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1. Soul Sick
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2. Dark Mirrror
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3.On A Pale Horse
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4. Calous Clip -
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5. The Cassandra Disease
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6. Cold Filtered
Randys Rants & Reviews
Welcome back to another
addition of Randy's Rants and Raves..NO.3
If your one of the hundred bands that submitted a 2 song demo cd
to Q102 ..Your probably scratching your head and wondering what
the hell just happened. I'm not a sore loser..I didn't submit anything
and this is in no way meant to be disrespectful to any of the finalists
or the winner....Congratulations.
But why would Bon Jovi ask Q102 to find
them an opening act? Q102 is like one step above Van and Bonnie..At
least if those 2 excuses for radio DJ's were going to pick a winner
you might of got a chance to audition at a local grocery store opening
and Rush Limbaugh could have been an expert judge...A drunken 2 year
old could of ran this thing better! I would like to go on record as
saying ..THEY DIDN"T PICK THE BEST 5 BANDS.
I would have had at least a couple different choices. Some
marketing Guru must of noticed that the ratings on Rock Star INXS
turned out very high and people really do have a interest in unsigned
I sincerely hope this is a trend that other big name national acts
will follow..When they roll into town to entertain us and get our
concert money. I wonder how much money BonJovi is going to save over
the course of this tour by using local talent.
KCCQ in Ames The "garage" Sunday nights Does Local Bands
for an hour ...Has anyone besides me noticed that the local licks
shows air in the worst possible time slots. It's better then nothin,
but late Sunday nights. I think we deserve better then that.. I'm
not going to shut up until local bands are getting in some kind of
Lets talk a little about ASCAP/BMI ..I
want some feedback on this !
You all know how it works.
They go around to all the bars that have live entertainment or a juke
box and collect money. I have had bars tell me they love supporting
live entertainment, but might have to stop because of ASCAP/BMI ..
It's all in your favor if your
Bruce Springsteen or Bob Dylan.
Like they need the cash. But if your just a local musician trying
out and do some gigs it's going to hurt you. Lets take a look back.
It's things like Napster and tape traders, who really broke Metalica.
I'm not one to sing the praises of bar owners..But they are a necessary
evil. No bars/ less gigs Jillies in Marshalltown, D& J Tap in Reasonor
and Johnny Mac's here in Des Moines are just a few of the Live Music
venues dealing with this problem.
I'm going to cover ASCAP/BMI in more detail..after I hear
from you readers...
I was lucky enough to catch
Extinguisher doing a set at the Den
a few weeks ago. This band is loaded
with potential and it was like old home week.. Lots of support from
other musicians.. Just the way it should be ....
Jethro always puts on a great show,
I caught him at Kenny D' with a strong supporting cast ..Paul Thompson
was setting in on drums..This guy is a world class player.
RearView was in the shock and awe mode on a Friday night first
set at Bourbon Street. Right from the first song they kicked some
major ass. I like this band and with their 2 guitar attack they pulled
off some impressive tunes www.rearviewrocks.com
3 A.M. was in great form the night
I heard them at Johnny Mac's..Bonnie the lead singer brings alot to
the table ..3 A.M. is a very consistant band . Every time I hear them
they just keep getting better.¦www.3amband.com
It's great to see Joel Andreas is back out gigging with his
band Can of Worms . Joel has one of the best stage raps in
the business.. You never know what he's going to say next between
I would like to send a shout out to Mike Fitzpatrick..I think
Mike is one of the most underrated guitarists around.. This guy has
the midas touch. Any original Brother Trucker song he touches
just get better.www.brother-trucker.com
In case your wondering whatever happened to The Saturn Cats..
Check out www.rebeltrain.com.
Jim Tupper at Ground Zero Music in Indianola informed me they
are moving and don't want to take alot of gear with them.. So there
are deals to be had.
Check out Knucklebone when you get a chance and talk to the
bass player Jack. This guy is not only solid as hell on the bass ..He
is a great tattoo artist at Skin Kitchen.. www.knuckleboneband.com
Eric Coleman has been on the central Iowa music scene for many
years doing all kinds of projects Eric's latest venture is mixing
comedy with accoustic guitar and he's building quite a following,
with 2 albums under his belt and a couple compilations in the works.
Eric is keeping very busy
Mike Aceto is one of the most respected accoustic guitar/vocalists
playing around our fair city. People love this guy wherever Mike sets
Mike Shriner has been playing his accoustic guitar and doing the
Neal Young tribute for so long he's almost a household name around
in DesMoines Music circles, Mike is spreading out and adding a few
other choice covers and a couple sweet sounding originals ATTENTION
bands Mike is looking for opening slots..
Lance Mascaro or LX8 (Check it out a stage name)Is a real up
and comer Lance has a very soulful voice and backs himself with a
double neck accoustic. He just got back from a sold out standing room
only gig in Red Oak Iowa, Keep an ear out for Lance./LX8
FIZGIG is another new band in DesMoines to watch out for -
They are doing a lot of modern covers and feature a female singer..
The Horse Shoe Spatulas have been around 6 or 7 years ..They
are doing all originals and just keep getting better and better..Post
Pop New Wave very experimental rock.
Last but not least this month.. I want to
get one last plug in for the IRRMA Benefit Show.. If you like
old school classic rock.. It don't get no better then this.. 60's
& 70's All Stars ..The Spartans /Rhythm's Children / Soulution
/ The Pelican Peace Band & The Last Shades of Dawn.
All hall Of fame Bands @ Val-Air Ballroom Saturday, Nov.12th
Dan Nissly, IRRMA Board Member and also the very capable drummer
of the Pelicans, told me their last gig was in 78 at Inspiration
Point, they never came back to DesMoines.The band then went to Detroit
to give it one last shot
and faded off into the sunset... 30 years later they are finally going
to be able to
tell their many fans THANKS and Goodbye.
I want to expose your band..send
info..bitchinings and compliments to... Randy
... Send info to.:
3102 State Ave.
or Email me
THE REST OF RIC"S INTERVIEW
The MK Ultra
What's up with The MK Ultra ?
Who is in the band?
Not much is up with us at the moment. We're taking a break
to write and record material. We've been playing the same
stuff for a while now so we're ready to move on. Plus, I am
ready for an extensive period of hibernation. I hate Iowa
The band is……….
Jeremy Morse on drums, Trent Malven on Vocals, Alex MacConnell
on Bass, Me on guitar
2.Why the Name ?
Jeremy and I thought of it during an night of drinking at
Flanagan's pub. I know,
I should have some kind of semi-intelligent answer but that
is the truth.
So your celebrating Thanksgiving ...what is the best thing
about it ? Is it better then Guy Fawks ?
I'm not sure about the best thing about Thanksgiving.
I'm English so I'm not really into it. It is in no way better
than Guy Fawke's night. November 5th was my 2nd favourite
holiday after Christmas. I loved the bonfires and fireworks.
4. Tell us a little about yourself - your from
Liverpool, England ?
Oh, well, I'm actually from a town (port) outside of Liverpool
called Fleetwood. It's a good town full of good hard people.
It's windy, wet, salty, cold. Lots of good bars, fights, nice
promenade, beach which is dirty but at least it's the end
I went to a parochial school there, which was bad, but also
good as it helped shape what I do not believe in. Some friends
still live there as do some family.
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