The Artist Strikes Back: T Bone takes on Big Tech

This is a great talk by multiple Grammy and Oscar winner Joseph Henry “T Bone” Burnett about the threats posed by digital technology. You can read the talk in full text, but don’t miss the video version below, because after the talk ends at around 35 minutes, the Q&A section is excellent, and he has lots of great comments about music today (for example, listen in at the 45-minute mark, if you need convincing). Highly recommended.

Video: Delain — “Nothing Left” (Live) @delainmusic

Check out this video of a fantastic live performance by Delain which is also found on their new album:

Charlotte Wessels of DELAIN on the new video: ‘2019 marks 10 years since we first released “Nothing Left” on April Rain. Nowadays it’s a rare treat to see the track performed at one of our live shows, but it hasn’t lost any of its power in the decade that has passed. Performing “Nothing Left” together with Marco Hietala was one of the highlights of the night in Tivoli, and in fact, the entire show felt like a highlight; it was one of my favourite shows of our career so far. You can relive the night through our new EP/Blu-Ray Hunter’s Moon. As it was the first time we did an entire tour with Marco as a guest, all songs featuring him, including Queen cover “Scandal” are included, and the video for “Nothing Left” is now available on Youtube. We hope you enjoy it!’

Napalm Records comments: ‘Without a doubt: Delain belong to the golden spear head of Symphonic Metal! After last year’s release of their very first live album the Netherlanders present another live masterpiece – including four brand new studio tracks! Hunter’s Moon consists of this fresh material, a live album and a live Blue-Ray disc. The catchy title track “Hunter’s Moon” and the larger than life orchestral “Masters of Destiny” offer a haunting preview of what Delain is working on for their next studio album, due 2019. The band’s guitarists step to the forefront in composing two tracks exclusive to this release in “This Silence Is Mine” (Timo Somers) and “Art Kills” (Merel Bechtold). The live portion of the release will take you on a cinematic journey to the Danse Macabre Tour in Utrecht’s Tivoli Vredenburg. The majority of the live album features the deep tones of Nightwish’s Marco Hietala and includes heart rendering hits like “Nothing Left,” “Your Body Is A Battleground,” and “Control The Storm”.’

Progarchy Podcast: Nick Beggs Interview

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The Progarchy Podcast interviewed Nick Beggs today, and it was a fascinating time. Take a listen to our combination of an album review and a song-by-song discussion with the artist himself:

The podcast includes a detailed discussion, for over half an hour, track-by-track, of the new album from The Mute Gods, Atheists and Believers.

Tune in if you want to hear all the details. But here are some highlights to get you excited. Listen and learn:

  • how the first track, “Atheists and Believers” is devoted to telling the true story about extraterrestrial visitors to our planet;
  • how Alex Lifeson of Rush got involved with the second track, “One Day,” and what he contributed to it;
  • how Nick’s political views on “Knucklehed” and “Iridium Heart” spare none of us, since all of us end up being knuckle-headed in the end;
  • how Nick plans to keep touring until he drops dead, after one of his joyous concerts, as a happy old geezer;
  • how “The House Where Love Once Lived” incorporates Nick’s own experiences of marriage and of being a father;
  • how “I Think of You” is connected to Nick’s own mother, who died at the age of 38, when Nick was 17 years old
  • how “Twisted World Godless Universe” involved a collaboration with a friend of Nick’s who is a Catholic nun in Finland and whose talks with her about spirituality were part of the process by which the song was generated
The Mute Gods, Atheists and Believers
1. Atheists and Believers (4:11)
2. One Day (6:35)
3. Knucklehed (6:48)
4. Envy the Dead (5:40)
5. Sonic Boom (4:47)
6. Old Men (3:45)
7. The House Where Love Once Lived (4:54)
8. Iridium Heart (6:06)
9. Twisted World Godless Universe (8:32)
10. I Think of You (6:04)
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The last time that Progarchy spoke with Nick was back in 2016, and so it was great catching up with him today. Thanks, Nick!