One of the band’s I’ve grown increasingly fond of over the past few years is Deep Purple. Working in rock radio for the first part of my career, I was familiar with all the big hits (read that as the songs that would make the fairly stringent rotation list) – Smoke On The Water, Highway Star, Hush, Kentucky Woman, Woman From Tokyo. You’d never hear anything from the Mark III line-up, songs like Burn and Stormbringer, which are fantastic slabs of rock. And even the classic Mark II line-up’s 80′s comeback hits, Perfect Strangers and Knocking At Your Back Door, never seemed to get radio play.
Thankfully, the good folks at Eagle Rock have helped spread the word about Deep Purple’s stellar catalogue with various DVD releases, including Phoenix Rising and the brand new DVD, Perfect Strangers Live.
Last year, my album of the summer belong to The Beach Boys’ and their reunion album, That’s Why God Made The Radio. It was this great mix of upbeat surfin’ and party songs, matched with the melancholy that only Brian Wilson could create.
While it may be too early to tell, I would wager that at least one of the albums I’ll be listening to a lot this summer is the second album from Fitz and the Tantrums, out today.
More Than Just A Dream is the second studio album from the band, and their first on Elektra Records. Full of upbeat and catchy tracks, the album definitely makes good on all the hype and buzz that surrounded the group two years ago, when their debut album Pick Up The Pieces was all the rage.
There are lots of fun, catchy tracks throughout More Than Just A Dream, but for me, the standouts were the opening song, Out Of My League, and The Walker, which is sure to remind folks of Peter, Bjorn and John and the New Pornographers. Take a listen and I’m sure you’ll agree.
More Than Just A Dream could have been maybe two songs shorter, but this is really a fun, poppy record that keeps the energy high and the melodies memorable. Check it out – you might just find your summer album comes from Fitz and the Tantrums.
There have been a ton of solid new releases over the past few weeks. Green Day, Grizzly Bear, Band Of Horses, The Killers and Mumford & Sons all have new albums out there definitely worth checking out. But there are two new releases that I keep coming back to for repeat listens.
When I listen to music most of the time I’m looking for great songs or melodies, interesting or meaningful lyrics, and great performances either vocally or from the musicianship on the tracks. The latest releases from Pink and Bon Jovi guitar player Richie Sambora have all of the above on display.
But thanks to Cineplex and Eagle Rock Entertainment, the Hungarian stop on the 1986 Magic Tour is being brought back to life in theatres this fall.
Even better, we’ve got a contest!
You can win two tickets to a special screening of Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest this Thursday, September 20, 2012, at the Scotiabank Theatre, Toronto at 7:30 p.m. Read the rest of this entry
Stone Temple Pilots are set to release their first-ever live concert DVD/Blu-Ray this week featuring a blend of the bands’ greatest hits with new material from their 2010 self-titled album. Alive in the Windy City sees STP filmed in front of an adoring Chicago crowd in state-of-the-art high-definition, and recorded in DTS-HD Master Audio and LPCM Stereo for a great home theatre concert experience.
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A few weeks back at Fan Expo, I had the opportunity to meet Charles Soule, author of the music inspired 27 from Shadowline/Image. I hadn’t read the series, but I’d noticed it pop up on the Comixology App a few times over the last little while and I was intrigued. As it happened, Charles had copies of the gorgeous trade paperback for sale. I picked one up, had him and cover artist W. Scott Forbes sign it and went on my merry way. A couple of hours later I was home, and started reading the book. A couple of hours after that, I was finished. 27 was a great story, one of the best things I’ve read in a few years. You don’t have to be a music expert to enjoy it (though it does add to the experience), you just have to dig great art and storytelling.
On that note, I share with you an exclusive email interview with Charles Soule where we discuss the roots of 27, collaboration, rock and roll and much. Like 27 itself, it’s a lot of fun.