Imai Keishô / Yamase Shôin

On May 24, World Arbiter will release Japanese Traditional Music: Koto - Shamisen, a compilation of 1941 recordings of the Kokusai Bunka Shinkô-kai, masters of the koto and shamisen. This release, the third installment in a projected five-volume series, features koto/shamisen literature and dances from Kabuki and puppet theater traditions. You should buy the real deal too, as it comes with lengthy liner notes. With any luck, maybe you’ll learn a thing or two.

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Jon Mueller

“Alphabet of Movements”

Stream percussionist Jon Mueller’s new album Alphabet of Movements in full. The first track is an epic meditation with snare drums, which are placed on top of small amps to create a billowing resonance as volume increases. The second transfers a similar aesthetic to the gong, repeating phrases meticulously to display the instrument’s natural reverberations and overtones.

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Sissy Spacek


Harsh noisecore group/wedding band Sissy Spacek — featuring the likes of John Wiese, Corydon Ronnau, and Jesse Jackson — have a new LP out on Gilgongo. It’s called Dash, and it sounds like *WERJKLW:L%KJ@$#()*#()$!@!!!!!L:JK%% #%$#$!!!

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Matana Roberts

“Mississippi Moonchile”

It was 5AM, in the summer, when jazz composer/improviser Matana Roberts decided to be Montreal’s alarm clock. Check the video above to see it happen. Meanwhile, run (literally) to your favorite record store next week to get Matana Roberts’ COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres, which is being released by the folks at Constellation.

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“Things Fall Apart (ft. Panda Bear)”

Dubstep producer Zomby has teamed up with possible best friend Panda Bear for a track titled “Things Fall Apart.” The song is off Zomby’s forthcoming 4AD debut, Dedication, which is out July 12. Dudes will be chilling together at the Animal Collective-curated ATP fest, but who will pay attention to Avey?

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“It’s All Good”

FaltyDL, known to his mother as Drew Lustman, set the world on fire with his Planet Mu full-length You Stand Uncertain. The video for “It’s All Good” is keeping the flames alive.

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