Saturday, December 19, 2009

Copeland Breakup

Sad but true...the breakup tour of indie darlings Copeland has been announced. If you don't get yourselves to one or more of these dates you will hate yourself forever.


Tour dates:


Wed/Mar-03 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle

Thurs/Mar-04 Towson, MD Recher Theater

Fri/Mar-05 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts

Sat/Mar-06 Cambridge, MA The Middle East Downstairs

Sun/Mar-07 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

Mon/Mar-08 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg

Wed/Mar-10 Toronto, ON Opera House

Thurs/Mar-11 Millvale, PA Mr. Small's Theatre

Fri/Mar-12 Akron, OH Musica

Sat/Mar-13 East Lansing, MI Small Planet

Sun/Mar-14 Chicago, IL Metro

Mon/Mar-15 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater

Wed/Mar-17 Omaha, NE Slowdown

Thurs/Mar-18 Lawrence, KS Granada

Fri/Mar-19 Englewood, CO Gothic Theater

Sat/Mar-20 Murray, UT Murray Theater

Mon/Mar-22 Seattle, WA El Corazon

Tues/Mar-23 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater

Thurs/Mar-25 Pomona, CA Glasshouse

Fri/Mar-26 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre

Sat/Mar-27 San Francisco, CA Slim's

Mon/Mar-29 La Jolla, CA Porter's Pub

Tues/Mar-30 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse Music Venue

Thurs/Apr-01 Austin, TX Emo's Alternative Lounging (Outdoor)

Fri/Apr-02 Dallas, TX The Door

Sat/Apr-03 Tulsa, OK The Marquee

Mon/Apr-05 Nashville, TN Rocketown

Tues/Apr-06 Knoxville, TN The Square Room

Wed/Apr-07 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade

Thurs/Apr-08 St. Petersburg, FL The State Theatre

Fri/Apr-09 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room

Sat/Apr-10 Orlando, FL The Social

Sun/Apr-11 Orlando, FL The Social
 
Photo Credit: Preston McClusky

Favorite Albums of 2009 Vol 1


Am I the only one that reads all of the "Best of" lists at the end of each year and am fascinated by how hard people have worked to load them full of some of the most obscure discs they could possibly find in order to somehow make themselves look cool? As I finish the final cuts on my own list, to be published very soon, I can assure you that, as in years past, I am not going for the intentionally obscure. Instead, I am going for records I personally liked alot and felt contributed something great to the musical landscape of the year. The picture included is a clue to one album that will be on the list.

Photo credit: Preston McClusky

Thursday, December 3, 2009

OMG

Do you know what time it is?....11:11AM


Anyone who knows me probably knows I have 11:11AM tattooed on the inside of my wrist. I did this in honor of Andrew McMahon's brave battle with leukemia, and one of the charities that sprang up to join the leukemia fight in his honor which is called 11:11AM. As a matter of fact, if you go check out the myspace for the charity at http://www.myspace.com/1111am you will see a picture of my tattoo on the main page on their About Me section. 11:11AM now has a new partnership with Snakes & Suits for an 11:11AM shirt, a portion of the proceeds of which go to support the charity. You can click the title of this post to be connected to the Snakes and Suits page where you can  order this shirt. It's a worthy cause and a great shirt....PLEASE SUPPORT.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Who let the dogs out?????

I need to vary from our music theme for just a moment. I desperately need to find a new home (in Southern California) for my two dogs. My old house is in escrow, and I cannot take them to my apartment as they don't allow big dogs. They are both female, both fixed, and extremely lovable. The brown one is the mom, the black one her daughter. They are both boxer mix. They must have a new home in the next 30 days and I really don't want to have to resort to a shelter. If anyone is interested please either respond by posting a comment, email me at makeshiftmedia@live.com, or on myspace at http://www.myspace.com/rockstargallery7 .



Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It's not quite New Years Day....yet

Randomly listening to an old Myspace Records cd from 2005, I was reminded of the fact that I hadn't heard anything out of New Years Day in a really long time. I knew they'd been having alot of label troubles but beyond that I'd gotten busy and forgotten about them for awhile. Relistening to Ready Aim Misfire for the first time in awhile reminded me just how much I loved this band, so I hit up their myspace and found the update they posted in August.
(CLICK THE TITLE ABOVE TO BE CONNECTED TO THE UPDATE BLOG)
I've dropped them a line to see if there are further updates cause I'd really love to see Ashley back on stage sometime soon. As soon as I hear anything I will post updates, but in the meantime please head over to their myspace and check them out.

Photo credit: Deena McClusky

Sunday, November 29, 2009

It's Getting Harder and Harder to Breathe

Sometimes you find awesome talent in the least likely of places. Randomly chatting up a friend about a party last nigh,t she turned me on to one of her friends, Dan, You Tube channel where he posts videos of himself playing acoustic and singing in his bedroom. I was astonishingly impressed. This guy has a great voice, perfectly suited to a pop/punk sort of band. A recent transplant from Philly, I hear he left his band behind, so somebody needs to sweep in and snatch this guy up as a frontman and do it now.

Click the title above to be connected to his You Tube page.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Music to Set the Mood

If you watch movies or talk to the older generation, everyone talks about Barry White as the go to music to set the mood. That being said, I don't know anyone that finds Barry White music the least bit sexy. I just got back my favorite cd for this purpose....long story....don't ask.....which is Melissa Etheridge's Your Little Secret. Now your mission, should you choose to accept it, is share what your favorite sexy cd is?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Cinematic Sunrise


For anyone who hasn't already heard, Cinematic Sunrise is coming to an end with three final shows in Southern California beginning December 3rd at Chain Reaction in Anaheim. Opening will be Johnny Craig and Mark Rose, and if you don't know who these people are I highly suggest you Google them as they are all outstanding musicians. This has been a year of dramatic change for Craig Owens so I guess closing out this project should not come as a surprise, but it will be a little sad to say goodbye as I really loved the whole concept of Coloring Book, not to mention the music on it. I look forward to what may be up his sleeve next.
PHOTO CREDIT: PRESTON MCCLUSKY

Monday, November 23, 2009

Twin Atlantic RULE!!

November 23, 2009—Glasgow’s Twin Atlantic has teamed up with www.Altpress.com to offer music fans an exclusive stream of the brand new “Skrillex Remix” of its latest single, “What Is Light? Where Is Laughter?”



The song was remixed by Twin Atlantic fan Skrillex (AKA Sonny Moore of Sonny/From First to Last fame) and can be streamed here: http://altpress.com/features/twinatlanticremix.htm.



"It reminds us of driving too fast in our friends’ cars when they just passed their tests and going to Archaos Club in Glasgow on a Friday night for the dancing,” Twin Atlantic singer/guitarist Sam McTrusty explains. “Sonny has put his own spin on our song and we really respect that."



"I had a lot of fun doing this remix,” Moore points out. “It was my first time dealing with a Scottish a cappella, not to mention a track that wasn't done to a click, which was a little bit of a challenge. On top of that it was the first drum and bass track I attempted to make which is a total different monster than house or electro as far as mix goes. But nonetheless, it was a great pleasure to do this remix. It always helps when the vocal performance emits that special 'thing' we can't really put our fingers on but know when it's there."



The Scottish rockers deliver a powerful performance in vivid color in the brand new music video for the original track which was shot in downtown Los Angeles by Hannah Lux Davis. Praised by Alternative Press for their "thick, late-90s post-hardcore influenced beats intermingling with spacey guitar noodles," Twin Atlantic has already shared stages with the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, Circa Survive and Taking Back Sunday and just wrapped up a UK tour with Fall of Troy.



Watch the new "What Is Light? Where Is Laughter?" video at http://www2.kerrang.com/2009/11/watch_the_new_twin_atlantic_vi.html.



A “What Is Light? Where Is Laughter?" single will be available digitally in the U.S. on December 1, which comes bundled with three b-sides (including the Skrillex remix.) In the UK, the single will be available November 30 on two separate limited edition 7” vinyl singles, as well as a digital bundle.



Here’s what the UK press have been saying about Twin Atlantic:



“There’s something gloriously impassioned about Sam McTrusty’s vocals. Yearning, searching, hoping and, above all, real.” – KERRANG!



“Be warned – this band is going to be huge!” – ROCKSOUND



“Marvelously chaotic" - BBC RADIO 1

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Accidents Can Happen



Apparently this video was missed by a lot of people, based on some recent conversations, so I decided to share. It's simple and stark, but it's a cool video, and Trevor Friedrich of Eighteen Visions and Combichrist fame guests on drums.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

blessthefall

Tomorrow night.........Pomona........The Glasshouse..........BE THERE!!!


PHOTO CREDITS: ASHLEI BRITTANY

Thursday, November 12, 2009

It's A Mad World

Listening to KROQ yesterday morning reminded me yet again of a music issue that has plagued me for some time. Every single time I hear New Divide by Linkin Park  played it makes me think of Mad World by Gary Jules. It's all in the intro. I swear they are so strikingly similar it just makes me crazy every time I hear it. Now I LOVE Linkin Park and LOVE the song, so I'm not trying to dismiss it or put it down and think this similarity may actually be unintentional, but it makes me crazy anyway.

If anybody else sees the similarity please hit me up. I'd love to feel I'm not alone.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Call the Cops!!!!!


If you haven't already heard the news Sugarcult is headlining Christmas In California at HOB Anaheim on Dec. 17th to benefit Toys For Tots. This is the 7th annual show and is sure to be a great one. One of the openers is local band Call The Cops who have recently attained some fame by winning "Rock the Space" which awarded them a contract with Myspace records. The band could best be described as All Time Low Jr. with whom they share alot of the pop-sensibility, but from whom they still need to learn to craft a really great song in order to parlay their recent luck into enduring success. So come out and enjoy the show which is sure to be great, since I have never seen Sugarcult be anything less than amazing and help out a great cause in the process.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Seriously Hollywood, Why the Hell Not?

Musicals have become very popular again in Hollywood over the last few years, which has gotten me thinking. Some of the best theatrical music in the world, Bat Out of Hell I and II (1977 and 1993 respectively) have never been turned into either a movie or a play. How such wonderfully cheesy, theatrical, bombastic, over-the-top insanity hasn't been latched up by either Hollywood or Broadway is completely beyond me. It is a beautiful thing. Jim Steinman has had some success writing for plays, as evidenced by Whistle Down the Wind, so somebody must think I'm on to something. This would be an amazing time to do it because, while Meatloaf may be a bit long in the tooth to bring this music to the stage or screen, American television has brought us perfect casting in the person of Adam Lambert. I haven't seen anyone since Freddie Mercury or Mealoaf himself since theatrical rock with such reckless abandon and stunning skills. While I am certainly no fan of American Idol they do occasionally produce something worthwhile and Lambert would be perfect for this role. I've had the script half written for years, so somebody in Hollywood/Broadway just needs to develop the impression that this was all their idea and we'll be set.

Click the title above to check out Adam Lambert's myspace if you haven't heard THE VOICE!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Third Eye Blind

One of the bands that has stayed in constant rotation in my CD player for years and years now has been Third Eye Blind. These boys have literally never made a bad disc. I happen today to be listening to Out Of The Vein from which Crystal Baller, Blinded and Faster are the standouts but really it's all damn good. Out of the hundreds of bands I see play Third Eye Blind holds the record for the band I have seen play the most times over the years, and they consistently blow me away. There are very few bands that even approach them for being just so much fun live. Stephan Jenkins is so unbelievably charismatic it is impossible to take your eyes off him. Young bands have so much to learn from veterans like 3EB about inspiring devotion in their fans, and consistently turning out great music. The band is currently on tour and coming to The Grove of Anaheim on Nov. 15th. For more dates or info on the latest release click their name above to connect directly to their myspace. Unfortunately the only time I ever got to photograph them was back when I was still using film, for a set they played at a coffee shop in Riverside, or I would upload a photo for you guys.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Friends For Hire

Rambling through press releases again (thanks to Earshot Media for this one):
October 28, 2009—Wendy’s and MySpace Records have teamed up to launch a new Internet series called “Fresh Faces.” Building on Wendy’s motto of ‘You Know When It’s Real,’ the ongoing Web program will include 9 episodes from three different emerging artists showing what a ‘day in the life’ of a budding new artist is like.


Each “Fresh Faces” artist will have its own 3 episodes than can be seen exclusively at www.myspace.com/wendys, in addition to a 3-song EP available for free download on the site. A new episode will debut every Wednesday throughout the series. The first episode featuring Charleston, SC alternative pop rock artist Friends For Hire (www.myspace.com/friendsforhire) is up now at www.myspace.com/wendys.

Stay tuned for new episodes on future “Fresh Faces” artists, including a new hip-hop artist from Los Angeles and a Brooklyn based beat-pop band, all handpicked from MySpace Records’ Friends and Family, a group of developing artists MySpace Records helps market and promote.

Love this band, though I'm still mad at Wendy's for putting bacon on their caesar salad. I mean seriously, who the heck does that? Click the title above to be connected to their myspace, but go to the Wendy's link for the free download.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cinematic Sunrise

Cinematic Sunrise are calling it quits with three final shows....all in the So Cal area.

Get your tickets NOW!

12/3 - Anaheim @ Chain Reaction


12/4 - Hollywood @ Troubador

12/6 - San Diego @ Soma

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Aushua

My very favorite unsigned band are playing HOB Anaheim on Thursday 10/29. I originally caught this band three years ago, playing an opening slot at Chain Reaction. They had been playing around the OC before that under their previous name Mer with a lineup that included lovehatehero drummer Scotty Gee. This is a band with an utterly unique sound whose biggest breaks have come from being embraced by the boys of Thrice and by KROQ's Kat and her Locals Only show. If you don't know who they are, you will soon. Aushua is coming!


Click their name above to be connected to their myspace and check out the other dates they have coming up.

Photo credit: Ashlei Brittany

Monday, October 26, 2009

Jude Christodal

If no one has yet introduced you to the wonders of Jude, let me be the first. In 1998 Jude released No One Is Really Beautiful, an exquisite showcase of his achingly beautiful voice, and witty, intelligent lyrics. While his music is very uniquely his own and cannot really be compared to anyone else, it will appeal to fans of people like Butch Walker and Jason Mraz.While his music has appeared in a variety of movies and television shows including The OC and Alias he is still relatively unknown to alot of people. Find this album and introduce your friends to Jude's music, and you will be the cool kid that turned them on to a secret find. No matter how old you are, everyone wants to be the cool kid.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Rockers In The Round


If you will be anywhere near Orange County, CA on Friday November 6th, please come down to The Slidebar in Fullerton to check out the Rockers In The Round show. This is the coolest bar in Southern California hosting some of the best local and touring acts nightly. Rockers In The Round features members of Lit, Handsome Devil, Cadillac Tramps, Adolescents, and Diana Gone Wrong playing acoustically. They put this show on about once a month featuring many of the same musicians, though a few rotate in and out. They each play individually and in groups of varying size from song to song. It is very intimate and raw. It's a great way to get a feel for just how insanely talented these people truly are. Be prepared, however, because this tends to be a very late night!

This shot is of Diana from a previous Rockers In The Round show.
Photo Credit: Deena McClusky

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Twin Atlantic

So as I read through my press releases tonight, which I quite happily receive a ton of, I came across this marvelous band called Twin Atlantic. One click on their myspace to watch the video for You're Turning Into John Wayne, and I'm sold. Hailing from Glasgow with a frontman with an accent so thick you could cut it with a knife, this is a band I cannot wait to see live. For anyone in the LA area make sure to head down to The Viper Room this Friday (10/30/09) to do just that as it is the only West Coast date on their schedule currently.


Click the title above to connect to their myspace for all the details.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Attack! Attack!



Press Release from Attack! Attack! states the following:

Statement from Andrew Wetzel in Attack Attack! re: Nick Barham’s recent departure from the band:


Why hello boys and girls!

Thought we'd throw you all a quick little update about what's currently going on in the AA! lineup.

The band and Nick parted ways recently in a mutually agreed non-explosive fashion, which we all believe is the best for both sides.

Caleb is going to retire his keys and start screaming in the front of the band.

We DO NOT have a new person in our band.

Don't worry, our music will still be full of Caleb's programming, keys, and all the good things he concocts. It will just be back-tracked live with the 808 samples and other nonsense on my iPod.

Anyways, we're not gonna stop touring, playing shows, and having a generally wonderful time with all of you.

See you in your town soon!

Love,


Wetzel





Attack Attack! Tour Dates:







http://www.myspace.com/attackattack





http://www.riserecords.com/


Photo Credit: Ashlei Brittany

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Anberlin

There is so much crap on the radio these days it makes it extra exciting when amazing songs get airplay. One such song receiving significant airplay on LA radio these days is Breaking by Anberlin. It's great to see this band, who have been knocking around the business for years now, finally start getting the accolades they have long deserved.


Click the title above to be connected to their myspace, throw on some head phones to get the full effect of how gorgeous the lead of the song is, and listen to Breaking.


Photo Credit: Preston McClusky

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Escape the Fate

Escape the Fate, still touring their excellent album This War Is Ours, are coming to The Wiltern in LA on November 21st. Last I checked, tickets are still available. This show also features Hollywood Undead, who were excellent at Bamboozle in Jersey. Together this should be a hell of a show.

Photo Credit: Ashlei Brittany

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Straylight Run



Straylight Run return to Chain Reaction this Friday. This is a must see show from one of the most underrated bands in rock today. Last month I caught frontman John Nolan's solo show at The Wire in Upland. Stripped down to the barest essentials, he performed both solo and Straylight pieces and reminded us all of just what an amazing songwriter and performer he is.

Click the title to connect to the Straylight Run myspace for more details on the current tour.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The AP Tour Fall Ball



Yes, it's true. The Fall Ball made it's way through Pomona a few nights ago and photographer Ashlei Brittany was there shooting the show for Alternative Press. Click the title above to be connected to her page on the Alternative Press website to check out amazing pics of Mayday Parade, The Academy Is, The Secret Handshake and Set Your Goals.

Photo Credit: Ashlei Brittany

Sunday, October 18, 2009

White Rabbits

The song Percussion Gun by White Rabbits has made it into frequent rotation on KROQ in So Cal, and everyone seems to be raging on about how much they love it. While I agree that it is a good song, the point no one seems to bring up is that it sounds exactly like old Adam Ant tunes from the 80's. If you are among the few that haven't happened upon this song yet, click the title above to be connected to their myspace. Take a listen and see if you agree.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Light the Night



Tonight was the Inland Empire Light the Night walk in Riverside to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. While our team has now completed the walk, our fundraising is not over. We are still taking donations through December which can be made by clicking on the title above which will take you to my special Light the Night fundraiser page where donations of any size can be made online. As you may know I became active with this cause when Andrew McMahon of Something Corporate/Jack's Mannequin was diagnosed with Leukemia a few years ago. You can read my previous post about the upcoming documentary about Andrew's fight against leukemia for more background on this cause and why I, and my team care so much about it.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Beth Hart

One of the best live performers I have ever seen! Yeah, that's still the first thing I think of whenever the subject of Beth Hart comes up. I have seen her play off and on for years and she has never turned in a disappointing set. She is always a raging force of nature. Her music ranges from exhibitions of raw power to the most naked vulnerabilities. Revisiting her 2003 release Leave The Light On today I was reminded of what a phenomenal talent she possesses. While she hasn't replicated the commercial success of 1999's Screamin' For My Supper in any of her subsequent releases, she continues to produce outstanding work. If someone with the commercial success and label support of  Pink, for example, were to have come out with the title song on Leave The Light On there is no doubt it would have been a huge success, and splashed all over radio and MTV. The second best song on the disc is Lifetime, which both live and on disc has never failed to give me chills. Beth is a performer that genuinely loves and appreciates her audience and conveys that love in her live performances where she has, on occasion, jumped down into the audience to sing with and embrace her loyal fans who come from miles around for the opportunity to be a witness to her live show. On tour currently in Europe, Beth Hart is a performer you must get to know.

Click the title of this piece to be connected to her myspace for updated information.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Lit - Tribute to Allen



As some of you may know Allen Shellenberger, Lit's drummer, passed away this year. If you haven't seen this tribute video yet, please take a few moments to remember a great musician, and a really wonderful guy. Click the title above to be linked to You Tube for viewing.

Photo credit: Preston McClusky

Monday, October 12, 2009

Dear Jack



It is finally coming out and available for pre-order now!!! If you don't know what IT is, I am referring to the documentary Dear Jack about Andrew McMahon's battle with Leukemia. This is a film that has been a long time coming, and from the clips I have seen so far, will not only be an amazing insight into his personal battle, but also a tremendous beacon of hope for all who suffer catastrophic diseases, that there can indeed be a light at the end of the tunnel. Please click on the title above to be linked to the pre-order page.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Youth Group - The Glasshouse - 9/23/09



There is a certain magic that happens only once in a great while. You show up to a concert to see a favorite headliner but happen to catch the opening act whom you’ve never heard of. The unknown act takes the stage, and “BOOM” you’re hooked. This will be the experience of many people this fall as they catch the remaining dates of The Get Up Kids tour with Youth Group as the opening act. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Youth Group are hands down one of the best live bands I’ve seen this year. While they have experienced some U.S. success with the placement of their cover of Alphaville’s Forever Young in the television show The OC, the band is still largely unknown in the states, which is a tragic shame. Toby Martin has a voice that can best be described as jaw-dropping and ethereal. Their music is thoughtful, well-written, and beautifully produced. While they are currently touring in support of their newest release The Night Is Ours, you’re going to want to collect their entire catalog. They really are that good. Like Powderfinger before them, Youth Group have again shown that the Aussies are producing some damn good rock bands that are not getting nearly the respect they deserve here in the U.S.

Click on the title of this post to connect to the Youth Group myspace.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

First Story Jumper

The little indie band that could……..?????  Hailing from Washington State, First Story Jumper’s self-titled first release shows intriguing promise but lacks the punch necessary to take them national. Having chosen to go the self-produced route may be precisely what is holding the band back. While they do seem to have the technical savvy to produce quality, what this album lacks is a cohesive vision and commerciality that may be the result of being too close to the material. The album opens with Get Me which is the only potential single on the entire record. The rest of the disc meanders through predominantly slower tempo pieces, some of which are very reminiscent of Dishwalla’s second and third albums, which, while good, were not commercially successful. American Something is a very interesting song, that leans in an almost Rhett Miller direction but seems completely out of place on this record. Waste Time is conceptually interesting with a great beat but is lyrically very short and feels unfinished. Wheel has a great opening riff that doesn’t really fit the rest of the song which contains tempo shifts that make it feel unbalanced, as if they really couldn’t decide what direction they wanted to go with it. The disc closes with Return To Sender which is the second strongest song on the record, but suffers when the tempo speeds up needlessly after the second chorus to again make the material feel disjointed. While there is good material in there, they definitely needed a producer to clean it up, organize it, and possibly craft a few more commercial cuts to break through to a larger audience.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Phoenix Effect

Caught this local band opening for John Nolan at The Wire on Tuesday. While the songs on their myspace are not great quality, they were surprisingly good live. They threw in a cover of Taylor Swift's "Love Story" which was unexpected and both entertaining and well executed. This was the final show of their guitarist Cory, so they may be taking some time off. They are definitely worth checking out live when they come back around.

Friday, August 28, 2009

DJ AM

I was incredibly sad to hear the news that DJ AM was found dead today in New York. While there has been speculation from a variety of sources about it being drug related, I don't think it is appropriate to assume the worst about someone without confirmation. No matter what the cause it is a tragic loss to the music community. While there are only a handful of DJ's whose work I admire, DJ AM certainly was very high on the list for his work with Travis Barker over the last few years. He was an incredibly gifted and creative person, and though I did not know him personally, he always seemed to be an extremely nice and very professional guy. He will be missed. If you wish to join the fans in expressing condolences on his myspace page just click the title above.

RIP

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Escape the Fate


REPRINTED FROM PRESS RELEASE

August 26, 2009 – Los Angeles, CA. – Hot off a headlining slot on the Vans Warped Tour, Las Vegas’ most notorious and controversial rock band, Escape The Fate, have announced they will join Hollywood Undead and Atreyu on “The Vatos Locos Tour” this fall. Touring in support of their hit album, This War Is Ours, Escape The Fate continue their quest for worldwide domination. From their contentiously provocative video for their latest single, “10 Miles Wide,” to their outrageous antics and scandalous rumors that continuously follow them, it’s evident that Escape The Fate are one of the most talked about bands in the country. With an album of hits under their belt, radio air-play building and a hot fall tour in front of them, it seems as though nothing stands in the way of Escape The Fate’s inevitable takeover. Don’t miss fall’s wildest and most unpredictable tour!!


The Vatos Locos Tour Dates:

Oct 16 – The Pavilion – Lubbock,TX

Oct 17 – Sunset Station – San Antonio, TX

Oct 18 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX

Oct 20 – Las Palmas Race Track – Mission, TX

Oct 21 – Verizon Wireless Theatre – Houston, TX

Oct 23 – Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL

Oct 24 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA

Oct 25 – House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC

Oct 26 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC

Oct 27 – The National – Richmond, VA

Oct 29 – Roseland Ballroom – New York, NY

Oct 30 – Sonar – Baltimore, MD

Oct 31 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA

Nov 2 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC

Nov 3 – Sound Academy – Toronto, ON

Nov 4 – Ches-A-Rena – Pittsburgh, PA

Nov 6 – Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL

Nov 7 – Myth – Minneapolis, MN

Nov 8 – Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE

Nov 10 – The Fillmore – Denver, CO

Nov 11 – The Great Salt Air – Salt Lake City, UT

Nov 13 – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID

Nov 14 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA

Nov 15 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR

Nov 17 – Sacramento Memorial Auditorium – Sacramento, CA

Nov 18 – Event Center at San Jose – San Jose, CA

Nov 20 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV

Nov 21 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CAFor More Information:www.myspace.com/escapethefate
Photo credit: Ashlei Brittany www.musiconedge.com

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Hey Radiohead fans!!!

I happened across artist Leesa Leva's Big Cartel shop today and found this Radiohead print, that I really like. Thought you might like to check it out. Support the arts!

Link: http://shop.leesaleva.com/product/radiohead-ltd-edition

Friday, July 31, 2009

Light the Night

We have changed to the Inland Empire edition of Light the Night which will take place in October. This change was necessary as our team leader had a conflict with the date. My new fundraising page address can be reached by either clicking the title of this entry or following this link:

http://pages.lightthenight.org/ocie/InlandEm09/makeshiftmedia

We have raised more than half of our goal so far. Please help us make it the rest of the way!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Why isn't Powderfinger famous in the US?

I really don't get it. Powderfinger are virtually unknown in the US and I can find no good explanation for this travesty. I got turned on to Powderfinger back in 2000, by Tom Cruise of all people. He mentioned them in a magazine article, from back when he was married to Nicole Kidman. He referred to them as being the Australian version of U2. I found this to be an irresistible recommendation, and shortly thereafter fell in love. My first introduction was Odyssey Number Five, a disc well worth seeking out. They have awesome releases both before and after that one, as well as solo work worth investigating, but Odyssey is a most excellent introduction to the band.

Monday, June 29, 2009

It's a Warped World - VOL. 2

Click the title above to be redirected to Alternative Press, where you can view Ashlei's pics from Warped Tour Pomona. Just click on the picture of Tyson from Scary Kids, Scaring Kids and it will take you to more photos.

Please leave comments and show her some love!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

It's a Warped World

Yes friends, the time has come. Warped Tour has hit the road for yet another summer of sunburnt madness. After staying up all night shuffling through the photos of opening day at Pomona I can safely say a good time was had by all. Links to photos will be up in a day or two once the dust settles.

One question that must be addressed for another year is directed to the girls that wear either high heels or flip flops to Warped Tour - What the hell are you thinking? If ever there was an event that screamed for a good comfortable sneaker this is it. Nobody thinks you look cute....they just think you are stupid.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Light the Night


I know the economy sucks but we need your help. We have brought together a team to walk in the Light the Night fundraiser in August to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. My personal goal is to raise $200 and my team is trying to raise $1000.

To read all about the fundraiser check out:
http://pages.lightthenight.org/ocie/OrangeCo09/dmcclush2l
and read about why I got this tattoo.
You will see on my page the option to donate other. What I am asking is that if you take the time to read this - please donate one dollar. It quick, it's simple, and will cost you less than going to Starbucks and you will be helping out a great cause.
Also, if you are in So Cal and want to join our team there is a link to the team page where you can sign up to join us.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Songs Just Waiting to be Covers - VOL. 1

Great songs are great songs. They were great when they were originally recorded and with a little effort and talent they can continue being great as they are remade. Too many bands today seem to have developed the idea that they cannot do covers because it somehow degrades them as a band. This is a ridiculous concept. All really good musicians know the value of appreciating and learning from that which came before them. Knowing your musical roots will make you a better songwriter and a better performer.

The catalogs of the last twenty years are filled with great songs that would make great covers if people just knew where to look. Two albums that are goldmines of just such material are Hey!Album by Marvelous 3 and Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy by The Refreshments. Both were reasonably successful in their time, but both have long since disappeared from the radar of popular culture. This means that, as covers, they will seem new to many younger people and people that remember the originals will enjoy the nostalgia.

While I acknowledge that there are some genuinely awful covers being unleashed on an unsuspecting world (Jonas Brothers - this means you) that doesn't mean that the decent rock bands of today shouldn't be taking a look back at opportunities for remodeling and updating good work.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sarah Brightman - Dive

Another revisiting of an old disc, this one from Sarah Brightman. If the name isn't familiar, just Google her. She became famous largely thanks to her ex Andrew Lloyd Weber, but it is her angelic voice people always remember. While Dive is a somewhat odd ocean theme and some of the songs are a bit Roxette meets Celine Dion, it's worth it to hear her amazing voice. Check it out.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Ryan Adams - Demolition

With my newly fixed cd player I have once again begun devouring my cd collection. Today's entry Ryan Adams Demolition is, like much of his work, oddly uneven. Pehaps due to his extremely prolific songwriting, this disc sometimes feels like it lacks an inner censor. It runs from brilliant to mediocre, to good, to mediocre, to great, and back to mediocre. The true shining gem that everyone must seek out is Track 2 - Hallelujah. This track will give you chills.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Do you LOVE Green Day?

Do you love Green Day like I love Green Day? If you aren't in the Southern California area then you probably missed yesterday's 'Breakfast with Green Day' on KROQ. The boys yet again proved why they are one of the most enduring rock acts out there by not only playing an extremely good live set but also discussing such issues as the fight with evil giant WalMart. It's well worth a listen. Just click www.kroq.com. From there go to the 'Kevin and Bean' page and click on 'Breakfast on Demand'.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Artists You Should Know - Volume 1- Brian Vander Ark

Most people remember Brian Vander Ark as the front man of The Verve Pipe, who broke through with the song The Freshmen. What most people don’t know is that he has been pursuing a rather prolific solo career. While his solo work is a little less rock and a little more adult contemporary/singer-songwriter/alt country (in the vein of the Old 97’s), it still maintains noticeable ties to earlier work from The Verve Pipe.

With “angel put your face on” (2006) Brian made an album that sounds very true to the musician he wants to be. This is in interesting contrast to the last record from The Verve Pipe which he very publicly bashed at the time as being the record the label wanted as opposed to what he wanted. It’s a shame though that so many people don’t know about the solo work, and among those that do there are a strangely large number that don’t know about The Verve Pipe connection until they see him play live. Granted he looks a little different now, no longer being bleach blond, but it is really odd that people don’t know the connection.

The highlight of “angel put your face on” is track 2, “Too good for this world”, a beautiful ode to the passing of a friend. Track 10, “The heart that keeps you” screams desperately to be covered by someone like Faith Hill who could bring worldwide attention to this solid songwriting like she did for Angie Aparo’s “Cry”. This record is just one entry in Brian’s solo catalog and I would encourage you to check out the rest. His myspace is http://www.myspace.com/brianvanderark, from which you can preview and purchase his work.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Photography Portfolio

There is a portfolio showing an assortment of my photos up at Talent Database. Please check it out by clicking this banner.

TalentDatabase.com

Friday, January 23, 2009

Amber Pacific

Amber Pacific
The Possibility & The Promise (2005)
This is possibly one of the world’s most perfect pop-punk records, and it is a promise Amber Pacific have always done well at fulfilling live. Every band that has ever wanted to pursue pop-punk needs to own this record and learn from it. The writing is very tight, production is excellent, and the band plays like a well-oiled machine. From the very first song you will declare your undying love for the fabulous and amazing Dango, drummer extraordinaire. The last band I remember noticing the drummer above anything else was Blink 182. Track 2 “Poetically Pathetic” is without a doubt my favorite track on the album but it’s all so good choosing a favorite is tough.
A friend recently reminded me of how great it is when someone turns you on to one of their favorite bands, so if you are new to Amber Pacific start with this one. I hope you love it as much as I do. I’m really hoping the band, whose core remains intact, survives the whole singer departure issue and goes on to top this disc with their new lineup.