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What happens when you mix what is - arguably - the world's most interesting record company, with an anarchist manic-depressive rock music historian polymath, and a method of dissemination which means that a daily rock-music magazine can be almost instantaneous?

Most of this blog is related in some way to the music, books and films produced by Gonzo Multimedia, but the editor has a grasshopper mind and so also writes about all sorts of cultural issues which interest him, and which he hopes will interest you as well.

Friday, 22 May 2015

YES BASSIST AND CO-FOUNDING MEMBER CHRIS SQUIRE TO UNDERGO TREATMENT FOR LEUKEMI


Grammy Award-winning bass guitarist, vocalist, and founding member of YES, Chris Squire, has been diagnosed with Acute Erythroid Leukemia (AEL), an uncommon form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Chris will be receiving treatment in his hometown of Phoenix over the next few months.
YES will be honouring their commitment to their North American summer tour with Toto, as well as confirming their performances on Cruise to the Edge in November.

Chris's role in the band will be covered by YES alumnus Billy Sherwood.

To quote Chris: "This will be the first time since the band formed in 1968 that YES will have performed live without me. But the other guys and myself have agreed that Billy Sherwood will do an excellent job of covering my parts and the show as a whole will deliver the same YES experience that our fans have come to expect over the years." 

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem


Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)

HOW TO FLY
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH WINGS&FELLOW PILOTS
All of whom have traversed space/time before.
Many have lifted off (this weight of Gravity-via Eckankar
Engineers prefer engines!Barometric altimeters!
They traverse sky countries over language Borders
They seek permission(already granted)to overfly
They rely upon International Co-operation
Very occasionally,a civilian jet crashes,or gets destroyed
or lost in an invisible Ocean depth.Mostly,most arrive,safe as sound.
Waypoints and INTAK allow our Jonathon Livingston Seagulls
to land in dedicated spaces.Perhaps these crowded skies
may soon become a metaphor for our little Earth
2/3rd of which is clouded by clouds at all times
When we see clearly-we are 7 billion dots
in a small Green Matrix which can only survive together
when we choose to fly together..,.



THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Chris Squire "Hold Out Your Hand"



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Karnataka Review

http://www.tonynewboultmusic.com/?tag=karnataka-secrets-of-angels

Karnataka – Secrets of Angels

Up until about a week ago I’d never heard of Karnataka, then their new album,Secrets of Angels, started getting mentioned a lot in the Big Big TrainFacebook group I belong too. A lot of my purchases over the past year have been on the recommendation of fellow members of the group, or Passengers as they prefer to be called. To date each purchase has turned out to be a good buy, and Secrets of Angels by Karnataka is no exception.
Karnataka - Secrets of Angels









Since receiving the download on Wednesday, I’ve been listening to this album constantly. It supposedly comes under the label of prog, but in my world, there are only two labels, “Music I like” and “Music I don’t like”. Secrets of Angelsmost definitely comes under the first category!
As mentioned, I knew nothing about this group whatsoever. Their website,Karnataka.org.uk, has a comprehensive history of the band, including a section on their new vocalist Hayley Griffiths, who is probably the main reason I like this album so much. She’s a classically trained soprano with years of experience gained from extensive touring with Michael Flatley’s Riverdance and Lord of the Dance productions. And it’s the classical vocals that make this such an outstanding album. That’s not to decry the rest of the band, who sound excellent and will certainly lead me to explore their back catalogue.
Another plus point for the album is that it was recorded in Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios, never a bad thing in my view!
The album has an orchestral and operatic feel to it as well, which adds to it’s appeal in my opinion.
Anyway enough of me waffling, there’s a superb review of Secrets of Angels byKarnakata on the Progradar website here, which describes this excellent album far better than I ever could!
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Atkins May Project: Polish review (translated)


METAL

Atkins May Project - Anthology (2015 Gonzo Multimedia)

03 05 . 2015  |  12:28
atkins small project anthology.jpg
Music created by the room design is nothing but a smooth combination of classic rock, hard rock and heavy metal. Heavy riffs are interspersed with melodic solos. The sharp sound sometimes meets with blues licks. Strong sounds coming from the guitar Paula Mayaact like a chainsaw. Slow metal cylinder engine similar, though more than once surprisingly accelerates. Gravelly vocals Al Atkinscombined with contemporary sound is designed to hit a nerve with young and old fans, but I think the music will go to anyone who likes guitar sound without unnecessary fireworks. As a bonus, we get a previously unreleased song by Phil Collins Fri. "In the Air Tonight", a DVD containing music videos, an interview with the two artists and an interview with the author graphic design - Rodney Matthews .


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Thursday, 21 May 2015

THURSDAY'S UPDATE FROM JON

Feeling ever more like a marsupial, (or being male should that be a Pa-Supial) with Squeaky stuffed down the front of my shirt as if she was in my pouch.
There is good news and bad news. The good news is that Squeaky is eating like a horse, drinking like me in the bad old days, and is half way to being litter trained. The other good news is that it looks increasingly likely that we shall be getting the vast majority, if not all, of my missing data back tomorrow.
The bad news is that it is taking longer than we, or the data recovery people, had hoped and so we won't be back operational until later tomorrow.
There will, I am afraid, not be blogs tomorrow morning, and a magazine this weekend is looking increasingly unlikely. I hope that you all will forgive me...


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Update from Jon

OK Boys and Girls, we have had somewhat of a computer disaster today with the hard drive that holds the Gonzo, Wyrd and Music folders going belly up.
A lot of the material is backed up, and there is a very good chance that we shall get the rest back tomorrow, but the has been a temporary hold on activities.
There will probably be a Gonzo Weekly this weekend, but there are likely to be no more scheduled blogs until Friday. I do apologise about this.
In the meantime me and Squeaky are having a very interesting time...


Computer issues

Due to computer issues there will be no blog today

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem


Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)

LANDSPEAK
WHEN WE WERE LISTENING-
(Ammil,Pirr,Zwer,Sweuse..
We can know Kingfisher,Lark,Mistletoe
Hazel,Heather,Heron slip into our Lakes
with Clinkerbells ,Dagglers and Aquabobs..
Be Enlivened via Beech,Bluebell,Buttercup..
Acorn and Adder add up to Winter(Petriochor!
Ivy and Blinter.Cygnet,Catkin,Conker,Cowslip
Dancing Dandelions.Nectar and News
Lark,Otter,Pasture,Willow-Blow!Winds!Blow!
Soon we will have no words for what the wind sings
Ears in buds of oil and gas derivation

Source a song the laughing river cannot speak when damned.

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Observatory Crest / Captain Beefheart




Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist and poet known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work..


Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist and poet known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work..

Steve Hackett & Chris Squire - Squackett - Cruise to the Edge Q&A - 2013



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Atkins May Project - US Review



After almost five years of metal mayhem, former Judas Priest vocalist Al Atkins and guitarist Paul May thought it was the right time to release an "Anthology" of their favorite songs from the Atkins May Project (AMP). The new eleven-song release breaks the album up into "Act 1" and "Act 2," grouping the songs together that help create that full-on metal sound. The new album also contains an unreleased cover of Phil Collin's "In The Air Tonight," which is almost completely unrecognizable except for the undeniable lyrics. The "Anthology" begins with the nine-minute progressive-metal thunder of "Here Comes The Rain" from last year's "Empire of Destruction" album. Paul May's guitar solo becomes the focus of the song as he grabs your attention and never lets go for a moment. The intensity continues with "Enslaved To Love," and with speed of "The Shallowing," before reaching the stomping rhythm of "Bitter Waters." The second half of the album starts out with the Judas Priest-like tone of "Dream Maker" from their critically acclaimed debut album "Serpents Kiss." AMP slows the tempo down with "Valley Of Shadows" and finishes with the twelve-minute prog-metal epic "Whisper To The Wind." Listening to these songs together showcases the growth between Aktins' vocals and May's guitar that has taken three albums to build. To find out more about the new Atkins May Project "Anthology," please visit gonzomultimedia.com.

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Roger McGuinn: A troubadour keeps on playing


Saturday evening former Byrds leader Roger McGuinn will take the Michigan Theater stage with his signature jangling guitar, weaving together autobiographical tales with hits from his storied career and classics from the folk canon.
Though he has shared the spotlight with several generations of rock icons ranging from Pete Seeger to Tom Petty, R.E.M. and Wilco, McGuinn says he enjoys nothing more than flying solo.
"I love touring, especially now that my wife and I travel together and it's like a honeymoon," McGuinn, 72, says. "I've had record executives saying, 'Rog, it's kind of like sports guys knowing when to hang up the jock.' But even if I have to be a busker, I'm going to continue doing it."
Despite five decades in the music business and a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, McGuinn is the rare rock star who still seems humbled to have any public interest in his music. Even today, he sounds surprised to have made it beyond the desperate times before The Byrds revolutionized the airwaves in 1965 with their cover of Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man."
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Monday, 18 May 2015

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem


Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)

TO HAVE AND TO HAVE NOT
THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES
and now Lauren Bacall has joined THE BIG SLEEP
We knew and loved here in those Raymond Chandlers
Young she was and he was married.Two children later,Bogie left us
She had her third child with Jason Robards/he her last husband
And less of her onscreen in noir black and white dreams
still she grew in stature as we all grew older
Love Bogie?Love Bacall!All their pairings were passionate
Sizzling screens on and off-a part of all our adolescences
We all aged with her,recalling her finest moments
89 cycles later,she leaves us-to re-watch her roles
when young and bright and sparkling
in films that bear re-screening.From 1940s to 2015

for us -Lauren Bacall will always be alive!

THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Beach Boys SMiLE Sessions - Heroes and Villains Music Video



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Review: Roger McGuinn fills the night with songs, stories in Ann Arbor

Roger McGuinn performs Saturday night, May 16, at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor (Photo by Chuck Finley/NSF Photography) 
ANN ARBOR -- One night after Bob Dylan played in Detroit, he was very much on the minds of those at the Michigan Theater -- and the guy on stage there.
Dylan is a big part of Roger McGuinn’s back pages, so it was appropriate the Byrds co-founder and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer began his storyteller-style solo show on Saturday, May 16, with the band’s arrangement of Dylan’s “My Back Pages” and laced plenty of other Dylan songs through his two-hour and 15-minute (including intermission) performance. There’s more to McGuinn’s story than the myriad Dylan connections, of course, but those were certainly among the most potent and attention-getting of the many tales he told between songs.
And when McGuinn related that “Ballad of Easy Rider” began with lyrical notes Dylan scrawled on a napkin for actor Peter Fonda and told him “give it to McGuinn, he’ll know what to do wtih it,” the references were clearly more than impressive name-dropping.
Over the course of 24 songs, McGuinn gently and good-naturedly established himself as a musical innovator, whether it was creating the folk-rock form with the Byrds by morphing Dylan’s then-unreleased “Mr. Tambourine Man” into a Beatles-style pop song or laying the groundwork for country rock with the group’s landmark 1968 “Sweethearts of the Rodeo” album, from which he drew the nimble picking of Woody Guthrie’s “Pretty Boy Floyd.” Switching between his trademark Rickenbacker 12-string electric guitar, his custom-made seven-string acoustic, a 12-string acoustic and a five-string banjo, McGuinn talked about playing in the Greenwich Village folk scene, hanging out with the Beatles and Rolling Stones in England, playing with and writing for Bobby Darin, and being part of Dylan’s famed Rolling Thunder Revue in 1975-76.
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YES - Chris Squire testimony for Top Link Music



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Karnataka - Secrets of Angels Review




Review – Karnataka – Secrets of Angels

KARNATAKA – Secrets of Angels


Let’s face it, change is inevitable. Evolution is about gradual change, we must evolve to grow. This is beginning to become something of a moot point when I discuss music and, especially, progressive music.


If something doesn’t progress it will become stagnant, lifeless and listless yet when you talk to some music fans abut progressive rock all they can talk about are the halcyon days of the 1970’s and the likes ofYes, King Crimson, Van Der Graaaf Generator and Genesis to name a few. How then is that progressing, moving forward and delivering something new?


“If we don’t change, we don’t grow, if we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”


It has been said by minds more sage than mine that progressive music is dying. It isn’t growing and, therefore, not living.


It seems that the artists and musicians who are thriving in the current music scene are the ones who can re-invent themselves, like a Phoenix from the flames, and be reborn as something different and, potentially, something better.


This metamorphosis into something new will often come about because the current iteration of that particular band has run its course and come to a close with some members wanting a change and thinking they have nothing more to offer. What emerges from the musical chrysalis is, hopefully, new and exciting and, maybe, superior to what preceded it.


“Things end because something else is ready to begin’.


The eclectic British band Karnataka have been through more than one re-birth and re-invention in their time, formed in 1997 they have, up to now, released four studio albums and 2 live albums.




Over the years, the band have undergone many line up changes and now consists of five core members, Hayley Griffiths (lead vocals),Enrico Pinna (guitars), ‎Çağrı Tozluoğlu(keyboards), JimmyPallagrosi (drums) and original founding member Ian Jones (bass).


Could this new, stable line-up finally point to the re-birth of this long standing and popular group and would their new release ‘Secrets of Angels’ prove to be the Phoenix from the flames that many were hoping for?


Recorded at the legendary Real World Studios and featuring guest musicians Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes and low whistles), Seána Davey (harp), Rachel van der Tang (cello), Clive Howard (viola) andLynn Cook (violin), the initial rumblings were that the new album would have a heavier and more symphonic feel than their earlier, Celtic inspired, sound.


After quite a lot of listens (well into double figures in fact) I feel I can now deliver my definitive opinion on the new album so let’s get started……


“Mystery unfolds, Road to Cairo Calls..”


The album opener Road to Cairokicks in with a fantastic violin introduction before Enrico’s first heavy riff kicks in and almost knocks you sideways. A heavier sound? You betcha! Hayley’s vocal sings out the strident verse and things have well and truly begun. Instantly connecting with me, this track is superb from the incredibly catchy chorus through the dynamic keyboards and the pulsating, driving rhythm section. The orchestral arrangement by ‎Çağrı is an absolute delight and gives the track its mysterious eastern promise and the simplistic yet eloquent solo is superb. What a start!




“And it’s all because of, You turned your back on tomorrow..”


I’ve heard comparisons to Within Temptation levelled at this release and on Because of You there is a slight similarity with its definitively symphonic sound. The delicate piano introduction gives way to another thunderous riff from Enrico Pinna and that orchestral note drives it on. Hayley’s cultured vocal pares things back a bit until the forceful and charismatic chorus, complete with some superb backing vocals, really grabs your attention. The song has an overlying powerful emotion to its core, especially on the coruscating and potent guitar solo, yet still feels intimate and heartfelt and you find yourself committing to the music, even at this early stage.




“The blood in my veins runs cold, strangled by no self control..”


That powerful symphonic note driven along by the strings is at the heart of Poison Ivy. Another song with a heavier and more direct feel to it. The vocals have real dominating energy to them and invest the song with a real heart and soul. There is a warped feel of a Wagner opera to the song with its high energy backing vocals as it gallops along at a breakneck pace. The shortest track on the album, it leaves you feeling like you’ve been hit by a benevolent hurricane as it comes to a close.


“Nothing’s ever as it seems, release me from these forbidden dreams..”


Çağrı’s solemn piano and Hayley’s delicate vocal introduce Forbidden Dreamslike an Arthurian tale before the forceful guitar of Enrico urges the song into more demonstrative territory. Often the unsung heroes, Ian and Jimmy may be in the background but their compelling and assertive rhythm is the heartbeat of what this album is all about. Another ebullient and addictive chorus sticks in your mind as this determined track rushes on to the the tune of the orchestra and that aggressive guitar.




“You crossed the borderline, the secrets and the lies..”


An ominous, dark introduction, full of foreboding introduces Borderline, perhaps the heaviest track on the album. Strident strings, a forceful guitar riff and a thundering bass and drum lines give the track a life of its own. Hayely gives her best impression of a rock goddess and you a in pure late 80’s Heart territory as this anthemic track powers towards the horizon. The chorus hooks you into its slipstream as it spurs this energising song along. There is a cultivated pause for you to get your breath back before Enrico delivers another polarising solo and the fleet of foot run to catch this intriguing musical train.




“Searching for one wish, unlocked by your kiss..”


It’s time to mention the ‘B’ word. The piano and orchestral introduction allied with the heartfelt and sorrowful vocals would seem to indicate that Fairytale Lies is going to be a rock ballad and you would not be wrong. Full of powerful sentiment and affection it really pulls at your heartstrings. The velvet vocals and lush strings wash over you and you can’t help but be caught up in the strong feeling of sentiment and ardor. Enrico delivers a solo dripping with sorrow and ardor and you feel emotionally drained as the song comes to a touching close.




“Gonna love like I’ve never loved before, feels like I’ve come home for sure, baby you’re the reason..”


The gentle and ethereal plucking of a harp introduces the most mainstream, yet uplifting, track on the album. Feels Like Home has a touch of 80’s ballad style refreshed for a modern audience. It skips across your synapses and infuses you with such a feeling of love and joy that it makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. Unashamedly commercial in its outlook, it is so full of a joi de vivre that you can forgive it almost anything. The inspirational chorus lifts your soul and Enrico gives his most passionate solo yet, a song of absolute wonder.




“The ghost of you, my heart denied. Your sacrifice, now broken lives. Still searching for a reason why, your shadow haunts my darkened sky, Secrets of Angels..”


Now to what could become known as the band’s Magnum Opus. The seven part, twenty minute epic title track Secrets of Angels. The song begins with a throwback to the band’s Celtic music roots with the Uilleann pipes sending a shiver down your spine and the harp adding its sophisticated accompaniment. Hayley’s voice joins in an ululating fashion and takes up the narrative. Like a storyteller from days of yore her honeyed vocals yearn for days of innocence. The tension builds with the percussive arrival of JimmyPallagrosi and in no time at all the powerful edge of this epic saga is released. Exhilarating, stirring and inspirational, this is where every member of the band gets to show their individual skills yet they all join together to deliver a seminal musical experience. The song pulsates through its many sections, powerful and exalted symphonic rock blend seamlessly with the profound and sincere, a magical musical tapestry delivered to your senses. Highlights of the first half are the instrumental parts (iii) Last Dawn and (iv) The Battlefield along with the exquisite vocal part (v) Requiem for Lifebut the way the whole track blends seamlessly into one edifying whole is a thing of genius. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and the song has always been leading up to the final part (vii) Secrets of Angels where everything concludes and culminates with such brilliance that you feel it has been touched by a higher power. Enrico finishes with the most polished and commanding guitar work I have ever heard him deliver and Hayley powers out her final words with such depth of feeling. When the song finally comes to a close I just sit in silence mentally applauding what I have just heard and experienced.


Karnataka have been reborn as a heavier more focused band with touches of symphonic rock, touches of progressive rock and a total belief in what they are doing. Yes, it probably is more commercial and mainstream than what has gone before but that is no way a bad thing. ‘Secrets of Angels’ is a masterpiece and a triumph and something that the band should be extremely proud of, long may it continue.


Rating – A must buy, this belongs in your collection.


Release date – 6th March 2015

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