Saturday, June 17, 2017

First/Last - Brother From Another Mother




"At the core of Brother From Another Mother is the Dyjamic Duo of Dave Hamilton and Dennis Malley.  Each of them singer-songwriters in their own right, they discovered a musical chemistry that necessitated the forming of the BFAM collective.  BFAM uses the written song as a launch vehicle into the magical improvised moments that are not duplicated from one performance to the next.  In the 15 months since they started playing together, multiple talented artists have joined Dave and Dennis for full-band performances, including drummers Sam Hogan and Dave Resto, and bass players Dustin Becker, Brandon Walsh, and Brian McStay."

Brother from Another Mother are a Pittsburgh based acoustic duo who will be playing today (6/17) at 4pm at James Street Speakeasy as part of the 24 band lineup for my #HughShows50 blowout. The bands are celebrating 50 Years of the Summer of Love by interpreting songs from the era. This show is free and all-ages. I want to thank the band for specifically playing the gig and for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.




The first album you ever bought?
Dennis Malley: Ever actually bought?  I don't know, do those 10 albums for a penny deals count?  I'd say my first memory of a "transition" album was Motley Crue's Theatre of Pain since that was my first transition from easy going poppy stuff of my tween years into the great big world of heavier stuff that would follow.
Dave Hamilton: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication.

Your last album bought?
Dennis: The pledgemusic campaign for the new Wreck Loose album, looking forward to the release show this week!
Dave: Clutch - Psychic Warfare.

Favorite album of all time?
Dennis: Hoo boy, so may albums were spun into my DNA over the years, on constant rotation over the course of several months at different times in my life.  Jane's Addiction Ritual De Lo Habitual, Frank Zappa Joe's Garage, Phish A Picture of Nectar, Ben Folds Five The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, Mr. Bungle's eponymous release, just to name a few.   But I'd say Billy Joel's The Stranger is one that has stuck with me through the days when my mom would blast it on the 8-track way back when.
Dave: Coheed and Cambria - Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV Volume One: From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?
Dennis: Not sure I can think of a specific example here, but I'm usually disappointed by a new release when I realize the band is going to stick to a formula instead of growing and evolving and showing some new facet of their songwriting and composition.

First concert attended?
Dennis: Dokken opening for Aerosmith, I think I was 14.  Went for Dokken (they were my all-time favorite at the time), but Aerosmith also really rocked the joint.
Dave: P.O.D. HED P.E. Project 86 and Linkin Park at Metropol in, I believe 2001. Linkin Park was one of the opening bands. No-one knew who they were!

Last concert?
Dennis: Kishi Bashi with Tall Tall Trees.  Got to hang with my buddy, Tall Tall Trees' Mike Savino, after the show!
Dave: Raggoo Festivoo 8 in Slippery Rock, Pa featuring some of the best local bands Pittsburgh has to offer.

Favorite concert ever?
Dennis: I'd have to say Phish at Palumbo Center in 1994.  I was a big fan of their studio stuff and had no idea what their live show was like. They opened my eyes that night.  A close second was Jane's Addiction at The Metropol,  just because it was so random that a group of my friends showed up to pick me up unannounced and said "you need to go to this show!"  And indeed I did.
Dave: When I opened for The Devil Wears Prada at Mr. Smalls with my metal band Oh No! The Afterlife.

Least favorite concert?
Dennis: Probably Bon Jovi with Nickelback, it was a bucket list concert for my Mom, but my god we were unfortunate enough to get there early enough for the opening act.  And honestly this isn't the typical fashionable Nickelback hate -  the sound for these guys was just an awful, boomy mess.
Dave: Anything country.

Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
Dennis: Over the past several years I've put some serious effort into getting "out there" more in the music community.  Whether it's setting up a gig, playing at a festival, open stages, or running sound - I'll tell you, the musicians in Pittsburgh are not only super talented, but they are all super friendly as well!  We have something really special going on in this city and I'm so glad to be here to watch it grow.  Every time I go to check out a local band I'm just floored by the fresh original sounds that keep coming from all of these amazing beautiful people and I'm glad to be getting to know so many of them!
Dave: The evolution of venues, artists and the music played within city venues such as The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls. There's a passion and love for the scene that seems to grow.
 

Thanks, fellas. See you soon!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

First/Last - The YJJ's



"Rock and roll fused with RAP, Punk/ska, DUBSTEP, and silky smooth R&B... plus a lot of other "uncategorizable" stuff too."

The YJJ's are a Pittsburgh based reggae rap rock band who will be playing this Saturday (6/17) at 1:30pm at James Street Ballroom as part of the 24 band lineup for my #HughShows50 blowout. The bands are celebrating 50 Years of the Summer of Love by interpreting songs from the era and word is that yours truly will be joining these guys to play one of my favorite tunes for their set. Make sure everybody stops and look what's going down when we take the stage. This show is free and all-ages. I want to thank the band for specifically playing the gig and for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.



The first album you ever bought?
Matt Hegedus: Def Leppard - Hysteria.
Michael Danko: TLC - Crazy, Sexy, Cool.
Sean Williamson: The Rolling Stones - Voodoo Lounge.
Jared Dray: TaTU - All the Things She Said.


Your last album bought?
Matt: Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers.
Michael: Kendrick Lamar - DAMN!
Sean: Wreck Loose - OK.
Jared: Umphrey's McGee - Zonkey.


Favorite album of all time?
Matt: Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon.
Michael: Pink Floyd - The Wall.
Sean: Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon.
Jared: Brand New - The Devil and God are Raging Inside of Me.


Least favorite/most disappointing album?
Matt: The one Biggie never got to finish? I dunno.
Michael: Jet - Shine On.
Jared: YelaWolf – Radioactive.


First concert attended?
Matt: Lynyrd Skynyrd. Live from Steel Town. July 15, 1997.
Michael: Sugar Ray, Maroon 5, Matchbox Twenty.
Sean: The Clarks
Jared: Phil "The Thrill" Collins at Starlake.


Last concert?
Matt: Tom Segura. Music, I dunno. Probably Band Jam 2016.
Michael: Run the Jewels.
Sean: Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Jared: The Commonheart.


Favorite concert ever?
Sean: Gary Clark Jr.
Jared: Metallica or OzFest both with my mom.


Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
Matt: Can't mention that here.
Michael: Seeing Gun's and Rose's live for the first time at Heinz Field.
Sean: Seeing the Pittsburgh music scene blossom with amazing talent and new venues.
Jared: Has been seeing how this community has come together to support music and how that positivity has equaled growth.


Thanks, fellas. I am beyond excited for Saturday and for the invite to share the stage with you all!

Monday, June 5, 2017

HughShows 50



We are one month away from this all-day, ALL FREE show!
The bands are working hard on learning covers from 1967 and with this eclectic of a lineup, it's going to be so much fun. We would love if you joined us.
I am honored to have representatives from the Southern Poverty Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union present who will be on hand to speak of their organizations and accept any donations, so leave a couple bucks available for them in between beers.
Get there early as Javerblöö will be opening up before Benefits take the stage in the Ballroom with a short set at Noon.
Much thanks to the wonderful people at James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy, Sound Beacon Productions, the Deutschtown Music Festival, Red Buffalo Illustration and especially the bands!

James St. Gastropub and Speakeasy is located at 422 Foreland Street on the Northside


Benefits (12:30pm - Ballroom 3rd Floor)
Post-punk garage pop
https://www.facebook.com/benefitspgh/

The Chiodi Trio (1pm - Speakeasy Basement)
Americana and traditional Jazz
https://www.chioditrio.com/

The YJJ's (1:30pm - Ballroom)
Soulful eclectic rock and roll
https://www.facebook.com/TheYJJs/

Paul Labrise (2pm - Speakeasy Basement)
Singer-songwriter
http://paullabrise.com/

Heavy Chest (2:30pm - Ballroom)
Electro indie folk
https://soundcloud.com/heavychest

Vit DeBacco (3pm - Speakeasy)
Alternative folk rock
https://soundcloud.com/vit-debacco

Red Room Effect (3:30pm - Ballroom)
Funk rock
https://www.redroomeffect.com/

Brother from Another Mother (4pm - Speakeasy)
Acoustic reggae rock
https://dennismalley.com/

Brett Staggs and The Daylight Moon (4:30pm - Ballroom)
Country blues rock
http://www.brettstaggs.com/

Noots (5pm - Speakeasy)
Electro ambient
https://www.facebook.com/JohnnyJitters

Gangwish (5:30pm - Ballroom)
Experimental alt-rock
https://www.facebook.com/gangwish-164787907818/

J. Trafford (6pm - Speakeasy)
Jazz post-punk singer-songwriter
http://smpop.tk/

The Dovewires (6:30pm - Ballroom)
Rock-n-roll
https://www.facebook.com/thedovewires/

The Mixus Brothers (7pm - Speakeasy)
Americana psych-folk
https://www.facebook.com/TheMixusBrothers/

The Semi-Supervillians (7:30pm - Ballroom)
Rock
http://www.semisupervillains.com/

J.D. Rau (8pm - Speakeasy)
Experimental alt-rock
https://jdrau.bandcamp.com/releases

Nameless in August (8:30pm - Ballroom)
Folk rock
http://namelessinaugust.com/

Strange Monsters (9pm - Speakeasy)
Indie rock
https://strangemonsters.bandcamp.com/

Lee Robinson and ISKA (9:30pm - Ballroom)
Experimental jazz
https://www.leerobinsonmusic.com/lr-and-iska

Sun Hound (10pm - Speakeasy)
Alternative funky swamp rock
http://www.amysunhound.wixsite.com/sunhoundmusic

The Nox Boys (10:30 - Ballroom)
Garage punk rock
http://www.noxboys.com/

Black Ridge (11pm - Speakeasy)
Funky soul rock
https://www.facebook.com/BlackRidgeOfficial/

Elkhound (11:30pm - Ballroom)
Alt-country rock
https://www.facebook.com/elkhoundpa/

Charlie Hustle and the Grifters (Midnight - Speakeasy)
Jam blues
https://www.charliehustleandthegrifters.com/

Rainbow Machine (12:30am - Ballroom)
Post punk
https://www.facebook.com/pg/rainbowmachineband



#HughShows50       #SupportPGHMusic

Friday, June 2, 2017

Book Review - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band


As I gear up for the fast approaching 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, I will be highlighting some very cool new books to add to your library.

Today marks exactly fifty years that one of the most seminal rock albums in history was released (in the U.S.), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles. Many events around the world are celebrating the fact and books are being published examining the cultural aspects that the album seemingly ushered in that Summer. The just released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Album, The Beatles and the World in 1967 via Carlton Books is another one that takes a look at various aspects surrounding The Beatles' masterpiece. Lavishly illustrated, the book goes into detail not only the making of the album, but also the seismic shift in pop music and fashion it stirred. Relive the magical Summer of Love fifty years later with this detailed book.


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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Book Review - Sgt. Pepper at Fifty


As I gear up for the fast approaching 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, I will be highlighting some very cool new books to add to your library.

Today marks exactly fifty years that one of the most seminal rock albums in history was released (in the UK), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles. Many events around the world are celebrating the fact and books are being published examining the cultural aspects that the album seemingly ushered in that Summer. The just released Sgt. Pepper at Fifty via Sterling Publishing is one that takes a look at various aspects surrounding The Beatles' masterpiece through sections as explained in it's subtitle The Mood, the Look, the Sound, and the Legacy. Lavishly illustrated, the book goes into detail not only the making of the album, but also the seismic shift in pop music and fashion it stirred. Relive the magical Summer of Love fifty years later with this detailed book. 


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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Book Review - 1967


As I gear up for the fast approaching 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, I will be highlighting some very cool new books to add to your library.

For as long as I can remember, I've had a fascination with the year 1967. On June 18th, at the apex of the Summer of Love, Jimi Hendrix culturally 'defined' that year when he burned his guitar onstage at the Monterey Pop Festival in California. As far as I can calculate, adjusting for time zone, I came into this world at that exact moment. I could never prove this fact but I am going to run with it.

A new book, 1967: A Complete Rock Music History of the Summer of Love, via Sterling Publishing chronologically by month documents that famous festival and many other happenings, bands, and releases of one of the most pivotal years in music. Like it's equally excellent companion book Psychedelia, this coffee table sized offering is generously illustrated to help tell the narrative of 1967, where first hand accounts from the people who were actually there bring the events in focus.

What's the famous quote about the Sixties? "If you remember, you really weren't there?" This book goes a long way to help dispel that. Luckily for us who weren't there (well, technically I was), we can now 'remember.'


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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Book Review - Psychedelia


As I gear up for the fast approaching 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, I will be highlighting some very cool new books to add to your library.

O.K., true story... I was hanging out one night in the mid-eighties when my brother called me up to ask if I wanted to catch a blues guitarist at The Decade. I snobbishly (and stupidly) said, "Blues? The only good music is psychedelic music!" You see, I was obviously going through a phase and was really into anything remotely psych and blues wasn't it. That musician was Stevie Ray Vaughan and I blew the chance to see him in a small club at the start of his career. I will never forget my brother's reaction, "You're an idiot."

As right as he was, I eventually calmed my passion for psychedelic music but still have an affection for it to this day. This new book by Sunbeam Records co-founder Richard Morton Jack via Sterling Publishing simply called Psychedelia, details 101 essential albums from the Sixties with background information and contemporary observations on how they fit into the times for each. By limiting one album for each artist, you get a wealth of material to explore by noting many obvious choices (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and Anthem of the Sun) along with many more rarities (Begin, Ptooff!, and Autosalvage) that can be discovered thanks to  modern day technology (YouTube is your friend, as implied by the author.)

Along with a detailed timeline of all things Psychedelic in culture, notable singles from U.S., Britain and European bands, a list of notable rock festivals, and more, this lavishly illustrated coffee table sized tome is the perfect appetizer to get you ready for the next couple of months.

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