Thursday, October 19, 2017

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: EVEN A TREE CAN SHED TEARS


EVEN A TREE CAN SHED TEARS:
 JAPANESE FOLK & ROCK 1969-1973
(Various Artists)

10.20.2017

     This compilation offers a fascinating peek into the Japanese Folk and Rock movement of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Though influenced by Western music, the music contained on EVEN A TREE CAN SHED TEARS: JAPANESE FOLK & ROCK 1969-1973 is undeniably infused with a deep connection to their very own Japanese culture.

Monday, October 16, 2017

KELELA: An EXCLUSIVE Q&A



TRUTH OR DARE:

An EXCLUSIVE Q&A 
with 
KELELA

STEPHEN SPAZ SCHNEE: TAKE ME APART is just about to be released.  How are you feeling about the way the album turned out and the reaction to it so far?
KELELA: I feel great about the way the album turned out.  I spent so much time on the album to make it be exactly what I wanted to hear so that’s been very gratifying.  The reaction to the album has also been really positive but I definitely think of it as supplementary.  I try to make things I like to hear myself and then hope somebody digs it.  I’m trying to make something that is sincere and so it’s just an extra plus that anybody else is vibing with it.

Friday, October 13, 2017

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: NEIL FINN/OUT OF SILENCE

NEIL FINN
OUT OF SILENCE

10.20.17



It has been forty years since Neil Finn made his recorded debut on Split Enz’s 1977 album DIZRHYTHMIA. Although he only provided guitar and backing vocals to that album, he certainly made his presence known. His own compositions started showing up in 1979 on the band’s FRENZY album. While his big brother Tim handled a bulk of the Enz’s material, it was Neil who penned their first global hit, “I Got You,” which was released in 1980 on the TRUE COLOURS album. Over the course of the next few Enz albums, Neil wrote more highlights including “One Step Ahead” and “Message To My Girl.”

Friday, October 6, 2017

YEP ROC TURNS 20: An EXCLUSIVE Q&A with Yep Roc co-founder Glenn Dicker


 


STEPHEN SPAZ SCHNEE: Before starting Yep Roc, were you an avid music collector? Were there any particular genres that you focused on personally?
GLENN DICKER: I would say that I was very much a music collector since I was a little kid.  I got very interested in collecting 45’s when I went around to garage sales with my parents and as I got older that spread to full albums when I could afford it.  Early on I was into ‘60s music, mostly what would be considered classic rock these days like The Beatles, Stones, Who, Kinks, etc.  But as I got a bit older I got caught up in the punk rock thing, mostly the English bands.  My favorite was The Jam.  When I got out of school and went to work for Rounder Distribution, I got turned onto so much more that really opened my mind to all kinds of great stuff that I had previously only dabbled in like World Music, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Bluegrass, etc.  Once I get into an artist, I usually want everything.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

CHRIS DIFFORD/Chris To The Mill (box set) reviewed!



Chris Difford is primarily known as a songwriter – one half of the critically acclaimed songwriting duo Difford & Tilbrook – as well as being a member of veteran British popsters Squeeze. On Squeeze’s records, the words may be Chris’ but most of the lead vocals are handled by Difford’s partner-in-crime Glenn Tilbrook. However, one of the band’s first hits was “Cool For Cats,” which featured Chris on lead vocals. At that point in the band’s career, Chris was primarily the low, croaky voice that blended well in harmony with Glenn’s sweet tenor warblings. But let’s be honest: on the first three Squeeze albums – SQUEEZE (1978), COOL FOR CATS (1979), and ARGYBARGY (1980), – Chris’ vocal contributions were not unlike Ringo’s obligatory solo spots on Beatles albums. In fact, “Cool For Cats” is to Squeeze what “Yellow Submarine” is to the Beatles – a nice quasi-novelty tune that doesn’t really represent the bulk of the band’s catalog. However, when EAST SIDE STORY was released, things changed. Chris began to sing in a wistful, breathy voice that surprised even the band’s most ardent fans. Sure, he still slipped into his lower register for those classic Difford & Tilbrook dual harmonies but, for his solo turns, he was a more confident and much stronger lead vocalist.

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: ALBERT CASTIGLIA/UP ALL NIGHT



ALBERT CASTIGLIA
UP ALL NIGHT

10.6.17


While he may be classified as a Blues artist, Albert Castiglia will certainly appeal to more than just that genre’s enthusiasts. Fans of Alt-Country, Roots Rock and Americana will most certainly fall under the spell of Castiglia and his 2017 album UP ALL NIGHT, which hits stores on October 6. His name may not be familiar to some but he’s been raising the roof since 1990 when he joined Miami Blues Authority. Discovered six years later by Blues legend Junior Wells, Albert became his sideman until Wells’ death in 1998. Working as a sideman for a variety of other artists, Castiglia didn’t step into the solo spotlight until he released his debut album in 2004.