Saturday, September 14, 2013

Re-Broadcast: The Really Big Prog Show

While we are busy working away stitching together the final bits and pieces of our upcoming new show called the "Women of Classic Prog," we thought it would be a great time to pull out another one of our favorite past broadcasts, aptly entitled "The Really Big Prog Show."

And big it certainly is, crammed full of all kinds of musical goodies including the Strawbs, X World 15, Diagonal, Riverside and even a little bit of Emerson, Lake and Palmer on the side.

From our house to your house, enjoy...

"The Really Big Prog Show," which originally aired on the April 12, 2009 edition of The Irrelevant Rock & Roll & Music Show was the first of a series of shows fully dedicated to progressive rock, both classic and new.

Progressive folk rock pioneers, The Strawbs, are featured in this show, including a discussion of their "The Broken Hearted Bride" album, released in September 2008.

The Strawbs are also the focus of a "Retro Perspective" discussion of their career by J. Hoskins & Krafty.

You'll find lots more info about The Strawbs on their extensive website.

Other show highlights include "Crossfire" in which two new albums are showcased and debated.

In the Crossfire on this show are the debut album from Diagonal, and X-World/5's "New Universal Order."

For more on the Diagonal debut album, check the reviews on Progarchives

Check out X-World/5's website here

Another feature of IRRMS is the Find of the Week, in which great albums that may have been overlooked are featured. On this show we uncover "Second Life Syndrome" by Riverside, which was released in 2005.

You'll find more info on this Riverside on their website and also at Progarchives.

Also included in the show is our Alternative Classic Rock Track"Knife Edge," by Emerson, Lake and Palmer, from ELP's 1970 debut album.

Enjoy the show!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Re-Broadcast: "The Branches of Genesis: Steve Hackett and Anthony Phillips"

If you want to hear the reason why Prog Rock magazine choose Steve Hackett as best progressive guitarist of the year, lend an ear to one of our favorite previous broadcasts entitled “The Branches Of Genesis”

The show features not only the esteemed Mr. Hackett, but also his predecessor, the very talented, Anthony Phillips, who was no slouch on the six string instrument as well.

Two of progressive rocks' most inventive and distinctive musical journeymen display a varied catalogue that will have you broadband surfing and rooting through your local record store for many months to come.

And we wouldn’t want it any other way.


You can also listen from the direct links here:


Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Shredders Show

Okay, batten down the hatches, it’s time for the Irrelevant Rock & Roll & Music Show's very special Second Edition of the All Prog Summer.

I can’t think of a better way to kick off the festivities than to feature a segment entirely dedicated to that rare breed known as "shredders." Yes, those guitar wizards that are faster than a speeding bullet and sometimes think that they can jump over tall buildings and don’t always play well with others.

Musical heroes, and in some instances villains, cut a large swath through the heart of modern music and its many diverse layers. Names like Gilbert, Malmsteen, MacAlpine and Petrucci, who stand toe to toe unleashing a pyrotechnic display of fret board virtuosity and sometimes even get around to penning the odd song or two.

So step away from the sunscreen and beach umbrella and join co-hosts J Hoskins and guitar maverick and composer of the album, "Decade," Jeff Pearson, as they introduce you to a hybrid of Rock, Classical, Jazz and Alternative six string alchemists that define the very essence of what prog and progressive music is and what it continues to be …. Fearless music


This is all part of the service from your friends at the Irrelevant Rock & Roll & Music Show... 

We wouldn’t have any other way.

Jeff Pearson - Decade


Featured on the show are:

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Neil Young: "This Note's For You" - Part 2: Side A - The 1980s

Holy Freakin’ Hanna, it’s finally here! 

The long-awaited part 2 of "Neil Young: “This Note’s For You" - Neil in the 1980s show (Side A)

Stuffed full of all kinds of facts, rumours, and lots of great music. Journey through the past with J Hoskins and Dr. Christopher Rutty as they both take you on a rollercoaster ride through one of Neil’s most angst-ridden but also most artistically creative periods, as we tear another page from the archives:  

“Live music Is better, Bumper stickers should be issued."

Truer words were never spoken. Enjoy. 


Or if you're on a mobile device and are Flash challenged, listen from here

This episode features discussions about and musical selections from:

"Where the Buffalo Roam" soundtrack (1980)
"Hawks & Doves" (1980)
"Re-ac-tor" (1981)
"Trans" (1982)
"Everybody's Rockin'" (1983)
"Old Ways" (1985)
"A Treasure" (Live 1984-85) (released in 2011)
"Landing on Water" (1986)
"Life" (1987)

"This Note's For You" Part 3: Side B will be ready soon and will cover Neil's albums from the late 1980s.

Stay Tuned...

Saturday, April 27, 2013

2013 International Record Store Day - Long Playing Extended Edition

Here’s the 2013 edition of the Long Playing Extended Record Store Show stuffed to the gills with musical suggestions and useful info for celebrating International Record Store Day.

Join J. Hoskins & John Howarth as they feature music from Emitt Rhodes, Kieran Leonard, Babe Ruth, Warren Zevon and the J. Geils Band, plus a few surprises.

So make us proud go out and support your local record store on this special day, and every day, and discover, hug and buy a vinyl album. It will make you feel warm and fuzzy all over.

Great independent music store in Toronto, 782 Bathurst Street @ Bloor Street West.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Did You Hear That?

Do you hear that? That’s the sound of the dedicated personnel of the Irrelevant Rock & Roll & Music Show busily working away on three brand new shows for April. 

Included are the 2013 edition of the extended long playing Record Store Show, as well as the eagerly awaited Part 2 of Neil Young’s “This Notes for You” retrospective that we promised you a long time ago. 

All of this and a whole lot more great music is coming at you in the next thirty days from the friendly folk at the Irrelevant Rock & Roll & Music Show.  

Never mind trying to figure out what it means. Just listen to it.

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