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Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives

Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue.  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-03-20)

Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete

The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project.  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-03-03)

You Can Be Part of an Ambient Electronic Project

The Gesture of History is a new electronic project put together by Sam Rosenthal of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Steve Roach, and violist Sam Shadow. The music started as an instrumental track Rosenthal was working on for a Black Tape album, but took on a life of its own and demanded further enhancements. The majority of the funds raised will go to manufacturing costs for LP and CD editions, as well as other items as detailed on the Kickstarter page.  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-02-21)

Keyboardist Ingo Bischof R.I.P.

Keyboard player Ingo Bischof, best known as the longtime keyboard player of German band Kraan, passed away on January 29th, 2019. Bischof was born January 2, 1951 in Berlin-Kreuzberg and joined Kraan in 1975.  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2019-01-31)

Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set

In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles.  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-01-11)

Chicago-Based Surabhi Ensemble Tours the World in January

Surabhi Ensemble was formed more than a decade ago in Chicago with the aim of bringing together musicians from varying traditions to make music. Saraswathi Ranganathan, who plays veena, assembled a cast that includes Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and percussion from Africa and India. This month, the group will be sharing their sounds with concert-goers in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa.  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2019-01-02)

Seaprog Festival Seeks Donations

Seaprog is a small festival in Seattle that highlights creative music from many genres with artists from around the world. It's also a US non-profit organization. They're seeking donations to help keep the ball rolling. Starting in 2013, the organization has been growing, and has featured such artists as Free Salamander Exhibit, Jack o' the Clock, Nik Turner, Cabezas de Cera, Miriodor, Thinking Plague, and many more.  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-12-23)

The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available

Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill.  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-11-16)

Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP

A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween.  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-11-02)

Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding

We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done.  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-10-17)

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Steve Howe - Skyline – This solo release finds the Yes guitarist in a rather mellow mood, favoring light latin sounds with only sparse percussion. Paul Sutin’s keyboards and percussion provide relatively basic...  (2003) » Read more

N.H.U. - N.H.U. – It's not every day you discover a band from the 70s that you've never heard before, at least not for me. So NHU, sometimes known as Grupo NHU, is a particularly happy find. This album, first recorded...  (2002) » Read more

Electric Orange - Orange Communication – Some may recall that we reviewed the original Electric Orange album back in issue #4. That album, essentially the project of Dirk Jan Muller and friends, was a modern interpretation of the spirit of...  (1996) » Read more

Tangle Edge - In Search of a New Dawn – It's great to finally see this album on CD, the vinyl debut of the underappreciated Tangle Edge. While the band's sound has changed considerably since it came out in 1989, adding sax and flute...  (1995) » Read more

Bill Rieflin - Birth of a Giant & Rieflin / Fripp / Gunn - The Repercussions of Angelic Behavior – For most of us not up on the hip, modern pop world, Bill Rieflin was the drummer for Ministry, a type of gothic downer band known for their stark imagery. What you probably wouldn't suspect is...  (2000) » Read more



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