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Enigma’s Love Sensuality Devotion - The Remix Collection Released By Virign/EMI

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Hollywood, California--December 18, 2006-- With more than 22 million albums sold around the world, Enigma is well-known to many despite the mystery that swirls through the ambient and worldly pop / club music created by Michael Cretu. Enigma’s Love Sensuality Devotion – The Remix Collection, to be released December 26 by Virgin/EMI Music Catalog Marketing, presents the best Enigma remixes in one comprehensive CD release. The new collection, compiled and produced by Cretu, complements Enigma’s gold-certified Love Sensuality Devotion greatest hits CD with engaging re-workings of the top hits, including “Sadeness (Part 1)” “Return To Innocence,” and ATB’s irresistible take on “Push The Limits.”

“Good Evening, this is the voice of Enigma. We will take you with us into another world - into the world of Music, Spirit and Meditation. Turn off the light, take a deep breath and let the rhythm be your guiding light.” -- Intro from Enigma’s MCMXC A.D. (1990)

Sixteen years ago…

Musician War Offers Ongoing On-Line Competition Judged By Contributing Artists

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Berkeley, CA--December 11,2006--Musican War was born in 1999 as the former Guitar War site. The idea for an on-line voting game for guitarists came from Peter Larsen, who was a key contributor to the guitar lesson site www.guitartricks.com. The concept and design moved forward following the implementation by Jon Broderick, webmaster of both sites.

Musican War has attracted a large contingent of artists from the metal and shred guitar realm and it continues to grow and become more eclectic musically.

Musican War is an international community of musicians who help and encourage each other to improve their musicianship. The main tool is two-member on-line competitions that are utilized to stretch out competitors skills and expose strengths and weaknesses in their abilities. Each music competition is an opportunity for members to analyze each other's efforts and to find the answer to the age-old question "what makes one piece of music better than another?"

Andy Rothstein-Voodoo Tone

Artist: Andy Rothstein
Title: Voodoo Tone
Genre: Jazz-Rock-Fusion
Label: Vermicious Kind Music
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Voodoo Tone is a labor of love for guitarist Andy Rothstein and former band mate and bass player supreme Tony Senatore. This is Rothstein’s project; make no mistake about that but Senatore played a major role in helping to whip these great tunes into shape, not to mention all of the other contributors. What you have here are two music studs facing off, digging in, and providing some stellar fretwork. They bounce a lot of incredible music off each other and the result is one terrific and consistent recording.

Rothstein is very adept and technically proficient, providing a very good match for his counterpart on bass. Out of the eight tracks, only two have vocals in accompaniment to the music. “If Not Now, Then When” and “#1” gets an emotional charge from friend and vocalist Link, although the music stands on its own without the need of vocal support. He does a nice job making eac…

Joan Osborne-Pretty Little Stranger

Artist: Joan Osborne
Title: Pretty Little Stranger
Genre: Country-Americana
Label:Vanguard Records
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Pretty Little Stranger was my introduction to Joan Osborne. I know her first album came out back in 1991 and I have missed a lot. Perhaps now with this stunning introduction I will see my way clear to seek out more of her music.

Grammy award winning producer Steve Buckingham (Dolly Parton) produced Pretty Little Stranger, with harmony support from Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, and Rodney Crowell. Osborne gives equal time to originals and covers with six of each. One thing I did not notice straight away was Joan’s similarity to Bonnie Raitt on some songs, which really is no revelation to people familiar with her as she has worked with Raitt before in the past. Bonnie is one of my favorites so for me this was a pleasant surprise upon first listen.

The production and musicianship on this recording is nothing short of impeccable. Every time I heard this CD, I warmed up to it more. I…

Morada Vision Releases Playboy After Dark-Music Legends On DVD

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Ventura, CA--December 4,, 2006-- Morada Vision and it's President Marshall Blonstein have a knack for bringing back some of the classic entertainment moments and making them available for you to once again sit back and enjoy, on DVD. The label specializes in creating collections that entertain lovers of retro-cool collections such as Playboy After Dark. Some of the coolest TV entertainment shows ever to broadcast are on this set.

Playboy After Dark is a generous 3 DVD set that puts Hugh Hefner in a different light, and one that many people may have missed along the way or were totally unaware of. This DVD collection covers the periods of time when Hefner offered television entertainment that was different from anything else that aired in the U.S. at the time. The shows featured the brightest stars and the best from the world of music, comedy, and literature.

The best entertainment available came to join Hef on the set. There was Sonny & Cher, Linda Ronstadt…

Indie Metal Band Deaf Symphony Supports NCADV With Album Chains Of Love

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Las Vegas, Nevada--December 4, 2006-- Matt Cerbin, Larry Cox, Chris Rogers, and Howard Askeland are Deaf Symphony. They are metal-rock band with more than one purpose for their music.

Their second album Chains of Love focuses once again on their hard driving sound but they have some other important essentials that serve as a wake up call to listeners. The album’s compositions revolve around very real social issues that demand our attention, domestic violence. Deaf Symphony has aligned itself with National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) to spread the word.

Music can be one of the most powerful tools of communication if used in the right way. Ironically, the music Deaf Symphony plays is normally associated with is violence reflected by crazed head bangers in mosh pits, partying, and otherwise carefree attitudes about life itself. Well, so much for stereotypes-Deaf Symphony breaks the mold and starts an entirely new trend for a metal band.
Their music featu…

Hometown Boys Make It To Hollywood: Krescent 4 Signs Album Deal With The Document Room

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Ann Arbor, MI--November 27, 2006-- Indie Rock-Metal band Krescent 4 have announced plans to record their first full-length album at the legendary Document Room overlooking the Pacific Ocean in California. K4 manager Kris Keller recently made the announcement of the career-changing move.

The Document Room boasts an impressive client list. Gwen Stefani, Rick Rubin, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers are a few of the well-known acts that have recorded and produced at the facilities.

Krescent 4 has released three intense, hard-hitting EPs over the years, and the band expects to record their most groundbreaking work to date. This is the long-awaited next phase of their career that fans have been anticipating.

K4 has spent the last several months working on writing and putting together tracks for an album release in early 2007. Thus far, the tracks “Devil” and “Satellite” are in the development stages and its looking like the band will be taking a different direction for their …

Jazz Vocalist Marilyn Scott Releases New Single, The Wilderness For Environmental Awareness

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Los Angeles, CA--November 27, 2006-- Marilyn Scott wants to make a difference in the world we live in. The jazz vocalist has moving and inspirational music to offer and an important message is inside her compositions. Her new release Innocent of Nothing is a testament to her commitment to developing outstanding music that everyone will enjoy and along the way, the hope is that her messages will get through on her latest single “The Wilderness.”

“Music has a way of touching people’s lives and “The Wilderness”, is a voice for so many. May we grow as much as we cut down, may we clean as much as we pollute, and save the little that is left for the many who have never been to the wilderness.” Marilyn speaks like a true poet and an individual that has experienced being one with nature and surrounding beauty. With that said, it is easy to see how that her principals in writing and personal beliefs comes flowing through in the music. Her style is lucid and articulate. Ma…

Laurel Zucker & Sara Andon-The Complete W.F. Bach Flute Duos

Artist: Laurel Zucker & Sara Andon
Title: The Complete W.F. Bach Flute Duos
Genre: Classical
Label:Cantilena Records
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Laurel Zucker and Sara Andon combine their expertise as flautist in the realm of classical music. Both women are virtuoso performers, veterans that have performed and recorded for many years.

The Complete W.F. Bach Flute Duos is an ambitious set being that is a complete group of compositions featuring the genius of Bach. This is not new territory for either performer and that becomes rather obvious right from the start to the very end of the CD.

Laurel is brilliant with adapting her style of playing with other artists and this is yet another triumph for her. Sara is equally adept; in fact, it is very difficult to tell which artist is playing at any given moment, because they compliment each other so well. I imagine someone that has been listening to them for years would be able to pick out all the subtle nuances and varying tones; however, my ear is no…

Joan Osborne Releases “Pretty Little Stranger” On Vanguard Records

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Santa Monica, CA--November 20, 2006-- Premier vocalist and songwriter, Joan Osborne, released her Vanguard Records debut, “Pretty Little Stranger” on November 14th.

Recorded in Nashville and produced by Grammy winner, Steve Buckingham, “Pretty Little Stranger” highlights the soulful sound of Joan Osborne with elements of country blues and Americana. This 12 song collection features six original tunes written by Joan including the first single, “Who Divided”, “Shake That Devil”, “After Jane” and the title track and also compositions by Kris Kristofferson (“Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends”), Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter (“Brokedown Palace”) and Patty Griffin (“What You Are”).

Joan stated, “I would call this my version of a country record -- some of it very traditional, some less so. It tells feelings and stories in very simple language, and I wanted to focus on that simple way of communicating, rather than be flowery and poetic. I needed to get down to the ba…

Monte Procopio Is Having “A Swingin’ Time” On New Release

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November 20, 2006--Scottsdale, Arizona-- Monte Procopio grew up in a small coal-mining town called Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania with a population of around 10,000. Those small town values surfaced in Monte at an early age and he grew up with a love and respect for the great singers such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Nat King Cole. Today he displays his love of the past through his own music by interpreting the classics through two exceptional studio albums.

In 2004, Swingin’ With Style was released and it was well received by critics and listeners alike. This month the highly anticipated follow up to that recording is set for release. A Swingin’ Time continues to give the nod to the past greats as Monte covers timeless classics such as All Or Nothing At All, The Very Thought Of You, That Old Black Magic, Fly Me To The Moon, Route 66, and many others that will spark old memories and bring a smile to your heart.

Monte has received rave revues for his performances an…

Deaf Symphony-Chains of Love

Artist: Deaf Symphony
Title: Chains of Love
Genre: Metal
Label: Snug Harbor Records
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Deaf Symphony is the brainchild of Matt Cerbin. Back in June of 2005, I had my introduction to his project Black Garden. I was impressed with the recording and recently I received the most recent effort Chains of Love. The workload is shared this time around so Cerbin can concentrate more on playing the guitar, bass, and keyboards and not have to be concerned with the lead singing as well. It looks like there is an official lineup now. Larry Cox is back playing his drums and you can hear him loud and clear. The way he plays really sets the standard for everyone else to follow. There is another guitar player in the mix now too, Howard Askeland. He holds his own and does a nice job trading licks with Cerbin.

Cerbin continues to crank out all the thundering dirges of metal riffs and he turns the vocal duties over to lead singer Chris Rogers. Rogers sounds more like the roughshod gravely voic…

Laurel Zucker & Mark Shapiro-Master Music for Flute & Piano

Artist: Laurel Zucker & Mark Shapiro
Title: Master Music for Flute & Piano
Genre: Classical
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The long time team of Laurel Zucker & Mark Shapiro unite once again on a selection of compositions from influential composers Cesar Franck, Gabriel Faure, Claude Debussy, Franz Schubert, and Maurice Ravel on Master Music for Flute & Piano.

The title of the recording befits the 19 compositions covered on this comprehensive outing. Schubert gets extensive coverage through seven variations and the “Theme – Trochne Blumen.” While I found the entire recording beautifully done and valid, this particular broad honoring of Debussy is the most prolific and ever changing on the CD. The then the two main compositions are by Cesar Franck, which the artists feel is the most important classic. The flute and piano playing of Ms. Zucker and Mr. Shapiro are as usual, beyond reproach.

The consistency of the compositions is remarkable. I found the music sweeping and it left me…

Monte Procopio- A Swingin’ Time

Artist: Monte Procopio
Title: A Swingin’ Time
Genre: Jazz
Label: Independent
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First Monte Procopio was Swingin' With Style now he is having A Swingin’ Time. It looks like swingin’ is his thing. Monte is staying with the same formula on his second album performing timeless classics again. Michael Buble has penetrated the charts with his tribute to the jazz classics, Michael Bolton recorded his own cover album recently, and Tony Bennett is 80 and still rolling right along covering the timeless classics. Many have tried with varying degrees of success but few can do it to make it a memorable experience, stirring emotions and making one feel they are reliving special moments in time. Procopio is one such artist that compels to keep reaching for his CD to hear it again. Now more than ever artists are reaching back to the past to reignite or start a career covering these great tunes.

Monte offers 14 classic tracks on this CD and it finds him in a good place once again. I thi…

Kidfluence Television Extends Reach, Partners With Global Broadband Television Company IVNET.TV

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Delray Beach, Florida--November 6, 2006-- CoMatrix Media is developing a new television program entitled Kidfluence TV which focuses on real life issues that effect today’s youth. In a forum setting, parents, teens, tweens, professionals, advocates and other diverse guests will gather to share and explore the vital issues that our youth face. Kidfluence Television is solution based; and the goal is to increase the social conscience of its viewers.

Kidfluence addresses topics such as juvenile delinquency, teenage pregnancy, peer pressure, underage drinking, academics, video games, dealing with divorce of parents, and much more. CoMatrix Media also plans to produce short PSA’s that will be cataloged on the Kidfluence website. These educational and instructional clips serve as incredible resources for parents, children and teenagers. “The prevalence of youth issues today serves Kidfluence well, says Steve Ruprecht, Creator and Executive Producer of Kidfluence Tel…

Off Broadway Play Katrina: A Whole Lotta Water Opens November 9th

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New York, NY--November 6, 2006-- Emmitt Thrower is the owner and president of the non-profit Wabi Sabi Productions. With the opening of Katrina: A Whole Lotta Water just around the corner on November 9th his organization and their sponsor Fractured Atlas anticipates a lot of buzz about the off Broadway play.

Emmitt Thrower is a recipient of the 21st Century Independent Spirit Award in culture and the chairman of the Otto Awards for political theater. He is also one of the founding organizers of Five Points Productions Theater, collaboration between diverse theater companies uniting to produce political theater on 42nd Street. Emmitt’s goal artistically is to find diamonds in the rough and help develop them, and then release them into the universe. Katrina: A Whole Lotta Water will bring attention to many performers, but more importantly to a crisis that is ongoing in the affected areas that the hurricane devastated.

The focus of the multimedia event will surround…

Laurel Zucker & Mark Shapiro-Madrigal for Flute and Piano

Artist: Laurel Zucker & Mark Shapiro
Title: Madrigal for Flute and Piano
Genre: Classical
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Laurel Zucker and Mark Shapiro continue their longstanding musical alliance with yet another superb release titled Madrigal for Flute and Piano. This is their seventh release on Cantilena Records. The duo is creating quite a legacy of classical renderings and this particular release is one the stands out amongst the many I have enjoyed over the years.

Ms. Zucker and Mr. Shapiro are in exceptional form performing music from various composers from the 18th and 19th century. Reineke, Gaubert, Hue, Boehm, and Doppler are the honored composers on this outing.

The term 'madrigal' has two distinct, unconnected meanings: a poetic and musical form of 14th-century Italy, and a 16th- or 17th-century setting of secular verse. This is ongoing education for me personally, both listening and understanding the meaning of the titles. I find it all very fascinating and can see how t…

John Mayer-Continuum

Artist: John Mayer
Title: Continuum
Genre: Rock-Blues-Pop
Label:Columbia
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John Mayer has a deep abiding respect for the blues, and never has it been more apparent than on his superb album Continuum. When Mayer made the switch to the blues, some folks seemed caught off guard and confused, nevertheless his true fans knew better. Personally, I have heard a lot about this artist but never sat down and listened to any of his work. Now I am sorry that I missed so much. I was glad to hear that he shook all the comparisons to Dave Matthews and developed his own identity and unique sound.

Continuum is easily in my top ten albums for 2006. After listening several times it has continued to grow on me with each listen. Make no mistake about it; Mayer is a very talented and real individual with nothing but a great future ahead. He knew exactly what he was doing when he hooked up with some blues legends and played his six-string right alongside them (check out his tear-out-your-heart version of th…

American Idol Contestant Patrick Hall Releases New Single October 31st

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Los Angeles, CA--October 30, 2006-- The public’s fascination with “American Idol” is evident by the success that not only the winners, but finalists enjoy after their season’s competition is over. But what about those who lose in the earlier rounds – what does the experience do to their dreams? For Patrick Hall, being eliminated the very first week after getting to the top 24 on last season’s “American Idol” turned out to be the inspiration for him to take his music career to the next level and go for it.

“What a lot of people may not realize is that before the season even hits the TV screen, the competition has been going on for months. You keep getting to the next rung and you start believing you have a chance to be the next American Idol,” Hall explains. “When the actual televised competition began, I told myself that the initial goal was to get to the Top 12. When I got eliminated so early in the televised competition, I had a lot of pent up sadness and anger. …

Lance Reegan-Diehl Official Guitar Player For JamMate JM400 USB Guitar

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Seoul, Korea--October 30, 2006-- Lance Reegan Diehl released Internal Construction in June of 2006 to critical acclaim and widespread popularity, including placement of the single, New Sworn Enemy, at #58 on Neil Young’s Top 400 list. This album has also generated many other engagements including a new exclusive endorsement of the JamMate JM400 USB Guitar and Amplitube software. Lance is presently working on an instructional DVD for the innovative guitar, which plugs into any laptop or desktop computer. Within minutes of taking the guitar out of it’s box, you are up and playing on a virtual guitar amp with the lowest latency available, through the included Amplitube Live and LE versions from IK Multimedia.

In addition to the JamMate project, Lance is finishing his new album: Chasing My Reflection. This exciting project is an original album of instrumental pieces on Guitar Nine Records. Chasing is a showcase of guitar virtuosity in a variety of styles that will …

Angela Ortiz-All About You

Artist: Angela Ortiz
Title: All About You
Genre: Pop
Label: Independent
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Angela Ortiz has an album titled All About You and it serves as a very descriptive lead in to what is inside the CD sleeve. This recording seems to be a biographical and storytelling adventure. I suppose its all in the perception of the listener as it would be with any album. It is hard to distinguish what may be fact or fiction not knowing the artist personally but if you listen to this CD enough you get a good idea from where she is coming from.

After absorbing the thoughtful lyrics and using the music as a background, then switching the order of procession-three spins later it all finally hit home with me. What I found entrancing about Angela is her voice and the way she uses it with the lyrics. She is obviously an individual that has spent many years at her craft, carefully developing her delivery to make every musical note and inflection count for something. I really felt like it all came togeth…

Laurel Zucker & Mark Delpriora- Romanza Andaluza for Flute & Guitar

Artist: Laurel Zucker & Mark Delpriora
Title: Romanza Andaluza for Flute & Guitar
Genre: Classical
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The flute and acoustic guitar are very compatible. In the realm of classical music, it can be a beautiful marriage between two delicate instruments. Laurel Zucker (flute) and Mark Delpriora (guitar) meld their musical minds for a beautiful recording of classical compositions. The musicians take a page out the books of many influential composers such as Joaquin Rodrigo and Enrique Granados. Because the heritage of the composers is Spanish, the recording carries with it a very strong flavoring of classical Spanish influence throughout.

Romanza Andaluza for Flute & Guitar is supports the Spanish composer's work very well. Each composer is different and the succinct Spanish atmosphere and culture comes through nicely through the two musicians own interpretations. Each present their vision clearly, Delpriora’s through his excellent guitar playing and Zucke…

Where Multimedia And Tragedy Meet In A Theatrical Event

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New York, NY--October 23, 2006--The spirit and drive of producer/actor Emmitt Thrower allowed him to start his production company Wabi Sabi Productions.

In August 2001, Thrower had a brain stem stroke that left him unable to speak, eat, walk, stand up, or even sit up due to his affected balance. He was unable to see the world clearly any longer due to double vision. His life as a performer and involvement in the Arts seemed over. After his release from hospital in 2002, another setback hampered his efforts to regain his freedom, the loss of his vision in the left eye in addition to the restrictions of a wheelchair. From 2002 to the present, his endless hard work allowed him to eventually get up out of the wheelchair and stand up. By June 2006 he was finally be able to walk without aid. To say Emmit Thrower knows about adversity and fighting back is an understatement.

Life experiences such as this can change a man forever and it gave the visionary producer an idea …

Nickels & Dimes-Blues Rock From Norway

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Oslo, Norway--October 23, 2006-- Steffen Nicolaisen (guitar &vocals), Arild Steinsrud (bass), and Nils H. Maehlum (drums) are Nickels & Dimes. The band formed in 1987 and in 2003, the original lineup reformed as Nickels & Dimes, then wrote and recorded their most recent and fourth album Midnight Overdrive.

This trio is a devout Hendrix worshipper and their music is a direct reflection of the love and respect they have for the late great guitar hero.

Right at the outset of the opening track “ 3 2 Get Ready” you hear a scream and instantly know you will be in for a ride. Nickels & Dimes will rock your soul with rousing tracks and “Trampoline” is one of their best. It is a personal tribute to the masters of the past. The track fires up three minutes and twenty-seven seconds of pure rockin’ blues-rock energy. This band has a good sense of humor too-“Rubber Man,” has a crazy acoustic slide backed with a locomotive rhythm section that never misses a step…

Laurel Zucker & Mark Shapiro-The Dark Side of the Flute

Artist: Laurel Zucker & Mark Shapiro
Title: The Dark Side of the Flute
Genre: Classical
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Even in the world of classical, where the music and listeners are well educated and refined, you can find some humor in a serious world. Laurel Zucker (flute) and Marc Shapiro have united once again to record compositions that look at the darker side of music on The Dark Side of the Flute (a play on words with the Pink Floyd classic Dark Side of The Moon). As Laurel talks about in the liner notes, the flute is normally uplifting and bubbly; however looking at the darker places of the mind and the time and space that it inhabits is an entirely different way to use the instrument.

Zucker and Shapiro travel down the road of composers dating back to the 1700’s such as Christophe von Gluck. There are 13 tracks with two suites, tracks 3-7 and 9-11. The suites are the most impressive work as they take you through a story without words. Zucker’s flute carries with it emotion and the…

Rusty Wright Blues- Ain’t No Good Life

Artist: Rusty Wright Blues
Title: Ain’t No Good Life
Genre: Blues-Rock
Label: Sadson Music
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Yeah baby! This is mighty fine rockin’ blues music, yes sir! It may be that this CD portrays the other side of the fence of the unfortunate and it Ain’t No Good Life but the Rusty Wright Blues band cooks along as if they are playing their last gig and life is not so bad after all. Don’t let the pretty flowers fool ya, they are all nice but look at the old buildings behind the colorful plant, looks like an old broken down distillery to me. Umm, makes you wonder. Pictures can say many things but living in an old run down shack does not make for a good life although when you have good music surrounding you there can be some color in your life (i.e. the flowers in an otherwise grey gloomy world). So look at this cover and you decide what it means to you.

Well it’s the blues so the title has to fit right? The lyrics and music do too as the husband and wife team of Rusty Wright and Lauri…

Home Grown Label Hot Texas Tunes Releases Ed Maly CD Walking Shoes Blues

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Sugar Land, Texas--October 11, 2006-- Ed Maly is a Texas original. He was born and raised in the Longhorn state and began playing guitar at the age of five. After paying dues in many bands during his high school days and at local clubs, Maly started releasing recorded music in 1995. Six albums full of blues-rock have come out over the years and most recently, Walking Shoes Blues is beginning to find its way into people’s hearts.

The opener and title track is a crackling blues-rocker that rolls on down the line like a well-oiled locomotive. Ed and his band chugs along with a lot of swagger, cooking up a Texas flavored blues-rock stew with plenty of heat and emotion that burns with sarcasm and wit. The sound and lyrics are what the blues are renowned for and Maly and his band pay the legacy and tradition of the genre its just due on the lively rockin’ recording.

Ed Maly and his band will be taking the music of Walking Shoes Blues to the people at live events and the C…

Morada Vision Presents Hef’s Halloween Spooktacular On DVD

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Ventura, CA--October 11, 2005--- Most people know Hugh Hefner for his renowned publication Playboy. The famous publisher has more than one love in his life in addition to his spicy magazine. Hef’s other passion, horror films, is celebrated this and every year at Halloween. This year we can all put on our makeup and costumes and enjoy the colorful and ghoulish DVD from Morada Vision, titled Playboy Presents Hef’s Halloween Spooktacular.

Every year Hefner throws one of the biggest parties in the world at his mansion and people from all lifestyles show up for the event. The party has reached legendary proportions over the years. The haunted house show gets special treatment from designers that work in Hollywood’s special effects areas.

The DVD features clips from the actual party, behind the scenes production work with the producer of the event, and the lovely queen of the night Elvira hosting the show.

Horror movie buffs will find this an extremely interesting advent…

The Lava Province-Strangeway

Artist: The Lava Province
Title: Strangeway
Genre: Rock-Pop
Label: Independent
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Laurens Vernot is a multi-talented musician that has dubbed himself as The Lava Province and his recent release Strangeway explores his affinity for crafty melodious rhythmic pop-rock with lyrics that are easily assimilated. Does this sound like your cup of tea? It certainly sets me right. This music reminds me of favorite 70s bands like 10cc and T-Rex, and other pop-rock kings that dominated the charts during the classic rock era.

Every track has a underlying principle and connotation behind it, backed with synchronized rhythm sections, guitar lines that punctuate the lyrics, and Vernot’s agreeable vocal style. The title song suggests schizophrenia and then “The Sign” goes in an entirely different direction, the subject being the anticipation of being ready for whatever transpires. The tracks that really caught my ear the most were “California Dream,” which is about sexual tourism-gee, big su…

Emmitt Thrower And Wabi Sabi Productions Offers Alternative Stage Play Around Social Issues

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New York, NY--October 9, 2006-- Producer/Writer/Director/Actor Emmitt Thrower and his non-profit organization Wabi Sabi Productions are bringing social issues to the stage in New York City with Katrina: A Whole Lotta Water. The play is an effective combination of stage acting and music to bring awareness to the public through the means of entertainment.

Born in Dallas, Arkansas, Thrower came to the Big Apple when he was six years old and grew up in Brooklyn. Currently he is a resident of the Bronx. After 15 years of working in one of the toughest cities in the U.S. as a police officer, there is not too much Thrower has not seen. One thing he does know about is social issues.

The impact of hurricane Katrina cannot be underestimated and in many ways, the social upheaval directly mirrors the destruction the storm wrought on the area. The people affected directly and indirectly need our attention to help that area heal. People pay more attention to a mode of entertainm…

Louise Setara Releases Impressive Debut Album Still Waters

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Los Angeles--CA--October 09, 2006--Still Waters do indeed run deep on Louise Setara’s maiden voyage into the world of recorded music. Louise has been singing since the tender age of three, and fifteen years later-a culmination of an entire lifetime jells into one impressive debut album.
Still Waters was released September 12, 2006 and it features the first single "Wrong Again," co-written by Setara. “Can’t Stop The River,” a track written by Seal, Springsteen’s “If I Should Fall,” and Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love,” highlight the album. The depth and emotive nucleus of “I Can Hurt” and the striking opener “Love Me Still,” all make this an album filled with quality tracks from start to finish.

Louise, who was born in Reading, England, says, "I've lived with this passion for so long I can't wait to share it." This passion and commitment to her music is the driving force behind her creativity. The excitement Louise feels for her craft comes…

Electric Light Orchestra-Reissues

Artist: Electric Light Orchestra
Title: No Answer (1972), ELO II (1973), On The Third Day (1973), Face The Music (1975), A New World Record (1976)
Genre: Rock-Progressive-Pop
Label:Epic/Legacy
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Clearly, ELO was a progressive band, although most people never looked upon them as that because of their long run on the pop charts. They had it all going for them-a unique brand of rock music with parts of an orchestra mixed in and a singer/songwriter/guitar player on level with the best in the world. And to put the proverbial icing on the cake, they made a universal mixture of music that anyone could relate to and it still stands up very well today. Even though ELO had all of this and more, they were underrated. I feel their contributions to recorded music were peerless. Perhaps looking back now, we can all realize just how far ahead of their time they really were. And with advent of these marvelous reissues, we can hear it all better than ever and reconfirm why ELO was one of the greatest…

Natalia Nazarova- Fashion

Artist: Natalia Nazarova
Title: Fashion
Genre: Pop-Dance-Electronica
Label: Ghost Note
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I have been following this young lady’s career for a few years now and every time I have the opportunity review one of her new projects, whether its music or film, I enjoy it immensely. The one important factor that is putting this woman in the public eye more every time out is that she continues to develop her craft and become stronger and more effective.

This is a step away from Natalia’s previous jazz style; actually, it is the polar opposite. That is not an easy thing to do, its risqué and it can jeopardize the career of an artist. Fortunately, Natalia is so early in her career that experimenting is all part of the growth and stretching out that people would expect. It works out very well.

Fashion is a pop-dance-electronica masterpiece from a diva that will be international star soon. In fact, I would venture to say that this recording should carve a path for her success now and in …