prog rock

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  1. Dan says:

    23:17 would also be a good name for a prog rock album. Glad we agree on something, Clark. :) Now find me a mashup of "YYZ" and "Juicy"…

  2. Dan Irving says:

    Current favorite prog band is Coheed and Cambria. They have crafted a pretty interesting universe that spans seven albums; each of album a concept album in an of itself. Great live show and excellent musical chops.

  3. Dictatortot says:

    One day I shall mastermind a nationwide prog-country craze. Just as soon as I can find the remaining parts to complete my triple-necked "pedalbanjolin." You have been warned.

  4. Clark says:

    @Dictatortot:

    my triple-necked "pedalbanjolin"

    I'll be right next to you, jamming on my Theramin and Chapman stick, all pumped through my analog-tube effects box.

  5. Clark says:

    One day I shall mastermind a nationwide prog-country craze.

    Seriously, though, I'd listen the hella out of that.

  6. Jack B. says:

    One day I shall mastermind a nationwide prog-country craze.

    I occasionally troll the local Craigslist musician's section, trying to form a Yes tribute band that plays hillbilly versions of Yes songs.

    We'll call ourselves "Yep".

    Keeping with the Kansas theme: Here's a 10 year-old Japanese girl playing "Carry On Wayward Son" on some weird Yamaha keyboard contraption. Prepare to be impressed.

  7. Uragan says:

    Clark, I've been currently jamming out to some East German prog rock that I think is pretty awesome. Have you heard of Stern Meissen by any chance?

  8. He really said that...?!? says:

    One of my favorite mashups. Blondie vs The Doors in Rapture Riders.

  9. Jack B. says:

    Clark, I've been currently jamming out to some East German prog rock that I think is pretty awesome. Have you heard of Stern Meissen by any chance?

    Not exactly prog rock, but if you're into early/proto metal, check out Kadavar from Berlin. They've got a groovy early Sabbath/Blue Cheer/Amboy Dukes thing going on.

  10. CWuestefeld says:

    I guess you guys haven't had the opportunity to hear "Pickin' on Floyd", a bluegrass tribute to Pink Floyd. Let me remedy that for you:

  11. Dan Irving says:

  12. Dan Irving says:

    Well that didn't work :/

  13. eddie says:

    Loves me some mashup. Girl Talk didn't do much for me, though.

    This one's pretty good. Raising the pitch of COMWS at the start was a little off-putting, but the payoff for the song overall was worth it.

  14. HigherFlier says:

    Ah. It seems that Clark has discovered Slam Jams.

    Eeeeeexcellent…

  15. Dictatortot says:

    I'll be right next to you, jamming on my Theramin and Chapman stick, all pumped through my analog-tube effects box.

    Awesome! I wonder how good Roger Dean is at painting convoys…

  16. TJIC says:

    > I wonder how good Roger Dean is at painting convoys…

    LOL!

  17. Dirkmaster says:

    Okay, I was goin' jump in by saying that Kansas isn't a prog-rock band, that I think of Pink Floyd, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, and Yes when I think of Prog-rock. BUT, Allmusic lists Kansas as prog-rock, so gotta bow to authority.

    As for modern examples, Spock's Beard was really good until their original lead singer got religion and left. And I like Flower Kings and if you like concept albums, try Ayreon's 01011001.

  18. Fretmute says:

    When I discovered that the jukebox at my Sunday hangout wasn't filtered, I played a couple of Porcupine Tree tunes for a cool 29 minutes and change. Best dollar ever.

  19. z! says:

    I occasionally troll the local Craigslist musician's section, trying to form a Yes tribute band that plays hillbilly versions of Yes songs.

    Evidently, you haven't heard the Austin Lounge Lizards cover of "Brain Damage" (readily available on youtube/etc).

  20. jmj says:

    If you're looking for good mashups, anything by wax audio.

    staying alive vs the wall http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U13xOvDa19U

    ghosbusters vs thunderstruck http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiH1wNmZTII

    These are 2 of my favorites.

  21. Dictatortot says:

    Dirkmaster: Spock's Beard has finally acquired a decent replacement singer, and has just released their first album with him–to which I am listening at this very moment. Moreover, Neal Morse (the original guy) co-wrote and appears on two tracks.

  22. Bearman says:

    Love this song!

  23. Dirkmaster says:

    Dictatortot: thanx for the heads up. Headin' to Amazon now.

  24. LT says:

    You post this while I'm listening to Yes's 'Endless Dream'. Ah, prog rock. I'm more a fan of prog metal these days- Dream Theater's Octavarium is what's in my car stereo right now- but I still keep my original Genesis and Yes cassettes.

  25. Narad says:

    There's an old joke about prog rock: "it's the only musical genre where 23:17 could be either the time signature or the track length".

    I'd suggest you try telling this to Don Ellis, but he's dead.

  26. Anonymous Coward says:

    Ken, come back! We miss you!

  27. jimmythefly says:

    I love mashups, too. Most of these are old, but I don't care.
    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tlhMRoNJrs&w=560&h=315

  28. jimmythefly says:

    A different video, with old embed code. Sorry if it doesn't work.

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac1X16K5XlU&hl=en_US&version=3

  29. Jack B. says:

    Evidently, you haven't heard the Austin Lounge Lizards cover of "Brain Damage" (readily available on youtube/etc).

    lolwut?

    All the Austin Lounge Lizards in the world aren't going to change the fact that Corpus Christi, TX is basically Branson, Missouri, but with death metal bands.

    We used to have a decent local music scene, but karaoke and DJs took care of that. Nowadays, it's pretty much limited to metal and bland, frat boy "Texas Country".

  30. Jack B. says:

    There's an old joke about prog rock: "it's the only musical genre where 23:17 could be either the time signature or the track length".

    That reminds me of the jokes:

    "I was 30 minutes late to the grindcore show. I missed the first three bands."

    and

    "I was 30 minutes late to the stoner metal show. No worries, the opening act was still on their first song."

  31. He really said that...?!? says:

    And then there is the love child of Elvis, Robert Plant, and Bob Marley.

  32. He really said that...?!? says:

    For you dog lovers out there.

  33. naught_for_naught says:

    @Clark

    Thanks for AV Club link. While I never Groked GWAR, I hugely love and admire Steely Dan. In that same season I found this tasty cover of Rikki Don't Lose that Number

  34. naught_for_naught says:

    …and keeping in the theme of avant garde rock, though not prog rock, I give you the Red Elvises. They cominc from Minsk to become America's newest singing sweethearts. If Dick Dale played a balalaika it would sound something like this…

  35. Jack B. says:

    @naught_for_naught: Six String Samurai is kind of a cool movie. It looks really good for being so low budget.

    And since you broke the ice by posting Eastern European surf rock, I give you Finland's Laika & The Cosmonauts:

  36. cthulhu says:

    Clark, the Chapman Stick is a marvelous instrument (way out of my price range though); even though Tony Levin (King Crimson and others) is the most well-known player, it is definitely not a prog-rock instrument.

    I'm generally not a fan of prog though; for every Traffic (which I love), there are a dozen ELPs (way back in the late '70s, rock critic Steve Simels did a hilarious combination H.P. Lovecraft tribute and ELP takedown that left nothing more to say). Those Roger Dean covers were something else though…

  37. naught_for_naught says:

    @Jack B.

    I love this — synchronized finger snapping — genius I tell ya! I just have one critique. I'd like a little more cowbell in the second number.

  38. matthew says:

    For more Charles Barkley you can also go for this http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barkley,_Shut_Up_and_Jam:_Gaiden

  39. Pete says:

    Late to the party, as usual. I recommend:

    https://soundcloud.com/dj_forgotten/wild-thing-schmolli

    &

  40. Clark says:

    Lots of folks have embedded youtube clips above.

    Awesome!

    …and most of them are either bare links or videos that are wider than the blog text column.

    FAIL!

    Here's the Right Thing To Do ™:

    1) go to youtube page
    2) beneath the thumbs up / thumbs down buttons, click "share"
    3) in the newly revealed menu, click "embed"
    4) use the pulldown to select video size. 480×360 works well
    5) copy and paste the iframe… text into your popehat comment

  41. Clark says:

    @Jack B:

    Six String Samurai is kind of a cool movie. It looks really good for being so low budget.

    I second that emotion.

  42. Clark says:

    Not really a mashup (but sort of), and CERTAINLY not prog rock, but I love this:

  43. naught_for_naught says:

    Let me test it. The last time I tried to post an iframe the tags were stripped out by WordPress. This clip is of a guy in Chicago who plays gypsy jazz, Adrian Holovaty. This tune is the theme from Midnight in Paris. Fingers crossed:

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kF9j25NDG8&w=420&h=315

  44. naught_for_naught says:

    Yeah, it's a no go. You have different privileges than we do, Clark. Here is the too large clip:

  45. He really said that...?!? says:

    Let's see if this one pops up OK.

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byDiILrNbM4&w=480&h=360

  46. He really said that...?!? says:

    Attempt #2

  47. He really said that...?!? says:

    The straight up copy and paste didn't work for me. On the second one I left off the "[youtube" part and copied and pasted the link only. From the looks of things, you could just paste the address from the address bar and add the "&w=480&h=360 part.

  48. He really said that...?!? says:

    Forgot the close quote on that. :) Of course, don't use any quotes if you do that. It's just the address plus &w=480&h=360

  49. spinetingler says:

    "Keeping with the Kansas theme: Here's a 10 year-old Japanese girl playing "Carry On Wayward Son" on some weird Yamaha keyboard contraption."

    Tha fuck?!

  50. bkd69 says:

    Nice, but it fails to dislodge The Kleptones' Night at the Hip Hopera as my favorite hiphop/R&B mashup.

    My favorite mashup genre is technobilly, of which the most famous example is the Rednex' Cotton Eye Joe, however, I'll post the only other example I know of, The Grid's Swamp Thing:

  51. bkd69 says:

    DOH! Replace hiphop/R&B with hiphop/classic rock while I go get a fan to ventilate this place after that brain fart.

  52. Jack B. says:

    Testing out Clark's posting guidelines with some stoner-rock-meets-renfair-geekery. Love that '72 Thinline Tele.

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuRKRFjm-HA&w=480&h=360

  53. Jack B. says:

    That didn't work, so here's He really said that…?!?'s guidelines:

  54. NickM says:

    In rap, 23:17 is the criminal statute the rapper is currently under indictment for violating.

    In emo, 23:17 is the ratio of cuts on the left arm to cuts on the right arm.

    In gospel, 23:17 is the numbers of singers in the 2 back rows.

  55. Sellew says:

    Definitely another vote for Mark Vidler/Go Home Productions. Basically all his stuff is completely great.

    Unless I've missed it, nobody's yet mentioned his "Annie Rush", a mashup between Rush's Spirit of Radio and Annie Lennox's Little Bird. There doesn't seem to be a video for it, but here's somebody who's got the audio on their page:

    http://dj80hd.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/go-home-productions-again.html

  56. Mercury says:

    I have a massive music collection across many genres (including a 2 TB drive of ripped CDs in native .wav format – wanna trade?). I have really tried to get more into prog rock over the years with varying degrees of success. King Crimson is mostly too weird and early Genesis is just all over the place – you keep expecting the tension/release dynamic to fully pay off but it rarely does. Peter Gabriel sounds like he’s stringing words together at random and the whole thing is usually a mess. Given Peter Gabriel’s current, aging little league coach, easy-going demeanor it’s almost impossible to imagine what a weirdo he was in the early 70’s. Youtube up a live clip or two from that era. Yikes.

    At the end of the day I think The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ or The Who’s “mini-opera” ‘A Quick One’ accomplishes so much more with so much less in this area. But I haven’t quite given up yet.

  57. jimmythefly says:

    I'm not sure what to even call it, but to me this is one of the most beautiful things on the internet.

  58. Steve says:

    If you haven't listened to Dream Theater, I recommend them highly! Also, if you like Mashups, you should check out their song The Big Medley. Here's a link if the embedded video doesn't work.

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZsPMD1-tHQ?rel=0&w=420&h=315

  59. Dan says:

    This is one of the best threads on Popehat evar!

    Please don't overlook Jey King's entry into the "eclectic" instrument category: http://www.amazon.com/Phase-1-Jey-King/dp/B000CAFZKI

  60. Patterico says:

    Hate to rain on the parade, but it just sounds like a good song ruined to me — which is pretty much what I expected.

  61. Charley says:

    23:16 would make more sense in the joke, since 16th notes exist…

  62. Martin Hooper says:

    http://bootiemashup.com/blog/

    Check out here for more mashups – I recommend the Bootie top 10s and the Best of Bootie CD's…. The CD's are mp3's ready to burn…

  63. Justin Kittredge says:

    When I am playing first person shooters online I find http://www.galoreradio.com/mashup.html is the best to listen to. Also http://www.gotradio.com has a Mash-Up station. These aren't necessarily the best online options, but when I got a fullscreen game going these stations are low maintenance, no pop-ups, so I can leave my attention on other things.

    On That First Site Link, I highly recommend staying on until you hear some of the Eminem Mash-Ups, some of the best around.

    Hope ya like.

    Later.

  64. the other rob says:

    Wot, no love for Marillion? Of course, they were at their best back when Fish was still the lead singer…

  65. naught_for_naught says:

    I got a bit inspired and put together my own mash-up (at least I thinks it would be consider a mash-up). I put together two of my favorites: Sonny Boy Williamson and Dylan Thomas. I'm trying to post the link as He really said that…?!? suggested. Let's see.

  66. Justin Kittredge says:

    naught_for_naught that is totally awesome, I listened to it and loved it.

  67. Kamendae says:

    Best mashup I've heard in a while, in a horribly fascinating sort of way:

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Lm1FL7gWl4&w=480&h=360

  68. naught_for_naught says:

    Thanks, Justin.

  69. Vice Magnet says:

    The best Mark Vidler mashup IMO is Rolling Confusion. Neither major component song is prog rock but I still lurve it.

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auxTFpcJhnw&w=420&h=315

  70. Ryan says:

    Milkman is an equally awesome mashup artist. Check out his album, "Algorithms." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDr5CFSG1fA

  71. Traveler says:

    4 minutes and 22 seconds of my life gone.

  72. Brian Poirier says:

    Productivity GONE!

  73. Mickytoto says:

    First time poster. Was just following the Prendateers saga.

    I saw this band one night a HOB Hollywood. Very entertaining band live. You think it's going one way, then BAM…..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUAMLFVY6WI

    Check out their other live mash-ups.

  74. ma says:

    My personal favorite: "Pass the Mic, Tom". A mashup of Beastie Boys Pass the Mic, over Rush's Tom Sawyer! Classic.

    http://vimeo.com/34276940

  75. mark says:

    Mashup – I too loved Girl Talk – seen the film?
    http://girlwalkallday.com/watch-the-film

    My suggestions would be The White Panda, Milkman and a trawl around last.fm for similar artists.

    http://thewhitepanda.com
    http://milkmanmusic.com

  76. He really said that...?!? says:

    Just tripped over this mashup. My new favorite. Thin Lizzy vs. The Pixies.

  77. naught_for_naught says:

    @He really said that…?!?

    That is wonderful.