Category Archives: Rock

THE BEST NORDIC WAVE RELEASES OF 2017-PART 1.

The Best Nordic Wave Albums Of 2017-Part 1. At this time of year, the lists of the best albums of the previous year are published. This year, a list of the best new albums, best reissues, best compilations and best box sets will be published. However, the first list covers the Nordic Wave albums released …

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THE BEST NORDIC WAVE RELEASES OF 2017-PART 2.

The Best Nordic Wave Releases Of 2017-Part 2. Danish String Quartet-Last Leaf. Label: ECM Records. Nowadays, the Danish String Quartet is regarded by many critics as the most exciting young string quartets in Europe, if not the world. They’ve been breathing new life and meaning into contemporary compositions and the classical repertoire. However, when the …

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THE BEST NORDIC WAVE RELEASES OF 2017-PART 3.

The Best Nordic Wave Releases Of 2017. Hakon Stene and Kristine Tjogersen Michael Pisaro-Asleep, Street, Pipes, Tones.  Michael Pisaro’s Asleep, Street, Pipes, Tones’ is a quite beautiful electro-acoustic composition which features seventeen short movements lasting just over an hour. It was reinterpreted and recreated with care and accuracy by Håkon Stene and Kristine Tjøgersen, who …

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THE BEST NORDIC WAVE RELEASES OF 2017-PART 4.

The Best Nordic Wave Releases Of 2017-Part 4. Motorpsycho-The Tower. Label: Rune Grammofon. When Motorpsycho released The Tower in 2017, it marked the debut of Tomas Järmyr, who became Motorpsycho’s fourth drummer in the band’s twenty-eight year history. He played his part in the creative birth of creative rebirth of Motorpsycho, and ensured that their vintage …

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CYMBELINE-ONE OF SWEDEN’S LOST GROUP

Cymbeline-One Of Sweden’s Lost Group. Nowadays, Norway and Sweden both have vibrant and thriving music scenes, where pioneering musicians record and release some of the most ambitious, important and innovative music that is currently being released in Europe. This is nothing new, and both countries have a long and illustrious musical history stretching back to …

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DAVID JOHANSEN-IN STYLE AND HERE COMES THE NIGHT. 

David Johansen-In Style and Here Comes The Night. Label: BGO Records. Singer, songwriter and actor David Johansen first came to prominence as the lead singer of the seminal proto punk band the New York Dolls, in the early seventies. This was the start of a long and varied career for David Johansen, who after the …

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THE INCREDIBLE STRNG BAND-CHANGING HORSES.

The Incredible String Band-Changing Horses. Label: BGO Records. When The Incredible String Band released their fifth album, Changing Horses in November 1969, much had changed within the group that had formed in Edinburgh, Scotland, six years earlier in 1963. The Incredible String Band was one of the biggest, and most successful folk bands in the …

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CLEAR LIGHT-A STORY OF WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN? 

Clear Light-A Story Of What Might Have Been? Elektra records had come a long way by the sixties, and was home to everyone from folk singers Judy Collins and Josh White to Phil Ochs and Tim Buckley, right through to psychedelic pioneers Love and The Doors, to Detroit based rockers like MC5 and The Stooges and …

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EMILIO APARICIO-SONIC SCIENTIST AND MUSICAL PIONEER.

Emilio Aparicio-Sonic Scientist and Musical Pioneer. Nowadays, the words pioneer and innovator tend to be overused, and musicians who create truly groundbreaking music seem to be sadly, few and far between. While there are some pioneering musicians whose music continues to push musical boundaries, there are no longer as many as there once were. Especially …

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SCHLAMMPEITZIGER-DAMENBARTBLICK AUF PREGNANT HILL.

Schlammpeitziger-Damenbartblick auf Pregnant Hill. Label: Bureau B. When German electronic musician Jo Zimmermann embarked upon a solo career in 1992, like many artists, he decided to adopt a new moniker, Schlammpeitziger. Since then, Jo Zimmermann has released ten albums, which will soon become eleven with the release of Damenbartblick auf Pregnant Hill on Hamburg based …

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MOTORPSYCHO-THE TOWER. 

Motorpsycho-The Tower.  Label: Rune Grammofon and Stickman Records. Over the last few years, the vibrant Norwegian music scene has been thriving, and some of the best music in Europe has been released by Norwegian bands. This includes Motorpsycho, who are, without doubt, one of Norway’s finest musical exports. The Motorpsycho story began in Trondheim, Norway, …

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SKY MUSIC: A TRIBUTE TO TERJE RYPDAL AND SKY MUSIC: A TRIBUTE TO TERJE RYPDAL VOL. 2

Sky Music: A Tribute To Terje Rypdal and Sky Music: A Tribute To Terje Rypdal Vol. 2. Label: Rune Grammofon. On August the ‘23rd’ 2017, Norwegian composer, bandleader, guitarist and sonic pioneer Terje Rypdal celebrated his seventieth birthday. That day, there was much to celebrate as Terje Rypdal looked back on a long and illustrious …

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ANE BRUN.

The Life and Times of Ane Brun. In her native Norway, forty-one year old Ane Brun is one of the most successful singer-songwriters of her generation. Her career began in May 2003, when she released her debut album Spending Time With Morgan. This was the start of a glittering career for Ane Brun, who recently …

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PHIL SEYMOUR-THE PRINCE OF POWER POP.

Phil Seymour-The Prince Of Power Pop. Sadly, not every artist goes on to enjoy a long and successful  musical career, and their star shines only briefly. That was the case with Nick Drake and Gram Parsons, whose tragic and untimely deaths cut short what could’ve and should’ve been a long and successful career. Neither of …

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SHA NA NA-FROM THE STREETS OF NEW YORK, HOT SOX AND SHA NA NOW.

Sha Na Na-From The Streets Of New York, Hot Sox and Sha Na Now. Label: BGO Records. By 1973, Sha Na Na had been together fourteen years, released four albums and played at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair on Sunday, August the ‘17th’ 1969. That night, Sha Na Na played a barnstorming thirty-minute set in front …

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THE ORIGINAL SOUND OF BURKINA FASO.

The Original Sound Of Burkina Faso. Label: Mr. Bongo Records. After the success of Mr. Bongo’s The Original Sound Of Mali compilation, the Brighton-based label recently released a new compilation, The Original Sound Of Burkina Faso which was compiled by David ‘Mr Bongo’ Buttle and Florent Mazzoleni. The Original Sound Of Burkina Faso transports the …

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HABIBI FUNK: AN ECLECTIC SELECTION OF MUSIC FROM THE ARAB WORLD.

Habibi Funk: An Eclectic Selection Of Music From The Arab World. Label: Habibi Funk Germany. Nowadays, hundreds of compilations are released by record companies all around the world, and with one click of a button music fans have access to an eclectic selection of music that forty years ago, wasn’t available to record buyers. Back …

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BOZ SCAGGS-MIDDLE MAN AND OTHER ROADS.

Boz Scaggs-Middle Man and Other Roads. Label: BGO Records. As the seventies gave to the eighties, American singer, songwriter and guitarist Boz Scaggs had released eight solo albums, and was enjoying the most successful period of his career. His last three albums had sold in excess of 6.5 million copies, transforming Boz Scaggs’ career.  Until …

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HIROSHIMA-THIRD GENERATION, ANOTHER PLACE AND GO.

Hiroshima-Third Generation, Another Place and Go. Label: BGO Records. Dan Kuramoto’s interest in music began when he became the inaugural chairman of the Asian-American studies program at California State University in Long Beach in the sixties. This was an honour for Dan Kuramoto who had just graduated from California State University with a degree in …

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MOGOLLAR-A CAREER OF TWO PARTS

 Moğollar-A Career Of Two Parts. By 1976, Anatolian rockers Moğollar had been together for the best part of a decade, and were now one of  Turkey’s most successful bands. Everything seemed to have been going well for Moğollar until they lost their latest vocalist. This was nothing new, and was a problem that had haunted the group over the years.  Vocalists had been Moğollar’s …

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