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Currently on RARadio:

"On to the Next One" by Jacqueline Van Bierk

"I See You Tiger" by Via Tania

"Lost the Plot" by Amoureux"

Bright Eyes, Black Soul" by The Lovers Key

"Cool Thing" by Sassparilla

"These Halls I Dwell" by Michael Butler

"St. Francis"by Tom Russell & Gretchen Peters, performance by Gretchen Peters and Barry Walsh; 

"Who Do You Love?"by Elizabeth Kay; 

"Rebirth"by Caterpillars; 

"Monica's Frock" by Signel-Z; 

"Natural Disasters" by Corey Landis; 

"1,000 Leather Tassels" by The Blank Tapes; 

"We Are All Stone" and "Those Machines" by Outer Minds; 

"Another Dream" by MMOSS; "Susannah" by Woolen Kits; 

Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and other dead celebrities / news by A SECRET PARTY;

"I Miss the Day" by My Secret Island,  

"Carriers of Light" by Brendan James;

"The Last Time" by Model Stranger;

"Last Call" by Jay;

"Darkness" by Leonard Cohen; 

"Sweetbread" by Simian Mobile Disco and "Keep You" fromActress off the Chronicle movie soundtrack; 

"Goodbye to Love" from October Dawn; 

Trouble in Mind 2011 label sampler; 

Black Box Revelation Live on Minnesota Public Radio;

Apteka "Striking Violet"; 

Mikal Cronin's "Apathy" and "Get Along";

Dana deChaby's progressive rock

 

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ATWOOD - "A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliverance" -AVAILABLE NOW FOR KINDLE (INCLUDING KINDLE COMPUTER APPS) FROM AMAZON.COM. Use this link.

CCJ Publisher Rick Alan Rice dissects the building of America in a trilogy of novels collectively calledATWOOD. Book One explores the development of the American West through the lens of public policy, land planning, municipal development, and governance as it played out in one of the new counties of Kansas in the latter half of the 19th Century. The novel focuses on the religious and cultural traditions that imbued the American Midwest with a special character that continues to have a profound effect on American politics to this day. Book One creates an understanding about America's cultural foundations that is further explored in books two and three that further trace the historical-cultural-spiritual development of one isolated county on the Great Plains that stands as an icon in the development of a certain brand of American character. That's the serious stuff viewed from high altitude. The story itself gets down and dirty with the supernatural, which in ATWOOD - A Toiler's Weird Odyssey of Deliveranceis the outfall of misfires in human interactions, from the monumental to the sublime. The book features the epic poem "The Toiler" as well as artwork by New Mexico artist Richard Padilla.

Elmore Leonard Meets Larry McMurtry

Western Crime Novel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am offering another novel through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing service. Cooksin is the story of a criminal syndicate that sets its sights on a ranching/farming community in Weld County, Colorado, 1950. The perpetrators of the criminal enterprise steal farm equipment, slaughter cattle, and rob the personal property of individuals whose assets have been inventoried in advance and distributed through a vast system of illegal commerce.

It is a ripping good yarn, filled with suspense and intrigue. This was designed intentionally to pay homage to the type of creative works being produced in 1950, when the story is set. Richard Padilla has done his usually brilliant work in capturing the look and feel of a certain type of crime fiction being produced in that era. The whole thing has the feel of those black & white films you see on Turner Movie Classics, and the writing will remind you a little of Elmore Leonard, whose earliest works were westerns. Use this link.

 

EXPLORE THE KINDLE BOOK LIBRARY

If you have not explored the books available from Amazon.com's Kindle Publishing division you would do yourself a favor to do so. You will find classic literature there, as well as tons of privately published books of every kind. A lot of it is awful, like a lot of traditionally published books are awful, but some are truly classics. You can get the entire collection of Shakespeare's works for two bucks.

You do not need to buy a Kindle to take advantage of this low-cost library. Use this link to go to an Amazon.com page from which you can download for free a Kindle App for your computer, tablet, or phone.

Amazon is the largest, but far from the only digital publisher. You can find similar treasure troves atNOOK Press (the Barnes & Noble site), Lulu, and others.


 

 

 

LOS ANGELES - Hollywood Weird LINKS  

Otto's
Daughter

Peppermint
Creeps

This section of the Links would be called Hollyweird were that name not already "owned" by Sunset Boulevard Prince Happenin' Harry, who for years has been presenting shows under that banner on or near the Strip. A tip of the hat to Harry, he leads off this page of the Links at RARWRITER.

"Weird," on this page, is all about "theatricality" in presentation. These are the kids at your school who are just a little different, who stand out with their eccentric wear and posturing. They are the boys who wear makeup, the girls with tattoos, the body piercers and the brooding Goths. Their sounds range from classic and metal rock to psychobilly and club romance.

 

HAPPENIN' HARRY

www.myspace.com/happeninharry 

HAPPENIN’ HARRY is one of L.A.'s leading hosts when it comes to hard rock jams. He holds court every Sunday night at The Cat Club in Hollywood, and every Wednesday night at The Joint in West Hollywood. There he is joined by top rock luminaries to jam on cover tunes. You can go to Harry’s MySpace site (his main site at www.happeninharry.com is under reconstruction) to read the list of bands whose members have made Harry’s shows. The ever changing lineup goes by the name THE HAPTONES ALL STAR BAND.

Harry’s network has really turned out for him at the Rock City News Awards. After winning in 2005 in the Outstanding Male Vocalist category, and after the Haptones won in the Outstanding Cover Band category, Harry scored again in 2006 as Outstanding Male Vocalist and guitarist Jeff Duncan won in Outstanding Guitarist. Anthony Focx and Michael Kenney of the Haptones were also nominated in that category, with Jeff Duncan just nosing out his two bandmates in the fan voting. Imagine a classic rock jam band where the three guitarist finish first, second and third in the hearts and minds of rock fans and press. Haptones' Kenny Burns was awarded Outstanding Drummer.

Happenin' Harry & C.C. on stage at The Joint during one of the weekly Wednesday night events. Harry provides a similar service on Sunday nights at the Cat Club.

Happenin' Harry and Mad Dog performing at the Cat Club.

Former SNL, now big time movie star Jimmy Fallon at Harry's Cat Club jam with Harry, Dizzy (Guns n'Roses) and John Corabi.

 

THE FADED

www.myspace.com/thefaded  

THE FADED repeated their 2005 success by once again capturing the Rock City News award for Outstanding Alternative Band in 2006. Fronted by the moody and childlike singer Gene Blalock, who also adds guitar and synth programming, The Faded is a guitar band platform for Steven Damien, who is rock solid with pop motiffs and technique. Serge on drums and percussion, and Michael on bass give a dynamic center to this sophisticated pop-rock sound.

The Faded has been dubbed “the new darlings of the Sunset Strip," which seems odd because theirs is not a street appeal. They seem more about teen listening on headphones in a bedroom surrounded by Panic In the Disco posters. Their catchy melodies and yearning lyrics may skew younger yet, like a soundtrack for a Scooby Doo movie. This is not to deter anyone from listening to The Faded, who are great, just locked in to a certain persona, which is the trade off for having the benefit of a high definition lead singer.

The Faded at the Metro in Chicago

THE FADED: These guys are great at posing for pictures, though the shot below reveals that some of them are just tiny little people, while others are unusually large.

THE FADED MP3s:  

Beautiful

Make Me Stronger

I Want More

 

 

Copyright © 2006-2007 The Faded, All Rights Reserved 

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OTTO'S DAUGHTER

http://www.myspace.com/ottosdaughter  

OTTO'S DAUGHTER ranks up there with my new favorite bands. European transplant Jacqueline van Bierk founded the group in New York City, initially as a Goth/Industrial act, but since moving the band to L.A. in 2003 the sound has morphed toward progressive commercial rock that might put some to mind of Garbage (the band, not the substance).

Whatever you call it, it’s great. Jacqueline is the real deal as a contemporary rock vocalist, with enough of that Euro club sensibility to give the band a true international feel. With Jim Robbins on guitar, Roman “RO” on bass, and Gilbert “G” on drums, Otto’s Daughter is muscular and tight, and the band is benefiting from some top-end production. Producer Bryan Carlstrom (Rob Zombie, The Offspring, Filter, Poe, Alice in Chains, Filter) put together their five-song EP The Becoming 001 in June 2005, and now the whole team is back in the studio recording a new full length album, A New Kind Of Heroine, to be released by the end of this year or the beginning of 2007.

In the meantime, Otto’s Daughter has not gone unnoticed in the music press. “Music Connections” selected their EP to be among the top 25 Demo Critiques in 2005 and named them among the “Hot 100 Unsigned Artists of the Year 2005.” The band was also reviewed across the pond in the German magazines “Zillo” and “Virus Magazine.”

Otto’s Daughter won two “Rockies” in 2005, with Jacqueline being chosen Outstanding Female Frontperson and Otto’s Daughter the Outstanding Hollywood Band of the Year. They were nominated again this year for a Rock City News Award in the Outstanding Hollywood Band as well as the Outstanding Songwriting categories.

 

BOTTOM RIGHT FOUR PANELS: Otto's Daughter has released three recordings, including 2005's The Becoming 001, 2003's Void of Course, 2002's Otto's Daughter Renew, and expects to release A New Kind of Heroine early in 2007.

OTTO'S DAUGHTER MP3s:  

Mars

 

Copyright © 2006-2007 Otto's Daughter, All Rights Reserved 

 

Hear more Otto's Daughter MP3s at their MySpace site at www.myspace.com/ottosdaughter

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POWDER

www.POWDERmusic.com

"Performance rock" band POWDER has been on the LA music scene 2001, entertaining audiences with visual stunts ranging from "10-foot aliens" to circus stunts while playing some high energy rock. 

The focus of Powder's show is classically-trained singer Ninette, who is also sort of a visual effect in her own right. Her ever-changing costume image is part of the draw. Fortunately, that's not all she has to offer. She not only shows you her ass, she sings it off for you. Ninette sprang to notoriety as Babyface Edmonds' choice to provide live vocal tracks for the Josie and the Pussycats movie. She ended up providing consultant services to the actresses in the film, coaching their staged musical performances. Ninette writes the band's "turbo pop," as it is referred to on the Powder website.

The other primary actor in Powder's play is Canadian guitarist Phil X, who has recorded with Tommy Lee, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper and Andrew W.K.

Powder took off fast, once established. Within six months of formation they were awarded "Best Rock / Pop Artist" and "Best Live Show" at the 2001 Los Angeles Music Awards, as well as The Rock City News awards for "Best Female Fronted Band", "Guitar Player of the Year", and the NoHo News "Rock Band of the Year". In 2002, Powder was awarded "Best Live Act'" and "Best Modern Pop Band". Last year the band was nominated for "Best Rock CD", "Best Rock Video", "Best Live Performance" and "Best Female Vocalist" by the LA Music Awards.

Powder has appeared on Playboy's pay-per-view program "Night Calls." The band also has the distinction of being the first unsigned band ever to be included on the A&M Record compilation Very Special Christmas. (Gads, can you imagine how special a Christmas with these folks would be?) They sang the Alvin and the Chipmunk classic "Christmas Don't Be Late (The Chipmunk Song)," turbo-pop style of course, and the song received national airplay throughout the holiday season. Powder contributed five tracks to MTV's "Tough Enough" in the summer of 2002.

Powder released an 11-track LP in 2003, Sonic Machine, which was co-produced by John Vitale, whose credits include Garbage and Republica. A video for the track "Up Here" aired on MTV2's 120 Minutes, MMUSA's Oven Fresh, and in 2004 was the MOST REQUESTED VIDEO on KERRANG TV UK. In 2004 Powder's song "Adore Me" was chosen by ESPN as the theme song for their coverage of the WNBA and the song was aired on ABC and TBS and was played at every game for the entire season.

Powder has taken a few tours of Europe and in 2005 released singles in the U.K. and Japan.

 

 

 

All the theatrics might lead you to suspect that Powder is merely a theatrical entertainment, but that couldn't be further from the case. Powder offers an intense audio/visual experience, with the music being the stronger part of the show. From looking at these pictures you can see that is saying something.

POWDER MP3s:  

Listen to Powder MP3s at their MySpace site at http://www.myspace.com/powder 

 

 

RENFEY

www.renfey.com

I have sometimes wondered where people like Kate Bush come from. Well, apparently one of the places is Georgia by way of the Sierra foothills. That was  RENFEY's path and she is about as Kate Bush as anyone I have ever heard.

Renfey does a spacious, high energy orchestration-rock that mixes disco and world beats with musical thematic to create a sound that would work in either a high end performance hall or a dance club. Renfey sings beautifully and her producer Kor is thick with great ideas spun primarily around sonic effect. (This is my take, which could be way off. It would be interesting to hear Renfey's original compositions and then how Kor doctored them. Or maybe that's not the way it worked. There is this on Renfey's website - "The second day I met Kor, I was inspired by a simple piano part he was playing, and in just one vocal take, this song just flowed out of me. Its called 'Catch My Fall.' I had to put it on the album. It is the beginning.")

As you can tell from these pictures, theater is at the center of the Renfey experience. There is a lot of "positioning" on her website about Renfey, the "Renaissance Rock Warrior" emerging from "hundreds of years of beauty sleep" (she does look rested) and choosing "modern day L.A. to bring us her unique alternative rock music...the wild realm of their (she and Kor's) musical wonderland."

The scale of the sound, the marketing of the image, all seems fit for philharmonic halls (or concept dance clubs) but Renfey has played the places she could book as a solo artist sometimes backed by a band.  From her website - "Before going into the studio to write and record the album*, Renfey performed many shows in such venues as The Viper Room, The Mint and The Key Club....In Los Angeles, she began performing at the local coffee houses before forming a band and booking clubs such as The Mint and The Knitting Factory to a growing audience. Still working solo both writing and orchestrating the band, her need to expand her music led to the search for a producer. 'There was so much music swirling in my head, but I needed a musical partner.' And she found producer Kor whose background as a classical composer and his passion for world music, instrumentation and wild wizardry of strings and beats seemed a manifestation of all the strange notions in Renfeys head..." I might have chosen "ethereal" rather than "strange," but you get the picture. Kor and Renfey are a melded presence.

Renfey is currently performing live shows with a full band in Los Angeles. "What an amazing time in my life," she says, "all those nights of writing and exploring my mystical side, but the modern rock warrior in me is loving playing these songs live." 

ABOVE: The Renaissance Rock Warrior in full flight, and on stage with her producer and co-writer Kor.

SOUNDTRACKS: Oh yeah, there's something else Renfey is right for - soundtracks. From her website - " Renfey has also been featured in the award winning Lifetime television series " Strong Medicine," Billy Bob Thorntons critically acclaimed film The Badge, the end title song for Salma Hayek's directorial debut The Maldonado Miracle and the upcoming 20th Century Fox film The Visitation." Her songs "Over Occupation" and " Right Here" made the soundtrack for the 20th Century Fox film Hangman's Curse.
RENFEY MP3s:  

Light Air I Breathe

 

 

 

 

 

More Renfey MP3s can be heard from her MySpace site - www.myspace.com/renfey  

*Copyright © 2006-2007 Renfey, All Rights Reserved 

Renfey Premieres "Naked with Adornments" on YouTube

RARWRITER favorite RENFEY has posted a new video on YouTube. As with most things about Renfey, this video is sort of a head scratcher, but it doesn't matter. She's talented and lovely and it's fun to watch her cavort about, lecturing on being naked while posing in extravagance - or "adornments," as she prefers - and being teased with back lighting. "The film 'Naked' is about the indelible truth of our self expression - that what you wear and adorn yourself in should be as true as the beautiful naked skin you were born with," says Renfey.

"Naked" is a "frap" - a video project of music and free verse - and adds to Renfey's repertoire of dance club and theater-oriented productions. 

Renfey is, of course, the Lesa Hardy/David Bergeaud (Producer Kor) pastiche that presents a "Renaissance Rock Warrior" diva mated to throbbing techno-rock and world beats, metaphysical lyricism, and an upscale sense of fashion. It would be silly if it weren't so well done. Renfey can sing, Kor can produce, and the two of them can write. Kor also produced the "Naked" frap, indicating the depth of his creative well. The duo's album Rise was released earlier this year and the duo is in design mode for their "Flash Art" performance art project, "a radical tableau vivant with music and spoken word on the streets of Los Angeles..." - from Renfey's site at www.Renfey.com

One of RAR's favorite sites, Fashion Designer/Journalist Diane Pernet's Diane, A Shaded View on Fashion, has posted "Naked" and offered some comments. You can click on this link...

http://dianepernet.typepad.com/diane/2007/04/renfey_naked.html

...see Renfey's new frap and introduce yourself to one of the more wonderful blogs, as Diane refers to it, though the expatriate New Yorker's site is far more than your standard focused chat. She has been reporting on fashion from Paris for more than a decade and her site is worth checking out for its savvy in image creation. Isn't that what fashion is all about? Plus it's just cool. - RAR

Click on Diane's logo above to go to her site homepage.

 

KOR

www.myspace.com/akakor 

KOR is the talented David Bergeaud, who has made his mark in L.A. as a composer of scores for film and video games. 

Here is Kor in his own words from his MySpace website - "I am a record producer and film composer; I am a traveler and an epicurean. I have long sought the exalted states of music and found that the journey is truly the music staff on which my life is written. In my career thus far, I have had the pleasure of working with many gifted artists, musicians and filmmakers. This space will be dedicated to my music producing, but anyone interested in my film and game music can visit www.musipolis.com or Imdb under David Bergeaud (my alter ego). So a little background: I was born in Paris, born on the stage and surrounded by dancers and musicians - my father is a choreographer and my mother was a singer. We traveled the world with our dance and music troupe - Europe, East Africa, the Middle East - until I found myself in Los Angeles pursuing my music career. And it is here I have laid my roots, but it is through my travels and fellow music cohorts that I have filled my studio and my time learning first to play the piano and guitar, then as many instruments as I could collect from around the world like the oud, the duduk, the saz, the hurdy gurdy and many others whose rich sounds find their way into my music; and finally the instrument of my computer and the electronic wonderland of programming - such a vast medium that fulfills my love of technology and the ability to create an ever-changing landscape of sounds. I write alternative rock music infused with beats and sound design, and electonica infused with alternative rock."

Kor goes on to write that, besides working with his musical partner Renfey, he is "producing tracks for Aya Peard, Dexibel of Popikok and Cyril Dy's (a French alt rock artist ala Pearl Jam); and launching an independent record label - Land Factory Music - to promote Renfey, develop exceptional artists and work with labels and independent artists on a song by song basis." 

 

NAOMI NEKTARE

www.myspace.com/naominektare

NAOMI NEKTARE was all over the L.A. Rock City News Awards in 2006, even playing the awards show. She was nominated in no less than five categories: Outstanding Female Vocals, Outstanding Front Woman, Outstanding Solo Artist, Outstanding Psychedelic Band, and Outstanding Female Fronted Band. It is quite a success story for a girl who came to L.A. seven years ago and found herself playing for uninterested patrons in the city’s lowest dives. She has hung in and worked her way up through the ranks, until now she is doing a production show with her backup dancers the Butterfly Girls (they wear wings) at top venues like The Roxy, Whiskey A-Go-Go and the House of Blues.

Naomi's songs are anthems to ferociousness, sometimes political, sometimes personal.

NAOMI NEKTARE AND THE BUTTERFLY GIRLS

NAOMI NEKTARE MP3S:

 

 

Naomi Nektare MP3s can be heard at her MySpace site at www.myspace.com/naominektare

 

JASON AND THE PUNKNECKS

www.punknecks.com 

JASON AND THE PUNKNECKS is something of a musical collective combining the cowboy punk talents of lead singer Jason Price, whose unique neck tattoo apparently gives the band its name, guitarist Polly Punkneck, a folk-blues player from L.A., and a rhythm trio from Wichita, Kansas who call themselves Jonnie Automaton & the Skumbots (bassist Johnnie, guitarist Igor and drummer Chode) accept when they are playing with Jason during which time they become the Scumnecks.

Jason Price and a Richard Nunez got themselves entered in the strange annals of “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” by riding through the streets of Las Vegas in a truck with glass sides as they hung suspended from the ceiling by hooks fished into the skin in their backs. Their record was for the longest sustained flesh suspension in a moving vehicle. The stunt was broadcast on the “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” television show.

The band pays an amalgam of punk-country, outlaw gospel, and punk rock, spiced up with their peculiar flesh hanging traveling variety show. (As their website boasts, they “…perform wild body modifications on themselves as an extension of their variety show.”) Unless I'm missing something here, this makes Jason and the Punknecks something of a geek act. 

They have taken this entertainment throughout Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and California, and plan additional tours. Imagine if the HBO television show “Carnival” had a house punk-rock band and you’d have Jason and the Punknecks. Bizarre as it may be, Jason and the Punknecks are a popular L.A. act, having garnered the most fan votes in the Outstanding Country Band category of the 2006 Rock City News awards.

ABOVE: Jason on mandolin. BELOW: The entire band with Polly Punkneck out front.

 

IT'S NOT JUST FOR JASON ANYMORE - HUMAN SUSPENSION

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Feb. 10, 2007 - The San Francisco Chronicle today ran a cover story in their Datebook section on the continued expansion of interest in the practice of "human suspension," which typically involves large fishhooks, designed to snare salmon, hooked through the skin (usually of a person's back in the thick skin between the shoulders) so the "suspendee" can be hoisted off the ground. The Chronicle's interest was sparked by a class in San Francisco, which a decade ago was considered the "suspension capital of the world," being attended by people from as far away as the east coast. Practitioners' reasons for doing this vary, but the initial purpose was to achieve a state of awareness beyond the limits of physical pain. Apparently, though interest in San Francisco for such fare, has waned, the practice is picking up steam nationally. The Chronicle article indicated that the pioneers of this practice are chagrined by their sense that the vast majority of new converts aren't doing it for reasons of spiritual development, but instead for its ghoulish aspects.

 

WILLOW WISP

www.willowwisp.org

WILLOW WISP has been performing their macabre rock theater since 1990, if you can imagine. This act as appeared in over 300 different magazines (Live Wire, Metal Maniacs, Hit Parader), fanzines (Low Life-England, Lollypop-France, SlayerZine-Norway), and television talk shows (The Jenni Jones Show, Fox 11 News) all over the world.

From their website - "We are one of the most well known and respected underground bands on the scene today. We blend gothic with black metal, orchestration with techno, and every other kind of music in between."

Willow Wisp shares much in common with Powder, profiled above. Both are theatrical shows, Powder's focused on a kind of rock circus, and Willow Wisp's focused on things like this (from their website) - "A ritualistic stunt, taken part by Air-rik (Vocals, Guitar) as he takes a sharp razor and cuts his chest to shreds (shaving cream included). Other such psychotic antics include Toe-Knee (reverse drums, tortured screams, poetry, fire breathing), and his symbolic 'Trash Can Murder Ritual' - where he rhythmically plays a top its gleaming surface only to bludgeon and beat it to death."

 

And there is this statement of purpose - "Willow Wisp stands for freedom of choice in a Xociety fabricated by complacent standards and daily mundane toils."

Air riK - Lead Vocals & Guitar

Karza - Keyboards

RUN, KIDS!
My first impression on seeing these shocking images is that Air riK is a really great studio makeup effects man. Then I thought, these poor devils. How long must they have to sit in the chair to get ready for this look? And then I thought - what if they don't really have to sit in the chair for long at all...

Art & Graphic by Air riK (c) 2005

RAR Note: I would be curious to know if these guys immediately get out of their makeup in the dressing room right after the show, or if I'm likely to run into one of them in a 7-Eleven after hours, say in the dead of night, about 3 a.m. 

WILLOW WISP MP3s:  

Listen to Willow Wisp MP3s at their MySpace site at http://www.myspace.com/willowwispband 

 

RAR NOTE - Check out the Willow Wisp MP3s at MySpace. If you haven't heard this band before, you might be surprised at how moody and mellow some of the tunes are, certainly nowhere near as wild as their stage look, or even as wild as other of the acts profiled on this site.

Willow Wisp Retools and Releases

WILLOW WISP, the L.A.-based shock-metal unit, is marshaling on through a tricky transition: finishing up their long-awaited CD Enmity, while replacing core band members.

Wisp drummer/spokesman Toe Knee told RARWRITER - "We are currently auditioning a new guitarist and bassist." This is quite a challenge for a band that has been around since 1990 with a fairly stable lineup. 

Willow Wisp, which is literally storied in the annals of dark metal, having been featured in hundreds of publications devoted to the genre, continues to be a presence in the field. "We recently appeared on A Tribute From The Hordes To Bathory," reports Toe Knee, "which is on a German label www.blackgoatproductions.de where we cover 'Blood,Fire,Death' by Infamous and now deceased Legends of Black Metal Quorthon and Bathory!! We are also finishing our new CD Enmity for Los Angeles based Indie label Quadrivium Records." 

Quadrivium is promoting Enmity as Willow Wisp's "new long playing epic masterpiece...of some of the most uniquely invigorating metal the world will hear. If it must be described,  Enmity merges the greatest elements of Akercocke, Bauhaus, Deicide, Nile, Cradle of Filth Opeth, Yes, Voivod and Rush intermingling with Edgar Allan Poe, Anton Lavey and various cinematic horror. Dark experimental avantgarde blasphemy."

They just need a guitarist and bassist who can do that.

From RARWRITER.com April 15, 2007 edition.

 

REVLON RED

www.myspace.com/revlonred   

REVLON RED was among the bands that played the 2006 L.A. Rock City News Music Awards show, held at B.B. King’s in Universal City in December. It counts as something of a victory for this unit, which was formed back in the 1990s as a glam alternative to the Seattle grunge of the era.

Vocalist Marky DeSade leads the unit through its glam metal explorations. Marky was the winner in the Best Male Frontperson award at the 2005 Rockies. Richie Dagger handles the guitar work, Billie Blade the bass, and Seann Scott the drums.

Revlon Red, once a suspect entity on the L.A. scene, despite booking early in their history into some of the city’s top venues (i.e., Whiskey-A-Go-Go and the Roxy Theatre), was awarded the Best Hollywood Band at the 2005 Rockies.

From their website – “Revlon Red is proud to carry the torch for the new generation of glam rock fans who come to Hollywood from all over the world for exactly what Revlon Red has to offer. The band has a dark-tinged image of glitz and glamour that bears strong street influences, as well as being futuristic in style, and plays songs that are both fun yet powerful.”  

REVLON RED MP3S:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revlon Red MP3s can be heard on their MySpace site.

 

Revlon Red has appeared in a nationally syndicated commercial for Net Zero (a still from which is shown below - the commercial can be viewed from their MySpace site)), as well as the new promotional commercial for VH1 which has been receiving test airing as of late in random states nationwide.


They have also appeared on various talk shows, local cable shows and in underground cult films and have had their music, images and flyers appear on various major network television programs and had their music played and have been interviewed on countless underground radio shows and in fanzines worldwide.

 

 

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