Enough of the reviews for now, here’s some good psychedelic rock from KingBathmat:
P.S. We only put up material from sites like YouTube where the video has been made available for public use, but if you, the copyright holder(s), would prefer us not to use it then just ask and we won’t.
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.
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?