Archive for July, 2008

Rock Music – vol. 15

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Rock Music – Vol. 15 – highlighting the diverse Rock on the station that still plays every style of music on the planet… (more…)

Boss Hook: John LaMantia – Johnny Law

Monday, July 21st, 2008

John LaMantia, also called Johnny Law, is better known to Macjammers as Boss Hook. (As a kid he was also know as LaMachine because of his “propensity to eat large amounts of food in rapid time.”) John is a lawyer living in the Chicago area, still gigging and recording when he can. His music caught my ear because of its professionalism and sense of fun… (more…)

Folk/Folk Rock Music – Vol. 13

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Folk/Folk Rock Music – Vol. 13 – in which I highlight more contemporary folk & folk-rock. Please feel free to drop me a note if you have ideas to add to this list or add song page URLs to the comments section below… (more…)

Three Cat Clem: Contemporary Blues Man

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Three Cat Clem is one of Macjams’ Blues Men, combining traditional blues grit with contemporary rhythms and electric distortions, an old world spirit with a new world edge. He’s one of the few MJers who has played at the real CBGBs (not just the virtual online event). I was first turned on to Three Cat Clem by Fran Dagostino (ziti) when I was gathering tracks for the initial Macjams Blues Podcast.

When did you discover the Blues? (more…)

Blues – vol. 4

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Macjams Blues – vol. 4 – More blues, highlighting vocals in the archives, with a few instrumentals thrown in that I forgot to add earlier… (more…)

Broken Symmetries by Peter Greenstone

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

cover art - Peter Greenstone

BROKEN SYMMETRIES
Written, performed, produced, and published by Peter Greenstone
2008 / CDBaby
11 tracks; 46:53 minutes
Reviewed by Tobin Mueller

BROKEN SYMMETRIES is Peter Greenstone’s second album release. It is even better than his first. (See review of Peter’s first album: SOMETHING.) From beginning to end, it holds together and creates a whole, leaving me satisfied, as if a worthwhile journey has been completed… (more…)

Blues – vol. 3

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Macjams Blues – vol. 3 – Highlighting vocal blues and celebrating the MacJams House of Blues(more…)

Spring Clock Wonder: Fantastic

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

springclockwonder cover art

Spring Clock Wonder: Fantastic
2008 / Ricardo Malti / CDBaby
11 tracks; 38:26 minutes
Reviewed by Tobin Mueller

Spring Clocker Wonder mixes alternative, metal, hardcore and progressive rock into a driving yet dreamy whole. They have a signature sound, upfront vocals over a cloud of distortion guitars and clean cymbals, with rhythmically interesting drum work and independent bass lines that give a sense of floating rather than grounding. Their latest release does not disappoint, providing song after song of impressionistic energy and conceptual rock. (more…)