Tuesday, July 17, 2018

MINUS THE BEAR: Rest in Peace

So to see Minus the Bear finally call it a day, I guess does not come as some highly surprising shock.
They seem to kind of plateau maybe a couple of years back on a commercial level.

And musically? while I wish I could say they were making music I loved recently, I can't totally say that. At the same time, I guess I can admit to enjoying some of the songs from Infinity Overhead and OMNI.

VOIDS? I'm guilty to having never checked out largely due to reading comments about it not straying all that much from their recent records.

Of course the deal for me with Minus the Bear:

I could never fully get into them until 2007 with Planet of Ice, which is their most prog-rock like. I read more than 1 thing with the members saying they were listening to a lot of King Crimson when they wrote it.

They combined college rock, with mathrock and some pop sensibilities on it, that seemed to really work.

I recall going back to their previous records Menos el Oso and Highly Refined Pirates, and even an EP or 2, and finding more to like than before.

Although the issue with the vocals being soft, or something, I still think exists, but it doesn't bother me as much.

I guess I cannot forget seeing them live. I saw them, 3 or 4 times. I can't recall.

The 1st time was with The Helio Sequence at First Avenue. And while they were good, THS were better. Honestly MUCH better, and this was on the Planet of Ice tour in 2007.

Anyway, then I saw them again, I think in 2008 with Annuals at The Varsity Theater. Annuals I had seen a few times before and were really good (group drum jams included), and like The Helio Sequence, Annuals were better, lol.

I don't remember when I saw them again after that, but one other time was with my gf I want to say in 2012 at The Varsity Theater again, with The Velvet Teen. And while I'm not sure if TVT like Annuals and The Helio Sequence, out-staged them, I can saw I went to see TVT more.

I mean I can't say I'm happy they are ending, but at the same time, I'm not depressed. I would be up for seeing them 1 last time at The Varsity Theater on 10/15, although as it turns out, it is the same night I was thinking of seeing The Church at The Turf Club.

also a note, they mentioned Planet of Ice, Crimson and progrock when they guested on Live from Daryl's House, which I recall they did a cover of something off Sacred Songs, the album Daryl Hall made with Robert Fripp.

RIP Minus the Bear. Someone said Foals may not be around without them, which if so, I am grateful. It just adds to the list of bands what I might look at the "Golden Era" of progressive college rock in the mid-late 2000''s until today, who are gone.


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After almost two decades of writing and touring the world together, we have decided to close this chapter of our lives as Minus the Bear.

What started as a silly inside joke inside the dingy confines of Seattle’s original Cha Cha Lounge back in 2001 quickly snowballed into years of adventures, creativity, and friendship. We could have never predicted the wild journey about to begin. We’ve accomplished so much over the past 17 years, and we are grateful for the experience.

Undoubtedly we owe all of these adventures to you, our fans. Without all of you, the memories of traveling the world, exploring different cultures, and witnessing the delight of your beautiful faces singing along wouldn’t have been possible. Your support weathered us through storms that easily could have scuttled the band. Throughout the years, it’s you who kept us going. We cannot thank you enough.

This Autumn we head out on our final tour in support of our upcoming 4-song EP “Fair Enough” courtesy of Suicide Squeeze Records. You can hear the title track and read our interview here: https://bit.ly/2utoQ1d

These final shows are a celebration for the community of fans who gave us so much through years of dedication. We’ll be digging deep in the MTB catalogue and we are honored for the opportunity to play our hearts out for you one last time.


Alex, Cory, Dave and Jake

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Capital Cities - Venus & River [1B] (2018)

Great new banging tune!

Capital Cities are pretty consistent. Catchy, melodic, memorable. The use of horns or horn textures always seem to work with their music.

When their next full-length is coming? I dunno. But they keep making great singles that I wonder if it's not too far away.

The Swimming Pool Summer EP from 2017 was rather good, and the singles "Vowels" and "My Name is Mars" also carried the same melodic, catchy, upbeat vibe.

I keep thinking about River Phoenix and his movies when hearing this. I love how they use 80's references in their songs, or just have an 80's vibe at times.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Mercury Tree - Cryptic Tree [EP] (2017-2018)

New EP coming from The Mercury Tree on July 27th, which per bandcamp/below, is the 1st of a couple of releases expected in 2018 from The Mercury Tree.

Interesting how this release includes the service of an additional guitarist Igliashon Jones who has his own music as well, linked below.


1. Change All Your Passwords
2. Diffractions and Halos
3. Cold Flame
4. Huntress
5. Soaring Xenharmonic Plantain

A leap into the deepest, heaviest depths of microtonality we've yet tackled. A collaboration with microtonal composer Igliashon Jones (Cryptic Ruse, City of the Asleep) using 23- and 17-note equal divisions of the octave. 

Stay tuned for the new full-length Mercury Tree album coming this fall! Also, check out Igliashon's other work here: 
releases July 27, 2018 

Igliashon Jones - guitar, synths 
Ben Spees - guitar, synths, vocals 
Connor Reilly - drums 
Oliver Campbell - bass, vocals 

Engineered by Ben Spees at College of Wizardry & Bongo Fury 
Mastered by Julian Silva

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Bent Knee + Bubblemath + Gatherers 7/10/18 @ 7th St Entry

So I should include a review here for this show last night Tuesday the 10th of July at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis.

1st off: live reviews are done as often as I can, but sometimes they just don't manage to happen like the Chromeo show a few weeks back. Raphael Saadiq perhaps on the 20th among some others may happen hopefully. Maybe movie screenings like Whitney or the Muse one tomorrow night 7/12.

But this was the 2nd Bent Knee show I've seen in basically 1-year (July 24th last year was the other), and while that show was a huge deal for me to finally see Bent Knee, and also cool to see local band Air Lands with them (and have Sarah from Cloud Cult sit-in); this show included Bubblemath of course, 1 of Minnesota proggiest of prog bands.

Great double bill, and Kai especially is a Bent Knee fan, etc he hosted them last year.

So those 2 along with Gatherers from NJ (not Gatherer, RIP, see previous entry), who I'll say, while I don't know if I'll be pursuing their music necessarily, but they seemed to capture the Post-Hardcore energy and sound well. And a few moments the guitar textures had me turn my head. As I told them, I'm sure some new fans will be made between their and Bent Knee's fan bases.

Bubblemath, played 30 minutes and 3 songs. 2 new ones not on either album. "Refused" in particular I enjoyed, namely the last 1/3 or maybe even half of. Which I told Kai, a lot of their music I tend to focus on the sections in the songs/pieces at times. But also, that tune and the 2nd tune "Everything" are both new, and for some reason the mix for them was not as clear as it was for both Bent Knee and even Gatherers I think.

"Routine" is an epic like the other 2, and from Edit Peptide. And I liked maybe even more than at the show I saw in 2017 at The Triplerock Social Club (RIP).

At any case, 3 songs, 30 minutes. Other than mix/sound issues, it was great to see them again and the 2 new songs are for their next album which I guess is planned to be recorded soon = late 2018 or 2019 release? let's hope.

Bent Knee: the set list I have below likely isn't fully accurate. I'm unsure based on some of the songs they played I didn't recognize and the set lists from setlist.fm vary. They didn't play an encore, and the list below has 12 songs, which I'm thinking they didn't play quite that many. Maybe 8-10?

edit: I think it was 9 songs, as I thought they mentioned the drummer who filled in had to learn "9 songs from their set list" or something.

Land Animal, Hands Up, Leak Water for sure.

Anyway, apologies for the slightly guesstimated set list.

Bent Knee were still really fun, energetic live. And their drummer Gavin Wallace-Allsworth had to leave the tour on June 23rd, after an accident in San Francisco where he broke his foot. But thankfully he had surgery, and is recovering well I guess .

The drummer that filled-in, I forget his name. It may have been Gatherers drummer Adam Cichocki? I forget. But I guess he learned their music really fast, and while they do miss Gavin, the drum work was still excellent last night.

But with the new songs being played and speaking to Ben Levin, they have a new record in the works, which doesn't surprise me, but definitely is one to look forward to. They are prolific, but from album they don't seem to lose any quality in their songs, which says a lot. I see Shiny Eyed Babies, Say So and Land Animal all pretty close, and all having many outstanding tracks that have moments I look forward to and love.

2019 new Bent Knee? let's hope.

Also I picked up the Say So double vinyl, which I hope to show on YouTube soon.

And I met a bunch of really cool fans including this guy Pete and 1 of his sons, from Eau Claire, WI. Also a musician named Mage? who takes a ton of inspiration from Bent Knee and is from MN I guess, but is going to College in LA.

Bent Knee
Bone Rage
Time Deer
Leak Water
Hands Up
Garbage Shark
Golden Hour
Terror Bird
Land Animal

1 of these may have been played:
Holy Ghost
Mother's Day
Give Us the Gold
Being Human


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GATHERER (NZ): Rest in Peace (+ Last Song/Video "High Notes")

This sucks and I really ought to write an extensive tribute/homage to this band Gatherer, from New Zealand. A progressive band that of all people, Kimbra recommended, likely largely due to she comes from New Zealand herself and knew them due to that.

I suppose I'll just say, their debut from 2012 So Be It is awesome. It's one of the best albums this decade, especially being a debut album. "Regular Frontier" and "Thrive" among the rest of it, are favorites. And the production is incredibly clear and pristine.

Gatherer found this way to be really heavy, loud, and complex, yet still have dreamy soaring melodies. And the guitars and syncopation was really unlike any combination I'd heard before.

And as they described below, they refused to cater their music to trends.

Heavy Hail their 2nd album from 2015 I recall liking, but my memory was it being a little hit and miss. It used more electronic sides, which I recall the production was quite dense. I wonder if I went back to it now, if I might appreciate it more than I did initially back then as it probably has been 2015 or 2016 when I last gave it a go.

Their new and last song "High Notes" video below) I am enjoying, in a bittersweet way.

Also I think it's worth adding how their previous name/incarnation "This City Sunrise" I also really love, and may be 1 of the best or rarest examples of 'Core music that actually works without the vocals bugging me enough. In fact I grew to enjoy them, almost as much or in different ways than I did with Gatherer.

I forget, but I thought the 2 This City Sunrise EP's I found online to purchase on CD, but never got around to it.

WHY I didn't hear about this until now? (July 11th, per the news/new video+track came out April 3rd), I don't religiously read FB and Twitter feeds (myspace sadly had that setup much better with a blog subscription, etc).

The New Jersey band Gatherers (formerly Gatherer but added the s after the same name of the band New Zealand), I saw last evening with Bent Knee and Bubblemath, and seeing them/thinking about Gatherer from New Zealand, got me curious what they may be up to.

But not shocking, another one goes by the wayside, despite support from Kimbra. O well, maybe Gatherer at the time their music came out, were a bit too unusual to be appreciated. But maybe in the coming years their music will still be discovered.

What the members do next? I dunno. Maybe a reunion of course someday, or other projects perhaps.

In the mean time, I hope to find some other music that pushes boundaries and struggles to resemble other music out there, while maintaining quality songwriting the way Gatherer did.

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Hey team, we're gonna keep this brief.
We would love to introduce you to our latest and last song, 'High Notes'.
The last few years have been a whirlwind for us as we grew into actual adults and became really hungry for something fresh. With so many years of brotherhood, loyalty and history under our belt we dug as deep as we could to find a new way to do this thing, but as we reached the home stretch we ultimately discovered that our hearts just aren't beating to the same drum any more.

That's it, really. This is where we ended up. We're immensely proud of everything we've done, we lasted longer than most bands ever do and we have a friendship that is unlike any other. At the end of the day our mission was to be an incredible band that refused to follow trends and we can rightly say we smashed that goal out of the park.

We love all of you. To anyone that believed in us, helped us, sacrificed anything in any way for us - we'll never forget.
Onward and upward!
Clip by Greg Cooper, Art by Pat Fox, music by us.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Hansa Studios (Berlin): Add PEPE DELUXE to the List!

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As pointed out there and other places, Pepe Deluxe now joins the likes of Marillion, U2, REM, David Bowie, Tangerine Dream, Depeche Mode, In Flames, Iggy Pop and Nick Cave among many others to have recorded in Berlin's famed Hansa Studios.

2012's Queen of the Wave is all-time favorite of mine, so this only adds more anticipation for their next record which it sounds like it could be coming out finally in the near future (2019?).

also neat 90 minute documentary shows a lot about Hansa here:

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Lost in Vegas - Rush-2112 REACTION

A lot of people have seen this already, and I commented on Twitter earlier about it.

I enjoyed this one a ton as I have with all of their Rush videos and many others.

The only issue is the edits for copyright concerns.

I mentioned they should check out the ANIMATED VIDEO that Rush themselves shared a few years ago.

And then I added another post on twitter tagging them and Rush that echos a ton of comments in support of them making a REACT TO video for Natural Science.

It is awesome they love Rush so much, and some of the comments asked about them reacting to some other names in progressive rock. Yes of course (Roundabout, which might make sense, although someone suggested Heart of the Sunrise which would be my suggestion).

And so I chimed in about Genesis and King Crimson which I thought they may have done a video for 21st Century Schizoid Man, but I'm not sure. They could react to Starless or Red I suppose if so.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

REACT TO: Rolling Stone's Top 100 Songs 2000-2018 (+A LIST FROM ME)

So Rollingstone.com (and/or Rolling Stone magazine) made a list recently of the "The 100 Greatest Songs of the 21st Century – So Far" list (see towards the bottom of this entry) and of course it's a mostly terrible list. But I thought before going into MY REACT TO List and the RS list, I think it is worth sharing Pete Pardo of Sea of Tranquility on his YouTube channel did one of his "Rants" about not the Top 100 but Top 25 (maybe the top 25 only was shared on Social Media initially?).

I largely agree with Pete Pardo. In 10 or 20 years, a good percentage of these songs, nobody is going to be listening to regularly. And among the things about the list to understand, the list of VOTERS

Bolded = the people I know and actually respect = 6 out of 81?

Cliff Burnstein, Q Prime Artist Management
Patrick Carney, The Black Keys
Julian Casablancas, The Strokes, the Voidz
Charli XCX
Wayne Coyne, The Flaming Lips
Britt Daniel, Spoon
DJ Khaled
Steven Drozd, The Flaming Lips
Paul Epworth
Noel Gallagher, Oasis, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
John Gourley, Portugal. The Man
Thom Sonny Green, Alt-J
David Guetta
Jim James, My Morning Jacket
Craig Kallman, Atlantic Records
Bridget Kearney, Lake Street Dive
Greta Kline, Frankie Cosmos
Avril Lavigne
Dua Lipa
Courtney Love, Hole
Colin Meloy, The Decemberists 
French Montana
Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine 
Stuart Murdoch, Belle and Sebastian
Rita Ora
Rachel Price, Lake Street Dive
Quavo, Migos
Mark Ronson
Andrew Savage, Parquet Courts
M. Shadows, Avenged Sevenfold 
Patrick Stump, Fall Out Boy
Will Toledo, Car Seat Headrest
Justin Tranter
Lars Ulrich, Metallica 
Butch Vig, Garbage
Adam Weiner, Low Cut Connie
Pete Wentz, Fall Out Boy


David Browne
Andrew Casillas
Cameron Crowe
Anthony DeCurtis 
Jon Dolan
Patrick Doyle
Michael Endelman
Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Suzy Exposito
Jason Fine
Leor Galil
Sarah Grant
Andy Greene
Kory Grow
Shirley Halperin
Rob Harvilla
Will Hermes
Christian Hoard
Steven Hyden
Maura Johnston
Joe Levy
Alan Light
Kurt Loder
Greil Marcus
Jason Newman
Kevin O’Donnell
Michelle Ofiwe
Jerry Portwood
Justin Ravitz
Isabela Raygoza
Mosi Reeves
Austin Scaggs
Rob Sheffield
Hank Shteamer
Brittany Spanos
Simon Vozick-Levinson
Barry Walters
Jonah Weiner
Christopher R. Weingarten

Here I will do is come up with 100 Songs that are better and very likely will actually stand the test the time in 10 or 20 years.

edit: 130 songs, lol. As I ended up just thinking of artists with music released since the year 2000, and it ballooned up almost to the point over the last 24 hours, I thought, fuck 100, how about 200 songs and different artists?

But mainly for the sake of just publishing this thing, I am going to stop with what I last counted at as 130.

And I just thought of something, this in a way could be a bit of a precursor to 2 future entries or series.

1 obviously being the Best songs of the 21st Century and even a bit of a guide for those Albums Calendars I mean to do at some point soon from 2001, 2003, 2007-present. Although if I make a fully accurate list of songs, it probably would need to include multiples tracks from many artists.

I also included the year of each track and it sort of gives a little overview of the decade debate of 2000's vs 2010's.


That being said, if i really wanted to invest the time, it would have been nice to include blurbs, even from 10 or 20 of them, but..time of course. Maybe another time.

And I do think these songs in the 2020's and 2030's will be as if not more worthwhile to revisit than literally 75 or more percent of that RS list. Even if most of them are not "radio hits" or have videos on YouTube that have millions of views, shares, likes, etc, etc.

A lot of great art is found decades if not centuries later. Even from obscure or esoteric artists.

I suppose something to consider doing is making another list like this both in 2020 (for 2010-2019 songs) and in 2025 or 2030 just to see if these songs all make sense to include and what all is added both from the subsequent years until then, and from 2000-present from songs that I hadn't discovered yet. I.e. like how I have been discovering 90's albums from The Spent Poets and Dada which I would never have known about making a Best of the 90's tracks literally 2 months ago, lol.


dredg - The Canyon Behind Her (2002)
The Mars Volta - Cassandra Gemini (2005)
The Dear Hunter - His Hands Matched His Tongue (2006)
Muse - Stockholm Syndrome (2003)
U2 - New York (2001)
Imogen Heap - The Moment I Said It (2005)
King's X - Vegetable (2002)
Kimbra - Cameo Lover (2011)
Emanuel and the Fear - Jimme's Song (2010)
Fair to Midland - Orphan Anthem'86 (Original Demo) (2006)
Marillion - The Invisible Man (2004)
Pain of Salvation - The Perfect Element (2000)
Fates Warning - Still Remains (2001)
Kaddisfly - Via Rail (2007)
The Reign of Kindo - Til We Make Our Ascent (2008)
Zero Hour - Demise and Vestige (2001)
Bend Sinister - Time Breaks Down (2007)
Mew - The Zookeeper's Boy (2005)
Pure Reason Revolution - The Twyncyn/Trembilin Willows (2006)
Oceansize - The Frame (2007)
Major Parkinson - The Wheelbarrow (2014)
Dream the Electric Sleep - Elizabeth (2014)
Under the Influence of Giants - Mama's Room (2006)
Men, Women and Children - Dance in my Blood (2006)
Kevin Gilbert - Water Under the Bridge (2000)
Steven Wilson - Happy Returns (2015)
Porcupine Tree - Arriving Somewhere But Not Here (2005)
Green Carnation - Light of Day, Day of Darkness (2001)
Spock's Beard - The Great Nothing (2000)
Between the Buried and Me - White Walls (2007)
Three - Amaze Disgrace (2004)
Kiss Kiss - Stay the Day (2007)
Dream Theater - Blind Faith (2002)
Transatlantic - Stranger in Your Soul (2001)
Archive - Again (2002)
Doves - Catch the Sun (2000)
Hotel of the Laughing Tree - Weather Maps for Nikolai (2011)
Pepe Deluxe - A Night and a Day (2012)
Small Leaks Sink Ships - Building Blocks (2015)
Cloud Cult - Running with the Wolves (2010)
The Receiving End of Sirens - This Armistice (2005)
Mutemath - Cavalries (2011)
Umphrey's McGee - Mantis (2009)
Coheed and Cambria - The Willing Well (2005)
Incubus - The Odyssey (2004)
Anathema - Angels Walk Among Us (2010)
Brice Plays Drums - Freight Train Blues (2012)
House of Fools - Need to Be Free (2012)
John Arch - Cheyenne (2003)
Shaman - Fairy Tale (2002)
Anathallo - Without Love (2001)
Margot and the Nuclear So and So's - Pages Written on a Wall (2008)
The Family Crest - Beneath the Brine (2014)
The Decemberists - The Island (2006)
Dirt Poor Robins - Solemn Dream (2013)
Apes and Androids - Riverside (2008)
Ours - Sometimes (2001)
Enchant - What to Say (2000)
Menomena - Wet and Rusting (2007)
Ramona Falls - Spore (2012)
Opeth - The Grand Conjuration (2005)
Burst - (We Watched) The Silver Rain (2008)
East of the Wall - The Apologist (2011)
Bent Knee - Land Animal (2017)
Unexpect - Chromatic Chimera (2006)
SikTh - Another Sinking Ship (2006)
Long Distance Calling - Lines (2016)
Local Natives - Sun Hands (2009)
Foals - Spanish Sahara (2010)
Warpaint - Elephants (2008)
Typhoon - Remember (2018)
Murder By Death - The Desert is on Fire (2003)
Clann Zu - One Bedroom Apartment (2004)
Godspeed You Black Emperor - Storm (2000)
Janelle  Monae - Many Moons (2007)
Annuals - Springtime (2008)
Silverchair - Strange Behaviour (2007)
The Dissociatives - Aangry Megaphone Man (2004)
Fjokra - Infinite Loops (2014)
Wolf Parade - Kissing the Beehive (2008)
As Tall as Lions - Circles (2009)
The Velvet Teen - Chimera Obscurant (2004)
Minus the Bear - Burying Luck (2007)
Bloc Party - Uniform (2007)
The Antlers - Atrophy (2009)
Biffy Clyro - Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies (2007)
Neverending White Lights - Our Final Hymn (2005)
sElf - Trunk Fulla Amps (2000)
maudlin of the Well - Gleam in Ranks (2001)
Black Mountain - Bright Lights (2008)
Fields. - Song for the Fields (2007)
The Faceless - Leica (2006)
Time of Orchids -All We Ever Wish (2005)
Aereogramme - Barriers (2007)
Russian Circles - Death Rides a Horse (2006)
Timmy Sean - Can't Stop the World (2010)
Team Me - F is for Faker (2014)
Anakdota - The Girl Next Door (2016)
Battles - Tonto (2007)
OSI - shutDOWN (2003)
VAST - Free (2000)
Everything Everything - To the Blade (2015)
Jazzkamikaze - Music is My Heroin (2010)
The Flower Kings - I an the Sun (Part One) (2000)
Mayer Hawthorne - Designer Drug (2013)
Grimus - The Hell I'm In (2014)
Josh Rouse - Comeback (Light Therapy) (2003)
Gospel - Tango (2010)
Blackfield - Pain (2004)
Woven - Inhale (2007)
Peter Gabriel - Growing Up (2002)
South - Motiveless Crime (2003)
Bruce Peninsula - Steamroller (2009)
22 - Gotodo (2010)
Gotye - Thanks for Your Time (2006)
The River Empires - Three Tigers (2010)
Judgement Day - Peacocks / Pink Monsters (2010)
Pat Metheny - As it is (2002)
Agalloch - Summerisle Reprise (2008)
Protest the Hero - Blindfolds Aside (2006)
Late of the Pier - Focker (2008)
Crotchduster - Mammal Sauce (2004)
The Chap - Proper Rock (2008)
Timbre - Night Girl: Nycteris Sees the Sun (2015)
Brooke Waggoner - Go Easy, Little Doves, I'll Be Fine (2009)
Vennart - Doubt (2015)
Mutyumu - 火焔鳥 / die Ewige Wiederkunft (2008)
Tokyo Jihen - 秘密 / Secret (2006)
Klimt 1918 - We Were Wed By the Sea (2005)
NewVillager - Lighthouse (2011)

The LIST. bolded = songs or artists I like, although many examples the artist has better songs not on the list (Yeah Yeah Yeah's, Coldplay, New Pornographers). And Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" should be higher than so many of these tracks, including Uptown Funk, Happy, etc.

100. "Gasolina" Daddy Yankee feat. Glory
99. "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)," UGK feat. Outkast
98. "Archie, Marry Me," Alvvays
97. "1901," Phoenix
96. "Tighten Up," The Black Keys
95. "Can't Get You Out of My Head," Kylie Minogue
94. "Jesus Walks," Kanye West
93. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)," My Chemical Romance
92. "Stoned and Starving," Parquet Courts
91. "Despacito (Remix)" Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber
90. "1 Thing" Amerie
89. "Hate to Say I Told You So," The Hives
88. "Hannah Hunt," Vampire Weekend
87. "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey
86. "I Love It," Icona Pop w/Charli XCX
85. "My Shot," Original Broadway Cast of 'Hamilton'
84. "One More Time," Daft Punk
83. "Lost Cause," Beck
82. "New Slang," The Shins
81. "Hollaback Girl," Gwen Stefani
80. "Ante Up (Robbin-Hoodz Theory)" M.O.P.
79. "Drop It Like It’s Hot" Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell
78. "Young Folks," Peter Bjorn and John
77. "Losing My Edge," LCD Soundsystem
76. "Get Lucky," Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams
75. "The House That Built Me," Miranda Lambert
74. "Letter From an Occupant," The New Pornographers
73. "House of Jealous Lovers," The Rapture
72. "Bad and Boujee," Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert
71. "Call Me Maybe," Carly Rae Jepsen
70. "American Idiot," Green Day
69. "Thinkin Bout You," Frank Ocean
68. "Springsteen," Eric Church
67. "What You Know," T.I.
66. "Beez in the Trap," Nicki Minaj feat. 2 Chainz
65. "We Found Love," Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
64. "DNA," Kendrick Lamar
63. "Sugar, We’re Goin Down," Fall Out Boy
62. "Teenage Dream," Katy Perry
61. "Hung Up," Madonna
60. "The Wire," Haim
59. "Bodak Yellow," Cardi B
58. "Ni**as in Paris" Jay-Z and Kanye West
57. "Do You Realize??" The Flaming Lips
56. "Weird Fishes/ Arpeggi," Radiohead
55. "212," Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay
54. "Portions for Foxes," Rilo Kiley
53. "Oblivion," Grimes
52. "Chandelier," Sia
51. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," Beyoncé
50. "The Scientist," Coldplay
49. "Sign of the Times," Harry Styles
48. "Happy," Pharrell Williams
47. "Redbone," Childish Gambino
46. "Cry Me a River," Justin Timberlake
45. "Sorry," Justin Bieber
44. "Stan," Eminem
43. "Cranes in the Sky," Solange
42. "Electric Feel," MGMT
41. "Hurt," Johnny Cash
40. "Beautiful Day," U2
39. "No One Knows," Queens of the Stone Age
38. "Formation," Beyoncé
37. "You Want It Darker," Leonard Cohen
36. "Gold Digger" Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx
35. "Blue Jeans," Lana Del Rey
34. "Mr. Brightside," The Killers
33. "Idioteque," Radiohead
32. "In Da Club," 50 Cent
31. "Wake Up," Arcade Fire
30. "Mississippi," Bob Dylan
29. "All Too Well" Taylor Swift
28. "Umbrella," Rihanna feat. Jay-Z
27. "B.O.B." Outkast
26. "Hotline Bling," Drake
25. "Uptown Funk," Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
24. "Lose Yourself," Eminem
23. "Ms. Jackson," Outkast
22. "Take Me Out" Franz Ferdinand
21. "Bad Romance," Lady Gaga
20. "Rehab," Amy Winehouse
19. "Dancing on My Own," Robyn
18. "Blackstar," David Bowie
17. "Work It," Missy Elliott
16. "All My Friends," LCD Soundsystem
15. "Crazy," Gnarls Barkley
14. "Toxic," Britney Spears
13. "Alright," Kendrick Lamar
12. "Get Ur Freak On," Missy Elliott
11. "Since U Been Gone," Kelly Clarkson
10. "Last Nite," The Strokes
9. "Royals," Lorde
8. "Rolling in the Deep," Adele
7. "Runaway," Kanye West feat. Pusha T
6. "Maps," Yeah Yeah Yeahs
5. "99 Problems," Jay-Z
4. "Hey Ya!", Outkast
3. "Seven Nation Army," The White Stripes
2. "Paper Planes," M.I.A.
1. "Crazy in Love," Beyonce feat. Jay-Z

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Josh King - Into the Blue (2017-2018) [RIYL: House of Fools]

6/30/18 12:30PM

Article  from popmatters mentioning the August 17th release date.

These 2 tracks below are good, although not surprised how they are not exactly like House of Fools. But just having his voice reminds me how much I love and could go for more House of Fools music.


He cites Jackson Browne, Simon and Garfunkel, and Tom Petty as inspirations for his songwriting, cheekily interjecting, "#WWTPD."

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As passionate fan of Josh's with House of Fools I am naturally curious to check this debut album out from him.

Yeah, it's being done per Kickstarter, which per the Goal and time, it seems quite likely to be a success.

I guess a lot of my interest is the fact we haven't seen a new House of Fools album since 2012, so I'm wondering if some of the best songwriting ideas could come on this.

Granted, I do know House of Fools are still active and are working on a new album, but maybe with a lot of song ideas, not all of those tunes will end up as HoF tracks. And maybe most importantly, this thing is already recorded, mixed, mastered and will definitely be coming out soon.

The next House of Fools album? who knows right now.

Also the projected time frame is APRIL 2018 per the pledge section.



Greensboro, North Carolina native Josh King needs your help to release his full-length album! As the longtime front man of the nationally touring rock band House of Fools, King has been running the musical gambit for 15 years and recently decided to record and release a solo effort. With the album already fully tracked, mixed, and mastered, King is turning to you, his friends and fans, to help with the final details. A variety of pre-order packages are available here at Kickstarter and the exclusive 
content will be updated frequently! 

A Dying Planet - Facing the Incurable (2017-2018)


A DYING PLANET’s Facing The Incurable will see independent release through the band’s own CynNormal Lab Recordings on CD and digital platforms on August 17th; watch for preorders and additional audio and video samples from the album to be issued preceding its release date.

Teaser on FB

A new project from the Tipton brothers of Zero Hour and Cynthesis (and Abnormal Thought Patterns). Per the article posted above, this band/project does not include Troy Tipton on bass per an an unfortunate injury to his arm. But he was involved with the song writing and actually Vocals.

Also from the article, it mentions how singer Erik Rosvold of Cynthesis (ex-Zero Hour as well) and Bill Jenkins of Enchant as well.

The trailers and teaser clips sound good, and August 17th is not too far away,.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Coheed and Cambria - Vaxis - Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures

This upcoming album is being released on October 5th, 2018.

The 1st 2 tracks are available to stream including "The Dark Sentencer" below. Not bad, although I need to hear it with headphones to be more clear.

It is 78 minutes long, and some of the comments are comparing it to Good Apollo 1. I suppose in scope perhaps, and it maybe didn't help they did GA 1 on Neverender in 2017, when they presumably wrote much of it.

But where's David Botrill?

I'm not assuming anything. I hope this may surprise me, but there have been other Coheed albums I got excited for and then just were underwhelmed by.

I guess we'll see soon enough.

Deluxe Edition Preorder

Coheed and Cambria - Vaxis Act I.jpg
1. Prologue
2. The Dark Sentencer
3. Unheavenly Creatures
4. Toys
5. Black Sunday
6. Queen Of The Dark
7. True Ugly
8. Love Protocol
9. The Pavilion (A Long Way Back)
10. Night-Time Walkers
11. The Gutter
12. All On Fire
13. It Walks Among Us
14. Old Flames
15. Lucky Stars

78 mins

Thursday, June 21, 2018


I never got around to writing a review of the Mike and Micky show in Chicago 1-week ago tonight, which the wife and I saw, was a good show, and Mike especially seemed to be in very good spirits.

And this tour, had never happened before with just Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz together only.

edit: the story on ultimateclassicrock via TMZ may not be completely accurate.

There's also planned a 1st National Band tour in September, which includes Chicago. Nesmith also is scheduled to make an appearance at at least 1 of the Comic-Cons, maybe next month? I forget.

Oddly enough, the 1st National Band live album which comes from the LA Troubadour show the wife and I were at.

See here (the show I and my wife attended)

Nesmith First National Band Live at the Troubadour

Anyway, this puts a big of a damper on everything with Nez and even the show to an extent we saw. He didn't lose consciousness at least, but it certainly is alarming. His health is obviously is most important.

The Monkees Tour twitter mentions planning to reschedule the shows, which hopefully they can, but if they can't, I and I'm sure most fans would just wish him a full recovery.

I do wonder if this tour would have been best to be short/shorter. Kind of like what Rick Wakeman has said about doing short tours or special one-off shows.

Please Get Well Nez! If you and Micky aren't able to makeup the remaining shows, that is okay. And sadly, even if you can't make Comic-Con or the 1st National Band dates in September. Your health is more important.

edit 2: Andrew Sandoval on Facebook (of Rhino Records and sort of an official/unofficial manager for The Monkees), confirmed a few details. Nez was never at The Keswick, there was no soundcheck.

I am sorry to report that the final 4 dates of The Monkees Tour will be postponed till January. Michael Nesmith has not been feeling well and will be recuperating in the meantime. We will return to the good clean fun as soon as possible.

Vennart - To Cure A Blizzard Upon A Plastic Sea (2017-2018)


Digital Preorder (physical preorders coming soon)

1. Binary
2. Donkey Kong 05:25
3. Immortal Soldiers 04:51
4. Into The Wave
5. Friends Don't Owe
6. Spider Bones
7. Sentientia
8. That's Not Entertainment
9. Diamond Ballgag
10. Robots In Disguise


"Immortal Soldiers" new song. The section at 3:06 I enjoy most.

Album comes out September 14th. Preorders coming soon.


'To Cure A Blizzard Upon A Plastic Sea' will be released on September 14th. Pre-order soon. Stay tuned. x

New album from Vennart titled "To Cure A Blizzard Upon A Plastic Sea" coming soon.
2nd song single coming on June 10th on Radio One "Immortal Soldiers"
More of the details coming soon of course.
Oceansize fans are going to need to hear this of course.

From Vennart's email list:


It’s coming, i swear…


Rock Show with Daniel P Carter

Here’s the annoyingly brief teaser…

Immortal Soliders
We cannot wait for you to hear this record. It’s called ‘To Cure A Blizzard Upon A Plastic Sea’ and you're gonna be so good together.

 With love,

Mike Vennart

1st single "Donkey Kong"

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Journal - Chrysalis Ordalias (2017-2018)

6/19/18 6:44PM

Dat book.

July 17th can't come soon enough!


title track, both with and without vocals there to stream.

1. Apotheon Gaze
2. Calamity Smile
3. Eden, the Uncherished
4. Duplicitous Moonlight
5. Sealing the Cosmos
6. Chrysalis Ordalias
7. Tyrannical Enrapture
8. Irreverent Decomposition
9. Forsake in Umbra
10. Polyentropy
11. Omnipenance
12. Apotheon Gaze (Instrumental)
13. Calamity Smile (Instrumental)
14. Eden, The Uncherished (Instrumental)
15. Duplicitous Moonlight (Instrumental)
16. Scaling The Cosmos (Instrumental)
17. Chrysalis Ordalias (Instrumental)
18. Tyrannical Enrapture (Instrumental)
19. Irreverent Decomposition (Instrumental)
20. Forsake In Umbra (Instrumental)
21. Polyentropy (Instrumental)
22. Omnipenance (Instrumental)

The long awaited (8 years) 2nd record from Journal, the progressive mathcore band from
Sacramento, CA.

And it seems they went all-out with this thing, in some large multi-format? concept album titled Chrysalis Ordalias.

Their debut album Unlorja, from 2010, while not something I was addicted to, I remember being beyond impressed by all the styles of music and technicality they had.

Even the 30 minute closing piece "Affinity" is a highlight, even if a lot of it is ambient music.

In just looking at some of the comments there, there will be 4 different vocalists on this one, and like the trailer says and Unlorja, an instrumental version.

More details (release date, link to bandcamp, etc) coming soon.

1st song also coming this week.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Band/Artist and What Album-Generation Fan Are You? (Pt 1)

I was thinking about this in a discussion with the wife about her generation of being a fan of The Monkees. How she came along when The Monkees hit MTV and Nick at Nite in the mid 80's ('86-87) and the new studio album at that time was Pool It! for her.

It's not exactly a "1st Generation, 2nd Generation, 3rd Generation" (or 1st, 2nd or 3rd Wave, etc) exactly, but more based on the newest album released.

The 1st new album that comes out either after you become a fan, or I suppose it works best, before if it is relatively recently.


There were some fans that reacted to The Monkees album Good Times! in 2016 as being not nearly as good as Justus, which it was based on partially at least, Justus was the new/1st/most-recent album from The Monkees at-the-time they became a fan.

Mind you, some actually did or do prefer Justus, but my wife and many others thought that album sucked. And many like her and myself really liked Good Times!.


And she also likes Pool It more than Justus, maybe a lot of it just based on how much she likes the music, but also she says based on nostalgia for when it came out around the time she became a fan.

So she's a Pool It!-generation fan of The Monkees. Maybe consider 3rd generation or wave by some, but it seems easiest to just label per the album that was out or came out around the time she became a fan.

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So I'm gonna make some more of these entries per time/discipline, etc. But here's 10 artists and the Generation I fall under.

Off the top of my head, I think only 2 or 3 artists I would be in the 1st release/album generation (The Dear Hunter, Kimbra, Janelle Monae kind of..and a few others..Hotel of the Laughing Tree).

Oddly enough though, I told her the whole nostalgia for the new/most recent when I got into the artist doesn't always work for me. Open Your Eyes and Calling All Stations are 2 perfect examples of that. 2 of my least favorite albums from those artists.

Kevin Gilbert: (2004) The Kaviar Demo-generation
Marillion: (1995) Afraid of Sunlight-generation
Fates Warning: (1995) Inside Out-generation
Rush: (1992) Roll the Bones-generation
Dream Theater: (1995) Awake-generation
King's X: (1996) Ear Candy-generation
The Dear Hunter: (2007) Act I: The Lake South, the River North-generation
Yes: (1996 or 1997) The Open Your Eyes-generation
Genesis: (1997) Calling All Stations-generation
Pink Floyd: (1991 or 1992) A Momentary Lapse of Reason-generation