Thursday, July 31, 2014

Author Luke Nichter Nixon Tapes

Is it a piece of history ever American should keep or is it just another form of invading a past Presidents life? From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with author Luke Nichter with Nixon Tapes. The famous -- and infamous -- Nixon White House tapes that reveal for the first time President Richard Nixon uncensored, unfiltered, and in his own words. President Nixon's voice-activated taping system captured every word spoken in the Oval Office, Cabinet Room, and other key locations in the White House, and at Camp David -- 3,700 hours of recordings between 1971 and 1973. Yet less than 5 percent of those conversations have ever been transcribed and published. Now, thanks to professor Luke Nichter's massive effort to digitize and transcribe the tapes, the world can finally read an unprecedented account of one of the most important and controversial presidencies in U.S. history. The Nixon Tapes offers a selection of fascinating scenes from the year Nixon opened relations with China, negotiated the SALT I arms agreement with the Soviet Union, and won a landslide reelection victory. All the while, the growing shadow of Watergate and Nixon's political downfall crept ever closer. The Nixon Tapes provides a never-before-seen glimpse into a flawed president's hubris, paranoia, and political genius.

Guitarist Brian Ray from The Bayonets

Paul McCartney's guitarist fronts the Boyonets. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Brian Ray The Bayonets’ guitarist and lead vocalist Brian Ray is known worldwide for his musical contributions to the Paul McCartney Band, who continue on a massive arena & stadium tour this summer. “I've been a very lucky man to work alongside Paul McCartney for 12 years now. Suffice it to say, this perch on which I find myself working with Paul - as well as his generosity of spirit - gives me the space, time, and wherewithal to indulge my wildest sonic dream life in my spare time,“ Brian reflected, “pulling these musical ideas out of the clear blue sky with my friends, so that we can hopefully move people and rock out with them with reckless abandon. For me, rock and roll needs to stay dangerous and fun. I wanted that sense of adventure and camaraderie, and I found it with my good friend and songwriting partner, Oliver Leiber.” Drummer Oliver Leiber is well known for playing guitar and recording songs for some of the biggest artists in the business, including Rod Stewart, among many others. Speaking of the band, Oliver said, “it grew organically out of a very simple desire on Brian's and my part to do a musical project that wasn't trying to be anything. We simply wanted to write songs without judging if they were ‘hits’ or if they would fit into a certain musical radio format. We wanted to write songs that were reflective of who we are as men and artists at this point in our lives. Most of all, we really just wanted to have some fun and rock out! The Bayonets grew out of a desire to get back in touch with the days when I just played music for music's sake.” Crash Boom Bang! was mixed by Joe Zook (Katy Perry, OneRepublic, Pink, Faith Hill and others). The accompanying video was directed by Linda Cevallos-French & Brian French. Crash Boom Bang! was produced by Brian Ray and Oliver Leiber. "We are thrilled to be a part of such a great rock record," says Robo Records president Rob Christie. The Bayonets are: Brian Ray (of The Paul McCartney Band, Etta James, etc.) - guitar/vocals; Oliver Leiber (Rod Stewart, Aretha Franklin, etc.) – drums; Lucrecia L√≥pez Sanz (of Argentina's Nube 9) - guitar/vocals Lucrecia Loez Sanz takes turns with lead vocal on “Whatcha Got” and “Last Man Standing” The album was released, July 29, 2014 by Robo Records and will be world-wide distributed by Universal Music Distribution. The Bayonets - Crash Boom Bang! 1. Crash Boom Bang! (video) 2. So Easy Rider 3. Sucker For Love (video) 4. Smartphone (video) 5. Voodoo Doll 6. Vagabond Soul (feat. Steven Tyler) (lyric video) 7. Whatcha Got (video) 8. Cotton Candy 9. Last Man Standing 10. Big Man Down

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Kenny Loggins Blue Sky Riders

Danger Zone, Footloose, I'm Alright, Your Mama Don't Dance. Kenny Loggins has written some of the greatest sing a long anthems on the planet. His new project is his best work yet. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Kenny Loggins. Wanna Fund "Kenny Loggins and Blue Sky Riders' New Album? Check Out Their Kickstarter.com Campaign, and Also Enter a Chance to Be Their Opening Act!** Kenny Loggins, Georgia Middleman and Gary Burr are the BLUE SKY RIDERS Kenny and Blue Sky Riders (Kenny Loggins' new band) are funding their new album on kickstarter! Check out Kickstarter.com to see the different gifts based on your participation in the project. For more information, click on https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/207968994/kenny-loggins-and-blue-sky-riders-new-studio-album. Kenny and BSR wanted to engage the fans in a new way and circumvent the old school way of how records were made way back when. The band felt that Kickstarter was the perfect platform--since the band is all on "equal footing" without a front man--it is a way to keep the process of funding "democratic." We all know that fans don't blink twice paying for a ticket to see a concert, and by participating in the Kickstarter campaign, fans can participate in the process BEFORE the performance--an added bonus to the fan experience. If you want to participate in the funding and be part of the recording experience, go to kickstarter.com...Type in "Kenny Loggins" and it will take you to the page. During the interview Kenny, Georgia and Gary will talk about the band, the album, the campaign, and an opportunity for a fan to become their opening act! **For more information about the band, the album and the "opening act contest" click onto www.BlueSkyRidersBand.com.

Actor Jason Mewes

Kevin Smith's brilliant writing turned Jay and Silent Bob a generational pull. Now they have a book! From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Actor Jason Mewes Just in time to celebrate the twenty year anniversary of Kevin Smith’s Clerks and the first appearance of the infamous characters Jay & Silent Bob comes JAY & SILENT BOB’S BLUEPRINTS FOR DESTROYING EVERYTHING (Gallery Books; July 22, 2014; Trade Paperback Original; $14.99). JAY & SILENT BOB’S BLUEPRINTS FOR DESTROYING EVERYTHING embodies the characters at their core: irreverent, hilarious, and gleefully destructive. Told through blueprint-style illustrations, Jay & Silent Bob demonstrate how to destroy, well, everything—from breaking up couples, defeating self-doubt, destroying evidence of online perversion, taking down fat hating airlines, and destroying Comic Con. Publishing during the week of San Diego Comic Con—where both Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith will be present—JAY & SILENT BOB’S BLUEPRINTS FOR DESTROYING EVERYTHING is a delight for every fan who has come to embrace their playful and often vulgar humor over the last twenty years.

Dan Lauria and Alley Mills from The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years... one of TV's best kept storytellers. Kevin and Winnie's first kiss. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the actors that had to keep that family moving forward. Dan Lauria and Alley Mills THE WONDER YEARS COMPLETE SERIES NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER – EXCLUSIVELY AT TIMELIFE.COM/WONDERYEARS Named by TV Guide as one of the “Top 20 Shows of the ‘80s,” the Groundbreaking Family Sitcom Will Be Housed in a Collectible Kennedy Junior High Locker and Feature Every Complete Episode Across 26 DVDs, a Specially-Designed Yearbook, Two Notebooks Containing Detailed Episode Info, Custom Wonder Years Magnets, Over 15 Hours of Exclusive Bonus Features, Including the First Cast Reunion in 16 Years, Never-Before-Seen Outtakes, Extensive Interviews with Key Cast & Crew, Ten Newly-Produced Featurettes and More! Additional Collectible Configurations Include THE WONDER YEARS EXPERIENCE Which Also Includes a Kennedy Junior High School T-shirt and Tube Socks in a Vintage Gym Bag, a Kennedy Junior High Pennant and Patch, Wonder Years Collectible Pins, a New CD and more; and, THE WONDER YEARS SIGNATURE EDITION, Which Includes All Elements Described Above, Hand-Signed by Fred Savage and Danica McKellar and Other Cast Members FAIRFAX, VA – Before there was Modern Family, That ‘70s Show or Freaks and Geeks, there was The Wonder Years -- a nostalgia-inducing take on the traditional family sitcom -- and one of the most beloved sitcoms of the past thirty years. Debuting in 1988 following ABC’s broadcast of Super Bowl XXII, the affectionate look at growing up in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s in suburban America was unlike anything else on television. And, for the next six seasons, America tuned in to follow the exploits of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage), as he navigated adolescence in the most memorable of ways. Never before released on DVD in its entirety, THE WONDER YEARS COMPLETE SERIES will be presented as a 26-disc collector’s set featuring all 115 episodes housed in a replica metal locker, along with a host of extras including 15 hours of specially-produced bonus programming ---featurettes, an incredible cast reunion 16 years in the making and never-before-seen outtakes, including all takes of Kevin and Winnie’s first kiss from the pilot episode. THE WONDER YEARS COMPLETE SERIES will be available exclusively online, available now for pre-order at TimeLife.com/WonderYears for $249.95. It was 1968 -- the year of Nixon and space walks and Mod Squad and Vietnam. Enter Kevin Arnold (Savage), a sixth grader at Kennedy Junior High School. Set against the suburban backdrop of Anytown, USA, Kevin sought to minimize his teenage angst while dealing with an older, noogie-happy brother Wayne (Jason Hervey), a rebellious sister, Karen (Olivia d'Abo), distant, workaholic father, Jack (Dan Lauria) and doting housewife mother, Norma (Alley Mills). Add to the mix Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano), his nerdy, allergy-riddled best friend, a potential love interest in winsome girl-next-door Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) and narration by an older, wiser, wittier Kevin (voiced by Daniel Stern) to add perspective to the nostalgia, and you have the perfect recipe for TV greatness. With 28 million viewers tuning in to ABC for the first episode, all it took was one kiss between Kevin and Winnie to get audiences hooked on this series created by the husband-and-wife duo Neal Marlens and Carol Black. From 1988 to 1993, The Wonder Years was one of the most popular shows on TV, achieving a spot in the Nielsen Top 30 for four of its six seasons. And the critical accolades and awards would follow: after only a scant six episodes, the show captured an Emmy® for “Best Comedy Series;” and, at the age of 13, Fred Savage, would become the youngest actor ever nominated as “Outstanding Lead Actor for a Comedy Series.” The series would also go on to win 24 awards (and be nominated for 70 more), including multiple Emmy® Awards, a Golden Globe® and, in 1989, a Peabody® Award for pushing the boundaries of the sitcom format and using new modes of storytelling. Additionally, in 1997, “My Father’s Office" was ranked #29 on TV Guide’s “100 Greatest Episodes of All Time” and in the 2009 list, the pilot episode was ranked #43. Suffice it to say, The Wonder Years was one of the most critically lauded sitcoms of the late 80s and early 90s. An integral part of The Wonder Years was its use of classic period music, so to release the series to the consumer marketplace, StarVista Entertainment/Time painstakingly cleared over 300 songs as they were featured in the original broadcast. Included among the hundreds of memorable, era-defining recordings are Joe Cocker’s iconic title song, “With A Little Help From My Friends,” plus songs by Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, Smokey Robinson, The Who, Aretha Franklin, Carole King and many others.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ralphie May

Hitting the Comedy Zone stage tonight and tomorrow night. On I Heart Radio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the comedian that makes John Boy blush. Ralphie May tand-up comedian Ralphie May was born on February 197, 1972 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He grew up in Clarksville, Arkansas and began making people laugh at an early age. He was 17 years old when he won a contest to open for comedian Sam Kinison, who suggested he pursue a career in comedy. He took up his offer to move to Texas, where he studied at the Performing Arts in Houston. He later moved to Los Angeles, leading him to participate in the first seaason of Last Comic Standing. Though he finished in second place, he has had much success in the business and has appeared in a number of comedy shows. He has been seen in The Wayne Brady Show and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 2005, in addition to joining Celebrity Fit Club, he released his comedy album called Just Correct. He also has three Comedy Central specials to his name.

Jon Davison The New Frontman of YES

Jon’s earliest involvement with music began when he sang in a church youth choir led by his mother, who, from an early age, had instilled in him an appreciation for music and love for singing. Prior to joining YES, Jon studied audio and video production at the Art Institute of Seattle, and toured with Sky Cries Mary. He currently also sings in Tennessee band Glass Hammer. http://yesworld.com