Saturday, September 29, 2018

Necrophagist + Clarinet = Epic Win

Awe + Some.

Fuck this really bloody tasty.

And it also goes to the whole liberal tastes of some people with music. A Clarinet with Technical Death Metal? yeah it sounds incongruous in some ways, but it works for me. I'm sure many see it as oil + water, but for those that do, objectively their tastes and open-mindedness can be seen more narrow (even though, yeah, it is their tastes, I don't see a point in arguing that).

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Dirt Poor Robins in 2019: New Concept EPs + Graphic Novel

Facebook Video (short live stream)

-New Series of EP's coming in 2019, including the 1st in January.

-New Concept which sounds a little like Westworld (a futuristic Western?)

-Graphic Novel coming, I'm presuming about The Raven Locks.

-Merch coming

and a stream telling the Raven Locks story sort of in a nutshell with the last portion Neil will explain in the stream. On Saturday September 29th.

Friday, September 21, 2018

The Monkees - Christmas Party (2017-2018)

So this is the 1st official Christmas Album The Monkees will release, which is coming out on October 12th, 2018.

Rivers Cuomo, Andy Partridge, Peter Buck (of REM), Adam Schlesinger (of Fountains of Wayne, and who produced 2016's Good Times! ) Michael Chabon (yes, the author) and Scott McCaughey of The Minus 5 (with Peter Buck) all are involved.

Some Davy Jones recordings are included like with Good Times!

I also wonder as far as The Monkees and the Rock Hall, hanging with Peter Buck of REM (who are in the Rock Hall), maybe there could be some push to get them finally on the ballot this year or next?

Anyway, the Preorder is here which is for the digital. The Vinyl  is coming out in 2019 I guess, but the digital and CD version will be for sale in a few weeks.

Also, "Unwrap You at Christmas" is the tune Andy Partridge wrote, so that immediately is the one I'm the most excited to hear.


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1. Unwrap You At Christmas
2. What Would Santa Do
3. Mele Kalikimaka
4. House Of Broken Gingerbread
5. The Christmas Song
6. Christmas Party
7. Jesus Christ
8. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
9. Silver Bells
10. Wonderful Christmastime
11. Snowfall
12. Angels We Have Heard On High
13. Merry Christmas, Baby

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Black Belt Eagle Scout - Mother of My Children (2017-2018)

Black Belt Eagle Scout is the solo project of Katherine Paul who I still probably think of most/best from her work with the short lived dreamy Post Rock band Forest Park.

But in the last 5 or so years, it's been as the drummer of the band Genders.

But this is her own, full-fledged solo project. This new album Mother of My Children  was released on Friday September 14th. I have only heard some of it, but am really enjoying what I have heard.

It does remind me somewhat of Forest Park, the dreamy element namely. I think a lot of that has to do with Katherine's soothing/dreamy voice at times.

I will try and add more soon, but my initial impressions are where have I been? and why didn't I know about this (I blame Facebook and it's lack of MYSPACE BLOG SUBSCRIPTION-like setup). Because I liked Black Belt Eagle Scout a few years ago, but I don't read Facebook nor even Twitter Feeds religiously. Why? because it's too much and there's too much crap to filter through.

Anyway, the point being, better late than never. I haven't even heard the Self-Titled debut record from 2014 yet, lol. Maybe I bought it on CD? and the CD is in storage somewhere?

But here's 1 of the videos made from this new album "Indians Never Die"

also Katherine is on tour right now supporting this new album. I don't see a Minnesota date unfortunately, but also hope she wasn't in town in the last year or 2, and I failed to know about it. O well, sometimes that happens, hopefully she'll be back again no matter.

Also there is or was to be a new Genders album at some point soon, but I went to their Facebook a few days ago and nothing yet. I know Maggie Morris has been busy with her band Sunbathe as well who I saw at The Turf Club open for Typhoon back in the Spring (she mentioned the upcoming Genders album, thought maybe this Summer).

1. Soft Stud 06:08
2. Indians Never Die 04:30
3. Keyboard 03:50
4. Mother of My Children 03:04
5. Yard 04:10
6. I Don't Have You In My Life 04:23
7. Just Lie Down 04:01
8. Sam, A Dream 04:33

Friday, September 14, 2018

Update (short)

need to post some content about the Vennart record that finally is out today and the extra EP.

I also have 2 or 3 RIYL/FFO entries in the works. No idea when they get published though.

I can say though, they are all related to the last one, which isn't surprising. But certainly will include many names not on the last one.

a TV Shows list as well, rym or rytv, etc..

and the end of the year stuff is coming up as there's only like 6 weeks left and in truth, Vennart's album was the last really big deal release scheduled so far. So it is starting to feel like the end of the year time already with it out.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fish - A Parley with Angels [EP] (2017-2018)

new single "Man with a Stick":from Fish, from the upcoming EP A Parley with Angels which is being released on September 21st.

As far as the final Fish album Weltschmerz?, there are some details about it like here (and also here). But I don't see any official release info just skimming there. I imagine it'll be sometime in 2019.

Also Marillion via Fish and other sources are releasing a Deluxe version of Clutching at Straws, and a tour. Of course I won't be seeing the tour sadly, and likely never see the 1 (former) member of Marillion I have yet to see (Mick Pointer? doesn't mean as much to me, although I would see him if he played live in Minnesota of course).

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Vennart - Copeland [EP] (2017-2018)

So this is the Companion EP that I picked up as part of my Deluxe/Bundle preorder of To Cure A Blizzard Upon A Plastic Sea which both are being released 1-week from tomorrow on Friday September 14th.

I am happy that it is purely digital, making the physical version more rare at this point.

The 2nd track "Castlefordian Girls" is streaming. Haven't heard it yet of course, but will later.

1. Terrors
2. Castlefordian Girls 04:26
3. Mines
4. Ambi
5. I'm Janick Gers

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Now Playing/In the Cue: 8/25 ? - (Early?) Sept 2018

This is a long/long-winded random mess of stuff in my playlist, or hopefully coming to my playlist.

I have listened to some of these recently, some in the past, and many only parts of or not at all.

Some good shit in here, and some stuff I may not be revisiting for awhile..if again.

But also a lot of it is still "in the cue"

Per time, I'll try and follow-up with twitter-size comments on as many of these as I can (in here/bumped or maybe another new entry)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Polygonwanaland
Gospel - Tango
Jellyfish - Watching the Rain
Late of the Pier - Blueberry, Best in the Class
I Mother Earth -  Blossom, The Devil's Engine, We Got the Love
Josh King - Into the Blue
Josh Rouse - Subtitulo
Josh Rouse - Nashville
Josh Rouse - 1972
Fountains of Wayne - Fountains of Wayne
Fountains of Wayne - Utopia Parkway
Fountains of Wayne - Welcome Interstate Managers
Dream Theater - Cleaning out the Closet
Crack the Sky - Crack the Sky
10cc - Sheet Music
10cc - The Original Soundtrack
The Bee Gees - Bee Gees 1st
Budgie - In for the Kill
Budgie - Never Turn Your Back on a Friend
Chicago - Chicago Transit Authority
Depeche Mode - Violator
A Dying Planet - Facing the Incurable
Mals Totem - - Mals Totem
The Grays - Ro Sham Bo
Tears For Fears - Everybody Loves a Happy Ending
Tears For Fears - Raoul
Tears For Fears - Elemental
XTC - Nonsuch
XTC - Oranges and Lemons
Bill Hubauer - We Came from Space
Chris Cornell - Euphoria Mourning

Muse - The Dark Side
Majestyy - Magnetisme Animal (soundcloud)
Pentangle - Basket of Light
Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
Jeff Buckley - Mystery White Boy
Pentangle - Basket of Light
Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
Phideaux - Infernal
White Denim - Performance
King's X - Manic Moonlight
My Chemical Romance - Welcom to the Black Parade
Panic at the Disco - Pretty.Odd
The Grateful Dead - Anthem of the Sun
Motorpsycho and Stale Storl0kken - The Death Defying Unicorn
Sky Architect - Nomad
ABC - The Lexicon of Love Vol. 1 and 2
Barock Project - Detachment

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Late of the Pier and Gospel

Late of the Pier earlier today came up on a topic on's Message Boards, and how their style/genre is referred to as "New Rave" or "Nu Rave" which is a tag I've honestly never heard of.

But I guess it's a label and style most often used to describe bands from the mid-late 2000's from the UK largely. The most successful of these bands is the band Klaxons.

I guess I never would have thought of Late of the Pier or any of the artists in this entry about "Indietronica" aka "21st Century Electronic Rock" with "Rave" House or Techno music really.

It's at least 2 degrees of separation in terms of emphasis. Rave music from my experience was purely dance music and had no "Rock" in it really. Although there is "Dance Rock" I suppose, but that also almost sounds like an Oxymoron.

But, I guess this entry isn't purely about this tag, but just thinking about Late of the Pier and another band Gospel, who while are not much alike other than I suppose the progressive tag might fit with both and both were active in the mid-late 2000's.

But both released excellent debut albums, which were the only albums they ever made. And then both recorded 1 final tune that is among if not the best tracks they ever did.

Late of the Pier debut album Fantasy Black Channel released in 2008. Than in 2010 they released a track titled "Blueberry" which was really addictive.

edit: now reviewing, they also released a song titled "Best in Class" which in trying to jog my memory and listening to it, I kind of do remember it as well. And it's maybe almost as good as "Blueberry."

Gospel, released their debut album The Moon is a Dead World in 2005. I didn't discover them maybe until 2010 though, which I don't remember if it was per their new single, or it was pure coincidence with some people on the forums talking about them, seeing them talking of a new album, etc on myspace.

But they released "Tango" in June of 2010 and I remember going apeshit for it. It was this amazing progressive rock epic with vintage synths and everything. Like Late of the Pier, it's almost like they took a lot of the best moments from The Moon is a Dead World and polished them and up-ed  their production and composition skills. I think it's like 9 or 10 minutes.

edit: no, 5:41, but it's totally "epic" like a song that is 9 or 10  minutes.

But then nothing. I forget, but they may have announced not that long after it was released, they broke up.

There's other artists like this..sort of they make a debut album, or maybe even 2 albums, then have a gap and record a single or ep that surpasses their previous work that is incredible. And it cries out to you as a fan, wanting more. But it never happens(ed).

Soundscape (it did)
Apes and Androids had the song "Endless Dream" which is a great tune, but I'd love to find it online (maybe on YouTube or Soundcloud somewhere? Vimeo maybe or even say Daily Motion or something like that. I know I have a poor rip of it on 1 of my old Hard Drives, but haven't listened to it maybe 2010 or 2011).
100Ft Snowman is another

I dunno, I think there are probably many cases of this, that maybe I'll continue to share and perhaps someone else will discover them. And who knows, maybe a reunion for some of these groups will happen again someday.

Late of the Pier sadly, lost their drummer, but I suppose it wouldn't eliminate a reunion. LA Priest music I do enjoy at least.