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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..., 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...


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!

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!

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.


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...

The Dividing Line / clothing
« on: January 13, 2007, 04:40:15 pm »
My Dividing Line sweatshirt is totally awesome!  I just, um, thought I should mention that.  Go back to listening to the stream now.

Artists & Music / The Concert Vault
« on: January 11, 2007, 07:44:08 am »
Wow.  This site is amazing.

Not much in the way of progressive acts on there (though I did just notice some King Crimson), but awesome nonetheless.  And free.  That is so key.

The Dividing Line / Critic's Carnival promo
« on: November 02, 2006, 12:16:27 pm »
Am I the only one that thinks that Alistair's rambling, partially inchoherent promo for Critic's Carnival is the most hilarious thing the DL broadcasts?  Just checking...

Promotion / RC2
« on: October 19, 2006, 06:48:53 am »
Hey, these guys are really great:

Don't let the lack of English lyrics daunt ya!  "Fria" is such a good, really, are all the others.  I'll try and pick up their album in next month's new-music-budget and give it a spin on Progressive Concepts...

Show Playlists / Progressive Concepts
« on: October 10, 2006, 08:05:35 am »
October 9, 2006
Show #001

The Alan Parsons Project - Eye in the Sky

1. Sirius (1:54)
2. Eye in the Sky (4:36)
3. Children of the Moon (4:51)
4. Gemini (2:11)
5. Silence and I (7:19)
6. You're Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned (4:22)
7. Psychobabble (4:51)
8. Mammagamma (3:34)
9. Step by Step (3:54)
10. Old and Wise (4:55)


Interview with Alan Parsons
Fan site with great FAQ section

Pink Floyd - Animals

1. Pigs on the Wing 1 (1:25)
2. Dogs (17:08)
3. Pigs (Three Different Ones) (11:28)
4. Sheep (10:20)
5. Pigs on the Wing 2 (1:25)

Information about "Animals"
"Animals" album cover
A fan analysis "Animals"
Another fan analysis of "Animals"
Information about George Orwell's Animal Farm
More than you want to know about Pink Floyd

Promotion / The Reasoning
« on: October 05, 2006, 09:18:54 am »
Hey all...ran across this band recently:

Listen to Chasing Rainbows...I've been letting it stream on repeat for an hour now...haa.  I'm going to see if I can't get them to float me an mp3 or two to play on the stream....

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