Seizing Galahad: The 3 2014 EPs


Review of Galahad, the 2014 Trilogy of EPs: “Seize the Day”; “Guardian Angel”; and “Mein Herz Brennt.”

Birzer Rating for all three: 9/10.


Two caveats as I review these three EPs.  First, I’d not come upon Galahad as a band until being introduced to them just a few years ago by the first lady of prog, Alison Henderson.  When Galahad first emerged in the U.K., we Americans missed them for some reason.  I’m not sure why, and I think this is an American failing.  At the time Galahad came together as a band in the U.K., I was firmly listening to Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows, and The Flat Earth.  But, this failing is now thirty years in the past.

Second, the moment I started listening to the band, I felt an immediate kinship.  I love these guys, and I love what they’re…

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Boom! Making Clockwork Angels Even Better.


Clockwork Angels by Neil Peart, Kevin J. Anderson, and Nick Robles (Six-issue comic series from Boom! Studios, 2013-2014).

A sample page from the comic series, Clockwork Angels.  The reds and blues are brilliant, as are the emotions depicted.  Art by Nick Robles. A sample page from the comic series, Clockwork Angels. The reds and blues are brilliant, as are the emotions depicted. Art by Nick Robles.

By any reckoning, Clockwork Angels has done rather well. It is a prog-rock album, a concert, a live concert album and video, a novel, an audiobook, and now a six-book comic series from the relatively young publisher, Boom! Studios. Soon, I’m sure, Boom! will collect these six issues into a graphic novel, perhaps with a new introduction by Peart.

As the great Rob Freedman has argued at his website, Rush Vault, it could readily become a movie or a tv-series. Maybe even complete with action figures. No, I’m not exaggerating, and I’m not being sarcastic. Clockwork Angels has done very well, and I couldn’t be happier for Peart.

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TSE, The Criterion, Vol. 1, No. 1

A scan of the first issue, complete with non-footnoted Wasteland.

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My background collage. Too fun.

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TSE, The CRITERION Vol 2 No. 8 (June 1924)

Idiotboy struck again, but I minimized (I hope) the damage.

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TSE, The CRITERION, Vol. 2, No. 7 (April 1924)

t-s-eliotFeel free to download, read, and share.  Sadly, Idiotboy struck, removing pp. 231-236.  I happened to have pp. 231-235 from a previous research trip to the library.  I stuck them back into the pdf–hence the change of colors from the first three scanned pages to the fourth.

Oh, Idiotboy, where are you now?

tse criterion vol 2 no 7 1924

T.S. Eliot THE CRITERION, vol. 2, no. 6 (February 1924)

T_S_Eliot_Simon_FieldhouseAnd, the scanning and upload continues.  Idiotboy (as I will refer to the person who tore out pages from the original issues) did not find anything worthy of removing from the original.  Amen.

tse criterion v0l 2 no 6 feb 1924

T.S. Eliot, THE CRITERION, Vol. 2, No. 5, 1923

For those of you who know me, you know how frustrated I am that T.S. Eliot’s The CRITERION is not readily available for researchers and interested parties.  Rather than continue to complain, I’ve decided just to scan the whole darn [feel free to insert a stronger word here] thing and post every issue.

The first one–the October 1923.

Sadly, some idiot at some point in time removed pages 103-106.

Regardless, enjoy.

criterion vol 2 no 5 october 1923

RochaNews: New Pineapple Thief Now Out


I’ll have a review of Magnolia soon, but let me state it’s the best TPT album since WHAT WE HAVE SOWN.

Thanks, Brian Rocha!



10th album “Magnolia” out now on Kscope

ENGLAND -U.K. rock troupe, The Pineapple Thief, has launched a clip of the beautiful title track from its new album Magnolia being performed acoustically by frontman Bruce Soord. Check out the video on the band’s Kscope page at: or directly on Vimeo at:

“Here’s a stripped back acoustic version of ‘Magnolia’ I performed in my studio recently,” commented Soord. “All the songs on Magnolia began their life this way, on acoustic guitar and vocal, so it was really nice to go back and play this song again, in the form as it was when it was born.”

Magnolia, which released last September on Kscope, can be purchased…

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Sunshine of Your Love: Thoughts on Jack Bruce and Cream


Jack Bruce SB 326_1In 1968 Jimi Hendrix took the stage at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, and as part of the set introduced a song that had worked its way into the repertoire:  “Right now we’re gonna do a song by some real groovy cats, it’s too bad they are breaking up, it’s one of the heaviest groups in the world . . . it’s not sayin’ we can play the thing better than them, it’s just sayin’ we dig the cats and dig this song and we’d like to do it our own way, which will be an instrumental jam.”  The song was Sunshine of Your Love, and the group Hendrix referenced was (The) Cream.

Hendrix’s powerful instrumental take on the song caps a double tribute:  Cream wrote Sunshine of Your Love on the heels of seeing Jimi Hendrix perform in London, as a response to the jaw-dropping challenge he proposed…

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Not Otherwise Specified: In Search of Personal


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Not Otherwise Specified started as a one-man project back in December 2008, led by multi-instrumentalist Craig Kerley. During the period of six years, Kerley released two studio albums: “Judgement” (2011) and “Projective Instruments” (2014). Not so long ago, Not Otherwise Specified switched to a full band, with tendency of performing live. About this and more than that, we talked with Kerley.

Do you have a specific approach when you work on a song?

I like to think of my approach to songwriting as a disorganized trial and error method. It’s kind of an out of body experience where I sort out ideas that suck from the ones that I like. I generally start out by jamming on one instrument or another and then taking pieces of that jam to create some structure. Basically, I just keep messing around with the songs until they…

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Glass Hammer at Rosfest 2015


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.

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