Thursday, February 8, 2018

High Definition Music Card - The New Way To Experience Music!

The High Definition Music Card Debuts with Mozart Requiem

Alexander Goldberg Jero, first winner of the first ever Surround Sound Music Award back in 2002, has been making waves in the last few months with the planned arrival of his new High Definition Music Card - which he now says will be released with Mozart's Requiem on file.

The High Definition Music Card will come in a USB format, will contain a plethora of musical choice, will be interactive, fit in your pocket and - as if all that wasn't enough - contains all of the latest and most advanced software related to surround sound reproduction - the aspect for which Jero is most famous. The intricately simplistic device seeks to be compatible with desktop and laptop devices, iPads and phones, Android phones, headphones, blu-ray players - and any other number of functional devices that one can use to listen to music on. Compatibility is one of the big selling points of this product, increasing its functionality and thereby its value to the consumer. The new innovative design of the HD card will allow music listeners not only to store their favourite tunes all in one place, but will also be a sort of multi-media one stop shop, where people can connect to share videos with friends, listen and share music and even explore the cards files to find some new tunes.
The days of keeping music on CDS are swiftly dying out!

Jero's innovative new product will be mass marketed, aimed at all consumers and specified as a new musical experience. It is set to take the music world by storm, and to re-establish Jero as a world leader in sound production. The HD card's production is already attracting major record labels and other popular artists who support the idea of a new form of music. Jero doesn't want to take all of the success to himself, however, and has earmarked space on the HD card for other artists to link blogs, bios and other information back to customers, helping every artist involved to flourish and prosper! Also good news for the consumer, who can scan through details of artists they like at a mere glance.

Born in Moscow, Jero Goldberg started playing music at the age of 7. In an interview with High Fidelity Review in 2002 he says: "Coming from a classical music background I was always looking at sound and acoustics as a main creative element of music perception. In my early years, I was always searching for the perfect location in a room to play one of my instruments and using its acoustics to complement the performance."

Jero is recording a glut of classical warhorses anew, hiring the very best of musicians in the field to connect to his virtual studio and work under his own baton. However, these are not live ensemble recordings in the traditional sense. Jero brings sections in separately and records them, often utilizing previous recordings as reference material. He then assembles the final product in the mixing room. It's an unusual approach for a genre as hopefully organic as classical music, and listeners reactions may be colored by the knowledge that high tech wizardry has at least helped to craft the architecture of any given performance.

Jero attempts to explain his process thusly: "To understand how impactful it will be, just imagine being at the movies, watching a 3D film and the concept is the same. Each individual sound has its unique three-dimensional location in space, just like 3D images do. Further, this project brings the potential to radically change the music industry through exciting new technologies and expertise." By using this process he creates 3 dimensional sounds that pop against the background and create a unique new experience for all listeners. Jero has created the third dimension of music - and better yet, he is giving us a way to access it!

All that is left to do is to wait for the announcement of the arrival of the card to see for ourselves what kind of delights lie in wait for us. If you wish to know more about the project, think you can contribute or even want to get in touch with Mr. Jero himself then you can find out more about upcoming High Definition Music Card titles at The High Definition Music Card is tipped to be the new format for music lovers everywhere, so keep up with the trends and don't miss out!


Elizabeth's Orne's "Quiet" Video For MILCK Highlights Universality Of Violence

Director Elizabeth Orne's just-released music video for MILCK singing her poignant song "Quiet" uses the power of composition to convey the loneliness often felt by survivors of bullying and sexual assault. Orne tapped into her extensive art history background to create a meticulously crafted music video juxtaposing the beauty of life with the grief, shame and isolation survivors experience.

"The song is an anthem for the moment we are in culturally. Its about not being able to stay quiet any longer," says Orne. "As a director, I wanted to show the contrast between the characters internal world and the positive effect of discovering a loving, accepting community. I composed frames for the video that are initially super controlled and restricting, but by the song's end, as the girls come together with the orchestra to sing and play music together, the frames open up to be loose, moving and free."

Orne shared some examples of how visuals in the video are used to evoke emotion. For the opening bully scene the director chose a dirt road that felt a bit "fairy tale-ish", with dark twisting branches and shadows circling the action. "I wanted to make the cruelest moments in the stories also some of the most visually beautiful, so that it would create a tension in the viewer where they both want to look and look away, all at the same time," she says.

Mid video, the director also changed the aspect ratio. "I wanted to capture how alone and isolated you can feel in your own struggle, so we started the video in a square format with well composed, still frames," says Orne. "It was a visual presentation of feeling ‘boxed in' and trapped by your life. Later, when the girls arrive at the Teen Center, we open up to full screen and start moving the camera to help accentuate how it feels to suddenly realize you are not alone, and that there is love all around you."

Orne also did some unusual casting. "I suggested to MILCK that we cast the bullies as children," she says. "Bullying of transgendered folks is very serious and often life threatening. The psychological consequences can last for years or even decades after the physical wounds have healed. Though not physically intimidating, kids have a way of cutting straight to the heart of the matter: they say the cruelest things. They have a preternatural ability to zero in on exactly what your subconscious is afraid of and give voice to that. In this case, they make her fear that she will never be accepted for who she is, which we see later in the video has greater implications in her family life. They also present a predicament, even though they are humiliating her by lifting her skirt up repeatedly, she she can't fight back because she knows they are just little kids. I love how the actress, Christine Mangum, played the tension of that dilemma.

In a second storyline, MILCK wanted to depict an abusive relationship. "Again I wanted to create a meticulously composed frame that was hard to look away from," she says. "The white walls accentuate how drained the character feels emotionally. And the art work is reflected in the tattoo design on his arm. The shot is intentionally off-balance."

All of his did not distract Orne from getting great performances out of the actors. "Both of the lead teens we cast gave beautiful, evocative performances that allowed us to tell a complex emotional story very efficiently," says Orne. "The look that Shadia gives Christine when she arrives at the Teen Center is so moving. For Christine, who is transgendered in real life, this was her first major acting role."



Roger D'Arcy Releases 'TUMBLING' From Latest Album HOUSE OF HEADS

With the album being downloaded in over 40 countries on 6 continents, HOUSE OF HEADS has garnered fantastic reviews all over the world.

Reviews on the quality of the songs and reviews on the quality of the recording

Roger D’Arcy quotes:

"This song is very close to my heart - the recording captures the spirit of what I was hearing in my head while writing it."

"My producers and I always attempt to express the guts of a song and we don't mind occasional rough edges as long as the idea gets across without losing any feeling we may have had the good fortune to capture."

"Tumbling is a dark piece - but it is just a piece of a much larger puzzle, don't let it bring you down."

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Media contact: Kevin Fetterplace


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

If you like good music, you will enjoy VOLUME XIV by Various Artists - The Grouch

Release Date: 12.1.17
Territory: WORLDWIDE (iTunes, Amazon, MyMusic, KKBox, Kanjian, Omusic and more)
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Volume XIV - Various Artists - Album Review

Hej America!
My friends at Bongo Boy contacted me today and asked me to give a listen to and share my thoughts about their most recent compilation album entitled Volume XIV which is scheduled for release on December 1, 2017. The first thing I have to say is that I really like the cover art; the quasi art Deco post-apocalyptic vide really grabs my attention. It looks like some monster high-heeled show, along with a pair of ruby red lips are ready to devour a 1950s era American Graffiti soda fountain. (Of course, I could be wrong the older I get the more I miss the full-sized album cover art of the old vinyl days. Yes, kids once upon a time you had to leave your house and go to a physical store to purchase music and that music came on huge vinyl discs.)

1. Human Revival - Mark Baxter 3:29 - In the poll position on this album we have a track by Mark Baxter. I really like this song. Right from the start the band gets my attention. I swear I hear a prog/country vibe here. The funny thing is I really dislike a lot of prog music, but there is something about the bass that reminds me of Skunk Baxter. In all honestly, this track has more in common with the Black Crows than Steely Dan. The organ adds some old-school R&B while that bass carries the groove. Lest I forget Mark has a great voice for this kind of music and the background singers really warm my old Motor City heart.

2. Animals - Zombie Garden Club 4:48 - I have been a Zombie head for quite some time now. If you are not familiar with the Zombie Garden Club, you need to be. This guy is capable of some intense dark music as well as beautiful piano pieces. (Check out his cover of a A Whiter Shade of Pale for my money his version is right up there with Bauhaus' cover of Ziggy Stardust and Siouxsie and the Banshees' cover of Dear Prudence.) So, what is this song like? Simply put, it is a a melodic sonic blast. The guitar is both haunting and intense leaving no doubt the Zombie knows how to play. The thing that really strikes me, however is the fact that despite all the interesting and cool ‘noise' his vocals are spot on and melodic. The dissonance works well; I find myself grooving to his music. Man, I would love to see the ZGC live. (Note: to Bongo Boy, you should bring a plane load of artists out to the Targhee Fest which is a music festival about 15 minutes from where I stay in America.)

3. Bad Girl - Annemarie Picerno 4:05 - OK, first off, I feel compelled to say I think I like this song even before I hear it. I mean, c'mon, some of the best times I have ever had have been with Bad Girls. Yeah, I dig that funky beat the drums are laying down and the rest of the band has the soul to take that beat and make is blister. Hands down, though, the vocals are taking the spotlight. Annemarie has a gritty, yet smooth voice and a range that extends very far indeed. She makes great use of her background singers. Man, I feel that Motown vibe. All I can do is smile. Then the drummer throws in some very tight, really nice rolling fills and I have to tip my hat and say well done! This is another band I really want to see live as I can only imagine what a killer old-school R&B evening it would be.

4. Invincible - Lisa Coppola & Ray Powers 3:08 - This song is a duet that is a little more on the pop side of the musical spectrum. The thing is it is really good pop. Lisa and Ray can sing well, and the band can play. I am remanded a bit of the duel Tom Petty did with Stevie Nicks. I like the Country Rock guitar jam and their drummer is really walloping his cymbals. A+ for intensity, Dude.

5. Those Eyes - Kathryn Shipley 4:16 - This is another song with some grit. I like Kathryn's voice. The drummer seems to be fighting for attention as every once in a while, he lays down a lightning roll that makes me smile. After three or four of these the guitar player seems to say "Oh, yeah? Watch this!" He totally opens up with a massive jam - I am loving it. I mean what is not to love? A singer with soul, a guitar player who shoots lightning bolts and a drummer who can pound. Add in a rock-solid bass and a general groove and what you are left with is a killer song that just made my personal play list.

6. Tears (A Cappella) ft. Armand Hutton - Bruce Lev 3:05 - Man, I am speechless. Really, there are many very good musicians on this album including a couple I think could become superstars, but for pure take me home soul Armand and Bruce win hands down. LISTEN to this track. I am sure you will agree this is simply fantastic work

7. God Help Me - One Supernova 5:03 - I like this song. It has a mellow vibe, yet their percussionist is in the pocket. Then suddenly the acoustic guitar is eclipsed by a massive blast of electricity. There is something about his voice that I cannot put my finger on, his vocals have a soothing quality. Well, soothing until he goes into screaming mode and the guitar really opens up, then all of a sudden, the mellow somewhat religious overtones of the song are gone and I am listening to some massively blistering ROCK AND ROLL. Absolutely excellent segue guys, I never saw it coming.

8. No King of Mine - Anthems for Autumn 3:13 - Man, another raunchy blast! Bongo Boy has put together a smoking album. Good God I dig women who can ROCK and ROCK HARD. This is a headbanging song that for my money is right up there with Avenged Sevenfold, who, in my opinion are one of the most blistering bands on the planet. This song is now on my personal play list.

9. Pumped Up Kicks - SQUISH 3:07 - This is a unique track. I really dig the fuzz bass that drives the song. The first time I heard the organ I thought my computer was beeping. I then realized Microsoft can't rock, that has to be in the song. In all honesty, I am a bit perplexed by this track, but I enjoy it nonetheless. Interesting work guys!

10. Make Music Not Money - Above The Sun 2:58 - What a heavy post-hippy jam! OK, he does quote Paul Simon and the chorus is make music not money, so there are hippy overtones, but he makes a valid point when he says remember when being on the cover of Rolling Stone used to mean something? Now, all you have to do is plant a bomb at the end of the Boston marathon. I don't think I could have said it better myself. I would be remiss if I did not mention the fact that the man playing lead guitar absolutely smokes!!

11. Crush - Ricky Persaud Jr. 3:07 - Ricky is back and I, for one, am glad he is. Honestly, I have not heard anything by this young cat that I did not really like. This time around Rick tells us about a young man's encounter with true love. (I vaguely remember that feeling.) All in all, excellent reggae jam!

12. - 1 Of Us 3:13 - This is an interesting song. I like the strings and almost choir sound of the music. I could see this song being played in a new age church. It is beautiful and haunting. I can't say it is really rock and roll, but whatever genre it is, it does sound good and keeps my attention. Anyone who has read any of my reviews knows that I have an extremely short attention span, so well done guys.

13. This Time - Studeo 3:38 - This is kind of a modern country song that uses orchestral strings in the background and some nice keys off to the side. The keys do step up for a couple of bars before my attention is pulled away by the drummer doing some nice snare work. Over everything, though is her voice which is beautiful and totally dominates the song. It is safe to say that without these vocals the song would be no where nearly as compelling.

14. Needle in The Mirror - the oOhz - What an ominous title! His voice is just as ominous. The minimalist guitar only adds to the effect. Then the song takes what I think of as a Rocky Horror Picture Show turn. That is suddenly the band goes into a section that grooves and the listener discovers that the phrase Don't Put the Needle in the Mirror is an earworm that will get into your head and stay there...for a long time. (Thanks for putting this track last Bongo Boy!)

So, what is the bottom line? Simple, as I have come to expect, Bongo Boy has found a gaggle of Indy bands that do what they do very well. As the man said, being on the cover of Rolling Stone used to mean something. If I were Rolling Stone, I would take a close look at what Bongo Boy is doing. If you like good music, you will enjoy this album. I know I did.


Monday, February 5, 2018

Dark Avenue Premiere "The Light" Music Video

Texas rock and roll band Dark Avenue have just released an emotionally deep music video for "The Light" working with producer and director Ardent Owl Media. Dark Avenue features members Barry Lorberbaum - Guitars, Alan Sauls - Bass, Jeff Hathcock - Drums, Andrew Lewthwaite - Guitars, Mario Cadena - Vocals. 

Dark Avenue originally formed as a side project to the Dallas/Fort Worth heavyweight Pistol Whippin Ike, three of the members began writing alternate jams for fun – and the project instantly sparked a wildfire. In a short amount of time the band established a reputation in the DFW area, performed with acts like Pop Evil, Queensr├┐che, Red Sun Rising, Bobaflex, 36 Crazyfists, and launched a successful crowdfunding campaign to finance their first recordings.

With the release of their debut album Illusions, Dark Avenue have bridged the gap between metal and hard rock – and Texan crowds have been drawn to their fulgent flame. A new release is on the way for 2018 followed by Festival and Tour appearances, Videos and more to come.