Over time, I’ve noticed that my interest in music hasn’t so much waned, as gotten more particular. I started The Contrarian blog as an offshoot of Solidstate, which was, ostensibly, a music journal. Of course, I also had a lot to say about other subjects.
That’s why it seemed perfectly natural to expand at the new digs; inviting other contributors was my way of further heightening the experience. I mean, don’t you feel heightened?
Still, the mission statement remains the same: to offer entertaining and occasionally provocative views on music, media and metaphysics — three of my favorite subjects about which to wax enlightened.
But let’s skip the State of the Blog address and cut to the chase.
Recently, I’ve come to the conclusion that the sounds I’m most interested in can be broadly categorized as "progressive." And I’m not talking about hairy men in capes surrounded by a dozen keyboards — well, not exclusively, anyway. There’s surely room for wizards and elves in my musical multiverse, but not at the expense of psychedelic, krautrock, avant-garde, non-dance oriented electronic and technical metal styles — all of which I’d personally classify as progressive.
So I decided to start an adjunct site to The Contrarian, which will serve as an outlet for music of such specialized interest. It’s simply called ProgBlog. Kind of beautiful in its succinctness, dont’cha think? Note the link at the top right corner of your screen, and bookmark it if you’re so inclined.
ProgBlog will feature a wide variety of text and audio. But there are some things you won’t ever encounter there, including:
Pop-prog, such as Flower Kings, XTC and so on.
Berklee-prog, such as Dream Theater, Spock’s Beard and their ilk.
Jam-prog. Yeah, I liked Zappa in high school, too.
Dance music. If it’s clubbier than Plastikman, forget it.
I’ll also be largely keeping away from noise genres. While I’m not averse to this stuff, I prefer to focus on music with more of a compositional center. GD will no doubt have plenty to say about that last statement…
Now for what you will find:
Vintage/historical progressive rock, including acid, art and other sub-styles.
Psychedelic pop, folk and otherwise — antique and modern varietals.
Electronic music ranging from ambient to post-glitch.
Various world styles, mostly archival.
Mixtapes and podcasts.
ProgBlog probably won’t be updated as frequently as The Contrarain, which is pretty much every day. But you can toss us in your RSS feeder and delight in each new post. I know I will.