Saturday, April 30, 2011

Friday, April 29, 2011

They did it again, those Swedes of Gösta Berlings Saga

This is NOT a review.
This is going to be a non-coherent post at first, but there is a bottom line:
Gösta Berlings Saga have released a stellar album. Again.
So save yourself the time of reading this and go get it.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Review: Agnus - Pinturas y Expresiones (1980)

Another lost treasure from Argentina. Agnus released this album, its only one and it’s a shame there wasn’t any more.

Have Some Nektar to Start Your Day...

Nektar will start a US tour in the summer and there will be a show at B.B. King's in NYC on August 17th.
Opening Acts: Brainticket , Huw Lloyd-Langton (of Hawkwind).

Friday, April 22, 2011

Recommendation: Fusioon - Minorisa (1975, Aerola)

Review: Senogul - Senogul (2007, Mylodon)

That is one keyword that describes Senogul’s s/t album.
There are other words, but I’ll let you read the review for you to discover them.

Bandcamp Discoveries: Embers

Before you go on reading any further, this is a black metal group.

Ok, that cut down the five people reading this by five fold and so to to sole person that is now reading this, here's more about the band and its music:

This Caught My Ear: Chicago Odense Ensemble

Can't sleep, but dead tired (4:30 am here), but here's something very good for you to start the day with...
Forgive me for only quoting and pasting, too tired at the moment to write anything meaningful, except that this jazzy and spacey instrumental rock (at least what I heard), is well done and addictive.

Chicago Odense Ensemble

"Rob Mazurek, Jeff Parker, Dan Bitney, Matt Lux, Brian Keigher, Jonas Munk, Jakob Skott. 

Chicago Odense Ensemble is a unique collaboration that came together in the winter of 2008 while danish musicians Jonas Munk and Jakob Skøtt stayed in Chicago. Through mutual friends a studio session was arranged for the two to improvise and lay down ideas with some of Chicagos finest improvisers, including members of Tortoise and Chicago Underground Collective."

Chicago Odense Ensemble "Soup" by Adluna Records

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Musician/Composer in the Spotlight: Annie Gosfield

Annie Gosfield is a magnificent composer and a superb manipulator of non-musical sounds into coherent musical pieces. She has an uncanny skill creating melody where one would not think it exists, using samples and industrial sounds in mixture with classical instruments. She also writes chamber and solo works.

4 New Releases from AltrOck/Fading Records

4 new releases available from May 20th 

AltrOck Productions: 

OCTOBER EQUUS "Saturnal" (Spain) (I posted a review of their previous release, Charybdis)
THE NERVE INSTITUTE "Architects of Flesh-Density" (USA) 
(I did an interview with Mike Judge, the person behind this project)

Fading Records: 

SKE "1000 Autunni" (Italia) 
ABRETE GANDUL "Enjambre Sismico" (Chile) 

6 New Cuneiform Releases

Yay, a new Gosta Berlings Saga and Cheer Accident.
And some other cool albums as well!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Review: Evangelista - Hello, Voyager (2008, Constellation)

Carla Bozulich who is behind this project is a musician I started following some time ago and have so far been positively impressed with her output in the various projects and bands she’s lead or been part of.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

New Resistor Album: The Secret Island Band Jams

Resistor, who I've mentioned previously in my top 2010 albums list, are releasing a new album called The Secret Island Band Jams.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Review: Il Tempio delle Clessidre - Il Tempio delle Clessidre (2010, Black Widow)

If this drawing alone doesn't make you want to listen to the music, then go on and read the review.

Review: Antonius Rex - Per Viam (2009, Black Widow)

Judging solely on the cover of this album I expected dark and intense instrumental keyboards dominated music. I was partly right, but wasn’t too surprised with what this cd contains.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Friday, April 8, 2011

Busy, busy, busy...

Apologies for the lack of posts, I'm swamped with work in the lab and have little time for preparing any posts (and after work, I'm just too tired to try and write something coherent and worthwhile).

I hope to resume next week, but the frequency will be much lower in the coming month.

I'll focus on finishing the reviews for the backlog of promo's I have.

I do want to thank everyone who has been reading this blog and those who commented as well.

In the meantime enjoy my most listened to album this month (it has been helping me pass the long hours and frustration of late):

Saturday, April 2, 2011

New Combat Astronomy Album - Flak Planet

Udi Koomran posted this bit of news on Progressive Ears and I'm happy to spread the word here as well about a new album available from Martin Archer's Combat Astronomy unit of brutal rock.

Review: Kalutaliksuak - Last Day of Sun (2008, RAIG)

It's gonna get dark now...