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  1. 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,...
  7. 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.
  14. R.I.P. All I’ve heard was his second string...

    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
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  18. 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!
  23. Well, there’s No Name and...and...I’m drawing a...

    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...
  25. Marc Storace (who is Maltese, incidentally, and...

    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...
  26. 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.
  27. 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...
  31. Thread: Birders

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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;...
  34. 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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    Apart from the two “unplugged” albums, it’s my...

    Apart from the two “unplugged” albums, it’s my favorite album featuring Germano Serafin. I definitely think it’s head and shoulders above the albums immediately surrounding it (Smogmagica and Storia...
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    It would be nice if they played outside the Wawa...

    It would be nice if they played outside the Wawa zone, but I guess it’s never going to happen.
  40. I more or less agree. They were a must-see live...

    I more or less agree. They were a must-see live act during their early days, but as a recording act they were not ready for prime time. I used to own Vemod and Nucleus but asked myself, “do these do...
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    He’s kind of like the Rasputin or Thomas Platt of...

    He’s kind of like the Rasputin or Thomas Platt of PE. Just when you think he’s gone for good he pops up again!
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    Might as well go for those Psi-Fi “lost 70s...

    Might as well go for those Psi-Fi “lost 70s Krautrock” albums too, since they’re rumored to be actually Sun Dial in disguise.

    I don’t believe Tribe of Cro have been mentioned, but we’re scraping...
  43. Thread: CD Rot

    by Progbear
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    OPTI.ME.S. The only albums I owned that had this...

    OPTI.ME.S. The only albums I owned that had this issue were pressed by this plant. Except for my copy of Chocolate Kings, any CD I owned pressed there had bronzing to some degree, though only a...
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    My favorite Focus album. I agree with JJ88, this...

    My favorite Focus album. I agree with JJ88, this one has a consistency that the others lack. It’s excellent from start to finish, and the suite is just breathtaking! Plus, no tedious drum solos that...
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    Journeys Out of the Body is supposed to be the...

    Journeys Out of the Body is supposed to be the one to get. I haven’t heard it, but it’s the one that’s been recommended to me.
  46. I remember recently regretting that PFM weren’t...

    I remember recently regretting that PFM weren’t more prolific. I think they spent too much time and energy chasing fame in English territories; time I think could have been better spent on making two...
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    He’s on We Keep On as well, which also features...

    He’s on We Keep On as well, which also features Mariano.
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    Is that the Roland modular?

    Is that the Roland modular?
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    Agreed. Hopefully when this goes to production...

    Agreed. Hopefully when this goes to production they come to their senses and go for digital storage. Not “authentic” perhaps, but far more user-friendly.



    That’s totally do-able. I do know...
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    Another couple of 3-fers: Life: “Riding...

    Another couple of 3-fers:

    Life: “Riding Around” → “Opus” → “I Don’t Want To”
    Prefab Sprout: “All Boys Believe Anything” → “The Ice Maiden” → “Paris Smith”
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    I watched a ton of those 60s films as a kid, too....

    I watched a ton of those 60s films as a kid, too. She and Rock Hudson had gobs of chemistry and were so much fun to watch. I’d even recommend The Glass Bottom Boat, even if Rod Taylor is grumpy and...
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    A lot of it is. I do believe there’s more than a...

    A lot of it is. I do believe there’s more than a touch of Zappa influence there. A lot of it is also weird, and weird + 70s = proggy.
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    Roxy Music: “End of the Line” → “Sentimental Fool”

    Roxy Music: “End of the Line” → “Sentimental Fool”
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXHXF9FuXoc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXHXF9FuXoc
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    I’ve always seen his albums filed under “S” but...

    I’ve always seen his albums filed under “S” but you know what? Put it where it works for you. If sticking his discs under “R” makes more sense to you, so be it.

    (10cc belongs under “T,” though,...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbaVa3_GkBY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbaVa3_GkBY
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    The only thing I could find in the DKRC episode...

    The only thing I could find in the DKRC episode archive that looked like it might be anywhere close would be Gary Wright. Unless she meant the proto-Larsen/Feiten band band Full Moon, who I think...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXEK2ufq2lw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXEK2ufq2lw
  59. I saw her twice, an excellent show both times....

    I saw her twice, an excellent show both times. She’s very funny, talented and unique. Once was a solo show, the other had her accompanying herself on guitar with a piano accompanist and a backing...
  60. I remember hearing some of this at a listening...

    I remember hearing some of this at a listening party back in the day and being impressed, but never got around to hearing it all the way through. I understand these guys were later absorbed into Mona...
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