Monday, October 25, 2010

The Big Big Interview with Andy Poole

In this week's International Prog Rock Show we had the pleasure of interviewing Andy Poole of the UK band Big Big Train. Founded in 1990, this Bournemouth based band has produced 6 albums to date, and an EP coming out today, Monday the 25th of October, although you really should consider this an album since it's practically 40 minutes long. Download the podcast (Podcast no longer available) to hear their music and get a taste of the new EP.

Here is the playlist:

1. Perfect Cosmic Storm, by Big Big Train (The Difference Machine, 2007)
2. Victorian Brickwork, by Big Big Train (The Underfall Yard, 2009)
3. British Racing Green, by Big Big Train (Far Skies Deep Time, 2010) - NEW
4. Brambling, by Big Big Train (Far Skies Deep Time, 2010) - NEW
5. High Tide Last Stand, by Big Big Train (Gathering Speed, 2004)
6. Reaching for John Dowland, by Big Big Train (English Boy Wonders, 1997)
7. From the Wide Open Sea, by Big Big Train (The Difference Machine, 2007)
8. The Wide Open Sea, by Big Big Train (Far Skies Deep Time, 2010) - NEW
9. Master of Time, by Anthony Phillips (The Geese & the Ghost (Remastered), 2008)
10. Master of Time, by Big Big Train (Far Skies Deep Time, 2010) - NEW
11. Summer's Lease, by Big Big Train (The Difference Machine, 2007)
12. The Very Day, by Delusion Squared (Delusion Squared, 2010)
13. In My Time of Dying, by Delusion Squared (Delusion Squared, 2010)
14. Rainbow Ruse, by Demians (Mute, 2010)
To learn more about the artists above, or to purchase their CDs, please follow the links. And, as always, if you love this music, please buy the CDs!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

IPRS Goes Global and in Stereo

As longtime listeners know, every Sunday the International Prog Rock Show is live on the air and over the internet on at 3 PM E.S.T.and, unfortunately, in mono. To provide our listeners with a true aural experience I've been recording our show directly from the console in stereo and making podcasts for all to download and experience the music as it should be heard.

Now our show has been picked up by two other radio stations. The first, Sismico, is based in Mexico, near Mexicali, the sight of the famous Baja Prog Festival. They replay our show every Tuesday at 2:30 PM E.S.T. and on Thursdays at Midnight E.S.T. The show seems to be broadcast in mono, but the beauty of it is that you don't need iTunes or WinAmp to listen to the show, a player is built in to the webpage. So simply open your browser and listen.

The second radio station to pick up our show is on Live365. The radio station is called Uk70sProg or Genesis ELP Yes & Friends and this one is broadcast every Friday from the UK and can be heard in North-America at 2:00 PM E.S.T. And this one is in beautiful stereo!!! They also broadcast directly from the browserr but they also have a free downloadable player.

So now there are five way to listen to our show: live on Sundays, downloadable on Mondays, or played back on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The immense popularity of our show is a testament to listeners and to prog music lovers all over the world and I would like to thank all of you, listeners and musicians, for this fantastic turn of events. We couldn't have done it without you.

Keep on Progging!!

Tuesdays and Thursdays on:

And Fridays on:

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

We Are Going Global

The International Prog Rock Show has been picked up by a Mexican Internet Radio Station and airs on Tuesdays. It is airing as I write this. Go to and you don't need a player to listen to the show. More details will follow.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Interview with Guy Manning

This past Sunday we had the pleasure of interviewing Guy Manning, composer extraordinaire, lover of water and death, and moose connaiseur! He's had a long career, releasing one album a year for the past 10 years, and his latest, Charlestown, is a delight. Download the show here (Podcast no longer available)!

The playlist is:

1. Apocalypsis (Jesu Christi), by Jake Mattison (Voyager EP, 2010) - NEW
2. F.Y.C., by Neil Pepper (Unreleased Demo, 2010) - NEW
3. Shine, by Galahad (Following Ghosts, 1999)
4. Ships, by Manning (Number Ten, 2009)
5. Charlestown, Parts1 & 4, by Manning (Charlestown, 2010) - NEW
6. Caliban and Ariel, by Manning (Charlestown, 2010) - NEW
7. The View from My Window, by Manning ( The View from My Window, 2003)
8. Pain, by Stream of Passion (Out of the Real World EP, 2006)
9. When the Levee Breaks, by Stream of Passion (Live in the Real World, 2006)
10. In the Flesh/Happiest Days of Our Lives/Another Brick in the Wall, Part.2, by Roger Waters (In the Flesh Live, 2000)
11. Requiem for a Dying Creed, by Hypnos 69 (Legacy, 2010)
12. Duke of Sadness, by Agents of Mercy (Dramarama, 2010) - NEW
13. Tarkus (Live), by Emerson-Hughes-Bonilla ( Boys Club: Live in California, 2008)

Well you might have noticed that IT won hands down in the poll. That is basically because many friends of IT's lead singer/songwritter voted for him. He nonetheless came in first, when you factor out the "family and friends" vote. Now you can vote in this week's poll!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Interview with Two Edensong Members

The International Prog Rock Show was happy to interview James Byron Schoen and Tony Waldman, two members of Edensong, a great prog band from the USA. Rick and I had had the pleasure of seeing them live at Quebec City's Terra Incognita Festival last spring and were  blown away by their performance.

On stage they are full of energy, and they are talented musicians. They also have a great sense of humour, as was shown when there were some technical difficulties during the show, and the band started improvising a ragtime. James and Tony were our guests this Sunday, and we invite you to discover their band, which is excellent. We also invite you to vote for the song or songs that you prefered during the broadcast, so in the right side of the page is a poll listing ready for you to vote (Multiple choices are allowed)!

Yesterday's radio show podcast is now ready for download here (Podcast no longer available)! The playlist is as follows:

1. Golden Child, by Matthew Parmenter (Horro Express, 2008)
2. Nothing Lasts Forever, by Unitopia (Artificial, 2010)
3. Right Through Me, by The Intersphere (Interspheres and Atmospheres, 2010)
4. Prodigy Composers, by The Intersphere (Interspheres and Atmospheres, 2010)
5. Home in Negative, by Steven Wilson ( download, 2010)
6. Unexpected Twists and Turns, by Unwritten Pages (Part I: Noah, 2010)
7. Yoso, by Yoso (Elements, 2010)
8. I Have a Place for You on Google Earth, by the Intersphere (Interspheres and Atmospheres, 2010)
9. Visions, by Aeon Zen (The Face of the Unknown, 2010)
10. Beneath the Tide (Live), by Edensong (Echoes of Edenson, 2010)
11. The Prayer, by Edensong (The Fruit Fallen, 2008)
12. Departure, by It (Departure, 2009)
13. Car Crash, by It (Departure, 2009)
14. Spring Knocks on the Door of Men, by Anima Mundi (The Way, 2010)
15. Cosi Come Sei, by Pandora (Dramma du un Poeta Ubriaco, 2008)
16. Hope Leaves (Live), by Opeth (Live at the Royal Albert Hall, 2010)

If you love the music, go directly to the artist's site and purchase the CD. That way, the artists can afford to create new music for you to enjoy!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Results of Poll #3

Poll #3's results are in and the clear preference goes to BunChakeze, with their song "The Deal". I'm very glad this new band got a nod of approaval from our listeners. 37% of you liked this song, and 20% of you loved "If the Sun" by Glass Hammer, a very close second! Third, with 16%, came K2 with "Passage to the Deep" from their excellent new CD "Black Garden". Rounding up the top 5 were Phideaux and The Watch, with "Hive Mind" and "All the Lights in Town" respectively.

Thank you to all who participated! A fourth poll is now on line, and multiple votes are enabled (sorry about that for last week). So tell us what you think and what you prefered!

Monday, October 4, 2010

October 3rd Radio Show Ready for Download

On last Sunday's show we welcomed our friend Ken Jaquess, bass player and leader of K2. We also had the pleasure to speak with Karl Johnson, guitarist extraordinaire, also a member of K2, and friend of Ken. The band will soon do a couple of gigs in the Los Angeles area, and are planning a small tour of the East Coast (including Montreal... maybe). A lot of new music was played, including songs off of the new K2 CD. Download the radio show here (Podcast no longer available), and once you listened to the show, vote on the online poll for your favorite songs. The setlist was is follows:

1- Passage to the Deep, by K2 (Black Garden, 2010)
---- Interview with Karl Johnson ----
2- Cloak of Antiquitym by K2 (Live in Hollywood DVD, 2009)
---- Interview with Ken Jaquess ----
3- Oceans to Cross, by Atlantis (Pray for Rain, 2002)
4- Path of the Warrior, by K2 (Black Garden, 2010)
5- Hive Mind, by Phideaux (7, 2009)
6- All the Lights in Town, by The Watch (Planet Earth?, 2010)
7- Anti-Matter Poetry, by T (Anti-Matter Poetry, 2010)
8- If the Sun, by Glass Hammer (If, 2010)
9- The Deal, by BunChakeze (Whose Dream?, 2010)

As always, if you love the music, click on the links and purchase the CD directly from the artists or their record company. That allows artists to produce more of the music we love.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Results of Poll #2

The results are in and I'm happy to say that 44% of you loved the new Delusion Squared songs. I even got wind that some of you ordered the CD after having heard it on our show, and I am very gratified about that. What were the other results? Well here they are:

44% for both Copyrighted Genes and Sentenced, off the first Delusion Squared CD.
24% for Widows Watch, off of Black Garden, by K2.
20% for Gone in the Blink of an Eye, off of Artificial by Unitopia.
20% for Beyond Within, off of If by Glass Hammer.
17% for 321 and Justify, two other Unitopia songs.
10% liked Dragonfly by Carptree and the acoustic version of Dark Angel by The Reasoning.

The others were undder 6% so I won't mention them.

Thanks to everyone that participated. Poll #3 will be up as soon as the live radio show is over.