29 January 2007

Brenda David-Better Part Of Me

Artist: Brenda David
Title: Better Part Of Me
Genre: Pop-Rock-Jazz
Label: Cadillac Records
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Brenda David’s music is like walking into a dimly lit upper class restaurant and reading a menu of choices. This is adult contemporary pop, rock, jazz, and all of the above mixed in to formulate a palette of color and sound that is satisfying and very relaxing. The lady has a nice approach, a smooth clear voice that assures you that what she is vocalizing means something. I know it sounds like a novelty in these times…there are actually some independent artists out there that make good music with lyrics you actually can understand and relate to. I find it rather refreshing.

“Call Your Name” and “I'll Be the One” are country-pop tunes that I can hear playing on the radio and “Better Part of Me,’ the lead off track with a jazz-pop feel to it, is one of the standouts. The artist gets some stellar musical support from a list of musicians that obviously have earned the respect they deserve in the industry, at least amongst those that know something about music and how to make it, namely Ms. David.

Its like they say in business, every great manager is surrounded by a supporting cast that helps to propel that individual to success, and it works both ways, it’s a reciprocal relationship and that is what I hear going on consistently on Better Part of Me. The choice of tracks and the tempo set for each is perfect on this recording. I like the shifting moods of the lyrical content. I can appreciate the rock solid consistency this CD has, especially once it all boils down and you get to the meat and potatoes of each song. You hear everything you are supposed to all set to some music that pulls you in and makes you pay attention to the vocalist while following her muse right along with her-just like the pied piper.

I like this album because it feels real, sincere, with no additives that are bad for your health spiritually, in fact it has the opposite reaction, its all good and you walk away feeling like you should give it another spin. “Behind The Veil” makes a powerful statement about a woman behind the veil of her own prison walls living with the Taliban. This song comes out of nowhere and really snaps you to attention after the previous five tracks, which deal with the varying states of human emotions. It’s quite the segue that makes you rethink what this artist is all about. Again, it’s all good and worth pondering some more.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

January 29, 2007

1. Better Part of Me (3:41)
2. Second Chance (3:54)
3. Call Your Name (2:45)
4. When I'm Gone (3:33)
5. Come in from the Rain (3:44)
6. Behind the Veil (3:32)
7. I'll Be the One (4:00)
8. Restless Hearts (3:57)
9. Letters to Rebecca (4:22)

Musicians:

Brenda David: vocals
Richard Smith: bass, guitar, vocals
Kevin Banks: guitar, bass, sitar, mandolin, music arrangements
Mark Dennison: keyboard, drum tracks, guitar, vocals, engineer
Rebecca Zapen: violin
Camille Scoggins: backing vocals
Kelley Rees: backing vocals
Kenney Smith: keyboard
Adam Shapiro: keyboard
Dennis Marion: trumpet
Eric Herin: guitar, mixing & mastering engineer
Mike Maple: drums
Brian Greene: guitar, keyboard, engineer on I'll Be the One
Linda Minke: cello
Lorna Greenwood: violin

28 January 2007

Amy Roberts Tells It Like It Is On New Indie Release

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Los Angeles, CA--January 29, 2007-- On her new independent pop-rock release It Is Amy Roberts utilizes her unique vocals with such sophistication that it makes her impassioned delivery seem surprisingly matter-of-fact.

It Is features lyrics that look inward and pull out the truth in everyday situations of love and loss. Although the subject matter may be commonplace, the singer’s approach and style make the age-old stories around the human condition all sound as if it was a new adventure in life, ripe and ready for the taking.

Besides the impressive debut album, It Is, Roberts’ voice has already reached worldwide audiences on NBC, HBO, Comedy Central, The WB, Lifetime and more. She can currently be heard singing the theme song for the new NBC Grease based reality show “Grease – You’re the One that I Want” (Sunday’s, 8pm). You can check out the music at www.nbc.com/Grease.

Amy Roberts is the true to form working mom with the indie spirit that drives her life and music to places that we all strive to reach. It takes large amounts of energy, patience, talent, and down right grit and determination to reach for the stars, but so few can attain that kind of success. Amy can serve as a role model to women artists and independent thinkers from all walks of life and professions because when you hear her music suddenly you begin to think that the twinkling lights in the sky are well within your own reach if you work hard and believe in yourself. We need more people like Amy Roberts to lead the way.

Visit the Amy Roberts website for updates, performance dates, pictures, and more.

Contact: Amy Roberts
Company: Indyla Records
Address: PO Box 93066 Los Angeles, CA 90093
Tel: 800-295-1363
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Legendary Rockers Electric Prunes Release New Album Feedback

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January 29, 2007--Los Angeles. CA-- When was the last time you heard music that was indefinable, a blast from the past yet modern at the same time? Ever play a CD you knew instantly was something out of the ordinary; something special you would insatiably crave forever more? Welcome to a day in the life of an Electric Prunes fan. Welcome to Feedback, lust in a long line.

The Electric Prunes have produced three new CDs since resuming recording and playing live a few years back-Artifact, California, and now, their latest, Feedback. The echoes of the past material reverberate through every innovative cut on this new offering. It is pure unadulterated PruneTwang (which coincidentally is their indie label name) from start to finish. This band has always dodged classification. They live and play outside the box. With Feedback they continue their legacy of playing what they want, how they want.

Feedback is a visceral connection from the past to the present. And, thanks to the presence of original Prunes, James Lowe, Mark Tulin, and Ken Williams, all of garage rock’s rough edges remain intact. Refusing to cede anything to the passage of time, each track is full of fuzz, tremolo, vibrato, and attitude; a classic Electric Prunes recording. This is the best garage, psych, twang, blues, and rock music your ears could possibly absorb in one sitting. Be warned, Feedback takes advanced listening.

Each of the 10 cuts on this CD offers an individual and unique Electric Prune vision of their world. Firmly rooted in the past but with an eye to the future the band proves that a rock heart and spirit are timeless. “Too Much To Dream” (1966) and “Morhpine Drip” (2007) reveal tremolo never sleeps. The quirky “African Bees “ (2006) shows the same sense of the ironic that marked “Dr. Do-Good “ (1967); the iconoclastic “Batch Of Violins” (2007) offers a tip of the hat to “Sold To The Highest Bidder” (1966). Yet, while embracing their musical past, they are not content to rest on history. “I’ll Give You Feed Back”, “Itzomad” and “Flying Blind” would be innovative and enjoyably disturbing even if you had never heard “Get Me To The World On Time” (1966).

Many of the bands from the 60’s are stuck there. Feedback is auditory evidence that The Electric Prunes continue to create, grow, and transform. If you are already a fan of the band, you will not be disappointed. If you are not a fan yet, you will be. Visit the Electric Prunes website for all kinds of swag and listen to their cool jukebox for a taste of the legend. Then, get Feedback, lust in a long line.

Contact: Pamela Lowe
Company: PruneTwang
Address: EP Underground P.O. Box 1237 – Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Tel: 714-845-6603
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23 January 2007

Artist Michelle Bellici-When Art And The Fight With RSD Became One Cause


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Florence, Massachusetts--January 24, 2007-- Two Months ago artist Michelle Bellici came out of remis-sion from RSD: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. First diagnosed in November of 1997, Michelle’s right arm was paralyzed and atrophied for six months, which she eventually recovered from and resumed her career as an artist. This is devastating for a person that uses their hands and arms to create work to make a living.

This time when the disease reared its ugly head it started in Michelle’s right hand and traveled through her entire body, face, and internally including affecting the brain. Sometimes she can barely move her hands and then her legs stop working correctly, and it is difficult to do the simple everyday things like brushing teeth.

Michelle is undergoing costly Ketamine treatment to hold off the devastating effects as much as possible, to hopefully keep her out of a wheelchair, or bedridden. As you can imagine this is a terrifying experience for anyone to endure and Michelle does not want to get to this point but she is fighting everyday.
Like so many people who suffer from RSD, Michelle has entered into some serious financial difficulties with an inability to work and pay for the treatment that she so desperately needs.

Michelle Bellici has created a special website dedicated to selling her work for prices lower than market value to help pay for travel expenses and medical needs. She is open to all inquiries about the availability of her work and the price. Prints of original oil paintings are also available for $30 each plus shipping. The paintings listed on the site range from 5k to 25k each.

Michelle Bellici has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in such venues as the 2005 Florence Bienalle in Florence Italy. Michelle says-“The media tells you the story; you are the participant being walked through a picture that has already been painted. And its meaning is already constructed. Painting has the gift of silence. You must decide your own belief system; it will not be handed to you.”

Please stop by Michelle’s site to view her beautiful work and learn about RSD. Help her to begin a new chapter in her life. Give someone in need the ability to unveil a new canvas to paint a different story. It is possible with everyone’s understanding and help that Michelle can continue with further treatments how-ever, it is financially impossible for an individual unable to generate any income. This puts all lovers of art and fellow artists on notice. You can own a beautiful work of art and know that it went for a very good cause, stop by Michelle’s home in cyberspace now.

Contact: Michelle Bellici
Company: Michelle Bellici Art
Address: 98 Morningside Drive, Florence, MA 01062
Tel: 413-695-3670
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Eye Talk-Sun And Moon

Artist: Eye Talk
Title: Sun And Moon
Genre: Pop-Rock-Jazz
Label: Miles High Productions
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Eye Talk is a band but also a figure of speech that translates into feelings without words. Anyone can talk with their eyes or use certain body language to suggest something; however, it is a different matter interpreting all of that emotion through music and words.

Alan and Bob Clark are the duo that makes all the magic happen on their new release Sun And Moon. The title track and “Yesterday” fondly reminded me of top-forty music on a hot summer’s eve in the 70’s. I cannot help reverting to the days of my teens when I hear music that instantly transports me back to a time that seems like a dream now. It is sweet and sad all at the same time. Music that holds this power is very special.

Alan and Bob are music veterans now, as this is their third studio release. The Clark’s always have a bevy of guest musicians on their recordings to compliment their many talents. Alan is the lead vocalist, songwriter, producer, and he performs various instruments in the studio, while Bob provides additional songwriting, bass guitar, and vocals to their accessible contemporary pop sound. There are other elements to their catchy tracks, some smooth jazz finds its way into their sound as well, although primarily their focus fits squarely into an adult contemporary genus that would appeal the 40 something’s out there that have not heard quality pop without any frills in a long time. That is the appeal for folks that are tired of all the scantily glad blonde bombshells without any talent dominating the charts and videos on TV.

Ten solid tracks comprise this CD and the musicianship is quite good. Not only are the Clark’s fine songsmiths, they can hold their own as musicians and keep pace with all the talent coming into the studio to support them. That fact alone is impressive. This CD was a breath of fresh air for a weary soul tired of all the crap on the idiot box and watching fools that become famous based on their exploits outside the realm of music. These gents may never experience the great success that the less talented may enjoy but most certainly, they will find those that appreciate good music and lyrics that have some meaning and are easy enough to understand. It is not a lot to ask for yet a rarity these days. Check out Eye Talk and you will see what I mean.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

January 23, 2006

01. I Can't Fool Myself (3:34)
02. Stop Pretending (5:22)
03. Pain of Letting Go (3:23)
04. Sun and Moon (4:04)
05. Face in the Crowd (3:41)
06. Yesterday (3:31)
07. Two Equals One (4:41)
08. Do You Feel It? (3:20)
09. Won't Be Seeing Me Anymore (4:20)
10. Brighten My Day (4:01)

22 January 2007

Shauna Burns-Desert Tune

Artist: Shauna Burns
Title: Desert Tune
Format:CD EP
Genre:Folk-Rock
Label: Red Rock Music LLC
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Shauna Burns sounds similar to a female Dave Matthews with a distinct Celtic influence. This may sound like an odd description of an artist after you listen for yourself, however for my ears, the interpretation works. Burns’ vocals are very much her own, make no mistake about it. Even though I cringe as I write any comparison to another artist, and one that is so popular, I cannot help myself; it is something that needs to be expressed.

Although there are only five tracks that encompass Desert Tune, they are strong and create an impact for the artist. This EP is the extension of songs that did not make it onto Shauna's debut CD Every Thought. The music is mystical and ethereal-I found it very enchanting. Shauna’s vocals are the key element that completes the circle for each track.

Burns sings about squirrels dancing around in your head, fairytales, ghosts, and Celtic castles. Whatever she is singing about, it always seems to fit the music just perfectly, and the timing lyrically is impeccable- supported by spotless musicianship. That covers all the most important aspects of any recording, not withstanding production values, which are excellent as well.

Desert Tune is a solid EP and it certainly will lead to an outstanding full-length album to follow, I have no question. The new full length CD is due out this summer. Shauna Burns has an unusual vocal style that you are attracted to right away or it has to grow on you; there is no middle ground here. This could be the X factor that separates her from the pack.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

January 22, 2007

1. Gotta Get Ahead (4:39)
2. Cowboy Song (3:01)
3. I'm Dirty (3:17)
4. Waterford (3:39)
5. December (4:46)

Credits:

Piano & Vocals: Shauna Burns
Drums & Percussion: James Clark
Bass & Guitar: Ryan Tilby
Guitar & Programming : Steve Lemmon

21 January 2007

Charles King & Laura Lockie-The Second Half

Artist: Charles King & Laura Lockie
Title: The Second Half
Genre: Blues-Rock
Label: EKM
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There is a feeling and atmosphere on this recording that I am forever yearning for, and old-fashioned recording session with good music. This is blues and rock played by a man with passion and his heart in the right place along with a soulful woman churning out the lyrics as if it were the last show on earth.

Charles King & Laura Lockie bring us The Second Half, 10 tracks of the blues, interpreted, as it should be. Nine of the ten tracks are originals by the duo. Tracks one through ten offers you straight up gems to absorb, and I certainly took it all in. I cannot say anything negative about any of the tracks, each one is something that caught my ear and deserved additional listens.

The very first track “Guilty” has a somber atmosphere hanging over it courtesy of some great organ music that provides a layer for the forlorn songstress to lay her vocals down on. This is da the blues baby, pure and simple and straight to the heart. The organ really does a nice job setting the tone as Lockie moans “I am guilty, guilty of luvin’ you,” which segues into the equally emotional music time after time. The next track “Something Good” is ablaze with King’s mean slide guitar licks, he really knows how to hammer the point home with his six-string and again Lockie does it all justice with some soulful vocals. It doesn’t end there, more of the same keeps coming at you after the soft ballad “I’ll Have To Go” gives the heaviness of the heart some more weight to carry but the music gets kicked down a few notches to let you focus on the vocals of Lockie. “Human” picks up the pace again, and it shows more of the polished side of this blues band intermingled with some rhythm and blues peppered with a smidgen of pop. So within the first four tracks, you get the entire spectrum of the blues and from that point forward, they just keep giving it up for the pleasure of your ears, heart, and soul.

Lockie’s vocals are indeed a featured element here but King’s slide guitar does not take a back seat for one minute. Both performers get equal time and divvy it up democratically and it all falls right into place. It sure feels right when I listen to it. I get the feeling everyone that contributed to this recording felt the groove and knew something special was happening right from the start.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

January 21, 2007

01. Guilty (4:07)
02. Something Good (3:26)
03. I'll Have to Go (3:25)
04. Human (3:31)
05. The Second Half (4:56)
06. Simple Woman Blues (5:06)
07. Rhapsody (3:29)
08. What You Want (3:23)
09. I'll Remember You (4:06)
10. Baby What you Want Me to Do (3:51)

20 January 2007

Punk Rockers Dead Smiling Pirates Release Debut CD

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Copenhagen, Denmark--January 22, 2007-- Dead Smiling Pirates began a life of music piracy together in the summer of 2005. This power packed trio plays catchy alternative rock filled with an eclectic mix of influences highlighted by lots of tight breaks, trashy guitar riffs, and punk influenced vocals. They back up their sound and attitude with deeply ironic lyrics about egoism, youth, work, and ethics. Kim Burmeister (vocals/guitars), Erik Aaberg (drums), and Lasse Hansen (bass) invite you to take a voyage on their private ship of musical delights with their new self-titled release.

This take on life is bound to appeal to young and old alike, with the prerequisite being your own punk like attitude and undying nonconformist view of life itself with dead aim at the modern day corporate establishment. If you feel this way join the club and give this indie band a good listen. If you do not share the same feelings, one listen to the Dead Smiling Pirates and you will be a convert.

Most impressively, the former Metallica producer Flemming Rasmussen came in to the Dead Smiling Pirates camp for the new single "Strictly Ballroom." The production and sound typifies the punk metal sound popularized by bands like Metallica.

"This is funky and modern. Well produced, excellent vocals, good beat, and full of life...a lot of interesting influences...surfer rock from the 60's, early punk, and recent 'lo-fi' rockers like The Killers...pop punk slowed down with bits of ska and rock...sounds every bit as good as Green Day". -GarageBand

Visit the Dead Smiling Pirates website for downloads, updates, pictures, and pirate like swag, argh!!

Contact: Kim Burmeister
Company: Dead Smiling Pirates
Address: H. C. Orstedvej 6, DK-1879 Frederiksberg, Denmark
Tel: +45 26 83 68 51
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Sheila Swift Delivers The Goods On New Release The Shape of Things

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Houston, TX--January 22, 2007-- Sheila Swift lives her life to fullest every day and her music is a mirror image of that attitude. The young singer/songwriter has a new album out titled The Shape of Things. As with any title, there is a meaning behind what it conveys to the listener.

Shelia says “ I don't notice the shape of things, I just take in their weight." You can actually feel the weight of her soul and the intensity in her voice when she sings, every word counts.

As with any individual Sheila has had more than her share of trials and tribulations but nothing, she has not been to overcome. Sheila was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor at the tender age of 12 and has lived with it every since, taking one day at time and pushing forward her careers as a performer and artist. Examples of her colorful and thoughtful artwork is displayed on her website along with everything that is music related to give visitors a good overview of her talents and the scope and breadth of all the work encompassing two different yet interrelated worlds.

The feelings and emotions of the energetic rock-pop of The Shape of Things are shared equally with someone very close to her, husband and musical collaborator Michael Hurst. Hurst plays some inspired guitar on all eight tracks of the CD. The backing of stellar musicianship certainly helps your cause as a vocalist and in this case, it applies from start to finish on the consistently strong release.

You get more than just a look into the world of Sheila Swift; you get to know her on a personal level through her music and lyrics…

Did you hear that sound when my heart fell out?
Onto your table and on to the floor
You sized me up, before I closed the door
You haunted me in memories
Of what I was before


The Shape of Things is a fine production that will find an audience in any age group. After listening to the CD, you will see that this music has no boundaries or hidden messages. The reach this kind of artist has is beyond any limitation a specific genre can create. One listen will tell the story.

Contact: Sheila Swift
Company: Sheila Swift Music
Address: Houston, TX
Tel: 281-989-8177
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18 January 2007

John Wheeler-Big Orange

Artist: John Wheeler
Title: Big Orange
Genre: Instrumental Jazz-Rock-Fusion
Label: Independent
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John Wheeler is a self-professed uncompromising artist. I believe him after hearing his story and listening to the new CD, Big Orange. The title refers to a saying one of his coworkers used to have when it was to time go get a drink. The fascinating and colorful cover is a picture taken at the Tate Modern Museum in England. The picture is actually upside down and cropped. The people you see littered about actually lay down on the floor to see their own reflection coming off the ceiling.

My first thoughts and impressions were that the sun had moved so close to the earth that everyone was dropping like flies. A nice concept for a sci-fi flick soundtrack I suppose. Anyway, I found it all very intriguing and asked for an explanation, which John was very willing to give me along with some thoughts about this project.

This was a very expensive venture, as any good recording is. However, the catch is that all the proceeds for album sales will go to Amnesty International, which is a very noble cause with a great album behind it to make all of that happen.

Big Orange is an assorted mixture, featuring straight-ahead jazz, rock, fusion, and some interesting complex phrasing with the guitar and saxophones, particularly on tracks like "Nothin' To It." Then when you hear "Selma," you fall into a smoother contemporary jazz vibe with well-placed stinging rock guitar licks to lull and entrance you at the same time, which I absolutely love. Interestingly enough, the track "Wake-up Call" begins with unconventional banjo-style country licks from Wheeler's incredibly versatile six-string; now if that does not embody the word diverse what does after hearing the previous tracks? As it turns out, it is
one of the funkiest numbers on the album and most interesting with rapidly changing moods, a rooster crowing on occasion, and a violin which comes in at just at the right time to complete this barnyard ball of fusion. The title track just had to be the flat-out rocker of the lot and is it ever. You would never know Wheeler is a jazzman listening to him on this smoker -- he is much more than that of course. "Big Orange" is a bit too short, but it's rock not jazz or fusion so it fits the mold. I am complaining because I did not want it to end! Wheeler transgresses boundaries that may impede his progress often and shows off all his colors within this one recording. This is why the CD does not hint of any commercialism. It was a bit self-indulgent on the musicians' behalf, playing it all their own way but thank god they did because it is a great listen!

This kind of album you will listen to many times before it finally settles into your psyche. Only then will you be able to look at each individual composition as a stand-alone work of musical art. I love it when it all comes together and you can look at the cover, understand it (thanks again John), read the titles of the songs, which have no words, and find the meaning and interpretation hidden between the notes somehow. It never happens with one listen. That is the challenge and adventure of music like this and exactly why I enjoy it so completely.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

January 17, 2007

Tracks:
01. Jogo Bonito (5:21)
02. Dragon's Breath (4:56)
03. Nothin' To It (5:23)
04. Selma (4:56)
05. Slightly Blue (2:14)
06. Big Orange (2:30)
07. Procession (2:32)
08. Hall of 100 Mirrors (2:38)
09. Okami (4:41)
10. Wake-up Call (4:38)
11. Eleventh Dimension (4:32)
12. Miles Above (6:02)
13. Ambiance Musicale (1:40)


Featured musicians:

Tom Delaney: alto, tenor and soprano saxes, flute
Mike Kirkhouse: electric and fretless bass guitars
Billy Slais: tenor sax
Chris Smith: drums
Kevin Tokarz: keyboards
John Wheeler: electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitar, synthesizers
Ben Wilborn: violin

16 January 2007

The Electric Prunes Give You Feedback

Artist: Electric Prunes
Title: Feedback
Genre: Rock-Psychedelic-Blues
Label: PruneTwang
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It is that time of year again; time to hunker down and getcha some PruneTwang or some Feedback. I know, you are thinking-what in the hell is this guy talking about anyway? Well it’s about one of the most influential and underrated bands in the history of recorded music, the Electric Prunes.

Their new CD, Feedback, is another classic slice of vintage EP PruneTwang, filled with enough psych, tremolo, and feedback to blow the dust off your sleepy under-worked cranium. They are serious and spiritual on a track like “Innerlight Transcendence”. They rock on “Hello Out There” and “Tulip Between The Eyes”. There is the intensity of “Itzomad” and “Flying Blind”. Then, as only they can, they come at you with something really outside like “African Bees” where they sing, “African bees, they look in your windows and pee in your trees.” Is this drug induced psychedelic imagery? A flashback from bad LSD trip perhaps? Hardly. This current incarnation of the band just knows how to have fun and are damned good musicians to boot.

“Morphine Drip” is the best track on the album; the music and the lyrics are a killer combination. As you are listening, you will be rocking and tapping your feet and laughing all the way through. A requirement to “get it” is a demented sense of humor (and I do qualify in spades). Be warned, their combination of rock, psych, fuzz guitar, and blues is different from anything you have ever heard. You will love it. After five or six spins, I am not sick of it yet. I never tire of this music. Feedback is the real thing from those who were there at the beginning. This is as precious as the last brick of gold on earth. I really appreciate originality, a sense of humor, and a bunch of dudes who never forgot from whence they came. That is something to hold close to your heart.

Sadly, there is an arbitrary boundary in the world of music, one that few are courageous enough to cross over…the age line. Music however is timeless and anyone who makes it for all the right reasons, from their heart and soul, remains eternally young. The Electric Prunes are a band that lives on without a care for any timeline; they have a built in self-propulsion system, or something that defies all logic. They just keep on going. But, unfortunately, if “lust in a long line” in the liner notes is a misprint (last in a long line) it is looking like this may be their final trip to the studio. This band puts time, money and effort into their recordings but the return on that investment is getting to the point where it makes no sense to continue. Even with the Internet and all its wonderful abilities to market a band through either word of mouth or link generated viral marketing, this great band has gone unnoticed. This has to change or we diehard fans will never see another Electric Prunes album! It is my goal to help change the direction of this band’s fortunes.

Every release they put out is a limited edition so grab your copy of Feedback because when they run out that will be all she wrote. I will give you an idea how difficult it is to find the last two releases for this band; I had a conversation with lead singer James Lowe and he told me he does not even own a copy of the 2002 release Artifact. I am lucky enough to have a copy of the CD and an autographed copy of the vinyl LP. Blessed are the few but its only rock ‘n’ roll when the story is over. When I am worm food, someone else will covet the musical treasures I have been collecting over the years. You will not find my special items on Ebay, my connection to music and the people I have come to know that make it, has no price tag.

All this band asks is that you give their music a listen, whether on disc or at one of their live shows. Go to their website and check out their jukebox and sample some tunes for yourself then start grabbing your wallets and credit cards to buy all the Electric Prunes swag you can get your rock ‘n’ roll luvin’ hands on. You will be so glad you did. The band always delivers more than you asked for I promise you that. Rock on, peace, this Feedback session is officially over.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

January 11, 2007

01. Hello Out There (4:25)
02. Circus Freak (5:05)
03. Flying Blind (3:18)
04. I'll Give You Feedback (5:16)
05. Innerlight Transcendence (4:15)
06. Morphine Drip (3:54)
07. Tulip Between The Eyes (3:43)
08. African Bees (5:01)
09. Batch of Violins (4:52)
10. Itzomad (5:54)

Credits:

James Lowe: vocals, feedback, harmonica, percussion
Mark Tulin: vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards
Ken Williams: guitar
Joe Dooley: drums
Harley Feinstein: drums (Circus Freak, Hello Out There)
Walter Garces: drums (African Bees, Morphine Drip)
Dan Gerass: drums (I’ll Give You Feedback)
Ian Van Der Molen: drums (Tulip Between The Eyes)
Peter Lewis: 12 string (Innerlight Transcendence)
Jeff Evans: guitar 7 b.g. vocals (Hello Out There, Morphine Drip)
Ken Eros: Kalimba (African Bees) b.g. vocals (Hello Out There, Morphine Drip, Batch of Violins)
Barbara “Bandshee” Meeks: b.g. vocals (African Bees)
Pamela Lowe: Buzzing (African Bees)

15 January 2007

Amy Roberts-It Is

Artist: Amy Roberts
Title: It Is
Genre:Pop
Label: Indyla Records
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Amy Roberts says It Is what it is on her new album. I mean that in a factual sense, as her lyrics are straightforward and get right down to business very quickly. Roberts has a sweet disposition and it comes through nicely in every track. Even though the subject matter can be rather serious and heartrending this lady knows how to wrap her pipes around the story and steal you away for the duration of the song. For this listener’s ears that is the litmus test, if you pass that, you have me hooked. I would have to say that the entire recording kept me interested, and enough to spin it a few more times after the first time around. Again, for the way I judge all recordings various aspects, I need to hear it more than once, and I really have to enjoy it to make that effort.

This music is pop rock with more of a lean towards the pop sensibilities of life when you look at the recording as a whole effort. The production is good and the musicianship falls right in line with that. Amy is not only a fine vocalist that delivers a song with heart and emotion; she also plays various configurations of the keyboards among other additional instruments exceptionally well. This is a good indicator of an artist totally involved in every aspect of a recording from top to bottom; it most definitely shows when everything comes together.

This album is long time coming for a hard working mother and wife that happens to have many other talents besides the necessary domestic tools to survive. The energy necessary for the job of being a mom alone can be overwhelming then when you add the additional responsibilities of an entirely different life to the mix, and one that is on the other side of the tracks entirely, surely, it is a challenge to make it happen and become successful. What I see with this particular artist is all the energy, patience, talent, and down right grit and determination to reach for the stars. It is of my humble opinion after hearing It Is several times that those twinkling lights in the sky are well within reach for Amy Roberts.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

January 15, 2007

Tracks:
1. Butterfly (4:14)
2. How Sweet (3:41)
3. Without U (4:17)
4. Shelf (3:58)
5. Midnight (3:55)
6. Come Back (3:49)
7. It Is (4:27)
8. Subtle (6:25)
9. Swan Song (2:19)

Musicians:

Amy Roberts - Vocals, Piano, Rhodes
Dan Marfisi - All other instrumentation with the exception of *
* Nova Jones - Acoustic Guitar on Shelf
* Brian McKenzie - Bass on Sublte and Come Back
* Cameron Stone - Bass and Cello on Shelf

14 January 2007

Piano Tricks Site Offers Online Video Piano Lessons

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Berkeley, CA--January 15, 2007-- PianoTricks.com is the collaboration of Jon Broderick, webmaster, and Christopher Schlegel, piano instructor. Jon and Christopher work in a successful partnership on the popular guitar instruction site guitartricks.com. They decided to expand their reach into cyberspace in 2006 by offering an innovative online piano lesson resource with modern video lessons. Because of the popularity of their sister site the team realized that the techniques they have learned teaching guitar online could translate to people motivated to learn piano online as well, while allowing the students to do it easily in the convenience and comfort of their own homes.

The instructor Christopher Schlegel has many credentials and he is an experienced musical performer and teacher. He has been playing music for 30 years, piano for 12 years, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Bethel College in Tennessee. Christopher loves music of many different styles and knows how to apply the basic fundamental unifying principles of music to any genre. He also composes and performs his own original music in addition to teaching classes and seminars involving music technology (MIDI sequencing, digital recording, scoring). Christopher has 20 years of private instruction experience teaching guitar, piano, and music theory to students of all ages and all styles and a very thorough and enthusiastic teaching style, which is visible in his lessons.

People today have hectic schedules to maintain and as the ability to relax and unwind becomes increasingly difficult, the internet offers an outlet for individuals to pursue activities they would not normally because of the constraints on time, travel, and expense. PianoTricks.com offers an outlet for your busy life and leaves no excuse in your way to take the music lessons you always wanted to.

Visit the PianoTricks.com site to get an example of how lessons are delivered right to your desktop in the easiest possible format. Online piano lessons can fit any schedule 24/7.

Contact: Jon Broderick
Company: Web Trick Inc.
Address: 2625 Alcatraz Avenue, #311, Berkeley, CA 94705
Phone: (510) 991-7414
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Phoenix Based Pop Duo Eye Talk Release Sun and Moon

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Phoenix, AZ--January 15, 2007-- The sibling duo of Alan and Bob Clark, known as Eye Talk, have produced and recorded three albums with an eclectic range of guest musicians since 2002. Alan is the lead vocalist, songwriter, producer, and he performs various instruments in the studio, while Bob provides additional songwriting, bass guitar, and vocals, to their accessible contemporary pop sound.

Eye Talk is known for their shimmering pop oriented crafted tunes that bring you back to the 70s radio hits from bands like England Dan & John Ford Coley (“I'd Really Love to See You Tonight” & “Nights Are Forever Without You”), Poco, and many other favorite smooth rock hit makers of the day. The duos reputation for releasing quality recordings that feature a range of special guest artists contributing vocals, guitars, keyboards, samples, saxophone, and trumpet performances, have become one of their trademarks while in the studio. Even with a list of esteemed industry veterans available to assist them, in the end it is their give and take vocals featured in every song that makes each album shine so brightly.

Eye Talk has just completed recording their latest CD Sun and Moon, which is set for release on January 23, 2007. The lead single, “I Can’t Fool Myself” will persuade light pop and adult contemporary radio stations to expose the talented duo’s sound on January 8, 2007. The new recording features some stellar session musicians from the heart of Nashville and it will serve as a logical progression in defining the catchy Eye Talk pop sound for the New Year.

Contact: Chip Schutzman
Company: Miles High Productions
Address: 6622 Delongpre Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90028
Tel: 323-806-0400
Fax: 323-462-0829
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08 January 2007

Dead Smiling Pirates Debut

Artist: Dead Smiling Pirates
Title: Dead Smiling Pirates
Genre: Rock-Punk
Label: Independent
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Their dead pirates, but they are smiling…so what’s up with that? Ok what they really are is a rock-punk outfit from over the hills and far away, more specifically form Copenhagen Denmark. Dead Smiling Pirates are an authoritative trio consisting of Kim Burmeister (vocals/guitars), Erik Aaberg (drums), and Lasse Hansen (bass).

On their self-titled debut, they have a little more emphasis on the punk and attitude than the power trio aspect of it all and their CD speaks for itself through eleven tracks that hammer home their tongue in cheek lyrics.

This is high-energy music with more than suggestive lyrics, they just come right out and say it like with “Bite Your Chin,” “Kim Possible,” and “Get Hammered With You.” These lyrics really do not need any further explanation do they? I like this band, their sound, and the balls to just come right out and say what they feel in their lyrics, with not to mention some great loud music with hooks all over the place to bring it on home.

I think this band can go places if the keep things as they are, three members playing straight up hard driving punk rock music. Sometimes they only thing your heart desires is no frills and some good clean (well that is debatable) fun turned up as loud as it can go with the windows rolled down. Now that is unadulterated freedom through music and this band can deliver the goods.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

January 8, 2007

01. Strictly Ballroom
02. Workaholic Boys
03. Stealing Milk From The Kids
04. Calypso King
05. Grounded
06. Different Place
07. Bite Your Chin
08. Worlds Apart
09. I 18
10. Kim Possible
11. Get Hammered With You

07 January 2007

Sheila Swift-The Shape of Things

Artist: Sheila Swift
Title: The Shape of Things
Genre: Rock-Pop
Label: Independent
Website
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She is young, beautiful, and an animated singer/songwriter/artist with the ultimate purpose of getting to the heart of the matter. Sheila Swift paints (by no coincidence she does paint) pictures in your mind’s eye on an upbeat rockin’ album titled The Shape of Things.

In eight tracks Sheila comes at you with everything she’s got, and that happens to be an arsenal of seasoned musicians and a voice that is in total control of how the lyrics are delivered, and she does it with passion and so much energy that you find it very hard to resist.

I liked this CD right from the start when I first heard the opening track “Feel Like I Do.” Every track that follows is bubbling over with enthusiasm and an appreciation for life itself. You can hear it and feel it every step of the way when this woman belts out a song. I liked every track without question and really have no criticism to offer. The production is solid; the sound is clear as a bell, the instrument separation and mix are tight and in step-what else is there? I think that covers all the most important aspects that have the makings of a successful recording. Based on what I heard on this CD I have no reason to believe that this CD will not receive the recognition it deserves.

Michael Hurst, her husband and guitar player, provided a lot of inspiration for Sheila in the studio and in their personal life. Although Hurst will be part of the live band that performs these songs, Nathan Trueb provided the polished playing in the studio for the album. He takes the lead musically on the album and creates a path for every other musician to traverse. He is like the lead scout on an expedition and once everyone follows his path everything falls into place musically. As for Sheila and Michael, it is a nice thing to see, two partners in life making music together and allowing each other to be individuals within the group setting. Any way you look at it, everything else is icing on the cake once this dynamic duo goes to work soon.

Just like Sheila approaches life, there ain’t no mountain high enough for her to climb, her music takes the same approach and she reaches the summit of the mountain one-step at a time through all the feelings and emotions that are part of her every day life. When the album is all over, you feel like making the climb all over again with her.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

January 7, 2007

1. Feel Like I Do (lyrics) (2:52)
2. Hard Like Oak (lyrics) (3:20)
3. Avalanche (lyrics) (3:40)
4. Interrupter (lyrics) (3:03)
5. The Shape of Things (lyrics) (3:38)
6. Sober (lyrics) (3:38)
8. There's Still Love (lyrics) (3:17)


Credits:

Marsh Shamberger (SOULAR): keys, synth, bgvs featured on “There’Still Love”
Joey Canaday (LeAnn Rimes, Joy Williams): bass
Jeff Marino (Jo Dee Messina, Cowboy Troy): drums
Nathan Trueb (The Carolines): lead guitar
Dennis Borycki (Garth Brooks): piano on “Hard Like Oak”
Chad Copelin (Hero Factor): organ and keys on “Interrupter”
Patrick Tetreault (5 O’Clock People, Careen): acoustic guitar &
PRODUCED by Tetreault (SOULAR, Kelly Jones)
Engineered and Mixed by Craig “Lord” Alvin (Chevelle, Graham Colton, Eisley, Hanson). Mixing and extra tracking done at UPSATIRS PRODUCTIONS (Toby Keith) in OKC, OK.

Shauna Burns Releases Powerful EP Desert Tune

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Los Angeles, CA--January 8, 2007--Shauna Burns developed her delicate vocals and striking piano while growing up in Miami, Florida. Shauna derived inspiration from her mother's love for the piano. Shauna’s songwriting skills prospered and when she went off to college, her music found fans that were enthusiastic and appreciative of the artistry they heard.

Every Thought was the Shauna Burns debut release in 2006. The recording received rave reviews followed by successful sales. Her 2007 follow-up EP release entitled Desert Tune is an engaging five song EP that captures the spirit and warmth of Shauna’s hypnotic vocals and temperate piano playing. The tracks are clever while playful, in accord with her nature of being personal and captivating. Shauna and her piano are once again joined by co-producer and drummer James Clark, Ryan Tilby on guitar and bass with Steve Lemmon on guitar. Shauna spent some time residing in the desert before recording the EP and the listener benefits from that journey while listening to the music.

Shauna explains her songwriting philosophy as, "It can start with just a feeling, that seed in your stomach that grows until you cannot ignore it anymore. I feel the need to cultivate and nurture these seeds because seeds can grow into big ideas if we take care. It makes me question: What's next for all of us in this world? What is the universe trying to tell us? I’m listening." Finding inspiration in the world around her is what Shauna Burns is all about and it is no wonder her songs have such feeling and depth.

Visit the Shauna Burns website for updates, sound samples, pictures and more.

Contact: Chip Schutzman
Company: Miles High Productions
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Noteborn Music: TV Licensing for All Genres and New Online Store

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Ann Arbor, MI--January 8, 2007-- With over 20 years in the music industry, Noteborn Music Company is an international publishing company that hand picks quality artists and music for use in movies, TV shows, advertising campaigns, and for music producers. This groundbreaking company values independent and signed artists of all styles and genres. If selected your recordings are entered into a music catalog for submissions to television shows, advertising campaigns, movies and more. The company is now accepting submissions for all genres.

Recently Noteborn Music Company expanded its offerings to artists. The opportunity for every artist to enjoy increased and effortless exposure through his or her very own webpage is now available on the site. The Noteborn Music Store will allow artists to enter information about their style of music, upcoming events and most importantly, begin their own online music store. All you need to do is complete the online registration and send your CDs to sell and you are ready to go. You can also select an easy-to-remember web address that you can use to promote and sell your CDs. In addition to selling your CDs, your site can include your biography, calendar of events, and pictures to help promote you and your music. The ability to update your own content by logging into the artist-login area of the site is especially attractive to those that want complete artistic freedom and control of their work. This particular section of the site contains easy-to-use tools for managing your content, uploading pictures, adding CDs, and sample songs.

The online music affiliate of Noteborn Music Company is Subway Records. Subway Records will process all customer orders, securely process customer credit cards (SSL), and fulfill and ship all orders, notify you of all orders, and keep you updated on your CD inventory levels. The best part of this entire process is that there are no contracts, unreasonable obligations, or setup fees.

Noteborn Music Company has been very busy creating opportunities for new and independent artists. Noteborn has increased the odds in one the most competitive markets in modern day business. If you are a recording artist, you need every inch of advantage you can find so this is definitely worth looking into.

Contact: Kris Keller
Company: Noteborn Music
Address: PO Box 8171, Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8171
Phone: 734-231-4968
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03 January 2007

Hiding In Public-What Lies Ahead

Artist: Hiding In Public
Title: What Lies Ahead
Genre: Rock
Label: Independent
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Hiding in Public - my first thought was that it’s an interesting oxymoron. What Lies Ahead features the edgy throaty, yet warm vocals of Jamie Moses (Brian May Band, Queen, Paul Rodgers) and the driving guitars of Moses and David Holland. Kevin Poree plays bass and keys, and his partner in rhythm is John Tonks on drums. The four men form quite a team and the talent is undeniable in this London band.

This is good rock music and when you first hear it you like it. After the second or third spin, you love it! There are many catchy tunes on this CD. “Traffic In My Head” seems like the first choice for a rock radio ready hit. The beat and hooks are hard to ignore and the lyrics are very introspective and deep. The one line that really got me was “Driving through the traffic in my head.” Lord have mercy can I relate to that!

I like what this band has to offer; lyrics that make your synaptic pathways grow - and you can understand every word, what a concept! The music that accompanies the words is outstanding so you get the entire package. I like the atmosphere these excellent musicians lay down to invite the lyrics to find more meaning and depth. It is as if the music is the gas and the words drive the car - right smack down the middle of the traffic in your head. It’s nice to clear out all of that chatter and focus on one thing and this music allowed me to do that, and for this listener that is a blessing. The tracks feature some nice acoustic strumming filled with an upfront rhythm section. The mixture of the mellower numbers is appreciated more because there is equal measure of rockers in between.

Everything is loud and clear. The production values allow good separation of each instrument yet it all gels together making it one cohesive unit, which is quite impressive. The three rockers “Traffic In My Head,” “Mr Greenswamp” and “Everything You Need” I especially enjoyed because they are upbeat rockers and the lyrics really sunk in. I noticed a recurring theme. They sing a lot about money, greed, corporate business, and all the corruption that goes along with it. They see clearly the glamorous deceptions of modern life and confront them head on. I can relate to all of it on every level.

It is cool to be able to pull together every aspect of a song. I feel like I know the band now after hearing their album. You know something special is happening when you feel you developed a relationship with people you have never met before, good music accomplishes this, and this CD gets it done.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

January 3, 2006

Tracks:
01. Satellite (4:00)
02. Closing In (3:30)
03. Things Will Never Be The Same (3:20)
04. Traffic In My Head (3:25)
05. Home Tonight (3:45)
06. Take Anything (3:37)
07. Mr Greenswamp (4:09)
08. Everything You Need (3:51)
09. I'll Save Myself (3:51)
10. As The Sirens Sang (6:29)
11. Katy & Ben (3:10)

Credits:

Jamie Moses: vocals, guitar
David Holland: guitar
Kevin Poree: bass, piano, keyboards
John Tonks: drums, percussion

02 January 2007

Enigma's Love Sensuality Devotion - The Remix Collection Review

Artist: Enigma
Title: Love, Sensuality, and Devotion-The Remix Collection
Genre: New Age-Dance-Pop
Label: Virgin/EMI Records
Website
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The definition of Enigma (AKA Michael Crétu) in the dictionary is puzzle or mystery. I do not think there is any mystery at this point to the success of Enigma as a functioning musical entity that has been thriving since their inception in 1990.

Love, Sensuality, and Devotion-The Remix Collection is a rearranged version of the same album released in 2001, the first being Love, Sensuality, and Devotion, the Remix version was soon to follow. How many times can you rearrange the same song? Well, ask Crétu. Apparently, the nature of the music makes it less than difficult to come up with fresh versions using the same tracks, you just have to be a mixing genius to make it happen, which in reality is not an easy task to accomplish. It is apparent that the artist was successful on this venture and I am certain this CD will be flying off the shelves in stores and I can foresee some healthy download activity.

The first time I heard this CD I thought it was different and interesting, not your typical dance mix music by far. This is a tasteful blend of pop, rock, world, vocals, and dance all wrapped up nicely to form the unique and appealing Enigma sound. Selling 22 million albums worldwide speaks for itself however just because an artist has a ton of sales these days it does not mean it is a quality product, however in this case it does apply. I found this entire CD captivating my attention from beginning to end. I like the blend of all the elements and the way it comes together in each track. The presentation is superb with excellent production-it is quite simply, brilliant.

Usually music of this sort does not hold my interest for more than one or two spins but this CD has kept my attention and interest with each listen and I intend to give it a few more spins before it finds a home on the shelf somewhere. That is the best compliment I can give any CD because I have so many choices in front of me at all times. This is more than background music or a mild diversion, it has substance and feeling, which in most cases does not apply to any sort of dance music or sub genres thereof.

© Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

January 2, 2006

1. Turn Around (Northern Lights Club Mix) (10:28)
2. Age Of Loneliness (Enigmatic Club Mix) (6:15)
3. Push The Limits (ATB Remix) (7:51)
4. Gravity Of Love (Judgement Day Club Mix) (5:59)
5. Return To Innocence (380 Midnight Mix) (5:42)
6. Sadeness Part 1 (Violent U.S. Remix) (4:43)
7. Principles Of Lust (Everlasting Lust Mix) (4:55)
8. Mea Culpa Part 2 (Fading Shades Mix) (6:04)
9. TNT For The Brain (Midnight Man Remix) (5:56)