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7:17 I Was Gonna Fight Fascism Soccer 96 Tactics EP Moshi Moshi Records @moshimoshimusic 2020
2:59 Vais A Sufrir Orden Mundial Sonido De La Negación La Vida Es Un Mus @LAVIDAESUNMUS 2020
4:56 Liquid Sky Joe Gideon @JoeGideonMusic Armagideon Clouds Hill @cloudshillmusic 2020
3:49 Vacant and Encouraging My Trophy Houseplant Celia Hollandar Recent Futures Leaving Records @LEAVINGRECORDS 2020
3:07 Careful (ft. Borgesss) Com With Quirky Hanging Freud @HangingFreud 2020
8:29 Oregon Crisis Helm Oregon Crisis A L T E R @alter_stock 2020
4:19 We Fall Josephine Wiggs @josephinewiggs We Fall The Sound of Sinners 2019
3:51 Bunker Ft Shannen SP Nazar @no_allies Guerrilla Hyperdub @Hyperdub 2020
5:54 America Zelienople Hold You Up Miasmah Recordings @_miasmah 2020
5:22 The Blue-Tail Fly Shane Parish @shaneparishgtr Death Bell Knellin’ (a collection of fire songs) Weird Cry Records 2020

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2:30 Psych Ward Okay Kaya @okaykayaouch Watch This Liquid Pour Itself Jagjaguwar @Jagjaguwar 2020
8:46 Goro City Manu Dibango – Single – Island 1981
6:38 Cara de Espejo (Home Session) Juana Molina @soyjuanamolina – Single – Crammed Discs @CrammedDiscs 2020
11:44 Big Talk Celia Hollandar Recent Futures Leaving Records @LEAVINGRECORDS 2020
2:50 He’s Coming to Us Dead Doc Watson & Gaither Carlton Doc Watson & Gaither Carlton Smithsonian Folkways @Folkways 2020
2:37 Shut Up Baby ! (feat. Brisa Roché) Tara King th. @TaraKingth Mathematique Petrol Chips @PetrolChips 2020
6:38 James James Ray Borneo & The Bystanders Ray Borneo & The Bystanders Petrol Chips @PetrolChips 2020
1:57 Black Berry (ft. Sarah Bernstein) Astroturf Noise @AstroturfNoise Astroturf Noise 577 Records @577Records 2020
21:01 Further The Necks Three Northern Spy Records @northernspyrecs 2020

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4:38 Lux, Lumina (CC Crain Remix) Lorelle Meets The Obsolete @ObsoleteLorelle Re-Facto Sonic Cathedral @soniccathedral 2020
5:45 Magia Lucana Mai Mai Mai Nel Sud La Tempesta Dischi @tempestadischi 2020
3:01 Eri Tu kmfrommyills @kmfrommyills @moraljetlag – single – Bandcamp 2020
4:05 I Dream Of Sodomy Ono @Ono1980O Red Summer American Dreams @AmerDreams 2020
3:37 Rainbow In The Sky Jacob Faurholt Shake Off The Fear Bandcamp 2019
4:05 The true from the false PIERRE FOURMEAU Who targets me? On lâche les chiens F @onlacheleschiens 2019
2:42 Kokteilis massicot Kratt Les Disques Bongo @BongoJoeRecords 2020
9:36 Instinct 3 Stuart Chalmers The Heart of Instinct TQ N-aut @tarquinwood23 2020
4:27 Pitfall Pyjamarama Simple Living A Tant Rêver Du Roi Records 2020
4:16 Virile Moses Sumney @MosesSumney græ: Part 1 Jagjaguwar @Jagjaguwar 2020
2:57 Isolation Scumbag Philosopher It Means Nothing So It Means Nothing Words On Music 2011
8:49 Part II – Pixelated skin Joyfultalk @joyfultalk A Separation Of Being Constellation Records @cstrecords 2020
8:15 Bone Prisms Cole Pulice Gloam Moon Glyph @moonglyph 2020
14:04 Occession Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft, Nels Cline @bobbyprevite @jamiesaft @nelscline Music From The Early 21st Century RareNoise @RareNoise 2020
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2:20 Whisky Story Time Alabaster DePlume @a_deplume To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1 International Anthem @intlanthem 2020
2:50 The Hours Descend Hojo + Kraft @hojokraft V.A. Fieldwave Vol. 1 Nonclassical @nonclassical 2020
5:25 10 Chip Lisa Marie Simmons @hippietend NoteSpeak (Amori e Tragedie In Musica) Ropeadope Records @ropeadope 2020
1:53 God Rays Alex Dowling Reality Rounds Carrier Records 2020
4:23 Neon Faithful (feat. Desmond White) Wolff Parkinson White Favours Bandcamp 2020
2:57 Outta My Head Gregory Pepper Song Of The Week Club 2018
3:10 St. James Infirmary Blues Johnny Dowd @Johnny_Dowd Twinkle, Twinkle Mother Jinx Records 2018
6:14 Still too Far to Go Electric Sewer Age Contemplating Nothingness Hallow Ground f@HallowGroundlabel 2020
2:20 I’m Every Sparkly Woman ana roxanne ~~~ Leaving Records @LEAVINGRECORDS 2019
7:32 mother time dumama + kechou buffering juju Mushroom Hour+1/2 @MushroomHour 2020
3:52 Rills Alex Dowling Reality Rounds Carrier Records 2020
2:52 Elektryba?t CEL (Felix Kubin & Hubert Zemler) CEL (Felix Kubin & Hubert Zemler) Bureau B @bureaublabel 2020
2:12 I Feel Better Now Clamm Beseech Me Chapter Music @ChapterMusic 2020
8:03 A Clearing Michael Grigoni & Stephen Vitiello @mgrigmusic Slow Machines 12k @12k_label 2020
12:40 Do Bahía de Ascenso Bahía de Ascenso Ropeadope Records @ropeadope 2020
5:08 Goodbye (feat. Judi Jackson) Spirit Fingers & Greg Spero – Single – Ropeadope Records @ropeadope 0

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9:48 Tuhinga Chantal Acda @chantalacda Pu¯wawau Oorwerk 2019
4:32 We Came for Your Riches Tilman Robinson @tilmanr CULTURECIDE Bedroom Community @bedcomrecords 2020
5:02 Passage Bit-Tuner @bittuner EXO -OUS @ous_ooo 2019
6:16 Whose Gonna Save My Soul Electric Sewer Age Contemplating Nothingness Hallow Ground f@HallowGroundlabel 2020
3:23 The Wound Of Cinema (feat. Angel Wei) PV Knude The Anti-Terror Album Bandcamp 2020
4:52 July Song Fuzzy Hell Hex Songs Sofia Records @SunkenHum 2016
3:28 Moving Sideways The Bordellos @thebordellos Crabs Ep Metal Postcard @metalpostcard1 2019
2:50 Complain Train Keel Her @keelher Live at BBC 6 Music, Marc Riley (06?/?06?/?2019) Bandcamp 2019
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Review: “The Other Side” Nektar
by Ken Applin

Album released January 2020 on Cherry Red Records

Nektar, the legendary Prog Rock band, recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of their founding in 1969. To further commemorate this landmark, the band started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for their 14th studio album titled “The Other Side”. The project raised over $33,000 allowing the album to be completed for release this month.

A bit of history: Nektar was founded in Hamburg Germany and later moved to the US. During the late 60s and early 70s, popular music made a huge shift from AM-radio pop singles to FM-radio deep cuts (also called “Album-Oriented Rock”, or “AOR”, by the recording industry). This was a magical time for Prog Rock that lasted until the mid to late-70s when Disco, Punk, and New Wave (all simpler and more accessible music styles) took over the airwaves. During this magical period, Nektar released their first 7 albums, 5 of which made it onto the US Billboard Top 200. Their 4th album, “Remember the Future”, climbed all the way to #19 in 1973. In the 80s, musical tastes shifted even further away from complex musical styles evidenced by the rise of MTV which was dominated by 3-minute videos and Hair Metal Bands that had “the look”. It was extremely rare that Prog bands got any airplay at all. As a result, Nektar went through numerous lineup changes (19 are noted on their Wikipedia site) and disbanded at least twice. It was a time when most other Prog bands “sold out” adopting more commercially viable music styles to keep going. This makes it even more triumphant that Nektar has released this gem of an album so far into their career.

The perfect trifecta: “The Other Side” sounds like it could have been Nektar’s 8th album set to continue their string of successful releases in the 70s. In fact, if you dig around, you’ll find that the band admits that many of the songs and musical ideas were written in 1978. Add the fact the band members now have a literal lifetime of musical chops, and that this album was recorded in 2019 with modern recording techniques that have vastly improved during the last several decades, and you’ll find that “The Other Side” is an amazing achievement and a rarity in this day and age: an album that brings back the positive energy of Prog’s heyday, played by talented and experienced musicians, properly recorded to bring out the best in the music. Even the album artwork rings true as it was created by Helmut Wenske, the German artist that created many of the intricate covers for Nektar’s original albums.

The lineup for the new album combines 3 founding members with 3 “newer” members. Derek “Mo” Moore (bass & vocals), Ron Howden (drums & vocals), and Mick Brockett (lyrics & visual conceptions) were part of the original band. Ryche Chlanda (guitars & vocals) comes from Fireballet and Nektar’s 1978 lineup, Randy Dembo (bass & 12-string guitar) was a member of the 2005 lineup, and newcomer Kendall Scott (keyboards) has been added. This version of the band is tight and talented. The only thing missing is some of the flashy synthesizers and sound effects that Larry Fast brought to several of the 70s albums, although the song “The Light Beyond” comes close. With that said, the fact that the band has opted for a straighter-edged Rock sound feels clean and well executed.

The proof is in the music: the first chord of the first song, a track titled “I’m on Fire”, immediately sets the stage for the rest of the album. It’s played on a Hammond B3 organ, the seminal keyboard of 70s rock (think Jon Lord of Deep Purple). It’s hard to ignore. Guitar feedback is quickly overlaid upping the ante and grabbing for more attention. The rest of the band then kicks into gear with an upbeat staccato anthem that just gushes energy. Throughout the rest of the song, the guitar and keyboard trade solos as the rhythm section actually slows the pace like an experienced jockey holding back a thoroughbred racehorse champing at the bit and wanting to race. I can’t imagine a better live show opener on their current tour. The band is hitting many US cities in February and March (see https://nektarsmusic.com/events/ for more information).

Overall, the album includes 66 minutes of music in 8 songs which average over 8 minutes per song and is typical of prog’s lengthier, evolving compositions. That doesn’t mean there aren’t potential singles or bathroom shower singalong moments: “Skywriter” and “Y Can’t I B More Like U” are just a couple examples. The album strikes a good balance between accessibility and virtuosity. For the Prog veterans out there, “The Other Side” has enough chops to keep it interesting. For those new to the genre, the album is very listenable and a good place to start. Recommended.

Ken Applin
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10:52 Rinde Or Atlantikwall Anura Sivilised recordings 2020
4:10 Le livre des merveilles CHROMB! Le livre des merveilles Dur et Doux @duretdoux @Briceetsapute 2020
5:27 ‘Il Secondo Coro delle Lavandaie’ w. Maria Violenza Mai Mai Mai – Single – La Tempesta Dischi @tempestadischi 2019
4:22 Let’s Play War Isserley @Isserley_OwO Princess Euthanasia Project Bandcamp 2020
2:55 09 daddyswims Ostraaly Misery Guests Tenth Court @tenthcourt 2020
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3:39 Wilton & Pique (w. fanfare) Micah Gaugh @micahnosti Dreamcatcher 10mm Omega Recordings 2020
14:09 Jetlag Catherine Watine @WATINE Geometries sous cutanées Time Released Sound @trs2016_ ? 2019
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