Little Maestros – Postcards From My Mind

Little Maestros – Postcards From My Mind / 2008 Kid Rhino / 28 Tracks / http://www.littlemaestros.com / http://www.kidrhino.com /

Before I picked up “Postcards From My Mind”, I had no idea who the Little Maestros were or what they were trying to do. I guess that is because I’m not a parent, but for anyone that may become a parent in the months and years to come, some attention should be paid to this CD and this act. This is because the Little Maestros are created to really showcase the delightfulness of live music to the youngest ones in the audience, in the hope that they can gain an appreciation for music that will be present throughout their life. While the live aspect of the performance is part of the fun, Rhino has done well in capturing the spirit and talent of the act in its full glory. Continue reading “Little Maestros – Postcards From My Mind”

Midsomer Murders: The Early Cases Collection

Midsomer Murders: The Early Cases Collection / 2008 Acorn / 1800 Minutes / http://www.acornmedia.com /

Midsomer Murders has had a tremendous amount of episodes, but few individuals have had the chance to view the show. The show is a mystery that focuses around the actions of Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (played by John Nettles, of Bergerac). Barnaby’s second in command is Gavin Troy (Daniel Casey (Steel River Blues), and together, these two ultimately end up solving whatever crimes come their way.  Sure, the episodes have been aided on both the A&E and The Biography Channels, but individuals still may not have had the chance to see it in the United States. “The Early Cases Collection” captures the first 18 episodes in the series, giving individuals well over a day of footage (the 19-disc collection tips the scales). This DVD is a step beyond the different sets that had previously been released here, as Acorn has filled in any openings in the series’ run, which occurred due to the original televisor providing episodes out of sequence. Continue reading “Midsomer Murders: The Early Cases Collection”

Gavin Rossdale – Love Remains The Same

Gavin Rossdale – Love Remains The Same / 2008 Interscope / 1 Track / http://www.gavinrossdale.com /

Well, let’s see. Gwen Stefani was in a halfway-decent band in No Doubt, and then turned into a vapid pop star after departing from them (some of the later No Doubt songs were laying the groundwork, but there was a sea change between “Return Of Saturn” and anything that followed it). Individuals may know that Gwen is married to Gavin Rossdale, who was previously in Bush. Bush had quite a few good songs during their run, but the question has to be whether Rossdale has completely wimped out in the years since ey left Bush. The simple answer is yes, Rossdale has wimped out. Continue reading “Gavin Rossdale – Love Remains The Same”

The Heavy – Great Vengeance and Furious Fire

The Heavy – Great Vengeance and Furious Fire / 2008 Counter / 10 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/theheavy73 /

The style of funk that starts off “Great Vengeance and Furious Fire” could be present on the soundtrack of any Blaxploitation movie of the seventies. There is virtually nothing that could conceivably link this track to the current period, and that’s a good thing. While acts like Jameroquoi tried to do the same general type of think in the late nineties, The Heavy are able to make a compelling and intense style hit listeners from the opening note of “Great Vengeance”. Continue reading “The Heavy – Great Vengeance and Furious Fire”

Al Rose – My First Posthumous Release

Al Rose – My First Posthumous Release / 2008 Monkey Holding Peach / 13 Tracks / http://www.alrosemusic.com /

Al Rose has been around for quite a few years. “My First Posthumous Release” is his fifth CD, and the first release for Rose since 2003’s “Gravity of Crow”. The five years in between the release of these albums ensures that each of the compositions on this album are mature as all get out. The folksy, bluesy sound of Rose during tracks like “Down The Mississippi” is solid enough to ensure the widest possible fan base for the compositions on this album. Rose is talented enough that he can put forth a nearly-five minute track at the opening of the album, without losing anything in the way of listeners. Continue reading “Al Rose – My First Posthumous Release”

Putois – The Problem Is Not A Problem Anymore

Putois – The Problem Is Not A Problem Anymore / 2007 99 Hours of Secrets / 12 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/putois /

The first track on “The Problem Is Not A Problem Anymore” is “Safe Again”, and while the first few seconds seem to push individuals away, the quiet bit of indie rock that Putois put forth on the early echelons of this CD is compelling as all get out. The slightly echoing, whistling approach to this track does not build the track any further up beyond the simplistic guitar laid foundations, but it does much in tattooing the music into the heads of any listeners that have happened upon the album. The second track on “The Problem” is “Small Town”, and it goes to the other end of instrumental intensity. There is little more in the number of instruments than there was previously, but the number of layers that are present during this track far outstrips that during “Safe Again”. Continue reading “Putois – The Problem Is Not A Problem Anymore”

The Lemonheads – It’s A Shame About Ray

The Lemonheads – It’s A Shame About Ray / 2008 Rhino / 35 Tracks / http://www.rhino.com /

I was too young to be paying attention to music when The Lemonheads originally broke big with 1990’s “Lovey”, but I heard enough in the way of individuals talking about the band to understand that they were a “big thing”. This is the collector’s edition of their 1992 smash, “It’s A Shame About Ray”, and Rhino has contributed a ton of extra content to this collector’s edition. This means that there are an addition 10 bonus tracks that round of the thirteen-tracked original album, and that disc is bundled with a DVD. The DVD itself has a number of extras, most significant of which being videos for songs such as “Mrs. Robinson”, “Being Around”, “Hannah & Gabi”, and a mini-documentary in “Two Weeks in Australia”. Continue reading “The Lemonheads – It’s A Shame About Ray”

Eivind Opsvik – Overseas III

Eivind Opsvik – Overseas III / 2008 Loyal Label / 7 Tracks / http://www.eivindopsvik.com/ /

The name Eivind Opsvik may not immediately ring a bell, but he is currently playing in acts such as Hari Honzu, Rocket Engine, the Ben Gerstein Collective, and the Kris Davis Quartet. He (and the acts that he is or has been in) have been chronicled in JazzTimes and the New York Times; he is no stranger to major labels, either , releasing a live CD on Universal Records. “Overseas III” is the culmination of five years of playing with the same act, and is released on Opsvik’s own label, Loyal Label. The seven tracks on “Overseas III” give listeners fifty-three minutes of Opsvik’s own interpretations on what current jazz music should sound like. Continue reading “Eivind Opsvik – Overseas III”

Rev Theory – Hell Yeah

Rev Theory – Hell Yeah / 2008 Interscope / 1 Track / http://www.revtheory.com / http://www.interscope.com /

Rev Theory is the band that had the Wrestlemania XXIV theme song, and “Hell Yeah” is the second official single for their second major label album “Light It Up”. The act plays hard rock that has equal parts Guns N Roses and Bad Religion. The vocals have the same grit of a Mike Ness, while the instrumentation is the same energetic type of rock that acts like Seether have brought forth to rock radio in the last few years. The chorus is what will bring individuals to the track, and while the guitars are similar to what Velvet Revolver placed on their last album, fans will not be given the time to breathe and figure that out. The fact that Rev Theory are able to bring a little bit of hair metal influence to the mix places the act at a level that few new rock acts have been able to achieve. They are not going to fall by the wayside, and it is extremely unlikely that this will not be on rotation all through the summer. If you like the bands mentioned, pick up this single and get the band’s upcoming album when it comes out in June. You will not be disappointed.

Rating: 6.2/10

Logs In The Mainstream – The Ridiculous & The Sublime

Logs In The Mainstream – The Ridiculous & The Sublime / 2008 LogsMOLE / 12 Tracks / http://www.logsinthemainstream. com /

Logs In The Mainstream start out their “The Ridiculous & The Sublime” with “Gotta Get Up”, a track that vacillates between sounding as if it came out in the sixties or the nineties. The amount of influences that come forth during the 12 tracks on “The Ridiculous” are legion; hints of The Beatles (which the cover of this album parodies), Beastie Boys, Anthrax, Jane’s Addiction and countless others can all be heard. Continue reading “Logs In The Mainstream – The Ridiculous & The Sublime”