Charlie Hardwick’s Posters – a delight for sore eyes…Take a look at Charlie’s stuff

December 29th, 2010

Charlie says, “people can get in touch with me via my two websites.. (see below)”
I like to point out that Im a legally blind graphic artist to people in order
to bring awareness to the fact that people with disabilities can still work effectively. 
the posters and prints are sold through my online store at www.chazbro.com

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Michael Lee’s Magical Mythical Metal Is No Flashback-(Rab session with Steve Bundrick Producing)

December 15th, 2010

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Michael Lee’s Magical Mythical Metal Is No Flashback

Too much is too much, but way too much is perfect. Michael Lee is way too much.

Lee’s made his name as an editor and Emmy-nominated producer on everything from E! True Hollywood Story to Super Bowl post-game wrap-ups, but the San Antonio native was suckled at the teat of Van Halen and Judas Priest as a tyke, and has decided to claim the world of music as his own with his debut EP Hold on Till Heaven.
His Facebook page was sent to Rocks Off as a joke. “Hey! Look at this guy 80s guy! What a maroon!” Laugh all you want, but Michael Lee is not some cheeseball nostalgia-gimmick gimp. Sure, his music is over-the-top and unabashedly inspired by metal’s more fantastical elements, but like The Darkness before him, an undercurrent of exemplary musicianship and innovation here sets the EP apart from a simple flashback.
Take opening track “Connection” by way of a for instance. Right when you’re ready to sneer and shout, “Dokken!You’re Sukken! Get off the Stage-n,” you pick up on sinister industrial elements winding in and out of the pop-metal guitar riffs. In fact, the whole track made us think of the gritty awesomness of Daniel Ash’s last EP, Flame On.
It’s important to realize what happens to your mind while you listen to Hold on Till Heaven. You have only seconds to dismiss it as Bill and Ted’s bogus soundtrack before the underlying power forces you to appreciate the subtleties woven in amongst the dragons.

And there are dragons! What ever happened to dragons? You fail us, metal, and you fail us band. Not Lee, though. He believes in dragons, angels and vampires. Most of all, he believes that he should sing about them. He even has a song on the EP, “Believe,” pretty much laying out the sheer unholy joy of magic and myth.

We fail to see what the hell is wrong with that. Yes, OK, it’s kind of cheesy. It was cheesy when Dio did it, or when Rhapsody had Christopher Lee narrate “Unholy Warcry,” but it was also epic. Literally epic, not Internet epic. There are artists who explore the wide realm of fantasy as easily as they explore their own hearts and souls. Lee belongs in that temple.
A lush full world demands a pretty lushly produced album, and Hold on Till Heaven is nothing if not stretched to the limit. The album was engineered by Steve Bundrick, nephew of Who keyboardist John “Rabbit” Bundrick who also appears on several tracks on the album.
Incidentally, did you know Rabbit Bundrick was the principal musician on the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack? Judging by Michael Lee’s outfits, he certainly did, but what’s a little extra outrageousness when you’ve already gone screaming over the edge like Thelma and Louise on a flying V guitar?

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Michael Lee in the Batcave (literally)
Like any album, even a six-song EP, there are ups and downs. We can’t say we particularly got behind “Mind You Own Business,” a song bitch-slapping the nosiness of Hollywood. Not that it’s a bad track, mind you, it’s just lacking in dragons – we think.

However, for the segment of the listening populace who prefers a more noir approach to the world rather than a Day-Glo eargasm, this might be right up your alley.
Truly it’s the title track that transcends all other attempts on the album. Even after three straight listens to Hold on Till Heaven, the album, we still had “Hold on Till Heaven,” the song, on repeat and full volume until our fellow passengers begged us – in vain – to please stop.
It’s pop. That’s important. It’s very pop, and in that is the song’s genius. Much like “Your Fate” from our own death rock hometown heroes Ex-Voto on their last album Antioch, what stops you and holds you is and unashamed appreciation of the highly-oxygenated atmosphere of good rock or metal based pop.
True, both songs stand on the cusp between irreverence and a deeper kind of music, but any soldier will tell you that the border is what people fight and die over, not the center. Lee brokers a peace talk between the People’s Republic of Metal and Popghanistan that echoes as an anthem of audio exultation for both sides.
One side learns to bang their heads a bit, and the other stomps a few less newborn puppy skulls while they take the time to smile.
Ultimately, that’s Lee’s true genius. His music is impossible not to smile at. You may shake your head a ruefully, you may rolls your eyes a bit, look at his outfit for Santa’s sake! In the end, though, you can’t help but love a man who believes.

Michael Lee plays tonight at Pearl Bar, 4216 Washington.

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Only In Houston
By Jef With One F, Wed., Dec. 15 2010 @ 8:00AM
Categories: Metalocalypse, Only In Houston, Playbill

Phil Spalding’s Big Night Out. Come and enjoy the Music. It’s for the Rehabilitation Charity”

December 2nd, 2010

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Phil Spalding's Big Night Out. Come and enjoy the Music. It's for the Rehabilitation Charity"

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Sign up for David Clayton’s Mag, The Official Expert on All things Free, Crawler, and the Individual members of the Bands & their Offshoots, editor of the Free Appreciation Society

November 20th, 2010

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It’s Halloween time, 2011-New Rab cd for Horror Dress up Parties-Physical CD Price just $16 From Rab via PayPal as normal, or Available as Downloads only from All Music Download Sites

November 4th, 2010

John Rabbit Bundrick: Halloween 2011

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It’s Halloween time, 2011…Monsters, Witches, Broomsticks, Frankenstein, The Wolf man, The Mummy, my Mother-in-law, ex-girlfriend, the guy who beat me up in school, and the guy I beat up in school are all at this Halloween party, exacting Revenge on each other. Perfect for any Horror Dress-up party any time of the year, but also extremely brilliant for every Halloween party whatever year it is. This collection will liven up any scary event. Have fun and get scared.!!!!!!!!

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Kay Petal’s Famous Celebrity Hand Felted Dolls – October 26, 2010

October 26th, 2010


Check out Kay’s websites for fabulous hand felted dolls of famous celebrities. 11 PICS of LIL’ RAB.

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CHRISTMAS REGGAE SANDWICH-GET THIS MUSIC FOR CHRISTMAS PARTIES-

October 11th, 2010
The Rhythm Tramps: Christmas Reggae Sandwich

A Complete Christmas Reggae Party as ‘LIVE’ as ‘You’ will be at Your Office or Home Christmas Party, including Warts and all. Bring the recording studio, reggae band included, to your Party with these favorite christmas carols, all done “reggae-style”. This album is a ‘ PARTY ANIMAL’, infectious, funny, fun, with bumps, start ups, and falling about laughing endings. You’ll sing along and dance to this for sure, and if you listen carefully enough, (or loud enough), you’ll hear the band doing the same thing. Featuring John Rabbit Bundrick on keyboards & vocals, GT Moore on reggae guitar & vocals, Tony Braunagel on drums & vocals, Terry Wilson on bass, ‘Lord’ Ted Bunting on horns, The Princess of Persia on background vocals, and B.J. Cole on steel guitar. We recorded this in the smelliest, smallest dingy studio we could find in London, just to get that Party vibe. Put this on at your party and then just do your thing, whatever that might be, and soon the music will do what music should do at a party…..Dance, sing, scream, fall over, laugh, get drunk, get high, roll around on the ground, whatever takes your mind away from work and woes. (warning) This music is for Christmas Parties. Turn it up and party down. Expect the odd start ups, count in’s, falling apart at the seams endings, and a whole lot of fun going on.

BROKEN ARROWS REMAKE 2010 SAMPLE TRACKS IN PROGRESS

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I DON’T MIND-vocal Rob Vincent

THE ENDLESS REEL-vocal-Eddie BAIRD

BLUES MY GUITAR – vocal Terry Slessor

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  NIGHT PARADE – LA TALK RADIO AIRPLAY ’50 STONE LOVER’-Original Show Date: September 21, 2010

September 24th, 2010

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LISTEN AGAIN……..COPY THE LINK AND PASTE IT INTO YOUR BROWSER. THE SONG IS NEAR 18-20 MINUTES INTO THE SHOW. WHAT COMPRESSION THEY HAVE OVER THERE. IT PUMPS !
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UPCOMING GIG DATES –
Saturday, November 20th 2010
Dune FM 107.9FM (Live Sounds)
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Saturday, December 4th 2010
O2 Academy
Hotham St, Liverpool

Night Pararade Gig at Hoxton Underbelly, London Friday October 15th at 9pm…www.nightparade.co.uk……

September 22nd, 2010

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Here’s a good gig for all you Rabbit Fans & Friends. This is the band I have been bragging so much about. Please go and check them out, it’s their very 1st gig in London.
You will all be happily surprised at the quality of the songs & musicianship from this bunch of lovely Liverpudlian Lads. See you all there. Go to www.nightparade.co.uk for ticket information.

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