Discussion in 'Picture Threads Archive' started by Tolina, Jun 15, 2016.
Met the New Year with this.
"Cold Crazy Beautiful World", Johnny Clegg
Australian band removes some guitar frets and re-discovers Anatolian rock?
It's high summer in the best parts of the world, so we need more psycho psurf and pscience music!
I can't decide which version I prefer, studio or live...
The bass player is a stunner!
I hate the start and end of this song, but Emerson going wild on keyboards in the middle makes it worthwhile!
Pain of Salvation - New Year's Eve
Australia's best chance to win Eurovision...
(He'll Never Be An) Old Man River
Greg! The Stop Sign
good choice, though I still personally much prefer in the court of the crimson king
Right, I was in the same boat, but recent, In the Wake of Poseidon (the song) has really become my favourite. How far in have you listened to King Crimson?
And now, for a slight mood whiplash:
Everything aside from the solo material. Actually, scratch that. I have a lot of Robert Fripp collab stuff: The First Day, Evening Star, No Pussyfooting (fav)
As for KC, my favorite are In the Court, Larks, Poseidon, Red.. But there's also a bunch of stuff I don't care for. Namely: Discipline, Beat.
Three of a Perfect Pair I haven't even listened to. Everything that comes after is hardly KC for me.
KC isn't my favorite prog band, but it's definitely up there. In the Court.. Is a flawless album for me.
Discipline is actually pretty damn good; and Beat for some goddamned reason gets a bad rap because it's KC doing love songs. They're good. Or maybe I'm in the mood of them. Who knows.
Which is your favourite prog band?
My favorite prog-rock bands are both krautrock: Can and Faust
But if kraut doesn't count, because it's also pretty close to psych rock and a whole lot of other genres, I have this as backup:
Gong and Soft Machine are also pretty dope.
Haven't gotten too deep into Canterbury or Zeuhl, though I do like Magma.
As for Kraut, there's dozens of other great, "under the radar" bands:
Ash Ra Tempel, Amon Düül II, Guru Guru, Agitation Free, Neu!, Popol Vuh, Cluster..
Though they kinda range from proto-techno to new age to free jazz, impossible to pinpoint as "prog rock".
Hmph, so I have this friend which I trust with music recommendations (he's my best friend exactly for that reason IMO) and I asked him about krautrock and he suggested to me Monster Movie from Can. Pretty...good, actually. Nothing beats finding new music.
Monster Movie is pretty cool, though my favorites are Future Days > Tago Mago > Ege Bamyasi
Cat Food remains a favourite, and there are a few tracks here and there that I like, but
I got tired of KC and many others of that genre after about 20 years.
Larks' Tongues was the last one I bought, way back when it came out.
I've always preferred individual songs rather than entire albums or the "complete works"
Loved the change of mood to Private Idaho! An old favourite.
Here's another shift, to a song so gloomy it would have made Leonard Cohen slash his own wrists,
Swans - Failure
Tsk, you're missing out. Red and Starless and Bible Black are worth it, if for these two tracks:
I know those albums well: I just didn't buy them any more after Lark's.
I also followed Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Bruford, and many others throughout
their careers as a result of KC and the others from the late 1960's/early 1970's.
(I'm 61 now, so that might explain why I'm a bit jaded. That and 30 mg of
dexedrine a day makes me want something fuzzy to go with the (prescribed)
Sometimes smooth music, a la Richard Cheese hits the spot , too.
Here's an Australian lounge lizard you might not have come across before...
Frank Bennett - Money
One of my favorite bands of all time. Got to see them Live in Dresden last year, it was a revelation. I didn't even pop anything and still felt like I was in a state of hypnosis, just because the riffs vibrated through my entire body. Probably the second best concert experience of my life.
I even got to see Mike Gira at the end. My dad is also a huge Swans fan, so as a christmas surprise I got his copy of Children of God signed, while I got my copy of To Be Kind signed. Actually, Swans might be the best active rock band at the moment. The last 3 albums they released were all great without exception. Not just good, or up to par, actually great and revolutionary. Soundtracks for the Blind and Filth are probably still my favorites, but TBK, The Seer and TGM are really close.
Even the side projects are amazing. Angels of Light's "How I loved You" is absolutely unique and beautiful in its own right.
What does John Cale have to do with KC? Anyway, his solo career is almost as good as his work with Velvet Underground, especially the more avant-garde composer and ambient stuff.
You ever listened to the band called Lounge Lizards? One of my favorite freejazz groups.
My nephew said Swans were the loudest band he has ever seen, and that was about a week after he saw Metallica.
John Cale was just an example of someone from the same era as KC whose career I followed
to see where he ended up. (These days I only listen to his versions of Heartbreak Hotel
and Pablo Picasso.)
I like seeing where some of the stranger types of musicians I listened to as a kid ended up,
e.g. Zoot Horn Rollo from Beefheart's Magic band, or some of the members of the Bonzo Dog Band,
or The Fugs, etc etc.
I have come across Lounge Lizards many times in my travels. Free-form jazz doesn't grab me much now.
I loved Zappa's Hot Rats when I was a teenager, and I still listen to Willie the Pimp every few months.
Hot Rats won a major jazz award that year, but I suspect it would be stretching what most people regard
as "free-form jazz". (Same for "Transylvania Boogie" from Chunga's Revenge.)
I noticed that you mentioned Magma. I remember their Mëkanïk Dëstruktïẁ Kömmandöh from 1973 being
played on a new radio station, 2JJ, in Australia. That was probably the only Dutch band (apart from
Golden Earring's "Radar Love") that got any airplay back in the 1970's.
Thee Oh Sees - The Dream
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