John Glenn of the band Stellar Young reached out to us a while ago. Fortunately, great music is timeless.
Stellar Young is a band from Albany, New York. To my knowledge, they have at least six releases to date.
Kick Ass Rock n’ Roll – Reserved For Rondee – Back In Velvet
I always dig through all submissions to find the gems. Reserved For Rondee contact me a long time ago asking that I review Back in Velvet. While it took me way too long to get to it, excellent music is timeless. Rock n’ Roll, kick ass and awesome were my first thoughts on the LP. In my opinion, this ten track LP belongs in the library of anyone who likes superb rock music.
I will share my thoughts on the album in one moment, first let us hear what the band has to say about themselves:
“A melting pot of the NYC indy rock scene, Reserved For Rondee draws inspiration from classic artists like Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, U2 and contemporaries like the White Stripes, the Black Keys and Arcade Fire, blending imagination and style into a mystic rock journey. On the strength of their live performances and their debut EP RFR, released in February, 2012, the band launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds necessary for the recording of their debut album Back In Velvet. Receiving support from an international audience, the band quickly met and exceeded its targeted goal. Recorded in Brooklyn, NY and released in August 2013, Back In Velvet captures the vibrant sound of a band reflecting the energy that can only be found in New York, the greatest city in the world.”
The Band Members are:
- Trevor Vaughn – vocals
- Billy Magnussen – guitar
- Nick Fokas – guitars
- Tom Degnan – bass
- Warren Hemmenway – drums
The Black Satellites – Don’t Forget My Name
If you like driving get-jam-on rock and roll, you will love the four track release, Don’t Forget My Name, from the New York City-based group, Black Satellite. It is driving, hard-hitting, fantastically energetic, and leaves one wanting more.
As I almost always do, let me have the band speak for themselves. According to their bio:
“Delivering a fusion of hearty blues, hard rock with a pop undercurrent that doesn’t undermine its complexity and originality. Melodic, fragile, authentic, built with emotion and groove before giving way to powerhouse vocals and screaming guitars. In a nutshell a sound with every song to make your heart beat a little bit harder”
Louise Aubrie Late44
This artist splits her time between London and New York. Louise Aubrie pumps out powerful pop with a healthy dose of rock and punk. Her latest release, Late 44 is an excellent ten-track release. Every song entertains from start to finish. Produced at Abbey Road Studio, the producers and the musicians totally clicked to create an amazing sounding work… Superbly done! I honestly can find nothing bad to say about this release. I love it!
The music is packed with powerful guitar and vocals. While all the musicians performed awesome on this album, moving perfectly as one, I was drawn to the guitar work and vocals. They are superb. Check out how well she uses her dynamic and powerful voice, like an extra instrument at times, on Next to Nothing. The punkish guitar riffs on Winter Dolour. The nice crunchy guitar on Tearjerker. Seriously folks, every track on this release is a treat.
Hard, Edgy and Strong
If you like hard-driving rock with edgy lyrics and an attitude, you are going to love Diamonds & Demons, the sophomore work of Paul Maged. The release date is 23 September. The seventeen track work is less than a minute from what will be one hour of good listening. It is an awesome sophomore showing for this artist. I guarantee you that you shall find more than one track to fall in love with. I am also certain, you will have a very hard time picking a favorite track. The album will give you an hour of great listening.
I will also insert my warning to the listeners here. Not all of his material would be considered safe for work. There are some explicit lyrics. Considering the hefty subject material he covers I am not surprised and don’t feel that the language is in any way inappropriate.
This Week We Start with a Long Rant and End with a Long Track
We started off with a few from the Monterey International Pop Fest. They were:
- Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth
- Otis Redding – Shake
- The Mamas and The Pappas – California Dreamin
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Asked Alan Freed’s Family to Pick Up His Remains
We at Indie Nation feel that this should be filed under the “just wrong” category. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, has asked the family of Alan Free, The King of the Moondoggers and the DJ who coined the term “Rock and Roll”, to come and claim his remains previously interred at the museum. At the time of our broadcast, the local news had announce that his family did indeed do just that.
Lumpy, a long time Clevelander and one who was active in fundraising and lobbying to have the hall in Cleveland and not New York, had a good bit to say on the matter. We hope that the public speaks up on the matter and this ridiculous decision is somehow reversed.
While, as the Rock Hall stated, the public may not “understand” the exhibit, that is the failure and fault of the museum which should educate the public. Furthermore, why are they so concerned with display space when they made room for non-inductee Beyoncé’s wardrobe?
This week at The Indie Music Source Mothpod.com…
Ten Year Vamp has just dropped their new album Lust, and to mark the occasion bandmates Debbie and Mark have stopped by The Mothpod to for a behind-the-scenes look full of sensuality, sexuality and rock & roll!
A Malaysian man, Lin Mun Poo, has quite a nice “black hat” resume going for him. I don’t know how well that will work out for him though. His name may be fitting for I do believe he is in deep shit. Then again, considering what he, apparently single handedly, pulled off so are all of us.
I originally got wind of this via Slashdot which described it as scary, the MSNBC article is even scarier…
Poo was arrested by Secret Service agents last month shortly after flying into New York’s John F. Kennedy airport with a “heavily encrypted” laptop computer containing a “massive quantity of stolen financial account data,” including more than 400,000 credit card, debit card and bank account numbers, according to a letter filed by federal prosecutors last week laying out a “factual proffer” of their evidence against Poo.
Lin Mun Poo allegedly hacked a network of 10 computers at the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland and the network of a major defense department contractor. Another question raised by the MSNBC article is if this Malaysian guy can do it what to you think China could do? I am not so sure that any particular country produces better hackers than others. However, if he did this alone, what can a team of hackers, sponsored and trained by an opposing government?
This is just a sign of things to come. I think we need to focus less on genitalia at the airports and more on cyber attacks. Seriously, why hijack a plane to take out a single building when one can hack a network and take down a whole power grid, nuclear facility or, even better, insert launch codes.
- “Lin Mun Poo: Hacker of the Federal Reserve and …?” and related posts (garwarner.blogspot.com)
- Malaysian Indicted After Hacking Federal Reserve (yro.slashdot.org)
- Poo arrested by Secret Service after Federal Reserve hack (nakedsecurity.sophos.com)
- “Cleveland Federal Reserve Hacked” and related posts (bankinfosecurity.com)
- ‘Scary stuff’: Cyberattack arrest highlights risk (msnbc.msn.com)
- U.S. charges foreigner for hacking Fed computer (marketwatch.com)
- Malaysian man charged with hacking into Federal Bank (cnn.com)