Tuesday, March 24, 2020

SPAZ reviews SHOES/Elektrafied: The Elektra Years 1979-1982 (4CDs)!

SHOES
ELEKTRAFIED: 
THE ELEKTRA YEARS 1979-1982
(4CDs)


From the start, Shoes was one of those bands that hit you both in the head and the heart. They made records filled with melodies that would wrap themselves around your brain and lyrics that would reach deep down into your heart. They never played the part of ROCK STARS – they were normal guys that loved to play music. To be more precise, they were ordinary guys with extraordinary talents. With John Murphy (bass, vocals), his brother Jeff Murphy (guitar, vocals), and Gary Klebe (guitar, vocals) up front and drummer Skip Meyer (R.I.P.) holding down the beat, Shoes was a band that many of us needed then – and now. Thankfully, Klebe and the Murphys are still together and making music, albeit at a much slower clip than the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. And each release is a cause for celebration.

Monday, March 23, 2020

An EXCLUSIVE Q&A with THE SESHEN’s Lilan St. Juste



STILL DREAMING:

An EXCLUSIVE Q&A 
with 
THE SESHEN’s Lilan St. Juste



STEPHEN SPAZ SCHNEE: CYAN is just about to be released. How are you feeling about the album and the reaction to it so far?
LALIN ST. JUSTE: We are thrilled to be releasing new music. The reaction thus far has been positive and we can't wait to connect to our audience with these new expressions of ourselves.

Friday, March 13, 2020

RECORD STORE DAY 2020 postponed until June 20!




FROM THE OFFICIAL 

RECORD STORE DAY 

WEBSITE:



We’ve decided that the best of all possible moves is to change the date of Record Store Day this year to Saturday, June 20.

We think this gives stores around the world the best chance to have a profitable, successful Record Store Day, while taking into consideration the recommendations of doctors, scientists, the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and the need to be good citizens of both local and worldwide communities. 

We’re working with all of our partners and our stores to make this change as smooth as possible for everyone who participates in Record Store Day: customers, record stores, artists, labels and more. Record Store Day is everywhere and we want to hold our party when everyone can gather around safely to celebrate life, art, music and the culture of the indie record store.

    Friday, March 6, 2020

    An EXCLUSIVE Q&A with CAROLINE ROSE



    STEPHEN SPAZ SCHNEE: SUPERSTAR is just about to be released. How are you feeling about how the album turned out and the reaction so far?
    CAROLINE ROSE: Well, I guess it all feels like a big experiment and I’m excited to see what happens next! The reaction always seems to be better than I anticipate.

    Thursday, February 27, 2020

    THIS IS MY LIFE: An EXCLUSIVE Q&A with LISA LOEB!



    STEPHEN SPAZ SCHNEE: Your new album, A SIMPLE TRICK TO HAPPINESS, is just about to be released. How are you feeling about the album and the reaction so far?
    LISA LOEB: I’m so proud, to see my new album being so incredibly well-received. People seem to be relating to it in a big way, and have also mentioned that they especially like the modern production of it. It very much sounds like me, intimate and personal, but yet it’s something new and different.

    Wednesday, February 26, 2020

    SPAZ reviews FINGERPRINTZ!

    FINGERPRINTZ
    TOUGH LUCK: THE BEST OF...
    (Renaissance Records)

    The Scottish music scene in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s was, for lack of a better term, amazing. While the ‘80s gave us glistening, glorious Pop from the likes of The Bluebells, Friends Again, Aztec Camera, Orange Juice, and loads of others, the roots of the Scottish Punk, Post-Punk, and New Wave scene started way back in 1977 or so. You know, when British bands like Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Jam, and all the other greats created a musical revolution. Punk Rock re-wrote the rule book, leading to  dozens of new genres being created in a short period of time. One of the most endearing and enduring genres to rival Punk was something called Post-Punk. Relying less on melody and more on experimentation and mood, Post-Punk artists like Gang Of Four and PiL could still be abrasive without resorting to the Punk Rock stereotypes. And then there were bands influenced by Post-Punk that transcended the genre, bringing something new and exciting to the mix yet never achieving the acclaim they so richly deserved. Scotland’s Fingerprintz is one of those bands…

    Monday, February 24, 2020

    SPAZ reviews THE PINUPS!

    THE PINUPS
    THE PINUPS
    (Renaissance Records)

    The Pinups were a Pop concept that German producers Peter and Ingeborg Hauke created and unleashed upon the world in 1980. An early New Wave version of the ‘girl power’ movement, The Pinups featured four beautiful women singing Pop songs – mostly penned by gifted songwriter/musician Tony Carey – that were aimed straight for…  Well, that’s where things get a little confusing. Were they aimed at the charts? The clubs? The Rock crowd? The New Wave kids? The Europop lovers? Forty years on, it is hard to figure out just who The Pinups audience was supposed to be but it is safe to say that they could have found an audience had they been marketed correctly.