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Review: The Departure “Gateways”

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The Departure, a band from Salt Lake City labeled as punk/crossover have released an EP titled Gateways. The band has already flirted with early success, securing opening spots for Cold War Kids as well as playing at several festivals.

The album mixes a lot of genres, not sticking to any one formula; instead, putting their full talents on display. The lead song, “For The Best” should be a staple for your pop-punk playlist.

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TRACKLISTING:

  1. For The Best
  2. Incompetence
  3. Gateways
  4. Forget Everything
  5. The Sea, Pt. II
  6. Lonely Eyes
  7. Thoughts

WEBSITES:

Band Website: http://thedeparturemusic.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thedepartureband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thedeparturerok
Instagram: @thedeparturerok


Review: Everlost US Learns To Let Go

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REVIEW:

Everlost US is an alternative rock project by Jared Kay. Live and Let Go is Kay’s second release, the first an EP that debuted September 2014 received praise from Absolute Punk and AXS Magazine. Listening to this album its clear Kay is both a talented musician and song writer with a knack for communicating pain and experience though both sound and lyric.

The album is a clinic in songwriting and storytelling. From “Breathe” through “These Terrible Hands” you will enjoy the melody and easy going rock as well as feel the pain…

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TRACKLISTING:

Breathe
Live and Let Go
Wait For You
What You Wanted
Tell Them They’re Wrong
I’m Doing My Best
These Terrible Hands
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Review: Linchette Marcel

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Lithuanian rockers, Linchette Marcel, have released new music, four songs that will provide the base for an upcoming LP scheduled for release later this year.

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When listening to music I try to stay away from “sounds like…”; however, in this case, I must make an exception. Linchette Marcel sounds like Stone Temple Pilots from back before their initial break-up, this is a good thing. STP has always been a band that from album to album recreated themselves, there’s a basic sound that’s consistent, but a lot of experimenting that always made each release unique. Linchette Marcel’s music is like finding unique, unreleased Stone Temple Pilots music. Music that is meant to be enjoyed and cherished as good ole fashioned groovy rock and roll.

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Mancave Playbabes March Issue Now Available

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Check out the new issue of MancavePlaybabes.com. Inside you will find my interview with Michael Pate (Electric Black Horse), preview of ‘Californication’, and much more!

Check out the website to download your issue today!


The Black Oxygen Interview

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HARD WORK AND THE ROCK N’ ROLL AMERICAN DREAM: The Black Oxygen Interview

“I don’t play music to be famous; music is an opportunity to give back and show that if you believe in something you can make it happen.”  – David Lyle, Black Oxygen

Interviewee: David Lyle (Black Oxygen)

Interviewer:  David S. Grant

Black Oxygen is currently riding the rock and roll wave of success.  In 2012 they released their first album, ‘American Dream’, and launched a tour that included supporting roles with Slash, Shinedown, and Theory of a Deadman.  Their first single, “Take It To the Limit” landed in the top 100 Billboard chart, the album rose shortly after, peaking at #12.  Black Oxygen is David Lyle (vocals and lead guitar), Nick Lyle (drums), and Jordan Myer (bass).  David Lyle took time with Mancave Playbabes to discuss ‘American Dream’, experiences on tour, and of course, his hometown of Kansas City.

Mancave Playbabes: Tell us about Black Oxygen

David Lyle: We are a Kansas City based rock band that released our first album, ‘American Dream’, and followed it with a 96 show tour.  I am the lead vocalist, song writer, and guitarist, my brother Nick Lyle plays drums and Jordan Myer is our friend and bass player.

Mancave Playbabes: Clearly you have experienced success with your first album.  I hear you have a second album coming out, any differences or changes in direction your fans can expect?

David Lyle: More rock and roll with more unique sounds and arrangements – just MORE!  We spent over three months with Bret Hestla (former bass player for Creed) recording the new album and are very excited about it.  {Note: Lyle was unable to elaborate further details on the new album, but did note that the band has a “short list” of labels they are considering and would be heading to Hollywood to meet soon.}

Mancave Playbabes: Who are the band’s influences?

David Lyle: Straight forward rock and roll.  We grew up with The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses and everyone else.

Read the full interview in the latest issue of Mancave Playbabes


Hall of Shame

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This past year the Hall of Fame ceremony was an embarrassment. No new candidates were inducted despite many groundbreaking super stars in their first year of eligibility.  The reason of course is due to suspected steroid use, but what is the plan here?  Everyone from this era is suspect; you are naive to think otherwise.  Also, cheating has always been part of baseball going back to the 1919 Black Sox scandal to emery boards (a knuckle-ballers’ best friend) to corked bats.  The only point being made is that the Major League Baseball institution in Cooperstown, NY is turning into a museum versus a Hall of Fame.   Here is a look at two new candidates, a recent candidate, and a veteran of the process who has found a way to beat the system.

Barry Bonds

Yes, Barry Bonds used enhancement drugs.  No one denies this.  Yes, this probably assisted his record breaking 73 home-runs in 2001 and contributed to the 763 lifetime (also a record) home-runs.  However, Bonds also made 14 All-Star teams, leads in career walks, and leads in career intentional walks.  Most important: Seven. MVP. Awards.  No one has come close to this accomplishment and no one will.  Of those seven, four were won in consecutive seasons.  Seven.

Mark McGwire

Starting off his career (ironically) as a “Bash Brother” with Major League rat Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire would go on to hit 583 home runs in his career, averaging one in every 10.61 at bats which is best of all-time (Babe Ruth is number two).  Most importantly, his 70 home-run season (with Sammy Sosa on his heels) brought baseball back to the mainstream after labor issues had caused a strike and a canceled World Series.  No one talks about McGwire’s importance to the game and popularity, but it should be noted.  Yes, he used enhancement drugs.  No one denies this.

Read the full article in the latest issue of Mancave Playbabes


Drama Kings

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It’s over, the final season of ‘Breaking Bad’, time to mourn the loss of another ground breaking drama.  Along with this acknowledgment comes the debate of where this show fits in the Pantheon of great television series.  ‘The Sopranos’ started it, well, HBO started it.  They continued with ‘The Wire’, but then AMC got involved with ‘Mad Men’ and then ‘Breaking Bad.’  Half-hour comedies (or “dramedies”) such as ‘Sex In The City’ and ‘Californication’ have joined the party, but do not hold up to the Big 4.  What does it take to make groundbreaking television?  It starts with detailed character writing, an interesting and/or dangerous environment, and a storyline that either moves fast or unveils a mystery.  Here is a deeper dive into the Big 4.

Breaking Bad

Chemistry teacher is diagnosed with cancer and starts cooking meth to provide for his family.  So simple and yet so conflicting.  The problem of course is that nothing is that simple and once you have one body, the second and subsequent bodies come much easier.  The show focuses on Walter White and partner Jesse Pinkman as they cook, distribute, and protect their methamphetamine empire.  Deceit, lies, and murder rule each of the first five seasons leading up the recent final season.  If the purpose of the first five seasons was to show the transformation of Walter White to the devil, then the final season was to cast him in a full on horror film.  No show has escalated as quickly and ensured there are no loose ends more than ‘Breaking Bad.’

The Wire

Split into five seasons, each season covering another social area (drugs, seaport trafficking, government, schools, and media), the HBO show ‘The Wire’ was a critical favorite and continues to be downloaded and watched by new viewers each day.  With Baltimore serving as a poverty stricken back drop the show went right to the heart of true problems, allowing the viewer to look in from both the “good side” (cops, teachers, etc…) and “evil side” (dealers, crooked politicians, etc…) as the stories unfolded.  The characters were epic.  Many of the most memorable, “Jimmy McNulty”, “Avon Barksdale”, “Omar Little”, and “Stringer Bell” started during the first season and carried through to the bitter end.

Mad Men

Set in the sixties, with the Vietnam War as a backdrop, ‘Mad Men’ is as much about a place in time as it is the main characters.  The pitch: Advertising Executives from New York’s Madison Avenue conducting business behind closed doors, often with lots of bourbon and pie-in-the-sky ideas.  Not too mention, the mysterious Don Draper, or should we say Dick Whitman?  In addition to Draper as a strong, unknown lead, the supporting cast of characters (“Roger Sterling”, “Pete Campbell”, and “Peggy Olson”) all hold their own and are able to carry episodes versus just support, allowing the series to go in several directions at once, choosing to leave or pick back up story lines as needed.

Read the full article in the latest issue of Mancave Playbabes