Negura Bunget – Zi

One of the hardest lines to draw, critically, is that between something being fine, and something being actively good: there are a multitude of albums that are pleasant, ones that will draw in fans of the genre and leave them feeling not-unsatisfied, but there’s an ephemeral, yet certain, difference between…

Heavy Buys // John Zorn/Mike Patton/Ikue Mori—Hemophiliac

Welcome to Heavy Buys, a new feature on the blog where we discuss in detail some recent physical music purchases we’ve made, whether it’s a small-time purchase to round out one’s collection, or a debt-inducing splurge. Vinyl, CDs, and even cassettes are all possible topics here. As long as its physical media, it’s fair game. I’m going to start off this inaugural article by talking about what is probably the most expensive purchase I’ve made yet—Hemophiliac: a collaborative John Zorn project released on Tzadik. I’m not going to give a real number, but believe me, it set me back a little. (But then again, I’m basically a corporate slave, so that price is pretty relative.)

Hey! Listen To In-Dreamview!

The intersection of jazz, post-rock, math rock, and other genres is one that we’ve certainly touched upon here on numerous occasions, in particular last year with two albums I especially loved – Monobody’s self-titled album and Town Portal’s The Occident. Both of those bands take a generally livelier route though, inserting either more complex mathy rhythms/compositions…