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"Soft Machine were the grooviest, coolest psychedelic band of the era..."-Phil Manzanera.

The Soft Machine were one of England's original and best psychedelic bands, emerging out of the same "UFO Club" London scene at the same time as Pink Floyd. While the band would always undergo constant personnel and stylistic change, their best known lineup in their psychedelic days was the trio of Kevin Ayers-bass, guitar, vocals, Mike Ratledge-organ and Robert Wyatt-drums, vocals. They played many shows...

Released for the very first time here is the Soft Machine's television broadcast, recorded for Germany's famous "NDR Jazz Workshop" on May 17, 1973. This performance was one of the earliest shows by the quartet of Roy Babbington (electric bass), Karl...

Noisette was recorded January 4th, 1970, by the short-lived quintet formation of the group: Elton Dean & Lyn Dobson-reeds, Hugh Hopper-bass, Mike Ratledge-keyboards & Robert Wyatt-drums & vocals. Noisette showcases a band in transition from their earli...

A archival classic of stoned, cut-up, tape loop, manipulated, concrete noise, organized sound craziness

"...well worth hearing, anticipating as they do many of the textures later utilized on Soft Machine Third." – Mojo...

Soft Machine were one of the greatest UK avant/jazz-rock bands of all time and their work, whether their earliest performances as a psychedelic band, who were contemporaries of, and shared stages with Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd and the Jimi...

"Sonar has defied the norm by crafting something singular and magical." – The Buffalo News

"Two guitar currents circulate and sparkle hypnotically, warm deep basslines hit with assertiveness and groove, drums pound with finesse and might. Luminous, alluring, dangerous....Sonar is a highly creative and original nocturnal entity constantly evolving in order to provide immersive and challenging instrumental music that stimulates the mind, body and soul."– Igloo Magazine

Beautiful gatefold sleeve and over 18' of bonus live material not found on the CD edition!

"Two guitar currents circulate and sparkle hypnotically, warm deep basslines hit with assertiveness and groove, drums pound with finesse and might. Luminous, alluring, dangerous....Sonar is a highly creative and original nocturnal entity constantly evolving in order to provide immersive and challenging instrumental music that stimulates the mind, body and soul."� Igloo Magazine...

"Had MC Escher made music instead of drawing his famously impossible and perplexing perspectives, it would sound like Sonar." – Sid Smith, Prog Magazine ...

We have exactly FOUR copies of this R.I.O. rarity left!
Platypus is the second album by this instrumental chamber rock/zeuhl/R.I.O. ensemble from Bordeaux, France. Sotos was formed in January of 1996. From the beginning the line up has been the same five young musicians on guitar, violin, cello, bass and drums, all of whom were students at the French National School of Music when they formed the group. In 1999, they recorded their first album which was released on the French Gazul label and which met...

"Changing tempos, directions, riffs & rhythms every 20 seconds, stopping on a dime, accelerating to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds..." 5/5 stars ("Indispensable") – Alternative Press

In the early 80s, The Stick Men ruled the Philadelphia no wave scene. Reminiscent of James Chance and the Contortions with more hyperkinetic energy, they created a frenzied psycho-punk sound that featured gut-wrenching timing, extraordinary charm, personality with a plus, and tons of good humor....

For nearly 45 years, John Surman has been one of England's best known modern jazz musicians. His career began in the late 60s as both a sideman and a leader with such notable greats as John McLaughlin, Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath...

This is a truly stupendous archival find, with broad appeal to both jazz and early fusion fans. This never before released album was recorded on October 7th, 1969 by John Surman and British jazz superstars. It is a mix between the vibrancy of late 60's...

Born out of cataclysm and nurtured in silence and solitude, the music of Tatvamasi reveals hidden depths of the Polish soul. Tatvamasi is an extraordinary instrumental ensemble that plays scorching, uncategorizable music defined by searing tenor...

Last copies!! If you want it in physical form, this is your last chance!

Thinking Plague's greatly anticipated 5th album presents a further maturation of the bands sound. Not content to merely repeat their past successes, the album's overall...

This title is out of print, and HAS BEEN for some time but when Cuneiform's distributor shut down at the beginning of 2017 & we had to find a new distributor (we did) and recover our product (we did), we also found some odds and ends, including some 'lost' titles. So, here are a few that we found that you can get WHILE THEY LAST; buy now or forever hold your peace.

Last copies!! If you want it in physical form, this is your last chance!

Thinking Plague grew out of basement recording experiments by Mike Johnson & Bob Drake in the early 80s. They released their 1st lp, ...a thinking plague in 1984 on their...

Robin Chestnut – drums
Elaine di Falco – voice, accordion, piano
Mark Harris – soprano and alto saxophones, Bb and bass clarinets, flute
Mike Johnson – guitar, samples, midi instruments
Bill Pohl – guitar
Dave Willey – bass, accordion, drums

Clouds scud across a storm-wracked sky, but while briefly exposing rare shards of blue, most often, blacker, gloomier grays lurk behind the mists.
Sometimes a work of art enables us to...

"Perhaps the finest attempt so far by an American band to add to the pantheon of classic Rock In Opposition records...Mike Johnson's compositions are astonishing and - the clincher - beautiful, and Susanne Lewis' vocals are ...eerily enigmatic..."

“The barrage of riffs are both epic and melodic, the low end beefy and the percussion massive. Expect nothing less than magic from these three avant purveyors.” – The Village Voice

“... all three of these musicians have a well-established history of creating unconventional music. That trend doesn’t end here, but as challenging as this music is, it’s presented in a way easy to accept.” – Wondering Sound
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"If Cream and Nirvana had played instrumental jazz...they might have sounded something like Thumbscrew... [who] forge a sound that is both heavy and melodic, qualities shared by those iconic power trios....it's the taught rhythmic and harmonic...

Time of Orchids is an indefinable avant-rock band that formed in 1999 in New York City. After 3 self-released albums and a release on Tzadik that brought them to a much wider audience, Namesake Caution is their fifth release and their first on...

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.

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...

This is it. Last copies. Get 'em or weep.

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 founded in 1974...

This is it. Last copies on Cuneiform forever & ever, amen! The last of their first, classic run in the 70s & 80s. Buy it now or weep forever and I won't care because you were warned!

The final Univers Zero album by their original formation finds the band expanded to their largest size and adding more contemporary touches to their distinctive sound.

For the aficionado, this is the original CD version. Quite different sonically! LONG out of print and definitely never coming back.

"...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..

“The music is so complex and tightly played that it is obvious each note from the ensemble was meticulously crafted and placed...an intelligent mix of jazz-rock fusion and classical instrumentation with a very distinctive sound.” – The Scene Online

Implosion features Univers Zero's trademark chamber rock style - a style that they are one of the originators of - subtly modernized, infused with greater classicism and given a sharper, more electric and electronic edge...

"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/...

Univers Zeros New Music fusion of rock and classical music has been discussed by Focus magazine: 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...

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, "Chasing Rats", written.

Univers Zero play fascinating, modern, chamber music-influenced rock. Simultaneously gothic & futuristic, they are somewhat like the very best of Magma or Crimson, but infinitely darker, with helpings of Eastern European folk melodies added. This band ...

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, "Periactor", written by.

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." ...

"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.

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...

"...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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"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...

Curated by guitarist Henry Kaiser, 156 Strings is his personal selection of acoustic guitarists "who sound like themselves and have something special to say." The 19 guitarists here are both well known & unknown: Duck Baker, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Rao...

Nick Didkovsky commisioned over 20 artists to create music using the 44 "Nerve Events" found on Beta 14 OK. From high tech computer music using custom designed software, to low tech sampling & multitracking. Performances by Henry Kaiser, George Lowe, ...

“...Unsettled Scores was a total smash; I wanted to buy it for some time, but I didn't imagine it was so unbelievably good.” – fan mail from some flounder

The idea came from Forever Einstein's Chuck Vrtacek: to put together an album of Cuneiform Records artists interpreting tunes from their label mates. Since the label had a pretty stable roster by 1994-1995, with most of them sharing some common musical aesthetics, the project has the possibility of being interesting. And it is....

This title has been missing from our catalog for ages but while dealing with the collapse of our former pressing plant, we found a number of these that they didn't tell us that they had. VERY last copies.

Volapuk is drummer/composer Guigou...

Low stock warning! This title is now out of print - we have the last 19 copies in existence, and when this is gone, you won't be able to get it, even if you cry in Esperanto...

Forget the fact that you can't pronounce the name of the band &...

Last copies. Buy now or forever hold thy whining.

Never before released, high quality live recordings from the band's 1983 German tour! This features Michel Berckmans-oboe/bassoon, Eino Haapala,-guitar, Lars Hollmer-keyboards, Hans Loelv...

This puts Chuck's 3rd & 4th solo lps onto one CD; ''Learning To Be Silent'' & ''When Heaven Comes To Town'' (originally on ReR). Very different from Einstein, the music here is quiet, sober, introspective, sometimes playful, & often somewhat dark. ''It...

Anglo American, the 2nd retrospective of the late saxist Gary Windos work to appear on Cuneiform, was compiled by Michael King and features liner notes by Pam Windo, as well as rare photos supplied by her. While Gary recorded in an amazing number of si...

Rich Woodson is a self-taught composer and guitarist who grew up on hard rock and heavy metal in Nashville, TN and San Antonio and Austin, TX. His major musical influences are Tim Berne, Frank Zappa, Watchtower (the 1980's Austin metal band, who invented the technical metal subgenre) and composer Charles Wuorinen.
This debut CD, performed by a crack band, comprising Rich on guitar, Aaron Stewart-tenor sax, Peter Epstein-soprano sax, Mat Fieldes-acoustic bass and John Hollenbeck-drums, is a bold and...