Michael C. Ford Releases Details Of Upcoming Album

Courtesy:  Hen House Studios

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)


More information on Look Each Other In The Eye and more from Michael C. Ford is available online at http://www.michaelcford.com and http://henhousestudios.com/michael-c-ford-look-each-other-in-the-ears. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Zappa Live Unlike Any Live Show Of Any Age

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment/Eagle Vision

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 http://www.eagle-rock.com

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Up-And-Coming Pop Musician Releases New Single

Courtesy: Fresh Tracks Marketing

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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8g6F98BJ0o.

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.

After checking out Kroesche’s new video, fans can also go to his official Facebook page—http://www.facebook.com/ChaseKroesche–and “Like” him there to get all the latest news on his projects and more.  Fans can also follow him on his official website, http://www.chasetheband.com

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