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  1. Cool stuff. I've used math to structure music,...

    Cool stuff. I've used math to structure music, but much simpler math.
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    Good point.

    Good point.
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    Not a bad translation of "Roundabout" to the...

    Not a bad translation of "Roundabout" to the prog-metal realm. The lack of keyboards gets a little monochromatic, and the constant DUDDA-DUDDA-DUDDA-DUDDA from the drums becomes wearing, but those...
  4. Not bad stuff. If Dungen had been a actual...

    Not bad stuff.

    If Dungen had been a actual psych band in '67-'68, this might be the music they would have made in 1971 - a bigger sound, more compositionally ambitious, more adventurous...
  5. Makes me think of Dungen playing jazz-rock.

    Makes me think of Dungen playing jazz-rock.
  6. Not a ton of stuff: All of Anna Meredith's...

    Not a ton of stuff:

    All of Anna Meredith's catalog, barring Fibs[I] - she had a US tour scheduled and starting, then most of it got canceled. She needs the money.
    Simon Steensland's [I]A...
  7. It's apparently a real band, they're out of...

    It's apparently a real band, they're out of Brooklyn, NY. https://www.facebook.com/sacrificiallambmusic/
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    Really. Even Ruth would have had to woodshed that...

    Really. Even Ruth would have had to woodshed that part HARD.
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    In the jam at the beginning, I found it...

    In the jam at the beginning, I found it interesting that after a minute or so of atmospheric cymbal and gong effects, Chester essentially said, "OK, guys, enough noodling. Here is the beat, we're...
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    I know what you mean. The Window Album struck me...

    I know what you mean. The Window Album struck me as a bit like The Beatles' White Album - the sound of a band trying to figure out what to do next. Although Echolyn's approach turned out to be the...
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    Mellotron Variations on Tiny Desk!

    Here's an odd one - odd even for the 'Tron or Tiny Desk:

    An ensemble of four Mellotron players - John Medeski on the real deal (with the works hanging out), and Robby Grant, Pat Sansone (the...
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    Wasn't it at some sort of arts festival? I seem...

    Wasn't it at some sort of arts festival? I seem to remember hearing that.
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    Interesting conceptually, but after one minute...

    Interesting conceptually, but after one minute I'd rather hear "Camp O' Physique"
  14. A very blah list. I have two of these, and...

    A very blah list. I have two of these, and neither of them really grabbed me.

    And there are so many good albums from the last twenty years that don't sound like mediocre Seventies releases - or...
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    Ticket gotten as well. The way they had the...

    Ticket gotten as well.

    The way they had the ticket sales set up, with an exact time they went on sale, made me wonder if it would sell out instantly to early-bird apps and reseller bots. As far...
  16. And that was very typical of old-school guild...

    And that was very typical of old-school guild teaching methods; your teacher was often your dad or uncle, and in those days such harshness was considered normal and necessary.
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    It's dated but fascinating, and is, in a way, the...

    It's dated but fascinating, and is, in a way, the jazz Sgt. Pepper.
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    An interesting point from the article. I...

    An interesting point from the article.

    I would argue that there are two types of guitar heroes:

    Ones who can do what nobody else can do, like Holdsworth and Eddie Van Halen.
    Ones who can...
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    Andy didn't play much, but what he played was...

    Andy didn't play much, but what he played was perfect.

    Gang of Four were one of the big names in minimalist art rock; few bands could make more out of one chord. What they did was just as much an...
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    Maybe ten miles. But they're on opposite sides of...

    Maybe ten miles. But they're on opposite sides of the city center, and I-5 clogs up BAD at rush hour. The Link light rail doesn't go that far north yet, so you have to take the highway (bad), or take...
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    I've seen bits of the movie and it includes music...

    I've seen bits of the movie and it includes music that never made it to the final version of the album, such as an astounding fusion jam between Bruce, Motian, McLaughlin, and Bley - in which Carla...
  22. I wouldn't be surprised if its main purpose was...

    I wouldn't be surprised if its main purpose was to punish and intimidate non-Guildsmen, i.e. people busking, or playing music professionally, without membership in the local Pipers' Guild, or...
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    What a wonderful album. In some ways it's just...

    What a wonderful album. In some ways it's just straightahead songs - but what straightahead songs! Music with deceptive sophistication underlying its apparent simplicity - enough sophistication to...
  24. I know what you mean; but at least he didn't use...

    I know what you mean; but at least he didn't use Synchro-Vox.

    I thought of Terry Gilliam, myself, except there weren't any engravings of Victorian officers saying "Blah blah bla-bla-bla-blah"
  25. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway Illustrated - Complete

    Here is Nathaniel Barlem's complete version of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Like his earlier version of "Supper's Ready", it consists mostly of static illustrations with a few bits of simple...
  26. I remember seeing a Canterbury band in Eugene, OR...

    I remember seeing a Canterbury band in Eugene, OR - maybe around then. It combined an old-hippie drummer with three considerably younger U of O jazz majors. Nothing earthshaking, but fun.
  27. Good news. Haven't heard much by these guys,...

    Good news.

    Haven't heard much by these guys, but they sound like a classic PD booking - unexpected, and probably excellent.
  28. It is classical music, though, of a sort....

    It is classical music, though, of a sort. Specifically, the Minimalist sort of classical music, which was already somewhat influenced by rock music in an deconstructed-by-art-school-graduates...
  29. Maybe because Emerson had enough influence from...

    Maybe because Emerson had enough influence from classical music, enough of a feel for it, and enough by-ear and by-playing-it understanding of its structure and harmony that "Tarkus" already worked...
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    Frank Zappa used one in his Grand Wazoo and Petit...

    Frank Zappa used one in his Grand Wazoo and Petit Wazoo big bands, played by Earle Dommler - who also played baritone oboe, as well as regular oboe, saxes, and clarinets.
  31. I'd have to agree with Uncle Steve. When a...

    I'd have to agree with Uncle Steve.

    When a classical ensemble plays actual rock, you usually get the weak points of both: compositionally slender music played without the energy and specific...
  32. Try the Bang-on-a-Can All-Stars. Almost all...

    Try the Bang-on-a-Can All-Stars.

    Almost all of their music includes the guitar of Mark Stewart, an experimentalist whose former "day job" was as Paul Simon's music director. A caution: Their...
  33. This just showed up on YouTube: It's Kenta...

    This just showed up on YouTube: It's Kenta Shimakawa live at the New School, with a band of his fellow students - probably his senior recital. Not complete tunes, just small excerpts, but it's cool...
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    Howe 3:16? From the Book of Howe? For "Owner of a...

    Howe 3:16? From the Book of Howe? For "Owner of a Lonely Heart"? I would not believe anything that man says about Yes.

    "Owner of a Lonely Heart" is, of course, from the Book of Rabin.
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    Interesting stuff indeed, although it sounds more...

    Interesting stuff indeed, although it sounds more like something from out on the experimental edge of hip-hop than anything resembling prog or country.
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    From what I've heard, Sully Erna has a reputation...

    From what I've heard, Sully Erna has a reputation as a talented but rather unpleasant guy. You might want to take anything he says with a whole shaker of salt.
  37. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61laaEZ5my8 ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61laaEZ5my8


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4I0qOVDJ8WA
  38. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3toBIpKNjJk ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3toBIpKNjJk


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QUjQyuSPDk


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqU6zRiU34Q
  39. Lucy in Blue (Icelandic prog/psych) on KEXP

    KEXP just posted a telecast of this relatively young, relatively new band. They sound quite a bit like Floyd to my ears, with an occasional detour into early Crimson territory - lots of (sampled)...
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    Bruuuuce is like Dylan; he writes about it, but...

    Bruuuuce is like Dylan; he writes about it, but didn't live all of it. (Some of it he did live, specifically a dozen-or-so years of poverty and his troubles with his dad.) Not living it but writing...
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    He's lumping rootsy, "authentic" music, like...

    He's lumping rootsy, "authentic" music, like Dylan, with art-school music like Bowie (and prog); then setting them against working-class music like Aerosmith. They're really three different things....
  42. Why Altamont? I know that was generally...

    Why Altamont?

    I know that was generally considered to be the final nail in the coffin of the hippie dream, of the youth revolution. Did they dislike prog because youth culture began to turn...
  43. The article came out two-and-a-half years ago. ...

    The article came out two-and-a-half years ago.

    When did the critical re-appraisal of prog start? Was it that recent, or did it start significantly earlier? To some extent, it may have been when...
  44. Only in Massachusetts - where they never entirely...

    Only in Massachusetts - where they never entirely disappeared - is it known as a rotary.
  45. Kelefa Sanneh, the author is an interesting guy;...

    Kelefa Sanneh, the author is an interesting guy; he's a black Englishman who has spent most of his life in the US, whose parents are college professors, and who has been a pop music critic for about...
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    Here's another video, just out. ...

    Here's another video, just out.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgpgtU-Y2dE
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    Notice that some of the guys standing up and...

    Notice that some of the guys standing up and cheering are real musicians - Dave Grohl, Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Chad Smith (Chili Peppers).
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    Not really a Rush fan - but PHOO!, the man could...

    Not really a Rush fan - but PHOO!, the man could play. A rare combination of complex orchestrated percussion, compositionally integrated into their songs as an equal third of the music, and pure rock...
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    FZ was my gateway to this music, too. Although...

    FZ was my gateway to this music, too. Although I'd had my interest started in weirdo stuff by my parents' old mono LP of the original Broadway cast version of The Threepenny Opera.
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    Neither am I. He got successful enough at the...

    Neither am I.

    He got successful enough at the time that he was always playing huge echoey halls. So he simplified his music; the more intricate material just turned into mush in those venues....
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    Very good suggestions. Although I would quibble...

    Very good suggestions. Although I would quibble that Studio Tan really comes from the same period as Roxy... and One Size..., not his late period. If you want late FZ, try Make a Jazz Noise Here -...
  52. Some important stuff you forgot: ...

    Some important stuff you forgot:

    https://www.spacejunkisforever.com/

    https://spacejunkisforever.bandcamp.com/


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5soCvr9RGEI

    Sounds like fun music. Well...
  53. Really. The technical and musical gibberish -...

    Really.

    The technical and musical gibberish - which IS total nonsense - but would fool anyone who doesn't know the the real jargon. The correct equipment setups, and correct stylistic parodies...
  54. Reminds me of an updated version of early ELP,...

    Reminds me of an updated version of early ELP, but with even more(!) technique. You can tell when the keyboardist is soloing; it's when what he's playing changes from Bartok to identifiable jazz...
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    It's the harmony, but it's also the sound - the...

    It's the harmony, but it's also the sound - the SD reference only really snapped into place when those background harmonies came in, and the SD sound almost always includes a horn section. And I...
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    This was clearly edited and repeats added, for...

    This was clearly edited and repeats added, for musical reasons. Although to really get the Steely Dan sound, they'd need a horn section as well.

    They should have done his "My uncle was at MIT"...
  57. The credits are a little hard to figure out. I...

    The credits are a little hard to figure out. I wonder whether he recorded these people all over the world (or maybe remotely over the Net), or if they were all friends of his from music school.

    On...
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    True, it's not really polished. RD's voice sounds...

    True, it's not really polished. RD's voice sounds like the bloke next door singing in the shower; his ability on the guitar may be solid and musical, but it certainly isn't flashy; and he's not more...
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    I met him about ten years ago, during a solo...

    I met him about ten years ago, during a solo tour. Quite a pleasant fellow, and writer of many excellent songs. I was a big Bonzos nut back in high school, and loved his contributions.

    And here's...
  60. Frank Zappa's "Five-Five-FIVE": ...

    Frank Zappa's "Five-Five-FIVE":


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzJ9960tqdE
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