Category Archives: Avant Garde

CULT CLASSIC: KLAUS SCHULZE-CYBORG.

Cult Classic: Klaus Schulze -Cyborg. By the time Klaus Schulze released his debut solo album Irrlicht in 1972, he had already been in what would prove to be two of the most important, innovative and influential Krautrock bands, Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel. Both groups would write their names into the history books. However, …

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CULT CLASSIC:REQUIEM-FOR A WORLD AFTER.

Cult Classic: Requiem-A World After. For six months, George A. Speckert and Massimo Grandi laboured long and hard in Sparky Studios to record Requiem’s debut album For A World After. Eventually, the two men had completed what was an ambitious and innovative concept album, For A World After.  It had been written by George A. …

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CULT CLASSIC: STOMU YAMASHTA-RED BUDDHA.

Cult Classic: Stomu Yamashta-Red Buddha. Too often, Stomu Yamashta’s role in the popularisation of world music is overlooked by critics and cultural commentators. They forget that Stomu Yamashta helped popularise world music back in the sixties. Right through to the seventies, Stomu Yamashta was one of the leading lights in the burgeoning world music scene. …

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CULT CLASSIC: GURU GURU-UFO.

Cult Classic: Guru Guru-UFO. By the late sixties, the members of many British and American bands were well on their way to becoming multi-millionaires. Especially groups like The Beatles and Rolling Stones who  had been at the top for the best part of a decade, and were now enjoying wealth beyond their wildest dreams.  To …

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CULT CLASSIC: SYLVIAN AND CZUKAY-PLIGHT AND PREMONITION.

Cult Classic: Sylvian and Czukay-Plight and Premonition. By early 1986, former Can bassist Holger Czukay was now a successful solo artist, and was working on his fourth solo album was eventually released in 1988 as Rome Remains Rome. It was being recorded at Can Studio, in Cologne, and Holger Czukay was joined by drummer Jaki …

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CULT CLASSIC: TUXEDOMOON-HALF-MUTE.

Cult Classic:Tuxedomoon-Half-Mute. Success came quickly for Tuxedomoon. They were formed in 1977, and released their debut single in 1978. A year later, Tuxedomoon’s sophomore single No Tears was hailed a post punk classic. Tuxedomoon were one of mus ic’s rising stars.  So it was no surprise that in 1980, Ralph’s Records signed Tuxedomoon and they …

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CULT CLASSIC: AKSAK MABOUL-UN PEU L’AME DES BANDITS.

Cult Classic: Aksak Maboul-Un Peu de L’âme Des Bandits. Nearly three years after releasing their seminal avant pop album, Onze Danses Pour Combattre la Migraine in the summer of 1977,  Aksak Maboul returned with their much-anticipated 1980 sophomore album Un Peu de L’âme Des Bandits. It was the first album Aksak Maboul released on Marc …

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CULT CLASSIC: AK MUSICK-AK MUSICK.

Cult Classic: AK Musick-AK Musick. By the early seventies, the West German music scene was thriving. Across the country, new bands were being formed, and releasing new, ambitious,  innovative and experimental music. This had been the case since the late sixties, when the first wave of new bands were formed. One of the earliest groups …

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CULT CLASSIC: DIETER MOEBIUS-BLOTCH.

Cult Classic: Dieter Moebiuso-Blotch  Nearly five years ago, Dieter Moebius who was one of the greatest and most important musicians in the history of modern German music passed away on the “20th” July 2015 after a brave and lengthy battle against cancer. He had  been a cofounder of Kluster, Cluster and Harmonia which are three of the most inventive, innovative and influential bands of …

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CULT CLASSIC: JODI-POPS DE VANGUARDIA.

Cult Classic: Jodi-Pops de Vanguardia. Innovator, pioneer and visionary are just three of the words that were used to describe German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. His career spanned six decades and nowadays, he’s regarded as one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th Century. Karlheinz Stockhausen was also one of the pioneers of …

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CULT CLASSIC: POPOL VUH-MESSA DI ORFEO,

Cult Classic: Popol Vuh-Messa Di Orfeo. Popol Vuh were one of a number of groundbreaking bands who were formed in West Germany in the early seventies, and over the next three decades established a reputation for releasing innovative music that influenced the next generation of musicians. This was the case from the release of Popol …

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CULT CLASSIC: SUNBIRDS-SUNBIRDS.

Cult Classic: Sunbirds-Sunbirds. Back in the seventies, the only German band most British people had heard of was Kraftwerk. A few more knowledgeable music lovers have heard of Can, and maybe, Neu!, Cluster or Harmonia. That however, was the extent of their knowledge of German music. That was a great shame, as Germany in the …

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CULT CLASSIC: KOLLECTIV-KOLLECTIV.

Cult Classic: Kollectiv-Kollectiv. Musical history is littered with bands who only ever released one album during their career. All too  often, that album fails to find the audience it deserves. This can come as a bitter blow, and sometimes, can lead to the band breaking up. By then, the rock star dream is over and the only …

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CULT CLASSIC: ADELBERT VON DEYEN-STERNZEIT.

Cult Classic: Adelbert Von Deyen-Sternzeit. By 1977, Adelbert Von Deyen was working as a retoucher for a Berlin newspaper. While this kept him busy during the day, he had plenty of free time in the evenings. Wanting to put his free time to good use, Adelbert decided to take up a hobby. The hobby he …

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CULT CLASSIC: LIGHTDREAMS-ISLANDS IN SPACE.

Cult Classic: LightDreams-Islands In Space. Thirty-five years ago in 1981, the British Columbian band LightDreams, released their debut album, Islands In Space. It was a captivating, psychedelic sci-fi odyssey where LightDreams explored cosmic ideology. This was something that had fascinated and enthralled the band’s leader Paul Marcano ever since he first encountered the work and theories …

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CULT CLASSIC: ASHRA-CORRELATIONS.

Cult Classic: Ashra-Correlations. When Manuel Göttsching released Inventions For Electric Guitar in 1975, this was meant to be the start of a new chapter in his career. Inventions For Electric Guitar was meant to be Manuel Göttsching’s debut solo album. Some eagle eyed record buyers weren’t so sure about that. Atop the album cover to …

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TIME BURGESS AND BOB STANLEY PRESENT TIME PEAKS-SONGS FOR A LATE-NIGHT DINER.

Tim Burgess and Bob Stanley Present Tim Peaks-Songs For A Late-Night Diner. Label: Ace Records. On April 8, 1990, the first series of Twin Peaks, which was created by David Lynch and Mark Frost, made its debut on ABC, and quickly, gained a cult following. Viewers in Britain and America were captivated by what was …

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LUMAN DRONES-UMBRA.

Lumen Drones-Umbra. Label: Hubro Music. Four years after Lumen Drones released their critically acclaimed eponymous debut album on ECM Records in late-2015, Nils Økland, Per Steinar Lie and Ørjan Haaland recently return with their much-anticipated followup Umbra, which was released on Hubro Music. Umbra is an epic album that doesn’t disappoint and marks the welcome …

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TRIBE-HOMETOWN: DETROIT SESSIONS 1990-2014.

Tribe-Hometown: Detroit Sessions 1990-2014. Label: Strut and Art Yard. The story of Tribe began in Detroit in 1971, when saxophonist Wendell Harrison and trombonist Phil Ranelin cofounded the groundbreaking independent jazz collective. This was just the start and soon, the pair decided to setup a live collective and founded Tribe Records.  Their new indie jazz …

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CULT CLASSIC: SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA-THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET.

Cult Classic: Sun Ra and His Arkestra-The Other Side Of The Street. Nowadays, music journalists are guilty of using the words innovator and pioneer for too freely, but that is the perfect description of the inimitable Sun Ra. He’s   now regarded as one of the true pioneers of free jazz and a truly innovative …

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