American High: Rebel Activist by Eileen Shapiro

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One of the most prolific, relevant, vibrant, and well-hidden activists is the mastermind of American High Doug Terry. American High is a band for the people! Their anti-war songs on their last album “Bones in the Attic, Flowers in the Basement” created a buzz before fans even realized it was a dedication to the war on war, as their orgasmic melodies and decadent harmonies resonated sonic pop culture at it’s very best.

Now the band’s long and highly anticipated new single has just been released, as entitled “Cheye Calvo” another alt-rock/ pop phenomenon dedicated to the good of mankind. Caring only that their message be presented and their music be heard the band donates the proceeds from their music to food banks and their lives to being creative.

American High is one of the centuries most important bands to arise, aside from being a blast to listen to. “Cheye Calvo” is catchy, fun and commercially accommodating, as well as contagiously relevant. Watch for it on cd baby and all the other Digital venues within the next couple of days.

With those who don’t know who Cheye Calvo is and you’re too lazy to Google it, what’s the story behind that?

In July 2008 in Maryland, USA, a man named Cheye Calvo returned to his suburban home after having walked one of his dogs.  Inside he found a scene of absolute horror.  Over a dozen highly armed and violent intruders had broken into his house.  His mother was bound and lying face down on the kitchen floor in tears.  Then Mr. Calvo heard the terrifying screams of his wife.  She too had been bound and forced face down on the floor.  Then the Calvo family watched in horror as their two beloved dogs were shot and killed.  One was shot in the back as he ran away.  The intruders spent the next four hours systematically destroying the home.  They destroyed furniture, broke cabinets and tracked the blood of his pets throughout the entire house.  When the ordeal was over the assailants simply left.  They didn’t even have the common decency to apologize.

The violent intruders were not street gang members. They were not foreign military invaders. They were not ‘illegal aliens’. The intruders were police officers.

County police conducted a ‘no knock’ warrant on Mr. Calvo’s home that day after a package of marijuana was randomly mailed to his address by drug smugglers.  The smugglers picked the homes of unsuspecting citizens and delivered drugs to their front porches, apparently to be picked up later before anyone noticed.  This time police noticed and busted into Mr. Calvo’s home looking for evidence.  They found none.  That was because Mr. Calvo was not involved in drugs or the drug trade at all.  Cheye Calvo was the mayor of the town.

A ‘no knock’ search warrant is one in which police are given the insane authority to break into and enter any American home they see fit (except in Oregon and Florida).  They are not required to announce themselves first and almost universally enter homes armed and ready for a gunfight.  Often clothed in all black with no identifiable law enforcement markings, people have no way of knowing the identity of the people breaking in.  Could they be robbers?  Rapists?  Murderers?  Pedophiles coming for your children?  Honestly, if you were woken up in the middle of the night by an explosion, loud shouting and gunfire would your first thought be it’s the police?  Most of these raids are conducted in the dark, predawn hours and it is common for police to first use flashbang grenades.  Flashbangs cause temporary blindness and disorientation.  They also critically injure babies if tossed into the baby’s crib (Habersham County, Georgia 5/14).  Many pets have been killed in front of their owners during these sickeningly common raids.  Worst of all, men, women, children, even the elderly have been murdered by police during botched ‘no-knock’ raids.  Even police officers themselves have been killed during these high risk and immoral home invasions. Over 100 ‘no-knock’ warrants are executed each day in the US.

In December 2013, police executed a ‘no knock’ warrant in Somerville, Texas. The homeowner, a recently returned combat veteran, believed he was being attacked by criminals. He did what any rational person would do under the circumstances. He armed himself and defended his home, himself and his girlfriend. Tragically, a police officer was shot and killed during the ensuing gunfight.  Again, no one in the house was involved in drugs and amazingly both occupants made it out of that house alive.  Instead of an apology, the war hero was put on trial for murder. Thankfully the Texas jury saw the truth and found him not guilty.  But that officer’s wife and children are still without a father and husband.   Apparently, their pain and suffering are simply necessary evils so that people can’t smoke pot.  Between 2010 and 2016 dozens of civilians and eight officers were killed during the execution of no-knock warrants.

Currently in the U.S. over a million people are in prison for nonviolent drug crimes.  More than 30,000 Mexican nationals have been murdered in northern Mexico in the past several decades, a direct result of our prohibition laws.  Police corruption in Mexico (and the U.S.) is a well-known fact.  Are mass murders in Mexico any less tragic than mass murders in the U.S.?  We don’t think so.  We think using drugs is a bad idea, but we think murdering people is so much worse.  After billions of dollars, countless lives lost and the ignoring of our natural born rights, more people smoke pot today than the day it was made ‘illegal’.

Part of the problem is the militarization of our local police departments. In all honesty, what on earth does the local police department need with a tank?  How about armored personnel carriers?  Street sweepers?  Police today even have body armor which rivals our men and women fighting in foreign wars.  Why?  Search ‘militarization of police in America’ on Youtube and see for yourself.

With our new single ‘Cheye Calvo’ American High presents this question:  which is worse?  Fellow citizens using drugs or police breaking into their homes and killing them in the dead of night?  A better question is this: do drug prohibition laws even work at all?  Americans in 1933 didn’t think so.  That year alcohol prohibition was ended because it leads to crippling police corruption, the mass murder of innocents, the filling of our prisons with nonviolent alcohol offenders and most importantly, it didn’t stop anyone from drinking.  Prohibition laws do not work. They didn’t work then, and they do not work now.

If ‘no-knock’ police invasions are necessary for the war on drugs we say end the war on drugs.  We think most people would agree that burning babies and murdering innocent people is much worse than letting people use drugs.  And those are our choices.  There isn’t a third.

‘No knock’ warrants are unnecessary and they erode trust between government and the people. They lead to terror, PTSD, injury, and death and we believe they are a clear violation of the peoples’ rights.

The real question is this: exactly who is making money from drug prohibition laws?  Just like ‘deep throat’ said to Woodward and Bernstein during the Watergate scandal:  follow the money!

You tend to write the happiest melodies to the scariest subjects. Why do you think that happens? And is it on purpose?

Well, we write songs that we would like to hear ourselves.  We love lots of bands.  Most of them write catchy and clever songs.  That’s what we like, so probably that’s why the songs come out that way.  Or at least we hope they do.  Bands in the 60s and 70s wrote catchy songs with serious, even dark subjects.  Political songs, anti-war songs, anti-tax songs, songs about people who were wrongly imprisoned.  But they are good songs.  The kind that you find yourself tapping your foot to and humming later.  We think songs are more interesting when they are multi-layered.  Books like ‘Lord of the Flies’ and ‘Animal Farm’ can be seen as stories about kids on an island or animals taking over a farm.  But there are deeper meanings for those who care to look.  I guess that’s why we are still talking about them decades later.  They appeal to many different people for many different reasons.

We think there are many things going on in the world today that are just plain wrong.  We believe that if enough people found out about some of these things, they would come to an end.  So I guess if you want to look at our songs as (hopefully) catchy toe-tappers, we think that’s great.  And if you want to look for deeper meanings, we want you to have plenty to find.

When you decide your subjects, which are usually quite heavy and deep, what’s inside your head, what are you thinking?

Usually, we read or see something that pisses us off.  Like a cop throwing a grenade into a baby’s crib.  Or something that makes us smile, like the catchy silliness of Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘The Zoo’.  I mean, when you go to the zoo do you make fun of the animals enslaved there?  We don’t, but we love the genius of their songwriting.  There’s a strange duality there that’s hard to talk about.  But it’s interesting.  We like songs that grab our attention.  Catchy songs.  You know how, in general, Europeans do not expect happy endings to their movies and Americans do?  Well maybe in a way we’re trying to make songs that have both.

As one of the most rebel activists in the history of music and on this planet, how do you think your messages will help the world?

We hope a lot of people will listen to and like the songs.  If that happens we believe many will agree with us and hopefully, that will lead to change.  There was a time when we didn’t think a lot about the fact that there are American military bases in over 100 countries and territories, for example.  Then someone brought it up and we sat down and thought about it.  No other country does that.  Why?  Why do we?  Because we are more moral?  We’re better?  We didn’t question things then, but we do now.  That is the result of someone with guts sitting down and telling us about it.  That’s what we hope to do.

Do you think people are very shocked if they listen to your fabulous music, even dance to it, and then realize what it’s really about?

We aren’t trying to shock people, but maybe people need to be shocked.  We were shocked when we heard an old man in Florida was murdered on his front lawn by police.  He was sick of dealers selling drugs on his property, so when two undercover cops posing as drug dealers trespassed on his land he came out of his house with an unloaded old rifle.  They promptly murdered him there and then.  I don’t know if we just didn’t believe stories like that or we didn’t want to believe.  But facts are facts.  How can we prevent that from happening again if we don’t even talk about it?  How can change happen when people don’t even know there is something that needs changing.  One reason we picked Cheye Calvo as an example of the immorality of ‘no knock’ warrants is he is an upper-middle-class white guy.  He was the mayor for crying out loud.  So if that happened to him, what is going on in our nation’s poorer neighborhoods?  The inner cities?  Cheye Calvo has a voice but the poor and disenfranchised often don’t.  So let’s not end ‘no-knock’ police attacks because of Cheye Calvo, as evil and despicable as the crimes against his family were.  Let’s end them for the countless and unknowable masses of crimes that must be happening to poor people all over the country every day.  People who can’t call a news conference.  People who have no voice.

Follow American High on Twitter @AmericanHigh1

For more information on American High check out their website www.AmericanHighBand.com

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The KOKE Band : Rock and Roll Friends Forever

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The KOKE BAND was born in a snow bank and raised on pine needles and is a gritty and tight band. KOKE hails from Mercer Wisconsin, a tiny logging and tourist town in the northern most part of the state. At the time the band was formed the three members of the band were the only musicians in the town. During the long cold winter they practiced in a small cabin where is was so cold they had to stand on mattresses and hold their hands over the small stove just to be able to play. Maybe it was the cold, or maybe the lack of an audience, or not being able to hear other music but The KOKE BAND formed a sound that was unlike any other. Since they didn’t have outside music to play they wrote most of the music in their set.

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Now Available Worldwide – Firebug’s “Wandering Soul”

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FireBug have just released their Spectra Music Group debut album “Wandering Soul”. Now available for worldwide, download your copy today!

Building a following from Los Angeles to Chicago, from New Orleans to London and beyond FireBug have proven their dedication in the music business and will continue to grow their presence. Described as a Chrissie Hynde-meets-Grace Slick 70’s vibe, with her own unique twist and flavor, Lead vocalist Juliette Tworsey says “cutting our musical teeth in and around local hot spots in Chicago, Los Angeles and New Orleans, has allowed us to connect on a deeper level not only with our music and fans but also with ourselves.”

In the UK FireBug was voted best songwriters of the year and winners of the coveted UK New Music Video Awards and has also won the Best International Act two years in a row at the UK Exposure Music Awards. Exemplary reviews from a multitude of industry publications include high praise from; HITS Magazine, LA Weekly, Time Out NY, Elmore Magazine, Pure Grain Audio, The Vinyl District to name a few.

FireBug have performed at many festivals in New Orleans that include; Satchmo Festival, French Quarter Festival, NOLA Fringe Festival and many others.Venues in New Orleans include the famed One Eyed Jacks, Gasa Gasa, House Of Blues and Howlin’ Wolf. In Los Angeles, FireBug has hosted the Firelight Music Festival in Silverlake multiple times and have showcased their best material at The Viper Room in West Hollywood and The Echo in Echo Park. In London, England they received critical acclaim for their performances at famous venues such as Dublin Castle, Half Moon, Barfly, and their performance at the 80,000 + Sonisphere Festival Knebworth.

Call and request the first single from “Wandering Soul” titled “Follower” by FireBug at your favorite radio station today!

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JunkYardFieldTrip To Release Spectra Music Group Debut Single “Mercy” On Friday May 4th, 2018

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JunkYardFieldTrip To Release Spectra Music Group Debut Single “Mercy” On Friday May 4th, 2018. Now available for pre-order, reserve your copy today!

Formed at the beginning of 2014, Junkyardfieldtrip was originally put together as a songwriting vehicle for Mike Gladstone and Rob Smith. After adding one of western NY’s top rhythm sections (Emmett Ientilucci and Don Torpy), the band started playing acoustic shows around the Rochester, NY area. Eventually the band started writing and playing more electric material.

Over the last few years, Junkyardfieldtrip has quickly become one of the region’s most in-demand, eclectic bands, being nominated by City Newspaper’s Best of Rochester award for best band.

In the summer of 2017, the band played the prestigious Fairport Music Festival. In March 2018, the band signed with the Spectra Music Group, and “Mercy” is the first single off of their upcoming self-titled album. With outstanding musicianship, memorable original material and cool and unexpected covers and remakes, JYFT is not to be missed!

Pre-order your copy of “Mercy” by JunkYardFieldTrip on iTunes here:

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Follow JunkYardFieldTrip on Twitter @JunkyardFT

The official website for JunkYardFieldTrip may be found at http://www.junkyardfieldtrip.com

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Armonite To Release “And The Stars Above” May 25th, 2018 Through Cleopatra Records

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Armonite is releasing their highly anticipated new album “And The Stars Above” worldwide on Friday May 25th, 2018 through Cleopatra Records.

Armonite, the instrumental rock collective led by composer Paolo Fosso and violinist Jacopo Bigi, signed with LA-based indie label Cleopatra Records for the release of their new album, “And the Stars Above”.

Armonite’s instrumental music is perfectly in line with the spirit of the label, especially now that Cleopatra expanded in the movie industry.

With the film division Cleopatra Entertainment, the company has distributed, developed, and produced several films most of which have a strong horror and/or music component, including The Devil’s Domain (starring Michael Madsen), The Black Room (starring Lin Shaye), Halloween Pussy Trap Kill! Kill! (featuring the voice of Dave Mustaine from Megadeth), The 27 Club (featuring Todd Rundgren), England Is Mine (Steven Morrissey bio-pic), A Street Cat Named Bob.

“Working with Cleopatra has been great”, says Fosso, “They’re skilled and competent, I’m sure they will take Armonite to the next level. I’ve always been a great lover of movies and videogames, I was just moving forward to the composition of soundtrack music, so this collaboration comes right on cue”.

As with the previous album, “And the Stars Above” is an instrumental mix of electric violin, keyboards, bass, and drums with focus on the amazing and powerful electric violin, performed by Jacopo Bigi. Interpreting the music composed by keyboardist Paolo Fosso, Armonite also performs with bassists Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) and Alberto Fiorani, along with drummers Corrado Bertonazzi, Emiliano Cava, and Jasper Barendregt.

The sound of the album is more oriented to soundtrack music with textures that feel very immediate. “We consume tons of music every day, we can’t just stick to one genre”, says Fosso, “generally speaking, the album is rock, but with this idea of soundtrack music”.

Throughout the album, lingers a ghostly female voice, appearing and disappearing here and there before fully emerging in the band’s first song with lyrics, “Clouds Collide”. The track tells the story of a girl between time and memories.

“And the Stars Above” is a journey through 12 tracks, starting with “The March of the Stars” inspired by Dante’s Paradise and ending with “Ghosts”. The album also features two bonus tracks: a polyrhythmic piece for piano solo, “The Fire Dancer”, and the String Quartet “A Playful Day”.

Armonite have been awarded an Honorable Mention both in the Instrumental and Performance categories at the International Songwriting Competition 2017 from a top level jury including Tom Waits, Lorde, Bastille, Billy Cobham, Ziggy Marley, Don Omar, and Keane. With over 16,000 entries from 140 countries, this is a remarkable achievement of which they are extremely proud.

“We’re confident this is going to be a great release, with a rather peculiar view”, says Fosso, “”The Sun is New Each Day” had a heavy compact sound… “And the Stars Above” is groovy, with different vibes across a bunch of genres. There’s something indie in this new sound that we’ve never explored before and it’s kind of sexy for us!”…

“And the Stars Above” is set to be released on May 25 through Cleopatra Records.

Tracklist:
01. The March of the Stars
02. Next Ride
03. District Red
04. Plaza de España
05. Clouds collide
06. Blue Curaçao
07. By heart
08. Freaks
09. By the Waters of Babylon
10. The usual drink
11. What’s the Rush?
12. Ghosts
13. A Playful Day (for Strings Quartet) [Bonus Track]
14. The Fire dancer (for Piano solo) [Bonus Track]

Original music composed and arranged by Paolo Fosso.

Performed by Armonite
Jacopo Bigi – acoustic and electric violin
Paolo Fosso – piano and keyboards

with

Colin Edwin (The March of the Stars, District Red, Freaks, By the Waters of Babylon, What’s the Rush?, Ghosts); Alberto Fiorani (Next Ride, Blue Curaçao, By heart) – bass

Giacomo Lampugnani (Plaza de España, Freaks); Gianmarco Straniero (By the Waters of Babylon) – double bass

Corrado Bertonazzi (The March of the Stars, District Red, Blue Curaçao, Freaks, What’s the Rush?, Ghosts); Emiliano Cava (Next Ride, Plaza de España, By heart); Jasper Barendregt (By the Waters of Babylon) – drums

Maria Chiara Montagnari (The March of the Stars, Clouds collide, By the Waters of Babylon) – voice

Diletta Fosso (Ghosts) – child’s voice

Marcello Rosa (District Red); Gabriele Montanari (The March of the Stars, A Playful Day) – cello

Quartetto Indaco: Eleonora Matsuno, violin; Jamiang Santi, violin; Francesca Turcato, viola; Cosimo Carovani, cello (District Red) – string quartet

Jacopo Bigi also plays viola (District Red, Ghosts) and ukulele (By the Waters of Babylon). He whistles on ‘Freaks’ and plays both violins and viola on ‘A Playful Day’.

ARMONITE

Website: http://www.armonite.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/armonitemusic
Twitter: http://twitter.com/armonitemusic
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/armonitemusic
Bandcamp: https://armonite.bandcamp.com
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/armonite
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc2jTstKBeJe0BI6o1pLGLA

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Hub Reynolds Jr. To Re-Release His Hit Single “Hell I’m Just Me” Worldwide On May 10th, 2018

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Country music sensation Hub Reynolds Jr. is re-releasing his smash hit single “Hell I’m Just Me” worldwide on Wednesday May 10th, 2018. Support great indie music today and download this amazing song!

Hub Reynolds Jr. grew up listening to his uncle Hub Reynolds singing country western music with the biggest names in music like Hank Williams Jr., Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and George Jones.

A successful contractor up until May 2006 whose business imploded with the economy, Russell “Rusty” Reynolds as he was known at the time suffered the loss of his 23-year marriage, and as depression kicked in he eventually became suicidal, actually measuring the length of rope that would be necessary to hang himself from a highway overpass. Fortunately for the world, and Rusty Reynolds, his faith in God, Christian values, and his two sons Mason and Dallas along with his granddaughter Addison Reynolds stopped him from the biggest mistake he could have ever made.

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Homeless for many years, living in a box trailer for 1920 days, with nowhere to go, Reynolds persevered and has documented his entire journey, traveling across America six times, without water, electricity or money, trying to survive while pursuing his big dream of being a popular country singer.

Rusty had a knack for singing country music, just like his famous uncle, a popular country music “honky tonk” singer from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, and with his smooth country style, chiseled good looks and ability to carry a tune, Rusty traded in his nickname and decided on his stage name of Hub Reynolds Jr., a tribute to his very important relative. Discovered by singing along to the music on a cassette of his uncle Hub Reynolds, the now Hub Reynolds Jr. was whisked away to Nashville’s Music Row to cut his first single, a remake of Hub Reynolds hit single “Hell I’m Just Me.”

The single has been extremely well received by independent radio, fans of Hub Reynolds Jr. are in the thousands and his social media pages are booming with positive reinforcements for his struggle and perseverance and how he has come out on the other side, ready for mainstream country music success, following incredibly difficult trials and tribulations.

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Now Hub Reynolds Jr. is re-releasing his hit single “Hell I’m Just Me” the proper way and music fans will be able to download this amazing song on all digital download sites worldwide on Wednesday May 10th, 2018.

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The Mob’s Press: Taking Entertainment Promotion To A Whole New Level

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