Tuneage Tutelage - New Music Monday....

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Monday, April 06, 2009



Today's featured dish:
Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin
with grilled red potatoes & prosciutto-wrapped asparagus





Received my copy of Leonard Cohen Live In London, and have been listening...some really good stuff there. Will have a review tomorrow for y'all and one guest can win the CD...and another could win the DVD of the concert!

Leonard Cohen’s first newly recorded release since 2004’s gold-certified Dear Heather, the Live In London collection fully captures and recreates the extraordinary show that earned Cohen, who celebrated his 40th year as a Columbia Records artist in 2007, more than 80 five-star reviews for performances during his fall 2008 UK and European tour.

Mr. Cohen's website can be found HERE, and to buy the CD or DVD immediately, you can go HERE.


Columbia Records released Chris Botti In Boston on March 31st on CD, CD/DVD and Blu-ray. Capturing the chart-topping jazz trumpeter’s star-studded concerts at the Boston Symphony Hall, Chris Botti In Boston features special guest performances by the likes of Sting, Steven Tyler, John Mayer and more.

On Thursday, September 18 and Friday, September 19, 2008, American jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, one of the world’s top-selling instrumental artists, invited an extraordinary variety of musical artists -- including Sting, Josh Groban, Steven Tyler, Yo-Yo Ma, John Mayer, Katharine McPhee, Lucia Micarelli, and Sy Smith -- to join him on-stage with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra for a pair of once-in-a-lifetime concerts at Boston’s historic Symphony Hall, one of the world’s most exquisite performance venues.

This CD is also on the way and I will have a review for y'all and the CD for one lucky guest...stay tuned.

You can visit Mr. Botti's website HERE. And if you can't wait for my review and a chance to win the CD, they can be purchased HERE


The Killers have tapped New Hampshire quartet Wild Light to be the main support on their upcoming North American tour, which kicks off April 17, 2009 at the highly anticipated re-opening of Las Vegas’ premier rock club, The Joint. During this 10 city trek Wild Light will play to packed crowds at arenas including the San Jose Events Center in San Jose and the WAMU Theater in Seattle , before closing the tour with a final show at the Capitol Federal Park in Bonner Springs , KS on May 2nd.

Pete Yorn has been picked by Coldplay to open over a dozen tour dates this spring. Yorn will highlight songs from his expansive new album ‘Back and Fourth’ (June 23, Columbia ).


As most know, the music business is in a huge flux. Contracts being signed are more creative, artists have the technology to record studio quality albums for a third the cost, marketing is more important then ever.

In the last month artists are reaching out on their own and I, for one, appreciate the efforts. You might vaguely remember when The Couch and specifically our efforts to share new music was featured in the e-newsletter of the PR Firm I get the new music from. I received the following email, and quite honestly, it got buried for a few weeks. For that I apologize, because I found a fine songwriter and an accomplished musician.

Scott Krokoff is his name. This was his email to me -

Dear Bond:


I am a subscriber to Cyber PR's newsletter and read about your blog. Congrats on your success in the blogosphere! I am a singer-songwriter from New York, from Queens, though, not Rochester where I believe you are from. I did go to Binghamton for college a number of years ago, and one of my best friends is from Syracuse (and now lives in Roch, incidentally), so I am pretty familiar with Central New York.


I used to practice as a tax lawyer, but quit working full time last year to pursue my dream to be a musician. I would like to submit my debut CD, A Better Life, for consideration as a possible review. My home site is scottkrokoff.com, where you can read more about me, and you can download my entire CD for free from my iLike page. Here's a link - http://www.ilike.com/artist/Scott+Krokoff


Thanks in advance for taking the time to listen to my music. Let me know what you think, and if you need any additional info do not hesitate to ask.


Best of luck and continued success with your blog.


Scott Krokoff


Well, Scott, you got a few details confused. I did go to school in Rochester, but grew up on Long Island like you.

But on to the music. When it loaded into my iTunes, the genre came up as acoustic rock. i think that limits the description of the music I have been listening to. It is certainly not head-banging metal. Nor is that guy on the staircase in the Delta House in Animal House, strumming his guitar until Bluto shatters it into pies.

On his website, which you can find HERE, Scott describes himself this way; "My music combines the pop sensibility of John Mayer with the folksiness of James Taylor, and has the kind of crossover appeal of artists such as Shania Twain".

Let's let you, the best test audience on the internet, decide. Two from Mr. Krokoff's debut album A Better Life. This is the title track and then "A Glimpse Of Your Face".

Remember to use the poll and hey, send your friends over to play. I do not have a promo CD from Mr. Krokoff, but if he does accept our invitation to stop by and reads this, maybe he will send one to me and I will then pass it on to one of you, my faithful readers - hint hint...

MY APOLOGIES TO SCOTT. I HAD HIS NAME SPELLED KRAKOFF IN THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF THIS POST. I HAVE CORRECTED IT TO KROKOFF EVERYWHERE BUT ON THE POLL.

ALSO, in an email, Scott has agreed to send me a CD, so one of you will be able to enjoy his music soon. THANKS SCOTT

17 Of Your Sparks

  1. Matt-Man Says:
  2. Leonard Cohen...Isn't the guy who played Spock? No wait, that was Leonard Nimoy...Nevermind. Cheers Vinny!!

     
  3. DrillerAA Says:
  4. I could definitely listen to much more of Scott Krakoff. Very nice sound, good arrangements. I like this sound almost as much as Charlie Morris.

     
  5. Bond Says:
  6. MATT-MAN: sheesh dude...

    DRILLERAA: Glad you enjoyed...

     
  7. Turnbaby Says:
  8. I like Scott Krokof. I almost skipped him because I think John Mayer is yawn inducing. I can truly appreciate what he has given up to pursue his passion.

     
  9. Jay Says:
  10. That guy is good. I enjoyed those two songs.

     
  11. Scott Krokoff is outstanding. Thanks for sharing.

     
  12. Bond Says:
  13. TURNBABY: Glad you did not skip it....

    JAY: Thanks...

    SOUTHERN: Isn't he though?

     
  14. Vinny, I really like the smooth sound of Scott Krakoff! I like the first one a little better the second sound. I've always like James Taylor.

    Hope Spring comes to you soon! :)

     
  15. Mimi Lenox Says:
  16. With all this up and coming talent sitting on The Couch now, now to mention the delicious aromas from the kitchen, you're not going to start charging a cover fee, are ya?

    Just asking.....
    (smile)

     
  17. Mimi Lenox Says:
  18. P.S. I'd still sit on The Couch even if you did.

     
  19. coco Says:
  20. Scott Krokoff has a great voice and a polished sound. I found the songs a little over-produced, but that's probably because I spent the afternoon listening to high school students play Led Zeppelin and Metallica - that's gotta have an adverse effect, right? Anyhow, two thumbs up from our house - the B-man liked him, too.

     
  21. coco Says:
  22. I like his guitar. Brennan

     
  23. Tug Says:
  24. Um, I'd like to know how Scott got into my head (without even knowing me) to write that first song - besides the whole 'being a man' thing. ;-)

    LOVE it! He made a great choice, and I hope it works out well for him.

     
  25. Travis Says:
  26. I'll add my positive opinion of Scott to the rest of the gang.

    And again, I think it's great that these acts are searching you out and that you're able to share them with us.

     
  27. Dana Says:
  28. I am a HUGE fan of acoustic anything, but it isn't always pulled off well - Scott Krokoff pulls it off, and more! I'm getting a contemporary Christian feel from this although I'm not reading that anywhere (even went to his site). GREAT music - GREAT message!

     
  29. JohnH985 Says:
  30. I liked Scott Krakoff, though not quite as much as everyone else seemed to. He was good, but just didn't reach out and grab me. Now Leonard Cohen on the other hand...

     
  31. star8278 Says:
  32. Loved Scott!!!

    Seems to be just close enough to country to appeal to me. Reminded me of the Pat McGee Band.

     

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