Post Tagged with: "Progressive Rock"

The Best of 2008, Part 1: The Mainstream

The Best of 2008, Part 1: The Mainstream

by Pico It’s less than one week to Christmas, ladies and gents. Still trying to figure out what to give your loved one or boss that perfect music gift? Worse yet, you’re born before around 1965 and can’t figure out the Fleet Foxes from Black Diamond Heavies or Kanye West and don’t really care to? You’ve come to the rightRead More

David Gilmour – Live at Gdansk (2008)

Missing in the eternal argument embodied in their 1970s lyric — Which one’s Pink? — was my idea that it was neither Roger Waters nor David Gilmour. Maybe there would have been no Pink Floyd, not really, without Richard Wright. That’s what I hear in “Live at Gdansk” with Gilmour and Wright, recorded in 2006, but issued just days afterRead More

Quickies: Shaun Barrowes, Keith Emerson, Lindsey Buckingham, Jay D'Amico Trio

Quickies: Shaun Barrowes, Keith Emerson, Lindsey Buckingham, Jay D'Amico Trio

It’s been since the beginning of August since we’ve last done a “Quickies” here, so we’re long overdue for another one. There’s been a bevy of music put out during these last eight weeks that our full-fledged reviews don’t begin to cover, and a lot of it noteworthy. Gosh, I might be back with another “Quickies” next week just toRead More

Brian Eno – Eno Box II: Vocals (1999)

It might be best to take Brian Eno — the electronic mastermind behind some of the most important modern rock albums by the likes of David Bowie, Talking Heads and U2 — in smaller doses than this three-disc set allows. A thinker, a tinkerer, he’s always risked much — not least of which was failure. Still, swallowed whole, “Eno BoxRead More

Quickies: Bennie Maupin, Porcupine Tree, Dewey Redman

by Pico This version of Quickies focuses on new rock and old jazz. One thing they have in common: it’s all good. >Bennie Maupin The Jewel In The Lotus Multi-reedist Bennie Maupin first made his mark contributing that bad-assed bass clarinet to Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew and then joined Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi space-funk fusion group, staying on with Herbie toRead More

One Track Mind: Bruford Levin Upper Extremities, "Cracking The Midnight Glass" (1999)

by S. Victor Aaron From the first two words of this group, you already know that it’s a combo that features King Crimson’s all-everything rhythm section of Bill Bruford (drummer extraordinaire) and Tony Levin (bassist extraordinaire). This side project of theirs produced just a self-titled studio album in 1999 and a live document (BLUE Nights) the following year. In spiteRead More

Porcupine Tree, “Fear Of A Blank Planet” (2007): One Track Mind

I tried but, damnit, I just couldn’t ignore Fear Of A Blank Planet any longer. Whenever someone asks me who among the current crop of prog rock bands they should explore, Porcupine Tree is always on the top of my list. While I enjoy Yes-reincarnated outfits like Spock’s Beard, PT seems to be one of the few earnestly trying toRead More

Machine & the Synergetic Nuts – Leap Second Neutral (2005)

by Pico “Machine & the Synergetic Nuts”. What kind of music does that band moniker conjure up in your mind? New wave? Neo-prog? Goth metal? Vintage psychedelic rock? How about avant jazz-rock? At least that’s the closest I can come to describing this compelling instrumental music. This isn’t the first time this space was used to pimp an album thatRead More

The Soft Machine – Middle Earth Masters (2007)

One of the greatest unheralded rock bands to come out of the UK in the sixties was a group of musical misfits called The Soft Machine. This combo was among the earliest and most influential bands from Britain’s Canterbury Scene in the middle of the decade; a loose fraternity that also provided the genesis for Gong, Caravan and Henry Cow.Read More

One Track Mind: Spock’s Beard, "South Side Of The Sky" (2002)

Alright, confession time. There are large areas of the musical landscape I listen to pretty regularly but haven’t written about and probably never will. And there’s various reasons for that. For instance, popular releases are bound to be well covered elsewhere, adding my thoughts to it just seems redundant. Then there is the time factor, as in, so much music,Read More