Program Highlights

Banco de Gaia & Farewell Ferengistan

We’ve selected our July CD of the Month and it’s by veteran English artist Banco de Gaia, the nom de plume of Toby Marks. You can read my review of Farewell Ferengistan here and listen to the show tonight (tomorrow in Philly). Toby uses a lot of sample CDs on this album, something to which…

Some NEARfest final thoughts

You could write a book on the 8th Annual NEARfest, but I’ll just give you a few words. Chad Hutchinson and company run a first class operation in a perfect venue catering to fans who are there for one thing, the music. Rarely will an artist find a more rapt and attentive audience, ready for…

NEARfest Day 2-Ozric, FM, and more

The second day of NEARfest 2006 was nearly perfect, beginning and ending with two utterly different bands trafficking in radically different brands of virtuosity. KBB is a relatively young Japanese quartet who crafted a melodic brand of Pontyesque fusion. Their set was a kinetic ride from beginning to end, driven by a synchronized rhythm section…

Lanterna Layers Ambient Guitar

Today on Echoes, we’ll be hearing Lanterna playing live (Tomorrow for Philly listeners on WXPN). Lanterna is essentially one guy, Henry Frayne and he’s been around for about two decades, playing in Cocteau Twins influenced groups like The Moon Seven Times and Area out of the midwest. Henry has a new CD called Desert Ocean.…

Mysteria & Digital Samsara-Sample Aesthetics

There are no special features on Echoes tonight, but listen for two interesting new CDs operating towards opposite ends of electronica. One is Tempting the Muse by Mysteria. Mysteria is a studio project headed up by Mark Allison who has also records as Phobos and The Spirit Level. Mark makes a slick brand of electronica,…

Random Record Thoughts

Records hitting me the right way today: Maneesh de Moor Sadhana A very cool ethno-ambient album that looks like another New Age swill of eastern mysticism but is much more sophisticated than that. Robert Fripp Exposure A re-issue of the 1979 album, with the original version and a second version with vocals by Daryl Hall…