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Ric Parnell, RIP

Ric Parnell, drummer for Atomic Rooster and Nova, but best known as Mick Shrimpton in Spinal Tap have passed away after an illness. Here's a tasty example of his drumming, on a track that combines the power of Mahavishnu with the swing of Earth, Wind & Fire!

Klaus Schulze, RIP

Electronic pioneer and drummer Klaus Schulze has passed away yesterday after a lengthy illness. From his drumming days with Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel, and then on to a prolific career as a pioneering electronic music artist, label owner (Innovative Communication) and collaborator, his career spanned several decades and hundreds of releases. If you do not know his music, I simply ask that you check out his 1975-released album Picture Music, a truly timeless recording of electronic music. RIP, my condolences to his family and friends.

Peter Banks Documentary update

It's still in production!

Berlin Krautrock exhibition celebrates groundbreaking genre

If you live in Berlin, don't miss this exhibition. I've just ordered the book!


Robert Fripp Exposures

The long-awaited 32-disc boxed set of Robert Fripp in the studio and in concert 1977 - 1983 will be released on 27th May 2022... Including 68 hours of Frippertronics. Oddly, I'm interested in this.

Ian McDonald, RIP

Ian McDonald, best known for his work with King Crimson and Foreigner, has passed away at age 75. Our condolences to he family and friends.


BYG Records reissues Daevid Allen and more

The first 4 remastered original BYG albums are online - bandcamp exclusivity! Beginning in February 2022, BYG will reissue their now rare and collectable original albums. Newly remastered from the original BYG tapes, each album will be released on CD/LP/D with exclusive sleeve notes by Kevin Le Gendre and John Masouri.

Pink Floyd release live shows from 1971-72

From Loudersound: "With no prior warning, Pink Floyd have made 12 live albums, recorded between 1970 and 1972, available to stream." The shows are listed below and available on most streaming services.

They Came in Peace, Live, Leeds University 1970, Washington University 1971
Live at Grosser Saal, Musikhalle, Hamburg, West Germany 25 Feb 1971
Mauerspechte Berlin Sportpalast, Live 5 June 1971
Live, Lyon 12 June 1971, Tokyo 16 March 1972
Live in Rome Palaeur 20 June 1971
Amsterdamse Bos Free Concert 26 June 1971 (Live)
Live in Montreux 18 & 19 Sept 1971

New Gong Live album Pulsing Signals

Some great news, Gong are releasing a new live album from their 2019 tour. Via Kscope on 18 February 2022, but special booklet if ordered from G.A.S (link below). Here's the teaser:

János Kóbor, RIP, lead singer for Omega

János "Mecky" Kóbor, lead singer and founder of the Hungarian progressive rock band Omega, passed away today after battling COVID-19. He was 78. Founded in 1962 with Benkő László, Omega were Hungary's premier rock band. In 1967, composer Gábor Presser joined their ranks, recording dozens of records, including several in German for the Bacillus label with Peter Hauke producing. Their 1969 hit "Gyöngyhajú lány" ("The girl with pearly hair")" was covered by the Scorpions (as "White Dove") and sampled by Kanye West.