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The Good, The Bad, Live and Learn

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Music and events that happen in Key West as observed by Chris Rehm. “What Happens in Key West Stays in Key West” Wrong! Everyone wants to know what’s happening in Key West!

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Volkswagen Scandal

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Music and events that happen in Key West as observed by Chris Rehm. “What Happens in Key West Stays in Key West” Wrong! Everyone wants to know what’s happening in Key West!

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Volkswagen Scandle

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Music and events that happen in Key West as observed by Chris Rehm. “What Happens in Key West Stays in Key West” Wrong! Everyone wants to know what’s happening in Key West!

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Buffett at the American Library in Paris

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Bonjour Paris has an article on Buffett at the American Library in Paris: “Jimmy Buffett in Paris: License to Chill

Does he get tired of playing the same songs every night? No. He knows well that “there are certain songs you play every night or get killed. It’s about listening to your audience.”

His most well-known song, Margaritaville, is one of the mandatory songs. After a few margaritas in Austin, Texas, on his way to the airport, he wrote the first part in three minutes. When he landed in Key West, Florida and got stuck in traffic at a bridge, he finished the last part in another three minutes. Six minutes to the hit that launched a million fans.

His books, he admits, take longer than six minutes. He is a prolific writer, but acknowledges the loneliness of writing. “It’s good to be able to take a break at the bar.”

In the music side of his life, he holds little love for the record companies. “The contracts are not set up for the artist,” he says. “They count on the passion of the musician and the tendency to destroy yourself at an young age.”

That’s why he left the “industry” and established his own way of doing business.

“I didn’t have to depend on the kindness of crooks,” he says. “Work for yourself so you can be yourself.”


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No Super Moon over Destin

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The entire country was excited to see the Super Moon on Sunday evening but it was not to be in Destin. We had scattered clouds all day but by the time the moon was rising (no, it was not a bad moon rising either) the clouds were thick. We had about a five minute period where the moon was visible but that was all. It was impressive for that five minutes though.

Sunshine Cindy and I had a laid back kind of weekend. Friday evening we went to KC’s Sandbar in Fort Walton Beach for the parrot head phlocking. Jan was playing for us and we had a good time. It was good seeing Matt and Tia behind the bar keeping everyone stocked up on drinks. Steve, Dottie, Mark, Stephanie, Ann, Cajun Mike, Terry, the Linda’s…and a cast of dozens more were there having a good time.

The KC’s complex is adding a new establishment. TASTE Tapas Wine Bar is going into the old Fokkers location. Fokkers has moved across Hwy. 98 so that opened the location for Mike and Bev to take it over. TASTE will be doing a soft opening this week. Mike let us tour the new place and it’s awesome. This will not be a highbrow kind of wine bar but more like your living room. When added to the Sandbar, the sports bar and Tapworks for craft beer the KC’s family of establishments has all the bases covered for your eating and drinking fun.

I started out Saturday with a relaxing bike ride. The beach was beautiful and the water was calm. What a great way to start a day. In the afternoon Sunshine Cindy and I went to Landshark Pizza. I needed to get my pizza fix taken care of. We watched the Ohio State game while others were watching various other games. Pop and Jenny were there. Glen came in and sat with us. Jason, Brian, Ryan, Hailey and Jeanette were all working. The place stayed busy.

We had a tourist lady from Mississippi come in and sit next to us. She was asking about the LSU game (they won) and enjoying a weekend away in Destin. She left and a couple of tourist from Atlanta took over those seats. This time of the year everyone talks college football and they were no different. It’s a fun time of the year.

Sunday we went to Sunshine Cindy’s parent’s house to watch the Browns game. We should not have wasted our time. They didn’t play good at all. Oh well, there is always next week.

We had a bunch of our friends go to Panama City Beach this weekend for Chasin’ the Sun music festival. Saturday night Alan Jackson was the headliner. Our friends all had a great time. They did remark how Margaritaville was closed by 10 pm when the concert was letting out. No wonder the Margaritaville chain is having problems.

Our friend Charley is opening a second Crust Pizza location. This one will be in Fort Walton Beach next to the mall by McDonalds on Page Bacon Road. Sunshine Cindy and I love going to the Crust location in Destin. They have great pizza and pasta dishes. I know the new Crust will be just as good. I will check it out and give a full report soon!

Down on the Destin harbor the old Electric Cowboy (and Capt. Dave’s before that) two story brick building will be re-opening this week. Harbor House Destin is a restaurant / bar / nightclub / live music venue that will feature New Orleans style cuisine and cocktails. They will have a soft opening this Thursday with Robert Wayne playing then Friday Ron Adams will be on stage. It will be interesting to see how another big club does in this town.

This weekend is the big Destin Seafood Festival. The entire harbor area will become the place to be with over 70,000 people converging there to eat, shop and listen to music. Our good friends, the Southern Drawl Band will be playing the main festival stage on Saturday night starting at 8 pm. Get there early for a good spot to watch SDB rock the festival.

Southern Drawl Band will also be playing at KC’s Sandbar on Friday night starting at 9 pm and at Crab Island Cantina on Sunday starting at 5 pm. Check these guys out. They are great!

We still have plenty of Crab Island Mambo tee’s and tank tops plus the three long sleeve shirts still on sale. “Embrace the Chaos” with your own Crab Island Mambo shirts!!!

Have a great week. See ya next Monday with a full recap of the good times.

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Review: Iration – Hotting Up

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Iration – Hotting Up
Hotting UpTrack Listing:
1.) Reelin
2.) Stay Awake
3.) Lost and Found
4.) Midnight
5.) Hotting Up
6.) Nothing At All
7.) 867
8.) Guns Out
9.) You Know You Don’t Mind

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Release Date: August 28th, 2015
Official Website: Iration Website

Artist Background:
Since forming in 2004, Santa Barbara based reggae-rockers Iration have become one of the most popular bands in the genre. Spring-boarding from the success of 2010’s Time Bomb, Iration has released one album entitled Automatic, before this latest release of Hotting Up. Having enlisted the help of acclaimed hip-hop producer King David “The Future” and new guitarist Micah Brown, the band hopes to have made their best record to date.

Album Review:
Every Iration album to date has sounded different than the last, and Hotting Up is no exception. While Time Bomb had a simple poppy likeability and Automatic featured more heartfelt lyricism, Hotting Up’s claim to fame lies in its production value, which the band invested in heavily over the course of this album. Fans will notice a new sound from the band, but one that’s within arm’s reach of their previous work.

The album kicks off as advertised with “Reelin,” a hard-hitting, bass thumping rock tune with undeniable hit single potential. Combining all the best elements of Rock and Hip-Hop – rocking guitars, strong vocals, and hard-hitting drums – “Reelin” is arguably the strongest release of the summer. First impressions are extremely important, and this song not only gives us the best possible introduction to producer King David, but to Hotting Up as a whole.

From this point, the band strays from prioritizing hard-hitting production values to shine the spotlight on lyricism. The Micah Brown influenced “Stay Awake” introduces us to a new, more haunting lyrical style from the band while “Lost and Found” is a more familiar and mellow ode to youth enhanced by the sliding guitar and ukulele sounds present on the track.

Like a race, the middle portion of this album comes to a less enthusiastic stretch with “Midnight” and “Nothing At All” before finishing strong. Neither song is bad, but both are safe, upbeat tunes that lack the standout X factor that made a song like “Reelin” special. The titular track “Hotting Up” initially appears to have that magic, but I found the chorus to be a bit underwhelming compared to the strength of the instrumentals.

On the flip side “867” has an overwhelming amount of bells and whistles in its production. While it is the most unique sounding, I found this song to be the weakest of the album due to its messy/distorted synth sound and simple lyrics.

From here, the album ends on a high note with the album’s sleeper hit, and my favorite of the record, “Guns Out” and the simple but loveable “You Know You Don’t Mind.”

Hotting Up does a good job of combining all the best elements of Iration’s previous releases and improving upon them. However, one criticism of this album that I share with several of our readers is that many of these songs seem to lack the lyrical depth that was present in previous records like Automatic. Despite that flaw, I think this is a much better album than Automatic, and easily one of the band’s top two releases. Hotting Up solidifies King David The Future as a respectable producer in this genre, and the addition of Micah Brown to the band has only improved the already strong Iration lineup. Although short, this album contains an eclectic mix of sounds that should satisfy the musical tastes of old and new Iration fans alike.

Written Reviewed By: Andrew Aroche

[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: Iration – “Hotting Up”

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Set List from the second Paris Show

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The setlist from the second Paris show is below. Buffett didn’t play “Grapefruit” or “Gypsies” but he did play “Last Man Standing” and added “Defying Gravity” to the acoustic encore (thanks to Roxeane)




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Videos from the first Paris Show

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Some videos from Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s La Cigale show in Paris France on September 26th are now available

“Southern Cross” with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash (video quality is better after 45 seconds)

“He Went to Paris” … “Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants”

“Pascagoula Run”


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Buffett performs in Paris

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed on Saturday at La Cigale in Paris France. Steven stills and Graham Nash joined Buffett on stage to sing Southern Cross. Buffett performs one more show today. (thanks to Matt and Maurizio for the photos)




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MP3 Leak of the Week: Mike Love

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On Sept 1st, Hawaii’s Mike Love released his latest studio album Love Will Find A Way. Of the 11 songs on the new album, we are giving away track 4, “Let It Rain” for FREE download on the homepage. Grab the song for FREE and read more about Mike Love and his new album here…

You can download Mike Love new single “Let It Rain” 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, Oct. 3rd, 2015.

Mike Love – “Let It Rain” – Download HERE
Love Will Find A Way
“Let It Rain” Background:

“This is one of my Dad’s favorite tunes. It has a funky driving sound, and its about washing away the corruption and the industrialization our modern society has perpetuated and starting anew with a clean slate. The idea is that nature will reclaim what is rightfully hers in the end, and if we can go with that flow, we’ll survive.”

You can pick up Love Will Find A Way on iTunes by clicking HERE!

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Huge thanks again to Mike Love for allowing us to share their new single “Let It Rain” 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!

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