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Welp, planets…stars…the heaven’s, have all aligned, and 75% of Spilt Milk era Jellyfish have reunited to bring us THE LICKERISH QUARTET! (:holy bananas:) And over the last week or so they have been going hard on getting the word out, and it is a beautiful thing. By the sounds of it Roger, Eric and Tim have A LOT in store for us. And it is great timing as many of us are social distancing and the world is dealing with COVID-19. Music is always medicine.

Anyways, did you hear the first single, “LIGHTHOUSE SPACESHIP”? They have released two videos, one being standard and the other being a new lyric video. Check it out below and prepare to drool over the delicious sounds and production that only was expected.

Lighthouse Spaceship

The band is currently impacting on all major socials and Youtube. May 15th will see the release of the first of 3 EPs, Threesome Vol. 1 – Check out the message from the guys below!

Follow along and keep up to date on the bands main website at:

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And, please stay safe out there. Peace and Love.

RJMJHey folks. I just wanted to share the latest news direct from Roger about his new project with Eric Dover and Tim Smith (probably the closest to a Jellyfish reunion that will occur) – I spoke to RJMJ last week and he gave me a very quick update on the band, Lickerish Quartet…

“New LQ music in the form of a 4-song EP coming out front of April surrounded by a fan funding-Pledge style campaign.” *Although that may not seem like much it actually answers two popular questions. So, keep your eyes open.

In the meantime, did anyone see the “Inside the Album” episodes Roger did with Produce like a Pro? They got into BOTH Jellyfish albums and they are an absolute pleasure to watch:

P.S. and FYI:

lick·er·ish
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adjective
  1. lecherous.
    “a barrage of lickerish grins and dirty jokes”

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Right Coast Music recording artists Kicking Sunrise are scheduled to release a new single this Friday, August 23rd entitled “Underneath” thru multiple streaming and downloadable platforms. And the advance listening I have heard is one of a song catchy and very radio ready.

The band has been together since 2013 and garnered some attention after posting a cover of Justin Timberlake’s song “Suit and Tie” to YouTube. Followed by debut single, “Here’s to the Sunrise” in 2015 which was then picked up for CBS3 Philly as their theme song.

Kicking Sunrise has also shared the stage with such big acts as, O-Town, Aaron Carter, Ryan Cabrera and many more. The band currently has a handful of shows coming up which you can find at their website below along with more information.

KICKING SUNRISE

Thanks to Jessica Andrews at Right Coast Music for reaching out and putting this on my radar. Good luck with the single!

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MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE Episode 19 (Soda w:Spookey Ruben)Finally! A new episode. And I am ecstatic to say I had the honor to interview Spookey Ruben on his rare visit/tour to the East Coast. I linked up with him for his last 3 dates in NYC, NJ, and Long Island. I was also honored to participate in his experimental art pop VHS performance (NYC,NJ) and then to end our time together at a private house show (LI) performing two songs with him. We talked about a few of his different projects, his current show, what’s to come and a little bit of the in betweens here and there. On this trip he was also accompanied by his wife who showcased her artwork with her current show United Three Colors which was an incredible accompaniment to his show. So psyched to bring you this special episode. What a blast! Thanks so much Spookey! (Featured song, “Mr. Everywhere” off of the latest Spookey Ruben album, MODES III)

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

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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!

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.

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Episode 9 is now up! And…it’s an absolute trip. We hung out with Alt-Pop monster TRYST and were literally laughing seconds in. We talked Music and influences, complained a bit, laughed some more, and…ate some weird macaroons. Give this a listen and share a laugh with us while you get to know a bit about this fantastic artist. Listen, Share, Repeat!

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

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Last week I had the opportunity to sit down and talk, I mean…really talk with my friend Andee Blacksugar. After many years of knowing each other we finally got to have a conversation almost 10 years in the making. And the best part is…you get to be a part of it.
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A phenomenal and in depth interview. Andee reveals some tips and insider info as well as a little glance
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We talk hard about music, songwriting, influences and much more!
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This is the first of our Episodes so far that is guest free and the first “feature” episode. I dive deep into band, AAA Battery and singer Spookey Ruben. I had a blast doing this go round and it was also a big test for me as I had to make sure it was interesting enough to keep you guys listening to me! Aside from the great music here of course. LISTEN AND SHARE!

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This past Sunday (10/23) the weird world of entertainment lost Pete Burns. Just 57 years old, the androgynous pioneer suffered from a massive cardiac arrest as confirmed by his manager Monday morning. 2016 hasn’t exactly been a banner year as far as deaths go (and hell, a large number of other things too, let’s face it).

A perpetual diva and an entity all unto himself Burns rose to commercial stardom in 1985 when his group Dead Or Alive released the album Youthquake dead-or-alive-%22youthquake%22-covercontaining the mega hit “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)”, which, up until his dying day would continue to remain a meal ticket for the singer as well as a nail in a coffin of a very tumultuous career. When I first discovered Dead Or Alive I was much too young to really understand the endless concept and art that went behind Pete and DOA. As I got older and of course began to really understand Music and Art and obsess over it more and more, Dead Or Alive really did stick out to me. It wasn’t even so much the kitschy music as it was so obviously Pete Burns at the helm of this often bizarre and confusing outfit which I wound up loving. His outlandish behavior and looks over the vast many years made people love or hate him. Not knowing him personally I’d imagine there really was absolutely no in-between. I even missed a chance to see Dead Or Alive play at a beach club once because I was too young to get in. I did indeed try to sneak in after being turned away but got caught. I didn’t want to risk catching any heat from the large security men, me being a young boy with weird hair, eye make-up and a bright polkadot shirt on.

Clearly addicted to plastic surgery, even after his very first botched nose job. Burns continued to have extensive work done, “Getting a new face is like buying a sofa”. His lips were destroyed and rebuilt, he had several rhinoplasties and beyond…way beyond. Apparently no part of his body except the soles of his feet went untouched by needle or knife and his entire earnings were spent on destroying and rebuilding his looks, even selling off the rights of his songs to do so. pete-burnsSelf esteem issues were obviously present in a man who was indeed once beautiful and possessed a voice so powerful it would rumble your floorboards. What can really be said about Pete Burns that he already hadn’t said or done anyway? Not much. There were few as blunt and daring and fucking Mad, Bad and Dangerous to know as one Pete Burns. He showed us all what it meant to truly let your freak flag fly. His outlandish behavior, outfits and commentary on the UK’s version of reality television show Big Brother brought him back into the mainstream. Train wreck or not, you couldn’t take your eyes off him. Bending genre and gender to the point of utter shatter he was truly a force of nature. Whether he was burning American flags in Texas or bridges with record labels, he did it with such a grandiose flair that was uncompromised and next to few if not none.

Icon? Yes. Lunatic? Probably. One of a kind? Absolutely. It’s a shame that another colorful character had to be taken away from us in this very confusing year. Pete may have been impossible but he shared with us the fact that you can do YOU no matter what…but again, at what cost? Money, relationships…your face? I’d dare say that few will ever be as brazen. So, thank you Pete, whether is was brave or just plain crazy I’m hoping you’re shit kicking the afterlife on glitter platforms…”I just keep a hearing, you runnin’ on up my stairs but you’re not there”…R.I.P.

“People always want to know – am I gay, bi, trans or what? I say, forget all that. There’s got to be a completely different terminology and I’m not aware if it’s been invented yet. I’m just Pete.”