ALBUM REVIEW: (HED) P.E. – Class of 2020

(HED) P.E. releases a solidly decent album with Class of 2020 (Suburban Noize Records). The band, hailing from Southern California, truly embodies the eclectic skater vibe of the area. The album is a mix of rock, funk, and rap. Jared Gomes, Jeremiah Stratton, Kurt Blankenship, DJ Blackard, and Chad Benekos are a tight outfit, and Class of 2020 has no wasted riffage. 

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Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon Classic “Eclipse” Featured in First Trailer for “Dune” 

Dune, the classic sci-fi and fantasy property is coming back strong IN 2020 with a new version out this December. The first full trailer just dropped and it features a familiar song to Pink Floyd fans! The final track of Dark Side of The Moon, their all-time progressive rock classic, “Eclipse” can be heard in the trailer, with its especially prophetic lyrics about the human condition drawing a direct parallel to the deeper context of the book the film was based on. Those unfamiliar with Dune should delve into the book, the subject of many prog and metal albums, and an inspiration for Star Wars too! Dune is directed by Denis Villeneuve with a screenplay by Jon Spaihts, Villeneuve, and Eric Roth and stars an ensemble cast including Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya Coleman, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem. Dune is scheduled to be released in the United States in IMAX and 3D on December 18, 2020, by Warner Bros. Pictures. Watch the trailer now! Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 121: Gina Gleason of Baroness Talks Livestreaming and Writing New Music

We caught up with Gina Gleason of Baroness to discuss their upcoming Gold & Grey full album Livestream event on September 10th, 2020 (buy tickets here), and a bunch of other stuff in the Baroness universe. She chatted about how she and the band have been coping under lockdown with no touring, how her town of Philadelphia is fairing with the virus and protests, her thoughts on live streaming and the success of some bands such as Code Orange, how the band writes together, the depth of Gold & Grey (Abraxan Hymns), why that album lends itself to a full album performance, how much new material the band has been working on during this time, the influence of Pink Floyd‘s Live At Pompei film had on the album, the need for artists spaces live Culture Lab LIC at The Plaxall Gallery, her covers jams with Two Minutes To Late Night, and much more. Buy Gold & Grey here and check out our chat. Continue reading

Alan Parker, Director of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” Has Died, Age 76

Legendary British filmmaker Alan Parker, who directed such classics as Midnight Express, Evita, Mississippi Burning, Bugsy, and also immense music related films such as Fame, The Commitments, and  Pink Floyd’s The Wall, has died. He was 76 years old. A statement from the director’s family says Parker died Friday in London after a long illness. We send our condolences to his family at this time.

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INTERVIEW: Part II with Arjen Lucassen on Ayreon, Rock Operas, Vin Diesel, and Star Trek

Ghost Cult scribe Lorraine Lysen caught up with the great Arjen Lucassen of Ayreon for a wide-ranging interview a few months ago. They chatted about The Electric Castle Live project, the visuals of Ayreon Universe live, working with John de Lancie, rock operas, concept albums, Vin Diesel, Star Trek TNG, upcoming new music, and much more. 
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Roger Waters Concert Film “Us and Them” Coming This Month

Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters will release a concert movie shot during his sold-out ROGER WATERS: US + THEM  worldwide tour of 2017-2018. Us and Them is being released via 4K, HD and SD Digital, EST & TVOD on the 16th of June via Sony Pictures Entertainment. The tour comprised of a total of 156 shows to 2.3 million people across the globe, it features classic songs from The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Animals, Wish You Were Here, as well as his most recent album, Is This The Life We Really Want? The film was directed by Sean Evans. Viewers on digital will have access to all-new post-feature content including two additional concert songs not included in the original feature (“Comfortably Numb” and “Smell the Roses”) as well as A Fleeting Glimpse, a documentary short featuring behind-the-scenes moments from the tour. Roger recently lashed out in the press at David Gilmour of Pink Floyd for not allowing him partner access to Pink Floyd’s website and fan community access via social media. Except for the full band reunion at Live 8 in 2005, Roger Waters Was legally separated from Pink Floyd in a court case in the mid-1980s where we argued in court and lost that he “was Pink Floyd”. Watch the trailer now! Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Elder – Omens

Did you daydream as a kid? Just stare off into nothing and let your imagination run wild? I did. A lot of my early childhood was spent amazed at what my mind could cook up with if I had a lack of books or toys, and before my soul was captured by music. Laying on my back in the grass, seeing shapes in the clouds or constellations at night, that was pure happiness as a kid. I never really stopped chasing that vibe as an adult, because I still drift off and let my brainwaves go crazy. Expect nowadays my field is my headphones and a turntable, and the clouds my mind is chasing down are inside of my eyelids, and not the sky. If you are looking for the ultimate “drop out, tune in, and turn on”  soundtrack for 2020, it is definitely going to be Elder’s new opus, Omens (Armageddon Shop/Stickman Records). Continue reading

Pink Floyd Joins the YouTube Film Festival Starting Today with 90-Minute “Pulse” Concert

Pink Floyd are engaging their fan community hardcore, even in retirement, and even in a pandemic! Starting tonight on Pink Floyd’s YouTube channel ar 5pm today UK time (12pm EST), they will participate in the @YouTube Film Festival starting with a screening of their celebrated live concert recording Pulse. Watch at the link below and set a reminder! Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: CB3 – Aeons

CB3 (aka Charlottas Burning Trio), and expansive space-rock outfit hailing from Sweden’s Malmo, recently released their new album, Aeons and delivered another healthy dose of accessible hazy instrumental jams. This, their fourth album, which was partially funded through Kickstarter, is the band’s first with The Sign Records. It sees them continue their eclectic mix of spacy psychedelic rock sprinkled with moments of jazz and occasional stoner riffs. Continue reading