Progarchy’s Best Commentator Ever: Indieun7

As we approach our third anniversary, it’s fun to look at the stats for the site.  And, one stat really sticks out.  One man has commented on nearly half of our posts, sometimes more than once.  Thanks, Indieun7!  We really appreciate the support.

And, here’s all we know of him.  He’s an American man of mystery.


Off the Rez.

I’m a mild-mannered Native-American writer who’s true-identity is the superhero known as “SUPA-NATIVE”!!!

Seriously though……….I’m a writer who writes WHAT he feels,WHEN he feels it!!! The one true thing I can guarantee You after reading my words,ARE…… it’s complete and total “Honesty”!!! For Honesty is NOT what You “think”……but what You “Feel”…….and in this case………ALSO……..what I “write”!!! ~Peace~

The State of Progarchy, Mid-2015

progarchy aDear Progarchists,

This year, 2015, has absolutely blown me away in terms of quality in music.  Since nearly a decade ago, I’ve been convinced that each year is the best prog year ever, only to find that the following year is even better.

Long may this trend continue.

As I’ve had the opportunity to explain before, the five main editors—Carl Olson (AOR), Chris Morrissey (Metal), Craig Breaden (Blues, rock, experimental), and Kevin McCormick (classical)—and I (prog) founded progarchy with the intent of offering writing equal to the music.  That is, we felt it only just to write as well as our favorite musicians played.  After all, who wants to read a sixth-grade level review of a Big Big Train album?  Greg Spawton is extremely smart.  Andy Tillison is extremely smart.  Leah McHenry is extremely smart.  Robin Armstrong is extremely smart.  Well, you get the point.

What would be a site dedicated to the beauty of music be without writing and thinking to match the level of the art reviewed?

Have we always succeeded?  I’m not sure.  Have we always tried to succeed and match the quality of our thinking and writing with the quality of the music we hear?  Absolutely.  And, whatever the faults of progarchy, I can state with certainty that I believe this website to be one of the finest websites—in terms of writing—that exists on the internet.

Since the founding of progarchy nearly three years ago, our readership has grown and grown, while our base has remained steady.  In addition to over 3,000 permanent email subscribers, we get an additional 400 to 8,000+ visits a day, depending on topic.  In case you’re interested, our biggest draw is Neal Morse with Rush being a close second.

Yesterday, something somewhat surprising but very nice happened to us.  A very, very high quality music label asked us if we’d be willing to advertise.  When we started progarchy, we avoided this for two reasons.  First, we were brand new and who would want to advertise with us?  Second, we wanted to prove our “objectivity” first.  Well, objectivity isn’t exactly the right word.  Craft, honesty, art?  Enthusiasm, certainly.  Criticism, often.  But, honesty—definitely.

After receiving the offer, I immediately emailed the other four editors.  Unanimously, we agreed it was time to promote commercial interests and labels who fight not just for success but for excellence.  So, beginning very soon (perhaps as early as tomorrow), you’ll see a brilliant banner and link across the top of progarchy.

I think we’ve proven ourselves over the last 2.9 years.  And, just in case you’re worried the money we receive from advertising might just send us on round-the-world junkets, be not afraid.  The first thing we’ll do is pay for our domain name for the next 12 months, spruce up the site a bit, and, especially, start indexing our reviews and interviews—making them far more accessible to our readership.

A huge thanks to the editors and authors of progarchy and to all of you reading this.

Yours, in appreciation and humility, Brad

Submission Address Change

If you’re submitting a physical CD, DVD, Blu-ray, book, etc. for review at, please make sure you address it to:

Brad Birzer/Progarchy

6 West Montgomery ST

Hillsdale MI 49242


We’ve been in Colorado for this academic year, but we return to Michigan in just a few days.  Thank you!

The Return!

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Me, with my favorite book of poetry, 2014.

I hope this isn’t obnoxious. . . but I want to let every progarchist (writer and reader) know that I’m very, very happy to return to the actual day-to-day editing of progarchy, along with Chris and Carl.  I’m sorry I had to fade out of the scene for past few months, but I was really overwhelmed with work and family matters.  Nothing is wrong–in fact, everything is going extremely well at work and with family.  But, there was just too much to do for a bit there, and I let events overwhelm me.  All has passed, and my life has calmed down.

And, now that all has returned to normal, I realize just how much progarchy means to me.

A huge thanks to Carl and Chris, my co-founders, for being patient with me, and for welcoming me back as an equal.  So, as of December 27, we’re back to mutual editorial duties, though Chris said I can keep the title “Founding Father.”  Granted, I’m no George Washington. . . but, I’m more than happy to have the accolade.

But, seriously, I hope you all (all y’all in Texas) realize how much I love this website and what it stands for.  And, I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished in just a little over two years.

As I see it, sites like progarchy match the current music scene very well.  Just as record labels are failing as the market continues to decentralize through the web, so I hope those establishment rags–such as Rolling Stone and NME–fall big time.  This is the time of the entrepreneur and artist, not the time of the corporatized and tapioca-addled propagandist.

For all intents and purposes, WE ARE THE NEIL PEART generation, and we offer whatever nasty gesture we can at the establishment that has done so much to promote conformity rather than excellence.

Let us never sell our dreams for small desires!

Craig Breaden: Progger and Mountain Surfer

Just in case you ever wondered what the editors of Progarchy did before Progarchy (or, even the internet!) existed, here is a rare glimpse into the early life of editor Craig Breaden.  Taken in the Rockies, somewhere near the Utah-Idaho-Wyoming border.  Ca. 1991.  Photo by yours truly–BB, ed.

craig surfing

Andy Tillison on Progarchy!

Elfin Andy!

Best promo/commercial EVER made for a website.

And, no, Eric Perry (ha!), I’m not employing hyperbole.  Thank you so much to Mr. Diskdrive!

Not surprisingly, Progarchy’s editor is smiling uncontrollably, ear to ear.

Progarchy: 2013 in Review, A WordPress Report

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 88,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.