Article Search...

Donna Loren Shares Her Secret Weapon

Posted August 2021

DonnaLoren001 CroppedTen years ago, I interviewed Donna Loren (here). We all love her as the star of beach movies as well as appearances on TV (my favorites were her stints on Batman and The Monkees) and on record. She was even the “Dr. Pepper” girl.

We covered all those points in that first interview. When it dawned on me that it had been ten years since I 56bb704cb6cb0a0ab4246ad1fffa8b9979b8dab45168f56be4d5ddf3527f2684Click Above To Go To Donna Loren's Podcasttalked to Donna, I thought it was high time for me to catch up with her and see just what all she’s been up to.

I was not at all surprised to see that she has stayed current with trends by way of her new podcast, Love’s A Secret Weapon, based on the completed manuscript of her book by the same name and includes conversations with her friend, Dr. Adam Gerace, PhD. I’ve listened to some of the episodes. Each episode is straight from Donna’s heart, sharing her life-lessons and experiences in the hopes to not only entertain but to help others.

Click on the cover to the right to access one of the locations where Donna’s podcast can be heard or listen to it one of the many other platforms carrying it. It will be well worth your time to listen to .

Also, visit DonnaLoren.com to keep up with the latest with her as well as peruse some of her product offerings.

After watching the interview below, share it with your friends and family and tell them about Love’s A Secret Weapon!

The Boomerocity Interview With Donna Loren

 

The Rubinoos Talk The CBS Tapes

Posted August 2021

Rubinoos ReducedThe Rubinoos.

Have you heard of them?

They’ve been around for quite a while. And I had the opportunity recently to talk to them about a new album of sorts that they have coming out. It's actually made from some demo tapes made way back when, back before they became a known quantity.

I recently had the privilege to talk to the band’s founders, John Rubin and Tommy Dunbar. I thought we would probably talk maybe 20 - 30 minutes, but we wound up talking a little over an hour. We, of course, about the new CD - the new the CBS tapes. But we also talked about other things - about how it used to be whenever new music would come out or when one of our friends would get a new album, we'd sit down and at each other's house and just listen to the record.

If there was something we really liked, we would take the tonearm and move it back over and listen to the song again; reading the liner notes and see who's who all played in it, who were the producers and the engineers and all that kind of stuff. This was all back when new records were an event.

John, Tommy, and I lamented that this is no longer the case these days because music, unfortunately, has been reduced down to such a commoditized, disposable thing.

But, man, what fun those days were and I think we could probably have fun doing it again, especially with CDs like The CBS Tapes.

Anyway, we had a great time talking together. I love these guys. They were a blast to talk to; funny as all get out and I think you'll enjoy the levity that we had in this nearly hour long chat with each other.

I look forward to talking to them again, they were that much fun. Great couple guys and great music if you're not familiar with them.

Below the interview video will be the press release for The CBS Tapes. Be sure to check it out.

After watching the interview, share the link with your friend. Then, order The CBS Tapes and follow the Rubinoos at Rubinoos.com.

The Boomerocity Interview
With
John Rubin and Tommy Dunbar
of
The Rubinoos

 

Press Release

POWER POP ICONS THE RUBINOOS
REVISIT THEIR RAUCOUS EARLY DAYS
AS THEY REWIND THE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
THE CBS TAPES,
ARRIVING JUNE 25 ON YEP ROC

Unique 1976 studio session captures the band performing before
recording their breakout self-titled debut album.

 

On November 2, 1976, Jimmy Carter was elected President of the United States. The events of November 3 were less earth-shaking, although it was the day the power pop pioneers The Rubinoos recorded this album. The group walked into CBS Studios on Folsom Street in San Francisco to, as band co-founder and singer Jon Rubin recollects, “have a ‘set up and get comfortable in the studio’ kind of affair.” Guitarist Tommy Dunbar, who started the group more than 50 years ago with his childhood pal Rubin, recalls they were told “something like, ‘okay, the tape is going to run, just go ahead and play anything you want’.”

The CBS Tapes chronicles that occasion, and its previously unreleased 11 tracks certainly reveal a wildly diverse set list that includes, yet reaches beyond, the power pop that the band is well known for. Selections range from the Modern Lovers (“Government Center”) to the Meters (“Cissy Strut”); King Curtis (“Memphis Soul Stew”) to the DeFranco Family (“Heartbeat, It’s a Love Beat”). The Rubinoos also tackle the bubblegum classic “Sugar, Sugar,” the iconic surf instrumental “Walk Don’t Run,” and a couple Beatles tunes (“She Loves You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand”), along with a trio of now-rare originals (“All Excited,” “I Want Her So Bad,” and “Nooshna Kavolta”).

The CBS Tapes captures something unusual — a look into the recording process before it begins in earnest. This isn’t a lo-fi sloppy rehearsal tape, a stripped-down demo, or a polished finished product. Done without second takes and overdubs, the band’s loose, unencumbered live performances exude a joyful energy that embodies the band’s spirit. These recordings do benefit from Glenn Kolotkin’s engineering and mixing on the fly. By 1976, Kolotkin had already worked with acts like Janis Joplin, Journey, and Jimi Hendrix, and would go on to produce Santana, Joan Jett, and the Ramones.

The Rubinoos’ performances also are rather rude and juvenile; not really surprising since Rubin, Dunbar, and drummer Donn Spindt were still in their teens, only bassist Royse Ader had finished high school. Listening to these tapes after so many years made Dunbar think, “What a bunch of foul-mouthed little punks we were,” while Rubin felt their obnoxious behavior and crude language reflect the irreverent, bratty attitude that has always been part of the Rubinoos’ makeup.

Although still teenagers in 1976, these guys weren’t inexperienced. Dunbar and Rubin first formed the Rubinoos as 13-year-olds in 1970, so they could play a dance at their school, Bay High School in Berkeley, California. Spindt took over on drums a year later while Ader became the bassist in 1974. The band joined the fabled U.S. indie label Beserkley Records (Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers, Greg Kihn), through Dunbar’s brother Robbie, the guitarist in Beserkley’s first signee, Bay Area rock stars Earth Quake. The Rubinoos’ cover of the DeFranco Family’s “Gorilla” appeared on Beserkley’s Chartbusters sampler.

The Rubinoos’ 1977 self-titled debut attracted a good deal of attention and accolades. New York Rocker proclaimed it “the best pop album of the decade.” The group appeared on American Bandstand and their version of “I Think We’re Alone Now” reached no. 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Top 40 in Cashbox. Just last year, the New York Times’ Brian Raftery included the closing track, “I Never Thought It Would Happen,” in his piece “12 Essential Lesser-Known Power-Pop Songs.”

Success continued with the Rubinoos’ second album, Back to the Drawing Board, featuring the hit single "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend,” and the band opened for Elvis Costello on his Armed Forces U.S. tour. The ’80s began with an ill-fated third album whose demos were released on 1994’s critically lauded Basement Tapes. The Todd Rundgren-produced mini-LP, Party of Two, contained the popular "If I Had You Back.” The Rubinoos returned triumphantly in 1999 with Paleophonic, which Allmusic described as a “delicious platter [that] picks up where their classic recordings left off.”

The 21st century has seen the Rubinoos still going strong. They have released three studio albums (Automatic Toaster, Twist Pop Sin, and 45), an all-covers album (Crimes Against Music), a children’s music album (Biff-Boff-Boing), three live albums, and several compilations, including a 63-song retrospective Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Rubinoos.

The Rubinoos reached another career high point with 2019’s From Home. Their Yep Roc debut (and first national release in 40 years) featured the band’s steady lineup since 1980: Rubin, Dunbar, Spindt, and bassist Al Chan. From Home was instigated by acclaimed indie rock troubadour and lifelong Rubinoos fan Chuck Prophet. Together, they created a set of songs that American Songwriter’s Hal Horowitz called “pure, unadulterated, unfiltered, industrial-strength power pop sung by adults who never lost their boyish innocence.”

 

 

Willie Nile When His World Stood Still

Posted July 2021

 

aaaWillieNilerustedcar loThis interview you're about to watch is with Willie. Nile. I know I always say it but it's always true - and it's especially true with Willie - but what a fun interview this was!

I've never talked to Willie before. I didn't really know what to expect. I knew I loved his music. A lot of great people loved his music and sung His praises. People like Bruce Springsteen, and Bono from U2. Pete Townsend from The Who.

By the way, Willie opened for The Who back in the 80's and toured with them. That speaks volumes of Willie. Others who love Nile are people like Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, and little Steven. Everybody seems to love Willie Nile and I think that, after you hear this interview with him, you'll agree with me.

How would I describe Willie Nile?

Think Bob Dylan. Think Bruce Springsteen. Think Bono. Think of those guys with maybe a little bit of Dave Matthews and a lot of a guy named WIllie Nile. The latter being the biggest part. The others will come to mind but they do so only with you thinking, "Yeah, but this guy is those guys and a whole lot more!"

Yes. Seriously.

After listening to the interview, pull up some of Willie’s music on YouTube if you're not already familiar with it. He has an amazing body of work! There's a new video that you can see on this page of a cut from his new album where he's performing with Steve Earle contributing some vocals on there. But look back in YouTube and see some of the other stuff Nile has done. He's been on stage with Springsteen, among many others so the guy’s top shelf.

ca970460238146aba567eff8 718x654Click Above To Order Your CopyI know a lot of you may not have heard of them but trust me when I say you're really going to love Willie Nile.

After you’ve listened to some of his work on YouTube, I encourage you to order a CD or two of his. Maybe start with his new album, “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, that we talk a lot about in the interview. Order it from his website or pick it up on Amazon but add his work to your listening library.

I promise you that you’ll be a fan for life. I have.

Follow Willie Nile at the follow sites:

WillieNile.com   Facebook   Twitter   Instagram   YouTube

 

The Boomerocity Interview With Willie Nile

Tito Jackson Talks About "Under Your Spell"

Posted August 2021

 

TITO JACKSON PRESS SHOT 1 ReducedEveryone has heard of the legendary Jackson family. If you’re a baby boomer, you may even remember watching them on TV in real life performances or on their Saturday morning cartoon show.

One of the members of that family is Tito Jackson. A bit lower key than most of his siblings, he is, however, equally as talented. That talent is especially evident in his new solo blues album, Under Your Spell.

Tito recently sat with me via Zoom to chat about that album. He also gave me the unexpected privilege of sharing with me some of his family’s musical history.

Fun. Fascinating. Fact-filled. All of that and more is in this video interview with Tito Jackson, below. Below the video is the press release about Under Your Spell as well as information as well as links where you can keep up with the latest with Tito.

The Boomerocity Interview With Tito Jackson

Press Release

Gulf Coast Records/Hillside Global Signs Pop, Soul and Blues Legend Tito Jackson and Will Release His Label Debut Album,
Under Your Spell, on August 6
Special Guests Include George Benson, Joe Bonamassa, Marlon Jackson, Kenny Neal, Bobby Rush and Stevie Wonder

 

Tito Jackson Under Your Spell Hi Res reduced JPG CoverClick Above To Order Your CopyNEDERLAND, TX – Gulf Coast Records and Hillside Global announce the signing of pop, soul and blues legend Tito Jackson and will release the singer/guitarist’s label debut album, Under Your Spell, on August 6. Under Your Spell will be available for pre-order on July 9, which is also the date the album’s first single, “Love One Another,” will be released.

The California-based Jackson is supported on the new disc by an array of superlative special guests, including George Benson, Joe Bonamassa, Marlon Jackson, Kenny Neal, Bobby Rush and Stevie Wonder, who all add their special talents to the proceedings. Above it all though, Tito Jackson’s innate abilities as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and arranger shine through brilliantly, creating a special recording that is destined for airplay and rave reviews in a number of formats.

The debut single off the album, “Love One Another,” is the perfect antidote for today’s times of doubt and trepidation, as the vocals of Tito, along with Marlon Jackson, Michael K. Jackson and others soar above the musical bed of melodies that feature the sweet sound of Stevie Wonder’s signature harmonic style.

Continuing on the path set for Jackson when he broke into the music business as a member of the legendary Jackson 5, Tito continues to grow as a musician and performer, with Under Your Spell as the extraordinary present he has bestowed on the listening public.


https://www.titojackson.com/
https://www.facebook.com/titojacksonofficial
https://twitter.com/titojackson5
https://www.instagram.com/poppa3t/

Tito Jackson Album Track Listing and Credits

  1. Wheels Keep Turning
  2. Love One Another
  3. I Like It
  4. Under Your Spell
  5. Dyin Over Here
  6. Big Leg Woman
  7. You’re Gonna Push Me Too Far
  8. That Kind Of Love
  9. Rock Me Baby
  10. All In The Family Blues
  11. I Got Caught (Loving in the dream)

Yngwie Malmsteen Prepares For War

Posted July 2021

IMG 6417 300mm c Mark Weiss ReducedPhoto by Mark WeissGuitar shredders – and guitar shredder fans – the world over know who Yngwie Malmsteen is. For those of you who have no idea who I’m talking about, lend me your ears (well, okay, your eyes) for me to share some info with you:

  • Swedish born
  • Fifty-eight years old
  • Released 21 studio albums in a career transcending 40 years
  • Time Magazine ranked Malmsteen 9th out of 11 greatest electric guitarists in 2009
  • Fender Guitar has produced a Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Stratocaster beginning in 1986
  • In addition to guitars, Yngwie collects watches and Ferrari’s (listen to my interview with him to hear more about that).

The audio interview embedded on this page was conducted last month to talk about his month’s release of his latest album, “Parabellum”. I’ve also embedded the preview video of “Wolves at The Door” from the album. Malmsteen fans will most definitely want to add this CD to their own Yngwie library of music.

Below you will see the audio file of my phone chat with Malmsteen. Below that, you will see the press release for “Parabellum” that fills you in on some more info about the album. I would also greatly appreciate it if you would please share this interview with your fellow Yngwie fans.

 

The Boomerocity Interview with Yngwie Malmsteen

 

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF NEW STUDIO
ALBUM PARABELLUM ON JULY 23, 2021
Pre-Order Here

parabellum coverClick Above To Order Your CopyYngwie Malmsteen and Music Theories Recordings / Mascot Label Group have announced the release of a new studio album titled PARABELLUM on July 23.


The name of Yngwie Malmsteen has always stood for uncompromising excellence. In a career that now spans more than 40 years he has proven himself to be a unique artist. You can try to categorize him in any way you wish but the manner in which this supreme Swedish craftsman has continually developed his music makes Malmsteen sublimely transcend any definition you attempt to impose.

He now has a catalogue of 21 solo studio albums, each of which has much to commend. Moreover, the guitarist played a crucial role in helping to establish Alcatraz as a significant force in the 1980s. Malmsteen's artistry has always clearly incorporated a healthy virtuosity, but his talent goes well beyond a comprehensive control of the guitar. The man is a fine composer and, on recent releases, has also showcased a strong vocal presence.

One aspect of his approach has always shone through, and that is an abidingly deep respect for the music he plays. Malmsteen has constantly done whatever it takes to bring out all the color, shade and hue embedded in each one of his compositions. Merely doing a very good job isn't an option. He wants to go – and does go - well beyond such limitations, into the rarefied realms inhabited by an elite number of timeless masters. This has never been more focused and informed than on his startling new album 'Parabellum'. Malmsteen shares, “I always try to push myself on every album I do, and attempt things which are more extreme than previously. But what has helped this time is that I wasn't able to go on the road because of the pandemic. It meant I could take much longer in the studio, both to write and record. Because I am usually always on tour, which is great, I haven't had the luxury of spending a lot of time working on new music for more than 20 years. But I suddenly had no pressure at all on that front. And I feel the album has benefited enormously as a result.”

There are instances when musicians can have so much time available to them for the purposes of recording and writing that what comes out of the process is a little stilted and overthought. But that is never the case here. He reflects, “I am the sort of person who doesn't like to do take after take after take of any track. If something isn't to my satisfaction, I'll move on. But there were occasions with this album when I dismissed something because I thought it was a stinker. I went back a couple of days later, listened to it and wondered why I thought it stank in the first place! That's the beauty of having everything available you've done through Pro Tools. Nothing is lost. Things were changing all the time. Song titles, tempos. Everything was fluid. I would listen to a part I had done for one specific song, and realize it worked better if I transposed it into another track.”

Four of the songs here feature vocals. But once more, this wasn't mapped out in advance. Malmsteen offers, “I love to listen back to what I've done in the car. Sometimes I find myself singing along to what was supposed to be an instrumental. That's when I realize this song does need vocals. The opposite happens as well.”

On occasion, it does sound as if Malmsteen has surely incorporated keyboards into the fabric of the album's sonic tapestry. But this is not the case. He reveals, “I can assure you that, while it may seem as if there are keyboards, everything has been done by myself on guitar. Even what sounds like a piano intro to 'Wolves at The Door', the opening track, has been played on guitar.” This particular composition also includes a clever reference to 19th century classical master Paganini. “It's the sort of thing I love to do. It's my way of paying homage to him. And here it works very well within the flow of the track.”

The album title 'Parabellum' is Latin, translating as 'Prepare for War'. “There's a track on the album called '(Si Vis Pacem) Parabellum'. This translates as 'If you want peace, then prepare for war'. He offers, “It was a last-minute decision to make this the album title. But I think it fits very well.”

The striking portrait on the cover was painted by the acclaimed artist David Benegas. Malmsteem states, “That was my wife April's idea David lives near us in Florida, and we were talking to him about other projects. I did a photo shoot with Mark Weiss, who I think is a great photographer and someone I've worked with for a long time. Then David based the portrait on this. The painting itself is huge, and we've had the idea to use it to raise money for the April Way Children's Foundation ('dedicated to bringing the artists of the world together to give hope to kids, teens, and young adults that have been orphaned or are in foster care all across the world').”

In closing he shares, “The bottom line for me is that the passion I feel for the music I make has to be obvious. I am the sort of person who lives in the moment. I wanted this album to have a joyous, spontaneous atmosphere. This must never sound as if it's been rehearsed so much that it becomes routine. I hope people will put on this record at the start and listen right through to the end, from start to finish. I recorded this as a singular piece of art. Not as a collection of 10 tracks you can hear in any order you want. I was asked by Mascot what song would be the lead track. The one for which I'd do a video. You know what? I'd like to do videos for everything here. I view this album as having a natural flow from start to finish. It's not to be cut up into little pieces. I want fans to experience the delight I had in making it.”

The complete track listing includes, “Wolves at The Door,” “Presto Vivace in C# Minor,” “Relentless Fury,” “(Sis Vis Pacem) Parabellum,” “Eternal Bliss,” “Toccata,” “Good Particle,” “Magic Bullet,” “(Fight) The Good Fight,” and “Sea of Tranquility.” The album will be available on CD, Red Transparent LP and digital.

Follow Yngwie Malmsteen at:
Yngwiealmsteen.com/
Facebook
Instagram
Youtube