Random Musings: October 1995

Random Musings: October 1995


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Phoenix/Tucson

Machines of Loving Grace held their cd release party at the Buena Vista to mark the arrival of their latest release on Mammoth/Atlantic Records, "Gilt." Opening acts included Scar Strangled Banner and Beats the Hell Outta Me. The Machines set was permeated with electrified dark, heavy waves of well-delivered sound which the home town audience was ready for. Two days later The Machines also held a listening and signing party at The Cage.

Greyhound Soul opened for the Goo Goo Dolls when the played at the Rock last month. The great exodus of Phoenix radio Program Directors began with Jonathan L leaving KUKQ followed by KZONÍs Dave Logan making the run for the border.

Slippery's Jill's debut cd should be out late October/early November, according to bassist Chris Desmond. Tentatively titled "Hippie Chicks Don't Dig Me," it is produced by Tucson musician Rich Hopkins. Signed to the independent label San Jacinto Records, Slippery Jill is comprised of ex-Hippie War Machine members Jason Larson (vocals) and Brad Pos (drums, who added Desmond to their line-up. This Flagstaff group has been togethr for a year andplans to relocate to Seattle in December and begin a '96 U.S. tour in support of their release. Local dates for the mont of October include performances at Flagstaff's Monte Vista on the 12th and 26th.

Blues band George Howard and the Roadhouse Hounds will be playing at BerkyÍs on 4th Avenue on October 21st, celebrating their release of "Great American Blues You Can Use." Also on the bill that night will be Chick Rogers, who hails from Chicago. Howard said the band will undertake a tour of the Midwest next year from May through October.

Joe Rush is slated to play at Northern Arizona University on October 5th and Minder Binders in Tempe on the 6th. Last month he was featured in a radio interview on KZON in the "Studio Zone" segment.

Rock

Jayne County, New York/s longstanding transsexual punk rock legend, returned to its home state to celebrate the release of "Rock 'n Roll Cleopatra." County, who currently resides in London, performed at Don Hill's to herald in this best-of 20-song compilation cd. Originally known as Wayne County and the Electric Chairs, s/he cut a swath of visibility through the '70s with a style that amazed and mesmerized. County's autobiography, "Man Enough to be a Woman," is currently in the bookstores.

Former Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna has a cd out on Mausoleum Records called "Belladonna." Produced by Alex Perialis (Anthrax, Testament), it features 13 tracks of reportedly strong metal.

The Circle Jerks shot their video, "I Wanna Destroy You," in the streets of downtown Los Angeles with cult-film master Alex Cox ("Sid and Nancy," "Repo Man") directing. Their garb included lounge-act outfits not unlike those they wore in their 1985 "Repo Man" cameo, some cosume changes and barnyard animals. Filming for a "Repo Man" sequel will begin next year with original cast members Emilio Estevez , Harry Dean Stanton and the Circle Jerks. Mercury Records has just released their major label debut, "Oddities, Abnormalities and Curiosities."

To date, Warner Brothers weekly interactive talk show, "Cyber-Talk," has featured Chris Isaak (see EMOL review), Joni Mitchell and Elvis Costello.

I.R.S. Records introduced its "Three of Clubs" tour which featured The Daisies, hHead and The Surfing Brides. The trio co-headlined a series of clubs across the States with admission being three to five bucks a pop. Of the two-month, 27-day club-hopping jaunt, I.R.S. A&R vice-president Stevo Glendinning said, "With 'Three of Clubs' everybody wins. The promoters get a sensational risk free show that's being very well-supported by the label. The bands win because they're getting a priceless crack at the U.S. market, and most of all the fans win because they're getting a great show for an unheard-of ticket price."

"Waitin' for George," the Freewheelers' American Recordings debut, is slated for release in early 1996.

As reported by Reuters new service, Filipino Senator Vicente Sotto, a former recording artist, wants to ban records by heavy metal band Slayer in the Phillipines, claiming their songs encourage Satanism and condemn God. Sen. Sotto claimed that their tunes "threaten to weaken the moral values of music-loving Filipino youths." Fellow label mate Jonny Polonsky's debut will be out the same time as well. It's called "Hi, My Name is Jonny" and was written, performed, engineered and recorded on an 8-track machine in his mother's basement.

Love & Rockets, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Meat Beat Manifesto, and the Cocteau Twins are among the artists featured on the soundtrack of "The Doom Generation" to be released by American Recordings towards the end of the month. Appearances in the film are made by Heidi Fleiss, Amanda Bearse ("Married with Children") and Lauren Tewes ("The Love Boat").

Now that they've finished the "Sextasy Ball" tour, God Lives Underwater is off and running with KMFDM and Korn on a two month gig that started Sept. 24th and ends Oct. 25.

Opening for Tripping Daisy, Ruth Ruth just finished up a short Northeast tour that coinsided with the arrival of their debut, "Laughing Gallery." They also flew cross-country to LA where they opened for Alanis Morissette at the John Anson Ford Theatre.

Donovan is currently recording his American debut in Los Angeles.

The first annual "Concert for the C.R.E.W. ("Concerned Resource and Environmental Workers")" was held last month at Lake Casitas near Ojai, CA. Groups who performed included Big Mountain, Rooster Ra, Dynamic Pressure and the Tribal Loungemen.

Poster Children were participants in a special PSA (Public Service Announcement) for Fox-TV. The group stars as students at a school for superheros, who bring a message of self-esteem. The current Reprise record is entitled "Junior Citizen."

Seal's single "Kiss From a Rose" has set a record for the most-played record in history. BillboardÍs Hot 100 Singles chart reported it having 7,476 spins in a single week, giving it it's status as the most played record in a week, knocking off Mariah Carey's "Dream Lover" which received 7,281 spins. His self-titled debut is presently number 18 on Billboard's Top 200 LP chart. Seal appeared at MTV's Video Music Awards last month as a guest presenter.

The Los Angeles-based band, Grant Lee Buffalo will be the opening act for the next leg of R.E.M.'s tour which takes them from the Northeast coast through Iowa. In last year's Rolling Stone CriticÍs Poll, lead singer Grant Lee Phillips was voted as Best Male Vocalist. Their 1994 Slash/Reprise Records debut is "Mightly Joe Moon."

"Warped," the first single from the Red Hot Chili Peppers new LP "One Hot Minute," heralded the arrival of Warner Brothers Internet site in August.


Lounge/Crooners

To celebrate Frank Sinatra's 80th birthday, Reprise Records has compiled the most comprehensive collection of his music. "Frank Sinatra: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings" features more than 450 songs and over 24 hours of listening time (God bless). The work includes Sinatra's collaborations with Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis, Jr., Nancy Sinatra Quincy Jones and Rosemary Clooney. It's due out on his birthday, December 12th. Feliz Cumpleanos!

Country

Johnny Cash is currently in LA working on demos for his follow-up LP with American Recordings Rick Rubin.

Music Industry

Capricorn Records has named Matthew Howard as Computer Services Manager. Previously, he had been the Publicity Coordinator. Paula Donner has joined the roster as a Publicist and works in the Nashville office. Also new on the staff is Roger Groce, Publicity Assistant.

Reprise Records President Howie Klein announced the company has a site on the Internet: http://www.RepriseRec.com/. Beside all the usual attractions- audio previews, videos, software, text and photography- this November will see the release of their first CD+ project, Randy Newman's "Faust." An updated version of the Goethe classic, it will feature James Taylor as the Lord, Don Henley as Faust, Elton John as Angel Rick, Newman as the Devil and Linda Rondstadt and Bonnie Raitt as Margaret and Martha.



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