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Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Odd Numbers - The Oddyssey

Hailing from San Jose, Ca. The Odd Numbers started out in 1988. They are mostly labelled as a Mod band but you can also hear other influences in their sound like powerpop, punk or rhythm n blues. 

After 30 years of existence, the trio released its fifth and probably best album so far, The Oddyssey. The band never sounded any better and This new record is filled to the rafters with catchy tunes.

So it was time for this blog to have an interesting conversation with singer guitar player Dave Baisa.

1) What can you tell about The Odd Numbers today? Who is playing what instrument in the band?

 We've just put out our 5th LP called the Oddyssey. My name is Dave Baisa and I play guitar, sing and write most of the stuff. Dave miller plays bass and sings and Dave Conrad plays drums and sings back ups.

2) About the latest full length record "The Oddyssey",  what can you tell about the recording process? Was this a "live" in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs?

It's kind of a live process. We start out with drums and guitar live and get a good take. Then put on the bass and start overdubbing everything else. We took our time on this one. We found a great little studio in our neighborhood and just worked on it for like 6 months.

3) Do you consider it should be foolish not to use the nowadays recording technology or do you guys only work with analog machines in analog studios?

This is the first record we've ever done all digital. We've used pro tools before but we'd record to tape then put it in pro tools. I've gotta say I'm digging digital now. if you process it right it sounds great! I would still probably prefer 2" tape but it's what ever your into. there's a lot of ways to get a good recording these days. Shit use your phone!

4) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?

I write most of the songs but Dave Miller has written a hand full of them over the years. he's got 2 on the new record.

5) About the new record "The Oddyssey", can you explain the title? Is it just a little joke or is there a deeper meaning to it? And what's the connection with the artwork on the front cover? 

Its obviously a play on our name but this band has been on somewhat of a odyssey. We've been together for 30 years now and we've seen a lot over that time, been involved in a lot of cool things. Its been a long rock n roll journey! The artwork is something I painted about 15 years ago. It was hanging on the wall in the garage and I thought, that will work! Everybody likes a little Jackson Pollack right!?

6) The Odd Numbers are described by some people as a "mod" band. Do you agree with this label? Are you proud of it or do you consider there is way more than that?

We started out a mod band and we will end a mod band! In the beginning it gave us a great look and direction and we thought we were pretty cool! We owe just as much to the punk scene though, and Skateboarding!

7) Do you have a new video on youtube  featuring a track from the new LP??  

We do have a video up for the song "Midway" its our first ever instrumental song! There will be more to come. We also just did a taped acoustic performance for KFOG thats on youtube.

8) What can concert goers expect at a The Odd Numbers gig? Are you playing any famous cover songs? 
You can expect some of the old and some of the new. We've got a pretty big catalog now so its fun to pick the set. As for covers you might hear something from the Jam or the Clash or something of that era, Maybe something motown.

9) Is there still a mod scene in California today?

Truthfully I don't know. I know theres still a scooter scene but I don't think theres anything going on like San Diego in the early 80"s and Berkley in the late 80's early 90"s.

10) Anything you wanna add? 

The world's a pretty messed up place right now. Sometimes you gotta just pop a record on and forget about it. Hopefully ours!

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Phil Seymour - The London And Los Angeles Unreleased Sessions

Phil Seymour - The London And Los Angeles Unreleased Sessions
In WAV - Scans are included

1 Who'll Be The Next In Line
2 Baby's A Rock'n'Roller
3 Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart
4 Looking For The Magic
5 Save Me
6 Dancing A Dream
7 Only In My Mind
8 Surrender
9 (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame
10 Talkin' About You
11 Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart
12 Little Town Flirt
13 I Love You
14 Didn't Want To Have To Do It

Drummer and singer-songwriter Phil Seymour came on the scene with a Top 20 hit with the Dwight Twilley Band called "I'm On Fire" in 1975. After two albums with his Tulsa band-mate, Phil decided to go solo and landed a hit single of his own called "Precious To Me" on his self-titled 1980 debut album on Boardwalk Records label.

Before that Phil experimented with various musicians in the studio including singing background vocals on Tom Petty's "Breakdown"and "American Girl" and played around Los Angeles in the burgeoning live music scene of the late 1970s.

The London and Los Angeles Unreleased Sessions, Volume 4 features two of these recording sessions that took place in this era - one in London with legendary UK session guitarist Chris Spedding, and one in Los Angeles where he was backed by Steve Allen and Ron Flynt of the band 20/20!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Eric Knoxx presents

By public demand, I finally decided to gather an album of some covers I played with the various bands I was in. 

Chronologically speaking, it all began in 1991 with The Vice Barons. If everything goes according to the plan, the long awaited come back album should finally see the daylight in 2018. 

In 1998, I moved on to form The Mighty Gordinis that lasted till 2008. I'm still quite proud of the 2 last cds we put out, the fully instrumental, named "Fueled on Fuzz", and the very last one, "The Future Looks Like Yesterday", which is still my personal favorite. 

After that, with my pal Vincenzo we put up The Ratboys. Shortly after the release of the Ratboys' debut album "Cash, gas and Trash" we started to work on new songs for a second album but it appeared that all the songs were more 60's garage influenced and would not fit under the Ratboys moniker. 

So we decided to release it under the name Thee Martian Boyfriends. Unfortunately we got kicked out of our rehearsal space and lost the keyboard player around the same time, so that was more or less the end of it. 

In 2013, a short lived band named Syster Hyde rose from the ashes of a Vice Barons reunion gig but nothing came out of it except this Kraftwerk song which was later covered instrumentally for the The Vice Barons album to come. 

Finally, in 2016, I released under the Moniker The Backseat Angels what appeared to be a solo record.

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Scott Morgan - Medium Rare 1970 -2000

Scott Morgan- Medium Rare 1970 -2000
In Wav - Scans are included

1 Full Of Fire
2 Satisfier
3 Rhythm Communication
4 Hold On Baby
5 The Monkey Time
6 Open The Door To Your Heart
7 Radio Hollywood
8 Free Rock
9 Pop Poppies
10 Zip A Dee Doo Dah
11 Cool Breeze
12 She's Wild
13 Satisfyin' Love

The Rationals were one of the greatest Midwestern bands of their day (1965-1970), and leader and vocalist Scott Morgan blended blue-eyed soul and hard rock commitment as well as anyone you can name. Medium Rare: 1970-2000 brings together 13 rare and unreleased Morgan cuts that begin with the waning days of the Rationals (an impossibly soulful take of "Zip a Dee Doo Dah" from 1970; there are also three potent performances from a 1991 Rationals reunion), and stretches right up to 2000, with a demonic guitar-fueled rocker called "Satisfyer" (it lives up to its title). In between, Morgan jumps, shouts, and knocks everyone out with gutsy R&B and high-octane rock & roll tunes that showcase his strong pipes, tough guitar work, and smart/witty/streetwise point of view. Scott Morgan is one of the great untapped resources of American rock & roll, and if you want to find out what he has to offer, Medium Rare: 1970-2000 offers 58 minutes of proof that, then and now, the man has the goods.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

The Del Fuegos - Boston, Mass

The Del Fuegos - Boston, Mass
In WAV - Scans are included

1. Don't Run Wild  
2. Hand in Hand  
3. I Still Want You  
4. Sound of Our Town  
5. Fade to Blue  
6. It's Alright  
7. Hold Us Down  
8. Night on the Town  
9. Shame  
10. Coupe de Ville  

Released in 1985  Boston, Mass was their first national album, and it still holds up next to any band of today. Almost every song of the ten is a keeper. "Don't Run Wild" is the big hit, but the entire album is great. The other Fuegos albums are great but this is THE one to have.It has all the raw energy that all the best and essential rock and roll records have and there isn't a bad song.

Special Thanx to JPaul for this excellent contribution! 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Del Fuegos - The Longest Day

The Del Fuegos - The Longest Day (1984)
In Flac - Scans are included

1 Nervous And Shakey  
2 Backseat Nothing  
3 I Should Be The One  
4 Missing You  
5 Anything You Want  
6 When The News Is On  
7 Longest Day  
8 Out For A Ride  
9 Mary Don't Change  
10 Have You Forgotten  
11 Call My Name

Formed in 1980, the Del Fuegos consisted of guitarist and singer Dan Zanes, his brother Warren Zanes on guitar, bassist Tom Lloyd, and drummer Steve Morrell. Steady gigging on the Boston club circuit won the band a potent local reputation, which began to spread along the East Coast with the band's first few low-budget tours. While the Del Fuegos began recording an album for legendary local label Ace of Hearts Records, in 1984 the famed Los Angeles indie Slash Records stepped in and signed them, releasing their first album, "The Longest Day", in the fall of that year.

By this time, Steve Morrell had parted ways with the band, and former Embarrassment percussionist Woody Giessmann had taken over the drum kit. One of the first albums produced by former Ronnie Montrose keyboard man Mitchell Froom, The Longest Day's mixture of attitude, guitar firepower, and heart-on-the-sleeve emotion clicked with both critics and fans, and the Del Fuegos seemed poised for a commercial breakthrough with their second album, 1985's "Boston, Mass".

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Baron Four - Silvaticus

"Silvaticus" is the sophomore full length by UK's garage/beat quartet THE BARON FOUR.
Tracked at State Records’ 8-track recording facility in glorious mono, these 12 tracks demonstrate the band’s ability to combine gritty R&B-based material with garage-punk raunch, capturing at least some of their raw, live, chaotic energy onto tape.Ten new, original songs by singer/bassist Mike Whittaker and two covers: the recently unearthed “Wild Angel” by James Bond & The Agents from 1967, and a reworking of the Bo Diddley classic “I Can Tell”

1) For the viewers of this blog who don't know you, What would you tell about The Baron Four to introduce yourselves? How long are you guys together as a band? And what can you tell us about the origins of the band's name? Who is playing what instrument in the band?

Well The Baron Four are a band. Hopefully a good band but it's not for me to say... We enjoy playing music a lot and have been doing it for around 4 years now (i'm guessing).

The band is: Mike - Bass / Main Vocals; Joe - Guitar / Vocals; Kev - Guitar / Vocals; Mole - Drums / Vocals

2) The Baron Four are described by some people as a 60's garage band à la BACK FROM THE GRAVE. Do you agree with this description or do you consider there is way more than that? 

I'd like to think there is a lot more to it than that! But we can't hide influences and I suppose it's not at all a bad thing to have that defined sound as that's certainly a sound we all love. To be honest I don't like to be put in a box but it's obviously going to happen and can understand that. Next record i'm thinking to do 70s disco to throw people off!

3) About the latest full length record "Silvaticus",  what can you tell about the recording process? Was this a live in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs? 

It was recorded live at our drummers recording studio (State Recordings) well actually I say studio, he has actually built one now but at this time it was in his living room. So let me start again... we recorded the album in our drummers living room. It was all live except for vocals which were done after. It took 1 day to get it done.

4) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?

Well I write all the songs at the moment but everybody is definitely involved, usually I write all songs on my own and come into practise with it but when it comes together it definitely falls into it's own. There are a little bits here and there which definitely adds massively to the songs.

5) To what kind of music did you listen to as a teenager and does it still influence your today work? What was your favourite band as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have an influence on your own work today.

As a teenager I loved a lot of pop punk, Greenday is one to name, The Hives were the greatest thing ever to me when they came around and then moved onto british punk (The clash, the damned etc) - that stuff has definitely stayed with me as I still listen to a lot of that today. My dad was playing the velvet underground to me when i was a kid growing up so that would have to be one of the biggest influences to stay with me.

6) Do you have a video on youtube featuring a track from the latest release? 

7) What can concert goers expect at a gig of The Baron Four? Besides "I can tell", Are you playing any famous cover songs?

Expect the unexpected. Sometimes it will go well but sometimes everything will just kind of collapse after all our leads are fucked... its normally wild and fun though!

8) How did you guys end up on the BEAT SCENE '65 compilation on Alley Club Records?

I literally have no idea.

9) What are the plans for the rest of 2018 as far as The Baron Four are concerned? Are you guys planning to tour Europe soon to promote this latest released record?

We have a few things lined up, the next gig is with The Mummies which should be a lot of fun @ The 229 Venue on 31st March. After that we are in Hamburg playing Garageville in April, we also are going to South of France for a couple of gigs in June but all details aren't yet confirmed.

10) Anything you wanna add?

Please check the facebook page for any info, thank you!

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