Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Listen to Our top 20 to 11

Having aired on Sismico on Tuesday, the show is now available for download here (Podcast no longer available). Listen and tell us what you think of our choices.

I will list the complete play list on Friday.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Our Top 20 CDs of 2010

After having painstakingly listened to over 300 releases in 2010 we have finally come up with our Top 20 of the year. I must say that it was a difficult choice, 2010 being an especially fruitful year for Prog.

As I mention on the radio show, it would have been easier to pick our top 20 worst albums of the year (Feeding the Crocodiles by dutch proggers US comes to mind), but we soldiered on, and all of the albums listed here deserve to be bought, listened too, and loved. They are some, and only some, of the best music we heard this past year, and most could have easily made our Top 5. Rick struggled for two weeks for his top 3, the spot being shuffled constantly, even during the taping of the show. As for me, the top 3 cds were the one's that surprised me the most. But you'll find out which ones they were only next week. For now here is the list of our top 20 to 11.

The show will be broadcast on Sismico ( Tuesday at 7 PM GMT (2 PM EST) and Thursday at midnight EST (Friday 5 AM GMT), and will be rebroadcast Friday at 8 PM GMT (3 PM EST) on UK70s Prog Rock (

Rick's Top 20 to 11Frank's Top 20 to 11
The Opening,
by CloverSeeds
Pan: An Urban Pastoral,
by Persephone's Dream
Lover's End,
by Moon Safari
The Gathering Light,
by Karnataka
by Carptree
Lunatic Soul II,
by Lunatic Soul
Lunatic Soul II,
by Lunatic Soul
by Nine Stones Close
The Big Red Spark,
by Tinyfish
Far Skies Deep Time,
by Big Big Train
Heavy Metal Fruit,
by Motorpsycho
Ready to Go,
by The Black Noodle Project
Black Garden,
by K2
by Haken
by Amplifier
by Agents of Mercy
by WolfSpring
Notes in the Margin,
by Dave Kulju

As always, if you loved the music, purchase the CDs by following the links! Prog on and see you next week.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Listeners' Top Ten of 2010 Radio Show

It seems that Sismico ( played the wrong IPRS Radio Show today (they repeated our Holiday special). At least the show will be repeated this Thursday at 9 PM Pacific Time (Midnight Eastern Time, 5 AM Friday in England, 6 AM in most of Europe). Also, the show will play on UK70s Prog Rock (, on Friday at 2 PM EST (7 PM in England and 8 PM for the rest of Europe).

The Radio Show will nonetheless be available for download here today (Podcast no longer available). The show consists of our listeners' choice for Top CDs of 2010, as compiled from the comments and e-mails received. On next week's radio show, Rick and I will unveil our choices for 2010. I already know my own choice (I sort of have to), and I can say that I was quite pleasently surprised by our listeners choices. Though not many are on my own Top 10, they are all excellent albums that deserve to be discovered by the uninitiated and spun on the CD deck at full volume. And isn't that the whole point of a top ten list: to let other people know what you like and let them discover the music and the bands.

So without further ado, here is the listeners' choice of Top CDs for 2010:

We're Here Because We're Here, by Anathema
Cinematic, by Lebowski
Aquarius, by Haken
The Gathering Light, by Karnataka
Traces, by Nine Stones Close
Victims of the Modern Age2, by Star One
Whose Dream?, by BunChakeze
Road Salt One, by Pain of Salvation
Someone Here Is Missing, by Pineapple Thief
Anesthetize (DVD), by Porcupine Tree

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Just a Pool of Tears

In memoriam for those artists that passed away during 2010, and one in 2011.

Micky Jones, guitarist for Man (10 March 2010, age 63)
Markus Getta, guitarist for Darius (4 April 2010, age 38)
Greg Boynton, keyboardist for Dagaband (April 2010, age 61)
Peter Steele, singer and bassist of Type O Negative (14 April 2010, age 48)
Bo Hansson, keyboardist (24 April 2010, age 67)
Morris Pert, session drummer/percussionist for Brand X, Mike Oldfield and many more (27 April 2010, age 62)
Ronnie James Dio, vocalist for Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Heaven & Hell (116 May 2010, age 67)
Terry Lavitz, keyboardist for the Dixie Dreggs (7 October 2010, age 54)
Woolly Wolstenholme, keyboardist for Barclay James Harvest (13 December 2010, age 63)
Don Van Viet, better known as Captain Beefheart, vocalist (17 December 2010, age 69)

And Mick Karn, multi-instrumentalist for Japan and No-Man (4 January 2011, age 52)

Their music lives on...

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Out with the Old, In with the New - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all our listeners and friends!

Our Christmas Special aired three times during this past week and now is available for download here! (Podcast no longer available).

We will be back on the air during the second week of January with all new music, and the week after that we will have our Top 20 of 2010. Give us your list of the best CDs of 2010 right here in the comments section and they may be mentioned on the air.

Have a great 2011, and Prog On!