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Blackfield – Waving (music video – 2011)

23rd Mar 11 (Wed) Leave a comment

The first single from Blackfield’s 3rd album Welcome To My DNA… “Waving”…

Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree / No-Man / etc) & Aviv Geffen are taking Blackfield on the road in North America this spring.  The album is on-sale at Amazon

~Dan – np: PfRThem

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Blackfield 2011 North American tour dates

8th Feb 11 (Tue) 2 comments

Porcupine Tree‘s Steven Wilson likes to stay busy.  One of better side projects is Blackfield with Israeli pop-singer Aviv Geffen.  They’ve got a new website (http://www.blackfield.org/), a new album coming out (Welcome to My DNA), and a tour coming up…

Blackfield 2011 North American Tour

  • 18th May Washington, DC, 9:30 Club USA
  • 19th May Philadelphia, PA, Theater of the Living Arts USA
  • 20th May New York, NY, Irving Plaza USA
  • 21st May Boston, MA, Royale Boston USA
  • 23rd May Montreal, QC, Le National CANADA
  • 25th May Cleveland, OH, House of Blues USA
  • 26th May Detroit, MA, St Andrew’s Hall USA
  • 27th May Chicago, IL, Park West USA
  • 31st May Seattle, WA, Studio Seven USA
  • 1st June Portland, OR, Aladdin Theater USA
  • 3rd June San Francisco, CA, Slim’s USA
  • 4th June Los Angeles, CA, El Rey Theatre USA
  • 6th June Mexico City, MEX, Metropolitan Theater MEXICO

Unrelated Sidenote: Over the Rhine‘s The Long Surrender comes out today.  It’s a fantastic Americana, singer-songwriter, sultry pop album.  Check it out (click album cover to the right for sound samples)… you can even download a song for free (for a limited time).

~Dan – np: Iron & WineKiss Each Other Clean

Jelly Jam – Additives (EP)

2nd Dec 10 (Thu) Leave a comment

The Jelly Jam supergroup featuring Ty Tabor (King’s X), John Myung (Dream Theater) and Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs) is working on album #3.  They just announced last night the digital release of Additives

  • Previously unheard audio from the practice sessions that yielded the 2nd album.
  • Complete STEM mixes for the song, “I Can’t Help You” (album version on the debut album). Stem mixes are hi-res stereo MP3 files with isolated vocals and instrument reduction tracks. Anyone with basic digital audio editing software can virtually remix the entire song. Hear the individual performances of each band member. Have fun, add your own parts, etc. along with the band!  Including:
    • Drums
    • Bass
    • Rhythm Guitars
    • Lead Guitar
    • Lead Vocals
    • Backing Vocals
  • Also included in “Additives” are 4 Ringtones of Jelly Jam tunes. Each ringtone is included as a *M4R (Ringtone) file as well as an MP3 file:
    • “Nature’s Girl” (from The Jelly Jam)
    • “I Am the King” (from The Jelly Jam)
    • “Not Today” (from 2)
    • “Allison” (from 2)

Go forth and remix (and um… get phonecalls)… it’s available only at Molken Music:

http://molkenmusic.com/store/shop/details.php?id=45

~Dan – np: The Album LeafA Chorus of Storytellers

REVIEW: Dream Theater @ Roseland Theater (Portland, OR – 6/21/10)

22nd Jun 10 (Tue) 2 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

Progressive metal powerhouse Dream Theater is quite possibly one of the most technically superb group of musicians ever assembled.  They’ve also weathered over 20 years in the dog-eat-dog music industry and remained a challenging force in the progressive rock/metal landscape.  One might say that they’ve risen to icon status amongst their peers.  When I think about drummer Mike Portnoy, guitarist John Petrucci, and bassist John Myung – I can’t really think of many other musicians in any genre that baffle me with their prowess so profoundly.

Singer James LaBrie and keyboardist Jordan Rudess round out the quintet.  They are both very talented in their own right, and while I won’t dwell on it, LaBrie and Rudess sometimes make Dream Theater’s sound a throwback to the 80s… which I suppose is an unfortunate consequence of shrieking singers and ax-blade keytars (come on, guys, this is 2010!).  Thankfully, the rhythm from Myung & Portnoy and the shred from Petrucci prevailed for most of the over two hour set.  Sorry, but in the everlong, ever-subjective DT-fan keyboardist debate I rank Kevin Moore > Derek Sherinian > Jordan Rudess.  Just laying it out there now… sorry if it’s offensive to some. Again, I don’t want to dwell… so back to the positive – all five guys in Dream Theater now run circles around the notes, making them fit in a pretty incredible sonic package.

This show was one of the handful of one-off in between dates as Dream Theater tour the U.S. with metal legends Iron Maiden.  If you hit one of the Maiden shows, make sure you show up early, as Dream Theater doesn’t have much input on when they go on, and sometimes it has been before the advertised time.

Luckily, this Portland show was Dream Theater’s to shine.  I showed up a little late, and unfortunately missed the opener.  Dream Theater started right around 8:45pm and ripped into A Nightmare To Remember from their latest record, Black Clouds and Silver Linings.  The 16-minute song (on the record) showcases all five guys’ talents and set the stage for what was to come…

Some of my favorite parts of the set were their earlier tunes… the “puppies on acid” intro to the “The Mirror / Lie” seamless prog-metal fest and the switch-up “Pull Me Under” that converts into “Metropolis Part 1” during the middle of the solos.  Wow!  The newer tunes, which I consider anything from Scenes from a Memory and on (i.e.- since Jordan joined), were also full of amazing musicianship… led by the “balls and chunk” in “Home” and the instrumental opening to “Count of Tuscany.”  Another new era song, “As I Am,” ranks for me due to John Myung’s bass harmonics’ opening and some of my favorite Dream Theater word play (justify / just defy)…

Setlist: 2 hours 15 minutes

  • A Nightmare To Remember
  • Constant Motion
  • Hollow Years
  • The Mirror / Lie
  • A Rite Of Passage
  • Home
  • Panic Attack
  • As I Am
  • Pull Me Under / Metropolis Pt. 1
  • Encore: The Count Of Tuscany

Brilliant showmanship, technical skill with an air of ease, stellar solos, and only a touch of keytar… Dream Theater is yet again showing up the competition.  They are truly the kings of the progressive scene.

(and one from MikePortnoyDT’s twitter…)

many more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

Check them out on tour with Iron Maiden now…

~Dan – np: Pink Martini – Hey, Eugene!

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O.S.I. #4

14th May 10 (Fri) 1 comment

As reported on Blabbermouth, “OSI (aka OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INFLUENCE), the hard rock duo formed by Jim Matheos (FATES WARNING) and Kevin Moore (CHROMA KEY, DREAM THEATER), has inked a deal with Metal Blade Records. The band is currently working on its fourth album for a late 2010 release.”

It’s been a bit since their last record, Blood (early 2009?).  It came out and then nothing afterward (no tour, no additional buzz).  It seems they like to do this long period of inactivity and then, “blam!” some excellent news with a CD shortly following.

I. Am. Stoked.

~Dan – np: Lenny KravitzCircus

Updated: 2010 Tool Tour Dates

3rd May 10 (Mon) 2 comments

updated May 11th

TOOL tour dates for Summer 2010… so far…  US tickets on-sale May 8th.

Sat 6/19 – New Orleans, LA @ UNO Arena
Sun 6/20 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Tues 6/22 – Cedar Park, TX @ Cedar Park Center
Wed 6/23 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Ford Arena
Fri 6/25 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
Sat 6/26 – St. Charles, MO @ Family Arena
Sun & Mon 6/28-6/29 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks
Thur 7/1 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Center
Sun 7/4 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
Mon 7/5 – Regina, SK @ Brandt Centre
Wed 7/7 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
Fri 7/9 – Vancouver, BC @ GM Place
Mon 7/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic

Tues 7/13 – Sacramento, CA @ Arco Arena

for more info, check out: http://www.toolband.com/

~Dan – np: Kaki KingJunior

Tool 2010 tour dates… so far…

27th Apr 10 (Tue) 2 comments

updated May 3rd

TOOL tour dates for Summer 2010… so far

Sat 6/19 – New Orleans, LA @ UNO Arena
Sun 6/20 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Tues 6/22 – Cedar Park, TX @ Cedar Park Center
Wed 6/23 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Ford Arena
Fri 6/25 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
Sat 6/26 – St. Charles, MO @ Family Arena
Thur 7/1 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Center
Sun 7/4 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
Mon 7/5 – Regina, SK @ Brandt Centre
Wed 7/7 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
Fri 7/9 – Vancouver, BC @ GM Place
Mon 7/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic

for more info, check out: http://www.toolband.com/

~Dan – np: Damien JuradoSaint Bartlett 

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