RPWL – Everything Was Not Enough
Posted on Apr 26th, 2007 by Alan @ 11:58 pm

RPWL

I’m quickly getting total coverage of Europe in this blog – well, northern Europe at least -as we’re now off to Germany. I *think* I first heard RPWL on Frans Keylard’s supreme internet radio show The Rogues Gallery – if so, I owe him a big thank you (actually several, as his show has introduced me to a shed-load of bands I probably would never have heard of otherwise – I actually have a list of albums I haven’t got round to buying that I heard on his show, so he’s simultaneously entertaining me and emptying my wallet)

Enjoy.

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Gazpacho – Prisoner
Posted on Apr 24th, 2007 by Alan @ 10:11 pm

Gazpacho

Surely everybody loves cold tomato soup? And on the off-chance that you don’t, try this as an alternative. They’re a Norwegian band who have been described as “the greatest unsigned band in the world”… and while I’m not sure anyone can categorically make a statement like that, I’d be surprised if there are many bands out there who could better them. They’ve recently released their fourth album, and prefer to do things completely independently rather than get backing from a record label. The result is complete creative control over every aspect of their musical careers.

This track is from their stunning 2005 album “Firebird”.

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Buy it direct from the band here (it’s cheaper than at Amazon and better for the band).

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Neil Peart Drum Solo
Posted on Apr 24th, 2007 by Alan @ 10:10 am

Awesome. Just awesome.

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Marillion – Out Of This World
Posted on Apr 24th, 2007 by Alan @ 9:55 am

This is awesome stuff. Another track off Marillion’s “Afraid Of Sunlight”, mixed with footage of the subject matter – Donald Campbell’s world speed record attempts in the 1960s. Click here for a Wikipedia article about Campbell’s land and water speed record attempts – and also how Bill Smith was inspired to search for the remains of the Bluebird after hearing Marillion’s song. And click here to read Steve Hogarth’s account of the raising of the Bluebird.

The first clip is actual archive footage, and the second clip is from the BBC’s 1988 reconstruction of his final attempt in 1967.

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Myslovitz – Sound Of Solitude
Posted on Apr 20th, 2007 by Alan @ 11:07 pm

Myslovitz

I said I was going to post more Myslovitz, and I was going to get multilingual… so here it is. I only speak a few words of Polish but I prefer the version I can’t understand to the English version.

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You need to own this. You really do. So get your wallets out and buy it!

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Francis Dunnery – Only New York Going On
Posted on Apr 20th, 2007 by Alan @ 2:44 pm

Francis Dunnery

Francis Dunnery – singer / songwriter, producer, record company owner, psychology student, astrologer, horse trainer, inventor of the tapboard, and one of the finest guitarists around (a review of Ian Brown’s “Music Of The Spheres”, that featured Dunnery on guitar and gave him joint songwriting credits for F.E.A.R. among others described him as “peerless”). I have a compilation CD at home of tracks he’s played on and it’s quite an eye-opener – there are tracks by Santana, Lauryn Hill, Robert Plant, and many many more.

Unfortunately he doesn’t sling an electric guitar around his neck too often these days, preferring to go down the acoustic route more often than not. He ain’t bad at that though! This track is one of his finest pieces of work from the acoustic years, it’s from “Tall Blonde Helicopter” which was his third solo album after leaving It Bites and was released way back in 1995. His first album, which was only released in Japan (I paid £120 for an import copy – which makes me a mug, as it’s was re-released in 2003 for about a tenner!) is known by my sister-in-law as “the one where he’s trying to be Jon Bon Jovi”, and his second “Fearless” was a very polished, made for American radio, type of album. They’re both decent albums, but it was like he was still trying to find his own sound, which he undoubtedly had by 1995. His style has evolved since then but much more gradually.

Anyway, enough of this slavering, and on with the music.

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Buy it here – and while you’re at it, why not get your own personalised astrological interpretation? (That was a rhetorical question, by the way!)

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Chroma Key – Another Permanent Address
Posted on Apr 20th, 2007 by Alan @ 11:28 am

Chroma Key

Chroma Key is one of Kevin Moore’s projects (Kevin was one of the founding members of Dream Theater) – the other most notable one being OSI. Cast aside any preconceptions you might have about Dream Theater though, Chroma Key are about as far removed from that as you can get. This is beautiful, sensitive music from a very talented songwriter; focusing on mood and atmosphere where Dream Theater go all out for musical complexity.This track is from Chroma Key’s second album, “You Go Now”, released in 2000. The 2004 follow-up “Graveyard Mountain Home” is equally worthy of your attention.

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All of Chroma Key’s are available from their website – go on, you know it makes sense!

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Myslovitz – I’d Like To Die Of Love
Posted on Apr 18th, 2007 by Alan @ 1:17 pm

Myslovitz

Definitely music to kill yourself to, but a stunningly beautiful, simple track at the same time. I’ve got to be honest and say I know virtually nothing about Myslovitz other than that they are Polish – I was going to cheat and plagiarise something from Wikipedia, but it’s probably a better idea to cut out the middle man… read about them here

I have another couple of tracks lined up to post here soon – and when I do I’m gonna get multilingual on yo ass!

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You can buy Korova Milky Bar from Amazon, although it is pretty expensive as it’s on import. If you speak Polish you can get it from the band’s own website for 35 zloty (less than £7). But if you don’t know your piwko from your dziewko, the best bet is to take your pick of the copies on sale at the Amazon marketplace – you can pay anything from £5 to £60 for it on there!

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Porcupine Tree live on the Radio 1 Rock Show
Posted on Apr 17th, 2007 by Alan @ 7:00 am

PT - FoaBP

Here is last night’s session! I’m still waiting to receive my pre-ordered special edition of the new album so this is all I’ve got to keep me going… but wow! Roll on tomorrow night and the first night of the tour in Glasgow!

These are pretty low bitrate files, due to the file size limit on my hosting account, but higher bitrate versions of the show will no doubt be in circulation before too long.

Steven Wilson – Session Introduction

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The Pills I’m Taking

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Gavin Harrison – Halo Introduction

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Halo

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Fear Of A Blank Planet

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Blackest Eyes

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Sleep Together

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Marillion live on BBC 6 Music
Posted on Apr 16th, 2007 by Alan @ 11:06 pm

Marillion - Somewhere Else

Three tracks and a bit of chat from Marillion on the radio last week. Most of the time I resent paying the license fee, then I remember about 6 Music and it’s every penny. They’ve got a live session from Porcupine Tree in a couple of weeks time (to follow up on the session that’s on the Radio 1 rock show in about 15 minutes time)

Faith

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Easter

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See It Like A Baby

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This is by no means their best ever live performance (I’ve got to come clean and say that after 22 years as a fan I’m growing tired of hearing them live unless I’m actually in the audience! their studio stuff is infinitely preferable) but a good interview.

I’ve got their new album (Somewhere Else, released last week) on heavy rotation at the moment. It’s a mixed bag really going from the sublime (the title track) to the ridiculous (the ghastly attempt at a straightforward rocker “Most Toys”) and to my mind the two tracks in this radio show don’t do it justice. “Somewhere Else” (the song) is already up there in my all time top ten Marillion tracks though, and is worth the price of the CD alone.

As always, I commend Marillion’s website and online store to the house 😉 although you can always pick up a bargain over at Amazon.

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