The Muffins

The Muffins were an American avant-jazz/rock band that released two proper albums on Random Radar between 1978 and 1981. Members: David Newhouse (piano, organ, baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, percussion), Billy Swann (bass, guitar, percussion, vocals), Michael Zentner (guitar, violin, 1973-76), Tom Scott (alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto clarinet, soprano clarinet, oboe, bassoon, cantor, […]

The Muffins – 185 (1981)

185 is the second and final proper album by Maryland avant-garde/jazz-rock band The Muffins, released in 1981 on Random Radar. On this album, the band adopted a more jagged, kinetic approach akin to New York’s then-brewing jazz-punk/No Wave scene. Several tracks feature the sundry instrumentation of Fred Frith, returning favors here for the band’s contributions […]

The Muffins ‎– Manna/Mirage (1978)

Manna/Mirage is an album by American avant-garde/jazz-rockers The Muffins, released in 1978 on Random Radar Records. The album is the first of two proper studio sets released in the band’s lifetime, though a string of 1975–76 sessions had already produced nearly a double-album’s worth of material. Tracklist: A1. “Monkey With the Golden Eyes” (3:50) A2. […]

The Muffins ‎– Chronometers (1976)

Chronometers is a collection of pre-LP material by American avant-garde/jazz-rock band The Muffins, recorded between November 1975 and June 1976 and released in 1993 on Cuneiform. Tracklist: 1. “Chronometers” (22:59) 2. “Come What Molten Cloud” (2:52) 3. “Apparently” (3:31) 4. “Courtesy of Your Focal Interest Span” (0:44) 5. “Please Do Not Open Dr. Fischer” (2:23) […]