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Mike Keneally Band “bakin’ @ the potato!”

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The Mike Keneally Band performs “My Dilemma” and “Kedgeree” from the new live DVD/CD set “bakin’ @ the potato!” on Exowax Recordings. Directed by Mike Keneally and Dave Foster. The release comes with the full-length concert on DVD in stereo, Dolby Surround and DTS Surround, plus two band commentary tracks; and an 80-minute CD of most songs from the performance. Available from Moosemart.
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The Music of Monique Ortiz — review by Mark McCawley

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The Music of Monique Ortiz

 

review by Mark McCawley

 

I first discovered the music of Monique Ortiz on Last.fm in 2005, through the music of the late Mark Sandman and his band, Morphine. At once, I was struck by the literary quality of Ortiz’ lyrics. Sandman, whose lyrics had an almost Beat quality to them, or the late Warren Zevon, whose lyrics also shared a dark, satirical, and sardonic literary terrain with those of Ortiz – is very much comparable with that of Jim Morrison, Nick Cave, and Patti Smith. Ortiz unique lyrical abilities, along with her deep, velvety contralto voice – combined with her near hypnotic percussive and sliding instrumental bass style creates a sound that is uniquely and individually her own.
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Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub

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AltRock Label Releases — Review by Mark McCawley

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AltRock Label Releases

 

review by Mark McCawley

 

4 new AltrOck releases, February 2011.

4 new AltrOck releases, February 2011.

From the instant I first received the review CD Iridule by Yugen from the independent AltRock label from Milan, Italy I have been increasingly impressed by the exceptional quality of their releases. Indeed, the AltRock label appears to be increasingly the “go to label” for prog music lovers worldwide.
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