Kelakos’ New Hits Compilation Is One Of 2015’s Top New Music Re-Issues

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Courtesy: Kelakos/EricPHILLIPEdesign

The 1970s is one of the single greatest decades in the history of popular music. It was during this decade that someof the greatest songs of all time were written. Those songs in question came from bands that were themselves equally great. Among the bands in question that crafted those timeless tunes were the likes of: The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and The Allman Brothers Band among so many others. For all of the great songs and acts that came to fame in the 1970s, there were just as many that given the chance could have been just as great and might even have gone on to be equally legendary. One of those bands that could have gone on to be so well-known and respected goes by the name of Kelakos. Named after founding member George Michael Kelakos Haberstroh, the band mixed elements of its more well-known counterparts in the from the era with a distinct jazz flare and even a touch of an R&B influence for a sound that helped it to stand out from those bigger bands, proving that it is just as good as them if not better. That still holds true today. Thanks to the recent release of its new compilation record Uncorked: Rare Tracks From A Vintage 70s Band earlier this year, Kelakos is getting the chance once more to prove that argument.

Kelakos’ new compilation Uncorked: Rare Tracks From A Vintage 70s Band is one of this year’s best new re-issues. If the fifteen tracks that make up its body had never been released until now, it would have just as easily found itself on this critic’s year-end list of the year’s best new albums. Regardless of which list it ends up on, every rock purist will agree in hearing this collection that Kelakos is a band that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as its more well-known counterparts from the era. This is obvious right off the top in the record’s hybrid jazzy/bluesy tune ‘Boogie Bad Express.’ ‘Boogie Bad Express’ was a great choice for the record’s opener. Interestingly enough it is also one of the record’s shortest songs, clocking in at just under the two-minute mark. Both musically and lyrically it is just a fun, feel-good record that will every listener dancing along as Kelakos Haberstroh sings, “The place is packed and its time to relax/And part hearty with the music/When the perspiration drips and the girls shaking hips/You know you’re in the boogie bad music.” Carl Canedy’s expert work behind the kit adds a certain extra something to these lyrics. His ability to mix his jazz and rock chops without losing himself along the way does so much to make this song so enjoyable. The balance of Haberstroh’s jazzy riffs and Mark Sisson’s more rock oriented riffs adds its own touch to the song, too. Together with the talents of bassist Linc Bloomfield and fellow musician Shane French, the band collectively crafts a sound that is a perfect match for its celebratory lyrics. The combination of those celebratory lyrics and equally upbeat music shows why ‘Boogie Bad Express’ was chosen to open Kelako’s new compilation and why this band deserves a new listen and a new listen again by those that might be at least somewhat familiar with the band. It’s one of so many examples of why Uncorked: Rare Tracks From A Vintage 70s Band is one of this year’s best new re-issues.

‘Big Bad Boogie’ is a great opener for Kelakos’ new compilation record. This is clearly exhibited through the mix of the song’s upbeat music and equally celebratory lyrics. It also shows why this record is one of the year’s best new re-issues and why Kelakos deserves just as much respect as its more well-known counterparts. It isn’t the only song that song on this record that so clearly exhibits why Kelakos and the record in whole are so deserving of respect. The full-on instrumental that is ‘Persephone’s Poison’ is another excellent example of why Kelakos and its new compilation both deserve equal respect. Drummer Carl Canedy shines again in this song. As a matter of fact, it can be argued that he is the star of the song as he displays his talents both on the kit and as a percussionist. It would be a surprise if it turned out Canedy was not a properly trained musician considering his chops and his ability to so solidly keep time with such difficult polyrhythmic patterns. The ability of Kelakos Haberstroh and Mark Sisson to improv so cleanly in their respective guitar lines is just as noteworthy. There’s almost a sort of Frank Zappa feel to their combined sound. Keyboardist Chip Smith even deserves a nod for laying down the song’s non-rhythmic base. All things considered here, the combined talents of Kelakos’ members make ‘Persephone’s Poison’ one more of this collection’s highest points and even more proof of why Uncorked: Rare Tracks From A Vintage 70s Band is such an enjoyable record and one that given the right support could be the start of Kelakos getting the attention that it has so rightly deserved for so many decades.

Both ‘Big Bad Boogie’ and ‘Persephone’s Poison’ display in their own way why Uncorked: Rare Tracks From A Vintage 70s Band is such an enjoyable collection of songs. They both show the band’s versatility, musically and lyrically speaking. One is a full on jazz-fusion style piece while the other has a definitive southern rock sound. They are just a couple of examples of the band’s talents, too. Each of the record’s fifteen total tracks displays a different side of the band and its musical reach. There is even a hybrid southern rock/R&B-influenced piece in the form of ‘Lovin’ So Fine.’ Kelakos Haberstroh’s laid back guitar work set alongside Chip Smith’s piano line and Carl Canedy’s expert timekeeping make for a song that musically is one of this record’s highest of points. It is just as interesting in its lyrical content, with Kelakos Haberstroh singing, “You may have seen me blowin’ past Mars/Or caught me floatin’ in space/One thing’s for sure now baby/You were watching’, feelin’ my face/It was sending love to you/Messages all the time/Now here’s your chance to receive me/All at one time.” He goes on to sing in the song’s chorus, “With lovin’ so fine/I think I’m gonna lose my mind,” The band leaves little doubt as to what is being said here. It would be quite the surprise to find out the subject of the song isn’t quite what one might think, too. But more than likely it is. Considering this and the song’s musical content, the combination of both elements proves shows exactly why this song stands out so brightly among the record’s other songs and why it stands among them as one more part of the whole that makes the record so enjoyable for any listener.

Uncorked: Rare Tracks From A Vintage 70s Band is an apt title for Kelakos’ newly re-issued compilation of songs as evidenced by the songs presented here. The songs noted here are just part of the whole that makes this record so enjoyable for listeners, too. There are a dozen other tracks that prove the album’s value and enjoyment just as much thanks to the talents of the band’s members and the songs’ lyrical content. In hearing those other tracks, every listener that gives this compilation a chance will agree with this critic that this record could be just what Kelakos needed to finally earn the acclaim that it has so rightly deserved for so long. With the right support, that could finally happen. Uncorked: Rare Tracks From A Vintage 70s Band is available now and can be ordered via CD Baby via the band’s official website at More information on Kelakos’ new album is available online now along with all of the latest news from the band at:



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Michael C. Ford Releases Details Of Upcoming Album

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Courtesy: Hen House Studios

Michael C. Ford will release his latest work this Summer.

Ford will release Look Each Other In The Ears June 10th. The record, featuring accompaniments from The Doors’ Robby Krieger, John Densmore and the late Ray Manzarek, mixes the jazz-rock improv styling of Frank Zappa with the poetic yet socially conscious lyrics of the 1960s. It is the latest in a long string of releases from Ford that dates all the way back to his 1986 debut audio release Language Commando. That album garnered Ford a Grammy nomination in the “Spoken Word” category. It should be noted that many of the pieces recorded with the Doors members were recorded before the 2013 passing of Ray Manzarek. It is also the last recording ever made with what were then the remaining members of The Doors.

Ford’s new album runs the gamut, lyrically speaking. He noted in a recent interview how the current state of the nation led to the creation of many of the record’s works. “America has been transformed into, for all practical purposes, a non-existent attention span,” he said. “We don’t talk to each other on the phone anymore: we text message. We don’t drop a tone arm onto a turntable and watch a needle groove across tracks anymore: we stick iPods in our ears. I believe this recorded document is designed to inspire an audience of potential listeners to really turn the pages of their personal nostalgic notepads. My compositions of verbal art, certainly never forgetting the significance of all accompanying crafty instrumentals and the vast lyrical choral vocal contributions, create this maze of voices that I like to think of as movies for your ears.”


The track listing for Look Each Other In The Ears is listed below.



–For Openers (Lost Jazz Bars in Four-Time)

–A Simple Ode (To Frank O’Hara)

–Waterfalls (Look Each Other In The Ears)

–I Don’t Wanna Go (Said The Suicide)

–Mars Is America (Anytime At All)

–Sleeping Underwater

–Making Out (With Westwood Village)

–(Autobiography of) An American Bomb

–Wartime Carol (Bringing The War Back Home)

–Whatever Happened To The Orangegroves, Grandma

–Float Of Drive (Triple Bypass)


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Zappa Live Unlike Any Live Show Of Any Age

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Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Eagle Vision

Frank Zappa was a musician all his own.  He did more than walk to the beat of his own drummer.  He was his own drummer.  One listen through any of his records proves that.  And now Eagle Rock Entertainment is proving it even more thanks to the release of a classic Zappa live show in Frank Zappa: A Token of his Extreme.  This classic television special was originally recorded in 1974.  It was personally produced and edited by Zappa himself.  And it shows, too.  Much like Zappa himself, the imagery, performance, and editing throughout the performance is unlike that of any other live recording.  The bonus interview from the Mike Douglas Show adds even more interest and insight to the performance.  Specifically, Zappa himself dispels what many first time listeners might think in experiencing this concert.  All together, they come together to make yet another standout live recording distributed by Eagle Rock Entertainment.

The performance put on by Frank Zappa and his band mates—George Duke (keyboards, finger cymbals, tambourine), Napoleon Murphy Brock (sax, vocals), Ruth Underwood (percussion), Tom Fowler (bass), and Chester Thompson (drums)—is one unlike any concert today.  It’s unlike any concert put on even during that time.  This stands both musically and visually.  The music presented by Zappa and his band mates in this concert mixes Zappa’s different musical styles to make a performance that will entertain anyone whose mind is open enough and whose attention span in long enough.  Perhaps the only problematic issue with the entire concert is the editing.  The fast paced cuts that are peppered throughout the concert footage can potentially lead to epileptic seizures.  That is because they are so thrown in so often and because they are so fast in their cuts back and forth from camera to camera.  In Zappa’s defense, as problematic as this editing is, it is understandable why he would make the cuts when taken into full context of the music.  It showed that he had a full understanding of the full impact that camera work can have on a performance.  Even more in his defense, this might have been one of his earliest attempts at editing.  If it was, then it is definitely forgivable. 

The editing and performance in this new release from Eagle Rock Entertainment go hand in hand.  Zappa and company were clearly fully immersed in their music.  They get so much into the performance that at times, it looks like Zappa himself has completely zoned out and is on another plain, musically speaking.  For lack of better wording, it looked like he was under the influences of certain substances.  Though, if the bonus interview with media personality Mike Douglas tells anything, the only thing influencing him was the music.  Zappa claimed in his interview with Douglas that he in fact did not do drugs.  Though, he did know plenty of people that had fallen under the influence of certain substances.  The way in which he notes this is peculiar for lack of better wording.  It sounds like there’s a slight seriousness in his tone when he admits this to Douglas.  It puts the entire performance into an entirely different light than had one watched the concert without this extra knowledge.  It makes this concert one that any Zappa purist will want to see whether for the first time or the first time all over again.  It is available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered online direct from the Eagle Rock Entertainment website at

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Up-And-Coming Pop Musician Releases New Single

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Courtesy: Fresh Tracks Marketing

Nineteen year-old Utah based singer songwriter Chase Kroesche (pronounced Kro-sha) has just released the video for his new single, ‘1-2-3.’  The single comes along at a good time as the weather changes.  Its easygoing, poppy melody and infectious chorus are sure to make it a favorite among Chase’s younger audiences on those Spring and Summer vacations; especially his younger female audiences.  The video sees Chase performing his song on the city streets and in a sunny park.  It’s just Chase, his guitar, and his surroundings.  It can be viewed online now at

Kroesche is currently completing a degree in Popular Music at the USC Thornton School of Music.  He is also prepping to release his new EP this year.  It includes the song, ‘Satellite.’ Kroesche collaborated with producer Brian Howes (Nickeblack, Daughtry) on the song.  Before embarking on a professional music career, he was a nationally ranked tennis player at the young age of thirteen.  He earned a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music and even started touring at fourteen.  He even performed with Frank Zappa’s saxophonist Napoleon Murphy Brock and David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick.  This was all before he had graduated high school.  Now he embarks on the next leg of his career with the impending release of his EP and eventually debut full length record.

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