Ep. #328: December Music Mixer

JollyWe spent the first portion of this month’s music mixer talking about the band Jolly, and their deployment of a new business model using Patreon. You can check out this exciting new way to support bands here.

Next up on the discussion was the new Steven Wilson EP and tour. The initial information on the EP can be seen below, and newer tour dates and information is being released regularly on his facebook page here.

22nd January will see the release of a new Steven Wilson album “4 ½”, so titled because it forms an interim release between Steven’s recently released fourth album Hand. Cannot. Erase. and the next studio album.

4 ½ comprises 6 tracks with a total running time of 37 minutes. 4 of the songs originated during the sessions for Hand. Cannot. Erase., and one from the recording sessions for the previous album The Raven that Refused to Sing. The final track is a version of Don’t Hate Me, a song originally recorded by Porcupine Tree in 1998, and is based on a live recording made on the recent tour of Europe with additional recording later done in the studio. The vocals on this new version are sung as a duet between Steven and Ninet Tayeb.

Also appearing on the album are members of Steven’s band over the last few years; Adam Holzman, Nick Beggs, Guthrie Govan (Official), Dave Kilminster, Craig Blundell, Marco Minnemann, Chad Wackerman, and Theo Travis.

4 ½ will be released by Kscope on CD, 180 gram vinyl, and blu-ray, with all formats housed in a beautiful die-cut sleeve photographed by Lasse Hoile and designed by Carl Glover. The blu-ray (audio only) edition includes high res stereo, a 5.1 mix of the album, and a bonus 5.1 mix of the new version of Lazarus (recently included on the Transience vinyl compilation). The vinyl edition will include a download code for the album in a choice of FLAC or mp3. The album will also be available digitally on 22nd January from iTunes, Amazon.com, Google Play & Apple Music.

Steven Wilson – “4 ½”

1. My Book of Regrets (9.23)
2. Year of the Plague (4.15)
3. Happiness III (4.31)
4. Sunday Rain Sets In (3.50)
5. Vermillioncore (5.09)
6. Don’t Hate Me (9.34)

Next on the docket was a hypothetical look to the future and the next Transatlantic tour. The band has used both Ted Leonard and Daniel Gildenlow on previous tours as the extra man, so the question is, who does the band turn to on the next tour?

Then we turned our attention to Blind Guardian, their latest album Beyond the Red Mirror, and the subsequent tour. In a rare occurrence, Mason got to see this tour, and so did Joe, so Nick was the odd man out of that discussion. Of course we all gave some input on the album itself, which can be purchased here.

What came next was a general discussion on the merits of waiting in line before shows, or tailgating, as it pertains to meeting other fans and fantastic people. That tied in nicely to an event that had plenty of waiting, Cruise to the Edge 2015. In that discussion we talked about the number of guests compared to the total the ship could hold, and further research has found the double occupancy capacity of the Norwegian Pearl is 2,394. However it should be noted that cabins can, and will often have more than 2 people in them.

Finally, we talked about the first song released from the new Dream Theater album, The Astonishing. You can check out the video for “The Gift of Music” video below, and the interview we referenced during the show here.

Thanks for listening, and we will see you again in January! If you have anything you’d like us to discuss, please leave a comment or hit the email button at the top of the page!

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