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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Spock's Beard - 'The Oblivion Particle' hitting album charts worldwide!

 
Spock's Beard - 'The Oblivion Particle'
hitting album charts worldwide! 


 
 

 
'The Oblivion Particle,' the brand new album from legendary Prog Rock group Spock's Beard was released on August 21st, 2015 and is showing up on album charts all over the world. The group's 12th studio album, featuring the tracks "Minion" and "Bennett Built a Time Machine," has quickly become one of their most successful to date. 

UK Rock Charts - #8

USA Billboard Heatseekers Chart #14

German Top 100 Charts - #23

Dutch Album Charts - #16

Belgian Album Charts (Wallonia) - #78

Belgian Album Charts (Flemish) - #160

Gagliarchives Weekly Top 20 (U.S) - #2


The band have made a video message for their fans, which you can see here:

The band recently announced European tour dates in support of the album. They'll be
joined by young UK act Synaesthesia and Hungarian band Special Providence.
The band is also confirmed to appear at Cruise To The Edge from Nov 15th to 19th this year, starting out in Miami, FL.  

  

The full list of dates are as follows:
9-16 - Spirit of 66, Verviers, Belgium
9-17 - De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
9-18 - Framus & Warwick Music Hall, Markneukirchen, Germany
9-19 - Progresja, Warschau, Poland
9-20 - Metro Club, Brno, Czech Republic
9-21 - Ship A38, Budapest, Hungary
9-23 - Legend, Milan, Italy
9-24 - Kantine, Augsburg, Germany
9-25- Sudhaus, Tübingen, Germany
9-26 - Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany
9-27 - Essigfabrik, Köln, Germany
9-29 - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
9-30 - Assembly, Leamington Spa, UK
10-1 - The Classic Grand, Glasgow, UK
10-2 - O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
10-3 - Club Academy, Manchester, UK


The Oblivion Particle is the follow-up to 2013's 'Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep.' The album finds the band answering the needs of their creations by utilizing the considerable versatility of each member. In addition to Ted Leonard's soaring vocals and Dave Meros' distinctive bass, Alan Morse adds autoharp, banjolele, electric sitar and mandolin to his array of instruments, drummer Jimmy Keegan takes over lead vocals on "Bennett Built a Time Machine" and Ryo expands his arsenal of keyboard sounds throughout the album. In addition, virtuoso Kansas violinist David Ragsdale lends his touch to the album's majestic closer, "Disappear."
As with the previous album 'Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep', 'The Oblivion Particle' was recorded at The Mouse House and produced by Rich Mouser, Alan Morse and John Boegehold, a band collaborator of many years.

  


Spock's Beard Online:



INSIDEOUTMUSIC online: 

  

 
  

Thursday, August 27, 2015

RIVERSIDE - Second "Love, Fear and the Time Machine" album trailer; Pre-order started!

RIVERSIDE - Second "Love, Fear and the Time Machine" album trailer; Pre-order started!


 
  


After having successfully completed a first string of European shows to pre-promote their upcoming studio album "Love, Fear and the Time Machine", which is set to be released on September 4th, 2015 via InsideOutMusic, Polish prog masters RIVERSIDE are now unveiling a next, second teaser for the album.

Check out "Fear" here: https://youtu.be/QfCD5bq4yO0

A first trailer dubbed "Love" was previously launched here:  

  
RIVERSIDE's "Love, Fear and the Time Machine" will be available in the following formats:
*Limited edition 2CD Mediabook (with expanded booklet)
Standard CD Jewelcase

*Gatefold 2LP with 180gr. vinyl and album on CD as bonus
Digital Download


The 2LP format is available either as black vinyl or in a limited edition of 200x copies in transparent blue vinyl (from IOM Webshop in Europe) or 200x copies on solid white vinyl (from IOM Webshop in North America).

The pre-sales for "Love, Fear and the Time Machine"
are beginning TODAY in Europe and North America. 

Check here for details and all available physical formats or bundle options with a shirt: 

    
Previously, RIVERSIDE revealed a first track off the album via a lyric-video. 
Check out "Discard Your Fear" here: https://youtu.be/Vc4MSBVLF2c


 
RIVERSIDE's 6th studio album features cover artwork by longtime design-partner Travis Smith / Seempieces (Katatonia, Opeth, Nevermore, etc.) and will contain the following track-listing:

1. Lost (Why Should I Be Frightened By a Hat?)
2. Under the Pillow
3. #Addicted
4. Caterpillar and the Barbed Wire
5. Saturate Me
6. Afloat
7. Discard Your Fear
8. Towards the Blue Horizon
9. Time Travellers
10. Found (The Unexpected Flaw of Searching)

A musical package entitled "Day Session", the brighter companion of the "Night Session" presented on the band's previous album "Shrine of New Generation Slaves", will be available as bonus material well. 

 
RIVERSIDE North America tour with special guests The Sixxis:
 
Sep 12 - Atlanta, GA - ProgPower USA Center stage 
Sep 13 - Richmond, VA - The Canal Club
Sep 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Bull Shooters Saloon

Sep 16 - New Brunswick, NJ - NJ Proghouse at The Crossroads Theatre
Sep 18 - New York, NY - The Marlin Room  
Sep 19 - Quebec City, QC - L'Imperial
Sep 20 - Montreal, QC - The Plaza Theater
Sep 22 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club

Sep 23 - Detroit, MI - Token Lounge
Sep 24 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
Sep 25 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
Sep 27 - Whittier, CA - The Center Theater  

RIVERSIDE's previous album, "Shrine Of New Generation Slaves", entered the national sales charts of several countries upon release as follows (highest chart week position mentioned!): Germany: # 33, Poland: # 2, The Netherlands: # 28, The Netherlands (Alternative Charts): # 9, Switzerland: # 51, UK (Rock Charts): # 24, Finland: # 41, France (Top 200): # 194, USA (Billboard New Artists Chart): # 18.
More details about "Love, Fear and the Time Machine" will follow soon...
 
  

RIVERSIDE online: 

 



 







  

Keyboard Legend Extraordinaire Patrick Moraz, Former Member of YES and the Moody Blues, Release New Album “MAP” (Moraz Alban Project) With Outstanding Drummer Greg Alban!

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For Immediate Release

Keyboard Legend Extraordinaire Patrick Moraz, Former Member of YES and the Moody Blues, To Release New Album “MAP” (Moraz Alban Project) With Outstanding Drummer Greg Alban!

Los Angeles CA- Patrick Moraz and Greg Alban proudly announce the release of their new CD “MAP”. 

Says Patrick, “The concept and the meaning of “MAP” is first and foremost the 'MORAZ ALBAN PROJECT'! Some time ago, Greg Alban, a very good friend of mine and a great drummer whom I have known now for more than 30 years asked me if I would like to start composing and arranging some music that he could play the drums on, with me. He wanted to record a whole album together and eventually of course, release it.”

So Moraz began composing and arranging the music for “MAP” in his studio in Florida, the project then moved to California, where it was further developed and recorded. This new music is a collection of instrumental pieces that range in style and spirit of World-Fusion, Rock and Jazz.

Greg Alban, originally from Columbus, Ohio, attended Ohio University and moved to Los Angeles in 1974 to pursue a career in music. Greg has studied with some of the great drummers and teachers such as Richard Wilson, Joe Morello and Joe Porcaro. Patrick Moraz first heard Greg Alban play drums when he was head of his own band ICE. They were performing at the famous and since shuttered Red Onion in Marina Del Rey, CA. Impressed with the playing skills of Alban and fellow band member John Avila, Moraz asked them to perform on his album, “Timecode”. Greg Alban who has worked with such artists such as “The Miracles”, Denny Laine (Wings) and Mike Pinera (Blues Image and Iron Butterfly) explains: “Patrick and I have been very good friends for a long time and I’m still always being surprised by the depth of his knowledge, not just about music but everything! He’s a creative genius and I’m honored to be working with him.”

Swiss born Patrick Moraz, is best known as an official member and keyboardist for the progressive rock bands “Yes” from 1974 to the end of 1976 and “The Moody Blues” from 1978 to 1991. He was classically trained at the Conservatory of Lausanne, but having a keen interest in jazz and world rhythms he decided early on to pursue composing and playing in these genres of music as well. This led to Patrick and his own trio and quartet, opening for major jazz artists and famous rock bands throughout Europe in the mid-sixties. He then formed the group “Mainhorse” with Jean Ristori in 1968 and released a self-titled album on Polydor. Then, after a long tour of Japan and the Far-East as musical director of a Brazilian Ballet Company, he came back and moved to England in the early Seventies to form “Refugee” with Lee Jackson and Brian Davison, both previously of  “The Nice”. They produced one album titled “Refugee” which to date is still revered as one of Prog-Rock’s monumental works known for Moraz’s highly inspired compositions and keyboard virtuosity.

Moraz rose to prominence in 1974 as a new member and keyboardist of “Yes”. He co-composed along with Yes’s” band members and played on the album “Relayer”, which led to what was to be “Yes’s” most successful ever world tour, playing to crowds which numbered from 25,000 to 120,00 at JFK stadium during the bi-centennial year of 1976.  In 1975-1976 all the then- members of “Yes” released solo albums. In the interim Moraz had moved to Brazil and composed the music for the “I” aka “The Story of I” which incorporated 16 Brazilian percussionists, making it an important staple of “world music”. “I” was Moraz’s first solo album and in 1976 it was voted the #1 Album of the Year by “Keyboard Magazine”. After his departure from “Yes” Patrick recorded his second album “Out In The Sun” on the “famous” Charisma Record Label, and moved officially to Brazil. 

In the last part of 1977 and the first part of 1978, time was devoted exclusively for composing and recording for the production of his 3rd solo Album, simply titled “Patrick Moraz”, in the company of the percussionists of Rio-de-Janeiro and Djalma Correa, who, several years later, was referred by Patrick to Peter Gabriel for his Album “SO”. 

Moving back to Europe via an appearance at the famous “Montreux Jazz Festival” in Switzerland, and upon their request, Patrick began touring with ”The Moody Blues” on their “Octave” tour in 1978, replacing their former keyboardist Mike Pinder. The two world Tours, ending in 1979 proved extremely successful! 

In 1980, having played and recorded on the new album “Long Distance Voyager” he was asked to become a member of the band. Subsequently, in 1981, “Long Distance Voyager” reached #1 on the US charts and proved to be one of their highest grossing albums to date. He continued touring and recording with “The Moody Blues” until 1991 and played on the four subsequent albums : “The Present”, “The Other Side of Life”, “Sur la Mer” and partially on “Keys of the Kingdom”. Moraz is also credited as composer and co-writer of the song “The Spirit”, which appeared on the 1986 album “The Other Side of Life”.

During recording and touring breaks with the “Moodies”, Patrick had continued to compose, play and record his solo albums “Future Memories 1” “Future Memories II”, (both “Live on TV”),  “Human Interface”, and “Timecode”. He also collaborated, (in 1979), with the renowned Romanian panpipe flutist, Simeon Stanciu, (a.k.a. Syrinx), for their album “Coexistence”.  From 1983 to 1985, Patrick Moraz and Bill Bruford, former member and drummer for Yes, decide to form a duet and tour under the name “Moraz-Bruford”. They recorded two albums, “Music For Piano and Drums” and “Flags” and managed to do three very successful worldwide Tours.

In 1991 having been with “The Moody Blues” for thirteen years, Moraz embarked on a solo career. To date he has composed and played acoustic piano on three solo CD’s, “Windows of Time”, “Resonance” and “ESP” all of which have been critically acclaimed and extremely well received. 

In 1995, exactly 20 years ago, Patrick Moraz performed throughout the USA on his C.H.A.T. tour (Coming Home America Tour). The tour was unique in that it was one of the first, if not the very first to be booked entirely over the Internet. Moraz played solo on acoustic Grand Pianos to audiences that numbered as small as two people to hundreds of people, taking place in eclectic venues which ranged from single homes, to large estates, corporate headquarters, churches, theaters, concert halls and museums. One of the concerts was filmed and recorded for a DVD and CD in Princeton N.J. and is titled “P.M. in Princeton”. The C.H.A.T. tour proved to be a huge success and an experience that Moraz says, “He will always hold very dear to his heart”.  

In 2009 he released “Change of Space”, and in 2011 Moraz released the electronic keyboard CD “Moraz Live/Abbey Road”  which features Patrick playing live electronic keyboards as well as a live acoustic piano improvisation. There  was also a piano-compilation CD titled “Pianissimoraz”, featuring a new and unreleased piece : The “one-&-only take” of the instant composition “Pure Love”.

And now much to the excitement of music fans worldwide, Patrick Moraz and Greg Alban are releasing their first album “MAP” in June 2015!

The album features amazing bass player John Avila, former member of “Oingo Bongo”, who also plays bass on “MAP”. The other great players featured on “MAP” are Lenny Castro on percussion, who has worked with such artists as “The Rolling Stones”, “Elton John”, “Eric Clapton” and many others. Renown and awesome bass player, Matt Malley, founder and former member of  “The Counting Crows”, expertly plays Indian Slide Guitar on “MAP’. Swiss virtuoso bass player Patrick Perrier and heavyweight multi-instrumentalist on tenor saxophone Dave VanSuch, both perform on “MAP” as well.

To purchase

Official website:

Patrick Moraz:

Greg Alban:

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

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InsideOut Music sign The Mute Gods; new band from Nick Beggs

InsideOut Music sign The Mute Gods;
new band from Nick Beggs


 
 
 

InsideOut Music is extremely pleased to announce the signing of The Mute Gods, a brand new band from the mind of renowned bassist, chapman stick player & vocalist Nick Beggs. Joining him will be his colleague in Steven Wilson's band, drummer Marco Minneman, and long-time Steve Hackett collaborator & keyboardist Roger King.  

Nick had this to say:
"I wanted to put a band together as an outlet for the material I've written during the past two years, whilst touring with Steven Wilson and Steve Hackett. I'm excited to be working with Inside Out on this very dynamic project."

The Mute Gods will release their debut album in January 2016.

As previously mentioned, Nick Beggs has most recently been involved with Steven Wilson's solo band, both in the studio and on tour, whilst also playing live with legendary guitarist Steve Hackett as part of his Genesis Revisited run of shows. In recent years he has contributed to projects such as Lifesigns, Fish On Friday & Lonely Robot, as well as playing live with Rick Wakeman.

The Mute Gods have also launched a brand new website which will be updated with new content and information on how the band came together in the coming months. Head over there now: http://www.themutegods.com


The Mute Gods Online: 


INSIDEOUTMUSIC online: 

   
  

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Bob Moog Foundation Announces Raffle for Vintage Minimoog Synthesizer

Bob Moog Foundation Announces Raffle for Vintage Minimoog Synthesizer


 

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Asheville, NC - August 20, 2015...
Today the Bob Moog Foundation launches a raffle for a much sought after vintage Minimoog®synthesizer. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Foundation's educational and historical preservation projects. Tickets to enter the raffle are $20 each, or 6 for $100 and can be purchased through the Foundation's website:http://bit.ly/MinimoogRaffle2015. The raffle, which is open internationally, closes at midnight on September 30, 2015. Only 2,000 tickets will be sold.
 
The Minimoog Model D being offered, serial number 2120, was built at Moog Music's Williamsville, NY factory in the early 1970s. It is in excellent technical and physical condition and has been serviced by a technician with expertise in Minimoogs. The instrument has been modified, although the modifications have been disabled to preserve and maintain the integrity of the instrument.
 
The Minimoog Model D is widely regarded as the most iconic synthesizer of all time, and was so recognized in an international voters' poll by SonicState.com. When released in 1970, it represented a musical and technological revolution due to its combination of portability, affordability, accessible user interface, and innovative sounds and functions.  Its robust construction has allowed the instrument to withstand the test of time. Minimoog Model Ds are coveted by synthesizer enthusiasts and regularly sell on eBay for $4,000-$7,000.
 
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The Bob Moog Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded upon Moog's passing in 2005 to carry his legacy forward to future generations. The Foundation's mission is to ignite creativity through the intersection of science, music, and innovation. Its projects include Dr. Bob's SoundSchool, a 10-week innovative curriculum that teaches children about the science of sound through music and technology, and the Archive Preservation Initiative, through which the organization protects, preserves, and shares the vast materials in the Bob Moog Foundation Archives.  
 
The Bob Moog Foundation is an independent non-profit and is not affiliated with Moog Music, Inc.

Thieves' Kitchen announce new album 'The Clockwork Universe'

New album 'The Clockwork Universe' coming soon



The Clockwork Universe

The new album, arriving 23rd September 2015


Thieves’ Kitchen are proud to announce the forthcoming release of their latest album The Clockwork Universe. Pre-orders for CDs will be available worldwide from The Merch Desk from 23rd August 2015.

The Clockwork Universe is an album exploring the human experience of a complex world.

These are songs about people whose experience brings them into contact with a universe of science and learning, whether as a child (Prodigy), a neglected spouse (The Scientist’s Wife), young lovers (Library Song) or as a bystander confronted with the inexorable progress of industrialisation (Railway Time).

Two exquisite instrumental arrangements (Astrolabe, Orrery) bring to mind a bygone age of scientific exploration, and the candlelit solitude of the seeker.


Featured on bass: Johan Brand


The band are thrilled to welcome a new bassist to the team. Johan Brand, of Swedish progressive rock legends Änglagård, brings his expressive style and powerful bass tone to the newest Thieves’ Kitchen release.

The passion and dynamic range characteristic of Johan’s playing fits so well with the Thieves’ Kitchen sound, making this the most exciting line-up the band has ever had.

Read about the full line-up

Vinyl release on the Plane Groovy label


We will be releasing this latest album as an LP through Plane Groovy - we are delighted! As with One for Sorrow, Two for Joy, the music has been specially remastered to complement the format and is evidence of Thieves’ Kitchen’s dedication to producing the highest quality dynamic sound for fans, collectors and audiophiles alike.

Pre-orders are opening this weekend. To get the LP when it is released at the end of October 2015, place your order at the Plane Groovy website www.planegroovy.com

Important information


23rd August 2015: Pre-orders of CDs available at The Merch Desk www.themerchdesk.com and vinyl at Plane Groovy www.planegroovy.com

23rd September 2015: CD album launch

End October 2015: LP release through Plane Groovy

End October 2015: Digital downloads and CDs will be available online and from local distributors

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