Playlist.

A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears lately.

Spotify jukebox does not correspond precisely with the listed selections that follow, but maintains the playlist’s continuity and personality.

Suffocation…of the Dark Light (Nuclear Blast; 2017)


ObituaryObituary (Relapse; 2017)

MemoriamFor the Fallen (Nuclear Blast; 2017)


ExpulsionNightmare Future (Relapse; 2017)

ImmolationAtonement (Nuclear Blast; 2017)


CelerOasis [Pt. 2] – Abyssal Mirage (self-released; 2017)


John ColtraneColtrane (Impulse!; 1962/2002)


CelerOasis [Pt. 3] – Summer Night (self-released; 2017)


Rafael Anton IrisarriThe Shameless Years (Umor Rex; due Aug. 25, 2017)


So PercussionSo Percussion (Cantaloupe; 2004)
> Evan ZiporynMelody Competition – David Schotzko, Robert Esler; David Langthe so-called laws of nature


VictoireCathedral City (New Amsterdam; 2010)
> Missy MazzoliA Door Into the Dark; I am coming for my things; Cathedral City; Like a Miracle; The Diver; A Song for Mick Kelly; A Song for Arthur Russell; India Whiskey


Ellen ArkbroFor organ and brass – Zinc & Copper (Subtext; 2017)


Jonah Parzen-JohnsonI Try to Remember Where I Come From (Clean Feed; 2017)


Multa NoxLiving Pearl (NNA Tapes; 2017)


CaifanesEl Silencio (RCA; 1992)


SwansFilth (Neutral/Young God; 1983/2015)

Miya Masaoka, Zeena Parkins and Myra MelfordMZM (Infrequent Seams; due Aug. 11, 2017; listen here)


Sam SowyrdaLuminous Horizons (Gold Bolus; 2017)


NavelAmbient 1: Music for Spaceports (Taping Desk O-phon Mania; 2009)


Sonny Rollins Quartet with Don CherryComplete Live at the Village Gate 1962 (Solar; 2015)


JlinBlack Origami (Planet Mu; 2017)


Dennis González Inspiration Band featuring Henry GrimesNile River Suite (daagnim; 2003)


Ian Boddy/Sid Smith/Jane MolloyOther Rooms (DiN; 1979-83/2013)

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