• 2010 in music: Between post, prog, indies and redheads...

    1 Jan 2011, 03:10 by Vldmrhrnndz

  • Porcupine Tree live = Epitome of Catharsis

    7 Feb 2010, 21:02 by Acharis

    Sat 6 Feb – Porcupine Tree, Sleep Parade


    In my mind, one element made this show comparable to Nine Inch Nail's last Sydney gig (@ the Hordern) in the sense of a band is defined as 'professional' not by how flawlessly their set is executed, but how well they handle fuck-ups
    (apparently) the PA system had blown during the end of the 2nd last song, which meant a lot of babbling with Enmore staff across the stage about getting it fixed & making curfew, all while the crowd chanted requests for a drum solo from Gavin Harrison.

    The gig was split in to two sections. The first being The Incident live, in it's entirety (which was an absolutely incredible experience) & the 2nd being a mixture of older/newer songs from their catalog. While the basic fixture inclusions were Start of Something Beautiful, the mid segment of Anesthetize, Normal & The Sound of Muzak.
    For this show, we also got Strip the Soul & Stars Die, which were fantastic!

  • Greatest 250 Songs 1950 - 2009

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  • My favouritest albums what I found out about in 2007

    26 Jan 2008, 21:30 by cakeman12

    The Decemberists - Picaresque

    Where do I begin with this one? I'll always remember 2007 as being the year that I really 'discovered' The Decemberists and their greatness. I started by getting hold of their latest release; The Crane Wife, which then impressed me enough to buy another of theirs, and it just so happened that Picaresque was the cheapest I could find in Selectadisc (and a bargain at £4.99, considering how amazing it is) and all the way from the military-bugle-intro of 'The Infanta' all the way to the soothing, -fueled 'Angels & Angles', I found myself hooked and not being able to stop listening to this album for, well, the entire year. I have to say, their other albums are incredible (hence why they're currently at the top of my charts) but they don't quite add up to the awesome-ocity (new word there) of Picaresque. It's just a shame nobody in my seminar group had heard of them when we were asked what our favourite album was, making me feel like an uber-music-geek, which I suppose isn't such a bad thing.
  • Last.fm music quiz

    12 Jun 2007, 10:16 by JohnBHenry

    Take your 10 overall top artists on Last.fm:

    1. Tool
    2. Porcupine Tree
    3. Rush
    4. Pearl Jam
    5. Pink Floyd/artist]
    6.
    Queen
    7. Jewel
    8. Biffy Clyro
    9. Bill Hicks
    10. [artist]Tristania[artist]

    and answer the questions according to the numbers:

    What was the first song you ever heard by #6?:
    No idea, I'm sure I was less than 10 when I first listened to them, probably something off Greatest Hits

    What is your favorite album of #2?:
    In Absentia

    What is your favorite lyric that #5 has sung?:
    So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking
    Racing around to come up behind you again.
    The sun is the same in a relative way but you're older,
    Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.
    (from Time)

    How many times have you seen #4 live?:
    never

    What is your favorite song by #7?:
    Foolish Games

    What is a good memory you have involving the music of #10?:Don't really have one, probably just general listening

  • Woo music survey!

    7 Jun 2007, 22:59 by OMTerria

    Will I get far in life?
    Song: Me Plus One
    Artist:Annie
    Comment: Um...yeah

    How do my friends see me?
    Song: Low Tide
    Artist: Isis And Aereogramme
    Comment: Pretty chill I guess

    Where will I get married?
    Song: Sleeping on the Roof
    Artist: The Flaming Lips
    Comment: Thats pretty creative

    What is my best friend's theme song?
    Song: The Moor
    Artist: Opeth
    Comment: Haha, Im sure hed love this song >_>

    What is the story of my life?
    Song: Hole In The World
    Artist: Thursday
    Comment: Cool song, but not too fitting

    What was high school like?
    Song: Humble
    Artist: Devin Townsend
    Comment: Hey, this is actually kinda fitting! Woo

    How can I get ahead in life?
    Song: Hey You
    Artist: Pink Floyd
    Comment: Probably would if I was as badass as Gilmore is in this song

    What is the best thing about me?
    Song: Bite the Pain
    Artist: Death
    Comment: Right...

    How is today going to be?
    Song: Play Crack the Sky
    Artist: Brand New
    Comment: Not too well

    What is in store for this weekend?
  • Porcupine Tree, The Junction, Cambridge, 13 September 2006

    26 Oct 2006, 19:48 by stopswimming

    (Another catch-up post ...)

    We drove over to Cambridge to see Porcupine Tree play at The Junction, meeting up with burbleflop beforehand. This was the warm-up date at the start of the tour, and so we had no support band, but it was very exciting as we had no idea what they'd play :)

    It was very much an evening of two halves - the first half of the set was the live premiere of all new material they're working on for their next album, and while it's hard to take in so much new music at once, it sounded pretty damn good to me :) One surprise was Steven Wilson playing piano on stage for a couple of the songs (with Richard Barbieri still playing synths), not just guitar. I remember thinking one of the new songs sounded quite like Blackfield, but the rest were very much Porcupine Tree - a continuation of the direction they've been following through In Absentia and Deadwing, but they felt more complex rhythmically perhaps. Or maybe that's just because we were hearing them for the first time.
  • Porcupine Tree - Manchester Academy - 30/09/2006

    2 Oct 2006, 14:32 by BinarySlave

    The weekend has been and gone, and my sleep depravation has been immense. Today is Monday, and thankfully I had the foresight to book the day off work, as I am still well and truly knackered after my 500 mile roundtrip to see Porcupine Tree in Manchester on Saturday night.

    I went with my mate Leigh who I helped get into Porcupine Tree last year. I don't think I would have travelled all of the way to Manchester on my own, the journey would have been boring as heck for a start, so the fact he wanted to go see them made the decision to go a whole lot easier!

    The Beginning
    We left my place at around 12:30 on Saturday afternoon, stopping off for a break in Birmingham and a couple of other service stations with names that escape me. We arrived in Manchester at about 4:45pm and despite the AA Route Finder directions being completely wrong we found the venue and parked up at around 5:30pm. There were already some people sat around outside, a few of them had Porcupine Tree t shirts on ...so I knew what they were there for!
  • Big Gig Catchup Post

    11 Jun 2006, 15:28 by stopswimming

    There are a few gigs we've been to that I never got around to posting about here. So here's a general catch-up post, mostly lifted from LJ:

    November 13th 2005: ¡Forward, Russia! w/ Redjetson and Shut Your Eyes and You'll Burst Into Flames, Ipswich

    Our first of two gigs in three days was at a pub in Ipswich, where we saw ¡Forward, Russia! supported by Shut Your Eyes And You'll Burst Into Flames and Redjetson. Somehow the evening felt much more like an evening out with friends than a gig - we went with Ed and his new girlfriend - but all three bands were good, too. Didn't pay nearly as much attention to Shut Your Eyes.. as they probably deserved, but was impressed by both Redjetson (who reminded me a little bit of the better bits of Doves and Elbow at times) and ¡Forward, Russia! (who we've seen before, and were ace).

    November 15th 2005: Arab Strap w/ My Latest Novel, Colchester

    We went with Ed again (who'd got some free tickets, somewhere) to see Arab Strap supported by My Latest Novel, at Colchester Arts Centre. …