Hordes of fictional prog bands

For some reason I’d been overlooking the avant-progressive list recently, but in the past couple days there have been some pretty interesting thread. Someone asked about Pere Ubu, an “avant-garage” band whose 25th anniversary concert I happened to catch, by completely random chance, at the Knitting Factory. I was only able to stay for about an hour of the show, but I found it to be fairly interesting, though their type of noise-manipulation (especially the vocal side) isn’t really to my tastes.

The best piece of news coming from this list, though, is the fact that Soleil Zeuhl, who brought us the Dün Eros reissue that I still haven’t gotten around to getting, are planning to reissue Eskaton’s two non-4 Visions albums, Fiction and Ardeur, in mid-2001. Sweet!

My copies of the gatefold 24-remasters of Larks’ Tongues in Aspic, Starless and Bible Black, and Red just came in today. I’m listening to Larks’ now at a ridiculously high volume, and the bass is shaking windows. Oh man, this stuff kicks so much ass. I’m not really putting much effort into comparing the new with the old, but on Larks’ at least the quieter moments seem much clearer - Muir’s percussion stands out a lot more to me than it ever did before. And Wetton’s bass is huger than ever, but that might be because I’ve never listened to this album at quite this enormous volume before.

Someone on rec.music.progressive just pointed out this rather amusing War Against Silence review of Echolyn’s As the World. A favorite quote: “…most of what seems to be the action in progressive rock isn’t even happening in English (though I’m still not totally convinced that some net denizens aren’t inventing hordes of fictional prog bands from Italy and Peru, just to confuse me)”.

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