31 January 2014

10 Things That Scare The Hell Out Of Me On Stage (As A Performing Musician)

By Dr. Kenneth Love

As opposed to the usually informative element that appears in my articles, I have taken the liberty of diverting from that particular element for this month, as I wish to convey a major concern that I find troubling at the most inconvenient of times and, namely, during performances.
 
Now I suppose that most entertainment artists, at some point in their careers, have been accosted with stage fright.  And I venture to say that this sentiment occurs at the beginning of most such careers.  And as I had taken a twenty-year sabbatical from performing to represent fellow artists in promotion and publicity of their careers, upon returning to performing, I believed that I would experience a major fright of stage.
 
However, that was not the case.  In fact, upon taking the stage again, it was as if I had not missed a beat (pardon the pun) with how comfortable I was on the stage once more.  And after realizing that the normal performance stage fright experience was nowhere on stage with me, my only regret became how long I had remained off stage.
 
However, since returning to the stage, there exists a new element of the stage that gravely concerns me.  And, the more people in the band with me at any given time, the more grave the concern can tend to be.  As such, I have elected to list ten incidents that I have borne witness to and experienced at some point that may serve to inspire my exodus once more from live performance, in the interest of safety, security, and other such nonesuch.
 
My 10 New Stage Fears:
  1. A drummer who brings a single pair of sticks to the gig, then breaks one of them ("I can use this broken one to stab Dracula.").
 
  2. A guitarist who plays an entire song a half-step up and I can't get across the stage to tell him so (Ridin' a little high, aren't you?).
 
  3. A 4-string bass player who breaks one of them, with no backup bass to switch out (" High time for that 5-Stringer, if only for the reserved string.").
 
  4. A lead vocalist who forgets an entire second verse (Alzheimer's, or Dementia?...Your Choice).
 
  5. Any player who is overly accompanied by either Mr. Jack Daniels or Mr. Jim Beam (Sic!).
 
  6. A fight that I see break out in the audience, with a subsequent brandishing of glistening metal in the air in the form of...not a knife, but in the form of an L or the number 7 ("Hit the Deck!")
 
  7. My missing Bass after the show (Once arrested, an apology campaign ensues..."Bass-ically speaking, I believe I picked up your bass by mistake, Sir.  Will you drop the charges please?").
 
  8. An unfamiliar request titled "Roley Poley, Gotcha In Ya Holey" from a drunken 300-pound, 6 feet-5 inch guest who also insists on singing it on stage with the band ("I know it!  I can sing it BETTER than your damn lead singer!")
 
  9. A snuff-dipping, tobacco-chewing woman who has a maximum of 10 teeth, and who has just thrown her panties on stage ("Uh, ma'am, that's so 1970s.  Janitor!  Housekeeping!  Fireman!")
 
10. A constant knock at the rear stage door as we sing Paul McCartney's "Let 'Em In.").
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Editor's Note: Dr. Kenneth Love serves the Entertainment industry as a musician, writer, promoter, publicist, and consultant.  For more details, visit his websites at http://www.kennylovejazz.com and http://www.1waypr.com.

Rock Review: Andrew Pearson Third International-Formaldehyde (Single)

Release Date: January 28, 2014
Label: Boosh Music

“Formaldehyde” is the new single from Andrew Pearson Third International, formerly Third International and not to be confused with any kind of revolution (look up your history).

This one off single follows the DVD IDES and precedes the upcoming live album that will be out in a few months. It’s a taste if you will of the Pearson musical oeuvre.

Once again Pearson creates a great rock sound with prolific lyrics espousing the human condition. The suggestion is that we are our own worst enemy, like superman’s kryptonite we serve up our own “Formaldehyde” and can literally destroy our own self-image with doubts creeping in to beg the question “are you good enough?” As a creative individual I can totally relate to that and how you can torture the core of one’s being with negative thoughts and things manufactured in your mind only.

This verse puts it all into proper perspective:

In measured steps we fall from grace
As we trip the light fantastic race
Never seemed so out of place
If I could only save some face
Maybe leave something behind

Yes Pearson you have done it again, this time with singularity of purpose through one track. “Formaldehyde” will rock your soul in more ways than one. Per usual the instrumentation is exceptional with Andrew’s piercing guitar lines and expressive vocal style. One song, one voice, one purpose.

4/5 Stars

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck

January 31, 2014

30 January 2014

Esoteric Recordings Release Deluxe 3-Disc CD & DVD Set Of 'The Promise / Among The Stars' Featuring New Bonus Material By Moody Blues Founding Member Mike Pinder


London, UK - Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce release of a Deluxe 3 Disc CD & DVD set by MOODY BLUES founder and keyboard player MIKE PINDER. Noted for his pioneering use of the Mellotron on the “Classic Seven” albums by the Moody Blues, Mike recorded a solo album, “The Promise”, (released in 1976) before departing the Moody Blues during sessions for the “Octave” album. Settling in California, Mike pursued many interests before releasing a follow up solo album, “Among the Stars” in 1994 as a private mail order release.

This deluxe boxed set features remastered versions of both albums, along with three new bonus tracks, “If She Came Back” by Mike and “Waves Crash” and “Empty Streets” by the Pinder Brothers (featuring RAY THOMAS on flute), produced by Moody Blues producer, the late Tony Clarke.

It also includes a DVD (over an hour in duration) with extensive interviews with Mike on his time with the Moody Blues, his personal philosophies and exclusive solo performances of his music.

NB. The DVD featured in this set is in NTSC and REGION FREE format and playable in any country.

CD ONE

“The Promise”:

Free as a Dove
You’ll Make it Through
I Only Want to Love You
Someone to Believe In
Carry On
Air
Message
The Seed
The Promise

CD TWO

“Among the Stars”:

The Power of Love (Can Survive)
You Can’t Take Love Away
The Best Things in Life
Hurry Home
When You’re Sleeping
Fantasy Fight
Among the Stars
Upside Down
Waters Beneath the Bridge
The World Today

New bonus tracks:

If She Came Back
Waves Crash –
The Pinder Brothers (with Ray Thomas)
Empty Streets –
The Pinder Brothers (with Ray Thomas)

DISC THREE - DVD

Exclusive extended interviews with MIKE PINDER
& solo performances

To purchase: Mike Pinder - 'The Promise / Among The Stars' Deluxe 3-Disc CD & DVD Set: http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4389

For Further information: http://www.cherryred.co.uk/
Email: esotericarts@btconnect.com

Mike Pinder official website: http://www.mikepinder.com/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, Billy James, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA),
glassonyonpr@gmail.com
Mike Pinder is available for interviews.

SPINS ON VINYL

Record Reviews And News On The World of Vinyl & Collectables




Reed Lappin is co-owner of In Your Ear used record stores in Boston and Cambridge. “Vinyl has had its share of ups and downs, but people just keep buying them,” Lappin said.


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Progressive Rock Review: Imagery-The Inner Journey

Release Date: 19thNov 2013
Label:  Cleopatra

Imagery, the Brazilian progressive band, was formed in 2008, but all members of the band have had experience within the Brazilian rock/metal scene for several years prior to coming together. The debut album, The Inner Journey, is a journey through the world of progressive metal/rock, played by extremely skilled musicians. The band list their influences as ranging from The Beatles through to Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis, Rush, ELP, Iron Maiden, Dream Theater and more.

Imagery is a four piece band currently comprising, Joceir Bertoni (vocals, guitars), Ricardo Fanucchi (bass), Henrique Loureiro (keyboards) and Bruno Pamplona (vocals, drums). Joceir and Ricardo have played together for ten years and they were then joined by Henrique and Luciano Neves (drums) to record the album. Since that recording, Bruno has replaced Luciano on the drum stool.

The Inner Journey is an 8 track album, with a total playing time of around 43 minutes. The shortest track on the album is “Show Me” with a running time of 3:37 minutes and the final track, aptly named “Last,” is the longest, at just over 8 minutes (8:12).

“Fourth Secret” (4:50) is a powerful heavy instrumental slab of progressive music, rich in melodies, and the band are quickly into their stride and the track fairly motors along. The amazing keyboard work, coupled with the guitar riffs and the very solid rhythm engine ensures that the listener is soon sucked into the music. Opportunities arise to allow the keyboards, guitar and the piano to take a shot at center stage, and almost before the listener has realized it, “Fourth Secret” has morphed into “Imagery,” the next track. “Imagery” (5:57) continues the heavy onslaught and I found it to be very reminiscent of Thin Lizzy in the early stages, but soon the track changes tack, and tempo, into a superbly structured melodic track. This slows down to walking pace, letting the superb piano and measured guitar melody dance across the rhythm and carry the track along. The vocals, which appeared at the start were initially of the “heavy rock” style, but are almost laid back when they reappear around the 5 minute mark.

“Perception” (6:13), harks back to the style of the opening track, with exquisite piano from time to time, “Start The War” (4:01), “The Rain” (5:46) and “Stranger” (4:43) continue the driving heavy style with more than a little swagger. A much lighter inclusion is that of track 6, “Show Me” (3:37) which is very gentle with acoustic guitars and a slower tempo, together with a vocal that is very easy on the ear, and immaculate drums and bass playing.
“Last” (8:12), is the album tour de force, and starts off with a memorable riff, terrific bass playing and those amazing organ passages and swirls. Clever time changes, excellent playing and a spoken vocal section, all add to the interest of the listener. The ending of the track “Last,” sees the band slowly fading out from around the 7 minute mark and that is it, all 43 minutes of an impressive debut album.

As a debut album, I find The Inner Journey to be very good, but my main concern, is that The Inner Journey doesn’t have that “je ne sais quoi” that makes it stand out from the pack. A fine introduction to the band, Imagery, with terrific snapshots of some majestic work, but lacking a little in the overall  “wow, that’s a cracker” stakes, although enough is shown to want to hear where the musical evolution between debut and follow-up, will take the band.

4/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Fourth Secret, Imagery, Last

Jim “The Ancient One” Lawson

January 30, 2014

Review Provided By Write A Music Review


Tracks:
Fourth Secret
Imagery
Perception
Start The war
The Rain
Show Me
Stranger
Last

29 January 2014

Prog Rock Feature: Forest Field

                              Visit The Forest Field Website

What is Forest Field?

 Okay, so you are curious what Forest Field is about? Well, let us tell you a few things:

    Forest Field is not a band
    Forest Field is a project
    Forest Field is lead by Chinawhite guitarist Peter Cox
    Expect some guests announcements soon...
    The music is a combination of ambient, new age, progressive rock
    with vintage sounds like mellotron, piano and organ
    but also electric and acoustic guitars
    and bass and drums where the song needs it


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RED HOT REBELLION Announce New Album and Comic Book Through Kickstarter

A full-length comic book AND concept album about a band of intergalactic heroes out to save Earth with the power of rock 'n' roll.

A comic book AND an album? Say what!?

You heard it right! Red Hot Rebellion II is a full-length comic book AND music album. Both go together like peas and carrots. Like peanut butter and jelly. Like Batman and Robin. Like Marshall amps and rock ‘n’ roll! 
In their first self-titled album, Dayton, OH rockers, Red Hot Rebellion, released a comic book where each single page of the book went along with each single song on the album. RHR bassist/vocalist, Jim Tramontana notes, "It has been super popular with music fans, collectors, and the comic con crowds. So, we decided to expand on the concept and create a more expansive story-telling universe. The music, the lyrics, the story, and the art are all inextricably linked together in one super awesome visual and audio experience." 

Highlights:

·         The innovative concept! This is a full length, 28-page comic book AND 13-song album. The comic and album are two parts of the same story. 
·         The great art! Amazing pencils by Scrap/Seven Sisters artist, Chris Martin. Colors by IDW colorist, Julie Wright.   
·         The fun story! For fans of Rock & RuleHeavy MetalThis Is Spinal Tap, andMetalocalypse, this is a fast-paced, high-stakes adventure with a side of humor.  
·         The amazing music! 13 high energy tracks of pure rock fury! Whether you call it arena rock, punked up metal or metalish punk, it's 13 explosive megatons of rock 'n' roll! 

What's it all about?

In all the universe, only a handful of sentient worlds create music, let alone the most evolved form of music: rock ‘n’ roll. Earth was on track to be admitted into the Galactic Union, but somewhere along the line its rock ‘n’ roll turned weak. RED HOT REBELLION, the second best band in the galaxy, has been sent to Earth in order to steer humanity back on its proper path. But it looks like they've hit a few snags...
Watch the promo video: http://youtu.be/5f7VpSIURv4 
Visit Kickstarter campaign page: http://redhotrebellion.com/kickstarter

BANDFUSE: ROCK LEGENDS MUSIC STORE AND FIRST DLC FEATURING JIMI HENDRIX AVAILABLE NOW





Experience Fully Playable Hendrix’s Songs “Fire” and “Love or Confusion,” Plus Hits from Boston, Yes, Incubus, and More
 
Campbell, CA — January 28, 2014 — Realta Entertainment released today its new Music Store for BandFuse: Rock Legends,the music video game designed by musicians for people who want to play music. The BandFuse: Rock Legends Music Store offers users the ability to sort, listen to, and purchase DLC songs and backing tracks for play on Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. 

The BandFuse: Rock Legends Music Store is headlined by Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire” and “Love or Confusion” from the album Are You Experienced (1967), the first two of 15 signature songs coming to the game from the legend’s catalogue. The store also features epic songs from The Offspring, Incubus, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Boston, Yes, Blues Traveler, Filter, and Pantera. An expanded library of backing tracks for players to create and record original music is also part of the DLC catalogue.  Each downloadable song comes with a music video, multi-instrument support and Lick Lab learning modules for $2.99, and each backing track is $1.99.

Only on BandFuse: Rock Legends will aspiring musicians receive the unique opportunity to learn to play like Jimi Hendrix. Gamers can now pick up a real guitar or bass and play ‘Fire’ and ‘Love or Confusion’ with fully animated tablature, five difficulty levels, including the full lead and rhythm transcriptions, and view specially selected Jimi Hendrix video footage while playing.

The new Music Store enables players to broaden their musical experience with a wealth of content packed into each DLC track. Songs are playable on guitar, bass, and vocals in single-player mode or multiplayer mode on five difficulty levels. Just like every song that comes on disc, each DLC song is also paired with a specially picked video to accompany it. BandFuse: Rock Legends’ DLC songs are fully integrated into all gameplay modes, including Lick Lab and Practice Mode.  

The first BandFuse: Rock Legends DLC tracks are:
  • Jimi Hendrix           “Fire”
  • Jimi Hendrix           “Love or Confusion”
  • Blues Traveler        “Run-Around”
  • Boston                  “Foreplay/Long Time”     
  • Filter                     “Hey Man, Nice Shot”
  • Incubus                 “Pardon Me”
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd      “Simple Man”       
  • The Offspring         “All I Want”
  • Pantera                 “Cowboys From Hell”
  • Yes                       “Roundabout"
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The first BandFuse: Rock Legends backing tracks are:
  • Marcus Henderson    “Funky Canon”
  • Marcus Henderson    “Jazzy Chill Groove”
  • Marcus Henderson    “Backing Beats Pack 1” (Three looping drum tracks)

Reigniting the music genre with the only true multiplayer experience on console, supporting two guitars, a bass, and vocals, BandFuse: Rock Legends’stellar lineup of acclaimed talent, authentic animated tablature, and lag-free audio unleashes a full band experience for players of all skill levels. Players jam using authentic animated tablature and a fully unlocked library of 55 massive genre-jumping songs ranging from rock to metal and punk to funk. 

The platinum cast of musicians includes master guitar instructor Slash, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), Mike Ness (Social Distortion), Bootsy Collins (Parliament-Funkadelic), George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), Zoltán Báthory and Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch), and Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom). Later this year, Jimi Hendrix will be integrated into the game as a rock legend, which will include interviews with present day guitar greats talking about his technique and experimental style paired with archival video footage from his illustrious career.

Only Guitar Center offers the ‘BandFuse: Rock Legends Guitar Bundle’ (MSRP $179.99), the exclusive, specially-priced starter pack for players that includes a Fender Squier Bullet guitar, the BandFuse: Rock Legends video game (Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3), and a BandFuse guitar cable. A list of participating Guitar Center locations can be found HERE.

BandFuse: Rock Legends is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and is out now in North America and Japan on Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation 3 system, and is available in North America and Japan with a European release coming soon. To learn more about BandFuse: Rock Legends, please visit www.bandfuse.com/, ‘Like’ the game on Facebook, follow @BandFuse on Twitter and watch the dev team rock out on Twitch.


28 January 2014

Motley Crue Announce ‘The Final Tour’

 Motley Crue

by Matthew Wilkening January 28, 2014 4:45 PM
Motley CrueDavid Livingston, Getty Images

Motley Crue have officially announced ‘The Final Tour,’ a 72-date farewell trek across the U.S. and Canada that will feature Alice Cooper as their special guest. The band is expected to spend the next two years circling the globe before hanging it up for good.

In keeping with the ‘R.I.P.’ theme, the Crue showed up for the event in a hearse, were greeted at the venue by a New Orleans jazz funeral band playing ‘Dr. Feelgood’ and sat behind tombstones with their names on them at the press conference.

To prove that this isn’t just a temporary measure, with the band or some fraction thereof returning in a few years for a big comeback tour, the group signed a formal “Cessation of Touring Agreement” in front of reporters, which apparently states that all four members agree never to tour again as Motley Crue — unless they all agree to do so.

So . . . doesn’t that mean they could just all agree to come back later? “You guys in the press, you keep looking for the loophole,” laughed bassist Nikki Sixx. “We’re gonna stick to our word.” As for the prospects of a final Motley Crue album, he would only say, “You’ll just have to see.”

Dodge will promote the tour and continue to use the band’s song ‘Kickstart My Heart’ in a series of television advertisements. Director Jeff Tremaine (‘Jackass,’ ‘Bad Grandpa‘) was also on hand to promise that his film version of the band’s infamous biography ‘The Dirt’ will finally hit theaters in 2015, explaining that “our goal is to be shooting it this summer if all things go right.”

There will also be a Motley Crue country tribute record from Big Machine, the record label home to Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift. That album is expected to arrive this summer.

Cooper was also on hand and seems excited to tour with his theatrical-rock offspring for the first time. “Real hard rock bands are hard to find these days,” he said in a written statement. “Motley has always gone onstage with one attitude, and that’s to blow the audience away. That’s exactly how we do it. Putting Motley Crue and Alice Cooper together is going to be just what this summer really needs.”

At the press conference, the father of shock-rock also took a moment to gleefully mock modern alt-rock bands: “If your band has an accordion or a banjo in it, it’s not rock, OK? When you get Motley Crue and Alice Cooper together on a tour — that’s gonna be rock at its most extreme.”

Motley Crue 2014 ‘The Final Tour’ Dates

7/2 — Grand Rapids, MI; Van Andel Arena
7/4 — Milwaukee, WI; Summerfest
7/5 — Noblesville, IN; Klipsch Music Center
7/6 — Cincinnati, OH; Riverbend Music Center
7/8 — Columbus, OH; Schottenstein Center
7/9 — Maryland Heights, MO; Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/11 — Des Moines, IA;  Wells Fargo Arena
7/12 — Wichita, KS; INTRUST Bank Arena
7/13 — Tulsa, OK; BOK Center
7/15 — Cedar Park, TX; Cedar Park Center
7/16 — Dallas, TX; Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/18 — Albuquerque, NM; Isleta Amphitheater
7/19 — Phoenix, AZ; Ak-Chin Pavilion
7/21 — Los Angeles, CA; Hollywood Bowl
7/22 — Irvine, CA; Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/23 — Mountain View, CA; Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/25 — Reno, NV; Reno Events Center
7/26 — Ridgefield, WA; Sleep County Amphitheatre
7/27 — Auburn, WA; White River Amphitheatre
7/29 — Wheatland, CA; Sleep Train Amphitheatre
7/30 — Chula Vista, CA; Sleep Train Amphitheatre
8/1 — Salt Lake City, UT; USANA Amphitheatre
8/2 — Denver, CO; Pepsi Center
8/3 — Kansas City, MO; Sprint Center
8/5 — Sturgis, SD; Sturgis Buffalo Chip
8/6 — Sioux City, IA; Tyson Events Center
8/8 — Tinley Park, IL; First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/9 — Clarkston, MI; DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/10 — Toronto, ON; Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/12 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH; Blossom Music Center
8/13 — Burgettstown, PA; First Niagara Pavilion
8/15 — Pelham, AL; Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
8/16 — Alpharetta, GA; Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
8/17 — Tampa, FL; MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
8/19 — Charlotte, NC; PNC Music Pavilion
8/20 — Virginia Beach, VA; Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
8/22 — Bristow, VA; Jiffy Lube Live
8/23 — Camden, NJ; Susquehanna Bank Center
8/24 — Mansfield, MA; Xfinity Center
8/26 — Saratoga Springs, NY; Saratoga Perf. Arts Center
8/27 — Allentown, PA; Great Allentown Fair
8/29 — Wantagh, NY; Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/30 — Holmdel, NJ; PNC Bank Arts Center
8/31 — Darien Center, NY; Darien Lake Perf. Arts Center
10/10 — Oklahoma City, OK; Chesapeake Arena
10/11 — The Woodlands, TX; Cynthia W. Mitchell Pavilion
10/12 — Bossier City, LA; CenturyLink Center
10/14 — Louisville, KY; KFC Yum! Center
10/15 — Nashville, TN; Bridgestone Arena
10/17 — Hollywood, FL; Seminole Hard Rock Live
10/19 — Jacksonville, FL; Veterans Memorial Arena
10/21 — Greenville, SC; Bon Secours Wellness Arena
10/22 — Greensboro, NC; Greensboro Coliseum
10/25 — Atlantic City, NJ; Borgata Event Center
10/26 — Montville, CT; Mohegan Sun Arena
10/29 — Syracuse, NY; The OnCenter Complex
11/5 — Biloxi, MS; Mississippi Coast Coliseum
11/6 — Southaven, MS; Landers Center
11/9 — Moline, IL; iWireless Center
11/11 — Green Bay, WI; Resch Center
11/12 — Madison, WI; Alliant Energy Center
11/13 — Omaha, NE; CenturyLink Center
11/15 — St. Paul, MN; Xcel Energy Center
11/16 — Fargo, ND; FargoDome
11/18 — Edmonton, AB; Rexall Place
11/19 — Calgary, AB; Scotiabank Saddledome
11/21 — Vancouver, BC; Rogers Arena


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Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman Snubbed During Grammy ‘In Memoriam’ Tribute

Jeff Hanneman 




By Jeff Giles January 27, 2014 8:04 AM
Jeff HannemanHerfitz PR / Photo Credit: Andrew Stuart

Any tribute that tries to be as comprehensive as the Grammy Awards’ annual ‘In Memoriam’ segment is bound to leave a few people out. But when the Recording Academy aired its remembrance of the musicians we lost in 2013, rock fans noticed one particularly glaring omission: Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman.

Hanneman’s death last May sent shockwaves through the music world, and although even the most passionate fan understands that someone is always going to get snubbed by these things, it still came as something of a shock to see that the Academy could forget such an influential and respected musician.

Angry fans took to Twitter and Facebook to vent their frustration following the segment — which also left out a number of other rock artists who passed away during 2013, including former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr, Vixen founder Jan Kuehnemund and former Devo drummer Alan Myers.

It’s certainly unfortunate that the Grammys missed their chance to pay tribute to Hanneman, but fans can console themselves with the knowledge that his uncompromising music stood in proud defiance against establishment institutions like awards shows anyway — and while he may have missed out on a few moments on a screen during a glitzy telecast, his work’s impact will continue to be felt for decades.


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Andrew Pearson Third International Releasing Live Music and New Download Only Single


Andrew Pearson left England in 1973 and came to the U.S. and never looked back. Since that life changing trip across the Atlantic he has recorded music with his own band and toured alongside luminaries such as Rory Gallagher, Jeff Beck, Fleetwood Mac, The Band, Elvin Bishop and Aerosmith.
 
After many years of honing his skills and paying his dues on the road, Pearson took around 10 years off. After making music his life he then became part of the populace that worked normal jobs on a daily basis. Music kept calling him back and since his return he has released 4 recordings total, most recently a DVD, titled IDES with his band Third International. A new download only single called “Formaldehyde” has been released today as well to prime his audience for an upcoming live DVD.

Pearson lives and breathes the word “Indie.” It is part of his physical, mental and spiritual make up and that is transferred into the words and music he creates. He believes since his return to music, that there is no point in making music unless it has a purpose, a meaning that people can hold on to. His sociopolitical messages are supported by his unique yet expressive vocal style and a psychedelic tinged blues rock sound that takes you back to a simpler time that laid the foundation of all rock music. Do not mistake the music for a throwback type of affair however, everything about it is modern and the production attributes allow it to sound very much today by using blues rock to build waves of sounds and words that will pull you in and make you listen.

A verse from the new single “Formaldehyde” will give you an idea of where Pearson is coming from:

Now I’m feeling the vibrations
Spatial sensations
Of heady aspirations
Compelled emancipation

There is plenty more where that came from and if you enjoyed just a taste you will most certainly require the full course meal. The music of Andrew Pearson Third International can be sampled and ordered directly from the website at www.thethirdinternational.com. As the music and ideas of Pearson take shape and are transformed into music they become reality and find a home on his website then become available through today’s traditional methods of distribution such as iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and of course directly from the artist website. “Formaldehyde” is a download only release.

Andrew Pearson offers more than music, he challenges you listen and take stock of your own life and helps you to decide if you are spending enough time on the things you are passionate about and believe in and then will take a stand and fight for at any cost. Check out Andrew Pearson Third International and find your path to emancipation.



27 January 2014

Rock-Folk Review: Kito Peters-Witness

Release Date: 1/15/14
Label: Cabezon Music

Website

Witness is Kito Peters’ 13th release. With steady flow of releases year after year Peters has created quite a niche for himself. His music is introspective and eclectic. 

Witness kicks off the proceedings with the title track and sets the tone for what is to come. Although Peters offers an eclectic mix from a musical perspective, he is very astute and straightforward with his lyrics, which I found refreshing. His tastes vary from folk, rock, jazz and blues. The mix is quite pleasing and relaxing, which I welcomed.

“Troubadour” is very upbeat and drives home the message with a high energy pace. In the same instance Peters can take an entirely different approach by coming across mellow and controlled so the listeners have an opportunity to look inward to see how the song relates to their own lives. Then again “Anthropology” explores the more serious side of the human condition even though the character “stays at home and fuss and fume, ” conveying the frustrations of life, the music finds a way to take the lyrics and make it all ok with uplifting passages and some reflective and easy going trombone playing. Instruments from a brass section can put an entirely different spin on the entire track and lead the person listening down a different path. That path being one that ends up being a bit more cerebral and complex. You can take that for what it’s worth as everyone takes away something different from every song and that is the beauty of music and being an individual while expressing feelings and emotion through a song.

Peters is an accomplished singer/songwriter/musician and those that take part in the project with him are working from the same place and level of expertise. I am certain it could not work any other way for a veteran like Peters. “Bastille” is a great example of the diversity that an artist like Peters can display within one track. Elements of folk, rock, blues and Americana coming shining through like the brightest star in the night sky. “Comrades” closes out the album perfectly in a mellow way, as if to say “thanks for being my brother and listening to my music”.

Witness will keep you entertained from beginning to end and every track has a different aspect to explore in the world of Kito Peters. This recording has all the bullet points that speak of quality and consistency. Anyone who can appreciate good music in its entirety will find something to enjoy here. Music that is hard to put in box and tuck away is what real music fans want to hear these days. You won’t find Kito Peters on your radio dial alongside all the Top Forty hit machines but if you like a satisfying musical journey you definitely need to pick up a copy of Witness.
  
4/5 Stars
 
Key Tracks: Bastille, Witness, Comrades

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck

January 27, 2014

Tracks:
01.Witness
02.Troubadour
03.Tricks Like This
04.Last Resort
05.Apology
06.Scapegoat
07.Anthropology
08.Brother to Brother
09.Nice
10.Sometimes Better
11.Bastille
12.X-Ray
13.Comrades

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Remastered and Expanded Edition Of Bill Nelson's Highly Collectible 1986 Album 'Getting The Holy Ghost Across' Now Available!


London, UK - ESOTERIC RECORDINGS imprint Cocteau Discs, the home of BILL NELSON’s catalogue between 1971 and 2001, continues their series of ongoing releases with the newly remastered and expanded release of his 1986 album “GETTING THE HOLY GHOST ACROSS”. Released in 1986, the record was Bill’s sole album for the Portrait label, and was a superbly realized work. Previously released on CD as strictly limited edition of 500 copies on Bill’s Sonolux label, the album is hugely sought after on CD by collectors.

This Cocteau Discs edition is expanded over two CDs to include all the material from the “LIVING FOR THE SPANGLED MOMENT” and the “WILDEST DREAMS” 12-INCH EPs, (featuring three tracks previously unreleased on CD). The reissue fully restores the original album artwork and features a new note by Bill Nelson.

CD 1:
1. Suvasini
2. Contemplation
3. Theology
4. Wildest Dreams
5. Lost in Your Mystery
6. Rise Like a Fountain
7. Age of Reason
8. The Hidden Flame
9. Because of You
10. Pansophia

CD2 (Bonus CD)
1. Wildest Dreams (Wild Mix)

Taken from the “Wildest Dreams” 12-inch EP

2. Heart and Soul
3. Living for the Spangled Moment
4. Feast of Lanterns
5. Illusions of You
6. Word for Word
7. Finks and Stooges of the Spirit
8. Nightbirds

Taken from the “Living for the Spangled Moment” 12-inch EP

9. Self Impersonation
10. Wildest Dreams (single version)
11. The Yo-Yo Dyne

Taken from the “Wildest Dreams” 12-inch EP

To purchase: Bill Nelson – 'Getting The Holy Ghost Across' remastered & expanded edition DBL-CD: http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4405

For Further information: http://www.cherryred.co.uk/
Email: esotericarts@btconnect.com

Bill Nelson official website: http://www.billnelson.com/

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, Billy James, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

26 January 2014

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Glass Hammer Unveil Ode To Echo

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Glass Hammer: Ode To Echo

Glass Hammer are preparing to release their 14th studio album Ode To Echo – and leading light Steve Babb has told Prog the material focuses on “some very dark ideas.” View a teaser trailer below.

Jon Davison, who also fronts Yes, has laid down vocal tracks alongside returned live singer Carl Groves and former member Susie Bogdanowicz. Guest musician include Rob Reed of Magenta, David Ragsdale of Kansas and Randy Jackson of Zebra.

And the album marks Glass Hammer’s first-ever collaboration with an outside lyricist in the track Crowbone, penned by British historical fiction novelist Robert Low.

Babb tells Prog: “We turned a corner last year when Carl rejoined to fill in for Jon, who was touring with what we call ‘the other band.’ We knew it wasn’t a good thing to have Carl only front us on stage, but we’d always said how much we would love to have him in the studio, as well as Susie – so, back she came as well In our minds, they’d never really left.

“Jon hasn’t quit just because he’s working with Yes, so Ode To Echo features all three of these singers, and even a couple of others from years gone by.

“Lyrically we’re dealing with mythology, using it to call attention to some very dark ideas. Narcissus is seen on the cover; fans can expect to hear our thoughts on narcissism. Ozymandias, I Am I and the oddly-titled Misantrog are three tracks that deal with narcissism specifically.”

Babb became a fan of Low’s books after reading his Oathsworn series, which deals with a group of Vikings as they battle their way across Europe in the tenth century. He explains: “Rob’s work is very gritty and down to earth, but he doesn’t shy away from the supernatural; and he does an outstanding job of putting you into the action. You can smell the fear, the sweat and blood of battle.

“With Rob I did something I very rarely do: I emailed him as a fan. To my surprise he replied and confessed to being a Glass Hammer fan. He sent me a poem he’d written for his novel Crowbone that he hadn’t used. He recently heard a rough mix of the track, and seems genuinely thrilled with the direction it has taken.”

And the experience has been a positive one for Babb: “Rob and other authors are absolutely welcome to send me verses or poems. There’s a very good chance we would do this again. Hawkwind had Michael Moorcock – Glass Hammer could have Rob Low. But anyone who has a spare bit of poetry lying around that wouldn’t mind having it ‘progged up’ should send me something soon!”

A firm release date hasn’t been set for Ode To Echo, but it’s due in the coming weeks. Babb reports: “Expect an album that sounds nothing like the last three or four, and yet sounds precisely like Glass Hammer. That seems like a contradiction, but will make much more sense to fans once they’ve heard the album.”

25 January 2014

Progressive Rock Review: Freedom To Glide-Rain

I first came across the band Freedom To Glide early in 2012 when they issued the Rain EP, a 3 track release, which also served as a taster for the full Rain album which was being worked on. Later in the year, another taster appeared in the form of the 6 track mini album/EP entitled The Wait. A year after the release of this second taster, the full Rain concept album was released. The concept that runs through the album is that of the futility of war and the album paints an almost chilling aural landscape of the First World War (WW1).
 
Freedom To Glide is a band comprising two members, Pete Riley (keyboards, backing vocals, sound effects) and Andy Nixon (lead vocal, guitar, fretless bass, keyboards, drums and drum programming) and for this debut album, Rain, they are joined by Steve Bell (trumpet solo), Francesca Genco (additional vocals) and the Elation Community Voices Choir. Pete and Andy met while members of the Pink Floyd tribute band, Dark Side of the Wall, and started to put together music which would ultimately result in the Rainalbum, which was over 3 years in the making. 

Dealing with such a weighty concept has been very sympathetically carried out with the music throughout the album conjuring up the fears, anger, frustrations and human relationships that had to be dealt with. The lyrics are very powerful, for example on the opening track, “Rain,” “So my brothers fell like rain, every raindrop bears a name” and they continue to be as hard hitting throughout the album. Use is also made of some of the reminiscences of Pete’s grandfather, Corporal Robert Wilson, which made the production of this album a very personal journey.

Musically, the band certainly show a nod towards the sound of Pink Floyd, but there are also hints of Porcupine Tree, and the more Celtic sounds of bands like Clannad, but probably more similar to that of Iona. Similarities aside, the blending of these influences results in a sound which best described as the sound of Freedom to Glide.

Rain is a 15 track album which has a total playing time of around 63 minutes, with track 11, “Trying To Grow Young,” the shortest at under a minute, 0:34 seconds and the preceding track, “When The Whistle Blows,” the longest track at 8:21 minutes. With Rain being a concept album, it is difficult to highlight some tracks over others as they all contribute to the flow of the concept, but I will concentrate on three specific tracks. 

Opening tracks, I feel, are the most important on an album to grab the listener right from the start. “Rain (part 1)” (5:45) does this by creating a mood prior to the music fully appearing. There are little sound effects before a swathe of keyboards forms a backdrop to chatter and soldiers voices before a stunning lead guitar passage by Andy leads into crystal clear vocals with simple, hard hitting lyrics. Strumming guitar and a piano background then evolve back into that lead guitar passage. The chorus, part of which I quoted earlier paints the stark reality of what was happening. “Rain (part 1)” is a stunning opening track which then merges into the second track. 

The long track on the album, “When The Whistle Blows” (8:21) is a piano driven track at the start, with just the piano and that powerful clear voice, again delivering those “to the point” lyrics. Slowly the song picks up bass and drum, with an exquisite little bass run every so often, then back into the stark opening passage.  More of that superb lead guitar around the 3 minute mark carries the track on and into a narrative telling part of a story of Cpl. Wilson’s experiences. The haunting lines “You’ll only hear/see/read what we want you to hear/see/read” followed by “When The Whistle Blows” really strikes home although it is such a simple statement. The tempo changes around 5:30 minutes to a strumming acoustic guitar plus a little more narration and a different emphasis on the vocals, again backed with excellent piano runs in and out in the background. There is a drop to an eerie silence, punctuated by a soldier shouting, and then the strumming restarts. The track goes out with more “direct” lyrics interspersed with narration and it is gone, but leaves a lasting impression on the listener.

Now a bit of a cheat for my third track, because it is two tracks which merge and send shivers down this listener’s spine. “Trying To Grow Young” (0:34) and “Rain (part 4)” (3:01) create such a powerful soundscape by being so simple. “Trying To Grow Young” is a short comment powerfully sung over the choir in the background and leads into the recurring theme of “Rain,” this time part 4 of the title. The difference is in the percussion sound behind the vocals which becomes more marked as the rest of the instruments fade away and the male voice is replaced slowly by the Elation Community Voices Choir until they themselves simply fade away repeating the line, “So My Brothers Fell Like Rain.” This track is simply an amazingly powerful statement and for me, is the center point of this stunning album.

Three years in the making, Rain, is a superb album which has music which effortlessly flows throughout the 63 minutes, with swathes of keyboards, stunning lead guitar work, majestic piano passages, catchy acoustic guitar work and that crystal clear powerful voice. Above all, the concept dealing with the futility of war is dealt with sympathetically throughout and it must be one of the most emotionally tinged albums I have heard, and after letting the hour plus sink in, I hit play again. Go out and buy this album, (which gets both “One To Buy” and “The Experience will last Forever” stickers) settle down,  listen to it completely and marvel at what Freedom To Glide have produced.

5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Rain (part 1), When The Whistle Blows, Trying To Grow Young/Rain (part 4)

Jim “The Ancient One” Lawson

January 25, 2014

Tracks:
Rain (part 1)
Anywhere Else But Here
Path Of Reason
Riders On A Wave
Price Of Freedom
LU2
Rain (part 2)
Angels and Stones
Wind and Gales – Rain ( part 3)
When The Whistle Blows
Trying To Grow Young
Rain (part 4)
Home Again
One Hundred and Twenty
Not a Broken Man