Friday, August 22, 2014

Jimmy Shubert and Zainab Johnson

From the I Heart Radio Studio. The interview that comes once in a lifetime. Appearing this weekend at Charlotte's Comedy Zone. I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut and I mean very uncut with Jimmy Shubert and Zainab Johnson. Normally I love to do post production. Its not everyday that you're blessed with mind blowing real conversation with real people. Being a writer and a producer can't get in the way of content. Something as simple as adding a rhythm and tone. A soundtrack beneath an interview can steal from the essence of where the conversation is going. I never know where a nationally recognized comedian is going to take me. That's the best part of the ride. If you think I'm sitting in a chair conducting an orchestra. Then you don't know how to interview. I honestly think Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton just appeared in my studio wearing the body suits of other people.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Author Bill Janovitz Rocks Off

December 3-4, 1969. Keith and Mick stood at the same microphone at Muscle Shoals, lights dimmed, splitting a fifth of bourbon, and simultaneously sang the melodies and harmonies on the three songs that they had recorded over three days: “Brown Sugar,” “You Got to Move,” and “Wild Horses.” That’s your rock ‘n’ roll fantasy right there, pal. A six-piece band working in a tiny converted coffin factory across from an Alabama graveyard, on an eight-track recorder, with no computer editing or Autotune, recorded three songs, representing 30 percent of one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll records of all time. So tells Bill Janovitz of the making of the inimitable triple-platinum album, Sticky Fingers, which hit number one in the US and the UK in 1971, skyrocketing the band to superstardom. To Bill, all artists reveal themselves through their work and the Rolling Stones are no different: Each song exposes a little more of their soul. In Rocks Off, Janovitz reveals the forces at work behind the band's music by deconstructing their most representative tunes from their incredible fifty years of record making. Written by a Stones fanatic, this is a song-by-song chronicle that maps the landmarks of the band's career while expanding on their recording and personal history. Much like friends pouring over old records or having a barroom argument over the merits of certain songs, the book presents the musical leaps taken by Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, and the rest of the band and discusses how the lyrical content both reflected and influenced popular culture. The song choices are chronological and subjective; many of them are the classic hits; however, the book digs deeper into beloved album tracks and songs with unique stories behind them. Rocks Off is the ultimate listening guide and thinking man's companion that will spur you to dust off those old albums and listen in with a newfound perspective on one of the most famous and acclaimed rock 'n' roll bands of all time. ABOUT BILL JANOVITZ is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter in the band Buffalo Tom. He has also released four solo albums. He wrote Exile on Main Street about the iconic Stones album in the critically acclaimed 33 1/3 series. He has written extensively for the All Music Guide online site and has also contributed to Boston Magazine, the Boston Phoenix, and Post Road magazine. He lives in Massachusetts with his family.

The Pre-sent Present

Easily I am tackled by the pressures tossed out by others under incredible amounts of stress. I try to bend like the willow. I struggle in silence. It hurts to see coworkers, family and friends in so much pain caused by a world that's aimlessly walking into the storm without a raincoat.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sweden's YoYo Is Back With Pride

One of the hottest television shows this summer is Welcome To Sweden. It's only fitting to wanna get closer. Like check out what's spinning inside clubs and nightspots. It surely can't be only ABBA and Ace Of Base. Back into the studio we flew with the duo YoYo whose new song Pride breaks out August 28th.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Henry Rollins 10 Things You Don't Know About

He's done just as much for the world as Bono but wants none of the credit. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Punk Rocker and everything else he is Henry Rollins Think you know U.S. history? Think again. 10 THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT STARRING HENRY ROLLINS RETURNS TO H2™ NEW SEASON PREMIERES SATURDAY, AUGUST 16 AT 10:00PM ET/11PT New York, NY – August 4, 2014 – Did you know that the flag that inspired the Star Spangled Banner had two extra stripes? Or that a century ago, camels roamed the Texas Prairie? H2 presents another season of 10 THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT, starring punk rock icon, author and actor Henry Rollins as he uncovers crazy new twists and tidbits behind the historical tales, figures, and places you only thought you knew. The series returns on Saturday, August 16 at 10:00PM ET/11PT on H2. In the new season of 10 THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT, viewers will learn the true story of the American flag and journey through Texas to reveal the epic past of the Lone Star State. From the American Revolution to the famous minds of Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, Henry’s travels across the country will leave even the hungriest history fan craving more. "I can't think of a host and a series that better embodies the spirit of H2: a smart, surprising and entertaining new look at History," says Paul Cabana, SVP, Head of Programming, H2. In 10 THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT, Henry wants to see the odd, the fascinating, the shocking… and he’s taking viewers on a journey into the past unlike any other. He’ll encounter wild personalities, national treasures, and provocative details about some of America’s most fascinating subjects. Whether he’s glimpsing little-seen artifacts at the Smithsonian, diving to explore a forgotten shipwreck, or revealing the obscure story from the street corner you walk past everyday – Henry’s on a mission to discover 10 Things that both casual and serious history fans need to know. 10 Things You Don’t Know About is produced by Asylum Entertainment for H2. Steven Michaels, Jonathan Koch, Stuart Chait, Ryann Lauckner and Rebekah Fry serve as executive producers for Asylum Entertainment. Brian Meere and Paul Cabana serve as executive producers for H2. HENRY ROLLINS BIO In describing Henry Rollins, the tendency is to try to squeeze as many labels as possible into a single sentence. “Rollins is many things,” says the Washington Post, “diatribist, confessor, provocateur, humorist, even motivational speaker…his is an enthusiastic and engaging chatter.” Entertainment Weekly’s list includes “Punk-rock icon. Spoken word poet. Actor. Author. DJ. Is there anything this guy can’t do?” TV Guide has more concisely called him a “Renaissance Man”—but if Henry Rollins could be reduced to a single word, that word would undoubtedly be “workaholic.”

Comedian Marc Moran King Of Podcasting

What is and isn't Broadcasting? Where is it going after its been what it is all these years? There's a lot of creative flow happening on your smartphone and office computer. So much so everyone's trying to be a broadcaster. What are the tricks of success? From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with The Comedy Zone Charlotte's big attraction this weekend. Comedian Marc Moran The cutting edge of broadcasting is no longer sitting inside a cold ass control room playing the hottest buzz cut release from the next up and coming band. Broadcasting has hit a new level of play that turns everyone into pioneers. But how much are you willing to sacrifice to feed the beast? Is there a secret to scoring high numbers? Every talker, mixer and creative mind has been set free to sail across the open internet waves. One man that's getting huge results is Comedian Marc Moran

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Darren Davis Amy Winehouse Comic Book

New to the market of collecting. The Amy Winehouse comic book. Plus we talk about the new Alice Cooper, David Bowie and news about a John Lennon comic book. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Darren G Davis Bluewater Productions has published a new comic book biography on the life of Amy Winehouse as part of their popular Tribute series. Tribute: Amy Winehouse, is eleased this week in honor of the anniversary of her death. The tribute is available in both print and digital. The book was written by Michael L. Frizell with art by Jayfri Hashim and features seven collectable and exclusive covers by Hashim and artist Brent Sprecher. Amy Winehouse, the newest member of the “27 club,” musicians at the height of their career who lost their lives at the age of 27, lived a hard and fast life. Her story, illustrated on her body in the form of tattoos, tells the tell of a talent flaming out long before her time. "Amy Winehouse was one of those artists whose demons both drove her work and led to her untimely death. Writing about her was difficult. As I researched her life and her work, it became increasingly apparent that I couldn't write about her stardom without addressing her illness and vice versa," says writer Michael L. Frizell. "I found myself admiring Ms. Winehouse during the course of crafting this book. I don't think she was a hero, nor do I think she should be propped up as a role model. Tragic artists such as Ms. Winehouse are fascinating to us because we see this woman who seems to have it all - fame, fortune, a thriving artistic career - throw it all away chasing her personal demons. Sadly, we hear of many stories like hers. What sets her story apart is that there's this feeling she'd still be on the charts today if she had been able to conquer those demons," Frizell added. “I fell in love with Amy's soulful, timeless sound immediately upon hearing her voice come over my car radio. I'm honored to be able to contribute, if only in this small way, to the legacy of one of the most talented and, ultimately, tragic singers of our generation,” said cover artist Brent Sprecher. “The Tribute line of comic books tells the stories of people that have made a significant difference in the world while they were with us," says Bluewater publisher, Darren G. Davis. “It is a way for us to honor these people who have made a difference in the world.” Print copies of Tribute: Amy Winehouse can be ordered starting at $3.99 at Comic Flea Market here: Upcoming comic book biography subjects include David Bowie, Alice Cooper, and Women of the 1980’s. Bluewater has already created comic book’s on other iconic singers such as Adele, Freddie Mercury, Kurt Cobain, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Keith Richards, and more. You can download this title on Wowio, ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, My Digital Comics, Overdrive, Iverse, iTunes, Kindle, Biblioboard, ComicBin, Nook, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold. Tribute: Amy Winehouse was profiled on Reuters: Interviews and PDF Review copies are available upon request. Please feel free to use the cover image & pages for your publication. Bluewater Comics biography comic book series has been featured on CNN, The Today Show and in Billboard, Rolling Stone, People Magazine as well as many other publication and media outlets.