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New Releases: Phratry Records (Cincinnati,Ohio) State Song “Sleep Crawling” -Review By Gary S. Angelo

July 18, 2014 at 12:49 am

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Cincinnati’s State Song’s sophomore effort, “Sleep Crawling” sounds like it would fit perfectly on the rosters of Grass Records, Teenbeat Records  and  Caulfield Records. I can hear a little bit of Idaho  ( as frontman Scott Torres  has very Jeff Martin-esque vocals) , HUM , Codeine and  self-titled –era Sunny Day Real Estate thrown in this sweet and spacey mix.  The music balances piano and keyboard arrangements with angular spacey guitar scapes. The track “Motor Momento” is the band’s ultimate shoegazer  moment as it opens with a massive angular guitar. This track gives the band a nice Parasol Records sheen.  State Song really captures  that unsung era of slowcore,  especially on the tracks “Liberata,” while “Barstools and Bedrooms” is the standout piano -driven track.  – Gary S. Angelo/YoungstownRock.com

 

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New Releases: Phratry Records (Cincinnati,Ohio) Shanks: “Surfing The Lexicon” -Review by Gary S. Angelo

July 18, 2014 at 12:46 am

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Hailing from Toronto, Canada ,The Shanks have that quintessential Aussie and  Scandinavian garage punk feel which plays nice with its Detroit rock and glam tendencies . I hear slight  elements of Agent Orange on the track “Feel The Holes.”  Also a more  “muscular” sounding Redd Kross  comes to mind , especially on    “Miss Virginia,” “When We Come,”  “Step By Step” and  “Get Cut Tonight,” which also veers the band in ‘70’s glam meets  Detroit rock vibe. The track “Do it Again”  really showcases the band’s Scandinavian sound with hand claps and humming guitar .  The Shanks display a vivid Marc Bolan-esque groove overlapped with the heat- drenched melodic heaviness of Australian greats like  Exploding White Mice, The Bamboos  and  Brother Brick. However,  “Surfing The Lexicon” is ideal for anybody who is into solid punk rock ‘n’ roll with a dash of arena glam. - Gary S. Angelo/YoungstownRock.com

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New Releases: Phratry Records (Cincinnati,Ohio) – 2x Split 7-inch Aperiodic / Mala In Se / Joe 4 / Knife The Symphony -Review By Gary S. Angelo

July 18, 2014 at 12:44 am

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2x Split 7-inch Aperiodic / Mala In Se / Joe 4 / Knife The Symphony  (Phratry Records)

This split 7-inch release  with Aperiodic ( Brooklyn, New York, Chicago, Illinois), Mala In Se (Cincinnati, Ohio) Joe 4 hailing from Zagreb, Croatia and Knife The Symphony ( Cincinnati, Ohio) is a perfect showcase and roadmap as to what Phratry Records is about as a label.

Aperiodic includes members of the legendary early to mid ‘90’s Grass Records alumni, Ten 0’ Clock Scholar and Lab Partners and the popular Touch & Go  experimental stalwarts, Enon.  Aperiodic is quite a venture for members Matt  Schulz, on drum kit and percussion, Kevin Parrett on electric guitar,  and Ben Perkins  on assorted instruments. Aperiodic is far more experimental than the members previous projects , although I do love the slowcore/alt-country of Ten 0’ Clock Scholar.  We definitely hear elements of  acid jazz and No-Wave especially on the track, “Scene Crush”. When listening to Aperiodic, I hear a tighter Chrome mixed with the finest experimental moments of Von LMO  and Throbbing Gristle.

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First In Space at The Royal Oaks March 22nd by Gary S. Angelo

March 16, 2014 at 11:53 pm

FIS 12-13After recording and putting out three solid releases “This Is Not Here,” “Geronimo” and “Greatest Hits Vol. III,” Johnny Stanec (vocals and bass) and the boys of First In Space are getting ready to record their fourth record. The band’s previous releases caught the attention of  the powerpop label and distribution, Kool Kat Music.  Stanec said that the new record will feature ten new songs and plans on shooting for an early May release.   Stanec said that the songs on  this upcoming release are a step up from the band’s past catalogue. First In Space includes Johnny Stanec on vocals and bass, Beau Basement on drums and  Dolus McCormick on vocals and guitar.

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Upcoming Event: S.J. Tucker Live in Youngstown!

January 24, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Sj TuckerWednesday May 7th at 6:00 pm

At the The First Unitarian  Universalist Church, located at  1105 Elm Street (Elm & Illinois)  Youngstown, Ohio 44505

Tim Malone Reiki  and the Youngstown Eclectic Pagan Society present S.J. Tucker live at The First Unitarian Universalist Church in Youngstown.  This show will be S.J. Tucker’s first Mahoning Valley appearance.

Doors open at 5:30 pm to all $20 ticket holders for an exclusive meet & greet and for shopping with local vendors. Doors open at 6pm for all.

S.J. Tucker’s set begins at 7pm and the event is ALL AGES

Ticket Prices: $10 economy, $15 general, and $20 generous.

Get Tickets at : http://sjrocksyoungstown.brownpapertickets.com/

Those who purchase $20 ticket will get a special souvenir packet and a hand-written thank you from S. J Tucker.

Listen and purchase S.J. Tucker’s music  at Bandcamp.com

http://music.sjtucker.com/

 

 

 

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New music from Cleveland’s Kid Tested- By Gary S. Angelo

January 15, 2014 at 4:23 am

20130323_130757Cleveland’s Kid Tested is a creative power house –of-a trio. The band is constantly working on material.  Shawn Mishak vocalist and guitarist of Kid Tested, said that the band has at least three more albums worth of written unrecorded material, plus seven finished songs. Mishak said after  mastering the recordings, the band will hopefully  have a new release for the  spring of  2014.  The band released some solid noise-pop gems including “Pop Era Laundry” (2006) and “Lost On Purpose” (2007). The band includes Shawn Mishak, on vocals and guitar, Jim Beil, on drums and Dominic Ricciardi, on bass.  In 2009, Kid Tested played at the Cleveland radio station’s WRUW 91.1 FM’s annual event, Studio –A-Rama, in Cleveland, which was headlined by the acclaimed the Boston Massachusetts post-punk act, Mission of Burma. 

“We do have 7 songs for the next record finished. We are looking to get back into the studio during the winter to finish our third record and record our fourth, most likely in the same sessions.We plan to get the main tracks in two days. We usually go for the more live style of recording and I am not much for click tracks, just because I am bad at them and they can be confusing to me.We are going through a lot  of titles for the next two records. The two I like most right now are: ‘Midnight Canoeing,’ and ‘Unwanted Food and Extraneous Growths.’” Mishak said.

Mishak said that some of the band’s new songs include, “Service Engine Soon,” and “Kimberly,” which Mishak said embodies an Elvis Costello influence. Mishak said that the band is veering more towards a pop sound.  He said that the band’s previous albums “Pop Era Laundry” and “Lost On Purpose,” were representations of what Kid Tested’s music sounded like during the time period they were recorded. 

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“From The Drum Throne to The Office Chair “: Musician creates a go-to guidebook for touring bands By Gary S. Angelo/YoungstownRock.com

November 28, 2013 at 12:48 am
Photo Courtesy of Emily Maxwell.  Brian Pennick, Founder of The Counter Rhythm Group and Musicians' Desk Referance

Photo Courtesy of Emily Maxwell. Brian Pennick, Founder of The Counter Rhythm Group and Musicians’ Desk Reference

Brian Pennick, is founder of  The Counter Rhythm Group, which is  a Cincinnati-Ohio based  radio promotion, record marketing, publicity, tour management, event promotions, and internal artist company.   As  an active musician, Pennick has spent almost half of his life as a touring musician, spending time touring the world in vans, planes as well as trains.  From years of experience of being a hard- working touring musician, Pennick decided that he wanted to help other touring bands and musicians excel on the road and properly get their music professionally accessible to the public. This is how Pennick started The Counter Rhythm Group.

Pennick’s latest innovative development is the Musicians’ Desk Reference, which is a reference ebook for touring musicians, that consists of  timelines, templates, and instructional guides designed to help the touring musician.

“Anyone who  is personally familiar with me knows two things: I can be pretty longwinded and I’m am very passionate about certain things, especially the music industry. The  Musicians’ Desk Reference is a great resource that allows me to help a wider number of artists who I am able to reach on a one-to-one basis. It became clear that something like this was necessary soon after I switched over from the drum throne to the office chair,” Pennick said.

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Finally Found A Home… In a song: Turbo Lover’s pays homage to Huey Lewis And The News By Gary S. Angelo

November 1, 2013 at 2:35 am

Members of  the pub rock/ funk and jazz powerhouses of the 1970’s Clover and Soundhole, joined forces to form Huey Lewis and The News. Harmonica master, Huey Lewis  gave the  adult contem…porary radio world a pure musical education. Huey was an all-original American cult favorite who collaborated with many original artists including, Nick Lowe( Lewis played harmonica on the track “Born Fighter” on Lowe’s 1979 effort, “Labor of Lust”)  The Gospel Hummingbirds, The Tower of Power and musician, record producer, engineer, and guitarist John McFee (who played with Southern Pacific, Doobie Brothers, Elvis Costello and The Grateful Dead)- McFee played the pedal steel guitar on “Honky Tonk Blues”  the closing track of  The News’ eponymous 1983 release “Sports. ”  With songs like “Jacob’s Ladder,” “Perfect World,” “Bad Is Bad,” and “The Power of Love,” the singles equally balanced fun, humor and confidence.  One lesson I learned from being a figure in the Youngstown music scene, is that it’s definitely “Hip To Be A Square.”

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Songwriter melds the best of the east and west: Demos Papadimas’ latest effort ‘Wanderin’ Through The Wilderness’ ” By Gary S. Angelo

October 19, 2013 at 12:20 am
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Photo Courtesy of Kristi Jan Hoover. Demos Papadimas will take the stage with Radio Lark and special guest, Shiloh Hawkins Saturday October 19th at Cedars West End located at 706 St. Youngstown, Ohio. The show starts at 10 PM and admission is $5.

If I had to come up with one genre-specific  description  to sum up the Youngstown Music scene of 2013, I would say it’s has been a year of the “singer-songwriter.” When it comes to the  local/singer-songwriter folk territory, Demos Papadimas is my ultimate pick. As I can recall vividly in my memory, I met Papadimas around the end of 2012 and between that time and now, it’s been a wonderful experience hearing the diverse sounds and introspective songwriting that he has brought to the table. In between that time and now he has been busy playing shows in the Pittsburgh and Cleveland areas.  In addition to some out- of -town  networking and gigging  , Papadimas also released his debut full-length, “Wanderin’ Through The Wilderness” this year. Papadimas said he promoted the album at the Americana Music Association Conference and Festival at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Judge’s Park Fundraiser at Cedar’s West End will raise awareness By Gary S. Angelo/Youngstown Rock & Groove

August 29, 2013 at 12:43 am

Local musician, Shiloh Hawkins is a huge animal lover at heart and is putting together the fundraising event, Judge’s Park Fundraiser, a charitable event that will aid in funding the Edinburgh, Pennsylvania -based animal shelter, Judge’s Park Small Animal Rescue.  Judge’s Park Small Animal Rescue is owned and operated by Jen Wahl Kilmer. Kilmer provides shelter for rabbits, chinchillas, guinea pigs, hamsters and rats. Hawkins said that Judges Park Small Animal Rescue is a 501c3 non -profit organization, which runs strictly from  donations. Since 2005, Judges Park Small Animal Rescue has found homes for 500 small animals.

The event, Judges Park Fundraiser, will take place on Friday, September 6th, at Cedars West End, located at 706 Steel Street in Youngstown, Ohio, from 7PM till 1 AM. Hawkins said that all profits made from the event will go to Judges Park Small Animal Rescue to pay for vet care, food, and other related expenses. Admission for the event is $5 and will include musical performances by  Katianne Timko & Khaled Tabbara, The River’s Own, Blue Through Branches, Ben Flint ,plus more to be announced. The event will also feature a 50/50 raffle, gift certificates  to local businesses and a Chinese auction.  If you bring in an item from The Judges Park Small Animal Rescue  wish list,  you get a free ticket for the event’s Chinese auction. To check out the wish list items, click on the link:http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1YVC14PB4ZXX4/ref=cm_sw_su_w. However, the items do not strictly have to be from Amazon, if you find items that are similar to these wish list items, feel free to kindly bring those in as well.

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Kid Tested, showcases perfect noise –pop structure on ‘Lost On Purpose’” By Gary S. Angelo/ Youngstown Rock .com

June 28, 2013 at 2:08 am

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One April night at Cedars West End was a beyond fantastic night of music, as it was a night of real, pure, simple, “primal” indie rock in all its appropriate glory. It sounded like the era that I miss and want to relive again and again.   As my more “recently seen” shows, (I have seen so many great bands over the years) this bill included  Kid Tested, Filmstrip and Batt Lion and to me, that was right up there with the  Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500 &Luna) and Britta Phillips show ( The Belltower & Luna) .  There are  shows that are well, shows and then there are shows that are everlasting memories and Kid Tested was among that list.

Kid Tested, had that sound, think “Avalanche” –era Some Velvet Sidewalk, maybe “Hear It Is” –era Flaming Lips, or “Crappin You Negative” –era Grifters. They just sounded like a band that would just fit comfortably in my collection and what I like to call my “listening wheelhouse.”   When Kid Tested took the stage, I heard the heyday of labels such as Restless, Homestead, K Records, PigZen Space, Fist Puppet (Cargo Records), Shimmy Disc,  Drag City, Smarten Up! Records, and  some Alternative Tentacles in the mix.  I was completely blown away to the point where I had that “ah-ah moment,” where I had to get these guys on  The Homegrown Show, on WNCD 93.3 FM The Wolf.

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THE ZOU – “Soon! OK?” Official Music Video

May 20, 2013 at 9:55 pm

THE ZOU – “Soon! OK?” Official Music Video from their new album KILLS – Part 1! The CD Release Party happens Saturday May 25th at The Lemon Grove in Youngstown!

The album is available at www.iTunes.com/thezou and a physical CD can be mailed to you within 24 hours by purchasing at cdbaby.com .

 

 

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Musician explores new musical side with Ragers By Gary S. Angelo/YoungstownRock.com

April 17, 2013 at 11:16 pm

RAGERS March 2013 promo photo Matt Jauch, vocalist and lead guitarist of Cleveland Ohio’s Ragers,  has one astonishing musical resume. Jauch  has played in the acclaimed lo-fi jangle pop project, Boatzz  plus other Cleveland staples including Chalkline,  Solo Flyer,  and Stimulus Package.   Jauch said that with Ragers he is taking on lead guitar duties  while in the past he was more  of a rhythm player. Jauch is quite well-versed in playing many genres and subgenres of music. “Style-wise I have done a lot.  Hardcore, Emo, radio-rock, indie-rock,  and Brit-rock. As you get older ,it’s fun to venture into different genres and challenge yourself to be competent with writing and playing different styles. With Ragers, you’ll hear those old influences here and there in the lead playing  and noodling that I do,” Jauch said.

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Extra Medium Pony creates the perfect heartbreak soundtrack By Gary S. Angelo/YoungstownRock.com

April 4, 2013 at 9:30 pm

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Listening to Cleveland’s Extra Medium Pony’s full-length debut, “11868,” I was immediately hooked because it  reminded me of the pure,  honest emotion and  musicianship of Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers,  The Grifters, Silkworm and The Beatnik Filmstars.   For  Extra Medium Pony singer/songwriter and guitarist, Rick Spitalsky,  “11868” is an honest musical showcase.  The band’s debut clearly shows that the subject of heartbreak is the perfect ingredient to a passionate pop song. This album was an actual godsend for me, as it was a therapeutic listen for me as well.

“The number 11868, is the apartment building I lived in  with my ex-girlfriend  when things were going well.  It seemed to be a magical place and when we moved out  it was like something was lost or left behind. We split up a couple of months after and needless to say, it was shitty. I wrote these songs full of raw emotion and passion and that’s why I think so many people  have been reacting to it. I don’t get  the satisfaction  some people might get out of the songs, hearing them as  upbeat,  poppy anti-love songs,” Spitalsky said.

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Neon Avenue finds passionate reasoning on “Welcome To Reason” By Gary S. Angelo/YoungstownRock.com

March 29, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Promo1After an 8-month hiatus, Neon Avenue, returns to the scene fully rejuvenated with their latest release, “Welcome To Reason.”  For Justin Edwards, vocalist/guitarist/pianist of Neon Avenue, the song craft on the band’s new full-length was a creative release of emotions .  Edwards said that “Welcome To Reason,”  has been reflective of  some challenging times.  He said as the band progresses, they hope to reach in more optimistic and positive territories.

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Amplifiers-“ Everything Obsolete” -Lp Review

March 22, 2013 at 7:39 pm

 

I first saw Pittsburgh’s Amplifiers open for hometown heroes, Sam Goodwill the fall of 2010. I immediately got into the band’s sound as it nostalgically reminded me of the post- rock glory of listening to post- rock staples such as Life and Times, Seade, Stella Ink, Failure, Shrimpboat,  HUM, Centaur, Starflyer 59, with occasional big-rock meets shoegaze  nods to Swervedriver. From my alternative historian viewpoint, I always see every post genre from “90’s eyes.”   The album’s state of the art production quality gives it a nice modern tinge and filled out sound.

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Akron band is the “Stem” of many sounds- By Gary S. Angelo/Youngstown Rock.com

March 8, 2013 at 12:44 am

 

It was a cold and damp weekend,  the usual accoutrements that garnish the average fall season in northeast Ohio. Fall is not complete without these cozy bedfellows defining the atmospheric barometric mood.  With bone chilling temperatures and remnants leftover from my “annual” fall cold, nothing stopped me from my usual venture to Cedars Lounge.  It was worth the travel, because it was an magical evening of music.

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“Turbo Lovers Tighten up sound on ‘Hopelessly Addicted’ ” By Gary S. Angelo/ aka Dr. Killjoy Youngstown Rock

March 7, 2013 at 12:02 am

Photo Courtesy of Jami Blaire Lasky

Turbo Lovers frontman and guitarist, Bj Lisko  is sticking to the  traditional punk and rock ‘n’ roll  sound, but with a powerpop tinge, on the band’s new  album, “Hopelessly Addicted.”  This effort  will mark the band’s 6th release.

“The new disc is our first full –length since our 2009 release, ‘Roll  Your Vice.’  It has a lot of the same elements that  our previous records have had, and takes on a life of its own as well.  The full-length, ‘Roll Your Vice,’  sort of set the tone  for what I wanted Turbo Lovers to be about  and ‘Hopelessly Addicted,’  takes it a step further. It’s definitely got a no-  frills rock ‘n’ roll vibe to it , but we structured a lot of it in a pop format this time,” Lisko said.

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From Rockabilly to Soviet Marches: The Sound of The Sundresses By Gary S. Angelo (aka Dr. Killjoy)

March 1, 2013 at 2:57 am

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Over the many years, Cincinnati, Ohio has been home to such wonderful musical greats including, Libertines US, Caterpillar Tracks, The Ass Ponys, Afghan Whigs, Thistle, The Fairmount Girls and Mad Anthony, I could sure can go on and on.

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Rust Belt Rock Show v. 2.0 Episode 2

February 28, 2013 at 1:59 am

Mind-expanding music from the Mahoning Valley and beyond, from the
studios of Golden String Radio in Youngstown, Ohio. Featuring special guest Jimmy Martin of the Jimmy Fro Podcast. Brought to you by
Lenz’s Artistic Dermagraphics, Guitar Slinger Music, American Auto
Painting and The Youngstown Rock & Groove Co.. c. 2013.

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Cleveland Powerpop Sensations Rise above to Triumph: “The Paranoid Lovesick Story.By Gary S. Angelo- (Dr Killjoy)/YoungstownRock Staff Writer

February 9, 2013 at 1:29 am

To me, Cleveland, Ohio, circa the 80’s through the early 90’s, was a very underrated time in that it cranked out many acts that have yielded great power. It brought us  the raw sounds of The Pagans (in the late 70’s)  the pure aggression of Starvation Army , the thunderous rock of Prisonshake, the catchiness of The Mice, and  all the way to the classy stage presence of The Revelers.  The underlying subgenre of music  that was always within reach in the Northeastern Ohio area, was powerpop, all things jangly, and all things good –heartbreak-songs-that-hit –home.Paranoid Lovesick Photo for article 1

One of those bands which really hit home for me was Paranoid Lovesick and Medicine Men  (later known as Medicine Show). The two  bands  have a wonderful, inspiring story packed with clever songwriting and infectious hooks.   I remember the excitement  of finding a copy of Medicine Show’s 1994 CD full-length  “Welcome To The Show,” at the used bin.  Just the coolness of songs like “Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out,”  “Lucky The Dog”  “Wait For You,” and “Swirl,” just capture the perfect essence of a fun neo-psychedelic powerpop  gem, with a nice trippy humorous touch.  Paranoid Lovesick had some powerful stompers including, “Universal Boat,” “Marginalia,” “Postman Bob”  and an awesome cover of Badfinger’s  1973 gem, “Icicles.” This cover appears on the Copper Music Badfinger Tribute compilation, “Come And Get It: A Tribute To Badfinger”  (1995).

In 2012, Paranoid Lovesick was included in writer and musician, Joe Oestreich’s book , “Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll. Oestreich is a good friend of the band and  plays bass in the Columbus, Ohio Powerpop band, Watershed. Like Paranoid Lovesick and Medicine Show, Watershed has also played Cedars Lounge numerous times. In fact, their recent Youngstown performance was at Cedars Lounge in June 2012.

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Rust Belt Rock Show v. 2.0 Episode 1

January 30, 2013 at 7:10 pm

The ALL NEW Rust Belt Rock Show! Now even MORE mind-expanding music from the Mahoning Valley and beyond, from the studios of Golden String Radio in Youngstown, Ohio. Brought to you by Lenz’s Artistic Dermagraphics, Guitar Slinger Music, American Auto Painting and The Youngstown Rock & Groove Co.. c. 2013.

This episodes guest is Dave O’Malley  who you can catch every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. on the Eclectic Electric Show  w/ Gretchen on Golden String Radio.

Also, Jeff did some digging in the local music record vault and will be playing some classic thrash/speed metal by Youngstown’s Dementia (late 80′s)  and Warren’s Decimator (late 80′s early 90′s)

Music this week from Sam Goodwill, The Building, Andre Costello and the Cool Miners, Decimator, Dementia and more!

This episodes music from the local record vaults are two area Thrash/Speed metal bands, Dementia (Youngstown)  and Decimator (Warren)

From their 1988 demo Plead or Bleed

Dementia – Homicidal Assualt

From their LP Do Unto Others

Decimator – Fatal Vision

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The Rust Belt Rock Show w/ Viking Jim now on Golden String Radio Fridays 7pm-9pm

January 25, 2013 at 8:18 pm

The Youngstown Rock’s Rust Belt Show is now on Golden String Radio  Fridays 7pm-9pm. Listen in as Vike and guest play local and regional music, discuss recent and upcoming shows, and other matters of marginal importance.

Rust Belt Rock Show will also be available as a podcast on Youngstownrock.com and iTunes.

This weeks guest is Dave O’Malley  who you can catch every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. on the Eclectic Electric Show  w/ Gretchen on Golden String Radio.

Also, Jeff did some digging in the local music record vault and will be playing some classic thrash/speed metal by Youngstown’s Dementia (late 80′s)  and Warren’s Decimator (late 80′s early 90′s)

Music this week from Sam Goodwill, Gossip Culture, The Sleeps, The Building, Andre Costello and the Cool Miners, Decimator, Dementia and more!

And don’t forget tonight at Cedars Lounge

Wild Kindness Record’s Bon Voyage 23 N Hazel Party

9PM (Proper ID required)

Performances by:

The Building (Youngstown)

Andre Costello & The Cool Miners

Rahkeem Brown (Youngstown Poet)

The Raspberry Reich (Youngstown avant-garde)

Also, Records & Local Wares, Comic & Art Vendors & Cheap and delicious vegan goods by SPACEbakery!

 

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Droids Attack bassist talks about his noise rock past and future: “The Below The Sound Saga”. By Gary S. Angelo (Dr. Killjoy)

October 22, 2012 at 6:17 pm

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When someone says the words “Mid and “West” to me, the first thing I think of is my favorite genre of music of all time, noise rock. Whether it be Die Kreuzan, Killdozer, Halo of Flies, Scrid, Big Black,  Libido Boyz, Tar, Sound of Rails, Janitor Joe, and Season To Risk, I love it all.  Even East Coast noise rock bands like Pitchblende (being my all time favorite), BALL/Gumball, The Honeymoon Killers, Action Swingers, Unsane, Spore, Stress Magnets and Polvo all hit near and dear  to my  musical “wheel house.”  Even the noisy post punk from the Pacific Northwest and West Coast is quite stellar.  Well, anyone who knows me well enough, knows I could go on and on the topics of the raw, rustic ,  edges of the ‘90s. Whether it’s the Industrial, lo-fi, post punk,  heavy, or post-hardcore end of this lovely genre,  at the end of the day, noise rock is pure art to me plain and simple.

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“Gossip Culture makes it presence known far and beyond.” By Gary S. Angelo/YoungstownRock.com

October 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

As fellow passionate music journalists in the Northeastern Ohio area, Gossip Culture brainchild, Ryan Sheridan and I had some pretty in- depth conversations about the ever-so-changing music climate. These discussions are filled with “ah-hah moments, critiques, twinkles of reminiscent auditory nostalgia,  chuckles and guffaws. It’s been rewarding to have numerous “parking lot chats” with a  fellow “herald of the musical pen.” We both provide our devoted audiences with well –crafted gifts of music journalese, just in the same fashion that a baker creates gourmet pastry delights of mouth-watering bliss.  Our underground literary feats serve as helpful cultural alerts  that encourage readers  to catch a glimpse of independent talents.

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Celestial psychedelic symphonies of Pittsburgh’s The Van Allen Belt By Gary S. Angelo/YoungstownRock.com

October 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Pittsburgh, PA’s The Van Allen Belt is an endless swirl of musical influences from dream pop, classical, and Brazilian psychedelia.  The band’s discography includes Meal Ticket To Purgatory (2007), Vancouver And All The Reasons Why EP (2010) and Superpowerfragilis: Or How I learned to Stop Caring and Love The Drug (2010).

I must say that the band’s past few performances at the Lemon Grove Café  mesmerized me and I was indeed in my bliss.  The Van Allen Belt is currently working on their new album, Heaven On A Branch ,as well as crafting ideas for a new EP.  The Van Allen Belt’s creativity continues to grow. The Van Allen Belt  songwriter, author, producer and keyboardist, Benjamin K. Ferris, agrees that the attitudes and the technologies within the band’s music have matured.

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The guitar mastery of Ampline By Gary S. Angelo/YoungstownRock.com

September 28, 2012 at 10:29 am

 

               

Mike Montgomery guitarist and vocalist of Ampline. Montgomery also plays in the project R. Ring with Kelley Deal of the Breeders, Kelley 6000, The Last Hard Men. This photo is of Montgomery performing with R. Ring at Cedars Lounge August 2012. Photo Courtesy of Gary S. Angelo

Mike Montgomery guitarist and vocalist of Ampline. Montgomery also plays in the project R. Ring with Kelley Deal of the Breeders, Kelley 6000, The Last Hard Men. This photo is of Montgomery performing with R. Ring at Cedars Lounge August 2012. Photo Courtesy of Gary S. Angelo

On Thursday August 30th at  Cedars Lounge,  R. Ring played a fabulous, heartwarming and intimate set.  R.Ring includes  Kelley Deal (The Breeders, Kelley Deal 6000, The Last Hard Men) on vocals and guitar and Mike Montgomery (Thistle and Ampline), on vocals and guitar. Being the quintessential noise rock addict that I am, the most intriguing moment of the night was when the band covered Shellac’s  riveting track, “Ghosts,” which appears on the essential Shellac album 1000 Hurts, released on the mighty Chicago, Illinois’  Touch and Go Records.

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The David Bay Leaf story By Gary S. Angelo/YoungstownRock.com

September 21, 2012 at 5:51 pm

On Saturday September 22nd at The Royal Oaks located on 924 Oak Street Youngstown, Ohio Radar Secret Service will take the stage with Batt Lion and Moon Hairy. Photo By Gary S. Angelo

Forming from the embers of the  Akron, Ohio acts Radar Secret Service, New Body Type, Human Caveman, and QIX, David Bay Leaf has grown to be a minimalist post-punk  opus. The band’s  sound is well anchored by Robert Ledyard’s (of Radar Secret Service) compelling vocals and bass lines, guitarist Gabe Schray’s angular Dan Electro chimes and the propulsive rhythm of drummer Scott Davidson.

On August 18th at Cedar’s Lounge, David Bay Leaf celebrated the release of their 2012 split effort with Youngstown, Ohio’s Batt Lion. The split includes the songs “Boring Grotto” and “Open To Experience.”  The bill also included the acts, Filmstrip from Cleveland, and Fishwives from Youngstown.

Also this Saturday September 22, at The Royal Oaks, located at 924 Oak Street Youngstown, Ohio  Radar Secret Service will take the stage with Batt Lion and Moony Hairy. The show will be free.

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Pilot The Mind Flies Again By Gary S. Angelo/Youngstownrock.com

September 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm
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Pilot The Mind will play at Cedars Lounge Saturday September 8th. The Show starts at 10 PM and admission is $5

 

Today local post-rock unit, Pilot The Mind, is flying above the formulaic “musical box.”   In short, the band continues to think outside of the box and has successfully mastered the art of tying in musical influences outside of the traditional hard rock coventions.  Bassist, Chris Krejci believes the band has successfully mastered the art of this musical mission. The band is by far not a cliché or tied to a specific genre,but wholesomely organic in nature.

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A first class history lesson of Third Class By Gary S. Angelo/Youngstownrock.com

August 15, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Members of Third Class at an East Palestine High School talent show with their friend Derek Baker. On Saturday August 18th Third Class will play at The Lemon Grove Cafe with Hardluck Heroes & Sexy Pig Divas

When making my usual “weekend  appearances”  at Cedars Lounge, I and my many colleagues always engage ourselves  in a memorable music discussion. Anyone who knows me well to a “T” knows I pretty much have the “gift of gab” when it comes to music whether it’s local, national or international.  No matter what happens between Saturday night and the responsibilities of the week, I still return to these in depth discussions in my mind, kind of like a tape recorder.

One memorable conversation that just so happened at the right time was a Friday August 3rd night at Cedars with friends,   Matt Zackeroff, Paco Magallon and Eric Tharp. They are great music conversationalists and musicians, by the way.  Zackeroff asked the question, “What currently active local band has been together for the longest time?”  Now we all know that bands in this area have formed, disbanded, went on hiatus, and reformed. The question is, who has been together for the longest amount of time, but has been active all those continuous years? Someone, I think it was Zackeroff ,settled on the answer; Third Class.  I can definitely agree with this answer. Other bands that came to our minds were  The Zou and Rebreather (which probably came to my mind).

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The organic poetry of Maranatha By Gary S. Angelo /YoungstownRock.com

July 31, 2012 at 5:48 pm
Maranatha will play at Cedars Lounge this Friday August 3rd with Idle Shades. Maranatha includes: Miranda Tusinac (right)on lead vocals & guitar and Rick Polo (left) guitar and vocals

After playing in the local industrial act, Denial Stage and the post-hardcore outfit, Relic, local musician, Rick Polo, delves into vast introspective territory with his latest project, Maranatha. The band includes Miranda Tusinac, on lead vocals and guitar and Rick Polo on guitar and vocals.

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The Luthier who achieved his dream: “The Guitar Slinger Music Story” By Gary S. Angelo

April 25, 2012 at 1:01 pm

All Photos Courtesy of Gary S. Angelo/Youngstownrock.com

Varg Freeborn, founder and owner of the business, Guitar Slinger Music, located at 14 S. State StreetGirard, Ohio  said he has been a customizer for all his life. Today Freeborn and his wife Katie Papay Freeborn own Guitar Slinger Music.  Freeborn’s journey into the world of customizing began  with  15 years of experience building custom motorcycles and cars.  In addition to customizing, Freeborn knew he was a guitarist at heart and worked  to  acheive entertwining these two trades.

 

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The acrobatic turn of Old Worlds by Gary S. Angelo

March 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm

 

Columbus,Ohio’s Old Worlds recaptures that perfect essence of the early roster of Tooth and Nail Records circa early to mid 90s drawing in post shoegaze elements of Starflyer 59, Puller,  and  Roadside Monument with the finesse of Shudder To Think.  The band’s gifted talent for creating ambient landscapes gives them a sound that is authentically theirs.

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It’s Raining Records: Chicago’s Mutts rise from the acclaim of “Pray For Rain” By Gary S. Angelo

March 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Mike Maimone, vocalist and keyboardist of the Chicago, Illinois experimental project, Mutts, believes his band’s latest 2011 full-length, Pray For Rain reflects the band’s social-consciousness mode of songwritng.

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Mystic Trick of Creativity : “The Boogie Man Smash Story,” By Gary S. Angelo (aka Damian Killjoy)

February 19, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Photo Courtesy of Gary S. Angelo

 

The landscape of Youngstown’s Indie rock climate owes respectable admiration to Boogie Man Smash. Boogie Man Smash formed in 1987 during a time when Youngstown had a vibrant Hardcore scene including a roster of acts such as The Gutter Snipes, Sacred Hate, The Moat Hamz and Symphony of Terror.  Boogie Man Smash stood as a creative, enigmatic force playing a brand of Post Punk that spanned into the territory of the Pixies, meshed into Syd Barret era Pink Floyd with the art approach of Chicago’s Alice Donut. Boogie Man Smash still allowed the Americana influences of Murmur –era REM and Camper Van Beethoven to shed some light on their musical influences. On a Thanksgiving night at Cedars in 2008, I sat down with the brothers Hudak, (Marty and Rob, former BMS frontman), to discuss the glory days of Youngstown’s Penguin Pub and Boogie Man Smash. Rob Hudak was home visiting for the Thanksgiving holiday, so it was a great moment to recapture history.

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Dead-On Revival: Jones For Revival Covers The Grateful DeadBy Gary S. Angelo (Aka “Killjoy”)

December 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm

 

           

 

 For over three decades, The Grateful Dead has defined American musical culture. Since the mid 60s, The Dead’s music and lifestyle has been a household name among listeners young and old.  The band has even influenced a generation of Alt-rock acts like Screaming Trees, Thelonious Monster, Meat Puppets, Tripping Daisy, Rusted Root and Jane’s Addiction.

            Since 2003, James DeCapua and his band, Jones For Revival have been delivering the splendor of the Dead’s influence to local and regional crowds. The band has built musical momentum at regional festivals like RukusFest, VexFest and their very own event, “Jonesfest,” which is held at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park in Garrettsville,Ohio.    

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Former Asleep bassist/keyboardist transforms practice space into full time recording studio By Gary S. Angelo/Youngstownrock.com

November 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm

 After many years of playing in Asleep and practicing in the quaint, loftyBoardman,Ohiodestination, located on 6192 Southern Blvd., Larry Serb was inspired to transform this space into the recording studio, known as Don’t Touch That Studio. What was once Asleep’s practice space is now a full-time recording studio for local and regional bands. Don’t Touch That Studio is owned and operated by Larry Serb.

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Modulated Tones cover Proto-Shoegaze Classic By Gary S. Angelo/Youngstown Rock.com

October 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm

 

The East Killbride, Scotland influential force, Jesus and Mary Chain gave the year 1985 a volume-induced, fuzzed out awakening with their Blanco y Negro debut, Psychocandy.  The album is not a testament to proto-shoegaze alone. Instead, JAMC successfully drew influences from vintage blues icons like Bo Diddley and Howlin’ Wolf, to charming 60’s female garage groups like the Bittersweets and Shangri-La’s to famous American east coast advant progenitors such as Suicide and of course The Velvet Underground. One can hear Psychocandy’s influences and volume- soaked drone on masterpieces like The Telescope’s Taste (1989), and Loop’s Heaven’s End (1987), the chainsaw buzz of Ecstasy of Saint Theresa’s 1992 effort Susurrate to the somber buzz that is hinted in The Boo Radley’s 1990 debut, Icahbod and I.

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Beyond The Average Bird: Common Loon performs at Cedars By Gary S. Angelo/Youngstown Rock.com

October 19, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Champaign,Illinois has been the ultimate hotspot of some of the most visceral reverb-soaked and wall- of- noise guitar masters of our time.  Acts like Hum, Steakdaddy Six and Poster Children are among the few bands that have helped revolutionized theChampaign,Illinois sound, placing this destination on the influential musical map.

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Alive on Halloween: “Dead II Me plays ‘Halloween Massacre’ at Barley’s” By Gary S. Angelo (aka Damian Killjoy)

October 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm

 

Keith Kelly, (aka Keith Courage) bassist of the Youngstown/Warren, Ohio metal band, Dead II Me, says the band is going for a tighter eclectic sound for their new upcoming full-length album. Dead II Me is currently in the pre-production process of their full-length album.

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Ex-Infidel, builds boundless sounds with The Jellybricks By Gary S. Angelo (aka Damian Killjoy)

October 7, 2011 at 9:36 am

As a former member of Youngstown’s infamous and collectible powerpop act, The Infidels, Larry Kennedy has continuously carried the signature jangly guitar torch with The Jellybricks since late 1995.

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Pilot The Mind: “Jet Fuel For The Brain” By Gary S. Angelo/Youngstownrock.com

September 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Comprised of former members ofYoungstown’s heavy hitters, Aura, Alias X, Cyrus and Fascia, the members of Pilot The Mind progress into sludge post-rock territories.

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