I've been feeling kind of odd over the past couple of days. It must have something to do with the weather. To be more precise, Saturday's weather. Me and TheWife™ went on the hunt for used antique windows at a salvage yard. We found more than enough. Enough that we had to drive back in the Jeep with the top down. No big deal, except that somehow we neglected to bring sunscreen AND hats. I think my brain got cooked.
Anyhoo, there's a very good (if odd) selection of new stuff and reissues coming out today. I'm going to buy it all, put on the first disc, lay down on the floor, and stare up at the ceiling.
Henry Kaiser - Invite the Spirit (Tzadik)/Avant
Henry Kaiser (and his guitar) hangs comfortably in a variety of free-ish contexts: from country folk to skronk to whatever the heck this is. The Tsadik website describes this remastered and unabridged recording as "free improvisation meets the Korean shamanistic tradition". I'll take a chance on that.
John Fahey - Fare Forward Voyagers (Takoma)/Folk
The man who played impossible acoustic guitar. Also the man that gave Leo Kottke his first record deal. That is more than enough to pick up every Fahey reissue for the rest of my days.
Matthew Shipp - Piano Vortex (Thirsty Ear)/Jazz
Shipp in a trio format with the electronic elements left at home. Don't get me wrong, I have thoroughly enjoyed much of the sonic weirdness presented by the Thirsty Ear Blue Series. Still, it'll be nice to hear a more unadorned Shipp at the piano.
Sonny Rollins - The Bridge (Audiophile)/Jazz
This was an odd, pianoless lineup for Sonny. It featured Jim Hall on guitar, one of the best choices Rollins ever made.