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“While ensembles like the Kronos and Brodsky quartets have filtered into the rock world by way of guest appearances or loosely adapting rock music, Univers Zero have been single-handedly bridging the two disparate worlds by integrating a frontline rhythm section into their dark scores. And what a powerhouse pulse machine it is..."-Focus

This is UZ's 2nd release since reforming in the late 1990's. and leader/composer/drummer/keyboardist Daniel Denis builds upon the rich legacy of Univers Zero's...

Over 30 years ago, after 3 years of work and rehearsals, a group of seven unknown Belgian musicians gathered in a small basement studio to record their first album, which they released themselves in a tiny edition of 500 copies. The album was untitled...

"...a must for lovers of adventurous music" – Keyboard

"A remarkably subtle weaving of rock, classical, & avant garde tactics..." – Alternative Press

"If Stravinsky had a rock band, it would sound like this. Blazing, white hot, medieval" – Advocate Newspapers

"Univers Zero's vision (is) pretty much unique & for those touched by it, nothing else will quite do...a sound that really couldn't be any other band in the world." ...

John Dikeman saxophones / Jon Rune Strøm double bass / Tollef Østvang drums / Joe McPhee pocket trumpet, alto saxophone.

"John Dikeman, Jon Rune Strøm and Tollef Østvang choose as the name of their trio the title of an Albert Ayler’s...

"Thanks for the University of Errors. Great BAND!...lovely record." - Robert Wyatt.

"Just got the Jet Propelled Photographs. I like it. Good energetic versions of the songs and Daevid is singing well." - Hugh Hopper


This great title - the only time we at Cuneiform were able to work with Daevid Allen. This title is out of print in physical format and it will not be coming back in physical format, so if you ever wanted this, now is the time, as there are about 13 copies left for sale.

“L'UNIVERSO is a collective of musicians that revolves around the bass player Adriano Barbiero. We are in the Venetian hinterland, which boasts a thriving musical scene in the 90s (Spirofera, Estasia, Nema Niko, Miraspinosa, Antinomia, Bondage, Ledel, etc.) from which L'Universo drew, now musically projected into a cosmic-ritual timeless dimension.
"Atema Ndanaxeo" is proghedelic alchemy in a single suite with the attitude and spirit of cosmic kraut-rock ("at the gates of the cosmos that is up there..

Throughout the 80s and into the 90s, all Jimmy and Robert heard was "Is Led Zep reforming?"
When given the opportunity to perform for MTV's acoustic series "Unplugged", they decided to acknowledge their great 70s catalog but in an unexpected way. They brought in a orchestra, hurdy gurdy, mandolins, bodhran, and, most importantly, an ensemble of Egyptian musicians, in a brilliant move that strongly brought out the Arabic influences that were always in Page's compositions, but were hidden by the...

"A lynchpin of the Oakland rock/improv scene and now based in Brooklyn, Ava Mendoza has been taking Downtown NY by storm, performing with many of the best musicians around and leading her own dynamite bands. Her cutting edge guitar playing is front and center here in nine hard-edged and steely blues-tinged rock instrumentals. With a twisted sensibility and plenty of shredding, psychedelic effects and surprises, the music features Tim Dahl (Child Abuse, Lydia Lunch Retrovirus, Pulverize the Sound) on bass...


"Two years only after “Il paese del tramonto”, Unreal City return with a new work, “Frammenti notturni”. If the two previous albums (the debut album “La crudeltà di aprile” was released in 2013) contributed to spread the band’s name all around the international progressive scene, thanks to concerts played in Europe and overseas at the Canadian Terra Incognita festival, this third chapter is destined to consolidate their status as one of the of the most important names in the Italian prog-rock panorama...

This is the second release by this very good, young Rock Progressivo Italiano band from Parma, Italy. Their first, from 2013, rightly gained them a lot of attention, and this is another excellent release of symphonic rock from this band...

Acoustic free improvisation of the first order, from a new trio comprising distinguished representatives of three generations of European musicians: Martin Kchen-baritone & soprano saxophones, objects (Sweden) / Tony Wren-double bass (UK) / Raymond S...

Matthew Shipp, the supreme jazz pianist of his generation, and Mat Walerian, the finest Polish jazz woodwind player of his, have combined their talents in concert on several occasions. This album documents one such instance, from May 2012...

Harald Skorepa – piano, organ, synth, flute, guitar
Uwe Bekemeier – guitar
Benno Löser – bass (1)
Michael Heine – drums (1)
Klaus Kluge – guitar (2,3,4,8)
Günter Lietz – bass (2,3,4,8)
Wolfgang Brock – drums (2,3,4,8)

“Upperseption – the name being a partly nonsensical coinage – were founded in Altenhundem, situated in the Sauerland in North Rhine-Westpalia, in 1970. They played progressive rock music, influenced by The Nice.
The band didn’t release anything back


As I hope most of you have noticed, I have a strong belief and interest in the new, young(er) bands who are playing now what would have been called progressive rock if they had been doing it 35-40 years ago, but now they sit in a sort of a odd, uncomfortable place between math-rock, art-punk, technical-rock and god knows what other hyphenated names you care to use. In any event and in my opinion, this is one of the most intense, indescribably brilliant albums we've ever released. It's stupidly

Physical copies of the hard to find third release by this bafflingly brilliant outfit.

"Sometimes albums are the collective energy of the people involved and how they interact with their surroundings. This would be that. On our third album, we were down to the original 3 members and it was back to basics.
By this time we had figured out that the only way we could excel as a 3 piece of 2 guitars & drums was to play tightly knit short songs that had little room to breath for all involved. I...

"...a feast of heavy, odd-time riffing" – Washington City Paper

"...a stunning example of both virtuosity and clever composition...amazing, and amazingly consistent...." – All Music Guide

"Seldom is music so challenging also so easy to listen to." – Prefix

"...there’s something revitalizing about hearing a band like Upsilon Acrux hitting their stride...." – Dusted
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“Often compared to the late Kaoru Abe, Masayoshi Urabe's solo performances begin and end with silence. Out of the silence the harmonica slowly emerges, erupting into stabs of harmonica and gutteral cries which then give way to punctuated bursts of alto eventually retreating back into the equilibrium of silence.”

Swedish band from Gothenberg, who specialize in mystery (there's basically no information about them on the web or from their record label) and in space-electro-punk. This is their debut release. The only thing that their press release contains is...

For the first time in 20 years, Gilbert Artman's extraordinary and unique Urban Sax ensemble have released a new work.

Hand-numbered in a gatefold sleeve, the CD and vinyl are identical, while the DVD is different material, featuring a live....

In the early 1970s, Michal Urbaniak had one of the best jazz/rock bands in Eastern Europe. This is his two studio albums from 1973, ‘Paratyphus B’ and ‘Inactin’, both of which are very good (and only one of which has ever been released on CD before), after which he relocated to the USA where he formed a group called ‘Fusion’, and toured opening for Weather Report (where I saw them in 1975).
This is those two studio albums as well as a very excellent and lengthy never before released and lengthy 1972...

Jean-Paul Estiévenart - trumpet
Ben Van Gelder - alto sax
Bert Cools - guitar & electronics
Jozef Dumoulin - Fender Rhodes & electronics
Bram De Looze - piano
Reinier Baas - guitar
Antoine Pierre - drums
Félix Zurstrassen - electric bass
Frédéric Malempré - percussion

This is written in inspiration by and using the instrumentation and style of “Bitches Brew” and man, often it really does run that voodoo DOWN!

“Suspended is Urbex's third...

Do Roger Dean covers come any more awesome and any more wizardly than this?

"This is the album that solidified Uriah Heep's reputation as a master of gothic-inflected heavy metal. From short, sharp rock songs to lengthy, musically dense epics...

"After reaching an international level of success with Demons and Wizards, Uriah Heep continued to build their fan base by knocking out another album of prog-like metal before the year's end. The end result, The Magician's Birthday, is not as...

I don't know much about Heep, but I kept hearing that this was their best and most progressive album. It's really, really good; vocalist David Byron has that early 70s high vocal hard rock thing really down and the harmonies are also really good, as is the entire band (most notable are the guitar and organ work). The second disc includes alternate versions of both album and non-album tracks and some live material, as well as a big booklet of liner notes.
>br> "'Salisbury' is certainly the most Prog...

Heep's fifth album and one of their early progressive, heavy classics, with a progressive and heavy Roger Dean cover and mucho bonus tracks here!
"Initially released in 1972 ‘The Magician's Birthday’ is the fifth album by British rock band Uriah Heep. Fast forward 46 years it still remains a timeless classic. Painstakingly remastered by Andy Pearce this 2CD set also includes alternative mixes that excite, reignite and rejuvenate. Extensive liner notes penned by best-selling author Joel McIver tell...

Great third release from a wonderful trio from from Cincinnati, OH, who play a sort of modern progressive rock with a lot of modern / electronica / hipster touches.
The unique lineup is
Kristin Agee-vibes + synths
Joel Griggs-guitar + synths
Jeff Mellott-drums
The sound is interesting, fun, rockin' and unique. The only groups I can think of that has some similarities is Algernon and, to a lesser degree, Tortoise, but they mostly sound like Us, Today.
They're also great live..

Dutch band who mix folk/progressive/psychedelic with spacerock touches for a sort of a cross between Mellow Candle & moments of Gong/Daevid Allen. Only downside is that during the rock parts they use a drum machine. Still, for all the acoustic parts & beyond (& there's much more of that than the rock parts), this is pretty much spot-on. This could even be at home on the Kranky label.


The Use of Ashes, formerly known as Mekanik Kommando, released this on their own label as a vinyl-only release in 1988 and this marks its first release on CD. The band is : Simon Van Vleit-percussion, electronics, mellotron, violin, tapes, sounds, Jac...


This CD combines the 1st two 12" releases by Ut. Ut were a NYC based art-core / no-wave trio, who recorded all of their early releases at Cold Storage and who had a working partnership with Tim Hodgkinson for a while (he produced a couple of albums by them, and I believe he is a guest on one of these two).

"Ut is a radical rock group founded by Nina Canal, Jacqui Ham and Sally Young in NYC in Dec 1978. Originating in the downtown No Wave scene and inheritors of the collision between rock, free...

Ut Gret, the project led by bassist/guitarist Joee Conroy, have been around for a very long time in Louisville, KY and has released a number of more avant/improvisational discs, but for this one, their fourth, Joee has reached back to what I assume are...

"A treasure trove of previously unreleased West Coast guitar psychedelia, 1966-1975. This is the incredible story of Uther Pendragon, a lost psychedelic band from San Francisco whose music has remained buried until now.

Formed in the Bay Area in 1966 as a teen garage group called Blue Fever, Uther Pendragon lasted from 1966 until 1978. During that time, the band went through different names and phases, as their music evolved from garage to psychedelia to hard rock, but the core of the band....

“Call it synchronicity, call it happenstance, call it no more than three friends getting together to give their speakers a workout. Yet The Utopia Strong’s formidable conflagration of psychedelic radiance and beatific harmony has evolved way beyond all or any expectations since the band’s inception.. ‘International Treasure’ chronicles the collaborative collision of Steve Davis, Kavus Torabi and Mike York heading into unchartered psychic territory, seemingly with nothing but their instincts as...

“The combined forces of Steve Davis, Kavus Torabi (Gong/ Cardiacs/ Knifeworld/ Guapo) and Michael J. York (Coil/Teleplasmiste/Guapo) have arrived at no less than a modular driven kosmische colossus of transcendent power enough to drive all talk of green baize firmly into the blue yonder.
With Davis’ modular geometry and ambient structures weaving with Torabi’s keen and skewed sense of melody and York’s various gifts for pipes, drones and fevered abstract – the result is a beguiling tapestry as likely..

Tom-Inge Andersen – bass
Tor Dahl – guitar
Lars Fredriksen – vocals
Atle Bystrøm Olsen – guitar
Tor Øyvind Folegg – keyboards
Geir Wetle Holtan
with
Kjersti Thunem – flute
Ronny Bystrøm Olsen – harmonica

Originally released in 1989 only in Norway as the first release of the vinyl-only Colours label, this marks this very obscure but quite good ‘one and done’ Norwegian band’s first ever reissue and its first ever issue on CD....


"A fascinating variety of influences are at work in UJD's music, but prior to any explication and dissection, it's important to note that this group effing rawks!!! The CD has punch, drama, virtuosity, hooks–all the things that make for a dynamic...

"These arthouse-punk-ska rockers from Prague deliver the goods..This band sounds like a mix of Mr. Bungle, The Residents and Frank Zappa. This album features an American producer, the same one responsible for the now defunct band Idiot Flesh (who later turned into Sleepytime Gorilla Museum). This one isn't for everyone, but definItely a great album is you love agressive, creative music and don't mind that it is sung in Czech."-Mark Catalano

"'Fairytales from Needland' was one of Czech avant rock band Uz Jsme Doma's first critical successes and the album that started to open the doors of America for them. On this CD, the band's sound is already ultra-tight, engaging, demanding, and...

"Originally released in 1993, the reissued third album by this ambitious Czech band is probably their strongest, most consistent release. Sporting comical-absurdist lyrics like their countrymen the Plastic People, Pere Ubu is also a great influence to UZD, but even more so the Alfred Jarry play than the David Thomas band of the same name. Jerky stop-start rhythms dominate here with rousing, sweeping cadences and hysterical (in more ways than one) singing as songs go through one jarring movement after the...

“The show on this album was performed in Olomouc, Czech Republic, at the Moravian Theatre, in the year 2010. The Ceasar gallery organized a retrospective exhibition called "The Residents Residence" in Olomouc. The exhibition contained art, constumes, masks and other artefacts of The Residents and Už Jsme Doma were asked if they could create their own versions of The Residents' songs, and play them to support the exhibition.
As Randy, the Residents' singer, was invited for the opening and was staying..