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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.

"Uakti are a quartet formed in 1978 by Marco Antônio Guimarães (musical director and main composer), Paulo Sérgio dos Santos, Artur Andrés Ribeiro, and Décio de Souza Ramos; the musicians have classical backgrounds and play with the Minas Gerais Symphonic Orchestra. Uakti is devoted to extracting an extremely musical result from instruments made from PVC tubes, wood, glass, tin cans, and the like."-All Music Guide

This fairly extraordinary group had releases on major US labels and I actually saw...

''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...

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....

“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..

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 by about 1985-86 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, Doctor Nerve, Bill Laswell, Ronald Shannon and the Decoding Society. And James Blood Ulmer, who managed to land a....

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....

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!...

“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

"‘To Your Poverty Quietly Go’ is the second album from Umlaut, the brainchild of Bär McKinnon (Mr. Bungle, Secret Chiefs 3). Swinging from meticulous chamber-pop majesty to unapologetic 4-track romps, the album plays like a twisted film score, with...

This is the latest release by a band who has long been involved in the jam band scene. This is very, very progressive-rock sounding in a pleasing, contemporary way. You can hear elements of some of the best of the modern progressive bands such as...

"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...



"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...


This is an extraordinary vault-find. These approximately 40' long sessions have never been released before, not even bootlegged, and were not even known to exist.
They are released as individual (and quite beautiful) lps, but the CD versions pairs up two sympathetic sessions together on one disc!
And most importantly, every one of these is great! Even the artists I was completely unfamiliar with, are great. Hugely recommended.

"The Pop-Liisa and Jazz-Liisa broadcast session series...

This is an extraordinary vault-find. These approximately 40' long sessions have never been released before, not even bootlegged, and were not even known to exist.
They are released as individual (and quite beautiful) lps, but the CD versions pairs up two sympathetic sessions together on one disc!
And most importantly, every one of these is great! Even the artists I was completely unfamiliar with, are great. Hugely recommended.

"The Pop-Liisa and Jazz-Liisa broadcast session series...

"The 3rd album of this great band whose guitar player is Frank Fromy (Shub Niggurath 1st period). This new recording shows the band in superb form, dropping over Gotham their dark, heavy & intense Crimsonian post-atomic music. Fantastic playing from all, with a special mention to the rhythm section (massive fretless bass!). A fabulous album, their best and most mature so far - a fantastic band is emerging with this CD!"
This is the third (and best, imo) release by Unit Wail, the group which brought...

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...

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...

This great release is out of print. These are left-over MARKED PROMO copies from back when we did that sort of thing for these sorts of people. They have a large, very neat hole through the barcode, and are unsealed, but are otherwise completely new. There are exactly 4 of these, so have at them if you want them

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...

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...

In our 'quest' to rid ourselves of all Univers Zero titles, we are selling our stock of the Japanese version of this title.
It is identical to the standard title, except it has one bonus track which is unavailable elsewhere, "Up Or Down", written...