Review: Rob Ford Explorer – S/T

Just wow. The new self-titled LP from Reno’s Rob Ford Explorer, out earlier this month, is a potent gem, a heady amalgamation of jazz fluidity and math-rock specificity, and a roar-from-the-rooftops collection on par with some of the best you’d hear from similar outfits like Hella or American Don-era Don Caballero. This pair is the…

REVIEW: Oblique Quartet – Tlaloc Beat

Dear Reader: Staff writer Justin Vellucci promised us a review of Oblique Quartet’s debut record,Tlaloc Beat, in his words, “by the end of May, drop-dead latest.” As I am writing this, September is nearly over. In the spirit of fairness to the musicians who labored over the product, we have decided to instead publish Vellucci’s notes…

REVIEW: PAK – “NYJPN”

Listening to PAK, composer Ron Anderson’s vehicle driving through ears a frenetic pastiche of jazz, funk and math-rock, can be transcendent. Writing about them, though, is a whole other matter. It’s a little like unraveling a knot, and a complicated one at that. In 2011, when Anderson and company released PAK’s Secret Curve on Tzadik,…