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Archive for December, 2011

I am Ozzy.

Ok I picked this book up a couple of days ago and I can’t put it down. I’ll give you the full scoop on it when I finish, but so far it’s fun, informative and crazy, like Ozzy.


End of the Year Music News…..

To give you a heads up for next year.
Paul McCartney, Black Sabbath, Darius Rucker are announce new albums for 2012, Van Halen might have a new album as well.
Confirmed albums in Jan.
Snow Patrol “Fallen Empire”
Gotype “Making Mirrors”
Lacona Coil “Dark Adrenaline”
Ringo Starr “Ringo 2012”
Ingrid Michaelson “Human Again”
Dion “Tank Full of Blues”
Tim McGraw “Emotional Traffic”
Patrice O’Neal “Mr. P”
The Fray “Scars & Stories”
Just to name a few.
Foreigner at the Paramount in Denver has been Cancelled for Jan 17th no new information.
Red Hot Chili Pepper will be playing the Pepsi Center in Denver on March 4th.
More new later, Hope all of you have a safe New Years Eve.


Holiday Music

Well it’s that time of year!I’m always up for the sillyness,and I found this cartoons. I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday and a prosperous new year.
Here is my favorite song for Christmas at YouTube.


Wrecked……Far from it!

This Rock/Metal band from Chicago has got it going. They aren’t a wreck they have serious metal. Jeff Kylloe gave me some of his time to tell me more about them.

What got you guys started and how did you all meet?
Jeff Kylloe (Guitars), Back in 2005 I had met Tony Faflik (Vocals) and was already working with Mike McCarron (Drums) We had written a few songs and were forced to put the project on hold do to other projects we were working on at the time. We all kept in touch and finally in late 2009 we were all free to focus exclusively on Wrecked. We again starting writing songs and quickly added David Rosen (Bass) and Paul Kowalik (Guitars) Everyone in the band have known each other and worked together in different projects over the years. Everyone in the band is very close and would do anything for each other.

Who or what inspires you?
Our inspiration comes from our influences which are pretty vast. From New and Old school Metal, Progressive Rock & Metal, Blues, Our influences play a huge part in our sound and vide. Black Sabbath, Sevundust, Godsmack, Judas Priest, Kansas, Dream Theater, just to name a few. I cut my teeth on guitar players such as, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Hendrix, Randy Rhoads, Edward Vanhalen and many others. We have a different take on heavy music. Metal or Hard Rock music can be heavy and still have Groove, We work hard at creating music that is heavy and in your face but still has a hook, groove, emotion and basically still a great song.

What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
We use Gibson Les Paul Guitars / Dean Guitars / Spector Basses / DW Drums / Splawn Amplifiers & Ampeg Amplifiers.
Tony Faflik – Vocals / Jeff Kylloe – Guitars / Paul Kowalik – Guitars / David Rosen – Bass / Mike McCarron – Drums.

What do you listen too?
We listen to everything, We are always checking out new bands and sounds and also still listen to our old favorites. There are so many great new metal and rock bands around.

What makes you happy?
The vibe we get from watching new fan’s at our shows and connecting with people through our music, it’s addictive.
sad?
The horrible things going on in the world today, people without hope, people with no heart.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
All of us work day job’s and are also full time musicians so there really is not any spare time, most of our time is spent writing and recording music. We do love to ride our Motorcycles (Harley Davidson’s) when we do get a break here and there.

If you could do anything you wanted what would it be?
We would love to be on the road more touring and reaching new fan’s, meeting new people and achieving our goal to be a successful band.

Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?
We are easy to approach and answer our own mail, if anyone has a question or just wants to say Hello they should just send us a message to any of our listed websites.

Have you got another album in the works and/or music videos?
We are currently working on our first full length effort scheduled for release in June 2012 and we also have a brand new video and song “Waiting To Die” being released January 1st 2012 Our EP “Enemy” which includes 5 songs and a video is available now. We also have several other videos on youtube and reverbnation.

Do you guys manage yourselves and if so how hard has it been for you? If not who is you manager and how’s that going?
We currently manage ourselves with a ton of help from some people in our area that started as fans and are now a part of the Wrecked family. Jeff Bryski is our acting Manager and Dennis Hawk Baughan of Hawk Production is in charge of just about everything. Dennis films, directs and produces are video’s and our live show production which is pretty intense. We believe that our fan’s are there to see a show so we put on a show. Everyone involved in Wrecked promotes this band every day, Is it hard Yes but the music industry is hard. We believe that if a band writes great songs and promotes, great things will happen. We are focused on writing great songs. Tony, Jeff, Mike, David & Paul – Wrecked

Check out more at their website Wrecked and MySpace.
And thanks Jeff for talking with us.


Dream Aria……exciting and awesome from Canada.


Dream Aria made received “Top Band of the Year” from MySpace recently, and with the vibe they send out it’s not surprising. I just recently sat down and listened to their latest album “Fallen Angel” and indeed I was blown away. They are listed as Rock/Progressive/World Music/Alternative
I got the chance to ask Ann a little bit about the band and here is what he shared.

How did you get started, little history bio basically?
Don Stagg (composer/keyboardist/executive producer) started the project in 2003 I believe and I joined the band in April of 2004. Don found me on the internet as a “singer for hire”. I feel very blessed that he contacted me! He was already working with Garry Flint (drummer/engineer/producer) on a number of songs. They had me come in to have a listen and I loved what I heard. I did an audition of sorts and started writing and recording with them that very day. The rest is history! The music started out more classical and evolved to progressive rock with elements of new age, ambient, goth and world music. Don had also hired Jozef Pilasanovic on guitar and Garry was writing and recording bass and drum parts. Our first cd was “In The Wake” as this lineup. For our second cd “Transcend”, we hired new guitarists: Steve Agelakos, Kurt Schefter, Mark Crossley and Tim Welch. We then brought bassist Jon Casselman on board for bass. Lonnie Glass played bass on the song “Compassion” and Alberto Suarez played congas on the same tune. “Transcend” was a bit ‘heavier’ and more of a ‘focused’ sound that truly became our own. “Fallen Angel”, our newest release, is a bit heavier than the others but remained our signature sound. We added even more guitarists to our ‘all-star’ lineup. Kurt and Tim played on quite a few tracks and we also hired Mark Crossley, Rob Masiokas for the song “The Gift”, Mike Phelps on “Abstract Relations”and Mark McClay on “Carnival of Souls”. Dream Aria would not be the same without any of the members of the band. They are all integral creative forces. Their professionalism and awesome personalities add so much to the mix!

What or who inspired you?
Personally, I have many inspirations. Life lessons, artists, animals, dancers, singers and all musicians and music in general! I grew up listening to classical music, then Crystal Gayle, Abba, as well as many of the rock to hard rock bands of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Some of my favorites were Toto, Deep Purple, Streetheart and the Scorpions. I also listened to some New Age including Andreas Vollenweider. As for the rest of the band, I know some of the musical influences are Peter Gabriel, Old Genesis, Debussy, The Beatles, Progressive Rock and more.

What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
As a singer, I only use a mic, whatever is handy in the studio. I don’t pay attention to the make or model etc. I just sing and let Garry do the engineering.
{Don Stagg keyboard player uses Korg Karma/Roland Fantom/Yamaha Motif}

What do you listen to?
I listen to the bands I listed in question #2. Currently I also listen to Chris Botti, DcTalk, Queen City Kids, Kansas and an ecclectic mix of many others depending on my mood.

What makes you happy? sad?
Many things make me happy, such as good company, great food, all kinds of music (listening to and creating), art (viewing and creating it), dance (watching and also dancing myself), people who overcome obstacles, my family, all animals (especially dogs), learning new things, helping others, inspiring others, warm sunny days, traveling, exploring, reading thrillers and inspirational books, watching good movies, flowers, chocolate, tea and so on! What makes me sad is any kind of abuse towards people, animals and the earth.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Many of the things I listed in question #5, but most of all, spending time with my beautiful angel daughter, my family and my dog.

If you could do anything you wanted what would it be?
Have enough money to help everyone who needs it and to inspire and help others as much as possible.

Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?
I’m a little ‘firecracker’ but would never hurt a fly!
Check out ReverbNation, MySpace, Facebook, Dream Aria.
Thanks again to Ann for taking the time to talk to us.


Music News…Chapman Stick….Funny History of Music

New albums coming out in the next week.
“Up All Night” by One Direction
“Imaginaerum” by Nightwish
“Soul 2” by Seal
“Lego Feet” by Lego Feet
Foxman is competing in Eye Rocks 2nd Battle Of The Bands check it out and vote.
Chapman Stick, this is hands down the most interesting instrument I have seen. Check it out you might want to take it up.
I was discussing the origins of music with a friend and I suddenly remembered a rather humorous clip for a Ringo Star movie called “Caveman.” Closest thing I can imagine to how it happened.


Foxman……Crazy Like A Fox!

Foxman has a style of music that makes people take notice. Art rock covers a wide variety of music genres. This gives Foxman an enormous palette to create heart stopping music from.
I got the chance to ask him a few questions and here is what he shared with us.

How did you get started, little history bio basically?
I began playing bass when I was 19 years old and messed around with a few bands in the Illinois area, mostly playing cover songs. Around 1991 I moved to Florida and hooked up with a band called Tomorrow’s Party, who was in the process of releasing a self titled Cd of original music. My tenure with this band lasted for about 1 1/2 years and ended when I left to persue a career with the USPS, which lasted for about 12-13 years. During this time period I began writing/recording my own music using a very cheap cassette recorder, with me playing all the instruments (guitar, bass, drum machine, keys and vocals). I ended up with a library of about 40 songs, nothing professional, but enough to make me realize that writing music was something that I was meant to do. Around 2001, using a digital recorder, I released my debut Cd “Songs from The Gallery” (9 songs). I followed this release up with “Like The Freak You Are” (2005, 9 song Cd) and “Crazy Like a Fox” (2011, 13 song Cd). Ultimately, I have come to be very well known as a very creative songwriter whose music tends to cover multiple genres. If you are in the mood for something different, fun and a bit freaky, then please stop by and check out some music !! I am currently #1 on the local Alternative Charts at ReverbNation (#33 in the USA and #74 globally) http://www.reverbnation.com/foxman You can also hook up with me at http://www.facebook.com/FoxmanMusicHome

What or who inspired you?
I honestly have to say that the 2 bands that have inspired me the most are Pink Floyd and Nirvana.

What instruments do you play?
I currently play bass, acoustic/electric guitar, keyboards, drum machine and vocals.

What do you listen too?
I am open minded to all kinds of music (Blues, Rock, Metal, Grunge, Jazz, Country, Punk and Alternative). Though I am a victim of popular radio, I also spend a good part of my days at ReverbNation listening to other Independent musicians/bands.

What makes you happy? sad?
Though I can be a bit mischievous at times with my songwriting, I pride myself in my personal life on being one of the good people. It always makes my day to see people smiling. It also inspires me to see people going out of their way to help others. As far as what makes me sad, my answer would be greed !! There is more than enough money in this world for all of us to be wealthy and successful.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I am also an accomplished artist (paintings, collages, jewelry and even the voodoo dolls used on the front cover of my “Crazy Like A Fox” Cd). Some of my artwork, and all 3 Cd’s, are currently available at the Official Foxman Art Studio at http://www.foxman.etsy.com

If you could do anything you wanted what would it be?
I was born to be an artist/songwriter and there is nothing else that I would rather do.

Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?
I am a shy, quiet, person in real life who was born on April Fools Day 🙂

Have you got another album in the works and/or music videos?
I have already begun to put together some song ideas for my 4th Cd release and I guarantee it will be a classic !! In the meantime, music videos have become my primary focus. A video for my haunting love song “Sweet Adelaide” has just been released and can be seen at my Official Foxman Video Channel at http://www.youtube.com/FOXMANMUSIC The video was filmed/directed over Halloween weekend by my good friend Kevin Killelea. I promise you, there will be many more !!

Your Occupy the Airwaves, what are your hopes for that?
Being an Independent means that it is almost impossible to get my music played on the air at regular radio stations. I am an ASCAP member, but that means very little when you consider all the money that the Major Labels have to work with to keep their bands in the forefront. My “Occupy The Airwaves” photo/slogan signifies my goal of eventually having my music played on the air. It also represents my personal campaign against greed in the Music Industry.

How hard has it been managing your own label and yourself?

Being the CEO and manager of Foxman Music has been a very time consuming endeavor, but I wouldn’t change one single moment of it for the world. The major disadvantage is that it cuts into the time I would normally use to play/practice guitar and write new songs. The major advantage is that I am learning every element of what it takes to establish a small business within the Music Industry.

I would like to thanks Foxman for his time, please check out all this links.


Broken Tongues……Denver Group with flair.

Floating around the Denver scene I came across this fun group.They list themselves as Alternative/Hip Hop/Jazz/Funk/Progressive.
Their new album Crooked Skyline is available from their website, but I asked them to give me a moment of their time to introduce you to them.

How did you get started, little history bio basically?
Greensleeves: Greensleeves and Zach are brothers who formed the band in 2007 right before they moved back to Denver, Colorado from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Their previous band was breaking up and the brothers decided to take the opportunity to move in a new creative direction. Then in 2008, Loose Change and Greensleeves, both Smoky Hill High grads, met through mutual friends and shared common interests in music. Greens was an engineer at CCM Studios and Loose Change came in to record an initial version of a song he’d just written called “Sunrises” (a current version is on “Crooked Skyline”). The two really vibed so Greensleeves proposed having LC join the group. The three began writing and performing around Denver, but after a couple of shows in early 2009, the three of them realized that they needed to add live instruments to take it to the next level. So they took out some craigslist adds in the Denver area seeking Bass and Drums. Both, Erin and Donny responded and auditioned. The rhythm section, with Zach on guitar, Erin on bass and Donny on drums, formed a nice pocket while Greens and LC scratched and rhymed over vamps. We knew we had something going so the five of us started jamming together regularly. Meanwhile, CC and Zach were working together downtown for a media/music/production firm. They too saw common ground in their musical interests and goals, so Zach invited CC to audition. She killed it and we added her shortly thereafter. Thus, six members. We’ve now been together as a six-piece for just under two years and we just released our debut album titled, Crooked Skyline, which was engineered by Greensleeves at CCM Studios. Be sure to give it a listen, it’s very dynamic and unique. We are very proud of it.

What or who inspired you?
Greens: I would say that we are inspired by lots of things in general, whether it be an emotion that needs appreciation, a situation that deserves attention or just about anything that’s relevant and provokes interesting thoughts. As six members our musical interests and motivations certainly differ, yet keeping an open mind to anything I think is what really helps us find new paths and approaches to song-writing and performing and being people. That’s why we love live-hip-hop as the nucleus of it all, bc it allows us to explore and mix anything we want. I also try to make it a point to find inspiration and motivation in things that are otherwise disagreeable to my opinion of that thing. Whether it be a song or artist I don’t necessarily care for or a crappy weather-day, I think it’s more about being aware of the inspiration that’s always present than dictating where it is and isn’t. I seem to get a lot of random, yet good ideas while doing manual labor too… so does that make it mindless, or mindful work then? haha

Loose Change: My inspirations are very rooted in hiphop culture from the bboys to the graffiti writers. Being friends with some of the best around (RTD, DF Crew, ATT) only makes me want to excel in my area. I’d like to think my style is a melting pot. Inspiration is so hard to pinpoint it could be listening to music and having a great idea or it could be dunking your fries in some ketchup and something just happens to pop up. Everything and nothing is inspiration. I tend to like looking for the dark irony in situations, ’cause, tell ya the truth, I usually like to use the sadness or doubt I might have to express how I feel.

What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
Loose Change: MC
Greensleeves: MC, Turntables (Technics 1210s & Pioneer DJM 400, Serato), MPD 32 (Akai digital sampler w/ Reason), Macbook Pro, Percussion (shakers, etc)
Christie “CC” Chambers: Vocals, Percussion (djembe, shakers and tambourine)
Zach Warkentin: Guitar (PRS McCarty hard-tail, Vox Tonelab SE, Fender Deluxe amp/speaker)
Erin Angel: Bass, Keys (Fender Jazz Bass, M-Audio Axiom 49 with a Macbook Pro and Logic Mainstage)
Donny Broussard: Drums (Pacific Drums)

What do you listen too?
Greens: Well, we listen to a lot of things! My brother and I grew up on classic rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop, rap, old soul and RnB, metal, comedy albums and everything in between. Remember the Adam Sandler albums? Or when Metallica made great music? Classics! CC grew up on the rock n roll, folk and jam bands,Donny grew up on Bourbon Street, so he’s got that cajun in him, and Ian’s always had a pension for lyrical MCs and hip-hop culture. Personally, I’ve been getting into a lot of the collage-artists and dub-step lately like Bass Nectar, Bonobo, Wax Tailor and Pretty Lights, while I’ve always admired artists like Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder, EWF, George Clinton and P Funk, The Roots, John Scofield, Beastie Boys, Atmosphere and the whole Rhymesayers crew, Quannum Projects crew like Blackalicious and Latyrx, Common, RJD2, Beck, J5 and Ozomatli, Cut Chemist, DJ Shadow, Greyboy, Kid Koala, QBert, BK-One… I also really get down to that 90s hip-hop like Big-L, Wu-Tang, Tribe, Lost Boys, Brand Nubian and De La Soul… the list could go on for a while. Hell, as an audio engineer I have country clients, tejano bands and gangster rappers too! We all love music and I think there’s appealing qualities in any of its forms. So long as there’s soul in it, I suppose. I also listen to a lot of KUVO and enjoy the big bands, jazz, and afro-cuban styles. My brother Zach certainly listens to a lot of that and Im sure he’d throw out a few names like Wes Montgomery, Brad Mehldau, Rafael Sadiq, Roy Hargrove, Coltrane and Miles, as well as Mars Volta, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, etc.

LC: As far as certain artists go I would say people like brother Ali, buck 65, living legends, visionaries, I’m really in to that northwest style like sand people, classified, sweatshop union just to name a few. I love the innovators like Wu-tang, or tribe and de la soul there are so many I could write a full page. People always say I like everything when speaking about genres of music. Well I don’t. I can’t stand country music. I also have a strong dislike for techno or house. It’s weird but I got a strange love for 80’s music, maybe because it was primarily up beat even when the content was not.

What makes you happy? or sad?
Successful performances and making awesome music makes us happy while loading and unloading gear makes us sad…

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Greens: I like just being active in life. I hate being stagnant and inactive. I need to be doing something whether it be a project or just a leisure sport. I love snowboarding and volleyball, drinking good beer, working on musical side-projects and practicing instruments. Smoke ‘n a pancake, bowling, air hockey, bocci ball and corn hole make for entertaining drinking w friends…

LC: In my spare time I love to keep active play bball, hit The gym, write pretty much whatever makes me happy besides making music.

If you could do anything you wanted what would it be?
Greens: Have a lengthy career making music! No delusions of grandeur or fame, just money to live and do what I do best. I’d also love to tour the world and play sold out shows to people with different native languages. Like, being really popular in obscure countries. That’d be pretty rad.

LC: If I could do anything I want it would most likely be traveling around the world playing music, also owning a clothing store (community service apparel). I would love to have multiple stores all over the country and the world to spread a vision my partners and I have been working very hard on.

Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?
Our new album, Crooked Skyline, is ON SALE NOW at our website (www.BrokenTongues.com) and it’s the best live-hip-hop since the Roots! Also, Erin Angel and Greensleeves have a music side-project under the name PRESTOdigitist. We have 3 new eps coming out in the spring of 2012 featuring all sorts of styles ranging from Pretty Lights and RJD2, to Lady Gaga (the good shit) and Jay-Z. We also lease and sell exclusive beats and instrumentals regularly in pretty much any genre.

Also, Loose Change owns a really dope boutique clothing store in Denver, off Broadway, called Community Service Apparel. They offer limited edition clothing and great deals on urban gear other stores will not have. Links to all are below. Oh yea, and we have really good night vision and acute hearing.
Check them out!!! Thanks again for your time all.
www.BrokenTongues.com
www.facebook.com/BrokenTongues
www.ReverbNation.com/PRESTOdigitist
www.community-serv.com


Dazzle Rebel……Very cool artist from the UK.

Well I met this artist through his website/blog. Not only is his music good but his commentaries are a great read.. I’m happy to say he gave me a few minutes of his time to tell us a little bit about himself and what’s going on.

What got you started?
When I was about six I wanted to learn the violin but my music teacher at school said that I didn’t have a musical bone in my body so I wasn’t even allowed to learn the recorder! Thinking music wasn’t really for me I concentrated on art until my parents split up when I was about eleven. My stepdad taught me some basic chords on guitar when I was about 12 and I started buying guitar magazines and learning tabs and learning to play along with tapes and CDs.

My Dad had already got me into Queen before he and my parents split up and my Uncle got me into Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Guns N’ Roses and Def Leppard. In the UK while the grunge scene was big it was soon surpassed by Brit Pop and Indie bands in about 1994. Bands like Oasis, Wildhearts, Terrorvision and Mansun became the everyday staples of my musical diet. That did it for me really, music was my life.

What instruments you play and what company manufactured them?
Although I started off playing guitar I changed to bass when I was about twenty. I’ve got a brilliant Tokai Thunderbird bass which has the best sustain and low-end growl out of all my bass guitars – of which I have another two Thunderbirds by Epiphone and a small assortment of other brands. My guitars of choice are Gordon Smiths, I have three; a Gypsy and a GS1 and a GS2 delux. They make their own pickups and are amazing instruments. My favourite guitar is my jumbo Epiphone acoustic which my wife bought me a few years ago. You’ll be hearing more of that next year because I’ve got some accoustic recordings planned.

How has it been running your own management?

It’s been great. I’ve spent years being managed to varying degrees of success. Some managers though just wanted to join in the party, which when they have the cash to flaunt on booze and drugs can be lethal but I don’t think it makes for a good manager. Keeping your artists happy is one thing but I believe there’s a reason they call them a manager; they should manage the artists and keep them in line. I’m under no illusions though, I don’t really know the first thing about management but I’m not trying to get anything other than personal enjoyment out of this whole project anyway.

When is the album going to be released?
If the Christmas festivities don’t get too much in the way I am hoping to get my debut EP “Skint and Dangerous” out on 24th December. It’s only a demo and will be available for free streaming and download via www.reverbnation.com/dazzlerebel. You can hear one of the tracks “Back Home and Sober” here now http://soundcloud.com/dazzlerebel. I have no immediate plans for an album yet but will continue to release tracks for free download throughout next year. Once I’ve improved my mixing technique I’ll look at cutting a proper album on disc and releasing it properly.
Please check out his other sites at Youtube, MySpace, and Facebook.

Thanks to Dazzle Rebel for talking with us.


Album news……New video News……

Sleepy Hallow has just released “Six Degrees of Fallen” w/ Jacqueline Seymour
Also among the new album released The Black Keys “El Camino”,
The Roots “Undun”, Robin Thicke “Love After War”, Korn “The Path of Totality.
Daniel Schuhmacher new single “On A New Wave”.
Among some of the new music Videos, Foxman “Sweet Adelaide”, Foster the People “Don’t Stop”.
Tonight, Monroe Monroe (CD release)at hi-dive in Denver, Co.
Next Friday, Speedwolf (CD release) at Marquis Theater in Denver, Co.