Thursday, February 28, 2013

ADRENALINE MOB - "Romeo Delight" (video)

As a big fan of these gentlemen, I was wondering what covers they would include on their upcoming EP entitled "Covertá", due on March 12, 2013.
Check out Adrenaline Mob's version of Van Halen's "Romeo Delight":

track list:
1. ‘High Wire’ (Badlands)
2. ‘Stand Up and Shout’ (Dio)
3. ‘Break on Through’ (The Doors)
4. ‘Romeo Delight’ (Van Halen)
5. ‘Barracuda’ (Heart)
6. ‘Kill the King’ (Rainbow)
7. ‘The Lemon Song’ (Led Zeppelin)
8. ‘The Mob Rules’ (Black Sabbath)

Adrenaline Mob is a heavy metal supergroup formed by singer Russell Allen (Symphony X), guitarist Mike Orlando and drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater). The band was formed in early 2011 and performed their first live performance on June 24, 2011 at the Hiro Ballroom in New York City, with the addition of bass player Paul Di Leo (Fozzy), and rhythm guitarist Rich Ward (Stuck Mojo/Fozzy). They released a YouTube video of a cover version of the Black Sabbath classic "The Mob Rules" on June 27, 2011 to promote the band. On New Year's Eve 2011, Adrenaline Mob announced via their Facebook page that they would release their full length studio album, Omertà, on March 13, 2012, and also revealed the album art.
 On January 7, 2012, the band announced the departures of Rich Ward and Paul Di Leo due to scheduling conflicts with their other bands. On February 8, 2012, it was announced that John Moyer (Disturbed) is Adrenaline Mob's new bass player. John has made his onstage debut with the group on March 12, at New York City’s Hiro Ballroom, a day before the release of the band's debut full-length album, Omertà.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

PROGRESS now in podcast form (links)

While I work on getting some older shows posted, I have uploaded this week's show early to test.  
Feel free to visit and download my first podcast.  
(Or you can listen to it stream from the page.) 

PROGRESS is a show featuring progressive-leaning rock music "off the beaten path" of mainstream media. I do not expect anyone to love everything but think of it as an exotic buffet, at least you can say you tried the weird stuff.  And you just might find something you like.

It runs twice a week on Rockfile Radio ICE and now you can listen to it anytime.

Your feedback is always welcome.  


Happy Birthday JOHNNY CASH R.I.P. (video)

John R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author who was considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Although he is primarily remembered as a country music icon, his songs and sound spanned other genres including rockabilly and rock and roll—especially early in his career—and blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Cash was known for his deep, distinctive bass-baritone voice, for the "boom-chicka-boom" sound of his Tennessee Three backing band; for a rebelliousness, coupled with an increasingly somber and humble demeanor; for providing free concerts inside prison walls; and for his dark performance clothing, which earned him the nickname "The Man in Black". He traditionally began his concerts with the phrase "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash.", followed by his standard "Folsom Prison Blues".

Much of Cash's music echoed themes of sorrow, moral tribulation and redemption, especially in the later stages of his career. His best-known songs included "I Walk the Line", "Folsom Prison Blues", "Ring of Fire", "Get Rhythm" and "Man in Black". He also recorded humorous numbers like "One Piece at a Time" and "A Boy Named Sue"; a duet with his future wife, June Carter, called "Jackson"; and railroad songs including "Hey, Porter" and "Rock Island Line". During the last stage of his career, Cash covered songs by several late 20th-century rock artists, most notably "Rusty Cage" by Soundgarden, "Personal Jesus" by Depeche Mode and "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails.

Soundgarden talks about Cash's cover and plays live:

source: wikipedia


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Happy Birthday WALTER BECKER (video)

Walter Carl Becker (born February 20, 1950) is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known as the co-founder, guitarist, bassist and co-songwriter in Steely Dan.

Becker met his future songwriting partner Donald Fagen while studying at Bard College. After a brief period of activity in New York, the two relocated to California in 1971 and formed the nucleus of Steely Dan, who enjoyed a critically and commercially successful ten-year career. Following the group's disbanding, Becker relocated to Hawaii and reduced his musical activity, working primarily as a record producer.

Becker and Fagen reformed Steely Dan in 1993 and have remained active, most notably including their 2000 Two Against Nature album, which won four Grammy Awards. Becker has also released two solo albums, 1994's 11 Tracks of Whack and 2008's Circus Money.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Birthday HENRY ROLLINS (video)

A big Happy Birthday to one of my favorite people on the planet. 
And I'm not even a huge fan of his music, 
but I love what he has to say.

Keep on doing what you do, Henry! \m/

Henry Rollins (born February 13, 1961) is an American spoken word artist, musician, writer, journalist, comedian, publisher, actor, radio DJ, and activist.

After performing for the short-lived Washington D.C.-based band State of Alert in 1980, Rollins fronted the California hardcore punk band Black Flag from August 1981 until mid-1986. Following the band's breakup, Rollins established the record label and publishing company 2.13.61 to release his spoken word albums, as well as forming the Rollins Band, which toured with a number of lineups from 1987 until 2003, and during 2006.


Since Black Flag disbanded, Rollins has hosted numerous radio shows, such as Harmony in My Head on Indie 103, and television shows such as The Henry Rollins Show, MTV's 120 Minutes, and Jackass. He had a recurring dramatic role in the second season of Sons of Anarchy and has also had roles in several films. Rollins has also campaigned for various political causes in the United States, including promoting LGBT rights, World Hunger Relief, and an end to war in particular, and tours overseas with the United Service Organizations to entertain American troops.


Thursday, February 7, 2013

ATOMSHIP - The Crash Of '47 (video)

While doing research for this week's episode of my show PROGRESS, I found myself looking for some music that may have been "missed" in the last few years.  The short-lived group ATOMSHIP was just what I was needed.
The 2004 album The Crash of '47 has slowly creeped it's way into a regular slot in my personal listening library since I got a copy a few years ago.  Skirting a line between mainstream hard rock and progressive experimentation, the album has a groove and feel that makes me wonder what could have been. 

Here is the only official single/video from the album:

This song was on the Punisher soundtrack:

a favorite from the album:

The members of the original band have something new coming here 
and Joey Culver's latest project is here

Some history from wikipedia:

Watership Down (formerly known as Atomship and AtomshipDown) is a three-piece rock band, composed of Derek Pardoe, Chad Kent, and current Together Tomorrow guitarist Jesse Duncan. Nathan Slade was the band's original guitarist until his death in December 2009. The band was known as Watership Down in 2002, before changing their name to Atomship that year, which ran until the band's disbandment in 2004, shortly after the release of their debut album, The Crash of '47. Joey Culver stood in for Derek Pardoe on the recording of The Crash of '47, as Pardoe was unable to due to his anxiety. Atomship was dropped from Wind-Up Records due to poor record sales. In 2006, Atomship reformed as AtomshipDown. In 2010, AtomshipDown reverted their name back to Watership Down.

source: wikipedia


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

INTRONAUT release Milk Leg (video)

I got to see this band open for Cynic a couple of years ago and was blown away.  
This is the first track from their upcoming album.

from the band:
Post-metal prog phenomenon INTRONAUT has revealed the album artwork and track listing for their highly anticipated album, HABITUTAL LEVITATIONS.  Due out on March 19, 2013 in North America, HABITUAL LEVITATIONS will be the group's fourth full-length album.  The album artwork and layout was done by David D'Andrea who has worked with the band on previous releases.  The cover art along with the track listing was posted by earlier today and can be seen below.
"Milk Leg" - the first song to be revealed from the new album - has caused a stir amongst INTRONAUT fans with declaring, "The track is everything that rules about a 'naut song" and stating, "If you don't love it, you should probably go bang your head against a wall for an hour, as you appear to have gone stupid."  INTRONAUT just released a track video or "Milk Leg" which can be seen and heard here and as of today, the song available for purchase on all digital outlets.  In addition, the song will be released as a single sided, etched 7" vinyl, release date TBA and can be pre-ordered here:

Leading up to the release of HABITUAL LEVITATIONS, INTRONAUT will be on the road with MESHUGGAH and ANIMALS AS LEADERS, following a small run of headlining dates. 

Band history:

INTRONAUT features guitarist/vocalist Sacha Dunable, guitarist/vocalist/percussionist David Timnick, drummer Danny Walker, and bassist Joe Lester. In 2005, INTRONAUT released a four-track demo entitled Null – Demonstration Extended Play Compact Disc. They signed to Goodfellow Records in October, and in early April 2006, recorded Void at Shiva Industries in Santa Ana, California with producer John Haddad.

In January 2008, the band announced that they had signed a world wide deal with Century Media Records, and completed their next album, Prehistoricisms. They also covered Eyehategod's Dixie Whiskey for the Century Media 20th Anniversary cover album.

In April 2009, INTRONAUT went on tour with Kylesa and Mastodon to support Mastodon's release of Crack the Skye.

In October 2009, INTRONAUT played several shows in front of thousands of fans in Kolkata and in Pragati Maidan, Delhi for the Great Indian Rock Festival XIII.

In the summer of 2010, INTRONAUT released their third full-length album, Valley of Smoke, featuring a guest appearance from Justin Chancellor from Tool.

In late 2010, INTRONAUT opened for Cynic as part of Cynic's "Re-Traced/Re-Focused Tour" all over the United States and Canada, and shortly thereafter toured North America again opening for Helmet.

In mid-2011, INTRONAUT toured Europe with The Ocean and Red Fang, then toured North America with Animals As Leaders, Dead Letter Circus, and Last Chance to Reason, and then toured Europe again with Ghost Brigade and A Storm of Light.

In early 2012, INTRONAUT supported Tool on the first leg of their North American tour.

source: INTRONAUT