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AMPED™ 2017 Issue 11 New Release Digital Magazine

New Releases From
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Andy Summers
Deborah Cox
Hans Zimmer
Jack Tempchin

By |March 16th, 2017|New Release Digital Magazine|0 Comments

AMPED™ 2017 Issue 10 New Release Digital Magazine

New Releases From
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
Jeff Lorber Fusion
Jesse Dayton
Madlib
Raekwon

By |March 16th, 2017|New Release Digital Magazine|0 Comments

An EXCLUSIVE interview with STEEL PANTHER’s Stix Zadinia!

Steel Panther’s LOWER THE BAR
is the Heavy Metal equivalent to
Beyonce’s LEMONADE:

By
Beau Knurr

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By |March 10th, 2017|News|Comments Off on An EXCLUSIVE interview with STEEL PANTHER’s Stix Zadinia!

GOLDEN EARRING: An EXCLUSIVE interview with Barry Hay!

WHEN THE BULLET HITS THE BOX:

For over fifty years, Golden Earring has been Holland’s greatest Rock band, yet they have only scored two bona-fide hits in the U.S.: “Radar Love” (1973) and “Twilight Zone” (1982). While they’ve managed to maintain their popularity in other European countries, their unique brand of Rock ‘n’ Roll has largely been overlooked by American audiences. Their career trajectory closely followed that of the similarly-fated iconic UK rock band Status Quo: from flowery Psych Rock band in the ‘60s to Rock titans in the ‘70s (and beyond). However, the band has remained virtually intact throughout their entire career, in this way echoing the longevity of The Rolling Stones. These comparisons aside, Golden Earring has always done things their way. Staying largely out of the spotlight in the U.S. has allowed the band to travel their own path and create music without having to cater to the American market like so many other bands have been forced to do. Ironically enough, the music that these four gents create (Barry Hay, George Kooymans, Cesar Ziderwijk and Rinus Gerritsen) has always been exactly what America needs. Pure, honest Rock ‘n’ Roll that acknowledges but never gives in to current trends.

Those that are only familiar with their two American hits will be surprised to find out Golden Earring has released twenty-six studio albums alongside nearly a dozen live albums, as well as several compilations for those who only want to hear the hits. The four members of Golden Earring celebrate their huge catalog by playing all the favorites to their adoring fans, yet they seldom take the time to celebrate the many milestones that have paved their road to success. Although they are currently acknowledging their Silver Anniversary by hitting the road (again) this year, the band did not intend to put together yet another hit collection to commemorate the occasion. Instead, their record company worked behind the scenes and put together the ultimate tribute to the band: a twenty-nine CD box entitled THE COMPLETE STUDIO RECORDINGS, a glorious set that contains all twenty-six studio albums plus three CDs of non-album tracks. An absolutely astounding set, this release is an important part of Rock ‘n’ Roll history. Forget about biographies, Wikipedia entries or magazine articles. This box tells the real story of Golden Earring in the most honest and passionate way – through their music. Listen to it and weep, because it doesn’t get much better than this.

Stephen SPAZ Schnee was able to chat with Barry Hay, who graciously took time out of his busy schedule to discuss the release of the box and other things Golden Earring-related…

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By |March 8th, 2017|News|Comments Off on GOLDEN EARRING: An EXCLUSIVE interview with Barry Hay!

AMPED™ 2017 Issue 09 New Release Digital Magazine

New Releases From
KXM
Letters From The Fire
The Wiggles
UFO
Samantha Fish

By |March 7th, 2017|New Release Digital Magazine|Comments Off on AMPED™ 2017 Issue 09 New Release Digital Magazine

COLIN HAY/Fierce Mercy reviewed

Colin Hay is a rarity in the world of Rock ‘n’ Roll. He achieved great success out of the gate 35 years ago while leader of Men At Work (“Who Can It Be Now?,” “Down Under,” “Overkill”) but had to pursue a career as a solo artist once the band split in ’86. In 1987, he ventured out as Colin James Hay with the LOOKING FOR JACK album but struggled to maintain success. Next came the Colin Hay Band’s 1990 album WAYFARING SONS, which didn’t fare any better. In 1992, he released PEAKS & VALLEYS, the first in a series of solo albums that would slowly rebuild his career from scratch. Now, three and one-half decades after hitting #1 with Men At Work’s BUSINESS AS USUAL album, Hay is at his peak as a songwriter and vocalist and he shows no signs of slowing down. FIERCE MERCY is proof that he is one of this generation’s finest songwriters. While his hits with Men At Work may have been more ‘immediate’ on first listen, his songwriting is deeper, more passionate and better than ever on this 2017 album. Like his last release, 2015’s NEXT YEAR PEOPLE, this is an album filled with songs that are warm, intimate and emotional. Whether he is singing from experience or as an observer, Hay always connects with the subject matter and it all sounds so personal, which adds to the songs’ power. Lead-in track “Come Tumbling Down” is a sing-a-long that prepares you for the roller-coaster ride of emotions that weave in and out of the rest of the album. “A Thousand Million Reasons,” “The Best In Me,” “The Last To Know” and “Secret Love” are some of the best songs that Hay has ever written or co-written (with Michael Georgiades and others). “Two Friends” (written by Georgiades) features one of Hay’s finest vocal performances to date. Never one to live in his past, Colin Hay has creatively risen above his previous success and recorded what could be his finest musical work to date. Again, Colin Hay has proven that he leaves pretty much all of his contemporaries in the dust. FIERCE MERCY is a lovely, heartfelt album that will stand the test of time. If you stopped listening after the CARGO album, you’ve got a lot of catching up to do!

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By |February 23rd, 2017|News|Comments Off on COLIN HAY/Fierce Mercy reviewed

AMPED™ 2017 Issue 08 New Release Digital Magazine

New Releases From
Laura Marling
Devin The Dude
Jesse Harris
Joe Budden
Chris Difford

By |February 23rd, 2017|New Release Digital Magazine|Comments Off on AMPED™ 2017 Issue 08 New Release Digital Magazine

AMPED™ 2017 Issue 07 New Release Digital Magazine

New Releases From
Judith Owen
Colin Hay
Judy Collins
Eric Hutchinson
Danko Jones

By |February 22nd, 2017|New Release Digital Magazine|Comments Off on AMPED™ 2017 Issue 07 New Release Digital Magazine

AMPED™ Distribution celebrates THREE 2017 Grammy wins!

Independent distribution company AMPED™ is making major waves with significant repertoire and even more impressive sales. As artists and labels of all sizes look for new and innovative ways to distribute product, AMPED™ rolled out to offer an alternative distribution system that is having impressive results. Among those results are 13 Grammy nominations and 3 Grammy wins!

Congratulations to the AMPED™ Grammy winners!

WINNERS:

Best Musical Theater Album
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Broadway Records/ Yellow Sound Label/ AMPED

Best Contemporary Blues […]

By |February 15th, 2017|News|Comments Off on AMPED™ Distribution celebrates THREE 2017 Grammy wins!

FANTASTIC NEGRITO wins 2017 Grammy!

Congratulations to AMPED artist FANTASTIC NEGRITO for winning the 2017 Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album!

We are very proud to say the least!

By |February 13th, 2017|News|Comments Off on FANTASTIC NEGRITO wins 2017 Grammy!