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The Motels – Live at the Whiskey A Go Go (Live Concert Blu-ray Review)

The Motels - Live at the Whiskey A Go Go (Live Concert Blu-ray Review)This isn’t just a live concert for The Motels, it’s actually a celebration of the 50th anniversary for the historical LA rock club, “The Whiskey a Go-Go”.  The show opens with an introduction from Rosanna Arquette and Linda Perry.  Arquette gives a brief description of the history of the “Whiskey” followed by Linda offering up a cheeky tale of her fondness for Martha Davis and her music.  Most live concert home videos show the band ready and on stage with their Instruments set up and prepped.   But in this case they actually show the band gradually walk on stage minus Martha Davis.  I thought that was a really cool way to open the show as it really gives you the feeling that you’re in the crowd waiting with anticipation as the house lights dim, the stages lights come on, and the show begins. Continue reading ‘The Motels – Live at the Whiskey A Go Go (Live Concert Blu-ray Review)’

Arrow – Season 3 Limited Edition (Soundtrack Review)

Arrow - Season 3 Limited Edition (Soundtrack Review)From “La La Land Records” comes the Soundtrack for The CW’s third season of “Arrow”!  Written by award winning Composer Blake Neely, this limited edition 2 disc release is jam packed with intense and darkly emotional music that allows you to relive the experience of watching the show!  It also includes music from THE FLASH VS. ARROW crossover episodes, with Part One appearing on THE FLASH album and Part Two appearing on the ARROW recording. Continue reading ‘Arrow – Season 3 Limited Edition (Soundtrack Review)’


The Flash – Season 1 Limited Edition (Soundtrack Review)

The Flash - Season 1 (Soundtrack Review)From “La-La Land Records” comes the Soundtrack for The CW’s first season of “The Flash”!  Written by award winning Composer Blake Neely, this limited edition 2 disc release is jam packed with exciting and emotionally driven music that allows you to relive the thrilling experience of watching the show!  It also includes music from THE FLASH VS. ARROW crossover episodes, with Part One appearing on THE FLASH album and Part Two appearing on the ARROW recording.


Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Live in Hyde Park (Live Concert Blu-ray Review)

Jeff Lynne's ELO: Live in Hyde ParkIt seems like the main goal that they were striving to achieve when making this concert was to maintain the classic aesthetic and style of the band while expanding upon the visual and musical experience.  The Electric Light Orchestra, or ELO as they’re more commonly known, is something of a juggernaut of classic hits.  Even the most casual music fan is likely to know a few of their tunes.  This is one of ELO’s headlining performances during BBC Radio 2’s “Festival in a Day” in London’s Hyde Park. Continue reading ‘Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Live in Hyde Park (Live Concert Blu-ray Review)’


Ryan Adams – 1989 (Album Review)

Ryan Adams - 1989So this album is something of a rarity these days.  It’s a musician from one genre actually acknowledging the artistic merit of someone with a completely different style.  Most often when a cover album is made the tendency is to alter the original concept to such an extent that the core message and feeling that the lyrics are trying to convey, is almost completely lost.  What Ryan has done is not only recreate the songs in a his own image, but he’s also maintained the core values that Taylor Swift initially set forth to express. Continue reading ‘Ryan Adams – 1989 (Album Review)’


Ghost: Meliora (Album Review)

MelioraSweden’s Ghost is back with their highly anticipated 3rd album, Meliora. Steeped in subversive themes of humanism, counterculture and anti-establishmentarianism, the album was produced by Klas Ahlund, mixed by Andy Wallace, and is their heaviest and most melodic project to date. Lead singer Papa Emeritus II has been ‘let go’ and will be replaced by the younger, more powerful Papa Emeritus III, who expertly leads his Ghouls through 10 scorching tracks, including ‘Cirice’, which means church in Old English and is an ode to institutions inventing the problem so that they can offer the solution.

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Nirvana’s Self-Titled, Posthumous, Double Platinum-Selling Album, NIRVANA, Gets Remastered!

NirvanaAnyone that knows me well understands that my love for the 90’s grunge band Nirvana is infinite.  It literally knows no boundaries.  Equally so I would gladly roam this Earth on my hands and my knees wiping up every blood, sweat and tear Kurt Cobain ever shed, that is if he wasn’t taken away from us so tragically young.  You all know the truth right?  He was murdered!  Blasphemy you say?  The proof is in the pudding!  LOL.  However, I digress.  That’s not what we are here to discuss today.  We’re here to celebrate the life and times of Kurt Cobain, his band Nirvana and the legacy they left behind with the remastered re-release of Nirvana’s greatest hits album so to speak.  I can’t believe it’s been over ten years for this one.  It seems like only yesterday I was hearing “You Know You’re Right” on the radio for the very first time.  Ah…memories. Continue reading ‘Nirvana’s Self-Titled, Posthumous, Double Platinum-Selling Album, NIRVANA, Gets Remastered!’


The Rolling Stones: From the Vault – Hyde Park Live 1969 (Blu-ray Review)

Rolling Stones `From The Vault` is a series of live concerts from The Rolling Stones archive which are getting their first official release. `Hyde Park 1969` is the latest addition to the series. It was one of the most highly anticipated gigs of 1969 and it delivered on all the promise and then some. On July 5, 1969, the Rolling Stones hosted their iconic free concert in London`s Hyde Park. Having taken two years off from the road, the show was conceived as the beginning of the band s big return to the live stage. It was also planned as an introduction of their hot new guitar player, Mick Taylor. The former disciple of British blues legend John Mayall had been inducted into the Stones just a month prior. Over 400,000 delirious fans of all ages gathered into the park for the concert. The Stones` concert in London’s Hyde Park would pay homage to the late Brian Jones and usher in the new and extraordinary era of Mick Taylor (1969-74). Bring The Concert Experience Home With Brilliant Picture and Superior Surround Sound Continue reading ‘The Rolling Stones: From the Vault – Hyde Park Live 1969 (Blu-ray Review)’


Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued (Blu-ray Review)

Basement Tapes‘Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued’ is a film by director Sam Jones that accompanies the album ‘Lost On The River’ released by Harvest Records in November 2014. The project focuses on sixteen sets of lyrics that were written by Bob Dylan during the legendary ‘The Basement Tapes’ sessions in 1967 but only recently rediscovered. Under the auspices of producer T-Bone Burnett and with the approval of Bob Dylan an extraordinary collective of musicians was brought together to set the lyrics to music: Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James and Marcus Mumford. The film presents an exclusive and intimate look at the making of the ‘Lost On The River’ album set against the important and historical cultural backdrop of Bob Dylan and The Band’s original ‘The Basement Tapes’. Continue reading ‘Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued (Blu-ray Review)’


Liz Madden Returns with a ‘Legacy’

liz Madden - Legacy - Why So Blu Over half a decade ago, Irish singer Liz Madden made her Why So Blu debut, discussing her then new album Going Home.  Liz has since built on her successful resume’ of releases, with 2015 being the launch pad for her latest album, Legacy. With each new release, Madden always finds ways to subtly separate the feel of each work from the last. Legacy proves no different.

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BOYHOOD Cut To “Hero” Song For a Music Video

boyhoodWith the Oscars still on my mind, it was nice to see so much love for Richard Linklater’s Boyhood in the form of 6 nominations, which we at Why So Blu were also big fans of (Check out our reviews HERE and HERE).  Now, Family of the Year’s hit song “Hero” has been cut to footage of the film, making for a nice little music video.  Continue on to check it out for yourself!



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Rob Zombie To Release New Live Album: ‘Spookshow International Live’

Rob Zombie International Spookshow LiveHere’s something I stumbled across and read today.  I could not contain my excitement over it and I just had to get the good news out to all our readers here.  Horror sensation Rob Zombie is going to release a new live album, Spookshow International Live.  Hell yeah!  It was previously announced on his Facebook page where Rob goes on record saying: “It’s been 8 years since our last live album so we figured it was time for another.  Actually we weren’t planning on it, but we recorded a few shows and they sounded really great so we thought “f#*k it” let’s get it out there.”  The T-Boy Records album will feature 19 tracks, including fan favorites such as “Thunderkiss ’65,” “Dragula” and “Living Dead Girl” as well as live renditions of tracks from Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor and a cover of The Ramones “Blitzkrieg Bop. Check out the track listing below as well as the front and back covers of the February 24th release, and of course, pre-order now! Continue reading ‘Rob Zombie To Release New Live Album: ‘Spookshow International Live’’


Watch Machine Head’s Music Video For “Now We Die”

Now We DieI really wanted to get a post in this year reviewing Machine Head’s 2014 effort, Bloodstone & Diamonds, but quite honestly time escaped me in the real world and I wasn’t able to quickly gather my thoughts and pull something together.  I know.  I suck.  I often imagine what it would be like if I had kids and still had to work the lifestyle I do.  I don’t think I could hack it.  I’d probably self combust, but I digress because nevertheless we are here to briefly talk about one of my favorite metal bands, Machine Head, most notably their new music video for the album opener, “Now We Die.”  For anyone that’s interested, they also have new tour dates on their website www.machinehead1.com here.  So what do you say we let the symphony strings and Rob Flynn’s vocals take it away from here?  Hell yeah!  Kumbaya! Continue reading ‘Watch Machine Head’s Music Video For “Now We Die”’


The Pretty Reckless’ “House on a Hill” Gets a Music Video!

House on a Hill“House on a Hill” finally gets a long overdue music video and I’m a bit late in getting this up, but if you didn’t know about it before this post, then this is news to you!  So here it is.  I have been waiting almost a year for a music video to be made from this Pretty Reckless song, “House on a Hill,” which I consider one of the best tunes released this year by any band, period.  However, that’s just my belief.  So here it is.  An “official” music video sanctioning the beautiful, haunting track has been “officially” released for all to see.  While it does not meet my high expectations, nor jive with the visuals I had for Taylor Momsen’s lyrics (although it’s still powerful in its own right), it’s great to at least have something out there  because that means more and more people are now hearing this masterpiece everyday.  Enjoy! Continue reading ‘The Pretty Reckless’ “House on a Hill” Gets a Music Video!’


Lana Del Rey ‘Big Eyes’ Interview

Lana Del Ray's Big EyesBecause of I’m such a big Lana Del Rey fan as of late and jonesing to see the Weinstein Company’s Big Eyes, I thought I would share this latest press release I received today. While Big Eyes is playing everywhere nationwide now, Lana Del Rey’s “Big Eyes” has been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Song. Here’s hoping that she wins. In the meantime I wanted to do a trifecta for you by providing you below a quick synopsis of the film, the interview I speak of here in this paragraph and also the music video for Del Rey’s “Big Eyes.” In addition to that I’m also able to up the ante with a link here to Aaron Neuwirth’s theatrical review of Big Eyes. It doesn’t get any better than this! Enjoy! Continue reading ‘Lana Del Rey ‘Big Eyes’ Interview’


Jeff Beck: Live in Tokyo (Blu-ray Review)

Jeff Beck Live in TokyoJeff Beck is undeniably one of the world s greatest guitar players. Technically brilliant, he is renowned for pushing musical boundaries and has excelled across many different genres from rock and jazz to pop and blues. Live In Tokyo was filmed at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Japan on April 9th this year. These Japanese dates were the first to feature Jeff Beck s new backing band of Jonathan Joseph (drums), Nicolas Meier (guitars) and Rhonda Smith (bass) and the setlist includes some material from his new, as yet unreleased, studio album. In contrast to Beck s previous visual releases, both filmed in small clubs, Live In Tokyo is filmed in a major concert arena and has a very different, more expansive feel. Jeff Beck is a true guitar legend and this show captures him at his very best.   Continue reading ‘Jeff Beck: Live in Tokyo (Blu-ray Review)’


The Rolling Stones: From the Vault – Hampton Coliseum (Blu-ray Review)

From the VaultFrom The Vault is a new series of live concerts from The Rolling Stones archive which are getting their first official release. ‘Hampton Coliseum Live In 1981’ is the first title in this series. The Rolling Stones American Tour in 1981 was the most successful tour of that year taking a then record $50 million dollars in ticket sales. The tour was in support of the critically and commercially successful ‘Tattoo You’ album. There were fifty dates on the tour which ran from Philadelphia at the end of September through to Hampton, Virginia on the 18th and 19th of December. The show on December 18th, which was also Keith Richards birthday, was the first ever music concert to be broadcast on television as a pay-per-view event. The footage has now been carefully restored and the sound has been newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain for this first official release of the show.  Continue reading ‘The Rolling Stones: From the Vault – Hampton Coliseum (Blu-ray Review)’


Yes: Songs From Tsongas – 35th Anniversary Concert (Blu-ray Review)

Songs From TsongasThis Special Edition of Songs From Tsongas contains two different concerts from Yes 35th Anniversary Tour in 2004, the last tour by the band to feature the classic line-up of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White. Part One contains the whole of the concert from the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Massachusetts. This epic show features a brand new stage set by legendary designer and Yes collaborator Roger Dean and the setlist features tracks from across the band s career including an extensive acoustic section (tracks 11 18) and some tracks that have rarely been performed live. Part Two contains 70 minutes of highlights from a very different concert on the same tour filmed at Estival in Lugano, Switzerland. This outdoor concert sees a stripped down stage and full on rock versions of the acoustic tracks from Tsongas whilst the crowd wield a multitude of umbrellas against the pouring rain, which is clearly not preventing them having a great time!  Continue reading ‘Yes: Songs From Tsongas – 35th Anniversary Concert (Blu-ray Review)’