Month: September 2008

STOLI IS HYSTERICAL AFTER CHATTING WITH MARGARET CHO

It’s not everyday that I get to interview a world famous comedian so when Shaun Cairo in NYC got me the hook up I had to jump on it. Since 1994 Margaret Cho has been making people laugh from coast to coast. She now has a new show on Vh1 and a slew of tour…

CONTEST: THE PRETENDERS REMIX CONTEST DETAILS

The Pretenders are announcing the “Break Up The Concrete” Challenge Contest with Apple Quicktime. The Pretenders will be releasing their ninth studio album, “Break Up The Concrete” on October 7 and are offering fans a chance to put their remix on the album.

COMMON MARKET, TOBACCO ROAD

RA Scion and Sabzi [Blue Scholars] make up the hip-hop team of Common Market and seem to be bringing Knowledge Rap to the forefront.   First track is an actual church sermon where you hear a preacher speaking the words of God, but stressing the phrase “No Free Ride” toward the end.   This set…

Marc Martino, A Story

If you pick up Marc Martino’s A Story and you don’t enjoy it, you can’t blame Martino. He’s done everything he can with the packaging to alert you to the new-agey content inside — the sunset over the ocean on the back cover, the short description of the album that includes all the title tracks…

Wunderbugg, Written in Flesh

In theory, Wunderbugg is keyboard whiz Whidden Flores, Nick Evans, and Lorin Atzen. In practice, it’s hard to tell what exactly the division of labor is on Written in Flesh, a pleasing but not terribly memorable mix of trance, rock, and electronica. The liner notes credit Flores with producing, writing, recording, and mixing chores, and…

RED CAR WIRE DEBUT COMES IN OCTOBER / MP3

Here is a new band called Red Car Wire. They are a pop/punk band from Dallas, Texas and they could recently been seen playing on the 2008 Vans Warped Tour. They are releasing an EP Lets Never Get Older on October 7th.

Jamie Mclean, American Heartache

When musicians in a highly acclaimed ensemble decide to pursue solo projects, it seems to result in either undeniable greatness or complete and utter disaster.     John Lennon stepped away from the Beatles, and gave us Plastic Ono Band, one of the most gratifying Rock albums in history.   Stephen Stills gave us Manassas.…

Brighton MA, Amateur Lovers

Brighton, MA is a band from Chicago, IL with a sound that could have come from Athens, GA. Named after frontman Matthew Kerstein’s hometown, Brighton, MA’s Amateur Lovers marks their first full length album. But Amateur Lovers also marks a remarkable leap in the sophistication of the band’s song craft. Their debut self-titled EP displayed…

Lowry, Love is Dead

Deep and melancholy, yet enlightened and full of hope, Lowry’s Love is Dead breaks all the rules of indie rock and then manages to sound as approachable and alluring as The Shins. Twirling through what is surely more than three dimensions, if Lowry could prove the string theory through music, Love is Dead would be…

J The S, WHEN IN ROME…(THE PREQUEL TO THE LAST DAYS)

First thing I heard when I hit play on my CD player was the underlying theme music from “Rocky” throughout the track.   “Right Of Passage” made me feel so motivated and on top of the world–I mean come on who the heck doesn’t get motivated by “Rocky” and the music associated with it.  …

Bugzy Bogart, ninety-four

The overall feel I got from this album was just a true to life and REAL groove.   Bugzy and the Culture VI crew give you a little taste of everything on ninety-four from powers and struggles of life, relationships, kids, religion and just an overwhelming sincerity that resonates throughout the whole record.   It’s…

NEW FUSE TV SHOW ‘ROCK BOTTOM’ / TRAILER

Rock Bottom – Premiering Oct 7th at 11PM EST/10PM CST on FUSE, is a brand new music reality show that features different up-and-coming bands each week and the problems they encounter when one member of the band is out of control (Think Intervention meets Making The Band FUSE style).  

Bryan Beller, Thanks In Advance

Instrumental music can be a hard sell in an environment where the big hits have mushy, sub-literate choruses about false love and devotion or money or whatever of the three or four rotating obsessions du jour is in the public consciousness that week. And often enough, those instrumental records are no better with their “look…

Kelley McRae, Highrises In Brooklyn

Singer/songwriter Kelley McRae moved to New York and found in the city a love song of profound beauty and frustration.   Having arrived by way of Maryland, Texas and Mississippi, she sees something deep in New York but looks at her new home with the bright eyes of a young child. McRae’s odes of exclamation…

OCTOBER 2008 SONICBIDS “ARTISTS 2 WATCH”

This month’s SonicBids Artists to Watch are split between rock groups and hip-hop artists, with one outlier–a singer/songwriter. Most of these artists are from the US with only two from overseas–and their genre choices just might surprise you.

Ritt Henn, Timber

Take a look at the song list on the back of Ritt Henn’s Timber, and you’ll see some pretty preposterous song ideas. “Superman is Sleeping In?” “Range Rover (Through the Mud Called Love)?” “Rapunzel (I’ve Got All I Need)?” Not very promising. Sounds like a lot of overreaching metaphors and strained allusions. But a few…

The Gay Blades, Ghosts

The Gay Blade’s website proudly declares them “more Marc Bolan than Jack White, more Stooges than Eagles of Death Metal, more JSBX than Electric Six”, and while all of this is very true, they should add to that: more New York Dolls than David Bowie. Because there are a lot of elements floating around in…

LEO

LEO has the right idea with the hypnotic piano and soft acoustic guitars. Their sound is woeful and personal, bringing immediate emotion into the mix with the singer wailing “Let me go” throughout the entire first track. LEO’s style is very much adult alternative and catering to the crowd that would listen to Primitive Radio…

Knugu, Quadrilogy

Knugu’s EP, Quadrilogy, is a short four track pop induced disc that is soft, somewhat funky, and adding a smooth flavor to the indie rock style. Mixing tastes of Zero 7, The Samples, and perhaps even a bit of John Mayer or Counting Crows, Knugu has created a CD that is a comfort to listen…

BRAND NEW MP3 DOWNLOAD FROM zerobridge / COMMENTARY

NYC band zerobridge continues to release a new track every month from July until with end of the year with September’s previously unreleased and not available until now selection entitled “There We Were, Now Here We Are” — available as a FREE download!

CREEDENCE CLEAWATER REVIVAL AUDIO STREAMS / VIDEOS

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Creedence Clearwater Revival, all six of the band’s albums (Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bayou Country, Green River, Willy & the Poor Boys, Cosmo’s Factory and Pendulum), will be reissued in expanded editions available on September 30!