Friday, April 16, 2021

Check out Peter Frampton Band's tribute to George Harrison with video premiere of "Isn't It A Pity"

Make sure to watch the wonderful video of the Peter Frampton Band's version of "Isn't It A Pity." Details on the video and release of the album Frampton Forgets The Words are below...Robert Kinsler









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One of rock ‘n’ roll’s lifelong major players

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April 16, 2021—The Peter Frampton Band’s tribute to George Harrison’s Isnt It A Pity” is the latest track to be revealed off their forthcoming album Frampton Forgets the Words. “‘Isn’t It A Pity’ from George’s album All Things Must Pass, was the track I could hear playing when I first arrived at Abbey Road to record,” Frampton explains.” Of the video, which begins with footage from Frampton’s Farewell Tour in 2019, he furthers, “We have all been in the same boat for over a year now. Our video lets you into my world of lockdown and possibly yours too. I think we can all relate.” Watch/share HERE.


Frampton Forgets The Words, out next Friday, April 23 on UMe, includes instrumental versions of some of Frampton’s favorite songs and is the follow up to his 2007 Grammy Award-winning instrumental album, FingerprintsThe music is receiving early critical acclaim:


Frampton Forgets the Words is a grab-bag of 10 covers of rock songs that just plain move Frampton, and he imbues every lick and line of tunes by Radiohead (‘Reckoner’), Roxy Music (‘Avalon’) Lenny Kravitz (‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’) and other legacy artists with deep feeling and panache.”—


“Peter Frampton is one of the greatest guitar players in the history of rock, so if anyone were to put out an album of instrumental tracks, why shouldn’t it be him?”—Nashville Lifestyles


“Frampton and his band’s version [of Roxy Music’s ‘Avalon’] doesn’t stray too far from the 1982 original, with his guitar a stand-in for Bryan Ferry’s inimitable vocals.”—Rolling Stone


“…a perfect example of how Frampton can employ his arranging acumen to power a great song even further.”—Something Else Reviews


Additionally, Frampton caught up with friend and acclaimed actor Alec Baldwin about the forthcoming album, and more. Watch the Instagram Live HERE.


Frampton Forgets the Words is co-produced by Frampton and Chuck Ainlay and was  recorded/mixed at Frampton’s own Studio Phenix in Nashville. With his storied 1954 Les Paul Phenix—which was lost in a plane crash in 1980 and recovered more than 30 years later—Frampton brings virtuosic guitar playing to songs including David Bowie’s “Loving The Alien,” Roxy Music’s “Avalon,” Radiohead’s “Reckoner,” and more.


Peter Frampton is among the most celebrated guitarists in rock history. At 18, he co-founded one of the first supergroups, Humble Pie. By 22, he was touring incessantly and making use of the talk box which would become his signature guitar effect. He’s collaborated with such legendary artists as George Harrison, David Bowie, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ringo Starr, among many others, and has toured with the likes of Stevie Nicks, Greg Allman, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, and the Steve Miller Band. In 2014 he was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame.


His 2019 album All Blues (UMe), was #1 for fifteen weeks on Billboard’s Blues Chart, and his autobiography Do You Feel Like I Do?: A Memoirreleased last October via Hachette Books, debuted on The New York Times Bestsellers list. His 1976 album, Frampton Comes Alive! remains one of the top-selling live records of all time and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame last year.



1. If You Want Me To Stay

2. Reckoner

3. Dreamland

4. One More Heartache

5. Avalon

6. Isn’t It A Pity

7. I Don't Know Why

8. Are You Gonna Go My Way

9. Loving The Alien

10. Maybe



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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Rock Hall to host virtual interviews with inductees John Densmore of The Doors and Chris Hillman of The Byrds

Classic rock fans will want to check out these upcoming events! Robert Kinsler 

Rock Hall to Host Virtual Interviews with Inductees John Densmore of The Doors and Chris Hillman of The Byrds 

The Inductees will discuss their newly released memoirs as part of the ongoing virtual Hall of Fame Series interviews

CLEVELAND (April 15, 2021) – The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame continues its Virtual Interview Series with special guests and Inductees John Densmore of The Doors and Chris Hillman of The Byrds.

The events will be hosted by Senior Director of Museum & Archival Collections, Andy Leach, and are available to stream on the Rock Hall’s YouTube and Facebookchannels at 7p.m. ET on their respective dates.

Densmore’s interview will take place on April 19th, which marks the 50th anniversary of the release of The Doors’ classic album L.A. Woman. He’ll be discussing his new book, The Seekers: Meeting With Remarkable Musicians

The memoir digs deep into Densmore’s own creative process and draws upon his access to his fellow artists and performers to explore the origins of creativity itself. Weaving together anecdotes from his personal notebooks and experiences over the past fifty years, the book takes readers on a rich, thought-provoking journey into the soul of the artist. 

Hillman joins the Rock Hall on May 26th to discuss his recently released book Time Between: My Life as a Byrd, Burrito Brother, and Beyond.

In Time Between, Hillman shares his quintessentially Southern Californian experience, from an idyllic, rural 1950s childhood; to achieving worldwide fame thanks to hits such as “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Turn! Turn! Turn!,” “Eight Miles High,” and “So You Want To Be A Rock and Roll Star”; to becoming the first musician to move to Laurel Canyon. Featuring behind-the-scenes insights on his time in The Byrds, his productive but sometimes complicated relationship with Gram Parsons, his role in launching the careers of Buffalo Springfield and Emmylou Harris, and the ups and downs of life in various bands, music is only part of his story. 

Following the book discussion, country music legend Marty Stuart will join the event as a special guest. In 2018, Hillman and his Byrds bandmate Roger McGuinn teamed up with Stuart on a tour of shows to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Byrds’ groundbreaking album Sweetheart of the Rodeo

 A limited number of signed copies of The Seekers: Meeting With Remarkable Musicians and Time Between: My Life as a Byrd, Burrito Brother, and Beyond will be available to purchase online and in the Rock Hall store.

About John Densmore

Drummer John Densmore at "Celebration for Ray Manzarek"
event at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on Feb. 12, 2016. 
Photo: Kelly A. Swift

Drummer John Densmore was far more than merely the rhythmic engine of The Doors. Strongly influenced by jazz skinsmen like Elvin Jones and the supple grooves of the Brazilian wave, he brought a highly evolved sense of dynamics, structure and musicality to his beats.

In the mid-’60s he joined guitarist Robby Krieger in a band called Psychedelic Rangers; shortly thereafter joining forces with keyboardist Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison, and an explosive chapter in the development of rock & roll began.  

Following his time in The Doors, Densmore explored reggae and jazz in subsequent projects, became active in L.A.’s adventurous theater community, and wrote articles and books including his autobiography Riders on the Storm: My Life with Jim Morrison and The Doors, a New York Times bestseller. His work has been featured in Rolling Stone, London GuardianThe Nation, and many nationally syndicated newspapers. His most recent book The Seekers was published by Hachette in November of 2020. 

About Chris Hillman

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Country Rock pioneer, Chris Hillman has never stopped making music. He was a founding member of the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, McGuinn-Clark-Hillman and the Desert Rose Band. 

In 2017 Hillman released the acclaimed Bidin’ My Time, his first solo album in 12 years, produced by Tom Petty and executive-produced by Herb Pedersen. In 2018, the 50th Anniversary of The Byrds’ groundbreaking Sweetheart of the Rodeo album, which launched the country rock movement in 1968 and is widely considered to be one of the most influential albums in the genre, was celebrated with a special tour featuring Hillman and fellow Byrds alum Roger McGuinn, joined by country legends Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives. The album ranked #120 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums.”

Following the Sweetheart tour, in January of 2019, Hillman became the focus of another benchmark event when the Museum of Ventura County honored his six-decade career with a vivid retrospective. Titled Chris Hillman: Time Between, the exhibit spanned the Sixties to the present and showcased Hillman’s legacy through stories, memorabilia, instruments and stage attire.

Hillman’s memoir, Time Between: My Life as a Byrd, Burrito Brother, and Beyond was released via BMG Books in November of 2020.

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Greta Van Fleet to release 'The Battle At Garden's Gate' tomorrow, April 16

Here is a media release about tomorrow's release of the new Greta Van Fleet album. I reviewed the album in my most recent column available HERE.


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April 15, 2021—The highly anticipated sophomore album from Grammy Award-winning four-piece Greta Van FleetThe Battle at Garden’s Gate, is out tomorrow, April 16, via Lava/Republic. Pre-order the album HERE, and more info on the album website HERE.
In celebration of the release the band performed the single “Heat Above” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” last night; watch/share the performance HERE.
The Battle at Garden’s Gate is about hope and overcoming the challenges that humanity faces,” says the band’s Sam Kiszka, “We live in a world powered by superficial institutions and this album is a reminder that it’s up to us to sing out of the silence.”
Producer Greg Kurstin (Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, Adele) adds, “Hearing these songs evolve into expansive soundscapes took me on an amazing journey. I love that they explored these complex song structures, and the band reached for chords, melodies and lyrics that stretch beyond the usual.  Most of all, I admire that Greta Van Fleet have stayed true to themselves.”
In addition to “Heat Above,” the cinematic album features the previously released tracks “Broken Bells,” “Age of Machine,” and #1 Active Rock Radio single “My Way, Soon.”  Rolling Stone raves that the band “aim to bust down old walls,” while UPROXX describes them as “electrifying.” MOJO hails “GVF are evolving here.” Watch the band perform “My Way, Soon” on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert HERE, and read the Kerrang! cover story HERE
The Battle at Garden’s Gate has an elegance unseen yet from the young band, with string orchestras, explorative songs, and the band building a visual story with every pre-release track through videos, merchandise, partnerships and more. The new album explores the boundaries of the group’s artistry and  reflects heavily on the individual members’ personal and spiritual growth during their rapid rise, going from touring the grimy rock bars of Detroit and Saginaw to headlining shows on five continents and selling over one million tickets in just three years. “There was a lot of self-evolution happening during the writing of this album that was prompted by experiences I had, experiences we all had,” explains vocalist Josh Kiszka. “It’s reflecting a lot of the world that we’ve seen, and I think that it’s reflecting a lot of personal truth,” says guitarist Jake Kiszka.
“Certainly after this, we’ve grown in so many ways,” Josh explains. “This album has taught us a lot, about life in general, about ourselves, about all of us, about the world we live in.”
Forming in Frankenmuth, Michigan back in 2012, Greta Van Fleet consists of three brothers, vocalist Josh Kiszka, guitarist Jake Kiszka, bassist/keyboardist Sam Kiszka, as well as drummer Danny Wagner. Together they have performed across multiple continents, sold over two million albums worldwide, performed on “Saturday Night Live,” “The Tonight Show” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” topped the Billboard U.S. Mainstream Rock and Active Rock charts with their debut single “Highway Tune” in 2017, won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 2019 for From the Fires and reached #1 on the Billboard charts with their debut full length Anthem of the Peaceful Army in 2018. To cap off the change-filled era, the quartet moved from Michigan to Nashville, immersing themselves in Music City's rich history.  
The band sold out of The Battle at Garden’s Gate double LP specialty vinyl on their store prior to album release, but some variations are still available while supplies last HERE.
1. Heat Above
2. My Way, Soon
3. Broken Bells
4. Built by Nations
5. Age of Machine
6. Tears of Rain
7. Stardust Chords
8. Light My Love
9. Caravel
10. The Barbarians
11. Trip the Light Fantastic
12. The Weight of Dreams

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

HarperCollins to publish the Collected Works of Jim Morrison on June 8, 202

 Very, very exciting news here! This media release just landed in my inbox...Robert Kinsler








Harper Design, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announces it will publish THE COLLECTED WORKS OF JIM MORRISON—an almost 600-page anthology of the writings of the late poet and iconic Doors’ front man. Created in collaboration with Morrison’s estate and inspired by a posthumously discovered list entitled “Plan for Book,” this landmark publication is the definitive opus of his creative output—and the book he intended to publish. A compelling mix of 160 visual components accompanies the text throughout: an abundance of previously unpublished material, including excerpts from his 28 privately held notebooks, with numerous examples written in his hand.  An array of personal images and commentary on the work by Morrison himself rounds out this highly collectible volume, which includes a foreword by Tom Robbins, introduction and notes by Morrison’s close friend Frank Lisciandro, and a prologue by Morrison’s sister, Anne Morrison Chewning. The book will be available on June 8, 2021, wherever books are sold. 


Executive Editor Elizabeth Sullivan says, “Jim Morrison is an enduring, influential force in the world of entertainment as well as one of the most notable poets of his generation. The Collected Works of Jim Morrison is a highly curated anthology of his prodigious creative output. This is an exceptional collection we’re thrilled and honored to publish in conjunction with Jim’s family, Jennifer Gates at Aevitas, and the incredible support of JAM, Inc., the estate’s manager, who gave us unprecedented access to the Morrison archives.”


The accompanying audiobook makes available for the first time the full recording of Morrison’s last poetry recording session at the Village Recorder on his twenty-seventh birthday in 1970. A complete transcript of the poems Jim read during the session is in the book as well.  


“This is a historic moment,” Sullivan says. “The full digital audio book will not only include Jim’s reading, but readings of his work by other artists, including Patti Smith and Oliver Ray.”


With a foreword by Tom Robbins, an introduction and notes by longtime Morrison friend, photographer, and filmmaker Frank Lisciandro that provide insight to the work, and a prologue by Morrison’s sister Anne Morrison Chewning, this remarkable collector’s item includes:



Complete self-published poems and writings such as “The New Creatures”; “The Lords: Notes on Vision”; “An American Prayer”; “Ode to LA while thinking of Brian Jones, Deceased”


Published and unpublished song lyrics, with numerous examples in Morrison’s hand


Published and unpublished work and a vast array of notebook writings such as “The Anatomy of Rock,” “The Celebration of the Lizard,” “Dry Water,” “The American Night,” and “Tape Noon”


The Paris notebook, believed to be Morrison’s final journal, reproduced at full reading size, as well as excerpts from the journal he kept during his infamous Miami trial in 1970


This beautifully produced, oversized hardcover, designed by Michael Bierut and Jonny Sikov of Pentagram, is not only the most comprehensive book of Morrison’s work ever published, it is immersive, giving readers insight to the creative process of and offering access to the musings and observations of an artist whom the poet Michael McClure called “one of the finest, clearest spirits of our times.”  




James Douglas Morrison (1943-1971) was a poet, filmmaker, screenwriter, and the lead singer of as well as the lyricist and a composer for The Doors. Prior to his death, Morrison self-published three limited-edition volumes of his poetry: The Lords/Notes on Vision (1969), The New Creatures (1969), and An American Prayer (1970). Simon & Schuster published the combined The Lords and the New Creatures in 1970. Posthumous editions of Morrison’s writings include Wilderness: The Lost Writings of Jim Morrison, Volume I (1988) and The American Night: The Lost Writings of Jim Morrison, Volume II (1990).



HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world with operations in 18 countries. With nearly two hundred years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 17 languages and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) and can be visited online at




Dedicated to the re-introduction of timeless art through modern means, JAM, Inc. develops, preserves, protects and enhances the work of iconic artists and reaches out to successive generations of music fans. Using new distribution channels, new technology, and other emerging resources, JAM, Inc. manages the recordings, images, writings, and other creations of their clients to keep them circulating in the cultural bloodstream. Among JAM, Inc.’s clients are rock legends The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Starship, Grace Slick, The Mamas & The Papas and the estates of Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Juan Gabriel, Charlie Parker, and John Lee Hooker. The firm also serves as consultant to the Estate of Michael Jackson.

TOTO Announce Live Album - With A Little Help From My Friends - Out June 25, 2021

Media Release:

Pre-Order For LP, CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray Goes Live Today Here:
Watch Performance of “Till The End” Here
Los Angeles, CA --- TOTO and The Players Club / Mascot Label Group have announced the global release of With A Little Help From My Friends on June 25.  The performance captures one special night on November 21, 2020 when Steve Lukather, Joseph Williams and David Paich appeared with the new line-up of Toto for a global event originating from Los Angeles, CA.  Joining Lukather, Williams and Paich for this next chapter in their indelible history are new band members bassist John Pierce (Huey Lewis and The News), drummer Robert “Sput” Searight (Ghost-Note / Snarky Puppy), and keyboardist / background vocalist Steve Maggiora (Robert Jon & The Wreck). Keyboardist Dominique “Xavier” Taplin (Prince, Ghost-Note) and multi-instrumentalist / vocalist Warren Ham (Ringo Starr) segued over continuing their tenure in the ensemble. This marks the fifteenth incarnation of the Toto line-up in consideration of band members or sidemen who joined or exited. To watch the performance of “Till The End” click here:.
The pre-order goes live today here: .  Alongside LP pressings of the audio only, both a CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray package are available. The track listing features “Till The End,” “Hold The Line,” “Pamela,” “Kingdom of Desire,” “White Sister,” “You Are The Flower,” “I Won’t Hold You Back,” “Stop Loving You,” “Home Of The Brave,” “Rosanna,” and “With A Little Help From My Friends.” In the DVD and Blu-ray releases, a documentary is featured alongside the performance, featuring thoughts from all members of the band that appeared that evening.  
Steve Lukather a.k.a. Luke shares, “When the music is performed by great musicians it honors Toto. The documentary featured on the DVD offers great insights in to our thoughts looking forward. David, who stands with us, alongside Joe and myself, desire to keep this music alive.  And Paich could pop in any time for a show as a special surprise. When it came to plan this specific set list, we picked an eclectic group of songs for this one night only show. Looking forward, we’ll be selecting a broader mix from the Toto catalog that includes deep cuts, the hits, and tunes from Joe and my recently released solo albums. Both of us could not be more thrilled with the global response to these records.  They charted all over the world, and integrating some of the music in to the new Toto set brings a fresh spice to the Toto: The Dogz of Oz World Tour when we head back out to begin staging shows.  Simply, both of us aim to bring the past Toto to the present and beyond, and this first look at the new line-up sets the stage for a chapter in our history we can’t wait to write.”  
Joe Williams offers, “It’s always a complete joy to perform a Toto show, but this one was special. Joining me, Luke and David last November were three new top level, virtuoso musicians as well as a few returning geniuses. The show itself was born out of the need to play after being on Covid lockdown, but also served as the reason to build this new band.  Right out of the gate this group gelled and dug deep into the new and old Toto material.  Among some of the deeper cuts is one of my all-time favorite songs, ‘You Are The Flower’ by the original - Bobby Kimball. Being a massive fan (and a good friend), I dedicate the performance to him. Also back are a few of my favorite things, ‘Till The End’ and ‘Pamela.’  Played to perfection 
by the new cats. I have the best job in the band because when I’m not singing, I get to watch the most incredible players work! The Toto model holds strong and true.  A band of the very best musicians and singers writing and performing all manner of cool songs. That’s how it began, and that’s how it continues.”  He continues, “This documentary explores that concept by talking with David, Luke, Warren, Dominic X, John Pierce, Robert ‘Sput’ Searight, and Steve Maggiora about their experiences as players, and also about being a part of the Toto legacy. And, of course discussion about the show as well. I think I’m in there too, saying how much I love these guys!  Soon we’ll to get back out to you, on stage, in the flesh expanding our set with 
some even deeper ‘legacy’ cuts as well as some new stuff from Luke’s and my new records. We can’t wait! In the meantime, enjoy a little Toto history and current events.  Xo Joe.”
Luke and Joseph Williams are life-long friends since they were kids, and bandmates sharing a deep colorful history that has thrived professionally on a global basis over the past decades. In front of staging this one night only appearance during the global pandemic, Luke offered, “We could not be more at peace with this move. There is a refreshing, optimistic enthusiasm to step in to the future. At this moment, Joe and I are the only long-tenured members of the band that want to be on the road continuing to bring music to our multi-generational fan base. I’ve spent almost four and a half decades of my life as the only original member who never missed a show or an album nurturing this legacy while enabling the music to continually exist in the live concert setting. That is something I’ll never stop doing, and when we inevitably return to the road it presents a rare opportunity to reimagine our personal futures while simultaneously preserving the deep connection that exists with the audience while likewise yielding continual discovery.” Williams shared, “Luke and I have been through a lot with one another. He’s like a brother to me. Our creative partnership has always enriched our lives. As we look towards what’s to come in unison, there is nothing but anticipation to bring everything in our minds to life. I can’t think of anyone else on Earth I’d rather launch the next chapter with than with this lifelong, loyal and gifted friend and band mate. We’re the last men standing…The Dogz of Oz!” Luke adds, “Joe and I have been friends since I was 17, and Joe was 14. During the course of this pandemic, we’ve been reevaluating our career and how to move forward. People are either not with us anymore or have retired. We still feel like kids who want to be back on the road as soon as possible. It’s where we live. Joe’s growth as a producer, songwriter, engineer, singer and performer is inspiring.  The timing of this move is perfect as Joe is at the top of his game, and he amazes me every day. We are enjoying this collaboration, and could not be more enthusiastic about the future.”
With A Little Help From My Friends was Produced by Joseph Williams, who also edited the accompanying long-form video.  The band’s long-time front of house engineer Ken Freeman mixed and captured the sound that evening.
On February 26th, Luke and Joe presented solo albums via The Players Club / Mascot Label Group which charted in multiple territories across the globe.  Both artists made significant contributions to the other’s recordings. Additionally, David Paich performed on select tracks on Luke’s I Found The Sun Again and Williams’ Denizen Tenant. The titles were released on LP, CD and a limited-edition deluxe edition is available with the two titles bundled together. Available here: and
Over the past several years, TOTO have had a major renaissance in popularity like few bands at this point in their career.  Their 40th anniversary in 2018 was marked by them releasing a brand new Greatest Hits album (40 Trips Around The Sun) and embarking on their most successful worldwide tour to date.   Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of TOTO.  As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a half a billion albums.  Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations.  
Collectively TOTO has over two billion streams worldwide on all streaming services.  Just last year one of their biggest hits “Africa” went from being a Platinum single to being recently recertified 6X Platinum.  The band has found a new generation of fans.  With now 40+ years together and literally thousands of credits, including the biggest selling album of all time: Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and accolades to their names, TOTO remains one of the top selling touring and recording acts in the world. They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical credibility.  They are pop culture, and are one of the few 70’s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles continuing to remain relevant while enjoying their multi-generational global fan base.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

New Music: Greta Van Fleet, Cheap Trick, Ken Sharp, Jon Klages, Jarrod Lawson

Fans of modern and classic rock, power pop, jazz, Americana and blues all have reason to celebrate thanks to a particularly strong field of new releases.

Greta Van Fleet
Title: The Battle at Garden's Gate (Republic)
You might like if you enjoy: Greta Van Fleet, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company
Tell me more: There is a common oft-repeated perception that rock music is dead. Don't tell that to rising young rock quartet Greta Van Fleet, whose epic full-length sophomore album The Battle at Garden's Gate will be released on Friday, April 16. The Frankenmuth, Michigan-spawned outfit follows up their outstanding 2018 full-length debut Anthem of the Peaceful Army with a 12-track Greg Kurstin-produced album that is decidedly ambitious and filled with songs that simultaneously challenge and entice the listener. The evocative seven-minute "Age of Machine," luxurious "Broken Bells" (which spans from ballad to soaring anthem over its daring run) and absorbing "Heat Above" tap into everything that lovers of classic '70s rock love so much; dynamic performances featuring a mighty lead singer (Josh Kiszka's voice is a wonder), killer solos that masterfully propel each song's arc (lead guitarist Jake Kiszka delivers), and a strong rhythm section (bassist Sam Kiszka and drummer Danny Wagner). Every track is crucial; other exceptional originals include the dazzling "Built By Nations," acoustic-flavored "Tears By Rain" and electrifying "The Barbarians." Information:

Cheap Trick
Title: In Another World (Universal Music Enterprises)
You might like if you enjoy: Cheap Trick, Matthew Sweet, The Smithereens
Tell me more: Enduring rock outfit Cheap Trick is back with In Another World, the quartet's first new album since 2017's Christmas Christmas holiday celebration. No band has ever fused power pop with hard rock as powerfully as the Rockford, Illinois-spawned Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and that is very much in evidence across their latest LP. Singer Robin Zander's signature vocals are as sharp as ever; just listen to the driving rocker "Boys & Girls & Rock N Roll" (bolstered by Rick Nielsen's fiery guitar work) and even heavier "Light Up The Fire" (which recalls the AC/DC meets Beatles approach of the Smithereens' best material). The parade of tracks is charged from start to finish; the shimmering harmonies-filled opener "The Summer Looks Good On You," tuneful "Quit Waking Me Up," Beatlesque "Passing Through" and inspired take on John Lennon's "Gimme Some Truth" are among my other faves. Originally set to be released in late 2018, In Another World was delayed by the arrival of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Nice to be able to crank this one up now. Information:

Ken Sharp
Title: Miniatures (Ken Sharp)
You might like if you enjoy: Paul McCartney, Badfinger, Pugwash
Tell me more: Singer-songwriter Ken Sharp uses Miniatures to convincingly prove that less can certainly be more. The songs on his new LP are short and sweet to be sure; all clock in at under two minutes. With an impressive 32 tracks on Miniatures, there are tune-filled joys aplenty. The chamber pop confessional "Me and My Big Fat Mouth," McCartneyesque "Susannah Silently Shining" and "Rise," up-tempo folk rocker "Day In Night," jazzy "A Kind of Blue and Smokey Too," nostalgic "Stack O' Records" and shining "My Lullaby" are early nuggets. The wealth of riches continues with the romantic "If I Called You," the confessional "Growing Up So Fast," dreamy "Perfect Sun," biting "Down The Drain," infectious power-pop confection "Somethings Happening" and the poignant "Jeanne I Will Remember." The disc closes with the stellar Baroque-styled title track, enhanced by exquisite toy piano magic. Information:

Jon Klages
Title: Fabulous Twilight (Danbury Fair Recordings)
You might like if you enjoy: Raul Midón, Dire Straits, Jon Klages
Tell me more: The leap from rock to a decidedly more diverse soundscape is not an easy one, but but that hasn't deterred indie rock hero Jon Klages (The Individuals, Richard Lloyd Band) whose wonderful Fabulous Twilight is an inviting and polished collection of 11 new originals. Chief among the jazzy gems here are the breezy opener "Best That We Can," lovely "Rosalie," playful "Long-Tailed Cat," and wistful "1133 Ave. of the Americas (For Enoch Light)." Klages also delves into an array of other styles via the cool '60s-flavored instrumental "Too Cool for Spy School," the sparse blues of "Red-Dirt Country," funk-tinged "Kazoos Are People Too" and country tale of musical discovery titled "God Bless the Columbia House Record Club." Klages' smooth vocals and skilled fret work take center stage (just listen to the blazing "Remains"), with keyboardist Neil Larsen, bassist Davey Faragher, drummer Pete Thomas, backing vocalist Arnold McCuller and the Honey Whiskey Trio fortifying the album's impact. A portion of the proceeds of the album will benefit the Wild Honey Foundation's ongoing quest to aid for advancement in autism research. Information:

Jarrod Lawson
Title: Be the Change (Dome Records Ltd)
You might like if you enjoy: Gavin DeGraw, Donny Hathaway
Tell me more: With a rich soulful voice set amidst a rich palette of jazz, R&B, gospel, funk and other styles, Jarrod Lawson's "Be the Change" is a nice invitation to an immersive blend of musical riches. A top-flight singer and keyboardist, Lawson showcases his vocal talents on the grooving funk track "Battlefield," lush ballad "Love Isn't Always Enough," scintillating "Universal Chord," tender ballad "Evalee," smooth jazz swoop "Connected," soulful celebration of song "Soul Symphony" and bewitching "How Long." He is joined by guest vocalist Moonchild on the captivating duet "I'll Be Your Radio." Information:

Robert Kinsler

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Record Store Day 2021 Preview episode

Check out the new discussion episode where TJR and Robert Kinsler discuss Record Store Day 2021 and some of their most highly-anticipated titles including releases from Beck, Garbage, The Zombies and more. 
Watch the episode HERE

Robert Kinsler

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Record Store Day 2021: Dates announced for Varèse Sarabande record titles

As more Record Store Day details come in, I will get those updates posted...Here is the latest exciting news from Varèse Sarabande Records...Robert Kinsler


Record Store Day 2021 

Titles to be released on June 12, 2021 and July 17, 2021



(Los Angeles, CA, April 7, 2021) — Varèse Sarabande Records will be releasing seven amazing soundtrack LPs on Record Store Day 2021’s newly announced release dates: The Matrix will be released as a deluxe 3-LP set, Village of the Damned will be released as a deluxe-edition double LP, The Iron Giant and The Goonies will get the picture disc treatment, and ShrekGhosts of Mars, and Aliens will be released as limited-edition color LPs. This annual celebration will be held through a series of Record Store Day drops, which will occur on June 12, 2021 and July 17, 2021.
These seven Varèse Sarabande Records titles will be available on the dates listed below at thousands of independent record stores. For a list of participating stores and more information about these special LPs, visit
*JUNE 12thThe Matrix, The Goonies, Village of the Damned, Shrek
*JULY 17thThe Iron Giant, Ghosts of Mars, Aliens
THE MATRIX: The Complete Edition – Don Davis (3-LP Set) – *RELEASE DATE: JUNE 12th*
The science-fiction masterpiece has captured the imagination of another generation with news of a new Matrix film in production. This deluxe 3-LP set is pressed on Glitter-Infused Green vinyl, expanded to 44 tracks, and housed in a stunning new art design. Also included are classic film stills and an exclusive new interview with composer Don Davis.

Side A
1. “Logos / The Matrix Main Title”
2. “Trinity Infinity”
3. “Neo Con Brio”
4. “Follow The White Rabbit”
5. “Neo On The Edge”
6. “Through The Surveillance Monitor”
7. “Unable To Speak”
8. “Bait And Switch”
Side B
1. “Switched For Life”
2. “Switched At Birth”
3. “Switches Brew”
4. “Cold Hearted Switch”
5. “Nascent Nauseous Neo”
6. “A Morpheus Movement”
7. “Bow Whisk Orchestra”
Side C
1. “Domo Showdown”
2. “Switch Or Break Show”
3. “Shake, Borrow, Switch”
4. “Switch Works Her Boa”
5. “Bring Me Dinner”
6. “The System”
7. “Freeze Face”
8. “Switch Woks Her Boar”
9. “Cypher Cybernetic”
10. “Ignorance Is Bliss / Cyber Cyphernetic”
11. “See Who?”
12. “Switch Out”
Side D
1. “Boon Spy”
3. “Oracle Cookies”
4. “Threat Mix”
5. “Exit Mr. Hat”
6. “On Your Knees, Switch”
Side E
1. “Mix The Art”
2. “Whoa, Switch Brokers”
3. “The Cure”
4. “It’s The Smell”
5. “The Lobby”
6. “No More Spoons”
7. “Dodge This”
8. “Fast Learning”
9. “Ontological Shock”
Side F
1. “That’s Gotta Hurt”
2. “Surprise”
3. “He’s The One Alright”
THE GOONIES – David Grusin (Picture Disc) – *RELEASE DATE: JUNE 12TH*
In celebration of the 35th anniversary of The Goonies, the beloved soundtrack by Dave Grusin will be released on an LP picture disc for the first time ever! The special release features the album cover on side A and the infamous One-Eyed Willie on side B. The track listing to this abbreviated single-disc version of the original score was personally selected and assembled by Grusin himself.

Side A
1. “Fratelli Chase”
2. “Cellar And Sloth”
3. “The Goondocks (Goonies Theme)”
4. “The ‘It,’ Fifty Dollar Bills And A Stiff”
5. “Pee Break And Kissing Tunnel”
6. “Skull And Signature”
7. “Plumbing”
8. “Restaurant Trash”
9. “Boulders, Bats And A Blender”
Side B
1. “They’re Here And Skull Cave Chase”
2. “Playing The Bones”
3. “Mikey’s Vision”
4. “Triple Stones And A Ball”
5. “Wishing Well And The Fratellis Find Coin”
6. “Mama & Sloth”
7. “One Eyed Willie”
8. “No Firme And Pirate Ship”
VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED: The Deluxe Edition – John Carpenter & Dave Davies (2-LP Set) – *RELEASE DATE: JUNE 12TH*
The Deluxe Edition for Village of the Damned presents the full score as heard in the film for the first time, a far more complete presentation than the 1995 Original Soundtrack which was not only truncated but made of an entirely separate mix that wasn’t featured in the film. The set does, however, include the track “Midwich Shuffle,” a fun number which was created specifically for the 1995 soundtrack, despite never actually appearing in the film. Interest in John Carpenter’s original film scores has never been higher, and his collaboration with Dave Davies of the Kinks is a one-of-a-kind moment in cinematic music history. The album includes all-new original art direction with new notes and classic film stills and comes pressed on Orange Haze vinyl.

Side A
1. “Angel Of Death / Midwich Sleeps / Daybreak”
2. “The Fair (Extended Version)”
3. “Gas Station / Asleep”
4. “Awaken / The Funeral”
5. “Welcome Home, Ben (Extended Version)”
6. “Big Meeting / The Decision”
7. “The Same Dream”

Side B
1. “Baptism (Extended Version)”
2. “Baby Mara”
3. “Children’s Theme / Dilemma”
4. “The Parents Arrive”
5. “Children’s Carol (Instrumental)”
Side C
1. “Loss / Carol Of The Damned”
2. “Carlton”
3. “Ben’s Death / Ultimatum”
4. “Burning Desire (Extended Version)”

Side D
1. “Last Kiss / The Bomb”
2. “The Brick Wall (Extended Version)”
3. “March Of The Children (End Credits)”
4. “Midwich Shuffle”
SHREK – Harry Gregson-Williams & John Powell (Limited-Edition Color LP) – *RELEASE DATE: JUNE 12TH*
Shrek is the second most successful animated franchise in history and celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021. Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell are two of the most prominent composers working on animated features today, and they joined forces to create a score that is still as fun and memorable as it was when it was first released. The LP will be released on Neon Green vinyl, making it a standout addition to any record lover’s collection.

Side A
1.  “Fairytale”
2.  “Ogre Hunters / Fairytale Deathcamp”
3.  “Donkey Meets Shrek”
4.  “Eating Alone”
5.  “Uninvited Guests”
6.  “March Of Farquuad”
7.  “The Perfect King”
8.  “Welcome To Duloc”
9.  “Tournament Speech”
10. “What Kind Of Quest”
11. “Dragon! / Fiona Awakens”
12. “One Of A Kind Knight”
13. “Saving Donkey’s Ass”
14. “Escape From The Dragon”
Side B
1.  “Helmet Hair”
2.  “Delivery Boy / Shrek / Making Camp”
3.  “Friends Journey To Duloc”
4.  “Starry Night”
5.  “Singing Princess”
6.  “Better Out Than In / Sunflower / I’ll Tell Him”
7.  “Merry Men”
8.  “Fiona Kicks Ass”
9.  “Fiona’s Secret”
10. “Why Wait To Be Wed / You Thought Wrong”
11. “Ride The Dragon”
12. “I Object”
13. “Transformation / The End”
THE IRON GIANT – Michael Kamen (Picture Disc) – *RELEASE DATE: JULY 17TH*
This first-ever picture disc of this heartwarming 1999 animated film celebrates The Robot, his best friend, Hogarth, and a cast of characters. The music is by Academy Award®-nominated composer Michael Kamen (Lethal Weapon, Die Hard), who was well-known for his work with Eric Clapton, Metallica and Pink Floyd, in addition to his brilliant theatrical scores.

Side A
1. “The Eye Of The Storm”
2. “Hogarth Hughes”
3. “Into The Forest”
4. “The Giant Wakes”
5. “Come And Get It”
6. “Cat And Mouse”
7. “Train Wreck”
8. “You Can Fix Yourself?”
9. “Hand Underfoot”
10. “Bedtime Stories”
11. “We Gotta Hide”
12. “His Name Is Dean”
13. “Eating Art”
14. “Space Car”
15. “Souls Don’t Die”

Side B
1. “Contest Of Wills”
2. “The Army Arrives”
3. “Annie And Dean”
4. “He’s A Weapon”
5. “The Giant Discovered”
6. “Trance-Former”
7. “No Following”
8. “The Last Giant Piece”
GHOSTS OF MARS – John Carpenter (Limited-Edition Color LP) – *RELEASE DATE: JULY 17TH*
In celebration of Ghosts of Mars’ 20th anniversary, the epic soundtrack will be released on “Red Planet” vinyl. John Carpenter recruited an unbelievable cast of musicians to record the soundtrack to this sci-fi horror film, starring Ice Cube and Natasha Henstridge. Among the featured players are GRAMMY®-winning musician Steve Vai, most of the heavy metal band Anthrax (including Scott Ian), Elliot Eason of the rock band The Cars, Buckethead of Guns N’ Roses, and Robin Finck of Nine Inch Nails and Guns N’ Roses. This soundtrack is apocalyptic and an important mark in John Carpenter’s unparalleled career as a director and composer.

Side A
1. “Ghosts Of Mars”
2. “Love Siege”
3. “Fight Train”
4. “Visions Of Earth”
5. “Kick Ass”
Side B
1. “Slashing Void”
2. “Power Station”
3. “Can't Let You Go”
4. “Dismemberment Blues”
5. “Fightin’ Mad”
6. “Pam Grier’s Head”
7. “Ghost Poppin’”
ALIENS: 35th Anniversary Edition – James Horner (Limited-Edition Color LP) – *RELEASE DATE: JULY 17TH*
Aliens is regarded as one of the greatest science fiction franchises of all-time. In honor of its 35th anniversary, the long out-of-print original soundtrack gets a fresh reboot on Acid-Blood Yellow-Green vinyl.  The soundtrack is scored by the great Academy Award®-winning composer James Horner (Titanic, Avatar, Beautiful Mind). The LP features the original Sigourney Weaver key art and original film stills.

Side A
1. “Main Title”
2. “Going After Newt”
3. “Sub-Level 3”
4. “Ripley’s Rescue”
5. “Atmosphere Station”

Side B
1. “Futile Escape”
2. “Dark Discovery”
3. “Bishop’s Countdown”
4. “Resolution And Hyperspace”
Founded in 1978, Varèse Sarabande is the most prolific producer of film music in the world, releasing the highest quality soundtracks from the world’s greatest composers. From current box office hits and top television series to the classics of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Varèse Sarabande’s catalog includes albums from practically every composer in every era, covering all of film history; from Bernard Herrmann, Alex North and Jerry Goldsmith to Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino and Brian Tyler. Varèse Sarabande is a part of Concord.