Today is “More Music Friday” and the selection is a happy surprise. Billy Martin (of Medeski, Martin and Wood) is releasing a compilation album of music he helped to write and record when he was a member of the John Lurie National Orchestra. Here’s a taste.


More about the music:

The John Lurie National Orchestra featuring John Lurie, Billy Martin and G. Calvin Weston

Available on Digital Formats and Limited Edition 180 Gram Vinyl

artworks-000062217711-y2yehs-t500x500Billy Martin’s Amulet Records have announced the January 21, 2014 release of The Invention of Animals by The John Lurie National Orchestra. The archival compilation assembles seven previously unreleased live and out-of-print studio recordings by the acclaimed musician, actor and visual artist John Lurie leading his early 1990s’ trio with percussionists Billy Martin and G. Calvin Weston.

“The three of us got together to try and write stuff for my band The Lounge Lizards, but what happened between the three of us was magical. After about a year of playing live it really came together,” says John Lurie. “There is something so unique and beautiful about this music. I don’t think there is anything else like it.”

Billy Martin adds: “John and I share the idea that this is like someone discovered a field recording of a lost civilization. Some strange and beautiful tribe unlike any other known to man.”

I, for one, cannot wait.