Monday, June 30, 2014

Eric Roberts Scavenger Killers

From the I Heart Radio studio. I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Actor Eric Roberts. He's taking Hollywood horror to an incredibly unpredictable level of addiction. A no-holds-barred, wickedly modern spin on the Bonnie and Clyde legend, SCAVENGER KILLERS features a stellar line-up of classic character and veteran genre actors including Eric Roberts (“In Cold Blood,” The Dark Knight), Charles Durning (The Sting, North Dallas Forty) and Robert Loggia (Scarface, Independence Day) along with a quirky appearance by Dustin Diamond (“Saved by the Bell”), among others. Starring Robert Bogue (“The Following”) as charismatic and respected Judge Taylor Limone, and co-stars Rachael Robbins as sultry, scheming attorney Clara Lovering, SCAVENGER KILLERS graphically portrays what can happen when the pressures of bringing the most heinous criminals to justice ferments into a darkly psychological and sexual pursuit of perverse pleasure! SCAVENGER KILLERS arrives on DVD and VOD July 1st from Midnight Releasing.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ted Alexandro Part 2

Ted Alexandro is a comic’s comic. He’s one of the best in the business. I love what he does”-- Bill Burr “Ted Alexandro is probably one of the best comics I have ever seen”-- Dave Atell “Ted will take you places you don’t want to go but you’ll be glad you did. And when I watch him, sometimes I feel, ‘F**k I wish I had thought of that.”-- Lewis Black On 6/25, his short, episodic series TEACHER’S LOUNGE will premiere on THUNDERSHORTS, SnagFilms new comedy platform. In “Teachers Lounge,” Alexandro and co-star Hollis James play slacker school employees who deal with fellow faculty members Jim Gaffigan, Judah Friedlander, Amy Schumer, and Patton Oswalt as they kill time in the, you guessed it, Teachers Lounge. TEACHER’S LOUNGE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Emn-csaVRaI Conan O’Brien (2/14): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htPlG-raD2o The Late Late Show (8/12): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8dfNKjAxm8 TED ALEXANDRO BIO Ted Alexandro has been a comedian for twenty years. Time Out NY called Ted “One of the funniest comedians working today.” He has performed on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, The View and two half-hour specials on Comedy Central. He has appeared on the television shows “Oz”, “Dr. Katz”, “Louie” and "Inside Amy Schumer". The NY Times called Ted “a crafty, thoughtful and extremely funny stalwart of the New York scene.”

Ted Alexandro

He's on the edge of a school room chair bringing the life of the class room to the flatness of your computer screen. From the I Heart Radio Studio. I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with comedian Ted Alexandro Ted Alexandro is a comic’s comic. He’s one of the best in the business. I love what he does”-- Bill Burr “Ted Alexandro is probably one of the best comics I have ever seen”-- Dave Atell “Ted will take you places you don’t want to go but you’ll be glad you did. And when I watch him, sometimes I feel, ‘F**k I wish I had thought of that.”-- Lewis Black On 6/25, his short, episodic series TEACHER’S LOUNGE will premiere on THUNDERSHORTS, SnagFilms new comedy platform. In “Teachers Lounge,” Alexandro and co-star Hollis James play slacker school employees who deal with fellow faculty members Jim Gaffigan, Judah Friedlander, Amy Schumer, and Patton Oswalt as they kill time in the, you guessed it, Teachers Lounge. TEACHER’S LOUNGE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Emn-csaVRaI Conan O’Brien (2/14): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htPlG-raD2o The Late Late Show (8/12): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8dfNKjAxm8 TED ALEXANDRO BIO Ted Alexandro has been a comedian for twenty years. Time Out NY called Ted “One of the funniest comedians working today.” He has performed on David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, The View and two half-hour specials on Comedy Central. He has appeared on the television shows “Oz”, “Dr. Katz”, “Louie” and "Inside Amy Schumer". The NY Times called Ted “a crafty, thoughtful and extremely funny stalwart of the New York scene.”

Movie Director Paul Hagis

From the I Heart Radio studio. The Writer. The Director. The New York edge of a vibrant Hollywood driven movie. I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Paul Hagis... Paul Haggis is the award-winning filmmaker who, in 2006, became the first screenwriter to write two Best Film Oscar winners back-to-back - Million Dollar Baby (2004) directed by Clint Eastwood, and Crash (2004) which he himself directed. For Crash (2004), he won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. The film also received an additional four nominations including one for Haggis' direction. Crash (2004) reaped numerous awards during its year of release from associations such as the IFP Spirit Awards, the Screen Actors Guild, and BAFTA. In 2006, Haggis' screenplays included the duo Clint Eastwood productions Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), the latter earning him his third screenplay Oscar nomination. He also helped pen Casino Royale (2006), which garnered considerable acclaim for reinvigorating the James Bond spy franchise. In 2007, Haggis wrote, directed and produced In the Valley of Elah (2007) for Warner Independent Pictures, Samuels Media and Summit Entertainment. The film, which starred Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, and Susan Sarandon, was a suspense drama of a father's search for his missing son, who is reported AWOL after returning from Iraq. Jones earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance in the film. Haggis' latest film, The Next Three Days (2010), stars Russell Crowe, Liam Neeson, and Elizabeth Banks. It was produced by Highway 61 and Lionsgate Films. Hwy 61 is the production company Haggis formed with his friend and producing partner Michael Nozik. This is their first feature. It was released in November 2010. Haggis was born in London, Ontario, Canada and moved to California in his early 20s. For over two decades he has written, directed and produced television shows such as thirtysomething (1987) and The Tracey Ullman Show (1987), Due South (1994), The Black Donnellys (2007) and also developed credits as a pup writer on many 'Norman Lear' sitcoms. He also created the acclaimed, if short-lived, CBS series EZ Streets (1996) which the New York Times cited as one of the most influential shows of all time, noting, that without it "there would be no Sopranos." Haggis is equally committed to his private and social concerns. He is the founder of Artists for Peace and Justice. Under this umbrella, many of his friends in the film business have come forward to build schools and medical clinics serving the children of the slums of Haiti.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Nate Bargatze

Funny people from Nashville? The fact that he's from Nashville and he doesn't sing Country Music is funny. Nate Bargatze takes over Charlotte's Comedy Zone June 25-28th. Featured on Jimmy Falon, Comedy Central and a performer at Bonnaroo. This southern man rips from his vocal chords the secret of how to be from the south and survive in New York while trying to sell a television idea to NBC in Hollywood. Unplugged and Totally Uncut on I Heart Radio and WRFX.com

Beau Phillips I KIlled Pink Floyds Pig

If you love Boss Jock Radio and the days of Radio when the Jocks on the air had a seriously out of control connection to the music and its maker... then you will love this book. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the man that invented Pop Up Videos and Behind the Music. I KILLED PINK FLOYD's PIG is a collection of 35 funny, outrageous stories about Led Zeppelin, the Stones, Van Halen, Clapton, Pink Floyd, McCartney and other Gods of Rock. I take readers on a behind-the-scenes tour and give them an insider's perspective. I was a high-profile radio programmer in rock's heyday - also VH1’s head of marketing when Behind The Music and Pop-Up Videos were popular shows. We learned that rock fans loved to get closer to their favorite bands and feel like an insider. My book delivers just that. Over the years, I was invited inside band's dressing rooms, hotel suites, limos and private planes. As you might imagine, I KILLED PINK FLOYD’s PIG is packed with amazing stories - also a foreword written by Sammy Hagar. • Never-been-heard stories about the biggest bands in rock. • I KILLED PINK FLOYD’s PIG is loaded with stories that will get your listeners talking.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Krissie Newman’s Rescue Ranch

Krissie Newman: Executive Director of Rescue Ranch: • Native of Ridgewood, New Jersey, and graduated from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania with a BS in Criminal Justice Pre-Law. • In 2005, Krissie partnered with Project Halo during the Hurricane Katrina Relief effort. Together, they assisted with the adoption and care of animals, abandoned and injured, during the tragedy working hard to arrange for new homes in North Carolina as well as other locations. • In 2010 the idea for Rescue Ranch was born and was officially created in January 2012.

Courtney Robertson

How real is Reality TV? How true to Ben was Courtney's love on ABC's The Bachelor? From the I Heart Radio studio. I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with a modern day villain. Two years ago, Courtney Robertson joined Season Sixteen of The Bachelor looking for love. A working model and newly single, Courtney fit the casting call: she was young, beautiful, and a natural in front of the cameras. While she may have been there for all the right reasons, as the season unfolded and sparks began to fly something else was clear: she was not there to make friends. Courtney quickly became one of the biggest villains in Bachelor franchise history. She unapologetically pursued her man, steamrolled her competition, and broke the rules—including partaking in an illicit skinny-dip that sealed her proposal. Now, after a very public breakup with her Bachelor, Ben Flajnik, Courtney opens up and tells her own story—from her first loves to her first moments in the infamous Malibu mansion—in I DIDN’T COME HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS: CONFESSIONS OF A REALITY SHOW VILLAIN (It Books; June 24, 2014; Hardcover; $24.99), by Courtney Robertson with Deb Baer. Opening up about life before, during, and after the Bachelor, including Ben’s romantic proposal to her on a Swiss mountain top and the tabloid frenzy that continued after the cameras stopped rolling, Robertson shares her story of love and heartbreak, and the reality of appearing on reality TV. With insights including: • Why Courtney never felt threatened by the other contestants when it came to “winning” Ben, and what it was really like to share a house and travel around the world with all of them • As a high school senior, the call from Abercrombie & Fitch that changed her life • How growing up in a household where she was taught to never trust men turned Courtney into a serial rebounder with a taste for bad boys • Courtney’s actual rejected greetings for Ben on their first night, as captured in her journal • The five questions Courtney would recommend any future contestants ask the Bachelor, and the most important one that she herself failed to ask • How, on the show, Courtney lived her very own version of the Bridesmaids’ bathroom blow out scene shortly before the group baseball date in Vieques, Puerto Rico • How Courtney was able to keep her engagement to Ben under wraps before the season finale aired • The real reason Courtney led the paparazzi to a bridal shop for an impromptu dress fitting after the show aired • What the real-life relationship between Courtney and Ben looked like after the cameras went away, and why it finally ended Filled with all the juicy details Courtney fans and foes alike want to know—including which actor begged her not to do the show in the first place, and all the details of her steamy post-relationship romp with another member of Bachelor nation—I DIDN’T COME HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS is part hilarious romp through Bachelor-land, and part no-holds-barred look at what happens when a very real relationship implodes as the world watches. I DIDN’T COME HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS features engaging “Keeping It Real” sidebars, complete with stories, tips, tricks, and advice your favorite Bachelor alumni, including advice from Kalon McMahon on how to “embrace your inner villain,” kissing tips from Arie Luyendyk Jr., Ashlee Frazier with tips for future contestants, and Chris Bukowski on his craziest fan encounter post-show. And, with a juicy epilogue that has the latest on Courtney, her cast mates and more, I DIDN’T COME HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS is a must-read for every member of Bachelor nation. ABOUT COURTNEY ROBERTSON A model and actress, Courtney Robertson has appeared in numerous print, runway, and television campaigns and in the pages of Vogue, Self, InStyle, and Fitness magazines. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Twitter: @bugrobertson | Instagram: @bugrobertson

Monday, June 23, 2014

Marty Friedman Inferno Part Two

Rock guitar God Marty Friedman is in Japan. We Skyped! If guitar is your game to play. Hook up to the I Heart Radio studio and latch onto the heart pounding riffs capable of melting the universe. I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with a Monster of Hard Rock in your face Metal. Inferno from Marty Friedman is ripping to shreds every set of ear buds known to man. Your Dr Dre Beats are nowhere near strong enough to withstand the hard riffs generated by the fingers of a Rocker born to take music to a level of play makes what he does generational. The video has been set free. It proves how important the guitar still is to world culture. Office site

Scythian Jump At The Sun Part 2

Quit waiting for Friday to throw down a seriously out of control hoedown. In the I Heart Radio studio...I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with part two of the Celtic Americana vibration that's ripping up festivals across the country. Named after Ukrainian nomads, Scythian ("sith-ee-yin") plays "immigrant rock" with thunderous energy, beckoning crowds into a barn-dance experience. Scythian is releasing their new Celtic-gypsy-Americana album, Jump at the Sun, which The Bluegrass Situation calls a "shine-fueled, fiddle-flying hoedown." Nashville's Music City Roots says Scythian is "what happens when rock star charisma meets Celtic dervish fiddling." Learn more at ScythianMusic.com.

Patrick Simmons from The Doobie Brothers

If I'm gonna take a pot shot at the radio stations for playing Casey Kasem over the weekend without truly allowing their 24/7 airwaves being a continuation of what Casey brought to Broadcasting... I have to live up to what I preach. From the I Heart Radio studio. I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Patrick Simmons of the Doobie Brothers. The Doobie Brothers have been delivering mind-blowing, roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven rock and roll for over four decades, selling more than 48 million albums and winning four GRAMMY awards. Boasting one of the most loyal fan bases in music, the band continues to write and record new material and tour the world. In 2011, the band marked a new chapter, filming a CMT Crossroads special with superstar Luke Bryan and appearing for the first time on the Grand Ole Opry. Their relationship with Nashville continues to unfold with the upcoming 2014 release of a new album on Sony Music Nashville. THE DOOBIE BROTHERS 2014 SUMMER TOUR DATES *Co-headlining with Peter Frampton +Co-headlining with Boston June 17: The Cynthia Woods- Mitchell Pavilion- The Woodlands, TX + June 18: The Allen Event Center- Allen, TX + June 20: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre -St. Louis, MO+ June 21: Montrose Beach - Chicago, IL + (With Tommy DeCarlo) June 22: Horseshoe Cincinnati- Cincinnati, OH * June 24: Tower Theatre - Upper Darby, PA* June 25: Constellation Brands - Marvin Sands PAC- Canandaigua, NY* June 26: PNC Bank Arts Center- Holmdel, NJ * June 28: Twin River Event Center- Lincoln, RI * June 29: Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook- Gilford, NH* July 11: Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA * July 12: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts - Bethel, NY* July 13: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY* July 15: Sands Bethlehem Event Center - Bethlehem, PA* July 17: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park - Alpharetta, GA * July 18: Tuscaloosa Amphitheater - Tuscaloosa, AL* July 19: Amphitheater at The Wharf-Orange Beach, AL * July 20: Superdome - New Orleans, LA * July 22: Humphreys Concerts By the Bay - San Diego, CA July 25: California Mid-State Fair - Paso Robles, CA July 26: Fox Performing Arts Center - Riverside, CA August 2: Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA + (with John Kay & Steppenwolf) August 3: Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys - Stateline, NV + August 5: USANA Amphitheatre - West Valley City, UT + August 6: Fiddler's Green Amphitheater - Greenwood Village, CO August 8: Pinewood Bowl Theater - Lincoln, NE August 9: Fort McCoy Army Base - Sparta, WI+ August 20: Sun Valley Pavilion - Sun Valley, ID August 21: Western Idaho Fair - Boise, ID August 27: Freedom Hill Amphitheatre - Sterling Heights, MI August 29: Four Winds Casino Resort - New Buffalo, MI August 30: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino - Anderson, IN August 31: Fulton County Fair - Wauseon, OH (with Unspoken) September 1: New York State- Chevy Court- Syracuse, NY

Friday, June 20, 2014

Ian Anderson Jethro Tull

He didn't just play a flute. Nor does he stand on one leg to influence a new age of Yoga. From the I Heart Radio studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Ian Anderson Ian Anderson born on August, 10, 1947 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, is the most famous and innovative flute-player of last 40 year. Anderson also it has got out of a jam itself like singer, composer, and multi instrumentalist, that include acoustic and electrical guitars, saxophone, organ, drum, keyboards, bagpipe, violin, balalaika, clarinet, and great variety of whistles. He is the lider and creator of the rock band Jethro Tull. As flute-player, Anderson is self-taught and his style there was inspired for other recognized flute-player, Rahsaan Roland Kirk. In 1963 he formed The Blades with his companions of studies Barriemore Barlow (drum), John Evan (keyboards), Jeffrey Hammond Hammond (bass guitar) and Michael Stephens (guitar). The Blades was a band of soul and blues, with Anderson like singer and harmonica player. In 1965 the group turned into The John Evan Band with a major formation. It dissolved two years after when Anderson had to move to Luton. In his new city of residence, Ian knew the drumer Clive Bunker and the guitarist Mick Abrahams, proceeding from McGregor's Engine. With Glenn Cornick, a bassist - known of John Evan-, Anderson created the seed of the group that would be a legend, Jethro Tull. Later, the band suffered big changes between his members. The most important was the incorporation of Martin Lancelot Barre (guitar), the only musician that it remains in the band after more than four decades of history, who replace Mike Abrahams in 1969. Also they were outlined Mark Craney (drumer), David Palmer (orquestador and adjustor) and Eddie Jobson (keyboards and violin, ex-UK) As flute-player, Anderson is self-taught. His style is based in large fluttertonguing (frulato), and occasionally canticles and rare sounds while it touches. Besides his profession like musician, Anderson is an owner of many farms of salmon, great part of them in Chile, south America. Like singer has survived a dangerous thrombosis suffered after a flight in airplane. Equally, his voice has met suffered in the last years by different problems in the throat. The style of Ian Anderson mixes folk, celtic music, jazz, rock, blues and pop, and his letters are complex, acid and critiques about the society and religion.

Jon Lovitz Part Three

The family learning tree. From Bob Hope to ? But somehow it ended up landing on Jon Lovitz. Part 3 on I Heart Radio. Unplugged and Totally Uncut

Jon Lovitz Part Two

Appearing this weekend at Charlotte's Comedy Zone. I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with John Lovitz. Part two of a three part series on how being funny isn't about telling jokes. His journey. His decisions to become what America and the world see him as. Brilliantly he's created the type of laughter that not only ignites comedy clubs but Youtube videos that constantly invite viewers to return over and over again. But who is Jon Lovitz? Is he more than funny? He unlocks the door and allows I Heart Radio to step in. Not for this generation but many quickly wanting to follow.

Jon Lovitz

His journey. His decisions to become what America and the world see him as. Brilliantly he's created the type of laughter that not only ignites comedy clubs but Youtube videos that constantly invite viewers to return over and over again. But who is Jon Lovitz? Is he more than funny? He unlocks the door and allows I Heart Radio to step in. Not for this generation but many quickly wanting to follow.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Gareth Murphy Cowboy and Indies

The only way Radio DJ's could connect with listeners was by spending a ton of money on books about the musicians. And yet not one author sits in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame for educating the Radio industry. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with a man that lived the industry from the first guitar riff to the jock spinning it. Gareth Murphy... Cowboys and Indies is nothing less than the first definitive history of the recording industry on both sides of the Atlantic. From the invention of the earliest known sound-recording device in 1850s Paris to the CD crash and digital boom today, author and industry insider Gareth Murphy takes readers on an immensely entertaining and encyclopedic ride through the many cataclysmic musical, cultural, and technological changes that shaped a century and a half of the industry. This invaluable narrative focuses especially on the game changers---the label founders, talent scouts, and legendary A&R men. Murphy highlights: • Otto Heinemann’s pioneer label Okeh, which spread blues and jazz “race” records across America • How one man, Henry Speir, discovered nearly all the Delta blues legends (Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson) • Sam Phillips’s seminal work with Chess and Sun Records • John Hammond’s discoveries (Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen) • The behind-the-scenes players of the British Invasion • Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, and the corporate music machine • The Machiavellian moves of punk impresario Malcolm McLaren (Sex Pistols) • Chris Blackwell’s triumphs for Island Records (Bob Marley, U2) • Sylvia Robinson and Tom Silverman, the hip-hop explorers behind the Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash, and Afrika Bambaataa …and much, much more. Murphy also offers a provocative look at the future through the ruminations of such vanguard figures as Martin Mills (4AD, XL Recordings, Matador, Rough Trade) and genre-busting producer Rick Rubin (Run-D.M.C., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Johnny Cash). Drawing from memoirs, archives, and more than one hundred exclusive interviews with the legends of the record industry, including the founders and CEOs of Atlantic, Chrysalis, Virgin, A&M, Sub Pop, and Sire, this book reveals the secret history behind the hit-making craft. Remarkable in scope and impressive in depth, Cowboys and Indies chronicles the pioneers who set the stylus on the most important labels and musical discoveries in history. GARETH MURPHY BIO (IN HIS OWN WODS) I was born in London in 1974, but before I could remember anything, we moved back to Dublin where my father became a promoter. In 1977, he organised Ireland's first outdoor stadium concert featuring Thin Lizzy and the Boomtown Rats. He ran gigs for Tom Waits, the Ramones, Ian Dury, Dr Feelgood, The Specials, the Clash and many others. He also managed arguably the most important ever traditional Irish group, the Bothy Band. Meanwhile, my mother had a vintage clothing stall at the Dandelion Market (where U2 played their very first gigs.) We lived down a dark, ivy-covered lane in a suburb called Shankill, which back then, was still mostly countryside. As a result, my sister and I didn't have many friends until we were teenagers. Our big old house was beside a crumbling mill and converted barn where my grandparents lived. We climbed trees in the surrounding fields, rode bikes through the long grass. We saw plenty of concerts, famous musicians, and ran around our mum's market. The little school we attended, St Ursuline's, was run by nuns. I always remember being into music. At the age of four, my first big discoveries were Electric Light Orchestra, War of the Worlds and other big-sound records. From the New Wave acts my dad was promoting, I got into 80s pop, then my first records, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, U2. Watching Live Aid in the summer of 1985, Dad got an idea for a stage and roof system that would enable faster tour scheduling. He presented his model to U2 who had just started recording what would become the Joshua Tree. They invested in a company which built three of these rigs. Within a year, we were standing in stadiums around Europe looking up at a real-life version of dad's matchstick model - now one thousand times bigger - as Bono sang "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" to 60,000 people. That windfall bought us an art deco house in the beautiful seaside village of Dalkey. Meanwhile on tour, my father's relations with the U2 manager soured. A long legal battle was settled on the steps of the Dublin High Court in 1990. Being a teenager isn't easy at the best of times, and those years were tense at home. It wasn't all bad, however. I was writing songs, studying the albums of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, the Velvet Underground, the Doors. Friends, girlfriends, hanging out in record stores and caf├ęs on Saturday afternoons, even busking on Grafton street... Dublin was a great place to grow up. I rarely watched TV and spent most of my evenings looking out to sea from our big bay window, playing guitar, listening to music or reading poetry: Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Garcia Lorca. Aged 15 and 16, I started writing experimental prose for my bemused English teacher. Aged 20, I graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in History and Philosophy. The night we all got our exam results, I had somehow drunk myself sober. On that windy walk home, I vowed to travel the world and yes, live for art! I travelled all over India twice: my second trip was five months long. Through a series of accidents, I ended up in the French city of Lyon, where I joined an indie fashion brand, MU:E, part of an emerging niche of young, dance-culture designers. Having grown up around my mother's vintage clothes store, I found I could design and create business. These were colorful times: watching the streets of Europe, zany trade fairs. I got an inside view of the electronic music scene bursting out of London, Paris, Vienna, Copenhagen, Berlin. In 2001, I moved to Paris to work for the Buddha Bar, a nightclub, record company, and world famous compilation series. Negotiating contracts and track hunting, I learned the mechanics of the music business, eventually learning how to produce. Here, I began exploring the similarities between traditional Irish and Moroccan music - how I met my wife. Once again, music brought had me to my next destination; fatherhood, quickly followed by my first book, Cowboys & Indies.

Don Brewer Grand Funk Railroad

Inside the I Heart Radio studio. I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the band that sold out Shea Stadium faster than The Beatles. One of the 1970s' most successful hard rock bands in spite of critical pans and somewhat reluctant radio airplay (at first), Grand Funk Railroad built a devoted fan base with constant touring, a loud, simple take on the blues-rock power trio sound, and strong working-class appeal. The band was formed by Flint, MI, guitarist/songwriter Mark Farner and drummer Don Brewer, both former members of a local band called Terry Knight & the Pack. They recruited former ? & the Mysterians bassist Mel Schacher in 1968, and Knight retired from performing to become their manager, naming the group after Michigan's well-known Grand Trunk Railroad. Closer to Home They performed for free at the 1969 Atlanta Pop Festival, and their energetic, if not technically proficient, show led Capitol Records to sign them at once. While radio shied away from Grand Funk Railroad, the group's strong work ethic and commitment to touring produced a series of big-selling albums over the next few years; five of their eight releases from 1969 to 1972 went platinum, and the others all went gold. Meanwhile, Knight promoted the band aggressively, going so far as to rent a Times Square billboard to advertise Closer to Home, which turned out to be the band's first multi-platinum album in spite of a backlash from the rock press. However, Grand Funk Railroad fired Knight in March of 1972, who promptly sued; the band spent most of the year in a court battle that ended when they bought Knight out. Phoenix Keyboardist Craig Frost joined the group for the Phoenix LP at the end of 1972. Following that album, the band's name was officially shortened to Grand Funk, and the group finally scored a big hit single (number one, in fact) with the title track of the Todd Rundgren-produced We're an American Band. The follow-up, Shinin' On, contained another number one hit in a remake of Little Eva's "The Loco-Motion." However, following Grand Funk's next album, All the Girls in the World Beware!!, interest in the group began to wane. Reverting back to Grand Funk Railroad, they remained together in 1976 solely to work with producer Frank Zappa on Good Singin', Good Playin'. Farner left for a solo career, and the remainder of the band released an album as Flint with guitarist Billy Elworthy. Grand Funk LivesGrand Funk Railroad re-formed in 1981 with Dennis Bellinger on bass and released two albums; only Grand Funk Lives even managed to scrape the bottom of the charts. The group disbanded again, with Brewer and Frost joining Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band and Farner embarking on a new career as a CCM artist; his "Isn't It Amazing" was a number two gospel hit in 1988. In 1997, Grand Funk Railroad reunited once again to record a benefit album titled Bosnia; two years later, Capitol issued a three-disc box set retrospective, Thirty Years of Funk: 1969-1999.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Rodney Perry

I love playing the game: How long before the famous people realize we're live on the radio? From the I Heart Radio studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Actor Comedian Rodney Perry Warm and friendly is how you feel once you greet the welcoming smile of comedian Rodney Perry in person, and after only minutes of being in his presence the smiles turn to hearty laughter as his gift is to entertain. Born in Chicago and raised in Monroe Louisiana, the road to stardom has not always been paved with fun and laughs. But whatever his surroundings Perry has always used comedy to pave his way to success. Rodney served his country for eight years as a member of the United States Navy. Serving two tours of duty took Rodney to New Orleans and to the Bay Area, which prepared him for the entertainment industry and for life. He would perform his duties as Yeoman Second Class by day and perform his sidesplitting comedy shows by night. Perry came to a crossroad in 1998, when he had to choose between continuing his Navy career or making Stand-Up Comedy a career. He chose the latter. Rodney, his wife and their children packed their things and headed to Hollywood. Actually, Inglewood. Upon exiting the Navy Perry was thrust into the work force. Comedy was not paying the bills, yet. Perry did it all. Apartment Manager, Secretary, Data Entry Clerk, Temporary Employee for a Modeling Agency and the list goes on and on. He did all the things that a budding young comedian does. Everything, except the Comedy career that he had moved to Los Angeles for. All that changed during a temporary assignment at the Veterans Administration. During his week at the VA Rodney befriended an amputee. One day he asked Perry; “What are you doing here?” and “Why aren’t you doing what you were set on this earth to do?” That was the wake-up call he needed. Rodney began doing any and everything in the world of comedy. He was an audience warm-up, a radio personality, a writer, and mostly a full fledged Professional Stand-Up Comedian. Rodney Perry has had the opportunity to learn the business of Comedy from some of the best. His first job in Hollywood was serving as writer/warm-up guy for Kym Whitley’s show “Oh Drama” on BET. Doors continued to open for Rodney as he got opportunities to serve as opening for the likes of George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, and Steve Harvey. The relationship that would prove to be the most poignant would be the one between Rodney and Mo’Nique. The first time Rodney ever spoke to Mo’Nique she offered to take his wife on a shopping spree. Rodney says, “That was the day I met my personal angel, my sister”. They would go on to perform all over the country and to share microphones on syndicated radio as well. When the Radio Show ended Mo’Nique told Perry that bigger and better things were coming. That thing happened to be the Mo’Nique Show on BET. Perry now calls Atlanta home. Rodney Perry’s Comedy career has given him many opportunities, from his work as Co-Host of the Mo’Nique Show to his starring role as Harold in “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family”. Even though Perry is becoming a sought after actor and host he is and always will be a comedian first. Currently, Rodney Perry is preparing to shoot his first comedy special for television entitled “Rodney Perry All The Way LIVE!” http://rodneyperry.com

Ari Goldman The Late Starter Orchestra

It's never too late and you are never too old to play music. From the I Heart Radio studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with a NY Times reporter that lives by one rule: If you think you can play. Then you can. A few years ago, Ari Goldman felt the same nostalgia for the cello and chronicled his return to the instrument in an article for the New York Times. Ari is a former New York Times reporter and the author of The Search for God at Harvard, which was a New York Times Notable Book. In his new book, The Late Starters Orchestra (June 10, 2014), Ari picks up the cello again after 25 years and we follow him as he prepares for his musical coming out: his next birthday party. First he secures a seat in his 11-year old son’s youth orchestra and sits in on his private Suzuki lessons, and then he’s ready for the big time: the Late Starters Orchestra of New York City, whose motto is If you think you can play, you can. Delighting us from the very first line (“Standing in a crowded elevator in midtown Manhattan with a cello strapped to your back is no way to win a popularity contest.”), readers will enjoy this humorous and heartwarming story about finding passion and purpose later in the life, and about the power of music. The Late Starters Orchestra has received nice early author endorsements, including Letty Cottin Pogrebin, who calls it “a joy to read—moving, funny, and deeply true in its depiction of those aspirations we put aside until, one day, we realize it’s now or never . . . An inspiration for dreamers everywhere.” And it will have whimsical black-and-white illustrations by Eric Hanson throughout. Ari will discuss: • Never pack away your instrument. leave it out so you can get your hands on it when the spirit moves you. Play every day. • It’s impossible to keep up with kids. Instead, find like-minded adults who are just a tad better than you are to play with. • Consider every note a song. • Never perform. Only “rehearse,” sometimes in public. • Remember that practice makes the impossible possible. • Learn a favorite song and play it to death. That way, if someone hands you an instrument, you can play at least a few bars of something. • Go to concerts. Listen to your devices. surround yourself with the music you aspire to play. • Don’t spend a lot of money on your instrument. spend it on a teacher with an abundance of patience and a sense of humor. • Record yourself playing. don’t listen to it, even once, for at least a year. revel in how far you’ve come when you finally do listen to it. • When you play Mozart or Chopin or the Beatles or Elton John, remember that they played this too. You are connected. • Have fun! You will never be a soloist at Carnegie Hall. Accept that and play because you love it! About the author: Former New York Times reporter Ari L. Goldman is the author of three previous books, including the bestseller The Search for God at Harvard. He teaches at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Scythian Jump At The Sun

When Celtic meets Americana. From the I Heart Radio Studio I am Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Scythian. Scythian started several years ago as nothing more than a group of street performers. Raised playing classical music, necessity drove Scythian to play at street corners in hopes of earning a few bucks for gas money. Although the need for petrol got Scythian started, it was the great times they had and the appreciative listeners they met that kept them going. It was through the encouragement of these friends that Scythian became a full fledged band and we thank you

Col Oliver North

Oliver L. North serves as host of the FOX News Channel (FNC) documentary series "War Stories with Oliver North." North is a combat-decorated Marine, author, founder of a small business, inventor who holds three U.S. patents, syndicated columnist and former candidate for the United States Senate. Assigned to the National Security Council staff in the Reagan Administration, North was involved in planning the rescue of 804 medical students on the island of Grenada and played a major role in the daring capture of the hijackers of the cruise ship Achille Lauro. After helping plan the U.S. raid on Muammar Qaddafi's terrorist bases in Libya, North was targeted for assassination by Abu Nidal, the world's deadliest assassin. North also serves as the honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance, the conservative public policy organization he founded in 1990. Freedom Alliance provides tuition assistance to dependents of troops killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Freedom Alliance also provides support to members of the armed forces who have been wounded in the line of duty, are currently serving on the front lines, and their families. The organization is dedicated to the maintenance of a strong national defense, the protection of the rights and freedoms of individual citizens, and the adoption of policies that promote free enterprise. North graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and served 22 years as a Marine. His awards for service in combat include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for valor, and two Purple Hearts for wounds in combat. ABOUT OLIVER NORTH'S NEW BOOK COUNTERFEIT LIES The explosive new thriller from Oliver North, who stormed bestseller lists nationwide with his disarmingly authentic military novel Heroes Proved, is a gripping, non-stop tale that could only be written by someone who has "been there, done that." Veteran undercover FBI agent Jake Kruse is investigating a smuggling ring in southern California when his assignment is cut short. A prominent criminal defense attorney wants to hire Jake on another kind of mission: to kill the daughter of a local crime boss. What began as a "contract killing" soon captures the attention of the CIA, the U.S. Secret Service, and high-level officials in Washington. The undercover agent is plunged into a deadly underworld of North Korean espionage, Hezbollah terror and the sinister deception Iran uses to acquire nuclear weapons. Caught in a web of international intrigue that goes to the top of the U.S. government, Kruse is forced to confront the ultimate moral quandary: doing what’s right when everything seems wrong. His New York Times bestseller Heroes Proved was praised by Sean Hannity as "a heart-thumping ‘must-read’ for every American" and as "inspiring truth in the form of a novel" by U.S. Army Lieutenant General William "Jerry" Boykin, a founding member of Delta Force. Now, national security expert and decorated war hero Oliver North and former U.S. Marine and FBI undercover agent Bob Hamer bring their real-life experience to this pulse-pounding tale of international intrigue and down-to-the-wire suspense. They say it’s fiction. But it’s all too real.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ian McGlagan The Faces

Since the mid-1960s, when his Hammond organ provided the British Mod band the Small Faces with much of its soul and swagger, keyboardist Ian McLagan has backed some of the biggest acts—and egos—in the business. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 with another band, the Faces, he toured the world with Rod Stewart, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. Artists from Chuck Berry and Bruce Springsteen to Bonnie Raitt and Paul Westerberg have called on him to punch up their sound in recording sessions and on tours. He hung out with Keith Moon and Pete Townshend of the Who. In 1998 he published "All the Rage: A Riotous Romp Through Rock & Roll History," an often hilarious, sometimes tragic sex-and-drugs tell-all—now out of print. Mr. McLagen, 69 years old, makes his home near Austin, Texas. "Mac" keeps his Hammond organ in a van outside his home, ready for club dates. His ninth solo album, "United States," is due out Tuesday (YepRoc). "It's not really about America at all," he says of the album. "It's about relationships."

Brent Butt

From the I Heart Radio studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with a very funny actor comedian. His last name alone is the best joke on the planet. Born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Brent Butt discovered early that being funny was a good way to get attention. Brent honed his comedy in school and at the age of 20 moved to the city to pursue a career in stand-up. Within months he was headlining top clubs in Toronto, and within a couple years he was touring internationally and appearing at major festivals. His television specials quickly secured his reputation as one of the funniest people in the country, but he was also busy creating his own TV series – a sitcom called Corner Gas. It became an instant hit with unprecedented ratings and numerous accolades including an International Emmy Award nomination, and was named “Funniest Show on TV” by TV Guide readers. Corner Gas went on to become Canada’s #1 comedy, broadcast in over 26 countries including the US and airing for six seasons. Brent then created another sitcom for CTV called Hiccups which starred himself and Nancy Robertson. They made 26 episodes of Hiccups over two seasons, winning multiple LEO awards along the way. Brent is currently developing a new show for television, but he also recently made the transition to movies, having completed shooting on his new feature film “NO CLUE” which he wrote and stars in. Aside from TV and Film production, Brent continues to tour the country performing standup as often as he can ABOUT THE FILM NO CLUE, AVAILABLE ON DVD JUNE 17th AMY SMART IS THE DAMSEL, BUT COMEDIAN BRENT BUTT AND DAVID KOECHNER ARE IN DISTRESS IN THIS HILARIOUS COMEDY NO CLUE When a beautiful and mysterious woman (Amy Smart) bursts into the office of Leo Falloon (Brent Butt), desperate to find her missing brother, it’s just another day in the life of a hard-boiled detective. The problem is, Leo is not a detective. He sells novelty advertising across the hall from the detective. But how hard could it be? Leo and his friend Ernie (David Koechner) are about to find out in this hysterical caper, which was an Official Selection at the 2014 LA Comedy Festival. CAST • Amy Smart (Crank, Varsity Blues, “Justified”) • David Koechner (Anchorman 2, Get Smart, “The Office”) • Kirsten Prout (Elektra, “Kyle XY”) • Stand-up Comedian Brent Butt ("Corner Gas") BONUS FEATURES • Audio Commentary with Brent Butt and Director Carl Bessai • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

Monday, June 16, 2014

Antsy McClain

Inside the I Heart Radio studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with one of this nations funniest! Antsy McClain performing June 23, 2014 McGlohon Theatre - Charlotte, NC Antsy McClain is about to embark on a 20-date tour that will launch June 12th in St. Louis, Missouri as the opening act for headliner Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. This tour will include stops at landmark cities like New York, Indianapolis, Atlanta, and Charlotte, where Antsy McClain will perform unaccompanied for audiences across the country. Antsy McClain is an American humorist singer from Kentucky whose stories are told and performed through country music with jazz, swing and rock influences that have given Antsy his signature sound. Antsy, who has performed with his band The Trailer Park Troubadours for two decades, breaks away as a solo act during this tour. Given the name Antsy as a child because of his hyper activity (otherwise known as Ronnie Joe McClain), Antsy is a true artist in more ways than one. Art became a fascination to Antsy at the age of four, where he copied cartoon characters out of newspapers. As he grew older, his artistic direction took a mature turn when Antsy McClain graduated from simple drawings to pastel paintings and later become an award-winning illustrator for magazines and books. As a do-it-yourself guy, Antsy took control of his artistic ability and began playing the guitar where he would compose his own original music. In 1999, Antsy McClain became one of the first artists to independently release his own music after recording, mixing and producing the material himself. Antsy applied his artistic ability in his music by designing his own merchandising from CD covers to tour shirts. Antsy McClain has received critical acclaim from artists like Guy Clark, Lindsay Buckingham and even Willie Nelson, and that’s only just to name a few. Antsy's fans call themselves “Flamingoheads,” a term taken from the iconic pink birds that adorn many lawns in mobile home communities. Antsy McClain frequents the Flamingohead Family Facebook page where he engages with his fans about life, music and upcoming projects. Antsy McClain has released 12 studio albums with his band The Trailer Park Troubadours which had standouts like “Living the Dream,” the latest, and “New Good Old Days” a fan favorite. In these albums, Antsy McClain and the Troubadours have poked fun at pop culture with songs like “I Was Just Flipped Off by a Silver Haired Old Lady,” and frustration with modern day technology, as in “Upgrade,” all produced by Antsy McClain himself. In 2006 Antsy released the Christmas album “Merry Christmas From the Trailer Park” which featured the popular Holiday track “Christmas at the Trailer Park.” Songs by Antsy McClain feature a balance of humor and personal insight into the human condition. Turning a critical, yet winking eye to the foibles of modern society, Antsy gives audiences an escape from their own daily lives where they can enjoy upbeat music and positive energy by an artist who never takes himself – or life – too seriously. Antsy McClain Tour Dates: June 12, 2014 Sheldon Concert Hall - St. Louis, MO June 14, 2014 Egyptian Room - Indianapolis, IN June 16, 2014 B.B. King Blues Club - New York, NY June 17, 2014 Ram’s Head - Annapolis, MD June 19, 2014 B.B. King Blues Club - New York, NY June 20, 2014 B.B. King Blues Club - New York, NY June 21, 2014 Carpenter Theatre - Richmond, VA June 23, 2014 McGlohon Theatre - Charlotte, NC June 24, 2014 Newberry Opera House - Newberry, SC June 25, 2014 Newberry Opera House - Newberry, SC June 26, 2014 Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA June 27, 2014 Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA July 17, 2014 Orpheum Theater - Wichita, KS July 18, 2014 Holland Performing Arts Center - Omaha, NE July 19, 2014 Orpheum Theatre - Sioux Falls, SD July 21, 2014 Rusmore Plaza - Civic Center Rapid City, SD July 23, 2014 Wilma Theatre - Missoula, MT July 24, 2014 Bing Crosby Theater - Spokane, WA July 25, 2014 Tower Theater - Bend, OR July 26, 2014 Britt Pavilion - Jacksonville, OR http://www.antsy.net https://www.facebook.com/thetroubs https://twitter.com/AntsyMcClain https://soundcloud.com/thetroubs https://www.youtube.com/user/antsymcclain

Friday, June 13, 2014

J.B. Bernstein Million Dollar Arm

I just had the million dollar conversation. Unplugged and Totally Uncut on I Heart Radio and WRFX.com. He lived the sport through a different set of eyes. A trip to India changed the game forever. India is a country with more than one billion people, a fanatical national cricket obsession, and exactly zero talent scouts. There, superstar sports agent J. B. Bernstein knew that he could find the Yao Ming of baseball— someone with a strong arm and enough raw talent to pitch in the major leagues. Almost no one in India is familiar with the game, but Bernstein had heard enough coaches swear that if you gave them a guy who throws a hundred miles an hour, they could teach him how to pitch. So in 2007, Bernstein flew to Mumbai with a radar gun and a plan to find his diamond in the rough. His idea was The Million Dollar Arm, a reality television competition with a huge cash prize and a chance to become the first native of India to sign a contract with an American major-league team. MILLION DOLLAR ARM by J.B. Bernstein (Gallery Books; on-sale April 1st; $16.00; Trade Paperback) is a humorous and inspiring story about three guys transformed: Bernstein, the consummate bachelor and shrewd businessman, and Dinesh and Rinku, the two young men from small farming villages whom he brought home to California. MILLION DOLLAR ARM is a timeless reflection on baseball and the American dream, as well as a tale of victory over incredible odds. But, above all, it’s about the limitless possibilities inside every one of us. MILLION DOLLAR ARM is now a major motion picture by Walt Disney Pictures starring Jon Hamm, Alan Arkin and Lake Bell.

Ryan Hamilton

Funny man Ryan Hamilton tore up the I Heart Radio studio this morning. Then again he is from Idaho. We people from the Pacific Northwest are pretty freakin way the hell out there but damn glad you invited us to the party. Performing at the Comedy Zone Charlotte this weekend is the extremely funny Ryan Hamilton. RollingStone Magazine has named him one of the top five funny people to watch. And so we did. Mike the limo driver and I sat back and watched. Comedian's feel kind of funny when all you do is stare at them. cltcomedyzone.com

Thursday, June 12, 2014

DC Parmet Tour Manager Elton John

Why you should never throw away a business card. Reason number one. Elton John is coming to town and your I Heart Radio listeners want some dirt. More than what People Magazine and RollingStone have already delivered.

Simon Helberg and Jocelyn Towne I Am I

He's Howard on Big Bang Theory. She's making waves with their new movie. From the I Heart Radio studio. I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with... Simon currently stars in CBS’ smash hit (and People’s Choice Winner for Best TV Comedy,) "The Big Bang Theory", as Howard Wolowitz, engineering genius who prides himself on being the group’s Casanova. Prior to his success on "The Big Bang Theory," Simon was a regular on the sketch comedy show, "MADTv". He was also featured in numerous critically acclaimed series including "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip", "Arrested Development", and "Reno 911!" On the big screen he has been seen in such Academy Award nominated films as the Coen Brothers’ "A Serious Man" and "Good Night and Good Luck", as well as "Old School", Christopher Guest’s "For Your Consideration" and "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story". Simon is also well known as one half of the comedy duo "Derek & Simon", with comedy partner Derek Waters. The two most recently starred together in the web series "Derek & Simon: The Show" on the comedy website Super Deluxe, which they created with comedian Bob Odenkirk. He also played the role of ‘Moist’ in the internet cult sensation "Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog". Born and raised in Los Angeles, Simon attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he trained at the Atlantic Theater Company. ABOUT JOCELYN TOWNE Jocelyn Towne was born and raised in Los Angeles, attended Crossroads School for the Arts & Sciences and got her B.A. in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. She has worked as an actor in theatre and film. In 2001, she got a job as a reader for Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and helped them to find "Little Miss Sunshine." In 2011, Jocelyn raised funds for her first feature (as director/writer/actress), "I Am I," on Kickstarter and won the Kickstarter Video of the Year for her campaign. "I Am I" premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival in 2013, where she won "Outstanding Achievement in Directing." The film made its international premiere at the Champs Elysees Film Festival. "I Am I" also won a Special Jury prize at U.S. in Progress in 2012. Jocelyn’s 2nd film, "We’ll Never Have Paris," premiered at SXSW in 2014. She is married to Simon Helberg. SYNOPSIS OF I AM I I AM I is the story of a young woman, Rachael (Jocelyn Towne), who meets her estranged father, Gene (Kevin Tighe), at her mother’s funeral. Eager to get to know her father, Rachael later tracks him down at an assisted living home only to realize that Gene suffers from memory loss and thinks he is still a young man. He has no recollection of having a daughter and instead is convinced that Rachael is actually her mother. After trying and failing to make him remember her, Rachael eventually decides to go along with her father’s delusions by pretending to be her mother in order to get to know him. Before long, Rachael is visiting Gene every day, finding new ways to bring elements from his past into their present relationship. What began as a search for understanding has become romantic and joyful, but it can’t go on forever. As Rachael pieces together the past and plays out memories for Gene, her need to be seen by her father for who she truly is grows strong. Here’s a link to the trailer: http://iamithefilm.com /trailer

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ira Judelson The Fixer

From New York’s foremost bail bondsman with “over $30 million on the street” comes the story of a modern-day “fixer” who walks a fine line between hustler and humanitarian with clients ranging from the rich and famous to the mafia and gangs of New York. With from-the-gut prose, Ira Judelson sheds light on the highs and lows of the bondsman life. But Judelson is no process server. He sees himself as a sort of modern day “macher”—using his juice as a bail bondsman to help friends old and new out of jams wherever he can. He is also a keenly observant and wildly charismatic insider who’s seen it all. Prepare to be shocked, but also informed in The Fixer as Judelson reveals the unwritten laws of the courtroom and even prison—not to mention the shameless activities of his unbelievable list of clients, including former New York Giants Plaxico Burress and Lawrence Taylor; rappers Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Ja Rule, Lil’ Wayne, and DMX; comedian Katt Williams; notorious Manhattan madam Kristin Davis; former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and actress Lindsay Lohan. You’ll see why the New York Times describes Judelson as “an inevitable entry in the BlackBerrys of New York defense lawyers, an ATM for desperate rappers, actors, athletes, executives, and madams with pocketbooks much fatter than his.” The Fixer is a rollicking narrative that follows Judelson as he learns the ins and outs of the down-and-dirty world of bonds: which judge might let you slide, which ones have zero tolerance, which lawyers do pro bono for the right case, and the cops and DAs who believe in second chances. Judelson illuminates a world almost entirely opaque to the general public, but also entertains and informs with the inside scoop on the underbelly of the justice system. ADVANCED PRAISE FOR THE FIXER Judelson “pulls back the curtain to reveal the backroom machinations, last-minute deals, and occasional manhunts that go along with the job in this page-turner…a last glimpse at one of the country’s most unique professions.”—Publishers Weekly “Ira Judelson has gotten more guys out of jail than I have. This riveting account of a bail bondsman and his interaction with the criminal justice system is a must read. I thought I knew a lot about criminal law but I learned so much more from this bottom-up look at how the system actually operates.” —Alan Dershowitz, author of Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law “If you ever get in trouble, I mean real trouble, remember this guy, Ira Judelson. If you don’t believe me, read this book! It’s a must read.” —Regis Philbin ABOUT IRA JUDELSON Ira Judelson is one of New York’s most prominent bail bondsmen. For nearly twenty years, he has posted bail for some of the city’s most notorious defendant-celebrities, as well as thousands of common criminals. He is well known to those in the justice system for his no-nonsense demeanor, his charismatic charm, and his ability to “read” a prospective client. He lives in Westchester, New York with his wife and three children.

Mountain Man From Duck Dynasty

I can't go to Google and tap in the letters required to send me to a Mountain Man bio. I just have to say. I honestly felt like I just talked to a damn good old friend.

Mark McGrath Of Sugar Ray

Mark McGrath is a true original. Best known as lead singer/songwriter for Sugar Ray, the Southern California-native can lay claim to a stunning string of top 10 hits, including “Someday,” “When It’s Over,” and the twin #1 classics, “Fly” and “Every Morning.” McGrath and Sugar Ray proved worldwide fan favorites, with multiple multi-platinum albums (including the RIAA 3x platinum certified 14:59), countless sold out tours, innumerable TV appearances, and starring roles on the covers of such national publications as Spin and Rolling Stone. More than two decades since their foundation later, Sugar Ray remain devoted to the cause that united them, the pursuit of good times, sunshine, and great rock ‘n’ roll. As if that weren’t enough, McGrath has enjoyed a high profile career as a multi-faceted TV personality, including his current role as host of truTV’s extreme singing competition series, Killer Karaoke. Among his many other credits are stints as co-host of the entertainment news program,Extra, and as host of the nationally syndicated Don’t Forget The Lyrics! A three-time champion on VH1’s Rock & Roll Jeopardy, McGrath has also appeared on such hugely successful series as Fox’sAmerican Idol, NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice (Season 4), ABC’s Wife Swap and most recently, ABC’s hit sitcom, The Neighbors. For more, please visit twitter.com/mark_mcgrath (@mark_mcgrath), www.sugarray.com, andwww.markmcgrath.com. UNDER THE SUN 2014 Blues Traveler * Sugar Ray * Uncle Kracker * Smash Mouth Special Guests Gin Blossoms / Sister Hazel/ Spin Doctors (On Selected Dates) JUNE 27 - Omaha, NE - Memorial Park 28 - Riverside, IA - Riverside Casino & Golf Resort * ¥ 29 - Springfield, IL - Outdoor Pavilion JULY 2 - Alton, IL - Alton Riverfront Amphitheatre *** ‡ 4 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater 5 - Kansas City, MO - Crossroads ** 6 - Aurora, IL - River Edge Park ** 8 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheatre 10 - Traverse City, MI - National Cherry Festival 11 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre 12 - Fort Wayne, IN - Hanning & Bean Plaza @ Three Rivers Festival 13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE – Outdoors 17 - Oshkosh, WI - Leach Amphitheatre 18 - Prior Lake, MN - Lakefront Music Fest 19 - Hammond, IN - Wolf Lake Memorial Park – The Pavilion ** 20 - Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion 22 - Boston, MA - House of Blues 24 - Stamford, CT - Alive At Five Concert Series * 25 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony Summerstage 26 - Atlantic City, NJ - Trump Taj Mahal – Mark Etess Arena 27 - Solomons, MD - Calvert Marine Museum *** † 29 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount 30 - Glen Allen, VA - Innsbrook After Hours Concert Series AUGUST 1 - Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheatre 2 - Atlanta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 3 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall 5 - San Antonio, TX - Majestic Theatre * 7 - Albuquerque, NM - Route 66 * 8 - Las Vegas, NV - Golden Nugget 9 - Valley Center, CA - Harrah’s Rincon Hotel & Casino 11 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery 12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Greek Theatre 13 - Paso Robles, CA - Vina Robles Amphitheatre 15 - Marysville, WA - Tulalip Resort Casino ** ADDITIONAL DATES & INFORMATION TO BE ANNOUNCED www.underthesuntour.com * w/o Uncle Kracker ** w/o Smash Mouth *** w/o Blues Traveler † w/Gin Blossoms ‡ w/Sister Hazel ¥ w/Spin Doctors

Monday, June 9, 2014

Bubonik Funk

The origins of the Bubonik Funk pandemic have been traced back nearly eight years ago to Charlotte, North Carolina, where four carriers of the virus met as high school sophomores at a Catholic School. Contrary to the straight-laced, uniform attitude of their colleagues, these four young students were sick in the mind, and the infection spread immediately. No eardrums were spared. Four self-produced albums and hundreds of tour dates later, reports of advanced staged symptoms began to come to light. Reports of the funk were issued from as far south as Boca Raton FL, Athens, Atlanta, and Charlotte, extending up the coast to New York City, Boston, Philly and dozens of other markets along the seaboard. Levels of Bubonik Funk in 2014 are projected to be outright devastating. The band is set to release a new studio album in April for the first time in two years. It is rumored to be the most potent of any previous musical strains. A New York based PR Company has signed with the group, backing the funk with three full-time publicists and a social media director. The biggest tour to date launched in early January: 3 months from Key West, Florida to New England. Please stay safe, Bubonik Funk does not discriminate: Black, white, young and old are all susceptible and the funk is proliferating fast. There is no known cure at this time.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Hugo Ferreira Tantric 37 Channels Pt2

Louisville-based eclectic rock act Tantric have just signed a deal with Pavement Entertainment and will release their eagerly awaited fifth studio album entitled '37 Channels' in September 2013. It's the band's first work since their 2009 release, 'Mind Control'. ‘37 Channels’ maintains Tantric's tradition of exploring new directions by integrating diverse influences such as old school country, southern and classic rock and Motown with the trademark Tantric sound. Frontman Hugo Ferreira's unique soulful baritone vocals, ranging from angsty rasps to melodious melancholy are once again present, along with the usual intricate guitar work and infectious riffs layered over complex textures. Featured guests on the album include Shooter Jennings, Leif Garrett, Austin Winkler of Hinder, members of 3 Doors Down, Saving Abel and Uncle Kracker. The album title comes from what Ferreira describes as"What goes on in my brain constantly; 37 things or channels if you will, all at once vying for my attention". Typically diverse, the track selection offers unexpected content that will surely impress, as well as something for loyal fans. This album also marks a change in Tantric's structure, establishing it as Ferreira's ongoing musical project and allowing more freedom for collaborations without deviating from the established Tantric sound.

Rob Schneider

454 films and counting. A new TV show. One of the craziest men in American comedy. He's made you laugh. I've known about his other side for years. Today...we get to talk openly and yet in the end Rob has this incredible way of making everything and everyone feel incredible about being alive and moving forward.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hugo Ferreira Tantric 37 Channels Pt1

Louisville-based eclectic rock act Tantric have just signed a deal with Pavement Entertainment and will release their eagerly awaited fifth studio album entitled '37 Channels' in September 2013. It's the band's first work since their 2009 release, 'Mind Control'. ‘37 Channels’ maintains Tantric's tradition of exploring new directions by integrating diverse influences such as old school country, southern and classic rock and Motown with the trademark Tantric sound. Frontman Hugo Ferreira's unique soulful baritone vocals, ranging from angsty rasps to melodious melancholy are once again present, along with the usual intricate guitar work and infectious riffs layered over complex textures. Featured guests on the album include Shooter Jennings, Leif Garrett, Austin Winkler of Hinder, members of 3 Doors Down, Saving Abel and Uncle Kracker. The album title comes from what Ferreira describes as"What goes on in my brain constantly; 37 things or channels if you will, all at once vying for my attention". Typically diverse, the track selection offers unexpected content that will surely impress, as well as something for loyal fans. This album also marks a change in Tantric's structure, establishing it as Ferreira's ongoing musical project and allowing more freedom for collaborations without deviating from the established Tantric sound.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

John Waters Carsick

Filmmaker, director and writer John Waters was born on April 22, 1946, in Baltimore, Maryland. Sometimes called the "King of Bad Taste" or the "Pope of Trash," Waters has built a reputation for shocking his audiences. Many of his films satirize suburban America as well as many social conventions and attitudes. He started out making short experimental films in the 1960s, often using friends as actors and holding small showings in offbeat locales. Roman Candle (1966), one of his early works, marked the first time Waters worked with Divine, an oversized, over-the-top transvestite. Turning to feature films, Waters made Mondo Trasho in 1969. Divine starred as a hit-and-run driver who looks after her dead victim. Waters went to create what is considered by many to be one of the grossest movies of all time. Pink Flamingos (1972) features Divine as Babs Johnson. Johnson is a mother who leads her family in a battle against the Marble family to determine which group is the filthiest. One legendarily disgusting scene from the film has Divine eating dog excrement. The film became a cult classic and a popular choice for many midnight showings. Moving toward the mainstream a bit, Waters made Polyester (1981) with Divine and Tab Hunter, a movie star from the 1950s. As with many Waters films, the storyline is an absurd take on suburbia, exaggerating the usual martial squabbles and family problems. Starring as a discontented housewife, Divine must contend with an unfaithful pornographer husband, a sexually promiscuous daughter and a glue-sniffing son who likes to stomp on people's feet. Still filled with unusual and offbeat characters, Water's 1988 film Hairspray was a much tamer effort for the legendary filmmaker. Instead of grossing out audiences, the movie centered on the struggle of Tracy Turnblad, an overweight teen, to join the cast of television dance show. Set in the early 1960s in Water's hometown of Baltimore, the film's heroine, played by Ricki Lake, also speaks out about a pressing issue of that era - integration. This story of an underdog overcoming obstacles struck a chord with many audience members and has become Waters' most popular and best-known work. The film was later turned into a successful Broadway musical and a film version of the musical was released in 2007. His next film, Cry-Baby (1990), took audiences back to the 1950s. Featuring Johnny Depp as the title character, a teen delinquent from the wrong side of the tracks, the movie is a send-up of the teenage exploitation films of the period. Cry-Baby falls for a "good" girl from a respectable home and there's a touch of Romeo and Juliet as the two struggle to be together. Waters went contemporary with his next work, Serial Mom (1994), which starred Kathleen Turner as a suburban mom gone homicidal. As with many of his films, Waters made some interesting casting choices. The legendary kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst appears as a member of the jury in Serial Mom and went on to handle roles in Pecker (1998) and Cecil B. Demented (2000). One of Waters' most recent directorial efforts, 2004's A Dirty Shame, starred Tracy Ullman as a mother who becomes oversexed after suffering a head injury. Although there is more talk than action in the film, it still earned an NC-17 rating for its sexual content. For his next project, Waters stepped in front of the camera for 2006's This Filthy World, in which he shares many stories from his long career. That same year, he hosted a film series on the Here! Channel, a pay-for-view cable network, called John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You. Known to take on occasional acting gigs, Waters made a guest appearance on the sitcom My Name Is Earl in early 2007. Besides his film and television work, Waters has authored several books, including Shock Value: A Tasteful Book about Bad Taste (1981) and Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters (1983). He also had a traveling exhibit of his photography called Change of Life, which featured still images from some of his early films. ABOUT JOHN WATERS' NEW BOOK CARSICK John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads “I’m Not Psycho,” he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash? Before he leaves for this bizarre adventure, Waters fantasizes about the best and worst possible scenarios: a friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked, a demolition-derby driver makes a filthy sexual request in the middle of a race, a gun-toting drunk terrorizes and holds him hostage, and a Kansas vice squad entraps and throws him in jail. So what really happens when this cult legend sticks out his thumb and faces the open road? His real-life rides include a gentle eighty-one-year-old farmer who is convinced Waters is a hobo, an indie band on tour, and the perverse filmmaker’s unexpected hero: a young, sandy-haired Republican in a Corvette. Laced with subversive humor and warm intelligence, Carsick is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion—and a celebration of America’s weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.

Troy Landry Swamp People

Troy Landry is the star of SWAMP PEOPLE, one of the top-rated shows on HISTORY®, now in its’ Fifth Season. The series follows the day-to-day activities of several Cajuns living in the Atchafalaya River Basin swamp during a time of year that is crucial to their survival: the 30-day alligator hunting season where swampers make most of their annual income culling gators. However, it’s a high-octane, dangerous time where surviving the swamps is a daily battle. Landry’s family goes back three generations and as he heads into his 30th season as an independent alligator hunter, he’s proven that he’s "King of the Swamp". He’s caught giant beasts, roamed far and wide to fill his boat with gators and escaped harm on many, many occasions. But the hardest thing he now has to do before he hangs up his hooks is begin handing down the responsibility of the business to his boys. SWAMP PEOPLE is, at its core, a uniquely American story of a proud and skillful people fighting to maintain an ancient way of life in a rapidly modernizing world, despite the many perils and trials that stand in their way. TROY LANDRY BIO (FROM HISTORY.COM) Troy Landry’s proven that he’s King of the Swamp. He’s caught giant beasts, roamed far and wide to fill his boat with gators and escaped harm many times. As he heads into his 30th season as an independent alligator hunter, Troy wants to begin handing down the responsibility of the business to his boys. At the end of this season, it will probably be time to hang up his hooks and retire, but he can’t even think about retiring until he can firm up the future of the Landry family business. His biggest priority of the season—aside from tagging out—is figuring out who will join Jacob as a Landry boat captain in the future. SWAMP PEOPLE ITEMS AVAILABLE FOR FATHER'S DAY GIFTS Swamp People Fishing Rods & Reels from Zebco* – When crocs are out of season, Dad will finally have a little time for some freshwater casting with these quality rods and reels from Zebco, supplier of America’s favorite fishing gear. And with these spincasting rods and reels from his favorite show, Dad will easily fill his cooler with fat slabs in no time! Available at Wal-mart (March), Bass Pro (April), Academy (April) Swamp People Sauces* -- This Father’s Day, let Dad add a dash of Swamp People attitude to his food -- no matter what kind of wild game is on the menu! Inspired by the characters, culture and gustatory delights of Cajun Country, hunters, grillers, Cajun cooks, or series fanatics will thrill to the new line of Swamp People Sauces. Available are Tree Breaka Cajun Steak Sauce, Mudda Fricks Horseradish BBQ Sauce, No Guts, No Gator Habanero Salsa, Tree Shaka Cocktail Sauce and Pierre Part Inhospitable Hot Sauce. ($4.99-$5.99, Bass Pro Shops and Bassproshops.com; Cabela’s) Swamp People Soundtrack + Tee-Shirt (Walmart Exclusive) – Dad’ll need something to do while relaxing in his new recliner, so help him unwind with this foot-stomping 13-song compilation showcasing the music that’s rooted in Cajun country. Serving as an ideal companion piece to the HISTORY® series, the Rounder Records CD features the Neville Brothers, Tony Joe White, Buckwheat Zydeco, Jumpin Johnny Sansone, Hank Williams, Beausoleil with Michael Doucet and several others. Many of the tracks have been culled from Rounder’s vast catalog of southern Louisiana music and the title track, which leads off the set, is a new song written specifically for Swamp People® by vocalist Steel Bill, aka Billy Joe Tharpe, a native of Livingston Parish, Louisiana, who could best be described as a country rapper (the track is one of Troy’s favorites!). And, for a limited time, Walmart has an exclusive Swamp People combo pack, featuring the CD and a special Swamp People tee-shirt, available in-store or online at http://www.walmart.com/ip/24230327?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227000000000&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=41833582510&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=19880599990&veh=sem

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Laurence Juber Guitar With Wings

Dalton Watson Fine Books is pleased to present Guitar With Wings: A Photographic Memoir by two time Grammy Award-winning artist Laurence Juber. Guitar With Wings is a lavishly produced book co-written by music historian Marshall Terrill and featuring a foreword by Denny Laine that tells the story of Juber’s five-decade career told through his own words, candid never-seen-before color and black & white photos, vintage advertising materials, guitars, equipment, memorabilia and the six-string legend’s encyclopedic musical memory. “In the thirty-something years since Wings folded I would look at the boxes of photographs and accumulated memorabilia, promising myself that one day I’d take the time to organize it all,” Juber said. “Contrary to my expectations that the Wings era would be absorbed into the general arc of Paul McCartney’s career, interest in the band itself has continued to flourish and I recognized that I had a unique perspective to offer. All the great moments were there as well as being an eyewitness to McCartney’s much-publicized marijuana bust in Tokyo, Japan in 1980.” “The photos triggered long-forgotten memories of my time in the band, underscoring how my studies at ‘McCartney University’ were a bridge from my early musical experiences to my later ‘solo flight’ and how much the couple-consciousness of Paul and Linda McCartney proved to be a template for my own romantic and creative relationship with my wife Hope,” Juber said. Containing 250 plus pages, this photo memoir documents the history of a young Londoner whose passion for the guitar leads him to play a crucial role in the ‘Indian Summer’ of Paul McCartney’s Wings, encompassing the era of the Grammy-winning Back to the Egg, the band’s final tour and their No. 1 swan song, “Coming Up.” Juber’s photographs and memories takes readers on a journey inside recording sessions for “Rockestra” and at McCartney’s Scottish farm, Abbey Road Studios, as well as onstage and backstage with Paul and Linda, Denny Laine at the “People of Kampuchea” benefit and on Wing’s 19-date concert tour of the United Kingdom in late 1979. In addition to the hardback ($49.00), Dalton Watson Fine Books will also release a 1,000 signed, limited slipcase edition ($85.00) that features an exclusive CD which includes “Maise,” an original Juber composition and Back to the Egg outtake by Wings. To purchase the book, please go to www.daltonwatson.com # # # LAURENCE JUBER In May 1978 Juber got an extraordinary, life-changing break when Paul McCartney selected him to become Wings’ lead guitarist. He spent three years recording and touring with the band. During that time he won a Best Rock Instrumental GRAMMY® for the track “Rockestra” from the Wings album Back To The Egg and was heard on the international hit singles “Goodnight Tonight” and “Coming Up”. After Wings folded in 1981, Juber relocated to the US and established himself as a studio musician. While raising a family in Los Angeles, he performed on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows and movies including "Home Improvement" and "Seventh Heaven.” He can be heard on the scores to such academy award-winning movies as Dirty Dancing, Pocahontas and Good Will Hunting, as well as many hit records. At the same time he embarked on a career as a solo recording artist, concert performer composer and arranger, soon developing a reputation as a world-class solo guitar virtuoso, being voted '#1' by Fingerstyle Guitar magazine. He has since released more than 20 acclaimed solo albums. LJ Plays The Beatles was voted one of the all-time top ten acoustic guitar albums. I've Got The World On 6 Strings, is a collection of solo guitar arrangements of tunes by Harold Arlen, composer of “Over The Rainbow”, and 'Stormy Weather', among many other classics. Pop Goes Guitar includes his performance of “Stand By Me” that was heard in a popular De Beers diamond commercial. His solo guitar arrangement of "The Pink Panther Theme" is featured on the Best Pop Instrumental GRAMMY®-winning album "Henry Mancini-Pink Guitar". His latest releases are the concert CD/DVD Catch LJ Live! and the jazz-tinged studio collection "Under An Indigo Sky." Laurence is also a respected composer, arranger and producer having written music for TV (A Very Brady Xmas, Tarzan) movies (World Gone Wild), documentaries (NBC's Children Of the Harvest). His music is featured in the Ken Burns documentary The Tenth Inning. He is also co-composer of the score to the award-winning video game 'Diablo 3'. With his wife Hope, he has composed the stage musicals Gilligan's Island: The Musical, A Very Brady Musical and It’s The Housewives! C.F. Martin & Company has produced an ‘LJ’ Signature model guitar and GHS Strings market Juber's Signature guitar strings. www.laurencejuber.com Photo Credit: Dalton Watson Fine Books, Laurence Juber

The Todd Glass Situation

"I don’t really like saying that I’ve ‘come out of the closet,’" says comedian Todd Glass in THE TODD GLASS SITUATION: A Bunch of Lies About My Personal Life and a Bunch of True Stories About My 30-Year Career in Stand-Up Comedy (June 3, 2014/$25.00 hardcover). "Why couldn’t it be something a little more manly, like ‘stepping out of the garage’ or ‘busting out of the toolshed?’" THE TODD GLASS SITUATION shares Todd’s unique perspective as a stand-up comedian who spent the first 47 years of his life living in the closet/garage/toolshed. He provides an inside look at a 30+ year career at the top of the comedy world, tracing its ups and downs as he shares the stage with everyone from Jay Leno to Sarah Silverman to Louis CK. It took a brush with death to cause him to rethink the way he was living his life, and a rash of suicides among gay teens to convince him that it was finally time for a change. Growing up outside Philadelphia in the 1970s was easy, as long as you weren’t dyslexic. Or someone who struggled with ADD. Or a Jew. Todd Glass wasn’t any one of these things—he was all three. So there was absolutely no way he was going to let anyone know that he was also gay. He vowed to keep his "situation" hidden from the world, no matter how comic, tragic, or comically tragic the results. This decision might have made Todd’s life easier, had his career path not placed him squarely in the public eye. By age eighteen, he was a professional stand-up comedian, opening for big musical acts like George Jones and Patti LaBelle. His career carried him through the Los Angeles comedy heyday in the 1980s, its decline in the 1990s, and its rebirth via the alternative comedy scene and the explosion in podcasting. He worked hard at his craft, but that was nothing compared to the effort it took to manage his situation. There were years of abstinence and half-hearted attempts to “cure” himself. Fake girlfriends so that he could tell relationship jokes onstage. Staged sexual encounters to burnish his reputation offstage. One night—onstage, during a performance—Todd suffered a serious heart attack. When the EMT asked if there was anyone they should notify, Todd hesitated to name his boyfriend. “Here I am, forty-five years old, possibly at death’s door, surrounded by friends—and I still can’t be honest about who I am,” he says. “How the f*** did I get here?” This was the beginning of the process that led to Todd’s decision to finally come clean about his sexuality. Peppered with anecdotes from his life among comedy’s greatest headliners and tales of the occasionally insane lengths Todd went through to keep a secret that—let’s face it—he probably didn’t have to keep for as long as he did, THE TODD GLASS SITUATION is a front-row seat to the last thirty-plus years of comedy history and a deeply personal story about one man’s search for acceptance. ABOUT TODD GLASS Todd Glass is a stand-up comedian who has performed on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Chelsea Lately, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and The Jimmy Kimmel Show, among many other programs. He’s also the host of The Todd Glass Show, a popular podcast on the Nerdist Network. Visit www.ToddGlass.com and follow Todd on Twitter at @toddglass.

Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard Remember The Time

On June 25th, 2009 Michael Jackson was found dead in his California home at the age of 50. What followed was a media circus of epic proportions with tabloids dredging up every piece of gossip collected throughout the span of Michael’s prolific career. Fast-forward five years after his death and Michael Jackson is still making headlines. Yet, what do we really know about Michael Jackson the man or Michael Jackson the father? With Remember the Time (Weinstein Books, June 3, 2014, Trade Cloth, $26.00) Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard unmask the man behind the myth and reveal a side of Jackson that until now has only been known to a select few. To the outside world Michael Jackson appeared to have it all, but in reality his last years on earth were fraught with unimaginable stress and worry. However, in many ways Michael was a man like any other; he was a father who cared deeply for his children and a musician who was passionate about his craft. In this in-depth new book about Michael Jackson’s final years, first time authors Whitfield and Beard offer readers a rare insider’s glimpse at a man who was greatly misunderstood by most, and known only intimately by few. Shedding light on everything from Michael’s close relationship with his children, to his strained relationships with business associates and family members, Remember the Time is the one story that has yet to be told. Doting father, loyal friend, loving son; this is the Michael Jackson that Whitfield and Beard came to know during the years they worked for him and his family. Not only did they get to know Michael’s likes and dislikes, such as his obsession with Sharper Image gadgets and love of tabasco sauce, but they also got to learn about the troubled person who more than anything just wanted to be happy. For Michael, shielding his children from the media spotlight was more important than anything else, and despite being knee-deep in debt and besieged with a number of other worries, he did his best to safeguard their childhood. ABOUT BILL WHITFIELD & JEVON BEARD Bill Whitfield spent many years working as a law enforcement professional before going into private security in the mid-90s. By 2001 he was living in Las Vegas and was successfully establishing himself as one of the city’s top independent security contractors. By the time he went to work for Michael Jackson, Whitfield had worked with everyone from celebrities and athletes, to businessmen and politicians. Javon Beard was born in South Central Los Angeles and grew up with the hopes of becoming a professional athlete. However, his life took a much different turn when upon graduation he took a job doing private security. Through the years Beard worked his way up and ended up working as an overseer to a security staff of over 200. His first high profile security job was with Michael Jackson. REVIEW OF REMEMBER THE TIME FROM KIRKUS REVIEWS Whitfield and Beard witnessed firsthand how Michael Jackson (1958-2009) squandered his enormous wealth by trusting the wrong people, whose questionable business deals yielded more legal entanglements than profits. They steered clear of the infighting and conflicting agendas among those who oversaw Jackson's crumbling empire and observed how Jackson, deliberately disengaged from his own affairs, was "a billion-dollar enterprise, running 24/7, and there was nobody in charge.” The authors provide solid insight into Jackson's immature behavior—e.g., his ruinous habit of turning to wealthy, powerful figures to rescue him in times of crisis and his blithe dismissal of the harm his staff endured due to his refusal to manage his corrupt advisors. In one incredible story, Jackson asked Whitfield during one of the pop star's famed spending sprees at FAO Schwarz why Whitfield wasn't buying Christmas presents for his own daughter; when he informed Jackson he had not been paid in weeks, he replied "Oh" and did nothing to repair the situation. Jackson was renowned for his enormous compassion and generosity to people in need around the world, but he couldn't see the pain his actions caused the people closest to him. "[B]eing isolated from such a very young age,” write the authors, “he [never] developed the skills you need to cope with personal relationships." The authors also reflect on how Jackson missed out on more than just playtime and friendships: "Childhood isn't just about being a child; it's about becoming an adult,” says Whitfield. “Because eventually you will be an adult, whether you want to or not.” Illuminating and thoughtful, especially for those who can't help but hear Jackson's hit song when they read the book's title.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Boston's Tommy DeCarlo Comes Home

June 10th Boston's Tommy DeCarlo will perform in Charlotte for the first time since being invited to front one the biggest bands in music history.