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    Stick Men

    Got my tickets for the Austin show next month. Should be excellent.

    Anyone a fan?

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    Yep...although i can do with less of the anthemic cheesiness that Levin sometimes brings to tracks like Whale Watch and some of his solo material...i will say them and KTU certainly are carrying the Crimson torch...although that remains to be seen come next September...

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    Levin's cheesiness (prevalent on his solo albums) rarely appears in Stickmen. Too much Tuner.

    I prefer KTU as well. Gunn has been quiet lately, with only Euro KTU shows and the Gabriel cover band going. Kind of a bummer.
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    I always see the Stick Men coming up in the forums... And while I appreciate the Stick Men, I also really dig the Stickmen:

    http://www.cuneiformrecords.com/bandshtml/stickmen.html

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    Whoops. Stick Men it is. My bad.
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    So then which one are we talking here? i was confused what with Pat living in Austin too...

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    Saw them in Annapolis, MD, in March and enjoyed it. Interviewed Markus Reuter before the show for my podcast (my second chat with him, first in person) and later interviewed Pat by phone. Progtopia.com has those interviews (Backstage Pass #1 and Episode 031, plus the first Reuter interview -- Episode 018).
    Progtopia is a podcast devoted to interviewing progressive rock, metal, and electronic artists from the past and present, featuring their songs and exclusive interviews. Artists interviewed on the show have included Steve Hackett, Sound of Contact, Larry Fast, Circus Maximus, Anubis Gate, Spock's Beard, and many more. http://progtopia.podomatic.com See you in a land called Progtopia!

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    They're coming to my town, but it is a midweek show. That is a bit of a bitch for me. I'll see what I can do, though.

    I have to say, they haven't deeply grabbed me with what I've heard, but they're always worth a live show.
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    I'm kind of in the same boat... they haven't really blown me away with anything in particular - no real clear hooks in the music for me. But - I'm betting the live show will be a good thing regardless. Also... seeing them at the One World Theater should be cool. Never been there.

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    They played Breathless - from Exposure. It was awesome.

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    "Breathless" is on the new live album.

    http://www.iapetus-media.com/stick-men-power-play/
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    Cool. They played a great set. Good improvs - Vroom - Larks II - Soup was really good too. Pat has a lot of friends in the crowd living so close to Austin so he was in a great mood and playing some far out stuff.

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    STICK MEN US Tour Dates - October
    Oct 17 Asbury Park, NJ / The Saint
    Oct 18 NYC / The Iridium
    Oct 19 NYC / The Iridium
    Oct 20 Woodstock / Bearsville Theater
    Oct 21 Arlington, MA / Regent Theatre
    Oct 22 Sellersville, PA / Sellersville Theatre
    Oct 22 Buffalo / The Tralf
    Oct 24 Cleveland / Beachland Ballroom
    Oct 26 Chicago / Progtoberfest @ Reggies
    Oct 27 Milwaukee / Shank Hall
    Oct 29 Rochester / The Lovin Cup
    Nov 1 Ciudad de MŽxico / Sala Telef—nica, Centro Cultural Roberto Cantoral

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    Quote Originally Posted by polmico View Post

    I prefer KTU as well. Gunn has been quiet lately, with only Euro KTU shows and the Gabriel cover band going. Kind of a bummer.
    Gunn/TU are playing Progtoberfest in Chicago Oct 26th

    I have gigs Friday and Sunday so Stick Men in Arlington on Tuesday may be a bit of a stretch
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lebofsky View Post
    And while I appreciate the Stick Men, I also really dig the Stickmen
    Far prefer the original Stick Men here (the one with Jim Meneses). This is the Master Brew is one great American art-punk album.

    Not a big Tony Levin fan. The bassist, that is.
    "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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    Also, seeing as their name revolves around touch-style instruments let's also be thankful they didn't change their name to Touch Men.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haruspex Carnage View Post
    Also, seeing as their name revolves around touch-style instruments let's also be thankful they didn't change their name to Touch Men.
    "Touch" would only refer to Levin/(Reuter/Bernier). "Stick" refers also to Mastellotto.

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    Humor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haruspex Carnage View Post
    Humor.
    OK, Touch Men, then. (wide stance)

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    I definitely agree the epic-style cheesiness is tiresome, but I'm usually willing to give "Whale Watch" a pass about, say, half the time considering how it does a good job conveying its theme. "Firebird" is basically ok - interesting to hear with this instrumentation, but not exactly a standout among all the renditions out there. "Hands" has always just fallen flat to me.

    Thankfully the grand pieces are the minority in the catalogue, though, and just about everything else is splendid. They're right up with KTU and TUNER as the best non-ProjeKct ProjeKcts out there.

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    Speaking of humor: before my first Stick Men show I'd never imagined this song being laugh-out-loud funny.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiral View Post
    I definitely agree the epic-style cheesiness is tiresome, but I'm usually willing to give "Whale Watch" a pass about, say, half the time considering how it does a good job conveying its theme. "Firebird" is basically ok - interesting to hear with this instrumentation, but not exactly a standout among all the renditions out there. "Hands" has always just fallen flat to me.

    Thankfully the grand pieces are the minority in the catalogue, though, and just about everything else is splendid. They're right up with KTU and TUNER as the best non-ProjeKct ProjeKcts out there.
    Couldn't agree more...these two pieces are a bit cringe-worthy for me too...at the camp Levin mentioned wanting to cover one of Shostakovich's pieces too one point, the last movement of the 5th symphony i believe...which could be better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave (in MA) View Post
    STICK MEN US Tour Dates - October
    Oct 17 Asbury Park, NJ / The Saint
    Oct 18 NYC / The Iridium
    Oct 19 NYC / The Iridium
    Oct 20 Woodstock / Bearsville Theater
    Oct 21 Arlington, MA / Regent Theatre
    Oct 22 Sellersville, PA / Sellersville Theatre
    Oct 22 Buffalo / The Tralf
    Oct 24 Cleveland / Beachland Ballroom
    Oct 26 Chicago / Progtoberfest @ Reggies
    Oct 27 Milwaukee / Shank Hall
    Oct 29 Rochester / The Lovin Cup
    Nov 1 Ciudad de MŽxico / Sala Telef—nica, Centro Cultural Roberto Cantoral
    Thanks for posting this. I somehow managed to miss they have a date in Milwaukee - tickets purchased.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiral View Post
    Speaking of humor: before my first Stick Men show I'd never imagined this song being laugh-out-loud funny.
    I wonder if Ginger Baker owns a Pat Mastelotto T-shirt.

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    Great show last night in Arlington.

    If you get a chance to see them, by all means go.

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