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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more

2018-02-26
Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more

2018-02-18
Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more


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Raison de Plus - Au Bout du Couloir – Although Raison De Plus has been active since the mid-80s – their first recorded work being a single contribution to the Musea compilation LP Enchantement, followed by a single release in 1988...  (1996) » Read more

Wayne Horvitz - A Walk in the Dark & Once Dance Alone – One of Seattle’s finest composers, Wayne Horvitz, has crafted a new ensemble album for his main quartet. Horvitz’ signature technique translates into imploring melodic constructs within...  (2008) » Read more

Darryl Steurmer - Go – So there I was, driving across northern New Mexico and Arizona in a car with no air conditioning. Did I mention it was June? As I was sweltering, windblown by the hot desert air and traveling at 75...  (2008) » Read more

Quicksilver Messenger Service - Reunion – Forty years after Quicksilver’s heyday, this 2006 live show recorded at The Sweetwater in Mill Valley featuring original members Gary Duncan and David Freiberg plus four more recent additions...  (2010) » Read more



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