The Revenge of the Analog: BBT’s Grimspound @saxdavid @rushkoff


Perhaps you’ll want to purchase Big Big Train’s magnificent new album, Grimspound, in a vinyl version:

There are two vinyl versions of the album. There is a limited edition frosted clear vinyl version alongside the standard black vinyl version. Both vinyl versions are gatefold releases featuring double heavy weight 180g vinyl and a 4 page booklet insert including the lyrics and the stories behind the songs. A complimentary code for a high-resolution download version of the album is provided with each vinyl order. Orders of the limited edition frosted clear vinyl will also include a postcard signed by all band members. A limited edition blue vinyl version of 2016’s Folklore album is also available at Burning Shed and includes a complimentary hi-resolution download code.

What is it that people are seeking when they deliberately and consciously go against the digital grain and cultivate an analog experience? Don’t worry, it’s not merely indulging in nostalgia. If you want to obtain a truly insightful perspective on the human need for the analog (a connection that the music of Big Big Train excels in establishing), then you’ll want to check out David Sax’s new book, The Revenge of the Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter.

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The Pillars of Prog, Part 1 – We Are All 21st Century Schizoid Men


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Welcome to the first in a new series about some of the most important/influential songs in the history of progressive rock. I’ve been trying to come up with a new idea for a series or regular column here at Progarchy, and last week, while enjoying the vast beauty of northern Michigan for a week, I was struck with this idea while standing in an antique shop (which was taking my money for my very first, and probably last, vinyl purchase).

I’m beginning this series with King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man” because I honestly believe this song is what started the genre. Feel free to let me know in the comments what songs you think I should talk about in the future. I’ve got ideas ranging from Dream Theater to Yes to Jethro Tull and everything in between, and your ideas will be helpful in rounding out my ideas.

Without further ado…

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Burnt City’s Aydin Zahedi Talks About “Resurgence” EP

Aydin Zahedi

“Resurgence” is a debut EP by Australian Prog-Power Metal project Burnt City, a brainchild of guitarist Aydin Zahedi, who worked with singer Gus Monsanto, keyboardist Bob Katsionis, bassist Mike Lepond of Symphony X fame, and drummer extraordinaire George Kollias. With such line-up on board you can definitely expect some high-class musicianship and performance.

Hey Aydin. How are you doing?

Hi, thanks for asking, I am good, thank you for having me.

You released “Resurgence” on the January 1st. How do you feel about the release?

I am very happy and excited, I had a really good feedbacks which makes me wanna continue, because it took a lot of effort for me to finish it and I gave up once, when it came out I said to myself; “yes, I finally did it” so I feel extremely good.

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Progstock 2017


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Even before two lectures delivered on the cultural changes that accompanied America’s Great Depression, I had the great privilege of talking with Tom Palmieri, manager of Circuline and fountainhead behind Progstock 2017.

Though we only had about 30 minutes to talk, I found Tom quite engaging and incredibly entrepreneurial.

Progstock 2017–hopefully the first of many more to come–will be held October 13-15, this year, in Rahway, New Jersey, a part of larger New York City, just to the west of Staten Island.

The lineup is simply astounding, featuring Glass Hammer, Echolyn, The Tangent, Karmakanic, 3RDegree, Simon Godfrey, and even our own Jason Rubenstein.

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