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The Dividing Line / A return to the most uncivil of civilizations
« on: September 21, 2007, 06:14:49 am »
DLBN folks,

Well, for those of you that don't know, I've made it out of the wilderness.  The summer was interesting and, to say the least, wild (in every sense).  Working for the forest service was a brand new experience that I really enjoyed, even considering my internet-less condition.  Well, I had dial-up when I was at home.  We won't get started on the torture that THAT was.  I would have been better off with nothing.

Anyway, I feel fully returned to civilization thanks to the Rush concert at Madison Square Garden a few nights ago.  As usual, Rush left me questioning the nature of gods and the creation of the universe.  They basically took the house down.  That said, I'm on the east coast now!  I'm currently living in northwestern Connecticut, teaching and living at a boarding school.  Anyone seeing great prog shows in the area should drop me a line...I'm always game!  When, of course, I'm not burdened with work, which brings me to the next matter...

...sad as it makes me to say it, I'm afraid I simply won't be able to continue my show.  I know my tenure was brief (and yet totally fulfilling for me!), but considering the all-encompassing nature of my work here - I literally live and breathe boarding school students, from living in a dorm to being a teacher, a dorm parent, and an athletics coach - simply doesn't allow for any DJ time. The last thing I want to do is put together a half-assed show or, worse yet, find my show interrupted by any of the usual freshman boys' antics, such as:

-Mr. Jackson I lost the key to my room again...will you let me in?!

-Mr. Jackson, Bobby threw a rotten apple in my bed again!

-Mr. Jackson, there is shaving cream all over the hallway again!


Think of some scenarios on your own!  Its fun and almost impossible to come up with one that hasn't, or won't, happen!  The joy!  But, I digress...

...so, it seems wildly unfair to hold onto my highly coveted, late night Monday slot (haaa, ok, THAT is pretty funny) when I'm just not going to be able to fill it.  I've already said hi to a few people in the chat room and plan on being a partially-contributing member of DLBN society (Hell, you guys give me all my new tunes!), but it looks like Progressive Concepts is taking a nose dive.  Perhaps some day in the future, when I finally get fed up, throw a kid out a second story window, and graciously take my leave of the education profession, I will resurrect it's former, graveyard-shift glory.  Until then, though, I'll just have to see you all around the chatroom...

Dana

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Show Playlists / Re: Progressive Concepts
« on: April 09, 2007, 10:15:09 pm »
April 9, 2007
Show #26 - The Last Show!


Toy Matinee, "Toy Matinee" (1990)

1. Last Plane Out (5:13)
2. Turn It On Salvador (4:55)
3. Things She Said (4:58)
4. Remember My Name (5:19)
5. The Toy Matinee (5:03)
6. Queen Of Misery (4:31)   
7. The Ballad Of Jenny Ledge (5:50)
8. There Was A Little Boy (5:35)
9. We Always Come Home (4:30)

10. Kevin Gilbert - The Best Laid Plans (5:39), "The Shaming Of The True" (2000)
11. Kevin Gilbert - The City Of The Sun (5:55), "The Shaming Of The True" (2000)

Links:
Toy Matinee information.
Fan site for Kevin Gilbert-related news and tidbits.

The Alan Parsons Project, "Tales Of Mystery And Imagination" (1975)

12. A Dream Within A Dream (4:14)
13. The Raven (3:58)
14. The Tell-Tale Heart (4:39)
15. The Cask Of Amontillado (4:34)
16. (The System Of) Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether (4:21)
17. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: I. Prelude (7:03)
18. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: II. Arrival (2:40)
19. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: III. Intermezzo (1:01)
20. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: IV. Pavane (4:36)
21. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: V. Fall (0:51)
22. To One In Paradise (4:47)

Links:
How many musicians does it take to get to the center of an Alan Parsons album?
Album lyrics and links to the songs' related Poe stories.
"The Cask Of Amontillado", animated.

23. Iron Maiden - Murders In The Rue Morgue (4:19), "Killers" (1981)

Rush, "Fear" Song Series (1981-2002)

24. The Enemy Within (Fear, Part I) (4:37), "Grace Under Pressure" (1984)<br>
25. The Weapon (Fear, Part II) (6:24), "Signals" (1982)<br>
26. Witch Hunt (Fear, Part III) (4:46), "Moving Pictures" (1981)<br>
27. Freeze (Fear, Part IV) (6:21), "Vapor Trails" (2002)<br>

Links:
The stories behind the "Fear" songs.

28. Rush - Cygnuspheres (27:59)

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The Dividing Line / Re: Progressive Concepts "final" show, April 23rd
« on: April 06, 2007, 08:27:10 am »
**UPDATE**

Ok, so I've decided to make this trip to Montana a bit longer than expected so I can spend a couple of days in Zion National Park along the way.  This mean, unfortunately, that I'll be leaving on the morning of the 23rd, making the new "last" show on April 9th.

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The Dividing Line / Progressive Concepts "final" show, April 23rd
« on: April 03, 2007, 08:36:45 am »
DLBN listeners and DJ's,

As some of you may know, I recently finished graduate school and have, since, been on the hunt for work and other means of sustaining a lifestyle that aspires to be indebted to more than Top Ramen and Charles Shaw.  As part of this mission, I have accepted a job with the Bureau of Land Management for the summer.  I'm going to be working as a ranger in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in Montana.  This position will have me in the field 6 out of every 7 days, thereby precluding any ability to broadcast my Monday evening show.  Of all the reasons I could think of not to take this job, this was the most persuasive.  In the end, however, I simply couldn't turn down the opportunity.

Now, this email is not an official death notice for Progressive Concepts.  The work is seasonal, covering only the summer, and assuming I have a teaching job to slide into in fall, the show could easily be restored to its former glory sometime in September or October.  Right now, though, everything is up in the air.  Regardless of the future of Progressive Concepts, I've had nothing but fun hosting this show and chatting with listeners and DJ's alike.

Progressive Concepts' last broadcast before I leave will be Monday, April 23rd, in the usual 10:00-12:30 PST slot.  There will be no broadcast on Monday, April 16th as I will be on the east coast trying to solicit post-BLM work.  Thanks again for all the support and progginess that you all have offered me, and I really do hope to be back on the internet airwaves come fall.  Everyone have a great summer!

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Off-Topic Talk / Re: Google image your DJ/screen name
« on: April 02, 2007, 10:28:06 pm »
I can't post any of the ones that come up when I Google "Dana."  And I have to stop now because looking at the results is turning me on...

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Show Playlists / Re: Progressive Concepts
« on: April 02, 2007, 10:19:18 pm »
April 2, 2007
Show #25 - Variety Is The Spice Of Life


Jethro Tull, "Thick As A Brick" (1972)

1. Thick As A Brick (43:36)

Links:
Album lyrics
A great essay from the Cup Of Wonder fan site
Another essay that is, um, interesting...
Detailed, multi-level scans of all the pages in the original LP cover
Live (albeit shortened) version from 1978

Coheed & Cambria, "Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Volume 1: From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness" (2005)

2. Keeping The Blade (2:09)
3. Always & Never (2:23)
4. Welcome Home (6:15)
5. Ten Speed (Of God's Blood & Burial) (3:46)
6. Crossing The Frame (3:26)
7. Apollo I: The Writing Writer (5:15)
8. Once Upon Your Dead Body (3:19)
9. Wake Up (3:36)
10. The Suffering (3:43)
11. The Lying Lies & Dirty Secrets Of Miss Erica Court (3:17)
12. Mother May I (4:32)
13. The Willing Well I: Fuel For The Feeding End (7:17)
14. The Willing Well II: Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness (7:28)
15. The Willing Well III: Apollo II: The Telling Truth (7:18)
16. The Willing Well IV: The Final Cut (7:40)

Links:
Good luck figuring out the plot line to this sucker...
"A Favor House Atlantic" video
"Blood Red Summer" video
More videos via the magnificently monstrous corporatosity of MTV.com

17. Jimmy Page & Robert Plant - Kashmir (12:27), "No Quarter" (1994)
18. Jimmy Page & Robert Plant - City Don't Cry (6:08), "No Quarter" (1994)

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Show Playlists / Re: Progressive Concepts
« on: March 26, 2007, 10:19:22 pm »
March 26, 2007
Show #24 - A Little Light Music


The "Whistlers Done Early" bonus tracks:

-1. Pure Reason Revolution - Nimos And Tambos (3:44), "The Dark Third" (2006)

Genesis, "Duke" (1980)

1. Behind The Lines (5:30)
2. Duchess (6:25)
3. Guide Vocal (1:34)
4. Man Of Our Times (5:35)
5. Misunderstanding (3:14)
6. Heathaze (5:00)
7. Turn It On Again (3:51)
8. Alone Again (3:57)
9. Cul-De-Sac (5:05)
10. Please Don't Ask (4:02)
11. Duke's Travels (8:39)
12. Duke's End (2:07)

Links:
Catch the boys live this summer!
"Behind The Lines," live

Spock's Beard, "The Light" (1995)

13. The Light (15:33)
   i) The Dream
   ii) One Man
   iii) Garden People
   iv) Looking Straight Into The Light
   v) The Man In The Mountain
   vi) Senor Valasco's Mystic Voodoo Love Dance
   vii) The Return Of The Horrible Catfish Man
   viii) The Dream

14. Go The Way You Go (12:07)
15. The Water (23:10)
   i) Introduction / The Water
   ii) When It All Goes To Hell
   iii) A Thief In The Night
   iv) FU/I'm Sorry
   v) The Water (Revisited)
   vi) Runnin' The Race
   vii) Reach For The Sky

16. On The Edge (6:10)

Links:
"The Light," live.

17. Toy Matinee - There Was A Little Boy (5:35), "Toy Matinee" (1990)
18. Peter Gabriel - That Voice Again (4:53), "So" (1986)
19. Toy Matinee - Remember My Name (5:18), "Toy Matinee" (1990)
20. Peter Gabriel - In Your Eyes (5:29), "So" (1986)
21. Peter Gabriel - This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds) (4:18), "So" (1986)

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Show Playlists / Re: Progressive Concepts
« on: March 19, 2007, 11:33:29 pm »
March 19, 2007
Show #23 - The English-Free Show


The "Whistlers Done Early" bonus tracks:

-1. Ghost Circus - Cycles (5:38), "Cycles" (2006)


rc2, "rc2" (2003)

1. Obertura (3:05
2. Joroprog (6:37)
3. Nada (5:34)
4. Sombras (5:18)
5. RM (2:33)
6. Fria (14:19)
7. Gira La Tierra (7:10)
8. Soledad (8:09)
9. Voz De Tempestad (2:00)
10. Se Pierde El Sol (14:15)

Links:
rc2 on MySpace

Dungen, "Ta Det Lugnt" (2004)

11. Panda (4:56)
12. Gjort Bort Sig (5:10)
13. Festival (3:43)
14. Du Ar For Fin For Mig (8:28)
15. Ta Det Lugnt (7:44)
16. Det Du Tanker Idag Ar Du I Morgon (3:59)
17. Lejonet & Kulan (2:49)
18. Bortglomd (4:27)
19. Glomd Konst Kommer Stundom Anyo Till Heders (0:56)
20. Lipsill (2;46)
21. Om Du vore En Vakthund (3:02)
22. Tack Ska Ni Ha (0:32)
23. Sluta Folja Efter (4:52)

Links:
Some song title translations
Get your Swedish on and figure out what the hell these songs are about
Dungen's website

24. The Police - Hungry For You (J'aurais Toujours Faim De Toi) (2:53), "Ghost In The Machine" (1981)
25. Rush - Circumstances (3:45), "Hemispheres" (1978)
26. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant - Yallah (5:00), "No Quarter" (1994)

Links:
Sting sings in French...
...and the internet turns it into English
All about Neil Peart's adventures in Europe...

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Show Playlists / Re: Progressive Concepts
« on: March 13, 2007, 08:05:14 am »
March 13, 2007
Show #22 - The Concept Song Show


1. Iron Maiden - Alexander The Great (8:36), "Somewhere In Time" (1986)

A metal-bound history lesson.

2. Rush - 2112 (21:24), "Different Stages" (1998)
   i) Overture (4:33)
   ii) The Temples Of Syrinx (2:20)
   iii) Discovery (4:17)
   iv) Presentation (3:40)
   v) Oracle: The Dream (1:49)
   vi) Soliloquy (2:08)
   vii) Grand Finale (2:39)

Synopsis of the themes behind each movement in "2112".
"2112" live, from the early days, part I
"2112" live, from the early days, part II
   
3. Led Zeppelin - Achilles' Last Stand (10:26), "Presence" (1976)


Lyrics to "Achilles' Last Stand".
"Achilles' Last Stand performed live in Zep's latter days.

4. Marillion - Grendel (19:10)

Explore some "Beowulf" literary history.

5. Genesis - The Battle Of Epping Forest (11:46), "Selling England By The Pound" (1973)
   
Lyrics to "The Battle Of Epping Forest".

6. Metallica - One (7:27), "...And Justice For All" (1988)
   
History of "Johnny Got His Gun".
Video for "One".
   
7. Dream Theater - Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence (42:00), "Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence (2002)
   i) Overture (6:50)
   ii) About To Crash (5:51)
   iii) War Inside My Head (2:08)
   iv) The Test That Stumped Them All (5:03)
   v) Goodnight Kiss (6:18)
   vi) Solitary Shell (5:48)
   vii) About To Crash (Reprise) (4:05)
   viii) Losing Time / Grand Finale (6:02)

Explanation of the lyrical movements in the "Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence" suite.

8. Iron Maiden - Rime Of The Ancient Mariner (13:42), "Powerslave" (1984)
   
History of the poem, "Rime Of The Ancient Mariner".
Catch up on your literary shortcomings with this full version of Coleridge's poem.

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Show Playlists / Re: Progressive Concepts
« on: March 05, 2007, 11:56:57 pm »
March 5, 2007
Show #21 - Early Days


Get ready to enjoy an extra long edition of Progressive Concepts!  PC started a bit earlier than usual, allowing me to toss out some quickie tracks at the beginning...only good stuff, of course!  Would I lie?
   
Jethro Tull, "Stand Up" (1969)

1. A New Day Yesterday (4:05)
2. Jeffrey Goes To Leicester Square (2:08)
3. Bouree (3:42)
4. Back To The Family (3:45)
5. Look Into The Sun (4:16)
6. Nothing Is Easy (4:21)
7. Fat Man (2:52)
8. We Used To Know (3:56)
9. Reasons For Waiting (4:03)
10. For A Thousand Mothers (4:11)

Links:
Catch up with Jethro Tull's amazing 17 different personnel lineups (halfway down the page)
Cup Of Wonder is STILL the best Tull site on the 'net
The REAL Jethro Tull...

Elton John, "Tumbleweed Connection" (1970)

11. Ballad Of A Well Known Gun (4:59)
12. Come Down In Time (3:25)
13. Country Comfort (5:06)
14. Son Of Your Father (3:48)
15. My Father's Gun (6:20)
16. Where To Now St. Peter? (4:11)
17. Love Song (3:41)
18. Amoreena (5:00)
19. Talking Old Soldiers (4:06)
20. Burn Down The Mission (6:35)

Links:
Rolling Stone analysis and review of "Tumbleweed Connection"
   
21. Elton John - Into The Old Man's Shoes (4:02)

Genesis, "Trespass" (1970)

21. Looking For Someone (7:06)
22. White Mountain (6:45)
23. Visions Of Angels (6:50)
24. Stagnation (8:50)
25. Dusk (4:13)
26. The Knife (8:55)

Links:
Local to Philly?  I'm not, but if you are, check out some old Genesis, made new.
Early pictures and video clips on this Stagnation "video"

27. Jethro Tull - Inside (3:48), "Benefit" (1970)
28. Elton John - Madman Across The Water (Original Version) (8:52)

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Show Playlists / Re: Progressive Concepts
« on: February 27, 2007, 12:52:53 am »
February 26, 2007
Show #20 - Polar Opposites


Marillion, "Fugazi" (1984)

1. Assassing (7:01)
2. Punch & Judy (3:21)
3. Jigsaw (6:50)
4. Emerald Lies (5:08)
5. She Chameleon (6:53)
6. Incubus (8:30)
7. Fugazi (8:12)

Links:
Band member takes on the making of "Fugazi" and album lyrics
FUGAZI, SNAFU, and other exciting, war-time acronyms

Iron Maiden, "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son" (1988)

8. Moonchild (5:40)
9. Infinite Dreams (6:09)
10. Can I Play With Madness (3:31)
11. The Evil That Men Do (4:34)
12. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son (9:53)
13. The Prophecy (5:05)
14. The Clairvoyant (4:27)
15. Only The Good Die Young (4:42)

Links:
Orson Scott Card's book series that was the partial inspiration for "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son"
The real-world, cultural background of seventh sons of seventh sons
You know you love him...

Alice In Chains, "Jar Of Flies" (1994)

16. Rotten Apple (6:58)
17. Nutshell (4:19)
18. I Stay Away (4:14)
19. No Excuses (4:15)
20. Whale & Wasp (2:37)
21. Don't Follow (4:22)
22. Swing On This (4:04)


23. Mad Season - River Of Deceit (5:04), "Above" (1995)
24. Iron Maiden - Paschendale (8:28), "Dance Of Death" (2003)
25. Marillion - Exile On Princes Street (5:29)

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The Dividing Line / Program changes for Monday evenings
« on: February 20, 2007, 05:13:03 pm »
When it rains, it pours!  Adding to the show shakeup that is currently happening, I am having to change the time that I broadcast Progressive Concepts.  From now on, Progressive Concepts will air at the end (rather than the beginning) of the Monday evening lineup, from 10:00pm-12:30am PST.  This is all due to me graduating, about which I'm sorely disappointed.  Apparently employers don't consider non-paying DJ gigs to be good excuse for leaving work early.  Hopefully the DLBN will help stave off the atrophying of my brain that work is certain to induce.  See ya all late night!

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Show Playlists / Re: Progressive Concepts
« on: February 19, 2007, 06:23:07 pm »
February 19, 2007
Show #19 - Rush, Inside-Out


1. Rush - Lakeside Park (4:10), "Caress Of Steel" (1975)
2. Rush - The Big Wheel (5:12), "Roll The Bones" (1991)

Geddy Lee, "My Favorite Headache" (2000)


3. My Favorite Headache (4:44)
4. The Present Tense (3:25)
5. Window To The World (3:01)
6. Working At Perfekt (4:59)
7. Runaway Train (4:31)
8. The Angels' Share (4:34)
9. Moving To Bohemia (4:25)
10. Home On The Strange (3:47)
11. Slipping (5:06)
12. Still (4:29)
13. Grace To Grace (4:57)

14. Rush - The Rhythm Method (8:20), "Different Stages" (1998)
   
Alex Lifeson, "Victor" (1996)

15. Don't Care (4:05)
16. Promise (5:44)
17. Start Today (3:52)
18. Mr. X (2:22)
19. At The End (6:09)
20. Sending Out A Warning (4:11)
21. Shut Up Shutting Up (4:06)
22. Strip And Go Naked (3:57)
23. The Big Dance (4:17)
24. Victor (6:27)
25. I Am The Spirit (5:31)

Links:
Check out Alex's gear and pine over your inability to afford such coolness

26. Rush - O Baterista (8:54), "Rush In Rio" (2003)
27. Rush - Witch Hunt (4:45), "Moving Pictures" (1981)

Links:
Check out Neil's books here
Question and answer on the lyrics from The Professor himself

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Artists & Music / Pandora
« on: February 14, 2007, 06:12:24 pm »
Anyone run across this free service/jukebox before?  Kind of interesting how it picks out songs that you might be interested.  I think it is secretly tied to corporate America (via Amazon), but it is quite non-intrusive.

PANDORA

I like how you can ask it "why are you playing THIS song" and it will break down your musical interests for you.  Kind of like musical astrology...

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Show Playlists / Re: Progressive Concepts
« on: February 12, 2007, 06:12:45 pm »
February 12, 2007
Show #18 - Tolkien Interpretations: The Middle-Earth Show


1. Styx - Lords Of The Ring (4;35), "Pieces Of Eight" (1978)
2. Led Zeppelin - Ramble On (4:24), "Led Zeppelin II" (1969)
3. Blind Guardian - The Bard's Song - In The Forest (3:10), "Somewhere Far Beyond" (1992)
4. Blind Guardian - The Bard's Song - The Hobbit (3:53), "Somewhere Far Beyond" (1992)
5. Rush - Rivendell (4:59), "Fly By Night" (1975)
6. Led Zeppelin - Misty Mountain Hop (4:38), "Led Zeppelin IV" (1971)

Links:
Explore the ties between Led Zeppelin songs and Tolkien lore

Blind Guardian, "Nightfall In Middle-Earth" (1998)

7. War Of Wrath (1:50)
8. Into The Storm (4:24)
9. Lammoth (0:28)
10. Nightfall (5:34)
11. The Minstrel (0:32)
12. The Curse Of Feanor (5:41)
13. Captured (0:26)
14. Blood Tears (5:25)
15. Mirror Mirror (5:06)
16. Face The Truth (0:24)
17. Noldor (Dead Winter Reigns) (6:51)
18. Battle Of Sudden Flame (0:44)
19. Time Stands Still (At The Iron Hill) (4:54)
20. The Dark Elf (0:23)
21. Thorn (6:19)
22. The Eldar (3:39)
23. Nom The Wise (0:33)
24. When Sorrow Sang (4:25)
25. Out On The Water (0:44)
26. The Steadfast (0:21)
27. A Dark Passage (6:01)
28. Final Chapter (Thus Ends...) (0:48)

Links:
Lyrical references to Tolkien's <u>Silmarillion</u> found in the album's tracks

Selected Tracks from
Glass Hammer, "Journey Of The Dunadan" (1993)

29. Something's Coming (3:04)
30. The Way To Her Heart (3:31)
31. Morannon Gate (5:41)
32. Why I Cry (Arwen's Song) (5:20)
33. Song Of The Dunadan (9:13)

General Tolkien Links:
A comprehensive, online Tolkien encyclopedia
Tolkien songs from his own pages
Want more Tolkien-inspired tunes??

34. Led Zeppelin - The Battle Of Evermore (5:52), "Led Zeppelin IV" (1971)
35. Rush - The Necromancer (12:32), "Caress Of Steel" (1975)


NEXT WEEK'S THEME: Rush, Inside-Out!

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