3.28.2020

NINE OF PENTACLES: FINANCIALLY SUCCESSFUL!



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Today could prove particularly financially successful - yeah!

You may feel like celebrating on you own, or perhaps the opposite and wishing you had someone to share your news with.

You'll probably just chill out at home.

3.27.2020

LITTLE VILLAINS: NEW LP CELEBRATES MOTÖRHEAD DRUMMER PHIL TAYLOR


Los Angeles, CA - Phil Taylor put the motor in Motörhead for 13 incredible years, recording drums for that iconic band on 11 studio albums as well as 4 live albums. His stage presence became the stuff of rock legend and the ferocity with which he attacked his kit (as well as offstage antics) earned him the moniker Philthy Animal.

Underappreciated in his later years, Taylor continued to play hard-driving rock n’ roll in various outfits, including the superb Little Villains project, formed with producer/musician James Childs of Airbus fame. The group made several studio recordings overseen by Childs, some of which were released in 2019 as the album Philthy Lies.

And now a new Little Villains album is hitting the streets, this time featuring the talents of former Hawkwind bassist and Lemmy prodigy, Alan “Boomer” Davey, who joins Childs on this celebration of the life and talents of Phil Taylor.



Featuring the remaining studio recordings Taylor made prior to his passing in 2015, the album Taylor Made bursts with the power and energy of those early Motörhead albums. Childs expresses his enthusiasm for the project saying “I grew up on Motorhead and Hawkwind and to actually work with key members of each group is a milestone in my lifetime that I never could have imagined.”

Taylor Made will be available on digital, CD and limited edition RED vinyl beginning April 3 courtesy of Cleopatra Records!

Taylor Made



Track List:
1. Taylor Made
2. Model B
3. Aeroplane
4. All The Flak
5. We All Toil
6. Melony Blue
7. In A Mess
8. Over The Moon
9. Control Yourself
10. Soon

3RD EDITION OF THE STRAWBERRY BRICKS GUIDE TO PROG ROCK OUT TODAY


The 3rd Edition of “The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock” by Charles Snider To be Released March 27, 2020

The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock, 3rd Edition
• Reviews of 510+ albums from 1967 - 1982
• 572 pages
• Fully edited, proofread and fact-checked

Back in print for 2020! The definitive record guide to the progressive era of rock music, Strawberry Bricks presents a comprehensive discography with reviews of 500+ albums, with band histories, musical synopses, key tracks, and critical commentary, all presented in the historical context of a timeline.

Beginning in 1967 and continuing through 1982, a generation of musicians took rock music in directions unforeseen as they charted what would become known as progressive rock. From art rock to krautrock, from England to Germany to Italy and all across Europe, Strawberry Bricks offers a candid reappraisal of rock’s most cerebral genre. Also for this edition, Matt Howarth has revisited his original artwork from the first edition of the book.

Says Charles, “The newly written Prologue offers a historical perspective of the pretext to the progressive era, beginning post-WWII, while the Epilogue offers a current perspective on progressive rock since the early '80s. I've also spent a good deal of time fact-checking every detail in the book, including song titles and artist names.


Further, this edition has been professionally edited and peer-reviewed, all to make this as exacting and rewarding a book as the music it covers. Strawberry Bricks is another narrative on the classic era of progressive rock, one with hopefully a novel and candid outlook on the genre, its albums and the men that made it one of the most interesting chapters in rock's history.”

With 212 more reviews, 210 more pages, completely fact-checked and professionally edited, and with a full index, the third edition is a substantial upgrade to owners of the first edition of the book. For owners of the second edition, Matt Howarth once again revisits his original artwork for Strawberry Bricks. Enjoy the music!

“Charles Snider has an encyclopedic knowledge of progressive rock and has accrued one of the world’s most formidable record collections. No one is better equipped to write the definitive discography of this rich genre of music.” - Jonathan Schang, District 97



About the Author:

Charles Snider has been collecting records since the early 1970s, amassing one of the most complete archives of progressive rock. “One of my earliest memories of vinyl was The Beatles' 'Paperback Writer' b/w 'Rain.'

Musically, my love for British music and everything thereafter starts with The Beatles. My daughters are even named after Beatles’ songs!” Snider's self-professed passion for the music “archaeology” continued over the decades, branching out to many other genres of music. “In the early 90s, Kevin Eden and I curated the WMO label, with the cooperation and support of Wire.

The CD was a new format, and we released a lot of hard to find records, as well as unreleased archival material and two very good tribute discs.” Upon moving to Chicago in 2000, he began writing the first edition of The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock. “I've always loved record guides. Certainly, Ira Robbin’s Trouser Press was the prototype, but growing up in the 70s with magazines like Circus, Creem and of course Rolling Stone, I've always enjoyed the passion writers convey about music.” While not listening to prog rock in his man-cave, Snider can be found blogging about personal technology or cheering on the Chicago Blackhawks.

The 3rd Edition of “The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock” will be released on March 27th, 2020. Available directly from http://strawberrybricks.com/the-book, and from Amazon.com

3.26.2020

JIM BAD BOY BAADE: FLINT ROCK JOCK / ROCK FILMMAKER GUEST POSTS TODAY!

Photo: 1983 at WWCK goes to Michelle LaRose

We have a guest post today from the best looking DJ in retro rock history! Jim "Bad Boy" Baade who is also a superb Rock Radio filmmaker. 

We thought my readers and fellow retro music fans would love to see all of Jim's historic rock history films! Hopefully, many more to come!  Kick em Out Bad Boy!


Photo of Jim with Greta Van Fleet holding up a copy of Local DJ (Left to Right Sam Kiszka, Me, Jake Kiszka and Josh Kiszka. Photo Credit Sophia Baade


Flint’s Best Rock was a passion project I made while taking a filmmaking class at Mott Community College in 2012. I didn’t realize the movie would resonate with so many people, but it did and that just blew me away. The film recounts the glory days of WWCK, an Album Rock powerhouse in the ’80s that went to become the Best Rock Station in America according to Billboard Magazine!!

It wasn’t corporate radio, but true radio- when radio had a lot of power! I wanted to be as honest and intelligent as I could in telling the story about something I loved and was a big part of... and it kinda sent shockwaves both locally and nationally to an extent. It won Best Doc at the Flint Film Festival and was elected to be in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

Photo Credit Sophia Baade

Local DJ was a tribute to my mentor and true Rock n’ Roll Hero - Peter C Cavanaugh!! It was my highest professional honor to have Pete endorse and love my film.


The group photo is of a small reunion of WWCK DJ’s (left to right: Jim, Randy Stephenson, Tim Siegrist, and Randy Bhirdo)


Local DJ is 101 minutes of an immersive experience connecting key elements of a half-century of radio, Rock n’ Roll and Culture featuring Michigan’s significant contributions. A microcosm of our shared experience to Rock music in American with non-stop throbbing, pulsing and pulverizing red hot Rock seen through the life and times of Rock n’ Roll Hall Fame DJ Peter C Cavanaugh.

https://vimeo.com/330236501 (Flint’s Best Rock 2012) - Password 1234

https://vimeo.com/330230347 ( Local DJ The Story of Michigan Story) - Password 1234

https://vimeo.com/331733752 (Local DJ The Story of Michigan of Rock Trailer) - Password 1234

RAY PARKER JR NEW DOCUMENTARY "WHO YOU GONNA CALL!


(Photo left to right) - Ola Strøm, Ray Parker Jr and Fran Strine host private screening of the new Ray Parker Jr documentary "Who You Gonna Call?" at the ArcLight Hollywood. #whoyougonnacallfilm

(Hollywood, CA) - Power Chord Films held a private screening of their new Ray Parker Jr documentary "Who You Gonna Call?" which chronicles Parker's rise from the racially charged streets of Detroit, to writing and recording the global smash hit song Ghostbusters, an Oscar-nominated pop culture classic. The single went platinum in eight countries and won Parker Jr a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.



You know Ray Parker Jr. as the artist who wrote and recorded Ghostbusters, but what you don't know his back story and what it took for him to get there. From the streets of Detroit to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Parker's journey is one you won't believe.

Described as one of the baddest guitar players ever to hit this earth, the multi-talented songwriter, producer, and musical phenom, gigged with the legendary Funk Brothers at age 13 and quickly became one of Motown's most in-demand studio musicians. Music mogul Clive Davis brought him to frontman, solo artist status.



"Who You Gonna Call"? is the first film under the new Power Chord venture, a production company dedicated to telling the unknown stories of iconic music artists. It is helmed by global financier Ola Strøm; 2020 Kodak Documentary Award winner Fran Strine, and Parker Jr. with plans to hit the film festival circuit later this year. Fran Strine

GROWING UP ON RTE 66: THE 66 KID: RAISED ON THE MOTHER ROAD!


Tens of thousands of travelers from around the world spend millions of dollars every year trying to recapture the aura of a simpler time. When gasoline can top $4 a gallon and Route 66 is, in many ways, a shell of its former glory, what keeps them coming?

Author Bob Boze Bell, a lifelong resident of Kingman, Arizona (one of the quintessential Route 66 towns), has accumulated a unique sense of the Mother Road's history, not to mention friendships with folks from Kingman and other Route 66 communities.



In The 66 Kid--part autobiography, part narrative history, part oral history - Bell offers a highly illustrated account of the world's most famous highway full of the author's personal observations and recollections, and exciting first-person accounts from people who lived worked and played along the road.


Bell digs deep into the roots of the Route 66, offering insights into the people who made it run: from the neon-lit motels to the greasy-spoon diners, and even the shady roadside attractions. Illustrated with period postcards and photos, as well as the author's own maps and art created for this project, The 66 Kid proves that you can still get your kicks on Route 66.


3.23.2020

QUINCY: NEW DOCUMENTARY ABOUT QUINCY JONES IS A MUST SEE!


I just can't rave enough about this new documentary about Quincy Jones on Netflix! Thankfully he is still with us to see this. I sat mesmerized for the entire 2-hour film and wanted another 2 hours.

Quincy Jones and Frank Sinatra

There were so many aspects of his life that I didn't know. I never knew how many times he suffered from serious health issues. The massive resume he has built is just staggering.  Here is the trailer and I give Quincy 10 stars!! Make your kids watch with you! We are so lucky to live in the world with him.


Artist. Father. Visionary. QUINCY is an intimate look at musical icon and influential legend, Quincy Jones.

Beyond his own acclaim as a trumpeter, producer, conductor, composer and arranger, Quincy Jones’ inimitable gift to discover the biggest talents of the past half of the century is unprecedented.


He has shaped the pop culture landscape for 70 years, mentoring and cultivating the careers of young talents, from Lesley Gore and Michael Jackson to Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith.



Directed by his daughter Rashida Jones!! (Angie Tribeca and Hot Girls Wanted) and Alan Hicks (Keep On Keepin’ On), QUINCY seamlessly threads personal vérité moments with private archival footage to reveal a legendary life like no other.

Featuring the all-new original song "Keep Reachin'" by Quincy Jones, Mark Ronson, and Chaka Khan.

THE QUESTIONABLE DEATH OF PUBLISHER ROBERT MAXWELL

Ghislaine Maxwell (Epstein's Madam) and her Father Robert Maxwell

The last words of Robert Maxwell were communicated at 4.45am on 5 November 1991 when he contacted the bridge of his luxury yacht to complain about the temperature of his cabin, demanding, in his customary gruff tone, that the crew turn up the air conditioning.

Twelve hours later, a Spanish fisherman spotted his naked body floating in the Atlantic Ocean - 15 miles from his boat.

In the days that followed his death, it emerged there was plenty to trouble Britain's flamboyant media baron.


Ian Robert Maxwell MC (10 June 1923 – 5 November 1991), born Ján Ludvík Hyman Binyamin Hoch, was a British media proprietor, Member of Parliament (MP), and fraudster/thief/spy.

Originally from Czechoslovakia, Maxwell rose from poverty to build an extensive publishing empire. After his conveniently timed death, huge discrepancies in his companies' finances were revealed, including his fraudulent misappropriation of the Mirror Group pension fund. He was often called the bouncing Czech. (hah)


Early in his life, Maxwell, an Orthodox Jew, escaped from Nazi occupation, joined the Czechoslovak Army in exile in World War II and was decorated after active service in the British Army.

In subsequent years he worked in publishing, building up Pergamon Press to a major publishing house. After six years as an MP during the 1960s, he again put all his energy into commerce, successively buying the British Printing Corporation, Mirror Group Newspapers, and Macmillan Publishers, among other publishing companies.

The Lady Ghislaine

Maxwell had a flamboyant lifestyle, living in Headington Hill Hall in Oxford, from which he often flew in his helicopter, and sailed in his luxury yacht, the Lady Ghislaine. He was litigious and often embroiled in controversy, including his support for Israel at the time of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.


In 1989, he had to sell successful businesses, including Pergamon Press, to cover some of his debts. In 1991, his body was discovered floating in the Atlantic Ocean, having fallen overboard from his yacht. He was buried in Jerusalem.

Maxwell and his sons

Maxwell's death triggered the collapse of his publishing empire as banks called in loans. His sons briefly attempted to keep the business together but failed as the news emerged that the elder Maxwell had stolen hundreds of millions of pounds from his own companies' pension funds. The Maxwell companies applied for bankruptcy protection in 1992.


It is almost 30 years since her father, the press baron Robert Maxwell, fell to his death from his £15m yacht, Lady Ghislaine, off the Canary Islands, aged 68. Even now there is talk of suicide, or murder – perhaps by Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service.

“He was a man who could not face the ignominy of jail, of being shown to be a liar and a thief. And he very much knew that was coming,” says Roy Greenslade, a former editor of one of Maxwell’s newspapers, the Daily Mirror. “So I am a suicide theorist. I believe Maxwell threw himself off.”

But, Maxwell was a huge Psychopathic Narcissist and thought himself bullet proof. Odds are that he fell off the boat...

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3.22.2020

BEST 80S DRUMMERS WITH SOME OF THE BEST SOLOS


Drummers With Some Of The 
Best Solos Of The 80s

Being artistic is not something you strive to become. It’s something you’re born with, a natural instinct. When a drummer is given the spotlight at a concert, the performance is a dynamic measure of their innate individual creativity that has nothing to do with the band’s rehearsed show. It’s not something that you can truly script but instead comes from within.

The music from the 80s is an epitome of the music medium. Those who were fortunate enough to live within that era reminisce at what a fantastic point in time it was—one for which there can be no duplication. But mimicking the sounds of that period using many 80's drum samples that are popping up proves there is a strong desire to try.

The genre diversity was great from classic rock to jazz, with straight, bold rockers on to the extreme of metal drummers, taking the instrument to levels that never deemed possible. The love for hard, heavy metal overtook the industry and brought the world together—thus starting a revolution unlike any that came before. The 80s would make its mark on history with later attempts to resurrect.

Famous Drummers In The 80s

Drummers blowing the doors off their instruments electrified the audiences in the 80s with their pulse-pounding performances. Some were flawless in their efforts displaying complete control without overplaying or distracting from the rest of the band, merely moving the direction forward.

** Lars Ulrich / Metallica

Aside from being one of the founding members of Metallica, along with the primary songwriter, Lars Ulrich played the drums. He attended a rock concert with his father in 1973, where he had exposure to hard rock and heavy metal for the first time, after which his life’s focus became music, specifically drums.

His signature drum moves include double-bass pedal and synchronizing with the rhythm of the lead guitar, which became Metallica’s signature sound. He boasts of making some of the best songs in the history of music using a simplified playing style that millions around the world love and inspiring massive numbers of kids to begin playing the drums. His abilities are somewhat controversial, but that doesn’t bother him as long as the public is enjoying what he’s doing.


** Tommy Lee / Motley Crue

Tommy Lee boasts as playing with intense voraciousness, with not many being able to give off the same charisma as he musters with his performances. His famous showmanship and ear for the rhythms helped in giving Motley Crue the unique sound it came to know. Click for a list of some other top-rated drummers at the time.

** Neil Peart / Rush

Neil Peart had an incredible 40-year run with the progressive rock legendary band Rush, where he took music to its extreme. His philosophical, mythological, fantastical lyrics were matched only by the intricacies of his complicated time signature and magnificent flourishes. His use of the oversized drums was the inspiration for many wannabes to lay down countless dollars for equipment of similar caliber. He was well known for his extravagant concert solos of sometimes more than eight minutes in duration, where his set touts as rotating in mid-beat. He is remembered as among the top drummers of his time.


** Phil Collins / Genesis

To begin to understand the skill level of Phil Collins, listen to ‘The Musical Box,’ which is technically from 1971. That displays his ability, but then when you come forward into 1980, his talent becomes more pronounced. He has a distinct sound consisting of adding ‘ reverb’ to the drums as well as ‘gating’ which was to cut short the echo with the snare. The sound would be known as ‘gated drum reverb.’ His music evoked from his love of Motown soul and tribal beats, which translated into sleek, melodrama for many of his pieces. Go to: https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/503751/how-phil-collins-accidentally-created-sound-defined-1980s-music to see how the age created a transformation.

** Alex Van Halen / Van Halen

Alex boasts as having a drum rock intro among the most exceptional of all time. The drummer touts as being a ‘Virtuoso’ who offers technicality along with sheer enthusiasm for play. The word is that he can use his equipment, the sticks, and his body in ways that no one else has ever been able to do. He touts as the perfect complement to the flamboyance of the lead singer and that of the lead guitarist. The speed metal tempos, snare patterns, and ingenious kick drum arrangements contribute to the celebrity that is Van Halen from the early days.


** Roger Taylor / Queen

Aside from being a powerful drummer, Roger Taylor had aspirations to indulge in songwriting and lead vocals with the band, which came to fruition for him a few times. He was a prominent harmony vocalist on all the music, but his skills on the kit more than supported a frontman as commanding as that of the band’s spectacular lead singer.


Summary

Many iconic memories stand out from the 80s, but one that no one will forget is the music. Some were not a fan of the sounds coming out though, for the most part, it was beloved. There were a host of new music styles having their introduction in this era alongside the launch of MTV that brought the rise of the music video culture. Among the inspiration for drummers worldwide spanning multiple generations is Phil Collins gated drum reverb discovered in 1981.

The word is that the artist stumbled onto this sound ‘accidentally.’ You can reproduce it by recording the drums while playing in a room with an extremely ‘live sound’ for max reverberation with a noise gate applied that cuts off the natural reverb abruptly. When the stick strikes the kit, the sound that generates is like that of a cannon blasting. The technique became a big deal for drummers in the 80s and made an enormous impact on the style of that period. It is synonymous with the sounds of that era.

People have an interest in recapturing the 80s. The time period wouldn’t be what it was without its drummers and, more specifically, Phil Collins. Unfortunately, we can’t go back and enjoy the 80s again, but we can try to recreate some of its effects.

3.18.2020

DIANE DOWNS: CONVICTED CHILD KILLER UP FOR PAROLE SOON


Elizabeth Diane Frederickson Downs (born August 7, 1955) is an American criminal who murdered her daughter and attempted to murder her other two small children, in May 1983.

Downs briefly escaped in from prison in1987 and was recaptured. She is the subject of a book by a great true crime book by my email pal Ann Rule (RIP) and a made-for-TV movie based upon it, both called Small Sacrifices. Farrah Fawcett starred as Diane Downs and did a really great job in that role.


She was denied parole in December 2008 and again in December 2010; however, she is eligible to try again in 2020, at age 65.

Downs has always maintained that a mysterious stranger shot her three young children and that she is innocent.



Evidence during Downs' trial showed one child was actually shot outside Downs' car and that Downs shot herself in the arm to try to cover up the crime.

Downs got pregnant just before her trial, delivered that baby in prison and the child was put up for adoption. That baby, Becky Babcock is now grown and spoke out for the first time on ABC's 20/20.



On May 19, 1983, Downs shot her three children and drove them in a blood-spattered car to McKenzie-Willamette Hospital. Upon arrival, Cheryl (aged 7) was already dead, Danny (aged 3) was paralyzed from the waist down, and Christie (aged 8) had suffered a disabling stroke.

Downs herself had been shot in the left forearm. She claimed she was carjacked on a rural road near Springfield, Oregon, by a bushy-haired strange man who shot her and the children.


However, investigators and hospital workers became suspicious because they decided her manner was too calm for a person who had experienced such a traumatic event. She also made a number of statements that both police and hospital workers considered highly inappropriate.

Suspicions heightened when Downs, upon arrival at the hospital to visit her children, phoned Robert Knickerbocker (Ryan O'Neal in the movie), a married man and former coworker at the Post Office in Arizona with whom she had been having an extramarital affair. Theories are that she wanted to get rid of her children so she could be with "Nick" who didn't want children.



The forensic evidence did not match her story; there was no blood spatter on the driver's side of the car, nor was there any gunpowder residue on the driver's door or on the interior door panel. Knickerbocker also reported to police that Downs had stalked him and seemed willing to kill his wife if it meant that she could have him to herself; he stated that he was relieved that she had left for Oregon and that he was able to reconcile with his wife.

Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal as Diane and Nick

Much of the case against her rested on the testimony of her surviving daughter, Christie, who, once she recovered her ability to speak, described how her mother shot all three children while parked at the side of the road and then shot herself in the arm.[5] Christie was eight years old at the time of the murder and nine years old at the time of the trial.

Downs was convicted on all charges on June 17, 1984, and sentenced to life in prison plus fifty years. She would have to serve twenty-five years before being considered for parole. Psychiatrists diagnosed her with malignant narcissistic, histrionic and antisocial personality disorders.

Most of her sentence is being served consecutively. The judge made it clear that he did not intend for Downs to ever be free again.

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