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Ruinous beauty, hauling a bass sax up the stairs, Hendrix's face, worlds of breath. The saxophonist and composer discusses his important albums. Colin's picks: Hendrix – Band Of Gypsys Peter Brötzmann / Bill Laswell – Low Life Enya – Shepherd Moons Sam Cooke – Live At The Harlem Square Club, 1963 Colin's new album Chimæra I is out now via ROOM40. Y…
 
Intuitive resonance, cataclysmic dualities, bandleader grace. The UK-based saxophonist discusses three important albums. Xhosa's picks: Sonny Rollins – With The Modern Jazz Quartet Shirley Horn Trio – Softly Balimaya Project – Wolo So Xhosa's latest album, Ibeji, is out now on Stoney Lane Records. Listen here. His website is here. Donate to Crucial…
 
Heart wrung like a towel, Skullcandy bass, the magic of music boxes. The Beirut-based multi-instrumentalist, video artist and puppeteer discusses three important albums. Yara's picks: Aphex Twin – Drukqs Colleen – Et Les Boîtes À Musique Daniel Johnston – Hi, How Are You Yara's debut album, Home Recordings 2018 - 2021, is out now via Hive Mind Reco…
 
Visions of hell/paradise, two G's in eggs, bizarre lemonade. The composer/multi-instrumentalist from Austin, Texas discusses three important albums. Mari's picks: Jim O'Rourke – Eureka Robert Ashley – Private Parts SOPHIE – Product The fabulous Strawberry Season by More Eaze is out now via Leaving Records. Check it out on Bandcamp or Boomkat. Mari …
 
Vocal imitation games, aural cocktails, jazz-adjacent ingenuity. The New York-based composer and pianist discusses three important albums. Phillip's picks: Ensemble Organum & Marcel Peres – Guillaume de Machaut: Messe de Notre-Dame Ran Blake – Painted Rhythms: The Compleat Ran Blake Volume 1 The Claudia Quintet – I, Claudia Phillip's debut solo alb…
 
Too-short tracks, dying melodies, birds mimicking electronics, the highest organ note. The musicians and collaborators discuss their important albums. Julian's picks: J Dilla – Donuts Jean C. Roché – Birds Of Venezuela Feldermelder's picks: Autechre – LP5 Pedro Santos – Krishnanda Bonn Route is out now via -OUS. Check it out here. Also worth checki…
 
Tim Hecker beneath the aurora borealis, nerdy icebreakers, blurs and beats. The Turkey-born, UK-based composer and guitarist discusses three important albums. Elif's picks: Tim Hecker – Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again Tangerine Dream – Rubycon Bowery Electric – Beat Elif's new album, Green Drift, is out now on Expert Sleepers. Her website is over he…
 
Harnessing ugliness, memories of Okinawa, Pärt in the snow. The Japanese vocal performer discusses three important albums. Hatis' picks: Meredith Monk – Mercy Yasukatsu Oshima with Geoffrey Keezer – S/T Arvo Pärt – Tabula Rasa Hatis Noit's new album, Aura, is out now on Erased Tapes. Check it out on Bandcamp or on the Erased Tapes site. Donate to C…
 
Hours of jazz in the city, matching Spiderland tattoos, vertiginous rabbit holes. The guitarist and label curator discusses three important albums. Greg's picks: Miles Davis – Bitches Brew Slint – Spiderland Bernard Herrmann – Vertigo OST Head over to The Lord Bandcamp to hear/buy the first album Forest Nocturne, and to preview/preorder the upcomin…
 
Sad tween car journeys, dismantled pop, pioneers of Baltimore Club. The South Asian-American vocalist, sitarist, composer and producer discusses three important albums. Ami's picks: Sardari Begum – OST Portishead – Third K-Swift – Club Queen Vol. 3 Ami's new album, The Living World's Demands, is out on November 4th via Phantom Limb and Leaving Reco…
 
Brazen electronic keys, odes to the rig, ripping everything out. The UK composer and performer discusses three important albums. Laurie's picks: "Blue" Gene Tyranny – Out Of The Blue Improved Sound Limited – Road Trax Mica Levi – Blue Alibi Laurie released three new albums this Spring: Years Went By with Eliza McCarthy via Entr'acte, Fatty via 33-3…
 
Raga of the spine, stretched like honey dripping, body-recalibration drones. The Mexico-born, Chicago-based visual and sound artist discusses three important albums. Rocio's picks: Weyes Bluhd – Strange Chalices Of Seeing Carl Stone – Mom's David First – Privacy Issues (droneworks 1996 – 2009) Rocio's debut album, Invisible Miracles, is out now on …
 
Haunting organs, sitting inside tape loops, endless questions. The Oslo-based multidisciplinary artist discusses three important albums. Jenny's picks: Henning Christiansen – Op. 50 Requiem Of Art (Aus "Celtic") Fluxorum Organum II Robert Ashley – Private Parts Lost Girls – Menneskekollektivet Jenny's new album, Here Is Always Somewhere Else, is ou…
 
Feedback as praxis, weird fragments, the first true drone show. The Cree, Canadian, interdisciplinary artist and sound designer discusses three important albums. Chloe's picks: Les Rallizes Denudes – Mizutani Coil – Backwards (Demos) Phill Niblock – Music Chloe's new album, They Can Never Burn The Stars, is out now on SIGE. Follow her on Instagram …
 
Black metal vs Aphex Twin, sad tape loops, the best screamo of all time. The UK-based artist and multi-instrumentalist discusses three important albums. Zen's picks: The Appleseed Cast – Low Level Owl, Vol. 1 Welcome The Plague Year – S/T Everyday Loneliness – Appropriation Cremation Lily's new album, Dreams Drenched In Static, is out now on The Fl…
 
Earth-shifting philosophies, wordless shoegaze treasures, cinematic heartache. The MC and producer discusses three important albums. Will's picks: Boogie Down Productions – Criminal Minded / By All Means Necessary All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors – Turning Into Small Tom Petty – Wildflowers Check out Dälek's new album, Precipice, over on Bandcamp (…
 
A weaving of voices, moments of pure connection, sibling influences. The Narrm/Melbourne-based drummer and composer discusses three important albums. Maria's picks: The Necks – Open Alice Coltrane – Journey In Satchidananda Tyondai Braxton – HIVE1 Maria's new album For Leolanda is out now on ROOM40. Check it out here, along with her other works. Ma…
 
Myspace discoveries, kaleidoscopic sonics, the beam shining through. The Yokohama-born, London-based producer discusses three important albums. Hinako's picks: The Knife – Silent Shout Linda Perhacs – Parallelograms Beverly Glenn-Copeland – Keyboard Fantasies Hinako Omori's new album, a journey... is out now on Houndstooth. Check it out on Bandcamp…
 
Reaching beyond our world, the thing in all its magnificence, the butterfly on your hand. The violinist, composer, improviser and interdisciplinary artist discusses three important albums. Biliana's picks: Sofia Gubaidulina – Offertorium Frances-Marie Uitti – Utopian Spaces Rhodri Davies, David Sylvian, Mark Wastell – There Is No Love Read about Bi…
 
Divine possession, accessing a communal psyche, opening quantum windows. The guitar player and electroacoustic composer discusses three important albums. Stefano's picks: Franco Battiato – La voce del Padrone Loren Connors – Sails Bernard Parmegiani – De Natura Sonorum Stefano's new album is out now on Die Schachtel, complete with some seriously go…
 
Mum meets the Beatles, live environment failures, waves of transformative energy. The composer of experimental and electroacoustic music discusses three important albums. Yiorgis' picks: The Beatles – 20 Greatest Hits Iannis Xenakis – La Légende d'Eer Swans – The Glowing Man Yiorgis' latest album, Fons et Origo, is out now via miclithuania. Check i…
 
Stretched instruments, drudging through the mud, Kanye on the space highway. The Brooklyn-based Asian American musician and composer discusses three important albums. OHYUNG's picks: Mica Levi – Under The Skin OST Dean Blunt – Black Metal Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy imagine naked! is out 22nd April on NNA Tapes. Check it out on t…
 
Sulphur and molasses, museums and ice cream, reverence for the beautiful. The avant garde ballard-purveyor discusses three important albums. Eric's picks: Betty Carter – Inside Betty Carter Richard Dawson – The Glass Trunk Martin Arnold – 'Stain Ballads' Eric's new album, Say Laura, is out now via Constellation and Murailles Music. Check it out on …
 
Wombic alien mechanics, circuit-bent FIFA, worldbuilding soundtrack serendipity. The Syrian-born, Sweden-based artist discusses three important albums. Obay's picks: Boards Of Canada – Music Has The Right To Children C418 – Minecraft: Volume Alpha / Volume Beta Celer – Discourses Of The Withered Check out Obay's splendid record Sandbox right here. …
 
Dr. Will Tuttle has been vegan since 1980. He earned his PhD from UC Berkeley, and authored The World Peace Diet which has been translated and published in 16 languages, in addition to other books including Circles of Compassion, Buddhism & Veganism, and more. Over several decades Will has delivered over 4000 live audience presentations, in over 50…
 
Gargling fire, empty samplers, ruined picture discs. Crucial Listening host Jack Chuter shares his three important albums. Jack's picks: Meshuggah – Nothing (2002 version) Jesu – S/T Sachiko M – Bar Sachiko Many thanks for allowing me this bout of self-indulgent podcast host catharsis. Donate to Crucial Listening on ko-fi: https://ko-fi.com/crucial…
 
Totality in music, lyrical homicide, destroyed Barbie dolls. The experimental music performer and instrument-maker discusses three important albums. Ramsey Lewis – Mother Nature's Son T. Rex – Electric Warrior Violent Onsen Geisha – Excrete Music evicshen tours the US with Machine Girl in February 2022 – check out the dates here. She'll also be pla…
 
Jack Etkin is an independent media producer in Victoria BC, unceded Lkwungen/Songhees Territory. For many years he co-hosted a CFUV university/community radio program called “Solutions,” and about 12 years ago he launched “Face to Face” and then "Citizens' Forum” on a community TV channel hosted by SHAW. Archives of "Citizens' Forum" are online at …
 
VHS basslines, definitive ambient, record shopping in Woolworths. The London-based musician and anarchist discusses three important albums. Martin's picks: LFO – Frequencies Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92 Pete Namlook – The Definitive Ambient Collection Vol. 1 Head over to sm-ll.com and partner label Tapes For Mates. For mastering/suppor…
 
Everybody against everybody, the left hand of the Qin master, tin can Beatles. The Beijing-based musician and poet talks about three important albums. Yan Jun's picks: Ævangelist – Enthrall To The Void Of Bliss Various – Sound Spaces: 9 Sound Installations The Qin Repertoire Of LIU Shao-Chun Check out the websites for Yan Jun's own work and Sub Jam…
 
Liturgical lullaby, canine concrète, a chess game that never ends. The Chicago-based media artist and composer talks about three important albums. Olivia's picks: Alèmu Aga – Éthiopiques 11: The Harp Of King David Beatriz Ferreyra – Huellas Entreveradas Morton Feldman – For Samuel Beckett Honourable mention: Kim Jung Mi – Now Olivia also mentioned …
 
Isabella La Rocca González is an award winning artist, she’s also an educator and activist working primarily with photography and motion pictures. Her work is part of a long tradition in photography: to bring to light and find beauty in the disregarded, hidden, unconscious, or commonplace. Isabella has taught art and photography to thousands of stu…
 
Spontaneous trips to Genoa, bloop speakers, big Tori energy. The LA-based musician and visual artist discusses three important albums. Emma's picks: Sibylle Baier – Colour Green Shape Of Despair – Monotony Fields Tori Amos – Boys For Pele Emma's new album Engine Of Hell is out now via Sargent House. Head over to her site for three beautiful music v…
 
Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel || People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel is a Primatologist, she has studied the human-primate interface for 35 years. Her scientific career has spanned the field, the research laboratory, and the undergraduate classroom, and currently serves as senior science adviser on primate experimentation with P…
 
Robyn Chuter is a Naturopath and Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner at Empower Total Health, she’s also studied public health policy, and she is a researcher and writer contributing interviews and articles, published at her SubStack account, shining a light into the dark corners of the Sars Co V 2 and Vax reaction narrative. In this discussion, a litt…
 
Sarina Farb is a vegan educator, public speaker, and liberation activist working to make world a better place for all beings. Being born and raised vegan in Kansas taught Sarina to think for herself and stand for justice even when it’s unpopular. Today Sarina focuses on combining heart and science to empower individuals to think critically, see pas…
 
Jennifer Molidor is Senior Food Campaigner at the Centre for Biological diversity, helping to lead the sustainable food initiatives including the Take Extinction Off Your Plate campaign. Her recent article is titled “Creating a Just Food System that protects People, Wildlife, and the Environment.” We talk about the failure of conferences like Cop 2…
 
Perceptual geographies, Dylan's near misses, Coltrane's unresolved places. The LA-based artist and composer discusses three important albums. Byron's picks: Maryanne Amacher – Sound Characters (Making The Third Ear) Bob Dylan – Planet Waves John Coltrane – Sun Ship Byron's fabulous new record, Mirror Views, is out now via Ash International. His web…
 
Robyn Chuter is a well accredited and widely respected Naturopath living and working in Queensland Australia. In a previous interview, Robyn told us about how our immune system works, its connection and influence with the complex gut microbiome, and the importance of eating a healthy whole foods plant based diet to maintain good health. In this vid…
 
Jen Deighan-Schenk is an Animal Rights activist and has worked as an investigator inside mink farms, egg laying facilities, and other Ontario farms. She’s involved with various groups including We the Free, the Animal Save Movement, Anonymous for the Voiceless, and most recently led a Meat the Victims action in Southern Ontario that was shut down b…
 
Jonathan Balcombe was born in England, he has lived in New Zealand and the United States, and currently calls Ontario home. He is a biologist with a PhD in ethology, which is the study of animal behavior. Jonathan's books include Pleasurable Kingdom, Second Nature, The Exultant Ark, What a Fish Knows, SuperFly, and Jake and Ava - A Boy and a Fish. …
 
Weird industrial synths, rapping over alarm clocks, Kubrick with 2 bricks. The Zambian-Canadian rapper and producer discusses three important albums. Ashanti's picks: Janet Jackson – The Velvet Rope Death Grips – The Money Store Danny Brown – The Atrocity Exhibition Check out the BACKXWASH website here. She's also on Twitter and Bandcamp. Donate to…
 
Anita Krajnc is formerly a professor of Political Studies at Queens University in Kingston, but she’s better known as the co-founder of Toronto Pig Save, an organization that bears witness to animals in their final moments as they approach slaughterhouses. Since 2010 the Animal Save Movement has become a global phenomenon, with 1000 chapters in man…
 
Stephanie Feldstein is the Population and Sustainability Director at the Center for Biological Diversity, where she heads a national program that addresses the connection between human population growth, overconsumption, and the wildlife extinction crisis. Stephanie created the innovative Take Extinction Off Your Plate campaign, and her work has be…
 
Ever-heavier tape trades, music for twenty radio stations, new urgencies. The composer, artist and improviser discusses three important albums. Raven's picks: Mr Bungle – Disco Volante José Maceda – Ugnayan Moor Mother – Fetish Bones The latest record by Endlings – Raven's band with John Dieterich – is out now on Whited Sepulchre. Head over to Rave…
 
Dr. Will Tuttle has been vegan since 1980. He earned his PhD from UC Berkeley, and authored The World Peace Diet which has been translated and published in 16 languages. Will has delivered over 4000 live audience presentations, in over 50 countries worldwide and in all 50 US states, encouraging compassion and vegan living, and he has appeared in ma…
 
Anastasia Marie Yarbrough is a voice and wellness coach. She helps people find their voices, express their authentic selves, and reclaim their lives. Her approach draws on lived experience and background as a music educator, voice and strings teacher, somatic movement educator, classical musician, jazz and R&B singer, facilitator, critical animal s…
 
More mayonnaise, electrified tango, unapologetic folk. The musician, composer and multimedia artist discusses three important albums. Cecilia's picks: Charly Garcia – Clics Modernos Violeta Parra – Composiciones Para Guitarra Eduardo Rovira – Sonico The audio documentation of RED(DB) is out now via Relative Pitch Records. Head over to Cecilia's web…
 
Ruben Guzman graduated from UCLA with a Master’s in Public Health in 1988 and made the decision to pursue a career promoting health, rather than treating disease. He studied Lifestyle Medicine, healthcare administration, and consulting, at the same time conducting his own research, giving seminars, and he’s authored books including The Swimming Dri…
 
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