Do You Like Rock Music?

February 28, 2008

British Sea Power certainly does. This question is asked of their listeners, and is also the title of their latest release. Do You Like Rock Music? marks the third album from the Brighton England indie band. Although there have been some negative reviews of this album, I’m willing to say that I think it’s a solid release from the guys. I think the overall feedback has been positive, and I’m excited to catch the band on their upcoming tour.

I think the band continues to hold true to their original sounds, which I have always enjoyed since their debut album The Decline of British Sea Power in 2003. If you are unfamiliar with the band, and you enjoy bands such as the Pixies or Joy Division, give their latest album a listen.

They have a nice set of North American tour dates which you can check out below. Their likely to show up in your neck of the woods over the next few months.

Check out a video for their song “Waving Flags”:

Visit the Official Site of British Sea Power
Visit British Sea Power at MySpace

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Feb 28 2008 Spaceland – Los Angeles, California
Feb 29 2008 Cellardor – Visalia, California
Mar 01 2008 Bottom of the Hill (Noisepop) – San Francisco, California
Mar 03 2008 Doug Fir – Portland, Oregon
Mar 04 2008 Neumo’s – Seattle, Washington
Mar 05 2008 Plaza Club – Vancouver, British Columbia
Mar 08 2008 Hi-Dive – Denver, Colorado
Mar 13 2008 SXSW – Austin, Texas
Mar 14 2008 SXSW – Austin, Texas
Mar 15 2008 SXSW – Austin, Texas
Mar 16 2008 SXSW – Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2008 Waiting Room – Omaha, Nebraska
Mar 20 2008 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, Iowa
Mar 21 2008 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mar 22 2008 Canopy Club – Urbana, Illinois
Mar 24 2008 Empty Bottle – Chicago, Illinois
Mar 25 2008 Eagle Theatre – Pontiac, Michigan
Mar 26 2008 Grog Shop – Cleveland, Ohio
Mar 27 2008 The Basement – Columbus, Ohio
Mar 28 2008 Phoenix Hill Tavern – Louisville, Kentucky
Mar 29 2008 Billiken Club – St. Louis, Missouri
Apr 12 2008 Club Deville – Austin, Texas
Apr 13 2008 Engine Room – Houston, Texas
Apr 15 2008 Spanish Moon – Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Apr 16 2008 One Eyed Jack’s – New Orleans, Louisiana
Apr 17 2008 Club Downunder – Tallahassee – Florida State University, Florida
Apr 18 2008 The Social – Orlando, Florida
Apr 19 2008 Jack Rabbit’s – Jacksonville, Florida
Apr 20 2008 Village Tavern – Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Apr 21 2008 The Earl – Atlanta, Georgia
Apr 22 2008 Bottletree – Birmingham, Alabama
Apr 23 2008 Hi Tone – Memphis, Tennessee
May 01 2008 Mojo’s – Columbia, Missouri
May 02 2008 Proud Larry’s – Oxford, Mississippi
May 03 2008 Mercy Lounge – Nashville, Tennessee
May 04 2008 Grey Eagle – Asheville, North Carolina
May 06 2008 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, North Carolina
May 07 2008 Satelite Ballroom – Charlottesville, Virginia
May 08 2008 Black Cat – Washington, Washington DC
May 09 2008 Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 10 2008 Bowery Ballroom – New York, New York
May 11 2008 Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, New York
May 13 2008 Paradise – Boston, Massachusetts
May 15 2008 La Sala Rossa – Montreal, Quebec
May 16 2008 Lee’s Palace – Toronto, Ontario
May 17 2008 The Tralf – Buffalo, New York

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I’ve recently been spending an incredible amount of time listening to obscure music, however I have also had time to get lost in a large amount of DJ and trance tunes which I have never heard of before.  Years ago I would pick up quickly on hard to find remix tracks, but I eventually took up interest in other genres more than electronic music in general.

There are quite a few talented DJs out there right now.  It’s not that they are new to the scene, it’s just that I’ve found ways to appreciate some of the mixes they have been releasing.  I suppose certain types of advances in musical technologies have something to do with it.  Perhaps not.  Some of the best dj equipment used is old equipment.  So.. I don’t know.  All I can say is, I dig some of the rare remixes floating out there today.  I’m not a master at DJ knowledge, but I do have an interest in finding and obtaining some of the rare recordings that are in existence.

Shaw Blades Tour Dates

October 24, 2007

Shaw Blades PhotoRemember Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades? Of course you do. Well, you should anyway. Shaw is best known for his works with the band Styx and Damn Yankees. Jack Blades is best known for his works with Night Ranger, Rubicon, and the music he put out along with Shaw in Damn Yankees. In 1995 Shaw and Blades teamed up with one another and released their debut album titled Hallucination. They simply went by the name Shaw Blades.

The duo released a follow up to their debut in March of 2007. The album called Influence is derived of some of the best classic 60s and 70s rock songs which were the most inspirational to both musicians. Some may call it a tribute album, others simply call it a chronology of the modern rock era. “California Dreamin”, “Summer Breeze”, and “Lucky Man” are just a few songs you’ll hear in Influence.

The second part of their US Tour supporting the album has recently been announced. You can find the tour dates listed below. Any fan of Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades should definitely catch a show.

Visit Shaw Blades at MySpace
Visit the Official Website of Shaw Blades

Tour Dates:

Nov 07 2007 McNear’s Mystic Theater – Petaluma, California
Nov 08 2007 The Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, California
Nov 09 2007 The Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, California
Nov 10 2007 The Canyon Club – Agoura Hills, California
Nov 11 2007 The Canyon Club Vegas – Las Vegas, Nevada
Nov 14 2007 The Music Mill – Indianapolis, Indiana
Nov 15 2007 Ameristar Casino – St. Charles, Missouri
Nov 16 2007 Joe’s On Weed – Chicago, Illinois
Nov 17 2007 Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Nov 18 2007 The Tangier – Akron, Ohio
Nov 21 2007 The Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, Florida
Nov 23 2007 Wild Bill’s – Duluth, Georgia
Nov 24 2007 Feeling Lucky Tavern – Mooresville, North Carolina
Nov 26 2007 Ramshead on Stage – Annapolis, Maryland
Nov 29 2007 Crocodile Rock Cafe – Allentown, Pennsylvania
Nov 30 2007 Northern Lights – Clifton Park, New York
Dec 01 2007 Scottish Rite Auditorium – Collingswood, New Jersey
Dec 02 2007 Sonar – Baltimore, Maryland
Dec 06 2007 LC Pavilion – Columbus, Ohio
Dec 07 2007 Club Fever – South Bend, Indiana
Dec 08 2007 Wildhorse Saloon – Nashville, Tennessee

On a complete non music related subject, I find it interesting how popular Transfomers toys have become once again.  Long before the blockbuster movie that just came out, I can remember causing chaos after whippin’ out my Optimus Prime Transformer.  Those were the days..

Teresa Brewer, 1931-2007

October 18, 2007

Teresa Brewer, one of the greatest American pop and jazz singers of the 1950’s has died on October 17th 2007, at the age of 76. Brewer released a large amount of songs during her time of fame, with almost 40 that topped the charts. Some of her best known tracks include “Dancin’ with Someone,” “Till I Waltz Again with You,” and of course “I Love Mickey,” a song about the great New York Yankees center fielder Mickey Mantle. Over the years she performed with jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, and Tony Bennett. She will be greatly missed in the world of jazz music.

Fans of Avenged Sevenfold have the opportunity to attend a free concert by the band on Saturday October 20th, at the Key Club in Hollywood.  The event will take place at 4:00 pm, an odd time, but the band is filming the show for an October 30th broadcast on “The List” at Myspace.  There are no tickets, only a limited amount of fans will be let in.  Oh, and to attend you must be wearing a Halloween costume.  This all coincides with the October 30th release of their new self titled album.

Great Northern tour dates

October 9, 2007

Great Northern - Band PhotoLos Angeles band Great Northern has a nice set of tour dates coming up through the month of October and November. Take a listen to their debut album Trading Twilight for Daylight to familiarize yourself with their solid indie pop rock sounds. Great Northern formed when singer Solon Bixler asked his good friend Rachel Stolte to assist him with the creation of some new tracks. The duo’s musical experimentation produced an amazing outcome of musical anomalies, blending dark moody interpretations with melodic shades of light. Bixler (who used to play guitar with 30 Seconds to Mars) handles the vocals and guitar, Stolte is on keyboard and vocals, Ashley Dzerigian on bass, and Davey Latter on drums. Trading Twilight for Daylight was released in May of 2007 on the Eenie Meenie Records label.

Download or Listen to Home by Great Northern:

The Official website of Great Northern
Visit Great Northern at Myspace

Tour Dates:

Oct 16 2007 Skullys Music Diner – Columbus, Ohio
Oct 17 2007 Lee’s Place – Toronto, Ontario
Oct 18 2007 Le Divan Orange – Montreal, Quebec
Oct 19 2007 Red Square – Albany, New York
Oct 20 2007 Piano’s – New York, New York
Oct 21 2007 The Khyber – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 23 2007 Local 506 – Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Oct 24 2007 The Village Tavern – Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
Oct 25 2007 Bottletree – Birmingham, Alabama
Oct 26 2007 The Earl – Atlanta, Georgia
Oct 27 2007 Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, Florida
Oct 28 2007 The Social – Orlando, Florida
Oct 29 2007 The Beta Bar – Tallahassee, Florida
Oct 30 2007 House Of Blues Parish – New Orleans, Louisiana
Nov 01 2007 Mink – Houston, Texas
Nov 02 2007 Club Deville – Austin, Texas
Nov 03 2007 The Cavern – Dallas, Texas
Nov 04 2007 Opolis – Norman, Oklahoma
Nov 06 2007 Modified Arts – Phoenix, Arizona
Nov 07 2007 Casbah – San Diego, California
Nov 08 2007 Echoplex – Los Angeles, California
Nov 09 2007 Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, California
Nov 10 2007 Crystal Ballroom – Portland, Oregon
Nov 12 2007 Crocodile Cafe – Seattle, Washington
Nov 15 2007 Larimer Lounge – Denver, Colorado
Nov 16 2007 The Jackpot Saloon – Lawrence, Kansas
Nov 17 2007 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov 18 2007 Schubas Tavern – Chicago, Illinois