Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The February Playlist: Nothin' But Epics

"Verse-Chorus-Verse-Chorus-Bridge-Chorus-Chorus Structure? We don't need no stinkin' VCVCBCC Structure!"

February's playlist features Nothin' But Epics, because we heard that you like Prog, so we put some Prog in your Prog so you could Prog Out! while you...

The playlist encompasses several approaches to the Perennial Prog Epic, including symphonic, ambient, trance, folk, and Tony Banks. Please enjoy, and if you get overwhelmed at any point, remember that all these bands recorded shorter songs, too.

1. Yes- Close to the Edge
2. Genesis- Duke's Suite
3. The Gathering- How to Measure a Planet?
4. The Flower Kings- Love Is the Only Answer
5. David Gilmour- Echoes
6. Transatlantic- Stranger in Your Soul

Friday, February 5, 2016

Wow to Release Day: Steve Taylor & The Danielson Foil

Steve Taylor & The Danielson Foil release their new EP today! I rank Wow to the Deadness with Chagall Guevara as the best--and most obtuse--album ST has ever made. It's fast, aggressive, melodic, and dancing on the edge. Steve Taylor has broken a bone doing that before, but it hasn't stopped him from doing it again. Think The Clash at Shea Stadium--they can play and write like they're not a garage band, but they're still performing with 110% more sweat & swagger than appears safe. The Foil were already 'firing on all cylinders' with Goliath, but the addition of Danielson really curves their orbit around weirder and wonderful things.
The CD and digital download should be available wherever you buy fine independent music, while the vinyl is available for pre-order at the Sounds Familyre store. Consequence of Sound is also streaming the EP in its entirety.