Baltimore rock band Kix are back and they are ready to rock with their first album of original material in 19 years with a brand new label. The band has just signed with Loud & Proud Records to release their untitled new album in 19 years on July 22ND. Frontman Steve Whiteman recently said, “The boys and I are so happy that our old friend, Tom Lipsky, has invited us to join the Loud & Proud family. We worked with Tom and Madelyn Scarpulla on our last studio album ‘Show Business,’ and we’re looking forward to working with them again with the release of the first new Kix album in almost 19 years! We’ll still be coming to a dump near you very soon!” For those of you that don’t know Kix, the band got their start in the early 80′s with my favorite Kix song Cold Shower, but it was my favorite Kix album Blow My Fuse that broke the band through with hit songs like Don’t Close Your Eyes, Cold Blood, and the title track. The band also had some success with the follow up Hot Wire, but their last album to date was 1995′s Show Business. If you still don’t know who they are, then you should know that if it wasn’t for Steve Whiteman, Halestorm may not have made it big. Steve Whiteman taught Lizzy Hale how to properly sing as well as other techniques that she describes here, “His project at the time was Funny Money, and they were playing at the Tourist Inn in Hallam, Pennsylvania. We used to play there all the time. We ended up opening for them. I’m an ‘80s head. I’m a child of the ‘90s, but my heart is very much in the ‘80s, so I knew who Kix was, and I was really excited to play for him. I was amazed that he sounded the same as he did in his 20s. I asked him if he could give me some pointers. I had never really warmed up before. I didn’t know what that was. He said that he had a space at Marty’s Music Store in Harrisburg and asked me if I wanted to come down and he’d show me some stuff. I went there every single Thursday for like the next two years. He showed me what I had and how to use it; how to project my voice and how to breathe right, all the basics. I owe what I can do every single night to that guy.” So, with all that beign said, stay tuned here for more info on the new record as it becomes available to us.
What in the world would possess someone to mutilate himself by cutting off his own penis and to top it all off jump from a building. Well apparently a rapper who used to be associated with the Wu-Tang Clan named Andre Johnson (not to be confused with wide receiver Andre Johnson) did that today in North Hollywood and is now in Cedars-Sinai Hospital where he is being treated. Apparently he went by the name of Christ Bearer and he was in a group called Northstar who was discovered, signed, and even had their album produced by RZA. He now sits in a hospital recovering where I hope he’s getting psychiatric evaluations. I assume that from here on out, he’ll wish he did die since he’s the new John Wayne Bobbitt and you know the jokes will be coming as well.
Last week, Kiss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and to honor that I have decided to review a Kiss album for the album of the week. What better of a choice to review than the one that started it all for the band that would go on one hell of a rollercoaster ride to the top. The album was released on February 18, 1974 via Casablanca Records which means it’s celebrating it’s 40TH anniversary this year. Even though it’s Paul Stanley (Vocals, Guitar), Gene Simmons (Bass, Vocals), Ace Frehley (Guitar), and Peter Criss (Drums) first album together, most of the songs were already written when Paul and Gene were in Wicked Lester. The album was produced by Kenny Kerner and Richie Wise and Gene claims that the album took three weeks to record and mix while Wise says that it only took 13 days. Since the band has stated on numerous occasions that The Beatles were a huge inspiration, they modeled their album cover after With The Beatles album. The album peaked at number 87 on the Billboard Pop charts while the album was certified Gold based on having shipped 500,000 copies to stores (that is how they figured out how many albums you sold before the Soundscan era).
The iconic drum fill from the uptempo rock classic Strutter opens up the record and it also a track that was written before Ace joined the group. In fact, Paul Stanley wrote the track based on a song Gene had written before in a different band. If you want to get strange for a second, the next track Nothin’ To Lose is a track about a boyfriend trying to coercing his girlfriend into anal sex only to discover that she really enjoys it. Firehouse is the next track on the record and it was a track that Paul Stanley wrote in high school while listening to The Move’s Fire Brigade. Cold Gin is one of the most iconic tracks that Ace Frehley wrote that he never sang. Ace was insecure about his vocal abilities so he gave the song away for Gene to sing. The track is about how cold gin can keep men sexually active. Let Me Know is the track that Paul Stanley wrote and played when he first met Gene Simmons and it’s a track where both Gene and Paul share vocal duties and it has a bridge and a instrumental Coda. Kissin Time is Kiss’s cover of a Bobby Rydell song. The song wasn’t on the original pressing of the record, but it was rather recorded later on by request of Casablanca Records founder Neil Bogart. Bogart had recognized that the original release of the record was not a commercial success as he had hoped so he figured f the band covered this catchy tune, it would help raise sales which it did.
When Gene Simmons recorded Deuce, he says he simply copied the bass line from The Rolling Stones track Bitch and played it backwards. Ace has stated his love for Deuce in the past and why when he said, “they said, ‘We’re going to play you a song for you to listen to, and then try playing along — it’s in the key of ‘A’. They played ["Deuce"] as a three-piece. I thought, ‘That’s easy enough,’ so I got up and wailed for four minutes playing lead work over it.” Love Theme From Kiss is a shortened instrumental version of a Wicked Lester track Acrobat. 100,000 Years starts with a bass riff by Gene before the rest of the band comes in with the bluesy heavy rock riffs. It’s my least favorite Kiss song ever. Black Diamond is the greatest Kiss song ever!!! The song starts with Paul singing the first verse which is accompanied by a 12 string acoustic guitar arrangement and when he finally yells “Hit It”, the band explodes onto your speakers and Peter Criss takes over on vocals. As I stated above, this is the album that started it all for Kiss and I am so proud that they were able to look past their differences for the rock hall induction in Brooklyn last week. They are definitely one of the greatest hard rock groups of all time. I am going to give the album 4.3 stars out of five for a final grade.
A day after I reported about all of the rumours surrounding AC/DC and the idea of the band retiring due to guitarist Malcolm Young’s health, the band has finally issued a statement. There’s rumors that Malcolm has either had a stroke, is suffering from Alzheimer’s, or even cancer according to people close to the Young family. Here is what AC/DC had to say about it all:
After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.
In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music.
So, we don’t know for sure what his exact illness is, but I know the legion of AC/DC fans are hoping that Malcolm will recover from this. Nevertheless, the band will continue to record new music if it happens according to this from Brian Johnson, “We’re going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we’ll record it.”
Yesterday I was unusually excited about being awake from 1AM to 4AM because I am usually never up that late unless I am work. I was so excited to take some shits of the first lunar eclipse of 2014 where the moon was going to turn blood orange. So, I must have gone outsider in the pouring rain at least 15 times throughout the night to check it out and I never saw the moon. It was so cloudy outside here in the suburbs of Boston that the Moon was not visible at all. Instead I have to enjoy the blood orange moon through pictures provided by Yahoo News. There is definitely always a next time, but when will that be? For now enjoy a couple of pics I found on the internet of the blood orange moon and the progression.
I just wanted to wish one of my favorite actors a very happy birthday. Seth Rogen, the star of the new film Neighbors as well as past favorites of mine like Knocked Up, Pineapple Express, Kung Fu Panda, Funny People, Superbad, The Green Hornet, 50/50, This Is The End, and so many more.Seth was born on April 15, 1982 which makes me three months older than him. So, Happy Birthday Seth and here’s to many more years of great films to come!!!
I keep hearing conflicting reports from every website that I go to when it comes to news involving AC/DC and whether they are retiring or not and whether Malcolm Young had a stroke or not? One website reported two different stories saying in the first that AC/DC was calling it quits because Malcolm Young suffered a stroke and had a blood clot in his brain. The article also stated that he had discovered that he was unable to play like he used to. The next article stated that AC/DC was still going to book studio time in Vancouver and that could be true because bands have to book studio time in advance, but like the tired old cliche, everything is subject to change. Earlier in the year, Brian Johnson did state that studio time was delayed because one of the band members had fallen seriously ill, but he believed that an album was still in the works. Nothing has been confirmed, but according to the Australian reporter everything he has reported on is based off of family reports. The band supposedly also made a pact not to replace band members, so if this is true then retirement is impending. Stay tuned here for more info.