Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley: Episode #28 - Kat Perkins

09/16/14 Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley (Kat Perkins)

Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley - episode #27 is up now!

Minnesota rocker dude and PR guy (now relocated and living in Los Angeles, California) and the only guy I know who has a Flipp tattoo, Izzy Presley brings you interviews and commentary on various music and entertainment related topics...and whatever the hell else he might feel like discussing!

Rant topics this week include thoughts on Los Angeles bicyclists and Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson under fire. More Fantasy Football stuff with Jeff Bauer and in the featured interview this week former "The Voice" contestant Kat Perkins joins Izzy on Another FN Podcast to talk about her new single, "Fearless", her time on the show, and future plans.



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

Sunday, September 14, 2014

One From The Archives: 09/14/83 Iron Maiden/ Fastway/ Coney Hatch @ Met Center, Bloomington, MN

09/14/83 Iron Maiden/ Fastway/ Coney Hatch @ Met Center, Bloomington, MN (Ad 1)      09/14/83 Iron Maiden/ Fastway/ Coney Hatch @ Met Center, Bloomington, MN (Ad 2)
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Tonight! 09/14/14 Ramones 40th Anniversary Tribute Concert @ The Bowery Electric, NYC, NY

09/14/14 Ramones 40th Anniversary Tribute Show @ Bowery Electric, NYC, NY

*I know I'm nitpicking here, but this event is billed as a "celebration of the Ramones first show on The Bowery." It is actually about a month late for the "official" 40th anniversary of that show - the band played their first shows at CBGB on 08/16 - 17/74. They did play at CBGB again on 09/15/74 - but that was their 11th show at the club.

-The Bowery Electric.com

New York City Images As Album/ CD Cover Art #159: Dick Leibert, Organist "Christmas at Radio City Music Hall"

(1973) Dick Leibert, Organist "Christmas At Radio City Music Hall"

Artist: Dick Leibert, Organist
Title: Christmas at Radio City Music Hall
2LP Gatefold Edition
Released: 1973

One From The Archives: 09/14/75 Kiss/ Diamond Reo @ King's College Gymnasium, Wilkes-Barre, PA

09/14/75 Kiss/ Diamond Reo @ Wilkes-Barre, PA

09/14/75
Kiss/ Diamond Reo
@ King's College Gymnasium, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Attendance/ Capacity: 2,300 / 3,000

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Tonight! 09/13/14 The Replacements @ Midway Stadium, St. Paul, MN

09/13/14 The Replacements @ Midway Stadium, St. Paul, MN
(Artwork by Kii Arens)



Tonight! 09/13/14 Kiss It! @ Reif Center, Grand Rapids, MN

09/13/14 Kiss It! Tribute Band @ Reif Center, Grand Rapids, MN

From the Facebook Event Page:

The New York City-based KISS IT is not just your run-of-the-mill tribute band. They work tirelessly to bring the magic of KISS to every show. This band has pure rock power every time they hit the stage. Its members have worked with KISS on various projects and promotions, and The Demon of KISS IT, Carlos Espada, has worked closely with both Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. If you are looking for the true KISS experience, look no further. You wanted the best, you got the best!

Tickets: Adult $27 / Senior $25 / Student $14 (Yes, you did read that correctly.)


Today! 09/13/14 New Jersey Kiss Expo 2014 @ NJ Convention & Exposition Center at Raritan Center, Edison, NJ

09/13/14 New Jersey Kiss Expo 2014 @ Edison, NJ

-Special Guests this year include:

John Regan
Tod Howarth
Lydia Criss
Anthony Esposito
Ken Kelly
Lyn Goldsmith
Len DeLessio

with KissNation tribute band.

Full details: NJKissExpo.com

Released: 09/13/84 Kiss "Animalize"

Kiss "Animalize" (Released: 09/13/84)
(Image via NYCDreamin Archives)







One From The Archives: 09/13/75 Kiss/ Slade Gary Wright @ The Scope, Norfolk, VA

09/13/75 Kiss/ Slade/ Gary Wright @ Norfolk, VA

09/13/75
Kiss/ Slade/ Gary Wright
@ The Scope, Norfolk, VA
Attendance/ Capacity: 2,727 / 5,000

Friday, September 12, 2014

Tonight! 09/12/14 The GooDBarS/ Rock And Roll Whores/ Mommy Sez No/ Devil Blues Band/ Mercykill/ Young & Tender @ Hexagon Bar, Minneapolis, MN

09/12/14 The Goodbars/ Rock & Roll Whores/ Mommy Sez No/ Devil Blues Band/ Mercykill/ Young & Tender @ Hexagon Bar, Minneapolis, MN
(Artwork by Johnny Hardcore)

-Hexagon Bar.com

Update: Full Set Video! (via John Nordahl)



Tonight! 09/12/14 The Smithereens/ Flamin' Oh's @ Famous Dave's BBQ (Uptown), Minneapolis, MN

09/12/14 The Smithereens/ Flamin' Oh's @ Famous Dave's BBQ (Uptown), Minneapolis, MN

-Flamin' Oh's/ Facebook
-Official Smithereens.com

Starts Today! 09/12 - 13/14 Grand Rocktember II @ Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN


Grand RockTember 2 Music Festival

Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater, Hinckley, MN

Friday, September 12:
* Sweet /* April Wine /* Foghat /* Blue Oyster Cult

Saturday, September 13:
• Jack Russell's Great White • Lita Ford • Winger • Firehouse • Warrant
• Scrap Metal - featuring:
Eric Martin (Mr Big) / Derek St Holmes (Ted Nugent) / Stephen Pearcy (RATT) /
Gunnar Nelson & Matthew Nelson (Nelson)
• Dee Snider



Thursday, September 11, 2014

13 Years Ago Today: We Will NEVER Forget


-From the upcoming Frontiers Records release from Michael Sweet and George Lynch.

Tonight! 09/11/14 The Buzzcocks/ The Magnolias @ Varsity Theater, Minneapolis, MN

09/11/14 The Buzzcocks/ The Magnolias @ Varsity Theater, Minneapolis, MN

-The Magnolias/ Facebook

One From The Archives: 09/09 - 11/93 Foundations Forum 1993 @ Burbank Hilton, Burbank, CA

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(Images via NYCDreamin Archives)

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09/11/93
Kiss
@ Foundations Forum 1993 at Burbank Hilton, Burbank, CA
Attendance/ Capacity: N/A

Setlist:
King Of The Night Time World/ Take Me/ Goin' Blind/ Got To Choose/ Rock Bottom/ She/ Makin' Love/ Let Me Go Rock 'N' Roll/ Parasite








One From The Archives: 09/11/75 Kiss/ Slade/ Gary Wright @ Knoxville Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, TN

09/11/75 Kiss/ Slade/ Gary Wright @ Knoxville, TN

09/11/75
Kiss/ Slade/ Gary Wright
@ Knoxville Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, TN
Attendance/ Capacity: 4,540 / 6,500

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley: Episode #27 - Jeff Bauer

Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley - episode #27 is up now!
*I know we just posted episode #26 on Monday but we're playing a bit of catch up here. 
#26 was last weeks episode. #27 is the brand new, most recent episode.

Minnesota rocker dude, PR guy and fearless wearer of the "mankini" Izzy Presley (now relocated and living in Los Angeles, California) brings you interviews and commentary on various music and entertainment related topics...and whatever the hell else he might feel like discussing!

This week, Izzy ruminates on the future of embattled NFL player Ray Rice and shares some thoughts on the latest product announcements from Apple. And then there's that story about the Minnesota guy who was recently caught...uh...well...blowing his load...in a female co-worker's coffee. Repeatedly. We can't make this stuff up folks! Also, Fantasy Football guru Jeff Bauer is back to talk week 1 and week 2 Fantasy advice. I know all this football talk is not our usual thing here at TATSOL but we're trying to remain open minded and pass it along for those of you who do actually enjoy watching grown men play with balls. The rest of you who hate that shit as much as I do...be assured Izzy has some cool and interesting musical guests coming on starting next week. Stay tuned!

(Update:)
(This Episode Is Currently DOWN -I will replace it as soon as it becomes available again.)

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

Released: 09/10/75 Kiss "Alive!"

Kiss "Alive!" (Released: 09/10/75) (Ad 1)
(Images via NYCDreamin Archives)
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Kiss "Alive!" (Released: 09/10/75) (Ad 2)
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Recorded on tour spring, summer 1975:

05/16/75 @ Detroit, MI
06/21/75 @ Cleveland, OH
07/20/75 @ Davenport, IA *2 Shows
07/23/75 @ Wildwood, NJ







One From The Archives: 09/10/88 Hurricane Alice/ Straight Lace @ Club Overtime, St. Paul, MN

09/10/88 Hurricane Alice/ Straight Lace @ Club Overtime, St. Paul, MN
(Image via NYCDreamin Archives)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

This Ain't Your Grand-Daddy's Hootenanny: End of Summer Rock and Roll Barn Party Extravaganza /w/ The Oddfathers/ The Hypstrz/ You and Who's Army?/ The Deb Brown Band @ Stillwater, MN

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(Updated)

This past Saturday, in a big, beautiful old barn located somewhere just outside of Stillwater Minnesota, a few hundred like-minded individuals gathered for a session of music worship and some general end-of-summer revelry with friends and strangers alike, known around here simply as "The Barn Party."

It is said...What happens at the Barn Party...stays at the Barn Party. For the most part. You're not going to find any tales of drunken craziness or photos of half-naked chicks or anything like that in the piece that follows...just some observations on what we saw and some photos and video of some great live music...the reason we were all there in the first place.

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With temps in the mid-70's, the afternoon weather was perfect for popping the trunk, cranking some tunes, setting up tents, visiting with old friends and making some new ones. This was our first time attending "The Barn Party" and we found the entire scene to be super friendly and welcoming. We arrived around 4:30pm and shortly after parking our car out in a field that had been mowed recently for just this purpose, we had already made one new friend with the guy parked next to us, "Deuce." Some people we talked to reported that there appeared to be many more people attending this year, the weather most likely playing a factor in the good turnout. That, word-of-mouth and plenty of pre-party promotion on Facebook.

Just a bit later a few of Deuce's friends showed up and, as they were setting up camp for the night, we spotted a couple that we know near the edge of the field/parking lot. They came over a few minutes later and joined us. Deuce had some good tunes cranked up loud in his car. Now we had a nice little group of people hanging out, conversing, joking - generally having a very relaxed and fun time as the parking area continued to fill in around us.

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Meanwhile, up in the barn, the music kicked off with the first band of the day...

American Pleasure Dome
(American Pleasure Dome/ Facebook)

Hans Schumacher-Guitar/Lead vocals
Park Evans-Lead Guitar
Brenda Shepherd-Bass/vocals

09/06/14 American Pleasure Dome @ Barn Party, Stillwater, MN (Photo: Tom Wigren)
(Photo: Tom Wigren)

American Pleasure Dome (Video: Tom Wigren)


We were still hanging out down in the parking area as the music got underway up in the barn when Oddfathers drummer Tom Cook found us and surprised us with a very cool gift. Tom had recently cracked a 17" Zildjian cymbal he had been playing for a few years. Instead of tossing it out, he gifted it to us, complete with an old stand. I took a few minutes to draw a rough Oddfathers logo on it. The Gorgeous One touched it up a bit after I had finished, making it look all nice and proper. Sharpie artwork complete, we stashed the cymbal and stand in the car, locked it up, and headed over to the barn to check out what was happening up there.

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I heard from a few people that this was the first time they have had a food truck at the Barn Party. This year it was Chinese eats from the "Wok On Wheels."

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The local Elks club was on hand, manning a beer and wine concession that seemed to be doing very heavy business all afternoon and well into the evening. Looking back occasionally to the parking area it was a pretty cool sight to see so many vehicles there, some people choosing to hang out and party in the parking lot for the time being. And still more people continued to arrive.

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And as the afternoon faded into early evening...

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...it was finally time for some more music!

Next up:

The Deb Brown Band
(Deb Brown Music.com)

Deb Brown - Vocals
Kurt Nelson - Guitar/Vocals
Shane Wiznewski - Bass/Vocals
Tom Cook - Drums/Vocals

09/06/14 The Deb Brown Band @ The Barn Party 2014, Stillwater, MN

The Deb Brown Band - Another You (Video: NYCDreamin Archives)


09/06/14 The Deb Brown Band @ The Barn Party 2014, Stillwater, MN

The Deb Brown Band - (Video: NYCDreamin Archives)


09/06/14 The Deb Brown Band @ The Barn Party 2014, Stillwater, MN

09/06/14 The Deb Brown Band @ The Barn Party 2014, Stillwater, MN

The Deb Brown Band - Time (Video: Paul Lundgren)


09/06/14 The Deb Brown Band @ The Barn Party 2014, Stillwater, MN

The Deb Brown Band - I'll Change The Name Of This Town (Video: Tom Wigren)


Meanwhile, the scene outside...

One minute and ten seconds at the Barn Party. (Video: NYCDreamin Archives)


Back inside the barn, after a brief break between bands, the live music continued on.

You and Who's Army
(with Deb Brown and Michael Halliday)

Kurt Nelson - Vocals/Guitar
Michael Halliday - Bass
John Schrader - Drums
Tommy Spaeith - Keyboard
Jeff King - Saxophone
Danny Gillham - Vocals
Deb Brown - Vocals

09/06/14 You & Who'se Army /w/ Deb Brown @ The Barn Party 2014, Stillwater, MN

09/06/14 You & Who'se Army /w/ Deb Brown @ The Barn Party 2014, Stillwater, MN

You And Who's Army with Deb Brown and Michael Halliday (Video: Tom Wigren)


09/06/14 You & Who'se Army /w/ Deb Brown @ The Barn Party 2014, Stillwater, MN

09/06/14 You & Who'se Army /w/ Deb Brown @ The Barn Party 2014, Stillwater, MN

09/06/14 You & Who'se Army /w/ Deb Brown @ The Barn Party 2014, Stillwater, MN

Next up, long-running Minneapolis area garage rock favorites...

The Hypstrz

Bill Batson - Vocals
Ernie Batson - Guitar/Vocals
Randy Weiss - Bass/Vocals
John Haga - Drums/Vocals

09/06/14 The Hypstrz @ The Barn Party 2014, Stillwater, MN

09/06/14 The Hypstrz @ The Barn Party 2014, Stillwater, MN

The Hypstrz - Talk Talk (Video: Paul Lundgren)


09/06/14 The Hypstrz @ The Barn Party 2014, Stillwater, MN

The Hypstrz - Walking In The Sand/ Jenny Takes A Ride (Video: Paul Lundgren)


09/06/14 The Hypstrz @ The Barn Party 2014, Stillwater, MN

09/06/14 The Hypstrz @ The Barn Party 2014, Stillwater, MN

Closing out the music for the evening, the Gangsters of "the new classic rock"...

The Oddfathers
(The Oddfathers/ Facebook)

Brynn Arens - Vocals/ Guitar
Casey Gooby - Guitar/ Vocals
Krys Baratto - Bass/ Vocals
Tom Cook - Drums/ Vocals

09/06/14 The Oddfathers @ The Barn Paty 2014, Stillwater, MN

The band had a merch table set up just outside the entrance to the barn. On offer: a few different t-shirt designs, vinyl copies of their 2012 debut "Double Live 45," CD copies of the Jack Douglas produced "In Part I" and...a brand new "Beat The Odds" dice game!

Before their set started, we went back to the car to retrieve our gift. While the Oddfathers crew guys finished getting the bands gear set up inside, The Gorgeous One and I were on a mission to track down the guys in the band to have each of them sign the Zildjian cymbal. Its former owner, drummer Tom Cook went first.

09/06/14 The Oddfathers @ The Barn Paty 2014, Stillwater, MN

A few minutes later we spotted guitarist Casey Gooby walking in to the barn...he was next.

09/06/14 The Oddfathers @ The Barn Paty 2014, Stillwater, MN

Bassist Krys Baratto had been hanging out visiting with some people near the merch table. He came over and signed next. We talked for a few minutes about how much fun we all though this whole event had been so far. I knew when Krys and his band mates hit the stage in just a few minutes the fun level was going to go through the roof.

09/06/14 The Oddfathers @ The Barn Paty 2014, Stillwater, MN

The last one to sign was front-man vocalist/guitarist Brynn Arens. He was a bit elusive but we found him, eventually, excitedly chatting up several people near the huge bonfire that was now raging in the yard not far from the barn. Time was running short, the band were due on stage soon. Unfortunately we did not get a photo of Brynn signing his "X," but it's on there!

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Mission accomplished, we ran the cymbal back down to the car, locked it up once again and then returned quickly to the barn to get prime spots from where to watch the show. The Gorgeous One went straight to the front of the stage where she would remain for the duration of the bands entire set. I opted for a spot upstairs and near the back of the barn where I figured I would be able to shoot some great photos. Plus I like to watch all the people on the floor during the show and I had a great view for that!

The Oddfathers 4 & 6 string arsenal...tuned up and ready to kill.
09/06/14 The Oddfathers @ The Barn Paty 2014, Stillwater, MN

With four great bands preceding and serving as a primer to whet their musical appetites, the Barn Party People were now in full-on rock-out mode and they were about to have their rock and roll served up to them in grand, loud style.

09/06/14 The Oddfathers @ The Barn Paty 2014, Stillwater, MN

The band hit the stage, plugged in and seconds later the entire barn was awash in intense LED color as Arens, Cook, Gooby and Baratto plowed through their undeniably catchy opening number "Hey You!"

The Oddfathers - Hey You (Video: Tom Wigren)


09/06/14 The Oddfathers @ The Barn Paty 2014, Stillwater, MN

09/06/14 The Oddfathers @ The Barn Paty 2014, Stillwater, MN

09/06/14 The Oddfathers @ The Barn Paty 2014, Stillwater, MN

09/06/14 The Oddfathers @ The Barn Paty 2014, Stillwater, MN

09/06/14 The Oddfathers @ The Barn Paty 2014, Stillwater, MN

This was the third show the band has played with their "new" old-time radios backline. The reconfigured radio/speaker cabinets sound great and are plenty loud. With this set up, in this barn, all lit up with blinding color, I don't think I've ever seen the band look better visually. They all looked to be having a blast on stage as they fed off the energy in the room.

09/06/14 The Oddfathers @ The Barn Paty 2014, Stillwater, MN

09/06/14 The Oddfathers @ The Barn Paty 2014, Stillwater, MN

09/06/14 The Oddfathers @ The Barn Paty 2014, Stillwater, MN

09/06/14 The Oddfathers @ The Barn Paty 2014, Stillwater, MN

09/06/14 The Oddfathers @ The Barn Paty 2014, Stillwater, MN

09/06/14 The Oddfathers @ The Barn Paty 2014, Stillwater, MN

09/06/14 The Oddfathers @ The Barn Paty 2014, Stillwater, MN

09/06/14 The Oddfathers @ The Barn Paty 2014, Stillwater, MN

As The Oddfathers neared the end of their set quite a few people on the floor in front of the stage were dancing up a storm, obviously having a great time and not wanting it to end.

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The Oddfathers - Whisper In My Ear (Video - Tom Wigren)


With time running out as the clock neared midnight, the band only had time for one more song. Brynn announced Kiss' 1974 stomper "Let Me Go Rock 'N' Roll" and invited anyone who wanted to jam or sing to come up on stage. Barn Party organizer and co-host Kurt Nelson, who had already played two entire sets with two of the bands earlier in the evening, jumped back on stage one more time, joining in on guitar.

09/06/14 The Oddfathers @ The Barn Paty 2014, Stillwater, MN

The Oddfathers Complete Setlist:
-Hey You
-Eight Track Stereo
-Shake You Up
-Chasing Saving Grace
-Bleecker Street
-Whisper In My Ear
-(Medley) Purple Rain/ Can't Hardly Wait/ Freebird
-Another Tear Goes Dry
-Let Me Go Rock 'N' Roll (Kiss cover)

09/06/14 The Oddfathers @ The Barn Paty 2014, Stillwater, MN
(Photos: Bryan Kuntz - NYCDreamin Archives - unless otherwise credited.)
(Video: As Individually Credited)

And then, all too soon, it was all over. Except for the late-night-into-the-early-morning party that I'm sure followed. Quite a good number of people had travelled to the Barn Party in RV's or had brought small tow-behind campers. Additional numbers of people had set up tents upon arrival or opted to just sleep in their cars. Despite the fact that the on-stage entertainment was over for the evening it didn't look like things were going to mellow out any time soon. Unfortunately we had not come prepared to spend the night and as such we said goodbyes to a few people and then a few minutes later we were one of the very few cars pulling back out on to the road...leaving all that fun behind us.

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Although we never got the chance to meet our hosts, The Gorgeous One and I would like to offer a big THANK YOU to Pete and Fiona Cushner for opening your barn and property up for this amazingly fun evening of great live rock and roll. THANK YOU also to organizer and co-host Kurt Nelson who may just have been the hardest working guy we saw all night! Thank you to all the great bands and musicians for providing a sweet sounding late summer evening soundtrack...memories of this night will remain forever. THANK YOU also to Tom Wigren and Paul Lundgren for use of your fantastic videos - I really appreciate it guys! And finally, a very special THANK YOU to The Oddfathers and their crew...you guys all rule!
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