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Friday, Oct 31, 2014
As a tribute to a recently departed fan, Steven Wilson and Mariusz Duda (of Lunatic Soul and Riverside fame) have teamed up for the gorgeous song "The Old Peace".

Prog giants Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, No-Man) and Mariusz Duda (Lunatic Soul, Riverside) have teamed up in recording a new song, “The Old Peace”. The track is a tribute to a recently departed fan of Wilson and Duda’s; the proceeds from the sale of the single will go cancer related charities.


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Friday, Oct 31, 2014
We were dreaming when we wrote this, so sue us if it goes astray. The Purple One’s 1982 breakthrough is the 199th most acclaimed album of all time, and it’s the subject of this week’s Counterbalance. All the hippies sing together.

Klinger: I can’t remember where I parked my car, but I think I’ll always remember the first time I saw Prince on MTV. It was the “Little Red Corvette” video, and I was watching it on a black and white portable TV in my room. (I want to say I was drawn in by all the glimpses of scantily clad ladies, but now I’m thinking that was the “1999” video. Also I have no idea how my dad got a portable black and white TV hooked up to cable.) I would have been about 14, I guess, and I immediately realized that this guy was a rock star, and he was what was going to be next. I didn’t exactly get on board as a fan — in fact, I was probably a little alarmed by what I perceived as a non-white, not-conventionally-masculine threat to the rock hegemony — but when Prince pulled off that astonishing dance move about halfway through the video, I knew that things were about to change.


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The Last Door is Lovecraftian in every way that a story can be. It captures the mood, the intellectual curiosity, and the slow burn escalation of dread that typifies the best of Lovecraft.

Usually, when someone uses the term “Lovecraftian” to describe a work of horror, it’s meant to describe the antagonistic presence that drives the story. It’s shorthand for “ancient unknown evil.” But there’s more to Lovecraft than Cthullu, and The Last Door, a point-and-click adventure game by Spanish developer The Game Kitchen, is Lovecraftian in every way that a story can be. It captures the mood, the intellectual curiosity, and the slow burn escalation of dread that typifies the best of Lovecraft.


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Thursday, Oct 30, 2014
Pain of Salvation, one of Sweden's best musical exports, has just released a nostalgic, home movie-esque video for the acoustic version of "1979", from the forthcoming acoustic album Falling Home.

Following 2011’s excellent Road Salt Two, the Swedish progressive rock band Pain of Salvation spent many years touring its new music. Just recently, the group announced its newest release, Falling Home, an album that finds it reinterpreting new and old material in the Pain of Salvation catalogue with acoustic instruments. Below you can watch the video for “1979”, the tender piano ballad at the center of Road Salt Two, here given a fine reimagining in its acoustic version. The song’s video treatment, a collage of home video footage, is especially fitting given the the nostalgia of the lyrics.


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Thursday, Oct 30, 2014
Stripped-down and intimate, The Shark, the debut album by Brendan Hangauer's solo project Empty Moon, evokes many images with few sonic ingredients.

Emtpy Moon is the name of singer/songwriter Brendan Hangauer’s recently formed solo project, which he devised after departing the band Fourth of July, with whom he spent ten years making three records with. Part of that departure also included moving from Lawrence, Kansas to Oakland, California. Joined by Jason Quever of Papercuts in the recording process, Hangauer crafted the LP The Shark, a stripped-down collection of primarily acoustic tunes. With sonic parallels including alt-country (“High Hopes”) and Bay Area indie folk (“Far Away”), The Shark signals a step in a new direction for Hangauer.


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