Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Projected: another 100K September 2018.

Bubblemath - Edit Peptide (2016-2017)

5/24/17 12:04PM
Stream here

A combination of waiting until it was released and TIME have delayed why I haven't written a review really (not that there are tons of reviews exactly, around the time of the albums releases in here anyway, ironically).

But the whole album can be streamed there now, and it is finally officially released on Friday.

I do like this album quite a lot. "Making Light of Traffic" "The Sensual Con" are probably my favorites. But I enjoy nearly every track for different reasons (or enjoy different sections of every track). The "I'm going for a ride" section(s) in the opening piece "Routine Maintenance" I enjoy every time. And I "Avoid That Eye Candy" is rather catchy and memorable.

I hope to add more, and/or just make a video about this album soon. Maybe this weekend with the Memorial Day holiday.

Time though is not exactly on my side like normal, with packing/moving and other things coming up.

04/27/17 9:53PM
Preorder, and a long story about it there. I guess I can just say, per my being in the same town and knowing some of the guys, I have been listening to it already. More words I plan to post, but I am definitely enjoying it, besides The Sensual Con of course which may be my favorite track they've ever done.

1 Routine Maintenance 12:41
2 Avoid That Eye Candy 3:54
3 Perpetual Notion 6:57
4 A Void That I Can Depart To 10:08
5 Get a Lawn 6:21
6 Making Light of Traffic 8:58
7 Destiny Repeats Itself 7:24
8 The Sensual Con 7:36

4/22/17 6:04AM
Fucking Finally!

They said it would come out, well it finally is (maybe a year or 2 later than they said though).

May 26th.

And on Cuneiform as well which is cool and makes a lot of sense.

15 years in the making, lol. In listening to "The Sensual Con" below, I'm not certain if this is the identical version they shared a couple of years ago. It may be, but I'm almost enjoying it more (and I loved hearing it a couple of years ago).

Anyway, when more of the details come out, I'll of course pass them along.

Published on Apr 21, 2017
Bubblemath, "The Sensual Con" from 'Edit Peptide' (out May 26, 2017 on Cuneiform Records)

Fifteen Years in the Making, Minnesota Eclectic Prog / Avant-Pop / Technical Metal Quintet BUBBLEMATH’s Sophomore Sequence, 'Edit Peptide,' Proves a Worthwhile Wait with its Frankenstein’s Monster-Formula of Lively Textures, Wacky and Virtuosic Musicianship, Hypnotically Robust Vocals, and Charmingly Astute Attitudes

Marillion - Lady Nina (Steven Wilson remix)

Lady Nina, a B-side from the Kayleigh single and appearing on Brief Encounter, but
I guess I always think-of for B-Sides Themselves.

Well I guess Steven Wilson remixed a version of it for the Misplaced Childhood Deluxe Edition which is coming out on July 21st. 4 CD/Bluray + 4 LP

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Muse - Dig Down [1B] (2017)

"Dig Down"


Will do so later.


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NY Times

This came out of nowhere. Heatt Failure perhaps?

edit: Some reports are saying that his death could have been a SUICIDE. I truly hope not.

Just 52, sheesh. About the same age as George Michael just a few months ago.

I guess I can just add.

1) I never was that much of a fan of Soundgarden, but I remember the cook at Southview Country Club who I would talk to about music in the kitchen in the mid 90's told me I might really like their album Superunknown. I never really checked it out, only knew "Black Hole Sun" etc. But among the Grunge bands, I probably could/should have liked Soundgarden the most. They have/had the biggest Led Zeppelin influence.

And his voice, while screechy/scrawny sounding if that makes any sense, actually wasn't bad. Much better than Cobain or even Eddie Vedder (or Layne Staley from Alice in Chains).

2) Of course I probably relayed the story once or twice in here, but I want to say it was at Record Store Day in 2010. Either 2009 or 2010 he showed up at The Electric Fetus. I saw him and just had to ask "Do You Know who Kevin Gilbert is?" and his reply was "Yeah, I do. So what?" Which I didn't exactly take to be all that polite, but whatevs.

3). His brother Peter Cornell is also a musician/singer and fronted the somewhat short-lived late 90's/early 2000's prog band from Nashville, TN? Somnambulist. For what that is worth, whether Chris Cornell would have ever cared to admit it, he did have some progressive rock ties in that way. And I guess Peter has released some of his own solo music since.

Somnambulist were actually scheduled to play at Nearfest in 2001? but canceled unfortunately.

At any case, this is sad to see. Chris was a friend, fan and big supporter of Jeff Buckley and his music, I noticed especially after he passed away. Chris and Brad Pitt basically. Odd and almost ironic too for me given like Prince I did sort of meet him, although among 100's of others at Record Store at the Electric Fetus, but it does weird me out a little bit about another brush with fame dies in as many years.

edit: Also Soundgarden were fans and friends-with of course King's X. Influenced by them, etc. Which I've said it many times, Soundgarden, AIC and especially Nirvana and Pearl Jam saw success where King's X did not unfortunately.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

My (Incomplete) Essential Artist List (re: 89.3 The Current's 893 Essential Artist List)

5/17/17 11:34PM
So this is just an incomplete list/2nd or 3rd draft per say. And I started it maybe a month ago when I voted in that thing, and per many factors, never got around to investing the time to be incredibly thorough.

But 89.3 starts their 893-artist Countdown tomorrow morning, and just to get a heads up, I will share this early list.

Then time permitting of course, once the countdown is over, I'll try and bump/edit this entry with their results, my reaction of course, and maybe a closer to accurate/complete list.

I count 225 below, so getting to 893 may take some work. However, these are ARTISTS I ENJOY from a decent amount to a lot. Fringe artists like say Al Green or Obscura or something, I don't feel as justified in including, but if my own personal list were to stretch out to 893, close-to, or more, to ARGUE  my taste and how I can alone come up with a list that long, that is a lot more interesting if not just plain better, than I would probably include stuff that fringey, and have more CROSSOVER WITH THEIR  VOTERS LIST.

That being said, I predict about 20% of my list may show up in  89.3's. The obvious classic rock names and some of the clear sort of hipster stuff that is actually something I like (good). But we'll see.

1a. Marillion
1b. Kevin Gilbert (Solo, Toy Matinee, Giraffe, NRG, Kaviar)
3. Fates Warning/Arch John/Arch/Matheos
4. Rush
5. dredg
6. Genesis
7. Ours
8. The Dear Hunter
9. Dream Theater
10 King's X

Apes and Androids/Call Florence Pow
Apples in Stereo, The
Appleseed Cast, The
As Tall as Lions
Avenged Sevenfold
Beach Boys, The
Beatles, The
Bend Sinister
Between the Buried and Me
Bhattacharya, Debashish
Biffy Clyro
Big Wreck
Black Sabbath
Bloc Party
Bowie, David
Broken Social Scene
Brice Plays Drums
Bruce Peninsula
Buckley, Jeff
Crimson Glory
Clann Zu
Cloud Cult
Coheed and Cambria
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Dark Tranquillity
Decemberists, The
Deep Purple
Diablo Swing Orchestra
Di Meola, Al
Doors, The
Dream the Electric Sleep
East of the Wall
Emanuel and the Fear
Emerson Lake and Palmer
Everything Everything
Fair to Midland
Faith No More
Gabriel, Peter
Galactic Cowboys
Gathering, The
Gentle Giant
Green Carnation
God is an Astronaut
Godspeed You Black Emperor
Heap, Imogen
Hendrix Experience, The Jimi
Herriges, Greg/Telluric Currents/Other County Ensemble
Hotel of the Laughing Tree
House of Fools
I Mother Earth
In Vain
Jackson, Michael
Jane's Addiction
Jethro Tull
Johnson, Eric/Electromagnets
King Crimson
Kiss Kiss/Vuvuzela/Josh Benash
Klimt 1918
Late of the Pier
Led Zeppelin
Lehto and Wright
Liquid Tension Experiment
Local Natives/Cavil at Rest
Magraw, Dean
Mahavishnu Orchestra
Margot and the Nuclear So and So's
Mars Volta, The
Mason Proper
Matos, Andre (Angra, Shaman, Solo)
maudlin of the Well
Mayer Hawthorne
Mercury Tree, The
Pat Metheny
Minus the Bear
Miracles of Modern Science
Monae, Janelle
Monkees, The
Morrison, Van
Mother Falcon
Murder By Death
Nesmith, Michael
Neverending White Lights
New Pornographers, The
Oceansize/Vennart/British Theatre
Orphaned Land
Pain of Salvation
Palmer, Amanda/Dresden Dolls, The
Pepe Deluxe
Pink Floyd
Police, The/Sting
Porcupine Tree
Protest the Hero
Pure Reason Revolution
Radical Face/Clone
Ramona Falls
Receiving End of Sirens, The
Reign of Kindo, The
Return to Forever
River Empire, The/Gloomcatcher, The
Saigon Kick
Sean, Timmy/Sir Video
Shadow Gallery
Sigur Ros
Silverchair/Dissociatives, The
Soft Machine
Spawn of :Possession
Spingsteen, Bruce
Spock's Beard
Stevens, Sufjan
Stiletto Formal, The
Subterranean Masqueradw
Swell Season, The/Marketa Irglova/Glen Hansard
System of a Down
Tea Party, The
Team Me
Tears for Fears
Time of Orchids
Tokyo Jihen/Shiina Ringo
Umbrella Tree
Van Halen
Velvet Teen, The
Weather Report
Who, The
Wishbone Ash
Wolf Parade
Steven Wilson
XTC/The Dukes of Stratosphear
Yes/Anderson Jon/Squire Chris/Howe Steve

89.3's 893 Artist Countdown


Fair to Midland - Say When (String Quartet Tribute)

This is lovely.


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Sucks big time, but I can't be shocked by this as it seems to happen frequently. I guess the biggest sad points for me is not being able to see them live and the fact Genotype won't be coming out, especially after loving Phenotype so much from 2016.

And reunion do happen of course. I guess we'll see where the members are at in 5-10 years.

In the mean time, I'll have to at least keep an eye on what the members do in the future.

I am envious of the fans who at least get to see them on their Farewell Tour. in November and early December.

Reminds me a little of Burst (although at least they did come to the US, just not to my hometown).

Ladies and gentlemen,
There is no easy way to say this, so here it is:
TEXTURES comes to an end.
Personal motives have led to this decision and it has not been made in haste. These personal reasons made it harder to be the productive band TEXTURES always has been in the past and which this band needs to be. Without this dedication TEXTURES would merely be a shell of what it used to be.
Break-ups are never easy and always bring difficulties. Unfortunately we have to announce that our anticipated 6th album ‘Genotype’ will not be released and so there will be no double album. At least not for the coming years...
The break-up of TEXTURES doesn’t mean that there is any hardship within the band. We still have a strong connection with current and former members and this decision won’t lead to any tensions whatsoever. Furthermore the individual bandmembers will continue to make music and persue new musical endeavours. Keep your eyes and ears open...
Thanks to all the friends, fellow musicians and other colleagues we have had the pleasure to meet along the way. And of course special thanks to all the fans who have supported us throughout the years. It is your dedication, appreciation and continued presence at our shows all over the world that made this journey one to remember for a lifetime.
We hope to see you all very soon on our farewell tour.
TEXTURES BIOGRAPHY – Last Miles to the Moon for Textures
In 2003 TEXTURES enters the scene with a radical and fairly uncommon concept at that time: the sextet skips the demo-phase entirely and releases their debut-album Polars independently on a professional level and with that TEXTURES becomes the first Dutch Do It Yourself band: management, album/merch artwork, music videos, studio reports and a full-length album recorded in a self-built studio; everything in full control of band.
In 2004 the band proudly received the Essent Award for most promising talent.
After that the tiger was out of the cage. TEXTURES immediately storms international clubs and festivals and shares stages with bands like Slipknot, Machine Head, Arch Enemy, Avenged Sevenfold, Opeth, Sepultura, Meshuggah and Rammstein.
In 2006 TEXTURES takes the – then fairly unknown – French band Gojira with them on their very first tour outside of France.
After releasing three albums (including highly acclaimed 3rd album Silhouettes) through Listenable Records, TEXTURES seriously steps up their game as they sign a worldwide recorddeal with Nuclear Blast for their 4th album ‘Dualism’ (2011) and 5th album 'Phenotype' (2016). In the meantime TEXTURES gets worldwide credits as co-founder of the new-born metalgenres '”mathmetal” and “djent”.
TEXTURES displays their sophisticated, modern metal on numerous tours and by a miraculous coincidence the band becomes – not big in Japan – but big in India. The band headlines shows in Bangalore, Delhi, Pune and Calcutta with crowds of 10.000 people.
After five studio albums with many European tours, a lengthy run through the USA, Mexico, Canada and Russia the mileage counter shows – in total – 330.000 travelled kilometers (205.052 mi).
Will TEXTURES reach the illustrious total distance from the earth to the moon; 363.000 km (225.558 mi) on their farewell tour?
* w/ special guest: Exivious

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Small Leaks Sink Ships - Antipode [1B] (2017)

New single "Dancing Devil" Side 1 for Small Leaks Sink Ships 1st ever Vinyl. A 7" single with "Cross Chatter" being the track on side 2..

Official release date is June 2, 2017

Liking it, and the story below of course name drops Menomena and Wolf Parade (2 bands I enjoy) which doesn't surprise me.

Of course I'm expecting this to the 1st of more coming as I know the band has a record coming relatively soon. But in the mean time, I am happy to check this out and pick this 1 up on Vinyl.

1. Dancing Devil
2. Cross Chatter

story per consequence of sound

Monday, May 15, 2017

Coheed and Cambria w/ The Dear Hunter @ First Avenue 5/13/17

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Photos per Nate W on Instagram

So this show was a big deal to me given Coheed played Good Apollo 1, my favorite of theirs and a 5-star record, etc.

And with The Dear Hunter of course, And great to see them together, a billing that happened maybe 2 or 3 times historically, but I'm not sure if it's happened in 5 or 6 years.

First Avenue: I arrived 1 hour before the 7:30 PM listing online for the doors. I was maybe behind 20 or 30 people. Did my usual walk straight upstairs once I get inside, hunting for a chair so I wouldn't have to stand for 4+ hours.

No chairs on either side available. It seems nearly if not all of them were taken by Coheed's VIP members, at different levels.

Luckily though, I managed to snag one from 1 of the tables wayyy off to the obstructed view area. And I managed to move it to an area I could hear and see the stage, but not on the rail/front in the balcony.

Now I met a bunch of very cool people there, as I often do, which seems almost a very high percentage at concerts I attend, are not from the Twin Cities.

-A few guys from Duluth waiting in line.

-A couple from Iowa who I sat behind, and were nice enough to save my chair while I went to get Merch (which I picked up some of the Coheed Amory Wars graphic novels involving Good Apollo, and Act IV Score Book, which I hope to show in a video soon).

-2 guys at the Merch table who were huge TDH fans, which was kind of rare surprisingly. The line for Coheed Merch was like 20 people long, But there was no one in line at TDH table. Although they had no cds to sell which was odd.

Travis and I forget the other guy's name. But Travis I think is the fella whose also into Cloud Cult and I may see at the Northrop show coming up next month. And I also mentioned to 1 of them, I think it was the other fellow TDH fanatic about The Family Crest show at Turf next Saturday. I think he told me he lives in Mankato. But a few hours for TFC, if he enjoys them like I do, might still be worth it.

2 TDH fans (a couple I think) from Winnipeg as I was walking to my car. They did see the show at Fine Line I missed, I asked the guy I was chatting about if he knew the band The Psychics who are from Winnpeg, but he did not. But he was a Porcupine Tree fan (but didn't know Marillion, which I shared my Chicago story with him while waiting for the light to change).

Coheed did not have, or had sold out of copies of Good Apollo 1 Vinyl  when I got to the front of the line, which to go along with getting shut out on Record Store Day for it, is a 2nd strike. I am going to have to monitor many sites soon for a copy as I really need a copy on vinyl of that album.

About the show:

Clip per The Dear Hunter's twitter 

The Dear Hunter: This was likely the largest crowd to ever see them perform in Minnesota, which beyond anything else is a good thing. Also Gavin Castleton was with them as he was last September (the show I missed), and I was happy to go up and meet after the show. Very cool guy, who I name dropped probably a dozen bands, many of which he knew which I found cool. He's a sElf fan, per the fact both him and Matt Mahaffey are multi-instrumentalist songwriters (like Casey too of course). Kevin Gilbert of course didn't ring a bell, but he doesn't to many.

But TDH's actual performance was quite good as always, albeit shorter than I'm used to. The big issue though for me was the MIXING. I could barely hear the vocals at times. Now part of that could have been per there were 2 or 3 Coheed fans behind me who talked literally during 75% or more of TDH's set.

Although I still suspect the fact I heard a lot more bass and guitar and the vocals seemed buried, even with those babblers in my ears, I wonder if the people behind the board may not have been aware of the balance (or lack-of).

Set list? I totally get that it's a set list Casey and the band want/like to play, etc. And it's as an opener/support so not as much ground was covered (even playing a 10+ minute track like "The Night on the Town" etc might not have worked for this tour per that reason).

Mostly songs from Act IV and V logically, along with 2 or 3 songs from TCS and and Act III. And it was neat to hear that Beatles outro at the end.

As for Coheed, I adore Good Apollo 1. It is such a melody/hook and energy fest, it never gets old. I am a sucker for incredible hooks. And the band had a very cool Video for each and every song which added a lot frankly.

Although I will try and make a video or 2, getting more into this show and maybe Good Apollo 1, but I can say, the concept about a playwright of some kind being self-tortured either in his story/trying-to-write the story, and/or real life experiences kind of hit me more than it ever did before. Almost that I really want to read those GA Amory Wars Graphic Novels I bought.

But at the same time, for the year 2005, I can't place it #1 still because as progressive as it is, when it comes down to it, the meat of the album is major-key melodies, which I love immensely when done well and strongly, but compared to some other 5-star records, I don't see it as quite as unique or adventurous.

Mind you, I still find the album and tons of things about it very progressive and appealing, but I can follow why say in 2005, I look at Between the Heart and the Synapse being slightly better. I almost see GA1 like Fair to Midland's Fables from a Mayfly, strong  melodies and energy hitting you left and right. But that's the biggest takeaway from it.

Also "The Telling Truth," specifically the 1st 4 or 5 minutes and then the end is really a Reprise/Coda or Overture of 3 or 4 of the main themes/melodies which I guess I never consciously thought-about or realized.

And a song like "Ten Speed (of God's Blood and Burial)" and maybe "Crossing the Blade" sound an awful lot like Iron Maiden at times, specifically the song "The Trooper" which Claudio I know has admitted to enjoying and maybe even covering.

"Mother May I" might be my favorite track on this record now. Love it to bits.

All in All, an epic show that I sweated buckets at and was very happy to get to witness.

I would like to see In Keeping Secrets live someday, but I dunno if it'll happen again. And at First Avenue? I am not sure I can handle another Coheed-mob there again, but who knows how I'll feel or even if they will end up there if they do come back again to do it.

1 of 5  of my 5-star records I've now seen live. Which I should post a list soon about (not just 5-stars, and include even Tributes).

The Dear Hunter
The Moon / Awake
Mustard Gas
The Revival
The Most Cursed of Hands
Is There Anybody Here?
This Body/She's so Heavy (The Beatles)

Coheed and Cambria
Keeping the Blade
Always and Never
Welcome Home
Ten Speed (Of God's Blood and Burial)
Crossing the Frame
Apollo I: The Writing Writer
Once Upon Your Dead Body
Wake Up
The Suffering
The Lying Lies & Dirty Secrets of Miss Erica Court
Mother May I
The Willing Well I: Fuel for the Feeding End
The Willing Well II: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
The Willing Well III: Apollo II: The Telling Truth
The Willing Well IV: The Final Cut
Bron-Yr-Aur (Led Zeppelin)

Delirium Trigger
In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3

SikTh - The Future in Whose Eyes? (2016-2017)

5/15/17 12:05PM

new song "Golden Cufflinks"

*will check out later tonight*

3/31/17 10:14AM
New album coming on June 2nd The Future in Whose Eyes? 

and 2nd song/single along with the usual preorder links, etc.

Stoked of course. Will have to check out the new track "Vivid" later tonight. A reposting of "No Wishbones" is also at the bottom, from like a month ago.

Still can't find a Track List yet though.

Also am curious to hear their new 2nd singer for a full album, etc.

Preorder Link 1
2nd Preorder Link

The kings have returned!
SikTh reveal The Future In Whose Eyes? new studio album details and pre-orders -

Sikth are back! The Watford mathcore sextet that stumbled upon a sound unexplored, who devised their own Morse code of metal – one that mushroomed into labyrinthine detours and tangents, that ultimately lead to the birth of the djent metal, the band’s whose legacy gave the inspiration for bands like Protest The Hero, TesseracT, Animals As Leaders and Periphery after their hiatus in 2007, are back, with what will be, one of the finest albums of 2017 - The Future In Whose Eyes?

Due to be released on 2nd June on Millennium Night, the newly created label imprint from Snapper Music, home of Peaceville Records and Kscope.

Dan Weller, SikTh’s guitarist and producer proudly states "Ever since SikTh was formed way back at the turn of the century we've tried to self improve as musicians and as song writers. We take our music very seriously. This record feels like the one we've always wanted to make. We spent over a year writing it and pushed ourselves extremely hard - sometimes too hard. Opacities was the rebirth of SikTh but 'The Future...' is our statement - I want this album to define us. I don't care how over ambitious it sounds - we want this record to be heard by every metal fan on the planet."

Pre-order for 2nd June release on Millenium Night -

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Hall and Oates + Tears for Fears in St. Paul, MN 5/11/17

Tears for Fears

Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Secret World
Sowing the Seeds of Love
Advice for the Young at Heart
Everybody Loves a Happy Ending
Mad World
Memories Fade
Creep (Radiohead cover)
Pale Shelter
Break It Down Again
Head Over Heels


Hall and Oates

Adult Education
Out of Touch
Say It Isn't So
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (The Righteous Brothers cover)
One on One
Possession Obsession
She's Gone
Sara Smile
Wait for Me
Is It a Star
Method of Modern Love
I Can't Go For That
You Make My Dreams

Rich Girl
Kiss on My List
Private Eyes

here's my post on the Dreamtheaterforums:

saw this show on Thursday.

Tears for Fears were good, although it took a little while to get warmed up to them. I forgot how good a song "Break it Down Again" is.

Curt Smith's voice has sounded better, but oddly, he seemed as much the frontman as Roland, which I always figured Roland was more of the frontman.

The opener Allen Stone I guess played for 10 minutes, lol. 

I didn't even get inside until after TFF had almost finished "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" which was at 7:15, 5 minutes after Allen Stone had finished.

Not sure if that's been typical of this tour (early start, Allen Stone only playing 10 minutes), or something that The XCel Energy Center required.

As for Hall and Oates, the different arrangements I kind of liked, but my wife did not. Even "Method of Modern Love," she was so thrown off by it, she had to listen to the original version the 1st thing after we got home.

Also the extended jams were not all that kosher for my wife and friends we went with.

It's probably worth adding with the Radiohead cover. Radiohead should be covering TFF, not the other way around (although Prince actually also covered Creep at Coachella a number of years ago).

Also the show ended on a bit of a Sour note for me as I found a parking ticket on my car. Long story, but I can't see myself not appearing at the Courthouse to argue it down. I even took pictures.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Videos: Unofficial Room Tour+Yearly Albums Calendar Videos?

A short/unofficial Room Tour type video, also talking a little about my health.

And the 2nd is just an announcement about trying to make the Albums Calendar Year videos. I'm not sure, but 1 thought is I just print out the lists and just go through them. Likely no props, at least for the point the physical copies I have are in storage in July and later.

Not sure how long they may go. The early years (60's and even 70's) may not be too bad, but once we get into the 90's and 2000's, I may either make 2 parts, or just have to be picky (or do mouthful lists for a lot of it).

2016-2017 Midseason Albums Videos

So I crammed in all the titles for the most part, from the lists on the entry I posted like a week ago.

I didn't include the Offa Rex thing and only included a bit about the Steven Wilson album at the end of the 2nd video.

But, anyway, somewhat par for my course, We'll see how, when the end of the year stuff happens given these will be the last videos for this current years music as lists, that I can make at my apartment.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Offa Rex - The Queen of Hearts (2016-2017) [The Decemberists + Olivia Chaney]


Album is titled "The Queen of Hearts" and is being released on July 7th.


1  The Queen of Hearts  3:56
2  Blackleg Miner  2:22
3  The Gardener  4:59
4  The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face  3:31
5  Flash Company  4:15
6  Old Churchyard  4:07
7  Constant Billy (Oddington) / I’ll Go Enlist (Sherborne)  1:56
8  Willie o’ Winsbury  7:30
9 Bonny May  6:32
10  Sheepcrook and Black Dog   4:35
11  To Make You Stay  5:02

in the vein of a 60's and 70's British Psych/Folk Revival, which doesn't sound like they are branching out incredibly, sans for using Olivia's vocals I suppose. The "Queen of Hearts" interpretation is nice though.

The Harpsichord on it does add something. I guess given my lack of love for their last couple of albums, this could be a welcome diversion.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Northern Abbey - Glimpses (2017)

New track from Northern Abbey. Nick Lambert of Falling Up's project which I have always enjoyed, even as sparse and limited the releases that have come.

But with Falling Up's retirement, I imagine Nick has more time to work on this stuff. Great acoustic/attmospheric/chamber folk/rock, etc. Somewhat similar to The River Empires for whatever reason.

This tune specifically does remind me of the last FU album in some ways. But I do wonder if the title "Glimpses" references more to come soon.

Northern Abbey is a solo project by Nick Lambert. (Falling Up Guitarist) He loves all the greenery, forests, rain, lakes, and people that the northwest brings together, and writes music as a sort of soundtrack to all of it.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Year 1995 Albums Calendar and Rankings

1995 was a weird year for me. I discovered many artists that became the foundation of my taste.
May of 1995: Marillion and Dream Theater. And I want to say within a year, Fates Warning, King's X, Galactic Cowboys and some others.

It was among the time of neo-prog and 90's Prog Metal.

Good year. Kevin;'s album by default is #1, but to see Marillion right in there, maybe my favorite Spock's Beard album, The Tea Party and Echolyn says a lot for it.

I.e. many favorites put out among if not their best albums of their catalogs/careers in 1995. How it compares to other years in the 90's? it's pretty good. There possibly wasn't a better year that followed actually.

1. Kevin Gilbert - Thud
2. Marillion - Afraid of Sunlight
3. Spock's Beard - The Light
4. The Tea Party - The Edges of Twilight
5. Echolyn - As the World
6. Dream Theater - A Change of Seasons [EP]
7. Faith No More - King for a Day...Fool for a Lifetime
8. Savatage - Dead Winter Dead
9. Saigon Kick - Devil in the Details
10. Shadow Gallery - Carved in Stone
11. Porcupine Tree - The Sky Moves Sideways
12. Stanley Clarke, Al Di Meola and Jean-Luc Ponty - Rite of Strings
13. The Gathering - Mandylion
14. White Willow - Ignis Fatuus
15. Anekdoten - Nucleus
16. Jeff Buckley - Live from the Bataclan [EP]
17 sElf - Subliminal Plastic Motives
18. King Crimson - Thrak
19. Various Artists - Supper's Ready
20. Savatage - Japan Live '94
21. Metropolis - Behind Mysterious Walls
22. Van Halen - Balance
23. Various Artists - Tales from Yesterday
24. Michael Jackson - HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I
25. Screaming Headless Torsos - 1995
26. Opeth - Orchid
27. Without Warning - Believe
28. Pink Floyd - Pulse
29. The Flower Kings  - Back in the World of Adventures
30. Kevin Gilbert - Kashmir [EP]
31. Bruce Springsteen - The Ghost of Tom Joad
32. Various Artists - The Moon Revisited
33. Manfred Hübler and Siegfried Schwab - Vampyros Lesbos: Sexadelic Dance Party
34. Seventh Sign - Perpetual Destiny
35. The Police - Live!
36. Alanis Morrissette - Jagged Little Pill
37. Various Artists - In from the Storm
38. Royal Hunt - Moving Target

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Van Halen - Balance
rel January 24, 1995

Spock's Beard - The Light
rel January 1995

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Porcupine Tree - The Sky Moves Sideways
rel February 1995

Ulver - Bergtatt: Et eeventyr i 5 capitler
rel February 1995

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Echolyn - As the World
rel March 7, 1995

Radiohead - The Bends
rel March 13, 1995

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Death - Symbolic
rel March 21, 1995

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Kevin Gilbert - Thud
rel March 21, 1995

The Tea Party - The Edges of Twilight
rel March 21, 1995

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Faith No More - King for a Day...Fool for a Lifetime
rel March 28, 1995

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King Crimson - Thrak
rel April 3, 1995

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Bela Fleck - Tales from the Acoustic Planet
rel April 11, 1995

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Stratovarious - The Fourth Dimension
rel April 11, 1995

Perpetual Destiny
Seventh Sign - Perpetual Destiny
rel April 26, 1995

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Opeth - Orchid
rel May 1, 1995

The Apples in Stereo - Fun Trick Noisemaker
rel May 2, 1995

Meshuggah - Destroy Erase Improve
rel May 12, 1995

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Chris Isaak - Forever Blue
rel May 23, 1995

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Ron Thal - The Adventures of Bumblefoot
rel May 23, 1995

Without Warning - Believe
rel May 24, 1995

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Pink Floyd - Pulse
rel May 29, 1995

The Police - Live!
rel May 29, 1995

Floater - Glyph
rel May 1995

The Wildhearts - P.H.U.Q.
rel May 1995

A brunette woman, wearing a jacket in the shape of an envelope, with her hair moved by the air, looking at you with a deep sight, is in front of a big variety of pictures principally coloured pink, orange and blue, some of them have Chinese characters and figures of animals.
Bjork - Post
rel June 13, 1995

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Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
rel June 13, 1995

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Screaming Headless Torsos - 1995
rel June 13, 1995

A image of a silver statue wearing a military-like outfit with its hair clipped behind its head. To the left of the statue the words "MICHAEL JACKSON" are written in white letters and underneath them is "HISTORY PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE BOOK I" written in smaller white print. Behind the statue, a sky with black and red clouds can be seen.
Michael Jackson - HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I
rel June 18, 1995

Marillion - Afraid of Sunlight
rel June 24, 1995

Theatre of Tragedy - Theatre of Tragedy
rel July 4, 1995

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Shadow Gallery - Carved in Stone
rel July 11, 1995

Stanley Clarke, Al Di Meola and Jean-Luc Ponty - Rite of Strings
rel July 17, 1995

Various Artists - The Moon Revisited
rel July 21, 1995

The Gathering - Mandylion
rel August 22, 1995

Various Artists - Supper's Ready
rel August 22, 1995

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Various Artists - Tales from Yesterday
rel August 22, 1995

Jethro Tull - Roots to Branches
rel September 4, 1995

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Switchblade Symphony - Serpentine Gallery
rel September 11, 1995

Dream Theater - A Change of Seasons [EP]
rel September 19, 1995

October Project - Falling Farther In
rel September 19, 1995

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The Flower Kings  - Back in the World of Adventures
rel September 1995

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Royal Hunt - Moving Target
rel September 1995

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Savatage - Japan Live '94
rel October 9, 1995

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Mr. Bungle - Disco Volante
rel October 10, 1995

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Tears for Fears - Raoul and the Kings of Spain
rel October 10, 1995

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Saigon Kick - Devil in the Details
rel October 17, 1995

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Anathema - The Silent Enigma
rel October 23, 1995

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Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
rel October 23, 1995

Savatage - Dead Winter Dead
rel October 24, 1995

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Jeff Buckley - Live from the Bataclan [EP]
rel October 25, 1995

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Ayreon - The Final Experiment
rel October 27, 1995

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sElf - Subliminal Plastic Motives
rel October 1995

Queen - Made in Heaven
rel November 6, 1995

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Dissection - Storm of the Light's Bane
rel November 17, 1995

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Bruce Springsteen - The Ghost of Tom Joad
rel November 21, 1995

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Dark Tranquillity - The Gallery
rel November 27, 1995

The Wondermints - The Wondermints
rel December 1, 1995

Savatage - Ghost in the Ruins: A Tribute to Criss Oliva
rel December 15, 1995

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Anekdoten - Nucleus
rel December 1995

Deus ex Machina - De republica
rel 1995

Kevin Gilbert - Kashmir [EP]
rel 1995

Manfred Hübler and Siegfried Schwab - Vampyros Lesbos: Sexadelic Dance Party
rel 1995

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Ilúvatar  - Children
rel 1995

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Malicious Mischief - Tell It Like It is
rel 1995

Metropolis - Behind Mysterious Walls
rel 1995

Various Artists - In from the Storm
rel 1995

White Willow - Ignis Fatuus
rel 1995