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  1. Kendra Smith is a textbook case. Went completely...

    Kendra Smith is a textbook case. Went completely off the grid after releasing her excellent, and presciently titled, ‘Five Ways of Disappearing’.
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    Look up grit in the dictionary and there’s a...

    Look up grit in the dictionary and there’s a photo of Goodrow.

    Glad he’s going to a good home.
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    Collapsed under the weight of all those asterisks.

    Collapsed under the weight of all those asterisks.
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    Not the most elegant of victories perhaps but our...

    Not the most elegant of victories perhaps but our top guys were really starting to get run down. Glad the 3rd and 4th lines showed up big time!
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    If it had been a normal 82 game season with every...

    If it had been a normal 82 game season with every team playing everybody it would have affected only about 2 or 3 of the eventual playoff teams. The vast majority would have held the same ground...
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    Happy ending for some!

    Happy ending for some!
  7. In the same spirit, Good Vibrations. If it wasn’t...

    In the same spirit, Good Vibrations. If it wasn’t so thoroughly well-known...
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    I don’t usually post on RIP threads but... ...

    I don’t usually post on RIP threads but...

    Thank you Jon, for making my life better through the music.

    A totally unique, original artist.
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    I mean, we are ‘supposed’ to win but the Habs...

    I mean, we are ‘supposed’ to win but the Habs have absolutely nothing to lose and will be on a permanent high.

    Bolts are a little banged up- Kuch is still hurting, Stamkos is a shell of himself...
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    So, Price -- Vasilievsky... goalie fight!!!

    So, Price -- Vasilievsky... goalie fight!!!
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    Choked 2-0 lead and now Kuch is out. Not feeling...

    Choked 2-0 lead and now Kuch is out. Not feeling too good about the universe.
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    “We want Tampa!” You got Tampa.

    “We want Tampa!”

    You got Tampa.
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    Ok, here's the long-winded version (from a Bolts...

    Ok, here's the long-winded version (from a Bolts fan).

    First, there is no cap in the playoffs so nobody can be over the cap at this time.

    Second, the 18 million narrative is an exaggeration as...
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    Some fire in the Bolts-Isles game today.

    Some fire in the Bolts-Isles game today.
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    Not an auspicious opening by the Bolts. Looked...

    Not an auspicious opening by the Bolts. Looked like they were sitting back trying to analyze the Isles' strategy rather than actually playing.

    Isles have excellent depth.
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    Bolts :beer Getting out my popcorn for...

    Bolts :beer

    Getting out my popcorn for Bruins/Isles. Hope they beat the hell out of each other.
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    The Leafs and the playoffs. How do you explain...

    The Leafs and the playoffs. How do you explain it?

    They go together like peanut butter and opera.
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    I think it’s high time that the Panthers duly...

    I think it’s high time that the Panthers duly recognized Tampa Bay as The Champs and just roll over and quit like they are supposed to.

    Insubordinate bastards.
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    Even the intensity was intense in that Bolts game...

    Even the intensity was intense in that Bolts game -- almost gave me diarrhea. With Kuch back on the ice, and the Stammer one-timer threat -- the PP was night and day. Kuch and Point have some...
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    Stamkos injuries are always mysteries rivaling...

    Stamkos injuries are always mysteries rivaling those of the Taman Shud case. Kucherov is expected to jump right in but Stammer could be anytime from next week to ‘is considering retirement’.
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    Looks like all the PE nhl discussion is centered...

    Looks like all the PE nhl discussion is centered around the East. So, too, is much of the player-player animosity.

    In the mild-mannered central, Florida, Carolina, and my Bolts are in a 3 way...
  22. Stand back folks. I'll handle this one. In the...

    Stand back folks. I'll handle this one.

    In the Court of the Crimson King is widely considered to be the first fully-fledged 'Prog' album.

    However, this didn't occur in a vacuum. Several...
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    Picchio dal Pozzo’s s/t Tasavallan Presidenti -...

    Picchio dal Pozzo’s s/t
    Tasavallan Presidenti - Lambertland

    No matter how bad life may get, when I listen to these life is good.
  24. This one got my attention. Thanks.

    This one got my attention. Thanks.
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    Yeah, what’s up with that? Once is (possibly) a...

    Yeah, what’s up with that? Once is (possibly) a fluke but twice in a row...? May cost Vigneault his job.

    Must add that I don’t understand why Laf isn’t producing for you guys. One of the most...
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    Make up calls are often actually fairer than...

    Make up calls are often actually fairer than so-called 'by the book'. So much in hockey takes place on a continuum between allowable and penalizable that any hockey ref has to actually manage walking...
  27. Marc Anderson is a treat to watch. Enjoyed his...

    Marc Anderson is a treat to watch. Enjoyed his solo album, Timefish
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnAbEGUpBeQ
  28. I’m a fan. His last two releases however fall...

    I’m a fan.

    His last two releases however fall into what I’d describe as ‘compositionally dense but texturally easy on the ear’ if that makes any sense. The period spanning YR to The Fall of Us All...
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    Bolts score with 0.1 second left in overtime to...

    Bolts score with 0.1 second left in overtime to beat the Hawks. You just knew it was going to happen...
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    Because of division-only play. Whole league...

    Because of division-only play. Whole league standings mean very little.

    Hey, we all know that if the Leafs had to play Tampa and Boston, as they would normally, they'd be battling for a playoff...
  31. Guitarist Delville has a ominous, menacing tone....

    Guitarist Delville has a ominous, menacing tone. One of the more underrated stylists out there.
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    Late startin’ Covid drippin’ Dallas having the...

    Late startin’ Covid drippin’ Dallas having the best success so far.
  33. Japan is late - to begin the frontline...

    Japan is late - to begin the frontline vaccinations in late February.

    Rumor has it that officials are first planning a pre-meeting to determine the feasibility of holding a round table in which...
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    Watched it live from Japan. There were about 15...

    Watched it live from Japan. There were about 15 minutes in which Canada looked like deer in headlights and that was enough to seal it. US clearly has some top talent -- not a huge surprise IMO.
  35. My brain had a proggy Copernican revolution upon...

    My brain had a proggy Copernican revolution upon hearing Eno’s Another Green World when it first came out. A new road map had been laid out.

    Another personal leap came through Picchio Dal Pozzo’s...
  36. I much prefer his acoustic compositions to his...

    I much prefer his acoustic compositions to his more eclectic stuff so I’ll be in on this one.
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    Yup, completely cap related. Gaborik and Nilsson...

    Yup, completely cap related. Gaborik and Nilsson go on LTIR, and we shed two contracts, making us now completely cap compliant. We had to send a 2nd rounder too in order to ‘let Ottawa help us out’....
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    The Universe Inside- The Dream Syndicate Best...

    The Universe Inside- The Dream Syndicate

    Best 2020 album I heard.

    Groovin’, big back end, psych supreme. You cannot dislike this if you have a pulse.

    Sparks’ ‘A Steady Drip Drip Drip’ 2nd....
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    I’m up for anything as long as there are sticks,...

    I’m up for anything as long as there are sticks, skates, and scores. Grateful that they have a clear plan. Hockey gives my life 20% more meaning.

    Unfortunately, Kuch is done for the season for the...
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    Just heard of, and listened to this, a moment...

    Just heard of, and listened to this, a moment ago. Impressive indeed. Fresh and inventive without being abrasive or wearing out its welcome. Loads of variety without being capricious.

    Sometimes,...
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    And a track from my other ‘best album of 2020’,...

    And a track from my other ‘best album of 2020’, Sparks’ A Steady Drip Drip Drip:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jU-bWjDu-0

    Yes, they’ve still got it in their mid-70’s.
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    This: ...

    This:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FPmw-8Clj4

    And if it doesn’t get yer toe tappin, you ain’t got a pulse.
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    Like a more adult pop sound? Few do it better...

    Like a more adult pop sound? Few do it better than the Pernice Brothers. Although a lot of Joe Pernice's songs are a bit samey, the quality is consistent.

    ...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXwGX5Es9vM ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXwGX5Es9vM

    This New Pornographers track gets the adrenaline racing.
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    You know who deserves mention here as reliably...

    You know who deserves mention here as reliably good, modern, intelligent pop? The New Pornographers, that's who.

    Are there any better songwriters than A.C. Newman or singers than Neko Case out...
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    There are always grey areas when discussing...

    There are always grey areas when discussing musical genres, but what I mean by ‘straight up pop’ are those popular musicians who by no stretch could be called ‘prog’.

    I think of a template like...
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    Their album Two Wheels Good (aka Steve McQueen)...

    Their album Two Wheels Good (aka Steve McQueen) might be the greatest pop album ever produced. McAloon is/was a master craftsman.
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    In praise of straight up Pop

    Yeah yeah we’re all invested in ‘sophisticated’ and ‘complex’ here but cmon, fess up, sometimes some straight up smart, tight pop fills the prescription.

    I’m talking about people who could never,...
  49. One of the better post-millennial US bands ( I...

    One of the better post-millennial US bands ( I find most American prog-or-thereabouts bands too be a little too mannered, academic, or virtuoso indulgent). That said, Creatures is a bit uneven while...
  50. In short, no. For one thing, East Asian countries...

    In short, no. For one thing, East Asian countries are very up to date on scientific matters and the populations are, largely, scientifically literate. The type of superstition you mention might have...
  51. Here in Japan we have entered a third wave with...

    Here in Japan we have entered a third wave with numbers of cases over 1000 per day over the past week (previously it had hovered consistently at about 500 per). 1 or 2 per day in my prefecture in the...
  52. Absolutely standard procedure here in Japan. ...

    Absolutely standard procedure here in Japan.

    Only 1 new case in my prefecture in the past month, so not very hard to contact trace.

    This has been standard practice in all East Asian countries...
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    It’s like the long lost spawn of ‘Odyssey’ ...

    It’s like the long lost spawn of ‘Odyssey’

    Surprised me a bit too because recent efforts like Crime Scene and Melodic Warrior were, IMO, largely forgettable, the former unlistenable. By Rypdal...
  54. This was my first Caravan album too and while the...

    This was my first Caravan album too and while the fare is not proggy-prog, so what, I’m still quite fond of the general rock Circa 1975 on offer here. It takes skill to compose effectively across...
  55. These guys are the definition of...

    These guys are the definition of accessible/approachable yet complex and deep. Might be the best new 'prog-ish' band I've come across in a decade. Their talent deserves support.
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    :ipa Wearing my Stamkos hat during the game...

    :ipa Wearing my Stamkos hat during the game propels the Bolts to victory!

    All night boogie will ensue... :up
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    Stamkos’ goal was right out of a movie... As...

    Stamkos’ goal was right out of a movie...

    As for refs, I think their gaffes have been in both directions. As a Bolt fan I’ve felt more than a few instances of wtf these playoffs.
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    That OT goal was a huge relief. I got my stomach...

    That OT goal was a huge relief. I got my stomach tied in knots watching the Bolts not manage to score despite having so many chances and figured that game 6 would end as game 5 on some NYI...
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    Aka Moon

    I've never heard anything by this Belgian 'jazz' trio that doesn't sound less than fresh. And if you are a sonics freak, their stuff can't be beat.

    ...
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    I bought it based upon the feature here plus...

    I bought it based upon the feature here plus listening to 'The Invisible Man'. Mixed feelings. There is a substrata of prog that bleeds earnest young men battling existential crises that might...
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