Weirdness at ProgressiveWorld

The latest update of ProgressiveWorld includes an overview of Devil Doll by John Bollenberg, a decent reviewer that has been flamed on rec.music.progressive a number of times thanks to his poor Usenet etiquette. Eager for any information about this enigmatic band, I checked out the article and an odd sense of deja vu crept over me. I did a bit of searching and found almost the exact same article, dated 1995, at this fan site (click “writings” and read the 1995 article). A bit suspicious, I reread the article at ProgressiveWorld and found that the last bit was new, with more info but written in a very different style. Additionally, the “original” article has a link to another interview on the same fan site, whereas in the ProgressiveWorld article that link doesn’t exist for whatever reason (my overly suspicious guess would be: to cover up the location of the original article).

It’s certainly possible that Mr. Bollenberg penned the article in 1995 and just now added a few new sentences and submitted it to ProgressiveWorld, of course. Still, the whole thing smells fishy.

There was a huge Ultimate Frisbee tournament at Yale this weekend (26 schools, 40 teams, 500-600 athletes), which is why there were no updates. The party Saturday night featured a live band, Mori Stylez, from whom I wasn’t expecting much, but they surprised me pleasantly. They played a pretty hot brand of funk-fusion, including a great short-version cover of Herbie Hancock’s famous “Chameleon” from Head Hunters, in which Hancock’s infectious keyboard groove was translated into an even more funkified bass line. Instrumentation was guitar, mandolin, bass, drums, with the guitarist doubling on bassoon and the mandolin player (mandolinist?) doubling on clarinet. Wind instruments were barely audible but added a neat dimension to the music.

Unfortunately I was unable to stay for the entire set, given that I had to wake up at 6:30 the next morning to get ready to play. Also, I don’t know why I didn’t pick up their CD, considering it was a scant five bucks (!); I’ll mail order it and perhaps review it here should I decide that it’s close enough to the fringes of prog to merit interest from the prog audience. In any case, it was a surprisingly good experience.

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