TA+ (Tim Arnold) new single

The new single from Tim Arnold or TA+ as he is now known after undergoing a Transhumanism ceremony. It includes VR simulations of #MargotRobbie, #KanyeWest, #JeremyCorbyn, #StephenFry, #Beyonce, #OprahWinfrey, #JulianAssange, #DonaldTrump, #TheresaMay, #Elvis, #LindsayKemp, #JustinTrudeau, #Adele and #SalvadorDali

You can pre-order the single here and it is released on 29 September

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SISTERS OF MERCY UK dates

The Sisters of Mercy have announced a 5-date UK tour this Autumn:

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Formed in 1981 the band has a back catalogue spanning four decades and regularly performs new songs along with their well-known hits during live performances.

The Sisters of Mercy are Andrew Eldritch, Chris Catalyst and Ben Christo – plus one additional key member, Doktor Avalanche, a drum machine/sampler/synth device that constantly evolves over the band’s history.

They arrive back in the UK fresh from a tour of South America, including a performance in Rio, Brazil, on the final day of the 2016 Paralympic Games.

Commenting on the tour Chris Catalyst said –

We’re looking forward to visiting a few places that The Sisters have not played for some time. We’ll be playing some very classic songs and wearing some very outlandish shirts. And we’ll be seeing you down the front.

Andrew Eldritch added –

We are still hard, we are still shiny, you will like it.

Tour dates:

Sat 19 Nov                Norwich UEA

Tue 22 Nov    Birmingham O2 Institute

Wed 23 Nov              Bristol O2 Academy

Fri 25 Nov                  Liverpool Olympia

Sat 26 Nov                Sheffield University Foundry

Tickets go on sale on Friday 16 September at 10am via www.myticket.co.uk

New book: BRITCOMS FAQ

Britcoms FAQ is a sweeping survey of the very best in British television comedy, from the early days of 1950s television, and the rise of Tony Hancock, through the golden age of Monty PythonAre You Being Served?, and Steptoe And Son – featuring the madcap comic geniuses of the ’80s – to the modern age of Absolutely FabulousCouplingRed Dwarf, and more.

Written with both a deep love and cultural understanding of the shows, highlighting the finest performances and resurrecting the greatest jokes, Britcoms FAQ also visits the medium’s transition from radio to television, its history on vinyl and compact disc, and its thematic shift from straight-forward humor to a sometimes biting force for political and social commentary.

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Included are chapters spotlighting the sitcoms’ fascination with dysfunctional families, their rebellion against conventional society, and the changing face of the media itself. The legacy of Monty Python is explored in depth, but so are such themes as class warfare, censorship, and even suicide. Britcoms long ago determined that very little is sacred when there’s laughter to be had – and Britcoms FAQproves it!

THE NEAL MORSE BAND new album

Looking forward to this one…enjoy Neal Morse’s work and only one album of his I haven’t really got into, that was ‘?’.

The journey of Neal Morse has seen three decades of musical accomplishments, the latest being the inception of The Neal Morse Band. Morse has forged many relationships over the years with his other bands, Spock’s Beard, Flying Colors, and Transatlantic. However, the most compelling and fruitful efforts have been those with drummer Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Flying Colors, Transatlantic, ex-Dream Theater).

Now the current line-up of “The Neal Morse Band” Morse, Portnoy, bassist Randy George, keyboardist Bill Hubauer and guitarist Eric Gillette – brings forth “The Similitude of a Dream”, a concept album to be released 11th November on Radiant Records via Metal Blade Records/SONY. This will be the eighth studio album with Morse, Portnoy and George, and the second as a true collaboration with this current line-up.

Anyone who pre-orders the new album will automatically receive two free MP3 tracks. Fans can pre-order “The Similitude of a Dream” directly from Radiant Records – http://radiantrecords.com.

Clocking in at over 100 minutes, this amazing piece of PROG storytelling will leave you breathless, exhilarated, amused and fulfilled in a way that only inspired music can. It will be available in various formats: a two CD package, a Special Edition with the two CDs and “The Making of a Dream” DVD, or as three vinyl records along with two CD’s.

Watch the official lyric video for the songs – “Long Day” and “Overture” here –

Together, Morse and Portnoy have launched four bands, but the one that has endured the longest and thus with the most musical output has been The Neal Morse Band. Over the years, Morse, along with Portnoy and George, always assembled musicians as needed to support Neal’s solo music. In 2012, they held auditions to find the musicians needed to fill out the band as a permanent line-up that would write music collectively. Hubauer and Gillette joined the band after three days of auditions. The fivesome went on to release The Grand Experiment in 2014, and the Alive Again live DVD/2 CD in 2015.

The Similitude of a Dream” is loosely and sometimes directly based on the book, Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan,” explains Neal Morse. “The book’s original title was The Pilgrim’s Progress from this world to that which is to come, delivered under the similitude of a dream, and was originally published in 1678. The book chronicles the spiritual journey of a man from the City of Destruction to a place of Deliverance. Someone had suggested to me that I do a concept album based on this book, but I kind of forgot about it. Then when I began writing new songs last December, the suggestion came to my mind. I had never read the book, so I Googled the SparkNotes story outline and began to write some little song bits and instrumentals based on what I had read. Those bits combined with the ideas that the other guys brought to the table then miraculously exploded into this double concept album. Funny thing is, this album only really covers about the first 75 or 80 pages. Maybe we should’ve made a five disc collection! Well, we’ll save that for later. Ha.”

Album Track Listing:

Disc 1:

1. Long Day

2. Overture

3. The Dream

4. City Of Destruction

5. We Have Got To Go

6. Makes No Sense

7. Draw The Line

8. The Slough

9. Back To The City

10. The Ways Of A Fool

11. So Far Gone

12. Breath Of Angels

 

Disc 2:

1. Slave To Your Mind

2. Shortcut to Salvation

3. The Man in The Iron Cage

4. The Road Called Home

5. Sloth

6. Freedom Song

7. I’m Running

8. The Mask

9. Confrontation

10. The Battle

11. Broken Sky / Long Day (Reprise)

Tour dates:

Jan 15 Nashville, TN – Venue TBA

Jan 17 Seattle, WA – Triple Door

Jan 18 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom

Jan 21 Whittier, CA – Center Theater

Jan 22 Phoenix, AZ – Nesbitt-Elliott Playhouse Theater

Jan 24 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater

Jan 25 Dallas, TX – Curtain Club

Jan 27 St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater

Jan 28 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom

Jan 29 Toronto, ONT – Mod Room

Jan 31 Montreal, QUE – Club Soda

Feb 01 Quebec City, QUE – Salle Jean Paul Tardif

Feb 02 New York, NY – Highline Ballroom

Feb 03 Washington DC – State Theater

Feb 07 – 11 Cruise To the Edge

March 22 Barcelona, Spain – Apolo

March 23 Milan, Italy – Venue TBA

March 24 Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7

March 25 Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colo-Saal

March 26 Berlin, Germany – Lido

March 28 Warsaw, Poland – Progresja Music Zone

March 29 Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle

March 30 Verviers, Belgium – Spirit of 66

March 31 Cologne, Germany – Stollwerck

April 01 Malmo, Sweden – KB

April 02 Tilburg, Holland – O13

April 04 Luxembourg – Rockhal

April 05 Paris, France – Divan Du Monde

April 06 Birmingham, England – O2 Academy 2

April 07 Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABC

April 08 Manchester, England – O2 Ritz

April 09 London, England – O2 Islington Academ

April 12 Tel Aviv, Israel – Havana Club

May 6th Gettysburg PA – RosFest

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Chart watch w/e 11 Sep

Great to see the Divine Comedy debut at number 7 with their rather good new album ‘Foreverland’. This is the band’s highest ever chart placing for a studio album.

The Freddie Mercury compilation – it compiled all his singles and their B-sides – charted at number 31. King Crimson charted at number 71 (number 3 in the rock charts) – the band’s last couple of studio albums failed to make the top 100, although to be fair the band are not about chart placings or album sales.

In the book charts pre-orders of Bruce Springsteen’s memoir ‘Born To Run’ (published 27 Sep) put him at no.4 in the Amazon Hot New Releases chart and number 18 on the top 100 chart. Lee Child is no.20 with his latest Jack Reacher installment ‘Night School’ (published 7 Nov).

One album band wonders

 

After recently playing the excellent ‘Under The One Sky’ album by the Distance, I took to wondering what other bands released one stonking album and then disappeared/split up.

Here are three for starters…

The Distance’s sole album came out in 1989 and is a good mix of soul, funk and melodic rock featuring vocalist Robert Hart (later to join Bad Company) plus a lot of members from Powerstation including Chic’s drummer Tony Thomson and Bernard Edwards.

Dirty White Boy’s album ‘Bad Reputation’ came out in 1990 and featured David Glenn Eisley on vocals, fresh from fronting 80’s melodic rockers Guiffria. He was joined by Bowie guitarist Earl Slick. This is a good time hard rock album and a real shame they never did a follow-up album.

One of the first new bands I came across with GRTR! was Black #5 who sadly made one excellent album, ‘Last Few Hours’, then disappeared. One of the many good songs on their album…

 

THIRSTY Reveals ‘Albatross’ Album

Their debut album is well worth a listen and my good friend and fellow GRTR! reviewer Nikk Gunns loved their album. 

UK rockers Thirsty, featuring Guy Bailey (founder of English rock band The Quireboys) and Russian poet, Irina D to release their second album “Albatross” on November 7 via Thristy Music. The new album derives its name from the lead off single and is entitled “Albatross”. The album artwork can be viewed below.

It’s “steady as she goes” for the sophomore album, as Thirsty develop their winning formula. Once again, Thirsty rely on legendary Rolling Stones producer Chris Kimsey for production, mixing, mastering and all round inspiration. The creative impetus for the album is once again the songwriting collaboration between Bailey and Russian poet Irina D.

Track listing:

1. The Albatross
2. Chaos
3. Orlando
4. Say it ain’t so Joe
5. Black Hole
6. Beat of her heart
7. Va banque
8. Shore of light
9. Parliament of fools
10. Cosmic Aphrodite
11. Patriotic little trash

As was the case for the debut album “Thirsty”, Guy Bailey himself sings lead vocals and plays all guitars on “Albatross” – whilst the line up of the band is completed with drums/percussion from Simon Hanson of Squeeze and bass/keys from Chris Johnstone (Quireboys). And, just as before, the album features guest backing vocals from rock/soul diva Lynne Jackaman (Jackaman/Saint Jude).

Thirsty firmly believe in the enduring immediacy of the three-minute formula. The pop/rock art form defined by the 45 RPM single format which required records no more than three minutes long. The finest examples built on an original mix of deceptively simple lyrics and powerful rhythmic accompaniment to create a striking new art form which transformed popular culture. The pop song format was transformed by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. And the potential of the disposable pop/rock song was further expanded by Andy Warhol; The Velvet Underground; Lou Reed; Bowie; Dylan and Pink Floyd. As with many of the best art forms, Thirsty believe that working within the disciplines of a simple but strict structure is not limiting but provides the best artists with the opportunity to be most creative. Less is more.

“Fantastic Album! Thirsty’s dark beats and darker stories get you hooked and leave you wanting more” – Chris Kimsey (Rolling Stones, Peter Tosh).

Bailey’s downbeat vocals are suited to the dark heart of songs like elegiac sounding ‘Libertine’ or the ever-brooding ‘Surgery’ “ – Classic Rock

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