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Some of Tricks' Favorite Musical Websites:

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King Crimson is a Favorite band of Steve, Rick, Krys, and Dave.
We've seen King Crimson in concert many times, & highly recommend them as musician's musicians.
Guitarist Robert Fripp is one of Rick's all-time favorite guitar craftsman.

Spock's Beard - They are one of the coolest modern Progressive Rock bands.
Drummer Nick D'Virgilio is one of Steve's favorite drummers.

Yes - You all know Yes, but check out the Yes website.
Bill Bruford and Alan White are 2 of Steve's biggest drumming influences.
Steve Howe is a huge influence on Rick's guitar playing.
Rick says:
"I can't play like Steve Howe, no way. But my guitar playing is influenced by Howe's guitar playing style."

Gentle Giant - An obscure but marvelously prolific and absolutely amazing progressive rock band from the 70's.
A Favorite prog band of Steve, Rick, Krys, and Dave.
No other band is like Gentle Giant.

Dream Theater - A Heavy Prog-Metal band - jaw-dropping musical talent.
Former DT Drummer Mike Portnoy is one of Steve's favorite drummers.
Guitarist John Petrucci is one of Rick's favorite guitarists.

Transatlantic is a Side Project band that features former Dream Theatre drummer Mike Portnoy, Marillion Bassist Pete Trewavas, Spock's Beard founder Neal Morse, and Flower Kings guitarist Roine Stoldt. Rick, Krys, Steve, and Dave Lopez saw Transatlantic at Park West in Chicago on April 20, 2010. What a treat!

Premiata, Forneria, Marconi (PFM) - an Italian progressive rock band, brought to the U.S. in the 70's by Greg Lake
Hold on to your hats! These old Italian guys are still rockin' hard, with all original members from the 70's.

PFM is a distinctive style of prog rock, tinged with classical and jazz influences.
A Favorite prog band of Steve, Rick, Krys, and Dave, they reunited in the 90's and have created new music.

Jethro Tull
"Think I'll sit down and invent some fool . . . some grand court jester . . ." Nuff said!
Well, one more thing - Martin Barre is one of Rick's all-time-favorite guitar players.
Inspired by live Jethro Tull (e.g., the "Bursting Out" live album which contains wildly extended jamming),
Rick says:
"when the Tricks jamming gets really 'out on the limb' and scary-fun, I often have Martin Barre in my mind's eye".

Strawbs - prog rock with a heavy folk influence - mighty Mellotron moments.
Another fave from the 70's. Rick Wakeman played keyboards on their earlier stuff. They are still touring with most of the original members from the 70's.

Genesis with Peter Gabriel at the helm has always been a Tricks inspiration.
Drummer Phil Collins was / is a top Steve favorite.
Guitarist Steve Hackett was / is a top Rick Favorite.

Porcupine Tree is our biggest, coolest, newest favorite neo-prog band.
Krys and Rick saw them in concert 5 times in 2005, and several times since. They are amazing musicians' musicians!

Steve Morse is one of the best guitarists in the world.
Founder of the Dixie Dregs, Steve Morse has been a member of Deep Purple since 1994.
Favorite guitar hero of Guitar Doctor Dale.
Dixie Dregs drummer Rod Morgenstein is a major influence/inspiration for Steve Dutkiewicz.

Marillion is an old Tricks favorite Prog-rock band from way back.
1979 - 1988 lead singer was Fish | 1989 - present lead singer Steve Hogarth

Camel is a Krys & Rick favorite from way back. Happy hippy music!

Fates Warning
Steve says, "It's been quite a while since I had an album gets it's hooks into me like Fates Warning's A Pleasant Shade of Gray (1997). Much of the spell was cast by the very unique playing of Drummer Mark Zonder. For at least a year I'd crank it up and watch the concert video performance every night before a TRICKS gig".

The Flower Kings
A prolific Prog band that just keeps getting better with every album. Swedish progressive rock masters!

Enchant - Steve discovered Enchant a few years back, but now they are no more.

Little Feat
Steve, Rick, and Dave got to see, hear, & feel Little Feat at The Intersection a couple time in early 00's.
The Jamband's jamband. Steve says, "What a funky, coool band ! Many drummers were in attendance to watch and 'WOW' with late great drummer man Ritchie Hayward"

Virgil Donati
Steve's vote as the most incredible drummer ever !

And then there's Terry Bozzio - another fantastic drum maestro.

Where Tricks buys lots of music equipment.

Rick subscribes to this website that is all about vocal training, vocal exercises, and vocal health.

Urban Legends Reference Pages
Wonder if that e-mail alert is true or not? Urban legends brings a touch of sanity to the World Wide Web! - contains thousands of articles about urban legends, Internet lore, odd news stories, strange facts, common misconceptions, superstitions, unusual word origins, and more.

The Onion - News parody. "Best newspaper in the country".
It's like the San Francisco Chronicle, except better written and intentionally funny.
It has a bit of liberal bias, but still very funny.

Some Steve Faves:

Lew Rockwell - anti-state, anti-war, pro-market
Steve and Rick both check out the commentary here, most every day. Indispensable.

Steve doesn't get time to read his favorite drumming magazine much, just browse the web site.

Here is a site that will make you hungry.
(While the TRICKS girls like Steve's beat, the DICK'S girls like Steve's meat.)

If you know golf, Steve says you should know this shop at Ivanrest & 56th st. Nobody beats this place.

In between race days, keep up with the fastest/funnest sport in the world.

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Steve goes to these 2 sites to view awesome photos of our planet, galaxy, universe, etc. Beautiful.

Rick's Radical list of Faves:

Highly Recommended by Rick:
Free Market / Voluntaryist / Libertarian / Anarcho-Capitalist Sites -
A genuine anarchist doesn't want to rule anyone, except himself.
"Anarchy doesn't mean what you think it means" Rick says, "anarchy isn't chaos, anarchy isn't violence, anarchy simply means 'no rulers'. Everything that is done by governments can be done much better and much cheaper by free individuals with the freedom to create, trade, and associate peacefully with those they choose".

Rick's occasional Blog - "Rick Doogie Musing"

Freedomain Radio! Volume 3: Shows 562+
Forget TALK radio, - This is THOUGHT radio!
One of Rick's favorite radical philosophical freethought anti-tyranny podcast sites.,
Hosted by Stephan Molyneux. Unique and Creative thoughts on getting free, Really free!
Freedomain Radio is a philosophical conversation based on empirical logic and the Socratic method;
(always curious, always questioning.)

An excellent online anarchist magazine. A top favorite of Rick's.
It is slavish devotion to government that ruins order, creativity, prosperity, and morality.

"What is called politics is comparatively something so superficial and inhuman,
that practically I have never fairly recognized that it concerns me at all." ~ Henry David Thoreau

The Demise of the violent State - and the Rise of - Voluntary America
Instead of the State and the all-too-common problems it creates, let's foster a society of complete liberty. Let's allow the tremendous ingenuity of a truly free marketplace of goods, services, and ideas provide for all of us - while fully respecting our lives and property.
A voluntary America is about reclaiming ourselves, our fundamental dignity as unique persons, and living life to the fullest, in accordance with the principle of individual rights. Why should we have ever settled for less?

Demonstators on the news who are overturning cop cars & smashing store windows are NOT anarchists!
They are idiots and criminals.
Peace Through Anarchy:

The Obviousness of Anarchy  by John Hasnas
An Essay explaining the necessary reality of a society without government.
Whether government is necessary is not an abstract metaphysical question. It is an entirely practical question concerning the delivery of goods and services. The defenders of government argue that certain goods or services that are essential to human life in society can be supplied only by a government. Anarchists (Voluntaryists) deny this.
Better yet, stick this in your iPod, and
Listen to the podcast:

Pro-government teachers, preachers, beneficiaries, lawyers, journalists and employees
all insist that the word "anarchist" means one who favors "chaos" and violence. That is a LIE.
It is not just a lie, it is the opposite of the truth; for it is government that causes chaos and violence.

This free audiobook brilliantly explains why government is an unnecessary evil
and how the Free Market is superior in every way imaginable.
We don't need government for courts, for defense, or even for roads. This book answers your doubts.

The Ludwig von Mises Institute is the research and educational center of classical liberalism, libertarian political theory, and the Austrian School of economics. The Mises Institute, with offices in Auburn, Alabama, seeks a radical shift in the intellectual climate as the foundation for a renewal of the free and prosperous commonwealth.

"Freedom is the answer. What is the question?"

Sign up for FEE "In Brief" - interesting e-mail news commentary.
The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), one of the oldest free-market organizations in the United States, was founded in 1946 by Leonard E. Read to study and advance the freedom philosophy. FEE’s mission is to offer the most consistent case for the “first principles” of freedom: the sanctity of private property, individual liberty, the rule of law, the free market, and the moral superiority of individual choice and responsibility over coercion.

Bassbeast turned Rick onto Dan Carlin. Thanks, Dave! In "Hardcore History" - the very unconventional Dan Carlin takes his "Martian", outside-the-box way of thinking and applies it to the past. This is a difficult-to-classify show that has a rather sharp edge. "Common Sense with Dan Carlin" - is a blend of audio commentary and news analysis by one of the leading thinkers among today's politically independent crowd. Carlin manages to be entertaining and informative in a uniquely non-partisan way.