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.