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    I understand :) :up Sorry if I sounded like I...

    I understand :) :up Sorry if I sounded like I was suggesting you were causing a divide (you clearly weren't)...I was just musing out loud.
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    I dunno...I suspect the Genesis fanbase circa,...

    I dunno...I suspect the Genesis fanbase circa, say, 1986 was pretty darn well divided. Old fans gagging themselves in horror while new fans were happy for the old medley in concert so they had a...
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    Nothing funny about it at all, it's frankly...

    Nothing funny about it at all, it's frankly natural. Any band that pretty dramatically shifts their sound is going to polarize the fanbase to some degree. Nothing wrong with that, but old fans are...
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    Cult of Luna is amazing, and their new album...

    Cult of Luna is amazing, and their new album sounds like Swans gone full metal. Easily in my top 10 of the year.

    Floating Spectrum is ambient electronics with an abstract, "west coast" edge. ...
  5. Looks like replacement discs are coming for those...

    Looks like replacement discs are coming for those who were affected (one of my discs is definitely showing signs):
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    I think this also came up in The Later Years...

    I think this also came up in The Later Years thread, but there has been an acknowledged issue with some of the blu ray discs in the big Early Years set. Looks like the label has acknowledged this...
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    ^^^ Yep, both of those are grand projects.

    ^^^ Yep, both of those are grand projects.
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    I can't see this NOT going over really, really...

    I can't see this NOT going over really, really well with many folks here. Wishing you lots of success :up :up
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    Sounding really excellent, Jacob. Excited to get...

    Sounding really excellent, Jacob. Excited to get my hands on the album in the not-too-distant future :)
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    Mattias is always awesome and this show/band was...

    Mattias is always awesome and this show/band was no exception :) It was a great show and a great time.

    Listened to Cult of Luna, Floating Spectrum, and Starcadian on the drive. I thought about...
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    Crap, sorry...that was a bit short of me I...

    Crap, sorry...that was a bit short of me I suppose.

    The opener were okay. Good at what they did, which was instrumental prog rock. It went a bit long for me and the songs IMHO lacked focus; they...
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    So...random musings about MPE (...

    So...random musings about MPE ( https://support.roli.com/support/solutions/articles/36000027933-what-is-mpe- )

    MPE is amazing, it's basically like MIDI+ and enables you to use multiple gestures...
  13. Seeing the DC show :up

    Seeing the DC show :up
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    +1 on Steve's comments...it was a great night,...

    +1 on Steve's comments...it was a great night, you guys were awesome :D
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    I do have it. It's a pleasant enough listen (I...

    I do have it. It's a pleasant enough listen (I know the subject matter isn't exactly something one would call "pleasant" but I mean the overall musical atmosphere ;) ). I personally find it less...
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    I am someone who feels strongly that Opeth's...

    I am someone who feels strongly that Opeth's mixes of late are not good. I do not think this is a loudness problem.

    Loudness issues usually result in overemphasis on highs, or shrill tone because...
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    His voice is fantastic. Speaking strictly for...

    His voice is fantastic. Speaking strictly for myself, I wish he had a better musical foundation behind it. This is the one he wants and loves, and I'm very happy for him and his success.
  18. The most centrally-located hotel is probably...

    The most centrally-located hotel is probably Crowne Plaza, especially since a sizable number of acts are at the new Mill + Mine location in that direction. Hilton is a bit further, but also closer...
  19. Folks Who May Be Going But Are Buying With The...

    Folks Who May Be Going But Are Buying With The General OnSale:

    In various places I've misspoken and said tix go onsale this Friday. Not true: it's tomorrow, 10/10.

    And now you know :up
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    https://youtu.be/cdfUkrbNvwA?t=1269 ...

    https://youtu.be/cdfUkrbNvwA?t=1269




    ...anyhoo, I did spring for a digital copy of the (DAMN CRAZY) Swedish version of the album. Haven't had the urge to put it on yet but will do so one of...
  21. Mark, the email went out to previous festival...

    Mark, the email went out to previous festival attendees (any ticket level) around noon yesterday and included a link to buy tickets ahead of the general onsale date this Friday.

    I got the same...
  22. I don't know if any other hotels near downtown...

    I don't know if any other hotels near downtown Knoxville have Big Ears rates, beyond the ones listed. I checked hotels.com and several came up, including Crown Plaza...but the rates were all higher...
  23. There are others, for sure :up

    There are others, for sure :up
  24. I dunno about Crowne Plaza but I was just poking...

    I dunno about Crowne Plaza but I was just poking around the Hilton Knoxville rates...looks like the Big Ears rate is about $20-30 less than the same rate for another non-holiday weekend.

    The...
  25. Will do! I'm going to give my wallet a rest for...

    Will do! I'm going to give my wallet a rest for at least a day or two first ;)
  26. Ticket bought!

    Ticket bought!
  27. I'm pretty sure you'd love Sarah Davachi and DUST...

    I'm pretty sure you'd love Sarah Davachi and DUST as well :)
  28. Oh yeah! Almost overlooked Shabaka :) ...

    Oh yeah! Almost overlooked Shabaka :)

    Thundercat is a wildcard for me...I've sampled the tunes before, good stuff but hasn't really held my attention. If I've got the opening and they're...
  29. Big Ears 2020 (March 2020) - Initial lineup info

    https://bigearsfestival.org/lineup/

    Prog Ears apparently has an issue with my uploading a (resized to < 200 kb) JPG from my computer, and the version online is WAY too big to include here. So...
  30. new Deathprod album "Occulting Disk" coming later this month (!)

    Realized earlier that I haven't chucked a fast-sinking stone into this proverbial pond in a while, and maybe this has been mentioned elsewhere but...holy god Deathprod is back with a new album.
    ...
  31. No lump or eye mist for me, but regardless it was...

    No lump or eye mist for me, but regardless it was a lovely and fitting tribute well performed.
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    If the sound quality isn't much better than...

    If the sound quality isn't much better than Sorceress then I'm happy to leave this one unpurchased/unheard.
  33. Hmmmmm...a Saturday trip to Richmond might be...

    Hmmmmm...a Saturday trip to Richmond might be doable to see Rattlemouth again :)
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    Yeah, but it worked for me so clearly THAT theory...

    Yeah, but it worked for me so clearly THAT theory goes right out the window ...

    :lol

    I really like the track. Looking forward to seeing you fine peeps @ Orion in the not-too-distant future :up
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    Massive Attack - 9/24 FWIW - if you're a fan...

    Massive Attack - 9/24

    FWIW - if you're a fan of Mezzanine, try to catch this tour. They sound great, and both Horace Andy AND Elizabeth "holy crap they actually got her onstage" Frazer are with...
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    Their B3 software synth, does yes. This is a...

    Their B3 software synth, does yes. This is a pretty terrible demo overall (very 90's builtin keyboard demo-esque), but the sound of the B3 is definitely there and a fair "quickie" overview of what...
  37. Thread: Big Ears 2019

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    LOLOL

    LOLOL
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    :lol

    :lol
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    Big Ears 2020: Lineup coming 10/8 Tickets on...

    Big Ears 2020:

    Lineup coming 10/8
    Tickets on sale 10/10
    Debt Collectors coming 10/31
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    Opened in theaters last week (I presume it was a...

    Opened in theaters last week (I presume it was a wide release). I saw it at the IMAX theater near my home.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsCNKuB93BA
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    Ad Astra - if you've ever worked with someone who...

    Ad Astra - if you've ever worked with someone who had trouble "getting to the point" with a story, instead going down endless tangents and cul de sacs and only sometimes reaching the whole point of...
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    You can also look at something that has a close...

    You can also look at something that has a close coupling between hard+soft synth options, like an Arturia Keylab. The controller has lots of sliders and other hands-on controls, and is paired with...
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    Oh...his solo album was called Mid Air and came...

    Oh...his solo album was called Mid Air and came out in 2012. To me it is closer to Peace at Last but still nice :up
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    Love, love, love Hats but also a fair bit of...

    Love, love, love Hats but also a fair bit of High. Paul Buchanan's solo album is pretty cool too.
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    Ddöskalle!!

    Ddöskalle!!
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    Meris pedals are amazeballs, IMHO. I have the...

    Meris pedals are amazeballs, IMHO. I have the Mercury7 and it is my absolute go-to for big shimmering reverbs. The Polymoon is the a blend of a cool delay, phaser/flanger, and even rudimentary...
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    Orion? I've heard of that place! Guess maybe I...

    Orion? I've heard of that place! Guess maybe I should try and go :D
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    Howdy - I don't have personal experience with...

    Howdy - I don't have personal experience with this specific pedal, but I have three other Meris pedals and absolutely swear by them:

    https://www.meris.us/product/enzo/
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    I'm waffling on the Hydra to be honest. It's an...

    I'm waffling on the Hydra to be honest. It's an AMAZING set of features, especially performance controls. But it's only 49 keys and apparently the ribbon doesn't work as well with my DDRM so while...
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    ASM is a new company, but one of the dudes is...

    ASM is a new company, but one of the dudes is from Arturia if memory serves...so, it's highly likely this will have strong software support as well.
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    How about something a tad more reasonable, but...

    How about something a tad more reasonable, but also pretty remarkably stacked with features?
    ...
  52. In truth, if this was about generating funds then...

    In truth, if this was about generating funds then it would have been a physical release in a big fancy package to try and lure collectors back to the well.

    The overwhelming majority of buyers for...
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    I think I saw somewhere that within the last...

    I think I saw somewhere that within the last week, every song from Fear Inoculum was in the Billboard Top 100 or the like.

    I know it's as much a statement on the greatly-weakened state of the...
  54. The album is on Spotify and apparently also...

    The album is on Spotify and apparently also "officially" on YouTube. Which means both Gabriel and his label have accepted that they aren't getting much coin for this release (although they'll make...
  55. Ok, well...you and I care so I'm still gonna put...

    Ok, well...you and I care so I'm still gonna put this here :lol It's the newly-dropped full trailer for Blood Machines (with new Carpenter Brut music!):

    ...
  56. So did I, although based on a few recordings I...

    So did I, although based on a few recordings I heard on YT I don't think I have an issue with what he did on Echoes either.
  57. I will ask them :D Hey - *I* am there, so it's...

    I will ask them :D

    Hey - *I* am there, so it's all good by me ;)

    Thanks so much for the clarification Steve!
  58. Steve - just for asking, Henry Kaiser's just...

    Steve - just for asking, Henry Kaiser's just doing the two Rhizome dates?

    Ran into a friend @ Progday who is very interested in seeing him (the phrase "bucket list" might even have been used)...
  59. OH YES...Manic has been their default...

    OH YES...Manic has been their default encore/closer for a couple of years now and it NEVER fails to put a smile on my face. They are just so much fun.
  60. I'm most fond of Goblin Rebirth ... and that...

    I'm most fond of Goblin Rebirth ... and that lineup's setlist when they came through on tour was FANTASTIC.

    But, I'd say all three are pretty solid overall.
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