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“I got a right to say FUCK YOU!!!” is how the new album from veteran guitarist Marc Ribot’s trio Ceramic Dog starts off, with Ribot howling in anger at corruption, tyranny, life in general, and nothing in particular. If you’ve got a serious case of outrage fatigue, Ceramic Dog’s explosive cocktail of balls-to-the-wall abandon, chameleonic disregard for style constraints, political commentary, and absurdist humor is just the shot in the ass (or kick in the arm?) you might need. In fact, Ceramic Dog’s new...

This is the fifth album by this 'Rock Progressivo Italiano' band whose foundation goes back the 70s, but who only were able to start releasing records about 20 years ago.
Their sound is a mixture between RPI and UK-styled, early 70s progressive hard rock, ala Deep Purple.

"Anyone who has ever had to do with the new generation of Italian prog must have at least heard of Stefano Agnini, in particular for his militancy in La Coscienza di Zeno and his participation to La Curva di Lesmo project, along with his well-known mate Fabio Zuffanti. Today, for the first time, the Genoese composer faces the challenge of a solo record, under a total and unconditional artistic freedom.
Agnini is here accompanied by a number of excellent guest musicians: Stefano Lupo Galifi...

Another Italian one-shot that hasn't been out on CD in quite a number of years and makes a welcome return here!

"One of many bands from Naples, and strictly connected to Osanna, with Corrado Rustici being the younger brother of that group's...

Eugene Chadbourne: Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Voice
"For me playing solo is the purest form of expression. The two solo CDs Strings and Songs give a representativ cross section of my work. In a way they go to the heart of my music."- Eugene Chadbourne...

Eugene Chadbourne: Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Voice
"For me playing solo is the purest form of expression. The two solo CDs Strings and Songs give a representativ cross section of my work. In a way they go to the heart of my music."- Eugene Chadbourne

"This is a reissue of Eugene Chadbourne's album, first released as a cassette on No Prestige Records in 1988.
Dateline: Christmas Day, 1977, San Francisco. On an ailing quarter-track tape deck, in a marathon session, Eugene Chadbourne recorded a series of slide guitar solos playing compositions by the likes of Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman, along with a few standards and originals.
Although the recording quality was imperfect, the playing was absolute...

One of the greatest, most damaged albums ever. In any genre or category. Period. The only album that sounds like this one is this one.

"One of the absolute essentials of Chadbourne's oeuvre, what he described as "free improvised country & western bebop," featuring his frantic, skewed interpretations of classic songs such as Merle Haggard's "Swingin' Doors," Roger Miller's "The Last Word in Lonesome is Me," and Willie Nelson's "Mr. Record Man," There'll Be No Tears Tonight was recorded in Spring...

“Eugene and Henry have been playing together of nearly 43 years. Back in 1977 they recorded a guitar duet that Wadada Leo Smith had presented to them: WIND CRYSTALS. This piece was released on Henry’s first album on Eugene’s Parachute label: ICE DEATH. On the 40 year anniversary of the original WIND CRYSTALS, Henry and Eugene recorded an entire album of guitar duets composed by Wadada, including a re-recording of WIND CRYSTALS. This album contains pieces from several different phases of Wadada’s work...

Two of today's most important guitarists meet for the first time in an homage to the great Derek Bailey! [Victo]

A quite successfull & less ''humorous'' release than much of Eugene's output of late, this is serious improvisational music, featuring his banjo & dobro work in a straight improvisational format with drummer Paul Lovens. [Victo]

Amazingly it was only the second time the two guitarists had ever played together, and the first time in North America. Both are strongly influenced by the country and folk traditions, and it was a real twisted hoedown that took place, with each bringi...

Eugene Chadbourne (12-string banjo, banjo, vocals), Warren Smith (drums, tympani, marimba, percussion, vibes)

"Eugene Chadbourne is like a banjo-slinging 21st-century incarnation of Mark Twain. He underlines the absurdity of the war on drugs...

A long, long time ago in the early to mid 80's, a drummer from Florida used to release albums of 'free rock' or improvised rock/weirdness under the name Dimthings or Dimthingshine in funnily packaged, very homemade looking vinyl record packages with ha...

Luís Vicente trumpet
Théo Ceccaldi violin and voice
Valentin Ceccaldi cello and voice
Marcelo dos Reis acoustic guitar, prepared guitar and voice
"This is the second volume of the in-progress cross pollination of two geographical forces in the domains of creative jazz and free improvisation, a Portuguese one, represented by trumpeter Luís Vicente and guitarist Marcelo dos Reis, and a French one, put to action by the brothers Théo and Valentin Ceccaldi. The ground for this...

So...Jimmy Chamberlin is the drummer for Smashing Pumpkins (not anymore, dude just quit to do this band full time. Had something to do with not wanting to just "cash the check" anymore. Good for you Jimmy!)YES, we meant to stock this disc. Why?...

Very, very good modern jazz album from the former drummer of Smashing Pumpkins (who studied jazz for decades and is no dilletante!), along with an amazing group:
Chris Speed - reeds
Sean Woolstenhulme - guitar
Billy Mohler - double bass
Randy Ingram - piano
A lot of this reminds me of Alas No Axis, which is another (great) group that Chris Speed plays in. Hugely recommmended!

“What you hear on the record is literally the first or second attempt at playing these composition

"This, the Chambers Brothers' coming-of-age record, was a well-timed and even better executed exercise in modern record-making. The brothers had recorded several excellent gospel-folk sides on a few labels (including CBS) in the mid-'60s. They were darlings of the folk set, and even sang backup on a few unreleased Bob Dylan sessions in 1965.
By 1967, they were at loose ends. Having demoed a slightly demented song that year called "Time Has Come Today," the group entered the studio with producer...

"This one comes out of left field. Killer kosmigroov effort that has flown under the radar for collectors for many years. Originally released in 1976, on Finite Records. Quite an amazing set from drummer Joe Chambers. This is a straight on amalgam of...


“I consider this project to be an aural map — a soundscape — of the extended techniques that I have developed over the course of the past decade. Using non-invasive techniques (I don’t prepare the piano), I use objects as a means of eliciting sounds...

This one from the mighty AltrOck label presents something a bit different for them and something outside of their more usual 'avant-progressive' style. This is 11 shorter songs that are between 2' and 6' long and is by a quartet of...


A short-lived collaboration between keyboardist Roger Eno, guitarist Bill Nelson, and oboist/saxophonist Kate St. John... Eno's contributions are about evenly split between piano and synthesizers, and his playing is typically excellent; though often ov...

"If the “risk” factor, on our music scene seems to be no longer appreciated anymore, by artists in the first place, the recording by the CHANTSONG ORCHESTRA directed by Igor Sciavolino comes as an appreciable gust of novelty and experimentation...

Propaganda is the 3rd release by this Baltimore progressive rock quartet. Their previous albums featured a keyboardist, whereas this is much more guitar-driven, as Cliff Phelps, the leader/guitarist/singer also adds some flute, synths and keyboard embe...

"The great New Jersey band who recorded their self-titled album in 1969. At Mod Sound Studios. Great late '60s psychedelic music with distorted guitars and heavy organ. The album contains all original songs and is mostly psychedelic with a couple...

"Never before released live album, recorded by Dutch "hippie" station "VPRO" in May 1971 is the earliest known live recording so far discovered of Michael Chapman after he started releasing records on the legendary Harvest label in 1969. This period is for Chapman fans of the classic period. A beautiful clear, warm and intimate recording of Chapman duetting with long-time collaborator Rick Kemp on electric bass of which documents material from all three albums in a free-flowing improv-inflected style...

“Chapman has long had a fascination, not just with American music, but the American South and West. So an album explicitly inspired by the country should come as no surprise. The joy is how much it highlights his fabulous guitar picking. "Sweet Little Friend From Georgia" and "Coming of the Roads" might seem relatively straightforward, but the more epic "Swamp" and "Gaddo's Lake" delve into decidedly complex territory; in fact, the impressionistic "Swamp" is probably the record's centerpiece. As an...


"For those already aware of the Yorkshire-born composer, singer, guitarist and self-confessed maverick troubadour, Chapman's Clayton Peacock recording may come as something of a surprise. The music here is unlike anything he has crafted before...

"I'm rather surprised that I'm the first one to review and even rate this record. It has been the weekly tip on a large German newspaper about 3 months ago. They were really enthusiastic about it, and - against normal operation - I can confirm their....

So, there is all this bullshit and fake obscurity about The Residents. We all know that.
Charles Bobuck is a fake name for (I think) Hardy Fox, who was one of the original Residents, but left sometime in the 80s.
This is him performing some of those tunes today.
Note: we list this under “C” just like we list Jethro Tull under “J” and Muddy Waters under “M”; it isn’t his name.

“New arrangement and new vocals crack open altered interpretations of favorite Residents standards. Charles.

Charles Bobuck is Hardy Fox, who was one of the original Residents, but left sometime in the 80s. Now Hardy is releasing album (good ones!) under the name Charles Bobuck. Why? Dunno.
Note: we list this under “C” just like we list Jethro Tull under “J” and Muddy Waters under “M”; it isn’t his name.

"The all-new album by former Residents composer Bobuck. Based on the H. Fox story, "O-bay Scooplaws and the Summer of Love." Scooplaws was one of the thousands of bands who pilgrimaged to San....

This was one of the more extraordinary sets up at Victo last year, since it was as visually stimulating as it was sound-wise. This brilliant quintet of electro-acoustic French and French-Canadian improvisers performed on an elevated circular stage in ...

Xavier Charles clarinet, harmonica
Ivar Grydeland acoustic guitar, banjo, scruti box
Christian Wallumrød piano
Ingar Zach percussion, bass drum

"Guitarist Ivar Grydeland and percussionist Ingar Zach, prime movers and catalysts...

I believe that this was the second Charming Hostess album, which has been waiting for a release for a few years now and it is very great to have it finally available. Familar names here include most of Sleepytime Gorilla Museam: Carla Kihlstedt, Nils Frydahl and Dan Rathburn, plus Jewlia Eisenberg (the band's leader) and Wesley Anderson.

"A few of you will already have heard either the Hostesss first wild American release or founder Jewlia Eisenbergs ear-opening Tzadik CD of last year...

Note the Ahvak and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum personnel involved in this one! "Following up on the enormous success of her Trilectic release from 2000, Jewlia Eisenberg has again fashioned a remarkable program of a cappella vocal and instrumental music ...

"The Bowls Projectis an exciting new recording by Charming Hostess, one of the most consistently creative and explorative ensembles working today. Based on inscriptions found on ancient Babylonian Jewish amulets, the texts speak of mysticism and magic...


"This fantastic new 2 disc set by Brian Chase, drummer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, contains both a CD of the music and a DVD of the music with videos by New York video artists Ursula Scherrer and Erik Z...

Originally, Ian Jones, founded a new version of Karnataka, and toured and wrote material, with an eye to releasing a new Karnataka album with a new line-up called “Chasing The Monsoon”, but obviously he decided insteadto go forward with a fresh start…

“Ian Jones, a founder member of critically acclaimed symphonic/progressive rock band Karnataka, and Steve Evans, multi-million selling songwriter and producer join forces with vocalist Lisa Fury, guitarist Ian Simmons and special guests including...

“In Plato's vision of the universe, the Hyperuranion is a realm of ideal forms where the soul waits before entering the body, inspiring humanity's search for truth and beauty on Earth. On their seventh release and third for London-based RareNoise Records, the exploratory trio Chat Noir conjures their own Hyperuranion, a transcendent space beyond genre where electronica, rock, jazz, and ambient music meld into a rapturous hybrid.
For this latest manifestation of their ever-evolving sound, Chat Noir's..

Nice to have new material by this quintessential 'downtown' composer of the 80s and beyond.

Rhys Chatham’s Harmonie du soir presents three heavenly compositions. The title track is the first major piece written for the configuration of six...

Rhys Chatham is one of the originators of what later became known as the 'downtown' scene and he has been an original thinker and has been involved with interesting music for 40 years!

"Rhys Chatham returns with his first solo album since 2013, the enchanting Pythagorean Dream. Having studied under Terry Riley and La Monte Young (with whom he later went on to work), Chatham fused the overtone-drenched minimalism of John Cale and Tony Conrad with the relentless, elemental fury of the Ramones....

"NYC has always thrived on its ability to merge glitz with grime, creating products that incorporate both highbrow idealism and raw, gritty experimentation. Composer Chatham's exploration of noise, chaos, composition and calm is in many ways the most...

Despite possibly being the most unfortunately named and illustrated CD I've received in 2015, this is a pretty good effort. 'Chato!' is guitarist/vocalist/composer Chato Segerer and this is a 2/3rds instrumental album of exactly what it says it is: 'prog fusion with balls'.

Lots of Zappa influences, hard fusion influences (think Morglbl) and more, with an assortment of musicians included, giving this a 'full band sound'.

Chau Coco! is another Argentinian band by our friend Martin Rur, who is also in the excellent Karenautas.

This is their first album and in this band, there's more singing (good singing!) and the over-all feel/sound reminds me of Picchio dal...

Chau Coco! is another Argentinian band by our friend Martin Rur, who is also in the excellent Karenautas.

This is their second album and in this band, there's more singing (good singing!) and the over-all feel/sound reminds me of Picchio dal...

Remy Chaudagne-bass, compositions, Andy Shppard-soprano & tenor sax, Peter Erskine-drums. "On this album everything is tight and clear. The dialogue between the three musicians is sometimes held back, sometimes heavy but always aims for a colour which..