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New Track from Fingers Lift

Now that it looks like Things Falling Apart has finally fallen apart, eyes turn to its members' solo projects and spinoffs. Bass and trumpet player Brandon Welch has been developing his project for well over a year and now the new group, named Fingers Lift, is up on MySpace complete with a new track: "Lonesome Flotsom." For many of us this is the first time hearing this new music, a dreamy, reverb drenched take on Americana (I'm going to go ahead and call it "Space Folk," just to see if that catches on). As an added bonus for TFA fans, look at the lineup: TFA Mk. III member Tim Walker on lap steel and guitar, TFA Mk. IV member Ryan Green on organ and keyboards, and appearances by TFA member Ben Aldis on drums and former TFA violinist Nat Kundanis-Grow on violin. Those looking for the Godspeed-finds-a-melody post-rock of TFA will be disappointed, but those looking for something a little different will find a pleasant soundtrack for a hot summer's day. The new album from Fingers Lift is forthcoming on Bad Elk Records. - Bill

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New Arrivals: New

Ambarchi/Fennesz/Pimmon/Rehberg/Rowe, Afternoon Tea [reissue] (Black Truffle US, CD)
Anthony Braxton / Joelle Leandre, Duo (Heidelberg Loppem) 2007 (Leo, CD)
Beppe Crovella, What's Rattlin' on the Moon (MoonJune, CD)
Christopher Hobbs, Sudoku 82 (Cold Blue Music, CD)
Elliot Sharp, Donaueschinger Musiktage 2007 - War Zones (Neos, CD)
Gong, 2032 (GWave, CD)
Lonelady, "Immaterial" (Warp, 7" single)
The Notwist, Sturm (Alien Transistor, LP+CD)

New Arrivals: Used

Antipop Consortium, Antipop vs. Mathew Shipp (Thirsty Ear, LP [white vinyl!])
Bo Hansson, Attic Thoughts (Charisma, LP)
Bob Ostertag / Kronos Quartet, All the Rage (Elektra, CD)
Bodychoke, Completion (2nd Floor Mafia Productions, CD-R)
Henry Cow, Unrest (Red, LP)
Irmin Schmidt, Gormenghast (Spoon, CD)
Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Co., Like a Duck to Water (Cuneiform, CD) [Highly Recommended!]
Origami Arktika, Trollebotn (Silber, CD)
People Like Us, All Together Now (self-released, CD)

Melt-Banana at Club Firestone

Japanese noise-rock combo Melt-Banana blew some eardrums last night at Club Firestone. Apparently they were so intense a fight broke out! Unfortunately none of our staff could make it (I had family obligations), so we'd love it if you stopped in to tell us about it. We have most of their albums in stock, and I'll be spinning their music throughout the day. So stop in: I just got done spinning Cactuses Come In Flocks, so I'm pretty lonely. ;) - Bill

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Looking Ahead: US Prog Festivals in 2010

As 2009 winds down, it's time to see what's coming in 2010. So for you prog-heads, here's a rundown of what's on tap so far in prog festivals:

Rites of Spring Fest (ROSFest)
Gettysburg, PA, April 30th-May 2nd
Lineup so far: Pendragon, Magic Pie, DeeExpus, Unitopia, Manning, Gazpacho, Mystery, Ajalon, Von Hertzen Brothers

Northeast Art Rock Festival (NEARfest)
Bethlehem, PA, June 18-20
Lineup so far: Steve Hackett, Three Friends, The Enid, Forgas Band Phenomena, The Pineapple Thief, Astra, Moraine

Prog Power USA XI
Atlanta, GA, September 10-11
Lineup so far: Kamelot, Nocturnal Rites, Tyr, Seventh Wonder, Leaves' Eyes, Storm Warrior, Illusion Suite, HammerFall, Tarot, Delain, DGM, Oceans of Sadness, Paradox

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