April 30, 2013

An old radio show with the TEB available in podcast.

"Hello Luca,
Don't know if you remember me but my name is Ed Wilkins, and I hosted a progressive rock show on Stroud FM in 2011. I did a show covering the Third Ear Band and we conversed over for a while but it kept not going out and we eventually lost touch. I ended up leaving the station not long afterwards and move on to other things.

The reason I am writing to you after so long is due to the fact that I recently decided to return to the station and this time also got a Listen Again page, so until I have more shows I have decided to put up some of my old ones - including the Third Ear Band show!

You can listen to all of my shows on here - I intend to play more Third Ear Band on later shows so you can keep an eye out for them!

The Third Ear Band show itself is this one:

I deeply apologize once again for the problems encountered the show and hope this makes up for it. It will remain on the page until I have more shows to put up (eight hour limit) but that won't be for a while yet and I can always re-upload it. Hope you are well.
All the best
Ed Wilkins".

So thanks a lot Ed for putting the Third Ear Band music on air again!

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April 24, 2013

Glen Sweeney's Hydrogean Jukebox and TEB's "Magic Music" reprinted in England.

After TEB's "Magic Music" reprinted last year for English indie label Floating World (with that Looker's awful cover), just at the beginning of 2013 Voiceprint has reprinted the Glen Sweeney's Hydrogen Jukebox album with the title "Songs from the Hydrogen Jukebox".  
Same song list and same Carolyn Looker's controversial cover...

Stewart Mason on cdUniverse Web site about the record:

"(...) The results sound a bit like a somewhat more song-oriented version of Angels Egg-era Gong: The groove is paramount, but in a structured format that, in spots, is recognizable as the kind of post-new wave/art-pop music that, say, Simple Minds was doing around the time of New Gold Dream. That connection to '80s pop is cemented in the album's last three songs, recorded by a reunited (and newly electronic) Third Ear Band in the early '90s and sounding like outtakes from Japan's later records, especially on the worldbeat-influenced "Behind the Pyramids." 

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April 17, 2013

Unknown 1991 Ursula Smith's collaboration revealed!

Discovering few days ago the interview with Ursula Smith (Pank) in this Archive (http://ghettoraga.blogspot.it/2011/07/life-takes-so-much-time-interview-with.html), English musician Ed Wenn writes: 

"It was great reading this interview with Ursula as it helped fill in her back story to a great extent. Ursula was kind enough to record some cello and a little violin on a couple of tracks for my band, Big Ray, back in 1991. I knew she had been in the Third Ear Band, but at the time knew little about them or her beyond the fact that she was an acquaintance of my ex-girlfriend's mother (who was herself a violin teacher). So, like I said, it's great to find out more :-) 

For the record, Ursula was very, very generous with her time and her talent and contributed some beautiful cello to our songs. Considering that we called her out of the blue and gave her almost no notice, it's astonishing she didn't tell us to go and take a hike. She's credited as Ursula Pank on the album. For the completists among you the details are here: http://www.discogs.com/Big-Ray-Naked/release/2446276".
The Big Ray

Ursula played violin and cello on three tracks of the album (titled "Naked" and published on CD and LP format by City Slang in 1992) - "Windfall", "Missing a train" and "Carousel" - that you can listen and download free at http://mp3twister.com/Big-Ray.html

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