Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Laser’s Edge signs Germany’s Eloy for 40th Anniversary Release

Ken Golden, President of Laser’s Edge Group, announces the addition of historic German Progressive Rock band Eloy to the Laser’s Edge label.

Laser’s Edge Records will exclusively release Visionary in North America, the band’s first studio album in over 10 years, on January 12, 2010. Visionary celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Eloy, Germany’s most successful and prized progressive rock group.

Eloy was formed in 1969 by Hanover guitarist Frank Bornemann. The band has released numerous albums but are best known for 1977’s Ocean, which remains its best selling album. Although Eloy have not been active as a band since 1998, the demand for their music is still remarkable. Their work has had a significant impact on the history of rock, and many a journalist, as well as numerous fans, consider them to be one of the best progressive rock bands ever.

The band’s music continues to be rediscovered. It fascinates and touches many fans with its emotional, complex symphonic rock-music with atmospheric sound creations, pulsating rhythms and massive guitars, combined with lyrics which escape irrelevance, performed in a way to transport the listener to another world.

The strong feedback from all parts of the world eventually reached the musicians themselves. It encouraged Bornemann, lead singer, guitarist and producer of ELOY, to bring the band together again for a 40th anniversary reunion. After a break of eleven years, they have launched the new album Visionary, which recaptures the spirit of the early years.

For further information, go to www.lasersedgegroup.com or www.eloy-legacy.com.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Ronin Rhythm Records announces June 1 Digital Releases

Ronin Rhythm Records brings its complete back catalog to the digital download platform in collaboration with Iapetus Distribution/Unsung Records.

Seven titles are being released digitally on the June 1, 2009 via most major download stores such as iTunes, emusic, Amazon, etc.

Ronin Rhythm Records is a platform for new creative music covering New Minimal, Funk and Ritual Groove Music.  The label was founded in 2006 on the base of pianist and composer Nik Bärtsch’s pre-ECM albums and is dedicated to releasing music from stylistically-related young musical acts, such as Sha’s Banryu and more artists to be announced.

Swiss pianist, composer and producer Bärtsch is known for his solo work as well as his ensembles Mobile and Ronin.  

RITUAL GROOVE MUSIC, the title of my first CD, also points to the fundamental concept of my musical thinking,” explains Bärtsch. “The music shows a close affinity to architecturally organized space and is governed by the principles of repetition and reduction as well as by interlocking rhythms. A piece of music can be entered, inhabited like a room. It moves forward and transforms through obsessive circular movements, superimposition of different meters and micro-interplay. The listeners attention is directed toward minimal variations and phrasing. The band becomes an integral organism - like an animal, a habitat, an urban space. One must think with ears and hands.” 

“Repetitive rhythms are so fundamental to Bärtsch's aesthetic that he even overdubs his Piano Solo album, one of six albums of ‘Ritual Groove Music’… the fifth [Rea], is sublime, its simple, shifting rhythmic figures building imperceptibly to gratifying climaxes.”  Tom Hull, The Village Voice

The following titles will be digitally released on June 1: 

Sha's BANRYU, Chess Boxing Vol. 1

Nik Bärtsch's MOBILE, AER

Nik Bärtsch's RONIN, REA

Nik Bärtsch's RONIN, LIVE

Nik Bärtsch, HISHIRYO, Piano Solo

Nik Bärtsch's RONIN, RANDORI


More label releases to be announced later in the year.




#     #     #     #


For further information or to request a digital download for review, please contact Lori Hehr at LHPR  at   runbox.com.

Monday, May 18, 2009

New Reviews online

Thanks Tommy Hash at Ystejam for new reviews on:

Ricky Flake at the Sun Herald says It's Better Late than Never to discover Danny Brill and tells prog fans to pick up The Aurora Project.

Gooner at Prog Archives gives the Ozrics' new one 4 stars.

Friday, May 15, 2009

New Bill Bruford article

Eric Deggans at the St. Petersburg Times takes a look at Bill Bruford's career.  Here's the link.  Thanks Eric! 

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Ozric Tentacles Summer Tour

Here's the dates so far for the Ozric Tentacles Spring/Summer Tour:

May 21 Fort Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
May 27 San Francisco, CA The Independent
May 29 Portland, OR Club 2140
May 30 Seattle, WA El Corazon
June 5 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
June 11 Madison, WI Memorial Union Terrace
June 12 Chicago, IL The Abbey
June 18 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
June 19 Pittsburgh, PA Club Café
June 20 New York, NY BB King’s Blues Club
June 21 Burlington, VT Club Metronome
June 23 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s
June 25 Baltimore, MD 8 x 10 Club
June 26 Falls Church, VA The State Theatre
Sept. 6 Chapel Hill, NC Prog Day

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Manooghi Hi at SXSW

If you're going to SXSW, schedule yourself to check out Manooghi Hi at Spiro's Nightclub on Saturday, March 21 at 7 p.m. A spectacular blend of rock with Indian music, the band features Indian pop star Mehnaz. Check out their myspace page to hear some samples. Really unique music with awesome musicianship.

Monday, March 2, 2009

More reviews

Tommy Hash writes a great review of the completely original the Season Standard on Ystejam.com today.

The California Guitar Trio's show was a hit in Dallas this weekend. Read John Meyer's show review.

Chris Homer muses about the many styles of the Coyote Poets of the Universe in his review over at Musikreviews.com.

E. "Doc" Smith writes a nice article on Bill Bruford and his retirement at the San Francisco online daily BeyondChron.

Bill Bruford on All About Jazz

Thanks to John Kelman who gives us a great review of Bill Bruford's biography today on All About Jazz. Also, a nice video link of an Earthworks performance at the bottom of the review. Also featured is an excerpt from the book. Review copies are available.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Crimson Jazz Trio -- Volume II

For the curious, here's the song list on the upcoming King Crimson Songbook Volume II by the Crimson Jazz Trio:

The Court of the Crimson King
Formentera Lady
Sailors Tale
Inner Garden
One Time
Pictures of a City
Frame by Frame

The music was recorded before Ian Wallace's passing (R.I.P. Ian) and features Wallace on drums, Jody Nardone on pinao, Tim Landers on bass and Mel Collins on saxophone.

Coming this spring!

Outsight Radio Podcasts

Thanks to Tom Schulte for his Outsight Radio interviews. He now has his interview with Paul Richards of California Guitar Trio available as a podcast here. Also, available as a podcast is his interview with Danny Brill.

Listen to Bill Bruford on Echoes

Bill Bruford will be featured on Tuesday, March 3 on John Diliberto's Echoes Program. It is syndicated to 130 stations across the country. Check out www.echoes.org for your local affiliate.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

New Website

I took some time this week to revamp my website and start a blog (finally). I hope to keep everyone up to date with news and scuttlebutt here. We’ll see how I do. ;) If anyone has suggestions for the site, etc., let me know. This side of things remains very new to me.