Nov 272016
 
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Next time we’ll start the usual end-of-year shenanigans, but this time I’ve adopted a policy of shameless self-publicity and based an entire show around Bad Elephant Music’s 2016 catalogue


  1. The Brackish – Liquid of Choice (05:32) from Liquid of Choice, 2016
  2. Jack Arthurs – Lift Me Up (05:19) from Treasure House, 2016
  3. Matthew Parmenter – Digital (03:40) from All Our Yesterdays, 2016
  4. The Rube Goldberg Machine – Afraid Of My Own Shadow (06:46) from Fragile Times, 2016
  5. The Fierce And The Dead – Andy Fox (Live At Kingsway College) (05:42) from If It Carries On Like This We Are Moving To Morecambe (2016 Remaster), 2016
  6. Konchordat – Statement of Intent (07:17) from Rise To The Order, 2016
  7. Tom Slatter – The Time Traveller Suite 2: Rise Another Leaf (03:48) from Three Rows Of Teeth (2016 expanded edition), 2016
  8. Nine Stones Close – Spoils (16:35) from Leaves, 2016
  9. Mothertongue – Blooper’s Theme (04:02) from Unsongs, 2016
  10. Sphelm – These Roots Know No Boundaries (05:24) from These Roots Know No Boundaries, 2016
  11. The Gift – Tuesday’s Child (09:45) from Why The Sea Is Salt, 2016
  12. Verbal Delirium – The Decayed Reflection (A Verbal Delirium) (11:51) from The Imprisoned Words Of Fear, 2016
  13. Mike Kershaw – Another Disguise (05:23) from What Lies Beneath, 2016
  14. Under A Banner – Legion (04:39) from The Wild Places, 2016
  15. Paradigm Shift – Reunification (09:22) from Becoming Aware, 2016
  16. Heliopolis – Love and Inspiration (18:53) from Epic at the Majestic: Live at RoSFest, 2016
  17. Matt Stevens – Scapegoat (05:01) from Archive, 2016
  18. N.y.X. – The Daily Dark Delirium (12:52) from The News, 2016
  19. Emmett Elvin – The Plankton Suite (04:22) from Assault On The Tyranny Of Reason, 2016
  20. We Are Kin – …goodbye (12:05) from …and I know…, 2016
  21. The Far Meadow – The Seamless Shirt (09:16) from Given The Impossible, 2016
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Oct 302016
 
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New release roundup, together with Progradar’s Picks from The Gift, Ray Wilson and Van Der Graaf Generator, and five more selections for the Beginner’s Guide to Progressive Rock from PFM, ABWH, Jellyfish, Beardfish and Matt Stevens


  1. Yes – The Revealing Science Of God (Dance Of The Dawn) (20:18) from Tales From Topographic Oceans, 1973
  2. The Far Meadow – Prove It Then/Hang On/Industry (11:42) from Given The Impossible, 2016
  3. Syd Arthur – Into Eternity (05:16) from Apricity, 2016
  4. Dec Burke – As High As The Sun (05:01) from Book Of Secrets, 2016
  5. Bird Eats Baby – Deathbed Confession (04:20) from Tanta Furia, 2016
  6. Alta Via – Paradox (09:47) from Kreosote, 2016
  7. Kaipa Da Capo – När Jag Var En Pojk (10:51) from Dårskapens Monotoni, 2016 Progradar’s Picks
  8. Ray Wilson – Makes Me Think of Home (07:56) from Makes Me Think of Home, 2016
  9. Van Der Graaf Generator – Forever Falling (05:40) from Do Not Disturb, 2016
  10. The Gift – All These Things (20:43) from Why The Sea Is Salt, 2016
  11. Maschine – Hidden In Plain Sight (07:01) from Naturalis, 2016
  12. Riverside – Sleepwalkers (07:19) from Eye Of The Soundscape, 2016
  13. Offworld – Killing Voices in H.E.A.D. (05:08) from Some Circles Are Square, 2016 Beginner’s Guide to Progressive Rock
  14. Premiata Forneria Marconi – Il Banchetto (08:41) from Per Un Amico, 1972
  15. Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe – Order Of The Universe (09:03) from Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe, 1989
  16. Jellyfish – Joining A Fan Club (04:03) from Spilt Milk, 1993
  17. Beardfish – South of the Border (07:43) from Sleeping In Traffic, Part Two, 2008
  18. Matt Stevens – The Bridge (11:50) from Lucid, 2014
  19. Edensong – End Times In Retrospect (05:36) from Years In The Garden Of Years, 2016
  20. The Dear Hunter – Gloria (05:17) from Act V: Hymns With The Devil In Confessional, 2016
  21. The Neal Morse Band – Broken Sky / Long Day (Reprise (09:59) from The Similitude Of A Dream, 2016
  22. Gong – Rejoice! (10:17) from Rejoice! I’m Dead!, 2016
  23. Sphelm – Stillness (04:41) from These Roots Know No Boundaries, 2016
  24. Afro Celt Sound System – Cascade (08:06) from The Source, 2016
  25. Yes – Ritual (Nous Sommes Du Soleil) (21:44) from Tales From Topographic Oceans, 2016

 

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Oct 022016
 
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Didn’t get to Summer’s End this year? Or maybe you did, and you would like to relive what a splendid weekend you had….either way, here’s some tunes from the bands who played there, together with new releases, Progradar’s Picks and the latest in the Beginner’s Guide to Progressive Rock.


1. Verbal Delirium – Close To You (06:35) from The Imprisoned Words Of Fear, 2016
2. Sand – Commitment To The Bit (04:55) from A Sleeper, Just Awake, 2016
3. Cairo – Katrina (05:20) from Say, 2016
4. Half Past Four – Mood Elevator (05:28) from Land Of The Blind, 2016
5. Ghost Community – Cycle of Life (15:48) from Cycle of Life, 2016
6. Magic Pie – Silent Giant (05:22) from King For A Day, 2015
7. Tiger Moth Tales – A Visit to Chigwick (08:50) from Cocoon, 2014

Progradar’s Picks
8. Sphelm – These Roots Know No Boundaries (05:24) from These Roots Know No Boundaries, 2016
9. Opeth – Spring MCMLXXIV (06:11) from Sorceress, 2016
10. Crippled Black Phoenix – We Are The Darkeners (07:54) from Bronze, 2016

11. Nerve Toy Trio – Potholing (11:07) from Accidental Bar-B-Que, 2016
12. Favni – Summer’s Over (07:56) from Windswept, 2016
13. Multi Story – Black Gold (09:42) from Crimson Stone, 2016
14. Sylvium – Fade in Out (08:24) from Waiting for the Noise, 2015
15. Seven Steps To The Green Door – Inferior (07:03) from Fetish, 2015
16. Heather Findlay – Mona Lisa (05:07) from Phoenix Suite, 2011

Beginner’s Guide to Progressive Rock
17. Jethro Tull – Thick as a Brick, Part 1 (22:44) from Thick as a Brick, 1973
18. Solstice – Earthsong (06:39) from Silent Dance, 1984
19. The Flower Kings – Church of Your Heart (09:11) from Stardust We Are, 1997
20. Frost* – Black Light Machine (10:05) from Milliontown, 2006
21. The Tangent – Titanic Calls Carpathia (16:36) from Comm, 2011

22. IQ – The Road Of Bones (08:33) from The Road Of Bones, 2014
23. Firefly Burning – Beloved (05:41) from Skeleton Hill, 2015
24. Manning – The Huntsman & the Poacher (05:40) from The Root, the Leaf & the Bone, 2013
25. The Gift – At Sea (10:29) from Why The Sea Is Salt, 2016
26. North Sea Radio Orchestra – The British Road (07:25) from Dronne, 2016
27. Aisles – Ch-7 (12:37) from Hawaii, 2016
28. Strangefish – Ignorance Of Bliss (08:28) from Fortune telling, 2006
29. Karnataka – Feels Like Home (07:06) from Secrets Of Angels, 2015
30. RPWL – Swords and Guns (08:51) from Wanted, 2014
31. The Far Meadow – Dinosaurs (08:12) from Given The Impossible, 2016

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Aug 282016
 
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As well as the usual Beginner’s Guide to Progressive Rock and Progradar’s Picks features, there’s a focus on progressive rock bands of the Iberian peninsula (that’s Spanish and Portuguese, for those you not in the know), and a selection of tracks from the latest behemoth from Colossus – Decamaron – 10 Days In 100 Novellas – Part 3. Snappy! Continue reading »

 Posted by at 5:25 pm
Aug 072016
 
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Finally – proof that The Amazing Wilf is a puppet controlled by evil progressive rock reviewer, Martin Hutchinson.

Loadsa stuff – brilliant music, more additions to the Beginner’s Guide, and Martin and I waffle on about, well, progressive rock, mostly.


Thank You Scientist – Mr. Invisible (07:36) from Stranger Heads Prevail, 2016
Project RnL – Another One (07:09) from Internet Releases, 2016
Doracor – La Terra Tra Le Nuvole (07:34) from Passioni Postmoderne Di Un Musicista Errante…, 2016
Ben Craven – The Remarkable Man (05:01) from Last Chance To Hear, 2016
Jazz Q – Staresina (05:50) from Talisman, 2016
French TV – Gee, I Wish We Had One’a Them Doomsday Machines (07:44) from Ambassadors Of Good Health And Clean Living, 2016
Herd Of Instinct – Dybbuk (06:08) from Manifestation, 2016

Progradar’s Picks
The Pineapple Thief
– In Exile (05:13) from Your Wilderness, 2016
Shearwater – Pale Kings (04:13) from Jet Plane And Oxbow, 2016
Circuline – Who I Am (08:19) from Counterpoint, 2016

The Rube Goldberg Machine – The Captain’s Blackjack (03:36) from Fragile Times, 2016
N.y.X. – The Paper (Titles & Subtitles) (05:25) from The News, 2016
Nine Stones Close – Lie (09:58) from Leaves, 2016
Bent Knee – Leak Water (04:41) from Say So, 2016
Different Light – All for You (04:26) from The Burden of Paradise, 2016
Not a Good Sign – Flying Over Cities (05:02) from From A Distance, 2015

Beginner’s Guide To Progressive Rock
Genesis
– The Cinema Show (10:41) from Selling England by the Pound, 1973
Pendragon – Oh Divineo (06:50) from The Jewel, 1985
Dream Theater – Beyond This Life (11:23) from Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From A Memory, 1999
Big Big Train – Victorian Brickwork (12:33) from The Underfall Yard, 2009
Echolyn – Past Gravity (07:11) from echolyn, 2012

Anima Mundi – Lone Rider (07:22) from I Me Myself, 2016
Syndone – Duro come la morte (05:54) from Eros & Thanatos, 2016
Motorpsycho – Lacuna/Sunrise (09:47) from Here Be Monsters, 2016
Yugen – As It Was (04:59) from Death By Water, 2016
Alex Carpani – Crystal Falls (06:08) from So Close. So Far, 2016
Cosmograf – The Uniform Road (07:20) from The Unreasonable Silence, 2016
Tony Patterson – Pilgrim (05:21) from Equations of Meaning, 2016
Rikard Sjöblom – Under Northern Skies (Villemo’s Song) (07:43) from The Unbendable Sleep, 2016
Profuna Ocean – Ghost (05:10) from In Vacuum, 2016
Mike Keneally – Roll (06:23) from Scambot 2, 2016
Big Hogg – Duke of Shakespeare Street (04:00) from Big Hogg, 2015
Moetar – Where The Truth Lies (04:50) from Entropy of the Century, 2014
Gandalf’s Fist – The Bewildering Conscience of a Clockwork Child (10:21) from The Clockwork Fable, 2016

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Jul 302016
 
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The European Perspective returns to the legendary desert island, this time leaving British singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jon Hunt (a.k.a. jh) as the castaway. Jon joined me at The Landing to play tracks from the ten albums he’d take for his stay, as well as music and life in general.

There’s also the return of our two new regular features – the Beginner’s Guide to Progressive Rock, and Progradar‘s Picks, this time with Mr. Hutchinson participating in the show. Groovy times!

Check out Jon’s web site, and sample and buy his music at the Bad Elephant Music store. Continue reading »

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Jul 232016
 
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“Cheer up, Spock, it’s The European Perspective!”
“Captain, you can’t see where the Klingon has got his hand, can you?”

In a desperate attempt to revive a flagging format we have three new innovations in this new European Perspective – the first part of A Beginner’s Guide To Progressive Rock, a focus on one particular European country (this time around it’s France) and Progradar’s Picks, three songs chosen by reviewing maestro Martin Hutchinson.

…but really, it’s a bunch of music…


1. The Tea Club – The Magnet (06:07) from Grappling, 2015
2. Karmakanic – Higher Ground (10:12) from DOT, 2016
3. TCP (Temporal Chaos Project) – Impetus (09:43) from Temporal Chaos, 2016
4. Ghost Medicine – Desert Spring (08:54) from Discontinuance, 2016

Beginner’s Guide to Progressive Rock
5. Yes – Siberian Khatru (09:11) from Close To The Edge, 1972
6. Marillion – Garden Party (07:20) from Script For A Jester’s Tear, 1983
7. Anglagard – Kung Bore (13:04) from Hybris, 1992
8. Porcupine Tree – Gravity Eyelids (07:57) from In Absentia, 2002
9. Haken – Cockroach King (08:15) from The Mountain, 2013

The French Connection – I
10. Nemo – Coma (12:46) from Coma, 2015
11. Alco Frisbass – Pas A Pas (06:42) from Alco Frisbass, 2015
12. Lazuli – Les malveillants (07:20) from [4603 Battements], 2011

13. Elephant Plaza – Paralyzed (07:16) from Momentum, 2016
14. Ghost Community – Blue December Morning (07:02) from Cycle of Life, 2016
15. Il Castello di Atlante – Il Tempo Del Grande Onore (07:52) from Arx Atlantis, 2016

Progradar’s Picks
16. Tilt – Growing Colder (06:26) from Hinterland, 2016
17. Mary Reynaud – Sad For Nothing (04:01) from Make It Together, 2016
18. Matt Stevens – Big Sky (06:00) from Archive, 2016

The French Connection – II
19. Drama – Smoke (07:08) from Stigmata of Change, 2005
20. Saens – Requiem (11:28) from Escaping from the Hands of God, 2001
21. Sensitive To Light – Real World (07:41) from From The Ancient World, 2007

22. VII Strada – Ombre Cinesi (09:31) from Babylon, 2016
23. Thence – Abundance (06:59) from We Are Left with a Song, 2016
24. Amoeba Split – Those Fading Hours (08:35) from Second Split, 2016
25. Nine Stones Close – Lie (09:58) from Leaves, 2016

 

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Jul 092016
 
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“This new Frost* album is great!”
“No idea. I’m just a ridiculous stereotype”

On this week’s show:

  1. A.C.T – Mr. Landlord (04:37) from Trifles And Pandemonium, 2016
  2. Radiohead – Burn The Witch (03:59) from A Moon Shaped Pool, 2016
  3. The Pineapple Thief – No Man’s Land (04:22) from Your Wilderness, 2016
  4. Mike Kershaw – Wounds (04:45) from What Lies Beneath, 2016
  5. Ad Maiora – Torba (07:52) from Repetita Iuvant, 2016
  6. Akt – Convoglio (05:50) from II (Binario), 2016
  7. Il Castello di Atlante – Il Vecchio Giovane (09:12) from Arx Atlantis, 2016
  8. Hostsonaten – The Ascension (05:54) from Symphony #1: Cupid & Psyche, 2016
  9. Nine Stones Close – Traces (07:20) from Traces, 2010
  10. Nine Stones Close – One Eye On The Sunrise (12:09) from One Eye On The Sunrise, 2012
  11. Nine Stones Close – Leaves (13:45) from Leaves, 2016
  12. Area 11 – Watchmaker (04:10) from Modern Synthesis, 2016
  13. CIRCA – Silent Resolve (14:41) from Valley Of The Windmill, 2016
  14. Freedom To Glide – Enigma (08:03) from Fall, 2016
  15. Frost* – Black Light Machine (10:05) from Milliontown, 2006
  16. Frost* – Saline (06:09) from Experiments in Mass Appeal, 2008
  17. Frost* – Towerblock (06:14) from Falling Satellites, 2016
  18. Cyril – Remember Me (10:22) from Paralyzed, 2016
  19. Farmhouse Odyssey – Brain Song (06:10) from Rise of the Waterfowl, 2016
  20. Utopianisti – A Hundred Rabbits (05:03) from The Third Frontier, 2016
  21. Steve Hackett – The Steppes (06:05) from Defector, 1980
  22. Steve Hackett – The Virgin and the Gypsy (04:30) from Spectral Mornings, 1979
  23. Steve Hackett – Star of Sirius (07:08) from Voyage of the Acolyte, 1975
  24. Steve Hackett – Racing In A (05:06) from Please Don’t Touch!, 1978
  25. Different Light – In the Grand Scheme of Things (22:23) from The Burden of Paradise, 2016
  26. Perspectives Of A Circle – The Maze of a Mask (06:54) from Masks, Faces, Whispers, 2015
  27. Focus – Inalta (05:36) from 8.5 Beyond the Horizon, 2016
  28. Robert Reed – Marimba (Chimpan A Remix) (05:04) from Sanctuary II, 2016
  29. We Are Kin – …that one day…we’ll have to say…goodbye (05:51) from …and I know…, 2016
  30. Frost* – The Dividing Line (16:43) from The Philadelphia Experiment, 2010
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