On February 2, Cuneiform founder Steve Feigenbaum announced that the label was going on hiatus, with its future uncertain. There’s been a lot of discussion online (and no doubt in real life as well) about What It Means, so there’s no need for Exposé to chime in on that front. What we’d like to do instead is take the occasion to look back at just what Cuneiform has been since its inception, and what it has contributed to the musical landscape in terms of what we value here.
The esteemed (by whom we know not) Official Charts Company, who have appointed themselves keepers of valid chart information for music, have decided it's time for prog to have its own category with separate charts. What gaping need this is supposed to fill is an unanswered question. » Read more (Posted by Jon Davis 2015-09-03)
Hedgehog is a very deceptive band. Their music is, superficially at least, simple punk pop, good fun with a good beat and catchy melodies. But it can withstand closer examination, revealing a great amount of craft and creativity. I have been lucky enough to see them several times live, and always enjoyed the show. » Read more (Posted by Jon Davis 2015-07-01)
Austin, TX, long known as the musical capital of Texas, is normally associated in non-Texan minds with Willie Nelson and outlaw country bands. But Austin also hosts the annual South By Southwest (SXSW) musical and media extravaganza, which involved many musical styles. Most people don’t realize that Austin was the home of what was arguably the first psychedelic band, The 13th Floor Elevators. In addition, there is the annual Austin Psych Festival and Roky Ericson’s Ice Cream Social that bring bands like Acid Mothers Temple to Austin. Austin is also an incubator for progressive rock bands like House of Never, The Invincible Czars, Thirteen of Everything, and most recently Proud Peasant. » Read more (Posted by Henry Schneider 2014-09-21)
It’s only been a few quick years since Syd Arthur emerged from obscurity to claim the mantle of heirs apparent to the legacy of revered progressive outfits such as Caravan, Soft Machine, and Gong. Their debut LP, On an On, was released in 2012, and its heady mixture of psych, jazz, blues, folk, and rock, made the band an instant hit on the sprawling UK festival scene. It didn’t take long for these four young lads from Canterbury to gain the attention of festival organizers across the pond and in 2013 they picked up new fans at SXSW and Coachella. » Read more (Posted by Paul Hightower 2014-05-26)
Like Re-TROS in my last installment, this band has its roots in Nanjing. They have continually played with their name, claiming it stands for various different things at different times. They have also been listed in "official" source sometimes as P.K.14, sometimes as The P.K. 14 (The Chinese language has no articles, so this is pretty common with band names). Plain old P.K. 14 seems to be the most common, so I'll go with that.
This is one of very few Chinese bands which is available on CD in the US. Their first album, Cut Off!, was released by Tag Team Records, and they’ve toured in the US, including a spot at SXSW in 2007. Their first album lists their full name as Reestablishing the Rights of Statues – later items have called them Rebuilding the Rights of Statues. The Chinese version is 重塑雕像的权利 (chóngsù diāoxiàng de quánlì), which can be translated either way. » Read more (Posted by Jon Davis 2013-10-16)
Since 2002 I have visited Seoul many times and one of the many joys I have experienced is exploring music at Mythos and now Si-Wan Records Museum. I have found many hidden treasures and had the opportunity to meet the legendary owner, Si-Wan Seong, on a number of occasions. He is a warm and friendly man, very personable and knowledgeable. This article summarizes our conversation over some Korean barbecue one evening in early September 2011. » Read more (Posted by Henry Schneider 2013-05-07)
As an observer of the progressive rock scene, one of the nicest surprises in recent years has been the success of veteran British band Pendragon. They've always enjoyed a strong fan base and their albums have consistently sold well, though during the late 1990s I heard about them less and less until I began to think that the next news about them would be their obituary. I mean, how could a band forged in the same neo-prog fires as Marillion and Twelfth Night, and known for a sound that borrowed from 70s Genesis and Camel be able to remain relevant in a prog landscape dominated by the likes of Porcupine Tree and Dream Theater?
The answer boils down to one man: Nick Barrett. » Read more (Posted by Paul Hightower 2013-05-05)
There are no direct flights between Mumbai, India and Seattle, Washington. But that doesn't stop the international collaboration called Manooghi Hi from bridging the gap between the two cultures. The band got its start a few years ago when Mehnaz Hoosein, who had a million-selling career as a pop singer in India, connected with Ava Chakravarti in Seattle. » Read more (Posted by Jon Davis 2011-06-01)