REVIEWS

CD and DVD reviews

Matthew Patrick, Yard Sale

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April 4, 2014
Matthew Patrick, Yard Sale

Matthew Patrick is a Maryland based rocker with a countrified edge. His latest release, Yard Sale, speaks to the blue colored worker trying to make it as an indie artist. It is a lot of work hitting the workforce and reaching fans all at the same time. Take it from someone who has successfully...
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Deborah Bonham, Spirit

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April 4, 2014
Deborah Bonham, Spirit

To anyone who doesn’t know, John Bonham, one of the mightiest rock n’ roll titans to ever grace the throne of a drumkit, has a little sister, Deborah. Although Deborah was a very young girl when her older brother was in his prime with Led Zeppelin, by watching his performances and being around the...
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Teddy Romance, Making Monsters

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April 4, 2014
Teddy Romance, Making Monsters

Formed in 2011, Teddy Romance is a Vancouver-based duo that channels the alt, punk and electronic genres through a theatrical prism. This channeling has resulted in Making Monsters – an album that, at eight tracks, weighs in somewhere between the EP and full-length divisions. The whole shebang is written, performed, and mixed by Teddy...
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Kenny Fame, Rejoyce

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April 3, 2014
Kenny Fame, Rejoyce

Kenny Fame is back on the scene with his latest single, “Rejoyce”. He was born and raised in New Jersey and made the move to the competitive NYC. He is now based out of Harlem and started out hitting the spoken word/poetry scene. He quickly created a following and became a well known lyricist...
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John Oszajca, Elephant Graveyard

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April 3, 2014
John Oszajca, Elephant Graveyard

Elephant Graveyard, the new album from John Oszajca is a fun ride! The album opens with the upbeat rock tune “The Day I Died” which is a fun meditation on a relatively depressing topic. The juxtaposition of the peppy music and the lyrical content is brilliant and makes for a toe-tapping good time. Things...
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Chuck Eaton, ‘Tracks’

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April 2, 2014
Chuck Eaton, ‘Tracks’

Chuck Eaton comes with a vast baggage of experience that has endured 30 years, to introduce his music. It has been a long time coming, but the end result is what really matters. Chuck’s debut album “One Million Words” forged twelve original romantic songs, while on his sophomore album, “Lights”, Chuck goes two better,...
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Malachi Grant, Welcome 2 My World

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March 31, 2014
Malachi Grant, Welcome 2 My World

Malachi Grant is a hot rapper coming out of New York among some of the best artists in hip hop. His music has a smooth feel to it and the lyrics are on point and crisp. On his album, “Welcome 2 My World”, there are some definite bangers with big 808 kicks and heavy...
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Not Dead Yett, Let Go, and Let’s Go

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March 28, 2014
Not Dead Yett, Let Go, and Let’s Go

Pop/Soul/dance band “Not Dead Yett” formed by renowned Grammy winning Producer Don MIzell just releaed their latest CD entitled  “Let Go, and Let’s Go’ in 2014. This debut release of a collection of motivational and personal songs that aim to help change the world with positive upbeat lyrics and conscious message.  By combining synths,...
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Boswell, Beryllium

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March 28, 2014
Boswell, Beryllium

Boswell isn’t your average classic coverband, this Austin band has found a way to also channel the greats into their very own brand of future classics by mining the very bands they so passionately represent. Boswell’s debut e.p. Beryllium has been widely received and at first listen it’s clear to understand why. With The...
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The Heart Pills, GUNFIGHTER

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March 28, 2014
The Heart Pills, GUNFIGHTER

Opening with ‘Concrete’, it’s immediately clear that The Heart Pills are trying something different. By combining electronics and organs with wiry guitars, a unique sound is created. Vocally, the band is confident and interesting, with some great snappy female backing vocals. The track is a great introduction to the album, thematically carrying the cowboy...
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Michael Barry-Rec, Continuum

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March 27, 2014
Michael Barry-Rec, Continuum

About the Artist: This is Barry’s latest release entitled Continuum. Researching his bio he has an accomplished musical career thus far. With a distinctive talent for composing and improvising a unique new age guitar sound. Barry combines styles like Instrumental, Acoustic Rock/Blues, New Age Contemporary with the guitar as his centerpiece. On the guest...
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Terracotta Pigeons, Venomous Candy (EP)

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March 25, 2014
Terracotta Pigeons, Venomous Candy (EP)

There’s a real sense of cathartic musical independence here via this latest work from Melbourne, AUS based musical project Terracotta Pigeons lead by producer, songwriter Steven Smith. While everything here on this latest 6 track musical teaser is shall I say exceptionally entertaining it also manages to cover a pretty wide range of musical...
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Labstract, Apollo

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March 24, 2014
Labstract, Apollo

There are some new kids on the block called Labstract, and they come bearing gifts in the shape of a new album, ‘Apollo’. ‘Space Age’ kicks of with a woozy groove, “Woke up this morning /  I knew the world would be different today”. The three part vocals interplay well together, moving between laid...
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Sound Liberation, Days

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March 24, 2014
Sound Liberation, Days

Pushing boundaries by creating a style of sound & music that is like no other can best describe the band Sound Liberation and the new album ‘Days’.  Gene Pritsker had a true vision back in 1996 to create a musical entity that would revolutionize the air waves through one liberating listening experience.  Mission accomplished...
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Matthew Nimegeers, Mystery Man Against The Tide

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March 21, 2014
Matthew Nimegeers, Mystery Man Against The Tide

Who doesn’t like Singer-Songwriter music? However I’d bet not all hands go up in the air. I mean, while Singer-Songwriter, which by the way kind of emerges in the late 60’s and 70’s with the arrival of Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Elton John and Billy Joel, represented a close and personal artistic snapshot from...
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Tommy Roumanas “She Keeps Me (Rockin’)”

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March 21, 2014
Tommy Roumanas “She Keeps Me (Rockin’)”

Tommy Roumanas is a singer/songwriter and from a family of musicians going back several generations, so it was only natural for him to pick up the guitar at 17. He states on his bio “Composing music for a living may not be the easiest or most stable job, but in my opinion, it’s the...
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Jimmer Podrasky, The Would-Be Plans

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March 20, 2014
Jimmer Podrasky, The Would-Be Plans

Jimmer Podrasky known for his work with the 80′s L.A. based band Rave-Ups is here after two decades with his debut CD, The Would-Be Plans. His efforts do not disappoint bringing all the same energy and clarity as his rock roots band did back in the day. He is a slice of life type...
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PRIMO, “Pregame” Single

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March 19, 2014
PRIMO, “Pregame” Single

“From the start we strive to create music from the heart, we want to share our music and let the people decide where our tastes coincide” – PRIMO Underground dj producer crew PRIMO have a new single that’s sure to get some booties bumpin’ and a few heads turnin’. Following in the footsteps of...
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Kelly Pettit, Every Sunrise

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March 19, 2014
Kelly Pettit, Every Sunrise

This CD “Every Sunrise” by Canadian based Kelly Pettit is sure to one day be remembered as one of the classic good timing Americana CD’s of recent time. Its pure rocking Americana-Country magic the way it used to be, full of cautionary tales, and a passion for life and life on the road. All...
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Too Bad, Permission to Land

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March 17, 2014
Too Bad, Permission to Land

It’s easy to know how to categorize a band like Too Bad. This Venice Beach musical two-some consisting of Gerry Saint & Jason Napier who just released their latest release entitled “Permission to Land” late in 2012. “Permission to Land” is one of the more upbeat, funny, quirky and brightly flavored rock releases I’ve...
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MoneyPenny, Self-Titled

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March 17, 2014
MoneyPenny, Self-Titled

Get ready for the four-man group MoneyPenny as they tear through their brand new, 12-song set!  MoneyPenny plays fast & steady and you can bet all of your money in the bank that this group will not slow down.  MoneyPenny is hoping to share their wealth of music to large audiences everywhere! The band...
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The Van Burens, Presidential Lovefest

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March 16, 2014
The Van Burens, Presidential Lovefest

The Van Burens are political satirists and songwriters and they’ve got a killer new album “Presidential Lovefest” which kicks things off with “Miss Lola Overture”, a Tricky Dick phone call that sets the tone to things to come. “Tricky Dick” jumps into a funk fest, reminiscent of James Brown sung by Mike Patton. There’s...
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Frank Palangi, I Am Ready (EP)

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March 15, 2014
Frank Palangi, I Am Ready (EP)

While many feel the music industry is in disarray right now it’s always a breath of fresh air to hear a new and exciting artist that’s not afraid to take chances with his music. Enter New York based rocker Frank Palangi and his  latest EP musical offering: “I Am Ready” (2013). 2013 brings new...
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Gaiaisi

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March 14, 2014
Gaiaisi

Born and bred in Toronto, the artist known as Gaiaisi (spelling mnemonic: Gaia-is-i, pronounced: “Gaia’s Eye”) has a seemingly inextinguishable quest to “expose the torture of dogs, cats and wild animals by the fashion industry.” Uniting this quest with his own musical vocation, he has: released music videos; contributed to documentaries; soon to appear...
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Lemon Hill, EP

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March 13, 2014
Lemon Hill, EP

Philadelphia based 3 piece band Lemon composes in an eclectic style borrowing from Folk-Pop-Rock music, combined with an Alt-Rock aesthetic. Their lyrics share a humor/self-deprecating sensibility. As a band they write of the mundane and the complex, and probably doesn’t understand everything but questions what they already know. This latest 2 track demo entitled...
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The Crawdaddies, Live From the Road

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March 12, 2014
The Crawdaddies, Live From the Road

The Crawdaddies are going to claw their way to the top by offering up one incredible groove!  The catchy, Crawdaddy sound will head straight to your bones and make you shake, rattle & roll!  Prepare yourself for a style of music that merges together elements of: Rock, Blues, Cajun, Zydeco, Ska, Roots, Jazz and...
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Erica Sunshine Lee, The South Will Rise Again

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March 11, 2014
Erica Sunshine Lee, The South Will Rise Again

This the 5th studio release from Lee “The South Will Rise Again” by Georgia based Erica Sunshine Lee  is sure to be remembered as one of the classic female pop CD’s in recent memory. Its pure femme fatale magic the way it used to be, full of cautionary tales, passion and of course love’s...
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Wayne William, The Parade

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March 10, 2014
Wayne William, The Parade

Wayne William has a friendly yet soulful voice that stands out with depth and near perfect pitch. He’s a singer/songwriter as well as live performer whose Maltese heritage makes his appearance also stand out in a crowd. He began singing professionally at just 13. He’s also a music producer so he’s what the music...
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David G. Cortes, Time Away But Home Again

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March 10, 2014
David G. Cortes, Time Away But Home Again

So across my desk slides the new 10 track CD from Houston, Texas based David G. Corrtes entitled Time Away But Home Again. During my initial research of Cortes there were a few lines from his bio that I really liked: “This is my first step in creating the music that I love so...
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Tony DeSimone, All The Roads I Walk

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March 4, 2014
Tony DeSimone, All The Roads I Walk

Singer/Songwriter Tony DeSimone is back with his third release titled ‘All The Roads I Walk’.  I had the pleasure of reviewing Tony’s debut album, ‘The Second Time Around’, back in 2011 where I knew then that this musician was well on his way (http://www.skopemag.com/2011/05/20/tony-desimone-the-second-time-around).  On the new EP, DeSimone will not disappoint as he...
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Daniel Grajew Trio, Manga

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March 3, 2014
Daniel Grajew Trio, Manga

About the Artist: This is Grajew’s latest release entitled Manga. Researching his bio he has an accomplished musical career thus far. With a distinctive talent for composing and improvising, pianist and composer Daniel Grajew combines styles like baião, samba, choro, and other Brazilian genres with jazz, tango and classical music. With a bachelor’s degree...
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Allen D, A Little Night Music

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March 3, 2014
Allen D, A Little Night Music

If you’re in the mood for something a little different, then you’ll definitely want to check out ‘A Little Night Music’.  Allen D is the artist and he is responsible for playing, mixing & recording all four tracks on his debut EP.  Blending together electronic dance music and classic compositions from the Great American...
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Sunshine Riot, A Fresh Bottle and A Brand New Day

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March 3, 2014
Sunshine Riot, A Fresh Bottle and A Brand New Day

Sunshine Riot is a breath of fresh for alot of us who just can’t wait for this harsh winter to be over. Maybe it’s a bit naive of me to put it like this, but the group’s mission is definitely clear. They’ve been described as Johnny Cash meets Curt Cobain and their relentless touring...
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Jacob Lathan, Midnight Train

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February 26, 2014
Jacob Lathan, Midnight Train

Who doesn’t like Singer-Songwriter music? I’d all hands go up in the air. I mean, while Singer-Songwriter, which by the way kind of emerged in the late 60’s and 70’s with the arrival of artists like Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Elton John, Jim Croce and Billy Joel they represented a close and personal artistic...
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JC Seals III, It’s Just Rap

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February 26, 2014
JC Seals III, It’s Just Rap

JC Seals III is not the average rapper. In fact he is not even a rapper. He is just a regular person that can rap. And you can tell by his lyrics. If you know JC and you hear his music you know he means every word. A man of few words so peep...
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Sons of the Radio, The Delicate Machinery

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February 25, 2014
Sons of the Radio, The Delicate Machinery

There’s a real sense of cathartic musical independence here via this latest work from Baltimore based musical four-some Sons of the Radio lead by front man Matt Gomez. While everything here on this latest CD is shall I say exceptionally entertaining it also manages to cover a pretty wide range of musical styles as...
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ABM – “Go Down (Rumba Samba)”

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February 25, 2014
ABM – “Go Down (Rumba Samba)”

ABM is a dancehall reggae artist. A native of Trinidad, he obtained an engineering degree from Grambling University, which he attended on a track scholarship. After college, he was seeking a more congenial climate and relocated to the West Coast, where he launched his musical vocation – first as a producer, and then as...
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Matthew Mirliani, February EP

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February 24, 2014
Matthew Mirliani, February EP

This is such a complex, amazing and dramatic EP what else can I say in the end? February EP by Virginia based Matthew Mirliani is both simplistic, amazing and dramatic. It’s also extremely suspenseful and somewhat melancholy and sad. It has a very quirky-dark quality to it as well. The intro track “Versailles Diamonds”...
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Les Fradkin, Ticket To A Remix Universe

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February 24, 2014
Les Fradkin, Ticket To A Remix Universe

The King of MIDI Guitars is back with a Beatles dance party explosion on ‘Ticket To A Remix Universe’!  You will hear Beatles classics like you have never heard them before!  And Les Fradkin is no stranger to The Beatles scene as he actually played the late, great George Harrison in the Broadway smash...
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Voice in the Attic, Tear

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February 24, 2014
Voice in the Attic, Tear

If you hear any strange ‘n’ weird Voices in the Attic in the middle of the night, don’t fret because it’s only the Bogeyman and his haunting sound.  Voice in the Attic is none other than multi-talented singer/songwriter, BC Bogey and he is giving one emotional performance on the new video “Tear”.  The song...
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