Friday, November 16, 2018

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: DONNY OSMOND/ONE NIGHT ONLY


DONNY OSMOND
ONE NIGHT ONLY
 (2CD)

Also available:

DONNY OSMOND
ONE NIGHT ONLY 
(DVD)


11.16.18


Sixty years ago, the journey began. From the humble barbershop beginnings of The Osmond Brothers quartet (Merrill, Jay, Alan and Wayne) in 1958 up through their Pop/Rock success in the early ‘70s with lil’ brother Donny on board, The Osmonds were far from a boyband created for teens and tweens. All throughout their career, their appeal has reached audiences of all ages. They wowed America during their appearances on The Andy Williams Show in the ‘60s and they’ve never really left the public eye since then. Who can forget their string of hits in the early ‘70s?  On top of that, Donny’s solo career was equally successful. And we can’t talk about The Osmonds without mentioning the Donny & Marie Show. Or Jimmy Osmond’s career as a singer and clever businessman.  Even when things got tough in the ‘80s, they would always bounce back. Their message of love and family permeated everything that they did. Regardless of what musical trends have come and gone over the last six decades, the Osmond family are still standing, still entertaining, and always moving forward while remaining proud of their legacy. They have a devoted fanbase that has stuck with them through thick and thin. And let’s be honest, the world would be a darker place had it not been for the Osmond family’s unwavering desire to bring joy into the music business.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

LARKIN POE: An EXCLUSIVE Q&A




VENOM & FAITH:
An EXCLUSIVE Q&A with LARKIN POE’s Megan and Rebecca Lovell.

SPAZ: Your album VENOM & FAITH is ready for release. How are you feeling about how the album turned out and the reaction you’ve had so far?
MEGAN LOVELL: Thus far, the response to VENOM & FAITH has been incredibly positive. We feel very fortunate to have a supportive and openminded fanbase; as we have continued to grow and shift over the years, honing our sound, our fans have been willing to make the musical journey of Larkin Poe with us.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

BOW WOW WOW/Your Box Set Pet (3CDs) reviewed!





BOW WOW WOW
YOUR BOX SET PET (3CDs)
(Cherry Red Records)


Best remembered for their U.S. hit, “I Want Candy,” in 1982, Bow Wow Wow was one of the most unique Pop bands of the ‘80s. And by calling them a ‘Pop’ band, that is high praise indeed. On paper, all the elements that made up the sound of Bow Wow Wow – the tribal drumming of Dave Barbarossa, the manic Funk plunking of bassist Leigh Gorman, the ‘50s guitar twang of Matthew Ashman, and the playful and mesmerizing vocals of Annabella Lwin – should NEVER have worked. Add the lunacy of early string puller Malcolm McLaren and you’ve got a band that should never have made it past one disappointing release before they imploded. However, that first release – YOUR CASSETTE PET (1980) – was far from disappointing. In fact, it was truly exciting and far exceeded expectations. Yes, it was strange but it was exactly what Pop music needed – a kick up the arse! Bow Wow Wow was a flying saucer with four different pilots that crash landed on earth and made a glorious sound. For the next three years, this quartet managed to raise a racket while serving up some massive tunes that still sound magnificent today. Cherry Red Records’ YOUR BOX SET PET compiles all of the band’s studio recordings together into one three CD set that is jam packed with loads of energy and more hooks than a fleet of pirate ships. And to think it all started when Adam lost his Ants…

Friday, November 9, 2018

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: LAURA JANE GRACE/BOUGHT TO ROT


LAURA JANE GRACE 
& THE DEVOURING MOTHERS
BOUGHT TO ROT
(Bloodshot Records)

Available NOW!

Whether or not you immediately recognize her name, musician/author/activist Laura Jane Grace has been on the international music radar for over two decades. As leader of Punk outfit Against Me!, Laura has blended honesty, Punk, audio blunt force trauma and Rock ‘n’ Roll into a fiery brew. Originally hailing from Gainesville, Florida, Laura and her Against Me! mates may not sound like the Rock legends that emerged from her hometown – Tom Petty and The Eagles’ Don Felder and Bernie Leadon to name a few – but she has certainly become a force to be reckoned with.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Shake 'n' Pop: BILLY BREMNER's Singled Out reviewed!


BILLY BREMNER
SINGLED OUT
(RPM/Cherry Red Records)

Available NOW!


Rockpile remains one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s most respected but commercially overlooked bands. In terms of credibility, how could you go wrong with a band featuring Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, Billy Bremner and Terry Williams? While Rockpile recorded albums that were credited to either Edmunds or Lowe, they only recorded one proper studio album under their collective name – 1980’s SECONDS OF PLEASURE - before the band split up. Nick and Dave continued their successful solo careers while Terry joined Dire Straits. The band’s secret weapon – guitarist/vocalist Bremner – also pursued a solo career as well as working with The Pretenders (that’s him playing lead guitar on “Back On The Chain Gang”), Shakin’ Stevens, and many others. He did appear on Lowe and Edmunds’ solo albums as well. While not as high profile as his former bandmates, Bremner has released four solo albums over the years and worked with a multitude of other artists. Often overlooked on his own merits, the best of Billy’s solo material has finally been compiled on the excellent SINGLED OUT collection courtesy of RPM/Cherry Red.

Friday, November 2, 2018

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: EXO/DON'T MESS UP MY TEMPO


EXO
DON'T MESS UP MY TEMPO

11.2.18


K-Pop is one of the most popular genres in music today. And if you have no idea what K-Pop is, you really haven’t been paying attention. In a nutshell, K-Pop – an abbreviation of Korean Pop – originated two decades ago in South Korea and combines smooth R&B, sparkling Dance Music, pulsating Electro and shimmering Pop into one perfectly produced package. While the K-Pop landscape is littered with both male and female artists, boy bands dominate the genre. While artists like N*Sync, Backstreet Boys and One Direction kept the U.S. market interested over the past two decades, K-Pop’s popularity began to rise. In the last few years, K-Pop has infiltrated the U.S. market and bands like BTS and Super Junior have taken the charts by storm. One of the most beloved and respected K-Pop groups today is EXO, an eight member Korean-Chinese group that features the multi-million selling solo artist Lay as a core member. Lay is making his EXO return on DON’T MESS UP MY TEMPO after two years on his own.

Friday, October 26, 2018

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: WILLIAM SHATNER/SHATNER CLAUS

WILLIAM SHATNER
SHATNER CLAUS (The Christmas Album)

10.26.18


“Christmas: the final frontier. This is the musical voyage of William Shatner. Its holiday mission: to explore strange yule music. To seek out and inject new life into old traditions. To boldly go where no Shatner album has gone before. This is SHATNER CLAUS!”