Posts Tagged ‘Eskaton’

Shub Niggurath - Introduction

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Been inactive here, sorry. Have not been inactive in general. The latest thing I did was a review of Shub Niggurath’s Introduction over at the Washington City Paper (it’s in this week’s print edition as well). To go along with that review, I also did a Q&A with Udi Koomran, who is responsible for remastering the original tape, and who also got me a copy of his early remaster so that I could review it for this site a few years ago. The review here is geared towards someone familiar with the RIO/avant-prog axis; the review at the City Paper is more for laypeople.

Readers of this site will be interested in the question I ask Udi, towards the end of the Q&A, about what he’s been working on lately. Bands like Present, Guapo and Eskaton are involved.

Also in that same question, be sure to check out the link to Udi’s contribution to the Radio Village Nomade soundscape project - a lot like Chris Cutler’s Twice Around the Earth project. Very cool stuff.

Hordes of fictional prog bands

Monday, October 23rd, 2000

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)”.