Amplifier and Progstreaming

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One of my favourite live bands, Amplifier, are touring in December and are making it as far north as Glasgow—it would be great to see them again.

You can check out Amplifier on Spotify, or for the next couple of months or so you can stream their latest album The Octopus and Fractal EP on Progstreaming, a website from The Netherlands that offers free streaming of the latest progressive rock records for “a maximum of two months”. They currently have 97 albums to choose from.

This evening I’ve listened to Transitions by Mandrake Project and Communication Lost by Wolverine. Both really enjoyable albums. On the back of that I’m definitely going to check out more of Mandrake Project.

I love listening to new music.

Queen–Days of our lives on BBC2

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I’ve just spotted that there is a two-part documentary about British rock band Queen starting tonight.

No thanks to the BBC TV homepage (see the screenshot above), however, to tell me what time it starts and on what channel:

  • The ident says BBC Two, the text says BBC One.
  • The time says 10pm… but that’s in England and Northern Ireland only. It’s on at 10:15pm in Wales and 10:30pm in Scotland. On BBC Two.

There’s also an interview with Brian May and Roger Meadows-Taylor on Chris Evans’ show.

Day 26: A song that you can play on an instrument #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 26: A song that you can play on an instrument

Lazarus—Porcupine Tree

I can play that song.

On a guitar.

I’ve played it live and everything. In front of a human audience, no less.

Day 22: A song that you listen to when you’re sad #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 22: a song that you listen to when you’re sad

Fish—A Gentleman’s Excuse Me

I love this song by Fish. It is beautiful, romantic, nostalgic and regretful.

There’s one line from this song that comes back to me again and again, when things are too hard and I just want out: “Can you get it inside your head, I’m tired of dancing?”

I listen to this piece of music when I’m down, and at the end of it I can always sigh, know that I’m not on my own and just get on with things.

(My final catch-up post of the weekend, posted on 23 May, after a crazily-busy weekend… excuses, excuses! Consider this a gentleman’s excuse me!)

Last interview with Mike Portnoy before he left Dream Theater

I had mixed feelings this morning about the news that Mike Portnoy has left Dream Theater.

According to his website he wanted to take a breather as “the DT machine was starting to burn [him] out …and [he] really needed a break from the band in order to save [his] relationship with the other members and keep [his] DT spirit hungry and inspired.”  The rest of the band disagreed: they didn’t want to stop. So Portnoy decided to leave.

On the one hand, I felt sad.  Sad that he’s left the band that he has been so central to for 25 years. Sad that the rest of the band couldn’t put his needs above their own and give him the space that he needed.

While on the other hand I felt a great deal of respect for Mike Portnoy that he was able to be true to himself and just say, “Ok, this is what I really need so this is what I’m going to do.”  Inspiring stuff.