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7/29/11


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7/29/11 Update

Didja miss me?
OK, I know, it's been more than a year since the last major GEPR update. But I have been busy. At work, on the home front, and, yes, even working on the GEPR as time permitted. Hopefully you've been keeping up with some of the new stuff via the Gibraltar Blog. What, you didn't notice it on the main page last time? Well, maybe not. It's sorta odd where I put it. Still, it's been getting enough hits that I know at least a few dozen of you have found it (are there any more than that? E-mail me and let me know). However, for the last month or so I've been focusing on finishing up the main GEPR release, so Gibraltar Blog entries have grown sparse. That will pick up again soon.

Well, now here you are, with a fresh update. And it's a BIGGIE! As well it should be after a year. As always, there are several more things I wanted to get in before updating, but at some point you have to just let it go. Perhaps I'll do a few more things and do one of my "mini-updates" in a few months. We'll see.

NEARfest Cancellation
I guess I wanted to mention I was major bummed about the cancellation of NEARfest this year. I've attended it most years. For 2011, I had front-row center seats lined up on the patron program for me and my wife. I'll admit that I was a bit uninspired by the "old-guard" prog bands this year ... New Trolls and Supersister (later replaced by Curved Air) didn't really speak to me much. Umphrey's McGee, Gösta Berlings Saga, and the Friday night line-up of Half Past Four, vonFrickle and Jeavestone were all of interest to me, but nothing really called out to me and said "you just HAVE TO BE THERE!" Unfortunately, I think many others felt the same (my informal survey of acquaintances that usually attend said pretty much the same thing). Still, I think it would have been a good show, and I'm bummed that it didn't "make" this year. As of this writing, the future of the festival is still up in the air, as the new organizers call back originators Chad Hutchinson and Rob LaDuca to see if they can rekindle the magic. If you have any opinions about how to do so, drop by the NEARfest Facebook Page and express your opinion. Why didn't you attend? What would it take to bring you there?

Live Prog
Marcel Haster has started doing something I've wanted to try for years now. Video reviews. Not reviews of videos, but video album reviews. They're quite nicely done, and you get to hear samples from the songs in between his opinions of them. I'm not going to try to post all of his video reviews ... that, after all, is what his Live Prog site is for. But for this release, Marcel has been kind enough to allow me to embed his reviews for Big Big Train (Far Skies Deep Time), Declan Burke (Destroy All Monsters), Jeavestone (1+1=OK) and Tinyfish (Big Red Spark). As I find more that I like, I'll add them as well. Of course, Live Prog now becomes a "friend of the GEPR" with a permanent link to the site. Who knows, maybe some day maybe Marcel will let me do a "guest review" on his site. It could happen.

Poll Results
I put in two informal polls in the last update. Here are the results:

  1. Where should I go from here with the GEPR? -- Most people just said keep on going as it is. A few said they would like to see smaller updates that were more frequent. For myself, I'd like to try to make it mobile phone aware so that when I use my iPhone to look something up it doesn't show up in microscopic fonts. The "Handheld GEPR" link in the window at left uses a method that's horribly out of date with current SmartPhones. I don't think a GEPR iPhone App is in the cards, but at least I'd like to have it look better as a web site. If you think this would be good for you too, let me know. The more people that ask, the higher the chances I'll do the work I need to do in order to make this happen. I basically need to change the formatting to cascading stylesheets ... a tremendous amount of work doing it by hand the way I do the GEPR. I need a good reason to do it.

  2. Should GEPR have a Facebook presence? -- Nobody really cared about this. I'm playing with a Facebook page, but I don't really see how the style of the GEPR makes that very worthwhile. I think the Gibraltar Blog page is a far more useful interactive extension of the web site.
Apology
Seventeen albums in the "Editor's Choice" window to the right is a bit too many. Sorry you need to scroll up and down to see them all. But there were lots of good releases I wanted to spotlight in this very large GEPR release. These are my favorites from more than a year now. You may scratch your head at a couple of my choices. Some of them aren't going to make anyone's "top 10" or even "top 100" albums for the year. They're just the ones that spoke to me the most for some reason.

Because it's fun
A recent press photo of Magma levitating about a foot off the ground. Click the photo for a large version.

Final words
So, if you want me to think the GEPR is worth keeping up, drop me a line and tell me you love me. No, not really. Just tell me you think the GEPR is still relevant to you. I'll definitely settle for that.

Keep on Proggin',
Fred Trafton


Here's what's new in the 7/29/11 GEPR update:

GEPR Editor Fred Trafton (USA) contributed new entries, reviews, updates or news items for Abacus, Ad Infinitum, Adrenaline Mob, Agents of Mercy, Akin, Algebra, Alphataurus, Amoeba Split, Anima Mundi, Anima Obscura, Animal Couch, Argos, arK, Arrakeen, Ars Nova, Asia, Aviva, Big Big Train, Black Country Communion, Blind Guardian, Declan Burke, Caamora, CAB, Camel, Dirk "Mont" Campbell, Centric Jones, Cheer-Accident, Ciccada, Contraluz, Cue, Nick D'Virgilio, Daymoon, Days Between Stations, Deep Purple, Devil's Slingshot, Distinguished Panel of Experts, Djam Karet, Electric Sorcery, Enchant, Eris Pluvia, Factory of Dreams, Farpoint, Fibonacci Sequence, The Fibonaccis, First Band From Outer Space, Final Conflict, Fonya, French TV, Frost*, David Gilmour, Glass, Glass Hammer, Godsticks, Gösta Berlings Saga, Grey Lady Down, Grimskunk, Grindlestone, Gutbucket, Harald Grosskopf, Mike Henderson, Herd of Instinct, High Wheel, Humble Grumble, Hyperion (Olivier Freche), Indukti, IQ, Iris, Isildur's Bane, Isotope, It Bites, Jeavestone, M. Judge, K2, Karmakanic, Jimmy Keegan, Bernd Kistenmacher, Kistenmacher and Grosskopf, Legend, Magenta, Magic Pie, Magus, Mandalaband, Marillion, Merzbow, David Minasian, Mr. So and So, Mist Season, Mistral, Steve Morse, Mystery, Nervewerks, Nightwish, Clive Nolan, Nyl, The Orb, Ozone Player, Ozric Tentacles, Pendragon, Persephone's Dream, Phideaux, Richard Pinhas, Planet X, Platypus, Poor Genetic Material, Popol Vuh (Norway), Project Creation, The Red Masque, Renaissance, Kurt Rongey, Runaway Totem, Salim Ghazi Saeedi, Sanhedrin, Derek Sherinian, Spaced Out, Sphere3, Spiral, Symphony X, SzaMaBa Trio, Sándor Szabó, t, The Tangent, Tangerine Dream, Robin Taylor, Taylor's Free Universe, The Tea Club, Thieve's Kitchen, Tinyfish, Torman Maxt, Trapeze, Twenty3:Fifty9, Ukab Maerd, UKZ/Ultimate Zero Project), vonFrickle, The Vow, Oliver Wakeman, White Willow, The Winter Tree, The Wishing Tree, Witthüser and Westrupp, Yes, Michelle Young, Yugen, Zen Rock and Roll, Zenit and Zip Tang.

Fred Trafton also created a new page for Progressive Rock Artists and has started with two artists: Roger Dean and Matt Howarth. I already know of a bunch more I'd like to see. Who are your favorites? Let me know at webmaster@gepr.net.

Other contributions this release:

New bands or
artists added
Reviews/news added
to existing entries
Updated discographies,
added or fixed links
Update 7/29/11
Adrenaline Mob
Akin
Arashk (indexed to Salim Ghazi Saeedi)
Argos
Black Country Communion
Declan Burke
Caamora
Centric Jones
Ciccada
Cue
Daymoon
Days Between Stations
Roger Dean
Devil's Slingshot
Factory of Dreams
Fibonacci Sequence
Frost*
Godsticks
Harald Grosskopf
Gutbucket
Mike Henderson
Herd of Instinct
Matt Howarth
Humble Grumble
Hyperion (Olivier Freche)
Indian Summer
Jeavestone
M. Judge (The Nerve Institute / Sinthome)
Jimmy Keegan (Project)
David Minasian
Project Creation
Project Moonbeam (indexed to Fonya)
Sanhedrin
Derek Sherinian
Spiral
Sándor Szabó (indexed to SzaMaBa Trio)
Tamam Shud
Ukab Maerd
vonFrickle
Oliver Wakeman
Salim Ghazi Saeedi
Surprise
Tinyfish
The Winter Tree
Yugen
Zen Rock and Roll
Agents of Mercy
Algebra
Alphataurus
Animal Couch
arK
Ars Nova
Aviva
Blind Guardian
Buon Vecchio Charlie
Camel
Dirk "Mont" Campbell
Cheer-Accident
Contraluz
Darwin's Radio
Deep Purple
Distinguished Panel of Experts
Djam Karet
Electric Sorcery
Enchant
Eris Pluvia
Farpoint
Final Conflict
Fonya
David Gilmour
Glass
Glass Hammer
Gösta Berlings Saga
Grey Lady Down (several addenda)
Grindlestone
IQ
Isotope
It Bites
Karmakanic
Legend
Magenta
Magus
Mandalaband
Mr. So and So
Mistral
Steve Morse
Mystery
Nervewerks
Clive Nolan
Nyl
The Orb
Ozone Player
Persephone's Dream
Phideaux
Richard Pinhas
Planet X
Popol Vuh (Norway)
The Red Masque
Renaissance
Runaway Totem
Sphere3
Symphony X
The Tangent
Tangerine Dream
Robin Taylor
Taylor's Free Universe
The Tea Club
Thieve's Kitchen
Torman Maxt
Twenty3:Fifty9
UKZ/Ultimate Zero Project
The Vow
White Willow
The Wishing Tree
Yes
Zip Tang
Abacus (discog, links, formatting)
Ad Infinitum (Mindawn & Kinesis links)
Agents of Mercy (discog, links to Nick D'Virgilio & band web site)
Algebra (discog update, new band photo)
Alphataurus (reunion news, links, )
Amoeba Split (discog update)
Anima Mundi (discog, indexing, Mindawn links)
Anima Obscura (discog, link)
Animal Couch (link fix)
arK (discog, band photo, links)
Arrakeen (discog, photo, links, formatting)
Ars Nova (discog, links, new photo)
Asia (discog updates)
Aviva (discog, photo)
CAB (discog, links to Devil's Slingshot, Niacin, Planet X)
Colin Bass (fixed broken link to web site)
David Bedford (discog, formatting, internal links)
Big Big Train (discog, link to Frost*, )
Blind Guardian (discog, band photo, links, formatting)
Buon Vecchio Charlie (discog update)
Camel (added photo, internal & discog links, formatting)
Dirk "Mont" Campbell (discog, photo, web site link)
Cheer-Accident (discog update, dash insertion)
Contraluz (discog update)
Nick D'Virgilio (link to Frost*)
Darwin's Radio (discog, link to arK, Declan Burke & Frost*)
Deep Purple (links to BCC, Dregs & Steve Morse)
Distinguished Panel of Experts (discog update)
Djam Karet (discog, photo, links)
Electric Sorcery (discog, add photo)
Enchant (discog, link to The Wishing Tree)
Eris Pluvia (discog update)
Farpoint (discog, link to 10T Records)
The Fibonaccis (improved photo, format, link fixes)
First Band From Outer Space (discog, band photo, links)
Fonya (discog, Mindawn and Centric Jones links)
Freefall (formatting, links)
French TV (discog update)
David Gilmour (discog, link to The Orb)
Glass (discog update)
Glass Hammer (discog update)
Gösta Berlings Saga (discog, links)
Grey Lady Down (link to Thieve's Kitchen)
Grimskunk (discog, links)
Grindlestone (discog, links)
High Wheel (discog, formatting)
Indukti (discog update)
IQ (link to Sphere3)
Iris (discog, formatting)
Isildur's Bane (discog, format, link to Daymoon)
Isotope (discog, photo, links)
It Bites (discog, band photo, links)
K2 (discog, links)
Karmakanic (discog, links, )
Bernd Kistenmacher (spelling fix)
Kistenmacher and Grosskopf (spelling fix)
Legend (discog, formatting, links)
Magenta (discog, new photo, links)
Magic Pie (discog update, Mindawn links)
Magus (discog, Mindawn links, link to The Winter Tree)
Mandalaband (discog, photo, web site link)
Marillion (discog, band photo, links)
Merzbow (discog, photo, link to Richard Pinhas)
Metaphor (fixed broken link to Mary Doria Russell's web site)
Mr. So and So (discog, photo, links to Legend & The Wishing Tree)
Mist Season (discog, link to CD Baby & SoT review)
Mistral (link to Syn-Phonic)
Mystery (discog, 2nd photo, links to Spaced Out & Yes)
Nervewerks (link fix)
Nightwish (discog update, formatting)
Clive Nolan (discog, links to Caamora & Oliver Wakeman)
Nyl (news, links)
The Orb (discog, link to David Gilmour)
Ozone Player (discog, links)
Ozric Tentacles (discog, link to Steve Hillage)
Pendragon (discog update)
Persephone's Dream (discog update)
Phideaux (discog, links)
Richard Pinhas (discog, link to Merzbow, formatting)
Planet X (discog, links)
Platypus (links only)
Poor Genetic Material (discog, links)
Popol Vuh (Norway) (photo, format, )
The Red Masque (discog update)
Renaissance (discog, photo, links)
Kurt Rongey (discog, formatting, Mindawn links)
Runaway Totem (discog, formatting)
Spaced Out (discog, formatting)
Sphere3 (link to IQ, formatting)
Symphony X (discog, links to Sea of Tranquility reviews)
SzaMaBa Trio (discog update)
Sándor Szabó (indexed to SzaMaBa Trio)
t (discog update)
The Tangent (discog update)
Tangerine Dream (discog update)
Robin Taylor (discog, link to CD Baby)
Taylor's Free Universe (discog, fixed link to CD Baby)
The Tea Club (discog, links, additional photo)
Thieve's Kitchen (link to Grey Lady Down)
Torman Maxt (discog, band photo)
Trapeze (formatting, link to Black Country Communion)
Twenty3:Fifty9 (discog, link to CD Baby)
UKZ/Ultimate Zero Project (discog, link to John Wetton)
The Vow (discog update)
White Willow (news, added photo, web site link fix)
The Wishing Tree (discog, photo, links to Legend, Enchant & Mr. So and So)
Witthüser and Westrupp (links, formatting, spelling fixes)
Yes (discog, links, additional band photo)
Michelle Young (fix web site link)
Zenit (discog update)
Zip Tang (discog update)

For archives of previous "What's New" entries, click here.
For archives of previous monthly update tables, click here.
For a nauseatingly complete listing of every little change, click here.



Associated Sites:
Gibraltar's Prog Blog   What's happening in the Gibraltar Encyclopedia between updates of the main site
Axiom of Choice   Jurriaan Hage's Prog Rock site, reviews/sounds
Gnosis   Ratings of Prog albums by a panel of volunteers
Ground and Sky   Progressive Rock album reviews
Live Prog   Marcel Haster's video prog reviews & band interviews
Progressive World   Progressive Rock and related music reviews
ProgressoR   Vitaly Menshikov's Progressive Rock Web Site in Uzbekistan

Other Progressive Rock (and related) Web Sites:
Aural Innovations   The Global Source For SpaceRock Exploration, e-zine/reviews/Internet radio
BayProg   Web site for news & info about California Bay Area prog bands
DURP   "Tales From the Progressive Ocean" webzine in English and German
Dutch Progressive Rock Page   The site name says it all, but it's mostly in English!
e-Prog   Home of Keyboard-based Progressive Rock
Ectagon   List of Progressive Rock web sites, with links
Estonian Progressive Rock Web Page   They have Prog in Estonia? You bet!
Ghostland   Progressive Rock news, reviews and more
Italian Prog   Dedicated to Italian Prog, in English or Italian
NewEARS   New England Art Rock Society - bringing Prog to the U.S. Northeast
Planet Prog   Weekly Wisconsin Prog radio show/Internet radio
Prog4You.com   General prog site w/ reviews, interviews and MP3's
Prog Archives   Very comprehensive prog site, with lots of album and band reviews
Progbibliography   Books about Prog bands, and literary resources that inspired Prog rock
ProgNaut   General Prog site with band lists, etc.
Prognosis   Prog reviews
Prog Rock CD Compilation - Nilo Stolte wanted me to add this link, so why not?
progressiverock.com (formerly Strawberry Bricks)   A Progressive Rock Timeline from 1967-1979
Progressive Ears   Progressive rock web site, mailing list & message board
Progressive Newsletter   German Progressive Rock site
Rock Progressivo Brasil   Brazilian Progressive Rock web site
Sea of Tranquility   Heavy Metal, Prog Metal and Progressive Rock webzine
SPRP - Spanish Progressive Rock Page   Prog bands from Spanish-speaking countries
Through Different Eyes   Progressive Rock and Metal reviews

Progressive Rock Magazines
Acid Dragon - Published in France with text in English 3 times a year. Focused on "Frog Prog" but also prog from other countries.
Audion - Published about twice a year in Great Britain. Focus seems to be on Krautrock, Experimental Electronic and Zeuhl.
Classic Rock Presents Prog - Published quarterly in the UK (color glossy, usually w/ sampler CD included). Focused on all prog.
Exposé - Published quarterly in the United States (black and white). Focused on all prog and experimental music.
Progression - Published quarterly in the United States (color glossy). Focused on all prog and experimental music.
Tarkus - Published quarterly in Norway. Broad focus, RIO to Neo, from the 60s to the 90s.



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