30 October 2006

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 the Hendrix classic “Bold As Love.”) Not only did he learn his chops, he exposed himself as a legitimate contender to take his place alongside the legends he was playing with. If he continues to release albums like this his place in history is secure. Even if he suddenly stopped recording today, his impact would still be felt for many more years to come.

Out of the 12 tracks, I did not hear one that I could not identify with or thoroughly enjoy for the musicianship, vocals, and lyrics. This recording oozes with a strong feeling of confidence and maturity at every turn. Mayer owns who he is, unlike that ditzy blonde he was dating recently. He called it as he saw it and told her to take a hike. I say right on brother! You are the real deal and your music tells the story beautifully who you are deep down in your soul.

The lead off track “Waiting For The World To Change” is so prolific, musically and lyrically. You have to love what Mayer says in the fourth verse.

Now, if we had the power
To bring our neighbors home from war
They would have never missed Christmas
No more ribbons on their door
And when you trust your television
What you get is what you get
Cause when they own the information
They can bend it all they want


Now if that does not make you look in the mirror and question who you are and the world we live in, well you just are not hearing this young man’s message.

Mayer’s guitar playing is clean, sharp, and biting all at the same time. His vocal style is relaxed yet very effective because of the way he brings each word from his toes to his lips; it all comes rolling out with meaning, like something he holds very close to his heart. I especially enjoyed the irresistible hooks and rhythms of “Vulture.” And oh the words, my oh my does it hit you square between the eyes. This album is so good you could choose any one of these tracks and make it a single and it would zoom up the charts. Yes, it is that good.

Continuum is a true classic of our time, a sparkling and memorable production that deserves all the gushing and media attention that it has been receiving and will continue to get many years from now. John Mayer arrived a few years ago but this time out he has made a statement that he is here to stay and expect more of the same in the future. As we are waiting for the world to change, we can listen to good music and do our part to change it.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

October 29, 2006

01. Waiting on the World to Change (3:21)
02. I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You) (4:52)
03. Belief (4:02)
04. Gravity (4:05)
05. The Heart of Life (3:19)
06. Vultures (4:11)
07. Stop This Train Mayer (4:45)
08. Slow Dancing in a Burning Room (4:02)
09. Bold as Love (4:18)
10. Dreaming with a Broken Heart (4:07)
11. In Repair (6:09)
12. I'm Gonna Find Another You (2:43)

28 October 2006

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. I found myself questioning my song choice, my wardrobe, and of course my performance. I really felt I never had a chance to show what I am capable of.”

Instead of letting those emotions hold him back or beat him down, though, Hall decided to turn that negative into a positive. “I was helped when Nayan Lassiter, a music industry executive and producer, gave me a call after I was off the show. I remember he was very encouraging. He told me ‘Everyone loses sometimes, even Tiger Woods. Nobody wins all of the time.’” That conversation was the spark, and it sent Lassiter and Patrick back into the studio where they wrote “One For The Ages” which is not only about Patrick’s personal experience of being on “American Idol” and falling short, but about the whole process of trying to win at anything in life. “After the song was done,” Patrick goes on, “Nayan told me that he was starting a new record label and asked me if I’d be interested in being his debut release. Think about it,” Hall laughs, “from one day to the next I go from being eliminated to having a record deal.”

Now, the song, which is the first single off Patrick’s upcoming album, also titled One For The Ages, on Ni-Fi Records, has been made into a video which takes an amusing look at the whole talent competition procedure. “There’s a little bit of parody of Randy, Simon and Paula,” Hall teases, “but also a lot of poking fun at myself. I remember all the trepidation I had in my earliest talent recitals back in grade school that was as much a motivation for the video as American Idol was.”

“One For The Ages”, the single, will be released on October 31. One For The Ages, the album, is slated for a February 2007 release.

Contact: Chip Schutzman
Company: Miles High Productions
Address: 6622 Delongpre Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Telephone: 323-806-0400
Fax: 323-462-0829
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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 delight fans of Lance and intrigue new listeners. It is interesting and fresh with hooks in every nook and cranny. Rare is the performer that can hold the listener’s attention for more than one or two songs but Chasing will hold you spellbound for hours.

Lance is also working on the next Innocent Bystanders recording and fans can expect news and new music in 2007. The JamMate will feature prominently in Lance’s new work and the six-string wizard will surely carve more inroads for the new technology to advance quickly. JamMate made a wise endorsement choice and were obviously well aware of the compelling talent that Lance brings to the guitar as a recording artist and teacher.

Lance Reegan Diehl will be an artist on the go in the coming months. Recording projects aside, Lance will be promoting the JamMate and taking the show on the road including an appearance in Toronto on February 25, 2007 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Toronto Blues Society Master Guitar Clinic as an instructor. You can visit the LRD site for downloads, updates, and scheduled appearances.

Contact: Lance Reegan-Diehl
Company: LRD Music
Address: Seoul, Korea
Tel: 82-11-730-4716
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26 October 2006

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 together as one piece of work that made me stop and think about her stories in each track. Each track is All About You or the particular individual she is directing all her comments to, like in “Song For Lost Friends” or “Mr. Thomas.” Certainly, these people know who they are, and if they didn’t they do now. The introduction is a real head turner called “Everyone Changes,” which serves as the perfect setup for each successive track. The lyrics refer to how people always realize they need to change after the damage has wreaked its havoc upon a life and you have lost your partner or your entire family. “Days of Lemonade” is bittersweet, just like the taste of the drink itself. The track is one of reflection and sadness, intimating that the old days are gone and will never return.

All of these reflective songs are set to tinkling piano and layers of organ, courtesy of the vocalist, and filled in with nicely placed brass, guitars, and percussion. The production is as clean as it gets and the sound is rich and full, allowing Ms. Ortiz to come shining through with her elegant vocals. What is unique about this singer is that she sings and talks at the same time, as if she was reading a well thought out poem or play. Her voice is right on the edge of jazz and Broadway but the music and production bring it out all dressed and ready to go as contemporary pop.

This outstanding indie release deserves several listens before making a final assessment. I listened three times before coming up with mine and I am glad I gave it that opportunity.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

October 25, 2006

01. Everyone Changes (4:16)
02. Dustpan (5:22)
03. Days of Lemonade (3:54)
04. Finish What You Started (4:15)
05. Mr. Thomas (4:32)
06. Steven (2:51)
07. Last of Who You Are (4:45)
08. We Must Be All Right (4:32)
09. Cheshire Cat (3:30)
10. All About You (5:11)
11. Song For Lost Friends (3:30)

Credits:
Angela Ortiz: piano, organ, vocals
Ryan Scott: acoustic and electric guitars
Dimitri Moderbacher: saxophone and clarinets
Andre Canniere: trumpet and flugelhorn
Mike Blanco-bass
Marco Panascia-bass
Bill Campbell-drums and percussion

23 October 2006

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 Zucker via her airy and alluring tones from her flute. The two combined are like listening to a slice of heaven.

Although Laurel Zucker and Mark Delpriora have been working together since the 1970’s, this is their first CD. They will be performing for audiences in California and New York City this year and next year. After their touring is complete, the duo will go back into the recording studio and record two more albums.

This album will be appreciated not only by classical music lovers, but enjoyed by fans of Andres Segovia’s music as well.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

October 23, 2006


01. Pablo de Sarasate- Romanza Andalouza, Opus 21, No.1
02. Emile Pessard - Andalouse, Opus 20
03. Maximo Pujol- Suite Buenos Aires- I. Pompeya
04. Maximo Pujol - Suite Buenos Aires- II. Palermo
05. Maximo Pujol - Suite Buenos Aires - III. San Telmo
06. Maximo Pujol - Suite Buenos Aires - IV. Microcentro
07. Joaquin Rodrigo - Aria Antiqua
08. Francisco Gonzalez - Danza de Los Amantes Efimeros
09. Maximo Pujol - Dos Aires Candomberos - I. Nubes de Buenos Aires
10. Maximo Pujol - Dos Aires Candomberos - II. Candombe de los Bueno
11. Joaquin Rodrigo- Serenata al Alba del Dia - Andante moderato
12. Joaquin Rodrigo-Serenata al Alba del Dia - Allegro
13. Enrique Granados - Villanesca
14. Enrique Granados-Danza Triste
15. Enrique Granados - Zambria

22 October 2006

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 to bring the tragedy of hurricane Katrina to an off Broadway production through dance, music, and modern day multi-media technologies. Katrina: A Whole Lotta Water makes its debut in New York City on November 9, 2006. The complex social issues spawned due to large-scale tragedies can carry over into outlying communities and the world at large in many different ways. This and more is the purpose of the onstage play. The modern twists that the event offers is sure to attract a very diverse audience that want to understand the underlying issues surrounding this tragic event that are still lingering and hanging over our heads today.

The opening of the hip-hop multimedia musical Katrina: A Whole Lotta Water is Nov 9, 2006 at 8 PM at the Producers Club II located at 616 Ninth Ave, New York City. Five performances have been added for November 10 through November 12, 2006: Friday 8 PM, Saturday 2 PM & 8 PM, Sunday 2 PM & 6 PM. Tickets are available at www.theatermania.com and by calling 212 352-3101. Groups can call 917 716-6635 for tickets. The cost of admission ranges from $20- $30.

Company: Wabi Sabi Productions
Contact: Emmitt Thrower
Address: 890 Trinity Ave, Bronx NY 10456
Cell: 917 716-6635
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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 and lyrics that will surely bring a smile to your face. This is the blues, straight up with nothing else to wash it down.

Blues music is universal and once you hear Nickels & Dimes you will think that the boys came straight from the Texas heartland. This is proof positive that the power of the blues has a far-reaching influence. Nickels & Dimes is actively touring in support of Midnight Overdrive and you can visit their website for recent concert pictures, upcoming live dates, downloads, and order the CD from directly from their site or from CD Baby.

Contact: Nils H.Maelhum
Company: Camelback
Address: PO Box 52, N-2882 Dokka, Norway
Telephone: +47 97 03 40 06
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15 October 2006

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 vicissitudes of life while Shapiro walks right alongside her, playing equally effective piano. The two instruments make musical interplay a joy to hear.

It has been a while since I explored the music of this renowned flutist and now I can renew my interest once again. There are four other recordings out now as well. Surely each one is quite different from the other and will challenge my imagination and heighten my senses. I enjoyed the pensive anticipation this music made me feel and the relaxing atmospheres suddenly changing to a faster pace and brooding mood. It all amounts to an amalgam of human emotions interpreted through beautiful classical music.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

October 15, 2006

Tracks:

01. Frank Martin - Ballade for flute and piano
02. Kent Kennan - Night Soliloquy for flute and piano
03. John Harbison-Duo for flute and piano- Fanfare
04. Harbison duo - lullaby
05. Harbison duo - Intermezzo
06. Harbison duo - Dithyramb
07. Harbison Duo - Sonata and Coda
08. Charles Griffes- Poem for flute and piano
09. Hans Werner Henze - Sonatine for flute and piano -Moderato
10. Henze - Sonatine -andantino
11. Henze -Sonatine -Presto
12. Laurel Zucker -Pandora's Box for solo flute
13. Christophe Gluck - Scene from Orpheus for flute and piano

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 Laurie LaCross are having a ball bouncing lyrics off each other. They also play their instruments in a spirited fired up manner. Wright peels off some licks that will make the paint peel off the walls. On “Hang Dog” all I could think of was ZZ Top. They way the music sounds and Wright’s from-the-gutter vocals, my god, I thought I was listening to the Tres Hombres from Texas. Coincidentally the next track just keeps on churning right along and its title is “Do It Again,’ and they most certainly do. “Don't Need Yo Bad Mind” is another one that got my attention. Wright plays the six-string with passion and soul and kicks out some bee stinging licks, one after another.

I heard 13 tracks and there was not one that I did not enjoy, really, this is a great album, and the sound and production is top shelf. So from top to bottom this CD pretty much has it all covered. Its indie and it rocks, its not wonder the major labels got da blues, bands like this are making their own way and putting out music that is as good or better than any of the major labels can offer, and that is for sure partner.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

October 15, 2006

01. Ain't No Good Life
02. I Ain't From Mississippi
03. The Fool Will Do
04. Hang Dog
05. Do It Again
06. Summertime
07. Nasty Reputation
08. Somethin' Missin'
09. Long Time Comin'
10. Missin' You
11. Don't Need Yo Bad Mind
12. Toppy
13. Hell On My Heels
Credits:

Rusty Wright-Lead Vocals, Rhythm and Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar
Laurie LaCross-Wright-Lead Vocals, Rhythm and harmony guitar
Steve "Hitman" Himes-Keyboards
Tommy Stewart-Drums

12 October 2006

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 CD is available directly from the band’s label Hot Texas Tunes. The music is available in different formats from the band’s website, via CD Baby, or each track is ready for downloading from iTunes separately. Stop by the band’s website for updates, touring news, and recent photos taken at performances.

Company: Hot Texas Tunes
Contact: Ed Maly
Address: P.O. Box 792, Sugar Land, TX 77487
Telephone: (281) 242-4939
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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 adventure from start to finish. From the creation of the props to the revealing body painting of the models that show up at the party to dance the night away-this DVD has something for everyone interested in entertainment that has many facets. You will learn how Hugh Hefner could have ended up in film making if he did not launch his magazine or discover that some of your favorite Hollywood stars turn out for the fun at the annual event, and hot acts like The Girls Next Door with Holly, Bridget & Kendra are a few of the featured stars.

There is nothing like bringing the party home with you, and Playboy, celluloid, and horror, is quite a mix, and one you should not miss. This Halloween you have a chance to add a little flavor and scare to your home entertainment center by putting on the Playboy Presents Hef’s Halloween Spooktacular DVD. This film makes it all happen with beautiful ladies screaming on fright night, Elvira’s commentary, and many other unexpected seasonal treats to make the journey more exciting and pleasing than any other Halloween.

Contact: Marshall Blonstein
Company: Audio Fidelity
Address: 870 East Front Street, #3, Ventura, CA 93001
Telephone: (866) 203-0647
Fax: (805) 648-7552
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10 October 2006

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 surprise there. If you have ever been to a beach in the Los Angeles area, then it does not need any further explanation. “April and October” was another favorite; it is loaded with irresistible hooks and lyrics of yearning and reminiscing.

The pace of each track is for the most part the same but in different degrees. This is pop and rock with just the right serving of each facet filled in at just the right time. Everything seems to fit like a glove on this album. There are no surprises, just consistency, and a lot of pleasing music. It was good enough for a few spins and then some for this listener. This will give you the warm fuzzies if you grew up in the 70s.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

October 10, 2006

01. Strangeway (4:38)
02. The Sign (4:08)
03. Back Here Again (3:22)
04. Let It Go On (3:42)
05. Come To Me (3:41)
06. Can't Keep Me Away (3:15)
07. Better Off At Home (4:13)
08. Never Learned (3:48)
09. California Dream (3:53)
10. April And October (4:47)
11. An Average Man (4:02)

Musicians:

Laurens Vernot - Vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards
Leo Vigil - Drums
Daria Sarraf - Harp

07 October 2006

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 entertainment regardless of the intensity and importance of a subject; it all seems to sink in more than the nightly news. When a disaster and its issues are set to a stage play and the appropriate music of our times, it has more impact and meaning.

The opening of the hip-hop multimedia musical Katrina: A Whole Lotta Water is Nov 9, 2006 at 8 PM at the Producers Club II located at 616 Ninth Ave, New York City. Five performances have been added for November 10 through November 12, 2006: Friday 8 PM, Saturday 2 PM & 8 PM, Sunday 2 PM & 6 PM. Tickets are available at www.theatermania.com and by calling 212 352-3101. Groups can call 917 716-6635 for tickets. The cost of admission ranges from $20- $30.

Company: Wabi Sabi Productions
Contact: Emmitt Thrower
Address: 890 Trinity Ave, Bronx NY 10456
Cell: 917 716-6635
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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 pouring out of her soul on every track.

Still Waters features a select group of musicians that back Setara, giving the vocalist quality layers of sound and texture that are a perfect match for her style and inflection. Rudiments of soul, gospel, R & B, and blues are all part of the mix. Each element finds a way into every tune, making the recording a sparkling and moving mixture of contemporary pop that transcends all age barriers and genres.

Louise Setara is touring in support of Still Waters and the album is available directly from her website or Amazon.com. Her website also includes a detailed biography, tour information, and other interesting information.

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06 October 2006

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
Website

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 bands to record orchestrated rock music.

In the early years of ELO when Roy Wood teamed with Lynne, the band sounded very different, as No Answer and ELO II clearly illustrate. These are good recordings and a fine testament to the development of the band’s future nucleus. The foundation was there for a great future but Wood split to form Wizard. This was a blessing in disguise for Lynne as he was able to take control of his destiny by working towards the sound he envisioned all along. This classic ELO sound was finally realized on Eldorado then subsequent recordings Face The Music and A New World Record. These three recordings were the apex of the ELO output. Face The Music is my personal favorite and “Fire On High” has one of the most memorable riffs I have ever heard. To this day, you can hear those instantly recognizable hook filled chords on TV commercials and programs.

Every CD comes packed with bonus tracks and booklets that have archival photos and an overview of what was going on with the band at the time. If you listen to the CDs in order and read the booklets, it serves as a good history of the band and helps you to understand how things unfolded over the years. The sound is excellent, as most remastered albums are these days. Epic/Legacy obviously gets it, if you are going to remaster a band’s catalog you have to offer the listeners a little something extra besides a cleaner sound if you expect them to reach for their wallets again. For those that already have the albums on CD, this is worth looking into for the sound quality, and bonus tracks. On New World Record, the bonus tracks are exceptionally intriguing. Out of the five reissues, this album offers the best bonus tracks. “Surrender” is great tune, it sounds good enough to be a hit single today, and the early instrumental mixes of “Tightrope” and “Telephone Line” are very cool as well.

There are plenty of reasons to get these reissues if you are a longtime fan, and if you are looking for an introduction to the band, there is a lot more than the greatest hits packages available. These albums dive deep into the history of ELO and give a wonderful overview of a band that made groundbreaking music that still sounds fresh and distinctive to this day.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

October 5, 2006

01 October 2006

Natalia Nazarova- Fashion

Artist: Natalia Nazarova
Title: Fashion
Genre: Pop-Dance-Electronica
Label: Ghost Note
Website
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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 the future. The production quality is top-notch on this album and every track offers something different. Natalia’s voice is alluring, mysterious, and sexy, she has it all going on to make each tune a special adventure, on the dance floor, and in your mind’s eye.

The first track “Excuse” has a pounding dark rhythm and beat that strongly suggests that practice makes perfect, and whether you win or lose there are no excuses. So the premise is there is no excuse not to make it if you work hard, well, there is a little more to it than that, you have to listen to all the lyrics. Some screaming guitar lines are in just the right places to make this track as effective as it could possibly be. That track is my pick for a single along with is “Love and Loyalty,” which invites you to have old-fashioned values with a little spice stirred in for excitement. “At The Matinee” would be a perfect track for a suspenseful thriller type if flick. This lady knows how to use her suggestive powers and her voice has that enthralling European accent that is hard to resist. If a polished production with heart palpitating grooves, thumping bass, and a voice behind the sound that will make you melt is what appeals to you then you will love this CD.

Fashion is a powerful musical statement for today’s world and it should put Natalia Nazarova on the musical map rather quickly. Watch this one; she is a star on the rise.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

October 1, 2006

Tracks:
01. No Excuse (3:39)
02. No Ordinary Love (5:27)
03. Lipstick Gun (3:36)
04. Love and Loyalty (3:31)
05. At The Matinee (4:46)
06. Dark Eyes (3:58)
07. Betray The Motherland (4:24)
08. Fashion (3:51)
09. Fashion (Global Domination Mix) (8:28)
10. Vision of Love (3:48)
11. Vision of Love (Thor's Hammer Mix) (8:12)
12. Movie Star (3:40)
13. Pamada Pistolet (3:36)

Credits:

Natalia Nazarova: vocals
Kregg Barentine: guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, strings, programming
Mark Matson: additional programming
Steve Culp: additional keyboards
Kyle Dwayne: additional percussion
Mike Benevidez: additional programming
Angela Kim: additional backing vocals
Garret Miles: additional backing vocals