“Roast In Peace” Is Another Bold Success For Ellefson Coffee Company

Courtesy: Ellefson Coffee Company

Courtesy: Ellefson Coffee Company

When Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson made the decision last year to start up his own coffee company, the move was clearly a big risk.  That is because Ellefson has made a living making music and spreading that music around the world.  But of course all good things must come to an end.  Eventually Ellefson is going to hang up his bass and call it career.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that Ellefson’s risk to start up his coffee company may very well prove to be a good move.  With four lines already in production—one of which, Urban Legend, being limited edition—Ellefson Coffee company looks to already be moving in the right direction.  Its “Kenya Thrash” line is obviously the company’s cornerstone. That coffee is a bold blend of Arabica and Robusta coffees whose aromatic kick is just as powerful as that present in its taste and caffeine content.  It is just one of the company’s standout lines.  “Roast In Peace” is another one of the company’s standout lines.  While its caffeine content may not be as high as that of Kenya Thrash, it still offers plenty for coffee lovers and connoisseurs to appreciate beginning with that content.  Its bold taste is just as important to note as its caffeine content.  Its aroma is just as bold as its taste.  Each element of this blend is important to its appeal.  All things considered, they make “Roast In Peace” another blend from Ellefson Coffee Company that hits all the right notes.  Yes, that bad pun was fully intended.

Ellefson Coffee Company has proven already to this critic that it has a fighting chance in the coffee business thanks to its “Kenya Thrash” coffee line.  That blend hits about as hard as the riffs that the band churns out on its songs.  It is only one of the powerful blends that the upstart coffee company has to offer consumers.  Its “Roast In Peace” blend hits almost as hard and will impress consumers just as much as “Kenya Thrash.”  That is evident primarily through its caffeine content.  “Roast in Peace’s” caffeine content is not as high as that of “Kenya Thrash,” but it still is high in its own right.  That is thanks to the fact that the Brazilian-grown beans are 100% pure Arabica. Its content is high enough that it doesn’t take long for even the sleepiest person to wake up after the first few sips.  That is how high its caffeine content proves to be.  There are not a lot of coffee companies out there whose representatives can say their blends are that powerful.  Again, its content isn’t as high as that of “Kenya Thrash,” it still is high enough to keep consumers quite well awake through most of the day.  Keeping that in mind, the drink’s caffeine content proves to be a hugely important piece of the drink’s whole.  It is just one of the important parts of what makes this blend so appetizing.  The drink’s taste is just as important to its appeal as its caffeine content.

Courtesy: Ellefson Coffee Company

Courtesy: Ellefson Coffee Company

The caffeine content of Ellefson Coffee Company’s “Roast In Peace” blend is clearly an important piece of the drink’s appeal.  Its content isn’t as high as that of “Kenya Thrash,” but is still high in its own right.  It is just one part of what makes this blend so appealing.  Its bold taste is just as important to note as its caffeine content.  Whether one prefers one’s coffee straight or with cream and sugar (or with flavored creamers) its bold flavor is evident.  Even if one prefers flavored creamers for their coffee one will be able to taste this drink’s bold taste.  The thing is that just as with “Kenya Thrash’s” taste, it doesn’t overpower the creamer.  In fact it creates a certain balance for a taste that presents its own identity separate from “Kenya Thrash” and other coffee companies’ blends.  To that end, it makes for one more reason this blend will appeal to coffee lovers and connoisseurs alike.  It is just one more of the many elements that makes this blend so appealing.  Its aroma is just as bold as its taste.

“Roast In Peace’s” caffeine content and its bold taste are both key parts of what makes this blend another sure success for Ellefson Coffee Company.  They are not its only important elements.  Its bold aroma packs just as much punch as its taste.  That aroma is evident before the coffee even gets poured.  Consumers will love the smell that fills their kitchens as it brews.  It is an aroma that is right up there with the strongest blends from Folgers and other companies.  As soon as that aroma hits consumers’ noses, it will bring a smile to their faces.  That smile will only get bigger with the first sip thanks to the drink’s equally bold taste.  When those two elements are joined with the coffee’s caffeine content, the end result proves to be a drink that will impress coffee lovers and connoisseurs just as much as “Kenya Thrash.”  They combine to make it a drink that shows even more to be one of Ellefson Coffee Company’s leading lines of coffee.

Courtesy: Ellefson Coffee Company

Courtesy: Ellefson Coffee Company

“Roast In Peace” is one of Ellefson Coffee Company’s leading lines of coffee.  It is right up there with the company’s “Kenya Thrash” line and with other companies’ boldest lines.  That is due in part to a caffeine content that will wake up consumers right from the first few sips.  It will keep them awake for the better part of the day even despite not being as high as that in the company’s “Kenya Thrash” line.  Its bold aroma and taste enhance the drinking experience with this blend even more.  Whether one takes one’s coffee straight or with some mix of cream and sugar or flavored creamer, every coffee drinker will appreciate the drink’s boldness.  That first scent and first sip will put a big smile on consumers’ faces.  Even using cream and sugar or flavored creamer, consumers get a great balance of sweet and bold.  The end result is an experience that coffee lovers in general will appreciate just as much as Ellefson’s fans and Megadeth fans.  More information on this and other lines from Ellefson Coffee Company is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://ellefsoncoffeeco.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ellefsoncoffeeco

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ellefsondavid

 

 

 

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Sonic Syndicate Releases ‘Confessions” Final Single

Courtesy: Despotz Records

Courtesy: Despotz Records

Sonic Syndicate has released more new music.

The band released the single ‘Still Believe (ft. Madyx)’ this week.  The song is the third and final single from the band’s 2016 album Confessions.  Audiences can hear the song online now here.

Front man Nathan J. Biggs called working on the song a special experience, adding working with alt pop singer Madyx (a.k.a. Michelle Blanchard) on the song made it even more special.  Blanchard won UMA’s “Best International Music Video” Award in 2016 for her video for ‘Some Kisses.’  The song is also on British Airways’ “Ones To Watch” playlist on each of its flights.

“Working on the song fulfills my ambition of hearing harmonies and alternate leads performed together with a female voice,” Biggs said. “So to get the chance to do this on Confessions was something not only brand new for us, but a big accomplishment, and to do it with such a sparky, talented girl like Madyx who really connected with the lyrics on a personal level made it even more special.  It turned a good song into a unique song that stands out on the record.”

Biggs said the songs make it so unique because of the topic presented within those words.

“The lyrics are about a long distance relationship, a couple reminiscing about their time together on different continents, how the vibe of each city flavored their love for one another,” Biggs said.  “However, as the song goes along we realize it’s not just heartache due to miles apart, the guy is talking to a girl who has passed away and she is replying from beyond the grave.  It’s beautiful, tragic and haunting.  But I think true love can even survive death.”

‘Still Believe’ can be downloaded now via iTunes and streamed online now via Spotify.  Sonic Syndicate will hit the road in March with Amaranthe to support ConfessionsConfessions can be ordered online now direct via Despotz Records’ webstore.  More information on Confessions is available online now along with all of Sonic Syndicate’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/SoSyOfficial

 

 

 

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Anti-Flag Releases New Live Recording

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records

Courtesy: Spinefarm Records

Anti-Flag released its latest live recording this week.

The veteran Pittsburgh, PA-based punk outfit released its new live recording Volume 1 on Friday.  The 13-song collection was recorded over the course of a 3-night stint at Los Angeles’ famed Troubador in 2016.  It includes a variety of songs from the band’s catalogue including but not limited to ‘Death of a Nation,’ ‘You’d Do The Same,’ ‘Tearing Everyone Down’ and ‘Born To Die.’  The recording’s full track listing is noted below.

 

ANTI-FLAG LIVE: VOLUME 1 TRACK LISTING

 

  1. The Press Corpse
  1. You’d Do The Same
  2. Fabled World
  3. Born To Die
  4. You Are Fired
  5. Fuck The Flag
  6. Broken Bones
  7. Death Of A Nation
  8. Their System Doesn’t Work For You
  9. Drink Drank Punk
  10. Tearing Everyone Down
  11. Brandenburg Gate
  12. Die For The Government

 

Fans can purchase the album now on vinyl and digital platforms.  The vinyl is available in limited numbers.  Audiences can get a taste of the band’s performance online now with the band’s performance of ‘Death of a Nation’ here.

Along with the release of its new live compilation, Anti-Flag has also released a series of videos titled “I Am Anti.”  The band’s members discuss their views on war, classism, violence and Islamophobia in the videos.  Each member of the band shares the story through a personal experience related to the given issue in each video.  Audiences can view each video below.

 

“I AM ANTI” VIDEOS

 

I AM ANTI-WAR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97g8kW-Utek&feature=youtu.be

 

I AM ANTI-CLASSISM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6Yr9YMXVTc&feature=youtu.be

 

I AM ANTI-VIOLENCE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4fAr2Ni0vY&feature=youtu.be

 

I AM ANTI-ISLAMOPHOBIA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y580MXsXpmk&feature=youtu.be

 

Anti-Flag is currently on tour alongside Reel Big Fish, Ballyhoo!, Direct Hit! And Pkew Pkew Pkew.  The bands will be in Raleigh, North Carolina on Sunday at The Ritz Raleigh.  The bands’ current tour schedule also includes performances along the Gulf Coast, the Southwest, Northwest and even Canada.  The bands’ current tour schedule is noted below.

 

ANTI-FLAG ON TOUR:
With Reel Big Fish, Ballyhoo!, Direct Hit!, and Pkew Pkew Pkew
1/20/17 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
1/21/17 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
1/22/17 Raleigh, NC The Ritz
1/23/17 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor
1/25/17 Orlando, FL The Beacham Theater
1/26/17  Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
1/27/17 Atlanta, GA  The Masquerade
1/28/17  New Orleans, LA Joy Theater
1/29/17 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
1/31/17 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live!
2/1/17  Austin, TX Emo’s
2/2/17  San Antonio, TX Aztec Theatre
2/3/17 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
2/4/17 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
2/6/17 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
2/7/17 Boise, ID  Knitting Factory
2/8/17 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
2/9/17 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
2/10/17 Spokane, WA  Knitting Factory
2/11/17 Seattle, WA  The Showbox
2/13/17 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
2/14/17 Reno, NV Cargo
2/15/17 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
2/16/17 Los Angeles, CA  Belasco Theater
2/17/17 San Diego, CA  House Of Blues
http://www.anti-flag.com/tour-dates/

 

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Website: http://www.americanspring.net

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Flobots Unveil New LP’s Lead Single

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Courtesy: Liveloud

Flobots is giving fans a taste of its next album.

The band released the song ‘Pray’ (Extended) this week.  The song is the first single from the band’s upcoming album NOENEMIES.  The song is available at all digital retailers now.  It can be streamed online now here.  The song’s lyrics are available here.

‘Pray’ was written and recorded early in 2016 ahead of the presidential race between now President Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  The band said the song is a call to action, addressing the problems of racism and division among America’s population.

The song is described as coming from the vantage point of a community realizing the result of its part in the racism that has become so present across the country. The community, in its realization, asks for collective forgiveness for its actions.

NOENEMIES’ lead sing samples an Alan Lomax performance of the Sacred Harp song ‘Antioch’ for its arrangement. A local Denver, CO Sacred Harp group was brought in to sing “re-imagined” lyrics to ‘Antioch’ for the introduction to the extended take on ‘Pray.’

Flobots member Johnny 5 said hearing ‘Antioch’ had a powerful impact on him, adding it led to a deep appreciation for Sacred Harp singing.

“When I first heard ‘Antioch’ it felt like an exorcism…,” Johnny 5 said. “Digging deeper, we realized that the entire culture of Sacred Harp singing fully embodies the spirit that has fueled the direction of our new music. Songs of power. Songs that celebrate community. Songs designed to be experienced,  not performed. Songs meant to be sung out with strength.”

Flobots will host a Facebook Live Q&A session on Jan. 30 to discuss in more depth the topics addressed in its new single. The session will begin at 10 p.m. ET.  Anyone wanting to take part can RSVP and present questions for the session here.

Flobots will also partner with Denver, CO-based dance company Wonderbound for a series of live performance collaborations dubbed “Divisions” to promote its new album.  The collaboration will see the group performing dance routines to Flobots’ new songs.

The performances begin April 14 and run through April 30.  They will be held at a series of venues around Denver.  Fans can check out the dates for the shows and purchase tickets here.

More information on Flobots’ new single is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.flobots.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theflobots

Twitter: http://twitter.com/flobots

 

 

 

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Fitz And The Tantrums Performing Live Overnight Tonight On TV

Courtsey: New Elektra

Courtsey: New Elektra

Fitz and the Tantrums will be live on TV overnight tonight.

The group will perform live on The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS. It is set to perform its megahit ‘Handclap’ from its self-titled 2016 album. The song was the album’s lead single.

The performance is a continuation of the group’s 2016 “Come Get Your Love Fall Tour.”  The next date on the group’s tour is a performance at the Pot Of Gold Music Festival in Chandler, AZ on March 18.

The Late Late Show with James Corden airs at 12:37 a.m. ET/11:37 CT.

More information on Fitz and the Tantrum’s performance tonight on The Late Late Show with James Corden is available online now along with all of the group’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.fitzandthetantrums.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fitzandthetantrums

Twitter: http://twitter.com/fitzandthetantrums

 

 

 

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Dashboard Confessional Releases New Covers Collection Online

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Courtesy: Reybee, Inc.

Dashboard Confessional has released a new covers collection.

The four-song EP titled Covered + Taped is streaming online now at Spotify.  It features covers of songs from Sorority Noise, The 1975, Julien Baker and even Justin Bieber (yes, even the Beebs).

Front man Chris Carrabba said he personally picked the songs featured on the record.

“I love great songs by great artists,” Carrabba said. “These are some songs I feel very connected to right now.  Enough so that I felt I had a way of making them my own in some small way.”

 

The Covered + Taped track listing is noted below.

 

COVERED + TAPED TRACK LISTING

  1. Sex – The 1975 Cover

  1. Sprained Ankle – Julien Baker Cover

  1. Love Yourself – Justin Bieber Cover

  1. Using – Sorority Noise Cover

 

Dahsboard Confessional is currently on tour, with a number of its shows already sold out.Those sold out dates include its performances this weekend at Irving Plaza in New York, NY. The band’s current tour schedule also includes a sold out date in Charlotte, NC on Feb. 17.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

 

Jan 19             Irving Plaza – SOLD OUT                               New York, NY

Jan 19             Knitting Factory – SOLD OUT                       Brooklyn, NY
Jan 20             Irving Plaza – SOLD OUT                              New York, NY
Jan 21             Irving Plaza – SOLD OUT                              New York, NY
Jan 22             The Fillmore                                                          Silver Spring, MD
Jan 23             TLA – SOLD OUT                                             Philadelphia, PA
Jan 24             TLA – SOLD OUT                                             Philadelphia, PA
Jan 26             Bogart’s                                                                  Cincinnati, OH
Jan 27             St. Andrews Hall – SOLD OUT                    Detroit, MI
Jan 28             House of Blues – SOLD OUT                       Chicago, IL
Jan 29             First Avenue                                                         Minneapolis, MN
Jan 31             The Summit Music Hall                                   Denver, CO
Feb 01             The Depot – SOLD OUT                                Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 02             The Fillmore – SOLD OUT                             San Francisco, CA
Feb 03             House of Blues – SOLD OUT                        San Diego, CA
Feb 04             The Wiltern – SOLD OUT                              Los Angeles, CA
Feb 06             The Observatory                                                   Santa Ana, CA
Feb 08             Marquee Theatre                                                 Tempe, AZ
Feb 10             Emo’s – SOLD OUT                                         Austin, TX
Feb 11             House of Blues – SOLD OUT                        Dallas, TX
Feb 12             House of Blues                                                     Houston, TX
Feb 13             House of Blues                                                     New Orleans, LA
Feb 15             Revolution                                                             Fort Lauderdale, FL
Feb 16             The Ritz Ybor                                                         Tampa, FL
Feb 17             The Underground – SOLD OUT                   Charlotte, NC
Feb 21             Basement East – SOLD OUT                        Nashville, TN
Feb 22             Basement East – SOLD OUT                        Nashville, TN
Feb 23             Basement East – SOLD OUT                        Nashville, TN
Feb 26             Basement East                                                     Nashville, TN
Feb 28             Basement East                                                    Nashville, TN
Mar 01             House of Blues                                                   Chicago, IL

 

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Website: http://www.dashboardconfessional.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DashboardConfessional

 

 

 

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ECC’s Kenya Thrash Line Packs A Punch As Big As Megadeth’s Music

Courtesy: Ellefson Coffee Company

Courtesy: Ellefson Coffee Company

Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson has been quite the busy figure in the past couple of years or so.  He started his own music label, EMP Label Group, in 2015.  He followed that up by starting up his own coffee company.  That company opened its first-ever brick and mortar outlet just recently in his home town of Jackson, MN.  The store features Megadeth memorabilia, music and at least three lines of coffee that are certain to impress coffee connoisseurs and impress Megadeth fans just as much as Ellefson’s work on his band’s records.  One of the three lines of coffee currently being offered by Ellefson Coffee Company is known as Kenya Thrash.  It is just as powerful as the thrash riffs churned out by Ellefson and his band mates on their records beginning with its aroma.  That will be discussed shortly.  The drink’s eye-opening taste is just as notable as its equally sense-pleasing aroma.  The beans’ sourcing is also of note to the coffee.  Coffee connoisseurs and coffee lovers the world over will agree each element plays its own part in the success of this line.  All things considered, Kenya Thrash proves to be just as powerful as the music that Ellefson and his band mates produce for the masses.

Ellefson Coffee Company’s Kenya Thrash coffee line is just one of three lines of coffee that the company currently offers coffee connoisseurs coffee lovers across the country right now.  There is a lot to like about this powerhouse blend of Arabica and Robusta coffees beginning with its powerful aroma.  Right from the moment that one opens the bag, the aroma from the beans instantly hits the senses.  The aroma from the beans is so strong that it instantly opens the eyes from said strength.  That is not a bad thing, either.  Simply put, the strength of the beans’ aroma is right up there with the strongest blend from Folgers, Seattle’s Best and Gevalia.  That is just to name a few of the stronger brands.  That is likely thanks to the blend of the Arabica and Robusta beans, which create the coffee’s equally powerful punch when brewed.  That punch is just as important to note as the punch from its aroma alone.

The punch present by Kenya Thrash’s aroma is powerful in itself.  As soon as customers open the bag–which by the way holds the actual unground beans–the beans’ aroma instantly hits the nose and opens the eyes with its strength.  It is just one of the punches that makes this line so powerful.  The second hit from the coffee’s 1-2 punch comes from the impact of the coffee after it is brewed.  Whether one takes it black or with cream and sugar, one can still taste and smell the beans’ output once that first cup is poured.  Even the second cup boasts its own aromatic and taste punch.  That is a clear testament to just how powerful this caffeine-laced coffee proves to be.  Not many coffee companies out there can say their coffees are so strong even with the second cup.  Even more important to note is that even those who prefer cream (or flavored creamer) with their coffee will be able to taste the beans’ output.  The thing is that even though it still cuts through, it doesn’t overpower the creamer.  In fact it creates its own strong balance that impresses just as much as the pure brew.  It still is not the last element to note in this line of coffee from the Ellefson Coffee Company.  The beans’ sourcing rounds out its most important elements.

The 1-2 punch that Kenya Thrash offers coffee connoisseurs and lovers alike from its aroma and its flavor is key to the enjoyment of this powerhouse, eye-opening line from the Ellefson Coffee Company.  It is just part of what makes this line so impressive.  Consumers will also be happy to know that the beans used in the coffee are directly sourced from Kenya.  The bag however, doesn’t make any note of being fair trade, so one can only hope that the line is in fact a fair trade line.  Considering Ellefson’s dedication to bringing consumers only the best, odds are the coffee likely is fair trade and organic no less.  Even with that in mind, the fact that the beans were imported directly rather than grown locally adds even more interest to the coffee.  Keeping all of this in mind, the beans’ source proves to be just as key to its appeal as its powerhouse aroma and taste.  When all three elements are joined together, they make Kenya Thrash a line of coffee that—as long as it is at least fair trade—one that deserves to be in every store and coffee lover’s home in America.

Kenya Thrash is just one of four lines of coffee produced by Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson’s Ellefson Coffee Company.  It is also an impressive line of coffee.  That is thanks to the 1-2 punch provided to consumers via its powerhouse aroma and taste.  The direct sourcing of the coffee’s beans adds even more to its interest.  Each element clearly plays its own part in proving the enjoyment of Kenya Thrash.  All things considered, they make Kenya Thrash a line of coffee that packs just as much punch as the music crafted by Ellefson and his band mates.  They come together to prove this line of coffee one that deserves to be in every store and every coffee lover’s home across America.  Kenya Thrash is available now at Ellefson Coffee Company’s brick and mortar store in Jackson, MN and online.  More information on Kenya Thrash and other Ellefson Coffee Company lines is available online now along with all of the company’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.ellefsoncoffeeco.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ellefsoncoffeeco

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ellefsondavid

 

 

 

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