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    Review: The Second Coming - A Love Story

    An Interview from the Edge of the Apocalypse: A Conversation with Author Scott Pinsker The brand-new novel, The Second Coming: A Love Story, is not for the faint of heart – and neither is the author. Scott Pinsker is a nationally-recognized publicity expert who has done it all in the marketing world: Maxim Magazine photo shoots with NFL superstars (including one, whom we won’t mention by name, who was… ahem… imprisoned for dogfighting), celebrity media training, Hollywood films and spearheading branding campaigns for properties ranging from MMA to private yacht clubs.  He began writing for FOXNews.com as a “marketing expert” in 2012, when an FNC producer forwarded his personal marketing analysisof Mitt Romney’s campaign lossto others at the network.  The rest, as they say, is history.  His columns now run all over ‘Web (including his most recent marketing analysis of the Washington Redskins name and brand controversy). I received an early release of his de ...

    by iceberg
    Thursday, 17 July 2014
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    Rearview Ghost - Devils Backbone

    Coming off their previous release, Revolution of an Open Mind, Rearview Ghost didn’t do themselves any favors by setting a high bar for this one, Devils Backbone. They do continue on with the same power vocals and driving sound that’s gotten them this far, but they've taken it to a more southern grind. One song stands out as a "growth potential” to me and I’ll get to that soon. This is one release you need for your collection and if nothing else, you’ve got more great southern grinding rock and roll to get you through the day. Never anything wrong with that now is there? Doing the vocals that you’ll never forget is Josie. She flat out brings it every song and the power from her lungs could likely provide windmill electricity to small towns for a month. The other two members of the band are guitarist Craig Shadix and on base, Flip Cooper. Rearview Ghost to me is simply one of the best things to come out of Alabama in a long long time. Huntsville to be specific. While ...

    by iceberg
    Thursday, 17 July 2014
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    when you troll an iceberg, you takes your chances...

    Recently someone nice looking young lady wanted to add me as a friend on facebook. I didn’t see any mutual friends and it just “smelled funny” but I was bored so I said sure. A few minutes later *she* hit me up and started a conversation. Bad idea.     Her: Are you there? Me: I'm actually over there   Her: Mean Me: I'm thinking of coming out of my closet   Her: Where are you from Me: 1965   Her: What for Me: For someone who read my bio, found me "interesting" kinda a bad question. Have a good life   (ok, so that didn’t work and they came back again) Her: Ok are you married Me: Yes. To myself. I have control issues. But to my credit, I did play hard to get   Her: Omo iya (apparently Nigerian) Me. I came home one day, I was there. Screw it. I left.   Her: Bowoni Me: So you've been there too   Her: Where u from Me: 1965. Can we move this o ...

    by iceberg
    Thursday, 05 June 2014
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    Bullies - Normalizing the Extreme

    For what I'm about to say, I need to preface it with I do not condone bullies or taunting other people. I can’t swing a dead cat without hitting someone who has been a “victim” of this “crime” and yea, there are times I really wanted to extract my revenge on said bully. I believe most of us would feel the same way. But there comes a time when things are taken too far in our society today and we try to "normalize the extreme", not explore it. Not accept it. Certainly, not understand it. You see, it’s been branded by many as pure evil and social networking has shown us time and time again bullies are evil and must be stopped at all costs. Even Shinedown got into the action before it really became cool to be the victim. To me, that’s what it has come down to. It’s cool to be the victim. You get accolades, encouragement, likes on your post, and people coming to your rescue that would never have done it before. You see, until you were a victim, people pretty much ignored you ...

    by iceberg
    Wednesday, 04 June 2014
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    So, you want to start a radio station?

    Between people coming to Renegade, finding us on facebook (yea, right. People are too busy showing off their lunch to give a damn who else is out there) or being involved in discussion groups such as linked in and so forth, I see a lot of people asking “man, help me setup a radio station!” One of my first questions back is “why”? Oddly enough that stops a lot of people in their tracks. If you don’t stop and think about the whys and what’s, you wind up doing this for: 1.       Love of music 2.       Your friends 3.       All the wrong reasons You see, the problem is NOT building a site, the problem is building an audience. If you simply do the whole “if you build it they will come” attitude, you’ll be damned to hell watching Kevin Costner movies for the rest of your life. I mean seriously, how did he ever get a 2nd movie deal? Anyway, I digress. However, prepare yourself, ...

    by iceberg
    Sunday, 11 May 2014
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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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