Jeff Babko – Mondo Trio

Jeff Babko – Mondo Trio / 2007 Abstract Logix / 9 Tracks / /

The first track on “Mondo Trio” is “Head Trauma”, and despite the funkiness present in this track (or perhaps because of it), the resulting track has a very Zaappa-like sound to it. Everything would be okay if the song remained without vocals, as the horns and guitars provide a vocal sound that is just as narrative as normal vocals would be. While there is a lot of cohesion between the different arrangements during the track, the band continues to tweak and vary the output. This means that there might be a Frampton-esque guitar line one second, and something that more closely reminds individuals of a Rush or Pink Floyd the next. This also means that a track like “Head Trauma” can hit the seven minute mark and still sound as fresh at that time as it did when the track sounded when it first started. Continue reading “Jeff Babko – Mondo Trio”

Bayside Tour in Support of The Walking Wounded

LONG ISLAND, NY – Victory recording artists Bayside have not slowed down one bit since the Spring 2007 release of their latest album The Walking Wounded. Currently crisscrossing the U.S. on the 2007 Vans Warped Tour, Anthony, Nick, Jack and Chris have been shredding the throng of fans that have been making their set one of the most well-attended performances on this year’s festival. Continue reading “Bayside Tour in Support of The Walking Wounded”

Big Business – Here Come The Waterworks

     / 2007 Hydra Head / 8 Tracks / / /

While I was expecting something either drone-y or otherwise inapproachable, what Big Business do on “Here Come The Waterworks” is create a very sludgy (Alice in Chains) meets trippy (Jane’s Addiction) type of rock cum metal. “Just as the Day was Dawning” is the first track on the disc, and it will bring any listener back to the first few years of the nineties. Along with the sludgy type of sound, Big Business add a very eighties approach of metal to their overall sound. This means that there are decent hints of influences that range from Twisted Sister to Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. The band has a big sound (thus, their name) and yet do not push individuals away with “Here Come The Waterworks”.  The band kicks it into an even higher gear when it comes to the second half of the track. Continue reading “Big Business – Here Come The Waterworks”

National Geographic Launches Music/Radio Division

            WASHINGTON (Aug. 2, 2007)—National Geographic Ventures (NGV) President and CEO Tim Kelly today announced the creation of National Geographic Music and Radio (NGMR) to reach people and inspire them to care about the planet through music and the power of radio. Kelly also announced the appointment of industry luminary David Beal as president to oversee the music labels, publishing and radio operations. Mark Bauman, currently a vice president of National Geographic’s Mission Programs, will serve as executive vice president and will spearhead radio and video production initiatives. NGMR launches with several distribution partners, including Clear Channel, Salem Communications and NPR.  Continue reading “National Geographic Launches Music/Radio Division”

Mother Jones – Union

Mother Jones – Union / 2006 Sun Rising / 10 Tracks / /

Mother Jones has something in common with the magazine that has the same title; liberal media love the. Specifically, they were featured as the “Jam Band Artist of the Year” for 2006, and Neil Young has actually deemed them worthy enough to be on eir website as “songs of the times”. The first track is “Lost in Emotion”, and if individuals did not have a copy of this album, they would definitely guess that the track is twenty or thirty years old. Continue reading “Mother Jones – Union”

Holly Golightly Kicks Off Fall Tour With Rock Off Cruise In NYC!

‘A glorious example of what Rock ‘n Roll should be’ – NME

‘A ten-year overnight sensation’WORD

The oh-so-lovely Miss Holly Golightly returns Stateside this fall, bringing her quick-witted soulful twang back to the
U.S. for the ninth time in her prolific career.
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Tric #24

Tric #24 / Free / 40M / 1:00 / /

Tric has a lot of advertisements, which makes sense considering that it comes out with 5,000 copies at no charge. The advertisements are for things I’ve never heard of before, and focus slightly around businesses in the Philadelphia scene. The cover art is amazing; I would love to get a piece by the artist to put on my wall. Other art pieces are placed in this issue, but none of them have quite the same oomph as this cover art. The first piece of any real merit comes in “Weird DE”, which describes the Evergreen Nursery, a house located in Middletown, Delaware. The only weakness to this point is the fact that the text only stretches out for about a paragraph before the piece ends. Due to publishing, time, and money constraints, there are no reviews in this issue of the magazine. While it is a welcome change of pace from other zines out today, it means that the amount of prose is a little too large for all but the biggest fans of the form to be completely behind. Some of the pieces, such as “The Dying Age of Rockitude” seem to just meander with no real end in sight, while “A Death in the Family”, a comic, seems to be cut short here. Continue reading “Tric #24”

Johnossi Release Album in the US in October

On October 9th, 2007—Stockholm’s JOHNOSSI will release their self-titled debut album in the US on The Control Group (El Perro Del Mar, Figurines).

Last Summer, I was working feverishly out of +1’s Westside compound at the Grafton Hotel in Los Angeles — with complete tunnel vision only to my summoning laptop and my constantly vibrating cell-phone. I noticed two very European-looking men in fluorecent polo-style shirts and short-shorts eyeing me at a table nearby.  They approached me, interrupting a conference call, and pleaded with me to take just one listen to some band.  
They ‘just happened’ to have an iPod all cued, ready to go.  The last thing I wanted to do at that point was listen to some new band I knew nothing about… Continue reading “Johnossi Release Album in the US in October”

Slaughterhouse 3 – S/T

Slaughterhouse 3 – S/T / 2006 Abstract Logix / 11 Tracks / /

There is a lot of Primus present in Slaughterhouse 3. This is due to the fact that the band starts out the disc with a self-titled track that has the same eclectic sound as what has been crafted in the past by bands like Primus and To My Surprise. There is a little bit more funk and jazz present than in the latter’s composition, but there is more than a passing comparison to be made. What could be done to increase the allure of this album would be to add a set of vocals at specific times. Continue reading “Slaughterhouse 3 – S/T”

Horse The Band Films Video, Tours and Releases New Album

HORSE the Band recently filmed a video for the powerhouse new song “New York City” with director Roboshobo (Mastodon, The Blood Brothers, Poison The Well). The vocalist for HORSE the Band, Nathan, had this to say about the song and the video:“If ‘A Natural Death’ is about the vast scope of nature from the horror of birth to the beauty of death then ‘New York City’ is a song about the life in the middle. Continue reading “Horse The Band Films Video, Tours and Releases New Album”