ASTRAL ASCENDING: Celebrating 5 years of Astral Spirits Records

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ASTRAL ASCENDING is our 5 year anniversary compilation filled to the max with 3+ hours of incredible music culled from our back catalog as well as 16 EXCLUSIVE TRACKS material from Astral Spirits related artists.

This compilation is also a sort of fundraiser. Rather than do the gofundme's or other things we decided to offer you an incredible amount of music for one low price in hopes of spreading the word about the label and to raise some funds for some really incredible stuff happening next year and beyond.

We're only asking $10 (feel free to donate more if you'd like or not) for this compilation. AND for every $10 (if you pay $20 for the comp you get 2 entries, etc) you get one entry into a drawing for a SIGNED COPY of our 2016 release JOE McPHEE "ZURICH (1979)" by Mr. McPhee himself! We're selling the other 4 signed copies for $120 per SO here's your chance to enter a drawing and potentially win one!

Think of Astral Ascending as a look back and a look forward at a small snippet of the music we've released. We've probably released too much in the last 5 years and that's okay. Here's to more years (and a little slower pace).

credits

released September 20, 2019

1. QUIN KIRCHNER GROUP -- Together We Can Explore The Furthest Beyond (Live)
EXCLUSIVE live track from Kirchner and his expanded nonet at the Hungry Brain in Chicago, this was from Kirchner's LP release show. Look for Kirchner's sophomore LP coming soon!

2. ROB MAZUREK -- Love Waves
from Mazurek's recent 2019 release "Love Waves Ecstatic Charge"

3. MICHAEL FOSTER & BEN BENNETT -- Lint Crepper
EXCLUSIVE a track from Foster & Bennett's upcoming 2020 release! A intense followup to their 2017 Astral Spirits tape "In It."

4. REMPIS / PIET / DAISY -- Live
EXCLUSIVE track from the trio that brought us the outstanding "Throw Tomatoes" album we released back in early 2018.

5. DUSTIN LAURENZI'S SNAKETIME -- Maybe
EXCLUSIVE track recorded live at the same time as the "Snaketime" LP but not released previously!

6. BERMAN / LYTTON / ROEKBE -- Oslo (edit)
edit of the bonus track off the trio's upcoming/current LP release "Trio Discrepancies"

7. LISA CAMERON & SANDY EWEN -- Live in Austin
EXCLUSIVE live track from a rare duo gig in ATX. Look for more from this dynamic duo in 2020!

8. MAKO SICA/HAMID DRAKE -- Enchanted City (Live)
EXCLUSIVE live track from Mako Sica & Hamid Drake who have returned and will be releasing "The Balancing Tear" in 2020!! This is a live version of a song that will appear on the album.

9. HARRIS EISENSTADT OLD GROWTH FOREST -- Shaded Canopy
track from EIsenstadt's 2019 OGF release "II" with Jeb Bishop, Tony Malaby & Jason Roebke.

10. SPIRES THAT IN THE SUNSET RISE -- X Stat Eight
track from their now OOP early 2019 release "House Ecstatic (Cover Your Blood)"

11. PATRICK SHIROISHI -- Your Freedom is More Important Than Their Anger
EXCLUSIVE solo track from one of our favorite young saxophone players on the scene. He's been on two different Astral Spirits releases, his "Borasisi" quartet album we released earlier in 2019 and the upcoming KOMESHI TRIO (w/Noel Meek & Peter Kolovos) album that will see the light of day in Oct 2019!

12. EVANGELISTA / HAWKINS / MOHOLO-MOHOLO / WATTS - FDT
A track from the upcoming 2020 2xCD release of this unbelievable quartet of Karl Evangelista, Alexander Hawkins, Louis Moholo-Moholo & Trevor Watts!!! The first recordings of Moholo-Moholo & Watts together in a long long time!

13. CHARLES RUMBACK w/RON MILES, MACIE STEWART & NICK MACRI -- Neve
EXCLUSIVE track from this Rumback led quartet featuring fellow Astral alum Macie Stewart and legend Ron Miles! Whether this album sees the light of day on Astral Spirits is to be seen BUT we will have another Rumback album coming in 2020!!

14. CLAIRE ROUSAY -- Lovers
EXCLUSIVE track from Rousay, who we will hear much more from soon with two different duos with Alex Cunningham and Carol Genetti.

15. JOHN BUTCHER & STALE LIAVIK SOLBERG -- Sunshine Harpsichord
EXCLUSIVE track from the 2/3's of the group (minus Pat Thomas) that brought us the incredible "Fictional Souvenirs" album released earlier in 2019.

16. TILTH -- Turquoise Socks
EXCLUSIVE track from the duo of CODY YANTIS & NATHAN McLAUGHLIN. You may remember McLaughlin from the 2017 HMS release we did.

17. BLOOR -- Splice (for Arthur Blythe)
from Bloor's debut album "Drolleries." Sam Weinberg, Andrew Smiley & Jason Nazary doing amazing things!

18. BRANDON SEABROOK -- Celibate Cluster
EXCLUSIVE solo track from guitar maestro and all around amazing person Brandon Seabrook! We released his String Trio "Convulsionaries" back in 2018 and we'll have another exciting Seabrook release coming in 2020!

19. JAAP BLONK / JEB BISHOP / DAMON SMITH / WEASEL WALTER -- Live at Williamantic Records
EXCLUSIVE track from this mindblowing quartet. We've been lucky to have multiple releases with Bishop and Smith. Hopefully more soon from them and others in this group.

20. MACIE STEWART & LIA KOHL -- Toothpick Bicycle
a track from their Astral Editions album "Pocket Full of Bees." Their officially Astral Spirits release coming at you in 2020.

21. FRED LONBERG-HOLM / ANTON HATWICH / AVREEAYL RA -- Hazmat
EXCLUSIVE track from this trio that have all graced various Astral Sprits releases over the last 5 years!

22. TASHI DORJI & TYLER DAMON -- First Cut
track from their 2017 release "Live at The Spot +1" Tashi & Tyler make up 2/3's of KUZU as well and we'll have a brand new LP from them in the not too distant future!

23. NATHAN ALEXANDER PAPE & PATRICK BREINER -- find the sky is a cart
EXCLUSIVE track from their upcoming Oct 2019 Astral Editions release "Ground Air."

24. NICK MAZZARELLA TRIO -- The Puzzle
track from their recent "Counterbalance" LP celebrating 10 years of the Mazzarella trio!

25. WARSAW IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA -- That (edit)
track from the 2016 split release with Bouchons d'Oreilles we did. Still love how wild this sounds.

26. ICEPICK -- Rare Rufescent (edit)
edit of a track from Icepick's (Nate Wooley, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Chris Corsano) 2016 "Amaranth" LP! Look for a 3rd Icepick album (finally) in 2020!

27. LOTTE ANKER & FRED LONBERG-HOLM -- The Frigid Air
track from their 2017 split tape release.

28. PATRICK SHIROISHI & NOEL MEEK -- Live
EXCLUSIVE track from 2/3's of the upcoming KOMESHI TRIO group.

29. TIM STINE TRIO - dB (lowercase d, Big B)
track from the self titled debut from the Tim Stine Trio back in 2016. TST will be back in 2020 with a new album!

30. KOBRA QUARTET -- Telly Attire
officially out in October, Kobra Quartet is AURORA NEALAND, STEVE MARQUETTE, ANTON HATWICH & PAUL THIBODEAUX doing amazing things and our first release repping the INSTIGATION FESTIVAL.

31. ROB LUNDBERG -- Pick
track from his recently released "Water Addendum Infrastructures" album on Astral Editions.

32. MATTHEW LUX COMMUNICATION ARTS QUARTET -- Israels'
track from the Lux Quartet's now SOLD OUT CS/LP/VHS and one of my favorite tracks we've ever released on Astral Spirits. Seriously, this is the best ever.

33. TREDICI BACCI -- Coda
track from their 2015 release "Vai! Vai! Vai!" Yep we released a Tredici Bacci cassette back in the day and it's amazing. Maybe we'll see a repress of it one day, who knows....



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