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Prog-Watch 538 - In Conversation with Clive Nolan of Arena, Pendragon and Caamora, Pt. 2

This week I'm finishing up my coverage of the prolific keyboard maestro, Mr. Clive Nolan! There will be chat about his more recent endeavors, and plenty of great music from his collaboration with Oliver Wakeman, his theater-oriented project Caamora, and, of course, Arena! (In fact, there will be quite a bit of Arena, including a generous helping from the new album Double Vision!) If you missed the first part or feel like listening again, you can find it at the following link:...


Prog-Watch Special - 101 Dimensions - September 2018

I'm back at the helm of 101 Dimensions this week and here's what I've lined up for a late summer Saturday evening/Sunday morning: 1. Thomas Dolby – Dissidents; The Flat Earth; Screen Kiss; and White City (from the album The Flat Earth, 1984) 2. Alan Parsons – Return To Tunguska; Mammagamma 04; and We Play The Game (from the album A Valid Path, 2004) 3. The Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds (Cumulo Nimbus Mix); Backside Of The Moon (Under Water Deep Space); and Spanish Castles In Space (Castles In...


Prog-Watch 537 - Variety + The Paradox Twin on Progressive Discoveries

This week on Prog-Watch: a whole lot of great Progressive Rock variety! With music from Aisles, Paul Draper, Steve Hackett, Kaleidoreal, Glass Hammer, Octavarium, The Kentish Spires, and King's X! Plus, The Paradox Twin on Progressive Discoveries with Dr. Rob Fisher!


Prog-Watch 536 - In Conversation with Robert Berry of 3 and 3.2

This week on Prog-Watch my special guest is Robert Berry of 3 and 3.2! Robert talks candidly about the formation of the original 3 (with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer) in the late 1980s, how he and Emerson came to resurrect the idea of the band, and the ordeal he faced in finishing the album following Emerson’s tragic death in 2016. Along the way, there will be plenty of great music…from the original 3, a few from Robert’s solo career, and of course a few from the new 3.2 album “The Rules...


Prog-Watch 535 - In Conversation with John Palumbo of Crack The Sky

US band Crack the Sky have a career that goes back more than 40 years, when their first self-titled album was chosen by Rolling Stone as the Debut Of The Year. Since then they have had their ups and downs, but in recent years the band has reunited many of the original and classic members and continue to make their own quirky and catchy brand of progressive rock music. I spoke to John Palumbo, founder and principal composer of the band, a few weeks ago on the eve of the release of their new...


Prog-Watch Special - 101 Dimensions - August 2018-2

Three more weeks have rolled by, so I am back at the helm of 101 Dimensions! This week's program is an eclectic collection (as usual) ranging from the more muscular sounds of Jason Rubenstein, to the classic electronic stylings of Tangerine Dream, and the more ambient motifs of Richard Barbieri and David Sylvian and Holger Czukay. Here's the playlist if you want to follow along at home: 1. Jason Rubenstein – Consideration; and Acceleration (from the album Four Points Of Focus, 2018) 2. Space...


Prog-Watch 534 - Variety

Pure, wholesome variety is on tap for this week's Prog-Watch! We'll hear fabulous new music from Argos, Circuline, Rausch, Jason Rubenstein, Gleb Kolyadin and Spock's Beard! Plus not quite so new (but equally fabulous) stuff from Argent, Cardiacs, Peter Matuchniak, Art Griffin's Sound Chaser, Isproject, Golden Earring & Michael Penn! So come's certified 100% organic and soooo good for you!


Prog-Watch 533 - Epix, Vol. 3

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 & Howe! I hope you will join me for some wonderful, modern rock symphonies!


Prog-Watch 532 - Variety + Victim Of Illusion on Progressive Discoveries

This week's program is a Variety show with lots of great new stuff from 3.2, The Sea Within, EvenFlow, Drifting Sun, and Strangefish! We'll also hear great (but not quite new) music from Agam, Heresy, and The Bedlam Furnaces, and our resident reviewer Dr. Rob Fisher will check in with a Progressive Discoveries feature on the latest album by the Italian band Victim Of Illusion! I hope you can come along for the ride!


Prog-Watch Special - 101 Dimensions - August 2018-1

I'm at the helm again for this week's 101 Dimensions and I've got an interesting journey plotted for us. Here's the itinerary: 1. Pete Townshend - Who Are You (from the album The Lifehouse Chronicles, 2000); Catsnatch; Body Language; and Baroque Ippanese (from the album Scooped, 1995) 2. Jean-Michel Jarre – Electric Flesh; and Skin Paradox (from the album Geometry Of Love, 2003) 3. The Orb (featuring David Gilmour) – Metallic Side (from the album Metallic Spheres, 2010) 4. The Fragile Fate...


Prog-Watch 531 - Shaking the Family Tree of Jethro Tull

This week on Prog-Watch I'm shaking the family tree of one of my favorite bands of all time...Jethro Tull! So much great stuff shakes out, including music from Blodwyn Pig, Aviator, solo Ian Anderson, solo Martin Barre, and some real lost gems from the late Glenn Cornick's Wild Turkey! Come and see what shakes out!


Prog-Watch 530 - In Conversation with Nick Barrett of Pendragon, Pt. 2

This week on Prog-Watch we're celebrating 40 years of Pendragon with the second of two Nick Barrett interview programs! Nick and I had an epic chat and you can hear some more of that PLUS a whole lot of great Pendragon music in this week's program! If you missed the first show (or just want to refresh your memory so you can get the full-on Nick and Pendragon experience) you can find it here:


Prog-Watch Special - 101 Dimensions - July 2018

Well I'm back at the helm of the Starship 101 Dimensions and I've plotted an exciting course for us this month! Here's our itinerary: 1. Trinity Ward – Shadowfire; Sunburst; Lotus On An Ocean Of Milk; and The Mountains Of The Moon (from the album Incoherent Light, 2018) 2. Lunatic Soul – Shadows; Rinsing The Night; The Art Of Repairing; and Untamed (from the album Under The Fragmented Sky, 2018) 3. Duncan Mackay – Morpheus; and 12 Tone Nostalgia (from the album Chimera, 1974) 4. The Art Of...


Prog-Watch 529 - Variety + Subsignal on Progressive Discoveries

This week's Prog-Watch is another fabulous variety program with mostly new(er) music! We'll hear from Wobbler, David Cross and David Jackson, Ben Craven, Spock's Beard, Stratospheerius and The Bedlam Furnaces! Plus, Dr. Rob Fisher provides an insightful Progressive Discoveries segment on the new album 'La Muerta' from Subsignal!


Prog-Watch 528 - A Celebration of the Music of The Beatles

The Beatles were kind of my “gateway” band. Before I discovered them, I liked music probably about as much as your average teenager. After I discovered them, I became what I suppose you would call a “music fanatic”. Their music resonated with me on many different levels and I was amazed at the transformational musical journey they had made in less than a decade. Once I had absorbed just about everything they had done I moved on to explore the musical catalogs of Badfinger, The Who, Deep...


Prog-Watch 527 - In Conversation with Colin Blunstone of The Zombies

Time Of The Season by The Zombies is one of the first songs I can remember hearing as a child, and that strange beat and smooth, almost ethereal (over an AM radio!) vocal made a lasting impression. So it was with great pleasure that I was actually able to interview the owner of that voice, Mr. Colin Blunstone, a few weeks back! As an original British Invasion artist he had many recollections of those heady days, and also talked about his solo career, and time spent with The Alan Parsons...


Prog-Watch 526 - The Prog-Watch/TPA Best of 2018 (So Far)

This week's Prog-Watch is one of our semi-annual collaborations with the fine reviewers of The Progressive Aspect to bring you some of the Best of 2018 (So Far)! Nine fantastic pieces from nine of the best albums released so far this year and short reviews of each! With contributions from Mel Allen, Tony Colvill, Rob Fisher, Bob Mulvey, Roger Trenwith, Leo Trimming, and John Wenlock-Smith!


Prog-Watch Special - 101 Dimensions - June 2018-2

It's my turn on 101 Dimensions again and I've lined up a veritable smorgasbord of electronic and ambient music for your listening pleasure! Here's what's in store: 1. The Buggles – Technopop; and Island (Edit Version) (from the album The Age Of Plastic, 2010 Japanese reissue) 2. Synergy – Into The Abyss; Prairie Light; and West Side Nights (from the album Metropolitan Suite, 1987) 3. The Buggles – Vermillion Sands; and I Am A Camera (from the album Adventures In Modern Recording, 1981) 4....


Prog-Watch 525 - Variety + My Indigo on Progressive Discoveries

This week on Prog-Watch it's the long-awaited return of THE DOCTOR, Rob Fisher, with another great edition of Progressive Discoveries! This edition centers on the exciting new album by Sharon den Adel's solo project My Indigo. Prepare for something a bit different! Also on this week's program: a lot of great Progressive Rock (this ain't Rap-Watch!) from Yuka & Chronoship, The Dame, Armonite, Emerson, Lake and Powell, Gazpacho, World Trade, The J Conspiracy, IO Earth, and BangTower!


Prog-Watch 524 - In Conversation with Jerry Marotta

Jerry Marotta is one of the most prolific drummers in the history of modern music. He has played on literally hundreds of records and has worked with acts such as Orleans, Hall & Oates, The Indigo Girls, Stackridge, Marshall Crenshaw, The Dream Academy, Tears For Fears, Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, and many, many more. Of particular note to Progressive Rock music fans is his association with Peter Gabriel, Tony Levin, and Trey Gunn of King Crimson, who now works with Jerry in The Security...