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The best time of the year in Destin

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Without a doubt this is the best time of the year in Destin. Temps are down slightly, traffic is not a problem, the Gulf of Mexico is warm and the locals are out and enjoying all that Destin has to offer.

Friday evening Sunshine Cindy and I went to Landshark Pizza for a bite to eat and to hang out for a while. Julie joined us for a nice relaxing evening. We were surprised at some heavy traffic. We think there might be some “fall breaks” taking place as there were a few more tourist than usual for this time of the year plus a bunch of limo’s going up and down Hwy 98. Jason and Paige were taking care of us. Pops was there and Landshark filled up pretty good. I have been getting a small pizza with fresh jalapeno’s on it that is to die for. The jalapeno’s gives it just the right amount of heat for me!

Saturday the Parrot Heads had plans to go out to Crab Island on the Sun Venture. We had about 45 people sign up. We woke up Saturday morning to thunder and lightning and heavy rain. It did not look good as we were supposed to head out at 11 am. It looked like it might clear up a little about noon so the start time was pushed back to 1 pm. Surprisingly the weather did clear and we ended up having a fun time at Crab Island. There were only handful of boats out there so we almost had the entire area to ourselves.

We had several folks bring their own boats out there. Kenny and Becki kayaked over too so we had a big group. The tide was coming in so the water was crystal clear. There were a few Moon Jelly Fish but nothing too bad. It was a typical Crab Island kind of afternoon. On the ride back to the dock we went to East Pass. There were dolphins playing and jumping. They were swimming in our wake and have a blast showing off for us.

As we got back into the harbor we passed a guy on a catamaran who was struggling to get back to shore. The captain and mate maneuvered our boat to push him to shore, then the mate got off to help secure the catamaran on the shore. That was a perfect example of boaters taking care of boaters! When we got back to the dock a group of us headed to Duck Duck for some cold drinks. No one was in the place so the bartender was happy to see us! It was the perfect end to a fun day that didn’t look like it would happen.

Sunday Funday had us at Tailfins to watch some football. A big crowd of folks were there to watch the various games. We met Donny and some of his friends to watch the Browns/Ravens game. A big group sat at the table right next to us watch the Bengals/Steelers game. Tony and Amy stopped in with some friends to watch the Browns game too. Amy is from outside Cleveland and their friends are from Cleveland so we had a mini cheering section. The Browns lost but at least they played a good game. They are trending in the right direction.

After the game we stopped in at Landshark for a while. It was not too busy but folks were starting to come in for the Packers game that was coming on later. We ran into Tony and Amy and their friends there too. Then Sami and Barry and some friends came in. Finally Judi and Richard came in with some friends too. It was a nice ending for Sunday Funday. When we got home we took Chaos out for a walk and we got ready for the upcoming work week.

A lot has been happening around town recently. The new breakfast, brunch and lunch place called The First Watch is open next to Publix in Destin. It looks like a nice place. We will be trying it soon. Also in Destin at Fudpuckers their new late night bar called “The Down Under” is open. This place opens about 10 pm and goes till 4 am. Definitely a place for the younger folks. In Ft. Walton Beach “The Spot” is open in the old Staff’s building. This is a jazz club. It looks like they have done a lot of work to the building. Staff’s was in business for close to 100 years so it is a historic location. We will have to go check it out.

Down on Okaloosa Island “The Gulf Okaloosa” is scheduled to open at the end of this month. This is a big place built on the bay back by the strip clubs. Their claim to fame is they use shipping containers for their building. It looks like a great place from the pictures I have seen. Yep, another new place for us to check out. Back in Destin Funky’s Blues Shack is moving from Baytowne and will be opening in the old Chili’s location near the Commons in January or February. And last but not least the 5 star resort, “The Henderson” is scheduled to open November 18th.

Over the past several months there has been a public spat going on between the owners of Tops burgers and their landlord. Tops is a greasy spoon type of burger that folks just love. They have been in Destin for several years just down from the Commons. They got an eviction notice from their landlord in the Summer and they had to close. Well, the landlord then opened a greasy burger joint called “Pops” that looked and felt just like “Tops.” That didn’t go over well. A war of words ensued. People boycotted Pops. Then last week it was announced they kissed and made up and Tops will be back in business at their old location. Go figure!

I want to give a shout out to Eastern Shipbuilders of Panama City. Last week they won a $10.5 billion contract to build Coast Guard Cutters. That was a great win for Eastern and Panama City as they beat out some big names. This will be a big boost to the economy of Panama City. Congratulations!

It looks like it is going to be another great week in Destin. See ya next Monday with a full report on the fun and games!!!

Destin Steve

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MP3 Leak of the Week: Zach Deputy

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Following the Sept. 9th release of his fourth studio album, Zach Deputy has agreed to feature the title track Wash It In the Water as our Leak of the week. Grab the song for FREE on the homepage and learn more about the multi-talented Savannah, Georgia-based artist…

You can download Zach Deputy new track, “Wash It In the Water,”, 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, September 24th, 2016.

Zach Deputy – “Wash It In the Water” – Download HERE (on The Pier homepage)
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Deputy’s new 11-track record is an example to the musical depth and complexities to which Zach Deputy has mastered with hip-hop, funk, and folky pop with the spirited rhythms of soca and calypso paired with the fact that Deputy plays every instrument on his new record, himself.

As Deputy shares, “Because of the music I was raised on, I’ve always heard rhythm in a very tropical, Latin-esque way—it’s something that resonates in the deepest parts of me. When I was a kid my grandma would play a lot of salsa and soca and make me get up and dance to it, so in a way this is me putting my own spin on all that and bringing those sounds into a whole new era.”

As for the song and titled track of his fourth studio album, Zach Deputy tells The Pier: “It’s all about getting rid of the dirt in your life and starting over.”

You can pick up Zach Deputy’s new album, Wash It In The Water, on iTunes by clicking HERE!

Listen: Zach Deputy – Chevrolet


Zach Deputy

Zach Deputy Background:

Based out of Savannah, GA Zach Deputy is able to capture the sound of a musical ensemble, all by himself. Deputy has mastered the art of looping, and incorporates beat-boxing, MPCs, a variety of pedals, and skillful guitar playing to create a truly unique live sound. Surrounded by gear, Deputy’s intricate rig often makes it appear as if he’s flying a plane rather than playing music. His sound intertwines dozens of genres, including soul, funk, reggae, folk, and pop, but Deputy says that Latin music is a driving influence in his sound.

Zach Deputy Tour Dates

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Huge thanks again to Zach Deputy for allowing us to share “Wash It In the Water” 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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Watch: Zach Deputy’s Live Funky Improv (The Pier’s Live Acoustic Series)

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Buffett performs at KAABOO Del Mar

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed last night at KAABOO Del Mar near San Diego.

The set list from the show is now available. Some of the songs played included “Piece Of Work”, “Son Of A Son Of A Sailor”, and “Margaritaville” featuring Frank Marshall on guitar and Chord Overstreet on vocals.


The San Diego has a review of the show and some photos: “Parrotheads Galore at Kaaboo Del Mar, Rock to Jimmy Buffett, Hall Oates


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Margaritaville opens at the Mall of America on Sept 20th

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From A tropical escape in Minnesota will now be as close as the Mall of America with the grand opening of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant in Bloomington, MN. The 315 seat restaurant and bar will be Margaritaville’s first in the state of Minnesota, offering a fun, family-friendly dining experience combined with an array of island-inspired flavors, family entertainment, a Porch of Indecision dining area and retail space.

“We are ecstatic to bring the Margaritaville lifestyle to the North Star State,” said David Crabtree, President/CEO for International Meal Company U.S. “Margaritaville is all about treating yourself to great food and drinks while enjoying great music and escaping reality.”

A ribbon cutting ceremony and margarita toast will be held at the restaurant’s grand opening on Tuesday, September 20th from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Margaritaville and International Meal Company executives, along with local movers and shakers, will be joined by the community, Parrotheads stilt walkers and more. The festivities will be open to the public. Margaritaville will open immediately after the ceremony to start serving guests the newest Margaritaville specialties.


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The Pier: ‘Make It Better’ with G.P.G.D.S.

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The Pier: Make It Better with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad 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).

On the day of the group’s 6th studio album, Giant Panda members James Searl and Dylan Savage take turns sharing with The Pier a track-by-track break down of their new album, Make It Better. They give us a little perspective as to the meaning, intent and background of each song. In the past, I would ask some follow-up questions to press the members for more information but with the answers that James Dylan were kind enough to share with us, I felt there was enough information for each track to absorb while listening to the song.

I hope you pull away from this read with a new found respect to the creative process of writing music in addition to how the songs translated into a sonic representation of it’s background. My advice with this read is to listen to each song first, then read the back-story of each track before giving the song another listen with new ears of perspective.

You can purchase Make It Better via Giant Panda’s website by clicking HERE!

1.) Make It Better (Enemy)

“No one is blaming anyone for the past. The present and future is on us though. Just try to be aware, and go make it better. This song was written while walking around Washington DC knowing my every move was being watched and recorded. Who, why and how does one become the enemy? Enemy of what? It also seemed to speak to the face on the cover. Who is that boy to you? What is he about to do? How can you make it better for him? How can he make it better for you? All we have is the future ahead of us. The past is past. History is always happening.” – James Searl

Listen: G.P.G.D.S. – “Make It Better (Enemy)”


2.) Live and Travel

“‘Live and Travel’ was a song idea that I had forgotten about but happened to stumble upon when I was searching through my voice recorder for another idea I was interested in working on. The essence of the song is of a person on a long journey making his way home to be with his loved ones. It’s essentially a love song not only for family and those close to us, but for the nature and beauty that surrounds us everyday.” – Dylan Savage

Listen: G.P.G.D.S. – “Live and Travel”


3.) Signs

“This melody was written in the space between being asleep and awake. It was a lucky grab. It seemed like a calming morning melody. Something that could help you remember where you were and how you got there. The song is a reflection of the good life and giving thanks. We are 90’s children and this music reflects that influence well. The Burning Spears and Lee “Scratch” Perrys live together in our heads with the Kurt Cobains and Thom Yorkes. That’s music.” – James Searl

Listen: G.P.G.D.S. – “Signs”


4.) Really True

“Musically “Really True” is another tune in the lovers rock spirit of Gregory Isaacs and Bunny Wailer. My hope was that the lyrics while initially reminiscent of a typical love song would after closer listen address in a subtle way the broader issue of love for country and what that truly means. The idea that love for your country is more than symbolic flag waving but truly addressing the real and serious issues that face our country with a sense of nuance, flexible perspective purpose.” – Dylan Savage

Watch: G.P.G.D.S. – “Really True”


5.) Walk Right Talk Right

“There is a certain satisfaction that comes when music in your head becomes music in your ears. The wild horn melody was difficult and almost embarrassing to aurally sound out to the incredibly educated horn players that graced this album. When they diligently transcribed the gibberish coming out of my mouth into beautiful musical script, I could have cried. It was like taking a little kid idea of a rocket ship and then building the real thing. I was so grateful that these guys, Malcolm Williamson and Devon Tramell had studied and played their asses off throughout their entire lives so that I could just sit here and mumble to them. They were like doctors, removing the confusion and laying it all out in beautiful shapes with intention. It’s a love song. It’s about meeting my wife, which was an incredibly chance encounter. Life showed me the path, but I had to walk it. If you are walking the right way, you don’t need to worry about the words. They will come even if it kills you. All love songs are political, because love is the world and the world is politics yes?” – James Searl

Listen: G.P.G.D.S. – “Walk Right Talk Right”


6.) What Kind Of World

“When I think of the inspiration behind this song, one memory that particularly sticks with me is driving on the expressway on the way to a show in New Jersey and looking to my right and seeing endless rows and rows of dilapidated buildings that more resembled a war zone then an American city, then realizing it was the city of Camden, NJ. “What Kind Of World” was a way for me to speak of the urban decay, the dangers of excessive capitalism and the widespread economic insecurity that exists in the United States and globally.” – Dylan Savage

Listen: G.P.G.D.S. – “What Kind Of World”


7.) Gotta Make A Livin

“A few years ago I was sitting on my couch watching a youtube documentary on Wu-Tang. I have always loved the Wu and found their inspiration to be long lasting, however I knew very little about their actual story beyond myth and lore. This doc was interesting because it was made by one of their closest friends. The footage was so raw and real. Whoever made it was deep in the Wu DNA and it reminded me of all of our friends who have been around watching us grow, snapping footage here and there, and where these stories might end up some day. At the same time, I read an article about a band in Brooklyn who had been shot to death by an ex-member. They were called Yellow Dog. They were from Iran and had moved to Brooklyn to pursue their artistic dreams. They were younger than me and it saddened me greatly. I know what it is like to be in band with your brothers and friends. You have to be a bit crazy to dive deep into the pursuit of art as a living lifestyle. Artists make all kinds of sacrifices with friends, time, money, family, and distance but often it feels like it is not a choice. You just have to do it. I get that, and I was really heartbroken to think of these kids who had travelled all the way from Iran, and had sacrificed so much, only to be brought to their end by band chemistry and mental illness that is so often what brings bands together in the first place. So I went downstairs and recorded this Wu inspired beat and called the song “3 Yellow Dog”. The lyrics are a whole other trip. Why can’t we stand up against obvious wrongs? How has the excessive gotten so extreme? How alienated can our hearts become? Well, you gotta make a living. Most of us have our minds on that. And when you die your sins are forgiven anyways right? Well for some of us I guess. Gotta Make a Livin.” – James Searl

Listen: G.P.G.D.S. – “Gotta Make A Livin”


8.) Greatest of Days

“We were off on tour and my wife was pregnant. We kept going to the doctor together when I was home and getting the ultrasound pictures and hearing the heartbeat. It was our first child. Dylan and Chris both have two kids each, and I have been vicariously living through their experience being a band uncle, but there is nothing like when it happens to you. One day my wife called early while I was still asleep and I picked up. She told me that our daughter was 6 months old in utero. It all the sudden started to feel very real. A melody came to me, and that is her melody. I got out of bed and wrote the tune in its entirety. I played it to her in the delivery room ten minutes after she was born. (after we sang her “Everyday” by Buddy Holly). It was unplanned, all of it, and it happened and it was one of our proudest moments. One of the greatest of days. Ironically, it was me who was trying to lift his head off of the bed, in an effort to get it together to be a father. Now she is almost two and we are off and running. It feels like I wrote this song yesterday and the days are just moving by like the breeze.” – James Searl

Listen: G.P.G.D.S. – “Greatest of Days”


9.) Trouble Deep

“This is an older one that I’ve always hoped to record. It’s a song that expresses my gratitude to the countless people who have had a positive impact on me throughout my lifetime.” – Dylan Savage

Listen: G.P.G.D.S. – “Trouble Deep”


10.) Gone

“This album in so many ways is about right now. What are we going to do? How can we make it better? For you, for us, for our children and yours. How can we make better food? Have better conversations? Play better music? How can we continue to improve together? We are always asking that to ourselves as a band and individuals. It seems impossible to improve without reflecting. That is what this song is about: reflection. No matter how much you think you’ve got, the time will run out. Certain truths are constant. We are always changing, we are always learning, we are always loving. As we all move forward together, whenever the path or the past may haunt you, we are here with you. We are on your side. That is the power of music and that is our intention. To be with you.” – James Searl

Listen: G.P.G.D.S. – “Gone”


There you have it. Now try listening to all of the music again. Whether you hear it differently or not, this discussion gives us a small glimpse into the artist’s mind, and further displays that inspiration can come from anywhere and anything.

You can purchase Make It Better via Giant Panda’s website by clicking HERE!

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Article By: Mike Patti

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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Slightly Stoopid with Perro Bravo & Fortunate Youth

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Slightly Stoopid announced a West Coast Fall Tour that will see the group accompanied by Fortunate Youth and reunited with Sublime’s Miguel Happoldt with his band Perro Bravo.
Miguel Happoldt and Sublime’s late frontman Brad Nowell had a record label called Skunk Records that would go on to later sign Slightly Stoopid, who consisted of Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald.

When I interviewed Miguel Happoldt back in 2014, he told me the story of how Slightly Stoopid first came to be discovered: “Brad had a real bad drug problem — Miles’ Mom was a nurse and her boyfriend at the time was a doctor and they were interested in getting him off drugs, crazy as that sounds, and Brad lived with them. Then he woke up one day, heard this crazy shit going on in the garage and went out there and he was like: ‘You guys got a band?’ And the rest is history… and the first song I did with them I was completely impressed!”

[Related: Interview Michael ‘Miguel’ Happoldt Pt 2/2]

Over the next 20 years, Slightly Stoopid would go on to release 8 studio albums, in addition to live acoustic releases while collaborating with a list of artists too many to type across most genres of the musical pool. They’re cultural phenomenons in the reggae-rock-jam-marijuana lifestyle as they began their journey in 1996 with the release of their first studio album, Slightly $toopid.

The album was produced by, you guessed it, Miguel Happoldt. Well, I wouldn’t say produced as Miguel previously corrected me: “Producing would be a real slanderous term for what I did. I set up 4 mic’s on the drums and put it on 8 track. Captured it recorded it would be more akin to what happened. The second record, ‘Everything You Need,’ was ‘produced’ with Eddie Ashworth, the great Eddie Ashworth, who was a house engineer at this great studio called Total Access. Me and him kind of did that side by side. From that to the song ‘2am,’ they never stop impressing me!”

While the tour naturally spotlights the history shared between Stoopid and the img_5691bmembers of Perro Bravo, Fortunate Youth is a welcomed addition who are certainly no strangers to the reggae-rock community having found their own success with 3 studio albums, 3 EPs, in addition to a successful history of touring the nation establishing a dedicated following.

Long Beach’s Perro Bravo is a guitar heavy surf-rock psychedelic jam band that doesn’t shy away from incorporating elements of reggae, ska and punk. Paired with Fortunate Youth’s more stoner based reggae anthems and Slightly Stoopid’s ability to stretch the stage with their evolving ensemble and you have a night of unique artistry that is sure to be a live compliment onto each-other.

I personally hope to see a live on-stage collaboration performance of the song “The Neighbor Hoods” by Perro Bravo featuring Slightly Stoopid’s Kyle McDonald. The song can be heard from Perro Bravo’s Smoking Scorpion Tales album.

The tour will begin November 4th in Seattle, WA before concluding for a hometown show in San Diego on November 12th. There will be 7 total west coast shows inside 8 days across 3 states, 5 of which will all be in California.

Slightly Stoopid Tour Dates

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Article by: Mike Patti
Photo by: David Norris

Watch: Slightly Stoopid – “The Prophet”

Watch: Perro Bravo – “4 On The Floor”

Watch: Fortunate Youth – “Midnight Lover”

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Sublime with Rome & The Skints East Coast Tour!

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Sublime with Rome has announced an East Coast fall tour with special guests from East London, The Skints. Last month, Sublime with Rome launched their own cannabis flower strain, Orange Dynamite Stick, with WonderBrett.
Sublime with Rome continues the expansion of their branding as they enter the legal and evolving cannabis world. They’ve partnered with several leading manufacturers of accessories and edibles to further display their support of the plant. Sublime with Rome Orange Dynamite chocolate bars are the result of the first partnership with Dixie Elixir (the leading manufacturer of edibles) and recently, Magical Butter, a botanical extractor, who sponsored their summer tour.

Now with the group as high as can be thanks to their new partners and business ventures, they’re heading to the east coast on an interesting new line-up that we fans have yet to see take place as they’ll be accompanied by The Skints.

The Skints have shot up in popularity, particularly here in the U.S., with the 2015 release of FM which saw the group touring the U.S. for the time last spring in support of the record. Since then, the fans have made it known they want more of the East London artists and Sublime with Rome has offered to take them on the road to further introduce them to an evolving new audience inside sell-out arenas.

Sublime with Rome is continuing to support their latest album, the July 2015, 11 track release of Sirens that was co-produced by Paul Leary Rome Ramirez. The group will perform new songs from that record, including classic Sublime hits as first written, in part, by original Sublime bassist, Eric Wilson.

The fall tour will take place November 1st – 18th, kicking off in Orlando, Florida before concluding in Toronto, ON. In total, over 13 total dates, the tour will reach 8 east coast states and two stops inside Canada performing in Montreal, QC and Toronto, ON; All within the first 18 days of November.

View all of Sublime with Rome’s dates below.

Sublime with Rome Tour Dates

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Watch: Sublime with Rome – “Sirens”

Watch: The Skints – “This Town”

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Seedless to Release The Orange Album

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It has been just over 6 years since Orange County, California’s Seedless released their debut album, Twisted Roots. With a new record that has been several years in the making, the line-up that fans grew accustomed to hearing on Twisted Roots has since drastically changed for the September 30th release of The Orange Album.
As reported back in March, it was announced that original Seedless guitarist/vocalist, Casey Sullivan, along with bassist Grant Rivera, would be leaving the group. Seedless would continue on using the name while the group is now fronted by remaining vocalist, Matthew Liufau, joined by original drummer Shay Pino, Joe Bakhos on guitar and Anthony Wells on keys.

[Related: Seedless to Carry On Without Casey Sullivan]

The announcement of Casey and Grant leaving the group was a bit of a shock as fans of Seedless had been anticipating a follow up to 2010’s Twisted Roots with the much discussed release of The Orange Album. Because The Orange Album had been in production for several years, most of the songs had Casey Sullivan featured on vocals with Grant Rivera on bass. While a few of the songs on the album will include Casey and Grant, I was told that following their departure, much of the remaining songs were re-worked to accommodate their absence with Seedless moving forward.

What we do know about the new album is that it includes 11-total tracks, recorded at 17th Street Recording Studio in Costa Mesa, CA working with producer Lew Richards. There’s a special guest appearance by Dan Kelly of Fortunate Youth on the track “I Want To Know.” The record will drop independently on September 30th, 2016 before rocking a hometown album release party on October 1st at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA.

Seedless will take their new live show, and album on the road through Texas with Hawaii’s Inna Vision before hitting New Mexico and Arizona to close out their month of touring in October.

You can pre-order The Orange Album on iTunes by clicking HERE!, and when you do, you’ll receive 2 free downloads that include “All You Need,” and “I Want To Know”.

Seedless – The Orange Album Track list:
img_9591-orange-album1.) All You Need
2.) I Want To Know (ft. Dan Kelly of Fortunate Youth)
3.) Love Is A Drug
4.) Heart Of A Warrior
5.) The Story
6.) It’s Always Something
7.) Love Crime
8.) Where Did You Go?
9.) Let It Be
10.) Come Be Free
11.) Borrowed Time

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Watch: Seedless New Album Drops Sept 30th, 2016

Listen: Seedless – “It’s Always Something”

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Perfect weather in Destin

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This time of the year is about as close to perfect as you can get in Destin. After Labor Day the tourist are gone but the weather is still great with the humidity down a bit and the temps a little lower too. The past week we had no clouds and postcard sunsets. This makes it paradise!

Sunshine Cindy and I got out and about a few times this past week. Tuesday evening we stopped in at The Boathouse to listen to BT. There was a good crowd of fun loving people there. BT always keeps the crowd engaged. He was retiring his beloved 12 string guitar as it is not able to be repaired. It was a party!

Thursday the Trop Rock world got more bad news. Our friend, David Crow who is the lead guitarist for Southern Drawl Band was killed in a motorcycle accident Wednesday night. Some lady fell asleep and crossed the medium. David never had a chance. Thursday afternoon Sunshine Cindy and I went to Landshark Pizza to toast David and share some memories. This was a hard time for us and all fans of SDB. It was a gut punch to lose someone so young and talented. Sail on David…

Friday I was off and ran some errands in the morning. Those errands took me to the shopping center where Island Wings is at. It was hot so I stopped in for a couple beers. Thursday when we were at Landshark Pizza I was paying $2 for a pint of Yuengling. The same pint at Island Wings was $4.25. Needless to say I won’t be back at Island Wings.

Friday night was our monthly Parrot Head meeting at Landshark Pizza. It was another fun time. Mike and Suzanne come up with some more fun games, the music was good and the beer was cheap. Lol  The Parrot Heads continue to raise a lot of money for local charities too.

Saturday we were back on the beach for our last Crab Island Mambo / ECPHC beach cleanup of the year. We had about 40 people show up to clean the beach and then have a party on the sand. Mike did  a shrimp boil and they came up with some more fun games. The weather was perfect. The Gulf of Mexico was calm. It was a perfect day on the beach. As Mike and Clyde were working on the shrimp boil our lifeguard came by and asked what we were having to eat. He has stopped by in the past and we always feed him. He said he would be back when it done and asked if his girlfriend could also come and have some food. Of course she could! Not only do we clean the beach but we keep the first responders fed too!

Football is back. Sunday I went to Tailfins to watch the Browns. Ken, Cheryl and Donnie came to watch the Ravens. We have our own spot we take over to watch the games. Sunshine Cindy had a baby shower to attend. She didn’t get to Tailfins till after the game was over. But she didn’t miss anything as the Browns were the Browns. They have a real young team and it will take time for them to grow up. Bobby also came and hung out with us and even BT came to hang with us. Even if the game was terrible we have the water, harbor and sand to look at which makes it okay! And BTW, the Ravens won so those fans were happy.

Around town it was announced what is going in where we thought Dolly Parton might build some type of entertainment complex. This land is just down from our sub division and they will now be building another apartment complex. This is another example of the “Atlantafacation” of Destin. That is you build an access road and then put so many businesses and apartments on it no one can move on that road either. Pretty soon Commons Drive will be nothing but one big traffic jam.

Have a great week. See ya next Monday!

Destin Steve

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Review: Taco & Da Mofos – Taco & Da Mofos

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Taco Da Mofos – Taco Da Mofos
Taco and Da MofosTrack Listing:
1.) S.L.A.D.
2.) Pocket Fulla PreRolls
3.) Saw You A Party
4.) Not Letting Go
5.) Mental Block
6.) All Up In That
7.) Summer Buds
8.) Not Enough
9.) Jamaican Rum
10.) Stoned In The Moment
11.) Change The Station
12.) Songbird 2.0 (Bonus Track)

The Pier Album Rating:

Release Date: August 26th, 2016
Official Website: Taco Da Mofos Website

Artist Background:
The humorously named Taco Da Mofos are back with their sixth album, a follow up to 2015’s sleeper hit Nocturnal Gold. For this album, the Tennessee based 5 piece reggae-rock group consisting of: Taco (Vocals/Guitar), Keela (Vocals/Production/Keys) Charlie Mofo (Lead Guitar), Reno (Drums), and Boggy (Bass), collaborated with their DJ, Flip, and Alex Romero, who mixed the album at Cleartrack Studios. Unlike most albums, this self-titled album was put together inside a couple of months, as members Taco and Keela traveled between the East and West coast. “At the end of the day, it was so us and such an organic process with no over thinking moments for us that coming up with an actual album name wasn’t possible,” says Keela. “Because the album was simply who we are at this very moment in time. Taco Da Mofos.”

Album Review:
Lightning never strikes in the same place twice. Right?

Upon listening to the first track, listeners are re-introduced to the upbeat ambiance and silly rhymes that made Taco Da Mofos one of our favorite artists of 2015. Featuring an array of synthesizers, keys, and a level of energy that only this band can bring to a track, “S.L.A.D” is an enjoyable track that doesn’t play too well as a single, but should serve well as an opener for live shows.

Following the route of more traditional singles are “Pocket Fulla PreRolls,” a fun tune with a repetitive chorus line that’s borderline maddening, and “Saw You At A Party,” a goofy but sweet ode to the one that got away.

As I said with Nocturnal Gold, to call this a masterfully crafted work of art would be slanderous. What Taco Da Mofos lack in lyricism, they make up for with charm and energy. These songs aren’t arranged with utmost professionalism or written in a poetic manner, but they’re fun, and that’s what this band is all about — However that isn’t a free pass. If Taco Da Mofos want to reach new musical and professional heights, they will need to improve their songwriting and production value on future releases.

The album segues into more electronic based beats with “Not Letting Go” and “Mental Block,” two high-energy but average songs, before returning to a steady stream of summertime tunes.

The band does an excellent job of turning goofy and sometimes NSFW subject matters into charming tunes, as seen in “All Up In That” and “Summer Buds.” These songs are arguably the strongest part of this album, as they highlight the band’s musical strengths and character, while songs like “Not Enough,” “Stoned In The Moment,” and “Change The Station” allow the band to demonstrate their underappreciated rap skills.

In questionable fashion, the band opted to close the album with “Songbird 2.0,” a bonus track and supposed remix of my favorite track from Nocturnal Gold. I enjoy “Songbird,” however I didn’t find 2.0 to be much different from the original version other than the addition of some unpleasant effects. With an already impressive amount of new songs written for this album, the addition of this track felt unnecessary.

When it comes to fun, you can count on these guys to deliver. With this album, Taco Da Mofos proved that despite their imperfections, they’re able to release a consistent stream of unique and enjoyable songs. Although this album doesn’t quite capture the magic that made Nocturnal Gold so loveable, it’s still an enjoyable album from front to back; especially considering it was put together in less than six months. However, expediting this album proved to be its Achilles heel. Taco Da Mofo’s Self Titled is definitely worth your attention, but I can’t help but wonder how much better this album could have been had they devoted more time to polishing the finished product.

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]

Watch: Taco Da Mofos – “Pocket Fulla PreRolls”

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