Saturday, May 31, 2008

Onthepodcast: Episode 021 + 1 - The Wander Radio Nathan Lowell Interview

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Onthepodcast: Episode 21 + 1

The Wander Radio interview with Nathan Lowell by Jack Hosley

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Wander Radio: Episode 25 - The Nathan Lowell Interview:

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Onthepodcast: Episodes 020 and 021: Across The Universe, The Mod-est Lads, Wonderfalls and Noam Weinstein

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Onthepodcast: Episodes 20 and 21
(The amazing and amazingly short double episode)
(...and it's not entirely safe for work)

Wander Radio Promo

Across The Universe

The Parsec Awards Promo

The Mod-est Lads and their song She Could Be In The Beatles

The Mimecast Promo


Mur Lafferty's Zombinc Promo

Noam Weinstein and his song When I Get My S@#$ Together

The Scott Sigler & JC Hutchins Parsec Awards Promo

The End of Onthepodcast: Episodes 20 & 21

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Sara Bareilles – Little Voice

Sara Bareilles – Little Voice

Can I just say that Sara Bareilles' latest track, Love Song, is like audio “Crack.” It has to be. That’s the only answer I can come up with for the reason I cannot get that damn song out of my head. I think it took three times before I was hooked. Once in a friends car on a rainy day and twice on the radio at work and I was singing along in my head about how I was not going to write you a love song because you wanted one. Stupid poppy, catchy song with your low piano notes and cool bass sounds. Damn it! I guess I could just chalk it up to a well written pop song. That might be easier on everyone now that I think about it.

Just to give you an idea of the hold this song has on me, I actually went out and bought the CD…at Costco…because it had a bonus disc with a stripped version. I never buy physical albums anymore; unless I have to order them, from say Canada, to get Wailin’ Jennys stuff that’s not out in the States. This debut artist on Epic got me out of my house, away from my computer and into a brick and mortar store to pick up a record like I was fifteen again. I’m not really sure what this is all about. To be perfectly honest I shop at that i-something-or-other music store, and now, Amie Street. But I was so taken with the possibilities of Ms. Bareilles debut album, Little Voice, that I wanted it in my hands.

Do I blame it on the flawless poppiness of Little Voice’s tracks? Do I blame it on the perfect sound of the bass guitar that catches my attention every time I hear it? Could it be the subtle Jazz influence in Sara Bareilles choice of piano chords or just the hint of it in her vocal phrasing? My best guess would be it was all of those things and a few more. Other than being a fantastically talented pianist, Bareilles is also extremely capable writer; drawing from the pop divas of today and the singer songwriters that have come before. Think Carol King meets Christina Aguilera meets Norah Jones and you’re in the right neighborhood.

Little Voice if full of a mix of Rock and Roll, Jazz, Pop and Folk culled from the last four decades of popular music and yet Sara Bareilles manages to keep her own voice. She deftly sidesteps the trap of letting influences become the body of her work instead of just the foundation of it. I for one look forward to seeing where the musical road leads this talented artist.

Oh, and incase you were wondering…the bonus disc was excellent.

Onthepodcast: Special Episode - Raleigh Write 2 Publish Panel with Mur Lafferty and PG Holyfield

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Onthepodcast: Special Episode - Raleigh Write 2 Publish Panel

NC State professor & author Stacey Cochran
moderates the Raleigh Write 2 Publish - Panel Discussion
Podcasting, Blogs, and Self-Publishing:
New Ways to Reach Audiences With Your Book
with authors P.G. Holyfield,
Mur Lafferty, and Elisa Lorello
Saturday, May 17, 6:30 PM

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Onthepodcast: Episode 019 - Dan Carlin and Kris Delmhorst

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Intro to Onthepodcast: Episode 019

Philippa Ballantine's Chasing The Bard Promo:

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History:

J.C. Hutchins' 7th Son: Obsidian Promo:

Chris Delmhorst and her song Galuppi Baldessare:

Mark Jeffrey's Max Quick 2: The Two Travelers Promo:

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Onthepodcast: Episode 018 - Technorama and George Hrab

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Onthepodcast: Episode 018 - Technorama and George Hrab

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PG Holyfield & Mur Lafferty In-Store on May 17th 2008

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A Send Off To Technorama

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Goodbye by George Hrab

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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Onthepodcast: Episode 017 - Friday Night Live with Monty and WWIII

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Onthepodcast: Episode 017

PG Holyfield & Mur Lafferty In-Store on May 17th 2008

Friday Night Live with Monty

The Friday Night Live with Monty Promo

WWIII and their song...

Take Off The Tee Shirt

If You Can't Name A Song By The Band That's On It

Podsafe Music Network Promo

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Iron Maiden LIVE Somewhere Back In Time by Erik Remec

My friend, and occasional guest reviewer, Erik Remec is back with once again. This time he brings us tales from the wilds of New Jersey and shares his first hand experiences with the triumphant return of metal gods Iron Maiden!

Iron Maiden Somewhere Back in Time Tour:
Meadowlands Arena (Izod Center), New Jersey Friday March 14th, 2008

“Scream for me Meadowlands!”

If you’re a metalhead like myself, well … you know that could mean only one thing. Bruce and the boys from Iron Maiden are back on the road; this time stopping at the Meadowlands in New Jersey on their current world tour.

And what a tour it is. To promote the release of Maiden’s live concert video Live After Death (recorded at Long Beach Arena, CA in 1985) on DVD, the band is on tour with a stage design and setlist that revisits their legendary Powerslave Tour (1984 – 1985).

Entitled the Somewhere Back in Time Tour, the stage design recalls the Ancient Egyptian motif from the Powerslave Tour and the band is playing songs almost exclusively from the albums: Powerslave, Somewhere in Time, and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.

The first leg of this tour is especially ambitious. The band has outfitted a Boeing 757, painted it with the Maiden logo and band mascot “Eddie” (Powerslave era), and loaded all their equipment and crew for a 2 month world jaunt. Starting in Mumbai, India, the band is playing dates in Australia, Japan, South America, and North America. Now here’s the really cool part … the airplane is being piloted by none other than Iron Maiden’s vocalist (and part-time Astraeus Airlines Captain) Bruce Dickinson. Yes, you heard right…the lead singer is personally flying his band and crew to each concert as they make their way around the globe. Let’s all hope Bruce gets enough rest after each gig, huh?!

Now, I guess it’s time for a bit of self disclosure. Iron Maiden was my favorite band growing up and they were the first band I ever saw in concert way back in 1987 at the New Haven Coliseum (New Haven, CT) promoting Somewhere in Time. If you grew up listening to Maiden’s live album Live After Death like I had, having the opportunity to see the band play these songs live and up close (I had a great vantage point in the GA pit at the Meadowlands) was beyond thrilling.

As the intro of the Winston Churchill WWII speech [that starts Live After Death] started to play over the PA there in New Jersey … “We shall fight on the beaches, … we shall fight in the hills, we shall never surrender!” … I got chills. The band then launched into blistering versions of “Aces High” and “Two Minutes to Midnight” from Powerslave and for the next two hours I was in heaven. From “Wasted Years”, to “Revelations” , to “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (all 13 minutes of it!), the band delivered the goods. Watching these guys perform, I was simply in awe. Bruce’s vocals were in top form and he and the band show absolutely no signs of slowing down. Close your eyes and you’re back at Long Beach Arena in 1985. Somewhere Back in Time, indeed.

Now there’s certainly a risk that this could have easily turned into some type of sad nostalgia act. Watching a band struggling to relive their glory days, no matter how enthusiatic the audience, is painful to watch. Fortunately, this is definitely NOT the case with Iron Maiden. They may have not played some of these songs live in over 20 years but at Friday night’s show at the Meadowlands, they played them with a sense of freshness and vitality that did not disappoint. To put it quite simply: the band kicked ass.

There as always been this fun tongue-in-cheek campiness to a Maiden show with the band’s mascot “Eddie” making his inevitable appearance, this time as the Cyborg version from Somewhere in Time. As Friday night’s show drew to a close, they did an encore of a couple classic tracks from Seventh Son and closed the show with a monstrous version of “Hallowed Be Thy Name”.

Iron Maiden may be looking back every now and then but they are certainly looking forward as well. After this tour winds down, the band is moving ahead with a new album and a tour showcasing the new material to follow. They have hinted that this may be the last time that they’ll be playing some of these classic songs live, so you have been warned.

Iron Maiden will be back here in the States this June. See this show.

See you on the road …


PS. Once again, a thousand thanks to Joe for letting me post on his site!

(c) 2008 Erik Remec