ORGAN THING: A Van Der Graaf Generator song performed, a new King Crimson live album, Pennies By The Pound, Basgrupp3, the latest Other Rock Show and…

Down that Prog Rock rabbit hole again…

Did we cover Pennies By The Pound already? They’ve certainly had radio play from us, the Scandinavian band have a light scattering of progressive flavour in there with their melodic rock, it might be a little too clean cut for some of us but hey, on days when you don’t require it to be as hard-boiled as say Van Der Graaf or Yowie or Cheer Accident then the new album is rather enjoyable. There is a single and a video, do cut to the chase though, the rather refreshing new album ‘Heat Death of the Universe’  is down there underneath the video via Bandcamp. it is along the lines of some of the more polite mid 80’s neo-prog (spit) that came along once the glories of the early days of bands like IQ, Twelfth Night and Citizen Kane had been watered down Neo-prog it might be but they do have something in there in the detail that make Pennies By The Pound rather likeable



Van Der Graaf Generator and a taste of things during their recent dates in Europe. Don’t know how long this YouTube will stay up but while it is it sounds good…. Go here for the latest tour details, it all picks up again in 2022. A song from thew 2016 album played live for the first time….

King Crimson have a new release on the way, a live two CD set, “Music Is Our Friend”, here’s what the press release tells us

“Music is our Friend” – Named after the tour from which the performances were taken, “Music Is Our Friend” is an official bootleg featuring all of King Crimson’s final performance in North America in Washington, D.C. in September, 2021. This 2CD set is completed with four pieces from the first concert of the tour’s second leg in Albany. Taken together, these tracks represent both a beginning and an end of a tour that took place despite almost insurmountable issues.

Originally scheduled for 2020, postponed for a full year because of the pandemic, the tour began July in Florida as the latest Covid wave hit and the band moved across the country in a tour bus bubble. Following a two-week break due to scheduling conflicts, they returned to the road again, with the Zappa Band appearing nightly before Crimson. Now facing gigs that had to be moved due to extreme weather, with one venue flooded a day before a concert, an open-air venue in New York transferred to the more familiar Beacon Theatre, and even a band member flown to hospital via helicopter, King Crimson faced a range of challenging conditions. Happily, the band member was fully recovered and no gigs were missed despite the array of setbacks and obstacles.

By the time King Crimson reached Washington, the band was in ferocious form with a powerful, energetic set with some arrangements reworked and differing from previous tours. Featuring a restored middle section of “Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part One” that had not been played since 1973, substantial keyboard arrangements, Tony Levin on upright bass during “Neurotica” giving the piece an extra swing, there’s an emotional set-closer, Starless and an immensely powerful “21st Century Schizoid Man” as an encore.

King Crimson completed their tour in style and to much acclaim from fans and critics alike. As Robert Fripp notes in his diary entry included in the notes: “David (Singleton, KC manager/producer), pointed out that the very first piece KC played in the US, at Godard College, Montpelier, Vermont on October 29th. 1969, was the same piece as completed KC’s 52 years – 21CSM”. In contrast to the Washington show, the four performances from the ‘Friends and Family’ concert in late August 2021 at The Egg in Albany, opening show of the second leg of the tour and the same venue where the current band played its first US gig in 2014, have a more intimate feel. As befits a small venue/invited audience, the sound and pacing provide an opportunity to hear a run of material not played in Washington due to time constraints.

Bringing the second disc with a poignant performance of “Islands” – perhaps the best recording of this song by this band, David Singleton, who also prepared all the audio for this release, thought it one of the best sets the band played on this or previous tours. The release features photos from the concerts, sleeve notes by David Singleton and diary entries for the concert days from Robert Fripp in a 24-page accompanying booklet.

A completion is a new beginning – Robert Fripp, September, 2021

CD One

  1. Introductory Soundscape
  2. The Hell Hounds Of Krim
  3. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part I
  4. Pictures Of A City
  5. The Court Of The Crimson King
  6. Red
  7. Tony Cadenza Deals It Slitheryacious-To-The-Max
  8. Neurotica
  9. One More Red Nightmare
  10. Indiscipline

CD Two

  1. Epitaph
  2. Radical Action II
  3. Level Five
  4. Starless
  5. 21st Century Schizoid Man
  6. Tony Cadenza Serves It Piping Hot
  7. Discipline
  8. Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part II
  9. Islands

Release date November 19, 2021

For more information:

Basgrupp 3 are bass_heavy instrumental post-kraut rock trio from Stockholm, Sweden. “With influences from King Crimson and Magma and the esoteric mix of drums and two bass guitars, Basgrupp 3 takes you into a realm of exciting sonic and rhythmic exploration”. Find out more via their Bandcamp


And I guess, while we’re here, a quick parish notice, the cancelled Genesis dates have been rescheduled, excessively priced, greedy you might say when there’s rent t opay, Get ’em out by Friday you say? Robbery assault and battery and all that but for those with money to burn. European dates and more infor here

Thursday 24 March – O2 Arena, London, England (rescheduled show), Friday 25 March – O2 Arena, London, England (rescheduled show), Saturday 26 March – O2 Arena, London, England (rescheduled show)

And while we’re here, last weekend’s Other Rock Show – Marina Organ presents an hour of music that uses unconventional structures and ‘other’ time signatures – gathered from the worldwide undergrounds of math rock, avant prog, weird electronica and strange pop. This week: music from the new album by Deerhoof, plus The Fourth Wall Quartet, The Sea Nymphs, Michael Woodman, Pretend, Wippy Bonstack, The Android Trio, and Koenjihyakke. The Other Rock Show happens every Sunday night on London’s rather unique art radio station Resonance 104.4FM


You ca ncatch all previous edtions of The Other Rock Show via Mix Cloud

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