Robin Trower at the Aladdin July 1st.

Robin Trower, my all time favorite rock/blues guitarist will be at the Aladdin Theater July 1st. Here are a few shots from a previous show at the Roseland.

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Robin Trower

at the Roseland Portland Oregon.

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LAMB OF GOD Unleashes New Track – 512

Brand New Album “VII: Sturm Und Drang”
To Be Released July 24, 2015 via Epic Records

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Richmond, VA based heavy rock band LAMB OF GOD will release their highly-anticipated seventh full-length album, VII: Sturm Und Drang, on July 24, 2015 via Epic Records.

Today, LAMB OF GOD has unleashed the brand new track “512”, cut from VII: Sturm Und Drang. Listen now via the band’s YouTube page and Spotify, and stay tuned for the official music video for the track, directed by Jorge Torres-Torres, coming soon.

Finally, make sure to read the exclusive “512” track description interview with vocalist Randy Blythe via RollingStone.com here.

VII: Sturm Und Drang is now available for pre-order via iTunes and Amazon, which include “Still Echoes” and “512” as instant-grat tracks. In addition, the album is available for pre-order in connection with several exclusive bundles at http://smarturl.it/vii-preorder.

VII: Sturm Und Drang is once again produced and mixed by Josh Wilbur with engineering by Wilbur, Nick Rowe, and Kyle McAulay, and was recorded at NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA and Suburban Soul Studios in Torrance, CA. LAMB OF GOD’s last album, the 2012 Grammy-nominated Resolution, debuted at #3 on the US Billboard Top 200, #1 on the US Top Hard Rock and Rock Album charts, #2 on the Canadian albums chart, and #3 on the Australian albums chart.

Catch LAMB OF GOD on tour this summer with Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless In White:

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR: 

LAMB OF GOD W/ Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine & Motionless In White

  • 7/24 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
  • 7/25 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • 7/26 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
  • 7/28 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy MusicTheatre
  • 7/29 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
  • 7/31 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
  • 8/1 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • 8/2 – Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre
  • 8/4 – Boston, MA @ XFINITY Center
  • 8/5 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
  • 8/6 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
  • 8/8 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
  • 8/9 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau – Heavy Montreal
  • 8/11 – Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
  • 8/12 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
  • 8/14 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
  • 8/15 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
  • 8/16 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
  • 8/19 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  • 8/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
  • 8/23 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheater
  • 8/24 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
  • 8/26 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
  • 8/28 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Resort Festival Grounds
  • 8/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ AK-Chin Pavilion
  • 8/30 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
  • 9/2 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
  • 9/4 – Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
  • 9/5 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion

ABOUT LAMB OF GOD:

Richmond, VA natives LAMB OF GOD originally formed in 1994 as Burn The Priest while in college together at Virginia Commonwealth University, initially performing in meagre venues and hocking rough demos amongst the local scene. In 1998, the band changed their moniker to LAMB OF GOD, which would mark their impending ascension to top-tier status, as well as one of the only tangible career deviations that the band would ever undertake – having consistently released chart-topper after chart-topper while maintaining a true and constant line-up of members and increasingly growing fanbase; a rarity in modern music. The band’s first major release, 2000’s New American Gospel, was immediately touted as an instant metal classic. AllMusic stated it best, “The essential signatures of post-Pantera metal are in abundance on Lamb of God’s inaugural album. New American Gospel provides a mighty oak upon which gritty American metal’s faith is maintained, effectively bridging the ’90s’ insistence upon drill-sergeant technicality and the old school’s determined focus on riff construction.”

In 2007, just a short time after putting out monumentally successful releases Ashes of the Wake (Album, 2004, #27 of 200 debut), Killadelphia (DVD, 2004, RIAA Platinum), and Sacrament(Album, 2006, #8 of 200 debut), LAMB OF GOD was honored with a Grammy nomination for the track “Redneck”. This would mark the first of four Grammy nominations for the band. After the release of Walk With Me In Hell (DVD, 2008), the second and third Grammy nominations came in 2010 and 2011 for tracks “Set to Fail” and “In Your Words”, both cut from Wrath(CD, 2009, #2 of 200 debut). The fourth nomination arrived for the band’s track “Ghost Walking”, cut from their 2012 album Resolution (CD, #3 of 200 debut). Now, on the cusp of releasing their seventh full-length album VII: Sturm Und Drang, the five-piece is poised to prove their lasting consistency by offering another blistering contribution of the highest quality heavy metal – a record that no one other than LAMB OF GOD could truly execute.

Having amassed the globe with countless world tours and millions of albums sold, all-the-while overcoming countless hurdles ranging from personal demons to vocalist Randy Blythe’s 2013 trial in Prague (which resulted in the acclaimed 2014 full-length feature documentary, As The Palaces Burn, and upcoming book, Dark Days: A Memoir, authored by the frontman and releasing in July), LAMB OF GOD stands the test of time as the biggest, most influential heavy metal band of the new millennium.

LAMB OF GOD is:

  • Randy Blythe – vocals
  • Mark Morton – guitar
  • Willie Adler – guitar
  • John Campbell – bass
  • Chris Adler – drums

For more information about LAMB OF GOD, please visit:

Vegas Shock Rockers I.D.S.F.A. Pay Homage to Orderus Urungus

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Vegas Shock Rockers I.D.S.F.A. Pay Homage to Orderus Urungus with “The Genius That Was Oderus”

Check Out a New Track “The Genius That Was Oderus”

I.D.S.F.A. Announce IndieGoGo Campaign for Upcoming Concept Production, Including Album, Short Film, and Live Performance Aspects. Read More via IndieGoGo Here.

Las Vegas-based shock rockers I.D.S.F.A. – winners of the 2011 “Best Shock Rock” and 2013 “Best of Vegas” Vegas Rocks Magazine Awards – released their first full-length self-titled album in 2013, including tracks about revenge, death, mayhem, zombies and all things gruesome. Pairing the audio with a chaotic live show featuring drum beating zombies, an 8-foot anti-aircraft gun, washed up sea creatures from the Japan tsunami and other surprises, the group has amassed an assembly of fans who are rabid for what’s coming next!

The group aims to continue the carnage with their upcoming concept project Bodies In The Basement, which will include a new album, as well as short film and live, interactive performance aspects. In addition, the new music will feature an overhauled sound and demented new vocalist, Knuckletooth. In celebration of the upcoming release, the band is paying homage to their main musical and theatrical inspiration, GWAR, as well as late vocalist Dave Brockie, with a new track “The Genius That Was Oderus”.

The track can be streamed here via the band’s official YouTube page: https://youtu.be/pUWkKKzpoiU. Fans can also download the track via Amazon now, or receive the track as a hard copy single (only 100 signed, numbered copies available) by donating to the IndieGoGo campaign below. Please note that this track is only available via single and will not be part of the Bodies In The Basement album.

Bassist Travesty comments, “We wrote “The Genius That Was Oderus” in memoriam of one of the most influential musicians to us. We have attended GWAR shows since we were teenagers. Oderus showed us that you can mix music, horror, gore and theatrics into one. He is the reason that I.D.S.F.A. is the band that is today. We wanted to show our appreciation to everything Oderus did in the Shock Rock scene and we figured what better way to do that than in song – the way he would appreciate the most. He Will Be Missed, So Raise Your Fist!”

As mentioned above, the Bodies In The Basement full musical and theatrical production is almost complete, but I.D.S.F.A. is reaching out to their fans to help finalize the process! The band is hosting an IndieGoGo campaign with the goal of funding the upcoming three-part production, which if reached, will include live performances that include interactive personifications of each track’s concept, in addition to live airings of an accompanying short film in segments between tracks.

As for the album portion of the project, I.D.S.F.A. plans to present the same short film broken up between tracks on their actual album (the concept is for fans to experience the album via multimedia player to hear tracks and view the short film in segments between each track, in sequence).

The short film concept will follow the story of one victim and their journey through the macabre world of I.D.S.F.A. This film, combined with the album and live aspect of Bodies In The Basement, will take the audience through the horrors one might experience if “Chosen” by I.D.S.F.A. Who are “The Chosen”, you ask? To understand that, one must understand who I.D.S.F.A. are at their core.

Drummer Dr. Skum tells the tale, “We’re a group of miscreants who met in hell many lifetimes ago, eventually becoming one of the most popular and influential bands in the underworld. After getting carried away at an after party one night, we happened to roofie Satan with a dose of our own concocted drug called “Demon Puss” and things got… X-rated. After that fateful night, we were banished to the Town Of EEV-Ville, a town located 66.6 miles south of hell. This is the place where the ones who are too evil for hell are sent. Once we arrived in the town of EEV-Ville, we got a bit of cabin fever and decided to get busy, forming what is now known as The Dept. Of Death. The Dept.’s mission is to tour the world and spread our infection to all! Once infected, those will then follow alongside the Dept. on their tirade of Death. Those infected are called “The Chosen” and they will not stop till death has reached every corner of the globe! *evil laugh*”

The Bodies In The Basement IndieGoGo campaign will feature some great incentives, such as two incredible custom I.D.S.F.A. guitars by Evolution Guitars. These guitars feature a new innovative guitar design with interchangeable face plates and are valued between $1400-1800 each. These will be available for a discounted price via the IndieGoGo campaign with a $1000 donation. You will be given the opportunity to work personally with the design team and customize your guitar with them – truly be one of a kind! Learn more about Evolution Guitars here: https://www.theevolutionguitar.com/

Other incentives include a limited-to-100-copies hard copy of the “The Genius That Was Oderus” single (mentioned above), drum sticks, custom skateboards, and more.

I.D.S.F.A. is endorsed/sponsored by Evolution Guitars, SIT strings, Zombie Apocalypse Vodka, and Clayton Picks, and have performed with groups such as MushroomheadD.R.I., Anvil, Spineshank, and more.

Learn More about I.D.S.F.A.:  

I.D.S.F.A. are:

  • Travesty – bass
  • R.I.P. – guitar
  • Dr. Skum – drums
  • Knuckletooth – vocals
  • The Rigor Mortis Twins – side drums, props
  • Skab – production, lighting, samples, props, video

Not Just for Guitarists! The 2016 AXES & ANCHORS Cruise

The 2016 AXES & ANCHORS Cruise
Announces
Non-Guitar Oriented Workshops

Guitar Geniuses TONY MACALPINE and GILBY CLARKE (Guns N’ Roses) Added to Performance and Workshop Roster 

Cruise with Today’s Greatest Musicians – Setting Sail February 20, 2016 from Miami, FL

  • Featuring More than 40 Blazing Performances
  • Tons of FREE Guitar Workshops with Featured Guitarists
  • Gear Demos and Tutorials with Featured Guitarists
  • On-Board Parties and Exotic Beach Stops
  • + More Bands Confirming Soon!

aanda1 Book Your Cabins Now at www.AxesAndAnchors.com

The upcoming 5-day/4-night 2016 AXES & ANCHORS cruise – setting sail from Miami, FL on February 20 aboard the Carnival Victory, stopping in Key West, FL and Nassau, Bahamas, and docking back in Miami on February 24 – is pleased to announce two new artists to the cruise line-up! GILBY CLARKE, best known for his time as rhythm guitarist for Guns N’ Roses, and TONY MACALPINE, one of rock’s most amazing and versatile musicians, are just two amazing artists that AXES & ANCHORS cruise will be adding to the already stellar line-up.

In addition, the cruise is announcing a variety of non-guitar oriented workshops for music fans and musicians of all backgrounds to enjoy. Musical education and teaching is very important to the AXES & ANCHORS mission. Whether you are a vocalist, bassist, drummer, photographer, tour manager or just interested in learning more about music in general, you’ll have much to enjoy on the AXES & ANCHORS cruise. In addition to the guitar workshops run personally by 10 of the cruise’s attending guitar gods, beginners and seasoned musicians alike can experience workshops like:

  • Rock photography
  • How to Write Lyrics
  • Tuning and Amplifying Your Sound
  • Sight-reading of Music
  • Voice Training
  • Glam/Metal Make-up
  • Clothing Modification

Ann Squire, co-founder of AXES & ANCHORS comments, “We’ve had passengers calling and telling us how excited they are that we are offering workshops, and they are even asking for other very specific workshops – like voice training and sight reading – so while we are focused on guitars, we are also providing something for everyone. It’s exciting to see everyone so jazzed about our new format for rock cruises.”

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As mentioned above, GILBY CLARKE and TONY MACALPINE are excited to be joining the AXES & ANCHORS cruise. See below for more information on each new artist and what they will be doing on the cruise.

GILBY CLARKE:

GILBY CLARKE is a producer and musician who has collaborated with many artists including Slash’s SnakepitTommy LeeJason Newsted and Nancy Sinatra. At the age of 17, he made the move from Cleveland to Hollywood to pursue a music career. His first real success came with the rock band Candybefore joining Guns N’ Roses in support of their massive Use Your Illusion tour. Clarke has also enjoyed a successful solo career with several acclaimed albums including Pawnshop Guitars. His latest project, Kings of Chaos, features many well-known artists such as Steven TylerGlenn HughesBilly Gibbons and Robin Zander, among others.

Clarke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, and that same year received The Video Vanguard Award, a lifetime achievement award given to musicians who have made a profound effect on the MTV culture with their body of work.

GILBY CLARKE will be performing TWO FULL CONCERTS with his band, and also offering a ONE-HOUR GUITAR WORKSHOP, and a PHOTO OP with each passenger!

Clarke states, “I’m so happy to announce that I’ll be taking part in the inaugural AXES & ANCHORS Cruise, setting sail in February 2016. I can’t wait to get out on the high seas and perform for deserving fans and enjoy all that the cruise has to offer.”

TONY MACALPINE:

Whether performing as a solo artist, band member, session player, or as a producer, TONY MACALPINE is one of rock’s most amazing and versatile musicians. He incorporates classical, jazz and fusion influences into the hard rock/metal genre on both guitar and keyboards. MacAlpine is a classically trained pianist and violinist. He began his musical education at age 5 as a piano major at the Springfield Conservatory, and at age 12 he picked up the guitar. “Discovered” in the pages of Guitar Player magazine, he went on to become a leader in the neoclassical guitar virtuoso movement. In his 25-plus year career he has eleven solo albums, four albums with his jazz-fusion band CAB, three albums with progressive rock band Planet X, and a number of other band projects. In addition, MacAlpine has contributed both guitar and keyboards to a long list of records by other artists.

TONY MACALPINE will be performing TWO FULL CONCERTS with his band, conducting a ONE-HOUR WORKSHOP, attending the ROCKTAIL PARTY for Platinum VIPs, and a PHOTO OP with each passenger. Learn more at www.AxesAndAnchors.com.

MacAlpine  states, “Come sail and rock away with us on the AXES & ANCHORS Cruise, February 20 – 24, 2016. It is a do-not-miss event and I, as well as everyone else, request your presence on board!”

The AXES & ANCHORS cruise features a line-up of world-class rock and metal musicians and their bands including ZAKK WYLDE (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), YNGWIE MALMSTEENMICHAEL SCHENKER (Scorpions, UFO, MSG), ALEX SKOLNICK (Testament, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), TONY MACALPINE (CAB, Planet X), RANDY RHOADS REMEMBERED, TRACII GUNS (Guns N’ Roses, LA Guns), GILBY CLARKE (Candy, Guns N’ Roses, Kings of Chaos), DARIO LORINA (Black Label Society, Lizzy Borden), and more, performing concerts and conducting workshops. Passengers can look forward to more than 40 mind blowing shows over the course of the 5 days/4 nights on board.

In addition, more than a dozen workshops by day in guitar-oriented and non-guitar musical topics will train your brain! And, the cruise plans on featuring gear demos and displays from some of today’s premier guitar and gear manufacturers.  Of course there will be plenty of time to splash in one of the on-board pools, roll the dice in the casino, soak up some sun on exotic beaches, explore the sights and sounds of Key West and Nassau, or just relax and sip your favorite beverage on the deck, all while rubbing elbows with some of the hottest rock legends and their even hotter fans.

Tickets for the cruise start at the competitive rate of just $899 per person (based on double occupancy), and include all accommodations, meals, concerts, open workshops, games, photo ops and more. Since the ship holds a limited number of passengers, early booking is highly encouraged.  Get more musical bang for your buck on the AXES & ANCHORS cruise! Tickets are on sale now at www.AxesAndAnchors.com, and monthly payment plans are available.

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Buko’s iChronicles #1

This is the pilot for my new column. Hope you like it.

Its a short focus on the Analog Cafe, I will be doing short videos on various things in Portland’s music community. If you would like to be part of this let me know.

Special thanks to Donnie Rife and Smoochknob for letting use “Meet Me Half the Way” from their CD Drive By High Five.

In Memoriam – Billy Triplett


Billy Triplett Aka Trip’s Pdx Celebration of Life


Billy Triplett died of a heart attack on Sunday, August 11th. Anyone who knew Billy knew him to be in every way a gentle giant of a man. He was physically massive—tall and very heavy. But he was the friendliest guy you are ever likely to meet. Exceptionally helpful. Incredibly kind. A real sweet man.

Billy where he was most at home, at the Board
Billy where he was most at home, at the Board.

Billy was a sound engineer of the highest order. He was so good at his craft that he wasn’t around Portland very much after the mid-90s. He ended up touring with the likes of the Goo Goo Dolls, Prince, Paul McCartney, Pat Benatar and Joe Walsh and the James Gang, as well as working on projects with countless other musical acts over the years.

But pretty much any musician playing in town prior to the mid-90s has a Billy Triplett tale to tell.

The first time I met Billy was at Luis’ La Bamba club in 1982, when my band opened for Billy Rancher and the Unreal Gods during the height of the Rose Festival. That was our very first gig and we were excited to be opening for the Unreal Gods, the city’s most popular band, but completely disorganized. Billy was the first person I met when we were setting up. His aura of unruffled tranquility becalmed those around him. He calmed us right down and got us set-up on stage in front of the Gods’ gear and all mic’ed up, hooked up and dialed in without a care.

He handled the main soundboard at the back of the room, while Mick Boyt manned the monitor board. Billy and Mick made doing a sound check seem so simple that we naively assumed it was how all sound checks were supposed to go. Ha! A musician should be so lucky. By all accounts our gig that night was the best sounding we ever had. That was the only time Billy Triplett was our man at the board. It was three years downhill from there. And we had a damn good sound man of our own.

Billy and the Gods were that lucky. They had Billy Triplett doing their sound for every one of their gigs. Most certainly he was a key component in the Gods’ success. He played the board and the attending rack of effects as expertly as any musician plays his instrument. He was an artist. And that was thirty years ago! He only got better at his craft with every one of the thousands of gigs he engineered since that time.

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B3 Kickin’ it in Cabo ’96

He often did sound at Key Largo in the late ‘80s and into the ‘90s. I played there with two different bands with him doing the sound, and the whole gig was like butter. Everything was just warm and toasty and copacetic. It was Billy Triplett’s world of sound engineering and we were welcome to it.

Troy Williver and Billy Triplett Christmas 2010
Troy Williver and Billy Triplett Christmas 2010

Billy began working with Troy Williver and his band Bombay when they played at Key Largo around 1995. Not long after that he signed a contract with Williver, and headed with Bombay to LA in search of gigs that would lead to a recording contract. Williver is a true professional musician, and while in LA, he introduced Billy to many influential musicians, technicians and industry contacts.

Billy Triplett at the Holiday Music Motel
Billy Triplett at the Holiday Music Motel

Billy ended up staying in LA circa 1997 and he lived there for over ten years. In 2009 he moved to Sturgeon Bay,Wisconsin, where he stayed at the Holiday Music Motel—Jackson Browne’s recording studio/motel complex—working on numerous projects from there. By the end of 2010 his health had begun to deteriorate and he was hospitalized for a time, in critical condition.

Billy Triplett Christmas 2010
Billy Triplett Christmas 2010

Unbeknownst to most local musicians, Billy returned to Portland at Christmas 2010, staying with Troy Williver and his family. Billy convalesced there for many months. He returned to Sturgeon Bay where he worked at the annual Steel Bridge Songfest last June.

Every time I met with Billy over the years I was continually struck by his benign demeanor, his reverential humility. I will always remember those qualities in him. But most of all I will remember the countless live music gigs I attended around town where the sound was absolutely perfect. You’d look around to see who was doing sound—and sure enough—it would be Billy Triplett. Hopefully Billy is even now reunited with his old friend Billy Rancher, creating music in the great hereafter.

by SP Clarke

Editors Note: Please share your memories of Billy with us and everyone, and he will always be with us.

Anny Celsi Back in Portland Aug 14th -17th.

Wednesday, August 14th, 8:00 p.m.
INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW/PORTLAND
Alhambra Theatre, 4811 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, 97214
(Full lineup at International Pop Overthrow)

Thursday, August 15th, 7:00 p.m.
HOUSE CONCERT/featuring Ivan Pyzow!
Historic Irvington, Portland

(seating is limited – please RSVP to ragazza@annycelsi.com
with the number in your party & for the address)

Saturday, August 17th, 3:00 p.m.
MUSIC MILLENIUM
3158 E. Burnside St., Portland, 97214
503-231-8926

anny_celsi-januaryJanuary – produced by Anny Celsi & Kevin Jarvis (Ragazza Music, 2013)
Featuring Carl Byron, Jason Chesney, Kirk Swan, Ivan Pyzow, Doug Freeman, Adam Marsland, Teresa Cowles, Evie Sands, Nelson Bragg, Stan Behrens, Rich McCulley, Kiara Perico, Paul Lacques, Bobby MacDonald and Kevin Jarvis

“These are pop songs for which the phrase ‘perfect pop song’ was invented.” – Freddy Celis, Rootstime

“…familiar styles -sunshine pop, country flavored rock -but done with a fresh approach and melodies that sound like instant hits.” – Cabin Essence

“Fans of Aimee Mann, Lucinda Williams, Suzanne Vega and Jackie DeShannon will find much to enjoy … the tracks on January turn back the clock to a time when pop music was taken seriously” – Kevin Mathews, Today Online

“Anny Celsi…has been churning out first-class handmade music with songs that run deep enough to appeal to the folk & roots crowd while the arrangements are a far cry from morose traditionalism.  With her mellifluous, well-tempered voice with a subtle hint of melancholia, Celsi draws us in while her poetic lyrics touch upon travel experiences, relationships and personal matters…What I’m trying to say: Anny Celsi is an original artist with a unique sound.”  – Chill@Blue Rose

“A classy and enduring slice of laid-back pop” – Steve Ferra, Absolute Powerpop

Hear  January on Soundcloud
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SMOOCHKNOB CD RELEASE FOR “DRIVE BY HIGH FIVE”, AT ANALOG CAFE & LITTLE THEATER March 23rd

On March 23, 2013, Portland, Oregon-based pop-punk band Smoochknob will celebrate the release of their seventh full-length, Drive By High Five (DRD Records), at DRD Records’ new restaurant, bar, and theater, The Analog Cafe & Little Theater (720 SE Hawthorne, Portland, Oregon), for their grand opening weekend.
Doors are at 8pm, show starts at 9pm.  Tickets are $10.00 in advance via Tickets West and $16.00 day of show, or free with the purchase of Drive By High Five via the band’s website, www.smoochknob.com.  Also on the bill: Crown Point’s Jon Davidson, Cellar Door, and Elora.
Late in 2012, Smoochknob released Drive By High Five’s first single, “Meet Me Half Way,” a song that featured a growth in songwriting and a more pop leaning, accompanying it’s release with a video:

 

Written by Smoochknob front man/drummer, Donnie Rife, the song was conceived when Rife’s wife was eight months pregnant with their first child, who is now four years old.  Although the single showcases a deeper dimension to Smoochknob, one listen to Drive By High Five will prove that the band still has bite and doesn’t let go of their hard-hitting, feral sound.  Instead, choosing to focus on stronger pop hooks with a wider pop span.
“Our philosophy with the album was to just record the best songs we had, regardless of them fitting into our normal style,” says Rife.  “I had a back log of pop songs and song ideas that Javier Canteras [the band’s lead guitarist] and I just started working on.”
The end result is what many have described as Smoochknob’s most sonic-sounding album to date.
“We wanted to record an album without worrying about sounding like the previous albums,” continues Rife.  “We all love and write so many different types of music.  We wanted to showcase this on our new record.  Javi and I – and I think most artists are in the the same boat – have tons of songs that we put into that, ‘someday I will do a side project with these songs’ folder.  This release allowed us to explore that folder, and be true to ourselves as songwriters.”

PETE KREBS MEDICAL BENEFIT CONCERTS SCHEDULED FOR 2/20, 2/21 and 3/15

petekrebscropA few weeks ago, Portland stalwart musician Pete Krebs was diagnosed with cancer.  Pete had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in his early 20s, and through radiation and removal of some lymph nodes, he beat it. However, Pete has now been diagnosed with another type of cancer known as desmoplastic melanoma.    Pete goes into surgery next week and will have a second biopsy taken from his neck.  From this surgery, we will know how far the cancer has spread and what Pete’s chances are for survival.
This sad news has rocked the local music community. Pete has inspired so many of us over the years, through his direct musical partnerships and his ever-evolving, Herculean contribution to the music scene that is Portland.  Portland’s musicians have swiftly rallied around Pete to help his family offset some of the immense costs of medical care and lost wages incurred while Pete is in recovery mode.
Three separate benefit shows have been scheduled, with donations administrated by the Jeremy Wilson Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps provide a safety net for musicians in times of medical crisis.
As many of you know, Pete has genre-hopped over the years, with his past bands Thrillhammer, Hazel, Golden Delicious, The Gossamer Wings, The Kung Pao Chickens, and current projects The Stolen Sweets and The Portland Playboys .  He may be the only person alive to have headlined both CBGB’s and Preservation Hall.  Not surprisingly, Pete’s benefit shows reflect the divergence of his musical paths, and there’s something for everyone.
SWING FOR PETE
Wednesday, February 20, 2013    Doors at 4:30 pm; Show 5:00-11:00 p.m.
The Secret Society  www.secretsociety.net
Featuring: Brent Martens Combination, Boy & Bean, The Stolen Sweets, Swingtime PDX, Itty Bitty Bang Bang!, Nina Nightshade, Pink Lady, Hai Fleisch, Everything’s Jake, The Jenny Finn Orchestra, The Midnight Serenaders
Sliding scale donations starting at $20.00.  All donations are tax-deductible.
ROCK FOR PETE
Thursday, February 21, 2013   Doors at 5:30 pm; Show 5:30 pm-12:30 am
The Wonder Ballroom  www.wonderballroom.com
Featuring:  The Dharma Bums, Black Prairie, Colin Meloy, Sean Croghan, Casey Neill, Lewi Longmire, James Low
Sliding scale donations starting at $25.00.  All donations are tax-deductible.
SILENT AUCTION & RAFFLE!  Those interested in donating to the raffle/auction, contact Alex Steininger below.
FOR PETE’S SAKE
Friday, March 15, 2013  The Laurelthirst Pub  www.laurelthirst.com/    More info TBD.  Contact Bill Leeds below.
In Pete’s own words today:  “My family and I are immensely honored by and grateful for the support we’re receiving.   We can’t even begin to express our humility and thankfulness.” 

A MUSIC VIDEO IN SEARCH OF A SONG

PORTLAND, OREGON — In the fast-paced world of independent music video production things can go from major to minor in a heartbeat. Soon after completing a music video for a New York-based artist, filmmakers Glenn Scott Lacey and Steven Dempsey of Portland-based Americonic Films got word that the musician had decided to go in a different direction, leaving them with a beautiful video and poignant story, but no music.

“It was devastating because this was some of the most meaningful and personal footage I had ever shot,” said Dempsey, Americonic Films’ director of photography. ” The idea that it might never be seen was heartbreaking.”

Determined not to let the project go by the wayside Lacey and Dempsey turned their attention to Portland’s up-and-coming musicians, conducting an exhaustive search in hopes of finding the perfect partner to complete their project.

They found that person in Tyler Stenson, a musician with a song in search of a video.

Twice-named Portland’s “Performing Songwriter of the Year” by the Portland Songwriters Association and named “Best Male Artist” at the 2011 Portland Music Awards, Stenson’s song “This Too Shall Pass” perfectly complimented the story told in the Americonic video.

“Tyler’s song not only fit the imagery in the video, but it carried the same message.” said Lacey, Americonic Films’ director.

Lacey made contact with Stenson, and the next day, they met. “Glenn just rough-synced my song to the existing video and it was unbelievable how well it visually aligned with the lyrics and music” said Stenson. “I try to take big issues and ideas and personalize them, and it was amazing to see the story I was telling with music come to life on the screen.”

After a one-day shoot of Stenson’s scenes and a late night of editing, the video was completed just in time for Stenson to release it to his fans. This was crucial, as he was entered in a national contest sponsored by Zazoo, in which fan votes pared down 3,594 entries to just ten. Stenson made the cut.

Counting Crows lead singer Adam Duritz would review the top ten and pick the winner, who would open for the band at the Outlaw Road Show, part of the prestigious South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas on March 9th. Once again, Stenson won.

“Steven and I couldn’t be more thrilled, especially because we may have played a small part in getting this amazing artist’s music noticed.” said Lacey. Like the message of Tyler’s song, “this too shall pass”, there are happy endings.