(ft. Members of Oceans of Slumber, Vesperian Sorrow, ex-Kingdom Collapse, Painting The Massacre, Cerebral Desecration)

NAHAYA (ft. members of Oceans of Slumber, Vesperian Sorrow, ex-Kingdom Collapse, Painting The Massacre, Cerebral Desecration) will be unleashing their new album, entitled “Vital Alchemy” via Rockshots Records on May 21, 2021.

Today, the band shares their new music video for their second single “Incubator”, which is their most unique song on the album and to the band entirely. Taking a more experimental approach to their sound, NAHAYA begins the song with a country slide, actually using a Lonestar beer bottle to capture the sound in studio to give it that immediate Texan vibe. They progressively build the track into sombre melodic vocals to quickly kick into a furious thrash / melo-death frenzy to come back around full circle.

The band adds:

“We think a song like this will be the inspiration for us to experiment more with our sound in the future. Lyrically, Incubator is inspired by the book “In the Dark Places of History” by Peter Kingsley. The book speaks about a form communion with Gods and Goddess while in meditative trance/deep sleep, sometimes under the guidance of oracles and spiritual individuals of the time.”

Watch “Incubator” via Rockshots Records YouTube channel – https://youtu.be/aGjv_ZNZAmU 

Single stream (Spotify, Apple Music) – https://backl.ink/145422216 

NAHAYA is a Texan-based band that is an amalgamation of American melodic groove thrash, Gothenburg sounds, and Middle Eastern influences. The band was founded in 2013 by Ryan Peters with Semir Ozerkan, who immigrated to the US from Istanbul, Turkey to pursue career opportunities in metal, one being with Oceans of Slumber.

“Vital Alchemy” follows the band’s well-received EPs “Transcendence Pt. II” (2020) and “Transcendence” (2018). Since the band’s conception, they have been working hard to make a name for themselves independently, performing over 50 shows year-round in Texas and neighboring states including Austin’s SXSW festival and becoming national finalists for the 2019 Wacken Metal Battle USA competition.

Mastered by Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, Scale the Summit), “Vital Alchemy” is seven tracks that will take fans through a wide range of emotions. There is something on this record for every kind of music lover. From the melody to the groove to the speed and unlike its predecessors that were focused on themes of science fiction, this new record takes on more personal interest, spirituality, and metaphysics along with it being more musically dynamic and experimental, incorporating progressive, acoustic, melancholic sounds with thrashing elements. 

Overall, “Vital Alchemy”, signifies a rebirth for NAHAYA as the new tracks featured on the recording are the next step in the band’s evolution when it comes to their musical direction.

“Vital Alchemy” is due out May 21, 2021 via Rockshots Records.

Album pre-order: http://bit.ly/VitalAlchemy_CD
Apple Music pre-save – https://apple.co/3c5hCXC

Music Video – Deific Mask – https://youtu.be/ZaATqzhXdfw

Track Listing:
1. Madness of Maenads (1:22)
2. Deific Mask (3:42)
3. Vital Alchemy (4:27)
4. Incubator (4:46)
5. Kali Yuga (3:26)
6. Midnight Fidelio (3:22)
7. Aghori Fires (4:03)
Album Length: 25:11

Album Credits:
Music: Nahaya
Produced & Engineered by Clifton Miles and Damian Refuge at Stone Creek Sound in San Antonio, TX
Mixed & Mastered by Clifton Miles
Special FX on “Intro” by Russell Rott
Album Artwork by Cameron Burns

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Rockshots Records: NAHAYA Share Some Texan Slide In New Music Video “Incubator”, New Album May 21st

Promo cover artHEVILAN
Symphony of Good and Evil 
Brutal Records 
19 March 2021

We are happy to welcome a new artist to the Brutal Records Roster HEVILAN has signed a deal with the label for worldwide release the title album “Symphony of Good and Evil”

Legendary heavy prog symphonic metal band Hevilan releases the first single from the new album. The track “Devil Within (Part 2) – Hammer of Gods” is now available on all digital platforms and in lyric video format on the band’s YouTube channel.

The legendary symphonic heavy metal band is back with their new album, ‘Symphony of Good and Evil’ , which will be released worldwide by Brutal Records , on March 19 .

“The symphony of good and evil’ is a conceptual album, based on the idea of the conflict between good and evil within the human being. The songs bring the band’s signature weight and melody, starting with the surprising “Dark Paradise” , followed by the rhythmic “Rebellion of the Saints”, “Great Battle” and “Devil Within (Part2) – Hammer of Gods” . the ballads “Always in my Dreams” and “Waiting for the Right Time” that add balance and provide even more vitality, ending with the epic

“Symphony of good and evil” , which has more than 20 minutes of choirs, orchestras and distorted guitars. , which make up a surprising metallic epic. There are 7 songs in 12 themes in just over 50 minutes that will undoubtedly please and surprise fans of the style. The album also marks the debut of virtuoso drummer Rafael Dyszy commanding the drumsticks on recordings.


HEVILAN:
Johnny Moraes – Guitar
Alex Pasqualle – Vocals
Biek Yohaitus – Bass
Rafael Dyszy – Drums

Hevilan “Symphony of Good and Evil” is an album that contains more than its share of battering rhythms and finely honed, razor-edged riffing, the vocal acrobatics of Alex Pasqualle are solely in the spotlight on compelling symphonies of sludgy, operatic metal like the monstrous leadoff cut “Dark Paradise” and the chillingly thunderous “Great Battle”.

The chunky riffing, heavy character and the grit in some of the vocals definitely place HEVILAN more towards the modern heavy prog symphonic metal, but at the same time the melodies, the very good use of a choir and the dynamics and energy clearly show that their roots are firmly planted into the traditional heavy/power metal soil of Brazil. And if Hevilan’s sound would have to be condensed into one word, then “powerful” would probably one of the first ones to come to mind, because the riffing is nothing short of punishing and stands closer to heavy metal than symphonic metal most of the time.

When HEVILAN get going, though, they really go at it, like powerful “Rebellion of the saints”, speed hammer “Devil within part I & II” or the excellent ballad “Always in my dreams”, where the Brazilians prove that they don’t have to hide behind anybody.

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The legendary symphonic heavy metal band is back with their new album, ‘Symphony of Good and Evil’ , which will be released worldwide by Brutal Records

Video Premiere via NewFuryMedia “The Pilgrimage” Out Now!

Following the Covid related demise of their band Deadlights, Re Mayer (guitar/backing vocals/synth) and Nathanael Bohnet (bass/lead vocals) took the opportunity to reimagine their sound and image to create No Hope For The Lost. Unleashing their introductory EP entitled “The Pilgrimage” earlier this April; the duo gave fans a taste of their entirely new sound, but left it just short enough to keep hype levels high.

The EP as a whole is structured to be a listening experience from beginning to end, combining an atmosphere of melody and groove with a foundation of heavy rhythms and ferocious vocal patterns, all wrapped up in a Final Fantasy X theme that will surely please members of that fandom.

Today, the band shares their music video for EP closer “Jecht” via its premiere on NewFuryMedia HERE.

The band adds:

“Jecht is a reimagining of a song originally written by Nate on his first solo album dubbed The Painted World. The song was originally intended to be played live in the Deadlights setlist, but after spending a lot of time in the studio with it and switching off ideas with Re, the song slowly evolved into an entirely almost new track. The intro song Braska was originally the beginning of Jecht, but once the full recording was made, it was then realized that splitting the song sections across the EP made a reprising theme throughout the short duration of the record. What really makes this song are the addition of guitar leads and synths written by Re to make it sound almost entirely different than the original, as well as the use of Nate’s massive choir-like choruses and vocal production to give it the explosive and finale-esque feel it was imagined as in the studio. Rhythm guitar-wise, this song was especially used to show off Re’s use of fast palm muting, dynamics, and various squeal and scrape based noises to transition parts while still following a template that the bass recorded by Nate really helped sound crunchy and thick in the bottom end.”

Recommended for fans of Periphery, Meshuggah, and Deftones, “The Pilgrimage” is a high-energy EP based on groove, melody, and a massive-sounding layered production. In a world where the fine line between djent, metalcore, and progressive metal is continuously blurred, “The Pilgrimage” is a sound confident on its own that refuses to fit in while still having the formulas that make interesting and catchy music.“The Pilgrimage” is available at the following links: Bandcamp and Spotify, Apple Music here.

Lyric video “Yu Yevon”https://youtu.be/OLHtGgNw_To

Track Listing:
1. Braska (1:36)
2. Yu Yevon (4:26)
3. Yunalesca (1:30)
4. Jecht (4:55)
EP Length: 12:28

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“The demonic possession vocals are back for “Jecht” with a barrage of Nu-Metalcore riffs that create a dramatic and frantic pit starter. An unexpected and sumptuous solo followed by a big breakdown sequence is an absolute pleasure.” – Metal Noise

““Yunalesca” is another super-short track, but the melodies are outstanding. There is a thick heavy synth line with clean guitars and piano notes, along with some ethereal singing. It begins to pick up, and segues into “Jecht.” The angry vocals and Djent tones are back. It chugs along with some meter shifting until the chorus, where some clean vocals come in. Here is where I might recommend some backing vocals to thicken up the sound, but the song is on fire.” – Metal Temple

“The guitar work exists in a sort of djent space without being overwhelming, knowing when to take breaks and go for it. A good example of this is part three which  acts as an interlude. The instrumentation here is actually really clever with the feeling of space being very apparent. ” – Rock Out Stand Out

“”Yu Yevon” knocks everything and everyone over like a waltz from the start. Expect a kind of mix of diverse genres such as progressive metal, metalcore mixed with soundscapes, and a predilection for video games.” – Musika

No Hope For The Lost Shares Video “Jecht” From Final Fantasy X Themed EP “The Pilgrimage”

On the 10th anniversary of his death, many articles have been published memorializing Peter Steele, the singer, songwriter, and bassist of gothic metal band Type O Negative, but only a few mention that he passed away in Scranton.

That may seem like an unlikely place for a rock star to reside, but public records show that Peter Thomas Ratajczyk, better known as Peter Steele, lived in a simple home at 1453 St. Ann Street in West Scranton in 2009-2010. According to the biography “Soul on Fire – The Life and Music of Peter Steele” by metal journalist Jeff Wagner, he also attended services regularly at St. Ann’s Monastery and Shrine Basilica just up the street:

Peter reveled in singing at church. On Christmas Eve 2009, he was late for the service and had to sit in the only available space, the front and center pew. Even if Peter was incredibly self-conscious about that, he belted out each hymn with booming baritone passion. As he sang, one wonders if Peter was thinking of all those who had passed away, unable to congratulate him on finding his own place of peace, unable to share it with him. His father, his mother, his sister Annette, various aunts, uncles, and friends. “Sleep in heavenly peace,” sang that unmistakable voice in its rich, inspired tones. “Sleep in heavenly peace…”

His obituary has no mention of his Scranton residence:

Peter Steele, vocalist and bassist for the platinum-selling band Type O Negative, has died at 48.

He died of apparent heart failure, though the official cause of death has yet to be determined pending autopsy results.

The Brooklyn-based band released seven studio albums. Their breakout success was 1993’s platinum-selling “Bloody Kisses,”featuring “Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)” and the band’s cover of Seals and Crofts’ “Summer Breeze.” Though they scored few subsequent commercial successes in the U.S., the band toured extensively and enjoyed a large European fan base.

The funeral services will be private and memorial services will be announced at a future date.

It was later reported that he died of an aortic aneurysm on April 14, 2010, and his estate clarified that the cause of death was actually sepsis brought on by diverticulitis. While Steele struggled with drugs and alcohol throughout his life, he was clean and sober by 2009 and allegedly living in Scranton to be close to his girlfriend following his recovery.

This short obituary seems to undercut the influential sound and massive fan base Type O Negative garnered with world tours and seven studio albums in the 1990s and early 2000s which, in addition to “Bloody Kisses,” included 1996’s gold-selling “October Rust” and what ended up being their final record, “Dead Again,”released in 2007 after leaving their longtime label, Roadrunner Records.

A statement issued by Steele’s family following his death described Type O Negative as “a groundbreaking group known for its dramatic lyrical emphasis on the themes of romance, depression, and death. Steele, renowned as much for his striking physical appearance as his musical talent, was the creative force behind the band’s 20-year success, writing most of the material for their albums. Type O Negative and Steele have been lauded as a major influence by numerous alternative and metal bands. … Peter Steele was a complex man, known for his brooding looks, his self-deprecating sense of humor, unique view of the world, and most of all his loyalty to his fans, friends, and family.”

His bandmates said he seemed to be doing well just before his untimely death, and he was excited about making their next album. “Ironically, Peter had been enjoying a long period of sobriety and improved health and was imminently due to begin writing and recording new music,” the band noted in their official statement. In a new interview with Billboard, drummer Johnny Kelly recalls when Steele was living in Scranton:

Following the Dead Again World Tour that ended in Detroit on Halloween 2009 – what turned out to be the foursome’s last show together – Kelly and Steele spoke often in the time leading up to his death. [Guitarist Kenny] Hickey and Kelly were living in Staten Island; Steele was in Scranton, Pa., with his girlfriend. Steele had found a place situated right between Hickey’s and Kelly’s, and was planning to move back by May 1 so they could begin writing and recording their eighth album. Kelly says that was also the date they could start moving gear into a local studio.

“Kenny and I went to check out a place the night before he died and tried calling him while we were at the studio to tell him that we found a place, and he didn’t answer,” he remembers. Steele had bad reception on his cell phone, so they tried his landline. “I called him on the house phone, and his girlfriend answered, and I said, ‘Can I talk to Peter?,’ and she said he was in bed sick.” (Steele was sick with the flu several days prior to his death.) “She said, ‘He told me to tell you, “Sorry I didn’t call you back.”’”

Steele also had a very sick cat, and Kelly feared the animal’s illness may have left Steele in an emotional state that led him to relapse. “When I was on the phone, I said, ‘Is there anything going on out there that I should know about?’” recalls Kelly. “She was like, ‘No, he’s sick, nothing like that.’ I was like, ‘Tell him to call me when he’s feeling better.’

“And then I got a call from his sister that night that he passed away,” he says. “So that’s it.”

The surviving members chose not to continue with the band following his death. Steele was buried at St. Charles Cemetery in East Farmingdale, New York, and an oak tree was planted in Prospect Park in Brooklyn in 2011 to remember him in his hometown. A photo by MCMZone dated January of 2010 shows Steele posing with singer/songwriter Myke Hideous and a film crew in Scranton just a few months before he died. They were recording his last-known interview for a documentary called “Living the American Nightmare,” which was released in 2011.

While he grew a beard and put on some weight at the time, Steele had long black hair and stood 6′ 8″ tall, so he would have been hard to miss during his brief time in Scranton, though few may have looked for a tattooed frontman known for his dark lyrics and humor – as well as his infamous nude photo shoot for Playgirl – in a church on St. Ann Street.

The band has sold 2.5 million albums and accumulated 98.4 million streams in the United States alone, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, so it’s clear that his legacy will live on for many years to come as fans all over the world listen to his music and mourn him today.

11 years ago today, Type O Negative frontman Peter Steele died

It’s April 12th and here are some reasons why this day matters in rock history:

In 1954, Bill Haley recorded “Rock Around the Clock” at Pythian Temple studios in New York City. Many music lovers consider the song the one that started the rock and roll revolution.

In 2011, the Foo Fighters released their album, Wasting Light.

In 2000, Metallica filed suit against Napster as well as Yale University, The University of Southern California and Indiana University for copyright infringement.

In 1975, Elton John started a two-week run on top of the singles chart with “Philadelphia Freedom.”

In 1994, Hole released their second album, Live Through This.

In 1983, R.E.M. released their debut album, Murmur.

n 1971, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s live album 4 Way Street was certified gold before it even appeared on the album chart.

In 1975, David Bowie announced his second career retirement, saying, “I’ve rocked my roll. It’s a boring dead end, there will be no more rock ‘n roll records from me.” His next album would come out nine months later.

And in 2016, a court ruled that Led Zeppelin founders Robert Plant and Jimmy Page had to face trial in a copyright claim over “Stairway to Heaven.” The trustee for Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe, claimed that he should be given writing credit on the track.

And that’s what happened today in rock history.

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Why April 12th Matters in Rock History

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ALTER BRIDGE and SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS vocalist Myles Kennedywill release his sophomore solo album, “The Ides Of March”, on May 14 via Napalm Records. You can now watch the official music video for the title track below.

“The Ides Of March” is the longest song on the LP, clocking in at 7:39, and showcases the musicianship of Kennedy and his cohorts — longtime friend and drummer Zia Uddin and bassist/manager Tim Tournier. The band stretches out musically as Kennedy sings an ominous warning: “beware the ides of March.”

Myles says about “The Ides Of March”: “Written quickly one night after having a few drinks, it was an attempt to sum up what so many of us felt during the beginning of the pandemic. We were bored, frustrated and self-medicating to avoid going stir crazy. What I like about the narrative, is it pushes the idea that if everything is going to hell, at least try and do it in a celebratory fashion.”

During his time at home due to all touring being canceled, Myles created the framework for the song ideas that would make up “The Ides Of March”. He then called up his cohorts from his “Year Of The Tiger” debut — Uddin and Tournier — and the three musicians drove to Florida to record the album with longtime producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette.

From the slide guitar riffs of the album opener “Get Along” to the pensive blues style of closer “Worried Mind”, it is clear that Myleshas crafted a formidable follow up to his debut solo album. While “Year Of The Tiger” was more of an acoustic exploration through Myles‘s mind, “The Ides Of March” finds him strapping on his electric guitar and pushing himself as a guitarist/songwriter. Tracks like “A Thousand Words”, “Wake Me When It’s Over” and “Moonshot” showcase the diverse musical arrangements that have garnered Myles fans globally across all of his projects. The epic “The Ides Of March”clocks in at over seven minutes, and Myles, Tim and Zia showcase their musical chops on the track.

“The Ides Of March” track listing:

01. Get Along 
02. A Thousand Words 
03. In Stride 
04. The Ides Of March 
05. Wake Me When It’s Over 
06. Love Rain Down 
07. Tell It Like It Is 
08. Moonshot 
09. Wanderlust Begins 
10. Sifting Through The Fire 
11. Worried Mind

In November, Myles told Kylie Olsson about how “The Ides Of March” compares to “Year Of The Tiger”: “It dawned on me last night as I was listening [to the new album], I was, like, ‘You basically made a rock record.’ [Laughs] I don’t know if I went into it with that intention initially. And I feel like it definitely is still a continuation of the overall style that was established for the solo project on ‘Year Of The Tiger’. There’s a fair amount of acoustic instrumentation; there’s a lot of lap steel [guitar]. I love the lap steel; I just love the way you can make it weep — it’s got a very vocal quality. But then I realized there’s just a lot of guitar and a lot more solos — you know, guitar geek stuff that I enjoy.”

A month earlier, Kennedy told Terrie Carr of the Morristown, New Jersey radio station 105.5 WDHA that it was a joy to reconnect with UddinTournier and Baskette for the making of the new LP.

“Oh, yeah, it was great,” he said. “It was great, because we actually drove [to the studio in Florida]. So Zia, my drummer, who, we’ve played together for the last 30 years, off and on, since we were in high school. He’s, in my opinion, one of the greatest rock and roll drummers alive; he’s so good, it’s mind-boggling. So we started driving. We left Spokane, with the gear in tow. And then we met Tim about halfway. I think we met somewhere in Tennessee, maybe. Then we after driving to Orlando, we all quarantined. Zia did his drums and then he went home, and then Tim finished up. He hung around for a little while. And then I was there for, I think, seven weeks with Elvis.”

He continued: “It’s a fun environment. We all love each other dearly. I’m serious when I say this: we’re a bunch of middle-aged children. I mean, it’s as if we’ve taken a time machine and we’re in the seventh grade. And the humor is ridiculously silly. I don’t even know how to articulate how ridiculous it gets when you put all of us in a studio together. [Laughs]”

Myles‘s tour in support of “Year Of The Tiger” featured music from the album as well as selections from Myles‘s work with ALTER BRIDGE, THE MAYFIELD FOUR and SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS.

MYLES KENNEDY Releases Music Video For ‘The Ides Of March’ Title Track

In honor of National Women’s Day we wanted to honor a few women in music of whom paved the way for other women in music. These women crossed barriers and changed how music is enjoyed today in a previously male dominated industry.

Ma Rainey created what is now known as “classic blues” while also portraying black life like never before. As a musical innovator she built on the minstrelsy and vaudeville performative traditions with comedic timing and a hybrid of American blues traditions she encountered in her vast tours across the country.

Sarah McLachlan

Not only was it a turning point in her career, but her tour is also credited for breaking down barriers in the music industry, making it a turning point for women in music. … It was also believed that tours with multiple women artists would not bring in the crowds that men could however she proved that to be a misconception with “Lilith Fair.”

Whitney Houston

Of course, the most awarded female artist of all-time is on this list. She started singing as a young girl in church, and never stopped, becoming a household name who still holds the record for best-selling single. Anyone heard of a little song called “I Will Always Love You”?

Madonna

Madonna took risks with her music by tackling tabu subject matter and was a target for ridicule by men in the industry.

With 16 Guinness World Records, 7 Grammys, and 68 nominations for the MTV Music Awards, it’s safe to say Madonna will go down in history as a pop icon, brilliant business woman with major talent who paved the way for other singers. There’d be no Gaga, Britney or any other pop songstress without her.

Dolly Parton

Singer, songwriter, record producer, author, businesswoman, philanthropist — you name it, and Dolly Parton has done it. She’s written over 3,000 songs and changed the course of country music forever. Still not convinced? Give a listen to podcast “Dolly Parton’s America” and good luck trying not to binge it all in a day.

Nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had an innovative influence on jazz music and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. She was known for her vocal delivery and improvisational skills.

She pushed cultural boundaries and addressed racism in a very dangerous time on stage which made her a target by the FBI. To great controversy, Billie introduced the world to the racially charged protest song “Strange Fruit.” In the end, some believe it killed her.

In March 1939, a 23-year-old Billie Holiday walked up to the mic at West 4th’s Cafe Society in New York City to sing her final song of the night. Per her request, the waiters stopped serving and the room went completely black, save for a spotlight on her face. And then she sang, softly in her raw and emotional voice: “Southern trees bear a strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black body swinging in the Southern breeze, Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees…”

When Holiday finished, the spotlight turned off. When the lights came back on, the stage was empty. She was gone. And per her request, there was no encore. This was how Holiday performed “Strange Fruit,” which she would determinedly sing for the next 20 years until her untimely death at the age of 44.

“Strange Fruit” was originally a poem

Holiday may have popularized “Strange Fruit” and turned it into a work of art, but it was a Jewish communist teacher and civil rights activist from the Bronx, Abel Meeropol, who wrote it, first as a poem, then later as a song.

Considered by many to be one of the greatest jazz vocalists of all time, Billie Holiday triumphed over adversity to forever change the genres of jazz and pop music with her unique styling and interpretation.

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin won a record eight consecutive Grammys for best R&B vocal performance from 1967-1974. The “Queen of Soul” was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and sang at historic events in U.S. history like the memorial for Martin Luther King Jr. and the 2009 inauguration for President Barack Obama. Franklin also topped Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

Joan Baez

Joan Baez closed the first day of Woodstock in 1969 and almost instantly achieved a new level of fame with her standout performance. A decade earlier, at only 18, she had performed at the Newport Folk Festival. Throughout her career, Baez has been a champion for civil rights and humanitarian causes, and in 2015, Amnesty International awarded her its top honor—the Ambassador of Conscience Award—for her continuing leadership and efforts in this arena.

Diana Ross

As the lead singer of The Supremes, Diana Ross shattered music records from 1965 to 1969. The Supremes are revered as one of the top girl groups of all time, with a dozen #1 hits. By 1970, Ross left the group to pursue a solo career. Her first two singles hit #1, and she went on to star in a number of films, including “Lady Sings the Blues,” which garnered her an Oscar nomination; “Mahogany”; and “The Wiz.” Ross was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful female artist of all time, and the book produced a special commemorative Diana Ross edition in 1993.

Tina Turner

Tina Turner was the second artist on the cover of Rolling Stone, and the first female and Black artist to be on the cover of the famed magazine. She started her career in the late 1950s, and for nearly 20 years, she performed with her ex-husband Ike. After leaving him and pursuing a career on her own, it was the 1984 release of “Private Dancer” that put her back on track. Turner has been christened the “Queen of Rock” and was a major inspiration to artists like Beyoncé.

Carole King

In the 1960s, Carole King wrote many hits for some of music’s top acts, setting a precedent for female songwriters. Five decades later, she won the Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song—the first woman to win the award. King’s standout career was later recapped in a smash Broadway play, “Beautiful.”

Joni Mitchell

In 2017, NPR set out to name the top 150 albums made by women. At #1 on that list? Joni Mitchell’s 1971 classic, “Blue.” Called simple and radical, “Blue” was a rousing call for equality. Mitchell’s influence on the music world—for male and female musicians alike—runs deep.

National Women’s Day

Welcome to our “Psychedelic Lunch Series,” Lilith Fair Edition, where we find out how deep the rabbit hole really goes and explore music from the 60’s to today. Weekdays At Noon EST. Enjoy the trip!

She grew up in a rural Missouri town and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1984 with a degree in classical music. Her first job out of college was teaching music at an elementary school in St. Louis.

In 1986, she moved to Los Angeles, where she waited tables before landing a gig as a backup singer on Michael Jackson’s Bad tour. She was a backup singer on tours for George Harrison, Joe Cocker, and Rod Stewart before starting her solo career.

Her first album, Tuesday Night Music Club, wasn’t released until she was 31. She blames her late start on the music industry – in the late ’80s record companies were after dance singers like Madonna and Paula Abdul. Crow got her shot when female singer/songwriters came into vogue in the early ’90s with a mature sound that played well to an older audience.

She sang in jingles for McDonald’s. Her line was “It’s a good time for the great taste of McDonalds.”

Like the Dixie Chicks, she was very outspoken in her opposition to the Iraq War, but most of her fans were too. “It’s an egregious act to drag our country and other countries into a war that is based on greed and power mongering,” she said.

She gained a lot of exposure when she opened for The Eagles on their 1994 reunion tour. She was a backup singer on Don Henley’s album The End Of The Innocence.

In 1996 Kevin Gilbert, her former boyfriend and songwriting partner, died of autoerotic asphyxiation, a fetish where people cut off their air supply to get sexual pleasure. It is rumored that this is how Michael Hutchince from INXS died.

Crow is good friends with Stevie Nicks, and inducted Fleetwood Mac into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

In 2005, she and cycling legend Lance Armstrong announced their engagement. In early 2006, they called it off.

Her father was a trumpet player and her mother played piano and sang. Sheryl recalled to The Guardian: “My earliest, most vivid memories are of them coming home with their friends and playing records – Stan Getz, Stan Kenton, Ella Fitzgerald – and me and my sisters sleeping out on the stairs so we could hear them.”

She dated Eric Clapton for a while. He appeared on her album Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live From Central Park in 1999, around the time of their relationship.

Sheryl Crow performed in “Lilith Fair” 3 times.

She is the mother to two adopted sons. Wyatt Steven Crow was born on April 29, 2007 and Levi James Crow on April 30, 2010.

The first guitar that Crow ever brought was a 1964 Gibson Country and Western acoustic. She said in 2013: “Every song I’ve ever written that made me any money, I wrote on the same guitar. I call it The Moneymaker.”

Crow’s lawyer father defended civil rights and once prosecuted the Ku Klux Klan for ballot-rigging. He received death threats and had to sleep downstairs with a shotgun.

She posed for the UK version of the laddie magazine Maxim in 1999, and for it’s sister publication, Stuff, in America in 2002. Despite these revealing photo shoots, she took younger artists to task for using their sexuality to sell. “You’ve got a bunch of really young women out there who don’t really understand the importance of what they’re doing,” she told Independent Life in 2004. “They allow themselves to be exploited and they actually play that game and use sex to sell themselves. It undermines our credibility as artists.”

Sheryl Crow is an excellent baton twirler. She told Q Magazine: “If you were to go on YouTube they can see that I’ve twirled behind John Mayer on a couple of occasions. It was something I honed in high school and then incorporated into my act much later. Generally, as the end of tour prank, I’d go up and twirl while someone is singing their most sensitive song.”

You know who else is good with a baton? Crow’s friend Stevie Nicks, who twirls in the “Tusk” video.

Psychedelic Lunch

PHOTO BY PRINCE MIDNIGHT INSTAGRAM

It Honours the man who ‘introduced me to metal’

Now this is what you call a hollow-body guitar. The Tampa musician calling himself Prince Midnight built this conversation-starter (and ender?) from his uncle’s skeleton fused to the, erm, bones of a Fender Telecaster. And it works.Midnight’s Uncle Filip had died in a 1996 motorcycle accident in Greece, at the age of 26. “After 20 years, he ended up in a cemetery my family had to pay rent on. Like, literally in a wooden box,” Midnight told HuffPost. “It’s a big problem in Greece because the Orthodox religion doesn’t want people cremated.”

With Filip’s parents deceased, the bones — after a couple of decades of being used for research at a college — were sent to Midnight’s mother in Florida.“Uncle Filip was a super metal head,” he told CBC’s As It Happens. “He got me totally into metal when I was a little kid because he was my mother’s younger brother, so he was closer to my age, and took me under his wing.”

As his mother was not interested in paying a storage fee on the remains, nor in buying a burial plot, his nephew stepped in to take care of Filip. Mom was a bit reticent about her son’s project.“When this first started happening, she was really upset,” said Midnight, who is on Instagram as princemidnightx. “She said, ‘It’s sacrilegious. He needs to be laid to rest.’

“And as she was walking away, I was like, ‘You think Uncle Fil would rather be a guitar, or a box of bones?’ She threw her arms up. She goes, ‘Probably the guitar.’” And so his project began.

Knowing Filip had been a metal musician, Midnight wanted to honour him in an appropriate way. “It just popped into my head. I’m going to turn Uncle Fil into a guitar. And I was like, that is the best way to honour him. He would love that idea.”

He had to fuse a steel “spine” to the real spine in order to attach the neck, then he had to ensure it was perfectly straight so the strings would work. The spinal vertebrae gaps had to be filled in for stability, and the ribs were supported by connecting them back to the thoracic spine. Then he had to drill into the hip bone to attach the jack connection, and also connect the two ilium for more stability.

He wanted to use the skull, but it had been damaged over the years. Then he wired it up, using red and blue wires to imitate veins and arteries. Now, he says, “I feel like Uncle Fil is not just here figuratively; he’s here literally too,” he told As It Happens host Carol Off. “I’m literally giving my Uncle Fil hugs while he’s with me, creating, you know, heavy metal riffs.”

“It’s pretty metal to play a guitar made out of skeleton.”

Skelecaster: Florida man turns his uncle’s skeleton into electric guitar

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Recorded in three sessions over 1957 and 1958, Lush Life finds Coltrane on the verge of a career breakout. Though he was still a few years away from emerging as an influential and boundary-pushing bandleader, the saxophonist’s mature and complex sound was beginning to grab ears and sell records. Here, he’s accompanied by an all-star lineup of talent, including Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, Donald Byrd on trumpet, and Art Taylor on drums. The tracklist, comprised of standards and popular tunes of the day, offers a wide range of moods. Highlights include Cole Porter’s “I Love You,” the Jimmy Van Heusen/Johnny Burke hit “Like Someone in Love,” and one original—“Trane’s Slo Blues.” In the package’s new liner notes, GRAMMY® Award-winning writer Ashley Kahn points out that the Billy Strayhorn-penned title track—now a jazz standard—was an unusual choice at the time. In the late ‘50s, “Lush Life” was “more of a specialty tune…known primarily by a coterie of jazz players and dedicated fans.” Kahn adds, “One could not with any confidence call it a jam session, hoping that all the players would know the changes and the singer would have a handle on the lyric. Its harmony was complex and unusual, and it did not fit the 32-bar structure most songs followed…How bold it must have been for a John Coltrane album to not only bear the title of Strayhorn’s off-center song, but feature a fourteen-minute interpretation as its centerpiece. This is truly a band version of ‘Lush Life’—arguably the first—that builds steadily in intensity and offers a variety of textures through its free-wheeling duration.”
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Tracklist – Lush Life: Side A:1. Like Someone in Love2. I Love You3. Trane’s Slo Blues
Side B:1. Lush Life2. I Hear a Rhapsody

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Craft Recordings announces “Small Batch,” a limited edition, one-step vinyl series