Friday, January 19, 2018

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: JOE PERRY/SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO

JOE PERRY
SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO
 1.19.18

Ever since Aerosmith’s debut album was released 45 years ago, Joe Perry has been one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s most respected guitarists. While some may have thought of him as Steven Tyler’s trusted sideman in the Hard Rock outfit, Perry was much more than that – he was the architect of Aerosmith’s Blues-based Rock groove.  When Perry left Aerosmith for a few years in the early ‘80s, he took that distinct Perry vibe with him.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Sound Of STUDIO ONE: An EXCLUSIVE Q&A with Chris Wilson!




The sound of STUDIO ONE:
An EXCLUSIVE Q&A with Chris Wilson

According to Wikipedia, “Studio One is one of Jamaica's most renowned record labels and recording studios, having been described as the Motown of Jamaica. The record label was involved with most of the major music movements in Jamaica during the 1960s and 1970s including Ska, Rock Steady, Reggae, Dub and Dancehall.” The label was founded by Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd and has become one of the most influential labels of our generation. Chris Wilson is the curator of the label’s vast catalog and is responsible for a plethora of reissues currently distributed by Redeye.

Stephen SPAZ Schnee was able to send off a handful of questions to Chris Wilson, who was gracious enough to answer them. We focus on the label’s most recent releases – FROM THE VAULTS VOL. 1 and Freddie McGregor’s BOBBY BOBYLON but also delve a little into Studio One’s history…

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

LEAVES' EYES return with SIGN OF THE DRAGONHEAD!



LEAVES' EYES
SIGN OF THE DRAGONHEAD

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SIGN OF THE DRAGONHEAD is the seventh album from German/Norwegian Symphonic Metal band Leaves’ Eyes. It is their first full-length album to feature Finnish vocalist Elina Siirala, who replaces original vocalist Liv Kristine. Elina’s impressive live premiere in front of more than 20,000 metal heads at the Hammersonic in Jakarta / Indonesia and other subsequent live shows established Elina as a charismatic frontwoman with a powerful voice, immediately sparking euphoria among Leaves’ Eyes’ fans.

Monday, January 15, 2018

SPAZ presents his BEST OF 2017 list!


I find that ‘Best Of…’ lists are difficult to compile. 

There are dozens (if not hundreds) of worthy albums that come out every year that never make it to my desk (or Amazon shopping cart). 2017 is no exception.

Strangely enough, there are very few titles from my list that appear on other ‘Best Of 2017’ lists. Does this confirm that I’m completely out of step with other music journos? Probably...

Actually, it boils down to the fact that I can't afford all the titles I want. I love Sparks but have not heard their latest album yet!  Everybody loves the new Pugwash but I still don’t have it! I see so many other artists mentioned on other lists that I've yet to hear. I'm 100% positive that I'm missing out on so much. If you don't recognize artists on this list, there's a good chance you missed out on some great things, too!

Needless to say, I don't take any of this lightly. I listen to a LOT of music - a minimum of 200 releases each year - yet I still miss so much.

With that being said, the stuff on this list is pretty exceptional in my opinion. While the Top 10 of both lists (New Releases and Reissues) are pretty much set, the remaining 20 titles have switched places many times over the past few weeks.

So, I finally present to you my Top 30 New Releases and Top 30 Reissues lists. Prepare to be both thrilled and baffled at the same time!

Friday, January 12, 2018

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: TONIGHT ALIVE/UNDERWORLD


TONIGHT ALIVE
UNDERWORLD

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Tonight Alive hail from Sydney, Australia. As they celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their formation, the band unleashes their fourth full-length platter, UNDERWORLD! The album is filled with shimmering Punk Pop anthems wrapped up in candy coated gloss –  the audio equivalent of summer romance even when it is cold and rainy outside!

Friday, January 5, 2018

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: CINDY ALEXANDER/NOWHERE TO HIDE



CINDY ALEXANDER
NOWHERE TO HIDE

1.8.18


For two decades, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Cindy Alexander has been crafting albums of emotional strength and delicate beauty. Thankfully, the string of albums that she has released over the years have not gone unnoticed. In 1998, she was named Songwriter of the Year and nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Music Awards. Her debut album SEE RED was nominated for Independent Pop Album of the Year. Since then, she’s received many more awards and nominations including Songwriter of the Year – JPF Music Awards, Best Female Rock Vocalist – All Access Music Awards, and Special Achievement Pop Artist – Los Angeles Music Awards. She was offered a major label recording contract thanks to her appearance on NBC’s Star Tomorrow but she chose to have more control over her career and rejected the offer.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

CHRISTOPHER CROSS: Ten Reasons...

     


Ten Reasons Why You Should Love:

CHRISTOPHER CROSS


Christopher Cross gets a bum rap.

Back in 1981, this extremely talented singer, songwriter and guitarist found himself in many music critics’ Cross-hairs, so to speak. But why did the elitist music scribes dislike him so much?  I have my theories and they all point away from Mr. Cross and fall squarely upon the shoulders of the music critics themselves: