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One Track Mind: John Paul Jones’ Minibus Pimps, “Superbolt” from Cloud To Ground (2014)

One Track Mind: John Paul Jones’ Minibus Pimps, “Superbolt” from Cloud To Ground (2014)

John Paul Jones always brought an avant-garde bent to his work with Led Zeppelin, something he’s more fully exploring with Helde Sten on their outlandishly named, and even more outlandishly conceived new Minibus Pimps project.

The John Lurie National Orchestra – The Invention Of Animals (2014)

John Lurie is a musician, a composer, an accomplished painter, and an actor. For good measure, toss in raconteur and all-around Internet wise guy.

Doug Wieselman – From Water (2014)

For non-musicians, the creative process can be something of a mystery. The composer has all of that training about melody, harmony, scales, time signatures, and chord progressions — and out of that the musical ideas are born…somehow. The truth is that while the process can indeed be opaque (sometimes even to the composer), it’s not necessarily loaded down with music’sRead More

Teitur – Story Music (2013)

Teitur is the work of 36-year-old Faroese singer-songwriter Teitur Lassen, who returns with his sixth album Story Music — a very dark project, just right for winter evenings.

Movies: Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka (2013)

Movies: Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka (2013)

Vangelis is that rarest of soundtrack artists, one who can create not just involving themes but complete musical worlds that stand apart from the films to which they were originally attached.

Slack Armada – Slack Armada (2013)

James Hrabak turns the suddenly resurgent shoegaze subgenre on its heels, then shoves it out on the dance floor, with a new self-titled, beats-focused EP.

Something Else! Interview: Tangerine Dream’s Edgar Froese on stars, Brian May and defying categorization

Something Else! Interview: Tangerine Dream’s Edgar Froese on stars, Brian May and defying categorization

Over a period of ever-shifting lineups, Edgar Froese has remained the stalwart mastermind of Tangerine Dream — always pushing the envelope, always searching for that next sound. The latest ones come from deep, deep space

On Second Thought: Brain Eno – Small Craft on a Milk Sea (2010)

On Second Thought: Brain Eno – Small Craft on a Milk Sea (2010)

The celestial tones of “Emerald and Lime,” the opening track on Brian Eno’s Small Craft on a Milk Sea, would fit snugly on Music for Films or Another Green World. It feels like familiar ground

Exclusive stream: Roger Eno with Plumbline, “Pulling Strings” from Endless City/Concrete Garden (2013)

Roger Eno, the romanticist brother of Brian Eno, returns to his collaboration with experimental artist Plumbline — who spent a long period before their first duo effort capturing verite sounds at intersections in New York City.

WTF?! Wednesdays: Mystery Bear, “Epicycle” (2013)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Mystery Bear, “Epicycle” (2013)

People who have a rigid conception of what music is (read: chords, harmony, melody) are often surprised to learn that musical inspiration can materialize from very unlikely sources