(hed)p.e. is a group that I latched onto very tightly in my high school years. They were one of the earliest “heavy” bands I listened to (not counting classics like Megadeth and Metallica). Needless to say, without dating myself any further, they’ve been around a long time. On July 22, their brand new record, Evolution, is coming out on Pavement Records. This is the (hed)p.e.’s tenth full-length studio album.
KISS is a band that needs no introduction. Their new record “KISS 40: Decades of Decibels” is a 40-year retrospective of this epic and talented band. It’s chock full of goodies including studio favorites, live tracks, and both previously released and unreleased demos. The mix of live, studio, and demos gives the album a variety unlike that of other anthologies.
Such a taxing week. We are exempt from today’s episode, but don’t deduct us from your lives! There are plenty of old episodes itemized in our Podcast Archive. No liabilities—it’s a musical investment! Just pick your album, rating, or topic of choice, and proceed to download these assets. (Disclosure to third parties is encouraged.) Speaking of taxes, we have something else to declare: Don’t miss our friends, the Wall Street Playaz at their 7th Annual Tax Day show, 10pm this Saturday at the Full Cup, Staten Island. Bring revenue! Don’t withhold! They’re dependant on your support! And finally, with springtime in full blast, we encourage you to get out and enjoy the weather until next week’s episode blossoms into being.
Sunday night, February 9th 2014, I had the wondrous experience of attending the best rap show ever featuring the likes of Tribe One, Louis Logic, Mikal kHill, Adam WarRock, and last but not least, Schaffer The Darklord. (I have a photo to prove that the title rings true, courtesy of former guest, Nelson Lugo.) The Fifth Estate on Fifth Ave. in Brooklyn was the venue that housed this awesome band of wordsmiths for this momentous night, and indeed these incredibly nerdy and brilliant rappers hit me with a barrage of hip hop punches from the moment the first act hit the stage.
This Song Shot is a bit different from those that came before it. I want to talk about the song “Diamonds” by Rihanna—but not her version. Instead let’s look at Steam Powered Giraffe’s powerful and fun cover.
“Bleed Out” is the first single from Blue October’s brand new record, Sway. This song engages me in the way I’ve come to expect from Blue October.
After our raving review of The Envisage Conundrum by the incomparable UK-based Prog trio, Godsticks (in Episode #51), we were delighted to hear that the artists themselves had listened in and had shared our discussion with their fans. Naturally, we took this opportunity to learn as much as we could about the individuals behind the talent. And so we invite you to peruse the insights of Darran Charles, Steve Roberts, and Dan Nelson of the acclaimed Godsticks in this special overseas interview