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“I’m not here to tell you about a dying world, I’m here to tell you that you’re not dead yet…”

Blindside - Gravedigger

THANK GOD FOR BLINDSIDE. They have returned with new single, “Gravedigger.” Precise and urgent and full of power and soul. Plain and simple.

Almost exactly 8 years ago Blindside left us with their 2011 record, With Shivering Hearts We Wait.  If this new single is a sign of what’s to come, well, it could not come fast enough. Maybe I am biased as I absolutely love this band, but let’s face the facts here. We want to be moved and shaken and feel, it’s long overdue. Where is that passion? It’s right here. For what so many others lack, this quartet from Sweden are desperately trying to pick up the slack for. Blindside is that type of band, continuing to wear their heart(s) on a tattered and dirty sleeve that has survived storm after storm. – The band had done some teasing on social media late June and announced the new single on the 24th. After a brief delay it went live early July accompanied by a lyric video (see below). Waking from their slumber Blindside has let out a scream that must be heard. As perfect and tightly woven as “Gravedigger” is, the rawness that the band possess is still honored, and every shattered piece is spit shined. Have they outdone themselves? Quite possibly, but it is hard to say with just one song. That being said, the band always sounds fresh and well rested on every record and better and better. No need for unnecessary bells and whistles on “Gravedigger”, it stands firmly on it’s own with no disguise. – LISTEN AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS.

We are less than 2 weeks out from this VERY special show (Sun. May 19th at Village Pub Long Island) We cannot wait to give it all to Giovanni Silver Fox this night. This show is so important to me for a number of reasons. NOX CULT has reunited to play for all of you one more time. I really hope to see so many of you and when I do I will never forget it.

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M-S-G Episode 18Dare I say…I’M EXCITED (once again) to bring you, and you…and you over there, a brand new episode of the MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE Podcast. This one has a few firsts for us, which was awesome. More growth and more moves forward. It is certainly for all the geeks and nerds out there. We dive deep into the new book Hacking Music by John Pisciotta and Wade Sutton who I had a great conversation with. This book is pretty amazing and these guys want you to succeed. So much that they have given our listeners a killer 70% discount on the book by using the code, Soda70 – SO, dive into this one and digest this knowledge and then go order yourself up a copy of this killer book. Thank you John and Wade and much luck with this gem!

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This is a very important and a special announcement for me. My last band, NOX CULT is back after 3 years. There is so much to say and do, but the most important is the benefit show we are scheduled for in May. See the info below. THIS is the reason why we have returned. It means a lot to us…so please…read, share, spread the word. EVERYTHING. And, thank you!

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***ATTENCION***

Brothers and Sisters of the NOX, the CULT has been resurrected! Yes, NOX CULT is back together. One more time. We have been brought back for a benefit show to honor and empower our Cult Member, Friend, Brother and Father, Gio “Silver Fox” as he fights for his health. This is an official announcement about the engagement which will take place on May 19th. The line-up is absolutely incredible. This is our first time performing together in over 3 years and my return to the stage in 2 and a half! This will be a night to remember. Ink the date and get to this. Let’s shake the world. Wherever you are make your plans now and get there early. We want to see ALL. OF. YOU. @noxcult

NOX 2019 BENEFIT

MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE Podcast Episode 17

First M-S-G Episode for 2019 and it is RAD. I sat down with frontman Bryan Maher of Long Island champs, Black Suit Youth a few weeks back. We had some seriously great conversation about BSY and lots of music in general. Certainly a great way to start our Podcast year, happy to have spent the time with him. Thanks Bryan!

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

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Last Tuesday night, it was Springtime in February in NYC, but…it was HOTTER. THAN. HELL. over at Berlin on Avenue A as Sate and her band took the stage for a free and early show. Small in size is Berlin but that did not deter the Toronto native and her beast of a band from making it seem like the biggest show in town. As her boys walked onto the stage the energy already felt different, a statement was about to be made. Moments later Sate would arrive right behind a sample from The Exorcist film… “Do you know what she did? Your cunting daughter!” looking like a powerful goddess with her braids tied back to appear like long ram-like horns with her head shaved on the sides in literal leather and lace boasting a shirt that read “Be Polite You Fucker” we were already all sold – You know how sometimes you’re at a gig and halfway thru it the band really hits their stride? Well, right out of the gate this outfit was absolutely on fire. As someone who reviews shows I don’t really like to be on my phone during them and I often don’t take a lot of photos or notes at gigs either, if any at all. I just stand there and try to absorb everything I can. – And on this night and millions of others I did just that –   “Sate”: Satisfy a desire to the full – no namesake could ever be worn more true as this woman, this powerhouse, lead her band thru a fierce 8-song set. Covered in sweat, Sate blurs the lines of everything you think you may know…about anything. It’s so goddamn refreshing. Don’t come to her shows with any preconceived notions, cause your ass best stay out in the cold. The chemistry between the singer and her band was so powerful, I’m talking Godzilla baby! It’s just a group of people absolutely on the same page, tight and in tune. These are real songs from real people and there is very little to apologize for.

Sate setlist 2.05.19 Berlin NYC

Sate setlist 2.05.19 Berlin NYC

Sate writes songs about making her mark (Famous), Family (What Did I Do), power (Warrior) and everything in between. During this show I felt like we were all a part of some killer party. The audience was a melting pot and hung on every song only wanting more in the end. To say that we were satisfied would be very true, but sated? Not at all cause everybody in that room wanted more and more and more! Brave and bold, every song was a burner, especially new single “Dirty Little Lie” which also has a killer new video to go along with it. Plain and simple, if you have the opportunity to see this outfit live, DO IT and thank me later, but thank them first.

SATE

 

Happy New Year! 2019…holey moley! This is our first episode for the new year. I had the idea to do a bit of a “year in review” type episode for 2018. I wanted to acknowledge the fact that we had now been doing the Podcast for a year and just give a knod to all the great artists I interviewed or covered in some fashion. I figured this would be a great way to tie up one year and start another. So, as we brainstorm what is next please give this a listen and hear a cool and fun little wrap up of what I thought was a really great year for M-S-G. More guests on the way. Peace and love! And, a big thanks to my Monkey man 😉

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Hey friends near…and far. I can’t believe another year is soon to be behind us. So, before that happens I wanted to make sure I squeezed in a few more posts over here at MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE. It’s been a really cool year for M-S-G and I’ve really enjoyed every part of it. A cool thing that seems to be happening for us is actual word of mouth…remember that? I LOVE IT, and that’s exactly how I came across Dramaglider. Neil Klemz, guitarist for this Chicago based band had contacted me via email as he had heard about MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE from Fred in AAA Battery which I did a feature on some months back. I freakin’ love getting emails from bands and artists who are interested in being a part of this project. Neil was pretty excited when he reached out and wanted to talk about his bands first record they were about to release. He was nice enough to send me some sounds that were pretty neat so I figured I’d give these cats a bump and share them with you. That’s the best part about music, sharing it with each other! It’s always been a joy for me. And be it that we are in the Season of sharing, here ya go…some music for ya. Check out Dramaglider. Dig in and enjoy. Support indie artists!

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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!

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