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    Introducing, Rearview Ghost

    You gotta love it when the lead singer for a band you’ve come across is hotter than a Texas summer. You gotta love it even more when this is just where things begin. Hailing out of Huntsville, Alabama, the south is producing yet another powerful female vocalist in Josia who brings it time and time again. And again. With Flip Cooper I suppose on bass and Craig Shadix on guitar, this power trio will take you on a soulful trip where I fully recommend energy drinks to keep up. Their self titled release can be found on their website but I *strongly* suggest you ensure you’ve got a bit more than a 1” speaker in your phone to truly appreciate their sound and talents. Hell they’re rocking my JBL studio monitors now and pushing them to their limits. Both my speakers and me LOVE IT! I could go into a complete review of their first release, but what I’m really waiting for is their new EP coming out hopefully next month and a live interview on the icehouse. Between now and then the iceb ...

    by iceberg
    Saturday, 19 April 2014
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    social media crumbles again

    I believe I made my position clear on how I feel about guns and gun control in my article “They Say That Guns Don’t Kill People”, so I’m on record that I’m against most of the gun control out there. I’m all for better education, I’m all for exploring ways to reduce gun violence; I feel we all should be. My ideas are clear in that article so I won’t rehash them here, but a recap would be that the liberals who don’t know what they’re talking about are the first that should be educated on guns. That out of the way, a new terror is upon us.  Facebook has buckled under pressure from the liberal anti-gun groups and won’t allow the sale of guns through their site any longer. Or will they? In a rapid fire reverse decision, Facebook stands tall for their beliefs and crumbles under pressure from the NRA. Sort of. You can’t make efforts to avoid the law. You must be over 18 to talk about guns. (if someone could explain that bit of nonsense to me, I’d appreciate it) and in ...

    by iceberg
    Thursday, 13 March 2014
  • Craving Strange - "A Life Exceptional" Review

    It takes a lot for me to get excited about an album these days.. Maybe it's oversaturation of the market, maybe it's oversaturation of my brain from listening to so many different artists over the years that I tend to lose track of what kicks ass anymore. Maybe I'm just A.D.D. and can't stay focused on something that doesn't grab me within the first few seconds of a tune..  That's just a single tune. An Entire Album? To have me hooked front to back? That's damned near impossible lately. Sure you've got a lot of O-K albums out there, One or three awesome tracks while the rest is just filler.   That's not the case at all with Craving Strange's latest release, "A Life Exceptional". Front to back, top to bottom, side to side, it's a solid release - Each track has the full potential to grab you at one point or another - Be it with Catchy, well-executed rhythms, a snazzy riff, a lead that tears right down to the bone, or lyrics which go right past the  bone ...

    by Sean "Twisted" Wernersbach
    Saturday, 22 February 2014
  • Deaf Havana - Old Souls

    Sometimes a band comes along and their work simply makes you fall in love with music all over again. Deaf Havana did this for me. I found some of their pre-release tunes for their upcoming release “Old Souls” and in a rare move, I pre-ordered the rest, anxiously awaiting what I anticipated would be just as good as the (4) I had. First, Deaf Havana is comprised of James, Chris, Tom, Wilson, Matthew and Max. I’d love to give you more information on the musicians but after perusing through their official website, I’ve come to find they don’t have a bio page to speak of and even their facebook page only gives me this base info. I can tell you they’re a UK based band out of King’s Lynn. My only guess from here is they want you to focus on the music, and I’m 100% fine with that. In all of my years I've never been so far from home, My surroundings will change but I can't help from feeling alone. Lights – Deaf Havana In another rare move, Old Souls, the bands 1st offici ...

    by iceberg
    Thursday, 20 February 2014
  • What's in a Cover?

    Let me start with a  quote that I've repeated over the years - "I love cover songs, but hate tribute bands." Listen, I can appreciate an artist's accomplishments.. I can completely appreciate adoring an artists' career, their songwriting, a particular style of playing an instrument - How they make themselves unique and stand out as opposed to the rest.    I can also apprecaite wanting to pay tribute to said artist - be it in mentioning them as an influence, trying to emulate certain parts of their uniqe style - The Misfits, for example, made their trademark 'devillock' hairstyle a hit fashion.. Eddie Van Halen influenced Thousands (Maybe millions?) of aspiring guitarists over the years with his shred-style lead on "Eruption". Green Day inspired millions to make the general public listen to them whine.. Jon Bon Jovi made people think New Jersey is cool again (Maybe that's a stretch). I Could even appreciate wanting to do a one-off show or album, to show one's a ...

    by Sean "Twisted" Wernersbach
    Thursday, 06 February 2014
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    Blowing it up, Again...

    I can't help myself. I'm forever trying to improve the site, the look, the feel, make up for ignoring the last site for 4 months while i let myself get frustrated working on this one...it's what i do. it's who i am. it's what i'm meant to do with my life. note to self, stop being so melodramatic. now i did have some specific goals for the new site. i'm TRYING to be HTML5 compliant to allow mobile and tablet users get the same experience as pc users and so far, so good. still got some work do to on bringing back the archives of our audio shows, reviews, icepicks, jemini's live captured interviews and streams and so forth, but we'll get it there soon. so we're now "live" and launched, we're still a work in progress. honestly i don't think i could have it any other way. ok, so just what are the improvements? hopefully the layout is easier for people to use and get around. our player is now embedded at the top with a pop out feature. if you can't see the player on the to ...

    by iceberg
    Saturday, 01 February 2014
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    Where Music Goes To Play...

    It was mid-summer 2006, I'd say. I was working graveyards at a local convenience-supermart (Shop smart, Shop S-mart..!) and I was obsessed with a website called Lost Cherry. Lost cherry has gone through a few name changes over the years, and currently can be found as Fubar.    One of the things that had me obsessed with this particular site, was what were (and still are) Glorified, fully-customizable chat rooms, called Lounges. You had your regulars who would chatter about the latest drama, and then there were a few who were more interested in the Music involved in a lot of these lounges.  That's what drew me to them - The Music. Maybe not so much WHAT was being played, but the fact that, Most of them had their own DJ's. Pretty swell, right? Getting to blast your tunes and tell everyone why they're awesome! I thought it was, at least.    So, Thinking this was an awesome way for me to play some of my obscure bands (Dommin, FTW!) I totally boug ...

    by Sean "Twisted" Wernersbach
    Friday, 31 January 2014
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    South of Sorrow - Conspiracy Theory

    Sometimes it takes an ending to find a new beginning. This is very true for the soulful band South of Sorrow. Frontman Faddle was seeing his band Callous come to a close then he and Nick Minix got together and started writing music very quickly. From the very beginning their focus was on original music and while their first album, "Out of the Darkness" generated local success, the band was primed and ready for more.   Enlisting the help of Indie Rocker Jeff Rains, the trio followed his guidance, rejected an offer from a label and went the way of the Indie artist in a time of confusion in the industry.   Currently, South of Sorrow consists of Harrison Montgomery on Bass & backup vocals, Nick Minix serves as the drummer and additional back up vocals and then we have Faddle, frontman, guitar and lead vocalist. If you're wondering "why" *South of Sorrow* well it's done to fit the soulful lyrics and sound the band produces and once you hear songs such as Add ...

    by iceberg
    Monday, 27 January 2014
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