Monthly Archives: February 2011

Henry Rollins

Here’s a tidbit of information that I knew nothing about …

Henry Rollins (photo by Marc Goldstein)

Henry Rollins, who has been leaving his imprint as a musician (Black Flag, Rollins Band), spoken word artist (2.13.61), writer, publisher, actor (The Henry Rollins Show, MTV‘s 120 Minutes, Jackass, Sons of Anarchy), radio DJ, and activist, has a radio show up and running on KCRW of Santa Monica, California.

The show airs LIVE every Saturday, 6 PM to 8 PM (Pacific).

You can listen to prior shows by clicking HERE.  Unfortunately, tapes/transcripts are not available, but thankfully recorded shows are there for your listening pleasure.

And speaking of the great Rollins, be sure to check out FX‘s show, “Sons of Anarchy“, where Rollins has a reoccurring role as a white supremacist.  Truly a great series with an amazing cast and storyline.  You’ll be hooked right from the start.

For more information on Henry Rollins, click HERE for his official site.

Many thanks to Sonic Boom Records & for making me aware of Henry Rollins “new” broadcast status by posting it to Facebook… 🙂

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Posted by on February 24, 2011 in Music


Shedding light on Shinedown

It’s high-time I wrote about a favorite band of mine which hails from Jacksonville, Florida.  Certainly well-known in the States, but rather obscure here on the European continent, Shinedown has held my fascination for a number of years now.  I suppose many of you have heard them, you just don’t know it is them …


A true alternative rock band with powerful vocals, I’ve found myself pushing replay more than once as I listen to “45” over and over again. (Sidenote:  I’m thrilled YouTube has the video up and running again… :D)

“… Everyone’s pointing their fingers …

… always condemning me …

… nobody knows what I believe …”

Formed in 2001 by Brent Smith (Vocals), Barry Kerch (Drums), Brad Steward (Bass), and Jasin Todd (Guitar), the band has gone through a few line-up changes over the years.  Jasin Todd eventually left the band in 2008 and joined the rock band Fuel as their guitarist.  This brings Shinedown’s current line-up, which consists of two of the original founding members, Smith and Kerch, as well as Zach Myers (Guitars and Backing Vocals), and Eric Bass (Bass, Piano, and Backing Vocals).

Signed to Atlantic Records, three albums have come to fruition thus far, “Leave a Whisper” (2003), “Us and Them” (2005), and “The Sound of Madness” (2008).  They’ve also released thirteen singles and have sold over 8 million albums worldwide.   After the release of their first album, Shinedown released their DVD “Live from the Inside“, which contained not only their final concert from the “Leave a Whisper” tour, but also contained a documentary.

By far, “Leave a Whisper” is my favorite album of the band, with “45” leading the way for what was to become a favorite cover for other bands.  Their own acoustic cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s “Simple Man” has simply blown me away.

Their second album “Us and Them” eventually ended up with three different release versions… The original 13-track CD, a Limited-Edition with three bonus acoustic tracks, and finally the 25-track Deluxe Edition sold through iTunes featuring additional live and acoustic versions of varying tracks.  This album brought them on tour with bands like Seether (another favorite of mine), Halestorm, Flyleaf, Trapt, Alter Bridge, Godsmack, and Rob Zombie (…and who doesn’t love the creative genius of Rob Zombie…).

A DVD was also made for this album’s tour, however, Atlantic tossed the product out the window (not really sure why, but then again, who am I to question the infinite wisdom of a label … :s).  The band announced their hope to someday release the DVD as a bootleg, but last I heard, even that concept was up in the air.

Shinedown’s third album, “The Sound of Madness”, was released exclusively through iTunes as a Video/DVD album and also saw a Deluxe Edition version, this time with three additional digital tracks.  A grand effort was made to surpass the reception they received for their first two albums which had seven consecutive top five record and alternative radio hits.

Their political track, “Devour” met those expectations and made it to #1 on the rock charts and became the theme song for the WWE Pay-Per-View “Night of Champions 2008”, and was also included on the soundtrack for 2009 hit horror film, “The Final Destination”.   Inspired by Shinedown’s visits to troops in Iraq and how he felt about the end of George W. Bush‘s presidency, vocalist Brent Smith said, “I won’t lie; I got really angry.  This is my statement to him; ‘This is the end of your presidency, and this is what you have to show for it’ — Not that everything he did was bad or wrong. I don’t want to get too political, because I’m not a political person. But after coming back from Iraq, I just had to write that song and get it out of my system.”

WWE’s “Wrestlemania 25″ brought yet another track, “Sound of Madness” to the frontlines with the Shawn Michaels / The Undertaker match.  In 2009, they joined the stage with Papa Roach to record U2‘s hit, “Beautiful Day” for Papa Roach’s upcoming album.  “The Sound of Madness” found itself on the Billboard Top 200 chart for 120 consecutive weeks.  Quite a feat considering the way the music industry stands today.

The Deluxe Edition’s track “Her Name is Alice” was made for Tim Burton‘s 2010 movie “Alice in Wonderland” (yep, the one with Johnny Depp), and was released on the movie’s soundtrack named “Almost Alice“.   The year 2010 also brought their track “Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)” to Sylvester Stallone‘s movie “The Expendables“.


A few months ago they released a Deluxe CD/DVD edition of “The Sound of Madness” with nine more bonus tracks.  They’ve included a new version of “Breaking Inside” with guest vocals by Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), a band interview, live clips, and all the music videos made for “The Sound of Madness“.

You can read more about Shinedown on their Official Site HERE.

Happy new week and I hope the end of your February brings you warm hints of Spring …

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Posted by on February 21, 2011 in Music



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Directed by David N. Jahn, Let bizarre landscapes take you to the world of biomechanoids and aliens, erotomechanical constructions and devilish monsters where you lose your track of time and space.

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The H. R. Giger DVD includes:
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* H. R. Giger’s work finally 3D animated!
* Erotomechanics fellatio, Biomechanical landscapes etc. all in motion.
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Posted by on February 20, 2011 in Documentaries, Publications


Cindytalk live

Tonight, 17/2/11, the Scottish experimental group Cindytalk are playing live at six d.o.g.s .

(Αvramiotou  6-8, Monastiraki, Athens)

Opening act: A Thousand Beautiful Women and ticket price 15 euros.

For more Cindytalk click here.

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Posted by on February 17, 2011 in New Wave / Dark Wave


Meet the Rockbitch

I had no idea about this band until a friend told me.

There are various Rockbitch videos on YouTube that you can check and to be honest, they are very interesting and worth checking.

 So I turned to Wikipedia for more information: “Rockbitch was an expat, British, mostly female, Celtic punk/metal/goth band, best known for performing nude and incorporating sexual acts and Pagan rituals into their performances.”

So, the music aspect is not the only interesting thing about this band.

Actually a 30 minutes documentary was made for BBC Choice in 2002, when the band ceased performing and a further, hour-long documentary was broadcasted on Channel 5 in the UK in 2003.

Check the trailer to get an idea.

According to Wikipedia “In 2005, the entire latter-day Rockbitch lineup emerged under the name MT-TV. This was a music-only project—no sex or nudity of the Rockbitch days—but it incorporated stage theatrics. After a UK tour in summer 2005, they performed throughout the United States”.

You can always check the Rockbitch website here.

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Posted by on February 17, 2011 in Documentaries, Music


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Posted by on February 16, 2011 in Uncategorized


Braindance – A great band from New York

It’s been years since I received the promo album of this great American band.  I think they deserve to be known to the rest of their world because of their unique sound. 

For those of you that would like to know more, I copied the information I found on their website. 

First start with this video:

1992. A songwriting alliance between producer/guitarist Vora Vor and vocalist/lyricist Sebastian Elliott leads to the formation of Braindance, a New York City project manufacturing a new genre of music – Progressive Darkwave. Combining the elements of goth, industrial, electronic, synthpop and darkwave with progressive metal, progressive trance, vocal house, and modern classical music, Braindance quickly becomes one of the most distinctive voices in the underground.

1994. Braindance releases the mini-EP Shadows, featuring bassist Eiki Matsumoto and percussionist Rob Notorious, and subsequently begins performing in venues in and around the New York City area.

1996. Joined by keyboardist/backing vocalist Robynne Naylor, the band releases their first full-length album, Fear Itself. Considered by many to be ‘a new rung on the evolutionary ladder of modern music,’ Fear Itself features eye-catching comic illustrations that would become a Braindance trademark.

1998. Following three years of performances throughout the Northeast, parting ways with drummer Notorious, and replacing bassist Eiki Matsumoto with Chicago native Andy Bunk, the band begins the process of creating their long-awaited follow up to Fear Itself, Redemption.

2001. Bringing the vision of Braindance to a staggering new level, representatives from the progressive, industrial, darkwave, gothic, and metal communities hail Redemption as ‘a marvel of musical innovation, songwriting intellect, and unprecedented vision.’ Through the overwhelming support of independent press, radio, and fans worldwide, the release becomes an underground success story.

2003. Braindance enlists new musicians for live shows over the next three years. Julliard graduate Beka fills the keyboardist/backing vocalist position, drummer Jonah David of the Matisyahu band contributes his versatility, and bassist David Z from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra completes the lineup.

2006. Production begins for Master of Disguise, the new Braindance album destined to take the world by storm…

…The future is upon us – and it’s oh, so tasty…”

 Visit their website for more.



I watched it…


I didn’t like it…

…at all…


Posted by on February 15, 2011 in Uncategorized


Rubies from the Underground

Stress and pressing issues.  Distractions and discontent.  The world keeps spinning and I decided it’s time to step off the merry-go-round for a few moments to myself.

Thumbing through a massive collection of CDs piling up on the corner of my desk I find exactly what I need.  Long overdue and highly anticipated, I decide this is exactly where I want to find myself in this moment of “for me” time.

I finally made it to listen to Robin O’Brien’s album “The Apple in Man” which was released in 2009 through Luxotone Records.

When I say “I finally made it” I mean I made it before the release of her forthcoming album titled “The Empty Bowl”…

“The Apple in Man” is O’Brien’s third release, after the EP “Fore” in 2006 and the full length album “Eye and Storm” in 2008.

These three releases hold remixed material of O’Brien’s tracks covering an era from the 80’s till now, as she has been an active member in the underground cassette movement.

“The Apple in Man” holds 12 very well-penned tracks that immediately get the listener’s attention.

To quote something from Luxotone’s page: “What you hear in her songs and performances, reviewers keep pointing out, is an artist that could easily, if only because of her gorgeous voice and larger-than-life personality, have been sucked into the commercial music machine and spit out shiny, generic, and boring.”

I won’t write here a review about each track of the album as I don’t believe in reviews.

Instead I will mention the titles of my three favourite songs of this CD: The opening track “Day/Apple”, “October” and “Mama”.

Unfortunately there is only one track on YouTube to help you get a taste of this “The Apple in Man”, so I will let you enjoy.

For more information about Robin O’Brien’s recordings on Luxotone, click here.

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Posted by on February 14, 2011 in Music


New Zero God – News and Live Announcements

On February 27, New Zero God will play live at To Onoma Tou Rodou club in Kallithea, Athens.  The band will then travel all the way to Thessaloniki for their next gig on March 5 at Eightball Club, with local band Background Noise Suppression lending support.  

The band’s singer, Mike Pougounas, gave a detailed interview to BCBlonde Banks for the January 2011 issue of MUEN Magazine based in Los Angeles (USA).  Meanwhile, SONIK Magazine of Greece featured an article by Pougounas, as well as brief histories on all three of his bands (The Flowers Of Romance | Nexus | New Zero God) in its February 2011 special “Goth Issue”.

New Zero God kicked off the New Year at the Limbo Club with their new line up and the debut performance of Harris Stavrakas on bass.  Stavrakas is no stranger to the music scene and fans from Pougounas’ first band, The Flowers Of Romance, packed the house where a great time was had by all who attended.

The band’s new line-up is as follows: Mike Pougounas – Vocals | Dimitris “Sidheog” Steves – Drums | Michael Christou – Guitars | Harris Stavrakas – Bass.

You can buy their album “Fun Is A Four Letter Word” from CD Baby | Amazon USA Amazon UKAmazon Germany Amazon France, in addition to multiple record shops and international distributors.

New Zero God - Live at Eightball Club, Thessaloniki - 5 March 2011