Thursday, December 31, 2009

Our Top 20 for 2009 with links

Here we go! On yesterday's show Rick and I unveiled our Top 20 of 2009. The past year was an exceptionally good one for progressive music, and our choices were made doubly hard since we had only heard about 90 to 100 CDs, most of them between the end of August and December. I'm sure that if we waited a couple of months and re-did this exercise, we'd arrive at different results, but for now, these are the ones we chose and presented on our Sunday show.

Update: Welcome IQ fans. Yes, Frequency made both our lists, and I am proud to find out that the band members from IQ noticed. Please, add this site in your favorites and listen to our internet radio show every sunday. For more information on air times, go to our Facebook page.

My Top 20
20. Barbares, by Nemo
19. Number 10, by Manning
18. Beautiful & Monstrous, by Subsignal
17. Actress, by Lobster Newberg
16. Turbulence, by Brother Ape
15. On This Perfect Day, by Guilt Machine
14. Dark, by Metamorphosis
13. Afterglow, by Wobbler
12. Out of the Tunnel's Mouth, by Steve Hackett

11. Jitters, by Po90
10. Focal Point, by Paul Cusick

9. The Whirlwind, by Transatlantic
8. The Underfall Yard, by Big Big Train
7. Soul's Inner Pendulum, by Moonrise
6. Numb, by Blind Ego
5. The Incident, by Porcupine Tree
4. Template for a Generation, by Darwin's Radio
3. Blood, by OSI
2. Down and Out in Paris and London, by The Tangent
1. Frequency, by IQ

Rick's Top 20
20. The Guitar Is Mightier Than the Gun, by First Band from Outer Space
19. Beautiful & Monstrous, by Subsignal
18. The Thrill of Nothingness, by Cross
17. The Weirding, by Astra
16. Mantis, by Umphrey's McGee
15. Focal Point, by Paul Cusick
14. The Thomas Tracks, by 5BridgeS
13. Blood, by OSI
12. Numb, by Blind Ego
11. Innergy, by Forgotten Suns
10. Frequency, by IQ
9. Please Be Quiet, by Gungfly
8. Jitters, by Po90
7. Black Clouds & Silver Linings, by Dream Theater
6. Destined Solitaire, by Beardfish
5. The Incident, by Porcupine Tree
4. The Underfall Yard, by Big Big Train
3. Down and Out in Paris and London, by The Tangent
2. The Whirlwind, by Transatlantic
1. Anno Domini High Definition, by Riverside

December 20th Show Now Online


Yes, you read correctly. Our show is now available for download. Because of file sizes the show has been seperated in hours, so you can download hour 1, 2 and/or 3 from the december 20th show, which was our last show of 2009. The International Prog Rock Show will now be recorded and available for download on this site. Enjoy!

Download the International Prog Rock Show: Hour 1
Download the International Prog Rock Show: Hour 2
Download the International Prog Rock Show: Hour 3

These files will be available for a limited time, until I find a permanent home for our show.

Have fun and Happy New Year to all our friends and listeners!

Update: I've been informed that the links were not working. New links have been placed and they should work... simply right-click and choose Open New Tab, from there click on the link. If they don't work, write a comment in the comment area of this post.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Year End Review 2: Frank's Pick

Follwing the post with Rick's Top 30 CDs (#30 to 21), here is my list of Top 30 albums (#30 to 21). It was a tough choice, and I'm certain that, if done in a month's time, this list would change since I haven't listened to half of the output from 2009, but here goes:

30. Awaking the Muse, by Leap Day
29. Songs from the Liar's Lair, by Ageness
28. The Hazards of Love, by The Decemberists
27. Destined Solitaire, by Beardfish
26. The Thrill of Nothingness, by Cross
25. Nostalgia, by Satellite
24. The Weirding, by Astra
23. The Yumyum Tree, by Ozric Tentacles
22. The Thomas Tracks, by 5BridgeS
21. Radiation, by UKZ

Year End Reviews: Rick's Top 30 (30-21)

As this year comes to an end Rick & I have decided to list our Top 30 albums of 2009. Out of the hundreds of albums that came out in 09, we excluded Singles, Live albums, and Compilations.
Here are numbers 30 to 21 according to Rick (Mine will come a bit later):

30. According to Life..., by The Carpet Knights
29. Avoid the Light, by Long Distance Calling
28. Nostalgia, by Satellite
27. Beyond Reality, by Mangrove
26. Fading Ghosts, by Agents of Mercy
25. Face of Our Fathers, by Pictorial Wand
24. Vision, by Martigan
23. Awaking the Muse, by Leap Day
22. Identity, by Airbag
21. Part the Second, by Maudlin of the Well

Numbers 20 to 1 will be revealed during the next show on January 10, 2009.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

December 20th Setlist and links

What a year! We started out humble radio show in August, after the summer vacations, with about 20 listeners (mostly family). Now we have over 400 members on our Facebook page, and over 1,000 visits to this site. Thank you all for listening. The December 20th show was recorded so as to make a podcast. It will be available here shortly.

For our last show of 2009 we played the following songs:

1. Lessons, by The Elf Project (Mirage, 2009)
2. Where Angels Fear to Tread, by Subsignal (Beautiful Monstrous, 2009)
3. A Verse of Despair, by Pictorial Wand (Face of Our Fathers, 2009)
4. The Guitar Is Mightier Than the Gun, by The First Band from Outer Space (The Guitar Is Mightier Than the Gun, 2009)
5. Icarus (Full Moon II), by Moonrise (Soul's Inner Pendulum, 2009)
6. Human Mind, by Silent Memorial (Retrospect, 2009)
7. Willoughby, by Shadow Circus (Whispers & Screams, 2009)
8. Angel, by Shadow Circus (Whispers & Screams, 2009)
9.Lost, by Lobster Newberg (Actress, 2009)
10. Imperial Winter White, by Wobbler (Afterglow, 2009)
11. Storyteller, by I/O Earth (I/O Earth, 2009)
12. Walking in Shadows, by Cirrus Bay (A Step Into Elsewhere, 2009)
13. 19-59, by Nemo (Barbares, 2009)
14. Waste of Time, by Flamborough Head (In Search ofJohn Maddock, 2009)
15. Egoist Hedonist, by Riverside (Anno Domini High Definition, 2009)

We also reviewed the latest Shadow Circus CD, Whispers & Screams. We both found it worth buying. I gave it a 7.5/10 and Rick gave it an 8.2/10. A full review will appear here shortly.

As always, if you loved the music, go visit the bands' websites linked above, and encourage them by buying their CDs.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Holidays Everyone

To all our listeners and followers of the blogspot or the Facebook page a very Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!

PS: Comments are now open to all. I finaly figured out how to open it. No need to have a blogger or yahoo or google ID. So you now know what to do... comment, comment, comment!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

They Wish They'd Seen It Coming

The following are two reviews of the latest Po90 CD "Jitters". Rick and I did not consult each other when writing our reviews, so imagine my surprise when I received his review by e-mail and found that he used practically the same opening line I did in my review. Originally the idea was to combine both reviews into one, but I have decided to let both stand as they are. The first review is mine, the second is Rick's. Have fun!

“They wished they’d seen it coming!” So starts the opening track, Interlude, and we wished we’d seen it coming indeed. After a seven years hiatus, Po90 are back in force with an unapologetic rocker of an album called Jitters. Interlude is an instrumental that is very reminiscent of Porcupine Tree’s Signify period, especially in the 5/4 section after the 16th bar, when the piano comes in. It also has a theme that is revisited and added to later on the track Backup. The next track, Standalone, starts off slow with a beautiful piano intro, only to become more chaotic and hectic, apart from a nice little jazzy bridge section. The whole feels like an arena rock song, and the ending testifies to the fact that the musicians thought so too.

Threesome is another chaotic rocker, a natural follow-up to Migraine from 2000’s Unbranded. It follows the same opening beat and pattern as Migraine, if not the same feel. Entry Level has groove, and lots of it. The opening bass line and drum beat draw you in and never let you go! Backup starts of as a continuation of Interlude, and then turns on a dime and changes tone musically until the chorus partially revisits the music of Interlude. A great track that feels like it must have been a lot of fun to play.

The title track, Jitters, starts off with a kind of African drum beat, with lots of sound effects coming in and out. The syncopated beat flows through the song until the rockier chorus. Truly an “amazing” song. I especially love the guitar and keyboard arpeggio bridge. The Dock of the Abyss is Po90’s take on the Otis Redding’s “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay”. They even borrow the first stanza and chorus from Redding’s classic. Although the themes are similar (economic recession), this is pure Po90.

Finally we have the beautiful and atmospheric The Death of Jade. This might be Po90s most important song. This song is about reality TV, and the numbing effect this might have on the people watching. Inspired in part by the real life story of Jade Goody, a young woman who was a Loft Story participant in the UK, and had her last months of life filmed for TV (she died at the age of 27 of uterin cancer, although her death was not filmed), this is a perfect ending to a wonderful album.

Some people might think, Andy Tillison included, that I am uncritical of his musical output, having given a 10/10 for The Tangent’s Down and Out in Paris and London, but I must say that both Po90 and The Tangent have surpassed themselves in 2009. The only sour note I will leave you with is my rating of the cover design of the CD: I really hate it! The previous Tangent album was called “Not As Good As the Book”, and this Po90 CD should have been called “Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover”. It is horrible, but what’s behind it is worth it.

Rating: 10/10.

Reviewed by Frank Marceau


"They wished they'd seen it coming"! That's how I reacted after I heard the first notes of this "in your face" album! This is how the instrumental intro track "Interlude" kicks off. If you are Porcupine Tree lovers,you will relish many of the songs here.This first number is quite reminiscent of "Signify" and"Mother and Child Divided".

The second, "Standalone", starts with soft piano and ends up being a great rocker prog song. Excellent guitar playing. We get a jazzy bridge at about the halfway point. The third offering,"Threesome" starts like a "Nine Inch Nails" tune. This song is actually
"Migraine part 2"!! This is an experimental tune that works, with it's industrial sound. Tillison even sings in french.

"Entry Level" starts with a funky bass and drum beat. A song that is as intriguing as it is bizarre, with a catchy chorus/refrain. Modern prog at it's best, with hints of "Porcupine Tree". "Back-up" starts like something you would hear on an "Opeth" album,t hen gets trippy... this song also flows greatly with the rest of this album.

"Jitters", the title track rocks! Tillison and the rest of the band really shine on this track, with hints or similarities to Canadian band MYSTERY, with a wonderful "GENESIS/MYSTERY middle section, before the singing pick up from where it had left off.

"On The Dock Of The Abyss" is a song about "disaster" movies (the likes of "Towering Inferno"/"Earthquake"/and in this case"Airport"), with Tillison singing Otis Redding's "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay", which was a song about not finding work, as for this one is about present reality of no work, economics and world recession ("sitting on the dock of the Abyss..."). Groovy thecno electronic funk rock tune!

And last but not least, "The Death Of Jade", has Tillison singing in french again. A little difficult to understand what he's saying (for the first 2 or 3 listens...) very atmospheric beginning, which grows into a crescendo and then settles back down til the end.

This album may only be 43 minutes long, but is probably one of the 3 cds you want to buy to add to your collection. A must for all proggers, and non-ones too!

A 10/10.

Reviewed by Montreal Rick

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Tomorrow on the International Prog Rock Show

Tomorrow will be the last International Prog Rock Show of 2009. We will play a lot of the new stuff we received or acquired during the year that still hasn't been played on the air. The Po90 review that Rick and I are writing will be published on this site later today, and we may have a few reviews live on the air.

Last week's show was a special one, with Andy Tillison of The Tangent and Po90 as our special guest. The set list for this show was as follows:

1. Standalone, by Parallele or 90 Degrees (Po90) (Jitters, 2009)
2. A Man of Thin Air, by Po90 (More Exotic Ways to Die, 2002)
3. The World We Drive Through, by The Tangent (The World We Drive Through, 2004)
4. Modern, a Peter Hammill cover by Po90 (No More Travelling Chess, 2002)
5. Grand Canyon, by Refugee (Refugee, 1973)
6. Jitters, by Po90 (Jitters, 2009)
7. Threesome, by Po90 (Jitters, 2009)
8. Backup, by Po90 (Jitters, 2009)
9. The Canterbury Sequence, by The Tangent (The Music That Died Alone, 2003)
10. Lost in London, by The Tangent (A Place in the Queue, 2006)
11. Perdu dans Paris, by The Tangent (Down and Out in Paris and London, 2009)

We had a great chat with Andy Tillison, who was very generous with his time, and we appreciate it.

As always, if you loved the music - buy the CDs, you won't regret it!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Someone Stole My Review

(Update below)

I just found out today, by surfing the net, that someone stole my review of The Tangent's latest album, and published it under his name (or nickname) on the ProgArchives site. Word for word!

I don't know how I should feel about this. Firstly, I'm flattered that this review was considered good enough, well written, and intelligent enough that someone would like to appropriate it for himself. And the fact that it is a flattering review (5 stars) ,about a band I care about, has helped its being listed in the ProgArchives in the top ten for 2009.

On the other hand, it is still theft. If he had copied it and attributed the review to me, I would have been proud. But no! The thief, who calls himself Bernal Prog, is someone who joined the ProgArchives on December 3 only to post my review and rate 5 other albums.

I am not a collaborator on ProgArchives (I might become one someday, but not right now), and cannot do a thing about this theft, except mention it here and hope for readers to complain to the ProgArchives about this person. At least to put the right attribution, cause it's still a great album and deserves the stars it earns.

Update: Thanks to MontrealRick and Andy Tillison himself, ProgArchives have now deleted the review. It seems that a lot of overenthusiastic fans were hoping to make "Down and Out in Paris and London" number 1 in the Top 100 of 2009 poll on ProgArchives. Some took other reviewers' reviews to boost the rating. Although Rick and I do believe this CD deserves all the praise it can get, it should get it the old fashioned way... with no cheating.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Today on the Show

Well, the show started early today, at 10 before 3 EST here. We have as a special guest Andy Tillison, frontman and main composer of both Parallel or 90 degrees and The Tangent. Stay tuned for a fun interview and lots of great music.


Monday, December 7, 2009

Next week's show

Next Sunday on the International Prog Rock Show we will have Andy Tillison of Parallele or 90 Degrees and The Tangent on the air with us, live from Leeds (Sounds like the name of a Who album, doesn't it!).

Yesterday's show on

Last Sunday's International Prog Rock Show (featuring MtlRick and I) was pretty laid back, compared with last week's show, in which we had three members of Hamadryad live in the studio.

First, we mourned the loss of two musicians:

Eric Woolfson, of Alan Parsons Project fame, died of cancer on December 2, 2009, at the age of 64. He was the main songwriter, and sung all the guide vocals on every APP album up to Gaudi. He is best known for having sung on such hits as "Time", "Nothing Left to Lose", "Eye in the Sky", "Silence and I", and "Don't Answer Me". After leaving APP he wrote musicals, some of which were based, and used songs from, material written for the Project.

Pim Koopman, though less well known than Woolfson, left his mark on the music scene as the drummer and co-founder of Dutch progressive rock band Kayak. He died at the young age of 56 on November 23, 2009. Although he left the band in 1976, he returned to the fold in 1999, and had been with them every since. He co-wrote many songs, and sang lead vocals on some of the early material. His passing brought an end to Kayak's last tour supporting their new double album. The future of the band is now on hold, unfortunately, and I personaly hope that Ton Sherpenzeel and his band mates do continue to write and play their wonderful music.

We also announced the winners of the Hamadryad DVDs and T-shirts: Louis Cossette, of Montreal, Canada, and Kaz Paul, of New Jersey, USA.

Now, on with last Sunday's set list:

1. To One in Paradise, by The Alan Parsons Project (Tales of Mystery and Imagination, 1975)
2. Close to the Fire, by Kayak (Close to the Fire, 2000)
3. The Weirding, by Astra (The Weirding, 2009)
4. The Hazards of Love, Part 1/A Bower Scene, by The Decemberists (The Hazards of Love, 2009)
5. Laboratories of the Invisible World, by Maudlin of the Well (Part the Second, 2009)
6. Ashes, by Pain of Salvation (The Second Death of P.O.S, 2009)
7. Prince of War, by Pictorial Wand (Face of Our Fathers, 2009)
8. A Rite of Passage, by Dream Theater (Black Clouds and Silver Linings, 2009)
9. Voyager, by Mangrove (Beyond Reality, 2009)
10. Repaint the Sky, by Satellite (Nostalgia, 2009)
11. Boatman's Vision, by Martigan (Vision, 2009)
12. News, by Forgotten Suns (Innergy, 2009)
13. She Moves Through the Fair, by Minimum Vital (Capitaines, 2009)
14. Lost, by Silent Memorial (Retrospective, 2009)
15. Going Home, by Eureka (Shackleton's Voyage, 2009)
16. In My Country, by Hamadryad (Intrusion, forthcoming)

And, as always: "If you loved the music, go buy the CDs, it encourages the musicians to make more!"

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Hamadryad in the Studio Live

Today's show on was a live CD listening party of the forthcoming Hamadryad album intitled Intrusion. As special guests we had the pleasure to have three members of the band in the studio with us: Jean-François Désilets (bass), Denis Jalbert (guitars), and Sébastien Cloutier (keyboards). Laughs were had by all, the guys from the band have quite a good sense of humour, and music was played on the air.

Having a laugh (Sébastien, J.F., Denis, and Frank)

Goofing off (Sébastien, MontrealRick, J.F., and Denis)

The new album, at first listen, sounds great, and I'm looking forward to hearing a finished CD in the near future.

The band were nice enough to leave us 2 DVDs of their 2006 concert in France during the Crescendo Festival, and T-Shirts. These are to be given out by draw to people responding to this post by either a comment or by sending an e-mail to The winner will be contacted and asked for his or her mailing address.
The songs that were played were as follows:

1. Amora Demonis, from Live in France 2006 (2007)
2. Alien Sphere, from Safe in Conformity (2005)
3. Nameless, from Live in France 2006 (2007)
4. Funk-a-Trunk, from Intrusion (Forthcoming album)
5. Here and Now, from Intrusion (Forthcoming album)
6. In My Country, from Intrusion (Forthcoming album)
7. Lap of Love, from Intrusion (Forthcoming album)
8. Liar, from Intrusion (Forthcoming album)
9. Sentence, from Intrusion (Forthcoming album)
10. Torture Zone, from Intrusion (Forthcoming album)
11. Lost, from Intrusion (Forthcoming album)
12. Pray to My God, from Intrusion (Forthcoming album)
13. ...Action!, from Live in France 2006 (2007)
14. Anatomy of a Dream, from Safe in Conformity (2005)
15. Still They Laugh, Part 1 and Part 2, from Live in France (2007)

I would like to thank the Jean-François, Denis and Sébastien for their generosity and the good times we had in the studio.

As always, if you loved the music - buy the albums!

I'm so pleased!

I'm pleased that The Tangent has found my review of their newest opus worthy of being highlighted on their website! I'm honoured.


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Nov. 15 2009: Special Guest Dave Meros of Spock's Beard

On November 15th we had the pleasure to interview Dave Meros of Spock's Beard for close to two hours. Dave Meros is a great guest on and off the air, talking about his menagerie of cats and about the new Beard album (number 10) that will be released in the new year. We also had a live blog with questions from our audience.

We played the following Spock's Beard songs on the radio show:

1. Go the Way You Go (Light, 1995)
2. Thoughts (Beware of Darkness, 1996)
3. The Good Don't Last (The Kindness of Strangers, 1997)
4. June (The Kindness of Strangers, 1997)
5. Gibberish (Day for Night, 1999)
6. The Gypsy (Day for Night, 1999)
7. Thoughts, Part 2 (V, 2000)
9. At the End of the Day (V, 2000)
10. Welcome to NYC (Snow, 2002)
11. Devil's Got My Throat (Snow, 2002)
12. The Bottom Line (Feel Euphoria, 2003)
13. The Ballet of the Impact (Octane, 2005)
14. On a Perfect Day (Spock's Beard, 2006)

As always, if you liked the music, buy the albums!

November 8, 2009 Set list

OK, I'm late in posting these setlists with links, so here they are (better late than never).

On November 8th we reviewed 4 CDs on air, and played some new releases. The following songs were heard:

1. Solaris, by Moongarden (Songs from the Lighthouse, 2008)
2. Awakened, by Moonrise (The Soul's Inner Pendulum, 2009) New release
3. I Could Be God, by Galahad (Sleepless in Phoenixville - Live Rosfest 2007, 2009) New release
4. Straight to the Otherside, by Voyager (I Am the Revolution, 2009)
5. Total Existence Failure, by Voyager (I Am the Revolution, 2009)
6. What Would You Do?, by Leap Day (Awaken the Muse, 2009)
7. Shop Window Dummies, by Leap Day (Awaken the Muse, 2009)
8. In'terview, by Gentle Giant (In'terview, 1976)
9. Emerald & Ash, by Steve Hackett (Out of the Tunnels Mouth, 2009) New release
10. The Start of Something Beautiful, by Porcupine Tree (Deadwing, 2005)
11. For Such a Time, by Transatlantic (The Whirlwind, 2009)
12. Where Are They Now?, by The Tangent (Down and Out in Paris and London, 2009) New release
13.Paroxetine 20mg, by The Tangent (Down and Out in Paris and London, 2009) New release

CD reviews:

Voyager's I Am the Revoltion

MontrealRick: 8.5/10
Frank: 8.0/10

Leap Day's Awaken the Muse

MontrealRick: 8.0/10
Frank: 8.0/10

Transatlantic's The Whirlwind

MontrealRick: 8.8/10
Frank: 7.5/10

The Tangent's Down and Out in Paris and London

MontrealRick: 10/10
Frank: 10/10 (Read my whole review here)

As you can see, MontrealRick and I seem to have similar taste... for now! At least we both think that Down and Out in Paris and London is a fantastic album that everyone must have in his collection.

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Tangent's new offering - best of 2009

Rating: 10/10

1. Where Are They Now?
2. Paroxetine - 20mg
3. Perdu Dans Paris
4. The Company Car
5. Everyman's Forgotten Monday
6. Ethanol Hat Nail (Canterbury Sequence Vol. 2)

Andy Tillison : Vocals, keyboards, and electric guitar
Jonathan Barrett : Bass
Paul Burgess : Drums
Theo Travis : Sax and flute
Guy Manning : Acoustic guitar and vocals

First off, let me say that I hadn’t heard of The Tangent before being exposed to their music by my co-host MontrealRick. He introduced me to two of their albums, while I introduced him to Parallel or 90 dergrees. This might seem bizarre to most fans of The Tangent, but I knew of Andy Tillison’s music through another band. This said, on with my take of the new album by Andy and his friends.

Down and Out in Paris and London is, by my measure, one of the best new album of 2009 – and I have heard a lot of albums this year. From the opening track to the closing bonus song, this album is a pure jewel. And like a jewel, you can hear the beauty of each song, and the skill of the artisan in crafting each of those small jems.

The album opens with Where Are They Now?, a song that has a deceptively simple melody played on a solo guitar, and added on by multiple instruments, but is in reality a masterful piece using mixed meter, starting with what I take to be a suite of 5/8 – 3/4 - 6/8 . These meter changes do not detract from the song, they flow into it, then they rattle you with a cacophonic saxophone section only to bring you back smoothly into the song. All I can say is that this is a magnificent opener, with touches of Camel-like guitar playing, even a guitar solo that sounds like Sanata.

Paroxetine 20mg starts off strong with a fuzzed synth, but becomes a smooth jazzy song with Floydian touches here and there. A great song about the incapassity to feel. Perdu dans Paris, the second of three long songs, starts off smooth, and you can realy feel as if you are walking through Paris on a beautiful evening night. The middle section is more uptempo and offers a beautiful contrast to the whole atmosphere.

The Company Car also starts off smooth with a magnificent bass line and a subtle sax in the background, only to have a middle instrumental section where drums, guitars, synths, and piano play off each other to the hilt on what seems like a wild ride. Then the sax re-enters the fray whaling, only to fade in the background the same way it came in.

Ethanol Hat Nail starts off a-la Gentle Giant, with syncopated percussions and keyboards, even the sound a glass shatering in the background. Going through different moods, this song returns to the main theme introduced at the beginning, only to change tracks completely in the middle section. This song, about the insecurities of being an artist and not trusting oneself to write good melodies, ends with a return to the main theme.

As for Everyman’s Forgotten Monday, this is a perfect song with which to end the album, with a soaring guitar solo in the middle section. This is also Floydian in tone, with sax and keyboards hinting back to Wish You Were Here, and and closing ping-sound very reminescent of the opening of Echoes. Don’t get me wrong, they don’t sound like Floyd songs, they only use sounds that we associate with the Floyd.

This is a “must-have”, and may be the best album to date by The Tangent. This has been playing in my car and at work for the past month, and will be for some time to come.

No Show Last Sunday

Sorry about that folks, but there was no International Prog Rock Show last sunday, due to equipment changes at the studios. This week, though, we will have a great show, with special guests Hamadryad in for the whole 3 hours.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Live blogging

OK. This is a first: live blogging. I'm here live at the radio station and awaiting your questions for Dave Meros of Spock's Beard.

To ask a question, simply use the comments section, or send an e-mail to:

You won't be able to ask questions on the air since Dave will be on the phone, our only phone line.

16:20 Update: got a couple of questions from Chris Spiessens in Belgium, and a phone-in question from Philadelphia.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

November: Busy Month on the International Prog Rock Show

Thanks to the unrelenting work done by my co-host MontrealRick, we are now able to announce that this November we will have special interviews with the following artists:

First, on November 15th we will have Dave Meros of Spock's Beard as a guest on the show. It will be a live phone interview, and we will dedicate the whole show to Spock's Beard. We welcome questions by our audience. Leave your questions and your name in the Comments section of this post.

The following week, on November 22nd, Andy Tillison of The Tangent and Parallel or 90 Degrees will be our guest. this interview will either be through Skype or through our message boards, so stay tuned for more info. Still, one way or another, we invite our audience to come up with questions and to send them to us.

And lastly, on November 29th we will host the launch of the new Hamadryad album titled "Intrusion", with members of the band in the studio with us. During the interview, listeners from North-America will be invited to comment live on the phone at: 1-877-842-5050. Other listeners will be able to send questions through our Facebook page.

Stay tuned for more info.

November 1st Setlist from

Our special “Covers” show, set the day after we all covered ourselves for Halloween. This is the set list that was played during. The show started, as always, at 15h00 EST. The links here are provided for those who liked the music presented and would like to purchase albums from the artists themselves.

1. 21st Century Schizoid Man, by The Human Experimente (Dreaming in Exile, 2009)
2. No Quarter, by Ayreon (Day Eleven: Love CDS, 2004)
3. The More We Live, by Conspiracy (Conspiracy, 2000)
4. The Return of the Giant Hogweed, by Transatlantic (Whirlwind, 2009)
5. Sign o’ the Times, by Steven Wilson (Cover Version V, 2008)
6. Running Up That Hill, by Within Temptation (Running Up That Hill CDS, 2003)
7. Rocket Man, by Kate Bush (Rocket Man CDS, 1990)
8. Money, by Mary Fahl (From the Dark Side of the Moon, 2007)
9. To France, by Blind Guardian (The Forgotten Tales, 1996)
10. Solsbury Hill, by Saga (The Works, 1991)
11. Space Oddity, by Star One (Space Metal, 2002)
12. Suffragette City, by IQ (Frequency Tour CD 1, 2009)
13. See Emily Play, by David Bowie (Pin Ups, 1973)
14. For Nobody, by The Gourishankar (Close Grip (Reissue), 2008)
15. Karn Evil 9, by Shaun Guerin (Archives, 2004)
16. Man in a Long Black Coat, by ELP (In the Hot Seat, 1994)
17. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun, by OSI (Office of Strategic Influence, 2003)
18. Arnold Layne, by Airbag (Download only, 2009)
19. The Colony of Slippermen, by Nick D’Virgilio (Rewiring Genesis, 2008)
20. I Know What I Like, by Fish (Songs from the Mirror, 1993)
21. Bridge of Sighs, by Opeth (Watershed, 2008)
22. Larks’ Tongues in Aspic Part 2, by Dream Theater (Black Clouds & Silver linings, 2009)
23. Southside of the Sky, by Glass Hammer (Culture of Ascent, 2007)
24. I Am a Camera, by The Buggles (Adventures in Modern Recording, 1982)
25. The Cinema Show, by The Flower Kings (The Road Back Home, 2007)

October 25th Setlist from

I’m a bit late in posting this and the next posts. This is the set list that was played during the International Prog Rock show on Sunday the 25th of October. The show started at 15h00 EST. As always, if you liked the music, please buy the albums directly from the artists - simply follow the links.

1. What Happens Now? (Live), by Porcupine Tree (The Incident (Japanese release), 2008)
2. Ready to Live, by Mindfields (One, 2009)
3. The Lie and the Liar, by Ageness (Songs from the Liar’s Lair, 2009)
4. Looking Outside Inside, by Anathema (A Fine Day to Exit, 2001)
5. Peel, by Redemption (Snowfall on Judgment Day, 2009)
6. Fighter Command, by Big Big Train (Gathering Speed, 2004)
7. Shadow of the Lake, by Mystery (Destiny?, 1998)
8. Aegian Sea, by Aphrodite’s Child (666, 1972)
9. The Parting, by Nathan Mahl (Exodus, 2007)
10. Ships, by Guy Manning (Number 10, 2009)
11. Midas Touch, by Pallas (The Cross & the Crucible, 2005)
12. Gift of the Flame, by Phideaux (Number 7, 2009)
13. Storia Senti, by Phideaux (Number 7, 2009)
14. Secondo Incontro, by Il Balletto di Bronzo (Ys, 1972)
15. Meantime, by Porcupine Tree (Web download only, 2009)
16. Give and Take, by Unitopia (The Garden, 2008)
17. Same Old Song / Sunset, by Beardfish (Sleeping in Traffic: Part 1, 2007)
18. Frantic, by Robert Svilpa (A Fine Line Between, 2009)
19. A Street Between Sunrise and Sunset, by Satellite (A Street Between Sunrise and Sunset, 2003)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Mystery in Montreal

Last night Rick and I went to see Mystery yet again. Mystery is a Montreal-based prog rock band that has been in existence since 1986. The last time we saw them was a little over a month ago when they opened the FMPM prog rock festival.

This time around the venue was a small bar on Papineau street called "La place à coté", and the place was packed. The guys from Mystery, lead by composer Michel St-Père, played most of their latest album (pictured here), with 'Voyage to the Other Side' and 'The Awakening' left unplayed. Three songs from the previous album, Destiny?, were also played... those being "Queen of Vajra Space", "Shadow of the Lake", and the title track. They also played, as is their want, a cover of Pink Floyd's "Hey You".

We were happy to hear tracks from the forthcoming album One Among the Living: the title track with its soaring vocals and superb guitar work, and "Sailing on a Wing" which ended the show on a graceful note.

As usual, the always smiling Michel St-Père is a subdued individual on stage, choosing to let the light shine on lead singer Benoit David, who was in great form last night. But when it comes to his guitar work, Michel St-Père leaves no doubt in one's mind that he is as accomplished as he is inventive. When his time comes to shine on stage, he regals in it. The rhythm section, Steve Gagné on drums and François Fournier on bass, was solid and lead the band with style. Dean Baldwyn, on guitars, wasn't simply a rhythm guitarist, with his solos soaring and precice.

This was the last show for Mystery for a time, since Benoit David is returning as the singer for Yes for their upcoming tour. All in all, this was a fitting last show.

By the way, thanks to all the friends we met at the show. Keep on listening to our prog show on on Sundays (15h00 EST in America).


Monday, October 19, 2009

Bad News and Good News

Bad news first! The FMPM, the Montreal Progressive Rock Music Festival (FMPM is the french acronym) is dead. I'm sorry to see it go. It was, for four years, a great showcase for progressive music from around the world and for homegrown acts. I would like to thank everyone that had a hand in putting this great festival together, starting with Robert Dansereau, whom I met during a Marillion Weekend, and who was and is a big fan and a great guy.

And now the good news.

From the ashes of the FMPM may grow another Prog Rock Festival here in Montreal. Talks are alerady under way, and interest is shown from all quarters. We may yet have a festival where our favourite bands can play the music we have grown to love.

As the saying goes: The king is dead. Long live the king!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sunday show on

Sunday the 17th of October 2009. The show started at 15h00 EST. If you liked the music, please buy the albums directly from the artists - simply follow the links.

1. Mission Profile, by Threshold (Subsurface, 2004)
2. Moonchild (Long Version), by King Crimson (In the Court of the Crimson King 5.1 Remaster, 1969/2009)
3. I Talk to the Wind (Alternate Version), by King Crimson (In the Court of the Crimson King 5.1 Remaster, 1969/2009)
4. DNAlien, by The Watch (Ghost, 2006)
5. Beware of Darkness, by K2 (Live in Hollywood, DVD, 2006)
6. Arrows, by Parallel or 90 Degrees (No More Travelling Chess, 1999)
7. In the Cage, by Nick D'Virgilo (Re-Wiring Genesis, 2008)
8. Land of the Lies, by Voyager (I Am the reVolution, 2009)
9. Open White, by Fadeout (Demo, 2009)
10. Triumph of the Will, Parts 1 - 4, by Mastermind (Volume 2: Brainstorm, 1992)
11. Ethanol Hat Nail - The Canterbury Sequence Part 2, by The Tangent (Lost and Found in Paris and London, 2009)
12. Perdu dans Paris, by The Tangent (Lost and Found in Paris and London, 2009)
13. Terminal, by Devin Townsend Project (Ki, 2009)
14. Twisted Coil, by Guilt Machine (On This Perfect Day, 2009)
15. Time Flies, by Porcupine Tree (The Incident, 2009)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday's International Prog Rock Show

The show went without a hitch. Show started at 15h00 EST. The set list was as follows:

1. Full Moon / Memories, by Moonrise (The Lights of a Distant Bay, 2008)
2. Nuova Vita, by A Piedi Nudo (Creazione, 1995)
3. Ancient Memory, by IZZ (Ampersand Volume 1, 2004)
4. Pull Me Under, by Dream Theater (Images and Words, 1993)
5. Interior Lulu, by Marillion (Less Is More, 2009)
6. It's Not Your Fault, by Marillion (Less Is More, 2009)
7. Why Water Weeds?, by Magellan (Symphony for a Misanthrope, 2005)
8. Green Face, by Eddie Jobson (Zinc - The Green Album, 1983)
9. Nocturnales, by Peter Gabriel (Les Morsures de l'aubes Soundtrack, 2001)
10. White Ashes, by Peter Gabriel (Still Growing Up & Unwrapped, 2005)
11. A New Beginning, by Cross (Playgrounds, 2004)
12. Fire in the Moon, by Steve Hackett (Recorded live at Lugano, 2009)
13. Flying Triangles, by Mr. So & So (Sugarstealer, 2009)
14. Time Stands Still, by Karnataka (Delicate Flame of Desire, 2003)
15. Stranger, by RPWL (The RPWL Experience, 2008)
16. Between the Lines, by Also Eden (About Time, 2006)
17. Último Entardecer, by Bacamarte (Depois do Fim, 1983)
18. Evil Ted, by Eric Tittle (Demo, 2009)
19. Pile of Doubt, by Green Carnation (The Quiet Offspring, 2055)
20. Chapter 7.1, by Oblivion Sun (Oblivion Sun, 2007)
21. Mind Over Matter, by Forgotten Suns (Innergy, 2009)
22. Nemesis Voices, by Indukti (Idmen, 2009)

Hope you enjoyed it!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The International Prog Rock Show

Hello and welcome to our new blog site. This is a companion web-site to The International Prog Rock Show featuring MontrealRick and Frank. This interactive internet-radio show airs on every Sunday from 3 to 6 PM (15:00-18:00) EST in North America, from 8 to 11 (20:00 to 23:00) in the UK, and from 9PM to midnight (21:00 to 00:00) in Europe. If you are a Facebook user, you can join our Facebook page here: where you can also leave comments and requests.

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