9.29.2014

DAVE DAVIES: RIPPIN UP TIME NEW RELEASE!

 

Kinks Legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Dave Davies To Release New Album 'Rippin Up Time'!

New York, NY - The man who forever changed the sound of rock 'n' roll when he invented distortion, Kinks legend Dave Davies, has recorded a brand new solo album of all original material called 'Rippin’ Up Time' on New York based Red River Entertainment. Produced by Dave Davies & David Nolte, the new CD features 10 original new songs written in the classic Kinks style that fans of all ages will want to hear. Listen to 'Rippin Up Time' here.

Dave Davies founded the Kinks in the early 1960's and forever changed music after he sliced up the speaker cone of a little green amp and created a revolutionary, distorted guitar tone and frenetic solo on the song “You Really Got Me”. Musicologist Joe Harrington described the Kinks influence: “ 'You Really Got Me', 'All Day And All Of The Night' ... were predecessors of the whole three-chord genre ...

The Kinks did a lot to help turn rock n roll into rock.” In 1998, writer Bill Crowley wrote, “As lead guitarist and founder of The Kinks, Dave Davies is one of the most unpredictable and original forces in rock, without whom guitar-rock styles including heavy metal and punk would have been inconceivable. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Dave's massive guitar sounds have inspired bands from Van Halen to Green Day.”

Dave explains that 'Rippin Up Time' is about “a man's reflections of the past, his fears, anxieties and optimism about the present and hopeful expectations about the future.

I had a lot of ideas in my head thinking about the past and how we started and the Kinks and my own life and the present and what's happening with my life now and concerns and worries, anxieties about the future. I suddenly had an image of all the times overlapping as if they're all in one place in my mind.

I thought I'd just write it from the point of view of a dream. It's a mixture of emotions that I was going through as I was writing the songs, some would be happy or reflective or sad.”

Hard hitting tracks “Johnny Adams”, “Nosey Neighbours” and title track “Rippin Up Time” show Dave's classic riffs, distinctive singing and playing style while songs like “Semblance of Sanity” and “Mindwash” take the listener to otherworldly, inner landscapes.

Dave's son musician/producer Russ Davies' appearance is a surprise treat with his smokey vocals on “In the Old Days” and “Through my Window”. Says Dave, “It was wonderful working with my son Russ Davies and old friend David Nolte on this project and am really excited about the album.”



Dave's accent and cockney brogue gives a delightful English flavor to many tracks. He shows his sensitive side in the pensive, futuristic ballad “Between the Towers” while “King of Karaoke” takes a humorous look at many people's favorite pastime. David Nolte's musical contributions and thoughtful co-production throughout 'Rippin Up Time' reveals an inspiring creative collaboration.

Former E1 and PolyGram executive Bob Frank's Red River label which is distributed via Sony RED in the US is proud to be releasing 'Rippin Up Time' due out on October 28, 2014.

In a recent interview with Andy Greene of Rolling Stone, Dave imparted, “I like to work quick. You want to attack an idea when it's living and breathing. I didn't want to reach the stage where I heard the songs so many times I began to second guess myself, which has happened in the past." (read the entire Rolling Stone interview here)

Since the early days, Dave Davies has worked on a slew of critically acclaimed records, ranging from solo hit single “Death of a Clown”, to experimental Kinks records like 'Village Green Preservation Society' and 'Arthur' as well as the classic 'Lola' in the 70's.



In the 80's Dave released experimentally prescient solo work like the eponymous album titled 'Dave Davies' or 'AFL1-3603' named after himself and/or the barcode symbol face cover art. His mainstream success continued in the 80's on hit Kinks albums 'Low Budget' and 'State of Confusion'.

In the 90's he released more solo work such as 'Bug' and the compilation 'Unfinished Business'. His songs have been featured in films by John Carpenter and on TV shows like 'The Sopranos', which used his tune “Living On A Thin Line”.

His tell-all autobiographical book 'Kink' was well received in the late 90's as well. In recent years, Dave has collaborated creatively with his sons. In 2010 he worked with son Russell Davies in the Aschere Project to create the hauntingly, beautiful rock electronica album 'Two Worlds'.

The film 'Mystical Journey', directed by son Martin Davies, narrates Dave's longtime interest in the paranormal, Eastern philosophies and spirituality (the film inspired Julien Temple s BBC documentary 'Kinkdom Kome'). In 2013 Dave released 'I Will Be Me' on Cleopatra Records. No matter how diverse the ambition, Dave Davies puts his heart and soul in all of his projects.

Ever the visionary legend always ahead of his time, from slashing up a speaker cone all those years ago to his new release 'Rippin In Time', Dave Davies, rocks the past, present and, no doubt, the future!

Tracks include:
1. Ripping Up Time
2. Semblance of Sanity
3. King of Karaoke
4. Front Room
5. Johnny Adams
6. Nosey Neighbours
7. Mindwash
8. Between the Towers
9. In The Old Days
10. Through My Window

Dave Davies 'Rippin Up Time' is available for pre-order on Amazon

Dave Davies embarks a 13-date American solo tour beginning November 11th in Milwaukee. He will be performing several songs from the new album, along with all the Kinks classics!

Dave Davies tour dates:

11th Nov, 2014 - Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
12th Nov, 2014 - City Winery Chicago. Chicago, IL
13th Nov, 2014 - City Winery Chicago. Chicago, IL
14th Nov, 2014 - The Magic Bag, Ferndale, MI
18th Nov, 2014 - Pullo Center, York, PA.
19th Nov, 2014 - The Center for Arts in Natick, Natick, MA
20th Nov, 2014 - Infinity Hall, Norfolk, CT
21st Nov, 2014 - Infinity Hall, Norfolk, CT
22nd Nov, 2014 - Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, Bethlehem, PA
24th Nov, 2014 - City Winery, New York, NY
25th Nov, 2014 - City Winery, New York, NY
26th Nov, 2014 - The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, MA
28th Nov, 2014 - BergenPAC, Englewood, NJ


Kinks news!

On October 14, Legacy Recordings will celebrate 50 years of Kinkdom with the historic release of 'The Essential Kinks', the first-ever career-spanning retrospective anthology comprised of key recordings made for the Pye/Reprise, RCA, Arista and Columbia labels (track list below), and fully endorsed by the band.

On November 10, Legacy will release an expanded CD/DVD deluxe edition of 'Muswell Hillbillies', The Kinks' 1971 masterpiece of working class social observation, a musical statement remarkably relevant in today's world. Newly remastered from the original analog tapes, 'Muswell Hillbillies' includes the original album in its entirety as well as nine bonus tracks (seven of them previously unavailable in North America), and a DVD of rare 1972 television appearances (never released in North America).


Dave Davies official website: http://davedavies.com/

ATKINS-MAY PROJECT: EMPIRE OF DESTRUCTION

 

Original Judas Priest Vocalist Al Atkins and Guitar Virtuoso Paul May To Release Third Atkins May Project Album 'Empire Of Destruction'

“Empire of Destruction' offers an Apocalyptic Vision with a Message of Hope”

London, UK - After the Success of their first two albums 'Serpents Kiss' and 'Valley Of Shadows', the Atkins May Project returns in grand style, with yet another Colossal Album of Gargantuan Proportions!

Like its predecessors 'Empire Of Destruction' comes once again straight out of the heart of “Black Country” in the UK, the “Home of Metal”! The album continues its Classic Rock theme with enough metal moments to melt your face off, yet features an abundance of imagination and class to intrigue even the most progressive of tastes.


Says Al, “From 'World at War' to 'Whisper to the Wind' it will take you on a journey of battle fields to sombre tears...”

Again boasting a superb collection of immense Rock and Metal tracks with standout vocals throughout from Atkins (sounding like he's gargled with razor blades for breakfast!) To the tasteful guitar work of musical virtuoso May, who still shreds the axe like the old guitar masters themselves. All in all another Authoritative release from these Classic British Rock Merchants.

Says Paul, “Our first album 'Serpents Kiss' set the bench mark for the second 'Valley of Shadows', a mature classic metal affair, that in turn set a much higher new bench mark for 'Empire of Destruction', which has evolved into something I believe will stand the test of time, an to be album to proud of.”

Al Atkins: Noted for forming UK's Judas Priest and fronting them for four years and laying down the foundations which would see them eventually selling 40 million albums worldwide. He also wrote songs for them which went gold like “Dreamer Deceiver”, “Never Satisfied”, “Winter”, “Caviar and Meths” and Priest's all time classic “Victim of Changes”.

Al's unique powerful vocal style sites influences by noted rock singers Roger Daltrey, Paul Rodgers and longtime friend Robert Plant. Al has done countless radio and TV interviews worldwide and recently featured in the BBC TV 'British Heritage'. He has even written a book on his musical life about growing up in Birmingham, UK alongside Robert Plant and Black Sabbath called 'Dawn of the Metal Gods'. Al has released 6 solo albums to date, and teamed up with brilliant Christian writer/guitarist Paul May to record their critically acclaimed debut album 'Serpent's Kiss'.



Paul May: Some people learn to play guitar, Paul was born to play guitar! Paul has become respected for his passionate, soulful guitar work and noted for his explosive and exciting solos. As a world class professional guitarist and songwriter, Paul has played and recorded sessions across the globe, touring and playing throughout the UK, Europe, USA and the Eastern block. Paul appears on around 50 albums to date, featured in both the secular and Christian arenas. Paul is also a record producer and has covered the entire spectrum of musical tastes in production.

Now with the release of the new Atkins May Project CD, the dichotomous duo are ready once again to bring their special brand of rock and metal to the masses. If standing in a Wind Tunnel and being hit in the stomach by a bowling ball is your kind of album ... rush out and buy it!

The first 1,000 CD's come with a limited edition DVD!

Atkins May Project –

Release date: September 29, 2014

Atkins May Project – 'Empire Of Destruction' is available through Gonzo MultiMedia and can be purchased at: http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15720

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ALEX SKOLNICK OF TESTAMENT: NEW PLANETARY COALITION

 
 Alex Skolnick

Hey Detroit Rock Mag,

I have to admit, I was pretty skeptical when the powers-that-be here at rps told me about a new acoustic world music project from Alex Skolnick, the lead guitarist of heavy metal titans Testament. I was pretty sure I was going to hear an hour of endless shredding, except on acoustic guitar instead of electric. Boy, was I surprised this week when I heard the entire album all the way through!



Defying the 'birds-of-a-feather' logic, Alex has assembled a surprisingly multifaceted group to make tastefully crafted and varied music that runs heavy on the ensemble, which is made of of some of the world's finest musicians without anyone claiming 'soloist' status- in other words, Planetary Coalition, out 11/11, is a band record. The result is a mixture of sounds from all corners of the world, creating a sound that's as varied as the world's cultures.


“A seriously cross-cultural acoustic album has long been on my bucket list,” states Skolnick, who forged a new sound for metal as the lead guitarist in Testament, went on to study jazz at the New School, and is often tapped as one of the world’s best players. “I wanted to pay tribute to the many diverse sounds from around the world that I loved.”Alex Skolnick


Planetary Coalition - One Small Step, One Global Journey: Guitarist Alex Skolnick Rallies a Planetary Coalition to a Fleet and Nimble Guitar - 11/11/2014 - Release

For Alex Skolnick, the step from metal and jazz guitar guru to world music instigator has proven remarkably small. Skolnick had toured the world, connecting with fans and fellow musicians from Argentina to Turkey and beyond.

Thanks,

Ron

9.26.2014

KNIGHT MOVES: THE KJ KNIGHT STORY


Knight Moves: The K J Knight Story recounts the fascinating tale of a miscreant young rock drummer growing up in the Motor City during the 1960s and 70s-a dynamic time period in rock and roll history. This is also the story of a teenage boy whose family is ripped apart by his father's infidelity and the dissolution of his parent's marriage.


As his home life quickly deteriorates, he immerses himself in his music, moving from one band to the next. In this no-holds-barred book, author K J Knight describes his life and career, including his repeated acts of juvenile delinquency and the capricious nature of the music scene, not only in Detroit, but all across the country.


This is a candid, behind-the-scenes memoir that could only have been written by a music insider, overflowing with insight into America's burgeoning rock culture. He delves into his experiences playing in The Amboy Dukes with infamous guitar great Ted Nugent and his encounters with other Motor City icons, such as Bob Seger, Alice Cooper, and Iggy Pop. Knight's passion for both music and his family provide the emotional core for his searing autobiography, Knight Moves: The K J Knight Story.

9.19.2014

HEADS UP DETROIT! REGISTER FOR AMERICAN IDOL ONLINE NOW!

http://www.americanidol.com/auditions



WHO: Men and women 15-28 years old as of June 1, 2014, who are eligible to work in the U.S. Some restrictions apply – please read the Audition Info for specific information. 

https://fmna.etribez.com/a/fmna/ai14/welcomeOnline

WHEN:  
Open now until Fri., September 26

HOW TO AUDITION:  

9.15.2014

POPA CHUBBY NEW LP "I'M FEELIN LUCKY" AND TOUR!

 

Los Angeles, CA - Larger than life blues figure Popa Chubby has a lot of reasons to feel lucky this year. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of his emergence as a powerful force in the venerable New York blues scene with his very own band, and his own unique brand of hard hitting, face melting, blues rock n’ funky soul. And he’ll celebrate this major milestone the only way he knows how, with the release of a smokin’ hot studio album I’m Feelin’ Lucky - coming October 14 on Cleopatra Records - and a series of shows on the West Coast!

“It’s been 25 years and I’m still standing,” declares Popa Chubby, and considering the long and rugged road he’s had to travel, that in itself is a miracle. From his beginning in the late ‘70s as a “bad kid with an afro and a brand new Gibson Midnight Special guitar” to his stint as a punk rock sideman for Screaming Mad George and Richard Hell, among others, to signing a deal with Sony and releasing one of the top selling blues albums of 1994 (the phenomenal Booty And The Beast), Popa Chubby has seen it all and lived to tell about it on well over a dozen studio albums!

His newest effort I’m Feelin’ Lucky gave the veteran musician an opportunity to reflect on his extraordinary career and to work on new musical ideas and arrangements in a relaxed, low-pressure setting. Recording at his home studio in the Hudson Valley, Popa called on some of his closest associates to help bring this album to life, including drummer Chris Reddan, keyboardist Dave Keyes, and bassist Francesco Beccaro. In addition, two very special guests brought even more magic to the proceedings, vocalist Dana Fuchs, mostly known for her role in the 2007 Beatles musical Across The Universe, as well as one of the most revered blues players around today, Mike Zito of the Royal Southern Brotherhood.


I’m Feelin’ Lucky is Popa’s debut album for Cleopatra and contains some of his best and most deeply felt writing. “The Way It Is” is an “urban soul ballad,” he explains, “that’s about those times when you just sit there and you realize that you’re all messed up and there ain’t nothing you can do about it...that’s the blues right there.” The title track is a major slice of “badass funk” with heavy wah wah pedal guitar playing from Popa and “great New Orleans style lyrics.” “I’m A Pitbull (Nothin’ But Love)” may be the song closest to his heart: “I’m a big dog lover. I have a little pitbull and I love him dearly. They’re a very misunderstood breed. I work with people at a pitbull rescue who work with these dogs and train them to be service dogs for veterans coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s a beautiful thing. There is not a more loyal, devoted and emotionally intuitive dog.” It’s these very same qualities in Popa Chubby’s own gracious persona that have been drawing fans to his music for over 2 decades.

Fans will also delight in hearing that Popa Chubby’s Universal Breakdown Tour hits the West Coast later this year with a slew of shows starting in Las Vegas at the Big Blues Bender held in the Riviera Hotel & Casino. For complete tour information, visit www.popachubby.com and get lucky with Popa Chubby!

1. Come To Me (with Dana Fuchs)
2. One Leg At A Time
3. Three Little Words
4. Rollin’ N’ Tumblin’
5. Too Much Information
6. Rock On Bluesman (with Mike Zito)
7. I’m Feelin’ Lucky
8. Save Your Own Life
9. I’m A Pitbull (Nothing But Love)
10. The Way It Is

Check out a video teaser for the album here:



9/25 - Las Vegas, NV - Big Blues Bender
9/26 - Ventura, CA - Yolie's
9/27 - Arcadia, CA - Arcadia Blues Club
9/28 - Santa Cruz, CA - Jerry's Front Pocket
9/30 - San Francisco, CA - Biscuits & Blues
10/2 - Crystal Bay, NV - Crystal Bay Club Casino
10/3 - Sacramento - Torch Club
10/4 - Point Arena, CA - Arena Theatre
10/7 - Portland, OR - Duff's Garage
10/8 - Birkenfeld, OR - The Birk
10/9 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl
10/10 - Mount Vernon, WA - Lincoln Theatre
10/11 - Seattle, WA - Highway 99 Blues Club

PAT SAVAGE ON THEROCKNROLL LAWYER SHOW FRIDAY FROM DETROIT!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1460101174273421/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited

VROOM VROOM! Do not miss this interview! Our dear dear biker guitar slinging pal Pat Savage is on the air with Sheldon this Friday!  Don't forget to give a big shout out to your favorite blogger girl in Detroit Doc!!! xoxoRK

Tune in Friday at 6 PM EDT on www.tunein.com or use the TuneIn phone app -- search WCXI. You also get WCXI on your AM dial in select areas at 1160-AM

Pat Savage (www.savageroads.com); the motorcycle riding, globe-trotting, guitar-weilding rock and roll animal seen on television shows around the world, will be our guest via phone from some exotic local... who knows where he is now?

We'll be playing his tunes during the show, too.

Of course, the whole gang will be there including me, Cheri Clair (via internet). Sheldon Kay, Rick Stevers, George Seedorff, Andrew Kaetz JD, The Professor Kurt B Smith, et al. will be in the studio live with engineer Jimmy James.


9.08.2014

JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE: NEW HENDRIX FILM!





As the film -- starring Andre Benjamin (Outkast) -- shows, musicians in London in the late ’60s were constantly soaking up each other’s songs and influences. In the film, Hendrix goes from blues songs to jumping on stage with Eric Clapton’s band Cream.



The dynamism of the era is exemplified at the climax of the film, when Hendrix rushes into the dressing room before that pivotal show at the Saville Theater in London with a copy of the latest Beatles record, released two days prior and tells his band to start rehearsing the title track, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” knowing that Paul McCartney and George Harrison are in the audience that night. In this playlist, hear Hendrix covering songs by Chuck Berry, Albert King, Van Morrison’s earlier band called Them, The Troggs, Big Mama Thornton, The Beatles, and Bob Dylan.

9.02.2014

PULP CULTURE PRESENTS: THE MOTOR CITY MASQUERADE


Pulp Culture presents The Motor City Masquerade

We have big news. For the past five months we have been ironing out details to a masked gala and concert that we are holding upstairs at....


St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit on Saturday, September 20th at 7PM. Tickets are $15 presale with $1 per ticket going to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The bands playing include Detroit's ever popular two-piece Beast in the Field and Not Blood Paint, a progressive indie project from New York that sounds like David Bowie and Queen had a baby.


We are hand painting and plaster-casting all of the masks ourselves, and they will be included at the door of the event. On top of that, each mask will coordinate in color scheme with a puzzle that leads participants to the location of an after-party and show after midnight.

We have busted out in Detroit in a big way of late, opening for Patrick Sweany at the Magic Stick, playing the Hegelian Monolith Festival downtown, favoring the Old Miami, and hitting Ferndale at the New Way.

This event Motor City Masquerade will be one of the last events to see us play this year, and it is going to be HUGE.

Please join us for this momentous occasion, and if you have any inclination to help with the mask-making process or have special requests such as a custom mask, old merchandise, new demos, or a simple reminiscence with friends, then please respond to pulpculture999@gmail.com

Call (248) 694-1020 for ticket delivery to the Motor City Masquerade or catch the link online. We'll see you there!

Rock on,
Alex Brown

9.01.2014

DENNIS THOMPSON'S HISTORIC LUDWIG DRUMS FOR SALE!!


Dennis Thompson's FAVORITE drum kit is for sale! The Ludwig White Oyster Marine set is original and in excellent condition considering the man whose style of drumming was to ATTACK.....


Dennis has treated the kit with great care over the years as you can see in the photos taken this past weekend.



BRAND: LUDWIG
COLOR: WHITE OYSTER MARINE
SET PIECES:
26X18 Bass Drum
14X6 Chrome Snare
Speed King Bass Drum Pedal
16X16 Floor Tom
18X16 Floor Tom
8X10 Tom
10X9 Tom
14X10 Tom
15X12 Tom
CYMBALS: Zildjian
20" RIDE
18'' CRASH,
15'' CRASH
 2/15'' HI-HAT

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SET HARDWARE:
 Snare Stand
Hi Hat Stand
3 Cymbal Stands
1 TOM-TOM Stand
1 Drum Seat
1 Bass Drum Pedal
1 Trap Case
4 Drum Cases


EXTRAS:
TRAP CASE
4 FLIGHT CASES
4 ORIGINAL HEADS
1 BROKEN 18'' CRASH CYMBAL

PAIR OF MACHINE GUN'S SIGNED STICKS
T SHIRT FROM MGT'S PRIVATE COLLECTION
1 PAIR OF MGT'S GLOVES/AUTOGRAPHED 



This kit has shared the stage with PINK FLOYD, STOOGES, ALICE COOPER, BOB SEGER, ERIC BURDON & WAR, and ROD STEWART AND THE SMALL FACES, just to name a few.



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