14th EDITION MOTEL MOZA¤QUE FESTIVAL
APRIL 4th & APRIL 5th 2014, ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
The 14th edition of Motel Moza´que festival will kick off in three weeks’s time, on April 4th & April 5th. Like every other year, Motel Moza´que offers a mix of pop, dance and alternative music alongside theatre and visual arts. The two-day festival will take place across several venues in the city centre of Rotterdam. We are very pleased to present our already announced string of names (more acts to be announced):
┴SGEIR (IS) WILD BEASTS (UK) JONATHAN WILSON (US) TEMPLES (UK) GEORGE EZRA (UK) KURT VILE SOLO (US) EAGULLS (US) ERLEND ěYE (NO) ANGEL OLSEN (US) GIRLS IN HAWAII (BE) SEUN KUTI & EGYPT 80 (NG) JOHNNY FLYNN (UK) GARDENS & VILLA (US) LARRY GUS (GR) ERLEND ěYE (NO) JAMESZOO (NL) HOWLER (US) AUFGANG (FR) CASHMERE CAT (NO) JUNGLE (UK) MATTHEW & THE ATLAS (UK) DARYLL-ANN (NL) ZOMBY (UK) HAUSCHKA (DE) OMAR SOULEYMAN (SY) MOSS (NL) LA LUZ (US) GENTLEMEN (UK) MODDI (NO) NICK WATERHOUSE (US) QUILT (US) THUMPERS (US) CLEAN PETE (NL) COSMO SHELDRAKE (UK) SYD ARTHUR (UK) PALL JENKINS (US)
+ non-music artists EMKE IDEMA (NL) IVO DIMCHEV (BG) JOERI DUBBE (NL) JORIS VAN OOSTERWIJK (NL) FLORENTIJN HOFMAN MILAN BOONSTRA (NL) PIM PALSGRAAF (NL) SANDER BOKKINGA (NL) AUTHENTIC BOYS (NL) and more!
Motel Moza´que kicks off at 4pm on Friday 4th April and will finish in the early hours of Sunday 6th April, two evenings plus an extended day programme. The heart of the festival is Schouwburgplein, which is turned into a small, intimate square called Plaza Moza´que; this is where the festival programme, refreshments and architecture come together. Besides this, the festival takes places within several indoor locations in the centre of Rotterdam creating an ongoing festival.
Guides During the daytime about 30 festival guides are ready to lead the visitors to their favorite spots in town or within the festival. Twenty-five tours will make sure you experience Rotterdam and/or Motel Moza´que in a completely different way than you had expected it to be.
Sleeping in Architecture For the upcoming edition of Motel Moza´que, the special sleeping project has already been announced and tickets for both nights sold out in just one hour. This year’s theme is ‘Sleeping in Architecture’. Festival visitors can spend the night in the new lifestyle hotel nhow in the largest building in Europe, designed by famous architect OMA/Rem Koolhaas: ‘De Rotterdam’.
Every festival edition, visitors are given the opportunity to spend the night in a playful, exciting way. Locations are turned into a real motel, where guests can sleep and an artist collective will take care of breakfast. During previous editions guests slept in tree huts, churches, shop windows, on a construction site, in hospitals, at the festival venues, on the rooftop of a national monument or like last year in concert venue de Doelen. In the morning the guest were woken up by performers and enjoyed a very nice breakfast.
Ticket information Tickets are sold for the programme on Friday 4 April and/or Saturday 5 April.
1-Dayticket 4 or 5 April € 37,50 2-Dayticket 4 and 5 April € 65
Tickets are on sale via www.motelmozaique.nl/en/festival/tickets
Please notice that the timetables will be published on our website about two weeks before the festival.
Website For more information please visit the website
INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION
INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
JUDGES INCLUDE TOM WAITS, AVICII, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, IMAGINE DRAGONS, DURAN DURAN, JOSHUA REDMAN, SELENA GOMEZ, AND MANY MORE
March 6, 2014...Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) have now been announced. Recognized as the most prestigious international songwriting competition in the world, ISC awards excellence in the field of songwriting. Representing a broad variety of musical genres, finalists were selected from 124 countries worldwide. To view the list, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners
Winners will be announced at the end of April, 2014. Prizes include over $150,000 in cash, merchandise, and services (including a Grand Prize of $25,000 cash and $40,000 in additional prizes). ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters from all over the world, including bands and solo performers. Winners are selected by a panel of high-profile recording artists and music industry executives.
In addition to the winners selected by the panel of judges, ISC opens voting to the public to pick their favorite song. The ISC People's Voice runs for the entire month of March and is open for voting at http://www.facebook.com/internationalsongwritingcompetition
Over the years ISC has become a benchmark for songwriting talent, and winning ISC can be a tremendous career booster. Winners have included artists such as Gotye, Kimbra, Gin Wigmore, The Band Perry, Passenger, Bastille, Kasey Chambers, Gregory Porter, Lindsey Stirling, and many more. Many winners have gone on to be signed to record label deals and have secured publishing deals, licensing deals, and distribution deals, in addition to getting more gigs, fans, and recognition.
The complete list of ISC judges includes:
Recording Artists: Tom Waits; Nas; Imagine Dragons; Josh Turner; Bernie Taupin; Martina McBride; Duran Duran; Garbage; Robert Smith (The Cure); Selena Gomez; Bruce Hornsby; Florida Georgia Line; Dido; Michael W. Smith; Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Mark Foster (Foster The People); Alejandro Sanz; Gerald Casale (Devo); Jason Isbell; Joshua Redman; Brian Setzer; Avicii; Keane; Jeremy Camp; McCoy Tyner; Jon Secada; Ketch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show); Boney James; Craig Morgan; James Cotton; Black Francis (Pixies); John Mayall; Anoushka Shankar; Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals); Bombino; Chayanne; Jimmy Needham; and Matt Thiessen (Relient K).
Industry Executives: Dan McCarroll (President, Capitol/Virgin Label Group); Monte Lipman (President, Universal Republic Records); Alison Donald (Co-President, Columbia Records UK); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records); Bryan Leach (Sr. VP of A&R Urban, RCA Records and President, Polo Grounds Music); Richard Stumpf (President, Imagem Music US); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Albert Schilcher (VP Music & Music Mktg, MTV International); Angel Carrasco (Sr. VP A&R, Latin America, Sony/BMG); Dan Storper (President, Putamayo World Music Records and Putumayo Kids); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Lori Tieg (VP of Talent, VEVO); Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Kim Buie (Head of A&R, Thirty Tigers); Douglas C. Cohn (Sr. VP, Music Marketing & Talent, Nickelodeon); Leib Ostrow (Founder/CEO, Music For Little People); and Jamie Masada (Owner, Laugh Factory).
ISC is sponsored by: Presonus, Lowden, Marshall Amplification, Solid State Logic, Berklee College of Music, Mrs. Fields Cookies, Airplay Direct, D'Addario, DiscMakers, Thayers, SongU.com, Sonicbids, The Music Business Registry, Indie Venue Bible, Celebrity Access, TuneCore, Independent Mastering, George Stein, Esq., Songtrust, and Taxi
ISC is now accepting entries for 2014. More information can be found at http://www.songwritingcompetition.com
Contact: Candace Avery at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615.251.4441.
International Songwriting Competition 1307 Eastland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206 ph: 615.251.4441 fx: 615.251.4442
www.neildanielsbooks.com is launched.
Author Neil Daniels - who recently published his first book of
2014, a biography of Journey guitarist Neal Schon - has launched his new
www.neildanielsbooks.com It contains information on all of his
books; music biographies, Createspace, collected works, fiction and
eBooks as well as his upcoming projects, foreign editions, sleeve notes
and journalism. There's a biography, links to interviews, links to other
websites, a gallery, social media links, current news, press releases
and a newsletter and much more. The site is regularly updated and
includes information on his forthcoming titles on ZZ Top, Iron Maiden
and Bon Jovi. Check it out.
Yes, we're back on track, due to a pretty intense
personal life and heavy workload on my regular pay job, it has been very
quiet around here, but we're catching up and please find in the reviews
section a 100+ new reviews from the past months.
HI ROCK FESTIVAL
HI ROCK FESTIVAL
With less than 1 month to go, the AOR/Classic Rockfans will be pleased to hear about the upcoming Hi-Rock Festival in Germany. At two of the most stunning locations in Germany, this festival takes place during the first weekend of June. We will attend the Loreley location, where the festival takes place up in the mountains, with a beautiful view over the fantastic area around St. Goarshausen. The FreilichtbŘhne is the main stage of this festival and ever since 1932 it has been home to many outdoor activities, including music performances by MARILLION, METALLICA, ERIC BURDON, U2, SIMPLE MINDS, CARLOS SANTANA, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, STING, RORY GALLAGHER and countless others. The other location is Chiemgau, which is actually indoors, namely at the Max Aicher Arena. The line-up of both locations is almost identical to each other, with the Saturday and Sunday being swapped with each other during the same weekend, which makes it possible for people to see the same acts at both locations.
One glance at the line-up of this festival should already be enough to make plans to come and visit this festival, because nowhere on earth you can find the 3 greatest AOR bands of all times (SURVIVOR, JOURNEY and TOTO) along with legendary Classic Hardrockbands like WHITESNAKE, ex-THIN LIZZY and EUROPE as well as the legendary RICK SPRINGFIELD at one stage at such spectacular locations. Please find below the full final line-up of the festival:
We will make a full report of the Loreley Festival, which
will be possible to read over here a few days later.
Ending the year with a hot new female fronted AOR sensation from The Netherlands named M-GENES, featuring Mike van Mulukom on guitar and Maaike Janssen on vocals. If you like JACKLYN, FIONA, TORONTO, HEART, IF ONLY, PAT BENATAR, etc. then you are going to love this a lot. I was blown away by the incredible high quality of these 2 gifted musicians, whom are combining superb guitarwork with beautiful melodies that are sung brilliantly. Maaike has got an incredible tone in her voice and every fan of the classic 80s female aor/melodic rocksound will fall in love here! I am already looking forward to 2013, when they will release a first full-length CD (hopefully also on Vinyl), so to speak I feel very confident to promote this sensational act from my own country in the forthcoming months. In the meantime check out their video of their song "Rat race" below...
4 pages with almost 100 new reviews, go check them out now, starting here:
and a RICK SPRINGFIELD INTERVIEW!!!
The good old LP / Vinyl record faced a difficult time during the 1990s and 2000s, but since the beginning of 2010 it seems the LP is making a huge comeback and now in 2012 it is the only format within the music industry that seems be heading for a bright future in actually making profit, especially compared to the downward trend of sales in the CD market. Personally speaking I have always been more of a vinyl junkie than a CD collector, but between 1991 and 2009 hardly anything of the new releases was released on LP, so the only existing format one could turn to was the CD. One way or the other, money making recordlabels are now aware of the fact that they can make more profit with a vinyl release than a CD release, so at the moment a lot of new albums are released on both formats and I do suspect that in 10 years from now the CD will be beaten by the LP/Vinyl record again. Although I am more than happy this change of music format climate has happened, I feel quite concerned about the quality of some of the releases, because some of the re-issues do sound quite awful. For instance the 1980s METALLICA re-issues on LP from a few years ago were really awful, both the sound of the vinyl and the artwork did not have any soul, so be especially aware with any vinyl re-issue.
However, also some of the vinyl releases of new albums seem to be a cash-in/rush-hush effect and that is of course not a good thing, because if you listen carefully to some of the 1980s original LP releases, one can clearly hear that vinyl is able to provide you the best possible sound quality. The most annoying thing about new vinyl is that the volume of the music has a real soft sound, especially compared to the old vinyl records and almost every new vinyl record requires you to turn up the volume up to max in order to really hear the included music.
I do feel that it’s all a matter of money and passion for the love of vinyl that can make the difference and happily there are still enough people out there who do care in bringing a high quality vinyl release of a new album. Anyway, I have myself bought these past few years over 100 new vinyl releases and although some did sound a bit so-and-so and are perhaps overshadowed by a higher quality CD release of the same album, the incredible almost “happy-child feeling” one gets when opening the sealed record, putting the album on the turntable and looking at the artwork is the same feeling you get when you get home after a long day of working hard!
Anyway, I already own a huge collection of vinyl records dating back to the 1968-1993 period, of which most were actually bought during the 1990s, when there was a major clear-out of vinyl at record stores and trades. Now it is nice to see all these new albums being released on vinyl, so the collection can grow with newly recorded material and that of course is really interesting, also to share on Strutter’zine. Below is a short overview of the records I bought myself these past 2 or 3 years, with a small review/comment on the album.
A few of the specialized labels really jumped on the vinyl releasing business, because especially NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS, ROADRUNNER, AFM RECORDS and FRONTIERS RECORDS are delivering a lot of vinyl records of their most well-known new album releases. It’s no wonder that these are all high quality releases, which you can easily purchase. AVANTASIA’s ‘The Metal Opera’ has been very nicely released as double-vinyl sets each part and all of them look and sound very collector-ish, so definitely something to check out, especially since they were never available on vinyl and without a doubt, the artwork looks so much better now than on the tiny crappy CD covers. Also highly recommended are the 4 vinyl releases that were released of all the PSYCHOTIC WALTZ albums, because the artwork and also the included Progressive Metal is just amazing. This American band one of the most underrated bands in this genre and their reunion live performances earlier this year showed this band is still able to provide high quality music that was far ahead of its time in the early 1990s. The NWOBHM genre is one that simply screams for vinyl releases and we have seen many releases on the LP format the past few years, both independently and on the NWOBHM specialized label HIGH ROLLER RECORDS. On this label a lot of old/early 80s ‘rare’ NWOBHM bands’ recordings are released on vinyl, usually a collection of demos, singles and rare live recordings. These are visually always high quality releases, but the sound/production is not always picture-perfect, because some of the releases suffer from a weaker sound quality due to the fact these are rare homemade recordings from 30+ years ago. Nevertheless I did enjoy my purchases of the album releases by AXIS, SPARTA and such. More interesting however are the wave of new NWOBHM style bands that emerge from all over the world and their new albums sound really great on vinyl. I am talking about CAULDRON (‘Burning fortune’/Canada), GHOST (‘Opus eponymous’/Sweden), IN SOLITUDE (‘The world: the flesh: the devil’/Sweden), SKULL FIST ‘Head of the pack’/Canada), WHITE WIZZARD (‘Flying tigers’/USA), VANDERBUYST (‘In Dutch’/Holland) and TWISTED TOWER DIRE (‘Make it dark’/USA), 6 highly recommended albums with excellent artwork as well. All sounding like a cross between the classic sound of early IRON MAIDEN, TYGERS OF PAN TANG, TOKYO BLADE and JAGUAR. The vinyl world is very kind to this genre, releasing new albums of old (30+ years!) and new (2011) recordings.
Almost any major act from the past, whom haven’t released anything on vinyl the past 20 years and/or any of the bands that have been active the past 20 years, they are all now jumping to vinyl and the ones I bought the past few years are the new albums of JOURNEY, MAGNUM, THE SCORPIONS, STRATOVARIUS, URIAH HEEP, MR. BIG, NEVERMORE, BLIND GUARDIAN, KAMELOT, OPETH, ORPHANED LAND and several others. Although some of these are really not groundbreaking musically speaking, this year’s new albums of MR. BIG, URIAH HEEP, SYMPHONY X (gotta love those Gatefold records!), PAGAN’S MIND (one of the highlights in progmetal this year) and OPETH are worth checking out definitely. OPETH seems to be a pure progband on their new record ‘Heritage’, which is an incredible progfest in the style of SPOCK’S BEARD and TRANSATLANTIC and perhaps might become the finest progalbum in 2011 and without a doubt, you gotta get the vinyl version, which comes as a beautiful gatefold record.
Across the Atlantic, the US Major Labels were quite desperately a few years ago before the Vinyl Explosion, because the music industry drastically changed regarding sales in CDs, but of course the Americans surely know how to make or create new business again and so almost any major release is now pressed onto Vinyl. It is however a huge pity that a lot of these releases do not make it to Europe and are only available for expensive prices through the Internet. Luckily I managed to get some of the rare US Import Vinyl releases, such as WE ARE THE FALLEN (EVANESCENCE members with a superb AMERICAN IDOLS finalist as singer, sounds heavier and more akin to the European Female Fronted Melodic Metalsound), THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM (cool traditional US Rockband), CASTLE and ROYAL THUNDER (Underground Doom sounding, female fronted bands a la THE DEVIL’S BLOOD), NEON TREES (typical modern sounding New Wave ish Poprock, quite melodic and sometimes filled with 80s AOR like melodies), STEEL PANTHER (although they just released their new album, their debut is so much better, a classic in the parody genre, easily beats any SPINAL TAP release!) and the bunch of ROADRUNNER RECORDS releases of DREAM THEATER (haven’t bought the new one yet!) and modern-day American Nu-Metal releases of BLACK STONE CHERRY, ALTER BRIDGE and STONE SOUR that all sound way more melodic than anyone would guess!
Really major acts like WITHIN TEMPTATION and FOO FIGHTERS also deliver some great new Vinyl records earlier in 2011 and I do have to remind anyone to try to pick-up any of the Picture Discs that have been released by the Swedish label @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ whom deliver really excellent collector item’s for the AOR/Melodic Rockfans among us, namely the latest albums of GIANT, W.E.T and DANGER DANGER, with high hopes for more releases in the near future.
Although the artwork looks quite stunning most of the time, sometimes the sound is not always crystal clear and I can only hope that in the future new material will be recorded specifically for a Vinyl release and if necessary is printed on CD afterwards, because now some of the releases seem to be taken just from the CD mastering tapes and one can clearly hear that. Another remark that should be mentioned is regarding the diversity in Vinyl appearance, because you never know what to expect. In the past and especially during the 1980s records were almost only released on the well-known black vinyl format, which is by far the best sounding format for Vinyl. However, the new releases seem to be coming in all kinds of colours (orange, blue, pink…) and then there are the PICTURE DISCS… it all looks very nice, but personally I prefer the good old fashioned black appearance, because that provides the best possible sound quality and does not make you go confused when looking at the turntable as the record is making its 33 inch spinning!
Concluded, we still have a long way to go, but the trend is clearly pointing in the right direction, which is an acceptance of the comeback of the vinyl record and more and more new albums are pressed onto it. It only seems that quantity is getting an issue, because there are so many new Vinyl releases done each week, it is hard to get track of every release and also which of them are really quality releases. If anyone actually read my essay here and is interested in more info or in-depth reviews of new vinyl releases, then feel free to sent a message to: Strutterzine@gmail.com also if you have an LP you want to see reviewed by us, please sent a copy and we will always do a full in-depth review...
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