Friday, July 22, 2016

Dream the Electric Sleep - Beneath the Dark Wide Sky (2015-2016)

7/22/16 9:40AM 

It's out today. Listened without headphones earlier before work. Very good stuff. I'm not sure if there are any songs as great as "Elizabeth" but there is a great epic element to this album, and per why the positive reviews I follow.

7/7/16 1:04PM
Very nice new soaring ballad!

6/11/16 3:44PM

1st single "Let the Light Flood in"
Dig it, probably as a grower. The ending is great.

5/30/16 9:04PM

Trailer and another Preorder

5/19/16 2:30PM
Preorder (including Vinyl!): 

 Beneath the Dark Wide Sky cover art

Pretty excited for this. Trailer linked on their Facebook Page and Twitter feed.
Signed to Mutiny Records.

Hello everyone!

Before we make some major announcements, we would first like to apologize to you all for the LONG DELAY in posting new information about the upcoming release! We have been very busy behind the scenes lining up some cool new things, and we are just now able to publicly announce them.

After many months of talking with different labels and release partners, we finally found a partner that understands the vision we have for the future of this band and as of today, that partnership is official!

We are pleased to announce we will be joining forces with Mutiny Records for the release of our third studio album titled, “Beneath the Dark Wide Sky”. Mutiny Records is a new collaboration between Odyssey Music Network and Pirate Smile PR in Germany. We know the amazing people behind the operation and know they are forward thinking about the music business as well as building relationships with their artists, and that is exactly what we were looking for!

With this new partnership in place, we can officially announce the release date for “Beneath the Dark Wide Sky” as July 22nd, 2016!

Expect some music to start rolling out very soon…

We can’t wait to share this new album with all of you!


Mutiny Records is thrilled to announce the signing of US Progressive/Alternative outfit Dream the Electric Sleep!
Hailing from Lexington, KY, the band recently finished recording its upcoming album with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones, Alice In Chains, Rush).

“Beneath The Dark Wide Sky” will be released on July 22nd, 2016.

Have a first listen by clicking the link to the album trailer:

Limited 2LP Vinyl, CD Digipacks and T-shirt Bundles can be pre-ordered here:



Anyway, this album is being released on July 22nd and it was produced by Nick Raskulinecz who known for working with Rush among others.

2014's Heretics is awesome; hopefully this will be more of the same.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Klimt 1918 - Die Sentimentale Jugend (-----2016----)

Fantastic news! It's been so long since Just In Case We'll Never Meet Again...Double album? Feast or Famine perhaps, but I'm optimistic given it's been so long, the songs could have been refined and tweaked a lot, and there will be more of them.

Perhaps a concept album as well?..will bump with more info obviously.

Facebook post

Dear friends, just want to inform you that we will post soon some news about the new Album *** Sentimentale Jugend *** as some of you might know, it will be a Double Album, the first one is called " Sentimentale" and the second one is called "Jugend".
It will be available as two separate CDs or together in one ArtBook
We know is taking ages and we really thank you for your patience and support.

Grimus - Culoare (cu Alexandra Ungureanu)

New song from Grimus! new album coming?

I loved their last album Emergence from 2014.

Random Artist Feature Videos: TO DO LIST

WTF, I'll just share this list.

So in making these Music (mostly Vinyl) Collection/History/My History-with videos aka Random Artist Features on YouTube, I decided to write down a bit of a forecast of what I have coming up, etc.

This is by no means a complete list, but it's a good chunk of my plans for this series anyway.

Rush (1)
Yes/Solo (2-3)
Genesis/Solo (2)
Pink Floyd (2)
Renaissance (2)
King Crimson/Solo (2)
Return to Forever/Al Di Meola (2)
Mahavishnu Orchestra/Solo (2)
Pat Metheny (2?)

Modern (coming soon in the queue)
Pain of Salvation
maudlin of the Well
Apes and Androids/Call Florence Pow
Galactic Cowboys
Pepe Deluxe
Jeff Buckley
Saigon Kick
I Mother Earth
The Tea Party
Shadow Gallery
Time of Orchids
The Receiving End of Sirens
Between the Buried and Me
Bend Sinister
Kiss Kiss/Solo
Neverending White Lights
Fair to Midland
Spock's Beard
Janelle Monae
East of the Wall
House of Fools
Imogen Heap
Klimt 1918 (around the time of the new album)

Lower Priority
The Who
Bruce Springsteen
The Police
Jimi Hendrix

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Random Artist Feature: Rush

7/19/16 8:02PM

Permanent Waves
Moving Pictures
Exit...Stage Left
New World Man/Vital Signs (live) 7"
The Spirit of Radio "7
New World Man/Vital Signs (live) 12"
Grace Under Pressure
Distant Early Warning/Between the Wheels 12"

16 mins unfortunately, and Part 3 came out longer. Unsure if I want to remake that 1. 
There is a lot to talk about Rush though and the fact I have a bunch of additional pieces besides just the standard studio albums.

6/28/16 4:49PM

Again, Part 1 of this new retro prog favorites, etc.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Opeth - Sorceress (2015-2016)

7/18/16 7:30PM link

2016 marks the monumental return of one of heavy rock’s most unique, revered and fearless bands of the last three decades, OPETH. Over the years, the experimental, prog veterans have continuously reinvented themselves, pushing the boundaries of their craft and expectations of fans and critics alike. Today, OPETH announces their 12th album, »Sorceress«, will be released onSeptember 30th and have unveiled the artwork and track list for their imminent masterpiece.

OPETH’s new album, »Sorceress«, their first for Nuclear Blast via the band’s imprint labelModerbolaget Records, is proof chief architect Mikael Åkerfeldt has a near-endless well of greatness inside. From the album’s opener 'Persephone' to 'The Wilde Flowers' and 'Strange Brew' to the album’s counterpart title tracks 'Sorceress' and 'Sorceress II', OPETH’s twelfth full-length is an unparalleled adventure, where visions cleverly and secretly change, colors mute as if weathered by time, and sounds challenge profoundly.

”The new album »Sorceress« is our 12th studio album since our beginnings in 1990,” says Åkerfeldt. “I find it difficult to understand that we’ve been going on for 26 years, let alone that we’ve made 12 records now, all of which I am very proud of. ”Sorceress” is no exception. I love this album, as does the whole band. I wrote the music during 5-6 months and we spent only 12 days recording it at Rockfield studios in Wales. I find that once again we’ve taken a step forward. Or sideways, Or backwards. Somewhere!? It’s different! It’s extremely diverse. And if I may say so myself, extremely good. I feel the right to say that since I like to think I know this band better than anyone on the planet. Also, I always manage to detach myself from the record and listen as a fan. It’s a fine little record. My favorite in our discography right now. Of course. That’s how it should be, right? It’s both fresh and old, both progressive and rehashed. Heavy and calm. Just the way we like it. Hopefully there’ll be others around the globe sharing this opinion. It was a joy to make it. A fucking joy to record it, and a sheer joy listening to it. So there you have it!”

For »Sorceress«, OPETH returned to Rockfield Studios in Wales, also home to pivotal releases from Queen, Rush and Judas Priest, where the Swedes had tracked »Pale Communion« in 2014 with Tom Dalgety. The band spent 12 days recording at the countryside venue among its serene and inspiring surroundings. The result is nothing short of a powerful and intriguing record that will add yet another layer to the band’s celebrated career.

OPETH will return to Europe this November for a spectacular headline tour.

OPETH European headline shows:

05.11.  S   Stockholm - Annexet
06.11.  N   Oslo - Konserthus
07.11.  DK  Copenhagen - DR Koncerthuset, Koncertsalen
08.11.  D   Hamburg - Docks
10.11.  A   Vienna - Arena
11.11.  D   Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
12.11.  D   Munich - Theaterfabrik
13.11.  CH  Zurich - Volkshaus
14.11.  I   Milan - Alcatraz
16.11.  D   Cologne - E-Werk
17.11.  B   Brussels - AB
18.11.  NL  Tilburg - 013
19.11.  UK  London - SSE Arena Wembley
21.11.  F   Paris - Le Trianon
23.11.  LUX Luxemburg - Den Atelier
24.11.  D   Berlin - Astra Kulturhaus

Catch the band on the following festivals or on the US headline tour:

30.07.  FIN  Oulu - Qstock Festival
05.08.  P    Corroios - Vagos Open Air Festival
19.08.  B    Hasselt - Pukkelpop Festival
24.09.  USA  San Bernardino, CA - Ozzfest

29.09.  USA  Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
30.09.  USA  Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore
01.10.  USA  New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall
02.10.  USA  Boston, MA - House Of Blues
04.10.  CDN  Montreal, QC - Metropolis
05.10.  CDN  Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
07.10.  USA  Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
08.10.  USA  Akron, OH - Good Year Theater @ East End
09.10.  USA  Chicago, IL - Riviera Theater
10.10.  USA  Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
12.10.  USA  Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
13.10.  USA  Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
14.10.  USA  Austin, TX - Emo‘s
15.10.  USA  Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Live!
18.10.  USA  Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
19.10.  USA  Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
21.10.  USA  Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades
22.10.  USA  San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
24.10.  USA  Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
25.10.  USA  Seattle, WA - The Moore
26.10.  CDN  Vancouver, BC - Orpheum

release date is September 30th.

1. Persephone
2. Sorceress
3. The Wilde Flowers
4. Will O The Wisp
5. Chrysalis
6. Sorceress 2
7. The Seventh Sojourn
8. Strange Brew
9. A Fleeting Glance

10. Era  
11. Persephone (Slight Return)

6/15/16 1:27PM

Facebook link to story

I'm looking forward to it, but at the same time, not expecting a ton of course, like their last couple of albums.,

Also interesting they sign to Nuclear Blast, Roadrunner wasn't working out? not shocked though.

As for the title, not a Fates Warning reference, but if it somehow was...

details should be bumped of course. Not sure on the release season/year per if it ends up coming out in November.

Kevin Gilbert - Imagemaker [Stop Motion Video]

Wow, just fucking wow.

And this being my favorite track on Shaming.

Kevin Gilbert would be proud, I'm sure.

This was made (or uploaded) in February of 2012? Where in the fuck have I been? Either that or I acquired some kind of amnesia about this thing.

The way the pictures are animated and sync-ed is incredibly well done. I can only image the hours the fan, Lennart Fagerman, who made this spent.

Pretty fantastic. I'm going to have to check out some of his newer videos of course now.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Random Artist Feature: Led Zeppelin (Part 2 up)

7/17/16 1:00AM

Houses of the Holy
The Song Remains the Same
Physical Graffiti
Physical Graffiti tablature book
In Through the Outtakes
Led Zeppelin tablature book
Robert Plant Picture Disc

Here's the 2nd and final part of my Zeppelin collection. 20 minutes, but I suppose I showed quite a bit.

Part 1 of this series. I love Zeppelin, and these albums

Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin IV

Friday, July 15, 2016

Bruce Peninsula - Don't Wake the Giant [1B] (+Sleeping Giant OST)

Great to hear new music from these guys, a band I have enjoyed more and more, but it seems like lost some steam after their last record Open Flames in 2011, and then the great epic Of Songs in 202.

And those along with their other work are some of the most infectious releases over the last 10 years.

I just purchased this new single and the Sleeping Giant OST as well. I suppose I may yearn to see the film soon as well.

How does this sound compares to their previous work? I haven't checked out the full Soundtrack yet, but the single "Don't Wake the Giant" is still them, but with a little electronic emphasis. The soundtrack may be more *cinematic* naturally.

My biggest question is with Neil Haverty and his vocals, which were a big part of their early music and on A Mountain is a Mouth, I wonder if his role as a vocalist has changed or is in transition. Perhaps a bit like Jon Oliva with Savatage in the 90's, etc. I dunno.

Pain of Salvation Documentary (Webisodes, shot from 2007-2014)

7/15/16 9:15AM

Just to bump this as the entire Season 1 is now up, and I am trying to catchup fully with it. A lot of the telling of what the band went through and how difficult it is to keep a band together, etc.

Kind of sympathizing more with Daniel than I may have expected.

Once I have finished it and/or more is put up, I'm sure I'll bump it again. Right now I'm in the middle of 2008.

Also it is clear the editors/filmmakers have had to do a lot of work with subtitles, which I totally applaud them as I'm sure it's not easy, both in terms of translating (and hearing what exactly is said) and just the editing-in, etc. 

Also it is quite odd seeing Daniel and the other guys speak in their native tongue, as I can only claim to remember the dialogue on 12:5 not in English from them.

6/7/16 8:39PM

Facebook Page

So this documentary has been in the works for a number of years. The write up on that website and even in the 1st Webisode, says/shows they shot footage with Daniel and the band from 2007-2014.

Kind of ironic timing, but maybe the most dramatic in a lot of ways with the band membership and stylistic changes musically around those times.

This should be fun to see, and for the filmmakers, I'm sure it's great to finally share this stuff after all these years and work.

The 1st webisode is subtitled in English, which I imagine much if not all of these Webisodes will be. Odd for me seeing Daniel talk in his native tongue, but so be it.

I'm not sure, but a new Webisode may show up every week or 2, so I'll try and bump this entry. Kind of reminds me of that The Receiving End of Sirens documentary series from last year, which from memory, I'm not sure if the last part every got shared.

Not documentary-style, but as the titles says, a live performance in November of 2011? Fredrik and Johan Hallgren were still in the band, so that makes sense.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Cool story about 2 Metal Kids: UNLOCKING THE TRUTH (their band)

7/13/16 10:41PM

This is for this band called Unlocking the Truth and I just saw the documentary Breaking a Monster this evening at the Trylon Cinema in Minneapolis. Good film/documentary in a lot of ways.

My criticism of it includes a couple of things

1) Why was there next to no exposure to THE METAL SCENE. The real gauge about their music is really how the Metal scene, Metal listeners, Metal fans, etc take to their music. It seemed good, but we didn't get much of it

2) The whole MAJOR LABEL NIGHTMARE contract, etc. With it seems countless of examples in history of bands signing a deal to a major label and then things go down hill, etc. Why did they do it? I suppose vulnerability/naivete, etc.

And the people at Sony when they signed that contract, especially that woman who kept talking and trying to appease to the naive stereotypes of these kids, lol. BLECH. She, nor more or less all the executives didn't seem to know ANYTHING about Metal, about their tastes, or just the kids themselves.

It's like did they ever hear of an album called The Shaming of the True released by Kevin Gilbert? Or the large numbers of bands who get into legal issues with their label? Prince?, lol.

But issues aside, it is a cool documentary, showing how things can escalate and change almost overnight for just some normal inner city kids who happen to like and play Metal, a style of music most of their peers don't care for.

Their drummer Jarad, I think I liked the most as he seemed the most down to earth of the 3, and also the most about emphasizing their music 1st.

Now their sound overall, in the film I like the 1 single they showed them play live and record in"Monster," but it's clear Slipknot and some of the doom influences have shown up in their newer music, which they just released their debut album Chaos on June 17th. The 1st video for it "Take Control" is kind of a Slipknot tribute, just with the masks.

I actually think in seeing their evolution, it would have been cool if they just were an instrumental band. They'd be more unique musically, just as they are in race/culture, being all-black and kids doing Metal. But had they not, they probably would not have received the exposure they did, which is sad, but true. I suppose seeing someone like Tosin from Animals as Leaders being Black and playing in an all-instrumental band, but gradually getting more popular, would likely have had them take a similar trajectory if they were just instrumental.

Also odd how the dude who helped them get signed and "discovered" and is/was their manager, Alan Sacks, was a co-creator on the TV show Welcome Back Cotter, along with discovering the likes of The Jonas Brothers and I thought he said Demi Levato.

1/13/14 12:57AM
This may be worth sharing, not that so much because it's a story about 2 kids who like and are playing Metal. Which that is all well and good I suppose, namely because their sound reminds me more of some of the thrash and old school stoner/doom metal.

But the fact they are 2 minority kids, being black or African American. And they don't care the fact their peers may not be into Metal.
Is it a stereotype? sure. And would it be good if it changed aka more minorities or just African American kids liked Metal? certainly.

Would I expect to see a lot more kids like them soon? not really, but stories like this can often inspire and surprise people over time.

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The Mars Volta News? Interview with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

I wondered if they were done even after the announcement a few years ago. It does sound like Omar and Cedric have a lot ahead of it in terms of priority, namely his solo records and a new At the Drive-In album, which I may check out, but still don't have huge expectations or hopes.

The Volta? especially if Jon Theodore is back, certainly intrigues me and many others.

You mentioned Mars Volta earlier in your list of projects you'd like to revive. Do you have plans to put out another Volta album eventually?
At some point, we'd love to do [Mars Volta] again too, you know what I mean? There's so much to do there as well. Obviously now we're focused on At the Drive-In and making this record great and touring. Jon Theodore is doing Queens of the Stone Age right now. There are only four surviving members of the real Mars Volta, which is Eva Gardner, the original bass player who gave us all our soul but unfortunately had to leave the band because her father died on the second tour; Ikey Owens, who, of course, isn't with us anymore; Jeremy Ward, who isn't with us anymore; and Jon Theodore. Jon and Eva are still alive, and we're so grateful for that. And any true fan of the band knows that's the real chemistry right there. Whenever we get to that time, we hope that it all lines up with whatever Jon's doing and whatever Eva's doing, because she's been touring with Gwen Stefani. I just have a feeling it will. Life has a funny way of working out that way. 

Fans were very excited about Antemasque, since it brought you and Cedric back together. Could you talk a bit about how that project actually started? It seemed like a very quick transition between Cedric tweeting about the death of Mars Volta to you guys coming together and making the album in what seemed like a very spontaneous way. Then the project seemed to fly under the radar.
Obviously I'm biased, but I think it's a great record, as well. The most important thing is the fact that it got made and we did it and went through the process. Like you said, there was him tweeting or something, and not long after that, we got another band together. Because we're brothers. We're brothers of 25 years, and we had our very first disagreement, and unfortunately it happened to be in the era where arguments can be made public. But having one disagreement in the span of over two decades, you're not going to find that anywhere else. When you look at musical pairings throughout history – Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page – usually like 10, 15 years is their limit, then they go their separate ways. Ours is much deeper than that. We didn't end up in a band together because we were looking to form a band. We ended up in a band together because we hung out every day and played music every day, so the next logical thing was to take a band out on the road. We had one disagreement about me not wanting to do Volta at the time, and it turned into that. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Genders - Phone Home [EP] [____-2016____]

The new track "Life is But a Dream" streaming there, but also is released on Friday at their bandcamp page below.

The EP per the link

Portland-based dream pop band Genders teases their upcoming EP, Phone Home, with "Life is But a Dream," 

Life Is But A Dream cover art

Rather dream new track, which I often go for, especially from a band like Genders.
"Life is But a Dream" the title, almost sounds like the title from a track from the previous Fitz and the Tantrums album.

Random Artist Feature: Jethro Tull

19 minutes, but I more or less covered everything I own and my entire experience with them. Although I think 2 or 3 of those albums are so good, I may end up revisiting them and making a video with more specific details. For one, I should have mentioned the saxophone use in A Passion Play which I love. And more of the lyrics on TAAB.

Thick as a Brick
Thick as a Brick (Platinum label, West Germany 1985)
A Passion Play
Minstrel in the Gallery
Songs from the Wood
Heavy Horses
Crest of a Knave

Random Artist Feature: Queen

I said "Bohemian Rhapsody" being the best or favorite Queen album, of course I meant A Night at the Opera.

Otherwise, 1st 4 albums, I also forgot to show my copy of Queen II, but oh well.

Queen II
Sheer Heart Attack
A Night at the Opera