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    Compliers:
    Free Salamander Exhibit
    Ske
    Deluge Grandeur
    Knifeworld
    Seven Impale
    Accordo Dei Contrari
    Lost Crowns
    Far Corner
    Jack O' The Clock
    Ingrannagi Delle Valle
    Poil - Piniol
    Aquaserge
    Regal Worm
    Bubblemath (if it counts)

    there are tons of good bands, but unfortunately they often fall into the retro pit. Amazing with such a vastness of different influences to try and sound like somebody else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    There's hardly any interest at all in "rock culture/Identity/history" with younger generations today, a fact that I think has to some degree surprised those of us who defined ourselves pretty squarely with that habitus and consequently thought it would endure in some form or another. Nowadays, and speaking as an historian myself, I'm not so sure it will even be particularly remembered whatsoever in 30-50 years' time. Not with the incessant speed of global evolution currently at play. The cultural phenomenon of "rock" simply wasn't as full of force after all, I'm sad to say.
    I'm not so sure. You're probably right, in that laptop music and hip-hop have taken the place of the rock garage band - they're so much easier to make, since they don't require any instrumental ability and can be done alone without having to find and assemble other musicians. They've certainly taken rock's place as social music, for dancing and background ambiance, and a DJ of any type has a lot more social cachet than a musician.

    Yet rock does retain a certain attraction as well - for audiences because it's all made right there in front of you, and for musicians because (unlike jazz or classical music) it doesn't require enormous skill to get started. A number of kids still listen to rock because it retains a sense of risky unruliness, because it doesn't present itself to them in a state of produced perfection, because a band, unlike a recording, works without a net. They're still picking up guitars and drums, some of them. Why? I don't know. But maybe there's something about making your own music right there in the moment that beats yammering over a backing track or spinning records in the corner, even if it doesn't receive the social boost that rapping or DJing does.

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    watching and learning to see if I missed anything I need

    here's my list:

    Alco Frisbass Le Bateleur
    Alco Frisbass Alco Frisbass
    Caillou Caillou
    Daal Dodecahedron
    Human Factor Homo Universum
    Kotebel Concerto for Piano and Electric Ensemble
    Kotebel Cosmology
    Maat Lander The Birth Of Maat's Galaxy
    Madden, Christian The Wrecking Place
    Nova Collective The Further Side
    Panzerpappa Pestrottedans
    Ske (Paolo 'Ske' Botta) 1000 Autunni
    Tubo Elastico, El El Tubo Elastico
    Tubo Elastico, El Impala
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    Why is it whenever someone mentions an artist that was clearly progressive (yet not the Symph weenie definition of Prog) do certain people feel compelled to snort "thats not Prog" like a whiny 5th grader?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baribrotzer View Post
    I'm not so sure. You're probably right,
    John, the "rock" configuration is over.
    "Improvisation is not an excuse for musical laziness" - Fred Frith
    "[...] things that we never dreamed of doing in Crimson or in any band that I've been in," - Tony Levin speaking of SGM

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    Each group is alphabetized, but not ranked (within each).

    The "twist" or restrictions certainly eliminated some bands/artists. Some with debut albums that came out in 2003 and 2004, or much earlier, that their more prominent releases came 2005 or after (or in this decade).

    Also I did not choose multiple albums from any artists/bands which if I was ranking full-on Best of a Decade I wouldn't hesitate to. But with this particular way of highlighting newer artists/bands, I decided it was not worth including like 3 albums from some bands (The Dear Hunter, Dirt Poor Robins, Foals, Local Natives, The Reign of Kindo/Kindo, Bent Knee, Steven Wilson)

    *****
    Hotel of the Laughing Tree - Terror and Everything After
    Small Leaks Sink Ships - Face Yourself and Remove Your Sandals
    The River Empires - Epilogue

    **** 1/2
    Arch / Matheos - Winter Ethereal
    Brice Plays Drums - Man the Animal Cannon
    The Dear Hunter - The Color Spectrum
    Dirt Poor Robins - The Raven Locks Act 3
    East of the Wall - The Apologist
    Fjokra - Thoughtsteps
    Foals - Total Life Forever
    Gatherer - So Be It
    Janelle Monae - The Archandroid
    Jazzkamikaze - Supersonic Revolutions
    Kimbra - Vows
    Mercies - Three Thousand Days
    The Family Crest - The War: Act I
    The Reign of Kindo - Play with Fire
    Vennart - The Demon Joke
    Vuvuzela - The Hollow Choir

    ****
    *Shels - Plains of the Purple Buffalo
    22 - Flux
    Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra - Theatre is Evil
    Arafel - For Battles Once Fought
    Battle Circus - Battle Circus
    Bend Sinister - Animals
    Bent Knee - Shiny Eyed Babies
    Brooke Waggoner - Originator
    Bruce Peninsula - Open Flames
    Capital Cities - In a Tidal Wave of Mystery
    Clone - Clone
    Emanuel & the Fear - Listen
    Everything Everything - Get to Heaven
    Forest Park - Forest Park
    For the Imperium - For the Imperium
    Grimus - Emergence
    House of Fools - Versus the Beast
    iamthemorning - Belighted
    In Vain - Ćnigma
    King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Polygondwanaland
    Long Distance Calling - Trips
    Major Parkinson - Twilight Cinema
    Mayer Hawthorne - Where Does This Door Go
    Media Addicts - Autonomy
    Miracles of Modern Science - Dog Year
    Mother Falcon - Alhambra
    Mutemath - Odd Soul
    Ne Obliviscaris - Portal of I
    Nordic Giants - Build Seas, Dismantle Suns
    Owel - Paris
    Ramona Falls - Prophet
    Steven Wilson - The Raven that Refused to Sing
    Subterranean Masquerade - The Great Bazaar
    Team Me - To the Treetops
    The Mercury Tree - Countenance
    The Pneumatic Transit - Concerto for Double Moon
    Timbre - Sun & Moon
    Timmy Sean - Songs From & Inspired by Noisewater
    Typhoon - White Lighter
    Vektor - Outer Isolation
    Warpaint - The Fool

    *** 1/2
    A Dying Planet - Facing the Incurable
    Adebisi Shank - This is the 2nd Album from a Band Called Adebisi Shank
    Alpha Rev - New Morning
    Anakdota - Overloading
    Black Belt Eagle Scout - Mother of My Children
    Cats in Space - Scarecrow
    Childish Japes & Dave Vives - Salamander
    Crippled Black Phoenix - I, Vigilante
    Dream the Electric Sleep - Heretics
    Erick Serna & the Killing Floor - The Grip
    Esperanza Spalding - Emily's D+Evolution
    Genders - Get Lost
    Hands of Despair - Hereafter
    Ideology - Ideology
    Ihsahn - After
    Journal - Unlorja
    Judgement Day - Peacocks / Pink Monsters
    Leprous - Coal
    Local Natives - Hummingbird
    Marketa Irglova - Muna
    Meniscus - War of Currents
    Mike Linden - Bubble & Squeak
    Native Construct - Quiet World
    NewVillager - NewVillager
    Nicole Atkins - Mondo Amore
    NOMIA - Iron & Rust
    Northern Abbey - Northern Abbey
    Nosound - Scintilla
    O'Brother - Garden Window
    Orphan Bloom - Orphan Bloom
    Pretty & Nice - Golden Rules for Golden People
    Protest the Hero - Volition
    Punch Brothers - Antifogmatic
    Rachel Flowers - Listen
    Revere - Hey!, Selim
    RisingSide - Arrow: The Onus Key
    Royal Veil - King of the Ocean
    Tangled Thoughts of Leaving - Deaden the Fields
    The Baltic Sea - Period Piece
    The Barnum Meserve - The Barnum Meserve
    The Book of Right On - All These Songs About Music
    The Contortionist - Language
    The Crooked Fiddle Band - Overgrown Tales
    The Gloomcatcher - Slow Chorale
    The Woods Brothers - The Woods Brothers
    Umbrella Tree - To the Memory of a Once Great Man
    Water & Bodies - Lightyear
    What's Left of Her - What's Left of Her
    White Denim - D
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    I'm not sure I even heard more than 10 acts/artistes in your lists

    Could you describe in a short sentence your 5 and 4.5 and 4.0 stars, please??
    my music collection increased tenfolds when I switched from heroin-addicts to crazy ones

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    John, the "rock" configuration is over.
    Sad, but quite probably true.

    But you know what they say -- Onward and upward, right?

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    Honorable mention.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bill g View Post
    Ciccada - The Finest of Miracles
    I saw them live yesterday night, and wait till the new one is out...it will blow people out of their medieval, symphonic socks.

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    ^ I have little doubt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    ^ I have little doubt.
    There's augmented female power in the group: an excellent, young lady on the vocals (having also kept the previous singer) and another one on saxes, clarinet and recorders, a brilliant musician. I felt very privileged to attend this, it was the real progressive experience 10 minutes walk from my place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    I saw them live yesterday night, and wait till the new one is out...it will blow people out of their medieval, symphonic socks.
    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    There's augmented female power in the group: an excellent, young lady on the vocals (having also kept the previous singer) and another one on saxes, clarinet and recorders, a brilliant musician. I felt very privileged to attend this, it was the real progressive experience 10 minutes walk from my place.
    Cool, can't wait! Also great to have an experience like that, lucky you!

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sputnik View Post
    Cool, can't wait! Also great to have an experience like that, lucky you!

    Bill
    Thanks! Few chances in my country for this kind of experiences, so it feels even better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisoned Youth View Post
    Here's my go at it. I was going to stop at 25, but found a few more heh...

    1. Ghost Rhythms - Madeleine (2015)
    2. Setna - Guerison (2013)
    3. All Traps on Earth - A Drop of Light (2018)
    4. Kiev - Ain't No Scary Folks In On Around Here (2011)
    5. Seven Impale - City of the Sun (2014)
    6. Wobbler - From Silence to Somewhere (2017)
    7. Soen - Cognitive (2012)
    8. Lady With – The Lodge (2018)
    9. Agusa - Agusa (2017)
    10. Eye - Vision and Ageless Light (2016)
    11. Sanhedrin - Ever After (2011)
    12. Hooffoot – s/t (2015)
    13. Regal Worm - Neither Use Nor Ornament (2014)
    14. VAK – Budo (2018)
    15. Astra - The Black Chord (2012)
    16. Kiev - Falling Bough Wisdom Teeth (2013)
    17. Jordsjo – Jord (2017)
    18. Needlepoint - Aimless Mary (2015)
    19. Airbag - The Greatest Show on Earth (2013)
    20. Jonas Munk - Pan (2012)
    21. The Winstons – s/t (2016)
    22. Sonar - Static Motion (2014)
    23. Accordo Dei Contrari – Kublai (2011)
    24. Aranis – Roqueforte (2010)
    25. Heliocentrics – A World of Masks (2017)
    26. Alco Frisbass – s/t (2015)
    27. Yolk – Solar (2017)
    28. Ikarus – Mosaismic (2019)
    29. Malady – s/t (2015)
    30. Bent Knee – Shiny Eyed Babies (2014)
    Oh yeah baby. Thanks for listing in VERY good place my little band !

    Here's my mini-list, just some of the names that pops in my mind and that I loved so much I bought it with real money and all :
    1. X (Schnellertollermeier)
    2. Clean it Up (Tundrastomper) Check them, not your average math-blahblah-rock band, good melodies, good musicianship, awesome : https://tundrastomper.bandcamp.com/album/clean-it-up
    3. Lost Crowns (The Lost Crowns)
    4. Isola dei Lupi (Bob Drake)
    5. We're all small pixels (Pixels)

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    Quote Originally Posted by XavGel View Post
    Oh yeah baby. Thanks for listing in VERY good place my little band !

    Here's my mini-list, just some of the names that pops in my mind and that I loved so much I bought it with real money and all :
    1. X (Schnellertollermeier)
    2. Clean it Up (Tundrastomper) Check them, not your average math-blahblah-rock band, good melodies, good musicianship, awesome : https://tundrastomper.bandcamp.com/album/clean-it-up
    3. Lost Crowns (The Lost Crowns)
    4. Isola dei Lupi (Bob Drake)
    5. We're all small pixels (Pixels)
    I better check out Tundrastomper as I have and love all the others on your list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sputnik View Post
    A painfully obvious and deliberate attempt to exclude Eccentric Orbit from the voting as our debut was 2004!

    Just kidding, this is a great thread idea, and I enjoyed doing the machinations to get it (hopefully) right.

    Accordo Dei Contrari - Violato Intatto - Ita - 2017
    All Traps on Earth - A Drop of Light - Swe - 2018
    Ampledeed - A is for Ampledeed - USA - 2013
    Ampledeed - BYOB - USA - 2016
    Bill in The Tea - Big Tree - Ita - 2013
    Ciccada - The Finest of Miracles - Gre - 2015
    Cucci-Band - Bon Débarras! - Fra - 2010
    Deformica - Paramo - Arg - 2010
    Deformica - Deformica - Arg - 2013
    Deluge Grander - Ocenarium - USA - 2017
    Diagonal - The Second Mechanism - Eng - 2012
    District 97 - Trouble With Machines - USA - 2012
    Ghost Rhythms - Madeleine - Fra - 2015
    Homunculus Res - Limiti All'Eguaglianza Della Parte Con il Tutto - Ita - 2013
    Hooffoot - Hooffoot - Swe - 2015
    Ingranaggi della Valle - Warm Spaced Blue - Ita - 2016
    Inner Ear Brigade - Dromology - USA - 2017
    Luz De Riada - Cuentos y Fábulas - Mex - 2011
    Luz de Riada - Cuentos Y Fabulas, Volume 3 - Mex - 2016
    Macroscream - Macroscream - Ita - 2016
    Magnetic Sound Machine - Chances & Accidents - Ita - 2010
    Masal - Viens Des Quatre Vents - Fra - 2014
    Masal - Paysages du Ciel - Fra - 2017
    Nerve Institute - Architects of Flesh-Density - USA - 2011
    Not a Good Sign - Not a Good Sign - Ita - 2013
    Nova Collective - The Further Side - USA - 2017
    Pampa Trash - Ya Fue' - Arg - 2014
    Phlox - Talu - Est - 2010
    Phlox - Keri - Est - 2017
    Platurno - Insano - Chl - 2010
    Sanguine Hum - Diving Bell - Eng - 2011
    Sanguine Hum - The Weight of the World - Eng - 2013
    Scherzoo - 01 - Fra - 2011
    Seven Impale - City of the Sun - Nor - 2014
    Stella Lee Jones - A Floating Place - Jpn - 2011
    Stella Lee Jones - Escape From Reality - Jpn - 2016
    Tohpati Bertiga - Riot - Ido - 2012
    Tohpati Ethnomission - Save the Planet - Ido - 2010
    Unit Wail - Pangaea Proxima - Fra - 2012
    Utopianisti - Utopianisti - Fin - 2011
    Utopianisti - The Third Frontier - Fin - 2016
    Volto - Incitare - USA - 2013
    Watson, Dean - Unsettled - Can - 2010
    Watson, Dean - Imposing Elements - Can - 2012
    Zeptelar - El Color De Las Cosas - Chl - 2013
    Zletovsko - Zletovsko - Jap - 2013

    Bill
    Didn't you were in a band. I'm listening to Creation of the Humanoids, quite like it !

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    Yeah, Tundrastomper, they're worth it. To be honest I wonder why they stay under the radar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XavGel View Post
    Didn't you were in a band. I'm listening to Creation of the Humanoids, quite like it !
    Yes, Eccentric Orbit was my band. Glad you're enjoying the album. I didn't list ours because we had an earlier album in 2004, so we didn't qualify for this thread.

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sputnik View Post
    Yes, Eccentric Orbit was my band. Glad you're enjoying the album. I didn't list ours because we had an earlier album in 2004, so we didn't qualify for this thread.

    Bill
    Cool stuff. What is/was your role in the band ?

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    Here's my ***** from the last decade, from newer bands. All but one founded post-2005 AFAIK. one interesting if a little sad thing about this exercise is it made me realize how *little* of my music falls into this category.

    3rd Ear Experience Incredible Good Fortune
    All Traps on Earth A Drop of Light
    Aquaserge A L'Amitie
    Bibio Mind Bokeh
    Bibio A Mineral Love
    Bubble Math Edit Peptide*
    Cellar and Point Ambit
    Circa Valley of the Windmill
    Emeralds**
    Eye Vision and Ageless Light
    Janel & Anthony - Where Is Home?
    Pixels We're all small pixels
    Sanhedrin Ever After
    Schnellertollermeier X
    Ske (Paolo 'Ske' Botta) 1000 Autunni

    * yes I know they had one album around 2002 or 03 but I never heard of it, so their 2017 album (the 2nd one) is de facto their debut for me. It's too good not to be on here.
    ** recorded in 2008 but released in 2010.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XavGel View Post
    Cool stuff. What is/was your role in the band ?
    I played bass in the band and also did a lot of writing. I wrote all the first album, and roughly half the second.

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by arturs View Post
    Here's my ***** from the last decade, from newer bands. All but one founded post-2005 AFAIK. one interesting if a little sad thing about this exercise is it made me realize how *little* of my music falls into this category.

    .
    Yeah...I'm looking over my lists of best of since 2008 (when I started making such lists in earnest) and very few of the albums that make my personal top 10/20 (including non prog bands) fit this criteria.

    Guess this just cements that fact that I am old.
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