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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    ^ I am surprised with your love for Trojka, which I liked but didn't find that exceptional. I will revisit.

    You need to listen to the Thieves Kitchen. This is as good as it gets on the more symphonic/melodic spectrum of rock music.
    I've already got the new Kitchen, but I haven't got around to it just yet. So let's wait and see.

    As for the Trojka, there's this one word: lyrics - they're from the exact district of my own upbringing (Ytrebygda/Fana, outside of Bergen) and concern themselves with not only the joys of dialect but also with every arbitrary subject imaginable in those parts of the land. And those semantics fit smoothly with the sound, I can tell you.

    I absolutely enjoy the Jordsjø as well; saw them with Agusa here in Oslo a month back, and they were excellent.
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    So, as noted, 2019 is still processing.

    As for 1979 I will go with these:
    Heldon - Stand By
    Bruford - One Of A Kind
    Talking Heads - Fear Of Music
    XTC - Drums And Wires
    Dixie Dregs - Night Of The Living Dregs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    You need to listen to the Thieves Kitchen. This is as good as it gets on the more symphonic/melodic spectrum of rock music.
    I have this one. It didn't make my top five, but I like it. I prefer their last album Clockwork Universe to this new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    1979:
    Univers Zero - Heresie
    Vortex - Les Cycles de Thanatos
    Stormy Six - La Macchina Maccheronica
    Art Bears - Winter Songs
    Aqsak Maboul - Un Peu de l'Âme des Bandits
    Isn't Aksak Maboul album from 1980?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    Deathprod - Occulting Disc
    I haven't given this enough listening time to make it into my top five yet, but it's absolutely in my top 10.

    Still a number of titles due this year that are contenders (Hammock, Lunacy) as well as several that only just dropped and haven't been given enough attention (i.e. Deathprod, Pita, MAVS, etc.). Gun to the head, here's where things are:

    2019

    Cult of Luna - A Dawn to Fear
    Franck Vigroux - Totem
    Hildur Guðnadóttir - Chernobyl [OST]
    Futurecop! - Voltrana
    Abul Mogard - And We Are Passing Through Silently


    As to 2019 vs 1979...no question all my attention is on the 2019 stuff. But cherry picking a bit from other lists above with one minor addition of my own...

    1979

    Vangelis - China / Opera Sauvage
    Heldon - Stand By
    Univers Zero - Heresie
    Tangerine Dream - Force Majeure
    Ephemeral Sun - because I gotta do something about these boxes of CDs in the basement: http://www.ephemeralsun.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappathustra View Post
    ^ I am surprised with your love for Trojka, which I liked but didn't find that exceptional. I will revisit.

    You need to listen to the Thieves Kitchen. This is as good as it gets on the more symphonic/melodic spectrum of rock music.
    I don't quite understand the appeal of Thieves Kitchen. It is kind of pleasant to listen but so very very bland.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kcrimso View Post
    Isn't Aksak Maboul album from 1980?
    No. Late '79.

    Re: T. Kitchen. I've only listened very slightly to this latest one, but their previous three were all solid mergers of Canterburian lite fusion and folky "symph" rock. Clockwork Universe is outstanding at that. It's not intended to be "confrontational" music in any respect, but I agree with 'thustra that extremely few modern acts pull off this stew in a fashion as sophisticated as TK. So I'll keep following.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    No. Late '79.
    Ok. I thought it was recorded late 1979 and released in January 1980. This is important as I am working on year based music review project [emoji846]


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    Top five for 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    Re: T. Kitchen. I've only listened very slightly to this latest one, but their previous three were all solid mergers of Canterburian lite fusion and folky "symph" rock. Clockwork Universe is outstanding at that. It's not intended to be "confrontational" music in any respect, but I agree with 'thustra that extremely few modern acts pull off this stew in a fashion as sophisticated as TK. So I'll keep following.
    I own three three TK albums but I have been lately wondering why exactly. And I love most of Canterbury stuff usually.


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    I was looking around some more and found more 1979 stuff that I felt was influential to my mindset at the time.
    Pere Ubu - Dub Housing
    PiL - Metal Box
    Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
    Buzzcocks - A Different Kind Of Tension
    The Specials - S/T
    Real To Real Cacophony - Simple Minds
    20 Jazz Funk Greats - Throbbing Gristle
    Robert Fripp - Exposure
    The Wall - Pink Floyd
    The Clash - London Calling

    To be honest, I was familiar with the RIO stuff. Friends were all hot about Art Bears, etc.
    I didn't care for it at the time.
    I did ( and still do ) own Western Culture, but I liked In Praise Of Learning more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kcrimso View Post
    I don't quite understand the appeal of Thieves Kitchen. It is kind of pleasant to listen but so very very bland.
    It's all about taste, isn't it? But let me tell you that my first impressions were no different to yours, and now I am all over it. So perhaps you could give it some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    No. Late '79.

    Re: T. Kitchen. I've only listened very slightly to this latest one, but their previous three were all solid mergers of Canterburian lite fusion and folky "symph" rock. Clockwork Universe is outstanding at that. It's not intended to be "confrontational" music in any respect, but I agree with 'thustra that extremely few modern acts pull off this stew in a fashion as sophisticated as TK. So I'll keep following.
    Clockwork Universe is very good but this latest is better. And I am telling this with great conviction (which I do not really do very often).

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    2019:

    Ghost Funk Orchestra -A Song For Paul
    John Ghost - Airships are Organisms
    De- Loreans - s/t
    Swiss Jazz Orchestra-Swiss Jazz Orchestra & Guillermo Klein
    Tool- Fear Inoculum
    Opeth - In Vauda Venenum

    1979:

    Frank Zappa - Sleep Dirt
    Bruford - One of a Kind
    Hermeto Pascoal - Zabumbe-Bum-A
    Dixie Dregs - Night Of The Living Dregs
    Eberhard Weber - Fluid Rustle
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    It's been a busy year and I haven't had as much time for new music as I'd like. Many things that would probably make my longlist have so far gone unheard. But of what I know:

    The Flying Luttenbachers - Shattered Dimension
    Ghost Rhythms - Live at Yosihwara
    October Equus - Presagios
    Waste of Space Orchestra - Syntheosis
    Ultra Zook - s/t

    1979 would take more pondering than I currently have time for...
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    2019
    Devin Townsend-Empath [This one is a true masterpiece]
    Flying Colors-Third Degree
    The Flowerking-Waiting for Miracles
    The Neal Morse Band-The Great Adventure
    Jon Anderson-1000 Hands

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisoned Youth View Post
    This list reminds me just how deep 1979 was. None of these made my personal top 10, but some would have for 2019. And there's several very high quality albums not mentioned yet.
    I've always thought that 79 was a better year than 78 (no order below)

    Aqsak Maboul - Un Peu de l'Âme des Bandits
    Breche - Carapace et chair tendre
    Errobi - Ametsaren Bidea
    Faithfull, Marianne - Broken English
    Flamen Dialis - Symptome-Dei
    Haizea - Hontz Gaua
    Itoiz - Ezekiel
    Galt MacDermot & Jerome Ragni - Hair (OST)
    Marino & Mahogany Rush - Tales of the Unexpected
    Moondog A New Sound of an Old Instrument
    Tangerine Dream - Force Majeure
    Univers Zero - Heresie
    Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Live Rust
    Aquarelle - Live a Montreux
    Art Zoyd - Musique Pour l'Odyssee
    Asia Minor - Crossing the Line
    Booz, Emmanuel - Dans Quel Etat J'Erre
    Clash - London Calling
    Conventum - Le Bureau Central des Utopies
    Etoifilan - Etoifilan
    Hackett - Spectral Mornings
    Lisker - Lisker
    Maneige - Composite
    Carlos Santana - Oneness, Silver Dreams Golden Reality
    Þursaflokkur Thursabit
    Pat Travers Band Live! Go For What You Know
    Vortex - Les Cycles De Thanatos
    Zappa, Frank - Sleep Dirt
    ZZ Top - Deguello


    As for the current year : first draft (no order as of yet)

    The Comet Is Coming - Trust in the lifeforce....
    Elephant9 with Reine Fiske- Psychedelic Backfire II
    Cykada-s/t
    The Wrong Object- Into the Herd
    Jordsjø – Nattfiolen
    Magma Zess
    Yokaï – s/t
    Ikarus – Mosaismic
    Supersister - Retsis Repus
    Panzerpappa - Summarisk Suite
    Yazz Ahmed - Polyhymnia
    Ghost Rhythms - Live at Yoshiwara
    October Equus - Presagios
    Isildurs Bane and Peter Hammill - In Amazonia
    Rustin Man - Drift Code
    Graham Costello's Strata - Obelisk
    Spacious Mind - No. 4 or 5 Gravy Band
    Joe Armon-Jones - Turn To Clear View
    Sure Fire Soul Ensemble – Build Bridges
    Makaya McCraven - Where We Come From (Chicago X London Mixtape)
    Ill Considered - Live at Total Refreshment Centre
    Vannier & Patton - Crystal Corpses
    Ezra Collective - You Can't Steal my joy.
    Nerija - Blume
    Ghost Funk Orchestra -A Song For Paul
    De Loreans - s/t
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    ^ Conventum and Errobi would most definitely feature on my top-10 from '79. Amitsaren Bidea is one of the most beautiful albums I know.
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    Resistance - IQ
    In Cauda Venenum- Opeth
    Mother's Rhymes- The Psychedelic Ensemble
    Natfiolen- Jordsjo
    If/When- The Tea Club
    Grand Tour-Big Big Train
    Don't Panic- Izz

    My favorite 5 from 1979
    The Wall - Pink Floyd
    Rust Never Sleeps- Neil Young and Crazy Horse
    Sheik Yerbouti- Frank Zappa
    In Through the Out Door- Led Zeppelin
    Get the Knack- The Knack
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    PoiL - Sus (ooweee!!! incredible, best engineering and production i've heard in prog right now outside of Bob Drake)
    The Mercury Tree - Spidermilk
    Gong - The Universe Also Collapses
    Bob Drake - The Gardens of Beastley Manor
    Rascal Reporters - Redux, Vol. 1

    Honourable mentions to Pierre Vervloesem - Artiste belge and Polyethylene Pet - With Hidden Noise!

    Might have included Lost Crowns earlier in the year but it ended up getting very stale very quickly.
    I like the idea behind it but the execution is so dry and lifeless!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kcrimso View Post
    I don't quite understand the appeal of Thieves Kitchen. It is kind of pleasant to listen but so very very bland.
    And I here I don't understand why they're not more loved. I guess it comes down to if one relates to the feeling there, or not. Personally, I love Amy Darby's voice, I love the chord changes and the emotion and moods set by their music. But there are other artists out there that are well loved that I don't particularly relate to, so It's just one of those things I guess...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bill g View Post
    And I here I don't understand why they're not more loved. I guess it comes down to if one relates to the feeling there, or not. Personally, I love Amy Darby's voice, I love the chord changes and the emotion and moods set by their music. But there are other artists out there that are well loved that I don't particularly relate to, so It's just one of those things I guess...
    I sort of see it both ways with Thieves Kitchen. I have all their albums with Amy Darby and I like them all. But some of the stuff on One for Sorrow and this new album do get a touch bland for me.

    I loved Clockwork Universe because it had a bit more fire in the belly. Shibboleth does as well, but some may balk at the electronic drum sounds which the abandoned after that album.

    Even being somewhat less energetic, I still find a lot to like on the other TK albums, but I can see where some might find thrm a bit to-hum. There is intricacy, but it tends to be more muted. There's emotion, but it tends strongly toward the maudlin. When they excel, to me, they have better balance and are more multi-dimensional. To me, they accomplished this fully on Clockwork Universe, and I'd encourage even those who are so-so on the band to check that one out.

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    0. Dirt Poor Robins - Dead Horse, Alaska (Red + Gold)

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    2. Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Parts 1-2)
    3. Arch / Matheos - Winter Ethereal
    4. Ours - New Age Heroine II
    5. Local Natives - Violet Street

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    1979? wow... no way to confine it to 5

    Bruford, Bill One of a Kind
    Heldon Stand By
    Pleasure Future Now
    Caldera Dreamer
    Clash, The London Calling
    Clivage (Andre Fertier) Mixtus Orbis
    Happy the Man 3rd Better Late ...
    Lisker Lisker
    Mezquita Recuerdos De Mi Tierra
    Parliament Gloryhallastoopid
    Pohjola, Pekka Visitation
    Serry, John Exhibition
    Talking Heads Fear Of Music
    Atlas Blå Vardag
    Beck, Gordon Sunbird
    Cyklus Planet of Two Suns
    Eden Aura
    Eloy Silent Cries and Mighty Echoes
    F.M. Surveillance
    Gabriel, Peter Peter Gabriel (Melting face cover) (third)
    Gong, Pierre Moerlen's Downwind
    Gong, Pierre Moerlen's Time is the Key
    Marley, Bob / The Wailers Survival
    Police, The Reggatta de Blanc
    Ponty, Jean-Luc A Taste for Passion
    Rypdal / Vitous / DeJohnette Terje Rypdal / Miroslav Vitous / Jack DeJohnette
    Santana, Carlos Oneness, Silver Dreams Golden Reality
    Soft Heap Soft Heap
    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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    Umpfel - As the Waters Cover the Sea (2019)
    Thank You Scientist - 2019 - Terraformer
    Scott Kinsey - We Speak Luniwaz
    Arch Echo - 2019 - You Won't Believe what happens Next
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