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On All Saint's Day November 1st 2004 -- WEER RADIO unveiled
an immense show of TOTAL AMBIENT BLISS NOW airing 24/7
for 365/year. . . . LEVELS of BLISS . . . .
unfurl into each other. Spread the word as this will be an
ambient show like no other -- filled with depths & heights
of unparalleled splendor . . . like a golden dusk of warmth
and ineffable solace -- WEER RADIO offers sonic healing. We
are a people in need of slowing down and taking time to
listen to the still small voice of the Source and be filled
with the knowledge that each of us matters and counts as a
treasure -- adrift in Eternity's Breath . . . we seek home.
UPDATE: January 2004
EER-MUSIC.com plans to limit new CD reviews to Jazz Rock Fusion, non-rhythmic, atmospherix, Ambient Space musicks and select Progressive rock releases, our shipping address is no longer public info. We in fact only contact those composers we feel merit our limited time and server space!
Labels, artists, and distributors E.E.R. has dealt with in the past will receive special consideration.
Thank-you for your understanding of this decision.
News from http://www.noproblemhere.com/
Shawn Lane has passed away this evening at the age of 40.
Please keep his family in your prayers.
21 March 1963, Memphis TN - 26 Sept. 2003
Guitarist Shawn Lane, who progressed from a teenaged hard-rock star to a
master of world fusion music, has died after a drastic battle with lung
disease. He was forty years old.
Lane began his musical interests very young, studying piano and cello from
the age of four. He took up the guitar at eight, and it remained his principal
instrument from then on. He quickly became a legend in Memphis' music scene as
the feisty young kid began his professional playing and recording career when
he was 12. At 14 he was hired into Black Oak Arkansas towards the end of the
boogie-rock band's peak of fame. The teen wonder shocked and amazed audiences
at stadium shows across the nation. He also performed with the band at Governor
Bill Clinton's inauguration.
Four years later Lane quit performing entirely to concentrate on his family
and studies. He returned to playing at the age of 20, in the house band of the
Peabody Hotel. His growing resume included recordings and gigs with DDT, Joe
Walsh, Alex Chilton, Sam & Dave, dc Talk, and country supergroup The
Highwaymen. The last association led to his Warner Brothers recording contract
and the release of Powers of Ten in 1992, along with opportunities for
instructional videos and workshops. That year Guitar Player Magazine named Lane
their Best New Talent; he also made second place in Keyboard Player Magazine's
ranking of keyboard artists.
In 1994 Lane began working with Jonas Hellborg, a phenomenal Swedish bass
guitarist who had taken part in the second edition of John McLaughlin's
Mahavishnu Orchestra. The two became fast friends and enduring partners, most
notably working in trio sessions with various percussionists: Kofi Baker, son
of Cream drummer Ginger Baker; Jeff Sipe (Apt. Q-258) from Aquarium Rescue
Unit; and the Indian percussion-playing brothers Vinayakram Selvaganesh
(Good People in Times of Evil, 2000, Bardo) and Vinayakram Umashankar.
Temporal Analogues of Paradise (1996, DEM), recorded with Sipe, was a
Miles Davis-like pastiche of live concert segments assembled into two mind-boggling
half-hour tracks of improvisation.
In 1999 Lane released his second album as a leader, The Tri-Tone
Fascination, on his own Eye Reckon label while keeping up a hectic schedule
with Hellborg. His health problems began in 2001, at which time Lane backed off
from performing and folded the label with several sessions unreleased. By the
end of the year he was gigging with the local group Time Bandits, and in 2002
he rejoined Hellborg and Sipe for a world tour. His last recording was
Icon (2003, Bardo) with Hellborg and the Vinayakrams.
In early September 2003 Lane began suffering severe chest pain and underwent
various medical tests while preparing for a new album with Hellborg and Ginger
Baker. He was expected to remain on oxygen for the remainder of his life, but
passed away within a few weeks.
God smiled on me and granted me the chance
to hang out with Shawn Lane and Jonas Hellborg
and "press the flesh" on May 31st, 2003 for a show
at Smilefest in Union Grove, NC. What a blast!
I will have some more brief mpeg/wmv movies soon
for download and more to say. For now enjoy this brief
animated GIF movie below.
PS: "God bless you Souvik of Abstractlogix.com"
"WHAT A SHOW!!!!!"
Cartoon music from hell, we kid you not!
Want to hear one of the most astounding shred
exercises ever burned onto disc? Want to revel in
excess and unparalleled virtuosity? Want to sit
there with your jaw hanging open - speechless at
the technical mastery one minute, laughing your
head off the next? Why am I even asking you?
Of COURSE you do, else you wouldn't be visiting
In the early 90s guitarist Todd Duane and
keyboardist Lale Larson performed a series of
highly popular and virtuoso gigs throughout Europe
as well as recording several instrumentals together,
including 'Schizoid' (featured on Guitar on the
Edge No. 4) and 'Double Delight'. After years of
planning the time was finally right for Todd and
Lale, together with ace drummer Peter Wildoer
(Darkane, Time Requiem) to combine forces and
record a CD.
The recording ELECTRIC CARTOON MUSIC FROM HELL
by Electrocution 250 sounds like nothing you have
ever heard before. This trio plays a mixture of
instrumental rock, fusion, thrash metal and jazz.
But most of all, this album will remind you of all
those old Looney Tune cartoons you saw as a kid.
Enjoy these 38 minutes of pure entertainment. Prepare
yourself for a force 10, unrestrained and unstoppable
hurricane of musical excess and virtuosity. E-250 is here!
Preorders now being taken.
available for download.
Head of Liquid Note Records
~ posted courtesy of EER-MUSIC.com as a fav to LNR
Happy the Man at ProgDay 2002
After decades of listening to these guys on LP, cassette, then years
with some pre-official release CD-Rs secretly smuggled to me - I
finally got to hear and see these guys live right here in North
They covered lotsa material from their legendary 70s releases and
offered new music from their forthcomincoming re-union release,
perhaps to be titled, The Muse Awakens.
What a killer, high-energy, and fun show! I was in total blissville.
Incredible fusiony-progressive axe, dual keys/synths, tuff bass work,
amazingly dynamic percussives, reeds to die for and flute thrown in
for good measure. Everything was so tight yet fluid.
David Rosenthal more than covered original HTM Kit Watkins'
keyboards, (Kit refused to re-unite with HTM).
I was fortunate enough to make it back to the dressing room and got
to meet HTM and we all traded thank-yous and hellos -- pressing the
flesh and snapping pics for memories. What a great bunch of guys!!
I realize HTM played live their official reunion gig awhile back at
NEARfest but I couldn't make it. Hearing all the freshly composed new
material tried out on us was well worth the wait!
~ John W. Patterson, EER-MUSIC.com Editor, (devoted HTM fan)
Moog Name Back With Dr.Bob
Synthesizer Legend Reclaims Company Name
Asheville, NC - Four decades ago, the words "Moog" and "synthesizer" were inseparable. Bob Moog, the creative genius who ushered in the era of synthesized sound, is still hard at work, celebrating his company's rebirth under the long esteemed name of Moog Music, Inc. with the release of the first new Minimoog synthesizer in thirty years.
"I am very pleased to once again be able to offer my products under my name," said Dr. Moog. "This is timely for the company and for the imminent unveiling of the re-engineered and greatly enhanced minimoogŪ Voyager."
Moog Music, formerly Big Briar, Inc. also announces a new partner with proven managerial expertise, freeing Dr. Moog to concentrate on development and the quality control Big Briar has long been known for. Michael J. Adams, formerly Vice President Sales and Marketing at CII Technologies, has been named President of Moog Music, Inc.
In 1965 Dr. Moog produced the Moog Synthesizer, the first commercially successful synthesizer, incorporating proprietary filters and analog controls which allowed unprecedented ease of use and musicality. Walter Carlos's landmark album Switched-On Bach showcased the Moog sound with spectacular success in 1968, winning three Grammys and staying on Billboard's classical charts for nearly five years.
The 1970 Minimoog, a more portable and affordable synthesizer, is now a prized collectors' item and has been called "the holy grail of synthesizers." The introduction of the new Minimoog Voyager has been greeted with enthusiasm and critical acclaim.
Dr. Moog founded the R. A. Moog Company in 1954, changed the name to Moog Music, Inc. in 1972, and served as president until 1977. In 1978 he moved to Western North Carolina and founded Big Briar, Inc. The original Moog Music, Inc. ceased operations in the mid-1980's, although the name Moog Music has since been used illicitly until a recent court decision in Dr. Moog's favor.
Among Dr. Moog's many awards are the 1970 Grammy Trustees' Award, the 2001 Polar Music Award and this year's Technical Grammy Award.
Moog Music, Inc., formerly Big Briar, designs and manufactures analog electronic instruments, including theremins, analog effects modules, and the new minimoog Voyager. Founded by Dr. Robert Moog, inventor of the original Moog Synthesizer, Moog Music is located in Asheville, NC.
EER NEWS!: We are now . . .
an official cyber domain. Yippee!
"EER-MUSIC.com cool and groovy things coming soon!"
EER has a new e-addy:
PLEASE UPDATE ALL OLDE E-MAIL INFO YOU MAY HAVE ON RECORD.
EER-MUSIC editor was asked for some new online horror so I did some . . .FETORS INC.
Nexus of Vortices at www.SHOGGOTH.net
READ IT NOW!! . . .
A closeup, insider's view on Raleigh, NC, USA's
NOW DISBANDED. . . SPLITSVILLE . . .
Go to review of Nocturne by OZONE QUARTET!
"THE TRUTH IS IN E.E.R.."
NEARfest 1999 article,
(the "complete", insider's view)
Please try my brand spankin' new
NORTH AMERICAN 2000 PROG CONCERTS INFO
EER and AMAZON.com QUIK-LINKs
buyer's guide to recommended music.
NON-MUSIC INFO . . .
For you fans of sci-fi/fantasy/horror tales . . .
FOLLOW "SKULL" LINK FOR THEGreat graphics at this CTHULHU site!
DIRECT PATH TO
MY H.P. Lovecraftian tale at NIGHTSCAPES E-ZINE:
PRIESTESS OF NYCRAMA
My Priestess of Nycrama story has been selected to appear in
Edward P. Berglund's
NIGHTSCAPES #12! (Online now!)
Berglund is the one of the Cthulhu Mythos' best known authorities.
It is a great honor for him to have considered my first Lovecraftian tale
worthy of his attention.
"Thank you, Mr. Berglund!"
Back to the tunes info . . .
THE MYSTERY IS SOLVED AFTER 22 YEARS OF WONDERING!! RAIMO OF FINLAND AFFILIATED WITH COLOSSUS MAGAZINE HAS POSITIVELY IDENTIFIED THE MYSTERY ARTIST!!
IT IS FROM THEIR 1977, 2ND RELEASE, OPEN UP and the clip is from "Memories".
ENJOY THE ABOVE LP SCANS BY RAIMO!
THANX EVERYONE FOR ALL YOUR HELP! AND ESPECIALLY TO "PROG-GENIUS" RAIMO!
CAPTAIN BEYOND INFO:
The Myopic Void: The Captain Beyond Fanpage
Welcome to the unofficial CAPTAIN BEYOND website!
"Legatogort Sez" the advice column for budding musicians and bands. Tips and Tricks
"Legatogort Sez" yet more opinionated blah-blah for musicians to consider . . .
"My hero, the young Allan Holdsworth, now in his fifties."
ProgDay '98 Spectator Magazine article.
The old PROGDAY 98 photos and info section below is now closed!!
I needed to make room for NEARfest 99 and other worthy upcoming info.
Thanx again for all you fans out there who contributed.
I'm glad ALASKA found them useful enuff to feature at their site.
A QUICK WORD FROM THE EDITOR:
This is a NEW public service announcement from E.E.R. (I hope I offend none.)
You don't need that alcohol to get you through the next few gigs.
You don't need that cannabis buzz to inspire you. Those prescription drugs
have "relaxed" you long enough. The shrooms, the acid are deluding you into
a false sense of what's the real deal. Speed is slowin' you down. The heroin
and the crack are killing you. Your dreams and your life are headed for a
meaningless, senseless doom.
If any of this is you -- get professional help TODAY.
Nothing, nothing is worth throwing it all away. Never. Life is way
too precious to play with. If you have a friend in need of kickin' the habit
-- help them get help. Don't look the other way. There is hope. There is
someone who cares -- somewhere. Be it AA or God or a loving friend or all of
the above -- you CAN beat this thing. Many others have.
You can too -- before it's too late.
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