Michael P. Dawson
's track features violin, guitar,
keyboards and programming by the composer, who produces
classical and progressive music at what might charitably be
called his home studio -- hovel studio is more like it -- in San
Mateo. The results can be heard on his CD "The Brandnewbug
Concertos". His latest song, "The News In Farsi" is number
three in his Cultural Imperialism Series, which means it uses a
scale that sounds vaguely "ethnic."
What would happen if two guys decided to play three or four
instruments while singing? What if the music wasn't four
on the floor, three chord pop, but intricate, progressive
music? What if we called it...Gravity Tree
"Aim to Please" is a brand new keyboard-heavy piece for all
those who asked us for more synths in the mix, puns
Their intricate and compelling symphonic progressive rock caught
the ear of Galileo Records, which released Metaphor
's first CD,
"Starfooted." The new song, "When It All Comes Together"
continues Metaphor's musical journey with elaborate
arrangements, quirky melodies, and contemplative lyrics.
In the midst of chaos, once in a while everything clicks into
place and makes sense, if only for a fleeting instant. We
live for those moments of clarity "when it all comes together."
This five-piece ensemble from Redwood City presents their song
"End of Days," which is the lead-off track from their 2000 debut
self-titled CD. Mind Furniture
's material has been
described as a progressive blend of American and English
influences. Featured are Brett Barnett, keyboards; Rick
Andersen, bass; Greg Miller, drums; Evan Langert, voice;
Scott Bullerwell, guitar.
are Raymond Peck and Douglas Erickson, who have
been working together for 3 years on acoustic guitar and
for a year on ambient computer music. This is the
group's first foray into the electric side. No synths
(keyboard or guitar) were used on this track. Raymond
Peck: Chapman Stick, drum editing, electric and acoustic
chime guitars, cloud guitar, engineering. Doug Erickson:
Swell guitar, metalhead guitar, knitting guitar.
Amy X Neuburg & Men
have been performing their
electronic avant-cabaret art-rock-circus thingy 'round
these parts for 'bout eight years now. With Amy X on
electronic drums and lead vocal, Joel Davel on Marimba
Lumina and Lightning spatial controller (that's the
Lightning doing the squeaky intro stuff), Micah Ball on
Chapman stick, Herb Heinz on weird guitar, and
J.T. Quillan III as theatrical singing dancing dude.
No, it's not German; it's Bad Yiddish. From "Sports!
Chips! Booty!" (Racer).
10,000 years ago a woolly mammoth gave a last sigh, fell, and
froze into the permafrost. Victim of disease, age,
climate, or the predation of man!? Now the focus of
science, public, and genetic interest, should it be because we
can? Or studied in hopes of gleaning knowledge for
humankind's survival? New Sun
's third CD is
distinctive, both lyrically and musically. Oft called a
King Crimson/Rush hybrid, "Mammoth" represents the heavier side
with their trademark atmospheric guitar and vocals.
At this very moment, somewhere in the depths of Silicon
Valley, Puppet Show
is conspiring to create music that
incorporates aspects of symphonic rock, hard rock, heavy
metal, classic rock, and progressive death samba!
Look for a new Puppet Show release in early 2002.
Here's a sneak preview from the forthcoming release.
This is a demo version of "Harold Cain" the song surely
destined to be the group's next hit single.
Performing with a wide array of home made instruments,
industrial waste percussion, and the legacy of John Kane,
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
presents to you a fine musical
exhibit indeed, "Sleep Is Wrong!" taken from their debut "Grand
Opening and Closing" (Seeland/Chaosophy). The curators of
this intense, post-apocalyptic Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
comprise of former members of the legendary art-rock band Idiot
Flesh, as well as members of Charming Hostess, Tin Hat Trio,
Species Being, and Moekestra.
is an evolving ensemble celebrating all
things space. Their first two CDs, released on Musea's
Gazul label, unite 69 musicians from around the world,
including members of Gong, Hawkwind, and Can. Crew and
composers for "Clear Audient V2.5": Gong's Daevid Allen
(guitar), Michael Clare of University of Errors (bass),
Don Falcone of Spaceship Eyes (piano, synth), Spaceship
Eyes guest Jerry Jeter (guitar), Teed Rockwell (Chapman
stick), and former Praxis member Peter Wetherbee
was first assembled by Don Tillman in 1995 as a
five piece ensemble, though at this very moment the band
is regrouping. This is a newly written and recorded
piece called "On the Edge of an Eclipse" that features Don
Tillman playing 6- and 12-string guitars, Mellotron,
analog synthesizers and bass with Nicolai Gvatua playing
drums and percussion.
Founded by percussionist Gary Parra (Cartoon/PFS), Trap
is a project with its heart in the Bay Area. The song
"Presage" features Chris Smith on guitars, Warren Dale
(Infinity) on keys/winds, Mike Sary (French TV) on bass, and
Karen Anderson (Spaceship Eyes) on vocals. This is a
special vocal-mix of the instrumental found on the Trap
"Insurrection" CD. "Presage" was composed by Dale/Parra
and arranged by the performers.