Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #2: Charlatan

I’ve been wanting to make some kind of mix for the site for a while after having such a blast collaborating on the Halloween and Xmas mixes, so starting the year off with some Charlatan action on Foxy Digitalis feels right. After numerous stops and starts, I finally settled on a mix of one instrument/solo performance (mostly) pieces. There’s a little wiggle room, of course … Continue reading Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #2: Charlatan

2021 & The Year That Was

Foxy Digitalis depends on our awesome readers to keep things rolling. Pledge your support today via our Patreon. It’s been almost a year since I announced Foxy Digitalis was coming back in 2021 and I wasn’t sure what to expect. The first big surprise came when there was an instant outpouring of excitement and support. I honestly wasn’t sure if anyone remembered Foxy Digitalis, but then I started … Continue reading 2021 & The Year That Was

Francis / Pence / Stewart / Woods “Our Names”

I’ve sung Nik Francis’s praises on this site before, but it’s not something that can be overstated. Francis, the DC-based percussionist and composer, has quietly dropped a catalog of crucial exploratory, freeform music on his Topology label, working with everyone from Thollem McDonas, Tyler Higgins, Jamal Moore, and so many others. For Our Names, Francis is joined by Luke Stewart on bass, Crowmeat Bob Pence on … Continue reading Francis / Pence / Stewart / Woods “Our Names”

Irreversible Entanglements “Open the Gates”

It only takes about 15 seconds for Tcheser Holmes and Luke Stewart to get into a locked a tight groove. It only takes 15 seconds for Irreversible Entanglements to grab us by the scruff of the neck and drag us over to the edge to show that’s it’s time to open our damn eyes. “It’s energy time,” hollers Camae Ayewa as the lights go out. … Continue reading Irreversible Entanglements “Open the Gates”

Video Premiere: Luke Stewart “Works For Upright Bass and Amplifier Vol. 2”

When I first heard Luke Stewart’s Works For Upright Bass and Amplifier Vol. 1 a couple years ago, it took me a while to really get my head around it. The work he creates in this context is not only cathartic but deeply introspective as well. Tonal movements find empty spaces to scythe the air at full flex, hacking down decayed boundaries that surround us. With Vol. 2, … Continue reading Video Premiere: Luke Stewart “Works For Upright Bass and Amplifier Vol. 2”

Luke Stewart & Jarvis Earnshaw Quartet s/t

Few artists have been more central to my listening over the last few years than Luke Stewart. His work is in constant motion as he maps out a singular path, exploring an ever-expanding sonic palette. That said, some of his most engaging work has been in ensembles whether it was the all-timer Exposure Quinet release on Astral Spirits last year, all things Irreversible Entanglements, or this intriguing quartet … Continue reading Luke Stewart & Jarvis Earnshaw Quartet s/t

Luke Stewart “Works For Electric Bass Guitar”

There’s not much out there like Luke Stewart’s solo works for electric bass. This new joint for Tripticks Tapes (who are having an unbelievalbe run right now) is a one-take, surprisingly meditative excursion where the technique develops a range of alien sonics that, at times, barely sound like bass at all.  Not everything on Works For Electic Bass Guitar is pensive, sometimes it downright cryptic. … Continue reading Luke Stewart “Works For Electric Bass Guitar”

Bob Bellerue “Radioactive Desire”

Everything disintegrates eventually. Whether it sinks back into the soil or eviscerates itself into ephemera, sucked back into the open air, permanence isn’t real. Across more than two hours, Bellerue and a crew consisting of some of the foremost artists in the avant garde and free improvisation world ratchet up a bevy of combustible tensions, working feedback to the furthest reaches and surprising depths. Opener … Continue reading Bob Bellerue “Radioactive Desire”

Astral Spirits’ Expanding Universe

An interview with Astral Spirits founder, Nate Cross, on origins, current projects, and using your platform. Astral Spirits has become one of the most recognizable labels in the world of experimental jazz and improvised music. Since starting it in 2014, founder Nate Cross has pushed boundaries and expanded his offerings with the Astral Editions label. Cross is someone after my own heart, always looking forward and trying to figure how … Continue reading Astral Spirits’ Expanding Universe

Patrick Shiroishi/Luke Stewart split

I’m not sure I can name two people who are on better runs than Patrick Shiroishi and Luke Stewart, so seeing the two team up for a split makes sense. Each presents a side long piece that seamlessly complement one another, making the case for the two to collaborate as a duo some day. I can hope, anyway. Shiroishi’s offering, “Staying Human” (what a great … Continue reading Patrick Shiroishi/Luke Stewart split