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  • My new prog rock album

    11 Nov 2008, 13:46 by VelBG



    After eighteen months' effort, I am now proud to release my new progressive rock album - So close to sky itself. It is a dark, multi-layered and progressive piece of music, and is likely to appeal to any fan of Marillion, Pink Floyd or King Crimson. You can read more about it and download it for free on the official website, or you can stream it directly through last.fm.

    I'd appreciate any kind of feedback - you can leave a comment on the website, or you can write all you want on the last.fm page. Thanks for reading this and cheers to anyone who will take the time to try it.
  • Great Concert, crossing all over, and playing the music like hell.

    10 Nov 2008, 07:46 by twmia

    So., 9. Nov. – Living Colour

    Great Concert, great Band. I mean everybody is talking about crossover. But Living Colour are great musicians who can play metal, punk, funk or jazz as well. And it really sounds marvellous and you can feel they love to play. And as it was a club where they played, you really can feel. smile

    Grossartiges Konzert, gorssartige Band. Jeder spielt doch heutzutage Crossover. Aber Living Colour sind grossartige Musiker die metal, punk, funk und jazz genauso perfekt spielen können. Und es klingt immer einmalig und man kann die Spielfreude fühlen. Ja da sie in einem Club spielen kann man sie echt fühlen. Grins
  • Senses Fail

    9 Nov 2008, 00:26 by tmhchevelle

    Senses Fail is my new favorite band. I cannot stop listening to them. I have two of their CDs in my car, and I don't listen to anything else in my car now. I keep their playlist on my iTunes on repeat and try not to venture off into other territory, because after one or two songs, I feel the need to switch back to Senses Fail anyway. If you have not ever heard of Senses Fail, give them a try, I love them. Disclaimer: I have not heard their new album. But their other albums are great!Senses FailLet It Enfold You
  • Top Track Tales: Dropkick Murphys - The Green Fields of France

    8 Nov 2008, 23:49 by erlend_alstead

    (this is a new thing I'm trying, where I write about my connection to my all-time top tracks.)

    I got into the Dropkick Murphys after their appearance on the soundtrack to The Departed, and this was one of the songs I stumbled across while browsing their music. I had only once before heard Eric Bogle's song, and I can't remember if it was the original or not. I do remember that the lyrics made an impression on me that first time. While listening to the Dropkick Murphys version I also felt the true weight of it, how the music carries the lyrics to a whole new level. A re-listening of the Eric Bogle version probably would have done the same, but this is what happened instead.

    The instrumentation is of little interest, save for the bagpipes. I'm a sucker for bagpipes, at least when they're being used by an Irish-American punk band (this is also apparent in my love for their version of The Fields Of Athenry). The emotional center of this song, however, lies in the lyrics. And they are as loud and clear as they are poignant and moving. Listening to this song takes me to that war cemetery, and my heart bleeds for the millions who have died for a peace that is always shattered again too soon. This is one of few songs that touch me on an emotional level, and I am forever grateful to Eric Bogle and the Dropkick Murphys for that.
  • Doyle Bramhall II & Smokestack - Welcome

    8 Nov 2008, 14:24 by ripplemusic

    A number of years back, The Delta Mud Skipper said, “Dude. Check out Doyle Bramhall. You’ll dig it.” So, I played it and remembered thinking, “Yeah. It’s good,” and then it disappeared from my immediate attention as I went on to something else. Sometime in the past year or so, I started thinking about that exchange and, as if I were the Millennium Falcon caught in the tractor beam of the Death Star, I was powerless to fight the pull of this album. Day by day, I neared closer and closer to Welcome until I finally loaded it into the disc player and pressed the little green button indicating it was time to rock. And rock, did it ever! An hour or so expired, and I sat in a puddle of myself. But, I wasn’t done with just one listen. No . . . Welcome soon became more than just something that I wanted to listen to. It became something that I HAD to listen to. It’s the audio equivalent of heroin. So tasteful. So lovely. So addicting. I stand here before you, a prisoner in the clutches of the all powerful, string bending madness of Doyle Bramhall II, and his musical masterpiece, Welcome.

    If you think that was a dramatic opener for a review, wait until you hear the opener of the album! “Green Light Girl” kicks off the album with a classic Cream meets Hendrix riff that is hot enough to sear a steak. Capturing the vibe of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s classic rock of Hendrix and Zeppelin, Bramhall adds a fresh sense of urgency to the whole thing. Muted down stroke picking mixed with the occasional sustained flourishes drive the song through the verses before the whole band explodes with emotion at the chorus. As expected with a guitar protégée, the solo to “Green Light Girl” is as incendiary as a 4th of July festivity. Read more at: Doyle
    Doyle Bramhall II
    Doyle Bramhall
  • New Stoner Rock CD - Dali's Llama - Full On Dunes

    8 Nov 2008, 14:21 by ripplemusic

    Dali's Llama - Full on Dunes

    Husband and wife team Zach and Erica Huskey are the epitome of do-it-yourself rock and rollers. Pounding out a monstrous, riff-heavy mound of desert sludge over a career that already spans 7 CD's, Dali's Llama new disc Full on Dunes is just what the title describes; a full on assault of sludgy, desert riff madness, stoner rock and roll. Produced by Scott Reeder (Kyuss, The Obsessed, Goatsnake) who also lends his prodigious bass to several tracks, this is a speaker blasting fest of organic, fuzzed out heavy psychedelic rock.

    Recorded at a ranch somewhere out in the desert over a shockingly short period of time, Dali's Llama don't mess with ego-propping bouts of guitar wizardy. Zach Huskey is all about the riff, baby, and he knows how to bring those bad boys on. Just check out the full-on groove of "King Platypus," and you'll instantly fall under the Dali's Llama spell, or should I say worship at their temple of riffdom. "On Dunes," starts off deep and heavy, doom-laden post-Sabbath, post-Kyuss infected distorted blues metal, until the crew lock into that groove, which they proceed to ride harder than a dune buggy across their desert landscape. This is head-bobbing stoner metal, so lost in the desert you'll need to empty the sand out of your shoes when the song is done. Read more at:
    D.I.Y.
    Dali's Llama
  • An Acid blotter of Psychedelia - New Psychedelic Sounds to Fill Your World

    8 Nov 2008, 14:18 by ripplemusic

    First Band From Outer Space - Impressionable Sounds of the Subsonic

    Riding some freakish cosmic supernova from their home planet in Alpha Centuri to the relative safety of earth's atmosphere and the terra firma of Guttenburg, Sweden, signed by some secret intergalactic pact to the Transubstans label, The First Band From Outer Space do everything humanly and extra-terrestrially possible to live up to their name. Wildly freaked out, stoned out, spaced out progressive/psychedelic rock, FBFOS sound pretty much like no other band I've heard in this galaxy. Fusing jazzy prog structures a la Camel with the buttressed heaviness of Hawkwind all played in stratosphere sweeping extended jams, Impressionable Songs of the Subsonic quickly went from being an oddity on the Ripple desk to a non-stop player in the Ripple stereo.

    Starting off with the space ambience of "Rovaja Zemelija," the songs quickly builds in cosmic majesty as if we're witness to the birthing of a new star. The only vocals being the gasping cries of a newborn add to this effect, the stark realization that we're privy to some monumental cosmic event. From there, each song is a manifesto in prog-space rock. Beautiful use of the flute hearkens thoughts of very early prog Jethro Tull, while sweeping synth fills and celestial effects keep the album floating forever free of gravity's pull. "Utan Att Veta," alternates true spaciness with heavy '70's psychedelia. "Mean Spacemachine," is just that, charging across the night sky in a blistering shock of jet fueled riffing. Read more at:Psych
    First Band From Outer Space
    Steve Wynn
    The Divine Baze Orchestra
    The Egocentrics
  • Interview with Lenka

    7 Nov 2008, 18:26 by cincygroove

    In Sydney, Australia, Lenka was a teen actress who trained with Cate Blanchett, thereafter landing leading roles on stage, television and indie films. A self-described 'punk-ass art school student' and vocalist/keyboardist for acclaimed indie Electronic/ambient outfit Decoder Ring. She has flung herself into two new worlds simultaneously: she's moved to California and become a solo artist. Lenka's fresh sensibility extends to every element of her music, as the whimsical, paper art, stoimated videos she creates.'It's a mood-enhancer,' she says of her record, 'I don't like it when people are depressed. I want to cheer them up.'

    My Interview with Lenka:

    http://www.cincygroove.com/?q=node/792

    Scott

  • Photos/Video - Hotel Cafe Tour 2008, 11.3.08, Bogarts, Cincinnati, OH

    4 Nov 2008, 14:39 by cincygroove

    Photos and Video from the Hotel Cafe Tour 08, 11.3.08, Bogarts, Cincinnati, OH:

    Photos - http://www.cincygroove.com/?q=node/783
    Video - http://www.cincygroove.com/?q=node/784

    This show featured Meiko, Thao Nguyen, Alice Russell, Jaymay, Rachael Yamagata

    Scott

  • New Punk Rock CD - Attack! Attack ! UK - S/T

    2 Nov 2008, 23:02 by ripplemusic

    Genres come and genres go, but true talent remains.

    Back when I was DJ at KSPC FM, I always loved it when a band came along and found a way to breathe new life into a genre that had grown moribund and stale. In some ways Husker Du did this with punk. Jesus and the Mary Chain did it with post-punk doom and gloom. The Cult did it for psychedelic hard rock and now we have Attack! Attack! UK, forcing the corpse of pop/punk to suddenly convulse and draw a fresh breath.

    Hailing from Wales, Attack! Attack! UK bring a fresh dose of enthusiasm, a lorry load of hooks and an entire factory's worth of Red Bull to the pop/punk world, keeping a keen eye towards the past and avoiding all the annoying contrivances of emo. In short, this is a rapid fire attack of punchy, high-NRG rock, just begging to take the world by storm. And judging by their touring schedule and concert mates they're playing with, it seems the boys are already well on the way to doing just that.

    "Honesty," is a pounding blast of pure punky rock and roll energy, coming at you with all the ferocity of a speeding train. Read more at: Attac!
    Attack! Attack! UK