Deep Cuts #37

Deep Cuts #37 is now available for streaming!

Prog Rock Deep Cuts #37 by Progrockdeepcuts on Mixcloud

Hello everyone! On this week’s Deep Cuts, I’ve got a wide variety of progressive rock picked for you!

First off, I’ve got some folky progressive rock in the form of Comus. Comus are the freak / acid answer to folk, and are one of the creepiest bands I’ve ever heard. Imagine flutes, dual acoustic guitars, and guttural, animal-like vocals.

Additionally, I’ll also have some excellent symphonic prog with the Spanish group, Kotebel, who will be appearing at this year’s ProgDay festival in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. To mix things up, I’ll also be throwing in some music from classic Krautrockers Amon Duul II as well as some Van der Graaf Generator, Knifeworld, Mike Keneally, and so much more!

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Prog Rock Deep Cuts #36

Prog Rock Deep Cuts #36 by Progrockdeepcuts on Mixcloud

HAMATAI!

In Deep Cuts 36, I’ll be joined by my Avant-Prog buddy, Nick King, who will be co-presenting a listener-requested trip down the darkened Zeuhl path. Best known as a genre invented by Christian Vander of the legendary band, Magma, Zeuhl is a genre marked by its minimalist rhythms, invented languages, slow buildups, and epic climaxes. Zeuhl is a recurring theme in this week’s program, not an extended onslaught, featuring groups such as Happy Family and Koenji Hyakkei.

This will be topped off by a complete live performance of the quintessential Zeuhl masterwork, “Mekanik Destruktiw Kömmamdöh”, from Magma’s brand new “Zuhn Wohl Unsai – 1974″ album, captured in Bremen 40 years ago and finally released in May of 2014.

Come and join me, it’ll be an experience like none other!

 

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Deep Cuts Episodes 34 and 35

 

Prog Rock Deep Cuts #35 by Progrockdeepcuts on Mixcloud

Hello everyone!

On this week’s Deep Cuts, I’ve got another eclectic mix of old and new, well-known and obscure!

First off, I’ll be featuring new music from Indonesian fusion guitarist, Tohpati Bertiga. The new record, “Tribal Dance” (Moonjune), features Jimmy Haslip on bass and Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa, Steven Wilson) on drums, making for a formidable power trio. Bertiga’s tasteful guitar work combine the jazz dexterity of Eric Johnson with the power of Robert Fripp and Jeff Beck.

Additionally, I’ve also invited a co-presenter, my festival-going pal, Billy Salvatori. Billy has seen countless shows and festivals with me, and as before, I’ve allowed him to chose about an hour’s worth of this playlist. Billy’s selections include, English psych-folkers Comus, Caravan, and rare live Mike Keneally. Lastly, I’ll also be airing a tribute to HR Giger (known for his work on album covers and film) and birthday tributes to Robert Fripp and Mike Oldfield.

I hope you can join us!

Prog Rock Deep Cuts #34 by Progrockdeepcuts on Mixcloud

Hello everyone!

To start with, I’ll have some new live music from Sweden’s Änglagård and their brand new release, “Prog på Svenska – Live in Japan”. Änglagård, now with a new lineup, present a unique take on progressive rock with influences such as Swedish folk music, old school progressive rock like Genesis, and Dun, all in a very dynamic and symphonic style.

Additionally, I’ll have some new music on the Cuneiform label by way of England’s Led Bib, a group best described as a cross between the spaciness of Gong and fusion groups such as Soft Machine. The brand new record, entitled “The People in Your Neighbourhood” is a challenging and unique take on the fusion genre, with extended dual saxophone workouts and spacey electronics.

Rounding up the three hour program will be tracks from Canterbury legends Caravan, birthday tributes to Tim Hodgkinson of Henry Cow and Eddie Jobson.

I hope you can join me!

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Änglagård: Prog på Svenska – Live in Japan REVIEW

ImageIn March of 2013, legendary Swedish symphonic progressive rock band, Änglagård played a series of concerts over three nights at the Club Citta, Tokyo, sharing a bill with The Crimson ProjeKCt.  Änglagård, now with a revised lineup, present a unique take on progressive rock with influences such as Swedish folk music, old school progressive rock like King Crimson, Genesis, and Dun, and classical music, all wrapped in a very dynamic and symphonic style. Whereas many symphonic prog bands place the rock first and classical second, Änglagård mix the ‘sturm und drang’ of classical music with rock instrumentation such as electric guitar, bass, and synths and prog rock experimentation.

I had the immense honor of seeing this band live at 2012’s North East Art Rock Festival (NEARfest) and it was one of the best live experiences I’ve ever had. Over the past few days, I’ve been transported back to that weekend in June with this new live record which presents a well-documented and energetic performance from one the most perfection-driven group of musicians I know.

The track selection here represents every one of Änglagård’s three studio albums with some staples (“Jordrök” – the classic opening track from the 1992 debut, Hybris and “Höstsejd” from the Epilog album) as well as some lesser known tracks (“Sorgmantel” and “Längtans Klocka” from 2012’s Viljans Oga and “Kung Bore” from the debut). To me, this provides a nice cross section of the band’s repertoire, as we get a taste of what the new lineup is capable of through the presentation of familiar material.

I use the word ‘familiar’ above somewhat loosely, though, as even the older pieces have demonstrated some growth since we last heard them. On all of the pieces, the band have altered the tempos and added some new sounds (such as the recorder on “Jordrok”) and new saxophone parts and synthesizer sounds on a few other pieces. One of the things that makes or breaks a live record, for me, is the arrangements. With Änglagård, the arrangements are constantly in flux and that makes these tracks worth hearing in different versions and the record worth buying. I personally feel a bit ripped off when a band plays the same arrangements time and time again, but Änglagård constantly challenge themselves and their listeners.

In addition to the older pieces, we also get one new piece on this record – “Introvertus Fugu Part I”. Clocking in at just under seven minutes, this is the shortest piece on the album and probably the biggest draw for Änglagård fans. Beginning with some spacey piano chords and a disjointed arrangement, the piece gradually rises from freeform chaos to dynamic Crimson-y Änglagård form that develops throughout its short (by Änglagård standards) runtime to a thrilling conclusion, leaving the listener breathless and yearning for Part II. If this is what is in store of Änglagård’s fourth album (to be recorded later this year), then we are in for a real treat.

As for the performances here, they are nothing short of stunning. The newest members seem to fit in with the established style of the group, while flautist Anna Holmgren continues to develop her gorgeous, vibrato-laden lower register while Johan Brand taps into his Chris Squire meets Jannick Top Rickenbacker brilliance. Essential stuff for fans of progressive rock. If this band comes anywhere near you, go out and support this music, it’ll be a concert experience you’ll never forget.

 

MUSICIANS:

Anna Holmgren: flute, saxophone, Mellotron, recorder and melodica
Johan Brand: bass, Moog Taurus basspedals and atmospheric sound
Tord Lindman: guitar, vocals, gong and atmospheric sound
Linus Kåse: Hammond organ B-3, Mellotron, Fender Rhodes, Moog Voyager, piano, soprano saxophone and vocals
Erik Hammarström: drums, cymbals, vibraphone, glockenspiel, tubular bells, cran casa, gong

- Ian Beabout, host of Prog Rock Deep Cuts on progrock.com

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Prog Rock Deep Cuts Episodes 31-33 + United in Prog with DJ Tony

Prog Rock Deep Cuts #33 by Progrockdeepcuts on Mixcloud

A note from your ‘humble’ host / narrator, I think this particular show was a high achievement for me both as a presenter and in terms of playlist. I felt like I was really on top of my game when delivering some of the improvised banter, and the playlist is *very* eclectic.

I’ve got some classical stuff, some jazz, folk, avant, electronic, funk, and metal. I’ve got American, Italian, Swedish, Finnish, British, German, and even Swiss prog here. I’ve got music from way back to the early 70’s with groups like Gentle Giant and VdGG as well groups from just about every major era and subgenre of prog, from the accessible and catchy, to the off-the-wall and just plain STRANGE. It’s sometimes cerebral, sometimes from the heart, and sometimes it’s just plain goofy and FUN. Above all, it’s progressive and definitely not for the faint of heart.

In short, if you don’t know Deep Cuts and want to find out what it’s all about, CLICK HERE!

Prog Rock Deep Cuts #32 by Progrockdeepcuts on Mixcloud

Hello everyone! On this week’s Deep Cuts I’ve got a mixture of new and classic, obscure and well-known!

First off, I’ll be featuring new music from Ian Anderson. The new release, Homo Erraticus (The Wandering Man) is a concept album following the sagas of a man struck by malaria-induced delirium who dreams of his past lives. Beginning with his origins as a nomadic Neolithic settler, we trace his development as an Iron Age blacksmith, a Christian monk, and even glimpse forward into his future.

Additionally, I’ll also be playing a bit from the new record by The Knells, a Brooklyn-based chamber-psych band, as well as cuts from Zeuhl-ites Happy Family from Japan, a band who draw from mid 70’s Magma, Crimson, and Zappa. Not to be missed!

All this and more, only on Deep Cuts 32!

Prog Rock Deep Cuts #31 by Progrockdeepcuts on Mixcloud

After a week off, Deep Cuts is back! And I’ve got a lot of great stuff planned for you this week …

First off, I’ll be featuring new music from Mattias Olsson (ex-Anglagard) and David Lundberg’s (Gosta Berlings Saga) Necromonkey project, entitled A Glimpse of Possible Endings. The album is a masterpiece of modern electronic music, drawing on minimalism and analogue elements to create a fresh take on the progressive rock genre.

Also, we will be featuring classic live King Crimson and recent music from Rock in Opposition band Panzerpappa and their Astronamalist. The album features compositions of stunning depth and engaging melodies, making for an album that works on multiple levels.

All this and more on Deep Cuts 31!

United in Prog with DJ Tony (Ian Beabout Guest Spot) by Progrockdeepcuts on Mixcloud

On Saturday, March 29th, I made a special guest appearance on United in Prog with DJ Tony, an internet radio show on houseofprog.com.

Tony has graciously allowed me to select about half of the setlist. My selections include tracks by Frank Zappa, Cardiacs, Gosta Berlings Saga, Diablo Swing Orchestra, Chrome Hoof, and more!

I hope you can join us!

 

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Ian Plays Ian! – New music from IAN ANDERSON

PROGROCK.COM PRESENTS….

Ian Plays Ian!

On Tuesday, April 15th, Ian Beabout will be commandeering the daily New at Noon hour on http://www.progrock.com to bring you brand new music from Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson.

New at Noon runs every day from 12-1:00 PM (CDT) on progrock.com. It is designed to feature only the most recent progressive rock and related releases and is picked at random by the station’s auto feed.

However, on April 15th, Prog Rock Deep Cuts host Ian Beabout will be handpicking new music from Ian Anderson’s upcoming solo album HOMO ERRATICUS and presenting it live on air, complete with anecdotes and lesser known facts about Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull’s career.

The upcoming release, Anderson’s first in two years, is a concept album following the sagas of a man struck by malaria-induced delirium who dreams of his past lives. Beginning with his origins as a nomadic Neolithic settler, we trace his development as an Iron Age blacksmith, a Christian monk, and even glimpse forward into his future.

All of this is backed by Anderson’s distinctive flute playing and his talented and road-tested group of musicians who are about to embark on a HOMO ERRATICUS and THE BEST OF JETHRO TULL tour of Europe, the United States, and all over the world. It is not to be missed!

Fans are encouraged to tune in live and join the chat room for this very special event. Beabout, a life-time Tull devotee with a unique passion for Anderson’s music, will also be taking requests and answering any inquiries about this one-time-only event at progrockdeepcuts@gmail.com.

Stream live here: http://www.streamlicensing.com/play/player.php?sid=1855&stream_id=3143

Chat link: http://www.progrock.com/chat.htm

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Prog Rock Deep Cuts Weeks 29 and 30

Prog Rock Deep Cuts #30 by Progrockdeepcuts on Mixcloud

PROG ROCK DEEP CUTS WITH IAN BEABOUT WEEK #30
1. Balrog Boogie – Diablo Swing Orchestra (Pandora’s Piñata)
2. Little Green Men – Steve Vai (Flex-able)
3. Look at the Animals – Jethro Tull (Nightcap: The Unreleased Masters)
4. Baby Heart Dirt – Cardiacs (On Land and in the Sea)
5. Blue Cheadle – Cheer Accident (Fear Draws Misfortune)
6. Isle of Everywhere – Gong (You)
7. Louisville Stomp – The Aristocrats (Culture Clash)
8. Dog Breath, in the Year of the Plague – Frank Zappa (Uncle Meat)
9. Crutches – Discipline (Unfolded Like Staircase) BY REQUEST
10. Amelia Earhart – The Muffins (Manna / Mirage)

From the Featured Album, Impressionist Symphony by Clearlight
11. Renoir En Couleur
12. Pissarro King

13. Nerve Agents – Atomic Ape (Swarm)
14. 354 – Gosta Berlings Saga (Detta Har Hänt)
15. Nord Company vs the Lead Company – Happy Family (Toscco)
16. Kidzapunk – Mike Keneally (You Must be This Tall)
17. Hard on Me – Richard Thompson (Semi-detached Mock Tudor)
18. Amygdala – Henry Cow (LegEnd)
19. Time and Space – Gnidrolog (In Spite of Harry’s Toe-nail)
20. Syntelman’s March of the Roaring 70’s – Amon Düül II (Tanz der Lemminge)
21. Wings À La Mode – French, Frith, Kaiser, and Thompson (Live, Love, Larf & Loaf) BY REQUEST
22. Natura – Zao (Kawana)
23. Thela Hun Ginjeet – King Crimson (Discipline)
24. Knock Knock Hornet’s Nest – Necromonkey (Necroplex)
25. Ki Ïahl Ö Lïahk – Magma (1.001 Degrees Centigrades)

Prog Rock Deep Cuts #29 by Progrockdeepcuts on Mixcloud

PROG ROCK DEEP CUTS WITH IAN BEABOUT WEEK #29
1. Tziidall Raszhisst – Koenji Hyakkei (Angherr Shisspa)
2. The Barbarian – Emerson, Lake, and Palmer (Emerson, Lake, and Palmer)
3. Island – Gösta Berlings Saga (Glue Works)
4. Kevlar Sweethearts – Diablo Swing Orchestra (Pandora’s Piñata)
5. 21st Century Schizoid Man – King Crimson (Live at the Marquee, 1971)
6. The Boys in the Band – Gentle Giant (Octopus)

From the Featured Album, Lucid by Matt Stevens
7. Unsettled
8. The Other Side
9. Oxymoron

10. The Sushi Bar – Happy Family (Toscco)
11. Generale – Premiata Forneria Marconi (Per un Amico)

From the Featured Album, Roxy by Proxy by Frank Zappa and the Mothers
12. Penguin in Bondage
13. T’mershi Duween
14. Dog Meat
15. RDNZL
16. Encore: King Kong / Chunga’s Revenge / Mr. Green Genes
17. Village of the Sun
18. Echidna’s Arf (Of You)
19. Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing?
20. Cheepnis – Percussion Only
21. Cheepnis

Hour 3 – BY REQUEST
22. Eskaton – Eskaton (Eskaton)
23. Sista Somrar – Änglagård (Epilog)
24. “Iss” Lansei Doa – Magma (Mythes et Legendes, Epok I)
25. Laahustaja – Höyry-kone (Huono Parturi)
26. Ersatz – Present (Le Poison Qui Rend Fou)
27. Killer – Van der Graaf Generator (H to He Who Am the Only One)
28. Firth of Fifth – Genesis (Selling England by the Pound)
29. Puppet Show – Sleepytime Gorilla Museum (In Glorious Times)
30. Gravitá 9,81 – Arti & Mestieri (First Live in Japan)

31. Les voleurs d’Ombre – Univers Zero (Phosphorescent Dreams)

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