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Archive for May 2009

Cosmic Nomads: Millennium

May 14, 2009

Whereas “Vultress” was all about the rock, “Millennium” is a tribute to the classics. Ray Vanderby and crew have taken themes by Bach, Grieg, and Debussy, and given them a Cosmic Nomads makeover. Much like their first album, this has a bit of heavier feel than “Vultress,” but it is every bit as fun. I […]

Cosmic Nomads: Vultress

May 14, 2009

Man, whatever happened to all that great, bluesy, organ heavy music from the early ’70s? Apparently, a group of guys from Australia were asking themselves the same question a few years back. COSMIC NOMADS have resurrected the beast, and make no apologies for it. It may sound dated in style, but they have added a […]

Cosmic Nomads: Make Love Not War

May 14, 2009

    Had I heard “Make Love Not War” before “Vultress,” I may not have explored this group any further. It’s solid rock, and the Hammond organ is very present, but they hadn’t quite found that spark yet. This album also resonates more with modern metal, than the direct emulation of the likes of Deep […]

Magma: Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh

May 6, 2009

  Christian Vander – drums, vocals, organ, percussion  Jannik Top – bass  Klaus Blasquiz – vocals, percussion  Jean-Luc Manderlier – piano, organ  René Garber – bass clarinet, vocals  Claude Olmos – guitar  Stella Vander – choir organik Kommandeuhr  Muriel Streisfeld, Evelyn Razymovski, Michele Saulnier, Doris Reihnardt, Stella Vander / choir  Teddy Lasry – brass organik […]

Magma: Retrospektïw III

May 6, 2009

One of the advantages of living in an eclectic university town, like Ann Arbor, is the abundance of used music shops. This is a very diverse place, and is quite international. This means that you get a wider variety of musical tastes. It also means that if you find something unique, you’d better grab it. […]

King Crimson: In the Wake of Poseidon

May 6, 2009

  Robert Fripp /-guitar, mellotron, devices Greg Lake – vocals Michael Giles – drums Peter Giles – bass Keith Tippett – piano Mel Collins – saxes, flute Gordon Haskell – vocals on “Cadence and Cascade” Peter Sinfield – words   This album gets unfairly panned. Yes, it closely follows the formula of the previous album, […]