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Reviews of releases for 2000

Picchio dal Pozzo - Picchio dal Pozzo

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In the Berenstein Bears side universe, it wasn't Stormy Six on the original Rock in Opposition documents, it was Picchio dal Pozzo (the Henry Cow albums also all had mittens on them)....

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2018-05-10)

Henry Cow - Legend

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This is one of the early albums on the Virgin label that made Richard Branson famous, in fact on the original LP there's an address to write in to as if it's a small little independent...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-11-23)

Hardscore - Surf, Wind and Desire

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Not at all what you would expect for surf music, this is a far cry from Jan and Dean or the Beach Boys. The title is in fact an allusion to the band Earth, Wind, and Fire. What Hardscore...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-11-23)

Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks Volume Nineteen: Fairgrounds Arena, Oklahoma City, OK, 10/19/73

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This was a very early show for me, right after I started getting into the Dead and started diving into the Dick's Picks series. Back then the count wasn't yet very high for official...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-10-12)

Cheer-Accident - Salad Days & Trading Balloons

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When I first encountered this band, they were already well into their career — I think Fear Draws Misfortune (2009) was the first album of theirs that I heard — and I quickly...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2017-10-04)

Exuviae - Echoes in the Emptiness

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It wasn't but a few months ago that I had finally gotten around to playing Exuviae's third release. Somewhere after the turn of the 00s it seems the market took a pretty sharp dive on...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-08-31)

Eloy - Floating

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Eloy have had a really long career which leads to different people having different favorites. This is their high watermark for my ears — it was still too early for their symphonic-space rock...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-08-17)

D.F.A. - Lavori in Corso

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When Italian progressive rock began its renaissance in the late 80s, there were a lot of powerful and notable releases, like Nuova Era's L'Ultimo Viaggio or Ezra Winston's...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-07-13)

Clearlight - Forever Blowing Bubbles

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So before the internet, one of the best sources of musical information was the series of books called Rock Record, I think the one I owned was the 4th edition. I nearly tore this book...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-06-01)

Adrian Moore - Traces

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The music on this CD falls into three categories: the abstract ("Junky," "Dreamarena"), hearing natural sounds in a different context ("Study in Ink,"...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-01-12)
 

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