Sunday, May 28, 2017


The Meier-Budjana Band is a group of superlative guitarists and accomplished musicians, corporately dedicated to creating music which exceeds stylistic and cultural bounds. True sonic explorers, in the most progressive jazz and beyond sense with distinctive ethnic bland of Middle-Eastern and South-East Asian flavors, theirs is a music which is both soulful and cerebral. Embracing a multitude of regional musical dialects from across the globe, MBB speaks in a profoundly unique, original voice – a voice bound by neither convention or preconception.

The band is co-chaired by Swiss-born and UK-based Nicolas Meier and Indonesian guitar icon of Balinese descent Dewa Budjana.

Both musicians will have their new studio albums released worldwide in October 2016 on Steve Vai's Favored Nations label. Nicolas Meier's album "Infinity" features Jimmy Haslip and Vinnie Colaiuta, and Dewa Budjana's album "Zentuary" features Gary Husband, Tony Levin and Jack DeJohnette.

After touring the world extensively as a member of The Jeff Beck Group, Nicolas Meier is a gentleman who is quickly making the transition from a name that few recognize to "a man who needs no introduction!" In less than two decades of being a professional musician, he has been involved in more than twenty albums encompassing a host of different styles and genres, from jazz to heavy metal, from fusion to classical. Without question, Nicolas Meier is one of the most capable, inventive voices on his instrument in the world, today. Meier performed and recorded with musicians such as Jeff Beck, Gilad Atzmon, John Etheridge, Jimmy Haslip, Vinnie Colaiuta, Pete Oxley, Deidre Cartwrigh, Harry Beckett,Jonathan Joseph among many others.

Fans of Indonesian rock need no introduction to Dewa Budjana; he has long been an iconic figure. His band Gigi has been going strong for more than twenty years now – packing out huge venues and selling millions of albums. In an historical context, Budjana is unquestionably one of his nation's most famous, beloved musicians. But Gigi represents a fraction of his musical persona. A master composer, arranger and producer, Dewa Budjana has, in just a few short years, amassed a masterful collection of progressive music albums as a solo artist – work which transcends genre, in glorious fashion. He has recorded and performed with musicians such as Peter Erskine, Antonio Sanchez, Joe Locke, Gary Husband, Tony Levin, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jimmy Haslip, Jimmy Johnson, Jack DeJohnette, Chad Wackerman, Bumblefoot, among others.


It's called "Disaster Cake Interrogation Bunny",
and Alan started a kickstarter campaign for it.

Check it out here :

Saturday, May 27, 2017


Released as a dowload-only album in 2014 and on CD by the Crucial Blast label in 2015.
I mentioned this album on this very blog around the time that it got on CD but as I was playing it again last week, I thought it needed some extra attention.

"Psychogenic Atrophy".
Well, I guess they could also have called it "Losing (Functionality Of) Part Of Your Body, Caused By Mental Stress Or By Psychiatric Disorder" but that probably didn't sound that catchy.

"Psychogenic Atrophy" is Dimesland's first full album. Or their second if you consider the mini-album "Creepmoon" their first. Or even their third if you start counting with "Land Of Dimes"...

This album featured Nolan Cook, guitar wizard for The Residents, his late brother Drew on guitar, Greg Brace on bass and Harland Burkhart on drums.
The music is hard to describe. It's metal but it is incredibly complex and has these complicated arrangements.
I've heard people call it avant-garde death metal, or even progressive trash.
I wouldn't know what to call it, I just play it loud.

I like it. I like it a lot.
It does need a couple of listening sessions (and the right mood), but it's a very fine album.
Give it a try !


CUCAMONGA PRODUCTIONS presents Satanique Samba Trio on tour

27 May - Korzo - The Hague
28 May - Bimhuis - Amsterdam (VPRO recording)
31 May - Huset open air - Aalborg
1 June - Musikbiblioteket - Odense
2 June - Global - Copenhagen
4 June 15h00 - Music Meeting - Nijmegen
4 June 24h00 - Moers Festival @ Schlosstheater
5 June 11h00 - Moers Festival jam sessions @ Aula Filder Benden
6 June - KIT Café open air - Düsseldorf (WDR Cosmo recording)
9 June - Souterrain - Prague (free entrance)
11 June - Konrad Café - Luxembourg City (free entrance)


In 2015 the Pete Oxley / Nicolas Meier had already surprised us with "Chasing Tales", an impressive guitar album. A couple of months ago, the duo released "The Colours Of Time", a beautiful sequel.

Pete Oxley is a renowned jazz guitar player (who owns a jazz club in Oxford). He has released 14 cds with original compositions.
Nicolas Meier blends Metheny-esque jazz guitar lines with Turkish inspired world music. Next to touring and recording with the Meier Group, he has been part of Jeff Beck's band for the last three years, performing all over the world.

"The Colours Of Time" consists of two parts: there's the first disc with just the two guitars, and there's also the second disc with a quartet.
This is great. And I really like the second disc (with Raph Mizraki on the bass, and Paul Cavaciuti on the drums). Beautiful melodic jazz.

The duo recently kicked off their tour with a number of concerts in Europe.
Next month, Nicolas Meier will doing a number of concerts to promote his "Infinity" album, and later this year, in October, Ncolas will be touring with Dewa Budjana !!

Try to catch them live, and in the meantime, give "The Colours Of Time" a try !

Here's a live fragment : Pete Oxley (12 string jazz guitar) and Nicolas Meier (11 string fretless guitar)

Friday, May 26, 2017


  • the residents: the ghost of hope
        (2017, cd, usa, mvd audio mvd9754a)

Yes !  A brand-new Residents album.
"The Ghost Of Hope" is about major train accidents at the end of the 19th century.
As explained in the liner notes : Technology was progressing faster than society could regulate or control it.

The Residents are asking us : "Have we learned from the past or are we doomed to repeat our mistakes on an even grander scale?'


Featuring Nolan Cook, Eric Drew Feldman, Carla Fabrizio, Laurie Hall, Peter Whitehead and Isabelle Barbier as special guests.

Various editions exist. I went for the deluxe CD edition (CD housed in a cardboard book).


  • snakefinger: manual of errors
        (2017, cd, austria, klanggalerie gg239)

Snakefinger's third solo release (from 1982!) with a couple of tracks that were co-written by The Residents. It was produced by Eric Drew Feldman, who also plays keyboard and synthesizer.
Add to that the superb artwork of Mark Beyer and you have an album that has it all.

Re-released by Klanggalerie with a number of live bonus tracks from the 1981 Melbourne concert.


The first volume that collected pieces by Mauro Pawlowski, Rudy Trouvé and Craig Ward got released in 2007.
The sequel got released ten years later. Again a split release.
Improvised and experimental pieces by the three of them.


  • the residents:
        (2017, cd, austria, kanggalerie gg241)

Last month, Klanggalerie re-released "Dot.Com", the album that got released by RalphAmerica in 2000 in a limited edition of 1200 copies.
As a bonues this new version presents six Radio Thoreau tracks. Radio Thoreau presented singles from recent Residents pieces (reworked by Charles Bobuck) intended for iTunes and the likes. One of these was previously unreleased.


The latest update from Chato Segerer has some exiting news :

Artwork is finished. Off to the pressing plant.

"So Un d Nicht Anders" will be all original music plus Frank Zappa's 'Let's Move To Cleveland'.

And, yes, the artwork :

More info real soon.