soundstreamsunday: “Starless” by King Crimson

King Crimson appeared in 1969 as an island, on the far side of the bridge joining a tiring psychedelic scene to a studied, if no less freaky (for its age), “progressive” rock.  In its nearly fifty years the group’s membership has drifted in and out through orbits around guitarist Robert Fripp, his steady hand and …

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soundstreamsunday: “Can I Sit Next To You” by Spoon

The connections are clear, right? Michael Karoli’s cousin and girlfriend were the cover models for Roxy Music‘s album Country Life (1974); Spoon names itself after a song by Karoli’s band Can; and if Spoon isn’t America’s Roxy Music then I’m buying a ticket to Cologne and getting this all figured out for good.  Spoon is …

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soundstreamsunday: “Spoon” by Can

Across five albums and five years Can rendered the categories meaningless and set the bar for the kind of rock future that would make stars out of bands like Radiohead; there’s probably an argument that theirs is still the standard.  Like the better so-called “krautrock” bands of the era, Can’s music sounds like little else, …

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How We Live

How We Live – Dry Land – 1986 (2016 reissue) – Review by James R Turner

Gandalf

Gandalf – To Another Horizon – 1983 (2016 reissue) – Review by James R Turner Gandalf – Magic Theatre – 1983 (2016 reissue) – Review by James R Turner

David McWilliams

David McWilliams – Lord Offaly – 1972 (2016 reissue) – Review by James R Turner

UVTraveler

UVTraveler – Stormchaser – 2016 – Review by James R Turner

Napier’s Bones

Napier’s Bones – Hell and High Water – 2016 – Review by James R Turner

soundstreamsunday: “Sons of Pioneers” by Japan

A British post-punk band could grow into just about anything in that fertile ground of the late seventies, and Japan proves the point, as over its short record-releasing career (1978-1981) the band moved from a funk punk glitz unit to new pioneers of progressive art rock.  You can see the steam rising off the entire …

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soundstreamsunday: “Born Under Punches” by Talking Heads

Again with the Eno! Always with the Eno! I’ve said it before here, but there’s no avoiding Brian Eno in any discussion of late 20th century pop and rock, and his work with the Talking Heads is just one more example of his everywhereness. Having developed a friendship with David Byrne and seeing in the …

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