Saturday, May 25, 2013

28 May 2013: Blow Up Hollywood

         Blow Up Hollywood is an underground American rock band. Their eclectic sound, built over a decade of recording, incorporates many different styles, diverse as progressive rock, post-rock, experimental, pop, classical, jazz and ambient soundscapes. Founded by Steve Messina and Nik Chinboukas in 2001, the group has evolved into more of a collective than a band, as some of their members have changed over the years. Take Flight was released in 2010. 
        In 2006 the band released what would become their most popular CD, both nationally and internationally. With the debate over the war in Iraq raging, the band released another concept album, The Diaries of Private Henry Hill. Based on the journal entries of a young, deceased soldier from the Iraq war, Blow Up Hollywood takes us on Private Henry Hill's surreal journey as he joins the army out of necessity rather than patriotism.
      The band is currently raising money from fans for the release and promotion of its latest creation, blue sky blond.   You can help out here.


Monday, May 20, 2013

21 May 2013: The Doors featuring Ray Manzarek

In recognition of the passing of Ray Manzarek, Tuesday night's FreeForm will be selections from the first three Doors albums. Blow Up Hollywood will be featured next week.
Raymond Daniel Manczarek, Jr., known as Ray Manzarek (February 12, 1939 – May 20, 2013),[1] was an American musician, singer, producer, film director, writer, and co-founder and keyboardist of The Doors from 1965 to 1973, Nite City from 1977 to 1978 and Manzarek-Krieger from 2001 to his death. Manzarek died on May 20, 2013, of complications related to bile duct cancer.[2]

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

14 May 2013: Also Eden "Think of the Children!" and King Crimson "In the Wake of Poseidon"

  
   Also Eden is a British Rock band, formed in 2005, when vocalist Huw Lloyd-Jones and keyboardist/vocalist Ian Hodson, who had been working on material together up to that point, invited Simon Rogers to join them.[1] As of 2012 the band have released three studio albums and an EP, and have toured the United Kingdom and Europe since the mid-2000s, including four appearances at Summers End UK, and slots at Night Of The Prog at Loreley in Germany and The Cambridge Rock Festival (2011).[2] Also Eden's third studio album, Think of the Children!, was released in October 2011 via F2 Records and received an 8/10 review from Geoff Barton in Classic Rock (magazine)
     The band's sound draws influences from classic progressive rock artists such as Yes, Genesis, Marillion and Rush, as well as inspiration from the “metal, fusion, classical and classic rock genres".[3] The band has also cited contemporary bands such as Porcupine Tree and The Flower Kings as influences. 
The tracks:

  1- Think Of The Children - I(6:59)
  2- Hiding In Plain Sight(3:53)
  3- Oversight(6:28)
  4- Cijfers(3:22)
  5- The Greater Game(9:28)
  6- Stealth(5:40)
  7- Dream Without a Dream(6:50)
  8- 1949(9:57)
  9- Think Of The Children - II(9:02)

In the Wake of Poseidon is the second studio album by the progressive rock group King Crimson. By the time this album was released, the band had already undergone their first change in line-up, however they still maintained much of the style of their first album, In the Court of the Crimson King. Also like their first album, the mood of this album often changes from serene to chaotic.
All songs written by Robert Fripp and Peter Sinfield, unless otherwise indicated.
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Peace – A Beginning"   0:49
2. "Pictures of a City" (including "42nd at Treadmill") 8:03
3. "Cadence and Cascade"   4:37
4. "In the Wake of Poseidon" (including "Libra's Theme") 7:56
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "Peace – A Theme" (instrumental)  (Fripp) 1:15
6. "Cat Food" (Fripp, Sinfield, Ian McDonald) 4:54
7. "The Devil's Triangle" (instrumental)  (Fripp, McDonald)
  • I. "Merday Morn"
  • II. "Hand of Sceiron"
  • III. "Garden of Worm"  
11:36
8."Peace – An End"  1:53

Monday, May 6, 2013

07 May 2013: Ian Boddy Din 42 "Liverdelphia" + KRAAN


DiN42 | Ian Boddy | Liverdelphia 
  Limited to 555 copies

In the autumn of 2012, Ian Boddy played two concerts on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean. The first was his fourth solo appearance at the Gatherings, hosted by Chuck van Zyl, in Philadelphia, USA. Four weeks later he then played at the Capstone Theatre in Liverpool, UK. There might have been over 5,000 kilometres separating the two gigs but Boddy played the same set at each and both his performances were multi-track recorded.
Back in his studio Boddy then proceeded to edit the audio down to a single CD length and to merge the two shows to create a composite concert. Nothing additional was added, but rather, a careful mix was made of the best sections from each performance to create a unique album that was true to the spirit of the original concerts.
In the field of electronic music, Boddy has played live more times than most. He is currently clocking in at around 150+ concerts and the effortless way he manipulates his music in a live setting is a testament to this experience. The music rises and falls in a series of organic, analogue soundscapes. Beautiful moments of musical tenderness are contrasted with large, grandiose orchestrations. The sequencer sections crackle and sparkle with pent up analogue power, with Boddy weaving a web of intricate Moog solo lines and mellotron chords.

The album is released in a strictly limited edition run of 555 copies, in a beautifully designed digipak, featuring the "pumpkin synth" design by Chuck van Zyl for the posters of the Philadelphia show. Thus "Liverdelphia" is a perfect showcase for the unique style of live electronic music created by this well respected UK musician.

 

Kraan is a German band based in Ulm and formed in 1970. It had several minor hits through the 1970s and 1980s. After a break of ten years, the group reunited in 2000. Their early style can be described as Krautrock that turned later to fusion, combining elements of both rock and jazz.
 From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kraan
Kraan (Wiesbaden 2008-05-25).jpg

Kraan in Wiesbaden (25. May 2008)
Background information
Origin Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Genres Krautrock
Jazz fusion
Years active 1970–1990;2000–present
Labels Spiegelei/Intercord, EMI, Wintrup Music
Website http://www.kraan.de

Members Peter Wolbrandt
Hellmut Hattler
Jan Fride

Past members Ingo Bischof
Johannes „Alto“ Pappert
Udo Dahmen
Joo Kraus
Gerry Brown
Eef Albers
Mark McMillen
Tommy Goldschmidt



Monday, April 22, 2013

23 April 2013: Steve Hillage et al "Cyberwar" Soundtrack and Area, Italian jazz fusion

        Cyberwar, a video game loosely based on Lawnmower Man, consists of three discs but also includes a CD with the soundtrack featured in the game. The soundtrack includes a number of tracks scored and played by Steve Hillage of Gong and System 7.   Copies of the soundtrack are very rare and difficult to come by as the CD itself was never available as a separate release.
        The game was briefly popular in the 1990s:  The player is assigned the role of Dr. Angelo, sent in to Virtual Reality to defeat Jobe, who, in the film was born simple but increased his brain capacity by 400% using Virtual Reality. He eventually leaves his physical body and enters VR permanently. The various gameplay elements are based on the Virtual Reality segments seen in the original film. For instance, one of the levels has the player flying through tunnels avoiding multiple objects, much like one of the games in the film.
       The game did not have multiple lives, but just one - if the player missed any part of any challenge, he would be sent to the "cyber-hell" where he would die. This proved brutal to many who played this game, but the puzzles were colorful and innovative - at least one required the player to remember a code from the first disc to be used in a room on the second disc. If the player entered the wrong code, he would die. 
      This game is now very rare but can sometimes be found on auction sites.

           Arbeit macht frei is the debut album of the Jazz fusion band Area. It is notable for featuring Patrick Djivas (which is now known better for his work with Premiata Forneria Marconi) on bass and Eddie Busnello on saxophone, which parted after the release of the album. According to the booklet the lyrics were written by Frankestein (which is an alias for Gianni Sassi), and the music was written by Patrizio Fariselli. "Luglio, Agosto, Settembre (nero)" became Area's first hit (even if most of the 7" censored the word "nero", which was a reference to Black September). It was only released as a juke box only item, and the b-side was the song "Miña" by Italian prog band Aktuala. On the posthumous live release "Concerto Teatro Uomo", Demetrio Stratos says that "L'abbattimento dello Zeppelin" was composed after a pub on which they were playing asked them to perform "Whole Lotta Love". They didn't know the song and played that one instead, and they got fired. Guitarist Paolo Tofani can be heard quoting the main riff during his solo. "L'abbattimento dello Zeppelin" was also released as a 7", backed by the title track of the album, but failed to hit any charts.
           "Arbeit macht frei" (German pronunciation: [ˈaɐ̯baɪt ˈmaxt ˈfʁaɪ]) is a German phrase meaning "labour makes (you) free".[1] The slogan is known for having been placed over the entrances to a number of Nazi concentration camps during World War II, including most infamously Auschwitz I, where it was made by prisoners with metalwork skills and erected by order of the Nazis in June 1940.

Track listing 

Side one

  1. "Luglio, Agosto, Settembre (nero)" – 4:27
  2. "Arbeit macht frei" – 7:56
  3. "Consapevolezza" – 6:06

Side two

  1. "Le labbra del tempo" – 6:00
  2. "240 chilometri da Smirne" – 5:10
  3. "L’abbattimento dello Zeppelin" – 6:45

Personnel

  • Eddie Busnello - Saxophone
  • Giulio Capiozzo - Drums, Percussion
  • Patrick Djivas - Bass, Double Bass
  • Patrizio Fariselli - Piano
  • Demetrio Stratos - Vocals, Organ, Steel Drums
  • Giampaolo Tofani - Guitar, Synthesizer
  • Ria Gaetano - Engineering

Monday, April 15, 2013

16 April 2013: Sound for Good Records Space Rock Compilation

The Sound for Good record label has partnered with the Farm Sanctuary to help educate people by offering the new release, "Space Rock: The Compilation" by Various Artists exclusively to everyone who donates just $1 USD (or more) to the Farm Sanctuary. This is our special gift to say thanks for helping to protect farm animals. In this way, artists can reward people for supporting good causes by offering something special they cannot get anywhere else.
Over 100 artists from all over the globe have generously donated tracks to this incredible collection. Take a journey through space with over 14 HOURS worth of psychedelic, tranceinducing music, while helping animals at the same time!

Released 31 October 2012
Farm Sanctuary has created a safe haven for hundreds of animals rescued from factory farms. All of the animals at Farm Sanctuary are named and cared for--each one as a separate individual with his or her own personality, likes, dislikes and desires. They are free to enjoy beautiful pastures, fresh air and play for the remainder of their lives. Visitors can learn about the animals, and meet them in person. It is an experience to see how friendly, gentile and forgiving these animals can be, considering what each of them has endured.
Farm Sanctuary is also an important educational center where people can learn about the billions of animals used for food every year. The conditions in which these animals are expected to live, and become nothing more than products, are shocking and appalling. Farm Sanctuary is working hard to have laws changed that would protect the rights of each of these animals, and have seen strides in the phasing out of gestation crates for pigs and battery cages for laying hens. Read more at www.farmsanctuary.org

The wonderful album cover featuring the artwork of Paul Nicholson was designed by Tony Gerber. Check out more of Paul's work at www.bluecanvas.com/paulnicholson/

Sound for Good is Record publishes and promotes new and innovative music as a means to support good causes. This is an independent project that is supported directly by the artists and is not for profit or monetary gain in any way. All the artists time and your donation are focused on support a good cause. Check out this and other music releases in our online catalog available for instant download at sound4good.bandcamp.com

NOTE: All recordings have been published directly from the files received. No processing or adjustments have been made to the original recordings. You may experience differences in track volumes, loudness, and other inconsistencies from track to track that were are part of the original material.

Monday, April 8, 2013

09 April 2013: Carmen and Long Distance Calling


    Carmen was a British-American band active from 1970-1975. Their style was a fusion of rock music and flamenco music and dance.
     Carmen's stage performances typically featured Amaral and Angela Allen dancing on a specially amplified stage floor, so that their flamenco zapateado became an integral part of the music. Additional Spanish influences in their sound included acoustic guitar interludes in flamenco style, occasional Spanish lyrics, themes of betrayed love reminiscent of Federico Garcia Lorca, and castanets, all supported by a traditional rock rhythm section.

Long Distance Calling is a German Post Rock band formed in 2006 in Münster. Their melancholic tracks, usually lasting five or more minutes, are mostly instrumental, but some of them feature guest vocalists: Peter Dolving from The Haunted (Built Without Hands, album Satelite Bay) John Bush from Armored Saint Ex- Anthrax (Middeville, album 'Long Distance Calling) and Jonas Renkse from Katatonia (The Nearing Grave, album Avoid The Light). Long Distance Calling have released two singles and three full-length albums, all of which were received very positively by critics: Satellite Bay (2007),[1][2][3] Avoid the Light (2009)[4][5][6] and Long Distance Calling (2011).[7][8][9] In 2008 the band played at the Rock am Ring[10] and Roadburn festivals; the band toured Germany in 2009.[11] In 2010 Long Distance Calling and Finnish Swallow The Sun supported Katatonia during the New Night Over Europe tour.[12] They most recently supported Protest The Hero on their 2012 European tour.

Members

Current members

  • David Jordan – guitar
  • Janosch Rathmer – drums
  • Florian Füntmann – guitar
  • Jan Hoffmann – bass
  • Martin Fischer - vocals and sounds

Discography

Studio albums

Demos & Split-EPs



Tuesday, March 5, 2013

5 March 2013: Steven Wilson and North Atlantic Oscillation

The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) is the third solo album by British musician Steven Wilson, released by Kscope Music Records on 25 February 2013. Each track on the album is based on a story of the supernatural. Alan Parsons, well known in part for his involvement in Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, was responsible for engineering the album. (More below)
North Atlantic Oscillation are a post-progressive rock and electronica band from Edinburgh, Scotland. They are signed to the Kscope record label and released their debut album Grappling Hooks on 22 March 2010. The band currently consists of Sam Healy (lead vocals, guitars, keyboards), Ben Martin (drums, programming) and Chris Howard (bass, bass synth, backing vocals).
Their music has been compared to contemporary American bands such as Grandaddy and The Flaming Lips, Scottish bands such as The Beta Band, and 70s prog-rock band Pink Floyd.[5] Their music combines elements of electronic beats with alt-rock guitars and "hazy vocals".[2] The band are responsible for the production of every one of the samples used in their recordings.[1]

The Raven That Refused to Sing

Background

After finishing the touring cycle for Porcupine Tree's The Incident in 2010, Wilson would spend the rest of the year, and 2011, recording and releasing his second solo album, Grace for Drowning, and Blackfield's third album Welcome to my DNA. While initially planning on returning to Porcupine Tree in "early 2012",[3] this soon changed, with Wilson announcing that he would continue to focus his future on his solo career. This new focus included a second leg of touring in support of Grace for Drowning, in the first half of 2012, and then returning to the studio with the live band to record a third solo album.[4] aiming for an early 2013 release,[5] with plans for touring in support of the album for "much of the year" – throughout 2013.[6]

Writing and recording

"Luminol" was first performed by Wilson and his band on the second half of his Grace for Drowning tour. The song takes its inspiration from a busker, who, according to Wilson, is "there every single day. It doesn’t matter what the weather is like; he’s always there, playing his acoustic guitar and singing these songs. Snow, rain, gale force wind – nothing will stop him from being in his spot. ... He’s the kind of guy who is so set in his routine that even death wouldn’t stop him." Wilson considers the notion "that somebody could be a ghost in life, as well as a ghost in death, somebody who’s completely ignored even in their lifetime – it hardly makes a difference; and death doesn’t make a difference, either; it doesn’t break the routine."[7]
"Drive Home" is based on a suggestion from illustrator Hajo Mueller. It is "about a couple driving along in a car at night, very much in love; the guy is driving, and his partner – his wife or girlfriend or whoever she is – is in the passenger seat, and the next minute she’s gone." The ghost of the man's partner eventually returns, "saying, ‘I’m going to remind you now what happened that night.’ There was a terrible car accident, and she died, etcetera, etcetera – again, the idea of trauma leading to a missing part of this guy’s life. He can’t deal with the reality of what happened, so he blocks it out – like taking a piece of tape and editing a big chunk out of it."[8]
According to Wilson, "The Holy Drinker" concerns "a guy who’s very pious, very religious, preachy and self-righteous. I’m thinking of TV evangelist-types – guys who are prepared to tell people that they’re living their lives wrong and that they’re missing something because they don’t believe in God or whatever it is." The man, who, despite criticising other people's lifestyles, is himself an alcoholic, unwittingly challenges the Devil to a drinking competition, with disastrous consequences: "Of course, you can’t beat the Devil at a drinking competition – you can’t beat the Devil at anything – and so he loses. ... He gets dragged to Hell."[9]
"The Pin Drop" addresses "the concept that you can be with someone because it’s comfortable and convenient, not because there’s any love or empathy." Wilson explains that "The song is basically sung by the wife. She’s dead, she’s been thrown in the river by the husband, and she’s floating down in the river while singing this song – from beyond death, beyond the grave, as it were." The song considers "The idea... that sometimes in a relationship there can be so much tension, so much unspoken resentment and hatred, that the tiniest thing can set off a violent episode, and in this case, one that ends in tragedy. The sound of a pin dropping on a floor can be the thing that instigates the fury."[10]
The fifth track on the album explores "the story of the watchmaker, the guy who is meticulous about his craft, but he never has any kind of emotional outburst, nor does he express violence or any extreme emotions whatsoever." It concerns "a couple who have been together for 50 years or more, purely because it was convenient and comfortable." Wilson explains that "The watchmaker ends up killing his wife and burying her under the floorboards of his workshop. But, of course, she comes back, because she’s been with him for 50 years; she’s not going to leave him now." The song concludes when "the wife comes back to take him with her, which", Wilson suggests, "is another classic ghost story, in a way."[11]
The title track explores the story of "an old man at the end of his life who is waiting to die. He thinks back to a time in his childhood when he was incredibly close to his older sister. She was everything to him, and he was everything to her. Unfortunately, she died when they were both very young." The man becomes convinced that a raven, who visits the man's garden, is something of "a symbol or a manifestation of his sister. The thing is, his sister would sing to him whenever he was afraid or insecure, and it was a calming influence on him. In his ignorance, he decides that if he can get the raven to sing to him, it will be the final proof that this is, in fact, his sister who has come back to take him with her to the next life."[12]

Release

A music video for "The Raven That Refused to Sing" was released on 8 February 2013. The video, based on Hajo Mueller's artwork,[13] was directed by Jess Cope and Simon Cartwright, who were also responsible for the video for Storm Corrosion's "Drag Ropes".[14] The album was released on February 25, 2013.

Reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 84/100[15]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [16]
The Guardian 5/5 stars [17]
Metal Hammer 9/10 stars[18]
musicOMH 3.5/5 stars[19]
Sound & Vision (favourable) [20]
Sputnikmusic 4.0/5 stars[21]
The album has been generally well-received. The Guardian praised the album for being "stripped-down art rock thud before morphing seamlessly into all manner of wildly evocative soundscapes, melodic crescendos and mellotron-drenched fever dreams ... this album shows Wilson to be one of modern rock's most cunning and soulful protagonists."[17] Allmusic deemed it "the best of Wilson's three solo projects", stating that the album is "skillfully written music with expertly arranged compositions of color, nuance, texture, dynamics, narrative, and artfulness played by a group of stellar musicians."[16]

Track listing

All music composed by Steven Wilson.
No. Title Length
1. "Luminol"   12:10
2. "Drive Home"   7:37
3. "The Holy Drinker"   10:14
4. "The Pin Drop"   5:03
5. "The Watchmaker"   11:42
6. "The Raven That Refused to Sing"   7:57


Thursday, February 21, 2013

26 Feb 2013: Non-progressive FreeForm

I'll be off-island this week and this week's host probably won't be playing progressive music.
See you next week when we feature Steven Wilson's outstanding new solo release: The Raven Who Refused to Sing

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

19 Feb 2013: King Crimson and Peru

The 40th Anniversary Edition featuring a new stereo mix from the master tapes by Mr. Steven Wilson. Larks' Tongues in Aspic is the fifth studio album by the English progressive rock group King Crimson, originally released in 1973. This album is the debut of King Crimson's third incarnation, featuring original member and guitarist Robert Fripp and new members John Wetton (vocals, bass guitar), David Cross (violin, Mellotron), Jamie Muir (percussion), and Bill Bruford (drums). Bruford had just left Yes before they embarked on their Close to the Edge tour. Bruford felt that he had done all he could with Yes at this point and thought the more jazz-oriented King Crimson would be a more expansive outlet. (Wikipedia) 

Peru are a Dutch electronic group, consisting of three core members, augmented by a fourth in recent releases. Continents, Points of the Compass, and Forlian are their 3rd, 4th, and 5th releases respectively, and are very representative of the group's formative years. They have, to date, released 6 albums, all of which are available on CD. Continents, released in 1983, consists of five tracks, two of which exceed 10 minutes in length, seemingly influenced by Klaus Schulze of the late seventies/early eighties, with melodic arpeggios over minor chord backing, and then breaking out into the fuzz-guitar-like leads that Tangerine Dream used in the mid-to-late-seventies. Their influences are quite apparent, but the music is enjoyable in its own right. I should also point out that the first track sounds as if it would be at home on Double Fantasy's "hit," Universal Ave., and, in fact, similarities to that release show up at various points. Points Of The Compass was released in 1986, and showed a progression from Continents, in the use of more varied song structures and synth timbres. The music is similar in style to Tangerine Dream of the mid-eighties, circa Le Parc, and possibly the "Heartbreakers" soundtrack. The pace is much more uptempo, and melodic, making this probably the most accessible of the Peru releases. In 1988, Peru released Forlian, which combined the accessibility of their previous release with a slightly subdued mood, with a result that is reminis- cent of some of Johannes Schmoelling's solo works. This will be an enjoyable disc for those who like Schmoelling, and, to some extent, the early eighties version of Tangerine Dream. (Gibraltar Encyclopedia of Progressive Rock)
Label:  Red Bullet ‎– RB 66.70     Country: Netherlands     Released: 1993
Genre: Electronic   Style: Trance

Tracklist 

1
Book Of Revelation 14:26
2
666 (The Beast) 7:52
3
Guru 7:29
4
Nostradamus 8:15


5  Not Consequent
Written By – Peter Kommas
7:03


6  The Prophet
Mixed By – Rob Blanchemance
9:29
7
Nostradamus (Club Version) 4:30
8
Book Of Revelation (Radio Version) 4:04

Credits


Notes


Except Track 5 was written by Ruud van Es, Peter Kommas & Rob Papen.
Tracks 7 & 8 are Bonus Tracks.