Watertouch - Band PhotoTime for me to get up on my soapbox and spread the word of some incredible sounds worthy of recognition. Yet again, the sounds come from a group of musicians from Sweden, known as Watertouch. I know I talk more about Swedish prog music more than one can sometimes tolerate, but hey.. someone has to do it.

If you take absolutely no interest in prog music in the realms of Frank Zappa, Kansas, Jethro Tull, The Flower Kings, Spock’s Beard, the Dixie Dregs, or Deep Purple, you probably won’t find this interesting. But if the slight mention of these artists spark an interest for you, you’ll come to appreciate the music of Watertouch.

The band consists of fine talent from Peter Holmstedt on bass, Eiron Johansson on drums and percussion, Per Wiber on the keys, and Patrick Salin on guitar and vocals. Swedish Grammy winner Tommy Andersson produced Watertouch’s debut album We Never Went to the Moon. The 7 track album is amazing, the majority made up of instrumentals. The band is inspired by the best classic rock music of all time, showcasing their ability to mold their own brand of prog.

Visit the Official MySpace page of Watertouch to listen to their tracks.
Visit the Official Website of Watertouch


Finally I’m getting an opportunity to share some new music with everyone. It’s been a busy past couple days, spending a bit of time in Chicago. Always a great city to spend time in. Anyway, back to the music. Something which has been occupying my listening senses is The Mörglbl Trio. Unfortunately I hardly ever hear their name mentioned when discussing progressive jazz, rock, and funk music with others. It’s quite a shame, and I can only hope that a lot more people can be made aware of their fantastic musical style. The band is made up of French musicians Christophe Godin(guitar), Jean Pierre Frelezeau(drums), and Ivan Rougny(bass). The music is primarily instrumental madness, graced with fine elements of funky jazz filled overlays, and a lot of crazyiness. The band has actually been around since 1997, and even fell apart in 2002, but thankfully put the pieces back together, and is still just as strong. They even have some tour dates lined up in France over the next few months. Their latest release “Grötesk” is one of my current top recommendations.

The Mörglbl Trio is incredibly entertaining, and I guarnatee those who appreciate progressive music will come to love their music. Another nice tidbit of information to munch on is that Christophe Godin’s side project Metal Kartoon is just as entertaining. So while you check out the Mörglbl, be sure to check out the humorous side project which is filled with even more blazing chord progressions and progressive anomalies. So, enter the world of worthy music, and get on over to the websites listed below to learn more about these well respected musicians.

Visit Christophe Godin’s Website
Visit The Mörglbl Trio at Myspace

See The Mörglbl Trio in live in action:

The Mojo FarmersThe Mojo Farmers is a fine group of musicians you may be familiar with if you are in the Southwest part of the United States.  Their unique style of music has been heard since the year 2000, when the band formed in Tempe Arizona.  They blend funk, blues, modern, and psychedelic rock to create the perfect jam band experience.  The Mojo Farmers have been quite active over the past few years, playing out extensively across the southwest part of the country, as well as Utah, Texas, and Colorado.  The band has two full length CDs in their collection. and it’ll be great to hear more material from these guys in the future.  They have an awesome gig lined up in Tempe, opening up for Rusted Root on July 11th.  I’ve listed a few other upcoming shows below.  Go on, get groovy with the Mojo Farmers.

The Official Website of the Mojo Farmers
Visit the Mojo Farmers at Myspace

Upcoming Shows:

Jul 11 2007    Marquee Theater – Opening For Rusted Root – Tempe, Arizona
Jul 13 2007    Goat Head Saloon – Mesa, Arizona
Aug 11 2007    Harper’s Bar – Northridge, California
Sep 21 2007    Spirit Room – Jerome, Arizona
Sep 22 2007    Spirit Room – Jerome, Arizona
Sep 23 2007    Spirit Room – Jerome, Arizona

The Budos BandIt’s never too late to get your funky groove on.  Or so I have been told.. but my recent discovery of a large group of musicians from Staten Island New York called The Budos Band have clearly defined their own funky grooves.  It shouldn’t take a lot to appreciate good music when you hear it, and Budos Band makes it easy for listeners.  Their brand of instrumental soul inspired afro beat music gets the job done.

From the percussion beats of bongos, congas, cowbells and claves to the strong horn section led by trumpets, and a saxaphone, everything is covered.  The Budos Band has a self titled release which will soon be followed by a new album simply titled “The Budos Band II”.  This album is set to be released on August 7th, 2007.  Both are available on Daptone Records.  You can find a couple 45s that the group has released as well.

The Official Website of The Budos Band
Visit the Budos Band at Myspace

Upcoming Shows:

Jun 30 2007     Toronto Harbourfront Centre – Toronto, Ontario
Jul 05 2007    Moe’s Alley – Santa Cruz, California
Jul 06 2007    Boom Boom Room – San Francisco, California
Jul 07 2007    High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy, California
Jul 08 2007    High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy, California
Aug 09 2007    Joe’s Pub – New York
Aug 10 2007    World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aug 15 2007    Gooski’s – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Aug 16 2007    Ravari Room – Columbus, Ohio
Aug 18 2007    Onopa Brewing Co. – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Aug 19 2007    Beachland Ballrom – Cleveland, Ohio
Aug 22 2007     Museum of Fine Arts – Boston, Massachusetts