Monday, October 16, 2017

Thåström - Centralmassivet


Monday, new week, time to introduce "Record Of The Week"

"Centralmassivet" is Mr. Thåström's ninth solo album. Industry blues with electronic groove and a soulful singing is his trademark and that is what you will get with this release. Even from an international perspective, Thåström has developed a sound that is unique with Swedish lyrics that is just killing sensitive. And with Pelle Ossler's significantly dangling guitars, Niklas Hellberg's organ, Ulf Rockis Ivarsson bass lines, Mikael Nilzen keyboards, Nikolas Janco's drumming makes "Centralmassivet" another terrific album by Thåström.


The album starts with "Bluesen I Malmö" flows in the same stream as "Jeffrey Lee Pierce", but more deeper and cyrillic. In the dark monotonous electronic shadows of "Körkarlen" I feel lucky and I Just love the sequencer bass that drives the tune forward. The title track is a beautiful ballad with a sensitive Thåström to move forward to the spoken word-rock, Thåström has never been so inspired by Bruno K Öijer as at "Old Point Bar". "Låt Det Goda" is a captivating tune, cruel and fuzzy to make a break in the album to a senselessly beautiful ballad "Aldrig Av Med Varandra" where we hear the voice of LaGaylia Frazier in the background. The magically "Som mästarna målat himlen" where Pugh Rogefeldt appears among the songwriters is a real highlight on the album. "Karaokebaren" is a powerful tune, smokey and Industrial. "Natten För Det Här" is a slow piece and ends the album lovely!

The album contains 9 tunes that clocks in at almost 45 min. Released September 29, 2017. It was recorded at Hansa-studio in Berlin and produced by Thåström and Niklas Hellberg.

Sum: "Centralmassivet" is a sensitive and very beautiful album that is a must for every Thåström fan.

Today's tune is the title track from "Centralmassivet". The clip is from last weeks tour premier at Lisebergshallen October 11, 2017



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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Yes - Roundabout


"Roundabout" is a song by the English rock band YES from their fourth studio album "Fragile", released in November 1971. It was written by singer Jon Anderson and guitarist Steve Howe and produced by the band and Eddy Offord. The song originated when the band were on tour and travelled from Aberdeen to Glasgow, and went through many roundabouts on the way.




YES lead singer Jon Anderson and guitarist Steve Howe wrote this song near the end of a tour when they were traveling in Scotland. They were in the back of a van going from Aberdeen to Glasgow when the song came together.

Anderson had smoked marijuana during the trip, "so everything was vivid and mystical". Anderson added: "It was a cloudy day, we couldn't see the top of the mountains. We could only see the clouds because it was sheer straight up ... I remember saying, "Oh, the mountains–look! They're coming out of the sky!"

The band had been touring for about a month, and Anderson was looking forward to his imminent return to London, where he could once again see his wife at the time, Jennifer. The lyrics, "Twenty four before my love you'll see I'll be there with you" indicate that he is just 24 hours away from being with her again.

This was the bands breakthrough hit and one of their most well-known songs, but the band wasn't looking for a hit at the time. The album version runs 8:29, but it was edited to 3:27 for release as a single, which climbed to #13 on the US Hot 100, giving the band their biggest hit until they eclipsed it with "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" in 1983.

The song was released as an edited single in the US in January 1972 with "Long Distance Runaround", another track from Fragile, as the B-side.



So enjoy today's tune "Roundabout" performed at Yessongs in 1973



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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Royal Blood – Lights Out


"Lights Out" is a song by English hard rock band ROYAL BLOOD, it was the first single out of the band's 2017 second studio album "How Did We Get So Dark?". Written by band members Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher with BASS DRUM OF DEATH frontman John Barrett, it was produced by Jolyon Thomas with Kerr and Thatcher and featured on the The song was released as the first single from the album on 14 April 2017.

ROYAL BLOOD wrote "Lights Out" whilst on tour in the United States with support act BASS DRUM OF DEATH, who Mike Kerr described as "really good friends of ours". After the two bands had been sharing ideas, BASS DRUM OF DEATHs frontman John Barrett co-wrote "Lights Out", with Kerr crediting him as "a big part of that tune coming together". The band performed the song live for the first time on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on 9 May 2017, alongside the 2014 single "Figure It Out".

The music video for "Lights Out" was also released on 13 April. Directed by The Sacred Egg and produced by Tom Birmingham and Natalie Arnett of Riff Raff Films, it features the band "performing the song in an empty room that slowly fills with water", after which "a horde of bodies burst out of invisible pools on the floor, ceiling and walls ... the room is cast in a deep red light and Thatcher and Kerr continue to play in the waist high water as dancers move around them".


ROYAL BLOOD are an English rock duo formed in Brighton in 2013. The band's sound is reminiscent of and rooted in modern blues rock, hard rock, garage rock, stoner rock and psychedelic rock. Their first album "Royal Blood" was released in August 2014.

Today's tune "Lights Out" taken from the second studio album "How Did We Get So Dark?". Video Directed by The Sacred Egg Produced by Tom Birmingham & Natalie Arnett Prod Co - Riff Raff Films Special Thanks to Harvey Ascott & Besnik Krapi



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Friday, October 13, 2017

Sons Of Apollo - Coming Home


SONS OF APOLLO is an American progressive metal supergroup formed in 2017 and composed of former DREAM THEATER members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian alongside Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), Billy Sheehan (THE WINERY DOGS, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-JOURNEY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE).



The album was produced by the dynamic production duo of Portnoy and Sherinian, also affectionately known as "The Del Fuvio Brothers," which is the nickname given to them over twenty years ago during their time together in DREAM THEATER.

"Coming Home" is the new video, see below. The song is taken from SONS OF APOLLO's debut album, "Psychotic Symphony", which will be released on October 20 via InsideOut Music.

SONS OF APOLLO will hit the road in 2018 for their first worldwide tour.

SONS OF APOLLO explains "Apollo" was the God of music, and we are his mighty offspring!"

Today's tune "Coming Home" is taken from the upcoming album "Psychotic Symphony".



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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thåström - Körkarlen


Yesterday did Thåström start his upcoming tour to support his latest album release "Centralmassivet", the premier was at Lisebergshallen, Gothenburg. I was one of the lucky invited to be able to leave the homebound and take a trip to Gothenburg to see this live.


I must say, that the premiere of Thåström was a magical evening, he has become a giant in his own genre. He has set an almost impossible standard for others to follow, far from any commercial rules.

The show is just perfect and very unconventional in the whole, it's very dark and deep, but full of energy with a lightning that is cut with an precision that you lose words, well done Brown. The sound is loud with an very Industrial feeling. nice to see you on the road again Björn Lehnberg. The show was mostly based on the last two albums song vise, so no reason to complain, on the contrary.

Foto: Evelina Andersson Ericsdotter

Tunes like "Körkarlen", "Jag är en idiot" "Fan fan fan" were just stunning, see all the tunes below. "Pimme" goes round in circles in a characteristic way, as we are getting used to by now. The fingers flutters during his walks and when he stand still, he hangs on the stand as it would have been a resting pillar. After the show I got invited to take part in the after party, great to meet old friends like Brown, Brenge, Roos, Lehnberg, Wallinder and get the chance to give "Pimme" a big thank you for a magical evening.

Today's tune "Körkarlen" is the latest single from "Centralmassivet". Regi, production, clipp, postproduction: Svante Loden/Kabalen AB



Here is a Live clip from Lisebergshallen 11 oktober 2017



Setlist:

1. Bluesen i Malmö
2. Beväpna dig med vingar
3. Jag är en idiot
4. Gräsfläckar
5. Låt det goda
6. Kort biografi med litet testamente
7. Körkarlen
8. Fan fan fan
9. Det enda du behöver
10. Ingen sjunger blues som Jeffrey Lee Pierce
11. Old Point Bar
12. Kom med mig
13. En vacker död stad
14. Karaokebaren
15. Stjärna som är din

Encore I
16. Centralmassivet
17. St Ana katedral
18. Alla vill till himlen


Encore II
19. Aldrig av med varandra


Upcoming tourdates:

Göteborg 12/10,
Karlstad 13/10,
Örebro 14/10,
Stavanger 20/10,
Oslo 21/10,
Sundsvall 27/10,
Luleå 28/10,
Eskilstuna 1/11,
Norrköping 2/11,
Kalmar 3/11,
Trollhättan 4/11,
Kristianstad 8/11,
Köpenhamn 9/11,
Malmö 10/11,
Linköping 11/11,
Jönköping 12/11,
Helsingfors 15/11,
Uppsala 18/11,
Stockholm 19-22/11,
Falun 24/11,
Västerås 25/11,
Stockholm 26-27/11.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hällas - Star Rider


The Swedish rockers HÄLLAS is set to release their second album "Excerpts from a Future Past" on 13th of October 2017.

The first single and today's tune is "Star Rider", a nice little rock piece that takes you back in time. HÄLLAS plays adventurous rock that brings the listener back to an age were wizards and witches were still spoken of. The music has a foundation of prog and NWOBHM mixed together with a pain filled storytelling expressed by the vocals of Tommy Alexandersson. The twin guitars set an early 80’s mode while the rhythm and organ give the album a solid 70’s atmosphere.



This Jönköping's band consist of:

Tommy Alexandersson - Bass and Vocals
Alexander Moraitis - Guitar
Kasper Eriksson - Drums
Marcus Pettersson - Guitar
Nicklas Malmqvist - Keys

Today's tune "Star Rider" is taken from the upcoming Hällas album "Excerpts from a Future Past", Release date is 13th of October 2017!



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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

1000mods - Vidage


The four-piece psychedelic/heavy rock band 1000MODS from Chiliomodi, Greece. They were formed in the summer of 2006, and since then they have played over hundreds of live shows, sharing the stage with bands like THE BLACK KEYS, THE BLACK ANGELS, GRAVEYARD, BRANT BJÖRKm COLOUR HAZE and many more. They are known for their commitment to vintage equipment, thick and heavy analog sound and remarkably passionate stage performances.

In October 2010, the almighty Billy Anderson visited Greece in order to produce the band’s debut album, while Malleus Rock Art Lab took care of the artwork. "Super Van Vacation" was born. In order to promote their debut album, they played 40 shows in 15 countries around Europe, including festivals such as Rockwave festival, B'estfest and Lake on Fire.

After two successful European tours, the band was ready to get down to work again. Their experiences and growth paved the way for their upcoming album, “Vultures” which was released on the 30th of May 2014. Two European tours followed with a massive two-month tour on October/November 2014 and a tour supporting The Atomic Bitchwax during May 2015.



The time has come for 1000MODS to get their effort to the next level. “Repeated exposure to…” was released on the 26th of September 2016, being their best album to date as well as an inspirational mixture of all that’s heavy in the glorious 70’s and the 90’s heavy rock movement. Having been recorded with hi-end outboard equipment in a non-stop 24/7 procedure, produced by both the band and sound engineer George Leodis and mastered by living legend Brad Boatright (the audio mastering engineer of Sleep's "Dopesmoker") “Repeated Exposure to…” sounds thick, beefy and tight, as a modern heavy rock album must sound.

Not much later, the band departed for a 27-date European Tour with Monkey3 and Moaning Cities, participating in leading festivals such as Up in Smoke Indoor Festival In Z7, Desertfest Belgium, Desertfest Athens and Keep it Low Festival. The Greece/Cyprus leg of the tour followed, playing in 12 different cities with their big gig in Athens in January 2017 being Sold Out with more than 2700 people attending!

Their 2017 “Repeated and Exposed to” tour features a total of 42 live dates in 15 European countries, including –once again- appearances in acknowledged European festivals such as Desertfest London, Desertfest Berlin, Under the Black Moon Festival in Munich and Riff Ritual Fest in Barcelona. The tour was a big success for the band with noumerous Sold Out shows accross Europe.

Discography

Blank Reality (2007 self-released) - EP, CD
Liquid Sleep (2009 Sui sound /CTS) - EP, 7’’
1000mods Vs Wight (2010 FAT & HOLY) - Split Tape
Super Van Vacation (2011 Kozmik Artifactz / CTS) - 2LP, CD
Valley Of Sand (2012 The Lab recs ) - EP, 12’’
Vultures (2014 The Lab recs) - LP, CD
Repeated Exposure to... (2016 Ouga Booga & the Mighty Oug) - LP, CD

Today's tune is the amazing rocker "Vidage" is taken from the 2011 album "Super Van Vacation", the clip is filmed live at Up In Smoke Festival 2016. Enjoy!



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Monday, October 9, 2017

Monolord - Rust


Monday, New Week, time to introduce "Record Of The Week".

The Swedish sludge/doom trio MONOLORD serves a brand new and third album release "Rust", where they invites you to a spooky trip into their world of heavy, slow atmospheric riffs with hazy minimalistic and strip down vocals. It's an shaken album not stirred.

This 6 track mammoth album starts with "Where Death Meets The Sea", monotone Sabbathian riffs that flows like a slow stream and forms this heavy dirty piece to something great and shiny. Heavy is just the first name of this gents, emotional should be their second. As in the second tune "Dear Lucifer" all is kept slow in pace and mood, touching atmosphere. "I stab your back and run true the night" is part of the lyrics on the title track and today's tune "Rust", catchy piece with heavy and melodic riffs. With slow and emotional feeling makes you as a listener weak, specially on violin parts in "Wormland" that sneaks in so beautifully between the heavy riffs. "Forgotten Lands" the almost 13 minutes epic with an killing bass line in the middle of the tune that lifts this tune up a notch higher until a magical vocal chants start, masterpiece! The end track is the angry "At Niceae", it almost sounds like it's running out of fuel, but still it forces true the barriers that is in front of MONOLORDs path until a lonely and single line guitar part takes the center place on the stage in a splendid way. This album was recorded by Monolord, mixed and mastered by Esben Willems (Berserk Audio).




Thomas V Jäger - Electric and acoustic guitars, vocals and cowbell
Esben Willems - Drums and percussion
Mika Häkki - Bass and ambience

Sum: The bands third triumph is here, do not miss this!

Today's tune "Rust" is the title track from the "Record Of the Week", it was released September 29th via RidingEasy Records.


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Sunday, October 8, 2017

38 Special - Hold On Loosely


Sunday, time for a classic.

"Hold On Loosely" is a 1981 rock song by 38 SPECIAL and the first song to appear on their fourth studio album "Wild-Eyed Southern Boys" in 1981. It is the first single from the album, and made it to #3 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and #27 on the Billboard Hot 100. This song also later appeared on their 1987 album Flashback: "The Best of 38 SPECIAL" and their 1999 album "Live at Sturgis". It is also notable for having been the 13th music video to be played on the first day that MTV aired in 1981.



With "Hold On Loosely", 38 SPECIAL and SURIVIORs Jim Peterik, who co-wrote the song, captured an emotional tug of war that was instantly identifiable to every single walking, raging pack of hormones who was alive in the ‘80s, both male and female.

The situation: you meet that amazing person and fall hard, really hard, for them. So of course from that point forward, you have to make sure that they are aware of your undying love for them, each and every day.

The next steps that follow: they either advise you that they’ve taken out a restraining order, or if they’re mellower about things, they just let you know that it would probably be a good idea to back off for a while.

So rather than get too serious right off the bat, .38 vocalist Don Barnes shares the sage advice given to him by a “girl I left some years ago,” who told him “Just hold on loosely / But don’t let her go / If you cling too tightly / You’re gonna lose control.”

Don’t get nuts — just give her that “space to breathe in” and everything will work out just fine.

"Hold On Loosely", the lead track on the band’s fourth album, 1981’s ‘Wild Eyed Southern Boys,’ helped create the mold for a string of easy-going hits that the .38 members and Peterik would craft together with similar chart success. Peterik continues to write with the band to this day, and worked closely with the group on their most recent studio album ‘Drivetrain’ in 2004.

Speaking about the range of influences that show up in this song, Jim Peterik told us: "The bridge was straight out of the Doobie Brothers songbook. If I look at that song, it's kind of a meld of a lot of influences of mine from that time. The eighth notes are very Cars-like from that time and the bridge was 'What a Fool Believes' upside down. It was a great moment and led to a series of .38 SPECIAL songs that I wrote with them. After that came 'Caught Up In You,' 'Fantasy Girl,' 'Wild-Eyed Southern Boys' and all of those. It was a great run."

Don Barnes of .38 SPECIAL came up with the title. It was something he heard Dinah Shore say on her talk show when she had a guest on talking about giving her husband space in their relationship.

38 SPECIAL (also written .38 SPECIAL) is an American rock band that was formed by neighborhood friends Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant in 1974 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Enjoy today's tune. Here is the music video by 38 SPECIAL performing Hold On Loosely. (C) 1981 A&M Records



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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Butcher Babies - Lilith


BUTCHER BABIES will release their third album, "Lilith", in October 27 via Century Media.

BUTCHER BABIES are an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. Frontwomen Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey, guitarist Henry Flury (Amen), bassist Jason Klein and drummer Chase Brickenden make up the band. Their debut album, "Goliath", was released on July 9, 2013 and the second album "Take It Like a Man" was released on August 21, 2015.


BUTCHER BABIES co-vocalist Heidi Shepherd stated about the "Lilith" title and cover artwork, which can be seen below: "Historically, Lilith has become demonized as a representation of promiscuity and disobedience. We, however, see her as a positive figure. A symbol of autonomy, sexual equality, and full control over your own destiny.

"Lilith is the supreme representation of the left-hand path woman: independent, having discarded the patriarchal yoke, and not afraid to use all the tools available to her, including her sexuality, to gain the most out of existence. The eels in the cover art represent sleek symbolism of new beginnings and adventure.

In anticipation of "Lilith", the band wanted to offer unique presale bundles that are special to them. Not only do they have the album, limited edition green vinyl and tshirts up for grabs, but they are also offering limited edition items curated by Heidi and Carla. One such item is a gorgeous lyric book for "Lilith" featuring never before seen illustrations by Carla and graphics by Heidi. Another item is our signature "Lilith" pendant, a darling necklace handcrafted by Heidi for our Party Animals. Other unique items include signed drum heads, cymbals, drum sticks and even a guitar used on the album.

As they launch into this next chapter of BUTCHER BABIES, they are honored to have our Butcher Army by our side!

Check it out here!

Today's tune "Lilith" is the title tune from the upcoming album. This dark and beautiful masterpiece brought to you by Director, Strati Hovartos. Actors Danny Domenic,Clarissa May, Bobbi Ward, Mal Levy, Allie Shambles& Natalia Borowsky. Enjoy!



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Friday, October 6, 2017

Märvel - The Hills Have Eyes


MÄRVEL returns with their seventh album ”At the Sunshine Factory” set for release the 6th of October (Today) on The Sign Records.


MÄRVEL tells about the new album on their website.

The band have worked hard to create a ”larger than life” sound, building a studio of their own to get enough time to develop their songs to perfection. A cheerful production disguises a darker lyrical theme affected by today's world situation. MÄRVEL, known for their contagious hooks, pop melodies and rock 'n' roll soul, have tightened the bow and made braver decisions to make this the stand out album of their career. The album's spine is still very much vintage MÄRVEL, yet each of the twelve songs have got more of a character of its own.

Songs as "Angela" and ”Goodluck Sandy” are a further development of the sound that we first heard on the band's latest album "The Hills Have Eyes”. Two songs that takes the band several steps on that path with a rich production that puts full focus on the strong songwriting. The songs very well show King, Vicar and Burgher's newfound boldness and desire to evolve. ”Monsters Grow in the Dark” shows a new side of the band, where a darker, more sincere side is revealed. Still the Märvel we know is very much present, and it is perhaps mostly showcased in the direct hit ”All Over The News” that sports a classic Scandinavian approach - rock without any fuzz!

MÄRVEL signed a deal with The Sign Records in the beginning of 2017 and have since then started to re-release their earlier albums on new formats. Finding themselves a way out in new regions, the Swedish rock veterans are set for new challenges and conquests. MÄRVEL have never been this well equipped and ready to make a first and lasting impression on a new audience and deliver something fresh and virgin to their old fans. The band shines like never before.

We're also happy to say that our 2011 album Warhawks of War is up for a vinyl release 6th of October - preorder it today! 



 
Until the release of the new we pick the title tune from the last album "The Hills Have Eyes", a perfect storm of soulful harmonies, pop chords and seventies grooves. Video by Papa Bear. Single produced by MÄRVEL and Fred Estby. Single recorded at Gutterview Recorders studio in Stockholm, Sweden. Single mastered by Mammoth Sound Mastering in Alameda, CA, US. Released by Killer Cobra Records. Enjoy!



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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Eric Clapton & Friends - Call Me The Breeze


"Call Me the Breeze" is a rock song by JJ Cale. It first appeared on his 1972 debut album, Naturally, as the opening track. The song consists of a 12-bar blues guitar shuffle and features the early use of a drum machine.

Like many Cale songs, "Call Me the Breeze" has been covered numerous times by an assortment of musicians, most notably LYNYRD SKYNYRD on their albums "Second Helping" (1974) and the live album "One More from the Road" (1976), Mason Proffit on their 1972 album "Rockfish Crossing", Bobby Bare on his album "Bobby Bare - The Country Store Collection" (1988), Johnny Cash on his album "Water from the Wells of Home" (1988) with his son John Carter Cash, John Mayer on his 2013 album "Paradise Valley", and UK singer Alan Price on his 1977 album "Two of a Kind" with Rob Hoeke. Many of the cover versions available have been performed as tributes to LYNYRD SKYNYRD. For example, Les Claypool covers it on his album "Under The Influence", A Jam Band Tribute to LYNYRD SKYNYRD.

JJ Cale performed the song along with his longtime friend Eric Clapton, at Clapton's 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival. The version, featuring an extended guitar solo by Clapton, is included on the official Crossroads DVD released in late 2004. Later, when Clapton got the news that Cale had died, he performed various tunes composed by JJ Cale for his 2013 Baloise Session concert, dedicating his performance to Cale. For his 2014 tribute-album to JJ Cale, titled "The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale", Clapton covered the song with the original drum machine sound at the beginning, saying it's not possible to really cover Cale's work: "You can hear the drum machine and JJ rambling at the beginning there". His take on the song was released under the title "They Call Me the Breeze" as a promotional single on June 30, 2014 for Surfdog and Polydor Records, accessible via digital music download.




On June 6, 2014, Clapton's management published the official lyric video with licence to Warner Bros. Records on his YouTube channel, before the album's release. Twenty days later the official music video was released. It features original photographic and videographic material of both Cale, and Clapton with Cale. The video opens with Clapton, hitchhiking with his guitar case in a rural location, holding a sign for Escondido, mimicking the cover art of the duo's album, The Road to Escondido. He is picked up by a car. The car footage is interspersed with Clapton who is seen singing and playing the song on a guitar given to him by Cale in 2006. The video shows Cale enjoying the classic American lifestyle. While driving around, Clapton chats to the driver, portrayed by English actor and director Dexter Fletcher about Cale, explaining that he wants to visit Escondido because an "old mate used to live there". Clapton pays tribute to Cale saying "he was a fantastic guy and a great musician ... he was my hero." The video ends with a shot of Clapton congratulating Cale after their performance at the 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas.

Eric Clapton has often stated that JJ Cale is one of the single most important figures in rock history, a sentiment echoed by many of his fellow musicians. Cale's influence on Clapton and many of today's artists cannot be overstated. To honor JJ's legacy, a year after his passing, Clapton, along with a group of like-minded friends and musicians, is releasing Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale. With performances by Clapton, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks, Don White and others, the album features 16 beloved JJ Cale Songs and is named for the 1972 single "Call Me The Breeze."

The tune is taken from Eric Clapton & Friends' "The Breeze An Appreciation of JJ Cale".
 


Here is a clip from "Crossroads Guitar Festival" with JJ Cale and Eric Clapton.



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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Tom Petty - Don't Fade on Me


Another big musican has fallen. The rock icon Tom Petty suffered cardiac arrest early in the morning of October 2, 2017, and died that night at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California.

In honor of Tom Petty's passing we look back and play a sensitive and wonderful tune. RIP Tom Petty.



I remember you so clearly
The first one through the door
I return to find you drifting
Too far from the shore

That's the first line from "Don't Fade on Me", taken from one of his solo albums "Wildflowers". One of Petty’s best and most underrated albums with Rick Rubin production, coming off recent work with Johnny Cash, focused on intimacy and stripped-down production. Petty has never sounded more vulnerable than he does on this acoustic track.

A solo acoustic guitar performance by Tom Petty (along with Mike Campbell), this bluesy, folk-tinged ballad is strongly reminiscent of Bob Dylan and some of Stephen Still' songs such as "4+20" and "Singin' Call." A great modal-D tuning guitar exercise, it's probably the most overtly bluesy thing that Petty has ever attempted, and when you listen to it, it's surprising that he hadn't done things like this before. The stark imagery of being "the first one through the door" and "too weary to even leave your bed" is perfect for this song, which looks back at the end of a relationship with almost no hope.



Wildflowers is the second solo studio album by American musician Tom Petty, released on November 1, 1994. The album was the first released by Petty after signing a contract with Warner Bros. Records (where he had recorded as part of the Traveling Wilburys) and the first of three albums produced by Rick Rubin. The album was certified 3x platinum in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The album features all members of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, with the exception of drummer Stan Lynch. Steve Ferrone plays drums on Wildflowers and would join the band officially the following year. However, the album was not credited to the Heartbreakers because, in Petty's words, "Rick (Rubin) and I both wanted more freedom than to be strapped into five guys." Freedom notwithstanding, Petty chose to use most of his regular band as session players, demonstrating his comfort with that format. Rolling Stone placed Wildflowers at number 12 on their list of the best albums of the 1990s. Guitar World placed the album at number 49 in their "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list.

In April 2015, when Petty's back catalog was released in High-resolution audio, this was one of only two albums not included in the series (Songs and Music from "She's the One" was the other one), but a hi-res version is available on Pono Music. Thomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He was also a member and co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup THE TRAVELING WILBURYS, and his early band MUDCRUTCH.

Petty recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist, many of which are mainstays on adult contemporary and classic rock radio. His music became popular among younger generations. In his career, Petty sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 2002, Petty was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Today's tune "Don't Fade on Me" is for you Tom.



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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Mike Tramp - Coming Home


Michael Trempenau (born January 14, 1961), better known as Mike Tramp, is a Danish singer and songwriter who is best known for his work with the hard rock bands, WHITE LION and FREAK OF NATURE. Since 1998, he has released several solo albums. In 2012, Tramp went on a solo acoustic tour releasing acoustic albums in both 2013 and 2014. He returned with a full band line up in 2015 and in 2017, released the album "Maybe Tomorrow" which charted at #1 in Denmark.

"Maybe Tomorrow" is the tenth solo album released on February 24, 2017 through Mighty Music/Target Records. The album follows on from Tramp's recent trilogy of albums: "Cobblestone Street", "Muesum" and 2015's "Nomad".



The album was recorded at Medley studio, Copenhagen with Soren Andersen behind the knobs and on guitar. This is Tramp's sixth consecutive studio album working with Andersen. Known as the "Band of Brothers" the album also features Morten Hellborn on drums, Jesper Haugaard on bass, and Morten Buchholtz on Hammond organ and piano, making it the same line-up as "Nomad".

In January 2017, Tramp launched a music video for the first single and today's tune "Coming Home", which was filmed and edited by Kennie Østed. In February 2017, the song "Would I Lie to You" was released as the second single from the album followed by the third single "Spring" released in May 2017.

Tramp is set to tour Sweden and Denmark to support "Maybe Tomorrow", see the dates below.

Today's tune "Coming Home" is taken from the album "Maybe Tomorrow" released on the 24th of February 2017 on Mighty Music/Target Group worldwide (ex. Japan by Bickee Music). Video filmed and edited by Kennie Østed. Order the CD and LP here: www.targetshop.dk/miketramp



SAT 4 NOVEMBER Kopparhatten Falun, Sweden
FRI 10 NOVEMBER Tøjhuset Fredericia, Denmark
TUE 14 NOVEMBER Stenløse Kulturhus Stenløse, Denmark
FRI 17 NOVEMBER Tante Olga Randers, Denmark
SAT 18 NOVEMBER Kulturhuset - Ishøj Kultur Café Ishøj, Denmark
FRI 24 NOVEMBER Halmtorvet 9 Copenhagen, Denmark
SAT 25 NOVEMBER Halmtorvet 9 Copenhagen, Denmark


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Monday, October 2, 2017

Paradise Lost - Medusa


Monday, New Week, time to introduce "Record Of The Week"

The Goth Kings of doom and death are back with a new album "Medusa".

It's their 15th record and it is a solid piece, a real musical work of art, with well crafted tunes with both mystery, magic and wisdom. "Medusa" is the next step from "The Plague Within" and a great flirt with the roots of their musical history.


Guitarists Greg Mackintosh and Aaron Aedy does an incredible work with melancholic melodies and inspired riffage, this is together with the rhythm section of Steve Edmondson and the new recruit the creative youngster Waltteri Väyrynen (also of Mackintosh’s VALLENFYRE) who replaces Adrian Erlandsson. Waltteri is an amazing drummer that fits great in the band even if he is just a kid 👦 Nick Holmes vocals is prodigious and his lyrical content is both interesting and touching. Working with producer Jaime Gómez Arellano (ULVER, CATHEDRAL) was a good choice, the production is thick and smooth with it's raw sound.

The album opens up gigantic with the mysterious "Fearless Sky" to move over to impressing bleeding death/doom metal tunes like "Gods of Ancient" and "From the Gallows". The albums first single "The Longest Winter" is one of the more gothic tunes on the album, sludgy and heavy along with "Shrines". "Medusa", the title tune is a beautifully crushing piece. The upbeat tempo tune "Blood And Chaos", with its irresistible catchiness got to be the second single from the album. "No Passage for the Dead" is one of the tunes that fall off the normal spectra of the bands typical sound and takes a deep, heavy doomish progressive path. Deep, highly-distorted guitars on "Until The Grave" in a more traditional way and the album ends up dark and heavy with "Symbolic Virtue"


Sum: "Medusa" is another solid release from PARADISE LOST. 


Today's tune "Until The Grave" is taken from "Medusa", enjoy!



Upcoming tourdates:

Oct 03 Nosturi Helsinki, Finland */**
Oct 05 Katalin Uppsala, Sweden */**
Oct 06 Nöjesfabriken Karlstad, Sweden *
Oct 07 Voxhall Aarhus, Denmark */**
Oct 09 Kwadrat Kraków, Poland */**
Oct 10 Felda Brno, Czech Republic */**
Oct 11 Randal Bratislava, Slovakia */**
Oct 13 Dom Omladine Belgrade, Serbia */**
Oct 14 Boogaloo Zagreb, Croatia */**
Oct 15 Durer Kert Budapest, Hungary */**
Oct 16 Simm City Vienna, Austria */**
Oct 18 Hirsch Nuremberg, Germany */**
Oct 19 Batschkapp Frankfurt Am Main, Germany */**
Oct 20 GARAGE Saarbrucken, Germany */**
Oct 21 L'Usine Geneva, Switzerland */**
Oct 23 Razzmatazz 2 Barcelona, Spain */**
Oct 24 But Madrid, Spain */**
Oct 25 Santana 27 Bilbao, Spain */**
Oct 27 La Belle Electrique Grenoble, France */**
Oct 28 PHENOMENON Fontaneto D'agogna, Italy */**
Oct 29 Theaterfabrik Munich, Germany */**
Oct 30 Z7 Pratteln, Switzerland */**
Oct 31 Le Trabendo Paris, France */**
Nov 02 TRIX Muziekcentrum Antwerp, Belgium
Nov 03 Electric Ballroom London, United Kingdom */**
Nov 04 Damnation Festival Leeds, United Kingdom
Nov 06 Pandora Utrecht, Netherlands */**
Nov 07 013 Tilburg, Netherlands */**
Nov 08 Live Music Hall Cologne, Germany */**
Nov 09 Colombia Theater Berlin, Germany */**
Nov 10 Metal Hammer Paradise Wangels, Germany
Nov 12 Le Grand Mix Tourcoing, France *
Dec 14 The Triffid Brisbane, Australia
Dec 15 The Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia
Dec 16 Corner Hotel Richmond, Australia
Dec 17 The Gov Adelaide, Australia
Dec 18 Capitol Perth, Australia
Jul 04 Rockharz Open Air Ballenstedt, Germany

With * SINISTRO ** PALLBEARER

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Grand Funk Railroad - We're An American Band


Sunday, time for a classic!

"We're An American Band" is the seventh studio album by American hard rock band GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, credited as GRAND FUNK. The album was released by Capitol Records on July 15, 1973 and was certified gold by the RIAA a little over a month after its release. Two singles were released from the album. The first single, "We're an American Band", was released on July 2, 1973 and the second, "Walk Like a Man", was released on October 29, 1973. Both singles were sung by drummer Don Brewer.



The album cover was originally covered in gold-colored foil on the outside, and the initial run of pressings were pressed in clear, dark yellow vinyl. The album has been reissued many times and is currently available in the Compact Disc format. A Quadraphonic mix of the album was available in the Quadraphonic 8-Track cartridge format.

Today's tune "We're an American Band" is the title tune from the bands seventh album, it became GRAND FUNK RAILROADs first #1 single on September 29, 1973, Mark Farner's 25th birthday. Written by Don Brewer and produced by Todd Rundgren, its huge chart success broadened GRAND FUNKs appeal. It was sung by Brewer rather than Farner, who usually took lead vocals.

Brewer's lyrics are somewhat autobiographical, detailing the band's recent tour and their energetic live performances. In the song, the band mentions traveling through Little Rock, Arkansas, as well as stopping to party with four groupies that sneak into their hotel in Omaha, Nebraska. The lyrics also mention "sweet sweet Connie", which is a reference to legendary groupie Connie Hamzy.


According to rock critic/writer Dave Marsh in his book, The Heart of Rock and Soul, GRAND FUNK was touring with the British group HUMBLE PIE in early 1973. After one performance, the two groups were drinking in a bar when they began arguing over the merits of British versus American rock. GRAND FUNK drummer Don Brewer stood up and after bragging about American rock heroes such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley, proudly announced, "We're an American band!". Thus inspired, he wrote the song the next morning; by late 1973, it was the top-selling song in the world. A video was also made, showing the band playing the song as well as engaging in activities such as basketball, dirtbike riding, and watersports.

The original single was released on gold transparent vinyl.



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