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Bruford - One of a Kind

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After UK’s rookie tour of the US, Eddie Jobson and John Wetton fired Bill Bruford and Allan Holdsworth, thus removing the pervasive jazz element from their soon-to-be transitory super group....

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Of Natural History

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Sleepytime Gorilla Museum's entire character is represented well by the opening track "A Hymn to the Morning Star." The song opens ominously with a growling dog then transforms into...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2005-03-01)

Soft Bounds - Live at Triton 2004

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Elton Dean and Hugh Hopper have been involved in so many projects together all it takes is for an alternate rhythm section to assemble under the two musical compatriots and a new project is born....

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

East of Eden - Mercator Projected

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East of Eden's debut is one of the great late-60s albums, following on the way the Beatles started occasionally fusing their music with the sounds of other cultures. However, where the Beatles...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-08-10)

Richard Franecki & Hadley Kahn - eemn

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When guitarist / synthesist Richard Franecki (F/i & Vocokesh) and drummer Hadley Kahn (

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-04-23)

Escapade - So You Know

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For those just tuning in now, Escapade was a New York based free-psych improvisational heavy stoner rock band that operated from the mid-90s until around 2006, with a rotating cast of musicians...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2017-03-29)

Bill Bruford's Earthworks - Random Acts of Happiness

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It has been said that jazz is all about Swing. I’ll go along with that — as long as I get to define Swing my own way. Swing is more than just a particular rhythmic feel; Swing, to me,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Atoll - Musiciens - Magiciens

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When I think back to when I started to get into European progressive music, it was not just the music that caught my ear, but a lot of the artwork, and I've always really liked Musiciens -...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-03-09)

Nuova Idea - In the Beginning

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Nuova Idea are probably best known for being part of Italy's largest family tree, including the New Trolls and Osanna. Nuova Idea's Ricky Belloni (on Clowns) joined the New Trolls...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-07-01)

Barry Cleveland - Volcano

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For this outing, San Francisco Bay Area guitarist Barry Cleveland has enlisted a troop of comrades in his effort to bridge the gulf between western musical idioms and those beyond these shores....

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2005-03-01)

Marvin Ayres - Cellosphere

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Marvin Ayres is a string player (cello and violin here) who specializes in using electrified instruments to build ambient clouds of sound (see

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Marvin Ayres / Pete Gomes - Neptune & Sensory

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Marvin Ayres has a different approach to ambient music, using electric violin, viola, and cello instead of keyboards (with the exception of a bit of organ on one track). I suppose it’s a bit...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Marvin Ayres / Pete Gomes - Neptune & Sensory

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Marvin Ayres has a different approach to ambient music, using electric violin, viola, and cello instead of keyboards (with the exception of a bit of organ on one track). I suppose it’s a bit...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

The Muffins - Double Negative

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I suppose any time a band that has been around as long as the Muffins puts out a new album, there’s going to be some disagreement among fans about its merits. Whether they changed too much or...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Stella Vander - Le Coeur Allant Vers

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Stella Zelcer established herself as an artist with an uncompromising independent streak long before the close of the 60s, when she was known simply as “Stella.” Despite having a keen...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2006-05-01)

The Collectors - The Collectors & Grass and Wild Strawberries

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The Collectors hailed from Vancouver, Canada, not exactly a hotbed of the worldwide psychedelic scene, which maybe helps explain why they didn’t make a bigger impact. Their two albums, though...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

The Collectors - The Collectors & Grass and Wild Strawberries

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The Collectors hailed from Vancouver, Canada, not exactly a hotbed of the worldwide psychedelic scene, which maybe helps explain why they didn’t make a bigger impact. Their two albums, though...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Nektar - Remember the Future

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For me, Remember the Future has always been the Nektar album. It was the first one I heard, and the others have seemed like variations on its format (disregarding the later...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Tyrannosaurus Rex - Early reissues

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Here we have the long-awaited reissue of Marc Bolan’s earliest recordings, back when Tyrannosaurus was spelled out in full and electric guitars were unusual coloring rather than the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Tyrannosaurus Rex - Early reissues

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Here we have the long-awaited reissue of Marc Bolan’s earliest recordings, back when Tyrannosaurus was spelled out in full and electric guitars were unusual coloring rather than the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Tyrannosaurus Rex - Early reissues

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Here we have the long-awaited reissue of Marc Bolan’s earliest recordings, back when Tyrannosaurus was spelled out in full and electric guitars were unusual coloring rather than the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Tyrannosaurus Rex - Early reissues

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Here we have the long-awaited reissue of Marc Bolan’s earliest recordings, back when Tyrannosaurus was spelled out in full and electric guitars were unusual coloring rather than the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2001-12-01)

Gong Matrices - Gilli Smyth - Parade

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For many of us who attended the IPMF in San Francisco in 1999, the long wait in the lobby while Porcupine Tree had ‘technical difficulties’ was rewarded with the unique spectacle of...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Kit Watkins - Flying Petals

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Haven’t heard much from Kit since Rolling Curve and three related ambient releases in 2001. Flying Petals is one of four new releases for 2004 (this, plus two new ambient...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2004-04-01)

Joe Jackson Band - Afterlife

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This is not Joe Jackson’s first live album. There was Live 1980/86 and Summer in the City (2000) and (for the really dedicated fans) Joe Jackson Live (aka Two...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-09-01)

Jukka Tolonen - The Hook & Hysterica

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Tolonen is a Finnish guitarist who spent the early 70s toiling with the progressive band Tasavallan Presidenti. After leaving that band, he put out a series of obscure but very worthwhile solo...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1997-02-01)

Jukka Tolonen - The Hook & Hysterica

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Tolonen is a Finnish guitarist who spent the early 70s toiling with the progressive band Tasavallan Presidenti. After leaving that band, he put out a series of obscure but very worthwhile solo...

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(Posted by Steve Robey 1997-02-01)

Guru Guru - Seven Reissues

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Guru Guru is one of the better known Krautrock bands from the 70s. In Spring 1973 they released their fourth album Guru Guru, engineered by the legendary Conny Plank, featuring drummer...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Ut Gret - Time of the Grets

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Here is a group that, like The Rascal Reporters, consists of two musicians who between them play about a billion instruments. Musically however we are talking about an entirely different ball game....

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(Posted by Mike Ezzo 1997-02-01)

Buyi - Buyi, Namejiu & Endless Wine

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Sometimes I think that every tradition of folk music must at some point have its own Fairport Convention. Of course it’s an oversimplification, but in broad terms we can say that FC melded...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-10-01)

Various Artists - Progression in Balance Vol. 1 & 2

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Quebec’s Unicorn Records, founded in 1996, has been serving primarily as an outlet for Canadian prog-rock bands, though the roster has grown to include groups such as America’s Parallel...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Opeth - Lamentations - Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire 2003

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This concert focuses mostly on Opeth’s “mellow” album Damnation. For the first set, it is performed in its entirety in order (with one other song interpolated). Then they...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Colosseum - Valentyne Suite

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Like so many British bands of the 60s, Colosseum suffered from label meddling when it came to the release of their albums across the Atlantic. Their first album, Those Who Are About to Die...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Renaissant - South of Winter

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Here’s another branch of the Renaissance tree, this one under the stewardship of longtime drummer Terrence Sullivan, along with what appears to be numerous Sullivan family members (Lee,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Pattern Is Movement - The (Im)Possibility of Longing & Stowaway

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In spite of their obvious resemblance to progressive rock, this Philadelphia band has gone the “math rock” route, and are apparently getting away with it. More power to them –...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Kings of Convenience - Quiet Is the New Loud, Versus & Riot on an Empty Street

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This is one of those belated discoveries, where a copy of this Norwegian duo’s latest came into my possession, and then I attempted to work my way backward to their self-titled (and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

KTU - 8 Armed Monkey

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I don’t suppose “King Crimson with accordions” was high on anyone’s list of expected musical combinations, but here we are, and I’m glad somebody thought of it. The...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Xhol Caravan - Talking to My Soul

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On the heels of releasing Electrip in the summer of 1969, the public TV station SWF offered to produce a show dedicated to Xhol Caravan, an offer they couldn’t refuse. So in 1970 SWF...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2011-06-01)

Matraz - Tiempo

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By now I guess it’s safe to say more people know Matraz from their second album (Gritaré, reviewed...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Matraz - Gritaré

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I’m a big fan of many female vocalists, with Tori Amos, Björk, Kate Bush, Jane Siberry, and others high on my all-time favorite artist list. It’s always been a disappointment to me...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-09-01)

Gogglesphere & Lafcadio - Babies in Hell & Sham Duvet

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One might ask why these two discs are being addressed in the same review; it’s because both Gogglesphere and Lafcadio are essentially the same band – or that is to say they have the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Espers - Espers, The Weed Tree & Espers II

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Beautiful music delving into mantric excesses in protracted light is a nice way to spend an afternoon. Percolating effluvial melodies encroach upon sensibilities of newfound mellifluousness setting...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

D.S. Lionfire - Jerusalem: A Symphonic Saga - Part I: The Mask of Love

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Jerusalem: A Symphonic Saga is a collosal undertaking of a fellow who calls himself D.S. Lionfire. He calls this creation of his an opera, the first part twenty years in the making, and...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2007-03-01)

Tessa Drummond - Days Like This

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One of the great things about writing reviews for this magazine is that unexpected things drop in your lap. Case in point, Tessa Drummond. She’s a singer-songwriter from New Zealand who...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Kaos Moon - Circle of Madness

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A full ten years after their debut, After the Storm, Quebec’s Kaos Moon is back. Some things have changed, namely the roster that now revolves around keyboardist / drummer / vocalist...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Kansas - Kansas & Song for America

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The first two Kansas albums contain some of the group's best material and show a band on the way up in their formative years. Commercial success for the band would not arrive until two albums...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2004-09-01)

Kansas - Kansas & Song for America

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The first two Kansas albums contain some of the group's best material and show a band on the way up in their formative years. Commercial success for the band would not arrive until two albums...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2004-09-01)

Various Artists - Flowers Made of Snow

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Cold Meat Industry is a label out of Sweden that caters to those who enjoy “the evolving sound of someone else’s nightmare.” The 23 tracks spread across these two disks offer...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

That 1 Guy - Songs in the Key of Beotch

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That 1 Guy prides himself on being part Trent Reznor and part Frank Zappa mixed up with a snaky Primus vibe. Spin those disparate concepts altogether and you’ve got a good idea how...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Side Project - Our Last Album

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Their first serving is ska jangle sailing right at the edge of Primus in a Sublime bowl on the outskirts of the New York Downtown scene at a soup kitchen. Bad Brains never tasted this good. They...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2006-05-01)

Marissa Nadler - Ballads of Living and Dying & The Saga of Mayflower May

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The voice is crystalline and exhilaratingly haunting, a crisp and refreshing elixir. Her muse is resolute, hewn from emotion, fashioned from a steadfast rock that never falters. Melancholy is a...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2006-05-01)

Molca - Super Ethnic Flavor

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“Balkan Dawn” opens the disc in fine, atmospheric form, and shortly we’re treated to the unique sound of an Ashbory bass. This rather bizarre instrument is a 30-inch, two-pound...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2006-05-01)

Elton Dean / Sophia Domancich - Sea of Infinity & Avant

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Two of the late Elton Dean’s last sessions as leader and co-leader have been championed by Hux records in the UK. Sea of Infinity captures him again leading an out session careening...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2008-01-01)

After Genesis - The Cryme of Selling Lambs

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Classical aficionados are well familiar with the concept of reinterpreting compositions from composers alive and dead. It’s different for rock music, as we overwhelmingly prefer the original...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2007-03-01)

Persuader - Evolution Purgatory

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Everybody has dark moods. It’s part of being human, and – let’s face it – this world is a pretty screwed up place. Those of us who don’t have lighter moods to offset...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-09-01)

Alexander Volodin - Reflection of Time

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This is the kick-off album from this young Russian composer. It could be a soundtrack to work of Kandinsky. “The Flower Is Growing Up” starts with Schnitzler-esque ping-ponging sounds,...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2006-05-01)

Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius - Live Wires

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Count me as a supporter of the proposition that the world needs more hot electric violinists playing jazz-rock fusion. Jean-Luc Ponty has moved on to other things, and someone has to take up the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Orbit Service - Twilight

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Here we are adrift in a sea of melancholy. Or maybe a better metaphor would be floating in orbit. There are lots of nice textures and rich sounds on this recording, the Denver band’s second,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Shingetsu - Live

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I haven’t heard Shingetsu’s studio album, so this concert recording is my introduction to their music, and it’s quite a surprise. And like many surprises, it has both good and bad...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Tiles - Tiles

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That just has to be Max Bacon on vocals! It must be – you know that singer guy from GTR, the most progressive rock band that Steve Howe and Steve Hackett were ever in? If I had to pick out...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-11-01)

Atoll - Musiciens-Magiciens, L’Araignée-Mal, Tertio & Rock Puzzle

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I always thought of Atoll as being the number two French symphonic rock band in the 70s, after Ange. Like Ange, they applied the ideals and techniques of progressive rock to French culture and came...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Atoll - Musiciens-Magiciens, L’Araignée-Mal, Tertio & Rock Puzzle

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I always thought of Atoll as being the number two French symphonic rock band in the 70s, after Ange. Like Ange, they applied the ideals and techniques of progressive rock to French culture and came...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Atoll - Musiciens-Magiciens, L’Araignée-Mal, Tertio & Rock Puzzle

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I always thought of Atoll as being the number two French symphonic rock band in the 70s, after Ange. Like Ange, they applied the ideals and techniques of progressive rock to French culture and came...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Cream - Disraeli Gears - Deluxe Edition

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What comes to mind when you think of psychedelic blues rock? For me, it’s Cream. They were the most important UK rock band out of the 60s besides the Beatles and the Stones. Eric Clapton,...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Qoph - Pyrola

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It’s been entirely too long since this Swedish band’s 1998 debut. Since that time, the band has formed their own label and started singing in English. Their basic sound is intact,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Various Artists - Psychedelic Underground 8 - 10

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One of the fundamental limitations of mining and other industries that rely upon non-renewable resources is that those resources will eventually run out. You would think the same rule would apply...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Väsen - Keyed Up

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After many years as a quartet, Väsen returned to their original trio configuration for last year’s Trio (

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Triakel - Sånger från 63°N (Songs from 63°N)

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This is a collection of songs that originate in the Jämtland province of Sweden, most of them traditional, some more recent but in a traditional style. The trio of singer Emma Härdelin,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Steve Baltes / Harald Grosskopf / Axel Manrico Heilhecker - Viermal Drei (4 x 3)

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Having been associated with the likes of Ashra and Klaus Schulze, these three guys decided to venture out on their own and see what they could come up with. The result forms a highly successful...

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(Posted by Phil Derby 2001-07-01)

Thee Majesty - A Hollow Cost & Thee Fractured Garden

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The incarnations of Genesis P-Orridge continue to manifest in many different and sometimes compelling ways. Two of the composer’s spoken word series are reissued here by Voiceprint in part to...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-03-01)

Thee Majesty - A Hollow Cost & Thee Fractured Garden

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The incarnations of Genesis P-Orridge continue to manifest in many different and sometimes compelling ways. Two of the composer’s spoken word series are reissued here by Voiceprint in part to...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-03-01)

The Residents - WB:RMX & 12 Days of Brumalia

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If you need a Christmas album to scare your family and friends, look no further. The 12 Days of Brumalia was released as a downloadable album on the Residents web site in December of 2004,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Spiral Realms - Trip to G9

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Simon House is an esteemed musician in my opinion, continually inventive and quite diverse, being the violin / keys player for the classic '69-'70 period High Tide, a short stint with Third...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1995-11-01)

East of Eden - Mercator Projected

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An engaging and groundbreaking early British progressive band, East of Eden used electric violin, dual saxes, flute, recorder and bagpipe to add texture to their guitar based rock. The end product...

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(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-11-01)

Green Milk from the Planet Orange - He's Crying "Look" & City Calls Revolution

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This Japanese trio really does seem to hail from another planet. While there are echoes of psychedelic German jams from the 70s and alternative noise acts of the 80s, the mixture is thoroughly...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Pierre Moerlin's Gong - Pentanine

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The late percussionist Pierre Moerlen’s last Gong lineup was this outstanding group of Russian musicians assembled for the SKIF festival in 2001; the group recorded these 13 tracks in a St....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Randone - Nuvole di Ieri, Ricordi & Hybla Act 1

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Oddly enough, for their first release on Electromantic, Randone was a trio: Nicola Randone on vocals and guitar (who had previously released material under his full name); Marco Crispi on lead...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Esagono - Vicolo

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Here’s a little Italian gem rescued from obscurity. Esagono apparently only recorded this one album as a group, but members of the band were involved with many other projects, including Arti...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-04-01)

The Shiver - Walpurgis

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It’s generally not a good sign when a band’s best material is written by other bands. The Shiver is a case in point. This Swiss band’s forte was covering British blues-rock, but...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Virus - Remember

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The German band Virus is mainly known in progressive rock circles for their 1971 debut album Revelation. By the time they recorded this live radio concert in 1973, they had abandoned...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

The Nels Cline Singers - The Giant Pin

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Since these initial recording dates in 2003 guitarist Nels Cline has been propelled from obscure LA sound sculptor to the indie big time with Wilco. Sifting through these older trio performances...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

Eccentric Orbit - Attack of the Martians

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Eccentric Orbit announce their intentions right out of the gate. Their debut album begins with some big Mellotron chords, then a theme on organ leads into a section where Mellotron chords are...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-08-07)

Gracious! - Gracious!

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McLatchey's Second Tier

When most of the big name progressive rock acts were barely out of their pajamas, this Vertigo band was already leaping forward from the influences of...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-08-06)

Óðmenn - Óðmenn

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These days there are basically two ways of finding out about long-forgotten progressive artifacts (well, three if you count good old fashioned word of mouth): magazines / fanzines / newsletters...

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(Posted by Jim Hresko 1995-07-01)

Luarvik Luarvik - Passioon & Fuuga

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Passioon & Fuuga is Estonian band Luarvik Luarvik’s third release. Founded by Art students Mihkel Kleis and Andres Lõo in 1998, the group takes its name from a character...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2006-05-01)

Lu7 - L'Esprit de l'Exil

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Japan’s Intermusic and Musea have been teaming up on a number of releases in the past few years, allowing some obscure Japanese artists to get a somewhat wider audience. One such group is...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

Imanissimo - Z's Diary

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Imanissimo clearly relishes in the progressive rock zeitgeist, with their website’s numerous references to “prog” and their prideful boast of their 2005 AMI award (don’t...

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(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2006-05-01)

Orme - L'Infinito

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Le Orme should win a prize for Most Consistent Band. From Felona e Sorona through to Il Fiume and now with L’Infinito, there’s an unmistakable continuity in...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Nouvelles Lectures Cosmopolites - Friesengeist, Part 1

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As soon as I submerge the opening of the first track “Ballade” of Part 1 I’m hooked. It’s this wistful folk mood of accordion, piano, and vocal melody which touches...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2006-05-01)

Zinkl - Temptations of St Anthony

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My last encounter with Anton Zinkl-Singer was with Dance Music for Insects back in 2002. For this outing, his seventh, the insectoid clicking that characterized that album is gone,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Brian Hopper - If Ever I Am

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Canterbury fans may recall Hugh’s brother who was a member of the Wilde Flowers and played sax on Soft Machine Volume Two. Since that time Hopper was also involved in the bootleg...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Green Isac - Etnotronica

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Green Isac (the Norwegian duo of percussionist Andreas Eriksen and multi-instrumentalist Morten Lund) have returned with the fourth release since their 1990 debut, Strings and Pottery....

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Death and Taxe$ - The Alaska 12 Expeditions

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It would be easy to recommend this album based purely on the circumstances surrounding its release. What started out as the next D&T album turned into a completely different and ultimately more...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

CocoRosie - La Maison de Mon Rêve & Noah's Ark

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With childlike glee, these sisters embrace one's ear with aural tincture. Romanced beautifully by tiny fragmentary conscious nests, we become ensconced within the folds of their rapturous...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2006-05-01)

Carreg Lafar - Profiad

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The traditional music of Wales doesn’t get as much attention as that from other parts of the British Isles. That’s a shame because the country’s musical tradition is rich,...

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(Posted by Jim Chokey 2006-05-01)

Badirov Project - Greeting from Nostradamus

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Vladimir Badirov is a drummer/percussionist hailing from Uzbekistan. Greeting from Nostradamus comprises eleven tracks of ethnic jazz fusion with Badirov’s drums and keyboard...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

Thork - We-ila

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The French seem to have a lock on dark symphonic prog these days (see Nil elsewhere this issue) – or maybe it’s just those two guys named Maurin (David on guitar and Samuel on bass and...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Osanna - Palepoli

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McLatchey's Top Tier # 20

This is the fourth Italian progressive rock album in this tier and truly one of the most original albums from the decade. Like Ommadawn but...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-03-19)

Shine (Buckethead, Bill Laswell, Shin Terai) - Heaven and Hell

Cover art Given the list of participants in this recording (Buckethead, Bill Laswell, and Shin Terai with Nicky Skopelitis, Bernie Worrell and Robert Musso), several possibilities come to mind. It could be a...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-09-01)

Soft Machine - Live in Paris May 2nd, 1972 (aka Live in France)

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[This was written about the original One Way edition. - ed.]

Wow! Another newly found live recording which was previously available only in bootleg format? Unfortunately, the disc is...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 1996-08-01)

Eccentric Orbit - Attack of the Martians

Cover art Eccentric Orbit was founded by bassist Bill Noland, and includes Mark Cella (Pye Fyte) on drums and Madeleine Noland and Derek Roebuck on keyboards. The keyboard sounds veer heavily towards the 70s,...  » Read more
(Posted by Sean McFee 2004-09-01)

Os Mundi - 43 Minuten

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Os Mundi, Latin for “origin of the world,” was a 70s Berlin-based band that released only two albums, Latin Mass and 43 Minuten. Both of these Krautrock classics have been...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Rufus Zuphall - Weiß der Teufel

Cover art Originally produced in an infinitesimal pressing on the tiny Good Will label, this is one of those releases that gains legendary status not so much because of what's on the album, but because of its...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ohman 1995-03-01)

Marillion - Marbles on the Road

Cover art Marillion has taken another big step to document a complete show from a recent tour and make it available to their fervent international fans. The Marbles CD had been well received in the UK and this...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Ange - Live Tour 2003-2004 - Par les Fils de Mandrin

Cover art I guess this is Ange. That's what it says on the box, though I can easily see that Christian Décamps is the only member of the band present from the band's heyday in the 70s. He's even got a female...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

George & Caplin - Electronic Eulogy from Morse Code Infinity

Cover art The electronic duo of George and Caplin (AKA Jason Fredrick Iselin and Jeffrey Wentworth Stevens) has obviously been paying attention in their History of Electronic Music classes. On several of the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Metamorfosi - Paradiso

Cover art It’s been quite some time since Metamorfosi tackled Hell in their classic 1973 album Inferno, and now they’re ready to take on Heaven. With the vocalist and keyboard player from that...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Chris Cutler - Twice Around the Earth: An Experiment in Listening

Cover art The subtitle “An experiment in listening” pretty much says it all. This is not so much a Chris Cutler solo album per se, but instead two suites (for lack of a better term) each comprised of a...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Earthmonkey - Audiosapien

Cover art If you take the free-festival space jamming of Ozric Tentacles and add a healthy dose of the psychedelic audio-collage work of Nurse with Wound, you end up in the land of Earthmonkey. There are...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Beep Beep - Business Casual

Cover art While the advent of punk rock in the mid and late 70s may have been a death blow of sorts to big arena rock, including much of what we call Progressive, that genre known as Art Rock found a natural...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Basement 3 - Fuzzyland

Cover art Multi-instrumentalist Kenny Schick does a valiant job of making Basement 3 not sound like a solo project. His guitars, bass, saxes and vocals are frequently augmented by live strings, horns, and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Koenjihyakkei - Hundred Sights of Koenji

Cover art The latest entry from the ever-growing Japanese zeuhl scene is Koenji Hyakkei, a four piece of guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards, with male and female voice. Their sound lies firmly along the...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-07-01)

Tortoise - It's All around You

Cover art As much as the somewhat vague moniker “post-rock” gets tossed around, there is probably little disagreement that Tortoise is one of the genre’s most important practitioners. Certainly the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Strawbs - Live at NEARfest & Hugh's Room

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Strawbs line-ups have undergone quite a few changes in recent years. Having never seen Brian Willoughby, I was happy to view his guitar stylings since they are substantially different from Dave...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Gentle Giant - Giant on the Box

Cover art The first Gentle Giant DVD is a revelation to fans of the seminal 70s progressive rock act. The DVD has been assembled from the best sources available to create key time-slices into the band’s...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-03-01)

Gentle Giant - Scraping the Barrel

Cover art The title of this second volume of Gentle Giant audio and audiovisual archives is simply a long time fan’s obsessive labor of love. Dan Bornemark has been a charter member of the band’s on-line...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-03-01)

The Holy Modal Rounders - Bird Song - Live 1971

Cover art Sometime in 1971, the Holy Modal Rounders, having recently expanded to a seven-piece, visited WLIR and recorded a set of songs, including their contribution to the Easy Rider soundtrack...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

The Holy Fire - The Holy Fire

Cover art A bit of an odd fit for Exposé, the Holy Fire is a balls-out, energetic four piece from Detroit who recorded their inaugural EP in Toronto. The tracks are all in the three minute range and...  » Read more
(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

Glass - No Stranger to the Skies

Cover art The little town of Port Townsend, Washington has special significance to me – I have some very fond memories from there dating back to the 70s. So when I first heard about Glass, a progressive band...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2002-04-01)

Blackbirds 2000 - Psychedelic Gems 6

Cover art Various artist compilations are always difficult to review, especially so when they contain as much good material as this one does. In the Garden of Delights quest to reissue material from psych and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Novalis - Novalis

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Novalis was a Krautrock band from Hamburg, Germany and their self-titled second album is part of Revisited Records’ reissuance of the Brain back catalog. This album is an amazing mixture of folk...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Cold Fairyland & Lin Di - Ten Days in Magic Land, Bride in Legend, 2005 Live & Seeds on the Ground

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One of the first musical things I discovered after moving to Beijing was this band from Shanghai. Their Chinese name (Lengku Xianjing) is taken from the Chinese title of a book by Japanese writer...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

Il Bacio della Medusa - Il Bacio della Medusa & Giovane Amante

Cover art Il Bacio della Medusa (Medusa’s Kiss) are relative newcomers on the Italian prog scene, though like many they’ve been smitten by the sound of the early 70s. Their self-produced debut caught the...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-10-01)

Amygdala - Amygdala

Cover art The brutal apocalyptic menace of the opener “Utrecht” could be described as a four-way collision between Univers Zero (that “chamber” sound), Magma (the rumbling, growling basses), Present...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2004-04-01)

Spirit - Son of Spirit / Farther Along & Future Games / Spirit of 84

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After Spirit’s first four classic albums, the band entered a period of fluctuating personnel, style, and success. The double-LP Spirit of ‘76 had marked the revitalization of the band...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

The Electric Prunes - Return to Stockholm 2004

Cover art Anyone who was alive in 1967 will remember the gripping Electric Prunes hit song “Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2013-10-11)

John Cale - Words for the Dying

Cover art I have to admit an orchestral setting for a set of Dylan Thomas poems reminded me of many of the criticisms for many a 70s progressive rock concept album. John Cale's arrangement of this collection of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2004-04-01)

Heart - Little Queen, Dog & Butterfly, Bebe le Strange

Cover art Out of the Pacific Northwest, the two rockin' sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson and their band hit American radios in early '76 with "Crazy on You" and "Magic Man," two hits with a sound that combined an...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2004-09-01)

Heart - Little Queen, Dog & Butterfly, Bebe le Strange

Cover art Out of the Pacific Northwest, the two rockin' sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson and their band hit American radios in early '76 with "Crazy on You" and "Magic Man," two hits with a sound that combined an...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2004-09-01)

Heart - Little Queen, Dog & Butterfly, Bebe le Strange

Cover art Out of the Pacific Northwest, the two rockin' sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson and their band hit American radios in early '76 with "Crazy on You" and "Magic Man," two hits with a sound that combined an...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2004-09-01)

Can Atilla - Omni

Cover art Here we have the new album by Can Atilla from Turkey. But before I go on with the music, I have to mention the again amazing cover made by Pablo Magne. Most albums which this great artist has done,...  » Read more
(Posted by Roel Steverink 2004-09-01)

Nautilus - In Search of Castaways

Cover art The Prudence label based in Germany is well known for their output of nice, romantic music. This new release by a young band called Nautilus (Martin Ludwig: Keys, synthesizer and sequencer; Werner...  » Read more
(Posted by Roel Steverink 2004-09-01)

Various Artists - Modern Drummer Presents Volume One - Drum Nation

Cover art Magna Carta has aligned with Modern Drummer magazine to bring you the best of who’s out there pounding the skins in the music world today. Eleven drummers on twelve tracks give a severe cerebral...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2004-09-01)

Satoko Fujii & Natsuki Tamura - Illusion Suite, Sketches, Exit & Ko Ko Ko Ke

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Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii is one busy lady – she appears on three of these four releases. Illusion Suite finds her in the standard piano trio setting, though the result is anything...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Satoko Fujii & Natsuki Tamura - Illusion Suite, Sketches, Exit & Ko Ko Ko Ke

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Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii is one busy lady – she appears on three of these four releases. Illusion Suite finds her in the standard piano trio setting, though the result is anything...

 » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Satoko Fujii & Natsuki Tamura - Illusion Suite, Sketches, Exit & Ko Ko Ko Ke

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Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii is one busy lady – she appears on three of these four releases. Illusion Suite finds her in the standard piano trio setting, though the result is anything...

 » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Ars Nova - Ars Nova

Cover art If you name your band “Ars Nova” you have to be: a) Serious Artists; b) Sarcastic reactionaries; c) Into psychedelic drugs; or d) Japanese. It’s Latin, for goodness sake, and means “New...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Jesús Figueroa - Jesús Figueroa

Cover art This CD reissues both albums of Jesús Figueroa, Con Todos (1972) and Magica Fuente (1974). Figueroa was the lead singer of Uruguay psych band Opus Alfa, which evolved into Dias de...  » Read more
(Posted by Sean McFee 2005-03-01)

Debase - Unleashed

Cover art Debase is another of Noise Records' recently signed European acts to try their hand at high profile metal. Hailing from the small town of Malmö, Sweden, the quintet does its best to wade through a...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-03-01)

Yohimbe Brothers - The Tao of Yo

Cover art DJ Logic and Vernon Reid (ex Living Color) are collectively known as Yohimbe Brothers and this is their second release. On their first excursion together the duo established an enthusiastic level of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-03-01)

DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid - Celestial Mechanix: The Blue Series Mastermix

Cover art It’s not hard to figure out why DJ Spooky is in such demand in the New York downtown scene; it seems the man has no tangible musical boundaries by finding further riches in already excellent sound...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-03-01)

Remy Stroomer - Different Shades of Dust

Cover art Young composer Remy Stroomer from the Netherlands admires Klaus Schulze and that can be heard in “Following Differences,” the first track. He chooses the same repeat in tones as Schulze does. His...  » Read more
(Posted by Roel Steverink 2005-03-01)

Gnomus - II

Cover art This is the second release of spontaneous compositions from this Finnish trio. Drums, keyboards and guitar wander into the outer reaches of deep space for improvisations that never really approach...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Matthew Shipp - Harmony and Abyss

Cover art Pianist Mathew Shipp is still gradually pushing himself into the use of electronic instruments in his jazz endeavors. By embracing dance and hip hop rhythms he has become one of the latest acoustic...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-03-01)

Ray Charles - Ô Genio Live in Brazil

Cover art Not long after releasing one of the signpost LPs of modern pop crossover, Ray Charles took his big band to Brazil and filmed two television programs featuring his live stage set. Charles was just as...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Tangerine Dream - Bootmoon Live Series

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1977 was the year that Edgar Froese, Chris Franke and Peter Baumann conquered North America and Canada with a massive twenty-plus city tour (and on select dates performing with Laserium). The April...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Tangerine Dream - Bootmoon Live Series

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1977 was the year that Edgar Froese, Chris Franke and Peter Baumann conquered North America and Canada with a massive twenty-plus city tour (and on select dates performing with Laserium). The April...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Tangerine Dream - Bootmoon Live Series

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1977 was the year that Edgar Froese, Chris Franke and Peter Baumann conquered North America and Canada with a massive twenty-plus city tour (and on select dates performing with Laserium). The April...

 » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Tangerine Dream - Bootmoon Live Series

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1977 was the year that Edgar Froese, Chris Franke and Peter Baumann conquered North America and Canada with a massive twenty-plus city tour (and on select dates performing with Laserium). The April...

 » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Tangerine Dream - Bootmoon Live Series

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1977 was the year that Edgar Froese, Chris Franke and Peter Baumann conquered North America and Canada with a massive twenty-plus city tour (and on select dates performing with Laserium). The April...

 » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Alexander Vogel & Collaborators - Eight Releases from 2004

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Alexander Vogel is your atypical teenager with an affinity for percussion and English improvisational icons. In late 2004 he took it upon himself to begin solo home recordings which soon evolved...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Alexander Vogel & Collaborators - Eight Releases from 2004

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Alexander Vogel is your atypical teenager with an affinity for percussion and English improvisational icons. In late 2004 he took it upon himself to begin solo home recordings which soon evolved...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Alexander Vogel & Collaborators - Eight Releases from 2004

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Alexander Vogel is your atypical teenager with an affinity for percussion and English improvisational icons. In late 2004 he took it upon himself to begin solo home recordings which soon evolved...

 » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Alexander Vogel & Collaborators - Eight Releases from 2004

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Alexander Vogel is your atypical teenager with an affinity for percussion and English improvisational icons. In late 2004 he took it upon himself to begin solo home recordings which soon evolved...

 » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Alexander Vogel & Collaborators - Eight Releases from 2004

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Alexander Vogel is your atypical teenager with an affinity for percussion and English improvisational icons. In late 2004 he took it upon himself to begin solo home recordings which soon evolved...

 » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Alexander Vogel & Collaborators - Eight Releases from 2004

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Alexander Vogel is your atypical teenager with an affinity for percussion and English improvisational icons. In late 2004 he took it upon himself to begin solo home recordings which soon evolved...

 » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Alexander Vogel & Collaborators - Eight Releases from 2004

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Alexander Vogel is your atypical teenager with an affinity for percussion and English improvisational icons. In late 2004 he took it upon himself to begin solo home recordings which soon evolved...

 » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Alexander Vogel & Collaborators - Eight Releases from 2004

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Alexander Vogel is your atypical teenager with an affinity for percussion and English improvisational icons. In late 2004 he took it upon himself to begin solo home recordings which soon evolved...

 » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Cornerstone - Once upon Our Yesterdays

Cover art Vocalist Dougie White and bassist Steen Morgensen form the songwriting backbone of progressive metal act Cornerstone, which hails from Denmark. White comes from the UK, having spent time in local...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Tim Burness - Finding New Ways to Love

Cover art Tim Burness is an English neo-progressive composer who has existed under the threshold of most music consumers’ radar. The childlike toy count into the first piece, “Open Man,” is an appropriate...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Austin Bridges - Awake the Day

Cover art Austin Bridges is a Christian rock band, who use music to contemplate the mysteries of the universe. I also like to contemplate the mysteries of the universe, which include why Austin Bridges sent a...  » Read more
(Posted by Sean McFee 2005-09-01)

Terra Ambient - The Gate

Cover art The name sums it up – spacious electro/ethnic/ambient soundscapes, complete with moody, Porcupine Tree-like architectural cover imagery. Terra Ambient is Pittsburgh based Jeff Kowal’s solo studio...  » Read more
(Posted by A Skeoch 2005-09-01)

Blow up Hollywood - Fake

Cover art I’m sure they intend the band name to be interpreted as a command to attack Hollywood with explosives (sort of like “Kill Your Television”), but I choose to take the other meaning, imagining a...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Simon Dupree & the Big Sound - Part of My Past - The Simon Dupree and the Big Sound Anthology

Cover art There’s no doubt that a complete collection of the recordings of Simon Dupree and the Big Sound has historical value. Aside from being a curious footnote in the story of the psychedelic 60s with...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Nicholas Greenwood - Cold Cuts

Cover art Nicholas Greenwood’s name, if it is known at all, is remembered from the credits of albums by Khan and Arthur Brown’s Crazy World, where he played bass. Until this reissue arrived, I had no idea...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Lost Christmas Eve

Cover art It’s hard to imagine that the core members of metal band Savatage would take a musical U-turn and arrive with a huge money-making project that has nothing to do with their previous incarnation....  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Kinzokuebisu - Momijigari

Cover art When one band traverses a wide variety of styles, there’s always the danger that diversity will dissolve into chaos, leaving the listener more confused than intrigued. This Japanese band inhabits...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Billy Currie - Still Movement

Cover art Billy Currie’s most recent solo album can be categorized as being squarely in the new age/techno bordering on ambient but within in a slightly more favorable light. Currie has continued to...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

The Black Noodle Project - And Life Goes On...

Cover art I’m not above enjoying a good clone band. I quite enjoy a lot of them. And Black Noodle Project may not necessarily be a complete Pink Floyd clone, but in the world of clonedom, some of these songs...  » Read more
(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2005-09-01)

Harry Chapin - Legends of the Lost and Found

Cover art The late Harry Chapin was without a doubt the supreme storyteller of the 1970s; his lyrics written second and third-person were down-to-earth, acutely engaging and socially conscious, with clever...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Homestead & Wolfe - Our Times

Cover art Homestead & Wolfe represents an obscure bit of early 70s Bay Area music history. The name refers to the location of the church in Cupertino, California, where this group formed out of a youth...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Penny Arkade - Not the Freeze

Cover art In the last issue I covered the reissue of the two strange albums (Apache and Inca) credited to Maitreya Kali, who, it is now known, was Craig Smith, formerly of an obscure LA psych...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Quikion - Ramadan

Cover art Latest evidence of what a strange and wonderful world we live in: a Japanese group called Quikion based on accordion, concertina, bouzouki, psaltery, toy instruments – oh, and a bit of acoustic...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Nurse with Wound & collaborators - Angry Eelectric Finger 1-3

Cover art Fasten your seatbelts, ladies and gentlemen, for a journey into the outer cosmos. Or the inner depths. Whatever. Three journeys, actually. The genesis of this material seems to involve NWW’s Steve...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Nurse with Wound & collaborators - Angry Eelectric Finger 1-3

Cover art Fasten your seatbelts, ladies and gentlemen, for a journey into the outer cosmos. Or the inner depths. Whatever. Three journeys, actually. The genesis of this material seems to involve NWW’s Steve...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Nurse with Wound & collaborators - Angry Eelectric Finger 1-3

Cover art Fasten your seatbelts, ladies and gentlemen, for a journey into the outer cosmos. Or the inner depths. Whatever. Three journeys, actually. The genesis of this material seems to involve NWW’s Steve...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Flower Travellin' Band - Satori

Cover art Psychedelic bands in Europe and North America often incorporated aspects of Middle-Eastern or Indian music into their own styles. So what happens when a band from Japan does the same thing? On the one...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Red Pocket - Thick

Cover art Fans of the wonderful Charming Hostess can now rejoice. While this is not a Charming Hostess album, it does feature Jewlia Eisenberg in a somewhat similar setting. Her vocal foil for this outing is...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Christian Décamps et Fils - Murmures...

Cover art Whatever Ange may have been through in the years since their progressive heyday in the 70s, it is clear from this release that lead singer Christian Décamps has found a way to translate this artistic...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Ahleuchatistas - On the Culture Industry & The Same and the Other

Cover art Of all the genre labels ever devised, math rock has to be one of the most annoying. It’s an insult both to rock and to math, and seems to me borne of two mistaken beliefs. First, that math is...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Aera - Türkis / Live

Cover art Last issue I covered the reissue of the first two Aera albums, and now Erlkönig present the band’s third studio effort and their live album. Türkis finds the band almost completely changed during...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Aera - Humanum Est / Hand und Fuß

Cover art Who knows why it was that German bands in the 70s so often brought in influences from around the world, but it certainly seems to have been a trend. British and American bands may have dabbled with...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

The Van Allen Belt - Lactater-Tots

Cover art The Van Allen Belt is the moniker taken by composer Troy Paiva, who wrote and performed ten tracks with Apple software packages that emulate basic rock and roll band instrumentation. Initial...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Myriad - Natural Elements

Cover art Myriad is a power trio who hail from Whitestone, New York. Fronted by vocalist and guitarist Fred Moehring, the trio captures a general feel much like Rush’s A Farewell to Kings era due in...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Mitchell Froom - A Thousand Days

Cover art Solo piano records can be a strong romantic but minimalist statement depending on the performer and how personal he would like to make it. Froom’s biography reads like a who’s-who of modern pop...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

John McLaughlin - Thieves and Poets

Cover art The solo acoustic works of guitar icon John McLaughlin have been in a world class category for the past thirty-five years. Thus finding a suitable compatriot in former student Yan Mareze with a...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Farpoint - From Dreaming to Dreaming

Cover art When you examine the individual points of this music, there’s plenty to like. The parts are well played for the most part, the voices are fairly appealing, the sound is crisp and clean. But in spite...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Fritz Doddy - The Feeling of Far

Cover art Solo artist concept projects were all the rage of 2005 it seems as singer and composer Fritz Doddy follows suit with his second album. Doddy is an exclusive user of Apple computer software,...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Ellis Marsalis - Ruminations in New York

Cover art Piano ballads! Whether you are seducing the ladies or getting stone drunk to forget them, a languid piano ballad replete with blue notes, suspended chords, and finger rolls is a perfect tone-setter....  » Read more
(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

Strawbs - Déjà Fou

Cover art Ghosts was the first Strawbs record I ever heard, and I seem to remember liking it immensely from the first play; the band quickly became one of my favorites, a position they’ve held for...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Release Music Orchestra - Bremen 1978

Cover art Judging by the number of excellent recent releases, Radio Bremen must have been quite a treasure for European music lovers back in the 70s. This CD is a prime example. I’m not familiar with the band...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Hidria Spacefolk - Balansia

Cover art Normally it would be problematic for a band to sound the same on their third album (not counting a remix project) as on their first, especially if the first is basically a self-released demo. But when...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Djam Karet - No Commercial Potential... and Still Getting the Ladies

Cover art In some respects, Djam Karet can be viewed as a band with a split personality. Sometimes they are a tightly rehearsed unit performing composed music; sometimes they are purveyors of ambient...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Björk - Medúlla

Cover art For a supposed “pop” artist, Icelandic singer Björk has shown a stubborn disregard for the conventions of pop music. From the beginnings of her career as a techno diva, she has steadily pursued...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Emily Bezar - Angels' Abacus

Cover art Back in Exposé #20 I gushed about Emily Bezar’s first three albums, and honestly the only negative I can come up with for her new release is the fact that it took so long to arrive. The changes...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Autumns Grey Solace - Over the Ocean

Cover art In this Florida duo, Erin Welton covers vocal and keyboard duties, Scott Ferrell covers everything else, and they both have a hand in composing the tunes. This is by far the prettiest music I have...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Bill Frisell - Unspeakable

Cover art Bill Frisell’s first Grammy winning CD is a major achievement on many fronts. Frisell doesn’t blow you away like many other experienced guitarists — he is the cardinal of understatement,...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Dragonwyck - Dragonwyck

Cover art In case you're wondering, Dragonwyck is the title of a 1944 historical romance by Anya Seton, made into a movie starring Gene Tierney and Vincent Price. This Dragonwyck, on the other hand,...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Rosebud - Rosebud

Cover art Ten songs give almost as many stylistic snapshots. The sound of a love-in, with a keyboard, in Latin America; no trace of Carlos anywhere. A moody testament with sultry vocals grazing...  » Read more
(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Joy of Cooking - Joy of Cooking, Closer to the Ground, & Castles

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Those looking for a 'good ole time' need look no further — funky West Coast psychedelia flavored country-rock to be found here. Equally rooted in the blues, this stuff is steeped in the tradition...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Joy of Cooking - Joy of Cooking, Closer to the Ground, & Castles

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Those looking for a 'good ole time' need look no further — funky West Coast psychedelia flavored country-rock to be found here. Equally rooted in the blues, this stuff is steeped in the tradition...

 » Read more
(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Electrelane - Rock It to the Moon, The Power Out, & Axes

Cover art Contortions for dirigible apoplexy flex muscular curvatures in modern sound passing raiment unto itself, ballooning into monsoon walls with torque and cresting on a fine knacker. Galloping seesaw...  » Read more
(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Yes - Songs from Tsongas

Cover art Yes' management has done a pretty good job documenting the various incarnations of the group since the botched Keys to Ascension reunion shows from 1996. Ensuring the classic line-up was...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2007-03-01)

The Fiery Furnaces - Gallowsbird's Bark, Blueberry Boat, Rehearsing My Choir, EP, & Bitter Tea

Cover art A circus medley of distinct musical apparitions like a non-nasal Holy Modal Rounders of the twenty-first century with equal parts Jonathan Richman, The Velvet Underground, and Grease! Hey,...  » Read more
(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Nautilus - What Colours the Sky in Your World?

Cover art Nautilus is a UK quartet of guitars, keyboards, drums, and bass. They play excellent instrumental music that is a melodic version of mid-period King Crimson, if you know what I mean. King Crimson can...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2008-01-01)

Zaboitzeff & Crew - Missa Furiosa & Voyage au Centre de la Terre

Cover art Thierry Zaboitzeff is a name most will recognize from his many years as the bassist/cellist of Art Zoyd, before striking out on his own in the late 90s. At hand are his latest two albums, both dealing...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Lucia Micarelli - Music from a Farther Room

Cover art So, I've got this record to review. Drop-dead gorgeous raven-haired violin goddess, an obviously classically trained violinist with that Trans-Siberian Orchestra rock twist on your grandparents'...  » Read more
(Posted by David Bischoff 2008-01-01)

Flëur - First Four Albums

Cover art Flëur is essentially the Ukrainian duo of Olga Pulatova (piano, vocals) and Elena Voynarovskaya (guitar, vocals) along with a variety of other players on flute, cello, violin, keyboards, bass, and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

Phideaux - Fiendish, Ghost Story, Chupacabras, 313, & The Great Leap

Cover art Even if you've never heard of Phideaux, you already know one thing about them. They are a busy little band – though sometimes I wonder if "band" is the right word. It's almost a solo project of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Latest news

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart $amp; Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Mirror Snake - Mirror Snake – Mirror Snake is an Oakland, CA-based neo-psych band. They play hard-edged post punk fuzzed out psychedelic rock that brings to mind bands like Dead Flowers, Plastic Crimewave Sound, and at times Amon...  (2008) » Read more

Tibet - Tibet – Tibet is another one of Musea’s reissues of obscure 70s bands. Unfortunately for Musea, the master tapes were lost over the past 15 years. They had to remaster the CD from a vinyl copy using...  (1995) » Read more

Steve Roach - Storm Surge: Steve Roach Live at NEARfest & Immersion: One – Steve Roach’s appearance at NEARfest 2005 was a landmark event. Any live performance by Roach is a rarity, but to be exposed to such a large audience — and one largely unfamiliar with his...  (2007) » Read more

Periferia del Mondo - Periferia del Mondo (3) – Their third album, my first to hear. There’s a good variety of tones and influences here, not really like anything else I can think of. Some of the heavier parts remind me of the heavier moments...  (2008) » Read more

Vermilion - Flattening Mountains and Creating Empires – This album is quite an oddity, coming as it does from a little-known (so far) band on an independent label, for it features a big name producer (Steve Albini) and a big name artist on the cover (Roger...  (2003) » Read more



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