The rustling start of “the best” is a good transition between Northern Spy Records’ free-jazz outputs and Starring’s newest joint ABCDEFG-HIJKLMNOP-QRSTUV-WXYZ. Now, they ain’t no Guardian Alien when it comes to recorded performance music, but you can hear how Starring juxtaposes bass lines, drum beats, and sighing-screeching electronics just before falling into a pattern, then “SIMPLY THE BEST.” It presents a purposeful performance-driven outlet, as most of Northern Spy’s peeps have attained. They ain’t just giving you a one point performance, either. It’s the whole package of five people doing that same sort of “we’re giving you something that’ll help your mind more than your ears” vibe. See if they touring your way anytime soon. And don’t forget to check out ABCDEFG-HIJKLMNOP-QRSTUV-WXYZ June 12 on Northern Spy. Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEAD SINGER CLARA HUNTER!!