Again, a very Merry Christmas to friends and readers of this blog! We celebrate the day with the usual festive tunes, but add one extra courtesy of Robin Rimbaud (Scanner), who synths up a few seasonal classics.
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Richard Dawson – The Ruby Cord
Richard Dawson’s latest album is a fascinating listen. It mixes vocals that could fit in well with English folk, psychedelic rock, prog and AOR music, while being musically underpinned by something that could almost pass for freak folk at times, while falling back now and again on progressive rock structures. The album shapes and shifts…
Cecil Taylor & Tony Oxley – Being Astral And All Registers – Power Of Two
I’m not sure if one can rightly call this a free-improv classic, but it’s hard to find two musicians who gel together as well as Cecil Taylor and Tony Oxley do. The piano playing is fierce and powerful, matched stroke-for-stroke by Oxley’s percussion and drumming. A fine live disc.
Sex Gang Children – Singles Collection
Sex Gang Children are among the greatest of the founding father of gothic rock, but they seem to get short shrift compared to bands like Bauhaus, Joy Division or Killing Joke, yet Andi Sexgang’s songwriting could, at times, be the equal of these luminaries.
[Podcast] Eno & Pop – Brian Eno talks about Forever And… LP, Collaborations & More – Radio Broadcast 26/10/2022
Because of work-related issues, there won’t be any reviews today, but instead, I offer, thanks to my friend Jeffrey Kinart, a nice discussion between Iggy Pop and Brian Eno about Eno’s new album, having his daughter sing on it, and doo-wop, among other subjects.
Santiago Fradejas – Montages, Volume Two
What a joy it is when a friend releases a new album! Argentine composer (now residing in England) Santiago Fradejas offers an experimental music album composed on an 8-string electric guitar and loops, making a soundscape album that is, at times, Fripperesque. It’s dark, but not foreboding, and gently flows in and out of consciousness. …
Brian Auger – Auger Incorporated
Brian Auger is the father of Acid Jazz and really needs no introduction, but his Bandcamp site provides a fine one anyway for those of you readers who haven’t had the pleasure of being introduced to the man: “Soul Bank Music announces a back catalogue deal with legendary musician and jazz keyboard master Brian Auger…
Various Artists vs Chris Watson – Star Switch On
Once an Industrial music icon during his time performing in Cabaret Voltaire (pre-disco), Chris Watson now records natural sounds with such skill that he makes something that goes well beyond ‘ambient’ music. As a tribute to his work, Touch Records commissioned several artists, including recently reposed ones like Philip Jeck and Mika Vainio, and supplemented…
African Head Charge – Songs Of Praise
While browsing through about 40 TB of music files I’m uploading into my iBroadcast.com account, I came across an absolute plum of an album. African Head Charge were one of the greatest bands on the legendary On-U Sound Records roster, and this heavy reggae/dub masterpiece, released in 1990, is consider by most of their fans…
A.M Ferrari Fradejas – Shiarkha
Our beloved friend A.M Ferrari Fradejas has a new album out consisting of six tracks filled with lush, yet quite heavy, progressive rock tinged with black metal if you listen closely. The release features some guitar work by her husband, the inestimable Santiago Fradejas, and the whole album smolders wonderfully.