Ah prog. My beloved and maligned genre… so near and dear to my hearticles. Oh how the critics of the world hate you so, with your mixy-mashy time changes, your whimsical & fantastical lyrics about space & trees & rainbows & unicorns & shit…
Add in your tendency to write 20 minute movements instead 3 minute verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus songs…. OH how I love thee so. You come in so many shapes & sizes, from jazz to classical to metal to psychedelic to math to, occasional, borderline pop. Sometimes, you are easy to spot in a crowd with your moog-flag flying loud and high, other times you sneak in with just a few flavour crystals here and there, peppered around & in a seemingly simple song. I think that’s one thing I love so much about you. You are at once, easily defined & undefinable! Maybe it’s because we relate so well to each other…. whatever the reason, though the hey days of King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, & ELP may be long gone, you are still alive & well today.
Last week, we bad a lot of fun exploring the “prog” tag down in bandcamp, so many wonderful unknown gems floating around on this great intertube of super info highways…. I left that post inspired. As I’m usually want to do after a bite of prog, it was time to let my prog flag fly high and proud! And what better way to do that than a brand-spanking new prog mixtape??
There is literally no better way.
So I did but here’s the problem. Prog songs, as we all know, are notoriously long, which makes making mixtapes that fit within “society’s definition” of a normal mixtape length…. challenging. I remember back in my youngin’ mixtaperin’ years, building that epic comp for a friends or someone cutie I had a crush on, wanting to put in at least 1 prog song, but finding that in an hour long mixtape, devoting one third of it to one song, well, it can limit you.
Well THANK THE LARDY LARD FOR DEM INTERNETS!!!
Yep, the digital age & shit. Mixtapes can be as long as you have a gigabyte to stick it in. The possibilities are……. prog-a-licious!
So, with that being said and with this being done and a mixtape to be listenerined to, we built ourselves one DOOZY of a mammer jammer. Epic & insanely ridiculous. Prog. And, in true prog fashion, we drop this bad boy in one 2-hour long single MASSIVE mp3.
BLAMO. In yer proggy face!
Now, you may be excited or cringing, that’s up to you, but if you can make it through it — if you dare, that is — I’ve got a reward for you. The first person who can list the track listing in the comments will win, not only Nudiezine Issue No. 5 but also the newest edition to our nudiezine family, the 99 cent MINI!
Honestly. I don’t think anyone will do it. 2 hours of prog, a couple songs that may require a little “previous tsuru post” research, yeah, it’ll take a brave brave soul to get that tracklisting done.
You think you got the skillset, my friend? Let’s find out as…
Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Go ride yer bikes, go take lots of pictures, and we’ll see you before long…