The prog-rock giants, Gentle Giant, just remastered and re-released their 3rd and 4th albums, Three Friends and Octopus, both originally released in 1972…a fine fine year! I’ll have Gentle Giant frontman, Derek Shulman, on Beyond Beyond is Beyond on East Village Radio on Thursday to talk about those amazing albums and spin selections from them. Join us from noon to 2pm on Thursday and get your afternoon prog on!
Hey prog-heads, in case you missed my interview with Derek Shulman of Gentle Giant on East Village Radio last week, here’s the isolated audio from it.
And be sure to listen to the rest of the show with guest Jess Rotter, right here!
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Hell-oh Bea Yawnders!
Hope you all had a hellish Halloween weekend! I’ve got an amazing show coming up on Thursday at noon (eastern) on East Village Radio; a show that should drive Erin Pope crackers! Not only will I be talking to prog-legend Gentle Giant lead singer, Derek Shulman…but I will also have artist, Jess Rotter of Rotter & Friends, and Kemado/Mexican Summer/Anthology Recordings joining me as guest DJ all show long, as we’ll try to match each other song for song and talk about the days of covered wagons.
This show’s gonna be fully radical, so be sure to catch it live on Beyond Beyond is Beyond at noon (eastern) Thursday on East Village Radio! Plus I’ll be taking attendance and there will be a pop quiz!
***UPDATE! DIG THE ARCHIVE OF THIS SHOW RIGHT’CHERE… http://www.eastvillageradio.com/news/items.aspx?id=8972
On November 10th, 2009 Gentle Giant will be digitally releasing seven of their best-known albums and tracks in digital form for the very first time via their own Alucard label through EMI Music’s Label Services unit.
This progressive rock band, which was active from 1970 through 1980, was made up of multi-instrumentalists, and lived to expand the frontiers of contemporary popular music at the risk of becoming very unpopular.” The group’s dozen albums combine a range of musical styles—jazz, pop, classical, British soul, rock, blues, medieval, pop, and blues.
In a Glass House, The Power & The Glory, Free Hand, In’terview, Playing The Fool, The Missing Piece and Giant For a Day will become available through all digital channels. More Gentle Giant music will be available in a variety of formats in 2010, starting with the January release of the seven CDs Re-Mastered from the original 1⁄4 inch tapes through Hi-Resolution (24bit 96k) transfer. First quarter of 2010 will also find box sets and Limited Edition Vinyl LPs.
About the guest DJ: Artist Jess Rotter, a woman that promotes rock bands by day at Kemado Records/Mexican Summer in New York, is the mastermind of the whimsical t-shirt line, Rotter and Friends. The tees’ prints are playful, heartfelt and inspired by rare music of the 1960’s and 70’s. Part of the indie-label’s appeal is that the tees feature hand-drawn, wickedly irreverent prints and big fans include Natalie Portman. Past collections include odes to Captain Beefheart, Graham Nash, Roky Erickson, and Bobbie Gentry- backed by a slew of Rotter’s crazy dancing hand-drawn characters. Recent press about the label has included NPR, Nylon, Spin, Daily Candy, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, and Newsweek.
It’s been a rad year for Rotter and Friends as Jess’s illustrations for the label were made into a solo exhibition called Moontunes in Los Angeles at Garage Gallery in March, a month later her 4-piece capsule collection for Project Red was released globally in The Gap, and the label was responsible for hosting the first NYC live performance from Boston psyche legend Bobb Trimble.
This season, in their 6th collection, Rotter and Friends pay homage to Jade Stone and Luv (in partnership w/ Swedish label Subliminal sounds ), Ya Ho Wah 13, Betty Davis, and Badfinger. Fun things for Fall include a one day holiday trunk show event at Other Music in late November, a 3-piece collection of spiral notebooks for HEEB magazine which include scribble salutes to Leonard Cohen, Marianne Faithfull, and Marc Bolan of T. Rex, and a MoonTune version of Betty Davis will be included in a group show at 303 Grand gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn November 6th-20th.