Thu, 28 February 2013
That's right everyone it's time for another "Radio Sucks" episode of the Decibel Geek Podcast because as you know, radio sucks. So once again Chris and AAron put on the DJ hats and spin some great music that you probably will not hear on your radio dial. So just sit back, relax, open your ears real wide and say "give it to me straight Decibel Geek Podcast. I can take it!"
Chris' pick of Heaven's Basement performing "I Am Electric" is a testament to how important you, the listener, are to this show as a suggestion from listener Devin Fox impressed us so much that it took the place of one of our previously picked songs. This is a great, energetic track from their debut album Filthy Empire that starts the show off right. Dig it!
Up next is "Tomorrow Never Comes" from Saints of the Underground, the heavy metal super-group featuring members of Ratt, Warrant, Alice Cooper. From the 2008 release "Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner" this would be Jani Lane's last full length album release, he passed away on August 11th, 2011.
Bruce Kulick released his BK3 album in 2010 and he utilized some "friends" as guest vocalists throughout the album. "Ain't Gonna Die" is one of those tracks that featured the vocal stylings of Gene Simmons. A great little rocker that you won't hear on your local radio station.
Nu Metal band turned straight ahead rockers, Papa Roach are "Still Swinging" from their 2012 The Connection album. This may seem like an unorthodox pick for the Decibel Geek podcast but we think you'll agree that this group has definitely matured their sound since their earlier days.
In 1993 Kerrang Magazine voted Earth vs. The Wildhearts, the debut album from The Wildhearts as the number #1 album of the year. A band with quite an interesting and unpredictable history, Chris and AAron spin "TV Tan" from their debut album.
Also in 1993 producer Tom Werman (Motley Crue, Cheap Trick, Poison, Nugent, LA Guns, etc.) was at the helm for Pariah's To Mock a Killingbird" album. An amazing album featuring the tune "Love To Turn You On" but the band was dropped by Geffen records.
Swiss band Shakra formed in the late 90's and have released 11 albums including 2013's Powerplay album. Turned on to the Decibel Geek Podcast from the Talking Metal podcast, "Back On Track" is the title track from their 2011 album on AFM Records
Up next is 100 Watt Opera - "Servant" from their self titled 2005 album. This is a band that AAron recently discovered right in his backyard of Nashville. Veterans of the Nashville club circuit, 100 Watt Opera are an impressive group of Music City rockers that deserve your attention.
Closing out the show this week, you wanted the best, you got the best! The hottest band in the world.....KISS! If your hungry and you need a meal you can always call for a little "Room Service" from their 1975 Dressed to Kill album.
Fri, 22 February 2013
2013 marks the 40th year of existence for Hottest Band in the Land. So, it makes perfect sense for us to use episode 73 (as in, 1973) as a chance to time travel to numerous destinations that played a part in the overall history of KISS.
Joining on this global KISS trek is author Chris Epting. Chris is the perfect guest for this conversation as he's written a number of travel-related books on different eras of pop culture as well as his recently-released e-book, 'All I Need to Know I Learned from KISS: Life Lessons from the Hottest Band in the Land.' This book is filled with stories of how being a KISS fan shaped Chris' life and affects him even today. If you are a hardcore KISS fan, this book is definitely for you as it will certainly elicit some familiar emotions.
1. 10 E. 23rd Street - The Loft
2. 108 116 W. 43rd St. - Hotel Diplomat
3. 47-03 Queens Blvd. - Coventry
4. 4 Pennsylvania Plaza - Madison Square Garden
5. Starwood Ampitheatre - July 21, 1990
6. 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI - Veterans Memorial Coliseum
7. 106 E. 86th Street - Park Avenue United Methodist Church
8. 400 Linden Street, Cadillac, MI - Cadillac High School
9. 124 Broadway, Amityville, NY - The Daisy
10. 126 E. 14th Street, NYC - Academy of Music/The Palladium
11. 6230 Sunset, Hollywood - Aquarius Theatre
12. 1032 N. Sycamore Avenue, LA, CA - The Record Plant
13. 1616 Butler Avenue, LA, CA - The Village Recorder
14. 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, CA - Magic Mountain
15. 5th & Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA - KYW-TV Studios
16. 30 Rockefeller Plaza, NBC Productions Studios, New York, NY - The Tomorrow Show
17. 237 West 54th Street, NY,NY - Bell Sound Studios
18. 52 W. 8th Street, NY,NY - Electric Lady Studios
19. 105 2nd Avenue, NY, NY - Filmore East
20. 2-3 Kitanomarukōen, Chiyoda, Tokyo - Budokan
21. Morumbai Stadium, Sao Paulo, Brazil
22. 2000 E. Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA - Anaheim Stadium
23. West 46th Avenue & 12th Avenue, Pier 86 - USS Intrepid
24. 665 West Jefferson Blvd, LA, CA - Shrine Auditorium
25. 460 West 54th Street, NY, NY -Sony Studios
26. Brooklyn Bridge NY, NY
27. 314 Hermitage Avenue, Nashville, TN - Muther's Music Emporium
Get Chris Epting's new E-book 'All I Need to Know I Learned from KISS'!
Thu, 14 February 2013
Ahhh yes, Valentines Day is here and love is in the air. This week Chris and AAron take us on board the tunnel of love as the Decibel Geek podcast serves up one "for the ladies." Now, before you all go running for the doors, I will assure you that you will not hear any Barbara Streisand, no Celine Dion, and definitely no Luther Vandross.
These love songs are all Decibel Geek approved. So grab your sweetheart, open a bottle of wine, unwrap that new box of chocolates and remember "clothing is optional". Personally I can't think of a better way than to spend Cupid's special day with Chris and Aaron, your signifigant other and the Decibel Geek Podcast.
Who better to get this love fest started than former Motley Crue vocalist, John Corabi. John recently released his new acoustic album and up first on the show is the beautiful "If I Had A Dime." This track was co-written by none-other than friend of the Decibel Geek podcast D.A. Karkos.
One thing we've definitely come to notice on the Decibel Geek podcast is that there's a very big world out there with lots of great music. One band that is sadly under-appreciated in the States is Thunder. We try to bring a little spotlight their way with a spin of 'Love Walked In' on this romantic day.
Speaking of under-appreciated bands, Stateside Chicago natives Enuff Z'nuff are one of the unsung greats of the late 80's and early 90's rock scene. Unfairly lumped in with many generic "hair" bands, Donnie Vie and company have a long career of great melodic rock songwriting and Aaron's choice of How am I Supposed to Write a Love Song? is a prime example of their talent.
While Poison took the world by storm in the mid 1980's after making the westward trek from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles, the band the helped give them their blueprint was not nearly acknowledged for their contribution. KIX's brief window of fame culminated with Chris' choice of one of the most well-structured power ballads of the 80's with Don't Close Your Eyes from the Blow My Fuse album.
When Jizzy Pearl isn't blacked out in the redroom or writing one of his best selling books you might be surprised to know he can also lay down a pretty nice love song - "How'd I Get So Lonely"
While Chris and Aaron don't typically spin anything that has a southern tinge to it, it doesn't mean that there isn't a bevy of great music from that region. While we typically solely focus on hard rock and heavy metal, this week seems like an appropriate time to introduce you to The Bluefields. Consisting of Dan Baird (Georgia Satellites), Warner Hodges (Jason & the Scorcers), and Joe Blanton (Royal Court of China), The Bluefields are the outgrowth of a group of well-experienced and supremely talented now-Nashville residents. Their 2012 album Pure has caused many in the rock and roll world to sit up and take notice. Thanks to listener Tim Harrigian for turning us on to this great band that is right in our back yard. You'll be hearing more from this group in the future!
Certainly one of the most hauntingly beautiful songs to come from sleaze rockers LA Guns as they keep the love going with "The Ballad" from the oh so sensitive Waking the Dead album. It was a tough choice between this track and Hellraiser's Ball.
The road is a lonely place for many a rock and roll band. With all those long after show parties, scantilly clad groupies and thousands of worshipping fans it must make you wish you were home. "Coming Home" from the Long Cold Winter Album has Tom and the boys in Cinderella capturing those lonely moments on the road.
For you fellas that stuck it out through all of the mushy stuff we played for your better-halves today, we end the show with something just for you with Steel Panther's heartwarming rendition of Community Property from their Feel the Steel album. Thanks for hanging in there!
Thu, 7 February 2013
After taking a 2 week long look at 1986, we're taking a detour back to Bizarro World with our third installment of Bizarro Covers.
What are Bizarro Covers, you ask? Basically, these are songs that were not originally considered hard rock/metal (mostly) and are being covered by, you guessed it, hard rock and metal bands. There's no shortage of strange cover songs out there and we're happy to share, what we think, are some of the best.
We start things off with Yngwie Malmsteen's take on an ABBA disco classic. Of course, Yngwie shows complete restraint; letting the song breathe and allow lots of open space to take in the lyrics.....NOT. Either way, it's an interesting approach to this sugary pop number.
We break new ground coming out of the first break with a cover of a Lady Gaga track! Before you hit the 'unsubscribe' button, give us a chance to expose you to a great performance of Bad Romance by Halestorm.
We really go deep into Bizarro World with the next track being a cover of A-ha's 1985 hit Take on Me from Italian progressive power metal band Vision Divine. You get extra cool points if you've heard this track before.
In keeping with strange cover versions, Aaron's choice of Mindless Self Indulgence's cover of Rush's Tom Sawyer will have you looking at the song in a whole new way.
Paul Stanley really created a monster (no pun intended) when he penned a song titled Hide Your Heart in the late 1980's. Originally a rejected song from the Crazy Nights album, Stanley put the song on the open market and it was snapped up by a number of different artists including Bonnie Tyler, Molly Hatchet, and Ace Frehley with Frehley's version being the only one that could compete with KISS' release of the song for their 1989 Hot in the Shade album. We take a serious listen to Ace's version of the song from his Trouble Walkin' solo release.
We hope you've enjoyed this visit to Bizarro World! If you did......
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