All posts for the month July, 2019

Edition 197 of Steve Blease’s Heavy Elements is now available as a podcast.


Collibus – Fear of the Fall
Shattered Skies – The First Circle
Outworld – City of the Dead
Spheric Universe Experience – Tomorrow
AWOOGA – Headrush

Epic at 11: Between the Buried and Me – Swim to the Moon

Scale the Summit – The Dark Horse
Animals As Leaders – The Glass Bridge

Album of the Week: Circus Maximus – Isolate

A Darkened Mind
Sane No More
Ultimate Sacrifice

HeKz – Liberation

TAO is very happy that after serious internet problems, the podcast for Show No 113 is finally available up online. This is Short Stories Vol 5 and contains 38 tracks between 2 and 6 min in length.


1 The Nice – Brandenburger (excerpt used as Intro taken from The Immediate Story a 3cd box set)
2 Focus – Black Beauty (1970)
3 Kevin Ayers – Singing A Song In The Morning (1970)
4 BeBop Deluxe – Jet Silver And The Dolls Of Venus (1978)
5 Deep Purple – Bird Has Flown (1969)
6 23rd Turnoff – Michaelangelo (1968)
7 Medicine Head – Rising Sun (1970)
8 Judas Pirest – Living after Midnight (1976)
9 The Kinks – Shangri-La (1973)
10 Van Der Graaf Generator – Theme One (1971)
11 Jade Warrior – Borne on the Solar Wind (1974)
12 Aphrodite’s Child – The Four Horsemen (1972)
13 Greatest Show On Earth – Magic Woman Touch (1970)
14 Sunforest – Magician In The Mountains (1968)
15 Fleetwood Mac – Man Of The World (1969)
16 Juicy Lucy – Who Do You Love? (1969)
17 Tea and Symphony – Armchair Theatre (1969)
18 Rare Bird – Sympathy (1969)
19 Julie Driscoll and The Brian Auger Trinity – Road To Cairo (1970)
20 Blodwyn Pig – Sing Me A Song That I know So Well (1969)
21 Iron Butterfly – In A Gadda Da Vida (single edit 1968)
22 Nirvana – Rainbow Chaser (1968)
23 Man – Angel Easy (1972)
24 Bell and Arc – High Priest of Memphis (1971)
25 Robert Plant – Big Log (1983)
26 Michael Chapman – Soulful Lady (1970)
27 Matching Mole – O Caroline (1972)
28 Mott The Hoople – Roll Away The Stone (1974)
29 The Purple Gang – Granny Takes A Trip (1968)
30 Uriah Heep – Lady In Black (1971)
31 Tintern Abbey – Vacuum Cleaner (1967)
32 Tudor Lodge – The Lady’s Changing Home (1968)
33 Strawberry Alarm Clock – Incense And Peppermints (1967)
34 Taste – Born On The Wrong Side Of Time (1969)
35 The Band – Move To Japan (1993)
36 Plain White Ts – 1,2,3,4 (2008)
37 Thundrclap Newman – Something In The Air (1969)
38 Episode Six – I Can See Through You (1967)
39 Focus – Sugar Island (1970)
40 The Nice – Brandenburger (excerpt used as Outro taken from The Immediate Story a 3cd box set)

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Jon Courtney & Chloë Alper have reunited the much-loved Pure Reason Revolution, playing their first show in close to 8 years at the recent Midsummer Prog Festival in the Netherlands, and performing their debut album ‘The Dark Third’ in full. They comment: “The festival & crowd reaction was incredible. We were touched that people had travelled from Canada, Russia, Italy, Spain, UK & many more countries. The tracks are exciting as ever to play & it’s encouraging to see the material still has relevance & connects.”   

The band have also revealed they are working on a brand new studio album, and have signed to InsideOutMusic for its release in 2020. Jon Courtney comments: “We’re currently working on material for the new album which returns to a more progressive sound & it’s nice to remind ourselves of the genesis of PRR” while Chloë adds: “it’s sounding spectacular.”

Pure Reason Revolution originally parted ways in November 2011, following touring in support of their 2010 album Hammer & Anvil. Since then, Jon Courtney started Bullet Height and released their debut album ‘No Atonement’ in 2017, while Chloë Alper began a new band called Tiny Giant as well as playing live with the likes of Charli XCX & James.

The band originally formed back in 2003, releasing their much-loved debut album ‘The Dark Third’ in 2006 via Sony BMG. They went on to release the albums ‘Amor Vincit Omnia’ in 2009 & ‘Hammer & Anvil’ in 2010.

Look out for more information on the bands forthcoming new album.



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InsideOutMusic recently announced the signing of Philadelphia-based duo RISE TWAIN to the label, for the release of their self-titled debut album on the 6th September 2019. The union of Brett William Kull (producer, audio engineer, and member of Echolyn, Grey Eye Glances, and Francis Dunnery’s New Progressives) and J.D. Beck (The Scenic Route, Beck-Fields, author & playwright) bring their collective years of direct and varied experience in writing, performing and recording music together for their impressive debut. 

Today they launch the second single taken from the album, and you can listen to the track ‘Golden’ here: 

The band comments: “We sometimes watch lovers, friends, or family destroy themselves and those around; what was once idealized as golden, pure, beautiful, now lost in esoteric motivations. The chaos, tragedy, and permanence of these experiences become part of our lives… and they are woven into the notes, sounds, and performance of this new dynamic single by Rise Twain – Turn it up.”

The album is also now available to pre-order on Limited CD Digipak, 180g Black Vinyl LP + CD & as digital album here: 

Listen to the band’s debut single ‘Everspring’ here: 

The track-listing is as follows:

  1. Everspring
  2. Golden
  3. The Range
  4. Lit Up
  5. Death of Summer
  6. Oh This Life
  7. Prayers
  8. Falling Skies
  9. Into A Dream
  10. That Is Love

Talking of how the duo came together: “I produced an album for J.D.’s original band, The Scenic Route”, says Kull, describing his first meeting with Beck in 2007. “They were a rocky, progressive kind of band, like a Jeff Buckley kind of thing. I was immediately drawn to his vocals. He’s such a strong singer.” Kull says he and Beck immediately hit it off, what he describes as an “inevitable connection.” 

Adds Beck, “I just knew I had to work with Brett on a higher level. When I came in to cut the vocals on the Scenic Route album, the way we worked together…some people you just gel with, and then some people you have a barrier with. Brett and I gelled.” They spoke of one day collaborating on their own project, which finally surfaces as Rise Twain.

Discussing the album’s musical direction, Beck notes, “There’s not a typical structural theme that we use over and over and over. ‘Organic’ is a word that comes to mind. Seeking openness through simplicity and allowing the complexity of music to exist without the necessity of overly packing it or overly processing it. With that we were able to achieve such a broad spectrum of sound, and a colossal sense of its existence, without having to have a billion guitars and a billion things put over top. There’s some colouring with strings and other embellishments, but it really is something very simple and stripped down, and it’s awesome.”

Kull adds, “There’s a lot of complexity in this, but it’s not overt in the least bit. But yet, when you get into it, there’s all this really rich harmonic and dynamic stuff going on.”

J.D. Beck: Piano, lead and backing vocals
Brett William Kull: Guitars, bass, keys, percussion, lead and backing vocals

Look out for more information on the debut album from RISE TWAIN, as well as the first taste of music, in the coming weeks.

RISE TWAIN online:


PROGRESSIVE TRACKS SHOW #323 (Get Out and LIVE a Little)

Listening to music at home or with friends is certainly a relaxing pastime. But nothing compares to seeing artists at their best in a live setting.

There are plenty of great artists on tour who are coming to Seattle (and nearby areas) that we’ll explore this week. Grab your personal calendar, tune in, and book your musical entertainment for the rest of 2019.

Go on… get out and LIVE a little!

And remember, you can access podcasts of any previous Progressive Tracks Show at: (there are over 160 now!).


If you have comments or suggestions for show topics/ music (always welcome), feel free to contact me any time via email:

Edition 168 of THE PROG MILL – first broadcast on Progzilla Radio on Sunday 28th July, is now also available to stream anytime or download. Two hours of superb melodic and symphonic progressive rock.

Here’s This Week’s Playlist

1 Hangover Paradise – Take Away (Mirrors)
2 Oktoplus – Pieni Hetki (Aika ei Auta)
3 Warmrain – New Dawn (Back Above the Clouds)
4 Satellite – Why? (Evening Games)
5 Thrilos – Waves (Kingdom of Dream)
6 Kaprekar’s Constant – Ghost Planes (Depth of Field)
7 Tony Patterson & Doug Melbourne – Man on TV (The Divide)
8 Paolo Tarsi – Artificial Intelligence (A Perfect Cut in the Vacuum)
9 Marillion – She Chameleon (Fugazi)
10 Spaceport Union – This Town Will Kill You/Nebula
11 Vinegar Joe – See The World (Through My Eyes) (Vinegar Joe)
12 Agitation Free – Laila Pt 2 (2nd)
13 Kenner – 8Ball City (8Ball City)

You can hear The Prog Mill on Progzilla Radio at these times every week ( – via the tune in radio app and on internet radios):

Sundays 10pm – Midnight UK (2100UTC) – main broadcast
Tuesdays 0300-0500 UK (0200UTC) – For North America – Mon 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern
Tuesdays 2300-0100UK (2200 UTC) – 1500 Pacific/1800 Eastern
Saturdays 6-8pm UK (1700 UTC) – Family friendly Saturday evening repeat

Your melodic and symphonic progressive rock music suggestions for the show are very welcome. Just email, or message via twitter @shaunontheair or


 Broadcast 28th July 2019

1.    If I Were Brittania I’D Waive The Rules Budgie
2.    The Boys Are Back In Town Thin Lizzy
3.    All The Young Dudes Mott The Hoople
4.    Fontainebleau Stills Young Band
5.    Smokey Joe’s Café Buddy Holly
6.    Sloop John B Dick Dale & His Deltones
7.    Fruitcakes Jimmy Buffet
8.    I’ve Been Evil Necromandus
9.    Planet Part 3 POA
10. Lost For Words Pink Floyd
11. Sperratus Barclay James Harvest
6-Pack o’ Funk & Blue Eyed Soul!
12. I Got The Chop Tower Of Power
13. Goin’ Home Average White Band
14. 1984 David Bowie
15. Last Child Aerosmith
16. Lady Rain Hall & Oats
17. Stand Up Al Green
18. You Keep On Moving Deep Purple
19. D-Rider Hawkwind
20. Rain Is Falling Electric Light Orchestra
21. Wonderous Stories Yes
22. Early Morning Epitath
23. Wanna Shout It Bites
24. Goin’ Down Dave Mason
25. Look At You, Look At Me Dave Mason
26. Opening Station / I Don’t Know Paul McCartney
27. Let Me Roll It Wings w/Paul McCartney
28. For Everyman Jackson Browne
29. The Dream Alb Collins/Robert Cray/Johnny Copeland
30. Evil Ways Santana/Buddy Miles
31. C Jam Blues Rex Stewart & Ellington Alumni Allstars
32. Ol’ Man Time Ray Charles
33. Day At The Dog Races Little Feat
34. Got The Feeling Jeff Beck
35. Life’s One Act Play Savoy Brown
36. Shine On Brightly Procol Harum
37. Faceless People Vanilla Fudge
38. Life In The Dark Water Al Stewart
39. Electro Lux Imbroglio/Sacrifice Steve Miller Band
40. This Side Of Paradise Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
41. Jessica Allman Brothers Band


Edition 204 of Sounds That Can Be Made is now available as a podcast!


Europe – The Final Countdown (from The Final Countdown)
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Apollo XI (from Sugar Tax)
Public Service Broadcasting – Go! (from The Race For Space)
Lonely Robot – Airlock (from Please Come Home)
Big Big Train – The Transit Of Venus Across The Sun (from Folklore)
Cosmograf – The Man Left in Space (from The Man Left in Space)
Avenged Sevenfold – Exist (from The Stage)
O.S.I. – Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (from Office Of Strategic Influence)
Traffic Experiment – Space Oddity (from Music by Traffic Experiment)
David Bowie – Starman (from The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars)
Elton John – Rocket Man (from Honky Château)
Electric Light Orchestra – Ticket To The Moon (from Time)
Lone Star – Spaceships (from Lone Star)
Rocket Scientists – Stardust (from Brutal Architecture)
Riversea – Fallen Stars (from Out Of An Ancient World)
Amplifier – Into The Space Age (from The Astronaut Dismantles HAL)
Daft Punk – Contact (from Random Access Memories)
Deep Purple – Space Truckin’ (from Machine Head)
Saxon – The Eagle Has Landed (from Power & The Glory)
R.E.M. – Man On The Moon (from Automatic For The People)
Fractal Mirror – Stars (from Garden of Ghosts)
Muse – Supermassive Black Hole (from Black Holes And Revelations)
Babylon Zoo – Spaceman (single version) (from The Boy with the X-Ray Eyes)
Clint Mansell – Welcome to Lunar Industries (edit) (from Moon OST)

Northern Star 25th July 2019

A Momentary Mood!

Theme Pallas – Northern Star

  1. The Future Sound Of London – Far-Out Son of Lung and the Ramblings of a Madman
  2. Eye – Kill The Slave Master
  3. Slade – Man Who Speaks Evil
  4. Credo – Insane
  5. Bonzo Dog Doo Dah band – Hunting Tigers out in “indiah”
  6. Schauser – Chinese Brainworm (Taenia Solium)
  7. Scarlet Inside – The Indolent
  8. Brian Johnstone – The course of empire 5: The greatest tragedy
  9. Steve Thorne – Ancestors
  10. Steve Wilson – puncture Wound
  11. Quantum Fantay – Tesselate
  12. Woolly Wolstenholme – patriots
  13. Cosmograf – Plastic men
  14. Terry Draper – Once upon a memory
  15. Freedoms Children – Judas Queen
  16. Dio – Gates of Babylon
  17. Ed Sheeran – Wish you were here
  18. Colin tench project – Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Screwed
  19. Radiohead – 4 minute warning
  20. Scott Bradlee’s post modern Juke box – creep (feat Haley Reinhart)
  21. Under A Banner – Riot
  22. Robert Calvert – lord of hornets
  23. 25 yard Screamer – no beautiful view
  24. Alan Reed – Kingdom of the blind
  25. Yes – Gates of delirium

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On this week’s Prog-Watch I’m finishing up my coverage of composer and keyboard wizard Andrew Colyer (which began in Prog-Watch 314)! Andrew and I chat about many of his side projects, his upcoming tour with Robert Berry’s 3.2, and what’s next for his main band Circuline! Along the way there will be plenty of great music from Circuline, Andrew’s solo and soundtrack work, and one from an album he did with the band Cell 15!