Good Gifts To Give (And Get)

A great gift for that certain art/prog-rock loving someone in your life, even if that’s just you (go ahead and ask for it):

Cuneiform, one of the best and most distinctive labels out there, has put out their first box set:

Art Zoyd’s 44 1/2: Live + Unreleased Works

If this band is new to you, there were/are one of the great, seminal art rock bands, one of the few that actually made abstraction and rock work. Out as of November 24, this is a 12 CD/2 DVD collection and goes some distance toward answering the impossible question, what is Art Zoyd. Think of freely improvised rock, post-rock with abstraction, prog heavy metal, avant-garde classical music with rock instrumtents, all that and much more.

If something more modest will do, I highly recommend Rights from Schnellertollermeier, industrial strength, machine-tooled, totally heavy and grooving instrumental prog-rock, one of my favorite albums of the year.

All Cuneiform releases are available at Amazon, of course, and also Bandcamp