Exclusive Interview: James Marsters on reforming the band GHOST OF THE ROBOT – Part 2

GHOST OF THE ROBOT | ©2011 Ghost of the Robot

The band Ghost of the Robot, headed up by James Marsters, Charlie De Mars and Kevin McPherson, has reunited with new members guitarist Sullivan Marsters (James Marsters’ 15-year-old son) and drummer Jordan Latham. With guest vocalist Micah Biagi, Ghost of the Robot has just released a new album, MURPHY’S LAW, on iTunes, with plans for a CD edition, more new albums and a tour next year. This is Part Two of our exclusive interview. ASSIGNMENT X: What did you do differently this time in the studio? CHARLIE DE MARS: [On Ghost’s previous album MAD BRILLIANT], we just did all tape recording. […]Read On »


Concert Review: CRACKER / CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN – December 27, 2011 – Belly Up, Solana Beach, CA

Johnny Hickman, David Lowery, Frank Funaro and Sal Maida of Cracker perform at Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA on December 27, 2011 | Photo ©2011 and courtesy Ami J. Flori

Few artists can claim they are part of one successful band, but David Lowery can cite two  – Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven (and both active) as the very eccentric home to his hybrid musical compositions that span country, rock, ska and alternative music (with a little folk thrown in for good measure). And now, Lowery continues the tradition of touring with both bands simultaneously for a brief little end of the year tour. Things kicked off on Tuesday night in Solana Beach, CA at the Belly Up as Lowery’s Camper Van Beethoven served as opening act (they also have […]Read On »


CD Review: Erasure – TOMORROW’S WORLD

Erasure - TOMORROW'S WORLD | ©2011 Mute Records

Distributor: Mute Suggested Retail Price: $13.88 It’s amazing that Vince Clarke has been a part of not one, but three ground-breaking bands and all within the span of five years in the early 1980s. First, he jump-started Depeche Mode being one of the primary songwriters for that band’s exceptional debut SPEAK & SPELL providing such memorable tracks as “Just Can’t Get Enough”, “Dreaming of Me” and “New Life” Leaving after the release of that ground-breaking first album, Clarke then formed a partnership with singer Alison Moyet with Yaz (known as Yazoo in the U.K.). The two albums they put out […]Read On »



Toronto Internation Film Festival (TIFF) logo

Picture this: the Toronto International Film Festival just two years ago. Venues and events spread out all over the biggest  city in Canada. Picture this; Toronto today. After moving last year a great majority of the events and screenings into the newly constructed TIFF Bell Lighthouse film center the 11 day festival has become more centralized than Hollywood itself. What exactly is the TIFF Bell Lighthouse? An entire city block at King and John Street, downtown Toronto. Four stories that house a three story atrium, five cinemas, two galleries, learning studios, a bistro, a restaurant and plenty more. But while […]Read On »


The 10 Coolest R.E.M. Songs – It’s the End of R.E.M. As We Know It And These Songs Will Make You Feel Fine

R.E.M. - COLLAPSE INTO NOW | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Yesterday the Athena, GA rock band R.E.M. consisting of singer Michael Stipe, bassist Mike Mills and guitarist Peter Buck called it quits after a little over 30 years as a unit. Their blend of jangly guitars and socially conscious lyrics made them a fringe alternative band throughout the 1980s until they finally broke out with 1987’s “The One I Love”. This led to signing to major label Warner Bros. which brought them into the mainstream major leagues with a series of pop hits including “Losing My Religion,” “Shiny Happy People” and “Stand.” Although their albums over the last decade have […]Read On »

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