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May 2, 2015

10cc/Godley & Creme Legend Kevin Godley Releases New Book SPACECAKE on iBooks!


Ireland - SPACECAKE chronicles the misadventures of a debauched and dangerous masochist as he tantrums his way through the sleazy worlds of Rock & Roll, music video and technology, each squalid escapade dragging him ever deeper into a repugnant maelstrom of sordid excess...well sort of. A wee bit. Actually...not remotely.

It’s all about the work really.

If you don’t recognize the name, Kevin Godley was a founder member of ground breaking UK band 10cc. (Their single, “I'm Not In Love” continues to be one of the best selling records of all time). As one half of Godley & Creme he went on to pioneer the notion of music video as an art form and was responsible for iconic clips by artists such as Herbie Hancock, The Police, Duran Duran, Lou Reed & Frankie Goes to Hollywood etc, continuing to up his game in solo mode with U2, Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney, The Beatles & Blur amongst others. KG thrives on re-inventing himself and SPACECAKE, his first book, takes you on an interactive tour of his life via pictures, music, film clips and 27 chapters of abstract insight into how everything from the first hits to WholeWorldBand, his music/video collaboration app, got made. It’s dark in some of the corners though...so make sure you bring a torch.

Kevin Michael Godley (born 7 October 1945, Prestwich, Lancashire, England) is a British musician, writer and music video director.

He was born in a family with Jewish ancestry, and went to North Cestrian Grammar School in Altrincham. His first band was Group 17 which had its origins in the Jewish Lads Brigade (The JLB). The members were Henri Shalam, Bernard Suffrin, Sydney Kaye and Jeffrey Baker, whose father may have inspired the “Sergeant Baker” character in the 10cc song, “Rubber Bullets”.

While attending art college in Manchester Godley met Lol Creme and formed several bands, most notably Hotlegs and 10cc. After leaving 10cc the two became known as Godley & Creme, both as musicians and music video / TV commercials directors. They won many MTV awards for their unique films and were jointly nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Long Form for: The Police: Synchronicity Concert in 1986.

Godley writes, sings, and plays drums and percussion and in 1990 conceived and directed the TV music special “One World One Voice” that featured a global piece of music focussing on environmental and ecological issues. Godley also became a vegetarian during this period.

Both Godley and Lol Creme briefly “reunited” with their former 10cc bandmates Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman on the 1992 album, “Meanwhile”. However, Godley claims that their involvement with the project was very limited, as the album was dominated by studio musicians. He performed the lead vocal on “The Stars Didn't Show”, the band's tribute to the late Roy Orbison. It was the only song on the album not sung by Stewart. Following “Meanwhile”, Godley and Creme went their separate ways.

He reunited with another former 10cc member, Graham Gouldman, to record new music in 2006 as GG/06, and together they have recorded six new songs which are available via their website www.gg06.co.uk

Recently, Godley has moved into developing a music platform that combines audio and video to create a global recording studio in the cloud called “WholeWorldBand” (www.wholeworldband.com). The company was nominated for the “SXSW Music Accelerator Award” in 2013 and was one of eight finalists selected from a pool of over 500.

SPACECAKE, the book, is available for download from iBooks and can be read on any Mac iOS device.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/spacecake/id976249225?mt=11

http://www.gg06.co.uk/shop/section.php?xSec=2

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

April 30, 2015

Progressive/Concept Review: Purposeful Porpoise (Self Titled)

Release Date: Late 2015 Physical CD/Digital Copies Available
Label: Indie
This is another of those gems that would have missed the prog radar of this reviewer. The album, Purposeful Porpoise, should I have come across it in a record store, would probably not have been looked at, and that would have been a huge loss. The band, also Purposeful Porpoise, isn’t a supergroup in the true sense of the word, but is a super group in that, despite today’s digital knowhow, the members of this band all head to the studio together, and record together rather than send individual completed parts from various parts of the world. This does have an effect on the way the music will evolve when recording.

The debut album from the band, Purposeful Porpoise, is a concept album dealing with the futuristic aquatic world, Nommos, where the inhabitants are dolphin-like bi-peds, living peacefully until their power source is stolen and transported away. This launches a battle between the two inevitable sides, Good and Evil. This is a quest for survival in a world occupied by Air Pirates, warriors, mystics, savages, villains and saviours. This is the very fabric of classical progressive concept albums, such as, Olias of Sunhillow by Jon Anderson. (1974) Purposeful Porpoise, the band, is a 5 piece group comprising, Alex Cora (lead guitar, vocals), Vinnie Colainta (drums), Derek Sherinian (keyboards), Ric Fierabracci (bass) and Ginny Luke (violin). There are also a few guests on the recording, Gustavo Farias (moog solo), Matt Linsky (guitar solo), Collette Von (vocals), David Kirsch (vocals) and Luke Tierney (vocals).

Purposeful Porpoise, the album, is a 9 track double album, with a total playing time of around 83 minutes. The longest track, also the opening track, is “Crossing Into The Unknown” is an epic reaching out towards the 21 minute mark (20:47). The shortest track on offer on the album is “Which Way Is Up” at only 4:22 minutes.

Opening with the epic 20+minute “Crossing Into The Unknown,” the album gets off to a flyer. There is a simple acoustic guitar start with some violin, bass and synth joining in. The drums then herald a stunningly memorable passage by the violin/synths. This theme ebbs and flows then the tempo changes allowing the entry of the vocals in a passage that is a much more driving passage. The interplay between the male and female vocal fits like a glove, with the vocals both clear and harmonious. The violin is an ever-present instrument, ducking and diving around in the background. Around the 3:30 minute mark, there is an echo put onto the voice to act as the “narrator” before the vocals move back to the male/female interaction. The violin picks up the intensity of the sound as the track enters another varied passage of acoustic guitar and violin. The superb aural landscape being painted is left to the imagination of the listener. Just on the 7 minute mark there is a very simply, but catchy, acoustic guitar which announces the arrival of a symphonic synth theme, plus more “informative” styled vocals. The violin work provided by Ginny continues to be a foundation of the track and at times is very reminiscent of Darryl Way (Curved Air). Not to be outdone there is some amazing guitar work and, at times, excellent piano passages. The early themes are returned later in the track and then there is an almost spacey-like section which appears without warning. As an opening track to an album, this definitely has all the credentials, and you almost want to hear the entire track again before moving on.

“Nowhere Bound” (5:46) starts with acoustic guitar and some excellent vocals before the violin adds depth in the background. Some stunning synth and guitar allow the track to grow and build. This is a mid-paced track that slowly gets into your head as it effortlessly flows along. There is a superb synth passage before the original themes reappear and the synth appears again as the song starts to take its leave.

The final track on the album has one of those “let’s pretend to be tuning up” style starting points, before the track proper kicks in around 60 seconds. Driving guitars, both electric and acoustic, bass and drums are supplemented by crystal clear forceful vocals. The tempo changes into the third minute with an insistent synth adding power to the vocal before a return to the starting tempo. This chop/change tempo continues as the synth reappears, until a very different synth passage soars away at the 4:45 minute point, starting deep in the background and then just slowly rising. Guitars then get a little time in the limelight before the violin provides another excellent passage. The bass gets a chance to have its say in a little solo, but I hoped that we wouldn’t get a drum solo, but I was wrong. Unfortunately, I really don’t think that a drum solo adds in any way to the flow of the music. The song ultimately fades out in a mish-mash of instruments after a voice explains the outcome of the Good versus Evil battle.

All in all, Purposeful Porpoise is a very creditable debut album, which has some simply awesome passages, but as with many concept albums, the storytelling can provide some musical pitfalls, which simply don’t work well as well. Having said all of that, Purposeful Porpoise is a very satisfying listen and is well worth giving up 90 minutes of your time to check it out. At the end of that 90 minutes, you will then have the choice to either buy the album or not, but I will certainly use the music on the radio show and listen to this album many more times.

4/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Crossing Into The Unknown, Nowhere Bound, Cycles

Tracks:
 Crossing Into The Unknown
The Air Pirates
Unexplained
iPhones
Lost
Serena’s Song
Nowhere Bound
Which Way Is Up
Cycles


Jim “The Ancient One” Lawson-Sr. Reviewer Prog Rock Music Talk

April 30, 2015

Review Provided By Prog Rock Music Talk

20th Annual USA Songwriting Competition Begins




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2015
Email: info@songwriting.net
Website: http://www.songwriting.net


 20th Annual USA Songwriting Competition Begins

Song entries are being accepted for the 20th Annual USA Songwriting Competition. Entrants vie for a top prize of $50,000 worth of cash and merchandise. Winning songs will receive radio airplay. 15 different song categories include Pop, Rock/Alt, Folk, R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Instrumental, etc.

USA Songwriting Competition is sponsored by: Sony, D'Addario Strings, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion, Airplay Access, D'Addario strings, PRS Guitars, Audio-Technica, Full Compass Music Stores, Propellerheads, Presonus, Notion Software, Sonoma Wireworks, IK Multimedia, Alfred Music, Sonicbids and more. 

USA Songwriting Competition has a long history of having winners getting recording and publishing contracts, have their songs placed on the charts as well as having their songs placed on film and television. The 2013 top winner "American Authors" hit #1 on the Billboard Charts and went double platinum, selling over 2 million copies. The 2014 top winners Justine and Kerris Dorsey (pictured) had their winning song "Best Worst Day Ever" placed in a Box Office Hit Movie "Alexander the Terrible..." Starring Jennifer Garner and Steve Carrell.

The top two winners of 2011: Nenna Yvonne and Alexander Cardinale were signed to Interscope Records after their win. The 2007 winner hit Top 10 on the Billboard charts with his winning song. The 2005 Winner of the Country category had his winning song cut by Country Superstar Faith Hill. The 2005 winner of the Pop category was signed by Interscope Records; she went on to hit Top 10 on the Billboard 200 Album charts. Our 2008 winner appeared on David Letterman TV show and was signed to a record label.
 

In it’s landmark 20th year, the 20th Annual USA Songwriting Competition is currently accepting entries from now till May 29, 2015. For more information, visit: http://www.songwriting.net/enter

April 24, 2015

Rock Legends LUCIFER'S FRIEND To Release New Best Of Compilation Feat. Bonus Disc With Four New Tracks on April 6, 2015!


London, UK - Rock legends Lucifer’s Friend have reformed in 2015, some 20+ years after they last played together. The band formed in 1970 with their influential and groundbreaking self-titled album, famous album among connoisseurs of 70's hard rock. Its heavy and majestic overtones made it a pioneer release of progressive rock genre.

The group went on to release six albums in that decade. In 1976 Lucifer's Friend suffered a hard blow when British vocalist John Lawton jumped ship for none other than Uriah Heep. The band broke up in 1982 and briefly reformed in 1994 for their ninth album “Sumo Grip”. Now they're back, after 20 years, literally by the fans' request…

Lucifer's Friend will be releasing a 10 track best of compilation titled 'Awakening', which also includes a bonus disc with four new songs, via Cherry Red Records on April 6, 2015.

Lucifer's Friend will be playing Sweden Rock Festival and the reformation is expected to be one of the most extraordinary highlights of 2015! The band is receiving a variety of offers from around the world and look forward to playing their classic tracks and new material to fans!

Peter Hesslein said: “Over the years I have been asked many times, by all sorts of people, regarding a re-union / re-formation of Lucifer's Friend. As there are currently several international bands releasing cover versions of our old songs and in particular creating a "Hype" about Lucifer's Friend amongst the skateboarder's world-wide, we thought that before it really is too late, to give our fans, especially the younger ones, a chance to experience a part of the founder members of Hard Rock...“

Dieter Horns added: “When I received the first call regarding a re-union of Lucifer's Friend, on the spot I was wide awake and electrified. In recent decades we often discussed the possibility of a restart, made ​​contact with studios and record companies, but now it should finally come true.”

John Lawton then added: “The reformation of Lucifer's Friend has been a long time coming, but we all feel that the time is right…To get back together with the guys with whom I had worked together for so many years and recorded albums that have in many respects stood the test of time, is for me, an upcoming highlight. We’re joined by Yogi Wichman on keyboards, who played on our last album Sumo Grip, but unfortunately the original drummer Addi Rietenbach died many years ago, so we will be introducing drummer Stephan Eggert into the band line-up…”

DISC ONE
1.   RIDE THE SKY
2.   IN THE TIME OF JOB
3.   KEEP GOING
4.   TOXIC SHADOWS
5.   BURNING SHIPS
6.   FUGITIVE
7.   MOONSHINE RIDER
8.   DIRTY OLD TOWN
9.   FIRE AND RAIN
10.   HEY DRIVER

DISC TWO
BONUS (FOUR NEW STUDIO RECORDINGS)
1.   PRAY
2.   RIDING HIGH
3.   DID YOU EVER
4.   THIS ROAD

Amazon: http://geni.us/AwakeningAmzn
iTunes: http://geni.us/4DvF

Official Website: www.lucifersfriend.com
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LucifersFriendOfficial

Lucifer’s Friend is exclusively represented by QEDG Management management@qedg.co.uk

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

April 23, 2015

Music Industry Veteran Launches New Music Pre-Production Service For Indie Artists

Boston, MA-April 23, 2015-Long time music industry journalist and webmaster Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck has launched a service to help Indie Artists in the early stages of recording their music.

To date Hannaleck has been involved in three projects with more lining up, from beginning to end in helping artists to create their albums. Tracks are evaluated in their most rudimentary form for the artists. The input is invaluable at the beginning stages all the way to the final mastering and sequencing. 

The process goes through four stages and can last anywhere from 1 to 3 months or longer.

Russ Suereth Commented:  Keith was patient during the initial creation process. I must say that the initial drafts were not great, because I was still trying to find my place within this new space. Keith was there to help guide my focus to an area that listeners were expecting to hear, and once I got on track I was able to take off on my own. Keith helped with a few final thoughts at the end, and also provided thoughtful and detailed descriptions of the tracks. They were very helpful in marketing my music to other people in the industry.

Any artist would benefit from Keith’s insights, experience, and deep knowledge of music and the greater music industry.

Hannaleck currently runs 4 different blogs that concentrate on music, Write A Music Review, Prog Rock Music Talk, New Age Music Reviews and Rate The Tracks. He has been in the music industry for over 16 years and is the founder of the website MuzikReviews.com which went offline last year due to an ownership change. That did not deter the man from carrying on and he continued to be a relevant part of the online music industry contributing music reviews with his staff and posting streaming media and news.

Regarding The Pre-Production Service Hannaleck States-The goal is to provide each artist with an honest assessment of each individual track. A further recommendation for additional instruments or removal of the same helps to make the tracks better in sound and overall texture and presentation. After several iterations of evaluations and short reviews of each track the end result should be a complete album ready for final mastering. My knowledge and connections in the music industry will assist the artist in taking their music to the next level and making recommendations for mastering and publicity.

This Pre-Production service is one that is greatly needed in the highly competitive and at times confusing music industry. Experience, honesty and a straightforward approach is something that is an invaluable resource that any artist seeks. Hannaleck hopes to make this service an integral part of the industry for years to come. All of the sites, social networks and services are available to access on one page at www.muzikman.net

Contact: Keith Hannaleck