Place is here, there and everywhere, and music can root your soul.
This month's music selections are a broad spectrum of expression. First up, The D ead Beats throw a punch at us known as "Love", a raucous anthem of lust that puts us right in that time and place of rock 'n roll debauchery. Awesome!
Next Gerry Deko to energetically strums and sings about -- among other things -- a place none of us want to end up, the Bighouse. Jail is a spot we try to keep away from our proximity, yet many a great song has been inspired by it's omnipresent social standing. "Been There Too" certainly will move you to the straight and narrow.
Last, Sweet Billy Pilgr im brings us along on a journey right on the tip of our imagination. With a subtle beginning and building of momentum, this tune has a lasting and powerful effect. This piece is also a cross-over song for us, as it came to our attention as an element of a literary piece we are featuring this month by Gabrielle Grace -- so you will also find it embedded in her "Sum mer Blip".
Tim Castelllani & Status Hat Productions, April 27, 2010
LISTEN TO THE DEAD BEATS HERE:
ABOUT THE DEAD BEATS
Neal and Phil have been playing together for a long time now... close to 4 years. The band fully developed when drummer Jesse Robichaud joined the group last winter. The Dead Beats began by playing house parties only asking for free beer as compensation. Before long they had developed a following and started playing bars in the local Boston and North Shore areas. The band is influenced by artists like Lou Reed, The New York Dolls, The Rolling Stones etc. The live performance aspect of their music is of great importance to what they do.
"We can all play our instruments, but our job is to keep you entertained! Nothing is more entertaining to us than Rock and Roll."
FIND THEM HERE ~~~
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LISTEN TO GERRY DEKOTO HERE:
Been There Too
ABOUT GERRY DEKOTO!
My influences are pretty scattered, but grounded in the Beatles, Stones, Floyd, Grand Funk, Zeppelin, Aerosmith, ZZ-Top, Deep Purple, Zappa, Paul Simon, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, The Eagles, Queen, Guns N' Roses, Metallica, System of a Down, Christina Aguilera, Green Day, Prince, etc. just to name a few. I'm sure I've left out dozens. In reality, I guess I've been easily swayed by anyone who has ever picked up a guitar and sang about a broken heart. It's all about the blues.
The first gig I ever did was a fund raiser for St. Peter's, a local orphanage where we had talked the nuns into letting us rehearse in their basement. I was a novice guitar player in those early days and, even less, a vocalist. I eventually became a bass player, but more on that later.
As a band, we were so unprepared. But almost naturally, the "show must go on" mentality took over and we muddled through the ten songs we had been rehearsing for months. An indication of things to come, the show went great and turned out to be a career aphrodisiac. I was lethally hooked. Read more of Gerry's story here...
To hear more of Gerry's songs -- with downloads & lyrics available -- and learn more about him, see his website:
LISTEN TO SWEET BILLY PILGRIM HERE:
Stars Spill Out of Cups
ABOUT BILLY PILGRIM
Tinkering about somewhere between the earthy and the ethereal, Sweet Billy Pilgrim scrape strings and tap away at laptops and try to make beautiful things. Their debut album was "we just did what happened and no one came", a collection of songs recorded in a draughty shed with a cast of spiders and crispy moths. Mojo magazine awarded it four stars and The Sunday Times called it, ‘a rather special debut’, making the single ‘Stars Spill Out of Cups’ one of their songs of the year. The band were just pleased as punch to find it in the racks of HMV in Watford, sandwiched between The Sweet and Swervedriver.
[Music Page Note: We were introduced to Sweet Billy Pilgrim as this featured song is a companion piece to a literary excerpt in our May, 2010 artszine, "Summer Blip" by Gabrielle Grace. So our features this month include our first cross-over element!]
Hear more of Sweet Billy Pilgrim's songs, find their albums & learn more about them at the following sites:
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