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Exposé Online » Issue 34

Date : March 2007
Pages : 92
Summary : Christian Decamps, Gong UNconvention - Amsterdam 2007, Steve Howe interview, Nels Cline, Nearfest, Don Falcone, Canadian Progressive Rock in the 1970's, Part Two
Items found : 238

A Triggering Myth - The Remedy of Abstraction

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Rick Eddy and Tim Drumheller have been driving around the progressive rock block for over 15 years. By continually evolving and assimilating new influences the duo has arrived at another...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Abiogenesi - Io sono il vampiro

Cover art Personally, I feel that the world did not need another progressive rock concept album about vampires, but this one has enough redeeming features to slip through on technicalities. First, it's sung in...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - Have You Seen the Other Side of the Sky?

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Makoto Kawabata and his band of madmen have been recording as Acid Mothers Temple for several years and their catalog is enormous. Many of their releases are long, unlistenable, cacophonous...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

Adrian Belew - Side Three

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The last phase of Adrian Belew’s trilogy of contrasting approaches winds up the series on a firm up note. The Prophet Omega provides the opening rap to kick of the disc in a similar flair to...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Advent - Cantus Firmus

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I have not heard a new release this year that evoked so many conflicting emotions. The first Advent release in a decade, Cantus Firmus is also their first output I have heard. A quartet of...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2007-03-01)

After Genesis - The Cryme of Selling Lambs

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Classical aficionados are well familiar with the concept of reinterpreting compositions from composers alive and dead. It’s different for rock music, as we overwhelmingly prefer the original...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2007-03-01)

After the Fall - Knowledge

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Based on this album, After the Fall could give all those neo and symphonic prog groups from the Low Countries a run for their money. The Connecticut-based quartet of Ken Archer (keys, vocals), Mark...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Agent Cooper - Beginner's Mind

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Agent Cooper is a four-man band who hail from Atlanta who self produced their first independent release of ten neo-prog tracks that infuse varying styles of music from Arabic to metal and melodic...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Akron/Family & Angels of Light + Meek Warrior

Cover art Peaceful droplets emerge to deposit us on a plane of squeezing voices gently chiding a plane of aberrant existence. There is quite a bit of hubbub about this agglomeration of miscreants and it must be...  » Read more
(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Albert Marcoeur - L Apostrophe

Cover art 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...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Alison O'Donnell & Isabel Ni Chuireain - Mise Agus Ise

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Many will remember Alison’s voice from the 1972 prog-folk classic Swaddling Songs by Mellow Candle, along with keyboardist / vocalist / songwriter Clodagh Simonds. Alison then moved...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Andy Timmons Band - Resolution

Cover art Andy Timmons is a guitarist along the lines of Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, and Joe Satriani, though to my ear maybe a little more enjoyable because of the variety of styles he covers. His technique is...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Ange - Live Tour 2003-2004 - Par les Fils de Mandrin

Cover art I guess this is Ange. That's what it says on the box, though I can easily see that Christian Décamps is the only member of the band present from the band's heyday in the 70s. He's even got a female...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Apostolis Anthimos - Back to the North

Cover art The longtime guitarist of SBB hasn’t released a lot of solo material, unlike bandmate Jozef Skrzek. In fact, apart from a couple discs in the 90s, this one is only the third. Here he takes a fun and...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Ars Nova - Chrysalis

Cover art I know this band from The Goddess of Darkness and Book of the Dead, both from the 90s. The Goddess of Darkness is a near masterpiece of bombastic prog. Despite several...  » Read more
(Posted by Roel Steverink 2007-03-01)

Art of Infinity - Dimension Universe

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It’s the Thorsten and Thorsten show! These two Dutchmen are staking out a claim to musical territory already paved by folks like Art of Noise and Enigma, but they still do a nice job with the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Aziola Cry - Ellipsis

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Math rock lives! Ellipsis is the debut release from Aziola Cry – a three-piece all-instrumental band from Chicago consisting of drums, guitar, and Chapman Stick. While many bands...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2007-03-01)

Between Interval - Autumn Continent

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This is one of those discs one could play on endless repeat for days on end and just flow with it. It doesn’t demand anything from the listener, but instead slowly overtakes the psyche and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Bijou - El Profeta

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Bijou is a Spanish instrumental symphonic prog quintet featuring your standard rhythm section, keyboards, and dual guitars, and while their sound is expansive, melodic, and respectfully bombastic...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Bill Bruford / Tim Garland - Earthworks Underground Orchestra

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The peers of drummer/composer Bill Bruford are few and far between; only Jack DeJohnette, Billy Cobham, Will Calhoun, and Claudia Quartet mastermind John Hollenbeck spring to mind as drummers who...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2007-03-01)

Billy Sherwood - Back against the Wall

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Billy Sherwood has certainly found a comfortable niche to show his knowledge and appreciation of classic 70s rock. Gathering an all-star cast to re-create the second most well known Pink Floyd...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Birke / Leykam / Panasenko - Bewitched Revelations

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Bewitched Revelations is the first album I am aware of from the American trio of Martin Birke, Roman Leykam, and Daniel Panasenko. It features thirteen instrumentals, mostly improvs,...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2007-03-01)

Blodwyn Pig - Ahead Rings Out

Cover art Perhaps one day this classic by the Jethro Tull offshoot led by original guitarist Mick Abrahams will get a proper reissue, but until then this latest remastered version from EMI will have to do (and...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Bobby Previte - The Coalition of the Willing

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Powerhouse drummer Bobby Previte picks up his songwriting pen again for his new all-star combo album. Tagging along again is close friend Charlie Hunter, coerced into playing Telecaster leads on...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Bone Daddy - What You Wanted

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This Idaho band has been working the jam band circuit for a few years now, and this is their fourth full-length album. They play a moderately rootsy brand of rock, comparable to Big Head Todd and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Born Again Floozies - Novelties, Addenda & Ephemera

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Clever britches with tap steps to replace the skittering of a drum kit flittering. High-spirited hijinx abound throughout. A sideshow demeanor springs forth for busting chuckles to as bobbling neck...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Box of Frogs - Box of Frogs / Strange Land

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The Box of Frogs project reunited 3/5 of the original Yardbirds: bassist Paul Samwell-Smith, rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja, and drummer Jim McCarty. They took as their model The Traveling Willburys,...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Brannan Lane - Answer the Sky

Cover art It’s been a while since we’ve heard something new from Brannan Lane, maybe a year or more, which is a change from his 2+ release per year schedule from before; but Answer the Sky has...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Bruce Main - Layers

Cover art Layers is the second album by Bruce Main, a mostly DIY one-man-album type thing that Main wrote, recorded, and has made available on CD Baby. Brian Phraner from Phreeworld, for those who...  » Read more
(Posted by Sean McFee 2007-03-01)

Bruce Palmer - The Cycle Is Complete

Cover art Bruce Palmer is part of one of rock's most famous stories. He and Neil Young, fresh out of the Mynah Birds, drove a hearse to Los Angeles looking for Stephen Stills to found Buffalo Springfield....  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Cabezas de Cera - Fractal Sónico

Cover art I’m really late onto the CdC bandwagon. I’m sure most Exposé readers already know how wonderful this Mexican band is, but somehow I missed out till now. I must be the perfect audience...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Calhoun - Native Lands

Cover art Drummer Will Calhoun is best known for his work in Living Colour with guitarist Vernon Reid. Native Lands is a release showcasing the influences of jazz, rap, and world music on Calhoun's...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2007-03-01)

Canned Heat / John Lee Hooker - Hooker 'n' Heat, Historical Figures, Ancient Heads, & The New Age

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If you don't dig the blues and you don't boogie, skip this review. Canned Heat's stock in trade was merging classic blues with rock, and in the late 60s nobody did it better, due in...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Canvas Solaris - Penumbra Diffuse

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Canvas Solaris is another gifted prog metal trio for the Laser’s Edge offshoot label Sensory who combine the proficiency of well thought out technical chops with clever execution. The...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Cardboard Amanda - Cardboard Amanda

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Lip snack-smack chimp chimney. Purple-brown roasted retroflex. Gargled gaggle troll cushion flow tickle ping-pong lollipops. Eke a freak dash jumbo strum throe, go grab a packed Peak Freen, these...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Carmen - Fandangos in Space & Dancing on a Cold Wind

Cover art It's about time that these albums received a proper re-release after the butcher job the German Line label did with them in the late 80s (large parts of tracks missing, track indexes in the wrong...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Cathedral & Rum - American Gothic

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The follow up to Cathedral & Rum’s 2000 debut finds Chris Hartford and friends on familiar ground. The dreamy, country and western tinged alternative pop sound is intact, all wrapped...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Caveman Shoestore - Super Sale

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Caveman Shoestore is back and ready to take on the modern indie rock and roll jungle. The basic trio structure is intact driven by Elaine Falco’s obtuse songwriting and lead vocal, Fred...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Chimpan A - Chimpan A

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Don’t read too much into the Simpsons reference in the name of this group. It’s all business with these guys, being Rob Reed (keyboards) from Magenta and Steve Balsamo (vocals) and Rob...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Clogs - Lantern

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The high finish that contemporary chamber and smaller scale orchestral works exude in their discipline, precision, delicacy, and complexity has typically received only a cursory and sideways glance...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2007-03-01)

Colour Haze - Tempel

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While there are numerous bands out there breaking new ground and never looking back, there are just as many others breathing new life into tried and true styles of decades long gone. For vintage...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Coronarias Dans - Visitor

Cover art Every corner of the world, so it would seem, has a closet chock full of musical gems waiting to be discovered. From a corner of Denmark's junk room, this wonderful little jewel comes to delight...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Crimson Jazz Trio - King Crimson Songbook Volume One

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Veteran session drummer Ian Wallace leads a capable international trio with this first volume of King Crimson classics done up for modern piano-based ensemble. The key to the dizzying success of...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Crowther / Franklin / Marsh - Amherst Dislodged

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Here’s an album by the British trio of Tim Crowther (guitar, guitar synth), Steve Franklin (keyboards), and Tony Marsh (drums). Everything here is improvised, with nine tracks tending towards...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2007-03-01)

D.S. Lionfire - Jerusalem: A Symphonic Saga - Part I: The Mask of Love

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Jerusalem: A Symphonic Saga is a collosal undertaking of a fellow who calls himself D.S. Lionfire. He calls this creation of his an opera, the first part twenty years in the making, and...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2007-03-01)

Danielson - Ships

Cover art An erstwhile aberrant choir of miscreants, stumbling over themselves to get their operatic avant-garde leaning message out, might seem daunting at first. Sure, initially there will be a short sharp...  » Read more
(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

David Bagsby - Hallucinographs

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David Bagsby’s latest release, Hallucinographs, is an electronic album created from just one synthesizer and a drum machine. Don’t let that fool you into thinking that means...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2007-03-01)

David Gilmour - On an Island

Cover art Longtime Pink Floyd Guitarist Dave Gilmour is living the perfect rock star dream. Having completed the unlikely Live 8 reunion and sidestepped label pressure to restart the band, the guitarist...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

David Myers - Plays Genesis

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I'm amazed at the degree of involvement a person can have with a narrowly focused music interest and the length of time it can be maintained. David Meyers' relationship with Genesis'...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2007-03-01)

Davison/Coleman - Forward Motion

Cover art The folk-based singer-songwriter genre (if that’s what you want to call it) is in some ways the most basic form of music there is: a person devises music and then performs it all on their own. In...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Ded Ringer - Ded Ahead

Cover art Life in the past lane. Call it retro, but rock music like this just isn't made anymore. On their fifth full-length disc this Bay Area trio dishes it up with enough credibility and authenticity to...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Deluge Grander - August in the Urals

Cover art Here’s one that came out of the blue. Maybe I haven’t been paying attention, or maybe the action is half a world away from me, but somewhere out there is a prog band called Deluge Grander that’s...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Dino Saluzzi Group - Juan Condori

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Bandoneon playing within a jazz structure is not a new idea, as it dates back to the 50s with many French and international acts, exemplified by Django Reinhardt’s hot bands. Argentinian...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Dirty Projectors - The Getty Address

Cover art Dopamine on crutches flying straight to the heart of freak-folk Americana. Welcome to the song cycle of a cloth cut from the same material as Van Dyke Parks' most evangelized piece of work, updated...  » Read more
(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Don Caballero - World Class Listening Problem

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Don Caballero is one of those bands that is probably better off not being categorized. They’re often thrown into the post-rock or math rock bins, though if you ask me, what they play is...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Dragonwyck - Dragonwyck

Cover art In case you're wondering, Dragonwyck is the title of a 1944 historical romance by Anya Seton, made into a movie starring Gene Tierney and Vincent Price. This Dragonwyck, on the other hand,...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Dwight Ashley - Ataxia

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Ataxia offers a defining example of the way in which musical forms, and especially the way we tend to want to categorize music, continues to exhibit restlessness and the need for change....

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2007-03-01)

Electrelane - Rock It to the Moon, The Power Out, & Axes

Cover art Contortions for dirigible apoplexy flex muscular curvatures in modern sound passing raiment unto itself, ballooning into monsoon walls with torque and cresting on a fine knacker. Galloping seesaw...  » Read more
(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - The Birth of a Band - Isle of Wight Festival 1970

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Having seen bits of the footage floating around, I was excited to learn that Emerson Lake & Palmer’s live debut at the 1970 Isle of Wight festival was finally going to have an official...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Escapade - But Distractions Abound

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Here's a healthy dose of psych/space/krautrock goodness for you. Escapade may not be as big a name as Ash Ra Temple or Amon Düül but they can easily be spoken of in the same breath....

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Espers - Espers, The Weed Tree & Espers II

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Beautiful music delving into mantric excesses in protracted light is a nice way to spend an afternoon. Percolating effluvial melodies encroach upon sensibilities of newfound mellifluousness setting...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Estradasphere - Palace of Mirrors

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Palace of Mirrors is Estradasphere’s fourth full-length release and first to feature the new lineup with Lee Smith on drums, Kevin Kmetz on shamisen/guitar, and Adam Stacey on...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2007-03-01)

Exsimio - Carbono 14

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It’s been over six years since Exsimio’s eponymous debut, but all is well, and their sophomore effort certainly offers the evidence. The Chilean quartet (g/g/b/d) has taken it a couple...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Ezra - Songs from Pennsylvania

Cover art Ezra is a band happy to take their time with albums, this being only their third since they arrived on the scene in the early 90s. The wait was worth it, though, especially for fans of good melodic...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

F/i - A Question for the Somnambulist

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Since they appeared on the scene back in the 80s, Milwaukee-based F/i have established themselves among the forefront of American psych rock bands. Originally issued in 2003 (and now re-issued on...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Falter Bramnk - Minimal Romance

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This is a tough one, not least for its diversity despite the numerous Robert Wyatt references in this review. Frenchman Frank Lambert has a knack for constructing a challenging set of tracks,...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2007-03-01)

Fern Knight - Music for Witches and Alchemists

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Nothing short of amazing transformations towards the ineluctable. You will wonder where this music has been all your life. Leaves floating upward, swirling weightless, it is the sensation of...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Flower Kings - Paradox Hotel

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The good news is that Paradox Hotel includes a kick-ass prog rock instrumental, “Pioneers of Aviation,” that’s about one of the best things The Flower Kings have ever...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

François Couturier - Nostalghia - Song for Tarkovsky

Cover art The films of the late Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky have been widely acclaimed in international circles for over thirty years. Pianist François Couturier has taken as inspiration characters,...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Free Love - Official Bootleg Vol. 1: Concert 2005 Sapporo

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This is a live recording from the Japanese band Free Love, taped during their concert in Sapporo in 2005. Free Love are Hiroaki Shibata (vocals and guitar), Hiroki Matsui (organ and synth), Yuji...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2007-03-01)

French TV - This Is What We Do

Cover art Sometimes I think French TV must be the result of a gene-splicing experiment combining DNA from Djam Karet and The Muffins. Then I hear a violin and that theory goes in the file with phlogiston and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

GAM - Eiszeit

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The name GAM is an acronym of the member’s first names Günter Schickert (guitar, vocals, trumpet), Axel Struck (guitars, vocals), and Michael Leske (drums, percussion). Eiszeit,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

Gargamel - Watch for the Umbles

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Gargamel is a sextet from Norway whose aim it is to revive complex prog rock from the past, but also to be different without modernizing the sound. Beside a core of guitar, bass, and drums, flute,...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2007-03-01)

George & Caplin - Things Past

Cover art My previous experiences with George & Caplin (real names Jason Fredrick Iselin and Jeffrey Wentworth Stevens) tagged them with “Kraftwerk meets New Order.” And while that description is still...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Gods of Electricity - Sundiving

Cover art Introducing a world where standard sci-fi is just too darn human to be plausible. If there are any advanced life forms out there taking joy rides through post-supernoval remnants or losing the space...  » Read more
(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2007-03-01)

Gong Matrices - Gilli Smyth - Parade

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For many of us who attended the IPMF in San Francisco in 1999, the long wait in the lobby while Porcupine Tree had ‘technical difficulties’ was rewarded with the unique spectacle of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

GPS - Window to the Soul

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As with any neo-prog superstars poised to take over the world, again, the production here is slick and smooth. Knobs tweaked and script at the ready, this one is heading for the stratosphere, of...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Greg Segal - A Play of Light and Shadow, The Old Familiar Place & Tales of Today

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With his own studio and plenty of time on hand to play and experiment, all kinds of things can be committed to tape (or whatever medium), some fully arranged, some more like embryonic fragmentary...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Hazerfan - Lost Nowhere

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S.F. Bay Area-based Hazerfan have been around since 1998 though this is their only album to date. The group gigs relentlessly, steadily building an audience for their fusion of eastern and western...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Headshear - Headshear

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Guitar junkies wake up! This one’s for you. I’ve had the good fortune to see this instrumental four-piece play a couple times around the Bay Area, and the varied and mesmerizing...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Herbie Kritzer - Lounge Rebel

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Bay Area musician Herbie Kritzer’s previous (and only) release was 2002’s The Tree Lizard that packed quite a little punch despite clocking in at just under a half hour....

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Hermes Orchestra - Live

Cover art Dan Hermes is a jack-of-all-trades and music is just one of his passions. On this album professionally trained musicians play the compositions of Dan Hermes. All this was performed live at the Tremont...  » Read more
(Posted by Roel Steverink 2007-03-01)

Hypnos 69 - The Eclectic Measure

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The Elektrohasch label has been releasing some great music of late, and this latest release by Belgian four-piece Hypnos 69 is no exception to that winning streak. Instrumentation includes the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Ice - The Saga

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Dutch proggers Ice are a spin-off from the outfit Maryson who released a couple albums guided by the writings and keyboards of W.J. Maryson (aka Wim Stolk). The good news is that if you liked what...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Interpose+ - Interpose+

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Another co-release by Poseidon Records in Japan and Musea in France, Interpose+ is a five-piece with Yes-like instrumentation (although the vocalist is female — no jokes please). Their sound...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2007-03-01)

IZ - E M

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This Denver based heavy instrumental rock trio offers the basic g/b/d amid heavenly levels of guitar distortion and dense angular compositions that drive hard and pummel the senses. On drums is...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Jackie-O Motherfucker - Flags of the Sacred Harp

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Bucolic tenderness within the gauze of vocalese residing in the realm between wakefulness and sleep. This is the next sound of Morpheus. Jackie-O Motherfucker is a portable temple of unexpurgated...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Jadis - Photoplay

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Gary Chandler has consistently led the banner for Jadis for the past ten years, making the group a solid player in the melodic rock, neo-prog camp. The current line-up has been pretty consistent...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Jean-Luc Payssan - Pierrots & Arlequins

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Jean-Luc Payssan is a familiar name to progressive rock fans as guitarist and founding member (along with brother and keyboard player Thierry) of French progressive rock outfit Minimum Vital. With...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Jeffrey Koepper - Momentium

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Etherea, his debuut album, was more than a pleasant surprise, it was a discovery of a new talent in EM in the USA. Etherea distinguished itself by soft undulations of melodic emotions or...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2007-03-01)

Jim Gilmour - Great Escape

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Jim Gilmour is well known to Saga fans as the long-time keyboard player of the group. His compositional skills as well as his nimble keyboard playing have been crucial keys to the band’s...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Jon Anderson - Tour of the Universe

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Since the last full Yes tour in 2004 Jon Anderson has taken it upon himself to spend some time shoring up his solo career endeavors. Tour of the Universe consists of his appearance at the...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Joy of Cooking - Joy of Cooking, Closer to the Ground, & Castles

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Those looking for a 'good ole time' need look no further — funky West Coast psychedelia flavored country-rock to be found here. Equally rooted in the blues, this stuff is steeped in the tradition...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Kampec Dolores - Earth Mother Sky Father

Cover art For listeners not religiously tied to one genre, Kampec Dolores are proof that seemingly incongruous elements can indeed be mixed to good result. There are some flavors of folk music (from Hungary and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Kaos Moon - Circle of Madness

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A full ten years after their debut, After the Storm, Quebec’s Kaos Moon is back. Some things have changed, namely the roster that now revolves around keyboardist / drummer / vocalist...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Kayan Kalhor / Erdal Erzincan - The Wind

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Merging Turkish and Persian world music influences together is the basis for this culturally compatible musical meeting. Kalhor was acclaimed for his kamancheh playing on The Rain while...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Keith Jarrett - The Carnegie Hall Concert

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Recorded live in September of last year at the most prestigious hall in New York, this collection of one multipart improvisation and five additional songs can be seen as a crowning statement of...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Khatsaturjan - Aramed Forces of Simantipak

Cover art Listening to this new album by the Finnish band Khatsaturjan took me back to the 70s and mid-period Genesis. Aramed Forces of Simantipak is a rock symphony lasting almost 70 minutes. Though I...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

King Eider - Somateria spectabilis

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Two guys, Waalkens and Gerritse from the Netherlands, with help from Pomp on drums and Huigen and Holdtman as occasional vocalists, form King Eider. Somateria Spectabilis (named for a...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2007-03-01)

Kings of Convenience - Quiet Is the New Loud, Versus & Riot on an Empty Street

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This is one of those belated discoveries, where a copy of this Norwegian duo’s latest came into my possession, and then I attempted to work my way backward to their self-titled (and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Kopecky - Blood

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It is indeed blood that ties the membership of this fine Wisconsin based instrumental trio together. Three siblings: Paul Kopecky, the drummer, a consummate professional who provides the framework...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Kotebel - Omphalos

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Omphalos is the fourth album by Spanish band Kotebel. Their instrumentation includes drums, bass, guitar, two keyboards, vocals, and flute. Vocalist Carolina Prieto sings softly in a...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2007-03-01)

La Maschera di Cera - LuxAde

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The stunning Il Grande Labirinto from 2003 made me a confirmed fan of this group, one of the finest retro groups making the rounds these days. La Maschera di Cera use every technique of...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2007-03-01)

La STPO - Tranches de Temps Jeté

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There’s just something about the sound of a marimba. No matter how much it sticks to minor keys, no matter how it tries to be dissonant, it ends up sounding cheerful. I don’t know if...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

La Tulipe Noir - Nostiman Hemar

Cover art This Greek quintet has been around since the mid-90s, this being their fourth release, a concept album about Homer's Odyssey. The best thing about this band are the idiosyncratic vocals of lead...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Lands End - The Lower Depths

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Remember Lands End? They were part of the 90s West Coast prog revival, though it’s been eight years since their last release, Natural Selection. Now they’re back with a...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Larry Kucharz - Electro Engravings

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Up until now, most of the works we’ve reviewed by Kucharz have fallen into a few categories: those of pure floating ambient tonal color that evolve slowly in three-dimensional sound...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Lazuli - Amnésie

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One of the surprises of Baja 2006 was this unique French band that, frankly, I had never even heard of before. The fact that they were being promoted by Musea may bode well for future releases...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Legendary Pink Dots - 25th Anniversary Single

Cover art 2006 marks the 25th anniversary of The Legendary Pink Dots and the band toured extensively in the US and Europe this spring and summer. It is rare occurrence that a band remains together this long and...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

Legendary Pink Dots - Your Children Placate You from Premature Graves

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Your Children Placate You from Premature Graves is a Dots album released in honor of their 25th anniversary. Over 25 years the band has gone through a number of changes and today the Dots...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

Legendary Pink Dots - Your Children Placate You from Premature Graves

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2006 marks the 25th year of this band's existence, and this CD marks some ridiculous number of releases I won’t even speculate about. This venture finds them in a fairly calm mood, and is...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Les Claypool - Of Whales and Woe

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Bassist Les Claypool (Primus, Oysterhead, Sausage, et al) is a busy guy these days, with his first book and feature film making news, plus recent touring with Primus keeping him occupied. Then...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Light - The Story of Moses

Cover art This album sprouts directly from the treasure trove of Dutch prog rock, although it took a Spanish label to finally release it on CD. The music is inspired by the great classic composer Bach, but in...  » Read more
(Posted by Roel Steverink 2007-03-01)

Lizard - Spam

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Lizard is a Polish “neo” band influenced by King Crimson and UK originally. After 1996’s W Galerii Czasu and a subsequent official bootleg, they laid low for a few years...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2007-03-01)

Lubimov, Trostianki, Rybakov - Misterioso

Cover art As part of ECM's continuing new music series, enter a semi-classical trio who embrace the quietudes of modern compositional expression with a keen sense of space and beauty by focusing on modern...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Magenta - Home, New York Suite & Night and Day

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My goodness this band has been busy. Or I should say: Rob Reed has been busy, since he’s the creative engine that runs this group. He’s had time to do all this plus the Chimpan A side...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Magenta - The Gathering

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Magenta’s first live DVD was filmed in their native Wales in 2005 following the tour for the Seven album. Material from the Home album is previewed, though the set is mostly...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Mark Feldman - What Exit

Cover art Mark Feldman has been involved in the music industry for 30 years performing as a session musician in Nashville on over 200 country albums and then in New York City on more than 150 jazz albums. Today...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

McGill Manring Stevens - What We Do

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Much ado has been stated in the jazz press regarding the bastardization of cherished jazz standards meshed with dirty old rock and roll. The unwanted outcome: jazz-rock or fusion has been both a...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Michael Angelo Batio - Hands without Shadows

Cover art Chicago's Michael Angelo Batio is a big name in heavy metal guitar, though he's never risen to the level of a Steve Vai or Joe Satriani. His claims to fame include patents and awards, though the...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Mindgames - Actors in a Play

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Actors in a Play is the second release from this Dutch quintet, following 2002’s International Daylight. The lineup here is the same (though since the album was released...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Mojow and the Vibration Army - Undivided

Cover art With a overweight sense of self-importance, Mojow (Moriah-Melin and John Whoolilurie) embark on their crusade to change the world, political-hard-preaching to the listeners via the absolutely...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Moving Gelatine Plates - Removing

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Yeah, my jaw dropped in astonishment too when I saw a new MGP disc come falling out of the package. Who woulda thunk, after all these years? But on closer examination I only saw one familiar name...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Mujician - There's No Going Back Now

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Considering the arduous nature of free jazz, it’s always a welcome gift to hear telepathic ensembles continue on (despite lack of money or marketable fan base). The ensemble of Tippett /...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Nattefrost - Absorbed in Dreams and Yearning

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Nattefrost (AKA Bjørn Jeppesen, not to be confused with the Norwegian black metal band of the same name) is from Denmark, and the title refers to cosmic electronic music from yesteryear. The...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2007-03-01)

Nethers - In Fields We Will Lie

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Perfectly compartmentalized component parts lean up against the bulwark of fortunate, and insidiously assiduous, sinuous manna. This is one of the few bands this year I could only have discovered...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

New Cars - It's Alive!

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Reunion incantations of classic acts have been part of the rock and roll roadmap since the 50s. Only rarely does a group eclipse the live persona of its original instance. Todd Rundgren had been...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Nick Kizirnis - Into the Loud

Cover art If you ever wondered what's up in Dayton, Ohio, Nick Kizirnis may be able to offer some clues with his first solo release Into the Loud. A veteran of numerous other Dayton area bands (Cage,...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Nicolas Figeroa - Ko

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In his opening move, “El Principio,” Figueroa lets the listener know in no uncertain terms, amid a complex web of multilayered interlocking guitar parts supported by percolating bass...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

NIMBY - Songs for Adults

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Starting with their premise that most music is designed for teenagers, Songs for Adults on the surface seems to be an irreverent and playful stomp through the perplexities of middle age,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Non Credo - Impropera

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It won’t take more than about twenty seconds of the first track for the listener to know they are in for an unusual treat, one which the remainder of this 60-plus minute epic bears out....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

NoVox - NoVox

Cover art First off, this disc has to have one of the weirdest and most provocative cover images ever! Now beyond the graphics and on to the music. Some may remember the Dutch quartet Cliffhanger who put out...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Oaksenham - Conquest of the Pacific

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Seems like a long time since we reviewed this Armenian band’s debut live release Woden’s Eve Live; in fact it was 2002, and since then the band has been diligently working on...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

October Equus - October Equus

Cover art October Equus is a new progressive quartet from Spain comprised of Victor Rodriguez on keyboards, Amanda Pazos on bass guitar, Txema Fernandes on drums, and Ángel Ontalva on...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

October Equus - October Equus

Cover art While there are bits and pieces of many recognizable influences in the palette of this Spanish band, I keep coming back to Museo Rosenbach. This is very much the same kind of dark, heavy progressive...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Orbit Service - Songs of Eta Carinae

Cover art I wrote about this band’s previous effort, Twilight, back in #31, and while the basic idea is very much the same this time round, I’m going to give Eta Carinae the nod as a...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Ossi Duri - X & L'Ultimo dei Miei Cani

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Ten years after his death – that’s what this “X” marks – one sees little decline in the interest in and dedication towards the music of Frank Zappa. The...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Ozric Tentacles - The Floor's Too Far Away

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One can always count on Ozrics to deliver a disc full of captivating grooves, shredding guitar solos, surreal swirling psychedelic atmospheres, unusual rhythmic textures, and clever sonic gimmicks....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Øresund Space Collective - Øresund Space Collective

Cover art Scandinavia appears to be the 21st Century’s space rock incubator and Øresund Space Collective is one of the latest offspring. The ØSC is a group of Danish, Swedish, and American musicians who...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

Paatos - Silence of Another Kind

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After tinkering with electronic sounds on their last album, Kallocain from 2004, this Swedish band has taken a bit of a turn towards a more “live” sound. Maybe it’s just...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Panzerpappa - Koralrevens Klagsang

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It’s been a few years since anything new from Panzerpappa has crossed this desk. Skillful denizens of the playful Canterbury-esque jazz-rock realm, the four-piece has undergone some changes...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Pattern Is Movement - The (Im)Possibility of Longing & Stowaway

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In spite of their obvious resemblance to progressive rock, this Philadelphia band has gone the “math rock” route, and are apparently getting away with it. More power to them –...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Paul Ellis - The Infinity Room

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Isn’t time a subject that has fascinated and haunted mankind from the beginning? Ellis pushes through the barriers and finds endless space in a yet confined room. Isn’t this the perfect...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2007-03-01)

Paul Simon - Surprise

Cover art It should come as no big shock that singer-songwriter Paul Simon would be seeking a new sonic vehicle for his well-established career. Given the international success of Graceland it's...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Peter Hammill with Stuart Gordon - Veracious

Cover art Now that VdGG reunion has come and gone it’s clear that Hammill has taken the nudge to jump back into a smaller configuration to present his solo material. These live duo performances have not been...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Peter James - Footnotes to Fairytales

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Bearing a intimate and individualistic style rooted both in folk music and minimalism, Bay Area (by way of England and Hong Kong) guitarist, singer, and songwriter Peter James has appeared on the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Phideaux - Fiendish, Ghost Story, Chupacabras, 313, & The Great Leap

Cover art Even if you've never heard of Phideaux, you already know one thing about them. They are a busy little band – though sometimes I wonder if "band" is the right word. It's almost a solo project of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Phil Manzanera - 50 Minutes Later

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Guitarist Phil Manzanera has struck upon the renaissance era of his star-crossed musical career. Together with close longtime friends such as Brian Eno and Robert Wyatt, Manzanera continues to push...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Pienza Ethnorkestra - Indiens d'Europe

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Beginning with a disclaimer that nearly anything even remotely related to Magma will receive an initial positive reception in this writer’s considerations, it was a delight to be assaulted by...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Project Creation - Floating World

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Project Creation is the brain child of multi-instrumentalist and composer Hugo Flores, who has built a minor progressive rock masterpiece on par with the best of Queensrÿche, Fates Warning,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Puppetina - Piewacket!

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I first listened to this CD without any knowledge of who Puppetina were. My guess was that they were a folk ensemble from the Balkans who were, as an experiment by some half-mad, half-genius...

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(Posted by Jim Chokey 2007-03-01)

Pure Food and Drug Act - Choice Cuts

Cover art Their extended version of "Eleanor Rigby" sounds uncannily like "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" with a splash of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone." Preferring jam over marmalade is totally up to you, it's all...  » Read more
(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Ray Russell - Goodbye Svengali

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Veteran Brit-jazzer Ray Russell has a lengthy resumé, having played with numerous famous musicians in a sideman role. On Goodbye Svengali, a tribute to the late Gil Evans, we get to...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2007-03-01)

Rena Jones - Driftwood

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I suppose any instrument could lend itself to electronic music given the right attitude, but there’s something about bowed strings that makes for a particularly nice pairing. Rena Jones...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Renaissant - South of Winter

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Here’s another branch of the Renaissance tree, this one under the stewardship of longtime drummer Terrence Sullivan, along with what appears to be numerous Sullivan family members (Lee,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Richard Bone - Saiyuji

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Named after an ancient Singaporean Buddhist temple, Saiyuji is a collection of Asian-tinted electronic music. The songs are definitely serene and calm, and most follow a similar structural...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2007-03-01)

Richard Pinhas - Metatron

Cover art Whirling, twirling, swirling electronics. That is exactly what you hear from the opening track “Tikkun” on Richard Pinhas’ newest double CD release. Actually “Tikkun” is presented in four...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

Ricochet - Zarah - A Teartown Story

Cover art Gradually over the last few years, with the help of Progrock Records distribution, Ricochet is gaining word-of-mouth momentum on the prog metal scene. From the outset the Hamburg band has all the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Ritual - Live

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Ritual’s first live document is a doozy. Whether it was the audience, the occasion, or having an explosive band like Anekdoten to share the bill with, the group (Patrik Lundtröm –...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Riverside - Voices in My Head

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This disk is meant to be a stopgap to fill time between this Polish band’s widely hailed 2004 debut Out of Myself and their latest full-length release Second Life Syndrome....

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Rob Levit - Touch the Spirit

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When this one arrived in my mailbox, I was not thrilled. “Oh, joy,” I thought, “a whole CD of New Age acoustic guitar.” I finally gave it a chance, and was pleasantly...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Roger Eno - Fragile (Music)

Cover art For those of you still unfamiliar with the brother of Brian Eno, Roger is a composer, arranger and performer who has displayed a wide array of capable skills, whether in the classic realm, techno or...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Ron Boots - Acoustic Shadows

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Boots loves to do albums with themes – here he has tried to capture the atmosphere of the battlefield. It’s a darker album than one is used too, but of course Boots’s optimism...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2007-03-01)

Rosebud - Rosebud

Cover art Ten songs give almost as many stylistic snapshots. The sound of a love-in, with a keyboard, in Latin America; no trace of Carlos anywhere. A moody testament with sultry vocals grazing...  » Read more
(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Rush - Replay x3

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Rush fans have been salivating for these early concert videos to see the light of day in DVD format for ages, so to have all three in one collection is manna from heaven. Other than a few promos,...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Rutherford - Mapping out Chaos

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With a constant stream of me-too independently produced new releases coming in, all demanding time to be heard and reviewed, it is indeed refreshing when one among them has something genuinely...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Saga - Trust

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Trust is the follow-up to 2005’s Network album and finds Saga performing with their third drummer in as many albums. This time around Brian Doerner from Helix is filling the...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2007-03-01)

SBB - Live in Theatre 2005 & New Century

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They began life as the Silesian Blues Band in 1971, and shortly after became the backing band for Polish superstar Czeslaw Niemen, returning as simply SBB in 1974 to ultimately become one of the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Scarlet Thread - Valheista Kaunein

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A couple years back Sami Hiltunen, one of the band’s guitarists sent us a pre-release of this, the band’s second album; at that time they had no regular bassist (bass duties shared...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Scott McGill - Awareness

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Guitarist Scott McGill’s newest recording is an updated forum for recently acquired song stylings that mesh well with his acclaimed technical proficiency. Across twelve new tracks McGill...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Scott Mosher - Deep Horizon

Cover art Progressive metal has been around long enough now that a new release has to have something different about it in order to catch my interest. Scott Mosher does a good job doing that with the first...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Sebkha Chott - Nagah Mahdi - Opuscrits en 48 Rouleaux

Cover art This is one truly off-the-wall release. Sebkha Chott is a collection of eight French musicians with strange pseudonyms. The digipack and liner notes are extremely difficult to decipher because of tiny...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

Secret Saucer - Element 115

Cover art Deflector shields up! Arm photon torpedoes! Secret Saucer is about to attack! Coming together from different parts of the galaxy, members from the premiere US Space Rock bands were locked up in a...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

Seti - Life Signs

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The atmospheric opening suggests we’re no longer on the earth, but somewhere in space. Life Signs is the debut album from a neoprog rock band from Chile. It’s the familiar set...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2007-03-01)

Shining - In the Kingdom of Kitsch You Will Be a Monster

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Hardcore devilry in psychotronic mode hanging about with the schizophrenic crowd. This is a rutilated ruby of the avant-progressive slant. Anyone into Cuneiform and Recommended Records catalogues...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Slapp Happy - Acnalbasac Noom

Cover art Dagmar Krause’s singing tends to be one of those divisive factors in music. A lot of people really detest her voice, mostly due to what they’ve heard on later recordings like Art Bears. For those...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Slow Motion Reign - Slow Motion Reign

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A fresh, youthful sound is their stock in trade, rich with melodies, hooks and energy, concise and inventive songwriting from beginning to end. Unlike many of the bands we review in...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Soft Machine - Grides

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The translation of Grides means “To cut with a grating sound; to penetrate or pierce harshly.” That’s exactly what this classic fusion quartet was doing on the live stage...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Soft Machine Legacy - Live at the New Morning

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With the passing of Elton Dean earlier in 2006, this late winter live performance from 2005 serves as the sole representative of one of the best reformed bands from the 70s. Fronted jointly by Dean...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Soft Machine Legacy - Soft Machine Legacy

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Elton Dean’s last recording with these long-time associates results in a tour de force of elegant power and inspired interplay. Across ten evenly paced songs Dean together with musical friend...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Sonic Pulsar - Out of Place

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Sonic Pulsar inhabits a rather small category: Portuguese prog bands. The group (now on hiatus) centers on talented singer / songwriter / guitarist Hugo Flores (who also covers keyboards and drum...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Spaced Out - Unstable Matter

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From their previous studio outings, Spaced Out is officially down to a trio now, although one wouldn’t know it from the sonic density of any of the ten cuts here, or from the seemingly full...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Sparks - Sparks & A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing

Cover art Most probably know Sparks from their later work, but these two are where it all began for this LA based five-piece led by brothers Ron and Russel Mael (keyboards and vocals, respectively). On these...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Spock's Beard - Spock's Beard

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Nine studio albums out and three since the big event that changed the band forever, Spock’s Beard today is a stronger entity than they have ever been before. Behind door number one is a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Stencil Forest - The Abyss

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Stencil Forest is another example of “band makes an album that goes nowhere, disbands, then reforms years later to try it again.” The core of the 1983 lineup has returned — Frank...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Steve Howe's Remedy - Live

Cover art The live DVD documenting Howe's touring band featuring two of his talented sons is a testament to the guitarist's artistry and identity. Howe had hinted many times in the past how much he would like...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Steve Roach - Kairos: The Meeting of Time and Destiny

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Subtitled The Meeting of Time and Destiny, this package includes a 74 minute CD and companion DVD that feature essentially the same audio program: eight tracks mixing floating ambient...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Steve Roach - Storm Surge: Steve Roach Live at NEARfest & Immersion: One

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Steve Roach’s appearance at NEARfest 2005 was a landmark event. Any live performance by Roach is a rarity, but to be exposed to such a large audience — and one largely unfamiliar with...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Strawbs - Deep Cuts & Heartbreak Hill

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I don't think even the most rabid Strawbs fan (maybe not me, but I'm close, so I should know) would say these two albums represent the band's peak. That being said, there are still some fine tracks...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Syn - Syndestructable

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For those of you not up on your British psychedelia, Syn was the band who opened for the Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Marquee Club in 1967. The band’s first CD of completely new songs is...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

T.A.O. - Abnormal Observations

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Ostensibly once a metal band, the number of unusual sonic embellishments and trickier-than-usual rhythms make T.A.O.’s music a lot more interesting than what that label might typically...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Talking Heads - 2006 Rhino Reissues

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Now that CBGB's has finally closed its doors in New York City, it's a good time to explore the reissued back catalog of one of the few valid early inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Tanger - Ciudad

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While this latest offering from the Argentinean quartet (+ guests) compares favorably to their 1999 self-titled debut and its 2002 follow-up La Otra Cara, there are few real surprises...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Tangle Edge - Serpentary Quarters

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Tangle Edge is the household name for one of the best improvised rock groups in the world. Born in the mists of the 80s, they survived the pushing and shoving over the years and nowadays are more...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2007-03-01)

Tara Vanflower - My Little Fire-Filled Heart

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Gothic preponderance in echoplex upon hallucinating a mystically morose escapade. Imagine being buried alive, serpent in one hand and a rainbow in the other, with corrugated air swishing through...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Taylor's Free Universe - Manipulated by Taylor

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The ten tracks here were sourced from a September 2005 live show in Copenhagen, then processed and remixed in the studio. Taylor is of course jazz / experimental guitarist Robin Taylor, and TFU...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Tempustry - Le Voyage du Temps

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This album is American musician Allen Brunelle’s first solo album and finds him exploring his passion for classic analog synthesizer music, à la Tangerine Dream, Jean-Michel Jarre,...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Terje Rypdal - Vossabrygg

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The Norwegian guitarist has been a fixture on the ECM label since around 1970, and probably few have not heard at least some sampling of his work along that 35+ year trek, but probably even fewer...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Terry Bozzio / Metropole Orkest - Chamber Works

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We know him as Zappa’s drummer in the Baby Snakes era, as the man who put the USA into UK, as an essential part of the brilliant 80s video pop combo Missing Persons, and as the man...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Tessa Drummond - Days Like This

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One of the great things about writing reviews for this magazine is that unexpected things drop in your lap. Case in point, Tessa Drummond. She’s a singer-songwriter from New Zealand who...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

The Atomic Bomb Audition - Eleven Theatres

Cover art Hailing from Oakland (always a good thing!), ABA is essentially an instrumental g/b/d trio with each member playing various additional instruments (electric sitar, Theremin, samplers, organ, synth,...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

The Bass Gang - Evasioni, Fughe & La Contrabbassatta

Cover art Alberto Pocini is a double-bass player from Italy who's played extensively in his homeland as well as with the London Symphony Orchestra. Pocini's  » Read more
(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2007-03-01)

The Black Noodle Project - Play Again

Cover art Thick and chunky spacerock mannerisms assault unsuspecting onlookers before settling into the interactive stylistic conflagrations that expansive progressive rock is known for. This is classic...  » Read more
(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

The Cheebacabra - Exile in the Woods

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The Cheebacabra is a project driven by keyboardist and producer Cheeba, where funky grooves meet overtly synthetic melodic interplay and a cool jazz feel over a steady, mostly programmed drum beat....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

The Ed Palermo Big Band - Take Your Clothes off When You Dance

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Legend has it that Uncle Frank once said, “Never kiss a toad from the short forest after it’s been sleeping in a jar with a rutabaga.” Well, that may or may not be true, but what...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

The Fellowship - In Elven Lands

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It is no surprise that Yes vocalist Jon Anderson would finally contribute to a musical project surrounding the highly profitable Lord of the Rings books and films. What is surprising is...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

The Fiery Furnaces - Gallowsbird's Bark, Blueberry Boat, Rehearsing My Choir, EP, & Bitter Tea

Cover art A circus medley of distinct musical apparitions like a non-nasal Holy Modal Rounders of the twenty-first century with equal parts Jonathan Richman, The Velvet Underground, and Grease! Hey,...  » Read more
(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

The Greaseballs - Tombstone Wax

Cover art And now for something completely different... How about a new surf-rock album from the Midwest? Guitarist Bill Bulinksi started his recording career in the mid-60s with a band called The Electras,...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

The Mackrosoft - Antonio's Giraffe

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Aja West and company return with eight new slabs of sweet funked-up instrumental jazz, more emphasis on the latter than the former this time, apparently a tribute to the late Antonio Carlos Jobim...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

The Ministry of Inside Things - Contact Point

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The Ministry of Inside Things is the Philadelphia-based space music duo of Chuck van Zyl (synths) and Art Cohen (guitar). Individually, both Chuck and Art have been involved in the Philadelphia...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

The Moody Blues - The Magnificent Moodies

Cover art In December '64 The Moody Blues first hit the U.K. charts with a cover of U.S. soul singer Bessie Banks' "Go Now," with its expansive harmonies sounding a bit like a British take on the Righteous...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

The Nels Cline Singers - The Giant Pin

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Since these initial recording dates in 2003 guitarist Nels Cline has been propelled from obscure LA sound sculptor to the indie big time with Wilco. Sifting through these older trio performances...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

The Tangent - A Place in the Queue

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With their third album, The Tangent has consolidated tightly around writer / singer / keyboardist Andy Tillison. Fans of Roine Stolt might be disappointed to hear he’s no longer around,...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

The Tunnel Singer - Cenote

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Cenote is a welcome return to the pure vocal and natural reverb effects that The Tunnel Singer (Lee Ellen Shoemaker) employed on her earlier releases like Water Birth and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

The Viola Crayola - Music: Breathing of Statues

Cover art OK, so Music: Breathing of Statues is an artsy, pretentious title, and more than a little odd. One of the odd things about it is that the music on the album is not really pretentious at...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Thomas Kugler - Lilith: The Rock Opera

Cover art Based on the play by Remy de Gourmont, this rock opera adaptation is composed by Kugler. It features God, Satan, Adam, Eve, Lilith, and various angels and assorted baddies. Instrumental backing is...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis, Sean McFee 2007-03-01)

Tim Hodgkinson - Sketch of Now

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We are far from done with the extremes of 20th Century music. Sketch of Now explores a large number of ideas, both perceptual and conceptual, in conceiving and performing these six pieces...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2007-03-01)

Tim Morse - Transformation

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Tim Morse is the author of Yesstories, a compilation of interviews from Yes band members past and present. One might therefore expect his debut CD to have Yes’s stamp on it, though...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Toccata - Circe

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The first thing that occurred to me when listening to Toccata was their similarity to Matraz. Both are relatively new progressive bands that aren’t really neo-prog; both have strong female...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Tomasz Stanko Quartet - Lontano

Cover art Piano tinkling in the moonlight of a muted trumpet stutter, Miles Davis' lighter moments. Very easygoing and mellow music, perhaps best served with a fine cognac and some throw pillows in front of a...  » Read more
(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Tomorrow - Tomorrow

Cover art Tomorrow's eponymous and only release is a solid example of 60s psychedelia featuring a precociously talented young guitarist named Steve Howe. It probably would have fared better commercially if not...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Tony Harn - Revealed in Black and White

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Tony Harn’s latest is another easy recommendation for Exposé readers of all stripes. After flirting with a group format on his last outing, the English guitarist’s...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Tres Gone - Outertainment, Vol. 1

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The Tres Gone trio has been plugging away in the Portland, Oregon area for about five years, playing various local clubs, doing their own unique take on electric improvisation. In the course of...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Trigon - Emergent

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This amazing psychedelic rock dynamo from Germany (now a trio of guitars, bass, and drums – by brothers Rainer and Stefan Lange, and Tihomir Lozanovski respectively, with former keyboardist...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Tuner - Totem

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Tuner is the two-man power group featuring Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson) and Marcus Reuter (Centrozoon). Mastelotto is at home playing modern electric percussion while Reuter is better known as a...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Tungsten 74 - Binaurally Yours

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Binaurally Yours is the fourth release from Tungsten74. The group is a three-piece guitar / bass / drums outfit, but plenty of synth sounds abound. As opposed to all their previous...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2007-03-01)

Tunnels - Natural Selection

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Part of the fun of listening to every new Tunnels release is listening to all the sounds, and wondering in amazement: “How does Marc Wagnon make all those sounds with only his...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Umphrey's McGee - Safety in Numbers

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Umphrey’s McGee is still an anomaly in the jam band void left open by the disbanding of Phish. Umphrey’s fills that gap for fans largely due to their prominent self-deprecating humor...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Various Artists - Higher and Higher: A Tribute to the Moody Blues

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Given their influence on the genre, the Moody Blues are a great subject for progressive bands to cover and I’m surprised something like this hasn’t already been tried. But leave it to...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Various Artists - Montreal Sound Matter / Montréal Matière Sonore

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Experimental and Avant-Garde are words that should be used loosely for they reach far too wide. On the surface, that is evidently what we have here in this conglomeration of mainly Canadian...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Various Artists - Progression in Balance Vol. 1 & 2

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Quebec’s Unicorn Records, founded in 1996, has been serving primarily as an outlet for Canadian prog-rock bands, though the roster has grown to include groups such as America’s Parallel...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Venegoni & Co. - Rumore Rosso

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Although this band was led by a guitarist, Luigi Venegoni of Arti & Mestieri, it is far from a guitarist showoff exercise, but a very balanced group effort. Keyboards, handled by Ludovico...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Vidna Obmana & Alio Die - Echo Passage

Cover art Both Vidna Obmana and Alio Die are masters of dark ambient drone music. Echo Passage, a reissue of their 1999 release on Musica Maxima Magnetica, is one long track roughly 68 minutes in...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

vidnaObmana - The River of Appearance

Cover art In 1996 vidnaObmana recorded The River of Appearance, which was a high point of his early compositional style. Employing samples, loops, electronics, and sparse piano phrases, vidnaObmana...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2007-03-01)

Viima - Ajatuksia Maailman Laidalta

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Viima is a Finnish four-piece, with vocals (female), keys / drums, bass, and guitar / flute. This is classic “proggy prog” but with female Finnish vocals. Vocals from different...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2007-03-01)

Vlor - A Fire Is Meant for Burning

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Oh so much is expected of the electric guitar. It seems always to be trying to be something else and sound like something else. Not to belittle the new ground staked out by so many musicians, but...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2007-03-01)

Volcano the Bear - Classic Erasmus Fusion

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If you thought the weird bits of Ummagumma weren’t weird enough, have I got a band for you. We’re mostly out in Residents territory, only with a psychedelic edge, and you can...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Yes - Songs from Tsongas

Cover art Yes' management has done a pretty good job documenting the various incarnations of the group since the botched Keys to Ascension reunion shows from 1996. Ensuring the classic line-up was...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Latest news

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more

2017-04-16
Allan Holdsworth RIP – Surely in the list of artists who have contributed to the sound of modern music, there is a special spot for guitarist Allan Holdsworth. His name is known to virtually every student of the instrument in jazz and rock, and his style has been so widely emulated that it's hardly worth mentioning anymore — we can just assume that every guitarist has Holdsworth as an influence. » Read more

2017-02-20
Larry Coryell RIP – One of the greats of jazz guitar has left us at the age of 73. Larry Coryell was one of the founding figures of jazz fusion, but produced a significant body of work the bridged many styles. His group Eleventh House provided a unique take on the combination of jazz and rock that was distinct from contemporaries such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Weather Report. » Read more

2017-01-31
John Wetton RIP – After a long battle with colon cancer, singer and bassist John Wetton has died at the age of 67. As an integral member of such bands as King Crimson, UK, and Asia, his was one of the distinctive voices in progressive rock, lending a human touch to often difficult music. » Read more

2017-01-30
Seaprog Announces First Artists for 2017 – The organizers of the Seaprog Festival in Seattle have announced the first set of confirmed performers for the 2017 festival. The best known names are Jack o' the Clock and Zero Times Everything, but a host of other bands are featured, mostly from the Northwest. The festival will take place June 2-4, 2017. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Adachi Kyodai - Xianshi – Sort of like Guitar Craft gone wild, these two exceptional sibling guitarists Source K and Ryusuke that make up Adachi Kyodai offer some high-intensity listening as they intertwine their strings and...  (2008) » Read more

Mystery - Destiny? – 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 updated version...  (1999) » Read more

Už Jsme Doma - Jeskyne (Caves) – Rhythm dominates Caves: polyrhythms, driving rhythms, natural rhythms. The music on Caves is a blend of influences and styles combined to create Už Jsme Doma’s unique sound. Rock and ska, heavy...  (2011) » Read more

Stevan Tickmayer - Repetitive Selective Removal of One Protecting Group – I know what you’re saying, why is this perennial commercial panderer back in the pages of Exposé? For those who think Tickmayer’s work in the Science Group is too compromised...  (2006) » Read more

Lazuli - En Avant Doute – Atendees of either the 2006 or 2007 Baja Prog festivals have been fortunate enough to see Lazuli do their thing live on stage. They truly are one of the most interesting groups among Musea’s...  (2008) » Read more



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