Friday, April 19, 2024

Author: David Warren

Celebrated New Orleans-based singer songwriter Lynn Drury is releasing her 10th album of original songs, High Tidevia NolaAmerica on CD, digital download and streaming.

High Tide showcases Drury’s songwriting talents and is further proof that she is in prime form and far from ready to be put out to pasture. Captivating, edgy and sweet, her distinct voice and melodies get in your head and under your skin – sultry, hot and funky, they stick to you and with you like a long night out on the town. There’s a little bit of something for everyone in her catchy tunes.

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The Children… – veterans of such notable ensembles as Swans and Cop Shoot Cop among others – are releasing their second album A Sudden Craving on Erototox Decodings on 12” LP vinyl and digital download.

The resulting music is raw, prickly balm for the soul. An atmospheric montage of aggrieved ballads, plaintive anthems and jagged rockers that couldn’t possibly exist discretely, the essential pieces of an enveloping tapestry that bleeds into itself, cursed and then transfigured.

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Singer, songwriter, and performer Stephen Bluhm who is releasing his sublime second album Out of the Nowhere. Into the Here.

Recorded, mixed, and produced by Bluhm and featuring a host of gifted guest musicians, the orchestral opus is an elaborate aural feast of strings, horns, flutes, piano, reed instruments, and other timelessly evocative musical sounds — ambitious, but intimate and confiding as well. Out of the Nowhere. Into the Here is being released on 12” LP vinyl, CD, digital download, streaming platforms and 2xCD set including both vocal and instrumental versions.

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Revisiting KISS masterpiece “Destroyer”

Released on this day in 1976, “Destroyer” it’s much more than just another KISS album. It’s perhaps their defining record that includes some of their best songs produced by Bob Ezrin. We look back at this absolute Rock classic

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The Doors’ Solid Rock of “Morrison Hotel”

On February 9, 1970, The Doors redefine and reinvent themselves with a solid Rock album that was a drastic departure from their previous (and failed) attempt at making orchestral music. We look back at this timeless Rock classic that even inspired the name of a famous restaurant chain

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David Bowie’s Station To Station: The creative side effects of the cocaine

After the much successful incursion into soul music with the album “Young Americans”, Bowie explored new and experimental sounds with “Station To Station” released on January 23, 1976 with his Thin White Duke alter-ego at full steam. Though recorded in Los Angeles, the influential album can be regarded as the preparation for the then upcoming “Berlin Trilogy”

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Revisiting Blue Cheer “Vincebus Eruptum” 

It’s a common a place for music fans to consider 1970 “Black Sabbath” the first Metal album but San Francisco band Blue Cheer were the first ones to change the game when they released their influential album “Vincebus Eruptum” on this day in 1968

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The flawless and timeless debut album of The Doors

“The Doors” was released on January 4th, 1967 and remains a timeless and fresh Rock album, featuring classics such as “Break On Through (To the Other Side)” , “Light My Fire” or “The End”, this was one of the breakthrough albums of 1967 and one that embodies The Doors signature sound the most. We revisit one of the most flawless debut Rock albums of all time

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The Last Christmas Of George Michael

One of the biggest music stars and icons of the last four decades, George Michael left us on Christmas day seven years ago. We look back at his life and career and remember his strong legacy as an artist and human being.

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A Punk Rock Dismissal: “London Calling”

Like most musical trends and waves, Punk Rock was short lived comparatively to other musical styles, and short lived in the sense that by 1979 all the original Punk bands decided to put an end to it, being by disbanding, mellowing down or to fusion into other styles such as Ska

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An interview with author Jerry Prochnicky

Jerry Prochnicky is renowned for his contributions to the literature surrounding iconic rock figures. In 1991, he co-authored “Break on Through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison,” a highly regarded biography that earned acclaim for its objectivity and thoroughness, as noted by The New York Times. In this interview with Pop Expresso, Jerry Prochnicky shares insights into his life as a Doors historian and discusses the inspiration behind his latest book “Let Them Photograph Your Soul. A Visual Biography of Jim Morrison,” a book that stands out in the plethora of publications about the band, by offering a unique perspective through a compilation of rare and previously unseen photographs.

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Let Them Photograph Your Soul: A journey through the life of Jim Morrison through rare photographs

“Let Them Photograph Your Soul” by Jerry Prochnicky, is a must-have for fans of Jim Morrison and The Doors, and anyone with an appreciation for rock history. It beautifully encapsulates the charisma, mystery, and musical prowess of The Doors, making it a visual feast that will transport readers back to the psychedelic era of the 1960s through many rare photographs, artwork and images.

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Vince Treanor: The Man Behind The Doors

Vince Treanor, the Road Manager of the legendary band The Doors, played an important role throughout the band’s career from 1967 to 1972. He stood directly behind the band on stage, built custom equipment, and was in charge of how audiences heard The Doors live. In this exclusive interview, Vince lifts a fraction of the veil on his upcoming memoir “Behind the Doors,” one of the year’s most revealing books in which he writes down what no other man could within The Doors.

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In 1985 Wham! “Make It Big” twice

In 1985 Wham! were one of the biggest pop bands (or duo) in the world and after a discreet debut with their first album “Fantastic” released in 1982, they went on to release their best selling and worldwide success “Make It Big” that included some of the 1980’s most memorable Pop music

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The Poetry in “Nevermind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols”

Yes there was poetry on the Sex Pistols lyrics, “Nevermind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols” it’s not merely the biggest Punk album of all time that still serves as a mold for Punk bands and artists, it’s an album that gives you an imagery of what the organic and original Punk movement was through music and lyrics

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The Life and Career Of Nico

From Berlin to Chelsea Hotel, model, actress, singer, Warhol Superstar, Rock Star lover were just some of the roles Nico lived during her short but intense life. She is best remembered as one of The Velvet Underground’s vocalists on their debut album “The Velvet Underground & Nico” but Nico’s stunning songs and solo career left an undeniable influence on modern music. We look back at her life on her 85birthday

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Revisiting John Lennon’s “Imagine”

Released in September 1971 in the U.S and on October 8th, 1971 worldwide, “Imagine” it’s definitely John Lennon’s most popular solo album, it includes some of his most enduring and famous songs such as “Imagine” and “Jealous Guy”, we revisit this enduring Rock classic

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The Strange Days Of The Doors

The Doors are to this day one of the most influential rock bands that ever existed, no doubt about it, even if you don’t like their music, but their influence spreads beyond rock music and beyond music even. In this article we’ll explore The Doors second album “Strange Days released on September 25th, 1967

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Revisiting “In Utero”, Nirvana’s Last Testament

Released officially worldwide on September 21st, 1993, “In Utero” it’s the most corrosive of all Nirvana albums and light years away from it’s predecessor the successful 1991 “Nevermind” that brought fame to the Seattle band and put them on the lead of the Grunge movement in the early 90’s

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Bon Jovi’s Finest Hour “Slippery When Wet”

To be put in perspective, Rock music in the 1980’s suffered a commercial mutation of the industry had got used to during the 60’s and 70’s, the 80’s were a decade where the flashier the better was the trend to follow, and music in general followed that rule.

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New Song by George McCrae in duet with Lynda Law

Renowned R&B/Soul and Disco sensation George McCrae is about to be heard again on radio and seen on TV with a new song, a duet called “Step Into My Heart”, sung with and also written by Lynda Law. 2024 will mark the 50th anniversary of his smash hit “Rock Your Baby” and George is still going strong with this new song release on July 7, 2023

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Interview: Former Yell! singer Daniel James talks about his perspective on the sucess of his latest song “Set Your Spirit Free 2o23”

Daniel James, who had the Top 10 hit “Instant Replay” in the UK charts in 1990 as part of the duo Yell, recently released a new song, “Set Your Spirit Free 2o23” which reached number 3 on Mike Reads Heritage Chart last July. Daniel James is a one man show and he talked to David Warren of Pop Expresso about his career and future plans in music, radio and TV, sharing unique and personal insights.

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Revisiting the heavier than heaven debut Nirvana album “Bleach”

Proudly recorded by $606.17, “Bleach” it’s perhaps the only legitimate Grunge album Nirvana did. Released on June 15, 1989 on Sub Pop, the record features a selection of Grunge songs that approaches the style used by some of their Seattle peers, such as The Melvins, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden or TAD, a slow, sludgy and heavy Grunge Rock with influences of Punk and 70’s Heavy Metal blend in together. We look back at this now historical Rock album

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An interview with author Gareth Jones

The book “French Pop” by Gareth Jones, is a thorough investigation and documentation of the history of French Pop music, which is also the story of the modern music industry. In this interview, Gareth Jones discusses the writing and research process as well as the origin of his passion for French music. This interview is also proof that the author is a man who can best described as a scholar in the history of all modern music, not just French one.

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Behind The Doors. The Story Of A Legendary Band’s Road Manager

Behind The Doors. The Story Of A Legendary Band’s Road Manager it’s The Doors Road Manager Vince Treanor’s long-awaited book. In this book, Vince debunks the band’s common myths from his unique perspective as a man who spent 5 years on stage with The Doors and was responsible for how the band sounded live.

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“The Who Onstage 1969-1971” by Stewart Hellman: an exclusive trip back to The Who’s most ferocious live period

Through hundreds of photos, Stewart takes you back with him on a personal journey, one where he traveled to attend and photograph The Who shows in the first person, between 1969 and 1971. The books is a valuable personal archive containing hundreds of photographs of some of the legendary band’s iconic American performances, as well as the author and photographer’s personal notes

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Announcing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II will kick off a new era for the franchise when it releases worldwide on Friday, October 28. Players will experience what made Task Force 141 become the iconic and legendary squad that it is, featuring familiar heroes and new allies who will be challenged to work together in missions across Europe, Asia and the Americas.

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“Stronger Than Dirt. Ridin’ Jim Morrison’s HWY Until The End” by Fred Baggen, a new, fresh and updated recollection and guide to Jim Morrison and The Doors fans

“Stronger Than Dirt. Ridin’ Jim Morrison’s HWY Until The End” by Fred Baggen offers personal insights all put together through a dedicated fan perspective as well as from people that were close to The Lizard King, including detailed valuable guides to their music, both official and bootleg releases, as well as to the Paris of Jim Morrison.

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An interview with former Yell! singer Daniel James

After a hiatus of several years, Daniel James has returned to music with the new self-penned single “Set Your Spirit Free”, a positive message inspired by coming out of the lockdown. In this exclusive interview, James recalls some of his memories as a Pop music star in the 1980’s, working with Mike Stock and Matt Aitken, of the iconic team Stock, Aitken and Waterman, being signed to Fanfare records through Simon Cowell, meeting and working with legendary music publisher Dick Leary and even some curiosity stories about how George Michael’s late sister Melanie once dyed his hair blond. He also candidly talks about music and acting and his views on today’s music industry.

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The Simple Radicals & Che-val Release Intoxicating Version of Jefferson Airplane’s Iconic Song “White Rabbit”

Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” is arguably one of the most iconic and recognizable songs in rock history, even landing on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Now, amidst the backdrop of a global pandemic, a renewed interest in psychedelic culture and social activism, The Simple Radicals and Che-val have teamed up to release their version of the timeless classic.

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(Re)discovering the timeless sounds and voice of Keith Relf

“All The Falling Angels” is a collection of songs by Keith Relf which include not only his solo singles but also several unreleased songs and demos which were recorded between 1965 and 1976. On this album you will find the true essence of of Relf’s solo career, where he experimented with folk, classical, electronic and psychedelic music, leaving behind the R&B that defined the Yardbirds early year

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More Than Britpop: “Suede”

In the early 1990’s, British bands such as Blur, Elastica, Oasis or Pulp rose to a Rock music scene then dominated by American Grunge Rock. All those bands were able to distance themselves from the Grunge trend eventually developing what would be called Britpop. Suede were one of the bands, with a rougher edge to it, sharper guitars and vocals, they released their debut self titled album “Suede” in 1993

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Queen albums 1973-1991 rated

From 1973 to 1991 Queen produced a rich body of work in studio. They literally covered every music style, from Heavy Metal to Opera, from Pop to Dance. Some albums did better than others in the charts but all have left their mark in Rock music history. We rate their 14 studio albums that were completed with Freddie Mercury on this list

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