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Justice League of America #2
1)JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA (DC COMICS)
Visual Radio tapes best selling author Brad Meltzer 9/20/06
Brad Meltzer, author of THE BOOK OF FATE as well as the new DC Comic JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, taped 50 minutes with Visual Radio today, prior to taping his Jordan Rich/WBZ radio interview.
THE BOOK OF FATE leaps onto the New York Times BESTELLER list at #2 thisSunday, 9/24. http://www.bookreporter.com/authors/au-meltzer-brad.asp
VISUAL RADIO #360 with Brad Meltzer
2)PETER DAYTON Debut CD
#3 Monsieur Le Roc
An Interview with Hugo - "The Demo That Got The Deal" tm
6)Ernie Watts Quartet Live on Yahoo.Shopping.com
7)Brian Torff & Manfredo Fest on Artist Direct.com
8)Stevie Wonder Live on Yahoo.Shopping
9)Little Walter Live at Terra Marra
Little Walter article in Medialine
10)La Peste v.2.0http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:bw5k8qnxbtz4
11) Dion Live
12)Buzzy Linhart "Studio"
Buzzy Linhart contacted me via his college professor son after seeing my reviews on the All Media Guide - Allmusic.com. We developed a close friendship, so I'll say that upfront and keep you, dear reader, posted to the fact that friendship does not obscure my objectivity. Indeed, Linhart is such a powerful songwriter/performer that there is much frustration for those of us who love his music. This record is really, really great, which doubles the frustration level. Artists like Buzzy deserve the recognition and riches that a Billy Joel enjoys. Billy Joel doesn't have a tenth of the inpsiration or half the showmanship. It's a fact of life in the music biz that marketing is the entire battle, not a portion of it. If you've been bored to tears by the new studio releases from The Rolling Stones and other icons, pick up on Buzzy Linhart "Studio". "Free Soul Spirit Symphony", "Hurts So Bad It Must Be Love", these are pop gems. In July of this year Buzzy performed at the best concert I've seen in 2006. Having had dinner with both Mr. Linhart and Matt Turk (see #27) - having met these creative people after reviewing in the press or spinning their music on the air - I direct Mr. Turk to this album to see how to get that element that Turk's first two cds were heading towards, detoured on "Washington Arms". "Calico" is brilliant - music that can move you out of your seat. Music that excites. Music that is missing from today's marketplace.
Joe Schaefer, author of "Conversations: Steve Balderson, Dreams and Firecracker" - on the making of the film "Firecracker" is Program #359 which is dubbing today and airing in the next few weeks.
For more information http://www.visual-radio.net
14)Count Basie on MSN site
15)Candy Soundtrack by Steppenwolf on MP3.comhttp://www.mp3.com/albums/15308/summary.html
16)Diane Renay Navy Blue Revisited
17)BLOG TO COMM (A Blog on our Top 40!)
(One final parenthetical note: my current mini-obsession with Boston-bred Velvets homage stems from an issue of Count Joseph Viglione's VARULVEN fanzine, an early 1975 ish at that before the mag went totally into rock music! In this issue amidst the horror movie info and Alfred Hitchcock pix was an article on Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, a nice albeit typically fanzine-esque piece which gives some of the Count's views on the man called Lou and his music for all that was worth [and to me it was worth PLENTY]. What striked me most about this piece was not what was said, which had pretty much been said before, but the closing remarks about the Modern Lovers and their Velvetness as well as the Kids and their cover of "Foggy Notion"[!]...not to mention some group called "The Astrals" who the Count told us were carrying on the tradition!!!!! Having never heard of the Astrals and certainly wanting to, I emailed Mr. Viglione to no avail. Even a Velvets maniac like Imants Krumins drew a blank making me toss out the question to YOU, dear blog reader. So, does anyone out there have any concrete [or even cement...hee hee, the blogmeister must have his little joke!] information on these Astrals? Any help would be appreciated!)
Hey - Chris - I e mailed you 9-24-06 - hope you get the e mail ok. JV
18)FOX PASS by FOX PASS
19)The Wonder Stuff on ALL MOVIE.COM
20)Grace Slick MANHOLE on the DMG Newsletter
21)The Toys A LOVER'S CONCERTO on MP3.com
22)The Toy Dolls on Artist Direct.com
23)Tommy James HOLD THE FIRE
24)Tommy James Midnight Rider
25)Brian Wilson "Catch A Wave"
26)The Red Tops
27)Matt Turk? Help der="0" alt="" />
Have always loved Alvin Lee and Ten Years After's "Love To Change The World", and some elements of Matt Turk's version on his "Washington Arms" cd are worthwhile, yet in this era of cover songs being mandatory, there's just not enough identity to
this remake, that revolution that made Kim Carnes wonderfully twisted warp job on Bette Davis Eyes so stunningly different from the country/bar-room raunch of Jackie DeShannon's original masterpiece. Taking on Alvin Lee is no easy task and since Turk's introspection works better on songs like his co-write with Kevin Hupp, "Without Her", a terrific pop tune in the style of his previous two discs, what is the point of singing someone else's tune. This brings up another dilemma,
"All Over You" is certainly a fun enough song in the vein of The Rolling Stones' "Rocks Off", in sound and R rated double entendre, yet this artist hasn't substantially progressed in the 6 years since "Turktunes" emerged in 2000.
"She's sweet in sour in a tower of power" just won't cut it and "Queen Of The Set" sounds like a rush job. Why come back with work that is less than what we've heard before when progress means knocking down walls and building something better?
Matt Turk has tremendous talent, there's no doubt, and Washington Arms has its moments, but in a world overwhelmed by You Tube, My Space and PureVolume.com is just being good and creative going to be enough? Probably not. Some "Itchycoo Park" phasing and re-mixing on "I'd Love To Change The World" could make it appealing in the dance clubs - and there are limitations independent artists have, we can all agree on that. It's just that with so much competition wouldn't it be better for musicians to take two or three songs and really knock them out of the park? With a full ten songs here the job is to sell, sell, sell and get people to like the music. There is an easier way - putting one song out there that people demand. Matt Turk is capable of creating that - it's just not found on the co-write with Erik Turk that is Amanda, nor is it found on the harder driving original "Sky".
All the reviews on this page, by the way, Copyright (C)2006 Joe Viglione
28)Chris Pureka "Dryland"
Review on AllMusic.com
29) Brain Surgeons "Beach Party"
30) Blake Morgan "Silencer"
Silver Lining opens Blake Morgan's newest CD, "Silencer", like a track from John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band - "Mother" or "Remember", take your pick; the piano is richer and the voice less primal scream. More like Ian Lloyd from Stories going folksy. Track 4, "It's Gone", more introspection a la Emmit Rhodes or Paul Rodgers of FREE musing at 1 AM when some piano bar is about to close. The piano heavy album is well done, Morgan delivering a very personal message on his fourth album. (See a review on AMG of "Burning Daylight" #35 on this chart).
31)THE GOSPEL OF THOMAS by Joseph Lumpkin
Joseph B. Lumpkin compares the Greek and the Coptic translations of lost Scripture in an easy to read format. The author has quite a few books out there worth your time:
32)Dr. Stephanie Moulton Sarkis, PH.D.
10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD: How to Overcome Chronic Distraction & Accomplish Your Goals (10 Simple Solutions) (Paperback)
by Stephanie Sarkis
* Paperback: 134 pages
* Publisher: New Harbinger Publications (January 2, 2006)
* Language: English
* ISBN: 1572244348
33)Vaudeville Wars: How the Keith-Albee and Orpheum Circuits Controlled the Big-Time and Its Performers (Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History) (Hardcover)
by Arthur Frank Wertheim
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Palgrave; 1 edition (July 3, 2006)
34)Dragontown, my review on MTV.com ALICE COOPER
"This might not be as platinum as Trash or as explosive as Killer, but the older, wiser Alice Cooper devastates with subtle intensity and venomous lyrics."
doesn't mean it is not vital. Brian Wilson's "Smile" is an important and listenable disc (no matter how much window dressing his producers put on it because of his "condition"), and the new album from Tommy James has him working his craft in new and exciting ways
35)Blake Morgan Burning Daylight
36) Lesley Gore Ever Since
41)Winning the Game of Life (Paperback) by Bob Kelleher (Author)
* Paperback: 160 pages
* Publisher: Full Court Press (January 31, 2006)
* Language: English
* ISBN: 1933504234
42)One Fine Stooge - The Larry Fine Story
Three Stooges! Amazing television that has stood the test of time. This is a beautiful deluxe book with stunning photos. A treasure trove for 3 Stooges fans.
43)Ferron "Turning Into Beautiful"
Quoted on Ottawa Folk Festival:
On WHEREHOUSE MUSIC.COM
44)Circle II Circle "The Middle Of Nowhere"
45)I Ain't Superstitious Jeff Beck Group
Blog comment on my Jeff Beck review
46)Sadaharu on CMT site
47)The Velvet Underground (Legitimate) Bootleg (Universal)
The Velvet Underground
Velvets Part 2
#48 The Doors' Bruce Botnik
#49 The Grass Roots "Lovin' Things"
#50 Patty Duke Worst Record of The Month