Friday, February 27, 2015

A New York Minute: 02/27/75 Fire At The NYC Telephone Exchange Building & "The Miracle on Second Avenue"

From the AT&T Archives:

"The morning of February 27, 1975 brought a fire in the telephone building at 204 Second Avenue, at East 13th Street [in New York City]. The building housed the Main Distribution Frame that served customers in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn - the mainframe was destroyed, disconnecting tens of thousands of customers, and switching equipment was melted or damaged by smoke.

The fire took out approximately 170,000 lines. The 2nd Ave. disaster was the largest loss of telephone service from fire in United States history."




-Many thanks to our pal Mick Dementiuk for sharing the link to this cool video! He actually lived in the neighborhood at the time and says, "Forty years ago today and I still remember the 2nd Avenue Fire as if it just occurred. I wonder if anyone else does?"

RIP Leonard Nimoy - "Spock"

Leonard Nimoy presents "Mr. Spock's Music from Outer Space" (LP)
Leonard Nimoy presents: "Mr. Spock's Music from Outer Space" (Released: June 1967)

Mr. Spock's final voyage has begun.
Rest in peace Leonard Nimoy.
03/26/31 - 02/27/15

-NY Times obit HERE.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Coming Next Week! Under The Covers with Izzy Presley presents "The Immortal Randy Rhoads Ultimate Tribute" Special

Under The Cover with Izzy Presley (Logo) 03/03/15 Immortal Randy Rhoads The Ultimate Tribute CD

If you've been reading TATSOL for much of the past year, you've no doubt spotted our weekly posting of "Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley," usually posted here on Wednesdays. Anyway, Izzy also host another weekly show, "Under The Covers with Izzy Presley" that we do not usually carry here. No offense to the man, we just don't carry that one. But! Next week's episode is going to be a total fuckin' barn burner! We are going to pick this one up and share it with you guys right here at TATSOL. Here's Izzy to tell you all about what's coming next Tuesday on a very special episode of "Under The Covers"...



And while you wait....here's some additional background information and teaser audio clips from this great Randy Rhoads Tribute project.


Tonight! 02/26/15 Eric Martin (Mr. Big)/ Chris Kroeze @ St. Croix Casino, Turtle Lake, WI

Spring 2015 "Platinum Unplugged" Concert Series @ St. Croix Casino, Turtle Lake, WI

-St. Croix Casino.com

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley: Episode #49 - Dave Meniketti (Y&T) / Don Jamieson (That Metal Show)

02-24-15 Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley Episode #49 (Dave Meniketti/ Don Jamieson)

Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley - episode #49 is up now!

The only guy I know who is cultured enough to both play lead guitar in an Ace Frehley tribute band and actually sport a Flipp tattoo, Izzy Presley brings you interviews and unique commentary on various music and entertainment related topics...and whatever the hell else he might feel like discussing!

This week! After an epic, epic food service rant...two! Count 'em, two special guests! First up, stand up comedian and That Metal Show co-host Don Jamieson calls in to talk Monsters of Rock Cruise, comedians and much more. Then, in a highly anticipated interview, Izzy welcomes very special guest, legendary Y&T guitarist Dave Meniketti to Another F'n Podcast! How cool is that?!?

Let's rock and roll!



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

Saturday, February 21, 2015

02/21/15 Grant Lindberg Unleashes "Super Mega" - Now Available!

Grant Lindberg 'Super Mega' (02-21-15)

Somehow finding time to juggle family obligations, fishing adventures and writing and recording his own music, Cambridge, MN based songwriter Grant Lindberg has just issued a fresh batch of 11 brand new Indie Rock/ Powerpop tunes under the banner "Super Mega."

Grant Lindberg is a one-man band recording rock music in the vein of Superdrag, Brendan Benson, Cheap Trick, Jason Falkner, Nirvana and Ash. Grant was previously a member of Astropop, Avenue, The Methods, Alceon and The Modern Me.

Coming as a follow up to Lindberg's April 2014 release "Artificial Inspiration," "Super Mega" finds the artist reaching for new highs in his songwriting and self-production capabilities. The new tracks presented here are some of the best produced and well written that he has released to date. From-the-heart lyrics that everyone can relate to, beautiful sounding, jangly guitars and thick, catchy bass lines inhabit each of the new songs.

"Super Mega" is now available for streaming and download at Bandcamp.com HERE. We've also embedded a player below where you can check it out right here below!

As he's done for his past releases, Grant has generously made his latest batch of music available for the low, low cost of zero dollars. Of course, if you like or love what you hear you could always do the decent thing and toss the guy a few bones in appreciation for all of his hard work. Tell him TATSOL sent ya!



02/19/15 RIP Mats Olausson - Keyboardist, Yngwie Malmsteen/ Jean Beauvoir - Crown Of Thorns/ More


(Image via Metal-Archives.com)

News is circulating that Mats Olausson, one-time keyboardist with Yngwie Malmsteen, Jean Beauvoir and several other moera nd less well known hard rock and heavy metal bands has died.

The Bankok Post reported yesterday that Olausson was found unresponsive in his Rayong, Thailand hotel room on Thursday, February 19th after staffers there became suspicious after he hadn't left his room for several days. According to the news report Olausson was found on the floor of his room wearing only shorts and there were "seven empty bottles of whisky and empty cans of beer in the room." There was no evidence of a struggle according to police investigating his death. Pol Maj Gen Chumphon Chanthachamrassil, chief of Rayong police, said officers had thoroughly inspected the room and found no evidence suggesting a fight. Investigators initially believed alcohol consumption might be a possible cause of his death. Olausson's body will be sent to the Institute of Forensic Science in Bangkok for a post mortem examination to establish the cause of death.
Below, a clip of Jean Beauvoir's solo band, featuring Olausson on keyboards, filmed in Munich, Germany in 1987.



Friday, February 20, 2015

One From The Archives: 02/20/84 Duran Duran @ St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, MN

02/20/84 Duran Duran @ St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, MN (ad)
(Images via NYCDreamin Archives)

02/20/84 Duran Duran @ St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, MN (News Item)

almost got to go to this show.

OK, I didn't. But I wanted to go. I wasn't even 14 yet, just a few months from it. If you remember February of 1984, you probably remember Duran Duran was in pretty much constant rotation on the radio. So anyway, they go on tour in support of their multi-million selling pop smash album "Rio," and the tour eventually hits the St. Paul Civic Center. Word got around to some Jr. High friends of mine and next thing I know some people are talking about trying to go to this show.

I'm interested of course, as I've never been to a real rock show in my life at this point. Not one. Now at this point I'm not some huge Duran2 Fan or anything. I like them OK. They're better than a lot of crap on the radio at the time. I prefer Kiss of course, and Black Sabbath or Motley Crue. But I'm not seeing any of those guys in concert any time soon...or ever if my folks have their way. So to me, I'm thinking, "Hey, maybe...maybe I can get my parents to let me go to this one." Duran Duran, pretty tame, right? I knew the chances were about slim to zero, but I figured I'd give it a shot.

So I asked. I begged actually. "Mom! Everybody is going. OK, not everybody, but a bunch of people. I really want to go too! So and so's Mom or Dad is driving everybody! There'll be supervision!" There was only an immediate request on the part of my Mom. The next thing I know, I'm handing over my vinyl copy of said "Rio" album so that Mom can have a look at the lyrics. This was back in the days when the dreaded Peters Brothers and others of their ilk had alerted all good parents to the evils of contemporary rock and roll in any and all forms. Sex. Drugs. Devil worship. You never knew what kind of sick perversions these rock bands were leading the children of America into. So Duran Duran, being among the current "hip" groups with the kids, they qualified for closer scrutiny.

After an examination of the lyric sheet for the album, it was quickly decided, with certain finality that, no, young Bryan would NOT be attending the Duran Duran concert with his pals, no matter who was chaperoning. I think the lyrics were a bit too "sexed up" for Mom's taste, that was her main objection if I remember correctly. For some reason, I was allowed to keep the record though. So I'm guessing the lyrics were just a cover for, "No, we don't think you should go and we don't want you to go so, no, you're not going."

So, long story short...I stayed home while my buddies went to what, for may of them, was their first rock concert experience. For me, it would be nearly the end of 1984 before I finally managed to see a liver rock and roll show. I'm sure my general mood may have been a bit obnoxious towards my Mom and Step-Dad that night back in February 1984. I don't recall in any detail...but I'm sure parent-child relations were a bit strained that evening and maybe even for a few days after.

Good memories...good memories.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Gear Daddies to Celebrate 25 Years with 3 Sold Out Shows at First Avenue In May

05/10/89 City Pages (The Gear Daddies Cover)
(The Gear Daddies on the cover of City Pages - 05/10/89)

TATSOL wishes to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Austin, Minnesota natives-turned-Twin Citiens The Gear Daddies on the occasion of their 25th Anniversary!

The band will celebrate with fans, family and friends on May 8, 9 and 10 with three nights at Minneapolis' legendary live music venue First Avenue. The first two shows sold out clean in just a few hours each. Due to overwhelming demand, a third show went on sale earlier today - there are still a few tickets left as I write this - but you can bet they will be gone soon so don't delay if you plan to attend!


The Gear Daddies circa 2015.

Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley: Episode #48 - Chris Kluwe (Seattle Seahawk/ Oakland Raider/ Minnesota Viking)

02/17/15 Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley (Chris Kluwe)

Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley - Episode #48 is up now!

The only guy I know who is cultured enough to both play lead guitar in an Ace Frehley tribute band and actually sport a Flipp tattoo, Izzy Presley brings you interviews and unique commentary on various music and entertainment related topics...and whatever the hell else he might feel like discussing!

This week! Jeff "The Great Bobboo" Bauer drops in for some fun banter about the Grammys, Monsters Of Rock Cruise, NFL free agency, and more. Then, this week's featured guest, former NFL'er and most importantly, former Viking, Chris Kluwe phones in to talk about his brand new book "Prime: A Genesis Series Event - Vol. 1," Star Wars, Super Bowl, Deflategate, whether or not he got fucked by the NFL & NFLPA, retirement, cooking, his music, and much more!

Let's get right to it then, shall we?



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

02/18/82 The Peters Brothers on the Spiritual Dangers of Listening to Olivia Newton John, Simon and Garfunkel, The Eagles and More!

02/18/82 Twin Cities Reader (The Peters Brothers)
02/18/82 - Twin Cities Reader
(Image via NYCDreamin Archives)

Ah. Nice! A newly discovered vintage, early local Twin Cities newspaper clipping featuring two of our least favorite fellows from the 1980's. Read more about them in the TATSOL Archives HERE.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Remember That One Time At Don Hill's?

Don Hill's
511 Greenwich Street
NYC, NY

This will be a dedicated page for any and all show ads for Don Hill's (NYC, NY) that I come across. I will continue to add them here as I find more of them. Lets start with the ONE I have at the moment, LOL. Check back periodically for updates.

This is not to be considered a complete list.

Latest Update: 02/17/15

September - October - November 2003
Sept./Oct./Nov. 2003 Don Hill's, NYC, NY

Remember That One Time At L'amour?

L'amour
1545 - 63rd Street
Brooklyn, NY
"The Rock Capitol of Brooklyn"

This will be a dedicated page for any and all show ads for L'amour (Brooklyn, NYC) that I come across. I will continue to add them here as I find more of them. Lets start with the ONE I have at the moment, LOL. Check back periodically for updates.

This is not to be considered a complete list.

Latest Update: 02/17/15

September - October - November 2003
Sept.-Oct.-Nov. 2003 L'amour, Brooklyn, NY

Monday, February 16, 2015

02/16/15 RIP Lesley Gore



Lesley Gore 05/02/46 - 02/16/15

Another powerful voice known since my childhood now silenced. I was a bit too young really to be a big Lesley Gore fan but my Mother, she sure enjoyed listening to her songs now and then at high volume when I was a kid in the 70's. As such I was pretty familiar with some of Gore's music by a relatively young age and am a bit saddened to hear this afternoon that she is gone now too.

02/14/15 RIP Joy Ryder

Joy Ryder (RIP - 02/14/15)

The 1970's/80's era New York City underground art rock/punk scene has been wracked by the loss of yet another of it's own with sad news coming over the weekend that Joy Ryder has lost her intense battle with Liver Cancer and passed away on Saturday, 02/14/15, not even two weeks after a benefit show was held in her honor in New York City.

Friends, family, fans and fellow musicians, performers and songwriters are leaving heartfelt messages of condolences and remembrance on Joy's Facebook page. You can see those and leave yours too if you like, HERE.



Saturday, February 14, 2015

Tonight! 02/14/15 Celebrate Valentines Day with Twist Of Fate @ Knuckleheads, Hill City, MN

If...you are by chance reading this from north central Minnesota and if...you are still looking for some last minute Valentines Day ideas for you and your sweetheart, you might want to haul your freezing-cold butts over to Hill City and get some good hot food and celebrate the holiday with some great classic and new rock from Twist of Fate. It's 5:15pm as I post this... if you're really still looking for ideas at this late hour...good luck to you.

02/14/15 Twist Of Fate @ Knuckleheads, Hill City, MN

-Twist Of Fate/ Facebook



Next Saturday! 02/21/15 For The Love Of God, How Much Live Rock And Roll Can One Town Withstand In A Single Night?!?

Decisions, decisions! Twin Cities area rockers have a tough, tough choice to make this coming Saturday night. But please, don't pity us our options.

First up!

02/21/15 The GooDBarS/ The Regenerators/ Pabst Blue Rebellion @ Mayslack's, Minneapolis, MN

The GooDBarS/ The Regenerators/ Pabst Blue Rebellion
@ Mayslacks, Minneapolis, MN
9:00pm - $5.00

St. Cloud punks Pabst Blue Rebellion make a rare, much anticipated trip south to join Twin Cities blasters The GooDBarS and The Regenerators for a hugely combustible, guitar-heavy triple billing at this long-favored NE Minneapolis live music dive.

Then, there's this!

02/21/15 Crooked Saws/ The Oddfathers/ The Fattenin' Frogs @ Lee's Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis, MN

 The Oddfathers (11:45pm)/ The Crooked Saws (10:30pm)/ The Fattenin' Frogs (9:30pm)
@ Lee's Liquor Lounge, Minneapolis, MN
9:00pm - $6.00

The Crooked Saws celebrate the release of their new CD, "This Machine Sells Cars."
Giveaways, t-shirts, schwag, shenanigans, and music.

The Oddfathers also snuck out their highly anticipated new release earlier this week, "In Part II." No word on weather this is the official CD release show for that...I don't think so. According to Amazon.com, the CD version doesn't even hit until March 3rd. But you never know, they may have some early copies available.

And the final option...

02/21/15 Hairball 15th Anniversary Concert @ Myth, Maplewood, MN

The hugely successful Twin Cities 80's Rock  and Metal Tribute Troupe "Hairball" celebrates their 15th Anniversary in a grand blow-out with special guests just announced at the Myth in Maplewood, MN.

Hairball /w/ Stephen Pearcy/ Chainsaw Caine/Chase/ Them Pesky Kids
@ Myth, Maplewood, MN
7:00pm - $15.00 - $22.00

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!
Friday February 13th 2015
Hairball Announces Opening Act and Special Guest Performers.
...
Hairball celebrates 15 years with a party at Myth in Maplewood Minnesota Saturday February 21st. The band will pull out all the stops in terms of everything that makes them thee premiere concert act currently touring, ie; smoke, bombs, blood, fire and lots of loud!
The band offered advanced tickets in January allowing them to come to Myth early to hang with the band and watch sound check, in which the band will perform a short set of rare, deep cuts that they, Hairball, dig that doesn't really fit into their set. Think Michael Schenker, WASP and rare KISS tunes.

Doors are at 7pm and at 8pm, local rockers will the balls to still have long hair, Them Pesky Kids followed by a 15 year retrospective video of Hairball's history finishing up with the band hitting the stage at 9pm ending who-knows-when?

Last but certainly not least, we are very happy to announce a few special guests to help us celebrate. Minneapolis's own, Chase from Chase and Ovation, Chainsaw Caine from Slave Raider and from Ratt, Stephen Pearcy will take the stage and play...what? Hairball guitarist and mouth-piece, Happy explains.

"Who knows. I mean, for sure we're gonna do "the hits" but who knows what else? All three of these guys are world-class front-men and once again, we find ourselves honored to work with them. Stephen Pearcy has played with us a few times now. We love the guy! He IS rock & roll! This show is gonna be insane! See ya there!

Ticket Info - visit HairballOnline.com

 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

One From The Archives: 02/12/84 Kiss/ Vandenberg/ Heaven @ Met Center, Bloomington, MN

02/17/84 Minnesota Daily (Kiss 02/12/84 Show Review) 02/17/84 Minnesota Daily (Kiss 02/12/84 Show Review)

02/17/84 Minnesota Daily (Kiss 02/12/84 Show Review)
Concert Review - Minnesota Daily - 02/17/84 - Click To See Larger
(Images via NYCDreamin Archives)

02/12/84
Kiss/ Vandenberg/ Heaven
@ Met Center, Bloomington, MN
Attendance/ Capacity: 4,784/ 7,500
*Information via KissAliveForever.com

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley: Episode #47 - Adam Carolla & Sienna Sinclaire

02/10/14 Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley (Afam Carolla - Sienna Sinclair)

Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley - Episode #47 is up now!

The only guy I know who is cultured enough to both play lead guitar in an Ace Frehley tribute band and actually sport a Flipp tattoo, Izzy Presley brings you interviews and unique commentary on various music and entertainment related topics...and whatever the hell else he might feel like discussing!

This week! The Aceman himself, Adam Carolla phones in to talk about his new podcast "Take A Knee," his glorious "Mangria" and with everything else Carolla. Always a great interview with Adam. Also! Football season is finally over and Valentines day is this weekend. Just in time for that, Sienna Sinclaire fought traffic and illness to show up in studio for a great interview about being a sex coach and nightlife expert. Sienna discusses her book "Naughty Girl's Guide To Las Vegas" and also covers the Los Angeles edition as well. She also talks about being a stripper and gives great ideas for expanding your Valentines experience for singles and couples alike. This is a can't miss episode!

So let's get right to it!



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