Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Betty Who - All Of You

I was fortunate enough to have Betty Who’s latest single come across my mailbox, and man do I like it! Take a listen for yourself and be sure to share your comments.

Betty's recent EP, 'Slow Dancing' debuted at #1 on the iTunes Pop Chart, racking up six million streams to date and earning her appearances on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers and Today as well as raves from SPIN and Nylon to TIME Magazine and more.

Betty Who Rocks!

Ernie Ball Presents: Real To Reel With Slash


Documentary gives fans a behind-the-scenes look into the recording process of Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators 

New Album “WORLD ON FIRE” Out Now

Ernie Ball, one of the world's leading manufacturers of guitar strings and musical instrument accessories, is proud to present Real to Reel with Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspiratorsa documentary featuring the iconic GRAMMY-winning guitarist SLASH and his band. The hour long special documents the entire in-studio recording process of the band’s new album WORLD ON FIRE and debuts on AXS TV Saturday, Sept. 20th at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Watch the trailer here:

Ernie Ball Presents: Real To Reel With Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators is a behind-the-scenes documentary experience that takes viewers beyond the stage and into the studio as SLASH—with collaborators MYLES KENNEDY on vocals, TODD KERNS on bass and BRENT FITZ on drums—records his third solo album. The all-access pass follows the band through the entire start-to-finish process, from pre-production meetings and recording sessions at NRG Studios in Los Angeles and Studio Barbarossa in Orlando, to the final moment when the album makes its debut in front of a live audience. Slash fans will be treated to interview segments covering a range of topics including the making of the band, the writing process, favorite music gear, what the band as in store for the future and more.

Be sure to check out the documentary THIS SATURDAY.

Slash rocks!

The Jayhawks Announce Fall Tour Dates

Jayhawks1997.jpgMarina Chavez/UME
The Jayhawks "Sounds of Lies" lineup 1997: Karen Grotberg (keyboards), Tim O'Reagan (drums/vocals), Gary Louris (guitar/vocals), Marc Perlman (bass), and Kraig Johnson (guitar).
Alt-country/Americana band, The Jayhawks first emerged from the Minneapolis music scene in the mid-'80s with a powerful combination of strong roots/country-rock influence and power-pop melodies. Throughout the band’s history, the Jayhawks have been regarded as a major influence, as well as that of being one of the best bands of its generation.
 Following a successful run of deluxe cd reissues this summer, The Jayhawks will be reissuing their first five major label recordings on vinyl through American/UMe.  For the first time, 1992’S HOLLYWOOD TOWN HALL, 1995’s TOMORROW THE GREEN GRASS, 1997's Sound of Lies, 2000's SMILE and 2003's RAINY DAY MUSIC will all be available at the same time.  All five titles were pressed at QRP and have been remastered on 180  gram heavyweight vinyl.

Two of the band’s most well-known titles, HOLLYWOOD TOWN HALL, and Tomorrow the Green Grass are being reissued after being out of print for several years. 1992’s HOLLYWOOD TOWN HALL, the Jayhawks first major label release was originally a hit, powered by the single "Waiting for the Sun", and it introduced the Jayhawks to a much wider fanbase. 1995’s Tomorrow the Green Grass received positive reviews and birthed the single “Blue.” Entertainment Weekly gave the album an A- rating and wrote "This is everything a country- rock album should be.”

Sound of Lies, SMILE (released on vinyl for the first time in the U.S.) and RAINY DAY MUSIC will be released as deluxe, 2 LP vinyl editions to ensure maximum fidelity.  The deluxe vinyl reissues will include the bonus tracks featured on the recent CD reissues, new liner notes and expanded booklets. The three albums also chronicle the band's evolution into crunchier rock, purer pop and a sort of twangy, psychedelic vibe before coming full-circle with a spare country-rock sound.

The Jayhawks will be hitting the road in support of the reissues this October.  It will be the lineup from the band's 1997 shows -- Louris, Perlman, O'Reagan, Grotberg and Kraig Johnson on the tour. Confirmed dates follow; for a current list of shows go to

Oct. 11            House of Blues                                    Chicago, IL
Oct. 13            Stubb’s BBQ (outside)                        Austin, TX
Oct. 14            Granada Theater                                 Dallas, TX
Oct. 16            Harvest Music Festival                        Ozark, AR
Oct. 17            Ready Room                                       St. Louis, MO
Oct. 18            The Vogue                                          Indianapolis, IN
Oct. 19            The Orange Peel                                 Asheville, NC
Oct. 20            Variety Playhouse                               Atlanta, GA
Oct. 21            Neighborhood Theatre                        Charlotte, NC
Oct. 22            Cat’s Cradle                                        Carrboro, NC
Oct. 24            9:30 Club                                             Washington, D.C.
Oct. 25            Scottish Rite Auditorium                      Collingswood, NJ
Oct. 27            Somerville Theatre                              Somerville, MA
Oct. 28            Town Hall                                            New York, NY
Oct. 29            Tarrytown Music Hall                          Tarrytown, NY
Oct. 30            The Egg                                              Albany, NY
Jan. 15            Todos Santos Music Festival              Todos Santos, MX
Jan. 16            Todos Santos Music Festival              Todos Santos, MX
Jan. 17            Todos Santos Music Festival              Todos Santos, MX
I am VERY excited to see a New Jersey stop on their upcoming tour. 

And if you haven't picked up the remastered discs yet, you should do so! 

The Jayhawks rock!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Clerks Go Vinyl

Now here is some information that I can get behind. The Clerks soundtrack will be released on vinyl for the first time ever this November. In honor of the 20th anniversary of Kevin Smith’s amazing debut movie, the soundtrack that received endless amounts of play on my CD player is getting a vinyl release. Be sure to check it out on November 11th.

I think it’s time to re-watch this film and spin the soundtrack a few times. It’s been far too long since I’ve done either!

Available for pre-order:

Vinyl Details:
Price: $30.99
Release Date: November 11, 2014
Mastered for vinyl and lacquers created by Stan Ricker
Gatefold Jacket and D Side etching
Vinyl Color: Side A/B White, C/D Black (LTD 500, SRC Exclusive) Clear with Black Smoke (LTD 1,500)

Track Listing
A1 Dialogue - Dante's Lament
A2 Love Among Freaks - Clerks
A3 Girls Against Boys - Kill The Sex Player
A4 Dialogue - No Time For Love, Dr. Jones
A5 Alice In Chains - Got Me Wrong
A6 Dialogue - Randal & Dante On Sex
A7 Bash & Pop - Making Me Sick
B1 Dialogue - A Bunch Of Muppets
B2 Supernova - Chewbacca
B3 The Jesus Lizard - Panic In Cicero
B4 Golden Smog - Shooting Star
B5 Bad Religion - Leaders And Followers
B6 Dialogue - I Like To Expand My Horizons
C1 Stabbing Westward - Violent Mood Swings (Thread Mix)
C2 Love Among Freaks - Berserker
C3 Corrosion Of Conformity - Big Problems
C4 Seaweed - Go Your Own Way
C5 Dialogue - Social Event Of The Season
C6 Soul Asylum - Can't Even Tell
C7 Dialogue - Jay's Chant

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Toad The Wet Sprocket's 'California Wasted' Video Premiere

On Monday, Toad the Wet Sprocket's video for "California Wasted" premiered on Paste Magazine online. The video, directed by Matthew Ward and Ryan Chan, shows the band members in beautiful California setting, unable to be present, distracted by phones and newspapers. Said Ward, " The concept came from what the song implied: wasting away in California."Said Glen Phillips from Toad, "Enjoy, and make sure you occasionally look up from your smartphone and see the world around you."

 New Constellation, Toad the Wet Sprocket's first independent album since their debut LP was released 25 years ago, came out of the gate with premiere items on Rolling Stone and Billboard, and was crowd-funded with a campaign that reached its goal amount in less than 24 hours and went on to reach 5 times the original goal amount. The fans continue to fuel the engine as they hit the road, coast-to-coast with friends and fan-favorites Counting Crows. The first three singles from the album have seen a strong response at radio, and received rave reviews, and their recent activity has seen their timeless hits such as "All I Want," "Something's Always Wrong," "Walk on The Ocean," and "Fall Down" return to the charts. Their most recent single, "California Wasted," was released last week and is already on the top 10 most added list at AC.

In celebration of their 25th Anniversary, and in conjunction with the summer tour, Toad is featuring new items on their site including 25th Anniversary Toad merchandise. They will also be posting lyric videos to some of the classic Toad hits on their YouTube channel. Fans should also check the band’s new website for additional dates around the Counting Crows tour.

“We’re honored to be on the road with Counting Crows on the summer of our 25th anniversary. We recently released New Constellation, our first album in 16 years. Adam Duritz is partially responsible - five years after we broke up, he asked us to reform and play a few shows opening for Counting Crows,” said lead vocalist and guitarist Glen Phillips. “That tour was the first crack in the ice, and now we are back together, touring again with the band that first encouraged us to give it another go.”

Toad the Wet Sprocket (Glen Phillips on lead vocals and guitar, Dean Dinning on bass and vocals, Todd Nichols on lead guitar and vocals, and Randy Guss on the drums) share in the kind of musical chemistry that can only come from meeting in high school and writing, recording and touring on albums over the course of those 25 years. After Bread & Circus, they followed with Pale in 1990, fear in ’91, Dulcinea in 1994, and Coil in 1997, as well as some compilation and rarities compilations along the way. While most will feel the comforting familiarity of the Billboard-charting hits, “Walk on the Ocean”, “All I Want”, “Something’s Always Wrong”, and “Fall Down”, new fans will also be well familiar with their new hits such as “California Wasted” which continues to climb the charts as well. Even with a period of the band members weaving in and out of each other’s musical lives, the same creative curiosity that inspired the band to form in 1986 has brought them full circle to come back together again. It’s official: TOAD IS BACK.


Aug 27- WELLFLEET, MA- Beachcomber
Aug 28- HARTFORD, CT- Infinity Hall
Aug 29- NORWALK, CT- Norwalk Concert Hall
Aug 30- NEWBURYPORT, MA- Riverfront Music Festival
Oct 11- SOLVANG, CA- Solvang Festival Theater
Nov 8- SOLANA BEACH, CA- Belly Up Tavern
Nov 14- LAS VEGAS, NV- Brooklyn Bowl Vegas
Nov 15- SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA- Coach House
Nov 20- KANSAS CITY, MO- Uptown Theater
Nov 21- WICHITA, KS- Orpheum Theatre
Nov 22- DENVER, CO- Ogden Theatre
Nov 23- ASPEN, CO- Wheeler Opera House
Nov 29- LOS ANGELES, CA- The Fonda Theatre

Ryo’s Note – Not only is TOAD back, but they still sound amazing! If you haven’t picked up their latest album, go get it!!!