Posts Tagged ‘Jellyfish’

TLQ Threesome Vol. 1

Don’t pinch yourself, this is not a dream and you are very much awake. The Lickerish Quartet have arrived to whisk you off to a magical place. The odds are good if you are taking the trip you are very familiar with the pedigree in which the gentlemen that make up TLQ carry along with them. And though this band is not about looking into the past, but rather, a very bright future I do believe they are firmly aware of how to tickle longtime enthusiast’s earholes. Thusly, the universe was gifted Threesome Vol. 1. Although only an EP (hang tight, more on the way) it is transcendent in every way imaginable. The three headstones in front of The Lickerish Quartet are Eric Dover, Roger Joseph Manning Jr., and Tim Smith. All powerhouses on their own and together an unstoppable cavalcade that ooze creativity and a knack to really bring the listener on a musical journey. A fine point to make about the 4 songs featured on this EP is that, although the arrangements are superb in every fashion the band manages to deliver it all with such a fun candor only leaving you wanting to take the ride over and over again. And you’d think that only 4 songs may seem served only as an appetizer the meal is quite satisfying. Having 3 voices all worthy of the lead singer role certainly does not hinder the band at all. However, I do not want to take away from the fact that Singer/Guitarist Eric Dover is, was, and apparently always will be a beast of a singer. From every high and every low the guy just delivers with such a gusto you’re almost left dumbfounded. You also have the sweetness put forth in every Roger Manning syllable that you can’t help but smile along with him. And quiet honestly, Tim Smith has never sounded better. All of this is rolled up into one giant ball of meticulous arrangements both vocally and musically. From the fun piano intro and danceable vibe of  “Fadoodle” (look it up) all the way down to the hypnotic last moments of first single “Lighthouse Spaceship”, which unto itself is an epic and manages to collect all the components of the EP into one fantastical cocktail. With all of this said, my personal favorite track (currently) is track 3, “Magic Number”. There is a smoothness there that really hits you where it counts and is quite honestly mildly reminiscent of Chris Isaak’s unforgettable “Wicked Game”.  With all of this said, the sophistication and attention to detail of this debut offering from these seasoned vets does not disappoint. And really, did we think it would? Threessome Vol. 1 is out this Friday, May 15th.

TLQ HQ

Eric Dover - M-S-G Episode 20

I’m very excited to present to you my interview with Eric Dover. This was a tremendous honor for me. We covered a great chunk of The Lickerish Quartet and talked a bit about the past and the future. Eric was great to talk to and gave a great interview. I hope all of you dig this. Thanks so much Eric, stay awesome, we need ya!

*UNFORTUNATELY I was unable to upload this to YouTube due to technical difficulties (very unhappy about this). Please enjoy the interview over at SoundCloud, there is also a free download. Thanks! (link below)

MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE Episode 20 (Soda w/Eric Dover)

TLQ

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:

LQ headquarters

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
/ˈlik(ə)riSH/
adjective
  1. lecherous.
    “a barrage of lickerish grins and dirty jokes”

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 😉

*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!

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

M-S-G

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.

M-S-G PODCAST ON YOUTUBE

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!

Roger and Soda somewhere in space
This is the interview that started it all! Almost two years ago I wanted to branch out on the blog. I did a phone interview with one of my musical heroes, Roger Joseph Manning Jr., from my favorite band, Jellyfish. This was in depth and absolutely incredible. We thought this was too good to not make it a part of the formal Podcast, thusly we are bringing it back and calling it Episode Zero. It’s not perfect sound quality as it was done on the phone straight forward but it is still so badass. Enjoy and share!

LISTEN ON SOUNDCLOUD HERE

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

See the original Posts on the blog here:

Roger Joseph Manning Jr. original Blog posts

Hey out there in Cybertron! It’s been a while since my last post. First, to cut to the chase with my lack of contributing, for the last quarter of the year or so, I…was sick. But, I am happy to say I am now a Cancer survivor!!! Almost all recovered and way ready for 2018.

Second, Happy Freakin’ New Year! Another one in the bag. I wanted to make a final post for 2017 before it ended. I’m breaking my rule of only dropping posts on Wednesdays…every now and then I’ll break them rules 😉 – I hope to post and share more here in 2018 and also have a plan in the making for a possible MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE Podcast if that can get off the ground…we shall see.

And third, I wanted to share my musiccentric goodies I got for Christmas from my Fam. Pretty good spread, eh? Funny too that I didn’t already have some of this classic stuff in my collection.

Xmas goodies 2017

Xmas goodies 2017

Let’s dive into this! I’ll go from as left to right as I can:

-Framed David Bowie Star Child/Starman print. It’s a beauty

-The Menzingers – Rented World CD

-Prince – 20Ten Xtended CD (pretty obscure version of this album)

-RHCP – Greatest Hits And Videos (always wanted this double disc WITH the vids!)

-Prince – A Private View Book

-Erasure – I Say I Say I Say Pop-Up Castle CD Pack with oversized book! My fav Erasure record and now I have this wicked version!

-Beautiful Bodies – Battles CD (which I am spinning now for the first time)

-T-Boz Book, “A Sick Life” LOVE HER!

-Little Caesar self-titled CD, always wanted this record since I was a little kid. Finally!

-The Rasmus – Dark Matters CD Limited Edition w/Bonus Track

-Saigon Kick – Live Around the World 1991-1996

-Shocker Soundtrack No More Mr. Nice Guy!

-Arid – Live CD

-Luther- Let’s Get You Somewhere Else pink and black splattered vinyl

-AAA Battery – Corrosion Of Buddha CD (expect a review for this record soon)

-Fender Frontline Magazine with Jellyfish on the cover! :::drool:::

 

Roger J. Manning Jr.

RJMJ!

Mega thanks to everyone that has read, commented, emailed and all things in between about my adventure here with Roger. He and I both had a blast creating this piece. So, to compliment the article in full, we decided to offer up a Free Download of our entire unedited conversation. It’s almost an hour long and will be a must listen for those that enjoy Roger’s work. In order to accommodate this I have started a SoundCloud page for MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE where you will be able to navigate to and listen to or download the file. I figure this will be a good place to also house future audio in relation to other artists that are to be featured. It’s also just another step in growing M-S-G.

And, be it that this is totally unedited I wanted to point out a funny thing that happens at about 10 and a half minutes in. I forgot to silence my phone during our conversation so one of my alerts went off. It’ll be obvious and good for a laugh when you hear it.

So, go download this amazing conversation, add it to your collection, tell a friend…yadda yadda.

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