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    Pretty sure that's the case. I thought I read,...

    Pretty sure that's the case. I thought I read, though, that Martin Orford had been making his living solely as a musician back when he was in IQ. Part income from the band and part being on the dole....
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    For NorCal folks, again no Bay Area shows...

    For NorCal folks, again no Bay Area shows (although Napa isn't that far outside the immediate Bay Area). He's also playing Folsom instead of Sacramento.

    Aug 24 Uptown Theater - Napa, CA
    Aug 26...
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    This is true, but IMO it's not because IQ is...

    This is true, but IMO it's not because IQ is known for revamping their songs for live performance. It's because they have an understanding and appreciation of the power of analog music. Their live...
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the...

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the demonetization hitting RB because he's using copyrighted material in his videos? It's not because he's espousing some controversial points of view, which from...
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    That's really interesting. He's right that anyone...

    That's really interesting. He's right that anyone who started out on acoustic guitar back in the day (like most of us) had to pick up these techniques in order to play most popular songs back then. ...
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    I wonder if this is all part of a "cleaning...

    I wonder if this is all part of a "cleaning house" on Jon's part, even though he spends some of it revisiting earlier work (Toltec, Angel's Embrace, etc.) He even briefly includes the closing...
  7. Wow, that's Ted Leonard? I agree -- he's a much...

    Wow, that's Ted Leonard? I agree -- he's a much more interesting singer these days than back in the Enchant times.

    As for the music, it's definitely got that Beard-FK thing going on IMO. Fans of...
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    Fixed. ;)

    Fixed. ;)
  9. Good interview. Probably the most news-worthy bit...

    Good interview. Probably the most news-worthy bit was the amount of touring Yes has lined up, and that any hope of another Union-type reunion is not in the cards.
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    By the album title I thought maybe they'd include...

    By the album title I thought maybe they'd include a remake of "NTOC (Resistance)".

    But yeah -- huzzah for a new IQ disk(s). Now let the griping about scant US touring begin. ;)
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    There are similarities to Jon's Angel's Embrace...

    There are similarities to Jon's Angel's Embrace release from a while back, although these are much more varied in both timbre and compositional dynamics. In fact, some of the melodic ideas in "No. 1"...
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    I remember when that video came out (there was...

    I remember when that video came out (there was also a still photo of the band in that industrial set in the GUP tour program.) At the time it wasn't too different from a lot of other MTV fodder. And...
  13. Part of me is suspecting that "Imagine" is a...

    Part of me is suspecting that "Imagine" is a tribute to Alan because this will be his last tour.
  14. Thanks. That was a better performance. I think...

    Thanks. That was a better performance. I think what you noticed was the guy's phone audio not being able to handle the full awesome-ness of "Gates". ;)
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    I created a Tangerine Dream station and it added...

    I created a Tangerine Dream station and it added Porcupine Tree almost immediately. It probably happens even faster for a Rush station. For a band now defunct for going on almost 10 years they still...
  16. Open Your Eyes is a legitimately terrible Yes...

    Open Your Eyes is a legitimately terrible Yes album. But if it had been released under a different name it would probably be better regarded. There are at least some genuine hooks going on.

    To me...
  17. Where's that Like button?

    Where's that Like button?
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    I'm seriously curious how much RD was paid to...

    I'm seriously curious how much RD was paid to license all of that artwork for this collection.
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    Great video, but I had to laugh a little at the...

    Great video, but I had to laugh a little at the number of times he went off into "Back in the day..." talk. An old fart after my own heart. :)
  20. True. For me that's a magical era in Rush...

    True. For me that's a magical era in Rush history, when they were winding down touring the Hemispheres (and AFTK/2112) material and road testing the Permanent Waves songs.
  21. Isn't the "La Villa Strangiato" performance from...

    Isn't the "La Villa Strangiato" performance from Pink Pop '79 on one of the recent DVD sets as well?
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    Hey those guys are wearing my screen saver! ;) ...

    Hey those guys are wearing my screen saver! ;)

    But seriously, if Roger is making any money off of this I'm fine with it.
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    :O

    :O
  24. I just accept the simplified approach they're...

    I just accept the simplified approach they're taking (Steve primarily) to "Gates". For whatever reason, what I do miss are all the little keyboard flourishes that Moraz played on the record, like the...
  25. This being the only chance to cash in on the 50th...

    This being the only chance to cash in on the 50th anniversary I have to believe they're going to extend this touring cycle as far out as possible. So if they're not coming your way on this leg don't...
  26. Ron Thall (Bumblefoot) has sat in with the Band...

    Ron Thall (Bumblefoot) has sat in with the Band Geeks crew (aka Richie Castellano of Blue Oyster Cult) on a few of their YT videos. Here's "Sgt. Pepper's" (the entire album).

    ...
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    I remember the video Marillion put out around the...

    I remember the video Marillion put out around the time Steve Hogarth joined. It ended with footage of them playing Caracas or somewhere to like 200,000 people and being utterly flabbergasted by the...
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    What's the saying? The candle always burns...

    What's the saying? The candle always burns brightest just before it goes out.
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    So just wanted to follow up with a review of last...

    So just wanted to follow up with a review of last night's show at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.

    Overall it was a chop-tastic, face-melting affair. That said, there were enough Latin grooves...
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    Very cool. I think most prog bands are always...

    Very cool. I think most prog bands are always caught a little off-guard when they see how popular they are in Central/South America.
  31. Thanks, Sean. Not bad for a first night. We can...

    Thanks, Sean. Not bad for a first night. We can quibble about the lack of fire in Jon D's delivery, but they avoided any train wrecks (I think Steve was off a beat once in the instrumental section)....
  32. Considering it's a shorter set and a summer "play...

    Considering it's a shorter set and a summer "play the hits" tour, that's actually not a bad setlist. And major props for playing a YesWest track (although not my fave by a country mile.)
  33. Wasn't it usually on the summer legs of the past...

    Wasn't it usually on the summer legs of the past tours when Yes would pull out covers like "Purple Haze" and "Gimme Some Loving"?
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    Bandcamp Goes Retail

    So any time I see someone trying to grow the retail sector I perk up. Mainly because I wonder what idiot is about to be parted with millions of dollars.

    This is no more true than when it comes to...
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    I'm guessing that the TOTP appearance is the only...

    I'm guessing that the TOTP appearance is the only thing that would qualify. But lost gems keep popping up so who knows.
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    Aren't Yale Bowl and New Haven synonymous? As...

    Aren't Yale Bowl and New Haven synonymous?

    As for a Fragile-era live recording, I've always been clamoring for Wolverhampton. I haven't listened to my boot in a long time (cassette players RIP),...
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    It could be said that for some HCE was a first...

    It could be said that for some HCE was a first move toward the pop-friendly writing of TtB. For something more adventurous you'd need to go farther back like The Raven or Grace for Drowning.

    IMO...
  38. A thoughtful read, although a bit overly...

    A thoughtful read, although a bit overly scholarly at times for me.

    Bill and the interviewer spend a lot of time analyzing and breaking down different kinds of leaders, but what I didn't see them...
  39. Over the past decade or so I've been more...

    Over the past decade or so I've been more interested in live jazz music than rock music so my buying/listening habits have shifted heavily in that direction.

    A style of music I've lost pretty much...
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    Had Yes released any BBC recordings before? I...

    Had Yes released any BBC recordings before? I thought that was all Peter Banks' doing.

    And add my vote for a complete New Haven release. Anyone who's heard the boots knows it's one of the cleanest...
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    He seems to have dropped all the solo...

    He seems to have dropped all the solo side-projects like IEM, Bass Communion, etc. and is just folding his love of that stuff into the solo projects under his own name. Of course this means that when...
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    That is great news because the last one was...

    That is great news because the last one was pretty damn awesome. IMO.
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    Steven Wilson is back in the studio

    This appeared on SW's Instagram feed three days ago... can't believe I'm the first to post about it.

    I just knew all that TD work would rub off. ;)
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    That's what I was thinking. It's always a...

    That's what I was thinking.

    It's always a warning sign whenever a musician is depicted on the cover in gauzy illustration form. WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND!

    Here's some bio info from his website...

    ...
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    What awesome timing. My birthday. :D

    What awesome timing. My birthday. :D
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    Sounds to me like a Magnification outtake.

    Sounds to me like a Magnification outtake.
  47. Speak of the devil. This interview just appeared...

    Speak of the devil. This interview just appeared in my YT rec list. I used to watch Night Flight back in the day but don't remember ever seeing it. I sure wish he'd made a follow up to Zinc...

    ...
  48. It's new-agey and very much "of its time", but...

    It's new-agey and very much "of its time", but it's not saccharine. There's some interesting textures and melodic ideas, although a lot of it comes off as Jobson playing mad scientist with a...
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    Stanley Clarke Band - 2019 tour

    I got a notice that Stanley Clarke will be touring this summer with his current 6-piece group (2 keys, bass (obviously), drums, violin, percussion). I checked his website and they start off with just...
  50. Probably true. What about the guy who's been with...

    Probably true. What about the guy who's been with Pendragon for a while now -- Scott Higham? He kicks some serious butt and seems to be a gun-for-hire these days.
  51. If they want to stay with a name prog drummer I...

    If they want to stay with a name prog drummer I wonder what Chris Maitland is up to these days?
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    Awesome. I thought Road of Bones was one of their...

    Awesome. I thought Road of Bones was one of their best in a long time. And of course, 2017's Tales From a Dark Christmas was equally fab.
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    Exactly. I feel like having Theo in Soft Machine...

    Exactly. I feel like having Theo in Soft Machine is much more important than having him in KC.
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    It's not Jon, but... ...

    It's not Jon, but...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQm-7HlaHco
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    The crowd support would be there in plenty of...

    The crowd support would be there in plenty of cities. It's probably a matter of travel costs plus the willingness to deal with a real tour. Annie may be done with all that.
  56. Oddly enough, in SF the more overt psych episodes...

    Oddly enough, in SF the more overt psych episodes in stuff like "A Saucerful of Secrets" or "Obscured by Clouds" went over great. I think the problem with the "If"/"Atom Heart Mother" sequence was a)...
  57. In SF the "If/Atom Heart Mother" sequence made...

    In SF the "If/Atom Heart Mother" sequence made people's butts squirm a bit. I'm glad they went down that proggy rabbit hole, but it was probably the most tedious part of the set for many.
  58. My takeaway from that interview: Robert Fripp...

    My takeaway from that interview: Robert Fripp loves lists.

    But that closing stuff about John Wetton... wow.
  59. Well that was cool. I'm sure there's now...

    Well that was cool. I'm sure there's now speculation of a PF reunion of some sort, although I have a feeling Nick would put the kabosh on it immediately. I'm sure he's fine with RW walking on to do a...
  60. I stumbled upon this vid of the CLD at a festival...

    I stumbled upon this vid of the CLD at a festival back in 2017. About halfway though they cover "In the Court of the Crimson King" (pretty badly out of tune.) The audience looks like mostly college...
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