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RJMJ - Glamping

“Glamping is a portmanteau of glamorous and camping and describes a style of camping with amenities and, in some cases, resort-style services not usually associated with ‘traditional’ camping.”

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And now that you know what Glamping properly means, we finally have a sound to associate with it as well, in the form of Roger Joseph Manning Jr.’s new solo EP of the same title. So, let me first ask, how do YOU know about Roger and his many sonic contributions to the universe? Maybe you recently discovered a tiny mad scientist keyboard madman on a tour with Beck? Or…maybe you have hung on since his college rock indie days back in the late 80’s when he joined Beatnik Beatch with Andy Sturmer? For me, it’s what happened after Beatnik which put Roger on my radar at a very young age, that project was Jellyfish. Ask me about that another time if you already don’t know of how that band changed my life. Roger has been turning out music for 30 plus years at this point. Whether he’s doing session work, or pushing the envelope with one of his own original bands or giving us polished and scrutinized solo work…whatever it is, he’s certainly giving stellar efforts.

So…let’s discuss Glamping, cause for this moment, that is why we are here. This is Roger’s first new solo recording in about 10 years. And his agenda, as far as I know, was to put more solo music out for the last few years but he had gotten caught up with some other cool work outside of his own – Last Winter RJMJ surprised us all with an absolutely unreal Pledge Music campaign which would coincide with the release of Glamping…to get it out, to get it in the hands of music lovers and beyond. This was no regular run of the mill campaign. With this, came a peek into Roger’s world a bit. Video updates while on tour with Beck kept a smile on our faces, a glance (literally) into his closest as he sold off Jellyfish clothing from the early nineties (WOW!) Pieces of gear he was parting with, chances to hang and record shop with him and a slew of other fun and juicy bits to be involved with. Hardly 48 hours had passed on that campaign and a number of components had sold out. Roger considered it a huge success and I know was very touched by the response. And, because of that very reason he has promised more solo music, sooner than later. This whole thing also allowed him to reissue his first two records which both had Japanese releases and under the radar domestic ones as well. There is a lot to get into here and I don’t want to veer off course too much more…

So, again…Glamping. This 4 song EP is quite an appetizer to what will hopefully be followed soon by a main course. A contribution that leaves you with a belly rumbling, it whets a pallet that had been starving for a taste for nearly a decade. The perfect and pristine songwriting in which Roger has painted himself into a decadent corner for so long does not disappoint. An avid fan of the 70’s, Mr. Manning certainly wears his heart and influences on his sleeve for this one, maybe more than ever(?) It’s a very focused and streamlined collection of songs. Perhaps the fact that there are only four songs this go round didn’t leave much room for the wackier more experimental stuff to creep in. What you have here is four delicate yet deliberate songs keen on love, playful on adventure and confident in delivery. The production is clean and smooth with Roger doing the bulk of the work with a little help from some amazing friends. Brother Chris (the Witchdoctor himself) is present with some assistance in the vocal department and helping in general to bring all of this out of RJMJ. Jason Falkner plays some guitar, Bleu McAuley sings a little, Lyle Workman plays a bit of guitar too…it’s a cavalcade of radical folks curating a really unbelievable set of tunes that ends just a bit soon. These songs are sang so sweetly, it always sounds like Roger has a smile on his face when he sings and that attitude really comes across here. First track, “Operator” is a cute and clever song sprinkled with a dash of loneliness, “Operator, I need a favor…could you take some time, I’m in need of a connection in the worst way, so don’t say goodbye.” A song possibly too smart for it’s own good! Next up is “Funhouse”, which is appropriately titled as it is probably the most playful of the set, sounding like it could easily transport you to the carnival with just a little imagination. It is also, the only song which Roger writes the lyrics to completely on his own, the others have Chris Price assisting or handling them in full. Third track, “Is it All A Dream?” is my personal favorite, it’s just such a beautiful song with a chorus that you’ll be singing for days, a perfect pop song with hook, line and sinker. The EP ends with the longest in the collection, “I’m Not Your Cowboy”, a modest song about a modern man who simply knows his place and graciously accepts his role as a non-superhero. Perhaps the most complex of the songs, “Cowboy” is triumphant and ends the release big. The musicianship throughout is top notch of course. I just wish in the end that Roger had handled all of the lyrics on his own. Either way, can’t wait for more original music from Mr. Manning!

Listen to first track on Glamping, “Operator” below!

ALSO, If you have extra time, check out this great conversation I had with Roger a few years ago in which he drops many hints about Beck, Glamping and a bunch of other cool stuff!

MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE Episode 15 (Soda w/Xian Murder)Welcome back! We have another killer episode to roll out right here. I had the chance to get together with my Pal, Xian from The Amatory Murder to finally catch up. Life just flies by as you know so this gave us a great excuse to reconnect. We talked music, life, love, friends, family and all the in between. We are also super psyched to debut his new solo single titled, “Please”. So let’s cut to it. LISTEN, SHARE, REPEAT! Thanks for givin’ a damn!

*ALL MUSIC USED WITHIN THIS PODCAST IS PROPERTY OF THE ORIGINAL WRITERS.*

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MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE Episode 14

What a great episode you have here ready to consume. I had the honor of sitting down with singer extraordinaire, Mr. Tony Harnell last week to discuss…A LOT. You know him from his wonderful work with TNT and perhaps you ARE familiar with his other endeavors… If not, that is what we hope you take from this. We touched on almost every topic, leaving just a few stones unturned. Tony was gracious and super cool to spend this time with me. He has a lot of great stuff coming down the pipe and will even be playing on Long Island Friday October 5th in Smithtown at The Rail (see flyer below). I think enthusiasts of Tony’s will eat this up and those that enjoy our show will get treated to another informative and insightful installation. Doing these shows has been a joy. So lets spread it around and build it more so we can continue to bring you quality. I hope you dig this one. Thank you again Tony! Here’s to fast friends! Special thanks to D.A. of Shinobi Ninja for letting us use his place and also thanks to Monkey.

*ALL MUSIC USED WITHIN THIS PODCAST IS PROPERTY OF THE ORIGINAL WRITERS.*

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MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE Podcast Episode 13

Reconnecting with old friends is really great, and, I was lucky enough to do that on this episode. I had the pleasure to have an in-depth conversation with experimental poet, Billy Lamont. We lovingly dubbed this one our “ADD Episode”…haha, and for good reason. I haven’t seen Billy in almost 3 years. We last shared the stage together in 2015 at The Sidewalk Cafe in NYC for a Love, Hope, Strength benefit. Time flies. Hopefully we will connect again soon. He also has a brand new book out entitled, “Words Ripped From A Soul Still Bleeding”. Which you can order here: Words Ripped

Lucky number 13…coming at ya.

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*ALL MUSIC USED WITHIN THIS PODCAST IS PROPERTY OF THE ORIGINAL WRITERS.*

MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE Podcast Episode 12

It’s been a while since I published a new episode of the M-S-G Podcast. Excited to deliver to you number 12, right here, right now. About a month ago myself and Monkey rode into Brooklyn with a quick little set-up to go have some rad words with Shinobi Ninja frontman,  D.A., Doobie, Duke Sims  (he has many a name…)

Anyways, we met up at his brand new print shop in which he was currently remodeling, set up quick (thanks Monkey) and went to town with another great interview. We talked about a lot…Music, Life, Art and beyond, and it’s all here for your ears. So, get in there and give this a listen and share it along. I/We pride ourselves on great, in depth and even sometimes personal unedited interviews. If you really love stepping behind the curtain of an artist, I think we achieve that greatly with this podcast and MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE in general. I’m very proud of the content that has been built here and even though there may not be something for a few weeks, rest assured the return with be sickening.

So here you go. LISTEN, SHARE, REPEAT!

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SHINOBI NINJA

*ALL MUSIC USED WITHIN THIS PODCAST IS PROPERTY OF THE ORIGINAL WRITERS.*

SO! It has been a minute since I dropped a post over here on M-S-G…That doesn’t mean it’s not going strong, all it means is that life happens and busy takes hold. In this case, for me, the busy has been amazing. So, to kick off the next few weeks of some upcoming great content I’ll give you a quick recap about how lucky and grateful I am AND how much hard work and determination pays off.

First, I’d like to mention that a little over a month ago we rolled out: WWW.MUSICSURVIVALGUIDE.ORG

The last month has been a wonderful blur. My SODA’S CRAFTY CHAOS project has been going great, I even got to work with a legend last month at Cradle Con, Mr. Larry Kenney (the voice of Lion-O and many other iconic characters!)

Larry Kenney & Soda @ Cradle Con, June 2018

Larry Kenney & Soda @ Cradle Con, June 2018

So yea, that was amazing. I also just sent out a candle that will hopefully be on a TV Show (fingers crossed).

Then, just 2 weeks ago I had the incredible honor of working merch for Jason Bieler of Saigon Kick as he played a rare solo gig in NYC. That was super badass, Jason was amazing and gave me space to do my job. Great stories and amazing stripped down versions of some of my most favorite SK songs.

Soda & Jason of Saigon Kick in NYC

Soda & Jason of Saigon Kick in NYC 7.14.18

Really incredible.

AND, (yes, there is more!) Just last week Roger Joseph Manning Jr. from my all time fave band, Jellyfish, invited me out to the Beck show at MSG as he and Jason Falkner (also former Jellyfish) are in his band. What a killer show, and to get to see more of my inspirations do their thing together was truly awesome. The “aftershow” was especially rad as I was able to present Roger with my limited edition enamel Jellyfish pin set that I made about 2 months ago.

I’ve been enjoying the shit out of these amazing experiences and take none of it for granted. How could I complain? (If only I were rich!) BUT, I get to do all this great stuff while I also work with disabled kids during the day to make ends meet. Although I have not actively been playing music like I used to (currently) BUT, HOWEVER have just had two of my older songs from a previous project, One Last November, placed in new indie film, Happiness Adjacent – I am still neck deep in it, just different avenues. Even today I got offered free tix to The Cult, Bush & STP at Jones Beach (Thanks to Mike from Pudding Time). Before I sign off for now I was also able to fit in two new amazing episodes of the M-S-G Podcast that will be coming over the next 2 weeks. One, with D.A. from Shinobi Ninja and the awesome experimental Poet, Billy Lamont! <— ( who has a new rad book out!)

Soda interviews D.A. of Shinobi Ninja

Soda interviews D.A. of Shinobi Ninja

SUPER PSYCHED. Hope if you read this you are feeling the vibe and are ready to rock right along with me!  PEACE ❤

***Download the NYC Jason Bieler Show here***

**Check out Shinobi Ninja here**

*Order/Listen to my latest release, THERAPY SESSIONS, here*

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MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE EPISODE 11 Stereo Assassin

It’s been a few weeks since we released a new episode. We have had this one in the vault since then. A man with big opinions and huge ideas, Mr. Stereo Assassin. It’s worth the wait, listen with an open mind! AND…also, a Happy Birthday shoutout to the man behind SA, Kevin Caputo.

*ALL MUSIC USED WITHIN THIS PODCAST IS PROPERTY OF THE ORIGINAL WRITERS.*

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Sadartha - Eden cover

Richmond Virginia based, Sadartha return with their sophomore release, Eden. Sadartha is the type of band your Mother would always yell at you to turn down. Loud, nasty, raw, imperfect. These are all ingredients that make up something truly great. Few bands today possess an effortless punk rock attitude like these guys. It’s simple because IT IS just simple, and genuine. Album opener “Nautilus is an instant eye-opener, hard and fast. Singer/Guitarist Johnny Noxious groans his artful lyrics “Singing siren, pull me deeper. Like the Kraken, hold me tighter” over a swimming pool full of flange and distortion while the drums and bass drive you into instant madness. The record continues on the creaky tracks of it’s fairly gloomy rollercoaster ride until it uncomfortably parks you at the top only to be screamed at in “You Lack The Courage of Your Convictions, Sir” which just begs for a mid 80’s CBGB’s style moshpit to erupt out of thin air scaring the shit out of the suits as punk rock aliens invade – “Fire in the sky, dance in the ashes!” – This brings me back to what I had said earlier, simple and genuine and it all just works so well. We now push forward to the part of the ride that leads you to loops and uncomfortable twists and turns. From the Silverchair style “Dragon Opal Goddess” to the dark tunnel that is “Deep As Blue”, which is probably one of the most cohesive tracks on Eden up until the final slow burning cliffhanger, “Dancing Flames” only to make you want to take the stomach churning ride all over again. Did these guys reinvent themselves from their debut, Heavy Sound Damage? Nope. But the growth is there in every aspect. Production, songwriting, vocals…everything has been brought up a notch but not to the point where Sadartha loses themselves. They stay true to their style and message. The grunge band from the future flying their dirty tattered flag true and proud. Another year or two and I feel like album number three will be THEIR album. You have been warned.

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Hey everybody. Very excited to announce that we have “graduated” from our WordPress domain to our own official website  www.musicsurvivalguide.org

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A lot of exciting stuff has been happening for M-S-G! It has grown quite a bit since the beginning of the year as we have expanded it too also be a Podcast.

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Shout-out to my partner, NOX CULT drummer, Monkey. We’ve been having a blast. Thanks to all for following, listening, sharing…it means everything. So, stick around as we continue the adventures. And please reach out if you would like to get on the Show, get your album reviewed, do an interview…

AND IN OTHER NEWS…

I have also been focusing a lot on my SODA’S CRAFTY CHAOS project in which I make candles, light switch covers, prints…etc. I wanted to announce that I have released my first run of enamel pins! I really wanted it to be very special SO…it is an ode, a bit of a tribute, to my favorite band, JELLYFISH. I figured, what better way to start this endeavor than to bring something awesome like this to the still existing Jellyfish community. I will be bringing more pins to life down the line but for now, head over to my store and grab your set, limited to ONLY 30 SETS!

Get the pins here!

This is version 2.0 of our show from 2 weeks ago. We had some issues with including the songs in the original cast and the video was taken down a few times. So…we finally got around to making a version that includes none of the music unfortunately. We wanted to make sure we still got this episode up as it was important to us, although it is not as it originally should have been heard we are still very happy with the content. So, here we are giving this episode a second life. Enjoy. Rest in peace, Prince.

The original post on the blog can be seen/read here:

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(P.S. – THE VERSION WITH THE MUSIC CAN STILL BE HEARD OVER AT SOUNDCLOUD WHILE YOU HAVE THE CHANCE! Episode 10 ORIGINAL WITH MUSIC)