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Last Friday I decided to do somewhat of a reissue of my old band, Violet Daydream’s album, Meow as a Bandcamp exclusive digital only release. I can absolutely go on and on about this record because it is certainly one that changed my life. So, why an EDITED reissue of all things? Well, for a number of reasons. First, as a music nerd, I personally love when bands do this kinda stuff. If I dig a band I’ll take any and every version of whatever I can get. It’s just part of the universe that’s created. Second, this version of the album was never commercially available ever before. This features the clean edits of “Taste” and “Sucker” and a radio edit of “A Certain Chemical” with a bonus track remix of “Taste” by our bass player. It cuts out all of the untitled/noise tracks that were sprinkled throughout the original release. And, if you want to get into the very fine details I even shortened the title of “Through A Forest, Up a Hill, Into a Dark Room” to just, “Through A Forest…” The whole point of an edited version initially was to better promote the album to radio and stores due to some of the language and some song lengths. Finally, the color of the cover was altered and includes “Edited Version” stamped across the front. Ultimately it makes the record, dare I say, more commercially viable. To me this. is. not. a. compromise. But rather a step up in artists development and maturity for myself personally. It also had a bit of a remaster by Tyler Green at Tyler Green Sound Services and has never sounded so loud, which is great. I do have more plans for VD music in the future which would be the absolute final offering I could muster up from this era. And third, well, I just wanted to! The band is long gone and we left behind two records (I did try for a reunion a time or two). Our shows were really noisy, raw and gritty and fairly dangerous. It was a great time. There are many stories that can be told about this time period in my music making and creating history. Many memories and stories. Some I’m quite sure you wouldn’t believe. Many people said we were just “too early”, in fact, that was probably said the most out of anything. We were just a trio of weird kids from Long Island that shook my house with our noise on a weekly basis (my Ma was a saint) and in the end learned a hard and shocking lesson about the music “industry” which in turn spelled the end of the band. But these are all stories for another time.

P.S.- After VD: I haven’t stopped creating, it’s been quite an adventure. Mike went on to play with me in ABCSoda and His Mighty Robot, he’s quite a wonderful musician. He now plays in Graces Of Chaos and Blockhead. The drummer, Leo, I don’t know much about.

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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 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 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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MUSIC-SURVIVAL-GUIDE Episode 3

This episode is incredibly special to me…My last band, NOX CULT had not been in the same room together for almost 2 full years.

For this episode…

NOX CULT reunited, one more time

NOX CULT reunited, one more time

 

WE were NOX CULT one more time. We finally had the reunion, but not in traditional form. We talked, we laughed and cleared the air…we confessed and we nearly cried. Once again, in true NOX CULT fashion we present you with this very special episode. This was the best way after all this time for us to really end this wonderful adventure. Dig in!

 

 

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White Trash - Live @ Revolution, Amityville, NY 10-18-14 photo by Soda

White Trash – Live @ Revolution, Amityville, NY 10-18-14 photo by Soda

Saturday night, Autumn. A bit chilly, but perfect for a mid-October in the town of Amityville which may be best known for a horror that happened back in 1975, but we are not here to talk about that, now are we? Not too far from that very home sits one of Long Island’s more prominent rock venues, Revolution. A moderate sized venue that has seen all walks of music pass through its doors within the short time it’s sat on the corner of Merrick Road and Broadway.

This night was a birthday celebration for…Andrew, no idea who that is/was, but I’m sure he was happy. I mean, a full-fledged rock show for your Birthday, not bad, eh? Anyway, let’s cut to it. Hometown heroes (well, kinda hometown anyway, Queens ain’t that far) White Trash, sprang a last minute announcement on the world of Facebook that they would be performing this night at 11pm. It had been a while since their last performance and they teased the aspect of new material at this show as they have been hard at work on a new album.

I raced from Far Rockaway after a show I myself had performed to make it back to Amityville for said 11pm set, I bumped into drummer Mike Caldarella and he promptly told me that it’d be a little while before they hit the stage, sure, normal for a rock show and it WAS Saturday night.

The guys were all hanging around the club, smiles on their faces and welcoming as always. The night proceeded and 11PM turned to Midnight(ish), the crowd dwindled and the openers honestly started to bore everyone in sight until finally, a young band from Connecticut called Switchblade Serenade came on and woke people up with their kick ass brand of hard rock a la 80’s style. I took serious note of these guys, they absolutely rocked (more on them in a future installment, on we plow!)

Finally, at about 1:15AM, spirits a little deflated, White Trash finally got on stage. Now, a WT show is never dull. This one in particular was a little raw, but nonetheless extremely entertaining. This night’s line-up consisted of a mix of members from the self-titled debut and Si O Si Que? the bands second record with guitar madman Craig LeBlang being back in the fold. Now, 1:15AM even on a Saturday night can be somewhat of a drag when that’s the time you hit the stage. White Trash, once a “big” band back in the early 90’s with heavy video rotation on MTV with their breakthrough hit “Apple Pie” played to a fairly small crowd, but once again and as usual we were treated to a fun and funky raw set of dirty rock that only they can deliver. The band ripped through a short set which featured music from each of their records, including the promised new tunes from a forthcoming release. Highlights of the night were “Minor Happiness”, a new song called “The Return of Buzz” and the nasty “Fat Ethyl”.

Battered but not beaten by the late entrance to the stage and ill attendance singer Dave Alvin still proved that he can work any kind of room with his classic sarcasm, no bullshit attitude and a remaining vocal style that can still give you chills. All in all it was a good set with a few bumps in the road. The end of the show came fast with the above mentioned “Fat Ethyl” being the closer. Fun and a bit sloppy the band tore through it ending the show in noise and the almost bizarre antics of one of the more eccentric members of the band, trumpet player Damien Rich as he grabbed the lead vocal mic and left us with such poetry as “Fuck your Mother, Fuck my Mother and if you Fuck with my Mother, I will Fucking kill you!” Words to live by, thank you White Trash, see you next time!

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White Trash - Live @ Revolution, Amityville, NY 10-18-14 photo by Soda

White Trash – Live @ Revolution, Amityville, NY 10-18-14 photo by Soda

White Trash - Live @ Revolution, Amityville, NY 10-18-14 photo by Soda

White Trash – Live @ Revolution, Amityville, NY 10-18-14 photo by Soda

White Trash - Live @ Revolution, Amityville, NY 10-18-14 photo by Soda

White Trash – Live @ Revolution, Amityville, NY 10-18-14 photo by Soda