Odyssey Ale Review

Odyssey is an oak-aged (to the tune of 6 months conditioning) ale, which tops the scales at 10.4% ABV. The beer pours incredibly dark and brown, yielding a lighter tan shade for the head. There is a strong flavor that yields hints of vanilla, bourbon, oak and bits of hop towards the end of each quaff. Subsequent sips will provide imbibers with fruit (berry) and chocolate notes. As the beer warms, the overall mouthfeel and balance of tastes change. What was bold and strong provides some thick toffee and caramel notes after a few minutes warming up. The warmth provided by Odyssey will stick with an individual, refreshing with each sip; for those wanting to not get too inebriated, a friend should be enlisted in finishing the bottle.

Odyssey is complex, fulfilling, and will make for an absolutely memorable night. 800 cases of Odyssey were bottled; make sure to pick up a bottle before it disappears forever. Check out the Allagash website for more information about their year-round efforts and those special releases like Odyssey.

Rating: 9.5/10

 

Odyssey-label / 10.4% ABV, February 2013 / Allagash Brewing / 25.4 Fluid Ounces / http://www.allagash.com

Paleo Protein Review

 

For those that have sensitivities to gluten or lactose, the Paleo Protein utilizes both egg whites and beef as protein sources. The calorie content (110) per 29.4 gram scoop provides the energy that individuals will need after a workout, while lacking fat (0g), sugars (0g), and small amounts of cholesterol (35mg, 12% RDV) and carbs (8 grams). This means that those supplementing with Paleo Protein will get some of the healthiest and most beneficial shakes out of each Paleo Protein bottle.

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The Vanilla Almond flavoring of the protein is distinct from other efforts out there; I feel that there is a rich creaminess that is miles above competitor’s offerings.  The Triple Chocolate flavor provides a much-needed revamp to a common flavor. Shakes utilizing the Triple Chocolate will have a rich and full chocolate flavor alongside any other additional. Both flavors of Paleo Proteins are highlighted through an eminently impressive miscibility; a few seconds in a shaker cup and one will have a uniform shake. Protein is a vital part of those dieting or looking to make gains in muscle, and Paleo Protein is some of the best protein that we have had the chance to review.

Look for Paleo Protein at your local supplement store or at any reputable online retailers; a 1.82 pound bottle (28 servings) can be purchased for around $33-40. For additional benefit, supplement the Paleo Protein with other supplements, including Dopamite or MYO-X. Check out the MHP website (mhpstrong.com) for nutrition information, a listing of current products, and further news about upcoming products.

Rating: 9.2/10

Paleo Protein Review / Vanilla Almond and Triple Chocolate / MHP / Vanilla Almond / http://www.mhpstrong.com

SHANNON LABRIE ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL TOUR DATES

Shannon Labrie has extended her current U.S. tour with additional headline shows, including return visits to New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall (August 28) and 12th and Porter in Nashville (September 20).

 

Next Thursday, August 8, Labrie will play a sold-out show at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO with Phoenix, The Head and the Heart and Little Green Cars. Shannon, who was named by Music Connection as one of the best unsigned artists of 2012, will also perform at the Austin City Limits Festival on October 12 and at the Artists for Autism event in Washington, DC (November 1 and 2), which will benefit the Grafton Integrated Health Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching and enhancing the lives of children with autism and their families. For additional details on the event, which will feature a variety of other artists including Bobby Long, visit http://www.onlyaboutthemusic.org.

 

“I Remember A Boy,” the lead single from her debut album, Just Be Honest, is Most Added in its first week at Triple A radio, with stations such as WXRV-Boston, MA, WZEW-Mobile, AL and KRSH-Santa Rosa, CA already on board. This follows the track’s success at Non-Comm/Americana radio, where it’s being played by WRRW-Williamsburg, VA, WYSO-Dayton, OH, WOUB-Athens, OH, WERU-Bangor, ME, KUNI-Cedar Falls, IA, WMKY-Morehead, KY, WETS-Johnson City, TN, WVGN-St. Thomas, VI, Public Radio East New Bern, NC, Radio Free Americana and more.

 

“It’s the song ‘I Remember A Boy’ that kills…devastating and beautiful,” noted Music Connection. Bob Lefsetz, of The Lefsetz Report and Variety, said: “this track affected me. Made me believe like the great singer-songwriters of yore, maybe this woman has something to say. That in this crazy, mixed-up, shook-up world she can illuminate her story and people can relate.” “Labrie has proven herself an artist of uncommon talent, bringing a sharp pop sensibility to her soulful, jazz-tinged songs of stark and arresting candor,” said PhillyBurbs.com.

 

You can check out Shannon performing “I Remember A Boy” and several other tracks from Just Be Honest in her recent Daytrotter.com session here.

 

American Songwriter tapped “Secret,” another track from Just Be Honest, as a “Daily Discovery” while “Take Me” has been licensed by “Army Wives” and “The Client List” has licensed “How Does It Feel.” Labrie’s recent performances on “AXS Live,” the flagship show of AXS TV, can be seen at:

 

“I Remember a Boy” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kb4J14UhdTg
“Headlines” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34PySCJx8WE

 

Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, Shannon began writing classical piano pieces as a child.  She learned guitar from her father, a gifted, self-taught musician who died of cancer when she was only 14. Just Be Honest (Zodlounge Records) debuted in the Top Ten of iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter chart in February 2013 and Labrie was recently featured alongside Brooke Waggoner, Matthew Perryman Jones, Katie Herzig, Mindy Smith and other artists on the Nashville Indie Spotlight, a digital sampler available exclusively on iTunes.

 

Shannon Labrie – Upcoming Tour Dates

 

8/5 – Kansas City, MO – KCKC on-air performance

8/8 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre w/Phoenix, The Head and the Heart & Little Green Cars

8/28 – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall

8/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tin Angel

9/12 – Atlanta, GA @ Eddies Attic

9/20 – Nashville, TN @ 12th and Porter

10/12 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival

10/17 – Chattanooga, TN @ The Honest Pint

10/18 – Birmingham, AL @ Moonlight On The Mountain

10/19 – Jackson, MS @ Hal and Mals

10/20 – Atlanta, GA @ Smiths Olde Bar

11/1 – Fairfax, VA @ The Auld Shebeen – Artists for Autism

11/2 – Fairfax, VA @ The Auld Shebeen – Artists for Autism

 

Love for Levon: A Benefit to Save The Barn DVD and CD Review

Just six months after Levon Helms, the legendary drummer for The Band, died from cancer, a slew of musicians, from My Morning Jacket to Gregg Allman, took the stage at the Izod Center in New Jersey to raise money for a pet cause of his, but more importantly praise and celebrate the life of one of the most adored drummers in rock music. This 2 DVD set does a brilliant job of honoring Helms. While it’s hard to pull out the best moments in a show crammed with “best moments”, Roger Waters and My Morning Jacket taking on “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and an emotional “Wide River to Cross” is right up there. Performers include John Mayer, Joe Walsh, Mavis Staples, John Prine, and Jakob Dylan, among many others. The collection is also available on CD.

Love for Levon: A Benefit to Save The Barn/2 DVDs and 2 CDs/360 mins./Star Vista/2013
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Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen with Jon Wiederhorn Book Review

The mere fact that Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen can even remember his past given the decades of substance abuse (alcohol, pot, speed, acid, heroin and everything in between) is a testament to the resiliency of the brain. He was even acid king Timothy Leary’s genuine pig for a while (and that’s not hyperbole. He was literally fed acid by Leary who would study the effects).  Given all that, it’s not surprising then that Jourgensen’s memoir is so damn entertaining.

Regardless of whether or not you were a fan of Ministry or Jourgensen’s other group, Revolting Cocks, it’s hard not to pull up a chair and listen to Uncle Al detailing the almost always ugly, but still fascinating life he’s lead. It kind of makes the average rock star bios read like Dr. Seuss in comparison.

Though certainly dark, there are plenty of amusing details throughout the book, like the hazing of a young Trent Reznor or Arista President Clive Davis having the Thompson Twins call a young Jourgensen to tell him to quit fighting the label boss and start churning out synthy pop music for fame and fortune.

As expected from someone who has ingested as many substances as Jourgensen there are certainly some discrepancies to his stories (the divergent accounts and missed details are apparent when Wiederhorn interviews those close to the musician), but that does little to make the book less engaging. Everyone from Dead Kennedy’s founder Jello Biafri to Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers weigh in on life with Jourgensen.

Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen with Jon Wiederhorn/Hardcover/336 pages/Da Capo Press/2013
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ASTRALWERKS RECORDS CELEBRATES ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Founded in 1993 in New York City, Astralwerks Records began as an independent boutique label releasing visionary records that helped ignite two explosive waves of musical creativity: first with Electronica in the ’90s, and more recently with EDM in the new millennium. Over the past two decades, the New York City based label has become one of America’s pre-eminent homes for unique and forward-thinking artists, nurturing a roster of genre-bending musicians and bands.

 

On July 30, 1993 Astralwerks released its first album – Tales Of Ephidrina by Amorphous Androgynous – a pseudonym of the legendary Future Sound of London, and catalyst for the sub-genre known at the time as ‘ambient techno’. A landmark series of compilations called Excursions in Ambience followed, as did Big Beat, Breaks and the early progenitors of tech-house, subsequently spawning classics by some of the most groundbreaking electronic artists of the era – Future Sound Of London, Photek, Spacetime Continuum, and µ-Ziq, to name just a few.

As the new millennium dawned, the label added luminaries such as The Beta Band, Beth Orton, doves, Hot Chip, Kingsof Convenience, Phoenix and Placebo to its roster, as well as releasing Tour De France, the first new album in 12 years from legendary electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, as well as re-issuing their fabled catalogue.

 

Additional label milestones include Fatboy Slim’s You’ve Come A Long Way Baby, the first DJ album to go platinum in the USA and The Chemical Brothers‘ “Block Rockin’ Beats,” the first track by an electronic artist to win a Grammy ® and crack the Alternative Top 40 Chart. Astralwerks established David Guetta as a major mainstream artist in America selling over 11 million singles from the smash album Nothing But The Beat and saw Swedish House Mafia become the first-ever DJ artists to sell out Madison Square Garden (in an incredible 10 minutes).

 

Today Astralwerks remains focused on the future. The label continues to usher in a new generation of talent including Gold Fields, Claire, Empire of the Sun, NERVO, Eric Prydz, and Mat Zo, among many others.

 

To celebrate the birthday Astralwerks dug deep into the archives, all the way back to that first release, Amorphous Androgynous’ (a.k.a. Future Sound of London’s) “Tales Of Ephidrina,” finding two never-before-heard alternative mixes from the album: “Liquid Insects” / “Mountain Goat” (now available for streaming).

 

Two 20th Anniversary Playlists are also available: IndieWerks (on YouTube, Spotify, and Rdio) and Ready For The Floor on YouTube, Spotify, and Rdio featuring Astralwerks talent past and present.

Boardwalk Empire The Complete Third Season Blu-Ray Review

 

 

 

Boardwalk Empire is a rare example of a show that has continued to get stronger as the seasons have passed. The third season of the show captures from New Year’s Eye 1922 and the months that follow, as Gyp Rosetti makes eir grand entrance. Throughout the season, Gyp continues to be a major stumbling block for Nucky as tensions continue to escalate. Nucky stands tall at the end of the series, but experiences a major setback in eir personal life.

 

HBO has provided a number of additional features to this set, including a set of news reels from the 1920s and 1930s, many of which have considerable relevance to this season. For those individuals that are interested in the lore of Boardwalk Empire, a featurette provides additional information about Billie, Dean, Gyp, Benny, and Gaston. Further information about the creative and filming processes of the show can be viewed with both “Scorsese on Season 3” and six audio commentaries. Valuable insights accompany the commentaries, as Steve Buscemi (Nucky), Bobby Cannavale (Gyp), Terence Winter (show creator) have intimate discussions. This view inside is completed with the inclusion of the “Director’s Chair” featurette, which allows directors Coulter and Van Patten ample opportunity to break down a number of scenes into constituent part. Specific decisions are explained, while a final bit of context will provide viewers with the information that they need to understand all the events occurring in the third season.

 

The Complete Third Season set of Boardwalk Empire can be purchased at a variety of online and physical retailers. Expect to pay around $45-55 for a copy. Boardwalk Empire will start its fourth season on September 8th.

 

Rating: 9.0/10

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Boardwalk Empire The Complete Third Season Blu-Ray Review / 2013 HBO Home Entertainment / 720 Minutes / http://www.hbo.com

Nedelle Torrisi to open for Julia Holter this Fall

This self-titled album, the first Nedelle Torrisi has released under her full name, is basically the story of a friendship. A couple of years ago, she and Kenny Gilmore (of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti) lived in the same house in Los Angeles. Through a wall she could hear Kenny playing keyboards and guitar, and he could hear her making demos of the songs on this album. At one point, he passed her a tape of his own music where he beguilingly recorded and performed all the songs himself, so when it came time for Nedelle to make the proper album, it seemed natural to knock on his bedroom door and ask for his expertise. At the time they never could have known the album would take a little more than two years of diligent work after the initial two weeks of studio time in which they slept in the studio and barely saw sunlight, for they would work between every tour they went on (Gilmore and Nedelle play with APHG, and Sufjan Stevens, respectively.) Not to mention the time Gilmore’s computer containing the recording sessions got left behind in a taxi cab in Russia.  Which led to a four month hiatus before the powers of persistence, faith and loopholes in customs, delivered it safely back to Los Angeles.

Here we find what can be simply be described as Gilmore’s sonic vision of Nedelle’s songs based on the original demos that she made.  Kenny played the majority of instruments on the album as well, with a little help from Julia Holter, Ramona Gonzalez (Nite Jewel), and Dev Hynes (Blood Orange).
No matter how her albums have been produced in the past (either with her previous band Cryptacize with Chris Cohen, or the handful of solo records released under her first name) her songs have a distinct and unmistakeable tone.  Musically there is a mix of girl-group/Brill Building era pop, (her choruses reach for that age-old notion, “the hook”), musical theater, (she has good diction and a penchant for Busby Berkeley-style grandeur), not to mention the omnipresent melancholy often found in her sophisticated melodies and chord progressions.  There is also a hint of “quiet storm” R&B on this album which has been an favorite of Nedelle’s since childhood, hence the echoes of artists like Sade or Anita Baker on tracks like “Perfect Timing,” “Psychic Returns” and “Cathartica.”

On this recording Nedelle and Gilmore have masterfully combined their shared musical interests, creating complex arrangements by combining interwoven “licks” like something off of Gaucho, or layered, synthy interludes a la Stevie Wonder, and nodding to Prince by using the Linn drum machine which is featured famously on all of his early albums.

Lyrically she is always concerned with matters of romance, and won’t hesitate to belt “I wanna be with you! That’s why you came into my life!” or “I was born to love you, and so I will.”  The songs always reveal a specific story from her life, though the lyrics remain cryptic enough to sound universal, as well. (“Born to Love You” is about falling in love with her long-dead, favorite author, “Cathartica” is about looping on a thought while having insomnia, while “I Love Thousands Every Summer” is about moving to a big city and feeling isolated.)

Nedelle is in the process of becoming a social worker, and wants to start a love advice column to combine her love of love and her desire to help others.
In fact, fans already write in to her tumblr page for advice, and she encourages more: www.advicefromparadise.tumblr.com

A supplementary EP, entitled “Paradise in Piano” containing solo piano and vocal versions of songs off the album is available on iTunes, or as a free download when purchasing the 7″. Nedelle released as “Paradise” on the Thin Wrist label last year. www.thinwrist.com (Though she loves the concept of paradise, she felt she should finally accept her full name.)

NEDELLE TORRISI

Wed. 09-11-13   First Unitarian Church  Los Angeles, CA *
Thu. 09-12-13    Great American Music Hall    San Francisco, CA *
Sat. 09-14-13    Holocene    Portland, OR *
Sun. 09-15-13    Barboza    Seattle, WA *
Mon. 09-16-13    Biltmore Cabaret    Vancouver, BC *
Fri. 09-20-13    Cedar Cultural Center    Minneapolis, MN *
Sat. 09-21-13    Schubas Tavern    Chicago, IL *
Sun. 09-22-13    Kobo    Columbus, OH *
Tue. 09-24-13    Music Hall Of Williamsburg    Brooklyn, NY *
Thu. 09-26-13    Rock & Roll Hotel    Washington, DC *

* = w/ Julia Holter

 

Nedelle Torrisi
S/T
(Self-Released)
Street Date: Sept. 3, 2013

Track List:

1. Psychic Returns
2. Double Horizon
3. Don’t Play Dumb
4. Don’t Play Dumb Afterthought
5. I Love Thousands Every Summer
6. Can’t Wait
7. Fool Boy
8. Emotional Money
9. Cathartica
10. Born to Love You
11. The Show Must Go On
12. The Perfect Timing

Banshee The Complete First Season DVD Review

The most surprising thing about the relatively new Cinemax show Banshee is that it has yet to get its proper due for being a truly great action series. Hopefully the release of the first season on DVD will help jumpstart the band wagon.

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Created by novelists Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler with help from uber producer Alan Ball (True Blood, Six Feet Under), the series is heavy on adrenaline and sex, but owes just as much to sly dialogue and fascinating characters. Set in Amish country Pennsylvania (the fictional town of Banshee), the show focuses in on an ex-con named Lucas Hood who moves to this small town and takes over the identity of the new sheriff. He meets up with his old girlfriend and thieving partner now living a new life as a mother and wife of the town’s District Attorney. Banshee incidentally is run by a vicious ex-Amish crime lord.

As ever serial crime show since the dawn of TV needs a sidekick, Hood’s happens to be an aging ex-boxer, bar owner named Sugar Bates. Yes these are typical TV clichés, but thanks to the strong writing and compelling story lines from Tropper and Schickler, the show is remarkably original. The network has just signed on for a second season to begin in 2014, so this DVD set and the rest of the fall gives you everything you need to catch up.

Banshee – The Complete First Season/5 DVDs/600 mins./HBO Studios/2013

Dizzy Wright – Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

Fresh off his tour through Australia, Funk Volume rapper Dizzy Wright has released the latest single and video from his upcoming mixtape The Golden Age, entitled “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop,” which was produced by Will Power aka SupaHotBeats . Directed by George J. for Geeezy Productions, the visual offers a glimpse into the world of the rising hip-hop star, capturing both the simple pleasures of a trip to the barbershop and chilling with friends over pizza along with Dizzy’s captivating flair interacting one-on-one with the camera, and also teases more to come as he embarks on his next chapter. Showing the same engaging personality he’s demonstrated in his live performances on both coasts and now internationally, anticipation continues to grow for The Golden Age mixtape, due out August 19th, and the accompanying tour.

 

Beginning on September 7th in San Diego, CA, Dizzy and Funk Volume co-founder Hopsin will take The Golden Age Tour across the U.S. including several gigs as part of Rock The Bells 2013 before closing the tour on November 1st in Dizzy’s hometown, Las Vegas, NV. The tour is presented by both Funk Volume and HotNewHipHop, is sponsored by Gig It, and will feature New York rapper Emilio Rojas as supporting act.

 

Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVQF9ZtKUFo

Tour Dates:
To Buy Tickets: http://myfunkvolume.com/artist/dizzy-wright/

 

Sep 7 – San Diego, CA w/ Hopsin

Sep 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Rock The Bells

Sep 10 – Santa Ana, CA w/ Futuristic

Sep 12 – Santa Cruz, CA w/ Futuristic

Sep 14 – Sacramento, CA w/ Futuristic

Sep 15 – San Francisco, CA @ Rock The Bells

Sep 17 – Portland, OR w/ Futuristic

Sep 18 – Seattle, WA w/ Futuristic

Sep 19 – Spokane, WA w/ Futuristic

Sep 20 – Caldwell, ID w/ Futuristic

Sep 22 – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Futuristic

Sep 23 – Colorado Springs, CO w/ Futuristic

Sep 24 – Fort Collins, CO w/ Futuristic

Sep 25 – Denver, CO w/ Futuristic

Sep 26 – Lincoln, NE w/ Futuristic

Sep 27 – Minneapolis, MN w/ Futuristic

Sep 29 – Washington, DC @ Rock The Bells

Sep 30 – Madison, WI w/ Marcus Moody

Oct 1 – Iowa City, IA w/ Marcus Moody

Oct 2 – Chicago, IL w/ Marcus Moody

Oct 3 – Detroit, MI w/ Marcus Moody

Oct 4 – Cleveland, OH w/ Marcus Moody

Oct 5 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Rock The Bells

Oct 8 – Boston, MA w/ Marcus Moody

Oct 9 – Providence, RI w/ Marcus Moody

Oct 10 – West Chester, PA w/ Marcus Moody

Oct 11 – Baltimore, MD w/ Marcus Moody

Oct 13 – Springfield, VA w/ Marcus Moody

Oct 14 – Richmond, VA w/ Marcus Moody

Oct 15 – Greensboro, NC w/ Marcus Moody

Oct 16 – Wilmington, NC w/ Marcus Moody

Oct 18 – Jacksonville, FL w/ Marcus Moody

Oct 19 – Orlando, FL

Oct 20 – Tampa, FL

Oct 22 – New Orleans, LA

Oct 23 – Houston, TX

Oct 24 – Dallas, TX

Oct 25 – San Antonio, TX

Oct 26 – Austin, TX

Oct 28 – El Paso, TX

Oct 29 – Albuquerque, NM

Oct 30 – Tucson, AZ w/ Futuristic

Oct 21 – Tempe, AZ w/ Futuristic

Nov 1 – Las Vegas, NV w/ Marcus Moody

Please contact Michelle or Dan if interested in talking with Dizzy Wright.

Dizzy Wright Background:
Not many 21-year old rappers can say that they’ve been rapping for over a decade. Las Vegas, Nevada rapper Dizzy Wright began rapping at just 8 years old, in the group “DaFuture” with his brother and very close friend; his mother wrote his raps at the time. Dizzy broke through when he was discovered at the Sheikh Music “Rip the Mic” competition in 2010 and signed onto Funk Volume a few months later. In April 2012, Dizzy released his first Funk Volume album, SmokeOut Conversations, peaking at #2 on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts. He followed it up with a free mixtape, Free SmokeOut Conversations, which has been downloaded over 200,000 times, and helped propel Dizzy to his own national 30-city tour. In December 2012, Dizzy went on to release the first of four EPs, The First Agreement, which reached as high as #2 on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart. In March of 2013, Dizzy gathered enough votes to be selected as the “People’s Choice” member of the XXL Freshman Class of 2013. Dizzy is showing no signs of slowing down, preparing a new mixtape The Golden Age, which will be released on August 19th, as well as The Golden Age Tour, which will kick off September 7th in San Diego, California.

Funk Volume Background:
 

Funk Volume is a record label, marketing and production company founded to give hip hop artists a home to freely express themselves without feeling controlled or pressured by any other outside forces. Currently home to Hopsin, SwizZz, Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton and DJ Hoppa, Funk Volume’s plan is to represent only the sickest, most talented, and most creative artists that we can find. The label’s objective is to produce music that it feel competes with any other artists or labels in the industry. Funk Volume is not a “movement”, not a “gang”, not a “squad.” Funk Volume is a commitment – to protect the integrity of the music and conduct our business properly. It is a commitment to hip-hop, to its fans, and to each other.