UNKNOWN INSTRUCTORS: Unwilling to Explain: LP

Tons of heavy hitters, none of whom play in the same room: Mike Watt recorded bass tracks in 2011 and had George Hurley add drums the next year. Three years later, J. Mascis added guitar in Amherst, and poet Dan McGuire added his words in Toledo. Despite the time and space between participants, this one hangs together better than any of the group’s other records I’ve heard. Cool jazz noir; at once intimate and in-your-face. –Michael T. Fournier (Org, orgmusic.com)