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Robert Fripp
Latest News - Music News
Written by RogorMortis   
Sunday, 12 November 2006
As some may have heard, Robert Fripp has been the man in charge of creating new sound samples for Windows' latest release, the Vista, which is due for shipment just after the first of the new year. Many samples were taken from Robert going into a studio with Microsoft representatives recording bits and peices of his signature soundscapes.
For examples and samples of what you may be hearing on the new computer, check these links out:


Hatfield and the North
Latest News - Music News
Written by RogorMortis   
Sunday, 12 November 2006



Archive recordings 1973-1975, Volume 2

We are pleased to announce the release of Hattitude, the second volume of archive recordings by 1970s experimental UK rock legends Hatfield and the North. The CD archive series was given extra momentum by the discovery of a large collection of previously unheard live tapes, the highlights of which have been personally compiled by the Hatfield musicians. As on the highly popular Hatwise Choice (released in January 2005), the recordings are a mixture of live and studio tracks (including extracts from the band's radio sessions) and feature some hitherto unrecorded compositions.

Perhaps the best-loved of the so-called 'Canterbury' bands, Hatfield's music was a unique blend of its four members' ideas and compositions. Hattitude reflects this rich diversity, combining the dreamy lyrical songs of Richard Sinclair, Phil Miller's intricate jazz-tinged melodies, Dave Stewart's complex instrumentals and the free-flowing compositions of Pip Pyle, which include a touching autobiographical song. The written passages are punctuated with extended improvisations in which the band cut loose in a way they never quite managed to do on their 1970s studio albums.Hattitude gives a rare insight into the band's live performances at a time of rapid musical development, charting their evolution from early gigs (including a notable concert recorded in the swirly psychedelic acoustics of Amsterdam's Paradiso club) through to the more sophisticated arrangements of 1975. En route there are moments of surreal humour and instrumental virtuosity, coupled with instances of sheer sonic savagery which reveal the extent of the madness in Hatfield's method. Virtually all the material is from first generation audio sources which have been digitally restored, ensuring good sound quality throughout.

The CD comes in a full colour Digipak with a 20-page booklet containing archive photos and period artwork. The band history initiated in Hatwise Choice continues with the four musicians recounting behind-the-scenes events, road stories, musical reflections and descriptions of recording their debut album in Oxfordshire's Manor Studios. These personal memoirs provide a detailed chronicle of the events of 1973, a 'year in the life' of a young, talented and exciting British band.

Sadly, the CD follows the recent untimely death of the band's drummer and founder member Pip Pyle, who died in Paris on August 28th 2006. Keyboardist Dave Stewart says: "We are devastated by losing Pip - he was our dear friend, a brilliant drummer and an immensely creative lifelong colleague who I regarded as the driving force of Hatfield. He did a great job compiling the material for our archive CD's and was very keen that we should continue the series, so we are dedicating Hattitude (which contains moments of Pip at his best) to him. The music scene will be a duller place without Pip, but his memory and music will live on."Hattitude is performed by the classic Hatfield line-up of Phil Miller (guitar), Pip Pyle (drums), Richard Sinclair (bass / vocals) and Dave Stewart (keyboards / tone generators).The CD ships on December 6th 2006 and can be ordered now from Burning Shed's online CD store at www.burningshed.com.

Mostly Autumn
Latest News - Concert News
Written by RogorMortis   
Saturday, 11 November 2006
MOSTLY AUTUMN Tour Dates are as follows:

Nov 25 2006 Cox's Yard Stratford on Avon
Dec 1 2006 Robin 2 Bilston
Dec 2 2006 Grand Opera House York
Dec 5 2006 The Brook Southampton
Dec 7 2006 Springhead Hull
Dec 7 2006 Burnley Mechanics Burnley
Dec 10 2006 Bierkeller Bristol
Dec 13 2006 Spirit of 66 Verviers LowLands aka Belgium!
Dec 14 2006 Blues Cafe Apeldoorn LowLands aka the Netherlands!
Dec 16 2006 De Boerderij Zoetermeer LowLands aka the Netherlands!
Dec 20 2006 Limelight Crewe
Dec 21 2006 Waterfront Norwich
Dec 22 2006 The Point Cardiff
Neil Peart
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Written by RogorMortis   
Saturday, 11 November 2006
Stephen Clare of ChartAttack.com reports:

Neil Peart has been busy.
Since returning to full form in 2002, the 54-year-old drummer for Canadian mega-rock trio RUSH has been preoccupied with a series of personal and professional projects: two studio albums, subsequent concert tours, DVDs, a website, and the writing of three books, including his latest work, "Roadshow: Landscape With Drums".

Speaking on the phone from a Toronto recording studio where he and bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson are at work on their 18th original studio album, Peart explains his motivations for chronicling his motorcycle journeys during RUSH's 2004 30th anniversary tour.

"This book works on different levels," he says. "On the one hand, it became the logical culmination of so many desires to try and explain what it is really like to be a touring musician and the kinds of personal and artistic conflicts that exist in trying to survive and make a living doing something creatively satisfying.

"At the same time, it is a travel diary of sorts, as I have a passion to communicate what I see and who I meet when I am out there on my bike."

As the longtime beat-keeper and lyricist for his band, Peart is no stranger to shifting gears.

"It's a little like juggling hats," he says. "When I'm writing lyrics I always wear a cowboy hat, because I figure that you can never take yourself too seriously with a cowboy hat on.

"And then when I go in and work on drum parts, I'll put on my little African hat. Then, when I am writing prose, I'll wear either my BMW motorcycle hat or a Toronto Maple Leafs hat."

Read the rest of the article at ChartAttack.com.

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