Artists and Bands

Retro Iron Maiden

Iron_maiden In the early ’80s I had a bunch of buddies that were really into all the cutting edge metal bands of the time. It was through them that I was introduced to groups like Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Tygers of Pan Tang, Riot, Saxon and Iron Maiden. I remember listening to “Phantom of the Opera” “Sanctuary” and “Charlotte the Harlot” on the first Iron Maiden album and thinking that it was just the coolest thing around and now word comes down that the upcoming Iron Maiden tour will feature their four first albums as the theme of the tour. A great idea to be sure as these albums, especially the first two are amazing. I wonder if they will get Paul Di’anno to sing of couple of numbers?

Rock Biz

The Zippo Hot Tour

Zippo_hot_tour_2 If you’re looking for what seems to be a pretty cool "battle of the bands" type competition with the main prize being a ton of cool musical equipment and services from Peavey, Tama, Pure Volume, Pro Mark and more then check out the Zippo Hot Tour, a multi-city competition where the bands are judged both online and onstage. Unsigned rock bands from ten U.S. cities have until April 14, 2005, 11:59:59 PM EST to register online for the contest. The cities involved are Austin, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Raleigh, Denver, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Orlando, Pittsburgh and Memphis. Check out the website for details and good luck!

Rock Biz

The Indie News Beat for February 22, 2005

February 22, 2005 Edition

* Grayson Wray Releases "Tales Of Mystery And Loneliness"
* Alicia Keys: The Diary of Alicia Keys On DVD
* CatDesigners Get Luvvied Up
* Garage Radio Offers Streaming Audio For The Masses
* The Future Of Music Is In The Force Of Gaz Reynolds
* Music Gorilla Artist Gets Signed!
* DiscoverRadio Showcases New Artists With Custom Radio Station
* Sowatt Showcases In My Life At Canadian Music Week
* Hit Song Science Picks Aslyn
* Revolutionary SMS Password Access To Desktop Concerts

Grayson Wray Releases "Tales Of Mystery And Loneliness"

Grayson Wray is releasing his third album Febuary 10, 2005. It’s called "Tales Of Mystery And Loneliness " His previous two albums have been played all over the world on college, internet and satilite radio the last two years. Grayson was in the top ten on numerous major college stations like WRAS, Georgia State University. He was voted artist of the week on internet station Wizard Radio, artist of the month on internet station Radio X, and artist of the day on Grayson is currently putting a live band together with plans of touring soon.

This was said about his last album "Picassos’ Dream". Grayson Wray, serving up his second CD (last year’s ‘Road To Paradise’ was very well received) has almost single-handedly delivered one of the most impressive CD’s I’ve heard in a long time.

He’s taken a lot of familiar sounds and styles and truly morphed them into a sound that is uniquely his own. While influences can definitely be heard – from the Beatle-esque harmonies and layering of different instruments to the 60’s guitar sounds – they are never stale regurgitations of licks we already know.

Instead, Grayson has done what a true artist should do – boldly go where no one has gone before!

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CatDesigners Get Luvvied Up

CatDesigners had two tracks from their album, Strange Little Creature, selected to be featured in a play, "Starving Necrophilia," at the Pleasance Theatre in May.

The writer and director of the play, Lisa Cagnacci, approached CatDesigners to ask if they had any music suitable to feature at the beginning and the end of the play. Nick Troop read the script while Lisa took copies of both albums and both hit upon "Good Thoughts" Good Thoughts and "Strange Gods" Strange Gods.

"I felt ‘Good Thoughts’ was the most appropriate in terms of matching what I sensed was the mood of the play," said Nick. "albeit that I had only read the script and not actually seen the play. I suggested ‘Strange Gods’ for the end of the play because some of the words at the end of the script are actually echoed in the song. It was uncanny … and more than a little spooky."

"The last line from the play is ‘The gods are falling like rain. They know how’ while the last line from the song is ‘Strange gods on my side. Sky high and falling.’ Almost too good to be true."

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Alicia Keys: The Diary of Alicia Keys On DVD

Eagle Rock Entertainment brings an unprecedented look into the everyday life of one of today’s hottest, most admired and talented musical sensations, Alicia Keys. You’ve seen her on stage and you’ve heard her on the radio; now get a rare up-close and personal look at the young woman behind that powerhouse voice.

As a singer, songwriter and pianist, Alicia Keys has raised the bar for female musicians and has been embraced by audiences of all ages. Fans now get inside the head of Alicia Keys and an exclusive look at this superstar with the DVD release of Alicia Keys: The Diary Of Alicia Keys. Containing footage that cannot be seen on any other Alicia Keys project, the DVD goes behind the scenes to capture the true Ms. Keys and her team craft her most recent album, The Diary of Alicia Keys.

Alicia Keys took the modern R&B world to a whole new level the minute she broke onto the music scene and has since earned the title of "musical superstar." Capturing loads of behind the scenes footage, the cameras take viewers onto the tour bus, the stage and even to video and photo shoots, offering a glimpse at the daily life of Alicia Keys. The Diary Of Alicia Keys captures the true personality of Alicia, not usually seen on stage. From Spain to Arizona to Africa, The Diary Of Alicia Keys is a raw and real look at this critically acclaimed, multiple Grammy award winning, platinum selling international superstar.

Join Alicia and her crew onto the set of the "Girlfriend" video shoot and DIARY photo shoots. Get an up close and personal look at the different sides of Alicia, watch hilarious footage of fights on tour, rough crowds and clowning around between she and her team. Offering a backstage pass to all things Alicia, The Diary Of Alicia Keys is a must-have for any fan.

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Garage Radio Offers Streaming Audio For The Masses

With more artists utilizing the Internet for exposure than ever before, the most common question among them seems to be, "What’s the best way to present my music from my web site?" Garage Radio, in cooperation with K-Amp, has answered with the K-Amp Player.

The K-AMP Player is a web-based service and solutions provider that enables website owners and administrators to audiocast their own web-based audio player using K-AMP’s web-enabled media management solution. K-AMP succeeds in delivering a reliable on-demand experience, eliminating the need for media players while providing users with better player controls without buffering and without downloading MP3s to a user’s hard drive.

"We saw the value in this product immediately," said John Foxworthy, Chief Editor and Co-Founder of Garage Radio, "I’ve been approached many times as to an easy way for artists to stream music from their own sites without compromising quality or just giving it away – this is the solution we’ve been looking for."

Garage Radio currently uses the K-Amp Player to spotlight the Top 10 tracks on their play list and many bands, including Zakk Wylde and Damageplan, have already found great value in the service.

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The Future Of Music Is In The Force Of Gaz Reynolds

Gaz Reynolds has teamed up with some of the latest & greatest producers (including the legendary Future Force), to bring you his new single ‘I Don’t Care/Where Will You Go?’ which is scheduled for release in late March.

Gaz said; ‘Its been great having Future Force on board for this project. They have an incredible track record of hits behind them including remixes for; Ian Van Dahl, Pink (God Is A DJ), Attomic Kitten & many more!’

This great package also includes remixes by Karma Farm, Panik Brothers, SleazeSisters & ‘New Kid On The Block’ Nathan Bennett.

The single ‘I Don’t Care’ was selected as one of RRadio Network’s Top 10 Pop songs & has been picked up by DJs around the world. The single has already hit the No.1 Dance Spot in the UK & Europe & is now impacting US radio stations on CHR Formats.

Gaz Reynolds has already clocked up an impressive track record of HITS including; ‘DEEP’, ‘In This House’, ‘On Holy Ground’ & the massively successful ‘Electric Kama Sutra’ which was recently voted by Euro Dance Hits as one of the best Euro NRG Club Trax of 2004.

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Music Gorilla Artist Gets Signed!

Music Gorilla, a new and fast-growing resource in the online repertoire of both independent musicians and label scouts, is helping break down the invisible yet substantial barrier between labels and emerging artists.

Music Gorilla congratulates their Artist Member Bridgett Huffhines who was recently signed to a two year songwriting deal with Lamon Records. The label found Bridgett at Lamon Records is just one of the labels that works with Music Gorilla to find new artists. Some of their other artist members are in discussions with reps at Sony Records and Hollywood Records, those artists were also heard by the reps of these labels at Music Gorilla.

Built specifically for the needs of the A&R community, label reps sign written commitments to screen artists from the Music Gorilla community. The system works because reps only get the genres that they have expressed interest in, therefore, they don’t have to go through music that they are not signing at the time.

Music Gorilla’s unique service benefits all parties involved. Each artist gets to post their state-of-the-art "online resume," thereby gaining crucial exposure to label insiders, and the labels get tipped off to talented artists. The user-friendly, ad-free environment is also a significant draw for the label reps and bands alike.

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DiscoverRadio Online Indie Radio Showcases New Artists With Custom Radio Station

Indie music fans have found a new way to discover up-and-coming artists. discoverRadio, part of the Globaldust network, allows listeners to set their preferences and listen to music tailored to their tastes.

"The station is ‘smart’ in that respect," says John Patrick, developer. discoverRadio lets users set their genre preferences before tuning in. Listeners can choose to listen song-by-song or let the player choose for them. The 20-year-old founder receives hundreds of indie song pitches per week and approves only quality music.

discoverRadio plays music of all genres, ranging from Alternative Rock to World Music. The station continues its rapid growth, with thousands of listeners per week. "We’re turning into an indie," says Patrick.

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Sowatt Showcases In My Life At Canadian Music Week

Quebec City band SOWATT brings its personal brand of power pop/rock with radio friendly melodies, solid lyrics and high energy level to Toronto’s Canadian Music Week.

What: CMW Break Thru Series presented by ACCESS / Randy River
When: Thursday, March 3rd, 2005, 1am
Where: Club 279, Toronto, Ontario
Why: To catch these rising stars at the beginning of an incredible year

SOWATT’s debut English album In My Life produced by Canadian producer Tino Izzo has not been officially released; however, the song "Just For A Day" and the video for "Move On" are creating quite a buzz. The band has acquired a solid fan base playing over 200 live shows and acquiring opening slots in 2004 for Simple Plan and David Usher.

The band plans to tour extensively in 2005 and is working on securing a Canadian release for a new version of In My Life with new mixes and additional songs. There is enormous reaction on websites world-wide and solid interest in the band from a few prominent labels so 2005 looks to be the year the band breaks.

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Hit Song Science Picks Aslyn
The technology that predicted the success of Norah Jones and Maroon 5 says Aslyn has what it takes to be the next big pop star

Polyphonic HMI predicted the success of Norah Jones’ debut album, Come Away With Me, well before it won 8 Grammys in 2003. Soon afterwards the global microscope was directed at this firm’s curious technology called Hit Song Science (HSS for short), focusing the music industry’s as well as the media’s attention on their ability to predict the likelihood of market success for songs well in advance of the music’s release.

Since announcing the existence of HSS, Polyphonic has begun working for many of the major labels within each of the major music companies and a variety of independents. HSS technology predicted the success of all of Maroon 5’s hits from their Songs About Jane album and predicted the success of their current hit, Sunday Morning a year and two months before other hit prediction services, although the company wasn’t permitted to say so publicly at the time due to a confidentiality agreement with the label group. BMG later granted Polyphonic permission to speak about it.

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Revolutionary SMS Password Access To Desktop Concerts

My Virtual Business eXchange has chosen m-commerce giant, txtNation to deliver their revolutionary new service broadcasting live concerts for viewers to watch from the comfort of their browser window. The concerts are password protected using SMS billing through mENABLE, a service owned and developed by txtNation.

The next concert will be broadcast on the 18th February live from the Cockpit, Leeds, featuring the critically acclaimed The Go! Team. The concert will also be available to streamed after the event at

The concert is the third to be broadcast by MyVBX, who have a full programme for 2005, bringing a number of top acts to the web. Further details will be announced on for more details.

"MyVBX is determined to ensure that the fans receive the optimum concert experience online, and our investment in infrastructure, and the mobile payment solution provided by mENABLE certainly reflects this", said Forbes Hamilton, Managing Director of MyVBX.

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Odds & Sods

Introducing the Indie News Beat

I am trying out a new weekly feature on The Rock and Roll Report called the “Indie News Beat” from the excellent music news site Music Dish. Except for today it would be posted every Tuesday. My only concern is that it is not strictly Rock and Roll but it often features some excellent indie-related stuff so that’s the main reason I have added it to the mix. Let me know what you think. Thanks.

Reviews and Suggestions

I Have Always Been Here Before: The Roky Erickson Anthology

32556_roky_72 A while back I wrote about the pending release of an anthology of Roky Ericson’s stuff by Shout! Factory called “I Have Always Been Here Before: The Roky Erickson Anthology.” Well it will be in the stores March 1st, 2005 and to get you in the mood I have a few song samples that you can listen to in either Quicktime or Windows Media formats:

“She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own)” – 13th Floor Elevators
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“Bermuda” – Roky Erickson
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“If You Have Ghosts” – Roky Erickson & The Aliens
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Here is the full tracklisting:


Disc One:

1. We Sell Soul – The Spades
2. You’re Gonna Miss Me – 13th Floor Elevators
3. Reverberation (Doubt) – 13th Floor Elevators
4. Tried To Hide – 13th Floor Elevators
5. Fire Engine – 13th Floor Elevators
6. She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own) – 13th Floor Elevators
7. Slip Inside This House – 13th Floor Elevators
8. Splash 1 – 13th Floor Elevators
9. Dust – 13th Floor Elevators
10. I Had To Tell You – 13th Floor Elevators
11. POSTures (Leave Your Body Behind) – 13th Floor Elevators
12. Earthquake – 13th Floor Elevators
13. Right Track Now – Roky Erickson & Clementine Hall
14. Red Temple Prayer (Two Headed Dog) – Roky Erickson & Bleib Alien
15. Starry Eyes – Roky Erickson & Bleib Alien
16. Bermuda – Roky Erickson
17. The Interpreter – Roky Erickson
18. Mine Mine Mind – Roky Erickson & The Aliens
19. I Have Always Been Here Before – Roky Erickson & The Aliens
20. Click Your Fingers Applauding The Play – Roky Erickson & The Aliens
21. I Think Of Demons – Roky Erickson & The Aliens
22. Don’t Shake Me Lucifer – Roky Erickson & The Aliens
23. White Faces – Roky Erickson & The Aliens

Disc Two:

1. it’s a Cold Night For Alligators – Roky Erickson & The Aliens
2. Creature With The Atom Brain – Roky Erickson & The Aliens
3. Stand For The Fire Demon – Roky Erickson & The Aliens
4. Bloody Hammer – Roky Erickson & The Aliens
5. The Wind And More – Roky Erickson & The Aliens
6. If You Have Ghosts – Roky Erickson & The Aliens
7. Song To Abe Lincoln (Live) – Roky Erickson & Bleib Alien
8. Anthem (i pROMISE) – Roky Erickson
9. Warning (Social/Political Injustices) (Live) – Roky Erickson
10. The Beast – Roky Erickson & Evil Hook Wildlife E.T.
11. You Don’t Love Me Yet – Roky Erickson
12. Clear Night For Love – Roky Erickson
13. Don’t Slander Me – Roky Erickson
14. Nothing In Return – Roky Erickson
15. Burn In The Flames – Roky Erickson
16. When You Get Delighted – Roky Erickson
17. True Love Casts Out All Evil – Roky Erickson
18. For You (I’d Do Anything) – Roky Erickson
19. Please Judge – Roky Erickson
20. We Are Never Talking – Roky Erickson
21. I’M GONNA FREE HER – Roky Erickson

Always one of my favourite rock and roll eccentrics, Roky has put out some amazing rock and roll and this anthology has certainly been on my list as a “must have.” If you have never heard of or listened to Roky Ericson’s work in the past then you are in for a treat as the psychedelic rock and roll visions of Roky Ericson are the stuff of demented rock and roll dreams. I look forward in anticipation to March 1st!

Live Rock and Roll

If you are in Toronto then you just might want to “bring ‘em on in!”

Bring ’em on in looks like a pretty cool "Sixties club" featuring ’60’s soul, garage, psych, freakbeat and ska from around the world. On top of that their site has some great MP3s that you can download and the playlists from their past "happenings" are avaliable there as well.Their next event is this Friday, February 25th, 2005 at Lounge 88, 14 Clinton Street in Toronto, Canada. No cover charge and the joint starts jumpin’ at 10:00 PM. Sounds like a cool time.

Odds & Sods

Kerrang! Magazine’s Top 100 British Rock Albums Of All Time

Last week I mentioned the the best British albums of all time according to a BBC report. Well the list was compiled by Kerrang magazine as voted on by their readers and I have the full list for your reading and debating pleasure so here it is:

1. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
2. Iron Maiden – Number Of The Beast
3. Sex Pistols – Nevermind The Bullocks
4. Led Zeppelin – IV
5. Black Sabbath – Paranoid
6. Muse – Absolution
7. The Clash – London Calling
8. Queen – Sheer Heart Attack
9. Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden
10. Manic Street Preachers – The Holy Bible
11. Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
12. Judas Priest – British Steel
13. Def Leppard – Hysteria
14. Black Sabbath – Volume 4
15. The Darkness – Permission To Land
16. Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard Of Ozz
17. The Wildhearts – Earth vs The Wildhearts
18. Lostprophets – Start Something
19. Queen – A Night At The Opera
20. Muse – Origin Of Symmetry
21. Ash – Free All Angels
22. Motorhead – Ace Of Spades
23. Stereophonics – Performance And Cocktails
24. Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go
25. Feeder – Echo Park
26. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II
27. Cradle of Filth – Cruelty And The Beast
28. Iron Maiden – Brave New World
29. The Clash – The Clash
30. Funeral For A Friend – Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation
31. Therapy? – Troublegum
32. Feeder – Comfort In Sound
33. Ozzy Osbourne – Diary Of A Madman
34. Deep Purple – Machine Head
35. The Damned – Machine Gun Etiquette
36. Def Leppard – Pyromania
37. Hundred Reasons – Ideas Above Our Station
38. Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
39. The Prodigy – The Fat Of The Land
40. Muse- Showbiz
41. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin
42. Manic Street Preachers – Generation Terroists
43. Ash – 1977
44. Iron Maiden – Killers
45. Pitchshifter –
46. Judas Priest – Screaming For Vengence
47. Idlewild – Hope Is Important
48. Biffy Clyro – Infinity Land
49. Reef – Glow
50. Napalm Death – Scum
51. Lost Prophets – The Fake Sound Of Progress
52. Saxon – Wheels of steel
53. The Cult – Electric
54. Skunk Anansie – Paranoid and Sunburnt
55. Bush – Sixteen Stone
56. Deep Purple – In Rock
57. A – Hi-Fi Serious
58. Hell Is For Heroes – The Neon Handshake
59. Whitesnake – 1987
60. Terrorvision – How To Make Friends And Influence People
61. Free – Fire And Water
62. Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy
63. Black Sabbath – Master Of Reality
64. Judas Priest – Stained Class
65. Idlewild – 100 Broken Windows
66. Skunk Anansie – Stoosh
67. Killing Joke – Killing Joke
68. Venom – Black Metal
69. Iron Monkey – Iron Monkey
70. The Wildhearts – PHUQ
71. Motorhead – Overkill
72. Queen – Queen II
73. Feeder – Yesterday Went Too Soon
74. Rainbow – Rising
75. Sisters Of Mercy – Floodland
76. Therapy – Nurse
77. Biffy Clyro – Blackened Sky
78. Godflesh – Streetcleaner
79. Earthtone9 – Arc’tan’gent
80. Bush – Razorblade Suitcase
81. Stereophonics – Word Gets Around
82. 3 Colours Red – Pure
83. Cathedral – The Etheral Mirror
84. Thunder – Backstreet Symphony
85. Raging Speedhorn – Raging Speedhorn
86. Paradise Lost – Draconion Times
87. Feeder – Polythene
88. Stiff Little Fingers – Inflamable Material
89. A – A Vs The Monkey Kong
90. Discharge – Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing
91. The Ruts – The Crack
92. Fudge Tunnel – Hate Songs In E Minor
93. Baby Chaos – Love Your Self Abuse
94. Carcass – Symphony Of Sickness
95. Gang Of Four – Entertainment
96. Orange Goblin – Tiem Travelling Blues
97. The Exploited – Troops Of Tomorrow
98. Cradle Of Filth – Dusk And Her Embrace
99. Anathema – A Fine Day To Exit
100. Therapy? – Infernal Love

Where in the hell are the Beatles and the Rolling Stones? Geez how about Oasis or the Jam? Don’t get me started….

Reviews and Suggestions

“Of Hands And Hearts: Music For The Tsunami Disaster Fund” to be released March 15, 2005

Ohahonesheet The Asian Tsunami was a disaster of epic proportions and the response to the needs of the people in the countries affected has been overwhelmingly positive. There have been and continue to be numerous fundraising events put on for the victims of this tradgedy and one that caught my eye is the “Of Hands And Hearts: Music For The Tsunami Disaster Fund” double CD compilation that will be released March 22nd, 2005 by Norwalk Distributors. This CD compilation features a lot of great bands pumping out a ton of great music with a lot of it unreleased and is a bargain at the suggested price of $13.98. Even more importantly, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this CD go to the humanitarian organization CARE so in essence there really is no reason why you wouldn’t want to buy it. It should be available at your finer indie record stores and at most online stores including the wonderful Not Lame Records. For more information on each of the bands and links to their websites check out the “Of Hearts and Minds” website at Norwalk Distributors. Great music raising money for a needy cause is something that The Rock and Roll Report and I am sure you will always support. Mark March 15th, 2005 on your calender and pick this CD up. I know that I will. The full track listing is:


1. PAUL COLLINS’ BEAT-“All Over The World”
2. THE TALK-“Good Songs”
3. DRAMARAMA-“Try Five Times”
4. EDDIE SPAGHETTI-“Sleepy Vampire”
5. DILLON FENCE-“I’ll Learn”
6. THE RED ELVISES-“Ticket To Japan”
7. GANGGAJANG-“Anodyne Dream”
8. THE DOTTED LINE-“She Is Light”
9. bang SUGAR bang-“Major Label Interest”
10. THE LAST-“I Know” (demo)
11. THE DONKEYS-“No Way”
12. NINE BELOW ZER0-“Go Girl”
13. THE RUBINOOS-“In The Worst Way”
14. ANNABELLA LWIN-“Sacred Ground”
15. DOG TRUMPET-“Once Too Often”
16. BARRY HOLDSHIP-“Stuck In Time”
17. JEREMY-“If I Could”
18. RAY MASON BAND-“I Own The Ending”
19. THE SUNBEAMS-“Star Trek”
20. THE LOLAS-“Silver Dollar Sunday”
21. ROSETTA STONE-“Drive On”
22. MIDWAY-“Connection”
23. THE FIXX-“Fatal Shore” (live)
24. JOANNA HOGG & NICK BEGGS-“Who Will Hold You?”


1. SUPERSUCKERS-“Bubblegum And Beer”
2. THE WAKING HOURS-“Someday Soon”
3. GUITAR GANGSTERS-“Another Day In Pleasantville”
4. SUBURBAN LEGENDS-“Blingity Bling”
6. ADRIAN BELEW-“Survival In The Wild”
7. CHROMOSOME TEA-“Spring 1913”
8. JEFFREY FOSKETT-“It’s My Fault”
9. WANG CHUNG-“Akasha”
10. EASTERLY-“If You Knew” (TW Walsh Remix)
11. WORMSTEW-“Lady Luck”
12. KEVIN GILBERT & THUD-“When You Give Your Love To Me” (live)
13. KYLE VINCENT-“You Will Dance Again”
14. JOHN WICKS -“Rising Stars”
16. THE TWINKLES-“We’re The Kids”
17. WONDERBOY-“Moron Man”
18. THE VIRGINIA SISTERS-“That’s Just Wrong”
20. THE LETTER OPENERS-“A Normal Town”
21. EUGENE EDWARDS-“It Doesn’t Get Better Than This”
22. THE RANDIES-“Peanut Butter”
23. BMX BANDITS-“The End Of Time”
24. MICHAEL CARPENTER-“Thinking About You”

(Updated to include the new release date of 03/22/05)

Odds & Sods

The first week of March is the first ever “Band Week!”

Since The Rock and Roll Report is not my full-time job (although sometimes it feels like I spend enough time on it!) things tend to accumulate in my e-mail inbox, things that I plan to write about, sites to check out and most of all bands to listen to. I currently have a ton of bands in my “Bands to check out” folder of my inbox that is just getting ridiculously full so in order for me to thin out the pile and get some rock and roll kicks I am inaugurating the first ever “Band Week” which will be a feature from time to time where I will take one week to concentrate on nothing but bands and solo musicians. This doesn’t mean that I won’t write about bands during my “regular” weeks, far from it. All it means is that during these weeks the music news, features, ruminations and resources that I write about will be set aside so I can feature nothing but music that I haven’t had a chance to listen to. Hopefully we will all get a nice rock and roll rush that will stick with us for awhile. So get ready! The first Band Week will debut February 28th, 2005.

Odds & Sods

Tentative commemorative arrangements have been made for Hunter S. Thompson

According to Hunter S. Thompson Wanted Remains Fired From Cannon- Friends Plan Private, Public Ceremonies there will be a private commemoration for family and friends on March 5th with a public event likely in April. Apparently Hunter wanted his ashes fired out of a cannon as he often joked that he was “cannon fodder.” Only Hunter could have come up with this plan!