Greetings fellow music lovers, another year has come and gone, and though we have all seen the usual ups and downs that life delivers, music is the constant up, the soundtrack that gets us through our day. 2014 was a stellar one to say the least, with some heavy hitters putting out new work, some bands coming off long hiatuses to remind us of why we love them so, and of course some obscure bands scoured from all over the world to blow our minds and eardrums.
A little known fact about my career here at Lady Obscure, my very first review wasn’t done for a webzine, or for any other form of news media. It was written specifically for the Lady herself, years ago, in a fun little internet game that we of the nerd kind play to pass the days. The album, IQ’s Frequency, and my love for IQ possesed me as it always does, to the point where my review submitted ended up being a 3000 word dissection of their brilliant album. The Lady’s response to my review…”After reading it, the passion, flow, technical grasp and depth of the review makes you want to go out there, find everyone involved in making of the album and kiss them on their cheeks.” Needless to say, this eventually led to my signing up as a writer for our wonderful webzine, but before going all in, I had one condition.
There’s an endless list of bands I wish to see in my life, but a few are so special, and have had such an impact on my life, that they are on my bucket list. Last year, I was able to cross Peter Gabriel off the list, and he didn’t disappoint either. But this past Tuesday, I was able to make another check mark, and was finally able to catch the ever elusive Tool at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.
Two years after the release of the debut Back from Being Gone by The Anabasis, the progressive rock collaboration project of composer/multi instrumentalist Barry Thompson and writer George Andrade, the two gentlemen have finally entered the studio to begin work on The Anabasis II.
The concept behind The Anabasis Project is to provide a song framework around which the musicians would play in their own style and sound. The resulting album, Back from Being Gone, was highly received by critics, including the Lady Herself (whose review can be read here). Now Thompson and Andrade are back, and the work has begun….
Greeting fellow music lovers. As 2013 comes to a close, we at Lady Obscure Music Magazine would like to present our year end awards, as voted on by our beloved music group, Lady Obscure and the Metalheads. The voting process was simple, top three nominees for Album of the Year and Newcomer Band of the Year were submitted by fellow rockers and musicians alike, then they were carefully tallied by myself, a disgustingly honest fellow by all counts(just ask my Mom, she’ll vouch for me). Now, without further ado, here are the results…..
Newcomer Band of the Year
For anyone of my generation, an integral part of our musical upbringing was Boston, especially their debut album, which in my opinion still stands as one of the greatest debuts ever. So it is with much joy and anticipation that Boston’s first album in over ten years, Love, Life, and Hope, will be released by Frontier Records on December 6th of this year. For more information, including the key players and tracklisting, read on….
BOSTON’S HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM
LIFE, LOVE & HOPE RELEASED ON FRONTIERS IN DECEMBER
* * * * *
Band’s First Studio Album in 10-Plus Years to Be
My passion for the British band Anathema is very recent, taking its initial spark right after the release of the Weather Systems album. They were to me a name on the list of many names to be checked out later until Weather Systems exploded onto the scene. With so many people whose opinion I highly valued recommending it, I bought it without question, and was hooked after one listen. Soon after, I saw a simple post from a small metal venue in Oakland, California that simply said “Anathema/Alcest, Oct. 1”. The six months of anticipation began, and in my free listening time, I slowly worked my way through their discography.
I have a deep respect for the levels of fandom that lovers of music portray. There are bands we like, we’ll listen to them once in a while, maybe catch them live if life permits it. Then there are bands we love. We listen to them often and usually make a point to catch them when they come around. Then there are the bands we put in the fanboy/girl category. We own their complete discography, and know it word for word and note for note. We adjust all other life situations when they come to town no matter what, and if it was necessary, would probably take a bullet for them. Three days ago, Steven Wilson fell into the second category, but in the last two nights, he and the brilliant musicians playing with him on his Raven that Refused to Sing Tour made a firm argument for me putting them into the latter, never before has an artist stock gone up so high in my book in just two nights.
I hold no secrets about my love for Yes, I am the music lover I am today primarily because of them, going back to the mid seventies when I was a lad of six years old playing rock band with my older brothers to the Yessongs album. Mind you, this was old school rock band, no fancy controllers or scrolling screens to tell us when to hit the notes. We did it with tennis rackets, and did it with our ears and our hearts. I knew Yessongs inside out before I really came across any other bands, and my first large show was Yes on their 90125 tour. Since then, I have seen them numerous times, but when this tour was announced, I knew it was something special, and had to go. They were playing three albums, The Yes Album, Close to the Edge, and Going for the One in their entirety, at the amazing Warfield Theater in San Francisco. This, friends, was a must see concert for me.
Hey music lovers, I recently had a chance to post some questions to Scott Mosher, the mind behind Oceans of Night, let’s see what he had to say…