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Classic Rock – 10 Essential 00s Prog Albums

Posted in List, Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock by newmusicexcess on February 27, 2010

Radiohead - Kid A

I have been flicking through the February issue (141) of Classic Rock magazine which I picked up on import. This issue has a section which looks back at the 00s and part of this ‘review’ includes a number of ‘essential albums’ lists. Here’s the one for Prog:

  • Radiohead – Kid A (2000)
  • Porcupine Tree – Deadwing (2005)
  • Opeth – Ghost Reveries (2005)
  • The Mars Volta – Frances The Mute (2005)
  • Van der Graaf Generator – Present (2005)
  • Muse – Black Holes And Revelations (2006)
  • Rush – Snakes And Arrows (2007)
  • Oceansize – Frames (2007)
  • Riverside – Rapid Eye Movement (2007)
  • Dream Theater – Black Clouds And Silver Linings (2009)

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Top Ten Songs About Cars

Posted in List by newmusicexcess on February 26, 2010


I’ve just been sorting out a new car today, and looking forward to picking it up Wednesday. So in honour of the big event, and in no particular order, here are my top ten favourite songs about cars/driving:

  • Queen – I’m In Love With My Car
  • UK Subs – I Live In A Car
  • Saxon – Wheels Of Steel
  • Adam And The Ants – Car Trouble
  • Madness – Driving In My Car
  • Elastica – Car Song
  • Pulp – Joyriders
  • The Cars – Drive
  • Gary Numan – Cars
  • Buzzcocks – Fast Cars

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Finntroll – Nifelvind

Posted in Folk Metal by newmusicexcess on February 25, 2010

Finntroll - Nifelvind

Track listing:

  1. Blodmarsch
  2. Solsagan
  3. Den frusna munnen
  4. Ett norrskensdåd
  5. I trädens sång
  6. Tiden utan tid
  7. Galgasång
  8. Mot skuggornas värld
  9. Under bergets rot
  10. Fornfamnad
  11. Dråp
  12. Under Dvärgens Fot" (Boxset-version bonus track)

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The Tangent – Down and Out in PARIS and LONDON

Posted in Progressive Rock by newmusicexcess on February 24, 2010


Track listing:

  1. Where Are They Now?
  2. Paroxetine – 20mg
  3. Perdu Dans Paris
  4. The Company Car
  5. Ethanol Hat Nail (Canterbury Sequence Vol. 2)
  6. Everyman’s Forgotten Monday (special edition bonus track)

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Off Blog: SF Masterworks

Posted in Off Blog by newmusicexcess on February 23, 2010

Rush 2112

Following on from yesterdays post in which I listed all the Fantasy Masterworks series I though it only proper to post the current list for the companion SF Masterworks released by Millennium/Gollancz. I also have a number of books from this series, up to #27.

  1. Joe Haldeman – The Forever War
  2. Richard Matheson – I Am Legend
  3. James Blish – Cities in Flight
  4. Philip K. Dick – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  5. Alfred Bester – The Stars My Destination
  6. Samuel R. Delany – Babel-17
  7. Roger Zelazny – Lord of Light
  8. Gene Wolfe – The Fifth Head of Cerberus
  9. Frederik Pohl – Gateway
  10. Cordwainer Smith – The Rediscovery of Man
  11. Olaf Stapledon – Last and First Men
  12. George.R. Stewart – Earth Abides
  13. Philip K. Dick – Martian Time-Slip
  14. Alfred Bester – The Demolished Man
  15. John Brunner – Stand On Zanzibar
  16. Ursula Le Guin – The Dispossesed
  17. J. G. Ballard – The Drowned World (out of print)
  18. Kurt Vonnegut – The Sirens of Titan
  19. Jack Vance – Emphyrio
  20. Philip K. Dick – A Scanner Darkly
  21. Olaf Stapledon – Star Maker
  22. Michael Moorcock – Behold the Man
  23. Robert Silverberg – The Book of Skulls
  24. The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
  25. Daniel Keyes – Flowers for Algernon
  26. Philip K. Dick – Ubik
  27. Greg Benford – Timescape
  28. Theodore Sturgeon – More than Human
  29. Frederik Pohl – Man Plus
  30. James Blish – A Case of Conscience
  31. M. John Harrison – The Centauri Device
  32. Philip K. Dick – Dr Bloodmoney
  33. Brian Aldiss – Non-Stop
  34. Arthur C. Clarke – The Fountains of Paradise
  35. Keith Roberts – Pavane
  36. Philip K. Dick – Now Wait for Last Year
  37. Samuel R. Delany – Nova
  38. H.G. Wells – The First Men in the Moon
  39. Arthur C. Clarke – The City and the Stars
  40. Greg Bear – Blood Music
  41. Frederik Pohl – Jem
  42. Ward Moore – Bring the Jubilee
  43. Philip K. Dick – Valis
  44. Ursula Le Guin – The Lathe of Heaven
  45. John Sladek – The Complete Roderick
  46. Philip K. Dick – Flow, My Tears, The Policeman Said
  47. H. G. Wells – The Invisible Man
  48. Sheri S. Tepper – Grass
  49. Arthur C. Clarke – A Fall of Moondust
  50. Greg Bear – Eon
  51. Richard Matheson – The Shrinking Man
  52. Philip K. Dick – The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
  53. Michael Moorcock – The Dancers at the End of Time
  54. Frederik Pohl, Cyril M. Kornbluth – The Space Merchants
  55. Philip K. Dick – Time Out of Joint
  56. Robert Silverberg – Downward to the Earth
  57. Philip K. Dick – The Simulacra
  58. Philip K. Dick – The Penultimate Truth
  59. Robert Silverberg – Dying Inside
  60. Larry Niven – Ringworld
  61. Geoff Ryman – The Child Garden
  62. Hal Clement – Mission of Gravity
  63. Philip K. Dick – A Maze of Death
  64. Poul Anderson – Tau Zero
  65. Arthur C. Clarke – Rendevous with Rama
  66. Lucius Shepard – Life During Wartime
  67. Kate Wilhelm – Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
  68. Arkady and Boris Strugatsky – Roadside Picnic
  69. Walter M. Miller Jr. – Dark Benediction
  70. Mockingbird – Walter Tevis
  71. Dune – Frank Herbert
  72. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress – Robert A. Heinlein
  73. The Man In The High Castle – Philip K. Dick

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So, what albums might I listen to while reading sci-fi. Here is my top 10 favourites:

  • Rush – 2112
  • Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygene
  • Vangelis – Blade Runner
  • UFO – UFO 1
  • Hawkwind – Space Ritual
  • Invasion – Master Alchemist
  • Kraftwerk – The Man-Machine
  • Wendy Carlos – A Clockwork Orange
  • Portishead – Dummy
  • Explosions In The Sky – The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place

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Off Blog: Fantasy Masterworks

Posted in Epic Metal, Off Blog by newmusicexcess on February 22, 2010

Crystal Logic

As I continue to rediscover my book collection, after unpacking all of my stuff that arrived from the UK, I pulled out a book from my Fantasy ‘collection’, Time and the Gods by Lord Dunsany. It’s one of a series of ‘Fantasy Masterworks’ published by Millennium (an imprint of Victor Gollancz). The series was intended to create, as the information on the back cover states, ‘a library of some of the greatest, most original, and most influential fantasy ever written’. So, I look forward to finally being able to work my way through through the ones that I brought. I have up to #15 in the series. Here is a list of what has been published so far:

  1. Gene Wolfe – The Book of the New Sun: Volume 1 Shadow and Claw
  2. Lord Dunsany – Time and the Gods
  3. E. R. Eddison – The Worm Ouroboros
  4. Jack Vance – Tales of the Dying Earth
  5. John Crowley – Little, Big
  6. Roger Zelazny – Chronicles of Amber
  7. M. John Harrison – Viriconium
  8. Robert E. Howard – The Conan Chronicles: Volume 1 The People of the Black Circle
  9. Jonathan Carroll – The Land of Laughs
  10. L Sprague De Camp and Fletcher Pratt – The Compleat Enchanter
  11. Hope Mirless – Lud-In-The-Mist
  12. Gene Wolfe – The Book of the New Sun: Volume 2 Sword and Citadel
  13. George R.R. Martin – Fevre Dream
  14. Sheri S. Tepper – Beauty
  15. Lord Dunsany – The King of Elfland’s Daughter
  16. Robert E. Howard – The Conan Chronicles: Volume 2 Hour of the Dragon
  17. Michael Moorcock – Elric
  18. Fritz Leiber – The First Book of Lankhmar
  19. Patricia A. Mckillip – The Riddle-Master’s Game
  20. Jack Finney – Time and Again
  21. E. R. Eddison – Mistress of Mistresses
  22. Michael Moorcock – Gloriana
  23. Fletcher Pratt – The Well of the Unicorn (out of print)
  24. Fritz Leiber – The Second Book of Lankhmar
  25. Jonathan Carroll – Voice of Our Shadow
  26. Clark Ashton Smith – The Emperor of Dreams Best Fantasy Tales
  27. Jack Vance – Lyonesse Suldrun’s Garden
  28. Gene Wolfe – Peace (out of print)
  29. John M. Ford – The Dragon Waiting a Mague of History
  30. Michael Moorcock – Corum the Prince in the Scarlet Robe
  31. C. L. Moore – Black Gods and Scarlet Dreams
  32. Poul Anderson – The Broken Sword
  33. William Hope Hodgson – The House on the Borderland and Other Novels
  34. Tim Powers – The Drawing of the Dark
  35. Jack Vance – Lyonesse II The Green Pearl and Madouc
  36. Michael Moorcock – The History of the Runestaff
  37. David Lindsay – A Voyage to Arcturus
  38. Jack Williamson – Darker Than You Think
  39. Evangeline Walton – The Mabinogion
  40. Poul Anderson – Three Hearts & Three Lions
  41. John Gardner – Grendel
  42. Michael Swanwick – The Iron Dragon’s Daughter
  43. Geoff Ryman – Was
  44. Dan Simmons – Song of Kali
  45. Ken Grimwood – Replay
  46. Leigh Brackett – Sea-Kings of Mars and Other Worldly Stories
  47. Tim Powers – The Anubis Gates
  48. Patricia A. Mckillip – The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
  49. Ray Bradbury – Something Wicked this Way Comes
  50. Rudyard Kipling – The Mark of the Beast and Other Fantastical Tales

‘Fantasy Masterworks’ on Amazon

Of course, one must have the correct reading music for such an epic task. So, I found in my little black book of music lists, Terrorizer’s True Cult Underground Epic Metal 1980’s list. Here’s the list:

  • Manilla Road – Crystal Logic
  • Cirith Ungol – King Of The Dead
  • Elixir – Son Of Odin
  • Medieval Steel – Medieval Steel
  • Heavy Load – Death Or Glory
  • Mercy – Witchburner
  • Omen – Battle Cry
  • Exxplorer – Symphonies Of Steel
  • Desolation Angels – Desolation Angels
  • Grim Reaper – See You In Hell

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Sunday Jazz – Nice!

Posted in Jazz by newmusicexcess on February 21, 2010


This is my first post since Thursday as my belongings finally arrived at my address in Canada after being shipped from the UK. So I have spent the last 3 days unpacking and setting up the office/studio with all my equipment and books. It is all pretty much done now, just have to sort out some cables and power supplies for my electrical equipment and I will be fully up and running.

I’ve just been chilling out to some Jazz. Here is what I’ve been listening to on Spotify:

  • Jon Hassell – Earthquake Island
  • Erik Truffazz – Out Of A Dream
  • Dave Douglas – Charms Of The Night
  • Tomasz Stanko Quartet – Matka Joanna

See you at the Jazz Club.

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If you like this, you might like this: Fantome

Posted in Gloom Pop, Shoegaze by newmusicexcess on February 18, 2010


This is the first of several posts where I will be suggesting 5 to 10 albums that are closely related in some way, either through the sound or generally, due to genre. So, this time around the starting point is the gloom pop/shoegaze band Fantome. Enjoy!

FantomeVelvet On The Air


Tearwave – Tearwave

Ports Of CallLike Thieves

Con Dolore – Sailor’s Warning
Unfortunately I could not find a video/track on YouTube for this one.

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Brit Awards 2010: The Winners Are….

Posted in Awards by newmusicexcess on February 17, 2010

Brit Award

Here are the results for the 2010 Brits:

  • BRITISH GROUP – Kasabian
  • BRITISH ALBUM – Florence And The Machine, Lungs
  • BRITISH SINGLE – Beat Again – JLS
  • INTERNATIONAL ALBUM – The Fame, Lady Gaga
  • CRITICS CHOICE – Ellie Goulding
  • BRITS HITS 30 (best performance at the Brits) – Wannabe/Who Do You Think You Are, Spice Girls
  • BRITS ALBUM OF 30 YEARS – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?, Oasis

However, do you remember the Brits in 1992 when the KLF collaborated with grindcore band Extreme Noise Terror to perform a death metal version of the dance song "3 a.m. Eternal"?

The performance ended with Bill Drummond firing blanks from a machine gun over the heads of the audience and KLF publicist Scott Piering stating, "Ladies and gentlemen, The KLF have now left the music business." The band later dumped a dead sheep outside the venue with the message, "I died for ewe — bon appetit", tied around its waist. Now that’s Rock and Roll!

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Music Lists: Progressive Rock Albums

Posted in Progressive Rock, Top Albums by newmusicexcess on February 16, 2010

Death Walks Behind You

I was looking through my little black book of lists and found an interesting Prog Rock list that I wrote down several years ago. I am not too sure where the list came from, but, I think it was from a UK extreme music magazine. I think it works quite well as a broad introduction as there are a wide range of styles included in the list. Although, it is definitely focused on 70’s albums. Here is the list:

  • King Crimson – Red (1974)
  • Yes – Close To The Edge (1972)
  • Rush – A Farewell To Kings (1977)
  • Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick (1972)
  • Van Der Graaf Generator – Pawn Hearts (1971)
  • Soft Machine – Third (1970)
  • Genesis – Foxtrot (1972)
  • Atomic Rooster – Death Walks Behind You (1970)
  • Pink Floyd – Meddle (1971)
  • Hawkwind – Space Ritual (1973)

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