Friday New Releases – March 16th

Another Friday and another week of some great releases.  There are some re-issues and so old bands back with new singers and some newer bands as well.  Hopefully there is something for you.  The two that really peak my interests are highlighted in Blue as usual.  Leave me a comment on what interests you this week…if anything. Also, let me know if I am missing anything as that is usually the case.  Happy Friday!!

  • 81-7puQHUFL._SX522_  Stone Temple Pilots – Stone Temple Pilots – (Play Pen Music):  The boys in STP are back and with a new lead singer, Jeff Gutt.  The three songs I have heard are great and I am looking forward to the rest.  Jeff sounds a little like the late, great Scott Weilan, but he also has his own sound and style.  The old STP sound is there as well so hopefully the have their groove back and we will see some great things from them.  Give it a try…if for no other reason than my brother-in-law was involved with recording the album.  That makes it worth it right there alone!!

  • 51gscNxcR2L._AC_US436_QL65_.jpg  Dorothy – 28 Days in the Valley – (Roc Nation Records):  A new band on the scene is Dorothy.  The band really delivers some great, heavy, old school blues rock & roll.  The lead singer, Dorothy Martin, is a powerhouse and force to be reckoned with.  Her searing vocals exploded on the scene with “Raise a Little Hell” and can’t wait to hear what she has to offer this time around.

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Friday New Releases – February 2nd

Welcome to February’s First Friday of new releases.  There is a little Metal, Rock, Pop, Country and even Frank Zappa (he is his own category).  Hopefully something will float your boat.  There is only one I am really interested in and I might check out some others, but too early to say.  My choice is highlighted in Blue as always.

  • 61AHx4Gb31L._AC_US436_QL65_  Justin Timberlake – Man of the Woods – (RCA Records):  Is it no surprise that Justin is back with a new album as he is performing as the headline act for the Super Bowl Halftime Show on Sunday.  The first single is a little different and took some getting used to, but I think I am digging it a little now.  I am interested to see what he has to offer.  I will admit I am a fan of his music so this one is a no brainer for me.

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What to Expect for New Music in 2018!

2018 is upon us and always fun anticipating what new albums are and will come out in the year.  There are quite a few we already know about, but some haven’t been officially announced or even a date set yet.  From what I have gathered around the internet, here are the bands that should have new albums out in 2018, but no dates announced yet. The ones I want will be highlighted in Blue.

  • Godsmack
  • Exodus
  • Shinedown
  • Stone Temple Pilots (I know this is coming as they have said)
  • Jack White – Boarding the House Reach
  • Vance Joy
  • The 1975 – Music for Cars
  • Ace Frehley
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Avatar
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Bastille
  • Borns
  • Bon Jovi
  • Bring Me the Horizon
  • Bullet for My Valentine
  • Celine Dion
  • Charli XCX
  • Cowboy Junkies
  • DevilDriver
  • Echosmith – Inside a Dream

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In Memoriam – 2017

Last year, I did a post memorializing all the musicians that we lost in that year.  I thought I would do that again for 2017 as it was another year where we lost some music legends and icons in their respective fields.  The list is really long and I guess each year it will get longer as all the bands I grew up with are getting older and it is bound to happen.  Though we have lost them, the live on in our hearts and in their music they left behind.  I guess we might as well get started.  Do realize this list isn’t every musician that passed away, it is really those that I have listened to over the years or were legends and icons in music.  So if I leave someone off, it is nothing personal but please add their name in the comments.

January 2017

January 28 – Geoff Nicholls – keyboardist for heavy metal giants Black Sabbath.  He was 68 and passed away from lung cancer.  He was with the band in the 80’s and 90’s starting with the 1980 album Heaven Hell and ending with 1995’s Forbidden.

January 31 – John Wetton – John was singer-songwriter and the bassist for the bands Asia and King Crimson just to name a few.  John was with Asia during their heyday in the 80’s performing and lead vocals on songs such “Heat of the Moment” and “Only Time Will Tell”.  He was 67 when he passed away from colon cancer.

February 2017

JarreauAlDuesseldorf1981February 12 – Al Jarreau – Al was 76 years old when he passed away after being hospitalized for exhaustion.  He was probably most famous for doing the theme song to the TV show for Moonlighting.  He was so much more than that though.  With around 17 albums he was Jazz legend.

February 18 – Clyde Stubblefield – Clyde was 73 when he passed away from kidney failure.  He is best know for two things…1) drummer for the amazing James Brown band and 2) he is one of the most sampled musicians in hip hop thanks to the James Brown song “Funky Drummer”.

March 2017

March 3 – Tommy Page – At only 46, Tommy died from Suicide.  He is most famous for his song “I’ll Be Your Everything” and and was a 90’s teen idol, even appearing on an episode of Full House.

March 11 – Joni Sledge – Joni was one of the sisters in Sister Sledge.  She passed away at the young age of only 60.  Sister Sledge was most famous for their hit song “We Are Family”.

Chuck Berry 1957March 18 – Chuck Berry – Chuck passed away at the ripe old age of 90.  He is one of the early innovators or rock & roll and has influenced so many over his career. He is such a legend that even in the movie Back to the Future references Chuck.  With hits such as “Johnny B Goode” and “Maybellene”, his legacy will live on forever.  He released one last album right around the time he died simply titled ‘Chuck’.  There weren’t many like and won’t be anyone like him to come.

March 22 – Sib Hashian – Sib passed away at 67 doing what he loved to do which was perform.  He is most famous for being the drummer for the band Boston.  He performed on their debut album as well as Don’t Look Back.

April 2017

April 5 – Paul O’Neil – Paul died at 61 years old and is most famous for his work as producer and songwriter with the band Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  He also produced numerous albums for the band Savatage.  For me, the best thing he did was write the song “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo”.

April 11 – J. Geils – J. Geils passed away at 71 and obviously is most famous for the band that bares his name ‘The J. Geils Band”.  He was such a great guitar player and gave the band such a strong blues rock sound, that was until they went more new wave in the 80’s.  Everyone knows those songs “Centerfold” and “Freeze Frame”, but it is the early albums that the band is a solid rock & roll band.

May 2017

ChrisCornellTIFFSept2011May 18 – Chris Cornell – Chris passed away at only 52 and his death was ruled a suicide. One of the greatest voices to come out of the Grunge scene in the 90’s, his work with Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of The Dog are unforgettable.  His solo work was equally as impressive and I thought his last solo album was one of his best.  His impact was felt by a lot of people by all the positive comments about the man after his passing.  He was well-liked in an industry that doesn’t always have nice people.

Gregg Allman 1975May 27 – Gregg Allman – The legendary Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band passed away at the tender age of 69.  He had been suffering from liver cancer and it sadly took his life.  His influence on Rock and Southern rock is immense.  His songwriting was incredible and he penned hits such as “Whipping Post”, “Melissa” and “Midnight Rider”.  He will remembered forever as his impact was so large.

June 2017

June 27 – Dave Rosser – Dave Rosser was the guitarist from the acclaimed band the Afghan Whigs.  Dave is another who had been battling cancer prior to his death.  Dave was only 50 years old and at such a young age, who knows what more we could have gotten out of him.

July 2017

July 14 – Dave Z – Dave Z died in a tragic tour bus accident while he was touring as the bass player with his current band Adrenaline Mob.  Dave Z also performed with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, SOTO and the band I first saw him in Z02.  Z02 also had a great TV show about the band where they played rock stars by night and children party band by day.  This was definitely a tragic loss for a very talented young man.

Linkin Park-Rock im Park 2014- by 2eight 3SC0327July 20 – Chester Bennington – One of the saddest losses of the year was Chester Bennington.  Another suicide on the list and this one was 2 months after the suicide of his friend Chris Cornell and it was on Chris’ birthday.  Chester was the lead singer of Linkin Park and that band will never be the same without him.  He was so talented and the band had just released a new album and they were touring in support of the album.  He was only 41 years old.

August 2017

Glen Campbell 1967August 8 – Glen Campbell – Country legend and the “Rhinestone Cowboy” himself, Glen Campbell passed away from a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.  Such a cruel disease that took music away from him in the later years, but thankfully we have so much of his music left behind.  He was such an iconic Country singer and will be remembered forever.

August 20 – Jerry Lewis – Now Jerry is known mostly for being an actor/comedian and host of the Muscular Dystrophy telethons, but he was also a singer.  He was 91 years old when he passed and he was beloved by many (especially the French).  I thought I would put up the fun song he does with Dean Martin “That’s Amore”.

September 2017

September 3 – Walter Becker – Walter was the guitarist and co-founder for the band Steely Dan.  He was 67.  The band had such hits as “Reelin’ in the Years” and “Riki Don’t Lose That Number”.

September 3 – Dave Hlubek – Dave was lead guitarist and founding member with the Southern Rock Band Molly Hatchet. He died from a heart attack at only 66 years old.  The band is most famous probably for the hit “Flirtin’ With Disaster” so I will leave you with that song.

September 8 – Troy Gentry – Troy was one part of one of the most successful country duos, Montgomery Gentry.  Troy died at 50 from a helicopter crash.  Montgomery Gentry had such hits as “Something to Be Proud of”.

September 8 – Don Williams – Another country legend has passed.  At the age of 78, Don Williams had been around the country scene for more years than I can remember.  This Country Music Hall of Famer had such hits as “I Believe in You” and “Tulsa Time”.

September 14 – Grant Hart – Grant Hart was the drummer for the punk band Husker Du and later became the guitarist and singer for Nova Mob as well as a solo artist.  This versatile musician and songwriter left his mark on the world and for that we are grateful.

October 2017

Tom Petty Live in Horsens (cropped2)October 2 – Tom Petty – Wow!  What can you say about Tom Petty.  One of the finest singer/songwriters to ever grace us with his presence.  If there is anything that would definite American Rock, it would by Tom.  He is one of my favorite singers and the Heartbreakers just painted pictures throughout my life.  I remember hearing them on the radio and then the early days of MTV they were everywhere.  He gave us such hits as  “Refuge”. “Free Fallin'”, “You Got Lucky” and “Even the Losers” and so much more.  I can’t really say enough good things about Tom Petty, so I will let his music do that talking.  Tom Petty…R.I.P.

Fats Domino (1962)October 24 – Fats Domino – Another music legend.  That term gets used a lot, but with Fats, it is true.  One of the pioneers of Rock he gave is 30 top 40 hits and over 65 million singles sold only second to maybe Elvis.  Who doesn’t know the Song “Blueberry Hill”??  Really, who doesn’t as I don’t think anyone can say they don’t.  If they don’t, they have lived under a rock for their entire life or are under 20 years old maybe.

November 2017

November 9 – Chuck Mosley – The original vocalist for the band Faith No More.  Chuck was only 57 when he lost his life to his long battling of addiction.  He was a part of their first two album ‘We Care A Lot’ and ‘Introduce Yourself’.  This funked up rock was the antithesis to the Hair Band music of its time.

Malcolm Young en 2010November 18 – Malcolm Young – The AC/DC co-founder and the heart and soul of the band lost hist life at only 64 to dementia.  He had left the band a few years earlier due to this cruel disease, but his memory will go on forever.  He is regarded as one of the best rhythm guitarist in rock and that says something about him for this is a very overlooked instrument in the band.  As the lead guitarist usually gets all the glory.

November 19 – Mel Tillis – Country music has taking a beating this year with a lot of its icons have passed.  Mel Tillis was 85 and was also in the Country Music Hall of Fame. With songs like “Coca Cola Cowboy”, “Southern Rains” and  “Send Me Down to Tucson”, he was a staple on the country scene for the 60s, 70s & 80’s even into the 90s.

David Cassidy Allan WarrenNovember 21 – David Cassidy – David Cassidy was a teenage heartthrob form the 70’s most famous for his role as David Partridge on the Partridge Family.  He was 67 and suffered from organ failure probably due to his years of addiction.  Most recently, he had been diagnosed with Dementia and had retired from touring as a result.  Through his numerous solo albums and some Partridge Family albums, he left his mark on Pop music in the 70’s and for that he will always be remembered.

December 2017

December 12th – Pat DiNizio – Pat was the lead singer for the band The Smithereens.  The band was big back in the late 80’s and early 90’s and are probably most notable for the song “Girl Like You” from their album ’11’.  Pat had been having health issues these last few years and

December 13th – Warrel Dane – Warrel was the lead singer for the bands Nevermore and Sanctuary.  He passed away of a heart attack while in Brazil.  He was working on his second solo album and has released over 15 albums in his career. He trained as an opera singer for five years and is know for his amazing range.

Wow, there were a lot this year just like there was in 2016.  I hope 2018 has a reduced number even though I doubt it as all the bands/musicians I grew up listening to are starting to reach that age where death is not all that uncommon…which of course means I am getting old too.  To all this musicians who impacted me in some way!  Say hi to the Big Man for me and Rest In Peace!!

Top Songs of 2017

It is time for the Top 20 Songs of 2017.  My previous post, if you missed it, was the Top 20 Rock Songs of 2017.  Go check it out by clicking on the link.  These 20 songs are all genres other than rock.  Some were popular and chart toppers and others were not.  They are my favorites, that touched me in some way so don’t expect any indie bands or anything trendy.  If you want that go to one of the cool sites out there, this ain’t it.

If you missed the Top Rock Albums of 2017 or the Top Albums of 2017 (that were not Rock), just click on the link and go check them out.

Let’s get started…

#20 – “Something Just Like This” by the Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay off the album ‘Memories…Do Not Open’:  This song was a family favorite during the year.  The one song the wife liked as well as all the kids and as a result, I heard it a lot and it grew on me to where I stopped and listened to it when it came on the radio.  A catchy little song with a great beat.

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The Top Albums of 2017

The year is almost over so it is time to look back at what was awesome in music during the year.  I have already looked back at the Top Rock Albums of 2017 (click to read).   This list will cover all other genres that I listened to over the year including Pop, Country, Christian and whatever other genre you want classify these albums.  Rock is my favorite genre and that is why it gets it’s own list, but that doesn’t take away from any of these choices as I think they are great on their own.

Note:  These albums were my favorites and not necessarily the most played on the radio (which I hate the radio) or even the biggest sellers.  There aren’t the trendy indie bands on everyone else’s top albums list.  These are just what I came across during the year and connected with me in some way.  So, we might as well get started…

The #1 Album of 2017

A1gOoT2DCZL._SL1500_  Colton Dixon – ‘Identity’:  What??? Not Taylor or Harry or Ed??  Nope!!!  Colton Dixon’s album ‘Identity’ was the album that did it for me this year.  Colton’s very pop album, but a Christian based album, is what I found to be best this past year.  The album was a loosely based concept album which was broken down into 3 parts – The Mind, The Body & The Soul.  He was able to rock out, dance, and slow it down all with precision.  You couldn’t help getting caught up in the messages of the songs and I am still listening to it even though it came out real early in the year.  That says something right there.

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Friday New Releases – December 8th

The closer we get to Christmas, the fewer good new releases coming out.  That doesn’t mean that aren’t any, just fewer to choose from.  For me this week, there are only two Live albums I am interested in hearing and they are highlighted in Blue.  Let me know if there is anything you see that you like.  Have a great day!!

  • images  Collective Soul – Live – (Suretone Records):  One of my favorite bands from the 90’s and from Georgia.  I have followed them since their first single “Shine” way back in 1993 and they haven’t disappointed me ever!!  I am looking forward to a live album as I don’t have one of those in my collection for them.

  • 61KX5d0LirL._SY300_QL70_  Deep Purple – The Infinite Live Recordings, Vol. 1 – (earMusic):  Deep Purple has been killing it this past year with a new album and so many treats associated with that new album. Now we have a live album as well.  That is all I need to hear.  Thanks and turn it up!!

  • 91G9cZ63fOL._SX522_  Circus of Power – Four – (Noize in the Attic)
  • download-1  Story of the Year – Wolves – (Story of the Year)
  • 61gxmQsSKGL._AC_US320_QL65_  Culture Club – Live at Wembley World Tour 2016 – (Cleopatra Music)
  • 619Oq4V4E1L._AC_US436_QL65_  Luke Bryan – What Makes You Country – (Capitol Records)
  • 91DPED-TXzL._AC_UL115_  Walker Hayes – boom. – (Monument Records)
  • 51qiaHny6mL._AC_US436_QL65_  Belle and Sebastian – How to Solve Our Human Problems Part 1 E.P. – (Matador)

Friday New Releases – December 1st

We are now in December and only 24 more days until Christmas.  Here are some great gifts to give…new album releases!!!  There is a wide variety of music this week so there might be something for everyone today.  My picks are highlighted in Blue.  What do you see that you like and want to get from Santa???  Let me know. Also, if you want to purchase an album, you can easily click on the link below the album and it will take you straight to iTunes.

  • 91wwrHTyssL._AC_UL115_  Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 2 – (Mercury Nashville):  I am so glad there is a Volume 2 because ‘From A Room: Volume 1’ was sensational.  I am looking forward to what he taps into for this one because if it is anything like the outlaw country / southern rock vibe of the first one, you will be in for a treat.

  • 616S2tyrKrL._SS500  Down ‘N Outz – The Further Live Adventures of… – (Frontier Records):  Joe Elliott from Def Leppard returns with his side project that celebrates the music of Mott the Hoople, British Lions & Ian Hunter.  This time it is a live concert and another reminder of how great their music was.  It deserves to be celebrated.  As a Joe fan, no brainer for me.

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The Original Vs. The Cover – “Hurt”

This month’s ‘The Original Vs. The Cover’s focusing on the Nine Inch Nails Song “Hurt”.  The song is one of my favorite Nine Inch Nails songs and I am not a huge fan of the band, but this song always struck a chord with me.  However, it was the cover of this song by a gentleman who goes by the moniker of Johnny Cash that made me stop and pay attention to this song (maybe you have heard of him).  It was one of the most surprising song choices for Cash to cover, but damn! did he make it his own song.  Let’s start off with the Original version of “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails.


The song, “Hurt”, was written by Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor and is off their album ‘The Downward Spiral’.  For those not familiar with the band, their style is very industrial rock and has a very metalic sound.  This song is no different other than the slow, plodding pace of song.  It comes at you with such a sadness and a dark tone that you immediately feel the pain the singer is going through.  The opening lines define the song right out of the gate…”I hurt myself today / To see if I still feel”.

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Friday New Releases – November 17th

Happy Friday!  Next week is Thanksgiving here in the States and sadly, there isn’t a ton to be thankful for on this week’s releases except for the few new live releases from Iron Maiden, Jeff Lyne’s ELO and Black Sabbath.  Outside of that, I don’t really care too much.  I might give some a listen, but got get through these live albums first.  My choices are highlighted in Blue!  Let me know if anything tickles your fancy.

  • 61NVOd2PN1L._AC_US436_QL65_  Iron Maiden – The Book of Souls: The Live Chapter – (Iron Maiden LLP):  Of course any Iron Maiden live album is a welcome sight and this one is no different.  This will probably be first up on the drive in to work.  I know several of my loyal followers will be devouring this one as well.  You know who you are!!

  • 61UAzisoUHL._AC_US436_QL65_  Black Sabbath – The End – (Eagle Rock Entertainment): The Final Black Sabbath show was captured and now being released.  Not surprising that they are coming to an end, amazingly they lasted as long as they did.  I am interested to see how this show turned out and bid a final farewell to this icon of metal music.  For that alone, it is worth a spin!

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