PLEDGE DRIVE: The time to help in keeping ThisIsBooksMusic.com alive

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It is that time of the year where I have to bring this upbut it is that time that I have to renew my web domain once more, and I am asking for your help.

Before I talk about putting up the digital “tip cup”, let me just say that I enjoy doing what I do on my website, being able to do music and video reviews, news items of interest, and music reviews. My website has never been a means for outside advertising, although had I done that, I almost think those other links would get more hits than my actual website. I don’t post links to an older woman who looks like she smokes 40 packs of cigarettes a day and ooh, look how beautiful she appears today. I don’t offer celebrity rumors to you for the fact that I don’t care for them, and you probably know more than enoughts sites or blogs to read that kind of ephemera. If you have come to my website to find out about music or some of the food-related things I post, I am thankful you continue to make this place a regular stop of your internet travels. I would like to do this for one more year and come summer of 2016, we will see. A part of me wants to try something new and no, I’m not going to try knitting or macrame, I don’t have those type of skills. Trying something new means perhaps a new method of what I’ve been doing for the last 30 years as a writer, and that may mean to try it in a new forum, to do something in a new way. I have a year to decide but I’m leaning towards wanting to try something else other than my “norm”. Thus, let me speak about the “tip cup” for my site.

What I am placing is a “tip cup” of sorts. If you enjoy the type of coverage that I feature here at ThisIsBooksMusic.com and would like for it to continue, I am looking for your donation to continue the website for another year. If you are able to “give a tip” to ThisIsBooksMusic.com, you can do so via PayPal by clicking here. Your private information is secure when you donate via PayPal, and you are also able to make a donation even if you are not a PayPal member. The deadline is September 30th.

While it would be nice for me to run advertising on my website, ThisIsBooksMusic.com is ad-free for a reason, and I’d like to keep it that way. The music I cover is the music I would like for you to listen to and discover for yourself, and pass the information along to those who you think would be interested. This website is about the music I like, support, and listen to on a regular basis, within as many genres as possible. I don’t pick and choose just to make random choices, these are my musical habits, and I share that on a regular basis. If the website is unable to be renewed, all donations will be refunded, no questions asked. If you are able to make a donation, I would be very appreciative.

VIDEO: Ilyas Nashid & Quintessence James’ “Away Too Long”


You’ll know Ilyas Nashid as once being a part of Tanya Morgan and you may know Quintessence James from something or somewhere else but James produced an album for Ilyas called Transformation Part 1: Ego. Now, Ilyas takes the directorial cap to do a clip for “Away Too Love” and maybe it’s his answer for everyone who hgas been wondering where he has been. Now you know: he’s here.

LYRIC VIDEO: Katie Buchanan’s “Why You Leave A Heart”

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“Why You Leave A Heart” is a song by artist Katie Buchanan, taken from an album she released in March called Glow. Her style is a nice mixture of pop and rock with a hint of blues, so there’s a bit of substances in what she does and while it may sound eloquent, it can be very gritty too. “Why You Leave A Heart” is presented as a lyric video so perhaps an actual music video is on the way but if not, enjoy the music.

VIDEO: Lil’ George’s “Truth”

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If you didn’t catch it or follow the charts closely, you may have missed the fact that “Sauce” hit #1 on the singles chart.
What “Sauce”? A song by Lil’ George, who comes from Detroit but he plans on traveling a bit to meet the fans. Now, he has a new single called “Truth” and he is hoping you will say the same about it as a sign of approval. The song will find its way on George’s forthcoming street album, Failed 2 Realize.

SOME STUFFS: The New Mastersounds ready to release new music

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Get ready, New Mastersounds fans, your favorite band will be releasing a new set of music very soon. Made For Pleasure (Royal Potato Family) will be out on October 2nd and a few days before that, they will begin touring in support of it. Check out the dates, set your coordinates and then have a good time if they’re playing within your vicinity.


September 30… Phoenix, AZ (Crescent Ballroom)
October 1… San Diego, CA (Winstons)

October 2… Los Angeles, CA (Teragram Ballroom)
October 4… Mill Valley, CA (Sweetwater Music Hall)
October 6… Chico, CA (Lost On Main)
October 7… Eugene, OR (HiFi Music Hall)
October 8… Portland, OR (Wonder Ballroom)
October 9-10… Seattle, WA (Nectar Lounge)
October 11… Missoula, MT (Top Hat Lounge)
October 13… Salt Lake City, UT (The State Room)
October 14… Boulder, CO (Fox Theatre)
October 15… Steamboat Springs, CO (Old Town Pub)
October 16… Albuquerque, NM (El Rey Theater)
October 17… Chicago, IL (Concord Music Hall)
October 16-18… Ozark, AR (Phases of the Moon Music + Art Festival)
October 20… St. Louis, MO (Old Rock House)
October 21… Memphis, TN (1884 Lounge)
October 22-25… Rockdale, TX (Art Outside)
October 23… Dallas, TX (The Loft at Gilley’s)
October 24… Houston, TX (Warehouse Live Studio)
October 27… Birmingham, AL (Workplay)
October 28… Baton Rouge, LA (Varsity Theatre)
October 29… Jackson, MS (Duling Hall)
October 30… Hattiesburg, MS (Dollar Box Showroom)
October 31… Live Oak, FL (Hulaween)
November 1… Charleston, SC (Charleston Pour House)

November 3… Wilmington, NC (Ziggy’s)
November 4… Charlotte, NC (Neighborhood Theatre)
November 5… Raleigh, NC (Southland Ballroom)
November 6… Asheville, NC (Isis)
November 7… Nashville, TN (War Memorial Auditorium) *



* w/ Lettuce

SOME STUFFS: Loggins & Messina second album, Sly & The Family Stone’s “Greatest Hits” get the SACD audiophile treatments

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  • As a lifelong fan of Loggins & Messina, this new audiophile pressing on Audio Fidelity is going to be worth waiting for. Some call this the debut album by Loggins & Messina, at least by name but in truth, it’s their second album, their follow-up to the amazing 1971 album Sittin’ In. For most fans of pop music, this is the album that features their biggest and arguably only hit, “Your Mama Don’t Dance”. However, this album is also known for a number of key album tracks, including the amazing “Angry Eyes” (later covered by The Pointer Sisters), along with “Thinking Of You” and “Golden Ribbons”. This 1972 album helped keep the band on the charts and on the radio, with “Your Mama Don’t Dance” still getting airplay 43 years later.

    Steve Hoffman did the remaster on the regular CD audio.

  • Released in 1970, Sly & The FamilY Stone’s Greatest Hits was released while Epic Records was waiting for new music from Sly and friends. His performance at Woodstock in 1969 had been released in the film in March of 1970 and they wanted to be sure he would supply fans with new music. He wasn’t working on that pace, or any pace. Some have said Sly was working on what would become There’s A Riot Goin’ On but whatever was happening, it wasn’t driving him to finish anything new. Epic Records decided to do what was best by putting together a compilation of all of the hits Sly & The Family Stone had between 1967 and 1969 and give it to fans, which helped. As the saying goes, most greatest hits albums are usually the sign of death for an artist but not with Sly, for many of those songs were still getting a lot of airplay on many radio stations.

    The interesting thing about the Greatest Hits package is that a lot of the singles were mono only, in that proper stereo mixes were not made, since they weren’t intended for release on an album, back when it was customary to release mono and stereo mixes. What Epic Records did was “electronically reprocess” some songs to be fake stereo, so one channel had a lot of high end, the other channel had a lot of low end. Then something happened. A few years later, when quadraphonic albums were the hip thing to do, they went to the multi-tracks to make all new mixes for the album. In the process, by making quad mixes in stereo for the vinyl pressing, it essentially was the first time three songs made their stereo debut, including “I Want To Take You Higher”, “Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”, and “Hot Fun In The Summertime”. For the longest time, the quad mix became the hit album to get for those who preferred hunting down true stereo mixes. Slightly different stereo mixes were later released on compilation albums in the 80’s and 90’s but now you’ll be able to it in all of its true quadraphonic glory on the SACD. No word on if the stereo or quad-in-stereo mix was remastered.

    (Mahalo nui to Tom Hayes for the tip on both discs.)

  • VIDEO: Klassik’s “Hi Klass”

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    Klassik’s new release is called Seasons and if you have it and found a liking to it, you may find this new video to be a treat. It’s the second single from it and it’s called “Hi Klass”, which could be read as something/someone who is “high class” or merely someone saying “hello, Klass”. Of course, if you don’t know which is the correct answer, go ahead and press play on the video. It will do you no harm.

    SOME STUFFS: Gaytheist and ᴚABBITS split album to be released in just under three weeks

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    As reported two months ago, the gents in Gaytheist and ᴚABBITS will be releasing a split album on Good To Die Records and we’re now closer to that moment, August 21st to be exact. The album will be called GAY*BITS and everyone involved has decided to share a track. ᴚABBITS offer their song called “Ready To Right”, which you can listen to by going to RevolverMag.com while Gaytheist tell you why you should “Run To Away From Home”, which you can hear over at GearGods.net.