[Music] Bi Kyo Ran – Parallax


Thanks to Guy Segers for publishing this classic of Japanese progressive rock.

Bi Kyo Ran were rather unfairly tagged as a Japanese King Crimson clone.  By this album, that image was finally shed.

They are apparently still active doing soundtracks for TV shows in Japan, but I can’t imagine any of the new material having the power of this disc.

[Music] Various Artists – Ibimeni : Garifuna traditional music from Guatemala

Sub Rosa released a compilation of Garifuna music recorded and produced by Juan Carlos Barrios (aka Radio Zumbido). It’s a wonderfully horn-and-lullaby laden compilation of wonderful music straddling between the Guatemalan border, Honduras, parts of Nicaragua and Belize, where African and indigenous cultures collide. Yet another stellar compilation.

[Music] Mohammed M’Rabet & Paul Bowles – The Storyteller & the Fisherman


My first introduction to the world of Paul Bowles, as well as the Sub Rosa record label, was through this disc. The combination of stories read by Bowles himself, as well as the artwork and ambiance by storyteller Mohammed M’Rabet, made it wonderful bedtime listening, allowing me to transport my mind to what a hazy, stoned Tangier must have been like in the 1950s and 60s. This aged very nicely.

[Music] Kyriakos Sfetsas – Greek Fusion Orchestra Vol​.​1


Kyriakos Sfetsas is originally from Lefkadia an island in Greece, and started this particular band in the mid-1970s in order to expand the boundaries of what Greek traditional music is.  Apparently, there is a lot more music of his which has yet to be released.  This is as fine an intro to his works as one could hope for.

Much love to Teranga Beat, the Senegalese label which will release this masterpiece on May 25, 2018.

[Music] Sean Khan, Hermeto Pascoal – Palmares Fantasy featuring Hermeto Pascoal


Many thanks to Andrew Jervis over at Bandcamp Weekly for not only sharing Sean Khan’s work but for a stellar interview with a young man who will be seen as one of the UK’s leading lights of new jazz.

[Music] Bram Tchaikovsky – Strange Men Changed Men The Complete Recordings 1978-1981

It didn’t seem right that Bram Tchaikovsky was one of the great forgotten sons of Power Pop (along with Brinsley Schwarz), but this blog post gives the man (and the band) his fair due.  Much respect to The Fat Angel Sings Blog for posting this originally.

The Fat Angel Sings

Born Peter Bramall in November 1950, Bram Tchaikovsky first came to prominence as a member of the pub rock band The Motors in 1977, subsequent to playing in several local rock bands in Lincolnshire during the late ‘60s. Following his decision to leave The Motors, Bram opted to form his own eponymous power pop band, with Mike Broadbent on bass and keyboards, and Keith Boyce on drums. The trio signed to the Radar label in 1978 and went on to achieve a US Top 40 hit in 1979 with ‘Girl of My Dreams’. Several band member changes and two albums later, Bram Tchaikovsky made the decision to split from the band and retire from the music business entirely.

This lovingly assembled package, fully endorsed by Bram Tchaikovsky himself, contains all three BramTchaikovsky albums Strange Man, Changed Man (1979), The Russians Are Coming (1980) and Funland (1981), plus all…

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[Music] David Borden / Mother Mallard – The Continuing Story of Counterpoint, Parts 5​-​8

Thanks to the Good Lord above for giving the world Steve Feigenbaum and Cuneiform Records, who continue to release, digitally, their amazing wares.

David Borden and Mother Mallard have their roots in American minimalist music. This particular release is the middle section of a 12-part series of variations for minimalism in the same way the Goldberg Variations were for Johann Sebastian Bach and classical music.