Posts Tagged ‘Saigon Kick’

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*



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:::



Posted: October 15, 2014 by Soda in Atlanta, Moonwater, Music, Soda
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Moonwater-Invitation Album Cover

Moonwater-Invitation Album Cover

Artist/Album review
Artist: Moonwater
Album: Invitation
Release: 1995-Masquerade Recordings
Danny Whitt-Vocals & Percussion
Joe Gardner-Guitars, Vocals, & Percussion
Christian Nesbella (AKA Adam Matthews)-Bass
Jeremy Slotin-Drums & Percussion

In 1995 I was a young kid not yet old enough to even get into a lot of shows to see my favorite bands. Fake IDs, copied birth certificates, rub on tattoos were all examples of things that got me into these shows. And lucky for me a place called The Roxy in Huntington on Long Island didn’t really care who they let in, so this night in particular was easy.

I walked into The Roxy that night dressed in black, rocking a Pantera shirt wearing plastic star-shaped glasses with the lenses poked out, my long nappy hair in full swing fully expecting to finally see one of my favorite bands Saigon Kick who were currently supporting their latest record “Devil In The Details”.

I was not quite sure who was playing when I walked in, nor did I know who was about to come on stage. Some time passed and I was at my usual spot, front and center of the stage when walked out this tall and skinny delicious creature in skin tight pants with a monstrous floppy hat on and a crushed velvet shirt holding a bass almost hanging down to his knees. I was instantly intrigued, my friend Steph even said to me “These look like your kinda freaky people.” And they indeed were. Next came a half naked beautiful skinny little monster with bright orange hair full of piercings stopping in the middle of the stage, behind him sat what I thought was just a giant head of hair on a drum throne, and stage left was a thrifty, striped tight wearing guitarist lingering in the shadows. Moonwater started their set with a trippy sonic offering and once Danny Whitt opened his mouth I was almost convinced that he was a she. Bending gender and genre Moonwater offered up one of the most original sounds and performances I’ve ever seen, and it left its mark on me. Not knowing them or the music at the time they sent me into a seizure of joy. Upon completing their set I had swiftly fallen in love. My friend Sindee and I both ran backstage immediately. In the process I ripped a poster off the wall which still remains hanging in my home to date.

Backstage we had the honor to meet the whole band…I remember almost attacking Jeremy as he was breaking down his gear. Christian stole my friends purple lipstick and Danny was a mystical presence. Joe, although quiet was equally sweet and graceful as the whole band. I bought their record, “Invitation” which has gone on to be one of my absolute favorites and we were given some stickers as well. Not only was I there for one of my favorite bands but I now had a new one to obsess over, and I did just that.

Almost 20 years later I have the honor of being friends with most of the guys. Danny is now in the army, Christian (now going by birth name, Adam) lives in Knoxville in a wicked apartment clothed in leopard print and rock n’ roll still playing Bass regularly and Jeremy plays in a few cover bands…and as far as I know Joe still plays guitar but has laid kind of low.

As for “Invitation”. It’s an album that stood on its own years ago and remains completely fresh today, a beautifully produced record that cannot be pigeon-holed. It’s Alternative, It’s Rock, its Psychedelic…It’s Moonwater.

The album opens with a creepy instrumental followed by the first proper track entitled “Straight” which highlights instantly Danny’s gender bending vocals and the unique instrumentation of the band. “Straight” is followed by one of the most stand out tracks on the record, “He’s A Girl.” Which lets you know this band is not putting on an act…they are exactly who they are, open-minded cosmic hippies from the future! The whole record oozes a vibe that preaches individuality. As the final track on the record will tell you…”My friends I am alive.” Indeed they were. Hailing from Atlanta GA they worked hard to get “Invitation” heard. And for the lucky ones it was, loud and clear.

A record that I indeed call perfect, overflowing with wah-wah guitar splendor and a sexy bass tone that would rival Duff McKagan’s. Drum styling from a guy who says “I wasn’t playing that long when I made that record” would just shock you, and one of the most original vocalists going at the time…and maybe even still today.

I could truly write an essay on my love for this band and the offerings they have shared. I hope that those who may read this will hop on Amazon and spend the few bucks it would cost to make this record part of their collection because it truly transcends genre and music fanatics will appreciate the magic that went into making it.

(This article was originally published in Vellum Magazine Issue 11 May 2013 – Paper and digital version available through magcloud:

Vellum 11