Podcast

Proving that prog isn't just for dinosaurs!

I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 359 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this edition we heard the following music:

  • Deep Purple – Burn
  • Amplifier – Kosmos (Live In Manchester ’18)
  • Giraffe – This Warm Night
  • David Minasian – The Wind of Heaven (Prologue)
  • Jon Gomm – Deep Sea Fishes
  • Gazpacho – Space Cowboy
  • Steven Wilson – Eminent Sleaze
  • Kairon; IRSE! – Psionic Static
  • Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets – One Of These Days
  • Pink Floyd – What Do You Want From Me
  • Dominic Sanderson – Smashed Beyond All Recognition
  • Jakko Jakszyk – It Would All Make Sense
  • Ne Obliviscaris – And Plague Flowers The Kaleidoscope
  • Rymden – Arriving At Ramajay
  • Gong – Other Side Of The Sky & Sold To The Highest Buddha
  • Sontaag – Silver Machine (Ft. Youth, Nik Turner & Dave Barbarossa)
  • Sontaag – Beyond Forever
  • Arcade Messiah – Show Me The Sun
  • Pan – Lady Of The Sand
  • Galahad Electric Company – When The Battle Is Over
  • Anathema (With The Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra) – Untouchable

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Progzilla Radio is pleased to present the WORLD PREMIERE of a track off the upcoming debut “asbestos MOUTH” album by… TERMS!

Drummer Danny Piechocki and guitarist/bassist Christopher Trull honed their craft in bands like Grand Ulena, Jitters, and Yowie. In TERMS, Chris creates dissonant riffs and skewed melodies, which collide with Danny’s syncopated thunderstorm of percussion, to create a balance of tight precision and spontaneous discovery. It’s simply jaw-dropping!

As you may already expect, Mike Pollack and The Progressive Tracks Show (#383 – Size Doesn’t Matter) is premiering the track named “Our Asbestos Mouths” because TERMS fits right into the general demeanor of Mike’s show.

Progzilla Radio will host this track exclusively for the week of this premiere, courtesy of SKiN GRAFT RECORDS (http://www.SKiNGRAFTRECORDS.com). The “asbestos MOUTH” album can be purchased through the SKiN GRAFT Records site on Bandcamp, for release October 2, 2020 (https://skingraftrecords.bandcamp.com/album/asbestos-mouth ).

But for now… enjoy this exclusive track, below!

 

 

Within certain genres of music if you aren’t one of the upper echelons then it is difficult in the present climate to make your mark. With what many know as Prog or Prog Rock it began with E.L.P.  Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis and King Crimson. Their legacy continues with band like IQ, Marillion, Pendragon and The Tangent who all bare the hallmarks of their forbears. Yet even in the present climate there are talented musicians and bands screaming to be heard who without the kudos and media coverage, heritage and reputation of the more well-known artists struggle to raise their profile above that of social media. It has never been as tough for musicians to do this and for all professional musicians to make a living through their creativity. One such artist/band that need to be heard is Dreaming David K & Organic. Throwing out more than a nod and a wink to most of the above with a new album Mr Passive Progressive.

The band is headed up by David Koracevic (David K in the equation)-lead vocals/Synthesizers/organ/piano/sound effects, Marco Magnani-Guitars/bass, Alexander Savva-drums and percussion and Gavin Beckwith-Lead and harmony guitar/bass/penny whistle and violin. These form the main nucleus of the band though a cast of supporting musicians include Ian Bally-Flute/saxophone, Jo Devall-vocals, Ed Bandstead-trumpets, Geoff Duckworth-flute, Michael Scott-6 and 12 string acoustic guitars and electric guitar and Jerome Bannigan who provides second drums on some songs in an early Genesis live configuration. All seasoned players David K himself having served a tenure with post punk rockers Killing Joke lend a very musical feel to all of the songs and veer from time to time from the righteous path of Prog into electro/synth pop and even tinges of folk.

Opening the album with the never more poignant Save The Human the swathes of synth and Spanish guitar soon give way to a rockier, hard hitting plea highlighting the massive human and environmental crisis we find ourselves in. Gavin Beckwith’s guitar adds extra grip to David K’s excellent keyboard foray’s whilst drums and bass give an almost sense of relief that they are the real thing helping full band sound rather than a one-man army. This continues into Lost In Space, touted as a single with its own YouTube video and sporting a second drummer Jerome Bannigan to add further weight and pace to the piece. A little flute is thrown into the mix courtesy of Ian Bailey lightening the sound a shade. There is even a pause for Gavin Beckwith to introduce just a hint of violin to the mix too. “Cosmic man”, as the title suggests. Instantly loveable and very well-orchestrated.

 

There are quite a few moments throughout the album where familiar musical passages and themes emerge, one of them being A Prayer. Borrowing a little of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular bells theme (unintendedly I suspect) A Prayer exudes a vibrant sound full of interesting sounds like an electric sitar sound which I am informed is created with a homemade guitar synth whilst David K plays a crisp electric piano and synth. Celestial voice is provided by Jo Devall who lends a spiritual feel theme as the title of the song would suggest. In sharp contrast Personality Game melds genres to create a variety pack of styles contained within one song. Once again, some great keys though I have to admit to being fooled by the jaunty synth motifs into thinking it was more a Eurovision style piece rather than a Prog, rock or standard pop song. The spoken word explains the premise of the song and the previous electro build up dies to a meaningful electric folk pastiche in the vein of Donavan et al. Darkness prevails though hidden withing the lyrics exploring the grey part of the human condition lightened only by the tenor sax and trumpet.

The Big Picture finds David K questioning the whole of our being and perhaps the meaning of life? The timbre of a real baby Grand piano intro is beautifully recorded with a reprise of earlier themes in true Prog tradition. This song highlights the splendour and fluidity of David K’s piano playing too. However, moving into a more rock idiom Topsy Turvy Lady brings with it a little light hearted humour just as many E.L P. albums used to do with the likes of Benny The Bouncer and The Sheriff. Ed Banstead’s trumpet gives a jazz band feel towards the song’s conclusion which left a smile on my face. Turning into a more serious mode In The Moment finds David K back at the baby grand to introduce a tranquil opening to yet another poignant lyrical loaded song. Along with flute and electric piano there is even a nod and a wink to the Genesis classic The Knife though this may be more obvious to the listener rather than the recording artist? The message contained within the lyrics may be simply live for the moment and make the most of what we have?

Its Electric introduces an Andalusian vibe with its choppy sound aided and abetted trumpet and sax. Though lyrically sparse Its Electric showcases the talents of the band in a predominantly “well err”, electric manner. The Spanish/Mexican theme continues in a grander style with Don Quixote turning the dark tales of the character of Miguel de Cervantas ancient novel into a musical interpretation. Amidst the grandeur of such an epic yet another Genesis classic is revisited with a riff remarkably similar to the crescendo of the much-revered Musical Box. There is a fair dose of Spaghetti western going on here and I for one simply loved it. A reprise of earlier themes like Lost In Space and A Prayer can be found in the all too brief Time Is Shallow This song seems to serve as consolidation for all that has gone thus far in its somewhat dark brevity. In addition, the piece can be viewed as bridge to the finale One Last Chance. As the old saying goes, “they saved the best till last”. One Last Chance really does have a hit single about it. There is a fabulous guitar break at approximately 3:06 which reminded me very mush of Andy Latimer of Camel’s style. A big up to Gavin Beckwith for that and indeed the rest of the supporting cast. One Last Chance is a huge plea shared by many I suspect and can be taken on so many levels. Personally, collectively or on someone’s behalf about so many issues. A fantastic way to end a highly musically charged endeavour.

In an age where the music industry is governed by commerce and the ability to sell units to the mass audience it is refreshing to hear small independent artists purveying music of such imagination and quality. Mr Passive Progressive may not be accompanied by expensive artwork and or packaging costing the prospective buyer a small fortune, but what it does have in spades is musicality. I would strongly recommend this album in what ever guise you decide to consume your music. I found joy in equal measures whether listening to the CD on my hi-fi or the Mp3 files from my tablet/laptop etc. From David Kovacevic’s beginnings in a Prog band at school through his post punk tenure with Killing Joke he has come full circle claiming “I have been dreaming up this music since I was a teenager” he writes on the CD insert. Listening to this collection of impassioned songs wearing their influences on their sleeves I can well believe it.  A breath of fresh air.

 

You can buy the handmade CD here for £10 including postage and find out all you need to know……

 

https://www.dreamingdavidk.com/

 

https://music.apple.com/gb/album/mr-passive-progressive/1507728410

 

 

 

 

Watch Lost In Space here……

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXCmG6amUMw

 

 

 

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Progressive Tracks Show #382 (The Anomalous Autumn)

It seems like Summer came and went without even a notice…as the historic events of 2020 rolled inexorably on.

Now we find ourselves at the Autumnal Equinox…traditionally a time of balance, protection, comfort, and letting go.  But what’s our future?  I’ll pose that it’s Precarious… and Uncertain.

I, for one, don’t have a crystal ball… but together, we can take this next hour or so to explore some of this Anomalous Autumn’s possibilities.

  • Kavee – “Indian Summer” from Metempsychosis on Independent (2020)
  • Galliard – “Hear The Colours” from Strange Pleasure on Lake Erie Records (1969)
  • Pulsónica – “Qué Tara!” from Fuera de Tiempo on Viajero Inmóvil Records (2015)
  • Ill Wicker – “Fret” from Under Diana on Electricity Records (2014)
  • Landing – “Fluency of Colors” from Sphere on K Records (2004)
  • Mother Turtle – “Harvest Moon” from II on Mother Turtle (2016)
  • The Mercury Tree – “Colorfalls” from Five Seven EP on Independent (2007)
  • Thought Chamber – “Transcend” from Psykerion on InsideOutMusic (2013)
  • Faun Fables – “Intro: Darkness” from Light of a Vaster Dark on  Drag City (2010)
  • Obsidian Kingdom – “The Kandinsky Group” from A Year With No Summer on Season of Mist (2016)
  • Sarcophagus Now – “Hibernation Man” from Sarcophagus Now on Independent (2018)
  • Faun Fables – “Hibernation Tales” from Light of a Vaster Dark on  Drag City (2010)
  • Faun Fables – “Outro: Light” from Light of a Vaster Dark on  Drag City (2010)

Feel free to contact me any time via email:  ProgTracks@KPTZ.org

And remember, you can access podcasts of any previous Progressive Tracks Show at: http://www.progzilla.com/?s=progressive+tracks (there are over 200 podcasts now!).

Most importantly, SUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST below, so you’ll have it delivered to your fingertips weekly! ˅˅˅˅˅˅˅˅

 

The Prog Mill Long Ones Special (#15), first broadcast on Progzilla Radio 20 September 2020, is now also available to play anytime or download. Just six epic tracks in two very proggy hours!

Here’s this weeks playlist

• Clepsydra – Millennium (The Gap)
• Logos – Sadako e le Mille Gru Di
Carta (Title Track)
• The Tangent – Lie Back and Think
of England (Auto Reconnaissance)
• Magenta – Masters of Illusion
(Title Track)
• IQ – For Another Lifetime
(Resistance)
• Phideaux – Star of Light
(Snowtorch)

• You can hear The Prog Mill on Progzilla Radio at these times every week (www.progzilla.com/listen – via the tune in and other internet radio apps and platforms – or ask your smart speaker to “Play Radio Progzilla on Tune-In”) :

• 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

• Plus: A podcast of the show which you can stream anytime or download as a mp3 file is normally online by Monday evening each week, with links here and at progzilla.com/podcasts

• Your melodic and symphonic progressive rock music suggestions for the show are very welcome. Just email shaun@progzilla.com, or message via twitter @shaunontheair or facebook.com/theprogmill

Northern Star 285

17th September 2020

Guest Hosted by Mike Whitfield

 

ChimpanA – The Secret Wish

Simon Collins – Becoming Human

ESP Project – Seven Billion Tiny Sparks

The Pineapple Thief – Versions Of The Truth

Genesis – Robbery, Assault And Battery

Genesis – Inside And Out

Niacin – Time Crunch Scope – Kayakokolishi

Fish – A Gentleman’s Excuse Me

Fish – Garden Of Remembrance

Deep Purple – Remission Possible/Man Alive

Anand – Memories Only

John Petrucci – Happy Song

Cardiacs – Vermin Mangle

Rikard Sjoblom’s Gungfly – Clean As A Whistle

Yes – Endless Dream (i) Silent Spring (ii) Talk (iii) Endless

Dream Porcupine Tree – Heartattack In A Layby

Clatter – Come Back

IZZ – The Soul Of Music

The Tangent – The Midas Touch

Abel Ganz – Summerlong

England – Three-Piece Suite

Fractal Mirror – The Garden

Big Big Train – Hedgerow

Big Big Train – Telling The Bees

KRAZZ LOFT VINYL SHOW

Broadcast 20th August 2020

Show 129

1.    Sole Survivor Asia
2.    The Duchess of Orleans Babe Ruth
3.    Ziggy Stardust David Bowie
4.    Ride the Country Poco
5.    Rocky Mountain Way Joe Walsh w/Barnstorm
6.    I Want More Tedeschi Trucks Band
7.    May Be A Price To Pay Alan Parsons
8.    High Hopes Pink Floyd
9.    Cryin’ In The Dark Nektar
10. King of Twilight Nektar
11. Cowboy Song Thin Lizzy
12. Back In The Saddle Aerosmith
13. Tequila Sunrise Eagles
14. Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys Willie Nelson
15. Space Cowboy Steve Miller
16. Wild West Hero Electric Light Orchestra
17. Tokyo Joe Bryan Ferry
18. Our Lips Are Sealed Go Go’s
19. Original Sin INXS
20. Dragon Attack Queen
21. Shine A Light On Me Ben Sidran
22. Who Are the Brain Police Frank Zappa & Mothers of Invention
23. Car GPS from (The Policeman’s Brawl) Firesign Theatre
SIAS: Derek & the Dominos – In Concert (s1) Derek & The Dominos
24. Why Does Love Got To Be So Bad Derek & The Dominos
25. Got To Get Better In A Little While Derek & The Dominos
26. Looks Good, Feels Bad Steve Smith
27. Ode David Darling
28. Beyond the Seventh Galaxy Return To Forever feat. Chick Corea
29. Not for You Pearl Jam
30. Come As You Are Nirvana
31. 15 Steps Radiohead
32. Child of Vision Supertramp
33. Pieces of Eight Styx
34. No Land’s Man Pattern-Seeking Animals
35. Hold Your Head Up Argent
36. Live For The Music Bad Company
37. Black Velvet Stallion Budgie
Chillin’ Down
38. Nights, Winters, Years Justin Hayward & John Lodge
39. We’ve Only Just Begun The Carpenters
40. Make It With You Bread
41. (There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me Sandie Shaw
42. The Look of Love Diana Krall
43. There’s A Boat That’s Leaving Soon for NYC Phoebe Snow

 

 

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The Progressive Rock show track listing for Sunday 20th September 2020

Artist Title Year Time
Triumvirat Vesuvius 79 a.d. 1977 6:32
Big Big Train Grimspound 2017 6:55
Opeth The Baying of The Hounds 2005 10:41
Zeelley Moon Living On The Water 2017 5:50
Zeelley Moon Feel So Real 2017 7:01
Zeelley Moon Out Of The Blue 2017 8:00
Jethro Tull European Legacy 1984 3:21
Karen Matheson One More Chance 1996 3:37
Be Bop Deluxe Jean Cocteau 1975 2:46
Poor Genetic Material This Place 2020 9:28
Ivor Cutler Living Donkey 1998 0:39
Todd Rundgren Sons of 1984 1974 4:30
Gazpacho Sapien 2020 15:16
Roxy Music Nightingale 1975 4:04
The Moody Blues Procession 1971 4:43
The Moody Blues The Story in Your Eyes 1971 2:56
Rick Wakeman The North Plain 2020 6:53

The Ancient One is pleased to say that Show No 143, “Mixed Bag Vol 13” is now available as a podcast. This is an “anything goes” type of show and features Rick Wakeman, Minor Giant, Logos, Pink Floyd, Rick Miller, Genesis, Abel Ganz, Poor Genetic Material, Apogee, Jon Anderson, Agusa, Moron Police, Finisterre, Pattern Seeking Animals and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.

Playlist

1 Greenslade – Spirit Of The Dance (excerpt from the Recollections cd)
2 Rick Wakeman – Valles Marineris (The Red Planet 2020)
3 Minor Giant – On The Road (On The Road 2014)
4 Logos – Paesaggi Di Insomnia (Sadako e le Mille Gru di Carto 2020)
5 Pink Floyd – Sheep (Animals 1977)
6 Rick Miller – Correct To The Core (Belief In The Machine 2020)
7 Genesis – One For The Vine (Wind And Wuthering 1976)
8 Abel Ganz – Sepia And White (The Life Of The Honey Bee and Other Moments of Clarity 2020)
9 Poor Genetic Material – The Garden Pt 1-5 (Here Now 2020)
10 Apogee – Endurance Of The Obsolete (Endurance Of The Obsolete 2020)
11 Jon Anderson – First Born Leaders (1000 Hands Chapter One 2020)
12 Agusa – Landet Langerson (Agusa 2017)
13 Moron Police – Isn’t It Easy (A Boat On The Sea 2019)
14 Finisterre – Orizzonte Degli Events (Finisterre XXV 2020)
15 Pattern Seeking Animals – Lifeboat (Prehensile Tails 2020)
16 The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown – Fire! (single)
17 Greenslade – Joie De Vivre (excerpt from the Recollections cd)

Edition 247 of Steve Blease’s Heavy Elements is now available as a podcast.

47

Playlist:

Malum Sky – The False Impurity
Protest the Hero – Gift Horse
I Built The Sky – The Fire Inside
Arya – Flares
Prognosis – Into The Grey

That Was The Year That Prog: 1996
Angra – Carolina IV
Nevermore – Passenger
Galactic Cowboys – Psychotic Companion

Epic at 11: Edge of Sanity – Crimson

Scale The Summit – Secret Earth
Abnormal Thought Patterns – Manipulation Under Anesthesia

Album of the Week: Deadsoul Tribe – The January Tree
Why?
Toy Rockets
The Coldest Days of Winter

The Reticent – The Apology

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