Just in case you missed any of this, we had yet another brilliant week at Progarchy. Dr. Nick and Alison Henderson reviewed the new Steve Hackett album, Genesis Revisited II (Insideout). Tad Wert posted about guitarist Michael Hedges. Chris Morrissey reviewed (briefly) one of his favorite albums of the year, the debut album from Flying Colors, and he posted about the excellence of Mike Portnoy. I had the great privilege of interviewing Blake McQueen of Coralspin. Ian Greatorex (doesn’t everyone want an ubercool last name such as Greatorex?) looked at the past of Beardfish. Roger O’Donnell remembered his time recording Disintegration with The Cure. Jazz legend, Dave Brubeck, passed away, the day before turning 92. Carl Olson offered a nice review of his career. Finally, our Englishman, turned-Kiwi, Russell Clarke, explained why Big Big Train allows him to remember, fondly, his homeland.
Forthcoming, more reviews of Steve Hackett (at least one more, maybe two) as well as a review of the forthcoming King Bathmat. Several (if not all!) Progarchists will also be explaining our “best of 2012.” Lots and lots to come before 2012 is done.
On a personal note, I’ve spent much of my free time this week, going back through the myriad interviews with the various members of American prog demi-gods, Glass Hammer. There’s plenty of quotable material from these guys. My favorite, though, comes from a 2002 interview with one of my oldest friends, Amy Sturgis. In response to one of her questions, Steve Babb stated: “We were attempting to repackage progressive rock (which we though had long since vanished) as fantasy rock.”
I love it.
A review of the new Glass Hammer, Perilous, is of course forthcoming!
Thanks for hanging out with us,