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Date : April 1999
Pages : 84
Summary : Earthworks, Baja Prog 99, Kopecky, Gordon Haskell, Opposition De Phase, ProjeKCt 4 live, Kilgore Trout, Mike Keneally, Species Being, Cloud Chamber, French Progressive Artifacts, Kevin Ayers, Christian Vander, Felix Jay, Steve Roach, Silver Apples, Thinking Plague
Items found : 42

Music for a Crisis of Survival —
A Profile of Mike Johnson and Thinking Plague 1998

Cover art While speaking with Mike Johnson, co-founder, guitarist, and principal composer of Denver’s Thinking Plague, it was clear to me that this man knows exactly what he’s doing. Confident but never condescending, amiable but with a sizeable chip on his shoulder, Mike Johnson is proud of what he has accomplished as both a composer and as a guitarist. But he holds no delusions that he will ever make a decent living playing music.  » Read more
(Posted by Steve Robey 1999-04-01)

Baba Jam Band - Kayada

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This is only roughly new, I suppose, being a CD from five years back. Probably wouldn't have bothered with the review except that this is a remarkably good album, one that should have gotten...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1999-04-01)

Bassius-O-Phelius - Them No Good Phelius Boys Is Nothin' But Trouble... Trouble I Tells Ya!

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Bassius-O-Phelius is a duo not unlike Birdsongs of the Mesozoic in instrumental quirkiness, with a direct lean toward early-70s free jazz and jazz rock. This is not a player's album, but a...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1999-04-01)

Bill Nelson - Atom Shop

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According to the DGM catalogue, Bill Nelson’s latest release is a product of some "retro-future Frankenstein’s lab." That’s true from the surface that the conceptual...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1999-04-01)

Bittová & Václavek - Bílé Inferno

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There is something eminently fascinating about East European culture, where the simple human voice in their command becomes a monolith — transmitting the pathos of an entire civilization (one...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-04-01)

Boiled in Lead - Alloy

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I discovered Boiled in Lead with their second album, Hotheads (1986). I’ve always liked the combination of Celtic music and rock, and this band does it like no other —...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

Dave Russell - Paradox

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Paradox is entirely composed and performed by Dave Russell with the exception of a guest drummer on a few of the tracks. Most of the sonic landscape is painted with a variety of keyboard...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1999-04-01)

Djabe - Djabe

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One thing I enjoy about the current swell of musical activity in Hungary is the way it proves just how deep the well of quality really is. No single person could ever know all that there is to know...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-04-01)

Evan Ziporyn - Animal Act

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Not exactly a household name, this young American composer’s name was previously only known to me as a member of the San Francisco area’s “famous” — relatively...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-04-01)

Garmarna - Vittrad

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Garmarna is doing its part to bring Swedish traditional music into the modern age, coupling the medieval sound of droning fiddles and folk melodies with energetic drums, electric guitars, and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

Ginger Baker - Do What You Like

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You may think this isn’t Exposé material, but let me tell you this is quite surprising music even for today. Ginger Baker has proven he qualifies a progressive drummer /...

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(Posted by Gary Parra 1999-04-01)

Happy Rhodes - Many Worlds Are Born Tonight

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Happy Rhodes is now at her eighth studio album, and it is her first to be released on a label other than her own Aural Gratification. Not that signing with Samson is exactly a move to the majors....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

Hoppy Kamiyama - Juice & Tremolo (The Works of Chamber Music)

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After having released the last real Ruins album in early 1998 (the incredible Vrresto featuring a new bassist and even more craziness), this young French label issues another true...

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(Posted by Jerome Schmidt 1999-04-01)

Hughscore - High Spot Paradox

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Ex-Soft Machine bassist and composer Hugh Hopper steps out again in another of his many group collaborations, this time with Portland based Caveman Shoestore (Elaine de Falco, Fred Chanelor). This...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1999-04-01)

Jan Akkerman - Pleasure Point, From the Basement & Heartware

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Hux records, the offshoot of the extinct BBC archives label Windsong, has now branched off into re-master heaven with a series of 80s releases by ex-Focus master guitarist Jan Akkerman. With each...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1999-04-01)

José Luis Fernández Ledesma - Extractos

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Expose #12 featured a review with background information of the worthwhile, if a bit patchy, previous outing by Ledesma, Motivos para Perdere. This time around the former (?) Nirgal Vallis...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-04-01)

L'Ange Vert - Le Sang des Hommes

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Remember a while back, when I reviewed Tempest's Turn of the Wheel, and I lamented the fact that there weren't more bands like that out there? Well, now there's this. After...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1999-04-01)

Magma - Flöë Ëssi / Ëktah

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After a long hiatus from recording and playing, then several years of touring, Magma has finally released something new, and although the eight minutes on this CD that could have easily...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-04-01)

Martin Velíšek & Už Jsme Doma - Jaro, Peklo, Podzim, Zima (Spring, Hell, Autumn, Winter)

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This upstart Czech ensemble occupies firm Rock in Opposition territory, with honking horn fanfares over rhythmically tricky power chord riffs. However, this generalization doesn’t quite work...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1999-04-01)

Mercury Rising - Building Rome

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Of late I have had to re-evalute my definition of what I thought progressive metal was. Take Mercury Rising, for example: the vocals are understandable, the guitar licks are not Metallica based,...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-04-01)

Mystery - Destiny?

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Yikes, my second guilty pleasure disc this time around! Mystery are a four piece from Quebec and on Destiny? they serve up some fine slices of progressive pop, often sounding like an...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1999-04-01)

Nathan Mahl - The Clever Use of Shadows

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From what we’re led to believe, Parallel Eccentricities was only a small part of the Nathan Mahl story, one that spans 20 years and includes two parts of a trilogy that this new CD...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1999-04-01)

Paul Dunmall Octet - Bebop Starburst

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If big band jazz is an acquired taste for any progressive music aficionado, then big band jazz with free jazz overtones is a likely a challenging ordeal. Even for the casual bebop jazz fan...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1999-04-01)

Phil Mercy - Fear of Fantastic Flight

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I don't know who Phil Mercy is, but, if I had to guess from what's in the CD booklet, I'd say he's a gifted English guitarist who has always wished for a chance to record the kind...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1999-04-01)

Qoph - Kalejdoskopiska Aktiviteter

Cover art I don’t know if Qoph is Sweden’s answer to Finland’s Five Fifteen, but there are at least superficial similarities (perhaps augmented by the fact that I received this disc on the same day I got...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

Rahmann - Rahmann

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This is one of the year’s most anticipated reissues, an album in the zeuhl family by a French / Algerian ensemble with bassist Gérard Prévost. A late 70s group, Rahmann combined...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1999-04-01)

Richard Pinhas & Maurice Dantec - Le Pli: Schizotrope III

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Back to Heldon? No, back to solo! Richard Pinhas has spent almost one year in studio with new musicians from the top-notch French avant-garde scene to produce a new Heldon album, but in the end...

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(Posted by Jerome Schmidt 1999-04-01)

Roger Eno - The Flatlands

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In a 1990 Wire magazine interview, Brian Eno described a work in progress involving the performance of his synthesizer compositions by the Kreisler Orchestra. This intriguing idea never...

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(Posted by Michael Draine 1999-04-01)

Rova - Bingo

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For 20 years now, California's Rova Sax Quartet has been unrelentingly pursuing the ambitious task of inventing new music from the most traditional instrumental family in jazz history –...

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(Posted by Mike King 1999-04-01)

Sadhappy - Good Day Bad Dream

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Sadhappy has been one of Seattle’s quietly active units for the last few years. The group has undergone some famous personnel changes (in particular the departure of key saxophonist, Skerik...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

Sanna Kurki-Suonio - Musta

Cover art With this release, Northside proves that their string of extraordinary CDs (see last issue’s overview) was no fluke. In addition, Musta proves that Sanna Kurki-Suonio is not just one of the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

Sea Level - Sea Level, Cats on the Coast, On the Edge & Long Walk on a Short Pier

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The Allman Brothers in their prime were no doubt one of the best American rock bands of the early 70s, covering a little bit of everything and doing it all extremely well — never a shortage...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-04-01)

Synergy - Computer Experiments Vol. 1 & The Jupiter Menace

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Here are two more re-releases from electronic composer Larry Fast’s extensive Synergy legacy (see Expose #16 for reviews of the first five Synergy albums). Computer Experiments Volume...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 1999-04-01)

Synergy - Semiconductor, Release 2 & Metropolitan Suite

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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...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

The Ever-Expanding Suckholes - Asking Directions to Her Hair

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Been looking for a band that defies classification? Here ya go. This Newark, New Jersey band is all over the place on this pre-CD cassette release. Their web page lured me in on a ‘King...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-04-01)

The Residents - Wormwood

Cover art On the Bizarro World, Andrew Lloyd Webber decided to write a biblical musical, and somehow it ended up getting to our planet. It’s credited to the Residents, but I know where it really came from. In...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

Thierry Zaboitzeff - India

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Dr. Zab strikes again, with his second release already (the fourth of his whole career) since calling it a long day with Art Zoyd back in 1997. On this soundtrack to a modern ballet project of the...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-04-01)

Tombstone Valentine - Hidden World

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Could this be a flashback to 1972 Berlin? Nope, it's actually 90s Indiana. But this two-woman, three-man combo certainly have that classic, droney Krautrock sound down pat. It could be the...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1999-04-01)

Wendy Carlos - Sonic Seasonings +

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Proving that you have to go back before Brian Eno to find the roots of ambient electronic music, we now finally have the reissue of one of the field’s first classics, Wendy Carlos’...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1999-04-01)

Wendy Carlos - Tales of Heaven and Hell

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Tales of Heaven and Hell is Wendy Carlos’ new album, somewhat of a self-admitted sequel to her soundtrack to A Clockwork Orange. Wendy is rather underrated for her...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1999-04-01)

XfactorX - XfactorX

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Wasn't XfactorX the name of some Marvel comic way back when? Anyway, this album would be progressive metal if it were progressive. As it is, XfactorX has the typical hard rock/ heavy...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1999-04-01)

Yoshihiro Hanno Meets Mick Karn - Liquid Glass

Cover art Mick Karn's distinctive bass playing has found a number of homes over the years since the demise of Japan. Most notable for readers of this magazine have been his collaborations with David Torn and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

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Previously in Exposé...

Various Artists - Electroacoustic Music Vol.1 - Russia 1997, Disc 1 & 2 – Interestingly enough, this excellent – what should be a 2CD set – is packaged as two separate discs with almost identical covers. Only the careful eye will note the small red "Disc...  (1999) » Read more

Jeff Greinke - Virga – It’s been a while since I’ve heard anything new from Jeff Greinke, probably my own fault since he has close to 20 releases to his credit now and I’ve heard less than half that number – mostly...  (2010) » Read more

Battiato - Fetus, Pollution, Sulle Corde di Aries & Clic – Franco Battiato, as is well known, was an Italian pop singer who for a span in the 70s made a string of very experimental albums that fit in the vein of groups such as Opus Avantra or Pierrot Lunaire....  (1995) » Read more

Amber Route - Snail Headed Victrolas – Amber Route was an electronic / rock duo from southern California featuring Walter Holland on guitars and synthesizers, and Richard Watson on woodwinds, piano, and synthesizers; both share vocal...  (1997) » Read more

Ginger Baker - Do What You Like – You may think this isn’t Exposé material, but let me tell you this is quite surprising music even for today. Ginger Baker has proven he qualifies a progressive drummer / composer playing...  (1999) » Read more



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