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Date : December 2001
Pages : 88
Summary : Estradasphere, Dennis Rea, Prog Day 2001, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, New Sun, Ozrics, Neil Sadler, Robert Carty + Dweller at the Threshold, Indonesian Prog Festival, Rob Ayling (of Voiceprint), King Crimson w/Tool
Items found : 45

From Earthstar to Land —
The Dennis Rea Interview 2001

Cover art Dennis Rea is a used to being at the vanguard of music; from his unlikely progressive rock roots to his current sound collage excursions (both in the US and abroad) he’s been both a catalyst and creator of a unique fretboard approach. Dennis is a member of two First World Recording artists, Stackpole and Land (with ambient pioneer Jeff Greinke) and also gigs with local Northwest singer/songwriters. In his “spare time” the guitarist runs the experimental music newsletter, The Tentacle which chronicles the local Seattle scene. Exposé caught up with Dennis after completing the third Land disc, Road Movies.  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-12-01)

The World Returns to Seattle —
WOMAD USA 2001

Cover art The main thing about the WOMAD (World Of Music, Art, and Dance) festival is: it's big. Really big. There are four major stages and several areas for workshops and other activities spread over two and a half days. Twenty or so food vendors. Dozens of merchandise tents. Way too much going on to catch it all. 2001 was the fourth year for WOMAD at Marymoor Park, and the first one not run by local event producers One Reel. Whatever really went on behind the scenes, the end result was One Reel and WOMAD parted ways, and an outfit called The Workshop took on the daunting task of organizing the whole thing on a shortened schedule – once it was determined that there actually would be a festival. To be honest, there were some glitches, but nothing major, and it's hard to imagine anyone could have done much better. The big draw this year was to be the presence of one of WOMAD's founders, Peter Gabriel, and after some shuffling (at one time, Robert Plant was scheduled, then replaced by Gregg Allman), a lineup of more than forty artists representing more than twenty nations came together.  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Nicky Skopelitis & Raoul Björkenheim - Revelator

Cover art By this point, I hope all Exposé readers have gone out and purchased at least a few Steve Tibbetts albums. If you have, and you love them as much as I do, you probably wouldn’t mind having...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Aka Moon - In Real Time

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In Real Time, Aka Moon's 11th CD, contains the original music composed for Anne-Teresa de Keersmaeker's dance theater production of the same name. This theatrical production combines the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2001-12-01)

Amorphis - Am Universum

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Back when I was in my early teens, I went through a phase where I liked heavy metal. Black Sabbath’s Paranoid was my favorite LP. That phase didn’t last very long, and I...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Apeiron & Vaseduva - Mirror Images

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German synthesist Apeiron had two excellent Berlin school electronic music albums in the early 90s, Imagic and Twilight People. He has resurfaced, this time with collaborator...

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(Posted by Phil Derby 2001-12-01)

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones - Outbound

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I’ve been a big fan of Béla Fleck for quite a while, so I’m not sure how this one slipped under my radar for so long, especially given the stellar list of guest artists....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Carol Grimes, Uncle Dog & Sweet F.A. - Voiceprint 2000 Reissues

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Upon the demise of Delivery (Phil Miller's quartet augmented by Janis Joplin stylized blues vocalist, Carol Grimes), Grimes moved off to join another blues-based, less improvisational group,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-12-01)

Cesária Évora - São Vicente di Longe

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Cape Verde has a long and varied tradition of popular music, and Cesária Évora is one of the shining stars, garnering a lot of attention in the American press in the last few years....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Chrysaldor - The Legend

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The packaging of this release is a tad confusing, and the title may well be Chrysaldor The Legend, with the musicians being named Zen’s and El Jice. Whatever. This is a release on...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2001-12-01)

Daevid Allen and University of Errors - e²x10=Tenure

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This sophomore CD from University of Errors starts with “Iced Tea Overture” and gets your attention with a chunky beat, free-form guitar, and spaced out effects. Then Allen gets going...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

David Thomas & Foreigners - Bay City

Cover art Starting with his tenure in the seminal art-punk outfit Pere Ubu, David Thomas has shown himself to be a lyricist of great talent and singer of acquired taste. For this outing he teams up with a trio...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Disjunkt & Awkward Star

Cover art New York and Chicago aren’t the only American cities with avant jazz scenes – Seattle has quite a bit to offer. In addition to the big names like Bill Frisell and Wayne Horvitz who have relocated...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Early Day Miners - Placer Found

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Well, the Exposé credo is to spotlight the boundaries of rock, so that must mean this young American group fits the mold. Unlike the mostly Euro-prog based music we cover, EDM has a...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 2001-12-01)

Eloy Fritsch - Cyberspace

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I’ve heard Brazilian Eloy Fritsch’s name before, but had not heard him until now. Nicely layered arrangements float serenely by. The emphasis is on orchestral-sounding synthesizers,...

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(Posted by Phil Derby 2001-12-01)

Eric Mertens - White Worker

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White Worker is Eric Mertens’ latest release and a follow up to his first CD Spleen. White Worker is a wonderful collection of 11 contemporary chamber music...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2001-12-01)

Foetus - Flow

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J.G. Thirlwell’s reputation preceded him like a plague, and I knew I had to be in the right frame of mind to listen to the kind of pounding, intense onslaught he dishes out. But eventually I...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Glenn Hughes / Geoff Downes - The Work Tapes

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Leave it to Geoff Downes to seek out another bassist, vocalist heavyweight talent as a possible big time collaborator. I honestly don't think the ex member of the Buggles and Yes has ever lived...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-12-01)

Hábitat - Baúl Repleto de Sugerencias

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Hábitat is the Argentine duet of Aldo Pinelli (vocals, bass, guitars, percussion) and Sergio Raffaghello (keyboards), with the assistance of Enrique Hittos (guitars, keys), Roberto Sambrizzi...

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(Posted by Jim Chokey 2001-12-01)

Hemisphere - Now

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Hemisphere are a duo of electronic musicians Ralf Knappe-Heinbockel and Thorsten Reinhardt. Their latest CD is a seven-track album, each track named after a color (with “Red” having a...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2001-12-01)

Hoven Droven - Hippa

Cover art Well, I'm not sure I wanted a "kinder, gentler" Hoven Droven, but that's what we've all got on their 2001 release. It's not entirely acoustic, though the electric guitar is rather subdued, appearing...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Mick Greenwood - ...To Friends

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Who is Mick Greenwood, might you ask? Apparently the man is American and made a ploy to become a pop star in the UK after being discovered in a New York club in the early 70s. He issued three LPs...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-12-01)

Mururoa - Planets

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Those people who assume that anything coming out of Italy is worth purchasing should check this one out. This is a concept album (I guess) about the planets, with tracks about the Sun, Mercury,...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2001-12-01)

Mushroom vs Bundy K. Brown vs Faust vs Gary Floyd - Compared to What

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Yes, that’s the way it’s credited on the cover. The is a very odd collection of odds and ends basically centered around the band Mushroom, including soul covers, taped phone...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Nash the Slash - Nosferatu

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I’ve always had a weak spot for Nash the Slash. His goofy horror-show imagery and violin showmanship just bring a smile to my face. A soundtrack to the silent film classic Nosferatu,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Ozone Player - Insane Logic

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Here’s another entry in the one-man electronic music genre, in this case Otso Pakarinen of Finland. He’s got a couple of interesting twists on the conventions of electronic music. One...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Pain of Salvation - The Perfect Element: Part I

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Pain of Salvation are one of the few bands that comes along every now and then and redefines their genre. I mean, I don’t even care much for this particular avenue of melodic prog-metal, the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2001-12-01)

PFM - Serendipity

Cover art As most progressive fans know, Premiata Forneria Marconi was once one of the most renowned of the Italian progressive bands, only to eventually descend into a pop career that would be of little...  » Read more
(Posted by Sean McFee 2001-12-01)

Rains - Apokalyptische Stadt

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This quartet from Verona, Italy plays a freewheeling experimental grunge-jazz infected rock, driven by dual guitars, tenor sax and drums. Half the time they are out on the edge, the other half...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2001-12-01)

Rasha - Let Me Be

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Go to your favorite record store, to the world music (or international as some of them call it) section and look for Africa. Most of them will have a fair number of CDs, usually separated by...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Remotion - Between Fiction and Reality

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Remotion is musician Richard Stuij assisted by engineer Arjan Steenbergen. Like contemporary Ron Boots, Stuij is profoundly influenced by Berlin school electronic music in addition to the more...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2001-12-01)

Ruby - Short-Staffed at the Gene Pool + Altered & Proud

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A whole new genre has developed since about 1995, one that consists basically of a soft-voiced female singer and a programmer / keyboardist / arranger. It probably started with Portishead, then...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Sheila Chandra with the Ganges Orchestra - "This Sentence Is True" (The Previous Sentence Is False)

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Throughout the 90s, Sheila Chandra recorded albums of solo voice, basically drones with refined, studied melodies and tones above them. That was interesting enough (since I love her voice), but...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Grand Opening and Closing

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After two years of playing astounding shows in the Bay Area and with a national tour under their belt, this band finally has an album out! Sleepytime Gorilla Museum is a Bay Area supergroup of...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2001-12-01)

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Grand Opening and Closing

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The grand opening and closing of the Sleepytime Gorilla Museum is an event one would hope they would repeat ad infinitum. First there was Idiot Flesh and, somewhere in between, Charming Hostess,...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2001-12-01)

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Grand Opening and Closing

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It sounds cheesy to admit but the cover art for this CD is what I thought most impressive about it. Independent releases are usually fraught with problems in presentation. But SGM come at you with...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 2001-12-01)

Spring Heel Jack / The Blue Series Continuum - Masses

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John Coxon and Ashley Wales take advantage of their Thirsty Ear jazzy label mates by diving head first into a maze of grooves, pulse and mood. But don’t expect a clever ambient dub from these...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-12-01)

Tea for Two - 101

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Neo-progressive act Tea for Two’s first album is appropriately titled 101 since this work is very much a freshman endeavor. The core of the group stems from vocalist Stephan Weber...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-12-01)

The Fucking Champs - IV

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The Champs are an unusual trio of twin lead guitars plus drums that cranks out a heavy uptempo rock sound with plenty of meaty riffs. On many tunes they sound like an instrumental version of Thin...

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(Posted by David Ashcraft 2001-12-01)

The Residents - Icky Flix DVD & Soundtrack

Cover art Since the mid 70s, the Residents have put out a succession of bizarre albums featuring their own take on popular culture and music. In addition to those musical releases, the band has from the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

The Underground Railroad - Through and Through

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The Underground Railroad was formed with the express intent of playing music in the style of Genesis, but they have luckily strayed from the strict observance of that intention. There is a remnant...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Triakel - Vintorvisor (Wintersongs)

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Triakel is a three-piece consisting of Garmarna’s Emma Härdelin singing with Hoven Droven’s fiddler Kjell-Erik Eriksson, along with Janne Strömstedt on harmonium. They stick...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Tyrannosaurus Rex - Early reissues

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Here we have the long-awaited reissue of Marc Bolan’s earliest recordings, back when Tyrannosaurus was spelled out in full and electric guitars were unusual coloring rather than the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Various Artists - Music for Films III

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The All Saints label began as a veritable home for the electronic, ambient inclined artist who needed a new vehicle to deliver a powerful message. Music for Films III is a sampler of these...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2001-12-01)

Various Artists - Soupsongs Live: The Music of Robert Wyatt

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The label has chosen to list this disc under “Various Artists” but that’s an inaccuracy. All the tracks are in fact by the same band: a rhythm section of Liam Genocky and Steve...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

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