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The Sheepish Lion and Spook the Herd

spooktheherdDo you remember the old Disney short film about the lion who was raised by a sheep? His name was Lambert. He was a “sheepish lion” and all the lambs made fun of him growing up. Until one day a wolf comes around and in all his wolfish ways he wants to eat the mama sheep. Lambert realizes then that he is a lion. Not a sheep. He scares away the wolf and saves the sheep. My daughter loves this short film. She is three-years-old and all about the Disney classics. Thank you Netflix.

ANYWAY …

Why am I telling you this? Well, when I got an email talking about music from Spook the Herd my crazy mom brain files filtered down to Lambert. If you can follow the train of thought that’s awesome, if not, well than I tell you, I’m not really crazy, I’m just passionate. Passionate about my kids and music to name two things. Bat shit passionate.

Out of Boston is Spook The Herd made up of Jesse Weiss (Palehound/Grass Is Green) and Abe Kimball (Vending Machetes).

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Spook The Herd are excited to announce the release of The Small Wins EP, the band’s first release together with Exploding In Sound Records. Set for release on June 17th.

Their track Slurpee Surf reminds me of something straight out of the 90s. Fuzzy grunge-esque and better on the second listen.

Consequence of Sound premiered the band’s new single “Slurpee Surf,” calling it the work of “a duo whose combined talents lead to songs that fall right in the middle of the spectrum between sugar and fuzz.

SPOOK THE HERD
“The Small WIns EP”
Exploding In Sound Records
June 24, 2016

PRE-ORDER

1. Slurpee Surf
2. One Fell Swoop
3. Beg To Differ
4. Song 4
5. App Tofu
6. Running In Place

The Outsiders get their own special day

(L-R) David Morse as Big Foster, Joe Anderson as Asa, Gillian Alexy as G'Winveer, Ryan Hurst as Lil Foster and Kyle Gallner as Hasil in WGN America's "Outsiders." (PRNewsFoto/WGN America)
(L-R) David Morse as Big Foster, Joe Anderson as Asa, Gillian Alexy as G’Winveer, Ryan Hurst as Lil Foster and Kyle Gallner as Hasil in WGN America’s “Outsiders.” (PRNewsFoto/WGN America)

So what qualifies nowadays for a government official to declare a special holiday or some kind? I mean I know there are plenty of national days to celebrate, apple pie day, talk like a pirate day but when it sort of becomes “official” what are the requirements for that and what has to happen?

Celebrating the start of production on season two of WGN America’s hit original series, “Outsiders,” Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto is set to declare Wednesday, May 18 “Outsiders Day,” with a proclamation ceremony at City Hall. Continuing the festivity for the addicting drama, produced by Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios, “Outsiders” star David Morse will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Pittsburgh Pirates game on Tuesday, May 24 at PNC Park.

Production on the 13-episode, hour-long series will commence in and around Pittsburgh, where 530 local crew and primary cast and 1,980 local extras and stand-ins were hired during the filming of the series’ first season.

Cast returning for the second season include David Morse (“Treme,” “Hurt Locker”), Thomas M. Wright (“The Bridge,” “Top of the Lake”), Ryan Hurst (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Bates Motel”), Joe Anderson (“The Divide,” “Across the Universe”), Gillian Alexy (“The Americans,” “Damages”), Kyle Gallner (“American Sniper,” “Veronica Mars”), and Christina Jackson (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Deception”). Additional cast to be announced.

“Outsiders” is created and written by award-winning playwright Peter Mattei, who executives produces alongside Fedora Entertainment’s Emmy® Award-winner Peter Tolan (“Rescue Me,” “Analyze This”), Touchy Feely Films’ Emmy® Award-winner Paul Giamatti (“John Adams,” “Sideways”), Michael Wimer (“2012,” “Rake”), and Dan Carey (“All Is Bright”). The second season of “Outsiders” will premiere January 2017 on WGN America.

Follow the series @OutsidersWGN

 

 

Watch Bill Murray & Kermit Ruffins Duet, Bare Necessities, for The Jungle Book

crawfordmurrayDirect from Girlie Action Media

New Orleans based Basin Street Records are kicking off a monumental month with some big announcements:

Long time Basin Street artist Kermit Ruffins sings Bare Necessities with Bill Murray for Disney’s The Jungle Book! Listen here:

Davell Crawford‘s Piano in the Vaults: Vol. 1 is in the works and will be ready in time for his Sunday, May 1 performance at New Orleans Jazzfest. He performs his own set, and a tribute to Allen Toussaint later on the same stage.

New Orleans Jazzfest is Friday, April 22nd through Sunday, May 1st and the Basin Street Records artists have a huge schedule. Check it out at https://www.BasinStreetRecords.com/on-tour.

Jon Cleary will be featured on PBS NewsHour next weekend. On Tuesday he will be honored as the Entertainer of the Year at Gambit Weekly’s Big Easy Entertainment Awards. He’s headed back to Europe including 3 nights at Ronnie Scott’s after a huge 2 weeks in New Orleans for Jazzfest.

The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra‘s big gala Market Fest is Friday, April 22nd at Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market. For details visit www.Phnojm.com.

Rebirth Brass Band will be performing at The White House for UNESCO International Jazz Day concert with Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock and more to be broadcast on ABC April 30th. You can find details at http://jazzday.com/news/.

A band named Tancred cannot be ‘power pop’

tancredThe new album from Tancred, Out of the Garden, is now available in stores and online!

They call it power pop. I was excited. I wanted to get pumped up, feel empowered, some sort of energy, it made me feel more somber than anything else. I was taken back to freshmen year in high school when Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes played “Romeo and Juliet.” Do Now I know I’m dating myself, but whatever, sometimes you hear music and it takes your back in time. That’s how my brain works. It’s like an archived soundtrack of life events. When I pulled up Tancred’s streaming playlist and listened to “It’s Not Likely” I found myself sitting on the pink carpet of my old bedroom wallowing in some sort of teenage drama listening to the soundtrack of what was supposed to be a hip, modern version of Romeo & Juliet. The soundtrack had tracks from Garbage and Everclear, One Inch Punch and Radiohead.

Now you know where Tancred stands in my realm of genre-ized music labels by back-in-time comparisons and I wouldn’t call it power pop. Maybe it’s alternative rock? It’s not bad. It’s not great. Either way I hope  you listen and find out for yourself!

Maybe a soundscape for the next vampire flick aptly named Feed the Fire

Promise and the Monster Feed the Fire Album CoverDon’t hate me for what I’m about to say, but when I started listening to Promise & The Monster I immediately started thinking about Twilight. That whole Saga, whether you like the stories or not (which I admit I do) has a pretty powerful soundtrack. I mean everyone knows Supermassive Black Hole by Muse and I hope we can all agree it’s a pretty awesome song.

I ramble.

So who is Promise & The Monster? Well the woman behind the band is Billie Lindahl. They are preparing to release their third album Feed The Fire out January 22nd on the Bella Union label. And the entire album is pretty dark and spellbinding. Honestly, it would be a great backdrop in a vampire flick.

“All the songs are, in a way, tales of violence,” Lindahl explains. “When I started to write the lyrics, I wrote about killings, where I imagined being inside the killer’s head. At the same time my own life started to collapse, starting with a break-up, and it took some bad turns. For a couple of years I lived a desperate life amongst the ruins of my old life. The landscape in the lyrics is an imaginary one, an apocalyptical landscape, but it resembles those ruins.”

Feed The Fire was recorded in Stockholm, where Lindahl lives, at Labyrint, a small basement studio run by her friend Love Martinsen who produced the album and shares most of the instrumentation with Lindahl.

The opening title track sets the scene with the immediate confession “I’m already too involved / I’m forced into the core.” ‘Hunter’ expands the dreamy, eerie mood with an echo of girl-group drama filtered through a remote Swedish forest, featuring the Erhu, a Chinese violin. “It’s a great instrument,” Lindahl says. “It sounds a bit like somebody is weeping, and I think we managed to make it weep.”

The view keeps changing: ‘Time Of The Season’ is a more urgent rush of blood, with chiming guitar, ‘Hammering the Nails’ is gentler despite the image, “this taste of blood in metal” and the tremelo guitar twang and an exquisite coda of Mariachi horns in ‘Machines’ resemble a slice of vintage Americana. ‘Slow And Quiet’ and ‘Julingvallen’ offer a sonic calm and respite. Images of skin, flesh, bone and rust create a clash between humanity and the natural world, while the words, “The blood and the seeds have dried” appear more than once. The album finale, a cover of the traditional British folk song ‘Fine Horseman,’ taps the same essense, but is the song’s foreboding drum mantra leading you out into the light, or further into the dark?

Duality sits at the core of Feed The Fire, and likewise the name Promise & The Monster. “To feed the fire can be seen as both constructive and destructive,” Lindahl concludes. “You keep the fire burning, the spark alive. But fire can kill you. Like life and death, it’s not really a contradiction. I think it’s necessary to be open to destructive forces if you want to live a life where strong emotions are present. To see, listen and feel is quite a violent and confusing experience, and I think my lyrics often evolve around that, blurring boundaries between dream and reality, and between sanity and insanity. To me, Feed The Fire is a concept album that explores those kinds of themes, from certain places and real happenings.”

Shimmering strings and gracious pop hooks

albumcover-birthmarkThe great multi-instrumentalist, Nate Kinsella (from American Football, Joan of Arc, Make Believe), continues his solo journey with a new album from Birthmark.

The new album, How You Look When You’re Falling Down, is now available out. The album is said to be filled with warm brass, shimmering strings, and gracious pop hooks coupled with Kinsella’s signature blend of intimate acoustic sounds and gently psychedelic electronic textures.

Stream How You Look When You’re Falling Down on the Polyvinyl site (desktop only) or via Under The Radar.

[A] vibrant and shimmering soundtrack for everyone’s personal journey.
— Stereogum

 

The Man and the Music with Murray #Rocktober

Happy 1st of October!

This is one of my most favorite times of year. It really is, I love the Fall and I love Halloween. Two of my kids were born in October (making May my other favorite time of year for my Finn) and of course my brother’s birthday is also in October. It’s a good month!

billmurrayAdding to the fun this October is the start of ROCK THE KASBAH’s #ROCKTOBER by getting to know legendary rock manager Richie Lanz (Bill Murray) in this brand new behind-the-scenes look – “The Man and the Music.” Hear what some of your favorite rock musicians had to say about Richie, his legacy, and his famous antics throughout the years.

SYNOPSIS 

A has-been rock manager from Van Nuys, California stumbles upon a once-in-a-lifetime voice in a remote Afghan cave in Rock the Kasbah, a dramatic comedy inspired by stranger-than-fiction, real-life events and directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson. Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), dumped and stranded in war-torn Kabul by his last remaining client (Zooey Deschanel), discovers Salima Khan (Leem Lubany), a Pashtun teenager with a beautiful voice and the courageous dream of becoming the first woman to compete on national television in Afghanistan’s  version of “American Idol.”  Richie partners with a savvy hooker (Kate Hudson), a pair of hard-partying war profiteers (Danny McBride and Scott Caan) and a hair-trigger mercenary (Bruce Willis) and, braving dangerous cultural prejudices, manages his new protégée into becoming the “Afghan Star.”

RELEASE DATE: October 23, 2015

CAST: Bill Murray, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, Scott Caan, Leem Lubany, Arian Moayed, and Bruce Willis

DIRECTOR: Barry Levinson

WRITER: Mitch Glazer