Friday, January 18, 2019

Snarky Puppy - Immigrance (2018-2019)

Immigrance, the new studio album from Jazz/Prog/Funk/Jam/Hip-Hop/Experimental band Snarky Puppy is being released on March 15th.

Another (rare?) studio album coming from Snarky Puppy per the majority of their releases I recall are live, and rightly so, they are known may best as a live group.

2016's Culcha Vulcha I discovered in 2017 after seeing them live, and enjoyed it quite a bit.

1st single "Xavi" is below, 9.5 minutes in true jam/prog fashion!

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1 Chonks
2 Bigly Strictness
3 Coven
4 Bling Bling
5 Xavi 9:31    
6 While We're Young
7 Bad Kids To The Back
8 Even Us


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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Meaningful Songs: Foals - Two Steps, Twice

Foals - Two Steps, Twice

Foals has been a bit on my mind of late, with their 2 upcoming albums in 2019 and then discovering this band Two Door Cinema Club whose debut album Tourist History resembling very highly (but in a good, non-copycat way) Foals excellent debut album Antidotes from 2008.

And among my favorite tracks on Antidotes, Two Steps Twice may still be #1 with it's incredible dance-y energy the last 2 or 3 minutes. And it's even greater live.

I seem to now get huge amounts of Goosebumps from many tunes from Antidotes, including this one.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019


but she won't always wait
Dissension is the tension, it's what we've learned to hate

PATIENCE is the key word.

A mantra, a reminder, a frustration (or trying to avoid being). 

I dunno, I grew up in a methodical, in-due-time pace of things for the most part.

But now it seems I try and try and still can't be PATIENT enough:

Grad School

nearly 8 years with my wife

over 12 years now in this blog

And wanting to have something psychologically if not physically to show for it.

patience?..well and the 4-letter word TIME. When I am motivated to spew out my guts about things, but that time in more detail will have to come later.

I just feel like I may be on the verge of things changing or changes and accomplishments may occur soon, but I can't muster as much PATIENCE as I need. Just a few more months really.

Book work
father-in-laws phone calls done, etc

is 2019 being the end of the 2010's decade a sign? transition point? or more likely I'm making these things out to be a bigger deal than they are.

The Book/frustration that's brewed and occasionally surfaced many times the last 12 years may need to finally come out. Text, Video and/or Audio form. Related to PROG magazine, Twin Cities music Media, and my lack of ability to feel like I'm one-of if not the only person on the globe who loves all this obscure, weird music/bands like a big fat buffet of brilliant (to me) little people.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: Part 1 and Part 2 (2018-2019)

Instagram includes more Teasers
Part 1 released on March 8th
Part 2 Autumn 2019

Yeah. Looks dark and melancholy which wouldn't be new territory for Foals.

Also CINEMATIC? given this is a "Trailer" although it might just be for the lead video (single).

And 2 parts? ala Between the Buried and Me or maybe more like Ours?

Regardless, one to anticipate as I love Foals and What Went Down their last album from 2015 was among their best and one of my favorite records that year.

Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (ENSWBL).

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Eluveitie: an Observation

I haven't honestly listened to Eluveitie in many years. Probably 2008's Slania from memory, was the last album from them I recall.

They're from Switzerland and I found them 1 of the better if not best Scandinavian Metal bands who featured instrumentation outside guitar-bass-drums.

And the vocals were always clean and female from memory.

Well the 1st video below is from 2014, and it resembles the sound I recall, although maybe it's a little more poppy than their the stuff from Slania, but not dramatically different.

These 2 videos below are what I guess their sound has transformed to with a new lead singer and some other member changes.

They still have some of the Folk metal in there, but they apparently decided to incorporate Death or more what I hear is GRINDCORE into their sound.

I applaud them for trying new things, but I'm not sure how well those styles mix with this new sound.

Meaningful Songs: Pain of Salvation - Karachay: Inside Out

Pain of Salvation - Karachay: Inside Out

This has always been a favorite track from One Hour by the Concrete Lake, but I don't often see it mentioned by fans. Why? I have no clue to be honest, other than the fact the whole record is sort of looked down upon a little bit per both the production and maybe more so the albums before and after it are so fucking good.

But the inspiration by singling this one out mostly from 1 of the most recent episodes of the Pain of Salvation documentary series from 2007-2011? included it and reminded me how much I loved it. It's a track I have not listened to in many years sadly, but I'm glad I did.

Musically, it always was a bit like Pain of Salvation doing a progressive Power Metal tune. A little like the Andre Matos-Angra from the 90's, with the fast keys and energetic guitar riff and drum work. And the dynamics work really well, and close out One Hour by the Concrete Lake with a big climax.

One other note, it actually has the "Karachay" prefix/subname as One Hour is a concept album about a lake and environmental concerns; and the lake, refers to Lake Karachay. I honestly never realized this, at least in song titles.  The final 4 tracks (Suite?) all refer to Lake Karachay, just as the "Spirit of Man" and "Part of the Machine" refer to 2 other "suites" of sorts on the album as well.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Dream Theater - Distance Over Time (2018-2019)


New track "Fall Into the Light"

Pretty good. Relatively tight, concise, but still virtuosoic.

I'm not falling for the whole "they're back!" really but it is refreshing to enjoy a new tune from the guys again. We'll see how the rest of the record compares, but I suppose potentially this could be an album I could enjoy as much as A Dramatic Turn of Events at least.

The piano section made me think of Six Degrees, but also I do hear a bit of Octavarium in this track as well.

yeah, haven't heard it the 1st single below "Untethered Angel". Comments support again how a producer could do them world's of good.

Or the idea, make 2 versions of the album

1) the album with JP producing
2) a version of the album with a producer. hell, at this point, I would take them writing and/or at least RECORDING a song with a producer.

Not happening..probably a much better chance the next Opeth album is purely death metal.

but, art is justifiably selfish, if they are happy making albums this way since SFAM (or even say Octavarium), than I am glad they are.

But I can only say  per the track list below, I will listen to this album more times than The Astonishing (which I listend to about 1/3-of once, lol), but I might predict this album will end where the new Janelle Monae album did this past year, on my list next November.

I do want to see them in March at The Ordway play SFAM again.

1 Untethered Angel 6:14
2 Paralyzed 4:17
3 Fall into the Light 7:04
4 Barstool Warrior 6:43
5 Room 137 4:23
6 S2n 6:21
7 At Wit's End 9:20
8 Out of Reach 4:04
9 Pale Blue Dot 8:25


Release date is February 22nd.

St.Paul, MN concert is at of all places, The Ordway, lol.

New album Distance Over Time coming in February 2019.

Tour dates below including St.Paul, MN on March 28th. The tour is the complete Scenes from a Memory I imagine. And the album cover is the same as the image below with the tour dates.

The clip below? ..doesn't bad, but also sounds like about 20 or 30 other songs from them in the past.

The whole game thing I honestly probably couldn't care less for at this point, but I know many fans will probably get into it.

I guess I just hope it is more back to their roots in some ways. But did they demo or have an outside producer come in? very unlikely, which based on that alone, I don't expect a ton from this album, but maybe they'll surprise me. At least they did SPEND MORE TIME MAKING THIS ONE, which was probably over a year, which may mean they may have demo-ed or refined, edited, re-recorded some stuff.

For Immediate Release

Dream Theater's upcoming release, "Distance Over Time", comes out in February, 2019. To announce the details of the band's most recent offering, Dream Theater has enlisted the help of fans to spread the word about the release and even to break the news of the record release date, cover artwork, and to share the first taste of never before heard music. With this album, a return to the band's roots, Dream Theater hoped to create a fan engagement experience unlike any previously undertaken.

To lead into the initial release of material, an Alternate Reality Game was launched. This game encompassed a "treasure hunt" whereby fans were able to search for clues hidden in various photos, video, social media posts, and more. Cooperation to host the Alternate Reality Game focused on various fan communities. The band's fan club, forum members and Reddit each brought in technical expertise to create puzzles for the participants. Each and every week, a new puzzle would be released, often in the form of a candid photo or video from the studio where Dream Theater recorded their latest album. This would contain a piece of the puzzle - a clue to be used in the process of solving that week's mystery. The puzzles were usually based on some encryption scheme or hiding information in the files, such as hiding a zipped file with text in an image file, or hiding text within the spectrogram of an audio file. One puzzle had the fans decoding Morse Code on a light diode of recording equipment, while another had the fans decoding a touch tone number from a phone call. Fans had to solve a sonogram, Sudoku puzzle, reverse engineer an encryption scheme to find a key that would decrypt a specific text. They had to solve crosswords and trivia games. Fans were eager to participate, and often worked together to collectively solve the puzzles within hours of their release.

Ultimately, there would be one person - one fan who would be the first to solve the final clue. As their prize, this fan would be the first person to possess previously unreleased Dream Theater content. The very first person outside the band to have possession of any new music, new artwork, new album title. It would be the fans who would solve the puzzle, complete the game and break the news of the release, disseminating this brand new Dream Theater news to the world from their personal online presence.

It is the hope of Dream Theater to have created a fun and engaging fan experience. A unique manner to amp up the excitement for the new release, and to involve the band's fanbase in a new and interesting way. On behalf of Dream Theater - congratulations to the winner, and thank you to everyone who participated. 

Freddy Jacobi was: James LaBrie, Jordan Rudess, John Petrucci, John Myung, Mike Mangini, Maddi Schieferstein, James T. Meslin, Jake Solomon, Kim Arthur Sakariassen, Victoria Montenegro Martinez, Jessica Lausen, Sean Arnold, Freddy Palmer, Roie Avin, mods of r/dreamtheater, and Dream Theater World

Friday, January 4, 2019

In Prepping...(New retro-AOTY Videos coming)


So my 9 days and change staycation begins in a matter of hours, and I have an agenda which I would be happy if I accomplished 3/4 of it.

But 1 item was planning on outlining if not working on some early drafts of that post-Milestone project, but the below other project I may find ends up usurping those plans.

The below Albums of the Year Printing of images to make for Videos is coming along. The printing? no not yet. I'm anticipating that either this weekend or Monday at the latest.

But I am PREPPING THE IMAGES for each year. I.e. I created 55 folders or whatever, 1 for each Calendar Year. And it's cool to actually find reasonable images for each album and then keep them in said year's folder.

However it naturally is a little time consuming. But I am hoping organizing them this way, will actually make the PRINTING PROCESS that much faster, hehe.

I guess hypothetically, I have at least a handful of years full/complete with each album's cover art image, on Monday I may be able to print out at least a few full Calendar Year's AOTY's and even make some of those videos.

I'm not assuming anything, but it may happen. I guess the videos themselves may be contingent on my Car as I am having work done on Monday morning at 8AM. But it hopefully will only take a few hours and I may have some time by the early afternoon.

If not then, at least Tuesday.

 for hopefully a big new project on YouTube which may coincide with completing as many if not all of the remaining Albums Calendars (2001, 2003, 2006-2018), I just made an observation on twitter:

I guess I also could throw out what the deal is.

So I am going to try and make videos of instead of naming the artist/title/release date/month for every year since 1965. I will INSTEAD, name off my Top 8+ albums for each year.

And as I mentioned recently, in order to do that, I am almost done (3-5 hours I think left of work) making Top 8+ (and in some exceptions, exceeding well over 100) albums list.

Then rattle off and SHOW images of the albums from each year.

And each Year's Top 8+ will be done randomly as I don't want to get bogged down by chronological order.

And instead of dragging out and showing VINYL and/or CDs; nor having to spend X-number of extra minutes if not over an hour EDITING-IN ALBUM COVER IMAGES, I am now planning to PRINT OUT COLORED IMAGES ON PRINTER PAPER of at least the top 8-10 for every calendar year. And I am assuming some years like 2008, I may go as deep as 25-30 per I LOVE THAT MANY ALBUMS AND FEEL THEY DESERVE MENTION.

But on average, I think it'll initially be 10-15 or so per year. I dunno.

My guestimation is I'll have to print out something like 500 maybe ultimately, 1000 or so images.

And keep them in those Clear Sleeves that are 8 1/2 x 11. And they will be there in a book or booklets/3-RING BINDERS to access whenever I may want to talk about said album(s), etc.

Will it run some $? yeah, mainly in INK.

But I already purchased a printer/scanner/fax. Helped by a Target Gift Card from my employer for X-Mas, it wasn't excessively expensive. And the ink was only $31. I just am assuming/anticipating needing to replace those ink cartridges (both Color and Black-and-White) after 50 or 100 covers are done. I.e. maybe 4-6 times maybe in the next year?

The scanner also helps as I can now scan all those blackmail-able old photos in, and any NEW album cover or anything else.

I know, I'm finally living in the 21st century now that I have a Printer and Scanner (no Smartphone though..that's another entry waiting to happen).

WHEN will these videos begin? optimistic hope is that week I have off Jan 7th-11th, but I need to get the printer to work 1st. test it out, etc. If not then, I would estimate no later than April or after I move. But I am thinking it won't be much, I just need to hook everything up and HAVE THE ROOM to print them out. And of course have the time/space to make the videos, lol.

I'm currently still working on finishing The Runaways Season 2 (on the 10th episode), getting my Home Ready Certificate for the Bank's Loan Officer (already pre-approved to look and buy a house), and this weekend finally going-through and giving my wife and I's WEDDING PHOTOS for gifts. Some 400 or 500 pics, and we need to pick maybe 20 or 30 tops. Timely and Spendy. But the brutally cold temps hopefully will allow enough to do that. Driving up to Walgreens to print them may be largely weather-permitting though. But it's due by our family's Channukah party that is being held on New Years Day.

I am debating sharing the massive list of Albums of the Years when I finish it, but I just may as it goes, YouTube and the Blog are separate audiences anyway.

But yeah, 2008 in reviewing my collection and ratings, was a fan-fucking-tastic year for albums. Maybe THEE year I would love to go back in time and relive the music for it as it happened.

Strata - Welcome to the West Coast [1B] (2019)

New single from Strata! a band who I was kind of into in the 2007 especially with their album Strata Presents the End of the World.

This is not bad, kind of slow/ballady.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Meaningful Songs: Joe Jackson - Stepping Out

Joe Jackson - Steppin' Out

I can honestly say, this is a totally stone cold classic pop tune. So memorable and now seems to give me goosebumps.

As short as possible: I am pretty certain I knew this tune years ago. One of those 80's hits/1-hit wonders. Although I kind of think I may have confused it with either Steve Winwood or Bruce Hornsby and the Range.

And I hardly know his catalog, but from reading some and knowing a few of his other popular songs, this one is very much an isolated type of track; i.e. he doesn't really have any other tunes, or at least Hits like this ("Is She Really Going Out With Him" sounds NOTHING like this).

It almost sounds like a Billy Joel tune in some ways.

Anyway, it's really pleasant and inspiring. Epic in some ways, with its xylophone/bells and vocal melodies. Like someone whose ascending or transitioning..maybe to be more extroverted? maybe coming out of the closet? I dunno, but it sounds fantastic still. Like "Take on Me" or even some of those huge Toto hits, there's something special about it, even just the production sounds pristine. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The Final Countdown (Epic Swing Metal Cover)

quite tasteful cover by Connor Engstrom. As the style suggests, it could be done by Diablo Swing Orchestra perhaps.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Meaningful Songs: Between the Buried and Me - Selkies: The Endless Obsession

Between the Buried and Me - Selkies: The Endless Obsession

From a concise/tight/concrete songwriting approach, I don't think the band ever made anything as well-crafted.

When I got into BTBAM in 2007, it was mostly about Colors. But Alaska has always been a relatively close 2nd, and this track is the climax of that album.

Great guitar harmonizing, great segues, and great flow.

And yes, along with Burst, a band who took the King Crimson"Three of a Perfect Pair" interval pattern/riff and ran with it to make perfection.

The Lost in Vegas guys just did a Reaction video to their 1st BTBAM song, "The Coma Machine," and I cannot stress how much better this tune would have been,

Tuesday, December 25, 2018


Check this thing out.

Members of The Dark Hunter fans community on Facebook made this The Dear Hunter-themed Short Film that is a twist on the Classic X-Mas Story How the Grinch Stole Christmas

They mentioned spending a year making it, which it definitely shows with so many details down to the writing, voicework, overdubbed music, and little subtle artwork and images inserted into certain parts.

I guess if you are in anyway a versed fan of The Dear Hunter, you should be able to appreciate this.

Well done!

Monday, December 24, 2018


Un-fucking-believable the trolls on Social Media.

If you want to know, just search "Vennart" on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter and likely many message boards like Reddit or 4Chan.

They come out in droves like vultures, commenting on things that have nothing to do with his music.

Hopefully it will die down, but scary, pathetic sheep who come across as incredibly reactionary racists.

They even commented on some of my Videos, which are deleted for now. If it gets worse, I may have to report them.

Feeding-trolls is not good practice, unfortunately Mike got caught on tape and it was shared. Hopefully the masses will weed this out like a blip on the radar.

But if I could say 1 thing to these imbeciles, shame the fuck on the you! and at of all times, the mother fucking holidays. Good lord...

Thursday, December 20, 2018

DOVES: Reunion show in May 2019


Cool to see this, like Pure Reason Revolution, maybe the members felt the need to get back in contact and play this show in May for a Benefit.

Could be baby steps towards more?...

I enjoy more or less all of their records, especially their debut Lost Souls.