If you look really quick, you might think this song is called “Shoofs” but then it will lead you to ask yourself “what the hell is a Shooff?” Look again: the song is called “Sho Off”, for egotistical people who celebrating being a show off in a pompous manner. You may get down to this, so jiggle your rump and get that grumpf.
A lot of words are being said, typed, and sent but are they being read and understood? C Wells wants to know the answer in a direct manner with his song “Get The Message?”, which may sound like a simple question for a text message but it’s much more than that. The song was produced by Chris Nevers.
It was a long time ago, oh, let’s say two days ago, when I posted a new song by Tropics called “Rapture” and now they have a video ready made to cleanse your mind and soul. It’s the title track for his album to be out on February 17th via Innovative Leisure.
A new dose from Da Mafia 6ix is here in the form of something you can take with your mind, it’s called “Hydrocodone”, which features a nice verse from Lord Infamous. The song is from the Hear Sum Evil street album so if you’ve been pumping this loud, don’t make yourself deaf, but make yourself deffer.
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If you recognize him, you know him as Poster Children’s member Rick Valentin. You may want to add a few more new words to his identity because as a solo artist, he wants to be known as Thoughts Detecting Machines. As Thoughts Detecting Machines, Valentin will be releasing an album called Work The Circuit and “New Day” is the first single from it. Some may feel it is a nice throwback to the new wave of the early 1980’s and if it is, consider the synths and dark vocals a nice return. The album will be out on March 16th.
The song starts off with a piano melody that may sound to some like something from Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells and the first hint of vocals (or even a breath) doesn’t happen until 102 seconds into the song but once you hear Hundred Waters’ vocalist Nicole Miglis (the song is just her and a piano), it becomes all too real and personal. Quite nice too, make sure to listen to the lyrics. A similar version of this will appear on their forthcoming album The Moon Rang Like A Bell (Remixed).
When the beat kicks in this song, it reminded me of Ultravox’s “Vienna” but it’s a different spectrum of pop, and Natalie McCool is someone who is sure to have a number of people turn their heads to her direction and stay there. “Pins” is her latest single and will be on her forthcoming EP due out sometime this spring.
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Upon first listen, you might hear the new vocalist froM The Agonist, Vicky Psarakis, and think “wait a minute: is the only thing she does is just growl like a death metal singer?” Keep on listening and she unleashes the harmonies soonafter. If you are familiar with The Agonist, you know of their capabilities but now with a new singer, they are hoping to take things further. The song will appear on their forthcoming Century Media album, Eye Of Providence, due out on the 24th of February.
The Dark Tower Of The Sorcerer” is the latest effort from Sorcerer, who placed the song on their album In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross (Metal Blade) and flew strong with it. The song sounds like a cross between Dio, Krokus, and Queensryche, but you may hear it and go “damn, this goes much harder than that”.
This edition of my COVERED column, I like because it seems so out of the loop but someone did it. David Peel was singer and musician who spoke for the counter-culture and in support of the hippie community and marijuana. He was very much “anti-man”, in that he did not like what authority was doing to take things away. He was signed by Elektra Records and came out with the Have A Marijuana album. While the mainstream didn’t embrace him in full, since he was anti-mainstream, the album managed to go as high (literaly) as #187 on the Billboard album chart before falling off. He was also signed by The Beatles’ Apple label and came out with The Pope Smokes Dope.
Mild High School is a group of sorts, and I say “of sorts” because this is a project from a mind of Alexander Brettin, a Chicago musician who is living in Los Angeles and hoping to make his talents known by being signed to Stones Throw. He just came out with a single called “Windowpane” b/w “Weeping Willow”, the picture sleeve of which is an ode to the Have A Marijuana album. Brettin/Mild High School will be releasing a full length album later this year but for now, have a listen to the A-side of the “Windowpane” single below.