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    Jack 'O The Clock (great avantprog you do not want to miss out)

    I've recently featured the new Jack O' The Clock, centered around the talents of one Damon Waitkus, at Progstreaming, and it's a band I seldom hear mentioned on this board. It's also a band that should be picked up, if possible, by either Cuneiform or AltrOck.

    "All My Friends" is nothing short of amazing. As to not be labelled doing self-promotion, here's the album on their Bandcamp:

    http://jackotheclock.bandcamp.com/album/all-my-friends

    Here's a Youtube of one of their two other albums, soon to be in my possession:



    Great, great song. A band to be discovered by some here. Please spend five minutes investigate this as you've now clicked on this thread anyway. What's there to lose?

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    I was blown away by All My Friends when i first bought it.The vocals didn't do much for me, but the instrumentation, the arrangements, the songcraft(instrumental) was what was striking, to me.Truly awe inspiring textures,outstanding in (almost) every way.

    I've cooled out on this quite a bit from my initial enthusiasm, but still,well worth checking out.
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    Will have to check them out further, pecuilar stuff.

    Are they American? The track has some country, american folk moments...

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    that First of the Year was fabulous, thanks for sharing it. i need to check these guys out further

    very nice, indeed
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    Sort of has an RIO feel to it. Good stuff.
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    we've (Wayside Music) been selling them for a few years now. Very good stuff.

    Yes, they are American.
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    Believe it or not, at times i get(got) a Henry Cow-ish vibe to some of the music on this cd.Part of its charm,imo.
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    Right!

    One of my five-or-so favourite current bands; just ordered their latest release from uncle Steve - their previous one, How Are We Doing and Who Will Tell Us?, was nothing short of a revelation. These are truly "same, same but different" - melding folky song-form and an avant-garde aesthetic into something completely fresh as well as wholly accessible! Great, great band!
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    Quote Originally Posted by walt View Post
    I was blown away by All My Friends when i first bought it.The vocals didn't do much for me, but the instrumentation, the arrangements, the songcraft(instrumental) was what was striking, to me.Truly awe inspiring textures,outstanding in (almost) every way.
    Well put. I actually really quite like Damon Waitkus' vocals. I think he sounds like just an average singer/songwriter, with a really good voice, which makes the music quite accessible.

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    I listend on progstreaming last week and very impressive indeed! Dunno if its really 'avantprog'. It is more song-based material with avant-gardish arrangments.

    I will probably get their albums at some point.

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    Well hello All My Friends Are Dead which has just shown up at my door thanks to (of all places) Barnes and Noble and a student's gift card Xmas gift. So this is awesome music, right? I've got the most recent one, too but think this older release might be a tad better.
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    Very, very fine stuff indeed. Their three most recent have stayed in my six-slot car stereo since Progday - and I can't think of anything else, ever, that's been there that long.

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    I prefer Night Loops to All My Friends but both are excellent. I love the samples they use on Night Loops, it's headphone music all the way, such a pleasure. I believe it ended up as my third favourite for 2014 behind Bent Knee and Lunatic Soul.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walt View Post
    Believe it or not, at times i get(got) a Henry Cow-ish vibe to some of the music on this cd.Part of its charm,imo.
    Not a surprise. The band got together at Mills College, where Damon Waitkus was a composition pupil of Fred Frith - I think all of them might have been.

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    ... and founder Damon Waitkus has a very nicely crafted album before Jack O' the Clock that should appeal to RIO/Avant fans, well worth the $6 download or $9 CDR:

    https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/damonwaitkus
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    I had never heard a note of JOTC before Progday last year.

    I have heard many, many JOTC notes since.

    Iirc, they're from the Bay area. Brilliant band!
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    Wonderful band, thought they were great at ProgDay though I was already a fan. Pretty much autobuy these days.
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    Love these guys. Insanely creative.

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    Thanks for posting. I like it.

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    https://www.facebook.com/JackOTheClock/

    Our new album, Repetitions of the Old City (I) drops NOVEMBER 1ST! Over an hour of new material by the original quintet plus guest appearances by FRED FRITH, DARREN JOHNSTON, JON RUSSELL, ANDY STRAIN, and SARAH HOWE WHITLEY. Look for a preview in the coming days!

    Can't wait!!

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    Sweeeeet!!!!
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    Hooray! When can I order?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mellotron storm View Post
    I prefer Night Loops to All My Friends but both are excellent. (...)
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    In March 2013, I was suggested Jack O' The Clock for ProgArchives' "avant-prog" section, and after eight months, because the PA' sublime Avant Team were rejected the band, the Management pushed Jack O' The Clock in their "prog folk" section that was originally created for the bands like Jethro Tull and such. It certainly wasn't easy acceptance by the Management; thus it was a discussion of whether Jack O' The Clock belonging to our beloved genre or not, and that historic discussion you can read here.
    Sometime later, I made an interview with the band, and you can read it here
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    Autobuy!!!

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