November 8, 2006 Playlist

"H to He, Who Am The Only One" by Van der Graaf Generator
Van der Graaf Generator "H to He, Who Am The Only One"  1970 (UK)
This is one of the greatest British prog-rock albums, made even greater by its relative obscurity.  VDGG was never a popular group (except possibly in Italy, where they went nuts for prog in the 70's), but Peter Hammill's protean voice and intellectually challenging songs, along with the band's unique musicianship (favoring electric sax & organ over the guitar) have inspired a cult following to rival that of any of their prog peers.  VDGG's fourth album "Pawn Hearts" (1971) is often held up as their masterpiece, but I find this, their third, to be at least as good.  The title is a reference to nuclear fusion ("hydrogen to helium"), and the album's centerpiece "Pioneers Over c" is a tribute to the first humans to travel faster than the speed of light (which, according to modern physics, is impossible!)
N = New Release
Genesis - The Battle Of Epping Forest
The Deviants - Deviation Street
Melvins - Civilized Worm (N)
LKN (Lauren K. Newman) - Freeze (N)
The Mars Volta Day Of The Baphomets (N)
Viva Voce - Helicopter (N)
Les Savy Fav - False Starts (N)
The Trucks - 3AM (N) 
Dr. Octagon featuring Princess Superstar - Eat It (N)
Jesus H. Christ & The Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse - Nipples (N)
The Fiery Furnaces - Oh Sweet Woods (N)
Stephen Malkmus - Pencil Rot
Van Der Graaf Generator (Peter Hammill's birthday Nov 5, 1948) - Pioneers Over c CLASSIC ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Von LMO - Mass Destruction
The Orb
- Passing Time
Pere Ubu - Texas Overture (N)
Hawkwind - The Psychedelic Warlords (Disappear In Smoke) (single mix)
UFO - Space Storm
(Martin) Dosh - O Mexico (N)
Miho Hatari - Today Is Like That (N)
The Changes When I Sleep (N)
Cheer-Accident You Know, You Know (N)
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