Episode 253: Best of 2018, Top 10 Albums

This is the 253rd edition of the Epileptic Gibbon podcast music show and the playlist to accompany it. You should be able to CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD but note the shows are large files. Unfortunately the iTunes subscription no longer appears to be working so either download the show via the link above, or stream the show via Mixcloud (if you become a follower you can find out whenever I add new shows there) and the show can also be found on the Progzilla Radio Network (the show appears on Progzilla in alternate weeks). I hope you enjoyed the previous show in which I continued my countdown of my 30 favourite albums of 2018. Back then we covered the albums I placed between 20 and 11 in the countdown, but here we move onto the big top 10, the albums placed between 10 and 1. You can expect a great mixture of music in this show, and a typically eclectic playlist, with two tracks each from my 10 favourite albums of last year. We also start the show with some new music & with tributes to a couple of people who have sadly been taken from us since last time. Below you’ll find the track list, plus weblinks from where you can find more information about each artist.

Total running time: 2 hours & 35 minutes. Downloaded file is 142.2 MB.

1. Moon Health (4:37) – Leaving Richmond (Taken from the ‘Moon Health + Wanderlust’ maxi-single which is available to download via submarinebroadcastingco.bandcamp.com/album/moon-health; see also leavingrichmond.tumblr.com/, leavingrichmond.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/leavingrichmond)

2. For Pete’s Sake (2:11) – The Monkees (Taken from the album ‘Headquarters’; see www.monkees.com/ & www.monkees.net/)

As part of the feature ‘The 80s Weren’t All Rubbish You Know’:

3. Man Of Colours (5:10) – Icehouse (Taken from the album ‘Man Of Colours’; see www.icehouse.mobi/)

4. Space Blues (3:45) – Astralingua (Taken from the album ‘Safe Passage’; see astralingua.bandcamp.com/album/safe-passage, www.astralingua.com/ & www.facebook.com/Astralingua/)

5. AlgoRhythm (6:02) – Henrik Schwarz & Metropole Orkest (Taken from the album ‘Scripted Orkestra’; see henrikschwarzandmetropoleorkest.bandcamp.com/album/scripted-orkestra-conducted-by-jules-buckley & www.facebook.com/henrikschwarz.official/)

6. Me Vibrate (7:06) – Henrik Schwarz & Metropole Orkest (Taken from the album ‘Scripted Orkestra’; see henrikschwarzandmetropoleorkest.bandcamp.com/album/scripted-orkestra-conducted-by-jules-buckley & www.facebook.com/henrikschwarz.official/)

7. Ppda (6:00) – Nadia Struiwigh (Taken from the album ‘WHRRu’; see nadiastruiwigh.bandcamp.com/album/whrru, www.nadiastruiwigh.comwww.facebook.com/NadiaStruiwigh/)

8. Yoguah (6:12) – Nadia Struiwigh (Taken from the album ‘WHRRu’; see nadiastruiwigh.bandcamp.com/album/whrru, www.nadiastruiwigh.comwww.facebook.com/NadiaStruiwigh/)

9. Island Time (5:27) – Jack O’ The Clock (Taken from the album ‘Repetitions of the Old City – II; see jackotheclock.bandcamp.com/, jackotheclock.com/Jack_O_The_Clock.htmlwww.facebook.com/JackOTheClock/?fref=ts)

10. Into the Fireplace (6:55) – Jack O’ The Clock (Taken from the album ‘Repetitions of the Old City – II; see jackotheclock.bandcamp.com/, jackotheclock.com/Jack_O_The_Clock.htmlwww.facebook.com/JackOTheClock/?fref=ts)

11. Part 5 (4:38) – Matt Baber (Taken from the album ‘Suite For Piano and Electronics’; see mattbaber.bandcamp.com & www.badelephant.co.uk/)

12. Part 10 (7:11) – Matt Baber (Taken from the album ‘Suite For Piano and Electronics’; see mattbaber.bandcamp.com & www.badelephant.co.uk/)

13. Phase (6:20) – Mildlife (Taken from the album ‘Phase’; see mildlife.com.au/mildlife.bandcamp.com & www.facebook.com/Mildlife)

14. The Gloves Don’t Bite (6:48) – Mildlife (Taken from the album ‘Phase’; see mildlife.com.au/mildlife.bandcamp.com & www.facebook.com/Mildlife)

15. Raytracing (4:47) – Monobody (Taken from the album ‘Raytracing’; see monobody.bandcamp.com/album/raytracing, www.monobodymusic.com & www.facebook.com/Monobody/)

16. Opalescent Edges (8:09) – Monobody (Taken from the album ‘Raytracing’; see monobody.bandcamp.com/album/raytracing, www.monobodymusic.com & www.facebook.com/Monobody/)

17. Fiery Gun Hand (5:14) – The 180Gs (Taken from the album ‘Singin’ to God′; see davidminnick1.bandcamp.com/album/singin-to-god)

18. Wireless (8:19) – The 180Gs (Taken from the album ‘Singin’ to God′; see davidminnick1.bandcamp.com/album/singin-to-god)

19. Cranefly (4:35) – Thumpermonkey (Taken from the album ‘Make Me Young, etc’; see thumpermonkey.bandcamp.com/album/make-me-young-etc, thumpermonkey.com/www.facebook.com/thumpermonkeyband/)

20. Figstorm (5:09)  Thumpermonkey (Taken from the album ‘Make Me Young, etc’; see thumpermonkey.bandcamp.com/album/make-me-young-etc, thumpermonkey.com/www.facebook.com/thumpermonkeyband/)  

21. the sleepers wake (5:22) – phideaux (Taken from the album ‘infernal’; see phideaux.bandcamp.com/album/infernal & www.bloodfish.com)

22. the order of protection (two) (4:33) – phideaux (Taken from the album ‘infernal’; see phideaux.bandcamp.com/album/infernal & www.bloodfish.com)

23. A Tall Tale (4:32) – Sanguine Hum (Taken from the album ‘Now We Have Power′; see sanguinehum.bandcamp.com/album/now-we-have-power-2, www.sanguinehum.com, music.badelephant.co.ukwww.facebook.com/SanguineHum/)

24. Swansong (5:29) – Sanguine Hum (Taken from the album ‘Now We Have Power′; see sanguinehum.bandcamp.com/album/now-we-have-power-2, www.sanguinehum.com, music.badelephant.co.ukwww.facebook.com/SanguineHum/)

Thanks to all the musicians who contributed and to all listeners. Send us comments if you like what you hear (or even if you don’t… feedback is so important!). If you want to keep up to date with news about the show, EppyFest, or just chat with other listeners, don’t forget that there’s a Facebook group – just search for the Eppy Gibbon Podcast Show on Facebook and request to join, plus don’t forget that we’re now part of the Progzilla Radio Network. For the next show I’ll be back again but, after three shows of focusing on 2018, next time I’ll be focusing predominantly on 2019 music, so I hope you’ll join me for that.

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Episode 175: Best of 2015, Top 31 pt 3

This is the 175th edition of the Epileptic Gibbon podcast music show and the playlist to accompany it. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN. The show is also available via Mixcloud here and the Progzilla Radio Network (the show is now appearing on Progzilla in alternate weeks). My review of the musical year of 2015 continues, as does my countdown of my favourite albums and releases of last year, & we’ve finally reached my favourite 10 albums of 2015, counting down from 10 to 1, so again there won’t be a feature album but there will be two tracks from each of the releases I have picked out. Overall you can expect the usual eclectic musical mix but from 10 remarkable albums – the very best of the best of 2015, as far I’m concerned. Below you’ll find the track list, plus weblinks from where you can find more information about each artist.

Total running time: 2 hours & 30 minutes. Downloaded file is 137.5 MB.

1. The Magnet (6:07) – The Tea Club (Taken from the album ‘Grappling’; see www.theteaclub.net/, digital.theteaclub.net/ & www.facebook.com/theteaclubband/)

2. Wasp In A Wig (6:16) – The Tea Club (Taken from the album ‘Grappling’; see see www.theteaclub.net/, digital.theteaclub.net/ & www.facebook.com/theteaclubband/)

3. Until All The Ghosts Are Gone (5:07) – Anekdoten (Taken from the album ‘Until All The Ghosts Are Gone’; see www.anekdoten.se/, anekdoten.bandcamp.com/releaseswww.facebook.com/anekdoten)

4. Our Days Are Numbered (8:36) – Anekdoten (Taken from the album ‘Until All The Ghosts Are Gone’; see www.anekdoten.se/, anekdoten.bandcamp.com/releaseswww.facebook.com/anekdoten)

5. Library Song (6:48) – Thieves’ Kitchen (Taken from the album The Clockwork Universe’; see thieveskitchen.wordpress.com/, themerchdesk.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=136_135, thieveskitchen.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/thieveskitchen)

6. Railway Time (7:39) – Thieves’ Kitchen (Taken from the album The Clockwork Universe’; see thieveskitchen.wordpress.com/, themerchdesk.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=136_135, thieveskitchen.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/thieveskitchen)

7. Mousse Roll (5:04) – Goblin (Taken from the album ‘Four of a Kind’; see www.goblinofficial.com/ & www.goblinweb.com/)

8. Kingdom (5:34) – Goblin (Taken from the album ‘Four of a Kind’; see www.goblinofficial.com/ & www.goblinweb.com/)

9. Starfire (8:47) – Jaga Jazzist (Taken from the album ‘Starfire′; see ninjatune.net/artist/jaga-jazzistsoundcloud.com/jagajazzist & www.facebook.com/jagajazzist)

10. Shinkansen (7:43) – Jaga Jazzist (Taken from the album ‘Starfire′; see ninjatune.net/artist/jaga-jazzistsoundcloud.com/jagajazzist & www.facebook.com/jagajazzist)

11. Once I Get Mine (5:40) – Echolyn (Taken from the album I Heard You Listening’; see www.echolyn.com/echolyn.bandcamp.com, www.cdbaby.com/Artist/echolyn & www.facebook.com/echolynband)

12. All the Time We’re Given (7:59) – Echolyn (Taken from the album I Heard You Listening’; see www.echolyn.com/echolyn.bandcamp.com, www.cdbaby.com/Artist/echolyn & www.facebook.com/echolynband)

13. I Heard them on the Harbor (5:55) – Monobody (Taken from the album ‘Monobody’; see nakedallyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/monobodynakedallyrecords.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/pages/Monobody/657940887646169)

14. Gilgamesh (R-Texas) (6:18) – Monobody (Taken from the album ‘Monobody’; see nakedallyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/monobodynakedallyrecords.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/pages/Monobody/657940887646169)

15. Distant Buzzing (3:27) – William D Drake (Taken from the album ‘Revere Reach’; see williamddrake.wordpress.com & williamddrake.bandcamp.com)

16. Revere Reach (5:50) – William D Drake (Taken from the album ‘Revere Reach’; see williamddrake.wordpress.com & williamddrake.bandcamp.com)

17. Beloved (5:41) – Firefly Burning (Taken from the album ‘Skeleton Hill’; see www.fireflyburning.co.uk/, fireflyburning.bandcamp.com/ & en-gb.facebook.com/fireflyburning)

18. Pioneer (5:08) – Firefly Burning (Taken from the album ‘Skeleton Hill’; see www.fireflyburning.co.uk/, fireflyburning.bandcamp.com/ & en-gb.facebook.com/fireflyburning)

19. Desolation Song (6:28) – Sanguine Hum (Taken from the album ‘Now We Have Light’; see www.cherryred.co.uk/, troopersforsound.com/catalogue/ & www.facebook.com/SanguineHum)

20. End of the Line (9:22) – Sanguine Hum (Taken from the album ‘Now We Have Light’; see www.cherryred.co.uk/, troopersforsound.com/catalogue/ & www.facebook.com/SanguineHum)

Thanks to all the musicians who contributed and to all listeners. Send us comments if you like what you hear (or even if you don’t… feedback is so important!). If you want to keep up to date with news about the show, EppyFest, or just chat with other listeners, don’t forget that there’s a Facebook group – just search for the Eppy Gibbon Podcast Show on Facebook and request to join, plus don’t forget that we’re now part of the Progzilla Radio Network. I’ll be back for the next show with something rather different, providing a break from my review of 2015. I hope you’ll join me then.

Episode 165: Man With Two Shadows

This is the 165th edition of the Epileptic Gibbon podcast music show and the playlist to accompany it. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN. The show is also available via Mixcloud here and soon via the Progzilla Radio Network (the show is now appearing on Progzilla in alternate weeks). We have another eclectic show for you this time, featuring an interview with the American band Monobody, & their self-titled debut album is this show’s feature album. We’ll also have tracks from some other 2015 releases, a few blasts from the past, plus a couple of tributes to people who have sadly passed on recently. Below you’ll find the track list, plus weblinks from where you can find more information about each artist.

Total running time: 2 hours & 7 minutes. Downloaded file is 116 MB.

1. Race: In (4:51) – Battles (Taken from the album ‘Mirrored; see bttls.com/, warp.net/artists/battles/ & www.facebook.com/battlestheband)

2. Black Forest (Lorelei) (4:46) – Mercury Rev (Taken from the album The Secret Migration’; see  www.mercuryrev.com/ & www.facebook.com/MercuryRev?ref=ts)

3. Lamentation (4:02) – The White Birch (Taken from the album ‘The Weight of Spring’; see label.glitterhouse.com/artists.php?show=38 & www.facebook.com/thewhitebirch)

4. Corycian Fire (5:47) – Steve Hackett (Taken from the album ‘Wolflight’; see www.hackettsongs.com/ & www.facebook.com/Steve-Hackett-123101228589/)

5. A Little Act of Defiance (7:13) – Doris Brendel & Lee Dunham (Taken from the album ‘Upside Down World’; see www.dorisbrendel.com/ & www.facebook.com/Doris-Brendel-130204340368274/?ref=hl)

6. Optical Delusion (3:32) – Box of Shamans (Taken from the album ‘Belief and Illusion’; see  10trecords.com/artists/genres/progressive-experimental/box-of-shamans/ & www.facebook.com/BoxOfShamans)

7. Nor’easter (5:08) – Tobin Mueller (Taken from the album ‘Flow: The Music of J. S. Bach and Tobin Mueller’; see www.tobinmueller.com/, www.cdbaby.com/cd/tobinmueller24 & itunes.apple.com/us/artist/tobin-mueller/id97659025)

Interview with members of the band Monobody…

8. Derek’s Journey (5:38) – Renaissance Sound (Taken from the EP ‘Renaissance Sound′; see  renaissancesound.bandcamp.com/album/renaissance-sound, www.facebook.com/Renaissance-Sound-111105862306572/ & nakedallyrecords.bandcamp.com/)

9. Curry Courier Career (8:11) – Monobody (Taken from the album ‘Monobody’; see nakedallyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/monobodynakedallyrecords.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/pages/Monobody/657940887646169)

10. Country Doctor (4:15) – Monobody (Taken from the album ‘Monobody’; see nakedallyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/monobodynakedallyrecords.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/pages/Monobody/657940887646169)

11. Sorceress (7:34) – Return To Forever (Taken from the album ‘Romantic Warrior’; see return2forever.com/ & chickcorea.com/)

12. I Walked (5:01) – Sufjan Stevens (Taken from the album ‘The Age of Adz; see sufjan.com/)

13. Exformation (5:20) – Monobody (Taken from the album ‘Monobody’; see nakedallyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/monobodynakedallyrecords.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/pages/Monobody/657940887646169)

14. Troyka Smash (2:53) – Troyka (Taken from the album ‘Ornithophobia; see www.troyka.co.uk/www.facebook.com/troykaband)

15. Collidescope (4:47) – Auragami (Taken from the album ‘Year of the Swan’; see auragami.tumblr.com/)

16. Seahouses (4:08) – Troyka (Taken from the album ‘Ornithophobia; see www.troyka.co.uk/www.facebook.com/troykaband)

17. The Current Beneath The Squarewave (5:56) – Necromonkey (Taken from the album ‘Show Me Where It Hertz’; see www.facebook.com/pages/Necromonkey/109218875773387www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9rJHjj8tNM & soundcloud.com/necromonkey)

18. October Sun (5:25) – Matt Berry (Taken from the album ‘Kill the Wolf’; see www.themattberry.co.uk/ & www.facebook.com/mattberrymusic)

The final two tracks are part of the feature, ‘The 80s Weren’t All Rubbish You Know!’ & are also tributes to the recently departed Jim Diamond & Gail Zappa…

19. I Won’t Let You Down (4:03) – Ph.D. (Taken from the album ‘Ph.D.’; see jimdiamond.squarespace.com/phd/ & www.facebook.com/jimdiamondmusic)

20. What’s New In Baltimore? (5:20) – Frank Zappa (Taken from the album ‘Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention’; see www.zappa.com/ & www.facebook.com/Zappa)

Thanks to all the musicians who contributed and to all listeners too, but a special thanks to the members of Monobody for their contributions to the interview and their musical selections. Send me comments if you like what you hear (or even if you don’t… feedback is so important!). If you want to keep up to date with news about the show, EppyFest, or just chat with other listeners, don’t forget that there’s a Facebook group – just search for the Eppy Gibbon Podcast Show on Facebook and request to join, plus don’t forget that we’re now part of the Progzilla Radio Network. Coming soon, a new show from the despicable Count Eppy Gibbon who will be celebrating Halloween belatedly, so I hope you’ll join him for a show filled with witches, ghosts, murders and goblins.