This week’s Prog-Watch is our semi-annual collaboration with some of the merry reviewers at The Progressive Aspect, bringing you some of the best Prog Rock releases this year! We’ll hear short reviews and sample music from ten of the best albums of 2017, as suggested by Mel Allen, Tony Colvill, Shawn Dudley, Rob Fisher, Jez Rowden, Roger Trenwith, and Leo Trimming. I’ll also pick a favorite of my own, and run down the whole list of albums which were nominated, but not represented on the show. (We do only have 90 minutes, and more than 30 albums were suggested!) So join me this week for a year-end round-up of some of the best new music released this year in our favorite genre!
The podcast for this week’s Prog-Watch is available at Progwatch.com.
With all of the interview programs and specials I have done recently, I figured it was about time for a good old variety program, featuring great stuff released in the past year or two. So tune in for a lot of fabulous music from Playgrounded, I Am The Manic Whale, Hedfuzy, Paul Draper, Kaprekar’s Constant, Godsticks, Karmamoi, The Far Meadow, 3RDegree, Projekt Gemineye, and Damian Wilson & Adam Wakeman!
The podcast for last weekend’s 101 Dimensions program (2/3 December) is available at Progwatch.com.
If you are interested, here’s the playlist:
1. Franky Valentyn Project – The Jovian Moon Suite (from the album All In A Dream, 2017)
2. Röyksopp – What Else Is There (from the album The Understanding, 2005)
3. Lunatic Soul – Lunatic Soul; and The Final Truth (from the album Lunatic Soul, 2008)
4. Röyksopp – Circuit Breaker (from the album The Understanding, 2005)
5. whatsisname – Refraktor, 2016
6. Röyksopp – Someone Like Me (from the album The Understanding, 2005)
7. Markus Reuter – The Abolition Of Death; A Clue To Reality; and Read Aloud In Cold Blood (from the album The Longest In Terms Of Being, 2001)
8. Röyksopp – Alpha Male (from the album The Understanding, 2005)
9. David Bowie – Warszawa; Art Decade; Weeping Wall; and Subterraneans (from the album Low, 1977)
This week’s Prog-Watch is a special on the legendary Irish guitarist Gary Moore! Gary’s longtime friend and guitar tech Graham Lilley is my guest and we chat about Gary, his versatility, his legacy, and a brand new collection of Gary’s later work by BMG music called “Blues and Beyond”. Along the way we will hear some great blues rock music from that new collection. But lest you think that I am changing the name of the program to “Blues-Watch”, there will be plenty of progressive rock on hand, including some of Gary’s work with Colosseum II and Greg Lake. We’ll also hear some of his heavier solo material and some of his work with Thin Lizzy and Phil Lynott. (Couldn’t do a Gary Moore show without some of that, right?) So join me this week for a look at a versatile virtuoso, the late Gary Moore! A bit of a departure? Yes. But there will still be plenty of great music, and much of it quite progressive. Remember: One does not live by Prog alone!
The podcast for last weekend’s 101 Dimensions is available at Progwatch.com! I was stretching the bounds a little again this time, but it was fun last time and you guys seemed to like it! Anyway, here’s the playlist:
1. Jason Rubenstein – Complicated Exosphere; The Templar Calling Card; and The Curmudgeon Invents The Future (from the album This Is Not A Love Letter, 2014)
2. Trinity Ward – Transmission; Saturn V; Enter The Infinite; The State Of The Art; and Between The Edges Of The Universe (from the album Enter The Infinite, 2010)
3. Ian Boddy – Kinetics; The Circle; Deja Vu, Parts 1 & 2 (from the album The Climb, 1983)
4. whatsisname – Cascade; Felonius Monk; Indian Summer; and Stand Still, I Say (from the album Indefinite Articles, 2017)
5. Redshift – Nails; and Ultranaut (from the album Down Time, 1999)
6. Gandalf – Forgotten Kingdom, Parts 1 & 2; and Garden Of Illusions, Parts 1, 2 & 3 (from the album Tale From A Long Forgotten Kingdom, 1984)
I hope you enjoy!
This week on Prog-Watch my special guest is modern progressive rock icon John Mitchell! John and I chat about many things including song writing, working with John Wetton, and his record label White Star Records! Along the way we hear music from many of his bands and projects, including the Urbane, Arena, Frost*, Kino, It Bites, Lonely Robot, and more! (Look for Part 2 in a few weeks!)
On this week’s Prog-Watch I finish up my coverage of Scottish vocalist Joe Cairney and his two fantastic bands, Comedy Of Errors and Grand Tour! More of our epic chat and lots of great music from both bands are in store!