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    Sticky: That's a pretty interesting sound. I like it.

    That's a pretty interesting sound. I like it.
  2. In that case, kudos to your friend Saku.

    In that case, kudos to your friend Saku.
  3. Exceptional interview. Your questions brought out...

    Exceptional interview. Your questions brought out some excellent and in-depth answers.
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    It also means that only those people who are part...

    It also means that only those people who are part of the niche music information pipeline will know about it to be able to listen to it. That doesn't offer a lot of opportunity for exposure to the...
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    The record labels and artists are also free to...

    The record labels and artists are also free to distribute their music as they see fit. I don't begrudge them their avoidance of streaming services. Frankly, I don't have to listen to those artists...
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    You can enjoy anything you want anyway you want...

    You can enjoy anything you want anyway you want and the approval of other people (especially those on PE) is not required for you to continue doing so.
  7. Well, the guitar solo at the end of "Rapture" has...

    Well, the guitar solo at the end of "Rapture" has a Gilmour-esque sound to it especially in its tone. Mileage may vary whether this is influence by Floyd or not. To my ear, there is a connection.
  8. "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt 2" and "Rapture" from Blondie

    I did a quick search looking for anyone comparing these two songs. Found a horrendously bad attempt at a remix on YouTube. However, I was wondering if anyone had ever asked Chris Stein about...
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    Sticky: First exposure to this group as well and I like...

    First exposure to this group as well and I like what I hear. The underlying groove has the feel of "Set Your Controls..." era Pink Floyd but what's going on on top of that is much more akin to the...
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    Sticky: This is my first exposure to this group. I...

    This is my first exposure to this group. I definitely hear a vibe that reminds me of Echolyn with a little IZZ thrown into the mix - mostly in the songwriting and arrangements for both of those...
  11. Love PFM and think your list is pretty good. I do...

    Love PFM and think your list is pretty good. I do find something worthwhile on their releases no matter whether it's trad prog or more fusion or poppy. They are just good songwriters and musicians.
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    In other news, having listened to this record a...

    In other news, having listened to this record a couple of more times I'm very impressed with not only the performances and compositions but the production as well. Really nice modern production which...
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    Didn't remember that one. Then again, I don't...

    Didn't remember that one. Then again, I don't remember a lot of what I write - it's sort of write and move on. Now that you point it out, it could have been less nasty. It wasn't, but it could have...
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    I admit to my own faults as stated above and will...

    I admit to my own faults as stated above and will try to be a better person. That said, I don't shun anyone on a thread I initiated. If I don't have anything to reply concerning their comment, I...
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    There are times when I agree with your opinions...

    There are times when I agree with your opinions and times when I think that you purposely jump into threads to mock people for liking music you think is beneath you. I probably agree with your music...
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    Heard the album just last night and will listen...

    Heard the album just last night and will listen again. I've always liked their music which has that emotional edge that Neal-era Spock's Beard evoked. Really nice songwriting on pretty much all their...
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    Just listened to it this morning and it's...

    Just listened to it this morning and it's excellent retro/trad Prog. Hits all the right spots.
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    It's like a pastiche based on the Yes version of...

    It's like a pastiche based on the Yes version of "America" except with awful singing. Well, maybe awful isn't strong enough a word.
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    The most embarrassing aspect of the fan-splosion...

    The most embarrassing aspect of the fan-splosion over the ending of GoT is the petition to have a different ending because some fans must have the pony they demanded from Santa. Seriously?

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    "People of the South Wind" sounds like Chicago to...

    "People of the South Wind" sounds like Chicago to me.
  21. Just listened to it this morning and liked it...

    Just listened to it this morning and liked it quite a bit. I can't go into many details because I'm not a big fan of the band's past output except as a novelty. However, this I liked. Musicianship...
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    Everyone seems to have had an excellent time and...

    Everyone seems to have had an excellent time and that's great. Hope the festival continues for many years to come.
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    I like when IQ really pull at your heartstrings...

    I like when IQ really pull at your heartstrings and for me The Seventh House was the pinnacle for that sort of thing. That said, I will likely buy this album and dutifully dismiss the negative...
  24. On this board, these discussions are always...

    On this board, these discussions are always derailed by the same little arrogant group of people who are incessantly enamored with their own perceived sophistication. It just gets to be a sickening...
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    Sticky: Green Desert Tree - Progressive Worlds

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    German Neo-Prog in English. On first listen it's pleasant comfort prog with a rock opera storyline going on somewhere in there but I can't make heads or tails of the story. Every song an...
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    Why not just have it at a cemetery and be done...

    Why not just have it at a cemetery and be done with it?
  27. Extending into the 80s I would add Synchronicity...

    Extending into the 80s I would add Synchronicity by The Police

    An entire album full of songs about love gone wrong.
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    Nat Birchall is somewhat in this vein but I tend...

    Nat Birchall is somewhat in this vein but I tend to hear his work as more along the lines of a Coltrane pastiche.
  29. What Spotify has definitely done is kill the...

    What Spotify has definitely done is kill the music radio industry - at least in the U.S. The only music stations that seem to make money at all are "classic hits" (used to be called "oldies") and...
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    I continue to think that at some point the...

    I continue to think that at some point the "story" part of the album got rushed because they simply needed to finish the project and get it out there. As it stands it's a probable mashup of the...
  31. We could use a Rock journalist question generator...

    We could use a Rock journalist question generator just for former members of Genesis.

    1. Genesis question.
    2. Follow up Genesis question.
    3. "But isn't it true that..." Genesis question.
    4....
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    But it does remind me a bit of Gentle Giant.

    But it does remind me a bit of Gentle Giant.
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    I agree that the latter day Cast albums improved...

    I agree that the latter day Cast albums improved greatly on the Genesis-lite approach of their earlier efforts.
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    Also a good song. Both are better songs than...

    Also a good song. Both are better songs than anything on Snow - that album didn't work for me at all.
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    An example of hook-laden third-wave Prog would be...

    An example of hook-laden third-wave Prog would be "At the End of the Day" by Spock's Beard. Sixteen minutes of hooks. I consider it the best song of the Neal Morse era of SB.
  36. Listen to Morrison's vocals on the first two...

    Listen to Morrison's vocals on the first two Doors albums then listen to "Touch Me". On the latter, his voice has a harshness to it. It's cracking in places when that would have never happened...
  37. I agree with this. There should have been one...

    I agree with this. There should have been one outline for the entire saga. It seems bizarre to me that they gave us a trilogy where the middle film screws with the first and then the third one...
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    I seem to remember initially remarking that TFK...

    I seem to remember initially remarking that TFK was among the bands that did seem to know how to write melodies that stick with a person even after one listen. IQ was another example I used but those...
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    That they are writing songs that are of the...

    That they are writing songs that are of the modern era yet are not memorable even if they are technically flashy.
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    What I've seen I've liked. Very enjoyable.

    What I've seen I've liked. Very enjoyable.
  41. A few thoughts: 1. Which Skywalker rises?...

    A few thoughts:

    1. Which Skywalker rises? Since I'm hearing Palpatine, I think we may see a return of Anakin.
    2. Did they have enough Carrie Fisher footage left over to work her into this film?...
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    As a non-musician music listener for the past 50+...

    As a non-musician music listener for the past 50+ years, I'm sure my vocabulary regarding music is lacking. I'm not sure if the enjoyment of music requires extensive knowledge of theory, but I tend...
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    You mean like the third movement of Beethoven's...

    You mean like the third movement of Beethoven's Violin Concerto? I remembered enough of it after hearing the first time that I went back again and again and still do. I didn't realize Beethoven was...
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    And that underlines my own attempt at an...

    And that underlines my own attempt at an explanation - that I'm hearing from songwriters and bands because of the ease of electronic distribution that no one would have heard from before this era....
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    I don't think there is anything especially boring...

    I don't think there is anything especially boring about Univers Zero. The music holds the listener's interest even if it isn't "pretty" in a traditional way. That is a far cry from songwriters who...
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    The major caveat of the blandness of songwriting...

    The major caveat of the blandness of songwriting is the fact that music distribution is astronomically easier in 2019 than it was in 1972. I concede that I'm easily hearing music from songwriters who...
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    As you pointed out yourself, the songwriting of...

    As you pointed out yourself, the songwriting of the 70s seems to have been more attuned to the traditional way one writes pop tunes - I guess it would be Brill Building as a successor to Tin Pan...
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    I'm brought to mind of an episode of The Sopranos...

    I'm brought to mind of an episode of The Sopranos where Christopher was trying to be a music manager but was stuck with a band that couldn't write memorable songs. The scene that comes to mind is...
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    Then maybe "hook" isn't the right word. I also...

    Then maybe "hook" isn't the right word. I also acknowledge that since the enjoyment of music is subjective, it maybe simply be what one person considers a memorable hook as opposed to another.
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    Prog Songwriting: Where are the hooks?

    I posted this in the Karfagen thread that I seem to have killed:



    This is what I don't understand about any popular music (and Prog is part of that crowd) that ends up being utterly...
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    Either composers are not learning the basics of...

    Either composers are not learning the basics of writing a good hook or are actively rejecting the idea of a song hook.

    I mean, Mark Ronson may be a little too ubiquitous in the pop music world but...
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    I have a couple of Karfagen albums and listen to...

    I have a couple of Karfagen albums and listen to them on occasion. I can't say that I come away from them remembering any melody or anything from it, but it's pleasant while I'm listening.
  53. The last studio album that really did it for me....

    The last studio album that really did it for me. "Shock the Monkey" was ubiquitous on Rock radio at the time. You couldn't escape it.

    Plays Live (with studio blandishment) is a great chronicle of...
  54. Either it's all performance-art or his narcissism...

    Either it's all performance-art or his narcissism is so great that any attention is preferable to none.
  55. That's not Tommy Wiseau?

    That's not Tommy Wiseau?
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    I've given this multiple tries and outside of a...

    I've given this multiple tries and outside of a few moments when Roine is soloing in that style of his, I find it utterly boring. I can't say that it's bad - it just bores me. There is music...
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    I'm not sure I would consider Yes the "most...

    I'm not sure I would consider Yes the "most progressive", but they certainly were one of the groups that chose to combine different sub-genres and create a kind of through-composed Rock music from...
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    This is my favorite version as well.

    This is my favorite version as well.
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    I think the inclusion of this song was a nod to...

    I think the inclusion of this song was a nod to the fans who liked the "jokey"/tongue-in-cheek tunes that were on each album. It's not a great song. I don't need to skip it when it comes up. I don't...
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    I liked this album. Very rich melodies and...

    I liked this album. Very rich melodies and emotional playing. This is like a subset of Neo-Prog that also includes IQ. Bands that pull at every heartstring. I suppose that's why it resonated with me...
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