New Single Release Out Today! – MIGHTY QUINN “RUNAROUND SUE”

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US Review: MIGHTY QUINN & THE OAKLAND RONIN

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Mighty Quinn & The Oakland Ronin: “Mighty Quinn & The Oakland Ronin” (2018) CD Review

I’ve been trying to maintain my sanity lately by greatly limiting the amount of news I read, and refraining as much as possible from engaging in debates with the fascist morons that support that racist turd Donald Trump. It’s difficult, as you know. I am furious. I am depressed. I am worried. What helps is listening to music, and sometimes what I need more than anything is the energy and attitude of a punk record. When I put on the self-titled debut CD release from Mighty Quinn & The Oakland Ronin, all I wanted was that energy, that drive, to let out some steam, and it worked perfectly. But I got more than that. This is a really good album, featuring some great material. The band is made up of Quinn Walker on vocals, Geoff Saba on guitar and vocals, Andrew Muhoberac on bass and vocals, and Joel Davidson on drums and vocals. Though this is the debut release from this band, it is not Quinn Walker’s first release. That came eight years ago, with the My Road EP. And several other releases followed. Mighty Quinn & The Oakland Ronin are based in – can you guess? – Oakland, California.

The album opens with “The Nu Punks,” the title first making me wonder if it would be about Greek punks discussing the alphabet. It has something of a good pop flavor right at the start (with that catchy “do-do do-do-do” bit), then kicks in with an energetic force, and is exactly the kind of fun I’m looking for. And we are off to a good start. That’s followed by “Meet The Ronin,” which has a bit of a spoken word introduction: “Hey, everybody, this is Mighty Quinn and the Oakland Ronin. We’re going to show you how we get down.” And halfway through, Quinn introduces the band. It’s not a bad song, but not as interesting or exciting as what follows. “Kilt Kimono” has lyrics about troubled teen years, and a great driving beat. “And when you’re screaming and rolling on the floor/That’s punk rock for sure.” A different version of this song was made available digitally last year, and then it was titled “Kilt & Kimono.” This new version is shorter, without that extended ending.
“Headfirst” is one of my favorite tracks, coming on fast and strong. This is exactly what I’m looking for, a song to make me throw myself around the room, smiling the whole time. “Hey, you, you’re the one I want to come home at the end of the night/So come over now/Hey, you, you’re the one I’m talking to/You know I’m going to treat you right.” And these lines always make me happy: “I hope your daddy don’t mind/That I’m the best you can find.” How are those for some honest lyrics? This tune is a lot of fun. It’s followed by “BFF.” Okay, as much as I absolutely detest abbreviations like BFF, I dig this song, particularly the spoken word part: “Research suggests that individuals with less social connection have disrupted sleep patterns, altered immune systems and a thirty percent higher risk of dying in the next seven years.”
I feel that the heavy driving force of “Squash It” could push me right through a brick wall, and yeah, that’s a good thing. “And it can’t be, can’t always be about the money.” That’s followed by “Rebel,” an awesome tune with a great groove. I can’t help but enjoy lines like these: “Well, you can’t trust pigs and politicians/Government officials gonna tell you what to do/Tell them go to hell and fucking good for you/Because I’m a rebel/Yeah, I’m a fucking rebel.”  A different, shorter version of this song was previously released online. Then “Town” has a fairly serious tone and a steady beat. A different and much shorter version of this one also was previously available online.
“Love Vs. Bankers” is one of my favorites. It is a timely song about love being more important than money in a world that is run by the disgustingly rich (with some lines directed at the rich). Sure, we all need money to survive, but let’s not allow the quest for money to be our driving force.  “Well, the thing about love is you can’t control it/Love’s just too big to try to hold it.” It also has a delicious groove and tremendous energy. As with several of the other tracks, an earlier version of this song was released last year. That’s followed by “Anxiety,” another track that feels timely, and one that is in the same realm as “Love Vs. Bankers,” with lines like “Everybody’s greedy, got to get it to win/I want it, you want it, we all want it all/Just a bunch of greedy gods waiting to fall/And you think you’re everything.” This one comes at us with speed and energy and attitude, and then is suddenly gone. Ah, those short, powerful punk songs, in and out, say what you need to say and then be done, no need to wrap it up in pretty ribbons and nonsense. “L’Oakland” has a heavy sound, and was previously released as “Jolly Roger.” The disc then ends with a fun rock tune titled “Mickey Got Married.” This one makes me laugh, with lines like “Mickey got married too quick/Now he’s got a little kid who’s a dick/Now what you gonna do about that?” Of course, part of it is that it feels like it could be an alternate reality of mine, had I gone down a different path and continued to go by Mickey rather than switching to Michael in my early teens.
CD Track List
  1. The Nu Punks
  2. Meet The Ronin
  3. Kilt Kimono
  4. Headfirst
  5. BFF
  6. Squash It
  7. Rebel
  8. Town
  9. Love Vs. Bankers
  10. Anxiety
  11. L’Oakland
  12. Mickey Got Married
Mighty Quinn & The Oakland Ronin is scheduled to be released on November 2, 2018, and will be available on both CD and vinyl.

 

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STIMULI Newsletter Feb-March 2019

 

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Greetings from STIMULI HQ!

Exciting news is coming in spring & summer and can’t wait to share it with you!

Before that happens, we want to let you know about a trio of upcoming Bay Area shows as we close out winter 2019.

On Friday March 8th, STIMULI will return to one of our favorite venues – The Uptown Nightclub (site of the 1st STIMULI show!) in Oakland, CA. This very special night will feature some of the best local heavy rock bands – The Devil in California & Stalin – all bands with deep Oakland roots at a great rock and roll club!
Get your tickets before they’re gone at:
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Those in the San Jose area this Saturday February 23rd, STIMULI will be at the X-Bar in Cupertino, CA. Presented by Pinup Productions, this show features B.T. Saints & Drawing Heaven. Both of these great South Bay-based bands will bring heavy sludge and grind to this all ages rock show! Tickets to this show are available at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1232270920275463/

Those in the North Bay this Friday February 22nd, STIMULI will join the one and only Bryan Kehoe w/ his Kehoe International band along with heavy riff rockers Ranchero at 19 Broadway Nightclub in Fairfax, CA.
Tickets are available at:
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Bring a friend to an upcoming show. We look forward to seeing you there 🙂

To stay up to speed with the band,
follow us on social media and visit www.stimuliband.com – where you can also stream or purchase a copy of the STIMULI album ‘They Are We‘.

Thank you for supporting STIMULI and original rock bands everywhere.
We appreciate you,

– Jimmy, Cole & Tai

 

 

 

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US Review: NAPA VALLEY DUO “AN AMERICAN IN PARIS”

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Napa Valley Duo

An American in Paris

Review by Gary Hill

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Perhaps this set is classical music. The duo in question is Jeffrey McFarland-Johnson who plays stringed instruments (I’ve often labeled it as cello, but I might be wrong in places) and Terry Winn on piano. They create a mix of sounds here that is unique and quite compelling. While this isn’t really my kind of music, I found that parts of it really drew me in.

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Track by Track Review
Hotel
The piano and cello both work together well to create a pretty and rather sad musical texture on this piece. This instrumental is fairly short and a good way to start the set in style.
An American in Paris
While the opener was short, the same can’t be said for this. It’s almost 15 and a half minutes long. It’s quite a musical ride with some rather crazed instrumental sounds at play at points. It conveys a lot of modes and textures along the ride. Both the cello and the piano find plenty of opportunities to shine. They certainly capture a lot of different sections of the soundtrack to the film.
It Never Entered My Mind
This is such a pretty piece. It has a certain sad air to it. There is a real majestic quality, too.
JMJ Suite: Prelude Perfume
Piano starts this one with an almost magical kind of vibe. The strings lend a new air as they join. The cut continues to evolve as it drives forward. This is quite classical and a bit odd at times. It is also oddly compelling.
A Soft Message to You
This has a lot of beauty and is another effective number. I particularly like the piano melodies on the cut, but everything works well.
Star Trek Anthem / I Love Lucy
Combining “Star Trek” and “I Love Lucy” might seem odd. The fact is, they were connected. Lucille Ball believed so strongly in “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry that she signed him to her Desilu Studios for the series. So, combining these two pieces of music makes sense in a rather unique way. I love the twist that this arrangement brings to the “Star Trek” sounds. It’s just a short bit of the music, though. Then they take it into an upbeat and fun romp of the “I Love Lucy” theme.
Meritage Estate
Coming in slower and rather melancholy, particularly in contrast to the previous number, this works out after the introduction to some more crazed sounds as punctuation to the mellower, more melodic segments.
Preparing For the Day
The classical tones on this are fun and energetic. There is a playful air to this piece.
Vesper For Janelle
Slow moving, sedate and rather melancholy in tone, this is also quite a pretty number.
Chimera
I love the piano textures that start this. The strings add so much as they join. This has more energy and a lighter tone than the previous number did. There is a real moving vibe to it. It feels almost like “traveling music.”
See Me Feel Me / I Will Fight and Never Slack
The strings start this, playing the familiar Who passages in a slow and measured way. The second half of this brings an almost Celtic angle to things. It’s not until that movement kicks in (and nearly two minutes in) that the piano joins. They work things to a fast paced and playful jam from there. Then, just after the three minute mark, they bring it back to the Who melodies, this time with the piano added to the mix. That movement takes the cut to its end.
Moderatamente
I love the classical elements on display here. This is a pretty and rather reflective piece. It is packed with emotion.
Romanza
Another that’s on the sedate and classical end of the musical spectrum, this is a pretty track.
The Lady Caliph
This is also quite a pretty piece of music. It’s a satisfying way to end the set.

 

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US Review: STIMULI “THEY ARE WE”

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“Stimuli is an American heavy rock band from the Bay Area of California. They formed in 2013 when Tai Hake (bass and theremin) and Jimmy Tomahawk (guitars and vocals) left the band Yeibichai. The addition of Australian drummer Cole Andrew completed the power trio format.

The tunes mostly carry a mid-tempo groove but there is enough sophistication and rhythmic changes to ensure a pretty captivating listen. It isn’t prog but it isn’t your typical radio friendly fare either. Some of the tunes have a ‘90s Alice in Chains vibe and there is a definite alternative angle to some of these tracks. Very good lead vocals is another strong plus for the band. Tomahawk has a sensitivity to his voice but can also ramp up the intensity when the need arises. Another cool trait is the use of theremin, adding mood and atmosphere to the band’s heavier riffing. The first track “+X-“ is emphasized by a massive rhythm section and the band displays tight musicianship throughout with heavy riffing and a moody guitar solo. The use of theremin is very noticeable. Some tricky drum work pushes the title track in a heavy but proggier direction and “The New Dream” has a decidedly Alice and Chains bent with lower range vocals and powerful rhythms with some pretty cool tempo changes as well. With “Sandstorm” the band throws a bit of a curveball adding sitar into the mix. The sound is more exotic because of it and is my favourite track thus far. The flute and acoustic guitar adds a sort of mysticism on “Prize Of Nothingness” that is really quite enchanting and shows a band not afraid to explore different sounds. There are really no bad tracks here which is pretty excellent in my book.

Stimuli have created a well thought out and rather sophisticated rock album with They Are We. The melodies don’t necessarily jump out at you and may require a bit of digging in on behalf of the listener. I think this one will have some staying power. A solid debut that I wholeheartedly recommend.”

 

 

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US Review: DR CHRISPY “VHS

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Dr. Chrispy

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Review by Gary Hill

I almost landed this under “non-prog” because of the EDM characteristics of the set. The thing is, those are tempered by textures that are closer to things like Tangerine Dream, Vangelis and Synergy. While most of this is purely instrumental, a couple songs have vocals, most particularly the album’s closer which might be the highlight. Similarly, while the main elements here are electronic keyboard based, there is a song that features rocking guitar, too. Overall, I find this to be a considerably effective and entertaining set.

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Track by Track Review
Be There Soon
Keyboard textures open this in style. It works out to a classy sort of groove that’s infectious. The vocals on the cut, although pretty far down in the mix, bring some soulful vibes.
Gotta Getta Gatta
Feeling almost like an extension of the previous cut, this instrumental is so cool. The horns lend a real jazzy vibe to it.
Sleeping in Tokyo
More purely electronic, this lands well in the EDM vein. Still, it has some decidedly electronic prog elements to it, feeling not that far removed from something like Synergy. This is pretty and quite cool. It has some space rock things at play at times, too.
Blue Sky Line
While there is a definite groove to the rhythm section on this piece, the keyboard elements bring a decidedly proggy sound to the proceedings. It’s another classy electronic number.
Vanmover
I love the melodic elements on this, and the rhythmic structures bring a lot of energy and driving power. Again this makes me think of a lot of the electronic prog of acts like Tangerine Dream and Synergy. The short dropped back section at the end is all cool.
Goodbye Shanghai
I dig the funky groove on this cut. Now this one lands more fully under the EDM heading, but it still has a healthy helping of the proggier element at play.
60 Miles Up
This feels scenic and cinematic. It’s decidedly proggy and so cool. It does get more energized and EDM related further down the musical road.
Muromigawa
I love the rhythmic groove that starts this. There is a bit of a vocal bit as sort of a percussive element. This has an intriguing nature, very artsy and very cool. There are more EDM things at play on this tune.
Vancouver
We’re back into more Synergy related territory on this thing. There is a huge change later as this fires out into some serious guitar rocking prog. It drops to just a dramatic synthesizer bit around the four and a half minute mark. That takes it to the end.
Torotoroid
A distorted sounding groove starts this. An EDM groove joins. As it continues some healthy helpings of something like Kraftwerk is added to the mix. The cut evolves and grows from there.
Dreaming of Home
There is another rhythmic vocal thing here. Again I’m reminded of Synergy on this. It has some energy and groove, but is more firmly on the proggy versus EDM side of the equation. There are both world music and jazz elements in the mix here.
I’m Going Down (Under)
With some space rock in the mix, this definitely feels like shared territory between Vangelis and Tangerine Dream to me. It’s another classy cut. There is more of an EDM edge later in the number.
Sea
A bit slower, there is still a cool rhythmic groove to this thing. The cut has some great electronic textures and melodies built into it, too. It seems a solid merging of the EDM with more proggy elements. After the half way point of the cut it gets into more pure progressive rock zones with some killer synthesizer soloing.
Maui
Speaking of progressive rock, this one lands pretty fully in that camp. It has a nice flowing energy and some killer melodic excursions. The synth sounds are so tasty and this thing is one of my favorites here. There are some interesting twists and turns here, and this does get some more EDM like stuff later. I am particularly enchanted by the melodies on the closing movement.
Follow The Wild Geese
Arguably the most purely progressive rock piece here, this one features vocals of the female variety. It’s the most mainstream cut here, too. It’s also one of my favorites. It represents a great bit of variety. The vocals are quite effective, and there are some great synthesizer melodies built into this. There is a real symphonic bombast here, and this gets so powerful.

 

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US Review: ANDREW DURR “TIME FRAME”

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Andrew Durr: “Time Frame” (2018) CD Review

Migrant Mother is the title of a famous photograph by Dorothea Lange. That photo and its subject and its creator inspired a play of the same title written by Ken White. The play debuted in January of 2017 (though apparently a shorter version was put on in 2014), with music performed by Andrew Durr. Now that music is available on Time Frame: Songs From The Play Migrant Mother. This is a folk album sort of in the original folk tradition, covering some well-known and beloved songs, songs from the Dust Bowl era. But Andrew Durr delivers some unusual, intriguing takes on the familiar material. Joining him on this album are Ray Vazira on percussion and keys, Janet Baltzo on keys, Steve Ashman on electric bass, John Ady on acoustic bass, Kevin Pallotta on drums, Narayan Baltzo on trumpet, Jeffrey McFarland-Johnson on cello, Patrick Durr on harmonica and backing vocals, Alexandra Durr on backing vocals, and Melissa Dawn on spoken word vocals. The disc’s liner notes were written by Ken White.

The album opens with “Hard Times Come Again No More,” a song that predates the Dust Bowl years. This version by Andrew Durr is delivered honestly without adornment, and features some nice work on harmonica. There is also some excellent, passionate vocal work, and I love the backing vocals. “Many days you have lingered around my cabin door/Hard times come again no more.” That’s followed by a lively, fun number, “Are You making Any Money?” This playful tune features some delightful work on piano, as well as more good work on harmonica. “Make fun when you could make trouble/Make mistakes, but they pay double/Say, honey, are you making any money?/Because that’s all I want to know.” Then we get a good rendition of “Pastures Of Plenty.” Any album of material covering this time and subject must include at least one Woody Guthrie song. It just wouldn’t be right otherwise. This rendition of “Pastures Of Plenty” has a more serious, somber tone, and a power. Toward the end, the snare drum takes on the feel of a march for a time.
“Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?” is one of the most famous songs of the Great Depression. It was written by Jay Gorney and E.Y. Harburg. As presented here, it has a darker folk vibe, which is quite fitting for the lyrics. I really like the way Andrew Durr tackles this one. He starts to belt out the lyrics toward the end, giving a passionate and raw performance, fully invested in the song. Another well-known song from that time is “Pennies From Heaven,” written by Artie Johnson and Johnny Burke. The version here begins with some vocals delivered basically as spoken word, and sounding like an old recording, or like they’re on a radio or perhaps even from over a phone. Then the musicians come in, and the song takes on a sweet, warm folk vibe, with more good work on harmonica. That’s followed by “Who’s Been Polishing The Sun” a fun, bouncy, peppy folk number, with yet more lively, wonderful work on harmonica.
“The Way You Look Tonight” is a song that gets in my head quite often. I’ve heard a lot of different renditions over the years, but I’ve never heard a version quite like the one on this album. It is sort of folk, but has a strange, cool jazzy feel. I like it a whole lot, especially the work on piano. Andrew Durr follows that with an equally unusual rendition of “Keep On The Sunny Side.” He establishes a darker, more serious vibe, fitting the song’s first line, “There’s a dark and troubled side of life,” much more than its second, “There’s a bright and sunny side too.”  I’ve never heard the song approached this way before. It has more of a “House Of The Rising Sun” vibe, or perhaps even “Death Don’t Have No Mercy.” Listening to it, you get the feeling that it is probably impossible – or at least incredibly difficult – to do as the song says and “Keep on the sunny side of life.” Then “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?” begins a cappella, before the guitar comes in. This version is folk, with a gospel element in the backing vocals, and sounds wonderful. The album ends with “Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries,” a fun, playful version that even includes some whistling and then kazoo and then horn. So there! I love it.
CD Track List
  1. Hard Times Come Again No More
  2. Are You Making Any Money?
  3. Pastures Of Plenty
  4. Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
  5. Pennies From Heaven
  6. Who’s Been Polishing The Sun
  7. The Way You Look Tonight
  8. Keep On The Sunny Side
  9. Will The Circle Be Unbroken?
  10. Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries
Time Frame was released on CD on November 9, 2018 through IAC Records.

Stay tuned in 2019 for even more great artists and releases from IAC RECORDS!

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US Review: MIGHTY QUINN & THE OAKLAND RONIN

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