Ice Nine Kills Streaming Its Fountains Of Wayne Parody Cover

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Ice Nine Kills is celebrating Mother’s Day in a special way.

The band announced Friday, it has officially brought its parody cover of the Fountains of Wayne song ‘Stacy’s Mom’ to all streaming services. The band named its take on the song ‘Jason’s Mom.’ As the name implies, the song centers on the mother of Jason Vorhees, the antagonist of the classic Friday the 13th movie franchise.

Ice Nine Kills originally premiered the video for the song in May 2020 as part of Fearless Records’ “Fearless at Home” livestream event. Despite fan requests, the band had not made the song available on any streaming service until this weekend.

Ice Nine Kills’ announcement is part of what is already a somewhat busy year. The band most recently unveiled its cover of Elvis’ timeless song, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love‘ in February. Front man Spencer Charnas was featured in Hyro The Hero’s song ‘Retaliation Generation,’ which premiered in January.

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Ice Nine Kills Debuts Eerie Cover Of Elvis’ ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’

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Ice Nine Kills debuted has a special new git for audiences this Valentine’s Day.

The band debuted its cover of Elvis’ ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love‘ Tuesday along with its companion video. The band’s take on the timeless tune stays largely true to its source material, but adds its own unsettling touch to the song, much in the vein of the band’s existing catalog. In a similar fashion, one can also compare INK’s take on the song to Sting’s eerie stalker song ‘Every Breath You Take.’

Charnas discussed the decision to cover the song during a recent interview.

“I’ve always been a big Elvis fan so the idea of taking this classic and splattering it with some signature INK bloodshed struck me as a match made in hell!,” he said.

The video that accompanies the band’s take on ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ also follows the band’s trademark horror style presentation. It finds front man Spencer Charnas in a strait jacket in a padded room, singing the song, and on stage in a vintage outfit. In other points in the video, Charnas’ character sits on a couch, looking through a photo album that goes even as far back as the band’s video for its song ‘Stabbing in the Dark.’ Another visual from the photo album is Charnas’ character killing the woman that he “couldn’t help falling in love with.” Ultimately it leads up to a shocking finale that will be left for audiences to discover for themselves.

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World Music Network’s New Blues Compilation Will Leave Listeners Anything But Blue

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The blues is one of the most pure American forms of music that exists today, if not the single purest genre.  Originally rooted in the Deep South during the age of slavery, the blues has evolved into its own unique art form, even incorporating elements of country music to form one of its subgenres – country blues.  World Music Network has culled more than two dozen classic country blues songs for its latest compilation record The Rough Guide To Country Blues.  Due out June 28, the 25-song collection is a strong new offering from WMN and an equally strong introduction to this blues subgenre for those who are not so familiar with the styling.  The songs that make up the body of the record are themselves the main reason for that success.  They will be discussed shortly.  The collection’s track listing adds more interest to the compilation’s presentation and will be discussed a little later.  Its liner notes put the final touch to its presentation, rounding out its most important elements.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of The Rough Guide To Country Blues.  All things considered, they make The Rough Guide To Country Blues a positive addition to any blues fan’s library just as much as to any music educator’s library.

World Music Network’s new blues compilation The Rough Guide To Country Blues is a positive addition to the library of any blues fan’s music library.  It is just as welcome in the library of any music educator.  That is due in part to the compilation’s overall makeup.  The collection is composed of 25 songs recorded by some of the most rell-known and respected figures in the history of the blues (E.g. Leadbelly, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Lemon Jefferson, etc.).  Each of the songs shows in its own unique way, the connection between the world of the blues and country music.  Case in point is the twang of the guitar in Big Bill Boozy’s ‘How You Want It Done?’  That twang and the upbeat rockabilly style arrangement and its dual chord foundation is so similar to works from Elvis, Johnny Cash and so many other country music stars.  Tommy Johnson’s yodeling in ‘Cool Drink of Water Blues’ and his general arrangement is similar in its own right to the songs that so many country music songs exhibited around the same time as him.  It is very reminiscent of the type of songs that one might expect in old cowboy western flicks and TV shows even.  Again, here audiences hear for themselves the similarity between the blues and country music.  Much the same can be said of Clarence Greene’s ‘Johnson City Blues.’  That twang is there, but there is still a certain blues element added to the mix to round out the song.  It’s just one more way in which the songs featured in this recording serve to show their importance.  They show how two genres that one might not think have any connection are in fact more closely related than many might in fact think.  That in itself creates a starting point for discussions on that connection between the genres.  The discussions will deepen even more when looking at the artists themselves and the time periods in which their songs were released.

The artists, songs and time periods of the songs’ releases are all listed on the packaging for The Rough Guide To Country Music.  What is interesting to note is that all of the songs featured in this compilation were crafted between the late 1920s and mid 1930s.  The earliest of the recordings were crafted in 1927, just before the stock market crash.  This is important in that it can lead to discussions on stylistic differences in the various songs pre- and post-crash.  That is not to say that the market crash caused any changes in style, but one never knows.  Regardless, it makes for its own in-depth discussion.  Another discussion that can be generated through the information provided in the recording’s packaging is the differences and similarities between the featured musicians’ styles.  Those discussions, coupled with the history lesson that is just as easily generated, show without question the importance of the information featured in the recording’s packaging.  With this in mind, the information provided in the recording’s packaging and the songs themselves go a long way toward making this compilation even more appealing for listeners.  The noted items are not the last of the recording’s notable elements either.  The information presented in the compilation’s liner notes puts the finishing touch to its presentation.

The liner notes add their own appeal to this recording in that they present so much additional background to the songs that can be added into the discussions generated through the recording’s songs and primary information.  Listeners learn in reading the recording’s liner notes, about the roots of the blues, the elements that made up country blues (gospel, Dixieland, Appalachian, etc.)  the backgrounds of some of the featured musicians and even the reality that country blues was a musical form at the time that crossed racial barriers.  Between these notes and others shared in the collection’s liner notes, the information provided in the booklet joins with the information presented about the songs, their performers and years, and the songs themselves to make the record in whole a work that will appeal to blues fans across the board.

World Music Network’s forthcoming blues compilation The Rough Guide To Country Blues is another welcome addition to its ongoing The Rough Guide To…” series of compilations.  That is because it takes listeners back in time through its featured songs.  The information provided about the time period in which the songs were released adds to the recording’s appeal in that said information is certain to start discussions among academics and the uninitiated alike.  The information provided about the featured recordings and artists in the recording’s liner notes is just as certain to create its own share of discussion among listeners, increasing the recording’s appeal even more.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of The Rough Guide To Country Blues.  All things considered, they make the compilation a work that blues fans of all ages will enjoy.  More information on this and other titles from World Music Network is available online now at:










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It’s About You stands alone among music documentaries

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Good morning once again, fans.  I told you that things would be busy today.  I think I am finally on track…or at least close to it with the last of today’s new reviews.  To finish off the morning and make my way into the weekend (by the way next week’s going to be real busy too.  So stay tuned and spread the word), I’ve got a look at John Mellencamp’s brand new documentary, “It’s About You.”  The documentary was released on dvd and blu-ray last week.  Director Kurt Markus and his son Ian shot the entire documentary on a Super 8 Camera and a more modern rig, too.  the combination of the two, mixed with the finished product, make it quite the interesting work.  So without further ado, I offer for your consideration, dear readers, John Mellencamp’s new documentary, “It’s About You.”

John Mellencamp’s voice is one of the most distinctive in the music business.  And so is his sound.  The Indiana born musician has been a mainstay in the business ever since the release of his debut 1976 album, “Chestnut Street Incident.”  He recorded that album under the moniker, Johnny Cougar.  Nearly four decades since that release, John Mellencamp is still one of rock’s great names.  His most recent album, “No Better Than This” was released in 2010.  And last week, MPI Home Video/MPI media group released a dvd and blu-ray titled, “It’s About You” that follows the creation of that album and his tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.

“It’s About You” is an intriguing documentary.  It was shot both on Super 8 and on a more modern camera.  The raw shooting style by father and son duo Kurt and Ian Markus sets the documentary apart from so many of the spit shined and streamlined documentaries that are currently on the market.  Kurt even goes so far as to comment on the work by himself and his son.  He notes that Mellencamp had told him at one point that regardless of what the duo did, there was other stuff that would be better.  Whether or not Mellencamp was joking on this comment is anyone’s guess.  But Markus was right in noting how staying out of Mellencamp’s way gave the documentary a much more real feeling.  It helped to pull in audiences.

As an added bonus, the commentary is actually included as part of the documentary, rather than being kept aside as a bonus feature.  Kurt, the elder of the Markus duo, has a tone in his commentary that is a wondeful compliment to the shooting style.  He comes across almost like “This American Life” Ira Glass. The elder Markus’ writing/speaking style is almost poetic in its style and delivery.  It’s especially hard hitting as audiences listen to him discuss the demise of small town America’s “downtown” regions.Americans already know that small town America is dying.  But the way in which Markus delivers his commentary reminds viewers of how devastating it is to communities.  That’s especially the case set against footage of empty buildings once busting ages ago.  He notes how all the businesses have moved to more suburban regions, thus leading to the deaths of the once shining hubs of commerce.

Of course, the commentary and filming aren’t all that make the documentary so interesting.  There is one moment as Mellencamp and company are recording one of the songs for “No Better Than This” in which one of the band members discusses the instruments’ “voices”.  He discusses the balance of each musician playing his instrument at a given level, and the impact that it has on a song.  It nearly mirrors Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde’s comment years ago regarding the ability of heavy music to be soft and vice versa.

“It’s About You” runs just shy of an hour and a half.  As a matter of fact, the actual run time is just under the eighty-minute run time on the case for the disc.  Why does this matter, one might ask?  It matters in that even in just under that eighty-minutes, viewers will feel like the documentary flies right by.  When a documentarian can make a film that keeps the audience’s attention for just over an hour (especially with a music documentary), that’s proof of a well made documentary.  And that’s exactly what this work is.  “It’s About You” isn’t for everyone.  But for anyone that’s into classic rock and who is simply a fan of John Mellencamp, it’s an insightful look into how this music legend makes music, and his life on the road.

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