Saturday, September 24, 2011

IPRS 87 Ready to download

Hello dear listeners. This week's radio show showcases cover version. I tried to find the most interesting cover version done by prog and non-prog artists. Most interesting, for me, means that the song isn't a note for note copy of the original. I also tried to find studio versions, as most bands who do cover versions do them live for the enjoyement of the public. And wouldn't you know it, I found tons of them, although I didn't have time to play them all, it being a three hour radio show.

As most listeners will know by now, the radio show started a little late on UK70sProgrock, so if you tuned out because you thought the show wasn't going to air, here is your chance to hear the show in it's entirety.

To download show 87 click here (No longer available)!

The playlist is as follows:

1. No Quarter, by Quidam (The Time Beneath the Sky, 2002)
2. When the Levee Breaks, by Stream of Passion (Out in the Real World, 2006)
3. Kashmir, by Kevin Gilbert (Nuts, 2010)
4. My Body Is a Cage, by Peter Gabriel (Scratch My Back, 2010)
5. Thank You, by Steven Wilson (Cover Version I, 2003)
6. The Chauffeur, by The Reasoning (The Chauffeur CDS, 2009)
7. Diary of a Madman, by Nemo (Les Enfants Rois, 2006)
8. Sufragette City, by IQ (Frequency Tour CD, 2008)
9. Moonchild, by Rafael Pacha (Impermanencia, 2011)
10. Starless, by Crimson Jazz Trio (King Crimson Songbook Volume 1, 2005)
11. 21st Century Schizoid Man, by ELP (The Return of the Manticoew, 1993)
12. Lucky Man, by Magenta (Lucky Man CDS, 2010)
13. Living Sin, by Headspace (YouTube version, 2011)
14. Knife Edge, by Star One (Victims of the Modern Age, 2010)
15. The Endless Enigma, by Mastermind (Angels of the Apocalypse, 2000)
16. Set the Control for the Heart of the Sun, by OSI (OSI, 2003)
17. Cymbaline, by RPWL (A Tribute to Pink Floyd, 2001)
18. Wish You Were Here, by Radiohead (The Golden Unplugged Bootleg, 1996)
19. Time, by Mary Fahl (From the Dark Side of the Moon, 2011)
20. Master of Time, by Big Big Train (Far Skies Deep Time, 2010)
21. Let Us Now Make Love, by The Watch (Timeless, 2011)
22. Entangled, by Paul D'Adamo (Tell Me Something, 2010)
23. The Carpet Crawlers, by Franck Carducci (Oddity, 2011)
24. Cinema Show, by The Flower Kings (Scanning the Greenhouse, 1998)
25. The Way the Waters Are Moving, by Unitopia (A Flower Full of Stars, 2011)

As always, if you love the music, follow the links to purchase the CDs, or go to your favourite retailer.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

IPRS 86 Ready for download

Hello dear listeners! Yesterday's IPRS, the one that aired on UK70s Prog Rock, is now available for download for those of you that prefer listening to the radio show through your iPods or any other listening device you own. I am pressed for time today, so the post will be short, but let me talk a bit about the featured album from this week's show.

Most of the time I receive CDs from the bands or from the distributors, or I simply buy the CDs through my favorite Cd shop. I review these CDs (I know, I know, I'm abit late in posting these reviews, but don't worry, they will come), and choose some of the best songs, in my opinion, to play on the radio show. But I also visit the web, especially a website called bandcamp, and just listen to what is new and upcoming. This week I discovered this new artist through this aforementioned website.

Bader Nana is an musician born in Lebanon and now based in Kuwait, not exactly Prog havens or the usual places where you figure prog will flourish. But give the music a chance and you will discover a rich and interesting artist that has a great future in the prog world, and a CD that will be a great addition to your music library. Wormwood is the name of the CD, and the songs relate a story. Of course, for people that know a bit about the bible, Wormwood is the name of a star that falls on the Earth, as told in the book of Revelations, but it also is a term used whn there is a nuclear accident, and this is the theme of the CD.

This CD won't disapoint, and it's free on Bader Nana's bandcamp site (at least for now). I don't know how Bader intends to make money out of this (I will try to contact him for an interview), buit I do hope that he starts charging soon and be rewarded by the fruit of his labout for this wonderful album.

Anyway, on with the links and the playlists, and talk to you soon. You can download show  86 here (No longer available) and listen to all the new music before you buy.

The playlist is as follows:

1. The Answer, by Bader Nana (Wormwood, 2011)
2. Quarantine, by Bader Nana (Wormwood, 2011)
3. The Plague, by Bader Nana (Wormwood, 2011)
4. Destroyer of Worlds, by Bader Nada (Wormwood, 2011)
5. Daylight, by Proto-Kaw (Forth, 2011)

6. Cold and Clear, by Proto-Kaw (Forth, 2011)
7. Utopian Dream, by Proto-Kaw (Forth, 2011)
8. All the Lights in Town, by The Watch (Planet Earth?, 2010)

9. One Day, by The Watch (Timeless, 2011)
10. End of the Road, by The Watch (Timeless, 2011)
11. The Battle of Epping Forest, by Genesis (Live at the Rainbow 1973, 2009)
12. The Cinema Show, by Genesis (Live at the Rainbow 1973, 2009)
13. Twilight Alehouse/Another Life, by The Watch (Live, 2008)
14. Absalom, by Stick Men (Absalom, 2011)
15. Smudge, by Stick Men (Absalom, 2011)
16. Crack in the Sky, by Stick Men (Absalom, 2011)
17. All That You Deserve, by Freegh (Freegh, 2011)
18. Akasha, Part I, by Freegh (Freegh, 2011)

19. Akasha, Part II, by Freegh (Freegh, 2011)
20. Incence and Myrrh, by Arch/Matheos (Sympathetic Resonance, 2011)

21. Any Given Day, by Arch/Matheos (Sympathetic Resonance, 2011)
22. Floating, by The Dive (The Dive, 2011)

As always, if you like the music, buy the CDs through your favorite retailer, and in that way you encourage the musicians to produce new music, and of course help in their livelihood.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Show #85 Ready for Download

Here at IPRS Central it was a sad week. Coming back from a beautiful weekend in the mountains north of Montreal, I heard the news Neil Pepper, a friend of this show, had lost his battle with cancer. For the past two years he fought valiantly, keeping us posted through his Facebook page, he continued recording with his band Galahad, and he never lost hope. That is why the first hour of this week's show is dedicated to him. I would especially like to thank Dean "Deano" Baker, keyboardist of Galahad for mixing 2 songs especially for the IPRS, and the members of Galahad and Josephine Pepper, for allowing me to play these songs on this radio show.

As for the rest of the radio show, I showcase more recently released music. Two of them, the new Opeth and the new Dream Theater, are real surprises for me. Let me elaborate.

Opeth have never really been my cup of tea. Some of their music I really enjoy, while the whole "death grunts" period... well let's just say I can do without it. But this latest release shows a maturity and a thoughtfulness I never would have imagined. Obviously I cannot claim to know all of their music, but from what I have heard I can affirm that "Heritage" is the album that will open them up to a whole new audience, like myself.

As for the latest Dream Theater, this is a band that I have been following for quite a while. I must first say that I am a fan of Mike Portnoy. He is an incredible drummer, very inventive, on par with Neil Peart, and a very nice guy. Even his side-projects were interesting (Transatlantic, OSI, etc.). When he was fired by the band he helped create the news was devastating. Some people vowed never to listen to DT ever again. Well, these same people might have to re-assess their position! The new CD, "A Dramatic turn of Events" is everything we came to love about Dream Theater. While the last few releases were technically marvellous, musically it seemed that they had lost their steam. Well this new release is a return to form, and the new drummer, Mike Mangini, really is up to the task.

Both these CDs will be released next week, so go ahead and purchase them, they are both worth it.

Download show 85 here (No longer available)!

The playlist is as follows:

1. Silence (IPRS Mix), by Neil Pepper (Unreleased)
2. Suspended Animation (IPRS Mix), by Galahad (Battle Scars, Forthcoming CD)
3. Singularity (Rough Mix), by Galahad (Battle Scars, Forthcoming CD)
4. Ocean Blue, by Galahad (Following Ghosts, 1999)
5. Shine, by Galahad (Following Ghosts, 1999)
6. Heritage, by Opeth (Heritage, 2011)
7. The Devil's Orchard, by Opeth (Heritage, 2011)
8. Folklore, by Opeth (Heritage, 2011)
9. This Is the Life, by Dream Theater (A Dramatic Turn of Events, 2011)
10. Breaking All Illusions, by Dream Theater (A Dramatic Turn of Events, 2011)
11. Forever Is a Journey, by Lisa LaRue 2KX (Beautiful Life EP, 2011)
12. Kingmaker, by Big Big Train (Prognosis 18, 2011)
13. Consecuencia Natural, by Abrete Gandul (Enjambre Sismico, 2011)
14. Convergencia Caotica, by Abrete Gandul (Enjambre Sismico, 2011)
15. Partie V, by Fractale (Suranné, 2011)
16. Magdalena, by Mandalaband (AD: Sangreal, 2011)
17. Visigoths, by Mandalaband (AD: Sangreal, 2011)
18. Saracens, by Mandalaband (AD: Sangreal, 2011)
19. Childbirth, by Soniq Circus (Reflections in the Hourglass, 2011)
20. By the Heartshaped Lake, by Soniq Circus (Reflections in the Hourglass, 2011)
21. Learning to Talk, by Soniq Circus (Reflections in the Hourglass, 2011)
22. Babylon, by The Winter Tree (The Winter Tree, 2011)
23. A Twilight in Middle March, by The Winter Tree (The Winter Tree, 2011)

As always, if you love the music, purchase the CDs, either by clicking the links above to purchase through the artists, or through your favorite retailer. Keep the music alive!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Show 84 ready for download

Hello dear listeners, and welcome to another International Prog Rock Show! Today we have a varied bag of prog music from Australia, the US, the UK, Portugal, Spain, France, and Argentina.

But first, a couple of announcements. I added some more festivals in the Festival tab of this blog. As most of you know, ProgDay starts today at Chapel Hill (some of you might already be there). The lineup has somewhat changed since Quantum Fantay were unable to arrive in the States in time for the concert due to last week's hurricain. Their headline spot has been taken by Sweden's Freak Kitchen. It promises to be a fantastic weekend of prog music, as always.

In other news, Ian Anderson has announced on the Jethro Tull website that he will be touring the Thick As A Brick album starting in April 2012 to celebrate its 40th anniversary. I haven't read anywhere in the official press releases that the whole Tull band will be performing, but one can surely wish!

And lastly, last week's contest still hasn't been claimed. So, if you want to win a pai of tickets to go see The Watch in Montreal on October 8th (be sure that you can be in Montreal on that date), you simply have to download last week's IPRS (show#83), and reply to the question asked during the show by sending your answer at progrockshow(at) (replace the (at) by @ when replying). I will contact the winner by email.

Thanks for listening, and on with the show!!!

You can download show #84 here (No longer available).

The playlist is as follows:

1. Here We Divide, by Dead Letter Circus (This Is the Warning, 2010)
2. This Is the Warning, by Dead Letter Circus (This Is the Warning, 2010)
3. The Design, by Dead Letter Circus (This Is the Warning, 2010)
4. Poetry for the Poisoned Parts I-IV, by Kamelot (Poetry for the Poisoned, 2010)
5. The World in Which We Live, by 3rDegree (The World in Which We Live, 2011)
6. The Sum, by Daymoon (All Tomorrows, 2011)
7. Hijos de América, by Contraluz (Nova Orbis, 2011)
8. Oidos en el Alma, by Contraluz (Nova Orbis, 2011)
9. Like Dust I Have Cleared from My Eye, by Steven Wilson (Grace for Drowning, 2011)
10. Thick as a Brick, Part I, by Jethro Tull (Thick as a Brick, 1972)
11. Ascension, by AmartiA (In a Quiet Place, 2011)
12. Blood Brothers, by AmartiA (In a Quiet Place, 2011)
13. Chosen One, by AmartiA (In a Quiet Place, 2011)
14. Redemption, by Antimatter (Leaving Eden, 2007)
15. The Freak Show, by Antimatter (Leaving Eden, 2007)
16. Landlocked, by Antimatter (Leaving Eden, 2007)
17. Icaro, by Albatros (Ursus, 2011)
18. La Cienega, by Albatros (Ursus, 2011)
19. Vision, by Temporal Chaos Project (Fantastic Dreamer, 2011)

As always, if you like the music, purchase the CDs by clicking on the artists' links, or by going to your favourite CD retailer.