Showing posts from September, 2019

2nd Annual MisplacedStraws Rock Hall Snubs

It's almost that time of year again  Traditionally, the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame announces its finalists for possible induction in mid-October.  Last year I published the first ever MisplacedStraws Rock Hall Snubs . Of the ten bands listed two were actually inducted (Def Leppard and Stevie Nicks) which opens up two spots on this year's list.  The eight bands from last year that were not inducted (actually, none of them were even nominated) remain and two new bands take their place.  I give you the 2019 edition of MisplacedStraws Rock Hall Snubs: 1 - Iron Maiden Eligible Since - 2005 Iron Maiden was number 2 last year, but after a gigantic US tour celebrating their legacy they move up to the #1 spot.  There wasn't an empty seat to be found at any Maiden show this summer. The depth of their catalog is such that even after playing 16 songs over more than two hours there were still  classic songs that went unplayed.    Iron Maiden have never been nominated.

New Music Showcase: The Statistics - The Robson Street Hymns

It's always great to come across a new band that grabs your attention after just one listen.  The Statistics, hailing from British Columbia, Canada are one of those bands.  The duo, made up of brothers Darby and Erin Yule, just released The Robson Street Hymns , a record that combines influences such as Gaslight Anthem and Bruce Springsteen with their own brand of Americana.  I had the pleasure to talk with both brothers about their new record and what influenced them.  Press Play below to hear that conversation: Darby and Erin Yule have been playing music together for most of their lives.  When talking about the progression of The Statistics,  Darby points out that "most of our style is based around (that) we grew up playing punk rock and then moved into playing more singer songwriter kind of material and then as that kind of progressed we basically created what we would call our our very own sound. As we say,  that's kind of where it all started was punk rock in

A Conversation with Keyboardist Mark Mangold of American Tears

In the early to mid 1970's British keyboard players ruled the rock world.  From Keith Emerson to Rick Wakeman to John Lord, keys ruled the day.  American Tears, from Long Island, NY, and their keyboard virtuoso Mark Mangold, was the American response providing over-the-top keyboard heroics with a rock sensibility.  Now Mark and American Tears are back with a great new record, White Flags , and he took some time while in Stockholm, Sweden, to talk about his career and the new music. Please press Play below for the Conversation with Mark Mangold: On the beginnings of American Tears - We were really exploring at lot of the keyboards and synths that were being invented at the time.  We started with the Hammond organ, which was popular, and then synths were invented and something called a Mellotron, which was a keyboard that actually had tapes that were  recordings of whatever it was, meaning an orchestra with a string section, it had some good sounds.  We w