Sunday, August 30, 2015
01 - ALAN JACKSON & JIMMY BUFFETT - Five O'Clock Somewhere (Live)
02 - DEVO - Peek-A-Boo!
03 - ROXY MUSIC - Editions Of You
04 - FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD - Two Tribes
05 - PRIMUS - Fisticuffs
06 - THE SAINTS - This Perfect Day
07 - HOODOO GURUS - Leilani
08 - THE SCREAMING TRIBESMEN - No Chance
09 - SKUNK ANANSIE - I Can Dream
10 - THE SMASHING PUMPKINS - Zero
11 - AMY WINEHOUSE - Back To Black
12 - LIME SPIDERS - My Favourite Room
13 - AC-DC - Let There Be Rock
14 - ROSE TATTOO - All The Lessons
15 - ALICE COOPER - Elected
16 - GUNS N' ROSES - Dust n' Bones
17 - STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - Between The Lines
18 - THE KILLCREEPS - Tunnel Vision
19 - METALLICA - Frantic
20 - AIRBOURNE - Black Dog Barking
128k - 192k
Sunday, August 16, 2015
01 - DELIVERANCE - Hope Lies Beyond
02 - CRADLE OF FILTH - Yours Immortally...
03 - FEAR FACTORY - Genexus
04 - MISS MAY I - The Artificial
05 - STONE SOUR - Inside The Cynic
06 - SIBERIAN MEAT GRINDER - Laughing In Your Face
07 - IMPACT - Walk Into Death
08 - HEAD IN A JAR - Odyssey Of The Damned
09 - MENTALLY DEFILED - Retro Nerd
10 - THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER - Asylum
11 - CHAMBERS OF INSANITY - Feed The Moon
12 - KRISIUN - Scars Of The Hatred
13 - SEVER THE MASSES - Eternal Darkness
14 - ALEXANDER ODEN - Primal Shadow
15 - SOULFLY - Titans
16 - LAMB OF GOD - Footprints
17 - CARNIVORA - Conclusions
18 - ARCHALAXIS - Exarticulation
19 - KARKAJOU - Embryonic Lethality
20 - BURIED IN VERONA - Dig Me Out
128k - 192k
Friday, August 14, 2015
|Shane Smith (Bass Guitar) RL Heyer (Guitar and Vocals) Denali Williams (Drums) photo: Nina Perceful|
This band is something of a throwback. A power trio in the tradition of the Jimi Hendrix Experience or Cream making modern rock music that is at once controlled and ferocious. It's not normal, but it feels familiar. As Seattle's The Stranger put it, "Since their first effort way back in the early aughts they’ve been unable to write anything but drum and guitar driven, proggy rock songs, whose anachronistic feel is easily forgotten because they’re just so fun to listen to." source
Cracker Factory released their fourth studio album "Chasing Ghosts" in June, 2015, which they describe as their most nuanced and controlled effort -- the result, while retaining their adventurous musicianship, is their most accessible. The album has multiple guest artists that contributed their talents: Andrew Vait (Sisters), Tim Snider, Steve Scalfati ("The Late Late Show"), Dan Schmidt (Mts & Tunnels), Ayesha "MusicBox" Brooks and more. From the opening riffs of "Don't Drink The Water," to the rootsy political "Mean Ol' Uncle Sam" to the anthem "Heaven For Free," this is a broad and confident exposition that shows off a band in their prime. The trio will be touring around the Northwest in support of the album release, and produced a music video for "Heaven for Free."
RL Heyer, Shane Smith and Denali Williams first played together in Cheney, WA in 1998. They took their name from "The Simpsons" (Milhouse's dad worked at the Cracker Factory), and released their first album, "Deep Fried Basket Of Love," in 2003. "Mouth Breather" followed in 2007, "A sweaty, rusty album completely devoid of pop sheen (save for some ingenious hooks)" (The Stranger), which delivered "I Know Two Notes," a declaration of style and substance.
"I Know Two Notes" went on to become the band's best-selling track, with Dennis Cook from the Dirty Impound saying, "From simple things great things sometimes emerge. This ditty from Seattle’s Cracker Factory is like a zen mantra from a sensei that loves Anvil and The Stooges." source
In collaboration with animator Andrew Woods the band released a music video for I Know Two Notes. Internet personality Mr. Weebl shared the video and to date the video has has over 17,000 views and over 850 Likes. Fans said, "And why precisely is this not viral? This song is amazing!"
In 2013 the band released "No One Knows We're Here." The album was their most successful project to date and one that clearly showed the musical growth that comes from playing countless shows in Cracker Factory and a broad constellation of other bands like Flowmotion, True Spokes, Thomas Mapfumo, Uncle Pooch and many more. Despite all the musical chairs -- or maybe because of them -- the trio has stuck together for nearly two decades, always coming home to the Factory.
And the recipe is still working. The band was profiled on the TV show "Band in Seattle" in 2014, and is booked for several high-profile festivals in summer 2015.
All of this leads up to this moment in time. Cracker Factory is three veteran musicians of high caliber releasing their strongest album yet; warrior poets of that sacred place we call the stage. Now if you will please excuse them, it is time to rock.
Chasing Ghosts is Cracker Factory's 4th studio album and you can tell by the big picture maturity in lyrics, arrangements, songwriting, production, and performance.
This is an album that will take the listener on a true journey; one to drop the needle onto the vinyl, crank it up, and let the sounds wash over you; an album that you'll have to start over again once you get to the end.
Featuring the trio (RL Heyer, Shane Smith, and Denali Williams) playing together like the old friends they are, as well as special guests such as Tim Snider (strings), Steve Scalfati (keyboards), and Ayesha "MusicBox" Brooks (vocals), the album goes from Prog to Blues, from old school R&R to epic power ballad, the whole time staying true to CF's sense of adventure.
Purchase this great album from here or here, then give it a listen and put it into your rotation.
"Dawn Of A New Day" is Mike Bino's 5th album and features an All Star band featuring members of Symphony X, Rattlebone, Trippin On Dolls, XLR8 and Pierce.
Listen to the new songs "Undercover" and "How Long" from the new album here and here.
Mike Bino Project:
Mike Bino - Guitar (Rattlebone, XLR8, Trippin On Dolls)
Mike Lepond - Bass (Symphony X, Silent Assasins, Rattlebone)
Tommy "Earthquake" Doud - Drums (Rattlebone and Pierce)
Joe Fischetti - Vocals (Suckerman)
CJ Scioscia - Background Vocals
This is one seriously good rockin' album folks, do yourselves a huge favour and purchase it from here or here.
Sunday, August 9, 2015
Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-1990) coming to DVD on September 18th, streaming now on Vimeo.
The critically acclaimed documentary chronicling the rise of punk rock in Washington, DC.
Scott Crawford and Jim Saah's Salad Days: A Decade of Punk In Washington, DC (1980-1990) has been selling out screenings in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Chicago, and more. The documentary film that examines the early DIY punk scene in the Nation's Capital. It was a decade when seminal bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Government Issue, Scream, Void, Faith, Rites of Spring, Marginal Man, Fugazi, and others released their own records and booked their own shows-without major record label constraints or mainstream media scrutiny.
Contextually, it was a cultural watershed that predated the alternative music explosion of the 1990s (and the industry's subsequent implosion). Thirty years later, DC's original DIY punk spirit serves as a reminder of the hopefulness of youth, the power of community and the strength of conviction.
Director/writer Scott Crawford is a music journalist, musician, and graphic designer. As a teenager in the DC suburbs, he started a fanzine called Metrozine that documented much of what was happening in the DC hardcore punk scene in the 1980s.
"The DC punk music scene that I grew up with in the 1980s has always been a big part of who I am," says Scott. "I interviewed a lot of these bands for the first time over 30 years ago while doing a fanzine. Approaching them all again decades later offered a type of perspective and reflection that I wanted to capture in a film."
Crawford was also quoted in both Dance of Days and Banned in DC - the two most definitive books on the early DC punk scene. In 2001, he launched Harp Magazine and served as its Editor-in-Chief for over seven years. Crawford also launched the online music portal Blurt in 2009.
Serving as Director of Photography, Saah is a native of Washington, DC who has worked professionally in photography and video for over 25 years. He has shot for a variety of publications and websites ranging from the Washington Post to Rolling Stone. He's also an experienced videographer whose credits range from union organizing films to music documentaries. Recent films he has worked on include movies about the bands Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, and Eddie Vedder.
On a side note, OBEY and Shepard Fairey were heavily influenced by the DC hardcore scene. Shepard has used numerous DC hardcore legends such as Ian Mackaye of Minor Threat and Fugazi, Henry Rollins of State of Alert and Black Flag, and Bad Brains in his artwork. When hearing that Crawford and Saah were planning a West Coast release of their film, OBEY wanted to get involved. They created this T-shirt which is on sale now (along with other cool Salad Days merchandise) HERE.
* Salad Days reached its Kickstarter goal in 6 days.
* Features never-before-seen photographs and performance footage of dozens of DC punk bands.
* Interviews with Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins, John Stabb, Thurston Moore, Dave Grohl, and others
* Original score by guitarist Michael Hampton (SOA, Faith, Embrace, One Last Wish)
If you’ve been paying attention, almost everyone from 14 to 64, is tired of singers with headsets, hacky bands & songs that sound like they were written by an uninspired committee of five. On the other hand, hard-rockin’, ass-kickin’ Rock 'n Roll, from The Stones to Ian Hunter to Joan Jett, the folks with strong melodies, big beats & hooks that hang in your head for days, are attracting a remarkably wide range of people. Gary Douglas, who has the tunes, the attitude & a regal Rock and Roll heart, is one of those guys. Plus, he has great news for the fans he’s made on the radio & the road. Douglas & his band have a new album slated for October 9th.
Gary Douglas is an intriguing paradox. Musically, with his muscular guitar playing, emotive voice and anthemic lyrics, he’s absolutely his own heartland-style man. But, as with any great Rocker, you can tell this New Yorker has imbibed the vibe of some of the best musicians of our era. On the cut Lord I Try, from Douglas’s album Just Another Mile, the riff sticks with you like something by Keith Richards. The voice has the worldly weariness of Hunter. And the lyrics, which talk of a fruitless search for faith, sound like an all-night writing session between Lou Reed & Bruce Springsteen. Looking for a big riff, a song that all generations can relate to, a sentiment for all seasons? Then this tune by Gary Douglas and his tight, bangin’ band is for you. Douglas produced it, too. This is a man who knows how all the pieces should fit together and how this stuff should sound. Possibly better is It’s Rock ‘N’ Roll. It’s catchier than the flu, features a chiming hook the Byrds would nod at approvingly & has Rock attitude for days. It talks about the power of the music, sports an unforgettable twin-guitar solo and manages to name-check Gene Simmons, while sounding like Tom Petty just decided to sit in. But it’s all Gary Douglas. One listen and it not only stays with you, it makes you want to quit your job & start a band.
Gary Douglas & his band have the awesome firepower that comes with mastering your instrument. But that technique never gets in the way of the pure, sweaty soul, the Gospel of Rock 'N Roll that Douglas lays down. We know how cold this winter was. But that’s cool. Gary Douglas is about to release a new album and play it live - sooner than you know. But whatever the temperature, this means only one thing: thanks to Gary Douglas, this promises to be one hot, rockin’ fall.
This is one great album folks and do yourselves a huge favour and grab 'Keepin' Faith' come October 9th.