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Mike Prete
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chyllin after a gig with my Deyss tribute band
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www.progweed.net - Progressive Music Reviews Site
Geographical location: Larchmont (Manhattan Suburbs), New York, USA
Other contact information: AIM: MPrete24, Progweed
DOB: 11-24-81
Enjoy these Styles and musical qualities: Canterbury, Difficult, Electronic, Folk, Kosmiche or Kraut Rock, Heavy Metal, Jazz, RIO, Symphonic, Space, Psychedelic, Zeuhl, Theatrical

Other styles/genres/qualities of music that I like not listed above: I really enjoy Post-rock as well as a lot of different indie-rock/pop. I tend to eschew pop with overt commerical leanings and mainstream bandwagon jumping, but pop in and of itself is not a bad thing, and I really enjoy a lot of the more quirky stuff.

I usually find something to like in all different genres, even if it does not appeal to me as a whole. I'm always looking for new things to try out. Modernism (as related to Furniture Design).

Favorite or well-respected bands/artists Way too many to name, but a few near the top would be (In stream of conciousness order): Genesis, Van Der Graaf Generator, Krakatoa, Caravan, Banco, Squonk Opera, Happy The Man, Robert Wyatt, National Health, Echolyn, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Idiot Flesh, Charming Hostess, Species Being, The Dismemberment Plan, Avant Garden, Azigza, French TV, IQ, XTC, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Mission of Burma, Eskaton, Camel, Locanda Delle Fate, Nick Drake, England, Doctor Nerve, Kultivator, Roxy Music, Soft Machine, Magma...

Lately my tastes have been straying further away from traditional prog, and more to the experimental, avant-garde and other forms of adventurous music. I find that I'm less impressed with traditional "prog", and gravitate more twoards innovative and fresh bands, or those that build upon the traditional prog ethos.

Dislike these Styles and musical qualities: Mainstream/Accessible/Pop, Blues, New Age
Musical styles or qualities that I do not like: Cheesy-ness, retreading of an old style while adding nothing original - aping traditional prog and infusing it with terrible pop, or in just a totally half assed manner. Foregin bands singing in English when they obviously lack a decent grasp of it. Prog Fans. I can't say that I'm a huge fan of totally improvised music; it leaves me fairly cold on record, but when live, I feel more a part of it, and take to it a bit more. Of course there are exceptions to this, i.e. Species Being's "Orgone Therapy" where everything just seems to click.
Library Clerk.
Public Relations Director - ProgDay.
Other musical activities: I've been running my reviews site, The Giant Progweed for over a year and a half now; co-created with fellow Gnostic Greg Northrup. You might have noticed that our reviews are here on Gnosis as well, where I've been involved with the reviews process. I love getting a chance to give back to the internet community that has helped spawn my love of this music.

Most of my free time from January from September is taken up by being one of the organizers of the Prog Day festival, www.progday.com. Last year I helped putting together the website and doing the graphics for the sampler and program, as well as being an underwriter. This past year was a great success and we look forword to presenting the best new talent around, as well as a few old favourites.

I play Keyboards and Flute for the Evil Pixies, but I'm pretty horrible at both.

Hobbies / obsessions: It's pretty obvious that music occupies the majority of my time, but... I'm very intersted in Photography, both old school B&W and digital, and computer based graphics using Photoshop (I created a good deal of the nonsensical Icons on Gnosis). I enjoy Film as well. I have a very random and idiosyncratic sense of humour. I also herd Cats in my spare time. And Art History.

Feel free to IM me or drop me an e-mail and complain about my grades or something.

Other comments: "Face, sing on my face. I am a refrigerator."