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!!!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Feed - Outsider

 Operatic Indie Rock---those were the words that entered my mind upon first listen of The Feed’s Outsider. A second listen has me realizing that it was more piano rock. Ben Folds meets Keane with a little extra jazz and soul to liven the mood. Regardless of how it’s described, Outsider is a splendid album.

The Feed is a blues rock band from the Midwest. Having conquered St. Louis, the band is now poised to take on the rest of the US with their first full length release, Outsider.  Their debut album is short in length, but packed with plenty of memorable songs that will be played over and over again.

As a debut album, Outsider is well polished and the result of the hard work that the band put into their craft is easily enjoyed. Songs like “Celestial City,” “Everybody Wants You” and title track “Outsider” are hard rocking beauties with the right combination of rolling piano, ripping guitars, and splendid drum beats. Influences from The Strokes, Ben Folds, and classic rock legends can be heard throughout the record.

The Feed is more than just a Midwestern garage rock band. They are a finely tuned quality band ready to take their music and career to the next level. Whether or not they will catch on with the mainstream is irrelevant. Outsider is an album that should be enjoyed by anyone who loves rock and roll. And while great piano playing is at the center of most of their songs, it is the blending of that piano with the guitars, drums, and horns that pulls everything together seamlessly.  

Outsider is a terrific album. The piano driven, indie rock sound is layered with great music, strong lyrics, and spectacular vocals that blend together in succinct harmony. If the band tours long and hard behind this album, they will pick up many new fans along the way. The distinct sound and style of their music is addictive and bright, positioning the band for many great years ahead of them.

Ryo’s Rating: 8 (out of 10)

Track Listing:
1.       Celestial Ceiling
2.       Everybody Wants You
3.       Maggie Jean
4.       My Blues
5.       Outsider
6.       Rexy
7.       Stella
8.       Strut
9.       Victim

Monday, August 18, 2014

Q & A With Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams has a new self-titled album coming out on September 9th. I am sure that it will be amazing, as most of the records he has released are fantastic. Below is a condensed version of an interview he did with The New York Times Magazine.
The singer-songwriter on making amends with his record label, getting clean and bridging the gap between punk and metal.
You’re known for being a prolific songwriter, yet your new album, “Ryan Adams,” is your first in three years. What took so long? 
Some of that time was life, like yardwork, walking the dogs. I made a record with Glyn Johns, and we spent a bunch of money on it too. Then I had to go sit at a dinner table with my manager and the head of Capitol Records and say, “Hey, man, you can’t put this out.” It was about losing my grandmother. It was too sad.
How did they react to this? 
They thought I was being emotional at first, which is fair. When you make a heavy record, there should be a point where you say you don’t want to share it, but then maybe you come around.
Did you have to make it up to them? 
I said it will probably take me a couple of months, but I’m going to go to my studio, Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight, and I’m going to write and experiment, and that actually led to one of the most beautiful journeys ever. In the three years that nobody heard music from me, I made more music than I’ve ever made.
Do you think your approach to music is different from other performers’? You’re sometimes called a savant. 
I might be a little bit of one. I cannot say that I know a lot about scales, but I can write songs. I can play a solo up to a point, and then I look at it like: “All right, it was really fun to steal this plane. I have no idea how to get the landing gear down, but it looks like there’s some soft trees over there.”
Do you think, at age 39, you’ve outgrown your reputation as a troublemaker onstage? 
I don’t think I knew what people were looking for from me onstage. Sometimes I wouldn’t say anything, and it would be, like, “He played, and he didn’t say a word!” I don’t want to be, like, “Hey, Pittsburgh, what’s goin’ on?” I didn’t have that in me.
You’ve been living a pretty clean life for a while now. Does that get easier over time? 
It was never hard for me to stop. My days of experimenting with drugs and boozing, they were so done when they were done. I’m allergic to alcohol, it made my eyes itch, but a speedball always made that feel better. I’d be having a perfectly normal conversation, holding a drink, and I would think to myself, This person has no idea how high I am right now, and it was funny to me. It’s like I was a golf cart, and I was messing with the governor to get more speed, which was unnecessary because you couldn’t go faster in the area that I was in.
What do you do with all the hours you got back in your life? 
I just went back into the nerdy stuff that I was already into: arcade games, pinball, vintage comic books, drawing bad comics I never would release, writing poetry.
You almost quit the business when you were diagnosed with Ménière’s disease, which affects your hearing and balance. Is that still a risk? 
Yeah, I had it a day ago. I was on a dock doing an interview, and the dock was kind of moving, and I got super squirrelly. But I eat clean, I run every day at home and weed helps a lot. The idea is to keep your blood pressure cool, to keep your stress level low, to exercise and be healthy.
You’re steeped in classic rock and country music, but you also have your punk-rock and heavy-metal side. Do these influences ever seem incompatible? 
When I was in high school, I remember, on my Converse sneakers, on one side I had written “Social Distortion,” and on the other side I had written “Guns N’ Roses.” Somebody said, “Hey man, you can’t have both those bands on there; that’s punk and that’s metal.” I was like, “Check this out: My pen just totally worked when I wrote them on either side of my shoe, and the cassettes are totally in my backpack right now, so it’s probably O.K.”
Is there a part of you that yearns to write something like “Let It Go,” to have a song that everybody hears? 
What is “Let It Go”?
From “Frozen,” the Disney movie. 
I haven’t even heard that.
Here’s the link to the original article if you want to check it out:

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will perform on  the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight Tuesday, August 12, 2014, sitting in with The Roots for the show’s entirety.

Additionally, a one time only in-store appearance and signing at the Best Buy in Union Square, NYC will take place
Tuesday August 19th at 6PM. Fans will be able to get their own copy of Space Invader signed by the space man himself.

ACE FREHLEY will release Space Invader, his first new solo album in five years, via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) on August 19th. The album features nine brand new original songs, including the first single, “Gimme a Feelin'," as well as a cover of Steve Miller’s classic rock staple “The Joker.” Frehley also tapped long time friend and artist Ken Kelly to create the album art for Space Invader. Kelly created the iconic cover art for two of KISS’s best selling LPS, Destroyer (1976) and Love Gun (1977).

Here is the track list for Ace's new album:
1. Space Invader
2. Gimme' A Feelin'
3. I Wanna Hold You 
4. Change 
5. Toys 
6. Immortal Pleasures
7. Inside The Vortex 
8. What Every Girl Wants 
9. Past The Milky Way 
10. Reckless 
11. The Joker 
12. Starship