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  1. Finished my second listen this afternoon and...

    Finished my second listen this afternoon and really enjoyed it. Some wonderfully fizzy, bizarre soundscaping. My favorite part is the last four-ish minutes of Region two, with the long repeated...
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    Yeah, much as I love National Health & Happy the...

    Yeah, much as I love National Health & Happy the Man, they weren't exactly setting the world on fire sales-wise. And this album is relatively sedate and pastoral even by prog standards, an odd fit...
  3. I've never heard of that! I'll have to check it...

    I've never heard of that! I'll have to check it out. Doesn't seem like anyone's that fond of it but I'm still curious.

    He did an album called "His Fleetwood Mac Years & Beyond" where he...
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    I need to remember to pick this up! Absolutely...

    I need to remember to pick this up! Absolutely loved The Wake, and in general have endless goodwill and fondness toward Voivod. Today's payday so I might hit up the local shop and see if they have a...
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    When my wife and I finished this one we had a...

    When my wife and I finished this one we had a strong desire to visit New Orleans, which is ironic because the New Orleans interview segment is mostly kids talking about the evils of the tourism...
  6. Yeah seems more like a regional tour. Is it...

    Yeah seems more like a regional tour.

    Is it just me or this press release unusually difficult to parse? It took me a couple readings to clarify that people wouldn't be asking Fripp...
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    The bass seemed unusually present in the mix to...

    The bass seemed unusually present in the mix to me relative to their other stuff, and a lot of the arrangements are much more focused on bass than usual (thinking here of the busy bass line in...
  8. I adore this period of Fleetwood Mac, way more so...

    I adore this period of Fleetwood Mac, way more so than the early pure blues or the Buckingham/Nicks material, and the 69-74 box set mentioned above was an occasion of joy. Honestly the albums are...
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    Very powerful vocal here, and I agree with the...

    Very powerful vocal here, and I agree with the other folks about the use of saxes. The synth background is very nicely constructed too, it gives the arrangement a sense of movement and complexity...
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    Midnight Rider - Allman Brothers Band

    Midnight Rider - Allman Brothers Band
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    Interesting! That song seems to generate a rather...

    Interesting! That song seems to generate a rather strong sense of revulsion in many people and I'd always assumed that was because it's long, repetitive and obscure (not meaning any of those...
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    Just discovered Magic Bus recently. I don't love...

    Just discovered Magic Bus recently. I don't love the band name but they have some great material. They do the neo-psychedelic thing in an earnest way that doesn't seem too mannered or too much like a...
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    I'd seen this cover but never listened to the...

    I'd seen this cover but never listened to the album until just now. I agree with the Sunset Wading comparisons to some extent, although the drumming has a surprisingly forceful quality relative to...
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    For awhile I kept a list of things that were rare...

    For awhile I kept a list of things that were rare or out of print so that if I died my wife would know what to sell on eBay and what to give to thrift stores. But enough things have gone in and out...
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    I don't like that song at all but I'd absolutely...

    I don't like that song at all but I'd absolutely love to read that article, but a Google search for "american pie psychiatrist playboy article" doesn't turn up much. Did you get a sense whether the...
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    I don't know how we're defining "viral" but...

    I don't know how we're defining "viral" but during the Genesis reunion tour I was a bit surprised more people weren't publicly condemning Illegal Alien.
  17. Thread: The Mars Volta

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    The new song is pretty neat; getting some Can...

    The new song is pretty neat; getting some Can vibes from the percussion at the beginning. It's much more concise and less noisy than I'd have expected, but it works well in the vein it's tapping....
  18. Thread: The Final Cut

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    Very much agreed about that transition. I...

    Very much agreed about that transition. I actually got rid of my original CD when I got the Discovery box and regret it somewhat now when I listen to that album.

    I do like Is This the Life etc....
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    Testament - Souls of Black Testament - The...

    Testament - Souls of Black
    Testament - The Ritual
    Testament - Low

    Just in the mood for subprime thrash today for some reason.
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    It's a cool effect! I've tinkered with various...

    It's a cool effect! I've tinkered with various things to try to get a plucked double bass effect in my own work, and haven't really found anything effective, so it was cool to hear.
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    Thanks for the review! Nice to be able to go into...

    Thanks for the review! Nice to be able to go into the first few listens with a more positive perspective in mind.
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    This is great, I love the low tones that start...

    This is great, I love the low tones that start around 0:32. Something discordant and jarring but soothing about them at the same time? Really striking effect. The writing in the piano has a very...
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    Looks like they're playing the Paramount in...

    Looks like they're playing the Paramount in Seattle in March 2023. Glad to see a Seattle date which seems to be increasingly neglected in itineraries of late. And the Paramount's a pretty good venue....
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    Really lush harmonies and some very fluid rhythms...

    Really lush harmonies and some very fluid rhythms in the drumming. Very impressive stuff, I'll have to check out more.
  25. Thread: YES new album?

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    You make a pretty compelling case. Sad but kind...

    You make a pretty compelling case. Sad but kind of touching they'd do that, especially knowing in hindsight the relatively short time he had left.
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    I love Meshuggah but haven't quite been able to...

    I love Meshuggah but haven't quite been able to stir myself to listen or purchase their new one. Maybe just because the ostensible variations in their catalog tend to be hard to hear; I wouldn't know...
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    Nice! The faked guitar solo is a pretty...

    Nice! The faked guitar solo is a pretty interesting effect, very creative. I like how it's sonically dreamy and atmospheric but uptempo at the same time.
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    Thanks for the recommendations! Something to add...

    Thanks for the recommendations! Something to add to the list for next time I have a big project at work.
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    I'm glad that you mentioned Neil Finn as an...

    I'm glad that you mentioned Neil Finn as an example. He's a very underrated songwriter here in the States. I can't think of anyone else who's so good at writing lyrics which at a first glance seem...
  30. Nice to hear from Adrian. I've never listened...

    Nice to hear from Adrian. I've never listened much to his solo material other than selections from the '80s stuff (my wife will still make random references to Big Electric Cat) but the interview...
  31. Thread: New Releases Only

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    Sticky: Pretty interesting song. Didn't grab me right off...

    Pretty interesting song. Didn't grab me right off the bat, but the multiple changes and dynamics won me over. Lots of ideas in a small space. Hope there's another post when the album comes because I...
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    Yeah I'd agree with that. Just seems like a thing...

    Yeah I'd agree with that. Just seems like a thing which happened organically without much of a story.
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    Doesn't change it in the quote though...

    Doesn't change it in the quote though...
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    Yeah likely my fave as well. Amazing soundscaping...

    Yeah likely my fave as well. Amazing soundscaping and performances, emotive but intelligent lyrics. I remember listening to my mom's vinyl copy of Security when I was 11 and being haunted and...
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    Nice! Something to add to the shopping list....

    Nice! Something to add to the shopping list. Thanks for the thoughts and recs everyone!
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    Yes this is exactly what I had in mind as far as...

    Yes this is exactly what I had in mind as far as what not to do. I still like the song OK.

    Even lyricists I respect can be more or less prone to cliche and stock phrases. Peter Hammill's later...
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    This was also an excellent time for albums which,...

    This was also an excellent time for albums which, while ostensibly rooted in punk/new wave/post-punk, had sonic or conceptual features which aligned just as much with progressive rock, even if the...
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    Interesting point! I've had trouble finding...

    Interesting point! I've had trouble finding affordable copies of the last several Al Stewart albums so perhaps this will be a bonus if I can't afford the actual box set.
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    I think you can kinda fit lyrics into four...

    I think you can kinda fit lyrics into four buckets, roughly: (1) lyrics which attempt to make a point, whether that's a social message, a philosophical idea, whatever. (2) lyrics which attempt to...
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    I have to admit I wasn't aware until now that...

    I have to admit I wasn't aware until now that Basque prog was a thing. Some very nice folky pastoral sounds, reminds me a bit of the second Harmonium album but without as much mellotron lushness....
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    Thanks! It annoys me that I misspelled "real." ...

    Thanks! It annoys me that I misspelled "real."

    Someone described to me how the song is used and I guess it's a plot device, like a talisman that gets used repeatedly? Suppposedly it gets driven...
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    This looks pretty interesting, Richard. I've been...

    This looks pretty interesting, Richard. I've been interested lately in working more with modular synths but it's such a potential money pit and something like this seems like a good way to mess...
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    I don't know that I've ever thought of her as...

    I don't know that I've ever thought of her as prog so much as prog-adjacent, in the sense of being someone who interacted with the prog rockers and shared an audience. The album with Wuthering...
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    I can always tell that there's more going on in...

    I can always tell that there's more going on in this album than I'm taking in. It's partly a matter of a crowded mix and partly a matter of my attention wandering during the weaker bits. It might be...
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    Thank you! I've never had the discipline to be an...

    Thank you! I've never had the discipline to be an accomplished instrumentalist but I do love melodic writing and trying to evoke moods.
  46. If there really is a new PG album then maybe...

    If there really is a new PG album then maybe it'll be a good cue to revisit Ovo. It's been years for me and I was never able to connect much with it, except in fits and starts. I was surprised to see...
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    Also really looking forward to this one. I've...

    Also really looking forward to this one. I've enjoyed the mellower non-squishy Cronenberg films but it's nice to see him go back to his surreal grossout roots.
  48. This is a lovely thing for Jon to do. These kids...

    This is a lovely thing for Jon to do. These kids seem a lot more comfortable in their skins than I was at their age.
  49. Yeah this is a good point, I hadn't thought about...

    Yeah this is a good point, I hadn't thought about it that way. I'm not usually a huge bootleg collector but I bought pretty much all of the big King Crimson box sets over the course of 2019 and while...
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    Oh yeah I forgot about him! He died when I was......

    Oh yeah I forgot about him! He died when I was... maybe ten years old, give or take, and I remember hearing all the adult Baha'is talking about it and thinking he had a weird name.
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    On a quick first read my brain combined title and...

    On a quick first read my brain combined title and description, so for a millisecond I thought there was a Doors song called "She Smells So Awful." Just looked this song up on YouTube and, yeah, guess...
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    I grew up in the Baha'i Faith and always felt an...

    I grew up in the Baha'i Faith and always felt an attachment to these guys becaue they were the only successful Baha'is in music (or show biz at all to my knowledge, other than Dwight from The...
  53. I listened to that just now and it's quite...

    I listened to that just now and it's quite pleasant, but not in a way where I can imagine reaching for it instead of the original.
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    Kind of interesting to speculate about which of...

    Kind of interesting to speculate about which of the four would be the hardest to convince. Bruford probably? He seems like he's leaning into retirement.
  55. Michael, I remember you in another thread saying...

    Michael, I remember you in another thread saying something like "my next album will be an abstract synth-noise symphony that will make Rat's Alley sound like Paula Abdul" or something like that...
  56. It's been long enough since I listened regularly...

    It's been long enough since I listened regularly to the radio that I'm not especially burned out on the overexposed classics. A couple of years ago I bought Moontan and was thrilled to discover that...
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    Yeah I was joking as well. As Tony Banks likes to...

    Yeah I was joking as well. As Tony Banks likes to remind us, a great short song is harder to write than a good long one.
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    I really enjoyed Censor! My sense of the ending...

    I really enjoyed Censor! My sense of the ending was that as the main character experienced a breakdown the world gradually began to resemble the types of movies she was censoring? Hence the aspect...
  59. What I've read is they didn't want to participate...

    What I've read is they didn't want to participate after they heard his version of Street Spirit. The unspoken second half of the sentence is "...and thought it sucked," though nobody quite says it. I...
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    Ha! I swear it's all true but I have no way of...

    Ha! I swear it's all true but I have no way of proving it I suppose except to direct you to all the pictures of New Mexico on my Instagram (admittedly none of Alan Parsons but I was having too much...
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