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Saturday, October 30, 2010

BAKA MUTZ - S/T (1995, CD, France)


'Baka Mutz' from the Indo-European for 'I am very surprised', was first thought up at the time of the opening of the Berlin Wall. In January 1990 the Wrede/Nabicht duo performed in the Great Hall of La Villette as part of the 'Germany outside the walls of Berlin' festival. In February 1990, Thierry Madiot played with the 'Bohème de chic' group at the French cultural centre in East Berlin. On December 13, 1990, a really European quartet was born in Berlin with the Italian from Lecco, Mauro Gnecchi.

Tracklist: 1. La Citadelle du Plaisir 2. Sur les Pavés : la Plage! 3. Opportune Aisance 4. 3, 4 ou X Dimensions? 5. Anesthésie Sociale 6. Danse Arabéenne 7. Baka Mutz 8. Le Réveil de la Cité 9. Cités de la Honte 10. Lento Amoroso 11. Landpflucht.
Musicians: Thierry Madiot (Trombone), Theo Nabicht (Saxophone), Bert Wrede (Guitar), Mauro Gnecchi (Percussions).
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LARS LACH'N JONSSON - Songs Between Cities and Waterholes (1993, CD-Ep, Sweden)

The project Songs Between… happened in 1992, as a stage tour and a recording. On stage and in studio, this became an exciting mixture of four independent characters. This was a unique co-operation between Chris Cutler (drums), Sten Sandell (keyboard, piano vocals), Lars “Lach’n” Jonsson (vocals, violin, percussion) and Niklas Billström (bass). The result was a music beyond borders and traditions; An expression between cultures, between ancient and modern forms. Chris Cutler is well known from his work with Fred Frith, Henry Cow, Pere Ubu, and many others. Sten Sandells music is heard on other Bauta albums. Lach’n Jonsson is also heard on many other Bauta releases. Niklas Billström has worked with different improvisation- and jazzgroups in Stockholm. The four songs on this cd-Ep are parts of live material and studiomaterial, edited and mixed at 'The Forest' during 1993 by Lach’n Jonsson. (Bauta Records).

Saturday, October 23, 2010

FORGAS BAND PHENOMENA - Extra-Lucide (1999, CD, France)

Tracks List:
1. Extra-Lucide (7:07) 2. Rebirth (5:27) 3. Pieuvre à la pluie (19:26) 4. Annie réglisse (8:38) 5. Villa Carmen (4:58).
Line-up:
Patrick Forgas (drums), Mathias Desmier (guitar), Gilles Pausanias (keyboards), Juan-Sébastien Jimenez (bass), Denis Guivarc'h (saxophone), Mireille Bauer (vibraphone, marimba).
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Sunday, October 10, 2010

YUGEN - Iridule (2010, CD, Italy)


"Iridule pushes on the most abstract language derived from the avant-garde music of the Twentieth century (Ligeti, Xenakis, Nancarrow), but also on a typically rock rhythmical drive, thanks to a more aggressive drum-and-bass section and to heavier and multi-faceted sound, on the edge between Henry Cow, King Crimson and Frank Zappa, with the further novelty of the voice. You won’t miss, as in Labirinto d’acqua, great dynamical ranges, a scrupulous tymbrical research, an even more articulated and stratified rhythmical detail. Important guests as Elaine Di Falco, Dave Willey, Mike Johnson, Dave Kerman (practically speaking, the whole of Thinking Plague!), Guy Segers (Univers Zero), Michele Epifani (Areknames) and others make a kaleidoscopic and astonishing album."
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Saturday, November 28, 2009

MAMMA NON PIANGERE - N.1 (Musica bestiame e benessere) (1979, LP, Italy) re-up

Tracklist:
1. Armonia E Gelosia (3:32) 2. Il Bambino Luigino (4:09) 3. Lasciati Baciare (4:00) 4. Catarro Cosmico (9:59) 5. Osvaldo (7:00) 6. L'Aperta Verita (4:14) 7. Mamma Non Piangere (9:17) 8. Ballatelo Questo Ritmo (1:57)
Musicians:
Lorenzo Leddi (Guitars, mandolin, violin, vocals), Maurizio Bezzi (Saxophone), Sonia Milan (Vocals, guitar, bass, glockenspiel, mandolin), Nicola Scarano (Drums, percussion, guitar, bass).
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MAMMA NON PIANGERE - N.2 (Sempre avanti a testa bassa) (1980, LP, Italy) re-up

Tracklist:
My Sharona (1:06) 2. Un cactus nel bidè (5:37) 3. Gemini tre (6:11) 4. L'ora esatta (3:52) 5. Gloria (gloria al signore) (3:13) 6. La fuga al polo (6:31) 7. E' utile la gelosia (6:30) 8. Il valzer del buon umore (2:43) 9. La ruota su di sè (2:28).
Musicians:
Lorenzo Leddi (Guitars, mandolin, violin, keyboards, vocals), Giorgia Marzano (Vocals, sax), Roberto Meroni (Sax, clarinet), Luca Perreca (Bass, cello), Giorgio Battaglia (Drums, percussion).

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Monday, November 23, 2009

MAGMA "Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré" (2009, France)

The new great album!
Tracklist: 1. Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré I (6:53) 2. Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré II (22:25) 3. Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré III (13:06)4. Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré IV (3:54) 5. Funëhrarïum Kahnt (4:19) 6. Sêhë (0:27).
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Saturday, November 14, 2009

EIDER STELLAIRE - Eider Stellaire (1981, LP, France)

Eider Stellaire was founded in 1980 by drummer Michel Le Bars which played in Offering. The group had a previous incarnation under the name of Astarte, in which were 3 members of Eider's lineup - Michel Le Bars (drums), Patrick Sinergy (bass) and Jean-Claude Delachat (guitar). This lineup existed for 3 years. They separated in the beginning of 1980 and reformed at the end of that year as Eider Stellaire with several new members. Pierre-Gerard Hirne (piano, organ) was able to perform on piano the new musical ideas they wanted to develop. Veronique Perrault joined in as a vocalist. This line up along with Marrie-Anne Boda (flute, vocals) and Michel Moindre (saxophone) as guests, recorded their first and excellent self titled album. This album had the sound they were after but several more lineup changes occurred. Pierre Minvielle entered as the keyboards player, Ann Stewart (Shub Niggurath) became the vocalist, Frank Coulaud joined forces with Le Bars as percussionist and finally Marie-Anne Le Bars played the flute. This lineup recorded the second album released in 1986 and also named Eider Stellaire (therefore it is referred to as Eider II). Though perceived as more accessible than the first one, those two albums define the unique sound of Elder Stellaire: The Zeuhl influence from Magma (prominent bass and drums parts) spiced up with fierceness, only not as theatrical and somewhat similar to Eskaton's approach, and with a generous amount of jazz-rock. They recorded their third and last album called Eider III in 1987. Their albums have not yet been released on CD and the vinyl records are hard to come by and expensive. The first two albums are highly recommended for Zeuhl fans, especially those into Eskaton. (progarchives) Tracklist: 1. Onde (8:35) 2. Arctis 6 Ephemeride (7:07) 3. Legende (5:48) 4. Tetra (6:34) 5. Nihil (7:35) Line-up/ Musicians: Patrick Singery (bass), Jean Clude Delachat (guitar), Pierre Gerard-Hirne (piano, organ), Michel LeBards (drums), Veronique Perrault (vocals), Marie-Anne Boda (flute, vocals), Michel Moindre (saxophone track 4). Link removed by request

EIDER STELLAIRE - II (1986, LP, France)

Tracklist: 1. Ring (5:08) 2. Aretis (6:15) 3. Knowa riviere de lune (0:34) 4. Fferlyit (7:14) 5. Célébration de l'eau (5:07) 6. Retour des champs (3:28) Line-up/ Musicians: Michel Le Bars (drums), Patrick Sinergy (bass), Jean-Claude Delachat (guitars), Frank Coulaud (percussion), Pierre Minevielle (synthesizer), Ann Stewart (vocals), Marie-Anne Le Bars (flute). Link removed by request