Showing posts from October, 2013

King Crimson - The Road To Red

He powered down the central hub for the weekend, locked the pod, and made his way down the long flight of stairs to the exit. By the street door and lying on the floor was a small envelope. He picked it up, turned it over to inspect it, but found no indication of its origin; indeed, there was no writing or typed text on it at all. He opened the envelope and inside was a small craft knife and a handwritten note. "For the shrinkwrap - use with utmost caution" was the sum of its content.

Curiosity roused, as usual he took the Metrobus home, which deposited him at the city transport hub at the top of his street. He then walked the short distance down the hill to the entrance to his block. Taking the opportunity to forgo the elevator he ascended the three flights of stairs at speed, the only exercise he got all day in the week, and, breathing hard he arrived at his apartment door. He passed the keycard through the lock and stepped into the hallway.

When he walked into t…

Thieves' Kitchen - One For Sorrow, Two For Joy

Why had I not heard of this fab band before reading my good friend Raffaella's review for DPRP? Who knows, but, casting my net far and wide on the endless seas of left-field music in my never ending quest for the new, I seem to have missed what is right under my nose. A case of not seeing the wood for the trees, methinks.

Right, that's enough metaphor stew to be going on with. Thieves' Kitchen are a UK/Swedish band, who because of their geographical spread are unfortunately unable to gig at the moment. I hope this changes soon, as I'd imagine that this intimate and thoroughly musical album would sound mighty fine being belted out live.

This is the band's fifth album since 2000, and in that time they have gone through several combinations of personnel, the only constant being guitarist Phil Mercy. Now down to a trio, the other two are Änglagård keyboardist Thomas Johnson, who played on the band's fourth album, 2008's The Water Road; and last but by no means …

Progstravaganza 14 is here!

Another 507 hours of free music from those industrious folks at Prog Sphere. There just ain't enough time!

Progstravaganza 14 by Prog Sphere Promotions

Prog/Comics Correlation

Me, I'm somewhere in the top left corner of A, but you lot in the middle need to visit this funky new place to get your obscure comics fix...

Borderline Press
You know it makes sense!

Read It In Books - Part One

...and magazines, and the "inkies" as they were affectionately known. Music for me is, as anyone who reads my nonsense must have worked out by now, an obsession. Even more so back in the days when that which came under the all-encompassing umbrella of "rock music" actually mattered to the teens-to-twenties generation.

This means that we of a certain age don't just listen to the music, we devour the printed word on the subject, too.

Here, I begin an occasional series of discussion, mini-review, call it what you will ("bollocks" perhaps?), of the countless thousands of words I have read on the subject of Mr Rock & Mrs Roll over the course of my many years on this planet. This will unavoidably be UK-centric, and there are obviously important books on The Noise I'm not even aware of, so feel free to make your recommendations in the Comments section at the end.

As a mid-teen I first bought what would soon become my Rock'n'Roll Bible, th…

The Lancashire Groove Machine

Just a promo for Earthling Society's fabulous Zodiak CD, which, if you like your Detroit garage rock coming at you from a Starfighter orbiting Neptune, you should buy without hesitation, HERE.

I expand further into the outer reaches of wibble in my recent DPRP review.

Meanwhile, here's a free to download killer live version of the title track...

Night Of The Living Heads by EARTHLING SOCIETY


Fromuz - Sodom and Gomorrah

I have followed the development of the logically named Uzbekistani band Fromuz with interest since buying their first album, the prog-jazz fusion workout Audio Diplomacy,back in 2005. Since then this highly skilled group of musicians have largely left the fusion stylings behind to become the electric symphonic monster that we hear today on this new album.

Sodom and Gomorrah, their fifth album,is as you might surmise from the title, a concept work based around the famous Biblical tale, in which the human race gets its just deserts. Originally written as the soundtrack for a musical production by the Youth Theatre of Uzbekistan by keyboardist and band leader Albert Khalmurzaev, this collaboration rekindles an association with the young thespians that goes back to their debut, the DVD of which was filmed on their stages.
The quiet acoustic guitar beginning to Intro heralds a rather familiar sounding guitar figure that bugged be for weeks, until, with a little help from my mate Phill (ta!),…

RyN - Eternal Drift And Summer (Deluxe Edition)

RyN is Ryan Melanson, one half of refreshingly different Floridian space rock duo BSI, whose fun ride through innerspace, Clevarity, was reviewed by moi on DPRP fairly recently.

When left to his own devices Ryan takes us on a near two-hour long trip through the cosmos, that is unhurried, charming, and just the right thing to get that 5-day-week monkey off your back, in the company of a smoke, or bottle of wine, or possibly both, who knows?

Mostly improvised, the approach is expanded on by Ryan as he explains The Garden of Up (featuring Rick Horton and Scott Fitzgerald) on his Facebook page:

"Introspective piece of music.... With found Shortwave radio bits mixed in that happened to be playing at the time I hit RECORD.... amazing how these bits ended up in key of the song, and rhythmically correct.."

Eternal Drift and Summer (Deluxe Edition) by RyN

The short notes by Ryan that go with each track under the "Info" link are useful insights into the creative process,…

The Cream People - West Midland Wibbly-Wobbly

This is not a review, but a quick promo for a band recently discovered via my good mate Pete and his fab psych/prog Facebook group, Nice Enough To Eat. Hailing from the less than cosmic West Midlands, Kez (Guitar synth, percussion programming) & Lol (bass, effects) take us on three long trips into deepest Black Country on a mission to find the cow in Bovril...or summat.

Days of Benny Spencer by The Cream People

Polar Sexus by The Cream People

Extra Sensory Perplexion by The Cream People

All for a mere £0.75 each, too. Marvellous!

And...o blimey...if you click on "More Releases" you might have to book a weekend off!

Ligeia Mare - Songs We Never Thought Of

Rule one of Ligeia Mare; you don't talk about Ligeia Mare. At least that's what Dave Willey tells us: "To me this band is a freak of nature. We make it a point to not discuss the music". This is spontaneous improvised music that the musicians do not want to analyse, presumably fearing a loss of the spark that led to this strangely compelling body of work. The task of dissecting, disseminating, and generally wibbling therefore falls to the likes of yours truly.

Ligeia Mare is archly named after the second largest liquid hydrocarbon lake on Titan, Saturn's largest moon, a titular nod and a wink that makes me smile in a knowing fashion. I'd imagine "Kraken Mare" is an altogether heavier beast, possibly lurking somewhere in the imagination of one or more of this merrie troupe. That may well be a hint!

Songs We Never Thought Of is an assembled distillation of various "performances/events", recorded as far back as July 2010. It is also the sec…