We’re going to sometimes link to videos we — I — currently like. I’ll avoid the obvious stuff that you all know, but don’t expect anything too obscure.
First up is The Fierce and the Dead with their track ‘666…6’. It’s from their current EP On VHS (see their website here). They’re currently very popular on social media, so I thought maybe I wouldn’t use them. But then I thought, anyone who plays King Crimson-style instrumental prog deserves all the exposure they can get. So here it is. And no, they’re not wearing masks, they’re just naturally creepy-looking guys. That’s how they got together in the first place, it was at some medical convention for people thus afflicted (I think).
P.S. We’ll always remove any material that the copyright holders do not want us to link to, just ask.
The current issue of Prog magazine (formerly Classic Rock Presents Prog) has one of our songs, Sons of the Sleeping Giant, on their covermount CD (issue 26, May 2012).
We’re in the no. 2 slot, which was a nice surprise. The comment about us inside the magazine was also a nice surprise: ‘sums up why so many are tipping them for big things’. Crikey, wasn’t expecting that!
Also on the CD are Arjen Lucassen, Galahad. and the Mercury Prize-nominated Sweet Billy Pilgrim. If you want to buy it, it’s the one with Chris Squire and Steve Hackett on the cover.
Aurovine, the UK streaming/download site, went up last night.
A fine choice of bands currently featured on the front page and in the press release! (Don’t expect we’ll stay on the front page for long as they will rotate these things, but nice to be there from the off).
Our page is here. The album download will cost you a measly £5 — not even the cost of two pints (you can pay more if you’re feeling magnanimous). Payment is easy as pie.
Other proggy bands there include Galahad, IT, Different Strings, Solstice, The Inner Road, Dropshard, Machines Dream, Trojan Horse, Nth Ascension, Minstrel’s Ghost.
The audio formats you can purchase are 320kbps mp3, FLACs, and wavs. The wav file is what you get on the CD, ie. it’s the uncompressed 16-bit file that fully encodes the original waveform file. They’re big, though (for Honey and Lava they range from 34-72Mb each).
FLAC is a lossless compression format, which means a FLAC file will play back exactly like the original wav file, assuming your audio player can handle FLACs (old mp3 walkmans may not recognize them, but then old mp3 walkmans don’t really have the space for them anyway). A FLAC file won’t take up as much space as a wav file, but they’re still fairly big compared to mp3s (19-48Mb each for H&L).
The 320kbps mp3s won’t have quite the same audio quality as the wavs/FLACs, but they will sound very good — most people can’t tell the difference. (For H&L they range in size from 8 to 16Mb) each).
Aurovine goes live at midnight tonight. It’s the hot new streaming & download site that we’ve been helping to beta-test. (Not that we did much other than uploading our songs and a header and a blurb, adjusting the colours, and making a few suggestions. It all worked fine).
Did I mention it’s a UK-designed project? And it’s run by a guy who’s a big prog fan/expert/promotor/reviewer?
Coralspin is now on Bandcamp (link opens in a new window or tab). You can listen to the whole album there in slightly lesser quality than the samples on our website (128kbps).
You can buy the digital download of the album there for only 8 US bucks (or pay more if you want — Bandcamp lets you do that if you’re feeling generous). You get plenty of formats to choose from, including 320mbps mp3 and FLAC (FLAC is a lossless compression format, which means that it will play back exactly like the original waveform on the CD).
You will also get all these options and more on Aurovine — that’s opening this Friday May 11.
Honey and Lava can now be downloaded from iTunes and Amazon (including amazon.co.uk) — do a search for ‘Honey and Lava’ or Coralspin.
What I’m more excited about, though, is a new download service that I’m helping to beta-test, called Aurovine. It’ll be going live in a week or so. More about this later.
P.S. I say ‘more excited’ because (a) every man and his dog is on iTunes, and (b) we weren’t planning on having iTunes or Amazon as the place we recommend for downloads. That was going to be Bandcamp, but it may now be Aurovine (if all goes well with it).
Yes, it’s all gone already. That’s not quite as amazing as it sounds, as they insist that new bands only send them 5 copies to start with. Still, a good start. We expect an e-mail from them very soon telling us to send them another batch. Hopefully they’ll want a bigger amount this time.