Sendelica — Ziggy Stardust
(Fruits de Mer Crustacean 69, 2016, 7")
by Henry Schneider, Published 2016-03-16
Sendelica provided a live version of “Ziggy Stardust” on the Fruits de Mer 2016 Annual Fame and now this April sees a new FdM single with two extended versions of this Bowie classic reinterpreted by these Welsh spacerockers. The live version was about a minute longer than Bowie's, but both versions on the single clock in at over seven minutes each! The A-side features a slower, more introspective reading of “Ziggy Stardust.” There is a considerable amount of processing that makes it quite different from the live version. The only constant factor is the female vocalist. On the flip side, Astralasia’s Marc Swordfish took Sendelica’s version and overhauled it, making the song totally unrecognizable from the cover version. The remix is more of an ambient soundscape, with Marc retaining some of Sendelica’s music. The vocals are ghostly and appear from time to time, lending the whole track a Bladerunner vibe. And of the two, I prefer the remix.
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
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
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
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