This week on Prog-Watch my special guest is Nick D’Virgilio, who is perhaps best known as a drummer and vocalist for Spock’s Beard and Big Big Train! Nick and I chat about his illustrious career, and along the way I’ll be spinning lots of great music from Spock’s Beard and various side projects in which Nick has participated (including Rewiring Genesis, Deckchair Poets, and Zorbonauts)! We will also hear a number of tunes from his solo career, including a couple from his wonderful new album ‘Invisible’!
727: In Conversation with Nick D’Virgilio
This week’s program features ALL NEW Variety, with great new stuff from Mansun, Big Big Train, Joost Maglev, Alan Parsons, Jon Anderson, The Far Meadow, Dream Theater, Lonely Robot, Devin Townsend & Cosmograf! Come along for the ride and catch up with some of the great new music that has recently been released!
619: ALL NEW Variety
This week’s Prog-Watch is a variety program with a few special features! There will be a little feature on Thomas Thielen and a sneak peek at the next “t” album called Solipsystemology! (Thomas loves those titles that just roll off the tongue, doesn’t he?) I also have a Guest DJ, Bill Dunaway of High Ridge, Missouri, USA! Bill checks in with some of his Prog Rock favorites, and I mix in a few newer tracks, as well. So in addition to the “t” music, you can expect a boatload of great stuff, new and old, from the likes of Bill Bressler, Yes, Duke 72, Vangelis, Red Bazar, Big Big Train, Dreamwalkers Inc, and Spock’s Beard!
608: Variety, a ‘t’ Feature + a Guest DJ Feature
This week’s Prog-Watch is another edition of EPIX! My usual criteria apply: an EPIC must be over 10 minutes long; and we will hear one for each major decade of our favorite genre! This time we’ll hear music from The Flower Kings, Big Big Train, Southern Empire, Jethro Tull and Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe!
I hope you will join me for some wonderful, modern rock symphonies!
533: Epix, Vol. 3
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!
450: Some Of The Best Of 2017
This week on Prog-Watch: another great show of mostly new stuff! We’ll hear from The Tangent, How Far To Hitchin’, Big Big Train, Cosmograf, Nad Sylvan, Karmamoi, Aisles, and Karibow! Plus, our friend and resident reviewer, Dr. Rob Fisher, will take us on another trip of Progressive Discovery with the intense new solo album by Bjørn Riis, of the Norwegian band Airbag!
438: (Almost) ALL NEW Variety
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There’s been no shortage of great music released so far this year. So to keep you on top of all the great sounds out there, this week I am doing a 100% ALL NEW variety show! Every song will come from an album released in 2017. We’ll hear from Sky Architect, Big Big Train, Cosmograf, The Winter Tree, Steven Wilson, Anathema, The Samurai of Prog, Nad Sylvan, and Drifting Sun. Dr. Rob Fisher will also take us on another voyage of progressive discovery, with the latest album by Steve Hackett.
The Progressive Tracks Show #211 (SeaProg Preview #4), originally broadcast on Friday May 19, 2017, is now available to download or listen to any time you desire.
This is the fourth in a series featuring bands that will grace the stage of the Columbia City Theater in Seattle June 2-4, 2017 for SeaProg – The Seattle Festival of Progressive and Avant Rock. Not familiar? All the more reason to check out the festival, and the bands!
- Robert Svilpa & Paraesthesia – “The First Piece in the Puzzle (Remastered)” from A Fine Line Between… (Remastered) on Hyperboreal Music
- Pinto Wagonfire – “Paranoia Crash” from Paranoia Crash – Single on Independent
- Jack O’ the Clock – “The Old Man and the Table Saw” from Repetitions of the Old City I on Jack O’ the Clock
- Pinto Wagonfire – “Visions From The Electrostat” from Visions From The Electrostat – Single on Independent
- Robert Svilpa & Paraesthesia – “Frantic (Remastered)” from A Fine Line Between… (Remastered) on Hyperboreal Music
- Jack O’ the Clock – “.22, Or Denny Takes One for the Team” from Repetitions of the Old City I on Jack O’ the Clock
- Jack O’ the Clock – “As Long as the Earth Lasts” from Night Loops on Jack O’ the Clock
- Cellar Noise – “Embankment” From Alight on AMS Music
- Cellar Noise – “Blackfriars” From Alight on AMS Music
- Steven Wilson – “Pariah” From To The Bone on Caroline International
- Big Big Train – “Brave Captain” From Grimspound on English Electric Recordings
If you have comments (always welcome), or suggestions for show topics/music, feel free to contact me anytime via email: ProgTracks@KPTZ.org
But first… enjoy the show!
Mike “ProgTracks” Pollack
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Viva variety! This week’s show has music from Allan Holdsworth, Big Big Train, Kant Freud Kafka, Karnivool, Traffic, Dec Burke, Heliopolis, The Minstrel’s Ghost, Rush, Long Earth, Alan Reed, Electric Light Orchestra, and Gandalf’s Fist! That’s a whole lotta Prog!
If you missed this week’s Prog-Watch you can (and should!) listen HERE
This week’s show is a special year-end round-up, more than a month in the making! A collaboration between the Progsquatch and 11 of those fine gentlemen who perform reviews at The Progressive Aspect, to bring you an even dozen of the best Progressive Rock albums of 2016! (With contributions from Roger Trenwith, Mel Allen, Jeremy Rowden, John Wenlock-Smith, Bob Mulvey, Mark Johnson, Leo Trimming, Phil Lively, Tony Colvill, Shawn Dudley, and of course Rob Fisher! Music from Bent Knee, Big Big Train, cosmograf, ESP, Geph, Holon, Iamthemorning, Karibow, Opeth, The Gift, The Mute Gods and Tony Patterson!