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Off-Topic Talk / Happy Birthday Frank!
« on: January 04, 2007, 12:35:50 am »
Just wanted to take the time (since I know he sticks his head in here every now and then) that all of buddies at IO and the rest of the prog world wish him a happy birthday! I know fs likes to take his favorite shows with him on the road, working all of those crazy hours. Have a wonderful birthday fs, hope to see you around one day soon!


The Dividing Line / Tragic News
« on: December 18, 2006, 08:05:12 pm »
Mike Citro's (The Lurker) mother was killed in a two car accident Sunday night. Please keep Michael and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

The Dividing Line / Gary Sauer calls it quits
« on: May 11, 2006, 09:15:55 pm »
I just thought I'd let Gary's friends know that this past Wednesday was his last Schizophrenic Clinic broadcast over at ProgRock. Gary started right here close to 5 years ago, and I had the privilege of working side by side with him for over two years, ruling Wednesday nights back to back at both stations. Gary's decided his hearts not into it any more, but he's also in a situation that requires some prayers. His wife Linda will soon be having heart surgery to repair a deformity she's had from birth, so please keep
 her and their daughters in your prayers. We are all one big prog family, and need to watch out for our own. Thank you everyone.


Got this from the Rosfest mailing list. Nice articles with Pete and Mick. Carny should get a kick out of the shot that Mick takes at the Fishy One at the end ;-)

Off-Topic Talk / CalProg - Who's Going?
« on: March 07, 2005, 10:12:16 am »
OK, jF already owes me a couple beers from last year, who else is buying this year???  ;D

I'm bringing my daughter this year, and one of her friends. They go to more shows than I do, time to give them a taste of Dad's music. I think BB is going, anyone else around here?

BTW, besides Gary and Mike, anyone else going to be at RoSFest?

Artists & Music / Zoltan out... Marcus in.
« on: February 07, 2005, 03:24:11 pm »
Roine really is a dope...

    After months of discussions, anguish and hard thinking the band have decided that Zoltan is, despite his obvious skills and virtuosity, not the drummer that The Flower kings complex music requires.

    Zoltan is in many ways a master or even monster of grooves and improvisation and a man who lives in the present with a strong passion and presentation in what is happening "now", musically speaking. His chops are top notch and anyone who have seen the man in action knows he's one of the most expressive and passionate drummers around, we will all miss that part.

    However, the direction that the FK music goes does not 100% fit Zoltans ways of musical expression and the drummer position is very, very critical for such a large scale project. This may all sound VERY strange or even impossible to believe for some of you,but trust me, things will improve and just trust the power of the music itself.

    So now you ask yourselves, "is this the end" of the Jonas & Zoltan era? Regarded as the best rhythm section in prog (ever?). The answer is no, you will still be able to hear them in Karmakanic and I've also expressed interest in working with Zoltan & Jonas in other, more improvisonal projects in the future. I and the rest of the band wish Zoltan all possible luck in all the music projects he's involved with at the moment and we hope to keep you all informed about his future activities. I'm positively gonna continue diggin' whatever he's playing on .

    So one star leaves and I'm confident saying that another one enters. We'd like to present to you Marcus Liliequist.

    Marcus is a 24 year old drummer from Malmo, Sweden, who after finishing his musical education (same as Zoltan) have been playing and recording in various styles, leaning mostly towards rock. Marcus is a hard working drummer and very much in demand in sessions and touring, but has now decided that he wanted to be in a band and what better band is there if you want to express all passion or weirdness than The Flower Kings!!??

    We think Marcus has all the skills, duration and knowledge that is required to fit in and execute & keep track of the complex music that we write and play with a passion and maybe even a bit of muscle, as thin as he may look. Yes we feel the music may take on a hard hitting rockier edge, while still keeping the rhythmic complexity and a bit of the jazzier flair.

    Marcus will be doing his debut live with the TFK gang on the Instrumental tour that start in Hamburg on March 31st. Don't miss this!!!

    Next to follow is the American tour and this will all be your first chance to check out Marcus playing with a full Flower Kings band, songs from Adam & Eve but augmented with a bunch of older classics and favourites.

    Your Observer In Time
    Roine Stolt

I especially like the part about "best rhythm section in prog - ever". They must have some good weed in S-weed-en ;-). Better than Bruford/Wetton? Bruford/Squire? (ok Bruford hated Squire but they were still pretty good). Please...

Artists & Music / Jim Capaldi dies today
« on: January 28, 2005, 02:40:39 pm »
Just read over at ProgressiveEars that Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi died today. It's a shame, I remember reading about a reunion with the band, including Steve Winwood. Always liked those guys, they made some great albums in the late 60's early 70's.

Off-Topic Talk / Skype
« on: January 17, 2005, 02:17:37 pm »
I was just wondering if anyone here uses Skype for making calls via the internet. I've been watching the development of this, and it's really going to revolutionize how we use (or don't use) the telephone.

The Dividing Line / Interstellar Overdrive 12/29 - this year's Top 10
« on: December 29, 2004, 12:43:47 pm »
I don't like to spam the forum with show info (that's what the mailing list is for ;-) ), but since it seems many of you don't subscribe to the list, I'll make an exception today. Culled from a few lists like this one, reviews, feedback from numerous mailing lists and message boards, and of course requests over the past year, we offer Interstellar Overdrive's look at the Top 10 prog releases of 2004, and some of the dissappointments as well. Sure to spur some controversy, as these things always do, tune in Wednesday, December 29 at 23: 00GMT.


Artists & Music / Mindawn prog downloads
« on: December 14, 2004, 02:49:57 pm »
My buddy Shawn Gordon from Progrockrecords and recently started a music download service called Mindawn, which is a cross-platform, DRM-free music service similar to iTunes and specializing in progressive music. Music is encoded in FLAC and OGG formats, with FLAC downloads priced slightly higher due to increased file size and bandwidth considerations. He also got a nice write-up in today's MacCentral Online. Thanks to Shawn for supporting open standards and cross-platform compatibility. And especially for supporting prog music and its creators.

Artists & Music / New Styx video - I Am The Walrus
« on: December 13, 2004, 08:53:14 am »
Check it out, pretty trippy!

Artists & Music / Gary Strater 1953 - 2004
« on: September 21, 2004, 05:53:43 pm »
It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Starcastle bassist Gary Strater. Gary has been fighting liver/pancreatic cancer for some time. A benefit guitar raffle was held at Rosfest in 2004, with the guitar being passed on to Nearfest, as well as a few other prog festivals this summer, to raise money for Gary's medical bills. Gary lost his battle with cancer yesterday, September 20. More information will follow later at

In celebration of Gary's life, the music of Starcastle will be featured on Interstellar Overdrive tomorrow, September 22. I will not be on live as I have a wake to go to, but I'm recording my show as I type this. Please keep Gary's family in your prayers, and if you feel like donating to the Gary Strater fund, send donations to:

Gary Strater Benefit Fund
c/o Bank of Illinois (217-351-6500)
100 West University Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820

Polling Station / Favorite Chick Prog
« on: August 13, 2004, 10:42:49 am »
Just curious about people's favorite female-fronted progressive music band, or even if folks around here have even heard of any/most/all of these bands.

Artists & Music / This Really Sucks...
« on: August 09, 2004, 06:45:24 pm »
Sad news today:

Karnataka - These Dreams Are Over
"Karnataka regret to announce that for personal reasons the band is no longer able to continue. We would like to thank all of you who supported us from our early gigs in 1998 up to the present, it is largely you who have made this journey so worthwhile for all of us and we hope that the music we have made together has been something that will continue to live on after the band. Please note that all the remaining Karnataka gigs have been cancelled.

Karnataka would like to especially thank Ray & Steph for their constant “courage under fire”, Mark Shaw for opening many doors for the band and “telling it like it is”, Martin Hudson and the CRS for opening many ears to the band, Russ Elliot for all things American, Steve Evans and Joe Gibb for their own open ears and all the other special people who have helped us along the way and become friends as well as fans (you know who you are!).

Looking to the future, the individual members of Karnataka will be working on new material, either solo or in various combinations and subscribers to the Karnataka mailing list will receive news of CD releases, live dates and any other developments as and when they happen. Information will also be posted on We hope that you will support the future endeavours of all the band members as they will all contain part of what made Karnataka such a special band.

The band’s website will continue to operate and all the CDs and DVDs will continue to be available with the exception of the first album “Karnataka” (we have approx. 100 copies left and once these are sold the album will be deleted). The T-Shirts will also no longer be produced once the current stock has sold out.

We hope you’ve enjoyed listening to us as much as we’ve enjoyed playing for you.

Anne, Rachel, Gavin, Ian, Jonathan & Paul"


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