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Friday, November 24, 2017

Cuneiform's Year In Review: 2017


Cuneiform Records Wishes You A
Very Happy Thanksgiving


We are especially grateful for Cuneiform fans worldwide and the fact that throughout 2017 we've been able to release a wealth of uniquely wonderful music including 11 albums and our FIRST EVER BOX SET!


Art Zoyd's 44 1/2 : Live and Unreleased Works
OUT ON NOVEMBER 24, 2017

For those of you who may have missed seeing what we released and want to experience them now, you'll find all of this year's albums listed below with links to the music so you can try them before you buy them!


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Cuneiform's Year in Review 2017

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Jazz & Beyond (New Recordings) | Rock & Beyond (New Recordings)

Jazz & Beyond: New Recordings



Raoul Björkenheim / eCsTaSy
Doors of Perception

Genre: Jazz / Improv
Format: CD / Digital
Release Date: 10/6/2017

Finnish-American guitarist Raoul Björkenheim and Ecstasy take a trip into the unknown with Doors of Perception, a session of kaleidoscopically inventive improvisation. The album captures an extraordinary working ensemble stretching into transfixing new spaces, settings defined as much by texture, vibe and sinuous melodic lines as by rhythmic and harmonic structures.

Ecstasy continues to expand its sonic palette. Over the course of seven years the musicians have forged a riveting communion. Capaciously inventive, rigorously gutsy and unapologetically Nordic, the music flows from the forbidding Finnish landscape and the hothouse Helsinki scene that gave birth to the band.

One sure sign of the quartet’s deep connection is the way they distill ideas. Sequenced as a stream of consciousness train of impressions, Doors of Perception features 10 tracks that all clock in under five minutes. Rather than exploring extended forms or expansive soundscapes the music is marked by pithy statements and compressed drama.

PROMOTIONAL TRACK:
"Ecstasy Dance"
stream:
SOUNDCLOUD - BANDCAMP - YOUTUBE

PRESS MATERIALS:
PRESS RELEASE (PDF)
PROMO PHOTOS [ 1 | 2 ]
COVER IMAGE

PURCHASE LINKS:
ITUNES - AMAZON
BANDCAMP [HD 96khz/24 bit]
WAYSIDE MUSIC


ARTIST SITES:
OFFICIAL (Bjorkenheim) - OFFICIAL (Ecstasy)
CUNEIFORM


The Ed Palermo Big Band
The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren

Format: CD / Digital
Release Date: 10/6/2017

The Ed Palermo Big Band combines two unlikely American masters with The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren, a dizzying and ingenious reinvention of music by Todd Rundgren and Frank Zappa, two much-loved but drastically different American rock composers.

Ed Palermo may have gained an international following with his ingenious orchestral arrangements of Frank Zappa tunes, but he’s hardly a one-trick pony. Earlier in the year the saxophonist released an uproarious and hugely acclaimed double album The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes 1 & 2, a project celebrating an expansive roster of songs by successive waves of music by the British invasion. With his new big band project, Palermo is back on his home turf, but the landscape feels strange and uncanny. He’s reclaiming the Zappa songbook, filtering Frank through the emotionally charged lens of the polymathic musical wizard Todd Rundgren in a wild and wooly transmogrification. Palermo somehow captures the essence of these iconoclastic masters, making Zappa Zappier and Todd more Rundgrenian.

PROMOTIONAL TRACK:
"Flamingo (Todd Rundgren)" stream:
SOUNDCLOUD - BANDCAMP - YOUTUBE

PRESS MATERIALS:
PRESS RELEASE (PDF)
PROMO PHOTOS [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 ]
COVER IMAGE

PURCHASE LINKS:
ITUNES - AMAZON
BANDCAMP - WAYSIDE MUSIC


ARTIST SITES:
OFFICIAL - CUNEIFORM
TWITTER - FACEBOOK


The Great Harry Hillman
Tilt

Genre: Jazz / Post-Jazz
Format: CD / Digital
Release Date: 5/26/2017

Switzerland doesn’t produce many musical acts compared to other European countries, but the ones that do emerge are always of the highest quality. The Great Harry Hillman is a quartet from Lucerne, a lakeside city in the center of the country. About the name: Harry Hillman was an American athlete who won three gold medals at the 1904 Summer Olympics. That the hurdler Harry Hillman deserved his own band became apparent when exactly 105 years later The Great Harry Hillman came into being. Performing a sort of undefinable post-jazz which represents the jazz and creative music of today, we all feel quite that Harry Hillman would be pleased! The Great Harry Hillman’s music on Tilt combines jazz, rock, and improv into a subdued, layered, yet thrilling sound that will appeal to fans of bands like Radian or Tortoise, as well as modern jazz artists like Mary Halvorson.

PROMOTIONAL TRACK:
"The New Fragrance"
stream:
SOUNDCLOUD - BANDCAMP - YOUTUBE

MUSIC VIDEO:
"How to Dice an Onion" (Official 360 Video)

PRESS MATERIALS:
PRESS RELEASE (PDF)
PROMO PHOTOS [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 ]
COVER IMAGE

PURCHASE LINKS:
ITUNES - AMAZON
BANDCAMP - WAYSIDE MUSIC


ARTIST SITES:
OFFICIAL - CUNEIFORM
TWITTER - FACEBOOK



Chicago / London Underground
A Night Walking Through Mirrors

Genre: Jazz / Experimental / Creative Music
Format: CD / Digital
Release Date: 2/24/2017

At a time when the world is mired in divisiveness, it takes visionaries to build bridges rather than tear them down. “This is protest music,” insists Rob Mazurek. “It always has been. That’s why it’s called ‘Underground’. For the last two decades the Chicago Underground Duo Rob Mazurek and Chad Taylor – have created music meant to open minds and explore alien territory.  Now, on A Night Walking Through Mirrors, they’ve created a new Transatlantic partnership in the form of Chicago / London Underground, inviting a pair of renowned British improvisers – Alexander Hawkins and John Edwards – into the creative fold. The result is an expansive sonic adventure whose every unexpected note and alchemical reaction runs counter to the limited imaginations ruling social media name-calling and clannish provincialism.

PROMOTIONAL TRACK:
"Boss Redux" [excerpt]
stream:
SOUNDCLOUD - BANDCAMP - YOUTUBE

PRESS MATERIALS:

PRESS RELEASE (PDF)
PROMO PHOTOS [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 ]
COVER IMAGE

PURCHASE LINKS:
ITUNES - AMAZON
BANDCAMP - WAYSIDE MUSIC


ARTIST SITES:
OFFICIAL (Mazurek) - CUNEIFORM



The Microscopic Septet
Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me:
The Micros Play the Blues

Genre: Jazz
Format: CD / Digital
Release Date: 2/10/2017

What happens when you put the blues under a microscope? When the lens is wielded by the incisive deconstructivists of the Microscopic Septet, the musical odyssey traverses territory that’s disarmingly strange, pleasingly familiar and consistently revelatory. It takes an unusual band to make news out of the blues, and The Microscopic Septet deliver a gripping investigation of the form on Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me: The Micros Play the Blues, which continues the band’s brilliant resurgence. This new album builds on the band’s longstanding love of that most basic and profound musical form, bringing the same reverently irreverent and insistently playful approach to the blues that has marked the Micros music from the beginning.         

PROMOTIONAL TRACK:
"Don’t Mind If I Do"
stream:
SOUNDCLOUD - BANDCAMP - YOUTUBE

PRESS MATERIALS:

PRESS RELEASE (PDF)
PROMO PHOTOS [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 ]
COVER IMAGE

PURCHASE LINKS:
ITUNES - AMAZON
BANDCAMP - WAYSIDE MUSIC


ARTIST SITES:
OFFICIAL - CUNEIFORM
FACEBOOK



The Ed Palermo Big Band
The Great Un-American Songbook:
Volumes I & II

Genre: Jazz
Format: 2xCD / Digital
Release Date: 2/24/2017

Crazy times call for outrageous music, and few jazz ensembles are better prepared to meet the surreality of this reality-TV-era than the antic and epically creative Ed Palermo Big Band. The New Jersey saxophonist, composer and arranger is best known for his celebrated performances interpreting the ingenious compositions of Frank Zappa. But his fifth project for Cuneiform, The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes 1 & 2, is a love letter to the rockers who ruled the AM and FM airwaves in the 1960s via successive waves of the British Invasion. The 18-piece EPBB lovingly reinvents songs famous and obscure, leaving them readily recognizable and utterly transformed. The first installments in what he hopes to be an ongoing project, these two volumes give a whole new meaning to 'swinging London'.

PROMOTIONAL TRACK:
"The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (Traffic)"
stream:
SOUNDCLOUD - BANDCAMP - YOUTUBE

PRESS MATERIALS:
PRESS RELEASE (PDF)
PROMO PHOTOS [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 ]
COVER IMAGE

PURCHASE LINKS:
ITUNES - AMAZON
BANDCAMP - WAYSIDE MUSIC


ARTIST SITES:
OFFICIAL - CUNEIFORM
TWITTER - FACEBOOK

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Rock & Beyond: New Recordings


Schnellertollermeier
Rights

Genre: Rock / Experimental-Avant-Psych-Minimal Rock / Jazz / Post-Jazz
Format: LP / CD / Digital
Release Date: 10/6/2017

Clarity. Attitude. Skill. These really aren’t qualities that define our present time. All too often, our ephemeral reality finds itself reflected in a jittery retro-music that sucks its data from the Cloud – that atomised archive accessible to all. Schnellertollermeier’s fourth album is their reply to all this: Rights, and it offers ample demonstration of their own clarity and ability. Rights comprises four pieces, every one of them inscribed with radicalism. Each is built on just a few ideas and develops out of them until it sounds like a Cubist work of art that seems to gaze out from the most varied of perspectives, but always in the same direction. This is the key to the immense depth and beauty of this album. Apart from the fact that it simply blows you away.

You could say that Rights is the result of this process of consolidation. Schnellertollermeier has an immense presence – that’s the first thing you notice. Initially, you only hear concise, repetitive patterns, but you can already feel their powerful energy while performing, their will to play out and not to yield to any ceremonial, reductionist modes. The pressure is high, their concentration levels too, and their energy levels aren’t a sudden spasm but a prerequisite. This music is complex, but never so much so that the band couldn’t play it with something in reserve. That keeps their music open and free – for themselves, and also for those who hear it. Schnellertollermeier is never brash. They regulate the intensity of their sound with the highly controlled nuances of a precision engineer handling thumbscrews. They never discharge an impertinent punch – instead it’s outstretched, held out, and offered up.

PROMOTIONAL TRACK:
"Rights [Part 1]"
stream:
SOUNDCLOUD - BANDCAMP - YOUTUBE

MUSIC VIDEOS:
"Rights" (Official Live Video)

PRESS MATERIALS:
PRESS RELEASE (PDF)
PROMO PHOTOS [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]
COVER IMAGE

PURCHASE LINKS:
ITUNES - AMAZON
BANDCAMP [HD 96khz/24 bit]
WAYSIDE MUSIC [LP]


ARTIST SITES:
OFFICIAL - CUNEIFORM
FACEBOOK


Art Zoyd
44 1/2: Live and Unreleased Works
[Box Set]

Genre: Rock / Post-Rock / Avant-Progressive / Rock In Opposition / Electronic / Classical / Avant-Classical / New Music / Art Music
Format: Box Set (12xCD + 2xDVD + 2xBOOK + 2xPOSTER) / Digital Download
Release Date: 11/24/2017

Trying to make France's Art Zoyd fit into a single neat description is an exercise in futility. Sometimes they're fiendish sonic saboteurs bent on destroying listener's preconceptions about the way music works. Sometimes they're musical sorcerers conjuring strange but bewitching moments of lyrical beauty.

You could call them the original post-rock band, moving on from the dark, stormy sounds of prog legends like Magma and King Crimson to something that makes even those fearless explorers sound conventional by comparison. You'd be equally accurate in dubbing them avant-classical composers, whose experimental visions are influenced by Stravinsky and Schoenberg.

They were members of the notorious Rock In Opposition (RIO) movement alongside the likes of Henry Cow and Univers Zero. They're impressionistic soundtrack composers. They're a band. They're a multimedia collective. Ultimately they're simply Art Zoyd. And it takes a document as massive and monumental as the 12-CD/2-DVD/2-Book set 44 1/2 to even come close to offering a comprehensive picture of what they're all about.

Containing hours of live and unreleased material from the vast Art Zoyd archives, 44 1/2 delves into the dense jungle of wildly diverse periods in a story that goes all the way back to the '70s. But it also provides many of the missing links in their long, knotty discography, filling in the gaps between their official releases and weaving together all of Art Zoyd's disparate stylistic strands into a majestic, multicolored, even imposing tapestry.

PROMOTIONAL TRACK:
"Tone Reverse"
stream:
SOUNDCLOUD - BANDCAMP - YOUTUBE

PRESS MATERIALS:
PRESS RELEASE (PDF)
COVER IMAGE

PURCHASE LINKS:
ITUNES - AMAZON
BANDCAMP - WAYSIDE MUSIC


ARTIST SITES:
OFFICIAL - CUNEIFORM
TWITTER - FACEBOOK


Bubblemath
Edit Peptide

Genre: Rock / Eclectic Prog / Avant-Pop / Technical Metal
Format: CD / Digital
Release Date: 5/26/2017

Fifteen years in the making, Minnesota eclectic prog / avant-pop / art-math quintet Bubblemath's sophmore sequence, Edit Peptide, provides a worthwhile wait with it's non-formulaic formula of lively textures, wacky and virtuosic musicianship, hypnotically robust vocals and charmingly astute attitude. Blending in-your-face intricacy with eccentric experimentation, dense and poppy harmonies, symphonic vibrancy and tongue-in-cheek foundation, Bubblemath are clever and musically intricate, but despite their loyal adherence to high information-density compositional constructs, they make serious and seriously quirky music that doesn't take itself too seriously and allows the fun to shine through.

It's not often that a band releases a new album after such a long hiatus, let alone something that exceeds expectations beyond fans’ wildest dreams. Somehow, though, Bubblemath has done just that with Edit Peptide. By conducting so many divergent styles, refining their songwriting and compositional skills, and most of all, sticking to their guns when it comes to crafting highly challenging and adventurous, but also quite hypnotic and welcoming, tunes, the quintet proves just how perfectly a band can fuse the familiar and the fresh..  

PROMOTIONAL TRACK:
"The Sensual Con"
stream:
SOUNDCLOUD - BANDCAMP - YOUTUBE

PRESS MATERIALS:
PRESS RELEASE (PDF)
PROMO PHOTOS [ 1 | 2 | 3 ]
COVER IMAGE

PURCHASE LINKS:
ITUNES - AMAZON
BANDCAMP - WAYSIDE MUSIC


ARTIST SITES:
OFFICIAL - CUNEIFORM
TWITTER - FACEBOOK



Miriodor
Signal 9

Genre: Rock / Avant-Progressive
Format: CD / Digital
Release Date: 5/12/2017

"Metaphorically, we could say that Miriodor is a planet, with aliens communicating in their mysterious ways with planet Earth," says Miriodor's keyboardist, Pascal Globensky. In that sense, the long-lived Montreal band's ninth album, entitled Signal 9, could simply be considered the ninth set of musical messages from that exotic heavenly body. The Miriodor discography has been building strength upon strength with each successive album. The band combines jazz, classical, rock, and international influences for an arresting, idiosyncratic sound that eludes description but remains immediately identifiable as Miriodor. Once you return to your everyday life after emerging from the alternative universe of Signal 9, the whole album seems like some kind of fever dream you've just emerged from. But the big difference is that it's a dream you're eager to leap right back into again.

PROMOTIONAL TRACK:
"Venin"
stream:
SOUNDCLOUD - BANDCAMP - YOUTUBE

PRESS MATERIALS:
PRESS RELEASE (PDF)
PROMO PHOTOS [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 ]
COVER IMAGE

PURCHASE LINKS:
ITUNES - AMAZON
BANDCAMP - WAYSIDE MUSIC


ARTIST SITES:
OFFICIAL - CUNEIFORM
TWITTER - FACEBOOK



CHEER-ACCIDENT
Putting Off Death

Genre: Rock / Avant-Progressive
Format: LP / CD / Digital
Release Date: 5/12/2017

Bands, like the human beings that comprise them, are mortal. Against all the odds, in the face of an unstable record industry that never embraced their restless experimentation, Chicago avant-rock pioneers CHEER-ACCIDENT have survived to release their 18th album, Putting Off Death. More than 30 years after first joining forces, fellow eclecticists Thymme Jones and Jeff Libersher have faced down the inevitable and returned with a new set of songs that’s as unpredictable, exploratory and viscerally compelling as anything they’ve released over the course of their erratically evolving career. The music is action packed and filled to the brim with living, breathing humanity. The band’s continuing hunger bleeds through in the music’s immediacy. As Jones says, "There's still something to prove."

PROMOTIONAL TRACK:
"Immanence"
stream:
SOUNDCLOUD - BANDCAMP - YOUTUBE

PRESS MATERIALS:
PRESS RELEASE (PDF)
PROMO PHOTOS [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 ]
COVER IMAGE

PURCHASE LINKS:
ITUNES - AMAZON
BANDCAMP - WAYSIDE MUSIC


ARTIST SITES:
OFFICIAL - CUNEIFORM
TWITTER - FACEBOOK



Thinking Plague
Hoping Against Hope

Genre: Rock / Avant-Progressive / Art-Rock / Post-Rock / Post-Classical
Format: CD / Digital
Release Date: 2/10/2017

Clouds scud across a storm-wracked sky, but while briefly exposing rare shards of blue, most often, blacker, gloomier grays lurk behind the mists. Sometimes a work of art enables us to articulate our thoughts and feelings in times of upheaval and chaos. In an era when the world has seemingly come off its hinges, an album like Hoping Against Hope offers listeners the consolation that they are not alone. But more than that, this intellectually complex work offers tools to help us make sense, affectively at least, of the whole sorry mess. Thinking Plague is a storied band, whose thirty-five year history has seen it cleave consistently to the extreme limits of what is possible to do within rock music–influenced by folk, chamber music, and particularly, the avant-garde tradition of twentieth-century classical music.

PROMOTIONAL TRACK:
"The Echoes of Their Cries"
stream:
SOUNDCLOUD - BANDCAMP - YOUTUBE

PRESS MATERIALS:
PRESS RELEASE (PDF)
PROMO PHOTOS [ 1 | 2 ]
COVER IMAGE

PURCHASE LINKS:
ITUNES - AMAZON
BANDCAMP - WAYSIDE MUSIC


ARTIST SITES:
OFFICIAL - CUNEIFORM
FACEBOOK

Saturday, October 14, 2017

For Your Grammy Consideration: Wadada Leo Smith, Ed Palermo Big Band, & other Cuneiform artists..

For Your Consideration for the 2018 Grammy Awards: Cuneiform Records Artists/Releases/Tunes/Art
Cuneiform Records
on Behalf of the Artists

- WADADA LEO SMITH -
- ED PALERMO BIG BAND -
- THE GREAT HARRY HILLMAN -
- SÃO PAULO UNDERGROUND -
- CHEER-ACCIDENT -
- BUBBLEMATH -

presents Music & Album Art & Videos
for Grammy Academy Voters
to Consider
When Selecting their Nominations
for the 2018 Grammy Awards
America's National Parks


Listen on:
Soundcloud / Bandcamp / Youtube

For Your Consideration:

- Album of the Year -
Wadada Leo Smith
America's National Parks
Listen to the Full album

- Best Jazz Instrumental Album-
Wadada Leo Smith
America's National Parks
Listen to the Full album

- Best Improvised Jazz Solo -
"New Orleans: The National Culture Park USA 1718"
Listen to "New Orleans..."

- Best Instrumental Jazz Composition -
"Yellowstone: The First National Park and the Spirit of America – The Mountains, Super-Volcano Caldera and Its Ecosystem 1872"
Listen to "Yellowstone..."



"A trumpeter and composer of penetrating insight."
- The New York Times
With America’s National Parks, visionary composer and Wadada Leo Smith offers his latest epic collection, a suite inspired by the scenic splendor, historic legacy, and political controversies of the country’s public landscapes. Writing for his Golden Quintet, Smith crafts six extended works that explore, confront and question the preserved natural resources that are considered the most hallowed ground in the U.S. – and some that should be.

America's National Parks :
Released:
Oct.14, 2016 on Cuneiform
Album Awards 2017/2016:
* 2017 Jazz Album of the Year -DownBeat Critics Poll
* Best Jazz Album of 2016 -The Quietus
* #1 on Dusted's Best of 2016
* #1 Jazz CD by The Wire
* #2 on NPR Jazz Critics' Poll
* #6 on Slates' Best Jazz Albums of 2016

*The New York Time's Best Albums of 2016

"Wadada Leo Smith: National Treasure"
- DownBeat Magazine cover feature Nov.2016

"Smith is a true master, and America's National Parks is one of his most visionary works"
-The Quietus

"Smith uses his magisterial instrumental voice, his inspirational leadership and his command of classical, jazz and blues forms to remind us of what has gone down and what's still happening."
- DownBeat Magazine

Wadada Leo Smith - Awards
2017/2016:
DownBeat Int'l Critics’ Poll:
2017 Musician of the Year
2017 Trumpeter of the Year
2017 Album of the Year-America's National Parks
Jazz Journalist Association:
2017 Jazz Artist of the Year
Jazz Times Critics Poll
2016 Artists of the Year
2016 Composer of the Year
The Great Un-American Songbook:
Vol. I & II


Listen on:
Soundcloud / Bandcamp / Youtube

For Your Consideration:

- Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album -
The Ed Palermo Big Band
The Great Un-American Songbook:
Vol. I & II

Listen to the Full album
- Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Capella" -
"Diamond Dust"
Listen to "Diamond Dust" here

- Best Arrangement, Instruments & Voice" -
"Beggar's Farm"
Listen to "Beggar's Farm" here



““Arranging is the fun part for me,” [says Palermo] …’ Hearing an arrangement played is the cherry on top, but the process of writing, when the ideas are flowing, that’s the main meal. ...if a day goes by without arranging, I miss it.””
- "Overdue Ovation: Ed Palermo - The Gil Evans of prog-rock",
by Mac Randall, Jazz Times, June 2017

"[Palermo's] skills as an arranger impressed the late Gil Evans, and he’s earned the respect of contemporary heavyweights such as bassist/composer Christian McBride. “I know at least 30 musicians who think he’s one of the greatest musicians and arrangers in the world,” McBride says."
-"Funny as He Goes: Bandleader Ed Palermo laces his seriously good music with wit and irreverence”,
by Michael Roberts, Jazziz, May 2017
The Ed Palermo Big Band's double-disc release, The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes 1 & 2, is a big band jazz love letter to the rockers who ruled the AM and FM airwaves in the 1960s via successive waves of the British Invasion. Led by New Jersey saxophonist, composer and arranger Ed Palermo, the 18-piece EPBB lovingly reinvents songs, leaving them readily recognizable and utterly transformed. The stellar cast of players, many of whom have been in the band for more than a decade, bring expert musicianship and emotional intensity to Palermo’s music. Released Feb.24, 2017

“…this ace bandleader-arranger is dead serious about his song-renovations, striving for exceptional music...premium jazz. Palermo bloody well nails it. ...
Palermo’s modern alchemists spin everything they touch into gold…4 stars
- DownBeat

"Palermo… crafts swinging large ensemble jazz interpretations of both well known and obscure tracks…which breathe new life into these older songs. …The results are phenomenal.
…there is undeniable depth as well as requisite wit... These are not throwaway arrangements, and there is plenty of musical virtuosity. … Palermo…proves jazz is alive and well, and can sound funny and serious at the same time.”
-Audiophile Audition

“…it’s a thrilling rollercoaster ride through the last 50-odd years of prominent musical Brits filtered through a decidedly modern big band lens. …
It’s a brilliant bit of musical reimagining that has long been the hallmark of progressive jazz figures (John Coltrane’s “My Favorite Things,” anyone?) and proves well-suited to Palermo’s strengths as an arranger. ...
There are countless moments of intricately virtuosic instrumental interplay…always in service of the arrangement...
The Great Un-American Songbook: Volumes I & II is a wickedly enjoyable listen from top to bottom. Rating: 8/10
-Popmatters

"Anyone should be entertained by...the powerhouse energy of the 18-piece EPBB. [Rating: Music 4.5/5 Sonics 4/5]“
- The Absolute Sound

Released on Cuneiform May 26, 2017
Listen on:
Soundcloud / Bandcamp / Youtube

For Your Consideration:

- Best Recording Package -
The Great Harry Hillman
Tilt

Hand-assembled origami recording package.
Released on Cuneiform May 26, 2017.

****

- Best Music Video -
The Great Harry Hillman
"How To Dice an Onion"
360° Music Video for "How to Dice an Onion" from Tilt
"“How To Dice an Onion” is a zany wedge of experimental rock er, jazz…eh, it almost defies categorization. Pulsing like a strobe light, it’s carefree but carefree with a collective mindset and a melodic pattern you can hang your hat on. It’s even dance worthy, something you can’t often say about such way out music with a heavy improv bent.
The music video..puts those qualities of the song into vivid, visual display: the band members merrily strutting about as they perform amidst dancing mimes and people in dogs costumes, a trapeze artist overhead and folks frolicking in soap bubbles. It’s all goofy fun, like the song itself.
If you don’t see everything in the video I just described, just take your mouse and drag it across the video screen. Yes, it’s a 360º video! A panoramic scene that has no top, bottom, left or right. You can spend hours watching..and see something new with each viewing. Pretty nifty, huh? The gumption of the Great Harry Hillman knows no bounds."
- Something Else! 360* Video Premiere
"Swiss post-jazz ready for discovery.
This...forward-veering jazz group inexplicably borrowed its name from American Olympian Harry Hillman, who won three gold medals in the 1904 Summer Olympics. ...If you think a foursome who gets its name from an obscure athlete might be a bit different, you’d be correct.
...“How to Dice an Onion”...squeezes experimental rock and jazz together with a touch of Danny Elfman meets Sonic Youth. This is jaunty music which showcases the band’s collective approach and the group’s ability to tinker with expectations and harmonic advancement. “How to Dice an Onion” is nearly dance-ready..."
- Audiophile Audition


"All non- conventional, immediately accessible and, most importantly, fun to listen to. ...The Great Harry Hillman masterfully blends atmospherics with improvisation and Tilt should bring the group some well-deserved recognition in the U.S."
- All About Jazz


São Paulo Underground
Cantos Invisíveis


Listen on:
Soundcloud / Bandcamp / Youtube

For Your Consideration:

- Best Latin Rock, Urban, or Alternative Album -
São Paulo Underground
Cantos Invisíveis
Listen to the Full album



"All the sounds melt and morph as if they were fever-dream memories of a tropical street party."
- DownBeat
Consisting of Marfa, TX resident Rob Mazurek, Guilherme Granado and Mauricio Takara of São Paulo, Brazil, and the Swiss-born Thomas Rohrer, São Paulo Underground is a multi-national, multi-ethnic, multi-everything band whose music blends elements from cutting-edge and traditional Brazilian music with avant jazz and much more. Cantos Invisíveis, their 5th album, features a glorious program of music evoking lost haunts, enduring love, and the sheer delirious joy of making music together. Released on Cuneiform Oct. 14, 2016.

NPR BEST MUSIC OF 2016: Alt.Latino Picks The Best Latin Music of 2016
Hear the Songs:
São Paulo Underground 'Of Golden Summer' from Cantos Invisiveis
"Musicians in every style of the genre we call Latin alternative music are subtly - or not so subtly -challenging expectations and redefining musical rules."
- NPR.org

"São Paulo Underground's work...draws from multiple traditions, each of them already porous and absorbent, and combines ideas from each into something utterly new, while keeping it welcoming to almost any curious listener."
- The Wire
"Mixing the opaque with the diffused and blurring the lines between electric and acoustic, Rob Mazurek’s wide ambition continues to race toward the outer limits of what is possible in music."
- Something Else
CHEER-ACCIDENT
Putting Off Death


Listen on:
Soundcloud / Bandcamp / Youtube

For Your Consideration:

- Best Alternative Music Album -
CHEER-ACCIDENT
Putting Off Death
Listen to the Full album


"Cheer-Accident are the quintessential Chicago post-rock band that, sadly, you may have never heard of. Too bad. They've been exploring head-scratching, creatively fucked-up time signatures and sideways guitar shenanigans...leaving a pronounced influence on the Windy City's art-rock scene. Their playful musical approach is a ripe aesthetic of absurdist humor."
- Pitchfork
"Putting Off Death… bristles with a dynamic mix of jump-cut, quirky rhythms, densely-wrought instrumental orchestration and complex arrangements coupled with uplifting melodies, lyrical and reflective songs whose subject matter ponders questions both ineffable and, as the album title implies, the inevitable."
- Prog Magazine UK
Against all the odds and in the face of an unstable music industry, Chicago avant-rock pioneers CHEER-ACCIDENT have survived over multiple decades to release their 18th album, Putting Off Death. Their new set of songs is as unpredictable, exploratory and viscerally compelling as anything they’ve ever released. The music is action packed and filled to the brim with living, breathing humanity. The band’s continuing hunger bleeds through in the music’s immediacy. As Jones says, "There's still something to prove."
Released on Cuneiform May 12, 2017

“…Cheer Accident’s latest feels like the album Robert Wyatt would have made if he’d...chosen instead to embrace the teen idolhood that could have greeted him post- his hit with “I’m a Believer.”
A lot less strange than either Ruth or Richard, then, and a long way up from rock bottom, Cheer Accident have concocted what could easily rank among America’s best albums of the year-so-far. Indeed, Putting Off Death opens with a haunting triptych of opening numbers that lean towards so many different poles that their sheer coherence is an art form in itself, all the more so since they never lose sight of their essential melodics.”
- Goldmine
"Stumbling upon Cheer- Accident’s unique amalgam of prog and pop is like blundering blindfolded into one of Daniel Silver’s alien sculpture parks and finding yourself sniffing blooms in a fantastical flower garden…
There’s the initial tentative touching upon of relics…(echoes of The Beatles, Magma, News From Babel and Talk Talk reassembled into perversely fresh forms)….More than three decades on from their formation...Cheer-Accident continue to exhibit an unbridled enthusiasm for technicality in (e)motion, matched only by their propensity for invention. Without any doubt, Putting Off Death will be one of 2017’s very best. 5/5 stars."
- Record Collector
“With Putting Off Death, ...veteran art-rock oddballs Cheer-Accident continue to confound”
- Chicago Reader
Bubblemath
Edit Peptide


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"Yes boy and girls, at long last we have a band that is determined to keep the name “Cardiacs” alive and kicking. ...this is complex, tight, and completely off the wall.
Don’t try to work out what time signature a certain piece of a song may be in, or what chord structure they are using, and instead just relish the total insanity and musical chaos of what is going on. They use a (fairly) straightforward musical line-up, just use the instruments in somewhat unusual manners. ...Yes, they all sing.
I love this album, it’s just plain awesome... the songs...manage to be melodic as well as, well, weird. Zappa would love these guys...worth discovering."
- Amplified
Fifteen years in the making, Minnesota eclectic prog / avant-pop / art-math quintet Bubblemath's sophmore sequence, Edit Peptide, provides a worthwhile wait with it's lively textures, wacky and virtuosic musicianship, hypnotically robust vocals and charmingly astute attitude. Blending in-your-face intricacy with eccentric experimentation, dense and poppy harmonies, symphonic vibrancy and tongue-in-cheek foundation, Bubblemath make serious and seriously quirky music that doesn't take itself too seriously and allows the fun to shine through. Released on Cuneiform May 26, 2017

"All manner of minds have been exercised trying to visualize where prog would have gone had exhaustion, punk rock, and a desperate need to escape the genre not conspired to rip its heart out, somewhere around 1975.
Not until the emergence of Bubblemath, however, did any suggestions really seem to fit. …
Bubblemath...hit the nail on the head, and they continue to do so today, with an album that could never have been released at the time, but if you follow an imaginary lineage from then-till-now, Edit Peptide is exactly where we should be today."
-Goldmine

"More remarkable than this attention to detail and meticulous sense of imagination is Bubblemath’s reluctance to sound like anyone else in the pantheon of prog. …the remarkable originality at work in this music ultimately prevails. …
What we have, then, is that rarest of musical artifacts, a sophomore release that lives up to its predecessor and may very well supplant it as an enticing and memorable statement."
- PopMatters

"…Edit Peptide is an exhilarating white knuckle ride... At times jaw-dropping, the technique is used to service the music and the pop elements are frequently on hand, despite the skewed nature of the compositions. …
Edit Peptide is a quite magnificent achievement...it’s a wonder to behold!"
- The Progressive Aspect
Dedicated to cutting-edge, avant-garde music of the highest caliber from around the world, the adventurous and long-standing (founded 1984) Cuneiform Records record label has one of the most impressive catalogues of creative music in the world. Our roster of artists includes established icons as well as fast-rising stars artists, and features some of the world's best and most innovative composers, arrangers, improvisors, and players. Our music spans a wide range of genres, including jazz, rock, electronic and much more, especially music that defies defies, transforms and transcends traditional genres.

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