladdin Theater, Portland, OR, May 5, 2006 (DGMLive; 2008)

The Minus 5The Minus 5 (Yep Roc; 2006)

PigfaceGub (Invisble; 1991)

Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3Ole! Tarantula (Yep Roc; 2006)

SwansThe Great Annihilator (Young God; 1995/2017)

MinistryThe Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste (Sire; 1989)

The HumansStrange Tales (Vertical Species; 2014)

John Wesley HardingWho Was Changed and Who Was Dead (popover/The Rebel Group; 2009)

Bill RieflinBirth of a Giant (First World; 1999)

Jaimie BranchFly or Die (International Anthem; 2017)

Roscoe MitchellBells for the South Side (ECM; due June 30, 2017)

Ben RichterPanthalassa: Dream Music of the Once and Future Ocean (Infrequent Seams; due June 2, 2017)

Alice ColtraneWorld Sprituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda (Luaka Bop; 2017)

ThreefiftyGently Among the Coals (Threefifty; 2017)

Steve ColemanMorphogenesis (Pi Recordings; due June 23, 2017)

David Langthorn – Molly Barth (Cantaloupe Music; 2017)
> thorn; lend/lease – Stuart Gerber; short fall – Matt Albert, Jeffrey Zeigler, David Riley; involuntary – Zachariah Galatis, Sarah Viens, Joshua Silva, Stuart Gerber; vent – David Riley; burn notice – Jeffrey Zeigler, David Riley; frag – Melissa Peña, Jeffrey Zeigler

John Luther AdamsCanticles of the Holy Wind – Amy Garapic, The Crossing/Donald McNally (Cantaloupe Music; 2017)

Erkki KurenniemiÄänityksiä/Recordings 1963-1973 (Love; 2002)

Antonín Dvořák – Violin Concerto in A minor (Op. 43) – Josef Suk, Czech Philharmonic/Karel Ančerl (Supraphon; 1960/2002)

Antonín DvořákSlavonic Dances, Op. 46, No. 1; Op. 72, No. 2; Op. 72, No. 7 – Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Rafael Kubelík (Deutsche Grammophon; 1975/1998)

Leoš JanáčekTaras Bulba – Czech Philharmonic/Karel Ančerl (Supraphon; 1961/2002)

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