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Stockton Rhythm by The James Blonde Band

21 Oct

Great review for IAC artist James Blond

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Stockton Rhythm is the March 1, 2018 release by The James Blonde Band consisting of Eric Westphal on bass guitar and lead vocals, Joe Bettencourt on acoustic, electric, & lead guitars and Peter Hackett on drums, percussion, & background vocals. It had been over a decade since the last James Blonde album, the last album International Orange that was re-released in 2006.  I enjoyed this album from start to finish with its great vocals and guitar riffs on this twelve track album with features such songs as Abbey’ Gone, On The Streets, Peace (which is inspired and is for John Lennon and Yoko Ono), Out Of My Mind, Water From My Mind (which is a wonderful ballad) and so much more.  I was impressed by how well this album was written (all songs written by Eric Westphal), recorded, performed and produced.  This release is available from Amazon…

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Mighty Quinn & The Oakland Ronin – Official Behind The Scenes Promo Video

18 Oct

 

Filmed and edited by Emily Anderson to promote the new self-titled LP MIGHTY QUINN & THE OAKLAND RONIN.

Starring Geoff Saba, Joel Davidson, Andrew Muhoberac and Mighty Quinn

 

Oakland, CA – A singer and songwriter most famous for his work on the television show Scrubs, MIGHTY QUINN (aka Quinn Walker) grew up playing Rock, Funk, Soul, and Gospel, and he presently writes music and plays shows with his live Punk band, set to release their self-titled debut album MIGHTY QUINN & THE OAKLAND RONIN in stores and online worldwide November 2, 2018. The album will also be available as a Vinyl LP, and in true Punk fashion includes a ton of leftist political messages about social justice mixed with classic upbeat tunes about love, loss, addiction, depression, and a few pirate references.

 

MIGHTY QUINN & The Oakland Ronin will be performing together to celebrate the release of their debut album at The Uptown in Oakland, CA on November 2, 2018. In addition to the self-titled LP of originals, MIGHTY QUINN & The Oakland Ronin will be dropping digital releases of 10 different cover songs in the coming months – Punk versions of classic 60’s tunes like “Be My Baby,” “Runaround Sue,” “You Don’t Own Me,” and more.

 

In 2009, MIGHTY QUINN had his first big break as a solo artist with his debut single “My Road,” produced by Brian White and featured on the ABC television show Scrubs. Quinn followed this up in 2010 with his My Road EP. Since then, MIGHTY QUINN has been at work with Steve Wyreman (Common, Logic, Vince Staples, Rihanna, Richard Ashcroft), a guitar wizard and longtime friend who inspired Quinn to go Punk and hire the young rockers Geoff Saba, Joel Davidson, and Andrew Muhoberc for the initial rotating lineup of MIGHTY QUINN & The Oakland Ronin. The word Ronin describes samurai warriors who did not follow a specific political lord – essentially, guns for hire in ancient Japan, much like the guns for hire situation of the band.

 

For more information about MIGHTY QUINN please visit: www.iammightyquinn.com

 

To pre-order MIGHTY QUINN & THE OAKLAND RONIN on digital services please visit: http://smarturl.it/MightyQuinn

 

To pre-order MIGHTY QUINN & THE OAKLAND RONIN on Bandcamp please visit: https://mightyquinnwalker.bandcamp.com/

 

For Booking inquiries please contact: mightyquinnwalker@hotmail.com

 

 

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Mighty Quinn & The Oakland Ronin Self Titled Album

15 Oct

Great review for Mighty Quinn and the Oakland Ronin’s Self Titled Debut due out 11/2

Oasis Entertainment

Mighty Quinn & The Oakland Ronin is the upcoming album by Oakland California punk band by Mighty Quinn (aka Quinn Walker) and his band The Oakland Ronin.  This twelve track album features such tracks as Kilt Kimono, Rebel, Town, L’oakland and much more.  With great guitar riffs and driving drum beats, they bring the days of punk back to the world.  This album was well written, recorded, produced and performed and it will be available for purchase on November 2, 2018, from Itunes, Bandcamp and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Oakland Singer-Songwriter MIGHTY QUINN to Release Debut Punk Album MIGHTY QUINN & THE OAKLAND RONIN

11 Oct

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For Immediate Release – Oakland, CA – A singer and songwriter most famous for his work on the television show Scrubs, MIGHTY QUINN (aka Quinn Walker) grew up playing Rock, Funk, Soul, and Gospel, and he presently writes music and plays shows with his live Punk band, set to release their self-titled debut album MIGHTY QUINN & THE OAKLAND RONIN in stores and online worldwide November 2, 2018. The album will also be available as a Vinyl LP, and in true Punk fashion includes a ton of leftist political messages about social justice mixed with classic upbeat tunes about love, loss, addiction, depression, and a few pirate references.

 

MIGHTY QUINN & The Oakland Ronin will be performing together to celebrate the release of their debut album at The Uptown in Oakland, CA on November 2, 2018. In addition to the self-titled LP of originals, MIGHTY QUINN & The Oakland Ronin will be dropping digital releases of 10 different cover songs in the coming months – Punk versions of classic 60’s tunes like “Be My Baby,” “Runaround Sue,” “You Don’t Own Me,” and more.

 

In 2009, MIGHTY QUINN had his first big break as a solo artist with his debut single “My Road,” produced by Brian White and featured on the ABC television show Scrubs. Quinn followed this up in 2010 with his My Road EP. Since then, MIGHTY QUINN has been at work with Steve Wyreman (Common, Logic, Vince Staples, Rihanna, Richard Ashcroft), a guitar wizard and longtime friend who inspired Quinn to go Punk and hire the young rockers Geoff Saba, Joel Davidson, and Andrew Muhoberc for the initial rotating lineup of MIGHTY QUINN & The Oakland Ronin. The word Ronin describes samurai warriors who did not follow a specific political lord – essentially, guns for hire in ancient Japan, much like the guns for hire situation of the band.

 

MIGHTY QUINN originally brought on Joel Davidson for his Young Ninjas EP in 2013, and they have since worked together with Geoff Saba on a variety of projects covering R&B, Trip-Hop, acoustic Soft Rock, Psychedelic Rock, and of course Punk. Andrew Muhoberc is a hardcore vegan punk artist from San Jose who has designed a lot of the band art and knew Geoff from local music circles. Together they recorded MIGHTY QUINN & THE OAKLAND RONIN at Secret Bathroom Studios in Oakland. Quinn has fond memories of the process, saying “the best part of recording was when we would sing/shout choruses together as a group, usually on a separate day than instruments, and with the assistance of alcohol.”

 

When Quinn Walker was in high school and college he dreamed of being a Funk/Soul bass player. He studied Jazz, Hip-hop, and R&B, and was trained by a great Gospel bass player in Oakland. However, in college Quinn developed a muscle disorder causing tendinitis and carpal tunnel in both arms and wrists, effectively ruining his performance career. Quinn was devastated, but learned to sing, produce, and teach music to keep his playing minimal. He never intended to be a singer, but with his ability to play an instrument taken away, he was able to focus his energies through new channels.

 

Unfortunately, health issues and injuries have been a huge part of Quinn’s life and career, keeping him in physical pain most of the time. Despite this, MIGHTY QUINN has worked as a librarian, teacher, landscaper/gardener, and many other jobs. Working at UC Berkeley and other locations teaching Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and yoga helps address his pain and disability issues, and he is passionate about helping others with the same.

 

Quinn studied music at UC Berkeley and recording engineering at Future Rhythm, where he met producer and long-time collaborator Brian Lee White. They first worked together in 2008 as engineer/producers on Exposed, a Gospel record by Tiffani Marie. With over 15 years in the industry, Brian White has worked with thousands of artists, labels, and corporate clients worldwide including Apl.de.ap (Black Eyed Peas), Kelly Rowland, Christina Milian, Jabbewockeez, and MIGHTY QUINN. Quinn introduced Brian to the talented composer Brian Trifon of Trifonic, and they formed the company Finishing Move Inc. Together they have worked with the SF and LA Symphonies on several occasions, and written and produced music for films and video game franchises including Halo, Massive Chalice, and Google Tilt Brush. In 2013, MIGHTY QUINN explored some darker sounds with the Young Ninjas EP and music video for his track “Fear,” featuring members of the UCB Wushu team. The years following saw Quinn working with Dan Petersen, Steve Pedersen, and Christian Lewis of indie band Evaline for the Open & Shut LP.

 

 

For more information about MIGHTY QUINN please visit: www.iammightyquinn.com

 

To order MIGHTY QUINN & THE OAKLAND RONIN on digital services please visit: http://smarturl.it/MightyQuinn

 

To order MIGHTY QUINN & THE OAKLAND RONIN on Bandcamp please visit: https://mightyquinnwalker.bandcamp.com/

 

For Press and Interview inquiries please contact Billy James of Glass Onyon PR:

(828) 350-8158 or glassonyonpr@gmail.com

 

For Booking inquiries please contact: mightyquinnwalker@hotmail.com

 

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US Review: KIMIA PENTON “WHERE THE RAIN FALLS”

9 Oct

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Kimia Penton: “Where The Rain Falls” (2018) CD Review

Kimia Penton is a vocalist, violinist and songwriter who creates a potent and gorgeous mix of pop, folk and jazz music on her new EP, Where The Rain Falls, a CD that features all original music. Joining her on this release are Kelyn Crapp on guitar and piano, Mike Luzecky on bass, Matt Young on drums, and Jordan Gheen on keys. This is a disc that had me fully in its grip by its third track, a disc that I enjoy more and more each time I listen to it. It follows her 2015 release, Lessons From Life And Love.

The CD opens with “Not Goodbye,” which has a gentle folk vibe at the beginning. “I think it’s funny that I’m here again/Going over lessons learned/I thought that I had moved on/I thought that I could start again.”  It begins with an introspective bent, and then as she turns more outward, the music shifts to bring in the other person. I love how the music changes as this change occurs within her. “I’m not letting you go/I’m letting you know/I’m here to stay.” That’s followed by “Show Me Love,” which has a kind of jazzy vibe, and features some absolutely wonderful work on violin. I also like the bass line to this nighttime tune. “I’m sick of all the back and forth/I’m tired of all the closing doors/Show me love, love tonight.”

The first time I listened to this disc, the song that really impressed and excited me was “Where The Rain Falls,” the title track. It’s an incredibly effective and captivating song, featuring a beautiful and uplifting vocal performance. “But don’t be afraid/Nothing has to stay the same.” There is some wonderful work on violin too, as well as some nice stuff on percussion. It is a sweet and reassuring song. “Where the rain falls, that’s where life grows.” Then “Stepping Stones” begins sweetly with some pretty work on piano. This is an excellent and emotionally engaging song. Kimia’s voice is the focus here, and it rises to some wonderful heights. There are many great lines and phrases, such as “a different time with different pains” and “The road I traveled didn’t always make sense” and “If the noise in the world drowns out the voice in my head.” “First And Last Time” is a beautiful love song, this one with a folk sound. “You’re too good to be true/But I’m trusting in you/I’m ready to say yes/I’m ready to say yes for the first and last time.” The disc then concludes with “Alive Again,” which has a livelier sound right from the start, a bright and cheerful vibe, and some good work on guitar. “I’m alive again/My heart is beating.”

CD Track List

  1. Not Goodbye
  2. Show Me Love
  3. Where The Rain Falls
  4. Stepping Stones
  5. First And Last Time
  6. Alive Again

Where The Rain Falls is scheduled to be released on CD on September 14, 2018.

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For more information or to order the WHERE THE RAIN FALLS EP, please visit KIMIA PENTON’s website and social media pages via: https://kimiapmusic.com/

 

To order WHERE THE RAIN FALLS on digital services please visit:

http://smarturl.it/KimiaPenton

 

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Canada Review: KARNEY “NO MERCY”

8 Oct

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For more information please visit Karney’s website at www.karney.org

 

To order “NO MERCY” on iTunes and Other Digital Retailers please visit:

http://smarturl.it/KarneyNoMercy

 

To order “NO MERCY” from Bandcamp please visit:

https://karney.bandcamp.com/album/no-mercy

 

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Belgium Review: DR CHRISPY “VHS”

5 Oct

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Occasionally we still look surprised when we read information about a musician who has sent us his record for writing a review. That was certainly the case with the cd-tje “VHS” of the American with Australian roots’ Dr. Chrispy ‘from San Francisco. This electronics and pop music playing artist whose real name is Dr. Chris Boshuizen is a university graduate in physics and has worked for more than five years at the American space agency NASA as a space engineer, a job where he had to design all kinds of rockets and satellites for space travel.

Making music has always been his main hobby and occupation, and in his home studio he has worked intensively on two new albums in recent years, the first being “VHS” and now being released on the world. He only creates instrumental songs via laptop and synthesizers. If you release an album with fifteen tracks, there is always a risk that after a while listening to something will get boring, also because there is not too much variation in the songs to be detected.

However, we do not want to say that the music that ‘Dr. Chrispy “on” VHS “does not bring good or would be nice, because that is all quite well. We therefore think that some of the tracks on this record could perfectly serve as a soundtrack for some film or documentary. Songs like “Be There Soon”, “Sleeping In Tokyo”, “Blue Sky Line”, “Vanmover”, “Vancouver” and “Maui” seem to us the most suitable.

Other tracks have more potential to be played in dance clubs. We think of “Goodbye Shanghai”, “60 Miles Up”, “Muromigawa” or “I’m Going Down (Under)”. All in all, as a surprise we get the only sung track on offer with “Follow The Wild Geese”, on which Marie Jenkins can deliver her contribution as a guest singer.

 

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For more information about DR CHRISPY please visit: http://drchrispy.com/

 

To order VHS on digital services please visit: http://smarturl.it/DrChrispyVHS

 

To order VHS on Bandcamp please visit: https://drchrispy.bandcamp.com/album/vhs

 

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