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  1. I'm not sure who's joking about what in this...

    I'm not sure who's joking about what in this thread... but Benny the Bouncer is a great song. I listened to Brain Salad Surgery a lot as a kid, and this tune brought me such joy. Much needed comedy...
  2. Obvious, but... ...

    Obvious, but...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc4vuVNWRmg

    - Matt
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    Not quite the 21st century, but I do adore the...

    Not quite the 21st century, but I do adore the first 5ive Style album. Some of it is post-rocky, but the funk parts are true funk.
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    Thanks - I appreciate that. That last Stone run...

    Thanks - I appreciate that. That last Stone run was a rather crazy week for me of which those shows and rehearsals were only but one part (a long story which I may have discussed elsewhere at...
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    I totally get it. I find it a testament to Zorn's...

    I totally get it. I find it a testament to Zorn's writing that his voice shines through while letting there be enough space for the individual bands to do their thing. He also imparts a lot of...
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    Disclaimer: I wasn't around for the recording of...

    Disclaimer: I wasn't around for the recording of Xaphan, but I sure played it a bunch live. From my perspective (i.e. keyboard monkey directed by Trey) and knowing the history a bit, the books are...
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    I feel like both Xaphan/Malkhut albums have their...

    I feel like both Xaphan/Malkhut albums have their pros and cons. But, as somebody who has their brain wrapped around the scores from both albums... I'm not sure what you find lacking in the...
  8. HA HA I just realized now, thanks to you, that I...

    HA HA I just realized now, thanks to you, that I didn't check the "name your price" box. I was wondering why everybody was opting not to pay anything... Thank you!

    - Matt
  9. New album by me (SC3/miRthkon/MoeTar related): "Boring Origin Story"

    I present to you curious-music-lovers another complete album by members of Monstrika, MoeTar, miRthkon, Secret Chiefs 3, Faun Fables, etc... i.e., me. :)
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    I must give a shout out: the cover art for this...

    I must give a shout out: the cover art for this album was done by my wife Jenya (who has worked on design/layout/art for various other albums you may know, as well as being a great musician herself...
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    I live in Oakland (about 20 blocks from the Fox)...

    I live in Oakland (about 20 blocks from the Fox) but still sadly missed both shows due to work/life/budget.

    Also... I admit by far my favorite live KC lineup was when Fripp, Gunn, and Mastelotto...
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    Lombardo has been playing with Patton for a while...

    Lombardo has been playing with Patton for a while in various bands. He also has been part of several Zorn/Masada endeavors with Secret Chiefs 3. So he's part of the family already, as well as being...
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    MoeTar with Oakland Symphony Orchestra (sorry...

    MoeTar with Oakland Symphony Orchestra (sorry this is the only video I could find):


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQYPi5iu8IA

    Secret Chiefs 3 with Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Russian...
  14. MoeTar news: Monstrika and Raze the Maze!

    Hey everybody -

    Two new bands now exist featuring former members of your favorite prog/pop band MoeTar!

    First, there's Monstrika - Dark, heavy, and deeply curious.

    Matt Lebofsky (me) -...
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    While some may file this under petty...

    While some may file this under petty semantics.... I TOTALLY ARGREE WITH YOU. If it's a sus chord, there's no third. CASE CLOSED. If there *is* a third, it's an add2/9 or add4/11. Or in the case of...
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    I will humbly note that the 6/12 show which will...

    I will humbly note that the 6/12 show which will also feature a short opening set by the brand new band Monstrika featuring members of MoeTar (me and Matthew) and Secret Chiefs 3 (me). We're dark and...
  17. Fun related story. There's that indie band...

    Fun related story. There's that indie band Shellac which over the years proudly put everything on vinyl and, reluctantly, also on CD. Their album "1000 Hurts" came out and at the record store I had...
  18. Thread: Motorpsycho

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    As far as earlier stuff I also highly recommend...

    As far as earlier stuff I also highly recommend the album "Trust Us" which, among other things, contains their best song ever "Vortex Surfer."
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    Self-horn tooting time. Here's a tune I wrote for...

    Self-horn tooting time. Here's a tune I wrote for miRthkon steeped in heavy contrapuntal writing - the benefit of being in a band with 5 (largely) monophonic instruments is it forces you to compose...
  20. I think we can and should agree on the following:...

    I think we can and should agree on the following:

    1. Yes there's some wonderful techno music out there with fake drums. That's a befitting aesthetic preference for that genre.
    2. But if you're...
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    Burning Stone for sure! Heard that very record...

    Burning Stone for sure!

    Heard that very record playing over the speakers at a record store in the early 90's and was like, "okay what HELL is that?!" My first introduction to that whole world. Saw...
  22. First thought was at least this one tune. Not a...

    First thought was at least this one tune. Not a whole album, but hey.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3zUbOPL_zs
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    Having worked with both a lot, yes. But I don't...

    Having worked with both a lot, yes. But I don't think either exclusively use scores. Just for the harder bits where the composer needs to organize their thoughts to realize a vision, and/or maximize...
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    For the record, I've worked with a zillion...

    For the record, I've worked with a zillion musicians of varying levels and pretty much all of them could read music. Even the ones who claimed they couldn't actually could, they just denied in it...
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    It really depends on performance context, the...

    It really depends on performance context, the skill levels of all musicians involved, and aesthetic goals. For example in miRthkon the composers would score everything meticulously note for note. For...
  26. Thread: Gaza

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    There's a proper technique for vocalizing like...

    There's a proper technique for vocalizing like this that doesn't do any harm. I know plenty of middle aged people who have been doing this their whole career and they are just fine. Of course, you...
  27. This theory/correlation makes no sense unless you...

    This theory/correlation makes no sense unless you define "intelligent."

    There are big differences between smart, educated, experienced, and enlightened.

    - Matt
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    I think it speaks volumes that all my favorite...

    I think it speaks volumes that all my favorite Genesis moments - by far - just so happen to be when Rutherford is playing bass and not guitar/bass pedals.

    - Matt
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    I just posted this in another thread, but why not...

    I just posted this in another thread, but why not also this thread?

    My artist page: https://mattlebofsky.bandcamp.com - Lots of stuff in there all over the map. Maybe start with the...
  30. I have, in fact. The story behind this song was...

    I have, in fact. The story behind this song was that - as you can imagine given the current political situation in the US - many of my friends keep threatening to flee to Canada because it's better....
  31. New album featuring members of MoeTar, miRthkon, Secret Chiefs 3...

    Does this subject line "joke" ever get old? The joke being the referenced members of these bands are all me? Maybe that's annoying. Probably. Sorry. But in any case...

    Surprise! I made another...
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    Yes - but to clarify music was written by Zorn,...

    Yes - but to clarify music was written by Zorn, but arranged and performed by others. Also the material is a few years old but it took that long to get all of this together, as you can imagine.
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  33. John Zorn 65th Birthday Celebration in SF - SC3, Laurie Anderson, Terry Riley, more!

    From Saturday, September 1st to Tuesday, September 4th there are (currently) seven separate shows at the Chapel in San Francisco celebrating John Zorn's 65th birthday - featuring many bands and...
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    Confirming Kenny is not yet 40 for a while - :) ...

    Confirming Kenny is not yet 40 for a while - :)

    He also played with Felix Pastorius's band (related to some other famous Pastorius). And also the backbone of a rather amazing death metal band...
  35. There's a lot of stuff progressing behind the...

    There's a lot of stuff progressing behind the scenes but I'm never quite sure what order Trey prioritizes all the backlogged projects. As far as HV, I do know all the vocal tracks were recorded...
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    I agree it's a good list. I just wish it wasn't...

    I agree it's a good list. I just wish it wasn't named "...YOU'VE NEVER HEARD." I didn't need to be reminded of that! :)

    - Matt
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    I'm not really sure if I'm happy or sad my band...

    I'm not really sure if I'm happy or sad my band Three Piece Combo made it onto that list.

    - Matt
  38. Thank you all for the kind words! To answer...

    Thank you all for the kind words!

    To answer some questions:

    Future MoeTar gigs aren't out of the question, but far above all else the main reason for moving on is that we could never get our...
  39. MoeTar - The Final Four (and some other updates)

    Hey gang -

    Sad to say but this - "The Final Four" is MoeTar's last album, or in this case EP. Fifteen minutes of new material released today at all your favorite digital dispensaries - iTunes,...
  40. Despite playing in all these bands and touring as...

    Despite playing in all these bands and touring as much as 4 months a year, I have a whole other life being a lead computer tech behind the worlds biggest SETI (search for extraterrestrial...
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    Thanks for the MoeTar shoutout! Stadium gigs?...

    Thanks for the MoeTar shoutout!

    Stadium gigs? Sound like crap. Feel like crap. Absolute garbage lifestyle. Only for megalomaniacs. NO THANKS!

    Edit: I should add the best gigs are for 500-1500...
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    Oh man this thread. Is there really any...

    Oh man this thread. Is there really any diplomatic way to jump in at this point?

    There's an incredible amount of amazing music being made now. A lot of it rocks. And there are large audiences...
  43. Another in a large body of wonderful Nils/Dan...

    Another in a large body of wonderful Nils/Dan work. I do look forward to whenever the "last" SGM album sees the light of day. There was some great material played live towards the end (some of which...
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    There's always Secret Chiefs 3 w/ Neil...

    There's always Secret Chiefs 3 w/ Neil Hamburger... Now remastered *and* karaoke version available:

    https://secretchiefsthree.bandcamp.com/album/i-saw-mommy-kissing-santa-claus

    - Matt
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    Every album has something good to offer, but... ...

    Every album has something good to offer, but...

    If you like the persian/indian/middle-eastern/african/haitian mish-mosh, Book M is a personal favorite. Perichoresis is much more recent and focused...
  46. A new Superdeluxe classic from Secret Chiefs 3!

    And just like that... another Secret Chiefs 3 digital single! Two new versions of our favorite classic, Danse Macabre - A "Superdeluxe" arrangement (featuring new sections, additional performers, and...
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    I can't help but recommend my short-lived,...

    I can't help but recommend my short-lived, admittedly-poorly-named, but nevertheless apt project Three Piece Combo. Qualities include:

    * Features members from Secret Chiefs 3/miRthkon (i.e. me)
    *...
  48. Thread: John Zorn

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    I'll avoid the debate whether or not Zorn or...

    I'll avoid the debate whether or not Zorn or Secret Chiefs 3 are prog, but I'm happy to report that Secret Chiefs 3 recently completed an album playing selections from Zorn's Book of Beriah. It...
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    I always was wonderfully creeped out by...

    I always was wonderfully creeped out by Morricone's soundtrack to "The Thing." So it was kind of fun to finally play it live, such as it we could cobble together a cover with minimal rehearsal.

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  50. Caught them at Yoshi's in Oakland. Great show!...

    Caught them at Yoshi's in Oakland. Great show! Kind of amazing to finally see them live after buying their first record on vinyl 30 (!) years ago... Extra super bonus having Kenny on the drums.

    -...
  51. Unexpected and sad... - Matt

    Unexpected and sad...

    - Matt
  52. Replies to some of the above in a second, but...

    Replies to some of the above in a second, but it's been a crazy tour thus far, and we officially added another Secret Chiefs 3 show in Ft. Collins at Downtown Artery on September 22nd (I'll edit the...
  53. Okay one more update: four more show added where...

    Okay one more update: four more show added where SC3 is headlining without Dead Cross. Here's the current list:

    Shows with both SC3/Dead Cross:

    Aug 11 – Las Vegas NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
    Aug 14 –...
  54. I'll add more SC3-only dates to the tour...

    I'll add more SC3-only dates to the tour announcement as they get confirmed (for starters, we'll be playing in Jersey City, Omaha, Chicago, and Toronto on tour "off" days). But I still think the...
  55. Secret Chiefs 3, MoeTar, Bodies Floating Ashore: News, shows...

    Hey gang - I've been busy. Let's get right down to it:

    Secret Chiefs 3 is about to go on tour around the U.S./Canada opening up for Dead Cross - a new band featuring Mike Patton (Mr. Bungle, Faith...
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    That middle section of Autumn Wind is the perfect...

    That middle section of Autumn Wind is the perfect length. There. Now you also have my opinion on the matter.

    - Matt
  57. Fun fact: When I first listened to this CD I was...

    Fun fact: When I first listened to this CD I was so blown away by the final majestic section of Gullible's Travails that I then proceeded to listen to those last 5 minutes in a loop for an hour.

    -...
  58. Thread: Dark Prog

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    Kayo Dot!

    Kayo Dot!
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    No, it didn't. Yes, it is. :) - Matt

    No, it didn't. Yes, it is. :)

    - Matt
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    More new Secret Chiefs 3! Happy Spring!

    Hey gang - for those who like this sort of thing. You know, adventurous and curious music.

    Well Secret Chiefs 3 has ANOTHER new duo of tunes available for download, namely:

    "The System of...
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