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Chainsaw Jazz Is Live - Long Live Chainsaw Jazz

The band may be gone, but this video lives on. Audio quality not great, but we'll live with what we can get. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-12-12)

These III Dudes Can Play!

Guitarist Teemu Viinikainen has a new trio that he calls III. There's a tune on their debut album that they call "III." Here they are playing it live. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-12-11)

My Alien Is Cuter Than Your Alien

Hamburg's Collapse under the Empire (C.U.T.E.) has a lot of videos available online. This one is a track from their 2012 album Fragments of a Prayer. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-12-01)

Premier of New Echo Us Video

Echo Us' 5th studio album, the Celtic-flavored To Wake a Dream in Moving Water is out today, along with a new animated music video, "Begin to Remember."

From the press release:

To Wake a Dream in Moving Water takes from Echo Us' past and spins it into a whole new direction, one closer to traditional acoustic Celtic music than ever before.

To Wake a Dream in Moving Water was composed and recorded during the first few months of 2017. Although Celtic influenced and comprised of a number of re-workings of Irish folk tunes and Breton aires, the album is still in large part new and original Echo Us music that fits right in the Echo Us ‘canon’. “Wake” is a natural progression from “A Priori Memoriae”, which was released to critical acclaim in Europe in 2014.

To Wake a Dream in Moving Water is Echo Us’ ‘Celtic’ album that was planned for a long time but never executed because of the work on the trilogy that came before it. The album title is a typical ‘Echo Us’ play on words which one can find their own meaning.

“It is also both evocative of the Oregon rain, which I am told is not too unlike the rain in Ireland.”(Matthews)

To Wake a Dream in Moving Water is also a comment on conception- which was unintentional when the lyric was written. Matthews surprised himself a few months after writing it, realizing that the song was actually about the nitty gritty, biological workings of what happens when a child is conceived. The folk song it derives from musically describes a courting ritual, one that even today we can all relate to in our own way.

“Come With Me Over the Mountain" in acapella was the musical inspiration for the song, and came into my consciousness after the lyrics were written a few months prior. “ (Matthews)

As with all Echo Us recordings, a number of seeming coincidences resulted in connections being drawn where prior there were none. Another experience of similar capacity was found in oboe samples from A Priori Memoriae that echoed the traditional “May Morning Dew’, also reworked for guitar on the new album.

(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-11-29)

A Song for People Born in August

Pugwash has been producing tuneful pop-rock songs for a while now. This one is from 2011, and doesn't seem to be on any of their albums. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-11-23)

We Like We Like We

We Like We is a group with a sound all their own. Take a few minutes out of your busy life to enjoy "Seventeen Days" of peace. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-11-22)

Givin' You the Electric Eye

Here's a catchy psych tune from Bergen's Electric Eye. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-11-14)

"Morphic Resonances" Live

Percussionist Adam Rudolph is a gifted composer, and here is his first piece for string quartet, which was commissioned by Momenta Quartet. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-11-06)

Tell Me, Maddy, Why Are You Wearing Green Willow on Your Hat?

Listen to the song, and she'll tell you why. This is an early music video of one of Steeleye Span's hits from the 70s. And darn catchy, too. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-11-04)

Steeleye Span Live at Cropredy Festival 2016

Steeleye Span has been around a long time and been through many changes, but still know how to interpret a song. Here's a live version of "All Things Are Quite Silent," the studio version of which is on Dodgy Bastards. (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-11-04)

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2017-11-16
Celebrate 10 Years of Fruits de Mer – As a special celebration for a decade of cool vinyl releases, our friends at Fruits de Mer records have prepared a limited edition reissue of an album by the first band ever to appear on the label: Schizo Fun Addict. The band is known for unusual release strag » Read more

2017-11-02
Mega Dodo Presents New Charity Album – Our friends at Mega Dodo have put together a lovely compilation of their artists performing new arrangements of nursery rhymes, and all the profits from sales of the album will benefit Save the Children. It features a number of artists we've covered. » Read more

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Bone Cave Ballet - The Echo of Entropy – "Bone Cave Ballet" — what an evocative name. So many possible interpretations, all of them intriguing. The music itself has a similar quality, with lyrics that catch your imagination without lending...  (2011) » Read more

Synergy - Semiconductor, Release 2 & Metropolitan Suite – In 1986, the first era of Synergy releases came to an end with Metropolitan Suite, which in some ways is the culmination of Larry Fast’s original musical vision. That does not make it...  (1999) » Read more

Albert Marcoeur - L Apostrophe – With numerous albums out going back to the early 70s, Albert Marcoeur can always be counted on for something unusual, though he’s never predictable. On this, his ninth album in about 32 years, the...  (2007) » Read more

Tom Heasley - Desert Tryptich – On his previous recordings Where the Earth Meets the Sky and On the Sensations of Tone (reviewed in #23 and #26 respectively), Heasley’s floating ambient epics were created with the tuba as the...  (2006) » Read more

Picchio dal Pozzo - Picchio dal Pozzo & Abbiamo Tutti i Suoi Problemi – Slight changes in style between albums is common for most all groups, but Picchio dal Pozzo is not like most groups. Upon listening to their second CD after hearing the first, I did a double take and...  (1995) » Read more




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