Archive for August, 2015

No hurricane in Destin this week

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It’s been ten years since the last hurricane hit Destin. We have more hurricane free days ahead of us too I am glad to say. Tropical Storm Erika fizzled out over Cuba. The last track had it coming right up Main Street in Destin but we all know how those things change. Anyway, RIP Erika…glad we didn’t get to know you!

Sunshine Cindy and I had another good week. Thursday I went to see the best chiropractor in Destin, Dr. Payne. I have been going to see him for years and I always leave feeling great. Thursday night Sunshine Cindy and I sat on our back porch listening to Trop Rock music and having a few beers. Life is good in Destin. 

Friday Sunshine Cindy went to World of Beer with her Mom and Tiffany. While they were enjoying some lunch and beers, I headed out for some errands. Buy some booze at Beach Liquor, check. Get some groceries, check. Stop in at The Crust Pizzeria to see Charlie, uncheck. Charlie was not there but I still had a slice of pizza and a beer. Charlie is busy getting ready to open a new location in Mary Ester by the mall. Charlie has great pizza. I hope he does well.

When I left the Crust I stopped in at Landshark Pizza. I wanted to make sure everything was good to go for our football party on Saturday. Brian and Sue had everything under control. I hung around for a while having a couple PBR’s and then headed home.

Sunshine Cindy got home about the same time I did. We decided to head to our pool for the evening. We could have gone to a parrot head meeting in Niceville but we were comfortable and wanted to relax by the pool. We had a good time swimming and our parrot head friends all had a good time too. They were at Dockside then a bunch of them went to the Boathouse in Val-P. It ended up with about 15 or so people there. You never know where a party might break out around here!

Our Crab Island Mambo football party at Landshark was a blast. Sunshine Cindy and I got there about 12:30 and we didn’t leave till almost 9 pm. Jan and Kenny played music, we had a the football drawing, Brian had brats and butts on the smoker….it was a fun day that was capped by a big group sitting outside with the Browns game on the TV. Oh yeah, the Browns beat up Tampa Bay for the win.

Sunday was one of those days where you have an unexpected good time. I started the day with a morning bike ride. The beach was beautiful. So when I got home, Sunshine Cindy and I decided to head to Tailfins on the harbor for brunch. We were on the third floor with a great breeze. While there Tommy and his Dad, Capt. Browning came in. Capt. Browning has been a boat captain in Destin forever. He is one of the original’s.

Just as they came in, a couple of friends of Tommy also came in. It was Daniel de los Reyes and his lady. Daniel is the drummer for the Zac Brown Band. Tommy was helping them with reservations and such for their vacation. Daniel was a great guy. We all sat around and had a few beers for about an hour as Daniel asked questions about Destin and told stories from the road with the band and Capt. Browning told stories about life in Destin on the water. The hour seemed to go by in about 5 minutes. It was so much fun being a part of that. Like I said, you never know what to expect in Destin.

Daniel and his lady left to go on a helicopter ride. Tommy and Capt. Browning went down to the docks. Sunshine Cindy stayed back for a while. We were glad we did as our friend Larry came in. We chatted with him for a few minutes. Finally it was time to head home to put the weekend to bed!

Around town I noticed construction has started on the building at the corner of Restaurant Row and Hwy. 98. This is supposed to be some kind of extended stay hotel. The condo on the beach on Restaurant Row is starting to come out of the ground. This was one of the last open spaces on the beach. Oh well, progress I guess…

One more big weekend of tourist traffic coming up. Labor Day is the last big hurrah of summer. Then it’s time for football and cooler weather. Have a great week. See ya Monday!

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Free Bob Marley Concert Video (20 Songs)

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Free Bob Marley Concert Video

Bob Marley Santa Barbara show

Bob Marley Set List:

1.Positive Vibration 1:20
2.Wake Up and Live 6:30
3.I Shot the Sheriff 11:45
4.Ambush in the Night 16:20
5.Concrete Jungle 20:10
6.Running Away 25:10
7.Crazy Baldhead 28:40
8.Them Belly Full 33:20
9.Heathen 36:42
10.Ride Natty Ride 41:15
11.Africa Unite 45:25
12.One Drop 49:55
13.Exodus 54:00
14.So Much Things to Say 1:00:10
15.Zimbabwe 1:03:40
16.Jamming 1:07:45
17.Is This Love 1:12:45
18.Kinky Reggae 1:16:00
19.Stir It Up 1:19:35
20.Get Up Stand Up 1:23:15

Lagwagon’s Joey Cape: ‘Stitch Puppy’

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Lagwagon front man Joey Cape is set to release his first solo album in five years entitled Stitch Puppy on Sept. 4th. We haven’t had many opportunities to see what age looks like on punk rockers and Joey Cape is no spring chicken.

Closing in on 50-years-old, The Caper spent the last year touring the world supporting Lagwagon’s newest release, Hang. The album was pretty angry, as Joey told us when we last spoke.
[Related: Lagwagon’s 8th Studio Album: Hang]

There is sure to be some somber moments with Stitch Puppy but we will most certainly be lifted back up. The last few years have not been easy on Joey with the loss of close friends on his journey over the hill, but there is hope in Stitch Puppy, inspired by the “Victorian mourning doll” his daughter made him.

“Put it this way, if my house were to burn down, after my family and the animals, Stitch would be top priority.”

In the first video release, directed by Cape, he brings the doll to life “representing purity, loss, and the strength that follows.”

Joey Cape has always been a prolific songwriter in the punk-rock genre but it wasn’t until he released an acoustic split with the late No Use For A Name singer Tony Sly where we were fortunate to hear the stripped down and unplugged versions his punk rock classics.

[Related: Producer Spotlight: Ryan Greene]

Stitch Puppy will undoubtedly touch the hearts of fans, old and new alike. We have all experienced loss and the processes of picking up the pieces in order to align ourselves back with the path we were meant to be on.

“We are all disappointed by life’s disloyalties and losses but somehow we’re wiser for them,” says Cape. “We transform from victim to guide. We are witness to these things and the beauty in between. That’s it. That’s how I see ‘Stitch Puppy’. Not defeated. Simply the wise witness I aim to be.”

You can preview “This Life Is Strange” in a video directed by Joey Cape featuring stop motion from his talented daughter.

Purchase Stitch Puppy from Fat Wreck Chords by clicking HERE!

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Review: Perro Bravo – 3 On The Tree

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Perro Bravo – 3 On The Tree
Lefty At The WashoutTrack Listing:
1.) 4 On The Floor
2.) Let’s Rock Again
3.) Haunted Panga
4.) Same Thing
5.) In Time
6.) Electric Remix (ft. Jamin from Thicker Than Thieves)
7.) As The Sun Sets In The West
8.) Born In 69
9.) Still Dont Care Too Much Dub
10.) They Get Along

The Pier Album Rating:

Release Date: July 7th, 2015
Record Label: Skunk Records
Official Website: Perro Bravo Website

Artist Background:
Perro Bravo is a band started by Michael “Miguel “Happoldt. Miguel began his musical adventure as a member of the group “Sublime”. He played with the group between 1991 and 1993 and produced and mixed the band’s first album “40. Oz. to Freedom “.?After signing with a major label the band recorded its break through record “Sublime“. Veterans of the stage and studio, Perro Bravo is more focused on grass roots approach to bringing music to the people and a d.i.y. ethic in the studio.

The sound is similar to Sublime and Slightly Stoopid but is also more guitars based. Current stage line up is Mike Long (Capitol Eye) on bass, and Greg “Mudd” Lowther (Falling Idols, Corn Doggy Dog, Gluefactory, etc.) on drums.

Album Review:
3 on the Tree is not what I was expecting by any stretch of the imagination given the history of this band with Sublime, the Falling Idols, Warchurch and many other Long Beach musical adventures. Simply put, this is a rock record, hitting on the Specials, Sublime and the Stooges along the way.

Their debut Smokin Scorpion Tales was a great album, but this release solidifies the Perro Bravo sound as a powerful, but melodic rock band. There are reggae influences, surf influences, ska influences, but once its all mixed up, as my friend Nick Bone would say… “It’s all Rock N Roll”.

The strength in this album for me comes across in the surf and rock tunes, flavors that have been missing for far too long from this scene.

“4 On The Floor”, is an upbeat steppers track with a wandering guitar and rolling bass line that introduces the album nicely with its theme of letting go and moving forward.

“Lets Rock Again”, takes an abrupt right turn into the land of the Ramones, and seems to scream at the idea of expectation and the burden of influence with a nice middle finger in the air. “Haunted Panga” is a mostly instrumental surf tune, appropriately soaked in reverb and drenched in a Spanish influence pulling in the romance this band seems to have with places south of the border.

“Same Thing” brings in the aforementioned Specials influence, firing quickly back into the rock track, “In time”. Enlisting the help from Jamin of Thicker Than Thieves, Electric Remix ads a little hip hop flavored vocals to the album. “As The Sun Sets In The West” is a mellower track which I feel is the strongest lyrically on the album calling out the bullshit of false preachers.

The first time I heard “Born in 69″ I instantly thought of the Stooges. This song is what rock n roll is all about; heavy guitar riffs, driving bass and pounding drums.

Many will recognize the sample at the beginning of “Still Don’t Care Too Much Dub” from Sublimes’s Robbin the hood. This is Perro Bravos take/continuation of that Sublime instrumental. The Fender Rhodes that dances over the top of this track almost gives the song a Doors feel.

Aptly named 3 On The Tree, a reference to an old school 3 speed transmission, Perro Bravo’s second album manages to sound original, relevant and familiar all at the same time. Sonically, the album is great, while avoiding the trap of overproduction that is so common in new releases while anchoring itself in simplicity and old fashion good playing and song writing. Long Beach has always seemed to have it’s own dialect and slang that is part working class, part beach town, and when put to lyrics there is something so authentic about it.

Miguel’s lyrics have a way of drawing on this dialect which bring an element of culture to his songs. Perro Bravo is a raw band that unapologetically lets it all hang out there while still remaining accessible to a wide audience. There is a lot to be said for a three piece band that can play so many styles so powerfully, let alone make those styles sound uniquely their own, and Perro Bravo is one of a few that can do it.

Written Reviewed By: Tommy Dubs

[Editors Note: All reviews are reflective of the album in it’s entirety, from start to finish. These reviews are the honest opinion of each writer/reviewer expressing their feedback as a genuine fan of the music. Each star rating reflects their review of the album, NOT the band. Music is subjective. Regardless of the review or star rating, we encourage you to listen to the music yourself form your own opinion. Spread the awareness of all music in its art contribution]

Listen: Perro Bravo – “4 On The Floor”

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MP3 Leak of the Week: 9 Mile Roots

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9 Mile Roots is this big 8 piece reggae-rock group out of the Baltimore/DC metro area that caught our attention with the release of their new single “Feel”. They agreed to allow us to give the MP3 away for the week if we agreed to include the music video for the song. So with the song up on the homepage for FREE, lets read more about the band and check out that video…

You can download 9 Mile Roots new single “Feel” for FREE on our home page under the MP3 Leak of the Week on the right hand column! This Download will only be available until Saturday, Sept. 5th, 2015.

9 Mile Roots – “Feel” – Download HERE
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“Feel” Background:

“Feel” was Produced by Kevin Johnston at Orca Sound Studio, Abingdon MD. Here’s what guitarist/vocalist Matt Huss had to say regarding the song:
“‘Feel’ was originally written as a push and pull between the main horn line and the opening guitar riff – that back and forth, the call and answer that they produce was the basis of a groove to expand upon. The song itself is about slowing life down and maximizing the bliss that surrounds you, enjoying what comes your way. ‘Just remember to feel it’ – Sometimes we find ourselves wound up so tight around material and wanting more, that we forget the things that really make us happy… So let’s all remember to slow it down, just be and Feel!”

9 Mile Roots describes their music as Suburban Roots Reggae, which paints the visual that this band is from the suburbs playing reggae music and not from the ghetto, streets or palm-tree laced islands where this music has its roots. “We may not be a vision of the typical dreadlocked reggae musician that would first come to mind – but reggae music has never been about what’s on the outside – music comes from the soul – and what drives us keeps us alive,” says bassist/vocalist Josh Behun.

With that, they have a new song “Feel” which is the groups 3rd single of the year, following last months release of “Premonition”. With the 3rd single comes the groups first music video which you can view below. The video for “Feel” was shot in Ocean City, MD much to the dismay of the local onlookers. Produced by Zach Myers and Everett Glovier the video stars semi-pro snowboarder and childhood friend of the band, Kevin Kobasa, stumbling throughout the boardwalk of Ocean City, Maryland, wreaking havoc on tourists and locals alike, presumably after a night of some heavy partying. Check the video and links below…

You can pick up 9 Mile Roots music on iTunes by clicking HERE!

9 Mile Roots Background:
9 Mile Roots consists of members Jay Randell (lead vocals/trumpet), Dave Muse (drums), Josh Behun (bass), Matt Huss (guitar, vocals), Ryan McDonough (guitar), Matt Foote (baritone sax), Casey Masters (trumpet), and Gabe Andino (tenor sax/vocals), 9 Mile Roots bring an intense and rich sound to their live performances, which seethe with an ample of amount of rock energy while keeping the reggae-tinged groove consistent throughout their favorite songs like the upbeat and uptempo “Kabuki” and the crunchy and funky “Simplify”.

The eight-piece suburban reggae rock band based out of the Baltimore / DC metro is built behind a solid group of musicians pulling from diverse backgrounds, their music delivers creative tunes that have a strong reggae vibe with a bouncy hip-hop flow and a bit of a rock edge. Their full horn section compliments the typical rock band line-up; combining catchy melodies with strong riffs and a reggae- funk-overtone, consistently blending up well known aspects of the rock and reggae genres. After re-tooling the band, slightly over a year ago, adding and replacing a few members and shaking up the instrumentation a bit, we’ve been able to put together a great group of fresh new songs that we’re extremely proud of. We’ve been recording and releasing these songs in small chunks, as we work our way toward finishing up a full albums worth of new material. Feel is our third single release thus far from this new album, and we’re exciting to be premiering it with an accompanying video release as well.

9 Mile Roots Tour Dates

9 Mile Roots Links:
9 Mile Roots Website
9 Mile Roots Facebook
9 Mile Roots Twitter
9 Mile Roots SoundCloud

Huge thanks again to 9 Mile Roots for allowing us to share their new single “Feel” to post up for FREE download. Free music is a privilege that we’re grateful for and we appreciate the work these artists do! Please feel free to download this song for FREE and spread the awareness to your friends!
Enjoy the FREE track on the homepage!

Article By: Mike Patti

Watch: 9 Mile Roots – “Feel”

Watch: 9 Mile Roots – “Windows Down”

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Buffett hosts ‘Rock the Kasbah’ screening

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Jimmy Buffett and his wife Jane hosted the screening for the movie “Rock the Kasbah” on Friday August 28th in East Hampton NY. Pictured in the photo: Musician Bruce Springsteen, former U.S President Bill Clinton, musician Jimmy Buffett, screenwriter Barry Levinson, and actor Bill Murray.

Open Road Films’s new comedy “Rock the Kasbah,” starring Bill Murray, Kate Hudson and Bruce Willis, debuted at the United Artist Theater in East Hampton, N.Y. on Friday night for a special sneak preview. The screening — presented by the Peggy Siegel Company and hosted by famed singer Jimmy Buffett and his wife Jane — was a crowd pleaser. Guests raved about Murray’s funny yet heartfelt performance as a washed up rock manager.

But it was the post-screening after party at the Blue Parrot Bar Grill that drew the most buzz. A star-studded guest list that included Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and President Bill Clinton joined the film’s cast to celebrate the pic and enjoy a casual nightcap. All eyes were on Clinton. The 42nd president of the United States received the most attention and selfie requests from the partygoers. Even the musicians and actors seemed to be starstruck.

“It’s very exciting that the President is here,” Murray told Variety at the party. “It’s an honor to meet him and get to talk to him.”

Murray greeted Clinton with a firm handshake and shared a lighthearted conversation. The two posed for photos and then Willis and his wife Emma introduced themselves to the president. Clinton made his way to the Blue Parrot’s outdoor dinning area where McCartney, Springsteen and Buffett stood in a circle socializing amongst a crowd of partygoers. Clinton joined in on the conversation with the prolific musicians and briefly chatted. Meanwhile, Mellencamp was in a corner socializing with some friends and Bon Jovi worked the room, conversing with all the guests.

Read the article on the screening: “Bill Clinton, McCartney and Springsteen attend Bill Murray’s ‘Rock the Kasbah’ screening


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August 2015 Album Releases

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If there’s anytime to search out new music this month is it! 2015 has been an astounding year for new releases, but artists have really put out the new tunes through out August. It’s like Christmas in August! With so many records delivered this month, be sure not to miss out on these 16 new releases…

This month there’s truly a great mix of sounds from all across the Roots spectrum. Acoustic artists are well represented with records from Donavon Frankenreiter, Frank Turner and Trevor Hall. The beautiful voices of Nattali Rize and Wakane continue to strengthen the presence of reggae front-women this month.

Punk music also comes in strong with bonus material from NOFX, The Flatliners, and a new release from Royal Headache. Debut releases from LAW, The Frightnrs, Maad T-Ray are fresh additions to the ole iPod. And finally highly anticipated new records from Aer and Iration round out 2015’s summer of music.

If there are any albums we missed, drop them in the comments below or on our Facebook or Twitter.

Check out the Album Releases from prior months:

  • January 2015 Album Releases
  • February 2015 Album Releases
  • March 2015 Album Releases
  • April 2015 Album Releases
  • May 2015 Album Releases
  • June 2015 Album Releases
  • July 2015 Album Releases
  • August 2015 Album Releases

    Donavon Frankenreiter – The Heart
    Release Date: August 4th

    Marking the start of the singer-songwriter’s second decade as a solo recording artist, Donavon Frankenreiter’s has released his new album, The Heart. Growing over time, not only as a musician, but also as a man. Donovan has raised a family while also nurturing two creative careers, one on stage, and one in the waves. He comments in a post on the record “I’m still lucky I’m able to make records and that we have a fan base and are able to tour. I started my own record label; it’s a way for me to make my own music the way I want to, on my own time, and to put it out my way. So many things have changed and I feel a little wiser than ten years ago. I learned a lot over the last decade, it went by really quick. It’s fun to have a new album done and to hit the road with a bunch of new songs, it rejuvenates you to do your thing.”

    On top of all that, he’s still learning what makes him tick. And so, naturally, he named his album after his ticker. “All these songs are as close to me singing from the heart as I can,” says Frankenreiter. “It’s a complete record; the songs are intertwined. I had to call it ‘The Heart,’ that was the theme of the record.” Recorded in Wimberley, TX, at Blue Rock Studios the album contains 11 tracks via Liquid Tambourine Records. Heart is out and available everywhere digital music is sold.

    You can pick up The Heart on Amazon now, by clicking The Heart


    The Flatliners – Division Of Spoils
    Release Date: August 7th

    As posted by The Flatliners, “Every time we get together to write another album, we kind of fly off the handle. For our last 3 we’ve ended up with so many extra songs that we now have another album’s worth.” This new album by The Flatliners, titled Division of Spoils, is a massive collection of b-sides, rarities and previously unreleased songs. Out August 7th via Fat Wreck Chords this latest Flatliners’ release contains 23 total tracks picked from the cutting room floor of the group’s previous projects.

    Less of a snapshot and more a time-lapse of their career to date. As the band explains “Figuring out what songs should make a record and what songs shouldn’t has always been the most difficult part of the process, but to have this collection of songs today is something we’re extremely proud of. We hope you dig the potentially weirder vibes of Division of Spoils”

    You can pick up Division Of Spoils on Amazon now, by clicking Here.


    Nattali Rize Notis – New Era Frequency
    Release Date: August 7th

    For me it’s not just about playing music that sounds nice. It’s not just for fun explains global front woman Nattali Rize. It’s about being part of a movement, she continues shifting perception and helping to amplify pathways to higher consciousness. Music is a powerful force toward this realization when used in such a way.

    Following her success with Australia’s urban root outfit Blue King Brown, with Nattali’s latest project, Nattali Rize Notis, the songstress continues to pursuit activism through art, this time backed by the Jamaican outfit Notis. Out now via Blue Kings Brown’s own label, Roots Level Records is New Era Frequency, the group’s debut EP.

    Written and recorded in Kingston at Tuff Gong Studios as well as in Melbourne, throughout the 9 track EP, themes of consciousness and empowerment go hand-in-hand. The songs here are brimming with defiance and heart, from driving battle cries like “Heart of a Lion” to “Generations Will Rize,” a song Yahoo! Music says will “inspire and empower” youth. Tracks like “New Reality,” “Midnight Remedy”, have inspired High Times to “light up and listen” while Rolling Stone Australia dubbed Nattali “one of the nation’s most refreshing voices”

    Preview the new EP from Nattali Rize Notis on Soundcloud.

    You can pick up New Era Frequency on Amazon now, by clicking Here.


    Wakane Luke- Rising
    Release Date: August 7th

    Following her 2014 debut record Longing for the Day, just under a year later, Wakane is back with her second album. Out via Iseed Clothing Music, titled Rising this release features 12 tracks including tracks with Maad T-ray and Shams of Tribal Seeds

    Preview Rising on Soundcloud by clicking Here.

    You can pick up Rising on Amazon now, by clicking Here.


    Frank Turner – Positive Songs for Negative People
    Release Date: August 7th

    On August 7th Frank Turner released Positive Songs For Negative People via XtraMile/Interscope. The singer-songwriter’s sixth album and follow-up to 2013’s Tape Deck Heart. This new record was made with Turner’s trusted backing band The Sleeping Souls and produced by Butch Walker in Nashville.

    Turner Explains “I feel like this record is my definitive statement, a summation of the first five records”. Positive Songs For Negative People was released in two forms. A standard full-length with 12 total tracks, as well as a deluxe version with 23 tracks. This addition features acoustic versions of tracks off the album.

    You can pick up Positive Songs For Negative People on Amazon now, by clicking Here.


    Rian Basilio The Roosters – Birds of Paradise
    Release Date: August 7th

    Rian Basilio and The Roosters is a 9-piece roots reggae group that blends funk, jazz, dub and soul, while calling Waikoloa Village, Hawai’i home. On August 7th, they released their latest album Birds of Paradise, a record that was 3.5 years in the making. Dawning 15 brand-new-tracks the new record comes in at 1 hour and 13-minutes. In the time it took for this album to come together, close to 25 different musicians played parts split up among 4 different producers in addition to many family and friends of the band. “It is much more to us than just the next album to us,” says Rian Basilio.

    Some of the stand-out guest appearances on this new release include Karim Israel of Arise Roots on “Wicked Man”, Isaac Tuli on “More Than Friends”, Troy Fernandez of Ka’au Crater Boys plays ukulele on “The Aloha Way” and “Aurora Fades”, Tex Nakamura plays harmonica on “Sweet City Woman” and Marlon “Ganja Farmer” Asher on “Sweet Mary”.

    You can pick up Birds of Paradise on Amazon now, by clicking HERE!


    Aer – One Of A Kind
    Release Date: August 14th

    Led by Massachusetts natives David von Mering and Carter Schultz, the increasingly popular Aer has returned with their fourth full-length album since their stellar 2011 debut and 2014’s The Bright Side. Aer’s music is described as a blend of Hip-Hop, Reggae, Rock, and Pop, but have openly admitted to switching things up a bit with this album. Adjusting their sound is a risky move for any band to make, especially so early in their careers, but Aer is confident that their risk will lead to an even greater reward. Containing 11 new tracks, production on the record was done by Printz Board and Teddy Geiger

    Read our review of the album by clicking Here.

    Be sure to check out the music video for the title track One Of A Kind here.

    Preview Aer’s new record on their Soundcloud page.

    You can pick up One of a Kind on Amazon now, by clicking Here.


    Maad T-Ray- Reach Out
    Release Date: August 14th

    Artist producer, Maad T-Ray, known for his wok in Tribal Seeds, has release his debut solo effort. Out via his own Maad World label, Reach Out features 9 tracks. Included on the new record are collaborations with Hirie, Eric Rachmany of Rebelution, New Kingston, Wakane and Katherine Ramirez. The record is available on most digital outlets.

    You can pick up Reach Out on Amazon now, by clicking Here.


    Various Artists – Music Unites – Reggae Around The World, Volume 5
    Release Date: August 21st
    music unites

    On August 18th, 2015, Music Unites released Reggae Around The World Vol. 5 via Fortunate Entertainment. This is the fifth compilation boasting 30 songs for $4.99 with all proceeds going to Music Unites, a non-profit organization helping children that have lost their music programs due to under funding.

    Put together by bassist Jordan Rosenthal of Fortunate Youth, Easy Star Records, Fortunate Entertainment, and Three Cornerstone Management, the end result is a whole mixture of talent from 30 different artists from all over the world contributing to the education of music. Jordan explains, “The idea for this comp was sparked from what so many have done in the past; put out a music compilation and try to get it out to the world. The reason that many of my friends and I were able to find out about so many new bands when we were younger was because of all of the great compilations that were released in the 90’s and early 2000. So we would all like to give thanks to Epitaph, Fat, Drive Thru, Hell Cat, Asian Man, Moon Ska, and all of the other records labels that have helped us all find so much amazing music!”

    Jordan adds, “Music is such a powerful tool of expression and we never want anyone to not be able to fully express themselves in a world that has almost seemed to lose its voice.”

    The compilation will be available to fans for $4.99 since that is the lowest that iTunes would go in price. All profits from digital sales will be donated to

    You can read more about the compilation by clicking Here.

    You can pick up Reggae Around The World Vol. 5 on Amazon now, by clicking Here..


    The Hot Rain Band – It Crazy But It Life EP
    Release Date: August 21st
    hot rain

    The Hot Rain Band, known for backing and performing with J Boog, has released their new EP It Crazy But It Life. The Oahu, Hawaii based 4 piece independently produced and recorded the EP under The Hot Rain Band’s own recording label We Dem People. The EP consists of 7 songs including a dub version.

    You can read more about the EP by clicking Here.

    You can pick up It Crazy But It Life on Amazon now, by clicking Here..


    Royal Headache – High
    Release Date: August 21st

    Rising out of the punk scene of Western Sydney, Australia, High is the second LP by Royal Headache available as of August 21st physically and digitally via Whats Your Rupture. Containing 10-tracks you’re not likely to find too many albums in 2015 that rock as hard or bleed as much as High.

    You can pick up High on Amazon now, by clicking Here.


    NOFX – Backstage Passport 2
    Release Date: August 21st
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    Celebrating 25 years of Fat Wreck Chords, NOFX continues to release material. Backstage Passport 2 is your ticket to accompany NOFX on more berserk international adventures, done as only they can. In addition to the feature-length documentary, this two disc set contains two “lost episodes” (Australia and Eastern Europe) from the original Backstage Passport series and loads of unreleased bonus footage. This release is actually a zip file containing full resolution video files.

    You can pick up Backstage Passport 2 on Amazon now, by clicking Here.


    Trevor Hall – KALA
    Release Date: August 21st

    On August 21st Trevor Hall will release the third installment of his spiritually themed series. This most recent album, titled Kala after the Sanskrit word for time, will conclude the artist’s three-part project that includes 2014’s Chapters of the Forest and the EP Unpack Your Memories that was released early this year. Kala is a discussion of the concept of time. Hall’s philosophical take aims to dig deeper into the nature of this important subject. Hall explains, “This album mirrors my journey with time… my journey to surrender more deeply to it. ‘KALA’ is about time the healer, time the teacher, time the friend, and all the lessons within.” This new release features 13 tracks including songs with Luka Lesson, Nahko and Xavier Rudd.

    You can pick up KALA on Amazon now, by clicking Here.


    Iration – Hotting Up
    Release Date: August 28th

    Following the release of their first new single, “Reelin,” early this summer, to close out the season Iration will release their highly anticipated new record title Hottin Up. The follow-up to 2013’s Automatic this record is the group’s fourth studio release and the first LP with guitarist Micah Brown. As Brown explains “Hotting Up is the next step in the progression of our sound. It’s the most complete album we’ve ever made. The songs, performances, production and end result have never been better. It’s a beat-driven uptempo record, but still contains the signature drum bass, rocking guitars and catchy melodies/harmonies that distinguish our sound. Pop it in, turn it up and enjoy!

    Recorded at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles, the space has a rich history of being where many big rock albums were recorded, so the band figured it was the perfect place to capture this more emphatic sound. Produced by acclaimed hip-hop producer King David The Future and engineered by Will Brierre these new nine tracks were mixed by Mark Needham, who’s most notably mixed and produced songs for artists such as The Killers, Fleetwood Mac, and Imagine Dragons. Other collaborators assisting in the recording process include the band’s touring member Micah Brown, who played guitar on all of the tracks and sang back-up vocals and Capital Cities trumpeter Spencer Ludwig, is featured on one song.

    Preview Hottin Up now on the band’s website by clicking Here.

    You can pick up on Amazon now, by clicking Here.


    The Frightnrs – Inna Lovers Quarrel
    Release Date: August 28th

    Get ready for an 80’s dancehall/roots revival with this killer release from Queens, NY’s new Rock Steady dons, The Frightnrs. This four-piece ensemble have taken the cooled out vintage vibes of Jamaican Rock Steady, combined it with the raw energy and vocal stylings of 80’s Rub A Dub and added a touch of punk rock spirit to create an entirely unique sound that redefines what a reggae band can sound like. The Frightnrs recently broke through with a soaring cover of Etta James“I’d Rather Go Blind” on NY’s renowned Daptone Records, and have now given us this great six track EP for Diplo’s Mad Decent. The Daptone connection should give you an idea of the genuine sound we’re dealing with here. This is the real deal vintage vibes, polished into a beautiful roughness by longtime NY producer Victor “Ticklah” Axelrod. As Diplo says, “close your eyes and get transported to Kingston Jamaica 1981.”

    You can preview the EP now on the band’s Souncloud page by clicking Here.

    You can pick up Inna Lovers Quarrel on Amazon now, by clicking Here.


    LAW – Mild Lawtism EP
    Release Date: August 28th
    Earlier this year The Pier spoke with LAW’s drummer Nick Aguilar, who gave us a long awaited introduction to the up and coming Long Beach rockers “At the end of the day, I would just say that we’re a rock band,” says Aguilar. “We can be heavy, we can be soft, and we can be in-between. Whenever people ask what we are, I just say that we’re a fucking rock band because I really can’t put a genre name on it. I guess you could say punk rock, I guess some elements of ska and reggae, some hip-hop here and there with an alternative rock kind of edge to our songs. It’s all very confusing.”

    Bands composed of recent high school grads, do not usually make it onto our radar but LAW is a unique case, particularly because it’s led by Jakob Nowell, the son of Sublime frontman Brad Nowell. Starting as a three-piece and now a quartet, LAW’s members include Jakob Nowell (Vocals/Guitar), Dakota Ethridge (Vocals/Bass), Aidan Palacios (Lead Guitar), and Nick Aguilar (Drums).

    Finally comming to fruition after many years of writing and some tough days in the studio, titled Mild Lawtism LAW’s eight-song debut EP is set for release on Skunk Records/Long Beach Records on Friday August 28th.

    Read more about LAW and their debut EP by clicking Here.

    You can pick up Mild Lawtism now, by clicking Here.

    Article By: Aaron Solomon

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    Video: Ethan Tucker – This Has All Been A Dream

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    Ethan Tucker released one of our favorite full length albums this year with Misunderstood under Stoopid Records back on May 5th, 2015. One of our favorite songs from that album is “This Has All Been A Dream” and this is Ethan performing the song LIVE via Jam In The Van’s Solar-Powered van at California Roots Music Arts Festival in California. Read our Album Review Star Rating for Misunderstood by clicking HERE. Enjoy the song and Video…

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    Margaritaville TV Great Woods Tailgating Video

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    Premiere: Cas Haley – More Music More Family

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    Welcome to the premiere of Cas Haley‘s new song “More Music More Family” which will be off his upcoming studio album of the same name. The song features a guest appearance by Mike Love with co-production coming courtesy of Tubby Love out of Kauai, Hawai’i.
    The Texas-based singer-songwriter endured an accident while skiing last year that sidelined his music career after his ability to sing had been compromised. While spending more than eight months doing physical therapy treatments to regain the use of his vocals, the concept for More Music More Family was brought to spirit as the new direction for his return to the studio and stage.

    After spending more than a month at Steelgrass Farm in Kauai, Hawai’i recording with Tubby Love, Cas Haley’s new album More Music More Family is set to drop on November 6th, 2015 on Jimmy Buffet‘s Mailboat Records. The album is said to feature guest appearances by the Luminaries, New Reb, Trevor Hall and the aforementioned Mike Love.

    In true Cas Haley fashion, fans can expect to hear gospel style soul, blues, reggae, pop and a good dose of Hawaiian tranquility with More Music More Family.

    Listen to the premiere of his new song “More Music More Family”:

    As of today, you can Pre-Order Cas Haley’s new album and when you do, you will receive an instant download of the song “More Music More Family”. You can pre-order your copy on iTunes by clicking HERE!

    Here’s what Cas Haley had to say about his new song “More Music More Family”:
    “I’m honored to have collaborated with Mike Love on this song. I’m a huge fan of his music and of his character and values. One of the first things that Mike and I connected on was being a ‘Family Man’, so asking him to be a part of “More Music More Family” just made sense.”

    Cas continues to explain that, “This song is my truth. It’s a story about the merging of my two worlds – MUSIC FAMILY”.

    Cas Haley will take his truth on the road this November from Nov 5th to Jan 26th. After having to cancel tours and events in 2014 to recover from his skiing accident, Cas Haley will tour across 28 cities inside 21 states over two and a half months on the road.

    You can find the dates below in addition to more links to follow Cas Haley’s latest happenings. Cas Haley was also the first artist to be recorded for The Pier’s Live Acoustic Series when he debuted his song “Crazy Good Woman” which you can view below.

    cas haley Tour Dates

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    Cas Haley Website
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    Article By: Mike Patti

    Watch: Cas Haley – “Crazy Good Woman” (The Pier’s Live Acoustic Series)

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