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Magma set to tour North America

Tickets have gone on sale today for Magma's 2015 North American tour.

“MAGMA is happy to return to the United States to play for Americans. We know you are passionate, respectful and curious about music. We find you to be generous and open. It will be a joy for us to see you this year.”

April 2 – Venue Nightclub – Vancouver, BC
April 3 – Crocodile – Seattle, WA
April 4 – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR
April 6 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
April 8 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
April 10 – Reggies – Chicago, IL
April 11 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA

Edgar Froese, RIP

From the Tangerine Dream Facebook page:
"Edgar Froese 6 June 1944 – 20 January 2015
His son Jerome made the following announcement - Dear friends & colleagues, the Captain has left the ship ... I'm very sorry to inform you that my father Edgar Froese passed away on Tuesday afternoon (20th of January) in Vienna. And as you already know: Life plays no encores. Rest in peace Edgar, you will be sadly missed. RIP"

Suffice it to say, but TD were my introduction to electronic music, and Edgar was indeed, the captain of that ship. A true progressive, in every sense of the word.

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King Crimson's Cat Food video

Dylan Howe Subterranean, New Designs On Bowie's Berlin

Drummer and son Dylan Howe has released his take on some of David Bowie's Berlin-era music, on an album titled Subterranean: New Designs on Bowie's Berlin. Think of it as very much a jazzy brother to Phillip Glass' Low Symphony. Highest recommendations!

Krankschaft 3

Krankschaft have a new studio album out, original tunes from Steve Pond and a previously unheard track written by Bob Calvert. Highest recommendations!

New Faust Album, j U S t

Jean-Herve Peron and Diermeyer have released a new album, j U S t, pronounced "just us". It's out on Bureau B, available on CD and Vinyl. I'm off to get mine tonight.

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All That Might Have Been > Hammill, Peter

Artist: Peter Hammill
Label: Fie!
Catalog#: 9137X
Format: CD
Country: United Kingdom
Released: 2014-11

Ultra-Deluxe Pretty Things Box Set due February 23rd

Just announced, February 23rd 2015 will see an ultra-deluxe box set of the Pretty Things catalog, entitled "Bouquets from a Cloudy Sky". All 11 studio albums on CD, 2 CDs of unreleased tracks and rarities, 2 DVDs (including amazing two hour documentary MIDNIGHT TO SIX 1965-71), vinyl acetate repro with 4 unreleased 1964-67 demos, massive hardcover book written by Mike Stax + family tree, and other inserts. Limited edition of 2,000 copies!

One More Red Night: Live In Chicago > District 97

Artist: District 97 with John Wetton
Label: Cherry Red
Catalog#: PP002CD
Format: CD
Country: UK & Europe
Released: 2014-10

Mass Media Stars > Acqua Fragile

Artist: Acqua Fragile
Label: Import Records
Catalog#: IMP 1005
Format: Vinyl
Country: US
Released: 1974-10
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The Acqua Fragile story begins in 1971 in the city of Parma with two bands, Il Moschettieri (“The Musketeers”) and Gli Immortali. The former provided bassist Franz Dondi, keyboardist Maurizio Mori and guitarist Gino Campanini, and supported the Rolling Stones on their first Italian tour, while the latter offered vocalist Bernardo Lanzetti and drummer and primary composer Piero Canavera. Spotted and adopted by PFM and their management, the band spent the next couple of years supporting many foreign acts in Italy. Signing to Numero Uno, Claudio Fabi produced their debut album in 1973.