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"At first glance, I knew this would be a great combo - the hyperactive glitch kitsch of Keigo Oyamada's Cornelius project, married to the lilting lo-fi folk of Penguin Cafe - what's not to like?
Well, far from what I thought I was getting myself into with this, they've actually combined to create completely the opposite of what I imagined it'd be. I pictured a million instruments all playing at once, cut up glitched guitars bouncing all over the place, and madcap percussion pinging across the....

Back in print! The 7th, hard to find, 1993 release by this unclassifiable instrumental ensemble who use strings, reeds, ukelele, piano & more. [Tangram]

Les Penning-Recorder [Soprano, Renaissance & Treble], Crumhorn [Alto], Zither [Bowed Psaltry], Recorder [Garklein], Ocarina [Owl], Gemshorn [Tenor], Low Whistle [F and D], Vocals [Spoken word], Bells
Robert Reed-Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar [Nylon], Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Melodica, Mandolin, Bodhrán, Banjo, Vocals

“Glorious and wonderful album - Return to a time of autumnal forest strolls and breezy hilltops of England and Wales with the rustic smells and beer and cheese."...

Les Penning-soprano, Renaissance soprano & tremble recorders, crumhorn, bowed psaltery, tenor gemshorn, low F whistle, vocal
Robert Reed-guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, melodica, mandolin, bodhran, banjo, vocal

“Rob Reed and Les Penning release a new EP featuring an instrumental cover of the well-known folk song The Floral Dance.
Written in 1911 by singer and composer Katie Moss, the song, which lyrically tells the story of the Cornish Helston Furry Dance. The song was made popular....

2001 issue of this classic folk/rock/beyond band's 4th album.

"Originally released in 1970, this was the fourth release from the British folk-rock group Pentangle and may qualify as their swan song. With only five songs, Jacqui McShee, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Terry Cox, and Danny Thompson create a dense, layered sound that is woven within the fabric of each song like a tapestry. Although known for their eclectic approach and love of jazz, here the group concentrates on traditional material...

"With their 1986 release, In The Round, Pentangle went in a slightly harder direction with electric guitars and keyboards underlying a majority of the album. Still with plenty of their traditional material to satisfy the folkie crowd, this previously...

"Recently honoured for Lifetime Achievement at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, the legendary status of the original Pentangle is beyond question. Less known, though, are the great albums made by the reconstituted Pentangle between 1984-94. Built around...

2001 issue of this classic UK folk/rock/beyond band's 1st album, that includes 7 bonus tracks.

"There's something exciting about the first album of a band that goes on to greatness, and The Pentangle, by the group of the same name, is no...

“Rare and lost recordings by one of the greatest garage/acid punk bands from Texas — with the added bonus of the By Fives garage killer 'I Saw You Walking.’ Although the Penthouse 5 started out as a Merseybeat garage band, in 1966 and early 1967, they changed to a melodic psychedelic and folk rock sound.
The band is best remembered for their 1966 garage killer 'Bad Girl', the Beatleesque 'You’re Gonna Make Me' and more Byrds like folk-rocking recordings such as 'In The Shadow' or 'Don’t Mess...

"Band-released reissue of 1978 progressive from Illinois, remixed and remastered from the original analog tapes, digipack with lyric insert. "This album starts with the completely insane 'Frustration Mass', where the singer goes totally off the deep...

Splitting the difference between passion and song, PEOPLE play multi-dimensional utopian pop music in which opposing musical forces integrate to form a new sustainable recipe for sound and social implication. The audacious nature of ...

This is a great - and I mean great - Japanese psychedelic/progressive classic from 1971. They only made this one album and until its first CD issue about a decade ago, I had never heard of it, but it is absolutely one of my very favorites of that time and scene. Only intermittently available, it's available now and should be snapped up! Highly recommended!

"I dunno about anyone else, but it's my belief that this is the Japanese equivalent of A Meditation Mass - and every bit as great. Beautiful...


Victor Peraino was the final keyboardist in Arthur Brown's great, unusual, drummerless band Kingdom Come. When that band fell apart, Victor took the name for his new band and the band put out one hopelessly rare album in the 70s which was recently...

Victor Peraino was the final keyboardist in Arthur Brown's great, unusual, drummerless band Kingdom Come. When that band fell apart, Victor took the name for his new band and the band put out only this one album, which also happens to be one of the...

“Seven years of effervescent activity: few free jazz groups can be proud of such longevity, especially with a line-up as stable as that of Perception. Yes, there would be several guest musicians, including Kent Carter and Jean-Charles Capon, on the second album... Yes the "existential problems" of Siegfried Kessler would necessitate him being temporarily replaced by Manuel Villaroel... But for the most part, it was the core quartet of the first album which would tour Europe, through concerts from Belgium...

Ab Baars-tenor saxophone, clarinet, shakuhachi
Ig Henneman-viola
Ingrid Laubrock-tenor and soprano saxophones
Tom Rainey-drums

“Dutch theatricality meets American resourcefulness on this conclave from four like-minded musicians whose collective tastes veer to the freer end of the improvisational spectrum. As it turns out, shorthand sobriquets for the participants on the CD spine also work as a solid, semi-ambiguous band name. Live @ the Jazz Happening Tampere provides the...

“The Crimson Guitar is the eagerly anticipated fifth full length album by Fernando Perdomo, guitarist and bassist of The Dave Kerzner Band and Jakob Dylan's Echo In The Canyon Band. This album is a tribute to King Crimson and has been a labour of love for Perdomo.”

“I had the chance to see singer-songwriter and guitarist Fernando Perdomo perform at the fabled Colony Theater in Miami Beach when the Florida-born musician opened for Jon Anderson in November 2013. Fernando’s notable guitar work and...

"A three-guitar revision sees Keith Moliné, Gary Siperko and Kristof Hahn (Swans) expand the established orchestra of analog and digital synths (Wheeler, Gagarin), clarinet (Boon), drums (Mehlman) and Thomas' unique vocals. 20 YEARS IN A MONTANA MISSILE SILO follows their 2015 release Carnival of Souls, which was widely praised by the media and used by cult series 'American Horror Story' in Season 4. David Thomas: "The new album is The James Gang teaming up with Tangerine Dream. The Chinese Whispers...

“With Pere Ubu on hiatus since 1982s excellent Song Of The Bailing Man, David Thomas had recorded a` much-praised solo album and the band had now signed to a major label. In a period of rampant world commercialism, what would happen next? Another crucial era for the band unraveled, Pere Ubus journey charted new undulating territory and so began a three-album escapade that retooled our understanding of what pop music is. Things were further obscured with Cloudland when they released their industrial...

"Smash the hegemony of dance. Stand still. Pere Ubu return with their first new studio album in over three years. The 35th anniversary of the group's debut (The Modern Dance). The album ushers in a new era in the history of Pere Ubu, with David Thomas...

“Pere Ubu's appearance in San Francisco at the Fox Warfield Theater in 1980, recalls their early poise in punk rock, but with abstract definition. The ambitious new wave touring project Urgh! co-ordinated by Miles Copeland would capture the likes of Pere Ubu in this period, but the significance of this early show promises so much more than any package tour could promise.
Drawing on their new album The Art Of Walking while recalling shots of Dub Housing and The Modern Dance, David Thomas is joined by...

Great performances and excellent, rockin' live sound.

"A great live recording of the sadly short-lived version of the band that existed between the arrival of Eric Drew Feldman and the departure of Chris Cutler. By far the best recording of the Scott, Cutler, Maimone rhythm section, I think, and the whole band is on intense concert form: David racked up to 11, Eric working equally on foundations and fine details as to the out-there manner born and Jim Jones somewhere in the stratosphere...

"Released by Hearthan, and exclusively marketed in North America by Smog Veil, Long Live Père Ubu! is the album of songs that was the genesis of the entire mess. It is a great leap forward in our pursuit of hyper-naturalistic recording techniques...

Originally released in 1989 and out of print for a number of years, this is 13 tracks from 3 live shows in good sound, from 1978, 1980 and 1981. Reissued here on David Thomas' Hearthan label. Especially in 1978, the band were really one of the greats of that time.

"The second volume in the live Ubu saga, this is sonically better than its predecessor, 390 Degrees of Simulated Stereo. One Man Drives While the Other Man Screams songs Covering the period from 1978-1981, the tracks on this recording...

Fifth and final studio Ubu album until the band returned a number of years later with The Tenement Year. I saw them on this tour and they were fantastic, so even though the popular wisdom is that they weren't firing on all cylinders by this time...

Fourth Ubu disc has Mayo Thompson of Red Krayola joining on guitar and changing and making the sound less overtly rock based. Still some great stuff here!

"Pere Ubu unveil their new album, The Long Goodbye, nearly two years after their previous record for Cherry Red, 20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo.
Named after Raymond Chandler's novel, The Long Goodbye is the end of a road. Front man David Thomas has long talked of their journey to Satisfied City: 'This wraps up every song and story that Pere Ubu has been telling in different ways for the past forty plus years.' This Pere Ubu album sounds like no other. It boasts a large expanse of synths due to...

After a number of very good self-released 45's, Pere Ubu found themselves signed to a hip 'new wave' subsidiary of a major label (Blank Records - which only lasted two albums) for this, the premier release on Blank. I saw their tour for this album at B...

David Thomas – vocals, trombone, melodeon, spike
Jim Jones – guitar, backing vocals
Allen Ravenstine – EML synthesizer, sax, backing vocals
Tony Maimone – bass, backing vocals
Chris Cutler – drums, percussion, noises
Scott Krauss – drums

This is a 2018 reissue of the sixth Pete Ubu album; the 1st after a six year layoff, and, imo, finds the reunited band of mostly originals, with a few 'new kids who do a great job' (I'm talking about YOU, Chris Cutler and Jim Jones!) in...


Ivo Perelman - Tenor Saxophone
Tony Malaby - Soprano Saxophone
Tim Berne - Alto Saxophone
James Carter - Baritone Saxophone

“Innovative saxophonist Ivo Perelman is one of those rare musicians whose remarkably large discography is also uniformly superb. Despite having over 100 releases to his credit, not a single one even approaches mediocrity. Perelman's style, unique from the onset, has evolved with breathtaking alacrity making each addition to his oeuvre distinct from the other

Ivo Perelman - tenor saxophone
Matthew Shipp – piano
William Parker – bass
Bobby Kapp – drums

"Kapp is an excellent choice as Perelman's assessment is on the mark... 'he's very sensitive to time and space. He is dancing at the drum kit...' And while the frontline rolls along with the improvisational game-plan, Kapp's buoyant timekeeping faculties add a poetic quality to the rhythmic foundation along with Parker's resonating lines and fluid attack. The artists do what they do best by.

Ivo Perelman – sax
Matt Shipp – piano
Whit Dickey – drums

“A rather exquisite new communion between these three master improvisers. One of the most exhilarating qualities shared by great improvising musicians is the ability to bring one's immediate situation -- the joys, sorrows, fears and desires of the day -- into each unique performance. What made this most recent convening of the Ivo Perelman Trio so singular was the fact that not only were all three musicians -- prolific saxophonist.

Ivo Perelman - tenor saxophone
William Parker - bass, shakuhachi
Christopher Parker - piano
Chad Anderson - drums

“In his ongoing search for a cosmic sound to expand the boundaries of the tenor saxophone , Brazilian Sound Wizard Ivo Perelman dialogues with Master Sound Magicians Christopher Parker , Chad Anderson and William Parker in a unforgettable tour de force performance.”

Ivo Perelman - Saxophone
Matthew Shipp - Piano

“One of the longest standing improvisational duos in music return to shake things up with a new approach to free improvisation. Short, beautiful, lyrical music made possible by a decades-long musical partnership.”

Ivo Perelman, tenor saxophone / Daniel Levin, cello / Torbjörn Zetterberg, double bass

"Soulstorm is a remarkable joint venture between gifted saxophonist Ivo Perelman, and two of the most distinguished string players around, cellist Daniel...

"The natural affinity of music and visual art has rarely ever been expressed as vividly as in the visual imagery created by noted jazz saxophonist, Ivo Perelman. Born 12/01/1961 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he came to the United States in 1981 to pursue a musica

1981 Welsh psychedelic/folk rarity (call it "new weird Wales"), which has traditional elements, as well as a goodly amount of electric guitar to give it the psych balance. Nice male/female vocals, acoustic guitars, flutes and more are used in addition ...

1983 Welsh psychedelic/folk rarity, which has traditional elements as well as a lot of electric guitar to give it that psych flair. This was the band's final album release; they had one more after this that was released on cassette only!...

"Welsh folk prog group Pererin are still not known to have released a 4th album in their career, and that's because it was only released on cassette, and most of the copies remained shelved without distribution. But it's a wonderful album and here we...

Hervé Perez - soprano saxophone, shakuhachi, Nepalese flute, caval, bodhrán, Tibetan bells and meditation bowls, field recordings, electronics and programming, sound design + arrangements, composition, mix and master
Alexandru Hegyesi – bowed & plucked dulcimer, gusla, Bavarian zither, prepared chord-harp, psaltery, prepared cymbalum, wind bamboo chimes, shaman drum, rosewood claves, kokiriko

“An electroacoustic work by Hervé Perez taking the form of a suite of compositions which combine...

In the early 1980s, there was a small explosion of interesting and very unique progressive music coming out of Mexico. One of the paths being explored at that time was music that fused progressive music and ambient music with the instruments of pre-Hispanic Mexico; the sounds BEFORE the conquerors came and changed the continent hugely. The bigger names in the field were Suso Saiz and Jorge Reyes, but one of the first people to release a record that gained attention outside of Mexico was Luis Perez, who...

"Perfect Beings is an American progressive rock band formed in Los Angeles in 2012. They are known for their modern take on the sound of the classic progressive rock supergroup. Singer Ryan Hurtgen combines his incredible songcrafting skill with the talents of producer/guitarist Johannes Luley and keyboardist Jesse Nason. True to the progressive form, their albums are storied musical journeys through odd time signatures, avant-garde poetry, and symphonic mysticism. From 2012 through 2015, the group...

The 3rd release, probably their best, and a long time coming by this Italian progressive rock band firmly in the classic mold. The band are a quintet of piano and keyboards, guitar, bass, drums and vocals. Everything about this release says, "Yes...

A good one by the best known Italian fusion band in the USA (a couple of their releases were even released in the US). This one might be my favorite overall. In addition to the group, they invite percussion Toni Esposito (another fine, solid jazz-rockers)

Tom Arthurs trumpet
Benoît Delbecq piano
Jim Black drums
Miles Perkin double bass

“The “point in question” of the title of this album is always difficult to put into words. Miles Perkin, a Canadian double bassist and composer who is conquering the world bit by bit, prefers to do it musically, and this new opus gives you the entire picture of that fulcral point of a continuously reformulated question: what it is to write music for a band of improvisers? The conclusions you arrive.


Perlowin is a very excellent pedal steel guitarist. This won't be for many of our usual customers, but those who have a fondness for Leonard Bernstein and also a fondness for the pedal steel will definitely find this of interest. Conditionally recommen...

Professionally recorded and manufactured CDR release by the great guitaring mind behind Ahleuchatistas. Shane is a very versatile player - something you might not know if you only know Ahleuchatistas, and this presents a very different (and really...