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Patrick Ames Takes You On A Musical Napa Valley Vineyard Tour In “Liveness in Quarantine” Livestream Series

Liveness in Quarantine. Recorded during the Covid-19 Pandemic, April 2020. LIVE in the Vineyard.  The wineries of Napa Valley and wine county are closed but the vineyards are alive during April’s Pandemic. Join @PatrickAmes for tours and new music for your sheltering in place. Bring your wine glass because it’s always Happy Hour in this...

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The Revolution Will Not Be Streamed. Patrick Ames Pays Tribute To Gil Scott-Heron With New “BANG BANG BANG” Single, “Liveness” EP

The Revolution Will Not Be Streamed. Patrick Ames Pays Tribute To Gil Scott-Heron With New “BANG BANG BANG” Single, “Liveness” EP Californian Singer Songwriter Patrick Ames leans into his eccentric style, troubador wisdom and black humor on his best release to date, new 6-track EP Liveness. If you’re a fan of artists like Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen or...

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BOOK REVIEW: “Can’t Give It Away On Seventh Avenue: The Rolling Stones And New York City”

By ELI JACE > On this earth, few things reach the level of unmistakable greatness in their category. There is no greater city than New York. There is no greater band than the Rolling Stones. Bring the debate, you won’t get far.   In the book, Can’t Give It Away on Seventh Avenue — The...

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JON C. IRESON’S BEST ALBUMS OF THE 2010’S

It’s list season and a particularly abundant one as we near the end of a decade. Plenty of great music to fill many scrolls but I’ve handpicked 50  of the records that spoke to me the most over the last 10 years. With the diversity of musical output increasing exponentially with each decade, it’s become...

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Who Says There’s No Good Music Anymore? Here Are The 50 Best Albums of the 2010’s

Anyone who quips that there’s no good music anymore needs to open up and let it in. Music is more daring, experimental and free than ever, and the artists who fearlessly explore are often rewarded with appreciation from the music loving community. From edgy late-in-life releases like Bowie’s ‘blackstar’ to mind-expanding opuses like Kamasi Washington’s...

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Final Notice! cover artwork by Shaun Friesen

Lord Sonny the Unifier does Bowie proud with new album “FINAL NOTICE!”

  Brooklyn psychedelic rock and roll visionary Lord Sonny the Unifier‘s debut full-length album “FINAL NOTICE!” is available everywhere now. LSTU’s unique brand of biker psychedelia and earnest rock lyrics should please fans of classic Bowie (read Eli Jace’s article on celebrating David Bowie or his blackstar review), Motorhead and the Clash. From the artist:...

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David Bowie’s “The Next Day” Is A Gut Wrenching, Beautiful Masterpiece

David Bowie’s new CD “The Next Day” is a gut wrenching, beautiful masterpiece. Recorded in secret over the past two years with producer Tony Visconti, the effort could have gone in just a few directions. 2003’s “Reality” was for the most part a strong release, 2002’s “Heathen” was excellent, while 1999’s “Hours” was a mostly...

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Why Music Fans Are Respecting Their Elders In 2013

Music fans, more and more, are respecting their elders in the search for something a little…truthier. Often, when looking at current music trends, we forget to look at the whole picture, and end up throwing the baby out with the bathwater, opting for a simplistic, negative generalization rather than a comprehensive view. With many popular...

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Get Some Rock n’ Roll Spirit From The fundaMentals

With a promotional phrase “the world’s oldest living garage band”, The fundaMentals immediately caught my interest. I don’t know for certain if this claim could possibly be verified by an outside authority such as the Guiness Book of World Records, but it would mean serious publicity for the band if so. A 5-piece band all...

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Puscifer gets my Song of the Year and Album of the Year

In my opinion, Puscifer‘s “Conditions of My Parole” was the best album of 2011, with Tom Waits and Charles Bradley being extremely close. Puscifer gets the edge because of how absolutely profound the release was. Maynard James Keenan’s lyrics, as always, were wise and charged with his own knowingness. The partnership with Carina Round proved...

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Take Cover! The Bikini Robot Army Is Upon Us!

It’s always a good thing when artists are unafraid to get weird, don’t you think? Bikini Robot Armyis the quirky and strange self-produced rock/funk/pop/motown/experimental creation of solo artist Val Broeksmit. Like Beck, the Gorillaz and Tom Waits, Broeksmit prefers to venture deep into his own eccentric world rather than explore the expected. With a soul-infused flair and...

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Connecticut rapper Skobie Won unites hip hop and electronica with “Burn”

Combining eccentric hip hop, electro music, glitch hop and a healthy punk attitude, Connecticut rapper Skobie Won has been releasing some vicious material as of late. It’s great to hear someone doing something new production-wise, yet still remaining true to the best of what hip hop has to offer. Skobie Won sits well alongside with...

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