Saturday, November 9, 2019

POPsided: SPAZ reviews the tops in Pop!


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 JEFF LESCHER/All Is Grace 
(Gangreen Records)

Chicago-based Indie Rock band Green is so underrated. They may often times be raw and loose, but their Pop smarts shine through. Like an inspired blend of Ray Davies and Prince banging out T.Rex songs in a garage on a hot summer’s day, Green is unique and unclassifiable. Anyone that thinks Green is Power Pop doesn’t understand Power Pop and they certainly don’t understand Green. However, the band’s melodic sense is undeniable. With releases that stretch back to the late ‘80s, Green may be ignored in their home country but they are Rock stars in Holland.  Yes, really.  And it all boils down to the talents of singer/songwriter Jeff Lescher.

Friday, November 8, 2019

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS/GHOSTEEN


NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS
GHOSTEEN

11.8.19

Australian singer/songwriter Nick Cave is a music industry veteran and Rock icon. He’s been releasing albums for 40 years and shows no sign of slowing down, creatively. And after years of success, failure, tragedy, and triumph, Nick Cave remains a survivor. From his early days fronting The Boys Next Door through their transformation into The Birthday Party, Nick Cave became one of the most infamous Post-Punk musicians of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.  When The Birthday Party split, he formed Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, gravitating towards a sound that was more atmospheric and less abrasive. For 35 years, Cave has become of the most respected songwriters and performers of his generation. In fact, his songwriting is now compared to greats like Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, and Neil Young. And looking back over his catalog, those comparisons are well-deserved.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Strut Records' QUINTON SCOTT: An EXCLUSIVE interview!


STEPHEN SPAZ SCHNEE: Strut Records is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2019. How does it feel knowing that you’ve come this far and your work is being embraced by music fans the world over?
QUINTON SCOTT: It does feel like a nice landmark – Strut has always been a labour of love and it is always really rewarding to see the reaction to the music. It’s also a better time than ever to be running the label, I think. There are so many other great labels around now and, as a result of that and the digital world, buyers have great choice and are much, much more open now to different niches and adventurous ideas.

Monday, November 4, 2019

JULIANA HATFIELD: An EXCLUSIVE interview!

JULIANA HATFIELD TALKS THE POLICE:

An EXCLUSIVE interview 
with 

Juliana Hatfield

DAVE RAYBURN: The release of JULIANA HATFIELD SINGS THE POLICE marks the second in a recent series of cover albums that puts the spotlight on another artist’s endearing catalog. Why The Police?
JULIANA HATFIELD: I sort of did it on a whim. Actually, I was preparing to do Phil Collins covers, and then sort of at the last minute… you know what, I don’t really have an emotional connection to Phil Collins. And, there’s just not enough depth there. So, I just went sort of automatically to The Police because I do have an emotional connection from childhood. They were a big, big thing for me during my adolescence. Same as with the Olivia Newton-John record. It’s like I’m being drawn toward artists that were very important to me at a certain time in my life. I mean, I have a plan to do more of these albums and I think that in the future I’ll be able to look back and say, “Oh yes, these all had something to do with what I became.”

Friday, November 1, 2019

JOSH ROUSE: An EXCLUSIVE Q&A



STEPHEN SPAZ SCHNEE: THE HOLIDAY SOUNDS OF JOSH ROUSE is just about to be released. How are you feeling about the album and the reaction you’ve had to it so far?
JOSH ROUSE: I’m excited it’s coming out. Just the label and friends have heard it but the reaction has been superb. The first single was released in September and it seems the fans have been waiting for something more “merry” from me.

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: COLD WAR KIDS/NEW AGE NORMS 1


COLD WAR KIDS
NEW AGE NORMS 1

11.1.19


In a time when most bands prefer to stick to a proven formula, Cold War Kids continue to break new ground while forging their own musical path. Although they don’t make drastic changes, they push the boundaries by experimenting with new musical ideas and adding new layers to their sound. From Post-Punk to Soul, Cold War Kids are not afraid to take chances.  Integrity intact, they’ve been critical darlings and achieved commercial success as they’ve navigated their way through an ever-changing musical landscape.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

POCO/The Epic Years 1972-76 (5CD box) review!


POCO
THE EPIC YEARS: 1972-76 (5CDS)
(HNE/Cherry Red Records)

Available NOW!

Alongside The Flying Burrito Brothers, Michael Nesmith & The First National Band, Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band, and The Eagles, Poco was a pioneering band that laid the foundation for Country Rock and wrote the blueprint for Americana. Often overshadowed by Gram Parsons and The Eagles, Poco has never received the proper amount of respect and adulation that they so richly deserved. Remember, this is a band whose various line-ups have featured former members of Buffalo Springfield and future members of The Eagles (amongst others)! Sure, Poco has had hits, sold a lot of records, and continue to tour to this day, but their back catalog is often overlooked.  Thankfully, Hine/Cherry Red Records is stepping up to the plate with the five CD box set THE EPIC YEARS: 1972-1976.