Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Rock Show #3 | The Orville, Star Trek Discovery, IT, Shake Up at Star Wars, Sinead O'Connor on Dr. Phil and music from Elantris, Alarm For War, Call Of All and more!!!

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 -  Finding the balance between new music that is coming ROCKWIRED's way and stuff that is happening in entertainment is a tricky thing, but with this latest issue of ROCK SHOW, I  feel like a balance has been achieved. So much has happened in the previous week. I even had the chance to step out and see a movie. No one is more surprised than me  that the movie that I stepped out to see was IT. I've never been big on STEPHEN KING. I've always been more of a sci-fi person than a horror fan, but the 1990 ABC-TV mini-series STEPHEN KING's IT made an impression on me. In this latest episode of ROCK SHOW, I discuss my thoughts on the film and how it compares to the 1990 miniseries.  

I also caught the premiere of FOX's new dramedy series THE ORVILLE, SETH MACFARLANE's tribute to STAR TREK. Coupled with that will be a discussion on my anticipation for the upcoming CBS ALL ACCESS series STAR TREK DISCOVERY. In the months since the the announcement of the new STAR TREK series, it has inspired a swarm of hatred from fans if comment sections on this or that website are to be believed. Personally, I'm more excited for this show than I was back in 1987 when STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION was about to get rolled out. I'm excited to see a STAR TREK with action sequences and  cinematic special effects and dare-I-say "lense flare". Better than endless debates on interstellar diplomacy and positronic mumbo jumbo.  And so what if the Klingons look different?

A last minute subject brought up on the show was SINEAD O'CONNOR's appearance on DR. PHIL. I personally think that DR. PHIL is worst find  that OPRAH has ever made and it's my hope, that the Irish lass gets all of the help that she needs. Music can't afford to lose another artist. 

This episode of ROCK SHOW also comes the closest to reaching the proposed running time of 90 minutes. While the previous  episode gave us an idea of how we were going to continue. In this issue we start implementing those changes.

ELANTRIS is one of the bands that will be featured on the cover of our November 2017 issue which hasn't been released yet. That issue will be our STAR WARS issue and the band's Wagnerian approach to metal, make them a perfect fit for that issue. In this episode we spin the song ASCENSION and you'll hear  an interview clip with the band's keyboard player MARK LIBER.

On the same day that I got acquainted with ELANTRIS, I had the chance to get to know JUGGY, the front man for the band ALARM FOR WAR. I conducted my interview with him on September 11th and it dawned on me that the 13-year old metal rapper, wasn't even alive when September 11th happened. It was quite the chasm but this young artist has a delivery and a sense of purpose as a musician that is going to resonate with people of all ages.

He's back. ROCKWIRED has been drawn to the fuzzy garage rock of RICK SHAFFER who had first cut his teeth with the new wave rock band REDS back in the eighties. For years now he has taken up the mantle of guitar players like R.L. BURNSIDE and  LINK WRAY. Now he is on the verge of release his new album STOLEN MOMENTS and the first single MODERN LIE has SHAFFER continuing in that same vein but this time with a bit of a glam rock flourish.

NICK COYLE is another one of those troubadours that doesn't know the meaning of the word "stop". He got his start as the front man of LIFER, but ROCKWIRED got to know him as the front man for STARDOG CHAMPION. That band didn't last long but NICK COYLE has, and now he is releasing his new album COLD and NOTHING TO BE AFRAID OF has him brandishing a sleek new sound that sacrifices none of the man's rock n roll edge. Vocally, he brings back a memory or two of BOWIE on this track.

Five years ago. ROCKWIRED first became acquainted  with HUNTER WATSON when he was the lead singer for DAY'S DISTANCE. When that band had folded, WATSON focused his energies on other endeavors such as acting. He even secured himself a role on the AMC series WALKING DEAD. Now, he has a new band called CALL OF ALL and WAR AND ILLUSION is our first taste of their new album.

We at ROCKWIRED are often guilty of never looking at what is going on in our own backyard. By backyard, I mean Albuquerque, New Mexico. A couple of years back ROCKWIRED got to know the band THROW THE TEMPLE and their front man GABRIEL GAMBINO. Now GAMBINO seeks to make an impression with his new project MANHIGH and the single LETTERS FROM SPACE sounds like it needs to be in a shuffle with QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and MARS VOLTA.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Rock Show #2 | Burning Man, Joel Osteen and Music from Bobaflex and others

We are two shows into the run of our new podcast series ROCK SHOW and I feel like we've  found ourselves. I'd say "finally", but that implies that it was a long, long search. As you make your way through this new episode,  you're going to hear something signature. You are going to hear a stream of consciousness coming through the speakers salted and peppered with  some hard rocking tunes from the likes of BOBAFLEX, ZEROKING, MILITIA VOX, EDGE OF PARADISE and others. In the same way that ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE is taking on more challenging story ideas outside of music, our new podcast is going to be a reflection of the times that we're living in and and provide a humorous look at what is going on in the world and withing the walls of ROCKWIRED MEDIA. In this episode alone we discuss the stories that we're working on for the upcoming October issue which include a 40th anniversary retrospective of the documentary classic PUMPING IRON, which made ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER an icon, re-defined masculinity and made the sport of Bodybuilding not seem so fringe-y.  We will also be discussing a story that we're working on for the upcoming issue on the MEN'S RIGHTS MOVEMENT and the women who have taken center stage. In this show you will hear interview excerpts with the movements two leading women KAREN STRAUGHAN and JANICE FIAMENGO. Outside of the goings on with ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE, the show will touch on what has been happening in the news lately, particularly with BURNING MAN and the story of JOEL OSTEEN closing the doors of his megachurch to people suffering from the flooding in Houston.