Wednesday, September 18, 2019

New Independent Releases From HeavyDrunk, Moody Little Sister, Jon Samson and Burton Guibord

On October 4th, we will see the arrival of the latest effort from the 9-piece, soul/blues band HeavyDrunk. Their new album titled "Holywater" is the band's third release overall, but the first on their new label, 4142 Records. The new 13-track release begins by showcasing the full force of the band on the opening track "If I Loved You Hard Enough." It gives us a glimpse into what this band has to offer, with Rob Robinson's iconic sounding vocals surrounded by the wonderful gospel-like back-up singers, mixed with a tremendous horn section and guitar boogie held together by the band's steady rhythm section. They slow everything down for the emotions of "HeavyDrunk Holywater," which sounds like a plea for an unheard prayer filled with pure emotion. HeavyDrunk quickly picks the energy back up with the addictive rhythm of "One Dancing Fool" and the powerful blues-rock vibe of "Keeping Up With The Kid." The southern soulful vibe of "Memphis" will make you a true believer of HeavyDrunk, before they close out their new album with a rocking, dirty rendition of The Rolling Stones' "Slave," a wonderful, spot-on tribute to the Tedeschi Trucks Band with a version of "Midnight In Harlem" and the tender, fragile emotions of "Shine On." To find out more about HeavyDrunk and their latest release "Holywater," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/heavydrunkband


On August 30th arrived the sophomore release from the country duo, Moody Little Sister. Their new album titled "Great Big Mama Sunshine" features thirteen brand new tracks, beginning with the up-tempo acoustic strumming of the title-song, which becomes one big sing-along before its close. The album's first single "711 Lucky Street" has a bluesy vibe, while "Evelina" is a sweet, sun soaked, laid back number that has a classic country charm. The harmonies during the gentle touch of "Nothing But No Good" are simply amazing and powerful, before Moody Little Sister slowly bring the tempo back up with the dark country tone of "Bonemaker" and the more light-hearted, swinging tempo of "Rooster." Moody Little Sister finish up their new album with the burning, shuffle rhythm of "Child Of The Wild" and the rising energy of "Northern Highway." To find out more about Moody Little Sister and their latest release "Great Big Mama Sunshine," please visit moodylittlesister.com


Also squeezing in at the end of August was the latest project from singer/songwriter Jon Samson. His new album titled "Ageless: Songs For The Child Archetype" may be geared toward children, but is also rooted in such addictive pop melodies that adults will also appreciate the songs. He begins his new twelve song release with the gentle folk balladry of "Predicament" and the up-beat remedy for "Anxiety." The dance beats flow through "Video Game" and "Focus On What You Want," before giving us a fun way to learn about handling stress in the playful "Am I Awake." Jon Samson closes out his new album with the fun lyrics of "Bubble Earth" and the positive message of "Only Love." To find out more about Jon Samson and his new release "Ageless: Songs For The Child Archetype," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/cocreativemusic


Native American folk artist Burton Guibord recently re-released his 1996 cassette-only release "Are We Free?" on CD and digitally. The album has been submitted for the 2019 Native American Music Awards. The eleven track release does not hold back the struggle of the Native Americans, as Burton sings about their past getting wiped out in "Madeline Island" and their continue fight for "Freedom." The story of "Bluecoats" paints a horrible picture of a heart-wrenching massacre and "Hey Buddy" tells an all too familiar story of homeless families that exist in this country. Even though this album was recorded over two decades ago, the messages that Burton Guibord sings about are still relevant in today's world. To find out more about this eye-opening release from Burton Guibord, please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/Burton-Guibord

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Check Out New Albums By Bruce Cockburn, Paul Gabriel, Tad Robinson and Al Basile

Award-winning folk artist Bruce Cockburn returns September 20th with a new instrumental album titled "Crowing Ignites." Cockburn will also support his new album with a 40-date tour, which kicks off on the day of the release of his new album. This latest effort features eleven brand new tracks that showcase Bruce's skills on the acoustic guitar. He will simply sweep you away one moment with the loving strings of "Easter," then turn around and play some dirty blues ("Blind Willie") the next. Bruce Cockburn experiments with the guitar on the avant-garde sounding "Seven Daggers," before playing some honky-tonk, country guitar during "Sweetness And Light." Bruce then finishes up his new album with a return to the blues groove of "The Groan" and the seven-plus minute progressive strumming of "Bells Of Gethsemane." Bruce Cockburn will be hitting the road this fall, beginning with a show at the Nashville City Winery. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about his new album "Crowing Ignites," please visit brucecockburn.com


Next, we have the latest release from Connecticut blues artist Paul Gabriel and his new album "Man Of Many Blues." The new thirteen track release showcases Paul's vocal and guitar skills, with the help of some special guests like Duke Robillard, Christine Ohlman and Sugar Ray Norica. The new set begins with the classic blues stomp of "I Feel Good," featuring a sweet Hammond Organ solo by Bruce Bears. Gabriel takes a step back in time for the swinging blues of "Maybe We Can Talk Awhile" and the slow, back-porch blues of "It Be That Way Sometimes," which features the harp blowing skills of Sugar Ray Norcia. Paul Gabriel dedicates the instrumental song "Blues For Georgia" to the gospel/blues singer, Georgia Louis, who was the first African-American woman to host her own television show. He closes out his new album with the big band/jazz vibe of "Face Full Of Frown" and the electrifying guitar work of "Dear John Letter." To find out more about Paul Gabriel and his latest release "Man Of Many Blues," please visit paulgabriel.net


Indianapolis native Tad Robinson returns with a brand new album titled "Real Street." His new ten song release is filled with enough soul that you will fell uplifted by the band's stellar sounds. The album kicks off with the classic swinging melody of "Changes," that you'd think that it was an original song by Smokey Robinson or Robert Cray. He slows the pace down for the emotion-filled cover of George Jackson's "Search You Heart," before lifting the mood up for the preaching groove of "Wishing Well Blues." Tad Robinson also tries his hand at the Roy Orbison classic "You Got It," in which he slow the tempo down and stresses the vocals in order to give the sound a loving, soulful vibe. He closes out his new album with his own R&B rendition of the pop classic "Make It With You" and the funky rhythm of his own original "Long Way Home." Tad Robinson has a couple of shows in his home state of Indiana, before heading over to Europe for a fall tour this November. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about his new album "Real Street," please visit tadrobinson.com


Blues artists Al Basile is preparing to release is new album "B's Hot House" on September 20th through Sweetspot Records. The new fourteen song release showcases Basile's work on the cornet, along with guitarist Duke Robillard, who also produced the album. We begin with the Robillard's stellar guitar work on the opening track, "So-Called Storyteller," as Basile steps aside to let the blues licks flow. Al introduces a more R&B vibe with "Five Roads," then delivers a more classic blues vibe with "Razor Wire." Basile and his band pick the tempo and energy back up with the soulful, swinging rhythm of "Don't Fool With The Truth" and "Looking For A Cookie," before reaching the slow, sultry ballad "Can't Keep Me From Dreaming." Al Basile wraps up his new album with dirty, blues shuffle of "What Dogs Wanna Do" and the steady jazz flowing rhythm of "Time Has Made A Fool Of Me." To find out more about Al Basile and his latest release "B's Hot House," please visit albasile.com

Monday, September 16, 2019

Step Out Of The Realm Of Normalcy With New Music From Uncle Roy, Mike Patton and Jean-Claude Vannier

At the beginning of the month, we received two debut albums from "cosmic" singer/songwriter Roy Herman, better known as Uncle Roy. One of the new releases features his Band From Another Planet and the other has you climbing aboard Uncle Roy's Spaceship.

Uncle Roy & The Band From Another Planet are here to "Save The Universe" with a new five-song EP that mixes together many musical genres, like hard rock, classical and pop music to keep you guessing on what path comes next. They start things off with the progressive, high-energy nature of "Cosmic Happiness" and your journey begins with this classic sounding space rock number. The Band From Another Planet showcase their more graceful side with the gentle ballad "A World Of Miracles," before closing out their short, new release with the raw, psychedelic rock of "Father Time" and the full band, sonic blast of "It Doesn't Really Matter."

On the flipside, we get the new five-song EP from Uncle Roy's Spaceship asking "How Do We Get To Earth?." Uncle Roy experiments even further into the realm of chaos, blending tempos and style to create a unique listening experience. The album begins with the guitar frenzy of "Space Noodlin'," before the hard rock space trip beyond "Moonbeams And Cosmic Bang" takes you on a journey that breaks down the walls of sound with this sci-fi adventure. This other short, new release wraps up your trip with the progressive rock appeal of "It's A Beautiful Day In The Milky Way" and the more aggressive nature of "Flight Of The Ancient Alien." As Uncle Roy continues to reach further out into the cosmos for new musical ideas, be sure to check out these new releases. To find out more about Uncle Roy and his musical adventures, please visit uncleroysalienmusic.com.

Singer Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle) was never one to adhere to conventional music. Even when he was was the lead singer for Faith No More, he gave their music a theatrical sound with his vocal delivery. His latest adventure teams him up with French composer Jean-Claude Vannier for the soon to be released album, "Corpse Flower." The two met nearly a decade ago and have finally been able to work together on a musical project.

The new 12-song release begins with the Leonard Cohen-sounding "Ballade C.3.3," as Patton talks his way through the storied lyrics, while the supreme-sounding band plays the perfect backdrop. The slinky-style of "Camion" and the graceful piano ballad "Chansons d'amour" showcase the diversity of ideas that Patton and Vannier bounced off each other in the studio. The country blues of "Browning" is so addictive that you follow every word and every note down the song's dark, dirty path. Patton's vocals match the classical appeal of "Insolubles" so perfectly that you wish that these two artists would create a Broadway musical. Jean-Cleude Vannier and Mike Patton close out their new album with the bluesy-style of "Yard Bull" and the lush strings and honest lyrics of "Pink And Bleue." To find out more about this new musical team-up and their new album "Corpse Flower," please visit Mike Patton's Facebook page at facebook.com/mikepatton

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Check Out The Array Of New Artists Featured On The "International Pop Overthrow, Vol. 22" Release

On September 27th, Omnivore Recordings is teaming up with the International Pop Overthrow music festival to release volume 22 of their up-and-coming artists compilation. This new three disc set features 69-tracks from artists from ten different countries throughout the world.

The first disc is stacked with a load of new energetic power pop anthems like "Christine You're Mean," "Bitter Pills" and "Dance With Me." There is also a nostalgic tone highlighted by the works of Pecker ("They Painted With Their Fingers"), The Amateurs ("Suite 100") and The Pozers ("The Time And Place"). One of my favorite tracks from the first disc is Blake Jones & The Trike Shop's cover of the classic James Bond movie theme "Goldfinger." 

The second disc features the addictive pop melody of the uptempo numbers "She," "Clarke Gable" and "There For Me." This disc also includes some solid ballads like the beautiful acoustics of The Vinylos' "Turns To Black" and the soulful, R&B vibe of Sue Hedges' "I Know Now." It's hard not to fall in love with the raw, alt-pop fun of "Joy Comes In The Morning," "There For Me" and "Life's Too Short (To Drink Cheap Love."

The third disc seems to have the more experimental pieces, like the psychedelic rock of "London Social Degree" and the new wave/funk infused "So She's The Murderer." It also contains some of the best alternative/punk rock songs in the set like "The Ruff Song," "Rick Moranis" and "Yesterday's Girl Tomorrow." Plus, Kimberley Rew and Lee Cave-Berry keep the energy flowing with the rockabilly number "Flat Cat," along with The Details' "For Anyone To Claim." To find out more about this exciting new three-disc set, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

New Film "Above Us Only Sky" Documents John & Yoko's Life During The Making Of "Imagine"

On September 13th, Eagle Vision released a brand new documentary titled "Above Us Only Sky." It tells the story of the creation of John Lennon's iconic solo album "Imagine." This new film, directed by Emmy Award Winner Michael Epstein, uses loads of unseen footage that was shot during the recording of the album, along with home video footage to give fans the ultimate insight into the life and creation of John Lennon's music.

The nearly two-hour tale features tons of rehearsal and studio recording footage that has never been seen before. In one moment, John is teaching the musicians to play the song, "How Do You Sleep?," as he has the entire melody already planned out in his head. Seeing George Harrison at these sessions certainly brings the excitement up to another level. New interviews with musicians Klaus Voormann, Alan White and Jim Keltner give personal insight into the recording sessions for the "Imagine" album.

Julian Lennon remembers that it was not very much fun for him in the studio, as a kid, that he would much prefer to run around the grounds of their London estate, Tittenhurst Park. Seeing footage of John, Julian and Yoko in a boat on the pond is a beautiful touch, giving us a glimpse into their family life. Let's not forget about the music, listening to John's vocals only on "Jealous Guy" reminds us of how pure and real his voice was, even in the most delicate situations. One of the highlights of the film is seeing the creation of the song "Imagine," where the assumption of "less is more" made this song into in an anthem for peace for all eternity.

The documentary also shows us footage of John and Yoko in New York City, where they would go to record overdubs and mix the album. They fell in love with the city so much, that they never went back to Tittenhurst Park. The way that director Michael Epstein uses historical events to show the reasons and meaning behind many of Lennon's songs on this album is definitely eye-opening. The relation between the Vietnam War and Civil Rights laid the ground work for songs like "I Don't Want To Be A Soldier" and "Gimmie Some Truth."

The new DVD and Blu-ray release also includes bonus rare, unreleased studio mixes of "How Do You Sleep?" and "Oh My Love," along with footage of John and Yoko in the Bahamas. I personally enjoy hearing John Lennon's idea for wanting to record a Christmas song that will get played every year forever and also the reason behind the "War Is Over" campaign. To find out more about this new stunning documentary "Above Us Only Sky," please visit johnlennon.com.

Friday, September 13, 2019

New Music From Metal Blade Records Artists Sacred Reich, RAM and Cult Of Luna

After twenty-three years, classic metal band Sacred Reich have returned with a brand new studio album titled "Awakening." This new eight track release shows us that Sacred Reich have not lost touch with their fans, as they can still deliver a hard-hitting, thrash metal album. The new Metal Blade Records release begins with the pulsating rhythm of the title-song "Awakening," as they continue to lead the charge of thrash metal purists. The album continues with the sonic blast of "Divide & Conquer" and the swift pace of "Manifest Reality," which has that classic, old-school metal appeal that is hard to find in today's overproduced musical world. Sacred Reich pull back the reigns slightly for the more mainstream metal sound of "Death Valley," before finishing their new album with the punk-like fury of "Revolution" and the electrifying guitar work of "Something To Believe." To find out more about Sacred Reich and their latest release "Awakening," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/sacredreichofficial.

Arriving September 13th is the latest release from the Swedish metal band, RAM. Their new album "The Throne Within" features nine new high-powered tracks that will continue their dominance in the European metal community. RAM wastes no time kicking things off with a six-plus minute metal epic piece "The Shadowwork" and the more aggressive attack of "Blades Of Betrayal." The perfect combination of chugging guitars and pounding rhythms equal the throat squeezing power of "Fang And Fur." They keep the energy flowing with "Violence (Is Golden)" and the nearly eight-minute epic number "No Refuge." RAM close out their new album with the slow, dark, moody ballad "You All Leave" and the thunderous delivery of "Ravnfall." To find out more about RAM and their latest release "The Throne Within," please visit ram-metal.com.

Last, but not least we finally arrive at the latest release from epic metal giants Cult Of Luna. Their new album "A Dawn To Fear" may feature only eight tracks, but four of them clock in at over ten minutes long, beginning with the consistent climb of "The Silent Man," which reaches its peak before just letting go. They continue with the aggressive, hardcore sounds of "Lay Your Head To Rest" and the dark, doom metal appeal of the title-song "A Dawn To Fear." The fifteen-minute climb of "Lights On The Hill" mixes tempos, before hitting that pinnacle sonic blast of power. Cult Of Luna wrap up their new album with the quieter, atmospheric flow of "We Feel The End" and stellar musicianship of "The Fall." To find out more about Cult Of Luna and their latest release "A Dawn To Fear," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/cultoflunamusic.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

New September Heavy Metal Releases Arriving From Void King, Mourn The Light/Oxblood Forge, Fathom Farewell, Cortege & Ripper

Here are handful of metal releases that need to be on your music radar this September. Arriving on Friday the 13th is the sophomore album from the doom metal band, Void King. Their new album, "Barren Dominion" features eight tracks that show this band heading in the right direction. They showcase their musicianship on the seven-plus minute progressive metal lead off track "A Lucid Omega," that has the band switching tempos to keep the energy flowing. Void King flex their doom metal muscle on the slow-moving, hard pounding rhythm of "Burnt At Both Ends," before speeding up the tempo for the adrenaline fueled "Of Whip And Steed." Void King finish up their new album with the slow, dark tones of "Learning From The Ashes" and the burning guitar chords of "The Longest Winter." To find out more about Void King and their latest release "Barren Dominion," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/voidkingband.

Another September 13th release arrives from fellow doom metal artists Mourn The Light (Connecticut) and Oxblood Forge (Massachusetts). The two bands are unleashing a split release featuring six songs (4 from Mourn The Light and 2 from Oxblood Forge). Mourn The Light kick things off with the guitar driven power of "Lost All Control" and the solid pounding rhythm of "Drags Me Down." Mourn The Light also showcase their appreciate for their influences with a cover of Candlemass' "Bewitched." The flip-side of this new release features the aggressiveness of Oxblood Forge with the songs "Screams From Silence" and "Forged In Fire." To find out more about this new self-release from Mourn The Light and Oxblood Forge, please visit their websites mournthelight.com  and facebook.com/oxbloodforge.

The following week on September 20th is the arrival of the new six-song EP from Boston's own Fathom Farewell. The new release titled "Consume The Earth," begins with the quick-hitting "Six Feet Beneath" and the more melodic delivery of the title-song "Consume The Earth." Fathom Farewell dig down for the hardcore metal attack of "Mutiny," before closing out their new album with mainstream, hard rock appeal of "Cold Beginnings" and the progressive metal nature of "Soul Within The Shadow," which showcases the passion and musicianship this band has to offer. To find out more about Fathom Farewell and their latest release "Consume The Earth," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/fathomfarewell.

We close out the month with the new self-release album from the Texas doom metal band, Cortege. Their new five-song release titled "Capricorn," begins with the slowly rising, atmospheric build-up of "Aurora," followed by the steady pace of "The Watch." Cortege display their darker side with the moody feel of "Horizons," before closing out their new album with the nearly 18-minute epic musical piece "Capricorn." To find out more about Cortege and their latest release "Capricorn," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/cortegeatx.

Finally, all the way from Chile, we get the latest release from the rising thrash metal band, Ripper. Their new five song EP titled "Sensory Stagnation" will be released at the end of the month and features the band's first set of new material in over three years. They begin with the introductory instrumental "Dissociation," before putting the metal to the grindstone with the aggressive hardcore attack of "The Unreal." Ripper finish off their new short release with the progressive metallic nature of "Like A Sacrilege" and the vicious pounding rhythm of "Terror Streets." To find out more about Ripper and their latest release "Sensory Stagnation," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/ripperchileoficial

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

New Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Music From Of Mice And Men, Capstan, Starset and Kublai Khan

Arriving September 27th is the latest release from the hardcore metal band, Of Mice And Men. Their new album titled "Earthandsky" is the band's sixth studio effort and features eleven tracks, beginning with the screams of "Gravedancer" and the heavy pounding rhythm of "As We Suffocate." Next, they speed the tempo up even more with the high-powered attack of "Taste Of Regret" and get the adrenaline flowing through your veins with the aggressive nature of "Mushroom Cloud." One of the album's most mainstream metal tracks is the energy fueled "Deceiver," which fully showcases singer/bassist Aaron Pauley's vocal abilities. Of Mice And Men wrap up their latest album with the Nu-Metal appeal of "Meltdown" and the quick-paced energetic blast of "How To Survive." Of Mice And Men are hitting the road beginning with a show in Los Angles on September 23rd. For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about their new album "Earthandsky," please visit ofmiceandmenofficial.com

Next, from Florida comes the latest release from the progressive hardcore/punk outfit Capstan. Their new album titled "Restless Heart, Keep Running," arrives September 20th through Fearless Records. It features thirteen tracks that starts out with a one-minute piano interlude, before diving into the pulse-pounding fury of "Abstracted" and the equally intense sonic blast of "Fix." Capstan continue with the more melodic tone of "We'll Always Have Paris" and "Indelible," which showcases a growth in their songwriting and structure. Not to worry, they quickly bounce back with the aggressive hardcore attacks of "Terminal" and "The Agentic State." Capstan close out their new album with the quiet acoustics of "Hideaway" and build-up of "The Love That Remains." To find out more about Capstan and their latest release "Restless Heart, Keep Running," please visit capstanband.com.

Cinematic hard rock band, Starset are ready to drop their new album "Divisions" on September 13th through Fearless Records. Their new thirteen-song release displays the band's iconic sound, combining elements of alternative rock and heavy metal music with a dash of electronics. They begin with energy starter "Manifest" followed by the more alt-pop melody of "Echo," as Starset showcase how far their music stretches into many different genres. The visionary aspect of their music is featured in the nearly seven-minute progressive appeal of "Where The Skies End" and the gradual build-up to the "Perfect Machine." Starset's more electronic side takes over on the beats of "Telekinetic" and "Faultline," before the driving rhythm of "Trials" paints the perfect mood with its pounding rhythm. They finish up their new album with the mainstream pop of "Waking Up" and the climbing rock melody of "Diving Bell." Starset will be heading out on the road for a two month tour following the release of their new album "Divisions. To find out more about Starset and their latest release "Divisions," please visit starsetonline.com

Texas metalcore band Kublai Khan are preparing to release their new album "Absolute" on October 4th through Rise Records. This new quick-hitting, ten-track release comes on full force with a "take no prisoners" approach. They begin with the short juggernaut "Armor Of Goddamn," that paves the way for the aggressive, chugging guitar riffs of "Boomslang." These short sonic blasts of music just keep hitting you like tidal waves of sound, as Kublai Khan continue their attack with "The Truest Love" and "Lower Level." The band close out their new album with the hardcore/trash metal sound of "Cloth Ears" and the tight rhythmic grip of "Before It's Too Late." To find out more about Kublai Khan and their latest release "Absolute," please visit kublaikhantx.com

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

New Hard Rocking Releases From The Brutalists, Aweful and Autumn Walker

LA rockers The Brutalists recently released their sophomore album "We Are Not Here To Help" on September 6th through Cleopatra Records. The band unites Mick Cripps (L.A. Guns) and Nigel Mogg (The London Quireboys) once again for this new 11-track release that will have you putting your stamp of approval on this rising new band. They begin with the raw, garage rock swing of "Leave It Out" and the nostalgic west coast driving rock melody of "I Just Do Nothing." The album's lead single "Take It All Away," begins with a seventies disco vibe that simply motors the song dance rhythm. Next, The Brutalists venture into the realm of reggae with the island groove of "Something To Say," before returning to the hard hitting drum breaks of "You Got Nothin' On Me." The Brutalists seem to draw their inspiration from The Clash on some of their new songs, as they finish off their new album with the high-powered punk approach of "Useless Information" and the CD only bonus track "It Was Never Meant To Be So Easy." The Brutalists have a handful of dates lined-up in October in the U.K. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their latest release "We Are Not Here To Help," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/thebrutalistsband

Next, from Chicago comes the debut album from alternative/punk rockers Aweful. Their new five song EP titled " Me Me Me" was released on August 2nd through Beercan Records. The album kicks off with the high-energy attack of "Why," which showcases glimpses of The Stooges and Jane's Addiction. They keep the adrenaline flowing with the raw, garage rock appeal of the title song "Me Me Me" and the swift, fast pace of the album closer "Bleeding Heart" and just like that you will be hitting repeat to experience their youthful energetic songs once again. To find out more about Aweful and their latest release "Me Me Me," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/awefulband

From San Marcos, TX comes the full-length debut album from the high-powered alternative rock band, Autumn Walker. Their new album "Daydreamer" will be released on September 27th and features ten tracks, beginning with the lead single "Step Back." The song's melody and energy becomes very addictive, as you are quickly introduced to Walker's guitar-dominated sound. The band pick the energy up with the punk-like fury of "NSOR," before pulling back the reigns for the more mainstream pop/rock appeal of "Barking At The Buddha." Autumn Walker turns up the volume once again with the guitar-driven rockers "Daydreamer" and "Short Stacks," before closing out their new album with emotion fueled song "Numb." To find out more about Autumn Walker and their latest release "Daydreamer," please visit autumnwalkertx.com

Monday, September 9, 2019

New DVD Documents Queen's Work With Maurice Bejart On The Exceptional "Ballet For Life"

On September 6th, Eagle Vision released a new DVD titled "Queen + Bajart: Ballet For Life." It features a brand new documentary surrounding this iconic, one-of-a-king ballet that uses the music of Queen and Mozart to pay homage to the people that have "died too early." The release of this new DVD co-insides with the annual "Freddie For A Day" events, which marks the birthday of the late, great Freddie Mercury.

The 90-minute documentary includes new interview segments from Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, along with dancers Gil Roman, Wayne Sleep and choreographer Arlene Phillips. Documentary director Lynne Wake uses classic clips of Queen, mixed with archival footage of choreographer Maurice Bejart, who created this exceptional ballet that is still being perform over twenty years later.

May and Taylor sound so humble in their interview segments that Bejart would even consider the music of Queen to be used in a ballet. Plus Freddie Mercury was such a huge fan of the ballet, that he would try and imitate their movements on stage when Queen performed live. It is also  great seeing the behind the scenes footage of the creation and how hard the dancers worked to make this one of the pinnacle shows of their career. A highlight of the documentary for me was the live performance from the remaining members of Queen (including bassist John Deacon in his last ever performance before retiring from music), with Elton John at the opening of this ballet in 1997.

Bonus features on this DVD includes a complete filmed performance from the Salle Metropole, Lausanne in 1997 and a "Making Of" film from when the ballet premiered. Even though the ballet was not filmed in high definition, the quality and camera work is still excellent enough to capture the essence of the performance. If you are a fan of Queen's music, this is a must see DVD that will having you appreciating their music in a different artistic light and also shows how creative Maurice Bejart was in his visual use of their music. To find out more about "Queen + Bejart: Ballet For Life," please visit queenonline.com.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Revisit The Johnson City Sessions With New "Tell It To Me" Compilation

Back in 2013, the Bear Family Records label released the award-winning box set "The Johnson City Sessions: Can You Sing Or Play Old-Time Music?" It featured songs from the Columbia Records archives that were recorded in Johnson City, Tennessee between 1928 and 1929. On August 2nd, the Bear Family Records released a new 26-song condensed version of that set, which highlights mainly the essential tracks, in honor of the 90th anniversary of the Johnson City Sessions.

The set features some of the earliest recordings for Columbia Records as artists like Clarence Greene ("Johnson City Blues") and Jack Johnson ("I'm Just A Black Sheep") showcase the basics of the blues. You also get that one-of-a-kind classic country twang with artists like Grant Brothers ("Tell It To Me Baby") and Charlie Bowman ("Roll On Buddy"). The classic folk strumming of George Roark ("I Ain't A Bit Drunk") and Roy Harvey with Leonard Copeland ("Just Pickin'") will quicken your pulse with their swift guitar playing. It's nice to take a step back from today's modern music to appreciate the tunes and melodies that helped shaped these forms of music that we have come to love. To find out more about this new release "Tell It To Me: Revisiting The Johnson City Sessions 1928-1929," from Bear Family Records, please visit bear-family.com.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Fifty Years Later We Get The Full Concert Release Of Creedence Clearwater Revival "Live At Woodstock"

In 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival were at the height of their popularity releasing two studio albums ("Bayou County" and "Green River") and touring incessantly. They performed at the Atlantic Pop Festival in July and at the Woodstock Music & Arts Festival in August. None one single note of the band's performance from the Woodstock Festival appeared in the film or on the soundtrack, as lead singer/guitarist John Fogerty thought that their performance was not good enough.

Finally, after fifty years we get Creedence Clearwater Revival's full eleven song performance from Woodstock released on CD, vinyl and on digital formats. While the Woodstock Festival was plagued with sound problems, CCR was certainly on point with the delivery of their songs, beginning with "Born On The Bayou" and "Green River." This new release titled simply "Live At Woodstock" is one of the best sounding recordings from the Woodstock Festival. The band quickly run through their hits "Commotion" and "Bad Moon Rising," before reaching "Proud Mary," which was a crowd favorite, as you can hear the reaction from the audience. I especially like that some of the dead air/tune ups were left in to give the recording a more complete appeal. CCR closed out their set with a couple of epic jams, "Keep On Chooglin'" and "Suzie Q," where you can hear the band is just on firing on cylinders during these swampy blues numbers. To find out more about the newly released "Live At Woodstock" from Creedence Clearwater Revival, please visit ccrstore.shop.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Howlin Rain Goes "Live From The Coasts" With Their Latest Release

San Francisco-based jam band, Howlin Rain also recently released a new live album titled "Under The Wheels: Live From The Coasts, Volume 1." It is part one of a two part release and focuses on Howlin Rain's more improvisational side of their live performances. Beginning with the ten minute jam of "To The Wind," Howlin Rain are ready to take you on a journey with their stellar guitar work and thunderous drum breaks. They pull back the reigns from this epic piece for the more mainstream appeal of "Missouri," before slowly reeling you back into their more adventurous side with "Death Prayer In Heaven's Orchard" and the thirteen-minute sonic, space rock jam of "Coming Down." Be on the look out for volume two of "Under The Wheels: Live From The Coasts" to arrive this Fall. To find out more about Howlin Rain and their latest release "Under The Wheels: Live From The Coasts, Volume 1," please visit howlinrain.com

The Wood Brothers Go "Live At The Fillmore" With New Release

Arriving September 6th from The Wood Brothers is their latest release, "Live At The Fillmore." This new 14-track album captures the live performances from The Wood Brothers shows at the famous San Francisco venue from earlier this year. The Wood Brothers' live shows have continually grown, along with their rising popularity. They start the show off with the tune "Blue And Green," which begins as just a soulful, acoustic strumming number, before the addition of drums and keys take over the song. The album continues with the sweet slide guitar work of Oliver Wood on "Sky High," before the Brothers rock out with the electrifying guitar swagger of "Snake Eyes." The album's lead single "Keep Me Around" carries a southern vibe with its laid-back, railroad track-side blues vibe that captures the full essence of The Wood Brothers in this live setting. The album also features its share of cover songs, including a rocking version of Tommy Johnson's "Big Road Blues" and the steady rhythmic flow of Jimmy Reed's "Big Boss Man." The Wood Brothers close out their new live album with the rarely performed, dirty social blues of "Can't Look Away" and the high-energy rockabilly swing of "Atlas." The Wood Brothers have a couple of festivals left on their summer touring schedule, before heading back out on the road this Fall. To find out more about The Wood Brothers and their latest release "Live At The Fillmore," please visit thewoodbros.com.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Jazz Up Your Day With New Releases From Mark Kingswood, Lisa Rich and Audrey Silver

British crooner Mark Kingswood recently released his debut album titled "Strong." It features thirteen tracks, beginning with the upbeat sway of the title-song, "Strong," which sounds like it belongs in a James Bond movie. Kingswood get even jazzier on "Got A Thing For Swing," before reaching the album's latest single "Dancing On A Monday," which is filled to the brim with Latin flair. The album does contain a couple of cover songs, the first being Mark's emotional rendition of R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion," which sounds as if he is pleading for mercy on his soul. His voice is so warm and velvet on the gentle touch of "Loved By You," before picking the energy up with the pop melody of "Time Away" and the swinging rhythm of "Mr Birmingham." Mark Kingswood closes out his new album with the slow waltz of "Make Someone Proud" and his second cover song of the set, George Michael's "One More Try" featuring Lex French on the trumpet. To find out more about Mark Kingswood and his latest release "Strong," please visit markkingswood.com


Jazz songstress Lisa Rich will be releasing her third studio album "Highwire" on September 13th. The album was actually recorded over thirty years ago, but has been fully remixed by Rich for a brand new release. It features Lisa's renditions of songs by Chick Corea, Duke Ellington, Ornette Coleman and Ralph Towner. The album kicks off with a couple of Chick Corea tunes, the swift pace of "High Wire The Aerialist" and the sultry ballad "Contessa," as Lisa is able to show both sides of her vocal performances. Her version of the Ornette Coleman original "Lonely Woman" seems as if it was written exclusively for her to perform, as Lisa Rich pours all of her emotions into this song. Lisa wraps up her new album with another Corea classic, "The Jinn" and the quietness of Ralph Towner's ballad "The Silence Of A Candle," which fully embraces Lisa's amazing vocals. To find out more about Lisa Rich and her latest release "Highwire," please visit lisarich.com


Fellow jazz songstress Audrey Silver will be releasing her new album "Let Me Know Your Heart" on September 6th. It features fourteen tracks that mixes together some originals with new interpretations of some well know classics. The album begins with the slow waltz of "When I Look In Your Eyes" and the slightly more uptempo, bossa nova swing of "Comes Love." Next, Audrey focuses on the lyrics of Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill," as she adds a bit more swagger to her version of the song. She injects a bit of blues into Mose Allison's "Ever Since The World Ended," before pouring all of her emotions into the Irving Berlin original "How Deep Is The Ocean," as you can feel the passion in her vocals. Aubrey has fun with the lyrics of her original track "Giraffe Song," then paints the perfect picture with "New Year's Eve," before finishing her new album with the smooth jazz vibe of "Can't We Be Friends," which allows her band a bit of the spotlight. To find out more about Audrey Silver and her latest release "Let Me Know Your Heart," please visit audreysilver.com

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

A New "Collection" From Roger C. Reale & New Music From Bushmaster feat. Gary Brown

Recording artist Roger C. Reale became a well-known musician around the New England area during the late 1970s. His band Rue Morgue was simply a studio group that frequently performed at Trod Nossel Studios in Wallingford, CT and for its affiliated record label, Big Sound. As the Big Sound label became interested in punk music, Rue Morgue had the perfect sound that the label was looking for. The band (which included guitarist G.E. Smith and drummer Hilly Michaels) recorded their debut album, "Radioactive" in 1978. Soon after, Smith left the band and guitarist Jimmy McAllister was brought in to the band, followed by the legendary Mick Ronson, who helped Rue Morge work on their second album "Reptiles In Motion" (which has never been released for over 40 years).

In 2018, Reale obtained the recordings from Big Sound and on October 18th, Rave Records will release "The Collection" by Roger C. Reale and Rue Morgue. The new 24-track compilation contains the band's 1978 album "Radioactive" and the previously unreleased 1979 album "Reptiles In Motion," featuring the guitar work from the late, great Mick Ronson. The first twelve tracks certainly have that punk rock edge that the Big Sound label was in search of, as Rue Morgue quicken the pace with "Dear Dad" and "Kill Me," while also adding a raw, uptempo rhythm to their cover of "Rescue Me." 

The songs on their follow-up effort "Reptiles In Motion" have a bigger seventies guitar rock sound, as displayed in the songs "Radioactive" and "Make It Be Over." They still keep the punk idea alive with the swift pace of "Pros And Cons" and "One More Try," but Reale and his band were diving deeper in melody and lyrical structure, like in "Point Blank" and "Living In Anger." To find out more about this historical new "Collection" from Roger C. Reale & Rue Morgue, please visit primemovermedia.com.
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Blues artist Gary Brown recently released new music with his band, Bushmaster. The new album titled "Dancing In The Belly Of The Beast" features fourteen tracks, beginning with the shuffle rhythm of "Profile," which is highlighted by an exciting, but all too short electrifying guitar solo from Brown. The album continues with the soulful blues of "Ajax And Hot Wax" and the politically charged rocker "Song For Freddie Grey." Brown draws upon the ghost of Jimi Hendrix on the loose guitar boogie blues of "Nowhere To Stand," then delivers the classic sounds of the blues on the uptempo "40 Acres And A Mule." Bushmaster wrap up their new release with funk infused "Pressure Cooker" and the steady acoustic, country blues of "Thing Back Home." To find out more about Bushmaster featuring Gary Brown and their latest release "Dancing In The Belly Of The Beast," please visit bushmasterblues.myshopify.com

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Expand Your Musical Palette With New Music From RareNoise Records Artists

Arriving September 27th are a pair of new releases from RareNoise Records. The first is the latest collaboration of Keijl Haino, Masami Akita and Balazs Pandi on the new four-track release "Become The Discovered, Not The Discoverer," which fully explains the way this trio want you to find their work of art. Each track is over fifteen minutes long and is simply a jam session collage, as the trio experiment with feedback and non-uniformed rhythm, in order to create these one-of-a-kind sounding songs. The album is broken down into four parts, as you try and find your way through the chaos of these musical numbers. The trio bring their music out to the brink of noise, before feeding off each others musical prowess in the studio. This is the Japanese trio's second collaboration in three years, as they seem to enjoy this sonic backlash of sounds that make their music unique and enticing at the same time.

The other new release comes from the UK musical ensemble Led Bib. Their new album titled "It's Morning" is a nine-track musical journey that takes the listener on a sonic journey through ambient and atmospheric pieces of music. They begin their new release with the floating sounds of "Atom Story," before delivering the jazzy vibe of "Stratford East." The pinnacle piece of the album is the eleven-minute epic "Fold," which builds with intensity along its experimental path. Led Bib showcase their softer side with the quiet number "To Dry In The Rain," before closing out their new album with jazz fusion collage of "Flood Warning" and the short, 90-second ambient floating vocals of "Set Sail." To find out more about these and other releases from RareNoise Records, please visit rarenoiserecords.com.