Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Kills - Blood Pressures (2011)

Blood Pressures is the fourth studio album by indie rock band The Kills. Kills's fourth album as "another mostly successful attempt to wrench effective material from a barebones method of hollow attitude and instrumental minimalism". Masters of "a high-wire act" involving "a small bag of tricks shaken up a little differently each time", the Kills "write songs that are invariably concave structures, spacious echo chambers for lurching, fuzzed-out guitar and softly staccato talk-singing", keeping "drawing blood from this stone, readjusting and tweaking their formula", the reviewer expands. - Wikipedia

Alison Mosshart - Vocals, Guitar
Jamie Hince - Guitar, Vocals, Mellotron, Drums, Percussion
Bill Skibbe - Engineer
Jessica Ruffins - Engineer

1. Future Starts Slow (4:05)
2. Satellite (4:14)
3. Heart Is a Beating Drum (4:20)
4. Nail in My Coffin (3:32)
5. Wild Charms (1:14)
6. DNA (4:32)
7. Baby Says (4:28)
8. The Last Goodbye (3:41)
9. Damned If She Do (3:52)
10. You Don't Own the Road (3:22)
11. Pots and Pans (4:35)

Deadboy and the Elephantmen - If This Is Hell, Then I'm Lucky (2002)

If This Is Hell, Then I'm Lucky is the debut album by Deadboy & the Elephantmen, fronted by Dax Riggs, formerly of Acid Bath and Agents of Oblivion. The album was re-released on February 5, 2008 under Dax Riggs' name only, and again in 2010 by Rotten Records, using the bands proper title. - Wikipedia

Dax Riggs - Vocals, Guitar
Jason Dupre - Guitar
Christopher Goat - Bass Guitar
Jeff LeCompte - Drums, Percussion

1. Strange Television (6:14) 
2. Waking Up Insane (4:30) 
3. "Song with No Name (4:03) 
4. Graves Beyond Windows (3:51) 
5. Otherworldly Dreamer (7:50) 
6. Like the Dead Would Laugh (5:07) 
7. High Monster (4:42) 
8. Heart of Green (8:16) 
9. Barefoot in the Dark (4:20) 
10. Theme Song (7:53)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Ozric Tentacles - Jurassic Shift (1993)

Jurassic Shift is a studio album by British band Ozric Tentacles. It was first released in 1993 on the band's own label on Dovetail Records. In 1998 a re-release came from Snapper Music, with one additional track. The album was released yet again in 2004, this time paired with Erpland in Snapper Music's Recall 2CD series. - Wikipedia

Ed Wynne - Guitars, Koto, Keyboards
Joie Hinton - Keyboards, Samples, Atmospheres
Mervin Pepler - Drums, Ethnic Percussion, Babble
John Egan - Flutes, Babble
Roly Wynne - Bass
Zia Geelani - Bass
Marcus Carcus - Ethnic Percussion
Generator John - Tambourine

1. Sunhair (5:43)
2. Stretchy (6:51)
3. Feng Shui (10:24)
4. Half Light in Thillai (5:35)
5. Jurassic Shift (11:05)
6. Pteranodon (5:40)
7. Train Oasis (2:45)
8. Vita Voom (4:48)
9. Feng Shui (Live) 10:55

Amplifier - The Octopus (2011)

The Octopus is the third studio album of the Manchester progressive rock band Amplifier. The format of the album is double CD. It was released to fans online in December 2010 and was commercially released in January 2011. The album can be listened online at a mini-site set up by the band for just such a purpose. - Wikipedia

Sel Balamir – Guitar, Vocals
Neil Mahony – Bass
Matt Brobin – Drums 
Charlie Barnes - Piano 
Mike Vennart - Guest Vocals 

1. The Runner (3:38)
2. Minion's Song (5:51)
3. Interglacial Spell (6:25)
4. The Wave (6:00)
5. The Octopus (9:17)
6. Planet of Insects (5:48)
7. White Horses At Sea / Utopian Daydream (8:55)
8. Trading Dark Matter on the Stock Exchange (11:33)
9. The Sick Rose (8:58)
10. Interstellar (10:18)
11. The Emperor (6:40)
12. Golden Ratio (5:15)
13. Fall of the Empire (8:29)
14. Bloodtest (5:18)
15. Oscar Night / Embryo (7:44)
16. Forever and More (9:23)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Centipede - Septober Energy (1971)

Septober Energy is the only album of the jazz / progressive rock big band Centipede. Produced by Robert Fripp, it was originally released 1971 in the UK. The album is a four part suite consisting of four tracks of about 20 minutes each. Septober Energy - Part 4 is based on the instrumental track Green and Orange Night Park that was part of The Keith Tippett Group's 1970 album Dedicated To You, But You Weren't Listening. Another version, titled Septober Energy and including vocals, can be found on the album Bristol concert by Mujician and The Gregorian Ensemble, recorded 1991.- Wikipedia

Violins: Wendy Treacher, John Trussler, Roddy Skeping, Wilf Gibson, Carol Slater, Louise Jopling, Garth Morton, Channa Salononson, Steve Rowlandson, Mica Gomberti, Colin Kitching, Philip Saudek, Esther Burgi
Cellos: Michael Hurwitz, Timothy Kramer, Suki Towb, John Rees-Jones, Katherine Thulborn, Catherine Finnis
Trumpets: Peter Parkes, Mick Collins, Ian Carr, Mongezi Feza, Mark Charing
Altos: Elton Dean, Jan Steel, Ian McDonald, Dudu Pukwana
Tenors: Larry Stabbins, Gary Windo, Brian Smith, Alan Skidmore
Baritones: Dave White, Karl Jenkins, John Williams
Trombones: Nick Evans, Dave Amis, Dave Perrottet, Paul Rutherford
Drums: John Marshall, Tony Fennell, Robert Wyatt
Vocalists: Maggie Nicole, Julie Tippetts, Mike Patto, Zoot Money, Boz Burrell
Basses: Roy Babbington, Jill Lyons, Harry Miller, Jeff Clyne, Dave Markee, Brian Belshaw 
Guitars: Brian Godding
Piano: Keith Tippett

1. Septober Energy (Part I) 21:43
2. Septober Energy (Part II) 23:34
3. Septober Energy (Part III) 21:21
4. Septober Energy (Part IV) 18:45

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Blood Ceremony - Living with the Ancient (2011)

Blood Ceremony, an infernal marriage of Sabbath riffing and the manic piping of Jethro Tull, play a distinctive style of flute-tinged witch rock. After a mind-numbing study of hundreds of trashy witchcraft films, the group began to pour their energies into crafting songs, transforming their fascination for horror into a profane musical vision. Their sound bears witness to the heavy bands of yesteryear, fusing progressive rock elements with folk and an early '70s downer vibe. Invoking the mischievous Pipes of Pan, Blood Ceremony songs are distinguished by singer Alia O'Brien's energetic flute solos - accenting an instrument long-associated with a list of devilish figures.

Alia O'Brien - Vocals, Flute, Organ
Sean Kennedy - Guitars
Lucas Gadke - Bass, Background Vocals
Andrew Haust - Drums, Percussion 

1. The Great God Pan (7:31)
2. Coven Tree (4:48)  
3. The Hermit (2:35)
4. My Demon Brother (4:48) 
5. Morning of the Magicians (6:58)
6. Oliver Haddo (2:12)    
7. Night of Augury (6:08) 
8. The Witchs Dance (0:41) 
9. Daughter of the Sun (10:11)

The Black Noodle Project - Ready to Go (2010)

"Ready to Go" is The Black Noodle Project's fourth studio album. After having travelled in some cold and heavy lands with their great third album "Eleonore", the French prog band is now coming back with an eclectic, moving and magnificent progressive rock album. All the songs of this 65 minutes long album are painted with beautiful melodies and deep emotions, and the band has never been so touching and exciting. The Pink Floyd early influences are still there : slow and melancolic melodies, light voice... but these influences are completely digested, as the band has developed a strong identity and a sound which is recognizable from the first chord to the last. Moving from mid tempo beautiful songs to heavy walls of emotions, The Black Noodle Project has recorded an album that has got everything needed to become a prog rock classical one. - Progarchives

Jeremie Grima - Guitar, Vocals
Anthony Leteve - Bass Guitar
Sebastien Bourdeix - Guitar, 
Fabrice Berger - Drums
Matthieu Jaubert - Keyboards, Vocals
1. Ready to Go (4:10)
2. We've Let You Go (4:57)
3. The One (5:38)
4. The World We Live in (6:29)
5. Rishikesh / Liverpool / Rishikesh (6:42)
6. Coming Up for Air (4:28)
7. Asymmetrical Vision (2:39)
8. From Out of Nowhere (4:22)
9. I'll Be Gone (5:20)
10. Ready to Go (Part II) (15:30)
11. Farewell (5:05)

Diagonal - Diagonal (2008)

Diagonal surprisingly appears on the stage in 2008 like an insider's tip. This Brighton/UK-based band is consisting of seven musicians in the mid twenties who obviously have the preference on 1970s prog music. Accompanied by a 7'' production the eponymous debut album was released by the Rise Above Records label. The songs are full of references to wellknown prog dinosaurs but not getting dusty though. Based on a rich instrumentation and a sophisticated songwriting Diagonal is blending nearly all styles the genre has to offer. Far away from any mainstream this band is recommend to prog gourmets.

David Wileman - Guitars, Percussion, Synth, Vocals
Nicholas Whittaker - Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Synth, Percussion, Vocals
Alex Crispin - Pianos, Organ, Lead Vocals, Synths, Percussion
Daniel Pomlett - Electric Bass, Guitars, Percussion, Vocal
Nicholas Richards - Guitars, Ebow, Synths, Percussion, Vocals
Ross Hossack - Synths, Percussion, Vocals
Luke Foster - Drums, Synths, Vocals 

1. Semi Permeable Men-Brain (10:54)
2. Child Of The Thunder-Cloud (8:49)
3. Deathwatch (7:18)
4. Cannon Misfire (5:32)
5. Pact (14:00)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Aeon Spoke - Aeon Spoke (2007)

Æon Spoke is the second studio album by American band Æon Spoke, led by Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert.Aeon Spoke is a side project of bandmates Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert of the legendary technical/progressive metal band Cynic, but Aeon Spoke can hardly be called a side project but rather a transformation of music styles by talented and capable musicians. Masvidal and Reinert, who have been playing together since their pre-teen years, found their way into the music business by means of the Florida death metal boom of the 80's and 90's. At this time both were playing pure forms of death/heavy metal but since their styles have obviously and significant progressed. Nearly 20 years later the aspirations of two have arrived at worlds away indie and dare I say emo scene. Aeon spoke is meant to be serious, touching, and artistic. Delivering beautiful music in a simple and inviting package is the goal of Aeon Spoke.
Paul Masvidal – Vocals, Guitar 
Sean Reinert – Drums, Percussion, Keyboards, Backing Vocals 
Evo – Guitar 
Stephen Gambina – Bass

1. Cavalry of Woe (4:14)
2. No Answers (3:37)
3. Sand and Foam (3:19)
4. Nothing (5:22)
5. The Fisher Tale (5:24)
6. Emmanuel (4:31)
7. Grace (4:58)
8. Pablo (At the Park) (5:10)
9. Yellowman (3:45)
10. Silence (4:41)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Opeth - Heritage (2011)

Heritage is the upcoming tenth studio album by Swedish progressive metal band Opeth, scheduled for release on 14 September 2011 by Roadrunner Records. It will be the band's tenth studio album and first since Watershed in 2008, marking the longest gap between studio albums in their history. Heritage will signal a departure for Opeth from the musical style of their past albums. Originally, the first two songs Mikael Akerfeldt wrote for the album were in the style of Watershed, but he scrapped them soon after. After writing "The Lines in My Hands" and speaking with Martin Mendez, Åkerfeldt decided to write the rest of the album in that style.Heritage will feature no death growls, which have been present on every Opeth album except Damnation. The album's title track is influenced by Jan Johansson and Swedish folk music. - Wikipedia
Mikael Akerfeldt – Vocals, Guitar, Mellotron, Piano
Fredrik Akesson – Guitar 
Per Wiberg – Keyboards, Piano, Mellotron 
Martin Mendez – Bass Guitar 
Martin Axenrot – Drums

1. Heritage (2:05)
2. The Devil's Orchard (6:40)
3. I Feel the Dark (6:40)
4. Slither (4:03)
5. Nepenthe (5:40)
6. Haxprocess (6:57)
7. Famine (8:32)
8. The Lines in My Hand (3:49)
9. Folklore (8:19)
10. Marrow of the Earth (4:19)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers (2006)

Broken Boy Soldiers is the debut album of The Raconteurs, released on May 15, 2006 in the United Kingdom and May 16, 2006 in the United States. The album was generally favored among critics and spawned the #1 hit single "Steady, As She Goes". The album earned a nomination for Best Rock Album at the 49th Grammy Awards. The songs were written by Brendan Benson and Jack White. "Steady, As She Goes" was the first song the pair worked on, followed by "Broken Boy Soldier". After the completion of these two songs and their demos, they called in Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler to work on the songs. In an interview with Uncut magazine White said that "Store Bought Bones" originated from an outtake of The White Stripes album, Get Behind Me Satan. In the same interview, Benson also said that "Call It a Day" and "Together" were both songs he was working on for his next solo album. Benson said in an interview with Mojo magazine that the album feels like a demo because of how the band plays the songs live now. "Hands" features an outro heavily influenced by AC/DC's "Back in Black", "Call It a Day" has been sped up (found on the Zane Lowe EP), "Store Bought Bones" has been merged with B-side "The Bane Rendition", and many other changes. - Wikipedia

Jack White – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards,
Brendan Benson – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Jack Lawrence – Bass Guitar 
Patrick Keeler – Drums

1. Steady, As She Goes (3:38)
2. Hands (4:05)
3. Broken Boy Soldier (3:05)
4. Intimate Secretary (3:33)
5. Together (4:02)
6. Level (2:20)
7. Store Bought Bones (2:27)
8. Yellow Sun (3:25)
9. Call It a Day (3:38)
10. Blue Veins (4:04)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Rosetta - The Galilean Satellites (2005)

The Galilean Satellites is the first studio album by American post-metal band Rosetta, released in 2005 on Translation Loss Records. Disc one is in a heavy metal style while disc two is ambient noise. The liner notes contain no lyrics; only the phrase "These songs are about a space man", indicative of the band's fascination with astronomy. The lyrics themselves also seem to be (on one level) about space travel, and make many references to Europa, one of the Galilean moons. The band themselves have stated that the songs tell a story about a man who becomes dissatisfied with the world around him and leaves to find a place of solitude (Europa). However, upon reaching it, he realizes that he left behind things that were meaningful to him. The track names on disc two all are names of different stars: Deneb, Capella, Beta Aquilae, Ross 128, and Sol (the Latin name for our own sun).- Wikipedia

Michael Armine – Sound Manipulation, Vocals 
David Grossman – Bass Guitar 
Bruce McMurtrie Jr. – Drums 
J. Matthew Weed – Electric Guitar, Violin
Aaron Turner – Artwork

1. Départe (8:13)
2. Europa (10:25)
3. Absent (9:45)
4. Itinérant (16:14)
5. Au Pays Natal (13:32)
6. Deneb (8:13)
7. Capella (10:25)
8. Beta Aquilae (9:45)
9. Ross 128 (16:14)
10. Sol (15:28)

Aereogramme - My Heart Has a Wish That You Would Not Go (2007)

My Heart Has a Wish That You Would Not Go is the fourth and final studio album by Scottish band Aereogramme. It was released on 5 February 2007 in the UK and Europe by Chemikal Underground, and on 6 February 2007 in North America by Sonic Unyon. The album was preceded by the single "Barriers" on 29 January 2007, which was released on 7" vinyl with the exclusive B-side "Dissolve". Vocalist Craig B. revealed that the delay between My Heart Has a Wish and the band's previous release, 2004's Seclusion, was partly due to losing his singing voice for six months. Referring to the album's vocals, Craig B. stated in a 2010 interview with The Skinny that, "By the time we got to My Heart Has a Wish, I just didn't feel like screaming anymore. I think I wasn't as angry by then and it would have felt slightly dishonest to continue trying to have screaming songs just for the sake of it. I mean, when I unfortunately stumble upon a Linkin Park song on the radio I can't help but think that guy sounds like a dick. What's he angry about now? Slayer at least still sound genuinely pissed off." - Wikipedia

Craig B. – Vocals, Guitar 
Iain Cook – Guitar
Campbell Martin – Bass
Martin Scott – Drums, Percussion

1. Conscious Life for Coma Boy (4:31)
2. Barriers (4:56)
3. Exits (4:16)
4. A Life Worth Living (5:59)
5. Finding a Light (3:46)
6. Living Backwards (6:54)
7. Trenches (4:09)
8. Nightmares (4:06)
9. The Running Man (3:33)
10. You're Always Welcome (5:08)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Queensryche - Take Cover (2007)

Take Cover is a cover album by Seattle-based progressive metal band Queensrÿche, released on November 13, 2007. Its release was announced by the band on August 28, 2007. After its first week of release the album entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at No. 173, with sales of 5,500 copies. Their cover of Pink Floyd's "Welcome to the Machine" served as a single. The idea to release an album of cover songs came from a game of "name the riff" guitarists Michael Wilton and Mike Stone would play during sound checks. The band members agreed to each choose two songs to record for the album. - Wikipedia
Geoff Tate - Vocals 
Michael Wilton - Guitar 
Mike Stone - Guitar 
Eddie Jackson - Bass 
Scott Rockenfield - Drums
1. Welcome to the Machine (Pink Floyd) - 4:54
2. Heaven on Their Minds (Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice) (4:54)
3. Almost Cut My Hair (Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young) - (4:18)
4. For What It's Worth  (Buffalo Springfield) (2:53)
5. For the Love of Money (The O'Jays) (4:58)
6. Innuendo (Queen) (6:11)
7. Neon Knights (Black Sabbath) (3:41)
8. Synchronicity II (The Police) (4:55)
9. Red Rain (Peter Gabriel) (4:39)
10. Odissea (Carlo Marrale & Cheope) (3:51)
11. Bullet the Blue Sky (Live) (U2) (10:26)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Indukti - S.U.S.A.R. (2004)

S.U.S.A.R. is the first full-length album by the band Indukti. The album was originally released by OFF MusicThe Laser's Edge on September 6, 2005. The title abbreviation comes from medicine and means on September 20, 2004, and was re-released by Suspected Unexpected Serious Adverse Reaction. The album is partly inspired by the film Metropolis by Fritz Lang. - Wikipedia

Mariusz Duda – Vocals
Maciej Jaskiewicz – Guitar 
Ewa Jabłońska – Violin 
Wawrzyniec Dramowicz – Drums 
Maciej Adamczyk – Bass 
Piotr Kocimski – Guitar, Saz, Didgeridoo 
Anna Faber – Harp

1. Freder (7:30)
2. Cold Inside... I (4:06)
3. No. 11812 (8:00)
4. Shade (4:29)
5. Uluru (6:34)
6. No. 11811 and Weak II (9:37)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Can - Soundtracks (1970)

Soundtracks is a soundtrack album by the Krautrock group Can. It was first released in 1970 and consists of tracks written for various films. The album marks the departure of the band's original vocalist Malcolm Mooney, who sings on two tracks, to be replaced by new member Damo Suzuki. Stylistically, the record also documents the transition from the psychedelia-inspired jams of their first recordings (i.e., Monster Movie and Delay 1968) to the more meditative, electronic, and experimental mode of the studio albums that followed (such as Tago Mago and Ege Bamyasi). "She Brings the Rain", originally appearing in the 1969 film Bottom - Ein großer, graublauer Vogel by Thomas Schamoni (brother to directors Ulrich Schamoni and Peter Schamoni), was later featured in Wim Wenders' 1994 film Lisbon Story, the 2000 Oskar Roehler film Die Unberührbare and Tran Anh Hung's film Norwegian Wood, released in 2010. - Wikipedia
Holger Czukay – Bass, Double Bass 
Michael Karoli – Guitar, Violin 
Jaki Liebezeit – Drums, Percussion, Flute 
Malcolm Mooney – Vocals
Irmin Schmidt – Keyboards, Synthesizers 
Damo Suzuki – Vocals 

1. Deadlock (3:27)
2. Tango Whiskyman (4:04)
3. Deadlock (Titelmusik) (1:40)
4. Don't Turn the Light On, Leave Me Alone (3:42)
5. Soul Desert (3:48)
6. Mother Sky (14:31)
7. She Brings the Rain (4:04)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Riverside - Memories in My Head (2011)

Memories in My Head is an EP by the band Riverside set to be released by Progteam in Poland and Glassville Records in the rest of Europe on June 20th, 2011. In North America the EP will be released on June 28th, 2011 by Laser's Edge. Prior to its worldwide release, the EP is being sold exclusively at live shows being part of the band's 10th Anniversary Tour. The artwork was done by Travis Smith. Since April 16th an edited version of the third track, "Forgotten Land", is available as a preview on Soundcloud. "Forgotten Land" will also appear as a track on the 2011 video game "The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings". - Wikipedia

Mariusz Duda - Vocals, Bass, Acoustic Guitar
Piotr Grudzinski - Guitars
Piotr Kozieradzki - Drums
Michal Lapaj - Keyboard, Hammond, Theremin

1. Goodbye Sweet Innocence (10:40)
2. Living in the Past (11:59)
3. Forgotten Land (09:57)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Eloy - Visionary (2009)

Visionary is a studio album by German Progressive Rock band Eloy, released on 18 November 2009 through Artist Station Records. A decade after "Ocean 2: The Answer", Eloy graces us with new music. With the arrival of "Visionary", Frank Bornemann and crew once again bring some of their unmistakable sounds to the progressive rock legions on the 40th anniversary of the band. Bornemann has brought back members from classic Eloy line-ups of the past. It’s all very 'Eloy' sounding, as the band seem to be trying to channel their classic period on albums. The Pink Floyd-ish space rock elements are here, complete with lots of keyboard noodling, tasty guitar work, and Bornemann's trademark vocal style.
Frank Bornemann - Lead Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Klaus-Peter Matziol - Bass
Michael Gerlach - Keyboards
Bodo Schopf - Drums, Percussion
Hannes Folberth - Additional Keyboard 

1. The Refuge (4:54)
2. The Secret (7:45)
3. Age of Insanity (7:56)
4. The Challenge (Time to Turn II) (6:44)
5. Summernight Symphony (4:22)
6. Mystery (The Secret II) (9:00)
7. Thoughts (1:22)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins - A Scarcity of Miracles (2011)

A Scarcity of Miracles is an album by Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins, released under the subtitle of "A King Crimson ProjeKct".
Robert Fripp – Guitars, Soundscapes 
Mel Collins –  Saxophones, Flute 
Jakko Jakszyk – Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards 
Tony Levin – Bass, Chapman Stick 
Gavin Harrison – Drums, Percussion

1. A Scarcity of Miracles (7:27)
2. The Price We Pay (4:49)
3. Secrets (7:48)
4. This House (8:37)
5. The Other Man (5:59)
6. The Light of Day (9:02)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely (2008)

Consolers of the Lonely is the second album of The Raconteurs. It was released on March 25, 2008 on Warner Bros. Records in most parts of the world, and a day earlier on XL Recordings in the UK. The band premiered "Five on the Five" during their last tour. Consolers of the Lonely consists of recordings undertaken after The White Stripes' Icky Thump tour, which means the sessions that the band did in May 2007 before the Icky Thump tour weren't used. The title of the record comes from the inscription in the side of a Washington, D.C. post office written by Charles William Eliot, which reads in full: "Messenger of sympathy and love, servant of parted friends, consoler of the lonely, bond of the scattered family, enlarger of the common life." - Wikipedia

Patrick Keeler – Drums, Percussion 
Brendan Benson – Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards 
Jack White III – Vocals, Guitar, Stylophone, Keyboards 
Jack L.J. Lawrence – Bass, Banjo, Backing Vocals

1. Consoler of the Lonely (3:26)
2. Salute Your Solution (3:00)
3. You Don't Understand Me (4:53)
4. Old Enough (3:58)
5. The Switch and the Spur (4:24)
6. Hold Up (3:27)
7. Top Yourself (4:26)
8. Many Shades of Black (4:25)
9. Five on the Five (3:33)
10. Attention (3:40)
11. Pull This Blanket Off (1:59)
12. Rich Kid Blues (4:34)
13. These Stones Will Shout (3:54)
14. Carolina Drama (5:55)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Cult of Luna - Somewhere Along the Highway (2006)

Somewhere Along the Highway is the fourth full-length album by Swedish post-metal band Cult of Luna, released on April 24, 2006, on Earache Records. A concept album, it revolves around the motif of male loneliness. It was warmly received by critics and accordingly claimed several awards. Cult of Luna albums tend to focus on a theme; guitarist Erik Olofsson states in an interview that this release focuses on "Male loneliness – I was very inspired by a book by J.M. Coetzee [Life & Times of Michael K] about a man in South Africa with a hare lip. [The character] escapes from everything and lives off the earth eating only pumpkins. Johannes [Persson] had similar ideas for the lyrics about loneliness, it all has a kind of countryside vibe to it." - Wikipedia
Thomas Hedlund – Drums, Percussion 
Andreas Johansson – Bass 
Fredrik Kihlberg – Guitar, Vocals 
Magnus Lindberg – Drums
Erik Olofsson – Guitar
Johannes Persson – Guitar, Vocals, Lyrics 
Klas Rydberg – Vocals
Anders Teglund – Keyboards, Electronics

1. Marching to the Heartbeats (3:13)
2. Finland (10:46)
3. Back to Chapel Town (7:09)
4. And With Her Came the Birds (5:58)
5. Thirtyfour (10:00)
6. Dim (11:46)
7. Dark City, Dead Man (15:49)  

David Bowie - Station to Station (1976)

Station to Station is the tenth studio album by English musician David Bowie, released by RCA Records in 1976. Commonly regarded as one of his most significant works, Station to Station is also notable as the vehicle for Bowie's last great 'character', The Thin White Duke. The album was recorded after he completed shooting Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth, and the cover featured a still from the movie. During the sessions Bowie was heavily dependent on drugs, especially cocaine, and recalls almost nothing of the production. Musically, Station to Station was a transitional album for Bowie, developing the funk and soul music of his previous release, Young Americans, while presenting a new direction towards synthesisers and motorik rhythms that was influenced by German electronic bands such as Kraftwerk and Neu!. This trend would culminate in some of his most acclaimed work, the so-called Berlin Trilogy, recorded with Brian Eno in 1977–79. Bowie himself has said that Station to Station was "a plea to come back to Europe for me". Nietzsche, Aleister Crowley, mythology and religion. With its blend of funk and Krautrock, romantic balladry and occultism, The album’s lyrics, meanwhile, reflected his preoccupations with Station to Station has been described as "simultaneously one of Bowie's most accessible albums and his most impenetrable". - Wikipedia   

David Bowie – Vocals, Guitar, Saxophone, Moog Synthesiser, Mellotron 
Carlos Alomar – Guitar 
Roy Bittan – Piano 
Dennis Davis – Drums 
George Murray – Bass 
Warren Peace – Backing Vocals 
Earl Slick – Guitar

1. Station to Station (10:14)
2. Golden Years (4:00)
3. Word on a Wing (6:03)
4. TVC 15 (5:33)
5. Stay (6:15)
6. Wild Is the Wind (6:02)

Neurosis - Sovereign (2000)

Sovereign is an EP by the Oakland, California band Neurosis. As with the previous album, Times of Grace (and each Neurosis album since) it was recorded by Steve Albini at Electric Audio in Chicago, Illinois. The CD contains a mixed-media CD-Rom portion featuring visuals and music reminiscent of their live shows and their work under the Tribes of Neurot moniker. - Wikipedia

Steve Von Till - Guitar, Vocals
Scott Kelly - Guitar, Vocals
Dave Edwardson - Bass, Vocals
Noah Landis - Keyboards, Vocals
Jason Roeder - Drums

1. Prayer (7:24)
2. An Offering (7:50)
3. Flood (4:08)
4. Sovereign (13:15)

Pelican - City of Echoes (2007)

City of Echoes is the third full-length album by American post-metal band Pelican, released in June 2007 on Hydra Head Records. The album's thematic center is one of globalization; critics received this intention with varying degrees of enthusiasm. City of Echoes was leaked onto the Internet in early 2007. Five color variations were released for the album's vinyl format. This includes black, silver, translucent blue, clear and black "splatter," and light pink and black "splatter" record designs. The title sort of refers to the feeling you get that, although you go to a lot of different places, one of the effects of globalisation is that you see so many similarities from city to city." - Wikipedia

Trevor de Brauw – Guitar 
Bryan Herweg – Bass 
Larry Herweg – Drums 
Laurent Schroeder-Lebec – Guitar

1.Bliss in Concrete (5:30)
2. City of Echoes (7:06)
3. Spaceship Broken - Parts Needed (6:04)
4. Winds With Hands (3:57)
5. Dead Between the Walls (5:06)
6. Lost in the Headlights (4:10)
7. Far from Fields (5:18)
8. A Delicate Sense of Balance (5:24)

Old Man Gloom - Seminar III: Zozobra (2001)

Seminar III: Zozobra is an album by Old Man Gloom, released in 2001 by Hydra Head Records imprint Tortuga Recordings. It's made by New Mexico metal quintet Old Man Gloom, who just happen to be fronted by ISIS mastermind Aaron Turner. All of its facets point to it being a truly great sludge/post-metal record: the massive, drop-tuned power chords, the raw, unrelenting hardcore shouts, and the eerie vocal and sound samples all give this the air of something created by someone who really knows what they're doing.
Caleb Scofield – Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals 
Santos Montano – Drums
Luke Scarola – Effects, Electronics 
Nate Newton – Guitar, Backing Vocals 
Aaron Turner – Guitar, Vocals

1. Zozobra (27:10)

Minsk - The Ritual Fires of Abandonment (2007)

The Ritual Fires of Abandonment is the second full-length album by Chicago-based post-metal band Minsk. It was released in February 2007 as the band's debut on Relapse Records. Bruce Lamont, of Chicago-based band Yakuza, performed all the saxophone parts as guest musician. The lyrics are inspired by the works of Lebanese-American philosopher Kahlil Gibran; in fact he is credited as an author of the lyrics in the CD booklet. Musically this album doesn't detach itself too much from its predecessor, being dark, heavy and intricate, but the psychedelic side of the music is more elaborated and complex here, giving it a more "spiritual" vibe. Upon the album's release, bassist and producer Sanford Parker had this to say: "OK, finally the Minsk album titled The Ritual Fires of Abandonment is done, due out on Relapse Records Feb. 20th 2007, and its 59 minutes and 06 seconds long. Can you say psychedelic?......we can." - Wikipedia

Christopher Bennett – Guitar, Vocals 
Timothy Mead – Synthesizer 
Sanford Parker – Bass Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards,
Tony Wyioming – Drums 
Bruce Lamont – Saxophone

1. Embers (13:49)
2. White Wings (5:34)
3. Mescaline Sunrise (4:43)
4. The Orphans of Piety (14:41)
5. Circle of Ashes (4:37)
6. Ceremony Ek Stasis (15:39)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

KonstruKt - Dolunay (2011)

Saxophonist Peter Brötzmann becomes the perfect component for konstruKt on this record. His daring and resourceful approach fits in well and adds to the shape and trajectory of the music. The band forges several manifestations through lengthy interpolations. A fine sense of balance imbues the music with composition, playing as vital a role as freedom. It is a feast for the mind and the ears when Brötzmann and Futaci engage in conversation. The chemistry between them is just right and while Futaci can be more ingrained into the composition as he is on "Dolunay" for one, Brötzmann is in his comfort zone of polyrhythmic spirals. "Makinali" has a more limber body. Melody is rife and attractive, but Çağlar finds his muse in feeding loose strains before he takes it all to a higher plateau with a welter of rock notes that singe and sing in marvellous refrain. The whole is now marked by incursions from Argüden's davul and Usta's percussion as the saxophonists mark their own territory. It all casts a spell. The quartet finds a comfortable nook in both conglomerations, showing its artistic compatibility. The outpouring, whether it is in abstractions of form or in the tenets of composition, has a soul which makes it absolutely fascinating.

Korhan Arguden - Drums
Ozun Usta - Percussion
Umut Caglar - Guitar
Korhan Futaci - Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Peter Brotzmann - Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet

1. Dolunay ( 10:22)
2. Siyah (10:53)
3. Kurtlar (10:10)
4. Makinali (13:14)
5. Tepe (3:24)
6. Nokta (9:10)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Kujo - Kujo (2007)

This is another product of Korhan Futaci's creative mind, who gave us projects, such as DandadaDan, Tamburada, KonstruKt, and Korhan Futaci & Kara Orkestra. Expect something you have not experienced before along the lines of magic.

1. Dance Killer (5:17)
2. Manyetik Sis (2:57)
3. White Rabbit (2:39)
4. Darp I (2:52)

Korhan Futaci - Saxophone
Burak Gurpinar - Drums 
Selim Saracoglu - Bass
Görkem Karabudak - Keyboards

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Dear Hunter - The Color Spectrum (2011)

The Color Spectrum is the cumulative title of a project by The Dear Hunter, consisting of a series of nine EPs, which each reflect an individual color of the color spectrum (namely Black, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet and White). This project was envisioned by frontman Casey Crescenzo as a way to interpret the colors of the spectrum via music, and is in no way related to the Act I-VI storyline. - Wikipedia

Casey Crescenzo – Vocals, Piano, Guitar,
Nick Crescenzo – Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Maxwell Tousseau – Guitar, Vocals

1. Filth and Squalor (Black) (4:01)
2. Deny it All (Red) (3:34)
3. But There’s Wolves? (Orange) (4:04)
4. She's Always Singing (Yellow) (2:40)
5. Things That Hide Away (Green) (3:24)
6. The Canopy (Green) (3:52)
7. Trapdoor (Blue) (3:54)
8. What Time Taught Us (Indigo) (4:07)
9. Lillian (Violet) (4:07)
10. Home (White) (3:55)
11. Fall and Flee (White) (4:07)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Green Carnation - Acoustic Verses (2006)

Norwegian metal band Green Carnation take a decidedly less-traveled road with their all-acoustic release Acoustic Verses, which features similar blistering riffs and awesome guitar shredding to their previous albums, "The Quiet Offspring" and "Light of Day, Day of Darkness" - only much, much quieter. A particular highlight is the three-part opus, 9-24-045, which blends intricately woven melodies and technical brilliance in a magical musical tapestry.

Kjetil Nordhus – Vocals
Terje Vik Schei (a.k.a. Tchort) – Guitars
Michael Krumins – Guitars
Stein Roger Sordal – Guitars
Anders Kobro – Drums

1. Sweet Leaf (4:38
2. The Burden Is Mine... Alone (3:15)
3. Maybe? (5:02)
4. Alone (3:43)
5. 9-29-045 (15:29)
6. Childsplay Part III (3:32)
7. High Tide Waves (7:49)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Fish - Songs from the Mirror (1993)

Songs from the Mirror (1993) is the third solo album by singer Fish. It does not contain any original Fish material; instead it is a cover album featuring Fish's versions of songs by artists who inspired him before his career started. The choice of songs by Pink Floyd, Genesis, David Bowie, The Moody Blues and others, all originally from a period between 1970 and 1976, reflects Fish's taste in music when he was 12 to 18 years old. The title is a reference to the time when he would impersonate his teenage idols in front of a mirror. Fish's idea to make a cover album dates back to the late Marillion period, but had been rejected by the band. - Wikipedia

Derek W. Dick (Fish) – Vocals
Robin Boult – Guitar, Background Vocals
Foster Paterson – Keyboards, Background Vocals 
David Paton – Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals 
Frank Usher – Guitar 
Kevin Wilkinson – Percussion, Drums 
Mick Wall – Voices
Lorna Bannon – Background Vocals
Jackie Bird – Background Vocals

1. Question (6:41)
2. Boston Tea Party (4:22)
3. Fearless (6:15)
4. Apeman (5:57)
5. Hold Your Head Up (3:47)
6. Solo (4:46)
7. I Know What I Like (4:17)
8. Jeepster (4:10)
9. Five Years (5:19)

Neal Morse - Lifeline (2008)

Lifeline is an album by Neal Morse. The album features performances from Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) on drums and Randy George (Ajalon) on bass, as well as special guest appearances including Paul Bielatowicz, Paul Gilbert (Racer X and Mr. Big), who features on a bonus cut. Live drummer plays on the bonus track 'Set the Kingdom'.Collin Leijenaar. Neal and his band first performed the title track, on guitar and Lifeline, live at the Night of the Prog Festival on the Loreley, Germany. It was also played at a concert in Trondheim, Norway, with a local band. It was later announced that the album would be released on October 1, 2008. Unlike many of his previous releases, Lifeline is not a concept album.
Neal Morse - Keyboards, Guitars, Vocals 
Mike Portnoy - Drums 
Randy George - Bass

1. Lifeline (13:28)
2. The Way Home (4:20)
3. Leviathan (6:04)
4. God's Love (5:28)
5. Children of the Chosen (4:55)
6. So Many Roads (28:43)
7. Fly High (6:31)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Black Keys - Brothers (2010)

Brothers is the sixth album and Grammy Award-winner of Best Alternative Music Album by American blues-rock duo, The Black Keys. The album was designed by Michael Carney, Patrick Carney's brother. The album is littered with messages that identify everything, such as the front saying "This is an album by The Black Keys. The name of this album is Brothers". - Wikipedia
Dan Auerbach – Guitar, Bass, Vocals,
Patrick Carney – Drums 

1. Everlasting Light (3:24)
2. Next Girl (3:18)
3. Tighten Up (3:31)
4. Howlin' for You (3:12)
5. She's Long Gone (3:06)
6. Black Mud (2:10)
7. The Only One (5:00)
8. Too Afraid to Love You (3:25)
9. Ten Cent Pistol (4:29)
10. Sinister Kid (3:45)
11. The Go Getter (3:37)
12. I'm Not the One (3:49)
13. Unknown Brother (4:00)
14. Never Gonna Give You Up (3:39)
15. These Days (5:12)

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Ocean - Heliocentric (2010)

Heliocentric is the fourth studio album by the German experimental metal band The Ocean, released on April 9, 2010, and marks the recording debut of vocalist Loïc Rossetti. It is the first part of a double album about the critique of Christianity from different philosophical and personal angles. The songs, art and lyrics of this album tell the story of the rise of the heliocentric world view - the idea that the earth revolves around the sun, and that the sun is stationary and at the center of the solar system. Nicolaus Copernicus and Galileo Galilei were the first popular ambassadors of this idea, although ancient Greek astronomers like Aristarchus had already posited this theory centuries before. The journey starts with the creation of the firmament in Genesis 1:6-20 (Firmament) and ancient explanations of the movement of celestial bodies in 1 Enoch 72:2-5 (The 1st Commandment of the Luminaries). It continues with Copernicus and Galileo, the first propagators of heliocentrism who were not yet in conflict with the Church (Ptolemy Was Wrong) and Giordano Bruno, who was burnt at the stake of the Roman Inquisition for being a heretic (Catharsis of a Heretic). Arthur Rimbaud's's criticism of moral law in his essay Reasons Not to Believe in God and Nietzsche's rejection of fundamental Christian values has inspired the lyrics to Metaphysics of the Hangman. The album concludes with the greatest achievement in the history of modern science, Darwin's theory of evolution (The Origin of Species) and ideas inspired by evolution biologist and passionate atheist Richard Dawkins (The Origin of God, Epiphany). Its companion album, Anthropocentric, challenges the views of creationists and other modern fundamentalists who believe that the earth is at the center of the universe. - Wikipedia

Luc Hess – Drums 
Louis Jucker – Bass 
Loïc Rossetti – Vocals 
Jonathan Nido – Guitars 
Robin Staps – Guitars, Electronics

1. Shamayim (1:53)
2. Firmament (7:29)
3. The First Commandment of the Luminaries (6:47)
4. Ptolemy Was Wrong (6:28)
5. Metaphysics of the Hangman (5:41)
6. Catharsis of a Heretic (2:08)
7. Swallowed by the Earth (4:59)
8. Epiphany (3:37)
9. The Origin of Species (7:23)
10. The Origin of God (4:33)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

ISIS - In the Absence of Truth (2006)

In the Absence of Truth is the fourth full-length studio album by Los Angeles, California-based post-metalbandIsis, released by Ipecac Recordings on October 31, 2006. The album expands upon the group's previous full-length, Panopticon, further exploring lead singer Aaron Turner's clean vocals (though his former techniques, which relied more on screaming and growling are still present as well). Musically, the album is dynamic, ranging from extended musical ambience to almost tribal drumming. Isis continued their lengthy songwriting; Absence is in fact Isis' longest record, at almost 65 minutesWhile no official lyrics have yet been released, the album seems likely to connect with Isis's past legacy of concept albums, wherein some of the lyrics (such as "She was his queen" from "Dulcinea") relate to past themes. Turner has confirmed the presence of a concept: "I won't say what the concept is, but I can give you some clues about what inspired it: Hassan-i-Sabbah, the Islamic mystic cult leader, Don Quixote, Labyrinths." The album takes its title from a quote often attributed to Hassan-i-Sabbah: "Nothing is true, everything is permitted". When it comes to how this quote relates to the album's concept, Turner is again reluctant to reveal too much. "I'll just say that much of working on this record, for me, was about the power and nature of perception, and the ways in which it affects our behavior and the way we see the world," he says. "I'll just leave it at that, and people can draw their own conclusions." - Wikipedia
Jeff Caxide – Bass Guitar 
Aaron Harris – Drums 
Michael Gallagher – Guitar 
Bryant Clifford Meyer – Electronics and Guitar 
Aaron Turner – Vocals, Guitar and Hand-drawn Artwork

1. Wrists of Kings (7:45)
2. Not in Rivers, But in Drops (7:48)
3. Dulcinea (7:10)
4. Over Root and Thorn (8:31)
5. 1,000 Shards (6:17)
6. All Out of Time, All Into Space (3:04)
7. Holy Tears (7:04)
8. Firdous E Bareen (7:50)
9. Garden of Light (9:17)

Jonsi & Alex - Riceboy Sleeps (2009)

Riceboy Sleeps is the debut studio album by ambient duo Jónsi & Alex, released on 20 July 2009. The album is an artistic collaboration between Sigur Rós vocalist Jón Þór Birgisson and partner Alex Somers which features acoustic instrumental music alongside a string quartet, Amiina, and the Kópavogsdætur Choir. It's really less of a tone and more of a spell, the introspective, meditative songs take hold quickly and leave you feeling the album long after it stops spinning. 

 Jón “Jónsi” Þór Birgisson - Vocals, Guitar
Alex Somers - Guitar, Soundeffects and Keyboards

1. Happiness (9:18)
2. Atlas Song (8:30)
3. Indian Summer (9:10)
4. Stokkseyri (7:08)
5. Boy 1904 (5:09)
6. All the Big Trees (5:51)
7. Daniell in the Sea (6:54)
8. Howl (8:22)
9. Sleeping Giant (6:41)

Explosions in the Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care (2011)

Take Care, Take Care, Take Care is the sixth studio album by American post-rock band Explosions in the Sky, which was released on 18 April 2011 in the UK, 25 April 2011 in Europe, and 26 April 2011 in the US. Take Care, Take Care, Take Care is one of the most expressive albums Explosions in the Sky, or anyone for that matter, has ever crafted, leading us through a six-song, 46-minute series of soaring highs and haunting lows. The album begins with “Last Known Surroundings” and a chord that rises from the ambiance, amazing in both its simplicity and its ability to chill the body. It doesn’t take long for Explosions in the Sky to throw us right into arpeggio-led buildups, arguably the most distinguishing feature of their music. Throughout the album, small style tweaks occur, like the use of vocals in “Trembling Hands” and the pseudo-classical melody mixed with drummer Chris Hrasky’s distinctive beats in “Be Comfortable Creature”. It is these little additions along with unique sounds that other post-rock acts struggle with, making it difficult to differentiate between their songs. EitS long ago mastered this, giving each song a special, almost story-like melody and mood.

Munaf Rayani – Guitar
Mark Smith – Guitar
Michael James – Guitar, Bass Guitar
Chris Hrasky – Drums

1. Last Known Surroundings (8:22)
2. Human Qualities (8:10)
3. Trembling Hands (3:31)
4. Be Comfortable, Creature (8:48)
5. Postcard from 1952 (7:07)
6. Let Me Back in (10:07)

Van der Graaf Generator - A Grounding in Numbers (2011)

A Grounding in Numbers is a studio album by the British rock group Van der Graaf Generator. It was released on 14 March 2011. This date, if written as 3,14, comprises the first three digits of the number π. The second track, "Mathematics", refers to Euler's identity, sometimes known as the mathematical poem. The album's release signals a continuation in the direction set by the current trio lineup, but it is released on a new label, Esoteric Records, a departure from previous releases on Virgin/Charisma. Hugh Padgham is the mixer of the album. - Wikipedia

Peter Hammill – Voice, Piano, Electric Guitar  
Hugh Banton – Organs, Bass Guitar
Guy Evans – Drums, Percussion

1. Your Time Starts Now (4:15)
2. Mathematics (3:38)
3. Highly Strung (3:36)
4. Red Baron (2:23)
5. Bunsho (5:03)
6. Snake Oil (5:21)
7. Splink (2:37)
8. Embarrassing Kid (3:07)
9. Medusa (2:12)
10. Mr. Sands (5:22)
11. Smoke (2:30)
12. 5533 (2:42)
13. All Over the Place (6:04)

Moving Mountains - Foreword (2008)

Foreword is the second EP released by the New York band, Moving Mountains. Moving Mountains has been tagged as being a strange concoction of post-rock aesthetics, pop-punk vocals with hardcore screams, glazed over with a nice topping of catharsis, and this EP does nothing to change that fact; what it does do, however, is refine their songwriting formula of swells and waves of fury placed next to tranquil, leisurely sections of melody down to a perfect science. Each of these 4 songs proves to be a fiend in its own right, while the EP itself manages to stay quite cohesive, and allows for an extremely interconnected, unified listen.

Gregory Dunn - Vocals and Guitar 
Nicholas Pizzolato - Drums 
Frank Graniero - Vocals and Guitar 
Mitchell Lee - Bass

1. Foreword (9:36)
2. With One's Heart in One's Mouth (9:49)
3. Armslength (7:12)
4. Lights and Shapes (9:31)

Her Name Is Calla - The Quiet Lamb (2010)

With its' post rock, symphonic-like soundscapes and barrage of emotion, 'The Quiet Lamb' is very little short of an audio masterpiece. Having taken a year to perfect their offering, Her Name Is Calla, a northern five-piece, prove themselves with this release as experts of emotional, intelligent, well-constructed alternative post-rock in the vein of Mogwai, iLiKETRAiNS, Explosions In The Sky and similar. Through harmonic and instrumental development, Her Name Is Calla establish a sonic world that, though anxious, uneasy and at times morbid, is entrancing and in a sense almost entrapping; there's far too much to say about this album to do it justice in words and suggest more than a mere flavour of the outstanding Her Name Is Calla blend. Everything about Her Name Is Calla spells out their ambitious nature. They are a truly talented bunch of musicians whose style could be called as eccentric as it is beguiling. They are completely comfortable with multi-part epics, too: of ‘The Quiet Lamb”s running time, a whopping 75 minutes, two tracks account for just about half of the entire record. 
Tom Morris - Lead Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Magnus Organ, Banjo
Thom Corah - Live Synthesis, Trombone, Vocals, Percussion
Sophie Green - Violin, Vocals
Michael Love - Bass, Vocals, Percussion, Triangle
Adam Weikert - Drums, Piano, Banjo, Synthesizers, Guitar, Mandolin, Double Bass, Theremin, Vocals, Organ

1. Moss Giant (5:14)
2. A Blood Promise (6:08)
3. Pour More Oil (7:25)
4. Interval I (2:33)
5. Condor and River (17:06)
6. Long Grass (6:11)
7. Homecoming (2:24)
8. Thief (6:00)
9. Interval II (3:09)
10. The Union: I Worship a Golden Sun (6:49)
11. The Union: Recidivist (8:10)
12. The Union: Into the West (4:38)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Slint - Spiderland (1991)

Spiderland is the second studio album by the American post-rock band Slint, released on March 27, 1991 on Touch and Go. Featuring dramatically alternating dynamics and vocals ranging from spoken word to shouting, the album contains narrative lyrics that emphasize alienation. Spiderland was Slint's first release on Touch and Go, and the group's last record. Although Spiderland was not widely recognized on its initial release, it eventually sold more than 50,000 copies and became a landmark album in underground music after Slint broke up. The album has been highly influential on the styles of many bands in the post-rock and math rock genres, including Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and has been named a favorite of several indie rock musicians. - Wikipedia 

David Pajo – Guitar 
Brian McMahan – Guitar, Vocals 
Britt Walford – Drums, Vocals and Guitar 
Todd Brashear – Bass Guitar

1. Breadcrumb Trail (5:55)
2. Nosferatu Man (5:35)
3. Don, Aman (6:28)
4. Washer (8:50)
5. For Dinner... (5:05)
6. Good Morning, Captain (7:38)

Blackfield - Welcome to My DNA (2011)

Welcome to My DNA is the third studio album by Blackfield. The name of the album was officially announced on Blackfield's official Twitter page, "Yes the album is called "Welcome to my DNA". All will become clear when you hear the title track..." Almost all of the songs were written by Aviv Geffen, as Steven Wilson had been working on a solo album at the same time. The musicians worked on the material together in studios in England and Israel. All tracks were produced by Wilson and Geffen, except from "Oxygen", which was produced by Trevor Horn. The cover artwork for the album has been designed by Carl Glover. The idea was originally presented to Marillion as a possible cover for their 2007 album Somewhere Else, however they chose a different design. - Wikipedia

Steven Wilson – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards 
Aviv Geffen – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards 
Eran Mitelman – Piano, Keyboards 
Seffy Efrat – Bass 
Tomer Z – Drums

1. Glass House (2:56)
2. Go to Hell (3:03)
3. Rising of the Tide (3:47)
4. Waving (3:54)
5. Far Away (2:47)
6. Dissolving with the Night (4:06)
7. Blood (3:17)
8. On the Plane (3:41)
9. Oxygen (3:04)
10. Zigota (5:04)
11. DNA (3:56)

Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. (2011)

Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. is the seventh studio album by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai, released on 14 February 2011 in the UK and Europe through Rock Action Records, and 15 February 2011 in the US through Sub Pop. On 20 November 2010, a taster track entitled "Rano Pano" was made available as a free download. The inspiration for the closing track's title, "You're Lionel Richie", comes from what an inebriated Stuart Braithwaite said when he ran into the singer at an airport. - Wikipedia

Dominic Aitchison – Bass Guitar 
Stuart Braithwaite – Guitar 
Martin Bulloch – Drums 
Barry Burns – Guitar and Keyboard 
John Cummings – Guitar

1. White Noise (5:04)
2. Mexican Grand Prix (5:18)
3. Rano Pano (5:15)
4. Death Rays (6:01)
5. San Pedro (3:27)
6. Letters to the Metro (4:41)
7. George Square Thatcher Death Party (4:00)
8. How to Be a Werewolf (6:23)
9. Too Raging to Cheers (4:30)
10. You're Lionel Richie (8:29)

Korhan Futaci & Kara Orkestra - Kurhan Futaci & Kara Orkestra (2010)

Korhan Futaci gave a start approximately 3 years ago with all the experiences of his musical experiences together in one idea. Blending all the information in his wise knowledge and pour out his skills into creating a unique sound that will certainly erode every piece of your body and mind. Group of 6, come together to expose an orchestral sound so rich in textures and styles when organically bond together works like machine of consciousness. Developed its genres from psychedelic jazz rock, experimental free jazz as well as gathering the essence of many ancient Turkish traditions of ritualistic values, epical themes derived from Ottoman tradition. Spectacular crew of Kara Orkestra makes it happen, big city chaos and craziness turns into intelligently composed colorful musical ideas. 

Korhan Futaci - Saxophones, Vocal
Barlas Tan Ozemek - Guitar
Gorkem Karabudak - Keyboards
Gokhan Sahinkaya - Electric Bass
Ozun Usta - Percussion
Ediz Hafizoglu - Drums 

1. Zor Isler (6:06)
2. Aglayamam Ben (3.50)
3. Sarma (3:31)
4. Unutulmasin Bu Yaz (4:42)
5. Geleneksel Mahser Gunu (5.19)
6. Abra Kadabra (5:33)
7. Sien (4:40)
8. Episode I (20:39)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Deja Vu (1970)

Déjà Vu is the first album by the rock band Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and the second by the trio configuration of Crosby, Stills, and Nash. It was released in March of 1970 by Atlantic Records, catalogue SD-7200. It topped the pop album chart for one week and generated three Top 40 singles: "Teach Your Children," "Our House," and "Woodstock Déjà Vu was greatly anticipated after the popularity of the first CSN album and the addition of Young to the group. Stills estimates that the album took around 800 hours of studio time to record; this figure may be exaggerated, even though the individual tracks display meticulous attention to detail. The songs, except for "Woodstock", were recorded as individual sessions by each member, with each contributing whatever was needed that could be agreed upon. Young does not appear on all of the tracks, and drummer Dallas Taylor and bassist Greg Reeves are credited on the cover with their names in slightly smaller typeface. Jerry Garcia plays pedal steel on "Teach Your Children" and John Sebastian plays mouth-harp on the title track. - Wikipedia

David Crosby - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals 
Stephen Stills - Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals 
Graham Nash - Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals 
Neil Young - Guitar, Keyboards, Harmonica, Vocals

1. Carry On (4:26)
2. Teach Your Children (2:53)
3. Almost Cut My Hair (4:31)
4. Helpless (3:33)
5. Woodstock (3:54)
6. Déjà Vu (4:12)
7. Our House (2:59)
8. 4 + 20 (2:04)
9. Country Girl (5:11)
10. Everybody I Love You (2:21)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Beatles - Abbey Road (1970)

Abbey Road is the eleventh studio album by the English rock band The Beatles. Though Let It Be was the last album released before The Beatles' dissolution in 1970, work on Abbey Road began in April 1969, making it the final album recorded by the band. Abbey Road was released on 26 September 1969 in the United Kingdom, and 1 October 1969 in the United States. It was produced and orchestrated by George Martin for Apple Records. Geoff Emerick was engineer, Alan Parsons was assistant engineer, and Tony Banks was tape operator. Abbey Road is regarded as one of The Beatles' most tightly constructed albums, although the band was barely operating as a functioning unit at the time.Rolling Stone placed it at number 14 on its list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". In 2009, readers of the magazine also named Abbey Road the greatest Beatles album.
George Harrison – Lead, Rhythm, Acoustic and Bass Guitars; Lead, Harmony and Backing Vocals; Hammond Organ, Harmonium and Moog Synthesiser
John Lennon – Lead and Rhythm Guitars; Six and Twelve-String Acoustic Guitars; Lead, Harmony and Backing Vocals; Electric and Acoustic Pianos; Hammond Organ and Moog Synthesiser
Paul McCartney – Lead, Rhythm, Acoustic and Bass Guitars; Fuzz Bass; Lead, Harmony and Backing Vocals; Electric and Acoustic Pianos; Hammond Organ and Moog Synthesiser 
Ringo Starr – Drums, Percussion; Lead and Backing Vocals

1. Come Together (4:20)
2. Something (3:03
3. Maxwell's Silver Hammer (3:27)
4. Oh! Darling (3:26)
5. Octopus's Garden (2:51)
6. I Want You (She's So Heavy) (7:47)
7. Here Comes the Sun (3:05)
8. Because (2:45)
9. You Never Give Me Your Money (4:02)
10. Sun King (2:26)
11. Mean Mr. Mustard (1:06)
12. Polythene Pam (1:12)
13. She Came in Through the Bathroom Window (1:57)
14. Golden Slumbers (1:31)
15. Carry That Weight (1:36)
16. The End (2:05)
17. Her Majesty (0:23)