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Volume 2-2016

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Currently on RARadio:

"On to the Next One" by Jacqueline Van Bierk

"I See You Tiger" by Via Tania

"Lost the Plot" by Amoureux"

Bright Eyes, Black Soul" by The Lovers Key

"Cool Thing" by Sassparilla

"These Halls I Dwell" by Michael Butler

"St. Francis"by Tom Russell & Gretchen Peters, performance by Gretchen Peters and Barry Walsh; 

"Who Do You Love?"by Elizabeth Kay; 

"Rebirth"by Caterpillars; 

"Monica's Frock" by Signel-Z; 

"Natural Disasters" by Corey Landis; 

"1,000 Leather Tassels" by The Blank Tapes; 

"We Are All Stone" and "Those Machines" by Outer Minds; 

"Another Dream" by MMOSS; "Susannah" by Woolen Kits; 

Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and other dead celebrities / news by A SECRET PARTY;

"I Miss the Day" by My Secret Island,  

"Carriers of Light" by Brendan James;

"The Last Time" by Model Stranger;

"Last Call" by Jay;

"Darkness" by Leonard Cohen; 

"Sweetbread" by Simian Mobile Disco and "Keep You" fromActress off the Chronicle movie soundtrack; 

"Goodbye to Love" from October Dawn; 

Trouble in Mind 2011 label sampler; 

Black Box Revelation Live on Minnesota Public Radio;

Apteka "Striking Violet"; 

Mikal Cronin's "Apathy" and "Get Along";

Dana deChaby's progressive rock

 

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ATWOOD - "A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliverance" -AVAILABLE NOW FOR KINDLE (INCLUDING KINDLE COMPUTER APPS) FROM AMAZON.COM. Use this link.

CCJ Publisher Rick Alan Rice dissects the building of America in a trilogy of novels collectively calledATWOOD. Book One explores the development of the American West through the lens of public policy, land planning, municipal development, and governance as it played out in one of the new counties of Kansas in the latter half of the 19th Century. The novel focuses on the religious and cultural traditions that imbued the American Midwest with a special character that continues to have a profound effect on American politics to this day. Book One creates an understanding about America's cultural foundations that is further explored in books two and three that further trace the historical-cultural-spiritual development of one isolated county on the Great Plains that stands as an icon in the development of a certain brand of American character. That's the serious stuff viewed from high altitude. The story itself gets down and dirty with the supernatural, which in ATWOOD - A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliveranceis the outfall of misfires in human interactions, from the monumental to the sublime. The book features the epic poem "The Toiler" as well as artwork by New Mexico artist Richard Padilla.

Elmore Leonard Meets Larry McMurtry

Western Crime Novel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am offering another novel through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing service. Cooksin is the story of a criminal syndicate that sets its sights on a ranching/farming community in Weld County, Colorado, 1950. The perpetrators of the criminal enterprise steal farm equipment, slaughter cattle, and rob the personal property of individuals whose assets have been inventoried in advance and distributed through a vast system of illegal commerce.

It is a ripping good yarn, filled with suspense and intrigue. This was designed intentionally to pay homage to the type of creative works being produced in 1950, when the story is set. Richard Padilla has done his usually brilliant work in capturing the look and feel of a certain type of crime fiction being produced in that era. The whole thing has the feel of those black & white films you see on Turner Movie Classics, and the writing will remind you a little of Elmore Leonard, whose earliest works were westerns. Use this link.

 

EXPLORE THE KINDLE BOOK LIBRARY

If you have not explored the books available from Amazon.com's Kindle Publishing division you would do yourself a favor to do so. You will find classic literature there, as well as tons of privately published books of every kind. A lot of it is awful, like a lot of traditionally published books are awful, but some are truly classics. You can get the entire collection of Shakespeare's works for two bucks.

You do not need to buy a Kindle to take advantage of this low-cost library. Use this link to go to an Amazon.com page from which you can download for free a Kindle App for your computer, tablet, or phone.

Amazon is the largest, but far from the only digital publisher. You can find similar treasure troves atNOOK Press (the Barnes & Noble site), Lulu, and others.


 

 

 

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STEREO OFF

This is a cool band.

Brooklyn's Stereo Off came together in 2012 around the talents of lead singer Sebastian Marciano. Marciano grew his band to a quintet that worked top venues, including the Knitting Factory and Glasslands. Some of their music was used in short films, aired at festivals around the country, and in 2014 they released their first EP.

Marciano expanded his band's success with a second EP in 2015 and they played the CMJ Festival. Now Marciano is preparing a new EP, expected to be released in February 2017, and he has turned his five-piece into a trio featuring his songwriting partner/bassist Niall Madden and Julliard Masters alumni Bridget Fitzgerald, who brings strings and analog synth to the proceedings.  This is had quite a dramatic impact on the nature of the Stereo Off sound, which based on this first single "Sunsetting" is rich and dark, like the Cowboy Junkies on Disco. It's a cool sound.

 

STARLIGHT GIRLS

On their Facebook page, the Starlight Girls describe themselves as "Brooklyn-based genre-undefining hyper weirdos making music to swim dangerously to. While drawing from eclectic influences that reflect the varied musical background of the five members, the band is always playing the perfect soundtrack for surfer spies who like to rock out."

Their sound is synth-based and the female voices give it an ethereal quality, which makes the Starlight Girls seem right for the Halloween season. They have a single from their upcoming Fantasm LP being released in October. Founder and lead singer Christina B played keyboards and sang as part of her family’s mega-church in Ohio before she escaped to Brooklyn disguised as an airline stewardess at the behest of guitarist Shaw Walters, a California transplant who had recently arrived in New York with a suitcase full of Bay Area weirdo noise rock sensibility. Sara Mundy signed on to sing and play keyboards and Tysen Arveson became the band’s resident bass player and tattoo artist. With the group taking shape, they later added vagabonds Josh Davis on drums and Isabel Alvarez on keyboards and backup vocals to fill out the sound.

Produced by Christina B and Shaw Walters, Fantasm will satisfy fans and newcomers with tracks such as “La La Lune” or the percussive album opener “Intrigue.” Thumping track “$9,000,000” is a thrill ride, while “Fancy” caps off the album on a high note, hooking you with an upbeat disco vibe before taking you on an epic journey. The result is hauntingly gothic, yet without plodding gloom; riveting without artifice.

 

 

JD & THE STRAIGHT SHOT

Is it fair to say that one is well connected if one actually is the connection?

You don't get a lot of stories coming out of the music industry in which some heavyweight businessman is also a touring singer-songwriter. The worlds of business and the creative arts do about as well as anything to illustrate the concept of right-brain/left-brain orientations. Running big enterprises is a left-brain function, if you buy the science, and left-brain people don't typically color outside the lines. Jim Dolan does. In fact, this guy who runs Cablevision and Madison Square Garden, tours the country and shows up on bills with The Eagles, Keith Urban, and many other big name acts.

Dolan has been producing original music for the last fifteen years, working with such luminaries as Joe Walsh (produced Dolan's first album) and Nashville legend Rodney Crowell. Dolan's current lineup for his band JD & The Straight Shot produces music that has been described as “steeped in the quiet fire of Americana with distinctive elements of the blues and rustic New Orleans flavoured roots music.”

Their new album, Ballyhoo!, was recorded in Nashville and New York and produced by Grammy® Award winner Chuck Ainlay (Mark Knopfler, Miranda Lambert, Randall Bramblett, Jewel).

The video for the first focus track from Ballyhoo! “Better Find a Church,” originally produced by Rodney Crowell, was shot in a 100-plus-year-old church. A new version was later recorded for the album. As Dolan recently told The Nottingham Post about the transformative theme of the track, “It's a song of contrition.” The song features vocals by Jim Dolan and violinist Erin Slaver, and features guitarist Marc Copely performing a shimmering Spanish guitar solo.” Dolan’s son Aidan Dolan also performs on the track, co-authored by all four band members along with bassist Byron House.

For Ballyhoo!, the group’s fifth full-length record, Dolan made a conscious decision to make the entire album acoustic. The songs were almost all written by the core band in various configurations with additional contributions by actor-musician Chris Carmack (ABC’s Nashville) and guitarist/singer-songwriter Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman). The lone cover is an inspired, string-laden version of the Spirit hit “Nature’s Way,” written by the late Randy California. Visit the band's website.

 

NEW YORK CITY ARCHIVES - Use this link to go to the archives of previously published New York articles.

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NYC Live Music Venues

Bowery Ballroom

Cake Shop

Mercury Lounge

Santos Party House

Pianos

Rockwood Music Hall

Le Poisson Rouge

Arlene's Grocery

Parkside Lounge

The Studio at Webster Hall

The Bitter End

Joe's Pub at The Public

Shrine World Music Venue

Nuyorican Poets Cafe

 

   

 

 

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