Friday, March 6, 2015

Tonight! 03/06/15 The Sons of Gloria (Live for Fladcast.com) @ Tuttles Eat Bowl Paly, Hopkins, MN














Tonight!
Live from Hopkins, Minnesota!
Broadcasting great local Rock and Roll LIVE on the web to the entire planet!

The Sons of Gloria in a special concert appearance for Fladcast.com.
@ Tuttle's Eat Bowl Play
107 Shady Oak Road South
Hopkins, MN

9:00pm - No Cover!

05/16/14 The Sons of Gloria @ Terminal Bar, Minneapolis, MN(001)

If you're in the area, come on out, have a bite to eat and check out the band live and in person at Tuttles. If you're NOT in the area or are just too lazy or uninspired or broke to make it out, you can watch online...beginning at 9:00pm at Fladcast.com.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A New York Minute: "News From Home" (1977)



A few weeks ago in mid-February, Alex over at Flaming Pablum posted a great piece on "News From Home," a 1977 independent film by Belgian-born Chantal Akerman.

Filmed in various locations around New York City during the time-frame of 1971 - 1973 when Ackerman had first moved to the city, she eventually cut and edited the footage she had filmed and overlaid an audio track of herself reading some of the worried, loving letters that her mother had written to her while she had been living in NYC apart from her family. She released the finished product in 1977.

The stunning and often stark, long-shot visuals you see in the film depict a New York City that quite literally no longer exists in so very many ways.

If you fancy yourself as any kind of New York City history buff at all, this should be considered must-see viewing for you. It is without a doubt one of the cooler things I've seen in some time...thank you again Alex! And to you the reader, hopefully you will enjoy it as well if you choose to watch.

Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley: Episode #50 - The Immortal Randy Rhoads Ultimate Tribute Special Uncut /w/ Bob Kulick/ Bruce Kulick/ Rudy Sarzo/ Joel Hoekstra

Another F'n Podcast With Izzy Presley (Graphic)  03/03/15 Immortal Randy Rhoads The Ultimate Tribute CD

Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley - episode #50 is up now!

The only guy I know who has enough good taste to both play lead guitar in an Ace Frehley tribute band and actually sport a Flipp tattoo, Izzy Presley brings you interviews and unique commentary on various music and entertainment related topics...and whatever the hell else he might feel like discussing!

This week! If you enjoyed the "Under The Covers: Immortal Randy Rhoads Ultimate Tribute Special" that we were so pleased to bring you here yesterday (and if you missed it you can click the link there and check that out first) - there is more! This week's special episode of Another F'n Podcast brings you the full, uncut interviews with Bob Kulick, Bruce Kulick, Rudy Sarzo and Joel Hoekstra that formed the basis of yesterday's podcast special. If you just can't get enough 80's rock and roll history and still love listening to the guitar playing talents of Randy Rhoads...this episode is a do not miss.

Let the tribute to Mr. Rhoads continue...



-Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley/ Facebook
-Izzy Presley Productions.com

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Under The Covers with Izzy Presley presents: The Immortal Randy Rhoads Ultimate Tribute Special

Under The Cover with Izzy Presley (Logo)   03/03/15 Immortal Randy Rhoads The Ultimate Tribute CD

OK headbangers, you were warned last week...today it is a reality: The Under the Covers with Izzy Presley "Immortal Randy Rhoads Ultimate Tribute Special" is now live and ready for your listening enjoyment!

In a special celebration of the highly anticipated Tuesday, March 3rd release of this talent-packed Randy Rhoads tribute album, Izzy interviews project producer Bob Kulick, former Kiss and current Grand Funk Railroad guitarist Bruce Kulick, Night Ranger/ Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra and Randy's good friend and former Quiet Riot and Blizard of Ozz band mate, bassist Rudy Sarzo. All of that plus a few select preview tracks from the album promise to make this a podcast you will not want to miss!

So enough already with the blah, blah blah...let's get right to it!



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-Izzy PresleyProductions.com

Friday, February 27, 2015

A New York Minute: 02/27/75 Fire At The NYC Telephone Exchange Building & "The Miracle on Second Avenue"

From the AT&T Archives:

"The morning of February 27, 1975 brought a fire in the telephone building at 204 Second Avenue, at East 13th Street [in New York City]. The building housed the Main Distribution Frame that served customers in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn - the mainframe was destroyed, disconnecting tens of thousands of customers, and switching equipment was melted or damaged by smoke.

The fire took out approximately 170,000 lines. The 2nd Ave. disaster was the largest loss of telephone service from fire in United States history."




-Many thanks to our pal Mick Dementiuk for sharing the link to this cool video! He actually lived in the neighborhood at the time and says, "Forty years ago today and I still remember the 2nd Avenue Fire as if it just occurred. I wonder if anyone else does?"

RIP Leonard Nimoy - "Spock"

Leonard Nimoy presents "Mr. Spock's Music from Outer Space" (LP)
Leonard Nimoy presents: "Mr. Spock's Music from Outer Space" (Released: June 1967)

Mr. Spock's final voyage has begun.
Rest in peace Leonard Nimoy.
03/26/31 - 02/27/15

-NY Times obit HERE.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Coming Next Week! Under The Covers with Izzy Presley presents "The Immortal Randy Rhoads Ultimate Tribute" Special

Under The Cover with Izzy Presley (Logo) 03/03/15 Immortal Randy Rhoads The Ultimate Tribute CD

If you've been reading TATSOL for much of the past year, you've no doubt spotted our weekly posting of "Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley," usually posted here on Wednesdays. Anyway, Izzy also host another weekly show, "Under The Covers with Izzy Presley" that we do not usually carry here. No offense to the man, we just don't carry that one. But! Next week's episode is going to be a total fuckin' barn burner! We are going to pick this one up and share it with you guys right here at TATSOL. Here's Izzy to tell you all about what's coming next Tuesday on a very special episode of "Under The Covers"...



And while you wait....here's some additional background information and teaser audio clips from this great Randy Rhoads Tribute project.


Tonight! 02/26/15 Eric Martin (Mr. Big)/ Chris Kroeze @ St. Croix Casino, Turtle Lake, WI

Spring 2015 "Platinum Unplugged" Concert Series @ St. Croix Casino, Turtle Lake, WI

-St. Croix Casino.com

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley: Episode #49 - Dave Meniketti (Y&T) / Don Jamieson (That Metal Show)

02-24-15 Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley Episode #49 (Dave Meniketti/ Don Jamieson)

Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley - episode #49 is up now!

The only guy I know who is cultured enough to both play lead guitar in an Ace Frehley tribute band and actually sport a Flipp tattoo, Izzy Presley brings you interviews and unique commentary on various music and entertainment related topics...and whatever the hell else he might feel like discussing!

This week! After an epic, epic food service rant...two! Count 'em, two special guests! First up, stand up comedian and That Metal Show co-host Don Jamieson calls in to talk Monsters of Rock Cruise, comedians and much more. Then, in a highly anticipated interview, Izzy welcomes very special guest, legendary Y&T guitarist Dave Meniketti to Another F'n Podcast! How cool is that?!?

Let's rock and roll!



-Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley/Facebook
-IzzyPresleyProductions.com

Saturday, February 21, 2015

02/21/15 Grant Lindberg Unleashes "Super Mega" - Now Available!

Grant Lindberg 'Super Mega' (02-21-15)

Somehow finding time to juggle family obligations, fishing adventures and writing and recording his own music, Cambridge, MN based songwriter Grant Lindberg has just issued a fresh batch of 11 brand new Indie Rock/ Powerpop tunes under the banner "Super Mega."

Grant Lindberg is a one-man band recording rock music in the vein of Superdrag, Brendan Benson, Cheap Trick, Jason Falkner, Nirvana and Ash. Grant was previously a member of Astropop, Avenue, The Methods, Alceon and The Modern Me.

Coming as a follow up to Lindberg's April 2014 release "Artificial Inspiration," "Super Mega" finds the artist reaching for new highs in his songwriting and self-production capabilities. The new tracks presented here are some of the best produced and well written that he has released to date. From-the-heart lyrics that everyone can relate to, beautiful sounding, jangly guitars and thick, catchy bass lines inhabit each of the new songs.

"Super Mega" is now available for streaming and download at Bandcamp.com HERE. We've also embedded a player below where you can check it out right here below!

As he's done for his past releases, Grant has generously made his latest batch of music available for the low, low cost of zero dollars. Of course, if you like or love what you hear you could always do the decent thing and toss the guy a few bones in appreciation for all of his hard work. Tell him TATSOL sent ya!



02/19/15 RIP Mats Olausson - Keyboardist, Yngwie Malmsteen/ Jean Beauvoir - Crown Of Thorns/ More


(Image via Metal-Archives.com)

News is circulating that Mats Olausson, one-time keyboardist with Yngwie Malmsteen, Jean Beauvoir and several other moera nd less well known hard rock and heavy metal bands has died.

The Bankok Post reported yesterday that Olausson was found unresponsive in his Rayong, Thailand hotel room on Thursday, February 19th after staffers there became suspicious after he hadn't left his room for several days. According to the news report Olausson was found on the floor of his room wearing only shorts and there were "seven empty bottles of whisky and empty cans of beer in the room." There was no evidence of a struggle according to police investigating his death. Pol Maj Gen Chumphon Chanthachamrassil, chief of Rayong police, said officers had thoroughly inspected the room and found no evidence suggesting a fight. Investigators initially believed alcohol consumption might be a possible cause of his death. Olausson's body will be sent to the Institute of Forensic Science in Bangkok for a post mortem examination to establish the cause of death.
Below, a clip of Jean Beauvoir's solo band, featuring Olausson on keyboards, filmed in Munich, Germany in 1987.



Friday, February 20, 2015

One From The Archives: 02/20/84 Duran Duran @ St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, MN

02/20/84 Duran Duran @ St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, MN (ad)
(Images via NYCDreamin Archives)

02/20/84 Duran Duran @ St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, MN (News Item)

almost got to go to this show.

OK, I didn't. But I wanted to go. I wasn't even 14 yet, just a few months from it. If you remember February of 1984, you probably remember Duran Duran was in pretty much constant rotation on the radio. So anyway, they go on tour in support of their multi-million selling pop smash album "Rio," and the tour eventually hits the St. Paul Civic Center. Word got around to some Jr. High friends of mine and next thing I know some people are talking about trying to go to this show.

I'm interested of course, as I've never been to a real rock show in my life at this point. Not one. Now at this point I'm not some huge Duran2 Fan or anything. I like them OK. They're better than a lot of crap on the radio at the time. I prefer Kiss of course, and Black Sabbath or Motley Crue. But I'm not seeing any of those guys in concert any time soon...or ever if my folks have their way. So to me, I'm thinking, "Hey, maybe...maybe I can get my parents to let me go to this one." Duran Duran, pretty tame, right? I knew the chances were about slim to zero, but I figured I'd give it a shot.

So I asked. I begged actually. "Mom! Everybody is going. OK, not everybody, but a bunch of people. I really want to go too! So and so's Mom or Dad is driving everybody! There'll be supervision!" There was only an immediate request on the part of my Mom. The next thing I know, I'm handing over my vinyl copy of said "Rio" album so that Mom can have a look at the lyrics. This was back in the days when the dreaded Peters Brothers and others of their ilk had alerted all good parents to the evils of contemporary rock and roll in any and all forms. Sex. Drugs. Devil worship. You never knew what kind of sick perversions these rock bands were leading the children of America into. So Duran Duran, being among the current "hip" groups with the kids, they qualified for closer scrutiny.

After an examination of the lyric sheet for the album, it was quickly decided, with certain finality that, no, young Bryan would NOT be attending the Duran Duran concert with his pals, no matter who was chaperoning. I think the lyrics were a bit too "sexed up" for Mom's taste, that was her main objection if I remember correctly. For some reason, I was allowed to keep the record though. So I'm guessing the lyrics were just a cover for, "No, we don't think you should go and we don't want you to go so, no, you're not going."

So, long story short...I stayed home while my buddies went to what, for may of them, was their first rock concert experience. For me, it would be nearly the end of 1984 before I finally managed to see a liver rock and roll show. I'm sure my general mood may have been a bit obnoxious towards my Mom and Step-Dad that night back in February 1984. I don't recall in any detail...but I'm sure parent-child relations were a bit strained that evening and maybe even for a few days after.

Good memories...good memories.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Gear Daddies to Celebrate 25 Years with 3 Sold Out Shows at First Avenue In May

05/10/89 City Pages (The Gear Daddies Cover)
(The Gear Daddies on the cover of City Pages - 05/10/89)

TATSOL wishes to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Austin, Minnesota natives-turned-Twin Citiens The Gear Daddies on the occasion of their 25th Anniversary!

The band will celebrate with fans, family and friends on May 8, 9 and 10 with three nights at Minneapolis' legendary live music venue First Avenue. The first two shows sold out clean in just a few hours each. Due to overwhelming demand, a third show went on sale earlier today - there are still a few tickets left as I write this - but you can bet they will be gone soon so don't delay if you plan to attend!


The Gear Daddies circa 2015.

Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley: Episode #48 - Chris Kluwe (Seattle Seahawk/ Oakland Raider/ Minnesota Viking)

02/17/15 Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley (Chris Kluwe)

Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley - Episode #48 is up now!

The only guy I know who is cultured enough to both play lead guitar in an Ace Frehley tribute band and actually sport a Flipp tattoo, Izzy Presley brings you interviews and unique commentary on various music and entertainment related topics...and whatever the hell else he might feel like discussing!

This week! Jeff "The Great Bobboo" Bauer drops in for some fun banter about the Grammys, Monsters Of Rock Cruise, NFL free agency, and more. Then, this week's featured guest, former NFL'er and most importantly, former Viking, Chris Kluwe phones in to talk about his brand new book "Prime: A Genesis Series Event - Vol. 1," Star Wars, Super Bowl, Deflategate, whether or not he got fucked by the NFL & NFLPA, retirement, cooking, his music, and much more!

Let's get right to it then, shall we?



-Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley/ Facebook
-IzzyPresleyProductions.com