Monday, October 22, 2018

KISSING THE PINK's What Noise (Expanded Edition) reviewed!


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KISSING THE PINK
WHAT NOISE
(Cherry Red Records)

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Like every decade before and since, there are so many bands from the ‘80s that were under-appreciated. Even the bands that managed to squeeze out a hit or two back then don’t get as much love today as they deserve. Kissing The Pink is most certainly one of those bands.  Maybe it was the ‘suggestive’ name that stopped them from climbing the U.S charts?  Perhaps there was too much competition? Could it be possible that they created music that was a bit too challenging for the average music listener? Whatever the reason, Kissing The Pink made records with many different layers, each of them offering new secrets with every spin. Their 1983 debut album NAKED traveled down many paths – Synthpop, Post-Punk, New Wave, Goth, Electro Pop, etc. The album did enjoy some success and their fans anxiously awaited their next musical move.

Friday, October 19, 2018

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: YOKO ONO/WARZONE

   

YOKO ONO
WARZONE
(Chimera Music)

10.19.18


     Much has been written about Yoko Ono over the years and, sadly, not all of it positive. However, if you look back over the 50 years that she has been in the public consciousness, she has always been a force for good. A superhero of sorts. From being a positive light that guided John Lennon out of his darkness to being an outspoken advocate against gun violence, Yoko has lent her name, her money and her time to many great causes over the years. Yet, the press has dragged her name through the mud so many times that their personal agendas have been adopted by the public as facts. While I’m sure it has been hurtful and confusing to Yoko, she has stood tall and continues to be a strong force in activism and art.

SPAZ reviews the VISAGE expanded remaster!!


     
VISAGE
VISAGE
(Expanded)
(Rubellan Remasters)


It is damn near impossible to overestimate the impact this album had on British culture in the ‘80s. The collective known as Visage was inspired by the ideals of the New Romantic movement, which glorified the more glamorous – and flamboyant - aspects of David Bowie, Roxy Music and the Glam scene. When it began in the late ‘70s, the New Romantic movement was more about fashion, socializing with like-minded dreamers, and dancing to the sexiest Glam in town… but that would change soon enough. Musician/DJ Rusty Egan joined forces with scene maker Steve Strange to form a band that would take the New Romantic ethos into the charts. Rusty pulled in his former Rich Kids bandmate Midge Ure. Ultravox keyboardist Billy Currie climbed aboard as well. That is when Visage was truly born.

Friday, October 12, 2018

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE BOTTLE ROCKETS/BIT LOGIC



THE BOTTLE ROCKETS
BIT LOGIC
(Bloodshot Records)

10.12.18

So, what do you do if you create music that is completely in step with what should be popular but is apparently out of step with what is actually popular? Playing great music that reaches a specific audience is definitely admirable but it can be frustrating – for the band and their fans – if a talented act continually releases outstanding albums that don’t immediately race to the top of the charts. Sadly, this type of situation is quite common. For example, for nearly 30 years, St. Louis’ The Bottle Rockets have released a series of albums that embrace the heart of American music while reinterpreting it in fresh, new ways. BIT LOGIC is their 13th album and might be the album that finally connects them with a larger audience.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

TOKYO POLICE CLUB: An EXCLUSIVE Q&A!


READY TO WIN:
An EXCLUSIVE Q&A 
with
 TOKYO POLICE CLUB’s 
David Monks

STEPHEN SPAZ SCHNEE: TPC is just about to be released.  How are you feeling about how the album turned out and the reaction to it so far?
DAVID MONKS: I'm only just beginning to get perspective on it now and it's been done since May. As always, things turn out differently than you expect but I still like it. The fact that we made it was really a turning point for our band and it kinda already feels like a success in that respect. The reaction has been good, it's my parents’ fave Tokyo album!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

AMPED™ FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: J.P. HARRIS/SOMETIMES DOGS BARK AT NOTHING


J.P. HARRIS
SOMETIMES DOGS BARK AT NOTHING
(Free Dirt Records)

10.5.18


If you go to Wikipedia and look up ‘Honky Tonk’, you’ll find the following description: “A Honky Tonk is both a bar that provides country music for the entertainment of its patrons and the style of music played in such establishments. In the 1950s, Honky Tonk entered its golden age, with the popularity of Webb Pierce, Hank Locklin, Lefty Frizzell, Ray Price, Faron Young, George Jones, and Hank Williams.” So, given that description, it’s no wonder that singer/songwriter J.P. Harris is often referred to as one of the finest purveyors of Honky Tonk music in America today. As ‘modern’ Country takes up space on the charts, it is refreshing – and dare I say it, exhilarating - to experience an artist so in tune with the roots of the genre’s pioneering artists. Harris ain’t no Americana bandwagoneer – he is as Country as Country Music gets.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

TOM MORELLO: An EXCLUSIVE Q&A


SOUNDING THE ALARM:

Rage guitarist TOM MORELLO 
discusses his new album 
THE ATLAS UNDERGROUND


DAVE RAYBURN: “Battle Sirens” sets the tone for this album with a wild, yet familiar array of production elements. As this rally call begins to pierce the air, what exactly is the Atlas Underground and what is its message?
TOM MORELLO: The Atlas Underground is a sonic conspiracy. It is an array of diverse artists who have come together with me as curator to forge a brand new genre of music. An alloy consisting of one part Marshall stack, one part bass drop, one part sonic Molotov cocktail.