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  1. Responding to your two points in reverse: I...

    Responding to your two points in reverse: I agree wholeheartedly about dynamics. The best metal for me offers contrast and dynamics every ounce as thrilling as other progressive music. Cult of...
  2. :lol:horns Both the first two tracks from A...

    :lol:horns

    Both the first two tracks from A Dawn to Fear have amazing videos that form a mini-movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jD2EvFhxnQ

    The whole album is amazing, and is only bested...
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    I feel similarly about other Yes tunes, there's...

    I feel similarly about other Yes tunes, there's an intro that promises more than the actual song ultimately delivers for me: New Language (the Ladder), Miracle of Life (Union) spring to mind...
  4. Also: :horns

    Also: :horns
  5. One more, simply because I love the tune and love...

    One more, simply because I love the tune and love sharing it:

    The lyrics: https://www.musixmatch.com/lyrics/Cult-of-Luna/Lay-Your-Head-to-Rest


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMjBfHWrWsQ
  6. If I may offer a counterpoint...sometimes the...

    If I may offer a counterpoint...sometimes the style of singing (which I like) masks the actual content of the song. Many songs ARE angry. Others are unexpectedly poignant and beautiful.

    Just one...
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    Still enjoying the album after a few weeks. Some...

    Still enjoying the album after a few weeks. Some genuinely lovely tunes from the band in there.

    One minor note: I agree that Music to my Ears isn't exactly a highlight...but I actually think the...
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    Back to back shows at Rhizome a couple of weeks...

    Back to back shows at Rhizome a couple of weeks ago: Requiem, Hotel Neon, Christopher Tignor and Ensemble Volcanic Ash.

    It felt great, the bands were great, it was great.
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    Full honesty, I very very much prefer hearing all...

    Full honesty, I very very much prefer hearing all the stories behind albums like OYE, as opposed to listening to albums like OYE :up
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    What do I think? I think it's lovely. And can't...

    What do I think? I think it's lovely. And can't wait to hear the full album in due time :)

    Congratulations!
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    Strictly speaking, you mean the...

    Strictly speaking, you mean the AELHSBBCCFALFFFKLPVBWH songs on Union :up

    But I happen to like them too, yes.
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    Gave it a first listen yesterday. It's fine. ...

    Gave it a first listen yesterday. It's fine. Not going to be an all-time classic, but it feels like a Yes album to me, and there are various spots that I think are rather lovely moments. It lacks...
  13. Thread: VDGG box!

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    With no thanks whatsoever to the USPS, my box...

    With no thanks whatsoever to the USPS, my box finally arrived after it's ridiculously-long journey.

    The box was definitely jostled and several discs were loose. I checked everything, no scratches...
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    I don't know this for 100% certain but when the...

    I don't know this for 100% certain but when the album first surfaced I thought that was one that came from Rutherford rather than Banks. But I think it's a lovely song too, and it's hard to imagine...
  15. Thread: VDGG box!

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    Just because both hilarious and frustrating: ...

    Just because both hilarious and frustrating:

    Shipped from Wayside last week (thanks as ever, Steve!). Wayside is roughly 29 miles away from me. Arrived about a day and a half later at Dulles, 16...
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    Nifty :) Decided to try and kick my butt into...

    Nifty :)

    Decided to try and kick my butt into gear, spending some time diving into a few oddball pedals that I've got in the arsenal but rarely leveraged as much as I should: Hologram Microcosm,...
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    Heh, cute :)

    Heh, cute :)
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    Very cool...Digilogue is definitely more of the...

    Very cool...Digilogue is definitely more of the "digital" feel than earlier masterworks like Mohnomische or even What is Not True. But, it's also easier to find at a vastly more reasonable price ;)...
  19. Lovely stuff Richard! Thanks for sharing :)

    Lovely stuff Richard! Thanks for sharing :)
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    Yeah, that's the stuff I know most off all too. ...

    Yeah, that's the stuff I know most off all too. It's weird and super interesting and fun...didn't need to hear it all the time, but it absolutely had a home in my collection.
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    RIP Richard Kirk (Cabaret Voltaire)

    Too young.

    https://pitchfork.com/news/cabaret-voltaire-richard-h-kirk-dies-at-65/
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    Church Road is another favorite of mine from his...

    Church Road is another favorite of mine from his discography, definitely :up
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    That's one of the ones where I sprang for the...

    That's one of the ones where I sprang for the "fancy" edition just because. So I have the 3CD version in a cool metal box. It's fun.
  24. Oh, agreed 100% on that :up Regardless of my...

    Oh, agreed 100% on that :up

    Regardless of my feelings for or against RW's causes, targets and heroes...I personally feel his strength as a lyricist is nowhere near as subtle as it once was and...
  25. FFS people...what part of "keep politics out" do...

    FFS people...what part of "keep politics out" do you not understand?
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    By the way...for those who might have interest,...

    By the way...for those who might have interest, in late December VOD Records (Vinyl on Demand) are dropping the 3rd and final batch of :zoviet*france: reissues and unreleased items, both as a fancy...
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    Yep...got my pass, will see you peeps in...

    Yep...got my pass, will see you peeps in Knoxville :):up
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    Awesome, glad you dig that one :) It's among my...

    Awesome, glad you dig that one :) It's among my favorite DVOA albums. And since Storey guests on one track, technically that makes it a hidden Reformed Faction track too :)
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    The seating will hopefully be improved even more...

    The seating will hopefully be improved even more this year from prior years. I know at Mill + Mine, VIP seating was terrific. The Standard was a mixed bag. With the churches and the Bijou, it was...
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    15441 Only difference I can see is that by...

    15441

    Only difference I can see is that by default, checkout was Sunday and I moved the date to Monday so I wouldn't need to miss anything Sunday night.

    Either way? I'm happy to give...
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    So I'm going a different route with the hotel...

    So I'm going a different route with the hotel this year, and giving the Cumberland House a shot. It is on the Big Ears hotel list...it is technically 0.7 miles from the TN Theater, but is only a few...
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    Gotta say it: the plain version of the album is...

    Gotta say it: the plain version of the album is $27 with domestic shipping (not overseas). What happened to Inside Out saying this wouldn't be priced like a double album?
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    The falafel is a BIG draw. Ditto just the social...

    The falafel is a BIG draw. Ditto just the social aspect of seeing you fellow crazy peeps roaming in/around Knoxville. And there are definitely acts I'd like to see.

    I'll most likely swing...
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    Whoa, holy cow. RIP.

    Whoa, holy cow. RIP.
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    Don't let this floor you, Ian...but I'm in the...

    Don't let this floor you, Ian...but I'm in the same boat is Michael. I'll likely go ahead and go because it's Big Ears and I have lots of love. But the lineup isn't leaving me with my jaw on the...
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    Roli was always my least favorite of the...

    Roli was always my least favorite of the alternate MPE-enabled controllers, so I'm not exactly shedding high tears on this one...but it's still not awesome news. Here's hoping the other...
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    The official blurbs from the band themselves both...

    The official blurbs from the band themselves both in interviews and the associated promos?
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    In trying to be a man o' my word...checked 'em...

    In trying to be a man o' my word...checked 'em all out. Very very very much reminded me of Gaza which hopefully doesn't make me look like an doofwad for the comparison. And I am pretty darn fond of...
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    And as fate would have it, that's NOT one that I...

    And as fate would have it, that's NOT one that I already have. Which means I'll be correcting that oversight very, very, very soon :) :up
  40. MY GOD WITH THAT POSTURE DOING PUSHUPS HE'LL BE...

    MY GOD WITH THAT POSTURE DOING PUSHUPS HE'LL BE IN A WHEELCHAIR WITHIN 3 YEARS :lol
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    In all honesty I've not really thought much of...

    In all honesty I've not really thought much of prog/punk but not for dismissive reasons...simply already finding SO MUCH music to enjoy these days :up

    But, never bad to stretch out a bit and...
  42. A few random picks from the recent past: ...

    A few random picks from the recent past:

    Lustmord: Alter
    Fossil Aerosol Mining Project: Zombi Traditions
    Various Artists: The Beyond - Music Inspired by the Lucio Fulci Death Triology...
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    BTW :zoviet*france: isn't completely absent from...

    BTW :zoviet*france: isn't completely absent from Bandcamp...there is a single live release from a few years ago available from the dangerously-cool nostalgie de la boue label who specialize in...
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    Also, and you already know this Mike but...anyone...

    Also, and you already know this Mike but...anyone who digs the ZF classic era should check out Fossil Aerosol Mining Project which is definitely in similar territory but in general is a little easier...
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    ^^ I am guessing you had either the first album...

    ^^ I am guessing you had either the first album Garista or the first EP $oviet France (sometimes called Hessian due to the packaging). They are definitely weirder releases. I actually like them...
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    That is SUPER cool, thanks for sharing Mark!

    That is SUPER cool, thanks for sharing Mark!
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    It was a beautiful thing; one of the gents who...

    It was a beautiful thing; one of the gents who actually helped design the Xerxes offered to do it for free, as long as I covered the shipping. So it was just the cost of shipping to/from the west...
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    Heh, well...unfortunately my own "pandemic...

    Heh, well...unfortunately my own "pandemic anxiety" manifested as a massive creative block. I've had no interest in writing at all for the past 18 months or however long it's been. Mostly spent...
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    https://www.progressiveears.org/forum/showthread.p...

    https://www.progressiveears.org/forum/showthread.php/27561-New-First-solo-album-from-Tony-Kaye!?highlight=tony+kaye

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  50. For context: it IS sad. It's also not quite a...

    For context: it IS sad. It's also not quite a revelation. Almost exactly 11 years ago Collins mentioned having to tape drumsticks to his hands when trying to play on "Going Back."

    His health...
  51. Thread: Randoms

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    LOL I just was happy to see a future fellow...

    LOL I just was happy to see a future fellow follower :)
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    Yeah, that was cool shit Eric :horns Thanks as...

    Yeah, that was cool shit Eric :horns Thanks as always for sharing!

    I'm currently loving the hell out of the new Deafheaven (which isn't really metal but is still somehow 100% Deafheaven), also...
  53. Thread: Randoms

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    Glad to bring have another fan at the Unexplained...

    Glad to bring have another fan at the Unexplained Sounds party, Mike :) :up
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    Yep, that's exactly the one. And I'm sure that...

    Yep, that's exactly the one. And I'm sure that was a stressor on the vocal chords for sure :up
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    I was really surprised that Quiet Earth didn't...

    I was really surprised that Quiet Earth didn't end up in the medley or somewhere else in the set in 2007.
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    There was some detuning back in '92 as well, even...

    There was some detuning back in '92 as well, even on the newer tunes. There's one in the middle of "Driving the Last Spike" that still throws me a bit when I hear it.

    IMHO PC's voice most changed...
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    He's more than great, to me he and his drumming...

    He's more than great, to me he and his drumming are THE defining aspect of what gave Genesis their power onstage. No disrespect whatsoever to Banks and his solos + chords are a key aspect of the...
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    Among the lovely things about Invisible Touch is...

    Among the lovely things about Invisible Touch is that the tour gave us IMHO one of THE best old medleys the band has ever done. It's a goddamned Greek tragedy that it was never released officially. ...
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    No worries, it's all good :up

    No worries, it's all good :up
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    I think as a whole yes, everyone who jumped in...

    I think as a whole yes, everyone who jumped in especially early and got hit with dynamic pricing got badly gouged on the price. I actually understand and appreciate the model as a whole and why it...
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