Moving In Stereo...
By: Darren Paltrowitz
Springtime has finally hit New York and with that comes the expected flood of summer concert announcements and reunion tours. While that alone is great, Moving In Stereo is pleased to announce that it has three albums to give away -- more details on that can be found below.
Before things get underway, however, here are some recommended titles that have been playing around the office since Volume 13 hit browsers, shelves, and tables around the world:
-Dinosaur Jr. You're Living All Over Me (Merge Records)
-Motion City Soundtrack Commit This To Memory (Epitaph Records)
-Tracy Bonham Blink The Brightest (Zoe Records)
-Tsar Band -- Girls -- Money (TVT Records)
-Reel Big Fish We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy (Jive Records)
--From The Island
A Long Island five-piece that recently inked a deal with Hotfoot Records, Novemberkills has resurfaced with a new lead vocalist, Dave Deceglie, and a new full length, Russian Roulette. Produced by Mike Watts, who also has work with Hopesfall and As Tall As Lions to his credit, "Roulette" showcases an on-the-rise band that ought to go far thanks to its hooks and its DIY work ethic--A prot?g? of John Gatto, who helped formed The Good Rats, Anne-Regina is a shamelessly-pop artist that's earned rave reviews from writers in Good Times, Aural Fix, and The Long Island Press. Best Kept Secret is Anne-Regina's recent release and amongst its 12 tracks is a song provided by the publishing company of Paul McCartney--A new addition to the Deep Elm roster is the Huntington-based Latterman. The three songs featured on the quartet's recent EP are said to be featured on No Matter Where We Go, which will hit stores this summer. Until then, MP3's of Latterman can be previewed at http://www.purevolume.com/latterman.
--From The Stage
On a triple bill at Webster Hall headlined by New Found Glory, Eisley performed first of three before a near-sold-out all-ages crowd. Sticking entirely to music from Room Noises -- one of the finer Warner Brothers releases to come out this year -- the Texas quintet's rich harmonies and haunting melodies definitely won over some new fans. More direct and far less serious was Reggie & The, as fronted by Get Up Kids (and New Found Glory) keyboardist James DeWees. Although there in support of Songs Not To Get Married To, the Easter Bunny-suit-wearing collective also incorporated a fair amount of favorites from Greatest Hits 1984-1987, Promotional Copy, and 2003's Under The Tray. However, an undeniable set highlight was the act's Moog-heavy reworking of Slayer favorite "Raining Blood."--Also part of a three-act evening, the L.A.-based Alaska! Began their set to a near-empty room that slowly built out to a capacity crowd. Featuring ex-members of Sebadoh, Red Aunts, and Lowercase, Alaska! is fronted by the hard-not-to-watch Imaad Wasif. Always flailing limbs and antagonizing show-watchers when not at the microphone, Wasif is a star in the making and "Kiss You" is a song that ought to bring this trio more attention. Co-headlining with The Bravery, Ash filled its hour-plus set with as many selections from Meltdown as favorites from Trailer, 1977, Nu-Clear Sounds, and Free All Angels. 20-somethings that initially formed in the early 1990's, Ash puts on a high-energy show that manages to be devoid of clich?s and pointless banter. Listeners of classic rock radio ought to have appreciated the cover of fellow countrymen Thin Lizzy in the mid-encore's "The Boys Are Back In Town"--Superdrag went on hiatus in late 2003, but the time since has seen all of its members play on released recordings. Frontman John Davis, especially, has been keeping busy between session work and his self-titled solo album, as recently put out by Rambler Records. Headlining at The Mercury Lounge, Davis -- whose band included Sixpence None The Richer's Matt Slocum -- showcased a well-received new song, "I Need Someone," amongst would-be singles like "Me & My Girl" and "Nothing Gets Me Down."
--From The Screen
As one of the more mysterious figures in classic rock, Syd Barrett is profiled in the insightful Voiceprint-released DVD titled The Pink Floyd And Syd Barrett Story. Featuring members of Pink Floyd, Humble Pie's Jerry Shirley, Blur's Graham Coxon, and Robyn Hitchcock, this collection of interviews and rare early footage was originally aired by the BBC in 2001. But those who view the 25 minutes of extras on this home video will be treated to acoustic versions of three Barrett-penned songs by Coxon and Hitchcock--Cinderella hasn't put out a new full-length within the past 5 years, but long-time fans should be thrilled with the group's new home video, Rocked, Wired & Bluesed. Showing the band at various phases of its career, Rocked features 10 music videos, commentary from Tom Keifer and Eric Brittingham, and behind-the-scenes studio footage from 1990's Heartbreak Station. Those craving more of present-day Cinderella can see the group on 2005's Rock Never Stops Tour--Featuring more than three hours of footage, Bigg Snoop Dogg's Puff Puff Pass Tour DVD shows a world tour of Snoop Dogg with both on-stage and off-stage clips. Alternating between performances of Snoop's big hits, on-the-road goofing around, and the occasional sentimental moment, viewers of this release are bound to start missing Doggy Fizzle Televizzle.
If you have news to report for the next edition of Moving In Stereo, press releases and all other correspondence for Darren should be sent to [email protected]. As per the contest mentioned above, the following albums will be given away to readers of Moving In Stereo:
? Action Action"Don't Cut Your Fabric To This Year's Fashion" (Victory Records)
? Tiger Beat Wolf"Tiger Beat Wolf" (Hello Sir Records)
? Zox"Take Me Home" (Zox Music)
To enter the contest, please email me at [email protected].