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Date : April 1999
Pages : 84
Summary : Earthworks, Baja Prog 99, Kopecky, Gordon Haskell, Opposition De Phase, ProjeKCt 4 live, Kilgore Trout, Mike Keneally, Species Being, Cloud Chamber, French Progressive Artifacts, Kevin Ayers, Christian Vander, Felix Jay, Steve Roach, Silver Apples, Thinking Plague
Items found : 24

Music for a Crisis of Survival —
A Profile of Mike Johnson and Thinking Plague 1998

Cover art While speaking with Mike Johnson, co-founder, guitarist, and principal composer of Denver’s Thinking Plague, it was clear to me that this man knows exactly what he’s doing. Confident but never condescending, amiable but with a sizeable chip on his shoulder, Mike Johnson is proud of what he has accomplished as both a composer and as a guitarist. But he holds no delusions that he will ever make a decent living playing music.  » Read more
(Posted by Steve Robey 1999-04-01)

Baba Jam Band - Kayada

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This is only roughly new, I suppose, being a CD from five years back. Probably wouldn't have bothered with the review except that this is a remarkably good album, one that should have gotten...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1999-04-01)

Bassius-O-Phelius - Them No Good Phelius Boys Is Nothin' But Trouble... Trouble I Tells Ya!

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Bassius-O-Phelius is a duo not unlike Birdsongs of the Mesozoic in instrumental quirkiness, with a direct lean toward early-70s free jazz and jazz rock. This is not a player's album, but a...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1999-04-01)

Boiled in Lead - Alloy

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I discovered Boiled in Lead with their second album, Hotheads (1986). I’ve always liked the combination of Celtic music and rock, and this band does it like no other —...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

Dave Russell - Paradox

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Paradox is entirely composed and performed by Dave Russell with the exception of a guest drummer on a few of the tracks. Most of the sonic landscape is painted with a variety of keyboard...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1999-04-01)

Djabe - Djabe

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One thing I enjoy about the current swell of musical activity in Hungary is the way it proves just how deep the well of quality really is. No single person could ever know all that there is to know...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-04-01)

Garmarna - Vittrad

Cover art Garmarna are doing their part to bring Swedish traditional music into the modern age, coupling the medieval sound of droning fiddles and folk melodies with energetic drums, electric guitars, and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

Happy Rhodes - Many Worlds Are Born Tonight

Cover art Happy Rhodes is now at her eighth studio album, and it is her first to be released on a label other than her own Aural Gratification. Not that signing with Samson is exactly a move to the majors. This...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

Hughscore - High Spot Paradox

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Ex-Soft Machine bassist and composer Hugh Hopper steps out again in another of his many group collaborations, this time with Portland based Caveman Shoestore (Elaine de Falco, Fred Chanelor). This...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1999-04-01)

José Luis Fernández Ledesma - Extractos

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Expose #12 featured a review with background information of the worthwhile, if a bit patchy, previous outing by Ledesma, Motivos para Perdere. This time around the former (?) Nirgal Vallis...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1999-04-01)

L'Ange Vert - Le Sang des Hommes

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Remember a while back, when I reviewed Tempest's Turn of the Wheel, and I lamented the fact that there weren't more bands like that out there? Well, now there's this. After...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1999-04-01)

Mercury Rising - Building Rome

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Of late I have had to re-evalute my definition of what I thought progressive metal was. Take Mercury Rising, for example: the vocals are understandable, the guitar licks are not Metallica based,...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-04-01)

Mystery - Destiny?

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Yikes, my second guilty pleasure disc this time around! Mystery are a four piece from Quebec and on Destiny? they serve up some fine slices of progressive pop, often sounding like an...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1999-04-01)

Phil Mercy - Fear of Fantastic Flight

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I don't know who Phil Mercy is, but, if I had to guess from what's in the CD booklet, I'd say he's a gifted English guitarist who has always wished for a chance to record the kind...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 1999-04-01)

Qoph - Kalejdoskopiska Aktiviteter

Cover art I don’t know if Qoph is Sweden’s answer to Finland’s Five Fifteen, but there are at least superficial similarities (perhaps augmented by the fact that I received this disc on the same day I got...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

Rova - Bingo

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For 20 years now, California's Rova Sax Quartet has been unrelentingly pursuing the ambitious task of inventing new music from the most traditional instrumental family in jazz history –...

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(Posted by Mike King 1999-04-01)

Sanna Kurki-Suonio - Musta

Cover art With this release, Northside proves that their string of extraordinary CDs (see last issue’s overview) was no fluke. In addition, Musta proves that Sanna Kurki-Suonio is not just one of the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

Sea Level - Sea Level, Cats on the Coast, On the Edge & Long Walk on a Short Pier

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The Allman Brothers in their prime were no doubt one of the best American rock bands of the early 70s, covering a little bit of everything and doing it all extremely well — never a shortage...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1999-04-01)

Synergy - Semiconductor, Release 2 & Metropolitan Suite

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In 1986, the first era of Synergy releases came to an end with Metropolitan Suite, which in some ways is the culmination of Larry Fast’s original musical vision. That does not make...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

The Ever-Expanding Suckholes - Asking Directions to Her Hair

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Been looking for a band that defies classification? Here ya go. This Newark, New Jersey band is all over the place on this pre-CD cassette release. Their web page lured me in on a ‘King...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 1999-04-01)

The Residents - Wormwood

Cover art On the Bizarro World, Andrew Lloyd Webber decided to write a biblical musical, and somehow it ended up getting to our planet. It’s credited to the Residents, but I know where it really came from. In...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

Tombstone Valentine - Hidden World

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Could this be a flashback to 1972 Berlin? Nope, it's actually 90s Indiana. But this two-woman, three-man combo certainly have that classic, droney Krautrock sound down pat. It could be the...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1999-04-01)

XfactorX - XfactorX

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Wasn't XfactorX the name of some Marvel comic way back when? Anyway, this album would be progressive metal if it were progressive. As it is, XfactorX has the typical hard rock/ heavy...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1999-04-01)

Yoshihiro Hanno Meets Mick Karn - Liquid Glass

Cover art Mick Karn's distinctive bass playing has found a number of homes over the years since the demise of Japan. Most notable for readers of this magazine have been his collaborations with David Torn and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

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Previously in Exposé...

Virgil Moorefield - Distractions on the Way to the King's Party – Moorefield was a guitarist (one of many), then drummer, with Glenn Branca's ensemble for many years. This is his first album in a decade and his first for Cuneiform. He plays drums here and did all of...  (1994) » Read more

Morgan Fisher - Hybrid Kids 1 & 2 + Miniatures – In the middle of his work as a keyboard player (with Queen, Mott the Hoople, and others) and as a producer (Allan Holdsworth), Morgan Fisher came up with two albums worth of oddities called Hybrid...  (2001) » Read more

Fonya - Sunset Cliffs – Those expecting the usual collection of Yes-inspired sci-fi instrumentals from Chris Fournier this time out are in for quite a shock. For one thing, while the overall sound and production quality is...  (2001) » Read more

Seatrain - Watch – The Blues Project is remembered as an innovative, somewhat erratic band of the mid-60s who combined rock with folk, blues, and jazz. In 1967 they split up, with some members going on to form Blood,...  (2003) » Read more

Ars Nova - The Goddess of Darkness – I never thought "progressive rock" was a music of image, but Ars Nova have done a lot to change my mind about that. Anyway, what is it with the Japanese symphonic rock groups? Have you...  (1997) » Read more



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