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Satoko Fujii / Joe Fonda / Gianni Mimmo - Triad

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Triad came about as Fujii (piano) and Fonda (double bass & flute) were planning a European tour following their 2016 Duet album, and were in touch with Long Song label owner...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-20)

Harvey Mandel - Live at Broadway Studios, San Francisco 2001

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Rock Beat Records is digging up some great shows to release from the vaults of time, like the Paul Butterfield Live in New York 1970 show that I

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-08-10)

Oho - Gazebo

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Oho has been making great music since the early 70s, seemingly swerving and dodging any typical styles and genres as they avoided the classification game, instead going for whatever direction their...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-08-06)

Alan Simon - Big Bang

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So what is this? Alan Simon is a French composer with a varied career originally centered around Celtic flavored folk-rock music, but since around 1999, starting with Excalibur – The...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-30)

Escupemetralla - The Beautiful Pork Revealing the Unknown to a Pair of Espardenyes

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Spanish industrial noisemeisters are back with another short release, the strangely titled The Beautiful Pork Revealing the Unknown to a Pair of Espardenyes. The information on their...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-08-05)

Basta! - Elemento Antropico

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Basta! is another Italian band on the Lizard Records label, and their new album Elemento Antropico is a set of eleven instrumentals. I was expecting heavy percussion or a drum line from...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-08-15)

Aperus - Lie Symmetry

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One might be forgiven for not knowing about Aperus, which is the musical project of New Mexico based composer and photographer Brian McWilliams (and do check out the outstanding photography on his...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-08-03)

Brain Wizard - Most Hella Dopest

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Brain Wizard is basically a one-man band consisting of Kurt Elzner, who is assisted here and there by bassist Zach Lansdowne. Elzner has a long history in music — I remember him from a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-08-03)

Ted & Majella - Better Together

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This is a little different than the most of the psychedelic, experimental, and progressive rock that we typically cover, but nonetheless enjoyable and certainly well arranged and produced. Most...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-27)

Icarus Peel’s Acid Reign - The Window on the Side of Your Head

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Icarus Peel steps out in front with his power trio Acid Reign to release some brilliant extended guitar-driven acid rock, a departure from what we have grown used to with The Honey Pot and Crystal...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-07-27)

Dwiki Dharmawan - Rumah Batu

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The moody eclecticism and ethnic richness that permeates all of Dharmawan’s latest release surprised even me, and I had marveled at those qualities in his previous release, Pasar...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-13)

Sweeney Straddles the Sun - Ducks at the Moon

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Jason Sweeney AKA Sweeney Straddles the Suns’ first album, Erect, was released in 2010. Sweeney’s second album, Tarantula, seven years later in 2017 and now his third...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-08-15)

Dialeto - Live with David Cross

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The title pretty much says it all, with Brazilian trio Dialeto expanding to a quartet with King Crimson violinist David Cross for this show on July 22nd, 2017, the second concert to promote their...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-16)

Dušan Jevtović - Live at Home

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Dušan Jevtović is a masterful guitarist, and this live set was recorded in December 2016 in Jevtović’s home town of Kragujevac in Serbia, at the Dečije Pojorište with the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-03-19)

Vanderson Featuring Lambert - Sequenced Thoughts

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Polish synthesist Vanderson returns with a new album, Sequenced Thoughts, this time joined by Spheric Music’s Lambert Ringlange. The album consists of four tracks in the 16 - 20...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-08-12)

Ovrfwrd - Occupations of Uninhabited Space

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Last August the Minneapolis prog instrumental quartet Ovrfwrd recorded an in-studio live performance that they intend to release as a DVD/Blu-ray disc this coming Fall. As a teaser and their third...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-08-08)

WorldService Project - Serve

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WorldService Project’s follow-up to the outstanding For King and Country is called Serve, and it serves (ahem!) up another set of great tunes. No real changes are in...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-08-11)

Escupemetralla - Cosmozumbido

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Escupemetralla is a purposefully obscure Spanish band. They go out their way not to reveal any meaningful information. If you search for them on the Internet, all you can find is this...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-08-05)

Sirkus - The Noise of Time

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Three years ago German band Sirkus released their debut album Dream Factory. And this past April saw the release of their second album The Noise of Time. Sirkus is a group of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-07-06)

GEPH - Apophenia

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Emmett Chapman invented his Stick back in the mid-70s, and for the majority of the time since then, it’s been somewhat of a rarity in music outside a small community of enthusiasts. But the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-08-04)

Curha - I

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Curha is a name used by Curtis Hasselbring for his excursions into electronic music, and if you’re familiar with his other work, it might come as quite a surprise — a pleasant one, I...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-07-31)

Laura Meade - Remedium

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Exposé readers might be familiar with singer Laura Meade from her work with the band IZZ. Remedium finds her presenting herself as a solo artist, and the result is an...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-07-28)

Son Los Grillos - Garden of Clouds

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SonLosGrillos, the Spanish duo of Marta Rodríguez (vocals) and Mauricio Mora (guitars, bass, mandolin, zither, banjo, lap steel guitar, keyboards, and percussion), is a new band to me, with...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-08-01)

Wishbone Ash - Twin Barrels Burning & Raw to the Bone

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The first half of the 80s were troubled times for Wishbone Ash; the band that had created classics like Pilgrimage, the mighty Argus, and There’s the Rub only a few...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-29)

Wishbone Ash - Twin Barrels Burning & Raw to the Bone

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The first half of the 80s were troubled times for Wishbone Ash; the band that had created classics like Pilgrimage, the mighty Argus, and There’s the Rub only a few...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-29)

Malady - Toinen Toista

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Lately there has been a lot of new and interesting music coming out of Finland. The latest for me is the Helsinki band Malady. Toinen Toista is their second album of five songs, with the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-07-29)

Peter Banks - The Self-Contained Trilogy & Be Well, Be Safe, Be Lucky... The Anthology

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A founding member of Yes, guitarist Peter Banks was unceremoniously dismissed after two albums and replaced by Steve Howe. Banks’ creative muse was still on the rise, however, and soon there...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-23)

Peter Banks - The Self-Contained Trilogy & Be Well, Be Safe, Be Lucky... The Anthology

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A founding member of Yes, guitarist Peter Banks was unceremoniously dismissed after two albums and replaced by Steve Howe. Banks’ creative muse was still on the rise, however, and soon there...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-23)

The Aaron Clift Experiment - If All Goes Wrong

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The third time is the charm, especially for Aaron Clift and his cohorts. I delayed gratification for three months to listen to their new album If All Goes Wrong as I worked through my...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-07-22)

Milkilo - Atlas

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Milkilo is a French duo of bass and drums, but they don’t sound much like the more famous Ruins. Their music is at time manic and pounding, but not as crazily technical as Yoshida’s...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-07-24)

Bruce Forman - Junkyard Duo

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This album is the kind of thing where it’s more or less pointless to pay attention to individual tracks. There are 29 of them, mostly one minute or less in length, so it’s best to ject...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-07-21)

Various Artists - Goldfish

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Hardly seems possible, but Fruits de Mer Records has reached the ripe old age of 10. And to celebrate this milestone, they released a triple LP in a gatefold sleeve that features selections from...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-07-18)

Permanent Clear Light - Maurice n'est pas la

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Psychedelic Finns Permanent Clear Light are back on Fruits de Mer with a three track 7-inch slab of vinyl Maurice n’est pas la. FdM normally releases singles with at least one cover...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-07-15)

This Is It! - 1538

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This Is It! What is? 1538 is the melting point of iron (in degrees celsius), but 1538 is also the title of the first album by this new Satoko Fujii trio configuration featuring her...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-20)

Shatner's Bassoon - Disco Erosion

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You can sometimes tell everything you need to know from a band’s name. Any group that would call itself Shatner’s Bassoon is obviously a grimly serious death metal act obsessed with...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-07-17)

Fernando Perdomo - Out to Sea

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Fernando Perdomo is guitarist and bassist for the Dave Kerzner band, and Out to Sea is an appropriate title for his debut album, given that he has been a regular on the “Cruise to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-16)

Tusmørke - Fjernsyn i Farver

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This Oslo band has been pumping out the music lately, this being their third release in the last year or so. And (barring the diversion into children’s music with Bydyra) with...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-07-14)

Azalia Snail - Neon Resistance

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Over the last couple of decades, Azalia Snail has earned the title “Queen of Lo-Fi,” but with Neon Resistance, that designation seems less appropriate. The “Lo-Fi”...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-07-10)

Bob Katsionis - Prognosis & Synopsis

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Babis “Bob” Katsionis plays guitar and keyboards in such bands as Firewind, Revolution Renaissance, Outloud, and Serious Black, but I’m not knowledgeable on the Greek metal scene,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-06-16)

Not a Good Sign - Icebound

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On their third album, Icebound, Not a Good Sign delivers a new level of complexity and ambitiousness in their work — the nine songs here easily representing their best effort to...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-25)

Church of Hed - Sandstoned

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You never know what kind of surprise you’re going to get with a new Church of Hed release, but it’s always going to be something different than the previous one – that’s the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-06)

Noah Preminger - Genuinity

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This quartet outing finds three-fourths of the group from Preminger’s Meditations on...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-06-19)

Thumbscrew - Ours & Theirs

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These are two concurrent new releases by Thumbscrew, the trio of double-bassist Michael Formanek, guitarist Mary Halvorson, and drummer Tomas Fujiwara; Ours is a collection of original...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-29)

Thumbscrew - Ours & Theirs

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These are two concurrent new releases by Thumbscrew, the trio of double-bassist Michael Formanek, guitarist Mary Halvorson, and drummer Tomas Fujiwara; Ours is a collection of original...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-29)

Darryl Way - Vivaldi's Four Seasons in Rock

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It’s been almost fifty years since Curved Air hit the music scene with their first album Airconditioning, and closing the first side of that album was the seven and a half minute...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-09)

Ring van Möbius - Past the Evening Sun

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If you’ve got an itch that is scratched by Il Balletto di Bronzo and Van der Graaf Generator, Ring van Möbius is here to help. Not that they’ve copied the Balletto or VdGG sounds...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-07-07)

Sirkus - The Noise of Time

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Sometimes you just don’t know why, you can’t put your finger on the reason, but a sound carries some kind of magic that can’t easily be explained. Case in point: Sirkus is a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-06)

Spirit - It Shall Be - The Ode & Epic Recordings 1968-1972

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Subtitled The Ode & Epic Recordings 1968-1972, this five disc set in a clamshell box pretty much covers the formative years of one of the finest and most eclectic bands of the late 60s...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-07-02)

Kristo Rodzevski - The Rabbit and the Fallen Sycamore

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The Rabbit and the Fallen Sycamore is an album that takes many listens to reveal itself, and even after maybe a dozen times through, I’m still not really sure what to make of it....

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-07-03)

Bättre Lyss - Till Den Sträng Som Brast Än Att Aldrig Spänna En Båge

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On February 22 the Guerssen sub-label Sommor released the first reissue of a rare Swedish album that was privately released in 1975, Till Den Sträng Som Brast Än Att Aldrig...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-06-17)

The Shadow Lizzards - The Shadow Lizzards

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Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Atomic Rooster — classic heavy rock bands known for featuring the sound of an overdriven Hammond organ. The Shadow Lizzards start off their debut album with...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-06-12)

AeTopus - Totem Totum

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American electronic musician Bryan Jewell Hughes now has six albums out under the moniker AeTopus (Totum Totum is his latest), and with each release he manages to up his game without...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2018-06-22)

Steve Roach - Molecules of Motion

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With such a perfect and descriptive title for the music at hand, Roach’s Molecules of Motion features four long tracks of flowing emotional energy, at once sharing both his Berlin...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-08)

Sverre Knut Johansen with David Helpling - The Vast Expanse

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The album at hand is Sverre Knut Johansen’s third release on Spotted Peccary music. This time his theme is the universe, presented in an electronic symphonic style much like his previous two,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-25)

Bobby Previte - Rhapsody

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As a composer, Bobby Previte has never shied away from ambition, and he appears to have never encountered a genre boundary he didn’t want to erase. In 2016, he gave us

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-05-19)

Colin Carter - One

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Like the recently reviewed album by David Cross and David Jackson, this is a new recording by...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-06-30)

David Cross & David Jackson - Another Day

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Expectations can be dangerous. For example, this collaboration between a former King Crimson violinist and a former Van der Graaf Generator saxophonist is bound to generate high expectations in a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-06-26)

NLTM - Nick Littlemore / Thierry Müller - Days in Vermilion Sands

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NLTM is the collaboration between Nicholas Littlemore (Teenager, Pnau, Empire of the Sun, musical director of Le Cirque du Soleil, and other endeavors) and Thierry Müller (Ilitch, Ruth, Crash,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-18)

Erik Wøllo - Threshold Point

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Across Wøllo’s nearly two dozen albums going back to the early 80s, and even more when one counts all the collaborations, the Norwegian guitarist's explorative sounds have evolved...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-22)

Ümit! - The Testament of Ümit!

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This, the second full length release for this German band from Düsseldorf, comes amid a number of similarly titled EP vinyl releases. The group is led by guitarist and singer Jochen Oberlack,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-18)

Plenty - It Could Be Home

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Many of our readers will be familiar with Tim Bowness from his work with No-Man and Samuel Smiles, and possibly releases under his own name as well, but Plenty is a project that might have faded...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-06-23)

Steve Tibbetts - Life Of

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Nobody can ever accuse Tibbetts of flooding the market with product. His pace is slow and deliberately so, and of late, now that he’s an established artist, taking about eight years between...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-18)

Cheer-Accident - Fades

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There was a gap of several years between No Ifs Ands or Dogs (2011) and Putting off Death (2017), but Thymme Jones and company seem to be on a roll — here it’s not...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-05-22)

Marbin - Israeli Jazz

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Having last heard Marbin on their Aggressive Hippies album a few years ago, their latest, Israeli Jazz, is certainly what one would expect from this Chicago-based quartet: a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-06-15)

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog - YRU Still Here?

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Guitarist Marc Ribot has a recorded history that is so diverse as to be of little use in predicting what a new album might sound like. His group Ceramic Dog consists of Ches Smith (drums,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-06-09)

The Senior Service - King Cobra

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UK instrumental group The Senior Service released their second album King Cobra on April 27, 2018. Fans of their 2016 debut album The Girl in the Glass Case will be pleased with...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-06-13)

Miguel de Armas - What's to Come

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Cuban pianist Miguel de Armas makes his album debut under his own name with What’s to Come, a collection of ten varied tunes that presents his nimble keyboard work with a backing of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-06-05)

Tempest - Thirty Little Turns

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Given my love of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, and Boiled in Lead, it would seem like Tempest should be part of my musical life when it comes to folk-rock. But there’s so much music in...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-06-02)

Numina - The Chroma Plateau

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When one puts The Chroma Plateau in the player, the sounds won’t immediately jump out and grab you by the jugular, but instead slowly envelop the listener in a wash of colorful fog...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-04)

Vibravoid - Vibrations from the Cosmic Void & Live at Rheinkraut 2018

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It is always a pleasure to listen to a new release from the fertile mind of the prolific Christian Koch, AKA Vibravoid. Over the past 30 years he has released more than 100 LPs, singles, EPs, etc.,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-26)

Vibravoid - Vibrations from the Cosmic Void & Live at Rheinkraut 2018

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It is always a pleasure to listen to a new release from the fertile mind of the prolific Christian Koch, AKA Vibravoid. Over the past 30 years he has released more than 100 LPs, singles, EPs, etc.,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-26)

Sleep in Heads - On the Air

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There are a lot of metal bands out there who have the mistaken impression that they are “progressive” when their music is so conventional (for its style) that the word becomes a parody...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-05-29)

Elephants on Tape - Lightweights

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One manifestation of the impact of modern technology in music is the kind of meticulous production used on most pop recordings, where you’ll find such things as kick drum sounds that are...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-05-22)

Fungus Hill - Cosmic Construction on Proxima B

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Fungus Hill is a relatively new band from Umeå in Northern Sweden. They began playing together in 2015, recording an EP, two singles, and a music video. Then in 2017 they released their first...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-06-06)

Vibravoid - Vibrations from the Cosmic Void & Live at Rheinkraut 2018

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Seems like I was just writing a review of their previous studio effort Mushroom Mantras a few weeks ago — it was in fact February of this year — but the point is that Vibravoid...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-26)

Vibravoid - Vibrations from the Cosmic Void & Live at Rheinkraut 2018

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Seems like I was just writing a review of their previous studio effort Mushroom Mantras a few weeks ago — it was in fact February of this year — but the point is that Vibravoid...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-26)

Cloud - Plays with Fire

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Tyler Taormina (aka Cloud) released his debut album, Comfort Songs, in 2013. On March 9, 2018 he returned with his new album Plays with Fire. Plays with Fire is a set of...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-29)

L'Albero del Veleno - Tale of a Dark Fate

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L’Albero del Veleno, Italian for The Poison Tree, released their second album in 2017 on Black Widow Records. This is an interesting gothic instrumental suite in two acts based on Greek...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-06-03)

Cream - Nineteen Sixty-Seven

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Vogon Records has unearthed and released some lost broadcasts by Cream during their halcyon days between 1966 and 1967. What we have is a live recording made for Swedish radio plus some unreleased...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-30)

Flutatious - Festival

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Flutatious is a UK band that blends different elements from Celtic, psychedelic fok, progressive rock, and techno dance music. They are Michelle Devonshire (flute), Bill Forwell (bass), Stella...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-27)

Jeff Greinke - Before Sunrise

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He’s been actively recording music since the early 80s, with well over two dozen releases to his credit, yet probably not as prolific as some others in the floating ambient subgenre, but his...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-27)

Yuka & Chronoship - Ship

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With their fourth album, this Japanese band continues the growth that has progressed through all of their work. All of their strengths are on display, and everything is nudged up a notch in...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-05-05)

The Brotherhood - Stavia

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The Brotherhood was a one-and-done band from Ohio that recorded and privately released their only album, Stavia, in 1972 (200 copies). Stavia is one of those elusive albums that...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-23)

Apostolis Anthimos - Parallel Worlds

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One of the founding members of Polish progressive legends SBB, as well as Czeslaw Niemen’s band going back a few years before that, this Polish-born guitarist of Greek parents is one of the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-21)

The Nazgûl - The Nazgûl

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Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 50 years, you are probably aware that the Nazgûl are the Dark Riders from J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-20)

Richard Wileman - Veil

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Most of us know him as the primary force behind Karda Estra, and before that, Lives and Times, which together account for around a couple dozen albums, but this is the first full length solo album...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-18)

Kevin Kastning - 17/66

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Kastning has released nearly thirty albums on the Greydisc label since around 2000 (both solo and collaborations with folks like Sandor Szabo, Carl Clements, Michael Manring, Balasz Major, Mark...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-30)

Kira Kira - Bright Force

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So I wonder what Satoko Fujii is going to do after releasing twelve albums in twelve months... (This is the fourth installment of her 60th birthday marathon.) Maybe take a vacation, but the various...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-07)

Dave Liebman / Tatsuya Nakatani / Adam Rudolph - The Unknowable

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This album brings together three creative musicians into a configuration that might at first seem strange: jazz woodwind explorer Dave Liebman, who has been part of expanding the genre in the post...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-05-15)

Star Sponge Vision - Crowley and Me

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Aleister Crowley was an English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. He gained widespread notoriety during his lifetime (1875 - 1947), being a recreational drug...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-16)

Us & Them - From the Corner of My Eye & On Shipless Ocean

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Our favorite Swedish gothic psych / acid folk duo has two new releases on Mega Dodo Records this April and June: a 7-inch single, From the Corner of My Eye, and their second full-length...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-09)

Us & Them - From the Corner of My Eye & On Shipless Ocean

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Our favorite Swedish gothic psych / acid folk duo has two new releases on Mega Dodo Records this April and June: a 7-inch single, From the Corner of My Eye, and their second full-length...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-09)

Shob - Karma Obscur

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You may have not heard of French bassist Shob before, but the spting 2018 release of his second album Karma Obscur should help pave the way for further recognition. He has previously...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-14)

Aria Primitiva - Work in Progress

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Since leaving Art Zoyd at the end of the 90s, bassist and cellist Thierry Zaboitzeff as been busy with his own solo work, as well as writing scores for theater and dance, many of which have been...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-13)

Danny Fox Trio - The Great Nostalgist

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In listening to pianist Danny Fox’s album, it occurs to me that while “nostalgia” indicates a fondness or longing for the past, built within the concept is the realization that...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-04-07)

Quimper - A Soft Day

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This February Quimper released another EP of their unique electronica, A Soft Day, a set of four instrumentals spanning roughly ten minutes, each one exploring different territories and...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-13)

Hillmen - The Whiskey Mountain Sessions Vol. II

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It’s been about seven years since the first Hillmen release, which was The Whiskey Mountain Sessions, Vol.I. I guess one might suspect that the musicians involved just treat this as...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-06)

Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin - Ninety-Nine Years

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By now, if you have kept up with our reviews of Ms.Fujii’s recent output, you will know that she turns sixty years old this year, and for the occasion she’s going all out, releasing a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-09)

Jordsjø - Jord

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It is widely acknowledged that something special was going on in rock music in Italy from about 1971 to 1976, with quite a few innovative bands recording albums that have come to be regarded as...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-05-01)

Alfa 9 - My Sweet Movida

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My Sweet Movida is the third album by the UK band Alfa 9. Consisting of Phil Mason (guitar and vocals), Ali Heath (guitar and vocals), and John Bradbury (drums), Alfa 9 presents a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-06)

Crocodile - His Name Is Stan and He's a Bad Motherf**ker

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His Name Is Stan and He's a Bad Motherf**ker is the debut album of a new progressive rock band from Austin, Crocodile. Band leader, composer, and guitarist Kevin Sims has created a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-05-02)

Colin Edwin / Robert Jürjendal - Another World

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Ex-Porcupine Tree bassist extraordinaire Colin Edwin has been involved in a wide variety of musical ventures. His latest is a collaboration with Estonian guitarist Robert Jürjendal,...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-25)

Choirs of Aether - The Music of Sun Ra (Live at No Town)

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When it comes to evolutionary cosmic free jazz with no boundaries, it’s hard to beat Sun Ra. Few have made as much of an impact or left behind a massive recorded legacy as his, from the early...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-14)

TOC - Will Never Play These Songs Again

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The title is a true statement, because TOC (keyboardist Jérémie Ternoy, drummer Peter Orins, and guitarist Ivann Cruz) is a conduit for free improvisation between the three members,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-05-04)

Jamie Saft - Solo a Genova

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One thing you can count on from Jamie Saft is that each new recording has a good chance of sounding unlike what you’ve heard him do before. I’ve heard him in a variety of settings, from...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-04-21)

Dominique Vantomme - Vegir

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Dominique Vantomme is a new name to me — he has done some work with European pop singers, and has a band called Root that I’ve never heard. But here he is on a session recorded with...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-04-14)

Howlin' Sun - Howlin' Sun

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For anyone who’s grown up on rock music, no matter how sophisticated taste may grow, it’s likely there’s a fondness that survives for a heavy guitar riff based on the blues. The...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-03-10)

Kristoffer Bolander - What Never Was Will Always Be

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German label Tapete Records / Bureau B releases a variety of music, but mostly electronic, so I did not know what to expect from this new release by Swedish singer-songwriter Kristoffer Bolander....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-18)

Dobbeltgjenger - Limbohead

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There are definitely multiple ways to approach Limbohead. If you’re coming at it from an indie-rock perspective, it’s a super-tight example of clever melodic rock akin to...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-04-10)

Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin - I Left My Heart in Uncanny Valley

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The Soft Bodies Bleed Out compilation was my first encounter with the enigmatic and intriguingly named Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin. Just the artist’s name is more than enough to...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-15)

Sonar with David Torn - Vortex

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A musical world filled with complex mathematical rhythms, odd angles and planes, sharp corners and geometric surfaces, these Swiss practitioners have created their own place in multi-dimensional...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-03-30)

Traffic - Where the Poppies Grow - Historic Radio Sessions 1967

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For those of you who do not know Traffic's history, the band was formed in 1967 by Steve Winwood after leaving the Spencer Davis Group, along with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood, and Dave Mason. The...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-11)

Mildlife - Phase

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Mildlife, for all intents and purposes, is a dance club band. Their new album Phase is a set of seven mostly instrumental dance groove tunes. They made a judgement error in sending this...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-22)

Beautify Junkyards - The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards

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For their third album, Lisbon’s Beautify Junyards takes you into their secret garden of delicate acid folk songs, The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards. Led by João Branco...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-08)

Green Seagull - Scarlet Fever

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Do you know how sometimes you hear a song lyric and because of the way it is sung your mind makes strange connections to other words that sort of make sense? Consider this lyric from the fourth...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-03-28)

The Dead Centuries - Race against Time

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The Dead Centuries is an instrumental prog metal band from Ottawa. Canada consisting of Adam Tremblett (guitars, bass, and programming) and Bryant McNamara (drums) and when they play live, Jacob...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-03-18)

Dustin Behm - The Beyond

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Metal guitar shredder Dustin Behm has been honing his skills since the age of 13 as lead guitarist for Portland’s instrumental progressive metal band Increate. When Portland was snowed in a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-03-14)

Mist of Flying Elbow - Substitute Songs of Heights, Vol. II

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There is nothing wrong with your CD player. I hadn't heard of this band in a long while, it seems that on Substitute Songs of Heights, Vol. II they are as over-the-top eclectic as the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-04-01)

Mist of Flying Elbow - Substitute Songs of Heights, Vol. II

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This has got to be one of the saddest and most outré releases since cavemen made music by banging two rocks together. How many of you enjoy listening to the Singing Dogs’...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-04-01)

Mist of Flying Elbow - Substitute Songs of Heights, Vol. II

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This is one that arrived out of the blue. I’d never heard of Mist of Flying Elbow before this CD came in the mail, and even after listening a dozen times or so to these eight tracks,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-04-01)

The Monochrome Set - Maisieworld

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As a companion to their recent boxed set of early material, Tapete has just released a brand new Monochrome Set album, Maisieworld. Over three decades later The Monochrome Set continues to...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-03-07)

The Monochrome Set - 1979-1985 - Complete Recordings

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The Monochrome Set is a band that I had heard the name of but never encountered their music. I believe that I first read about them through Archie Patterson’s early efforts with Paradox Music...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-03-07)

Gong Expresso - Decadence

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Expectations can be dangerous things. When I first heard Gazeuse!, it was instantly one of my favorite albums. Sure I knew it wasn’t really Gong, since that name first...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-02-16)

Kaze - Atody Man

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This is disc #2 in Satoko Fujii’s CD-of-the-month releases commemorating the year of her 60th birthday, so this one is to be released on February 23rd, which is a couple weeks from the date...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-03-26)

Peter Garland - Moon Viewing Music (Inscrutable Stillness Studies #1)

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We reviewed Garland’s Cold Blue release String Quartets (2009) and his contribution...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-02-26)

John Luther Adams - Everything That Rises

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Adams is an American classical composer, born in Mississippi, who studied music at Cal Arts in the 70s, and who spent over 35 years of his adult life living in Alaska, during which time he...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-03-26)

Martin Gordon - Thanks for All the Fish

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Martin Gordon has had a long musical career dating back to Sparks and Radio Stars in the 70s and starting his solo career in 2003. Now 15 years later he has developed into what sounds like a bitter...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-02-21)

Slivovitz - Liver

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If you thought that Slivovitz’ two previous albums Bani Ahead (2011) and All You Can Eat (2016) couldn’t be topped, well, think again. LiveR showcases this...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-03-19)

Forrest Fang - Scenes from a Ghost Train

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The thing I notice most about Forrest Fang’s music is that his sounds create a world of their own, seemingly existing within an infinite space of possible sounds, all of which are distinctly...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2018-02-14)

Forrest Fang - Scenes from a Ghost Train

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From the blackboard jungle to the waning crescent and beyond, visionary composer Forrest Fang has been honing and perfecting his craft since the early 80s, and if I’m not mistaken Scenes...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-02-14)

Satoko Fujii - Solo

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So 2018 is the year that Satoko Fujii turns 60 years old (although not until October 9th) and to celebrate, she will be releasing one album every month of the year, which will include releases by...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-02-26)

Kevin Kastning & Sándor Szabó - Ethereal I

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With their arsenal of exotic guitars, Kastning and Szabó masterfully create a mysterious world of sweeping textures, emotional shadows, colorful points of light and shimmering angular...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2018-02-19)

The Pretty Things - The Same Sun

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Fruits de Mer continues to release The Pretty Things on vinyl — label owner Keith Jones is a big fan of the band. For this first 7-inch of the new year we have four songs, two from The Pretty...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-01-20)

Sendelica - Cromlech Chronicles II

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If you have been following our coverage of Sendelica over the years, you will no doubt be familiar with their space rock / krautrock / psychedelic output. Their latest release on Fruits de Mer is a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2018-01-15)

Jaguwar - Ringthing

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Jaguwar is the Berlin trio of Lemmy Fischer, Oyèmi Noize, and Chris Krenkel, who play energetic shimmering shoe-gazer updated New Wave. So far they’ve released two EPs and played live...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-11-24)

Latest news

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Various Artists - A Propos d'Ange – In the history of French rock, two names stand out among all others in terms of leadership, originality of style, and influence over all that would follow. Magma's contribution is well known, having...  (1994) » Read more

Michael Hoppé, Martin Tillmann, Tim Wheater - Afterglow – 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 affair,...  (2000) » Read more

Various Artists - Burning Shed Sampler Two – Burning Shed is an independent U.K. label that tries its best to span many genres. The label’s second sampler puts an emphasis on chilling out as ambient is the forte with a few notable...  (2003) » Read more

Jack Dupon - Démon Hardi – An up-and-coming four-piece from the Auvergne region of France, there is nobody named Jack in the band – kind of like that other band that has nobody named Jethro. Démon Hardi is the...  (2011) » Read more

Viima - Ajatuksia Maailman Laidalta – Viima is a Finnish four-piece, with vocals (female), keys / drums, bass, and guitar / flute. This is classic “proggy prog” but with female Finnish vocals. Vocals from different linguistic...  (2007) » Read more



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