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U Totem were the avant-rock supergroup that combined personnel from Los Angeles' 5uu's and Motor Totemist Guild. They existed between 1998 - 2004 and released two albums, of which this is the second. Since his time in U Totem, drummer/composer Dave Ker...

“The closest thing to Henry Cow in complexity...world class playing & singing...there is nothing else like this now.” – Chris Cutler

“U Totem is characterized by unsurpassed technique and perfect sound; in addition, this music is well written & well orchestrated...this must surely be the CD of the year!” –Gateavisa


U Totem is the combination of the 5uus & the Motor Totemist Guild. This pairing has brought out the best parts of both bands, combining the abstraction & lyricism of the.

Eddie Jobson-keyboards, electric violin
John Wetton-bass, vocals
Allan Holdsworth-guitar
Bill Bruford-drums

This well known live recording is taken from a broadcast recorded September 11, 1978 from Boston, MA on the band’s first US tour.
It was previously available as part of the super-duper-deluxe-oh U.K. box set that is no longer in print and this is, sadly, the only trace of UK in print outside of Japan
It’s also the band with Allan and Bill, which was, imo, by far the.

''Uaragniaun is a group from Altamura (Puglia) centred around Maria Moramarco, researcher and performer of the popular repertoire of their homeland. This area, a bridge between Lucania and Puglia, maintains an original and traditional heritage (a diste...

The fifth album for Uaragniaun, a key group in the research and rediscovery of Southern Italian folk music. It has an unbelievably great cover, although I am not certain what it means...

“Among the best Italian progressive rock bands of the third millennium, the Milanese 5-piece Ubi Maior are undoubtedly worthy of mention; today, with their fourth album "Bestie, Uomini e Dèi" (Beasts, Men and Gods), they celebrate their twentieth anniversary.
All the experience gathered in the group's long career has been poured into these six brand new tracks; in contrast to the previous record "Incanti Bio Meccanici", characterized by long and complex suites, its successor reduces the songs length...

Surprisingly good debut release by a new Italian progressive rock band who seemed to have missed out on the over-hype of every other prog band from Italy, but who are probably the best of the bunch! Standard quintet lineup: vocals, piano/Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards, guitar, bass and drums. There is a nice introduction by keyboardist Baffo Banfi, the keyboardist of Biglietto per l'Inferno and the hype sheet compares them heavily to Biglietto and also to PFM; I'm not sure I disagree with that, but I also...

Ubi Maior is a relatively new Italian group working in the style of classic progressive rock. This is their second album and unlike the first, which strictly channeled the Italian sound, this still takes major cues from P.F.M. and Il Balletto di Brozno...

This is drummer Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins, Koenjihyakei, Korekyojinn), guitarist Uchihashi Kazuhisa (Altered States, Ground Zero) and pianist Mishiba Satoshi (who plays in the rock band "Kinniku Syojotai", who are a major, big band in Japan). This is ten...


Really happy to have this great, second release by this fantastic French/Ethiopian mash-up back in stock and at a better price than before too. You NEED this!
The second, totally great and smokin' French/Dutch/Ethiopian band who call themselves "Ethiopian crunch music". Using guitars, keyboards, sax, bass, drums and a Ethiopian singer, they use the Ethiopian pop sounds of Mahamoud Ahmed as a staring point and then they stretch it using punk, rock and even noise influences. Wonderful stuff. Highly...

Asnake Gebreyes - Vocals
Damien Cluzel - Guitars
Lionel Martin - Tenor Sax
Adrien Spirli - Synth Bass Roland SH-2, Juno 60
Yann Lemeunier - Drums

“Yeketelale is the third album from Franco-Ethiopian group uKanDanz, combining a heady brew of rock energy, saxophone zigzags and Ethiopian melodies, all fronted by veteran singer Asnake Gebreyes grooving harder than ever.

Spotted by Francis Falceto uKanDanZ was invited to perform at the “Ethiopian International Music

Totally great and smokin' French/Dutch/Ethiopian band who call themselves "Ethiopian crunch music". Using guitars, keyboards, sax, bass, drums and a Ethiopian singer, they use the Ethiopian pop sounds of Mahamoud Ahmed as a staring point and then they...

"In today's increasingly barren rock and roll landscape, Ulan Bator stand as beacons of explorative songwriting. Formed in Paris in 1993 by Amaury Cambuzat (vocals, guitar and keyboards) and Olivier Manchion (bass), the band's atmospheric approach to composition has consistently yielded guitar-driven, avant-rock at once hypnotic and untamed. And while their sound has developed in a variety of directions - often in relationship to changing line-ups and various collaborations, including with Faust and...

Finally this great 'jazz and beyond' talent from Chicago gets a bit of attention via Dave Douglas' Greenleaf Music label. What a composer!

"This magical, profoundly musical release embraces more aesthetic influences than one might have thought ..

This great, young 'jazz and beyond' talent from Chicago gets a bit of attention via Dave Douglas' Greenleaf Music label. What a composer!

"Expanding upon the artistic and critical success of his 2012 double album By a Little Light, Chicago...

You never heard of Matt Ulery unless you live in Chicago and are quite tuned in. I know this because I never heard of Matt Ulery either until very recently, when someone we are about to work with had him contact us. Matt is a young bassist and....

“It is no longer startling to hear tubes and valves channelling breath and imagination into such fine gradations of utterance. The process of deterritorialization from the trumpet's inherited identity is too far advanced to spring major surprises. The pleasure of listening to Hautzinger and Ulher together lies in the success of their creative interaction, the synergetic uplift of their shared and distinct techniques, their spontaneous responses and intuitive leaps. Prolonged introspection blossoms into...

“Leonel Kaplan plays the trumpet exclusively by focusing his approach on the rustling of the air column, the metaphysics of the tubes in a way (to paraphrase Amelie Nothomb): by playing with multiple pressure levels of the lips and the meticulous closure of the orifices with the pistons, he obtains a range of nuances, dynamics, noise, stamps rather leaded than copper, as they evoke piping.
Birgit Uhler, replies by adding to his remarkable work on the trumpet, the use of a radio, a speaker and...


Blood's second album, this is a classic of avant/punk/out/jazz/harmolidics, although nothing will ever touch "Captain Black". It's in print but only in Japan and is EXTREMELY hard to find, but we got 'em!

"Guitarist James "Blood" Ulmer has been..

This album is a monster classic of avant/punk/out/jazz/harmolidics. It features an amazing band of Blood (guitar), Ornette Coleman (alto), Jamaaladeen Tacuma (elec. bass) and Denardo Coleman (drums). It's in print but only in Japan and is EXTREMELY hard..

“Recorded and issued in 1982, Black Rock was James Blood Ulmer's second Columbia album, a follow-up to the previous year's Free Lancing. This was also Blood's first attempt to take the harmolodic jazz of Ornette Coleman and marry it directly to rock's visceral appearance and funk's in-the-pocket groove.
Certainly all his records from Captain Black on displayed this penchant in varying degrees, but all were linked to the deep exploration of harmolodic's scalular heights and unknown territories...

For my money, in the very late 70s and early to mid 70s, the best stuff that was happening in the USA was the punk/jazz scene which later metamorphosed and became known as the "downtown sound" or "The Knitting Factory" sound.

But before that happened, there were early explorers of the intersections between jazz and noise and sound and beats. Folks like Curlew, Material, Bill Laswell, Ronald Shannon and the Decoding Society. And James Blood Ulmer, who managed to land a major label deal with...

James Blood Ulmer: guitar
Mats Gustafsson: tenor & baritone saxophone
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten: electric & double bass
Paal Nilssen-Love: drums, percussion

This places Blood in front of a smokin', crazy band of youthful equals and makes for the best and most 'out' album he's made in years and years!

"Viking jazz band The Thing team up with one of the legendary men of jazz and blues. Guitarist and singer Ulmer combines (free) jazz, blues, funk, and rock -- always on the edge...

"Ultralyd is Kjetil Møster (The Core) on sax, Anders Hana (MoHa!) on guitar, Kjetil D. Brandsdal (Noxagt) on bass and Morten J. Olsen (MoHa!) on drums and vibraphone. This is their third album since the band was formed by legendary sax player Frode...

"Ultralyd are Kjetil Møster (saxophones/clarinet), Anders Hana (guitars), Kjetil Brandsdal (bass) and Morten J. Olsen (drums/electric vibraphone). Ultralyd can be said to operate in a sonic landscape that has as much in common with modern...

Contemporary jazz ensemble

Ulver were a Norwegian black metal band who turned into a oddball, soundtracky-noir band and who nabbed Daniel O'Sullivan from Guapo and are now a simply indescribable band! Here they perform some wonderful (and some wonderfully obscure) 60s tunes....

“Umbra’s story is that of a band from the early 1970’s who recorded what they wanted to record: heavy, heavy music from the start of the “American Comedown Era” as we’ve seen it described by our friends for their “Brown Acid” series; a band whose music, terrific though it is, has never to this point been released out into the wide world.
The tracks are hard-edged and heavy, verging on acid rock at times, which makes sense, as Umbra was a power trio most of their too-brief existence. Yet the songs...

Bär McKinnon: clarinets, flutes, saxophones, keyboards, vocals, percussion
Angus Leslie: guitars, keyboards, percussion
Hudson Whitlock: drums, percussion
Shane Lieber: bass
Pieta Hextall: bassoon on track 6
Max Dowling: alto saxophone on track 6
Lauren Mullarvey: baritone sax on track 4
Monica Ludekens: french horn on track 4 and 7

“A very festive new EP from Umlaut, the brainchild of Bär McKinnon (Mr. Bungle, Secret Chiefs 3), ‘Arunachala’ is equal parts

"A Travail Egal Salaire Egal was Un Drame Musical Instantane's third album, originally released in 1982 on the group's own GRRR label.
Since its creation in 1976, featuring Jean-Jacques Birgé, Bernard Vitet and Francis Gorgé, the group has decided to promote collective musical creation, co-signing their albums, which they consider as artworks in themselves, or their live shows which they try to renew every time they play.
Un Drame borrowed their sources from rock (synthesizer player Birgé and...

“Un Drame Musical Instantané were founded in 1976, featuring Jean-Jacques Birgé, Bernard Vitet and Francis Gorgé. Their aim was to promote collective musical creation, co-signing their albums, which they consider as artworks in themselves, or their live shows which they tried to renew every time they played. Their sound was created with many influences: They borrowed their sources from rock (synthesizer player Birgé and guitarist Gorgé, both authors of the album, Défense de); jazz (trumpeter Vitet who...

“Un Drame Musical Instantané [UDMI] were founded in 1976, featuring Jean-Jacques Birgé, Bernard Vitet and Francis Gorgé. Their aim was to promote collective musical creation, co-signing their albums, which they consider as artworks in themselves, or their live shows which they tried to renew every time they played. Their sound was created with many influences: rock ; jazz, and classical modern music; as well as movies or world news; they were the first in France to give a new impetus to live music on...



"Outstanding Instrumental Sympho Prog Rock quintet, featuring a constant duel type of interaction between the guitar and violin. Theirs is a musical ambience similar to Sagrado, their potency close to KBB, and their delicately structured melodies in...

"I do a lot of sketching. Always have. Every idea I have gets fixed in the medium it came to me. Some sketches are conceptual (what would happen if I did xyz?) and go in my notebook. Some sketches come to me at the piano and get notated on scoring paper. And some sketches result directly from getting my hands dirty with sound-sculpting while working at the computer with software, or with electronic gear like stomp boxes. Those get recorded in the computer.
"Over the past year or so a new theme...

Hard to imagine a more powerful or intriguing, improvising power trio than these 3: Charles Hayward on drums (This Heat and Massacre), Kawabata Makoto (Acid Mothers Temple) and Guy Segers (Univers Zero).

Let's hope that this 1st, live session...


One of the best currently active Zeuhl bands that I can think of – they really do get better with each album!

“UNIT WAIL’s 4th album (“Egarés” which means ‘stray’ or ‘lost’) is now finally available. Recorded in 2018/2019, the line-up hasn’t changed since their previous album (“Beyond space edges”) although this time ex-ART ZOYD trumpet player Jean-Pierre Soarez is featured on several tracks.
Again, Frank Fromy (ex-Shub Niggurath) plays guitar on 2 tracks. The studio production is excellent..

Fun and musically excellent octet featuring two trumpets, two trombones, bass trombone/euphonium/tuba, electric guitar, acoustic bass and drums. The band is led by trumpeter Darren Johnston, who writes most of the material. "Ecclectic, left of center...

"A top-notch prog-rock collective, headed by Unitopia's Mark Trueack and features members of The Tangent and Maschine. Includes guest performances by Yes legend Jon Anderson and revered Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett!"...

Unbelievably cool and avant-garde rock album (recorded in 1967 and released in 1968) by a band who was, imo, one of the three truly avant psychedelic US bands of the time (along with 50 Foot Hose and Silver Apples). The (in)famous Joseph Byrd led and provided keyboards and electronic music, Dorothy Moskowitz sang, Gordon Marron played electronic/ring modulated violin, Rarnd Forbes played fretless bass and Craig Woodson played drums.
If somewhat dated now in parts, the good stuff still raises a chill..

This set is a remaster of the highly successful 2008 double CD release.
Also included is a bonus disc of ‘extras’ including a new, 2020 song and 6 never-heard live renditions of songs from the album.

“I truly enjoyed this release by Unitopia from the first listen. There's an intriguing mix of new and old-school prog, an occasional burst of metal, and even a jazz flourish. This is a band brimming with inspiration and very imaginative songwriting with lots of interesting fills and runs. I...

New band from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, playing symphonic rock in the South American as most obviously typified by Sagrado Coracão da Terra and O Terço.

If you like that lush, symphonic sound, you're sure to enjoy this one...

Founding members of the original "Rock In Opposition" [R.I.O.] movement and the inventors of "chamber rock", Univers Zero have continued to change and grow and develop over their entire career, while still keeping a ensemble sound and spirit that is...

This is it. Last copies. Found a box and tired of looking at them. Get 'em now or weep.
It is identical to the standard title, except it has one bonus track which is unavailable elsewhere, "Up Or Down", written by Daniel Denis and which is taken from the same concert as 'Central Belgium In The Dark'.

A founding member of the original Rock In Opposition [R.I.O.] movement, and considered to be one of the greatest avant-garde bands of the 70s & 80s Belgium's Univers Zero were originally...

"...an incredibly powerful listening experience. In fact, Heresie is a stunning one-of-a-kind item which has never been duplicated by anyone -- including Univers Zero." – Bill Tilland/All Music Guide

How does a group follow up a auspicous debut..

"Since the late 70s, Univers Zero composer and drummer Daniel Denis has been pursuing his vision of a chamber music that borrows the energy and production of rock, especially working with stereo extremes, but with a classical ambiance."-John Diliberto/...