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    This has always felt like the height of cool for...

    This has always felt like the height of cool for me though others may disagree:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdQiSGb4Luw
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    My instinct is to cut this one a bit of slack...

    My instinct is to cut this one a bit of slack because it's old enough to predate the establishment of the cliche. Probably the least striking line in what's otherwise an all-time great verse, though.
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    Or how something like 65% of all uses of the word...

    Or how something like 65% of all uses of the word "strife" in the English language are by people who need a rhyme for "life"
  4. Thread: Band Mascots

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    What an exciting mascot! I don't know why more...

    What an exciting mascot! I don't know why more sports teams don't use that.
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    I tried a Touch and it seemed overly complicated...

    I tried a Touch and it seemed overly complicated and fragile to me, and oddly low in memory relative to the Classics (at least the one I had). I live somewhere with patchy Internet and wi-fi so I've...
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    Cool song, some very interesting background...

    Cool song, some very interesting background sounds there that sound a bit like wordless vocals? Or some kind of synth patch? They add a neat mood.
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    Yeah! If you stripped the drums out and replaced...

    Yeah! If you stripped the drums out and replaced them with, like, quarter notes on a very quiet ride, then ran everything through so much reverb it sounded like it was being played at the bottom of a...
  8. Thread: King Crimson News

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    I hadn't caught this interview and found it quite...

    I hadn't caught this interview and found it quite interesting; thanks much for posting.
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    I joined several prog groups on FB last year and...

    I joined several prog groups on FB last year and they're mostly quite underwhelming. I tried posting a couple of discussion questions and generated a fair amount of pushback along the lines of...
  10. I admire the depth of song selection here. I...

    I admire the depth of song selection here. I actually had to Google a couple of the titles. Excellent to see the inclusion of the Bowness/Chilvers track; I love Tim Bowness quite dearly. I haven't...
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    Really well-crafted and finely detailed song. I...

    Really well-crafted and finely detailed song. I love the way you've layered your backing vocals, and how different styles play off against each other during the chorus. The bass tone sounds great and...
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    Definitely an enjoyable listen, diverse and also...

    Definitely an enjoyable listen, diverse and also a bit more melodic and full-sounding than I was expecting given that a lot of soundtracks tend to be more ambient or fragmentary. It's interesting to...
  13. Thread: Stomu Yamash'ta

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    Sounds appealing, I love Gilli's space whispers....

    Sounds appealing, I love Gilli's space whispers. I've never listened to any Yamash'ta but I saw that set in the Cherry Red email newsletter and he seems like he might be a fun one for a deep dive.
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    Great review -- thanks much for sharing. I...

    Great review -- thanks much for sharing.

    I bought a ticket for this exact show and then realized the next morning that my passport was expired (I live south of Seattle). Quite disappointing. Not...
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    Yep. In the same category as people who write a...

    Yep. In the same category as people who write a line ending in "world" and then have to find some way to have the next line end in the world "girl," or vice versa. Also the pattern of stresses...
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    Here's a blog post from him about how that...

    Here's a blog post from him about how that occurred: https://martywillson-piper.com/bands-projects/anekdoten/
  17. Never heard this band and I'll likely pick up the...

    Never heard this band and I'll likely pick up the set but the cover makes me so sad! Poor bunny. I know it's nature's way but still.
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    Love these guys. I'm not usually that big on...

    Love these guys. I'm not usually that big on neo-prog and have struggled to connect with other Swedish things like Anglagard, but I've always got time for Anekdoten. I'm a little bit late to the...
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    Sad that Schulze is gone but I've been listening...

    Sad that Schulze is gone but I've been listening to Moondawn per its featured album spot and really enjoyed it for all the reasons people have noted in tribute to it there. Glad I finally got around...
  20. Thread: YES new album?

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    One new album would piss me off. Well, not piss...

    One new album would piss me off. Well, not piss me off, but I'd ignore it. But ten new albums, at this advanced phase in their career, would be so odd and unexpected that I'd be perversely delighted...
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    That's totally reasonable and makes a lot of...

    That's totally reasonable and makes a lot of sense; as a couple of other commenters below have noted, I was misconstruing that as a comment on material, not production. Is that difference still...
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    When the subject of live drumming in electronica...

    When the subject of live drumming in electronica came up, I was wondering if someone would mention The Synthesist -- I love that album, for exactly that same blend of synth textures and live...
  23. Yeah maybe this is too obvious a point but...

    Yeah maybe this is too obvious a point but Crimson "ended forever" in 1974. Granted, Fripp is a bit older now, and that could make a difference.

    Having just finished reading In the Court of King...
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    If we've reached a point where any classic...

    If we've reached a point where any classic Beatles-related material is considered too inaccessible for the kids then that has to be some kind of event horizon or inflection point for the decline of...
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    Didn't happen to dip back into this thread 'til...

    Didn't happen to dip back into this thread 'til now but I'm subscribed to your YT channel so hopefully the algorithm lets me know as other things come up.
  26. I've never listened to much Span but I have a...

    I've never listened to much Span but I have a good friend who swears by their first album and I've liked the bits I've heard. Quite a deal at $60. A likely purchase for me; thanks for the tip.
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    I was curious about how it had been received...

    I was curious about how it had been received here, not having been a member at the time it came out. My memory was that it got some very enthusiastic reviews and seemed like it sold well. Reading...
  28. Thread: New Releases Only

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    Sticky: Oh wow! Glad I dug back a bit into this thread...

    Oh wow! Glad I dug back a bit into this thread and saw this had been posted. I loved Antiphon and it seemed as though they'd quietly vanished after that.
  29. I'll have to give it a couple more listens then!...

    I'll have to give it a couple more listens then! My main recollection of it is (a) wow lotta synth and (b) most of the booklet being an advertisement for a label which seemed entirely focused on '80s...
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    I bought Leg End in 2011ish and never clicked...

    I bought Leg End in 2011ish and never clicked with it, but kept it around because I could tell there was something there. One of my pandemic projects in summer 2020 was to buy the Cow Box Redux and...
  31. I've heard very mixed things about this period of...

    I've heard very mixed things about this period of Bardens's work but when it's all in a convenient set like this how can you resist. The only solo Bardens I've heard is Seen One Earth, which has some...
  32. Agreed. No west coast? I'd drive to Portland or...

    Agreed. No west coast? I'd drive to Portland or BC.
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    Saw the Albuquerque show April 17, basically by...

    Saw the Albuquerque show April 17, basically by accident. My wife and I were in town that night on the way to Santa Fe and weren't sure what to do with ourselves because the Rattlesnake Museum was...
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    I didn't connect with The Future Bites at all, so...

    I didn't connect with The Future Bites at all, so I may feel some guilt when I read this. Hate to make SW sad, though it looks from other responses like I wasn't the only one. Currently finishing a...
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    Yeah that struck me as the big omission too,...

    Yeah that struck me as the big omission too, especially since that song is obscure enough that I'm always happy to see it get more exposure.
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    I think the shortness helps. GG are a band where...

    I think the shortness helps. GG are a band where so much is happening in such a condensed space that a short album sometimes helps with ease of digestion. You could probably convince me that every GG...
  37. Thread: Anti-war albums

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    Yeah if it weren't for The Final Cut I may have...

    Yeah if it weren't for The Final Cut I may have gone my whole life without knowing the Falklands War even happened.
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    Yeah hearing this one made me an instant fan. I'd...

    Yeah hearing this one made me an instant fan. I'd heard the name Camel tossed around for years but didn't happen to listen to them until I was about 25. This had that kind of immediate...
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    Yeah my anecdotal experience would be that Rush...

    Yeah my anecdotal experience would be that Rush has a high percentage of fans who don't especially like other prog bands, or even have a clear sense of the term "progressive rock." There's an episode...
  40. And you're a hero for this

    And you're a hero for this
  41. Thread: Anti-war albums

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    I have to admit I've never understood the hate. I...

    I have to admit I've never understood the hate. I know it's basically a Waters solo album but the individual songs are catchy and articulate, and the tone & content are more compelling than Pros &...
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    I have been enjoying indeed!

    I have been enjoying indeed!
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    Saw that at the Film Society this past weekend....

    Saw that at the Film Society this past weekend. Really subtle and nuanced character work from Olivia Colman. Remarkably engaging for a film in which almost nothing happens, at least in the film's...
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    I guess that's a lesson in how much work timbre...

    I guess that's a lesson in how much work timbre of sound can do in conveying emotion.
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    I've actually been in the process of doing a...

    I've actually been in the process of doing a YouTube series on exactly this topic: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfOVgIQRvmhwlact4FqKs_pEe2NC6BvJ-

    It's been an arduous process and I was...
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    I like the song Mary quite a lot, but that trick...

    I like the song Mary quite a lot, but that trick with the font is admittedly pretty funny and does capture the cadence of how the line was delivered. I do find the warning about the ice age annoying...
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    Not that it matters at all really but I believe...

    Not that it matters at all really but I believe it was just a nomination: https://www.grammy.com/artists/genesis/16321
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    These are both great -- I thought the...

    These are both great -- I thought the retro-electronic vibes of the original were quite fun and gave it a great atmosphere, but the later version feels more emotional.
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    Fantastic Moog solo, I love it! Short but sweet....

    Fantastic Moog solo, I love it! Short but sweet. The drums drive things along pretty well too despite being, I assume, an early drum machine.
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    Got my copy of PE member Michael P Dawson's...

    Got my copy of PE member Michael P Dawson's latest Rat's Alley the other day and listened to it today. He was also kind enough to throw in a copy of his earlier release The Brandnewbug Concertos and...
  51. Thread: Unexpected Prog

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    Ha! I'll bet the producer who made that choice...

    Ha! I'll bet the producer who made that choice was very, very pleased with himself.
  52. I think I knew most of the general story but some...

    I think I knew most of the general story but some interesting details to be found here. I'd heard the cover of Strawberry Fields but didn't know where it came from. I only discovered Peter's...
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    Ha! Yeah that's a fair way of looking at it. ...

    Ha! Yeah that's a fair way of looking at it.

    Plus with sports there are clear metrics of success that can be used to rank people; with music you have the metric of sales but that's controversial...
  54. I've never heard of Quazi's The Cookies of...

    I've never heard of Quazi's The Cookies of Discontent but the cover art and track list are quite intriguing, though perhaps not $100 worth of intriguing.
  55. I keep hearing reference to this tour and...

    I keep hearing reference to this tour and panicking, thinking maybe I forgot the date and missed it. Then I check the date and remember that my ticket is for the last stop. Nice to prolong the sense...
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    The part about youth and perspective is key, I...

    The part about youth and perspective is key, I think. When I look back on how shallow and selfish I was at 24 or 25 I'm quite humiliated, and that was in the context of a life with basically no...
  57. This morning I was reading All-Music Guide and...

    This morning I was reading All-Music Guide and there's an interview with someone named Madi Diaz who's described as an "indie-pop singer-songwriter," who has this to say about bands she likes outside...
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    I think that interview is in the extras for the 2008 box, isn't it? It's funny, I got Lamb when I was 12, on a cassette copy with no liner notes, so I did't know it was a concept album -- I didn't...
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    They won for the video, too, not the song itself....

    They won for the video, too, not the song itself. Not something you can really even read as a compliment to the band. Not a song I'd rank that high in their catalog but I like it well enough. God...
  60. Alright, they included Heroes No More! I'll go...

    Alright, they included Heroes No More! I'll go slip in that preorder. Sounds like a couple other people have Heroes No More on their versions but I have the compilation I Lost My Head: The Albums...
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