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.

BOOK’S #FOODIE: El Yucateco Black Label Reserve Chili Habanero hot sauce (review)

 photo ElYucatecoBlack_label_zpsih4kkgei.jpg In the past I’ve tried different hot sauces before made by El Yucateco and the fact this was called a “Black Label Reserve” made me eager to want to try it. The price for this was a dollar or two more than their regular hot sauces, and their hot sauces are considered to be “budget” priced despite the fact the flavor on them have been great.

This Black Label Reserve Chili Habanero is called that because it is literally a black hot sauce, or a dark green, but I’m sure it’s a bit of both. I didn’t think of anything before I tried it but when I had it, I said to myself “are there people who will like this?” It tasted exactly like a burnt habanero, something you put on a grill or stove when you roast it. You burn the pepper and it becomes visibly crips. It tastes exactly like that and for my tastes, the burnt flavor was a bit too much.

I say this and yet I tried the bottle. I didn’t honestly struggle with it and it wasn’t horrible but I wanted to find a dish that would make it taste decent. Of course, it complimented everything in its own way but it isn’t something I’d want to buy again. I never knew burnt could be a flavor for something, I don’t know if burnt butter would sell at movie theaters or burnt corn on the cob would do well at farmer’s markets. As for the heat, it was nice but the flavor overwhelmed and it masked everything else. This one was a no go for me.

VIDEO: Kadavar’s “Last Living Dinosaur”


You might listen to this and think “if Black Sabbath were a band of the 2010’s, I’d go and see them on tour this summer.” They are not Black Sabbath but they’re called Kadavar, whose style of hard rock has been encouraging their German fans to call them eternal ragers and others throughout Europe personal favorites. Some might call them proto-rock but what the hell does that mean? No matter, this is Kadavar and they sound incredible. The song will be on their forthcoming album Berlin (Nuclear Blast), due out on August 21st.

VIDEO: Pearl Charles’ “You Can Change”

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Pearl Charles released a new EP this week on Burger Records, aptly titled Pearl Charles, or you could say it’s self-titled, which may mean it’s untitled but it’s eponymous, you know what that means. For the release, she has released a video for one of its songs, the single from it called “You Can Change”, directed by Angelo Izzo. You can stream the EP in full below from Bandcamp.


SOME STUFFS: Betty Moon plans on creating “Pantomania” worldwide

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She calls herself an alternative rock/pop singer, so say hello to rocker Betty Moon. She recently released her fourth album called Pantomania (Evolver Music), and she is hoping this one will take her to a higher place. Moon is originally from Toronto but relocated to Los Angeles a few years ago. Check out a song from the album called “No Good” and you may end up discovering it is quite good for you.

FREE MP3 DL: RedBaren 907 featuring X Homeboy Sandman’s “Red Sand”


Most of you are familiar with Homeboy Sandman so you may ask yourself on a regular basis “where is he at now?” Well, he might be at a department store to buy some deodorants but you’re talking musically. He finds himself in a new track by a rapper you may not be familiar with, so please become comfortable with RedBaren 907, who is releasing an album called Life Behind Bars and this is a preview.

VIDEO: Hey Anna’s “Anaphaze”

Hey Anna – Anaphaze (Official Video) from Hey Anna on Vimeo.

If you’ve been paying attention in the last few weeks, you may have seen some posts about a group called Hey Anna. Their new album is called Run Koko and it’s partly why I posted about them, that and they make some damn good music. Now you can watch one of their damn good videos. Well, okay, it’s a good video, whether or not it’s damn good is up to you but that’s why you’re here.

The band also have some shows that will wrap up the summer quite nicely, two of which are all ages shows. Plan accordingly:

August 28… Portsmouth, NH (The Press Room (21+))
August 29… Portland, ME (Bayside Bowl (all ages))
September 2… New Haven, CT (Bar (21+))
September 4… Asbury Park, NJ (The Saint (21+))
September 5… Stroudsburg, PA (The Living Room) (all ages)

SOME STUFFS: “Renegades Of Rhythm” show in Oakland to be released on VHS

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If you attended DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist’s recent Renegades Of Rhythm shows, you know it was not just a celebration of hip-hop in general but it celeberates the legacy of Afrika Bambaataa and the records he used and collected in his life. A performance of this show in Oakland was recorded and will be made available for purchase.

Renegades Of Rhythm: Live In Oakland will be released on VHS tape. You got that right, VHS. Yes, VHS is a dead format but so is Betamax, and there have been many times in the last 30 years that vinyl was supposed to die too. While the demand for anything on VHS these days is beyond minimal, hardcore music buffs still flock to VHS tapes that have not been released on DVD or Blu-Ray officially. Just as there are hardcore collectors who consider laserdisc is superior, the VHS is still very much alive and well by many. Only 300 copies of this tape are being made, each one to be individually numbered. DJ Shadow has sold his share of titles on VHS over the years, from the Slurp show to the tape with well known funk and soul drummers so add this to the -ography as well. It’s a bit pricey (well, for me at least) but this is a limited edition and some of you will transfer it digitally immediately anyway. You can pre-order it over at DJShadow.com.

VIDEO: Oddisee’s “Belong To The World”


Belonging to the world, can anyone belong to a world> Oddisee says yes, and he says so not only in musical form, but in visual form, so check out his forms. This is from his project called The Good Fight, released this past spring and if you haven’t had the opportunity to hear anything from it, watch the video and than consider getting the album.

VIDEO: Vedo Stone’s “To The Marshes (Acoustic)”

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At the beginning of July I shared with you a song by artist Tedo Stone. Now that we’re at the end of the month, Stone is offering up another song for you just in time, and this time it’s a video.

It’s for his album coming out on September 18th called Marsher, which will be on This Is American Music so here at This Is Book’s Music, I give you the clip for “To The Marshes”. Unlike the audio I presented in early July, it’s a more calmer version of the song, as it’s done acoustically.

The Love List Presents: Tedo Stone from The Love List Presents on Vimeo.

Tedo Stone performs "Marshes" at the Stave Room at American Spirit Works in Atlanta, GA.