Linnea Olsson Opens Wide and Says Ah!

March 25, 2014

Swedish Cellist and Singer-Songwriter Linnea Olsson talks about her debut album on Echoes Tonight

AhLinnea Olsson has played progressive rock with Isidurs Bane, backed folk singer Ane Brun and is currently touring with Peter Gabriel.  She’s from Sweden, but influences on Linnea Olsson’s debut album include The Blues Brothers and the “Theme from Rawhide” and surfer girls.   With looping pedals she writes cello based chamber pop songs that are playful and serene, on her album, Ah!  Hear her do it live tonight on

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Mary Fahl Live on Echoes Tonight

March 24, 2014
Mary Fahl Live on Echoes

Mary Fahl Live on Echoes

One of the most distinctive voices in modern music has been singer Mary Fahl.  While we love the “ethereal girls” on Echoes, Mary Fahl is powerhouse singer whose roots are more Grace Slick and Sandy Denny than Elizabeth Fraser and Suzanne Vega.  SLove-Gravityhe came to renown fronting October Project back in the 90s. But when that group broke up, Fahl started writing her own music. And in case you thought she was another female singer-songwriter, she also recorded an explosive cover album of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon from front to back.  Now she has a new CD of original music, Love and Gravity that includes a song written for the audio book of Anne Rice’s The Wolves of Midwinter.  She’s actually a touchstone in the book when one of the characters remembers listening to October Project when he was younger.  With a full electric band, she comes into the Echoes Living Room and unleashes her vocal power live playing songs from Pink Floyd, October Project and her new CD, Love and Gravity.  Hear it tonight on Echoes.

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Electronics,Enya & Chet Baker with Priscilla Ahn

March 21, 2014

Hear Priscilla Ahn Talk About her New CD, This Is Where We Are, in the Echoes Podcast

Priscilla Ahn On Echoes

Priscilla Ahn On Echoes

Priscilla Ahn finds easier inspiration in loneliness and lovelorn idylls than the current state of happiness in her life and marriage.  But she finds a new way to tackle inspiration on her CD, This Is Where We Are.   TIWWA-US_cvrBest known for her 2008 song “Dream,” Ahn has altered her sound and moved from folk to ethereal dream pop influenced as much by Enya as electronica.  Hear Priscilla Ahn talk about her music from “Dream” to This Is Where We Are in the Echoes Podcast.

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An Echoes Vernal Equinox Soundscape

March 20, 2014

Darkness_cvrBask in the sunshine of a Vernal Equinox Soundscape tonight on Echoes with music from Ólafur Arnalds, Kitaro, Kate Bush and Led Zeppelin and more tonight on EchoesCheck out the bizarre Bat for Lashes video for “Lilies” as well as Ludovico Einaudi’s “Primavera” below

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James Hood Hangs Ten on a Hang Drum Live on Echoes

March 19, 2014

Moodswings Maestro Unplugs and Taps Metal Instead of Computer Keys Live

James Hood & Hang live on Echoes

James Hood & Hang live on Echoes

There are only a few new instruments in the 20th century and one of them is the Hang, often referred to as the Hang drum to the consternation of its creators, Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer of PanArts in Switzerland.  They call their instrument a sound sculpture.  With its flying saucer shape and strange indentations and bumps,  it looks like it might be an alien artifact discovered in an ancient temple excavation in India or Bali.   Recalling a steel drum, the Hang is an instrument that can’t sound bad.  Whatever you play is in tune.  CeremonyBut James Hood, who has played drums with The Pretenders and who helms the expansive electronica project, Moodswings,  finds a world of nuanced melody and rhythmic propulsion in this instrument.  He has a new double CD called Ceremony that is almost pure Hang drum, with multiple layers of the instrument spun through a few electronic effects.  Tonight Hood plays the instrument live in a deep Hang meditation on Echoes.

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Priscilla Ahn is Happy on Echoes Tonight

March 18, 2014

TIWWA-US_cvrPriscilla Ahn finds easier inspiration in loneliness and lovelorn idylls than the current state of happiness in her life and marriage.  But she finds a new way to tackle inspiration on her CD, This Is Where We Are.   Best known for her 2008 song “Dream,” Ahn has altered her sound and moved from folk to ethereal dream pop influenced as much by Enya as electronica.

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Celtic in the Air.

March 17, 2014

A Celtic Echoes Soundscape for St. Patrick’s Day

GloamingAs I put together our Celtic Soundscape for St. Patrick’s Day, I recalled an article I wrote seven years ago called “Whither Celtic Music.”  At the time I was struck by the dearth of new Celtic music coming out.  In 2014, that still remains true.  Now, let me be clear. There is still a vital Celtic music community with lots of discs being released. However, not too much of it is in the Echoes vein. NadurIt’s quite a contrast to even 15 years ago, a few years after the Celtic Craze crescendoed with the 1996 arrival of Riverdance in America,  but when it was still so prevalent in the mass consciousness that we could produce our Celtic Pipeline April Fools piece and it was still relevant. Now, it would be like writing a disco parody. It seems like most of the Celtic musicians have either returned to more traditional roots, or gone dark. Clannad only just returned after a 15 year absence with their album Nádúr, Nightnoise disbanded and two of its principle members Mícheál Ó Domhnaill and  Johnny Cunningham, have passed.  Davy Spillane, the uilleann pipe virtuoso has fallen completely off the map, releasing his last album 10 years ago.  They are all among a long list of artists who populated our normal playlists and the special Celtic shows, but who have disappeared in one way or another. Sacred Spirit

Looking through my CD anthologies to prepare this show, it seemed like every other album was titled Celtic something.  Celtic Harpestry, Celtic Christmas, Celtic Odyssey.  But almost all of them date from the last millennium.  Even seven years ago when Hearts of Space records put out the seventh volume of their signature Celtic Twilight series, there was actually  little Celtic music on it. It’s heavily padded with gothic chants by the musically un-Celtic likes of Jocelyn Montgomery, Stellamara and Mark O’Connor.

There are great Irish artists out there, including Lúnasa, Flook and Kila, but more and more they are sounding a more traditional note and not the evocative Celtic fusion that brought the music to such prominence. Afro Celt Sound System kicked the music to a new level with possibly the last wrinkle in Celtic fusion, but they haven’t released anything in 4 years since their collection Capture: 1995-2010 (for which I wrote the liner notes.)

Journey so FarYet there might be some signs of new life in Celtic music.  Loreena McKennitt’s An Ancient Muse, her last album of original compositions, won Celtic Album of the Year in a New Age Reporter poll, but there is barely a Celtic mode, rhythm, melody or instrument on it. A great album, but the Celtic connection is tenuous. But in recent years McKennitt has returned to her Celtic roots with two albums of traditional songs, The Wind That Shakes the Barely and the live Troubadours of the Rhine. She recently released a compilation that has some of her early Celtic sounds on it.

Afro Celt Sound System’s Iarla O’Lionaird has a new project called The Gloaming taking a chamber approach to his sean nos singing and Afro Celt co-founder, Simon Emmerson works Celtic themes into his pan-global Fresh Handmade Sound Collective.  And then there are new Celts like Seti the First who are Irish but have barely a Celtic sound in their exotic music.

It’s not exactly a Celtic renaissance, but it’s not quite twilight yet.  Hear a different kind of Irish sound tonight on Celtic Echoes.

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Sci-Fi Echoes: 10 Great Sci-Fi CDs

March 12, 2014

 Science Fiction Music Through the Ages

FP-CvrToday on Echoes, it’s a trip into the world of science fiction.  Sci-Fi literature and movies have always had an impact on a certain breed of musicians, usually the ones who were a bit tripped out and cerebral.  You’d have trouble pinning down the first Sci-Fi music.  Was it Otto Luening’s “Fantasy in Space” for flute and magnetic tape in 1952?  You could go to the early 20th century for Gustav Holst’s The Planets, but that was more about the solar system and cosmos than science fiction.  Bebe & Louis Barron’s 1956 all electronic score for Forbidden Planet should certainly be mentioned.  But the godfather of science fiction music has to be Sun Ra, whose Intergalactic, Solar Myth Discipline and Jet Set Omniverse Arkestras told tales of space with Ra himself claiming he was born on Jupiter and not Birmingham, Alabama.  “Sun Ra and his band from outer Space will entertain you’re here” went one of his lyrics as they sung about “Rocket #9 leaving for the planet Venus.”

Sci-Fi themes bust out in the 1960s with Jefferson Starship’s Blows Against the Empire, Pink Floyd’s early work like “Interstellar Overdrive” and “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun.”  But it was probably Hawkwind who took the Sci-Fi modality most to heart, spinning out psychedelic tales of inner and outer space travel, sometimes on their own, sometimes using lyrics from science fiction author Michael Moorcock.

SaucerProgressive Rock was a wellspring of Sci-Fi efforts from Yes’ optimistic “Starship Trooper” to King Crimson’s nightmarish “21st Century Schizoid Man.”  Gong created their Sci-Fi “Radio Gnome Invisible” trilogy and that carried into German space rock with Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and others draping their electronic journey’s in Psy-Fi imagery.  Vangelis took that sound to the screen with his score for Blade Runner although I would argue that an earlier release, Albedo 0.39, was a better album with a Sci-Fi theme. 

David Bowie created the biggest Sci-Fi hit with “Space Oddity” and the first science fiction song-cycle with The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from MarsGary Numan carried that into the 1980s with Replicas with music and lyrics inspired by JG Ballard and Philip K. Dick’s dystopian nightmares.

Punk Rock wasn’t enamored of Sci-Fi imagery, although Spizzenergi had a great tune called “Where’s Captain Kirk?” But New Wave bands from  Ultravox & John Foxx to Depeche Mode embraced the more technological side of Sci-Fi.

EncounterThe 80s were awash in alien imagery from New Age to the later generation of Space music.  Steve Roach mixed mysticism and futurism on many of his albums like Traveler and On This Planet.  And Michael Stearns went full bore into space with Encounter: A Journey in the Key of Space.  Let’s not forget the label with which both these musicians were associated, Hearts of Space Records, which, especially early on, was heavily vested in the imagery of space and science fiction with albums like Kevin Braheny’s Galaxies and  Constance Demby’s Novus Magnificat: Through the Stargate.   The 90s found that imagery imbued in techno music and its stepchild, ambient music, especially with The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld and Future Sound of London’s Lifeforms, couching their psychedelic journeys in Sci-Fi metaphor.

BLUETECH_SPACEHOP_coverartIn the new millennium, science fiction music flows like a Matrix data stream from The Flaming Lips’ Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots to zerO One’s electro-bop songs sampling Sci-Fi dialogue.  Bluetech has always had a bit of the Sci-Fi about him. His The Divine Invasion is inspired by Philip K. Dick’s “Valis” and his new album is Space Hop Chronicles Volume 1.

We take a trip into that Sci-Fi world tonight on Echoes.  Some of these artists will be there, some won’t and many others will be. We barely scratch the surface in two hours of space epics, monsters from the id and paranoid androids.  It’s Sci-Fi Echoes tonight.

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 10 Great Sci-Fi Albums

1 David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from MarsZiggy
2 Tangerine Dream – Phaedra 
3 Gary Numan – Replicas
4 Pink Floyd – A Saucerful of Secrets
5 Gong – You
6 Hawkwind – Space Ritual
7 Mike Oldfield – Songs of Distant Earth
8 Bluetech – Space Hop Chronicles Vol 1
9 Bebe & Louis Barron – Forbidden Planet
10 Radiohead OK Computer

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Mree Plays Live on Echoes

March 11, 2014

Hear Mree perform in a Living Room Concert on Echoes tonight.

Mree goes where Enya fears to tread: creating music of stacked and layered vocals, and doing it live without backing tracks. Last year this then-19 year old musician released an album of sublime maturity called Winterwell. I’m still in love with this album.  Mree explores its haunting melodies live on Echoes.

Mree: The Girl with the Red Guitar - Live on Echoes

Mree: The Girl with the Red Guitar – Live on Echoes

Below, watch Mree’s video for “Into the Well” from her 2013 album, Winterwell.

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Luna Lee’s Gayageum Grooves Live on Echoes

March 10, 2014

Luna Lee Plays the Gayageum Live on Echoes.

Luna on Echoes

Luna on Echoes

Luna Lee is a Korean musician who plays a traditional Korean instrument called the gayageum, a zither similar to the Japanese koto.  Lee came to a bit of renown with a series of YouTube videos where she plays Jimi Hendrix songs and other covers.  Those videos grabbed the attention of Kitaro‘s Domo Records label and they released her debut album just called LunaLuna_CvrIn those video’s Luna Lee plays to backing tracks but we got her in the Home Los Angeles studios with an electric quartet and Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer, Krish Sharma.  She plays a set of songs from her debut, including a couple of those Hendrix covers. live tonight on Echoes.

Luna Lee Live on Echoes

Luna Lee Live on Echoes

Krish Sharma & Luna Lee @ Home Los Angeles Studio for Echoes

Krish Sharma & Luna Lee @ Home Los Angeles Studio for Echoes


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