Prog Rock

Porcupine Tree – Royal Albert Hall 14/10/10

It’s been a long time coming, but on Thursday October 14th Porcupine Tree played a very special sold out gig (well nearly sold out, if it wasn’t for Cliff Richard….but that’s another story) at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London. I’m sure I wasn’t the only fan sat there in the hallowed home of […]

Matt’s Playlist – June 8th 2010

Lots and lots of awesome stuff being fed into the eardrums of late, including an obscene amount of the works of Kimara Sajn and his recording projects Polyethylene Pet and +1, as well as some wonderful 20th century classical discoveries and more (we’ll add the pics just as soon as our server starts behaving itself!): […]

Seven Great Sequencer Moments

  That fairly unassuming collection of knobs and circuits above is an analogue sequencer. A device created to allow a musician to…well, basically sit back and generally not do an awful lot. Simply put, each row of switches above is designated to one note generated by a synthesizer with the possibility to then build up […]

Matt’s Playlist March 25th

1. Autechre – Oversteps (2010) 2. Autechre – Amber (1994) 3. Peter Hammill – A Black Box (1980) 4. Belbury Poly – The Willows (2005) 5. The Necks – Hanging Gardens (2002) 6. Miles Davis – Bitches Brew (1969) 7. Genesis – And Then There Were Three (1978) 8. Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down […]

Matt’s Playlist 27th February

1. Squarepusher – Just a Souvenir (2008) 2. Steven Wilson – Cover Versions 1 to 6 (2010) 3. Kimara Sajn – Life Stories (2009) 4. Pat Metheny – Orchestrion (2010) 5. Anthony Phillips – Private Parts and Pieces (the whole lot…all 10 of em!) 6. Genesis – Selling England By The Pound (1973…not the remixed […]

Frank Zappa: Halloween

A few years back, it was possible via the website to send an email to the Vaultmeister Joe Travers asking about upcoming releases. One such email sent by me enquired about the possibility of L. Shankar being featured on any future albums. A reply came back informing me that my world would be “rocked” […]

The Prog/Punk Divide

A regular discussion point for us when beavering away in the studio is often that ludicrous notion that all music prior to the punk explosion in 1976/77 was crap, and in particular Prog. Amazingly, the “thank God for Punk” branch of journalism is still with us, but not in this podcast here: Listen from […]


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