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Glass Hammer at Rosfest 2015

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Great news this morning from Steve Babb and co.

My copy of Lex Rex, signed by Steve Babb. My copy of Lex Rex, signed by Steve Babb.

http://home.rosfest.com/glass-hammer-announced-as-the-third-band-on-sunday-enchant-to-headline/

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Neonfly – Strangers In Paradise – Album Review

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Artist: Neonfly

Album Title: Strangers In Paradise

Label: Inner Wound Records

Year Of Release: 2014

Neonfly are a band that have not been on the scene for too long and yet have already managed to make quite a few waves within the burgeoning UK hard rock/heavy metal scene. Debut album ‘Outshine The Sun’ drew critical acclaim but it has been their live performances to date that have garnered the most praise. Sharing the stage with an impressive array of high-profile talent including the likes of Alice Cooper, H.E.A.T, Sonata Arctica and Pagan’s Mind, their energy and enthusiasm is seemingly what attracts the plaudits wherever they go.

Happily, this energy and enthusiasm translates onto disc and so sophomore album, ‘Strangers In Paradise’ is, I can report, a very strong and enjoyable record.

Neonfly have clearly put a lot of effort into this album over the past three years and ‘Strangers In…

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Matt Stevens News

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Matt, second from the left. Matt, second from the left.

Hiya

How is it November already? Here is the news:

This is a previously unreleased track from the Ghost album sessions. It’s called Blue Filter, I played it live a lot around the time when the album came out..

https://mattstevens.bandcamp.com/track/blue-filter-2

Available to download for the next week then it’ll be deleted 🙂 Buying music like this allows me to keep on making music.

New video – playing Big Sky for Auden Guitars

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AVE0iSdM7w

I’m selling some of the my gear on Ebay. The Kaossilator I used on the song Lake Man on the Ghost album and delay pedal from the Stabbing A Dead Horse tour.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/trinovantes1

Other than that it’s heads down writing and recording new material for new projects/Fierce And The Dead and the next solo record. One gig coming up in Milton Keynes in on the 31st January with Solstice.

Thanks for all…

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Review: Lunatic Soul, Walking on a Flashlight Beam

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Review of Lunatic Soul, Walking on a Flashlight Beam (Kscope, 2014).

Birzer Rating: (6/10)

WOAFB-coverLet me begin by offering my Mariusz Dudas streetcred. I love Duda’s voice as well as his compositional skills. He possesses a profound sense of flow, allowing his music to move seamlessly from emotion to sentiment to feeling and back again. His voice is the kind that pulls one in, calling for full immersion. I’ve also always appreciated his lyricism, especially given that he’s not a native English speaker. He always seems to know the perfect lyric for the music and the perfect music for the lyric.

For a decade, I’ve been following his work. For a while, I thought I saw a continuity in all of his work: First Three Riverside Albums—Lunatic Soul—ADHD—Lunatic Soul.  Lunatic Soul, beautiful and gorgeous in its own way, seemed the perfect interlude to accompany the drama of Riverside. For better or worse…

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Flying Colors – “Second Nature” – Rock Brilliance

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Flying Colors’ sophomore release, Second Nature, may very well be the best album of 2014. If it weren’t for Big Big Train’s English Electric, I would say this may be the best album of the past ten years. It is that good. Seeing the band live only confirmed this suspicion for me. Many times, so-called “supergroups” don’t turn out to be so super. While the idea of putting some of the best musicians in the world in the same band sounds like a recipe for success, the results are often the opposite. I find it easy to believe that egos could often get in the way of making fine music. Not so with Flying Colors. This band combines some of the greatest musicians in the world, and they fit together as band members perfectly. In fact, for several of them, this band may be some of their best work. With Second…

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Big Big Train Go Live

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You may have heard the news already. . . in fact, I’m guessing almost no one in the prog world has NOT heard the news. . . . but tickets for Big Big Train live, King’s Place, August 14-15, 2015, have gone on sale.  To purchase your tickets, go here: http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/big-big-train.

As most of you probably know, progarchy.com started, in very large part, as an unofficial fan site for BBT, so we’re especially proud of the band and their desire to explore their music in a live setting.

[My own desire was for them to come to the U.S., but I’m happy to have them play live anywhere.  I worry a bit that I might have played a role in their deciding to play in the U.K. rather than the U.S.  Several years ago, I made Greg Spawton promise that if they played live in the U.S., they would…

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Rock is NOT Dead

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Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 7.28.05 PMI must admit, I’m so utterly frustrated by all of the “Rock is dead” doomsayers over the past week that I’d like to wretch (or, retch–you know, either way).  Really big time.

Here’s the latest complaint–from the London Telegraph of all things (isn’t this supposed to be one of the respectable papers, or am I confusing it with the Daily Mail?)–to follow laments from CLASSIC ROCK mag earlier this year, a member of KISS who seems to resent much of life, and every single human who has decided to hate U2: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/11089923/The-decline-and-fall-of-rock-and-roll.html

[A quick side note.  You have Apple and you don’t like U2?  Easy–hit the image of the album and drag it to your trash.  Your Mac will then ask you if you would like to delete or hide.  Deleting it actually deletes it.  No offensive U2 ever need show up in your library again, and you will have accomplished this…

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New Book on Rush From Durrell Bowman

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From the co-editor of Rush and Philosophy is another Rush book, Experiencing Rush: A Listener’s Companion. It’s slated for release in mid-November and will retail for $38.12.

From the Amazon blurb:

In Experiencing Rush: A Listener’s Companion, music scholar Durrell Bowman guides readers through Rush’s long career, explaining through the artful combination of biography, history, and musical exegesis how to listen to this unique act. From Rush’s emergence as an early blues-rock power trio of guitar, bass, and drums into the godfathers of progressive hard rock, Bowman marks the band’s first breakthrough with its landmark, sci-fi/individualist album 2112. From there, readers explores Rush’s movement from “prog rock” extended compositions into shorter, potential-radio-play “post-prog” songs, leading to Rush’s most successful album Moving Pictures in 1981.In its later career, Rush adventurously mixedprogressive hard rock and music technology, generating a new power trio sound that featured further stylistic evolutions. As Bowman…

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Geometry and GeoGebra, Chapter 2

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Vertical angles

Continuing my incorporation of GeoGebra into my Geometry curriculum (read about my introduction of GeoGebra here), we will start slow and simple. We are learning the basics of proof, and GeoGebra is a great tool for sparking discussion of what we might want to prove.

Example: one of the first exercises every Geometry student does is to prove that vertical angles are congruent. Instead of having them look at static pictures of vertical angles, each of my students will construct two intersecting lines, measure the angles formed, and look for a relationship. They should quickly see that the vertical angles are congruent no matter how much they move the lines around. Hopefully, they will then wonder why is that always the case. And that’s where proof comes in: if they can write a proof using variables, then they have proven it for all cases, not just the one they’re…

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Recommended Reading: September 6-12

Pursuing Veritas

Rocky-Mountain-National-ParkIf you only read one article this week, read America Under Cultural Dhimmitude by Rod Dreher

There are lots of other article worth your read as well, broadly categorized below. Hopefully you find them stimulating for your thinking. And as always, if there’s something you think I should be reading, please let me know in the comments section below. JJP

Theology and Religion

The Achievement of Wolfhart Pannenberg by Michael Root (older, but appropriate this week in memorium of Pannenberg)

From Cain to ISIS by R. R. Reno

InterVarsity Christian Ministry In Trouble for Acting Christian by Andrew Walker

The Perspective of Beauty by Jeff Reid

Resurrecting the Dead in America by Mark Regnerus

Biblical Studies and the History of Christianity

Paul on Jesus’ Resurrection: A New Study by Larry Hurtado

New Testament Studies (Volume 60)

What is Marcionism? by Roger Olson

Early Christians Distinguished from Culture by Michael Kruger

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Terminal Degree – The Middle Of Nowhen

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“What if…?” is a qTerminal Degreeuestion that is asked often in progressive rock and metal, sometimes to original and interesting results.  Terminal Degree asked “What if we made a metal album using violins instead of guitars?

Bet you didn’t see that coming.

What if Paganini played lead for a progressive-metal band? What if Heifetz played Carnegie Hall with metal drums and bass? What if we dual-tracked the violin and let it shred over pummeling bass and drums?

What if.

Wonder no more. “The Middle Of Nowhen” is an instrumental album of intense, heavy songs written and performed by a power trio of drums, bass, and violin.

 

Stanley Chepaitis – acoustic and 5-string electric violins
Nathan Santos – 6-string bass
Mike Barnett – drums

Where guitars usually rule, the violin seriously rocks. This album featured a virtuoso performance from Stanley Chepaitis and a granite-solid back-line of Nathan Santos’…

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Some Dystopian Reading–In the News

Art by one of my favorite artists, South African "Faroutsider."

Art by one of my favorite artists, South African “Faroutsider.”

Some really interesting articles have appeared over the past few weeks dealing with dystopian literature.

Wired has a bit of a spirited debate:

Against: http://www.wired.com/2014/08/stop-writing-dystopian-sci-fiits-making-us-all-fear-technology/

In favor: http://www.wired.com/2014/08/no-dystopian-sci-fi-isnt-bad-for-society-we-actually-need-it-more-than-ever/

While, the London Guardian is worried: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/sep/01/ya-dystopias-children-free-market-hunger-games-the-giver-divergent

What I strongly disagree with is the notion that dystopian fiction is either right or left.  As a genre, it’s just interesting, and it can be as anti-corporate as it is anti-statist.  What’s left and what’s right?  

Placing it in a left-right category as the Guardian writes does not only diminishes the genre, it diminishes the intelligence of the genre’s audience.

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