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 125: EppyFest 3 Preview

This is the 125th edition of the Epileptic Gibbon podcast music show and the playlist to accompany it. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN. You can also listen via Mixcloud here. This is a special edition of the show looking ahead to this year’s EppyFest 3 live event at the Lansdown Hall in Stroud on Saturday July 5th. There will be tracks from all six of the acts on the bill: I Am Your AutopilotThe Fierce and The Dead, Thumpermonkey, Andy Pickford, Henry Fool & the headlining act, Flutatious. In addition, the feature album for this show is Sleep Furiously’ by the aforementioned Thumpermonkey so you’ll hear three tracks from that. You’ll also hear tracks from a few non-EppyFest acts including Mark Hollis, Jethro Tull, Trojan Horse & Bubblemath. Below you’ll find the track list, plus weblinks to where you can find more information about each artist and EppyFest.

Total running time: 2 hours and 19 minutes. Downloaded file is 127.7 MB.

1. TV Paid Off (3:07) – Bubblemath (Taken from the album ‘Such Fine Particles of the Universe′; see bubblemath.bandcamp.com/, www.cdbaby.com/cd/bubblemath & www.facebook.com/bubblemath)

2. Not Come And Find Me (4:02) – Eat Your Robot (Taken from the album ‘That Winning Smile Of Dinner’; see eatyourrobot.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/EatYourRobot)

3. River Song (6:04) – Coalition (Taken from the forthcoming album ‘Bridge Across Time’; see www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTOQufh6wWk&feature=youtu.bewww.reverbnation.com/stevegresswell & www.cdbaby.com/Artist/Coalition5)

4. The Stillness of the Sea (4:10) – I Am Your Autopilot (Taken from the album ‘The Stillness of the Sea’; see www.iamyourautopilot.com/, iamyourautopilot.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/IAmYourAutopilot)

For more details about EppyFest, including buying tickets, go to eppyfest.co.uk/

5. 666…6 (4:45) – The Fierce & The Dead (Taken from the ‘On VHSEP; see www.fierceandthedead.com/, thefierceandthedead.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/fierceandthedead?fref=ts)

6. Sleeve (5:28) – Thumpermonkey (Taken from the album ‘Sleep Furiously’; see thumpermonkey.com/, thumpermonkey.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/pages/Thumpermonkey/18593072451?fref=ts)

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

7. Broadsword (4:51) – Jethro Tull (Taken from the album The Broadsword And The Beast; see jethrotull.com/www.facebook.com/officialjethrotull)

8. Just Passin Thru – Secrets (11:37) – Andy Pickford (Taken from the album ‘Lughnasad’; see www.andypickfordmusic.com/, andypickford1.bandcamp.com, & www.facebook.com/AndyPickfordMusic)

9. The Rhetorician (3:16) – Thumpermonkey (Taken from the album ‘Sleep Furiously’; see thumpermonkey.com/, thumpermonkey.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/pages/Thumpermonkey/18593072451?fref=ts)

10. Man Singing (6:43) – Henry Fool (Taken from the album ‘Men Singing’; see www.henryfool.com/www.burningshed.com/store/henryfool/ & www.facebook.com/pages/Henry-Fool/535600633125755)

11. Open Window (6:57) – Flutatious (Taken from the album ‘333’; see www.flutatious.co.uk/ & www.facebook.com/flutatious)

12. Slide Rules (4:54) – Andy Pickford (This track is not currently available but for more information about Andy’s music see www.andypickfordmusic.com/, andypickford1.bandcamp.com, & www.facebook.com/AndyPickfordMusic)

13. Airside (3:33) – I Am Your Autopilot (Taken from the album ‘Robots in the Orchestra’; see www.iamyourautopilot.com/, iamyourautopilot.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/IAmYourAutopilot)

14. Direct (6:57) – Thumpermonkey (Taken from the album ‘Sleep Furiously’; see thumpermonkey.com/, thumpermonkey.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/pages/Thumpermonkey/18593072451?fref=ts)

15. I Like It, I’m Into It (4:08) – The Fierce And The Dead (Taken from the album Spooky Action; see www.fierceandthedead.com/, thefierceandthedead.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/fierceandthedead?fref=ts)

16. Horny (5:55) – Flutatious (Taken from the album ‘333’; see www.flutatious.co.uk/ & www.facebook.com/flutatious)

17. Chic Hippo (13:24) – Henry Fool (Taken from the album ‘Men Singing’; see www.henryfool.com/www.burningshed.com/store/henryfool/ & www.facebook.com/pages/Henry-Fool/535600633125755)

18. The Watershed (5:45) – Mark Hollis (Taken from the album Mark Hollis; see users.cybercity.dk/~bcc11425/)

19. Cloudwatching 2012 (8:27) – Andy Pickford (Taken from ‘EP#02: Casablanco’, and the original version can be found on the album ‘Replicant’; see www.andypickfordmusic.com/, andypickford1.bandcamp.com, & www.facebook.com/AndyPickfordMusic)

20. Paper Bells (Single Edit) (5:44) – Trojan Horse (Taken from the CD single Paper Bells; see trojanhorse.bandcamp.com/, www.trojanhorseuk.com/ & www.facebook.com/trojanhorseuk)

Many thanks as always to all the bands, musicians and listeners who make this podcast possible. Please leave a comment if you like what you hear (or even if you don’t… feedback is so important!) or if you want to have your say on anything else connected to this podcast. If you want to keep up to date with news about this podcast, 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. The next show will see my occasional guest presenters Daniel & Rebsie sitting in for me so I hope you’ll come back for that and I’ll be back in May. And don’t forget to buy tickets for EppyFest via eppyfest.co.uk/

Episode 108: Best of 2012; my top 21 countdown, pt2

This is the 108th edition of the Epileptic Gibbon podcast music show and the playlist to accompany it. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN. You can also listen via Mixcloud here. This edition of the show represents the fifth (of five) of my rather delayed ‘Best of 2012’ shows, and finally features the second half of my top 21 countdown of my very favourite releases of last year, otherwise known as my top 10. There’s no feature album this time around, just lots of great music from the UK, the US, & Canada. Below you’ll find the track list, plus weblinks to where you can find more information about each artist.

Total running time: 1 hour & 31 minutes. Downloaded file is 82.9 MB.

Please note: The tracks below are in order of appearance on the show, not in countdown order of my favourite albums of last year.  This show covers albums 10-1.

1. Exit Strategy (4:15) – She Makes War (Taken from the album ‘Little Battles’; see shemakeswar.com/, shemakeswar.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/SheMakesWar?fref=ts)

2. Magpie Heart (3:34) – She Makes War (Taken from the album ‘Little Battles’; see shemakeswar.com/, shemakeswar.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/SheMakesWar?fref=ts)

For a chance to win a copy of either ‘Little Battles’ or the first She Makes War album ‘Disarm’ just answer the following question: What is the title of the new She Makes War Audiovisual EP due out on 26th August 2013?  Then leave me a message on the Eppy Gibbon Podcast Show Facebook group or send me (Ian Fairholm) a message on Facebook with your answer and your choice of album. If you win I’ll also need a postal address. Depending on how many answers we get I may put them into a hat and pick out the winners.

3. Sleeve (5:28) – Thumpermonkey (Taken from the album ‘Sleep Furiously’; see thumpermonkey.com/, thumpermonkey.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/pages/Thumpermonkey/18593072451?fref=ts)

4. Quiet Earth (2:03) – Thumpermonkey (Taken from the album ‘Sleep Furiously’; see thumpermonkey.com/, thumpermonkey.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/pages/Thumpermonkey/18593072451?fref=ts)

If you’d like to vote for Thumpermonkey, or indeed any of the other nominees in this year’s Progressive Music awards, you can do so via awards.progrockmag.com/?ns_campaign=BM_progawards13&ns_mchannel=hb&ns_source=prog&ns_linkname=hammerdirectionals&ns_fee=0 (but you only have until August 14th 2013)

5. Silver Rays (3:51) – Django Django (Taken from the album ‘Django Django’; see www.djangodjango.co.uk/soundcloud.com/djangodjango & www.facebook.com/thedjangos?fref=ts)

6. Of the waves (2:53) – Hobson’s Choice (Taken from the album ‘Of The Waves’; see www.hobsonschoicemusic.com/, www.cdbaby.com/cd/hobsonschoice12 & hobsonschoicemusic.bandcamp.com/album/of-the-waves)

7. Shapeshifter (4:37) – Hobson’s Choice (Taken from the album ‘Of The Waves’; see www.hobsonschoicemusic.com/, www.cdbaby.com/cd/hobsonschoice12 & hobsonschoicemusic.bandcamp.com/album/of-the-waves)

8. Morning Person (2:54) – MoeTar (Taken from the album ‘From These Small Seeds’; see www.moetar.com/, magnacarta.net/moetar/ & www.facebook.com/MoeTar)

9. Friction (3:08) – MoeTar (Taken from the album ‘From These Small Seeds’; see www.moetar.com/, magnacarta.net/moetar/ & www.facebook.com/MoeTar)

10. Release (5:07) – Stratospheerius (Taken from the album ‘The Next World…’; see stratospheerius.com/, stratospheerius.bandcamp.com/music & www.facebook.com/stratospheerius)

11. Terminus (4:22) – The Gasman (Taken from the album ‘Hiding Place’; see www.gasmanmusic.com/hidingplace.html, www.thegenepool.co.uk/items/854.htm & www.facebook.com/pages/The-Gasman/28792488970)

12. Summoned By Bells (9:17) – Big Big Train (Taken from the album ‘English Electric Part 1’; see www.bigbigtrain.com/, bigbigtrain.bandcamp.com/album/english-electric-part-one & www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Big-Train/203751903023821)

12. Before We Bow Down (4:28) – Sanguine Hum (Taken from the album ‘Live In America’; see sanguinehum.bandcamp.com/album/live-in-america, www.esotericrecordings.com/sanguinehum.html, troopersforsound.com/catalogue/sanguine-hum-live-in-america/www.facebook.com/pages/Sanguine-Hum/148914338483750?directed_target_id=0)

13. Tonic For The Snoring (4:19) – Sanguine Hum (Taken from the album ‘Diving Bell’; see www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=3567, www.esotericrecordings.com/sanguinehum.html, troopersforsound.com/www.facebook.com/pages/Sanguine-Hum/148914338483750?directed_target_id=0)

14. Visitor (3:48) – Hundred Waters (Taken from the album ‘Hundred Waters’; see www.hundred-waters.com/soundcloud.com/hundredwaters & www.facebook.com/100waters)

15. Thistle (4:33) – Hundred Waters (Taken from the album Hundred Waters; see www.hundred-waters.com/soundcloud.com/hundredwaters & www.facebook.com/100waters)

Congrats to the 10 bands/acts above that helped to make 2012 such a top year for music. Also, many thanks to everyone involved with this show, musicians and listeners alike. Please leave a comment if you like what you hear (or even if you don’t… feedback is so important!) or if you want to have your say on anything else connected to this podcast. 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 – you can also take part in the She Makes War competition via Facebook. With the next show we’ll be back to normal (or as normal as we get!), focusing mainly on 2013 releases, but with a smattering of older tracks too, including a terrific feature album. I do hope you’ll come back for that.