Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Check Out New Music From Steve Wheeler, Straight Six and Jupiter In Velvet

Arriving November 16th, was the new release from multi-media composer, Steve Wheeler. His new album titled "Stormseeker" features seven tracks, beginning with the title-song "Stormseeker," which includes an exciting, attention grabbing mix of classical, hard rock and jazz, as you are ready to enter his world of music. The marching rhythm of "Seas Of Blood" and shear force of "Destroyer Of Worlds" keeps the energy flowing and you can almost picture the action of the orchestra taking place. The album continues with the emotion fueled rhythm and strings of "By The Fire," which sounds like it belongs in the realm with "Game Of Thrones." Steve Wheeler wraps up his new album with the bright, uplifting ambient tone of "The Call Of The Gallows" and the ten-minute epic wonder of "Until The Light Leaves Their Eyes." To find out more about Steve Wheeler and his latest release "Stormseeker," please visit stevewheelermusic.net.

Next up, is the debut release from the four-piece hard rock band Straight Six. Their album "Full Circle" brings you back to a time when the instruments were loud and the music was right in your face. They begin their new ten song release with the high-energy, electrifying guitar driven "Aimed At Me" as vocalist Jay Quintana delivers that classic eighties rock vibe. Straight Six swing with the Van Halen-like groove of "Middle Of The Ride" and swift pace of "Divided We Stand," as you feel transported back to the Sunset Strip days, when hard rock ruled the club scene. Straight Six slow the tempo down for the power ballad "What Would I Give," as the band's harmonies draw up similarities to Boston-band, Extreme. Straight Six close out their new album with the chugging guitar riffs of "21 Guns" and the powerfully timeless rock of "Black And Blue." To find out more about Straight Six and their latest release "Full Circle," please visit straightsixrocks.com.

Last, but certainly not least is the latest release from U.K. singer/songwriter Woolton Parrish, who is releasing his new album under the moniker, Jupiter In Velvet. The album "Beautiful New Day" allows him to stretch out his sound along these eleven, psych-rock anthems, beginning with the guitar-driven "Heavy Like A Brick." The album continues with alternative/pop of "Monsters" and the raw, addictive rhythm of "Mentonia," as you continue to listen in amazement to the musical world of Jupiter In Velvet. The post-punk feel of "U Can't Beat Me" and the melodic, inspirational build-up of "With A Whole Lotta Heart" showcases the diversity in his songwriting. Jupiter In Velvet wraps up his latest release with the grunge appeal of "Take Control" and the classic seventies pop/rock, Bowie-vibe of "Fight 4 Your Life." To find out more about Jupiter In Velvet and his latest release "Beautiful New Day," please visit jupiterinvelvet.com.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Discover New Music From Rachel Taylor Brown, Rich Hope, Michot's Melody Makers and Dallas Acid with Laraaji and Arji OceAnada

Recently arriving on the underground music scene are new releases by Rachel Taylor Brown, Rich Hope and Michot's Melody Makers, along with a new collaboration between Dallas Acid, Laraaji and Arji OceAnanda. First up is the tenth studio effort from Oregon-based singer/songwriter Rachel Taylor Brown. Her new album titled "Run Tiny Human" features sixteen tracks that showcase Rachel diverse range, as she begins with the short, sweet poem "Yourself (You)," before opening up the rock vein of "Little Gyre." The gentle touch of "Wedding Song (Bad Of Bones)" and "Portlong" allows you to focus on her sweet voice, while "Maker" displays her experimental pop side. You can't help but get addicted to the beats of "Up You," before she slows down for the piano ballad "Wonderful You" and "God Reprise." To find out more about Rachel Taylor Brown and her latest release "Run Tiny Human," please visit racheltaylorbrown.com.

Sticking with the Pacific Northwest, we get the latest release from rocker, Rich Hope. His new album titled "I'm All Yours" includes ten tracks that deliver a raw, gritty sound that will instantly turn you into a fan. He begins with the grunge-like guitar driven "It Come Alive" and the classic, swinging rhythm of "Golden Clouds." Rich brings on the blues with "La Iguana," before turning the tempo back up with the country vibe of "Blow Away" and nostalgic seventies rock and roll sound of "5 Cents A Dance." Rich Hope wraps up his new album with the slow, trudging of "Paranoia Blues" and the R&B groove of "Heartbreaker." To find out more about Rich Hope and his latest release "I'm All Yours," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/richhopemusic.

Now, it's time to discover the exciting sounds of the Michot's Melody Makers with their debut album "Blood Moon." It features only eight tracks, but right from the opening beats of "Two-Step De Ste Marie" you are a fan. The way they combine Cajun and Folk music is unmatched, as Michot's Melody Makers look to blur the boundaries of music. Their new album continues with the high energy rocker "Grand Marais" and the Americana sound of "Dans Les Pins," as they sing in their native tongue. They quickly bring the energy back up with the swift pace of "Allons Tous Boire Un Coup," before finishing up their new album with the pop groove of "La Lune Est Croche" and the Celtic-sounding fiddle strumming rocker "Danse Carree." To find out more about Michot's Melody Makers and their latest release "Blood Moon," please visit michotsmelodymakers.bandcamp.com.


Lastly we arrive at the new five-song collaboration between Dallas Acid, Laraaji and Arji OceAnanda. The ambient sounds of the ten-minute opener "Evening Reduction" will ease away your worries, as you follow the sounds that journey through your speakers. The subtle touch of "Full Moon Serenade" and "Somewhere Here" demands your full attention as you try and dissect what you are hearing. They wrap up their new   album with the bright, uplifting tones of "This Much More" as that is exactly what you look forward to from this trio of new artists. To find more about the newly released "Arrive Without Leaving," please visit flyingmoonlight.com.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Check Out These New November Releases From IAC Records

IAC Records, a new record label out of California, is finishing the year out with over half-a-dozen new releases by some truly great independent artists. We start things off with the new live album from singer/songwriter Dirk Hamilton. Dirk tours the U.S. and Europe on an annual basis and has released over a dozen studio album since the mid-seventies. His new release titled "Live At The Palms" was recorded back in 2009 and contains 13-tracks that mostly focuses on his album "More Songs From My Cool Life." The show starts off with the acoustic strumming of "Searchin' For The Heart Of Soul," before quickly switching gears for the hard rocking "Hardball In The Holy Land." Hamilton does dive back into is catalog with the solo folk strumming of "Windmill Hills" and "Yep!," before finishing his new live album with his classic tale "Alias I" and the storied lyrics of "Lonely Videos." To find out more about Dirk Hamilton and his latest release "Live At The Palms," please visit dirkhamilton.com.

IAC is also re-issuing a trio of new releases featuring singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Eric Westphal. His 2000 solo album "Alice Street Sessions" is getting the remaster treatment and is being released with a bonus track that did not appear on the original album. The album was produced by Tesla's Troy Luccketta, who also plays drums on the album. The new 12-song re-issue showcases Eric Westphal's style of combining different elements of music like the jazz/rock vibe of "Hold Me" and the R&B flavor of "Stop To Smell The Roses." The lone bonus track is an eight-minute piano ballad "Parked In The Dappled Shade," that showcases some of Westphal's best songwriting.

Also being re-issued are the two albums that Westphal recorded with his band, James Blonde. This power pop trio entered the studio in 2000, following the release of Eric Westphal's solo effort and recorded almost two dozen songs. The songs sat on shelf until seeing the light of day in 2006 ("International Orange") and 2010 ("Stockton Rhythm"). The music features addictive rock anthems that carry a simple, but effective sound that almost makes the music timeless. Their album, "International Orange" is described by Westphal as "like finding 5 undiscovered 7" singles at garage sale by a band you've never heard about." The trio of Westphal, Peter Hackett and Rob Warren found a certain chemistry that made their music an underground gem to discover. Both albums have been re-released through IAC Records on November 9th, with "Stockton Rhythm" being re-issued with the bonus track "All Night Long," that just continues the band's addictive rock vibe. To find out more about Erick Westphal and his band James Blonde, please visit ericwestphal.com.

Next up is the new studio album from singer/songwriter/guitarist Willie Hines. His new album "Letters To Maria" was released back in October and is his third solo album since his 2002 debut. He begins with the classic seventies hard rock vibe of "(I'm Not Waiting For The) Heartbreak" and the country/rock tones of "Little Tin Cup." The album continues with the power ballad "Standing At The Altar" and the gentle, acoustic strumming of "In The End." He wraps up his new album with the beautiful poetic lyrics of "Waiting For A Miracle" and the emotional solo piano ballad "The Tenth Letter." To find out more about Willie Hines and his latest release "Letters To Maria," please visit williehinesband.com.

On November 9th, singer/songwriter Nathan Ignacio released his new studio album titled "A Step Behind." It features only seven tracks, beginning with the acoustic, country/folk strumming of "She Never Knew," as you are re-introduced to the Nathan's roots sound. The album continues with the quiet vibe of "I'm Not Broken," as his lyrics are easy to follow, and he will have you singing along in no time. He picks the tempo up with the swinging bluegrass feel of "Blame It On The Heartache," before closing his new short release with laid-back blues of "A Step Behind" and the raw, steady rocker "Broken Hands." To find out more about Nathan Ignacio and his latest release "A Step Behind," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/Nathanignaciomusic.

Veteran artist, Andrew Durr has been a staple of the Northern California music scene for the last 20 years. He recently released his new album "Time Frame," which features songs that were part of an original stage play, "Migrant Mother." He pours his heart and soul into the music right from the beginning, as the beautiful harmonies of "Hard Times Comes Again No More" will tug on your emotions. Andrew pays homage to the late, great Woody Guthrie with a stellar rendition of "Pastures Of Plenty," before delivering an intense version of "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?" He rearranges "Keep On The Sunny Side" in order to give it a dark, moody tone, then lifts your spirits once again with the gospel-like feel of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken?" To find out more about Andrew Durr and his latest release "Time Frame," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/andrewdurrmusic.

We finish up with the Napa Valley Duo and their latest releases "An American In Paris" and "A Soft Message To You." Violin/Cellist Jeffrey McFarland-Johnson and his partner, pianist Terry Winn came together over their love of classical music. Both were retired public school instructors and found a common bond in the music of Paris that was made between 1880-1915. The Napa Valley Duo released the two albums simultaneously on November 9th, and as you listen to these amazing, timeless pieces, you too will also fall in love with this music. With only two instruments, this pair of musicians are keeping the beautiful music of Paris alive and relevant with these two new timeless releases. To find out more about the Napa Valley Duo and their new albums. "An American In Paris" and "A Soft Message To You," please visit napavalleyduo.com.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Mary Lee Kortes Collects "115 Dreams About Bob" As She Comes To Terms With "Dreaming Of Dylan"

One of the most interesting reads this season is titled "Dreaming Of Dylan." It features a collection of poems and stories related to Bob Dylan, by many different types of people. Author/singer/songwriter Mary Lee Kortes introduces you to the book, by starting out with her own dream, in which Bob Dylan named her one of his "favorite new artists." Instead though, Kortes recounts a story about how she recorded a song for a "Blood On The Tracks" tribute album, which was featured on Bob Dylan's website for months. She finishes her story with the powerful message, "Some dreams do come true."

While Mary may have found a connection with Dylan, some of the poems and stories found within the pages of this book are from fans that have never had the pleasure of an interaction with the artist. The book includes the words of professors, designers, attorneys, artists, owners and the everyday worker. But, also included in this book are the poetic words of fellow musicians like Patti Smith, Warren Zanes and Jimbo Mathus. As you read each persons description of how Bob Dylan played a part in their dream, it feels as if you've been invited into this intimate discussion of the iconic artist.

The book features 115 dreams and as you first flip through this collection, you will instantly notice the outstanding artwork that is associated to each dream. Whether it's a drawing or photography, each page was planned out, in order to help interpret that specific insight into that person's account of when they met Bob Dylan, in their dreams. To find out more about "Dreaming Of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob," please visit maryleescorvette.com.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Relive The Music Of Kalapana With New 9-CD Box Set & Best Of Compilation

One of Hawaii's best kept musical secrets is the soft rock band, Kalapana. Their career has stretched on for 45 years, and on November 30th, Manifesto Records is releasing an extensive 9-CD box set containing the band's first seven albums, plus a couple previously unreleased albums here in the U.S. Also, on that same date, a more concise 20-track greatest hits set titled "Black Sand, The Best of Kalapana" is being released.

This 20-song set begins with two of Kalapana's mid-seventies hit singles "The Hurt" and "Naturally," both from the band's debut album. The band kept that winning soft rock recipe flowing through their next couple albums with songs like, "Dorothy Louise," "Moon And Stars," "Songbird" and "Alisa Lovely." This compilation also gives you a taste of Kalapana in a live setting with a couple of tracks ("Inarajan" and "Girl") from their "In Concert" album. Also included in this set are some songs from their Japan only releases, "Northbound" and "Hold On." The real treasures are the previously unreleased (in the U.S.) songs "How Does It Feel" and "Northbound," which showcase a more rocking version of Kalapana's music. To find out more about these two new great sets from the Hawaiian band, Kalapana, please visit manifesto.com/kalapana.