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5 days ago

Joost Maglev
THAT TIME I BOUGHT 6 CARDIACS CD'S IN ONE DAY...It was around late 1995 or early 1996. I was still a school kid, money was scarce and I had to look out if I wanted to buy just one CD...Cardiacs was introduced to me some years earlier by a school friend who had lent Heaven Born And Ever Bright from a CD library. I was hooked pretty quickly, but in these times before the internet, Cardiacs were enigmatic to say the least. Who was this man who looked like a dark-haired Kurt Cobain with glasses, and these other guys in ties and shirts? And what was this Alphabet Business Concern they were rambling on about?Throughout the years we managed to find a bit more music in the CD library. Another friend managed to come up with Songs For Ships And Irons, and we were surprised their history went back that far to about 1988. Then we found The Seaside, which even went back to 1983! That was it... For years...Then came that fateful day. It was a day I traveled from my mom's place to stay with my dad for the weekend. The train journey took me through the cities of Utrecht and Amsterdam and I often made a habit of visiting record stores on my trip. Suddenly in Utrecht my jaw dropped. The 'C' section of the record store was suddenly richly filled with Cardiacs CD's I'd never heard of! I can't remember exactly which ones they were now, but there were three albums I had never heard of. I had no choice, these CD's needed to be mine. It might be my only chance to get them! So I bought them.My trip went on to Amsterdam and visiting the record store there, my surprise turned to utter bafflement as there were three more albums I had never heard of. An Archive album dating as far back as the '70s? What was this sorcery? I must have stood there for about 15 minutes thinking what the hell I should do. Remember I was a school kid, I wasn't earning money... But still, I needed to have them.That's how I arrived at my dad's place completely broke, but with six Cardiacs CD's under my belt: Archive, Rude Bootleg, A Little Man And A House, Live in Paradiso, On Land And In The Sea and All That Glitters Is A Mares Nest. I felt pretty bad for being totally out of money then, but also really happy because all of a sudden my Cardiacs world had grown a lot bigger, and the music has brought me so much joy over the next couple of years. I've never regretted it. ...
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2 weeks ago

Joost Maglev
Which Joost Maglev tracks would you want to hear on vinyl?After all these years! I don't know how long I didn't have a record player anymore, but this week I finally ordered one again. I have quite an extensive record collection but years ago I got rid of my old stereo tower set which included a record player with a proprietary connector, so I couldn't connect it to my current amp. I managed to live without one all these years and for a while I also gave my entire record collection to my mate Sebas Honing. But recently he also gave it all back to me including much of his own collection because he's also not playing any vinyl anymore. And now after all these years I can start listening to some of it again. Working from home was a good excuse to listen to some of my CD's during work, and now to listen to some of my vinyl.Don't get me wrong, though... Though it was the major way of listening to purchased music up until the '90s, I think a method where a needle needs to trace a set of scratched grooves on a plate of vinyl, including dust, soot and the works, is not the optimal way of listening to music and I'll never say that 'analog' is better than 'digital' music. But I do like the idea of a 12"by 12" cover and artwork in nice smelling cardboard and this large plate of vinyl in your hands (always grab by the edge and sticker, folks!), and I miss that when I look at these tiny CD booklets and especially listening to digital music, where the liner notes escape you and it's hard to figure out who wrote a song and who played on it.I really would like my next release to go on vinyl. The style I have in mind would fit the medium, the artwork certainly will, and I'm already trying to think of the project in terms of sides of 20-22 minutes in length, and it might even be a double album then...Let me know your thoughts! Vinyl? CD? Digital? Maybe I should do a cassette release... Or maybe I already have? 😉 ...
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3 weeks ago

Joost Maglev
I've never subscribed to Spotify (though I've tried the app a few times) but I have had a Google Play Music (now YouTube Music) subscription in the past, and currently I have a free try-out of Apple Music. It's good to get around to listening to a lot of albums that are considered classic but I never got around to buying. Listening to a lot of Tears For Fears and Kayak there now.But from the perspective of an independent artist the model of the streaming services is very obscure. I hardly get any revenue from it and it's impossible to get in touch with a fanbase through Spotify and the likes.That's why I like Bandcamp so much. I like the idea of saving my €10-ish monthly subscription fee for a streaming service and spend it on one or two albums per month on Bandcamp, cause I get in touch with fresh music, support some good independent and aspiring artists and I know a lot of the money ends up in their pockets.Here's some stuff I bought from Bandcamp in the last few months:The Dowling Poole:369music.bandcamp.com/album/see-you-see-meCool British sound with Jon Poole, ex-Cardiacs guitarist. Somehow I made a cameo in their video of their song Deep Breath.CARDIACS:alphabet-business-concern.bandcamp.com/Their entire backlog is now on Bandcamp. I recently bought Ditzy Scene as that's one single I never owned. Good starter album would be Sing To God, methinks...Røsenkreütz:rsenkretz.bandcamp.com/album/divide-et-imperaA great progressive band with slight touches of Maglev sound, but also lots of other great influences.¡Yo Vendo Ritmo!:yovendoritmo.bandcamp.com/album/yo-vendo-ritmoFunny Hispanic western instrumental music with one of my old classmates Paul Willemsen.Marcel Singor:singor.bandcamp.com/album/travel-lightCurrent guitarist of Kayak and was in the Ayreon Electric Castle shows. Cool music with an '80s flavour produced by Bas Bron.There's also a lot of cool music available for free on Bandcamp. Since I listen to a lot of Vaporwave these days, here are some free Vaporwave Favorites:deathsdynamicshroud.bandcamp.com/album/classroom-sexxtapeeis-t.bandcamp.com/album/nederwave-iunderwater-computing.bandcamp.com/album/the-safe-inside-chronicleslocal-visions.bandcamp.com/album/port-islandmusic.businesscasual.biz/album/high-renaissance-at-the-modern-art-museumEnjoy!10 track album ...
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4 weeks ago

Joost Maglev
All the best for 2021 folks. May it be a year to remember some things and to forget other things.I'm not good with social media. You probably noticed this by now. I've learnt that having a presence on the internet can be damaging as well as rewarding, I've learnt this already since 1996 when I began an online life in communities one could today describe as social media.As a person who strives to grow I allow myself to change my opinion on important things once in a while, and having your 'past self' wandering around on the internet sometimes felt betraying. Eversince people started 'liking' my music, my urge to withdraw from social media tended to increase instead of decrease.But I do want to know so much more about who you are, and why you like my music. What else do you like and what's on your mind. And wanting to know that, I should open up a bit too. So that's what I'll be trying in 2021. Don't call it a New Year's resolution (though it is) but more like uh... well... OK call it a New Year's resolution then.And the music? It's been going pretty well. I was happy to produce several albums and songs last year, and a new big project for an album has started, music has been recorded and the whole thing is starting to take shape in my mind. How I get it to you, I'm not sure yet. But someone who searches well, might be rewarded...See you soon!Joost. ...
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3 months ago

Joost Maglev
DIVONA on the radio this weekend!One of the things you can rely on: there's a TVRDO show every weekend.Edition 460 this weekend features new releases by RING VAN MÖBIUS from Norway (The 3rd Majesty), The Gardening Club from their upcoming release "Strange Kingdom", Steven Wilson with "King Ghost" a song he described as one of his best on his new album "The Future Bites", Dutch talent Joost Maglev gave a helping hand to Swiss singer Divona on her single "Tell-Tale Heart", Rovescio della medaglia from Rome and a track from their live album "Contaminazione" (how appropriate) more live from Peter Gabriel recorded from a 1994 FM Broadcast. Another Italian band TILION and a track from their "Suites Ritrovate", released last year and a new Dutch prog collective under the name The Millennium Trilogy from their "Act 1" album, so there is 2 more to come! Our album of the month is by OAK Oscillazioni Alchemico Kreative and their wonderful album "Nine Witches Under A Walnut Tree" (see Erik Neuteboom's review on our website), in the Vault this time are the Strawbs informing us it's Autumn, show starter is by Echolyn from Pennsylvania, in more ways than one, a swing state. The 2nd hour, in the Overdrive section, long tracks by Guy Manning, Elephant Plaza and Klaus Schulze.Broadcast schedules:Saturday between 21:00 and 22:00 on GlassRock.nlSunday between 20:00 and 22:00 on PopRockFM.com (full show)All times GMT+1 ...
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