Posts Tagged ‘Roxy Music’

ROXY MUSIC- A LOOK AT THE PREMIER PROG-GLAM BAND WITH THE VIDEO STORY MORE THAN THIS

July 21, 2018

Gaze upon the glam! You can with the DVD More Than This, The Story Of Roxy Music. Photo courtesy of Amazon

My long time mentor back in the 80’s (Storkasaurus Maximus) had introduced me to one Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, RDI, mostly through his Ambient works. If you feel like you are harried, unravelling, uncontrollable, put everything you have aside and just listen to any of his Ambeint series, Music For Airports is a particular pulse calmer. A more commercial route to Avant Eno would be his Music For Films, Vol. 1. There are shorter “songs” with equal amounts of signal-mutation, time-altering melody mangling but in three to five minute increments.

So Imagine my shock when I saw my first Roxy Music video (Virginia Plain) and I was hooked. Then, as the shots hop around the band FOLY FUCK THAT’S ENO! A long blond-ish-colored hair, heavy glam make up, and an outfit to rival future co-conspirator, the late David Bowie. And if that weren’t enough, and by gawd it ought to be, every time the song comes to the measure or so of rest, it’s Eno raping a synthesizer unaccompanied!

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WE ARE WELCOMED INTO LORD RUSS’ COURT! A REGAL, ROYAL, RENAGADE REALITY THAT WE HOPE WILL BRIGHTEN OUR LIVES AFTER MAJOR DISILLUSIONMENT…

July 22, 2013
Perhaps too late for the "Ra" era of Utopia, Lord Russ progs his way onto the Psychedelic scene.

Perhaps too late for the “Ra” era of Utopia, Lord Russ progs his way onto the Psychedelic scene.

I’ve never been much for the Ren Faire style.  My least favorite era of King Crimson?  Madrigal.  The only madrigal I could truly stomach was Genesis.  Other than that, just not my thing.

Then there is another connotation for the word “Lord”, it is resident within the BDSM community.  BDSM stands for Bondage, Discipline, Sadism, Masochism, or in layman’s terms, ‘… but whips and chains excite me’.  Oft times male dominants will title themselves ‘Lord such-and-such’ by which the submissive can only address this person.

So there’s that…

After my cursory listens, I think I would do better to identify with a traveling minstrel than a landed master…  But the minstrel keeps finding psychedelics during his journey…

This disc is titled Heir Of Mystery and has an interesting cover, from an Egyptian curiosity vantage point.

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BRIAN ENO – LUX (A MINIMALIST TITLE FOR A MINIMALIST ALBUM)…

May 8, 2013
The delightful cover of the delightful CD by the delightful Brian Eno, the delightful Lux.

The delightful cover of the delightful CD by the delightful Brian Eno, the delightful Lux.

Brian Peter George St. John Le Baptiste De La Salle Eno, better known to Roxy Music, U2 and Coldplay fans as Brian Eno, is one of the most multi-faceted art creators in modern society today.  His most recent accomplishment is completing an installment of a ‘comfort room’ at the Montefiore Hospital in Hove England which is comprised of some comfy chairs and a few wall mounted tablets arranged in an artful pattern, a large screen TV which is synched to the tablets and all display colorful, mutating patterns that change with the music which is piped in.  All of the music is Ambient in nature.

What is ambient music?

For the uninitiated, Eno created a genre of music which is best compared to ‘New Age’ in that the music subtly changed and the changes were often unobtrusive.  Usually in ridiculously slow tempos, and minimalist arrangements, Eno pioneered the Ambient movement with his development of Frippertronics with innovative guitarist Robert Fripp.  Eno strung together two Revox  multi-track  tape recorders with one length of tape running through the two sets of heads onto which Fripp would record individual guitar parts and bounce them down and continue to add parts to a piece.

The Frippertronics rig that launched a thousand loops.  Photo courtesy The Crimson Collectors Club.

The Frippertronics rig that launched a thousand loops. Photo courtesy of The King Crimson Collectors Club.

Eno further pioneered the genre of Ambient music by composing a series of pieces which were groundbreaking in that they were so minimalist, sound so subtle, they were often introduced into normally stressful situations such as airports, etc., in an effort to calm stressed-out travelers.

Much akin to what Eno is doing at Montefiore…

His latest album, Lux, is said to be a watered down version of the earlier Ambient series but with some significant differences.  The main difference being everything is now done digitally.  Eno is not one to eschew the new technologies of the times.  Although he does enjoy analog instruments, having said that he marvels at how in the second decade of the twenty-first century much of the music being made is with analog instruments.

So I am prepared to launch the disc for it’s flagship journey in the player.  I have juiced myself full of caffeine in case this is too soothing, too mellow, too ambient for such an early listening in the day, I don’t need to be lulled to sleep before the sun sets.  I’m not THAT old…

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EDDIE JOBSON “FOUR DECADES” TOUR & MASTER CLASS PERFORM AT WORLD CAFE LIVE PHILADELPHIA ON SUNDAY, APRIL 21st, 2013!

March 12, 2013

One of the few remaining ‘greats’ of the original progressive-rock movement, returns to the stage with his hand-picked band mates.

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  I have long been wanting to post something promoting the venue World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.  They undertook a mitosis in that they opened a sister club in Delaware.  This happened right about the time that we relocated Coming Age Conglomo from Allentown to Scranton PA, and shortly after the collapse of the blog syndication.  All of these elements had contributed to this fine, intimate venue being overlooked.  However, today, with the announcement of the death of Peter Banks, we felt it was time to not only celebrate the remaining pioneers of Progressive music, but to also exalt the amazing venue that is World Cafe Live.  From a recent press release of theirs, detailing the appearance of Eddie Jobson.  Perhaps if you can, why not get out and enjoy some of Prog’s founding father’s before they go the route of Bill Bruford and Robert Fripp and throw in the towel…

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Philadelphia, PA – March 12, 2013 – Eddie Jobson, an internationally recognized electric-violin pioneer and keyboard icon, will be sharing his talent with fans at World Cafe Live on Sunday, April 21st, 2013.  The English born musician is considered a forerunner in the progressive rock and experimental rock movements.  Performing in a variety of progressive rock bands including, Curved Air, Roxy Music, Zappa, U.K. and UKZ, Jobson has also spent time on a solo career.

On Sunday, April 21st, fans will be treated to an up-close and personal experience with the talented musician.  Performing music from his past bands, as well as some never-before-performed music from his acclaimed solo albums, audiences are sure to be amazed by the talent they witness on the stage.    Jobson handpicked his band for his ‘Four Decades’ tour, which comprises of Marc Bonilla, Billy Sherwood, Alex Machacek, and Virgil Donati.

VIP ticket holders will also enjoy a pre-concert “Master Class with the Maestro” where Eddie will share his considerable knowledge of music, including the physics of sound and an understanding of the language of harmony. Tickets are currently on sale for the show and can be purchased online at www.worldcafelive.com or by calling the box office at 215-222-1400.

For more information regarding this performance or any press inquiries, please email dferrari@worldcafelive.com

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More information about this tour is available from the Bob Moog Foundation Facebook page:

Legendary synthesist, violinist, composer, and producer Eddie Jobson/UK Official fanpage announces a retrospective “Four Decades” North American tour.

From Eddie directly “These concerts are a one-time-only retrospective of my 50 years of creating music and 40 years of recording, covering my work with Curved AirRoxy MusicFrank Zappa, U.K. and UKZ, and including first-time-ever performances of music from my Zinc/Green Album and Theme of Secrets mixed in with the U.K. classics. There will also be integrated video tying in my other associations with Jethro Tull, Yes, King Crimson, the Bulgarian Women’s Choir and more.”

This retrospective concert combined with pre-show master class by Eddie is a once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed. Find out more here: http://www.eddiejobsontour.com/


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