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    http://e.snmc.io/i/300/s/8469fb49bb41aa064cca502f5...

    http://e.snmc.io/i/300/s/8469fb49bb41aa064cca502f57c825f9/2555175
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    Hats is a classic, a great mellow-out album with...

    Hats is a classic, a great mellow-out album with fantastic mood and excellent songs (“Headlights on the Parade” and “Downtown Lights” are particular favorites). I don’t love A Walk Across the...
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    The Movies: India I think this swan dive into...

    The Movies: India

    I think this swan dive into the crazy world of new wave/power pop is the best thing this venerable Cambridge band ever did (followed closely by the underrated follow-up,Motor...
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    My new favorite line to quote out of context:...

    My new favorite line to quote out of context: “Warner Miller hugs ‘Wood Pulp’”
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    ↑Shame on me for forgetting that one!

    ↑Shame on me for forgetting that one!
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGYle3w-JvU ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGYle3w-JvU

    There’s also this version of that John Greaves song that’s worthwhile:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nreB-d-cJM
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    With Flight I hear Gentle Giant, some solo Chick...

    With Flight I hear Gentle Giant, some solo Chick Corea (The Leprechaun-Mad Hatter era), maybe some early Gino Vannelli. With O&FB I hear the aforementioned Todd Rundgren, Ambrosia, ELO, various other...
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    Geff Harrison is only on part of the opening...

    Geff Harrison is only on part of the opening track of Between the Universes. I generally like his voice, but his voice is wrong for that track (the addition of a choir isn’t helping his case). I...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub9oguLB8-s ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub9oguLB8-s

    Every once in a while, the Youtube recommendations algorithm will come up with something worthwhile. Incredible that buried treasure like this was...
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    I’ve been getting way into the Japanese “city...

    I’ve been getting way into the Japanese “city pop” sound of late. It’s slicker than an oil spill, but so smooth...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQ9pmFMc5oM

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    It’s not “simple”—in fact it’s about as...

    It’s not “simple”—in fact it’s about as complicated as pop gets with all those multiple layers and a near five-minute running time—but it is undeniably great. I think it’s their masterpiece,...
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    I was once acquainted with this old Broadway...

    I was once acquainted with this old Broadway theater queen who was obsessed with Bigsmørgåsbördwünderwerk, which he claims is one of the best Broadway shows he has ever seen. And yes, they actually...
  13. I am absolutely baffled by the two lines...

    I am absolutely baffled by the two lines following the “dreaming about her” bit. Their heavy Dutch accents are NOT helping my comprehension. I am pretty sure I hear “other” pronounced as “uzzer” in...
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    White Willow is highly recommended! Their newest...

    White Willow is highly recommended! Their newest two albums (Terminal Twilight and Future Hopes) are the best I have heard from them. Mattias Olsson’s extremely dense and “wet” production on these...
  15. Thread: Birders

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    Spotted a green heron at Fremont’s Lake...

    Spotted a green heron at Fremont’s Lake Elizabeth. Probably not the best photos you’ll ever see, but at least you can tell what it is:

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  16. Thread: WTF covers

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    She played actual gigs? I thought she just played...

    She played actual gigs? I thought she just played for quarters outside the Castro MUNI station.
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    That first Sume album is apparently the...

    That first Sume album is apparently the biggest-selling Greenlandic album ever. I’ve seen them billed as “prog” and “psych,” but neither is strictly accurate, mainly because they’re a band that...
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    I’m old enough to remember when they were still a...

    I’m old enough to remember when they were still a “beautiful music” [read: Muzak] station.
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    Haven’t heard this, but remain interested. As I recall, it got pretty good reviews on release.



    I believe this album is “program music” with a floral theme.
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    It has its moments, but my mind starts wandering...

    It has its moments, but my mind starts wandering around Side 3. Usually I like Peter Cook, but whatever he’s doing here is not working. The story and characters (did he come up with them, or are G&C...
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    Big Science (which is essentially edited...

    Big Science (which is essentially edited highlights from United States) is a five-star album for sure, but I’ve only heard the entirety of United States all the way through (listened to a friend’s...
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    I pretty much fell in love with Hopes and Fears...

    I pretty much fell in love with Hopes and Fears and Winter Songs from my first listen. Mind you, I had already been eased into the world of Art Bears via Henry Cow (and some other avant-garde...
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    I had Eliogabalus and HATED it! Mr. Doctor was...

    I had Eliogabalus and HATED it! Mr. Doctor was the main problem, he was trying way too hard to sound evil and sinister, and it just came across as goofy and cringeworthy. SS’ complaint about not...
  24. Thread: SNAKES

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    A former co-worker recommends against handling...

    A former co-worker recommends against handling garter snakes with bare hands. He claims they secrete a substance from a stink-gland as a defense mechanism.

    Most common snake at the park where I...
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    One I was just reminded of this week: ...

    One I was just reminded of this week:

    Esperanto: “On Down the Road” → “Never Again”
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekIhltD9SaI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekIhltD9SaI
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    That’s a threesome! Don’t forget “Presto Vivace...

    That’s a threesome! Don’t forget “Presto Vivace and Reprise,” which is the highlight of the album, and may be the apex of U.K. as a band.

    Another one from the same album: “Alaska” → “Time to Kill”
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    He had been in the short-lived band Life, who...

    He had been in the short-lived band Life, who recorded one album (Life After Death) for Polydor in 1974. Produced by ex-Zombie Chris White, it had a sound that rather reminded me of Argent:

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    I only have Smile a While, which is definitely...

    I only have Smile a While, which is definitely good stuff. One of the few times people say an album is “Canterbury-esque” and I can actually hear it. They bring their own identity to the table,...
  30. Thread: Zolo Music

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    He’s definitely an eccentric. He reminds me a...

    He’s definitely an eccentric. He reminds me a little of that Dutch woman who insisted on living in her own personal 1950s-retro world, including living in a house with unsafe, not-to-code...
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    My recommendation with Anekdoten: start with...

    My recommendation with Anekdoten: start with their newest album (Until the Ghosts Are Gone) and work backwards. Some will try to push you towards their Crimso-cloney early albums, but do not listen...
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    It’s my #1 album by them, with The Tain a close...

    It’s my #1 album by them, with The Tain a close second. A very special album, and if you like trad folk sounds mixed with rock, you should check it out.
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    Finally all caught up with this series. I was...

    Finally all caught up with this series. I was disappointed with Seasons 5 and 6, so I wasn’t expecting much apart from some closure, and the first episode of this season wasn’t promising. I need not...
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    If you’re looking for funky shit, I highly...

    If you’re looking for funky shit, I highly recommend an all-Meters playlist! It doesn’t get better than the Rejuvenation album!
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    It’s all about finding your own path to musical...

    It’s all about finding your own path to musical discovery, deciding what you like and making associations from there. I decided I liked weird stuff and bleepy bloopy electronics, which led me to...
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    I was this close to closing a deal on a Rhodes...

    I was this close to closing a deal on a Rhodes Chroma when the then-current owner admitted that the battery leaked onto the boards. I wonder if he ever sold it.
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    R.I.P.

    All I’ve heard was his second string quartet, which I have on an LP featuring HPSCHD by John Cage & Lejaren Hiller on the other side.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOozBrB2XT0
  38. Surprised Popol Vuh haven’t been mentioned. They...

    Surprised Popol Vuh haven’t been mentioned. They were sort of architects of the genre, starting as purely electronic music before doing a 180° turn after Florian Fricke went all spiritual and sold...
  39. Have Führs & Fröhling been mentioned yet? I think...

    Have Führs & Fröhling been mentioned yet? I think they are a worthy addition to this peculiar sub-set of prog.



    Probably because there was a lot of crap that just consisted of someone noodling...
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    I have I Individual and...I should probably...

    I have I Individual and...I should probably revisit it at some point. I remember it being excessively affected and, even for my tastes, pretentious. But it has been a long time since I last listened...
  41. Sally Oldfield: Water Bearer is the album I...

    Sally Oldfield: Water Bearer is the album I always recommend. Simply magical.
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    I know him for his association with Pekka...

    I know him for his association with Pekka Pohjola. Both were in the last line-up of Made in Sweden, which played (minus singer Tommy Körberg, who had left by that time) on Keesojen lehto.
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    Spikey Dream Flowers seems to have a cash in on...

    Spikey Dream Flowers seems to have a cash in on their notoriety because of “Where’s Captain Kirk?” (called “The Five Year Mission”). I guess the reason this band aren’t more well-known probably has...
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    Athletico Spizz 80: Do a Runner

    Where has this been all my life? All right, hiding in plain sight, clearly, but I never gave it a chance until now. I have to make up for lost time!

    I’d put this in the same category as Punishment...
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    Sticky: Batt’s prog-esque output (this one and Tarot...

    Batt’s prog-esque output (this one and Tarot Suite, mainly) has been on my radar just about forever, but the only stuff I’ve heard has been some of the Wombles stuff. Go figure!
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    Well, there’s No Name and...and...I’m drawing a blank.
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    If you don’t mind whipping out the mandolin for a...

    If you don’t mind whipping out the mandolin for a song, there’s “Titus” by Split Enz.

    If you don’t mind a challenge, “El testamen de n’Amelia” is a favorite from the classical repertoire (actually...
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    Marc Storace (who is Maltese, incidentally, and not Swiss) had previously been in the semi-prog hard rock band Tea, who made two albums.



    It was only a matter of time before this steaming...
  49. Someone already posted Dawn. Not that recent...

    Someone already posted Dawn. Not that recent anymore, but the Thønk album (Earth Vision Impact) is very much worth listening to.
  50. What is it with Swiss prog bands and the piano? I...

    What is it with Swiss prog bands and the piano? I find that so many Swiss prog bands—and I’m thinking of Blue Motion, Dragonfly, F____ D____ and Rumple Stiltzken Commune in particular here—have such...
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    “Frankie Avalon? I thought you were dead!” ...

    “Frankie Avalon? I thought you were dead!”

    “I’m not dead! My career is!”

    —from the MAD Magazine Grease parody.

    I think, like most of you, MAD was a big part of my childhood. The back page of...
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    You must love Cocteau Twins, then.

    You must love Cocteau Twins, then.
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    This has been in my rotation of late, and it is...

    This has been in my rotation of late, and it is definitely one of the albums I will hold up as a paragon of “orchestral rock.” It is truly a magnificent work to behold; my only complaint would be...
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    If it’s not crested, maybe a scarlet tanager?

    If it’s not crested, maybe a scarlet tanager?
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    I was listening to St. Dominic’s Preview a lot...

    I was listening to St. Dominic’s Preview a lot recently. Obviously, given the time of year, I have to post this:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz7fWE47N8Y
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    The Dream Harbour is excellent. The only other...

    The Dream Harbour is excellent. The only other one I’ve heard is the first, which seemed OK but not especially memorable. So, one of those bands that started off promising and improved with time;...
  57. Thread: Neil Ardley

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    Kaleidoscope of Rainbows is the only one I’ve...

    Kaleidoscope of Rainbows is the only one I’ve heard, or even managed to find. I guess I liked it enough to upgrade to the CD (though my CD, which does have the above-mentioned bonus tracks, has a...
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    Frankly, I think we’re lucky that a TEN PIECE...

    Frankly, I think we’re lucky that a TEN PIECE band lasted long enough these days to make two albums! Nonetheless, they will be missed!
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    Dragon Fly is my favorite. Grace’s “Hyperdrive”...

    Dragon Fly is my favorite. Grace’s “Hyperdrive” is as close as this band ever came to prog (with the possible exception of “Sandalphon”), and I’m a big fan of “Caroline” and FM radio staple “Ride the...
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