Sat, 30 August 2008
This episode Adam Marsland joins me in the studio to talk about his current tour, new record, and performs a few acoustic songs for your listening pleasure.
Recently described in SPIN magazine as "a high-energy cross between Brian Wilson, Paul Stanley, and Elton John,” Adam Marsland's pop adventurism, brash vulnerability and stubborn idealism have not earned him the record sales of his L.A. contemporaries Weezer (with whom he once shared rehearsal space) or the cult following of Wondermints or The Negro Problem (both of whom he has performed with), but he has had one of the more prolific and intriguing music careers of the last 10 years.
A talented singer, arranger, performer, multi-instrumentalist and "one of the most gifted songwriters to come out of the west coast in a long time" (Time Out-NY), Marsland has pulled off rock, punk, baroque pop, soul and alt-country through the course of seven albums and 22 tours. When his label collapsed on the week of the release of his band's third CD, he went totally underground, touring alone for 2 1/2 years straight and selling thousands of albums out of the back of a 1994 Toyota Tercel. More recently, thanks to the advent of myspace, a jaw-dropping band that includes a bonafide pop legend, and a tour-de-force live album of similarly overlooked but worthy Beach Boys songs, Marsland's smartass-punk-meets-music-geek songs and persona have attracted a new audience.
Most recently, he played guitar and keyboards side by side in studio and onstage with Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers Hal Blaine and Don Randi and legendary guitarist Jerry Cole in recording sessions recreating '60s hits they originally played on for the soundtrack of the upcoming Shawn Bryant-produced documentary Makaha. His music began to be used more frequently in TV and film, including for the Fall 2007 season MTV Road Rules, Lisa Williams: Life Among The Dead, Scott Baio Is 46 And Pregnant as well as the Sci-Fi channel original film The Headless Horseman. An instrumental version of his song "Burning Me Out" was used as the end theme for I Know My Kid's A Star on VH-1.
In 2008 Adam completed his return to full-time music-making with a 20 track album called "Daylight Kissing Night - Adam Marsland's Greatest Hits," released on March 18, 2008. With a artist-breaking $5.99 list price and several new recordings included, the album was his first marketed exclusively to the retail chain since his Big Deal days, and was the subject of an intense word-of-mouth campaign among Adam's fan base. The CD immediately sold out across the U.S. and reached 17 on Amazon's rock chart, followed by a traditional media campaign and a 40-date national tour in the summer. Writing and rehearsals are also underway for a new studio album, his first in four years.The opening song was:
"Tales of My Pop Rock Love Life" - by Your 33 Black Angels
As promised - THE FLYNN REPORT
I'm bored, let's just do a bunch of simple sites. Cuss words included.
1) For those that like the shrooms. click
2) Is the internet f-ing awesome? click
3) In case you're mad at someone. click
4) Is it Christmas? click
5) I've sent this one before but probably my favorite. click
Wed, 27 August 2008
Tony Lange - coordinator of the Mid American Music Festival joins me in the studio to talk about this groundbreaking Omaha event and how he has designed it to showcase bands throughout the region. We talk a bit about how it was put together, the nomination process, as well as address some obstacles that had to be overcome to pull off this type of event. We also showcase a couple bands that will be performing out of the 150+ registered over the 4-day event.
Mid American Music Festival Web Site
"The Score" - The Hereafter / John Elliot
"Thel The Water and the Worm" - Cowboy Motif
"Say All You Want" - James Brown Car Alarm
"Come Back Down" - Rally For One
"Why Don't You Go Take A Hike" - Thunder Power
Sat, 16 August 2008
This episode I interview Vivian Campbell - Guitarist for Def Leppard. This iconic rock band is currently on tour supporting a new album of all original material called "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge".
Songs on this episode are a bit nostalgic for me. The opening song is from one of my favorite local bands of all time - Oil. I see members of this group around town sometimes and I always remember having such a great time listening to their stuff back in the day. I also play a couple of old Five Story Fall songs. Funny thing is, I don't even have a copy of my own record and the songs are pulled from mix demos I found in a box of random CDs.
"Sundrop" - Oil
"Smash" - Five Story Fall
"Marking Time" - Five Story Fall
"The Mighty KC" - For Squirrels
Def Leppard website