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Us & Them - Fading within the Dwindling Sun

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Just in time for Christmas Sweden’s Us & Them have a new color vinyl ten inch on Fruits de Mer. And quite an ambitious one as they cover five different songs by the iconic Sandy Denny....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-12-10)

Seven Impale - Contrapasso

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I’m not sure how this band got their name — perhaps it’s a joke, since there are so many death metal bands in their part of the world (Norway) with similar names. Maybe the name...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-12-09)

Chicago - Chicago at Carnegie Hall (Bonus Material)

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McLatchey's Second Tier

I'm not sure why over the years it took me a really long time to return to Chicago but I can tell you when I did and that's when the 4CD reissue...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-12-08)

Chicago - Chicago V

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McLatchey's Second Tier

So I covered live Chicago in the last post (and unfortunately not all the great live Chicago is commercially available — there's video footage...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-12-08)

Brian Kenney Fresno - Further Adventures in Fresno

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BKF’s latest epic marches onward from his previous, We’ll Always Have Fresno (2013), with a healthy dose of local humor, aggravated madness, inside jokes, and in-your-face...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-12-07)

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On Music and Social Identity —
The Stop Motion Orchestra Interview

Cover art Stop Motion Orchestra is not a band to be pigeonholed. Pulling together aspects of a wide range of styles and blending them with a healthy sense of fun, their debut album was one of the highlights of 2014. In conjunction with their appearance at the 2016 Voyager Festival, I was able to ask composer Mohadev a few questions to shed light on the band and his numerous other projects.  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-09-08)

Walking the Edge of the Firepool —
The Herd of Instinct Interview

Cover art When their first album appeared in 2011, Herd of Instinct jumped to a position of prominence among American progressive rock bands. In conjunction with their appearance at the 2016 Voyager Festival in Austin, Texas, I was able to ask Mark Cook a few questions about the band and its music.  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-09-03)

Whisper Kobaïan in My Ear, Baby —
Magma in Seattle, 2016

Cover art Magma is a band with a long history in the real world, from its beginnings at the end of the 60s to 2016, still touring and recording. And Magma is a band which is about the fictional history of the planet Kobaia and its interactions with the people of Earth. The last few years have seen a welcome upsurge in the band’s activities, one result of which is that they are now, more than 40 years since their inception, playing concerts in cities they’ve never visited before.  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-04-02)

A Punk with Class —
The Morgan Fisher Interview

Cover art Morgan Fisher has a long and interesting musical career. He and I were both born in 1950, but 11 months apart. At the ripe old age of 18 his band The Love Affair scored a #1 UK hit “Everlasting Love” (though in typical fashion for the day, neither he nor his bandmates played on the single). He also began experimenting with electronic music between 1968 and 1972, as well as co-producing Allan Holdsworth’s debut album. Between 1973 and 1977, he was part of the Third Ear Band for a brief period, joined Mott the Hoople in the Bowie years, and guest appeared on many LPs. In the late 70s Morgan set up his own studio and record label where he released Slow Music and the two oddball Hybrid Kids albums. He played keyboards on Queen’s 1982 European tour and then moved to Japan in the mid 80s. Since then, he has continued to record ambient albums and music for art videos, movies, and television. He has also played with local Japanese bands and began his series of light paintings. This past September, he flew back to the UK to perform with Mick Ronson’s daughter Lisa at her record release party.  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-11-21)

Inside the Bands Don’t Run on Time —
Modern Sky Festival Seattle 2015

Cover art In China every year, big holiday music festivals are a staple of the entertainment industry, and Modern Sky is one of the primary producers of these festivals. Modern Sky is also a record label, but the festivals range far beyond the label’s own artists. Given the miniscule percentage of Chinese people who go to see live music in bars, the festivals are the primary way for bands to connect with fans. To Modern Sky’s credit, their events are eclectic affairs, featuring both well-known and obscure Chinese artists along with a wide variety of foreign acts. Genres represented range widely as well: heavy metal, punk, pop, singer-songwriters, post-rock, hip-hop, electronic, even quirky avant-garde.  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-10-16)


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2016-12-08
What a Lucky Man He Was — Greg Lake RIP – Nine months after the passing of Keith Emerson, another third of Emerson, Lake & Palmer has died. Greg Lake, bassist, vocalist, and writer for ELP and King Crimson, succumbed to cancer on 7 December, 2016. He was 69. » Read more

2016-11-25
Pauline Oliveros RIP – Word has reached us of the passing of experimental musician Pauline Oliveros, constant explorer of sonic possibilities. Her numerous collaborations and work with Deep Listening Band have helped to expend the boundaries of music, and her work as a composer, improviser, accordionist, and audio philosopher provides a singular body of work. She was 84. » Read more

2016-11-15
Prog out for Charity in Austin – Fans of adventurous music in the Austin, Texas area will be able to get a music fix along with coffee, alcohol, and a warm feeling from helping out a good cause. December 3 is the date for the Holiday Charity Rocktacular! at Kick Butt Coffee Music & Booze. The music includes The Aaron Clift Experiment and Mount Pressmore, who played this year's Voyager Fest, as well as other artists in the realm of progressive, psychedelic, and post-rock. » Read more

2016-11-11
So Long Maryanne RIP: Leonard Cohen – Canadian poet and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen who rose to prominence during the 60s folk revival has passed away in Los Angeles at 82.  » Read more

2016-11-10
Fruits de Mer Turns 100 in December – After only eight years Fruits de Mer Records is preparing to release its 100th vinyl record. It seems like only yesterday they were at number 50. This milestone will be marked with a double LP by The Honey Pot called Ascending Scales. » Read more


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5uu's - Hunger's Teeth – Ever wonder what some of the classic progressive bands would sound like today had they maintained their edge and not grown lazy and comfortable and become caricatures of themselves? Enter the...  (1994) » Read more

Mahogany Frog - Do5 – Canada’s Mahogany Frog has been slightly off the main prog radar in their native Winnipeg honing their own incarnation of the 70s classic prog rock sound. On the quartet’s third instrumental...  (2009) » Read more

Fonya - Earth Shaper – Fonya continues to be the solo vehicle for multi-instrumentalist Chris Fournier. His latest release is one that builds well on previous efforts, and is simultaneously familiar and accessible, not in...  (1996) » Read more

Car 44 - Platinum Holes – As part of Thirsty Ear’s effort to expand its scope to a varied roster, ex-Rollins Band and Bowie’s recent guitarist Chris Haskett puts on his production hat to produce Virginia...  (2001) » Read more

Finisterre - In Limine – After a respectable first album, Finisterre returns with a solid follow-up. The band doesn't really have any weak links. All of the musicians are on about the same musical level, and their...  (1997) » Read more