Toehider – Whatever Makes You Feel Superior Lyrics

Thanks a lot for sharing this. I like it when you speak so passionately
Wait, there must be more than this? I tend to tap out momentarily
Every time I close my eyes, I marvel at the power of the mind's persuasion
How can I not realise? Who am I to judge? Who am I to disagree?

But when you're ramming like the Ram Man, that's when I know it's time to go and get my coat
Gagging, choking, puking, when you're forcing your opinions down my throat

But whatever makes you feel, whatever makes you feel superior

Somewhere in those hateful eyes, there must be a glimpse of humility and acceptance

Somewhere it that grumpy heart, there must be an opening to back when you were young

Look at your friend's faces, don't it look like they're not having any fun?
It becomes less about your theory, and more about the feeling that you've won

But whatever makes you feel, whatever makes you feel superior

When you learn you can control it, maybe you’ll realize its the best you’ve ever had
And it’s simple when you see it, find it within yourself to just be cool and rad

Whatever Makes You Feel Superior

Razakel – Insides Lyrics

[Verse 1]
It’s so dark that you cannot see
I’m the demon pulling all your strings
Dance, puppet dance for me
I’m destroying your reality
Causing madness and fatalities
Oh no what an awful tragedy

You’re shaking, your fainting, now just hush
This is love at first bite
I’m patient, I’m waiting, there’s no rush
But you won’t make it through the night

[Pre-Chorus]
What whatever you do
Whatever you think
You look in my eyes your heart breaks
Whatever you do
Whatever you say
I’m gonna be right here waiting

[Chorus]
I want to see what your insides look like
I want to feel what they feel like to (feel like to)
I want to taste what your insides taste like
I want to be, be like you (be like you)
I want to see what your insides look like
I want to feel what they feel like to (feel like to)
I want to taste what your insides taste like
I want to die, die like you (die like you)

[Refrain](x2)
Tick tock goes the clock. Are you ready to die?

[Verse 2]
Now I severe all your arteries, your arteries, your arteries
I wear your skin now you’re a part of me
A part of me, a part of me
So much blush so little time (so little time)

I fall in love when I feel you die (feel you die, die)

[Pre-Chorus]

[Chorus]

Die like you (die like you)(x2)
Die like you

[Refrain](x2)

I’m not going to hurt you
I’m just going to bash your brains in (your brains in)
I’m not going to hurt you
I’m just going to bash your brains in (your brains in)

[Breakdown]
I want to see what your insides look like
I want to feel what they feel like to
I want to taste what your insides taste like
I want to die, die, die, die, die, die like you
Like you
Like you
Tick tock goes the clock. Are you ready to die? (x2)
I’m not going to hurt you
I’m just going to bash your brains in (your brains in)
I’m not going to hurt you
I’m just going to bash your brains in (your brains in)
Tick tock, tick, tick, tick, tick
Tick tock, tick, tick, tick, tick (going to bash your brains in)
Tick tock, tick, tick, tick, tick
Tick tock, tick, tick, tick, tick (going to bash your brains in)
Tick tock, tick, tick, tick, tick
Tick tock, tick, tick, tick, tick
Tick tock, tick, tick, tick, tick
Tick tock, tick, tick, tick, tick

Sandi Patty – You Never Gave Up On Me Lyrics

You never gave up on me
When I was lost You came and found me
You never gave up on me
Your lovin’ arms came to surround me
You never gave up on me
I was drowning in a troubled sea
Lord, I’m so glad that You never gave up on me

I thought I had my life together
Never bothered much to talk to You
Then I hit some stormy weather
And, Jesus, You saw me through

You never gave up on me
When I said I wouldn’t serve You
You never gave up on me
Lord, I really don’t deserve you
You never gave up on me
You gave Your life to set me free

Lord, I’m so glad that You never gave up on me

I thought I had my life together
Never bothered much to talk to You
But then I hit some stormy weather
And, Jesus, You saw me through
I just have to thank You

You never gave up on me
When I said I wouldn’t serve You
You never gave up on me
Lord, I really don’t deserve you
You never gave up on me
You gave my life right back to me
Lord, I’m so glad that You never gave up on
I’m so glad you never gave up on
I’m so glad that you never gave up on me

Hurula – Vardcentralen Lyrics

Blev tagen ner till vårdcentralen
Vad är det för fel på barnet?
Mörka ringar kring ögonen
Det här var rätt längesen, kring ’85

Kan bli en lång väg hem, en lång väg hem
En lång väg hem, från främling till son igen

Fick min ensamhet mig att kräla
Min depression mig o be
Min sorg fick mig att se (?) las ner
Nu snackar vi inte mer om det

Kan bli en lång väg hem, en lång väg hem
En lång väg hem, från främling till son igen

Blev tagen ner till vårdcentralen

Ja o stopp för vi gjorde inbrott på lager (?)
Kanske tog du ut det på mig
Behandlar du andra som dom behandlar dig

Kan bli en lång väg hem, en lång väg hem
En lång väg hem, från främling till son igen

(Instrumental)

Kan bli en lång väg hem, en lång väg hem
En lång väg hem, en lång väg hem
En lång väg hem, en lång väg hem
En lång väg hem , från främling till son igen

Sabby Sousa – See You Again Lyrics

[Intro]
See you again
See you again

[Verse 1]
I got my sights set on you and I'm ready to aim
I have a heart that will never be tamed
I knew you were somethin' special
When you spoke my name
Now I can't wait to see you again

[Verse 2]
I've got a way of knowin' when somethin' is right
I feel like I must've known you in another life
'Cause I felt this deep connection
When you looked in my eyes
(I can't wait)
Now I can't wait to see you again

[Chorus]
The last time I freaked out
I just kept lookin' down
I st-st-stuttered when you asked me what I'm thinkin' 'bout
Felt like I couldn't brеathe
You asked what's wrong with me
My bеst friend Lesley said, "Oh, she's just being Sabby"
The next time we hang out, I will redeem myself
My heart, it can't rest 'til then
Oh-whoa-whoa, I, I can't wait to see you again
[Verse 3]
I got this crazy feelin' deep inside
When you called and asked to see me tomorrow night (Mañana)
I'm not a mind reader, but I'm reading the signs
(That you can't wait)

That you can't wait to see me again

[Chorus]
The last time I freaked out
I just kept lookin' down
I st-st-stuttered when you asked me what I'm thinkin' 'bout
Felt like I couldn't breathe
You asked what's wrong with me
My best friend Lesley said, "Oh, she's just being Sabby"
The next time we hang out, I will redeem myself
My heart, it can't rest 'til then
Oh-whoa-whoa, I, I can't wait to see you again

[Bridge]
I got my sights set on you
I got my sights set on you (And I'm ready to aim)

[Chorus]
The last time I freaked out
I just kept lookin' down
I st-st-stuttered when you asked me what I'm thinkin' 'bout
Felt like I couldn't breathe
You asked what's wrong with me
My best friend Lesley said, "Oh, she's just being Sabby"
The next time we hang out, I will redeem myself
My heart, it can't rest 'til then
Oh-whoa-whoa, I, (I can't wait) Can't wait
[Outro]
To see you again, to see you
To see you again
To see you again
See you again

Madison Cunningham – Hold On Lyrics

[Verse 1]
They hung a sign up in our town
“If you live it up, you’ll never live it down”
So she left Monte Rio, son
Just like a bullet leaves a gun
With her charcoal eyes and her Monroe hips
She went and took that California trip
Oh, the moon was gold and her hair like wind
Said, “Don’t look back, just come on, Jim”

[Chorus]
Oh, you gotta hold on, hold on
You gotta hold on
Take my hand, I’m standing right here
You gotta hold on

[Verse 2]
Well, he gave her that dime store watch
And a ring made from a spoon
Everyone’s looking for someone to blame
But when you share my bed, you share my namе
Well, go ahead and call the cops
You don’t meet nicе girls in coffee shops
She said, “Baby, I still love you”
But sometimes there’s nothin’ left to do

[Chorus]
Oh, but you gotta hold on, hold on
Babe, you gotta hold on
Take my hand, I’m standing right here
You gotta hold on

[Verse 3]
Well, God bless your crooked little heart
St. Louis got the best of me

I miss your broken china voice
Oh, how I wish you were still here with me
Oh, you build it up, you wreck it down
Then you burn your mansion to the ground
Oh, there’s nothing left to keep you here
But when you’re falling behind in this big blue world

[Chorus]
Oh, you’ve gotta hold on, hold on
Babe, you gotta hold on
Take my hand, I’m standing right here
You gotta hold on

[Verse 4]
Down by the Riverside Motel
It’s ten below and falling
By a ninety-nine cent store
She closed her eyes and started swaying
But it’s so hard to dance that way
When it’s cold and there’s no music
Oh, your old hometown is so far away
But inside your head, there’s a record playing

[Chorus]
A song called “Hold On”, hold on
Babe, you gotta hold on
Take my hand, I’m standing right there
You gotta hold on

[Outro]
Hold on, hold on
Yeah, you gotta hold on
I won’t leave you here, take my hand
You gotta hold on

Swell Maps – Real Shocks Lyrics

So you seek to destroy
You got it in your hands
Can you help us?
Can you understand?

So you are yourself
So you are something
Everything I’ve seen
It doesn’t change a thing

Sometimes it comes to times and
Sometimes it’s over
Sometimes I understand that
Is our time over?

So you seek to destroy
This has all been planned
Can you help us?

Can you understand?

So you are yourself
And that is something
Everything I’ve seen
It doesn’t change a thing

Sometimes it comes to times and
Sometimes it’s over
Sometimеs I understand that
Is our time over?

Drеssed and sitting in the room
Standing figure in the door
You claim me as your right
Am I here or just denied?

Thalia Falcon – Same Song Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Feeling kinda low
Know I’m being taken advantage of
Know I’m being taken advantage of, yeah
Keep doing this to myself
Sitting by the phone
Cause I’m pro’ly gonna get a call
1, 2, 3 up in the morning
Play my heart like guitara
Strumming along

[Refrain]
Know this ain’t what you want
But you play along e’ery time
Don’t have to worry bout you staying long
Feeling dumb, looking stupid, all of the above
E’ery night, don’t have to worry
‘Bout you ever being mine

[Pre-Chorus]
It happens every time
Only want me when you call
This a broken record
And my heart play the same song
Then you only gon’
[Hook]
Ooh, ah
Use it for the music, baby
Use my hеart to play the same old song
Baby, baby, ooh ah
I’m a give thе music e’ery time

[Verse 2]
You, you, you
Play me then you pause it, rewind
We keep repeating
You, you, you
Make a lie look so good, I might believe it
Make it whistle, now you refereeing
Giving pieces, ain’t no rhyme or reason

We can’t fall in love
‘Cause I just want a orchestra but

[Refrain]
Know this ain’t what you want
But you play along e’ery time
Don’t have to worry bout you staying long
Feeling dumb, looking stupid, all of the above
E’ery night, don’t have to worry
‘Bout you ever being mine
[Pre-Chorus]
It happens every time
Only want me when you call
This a broken record
And my heart play the same song
Then you only gon’

[Hook]
Ooh, ah
Use it for the music, baby
Use my heart to play the same old song
Baby, baby, ooh ah
I’m a give the music e’ery time

[Bridge]
We make beautiful music together
Do-Re-Mi, you dead wrong
But I sing along

[Pre-Chorus]
It happens every time
Only want me when you call
This a broken record
And my heart play the same song
Then you only gon’
[Hook]
Ooh, ah
Use it for the music, baby
Use my heart to play the same old song
Baby, baby, ooh ah
I’m a give the music e’ery time

Dave Loggins – Ship In A Bottle Lyrics

A young American sailor on a foreign shore
There to serve his country in time of war
Walks to the dock every morning and waits for the ships to come in
Wishin’ he was the stamp on the letter he’s mailing home
So he could soon be back in her arms again

Instead of feeling like a ship in a bottle
Tryin’ to get out and sail away
Like a ship in a bottle
Tryin’ to get out and sail away

And she was an entertainer back home in Alabama
Playing “Angel from Montgomery” in the Holiday Inns
From Mobile up to Birmingham
And the picture on her piano went with her every night to her room
And slept on the pillow beside her
While she lay awake thinkin’ about her sailor
Nine months away across the waters in June

Feeling like a ship in a bottle
Tryin’ to get out and sail away
Like a ship in a bottle
Tryin’ to get out and sail away

(Sail away) Someday they’re gonna be together
(Sail away) One day they won’t be oceans apart
(Sail away) Every day seems like forever when you’re in love
And not with your love
You ought to be with the one you love

A young American sailor home from the war
Lies on a blanket with his new bride
As the southern sun is sinking on the Gulf Coast shore
And sealed in an empty champagne bottle
A note containing both of their names
Is sent for a ride on the evening tide
And the note read
“The ship has gone and sailed away”

Von Grey – Take Me Down Lyrics

Da, da, da, da, da, da
Oh, please let me be
Da, da, da, da, da, da
Cover my eyes so I can’t see
Lay down beside me
Your hair forms a halo round your head
Your tears they wash away my sin
Wash away the sadness I bled
Take me down, take me down
Let me drown, let me drown
Your mouth opened for a scream
You couldn’t make a sound
I took the air from your lungs
Mind tells you to move
Your body can’t obey
I took your legs so you can’t run
Lay down beside me

Your hair forms a halo round your head
Your tears they wash away my sin
Wash away the sadness I bled
Take me down, take me down
Let me drown, let me drown
Ill take you down, take you down
Let you drown, let you drown
Oh, oh
Your fingers laced crown
We sit like kings
As we slowly drift down
Slowly drown
Take me down, take me down
Let me drown, let me drown
Ill take you down, take you down
Let you drown, let you drown

Bodega Bamz – Say Amen Lyrics (feat. A$AP Ferg)

[Hook: A$AP Ferg]
Heard them niggas can't eat in your bodega, huh?
Down and out, now the Trap Lord is your savior, huh?
Fully loaded banger, let it rip through your cranium
Papis catching bodies, riding with Jose and them
They carry ammunition, blaze at them
Just the same old mission, light 'em up, spray at them
Cocaina and your women, you done made a sin
Trap lord'll forgive a nigga, just say amen
Say amen, say amen, say amen, say amen
Trap lord'll forgive a nigga, just say amen
Say amen, say amen, say amen, say amen
Trap lord'll forgive a nigga, just say amen

[Verse 1: Bodega Bamz]
Yo, I sold drugs cause I wanted to rebel
Mom gave enough but enough wasn't well
Prayed I'd stop, on both knees
Slow down Bobby Valentine
Before I had bars before I had a sale
I was in a cell because I made sales
Pops flipped out, still made bail
Still smoked up still coffin to the nails
And the coffin six feet
Trap Lord I'mma practice what I preach
Got a son got a nephew got a niece
In the kitchen made a cocaine feast
What the f*ck you expect gotta pay rent
Burn benjamin franks on fake friends
With they hands in but they time's out
I seen dead bodies I could lie bout
All my whereabouts
Drug shit was my money route
Will I go to hell?
I ain't tryna find out
So I need forgiveness
Holy water sippin'
Holy Mary missin' in my life
In the club sippin'
Blood money spendin'
For the love of Bolivian white
Give me some advice
[Hook: A$AP Ferg]
Heard them niggas can't eat in your bodega, huh?
Down and out, now the Trap Lord is your savior, huh?

Fully loaded banger, let it rip through your cranium
Papis catching bodies, riding with Jose and them
They carry ammunition, blaze at them
Just the same old mission, light 'em up, spray at them
Cocaina and your women, you done made a sin
Trap lord'll forgive a nigga, just say amen
Say amen, say amen, say amen, say amen
Trap lord'll forgive a nigga, just say amen
Say amen, say amen, say amen, say amen
Trap lord'll forgive a nigga, just say amen

[Verse 2: A$AP Ferg]
They never turn into salt
Them demons creep in your head
Put your soul in a coffin
I can't believe that he dead
Your soul'll be higher than Friday
With Smokey beamin with Craig
Better not sleep on the evils
Grim reaper leap in your bed
Gotta pull that nine if you gotta
Fill that body up with lead
Cause he gonna come after you
If you don't hit him in the head
Bullet hole up in your crib
Baby momma holdin' your kid
You don't want no blood on his bed
You better say you a prayer
[Hook: A$AP Ferg]
Heard them niggas can't eat in your bodega, huh?
Down and out, now the Trap Lord is your savior, huh?
Fully loaded banger, let it rip through your cranium
Papis catching bodies, riding with Jose and them
They carry ammunition, blaze at them
Just the same old mission, light 'em up, spray at them
Cocaina and your women, you done made a sin
Trap lord'll forgive a nigga, just say amen
Say amen, say amen, say amen, say amen
Trap lord'll forgive a nigga, just say amen
Say amen, say amen, say amen, say amen
Trap lord'll forgive a nigga, just say amen

Breathing Theory – The Darkness Lyrics

-Change your face
And hide your evil smile
But I am not like the eyeless

Fall(far) from grace, I knew it all the while
But I know you'll forever be lifeless
-Let me go and I will run away
Far from the darkness you choose
You should know, I will become the beauty lost in you
-Lick your lips, while you medicate
But I will bleed out your poison
Make me sick but I will decimate
You are just like a siren
-Let me go and I will run away
Far from the darkness you choosе

You should know, I will become the bеauty lost in you
-Just one last kiss to say goodbye
I'm letting go off you this time
So now the beauty's left to die
Inside your cold black eyes
-Let me go and I will run away
Far from the darkness you choose
You should know, I will become the beauty lost in you
-Just one last kiss to say goodbye
I'm letting go this time
So now the beauty's left to die
Inside your cold black eyes

Leftover Salmon – Better Day Lyrics

Rainy day pass away
Not thinking bout the time
Picking on my banjo helps me ease my troubled mind
But I don't see how life could get much better off these days

Good friends around, love's abound, and music to be played
Good friends around, love's abound, and music to be played

Summer breezes blowing
Always take my cares away
Songs are brewing in my head
Through the night and day
I'll pull it from the sky
It might be good
It might be not

But it doesn't really matter
If the fire's burning hot
No it doesn't really matter
If the fire's burning hot

Try to get to sleep at night

But time just slips away
Next thing that I know
We're picking till the break of day

Good friends around, love's abound, and music to be played
And I don't see how life could get much better off these days
I can't remember the last time I've had a better day

Mother nature always seems to take good care of me
And if you are good to her
She'll give you everything you need
So sing it with your spirit from the highest mountain top

If you sing it with your heart
Then the music never stops
If you sing it with your heart
Then the music never stops

Friday Releases: Seinfeld Soundtrack, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dutchman, I See Hawks in L.A.

Friday Releases: Seinfeld Soundtrack, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dutchman, I See Hawks in L.A.
July 2, 2021
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Seinfeld Soundtrack Gets Release

The Seinfeld (Original Television Soundtrack) has been released, featuring tracks like “Cable Guy vs. Kramer” and “Jerry Vs. Newman Chase” named for the memorable episodes from the hit show.

Show composer Jonathan Wolff carefully selected music that hasn’t been available for public consumption until now.

Fans of the show will recognize the tracks which are named after some of the popular scenes and episodes that they were featured in including “Cable Guy vs. Kramer,” “Jerry Vs. Newman Chase.” etc.

“Often, soundtrack albums include brilliant masterpieces of musical artistry and compelling, momentous film score suites,” Wolff said. “Yeah, there’ll be none of that. This music was created to peg the funny meters. Each track evokes a favorite scene. My opus magnum is a ‘Big Daddy Pimpwalk.’  Seinfeld fans only, please.”

Seinfeld Original Television Soundtrack:

Billy Ray Cyrus Teams with Firerose on ‘New Day’

Billy Ray Cyrus has joined emerging Australian artist Firerose to release the track “New Day.”

Cyrus and Firerose co-wrote “New Day” virtually on Zoom, which is captured in a cinematic music video. 

Billy Ray Cyrus and Firerose:

Husks Release ‘There Is a Garden Where You May Rest’

Husks has dropped a dreamy new EP There Is a Garden Where You May Rest, which captures the imagination through a variety of sounds and effects.

The new EP is the first of three record releases by Husks, the brainchild of Brooklyn singer, producer, and composer Connor Small.  His work is influenced by his religious upbringing, exploring themes of purity, anxiety, tension and isolation in the face of cosmic uncertainty.

‘Somewhere, There Is a Garden Where You May Rest’ by Husks:

Penelope Antena Covers John Martyn’s ‘Back To Stay’

Penelope Antena has delivered a beautiful cover of John Martyn’s 1967 single “Back to Stay,” in homage to the singer-songwriter from yesteryear.

Back to Stay is a song I felt inspired to cover because John Martyn is a hero of mine,” Antena said. “It’s a compelling story, and dear to my heart, as I’ve been listening to it with my parents since I was a little girl. The accompanying music video is something very personal to me, sharing home footage of my family’s summer vacation.

‘Back to Stay’ by Penelope Antena: 

Dutchman Release Rocker ‘Run Run Run’

Dutchman have arrived, and this four piece band is on the “Run Run Run” with their new single.

Fresh off the band’s debut offering, Dutchman Vol. 1 — a follow-up to the group’s breakthrough EP, A Broken Man’s Life and precursor to Dutchman Vol. 2 — the song harnesses the sonic talents of the band’s initial lineup: Jake Dutcher (vox/rhythm guitar), and Connor Johnson (vox/lead guitar), alongside Garrett Gravatt (lead/rhythm guitar) and Franco Solorzano (keys/bass), who were added shortly after first forming in 2017.

Along with the full-length comes the group’s leading single, “Run Run Run” — an alternative-rock soundscape with ambling guitars, and catchy, ear-worm melodies.

Dutchman plucks apart a variety of generations of rock and roll music, and blends them into a sound uniquely their own. From staging pulsating riffs with tightly woven harmonies, “Run Run Run” executes a good time vibe, amped up to eleven. 

Dutchman:

I See Hawks in L.A. Drop ‘Mississippi Gas Station Blues’

I See Hawks in L.A. has released the track “Mississippi Gas Station Blues” and its accompanying video. The song will be included on the band’s new album, On Our Way, set for release on August 27.

“’Mississippi Gas Station Blues’ was a creation of the cracked mindset and isolated recordings of the Covid Era. In a modern way, via a mono iPhone track of drums and guitar jam which was overdubbed with vocals, bass, and  some wild keyboards from Danny McGough.

Lead singer Rob Waller’s family has deep roots in Mississippi, and William Faulkner looms large in the psyche of songwriters Waller and Paul Lacques, and in the song.

‘Mississippi Gas Station Blues’ by I See Hawks in L.A.:

Leontas Return with ‘Against The Wall’

British rock-duo Leontas return with utopian video “Against The Wall,” from their forthcoming EP.

This time around, the UK rock duo found inspiration in the human’s eternal need for freedom and exploration. “Against The Wall,” which is the lead single from their upcoming EP, explores the thirst for adventure, travel and self-discovery.

“Anything from politics, to social status and life choices can hold us back however we are firm believers that it’s never too late to give space to what your heart desires,” said Alex and Scott.

Apart from the huge sound already associated with the band, this time around they explore visual aspects to their creation. The three colours depicted on the cover of ‘Against The Wall’ symbolise the desert, the journey and the utopian sunset that we all dream of, and the cinematic freedom and energy is encapsulated within the new music video, out now.

‘Against The Wall’ by Leontas:

 


















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INTERVIEW: MAUMAUMAU Hits All the Right Notes with New EP ‘Meow Meow Meow’

INTERVIEW: MAUMAUMAU Hits All the Right Notes with New EP ‘Meow Meow Meow’

INTERVIEW: MAUMAUMAU Hits All the Right Notes with New EP ‘Meow Meow Meow’
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By AVA LIVERSIDGE

MAUMAUMAU debuted his solo endeavor with the witty and sonically vast EP Meow Meow Meow.

Mau cites “the underdog” as the impetus for his creative expression, to encourage and uplift with, sometimes, sardonic honesty. Over the six tracks, Mau explores a variety of genres that makes electronic more palatable and bedroom pop raucous.

California Rocker had the privilege of speaking to Mau about his latest project and picking his brain on the vulnerabilities and genre-melding that Meow Meow Meow boasts.

maumaumau by lucila muriel

MAUMAUMAU x CALIFORNIA ROCKER

California Rocker: It seems as though everyone’s creative process and endeavors have been turned on their head during the past year and a half. Whether you’ve felt stunted or enlightened, how has this past period of turbulence influenced your debut solo EP Meow Meow Meow?

MAUMAUMAU: It was honestly a great opportunity for me to pace myself and reflect on what I wanted from the project. It allowed me to be creative through the pandemic on different topics and sit with Meow Meow Meow a little longer. I was also able to strategize and hone in my voice a little more in preparation for the release as well as my image and intention. It was honestly a great year. It was lonely and provoked a lot of internal conflict, but creatively, it was amazing.

CR: What does it mean to be making your introduction, your debut, as a solo artist as we all emerge from this rut? Is your art playing a role in the much needed music scene refresh?

MAUMAUMAU: I think so… but I’m biased. It was definitely not planned. I have just been in a bunch of projects that had other people in it and too many chefs with opinions and all that, sooo it was a much needed exploration for me. It also happened to be right when the world stood still. It also happens that most of my music is about exploring mental health and self awareness and self esteem stuff, which seems to be the themes of the pandemic.

CR: You seem to talk a lot about “the underdog” when it comes to your musical inspirations. Who exactly is the underdog to you? Who are you encouraging and why does your music speak to them?

MAUMAUMAU: Well, the cool thing about the underdog is that it’s not a perpetual state. It’s someone with all the potential in the world looking to take their shot and realizing the odds are against them. It’s a feeling we have all felt and we will all feel throughout our lives. I just love when I feel encouraged. Whether it be through relating to something or directly addressing something I needed to hear. I think anyone can feel like the underdog when trying something. Even Phelps probably felt like the underdog at volleyball, in a relationship or while taking on a new business venture. He might be the best at swimming but we all know the feeling of the odds being against us.

CR: Besides the few mixers and John Silos, what was it like to embark on a uniquely solo project? Was that reflective of the isolation period we’re all emerging from?

MAUMAUMAU: Well, I’ve definitely gotten to collaborate with a ton of people and it’s been incredible. Although this is predominantly a solo project, the amount of support required to make things happen has been mind blowing. It was more so a result of always feeling friction with other bands and wanting other people’s ideas to feel empowered and heard, even when they conflicted with mine. It made for lukewarm music and a lack of direction. With this solo project, I’m finding that most collaborators are stepping in fully knowing my style and sound and wanting to support that instead of informing it. Inevitably, they affect the sound and they pull it in their own creative way, but all under the guise of MAUMAUMAU and with that vision and sound to uphold. It’s been amazing. I’m calling the shots and pursuing all of my wacky unique ideas.

CR: Meow Meow Meow has a lot of fun with some strikingly witty, at times self-deprecating, lyrics; “Curveball Whip Cream,” “Famous,” and the “Alright” spoken interlude, all feel particularly confessional and freeing. Is that true to the process/the intention of the EP?

MAUMAUMAU: Most definitely. I feel like it very appropriately introduces the character of MAUMAUMAU. A silly, smart, dorky and inevitably self-deprecating dude that’s just trying to make something of all the mess of life. It’s intended to be vulnerable and also silly because even the painful stuff can be humorous. I want people to connect with something real and that has to start with me.Meow Meow Meow plays from front to back as a pretty succinct, tight five-track EP; no track sticks out particularly as an outlier or misstep, but the musical influence seems to really sprawl.

CR: There’s an obvious over-arching indie rock influence, but you incorporate some heavier rock, some bedroom pop, singer-songwriter, even a bit of electronic. What is it like to work through all of those influences as you were self-producing the collection and how did you arrive at such a seamless coalescence? Did you ever get overwhelmed by your vast influences?

MAUMAUMAU: Interestingly enough, I didn’t. This EP and most of the music I have been creating since, has felt pretty effortless. I feel like I have been a sponge for most of my life and I have explored many genres, styles, lyrical themes, etc. I believe that MAUMAUMAU is the culmination of all of those things and me just letting things flow. I am actually quite excited to share some of the music that is coming as I think it touches on some other sides to the MAUMAUMAU coin. Some styles I haven’t quite expressed and that I think people would really enjoy, yet it all feels cohesive. And that makes me happy, hahaha.

CR: This is more of a question for myself. I love the leading riff into “Alright”- those clipped guitar strums; it sounds like the perfect electronic parallel of an analog guitar recording. How did that come about?

MAUMAUMAU: I am a guitarist, but I tend to get stuck in the classic chords. I was exploring some of Native Instruments Maschine sounds and came across some beautiful guitar licks. I found a sequence that I liked and used the chords in the song. It’s the first time I tried using samples in my music. I have since learned the part but it was a nice refreshing way to approach songwriting for me.

CR: What is your history with performing live like? Obviously all musicians have been unable to perform live as of late. While you have performed with Night Lights, your LA based indie trio will this be your first solo escapade? Does your upcoming show on June 25th at Molly Malones (presented by Don’t Tell Your Mom) in Los Angeles feel like a big remerging moment for you?

MAUMAUMAU: This will be the very first live show I get to do with MAUMAUMAU. I did a stream show at one point and had a blast, but of course, there were internet issues and a bunch of lag stuff that kept the show from being incredible. But it was still special to the band and me. I have to be honest. I love songwriting and making music, but I think where I truly shine is in a live setting. I love performance. I get to share my energy with a crowd and feed off of theirs. I love being a frontman and dancing and just letting it all out on a stage. So yeah, I think this concert will feel like a big remerging moment. I’m excited about it.

CR: What does this bright, maskless future look like for Mau? After doing some live shows performing Meow Meow Meow, do you have plans for continuing with Night Lights or other solo endeavors?

MAUMAUMAU: Night Lights is on an indefinite hiatus. I still love our music and the friendships I built there, but I want to fully focus on this project and give it my time, energy, and creativity. I will be putting out a bunch more music this year and music videos to support the releases. It’s going to be a great year of sharing some of my highs and lows. MAUMAUMAU will be the main focus for sure. Thank you guys so much for the interview and for your platform. I am honored to be on and it means the world to me.


















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The Cruzados Get ‘Automatic’ with Great New Music at The Maui Sugar Mill

The Cruzados Get ‘Automatic’ with Great New Music at The Maui Sugar Mill

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June 29, 2021
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Photos and Words by HEATHER HARRIS

Real live music, the first in 16 months for most, erupted this week at Maui Sugar Mill Saloon, with the return of the Cruzados, SoCal’s beloved rockers who released their first album in three decades, called She’s Automatic.

The Cruzados insure their reputation as one of L.A.’s most venerable, beloved post-punk bands with the new record, and now have joined forces with the best of the best to humbly step in for fallen band members Chalo Quintana and Marshall Rohner.

Cruzados – Photo © 2021 Heather Harris

The stellar new lineup is Ron Young (Little Caesar) on vocals, Loren Molinare (Little Caesar, The Dogs) and Mark Tremalgia (Little Caesar) on guitars, original member Tony Marsico on bass and Rob Klonel (the Tighty Whiteys) on drums.

The set grooved with vintage and new songs. Expect their rockin’ new release She’s Automatic a few weeks into summer with its guest stars Dave Alvin, John Doe, David Hidalgo, Melanie Vammen, Gia Ciambotti and Steve Berlin amongst others.

“Being penned up with the pandemic at home for a year, I started questioning my mortality,” Marsico said. “I felt like I got shortchanged with the Cruzados. We never got to put out a third album, due to a lot of crazy circumstances that cropped up. I wanted to do the band justice and go out on a high note. That was my goal, and to pay tribute to Chalo and Marshall.”

Cruzados – Photo © 2021 Heather Harris

Material for a new Cruzados release came quickly, Marsico said.

“I wrote a batch of new songs during the pandemic at home,” he said. “I had a lot of frustration and anger that I had to get out of me. Before I knew it, I had an album. There wasn’t any big plan. I just felt motivated to do something more constructive than sit around being miserable about the state of the world.”

She’s Automatic, features 11 songs written or co-written by Marsico, the bassist and co-writer for the Cruzados and a member of precursor the Plugz. The album is set for release on CD this August 13 on Marsico’s imprint Scamco; an LP edition will follow in the fall.

The live album is a collection of hard-hitting rockers on which Marsico is joined by the members of his 1980s L.A. contemporaries Little Caesar. So when the time was right, Marsico turned to singer Young and guitarists Molinare and of Little Caesar, who are active on the L.A. scene and were an LA staple in the late ’80s as a Geffen Records act. Drummer Klonel, who collaborates with Little Caesar, rounded out the group.

“The Little Caesar guys were Chalo’s best friends — they were pals from back in the day,” Marsico said. “I had to find the best guy to be the lead singer. My tastes have changed a little — the influences are blues and rock ’n’ roll. I knew that Ron Young from Little Caesar loved blues, and we got to talking and we hit it off with the same style of music. I knew that he could pull this off and get behind it.

“Loren Molinare was in the great ’70s L.A. band the DoGs, of course, and I loved the DoGs, and Mark Tremaglia is an excellent slide guitarist I’ve been working with for a couple of years now,” Marsico said. “Rob Klonel is a great, solid rock ‘n’ roll drummer. It was really important for me to get someone who hit ’em hard like Chalo. They were a perfect combination of guys, and they had a lot of enthusiasm.”

Loren Molinare of the Cruzados at Maui Sugar Mill Saloon – Photo © 2021 Heather Harris

The new Cruzados have set up shop at Unison Studios in L.A. Bruce Witkin engineers and produces.

“We did it old style — we just set up in a room all together, like we used to do records before they started putting everybody in isolation booths and all that crap,” Marsico said. “We got the band together and rehearsed, and we went into the studio a week later. Before we knew it, we had the album. All live, no click tracks. We all played in our own little area, with our masks on. Set up, play, cut the songs, boom. It felt great to rock with a bunch of like-minded guys. With our special guests, half of them came to the studio, and half recorded their parts at home.”

Check out the Cruzados’ ‘She’s Automatic’ here, courtesy Frontline Videos:

 


















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Listen Up: Steve Lukather Talks Toto’s New Live Album, Touring, and Hearing Again

Listen Up: Steve Lukather Talks Toto’s New Live Album, Touring, and Hearing Again

Listen Up: Steve Lukather Talks Toto’s New Live Album, Touring, and Hearing Again
June 25, 2021
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By DONNA BALANCIA

Steve Lukather has been playing music since he was 9 years old and is more enthusiastic today than he ever was. With a reinvigorated Toto, an encore smash hit with “Africa” and a new love in his life, he’s living life to the fullest.

Lukather sat down to talk with California Rocker about Toto’s new record With a Little Help From My Friends, his solo album, I Found The Sun Again, and a little inner-ear secret that enables him to enjoy it all without missing a sound.

California Rocker: We’re here with Steve Lukather, how are you doing today?

Steve Lukather: I’m doing really well. Thank you, it’s a beautiful day here and I’m working on my tan, as I’m going on a little vacation here in about a week for my friend’s 60th birthday party. He rented an island off of Barbados.

CR: It must be nice to be a rock star.

SL: There are worse jobs.

CR: Steve tell us a little bit about some of the new projects you’ve got going. You’ve got a great solo album.

SL: I Found The Sun Again. It’s been doing really well. Great reviews, we’ve got a bunch of streams. I mean, a couple of million streams, and I think I made $40. But people are listening to the music and that’s the important part. That’s the idea, to get them out to the shows, you know, which I’m really looking forward to doing again.

CR: You’re going to start touring again?

SL: Yeah, I’ve got a couple of fusion jam bands that I play in. I got one on the East Coast one on the West Coast. I’m going to play with them in December. Just to get my chops up. Then we start rehearsals in February and we’re out of here in March US and then I come back and I’ve got the Ringo tour and then I come back we’ve got Toto in Europe for six weeks and that’s really looking promising.

CR: Nice.

SL: We got these new projects out, you know Joseph Williams has his solo album out and we got this new Toto band to go out and work. So that’s what we’re going to do. There’s been 15 incarnations of Toto anyway. You know, there’ve been so many people in and out of this band I think I’m the only guy that’s been there for all of it. It’s almost like the music is more the band and if you have great high-end musicians playing the stuff, it’s going to sound right. I mean you can say Toto died after Jeff Porcaro died. But you know, something keeps us coming back. Nobody else can play this stuff right.

Listen to Toto’s ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ here:

CR: Right. Right.

SL: There are good cover bands out there. But I mean I’ve been doing this for 45 years almost, you know, so please, let me have some fun make the old stuff fresh.

CR: Who did you recruit for this incarnation of the band?

SL: I got Robert “Sput” Searright on drums from Snarky Puppy. I got John Pierce, my oldest friend in the world big studio guy, he was in Huey Lewis band for 30 years. My first friend in life he’s on bass. I have Xavier Taplin from Prince’s band, I’ve got a kid named Steve Maggiora on second keyboards and he sings the crazy high parts, his high tenor is so strong, it’s incredible. I got Warren Ham on sax, percussion, vocals who’s a killer singer, and then me and Joseph. For couple of years, he’s back. And Dave Paich is still going to come out. Maybe he’ll play with us every once awhile.

CR: As for the new Toto record?

SL: With A Little Help From My Friends. And yeah, we gotta get by with our friends, man.

CR: You have a lot of friends in the music business isn’t that the case?

SL: I like to think so, I used to be crazy. So I have that reputation to live down, through. That was a long time ago. I’m pretty much a very calm, sedate person at this point.

CR: I find that hard to believe.

SL: I mean, when I came out of the gate, it was like, you know, pedal-to-the-metal for like 25 years. They told me I had a great time.

CR: So the new album, your solo album, it sounds terrific. It’s like a throwback to great ’70s rock.

SL: Well, that was the intent. I mean, I was trying to capture 1971, ’72, in 2020. We went in the studio and cut the whole album in eight days. We did a song a day and we cut the track, get a few overdubs. I did the vocals and boom, next song. Did that for a week and then we mixed it and done. It was done, all the solos were live, everything was live, except for the vocals because I couldn’t do it all at one time. I didn’t trust myself to do it because the material was still being written at the time we were cutting. I was writing the lyrics while doing the vocals.

CR: Were there any special techniques you used?

SL: Our special technique was “Show up and play.” No rehearsals, no demos nothing here. Got some charts, let’s run it once and record. I hired the right guys, you know, what a fantastic band I got to put together, man. Everybody brought their best song. Yeah, I’m really proud of it. I mean, yeah it’s kind of a vanity record, I mean I wasn’t trying to write a hit single or nothing. They just said play a lot of guitar and I said ‘Well I can do that,’ but I still like to play in context of a song rather than just writing a jam to solo over and then jam again, you know, you know, I wanted to make it a little bit more interesting.

Steve Lukather of Toto said he’s grateful he can keep touring and recording – Courtesy image

CR: You did some great covers on there. Why did you pick Robin Trower, Traffic and Joe Walsh tunes? 

SL: That’s stuff from my childhood that I played. It all inspired me as a young musician and and also it set a tone for the whole thing. So I picked the cover tunes before I wrote anything. I knew we could play great and jam on, you know, and it wasn’t the typical covers that everybody does.

CR: You’re using a new product, the Widex hearing aids.

SL: It changed my life. Listen man, you know I’ve been playing in bands since I was 9 years old. I used to play a lot louder when I was a kid because I thought that louder was better. We were dumb asses in the first round of Rock N Roll before anybody really knew. And then when I got into recording studios, wearing headphones for 14 hours, a day or whatever it was, I mean for decades I’ve had tinnitus you know, and the feedback, and then playing live.

I mean playing live, believe it or not, was the least of the damage for the most part I’ve had tinnitus since 1986. So I haven’t heard silence since 1986. I was kind of like, “well I’ve just got to live with this.” I didn’t really think it was anything possible. Hearing aids seemed to me, like an “old people” thing, you know? Of course, I’m an old person now, so there’s the irony.

But I was on the road with Ringo and I ran into Brad Whitford, the guitar player from the Aerosmith. I was talking to him and kept saying ‘What?” I couldn’t hear him in a room full of people talking and stuff. Yeah, he goes, “You know what, man, you need one of these.” And he pulled one off. I said, “You can’t even tell you’re wearing that.” Yeah man, changed my life, I mean, the TV’s too loud, there’s people on the phone, people talking to me, mumbling.

So he told me the name Widex, I got the audiologist who I really dig. She’s wonderful and we went in and we tested my hearing what they do is they find the frequencies your deficit, they EQ it, equalize it, and they put all these frequencies back into your hearing. So when you put the hearing device on, you’re hearing all these frequencies, all of a sudden I can hear everything great, and it was like, wow this you know, it changed my life.

I mean also what it does with Tinnitus, it’s a ring like I have. And most people, my age have a mid-range loss, you know like that. Mine is just a little bit more extreme because they said I had “acoustic trauma,” yeah, no shit. I should be I should be deaf. But I was smart enough at least before I got Widex I was on the road playing and I was using earplugs like to cover my ears is for like almost twenty years and then I got in ears which I fought but now I made friends with it. So what I do is when I take the Widex out when I’m playing live is I have the exact EQ to put in in ear. I’m hoping I long enough for the Cochlear implants, you know.

Steve shows how discreet his Widex hearing aid can be – Courtesy image

CR: Sounds like you’re having a heck of a lot of fun.

SL: This has been a real journey through this virus thing, you know? I mean, wow. I haven’t been home this long as I live with my parents as a kid you know

CR: What did you do during lockdown?

SL: I got in touch with myself.

CR: Um. O – K

SL: I don’t even it’s in that kind of way, I mean I have a girlfriend. She’s a beautiful woman and a 5-star chef. Her name’s Amber. I’m the only guy that lost weight during the lockdown. I don’t know what she sees in me.

CR: Funny. You’re funny and down to Earth.

SL: Believe me, I know what show business is. I’ve been doing it for 45 years and you know, the roller coaster ride can be exciting, and also scary as fuck.

CR: How do you keep your popularity?

SL: The music keeps us popular not me. “Africa” just got a billion streams so that puts us at almost 3 billion streams and, you know, 40 million sold legit. And, you know, Africa, I just got a plaque for six million in the states. And that’s, you know, that’s hard copies and stuff, you know. So I mean we still got legs man, real quietly.

CR: What a great comeback.

SL: We’ve been coming back for a while. Then the virus hit us a brick wall at a thousand miles an hour. It was like just dead. Stop. We don’t know when it’s going to start. If it’s ever going to start. You spend your whole life doing this then they just rip the car carpet out. We had dates booked, tickets sold, 40 people on the payroll. I can’t keep 40 people afloat, man. I don’t have that kind of money.

CR: Oh, I figured you had some glamorous place up in the hills.

SL: Well I I bought this house when I was 19 years old. I bought this before I was married either time. I just put a bunch of money into this house and this is a groovy pad in the hills. I don’t need some ridiculous “Let me show how big my dick is” mansion. How many rooms do you live in? And I have one nice car.

Steve Lukather will be touring a new Toto band – Courtesy image

CR: What about your kids?

SL: I have a 36-year-old daughter, a 34-year-old son, a 13-year-old daughter and 10-year old son. And a vasectomy.

CR: So you’re going to do a US and a European tour.

SL: Yes and we’re looking forward to it.

CR: Who do you surround yourself with these days?

SL: You know, I think women are way smarter than us, men, right? I’m surrounded by nothing but women who look after me. My accountant is a woman, the woman who looks after my cash, you know, a woman who looks after my home, a woman who looks after my cat.

CR: And you’ve done a good job keeping your band together, don’t you think?

SL: It’s not easy to do.

CR: Why?

SL: Well you start as teenagers and then you change. I look at old pictures of me and I look so young. You should have seen me when I was 11, out in the valley, driving my buddy’s mom’s station wagon. Boy, the things we could get away with back in the day.

CR: Well seems like you’re having fun, Steve. So great to talk to you.

SL: Thanks for your time. Bye now.

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Dee Snider Releases ‘Time To Choose’ Track and Video off Upcoming Album ‘Leave A Scar’

Dee Snider Releases ‘Time To Choose’ Track and Video off Upcoming Album ‘Leave A Scar’
June 24, 2021
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By DONNA BALANCIA

– Dee Snider has dropped “Time To Choose,” the second track off his upcoming fifth album, Leave A Scar, which will be released in July through Napalm Records.

Produced by Jamey Jasta with co-production, mixing and mastering by drummer Nick Bellmore, Leave A Scar puts Snider front and center, with big support from the vocal performance of Cannibal Corpse’s George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher.

Snider, whose classic songs like “Burn In Hell,” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It” deal with themes of right and wrong, says he tackled a familiar subject once again with the track “Time To Choose.” 

“‘Time To Choose’ deals with a subject I’ve addressed often over the course of my writing career: Good vs. Evil,” he said. “Given the heaviness of this track, I felt adding George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher’s voice to this would drive home the seriousness of the choices we make. I was honored when he agreed to contribute his incredibly powerful voice.”

Snider is accompanied on the record by Charlie Bellmore on guitar and background vocals, Nick Bellmore on drums, Russell Pzütto on bass and background vocals and Nick Petrino on guitar and background vocals.

The first track released off Leave A Scar is “I Gotta Rock (Again),” which got the attention of music-starved fans longing for new work from the Master of Metal. Pre-order the new album, Leave A Scar here.

“By the end of 2020, I knew I not only had to get back into the studio, but for the first time since the ’90s, I wanted – no, needed – to be a part of the writing process,” Snider said. “I reached out to my producer Jamey Jasta and told him I was ready to make another record. Leave A Scar is filled with messages to, and for, the silent voices in the world who need someone to speak out on their behalf. This is my purpose.”

Check out the video for ‘Time To Choose’ here:

Leave A Scar tracklisting:

1) I Gotta Rock (Again)
2) All Or Nothing More
3) Down But Never Out
4) Before I Go
5) Open Season
6) Silent Battles
7) Crying For Your Life
8) In For The Kill
9) Time To Choose
10) S.H.E.
11) The Reckoning
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Dan MacIntosh Review: Gary Numan Gives Us Reasons to be Very Afraid with ‘Intruder’

Dan MacIntosh Review: Gary Numan Gives Us Reasons to be Very Afraid with ‘Intruder’

Dan MacIntosh Review: Gary Numan Gives Us Reasons to be Very Afraid with ‘Intruder’
June 23, 2021
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By DAN MACINTOSH

In the ’80s, the heyday of Gothic music, the genre’s songs were created during the last nervous days of the Cold War. Yes, some of the despair was personal and psychological. However, whether spoken or unspoken, proponents of this dark style drew much of their doomsday dread from the real possibility that the world would be destroyed in a nuclear war. 

While the relationship between U.S. and the former U.S.S.R has since warmed significantly (even though Russia is still not a great friend to the United States), and there’s still the chance for a nuclear battle (more from North Korea and Iran, these days), you just don’t hear much about fear of nuclear holocaust on the news or in today’s Gothic music. However, with Intruder, Gary Numan has given us new reasons to be afraid — very afraid.

Like Greta Thunberg with a synthesizer and while not technically considered a Goth pioneer, Numan has created an album full of climate change panic. No, Numan was not a Goth, at least not in the same way Bauhaus and Sisters Of Mercy were, but he was nevertheless a glass-half-empty kind of artist. 

To his credit, the lyrics on Intruder are not filled with simplistic Al Gore-like sloganeering. Instead, Numan has written songs that will resonate with environmentalists, as well as pleasing fans of just plain good, depressing songwriting. And knowing Numan’s lyrical intentions for the project gives new power to a song like “I Am Screaming.” It’s a lyric about loss and regret, and presumably concerns many of the experiences one can no longer engage in on this rapidly decaying and dying planet. 

Gary Numan is touring, get tickets here.

Sonically, Numan creates atmospheres that sound like the electronic music one often hears in action movies and sci-fi films. The album’s title track, for example, jerks and clanks with electronic precision. The sound is more robust and bottom-heavy than, say, Numan’s breakthrough hit song, “Cars.” There are also tracks that are less technologically based on the album, too. One titled “A Black Sun,” for example, is built around acoustic piano and sounds like a tearjerker The Smiths B-side. 

Even with musical soundscapes that have modernized significantly since his Tubeway Army and early solo recording days, Numan’s unique singing voice stilly sounds amazingly the same as it always has. He sings with a squeaky, pained voice, which is perfectly suited to the global tragedy saturating these new recordings. He’s not a particularly pleasing vocalist, but his unusual singing consistently fits the dark subject matter he sings about.

There will always be reasons to think bad thoughts, whether you buy into the impending earth environmental disaster or not. No matter how you view the planet’s future, however, it is heartening to hear Gary Numan creating inspired music. Maybe he’s woke-ly driving an electric car these days, but he’s still creating inviting sounds. 

Check out ‘Intruder’ by Gary Numan here:


















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The Go-Go’s to Perform in Southern California and Las Vegas Over New Year’s Holidays

The Go-Go’s to Perform in Southern California and Las Vegas Over New Year’s Holidays

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June 22, 2021
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The Go-Go’s will perform a run of California and Las Vegas Shows over New Year’s in celebration of their selection to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame.

The iconic 1980s band will play the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco and the Microsoft Theater in LA leading up to New Year’s Eve, they’ll play the Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, and will follow up with a show at the Civic Theatre in San Diego.

“We really missed seeing and playing for our fans and we are happy we can experience and enjoy live music with each other once again. We are looking forward to celebrating and bringing in a brighter new year with everyone,” said The Go-Go’s.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 25 at 10 a.m. PT.

In 2020 the band released their documentary THE GO-GO’S, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won a 2020 Critics Choice Award for “Best Music Documentary” in addition to receiving the honor of “Most Compelling Living Subjects in a Documentary.” 

The Go-Go’s first new recording in nearly 20 years, “Club Zero,” hit the Top 10 on the Rock Digital Song Sales chart upon its release.

 

Date                Venue                                     City, State

Dec 28             SF Masonic Auditorium         San Francisco, CA (Purchase Tickets)

Dec 29             Microsoft Theater                   Los Angeles, CA (Purchase Tickets)

Dec 31             The Venetian Theatre             Las Vegas, NV (Purchase Tickets)

Jan 1                The Venetian Theatre             Las Vegas, NV (Purchase Tickets)

Jan 3                Civic Theatre                          San Diego, CA (Purchase Tickets)


















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Preoccupations to Support Metz on North American Tour this Fall

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June 17, 2021
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By JOHN DALY

Preoccupations will support Metz on a North American tour this fall.  

The tour kicks off in Phoenix, Ariz., hits Los Angeles and San Francisco in November, and moves to the East Coast with December dates in Boston, Brooklyn, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Tickets are on sale now.

Read more about Preoccupations here.

Preoccupations’ lastest studio release is the album New Material.

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Preoccupations North American Tour Dates:

11/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom

11/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom

11/20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

11/22 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

11/23 – Seattle WA @ The Crocodile – Showroom

11/24 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore

11/26 – Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth Bar & Stage

11/27 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room

11/29 – Winnipeg, MB @ Winnipeg Park Theatre

11/30 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club

12/2 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Back Room @ Colectivo

12/3 – Detroit, MI @ Museum of Contemporary Art

12/4 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club (Preoccupations Only)

12/6 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount

12/8 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

12/9 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere: Hall

12/10 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

12/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at the Fillmore

12/13 – Union Stage @ Washington, DC

12/14 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar

12/16 – Chicago, IL @ Metro

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Bardo Martinez of Chicano Batman Drops New Track + Video ‘Patterns Of Being’

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By JOHN DALY

Bardo Martinez, lead vocalist for Chicano Batman, will release his debut solo album Everywhere Reminds Me Of Space via his own label Yemayá Sol Records on July 23. Today, he releases the new single and accompanying video, “Patterns Of Being.”

The self-produced collection Everywhere Reminds Me Of Space which is comprised of 11 songs is beat-focused and throughout Bardo explores hip-hop influences.

“I walk the Earth in search of a place, ‘Everywhere Reminds Me Of Space,’” Bardo said. “This lyric from the song ‘Neon Light’ made its way to become the title of this sonic menagerie that took me years to transform into a coherent body of work. With this record I wanted to showcase the beats and spoken word cinematic vision quests along with some tunes I had stashed away in the vault.”

Today Bardo releases his synth-influenced single “Patterns Of Being,” a song of self-acceptance that finds him singing, “every time you lost your mind / You’ve always managed to remember those / Patterns of being that make you you.”

With “Patterns Of Being,” Bardo uses cool effects and experiments with background tracks that seem to be doing their own thing all the while coming together for a fun and upbeat track.

“A little casio keyboard, a maestro echoplex, and my monophonic synths were tracked all over the record in order to keep it together,” Bardo said. “Many artists delve into the ether with existential quandaries about life, love, and nature; I am no exception. Looking up and around is what keeps me sane; after all, it’s only gravity that keeps us grounded.”

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Hollywood Park and Live Nation Team on ‘The Performance Venue at Hollywood Park’

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By JOHN DALY

Hollywood Park has teamed with Live Nation to partner on a multi-year booking pact for a brand new 6,000-seat performance venue, called The Performance Venue at Hollywood Park.

The space is part of the Hollywood Park mixed-use project in Inglewood, Calif., which is being developed by Los Angeles Rams Owner-Chairman E. Stanley Kroenke, and will be adjacent to the new SoFi Stadium and American Airlines Plaza.

“The Performance Venue at Hollywood Park is a sophisticated, intimate venue that will host a wide range of world-class events, including celebrated musicians, immersive entertainment, and close-knit community gatherings,” said Christy Castillo Butcher, SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park’s senior vice president, Programming and Booking. “Hollywood Park is a true sports and entertainment destination, and our partnership with Live Nation will help us further our goal to deliver extraordinary entertainment to Angelenos and visitors from across the globe.”

The theater will host a range of live entertainment including concerts and comedy events, award shows, eSport competitions, community events, conferences, and more. Live Nation will be the promoter for the theater.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be the promoters of this incredibly dynamic venue coming alive in Los Angeles,” said Rich Best, Live Nation’s Regional Head of Talent for California. “Alongside Hollywood Park, we plan to make this a must-visit live entertainment venue and we can’t wait to unveil what is in store for this unique space.”

The Performance Venue at Hollywood Park is a 227,000 square foot, three-story indoor venue situated under the same roof canopy as SoFi Stadium and American Airlines Plaza, and it is seamlessly blended in at the canopy’s southernmost corner. Equipped with its own three-bay loading dock, the theater can operate independently or in tandem with the stadium and plaza for larger events.

With three levels of seating – orchestra, plaza and balcony – the venue can be configured to house three different crowd capacities, creating an intimate setting for events at 3,400 and 4,400 or full capacity at 6,000 seats. Complete with a two-story Kaynemaile chandelier, the theater will feature six luxury boxes, a 1,200 square-foot premium back-of-house hospitality space, with adjacent dressing rooms, and a 3,500 square-foot private club with 140 premium seats.

The Performance Venue stage is built with artists, events and fans in mind. At 6,100 square-feet, the stage is an expansive area for artists and events to be creative, and every seat is close to the action on-stage, with the farthest seat in the house only 164 feet away from the stage.

The theater has a skydeck and rigging capacity of 200,000 pounds, which is a rarity for a venue of this size. Equipped with luxury finishes throughout the venue’s interior and exterior, the venue features both an interior and exterior balcony for guests to enjoy. The exterior portion of the balcony has sweeping views of the mountains to the east, American Airlines Plaza, Lake Park and parts of Hollywood Park. The exterior of the theater features a sloping glass façade that reaches 42 feet at its tallest point.

Recently announced Live Nation events at the Performance Venue at Hollywood Park include:
September 4, 2021 – Caifanes
September 11, 2021 – Los Angeles Azules *SOLD OUT*
September 23, 2021 – Black Pumas
September 24, 2021 – Los Angeles Azules
September 25, 2021 – Devo (one of only two headlining shows this year)
October 6, 2021 – Trippie Redd
October 29, 2021 – Alejandro Sanz
December 3, 2021 – Christian Nodal
March 9, 2022 – Marina and the Diamonds
March 12, 2022 – Louis Tomlinson *SOLD OUT*
March 13, 2022 – Louis Tomlinson *SOLD OUT*


















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By AVA LIVERSIDGE

90’s indie-rock outfit Sleater-Kinney are back for their tenth record, Path of Wellness, but this time as a duo with ambition to return to their sonic roots.

After seminal drummer Janet Weiss left the group, remaining artists Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker knew onlookers were expecting a change. And down to the record title, Path of Wellness thrusts Sleater-Kinney back, past the sound of their most recent projects, to their musical heyday. In embracing this nostalgic sound, Sleater-Kinney are able to reckon with last year’s plight head on.

As Brownstein and Tucker circle back, what the group has always excelled at illustrating is reconceptualized and made anew: Anger. 

During the acme of Riot Grrrl, in which SK were integral players, their anger was mostly directed towards the patriarchy and the likes, whereas now, while they do continue to hold that torch (see: “Complex Female Characters”), they seem more bewildered by the last year’s havoc. 

While some of this confrontation feels trite at points, seeing as Path of Wellness is following a six-month slew of records that all deal with the recent turmoil, art is situational. Speaking of situational, Weiss’s departure left the remaining two needing to prove themselves in the percussive department, which they did. High points include “Favorite Neighbor” and “High in the Grass” where the rolling drums are bombastic behind the two’s signature falsettos. SK are evidently starving for a return to analog. The vocal performances are still characteristically cartoony and alienized, but the instrumentals dominate with tact. 

The riffs are foremost and memorable — tracks like “Path of Wellness” and “Worry with You” have radio-worthy catchiness. Where SK strays from the indie rock mold they’ve constructed are in unexpected tinges of funk on Path of Wellness. The brief keyboard additions, breathy vocals, and groovy guitar riffs draw upon their more recent releases to, purportedly, add an experimental element to the mix. 

These synthetic mixes cast a shadow over the album, making more soulful or raw tracks sound similarly contrived. As Brownstein and Corrin remind us on “High in the Grass” to “Feast on the day / As it runs from you,” we are brought back to the loss central to this record. 

The live-in-the-moment mentality that adopts such pertinence in today’s world, because “We can’t imagine what we’ll lose” (“High in the Grass”), looms large over Path of Wellness, perhaps even over the compositional decisions. If SK are driven to reflect upon the moment, rife with sentimentality for the past and what’s gone by, why wouldn’t they have made a record that draws on their halcyon days and then pump it full of contemporary, synthesized breaks? 

Path of Wellness did what it set out to do. SK are now primed to venture in any musical direction they so please.

 


















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By JOHN DALY

Barenaked Ladies have released a comic-book style adventure with the new video for the track “New Disaster” off the band’s  upcoming album Detour de Force.

The band’s new album promises to be one of the most diverse records to date. Though there’s a sense of humor that permeates, many of the songs have a deeper philosophy that require more than a few listens.

Ed Robertson said the latest release off the album, “New Disaster,” represents the frustration he feels with the news today.

“It is about the distraction of modern politics coupled with the pressures of the 24-hour news cycle, which is so sensational, un-vetted and un-researched. It seemed like the Nostradamus predictions of new disaster were getting worse and worse, even after we recorded the song.”

BNL wasn’t dormant as the world shut down — evidence the group’s spirited “Selfie Cam Jam” series and Robertson’s weekly Friday livestreams online, both for charity, as well as a pair of virtual concerts. But the pause brought a fresh perspective to where the band wanted Detour de Force to go.

“The pandemic really affected the album in an interesting way,” said Jim Creeggan, who penned a pair of the Detour de Force songs. “I was getting calls from friends to do remote-based stuff, people asking each other to add something to those projects. So we started reaching out and bringing other things into what we were doing.”

“We’ve always liked that our band is very diverse in what we do,” Robertson said. “On this record I really enjoyed the exploration. This record is a journey. Taking off one song would tip it in a way we didn’t feel was representative of the record we made. We wanted everything that’s here to be part of the record.”


















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Review: Big Sur Delivers Dreamy Samba from Spain With New Single ‘133’

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By AVA LIVERSIDGE

Spain-hailing duo Big Sur meld indie-folk with coastal ease on their debut single “133.”

Composed of Cristina Barceló and Neil Roma, the outfit was conceived in a small, Barcelona apartment when the two sought a conduit to transport themselves and those around them and, hopefully, stir some emotions in the process. The group’s repertoire is imbued with a characteristic fluidity, made possible by their alchemy of soft acoustics and subtle electronics.

In the context of California’s early Spanish history, “Big Sur” referred to the largely unexplored coastal region of the state known for its scenic beaches and untouched landscapes. It seems this indie-folk duo is trying to evoke that indicative coastal serenity — watery synths, rolling percussion, echoing vocals — while also calling upon the unchartered territory in their etymological DNA.

The single, “133”, is the first sign of the duo’s debut album to be released later this year and recorded at Crazy House Studio. Roma’s full, dreamy guitar floods the track atop electronic ambient noise, driving the mood. The message is straightforward and timely: to be present, to enjoy what you can. “133” fuses dream pop with folk acoustics for a mellow, infectious atmosphere.

Be on the lookout for Big Sur’s debut record later this year.

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Eight Music-Related Reasons to Move to California

Eight Music-Related Reasons to Move to California

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Coachella is one of many festivals in the Golden State – Tyler Hanson


















By JOHN DALY

When people talk about California, they primarily discuss Silicon Valley, its robust economy, the large tech companies, and beaches. But, if you’re looking to become the next big performer or you love live music, moving to California is a wise choice. America’s entertainment capital has been a hot spot for aspiring musicians since the late 1800s when gold rush miners brought their guitars with them. So, whether you’re a professional singer or someone who enjoys music, the Golden State is always buzzing with activity and opportunities.

Here are eight reasons to pack your bags and head west as soon as possible:

1. California Gave Birth to Numerous Iconic Bands

Many famous bands, like the Beachboys and The Doors, got their start in California. These guys rocked the entertainment scene decades ago. You can only imagine the amount of musical history the Golden State possesses. Of course, there’s also Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns n’ Roses, Rage Against the Machine, and hundreds more to add to the list. So, what does this mean for you? Well, the point is: Don’t be afraid to take risks. If these bands were able to make it, there’s no reason you can’t. Who knows? You might end up with a legacy like theirs.

2. It Features the Most Music Festivals in the Country

As a music-lover, living in California means you have to stay vigilant. Why? It’s because there’s always a party, concert, or festival going on somewhere. You wouldn’t want to miss these jampacked moments. Every year, hundreds of musical events occur in the Golden State, topping even well-known musical destinations like Austin and New York. You have Coachella, Outside Lands, Lightning in a Bottle, and Nocturnal Wonderland, to name a few. Keep in mind that these aren’t your average concerts. They’re full-blown experiences with world-famous performers and incredible artists you can see up close.

3. Every Genre is Welcome in California

The region’s diverse population paves the way for a thriving music scene. You’ll always find people who enjoy a specific genre. Anything from pop, rock, or bluegrass to the more eclectic sounds of punk, hip-hop, or jazz — name it, and California’s got you covered. If you’re looking for great live performances in genres that are still developing or otherwise don’t have as large an audience yet, then this is the place for you! The Golden State welcomes all styles with open arms as long as they uphold high standards for quality musicianship and performance. This diversity means you’ll get to encounter people who share the same musical taste.

Fender guitars are still made in California – Courtesy Fender
4. The Weather is Great

California experiences almost 300 days of epic sunshine. Okay, so what does this have to do with music? Well, think about it. Not many people can perform in the rain, and crowds aren’t too fond of it either. If you want a place where performing outside is an option, then California is a paradise. The weather’s perfect for concerts, hence the year-round calendar of festivals. But beware of wildfires and earthquakes.

5. Hollywood is Here

Yes, Hollywood is known for its mark on the film industry. However, its popularity also attracts performers from all over the globe. Music videos, tours, and even music-based TV shows often originate in this magical neighborhood in LA. You can never get enough of the Hollywood sign and all the stories that surround it.

6. There Are Lots of Live Music Venues

It’s easy to get lost in the Hollywood hype, but have you ever thought about where musicians live and perform? If you’re looking for a place with venues on every corner, look no further than California! While it’s not as prominent as Austin when it comes to live music, you can still find plenty of unique venues (almost 500), from small clubs to full-blown amphitheaters. You might even get to see performances from promising rising talent who will go on to become the next big stars.

7. Modern Music Artists Live Here

It’s good to appreciate the old musical era, but it’s better to always look up to the future. California is home to some of the most popular and up-and-coming artists in the music industry. Familiar names like Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani, and Jason Mraz reside there. This fact means you might even get a chance to meet some of your idols in person. In addition, you can find hipsters playing on rooftops, rappers performing on street corners, and indie bands rehearsing for their next big show.

8. Access to The Best Instruments

Fender Guitars got its start over 75 years ago in Fullerton, CA. Today, the company still manufactures some of the best guitars in the industry. Its product line-up includes electric, acoustic, and classical guitars, as well as bases, ukeleles, and amplifiers. For decades, Fender has been the go-to brand for musicians, both famous and aspiring. If you order a Fender, it’s likely to come from the company’s manufacturing facility in Corona.

To sum it up, the Golden State is a musical gem. If you’re planning to call it your home, hire a trustworthy California-based moving company. A professional mover can ensure the safety of your beloved musical instruments, whether you’re moving a bulky Steinway piano or need help custom-packing your collection of custom Fender guitars. You can entrust the heavy work of lifting and the tedious job of packing to them while focusing on more critical aspects of your transition. 


















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