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17 Pygmies
"The Outlaw
J.D. Ray"


Smoldering Ashes
"Songs In the Key of Mountain Birds Blue"

Jackson Del Rey "Tarzan of the Apes"

Cult With No Name "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari"

Trakwerx Collective "Georges Melies"

 


17 Pygmies
"Celestina"

Cult With No Name
"Careful What You Wish For "

Smoldering Ashes
"Nervous Constellations"

Cult With No Name
"Paper Wraps Rock "

The 17th Pygmy
"Ballade of Tristram's Last Harping"

Del Rey & The Sun Kings
"Nosferatu" DVD

Del Rey & The Sun Kings
"I Am The Light"

17 Pygmies
"Last Train" - Single

17 Pygmies
"13 Blackbirds"

Del Rey & The Sun Kings
"Battleship Potemkin"
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17 Pygmies [TOP]
"The Outlaw J.D. Ray"

The Outlaw J.D. Ray continues the latest Pygmy trends of reviving the concept album and not playing too fast. This time around, Blind Lemony Pledge Fresh Jackson and his posse (western, not rap) use post-civil war folk music and pre-WWII blues as the backdrop to a story of ambition, deceit, and of course love lost and found (you know, basic tragedy stuff) and of course, redemption. With of course, a washboard.

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1 P Ain’t Gonna Work   7 P I’ll See You In Heaven
2 P Blackwater, TN   8 P Captured In Amber
3 P Atlas Shrugged Blues   9 P She’s Gone
4 P Your Smilin’ Eyes   10 P Half Moon Bay
5 P Agua Dulce   11 P I Know My Train’s A-Comin’
6 P Let It Rain The Blues        

Smoldering Ashes [TOP]
"Songs in the Key of Mountain Birds Blue"

Songs in the Key of Mountain Birds Blue, the sophomore outing from Smoldering Ashes isn’t merely a follow up to last year’s well-received Nervous Constellations, it’s a departure down the scenic route with lots of turns and stops for Polaroids and coffee. You probably should fasten your seatbelt and keep your ears open.

Sparked by wanderlust both musically and lyrically, siphoning fuel from behemoths such as “Sandinista!”, “Tusk” and the Beatles “White” album, and with the anything goes ethos of Roy Wood’s “Boulders”, the band set out, with smiling faces, for parts unknown. “Afternoon Cartoon” is a pure quixotic pop song, big as all outdoors, while the epic suite “Le Locataire Diabolique” and the elegiac “Move the Clouds” are stirring testaments to human resilience and untapped power and universal mystery.

No stone is left unscathed on “Songs in the Key…” (the title itself a tip of the hat to a Stevie Wonder masterpiece of sprawl) as the character of preserved Paleo men are examined, a fictional detective nearly dies in Europe, an unfortunate woman’s life is ended because of an incompetent sailing crew, a loner turns home into a hunting range, a woman with a past contemplates faking her own demise, and an embarrassed shopper finds it hard not to walk with the beat of the music playing overhead. Marx Brothers fans will especially enjoy the band’s raucous take on Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen’s “Lydia the Tattooed Lady”. Smoldering Ashes travel here, there and everywhere in a 38 minute marathon of songs all written in the same key: the key of mountain birds blue..

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1 P Home Safari Home   7 P 9,000 Year Old Man
2 P Afternoon Cartoon   8 P Shake An Etch-a-Sketch
3 P Birds, No Cage   9 P Lydia The Tattooed Lady
4 P Nick Charles Crosses The Alps   10 P Vera
5 P Eye Of The Phobia   11 P Le Locataire Diabolique
6 P Give Yourself A Push   12 P Move The Clouds

Jackson Del Rey [TOP]
"Tarzan of the Apes"

When I started to look for a third silent film to score my only criteria was, having already done films in the War (Battleship Potemkin) and Horror (Nosferatu) genres, I wanted to find a new niche in which to work. Comedy and science fiction came to mind, but I opted to settle on the action/adventure genre, strangely, because I want to do a piece with more of a percussive element. It was not long after, that I spotted the original Tarzan of the Apes (TOTA) needing a musical makeover and so the stage was set.

TOTA was responsible for an early example of "unhappy author" syndrome. Although to this day, TOTA is still considered the most faithful to the original book of any Tarzan movie, it seems it just wasn't true enough for Edgar Rice Burroughs who from his dislike of Elmo Lincoln's casting as Tarzan as too old and too "beefy" to his general dismay at any additional story lines being added, tried to break his contract with Smiling Billy before any additional Tarzan movies could be made.

An unhappy writer, an aging and overweight lead actor, a producer named "Smiling Billy" and a bizarre attachment to the work of Charles Darwin, resulting in a poorly written and directed film that becomes of Hollywood's first summer blockbusters. Kind of says it all doesn't it? Except for any insight into the new score.

And so, in the best tradition of TOTA, I decided to do a score that would hopefully reflect not only the spirit of TOTA, but also shed light upon what I considered to be some of the best and worst musical influences I tend to draw upon and how those relate to my past, present and I assure you, future work. Represented on TOTA are, at a minimum, my apparent obsessions with the dark and the dreary, the magical and mystical, the sun, and the beauty in broken glass. Prog Rock (in this instance early Genesis) Nino Rota, 1970's style soul (I always watched Soul Train and not American Bandstand), Spanish guitar, and my work with Savage Republic (even included a sample from Tragic Figures) and 17 Pygmies (not even a sample, it’s the current band!). And if you add in a newfound penchant for making electronic noise sound like various animals, it's all here. Now if I could just get that 30-piece orchestra . . . next time.

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1 P Jungle_Lord and Lady Greystoke   7 P Death of Kala
2 P Mutiny Aboard the Fuwalda   8 P Tantors Theme
3 P The Death of Lady Greystoke   9 P Elmo Kills The Lion
4 P Kala’s Theme   10 P Tarzan and Jane
5 P Binns The Knife   11 P Stay With Me
6 P Rain        

Cult With No Name [TOP]
"Cabinet of Dr. Caligari"

Varyingly described as 'clever, subtle, sophisticated', 'simply unforgettable' and (their all-time favourite) 'the anti-coldplay', it’s fitting that London duo Cult With No Name have now turned their attention to cinema, for their first DVD release. And it’s even more fitting that the German expressionist classic gets the CWNN treatment.

Released in 1920, and directed by Robert Wiene, 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari' remains one of the most influential films of all time, it's dark imagery and surrealist set design subtly, and usually not so subtly, constantly referenced in film and music for generations to come.

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1 P Dreams Where I Wake Up (prequel)   7 P Wake Him
2 P A Traveling Fair Had Arrived   8 P Under The Dirt
3 P To Feel Again   9 P Have You A Patient Named Caligari
4 P How Long Shall I Live   10 P The Circle Is Closing In
5 P Let Us Remain Friends   11 P Dreams Where I Wake Up
6 P There Is Something Frightful In Our Midst        

The Trakwerx Collective[TOP]
"Lightwerx - Georges Melies"

Lightwerx: Georges Méliès is our homage to the groundbreaking French film director, Georges Méliès (1861-1938). Containing 15 magical short films with original scores from Trakwerx artists such as Jo Gabriel, Tommy Santee Klaws, Jackson Del Rey, Gods Of Electricity, 17 Pygmies, Cult With No Name, Meg Maryatt, Lea Reis, Sparkle Girl, Stephan Graham, Kulfi and Smoldering Ashes, you will hear wildly varying musical interpretations from noise, alternative, experimental and progressive to hip hop and Americana.

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1 P L'Impressionniste Fin De Siecle - Jo Gabriel   9 P L'Eclipse Du Soleil En Pleine Lune - Sparkle Girl
2 P Le Danse Infernale - Tommy Santee Klaws   10 P L'Artiste Et Le Mannequin - 17 Pygmies
3 P Lune A Un Metre - Jackson Del Rey   11 P Le Diable Noir - Stephan Graham
4 P Mobilier Fidele - Gods Of Electricity   12 P Eruption Volcanique a La Martinique - Tommy Santee Klaws
5 P Princess Nicotine - 17 Pygmies   13 P L'homme à La Tête De Caoutchouc - Kulfi
6 P Le Mélomane - Cult With No Name   14 P Le Locataire Diabolique - Smoldering Ashes
7 P La Cornue Infernale – Alchimiste Parafaragamus - Meg Maryatt   15 P Le Voyage Dans La Lune - Jackson Del Rey
8 P Voyage A Travers L'Impossible - Lea Reis        

17 Pygmies [TOP]
"Celestina"

17 Pygmies latest effort, Celestina is a concept album (remember that term?) about a doomed space flight by a bunch of astronauts getting high on pure oxygen while exploring a giant gas nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia. Really. Thematically, Celestina is loosely based upon the classic 15th century Latin novel La Celestina, a timeless tale of love and betrayal. Celestina is also a musical tribute to all of the unique 1950-60ís era science fiction motion pictures (think The Day The Earth Stood Still) and clearly reflects Jackson Del Rey's recent obsession with late night Twilight Zone repeats. Celestina seamlessly welds classical film scores and 60's era psychedelia with 4AD style vocals to create a simultaneously beautiful and haunting universe of musical splendor.

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1 P Celestina I   7 P Celestina VII
2 P Celestina II   8 P Celestina VIII
3 P Celestina III   9 P Celestina IX
4 P Celestina IV   10 P Celestina X
5 P Celestina V   11 P Celestina XI
6 P Celestina VI        

Cult With No Name [TOP]
"Careful What You Wish For"

On 'Paper Wraps Rock', the London duo of Erik Stein and Jon Boux sang of 'More of the Same', but 'Careful What You Wish For' is anything but. Sure, the haunting, melodic piano balladry ('oh that') is still in evidence on opener 'Flying Ant Day' (albeit in the guise of a something that sounds like a drinking song), and 'Hands, Two, Touch' (CWNN's very own 'Life on Mars'), but the majority of the album prods your ears with a variety of other influences. 'Context is Everything' hints at Scritti Politti, 'Down the Line' could be Stan Ridgway, whilst 'You and Who's Army' somehow matches the mournful croon of Tony Bennett to the minimalist funk of Shriekback or ESG. And if faux-discaux is your thing, then 'Hurting the ones you love the most' is bound to get your ears a dancin'.

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1 P Flying Ant Day   8 P You Know Me Better Than I Know Myself
2 P Context Is Everything   9 P She B.C.
3 P Feels So Good   10 P Down The Line
4 P And Those Same Mistakes   11 P Golden Brown
5 P Hands, Two, Touch   12 P Hurting The Ones You Love The Most
6 P On The Fingers of One Hand   13 P You And Who's Army
7 P Bluff   14 P Soft Skills

Smoldering Ashes [TOP]
"Nervous Constellations"

Nervous Constellations isnít just a new album, itís a neo album reflecting the recording technology and topography of the times. 17 Pygmies/17th Pygmy stalwarts Jeff Brenneman (guitars) and Dirk Doucette (drums) (both alumni of the White Glove Test) ventured out of their California homes to meet Veronica Ashe (vocals) and Tory Troutman (various), of Oklahoma-based alternative rockers whose latest band, the college favorites judyjudyjudy, expanded upon the musical etherpop terrain laid out by their previous bands, Animated Mayfly Festival and Exapno Mapcase. Somewhere, the twain did meet, and together they drove in the golden spike that is Nervous Constellations. Smoldering Ashes’ debut is a mélange of melody, a cornucopia of concupiscence, flirting with, but ultimately shying away from, cacophony. It’s a place where surfers go to hoedowns and smiling mystics perch above dunk tanks, and all for a good cause.

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1 P Barker   6 P Belileve It, Brother
2 P A Comedy Of Arrows   7 P Duct tape + Superhero Love
3 P Shenfinity   8 P The City Electric
4 P Sea-Blue   9 P Temporary Archives
5 P 1,000 Birds Scatter   10 P Kite

Cult With No Name [TOP]
"Paper Wraps Rock"

Hailing from Jolly Old England comes Trakwerx’ first international signing and release, Paper Wraps Rock by London’s own Cult With No Name. Self-professed “post-punk electronic balladeers” the London duo of Erik Stein (lead vocals/rhythm piano) and Jon Boux (lead piano/rhythm vocals) have created a unique piano/synth (no guitars to be seen!) sound that uncannily captures both the subtlety and sophistication of Erik Stein’s personal lyrical stylings.

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1 P The Morning After The Night Before Last   9 P Girl
2 P Blame It On Oil   10 P Maslow’s Dog
3 P More Of The Same   11 P Wormwood
4 P Business Is Good   12 P Product Of
5 P Waiting For The Punch Line   13 P That’s The Power Of Television
6 P ‘Operation Failed’   14 P Jenny’s Tongue
7 P In Every Way But One   15 P Yes People
8 P Start It Again        

The 17th Pygmy [TOP]
"Ballade of Tristram's Last Harping"

Approximately eight months from their last release (Groundhog Day to Halloween to be exact) The 17th Pygmy has indeed released Ballade of Tristram’s Last Harping, their second full length CD in less than one year. Formerly known as 17 Pygmies, The 17th Pygmy was a name that better reflected the ‘60s Psychedelic -70’s Classic Rock direction of the new recordings. Think The 17th Floor Elevator or perhaps The Exploding Plastic Inevitable Pygmy. The 17th Pygmy have combined their unique talents to create a musical tribute to the style and inventiveness of some of their favorite music, namely ‘60s Psychedelia and ‘70s Classic Rock.

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1 P New Generation   6 P Just Like Brian Jones
2 P She Gets High   7 P Dig It! (Quentin's Theme)
3 P Last Train   8 P It’s Only Love
4 P Beautiful Lie   9 P Paint Me
5 P Let It Shine   10 P Like This Train

Del Rey & The Sun Kings [TOP]
"Nosferatu" DVD

NOSFERATU is Del Rey & The Sun King's second installment in a planned set of four new soundtracks for classic films made during the silent era of motion pictures. Their first release was a radically re-worked (and surprisingly, highly popular) score for Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 classic film Battleship Potemkin. Nosferatu also pays homage to several of Del Rey's favorite film composers, most notably Tangerine Dream, Popol Vue, Rachel Portman and Thomas Newman.

With a number of live performances planned and a built-in audience composed of (or is that decomposed of?) those who enjoy the death/glam/Goth lifestyle, not to mention the potential of midnight performance for actual vampires, Del Rey & The Sun King's Nosferatu should have no problem building upon and surpassing the strong commercial showing of it's predecessor Battleship Potemkin. Click here to view additional Nosferatu video links!

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1 P Main Title  

Del Rey & The Sun Kings [TOP]
"I Am The Light "

I Am The Light is Jackson Del Rey's first release in 15 years. A founding member of Savage Republic and 17 Pygmies, he has returned to the studio as leader of his band Del Rey & the Sun Kings.

THE REVIEWS ARE IN!
..."JacksonDel Rey returns with a new band and a new batch of songs that will leave you breathless. Silent, textured soundscapes filled with moody passages combining Eastern and Western influences...expect the unexpected with this. Again, wonderful!" Brian Swirsky THE BIG TAKE-OVER

..."Del Rey has a very fresh and personal style. His music can be defined as Dark Worldbeat, although it also enters Alternative Pop, Ambient and Classical sometimes...perhaps the most remarkable theme is "Blood Doesn't Lie". Marcella Cirignola AMAZING SOUNDS

"I Am The Light" made the list of Eddytor's Dozen (Chuck Eddy) in the Village VOICE in 2005." ...world-droning acid-rock album"

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1 P Jaxbac (Intro)   8 P Chain Reaction
2 P Blood Doesn’t Lie   9 P Re-Animator
3 P Nowhere To Land   10 P Go!
4 P I Am The Light   11 P Can You Hear Me?
5 P Muadhdhin   12 P Rose Garden (For Saadi)
6 P Ecstacy   13 P One Small Step (Inst.)
7 P One Small Step (Neil Armstrong Version)   14 P De Occulta Philosophica

17 Pygmies [TOP]
"Last Train"

7" Vinyl Single!!

OFFICIAL RELEASE DECEMBER 12, 2006.
T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE NOW

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1 P Last Train   2 P Mocha Polka

17 Pygmies [TOP]
"13 Blackbirds"

After a brief 17 year absence, ‘80s icon band 17 Pygmies strikes back with not a one, but a two disc set of new and unusual compositions that not only encompass the elements that made the band a cult curiosity, but in fact includes and expands upon those sounds in a manner assuring them of yet another foothold (but a stronger one) in the world of musical obscurity.

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1-1 P Heavenly Intro   1-16 P Bley
1-2 P 13 Blackbirds   1-17 P Heavenly Creatures (The Sequel)
1-3 P Tree Of Life   2-1 P Lotus
1-4 P Get Out   2-2 P Lotus (Dharma Bum 'n Bass Drop)
1-5 P Cras Amet   2-3 P Lotus (Rainforest Crunch Mix)
1-6 P Precious Hearts On Fire   2-4 P Lotus (Notorious P.Y.G. Mix)
1-7 P Lotus   2-5 P Lotus (Squeezebox Mix)
1-8 P Water Carry Me   2-6 P Lotus (Electropygmy’s L.A. Adventure)
1-9 P A Brief Interlude   2-7 P Siren Lotus
1-10 P 423 History   2-8 P A Lotus On New York Streams
1-11 P Lila Pausa   2-9 P Lotus (Floating Petals Dub)
1-12 P Ubi Sunt?   2-10 P Lotus (Call From The Minaret Mix)
1-13 P Heavenly Creatures   2-11 P Lotus (Beloved Mind Glitch Mix)
1-14 P Blackbird   2-12 P Lotus (Distressed Mix)
1-15 P Arcanica   2-13 P Lotus (Electric Mermaid Mix)

Del Rey & The Sun Kings [TOP]
"Battleship Potemkin" - CD and DVD

Battleship Potemkin is Jackson Del Rey's homage to director Sergei Eisenstein’s classic silent film. In his writings, Eisenstein stated that he hoped a new score would be written for the Battleship Potemkin every ten years. Eisenstein felt that although the imagery of the film would remain vital and vibrant, new music would help “update” the film and thereby aid its introduction to subsequent generations of moviegoers.

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1 P Main Title   9 P The Odessa Staircase
2 P The Men And The Maggots (Extended Version)   10 P A Happy Day In The City (Extended Version)
3 P The Soup   11 P Suddenly...The Czarist Soldiers
4 P Drama In The Harbor (Excerpt of Alternate Version)   12 P The Ship Guns Roared (Extended Version)
5 P Vakulinchuk Acts   13 P Meeting With The Squadron
6 P The Death Of Vakulinchuk   14 P Squadron Sighted: Prepare For Action (Excerpt)
7 P A Dead Man Calls For Justice   15 P Join Us!...Brothers
8 P All For One And One For All:The Rebellion Begins   16 P Bonus Trak: Original Piano Theme (Solo)

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