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Date : May 2000
Pages : 88
Summary : On The Future of Music Distribution, Absolute Zero + Trap, Hypnos Label, Garden of Delights Label, NeBeLNeST, Maximum Indifference, Babylon, Robert Rich, Guy LeBlanc (Nathan Mahl), Discus, Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Richard Barbieri
Items found : 47

Adam Lane - Hollywood Wedding

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Adam Lane is an improvising artist local to San Francisco who happens to use the upright four string as his medium to create with. On his 1999 Cadence release, Hollywood Wedding, the...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Adrian Belew - Coming Attractions

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Adrian Belew has been very busy in the imposed break from King Crimson. With multiple projects in various stages, it makes sense to market a sampler to highlight each of his works. Obviously,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Area - La Mela di Odessa

Cover art First off: to the best of my knowledge, this is a bootleg recording, of dubious legal origin, and the sound quality is marginal at best. If that scares you away, no need to read on further. Area...  » Read more
(Posted by Steve Robey 2000-05-01)

Book of Hours - Art to the Blind

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This Swedish band starts off their first album with a nice slice of instrumental rock: two guitars, bass, and drums slipping easily between phrases of three and four beats. It is well arranged,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Can - Box

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Can's legacy in the progressive rock/experimental field is nothing short of legendary. What has been lacking is any real tangible support for the myth in the form of easy access for present day...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Cheryl Gunn - The Sun at Midnight

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Liner notes which throw phrases around like “an immensely personal journey towards self-discovery” and “this powerful message of personal redemption” are all warning signs:...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2000-05-01)

Chrome - Chrome Flashback / Chrome Live / The Best Of

Cover art When I first heard Chrome back in the early 80s, my initial reaction was “Ouch!” All I heard was a wall of distortion and mangled vocals – their brand of art-punk was too much punk and too...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Cipher - No Ordinary Man

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Ambient music, like any other genre, has many sounds, from purely electronic soundscapes, to cut-and-paste pointillism, to environmental collage. Cipher presents a jazzy take on the quiet side of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Coyote Oldman - House Made of Dawn

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This duo of flautists, Michael Graham Allen and Barry Stramp, creates a music far beyond that of the acoustic instrument. Processed through a myriad of effects, the tones of the flute create music...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2000-05-01)

Dystopia - The Second Dawn

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Most of the time, when I listen to music, I don’t actively think about the intentions of the musicians. I just listen and judge the sounds on their own terms. Only later do I sometimes wonder...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Foxtrot Zulu - Frozen in Time

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Foxtrot Zulu is a Rhode Island group who should be finding a quick path onto the roots radio wave still prevalent across the US. One of the things that sets the seven piece apart from other roots...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Fred Thelonious Baker - Missing Link

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For those of you wondering who in the world is Fred Baker with the familiar middle name, please allow me to provide background on the educated virtuoso. He’s a Birmingham College of Music...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Garmarna - Vedergällningen (Vengeance)

Cover art Garmarna’s newest release starts out with a grab for the listener’s throat. “Gamen (Vulture)” begins with a flanged rhythmic pattern on two fiddles which builds up to a powerful crash as the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Garrett List - The New York Takes

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You may be aware of Carbon 7 for their new Present release (No. 6), Cro-Magnon, and a few others. But with Garrett List we and they step into a different dimension altogether. The New...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 2000-05-01)

Group Therapy - Atlantis

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No this isn’t the California band Atlantis. This is a Japanese band called Group Therapy with an album titled Atlantis. This is a seven-piece all-instrumental band: two guitarists, a...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2000-05-01)

Harmonia 76 - Tracks and Traces

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1976 was a transitional year where Brian Eno changed his context for working with electronics to an ambient perspective. This was due in part to his meeting with synthesizer duo Cluster (Moebius...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

John Wetton & Richard Palmer-James - Monkey Business 1972-1997

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When was the first time you heard “Exiles” or “The Great Deceiver” and were taken aback about the lyrics? It’s a pretty strange role to find yourself by trying to fill...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Kepa Junkera - Bilbao 00:00 h

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The first I ever heard of Kepa Junkera was at the first WOMAD USA festival. He was an unknown quantity that my wife and I checked out and became enraptured with. He plays the traditional Basque...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Kilgore Trout - KGT

Cover art Kilgore Trout has been kicking around the Northwest for some years now, after relocating here from the Northeast. This migration to Seattle might be typical for a rock band, especially a really loud...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Loop Guru - The Fountains of Paradise

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Loop Guru got started in England in 1992 as a collaboration between Salman Gita (Sam Dodson) and Jamuud (Dave Muddyman) to experiment with tape loops, samples, and world beat rhythms. Over the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Magnum - Progressive Classics

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This English "pomp-rock" (as those silly British metal mags used to call it) band has been around for donkey's years. Wide spread fame always seemed to elude them however, but given...

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 2000-05-01)

Michael Hoppé, Martin Tillmann, Tim Wheater - Afterglow

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Afterglow is the combined musical energies of cellist Martin Tillman, flautist Tim Wheater, and keys player Michael Hoppé. For the most part, the music is a spacious and somber...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2000-05-01)

Michael Mantler / Edward Gorey - The Hapless Child and Other Inscrutable Stories

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It's a rare project that extracts elements of the written word and transfers them eloquently to an audio performance. Composer/trumpet player Michael Mantler's first major success with this...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Michael Ray and the Cosmic Krewe - Funk If I Know

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The Cosmic Krewe’s music is an almost perfect hybrid of trumpeter/keyboardist/vocalist Michael Ray’s two most significant former gigs. Here, as on the band’s 1994 debut,...

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(Posted by Rob Walker 2000-05-01)

No-Man - Speak

Cover art No-Man began back in 1987 as a collaboration between Steve Wilson (pre-Porcupine Tree) and vocalist Tim Bowness. Over the years since then, the band has released a number of albums and EPs, mostly in...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Orient Squeezers - Sadhu

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Orient Squeezers, aside from being an especially nonsensical phrase, is a solo project of Håkan Almkvist, the driving force behind Ensemble Nimbus. The disc displays quite an obsession with...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Oysterband - Here I Stand

Cover art Oysterband (originally The Oyster Band) has been making music in their own unique and developing style for more than a decade. I would hesitate to call them a post-punk equivalent of Fairport...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Pere Ubu - Dub Housing

Cover art I recall when I first heard this LP, I was honestly paralyzed by the discordant synthesizer which underpinned a Velvet Underground groove on the first track. There was vocalist David Thomas and his...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Pere Ubu - New Picnic Time

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The third album in the Pere Ubu canon is one where the group appears to be in a more playful mode rather than on their acclaimed sophomore album, Dub Housing (1978). They had matured a bit...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Richard Johnson and Jud Martindale - Creatures of Habit

Cover art For those interested with tracking down the roots of master acoustic fret bender, Richard Leo Johnson, look no further! Uncovered from the independent release catacombs is a 1993 gem from Johnson and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Richard Thompson - Mock Tudor

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Richard Thompson’s latest album for Capitol Records (his longest stay on any major label) follows a three-tiered study of songs: The first five on the disk follow a “Metroland”...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Rick Wakeman - The Masters

Cover art Between 1982 and 1995 Wakeman released a staggering 35 recordings! None of these are known to more than a few people (I have only seen about four of them myself), so the convenience of this...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 2000-05-01)

Roy Harper - The Unknown Soldier

Cover art Typically Roy Harper doesn't fall into a progressive rock vein, preferring to create an English version of Bob Dylan's never ending hippie dream. But in 1980 he amassed several friends whose...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Smokstik - Bugs

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Smokstik is the Massachusetts based duo of John Kiehne (Chapman Stick, vocals) and Hillary Koogler (drums, vocals). Although it sounds like a pretty lean arrangement on paper, these two get a very...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2000-05-01)

Sorten Muld - Mark II

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Sorten Muld exist in the same milieu as Hedningarna, Garmarna, and Afro Celt Sound System, bringing modern sounds and techniques to traditional music, in this case that of Denmark. They are masters...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Sugarwood - Catch a Breeze and Fly & Love, Loss & Carparks

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Sugarwood have been kicking around parts of the UK for a few years now, and seem to have gathered a following (if internet activity is any indication). They fit in more or less with the current...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Swans - Cop/Young God, Greed/Holy Money

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For those of you unfamiliar with this ensemble on this reissue two disc set, Swans is an artsy cult band who blazed a trail of punishing punk metal which is fairly popular in certain circles. The...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Syrius - Rock Koncertek A Magyar Radio Archivumabol

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As best I can tell (my Hungarian is a little rusty) this release is an archive recording from 1975 that was originally a Hungarian radio broadcast. The band has a "big band" line-up,...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2000-05-01)

Tempest - The 10th Anniversary Compilation

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When I think of hard working bands, Tempest immediately comes to mind. You can find this band at Celtic festivals, Highland Games, and clubs across America. Tempest performs traditional and...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 2000-05-01)

The Big Wu - Tracking Buffalo Through the Bathtub

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The Big Wu is a Midwest quintet who focuses on the amusing swing jazz groove vibes of Zappa or the Grateful Dead. This is the kind of group who can channel a happy vibe and break off into a heavy...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2000-05-01)

Todd Rundgren - A Wizard, a True Star

Cover art For those of you — the uninitiated — Todd Rundgren holds a unique place in the annals of progressive rock. In the early seventies, the man had left the power pop innovators The Nazz and strove to...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Tomorrow - 50 Minute Technicolour Dream

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Tomorrow is currently a hot psychedelic commodity on the market: many of the band's English UK singles fetch top dollar on the English collector's circuit. Adding to the frenzy is former...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Tone Bearer - Millennium

Cover art Tone Bearer is a San Jose six-piece cut squarely from the Marillion and Pendragon mold of neo-prog. The lineup is your standard 5-piece with an additional percussionist and the vocalist doubling on...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2000-05-01)

U.K. - Concert Classics Volume 4

Cover art I was pleasantly surprised to find a copy of this live series disc at a local SF Bay area shop in the bin with the regular monthly releases. Considering that Volume 4 had supposedly been...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Various Artists - Ambiances Magnétiques Volume 2: Hourra pour la Bastringue

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French Canadian label, Ambiances Magnétiques released a second sampler of their diverse artist's work in 1997. The disc focuses on various combinations of personnel ranging from solo and...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Various Artists - Medium Label Sampler

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Medium Productions is a low profile label from the UK which represents the work of three former members of Japan. The trio is alternately creative within varying contexts and combinations of...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2000-05-01)

Various Artists - Vae Victis I & II

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So here are two samplers chock full of French hard rock and heavy metal. Why should you care? Well, I guess cuz it comes from Musea’s hard rock offshoot label, Brennus. But then again, a...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2000-05-01)

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Previously in Exposé...

Michel Sajrawy - Yathrib – The nine tracks presented on Yathrib not only attempt to bridge Arabic traditional composition forms, western jazz idioms and progressive rock, they also bridge the cultural differences (Christian,...  (2008) » Read more

XII Alfonso - Claude Monet, Vol. 2 - 1889-1904 – Got a friend who only likes jazz or movie soundtrack music or both? Here's a disc to slip into their hands with a wink. It just might turn them into prog-heads. XII Alfonso have fashioned here a...  (2008) » Read more

Brannan Lane - Answer the Sky – It’s been a while since we’ve heard something new from Brannan Lane, maybe a year or more, which is a change from his 2+ release per year schedule from before; but Answer the Sky has certainly...  (2007) » Read more

Tod Dockstader / David Lee Myers - Bijou – Tod Dockstader is one of the grand old men of electro-acoustic music, and on Bijou he is teamed with David Lee Myers, who performs on “feedback machines.” From the cover to the booklet to...  (2006) » Read more

Ars Nova - The Goddess of Darkness – In mostly minor modes, Ars Nova, Japan's all-female progressive band, delivers riff after riff of enjoyable, classic prog keyboard trio fare targeted at the not-so-faint-of-heart amateurs. Driving...  (1997) » Read more



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