Tuesday, October 18, 2016

18 October 2016: Tales from Topographic Oceans - the Steven Wilson remix edition

Tales from Topographic Oceans is the sixth studio album from the English rock band Yes, released as a double album on 7 December 1973 by Atlantic Records. It is a concept album based on singer Jon Anderson's interpretation of a footnote in Autobiography of a Yogi (1946) by Paramahansa Yogananda that describes four bodies of Hindu texts, collectively named the shastras. After he pitched the idea to guitarist Steve Howe, the two wrote the themes and instrumentation of four, side long tracks based on each text. Keyboardist Rick Wakeman disagreed with the album's concept and the musical direction of the album, and left the group after its tour.
Following its release, Tales from Topographic Oceans received a mixed critical reception and became a symbol of progressive rock excess with its detailed concept and lengthy songs. However it was a commercial success, becoming the first UK album to qualify for Gold certification based on pre-orders alone. It topped the UK Album Chart for two weeks and reached number 6 in the US, where it reached Gold certification for over 500,000 copies sold. Yes toured the album from November 1973 to April 1974 with a set that featured the album performed in its entirety. The album was reissued in 1994 and 2003; the latter with bonus tracks. An edition with new stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes by Steven Wilson was released in October 2016.

Original issue

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn)"   20:25
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "The Remembering (High the Memory)"   20:38
Side three
No. Title Length
1. "The Ancient (Giants Under the Sun)"   18:35
Side four
No. Title Length
1. "Ritual (Nous Sommes du Soleil)"   21:37

Tales From Topographic Oceans is the fifth in a series of remixed and expanded Yes classics. The album has been remixed in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound from the original studio masters by Steven Wilson, and is fully approved by Yes. Also includes the original mix in high resolution, and bonus material, including a complete alternate version of the album using live tracks and studio run throughs.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

04 October 2016: Mary Fahl & Marillion

From the Dark Side of the Moon is a 2011 album released by singer/songwriter Mary Fahl.[1] The album is a song-by-song "re-imagining" of Pink Floyd's classic 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon.[1]


As of September 2006 Fahl completed the recording of Mary Fahl: From the Dark Side of the Moon, produced by Mark Doyle and David Werner and mixed by Bob Clearmountain. Doyle also provided nearly all of the instrumentation.[1] The album remained unreleased for several years,[2] and Fahl released it independently on May 10, 2011.[3]


Publication Nippertown referred to the album as "mindblowing,"[3] while The Morton Report called it "brilliant" and "a worthy re-interpretation not to be missed."[4]

Track listing

# Song Length Original writing credits
01 "Speak to Me"
Nick Mason
02 "Breathe"
Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Richard Wright
03 "On the Run"
Gilmour, Waters
04 "Time"
Mason, Waters, Wright, Gilmour
05 "The Great Gig in the Sky"
Wright, Clare Torry
06 "Money"
07 "Us and Them"
Waters, Wright
08 "Any Colour You Like"
Gilmour, Mason, Wright
09 "Brain Damage"
10 "Eclipse"[5]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Arts Desk 3/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock 4/5 stars[2]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[3]
Fuck Everyone and Run (F E A R) is Marillion's 18th studio album, released on 23 September 2016.[4]


As with many of their recent albums, Marillion used crowdfunding to finance this album, this time using PledgeMusic. The campaign offered various options of pre-ordering the album—called only by the code name M18 at that time—including CD, download only, and a limited Ultimate Edition box, containing, among others, a Blu-ray Disc containing a making-of-the-album film.[5][6] Originally the album was slated to be released on 1 May 2016, but was later postponed to 9 September, and again to 23 September.
On 8 April, Marillion revealed the album's cover art and announced the title of the album as Fuck Everyone and Run (F E A R).[7] Singer Steve Hogarth commented on the title, saying,
”This title is adopted not in anger or with any intention to shock. It is adopted and sung (in the song "New Kings”) tenderly, in sadness and resignation inspired by an England, and a world, which increasingly functions on an “Every man for himself” philosophy. I won’t bore you with examples, they’re all over the newspapers every day. There’s a sense of foreboding that permeates much of this record. I have a feeling that we’re approaching some kind of sea-change in the world – an irreversible political, financial, humanitarian and environmental storm. I hope that I’m wrong. I hope that my FEAR of what “seems” to be approaching is just that, and not FEAR of what “is” actually about to happen.”[8]
On 7 July, customers of the PledgeMusic campaign received access to download the song suite The New Kings, and an edited version of the song was made available to the public on Marillion's YouTube channel.[9]
On 19 September, the band informed customers that had pre-ordered the Ultimate Edition that a breakdown of a piece of machinery at the manufacturing plant caused a delay of several weeks in the delivery of the box set. As compensation, these customers received an additional CD, and early access to the download of the album on the same day.[10]

Track listing

Fuck Everyone and Run (F E A R) was released as a standard CD edition and also as a 33⅓ rpm double vinyl LP with a slightly different track order.
All songs written by Marillion.

CD edition

No. Title Length
1. "El Dorado: I. Long-Shadowed Sun"   1:16
2. "El Dorado: II. The Gold"   6:13
3. "El Dorado: III. Demolished Lives"   2:23
4. "El Dorado: IV. F E A R"   4:07
5. "El Dorado: V. The Grandchildren of Apes"   2:35
6. "Living in F E A R"   6.25
7. "The Leavers: I. Wake Up in Music"   4:27
8. "The Leavers: II. The Remainers"   1:34
9. "The Leavers: III. Vapour Trails in the Sky"   4:49
10. "The Leavers: IV. The Jumble of Days"   4:20
11. "The Leavers: V. One Tonight"   3:56
12. "White Paper"   7:18
13. "The New Kings: I. Fuck Everyone and Run"   4:22
14. "The New Kings: II. Russia's Locked Doors"   6:24
15. "The New Kings: III. A Scary Sky"   2:33
16. "The New Kings: IV. Why Is Nothing Ever True?"   3:24
17. "Tomorrow's New Country"   1:47
Total length:

Band members

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

20 September 2016: Spleen Arcana and Anderson/Stolt

Spleen Arcana is the project of French songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Julien Gaullier.
Formed in 2008, Spleen Arcana is an eclectic mix of symphonic prog, space rock and art rock drenched in melancholic and contemplative moods.
Pairing up with drummer David Perron, and with the help of Marie Guillaumet on backing vocals, Julien Gaullier self-released Spleen Arcana's first album, The Field Where She Died in 2009.
This raw but sincere debut album was the result of a long, passionate process and countless hours of home studio explorations. With a limited print run of 500 copies, yet without any label nor promotion, The Field Where She Died is now nearly sold out thanks to the word of mouth.
Recorded in the same handcrafted way and with the same team, Spleen Arcana's second album, The Light Beyond The Shades, was released in February 2014.
Invention of Knowledge is the debut studio album by Anderson/Stolt, a collaboration formed by singer-songwriters and musicians Jon Anderson and Roine Stolt. It was released on 24 June 2016 through German independent record label InsideOutMusic. The project originated in 2014 after Anderson had performed with Stolt on a progressive rock-themed cruise, and the two decided to record an album. The recording process involved Anderson recording ideas in demo form in California and sending them online to Stolt in Sweden, who would develop music based on them. Invention of Knowledge was recorded in Sweden by several musicians, including Tom Brislin, Daniel Gildenlöw, and members of Stolt's band The Flower Kings.
Invention of Knowledge received some positive reviews from critics. It charted in several countries, and reached number 58 on the UK Albums Chart. Anderson and Stolt discussed the idea of performing the album live on tour, but wish to gain an idea of fan reception before they make any plans.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

14 June 2016: Ian Boddy et al - DiN10 iNDEX01 & DiN50 iNDEX05

 Tonight we mark the fiftieth release on Ian Boddy's DiN label - iNDEX05 during the first half of the show.  For the second half, we will revisit the very first DiN compilation, iNDEX01.  Be sure to visit the embedded links for more information on these and other DiN artists and releases.  Our thanks to Ian Boddy for providing a copy of iNDEX05 for tonight's show.
iNDEX05 is the fifth DiN compilation album and includes two tracks each from the titles DiN41 - 49. The artists on show this time are Ian Boddy, Node, ARC, Dave Bessell (one of the members of Node) and collaborations between Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell, Ian Boddy & Markus Reuter, Erik Wøllo & Bernhard Wöstheinrich and Parallel Worlds & Self Oscillate.
As with the previous four DiN samplers DiN label boss Ian Boddy has mixed and cross-faded the 18 tracks into a continuous ambient mix that not only showcases the albums featured on the release but presents an exciting and varied title in its own right. It also highlights the varied and intriguing music that the DiN label offers on its releases from deep analogue synth grooves through vibrantly melodic instrumentals to powerful, epic ambient atmospheres. An intoxicating mix of the old and new beautifully presented in a slimline cardboard wallet with an extra flap which just adds to the value and collectibility of this release.
This compilation edited from the original tracks by Ian Boddy - January 2016.
Track listing:
01 Borderlands by Ian Boddy & Markus Reuter from Colour Division (DiN43) 04:03

02 Shinkansen East by Node from Node 2 (DiN44) 04:22

03 Subgiants by Erik Wøllo & Bernhard Wöstheinrich from Weltenuhr (DiN46) 04:55
04 Ground Warmth by Parallel Worlds & Self Oscillate from World Adapter (DiN48) 04:07
05 Tone 3 by Ian Boddy from Tone Science (DiN49) 03:46
06 Paradise Lost by Dave Bessell from Black Horses Of The Sun (DiN47) 04:12
07 Arcadia by ARC from Umbra (DiN45) 04:37
08 Denormal by Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell from Morphogenic (DiN41) 03:25
09 Never Reaching by Ian Boddy from Liverdelphia (DiN42) 04:21
10 Thin Air by Node from Node 2 (DiN44) 04:23
11 From Here To There by Dave Bessell from Black Horses Of The Sun (DiN47) 04:34
12 Above The Snow by Parallel Worlds & Dave Bessell from Morphogenic (DiN41) 04:35
13 Tone 1 by Ian Boddy from Tone Science (DiN49) 03:03
14 My Window View by Parallel Worlds & Self Oscillate from World Adapter (DiN48) 04:39
15 Oculus by Erik Wøllo & Bernhard Wöstheinrich from Weltenuhr (DiN46) 04:50
16 Triptastique by Ian Boddy from Liverdelphia (DiN42) 04:03
17 Cherry Bomb by ARC from Umbra (DiN45) 05:16
18 Slowfall by Ian Boddy & Markus Reuter from Colour Division (DiN43) 04:33

Total Time: 77:48

DiN10 | 2001 

The UK magazine The Wire showcased the DiN sampler in its June 2001 issue. All subscribers worldwide (about 7000 readers) received a free copy of this disc in their June issue. The CD is also for sale via the DiN store for the modest sum of $10 (inc. postage).

The Wire editorial in the May 2001 issue reads as follows:

"With next month's issue of The Wire, all subscribers worldwide will receive a free copy of Index 01, an exclusive, one-off compilation showcasing the roster of UK electronica label DiN.

Specially compiled for The Wire by DiN label boss Ian Boddy, the CD features 15 tracks, including material by Chris Carter, Markus Reuter, Arc and Dub Atomica, in a 74 minute trance - mix that moves through analogue synth odysseys, retooled industrial culture beatdowns and glitch - ridden dubscapes. The CD is being produced in a strictly limited edition pressing and will only be available free to subscribers with next month's issue."


released June 1, 2001

















Tuesday, June 7, 2016

07 June 2016: California Guitar Trio w/ Tony Levin and Brand X

In celebration of Tony Levin's 70th birthday, tonight we begin our show with this live recording of his collaboration with the California Guitar Trio from the year 2000. 
California Guitar Trio (CGT) is a band of three guitar players founded in 1991. The three—Paul Richards of Salt Lake City, Utah, Bert Lams of Affligem, Belgium, and Hideyo Moriya of Tokyo, Japan—met at a 1987 Guitar Craft course, in which Robert Fripp instructed them in the New Standard Tuning (NST). After completing several of Fripp's Guitar Craft courses, the three toured as part of Robert Fripp and The League of Crafty Guitarists.[1]
Continuing their collaboration then in Los Angeles, they founded The California Guitar Trio in 1991. They continue to play in the New Standard Tuning.[1] Their performances and recordings include original compositions, surf covers, and classical re-workings of classical music. Their influences include European classical music, rock, blues, jazz, world music, and surf music.
Anthony Frederick "Tony" Levin, (born June 6, 1946), is an American musician and composer, specializing in electric bass, Chapman Stick and upright bass. He also sings and plays synthesizer.
Levin is best known[1] for his work with progressive rock pioneers King Crimson and Peter Gabriel. He was also a member of instrumental-prog rock/jazz fusion group Liquid Tension Experiment; the King Crimson-related bands Bruford Levin Upper Extremities, ProjeKct One and ProjeKct Four; and currently leads his own band, Stick Men.


1 Scramble
2 Pathways
3 Discipline
4 Waters Of Eden
5 Dance Of Maya
6 Improvisation
7 Belle
8 Venezualean Waltz No.4
9 Caravan
10 Symphony No 9 (Beethoven)
11 Rukodan
12 Bohemian Rhapsody
13 Elephant Talk
14 Eve
15 Unplugged Scramble (Unscrambled)

Brand X was a jazz fusion band active between 1975–1980 and 1992–1999. Noted members included John Goodsall (guitar),[1] Percy Jones (bass), Robin Lumley (keyboards), Kenwood Dennard (drums) and Phil Collins (drums). Goodsall and Jones were the sole constant members throughout the band's existence.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

31 May 2016: The Durutti Column & Carlos Santana/Bill Laswell

The Durutti Column are an English post-punk band formed in 1978 in Manchester, England.[2] The band is a project of guitarist and occasional pianist Vini Reilly who is often accompanied by Bruce Mitchell on drums and Keir Stewart on bass, keyboards and harmonica.  Tonight we'll be playing selections from  Live at the Bottom Line New York:   (US ROIR - cassette only release in 1987, CD issued in 1993 – CD reissue in 1999 re-titled "A Night In New York" with bonus track but mistakes in track listing)

In 2001, Bill Laswell, responsible for remixes of albums by Bob Marley and Miles Davis, mixed and remixed excerpts of Santana's Illuminations and Love Devotion Surrender,[20] on an album called Divine Light.[21]    
  Love Devotion Surrender is an album released in 1973 by guitarists Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin, with the backing of their respective bands, Santana and The Mahavishnu Orchestra. The album was inspired by the teachings of Sri Chinmoy and intended as a tribute to John Coltrane. It contains two Coltrane compositions, two McLaughlin songs, and a traditional gospel song arranged by Santana and McLaughlin.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

24 May 2016 Black Moth Super Rainbow & Robert Rich

The first half of tonight's program will feature Black Moth Super Rainbow and their 2012 crowd-funded release, Cobra Juicy.
Black Moth Super Rainbow's music contains elements of psychedelia, folk, electronica, pop and rock. Their distinctive sound is characterized by analog electronic instruments including the vocoder, Rhodes piano and Novatron.[2]
A Graveface insert included inside the album Dandelion Gum describes them as such: "Deep in the woods of western Pennsylvania vocoders hum amongst the flowers and synths bubble under the leaf-strewn ground while flutes whistle in the wind and beats bounce to the soft drizzle of a warm acid rain. As the sun peeks out from between the clouds, the organic aural concoction of Black Moth Super Rainbow starts to glisten above the trees."
 During the second half of tonight's show, we will feature Robert Rich's latest release What We Left Behind.
Across four decades and over 40 albums, Robert Rich has helped define the genres of ambient music, dark-ambient, tribal and trance, yet his music remains hard to categorize. Part of his unique sound comes from using home-made acoustic and electronic instruments, microtonal harmonies, computer-based signal processing, chaotic systems and feedback networks. Rich began building his own analog synthesizers in 1976, when he was 13 years old, and later studied for a year at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).
I dreamt of the earth after us,
As mountains erode and time helps the cities crumble.
So easy to think that the earth revolves around us,
That after us, the planet stops.
We who can change the weather.

When we make our world so inhospitable we can’t survive,
Life crawls blindly forward,
Consciousness revives, organisms organize.
Cells of the earth join together to create new minds.

Small lives build new worlds,
Cast a net across the surface and through layers below,
Constant construction, destruction, erosion, rebuilding.
After us, on a scaffolding of rust and ashes, salt and sand,

Digesting through it, stumbling numbly,
Vagabond life picks through the detritus and continues unconcerned.
Profligate Earth pays no mind to the foibles of her creation.
She scatters choices for those who can still choose.
Recorded 2014-2016 by Robert Rich at Soundscape, Mountain View CA.
Mixed and mastered by Robert Rich at Soundscape in 2016.
Sonic additions by Forrest Fang (2016) on #8 and #9.
Abstractions of Chari Chuang on #1.
All crows unofficially non-union and paid peanuts.
Instruments: prepared piano, Haken Continuum, PVC flutes, lap steel guitar, percussion, DSI Prophet 12 and 6, Korg Wavestation and M3, eowave Resonator, MOTM and Eurorack modulars.
Thanks for assistance from Paul Schreiber, Dave Smith Instruments, Ed & Lippold at Haken, Chuck at Noise Bug, Old Crow, Andrew at 2C, Izotope, STG, Audio Damage and so many others, plus of course Dixie and all of you who listen.

Cover art by Romanie Sanchez (www.romanie.net)
Design by John Bergin

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

17 May 2016: Isao Tomita & Robert Fripp

Isao Tomita, an electronic music pioneer, passed away in May 5, 2016.  We'll feature his recording of Pictures at an Exhibition (1975) as well as the original compositions on Snowflakes are Dancing.
Isao Tomita (冨田 勲 Tomita Isao?, 22 April 1932 – 5 May 2016),[1] often known simply as Tomita, was a Japanese music composer, regarded as one of the pioneers of electronic music[2][3] and space music,[4] and as one of the most famous producers of analog synthesizer arrangements.[5] In addition to creating note-by-note realizations, Tomita made extensive use of the sound design capabilities of his instrument, using synthesizers to create new sounds to accompany and enhance his electronic realizations of acoustic instruments.[5] He also made effective use of analog music sequencers[2] and the Mellotron and featured futuristic science fiction themes,[3] while laying the foundations for synth-pop music[6] and trance-like rhythms.[7] Many of his albums are electronic versions and adaptations of famous classical music pieces and he received four Grammy Award nominations for his 1974 album Snowflakes Are Dancing.[3]

In honor of Robert Fripp's 70th birthday, we'll feature some of his ambient guitar soundscapes created with long-time collaborator, Brian Eno.
Robert Fripp (born 16 May 1946) is an English guitarist, composer and record producer.
As a guitarist for the progressive rock band King Crimson, Fripp has been the only member to have played in all of King Crimson's line-ups from their inception in the late 1960s to the present. He is the driving creative and political force of the group, bearing responsibility for line-up changes and ending and resuming the group at various points.[citation needed] He has also worked extensively as a studio musician, notably with singer David Bowie on the albums "Heroes" and Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), Brian Eno, and contributed sounds to the Windows Vista operating system. His complete discography lists more than seven hundred releases over four decades.[5]
He is ranked 62nd on Rolling Stone magazine's 2011 list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" after having been ranked by David Fricke 42nd on its 2003 list.[6][7] Tied with Andrés Segovia, he also is ranked 47th on Gibson.com's "Top 50 guitarists of all time".[8]
His compositions often feature unusual time signatures, which have been influenced by classical and folk traditions. His innovations have included Frippertronics, soundscapes, and new standard tuning.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

03 May 2016: Cousin Silas & litmus0001

Cousin Silas is the stage name of English electronic music artist David Hughes. The name comes from a character in King Crimson's song, "Happy Family".[1] He has released over eighty albums on various netlabels. Between 1990 and 2000 he wrote several short stories, poetry, prose, and articles that were published in small press magazines such as Back Brain Recluse, Nova SF, The Scanner, REM, Nerve Gardens, The Lyre, Auguries and Focus. On 28 January 2004 Cousin Silas made an appearance on BBC Radio 1 played by John Peel. 
His music is available on Soundcloud and Bandcamp
Tonight I'll be playing his MicroDronescape series.

Influenced by Cousin Silas, litmus0001 is  Jonathan Ewald - 6 string bass, 4 string sympathetic bass, electric and acoustic guitars, Roland MC202 synth, effects, loops, knives, preparations, production and mastering
Genre: experimental dark ambient shoegazer drone Berlin-school post-rock soundscapes
His music is freely available on the Internet.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

26 April 2016: Live Cuts from my Past, Part Two

As KMXT's Spring Fundraiser continues, tonight's show is a continuation of last week's playlist of live music I've had the good fortune to experience.  The theme for the Fundraiser is "Live Music";  I encourage you to call 486-3181 or go to kmxt.org and pledge your support to our local public radio station.

Tonight's Playlist:
War Pigs                     Black Sabbath
I'm Eighteen               Alice Cooper
Monster                      Steppenwolf
Tarkus                        Emerson, Lake, and Palmer
Lazy                           Deep Purple
Supper's Ready          Genesis
Echoes                       Pink Floyd
Revenant                   Porcupine Tree
Last Regret (demo)   Steven Wilson

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

19 April 2016: Live Cuts from my Past

Tonight's show follows the theme of KMXT's Spring Fundraiser - Live Music.   Pledge your support at kmxt.org
I'll be playing two hours of live music that I have had the privilege of seeing the original bands play in concert.   Enjoy!

In-A-Gada-Da-Vida         Iron Butterfly
Can You See Me              Glass Harp
Heart of the Sunrise         Yes

Thick as a Brick               Jethro Tull  (Although I have seen the full concert, I'll play the Bursting Out 12 minute version)
Anesthetize                      Porcupine Tree
Cinema Show                  Genesis
Revenant                         Porcupine Tree
I Drive the Hearse           Porcupine Tree

Monday, April 4, 2016

05 April 2016: Rebekah Eden & Sleep

The latest release from Rebekah Eden, Rowing in Eden.  This is a superb album - her vocals are beautiful and the arrangements are excellent.  Includes material co-written and produced by Blow Up Hollywood's Steve Messina.   From her website: 
"Rebekah is proud to announce the release of her new album, Rowing in Eden!
The breathtakingly beautiful songs transport us out of the noise of the world and into a place of gratitude, peace, beauty and heart."
Jerusalem and Dopesmoker are the final albums by the American heavy metal band Sleep. The albums were released in 1999 and 2003 respectively. The music for these albums was written during a four-year period when the group was working on a single song that was around an hour in length. Sleep had signed with London Records, which financed the album. When recording had finished, London Records was unhappy with the finished product and refused to release it. The album was later released in various forms by different record labels. All versions of the album received very positive reception from music critics, who described it as a high-water mark in both the stoner metal and doom metal genres.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

22 March 2016: Keith Emerson Tribute & Canvas Solaris

So much has been written about Keith Emerson that there is little that I can add.  I saw ELP in concert in the mid-70s and he was phenomenal, combining virtuosity with showmanship.  The first half of tonight's show will be cuts selected to showcase his keyboard wizardry.  May he R.I.P.
Take a Pebble
Karn Evil 9: 2nd Impressio
Medley:  Fanfare for the Common Man/America/Rondo
Abaddon's Bolero

Canvas Solaris were an American progressive metal band from Statesboro, Georgia, formed in 1999, and disbanded in 2011.[1] Though they first played with vocals, they moved on to instrumental, drawing influence from bands as diverse as Cynic, Rush, King Crimson, Death, Watchtower, and The Mars Volta.[2]