Sunday, April 18, 2021
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Discover Classic Metal From Kikimora, Amazing Instrumental Guitar Work From Stephan Thelen & Rising Thrash Metal From Newcomers Texas Taliban
European metal band, Kikimora began a decade ago when lead guitarist Nicolo Kotzev return to his native country of Bulgaria. The band was inspired by the works of AC/DC and Deep Purple, but Kotzev wanted to write lyrics in his own native language. On May 14th, Kikimora return with their new studio album "Dirty Nails," which is being released through Escape Music Ltd. The eleven songs are sung in English, beginning with the high-powered "Bogeyman," which carries a nostalgic heavy metal sound. The album continues with the mystical opening of "The Chosen One," which then explodes to showcase the stellar vocals of Nikola Zdravkiv. Kikimora display a softer rock sound with the acoustics of "Free," as they balance their music with the high-powered blast of "The Hustler." The band's stellar musicianship shines on the nearly seven-minute progressive-rock feel of "The Endless Song." The energy picks back up with the classic metal delivery of "King Of Rock N Roll," before Kikimora close out their new album with the steady, heavy pounding of "Cry Baby Cry" and the mainstream metal appeal of "Liar." To find out more about Kikimora and their latest release "Dirty Nails," please visit escape-music.com.
More new metal music has arrived from the El Paso, TX band, Texas Taliban. Their debut album "Runs On Hate" features only five tracks, but it looks to solidify the band's title of "Texas Thrash Kings." The album kicks off with the aggressive growling vocals of the title track "Runs On Hate," as Texas Taliban flex their metal muscle on this chaotic opening track. The energy continues to roll on with the hard-hitting, sonic blast of "Expect No Mercy" and the speed of "Supremacy," before closing out their debut album with a total 180 degrees, displaying a softer side with the first verse of "Tu Rey Muerto," which then explodes with screaming vocals. To find out more about newcomers, Texas Taliban and their latest release "Runs On Hate," please visit pavementmusic.com/artistspartnerships/texas-taliban.
Friday, April 16, 2021
Arriving April 23rd is a new release titled "Add Some Music To Your Day," which features not only original members of The Beach Boys on a new recording, but also the next generation of Beach Boys family members. Beach Boys historian David Beard had the idea of combining the generational voices of the Beach Boys family for a new recording of their classic 1970 track "Add Some Music To Your Day" for the "Feeding America" charity. The idea went over so well, that an entire album was recorded, arranged and produced by long-time Brian Wilson Band touring member (and husband to Carnie Wilson) Rob Bonfiglio. Omnivore Recordings will release "California Music Presents Add Some Music," which features ten tracks, beginning with "Add Some Music To Your Day." The song features the amazing harmonies of the Beach Boys family, as sons and daughters of original members sing together for the first time on an album. There is also an a capella and an instrumental version of the song, which allows you to focus on the different aspects that went into this amazing performance.
The other seven tracks that make up this new album are re-recordings of some songs from the Beach Boys members solo albums, like "Ram Raj" by Mike Love and "Jenny Clover" from Al Jardine. David Marks takes on the task of recreating "Long Promised Road" into a soft, melodic, mostly instrumental track, as he performs all the instruments himself. The hidden gem on this new album is the re-recording of the Beach Boys' classic "Friends," which features the next generation of Beach Boys family which includes Carnie and Wendy Wilson, Christian Love, Matt Jardine, Justyn Wilson, Ambha Love, Adam Jardine and Carl B. Wilson. Also included are a couple of songs performed by long-time Beach Boys associate Jeffrey Foskett and Rob Bonfiglio, which fit in perfectly with the rest of the Beach Boys catalog. To find out more about "California Music Presents Add Some Music," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.
Moving from California to Chicago, we have the new "Sweet Soul Song EP" from rhythm & blues vet and chart-topping songwriter James Holvay. After being away from the music limelight for nearly four decades, working in sales, the urge was always there to get back into music. After hearing the music of Amy Winehouse and Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, Holvay was inspired to start writing his own music again, but it would still be a few years before James Holvay stepped back into a studio. Once he did, the music found that classic soul and style that he fell in love with. The short five-song release begins with the toe-tapping rhythm of "Working On It," which carries that nostalgic soul sound. Holvay's songwriting shines bright on the beautiful ballad "Still The Fool," while "Love Has Found A Way" brings back the energy of swinging sixties R&B vibe. James Holvay finishes his new album with the simple clap beat of "Talkin' About," which allows you to focus on Holvay's vocals and harmonies. To find out more about James Holvay and his latest release "Sweet Soul Song EP," please visit jamesholvay.com.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate The Music Of Peter Green and Fleetwood Mac With New Concert Release
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Back in March, Chicago's Crown Vic Royal released a new three-song EP titled "Cosmic Nights." The growth in the band's sound since their 2019 debut is immensely, as the opening track "Peyote Embers" is like a smooth, mellow sip of bourbon, as you sit back, relax and enjoy the sweet harmonies and simple rhythm of the song. Next, Crown Vic Royal add a hint of blues to the nostalgic sixties instrumental rock of "In The Palace Of The Desert Birds," before finishing their new EP with the mixed influences of "Prayer For Summer," feels rough around the edges compared to the other two tracks. To find out more about Crown Vic Royal and their latest release "Cosmic Nights," please visit crownvicroyal.com.Next up is the latest release from Nashville-based singer, songwriter Mike Donehey. His new three-song EP titled "A Father & Two Sons" is based on the classic tale of "The Prodigal Son." He begins with the alternative-rock vibe of "Pushing Me Away," which features an addictive melody and chorus that draws you in to the album's three-part storyline. The album continues with the guitar strut and smooth harmonies of "I Don't Love You Like I Should," before closing with the mellow, pop elements of "In The Middle." To find out more about Mike Donehey and his latest release "A Father & Two Sons," please visit facebook.com/MikeDoneheyOfficial.Fellow singer-songwriter Olivia Flanigan recently released her debut solo album titled "Girl." It features eight songs, beginning with the title track "Girl," which has a classic seventies soulful vibe with a modern touch of energetic flair to give song a little attitude to enjoy. The harmonies are wonderful on the mellow backdrop of "HD," while Olivia's voice simply floats along the jazz/funk melody of "Mannequin." She wraps up her new album with the soft, quiet, emotional ballad "How Are You" and the upbeat, jazzy swing of "Sorry," as Olivia's delivery of the lyrics fits perfectly into song's nostalgic vibe. To find out more about Olivia Flanigan and her latest release "Girl," please visit oliviamflanigan.com.
Finally we arrive at "The Chocolate Chip Mothership" from the Austin-based country duo, Box Turtle. Dalton and Lindsay Chamblee has crafted five new songs that have that warm, "homey" feel, beginning with the wonderful poetic lyrics of the title-track "Chocolate Chip Mothership," which feels like the perfect pick-me-up song when your feeling down. The album continues with the sweet, southern harmonies of "A Dedication To You," as the emotion and love come pouring out of the song's feel good melody. Box Turtle finish their new five-song EP with the six-minute, storied blues of "Sarsaparilla Mountain" and the beautiful emotion-filled "Take It All With You." To find out more about Box Turtle and their latest release "The Chocolate Chip Mothership," please visit facebook.com/boxturtlerocks.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Jazz pianist Jeremy Monteiro has teamed up with fellow artists Jay Anderson (bass) and Lewis Nash (drums) for the new album "Live At No Black Tie." The nine song release is a mixture of originals and covers, beginning with Dave Brubeck's elegant "In Your Own Sweet Way," which is one of Monteiro's favorite songs to perform. Jay and Lewis allow Jeremy's piano work to lead the way, as they keep a steady pace to open the album. The trio continues with a couple more cover songs, the up-tempo vibe of "Just In Time" and the admiring touch of Duke Ellington's "Prelude To A Kiss," featuring a bass solo from Jay Anderson. Next comes a string of Monteiro's originals, included with swinging melody of "Mode For Love" and the be-bop flow of "Mount Olive." This amazing jazz trio wraps up their show with the quiet, gentle touch of "Life Goes On" and the exciting, energetic cover of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man." To find out more about the "Live At No Black Tie" album from Jeremy Monteiro, Jay Anderson and Lewis Nash, please visit jeremymonteiro.onuniverse.com.
Another trio making their presence known is the Portland-based band, The Rebecca Kilgore Trio. Their new album titled appropriately "Vol. 1," features thirteen cover songs, mixing well-known classics with rare gems that the band turns into one of their own. The album begins with an homage to American pianist Bix Beiderbecke with "Dear Bix," as the trio introduces you to their smooth jazz sound. They pick the tempo up with the more familiar Johnny Mercer classic "Day In Day Out" and the more playful, swinging melody of "Run, Little Raindrop Run" from the 1939 film "Springtime In The Rockies." Rebecca adds some lyrics to the poetic ballad "Talking To Myself About You" and her husband, Dick Titterington adds some more depth to "Like The Brightest Star" with his performance on the cornet, along with Randy Porter on piano and Tom Wakeling on bass. The Rebecca Kilgore Trio wraps up their new album with the Rodgers and Hammerstein penned "The Gentleman Is A Dope" and "There's A Small Hotel" from the 1936 show "On Your Toes." To find out more about The Rebecca Kilgore Trio and their latest release "Vol. 1," please visit rebeccakilgore.com.
Finally, we have the debut album from jazz vocal prodigy Anais Reno, who begins her recording career with "Lovesome Thing: Anais Reno Sings Ellington & Strayhorn." Reno recorded this album last year, when she was only sixteen years old, but her vocals have a much more mature sound than what may have been expected. She begins with some scat-singing on the opener "Caravan," as her backing band (led by pianist Emmet Cohen) also lets their presence known on this iconic Duke Ellington track. The gentle flow of "Mood Indigo" showcases Reno's vocals well beyond her years, before becoming more playful with the light-hearted melody of "Still In Love." Band leader Emmet Cohen adds a bit of the blues to Ellington's "I'm Just A Luck So And So," as Anais' voice once again steals the spotlight with her sultry vocals. The album closes with the gentle, floating sounds of "All Roads Lead Back To You" and the swinging rhythm of "Take The 'A' Train," which allows Cohen to display his talents on the piano. To find out more about Anais Reno and her latest release "Lovesome Thing: Anais Reno Sing Ellington & Strayhorn," please visit anaisreno.com.
Monday, April 12, 2021
New Music From Independent Artists Steve Hunt, Michael Whalen, Afro Yaqui Music Collective and Ahmed Warshanna
Jazz pianist Steve Hunt recently released his latest studio album titled "Connections." It features loads of special guests who Steve has connected with over the years and the songs have a special connection to him. Steve has performed along side many great jazz artists like Freddy Hubbard, Kenny G and Allen Holdsworth, and has invited Jimmy Haslip, Vinnie Colaiuta and Gary Husband (just to name a few) on his new album. The new nine-song release begins with funky rhythms and energetic sax of "Now's The Time," which continues to build with energy. Next, Steve pays homage to the Native Americans, with the eleven-minute tribal flow of "Prayer For A New Day (Cherokee Morning Song)," then delivers the jazz fusion piece "First Creation," led by the guitar work of Randy Roos. Steve Hunt finally shows off his skills on the keyboard for the more ambient flow of "Carry On," before finishing his new album with the energetic solos of "Le Zonage Trois" and the nearly fourteen-minute free form jazz closer "Connections." To find out more about Steve Hun and his latest release, please visit stevehunt.bandcamp.com.
Next, we take a sonic trip with "Future Shock," the latest album from Emmy-Award winning composer Michael Whalen. He has assembled a stellar line-up, including Tony Levin (King Crimson), Simon Phillips (Toto) and Bob Magnuson. His new album features ten tracks, beginning with the upbeat, title track "Future Shock," which feels like it could have found a home on the "Tron Legacy" soundtrack. Whalen and his band shift gears to a more jazz fusion sound with the keyboard/horn duel of "Hop, Skip, Jump," before slowing down for the mellow soundscape of "Lights Of Home." He picks the energy up once again with the exciting electronic rock infused melody of "Poly Jam," before closing out his new album with nostalgic jazz touch of "Morning Song," along with the gentle emotions of "Your Eyes, Your Touch, Your Kiss." To find out more about Michael Whalen and his latest release "Future Shock," please visit michaelwhalen.com.
The award-winning, multilingual jazz band, Afro Yaqui Music Collective have recently released a new six-song album titled "Maroon Futures." The band is led by frontwomen Gizelxanath Rodriguez, who takes her experiences of growing up Mexican and American along with her ancestry as an Indigenous Yaqui woman and mixes that with a group of elite musicians to create some truly unique and exciting jams. The album begins with "Nonantizin," as Gizelxanath skats along with the band on this high-energy introduction track. The music gets more funky and exotic on "Sister Soul," as you feel the band's passion for what that stand for in their performance. A Latin sound is spread across "La Cigarra" and a more modern jazz fusion approach is the common thread on "We Refuse To Be Used And Abused." The album wraps up with the more experimental nature of "Insurrealista," as each instrument looks to support the direction it wants to go. To find out more about the latest release from the Afro Yaqui Music Collective jazz band, please visit afroyaquimusiccollective.com.
Last, but not least we have the debut album from newcomer, jazz guitarist Ahmed Warshanna titled "Ishta." Ahmed brought together his experiences of growing up in an Eyptian-American household, along with experience of watching his mother battle breast cancer to these five emotional instrumentals. The album begins with the slow-simmering opening of "Inty Omry," as Ahmed lets his emotions take the song in whichever direction his chooses. Ahmed and his band continue with a more traditional jazz sound with "Alf Leila," while the soft tones of "Samaka" just float on by as you listen intently to capture every note. He finishes his new album with beautiful dance of horns, guitar and piano of "Intisar." To find out more about Ahmed Warshanna and his latest release "Ishta," please visit ahmedwarshanna.com.
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Back in March, Century Media Records unleashed the full-length debut album from the Ohio death metal band, Sanguisugabogg. Their new album "Tortured Whole" features eleven tracks of great grimy music, drawn from their enjoyment of cult horror classic b-movies, like "Dead Alive." They kick things off with the growling vocals and grinding guitars of "Menstrual Envy" and the hard-pounding rhythm of "Gored In The Chest." The tempo picks up with the more chaotic bashing of "Dragged By A Truck," while "Dead As Shit" and "Dick Filet" try to shock with the combination of sexual acts and violence. Sanguisugabogg close out their new album with the thrash metal approach of "Urinary Ichor" and the final sonic blast of "Felching Filth." To find out more about the debut album from death metal band Sanguisugabogg, please visit facebook.com/sanguisugabogg.
Also debuting back in March is the latest set of songs from Australian hardcore punk band, Stepson. Their new album "Help Me, Help You" features eleven tracks that look to simply crush your skull with the shear force of their music. They begin with the screaming vocals of "Learning To Let Go," as you are blown back into your seat by the music's shear force. Stepson continue to come at you with the powerful blast of "Run" and "The Entire History Of You," which fully demonstrates the band's passion for their music. The slow down the tempo for the more melodic tone of "I Wish," before wrapping up their new album with the hardcore wave of "Come With Me" and the more mainstream, youthful sounds of "Say Something." To find out more about Stepson and their latest release "Help Me, Help You," please visit stepsonpunk.com.
Philadelphia metal band, The Drowned God have returned with a new album "Pale Home," released March 26th through Solid State Records. Their new ten track release kicks off with the hardcore attack of "I Met You" and the aggressive screams of "Buried In The Room." They continue with the chaos of "Awake In The Morning," as The Drowned God showcase the growth and maturity in their music with the doom metal appeal of "Near Spanish Lake" and the big, loud sounding crash of "All Haunted." They finish their new album with the feedback-type buzzing of ""Gnashing Of Teeth" and the nine-minute epic closer "You Remained Silent." To find out more about The Drowned God and their latest release "Pale Home," please visit thedrownedgodband.com.
Escape The Fate continue their rise up the heavy metal charts with their new album "Chemical Warfare." It is the band's seventh studio album in the last fifteen years and features a dozen new tracks that are filled with the band's signature addictive, hard rock sound. They begin with the high-energy of "Lightning Strike," which has been perfectly built for the arena once we return to live shows very soon. Violinist/singer Lindsey Stirling joins Escape The Fate on the heavy-pounding of "Invincible," adding her signature classical/pop violin solo to the song's aggressive backdrop. The take turn in the pop/rock direction with "Unbreakable" and "Erase You," before Travis Barker (Blink-182) lends a hand on the band's hard rock return with "Not My Problem." Escape The Fate wrap up their new album with the large, powerful sound of "Ashes (Broken World)" and the quiet, melodic ballad "Walk On." To find out more about Escape The Fate and their latest release "Chemical Warfare," please visit facebook.com/escapethefate.
Oregon-based heavy metal band, Bewitcher are also making their Century Media Records debut with their latest release "Cursed Be Thy Kingdom." A western-style, acoustic/electric guitar instrumental leads the way into the band's new ten track release, which explodes into the metal attack of "Death Returns..." Bewitcher speed things up with the quick-hitting beats of "Electric Phantoms," while also delivering a nostalgic, classic heavy metal sound with "Mystifier (White Night City)." They go all out thrash on the speed-drumming of "Cursed Be Thy Kingdom," before closing out their new album with the stellar metal musicianship of "The Widow's Blade" and the chugging finale of "Sign Of The Wolf." To find out more about Bewitcher and their latest release "Cursed Be Thy Kingdom," please visit bewitcher.us.
Friday, April 9, 2021
The wait is almost over for the arrival of the full-length debut album from the Los Angeles-based rock quartet, Dirty Honey. Their new self-titled release will arrive on April 23rd through Dirt Records. They have been burning up the rock singles charts with their songs "California Dreamin'" and "When I'm Gone," which has already surpassed 10 million listens on Spotify. They have also been name one of "Rolling Stones" magazine's "Artists You Need To Know," along with a number of positive early acclaim.
Their new self-titled album features eight tracks, beginning with the blazing guitar and addictive chorus of the lead single "California Dreamin'." Dirty Honey display a youthful swagger to their sound, as displayed in the rock and roll strut of "The Wire" and "Tied Up," as they combine elements from their early music influences, along with a raw, soulful, pure rock appeal. Their youthfulness comes shining through on the ahrd-rocking, swift-moving "Gypsy," before they wrap up their new album with funk-infused rhythm and big guitar sound of "No Warning," along with the blues-based closer "Another Last Time." To find out more about Dirty Honey and their self-titled debut album, please visit dirtyhoney.com.
Thursday, April 8, 2021
There's nothing better than a new Motorhead release! On April 23rd, Silver Lining Music/Motorhead Music are unleashing "Louder Than Noise...Live In Berlin." This show was recorded on the band's "Kings Of The Road Tour" and features their December 5, 2012 show at the Berlin Velodrom in Germany. It was one of the band's biggest shows in that country, performing for over 12,000 crazed fans and will be available as a CD and bonus DVD set and as a double-vinyl release.
This live performance shows Motorhead at the top of their game, as they have been performing as a trio for over a decade at this point. This 15-song set showcases many of Motorhead's most well-known, fan favorites like "Damage Case," "Stay Clean" and "Going To Brazil." The show kicks off with "I Know How To Die," as Lemmy's signature vocals lead the pack on this high-powered attack, driven by Phil Campbell guitar and Mikkey Dee's drumming. The sound on this new live release is outstanding, especially for sitting in the vaults for almost a decade. The rawness of the guitars on "Metropolis" feel like a buzzsaw ripping through your speakers, before Mikkey Dee speeds the tempo up for the incredible, mosh-pit igniting "Over The Top." Lemmy dives back into his catalog for a jamming version of "The Chase Is Better Than The Catch," along with the rarely performed "The One To Sing The Blues." The show finishes with the three-headed monster attack of "Killed By Death," the immortal anthem "Ace Of Spades" and an eight-minute epic closer "Overkill." To find out more about this new amazing live album "Louder Than Noise...Live In Berlin" arriving from Motorhead, please visit facebook.com/OfficialMotorhead.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band have returned with a new studio album "Dance Songs For Hard Times." The album was produced by Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton) and was recorded using cutting edge technology from the 1950s. During these recent hard times, Rev. Peyton wrote us a set of song to help ease the suffering and give us hope. The new eleven song release begins with the rockabilly guitar swagger and preacher-style vocals of "Ways And Means," along with the swift, psychobilly punk-infused "Rattle Can." You can feel the emotion in his voice during the blues of "Dirty Hustlin'," while "I'll Pick Your Up" carries a nostalgic rock and roll sound that is driven by some stellar, raw steel guitar work. The Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band blast through the tears of "Sad Songs," with their gospel-like, Americana music style. The album finishes with the country rock blast of "'Til We Die" and the swampy, southern blues redemption of "Come Down Angels." To find out more about the new album "Dance Songs For Hard Times" from Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band, please visit bigdamnband.com.
Fellow Americana artists Cole Quest and The City Pickers are also preparing to release a set of new songs titled "Self (En) Titled." Cole is grandson of legendary folk artist Woody Guthrie and his latest batch of music aims right at your musical soul, with a simple, classic sound for all to enjoy. The new six-song EP begins with the up-tempo strumming of "Ostrich Therapy," as you can hear that iconic Guthrie tone in Cole's vocals. The album continues with the story-telling lyrics of "The Bitcoin Gambler" and a cover of his grandfather's "Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key," using the music Billy Bragg originally created for the song. Cole Quest and The City Pickers wrap up their latest release with the soft, beautiful emotions of "My Sweet Little Girl" and the bluegrass strumming of "If I Still Had You." To find out more about Cole Quest and The City Pickers' new album "Self (En) Titled," please visit colequest.com.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
The immortal Peggy Lee was the subject of a new, updated 2020 PBS documentary titled "Fever: The Music Of Peggy Lee," which features loads of special guests paying tribute to the artist. To accompany that film, Omnivore Recordings will release a 40-track, two-disc set titled "Something Wonderful: Peggy Lee Sings The Great American Songbook." The songs are taken from Lee's radio program from 1951-1952, and many of the songs have never been issued before.
The first nine tracks are some of the most well-known songs in American history, like "Come Rain Or Come Shine," "That Old Black Magic" and "Jeepers Creepers." The set even begins with a duet between Peggy Lee and Johnny Mercer on "Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive." Next, Lee moves on to the timeless greats from the Rodgers & Hart & Hammerstein songbooks. The quality various slightly between certain groups of songs, but not enough to distract the listener from her wonderful renditions of "The Lady Is A Tramp" and "Something Wonderful," as Peggy Lee sings with style and grace. Most of the songs are less that two-minutes long, as you get these extended glimpses of her vocal talents on the Cole Porter classics "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "What Is This Thing Called Love?" Songwriter Matt Dennis joins Peggy Lee on her radio show for a duet medley that includes "We Belong Together," "Angel Eyes" and "Let's Get Away From It All."
The second disc begins with one of Peggy Lee's most famous songs "It's A Good Day," along with the fun, upbeat flair of "Manana." Hoagy Carmichael joins Lee on her radio show for a medley of his numbers, including the bluesy "Georgia On My Mind" and the gentle, quiet duet of "Two Sleepy People." The energy picks back up with Lee's performances of Frank Loesser's "Hoop Dee Doo," "Jingle Jangle Jingle" and "A Bushel And A Peck." The set closes with beautiful renditions of "Unforgettable," "Try A Little Tenderness" and "All Of Me." The accompanying 16-page booklet features new essay and liner notes by Joe Marchese (The Second Disc) along with a few great photos. To find out more about "Something Wonderful: Peggy Lee Sings The Great American Songbook," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.
Monday, April 5, 2021
Back in 1976, Lynyrd Skynyrd performed at the Knebworth Festival along side fellow greats, Todd Rundgren's Utopia, 10cc and The Rolling Stones. Skynyrd were riding a creative and commercial high with their most recent album at the time "Gimme Back My Bullets," and their live shows were soaked in good old fashion rock and roll. On April 9th, Eagle Rock Entertainment will show proof of that with the release of Lynyrd Skynyrd's live performance from that Knebworth Festival in '76, as a CD + DVD set, a CD + Blu-ray set and a limited edition double-vinyl + DVD set.
The vinyl, audio only, portion of this set is great and mastered perfectly. The music has a deep, strong bass backdrop, which allows the piano, guitars and vocals to work together out front. Billy Powell's piano solo stands out early on during the opener "Working For MCA," while the three-headed guitar attack of Garry Rossington, Allen Collins and Steve Gains take over "Mr. Saturday Night Special" and "Whiskey Rock-A-Roller." Ronnie Van Zant's vocals are right up front in this new release, as he leads the band through the classics "Gimme Three Steps" and "Call Me The Breeze." Lynyrd Skynyrd turn the country staple "T For Texas" into an Allman Brothers Band-style southern rocker with the addition of some blues slide guitar, as the band finally loosen up for "Sweet Home Alabama." The highlight of the set in the nearly fourteen-minute version of "Freebird," which takes up the entire fourth side of this double-vinyl set. If the rumors are true that extra crowd noise was added to this release, it's not as noticeable on the audio portion than it is on the video portion.
The video on the DVD is clean and clear and feel like it has been remastered for this new edition of the Knebworth Festival. The classic filming style of concerts is a nice break from today's fast paced cut-aways that try and capture every moment on stage. There are time during the video of this performance where the musician performing the solo is not even on camera. The filtered audience feels like a distraction, since most of the shots of the audience are sitting down with only a couple people dancing. The wide shot of the 150,000-plus people is more impressive that zooming in on individuals. Skynyrd put on a top-notch performance, as drumming Artimus Pyle and police hat wearing bassist Leon Wilkeson work their ass off, laying down the foundation for the band to perform a strong, concise, hits filled show.
The Blu-ray also contains the bonus documentary "If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd," which explores the band's history. In my opinion, vinyl is the only way that Lynyrd Skynyrd should be listened to and you will not be disappointed with this new live release. To find out more about Lynyrd Skynyrd "Live At Knebworth '76," please visit lynyrdskynyrd.com.
Sunday, April 4, 2021
Saturday, April 3, 2021
Back in May 2016, fellow music artists got together for a concert celebrating the life of English keyboardist Keith Emerson, who passed away in March of that year. In honor of Emerson, Cherry Red Records is releasing a four-disc (2 DVD/2 CD) box set titled "Fanfare For The Uncommon Man: The Official Keith Emerson Tribute Concert." The 21-track audio version of the show begins with the gentle flow of the solo piano piece "Prelude To Hope," before this cast of all-star musicians, including Steve Lukather, Eddie Jobson, Greg Bissonette and many more, explodes into the ELP classic "Karn Evil 9 (1st Impression Part 2)." The show continues with the exciting, energetic back-to-back instrumentals "The Barbarian" and "Hoedown," before slowing everything down for the touching, classical sounding musical piece "Tribute To Keith." Then comes the eleven-minute epic prog-rock number "The Endless Enigma," which everyone involved does a masterful job at this performance. This amazing all-star band run through many classics including "Tank," "From The Beginning" and of course "Lucky Man," before wrapping the evening up with the pounding rhythm of "Fanfare For The Common Man" and the swinging soul of "Are You Ready, Eddy?." One of the DVDs include the entire two-hour plus and the other DVD features behind the scenes footage, interviews with the performance and full tribute speeches. To find out more about this amazing new tribute to Keith Emerson, please visit cherryred.co.uk.
Friday, April 2, 2021
Back in 1955, American poet Allen Ginsberg first read his "Howl" poem at San Francisco's Six Gallery. In attendance was novelist Jack Kerouac, fellow poet/activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Beat Generation writer Neal Cassady. Ginsberg would be best known for his "Howl" poem, which is considered one of the greatest works of American literature and was also banned due to its sexual references. In 1956, Allen Ginsberg was invited to Reed's College in Portland, Oregon to read his "Howl" poem once again. This time, it would be recorded by the college for a possible release, but the recording was eventually lost for over 50 years. The recording was discover in a box of tapes in 2007, but was never officially released until now, for its 65th anniversary. Omnivore Recordings has released "Allen Ginsberg At Reed College: The First Recorded Reading of Howl & Other Poems" on April 2nd on CD and special edition "Reed Red" vinyl.
On February 14th, 1956, Allen Ginsberg took to the stage and ran through some of his other poems, as a sort of opening act, before diving into his "Howl" poem, which was just become this timeless poem that has lasted for over six decades. He reads calmly through some short tales like "Wild Orphan" and "A Supermarket In California," before flipping through the pages of his book to introduce the main event, "Howl." The sixteen-minute poem, read by the artist, is spoken with a passion that Ginsberg had for his work. Hearing this iconic piece of art told by the artist is second to none, as he stresses parts of the poem that he wanted to make a statement, before closing with his political charge for change. To find out more about "Allen Ginsberg At Reed College," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.
Another brand new release from Danbury Fair Recordings arrives April 2nd from singer, songwriter, guitarist Jon Klages. Klages was the lead guitarist for the 1980's Hoboken pop band, The Individuals, which ruled the club scene in New York and New Jersey. Jon's beautiful, melodic tone lays the ground work for his new album, "Fabulous Twilight," which features eleven tracks, beginning with the swirling R&B vibe of "Best That We Can" and the blues infused ballad "Fabulous Twilight," which highlights Jon's soulful vocals. The energy picks up with the guitar boogie instrumental "Too Cool For Spy School," before adding a bit of funk to the rhythm of "Kazoos Are People Too." Jon wraps up his new album with the soft rock approach of "God Bless The Columbia House Record Club," as he names his favorite artists, along with the short solo piano piece "Goin' Home." To find out more about Jon Klages and his latest release "Fabulous Twilight," please visit jonklages.bandcamp.com.
Thursday, April 1, 2021
New York City-based surf instrumental band, The Supertones recently released their new album "Made In Japan." It was recorded live in the studio during the pandemic of 2020 and features a positive, lively sound that everyone needs right now. Their new twelve song album begins with the opening adrenaline shot of "Sayonara Siberian Railroad" and the wonderful melody of the more well-known surf instrumental "Geronimo," made famous by The Shadows. The Supertones quickly make their way through the short, swift hitting "Night Sky Star," while "Blue Star Dust" sounds like the perfect soundtrack for driving down a deserted road, just wondering where it ends up. The beautiful guitar strumming of "Hula Girl," gives off a more relaxing vibe, before finishing the album with the sonic jolt of energy in "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise," along with nostalgic vibe of "Subway." To find out more about The Supertones and their latest release "Made In Japan," please visit facebook.com/theSupertonesSurf.
Guitarist Paul Agar also recently released a new album "Across The Pacific" through his latest project, The South Pasifika Sound Project. This album combines two of his loves, steel guitar and the South Pacific region. While Paul handles most of the instrumentation, he does invite some native island artists to lend a hand on these eight new tracks. The album begins with the uplifting island sway of gliding "Across The Pacific," as Paul incorporates many different guitars to accomplish the perfect setting for the album. He continues with the laid back vibe of "Moso's Footprint," which flows perfectly into "Aitutaki," as the island rhythm and Paul's soft guitar work balance the song energy. You can feel the passion in his performance of "Sola," which pays homage to the women water drummers of the Banks Islands in northern Vanuatu. Paul Agar and The South Pasifika Sound Project wrap up the album with the layers sounds and island chant of "Anahulu," along with storied tone of "Tarawera," about the volcanic eruption of Mt. Tarawera. To find out more about The South Pasifika Sound Project and its latest release "Across The Pacific," please visit bandcamp.com/tag/the-south-pasifika-sound-project.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Poet, composer, vocalist Lara Solnicki recently released her new studio album "The One And The Other" back on March 12. Lara describes her new set of song as "tone poems," beginning with the epic eight-minute opener "Bit Her Sweet Christopher Street." The song's melody floats along the background, supporting Lara angelic vocals, as she tells us a tale with her poetic writing. Next, Lara uses her voice as an instrument on the playful, experimental mellow jazz of "Idee Fixe," before returning to the sweet, warm tones of "The Embrace." Lara closes her new album with a three-part suite titled "The One And The Other," which begins with a mix of spoken word poetry and the elegant vocals of "Pass A Glass," as she tells us another tale through this jazz/rock opera. The finishing track of the three-part suite returns Lara and her band back to more familiar territory with the free-form jazz of "Hollow The Need." To find out more about Lara Solnicki and her latest release "The One And The Other," please visit larasolnicki.com.
Singer, songwriter Cindy Alexander returns with her tenth studio album "While The Angels Sigh," which will be released on April 23rd. It features eleven tracks that deal with some of the most difficult times in Cindy's life, from her mother's dementia to the pandemic to the civil rights protests going on throughout the country. Her songs reflect these times with heart and emotion, beginning with the build-up chorus of "The Power Of You," showing strength in one's individuality to change the world. The album's lead single "Broken But Beloved" is a loving ballad with a slight country tone, which gives it a more personal feel. There are two versions of her song "Try, Try, Try" (original and acoustic), which finds Cindy pouring her heart and emotions into this inspirational piece. The energy picks up with the country flow of "Alizarin Crimson" and the empowering lyrics of "Lightning." She wraps up her new album with a truthful, stripped-down version of James Taylor's "Carolina In My Mind" and bright, shining motivational sound of "Walking Constellation." To find out more about Cindy Alexander and her latest release "While The Angels Sigh," please visit facebook.com/cindyalexander.music.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Monday, March 29, 2021
Arriving April 16th is a new album release from guitarist extraordinaire DarWin. His latest effort titled "DarWin 3: Unplugged" features stripped down and orchestra versions of tracks from his first two albums. These songs first appeared as part of a limited edition double vinyl release of his second album "DarWin 2: A Frozen War," but are now getting their own stand-alone release. The new eight-track album begins with the grand orchestral delivery of "Escape The Maze," which is from his debut album "Origin Of Species." The beautiful acoustics combined with the emotional strings gives songs like "Nightmare Of My Dreams" and "Forever" another dimension to its presentation. One of the few songs with lyrics is "On Horizon," which still carries that progressive feel, even with this stripped down, unplugged version. DarWin wraps up his new album with the exciting orchestral delivery of "Last Chance" and a great acapella version of "Another Year," which features some exceptional harmonies that may make this version more elite than the original. To find out more about DarWin and his latest release "DarWin 3: Unplugged," please visit darwin.tmstor.es.
Progressive rock songwriter, musician and Yes fan Mike Tiano recently released his debut album "Creetisvan," with help from musicians Billy Sheerwood, David Sancious and Randy George to name a few guests. Tiano may be best known for starting the Yes fanzine "Notes From The Edge," along with creating their official website, YesWorld. Now, he has written, sung and performed most of the guitar tracks on his new "autobiographical" album, which begins with "There Behind You," which flows with attention grabbing solos and an addictive chorus. While Mike's vocals may not be the most accomplished, he pours his heart into the acoustic tale of "On Hold," while "Dance Of The Little Guys" carries that progressive tone that Mike has followed throughout his career with Yes. When Mike strips down his sound, as in "A Natural" is when you see the artist within, which allows his songwriting talents to shine. He closes out his new album with the graceful, floating melody of "The Evergreens" and the up-beat, grand finale prog-rock number "Emerge Triumphant." To find out more about Mike Tiano and his latest release "Creetisvan," please visit miketiano.com.