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October 2020 - Issue 144
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Rez Abbasi - Django-Shift
Asia - Live In Philadelphia
Mohamed Assani - Lucid Dreaming (digital single)
Be-Bop Deluxe - Axe Victim (Deluxe Edition)
Blunda - Pulling for You
Cosmopolis - Sécheresse (digital single)
Dave Cousins - The Boy In The Sailor Suit: Expanded & Remastered Edition
Dalia Davis - Keep a Clean Engine
Days Between Stations - Giants
Dr. Chrispy - Transitory
Jon Durant - and Robert Jürjendal - Across the Evening
Pablo Embon - Harmony Tales
John Fedchock NY Sextet - Into The Shadows
Fruupp - Made In Ireland: Best Of Fruupp
Grapefruit Sound Lab - Dum Dum Gun (digital single)
Tom Guarna - Spirit Science
The Lickerish Quartet - Threesome, Vol. 1
Mandoki Soulmates - Living in the Gap / Hungarian Pictures
Moon Over Mountain - Champagne And Brass
OGD - The Big Game
Pawl & ttypes - Motel
Anthony Phillips - The Living Room Concert, Remastered & Expanded Digipak Edition
The Residents - Metal Meat & Bone: The Songs Of Dyin' Dog
Markus Reuter - with Mannheimer Schlagwerk - Sun Trance
Markus Reuter Oculus - Nothing is Sacred
Eric Revis - Slipknots Through A Looking Glass
Angelica Sanchez & Marilyn Crispell - How To Turn The Moon
Dave Schoepke - Tessellated Resonance
Seven Crows - Secrets Of Navigation
Shihori - Perfect Imperfection (digital single)
Sluka - Vampire's Ball (digital single)
South Florida Jazz Orchestra - Cheap Thrills: The Music of Rick Margitza
Various Artists - Kraut!: Teil 2 - KRAUT! - Die innovativen Jahre des Krautrock 1968-1979
Vast Caldera - Vast Caldera 1
Mark Vickness - Interconnected
Wizzard - Introducing Eddy and the Falcons
Roy Wood & Wizzard - Main Street Remastered & Expanded CD Edition
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Hanover Fist - HF III
High Spirits - Hard to Stop
Powerman 5000 - The Noble Rot
Various Artists - NWOBHM Thunder: New Wave Of British Heavy Metal 1978-1986
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Patrick Ames - You Make Me Scream (digital single)
Eric Anders and Mark O'Bitz - American Bardo
Bushwick Blooze Band - Lonely and Blue (digital single)
Eddie Cochran - Dark Lonely Street (10-inch vinyl EP with CD set)
Coffin Daggers - Eleki Album
Grapefruit Sound Lab - and Amuka - Love Cards (digital single)
Grapefruit Sound Lab - Gina Volpe & Grapefruit Sound Lab - Shine (Red House Mix)
Grapefruit Sound Lab - The Flavors of Tears (digital single)
Grapefruit Sound Lab - To Make You Mine (digital single)
Glenn Hughes - The Official Bootleg Box Set Volume Three 1995-2010
Jack and Sally - Who We Become
jefff - R U Hip 2 the Revolution (digital single)
Kid Lab Rat - More Sad Songs
Pete Kronowitt - Do Something Now
Little Warrior - Flight Risk
A Love Electric - Permanent Immigrant
Serinity Lynn - U & Me (digital single)
Krissy Matthews - Monster in Me
Liam Moore - Visions of a Perfect Life
Amber Norgaard - Roots Run Deep
Not My God - Not My God
Sara Ontaneda - Separated by the Sea (digital single)
The Cole Patenaude Band - Are You Happy Now?
Shihori - Soul Trip (digital single)
Sleave - Don't Expect Anything
SONI - Dance with Me (digital single)
Jay Stott - Wreckage of Now
Doc Straw & the Scarecrows - Get on By (digital single)
Les Techno - Flowers for Dystopia
Dan Tuffy - Letters of Gold
Various Artists - Destination Health: Doc Feelgood's Rock Therapy 30 Bop Pills For Your Recovery
Various Artists - That'll Flat...Git It Vol. 34: Rockabilly And Rock 'n' Roll From The Vaults Of Renown & Hornet Records
Gene Vincent - Sounds Like Gene Vincent (10-inch vinyl EP)
DVD/Video Reviews
Circuline - CircuLive - New View (multi-disc set)
Geoff Gibbons - Keep on Driving (video)
Kiss - The Second Coming DVD
Sluka - Vampire's Ball (video)
Book Reviews
Steve Hackett
Various Artists
 
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Expedited Reviews

With a lot of music coming in for review, it can take a while for a release to get covered. Since half of every issue has to be progressive rock, that delay can be even longer for those items that don't fit that category. So, that prompted the addition of expedited reviews (something offered by a number of publications in one form or another). Expedited reviews cost 40 dollars (for a single album - double albums are 80 and EPs of four tracks or less and singles are 20) and guarantee that a review will make the cut to be published in the next issue (as long as that issue is at least 19 days away). In addition, the usual requirement of physical review copies is waived, allowing artists to submit digital versions. It does not buy any kind of banner ad or other promotion at the site. Nor does it guarantee a positive review, but Music Street Journal doesn’t publish reviews that are more negative than positive. Please note that we also won't publish a review of an item that is offensive in terms of being derogatory to the point of being obnoxious toward one or more groups of people. We won't promote cyber bullying in that regard. We reserve the right to determine what the acceptable level is.

In other words, what this option does is allow artists to send a digital copy and make sure they get pushed to the front of the line for review. NOTE that this does not allow for reviews for streaming only review copies. However, for an additional charge of 30 dollars we will do an expedited review with streaming only materials. That's the ONLY circumstance where we accept streaming only review copies.

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The simple answer is we review any type of music - but there are a few caveats to that. It needs to be available to the public (there's no sense telling someone how great something is if they can't get it). It needs to be in the same form the public gets - that way we can review the same item. Since all our album reviews include a track by track section, that's particularly true. We need to like it. We don't do negative reviews for a couple reasons. First, no one goes out of his or her way to make a bad album. Just because we don't like it doesn't mean it wasn't a valiant effort. Secondly, and more importantly, we get hit with so much good stuff that we can't always get to it quickly. It just doesn't make sense to waste our time (and our readers' time) doing negative reviews when there is good stuff out there waiting to be reviewed.
 
Beyond that, we have a physical only requirement. That means it has to be a physical release to the public and we have to have a physical review copy (there are a couple exceptions to that rule - just keep reading). We no longer accept CDrs because we had some problems with some recent ones that became a lot of extra work. We do waive the "physical only" requirement in a couple of instances. First, we offer expedited reviews. Those cost 40 dollars for an album and 20 dollars for a single. With those we waive the physical only requirement and it guarantees the review will make the next issue (as long as it comes in with at least 16 days left until next issue - and sometimes we can fit them in with less time than that.) The expedited review is sometimes a really good idea for things that don't fit under progressive rock. That's because we started as a prog only publication and although we expanded from that, we still keep each issue half progressive rock in honor of the readers who have been with us from the start. That means that if something isn't prog it can take a couple issues before we can fit it in.
 
OK, I mentioned another way besides expedited reviews that we allow digital copies. That's Supreme Level Sponsorships. With those you get a LOT of stuff. Several banner ads in the rotation slots, you can have gig dates and press releases posted to the site (up to six per week - no hyperlinks or photos, though) just by emailing them to us. Please see below for more information about Supreme Level Sponsorship.

Please note that while we do our best to get to each and every item we get sent, there is no guarantee of coverage (and especially of coverage within any time frame) except for expedited reviews. Also, with the Supreme Level Sponsorship expedited reviews, it's still possible that an item won't get covered. That happens in the rare instance where we can't do a positive review of the item because we don't do negative reviews.


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Supreme Mentor Level Sponsorship is now $95 per year. It includes the same things as the basic level, but instead of one banner ad you get six. You can split them anyway you like between the three slots of the site or put them all in the same slot - it's up to you.

Supreme Level Sponsorship is now $375 per year. This includes six banner ad rotation slots and we'll post your press releases and event dates, you just email them to us and we'll post them for you - within a week (up to six per week) Please note, press releases will be published without hyperlinks and must be sent specifically marked for publication. . Also, we waive the "physical only" requirement for review copies for Supreme Level Sponsors for up to eight releases per issue (48 per year) essentially making those expedited reviews. We also offer a six month version for $275 (obviously that allows a max of 24 expedited reviews instead of 60) and $175 for one issue (two months).


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Thanks for the month
Thanks for the issue: Baal Brain, Charles Brown, Stephan Kaske, Ron LeSaar, Dirk Jan Müller, Sepp Osley, Sohl Osley, Sean Peck, Paul Pott, Ben Riley,  Billy Sherwood,, Chipster PR, Cuneiform Records, The End Records, Glass Onyon PR, InsideOut America, Jensen Communications, Kayos Productions, Magna Carta Records, Mazur PR, Nuclear Blast, Papago Records, Sony, SPV, Think Tank Media,Tinderbox Music, Virgin Records, WRIC Media, Bret Adams, Jeff Albright, Kymm Britton, Amanda Cagan, Kevin Chiaramonte, Joel Craig, Kim Davis, Dave at Earsplit PR, Andrew Demarest,  Damon Eames, Jon Freeman, Bobbie Gale, Dustin Goldfarb, Mike Greenblatt, Neil Greenwood, Chris Hacker, Dan Hanley, Samantha Haycock, Meghan Helsel, Matthew Ingham, Billy James, Mark James, Just Johnny of Rock The Hungry, Tziona Katz, Carol Kaye, Lauren Kirkland, Agnieszka Kulpiska of Metal Mind Productions (Poland), Lise Blackford, Brenda Bradley, Amanda Charney, Ryan Dawson, John Lappen, Anne Leighton, Melissa Levine, Bari Lieberman, Christine Mackie, Cary Mansfield, Michael Mazur, James Moore, Brian Roche, Chip Ruggieri, Steve Ryan, Amy Sciarretto, Alex Steininger of In Music We Trust, Susan Stewart, TJ Tauriello, Monte Von Struck, Stephanie Watanabe, Clint Weiler, Ben Williams, Drew Willis, Jonathan Wolfson, John Pierpoint, Ed Unitsky and Greg Johnson.
 

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