Wednesday, April 17, 2019

OT: Star Trek Deep Space 9 Doc: What We Left Behind

This documentary is hitting theaters on Monday May 13th.

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Fathom Events (Ticket links)



As I've written probably a few times, Deep Space 9 is my favorite television show of all-time (ahead of Cheers, Beavis, Gilmore Girls and Psych among others).

There's a long-winded explanation,/story etc that I'm not going to type out right now, but perhaps soon.

But given that, this is a REALLY BIG DEAL to me.

I suppose 2 questions off the top of my head about it:

1) Will the Jadxia Dax/Terry Farrell leaving/contract/Becker thing be explained and afterthoughts, etc from her and the whole cast and crew (and fans). Because while I still enjoyed the 7th season, like many, when she left (spoilers..killed off), the show lost a little something. I liked Nicole DeBoer, especially given the circumstances, but o what could have been had she just stayed for the last season. And I liked Becker and her in it, and Danson (Cheers), but it wasn't DS9.

2) Babylon 5. Unlikely, but the whole drama with JMS and similarities, would be nice to be discussed finally in detail.

edit: also apparently it's not Kosher in this Babylon 5 Facebook Group, lol as I shared it and wrote "OT" and it was deleted and my posting access has been removed for 24 hours, lol.
ANAL, and there has been discussion in the past in that group about DS9, but some people are a bit too sensitive, lol. I don't feel too bad as the same Admin has locked a bunch of other not-directly-related topics in that group.

I love B5, but really? the admin in that group and I have noticed some of their fans are uptight as hell. It wasn't SPAM in the least, and in many ways related along with something those fans would likely want to know about/see (and might not before the 13th).

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3) Movie, ending, etc..obviously. An 8th season?

but yeah, maybe I'll try and find the time to write-up my whole story with DS9 and the Spring of 1997 sometime soon. Maybe around when May 13th when I see the documentary.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Moron Police - A Boat on the Sea (2018-2019)


Very cool to learn about the new Moron Police album. Their 2014 album Defenders of the Small Yard was both funny and engaging rock music.

Once more of the details come, I'll try and edit-bump this entry of course.

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The good news is that we won't have to wait long for the new 'Moron Police' album, as that's due in June, and before that we might even be treated to another single.  You can find them on Instagram and Facebook, and maybe even on Twitter too if they can remember their password...


First single "The Phantom Below"




Streams 

Monday, April 15, 2019

Meaningful Songs: The Spinners - I'll Be Around (+ an 80's Cover)

So I've been hearing this tune a little more recently of late. Maybe within the last year on WDGY.

The thing about it is, I will ALWAYS associate as the outro-bumper music on "Bumper-to-Bumper with Dan Barreiro, on KFAN radio.

I have listened to KFAN and first Hartman + Barreiro, and then Barreiro for the better part of 27 or 28 years. Once they split the 2 of them up, and Barreiro got his own show, I think it was then I 1st heard this track. Right around 1999 or 2000. But in fairness, I only knew the 1st 30 seconds or 1-minute.

Anyway, the embedded video below is the Extended 9+ minute mix which includes some really tasty extended instrumental sections including what sounds like Djembe or tablas. And a totally rich and lush string arrangement.

The standard studio version radio plays I love. Pristine production and such a classic, moody piece that has a wonderful vocal performance from the members of The Spinners.

But shit, I dig this longer version even more!





So I heard about this cover of I'll Be Around done by 80's band What Is This, and while it does sound pretty date or at least of-its-time, I can see why some enjoy it. Myself? I like the solo, and for a period-piece, I get that. but overall I can't say I want to listen to it that often again.

Record Store Day 2019 Video

Sort of truncated in some ways, even though it's a 15-minute video.

we very well make a 2nd video, or at least I will, just talking about RSD and also maybe what we missed, strategy about getting items, dividing things up.

And yes, we had Open Houses to go to on Saturday and actually put another offer in (the 2nd in 2 weeks) but alas, we still didn't get it. We're starting to question if buying a house makes sense now.




-Record Store Day 2019 Bag, Sunglasses, Guitar Picks (Joe Bonamassa)
-The Bird and the Bee - The Bird and the Bee
The Bird and the Bee - Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future (10th Anniversary)
Jeff Buckley - In Transition
-Madonna - La Isla Bonita [EP]
-Ghost World Original Soundtrack
-Banarama - Remixed Vol. 1

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Cloud Cult's LIGHT CHASERS: Interpreted Dance Performance

4/10/19
The whole thing is now on YouTube.

Being I'm at work, I haven't seen it yet, but hopefully tonight I'll get an hour to spend watching this thing.



12/4/18
This is happening at a school in North Carolina.

Interpreted in Dance and Movement.

Told through dance, movement, lights, and imagery, this beautiful and affirming piece finds joy in loss.  Produced with permission and in partnership with Cloud Cult.  Recommended for all ages.

Per the way that is written, I'm wondering if this is taking the Light Chasers album and using it as a soundtrack to the DANCE PERFORMANCE? which could be very cool itself.

But I also would wish/wonder if it was either

a) Cloud Cult themselves performing it while the interpreted dance performance happens
b) A group of musicians performing it while the interpreted dance performance happens

But even if neither of those situations are happening (and it's not written they are) this will still be cool to see what this group does with the album.

Light Chasers is my favorite Cloud Cult album and one of my favorite albums, especially in the last 20 years.

Given I don't foresee traveling to NC for this though, I will be looking forward to the film in January of course.

Link

LIght Chasers from the WCU School of Stage & Screen

We're honored to have the entire Light Chasers album presented via dance, lights and imagery by Western Carolina University. Performances are this Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Cullowhee, NC. More info and tickets: https://www.wcu.edu/…/current-productions/light-chasers.aspx
This performance will also be available in film format in January.


Monday, April 8, 2019

Team Me RETURNS!

Very cool!

maybe some edits later, but I guess they reformed a couple of months ago and the below songs are new.

Maybe a new album in 2019 or 2020?

I love both of their 2 full lengths, so this is awesome news!

Mew fans might want to check them and these tunes out by the way.

YEAH THESE TUNES ARE GREAT!

especially Blurry Precise sounds like it would fit in well on Blind as Night

I'm gonna have to read back to their FB posts the last few months and keep close tabs on them. A new album could be coming within a year or 2.

Very cool to have them back and to be so into Owel. The 2 bands should do a tour with Mew, lol.



Saturday, April 6, 2019

Dirt Poor Robins - Dead Horse (2018-2019?)

4/6/19

Dead Horse cover art (also new music....a couple of songs I recall) are coming this month.

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1/26/19
Facebook Live Video (Live Streamed)

new concept album "Dead Horse" coming. Set in "Dead Horse, Alaska" in the 1970's if I heard what Neil said correctly.

1st 2 songs coming in April.

The Merch could still be coming.

The Raven Locks Graphic Novel is largely going to come with $ (Crowd Fund???)

Also they mention maybe when the whole thing is finished/released they will consider playing a show in their hometown of Louisville, KY.

Budget permitting, I would LOVE to go to that.

Those EP's Neil mentioned last year? I wonder if they became material for Dead Horse.

Also I am not assuming the whole album will be released/finished in 2019, but it sounds like that could be the GOAL, but no guarantee of course.


Pain of Salvation - Top 10-40 Songs (Better than IN THE PASSING LIGHT OF DAY)

I am going to post this, and likely won't do a ton of editing later, but this is a list of Favorite Songs from Pain of Salvation, in a vaguely ranked order (the top 5-10 are more solid, 11-40  could probably be interchanged, plus I'm likely forgetting some songs I do love, but have not listened to in over a decade).

But this was inspired largely from some discussion on the dreamtheaterforums and also more or less since In the Passing Light of Day was released in 2017 and the reverence and praise for the 15-minute closing track that I fail to hear the genius behind, especially just comparing it to so many other songs they (Daniel Gildenlow) has written and recorded.

The below list is both a Favorite Tracks list and I don't think it's a stretch to say every single one of these songs are better, or in some cases  A LOT BETTER AND MORE MEMORABLE OR GOOSE-BUMP WORTHY (or at least include moments that are), than the title track to In the Passing Light of Day).

Is In the Passing Light of Day a bad song? no. It has a decent chorus. The lyrics I can follow the sympathy and and relate-ability to. But for me, and many others, how much I love a song can come down to is how much I enjoy it MUSICALLY.

ItPLoD DRAGS to me and fails to have any HUGE MAGICAL MOMENT that so many of the tunes below have. Even just the chorus, while not bad, is done at such a slow tempo, it doesn't include as strong of an ear worm as many of the below tracks have.

I would say, unless hearing it more and changing my take, the title track may be the most overrated song Pain of Salvation's fans have ever put onto a high pedestal.

King of Loss for example, back in the day was, and I'll admit I initially only thought it was okay, but I had kind of a Led Zeppelin-Bring it on Home moment with it a year or 2 after buying The Perfect Element I, and realize how incredible it was. The Strings and climax just blew me away.

Plus I kind of feel the lyrics get too dreary and bleak, the music doesn't include enough of a contrast with beauty (melancholy) that allows me to enjoy them. Sure, it's about the hard/harsh reality Daniel was going through with the I'm sure what seemed like never ending mincing-pain from the effects of Flesh Eating Bacteria eating away at his body. But from an ART standpoint, the music and words didn't bring me the "oh my god " moments that many other songs and sections of songs do.

It's just dreary, bleak, etc. Kind of like going to a Hospital and seeing a loved one suffer. There's no enjoyment or even comic relief often. It's only something you want to do and get over with.

It reminds me of Doom or Drone Metal. There's not enough sound in it to grab onto. The best part is when it's over, etc.

40. Fandango
39. The Taming of a Beast
38. Water
37. Winning a War
36. Disco Queen
35. Ending Theme
34. Dea Pecuniae
33. To the Shoreline
32. Rope Ends
31. Idioglossia
30. Sisters
29. Used
28. Mrs. Modern Mother Mary
27. Stress
26. Meaningless
25. Lilium Cruentus
24. Imago
23. This Heart of Mine (I Pledge)
22. The Physics of Gridlock
21. Chainsling
20. On a Tuesday
19. Inside
18. Martius / Nauticus II
17. ! (Forward)
16. Home
15. Nightmist
14. Enter Rain
13. Reconciliation
12. Undertow
11. Flame to the Moth
10. Her Voices
9. Inside Out
8. Plains of Dawn
7. A Trace of Blood
6. King of Loss
5. Iter Impius
4. In the Flesh
3. People Passing By
2. Beyond the Pale
1. The Perfect Element


Thursday, April 4, 2019

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets @ Orpheum Theatre 4/3/19

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets played at The Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis on Wednesday night April 3rd, 2019.

I have never seen Pink Floyd, nor David Gilmour or even Roger Waters live (I hung out and listened to his show outside a couple of times though, after failing to get a cheap ticket).

And it's pretty well documented my love for Pink Floyd's music and especially a lot of songs and albums released before The Dark Side of the Moon (both Syd and Dave).

I have seen the Australian Floyd a few times and witnessed the local MN band Soap play the complete Animals twice.

But to finally being able to see Nick Mason and his band Saucerful of Secrets, was well anticipated.

And his band included Guy Pratt on Bass and Vocals. Pratt who I maybe think of 1st for his performance on the S/T Toy Matinee album, but also among a large discography, some live Floyd (Delicate Sounds and Pulse), and The Division Bell, On an Island, Rattle That Lock and The Endless River.

Gary Kemp, yes, of Spandau Ballet, who Sang many of the lead vocals and rhythm guitar parts.

The lead Guitarist and Keyboardist I had not heard of, but both made great impressions.

The performances were probably better than I would expect. Nick still can play and it was noted how this was the 1st time he had played in Minnesota since the 1994 concert at The Metrodome, which I still regret missing (I could only see 1 show that Spring, and it was Rush).

Nick joked "We're not the Australian Roger Waters" (or "The American David Gilmour Band"?).

Many of the songs had a lot of punch and volume to them. Some jams included like Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun of course. Lucifer Sam, Childhood's End, which 20 years ago would have been an even bigger thrill for me. I still enjoy it, but maybe not as much as when I 1st discovered my love for OBC.

Still, the version they played of that tune was both like it, but also faster or heavier I suppose, And the keys added something new to it.

Atom Heart of course was a big deal as well, even if it was kind of abridged and the keyboard part I love was only present in spots.

Nick also had intermittent video clips in the background, which were shown over a large wall with the Saucerful of Secrets tour logo. I wonder if it was intentional to try and capture the distorted/limited  at-the-time, in-and-out clips that overlay-ed that backdrop artwork.

In other words, the clips were seen, but not all that clearly.

And some of the tunes of course have official videos (Arnold Layne and See Emily Play come to mind), but were not shown/used.

As far as a set list? I can't deny, while a bunch of tunes I favor, they did do (Remember a Day, Childhood's End, Atom Heart..even without an Orchestra of course), there are a handful of tracks I would love to see. And by some chance they do another tour of the States and come to MN of course, maybe they could play

(Summer'68, Cymbaline, Apples and Oranges, Paint Box, Pillow of Winds, The Gold It's in the..., Wut's the deal, Flaming, Julia Dream, Corporal Clegg... these along with others may need to go on a Top 10-30 Floyd songs list; also I should plan to make a list of Artists/Bands I enjoy who have a clear Floyd influence).

also a bit of good karma: I bought a "Syd" t-shirt and ended up losing it after the show. It was in a plastic bag on the floor in front of me, but nowhere to be found after the concert. But the security people found it or another one in the same size and gave it to me. For someone whose lost shirts (Ours and dredg hoodies, Pain of Salvation shirt, and even a couple of hats; Vennart and Genesis) including a Local Natives shirt when I bought 2. Leaving the show with a shirt I paid for and lost, was a huge relief.

Set List

Interstellar Overdrive
Astronomy Domine
Lucifer Sam
Fearless
Obscured by Clouds
When You're In
Remember a Day
Arnold Layne
Vegetable Man
If
Atom Heart Mother
The Nile Song
Green Is the Colour
Let There Be More Light
Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
See Emily Play
Bike
Childhood's End
One of These Days

Encore:
A Saucerful of Secrets
Point Me at the Sky

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Owel - Paris (2018-2019)

Classic Case of I've been checking out, but still have yet to hear an entire album (or heard it to form a semi-accurate opinion).

However, I've listened to about 2/3 of this album once, and some of the 1st couple of tracks a few times to know I am pretty much won over.

Credit goes to a super Mew/The Dear Hunter and PCR fan like myself named Heather whose maybe known best for her work on the MewX podcast.

Edits will likely have to happen, but this album dropped last Friday March 29th and Heather along with others comparisons to MEW along with some others (Oceansize and Kindo) had me curious.

Lorenzo from altprogcore also posted about them on twitter and his blog I assume.

Lots of great strings, namely Violin.

I hear Jazzkamikaze, Paper Route, Team Me, Ours, The Receiving End of Sirens, Aereogramme, Miracles of Modern Science, Revere and a lot of others.

The vocals are probably the biggest challenge, but technically their singer is pretty good. And the vocal lines are well-written. He just has a bit of an "Emo" or Youthful side (but not really like Anthony Green thankfully for me).

That and I suppose partially due to originality. They do remind me of a lot of other artists, however I think their songwriting is good enough it may not matter.

And this is their 3rd album, so I may have to go back to their previous two LPs eventually.

but for now, another album and ARTIST to come out of nowhere on my radar, that is doing progressive college rock with strings and dreamy dynamic parts that I totally go for.

And they're from New Jersey, so maybe I'll have a chance to see them live at some point.

Also they covered "The Crowing" from Coheed and Cambria, which I will have to check out soon.




Thursday, March 28, 2019

OT: House

Irony Irony Irony

Like with Down Payment Assistance or even trying to apply to live at the Schmidt Lofts years ago,
My wife and I earn TOO MUCH money to qualify to put an offer and buy clearly the BEST HOME we have seen so far (we've seen something like 12).

I just think it's kind of unfair.

This home we loved the other night has certain financing restrictions and as it turns out, is a HUD home.

Vague details:

Per Zillow (which isn't necessarily fully factual), it sold in 2003 for $900K.

Then was bought for $35K in 2008 by a Non-Profit.

The last decade and change it was refurnished, updated, and looks really LIVE-ABLE.

Exactly what we would want and then some.

A 4 fucking CAR GARAGE, lol. And 2 FULL BATHROOMS (+1 other).

The listing is in my wife and I's budget.

But nope, our income is too high and it doesn't matter that we are 1st Time Home Buyers.

Too Good to be True of course.

My question being, whoever does qualify to buy it, if their income is so low, how in the world can they afford a $1000+ per month MORTAGE??? Maybe I'm totally naive, but it's puzzling.

That to go along with the health of our nearly 13 year old dog Coco, things have been better I guess.

East of the Wall - NP-Complete (2018-2019)

3/28/19

Whole Album Streaming on Metalsucks 

haven't heard it yet, but I'm debating not listening to all of the Twins Opening Day for this.

Album of the Year (or at least Top 10) SLEEPER????


3/15/19

"Non-Functional Harmony"

edit: the last 3 minutes are godly. Like The Apologist-amazing. Probably the best track heard so far. This album is seeming better and better.



3/1/19

"Somn 6"

Yep, another banger. This album is sounding better and better with each new tune.




2/15/19

Story with VIDEO for "Clapping on the Ones and Threes"

great tune! and very cool Short animated Film/Video, etc.

I wonder if the older guy ends up killing in-effect a younger version of himself? I dunno, I'll have to watch it again and read through the lyrics. The Film/Video has a bit of Tool vibe to it. 

But very progressive, dynamic, melodic. I don't mind the vocals being all-clean.

The article mentions I recall the band being a 3-piece now, and it appears they are in the film/video. I didn't realize that 1 of the members left.

But regardless, this adds to my interest for sure. If this album is even close to The Apologist I may get addicted to it. 

1/24/19
Preorder RELEASE DATE MARCH 29TH, 2019.

Image of East of the Wall - NP-Complete 2xLP *Preorder

Silly song title, but once I get a chance to hear this tomorrow, that may not matter.

In short, I LOVE The Apologist from 2011 and Farmer's Almanac is another favorite. Their last album Redaction Artifacts from 2013. I honestly don't recall all that much about.

I also dug their Nick Drake cover of "River Man" quite a lot a few years ago (picking up the 7" vinyl in fact).

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Arch / Matheos - Winter Ethereal (2018-2019)


Yep.

At work = can't listen yet.

Dark/Gloomy cover art. Almost reminds me of like an Agalloch album cover. And the title "Winter Ethereal" sounds rather Agalloch, Opeth or Scandinavian Metal esque.

Anyway, very excited for May 10th, or even just later tonight to hear "Straight and Narrow" the 1st single (available on multiple formats: facebook, youtube, itunes, bandcamp, etc).

Love me some John Arch!

edit: Yeah "Straight and Narrow" is outstanding. Album of the Year?..maybe

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Bandcamp 

Press Release on FB 

Arch / Matheos reveals details for new album, 'Winter Ethereal'; launches video for first single, "Straight and Narrow"

Winter Ethereal will be released May 10th on Metal Blade Records. A video for the song "Straight and Narrow" is available now for streaming. Watch the video and pre-order the album in various bundle packages at http://www.metalblade.com/archmatheos

In progressive metal circles, the names of guitarist Jim Matheos and vocalist John Arch are spoken with due reverence. With the former having been a driving force in Fates Warning for thirty-five years, and the latter the original front-man of that band, they also have a single seminal work under the Arch / Matheos banner, 2011's Sympathetic Resonance. In 2019, they have reunited to follow that record up with Winter Ethereal, a more stylistically varied and perhaps deeper collection that explores a lot of sonic territory over the course of nine immersive tracks. "This stems from both of us trying to step out of our comfort zones a bit, sometimes voluntarily, sometimes being pushed," states Matheos. "Having worked together so many times, it would be easy to fall into the same way of doing things, and I think we were both interested in exploring some new areas." Arch concurs and adds: "Each song is notably different from the next, and nothing sounds repetitive. It is not a concept album, but somehow after a full listen from start to finish, there does seem to be continuity between the songs that I can't describe. At over an hour long, I think the fans will agree that it is a full listening experience."

Winter Ethereal will be available in the following formats:
-digipak-CD
-black / white marbled swirl (US exclusive - limited to 700 copies)
-clear w/ blue smoke (US exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
-180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
-blue / red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 300 copies)
-ice blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 200 copies)
-white vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 100 copies)
-white / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 400 copies)
* exclusive bundles with shirts, plus digital options are also available!

Winter Ethereal track-listing


1. Vermilion Moons
2. Wanderlust
3. Solitary Man
4. Wrath of the Universe
5. Tethered
6. Straight and Narrow
7. Pitch Black Prism
8. Never in Your Hands
9. Kindred Spirits



Saturday, March 23, 2019

Taby Pilgrim - The Dear Hunter Medley

Pretty well made (what seems like mostly) A capella medley of a lot of songs from The Dear Hunter, done by a German female musician Taby Pilgrim.

I will say, she often chooses just the part of a verse and the known chorus or melody/theme of each tune. And she sings them mostly if not all in the same key in that, if you heard 5 of them with lyrics, you might think they came from the same song, which the originals are not sang that way.

But part of that could be she seems to have triple/trio tracked them, so they don't stand out as much.

Of course, and I noted below, the extra songs/parts layered into some of the others.

And also I have to go back to/mention the greatest Tribute medley ever in my mind, Shadow Gallery's "Floydian Memories." I still adore that piece, and would love to hear another band do something on that kind of epic scale for another band (which might exist, done live, or just on YouTube like Taby Pilgrim's TDH medley here).



Son
At the End of the Earth + The Love (duo)
Life and Death
The Church and the Dime
Bitter Suite VI: Abandon + This Beautiful Life (duo)
The Pimp and the Priest
The Old Haunt
The March + The Oracles on the Delphi Express (duo)
Too Late
Mr. Malum + Evicted (duo)
The Bitter Suite IV and V: The Congregation and the Sermon in the Silt + Black Sandy Beaches (Solo)
Writing on a Wall
The Poison Woman + The Bitter Suite I and II (solo+duo)
Mr. Usher (On His Way to Town)
Mustard Gas + Mr. Usher (On His Way to Town-duo)
Dig Your Own Grave
Cascade
Ouroboros + Waves (solo)
The Moon / Awake + The Bitter Suite I and II (solo) His Hands Matched His Tongue (solo)
Shame
Gloria
The Squeaky Wheel
A Night on the Town
Blood of the Rose
Wait (solo) + Lilian (solo) + Blood of the Rose (solo)
Lilian
Misplaced Devotion


Monday, March 18, 2019

Ours - Pretty Pain (remix)

sounds more layered and the arrangement is a bit different.

Yeah, I am very curious about the rest of the remixed Ballet the Boxer tunes now.

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