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Finally, Marillion seem to be back in form! Album will be out later this year.

Last.FM And Such…

I was just crawling through Last.FM’s Free MP3-section, and noticed their year-tags for the 60s through the 90s. It’s obvious that a lot of stuff is just simply tagged wrong, but I’ve found the odd number that really belongs there. In the 70s category, I’ve discovered one of my favorite Oldies:

Still a cool song after all these years, don’t you think? A bit less cool (infact… downright stupid) is this one here from the 80’s section:

Here’s the proof that the 80s brought us some really crappy stuff indeed. And this here doesn’t make it better…:

I couldn’t really find anything decent in the 80s section; looks like the “big hits” are ashamed of being in the same category as these two crimes. Well, at least the 90’s had better stuff. Here’s one song from Marillion‘s masterpiece Brave:

Marillion – The Great Escape (MP3)

And I’ve just noticed that they also offer a free download from their latest album, Happiness Is The Road. Here it is:

Marillion – This Train Is My Life (MP3)

I bet there’s tons of more good stuff hidden in Last.FM‘s archive, but it just takes some time to find those gems inbetween all the rubbish that’s floating around there. If you’ve found anything worth listening to, let me know in the comments. And yeah, of course it should be available as a free download! 🙂

More Catching Up…

I soldier on through the loads of mails, and here are a few sounds worth listening to. Old news maybe for frequent visitors of my blogroll, but these songs really deserve to be mentionned multiple times!

Analogue Consumption: Indie-pop with a hint of Electronica, from Hull, Great Britain. Free downloads at MySpace or here.

http://www.myspace.com/analogueconsumption

Analogue Consumption – Witchspace (MP3)
Analogue Consumption – Loss Of Sound (MP3)

Calexico will release a new album in September, and a first song has just been released on MySpace. I guess it won’t be in the league of Feast Of Wire (still my favourite), but I do hope that it will be better than the rather bleak Garden Ruin. Here’s the new song, and some oldies-goldies:

http://www.casadecalexico.com/

Calexico – Two Silver Trees (MP3)

Calexico – Stray (Live, 2001) (MP3)
Calexico – Across The Wire (Alternate Acoustic Version) (MP3)

New Adventures: very appealing indie-rock from the UK. You can get free songs by just leaving your details right here. If you’re using your own infos is up to you, but the songs are definitely worth listening to! If you don’t believe it, just check one of them below!

http://www.myspace.com/newadventures

New Adventures – How I Got My Devil Back (Part One) (MP3)

Marillion‘s 15th (!) album, Happiness Is The Road, is just around the corner, and now they have once again taken another innovative route to promote the first single: everyone can download the song and create a video for it. You then have to upload it to YouTube to automatically enter a contest which gives you the chance to win £5000… not bad, ey? Read the complete contest rules on the microsite; you can also download the song for free there. Let me know when you’ve created a vid… I’ll post it here! 🙂

http://www.marillion.com/

AltSpeak: Seattle indie/shoegaze outfit with BritPop-influences… highly recommended! Best of all: the whole debut album is available for free download! Fool if you don’t grab it!

http://altspeak.com/
http://www.myspace.com/altspeak

AltSpeak – Let It Shine (MP3)
AltSpeak – Seven Shots (MP3)

get the rest on the official homepage!

Flashback Friday – Live Recordings

Had a busy week with the concerts, and therefore not much time to write for Flashback Friday. So once again it’s Mixtape-Time. And what better theme could there be than some Live Classics? Enjoy those tracks, and who knows… some of them might even bring back some memories of a great concert experience from the past?

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Something Else?

Compared to their latest two releases Anoraknophobia and Marbles, the newest album release from Marillion seems rather simple. Both predecessors were pre-financed by thousands of loyal fans and came in a beautiful designed special edition; and now, Somewhere Else has just been released in your standard jewel case, the only benefit being a limited edition 3-track DVD if you’ve preordered the album. Back to the roots then for UKs best kept secret?

Well, I have to admit that I got this impression when I’ve listened to Somewhere Else for the first time. The songs seemed simple, with no extensive solo jaunts from any of the musicians, and the album was over before I’ve realized it. But Marillion wouldn’t be Marillion if they’d keep things simple. You might miss the neo-prog-elements at first, but if you listen closer, you can still find them (or at least hints of them!). Prog-Rock-purists might nonetheless be a bit disappointed; there’s only two songs that clock in over 7 minutes, and with Most Toys ending at 2:47, Marillion just have written the shortest song in the Hogarth-era!

The fact that the album is more song-orientated than ever makes it very compact, and in my opinion the most accessible one to date. What I miss most is that there’s hardly any connection between the songs, and therefore the album doesn’t seem to be a proper unit. But whilst Somewhere Else is not groundbreaking or too innovative, it still remains a good album that should do for a few enjoyable music moments, and maybe even get a wider public attention. I probably haven’t given it enough time yet, but since the first spin, it already has gotten better and better.

On the last page of the booklet, Marillion already announce album No. 15 for 2008, and I’m sure they will surprise us again with whichever way they’ll take!

You can find some song snippets on the band’s MySpace.

http://www.marillion.com/
http://www.myspace.com/marillion

Most Toys, Recorded Live At Marillion Weekend 2007: