Current Playlist

Here’s what’s been assaulting my ears this weekend!

KISS – ‘Hell Or Hallelujah’ single (2012): I finally broke down and purchased a song from iTunes for the very first time because I just couldn’t wait for the new KISS album, Monster, to hear this new single. I paid my $1+ and downloaded the tune and it’s been non-stop because it’s a great song! This is the KISS I like: heavy, fast, blazing guitars and Paul sounding great. If this is any indication of how the rest of Monster will sound, then it’s going to be a great record.

Motley Crue – ‘Sex’ single (2012): Thanks to the Crue for letting the fans download the track for free on the day of release. Just like the new KISS single, I’m playing this nonstop to get a handle on how the new album will sound. Seeing that both bands are touring together this summer it’s no surprise that both bands threw a teaser track out there to promote while on tour. ‘Sex’ isn’t bad (is it ever?), it’s a good song more along the lines of the Saints Of Los Angeles album from 2008. It’s hard to believe that album is 4 years old! ‘Sex’ didn’t impress me at first but it’s growing on me kind of like Van Halen’s ‘New Tattoo’ did.

Van Halen – A Different Kind Of Truth (2012): There’s just no getting over it…..this is one of the best albums of 2012! Say what you want about it not being a full Van Halen reunion, the recycled demos from the early years or David Lee Roth’s merits as a singer, this sounds like the album that would have come after the landmark 1984! I can’t stop playing it and I won’t miss their next stop in the New England area when they continue the tour.

UFO – Seven Deadly (2012): This new UFO record has been cemented into the stereo from Day #1! This is another awesome album from the band and it proves that good bands never age. Right now, this is a Top 5 album for me this year.

Lita Ford – Living Like A Runaway (2012): I’m missing the Def Leppard/Poison/Lita Ford concert on August 18 because that’s the day of my 40th birthday party but Lita is doing a signing and performance the next day at the Newbury Comics record store in Norwood, MA. My daughter and I are definitely there so I’m listening up on the new album…..it’s pretty good, very introspective and reflects Lita’s current personal life. Without a doubt, this is a far better album than Wicked Wonderland…..that was a pitiful record!

Lita Ford – Lita (1988): This was Lita’s big platinum seller back in the ’80s and the bulk of those sales came off the high MTV rotation of lead single ‘Kiss Me Deadly’ and her duet with Ozzy Osbourne ‘Close My Eyes Forever’. I figured that I’d re-listen to the hit record prior to the meet & greet at Newbury Comics and I just realized that it’s really a mediocre album. Is it the better wisdom of 24 years gone by or does the album have a staying power? I’m still listening and trying to decide.

Black ‘n Blue – Nasty, Nasty (1986): I had my iPod on shuffle the other day and the title track came on, I forgot that this was a Gene Simmons produced record and that gene used the main riff from this song for ‘Domino’ from Revenge (1992). I went back and gave all the Black ‘n Blue a fresh listen but Nasty, Nasty has stayed in my rotation…..what a great band they were, they should have been bigger.

Big Time Rush – (various songs): Yes, I’m talking about the boy band from Nickelodeon. I have two daughters and these guys are the biggest deal right now so we went to the concert yesterday (Sunday) at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA. I already know most of the songs from my kids’ iPods & CDs and the TV show but I got in a few more songs so I knew the tunes for the concert. My wife & I are cool parents and we shelled out the bucks for our kids to have a great time. I kept it Metal in the parking lot as we tailgated…..

I’ve been catching up on my podcasts as well…..definitely check these out on iTunes or head to their websites…..

Iron City Rocks — http://www.ironcityrocks.com/
Focus On Metal — http://www.focusonmetal.net/
Radioactive Metal — http://www.facebook.com/radmetal
Decibel Geek Podcast — http://dbgeekshow.blogspot.com/
Metalcast — http://www.metalcastshow.com/
Talking Metal — http://www.talkingmetal.com/2011/

CD Scavenger Hunt (April update)

Still catching up on posting my purchases…..here’s what I bought in April…..

Newbury Comics

Accept – Stalingrad (2012) – $10
Municipal Waste – Fatal Feast (Waste In Space) (2012) – $10
Jeff Scott Soto – Damage Control (Deluxe CD/DVD) (2012) – $20
Fastway – Eat Dog Eat (2012) – $15
Roulette – Lifeline (2011) – $4 used
Primal Rock Rebellion – Awaken Broken (2012) – $10
Into Eternity – Incurable Tragedy (2008) – $4 used

I made a few trips around the Rhode Island area to various Newbury Comics locations because I wasn’t banging on the door of the closest store on consecutive Tuesdays for new releases! My first trip to the North Attleboro, MA store netted me the new Accept, Municipal Waste and Jeff Scott Soto albums all at sale prices. The Jeff Scott Soto album is the limited edition with bonus tracks and bonus DVD so it’s still a pricey $20 but, when it’s an artist I enjoy, I will always pay the extra money. The second trip on the second Tuesday of April was where the problems started this month! I went to my usual Attleboro location for two new releases, Fastway and Adrian Smith’s new side project Primal Rock Rebellion, but I got there about an hour late and the two copies of Primal Rock Rebellion were sold! Not to be shut out, I had the store call the Warwick location to hold a copy for me. After I bought the new Fastway on sale, and added a dirt cheap used copy of Roulette’s LIFELINE (2001), I went the 25 minutes to Warwick, RI for the Primal Rock Rebellion album and added a cheap used copy of Into Eternity’s INCURABLE TRAGEDY (2008) to make the drive worth it.

Ronnie James Dio – The Elf Albums (1994) – $12 used
Shark Island – Gathering Of The Faithful (2006) – $1 used (was $10)
Skeletonwitch – Forever Abomination (2011) – $10 used
Rush – Caress Of Steel (1975) – $1 used (was $9)
Skeletonwitch – Breathing The Fire (2009) – $8 used
Rush – Power Windows (1985) – $1 used (was $8)
Rush – s/t (1974) – $8 used
Elegy – Forbidden Fruit (2000) – $1 used (was $7)
Rush – Grace Under Pressure (1984) – $7 used
Ted Nugent & the Amboy Dukes – Loaded For Bear (The Best of) (1999) – $1 used (was $5)
From The Inside – Visions (2008) – $6 used
DeAllen – Twisted Inside (2000) – $1 used (was $6)
Arabia – 1001 Nights (2001) – $6 used
Black Robot – s/t (2009) – $1 used (was $4)
24K – Bulletproof (2001) – $4 used
Faith Circus – s/t (2006) – $1 used

The third trip of the month came just a few days later because there was a used CD sale, “Buy 1 get 1 for $1″, so I made sure I was outside the door of the Attleboro location early so I could grab some of those used albums I’ve been watching for a while. I use these sales to fill up some band collections quick and I had two bands in mind: Rush and Skeletonwitch. The problem on this sale was that the used CDs were a little thin compared to how many they usually have so there wasn’t a ton of Metal to chose from but I did get the Skeletonwitch records I was looking for and I was able to add four more Rush albums to fill those holes up but I also grabbed a couple of gems that I had been eye-balling with the Elf collection and the Shark Island reunion record. If you look at the prices, I listed the actual used prices for the $1 CDs and, after Rush – s/t & Rush – Grace Under Pressure, all the used CDs came from a special bargain bin the store’s had for years. What I like most about this type of sale is that the store takes the highest price CDs and pairs them all together for maximum savings instead of pairing the highest price with the lowest price, etc.

Dario Mollo & Tony Martin – The Third Cage (2012) – $18
The Sign – The Second Coming (2004) – $6 used

April was kind of a thin month for new releases so I started to search for for the new Mollo/Martin album because I never saw it in Attleboro or Warwick. I found it at the Providence Newbury Comics at the mall which is a dead zone for Metal and Hard Rock because it caters more to the Pop and Rap demographic of the area. I was a little surprised to actually find the CD at this location on a rare trip into the Providence Place Mall so I also bought The Sign’s second album at a nice used price while I was there.

Ebay (includes shipping)

King Kobra – s/t (2011) – $13
Black ‘N Blue – Hell Yeah! (2011) – $9

Just a little Ebay action this time around…..I found both the latest King Kobra and Black ‘N Blue albums for decent prices. I already had both as downloads from the label but I need the CDs for the collection. Both CDs were mint condition but the Black ‘N Blue CD was a pressing from Argentina. Nothing against pressings from other territories but I prefer the U.S., European or Japanese pressings because I’m worried about bootlegs. HELL YEAH! is from Argentina but the booklet shows that it was licensed from Frontiers Records for release so I felt a bit better about it. I wish the seller had noted the pressing in the auction but what can you do?

Amazon

Scorpions – Lovedrive (1979) – $7

My wife was buying a book so we needed something to else to get the free shipping on Amazon so I threw in a copy of LOVEDRIVE with the original cover. I already have LOVE DRIVE with the “scorpion” cover so it’s not like I was missing anything., it was a quick impulse buy.

Sentinel Steel

Sergeant – s/t (1984) – $15

Last but not least, I ordered this Sergeant reissue from Sentinel Steel mailorder because I noticed the price start to rise on Ebay. This limited edition reissue was released through Stormspell Records a few years ago but it’s sold out. The CD arrived and I found the booklet inside was damaged…..not good at all. I’m not going to return the CD because it’s too much hassle but I will keep my eys open for a copy on Ebay and sell the damaged one cheap at some point.

Total = $210

Total (year) = $868

Average Price (per item) = $8.35

Total CDs (year) = 99

Total DVDs (year) = 4

Total Blu-Rays (year) = 1

Press Release: Black ‘N Blue new album, Hell Yeah!, to be released on Frontiers Records on 5/17/11 in North America. Album artwork, tracklisting revealed.

From Frontiers Records:

It’s BLACK ‘N BLUE time! Hell Yeah ! finally scheduled for release on Frontiers Records!

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of the new album from Portland-based Rockers BLACK ‘N BLUE on May 13th in Europe and May 17th in North America.

Hell Yeah! is a proud comeback statement for a band that wrote the pages of hard rock history in the 80s. Black ‘N Blue released four successful and critically-acclaimed albums through Geffen Records: their self-titled debut (1984), Without Love (1985), Nasty Nasty (1986), and In Heat (1987), with the latter two albums produced by the legendary GENE SIMMONS of KISS. Catalogue sales in the US were in excess of one million units and the band’s original guitar player Tommy Thayer went on to replace ACE FREHLEY in the current KISS lineup.

Black ‘N Blue reunited for the first time in 2003 under the initiative of singer Jaime St. James, when he began writing tracks for a new album along with original member, Jef “Woop” Warner. The process came to a halt when St. James joined WARRANT as their new lead vocalist in February of 2004. In recent years, Jaime has been releasing records and touring the world with Warrant.

In late 2008, plans to get back into the studio and finish the Hell Yeah! album were underway, as well as festival appearances and other touring.

The band’s line-up is all original except Shawn Sonnenschein“, tells Jaime St. James, “but he has been in the band now for about 8 years. Still the new guy…. Jeez!“.

Black ‘N Blue recently joined the ever-expanding roster of Frontiers Records.

Hell Yeah! goes back to the roots of the “classic” Black ‘N Blue sound, mixing tight and hard rocking songs with a sleazy attitude.

This new album is a real thrill for us and all of the BNB fans” says St. James. “Our last studio recording was in 1988 so it’s a big deal. This is a classic BNB-sounding CD and could be described as a cross between all our previous records. It is heavy for the most part, but I like to think it reminds me of our first album. That’s why we brought back the original logo. We just modernized it“.

Black ‘N Blue will make a special live appearance at the M3 Rock Festival at the Merryweather Post Pavilion in Columbus MD on May 14th. More shows and festivals to be announced.

The new album “Hell Yeah!” will include the following tracks: Monkey; Target; Hail Hail; Fool’s Bleed; C’mon; Jaime’s Got The Beer; Angry Drunk Son Of A Bitch; So Long; Trippin’; Falling Down; Candy; Hell Yeah!; World Goes Round.

Weblinks
www.frontiers.it
www.myspace.com/frontiersrecords   
www.myspace.com/blacknblueofficial

BLACK ‘N BLUE
Jaime St. James – vocals
Jef “Woop” Warner – guitar
Patrick Young – bass
Pete Holmes – drums
Shawn Sonnenschein – guitars

Produced by Jef “Woop” Warner

Start of vacation Mixtape

So I got to listen to a few CDs today but I got lazy and didn’t really want to change discs in the stereo so I plugged in the iPod and hit Shuffle. Here’s the first 20 songs…..

  1. Twisted Sister – ‘Leader Of The Pack’ (1985)
  2. Black ‘N Blue – ‘Action’ (1984)
  3. Saxon – ‘Denim And Leather’ (1981)
  4. D.C. Cooper – ‘Chained’ (1999)
  5. Mogg-Way – ‘Fortune Town’ (1997)
  6. Anvil – ‘Bondage’ (1981)
  7. UFO – ‘A Self-Made Man’ (1995)
  8. Dio – ‘Otherworld’ (2000)
  9. FarCry – ‘Heaven’ (2009)
  10. KISS – ‘Get All You Can Take’ (1984)
  11. Tygers Of Pan Tang – ‘Euthanasia’ (1980)
  12. Balance Of Power – ‘Miracles And Dreams’ (1999)
  13. Lillian Axe – ‘The 2nd Of May’ (2007)
  14. AC/DC – ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ (1977)
  15. Phil Vincent – ‘How Long’ (2008)
  16. Iron Maiden – The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner’ (1986)
  17. KISS – ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ (1987)
  18. Bullet – ‘No Mercy’ (1983)
  19. Black Sabbath – ‘No Stranger To Love’ (1986)
  20. Loudness – ‘Gravity’ (2008)

Bonus Track: Whitesnake – ‘Love Ain’t No Stranger’ (1984)

Early Monday Morning Metal – 7/28/08

Nothing is worse than being tired and having so much to do. That is exactly how last week went for me! My work schedule changed again because my assistant is out with an eye injury so I have had the overnight shift for the last two weeks. Of course the overnight shift is where I originally started so going back to my “old job” is a pretty good deal, very relaxing and not too much responsibility. Unfortunately, it’s taken my body the full two weeks to get back into my old sleeping pattern so I have been extra tired. Add the oppressive heat and torrential downpours that we’ve had here in Rhode Island and it’s making my two daughters stir crazy! I’ve been doing anything I can to keep them amused and sneaking in naps while they are playing video games or doing arts & crafts.

Sunday was my day off and I swore that I was going to catch up on the site, my music, and some overdue chores around the house…..I slept instead! I got home at 10am from work and slept most of the afternoon. when I got up, I lasted until after dinner. I think I fell back asleep around 7pm and woke up around 4am…..WIDE AWAKE! So what do you do when you’re up at 4am and everyone else is out cold? You start playing DJ and spin some early Monday Morning Metal!

Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry (1984): This is one of those albums that my oldest daughter really enjoys and I have Spongebob Squarepants to thank! In the Spongebob Squarepants Movie, there is a scene at the end where Spongebob performs the ‘Goofy Goober Rock’. The song is ‘I Wanna Rock’ with different lyrics and a David Lee Roth ‘California Girls’ sample. The good news is that she has borrowed the album and she knows it by heart! She also knows LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS (1987) word for word also and has both albums in her MP3 player. I decided I wanted to hear STAY HUNGRY without the vocal stylings of a 10 yr. old but it is cool to sing along with her.

‘Goofy Goober Rock’

‘I Wanna Rock’

Trixter – Trixter (1990): I know what everyone is thinking, “Trixter?”. Back in my senior year of high school, especially that summer after we graduated, Trixter was a huge deal on RI radio stations. I saw this when I was reaching for STAY HUNGRY so I pulled this out for a quick spin just to hear the two singles. I remember the hype was that all the guys in the band were teenagers, a prime gimmick that all the girls ate up, but they were all in their early 20s! This one doesn’t stand the test of time but it did remind me of hanging out in the parking lots with 50-100 other people on the weekends!

‘Give It To Me Good’

‘One In A Million’

When you sit in front of around 3000 CDs wondering which ones you haven’t heard in a long time, it gets a little crazy. I started making piles of discs to spin and I soon had close to 30 CDs ready to go! Unfortunately, I only had a window of 4 hours before everyone else woke up and my wife got ready for work. The next two choices had to be good…..

Dangerous Toys – Dangerous Toys (1989): Another “parking lot” band that everyone really liked back in the day. I remember driving around in my buddies Nova and playing this cassette over and over again. Best song here for me was ‘Queen Of The Nile’ but the whole record is strong. Dangerous Toys was one of those bands that we all thought would make it really big because they had a similar sound to Guns ‘N Roses. Definitely one of those ’80s bands that gets no credit, ‘Scared’ & ‘Teas’n, Please’n’ were a” over MTV and radio back in the day.

‘Scared’

‘Tease’n, Please’n’

Y&T – In Rock We Trust (1984): I haven’t listened to enough Y&T over the last few years and that’s too bad because they were (and still are) a great band. I was the only one I knew that like Y&T BEFORE ‘Summertime Girls’ hit MTV back in ’85. I remember picking up this cassette after I saw the video for ‘Don’t Stop Runnin’ and that was it. One of my friends use to bust my chops about that song saying it was the best Paul Stanley song that didn’t make ANIMALIZE. I hear some similarities but Y&T weren’t KISS Klones at all. I have the recent reissue that has ‘Go For The Throat’ added from the Hear ‘N Aid benefit album and OPEN FIRE (1985).

‘Don’t Stop Runnin’

Black ‘N Blue – Black ‘N Blue (1984): Great debut! I remember the hype on Black ‘N Blue in all the magazines back in ’83/’84 and I got this cassette without ever hearing a note. Side 1 was always my favorite: ‘The Strong Will Rock’, ‘School Of Hard Knocks’, ‘Autoblast’, ‘Hold On To 18′, and ‘Wicked Bitch’. ‘Hold On To 18′ had decent MTV rotation, I was glued to that station 24/7! All BNB albums are hard to find on CD but the reissue box set on Majestic came out a few years ago so I picked it up. I play this record once a month and it’s probably one of my favorite from ’84. Too band Gene $immons diluted their sound on future records. BTW, watch the video…..doesn’t Jaime St. James look like a cross between Dee Snider & Paul Stanley? And who is that guitarist that looks like Ace Frehley? LOL!

‘Hold On To 18′