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UK Cult Classic Rock Group SAD CAFE Documentary DVD

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Monday, March 23, 2015
 
At home on stage and in the studio, seven-piece Sad Cafe followed 10cc out of Manchester and into the charts.

This hour-long TV showcase from the Rockstage series, filmed by Central Television, Nottingham, in 1980, majors on the hit album 'Facades', and includes the hits 'Strange Little Girl', 'Every Day Hurts' and 'My Oh My'.

Fronted by charismatic singer Paul Young, who went on to find success with Genesis spin-off, Mike + The Mechanics, and who sadly passed away in 2000, Sad Caf' were at their peak in 1980 coming off of the success of their top 5 hit, 'Every Day Hurts' from the top 10 album 'Facades' 

Paul's wife Pat Young, drummer Dave Irving and guitarist Ashley Mulford have supplied their memories of a night that caught Sad Cafe at the height of their performing powers.

They were arguably a band out of time in the new-wave era, but their musicianship and showmanship has stood the test of time.

This set, released in the UK on March 23rd, features a full DVD of the performance and a bonus CD of the entire show. Find Sad Caf' on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/SadCafeTourDatesAndNews

To purchase the album from Amazon, click here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Access-All-Areas-Sad-Caf%C3%A9/dp/B00T2T9CXQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1425386151&sr=1-1&keywords=5014797891982
 
 
Tue
17
Mar

JOE MATERA Continues Guitar Legacy with 'Louder Than Words'

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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LOUDER THAN WORDS - JOE MATERA
 
Press Release: For Australian rocker Joe Matera, 'Louder Than Words', makes it clear from the outset that he has moved on both musically and lyrically. Words have now gathered and drifted in top position on half of the songs, now carrying darker, headier themes that seem fittingly in sync with the times we find ourselves living through.
Take Joe's brief and precocious opener, 'Intro 1 V'. Just a morsel, really, but one that offers hints of Nine Inch Nails and elements of Germanic angst. Not a strain that has featured too heavily in Joe's previous outings. The darkness floods through the preceding single and title song.
 
Thumping slowly through a rhythmic, a song of self-analysis, ironically suggesting that images, symbols and, I guess, sounds can speak louder to the soul that words. Within the context of this album, with its array of lyrical themes, a lovely juxtaposition. Throughout the nine tracks, there remains one constant. I refer to my opening statement. Today's Joe Matera sound is a gargantuan, grey, rolling tank, softened beautifully by the cushion of production. On top of this gentle darkness sit both lyrics and melodies that, in place, evoke the most unlikely genres. Take 'Movin' On', slotting neatly in place here is a most unexpected hint of '80s pop ... that bright, brash, courageously unpretentious glare that gave us such glorious lightness. A song that, indeed, flits between the black and the white.
 
And that is the key to the entire album, really. A truly unexpected place where eclecticism marries traditional tendencies. In an age when simplistic genre template artists remain depressingly in place, here is an album of the guitar, the voice and other machines. Louder Than Words is officially released via W.A.R. Productions/Mercury Fire Music on April 28, 2015. 
 
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Tue
17
Mar

Double Stop Podcast - JOEY ALLEN (Warrant)

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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This week on The Double Stop Podcast: Joey Allen (Warrant) gives us a full overview of his career. He discusses the early days of Warrant, and their heyday in the late 80’s. He also shares why he left the band after Dog Eat Dog, what he did in the years before his return, reflects on Jani Lane, and looks forward to the next CD, and when that will be recorded.

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http://thedoublestop.com/ep-51-joey-allen-warrant/
 
Tue
17
Mar

Introducing INSTINCT Featuring BJ Laneby

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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M.ILL.ION main man beats death and forms new band!
 
B.J LANEBY Bass guitar
 
After 25 years, seven highly critically acclaimed albums, charting and international touring, M.ILL.ION founder and bass guitarist B.J Laneby decided to put the band to rest. Now he´s back with a strong new band from Sweden and he´s very excited about it. B.J: “ At the end of our [M.ILL.ION] UK tour with Heaven & Earth last summer, I became very ill and actually nearly died. I literally had one foot in the grave. After spending several months in intensive care both in England and in Sweden and once conscious and recovering, let´s say I had a lot of time to think… A situation like that makes one get a new perspective on life, believe me!  Musicwise... I needed new energy and found myself curious about the prospect of playing with other musicians. The M.ILL.ION members were of course great and I´m really proud of what the different lineups of that band have created through the years. It´s been a tremendous ride that took me to the international stages, worldclass studios, and made me a colleague of several of my former teenage idols! However, it became evident that now is the time for me to move on and turn the page. Time to leave the comfort zone and collaborate with a new team. And, I am grateful to have found some super-talented guys!  To alleviate any possible confusion, let me clarify...INSTINCT is a BAND, not a project!”
 
STEFANO MARCHESINI Lead vocals
 
BJ: Ever since I heard him sing in a Rainbow tribute-band and then coproduced the debut of his former band Human Race back in the 90`s, I always had this guy in mind. Fantastic voice and a nice guy. No wonder he´s been compared to “Dio and Jeff Scott Soto on a good day” by critics. I´d like to add that he knows his Coverdale and Paul Stanley as well.
 
MAGNUS MILD Lead guitar
 
BJ: He was recommended to me by Stefano and what a monster he is! A true guitar hero nailing everything from blues and rock´n roll to really advanced progressive music. Has a very melodic feeling as well, something I really appreciate. Came to the audition wearing a vintage KISS Cobo Hall t-shirt, which of course didn´t close any doors ;-)
 
JOHAN HÄLL Drums
 
BJ: I brought him from M.ILL.ION´s last line up. He was never on any of our records, but has sure proved himself on tours. He´s great to play with and has that Ian Paice - swing. Cool overall musician as well, not that common for drummers. Looking forward to finally record with him and adding to that I´m afraid there might be some laughs on tour…
 
TBA:  Keyboards
 
BJ: A keyboardist/organist is required as well, but, as of this writing, the right player hasn´t showed up yet. Until this happens, sessionplayers will be used. Style of music: Well, let´s just say the auditions included songs from Deep Purple, Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy as well as M.ILL.ION material that B.J wrote or co-wrote. This should give you an idea of the musical direction...however, everybody involved will bring something to the table...so look forward to high quality classic hard rock with melodies and some twists. Expect the band´s debut single and video to be released in the spring of 2015 followed by a full album. Stay tuned for more news soon!
 
 
 
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Mar

CLAY HOWARD To Release First Solo Album April 17

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Friday, April 17, 2015
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NC Musician, Clay Howard, to release first solo album on April 17 via Rocksteady Records

Long Time North Carolina musician and author, Clay Howard will release his first full-length solo album on April 17, 2015 via rocksteady records.

The 10 song collection was produced and recorded with Minneapolis producer/musician, Brynn Arens. Mr. Arens is the lead singer and guitarist for The Oddfathers, and former lead singer of 90's favorites, Flipp.

"After the demise of my long-time band, stratocruiser, I wanted to put something out that reflected more of my own musical vision. With stratocruiser I was chiefly a lyricist, and wanted to release songs that were my own from conception to recording." said Clay. "I reached out to Brynn on a lark, and to my great surprise he said "yes! The resulting album is a nice 10 song slice of genuine rock and roll."

The album, entitled, Who the Hell is Clay Howard, will be available at all the usual online retailers and digital outlets, as well as via one of Clay's websites: www.clayhoward.com or www.thesilveralerts.com.


A lyrics video has been released in advance of the album: www.youtube.com/watch?v=05hGTTrWfzo
 
About Clay Howard: Clay is a 25+ year veteran of the NC music scene, having released 10 albums of original material in various bands. He currently resides in Kernersville, NC with his wife and three of his four children, their dogs, Scout and Atticus, and one fat cat- Calpurrnia.
 
Tue
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Mar

Totally Driven Radio Podcast - VIXEN

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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Totally Driven Radio, the weekly radio podcast heard live every Thursday night from 8 11 pm Est time on the Totaally Driven Entertainment Radio Network, hosted by Bay Ragni and Nick Wilkinson covers the world of sports and entertainment each week, as well as bringing you celebrity guests interviews.

Totally Driven Radio have recently been talking with the band Madam-X about being guest on Totally Driven Radio, but when all 4 members were presented to us, I asked if I could do individual interviews to get 4 sides of the story of Madam-X and more. So this is Part 4 of 4 with our drummer of both Madam-X & Vixen .. Roxy Petrucci

Roxy talked with Bay Ragni, for over 45 minutes for a very open interview to discuss a ton of topics like:

**Was there a specific drummer or influence that made her choose drums
**What did her parents think when her & Maxine changed their musical style to rock
**If guys gave them flack for being female rock musicians
**Talked about Madam-X going to LA to get a record deal, and doing that after 2 shows
**Her thoughts on Don Arden, and if he did right by the band
**Roxy tried out for David Lee Roth’s solo band, after he left VH
**Leaving Madam-X
**Joining Vixen
**Being part of the Metal Years Documentary
**Getting the call from Jan Kuehnemund to put the reunite the original band, and then Jan became sick with cancer, and sadly passed away.
**The new Madam-X Single “Another 80’s Rock Song”

You can listen here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHQ5fDDY5b8

Remember to listen to Totally Driven Radio every Thursday, and Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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Tue
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Mar

Right To Rock Podcast - DORO PESCH

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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TheRighttoRock.com has issued their latest podcast (episode #187), featuring Vocalist Doro Pesch. Doro took time out of her busy schedule to discuss her upcoming U.S. tour, as well as her upcoming 30th anniversary DVD. Interview lasts approx. 30 min.
The lads are hitting their stride with the second full show of the year as they discuss the topic of the CD boxed set. Does it have the same relevance it once enjoyed in this digital era? Tune in as Genghis & Ragman discuss what they consider the best ones and what they like to see in an official boxed set of their favorite artists.

Then check out an interview with the Metal Queen herself, Doro Pesch, who discusses her plans for 2015 and what it's like being one of the few female metalheads who've been rocking as long and hard as she has.
 


 
 
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Mar

Producer Toby Wright Looks Back on KISS’ Carnival of Souls

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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Famed producer Toby Wright guests on the Decibel Geek podcast for a 2 part Albums Unleashed special covering KISS' controversial 1997 release Carnival of Souls.

Recommended by producer Bob Ezrin, Wright remembers his initial meeting with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, which took place at A&M Studios: “They kinda put it in my ear why I was there. They wanted to follow a little hip trend going on at the time called Grunge music. The bottom line was, like all artists, they wanted to sell records. Y’know, they want to be on top of the pile. Gene has a big competitive personality so he’s all about being on the top of the pile and whatever it takes to get there.”

Then-guitarist Bruce Kulick was a large creative force during the making of the album. Wright shares his memories of Kulick’s importance as well as a directive from him during pre-production meetings about how to get the most out of Simmons and Stanley for this very different album for KISS. “Bruce and I got really close during that whole record because he played most of the record. Without Bruce, this record wouldn’t exist, ever. During those initial “nobody’s around” conversations, I got inspiration from Bruce and instructions from Bruce that were like “You are gonna have to push the fuck out of these guys (Simmons & Stanley). Don’t be afraid.”

Other advice came from Ezrin who had worked with KISS on their previous album Revenge, “Bob’s told me some stories about Gene. He’s like “Watch out. One fucking smell of weakness and he’ll be all over you.” I’ll always remember that comment. So, I was like “Okay. I’m never gonna show any fear whatsoever that I’m in a room with one of my heroes. He’ll never know that.” He’ll take advantage; big time. He’ll smell fear in your eyes, it’s over for you as far as having any kind of control over a situation; especially in a producer situation where I’m in the studio co-producing with he and Paul (Stanley) and it’s the three of us “making decisions.” Who has the last say? Depends on what the issue is. If it’s something sonically, it’s usually me. If it’s something musical, it’s usually them. It just depends on how the conversation was going and who was the bolder lion that day (laughs).”

Wright was tapped to produce Carnival of Souls, in part, due to his previous work with Alice in Chains. In this 2 part special, Wright details how he pushed the members of the band to attempt harmony vocal takes that mirrored the Seattle quartet’s and how it, ultimately, would fall short in comparison, “It’s just an effect that I use, harmony vocals. I hear all the harmonies in my head like Layne (Staley) did. I do that on a lot of records I produce..Layne and JJerry (Cantrell), they had something special with it because they used notes that people don’t use, typically speaking. Layne and Jerry, theey just did it. That was a part of their art just like Van Gogh picking up a fucking paintbrush. That was their sound. With Gene and Paul, that’s stuff that’s songwriter-forced.  There’s more movement in what Layne and Jerry would’ve done instead of these guys (Simmons & Stanley).

While loved by a core group of KISS fans, the album overall was not embraced by the KISS Army stylistically. Wright remembers, “To be brought into a situation where I’m trying to make someone sound unlike themselves is difficult. I would have rather had this KISS album be entirely them and just do what you do; because that’s what you do. I think a larger number of their fans would have embraced it instead of fighting about “that sucks” or “that’s good.”
While in production, the band were very excited about the prospects of this change in sound and, according Wright, putting a lot of eggs into the Grunge basket, “I was already slated to produce the next one ..It was in my contractt. If this one had shipped platinum, I was to produce the next KISS album.”

As many now know, everything came to a halt one day in the studio when Simmons and Stanley called a meeting with Wright and the rest of the band to make an announcement that would have a major impact on the album as well as two of the band members, “We were about done with the record. Gene got the call. Somebody offered him 100 million to put back on the makeup with all the original members. And that announcement in that room; holy shit.We all knew right as the words came out off his mouth that we were done.“\Paul didn’t really look aroundd much. Gene, he was Paul Revere. He was the messenger that should’ve gotten shot (laughs).”

Carnival of Souls would soon thereafter leak on the internet and become a widely distributed bootleg album, with KISS fans snatching it up online as well as at KISS conventions. Rumors swirled that a member of the band may have been responsible for leaking the album. In this 2 part discussion Wright reflects, “I do remember getting questioned, big time. Who knows who did it? I have great ideas on who did it. If it was a band member, I’d just say it was for his personal gain and I’m sure he made a lot of fucking money.”

The album would finally get a proper release in October of 1997 when it was issued by Mercury Records with very little fanfare. Wright remembers the experience being very bittersweet, “I was thinking that I’m working on another multiplatinum album, and it should’ve been, and then all of a sudden they shelve it. 2 years later, now they’re releasing it and didn’t put any marketing push behind it and it’s like “Why did you bother?””

Parts 1 and 2 of Albums Unleashed Carnival of Souls with Toby Wright can be heard using the links below:

MP3 Links:
Part 1: http://traffic.libsyn.com/dbgeekshow/Albums_Unleashed_Carnival_of_Souls_1.mp3
Part 2: http://traffic.libsyn.com/dbgeekshow/Albums_Unleashed_Carnival_of_Souls_P.mp3
 
 
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Mar

THE MURDER OF MY SWEET Re-Sign To Frontiers For Third Album

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
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Frontiers Records are pleased to announce: "The Murder of My Sweet has signed with Frontiers for the release of their third studio album! "We are super happy to be on board with Frontiers again," says vocalist Angelica Rylin and we couldn't agree more with her sentiment!
New album coming this summer!
 
 

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