January 29, 2015

Album Reviews: "Kiddo" by Fairmounts

Album: Kiddo
Artist: Fairmounts
Release Date: Feb 14, 2014

Website/Social Media: BandcampFacebook

Sounds Like: Pop punk, power-pop & 90s skate

Similar Artists: Teenage Bottlerocket, Green Day, The Queers, Versus You

Review: A great fictional character named Milhouse once said "fun is fun." He might not have been talking about Fairmounts, but he may as well have been. If there's one word to describe the band's latest album Kiddo, it's "fun!"

The album cover has a kid sitting on a kitchen floor wearing a cassette walk-man with 80s head-phones while wailing away to the beat on some upturned pots and pans with wooden spoons as his drum-sticks. Exactly what you will find yourself doing with the nearest available objects while listening to this album!

90s era pop & skate punk is alive and well in this release and 90s fans will likely catch the references to the

January 26, 2015

Breaking News: Tom DeLonge "Leaves" Blink 182 "Indefinitely" - Skiba to Replace for Shows

Apparently Tom DeLonge is no longer interested in working on Blink 182 (or other musical) projects and has abandoned the band shortly before they were supposed to go into the studio and record a new album. They are also scheduled to play the upcoming Musink Festival in March. Matt Skiba will fill in for current commitments.

 “We were all set to play this festival and record a new album and Tom kept putting it off without reason. A week before we were scheduled to go in to the studio we got an email from his manager explaining that he didn’t want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors.” “No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans.”

When it comes to Blink 182, obviously the fans love the entire band, but the fan-ship also tends to divide over whether or not they prefer Tom's songwriting and vocals or Mark's. As someone who has always been more of a Hoppus fan, I would actually be very interested to see them perform with Matt Skiba in Tom's place, if only for one time.

I have had the fortune to see Blink 182 a handful of times over the past 15 years or so and one of the elements I always enjoyed was the banter and camaraderie between Mark and Tom. It made for some fun entertainment when they didn't spend TOO much time talking... which was often, but the shows were ultimately a lot of fun regardless.

However, this was before the initial split. Before Angels & Airwaves. Before +44. Before Box Car Racer. The last two times I saw Blink 182 perform after the re-union, it was very clear that Tom did not have the same enthusiasm as before. Mark continued to banter and joke with the audience, but Tom always seemed rather distant. It was fun to see the one of the bands I grew up with once again, but it left a slightly bitter taste that it just wasn't the same.

When Blink 182 re-united in 2009, I thought that finally these guys had realized what made them so great is each other. Each is a great musician in his own right. However, as the actor Jeff Perry supposedly once said; "It was rare, it is rare, it shall always be rare for people to agree that what they can create together is greater than what they can create alone."

January 20, 2015

Album Reviews: Old Habits by Dr Velvet And The Social Drinkers

Album: Old Habits E.P.
Artist: Dr Velvet And The Social Drinkers
Release Date: August 8, 2014

Website/Social Media: BandcampFacebook

Sounds Like: Gritty punk / "rock'n'roll under the influence"

Similar Artists: The Nobodys, Pinhead Circus, Yes Mistress!

Review: "All songs should start with a bottle of jack" sings Ryan Wilcox (or should we say Dr Velvet?) on the opening track for Old Habits. "No Complaints" opens with the proper ingredients for a band called Dr Velvet And The Social Drinkers. It's true that many great songs have been written during times of pain and struggle in an artist's life. However, in Dr Velvet's case, "the problem is..."

January 15, 2015

Music Videos: "All Said And Done" by A Road To Damascus

Check out the official music video for "All Said And Done" by A Road To Damascus.

Download "All Said And Done" on iTunes at: http://bit.ly/1wEOCch 
Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/track/77Bzsjz
Support the band on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aroadtodamascus