An Introduction to Ginger Wildheart According to Twitter

Ginger_By_Ami_Barwell__42_Now most of my friends seem to hold The Wildhearts, Ginger Wildheart and all his associated work in very high esteem, and although I saw The Wildhearts once as a support act back in about 1994 I’ve pretty much ignored them for the last 20 years.

I’m not really sure why this was the case, but I guess 18/19-year-old me decided that I didn’t like them without really giving the band a chance or properly listening to anything they released. The Wildhearts and Ginger’s subsequent work just passed me by. Knowing how much my mates, the media, and fans online seemed to support and love him / the band, I knew I was probably doing myself out of something.

A few months ago I learned that Ginger was the support act for The Darkness, who play Glasgow in March 2013. Now given this opportunity to see Ginger in a few months I decided it would be an ideal chance to get listening to some tracks and see if I can become a fan; only I had absolutely no idea where I should begin.

I am an avid Twitter user and love how it provides the opportunity to discuss and share thoughts about any subject (but music for me) with fans around the world in addition to with the musicians directly. Therefore I turned to the man himself and asked the question of where should I start. Rather brilliantly (already he impressed me with this move) he asked the question of his Twitter followers.

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DJ Format – Statement of Intent (2012)

DJ Format - Statement of IntentI would love to say that I am a huge fan of DJ Format. I think those credentials have been revoked on the grounds that I managed to completely miss the fact that there was a new album, Statement of Intent, released in February 2012. That said, first two albums Music For the Mature B-Boy and If You Can’t Join ‘Em…Beat Em are two of my top albums of all time, so I think I can still claim a little of the fanboydom. When I spotted it during a random browse of the iTunes store, I immediately grabbed the esoteric DJ’s latest release and got stuck right in.

What I love about DJ Format is his ability to take obscure tracks from all manner of musical styles including disco, soul, funk and swing, throw them together with a few beats and scratches of his own and creating a new chimeric monster with every track. But that’s only half of the story as the majority of tracks are coupled with unique vocal stylings, this time featuring appearances from Edan, Mr Lif, Phill Most Chill and Sureshot La Rock plus musical collaborations with The Nostalgia 77 Quintet and The Simonsound. Continue reading

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Alice In Chains – Hollow (2013)

Alice In Chains have started the New Year with the first release from their forthcoming album.

‘Hollow’ is taken from the Seattle legends’ upcoming album due out later this year. The album is the follow-up to Black Gives Way To Blue  the first to feature William Duvall. Listen and watch now by clicking below. Continue reading

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NEWST3D – Metal EP (2013)

Newstead-metal-ep-coverJason Newsted is the longest-serving bassist with Metallica – from 1986 before 1987’s the $5.98 EP until 2001 resigning just before the band entered the studio to record what would become St. Anger.

In addition to Metallica, he was also previously a member of Voivod, Flotsam & Jetsam and Echobrain amongst others before taking a seemingly indefinite break. Last month he announced his return to the music scene.

Apparently his desire to return to the music stage was ignited by his appearances performing with Metallica at their 30th Anniversary shows in late 2011. It is reported the reaction of fans and the buzz he felt caused him to go on to form the band Newsted (or stylistically NEWST3D) with Jesus Mendez Jr. and Jesse Farnsworth on drums and guitar. A few days ago the band released their first music, the Metal EP.

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Iain’s Top Ten Albums of 2012

It’s officially 2013 and what better way to look ahead to a fine year than looking back on the year gone by.

2012, a year that will be remembered for Olympic Heroes, for the amusingly named Felix Baumgartner making a parachute jump from space, the creation of a Royal baby and of course the plummet in sales for antiseptic cream Savlon. When all these major events of 2012 have long been forgotten, I can safely say I’ll still be revisiting some of the albums that made my top ten list. Starting with….

Rival Sons Heads Up

 10. Rival Sons – Head Down

Read anything about California-based quartet Rival Sons and you’ll hear the same thing. They sound like a bit of a mash-up of The Black Crowes and Led Zeppelin which in theory, sounds great!

My first listen to Rival Sons a few years ago didn’t quite get my juices flowing but 2012 release Head Down has a maturity and the production values that help this band stand out among the reams of guitar based Rock N’ Roll bands doing the rounds these days. The real stand out being Jay Buchanan on vocals.

No, I don’t think they will ever be The Black Crowes or Led Zeppelin but if they keep on plugging away one day they may not be miles away. Continue reading

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Gareth’s Top Ten Albums of 2012

Following on from Paul’s top ten review last week it is time for me to put together my thoughts on the albums which really struck a chord with me this past year. Putting the list together this time around proved more difficult than previously as 2012 seemed a far better year for great new albums than 2011.

Halestorm-Strange-Case-Of10. Halestorm – The Strange Case of…

Halestorm are great live and have been working extremely hard over the past few years constantly touring both on their own dime and as support to some big-name acts. They also have some great songs. Latest album The Strange Case of… is worth hearing overall. Tracks such as ‘Love Bites (and So Do I)‘ are up there with the best songs of the year.

Lzzy Hale’s voice is as amazing as ever, and the rest of the band’s playing is getting stronger and stronger. However if I’m totally honest, somehow the album just didn’t live up to all my expectations as the follow-up to the brilliant self-titled Halestorm.

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Merry Christmas 2012

Hope you have a fantastic Christmas and best wishes from all of us at Musicscramble.

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Paul’s Top Ten 2012

Xmas comes but once a year and brings along with it the decorated trees, inflated Visa bill and those cool little sausages wrapped in bacon. It also signifies the beginning of the end of the year and thus the regular festive tradition of the top ten season. So here’s my top ten albums released this year. Sadly not wrapped in bacon.

Lamb of God - Resolution10. Lamb of God – Resolution

Lamb of God have had a bit of an up and down year with singer Randy Blythe still currently being accused of manslaughter in the Czech Republic. At least the year started off better with the release of Resolution. It’s a rocking album full of the usual variety of high powered riffs, chugging guitar and awesome drums you’d expect to hear. There’s a little variety this time round too with one song featuring some orchestrated parts. Maybe not the best entry in the discography, but a damn good record that I’m still enjoying even though it was released in January. Continue reading

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