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Your Help Needed: Venomin James Drummer Critically Ill

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Jared Koston

Musician Jared Koston, drummer for Cleveland-based metal band Venomin James is currently battling stage 4 melanoma cancer. Diagnosed with two brain tumors stemming from the cancer, Koston and his family are struggling to make ends meet financially while they fight Koston's illness. Auburn Records president Bill Peters recently released the following statement regarding Koston's condition, with helpful information on how people can help:

“Jared and his family need financial help immediately", says Auburn Records president Bill Peters. "Jared has four beautiful children and a wonderful wife by his side. The heavy metal community is always very generous and supportive when it comes to good causes.

”Anything you can contribute to the Koston family during their time of need is greatly appreciated. This family is doing everything they can to keep things going but can’t do it alone. Jared and his wife Michele are both hard working people but had to leave their jobs while they continue to battle this illness. All of the money raised will go directly to Jared and his family to help cover medical and travel expenses. Please take a few minutes to contribute if you are able. No donation is too small. You can make a difference."

Jared Koston

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Donations can be made in several ways:

Cash, checks and money orders (payable to Jared Koston) can be sent to:

The Koston Family
3060 Princeton Drive
Madison, Ohio 44057

PayPal donations can be sent to:
(Be sure to mark ‘personal’ then select ‘gift’)

There also is a Koston Cancer Fund page setup on Facebook.

Michele Koston has organized two spaghetti dinner fund raisers at the Stadium Grill in Mentor, Ohio on May 3 from 6-8 p.m. and at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Madison, Ohio on May 24 from 5-8 p.m.

More info from Venomin James:

"Jared’s started radiation therapy, but his doctors have basically said that we should prepare for the worst", says Venomin James guitarist Joe Fortunato. "I don't even know where to begin. It has all happened so rapidly that it took us all by surprise. He had been getting chemotherapy, but a bad reaction hospitalized him, which is how they found more going on. Originally, it was only in his shoulder but has now spread to his spleen and brain. It may happen that he doesn't survive too much longer. We were planning to have a benefit concert for him and for Melanoma charities, but it looks like he may not even be around long enough to see it, let alone play at it. The fundraiser is at a very early stage. I have several bands willing to donate performances. We’re praying he makes it through this okay”.

Additional information, including a statement from Michele Koston with extensive details regarding Jared's condition can be found here.

With no current income or health insurance, anything that you can do to help will be very much appreciated by the Koston family.

Jared with family


Jackson Browne, Public Enemy + more are headed to Cleveland!

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Quite a few show announcements have been hitting our email in the past 48 hours, so I thought I'd share a few of them with you here.  While it hasn't been officially announced by Live Nation, I'm very excited to finally see a Cleveland date confirmed for Jackson Browne and David Lindley (with full band).  Browne has a slew of new dates up on his website, including shows in Detroit on September 18th, and a subsequent Cleveland gig on September 19th at the Time Warner Cable Amphitheater (ticket info and on-sale date TBA).

Jackson Browne and David LindleyThe tour is a celebration of a new acoustic live release from Browne and Lindley called Love is Strange, a double CD release recorded live in Spain in 2006.

See more show announcements after the jump:


Kevin Smith plots live SModcast tour

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As I mentioned in my last post, my comrade Jack shared a piece of good news with me regarding a cool upcoming gig here in Cleveland, and for those of you that haven't heard yet, here's the dirt!

Filmmaker Kevin Smith and cohort Scott Mosier are hitting the road for a week's worth of live SModcasts - live recordings of the popular podcast featuring the pair.

Actually, make that, Live Nude Smod, which is the official name for the trek (and reporting this info also insures that this website will now come up in search results for people that are searching for nude monkey porn).

Five cities have been announced so far, with the possibility of several additional dates TBA.  These gigs are especially cool, because they're booked into venues that are far more intimate than some of the usual places that you might catch Smith doing an evening of spoken word.

Cleveland is on the list with two (!) shows at Peabody's Down Under on April 27th - one at 6:15 P.M., and a second show at 9:00 P.M.  For the Cleveland gig, the first 200 tickets for each show will be GA seating - all tickets after that will be standing room tickets.  (You can bet that those tickets will go quickly, so buy 'em now if you want a seat!)  Tickets for Cleveland are $24 in advance, and $29 day of show.

Folks elsewhere in Ohio, don't despair - here's some news from Smith's extremely-active Twitter feed:

Via @dmaul53854 "ur at Cleveland for live Smod tour. Can we negotiate for Columbus?" Sit tight: third round of tour may be an All-Ohio week.

Tickets for all of the shows are on sale now!

Thanks to Jack for the tip!



Show of the Week: Henry Rollins at the Kent Stage

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My pal Jack (a.k.a. the guy who should blog again because I love reading his stuff) wrote in with rave reviews for last week's Experience Hendrix gig in Akron.  Duh.  Like you would have expected anything less than awesome with the list of players attached to that show?  Thanks to Jack, I felt like I was at the show, and he shared an additional piece of awesome information with me that I'll share with you in my next post in regards to a forthcoming show that you won't want to miss!

This week's show of the week comes courtesy of Mr. Henry Rollins, who will be at the Kent Stage on Thursday night for a spoken word gig.  It's been a little while (we came dangerously close to quoting Staind there) since Rollins has been here for the spoken word thing, and if you want to check this one out, you're going to need to act quickly.  As of right now, there are approximately 17 tickets left for the Rollins show, according to the Kent Stage website.

I think you can pretty much guarantee that this one will be sold out before Thursday night's show.

I was lukewarm regarding Hank's recent role on Sons of Anarchy, but I'm definitely looking forward to catching this show on Thursday night.  I've seen Rollins Band several times, but I've never been witness to a Rollins spoken word gig, although I owned many of the discs back in the day (The Boxed Life, etc.).  D.X. Ferris, Brian and myself will roll out for this one, and there's even a rumored appearance from occasional ATV random blogger Mel.  It should be a really fun evening - come out and join us!


‘Cause a Cheap Fix is What I Need

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Hey gang, this post is for all of you who, like me, had your concert life torn asunder by your personal life and missed the Cowboy Junkies over the weekend.

Cowboy Junkies Group color

As unforgivable as that statement was for me to type, I immediately appeal to the greater good by providing the ATV community with a cure for the shakes; 45 minutes of vintage CJ tuneage live from Berlin, Germany on May 17, 1996.

An abbreviated and edited concert presentation in support of the then-current release Lay It Down, it contains a tremendous ten-song mix of Junkies originals alongside five covers including Hank Williams’ classic “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and Neil Young’s tale of death on the water, “Powderfinger.”

Cowboy Junkies Lay It Down front

Kicking off with an appropriately paranoid and dynamic version of Bruce Springsteen’s “State Trooper,” it’s directly on to another in the SD’s “Great Singles That Never Were” file, the ever-cool groove of “A Common Disaster."

Keeping with the theme of self-reflection, murder and lawlessness, you’ll also be treated to early Junkies gems like “Sun Comes Up, It’s Tuesday Morning,” “Murder in the Trailer Park Tonight,” and the desperation that seeps through “'Cause Cheap Is How I Feel.”

Though it’s not all here time-wise, it’s all here.  Michael Timmins’ full range of guitar emotions from swinging country to angry rock, Alan Anton’s firm yet rolling bass foundation, Peter Timmins’ deft and rock-solid drumming, and Margo Timmins’ honest and beautiful narratives.

So while this is a second-rate fix, it’s still better than nothing at all.  Summon the gumption to rise up, download and groove on.

Until the next time I want you to hear what I want you to hear…


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State Trooper

A Common Disaster

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

First Recollection

Sun Comes Up It's Tuesday Morning



'Cause Cheap Is How I Feel

Murder Tonight in the Trailer Park

Sweet Jane


Blue Arrow Records Turns One

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Congrats to Pete and Debbie at Blue Arrow Records!

Here's to many more!

(P.S. - Saturday seems like it might be a great day to go have some fun, and buy some vinyl.  Right?)

Blue Arrow Records


Show of the Week: Cowboy Junkies at the Ohio Theatre

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Is it possible to have two shows in the category of "show of the week" within the same week?

My good pal Stereo Dictator once said something about "my site, my rules" or something along those lines, so I'm going to go with it. (Actually, he said "my stereo, my albums, my choice," but you get my point.)  Plus, we're talking about the Cowboy Junkies who have provided plenty of CanCon content for my musical collection, alongside Barenaked Ladies, Blue Rodeo, Tom get the point.  I was kinda joking about Cochrane, but you go ahead and tell me that "Lunatic Fringe" isn't a bad ass tune.

The Junkies are in town on Saturday night at the Ohio Theatre.  I haven't seen 'em since 1996 at the Odeon, and I've certainly missed plenty of opportunities since that show, which sent me appropriately enough into full-on Junkies addiction.  In the weeks following that show, I slowly began to acquire all of the pieces of the Junkies catalog that were missing from my musical stash.

25 years into their musical quest, Cowboy Junkies have an interesting adventure on tap:

Over the next 18 months (May 1, 2010 – Nov 1, 2011, give or take a few weeks), we will be releasing four albums, which will collectively be called The Nomad Series. The idea was born in the tumult of a perfect storm of ideas, influences, inspirations and timing. We have just launched our new website and want to put it through its paces. For the first time in twenty years we are completely free of any recording contracts and obligations, we find ourselves writing and recording more than we have in years, our studio (The Clubhouse) feels more and more like home, the band now has twenty five years under the hood and is sounding so darn good…and then, added in to that mix, our friend Enrique Martinez Celaya, the brilliant and inspired Cuban-American painter, dropped these four spectacular paintings (a series of paintings called “Nomad”) into our laps, and it became clear that we needed to release four albums, with his paintings as our ground. And that we needed the challenge of doing so under an intense release schedule.

So if you've been wondering what's next for the Junkies?  There's your answer!  It sounds like our musical ears will be busy in the months to come.

The second volume of the four planned albums is personally interesting to me:

Demons (volume 2): for some time now we have been batting around the idea of doing an album of conceptually linked cover songs (anyone who has followed us over the years knows that we love our cover songs and that they are a big part of who we are), but we couldn’t find that key that made sense to any of us. And then, this past Christmas, our friend Vic Chesnutt died. We had been discussing with Vic, off and on for the past couple of years, about doing a Chesnutt/Junkies album. During one of the last conversation that I had with Vic, he mentioned that he was working on a series of songs about his childhood that he wanted to bring to the collaboration. So, it only seems fitting that we record an album of Vic’s songs. His catalogue is so deep and for the most part, so overlooked. It will be a labour of love.

The complete Cowboy Junkies tour schedule can be found here.


Show of the Week: Experience Hendrix

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The good news is that a bunch of really great guitar players will be in Akron tomorrow night.

The bad news is that if you don't have tickets already, you're probably out of luck.

Live Nation Cleveland just announced that the Experience Hendrix show happening on Tuesday night at the Akron Civic, is sold out.

Experience Hendrix

For those that have tickets, you're in for a helluva good night.  The Experience Hendrix tour is now in its fourth year, and this is the first time that this all-star tribute to Jimi Hendrix has been in the Cleveland area.  I drooled over the first year's lineup, almost drove to Detroit to see last year's show and sadly, I'll be missing this year's show (and I'm very envious of my pal Jack, who has tickets!).

Here are the details for this year's festivities:

Featured artists who will be performing music written and inspired by Jimi Hendrix. Include some of the best known and most respected artists in contemporary rock and blues including Joe Satriani, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Brad Whitford (of Aerosmith), Doyle Bramhall II, Ernie Isley, Living Colour, Double Trouble's Chris Layton, along with bassist Billy Cox. Cox, who first befriended Hendrix when the two were in the 101st Airborne division of the US Army. Cox played in both the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys and performed with Hendrix at such landmark festivals as Woodstock and the Isle of Wight. Cox commented, "It's a thrill for me to play Jimi's music for audiences now as it was in the 1960s. The Experience Hendrix tours have shown how timeless this music really is." Joe Satriani remarked, "I finally get to pay tribute to my hero the right way, on stage with an amazing, once in a lifetime, line up of musicians!" Sacred Steel featuring Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeschi and David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos are also performing on selected Experience Tour dates.

Various combinations of these music greats will be performing Jimi's signature songs including "Purple Haze," "Voodoo Child (Slight Return), "The Wind Cries Mary," "Little Wing" and "Red House." As has been the case with previous Experience Hendrix tour incarnations, special guests are expected to sit in at many of the dates making the concerts all that much more memorable for both new and veteran Hendrix fans. Past special guests have included Paul Rodgers, Buddy Guy and Carlos Santana.

Sounds like fun, right?  For those that are missing out, you might want to check out the Experience Hendrix live DVD that was released in 2008.  Take a look at the lineup, and you'll agree that it's a must have!

The current edition of Experience Hendrix wraps up at the end of this week.  Most shows are sold out, but there are apparently still a few tickets left for the Atlanta show.  Grab 'em while you can!


Concert Review: The English Beat in Omaha – 3/5/10

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Because we needed an Omaha correspondent, we're happy to welcome our good friend Rebecca to ATV with a review of the recent Omaha gig featuring The English Beat and Fishbone!

The English Beat are still touring in 2010?  Believe it or not, YES!

This version of the seminal British 2 Tone Ska revival band includes founder Dave Wakeling on lead vocals and guitar. Dave formed the band in 1978 in Birmingham, England with co-vocalist and partner, Ranking Roger. Roger and his son now tour the UK under the band's original name, "The Beat."

I'm excited to see the show, whatever the line up, and I'm not the only one. It's a sold out show and craigslist had several posts offering to pay $100 a ticket. Wow. It leaves me wondering, "What's it going to be like now that we're all middle aged?"


Aye Begorrah! It’s the Pogues for St. Patrick’s Day!

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A hearty hello and a raisin’ of a Black and Tan to all in ATV land!  It’s the Stereo Dictator bringing you the very finest in holiday music entertainment and today is no exception.

Live from France on August 14, 1986 to your desktop come the modern-day masters of Irish folklore, the Pogues.

Pogues - color soft

Packing 14 songs into 48 minutes, it’s a whirlwind trip through some of their greatest (“Streams of Whiskey,” “Billy’s Bones,” “Sally MacLennane,” “Sick Bed of Cuchulainn,”) and a few lesser-known gems (“Jesse James,” “Body of an American,” and “Metropolis”).

Coming off what is arguably their best work, 1985’s Rum, Sodomy & the Lash, which was produced by Elvis Costello, the band is in fine form.  In contrast to later tours, this show features no mumbling Shane MacGowan vocals, no tunes abruptly ended due to stage-diving, and no forgotten passages.

Pogues - Rum Sodomy & Lash front cover

If you're a newcomer to the Pogues, this is a great place to start your relationship.  Enjoy the fine setlist, the tight performance and the party spirit contained within.

Soundwise, this one is solid.  The mix is a bit thin but very clean. Sam has no hesitation in giving this one his approval.

Sam board man for site

As usual, the advice remains the same; crank it up, party down, designate a driver and be sure to return the favor.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


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Streams of Whiskey

Billy’s Bones

Repeal of Licensing Laws


The Old Main Drag

Dirty Old Town


Sally MacLennane

Turkish Song

Sick Bed of Cuchulainn

Dark Streets of London

Body of an American

Jesse James

Greenland Whale Fisheries