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Date : Summer 2011
Pages : 92
Summary : David Willey feature, Markus Reuter interview (part 2), Manooghi Hi, Uwe Cremer / Level Pi, vacuum Tree Head, Fruits de Mer Records, Spectrum Road, Michel Besset & The RIO Festival, Garden of Delights label
Items found : 192

A Marriage of Unbelievable Sounds —
A Profile of Manooghi Hi

Cover art There are no direct flights between Mumbai, India and Seattle, Washington. But that doesn't stop the international collaboration called Manooghi Hi from bridging the gap between the two cultures. The band got its start a few years ago when Mehnaz Hoosein, who had a million-selling career as a pop singer in India, connected with Ava Chakravarti in Seattle.  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Area(CD) = Level π * Krautrock2
The Uwe Cremer Interview

Cover art In the never ending battle of independent musicians against pop music there are those who continue to remain true to their roots and love of progressive music, especially Krautrock. One such is German musician and composer Uwe Cremer. He is not a household name, but his music has appeared on well-known labels (Garden of Delights and Musea). On a recent trip to Cologne, Germany I had the opportunity to enjoy a delightful afternoon with Uwe aka Level ∏ over a few beers.  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

3 Leg Torso - Animals & Cannibals

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Cartoon soundtracks and movie music come to life on Animals and Cannibals, the fourth 3 Leg Torso album (their first in seven years). Considering that this elite ensemble hides under cover...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Abacus - Destiny

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With a self-important air and a melodic core harking back to 70s progressive kitsch (think voice and piano themes in certain Styx, Foreigner or Toto songs), Abacus’ sixth studio album...

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 2011-06-01)

Abarax - Blue Room

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Abarax were a band whose original purpose was to fill the void left by Pink Floyd’s absence. Their 2006 debut, Crying of the Whales (now out of print), did reveal a taste for languid...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Aidan Baker - Songs of Flowers and Skin

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Amid the bulk of BLR releases, to which such adjectives as “noisy,” “chaotic” and “abrasive” are regularly applied, it’s easy to forget that there’s...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Alex Carpani - The Sanctuary

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Some may recall composer / keyboardist Carpani’s Waterline album from a few years back, or his outdoor performance with guitarist Tony Spada at the 2008 (and sadly final) Baja Prog...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Alexander Berne - Composed and Performed by Alexander Berne

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This lavish set presents composer / sound-designer / musician Alexander Berne in a variety of settings, mostly on his own, but with other contributors at times. Taking them in the order listed on...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Algernon - Ghost Surveillance

Cover art Lately I've been listening to a lot of music that is labeled "post-rock," and like many genre labels, there is a point at which it becomes meaningless. World's End Girlfriend, GYBE, Hualun, and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

All Over Everywhere - Inner Firmaments Decay

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I really wanted to like this one. It’s keyboard-heavy symphonic rock with female vocals, with some good ideas in both composition and arrangement. But after listening to it in a number of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Anderson / Wakeman - The Living Tree

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Yes's Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman have enjoyed success both within and without the group. Considering that both are on the outs with their previous band, it makes sense that the two would...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Aqua - Aqua

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Aqua were a German band who had some success in the 80s as a mainstream hard rock band. What is little known is that they began as a progressive rock band, but unfortunately never released any...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Aranis - Roqueforte

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This is the third album by Aranis, a Flemish chamber quintet that’s been around a few years. I don’t recall many details about the band’s second album from 2007, but I do remember...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Aun - VII

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Aun is the Montreal duo of Martin Dumais (guitar, synths, violin, bass, and programming) and Julie Leblanc (synths, guitar, and percussion) who create powerful droning noise soundscapes, much the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Aviva - Peer Gynt in Favour

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It’s a shock to hear music you've known all your life bent in new directions for new purposes. I still remember envisioning how my four-year-old self would have wept at The...

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 2011-06-01)

Aviva Omnibus - Nutcracker in Fury

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Picture, if you will, channeling the essence of Metallica, Keith Emerson, and Ralph Lundsten to play Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker with demonic abandon and you might have some glimmer of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Awenson - Wizard

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Wizard is the second album by Awenson (aside from self-produced CDR releases), whose first was released under the name Awen, and whose real name is Joël Bernard. These two long...

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 2011-06-01)

Baraka - Inner Resonance

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Baraka was a 1992 non-narrative film similar in scope to Koyaanisqatsi, and if this Japanese trio did indeed name itself after that film, the widescreen range of instrumental...

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 2011-06-01)

Believe - World Is Round

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Believe are one of the fastest working bands in the progland, this being their fourth album in five years. Founder Mirek Gil (ex-Collage) seems to feel that success will come from building an...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Benoît Delbecq Trio - The Sixth Jump

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Piano trios can be a gnarly musical beast. In the case of pianist Delbecq, trio pieces transpire in real time, with a quiet classy reserve that gently tugs the listener through subtle changes....

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Bertrand Loreau - Réminiscences

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Bertrand Loreau is a French synthesist who has been composing and releasing music for the past 30 years. Listening to and learning from the masters Klaus Schulze and Vangelis, Loreau has an...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Bill Cutler - Crossing the Line

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Bill Cutler arrived in San Francisco in 1970, spent the following decades producing other people’s records, and on his first album channels all those influences and experiences. His guitar...

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 2011-06-01)

Bittertown - Scenes from the Box

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Dutch bassist Tom Janssen is the driving force behind this album, though his debut solo outing, Are You Surprised, dates back to 2004. For this concept album he’s enlisted aid from...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Blld - Materia Prima

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This 20-minute EP is very tasty indeed. A meeting of Ric Byer (also known as 05Ric) and Markus Reuter would be expected to be a summit meeting of two original and remarkable players, but this...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Blue Cranes - Observatories

Cover art Blue Cranes are from Portland, Oregon; led by two saxophones, one alto and one tenor. The band has a remarkable style, having heard Monk and Zorn but wanting to play straightforward rock melodies....  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Bone Cave Ballet - The Echo of Entropy

Cover art "Bone Cave Ballet" — what an evocative name. So many possible interpretations, all of them intriguing. The music itself has a similar quality, with lyrics that catch your imagination without lending...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Brown vs Brown - Odds and Unevens

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Rock vs. jazz; punk vs. art; complex compositions vs. raw improvisation. Brown vs. Brown encompasses all of this and much more, turning in seven long tracks of blistering raw energy for their...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Brunnen - Swoon

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<crickets> — that’s either the typical response to the question “Any Brunnen fans in the audience?” or an accurate description of the third track on this CD. Brunnen...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Bryan Ferry - Olympia

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Bryan Ferry has noticeably become very particular when releasing new material under his own name. Reportedly this album was going to be a Roxy Music recording at one point, seriously re-worked and...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2011-06-01)

Cage - Secret Passage

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There’s nothing new about a progressive rock band sounding a bit like classic Genesis, and unless you have a categorical dislike of bands that sound a bit like classic Genesis, Cage has a lot...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Carla Kihlstedt / Matthias Bossi / Shahzad Ismaily - Causing a Tiger

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Here we have three principals of various Bay Area art-music assemblages of recent vintage creating something new and radically different from their usual endeavors. Most readers will know violinist...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Carta - An Index of Birds

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Carta hail from the S.F. Bay Area and currently consist of Kyle Monday (guitar), Sacha Galvagna (bass, keyboards), Ray Welter (guitar, keyboards), Gabriel Coan (drums, electronics), Jason Perez...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Cédric Vuille - Faire

Cover art Guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Vuille may be better known as a founder member of the Swiss Band L’Ensemble Rayé, and Debile Menthol before that. But with little to no recording activity from...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Celestial Oeuvre - This Mortal Coil

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The story around this album is a sad one. New Yorkers Celestial Oeuvre had just finished work on the follow up to their 2004 debut Second Chance when keyboard player / bassist / guitar...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Chance:Risiko - Sleep Talking

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The first thing I’d have to say about this four-piece from Bologna is that they really don’t sound Italian, which of course is an absurd thing to say, since a whole country can’t...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Christopher Froh / Christopher Burns - Triptych

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So if a tryptich is an art work that has three parts, for example three panels in a hinged painting that opens up, how come this musical tryptich has five tracks? The answer is that two of them are...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Chuck van Zyl - MemorySpace

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Van Zyl is probably best known for his Philadelphia based Stars End radio program, which he has hosted for over 30 years now, and his long running concert series The Gathering, which has...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

CJ Boyd - Aerial Roots

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I previously encountered C.J. Boyd with his group Sexxxtet (reviewed last issue), and while this recording features him without the cellos, there are definitely some musical similarities. The...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Clogs - The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton

Cover art It's an actual place: Lady Walton's Giardini La Mortella acts as a foundation in memory of her late husband, the composer Sir William Walton, provides the setting for classical performances and –...  » Read more
(Posted by K. Leimer 2011-06-01)

Conqueror - Madame Zelle

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Not much accompanied this promo – just a disc in an envelope. No booklet, tray card, or information. Normally my attitude is that if a label doesn’t care enough to send artwork or any...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Cybiont - Angels & Demons

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There is a paucity of information about Cybiont other than he is a New Zealander performer, composer, and producer. Angels & Demons, not to be confused with Dan Brown’s Vatican...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Da Capo - Da Capo

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Da Capo were a German band from Fürth in mid-Franconia who released one LP in 1972 that became one of the most sought-after German rock records. They recorded their seven-track album in two days...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

David Helpling & Jon Jenkins - The Crossing

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Around three years ago, Helpling and Jenkins’ initial collaboration Treasure (reviewed in # 35) initiated the journey that continues here – not just a protraction or sequel,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Delta Red - Gama de Espectros

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Delta Red is a progressive jazz-rock trio hailing from Querétaro, Mexico who play aggressive instrumentals heavily influenced by King Crimson’s Red. The title track opens the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Dennis Rea - Views from Chicheng Precipice

Cover art Classical Chinese poetry, like Japanese haiku, even in English translation, can be very evocative, carefully choosing certain details to trigger the mind to fill in an entire scene. For the most part...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Distinguished Panel of Experts - Trans-Indulgent

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These experts are well known to most Exposé readers: bassist and primary expert Mike Sary (French TV), keyboardist Guy Leblanc (Nathan Mahl, Camel), guitarist Shawn Persinger...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Djam Karet - The Heavy Soul Sessions

Cover art Over the last four or five years, Djam Karet has gone through some evolutionary changes. Gayle Ellett has switched from guitars to primarily analog keyboards, and a fifth member Mike Murray has been...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Dou Wei & Buyiyang - Zaochun de Yusan (Early Spring Umbrella) & Ru Qiu (Entering Autumn)

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Chinese multi-instrumentalist / singer / composer Dou Wei first came to public notice as a member of Heibao (Black Panther), one of the country’s earliest prominent rock bands, back in the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Dungen - Skit i Alt

Cover art Dungen is a four-piece band of guitar, bass and drums together with composer Gustav Ejstes, a keyboard player who also plays flute and guitar. He sings in a nice nasal tenor style much like Porcupine...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Edward Artemiev - Invitation to Reminiscences

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At first you may think you’re listening to Vangelis, but synthesizer pioneer Edward Artiemiev’s music comes from a different place and sensibility: a subtle Russianness underlies much...

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(Posted by Pam Thompson 2011-06-01)

Eidôlon - Dreamland

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Eidôlon is a French band consisting of a keyboardist / guitarist, violin / bass, and a drummer. Dreamland is a seven-part 50-minute piece based on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe. The disc...

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(Posted by Dan Marsh 2011-06-01)

Else Teicher - Whored

Cover art Very little is available regarding Ms. Teicher, the only information I could find is on the BlRR web site. Apparently Else has been releasing limited run cassettes and CDRs for the past 20 years, and...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Engineers - Three Fact Fader

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Engineers were a band many pegged to go big, but the implosion of their label after the release of their 2004 debut threw them into limbo. The time off allowed them to slave over these 13 songs,...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Esthema - The Hereness and Nowness of Things

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This American band features a trio of guitar (electric and acoustic), violin, and oud / bouzouki backed by electric bass and drums, plus guests on percussion and cello. The lead role is most...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Faithful Breath - Fading Beauty

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Faithful Breath, who later became a German heavy metal band in the 80s, began as a symphonic progressive band releasing two LPs in the 70s: Fading Beauty and Back on My Hill....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Faust - C'est Com... Com... Compliqué & Is Last

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Beginning in the lush, disco-free Eurozone of the 70s, beneficiaries of finally reliable synthesizers, a well-defined tradition of art music tape experimentation, post modern euphemisms, and a...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2011-06-01)

Felonious Bosch - Toy Box

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An interesting new release by this Minneapolis / St. Paul based sextet, one that skirts a lot of musical genres (elements of pop, folk, rock, blues, jazz and experimental are all fused into their...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Fern Knight - Castings

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Drawing seemingly equal parts from dark-age folk, psychedelic mysticism, and post-rock, this latest release by Fern Knight embraces some of the more straightforward folk sound of their 2008...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Fibonacci Sequence - We Three Kings & Numerology

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This Milwaukee-based band’s name may have you expecting some sort of robotic math rock, though there’s little in the way of Frippian interlocking guitar patterns here. Instead these two...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Final Conflict - Stand Up

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Stand Up nicely sums up the Final Conflict modus operandi. Out front are the dual lead guitars and vocals of Brian Donkin and Andy Lawton (who I swear is Sean Bean’s long lost twin...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Flood - Tales from the Four Seasons

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Flood is a one man band who plays all the instruments (acoustic guitar, keyboards and clarinet, among others) on this CD which gives us four tunes, one for each season. The entire CD is a tranquil...

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(Posted by Dan Marsh 2011-06-01)

Fra Fra Sound - Dya So

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It’s a big world, and many people are free to move around it, so something like a “Dutch Afro-Caribbean” jazz band shouldn’t be too unexpected, I suppose. And given this...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

French TV - I Forgive You for All My Unhappiness

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This is the tenth album by bassist Mike Sary and company, which this time (for the most part) includes ex-Boud Deun / current Prester John guitarist Shawn Persinger, drummer Jeff Gard, Adam Huffer...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Frequency Drift - Personal Effects (Part Two)

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Frequency Drift is primarily the effort of German keyboardist Andreas Hack, though he’s joined by a large group of supporting players that includes three female vocalists, three guitar...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Frogg Café - Bateless Edge

Cover art New York’s Frogg Café has released one of the most interesting albums of the year with Bateless Edge. This is a 77-minute CD with eight songs ranging from five to 14 minutes, three of...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Marsh 2011-06-01)

Garaj Mahal - More Mr Nice Guy & Discovery

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Garaj Mahal takes some of the classic elements of 70s fusion and makes them work in today’s musical climate. While the music is sometimes on the funky side of rhythm, the jazz feel always...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Gary DiBenedetto - Twin Towers

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Gary DiBenedetto is an electro-acoustic composer from New York and Twin Towers is his effort to present a compilation of radical and controversial sonic collages designed to imply...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Gary Husband - Dirty & Beautiful Volume 1

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The idea of Jan Hammer and Allan Holdsworth playing together on a single recording (likely a fantasy of fusion fans everywhere) has come to pass on this new album from Gary Husband. Husband’s...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Godsticks - Spiral Vendetta

Cover art Beginning with the obvious, Darran Charles, Godsticks' singer and principal songwriter, wants to be Adrian Belew. His high tenor perfectly mimics those eccentric, fluid melodies with emphasis through...  » Read more
(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 2011-06-01)

Goldbug - The Seven Dreams

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Seven bopping tunes of a highly improvisational nature are gathered together on this recording by the sterling quartet of Theo Travis on saxophones and flute; Tim Motzer on guitar, keyboards,...

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(Posted by Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Gong Global Family - Live in Brazil 20 November 2007

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November 20th, 2007 is the date, one of three shows in Brazil that year. Daevid Allen and Josh Pollock (University of Errors) are joined by a number of Brazilian musicians (members of the Invisible...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Govea - Danza Urbana

Cover art This Mexican trio is led by keyboard wizard Salvador Govea, who also handles most of the compositions and arrangements. He is joined by bassist Luis Arturo Guerrero and drummer Victor Baldovinos, the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Gunda Gottschalk / Xu Fengxia - Youlan

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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...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Haiku Funeral - Assassination in the Hashish Cathedral & If God Is a Drug

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At hand we have the second and third releases by Haiku Funeral. The nine tracks of Assassination in the Hashish Cathedral explore dark grotesque soundworlds, laced with disturbing gothic...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Half Past Four - Rabbit in the Vestibule

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This is Toronto quartet Half Past Four’s first full-length album that isn’t a movie score (2007’s The Mad). A variety of genres are melded here, including art,...

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(Posted by Pam Thompson 2011-06-01)

Hanggai - He Who Travels Far

Cover art Since their 2008 debut CD, this band from Inner Mongolia (currently resident in Beijing) has become a world music festival favorite, playing WOMAD, among others. That release blended the earthy sounds...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Happy Birthday Secret Weapon - Ground Floor Coming Up

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This Seattle-based band takes an interesting turn away from standard guitar power trio sounds. Certainly more complex (especially rhythmically) than your standard rock fare, they haven’t...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Harley Gaber - I Saw My Mother Ascending Mount Fuji

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Gaber’s 65-minute piece for “multi-track violin, processed alto flute and tape” is, to get metaphorical (which is about the only way to really describe music), an abstract...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Henry Gwiazda - Claudia and Paul

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This audio-visual work is constructed from hyper-realistic depictions of populated and empty urban landscapes. Repeated stills with captions and numerals or replays of simple events seem like a...

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 2011-06-01)

Hey Marseilles - To Travels and Trunks

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Seattle may be most famous for its noisy rock, but there seems to be a crop of bands with expanded instrumentation and more melodic intentions. Case in point: Hey Marseilles. Their brand of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Holloway - Illusions

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Holloway is a new band from Michigan, currently operating as a quintet, though the band that recorded this debut was just the threesome of Ross Morgan (guitar, vocals, drums), his brother Josh...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Hualun - Asian River

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For their second release, this Wuhan post-rock crew has stepped up a few notches from their debut, Silver Daydream (

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Hypnos 69 - Legacy

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It’s been a a few years since we reviewed this Belgian band’s previous effort, The Eclectic Measure, but this latest release Legacy (also available as a double-LP) is...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Ideal Bread - Transmit: Vol. 2 of the Music of Steve Lacy

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Fans of Steve Lacy will adore this – a reverential treatment of seven Lacy compositions from various periods in his career, interpreted by players who have a high level of skill playing in...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Il Tempio delle Clessidre - Il Tempio delle Clessidre

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If you yearn for 70s Italian prog, rejoice as this genre is alive and well with the next generation of bands. The best is Il Tempio delle Clessidre (Temple of the Hourglass) whose name is a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Incandescent Sky - Four Faradays in a Cage

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This band is now up to their fourth full-length release of improvised music, and it’s an amazingly coherent effort, not at all random-sounding or chaotic. Their focus has always been more on...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

J.C. Combs - Safe Passage

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After a long period of what seems like relative inactivity, Electroshock released at least a dozen new titles in 2010. Safe Passage is among the most interesting of those, but also one of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

J21 - Yellow Mind - Blue Mind

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J21 is the stage name of a Spanish guitarist who, judging from the list of collaborators here and on his other projects, is getting a lot of attention in musical circles. This CD features Trey...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Jack Dupon - Démon Hardi

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An up-and-coming four-piece from the Auvergne region of France, there is nobody named Jack in the band – kind of like that other band that has nobody named Jethro. Démon Hardi...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Jack o' the Clock - How Are We Doing, and Who Will Tell Us?

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The East Bay area (Oakland and surrounding) has produced some interesting musical hybrids of late. A lot of that no doubt has to do with Fred Frith’s involvement with the esteemed Mills...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Jan Bang - ...And Poppies from Kandahar

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Sonic sculptor Jan Bang brings his formidable sampling skills to bear on this internationally star-studded disk. His large palette of extracted sounds varies dramatically from solo vocals to...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Jesca Hoop - Kismet & Hunting My Dress

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I missed this extraordinary songwriter's debut back in 2007, but when I heard her second effort I immediately sought it out. Kismet is a stunning entry into what might be called the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension - To the One

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Has there ever been such a strong John McLaughlin studio album? This slightly revised quartet has come off some high mountaintops (specifically the guitarist’s last two albums, Industrial...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Josiah - Procession

Cover art Procession is the fifth and final album by this UK stoner rock band formed in 2000. If you are a fan of head-slamming rock along the lines of Black Sabbath and Ozzie, this is the album for...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Judy Dyble - Talking with Strangers

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For those of you not old enough to remember, Judy Dyble was Fairport Convention’s original vocalist who left after their first album. She then hooked up with Ian McDonald and the original...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Julie Slick - Julie Slick

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Being from a famous music family has definitely helped bassist Julie Slick get a leg up on the competition. A graduate of the Paul Green School of Rock, Slick and her just slightly older brother...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2011-06-01)

K Leimer - Degraded Certainties

Cover art Kerry Leimer's newest work delves deeply into the process side of ambient fabrications. Here, he gathers source elements that include strings, bells, and percussive sounds, and then runs them through...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Khatsaturjan - Disconcerto Grosso

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Named after the famous Soviet composer (spelling may vary), this Finnish progressive quartet exudes classical ambition carried by formidable chops that many prog bands can only dream about....

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 2011-06-01)

Kraan - Diamonds

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Kraan, now down to a trio of Hellmut Hattler, Jan Fride, and Peter Wolbrandt (bass, drums, and guitars/vocals respectively), seems to have found new freedom and energy in the three-piece format, as...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Lalo Huber - Lost in Kali Yuga

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Lalo Huber is the keyboard player for Nexus and this is his first solo album. This 79-minute disc is mostly instrumental with a couple of vocal songs. The centerpiece of the disc is the four-part...

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(Posted by Dan Marsh 2011-06-01)

Lee Abraham - Black & White

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On this album Lee Abraham is treading a similar path as countryman Steve Thorne (see Roundtables, this issue), though overall these songs have a stronger metal quality to them, especially in the...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Legendary Pink Dots - Seconds Late for the Brighton Line

Cover art 2010 marks the 30th anniversary of this band as well as a major change to their lineup. Long time band member Niels van Hoorn departed because of the demands of constant touring, reducing the band to...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Lemurya - Soma

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I’ve been listening to a lot of Japanese and Chinese rock music lately, so my ears are atuned to the sounds of those languages. Imagine my surprise to hear both of them on this French...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Level ∏ - Electronic Sheep

Cover art Electronic Sheep is Uwe Cremer’s (aka Level ∏) second release and though firmly rooted in the Teutonic and Berlin-school of electronics, it is quite a departure from Entrance....  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Level ∏ - Entrance

Cover art Level π is kind of an oddball release for Garden of Delights as they specialize in releasing reissues and archive recordings of little known German bands from the late 60s and 70s. In this case,...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Lonely China Day - This Easily Assimilative People

Cover art I wrote about this Chinese band’s previous CD back in #36. On this latest effort, they continue their path moving away from sounds typical of rock bands and further into the esoteric realms of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Lunatic Soul - Lunatic Soul II

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Nowhere on the cover does it actually say it, but this is indeed the second Lunatic Soul, a follow-up to the first, which was released a couple years ago. In essence, it is the solo project of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Lüüp - Distress Signal Code

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I did not know what to expect from this release. The cover is a photo of a Chaplinesque clown balancing on a stack of chairs. But the music is anything but comical. What we have is a collection of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Makaras Pen - Makaras Pen

Cover art If you’re in the mood for dreamy female vocals drenched in reverb, there’s a bunch of bands you can turn to, many of whom populate the Projekt roster, but if you feel like a little more energy in...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Mandibulbe - Praxis

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This French instrumental quartet brings a lot of influences to the table, although refined and presented in a fresh and progressive way. The band’s main composer is guitarist Guillaume Fenoy,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Manooghi Hi - Silence

Cover art Manooghi Hi are nothing if not ambitious, at least when it comes to sound. Every track on their second CD features lush arrangements, intense singing, and a full complement of rhythm from the bass and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Marc Barreca - Subterrane

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You know you’ve entered the modern era when the sole musician on a CD is credited with “acoustic and synthesized sources” — which in this case apparently involves a lot of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Master Musicians of Bukkake - Totem Two

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MMOB is a Seattle-based musician collective with members from Earth, Asva, Burning Witch, The Diminished Men, and special guests from Secret Chiefs 3 and the thriving Istanbul music scene. They...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Mike Henderson - White Arrow Project

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Mike Henderson was one of the founding members of Djam Karet, and White Arrow Project represents his interest in acoustic guitar based song oriented craft with lyrics. He has assembled a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Mike Keneally - Scambot 1

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This is the first installment in a three-volume cycle, about a guy named Scambot, his cat Chee and the evil Boleous T. Ophunji (among many others). Mike Keneally is a triple threat as a musician,...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Mushroom - Naked, Stoned, & Stabbed

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The opening cut, a gentle duo for flute and acoustic guitar, is the first signal that this might be a little different than previous Mushroom releases. In fact, what a listener will notice is that...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

My Sleeping Karma - Tri

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This German instrumental outfit, described by its label as stoner rock or psychedelic groove rock, comes at you with a nuanced assault of guitar, bass and drums, drenched with moody reverb and...

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(Posted by Alan K. Lipton 2011-06-01)

Mystery - Destiny? 10th Anniversary Edition

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This is a reissue of Mystery’s second disc, Destiny? Originally issued in 1988, it features original singer Gary Savoie along with main song-writer and guitarist Michel...

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(Posted by Dan Marsh 2011-06-01)

Necronomicon - Strange Dreams

Cover art Strange Dreams presents 13 archived recordings from the Aachen band Necronomicon. The first ten are rehearsal tapes and the final three live, all from 1976. Consequently, the sound quality is...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Nevärlläjf - Klusterfloristen

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Nevärlläjf is a young Swedish quintet of synths, guitars, bass, and drums. By young, I mean that these guys were in high school in 2005. Yet their music belies their age with its...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Nik Bärtsch's Ronin - Llyria

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The instrumentation for this highly regarded jazz quintet is soprano and alto saxophone and bass clarinet, piano, bass, drums, and percussion. Pianist Bärtsch is the adept leader and...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

No Name - 20 Candles

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No Name may be the only prog rock band from Luxembourg. They currently have four studio albums under their belt, their most recent being the creatively named 4 from 2006. 2008 marked the...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Noetics - Delayed Back

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Delayed Back is a set of eleven electronica / dub / jazz / trance instrumentals by Noetics from Germany. Noetics is Ole Ohlendorf (keyboards and synths), Christian Schmidt (percussion),...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Odyssice - Silence

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Dutch band Odyssice’s new album has been several years in the making, but it was worth the wait. The band has gone though some changes since 2000’s Impression, most notably the...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Osada Vida - Uninvited Dreams

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Poland is bursting with talented groups these days and I’d put this quartet near the top of that list. Their sound is similar to countrymen Riverside in that they can delve into heavy duty...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Paolo Angeli - Tibi

Cover art Part concert, part love letter to an instrument, this is a fascinating piece of work. Recorded in Bologna, Italy in 2009, this is a one-man concert by Paolo Angeli on a highly modified Sardinian...  » Read more
(Posted by Pam Thompson 2011-06-01)

Percy Jones / Scott McGill / Ritchie DeCarlo - Percy Jones / Scott McGill / Ritchie DeCarlo

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Fasten your seat belts prior to starting the opening track “Menagerie Animato” – it clocks in at only a little under five minutes, but it’ll leave you out of breath and in...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Peter Gach - Fresh Piano

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Californian pianist Peter Gach here presents a set of pieces by five different contemporary composers from his home state; a variety of styles are represented, from decidedly lyrical to angular and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Phaedra - Ptah

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Hmmm. This is one case where I really wish the promo had come with an info-sheet, but instead this writer is left guessing as to what much of this album, sung entirely in Italian, is all about. On...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Picchio dal Pozzo - A_Live

Cover art Many great Italian progressive bands reformed in the 90s and early 00s (some returned to their roots after years of producing pop music), and PDP is one example of a band that made a real difference...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Pikapika TeArt - Moonberry

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Nine extraordinary musicians from Krasnoyarsk, one of the largest cities in south-central Siberia, make up this new entry in the chamber-meets-rock-meets-folk genre. Among the players are bassist...

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(Posted by Jon Davis, Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Polytoxicomane Philharmonie - Go Ape

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Apparently this is the fourth release by this German five-piece that’s somehow flown under my radar since their 2003 debut. The fact that there are only eight tracks spread across these two...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Prester John - Desire for a Straight Line

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Prester John this time is Shawn Persinger on acoustic guitar and David Miller on mandolin, weaving beautiful intertwining rhythms and melodies, with some amazing lead fretwork from both players as...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Procosmian Fannyfiddlers - Requiem Fatigue

Cover art Sweet voices and guitars start off the Procosmian Fannyfiddlers eighth CD, Requiem Fatigue. The band calls their style burlesque progressive rock, and that's pretty accurate. The tales told...  » Read more
(Posted by Pam Thompson 2011-06-01)

Proyecto Wef - En Concierto - Creación Espontánea

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Each song is named “Creación Espontánea” followed by the appropriate Roman numeral, which gives the songs a kind of implied importance. They do deserve your attention,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Psicotropia - Psicotropia 3

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We’ve followed this trio from their first album, and each release has been a significant step forward. No exception here, they’ve further elucidated their overall concept and integrated...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Quicksilver - Six String Voodoo, 07 Live & The Hermit

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Gary Duncan was the ‘other’ guitarist in the original Quicksilver Messenger Service. Today, with Freiberg off doing other things with Jefferson Starship most of the time, Greg Elmore...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Radio Massacre International - Time and Motion

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This trio of Brits has been performing their epic electronic improvisations since the mid 90s. They have performed at numerous electronic music festivals across Europe and the US. In 2004 they...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Radio Massacre International - Time and Motion

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I’m no RMI expert, but of the things I’ve heard, there’s some nifty Tangerine Dream style electronic music, some tripped-out space rock, and some atmospheric improvisation. Those...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Ranjit Barot - Bada Boom

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Drummer Ranjit Barot has certainly surrounded himself with world-class international talent, much of which also records for the Abstract Logix label. Since participating with John McLaughlin on...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Rational Diet - On Phenomena and Existences

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This is the fourth time out for this seven-piece chamber-rock ensemble from Belarus, their third in three years for AltrOck, a great label that seems to be able to do no wrong. Featuring drums,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Reebosound - This Is Reebosound

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Reebosound is the brainchild of mulit-instrumentalist Sven “Missu” Missullis from Hannover, Germany. This is Reebsound is his second solo release. Performing live at shows and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Retsam Suriv - Exégesys

Cover art Retsam Suriv is a progressive metal band from Argentina. Exégesys is their first album and was released in 2009 (but copyrighted in 2007). The band consists of guitars, keyboards, bass,...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Marsh 2011-06-01)

Richard Pinhas - Metal / Crystal

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If it's true – at least in creative work – that quantity yields quality, the recent releases by Richard Pinhas are proving that maxim possesses a limited applicability. Built as a...

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(Posted by K. Leimer 2011-06-01)

Rick Miller - Falling through Rainbows

Cover art Rick Miller is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist and composer who began his musical career in the 80s. Over the past five years Rick’s focus has been progressive rock and Falling through...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Rick Wakeman - Past, Present and Future

Cover art At the outset, it would appear that reviewing three CDs of solo piano music from keyboardist Rick Wakeman would be a daunting task. While wrestling with the perception that the pianist can easily sit...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Robin Taylor / Taylor's Free Universe - Two Pack

Cover art A brilliant marketing strategy here - two 3-inch mini-CDs in cardboard sleeves are shrink-wrapped back-to-back. The first features three new songs recorded in 2010, featuring Taylor on guitars, bass,...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Roman Stolyar - Missa Apocryph

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This release in no way fits the standard mold of Electroshock music (though they’ve been breaking that mode a lot lately, so maybe we should stop remarking on it!), being essentially a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Rotor - 4

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This is blistering high energy, mostly instrumental hard rock by a German trio with three previous releases to their credit – we reviewed their third album a couple issues back. The...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Rudy Adrian - Distant Stars

Cover art As its title boldly suggests, Rudy Adrian's latest (and his third for Lotuspike) launches the listener into the ambient expanses of deep space, leaving the earth – elements of which provided the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Runaway Totem - Le Roi du Monde

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After close to twenty years on the scene, this Italian band continues to evolve and surprise, providing something new and unique with each new release. Le Roi du Monde (King of the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Rush - Beyond the Lighted Stage

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Beyond the Lighted Stage is directors Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen's look under the hood at the venerable Canadian trio, with the bulk of the content based on personal interviews with...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Sándor Szabó & Kevin Kastning - Returning

Cover art For readers who have memorized every review this magazine has published, I won't have to remind you that we've covered the two previous releases by this duo of unusual guitarists. For the rest of our...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

SBB - Blue Trance

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The legendary SBB is back once again with Blue Trance, same lineup as last time (multi-instrumentalist Józef Skrzek, guitarist Apostolis Anthimos, and drummer Gabor Nemeth), this...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

ScienceNV - Pacific Circumstances

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This is the second release by this San Francisco based quartet, their odd name coming from the fact that all four members are trained and working scientists, although that most certainly doesn't...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Soft Machine - Live at Henie Onstad Art Centre 1971

Cover art The challenge for any archivist of the Soft Machine catalog has been to present just what it was like to attend a performance by the classic line-up of Wyatt, Dean, Ratledge, and Hopper. Now with half...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen, Jeff Melton 2011-06-01)

Soft Machine Legacy - Live Adventures

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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...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2011-06-01)

Solstice - Spirit

Cover art One of the bright spots of 2010 was the return of Solstice. It's been 13 years since their last studio effort, Circles, and I was beginning to wonder if they'd ever return. Other than Andy...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Sophya Baccini - Aradia

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Hers was one of the most powerful voices in Italian rock when she fronted the band Presence in the mid-to-late 90s, with albums like The Sleeper Awakes and Black Opera to their...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Stefan Poetzsch - Light On

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Born into a family of musicians and artists, Stefan Poetzsch started studying classical violin at music school in Magdeburg, East Germany in 1970. In the mid-70s he heard a radio broadcast of music...

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(Posted by Pam Thompson 2011-06-01)

Steve Hackett - Out of the Tunnel's Mouth (Deluxe Edition)

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Back in the day I was a huge Genesis and Steve Hackett fan, but I lost interest in Steve with his 1980 release Defector. Fast forward 30 years and it looks like either I have been missing...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Steve Howe Trio - Travelling

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Steve Howe’s jazzy organ trio plays with the entire groove that this traditional jazz configuration demands, and then some. Together with his oldest son Dylan on drums and Ross Stanley on...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Steve Roach - Live at Grace Cathedral

Cover art This two disc set documents one of Roach’s rare live performances, this one at San Francisco's historic Grace Cathedral on June 29, 2007. The natural reverb of the performance space meshes well with...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages

Cover art Sigh of Ages is Steve Roach's fourth release of 2010. Six continuous tracks totaling 74 minutes take you on a journey that is deep, dark and hypnotic for its duration. You either really like...  » Read more
(Posted by Dan Marsh 2011-06-01)

Steve Tibbetts - Natural Causes

Cover art On first listen, one could easily be forgiven for thinking that Natural Causes might be a collection of out-takes from Tibbetts' 1982 album Northern Song, his very first LP for ECM....  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Stick Man - Fretless

Cover art On Neil Haverstick's ninth CD, he offers a compilation of all the fretless pieces from his previous CDs. Four of seven tracks exceed the ten-minute mark and feel improvised, sometimes enhanced with...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

The Gak Omek - Nonrenormalizability

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The Gak Omek is the project of one Robert Burger, and this is album number three. Mostly we hear guitars, guitar synths, synth-drums, keyboards, clarinet, some wild electronic sounds, and lots of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

The Microscopic Septet - Friday the Thirteenth

Cover art Straight ahead jazz with a flair for the avant – that’s Friday the 13th, the latest from The Microscopic Septet. This is the band’s tribute to Thelonious Monk, featuring 12 of his...  » Read more
(Posted by Pam Thompson 2011-06-01)

The Pineapple Thief - Someone Here Is Missing

Cover art The Pineapple Thief have always had an affinity for indie rock that’s put them at the forefront of the new generation of British prog bands. They push the envelope even further here, with a modern...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

The Tunnel Singer - Undercurrents

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The theme of this latest offering – the ninth from Lee Ellen Shoemaker, aka The Tunnel Singer – is various deep water undercurrents, with appropriately named titles like “Cedros...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Three Shanghai Bands

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These three bands hail from Shanghai, a city known for avant-garde music, and they certainly fit that categorization; they share members, several of whom have also worked in other prominent...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Tinyfish - The Big Red Spark

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It seems like everything British prog rockers Tinyfish have done up to now has been a prelude to The Big Red Spark. It helps that there’s a solid continuity between this and the...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Tokyo Jihen - Sports

Cover art Since its founding in 2004, singer Shiina Ringo's band Tokyo Jihen (The Tokyo Incidents) has been a very eclectic and creative entry in the Japanese rock scene. Their latest effort is no exception, a...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Tortoise - Beacons of Ancestorship

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What if Can and Cluster merged? Grinding retro-sequencers and synthesizers have an old eight-bit tone to them on this record – the funny result is like Kraftwerk totally rocking out. Yes, the...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele 2011-06-01)

Total Normal - Total Normal

Cover art Total Normal is Thierry Vaudor, a French Canadian multimedia artist applying his electroacoustic background from the University of Montreal to create interesting musical compositions. Total Normal...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Travis Larson Band - Rate of Change - Live

Cover art This concert video commemorates The Travis Larson Band’s tenth anniversary. With four studio albums and a ton of touring under their belts they’ve made a name for themselves as purveyors of...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Twelfth Night - Smiling at Grief & Art and Illusion - The Definitive Editions

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Those interested in discovering the roots of neo-prog owe it to themselves to explore the music of Twelfth Night, and I can’t think of a better place to start than here. Smiling at Grief...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2011-06-01)

Ukab Maerd - The Waiting Room

Cover art Spelled backwards it's Dream Baku, a shaded reference to Djam Karet's A Night for Baku CD from about eight years ago. This is an improvisational project featuring founding DK members Chuck...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Univers Zéro - Clivages

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The word "darkness" is often prominently mentioned in descriptions of the music of Univers Zéro, and there are certainly aspects of this newest release that fit that mold. However,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Už Jsme Doma - Jeskyne (Caves)

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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...

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(Posted by Pam Thompson 2011-06-01)

Vacuum Tree Head - Thirteen!

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Once one of the most prolific outfits around (when the band was based in San Jose, California, they put out no less than 10 CDs between ’93 and ’99), their output has slowed down...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Various Artists - Conversations: Keyboard and Chamber Music by John Bilotta and David Gaines

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The subtitle of this recording is “Keyboard and Chamber Music by John Bilotta and David Gaines” – Bilotta and Gaines are not the performers here, that is handled by a varied cast...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Various Artists - Psychedelic Underground 11 - 15

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Beginning with its first year of operations, Garden of Delights has released a yearly limited edition Psychedelic Underground sampler containing the best track from each of their 9...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Various Artists - Romantic Warriors: A Progressive Music Saga

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In the 70s, when prog rock was living its heyday, the term progressive rock was used to define two different genres. One was the RIO/Canterbury one, including Henry Cow, Univers Zero, and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Volcano the Bear / La STPO - The Shy Volcanic Society at the Bear and Bird Parade

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No, it’s not a collaboration between these two BLR mainstays, it’s a split realease with five VTB tracks and four by La STPO. Volcano the Bear take us on a journey to a farm — I...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

World's End Girlfriend - Seven Idiots

Cover art Occupying a distinct netherworld where the realms of electronic music, avant garde, post-rock, and modern classical music intersect, World's End Girlfriend (the nom de musique of Katsuhiko...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)

Wyatt / Atzmon / Stephen - ...For the Ghosts Within

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Canterbury icon Robert Wyatt steps out of his comfort zone with acclaimed sax man Gilad Atzmon in an unusual collection of light orchestral covers of standards (and a few re-arranged Wyatt...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2011-06-01)

Xhol Caravan - Talking to My Soul

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On the heels of releasing Electrip in the summer of 1969, the public TV station SWF offered to produce a show dedicated to Xhol Caravan, an offer they couldn’t refuse. So in 1970 SWF...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Yeti Rain - III

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Yeti Rain has evolved from a duo (Roger Ebner on sax and wind synth and William Kopecky on bass) into a trio with the addition of drummer Craig Walkner, who introduces himself about two and a half...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Yney - Micro Macro

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Russian electronic musicians tend to be a bit different from German, British, and American artists. Yney is Russian for "hoarfrost," but their music is far from being cold, crystalline,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Yochk'o Seffer - Condor

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That’s not a typo, this is a whopping three discs of essentially free-folk-jazz sax playing with varying levels of accompaniment, purely instrumental with the exception of one spoken poem on...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

Yūgen - Iridule

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This is the third Yūgen release, and the band continues to grow by leaps and bounds. This time out the composing duties went to guitarist Francesco Zago, who seems to be influenced by a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2011-06-01)

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2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more

2017-05-02
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more

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


Previously in Exposé...

Masque - Third Ear/Third Eye – Third Ear/Third Eye is this brazen Japanese quintet's first CD release (following a couple of cassette releases in the late 80s, plus contributions to the Canterbury Edge and Jazz Rock sampler...  (1999) » Read more

Moby Grape - Moby Grape, Wow, & Grape Jam – One of the very best of the late 60s San Francisco bands (if not the best), Moby Grape's recordings as well as the band's name itself has long been tied up in endless cycles of litigation thanks to...  (2008) » Read more

Gentle Giant - 2005 DRT Remasters – [Note: This review was written upon the release of the albums on DRT in 2005.]DRT is Derek Shulman’s US based label, which has taken ownership of the band’s North America CD distribution. His push...  (2005) » Read more

Tipographica - God Says I Can't Dance – The definition of progressive rock is growing wider each year. There is a trend that consists of injecting healthy doses of fusion, what with a jazz rock aura in the neighborhood. All over the...  (1996) » Read more

Apple - An Apple a Day – Here we have the long-awaited CD release of one of the most collectible LPs of British psychedelia. Those of us who can’t shell out hundreds of dollars (or pounds) to hear the original can now...  (2006) » Read more



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