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Archive for February, 2012

Music News this week.

New songs out by:
The Havenites “Chasin Elephants”
Auriemma “William”
JC Porter “Sin”

New EP’s coming From
Eddie Gomez

New Album from fun “Some Nights”

BB Blackdog Steampunk has a new blog at blogspot.

Counting Crows coming to Denver April 19th.

Thurkills Vision…winner of the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands 2011.

From the bio on Sonicbids,
“Thurkills Vision is a 5 piece melodic metal outfit hailing from Lowell, Massachusetts. Formed in 2006, the group is led by the fierce and equally alluring voice of singer Yamil Melendez; combining influences of metal, alternative, and rock to create a hybrid sound that can’t be easily categorized. The hard hitting rhythm section featuring David Malave on drums and bassist Matt Frotten lay the foundation for guitarists Eric Williams and Bobby Rourke, who drive the band with their aggressive, thrash-inspired playing. Along with the auditory assault that is their music, the band also brings to the table a high-intensity live show, which has become a staple for the group. Since forming, the band has played shows all over the New England area, sharing the stage with national touring acts such as Sevendust, 10 Years, Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, Three Days Grace, Escape the Fate, Seether, Taproot, Nonpoint, and Powerman 5000, to name a few.”
“Instrumentation, David Malave – Drums, Eric Williams – Guitar, Yamil Melendez – Vocals, Bobby Rourke – Guitar,
Matt Frotten – Bass”

Their EP came out in March of 2011. Here is the interview we did.
How did you get started, little history bio basically?
We mostly met in high school, and we found Eric in the classifieds like a puppy.

What or who inspired you?
Sevendust, Pantera, Metallica, Korn, Rage Against the Machine. Seeing these bands live inspired a few of us to want to be musicians.

What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
Pearl Session Custom, a Gibson Les Paul, a Schecter, a Fender bass, the singer uses Shure mics.

What do you listen too?
A little bit of everything…Sevendust, A Day to Remember, Of Mice and Men, Lil Wayne, Eminem, Tupac, some local artists.

What makes you happy? sad?
Performing, writing, friends, the van. The Patriots losing the Superbowl.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Watch movies, play video games, travel, spend time with friends.

If you could do anything you wanted what would it be?

Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?
We love each other’s hair and we have separation anxiety.

Have you got another album in the works and/or music videos?
We have another album in the works. We are spending some time writing currently. Possibly an acoustic album in the future also. Another music video, definitely. We had a lot of fun creating the first one. ( – video for “My Theory“)

Who manages you?
Ali Pini & David Malave

You can find out more at these links, best of luck in the future to Thurkills Vision and thanks for talking with us.
Thurkills Vision, ReverbNation, MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn

Music Comedy… something to pick up your day!

Well If you didn’t know some great comedy was offered up at the Grammy awards that didn’t win this year.

“Weird Al” “Perform This Way”

Steve Martin’s new album was nominated we liked these song from his albums.

And this last group although not nominated was just so funny we decided we needed to share them.

Share some humor with those you love.

Manor House Media Composer Cody Maniates

Music from Brighton Colorado. Cody is extremely creative, he gave us a few minutes of his time to tell us more.

How did you get started, little history bio basically?
My mother found me at a hospital in 1977 and filled the role of a vicarious artist, and so it all began! Seriously though, I got my start playing guitar and diversified from there. The piano is my main instrument and my forte, which helps me to write balanced compositions with a solid melodic platform.

What or who inspired you?
Bill Collectors, people with big houses and lots of cool stuff, that Nickleback song “Rock Star”. Mostly my inspiration came from film scores like those by John Williams (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park), Jerry Goldsmith (Star trek Movie themes, Poltergeist), and Alan Menken (numerous Disney movies) which always drove a scene beyond where the actors could take it emotionally.

What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
I currently play a keyboard by Roland, acoustic guitar by Sigma, and any other instrument I can find time with!

What do you listen too?
Vulcan logic, my heart, the universe, oh and my two daughters begging for things I can’t afford…

What makes you happy? sad?
Happy: Skinny jeans on women, montages, root beer, cool people who interview me, and of course my family.
Sad: Movies where people lose a finger, when “The Wonders” broke up, and skinny jeans on men.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Try to ignore the endless TV theme song database in my head. There’s no reason to still remember the theme song to Webster or Buck Rodgers, it’s weird. Remember Air Wolf…? I DO!

If you could do anything you wanted what would it be?
Bungee jump from the moon. I haven’t found a cord long enough though…Among my career goals, I hope to compose soundtracks for major motion pictures…. Steven Spielberg, call me.

Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?
I am a cancer survivor and it has shown me that life can be short. Live in the moment while planning for the future and go after your dreams no matter what stands in your way.

Have you got another album in the works and/or music videos?
I am constantly working on new songs and ideas, so check often! I also have a top secret project in the works, but you can’t see that yet.

Who manages you and how is that going?
My wife…um, it’s going great according to her!

Check out more about Manor House Media at these links. Very best to Cody.
Facebook, ReverbNation, Twitter, YouTube.

Music News…..etc.

New Albums Out and Coming Out.
Dive “The Acoustic EP” comes out in March
David Cook “The Quiet Night” EP is out now
Van Halen “A Different Kind of Truth”
Madonna “MDNA”
Lyle Lovett “Release Me”
Adam Lambert “Trespassing”
The Cranberries “Roses”
Heartless Bastards “Arrows”
Iron Maiden “En Vivo!”

Playing in the Denver Area.
The Darkness Feb 15th at Summit Music Hall
Saints Feb 16th Marquis Theater
Kevin Nealon Feb 17 & 18 Comedy Works South
Wale Feb 17th Summit Music Hall
Ballyhoo! Feb 18 The Black Sheep
Soja Feb 25 Ogden Theater
Iced Earth Feb 25 Summit Music Hall

The Colorado Music Hall of Fame will be inducting Barry Fey and Harry Tuft at the Stadium Club, Folsom Field Boulder, Feb 12th.

Don’t forget this weekend is the Grammy Awards.

People gone but not forgotten.
Etta James, Leslie Carter, Don Cornelius, Dick Kniss, David Peaston, Clare Fisher, Gerry Rafferty, Amy Winehouse, Andrea True, Johnny Otis, Larry Butler, Jimmy Castor, Nick Ashford, Phoebe Snow, Pinetop Perkins, Nate Dogg, Don Kirshner, DJ Mehdi, M-Bone, John Walker, Larry “Wild Man” Fisher, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Dobie Gray

Reign Project makes beautiful music.

Mysterious, creative, worth taking the time to listen to their style of alternative music.

Reign Project took sometime to give us more about them.

I was born in the US but at the age of five I went with my mother to Germany, where I spent the next fifteen years. Living in Europe has allowed me to travel and explore other cultures which has formed my view of the world and shows itself in my music as well. It was during that time that the era of the synthesizer began and I discovered the great sounds of Analog Keyboards, starting with the Mini-Moog. I was utterly fascinated and though I had no formal musical training I taught myself and could not stop playing it. Musicians like Jean-Michael-Jarre and Vangelis were hitting the airwaves in Europe and taking me by storm. Through my step-father, who was in the event business, I attended and worked at large music festivals which also gave me a chance to experience Chris DeBurgh, the Scorpions, Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, John Denver, Judas Priest, Dire Straits, Phil Collins, Madonna, Marillion and a number of others. They were my heroes, but I guess what impressed me most was the fact that these artists could unite a people so different from each other, in color, religion, politics and lifestyles – I understood that there are no borders for music, neither visible nor invisible ones.

At the age of 20 I returned to the US, wanting to meet my father, of whom I had no memory.He lived with his new family in Colorado, but the meeting turned out to be a disappointment. I moved to Denver, tried to re-built my life and eventually bought a keyboard again, which I have now, a Korg Triton Workstation 88 key with expansion boards. There is nothing I cannot do with it and I hope that it continues to serve me as well in the future.

For a few years I managed bands, and in that capacity I met countless musicians with real talent but no feeling for what the public wanted. None of them were prepared to change anything in their music to make the listener happy. It was so frustrating that I decided to try and write my own music to see if I couldn’t convey the things that are in my heart to a larger audience. I am probably an idealist, but with my songs I hope to bring people together and to make them forget their troubles or hate. At first it was only one song – “In My Dreams” – which took me six months to feel good about. That was in 2010. Then it became easier, “I Believe”, for example, was written in less than an hour. Now I often finish a song and I start writing two, three, four more. But the idea, that started it, was for me to see the difficulties of these bands and I found that I had no problem changing songs as long as the message within them was kept pure.

As I said, I was never trained in classical piano, I hear what I like and extrapolate from there, it has to be in tune with the words. I don’t have a great singing voice and lyrics are most important to me. I want to lift you up, I want to carry you when you’re down, I want you to have fun and enjoy your life or, on the other hand, give voice to the things in the world that I find wrong. That is my music, I play every day, I love it and want to get better at it, I want to open my heart and mind to strangers and find a connection. I have only now discovered the rewards of this, I have found friends all over the world and they tell me that they want to hear more. At this time I am in Germany promoting RP, but I can’t wait to get back to the US and finish some of my last songs for release. We are hoping that the 1st Album “Evolve” will be out by June. It is rather difficult for me to keep up with promoting, song writing and the travelling I have to do for work. We have no management and have to do everything ourselves, but it keeps me in touch with our fans out there. We are also talking about making a video and are trying to decide on the song. Money and time, of course, are our greatest problems at the moment and I don’t think we will overcome that anytime soon. We just started a MySpace site and also have a Facebook page and ReverbNation.

We would like to say thanks Reign Project and continued good luck.