Chaz Jankel Revives Long-Forgotten Film Score

July 12, 2024

A famous Blockhead, Chaz Jankel is not too well known for composing music for movies, yet he does that – and back in 1988 the guitarist came up with an orchestral score for the film “D.O.A.(Dead on Arrival)” which his sister Annabel directed and which featured such luminaries as Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan. The results of Chaz’s works saw a CD release, but the disc quickly disappeared and couldn’t be reissued, so Jankel’s fans didn’t have the opportunity to enjoy this opus. And now, finally, there’s a chance to listen to a fresh version of the long-forgotten gem.

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Duke Robillard Rolls Back A Score Of Years

July 12, 2024

There’s hardly a musician out there who doesn’t have unfinished tracks, either abandoned or waiting to be completed, in their cache, yet some of them have entire albums languishing away. Oftentimes such opuses get dusted off years later, accompanying deluxe editions, but once in a while artists pick up where they stopped and bring their erstwhile creative impetus to a close. That’s what happened to a project Duke Robillard started tinkering with in 2005 for Stony Plain Records only to switch over to something else after laying down nine tracks and remain too busy for two decades to return to the not-forgotten work – until it was time to deliver his last offering to the label.

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WISHBONE ASH Celebrate Their ’70s Tours With A Book

July 11, 2024

Even the most loyal fan won’t be able to fill half a shelf with books about WISHBONE ASH, as there’s not a lot of those apart from a tome penned by bassist Martin Turner and an autobiography of guitarist Andy Powell – yet this will change on August 30th with the publishing of “No Easy Road”: the first official volume dedicated to the quartet’s touring life between 1970 and 1980. It’s a limited-run coffee table title whose 216 pages are filled with photographs from such masters as Jill Furmanovsky and Barry Plummer and images from the musicians’ private archives and contributions from the two aforementioned players as well as drummer Steve Upton and axeman Laurie Wisefield, all of whom also signed the ensemble photo that accompanies each copy.

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New Volume Delves Into Rory Gallagher’s Final Decade

July 11, 2024

There’s no abundance of books dedicated to Rory Gallagher, and what tomes are out there seem to be sharing the same flaw: casting but a cursory glance at the last ten years of the late great guitarist’s life. Not surprisingly, given quite a lot of the Irishman’s listeners thought, for whatever reason, that his career ceased to exist after 1987’s “Defender” which some of them were not really aware of anyway, and all such followers knew was that Rory became ill and bloated – as if it could restrain Gallagher’s creativity. Upon discovering these opinions, two of his faithful fans, Lauren Alex O’Hagan and Rayne Morales, decided to remedy the situation by writing a new volume on the fallen hero.

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Breaking Hiatus, SPLODGENESSABOUNDS Bring Back Punk Fun

July 11, 2024

For all their caricature stance, original British punks rarely demonstrated sense of humor in the songs that were supposed to antagonize and unite working-class audiences at the tail end of the ’70s, and while many of them, having matured, revealed such a streak, the unjustly forgotten SPLODGENESSABOUNDS made eliciting smiles the ensemble’s schtick from the very beginning, when Max Splodge decided parody was the way to go. Various pranks and jokes fueled the band’s existence for decades, since 1978 until now, with puns complementing melodic hooks on the two albums the collective laid down in the early ’80s, one from the early ’90s, and stars-infested two from the start of current millennium, but not a lot has been heard from the veterans for the last 23 years, although the group soldier on gigging, which was reflected in a couple of live releases. Still, August 2nd is to change it all.

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