Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The City Drive

Danny Smith, frontman of The City Drive, and our good friend is currently competing in a contest being held by Esquire magazine for the Best Dressed Real Man. As of this writing his profile is on the main page, leading the votes. I need you to help keep him there. All you have to do is click on the stars below his photo to rate him. You don't have to register, and you can vote repeatedly by renewing the page. Voting ends Friday. It's a really cool prize package if he wins, and it seriously couldn't go to a nicer, or better dressed, guy. So help out PLEASE.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Liam and Me

Okay, so despite my best efforts to listen to everything I possibly can, I missed these guys till now. A 4-piece out of West Philadelphia, Liam and Me, may be one of the best bands I’d never heard of till today. Apparently I’m the only one that’s missed them since they’re signed to Thrive/Sony Red Ink, and will be spending June and part of July on tour with The Spill Canvas (LOVE THEM) and Ludo (LOVE THEM TOO). While you can spot some definite 80’s references in what they do, their sound is definitely uniquely their own. They fit very nicely into the sort of dance vibe rock movement that’s been gaining so much momentum lately. I’m particularly loving the track ‘Fast as You Can’, but really it’s all pretty damn good. Click their name above to be taken to their myspace and check it out for yourselves. As soon as I get a chance to see them live I’ll add photos.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Refreshments

“Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy” released in the 90’s by The Refreshments was then, and still remains, one of my favorite records of all time. This was a fun band out of Tempe, Arizona who knew how to play great rock and roll and never take themselves too seriously. After all, when your big hit, “Banditos” name checks Captain Jean Luc Picard, you know they are out for a good time. While this tune got some airplay the record kinda tanked on the charts and though they have since disbanded, this is a disc you need to own. Hit Amazon if your local retailer doesn't carry it anymore. Fans of current bands like Ludo will definitely appreciate a similary twisted, off-kilter sort of humor.

The Refreshments may actually be most famous for the theme for "King of the Hill". As far as the here and now check out “Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers” which features two members of The Refreshments (Roger and PH)and who I’m told still hit some of their old tunes in concert.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

William Tell

William Tell
“You Can Hold Me Down”
Will already earned my devotion for having been a member of Something Corporate, but I fell in love all over again when I heard him play songs from this 2007 release before it came out, when he opened for CIWWAF at The Alley in Fullerton. Standing all of about two feet from him I was stunned by the crystalline clarity of his voice and stunningly emotional delivery. It was a tough crowd, in that a majority of the kids in the crowd didn’t seem to know who he was and were anxious to get on to CIWWAF, but that did not detract from his performance in the least.

This disc will appeal equally to emo kids and their adult contemporary counterparts, making it perfect when families actually want to agree on music to play around the house. It’s garnered minimal radio airplay in the SoCal area, but has found it’s way into a tv spot or two. Highlights include two versions of “Young at Heart” (electric and acoustic) and my personal favorite, “Like You, Only Sweeter”. Pick this up for sure and if you want to take a fun trip down memory lane hit YouTube for the video of Will with SOCO doing “If U C Jordan”.

p.s. click the title of this blog to be taken to his myspace page
p.p.s. hit ebay and search the band "Sick Puppies". The very colorful photo up for auction is mine and all proceeds will go to Ashlei's college fund for the fall. PLEASE BID

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

James Hart and Burn Halo

For anyone who does not already know this, James Hart, formerly of Eighteen Visions, has an awesome new project going called Burn Halo. I would strongly encourage you to check out his myspace - which you can reach by clicking the title of this blog. We are looking forward to either myself or Ash photographing it sometime in the near future.

We had been talking about the photos Ash took of the final 18V show at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, which gave me the lovely excuse to go back through them again. The lighting wasn't great but we did the best we could to produce a stunning product. Here's a few samples but if you want to check out the rest go to http://www.myrockstargallery.com.