Celebrating their 40th Anniversary as a band, New Orleans’ The Radiators release WELCOME TO THE MONKEY HOUSE, their 20th album overall. Their first studio album in roughly a decade, WELCOME TO THE MONKEY HOUSE is a welcome return for the band that also serves as a reminder of their much-missed talents. While the band no longer operates as a full-time outfit, all the original members reunite each year to play the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Instead of letting their 40th Anniversary pass them by, the band decided to head back into the studio and record a handful of new tracks mixed with a healthy dose of songs that have littered their live set for decades but have never made it to an album!
STEPHEN SPAZ SCHNEE: 12 is just about ready to be released. How are you feeling about how the album turned out and the reaction to it so far?
CHRIS MURPHY: I’m not sure what the reaction is beyond people commenting on my Instagram account and anyone who finds themselves there is probably going to say something positive. Of course, I want to think that people care but regardless I am just happy to be creating an enormous body of work, which if people don’t acknowledge in the present, still makes me happy. I like to say we are making music for rock journalists in the future.
Casey Abrams was born in Austin, Texas and eventually made his way to Idyllwild, California. This multi-instrumentalist initially made a name for himself on the 10th season of American Idol – he finished in sixth place – and judging by his 2018 album PUT A SPELL ON YOU, he’s certainly learned a lot during his long and exciting journey. Unlike many other artists who are content to find a niche or genre they feel comfortable in, Abrams mixes and matches genres as he sees fit. This is not a former American Idol contestant that is going to fall in line and churn out a variation on today’s Top 40. Nope. Casey Adams is going to do whatever he damn well pleases!
As many of you are aware, Alliance Entertainment is located just minutes away from the City of Parkland, FL and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the scene of the horrific school shootings that occurred on February 14th, resulting in the loss of 17 innocent lives, most of them children. There are no words to describe the effect that this devastating and senseless act has had on our community, it is hard to fathom such a tragic loss of life and the long term emotional harm this has wrought on the survivors. For years, our corporate office was in Coral Springs, FL, literally a stone’s throw from Douglas.
Being as close to the community as we are, the employees and leadership at Alliance Entertainment feel it is our obligation to lend a hand to support the families and victims of this event. We are compelled as family, friends, and community business leaders to extend our hand to our neighbors and let them know they have the support of the community and world around them.
As part one of an overall effort and campaign toward this cause, we are running a two-week event for our Independent Retailers, from March 12th through March 23rd. A donation will be made for every unit shipped to independent retail. All proceeds will be donated directly to the Stoneman Douglas Victims Fund (www.gofundme.com/stonemandouglasvictimsfund) which supports the families who have lost loved ones or have been adversely affected by this tragedy. We have received an outpouring of support from the vendor community and hope you will stand with us on this initiative as well. Your support means the world to us.
We want to thank the following partners for their support with special thanks to The Orchard for assistance with the curation of the program.
Just when you thought that Emo was out, Moose Blood pulls you back in.
Multi-Platinum, three-time Grammy-Award winning artist, best-selling author and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith will perform live on ABC-TV’s Good Morning America Tuesday, March 13. The appearance was sparked by his two, back-to-back hit albums A MILLION LIGHTS and SURROUNDED out now from Rocketown Records and The Fuel Music.
When a dream is born from love and passion, it will never fade away. Altan, the traditional Irish outfit, is that dream come to life. Formed three decades ago by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (vocals/fiddle) and her husband Frankie Kennedy (flute/tin whistle), their shared musical vision became reality on a few duo recordings before forming a full-fledged band – Altan. Even though Kennedy passed away in 1994, Mairéad and her bandmates have continued to keep the musical dream alive. In 2018, they release the beautiful and inspiring THE GAP OF DREAMS.
While many Contemporary Christian Music artists are largely overlooked by the secular market, there are those artists who manage to make that breakthrough and touch the lives of listeners who would not normally tune into any type of praise music. Audrey Assad is one of those artists. Since her 2010 full-length debut, THE HOUSE YOU’RE BUILDING, she has released a series of albums that balance the joy of her faith with the trials of being human. EVERGREEN, her 2018 album, continues that musical journey in the most pure and honest way.
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Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the release of an official limited edition deluxe boxed set of Yes founder Chris Squire‘s legendary 1975 solo album FISH OUT OF WATER. Recorded in the late Spring and Summer of 1975 whilst Yes was on hiatus as members recorded their respective solo albums, FISH OUT OF WATER was a breath-taking work, and equal in standard to any Yes album in terms of sheer invention and creativity. The album was essentially a collaboration between Chris Squire and his friend Andrew Pryce Jackman, a gifted arranger who had been a member of The Syn, Squire’s pre-Yes group. The sessions saw contributions from former Yes drummer Bill Bruford, Yes keyboard player Patrick Moraz and noted musicians Mel Collins and Jimmy Hastings. Released in November 1975, FISH OUT OF WATER was a Top 30 chart hit in the UK and made the US Billboard Top 75 album chart, going on to sell nearly 500,000 copies worldwide.