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Interview: Ali Campbell & Astro of UB40

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Since forming in 1979 out of Birmingham, UK, UB40 reached legendary status with multiple Grammy nominations, millions of records sold, and topping charts worldwide with smash hits such as “Food For Thought” and their cover of Neil Diamond’s “Red Red Wine.” However, the band has been through its share of controversy in recent years, as lead singer Ali Campbell departed the group in 2008 along with keyboardist Mickey Virtue, and later joined by Astro, who would leave in 2013 resulting in two groups touring under the name UB40 –- one led by Ali and the other by his brother, Duncan Campbell whom Ali refers to as the Dark Side. Despite the mess, both groups have gone on to release new music, but Ali is quick to point out that there is only one true UB40. In 2014, Ali, Astro Mickey released a new album, Silhouette, that they continue to promote while touring the U.S. for just the second time in 8 years.

With Ali Campbell, Astro Mickey Virtue reunited for a more authentic representation of the UB40 sound, The Pier was honored to be invited up to their hotel suite 15-minutes before their live-set at Pala Casino, just north of San Diego County, for a brief interview. Sipping champagne, Ali and Astro greeted us with warm smiles as they addressed as many questions as we could manage inside 15-minutes. By the time our interview had concluded, the group had about 5-minutes to spare before going on stage.

Interview: Ali Campbell Astro of UB40

The Pier: When we spoke with you back in February, you had hinted that there were plans to work with groups like SOJA, Rebelution Slightly Stoopid over some dub music that you Astro had mixed – What more can you tell us about that?
DavidNorrisUB40PalaCasino8-5-16 (13)ALI: It’s all still going on. We’ve got friends out here that are trying to hook us up with everybody. I met Elliot (Martin), who is SOJA’s manager in Hawaii. I was telling him about our day and he was like “I don’t know if this is good or not, but I know all of the white reggae bands.” [haha] It’s a movement now. We want to lock into it and see what happens. We’ve got some music ready, already.

ASTRO: We actually mixed all of this, a few years ago.

ALI: Yeah, never seen the light of the day because we just never did anything with it. It’s pretty yardcore. It’s 14 tracks that me and Astro mixed a couple years ago, and it’s just been sitting there in the can and we been thinking, what should we do with this? We call this Summer of Dub.

The Pier: Is there a timeline planned for Summer of Dub?
ASTRO: No, it’s not that far down the line, yet. We’re still just making contact with everyone.

ALI: We’re giving copy of the tracks out to people so they can hear them. We’re going ahead and doing it, even though our management doesn’t know anything about it. [haha] And of course Universal, we’d like to do it on Universal because they’re handling the Unplugged Album we have coming out in couple of months.

The Pier: An Unplugged album you have coming out?
ALI: Yeah we did that a couple of bloody years ago as well, but because of the court case that we’re having, the ‘dark side’ have pulled our wrist on us, so Warner Bros was scared to release it because of the name thing. But Universal don’t care at all, they were like “Yeah, we’ll release it,” so it’s going to come out in a couple of months. And then hopefully, we’ll get them to release this project album we’re doing, this west coast project album.
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The Pier: And this will be all new music with your Unplugged record, or unplugged versions of older songs?
ALI: Yeah it’s this sort of weird collection. What happened was, we started doing a lot of radio sessions in London. In fact, we did I think 6 different sessions where we had to play acoustic stuff cause they’re too lean to pay for the whole band, you know? And a lot of the times, the rooms are too small so you couldn’t even fit in there anyway. And we did so many of them and we thought, we’ve got an unplugged album if you think about it. So we put it together and Warner Bros loved it and all that, but then they sat on it because they’re afraid to release it…

The Pier: Because of the two UB40’s going on?
ALI: Yeah, that’s still going on. I don’t know what the “Dark-side,” what they want to get out of it because they’ve already got the name and they’re falling flat on their faces. They’ve got the name, what more do they want? So who knows where that’s going, but we’ve just carried on, and ignoring them in the hope they’ll go away.

The Pier: Have you noticed a difference in the American Reggae culture since you guys last visited 8 years ago from when you started touring again back in the States? Have you noticed the rise in demand for Reggae music, here?
ASTRO: That’s a hard one because when we was coming over here, originally, we were getting fabulous crowds anyway, so I don’t know how much better they could be. People react exactly the same to music and we’ve always had great crowds. I can’t even think of us having any better crowds in the U.S…

ALI: Across the world, reggae is influencing all contemporary dance music, actually. Anywhere you go, you know? So Reggae is having a bit of a renaissance in as much as it’s influencing everything. Its influence is bigger now than it’s ever been, and that’s worldwide, not just in the States… We were in Bakersfield, CA and we were asking the girl who was driving us, what’s Bakersfield famous for and she says: “Country music and Reggae.” I went “Really?” [Haha]. And we looked and saw that Aswad and Steel Pulse were playing there, so maybe Bakersfield is where it’s at for Reggae…

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The Pier: Well you mention Steel Pulse and you guys are from Birmingham, UK same place as Steel Pulse, The English Beat – To what do you attribute all of the talent to the area during that time period?
ALI: West Indian population, you know, they all grew up, as Astro did, with the second generation of windrush kids. Their parents came over in the late ‘50’s on windrush and then all had kids and those kids are the ones I grew up with. That’s why I love reggae, because all of my friends were west Indian and Jamaican. And the music of the streets where we come from was reggae, you know?

ASTRO: And the only outlets back then, were house-parties every single weekend, all around the neighborhood.

ALI: We were 11 12-years-old, but we were tolerated because we were just little kids, we weren’t a threat to anybody. But yeah, we would just mingle and listen to Dub, how it should be listened to; in great big wardrobe, speakers, rockin’ the house, sometimes the windows would fall in as I’d put the bass in. BOOM! [Hahaha] I just stood there, reorganizing molecular structure.

ASTRO: That was our idea of heaven. Just being immensed in bass, you know what I mean?

ALI: When we started producing our own records, we did them all really bass heavy. We couldn’t even cut them because there was that much bass. And then of course, we mix our first album and it was a third of the volume of everybody else’s record because it had to be compressed. [haha] So we learned that as the years went by that it’s not about volume, it’s about balance. People can add their own bass. [haha]

The Pier: Are there any up coming bands from the area that you see carrying that torch of the reggae sound from Birmingham?
DavidNorrisUB40PalaCasino8-5-16 (2)ALI: Not from Birmingham, but in Jamaica, there’s a great band called Raging Fyah. We love them and that’s our choice of the year, you know what I mean? Because they’re young kids and doing roots-rock-reggae and conscience lyrics and they’re exactly what we want to happen as far as reggae is concerned. All of the groups like Vybz Kartel or gangster music; that’s done, it’s had its day. Like, with Hip-Hop, we sort of inherited this self-imposed segregation in England, which was exactly the opposite to what UB40 stood for. In the ‘80’s, if you would have picked 8 kids out of our area, it would have looked like UB40. That’s exactly what we were, a multi-racial bunch of kids getting home together. When hip-hop came to England, suddenly it was self-imposed. It was black gangs, white gangs, everybody split up area codes and all of that. And sadly, that’s what we got from hip-hop; America’s segregation and racism and our own rainbow nation of things kind of went by the wayside.

The Pier: Would you say Reggae music was kind of the Bridge for those crowds? You were on neutral ground with reggae…
ALI: It’s crazy because what started happening, musically, is Hip Hop wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for toasting. People like U-Roy, King Stitt, Big Youth, they were the first people that were toasting over music. So that’s were hip-hop came from in the first place. Then you’ve got Jamaican artists doing hip hop, like Bounty Hunter, it’s like “Are you going backwards?” [Haha] Hip hop came from toast, so when Jamaican artists start doing hip-hop, we’re like ‘Whats the point?’ but that’s just part of how things evolve.

The Pier: Around the same time you released Silhouette, Radio Riddler released Purple Reggae – their tribute to Prince’s Purple Rain, and Ali, you fronted the titled track of “Purple Rain.” What is your connection to Radio Riddler and how did it come together with you fronting Purple Rain?
ALI: Fun Lovin’ Criminals, I’ve known Huey (Morgan) for quite awhile. He came to see me in the studio, at Basic Street in London, and said: “We have a great cover, ‘Purple Rain,’” and I went “Really? Do you really think so?” and it was a very unlikely cover, but it worked really well and it became a very popular track in our set. And then Prince passed on, so of course we stopped playing it. But that gave me the idea to do the ‘Great British Songs’ album where I started covering the Kinks, the Beatles, Roxy Music, Free, Rolling Stone, but I was just thinking, well if you could do “Purple Rain” by Prince, you could do a reggae version of almost anything, cant you? So that’s what that album was about.

The Pier: Did you ever hear from Prince? Did you ever get any feedback on the song?
ALI: Frank Benbini, drummer of Fun Lovin’ Criminals, he’s also in Radio Riddler, he said that Prince hung up on him and he threw a complete seven, he’s screaming down the phone at him and everything… So, that’s what happens…

The Pier: Did you ever have any interaction with Prince throughout the years?
DavidNorrisUB40PalaCasino8-5-16 (14)ALI: No, no we use to stay in Minneapolis a-lot. We got snowed in quite a few times and we’d go to the Avenue and watch all the other people that looked exactly like Prince do exactly the same music and same dancing [Haha]… And Ipso Facto, we use to jam with them a lot in Minneapolis.

The Pier: In closing, what is it you’d like fans to take away from this new UB40 of Ali, Mickey Astro? How might it differ from that of the original UB40 how can fans search you out to avoid any confusion with the “dark side?”
ALI: Well, we are the original vocalists of UB40 and people say, “Well do you see yourself getting back together, again?” Well this is the reunion with me, Mickey Astro. And the fans have voted with their feet. We’ve just done a sell-out arena tour in England, we just finished at the Dome in London where we filmed in virtual-reality and that was a sell-out. So basically, the fans have all seen this as the reunion and said they’d all come to see us and that’s why we’re back on the road. That’s why it’s going so nicely. People missed us being together. And all of the bullocks that went around UB40 and me leaving and Astro joining me and all of that, who cares? What matters is the fact that we’ve got Silhouette out and it’s a new album so we’re still relevant. We’re in it to win it and here we are!

The Pier: And you’ve got an Unplugged record coming out — Do you have a title for that, the Unplugged record?
ALI: Well you see, there in lies the problem. That’s why Warner Bros wanted to call it ‘Ali, Astro Mickey Sing The Songs of UB40’ and we went “Fuck Off!” [haha] So, it was a bit like that. So I don’t know what it will be called, but I think it’s just going to be called Unplugged, UB40 Unplugged.

ASTRO: It Should be… It is what it is.

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Interview by: Mike Patti
Photos By: David Norris

Watch: Ali Campbell, Astro Mickey – “Silhouette”

Watch: Radio Riddler – “Purple Rain” (Fronted by Ali Campbell)

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Giant Panda! to Release 6th Studio Album

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Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad are counting down the days until Sept. 16th, 2016, the release date of Make It Better, the band’s 6th studio album. GPGDS are releasing their new album through the progressive, budding reggae label Rootfire Cooperative. The band recently revealed two singles off the September release, “Live and Travel” and “Gotta Make a Living.”
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Giant Panda formed in Rochester, NY back in 2001. The Upstate New Yorkers are renowned for their ability to effortlessly seesaw between being a reggae band and a jam band, which is the formula behind their dynamic live performances. The band is made up by James Searl (bass/vocals), Chris O’Brian (drums/vocals), Dylan Savage (guitar/vocals), Dan Keller (guitar/vocals), and Tony Gallicchio (Keys). GPGDS topped Billboard’s Reggae Album Chart with 2014’s Steady, but have also proved their overall music prowess by writing two well-received Americana albums, Country (2012) and Bright Days (2015).

The band is calling the forthcoming album their most progressive to date. Singer and bassist James Searl says of the album: “It uniquely sounds the most progressive of anything we have ever done while also sounding the most like our first album.” GPGDS collaborated with sound engineers Matt Goodwin and Joel Scanlon while recording, and Danny Kalb (Beck, Ben Harper, Karen O) served as co-producer and mixer for Make It Better.

Aside from the music, Make It Better features some eye-catching artwork. The cover was created by Brooklyn-based, Iranian-born artists Icy and Sot. Famous for their thought-provoking street art, the siblings’ illustration contains deep symbolism, depicting a boy’s face with a superimposed map of the world next to the album’s title, Make It Better.

Giant Panda will host their album release party in their hometown of Rochester, NY at Anthology on September 10th. Performing alongside will be Thunder Body, a fellow Rochester reggae band that features former GPGDS members Matthew O’Brian and Rachel Orke. Afterwards the band will circle the Northeast for a fall tour.

To pre-order Make It Better visit the GPGDS website or click HERE!

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad – Make It Better Track Listing:
GiantPandaCover1.) Make It Better
2.) Live and Travel
3.) Signs
4.) Really True
5.) Walk Right Talk Right
6.) What Kind of World
7.) Gotta Make a Living
8.) Greatest of Days
9.) Trouble Deep
10.) Gone

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Article By: Brian Winters
Photo By: Stephen Reardon

Listen: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad – “Live and Travel” (Single)

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Video: Spiritual Rez – “Sober”

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On July 29th, Spiritual Rez dropped their latest single, “Sober,” and with it, we have a brand new music video for the track. After a drawn-out intro, you can see in the video how the guys take it back to where the group began — in the basement of a raging keg party. To achieve the look and feel of a raging keg party, the guys went ahead and threw one where no acting takes place, and this includes the guy who authentically passed out… You’ll see what I mean when you watch it. You can pick up the new single on iTunes by clicking HERE! Enjoy the song and video…

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Margaritaville Tulsa to open on Thursday 8/25

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From Tulsa World: “Margaritaville promises to be ‘big, really big’ for Tulsa

Just inside the Margaritaville hotel’s cavernous front lobby, with an elegant check-in desk on one side and a concierge station on the other, Pat Crofts was watching video footage on a giant TV screen — 50 feet across and 16 feet tall, from the floor to the ceiling.

It was showing glitzy images of London and the Rocky Mountains and other “travel destinations” around the world. But later this week, it will be showing newly edited shots of Tulsa. Because on Thursday, when the public gets to walk past this big screen for the first time, Tulsa is going to be the travel destination, pulling tourists from across the region if not across the country.

“Tulsa doesn’t know what’s about to hit it,” Crofts said, silhouetted against the screen’s flickering light. “I mean, this is going to be big. Really big.”

With a 27-story glass tower overlooking the Arkansas River near 81st Street, the finished resort will include a 483-room hotel with a tropical theme unlike anything else in Tulsa, featuring poolside cabanas, palm trees, fire pits and a Margaritaville “Tiki Bar.” Turn left from the main entrance, and the hallway leads to the existing River Spirit Casino. Turn right and it leads to the new 50,000-square-foot Margaritaville casino and restaurant with Jimmy Buffett’s “fun-in-the-sun” aesthetic — a volcano erupts lava into a giant blender while a seaplane swoops low over the dining room.

The hotel won’t open until December; the theater and the outdoor area next to the river won’t be ready until 2017.

“People are blown away by what they’ve seen already,” said Senior Program Manager Randall Hull, who led the tour. “But they haven’t seen everything yet. Just wait.”

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2016/08/23/26045/

Slow week in Destin.

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Now that most of the tourist have returned to Atlanta, New Orleans, Dallas and all the other places they come from, things have slowed back down in Destin. The traffic is lighter, you can get into most restaurants and everyone who deals with the tourist crowd is catching their breath.

Sunshine Cindy and I stayed around the house for the most part this week as we are preparing for a trip to Punta Gorda next weekend for a celebration of the life of Jim Morris. Friday evening I did make a run to Landshark Pizza to get a pizza for dinner. Courtney was working the bar. Pops was there having a brew as I walked in. It was slow at first but it got crowded as the dinner crowd started to come in. The pizza was the usual excellent pie Landshark is noted for.

Saturday morning I took a bike ride. I ended up going almost 11 miles as I rode to the beach and around Destin. It was a beautiful morning. The Gulf was smooth as glass. We don’t see that too often. By the Back Porch restaurant folks were preparing for a series of paddle board races. I saw Skip there as he was volunteering. We talked for a few minutes before I continued my ride. It was a good ride.



The rest of Saturday was spent working around the house and running errands for things needed for the work around the house. lol 

Sunday morning I took another bike ride. I got down to the Crab Trap on old 98 and it started to rain. A storm came up from nowhere. I got under a pavilion as it rained hard for a few minutes. When the rain stopped I saw blue sky back the way I was heading so I took off. Well, before I could get to the blue sky the rain came back. I got soaked but as least I was not hot! I ended up doing almost 10 miles on Sunday. It’s good exercise and I enjoy riding.

After I got home and took a shower Sunshine Cindy and I headed to Asiago Skillet for breakfast. This is a new place next to Landshark Pizza that has only been open a few weeks. They have an original location on Okaloosa Island next to Helen Back and I have heard good things about both locations. It was crowded but we were lucky and got a table. A big lined started to form after we got there. The food was great. I had shrimp and grits with a couple eggs on top of it all. The shrimp was fresh from the Gulf and the meal was really good. Sunshine Cindy had their ham and cheese omelet and a pancake. We also had potato cakes and sausage gravy. Everything was excellent. I highly recommend this place if you want breakfast. They are open from midnight to noon each day. We will be back!



Our friend Charley and his wife Brenda who own the Crust Pizzeria have opened a new location. They have taken over and totally remodeled the old Mama Rosa’s Pizza on Lewis Turner Blvd in Fort Walton Beach. This is now their third location around town. The Northwest Florida Daily News did a nice piece on them. You can read it here: http://www.nwfdailynews.com/business/20160818/new-pizzeria-opening-in-fort-walton-beach

The Emerald Coast Poker Run was held this weekend. It seemed like there was not as many boats around town as in previous years. The Parrot Heads manned a couple of the stops with the krewe at Juana’s getting voted the most fun stop. That is not surprising.

I have not done this in a while so let’s take a virtual stroll around the harbor area. We will park at The Crust and say hi to Charley and start with a cold beer to get the stroll off and running. From there we will walk the few steps to AJ’s. Something is always going on at AJ’s. Next we head to Tailfins. If you want a great view go to their open air bar on the third floor. Leaving Tailfins we will pass Dewey Destin’s and Brotula’s. Both place are great for fresh local seafood.

Continuing down the boardwalk we come to The Boathouse Oyster Bar. This is a Destin original dive bar that always has a good crowd. One more stop before we head up the hill is Duck Duck. This is more of a late night place but a good spot for a cold beer on a hot afternoon. Up the hill is The Red Door Saloon. This is another dive bar with great views and always a sea breeze to keep you cool. Go on Sunday’s when they have happy hour AND they do a 2 for 1. You can’t drink this cheap at home!

Back up along Hwy 98 is Landshark Pizza and Asiago Skillet. As you know I highly recommend both places. Across the highway is Bucks BBQ. Stop in here for some of the best BBQ in Destin. I hope you enjoyed this short stroll along the harbor. There are many more places within walking distance where you can go and have a drink and some food too. Keep reading this blog and I will take you on more trips around Destin.

Have a great week. See you next Monday!

Destin Steve

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2016/08/slow-week-in-destin.html

Slow week in Destin.

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Now that most of the tourist have returned to Atlanta, New Orleans, Dallas and all the other places they come from, things have slowed back down in Destin. The traffic is lighter, you can get into most restaurants and everyone who deals with the tourist crowd is catching their breath.

Sunshine Cindy and I stayed around the house for the most part this week as we are preparing for a trip to Punta Gorda next weekend for a celebration of the life of Jim Morris. Friday evening I did make a run to Landshark Pizza to get a pizza for dinner. Courtney was working the bar. Pops was there having a brew as I walked in. It was slow at first but it got crowded as the dinner crowd started to come in. The pizza was the usual excellent pie Landshark is noted for.

Saturday morning I took a bike ride. I ended up going almost 11 miles as I rode to the beach and around Destin. It was a beautiful morning. The Gulf was smooth as glass. We don’t see that too often. By the Back Porch restaurant folks were preparing for a series of paddle board races. I saw Skip there as he was volunteering. We talked for a few minutes before I continued my ride. It was a good ride.



The rest of Saturday was spent working around the house and running errands for things needed for the work around the house. lol 

Sunday morning I took another bike ride. I got down to the Crab Trap on old 98 and it started to rain. A storm came up from nowhere. I got under a pavilion as it rained hard for a few minutes. When the rain stopped I saw blue sky back the way I was heading so I took off. Well, before I could get to the blue sky the rain came back. I got soaked but as least I was not hot! I ended up doing almost 10 miles on Sunday. It’s good exercise and I enjoy riding.

After I got home and took a shower Sunshine Cindy and I headed to Asiago Skillet for breakfast. This is a new place next to Landshark Pizza that has only been open a few weeks. They have an original location on Okaloosa Island next to Helen Back and I have heard good things about both locations. It was crowded but we were lucky and got a table. A big lined started to form after we got there. The food was great. I had shrimp and grits with a couple eggs on top of it all. The shrimp was fresh from the Gulf and the meal was really good. Sunshine Cindy had their ham and cheese omelet and a pancake. We also had potato cakes and sausage gravy. Everything was excellent. I highly recommend this place if you want breakfast. They are open from midnight to noon each day. We will be back!



Our friend Charley and his wife Brenda who own the Crust Pizzeria have opened a new location. They have taken over and totally remodeled the old Mama Rosa’s Pizza on Lewis Turner Blvd in Fort Walton Beach. This is now their third location around town. The Northwest Florida Daily News did a nice piece on them. You can read it here: http://www.nwfdailynews.com/business/20160818/new-pizzeria-opening-in-fort-walton-beach

The Emerald Coast Poker Run was held this weekend. It seemed like there was not as many boats around town as in previous years. The Parrot Heads manned a couple of the stops with the krewe at Juana’s getting voted the most fun stop. That is not surprising.

I have not done this in a while so let’s take a virtual stroll around the harbor area. We will park at The Crust and say hi to Charley and start with a cold beer to get the stroll off and running. From there we will walk the few steps to AJ’s. Something is always going on at AJ’s. Next we head to Tailfins. If you want a great view go to their open air bar on the third floor. Leaving Tailfins we will pass Dewey Destin’s and Brotula’s. Both place are great for fresh local seafood.

Continuing down the boardwalk we come to The Boathouse Oyster Bar. This is a Destin original dive bar that always has a good crowd. One more stop before we head up the hill is Duck Duck. This is more of a late night place but a good spot for a cold beer on a hot afternoon. Up the hill is The Red Door Saloon. This is another dive bar with great views and always a sea breeze to keep you cool. Go on Sunday’s when they have happy hour AND they do a 2 for 1. You can’t drink this cheap at home!

Back up along Hwy 98 is Landshark Pizza and Asiago Skillet. As you know I highly recommend both places. Across the highway is Bucks BBQ. Stop in here for some of the best BBQ in Destin. I hope you enjoyed this short stroll along the harbor. There are many more places within walking distance where you can go and have a drink and some food too. Keep reading this blog and I will take you on more trips around Destin.

Have a great week. See you next Monday!

Destin Steve

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2016/08/slow-week-in-destin.html

MP3 Leak of the Week: David Foral

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David Foral, bass-player for Dirty Heads, has released a 16 song mixtape called Stone Soup that plays 26minutes featuring an array of guest appearances. Download it for FREE and dish on all the details of this special release that includes members of Passafire, Ballyhoo!, Dub Trio, Sublime, Dirty Heads, and more…

This Download is available at the Soundcloud stream below as this will be our Leak of the Week until Saturday, August 27th, 2016.

David Foral – “Stone Soup Mixtape” – Download Below
Stone Soup

David Foral “Stone Soup” Mixtape Background:

What started out as an idea for an EP, David Foral announced that on August 23rd, he’ll release a mixtape titled Stone Soup that includes other artists and friends he has a history of working with from over the years. At it’s foundation, the mixtape is hip-hop with DJ cuts and samples accented by the influential songwriting of other artists who contributed their own song writing of dub, alternative rock, pop and electro, all within the same key and tempo to round out the 26minute mix-tape.

“At first I wanted to put out a 6 song EP that showcased music I was working on. I wanted to come up with a special way to do this and I came up with the idea of making a mixtape,” Foral explains of the mix-tape’s origin. “I used to DJ so I knew that when it came time to mix the songs together it would be a lot easier if everything was in the same key and tempo. I have a lot of friends that are Producers, DJs and Musicians and they’re always working on tracks. I know from producing music that most of the songs that get created never see that light of day. I knew if I started asking around that people would have music sitting on a hard drive somewhere. I started reaching out to people and was surprised with how many people were willing to contribute.”

One of the people that David reached out to was Ballyhoo! guitarist/vocalist, Howi Spangler, who can be heard from 10:02 – 11:48 on the mix-tape with his contribution, titled “Another Way To Die.”

We caught up with Howi, who tells The Pier: “I’ve known Dave since his days with Chapter 11 and we had both worked on the early versions of The Pier website (a little trivia there). We were playing in Florida and we caught up at a bar in town that night and drank whiskey and bullshitted for a couple hours. Dave contacted me a few weeks after that about this project and I was excited about it. I’ve been doing more production lately and thought it would be a great opportunity to mix it up and do something different. I love making beats and playing around with weird sounds. Seems like he has a lot talent on this project! The best part is that it’s free and people have no excuse not to check it out.”

You can stream download the song for FREE via David’s Soundcloud — Press play while reading the track listing and song credits for the mix-tape below.

Stone Soup Track Listing

INTRO – STONE SOUP (0:00)
Written by Mike DeGuzman (Passafire)
Additional Production by David Foral (Dirtyheads)

WAITING TO MISS YOU (0:32)
Written by Kirk Ellingsen
Additional Production by David Foral (Dirtyheads)

GHOST DUB (2:19)
Written by Leigh ‘LD’ Snyder (Sublime with Rome/Technicali) and David Foral (Dirtyheads)
Vocals by Brandon Sammons

AS THE SMOKE RISES (4:26)
Written by Josh Barlow “Jungle Josh” (Funky Dividends)

DRAW THE LINE (6:08)
Written by Todd Forman (Sublime)

RUSTY RHODES (7:01)
Written by Mike DeGuzman (Passafire)
Bass and Additional Production by David Foral (Dirtyheads)
Saxophone by Todd Forman (Sublime)
Percussion by Jon Olazabal (Dirtyheads)
Guitar by Kirk Ellingsen

ANOTHER WAY TO DIE (10:02)
Written by Howi Spangler (Ballyhoo!)

FINNISH BUCKET (11:49)
Written by David Foral (Dirtyheads)

REPROCESSED DEBRIS (13:04)
Written by Joe Tomino (Dub Trio)
Additional Production by David Foral (Dirtyheads)

OH BOY (13:58)
Written by David Foral (Dirtyheads)
Vocals by Bradley Mayo “Know-Madik”
Additional Production by Jason Gutierrez “Jace One”

THREE SEVEN (15:33)
Written by David Foral
Additional Production by Jason Gutierrez “Jace One”

DALI TRIP (17:09)
Written by Ted Bowne (Passafire)

WILD HORSE (18:35)
Written by David Foral (Dirtyheads)

KNIFE (19:57)
Written by Ted Bowne (Passafire)

HANCOCK PARK (22:05)
Written by David Foral (Dirtyheads)
Vocals by Ed Kaufman “Eliot Nes”

PHOENIX (23:41)
Written by David Foral (Dirtyheads)
Guitar by Kirk Ellingsen

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Additional Production and DJ Scratching by Jason Gutierrez “Jace One”

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David Foral Background:

David Foral is a Musician/Artist living in Long Beach, California.

Since 2009 he has been touring the world as a bass guitarist with the Alt Rock group Dirty Heads. While not on the road he is busy writing music and creating art. His production and writing styles are influenced by Hip Hop, Reggae, Electronic and Pop.

In 2013, being mentored by Kirk Ellingsen of Sleepy Lagoon Tattoo in Fullerton, he learned the art of Tattooing. In addition to applying art to skin he likes to work in various mediums that range from water color to computer generated designs.

You can find David Foral slappin’ da bass with Dirty Heads on tour — View their upcoming dates below.

dirty heads Tour Dates

Related Links:
David Foral Website
David Foral Soundcloud

Huge thanks again to David Foral for allowing us to share the “Stone Soup” mixtape 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
Photo By: Dave Norris

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Buffett’s New Christmas Album

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Jimmy Buffett’s new Christmas album “‘Tis the SeaSon” will be released on October 28, 2016. It is now available For Pre-Sale at Mailboat Records. On the Bing and Bong show Jimmy said the name of the album is “‘Tis the SeaSUN”.

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Buffett performs in Boston area

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s “I Don’t Know” tour continued last night with a show at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield MA.

The set list from the show is now available. The featured album for the night was “Last Mango In Paris” released in 1985. Songs from the album included “Gypsies In The Palace”, “Jolly Mon Sing”, and “Last Mango In Paris”. The song selected by the fans for What’s Behind Door #3 was “Quietly Making Noise” (last played December 29, 1997).

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Story Behind The Song, Plus in Depth Analysis On How it Was Written

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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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