Monday, October 24, 2016

CD Review: New Releases From Indie-Artists James Young, Ray Vaughn And Grit

British musician and author James Young is getting his "Songs They Never Play On The Radio" album reissued through Gonzo Multimedia. Fans will remember Young as a member of the band, Faction along with Nico from the Velvet Underground. After Nico's death in 1988, James Young wrote a book about their adventures together and one year later released the album. It features Young performing mostly solo as companion piece to the book and includes excerpts of Nico talking as Young uses her voice within many of the songs. Highlights of the album included the spoken poem of "Down By The Wannsee," the dark folk-rock delivery of "Burn Away" and live versions of the piano ballads "Dog" and "My Funny Valentine." To find out more about the new reissue of James Young's "Songs They Never Play On The Radio," please visit

San Francisco rocker Ray Vaughn has been a part of the music industry since founding the art rock band Hostages in 1979. Since then, he has left his mark on the west coast music scene and is looking to expand with his latest solo album "Wounded Bird." The new full-band release begins with "Human Calculator" as Vaughn's songwriting captures the full-range of his backing band on this up-beat rocker. He picks the tempo up for the energetic, punk-like delivery of "Wounded Bird," then brings on the western flair of "Change In Latitude" with the full support of his band. He builds up the inspirational "Song For You," before closing his new eight-song release with the wonderful, southern country sound of "Rain" and the acoustic, folk-style storytelling of "It Happened On Willow Street." To find out more about Ray Vaughn and his new album "Wounded Bird," please visit

French rock band Grit recently made their debut with their 3-song EP titled "Live At Kramus Deluxe Studio." It showcases this new four-piece band as a blast of raw energy as they begin their new release with "G.F.Y." They have a garage-rock sound made popular by The Black Keys with an addictive rhythm. They follow that with the grunge-like guitar buzzing of "Ready Or Not," before closing their short release with the punk-like energy of "Sister." Grit has videos on their website for the three songs that make up their new EP and they are performing live in Paris in November. To find out more about this rising underground rock band, please visit

Sunday, October 23, 2016

DVD Review: Sony Classics Allows Frank Zappa To "Eat That Question: In His Own Words"

Frank Zappa was one of the most outspoken musicians in history. He let his music do most of the talking, but when it was time for interviews, Frank Zappa was always the smartest man in the room. Sony Classics recently released a new DVD titled "Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words," which allows the viewer into the world of Frank Zappa through historic footage of live performances and on-air TV interviews.

Directed by Thorsten Schutte, he tries to capture the genius of Frank Zappa and portray him on screen in order for all of us to try and understand him a little better. Schutte allows Zappa to tell his story in his own words as he combines previously unseen footage together to chronologically tell the history of this brilliant, but misunderstood musician. While many of these clips are available on YouTube, the way Zappa is portrayed in this 90-minute documentary, shows the toll his body took on the demand of his art. While cigarettes and coffee was his diet of choice, it also allowed him to express all of his musical intuitions, tho sad to see his body digress as the video clips became more recent. Schutte does a masterful job merging performances and interviews, I only wish the full performances were available separately, but that would take up a whole other DVD. 

 The film was an official selection of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and a must see for Frank Zappa fans. To find out more about "Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words," please visit

Saturday, October 22, 2016

CD Review: Barry Gibb Arrives "In The Now" & The Debut Album From Lewis Del Mar

As one third of the famous brother band, the Bee Gees, Barry Gibb reached the highest of highs in the music industry, like having the biggest selling soundtrack of all time. Since the death of his two partners and brothers, Barry has been writing new music that eventually found its way onto Gibb's first solo album in over thirty years. His new album titled "In The Now" was released on October 7th through Columbia Records and features writing credit from his two sons Stephen and Ashley.

The new twelve-song release begins with the quiet build-up of the title-song "In The Now" as this what we've come to expect from his former band, the Bee Gees. Gibb continues with the inspirational "Grand Illusion," which has him sounding better than ever on this pop/rock gem. Gibb was originally planning on recording a country album and "Star Crossed Lovers" is one of the songs that will make fans realize that Barry Gibb can also write country songs too. He picks the tempo back up for one of his most rocking songs "Blowin' A Fuse," which reminds us of his early days of the Bee Gees pre-disco era. One of the highlights of the album is "Home Truth Song" that carries a folk/rock vibe and sounds like an autobiographical musical piece. His vocals still sound magical on the quietness of "Shadows," before closing the album with the upbeat swing of "Diamonds" and the emotional piano ballad "End Of The Rainbow." To find out more about Barry Gibb and his latest release "In The Now," please visit

New York duo Danny Miller and Max Harwood recently released their full-length debut album together as Lewis Del Mar. They have been receiving great praise since the release of their EP earlier this year and you will become an instant fan once you listen to their new ten-song release. Beginning with "Such Small Scenes," its hard to pinpoint their sound as it floats between, pop, folk, rock and hip-hop. One thing's for sure, the beats are very infectious in "Loud(y)" and the lyrical rhymes are addictive in "14 Faces." The duo's raw, alternative sound hits the highs with "Painting (Masterpiece)," then they soak in the sun with the cool vibe of "Tap Water Drinking." The album wraps up with laid back delivery of "Islands" and "Live That Long." Lewis Del Mar are currently on tour in the U.S. until the beginning of November. To find out more about their full-length debut album, please visit

Friday, October 21, 2016

CD Review: Dee Snider Releases Solo Album For "The Ones" & Kirra "Run Away" With Debut Album

Legendary rocker Dee Snider, front man for the hard rock band Twisted Sister, will be releasing his brand new solo studio album on October 28th through Red River Records. The new album titled "We Are The Ones" showcases Dee in a different light. He takes the pedal off the metal and works with soaring melodies and synth-driven anthems. The new nine-song release begins with the title-song "We Are One" as Dee does what he does best, to get the adrenaline pumping with shout-along choruses and thunderous rhythms. He continues with that winning formula for "Over Again," then shifts gears with the power ballad "Close To You," which features a string section, and the pop/rock tones of "Rule The World." He re-tools his classic anthem "We're Not Gonna Take It" into an inspirational piano ballad, before taking on Nine Inch Nails "Head Like A Hole" delivering a spot-on cover of the classic nu-metal song. The album finishes with the much, out-of-place, dance/pop vibe of "Superhero" and the emotional, battle cry of "So What." Dee Snider has a few solo dates over the next couple of months. To find out more about his new solo album, "We are The Ones," please visit

From Oklahoma City comes the debut album titled "Run Away" from the raw, hard rock band Kirra. Their new album was released on October 7th through Pavement Entertainment and was recorded live with little to no overdubs. The twelve-song release begins with "Tappy Gilmore" as guitars start blazing a trail for you to follow. They bring some of their influences into the exciting, hard rocking vibe of "Fly" and the classic blues-rock vibe of "Lay You Down." They slow the tempo down for the darker, grunge feel of "Run Away" and the deliver the bass-driven rhythm of "Chemicals" to power their hard rock sound. The album continues with "Drown," which was written at the band's first practice together and carries that hungry-feel for success as they pour their all into the performance.  They finish with the slow-build up of "Forgive Me" and the energetic power of the closer "Too Far Gone." To find out more about Kirra and their latest release "Run Away," please visit

Thursday, October 20, 2016

On The Record - Music: Meriden's Own Gary Burr Tells Us Tales Of His Musical Career

Meriden native Gary Burr discusses his career in the music industry. He tells us about his recent trip back to home to Meriden to perform with Meriden's Music Men and growing up in the city. He also tells us a couple stories about recording with Tanya Tucker and playing Ringo Starr's drum kit.