Debut disc from monster guitarist, Matte Henderson. Matte has worked with John Medeski, Screaming Headless Torsos, Henry Kaiser, Natalie Merchant and the late Mick Karn. One part electronica plus one part progressive post-rock, Matte mixes and stirs together an incredible team of players for “The Veneer of Logic”: uber-drummer Marco Minnemann, Tony Levin, David Torn, Pat Mastelotto, Trey Gunn, Mary Pastorius and Doctor Know of Bad Brains.
This is a double-disc set with a DVD of films created for every track.
Stick Men (Tony Levin of King Crimson, Peter Gabriel; Pat Mastelotto of King Crimson, XTC, Mr. Mister; Markus Reuter of Tuner, Centrozoon) push the envelope even further with this Special Edition version of their latest recording: DEEP. This two-disc set includes the full album along with 5.1 surround sound mixes by Machine (producer for King Crimson, Clutch, Lamb of God) and hi-res 96 kHz stereo mixes. Also on the DVD is the 65-minute documentary and concert film “A Little Deeper.” Finally, rounding things out are two alternative versions of “Crack in the Sky” in, both, Italian and Spanish.
Additionally we are putting out Stickmen releases "Absalom" and "Open", while have previously only been available at their live shows.
Woodstock, NY (February 2013)
Stick Men is a rock trio like no other. The group is created from musicians with extensive experience playing together. Pat Mastelotto and Tony Levin are the rhythm section of the legendary band King Crimson. Mastelotto is in demand all over the world as the premier drummer for progressive rock. Levin plays an unusual instrument -- the 12 string Chapman Stick -- in Crimson, with Peter Gabriel and others. Markus Reuter is a composer/guitarist who designs and plays his own unique touch style guitar. With all these unusual instruments, this does not sound like three guys!
Their newest and best work yet, DEEP features heavy rock pieces “Concussion”, “Horatio”, the 11 min. tone poem “Whale Watch” and the musically amusing “Nude Descending Staircase.” Mixed by Machine -- producer for King Crimson, Clutch, Lamb of God.
Neo-Progressive Rock from Sweden.
Jonathan Greiff – drums, bass, backing vocals
Carl Blomqvist – lead vocals, guitars
Tora Greiff Bergström – cello
The Swedish Stockholm-based duo Under the Psycamore is in every way the definition of a true progressive rock band. 70’s rock, math metal, classical music and gorgeous, rich vocal harmonies characterize the melting pot of their debut album “I” on 7d Media.
Brainchild of drummer and internationally renowned graphic novel artist, Denis Rodier, together with Martin Vanier on guitar, bass and soundscapes, SPECIMEN13 and its first musical offering, ECHOSYSTEM, is the fruit of several years of labor with collaboration on an international scale.
DENIS RODIER - drums, percussion, vocals, visuals
MARTIN VANIER - guitar, bass, Soundscapes
PAT MASTELOTTO, KING CRIMSON / MR. MISTER / XTC DRUMMER
Pat Mastelotto, the internationally-renowned drummer whose pioneering work with King Crimson, Mr. Mister and XTC has cemented him as one of experimental music and pop/prog-rock's most talented percussionists, releases Recidivate, a collection of outtakes, rarities and highlights from the past 20 years of his career on Mar. 20 via Trey Gunn's 7d Media.
"I've been making records for about 35 years," explains Mastelotto, "but never put one out under my own name. I've never had that desire. I like to collaborate, to exchange energy with musical pals, to start with nothing and leave hours later with something. Over the years, I've been blessed to get to play on some wonderful music, with some special friends and felt it was time to let others hear these special moments."
INVISIBLE RAYS (release date Nov. 15, 2011)
Morgan Ågren, Henry Kaiser, Trey Gunn
A fortuitous meeting off the beaten track in Scandinavia has given rise to “Invisible Rays”, a spontaneous collaboration between two of the most innovative guitarists and one of the most explosive drummers on the planet. Trey Gunn (King Crimson), guitarist/improvisor Henry Kaiser (too many famous collaborators to list) and drummer Morgan Ågren (Zappa, Bill Laswell) first met at a music education conference in March, 2011 and within days were in the studio together.
At once anchored and propelled by Ågren’s ferociously complex drumming,
This retrospective, two-disc set includes over 2 hours of music drawn from Gunn’s catalog. Known for his work with King Crimson and as a pioneer of the touch guitar, Gunn has produced 8 solo recordings. For this dynamic mix of material, Gunn, a much sought after collaborator, has pulled in tracks from numerous artists he has worked with over the years. Music from Russia, Mexico, Italy and Finland is melded with his solo works in this fascinating collection.
"Cocoon", the first release of Inna Zhelannaya’s in the USA, is based on Russian folk songs. Inna is known combining electronica, trance and progressive rock with traditional songs from the different regions of her native Russia. Executed with the utmost care for these ancient melodies, meditative "Cocoon" has been acknowledged a boundary smashing work for Zhelannaya. The cd is co-produced with Trey Gunn and features his playing on several tracks.
Stick Men (Tony Levin, Michael Bernier and Pat Mastelotto) new cd "Soup" is available in stores in the USA.
Woodstock, NY (June 2010)
King Crimson alumni Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto join with Chapman Stick player Michael Bernier in this unique album featuring multiple Sticks. Levin, noted for the unique Stick opening riff of “Elephant Talk” on the seminal King Crimson album ‘Discipline’, is a premier player of the instrument. Here the band showcases 56 minutes of hard-edged progressive rock, including an ominous rock rendition of Stravinsky’s “Firebird Ballet”. The title track “Soup”, mixed by Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson,
Trey Gunn / Marco Minnemann: Modulator Review at PopMatters
Trey Gunn has a name reminiscent of an Old West outlaw. He is also one of current progressive rock’s go-to soundmakers, mainly wielding his Warr guitar (a Chapman Stick-like instrument built to explore notes from bass to guitar range with a tapping technique), touring and performing with the likes of Tool, Brian Eno, and, most famously, prog giants King Crimson, of which he was a member for nine years and four studio albums.
TU performed in the Seattle area to a packed house at the Kirkland Performance Center on April 3rd. They were joined by Nirvana cellist Lori Goldston.
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