RIP Steven DeChiara of Blitzoids

On October 19 Steven DeChiara of the trio Blitzoids passed away. Steve was a multi-instrumentalist – bass, guitar, keyboards, woodwinds, percussion and more.

The Blitzoids were a Chicago area-based trio (Steve De Chiara, Jim Nickels, Chris De Chiara) that delivered two albums of anarchic collages of found sounds, instrumental jams and pseudo-songs that could border both on dadaistic cacophony and on parodistic genre-bending. The albums were reissued in 2006 on ReR.

In addition to Steves work with Blitzoids he appeared on a number of Eugene Chadbourne albums and recorded a number of albums under the name of Kinkzoid.

Steve will forever be missed.


Freakparade Festival in Wurzburg

This year’s Freakparade Artrock-Festival takes place over two days in September.

FREAKPARADE FESTIVAL 2009 WÜRZBURG originally planned as a one-day festival in the wake of the infamous and already legendary RIO FESTIVAL IN CARMAUX. We wanted to catch up on the opportunity to have the great belgian chamberrock-ensemble PRESENT once again in würzburg, and we are almost even more delighted to finally have the delirious japanese ZEUHL-infected jazzrock-RIO ensemble KOENJIHYAKKEI being in europe and taking part in our festival.

But since we also very much wanted to give the 16-people ensemble UNITED COLORS OF SODOM a show, as well as the great italian crew HARMONIA ENSEMBLE

The lineup includes:


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AMN Podcast: Univers Zero – Relaps

L’etrange Mixture du Docteur Schwartz

Founding members of the Rock In Opposition movement, Univers Zero have continued to change and grow and develop over their entire career, while still keeping a ensemble sound and spirit that is easily recognizable. Relaps presents something that Univers Zero’s fans have been hoping for for decades; a peek into the recorded archives of one of the greatest avant-rock ensembles since mid 1970s! This CD documents the final 1980s line-ups of Univers Zéro before the band’s long sabbatical from recording and touring. The live sound is excellent throughout and the CD features a 16 page booklet with a informative history of the band during this time period as well as rare, never-seen photos. The line-ups featured on Relaps are the quintet who recorded UZED and the septet who recorded Heatwave. The material is drawn from those two albums, with the live setting providing some different arrangements and even greater fire to the pieces; I found the pieces taken from Heatwave to be particularly inspiring and outrageous. There is also a short, otherwise unheard composition included here. While UZ continue to play truely awesome gigs and develop the material that will be found on their next studio album, Relaps provides a chance for the listener to catch up with some never-released and exciting recordings from a truly classic band!

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