Aug 022015
 
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Sometimes I amaze myself with my shamelessness. This episode of the show is given over to music that has been released on Bad Elephant Music, the record label I run, together with some excellent tunes by bands and artists who are associated with us in some way, shape or form.

My only excuse is that it’s all fantastic music!

This show is published on the 40th birthday of Matt Stevens, a man without whom a significant proportion of these tunes wouldn’t either exist or be quite as good as they are. Happy birthday, Matt!


  1. The Fierce And The Dead – Palm Trees (04:00) from Magnet, 2015
  2. The Gift – The Willows (12:01) from Land of Shadows, 2014
  3. Fuzzy Nautilus – I Lost My Keys Somewhere Along The Milky Way (06:35) from Antenna, 2014
  4. The Room – Carrie (05:10) , single, 2015
  5. Shineback – Here Come The Envoys (04:01) from Rise Up Forgotten, Return Destroyed, 2013
  6. Simon Godfrey – God Help Me If I’m Wrong (03:26) from Motherland, 2014
  7. Tinyfish – Wide Awake At Midnight (10:21) from The Big Red Spark, 2010
  8. Audioplastik – World of Wonder (04:27) from In the Head of a Maniac, 2015
  9. Dec Burke – Sometimes (03:58) from Destroy All Monsters, 2010
  10. Frost* – Saline (06:09) from Experiments in Mass Appeal, 2008
  11. Darwin’s Radio – Age Of Broken Reason (13:36) from Template For A Generation, 2009
  12. Threshold – That’s Why We Come (05:41) from March Of Progress, 2012
  13. Darkwater – A Fools Utopia (05:44) from Where Stories End, 2010
  14. Emmett Elvin – Medicine Box (02:19) from Bloody Marvels, 2014
  15. Emmett Elvin – Starbuck’s End (03:43) from Emmettronica 1998-2012, 2015
  16. The Fierce And The Dead – Ark (Emmett Elvin remix) (03:30) from Ark, 2013
  17. Guapo – Obscure Knowledge Part I (25:39) from Obscure Knowledge, 2015
  18. jh – Making Tea Is Freedom (18:19) from Morning Sun, 2015
  19. Twice Bitten – Blue Sky Century (06:20) from Late Cut, 2015
  20. Jack Arthurs – Fearless (04:09) from Only Dreams Are True, 2012
  21. Trojan Horse – Death And The Mad Queen (03:55) from World Turned Upside Down, 2014
  22. We are Kin – Weight Of The World (06:44) from Pandora, 2015
  23. Tom Slatter – So Far From The Shore (08:57) from Fit The Fourth, 2015
  24. The Rube Goldberg Machine – In Symmetry (06:24) from Fragile Times, 2014
  25. Matt Stevens – The Bridge (11:50) from Lucid, 2014
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Jul 192015
 
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Listen to The European Perspective, or The Avengers will get you!

A new release round-up this week, including tracks from a couple of Bad Elephant Music albums coming out in the next few weeks. Yes, it’s a shameless plug, but I don’t care!

  1. The Fierce And The Dead – Magnet In Your Face (01:41) from Magnet, 2015
  2. Davy O’List – The Emperor (08:29) from Second Thoughts, 2015
  3. This Oceanic Feeling – Radio (05:28) from Universal Mind, 2015
  4. Grice – Eclipse (06:26) from Alexandrine, 2015
  5. Spriggan Mist – The Fates (05:47) from Myths And Legends, 2015
  6. Everything Everything – No Reptiles (04:43) from Get To Heaven, 2015
  7. William D. Drake – Heart Of Oak (04:38) from Revere Reach, 2015
  8. Emmett Elvin – Electropipe (03:18) from Emmettronica 1998-2012, 2015
  9. Twice Bitten – Ocean (04:17) from Late Cut, 2015
  10. The Fierce And The Dead – Palm Trees (04:00) from Magnet, 2015
  11. Osanna – Anni di piombo (04:25) from Palepolitana, 2015
  12. Goblin Rebirth – Evil In The Machine (06:17) from Goblin Rebirth, 2015
  13. Delirium – L’Era della Menzogna (06:56) from L’Era della Menzogna, 2015
  14. Cherry Five – Il Pozzo Dei Giganti (Inferno XXXI) (24:38) from Il Pozzo dei Giganti, 2015
  15. Llamassence – Holy Wild (06:02) from Abyssal Gigantism, 2015
  16. Napokon – Lost (05:07) from Origo, 2015
  17. Jaga Jazzist – Big City Music (14:07) from Starfire, 2015
  18. Clepsydra – Green Blinds (06:01) from Tropicarium, 2015
  19. Taylor’s Code – The Labyrinth (04:49) from Mirrors, 2015
  20. Dice – The Enlarging Universe (10:11) from Son.Sister.Sun, 2015
  21. Christina – When The Darkness Falls (04:41) from The Light, 2015
  22. Big Big Train – Lost Rivers of London (06:02) from Wassail, 2015
  23. Tiger Moth Tales – The Piper (12:54) from Story Teller – Part 1, 2015
  24. Maddison’s Thread – Don’t Care About Tomorrow (04:39) from The Viking’s Daughter, 2015
  25. Morglbl – Far Tea Time (06:25) from Tea Time For Punks, 2015
  26. Wolve – Ocean (10:18) from Sleepwalker, 2015
  27. Yak – Quest For The Stones (23:59) from Quest For The Stones, 2015
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Jul 042015
 
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To celebrate US Independence Day this week’s European Perspective is given over to a celebration of all that’s good in American progressive rock over the last few years. Hear Wilf stumble his way through American geography!

  1. The Neal Morse Band – The Call (10:16) from The Grand Experiment , 2015
  2. Mike Keneally – Wing Beat Fantastic (03:26) from Wing Beat Fantastic, 2012
  3. Midlake – The Old and the Young (05:37) from Antiphon, 2013
  4. District 97 – All’s Well That Ends Well (07:49) from In Vaults, 2015
  5. Thank You Scientist – Blood On the Radio (09:21) from Maps of Non-Existent Places, 2012
  6. The Twenty Committee – Her Voice (10:08) from A Lifeblood Psalm, 2013
  7. Umphrey’s McGee – Educated Guess (05:49) from Similar Skin, 2014
  8. 3RDegree – The Socio-Economic Petri Dish (06:51) from The Long Division, 2012
  9. Glass Hammer – Babylon (07:56) from The Breaking Of The World, 2015
  10. Dream the Electric Sleep – The Name You Fear (06:10) from Heretics, 2014
  11. Stop Motion Orchestra – Little Smiles (05:24) from Instant Everything!, 2014
  12. Ut Gret – The Raw, the Cooked and the Overeasy (05:27) from Ancestor’s Tale, 2014
  13. The Psychedelic Ensemble – A Hundred Years On (08:04) from The Sunstone, 2015
  14. Izz – Start Again (07:44) from Everlasting Instant, 2015
  15. Gekko Projekt – Grains of Sand (05:20) from Reya of Titan, 2015
  16. The Nerve Institute – Knives of Winter Coronation Day (07:23) from Fictions, 2015
  17. Heliopolis – New Frontier (10:09) from City Of The Sun, 2014
  18. Perfect Beings – Removal Of The Identity Chip (05:48) from Perfect Beings, 2014
  19. Salem Hill – Butterfly (06:43) from The Unseen Cord, 2014
  20. Moetar – Where The Truth Lies (04:50) from Entropy of the Century, 2014
  21. A Big Goodbye – Gone (06:00) from History in Rewind, 2014
  22. Proud Peasant – The Precipice (13:20) from Flight, 2014
  23. Elephants of Scotland – Amber Waves (08:14) from Execute and Breathe, 2014
  24. Iluvatar – Between (07:00) from From The Silence, 2014
  25. The Samurai Of Prog – Into The Lake (08:43) from The Imperial Hotel, 2014
  26. Little Atlas – Emily True (07:06) from Automatic Day, 2013
  27. Oblivion Sun – Dead Sea Squirrels (06:35) from The High Places, 2013
  28. I And Thou – And I Awaken (11:29) from Speak, 2012
  29. Lobate Scarp – Beginning of Us (06:25) from Time and Space, 2013
  30. The Tea Club – The Eternal German Infant (08:18) from Quickly Quickly Quickly, 2012
  31. Disconnect – Sufficient (09:16) from Enough Blame To Go Around, 2012
  32. Echolyn – When Sunday Spills (08:48) from echolyn, 2012
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Jun 142015
 
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Hollywood glamour as the great and the good arrived for the 2010 TEP Awards. The Amazing Wilf not pictured.

A leisurely canter through the best in British and European progressive music from 2010 this week, including quite a few songs not heard on the show before!


1. Tinyfish – The Big Red Spark (04:51) from The Big Red Spark, 2010

2. Dec Burke – Signs Of Life (04:53) from Destroy All Monsters, 2010

3. North Atlantic Oscillation – Some Blue Hive (04:54) from Grappling Hooks, 2010

4. Cosmograf – Evolution Railroad (06:55) from End Of Ecclesia, 2010

5. Manning – Clocks (04:28) from Charlestown, 2010

6. Agents of Mercy – Gratitude (06:27) from Dramarama, 2010

7. The Lens – Full Of Stars (10:51) from Regeneration, 2010

8. Magic Bus – Gods Of The Mountain (07:08) from Magic Bus, 2010

9. Amoeba Split – Turbulent Matrix (10:47) from Dance Of The Goodbyes, 2010

10. Areknamés – Dateless Diary (05:31) from In Case of Loss, 2010

11. Il Tempio delle Clessidre – Insolita parte di me (07:21) from Il Tempio delle Clessidre, 2010

12. La Nuova Raccomandata Con Ricevuta Di Ritorno – La Mente (07:16) from Il Pittore Volante, 2010

13. La Maschera di Cera – Tra Due Petali Di Fuoco (06:06) from Petali di Fuoco, 2010

14. Ciccada – An Endless Sea (05:28) from A Child In The Mirror, 2010

15. Kingcrow – Lullaby For an Innocent (06:17) from Phlegethon, 2010

16. Chris – Making Sense (07:10) from Making Sense, 2010

17. Knifeworld – The Stench of Honey (05:25) from Leader of the Starry Skies: A Tribute To Tim Smith Songbook Vol. 1, 2010

18. Stars In Battledress – Foundling (04:24) from Leader of the Starry Skies: A Tribute To Tim Smith Songbook Vol. 1, 2010

19. Mark Cawthra – Let Alone My Plastic Doll (04:04) from Leader of the Starry Skies: A Tribute To Tim Smith Songbook Vol. 1, 2010

20. Moon Safari – Crossed The Rubicon (09:46) from Lover’s End, 2010

21. Solstice – Flight (07:27) from Spirit, 2010

22. London Underground – St. Helens (04:02) from Honey Drops, 2010

23. Anti-Depressive Delivery – Alive (13:50) from The Best of Antidepressive Delivery, 2010

24. Haken – Eternal Rain (06:43) from Aquarius, 2010

25. Christina – Deep Oceans [Oceans Deep Jem Godfrey Remix] (05:27) from Broken Lives & Bleeding Hearts, 2010

26. The Fierce And The Dead – Part 1 (18:50) from Part 1, 2010

27. Argos – The Gatekeeper (07:51) from Circles, 2010

28. Lalle Larsson – Otherwordly (06:23) from Infinity Of Worlds, 2010

29. Alex Carpani – Templars Dream (05:39) from The Sanctuary, 2010

30. Mogador – All I Am Is Of My Own Making (05:44) from All I Am Is Of My Own MaKing, 2010

31. Matt Stevens – Big Sky (05:39) from Ghost, 2010

32. Sanguine Hum – Dark Ages (04:42) from Diving Bell, 2010

33. Big Big Train – The Wide Open Sea (17:44) from Far Skies, Deep Time, 2010

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May 302015
 
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A roundup of new releases, including EPs from Big Big Train and Camelias Garden, as well as a couple of songs from the Old Guard in the form of Jethro Tull and live Yes.


1. Big Big Train – Wassail (6:48) from Wassail, 2015
2. Magic Pie – Introversion (12:24) from King For A Day, 2015
3. Klone – The Last Experience (7:06) from Here Come the Sun, 2015
4. Vennart – Infatuate (5:10) from The Demon Joke, 2015
5. Camelias Garden – Kite (8:27) from Kite, 2015
6. Methexis – The Relic (8:28) from Suiciety, 2015
7. Jethro Tull – Baker St. Muse (16:43) from Minstrel In The Gallery (40th Anniversary Edition), 2015
8. Guapo – Obscure Knowledge Part I (25:39) from Obscure Knowledge, 2015
9. Sweet Billy Pilgrim – FFwd to the Freeze Frame (4:50) from Motorcade Amnesiacs, 2015
10. Preacher – The Sea (5:19) from Signals, 2014
11. Galley Beggar – Pay My Body (9:01) from Silence & Tears, 2015
12. Barock Project – Gold (8:40) from Skyline, 2015
13. Silhouette – In Solitary (6:16) from Beyond The Seventh Wave, 2014
14. Suns of the Tundra – Speak Still of Summer (7:28) from Bones of Brave Ships, 2015
15. Neo Prophet – Generation Games (7:37) from T.I.M.E., 2015
16. Brežnev Fun Club – Tzig Tzag Tzara (5:51) from Il Misantropo Felice, 2015
17. Ozric Tentacles – Far Memory (7:12) from Technicians of the Sacred, 2015
18. Sunchild – Follow Your Heart (8:01) from Synesthesia, 2015
19. Le Folli Arie – Non e Facile (4:55) from Le folli arie, 2015
20. Progoctopus – Carousel (9:02) from Transcendence, 2015
21. Tom Slatter – Men Of The World (7:14) from Fit The Fourth, 2015
22. Gentle Knife – The Gentle Knife (5:17) from Gentle Knife, 2015
23. John Lodge – In My Mind (4:54) from 10,000 Light Years Ago, 2015
24. Forgotten Suns – Somewhere in the Darkness (06:58) from When Worlds Collide, 2015
25. Steve Hughes – One Day (7:50) from Tales From The Silent Ocean, 2015
26. We Are Kin – The Door (7:47) from Pandora, 2015
26. Yes – Yours is No Disgrace (16:04) from Progeny: Highlights From Seventy-Two, 2015

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May 162015
 
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There’s a definite sense of summer in this podcast, with a gardening theme to all the songs played.


1. Ciccada – A Garden Of Delights (08:24) from A Child In The Mirror, 2010

2. A.C.T. – Torn By A Phrase, Garden (05:36) from Last Epic, 2003

3. Gandalf’s Fist – Gardens of the Lost (06:03) from A Forest of Fey, 2014

4. Magic Bus – Back To The Garden (10:54) from Magic Bus, 2010

5. Fractal Mirror – The Garden (05:38) from Garden Of Ghosts, 2014

6. Amoeba Split – Perfumed Garden (09:43) from Dance Of The Goodbyes, 2010

7. Tin Spirits – Garden State (15:08) from Scorch, 2014

8. Dead Heroes Club – Machine In The Garden (10:01) from Everything Is Connected, 2013

9. Yes – Universal Garden (06:16) from Open Your Eyes, 1997

10. Willowglass – Garden (08:17) from Willowglass, 2006

11. Unitopia – The Garden (22:33) from The Garden, 2008

12. The Monsoon Bassoon – In The Iceman’s Back Garden (07:00) from I Dig Your Voodoo, 1999

13. Marillion – Garden Party (07:20) from Script For A Jester’s Tear, 1983

14. La Tulipe Noire – In the Gardens of Eden (07:36) from Shattered Image, 2000

15. The Healing Road – Devil’s Garden (04:32) from Timanfaya, 2007

16. Godsticks – Puppy Gardener (05:27) from Godsticks, 2008

17. Flamborough Head – The Garden Pond (05:32) from Looking For John Maddock, 2009

18. The Flower Kings – Garden of Dreams (Part One) (27:07) from Meet the Flower Kings, 2003

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May 022015
 
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Snarky Puppy may be a group of predominantly American musicians, but one of them is British and they’ve just released an absolutely fantastic new album, Sylva. so I’m bloomin’ well going to play some on the show. I also use this as an excuse to make a very, very long podcast comprised entirely of instrumental music.


Frost* – Hyperventilate 2013 (05:59) from Milliontown 2013, 2013

Snarky Puppy and Metropole Orkest – Sintra/Flight/Atchafalaya (15:39) from Sylva, 2015

Echoes and Signals – The Waiting Room (07:07) from V, 2014

maybeshewill – Fair Youth (04:23) from Fair Youth, 2014

The Lens – Dreams (10:10) from Regeneration, 2010

Twice Bitten – Rain Stops Play (03:02) from No Third Man, 1985

Anthony Phillips – The Geese And The Ghost (15:51) from The Geese And The Ghost, 1977

Van Der Graaf Generator – Theme One (03:01) from The Box, 2000

Focus – Sylvia (03:32) from Focus III, 1972

The Red Monarchs – Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part 2 (07:24) from Larks’ Tongues in Aspic, 2012

Trojan Horse – Jurapsyche Park (04:40) from World Turned Upside Down, 2014

We are Kin – Faith (02:45) from Pandora, 2015

jh – Fort Dunlop (06:47) from Morning Sun, 2015

Ciccada – A Night Ride (06:26) from The Finest of Miracles, 2015

Minimum Vital – Rodéo (03:48) from Pavanes, 2015

Anglagard – Sorgmantel (12:06) from Viljars ôga, 2012

Snarky Puppy and Metropole Orkest – The Curtain (15:09) from Sylva, 2015

Public Service Broadcasting – Go! (04:13) from The Race For Space, 2015

The Tangent – Aftereugene (05:47) from A Spark In The Aether, 2015

Steven Wilson – Regret #9 (05:01) from Hand. Cannot. Erase., 2015

Alco Frisbass – La Danse Du Pantin (07:44) from Alco Frisbass, 2015

Abel Ganz – End of Rain (05:33) from Abel Ganz, 2014

Caravan – L’Auberge du Sanglier/A Hunting We Shall Go/Pengola/Backwards/A Hunting We Shall Go (Reprise) (10:03) from For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night, 1973

Emmett Elvin – Artificial Pterodactyls Over Leytonstone (05:03) from Bloody Marvels, 2014

AudioPlastik – Traveller (01:42) from In the Head of a Maniac, 2015

Simon Godfrey – Motherland (03:48) from Motherland, 2014

Tony Patterson – Nature’s Way (04:57) from Earthlight, 2006

Karda Estra – Strange Relations 4 (6:47) from Strange Relations, 2015

Bill Laurance – The Real One (06:26) from Swift, 2015

Lonely Robot – Airlock (03:51) from Please Come Home, 2015

Nerve Toy Trio – The Riddle of Anything (04:34) from The Hard Cell, 2011 Jeramy Essary

Sound Of Contact – Cosmic Distance Ladder (04:44) from Dimensionaut, 2013

Kaipa – Folke’s Final Decision (04:03) from Notes From The Past, 2002

Roine Stolt – Shipbuilding (05:51) from Hydrophonia, 1998

Moongarden – Sonya In Search Of The Moon: Moonman Return (08:15) from Brainstorm Of Emptyness, 1995

The Fierce And The Dead – I Like It, I’m Into It (04:08) from Spooky Action, 2013

Matt Stevens – The Bridge (11:50) from Lucid, 2014

Brand X – The Poke (05:06) from Masques, 1978

Porcupine Tree – Voyage 34 Phase I (12:55) from Voyage 34, 2004

Camel – Lunar Sea (9.00) from A Live Record, 1978 Gary Morley

Steve Hackett – Spectral Mornings (6:37) from Spectral Mornings, 1979

The Enid – Fand (22:38) from Arise and Shine Volume 2 – Risen, 2011

Twelfth Night – Fur Helene I (05:10) from Live At The Target, 1981

Socrates – Every Dream Comes To An End (05:56) from Phos, 1976

The Who – The Rock (06:37) from Quadrophenia, 1973

Genesis – Los Endos (06:20) from Seconds Out, 1977

 

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Apr 182015
 
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After last time’s TangentFest, back to a more traditional format this time around, with a roundup of new albums, and my own personal selection of the best European progressive rock of 2005.


1. The Tangent – Codpieces And Capes (12:34) from A Spark In The Aether, 2015

2. Anekdoten – Shooting Star (10:11) from Until All the Ghosts Are Gone, 2015

3. Different Strings – Legacy of War (06:28) from The Sounds of Silence, Pt. II: The Counterfeits, 2015

4. Karibow – Home of Cain (05:21) from Addicted, 2015

5. Steve Hackett – Love Song To A Vampire (09:18) from Wolflight, 2015

6. Sylvium – Altered State (05:47) from Waiting for the Noise, 2015

7. Arena – The Bishop of Lufford (05:24) from The Unquiet Sky, 2015

8. Premiata Forneria Marconi – The Mountain (10:54) from The World, 2015

9. Gavin Harrison – Heartattack in a Lay By (06:00) from Cheating the Polygraph, 2015

10. Porcupine Tree – Heartattack In A Lay By (04:16) from In Absentia, 2002

11. Glass Hammer – Babylon (07:56) from The Breaking Of The World, 2015

12. LordFish – Sol (08:14) from LordFish, 2015

13. Izz – Start Again (07:44) from Everlasting Instant, 2015

14. We Are Kin – The Algorhythm (07:05) from Pandora, 2015

15. North Atlantic Oscillation – Wires (Steven Wilson Remix) (06:14) from Glare, 2015

16. Mandala – Ghizou (07:00) from Midnight Twilight, 2015

17. Magic Pie – Dream Vision (07:51) from Motions Of Desire, 2005

18. Boards Of Canada – Hey Saturday Sun (04:57) from The Campfire Headphase, 2005

19. Beardfish – The Gooberville Ballroom Dancer (06:58) from The Sane Day, 2005

20. Wobbler – Hinterland (27:47) from Hinterland, 2005

21. Kino – Loser’s Day Parade (09:04) from Picture, 2005

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