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Announcements / Dead Nobodies #4 - Summetime Special
« on: August 31, 2011, 01:12:46 PM »
After a particularly fraught production, I can now fairly certainly state that Dead Nobodies #4 - Summertime Special is now up and running   :D packed full of prog and rock songs reflecting the Great British Summer.

So lots of songs about rain then…

No not really…

just some..

Anyway, get your budgie smugglers on, jump in the Lido and join me in a splashy, sunny and summery choice of top tuneage.

As for the girls, you just have a nice relaxing sunbathe. You look great in that bikini…

As normal, download from for the MP3 file (compatible with all players) or off you go to iTunes to download the surgically enhanced MP4 file (iTunes also includes the MP3 file).

If you subscribe via iTunes it should be available now and download automatically but the preview page hasn't updated yet

Cheers ! Let’s all have a PIMMS.

Playlist Du Jour:-

Experiments In Mass Appeal - Frost*
The June Jar - Tinyfish

La Bealtine - Wobbler
Glitterball- Magenta

Ocean Cloud - Marillion

The End Of Innocence - Symphony X
Hisengen Blues - Graveyard

A Horse With No Name - America
Heart Of Gold - Neil Young
Tequila Sunrise - Eagles
Lakeside Park - Rush

Riders On The Storm - The Doors
The Rain Song - Led Zeppelin

Kingmaker - Big Big Train
Rain Later, Good - The Future Kings Of England
Revolution Of Light - Aisles

Concerto For A Rainy Day - ELO
   - Standing In The Rain
   - Big Wheels
   - Summer Lightning
   - Mr Blue Sky

Holidays In The Sun - Sex Pistols
Sun Hits The Sky - Supergrass
Heartsong - Gordon Giltrap
Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles

Dustbowl - Joe Bonamassa
Tea In The Sahara - The Police

Announcements / Dead Nobodies #3 - High Voltage Special
« on: July 20, 2011, 10:51:46 AM »
Hi all,

New episode of Dead Nobodies now available for downloading for

Enhanced podcast with links, artwork and chapters available through iTunes ... d438034600

This month, Dead Nobodies takes a long look at this years High Voltage Festival being held in London of 23/24 July.

A bit rockier, we have stuff from MSG, Black Country Communion, Judas Priest, Slash, Dream Theater as well as Prog legends Jethro Tull, Caravan, Barclay James Harvest as well as Amplifier, Anathema, Spocks Beard, Neal Morse and loads of other great music.


Armed and Ready – Michael Schenker Group
Rapid Fire – Judas Priest
Man In the Middle – Black Country Communion

On A Perfect Day – Spocks Beard
Thick As A Brick – Jethro Tull

The Dead Nobodies Mix – This month

THIN LIZZY(Emerald/Bad Reputation/Showdown/Still In Love With You/Waiting For An Alibi)

Pressure – Anathema
The Sick Rose – Amplifier
Save Me – Black Country Communion

Monster – Pallas
On the Backs Of Angels – Dream Theater

Operation Mindcrime – Queensryche
Cry For the Nations – Michael Schenker Group
Back from Cali – Slash (feat Myles Kennedy)

In The Land Of Grey And Pink – Caravan
Hymn – Barclay James
Down By The Sea – The Von Hertzen Brothers

Cold – Black Country Communion
Down and Out – Saint Jude
Only One – Rival Sons

Minstrel In The Gallery – Jethro Tull
The Land of Beginning Again/Overture 1 – Neal Morse

Resistance – Queensryche
Trigger Inside – Skin
Machine Gun Etiquette – Michael Monroe
Ram It Down – Judas Priest
Double Talkin’ Jive – Guns ‘n’ Roses

Deep In Borrowdale – Mostly Autumn
Always Been Right – The Von Hertzen Brothers
Baby I’ll Be Gone – Thunder
Cheerio – Jethro Tull

Enjoy !!

Announcements / Dead Nobodies #2
« on: June 24, 2011, 12:56:57 PM »
Hello there.

Dead Nobodies #2 is now available for download in all its finery, flammery and flip-flop from the Dead Nobodies website  here http://

This month we have music from Rush, Pink Floyd, Saga, Sean Filkins, Big Big Train, The Von Hertzen Brothers, Queen, Black Stone Cherry, Chicken Foot, Phaedra and loads of other stuff.

Oh and a history lesson.  ;)

Please let me know what you think on the website or on Facebook.

IThangU !

Announcements / Dead Nobodies #1
« on: June 02, 2011, 08:55:59 PM »
Hi everyone,

Been a while since I've been here - very busy y'know  :D

Anyway, I thought I'd take this opportunity to announce Episode #1 of my new monthly podcast Dead Nobodies, which is now available from it's very own website http:// from which you can stream. download or hack across to the iTunes store to download the enhanced podcast for your iThing !

If you like what you hear, come and "like" Dead Nobodies on Facebook http://

As our leader once said, "IthangU"  :D


Announcements / Prog Personality Of The Year 2010
« on: December 04, 2010, 12:51:35 PM »

As a bit of fun last year, I instigated the inaugural "Prog Personality Of the Year" award, to recognise in a non-financial and indeed, non-ceremonial way, the person(ality) whom, above all, graced this thing we call "Prog" .

And I feel like doing it again !

Last year the imperious Twang, of this parish, won the popular vote, and well deserved it was too.

Vote for who you like, whether that be artist, promoter, label head, forum member, merchandise “technician” or pod-cast DJ. I'll gather the votes and announce the winner on 1st January 2011 (hangover notwithstanding)

You can use the voting form at the right hand side of my website http:// , or PM me or just reply to this thread on the forum. All votes carry the same weight, so in the best British tradition, it's a first past the post system (none of that liberal dalliance with AV here  ;) )

Ithangu !

Other Bands / Black Bonzo
« on: July 22, 2010, 10:50:44 AM »
Hello everybody.

Went to see Black Bonzo last night in a bar in Norwich. I'd never heard them before.

I rarely get excited about bands - last one was Tinyfish and before that Frost* - and I'm not easily impressed, so believe me when I tell you that I was utterly blown away. They were absolutely f*****g brilliantly awesome !! If you get the chance, you MUST see them. It's not prog, but it is hard rock of a type that should fill the heart of any prog fan inhabiting hereabouts.

If you don't believe me ask Johninblack, cos he was there too.

Black Bonzo - officially my new favourite band (present company and the "other place" excepted + Rush)


Thu 22 july - The 12 Bar, Swindon, UK
Fri 23 july – The Luminaire, London, UK
Sat 24 july - The Wesley Centre, Rotherham, UK

Other Bands / Rush - Time Machine Tour
« on: April 08, 2010, 09:06:14 PM »
This news in from Canada today...

"Tickets for Rush go on sale in select markets beginning April 16th at

(Toronto – Thursday, April 8th 2010) - Rush – Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart – is without question one of the most inventive and compelling groups in rock history, equally famed for both its virtuoso musicianship and provocative songwriting.

Announced today, The Time Machine Tour is an evening with Rush, where they will perform their classics, give a taste of the future – and for the first time ever – feature the Moving Pictures album live in its entirety.

The band is currently working on their 20th studio album with producer Nick Raskulinecz (co-producer from 2007’s Snakes & Arrows) and in addition to their classics plan to showcase a few new tunes live this summer.

“We were off for a year and a half, and now it's just pouring. Everything is totally crazy and there's not a minute left in the day. We've got these half-dozen songs, and we'll probably go in the studio and work on a couple of them and see how it goes, perhaps release something – and I say perhaps – and then we plan on being on the road,” says guitarist, Alex Lifeson.

This summer’s Live Nation promoted tour will visit approximately 40 cities throughout North America beginning June 29th in Albuquerque, NM and finishing October 2nd in West Palm Beach, FL with stops along the way in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Holmdel, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto, Washington, and more along the way (complete tour itinerary follows).

Rush has sold more than 40 million records worldwide and garnered untold legions of devoted and admiring fans. According to the RIAA, Rush's sales statistics place RUSH third after The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums by a rock band.

Released in 1981, Moving Pictures was their most successful album, certified 4x Platinum and features some of Rush’s most well known songs and perennial radio favourites Tom Sawyer, Limelight and the Grammy-nominated instrumental YYZ."

But wait, there's more...

" “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage” a documentary created by filmmakers Scot McFadyen & Sam Dunn (whose filmography also includes: “Iron Maiden; Flight 666,’ “Metal, A Headbangers Journey” and “Global Metal”) will premiere at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival on April 24th followed by the Canadian premiere at Toronto’s Hot Docs festival on April 29th. The band was also recently showcased in the comedy “I Love You Man” where they play themselves in a concert scene featuring actors Paul Rudd and Jason Segal as ubra-fans, a performance which has exposed the band to a whole new generation."

Anyone fancy a trip to the USA ?  :D

Gear Corner / Sonar V-Studio 100
« on: March 28, 2010, 06:28:16 PM »
So, taking a very trepiditious step into this area of the forum, and not wanting to be like that bloke in the Hi-Fi shop sketch on Not the Nine O Clock news, amongst all you pro and semi-pro musos etc, I thought I'd mention that I've decided to probably buy one of these for my new (very amateur) studio and band project. I thought it looked quite neat and has the added advantage of being a mixer too.

I want to be able to trigger some parts and stuff live, which you can do from the SD card (I hope those are the right terms, it's all so confusing)

The software line up and instrument suite looks fantastic for the price.

Anyone got one ? Whaddya think ? Or am I making a huge mistake ?

Also, I was at a Craig Blundell V-Drums demo the other week, and he was playing his V-drums through one of these

It was simply staggering. A couple of these and, apparently, you can dispense with a backline, monitors and a PA. Although they're pricey, you aren't shelling out for the rest. Anyone know any more/use them ?

It's a veritable Curate's Egg, I tells ya.

What is it with the Prog world ? 2 steps forward, 1 back (conservative estimate)

I'm building a wall if anyone feels the need to bang their head against it.

Sorry to be cryptic, but don't want to spoil the surprise and/or sighs of resignation.

Any Other Business / Prog Personality of the Year 2009 - RESULTS
« on: January 07, 2010, 11:04:39 PM »
Evenin’ all,

Well, in a frenzy of voting, Prog fans nationwide have reported to dingy Village Halls up and down the country, stepped into their metaphorical booths, placed their crosses in boxes… then checked again to make sure they’ve not inadvertently voted for someone they shouldn’t have… folded their papers and handed them to the Returning Officer.

It is an honour, nay, a privilege, to be able to reveal to you, in all solemnity, the winners of the inaugural joint Frost*ie/Tinyfish-y Prog Personality of the Year.

But before I do that, I think we’d all like to know some of the unlucky, but plucky, runners-up:-

Stars of the Prog firmament, John Mitchell, Steve Wilson and Peter Gabriel no less (or at least, a cardboard cut out of him).

From these very Parishes, the very wonderful Nellie and the very awesome Pedders

In the “The Battle of The Godfrey’s” Simon just edged out Jem, but only because Jem’s 3 votes for himself were ruled out of court by the adjudicators.

Other honourable mentions go to Leon, Rob Ramsay, George, Chris Jones, Nick Barrat, Lambsie and the Frost* forum who voted, in a stunning move of inter-prog diplomacy, for the Tinyfish forum.

But, to business. In ascending order, the 2009 Prog Personalities of the Year are:-

Joint Runners Up –

Mick for the Peel

Huw Llloyd Jones for Summers End and Also Eden

But the person we voted most for, and the winner and holder of the title

Prog Personality 2009


The glorious TWANG, for services to Prog beyond and above the call of duty esp The Peel.

We love you Twang, just liked it said on the T-Shirts.

None of the winners can be with us tonight, so if you do have hotline to any of them, please pass it on. It seems worthy of some permanent memento as well, so I’ll have think about that.

Anyway, thanks for taking part. Let’s see who wins in 2010.


Other Bands / Steven Wilson - Sound and Vision Mag
« on: December 21, 2009, 09:23:11 PM »
20 Albums That Deserve To Be In Surround Sound - Steven Wilson reveals 20 surround mixes that should exist but don't.


Other Bands / Roger Waters Interview on Al Jazeera w/David Frost
« on: December 21, 2009, 09:08:26 PM »
Words cannot describe the esteem in which I hold this man; Roger Waters not David Frost*  :D

If I have a "hero" in music, whose name isn't Neil Peart, then Roger Waters is it.

Good stuff in this, inc a strong hint that he will be taking The Wall out on Tour in 2010. Now, if you're not all up for that...  :D


Apols but I don't know how to paste a YouTube window in here. But, you can follow a hyperlink, can't you :-)

* David Frost has had his moments to be fair, not least being named after our numero uno fave prog band of this parish  ;)

Any Other Business / Prog Personality of the Year
« on: December 15, 2009, 02:35:26 PM »
Spurred on by the BBC Sports Personality award, and my inveterate love of lists, let's open the voting for Prog Personality of the Year 2009.

No rules - can be anyone, musician, fan, forum member, unsung hero on the merchandise store, svengali, magazine etc etc.

Submit your 1, 2, 3 either by reply or, if you're shy, PM me. Let's see if we can let the lucky people know before the end of the year.

So, come on, Frost*ies - let's get voting.  :D

Any Other Business / Frost*ies I Need You - Tech Help Required
« on: December 07, 2009, 08:45:53 PM »
Dearest Frost*ies. I am at a loss. But I hope one of you will be able to help me.

After some fruitless searching (well, not fruitless, just the wrong kind of fruit, if you see what I mean) on t'internet I thought I'd ask on here to see if someone can help solve my itunes conundrum.

Basically, I have just bought a shiny new computer for the lounge and want to play my iTunes music through it and into my hi-fi. Now, I already have another computer that I use to rip tracks to the particular itunes library I want to use. But my conundrum is this...

How do I get another, ie the new computer, to access that library ?

Now I should mention that the library I want to use is on a NAS on my network NOT on the other PC.

There seems no easy way to install itunes on a new computer, point it at an existing library hosted in my case on my NAS, and ask it to pull content from it. Which seems a bit ridiculous to me, unless I am missing something very obvious.

Has anyone out there done this, or knows what to do ?

if you can help, I'll make it worth your while in alcohol or chocolate (depending on taste and/or sex).

For a bonus prize, if anyone has come up with a cast iron way of getting a BT Broadband homehub 2.0 to stop dropping wi-fi connections, re-synching ADSL and generally pissing me off, I'd be all ears. Frankly, I'm ready to throw the whole lot in the skip, it's got so bad.



 :D  :D

Other Bands / CRS Awards - IQ
« on: November 29, 2009, 12:24:09 PM »
Seems that IQ are headlining the CRS awards in Jan.

Anyone up for it ?

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