Monday, August 27, 2007

Two new E.P.s from Bleu

Just found out that Bleu has two new E.P.s out. The first is "The Blizzard of '05". Bleu says "Most of it was recorded in the two weeks surrounding that legendary storm, and it was done almost entirely live in the studio." The second is "Happy Birthday" which he describes as "a collection of songs i've written for people's birthday's over the years (many years)....they were all written, recorded and mixed in 24 hours (or less)." Unfortunately, they are only available via iTunes at this time. That counts me out. I've written to Bleu's manager to see if there's another way to get a hold of these E.P.s. I'll let you know how that turns out as I'm sure there are other serious music collectors like me who can't stand bloatware on a Windows box.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Roth joins Van Halen family, Michael Anthony MIA

A semi-reunited Van Halen will start a 24 date tour this fall. I say semi-reunited, because, while it is significant that David Lee Roth is teaming with the Van Halen brothers, it is also significant that bassist Michael Anthony is not part of the new Van Halen. Instead, Eddie's 16-year-old son Wolfgang will be playing bass. No word on if this means the concerts must end by 10:00pm due to curfew laws. Hopefully, it'll be a dry tour bus if not for Wolfgang, but also for Eddie.

So where is Michael Anthony? Touring with another of Van Halen's former frontmen - Sammy Hagar.

Some will find it exciting to see DLR with the VH brothers again, but this certainly doesn't count as an original Van Halen reunion (no matter if you think Michael Anthony & Alex Van Halen made up one of the most boring "party band" rhythm sections ever, which a lot of people do). This is really Van Halen - Mark IV.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Falkner's "I'm OK... You're OK"

I'm OK... You're OKSpeaking of (semi-)recent activities of former members of Jellyfish, Jason Falkner's new album has been released in Japan and will hopefully see a U.S. release this summer. You can import it if you want.

You can preview some new songs at Jason's MySpace page.
Track listing:
01. This Time
02. NYC
03. The Knew
04. Stephanie Tells Me
05. Hurricane
06. Anondah
07. Komplicated Man
08. Runaway
09. Say It's True
10. Contact
11. This Life of Mine
12. I Don't Mind (bonus track)

Friday, August 10, 2007

Malibu: Robo-Sapiens

Robo-SapiensI know this is kind of old news, but it happened in-between the time since I last really worked on this site early in the year. Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. has put out a new album under his "DJ" name Malibu. It's not what you'd expect from him. He's exploring a fascination with electronic music. I haven't heard it, but would love to. Check it out at Amazon.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Jars of Clay Remix Contest

Jars of Clay 
The master tracks from my favorite song from the latest Jars of Clay album are available for download for free so that you can create your own remix. From the official site for the remix contest:

For the first time in Jars of Clay history we are making available for download the multitracks for one of our songs. May we introduce "Dead Man (Carry Me)" off our new album Good Monsters. It is our hope that you will remix, re-create, re-edit, re-configure, and realize what you will with these parts in coming up with your own versions. All 26 tracks here are 16 bit 44.1kHz WAV files ready for re-mixing. There is no cost for you to download the tracks. (note: all multitracks are copyrighted material)

So, download and have some fun making your own mixes.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Jellyfish tribute available for pre-order

Sensory Lullabies"Sensory Lullabies: The Ultimate Tribute to Jellyfish" is finally available for pre-ordering! The official release date is September 11th, 2007 - the albums will be shipped then. Here's some exciting information I got from Alan Heaton (exec producer of the project):

You already know that "Sensory Lullabies" is going to be pretty special - it's 35 tracks filling 2-CDs to their limit - almost 2.5 hours of Jellyfish covers! And if that's not enough, everyone who orders the Album from our online store will receive a Free Exclusive Bonus CD ONLY available here containing covers of the 3 Jellyfish originals that wouldn't fit on "Sensory Lullabies" - you will therefore get covers of EVERY original Jellyfish song ever released on CD! Quantities of "Sensory Lullabies" and especially the Bonus CD are going to be extremely limited.

The price of "Sensory Lullabies: The Ultimate Tribute to Jellyfish" is US $24.99, and it can be pre-ordered at Burning Sky Records.