Compact Discs

B-rain Folklore by Anla Courtis — review by Mark McCawley

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B-rain Folklore

by Anla Courtis

 

review by Mark McCawley

 
 
B-rain Folklore front coverArtist: Anla Courtis
Album: B-rain Folklore
Country: Tokyo, Japan
Genre: Experimental, Classical, Folk, World
Label: Yogoh Record
Release date: 21 Jan 2015

 
 
The very best experimental music should take the listener on an entirely new sonic journey with each new hearing and withstand repeated listening. Anla Courtis achieves both with the ten tracks which make up his 2015 release, B-rain Folklore. Virtuoso, multi-instrumentalist, Courtis performs all the instruments on B-rain Folklore — guitars, toba and homemade violin, erkencho (folk clarinet hornpipe), marimbas, mouth harp, flutes, plastic trumpets, flugelhorn, bombo legüero (drum), caja chayera, sikus (panpipes), bells, tapes, toy guitar, bau, objects & processing.
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Haunted House: Blue Ghost Blues — review by Mark McCawley

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Haunted House:

Blue Ghost Blues

 

review by Mark McCawley

 
 
Haunted House Blue Ghost BluesArtist: Haunted House

Album: Blue Ghost Blues

Label: Northern Spy

Release Date: September 13, 2011
 
 
Comprised of underground cult avant blues guitarist Loren Connors, his life partner and vocalist/lyricist Suzanne Langille, guitarist Andrew Burnes (of the band San Agustin from Atlanta, Georgia) and Daf player Neel Murgai — Haunted House briefly reunited again in 2010 to record Blue Ghost Blues with New York’s Northern Spy label. After performing at Brooklyn’s Issue Project Room on April 6, 2011, they reconvened a couple days later in the same old factory building where they laid down the tracks for Blue Ghost Blues — the follow-up to their 1999 Erstwhile release Up In Flames — at Seizure’s Palace Recording.
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Selected Discography of Rick Miller — review by Mark McCawley

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Selected Discography

of Rick Miller

 

review by Mark McCawley

 
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Self-taught Canadian multi-instrumentalist, Rick Miller has released thirteen individual albums since his 1984 debut release, Starsong, moving from ambient, techno electronic synthesizer based music (Paradox-Electro Leftovers) in the mid to late 1980s and 1990s (Interstellar Passage) towards more progressive rock oriented music (Dreamtigers, The End of Days) around 2000 and beyond.
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Cinefantastique by Gary Lucas — review by Mark McCawley

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Cinefantastique

by Gary Lucas

 

review by Mark McCawley

 

gary-lucas-coverArtist: Gary Lucas
Album: Cinefantastique
Country: USA
Genre: Instrumental, Acoustic
Label: Northern Spy Records
Release date: 1 October 2013

 
Gary Lucas is among that contemporary cadre of post-Zappa guitarists — Fred Frith, Henry Kaiser, Mike Keneally, Steve Vai, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo (to mention a few) — who are as at ease with complex compositions, regular use of dissonance and atonality and polyrhythmic time signatures, as they are with collaborations and on-the-spot improvisations. After well over 20 acclaimed solo albums to date, this Grammy-nominated songwriter and composer, soundtrack composer for film and television, and collaborator with such musicians as Captain Beefheart, Lou Reed, John Cale, Nick Cave, John Zorn, Bryan Ferry, Joan Osborne — Lucas shows no sign of slowing down creatively any time soon.
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AltrOck / Fading Records Releases (2013) — review by Mark McCawley

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AltrOck / Fading Records Releases (2013)

 

review by Mark McCawley

 

NotAGoodSignCOVERNot a Good Sign is a project by AltrOck/Fading Records and some bands’ members of the label. Marcello Marinone, Paolo «Ske» Botta and Francesco Zago, after a successful collaboration in Yugen and Ske, proposed a new blend of their musical attitudes. The result was an ominous, fascinating sound melting vintage keyboards, powerful guitars and voice, supported by a compelling rhythmic drive. In 2011, Botta and Zago began to write the music, and Zago provided the lyrics. Soon, Gabriele G. Colombi and Alessio Calandriello, from La Coscienza di Zeno, also joined the band. The drummer Martino Malacrida completed the line-up in 2012. In the following two tracks — “The Deafening Sound of the Moon” and “Afraid To Ask” — many will recognize the Old Prog School sound from the 70s, albeit in a modern key, with a pinch of hard-rock and psych. Resonant vocal melodies and lyrics complete the band’s melancholy but colourful imagery:
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