Jason Weiss offers an in-depth examination of one of the most important independent jazz and avant-rock record labels. Focusing on insiders’ recollections of the label’s rise and fall, Weiss presents an eye-opening tale of commercial reality colliding with imaginative ideals.
Smith has a quirky voice with a warble that resembles the freak-folk style of Joanna Newsom and Alela Diane. But while there is something Western about those two singers, Smith’s vocals have a Midwestern, plaintive air.
If Lewis Carroll had come of age in the 1960s, started a band instead of writing books, and taken copious amounts of bad acid, he might have come up with something that sounds like arty Montreal psych-rockers The Winks.