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THE UNCLEAN – Ohio Rock Trio Drops Second Full-Length: “The Eagle”

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, Music, news, Rock, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on February 22, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Ohio-based trio THE UNCLEAN has this month self-released their sophomore full-length album, in the process unleashing some of the most classic but contemporary, polluted but pristine Rock n’ Roll the underground has to offer.

Known for trolling Akron’s dive-bars and tattoo shops, the members of THE UNCLEAN collective pulled their resources together in 2007. Hailing from predominantly sludge/doom-scene acts including Rue, Fistula, Sofa King Killer, with this act the members crank out solid, no-frills, riff-heavy, Blues-based Rock anthems. With influences and comparisons tracing to classic acts like ZZ Top, Humble Pie, Thin Lizzy and Motörhead, the band self-released their debut album No Excuse Necessary in the Fall of 2008 and have since honed their soulful tunes even further on-stage regionally, alongside other hard-working local and touring acts.

At the end of 2012 the trio shacked-up in the studio to lay down the thunder that would culminate into their second full-length. The drums were recorded at Studio Time in Akron, Ohio (former Black Keys studio) by Jason Tarulli (current mastermind behind Black Keys live sound), and the rest of the album written, recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by the band in their own Unclean Studio. Now completed and available to the public once again in totally D.I.Y. fashion, THE UNCLEAN proudly offer their most honest and lively material yet with The Eagle.

Boasting nearly forty minutes of ballsy, Bluesy, beer-swilling anthems about good times and bad, guitarist/vocalist Bremmy (ex-Sofa King Killer, Honkeytonk Damnation), bassist Burns (ex-Rue, Nailblack, Fistula, Sofa King Killer), and drummer Frank The Tank (ex- Search Block) play it straight from hip, loud and in your face.

After releasing The Eagle this month digitally via all the usual online suspects (iTunes, Spotify, EMusic, Google Play and more), THE UNCLEAN will drop a CD version in the coming months alongside regional shows and sporadic touring in support of the record. Stay tuned for further info in the coming weeks.

The Unclean - Large Band Logo

The Eagle – Track Listing:

1. On We Go

2. Live For The Day

3. Million Dollar Jezabel

4. Away Too Long

5. Not So Bad

6. Strange Kind Of Living

7. Been Gone

8. Nothing Left To Say

9. The End

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

For more info on THE UNCLEAN, click on the link below!

http://www.myspace.com/theuncleanjunkie

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LONG LIVE THE UNCLEAN.

OHIO ROCKS.

Stone.

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OSAKA POPSTAR – “Super Hero” Vinyl – Splatter Variant Is Sold Out, White Vinyl Available Now!

Posted in Music, news, Punk rock, punk rock albums, punk rock bands, Rock, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on February 8, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on Osaka Popstar

For more info on OSAKA POPSTAR, click on the links below!

http://osakapopstar.com

http://twitter.com/osakapopstar

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LONG LIVE OSAKA POPSTAR.

Stone.

Classic Rock Legends Wishbone Ash Set 2013 North America Spring Tour

Posted in classic rock, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, Music, news, Rock, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on February 6, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Danbury, CT – Wishbone Ash, one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of Rock, kicks off the North American leg of their 2013 tour on February 28. The group returns to these shores following a successful spring tour last year to celebrate the release of their highly acclaimed studio album, Elegant Stealth, and on the heels of the RoadWorks 3 release, a collection of live performances.

During the Elegant Stealth Tour of 2012, Wishbone Ash played to full houses in the Northeast and Midwest. The upcoming North American Tour features many familiar venues plus several new stops, including dates on the West Coast and in Canada.

Released in November 2011 by ZYX Music, Elegant Stealth represents a benchmark in the evolution of Wishbone Ash. Signature twin-lead melodies and a powerhouse rhythm section frame 11 new tracks that reflect a diverse realm of styles and moods.

Formed in 1969, Wishbone Ash has more than 20 original studio recordings and several live albums to their credit. On Elegant Stealth, the group coalesces around strong songwriting and serious chops. Founding member Andy Powell handles lead vocals and trades licks with Finland’s guitar wizard Muddy Manninen. Bassist Bob Skeat, a 15-year veteran of the band and in-demand studio musician, sets the pace with Joe Crabtree, one of the best of Britain’s new breed of drummers, having played with Pendragon and David Cross of King Crimson. The band demonstrates its versatility on Elegant Stealth, from the Pop/Rocker “Reason to Believe” to the gentler vibe of “Give it Up” to tunes like “Warm Tears” and “Big Issues,” where the band gets to stretch out and flex its musical muscles.

Below, listen to and watch the music video for Reason To Believe:

Classic Rock Revisited’s Jeb Wright called Elegant Stealth “one of the best albums in Wishbone Ash’s 42 year career.”

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck of MuzikReviews.com said, “This band is like a fine wine that just keeps getting better with age and this is one of their strongest studio releases in years.”

“The songs are catchy, very technical, but there is a soul in what Wishbone Ash is doing!” said Mark Kadzielawa of 69 Faces of Rock.

Citing Wishbone Ash as an influence on their style, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Southern Rock outfits like Lynyrd Skynyrd and, more recently, heavyweights like Opeth and some of the guitar- based Indie/Alternative bands, have all taken a little something from the legendary twin-guitar approach of Wishbone Ash. Truly, there is no other Rock band on the planet that has done more with the twin guitar concept than the Ash.

Wishbone Ash - Elegant Stealth - promo cover pic

Wishbone Ash North America Spring 2013 Tour Dates:

February 28 – Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry, NH

March 1 – Towne Crier, Pawling, NY – Featuring Argus Live

March 2 – Record Collector, Bordentown, NJ – Featuring Argus Live

March 3 – Ukranian American Cultural Center, Whippany, NJ

March 4 – Iron Horse, Northhampton, MA

March 5 – Bridge Street Live, Collinsville, CT

March 6 – Bull Run, Shirley, MA

March 7 – Sellersville Theatre, Sellersville, PA

March 8 – Iridium, New York, NY

March 9 – Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe, PA

March 10 – Wellsboro House; Wellsboro, PA

March 11 – Winchester Music Hall, Cleveland, OH

March 12 – Callahan’s, Auburn Hills, MI

March 13 – Fitzgerald’s, Berwyn, IL

March 14 – Pabst Theater – Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI

March 16 – Festival Place, Sherwood Park, Alberta, BC

March 19 – The Venue, Alberta, BC – Featuring Argus Live

March 20 – Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA – Featuring Argus Live

March 21 – Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR – Featuring Argus Live

More dates to come …

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FOR MORE WISHBONE ASH:

Making of Elegant Stealth – Rockumentary Trailer (3min55): 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYsyHQoRriE

Elegant Stealth Promo vid (1 min): 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic-22ikCNSI

Live footage (Live in London DVD): 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyGyJhadZh0&feature=related

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(Source: Glass Onyon PR)

For more info on WISHBONE ASH, click on the links below!

facebook: Wishbone Ash

http://www.WishboneAsh.com

http://www.twitter.com/wishboneash_com

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LONG LIVE WISHBONE ASH.

Stone.

CHERRI BOMB – Hosting Youth Music Alliance Festival On February 16th, 2013

Posted in Hard Rock, Music, Rock, rock bands, rock festivals, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on February 5, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Cherri Bomb - Youth Music Alliance Festival - promo poster

As reported on the facebook page of Cherri Bomb:

Please come out and support this great cause~ cherri bomb will be hosting the show! it is a 21+ club, but we’re told wrist bands are available for under 21. Come out and see some great bands~ The Moby Dicks, Heaven Below, Memory Lane and our friends False Puppet! and don’t forget to get there early between 11-6pm to donate blood because Music Saves Lives !!! special thanks to @maxcshanks for the cherri bomb caricatures! XO n, m, and ~Rena

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For more info on CHERRI BOMB, click on the links below!

facebook: Cherri Bomb

http://www.cherribombband.com

For more info on Music Saves Lives:

http://www.musicsaveslives.org/

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LONG LIVE CHERRI BOMB.

Stone.

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS “OCEANIA” – Some Thoughts On This Significant Album

Posted in alternative rock, alternative rock albums, alternative rock bands, Music, Rock, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on January 13, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

The Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania - promo cover pic!

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS – I didn’t include Oceania from The Smashing Pumpkins on my 2012 Best Of Lists for Metal or Hard Rock for good reason. This 9th studio album from The Smashing Pumpkins accentuates the genius musical mind of Billy Corgan and it isn’t Metal; nor is it Hard Rock. Rock and Alternative Rock is The Smashing Pumpkins and I just didn’t compile a list of Top 10 Rock Albums for 2012… yet. I might still. Who knows?

While being in the heat of relocating my life from one state to another, writing original posts (album reviews, random blab and lists) is not entirely easy. I just had to get my thoughts out to the universe that I thoroughly enjoy Oceania; so much so, that I can easily sum up this important album by The Smashing Pumpkins in one simple word: beautiful.

If I did or was to compile a Top 10 list for Rock Albums released in 2012, Oceania would be #1.

Oceania is an album that must be heard and appreciated all the more, with the earphones on. Oceania is an album that must be heard to understand why I tag it as beautiful. The unique richness of sound and vibrant instrumentation is absolutely breathtaking. Lyrically thought-provoking is Oceania, regardless if that sounds cliché or not. Yes, Oceania does Rock like there’s no tomorrow; only this album Rocks in such a majestic way that it feels too damn special for me to overlook in writing about or acknowledging.

Sample, borrow and/or buy Oceania. Stone would never steer you wrong. Metal be thy name.

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For more info on THE SMASHING PUMPKINS, click on the links below!

http://www.smashingpumpkins.com

facebook: The Smashing Pumpkins

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LONG LIVE THE SMASHING PUMPKINS.

Stone.

Friend Slash Lover – Offers More Emotion, Reality with “The Grey Area” EP

Posted in indie rock, Rock, rock albums, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on July 11, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Indie Rock Band Delivers On Sophomore EP

Los Angeles, CA – Indie rock group Friend Slash Lover (FSL) give the world their artistic view in musical form with their second EP, The Grey Area. The EP is available to fans on iTunes and the band’s official website. The Los Angeles based band is heating up the music scene with captivating conceptual material for true radio heads everywhere.

Front man Josh Mintz, vocalist and songwriter, started out making music as a solo act under the name Stupid Human after teaching himself how to sing, write and play guitar. The former student of Rhode Island School of Design was musically inclined from the early age of 8, winning over 70 awards during his seven-year stint playing the fife in a drum corps marching band. Bassist Frank Day was with Mintz from the beginnings of FSL and since then, the band has added Jake Hayden, drums, and Greg Pajer, guitar, to the lineup.

With a complete band and the full collective sound Mintz always desired, Friend Slash Lover is about to embark on their most ambitious project yet. The seasoned performers have already hit some of the most popular nightclubs and music venues in Los Angeles such as The Roxy Theater, The Viper Room, Bootleg Theatre and Skinny’s Lounge.

Excited to deliver a second dose of musical remedy to fans, Friend Slash Lover called upon old friend Thom Flowers, who mixed the group’s debut EP As American As Ones And Zeros, to mix and produce The Grey Area. The EP was mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering and recorded at both Dave’s Room and Orangewhip Studios. The new six-song compilation is much more musically developed and the growth of the band is clear from the thought-provoking lyrics to the instrumental fluidity. On the title track “The Grey Area”, Mintz showcases his wide-range vocal chops as the song builds to an epic climax. The EP also features a cover of the 1987 hit “Dear God” by major alternative rock band XTC. The song was at the heart of controversy after its release due to the atheistic lyrics. The lead single “As Seen On TV” features a head-knocking punk rock sound combined with Mintz’s signature smooth vocals and an infectious hook.

Every song boasts each band member’s talent and carries its own individual character and message. Ultimately, The Grey Area is a modern sonic marvel waiting to be uncovered.

Boasting a more emotional appeal with an ethereal feel, the lyrics on this record reflect the band’s creative ability to convey real life experiences. Music fans looking to break away from the usual head-banging heavy metal or cookie-cutter pop tunes might be in for a treat with The Grey Area.

For more information on Friend Slash Lover, visit www.FriendSlashLover.com.

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(Source: LaFamos PR & Branding)

LONG LIVE FRIEND SLASH LOVER.

Stone.

THE BIG BOPPER “Chantilly Lace” – Reflecting On Rock ‘N’ Roll’s Roots

Posted in 1950's rock music, people, Rock, rock & roll, rock 'n' roll, rock and roll, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

The Big Bopper, (Jiles Perry “J. P.” Richardson, Jr.), was a pioneer of Rock ‘N’ Roll. Singer, songwriter, musician and an American disc jockey, The Big Bopper’s multi-tasking career was truly cut short tragically in 1959. February 3, 1959 is historically known as “The Day The Music Died”, with the untimely passing of The Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, due to their being in a small plane that crashed, from presumably flying into an Iowa blizzard. The pilot, Roger Peterson, also passed away from the crash.

While growing up as a young lad, I remember this story being told to me time and again by my parents. Eventually, the multitudes of television documentaries on 1950’s Rock ‘N’ Roll more than adequately covered this tragically historic event. I can remember playing my mother’s Buddy Holly 45 rpm’s and thinking about that awful day in Rock ‘N’ Roll history. I took to heart, the reality of this event despite my adolescence, I imagine it was due to the way I was raised by my parents.

The one true side story to this unimaginable day in 1959, was the one as told by Country legend, (the late), Waylon Jennings himself in many well documented articles and interviews. Apparently, Waylon Jennings was supposed to fly on this very same small plane, only he gave up his seat to The Big Bopper… due to The Big Bopper having the flu. Whoa. That is one side story I could not believe, even though I have seen documented footage of Waylon Jennings telling it himself. I guess when it is “your time”… that’s it.

Waylon Jennings had a remarkably legendary career, singing and playing his guitar in the Country, Outlaw Country and Country Rock genres. I missed out on two opportunities to see Waylon Jennings live, both times he played very close to my hometown in Connecticut. One such venue was The Warner Theatre, in Torrington, Connecticut. This unreal cool and Art Deco Theatre still plays host to many incredible bands crossing all music genres, along with a diverse mix of entertainers and shows. From the late George Carlin to Foreigner… The Warner Theatre has had them all, it seems. Waylon Jennings passed away at the very young age of 64, back on February 13, 2002.

I guess missing out on seeing Waylon Jennings two times, so close to home, serves as a reminder for me to cherish each Rock ‘N’ Roll performer and Metal Band I do get to see… from Slayer to Pat Benatar. Well, getting long winded on the roots of Rock ‘N’ Roll is something I’m very good at. It’s just the pure history, the factual beginnings of the music that I and so many billions of other people love so much, that I find so difficult to ignore.

Today, I ventured out with my wife and daughters on a Sunday cruise to do some shopping. Thankfully, the weather was 100% pure Autumn and sunny, with no rain or dreary weather to get in the way of our plans. One stop was to a store called Christmas Tree Shops, it is a semi-discounted department store, that focuses on a ton of items that my wife really digs. Plus, there usually is a small display of discounted CD’s for sale there too. Today however, I did not find a CD display… whatever, I’ll live. This store is where The Big Bopper came back to life again in my ears… his song Chantilly Lace was played on the rotation of music that was heard, while we shopped. Once again, my mind wandered right back into some Rock ‘N’ Roll thoughts…

A fabulous, Classic and Rock Historical song is Chantilly Lace. Just the vocals of The Big Bopper are enough for me, while I listen to this song. Flamboyant and loaded with Rock ‘N’ Roll confidence were the vocals of The Big Bopper. Metal as my witness, his vocals alone are enough to put me in a great mood. “Oh baby you know what I like”! Just the way he describes this girl in Chantilly Lace is legendary. “A wiggle in the walk and a giggle in the talk”, “Make the world go ’round”… the lyrical rhyme scheme is Rock ‘N’ Roll perfection at it’s earliest beginnings.

Despite Chantilly Lace being a Rock ‘N’ Roll song from 1958, there is something about it that radiates a relevant cool to me. This song always has been a “1950’s Rock ‘N’ Roll” favorite of mine, since the first time I heard it as a young lad. The incredible aspect about this song, is that there are no “in-your-face” guitars, drums or bass and it still Rocks like there is no tomorrow. The subdued volume of the instruments played on Chantilly Lace does help catapult the vocals of The Big Bopper and his enthusiasm for this song can’t be denied each time I hear it.

The girl is referred to as “honey” and “baby” during Chantilly Lace, making for as true a listen into Rock ‘N’ Roll’s innocence as you could ever ask for. Compare “honey” and “baby” to some of today’s female referenced adjectives you hear in popular music… and yes, Chantilly Lace is innocence. I don’t like to think of “what ifs” when it comes to life, The Big Bopper was here and he left us all with some incredible Rock ‘N’ Roll.

Chantilly Lace is a song that is immeasurable in it’s worth to Rock ‘N’ Roll History. I’ll always be a fan of The Big Bopper and be grateful for what he and his fellow peers accomplished back in those fabulous 1950’s. The Rock ‘N’ Roll seeds they all planted back then, have certainly grown into quite a remarkable existence in both music, culture and personal emotion.

* To learn more about the Warner Theatre, in Torrington, CT, click the link below:

The Warner Theatre

Rest in peace, The Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Roger Peterson, Waylon Jennings… and George Carlin too.

Stone.

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