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Mélissa Acchiardi - banjo prepared drums, synthesizer, vocals
Aëla Gourvennec - cello, vocals

At it’s best, this charming duo sound like an a French, female, indie pop take on the Skeleton Crew esthetic of being a two-person 'one-man band'! Conditionally recommended.

“These are songs with everything you can put in them: lyrics, sounds, timbres, funny, startling, suspenseful. There are those that have been lingering in the back of our throats for too long, those that knock on doors...

Brand new, 2012 release from one of the very best space rock bands currently extant! Those 'in the know' know how good these guys are, but the larger spacerock/progressive rock community really doesn't, which is a real shame, because these guys are...

Hot on the heels of their excellent performance at NEARFest 2004 comes the 3rd (?) release by this Finnish spacerock band, which is housed in a really nice and clever cardboard art-sleeve (be careful opening it so you don't hurt it!). Dual guitars, key...

This is the first album by the now well-appreciated spacerock boys from Finland. Recorded between 1999-2001, this features dual guitars, Fender Rhodes piano and synthesizers, bass and drums. A cross between the Ozrics, The Spacious Mind, Hawkwind and...

Quite excellent spacerock album by this previously unknown to me Finish band. Guitars, keyboards, flute, bass & drums, with touches of wordless vocals and other things going on (I can't be too specific, because they were so busy making a nice package o...

“Much harder and rockier than its predecessors, 2007's 'Symetria' clearly marks a change. No flutes, no marimbas here, the Finnish band decided to trade its folk and soft trippy music for a more "classical" heavy synth space rock, in the likes of Hawkind, the Ozrics and sometimes Porcupine Tree and even Rush. Less innovative, but nonetheless very inspired and powerful!”

“British guitarist Mike Cooper collaborates with Hifiklub, a French instrumental ensemble from Toulon, for an impressive musical reading of Robert J. Flaherty's 1934 silent film Man of Aran.
Since 2007, French quartet Hifiklub has been building a protean work that evolves through an impressive series of collaborations. The band's catalog is wide and far-reaching, and includes more than 130 collaborations with such renowned musicians as Lee Ranaldo, Alain Johannes, Jad Fair, Fatso Jetson, R. Stevie....

"Rising star drummer Chris Higginbottom will be returned to the UK in summer/ autumn 2005 to tour his long-awaited debut album "ONE" featuring New York based musicians Seamus Blake, tenor saxophone (Dave Douglas), Aaron Goldberg, piano (Joshua Redman)...

"A fabulous release by this Canadian instrumental band that blends latin, r&b, soul, film soundtracks, jazz and more into moody and infectious grooves. Bret Higgins is no stranger to Tzadik, performing on the 2014 release Zebrina and performing with....

“Patrick Higgins is an American avant-garde composer, guitarist, and producer from New York City, known for his work in experimental and contemporary classical music. He plays guitar and composes in the ensemble Zs, described by The New York Times as "one of the strongest avant-garde bands in New York." His work as composer traverses the styles of the European avant-garde and the tradition of post-minimalist Downtown New York music.
He has received attention for his unique style of guitar playing...

"Anna Wayland is a talented and dynamic young songwriter whose influences range from blues, jazz, rock, world music and more. Her debut recording is a dark and heavy gothic masterpiece that takes us from death to love and back again. Produced by Mat...

Fantastic edition of this classic, early UK release, with tape research by Mark Powell and greatly expanded booket, rare photos, and design. Recommended. Very early (1969) heavy rock/progressive/oddball classic featuring Tony Hill-guitar, Simon House...

Makigami Koichi is one of Japan's most popular underground performers and this follows the journeys of his remarkable rock/pop band Hikashu through over twenty-five years of musical mayhem. From techno (before the Yellow Magic Orchestra) to noise/samp...

Newly reissued and selling for half of what it previously sold for!!

"Some gigs are simply meant to be out there - even if they take decades to actually make it into our hands. This is without doubt one of those concerts; recorded at the Philips Halle, Düsselsdorf on the 28th March 1979 during the Live Herald Tour.
Released following the AIM-nominated deluxe box set from Hillage, Searching for the Spark, this Düsselsdorf double CD showcases the Steve Hillage Band's prowess with excellent...

1978 solo album by the former lead guitarist of Gong during their classic early/mid 70's peak, this was his fourth solo. This was produced by, and features some drumming by Nick Mason. Not his best solo, but it defintely has some excellent moments. [Vi...

This was Hillage's 2nd solo album and his first after leaving Gong. There was a big push to make him a progressive rock star with this album; the album was produced by Todd Rundgren and the band is basically Hillage, Miquette Giraudy, Don Cherry (!!!)...

"Talk to any connoisseur of '70s-era double live albums, and many will agree that Steve Hillage's Live Herald, recorded and released in 1977-1978, rates among the finest jewels that the genre has to offer. So it's astonishing to discover that someone...

“Having made his name with Gong, Steve Hillage has been active for more than 40 years as a performer, composer and producer. He has just returned to live performance with a new incarnation of the Steve Hillage Band, revisiting classic material from the mid-1970s.
We feature his 1977 performance on Rockpalast,majoring on highlights from his first two solo albums, Fish Rising and L. The seven-piece band line-up also appeared on the acclaimed Live Herald set, and includes ex-Jethro Tull drummer Clive...

Even though Virgin had given up on Steve becoming the big star they wanted him to be by the time this was released in 1979, this excellent live album recorded on his 1978 tour was still a great album. This was originally 3 live sides and 1 studio side....

This is Steve Hillage at the height of his fame, in the middle of a huge US tour in support of his album "L", opening for E.L.O. at one of NYC's larger venues!

Recorded on February 12, 1977, this is a excellent, well balanced archival find, supplied and remastered by Steve himself! Highly recommended!

"A brilliant vintage live performance from Gong guitar guru and one of the most innovative guitarists of his era, Steve Hillage!

Crystal clear soundboard recording that captures....

This was Steve Hillage's 3rd solo album. Virgin was still trying to make Steve a star and it continues musicially in the same vein as L, except this time he's got his own band instead of Todd Rundgren's Utopia to back him up. Features Light in the Sky...

The last of Hillage's albums to strictly feature his progressive rock/post Gong sound. This includes the studio tracks that were left off of the new version of Live Herald, as well as two additonal tracks.

“Steve Hillage is releasing nine previously unreleased tracks of his recordings during an a capella echo guitar jam session in addition to 5 tracks from the session previously only available in the ‘Searching For The Spark’ box set.
The recordings are part of a series of archived tapes liberated from deep storage by Hillage for the box set, and this tape was labelled 'Wata Trip! 1973'. It was recorded when Hillage was 21, living in the Gong communal house in Sens, France with Miquette Giraudy, as...

Singer/songwriter whose latest appears here on Andy Partridge's Ape House label.

"The new album! Veda and a large gang of brilliant musician friends play ecstatic songs about life, death, and japanese bathhouses. Piano, two drummers, guitar...


"Formed in 2007, the instrumental group Hillmen has just released their debut CD titled The Whiskey Mountain Sessions, on Djam Karet’s new label Firepool Records. The group is Peter Hillman on drums, Gayle Ellett (Djam Karet) on organ & electric piano...

Excellent, heavy Swedish spacerock/stoner-rock/psych trio. Simple, but very effective, trancey/psych music made with guitars, organ, bass and drums.
So many great Swedish bands and so little time to take enough drugs to enjoy them all!
"Alive At Roadburn is Gothenburg based Hills' third album with Rocket Recordings. Hot off the Swedish psychedelia revival of the past few years and after their hailed 2015 album Frid, Hills connect the dots to their country's rich and intoxicating past with a...

Excellent, heavy Swedish spacerock/stoner-rock/psych trio. Their first was on Sulatron and now they've moved to Transubstans and they've turned up the electricity and heat. Simple, but very effective, trancey/psych music made with guitars, organ, bass...

"Though each musician has it's own experiences that includes several musical styles (going from World Music to Rock or classical contemporary music and Jazz), "Himalaya" is an ensemble that is commit in a direction with "world music" tendencies...

This fusion effort is led by bassist/composer David Hines and appearing with him is Steve Hunt-keyboards (Mahavishnu Project, Billy Cobham, Stanley Clarke), Steve Kirby-guitar and Steve Michaud-drums (Allan Holdsworth). In addition to this core band, A...

This is one of the greatest "you can't judge a record by looking at the cover" records ever.
Yeah, it's a crap cover and it makes this album look totally disposable.
Look who is in the band!
Terumasa Hino-cornet
Masabumi Kikuchi-keyboards
Gil Evans-arranger
Herbie Hancock-keyboards
Kenny Kirkland-keyboards
Steve Grossman-sax
Reggie Workman-bass
Anthony Jackson-bass
Lenny White-drums
Don Alias-percussion
and that's just a partial listing!...

If you like the electric 70s period of Miles, as well as spiritual/cosmic jazz, there's a lot of great releases from the 70s and into the 80s from the Japanese jazz scene that is well worth investigating. This is one of the really great ones from the...

This 1975 session is acoustic but very open and groovin' in nature. The core band is Terumasa Hino-trumpet, Hideo Mayata-tenor and soprano sax, Fumio Itabashi-piano, Tsutomu Okada-bass and Motohiko Hino-drums with big guest spots for additional...

"Terumasa Hino is the legendary Japanese trumpeter who has given us countless amazing sessions since the late 60s. His work in the 70s channeled the spirit of electric Miles Davis. This live album from 1973 isn’t plugged in but its searing with white...

"Hiromi Uehara is the petite Japanese pianist that has been shaking up the jazz world for a number of years. With each passing album she has added more electric instrumentation and the music has taken on some fusion overtones. Time Control is a new...

Shelley is one of the best known downtown NYC vocal improvisers. This is a musical suite about growing up in Brooklyn in the 50's & 60's. [Tzadik]

"The charismatic raconteur Shelley Hirsch returns with a fabulous new ensemble led by the talented Swiss composer Simon Ho to present her greatest extended work to date. Combining new compositions with reconstructed fragments from previous work, this...

Vocal acrobat, improviser, raconteur, chanteuse and so much more, Brooklyn born Shelley Hirsch has been a central figure in the downtown scene since the mid 70s, collaborating with just about every important figure in new music. This special collection...

In the 80s and 90s, in DC, one of the great nights out you could see once every 10 months or so, was singer / songwriter / guitarist / bandleader Robyn Hitchcock with whatever group of musicians he was fronting at that time.
He was always witty and a treat and I saw him quite a few times and always had a great blast and he's still witty and a treat, but now in a distinguished, silver-haired kinda way.

"After making records for three decades, Robyn Hitchcock has largely lost the ability to...

A 2007 release by one of the great songwriters and lyricists of our time, up there with Peter Blegvad, but much more prolific. "Viva Seattle Tacoma, Viva Viva Viva Sea-Tac; They've got the best computers and coffee and smack!"

In the 80s and 90s, in DC, one of the great nights out you could see once every 10 months or so, was singer / songwriter / guitarist / bandleader Robyn Hitchcock with whatever group of musicians he was fronting at that time.
He was always witty and a treat and I saw him quite a few times and always had a great blast and he's still witty and a treat, but now in a distinguished, silver-haired kinda way.

"Sometime after the release of 2003's sparse and slightly chilly Luxor, Robyn Hitchcock...

Very good, modern big band album. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida works much better than you would think!

"A composer who writes a 16-minute big-band piece based on "In-a-Gadda-da-Vida" isn't going for subtlety — but then, he probably wouldn't appear nude...

''A founding member of the legendary band After Dinner, Haco is one of the most versatile vocalists in the Japanese indies scene. Her newest project, Hoahio, finds her collaborating with two of the most exciting young musicians in Tokyo: koto virtuoso ...

Hoahio's second CD is even more quirky and varied than the first. Joining koto virtuoso Yagi Michiyo and Kansai vocalist Haco (After Dinner) this time is Era Mari, a remarkable young percussionist from Kyoto. Her brilliant vibes and marimba playing giv...

"Sudoku 82, a spare, beautiful, spacious piece for eight pianos, was composed utilizing systems derived from sudoku puzzles and the GarageBand computer program. It is here performed (all eight parts) by noted Los Angeles pianist Bryan Pezzone. The music..

Bram De Looze piano / Lester St.Louis cello / Dre Hocevar drums Sam Pluta electronics, signal processing on "Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA)".

"Jazz is indeed a universal language. The leader of this trio, drummer and composer Dre Hocevar...

Lester St.Louis cello /Bram De Looze piano / Dre Hocevar drums / Chris Pitsiokos saxophone / Philip White electronics, signal processing.

"After the success of "Coding of Evidentiality", Dre Hocevar is back—not with his trio, but with a quintet, considering the inner transformations to a quartet and again to a trio, expanding the original quest of "Collective Effervescence". Cellist Lester St. Louis and pianist Bram De Looze are one more time associated with the percussionist and composer...

Elias Stemeseder piano / Charmaine Lee voice / Dré Hoc_evar drums, composition / Bernardo Barros electronics / Weston Olencki brass / Michael Foster reeds.

"There is a particular, stately calmness about this album as if it’s out-worldly sonics have been chiseled off some strange marble. From the abrasive brass opener onward, up to that final anguished scream, a sense of meticulously sculpted logic envelops it's razor-sharp, elegantly reserved pieces. Wholly born of spontaneous improvisation...

Sam Pluta live electronics, signal processing Aaron Larson Tevis trumpet Bryan Qu saxophone
Mette Rasmussen saxophone
Jeremy Corren piano
Zack Clarke synthesizer
Lester St. Louis cello
Henry Fraser bass
Dre Hocevar drums, interaction

"Voice of a new generation — what is anticipated by the listeners today? When one begins a personal voyage incited by the title “Transcendental Within the Sphere of Indivisible Remainder,” the first impressions may deceive. Composer

This is five pieces by Tim in strictly 'modern composer' mode, with all the pieces composed between 2000-2010.

"I am a composer and also an improviser specialising in clarinets and lap steel guitar. After studying anthropology I taught myself...