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    “Licorice fish with wings.” Best lyrics to any...

    “Licorice fish with wings.” Best lyrics to any song EVER!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs-RGs3ArMM
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    If you like KBB, also try ptf, a more recent band...

    If you like KBB, also try ptf, a more recent band in a similar vein.
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  4. Thread: WTF covers

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    The Buena Vista High Symphonic and Show Band from...

    The Buena Vista High Symphonic and Show Band from Sierra Vista, AZ attempt themes from Rick Wakeman’s The Six Wives of Henry VIII, with a Crumar synthesizer and the usual woozy junior orchestra....
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    I have the first one on CD. I didn’t even know...

    I have the first one on CD. I didn’t even know there was a second. I remember picking the disc up on the strength of the singled “Holiday” and “We Are What We Are.” Overall, kind of B-52s-lite.
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    There was a lot of overlap on those early albums....

    There was a lot of overlap on those early albums. Lots of recording and re-recording of tracks. A lot of their most popular “hits” can be found on their first three studio discs—the self-titled...
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    Has the Spizz canon been mentioned yet? “Where’s...

    Has the Spizz canon been mentioned yet? “Where’s Captain Kirk?” is the song everyone mentions, likely more due to the pop-culture reference than any quality, but I vastly prefer the Athletico Spizz...
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    I went out to Pleasanton Ridge a while back,...

    I went out to Pleasanton Ridge a while back, which I had been avoiding, figuring it was “just another oak woodland park.” Which it totally is. What they don’t tell you is that there is extreme...
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    Oh, and going back to Nat King Cole from the...

    Oh, and going back to Nat King Cole from the first page, there’s this beauty:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9X9Cn136g0
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    A recent discovery and new favorite, from...

    A recent discovery and new favorite, from Japanese singer-songwriter Hiroko Taniyama. “Kawa no hotori ni (Two by the Riverside)”:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7skj8Ae8TCQ
  11. Thread: Yacht Rock

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    Yacht Rock “deep track” from a short lived...

    Yacht Rock “deep track” from a short lived “supergroup” (if you consider a group with ex-members of Appaloosa and Cactus to be “super”):


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lgQvVObWBw
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    I’m a bit surprised Angel’ in Heavy Syrup has not...

    I’m a bit surprised Angel’ in Heavy Syrup has not been mentioned.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCNCTHp0qBY
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    A second vote for “Kentucky Rain.” Elvis’ stuff...

    A second vote for “Kentucky Rain.” Elvis’ stuff that ensued in the wake of the 1968 NBC special (up to about 1971) was some of his best, classiest stuff. “Suspicious Minds” is another excellent...
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    I only knew him as a member of the German AOR...

    I only knew him as a member of the German AOR band Lake. I had no idea he had a solo career.
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    Casiopea is one of those bands that are a big...

    Casiopea is one of those bands that are a big time guilty pleasure. Total cheesy “Weather Channel music,” but I don’t know, they are just so irresistible. Big time chops mixed in with sugar-sweet...
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    Warning/notice: this is nothing like the rest of...

    Warning/notice: this is nothing like the rest of the album


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b45oNDytbW0
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    I used to have multiple albums by them. I...

    I used to have multiple albums by them. I realized that’s way too many with a band whose albums all more or less sound the same. And laughing at the completely ridiculous narration (“OH GOD! OH MY...
  18. I wouldn’t call them prog, but they were...

    I wouldn’t call them prog, but they were definitely progressive in the way that they integrated synthesizers and other electronic sounds into their music in a way that distinguished them from earlier...
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    http://e.snmc.io/i/300/s/e7c3166259c4fe71ad41db0d3...

    http://e.snmc.io/i/300/s/e7c3166259c4fe71ad41db0d38eda423/1461318
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    Annie also does a lovely version of “Downtown...

    Annie also does a lovely version of “Downtown Lights” on her Medusa album.
  21. When are we going to get to Rare Bird’s “Epic...

    When are we going to get to Rare Bird’s “Epic Forest”? That one’s always great for starting arguments.
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    http://e.snmc.io/i/300/s/8469fb49bb41aa064cca502f5...

    http://e.snmc.io/i/300/s/8469fb49bb41aa064cca502f57c825f9/2555175
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    Hats is a classic, a great mellow-out album with...

    Hats is a classic, a great mellow-out album with fantastic mood and excellent songs (“Headlights on the Parade” and “Downtown Lights” are particular favorites). I don’t love A Walk Across the...
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    The Movies: India I think this swan dive into...

    The Movies: India

    I think this swan dive into the crazy world of new wave/power pop is the best thing this venerable Cambridge band ever did (followed closely by the underrated follow-up,Motor...
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    My new favorite line to quote out of context:...

    My new favorite line to quote out of context: “Warner Miller hugs ‘Wood Pulp’”
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    ↑Shame on me for forgetting that one!

    ↑Shame on me for forgetting that one!
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGYle3w-JvU ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGYle3w-JvU

    There’s also this version of that John Greaves song that’s worthwhile:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nreB-d-cJM
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    With Flight I hear Gentle Giant, some solo Chick...

    With Flight I hear Gentle Giant, some solo Chick Corea (The Leprechaun-Mad Hatter era), maybe some early Gino Vannelli. With O&FB I hear the aforementioned Todd Rundgren, Ambrosia, ELO, various other...
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    Geff Harrison is only on part of the opening...

    Geff Harrison is only on part of the opening track of Between the Universes. I generally like his voice, but his voice is wrong for that track (the addition of a choir isn’t helping his case). I...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub9oguLB8-s ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub9oguLB8-s

    Every once in a while, the Youtube recommendations algorithm will come up with something worthwhile. Incredible that buried treasure like this was...
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    I’ve been getting way into the Japanese “city...

    I’ve been getting way into the Japanese “city pop” sound of late. It’s slicker than an oil spill, but so smooth...


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQ9pmFMc5oM

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    It’s not “simple”—in fact it’s about as...

    It’s not “simple”—in fact it’s about as complicated as pop gets with all those multiple layers and a near five-minute running time—but it is undeniably great. I think it’s their masterpiece,...
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    I was once acquainted with this old Broadway...

    I was once acquainted with this old Broadway theater queen who was obsessed with Bigsmørgåsbördwünderwerk, which he claims is one of the best Broadway shows he has ever seen. And yes, they actually...
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    I am absolutely baffled by the two lines following the “dreaming about her” bit. Their heavy Dutch accents are NOT helping my comprehension. I am pretty sure I hear “other” pronounced as “uzzer” in...
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    White Willow is highly recommended! Their newest...

    White Willow is highly recommended! Their newest two albums (Terminal Twilight and Future Hopes) are the best I have heard from them. Mattias Olsson’s extremely dense and “wet” production on these...
  36. Thread: Birders

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    Spotted a green heron at Fremont’s Lake...

    Spotted a green heron at Fremont’s Lake Elizabeth. Probably not the best photos you’ll ever see, but at least you can tell what it is:

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    She played actual gigs? I thought she just played...

    She played actual gigs? I thought she just played for quarters outside the Castro MUNI station.
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    That first Sume album is apparently the...

    That first Sume album is apparently the biggest-selling Greenlandic album ever. I’ve seen them billed as “prog” and “psych,” but neither is strictly accurate, mainly because they’re a band that...
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    I’m old enough to remember when they were still a...

    I’m old enough to remember when they were still a “beautiful music” [read: Muzak] station.
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    Haven’t heard this, but remain interested. As I recall, it got pretty good reviews on release.



    I believe this album is “program music” with a floral theme.
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    It has its moments, but my mind starts wandering...

    It has its moments, but my mind starts wandering around Side 3. Usually I like Peter Cook, but whatever he’s doing here is not working. The story and characters (did he come up with them, or are G&C...
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    Big Science (which is essentially edited...

    Big Science (which is essentially edited highlights from United States) is a five-star album for sure, but I’ve only heard the entirety of United States all the way through (listened to a friend’s...
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    I pretty much fell in love with Hopes and Fears...

    I pretty much fell in love with Hopes and Fears and Winter Songs from my first listen. Mind you, I had already been eased into the world of Art Bears via Henry Cow (and some other avant-garde...
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    I had Eliogabalus and HATED it! Mr. Doctor was...

    I had Eliogabalus and HATED it! Mr. Doctor was the main problem, he was trying way too hard to sound evil and sinister, and it just came across as goofy and cringeworthy. SS’ complaint about not...
  45. Thread: SNAKES

    by Progbear
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    A former co-worker recommends against handling...

    A former co-worker recommends against handling garter snakes with bare hands. He claims they secrete a substance from a stink-gland as a defense mechanism.

    Most common snake at the park where I...
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    One I was just reminded of this week: ...

    One I was just reminded of this week:

    Esperanto: “On Down the Road” → “Never Again”
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekIhltD9SaI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekIhltD9SaI
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    That’s a threesome! Don’t forget “Presto Vivace...

    That’s a threesome! Don’t forget “Presto Vivace and Reprise,” which is the highlight of the album, and may be the apex of U.K. as a band.

    Another one from the same album: “Alaska” → “Time to Kill”
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    He had been in the short-lived band Life, who...

    He had been in the short-lived band Life, who recorded one album (Life After Death) for Polydor in 1974. Produced by ex-Zombie Chris White, it had a sound that rather reminded me of Argent:

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    I only have Smile a While, which is definitely...

    I only have Smile a While, which is definitely good stuff. One of the few times people say an album is “Canterbury-esque” and I can actually hear it. They bring their own identity to the table,...
  51. Thread: Zolo Music

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    He’s definitely an eccentric. He reminds me a...

    He’s definitely an eccentric. He reminds me a little of that Dutch woman who insisted on living in her own personal 1950s-retro world, including living in a house with unsafe, not-to-code...
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    My recommendation with Anekdoten: start with...

    My recommendation with Anekdoten: start with their newest album (Until the Ghosts Are Gone) and work backwards. Some will try to push you towards their Crimso-cloney early albums, but do not listen...
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    It’s my #1 album by them, with The Tain a close...

    It’s my #1 album by them, with The Tain a close second. A very special album, and if you like trad folk sounds mixed with rock, you should check it out.
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    Finally all caught up with this series. I was...

    Finally all caught up with this series. I was disappointed with Seasons 5 and 6, so I wasn’t expecting much apart from some closure, and the first episode of this season wasn’t promising. I need not...
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    If you’re looking for funky shit, I highly...

    If you’re looking for funky shit, I highly recommend an all-Meters playlist! It doesn’t get better than the Rejuvenation album!
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    It’s all about finding your own path to musical...

    It’s all about finding your own path to musical discovery, deciding what you like and making associations from there. I decided I liked weird stuff and bleepy bloopy electronics, which led me to...
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    I was this close to closing a deal on a Rhodes...

    I was this close to closing a deal on a Rhodes Chroma when the then-current owner admitted that the battery leaked onto the boards. I wonder if he ever sold it.
  58. R.I.P. All I’ve heard was his second string...

    R.I.P.

    All I’ve heard was his second string quartet, which I have on an LP featuring HPSCHD by John Cage & Lejaren Hiller on the other side.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOozBrB2XT0
  59. Surprised Popol Vuh haven’t been mentioned. They...

    Surprised Popol Vuh haven’t been mentioned. They were sort of architects of the genre, starting as purely electronic music before doing a 180° turn after Florian Fricke went all spiritual and sold...
  60. Have Führs & Fröhling been mentioned yet? I think...

    Have Führs & Fröhling been mentioned yet? I think they are a worthy addition to this peculiar sub-set of prog.



    Probably because there was a lot of crap that just consisted of someone noodling...
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