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Exposé Online » Issue 37

Date : July 2009
Pages : 92
Summary : Jorge Reyes, Interview with Rob Reed of Magenta, Peter Hammill, Chris Sqquire interview, Hugh Hopper remembered, Morgan Agren, Jan Schelhaas, FMPM 2008, Edward Ka-Spel, Wojtek Szadkowski of Satellite
Items found : 91

Bill Bruford / Michiel Borstlap - In Two Minds

Cover art Drummer Bill Bruford’s desire to pursue an on-going dialog with pianist Michiel Borstlap continues with this live recording across four separate 2006 European gigs. Each piece is an improvisation...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

33 Dao - Xunzhao Guowang

Cover art There has always been a kind of surreal appeal to the sound of carnival music, and it has managed to creep into a variety of genres, from Broadway musicals to Hamster Theatre. This Shanghai band (No....  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2009-07-01)

Alio Die & Martina Galvagni - Eleusian Lullaby

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Largely pelagic, the three pieces that comprise Eleusian Lullaby are suffused with slowly moving timbral shifts occurring inside an amoebic suspension of sources that now and then yield up...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2009-07-01)

Anoushka Shankar / Karsh Kale - Breathing under Water

Cover art Acclaimed sitar master Anoushka Shankar and ex-Tabla Beat Science techno beat master Karsh Kale teamed up for one of the surprise East-meets-West collaborations of last year. The two musicians are...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2009-07-01)

Basilwink - Bipolar Bliss

Cover art Basilwink is a Milwaukee based project featuring Jeff Marcus (guitars, keyboards, bass, engineering), and Jim Bloedel (percussion, keyboards, loops and effects), and the disc at hand is their fourth...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Believe - Yesterday Is a Friend & Hope to See Another Day Live

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Believe are a new Polish group founded by ex-Collage guitarist Marek Gil. At first glance the band is similar to Collage except for one big difference: the presence of Japanese violinist Satomi....

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - Dawn of the Cycads

Cover art Since I think Birdsongs of the Mesozoic are a great band, and I think cycads are really interesting plants, I won’t be pedantic and point out that cycads actually appeared in the Early Permian and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2009-07-01)

Blackmore's Night - Secret Voyage

Cover art The partnership of guitar god Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow) and Candace Night (skimpy bodice) has been going strong for 10 years, and — despite the Ren Faire and LARP associations —...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

Boiled in Lead - Silver

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Boiled in Lead is an American institution, experts at an Anglo-Irish institution: traditional and electric folk music. Hailing from Minnesota, this quintet have been messing with this revered...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

Caamora - Journey's End... An Acoustic Anthology

Cover art To recap: Caamora is the musical partnership of Clive Nolan (Arena, Pendragon, Strangers on a Train, etc.) and Polish singer Agnieszka Swita. Last year they recorded an original musical theatre score...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

Cabezas de Cera - Hecho en México

Cover art Cabezas en vivo! There is no better way to experience this band – CDC’s live shows are positively amazing, exploding with energy and instrumental precision. Live they can go anywhere, jumping...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

California Guitar Trio - Echoes

Cover art CGT are back to what they do best: arranging covers of classic rock in their own inimitable style. Doing up the classics is part and parcel for the ensemble with two of Beethoven’s well known...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

Chas Smith - Nakadai

Cover art For lack of a better term, let’s say that when we produce or listen to sounds that an instrument was not principally designed to generate, we are playing or hearing “beyond the instrument.”...  » Read more
(Posted by K. Leimer 2009-07-01)

Circa - Circa: 2007

Cover art The continuing saga of Billy Sherwood finds him following up his efforts on Yes albums like Open Your Eyes and his collaboration with Chris Squire (Conspiracy) with an album of songs...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

Colour Haze - All

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Colour Haze is a German band that is new to me, though they have been recording since 1995. You can pretty much trust any Elektrohasch release to be great, and All, Colour Haze’s seventh...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Daniel Lentz - Point Conception

Cover art These two piano pieces – the title composed in 1979 for nine pianos and the second, shorter “NightBreaker” composed in 1990 for four pianos – place Point Conception in the middle of...  » Read more
(Posted by K. Leimer 2009-07-01)

Darryl Way's Wolf - Canis Lupus, Saturation Point & Night Music

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The 70s continue to be a repository of stimulating music that new and old labels don’t stop digging out. Well, this is not all gold that glitters, but several forgotten works resurface,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

David Cross Band - Alive in the Underworld

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Ex-Crimson violinist David Cross has been pretty consistently refining his post-Crimson ideas for the past ten years or so. It’s no quantum leap to expect him to take his message literally to...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

Donovan - The Donovan Concert: Live in L.A.

Cover art 60s folk icon Donovan appeared at the Kodak Theater in LA on his 2007 tour to a packed house of acolytes from the Transcendental Meditation foundation (led by filmmaker David Lynch). From the get-go,...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2009-07-01)

Edward Ka-Spel - Dream Logik Parts One - Three

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Chris Macbeth of Beta-lactam does it again with two lavish solo releases from Edward Ka-Spel. Dream Logik Part Two comes housed in a in a deluxe ten panel book bound case with ten...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Exit - Exit

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Exit was an obscure Swiss band dating back to 1972. In 1975 they recorded and privately issued their only album of 350 copies that rapidly became a collector’s item. Exit continued to perform for...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Expo '70 - Black Ohms

Cover art To make this review the written equivalent of Expo ‘70’s work, I suppose I should just pick a word and repeat it over over over over. I just need to tell the reader to say it with a slightly...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2009-07-01)

Fotheringay - 2

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In late 1970 Fotheringay entered the studio to record their second album. They laid down the basic tracks and scratch vocals and then took time off for the holidays, fully intending to resume work...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Fripp & Eno - No Pussyfooting & Evening Star

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Enough has been said about No Pussyfooting, a record of singular stature and importance to the gradual adoption of the avant-garde by popular artists, that if its creative success and...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2009-07-01)

Grails - Take Refuge in Clean Living

Cover art Grails are a band from Portland who have been recording and releasing music since 2003 and Take Refuge in Clean Living is their sixth release. The CD opens with “Stoned at the Taj...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Gregg Bendian - Research (Tiny Useful Secrets)

Cover art The challenge for a compositional drummer is for the solo percussionist to be consistently engaging to the listener. Dedicating each of the pieces to a specific personal influence helps create a...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

Höstsonaten - Winterthrough

Cover art I guess sometimes you just shouldn’t question the decisions of an artist. When Fabio Zuffanti decides to record a cycle of four symphonic progressive albums based on the seasons, you shouldn’t ask...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2009-07-01)

Jannick Top - Infernal Machina

Cover art Jannick Top will be known to most readers as one of the most bad-assed, brutal, and intense bass players alive, and a major creative force within Magma at two different points during the 1970s. He,...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Jinetes Negros - Omniem

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Omniem is the third release by the Argentinean band Jinetes Negros or Black Riders in English. This is an odd release. Interspersed between excellent progressive music, there are cheesy...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Katzenjammer Kabarett - Grand Guignol & Variétés

Cover art Their name is German, they sing in English, but they are indeed French. I must have missed this band's 2006 debut, but I guess it's never too late to discover a good thing, and this four-piece...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Kenso - Kenso's Guide to Making Progressive Rock Music

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Well, in all my years or reviewing things, this is really a first. The 2DVD set is part performances, part music theory lectures, part insights, and part interviews; this is basically the members...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Klaus Schulze - Revisited Reissues, Part 3

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Revisited Records has taken on the mammoth task of reissuing the entire Klaus Schulze back catalog, and these eight albums are what has been reissued so far this year. In addition to using...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Klaus Schulze / Lisa Gerrard - Farscape & Rheingold

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Klaus Schulze has wanted to work with Lisa Gerrard since he first heard her sing with Dead Can Dance, but an opportunity to collaborate did not occur until the Fall of 2007. This is an intriguing...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Klotet - En Rak Höger

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En Rak Höger is the debut release by a progressive rock quartet from Uppsala, Sweden formed in 2004. The CD opens with cheesy sounds and rhythm, but soon evolves into a progressive...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Language of Light / Crow Tongue - The Tower / Wind Chant

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This split 7” dark gray marbleized vinyl 33 1/3 rpm record brings together two disparate, and yet similar bands. Language of Light is the love child of Frank Suchomel of Inalonelyplace and R....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Legendary Pink Dots - Plutonium Blonde

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Coinciding with the Dots’ October/November 2008 US tour was the release of Plutonium Blonde, which might well be their best in many years. Plutonium Blonde combines many of the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Lunatic Soul - Lunatic Soul

Cover art Lunatic Soul is the all Polish solo outlet for Riverside front man Mariusz Duda. In the course of refining the identity of his primary band, it became clear to the lead singer that another side to the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

Mahogany Frog - Do5

Cover art Canada’s Mahogany Frog has been slightly off the main prog radar in their native Winnipeg honing their own incarnation of the 70s classic prog rock sound. On the quartet’s third instrumental...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

Mark Ceccotti - Still at Large

Cover art Most will be familiar with Ceccotti as the guitarist and chief composer of Edhels, a band that released a number of LPs and CDs from the mid-1980s right up through 1999. Since that time he has...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Mawwal - This Is All There Is, There Is No Other Place

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The first Mawwal release was one of the highlights of 2007, and here they’ve done it again for 2008, and not by simply remaking the first album. While many of the things that made Black...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2009-07-01)

Mörglbl - Grötesk

Cover art Simply put, Mörglbl is an adept French fusion guitar, bass and drums trio. Their debut on the American Free Electric Sound label is a bit surprising since there don’t appear to be many unique...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2009-07-01)

Nathan Mahl - Exodus

Cover art It’s been at least five years since Shadows Unbound, the band’s previous album; now Nathan Mahl returns with Exodus, a large-scale concept album – dare I say rock opera, based on the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Nels Cline / Andrea Parkins / Tom Rainey - Downpour

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There was no lack of insight at the 2006 Victoriaville festival where Wilco guitarist Nels Cline met with co-improvisers Andrea Parkins and drummer Tom Rainey for an explosive, heated exchange. The...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

No-Man - Schoolyard Ghosts

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Few may know that Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson first achieved success (at least in the UK) with No-Man, his partnership with singer / songwriter / musician Tim Bowness that dates back to...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

Nurse with Wound - Images / Zero Mix / Requital for Lady Day

Cover art In their continuing quest to fill the shelves of obsessive collectors of obscure music with limited edition products, Beta-lactam Ring has now produced a NWW box that takes up more space than six...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2009-07-01)

Obscura - Le Città Invisibili

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Le Città Invisibili is the debut release by Obscura, an Italian neo-prog band consisting of vocals, guitar, flute, bass, keyboards, and percussion. The title comes from the 1972 novel by...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Opram - Live

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Opram is a young French band that plays a blend of heavy metal and progressive rock. After releasing their first disc in 2005 the band decided to issue a performance recorded November 25, 2006 in...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Orenda - A Tale of a Tortured Soul

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Orenda is a French progressive metal band that began in 1998 and their debut release has been ten years in the making. A Tale of a Tortured Soul is a concept album in three acts, and the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Osada Vida - The Body Parts Party

Cover art Basing a concept album on the human body may be lazy, though happily the material and execution merit praise in this case. At first blush Osada Vida resemble other Polish progressive rock bands that...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

Outer Limits - Stromatolite

Cover art Last we heard from this 80s Japanese symphonic band was their 1987 live album The Silver Apples on the Moon, following three studio LPs, not counting a posthumous release of early archive...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Overhead - And We're Not Here After All

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Overhead is a Finnish band consisting of Alex Keskitalo on vocals and flute, Jaakko Kettunen on guitar, Janne Pylkkönen on bass, Tarmo Simonen on keyboards, and Ville Sjöblom on drums....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Plastic Crimewave Sound - Plastic Crimewave Sound

Cover art Plastic Crimewave Sound is a Chicago-based space punk band much in the same vein as their contemporaries F/i, Richard Franecki, and The Vocokesh. PCS has been recording since the late 90s/early...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Platurno - Núcleos

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Platurno is a young Chilean progressive rock trio of guitars, keyboards, and drums. Núcleos is their 2006 debut release of 11 mostly instrumental songs. Each song is different, but has a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Radio Massacre International - Rain Falls in Grey

Cover art Head pixie Daevid Allen’s cover art, featuring a colorful half-toned rendition of Syd Barrett, provides the first clue as to what lies within this jewel case. Call it retro-psych, post-modern psych,...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

Radio Massacre International - Rain Falls in Grey

Cover art I was initially concerned that my lack of experience with RMI’s back catalog might be a hindrance to writing a useful review. I needn’t have worried, since this release is a drastic departure from...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2009-07-01)

Ragnarök - Path

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If you are old enough, you might remember that Ragnarök was part of the Swedish Prog Rock movement in the mid 70s. Their self-titled album released in 1975 was typical 70s art-rock. The band...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Red Star Revolt - Red Star Revolt

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Red Star Revolt is a power rock trio (Aaron Nava: vocals, bass, keyboards; Clutch: guitar, keyboards; and Dino Cuneo: drums, percussion) based in Denver, Colorado who came together in 2007. This...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Richard Barbieri - Stranger Inside

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Richard Barbieri’s second solo album is an altogether different beast than 2006’s insightful textural melee Things Buried. Again pairing with veteran band mate from Japan (the...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

Richard Pinhas and Merzbow - Keio Line

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Having redefined the scale of sonic monumentalism with the 2006 two-disc set Metatron, Keio...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2009-07-01)

Richie Havens - Nobody Left to Crown

Cover art If one hasn't listened to anything new by Richie Havens since the 60s or 70s, perhaps it’s time to listen again. If anything, this latest offering from the respected singer-songwriter is as good as...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Robert Rich & Fayrus - Zerkalo

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Even before ambient – an often systems-obsessed form – became acknowledged as the music to ignore, drones had already and long allowed the listener to suspend or focus...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2009-07-01)

Robin Taylor - Isle of Black

Cover art Danish Guitarist Robin Taylor's adventurous endeavors continue forward on his tenth solo album in ten years with a markedly different slant. Opening cut, "Confessions," meshes old-style Frippertronics...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

Runaway Totem - Manu Menes

Cover art Runaway Totem has always tended toward the out-there beyond-the-unusual side of avant-garde rock, and this sprawling 72-minute three-sided monster is no exception. Each of the three side-long cuts...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

SBB - The Rock

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Last time we caught up with SBB (New Century, from 2006), mainstays Józef Skrzek (keyboards, bass, vocals) and Apostolis Anthimos (guitar) had world famous drummer Paul Wertico (Pat...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Secret Oyster - Live in the USA 2007

Cover art And that’s the way it was! This is the NEARfest Friday show from June 22, 2007, featuring three original members (saxophonist Karsten Vogel, drummer Ole Streenberg, and guitarist Claus Bøhling)...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Seven That Spells - Black Om Rising

Cover art Seven That Spells is based in Zagreb, Croatia churning out some of the best mind numbing kaleidoscopic space music this side of the cosmos. Black Om Rising is their fifth release since 2003....  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Seven That Spells - The Men from Dystopia

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Who is the King of the Endless Riff? This Croatian band makes a credible case for their royal status on this release. The five tracks here, named simply with Roman numerals, flow without much...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2009-07-01)

Shawn Phillips - Living Contribution: Both Sides & DVD

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Shawn Phillips is a Texan guitarist with an incredible three-octave vocal range. But Shawn is not your typical Texas musician. He went to England in the mid-60s: he played sitar on Donovan’s...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Spaced Out - Evolution

Cover art After numerous releases sticking pretty close to a singular style, this appropriately titled latest studio release by the band shows them trying out some new directions, while still maintaining close...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Spirits Burning - Alien Injection

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Strap yourself in, pull down your mask, we’re headed for the psychedelic reaches of outer space. The crew, assembled specifically for this journey by Captain Falcone, should be a familiar one...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

St Vincent - Marry Me

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If there are any terms in music more meaningless (or perhaps just misused) than “progressive,” they must certainly be “indie” and “alternative.” And come to...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2009-07-01)

Steve Howe - The Haunted Melody

Cover art The Yes/Asia guitarist realizes a lifelong ambition by creating the perfect jazz setting with son, Dylan Howe on drums and Ross Stanley on Hammond B3. The arrangements across the stellar recording...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

Steve Roach - Arc of Passion

Cover art "Passion" is one of those loaded words. For instance, though it dealt with a fictional account of the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth, Martin Scorcese’s film Passion (for which Peter...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

Steve Roach - Immersion: Three

Cover art The third in his Immersion series, this one is expanded out to three discs, housed in a beautiful DVD sized eight-panel package with artwork that describes the music as well as the music...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Steve Roach - Landmass & A Deeper Silence

Cover art Most of the Steve Roach releases we have reviewed in these pages are on the Projekt label. Timeroom Editions is his private label, offering additional releases from this prolific artist, available for...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Steve Roach / Erik Wøllo - Stream of Thought

Cover art Roach should be well known to Exposé readers, and in fact Wøllo should as well – he’s a Norwegian guitarist who, at least these days almost always relies on elusive techniques that make...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Steven Wilson - Insurgentes

Cover art Steven Wilson has single-handedly re-shaped modern prog rock through his various bands and projects that include Porcupine Tree, No Man, Blackfield, Bass Communion, IEM, etc. So for him to take time...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

Steven Wilson - Insurgentes

Cover art Porcupine Tree leader Steven Wilson is a shrewd businessman in this era of file sharing and limited edition recordings. His first official solo recording under his own name (aside from a few...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

Stone Breath - Knotwork

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Knotwork is collection of unreleased Stone Breath songs and rarities. Most of the songs presented on this disc are from the later years of the band and Knotwork is intended to...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Stone Breath - Lanterna Lucis Viriditatis

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Stone Breath’s third album, recorded in 2000, has been reissued with a second CD of rare and unreleased tracks. On Lanterna Lucis Viriditatis Stone Breath continued their exploration of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Strawbs - Lay down with the Strawbs

Cover art As live Strawbs albums go, this two disc set is an outstanding one, recorded in March 2006 at Robin 2, Bilston UK featuring the mid-70s lineup same as you would find on Hero and Heroine or...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

Tatsuya Yoshida with Igor Krutogolov & Assif Tsahar - Live in the Head

Cover art Long time Ruins drummer Tatsuya Yoshida is the master of the instantly inventive. Across multiple real-time collaborations with a who’s-who of the improv scene, his flair for spontaneous hot flashes...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

The Instigations - Soundtracks for Alternate Realities

Cover art The Instigations, for the purpose of this recording at least, is one Owen Green, who alone with the assistance of a guest female vocalist on one track created all the sounds on this otherwise...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2009-07-01)

The Long Dead Sevens - The White Waltz & Other Stories

Cover art The Long Dead Sevens, an interesting name and an interesting band. Picture if you will, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds covering Leonard Cohen with a dash of Tom Waits thrown in for good measure and you...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

The Oliver Wakeman Band - Coming to Town: Live in Katowice

Cover art Yes fans are probably aware that Rick Wakeman’s son Oliver has been playing keyboards on their recent tour, and for those curious to see what his own band looks and sounds like here’s your chance....  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

The Silverman - Blank for Your Own Message

Cover art The secondary title for this release is “A Zen Opera in Seven Parts,” and I will set aside any questions about the appropriateness of the Buddhist reference. If you really want to call it an...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2009-07-01)

The Who - At Kilburn 1977

Cover art These DVDs present The Who at two ends of their peak years. Disk one captures them at Gaumont State Theatre, running through a set that was intended for Jeff Stein’s 1978 documentary The Kids...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

Travis & Fripp - Thread

Cover art Given the extensive musical resumes of Theo Travis and Robert Fripp, it was only a matter of synchronicity that would lead to a real time collaboration by these two innovators. Travis work with Cipher...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2009-07-01)

Unitopia - The Garden

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It is quite ambitious for a group to issue a double CD of new material as their second release. Many groups are challenged to fill one disc with decent music, let alone two. In addition, much of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2009-07-01)

Van der Graaf Generator - Trisector

Cover art Van der Graaf Generator has been getting attention from the mainstream press during their recent UK tour, much of it positive and respectful. I have a feeling Trisector will help in that...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2009-07-01)

Yeti Rain - Nest of Storms

Cover art Subverted expectations are always a refreshing experience in music. In the case of bassist William Kopecky and sax artist Roger Ebner, the subversion is expected. Nest of Storms opens with...  » Read more
(Posted by K. Leimer 2009-07-01)

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Previously in Exposé...

Soft Machine Legacy - Live Adventures – With the sad passing of Canterbury icons Elton Dean and Hugh Hopper, the reformulated quartet continues to carry on convincingly in the vein of the great icon of British Jazz. Now led by the voices of...  (2011) » Read more

Øresund Space Collective - It's All About Delay – The ØSC web site states “totally improvised space rock!” That was quite evident on their debut release reviewed in Issue #34. A lot of “water has passed under the bridge” since then (10 CDRs...  (2008) » Read more

The Band from Utopia - A Tribute to the Music of Frank Zappa – What we have here is basically a romp down memory lane by the members (mostly) of Frank Zappa's 1988 touring band ("Make a Jazz Noise Here", "The Best Band You've Never Seen in...  (1996) » Read more

SimakDialog - Patahan – For their first international release, SimakDialog offers a live set recorded in Jakarta in April 2005. At this juncture, bandleader and keyboardist Riza Arshad is joined by a rhythm section of...  (2008) » Read more

Gunda Gottschalk / Xu Fengxia - Youlan – Here we have a set of live improvisations with Gunda Gottschalk, a German violinist, and Xu Fengxia, a Chinese guzheng player; both of them also provide vocal sounds. The guzheng is an ancient Chinese...  (2011) » Read more



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