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CD Review: Golden Bloom “Fan The Flames”

goldenbloom_4panel_masterGolden Bloom is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Shawn Fogel, an unusually gifted artist ready to blossom in the pop rock garden. “Fan The Flames” is a remarkably good full-length debut from start to finish.

“Fan The Flames” is half sunny and half cloudy, fitting to the lyrical content, which drifts between half-full and half-empty perspectives that address modern societal concerns. Armed with humility and wit, Fogel tackles the issues in an entertaining fashion, while leaving a lasting impression with his memorable melodies. The upbeat tracks are particularly strong, especially the emphasis track “Doomsday Devices”, which just screams ‘hit single’. However, my mind wandered during some of his ballads, which can get a little monotonous. Notable exceptions to this include the gorgeous “She Leaves Me Poetry” and the stunning “Theme for an Adventure at Sea”. Fogel almost sounds like Chris Martin (Coldplay) on this subtle, quiet acoustic track and suddenly – land ho! – the band kicks in to create an amazing and rousing finish.

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ABSENCE WANTS TO SEE YOUR SHREDDING SKILLS

The Absence and Ultimate-Guitar.com announce their guest guitar shred-off contest. The Absence is gearing up to record their third full-length. The band is known for their catchy guitar melodies and soaring solos, as well as involving their fans in their music as much as possible. They’re taking things a step further this time around and want to know: do you think you have what it takes to play a guitar solo on The Absence’s new album? They’re giving one lucky guitar shredder an opportunity to play a solo on a new track. presented by Ultimate-Guitar.com, got to www. ultimate-guitar.com/contests/absence_contest.htm to check out all of the details.

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CD Reviews: The Del-Lords – Frontier Days – Johnny Comes Marching Home – Based On A True Story

DellordsLet me set the scene: it is the middle of the ’90’s, the noisy, tuneless musical aberration called grunge has faded with Kurt Cobain’s cowardly self-inflicted death and all of the hipsters and music journalists who haven’t lost their minds over the momentary lapse of reason called “the swing fad” have gravitated over to another musical uprising: the so-called “alt.country” boom.

Originally tagged by lazy music scribes as springing from the popularity of the band Uncle Tupelo due to benchmark bands such as Wilco and Son Volt springing up from that band’s ashes, the rise of the scene can be extended further into the past where bands such as The Replacements, The Brandos, The Knitters, X, and The Blasters among others were the REAL influence of the scene, not to mention the new-breed of Bakersfield artists represented by Dwight Yoakam and others. And, lest we have forgotten, the fine folks at reissue label American Beat have finally decided to resurrect three albums from one of the first bands to infuse modern post-punk rock with the rootsy, gritty, rough-hewn sound of old-fashioned country: The Del-Lords. Though the band’s music sounded very little like country music of the fiddle and mandolin variety, one can hear the retro sound that, if one wanted, can easily be tracked in a straight line to groundbreaking artists such as Johnny Cash.

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ALT-ROCK BAND SEEKS NEW BASSIST

(From Music Connection.com) A noted L.A. band with three records and international tours is looking for a bass player. If you play a Fender and dig stuff like Primal Scream, Cage The Elephant, Kasabian, The Stooges, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, MC5, The Bangkok Five, The Bronx, The Strokes, The Stones, Arctic Monkeys, White Stripes, Kings of Leon, QotSA, EoDM, Peaches, etc., contact the band at nickfrost@gmail.com. The band states, “No druggies or alcoholics, no old guys, no five strings, no PRS or pointy basses. This is Rock and Roll gentlemen: If you’re lean, mean, and want to seek and destroy, you should e-mail us…”

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Rock and Roll Report Podcast #56 – A Cheaper Kind of Love

hilton and spearsAfter taking a week away from audio to get Rock and Roll Report TV launched I am back on board the Rock and Roll Report Podcast jet plane and buzzing over some amazing rock and roll. None of the bands played on this podcast have ever been played before on the podcast and my usual reaction prevailed as I listened to these tracks namely “Why have I not heard this stuff before?”

I tried to mix it up this week with a nice dose of the heavy, the punky and the power poppy because that to me is what is most fun about rock and roll, the sheer variety of the music. I hope you like that aspect of rock and roll and if you don’t, just wait a few minutes and something else will come on. Who knows, you might even like something you would never have given the time of day to before? If that happens, let me know!

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KNITTING FACTORY HOLLYWOOD TO SHUT ITS DOORS

The Knitting Factory Hollywood is closing its Hollywood location when the noted music venue’s 10-year lease runs out in October. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the company’s CEO Morgan Margolis said the all-ages venue is opting not to renew its lease at its current location. The Knitting Factory’s Bruce Duff says, “When we get more info — when exactly we’re closing, what our last show will be, and, most importantly, when and if we’re reopening in another location, we will of course let you know. Thanks, and to be sure, the ride isn’t over yet.” Contact Duff, 323-463-0204 x121, Duffkfla@aol.com. Visit http://la.knittingfactory.com for updates.

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Live Rock and Roll

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary with Two Groundbreaking Concerts

U2, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Simon & Garfunkel, Metallica, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Crosby, Stills Nash & Friends and Eric Clapton along with Special Guests Set to Perform in Concert at Madison Square Garden

(PRESS RELEASE) Cleveland, OH – Music’s biggest stars – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, U2, Paul Simon, Metallica, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Friends, Simon and Garfunkel – will come together on October 29th and 30th at Madison Square Garden for two unique concerts celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The shows, presented by American Express, will be packed with guest stars and unique collaborations designed to tell the story of rock and roll. American Express® Cardmembers have access to advance tickets through ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000 starting 9 a.m. on Monday, July 27th. Additional sponsorship support for the event is being provided by Bacardi.

Each night will feature entirely different line-ups, with artists performing their own songs and the music that inspired them –tracing the history of genres ranging from soul to hard rock. All proceeds raised will go towards creating a permanent endowment for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation and Museum. “Twenty-five years ago a group led by legendary Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun created this foundation to recognize and celebrate the music and careers of artists whose music helped shape and define our generation,” said Jann Wenner, Founder and Chairman of Rolling Stone and Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. “These once-in-a-lifetime concerts are designed to celebrate the artists and their music.”

A creative team of Tom Hanks and his producing partner Gary Goetzman, Wenner, singer-songwriter Robbie Robertson, Academy Award®-winning screenwriter, director Cameron Crowe and several others will work with the artists to curate the show through the live performances and filmed segments. Joel Gallen, the producer/director behind the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies and the MTV Movie Awards (1995-2006), will direct the show and oversee the 25th Anniversary Celebration along with the creative consultants.

This event is being presented in conjunction with the American Express Concert Series. American Express offers Cardmembers the exclusive opportunity to purchase advanced tickets to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation 25th Anniversary Celebration, prior to public. Tickets will be available for purchase with an American Express Card through ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000, from 9 a.m. Monday, July 27th, through Sunday, August 2nd at 9 p.m. Tickets will be on sale to the general public beginning Monday, August 3rd at 9 a.m.

The Rock and Roll of Fame Foundation and Museum’s anniversary celebration will also extend beyond the concerts, with both a book and a deluxe DVD set to be released this fall. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The First 25 Years, chronicling 25 years of induction ceremonies, will be published by Collins Design (an imprint of HarperCollins) in September. In August, Time Life will issue a nine-DVD boxed set of highlights of the past induction ceremonies, featuring speeches and all-star performances, many that have never before seen by the public.

Performing on October 29th will be:
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Simon & Garfunkel
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Friends
Paul Simon
Stevie Wonder

Performing on October 30th will be:
Eric Clapton
Aretha Franklin
Metallica
U2

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CD Review: Fattooth – s/t

fattoothcdcoverWith their self-titled debut Fattooth showcase the incredible feat that they’ve accomplished – they’ve found themselves a unique, refreshing niche somewhere between the realms of metal, punk and rock that is almost unidentifiable. This ability to fuse styles makes the album unpredictable (I swear I heard a saxophone on ‘High Time At Low Tide’) and keeps you gripped and listening ‘till the end. The guitar is played by a master, the drums are banged like there’s no tomorrow, the rhythms are memorable and the lyrics scream ‘originality!’ When is the last time you heard a man (in makeup that gives KISS a run for their money) giving Santa shit? – “Hey Santa Claus put me on your list, I’ve been a good boy but now I’m pissed” [Rock Around The World]. Never? That’s because nobody has ever had the genius idea, until now. Leave it to Fattooth to challenge the conventions of metal and punk and to deliver a sound that is instantly recognizable and completely their own. With a debut like this, there’s nowhere to go but up.

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Women Who Rock – An Interview with the Barbe-Q-Barbies

barbe-q-barbies starewellLast month we featured Finland’s Barbe-Q-Barbies as a Band of the Week and Katja and Kaisa graciously consented to an interview as well which we present to you here. Enjoy as we talk about the music scene in Finland, being women in the rock and roll game and what the band is up to as they prepare to unleash their debut album on the world. And don’t forget to check out the Band of the Week feature with a free download of the band’s track Escort.

RRR: Is it getting easier for an all girl band to be treated seriously these days are do sexist attitudes still prevail in rock and roll?

Katja: I don’t think it has never been an issue for us. Overall we’ve been treated really well and I haven’t noticed any gender related” problems”. Most people see us as a good rock ‘n roll band, not as a group of chicks. Of course there’s sometimes guys at gigs yelling something like “Show us tits” etc. but we don’t take it too seriously, the good sense of humour is the key. ?

Kaisa: Of course there still are certain attitudes and preconceptions about female rock bands, I think partly because it still is a relatively new phenomenon, women playing rock’n’roll, that is. One of the things we enjoy is to prove those prejudices wrong the second our show starts J

RRR: What is the music scene like in Finland?

Katja: Quite diverse I’d say. A lot of different kinds of bands, genres and gigs/festivals/happenings going on around here all the year round. Finland is often seen as a heavy metal country which is also true; we have some great metal bands but other genres such as old school rock and punk, are going on strong too. You can discover very good new bands on regular basis and it’s amazing how good some young kids are musically for example; there are definitely some genious’ among us waiting to break through.

Kaisa: Very versatile, I think. There are lots of good bands and if you also care to listen to other radio stations besides those playing the same hits over and over again, you can find a lot of great stuff!

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CD Review: Works Progress Administration “Works Progress Administration”

WPA webTaking its name from President Roosevelt’s 1939 New Deal initiative, Works Progress Administration (WPA) is a conglomeration of similarly minded musicians, crafting music that is meant to inspire and enlighten while it entertains. An impressive list of stellar talent has had a hand in steering the music that has found its way onto the self-titled debut record, due September 15. The founding members are listed as Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek), and Luke Bulla (Jerry Douglas Band/Ricky Skaggs/Lyle Lovett), but substantial contributors include Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Greg Leisz (Joni Mitchell), Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello and the Imposters/Randy Newman), and Davey Faragher (Elvis Costello and the Imposters/Cracker). The founding fathers are regulars who interact at the legendary LA club, Largo, which is the very place Phillips recorded his 2003 live record.

As if that isn’t enough name dropping, WPA partnered with Jim Scott to do the engineering; he’s worked with the likes of Wilco and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. So with all this talent on board, is this project right on track or a messy train wreck?