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Options February 23, 2016: Oh no, run for the hills, it's ... another ALL-PROG SHOW!!!

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Artist Track Album Label Year Approx. start time
The In-Theme          0:00:00 ()
Utopia  Magic Dragon Theatre   Options Ra  Bearsville  1976  0:01:58 ()
Dragon  Introduction (Insects)   Options Dragon  RE: Musea  1976  0:05:37 ()
Corte dei Miracoli  Il Rituale Notturno   Options Corte dei Miracoli  RE: Vinyl Magic  1976  0:09:46 ()
Beggar's Opera  Memory   Options Act One  RE: Repertoire  1970  0:16:09 ()
Earth and Fire  Ebb Tide   Options Song of the Marching Children  RE: Esoteric  1971  0:20:02 ()
Camel  Six Ate   Options Camel  MCA  1973  0:23:12 ()
Mephistopheles  Dead Ringer   Options In Frustration I Hear Singing  RE: Wounded Bird  1969  0:32:38 ()
Aardvark  Greencap   Options Aardvark  RE: Esoteric  1970  0:35:49 ()
Titus Groan  I Can't Change   Options Titus Groan  RE: Esoteric  1970  0:41:51 ()
Marsupilami  Born to Be Free   Options Marsupilami  RE: Esoteric  1970  0:47:33 ()
Bram Stoker  Fast Decay   Options Heavy Rock Spectacular  RE: Talking Heads  1972  0:53:15 ()
Blocco Mentale  Capita   Options Ποα  RE: Vinyl Magic  1973  0:57:02 ()
Eyes of Blue  Extra Hour   Options In Fields of Ardath  RE: Esoteric  1969  1:01:46 ()
Second Hand  Hangin' on an Eyelid   Options Death May Be Your Santa Claus  RE: Sunbeam  1971  1:07:45 ()
National Health  Agrippa (1976)   Options Missing Pieces  East Side Digital  1996  1:12:01 ()
Westfauster  Where Are You   Options In a King's Dream  RE: Akarma  1971  1:20:24 ()
The Baker Gurvitz Army  Since Beginning   Options The Baker Gurvitz Army  Janus  1974  1:23:45 ()
Universe  Rock in the Sky   Options Universe  PBR International  1977  1:33:28 ()
Max Webster  Gravity   Options High Class in Borrowed Shoes  Mercury  1977  1:39:11 ()
Head East  City of Gold   Options Flat as a Pancake  A&M  1975  1:44:00 ()
American Tears  Tear Gas   Options Tear Gas  Columbia  1975  1:47:43 ()
Oho  The Three: Seldom Bought / Lois Jane / Hogshead   Options Recollections (1974–1976)  no label  2002  1:52:45 ()
Nuova Idea  Clown   Options Clowns  RE: BMG  1973  2:07:16 ()
Il Mucchio  Lei Se Ne Andra (1973) [7" bonus track]   Options Il Mucchio  RE: Mellow    2:20:40 ()
Stardrive  Pulsar   Options Stardrive  Columbia  1974  2:23:38 ()
Emerson, Lake & Palmer  Tank   Options Emerson, Lake & Palmer  Cotillion  1970  2:28:52 ()
Museo Rosenbach  Degli Uomini   Options Zarathustra  RE: Sony  1973  2:35:37 ()
Cosmos Factory  Soundtrack 1984   Options An Old Castle of Transylvania  RE: Columbia  1973  2:43:39 ()
Cervello  Canto del Capro   Options Melos  RE: Sony  1973  2:44:16 ()
Bram Stoker  Poltergeist   Options Heavy Rock Spectacular  RE: Talking Elephant  1972  2:49:25 ()
The Out-Theme  Gelbart: My Favorite Vacation [part of] + Die Trip Computer Die: Airborn [part of]   Options       2:56:53 ()

Listener comments!

Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:01pm Tony Coulter:

Greetings, all! Time to pig out on prog.
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:01pm V Priceless:

Silver cape donned, Mellotron warmed-up, Capt. Coulter! Hey!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/23/16 12:02pm Uncle Michael:

I'm sorry I only saw Utopia way-post-prog.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/23/16 12:03pm listener james from westwood:

How do, Tony and all! Release the prog!
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:03pm Tony Coulter:

Hey ho, V.P., Uncle M, and Listener J!!
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:08pm Tony Coulter:

Dragon (on now) were from Belgium....
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:12pm Tony Coulter:

And (obviously) Corte dei Miracoli were eye-talian....
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:17pm Tony Coulter:

Today's playlist image is from the front cover of the album on now (the Beggar's Opera).
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:23pm Tony Coulter:

"The sun is warming her brains -- oh how many there are" Is *that* what she said?
  Tue. 2/23/16 12:24pm Dean:

"The sun is warming herb rains." That's what she said.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/23/16 12:24pm Carmichael:

Heya Tony and proggers.
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:24pm Tony Coulter:

@ Dean: Oh yeah -- good old Herbie. (Heya, Dean!)
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:25pm Tony Coulter:

Greets, Carmichael!
  Tue. 2/23/16 12:26pm Dean:

Good morning, Tony (and denizens of PST). This prog line-up is a sorely needed balm.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/23/16 12:26pm Carmichael:

Been hearing a lot of Peter Bardens lately, both solo and Camel. Must be some anniversary ...
  Tue. 2/23/16 12:27pm Dean:

My favorite non-Camel Bardens is perhaps Van Morrison's "Wavelength."
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/23/16 12:30pm listener james from westwood:

Oh, that set was a delight. Glad to be catching this show live!
  Tue. 2/23/16 12:32pm Dean:

If the band name has five syllables, it's prog.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/23/16 12:32pm holland oats:

tony c in the place to was!
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:34pm Tony Coulter:

Ahoy, holland oats!!
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:34pm βrian:

On hand and lending an ear.
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:35pm Tony Coulter:

Hey, βrian! I'll keep my eye on you....
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:36pm VANDALISM GENERATOR:

Greetings TC and all who sail in her!
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:36pm V Priceless:

Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:37pm Tony Coulter:

Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:37pm VANDALISM GENERATOR:

hey this is ORGANTASTIC!
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:38pm βrian:

Oy. I read that as onantastic.
  Tue. 2/23/16 12:40pm Dean:

You say organ, I say Onan, let's beat the whole thing off.
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:40pm Tony Coulter:

Organ ... plus marimba -- that doesn't happen too often!
  Tue. 2/23/16 12:40pm Dean:

Sorry, that was crude.
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:41pm VANDALISM GENERATOR:

will we have some VG tonight? perhaps from the arsehole grey machine?
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:41pm V Priceless:

Hang on to yourself, Dean! : )
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:42pm VANDALISM GENERATOR:

or even porn hearts?
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:42pm VANDALISM GENERATOR:

a very esoteric selection!
  Tue. 2/23/16 12:42pm Dean:

Out-Tulling Tull!
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:43pm V Priceless:

I vote "Scorched Earth" on the VDGG front!
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:44pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

Excellent to check in to the show again. I was feeling rather obscure-prog-ish this evening.

Have you hear The Winstons yet, Tony? More Italian Canterbury-heads, with a rather nice album here: thewinstons.bandcamp.com...

And my VdGG vote goes to "Man Erg"....
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:45pm VANDALISM GENERATOR:

what about Nadir's big chance - peter Hamill's 'punk' album before punk?
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:46pm Tony Coulter:

Probably no VdGG today -- but definitely in the future. I promises....
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:46pm V Priceless:

interesting recent Quietus read on Bowie/Station to Station, and his then-obsession w/Peter Hammill's 'Chameleon In The Shadow of Night' LP.
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:46pm Tony Coulter:

Heya, Wood-elf!!

Don't know the Winstons -- will give a listen post-show. Thanks!!
  Tue. 2/23/16 12:49pm Dean:

A friend of mine laments the passing of Piotr Grudzinski, guitarist for Polish prog outfit Riverside, of whom I'd never heard. He writes, "After years of slogging through the general mediocrity of modern neo-prog, I finally find a band -- Riverside -- who just totally hooks me all the way in with their last 2 albums, and their guitarist dies...and he was only 40 years old!"
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:50pm V Priceless:

@ Dean - funny I read similar sentiments from friends - I am unaware of Riverside. Will need to explore.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/23/16 12:51pm JtotheK:

good afternoon everyone.
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:52pm Tony Coulter:

Hola, JtotheK!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/23/16 12:54pm Michael:

Enjoying the tunes Tony!
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:55pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

Neo-prog is 99% dross in my experience and I can't figure out why. The palette of technological possibilities has expanded a thousandfold, access of countless genres of music from diverse times and places is now available to everyone for free. You can record studio quality stuff in your basement. And yet these lesser/forgotten prog bands from the early 70's we're hearing now make most of the current bands sound pathetically unadventurous and narrow in scope.
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 12:56pm Tony Coulter:

@ Michael: Glad to hear it! (and... Greets!)
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 1:08pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

Well that question's evidently stumped everyone : )
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 1:09pm Tony Coulter:

@ Canterbury wood-elf: One partial explanation might be that neo-prog bands (almost by definition) are trying to recreate or recapture something -- which is mostly a losing game, I think. Most likely more adventurously minded musicians with a lot of personality and a lot to say wouldn't be drawn to the imitation game. Of course, sometimes it works, even when something is clearly derivative.
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 1:11pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

Yeah. In the last 15 minutes I've decided the whole concept of "prog" is redundant. Neo-prog is like "retro-futurism" in a way. The really "progressive" rock music has bled into a whole sheaf of genres and subgenres (post-rock, math-rock, plus all kinds of wonderfully unclassificable stuff you hear on FMU every day but would never think "prog"...Stan's show is full of such stuff)
  Tue. 2/23/16 1:15pm βrian:

The first time I heard of prog, I assumed it was short for proglodyte
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 1:16pm Tony Coulter:

Well, the first time I heard about KBD punk bands, I assumed it meant punk bands with a keyboard player.
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 1:17pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

I found a wonderful National Health bootleg the other day - from '76 with Bruford still drumming, Alan Gowen still there on second keyboards, Mont Campbell on bass, Hillage guesting on guitar. The only downside is that Amanda Parsons was out with the 'flu. Tenemos Roads here: www.youtube.com...
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 1:19pm Tony Coulter:

Nice, will have to seek that out. Thanks, Elf!
  Tue. 2/23/16 1:21pm Dean:

Distracted by a meeting, hence my unusual silence. Math rock is what precisely comes to mind as "real" neo-prog. Just this morning I was thinking of Fucking Champs. My kid watches a cartoon, Johnny Test, in which the music is this hyperactive movie soundtrack stuff, but this morning I heard a riff that made me wonder whether the Champs had found a gig doing this stuff. Then there's the nostalgia circuit, the Musical Boxes, the Houses of Floyd (one of whose singers I know), the Steve Hackett surveys of Genesis. I've never found the energy to attend to the prog revival bands, the Spock's Beards and such.
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 1:33pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

My first hit of Jesus prog!
: )
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 1:34pm V Priceless:

Re: Album titled 'Death May Be Your Santa Claus'? Surely this is post-MTH song of the same name?
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 1:36pm Tony Coulter:

It's from a year earlier, actually. Oh, those thieving Motts.
  Tue. 2/23/16 1:36pm Dean:

A few weeks ago I mentioned to Tony that the neighborhood church my spouse and son attend features musicians at Mass who definitely have a prog edge, albeit sans electronic instruments. I've attended only a couple times, but their performances remind me of "Trespass"-era Genesis.
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 1:39pm Tony Coulter:

Jammin' for Jesus
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 1:39pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

Ha! I was in Canterbury Cathedral last week in an "interesting" state of mind, listening to the Evensong service (the acoustics are utterly celestial, and the organ in there is like some kind of ultimate sound system...the bass, man...) The organ player was tearing it up at the end of Wood's "O Thou The Central Orb" (great hymn title!) and it suddenly went kinda prog. A touch of Dave Sinclair from Caravan.
  Tue. 2/23/16 1:41pm davefromtoronto:

max webster???

wow i used to see them in concert in toronto when this was new.

Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 1:42pm Tony Coulter:

Hiya, davefromtoronto!

I gather Max Webster opened for Rush a lot....
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 1:43pm Tony Coulter:

I'll be venturing into AOR prog territory for a bit during this set....
  Tue. 2/23/16 1:44pm davefromtoronto:

yes i saw them a bunch of times with rush.

also saw them at high school auditoriums.

they were a fantastic live band.
  Tue. 2/23/16 1:44pm Dean:

From my proggy friends whom I tipped off about this morning's show:

"Since Coulter's a fan of the Canterbury sound, you might try turning him on to a contemporary British band called Sanguine Hum that Paul recently discovered on Spotify (they've also got several tracks on YouTube). Assuming he's not already familiar with them, of course.

"They started out as a Canterbury-revival band but have since added a harder edge to the sound. Nice haunting melodies, lots of time-signature gymnastics, and a decent vocalist to boot."
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 1:45pm Tony Coulter:

Thanks for the tip, Dean. Do you know 'em, wood-elf?
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 1:46pm Tony Coulter:

@ davefromtoronto: Did Max Webster perform in elaborate costumes and face paint, as they appear on some of their album covers?
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 1:48pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

The name rings a faint bell, but I've never played them on any of my podcasts. Don't think I've heard them. It just goes to show how much of this stuff is out there now. I'm finding international neo-Canterbury stuff (of varying quality) *all the time* now with Youtube and Soundcloud and Bandcamp now.
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 1:50pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

@Dean Your proggy friends might like my local friends (they're actually from Canterbury, as I am) *Syd Arthur*. They started off with revivalist tendencies, but are moving it forward in fascinating ways. They're about to release a monster third album.
  Tue. 2/23/16 1:53pm Dean:

Now that's funny. When I served on the board of a non-profit arts organization devoted to nurturing new playwrights, one of the playwrights, Tanya Shaffer, wrote a play dubbed "Sid Arthur." Thanks, wood-elf. I'll forward your comments to my friends.
  Tue. 2/23/16 1:53pm davefromtoronto:

no but kim mitchell usually wore something silly like tights and a tutu and leaped around like a cricket.
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 1:55pm VANDALISM GENERATOR:

my own view of neo prog is that there is too much metal content!
ie Dream Theatre etc.
Recently tried to get into some prog metal - but found myself attracted to death/thrash/black metal.

Well several months later of listening to WM Berger MY CASTLE OF QUIET show on WFMU AND Diane KA=mikaze as well - I am beginning to really like it - anyway any chance of playing the latest Cattle Decapitation album Tony?
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 1:57pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

prog metal ... urrg :(
i've tried but i can't even get into Voivod
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 1:57pm Tony Coulter:

Probably not -- but I will play the new Tofu Decapitation album.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/23/16 1:58pm KevinfromBayRidge:

FYI, Enjoying greatly Mr. Coulter.
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 1:59pm Tony Coulter:

Heya, KevinfromBayRidge! Glad you're liking the proggy sounds!
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 1:59pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

Possible name for a militant vegan hardcore band: Soya Hogroast
  Tue. 2/23/16 2:00pm Dean:

These Oho guys learned something from Rod Stewart's "Mandolin Wind."
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 2:01pm VANDALISM GENERATOR:

Talking about cattle decapitation - last nights episode of 22.10.63 was quite nasty!
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 2:05pm VANDALISM GENERATOR:

enjoying this OHO never heard of them before - were they an American prog band?
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 2:06pm Tony Coulter:

Yep -- one of the best U.S. prog bands, I think. They were (are?) from Baltimore.
  Tue. 2/23/16 2:07pm Dean:

Singer is channelling Fee Waybill.
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 2:09pm VANDALISM GENERATOR:

guns n roses gone gentle giant?
  Tue. 2/23/16 2:09pm White Punk on Prog:

Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 2:10pm Tony Coulter:

Great googly greets, White Punk on Prog!
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 2:12pm VANDALISM GENERATOR:

for some reason always got the Tubes mixed up with the Plasmatics! WHY?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/23/16 2:12pm Rich in Washington:

I have this anthropological theory about a prog to metal link.
I think a lot of hard rock and then metal singers were influenced by Van Der Graaf Generator's Peter Hammill.
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 2:13pm Tony Coulter:

Heya, Dr. Rich!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/23/16 2:16pm Rich in Washington:

And they all came across the Pacific Land Bridge much earlier than previously thought.

Heya, Progfessor Coulter!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/23/16 2:26pm Carmichael:

Are you saving the Caravan, Tony? I also like this Stardrive!
  Tue. 2/23/16 2:28pm Dean:

Stardive, a.k.a. Manic the Man. Geez. I need what they're taking.
  Tue. 2/23/16 2:28pm Santos L Halper:

Looks like I've missed most of a great show. This Stardrive is hilarious in its ELP-ness
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 2:29pm Tony Coulter:

@ Carmichael: No Caravan today, no -- just 'cause I've been playing them a lot recently ... during and after my Canterbury specials of a while back. For the same reason, there will be no Softs or Gong either.
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 2:29pm Tony Coulter:

Heya, Santos L Halper! You read my mind!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/23/16 2:32pm Carmichael:

Works for me, Tony. ELP does very nicely.
  Tue. 2/23/16 2:39pm W.P.On P:

Nothing beats bombastic drumming/Love the Eurock bands.
  Tue. 2/23/16 2:40pm Dean:

I'm sensing a dearth of Spanish, French, and German bands today, never mind Australia's Sebastian Hardie and its offshoots.
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 2:41pm Tony Coulter:

Can't play 'em all!

I glean from the accuplaylist's autofill feature that almost none of the Italian bands I've featured today have ever been played on FMU.
  Tue. 2/23/16 2:43pm from Quebec:

hi Tony. I'm guessing that "lei se ne adra" is probably "lei se ne andra" ? (she will be leaving)
  Tue. 2/23/16 2:44pm Dean:

"Can't play 'em all!" Why not?

First glance at "ever been played on FMU" struck me as "...PFM"!
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 2:46pm Tony Coulter:

Oops. Messed up the playlist -- forgot to enter the Cosmos Factory when it was playing. We're caught up now.
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 2:47pm Tony Coulter:

double oops: You're right, from Quebec (Greetings, btw.)
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 2:47pm V Priceless:

in the event I get carried away in a tidal wave of work-related malarky, allow me to thank you now for a super show, Tony!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/23/16 2:48pm Carmichael:

A prog band named after a Creedence album?
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 2:50pm Tony Coulter:

Yes! It's kind of clever, actually: "Cosmos" instead of "Cosmo's"
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 2:50pm Tony Coulter:

Thanks, VP!!
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 2:52pm Tony Coulter:

The Poltergeist!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 2/23/16 2:57pm listener james from westwood:

Thanks for the mighty prog-nostication, Tony!
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 2:57pm Tony Coulter:

You be welcome, Listener J!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/23/16 2:58pm Michael:

Great fun TC - thanks!
Avatar Tue. 2/23/16 2:58pm Tony Coulter:

Thanks for showing up everyone -- see you next time!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/23/16 2:59pm Rich in Washington:

thanks Tony!
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