B

Gordon Beck - piano
Jeff Clyne - bass
Tony Oxley - drums

"Pianist / composer Gordon Beck, one of the true forefathers of modern British and European Jazz, has been a source of inspiration and musical joy to Jazz connoisseurs since the 1960s. His formidable technique and more importantly overwhelming musicality are completely unique and unrivaled. This, his 4th recording as a leader, deserves a special notice for many reasons. Stylistically it is somewhat atypical to Beck’s usual output...

"Behind the Shadow Drops is the new solo endeavor from Takaakira 'Taka' Goto, founding guitarist and composer of iconic Japanese experimental rock group, MONO.
Established in 2016, Behind the Shadow Drops combines Goto's disparate but commensurate interests in many different forms of music, most notably ambient, trip-hop, industrial minimalism, and modern classical.
Recorded at Goto's home studio and mixed with esteemed producer and percussionist, John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea and Cake...

“This was recorded at Mills College in 1981. Previously known only to cognoscenti through an obscure self-released three-track 7", this is the first publication of the complete album, an outrageous confection that mixes art-song and theatrical monolog with live electronics. Starting life as a performance art piece described by the artists as "Western Performance Noir", the record centers on a series of texts written by Friedman and Hanlon in which female narrators comically embody a series of iconic...

"Canadian private press mega-rarity/obscurity from the artistically schizophrenic Bob Bell. Recorded in 1978, Bell splits the difference between his love of basement psych splatter/pummel and squalling free jazz ramble, the former occupying side A with a stunning four-part suite of wasted guitar scuzz and churning Krautrock-like drama with an akin to German Oak, Roland Kirk, Albert Ayler, DNA, Melt Banana (minus the vocals) and Guru Guru. The latter represents Bell as a saxophonist on side B, and the...

In the early 80s, John Bender released two, hand packaged vinyl lps of minimal, lo-fi, 'coldwave' electronics. They were both really great and are now really quite rare and it's nice to see this (the first one) available again.

"John Bender recorded voraciously between 1978 and 1980 at his home in Cincinnati, Ohio. Not even song titles could slow down his creative pace, as he named all the tracks after their position on the original tapes. '36A2,' for example, was cassette #36 side A, piece #2....

In the early 80s, John Bender released two, hand packaged vinyl lps of minimal, lo-fi, 'coldwave' electronics. They were both really great and are now really quite rare and it's nice to see this (the second one & my favorite of the two) available again.

Limited translucent blue vinyl LP pressing. Plaster Falling was recorded at the same time as John Bender's first album, I Don't Remember Now/I Don't Want To Talk About It.
Released in 1981 on the artist's own Record Sluts label, copies of...

“Following the release of lo-fi electronic masterpiece I Don’t Remember Now / I Don’t Want To Talk About It and his brilliant follow-up Plaster Falling, Cincinnati-based artist John Bender began assembling his third and last album, Pop Surgery, in late 1982.
While all of Bender’s work draws from intimate home recordings—featuring the artist alone with various keyboards, analogue sequencers and tape delays—Pop Surgery remains the one that perhaps best distills his arrant deconstruction of the “pop”...

With this, their fourth release, Bent Knee continue their stratospheric rise as one of the greatest art-rock-song ensembles of our time.

"Bent Knee is unlike any band you’ve ever heard. Its borderless sound combines myriad influences from across the rock, pop, minimalist, and avant-garde spectrums into a seamless, thrilling whole. Its new album Land Animal—Bent Knee’s first for InsideOut/Sony—takes its sound to a new level. It offers a suite of songs full of addictive hooks, lush melodies and...

This vinyl edition, in a lovely gatefold sleeve, is currently only available from the band on their current summer tour and us. That's it.

“Bent Knee's musicianship is superb, with vocals to die for, an interesting new turn at every corner, and never a dull moment. Highly recommended.” – Bill Bruford

Bent Knee are interesting, very good and unique art-rock sextet from New England who have suddenly come across my radar. This is their second and latest album and it's really good; my god these guys & girls can play!

What is the state of art-rock in 2015? If it is these guys, then there is a lot of hope for the genre...

"A band occupying sonic territory entirely their own, BENT KNEE continues to break ground with each successive album, a record maintained with 2019’s extraordinary “You Know What They Mean”. The Boston outfit’s myriad influences are distilled into a deeply moving art-form that defies categorization, merging texture and style into music that’s thrilling, addictive, and unapologetically original.
“You Know What They Mean”, the fifth full-length by BENT KNEE is a prime example how to unite rock, pop...

Original old new stock - Released in 1980.
Recorded by Steve Beresford and David Cunningham.
Instruments used include: acoustic guitar (with microphone and battery amplifier), percussion, piano, synthesizer (toy), euphonium, trumpet, toy piano, drums, whistling, bass, cymbal, drums, ukulele, cymbal, tape (previous performance), electronics, piano (with toy piano inside), and performer (with whirled bee, whirled tube, clarinet mouthpiece, footclickers, blechtrommel, giggle stick, musicbox, bath...

First-ever vinyl reissue of this very rare, Swedish, private press, progressive electric jazz album from 1975. I'll let Tom Hayes, who is a huge fan, take it from here:

"It is often said that obscure records are obscure for a reason. But in my almost 30 years of collecting, I find that rare albums have about the same distribution of greatness as do their more readily available counterparts. So amongst the majority of turkeys, a few gems can be found. And since the known albums are just that, known.

"Souffle Continu Records present the first vinyl edition of Jac Berrocal's La Nuit Est Au Courant, originally released on In Situ in 1991. Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman" on the radio, Renaissance motets, his grandfather in a Zouave military band, Syrian deserts... Columns of tanks in the streets, the soundtrack to Robert Bresson's A Man Escaped (1956), Juan Manuel Fangio's car, the fall of the Berlin wall: from the first and fantastic Musiq Musik (1973), this is where Jac Berrocal's trumpet comes...

"Jac Berrocal has not released an album for 20 years. The legendary French trumpeter is back with his special atmosphere and feeling and lots of guests, too. Jacques "Jac" Berrocal (born October 22, 1946, Saint-Jean d'Ang�ly) is a French trumpeter...

This is a great set of ambient, sculptural music with a fascinating story. In brief, Harry Bertoia was a jeweler, sculptor and furniture designer (among other things) who, starting in the 50s, began to sculpt sculptures which produced sound, made of tall vertical rods.
In the late 70s, there were 11 privately released recordings made and released by Bertoia. Now for the first time in over 40 years, new releases of previously unheard and unreleased works are being released on his reactivated...

“When Harry Bertoia's Sonambient label was resurrected, Important Records' intention was to tell the story of Bertoia's groundbreaking Sonambient work as revealed through his extensive collection of notes and recordings.
When the first new LP was released in 2016, Important were only in possession of 1/20th of the archive. Now, in 2019, the label is excited to release the first LP of new material from the full archive and they present it to increase understanding of what Bertoia was doing in his...

Deluxe, double lp version of the band’s latest on the Plane Groovy label. Very limited edition.

"Sometimes you get to review an album where the words, and the praise, come easily – and this is one such album. I’ve been a BBT fan since “The Difference Machine” (TDM) drew me in around 2007/2008. To be honest, I bought the CD because musicians I liked from other bands guested on it, and I wasn’t disappointed. The members who made that album are mostly gone from the band, but such is the progression...

"Merchants Of Light includes the best performance of each song played at Big Big Train's sold out Cadogan Hall shows in 2017.
A limited edition deluxe triple vinyl boxed set pressed on heavyweight vinyl, the package comes with a 28 page booklet and an insert featuring a graphical history of the band.
This will be the only manufacturing run of the album on vinyl. Comes with a hi-res (24/48) download code."

Another one-shot Italian band with a classic heavy keyboard-driven progressive disc. Their name translates as "Ticket To Hell"!

Dual keyboards, guitar, vocals/flute, bass & drums. Some great interplay between the keyboards & the guitar. One of...

A sextet of dual keyboards, electric/acoustic guitars, bass, drums & vocals/flute Biglietto were one of the great classical progressive one-album Italian bands...until this early 90's issue of their never released 2nd album! While the sonics are not...

We have four perfect copies that are $5.00 off the regular price!

First-ever vinyl release of this title!

A sextet of dual keyboards, electric/acoustic guitars, bass, drums & vocals/flute Biglietto were one of the great classical progressive one-album Italian bands...until this early 90's issue of their never released 2nd album! While the sonics are not perfect, they are not bad at all & will not detract from the enjoyment of this surprising and unexpected 2nd act!...

Beautiful, triple-gatefold vinyl release!

"Biglietto Per L'Inferno returns to the scene of Prog (and more...) with a new CD, suggestively entitled �VIVI. LOTTA. PENSA.� (Live. Fight. Think.).

Once again the band�s effort focuses on the recovery of the old Biglietto�s tracks from the �70s, in particular from their second LP �Il tempo della semina�; the tracklist also includes the brand new song �Narciso e Boccadoro� and �L�amico suicida�, the latter taken from the legendary eponymous 1974..

“The Senja Recordings is a collection of various outdoor recordings and studio improvisations recorded on the island of Senja, Arctic Norway, between 2015 and 2018.
Biosphere is the main recording name of Geir Jenssen, a Norwegian musician who has released a notable catalog of ambient electronic music. He is well known for his works on ambient techno and arctic themed pieces, his use of music loops, and peculiar samples from sci-fi sources.
His 1997 album Substrata voted by the users of the...

Bitchin Bajas have released a bunch of great, vinyl-only, cosmic, deep space, electronic / krautrock albums.
Think Cluster + Terry Riley + Emeralds + 1975-era T Dream sequences and you get the idea. They cover a Sun Ra classic on this one (Angels & Demons At Play)!!

"Bajas Fresh is on the beach here in 2017, existing and thriving in the same wrecked world as you and me. How they finding it so chill and pretty? It’s been over three years since the last proper BITCHIN BAJASs—a natural...

"BITCHIN BAJAS have been around the world in five years; chasing sonics through space and time and coming up with a lot of conclusions along their discographical path. Always, they push forward, recklessly consuming processes in order to realize their own works—but the sound and the music regularly emerges with tranquil essence, bringing them and their listeners into a shared experience. Bitchin Bajas’ output has been remarkably diverse in search of this singular goal, which makes for great listening...

Drummer Bengt Berger put together this amazing, sadly short-lived ensemble for a couple of years in the 80s. Bengt had previously played in Sweden's legendary Archemedes Badkar and this took the world music and jazz influences that the band had been heading towards with their fantastic 'Tre" release and made it even better. This includes many of the musicians that were in Badkar as well as others, including legendary trumpeter Don Cherry, all of whom play absolutely great...

Special deluxe edition: Gold vinyl with translucent vellum book & printed PVC slipcover. This is just a stunning package! Includes download card.

The Washington D.C.-based Black Clouds follow up 2012's well-received "Everything Is Not Going to...

"Black Cube Marriage is an ensemble consisting of legendary Chicago-based cornetist and sound manipulator Rob Mazurek (Tortoise, Exploding Star Orchestra, Isotope 217), members of his Brazilian connection São Paulo Underground, Austin-based freeform unit Marriage, and special guests Jonathan Horne (guitar, saxophone) and Steve Jansen (tapes, guitar).
Formed after shows in late 2015, this 11-person ensemble creates waves of sound that can best be described as cathartic. Astral Cube draws from

This is the long-lost (cassette only, that no one knew actually existed) 2nd Black Sun Ensemble release!

“The guitarist and sitar player Jesus Acedo formed the psychedelic rock band Black Sun Ensemble in his hometown of Tucson, Arizona, in 1984.
With Michael Glidewell on subtle bass accompaniment and John Brett on minimalist drums and tabla, Acedo presided over a diverse range of instrumental set pieces that hearkened to a mythical past.
Their self-titled debut album was pressed in...

A reissue of a previously unknown to me (before its reissue on CD 15 years ago) Danish album from the very early 1970's. This is a great disc that combines psychedelia, songs, and progressive rock in a totally wonderful 1971 kinda way. Highly recommended!
"Danish heavy progressive rock masterpiece recorded in 1971 and released on Polydor -- for the first time reissued on vinyl. Recordings were taken from the original mastertapes (perfect sound)! Brilliant songwriting in the tradition of Jethro Tull...

“A reissue of Serge Blenner's La Vogue, originally released in 1980. Music for the apocalyptic eighties Deutschland state of mind. When Serge Blenner left his native France for Hamburg, West Germany, neither he nor anyone else could have guessed that he would inadvertently compose a soundtrack for the Cold War. But his dark, monotone synthesizer album La Vogue turned out to be just that. Blenner was born in 1955 in Alsace, the easternmost region of France. He studied composition and harmony at the...

“A reissue of Serge Blenner's Magazin Frivole, originally released in 1981. Cold, concise analog synthesizer instrumentals -- on his second album Serge Blenner remained true to his style, albeit shifting course slightly towards pop territory. The juxtaposition of dark harmonies and pop structures is what makes this album so appealing. In places, it feels like a blueprint for early Depeche Mode. Having seen his first album La Vogue snapped up by the Sky Records and fast-tracked for release in 1980...

“Unreleased US West Coast psychedelic. The very frst recordings by the Bleu Forest happened after they played a show at the Hey You Coffeehouse in Ventura, CA. Jimmie Haskell decided to have them come to Hollywood and record on the spot at his place. His intention was to capture how the band sounded live, and this is what you get in “Ichiban": two mics, the band, a recording machine, no retakes, spontaneity and raw energy, a time-capsule direct From Jimmie's place in 1967. The sound and the style....

Blind Thorns are Ahleuchatistas (Shane Perlowing & Ryan Oslance) with vocalist Antoine Lang. It's very different from Ahleuchatistas!

"Blind Thorns conjures a hypnotic and horrifying dreamscape of sounds, simultaneously entrancing and pummeling listeners into ecstatic acquiescence! Wordless saccharine vocals, ethereal guitar, and meditative percussion evolve into brutal growls, crushing riffage, and relentless polyrhythmic pulsations. The uneasy serenity of a deserted cemetery, wind whistling on...

"Known as “Del Volar De Las Palomas”, this is the second eponymous album from the legendary Blops from Chile, originally released in 1971, while the band lived in a communal house known as “Manchufela”. Another superb psychedelic folk-rock offering with a slightly more electrified sound on some of the tracks. Great songs, melancholic atmosphere, deep vocals (in Spanish), acoustic and electric guitars, flute, organ, percussion, drums, cello, violin, backward effects. *Colour Insert with photos and liner...

"Los Blops formed in Santiago (Chile) in 1964, as a beat / cover versions band. But they developed during the following years a unique sound, mixing folk, rock, psychedelia and Chilean folklore. This is their legendary first album, originally released in 1970 on the Dicap label. Psychedelic folk-rock of the highest order with beautiful songs, touching Spanish vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, flute, organ, percussion, xylophone and lost-in-time, mysterious feel. Includes the famous “Los Momentos”...

Spain's Bloque started their life in 1973, and despite playing a lot of shows and being quite active, didn't release this, their 1st of four during their lifetime, until 1978, probably due to Franco...

"Spanish band Bloque�s first album was quite a solid record in terms of guitar-dominated melodic rock but not to be compared with their second one for example exhibiting much more resemblance with 70�s Italian progressive rock acts like PFM. First track �Undecimo poder � could be described more or...

Incredible release released on wax for the 1st time! And the insect-filled cover is just jaw-droppingly rad!

This is 25 minutes of the most mind-altering technical/math metal you can possibly imagine. Led by guitarist/mastermind Ron Jarzombek...

“The extremely spacey 1979 full-length by this note-worthty French electronic artist, originally self-released and influenced by a.o. The Berlin School and other exponents of Germany's Kosmische scene, gets its deserved reissue on vinyl. 'Voyage Cerebral' was Didier Bocquet's second solo-album.”

“Broad, dark, kinetic electronic music explicitly in the Berlin School vein, though definitely bearing its own stamp at times. Bocquet brings a DIY quality to the album, the music squelching with...

Mega-sought after, mega-great 1972 British underground album always known as "Bodkin" but for some reason here renamed; don't worry, it's the one and only Bodkin album, which slays from beginning to end! Heavy, HEAVY progressive hard rock with lots...

Our 10th release, from 1988. This puppy ain't NEVER coming out on CD, so come 'n' git it if you are a completist! Due to size and weight, shipping outside of the USA will be raised if necessary.[Cuneiform]

Very cool to see/hear the hipster world picking up on David Borden's work and giving him some well-deserved props for his pioneering work in electronic music. This has a great homage to the Folkway's catalog (Freakways!) and the Freakways series brings...

"The full-length player of FRKWYS Vol. 7 features pieces improvised in various forms by David Borden, James Ferraro, Samuel Godin, Laurel Halo, and Daniel Lopatin.

When Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never, Ford & Lopatin) and RVNG...

“The emotionally charged and tightly focused album offers a collection of lush, atmospheric songs with a wide lyrical scope making it the most intimate yet universal of Bowness’s solo releases.
Mixed by his longtime partner in no-man, Steven Wilson, and mastered by Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile, Prefab Sprout), the album – co-produced by Bowness and Brian Hulse – combines electronic soundscapes, acoustic instrumentation and unexpected rhythms.
Richard Barbieri, Colin Edwin, Kavus Torabi and Evan..

"Tim Bowness follows 2015’s Stupid Things That Mean The World - Top 10 in the UK ‘Rock’, ‘Vinyl’ and ‘Prog’ charts - with a release unlike any in his back catalogue.
Lost In The Ghost Light is a concept album revolving around the onstage and backstage reflections of a fictional ‘classic’ Rock musician in the twilight of his career. It is a grand statement about a grand era of music making and an undoubted highlight of Bowness’s career.
Ranging from the hypnotic opener Worlds Of Yesterday to...

"Fully remastered from the original master tapes."

The great third album (of 3 great ones and then a number of not so great ones) by this Swiss band who operated in Germany and are thought of as being a 'krautrock' band and who actually were in terms of the music and the spirit, if not actually of German nationality. A classic of spacey, trippy, early 70s Krautrock soundz.

"Brainticket were among the important pioneers of early psychedelic and spaced out cosmic releases "Cottonwoodhill,...

The great first album (of 3 great ones and then a number of not so great ones) by this Swiss band who operated in Germany and are thought of as being a 'krautrock' band and who were in terms of the music and the spirit, if not actually of German nationality.
"Being as LSD was first developed in a laboratory in Basel, it is perhaps no coincidence that one of the most far-out albums of all time was made by this Swiss band -- no small feat, given the competition! Brainticket's 1971 debut...

Theo Bleckmann -- voice & electronics
Joseph Branciforte -- modular synthesizer, fender rhodes, tape loops, processing

VERY limited edition pressing of only 150 copies made!

“The debut recording from Grammy-nominated vocalist Theo Bleckmann (ECM) and electronic musician & producer Joseph Branciforte [Cellar and Point). Vocal loops of hushed beauty framed by artificially-synthesized tones, deep subharmonic oscillations, and gently layered sheets of noise, with a shared musical...

New, fifth release and back on track after their disappointing last one. Really good!
BB&F are a unique German trio who combine certain aspects of progressive/postrock bands like Tortoise, Jaga Jazzist with the rhythmic aspects of Nik Bartsch's Ronin, a Steve Reich/Philip Glass/Michael Nyman maximum minimalist sweep and 'die mensch machine' esthetic of Kraftwerk and lots of techno influence as well.
Lots and lots of polyrhythms here, baby, both electronic and non-electronic varities and lots of.