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Windowpane Free Concert & Movie Premier This Saturday

Seattle! Time to come out and support what could and should be Seattle's next national recording rock band: WINDOWPANE

KISW 99.9 "The Rock" presents the official SCREENING PARTY at Studio Seven on Saturday, April 4th 2015 at 7pm. Hosted by the one and only Jolene Skisw :)

The screening of the full length feature film "There is No Such Thing As the Record Label Fairy" The Story of Windowpane on a big screen. See trailer in HD below all this text. There will be chairs provided for the duration of the film. 

Followed by the first official live WINDOWPANE performance in 10 months (chairs will be removed). The band will be joined on stage by guest artists including members of:
QueensrÿcheKlover JaneThe MothershipThe Crying SpellVan EpsMechanism

All Ages, full bar with ID (and because this is a NON-ticketed event, alcohol will be allowed anywhere in the venue for persons of legal age), Doors at 7pm

***FREE ADMISSION*** (Courtesy of Windowpane & Studio Seven) *First come, first served*
(Place holds 800 peeps, all should be able to get in, but we do recommend that you get there early and know that chairs for the screening of the film are limited to 250)
STUDIO SEVEN 110 S. Horton ST Seattle, WA 98134

Windowpane on KISW's "LOUD & LOCAL" show 3.29.15

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Has 25 years really gone by for Andrew Wood?

Has 25 years really gone by? Our city of Seattle has been through so much pain over the years within our music community loosing so many great musicians to drugs. Seems like yesterday the bad news of Andrew Wood hit my ears 3.19.90. I remember the huge buzz leading up to the Mother Love Bone "Apple" release. They were the next rock stars, the next big thing in rock music, then Andrew has a relapse with heroin and the end of Mother Love Bone happened before it even began. Remember one thing, if there was no Mother Love Bone there might of never been Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Nirvana etc.

Andrew Wood and MLB opened the major label records door to Seattle and it's uprising rock/grunge scene. The world changed forever...thank you Andrew, you were of a different seed for sure, but a special one it was and its a damn shame that seed didn't blossom into the major rock star you were. You were the biggest loss in Seattle rock music history by a long shot. Why? True rock stars were a thing of the past before Andrew, he was the next and would've been possibly the last true rock star we'd know from his musical talent, vision and fashion that we would've seen grow over the yearsApple is what we have left and in Seattle music history it will live on forever!  Check out Northwest Music Scene's article today: "25 Years After The Tragic Death of Andrew Wood- We Still Wonder" Great article {READ HERE}


 





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Mike Starr 4 Years Gone Today

Thought I'd have a little remembrance post today to one of our lost Seattle rock warriors Mike Starr formally of Alice in Chains. Four years ago today, RIP 4/4/66-3/8/11

Back in January me & Stephanie caught the Spector Bass unveiling at NAMM of Mike Starr's new signature bass. It looks awesome! Made to the last specs Mike had and wanted. He'd be proud of this! 

Check out my exclusive photos from the private Mike Starr memorial inside the EMP then the Seattle Center with fans.
{Click here to view Mike Starr private memorial & public gathering photos at EMP/Seattle Center - 3/20/2011}

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Sock Puppet Music Parody Videos


Came across this YouTube video channel called
SockPuppetParody that had me on the floor laughing! What creative genesis!! Take a music video and create it using sock puppets and changing the lyrics to wash machine related themes. Example: Metallica = Lintallica / Slayer = Stayner / Static X = Static Cling / etc. Then you have the lyric changes...just watch the views and laugh!!!! My favorite has to be the Rage Against The Washing Machine video...classic!!! Ha! Check them out on Facebook: www.facebook.com/sockpuppetparody YouTube: www.youtube.com/SockPuppetParody 
"Iron" Mike Savoia

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Sock Puppet Parody) - Smellvana "Smells Like Stinkhole"

Metallica - Master of Puppets (Sock Puppet Parody) - Lintallica "Master of Sock Puppets"
 

Slayer - Raining Blood (Sock Puppet Parody) - Stayner "Raining Bleach"

Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name (Sock Puppet Parody) - Rage Against The Washing Machine "Searching For The Lost Sock"

Static X - Push it (Sock Puppet Parody) - Static Cling "Sew It"

Radiohead - Creep (Sock Puppet Parody) - Sockhead "Sock"

Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the UK (Sock Puppet Parody) - Sox Pistols "Mess-Anarchy"

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Billy Idol Shows Seattle Who's Still King!

BILLY IDOL - PARAMOUNT THEATRE - SEATTLE, WA 2.13.15
Photos/Blog - "Iron" Mike Savoia

For nearly 4 decades Billy Idol has been in and out of just about every fan of rock/punk/pop music ears in one way or another. From the late 70s with the British punk rock band Generation X to his continuing successful solo days, Billy Idol at nearly 60 can still rock with the best. With a Sold-Out Paramount Theatre in 2015 it proves his staying power is still there. In support of his new awesome album (made my Top 20 of 2014) "Kings & Queens of the Underground", he opened the show with a new killer track "Postcards from the Past" and then going into "Cradle of Love", but it was the 3rd song that got me excited, his latest single/video "Can't Break Me Down". By far his best tunes in years with a modern sound mixed with his classic Idol style we all know and love. Great live tune.

 


Bedsides playing the hits "Dancing With Myself", "Flesh for Fantasy", "Eyes Without a Face", "Rebel Yell", "Mony Mony" etc. he also played two Generation X tunes "King Rocker" and "Ready Steady Go". Guitarist Steve Stevens was just as entertaining as Billy. His electric acoustic solo was a fun display of his bad ass skills. Why isn't this guy mentioned with the other guitar greats of today? 

 

Overall it was an entertaining show. Billy sounded pretty good (little flat here and there), looked amazing without a shirt on at 59 years young, still commands the stage with the attitude he had back in the day. Make sure to check out his new album "Kings & Queens of the Underground". {Buy Here} Stay up-to-date with Billy Idol at: www.BillyIdol.net

{Click Here To View Concert Photos From This Shows first Three Songs}

 

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Iron Mike's Top CD & Photo picks of 2014

Ok, that time of the year when I look back and say to myself "I did all that this year?". Between all the concerts and photography I did, there was the hours and hours of editing at the computer and the music that kept me focused and sane. What a year it was with all the concerts I got to cover for Entercom radio stations: KISW 99.9, The End 107.7, The Wolf 100.7 and Hot 103.7. Add in some travels like to California covering NAMM for KISW and my new gig (Thanks Dave & Larry) working on the Monsters of Rock, Moody Blues, Cruise to the Edge and Celtic Thunder Cruises. Not many can say the Bahamas was like a 2nd home in 2014. 2015/2016 looks even crazier with more cruises to be added & in the works like (you Rockaholics will love this one) the Lewbrewski Cruise! Imagine craft beers mixed with lots of killer bands from around the world. There's no doubt it was a year of experiences most other photographers could only dream of. I plan on not waking up any time soon ha!

My 200 Top/Favorite Music related photos of 2014 with local Seattle music soundtrack from The Mothership, The Crying Spell, Mechanism and Queensryche.
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Then there's my Top 30 non-music (most people think I only do music photography) of 2014. This is the stuff that lets my imagination soar. {View/comment on these individual photos in Facebook}

"IRON" MIKE'S TOP 20 FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2014: Maybe you'll discover some new music here..enjoy!


1) Overkill - White Devil Armory - Mind blowing how Overkill release their best album 30+ years into their thrash metal career. Take note Metallica & Megadeth! Overkill is the best and it's all about still having the passion and heart to do what they do best: balls to the wall power metal thrash that's memorable, singable and plain energetically fresh from start to finish. Just what the doctored ordered. {BUY}

 

2) The Mothership - Bright Side of Dim - Seattle's new hard-rock grunge alternative kings! The Mothership release one of the most diverse sounding and enjoyable rock albums ever released from Seattle! Probably the most favored Seattle release since Second Coming's 1998 release on Capitol Records. {Buy}



3) Behemoth - The Satanist - Probably the most groundbreaking Black Metal album in decades! Music style I don't listen a lot too but Poland's Behemoth show that thinking out of the normal "Death" box you can create dark music that's atmospheric on epic levels within this genre of music. The basics of rock in roll underline this brutal extreme metal style and that'd where 95% of Black Metal bands fail at. It's not who's the heaviest, fastest or most monster (as in cookie) sounding vocals anymore, it's trying new realms of musical & lyrical interest and Behemoth hit a grand slam with "The Satanist".

4) Texas Hippie Coalition - Ride On - Finally a THC album that's produced and sounds amazing! Plain jaw-dropping album that will be stuck in your head and leave your ears with a bad case of OCD. I can't stop listening to or singing "Splinter" and that "Rock Ain't Dead" tune is unreal when that riff jumps out after the Queen-like "We Will Rock You" drum parts. Imagine Pantera meets Lynyrd Skynyrd. Guitarist Cord Pool is off the hook! This 22yo's riffs and structures make my bones shake. One of the best hard rock/metal bands out there! {BUY}

    

5) Triptykon - Melana Chasmata - Ex-Celtic Frost frontman Tom Warrior and his latest doom metal Triptykon band blew me away with this release. The MONSTROUS down tuned sound (especially from bassist & beautiful voiced Vanja Slajh) is the best of any album in 2014. Has that classic full studio sound not heard much in todays digital recording age. Moody, mysterious and plain rocking from Switzerland. I still can't get over Vanja's bass sound throughout this album. She crushes everyone! Every song is like 6-12 minutes and epic on so many levels. Thank you Tom Warrior! {BUY}



6) Judas Priest - Redeemer of Souls - Plain and simply one of the best Judas Priest albums ever. Took me a couple spins, but imagine a Priest album that riffs in style from the very early rock riff days to the current metal manifestations. "Halls of Valhalla" pure Judas Priest classic! Mind boggling Rob Halford can still deliver these vocals at 63 years old! The Metal God for sure!
 



7) Otherwise - Peace At All Costs - Hands down the hard rock album of the year released form the states. Otherwise debut major label album "True Loves Never Dies" was the best selling debut rock album of the year 2012/13 behind the hit "Soldiers" (see video) and "Peace at all Costs" is even stronger and better in many ways. Las Vegas natives Otherwise are definitely one the futures of rock music for the next generation. Great live band too.  

 

8) Skindred - Kill The Power - Imagine a Newport, South Wales band that mixes heavy metal, alternative rock, reggae and punk. Also integrating elements of dancehall, jungle, hardcore, ska, hip hop, dubstep and various other influences into their music with the best live frontman (Benji Webbe) in the biz. There's NEVER a bad Skindred album. One of my favorite and best live bands on the planet. AMAZING album from start to finish that you won't hear musically from any other band around. Skindred rule!



9) The Crying Spell - Spectrums of Light - New Wave rock for the new millennium! Seattle's Mod-Wave-Rockers The Crying Spell deliver a major-label like release like no other from the Northwest! How is this band unsigned? "Crash into the Sun" a total classic and the "The Dead War" and "Shoulder of Giants" are EPIC tracks just not heard in music today...Eric Synder is a guitar God! Former members of Point One and Second Coming! The Crying Spell, winners of the first annual American Family Insurance "Dream Show Seattle" competition, performed to 67,000 during halftime at the Seattle Seahawks regular season finale December 28, 2014. BUY!



10) Ancient Warlocks - Ancient Warlocks - One of the greatest sludgy grunged stoner-rock albums ever from the Northwest, That opening fuzz riff sound of "Into The Night" is unreal!! What a great album!! Soundgarden meets Sabbath on a magic carpet ride through the green leaf fields of Washington State. Ancient Warlocks album is a must!

Best of the rest in 2014:

New Medicine - Breaking The Model {BUY}



Meg Myers - Make a Shadow {BUY}



Mushroomhead - The Righteous & The Butterfly {BUY}



Accept - Blind Rage {BUY}



Righteous Vendetta - Defiance {BUY}



Exodus - Blood In Blood Out {BUY}



Royal Blood - Royal Blood {BUY}



Sister Sin - Black Lotus {BUY}



Billy Idol — Kings & Queens of the Underground {BUY}



Anathema - Distant Satellites {BUY}


 

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NAMM 2015 Media Day Overview

NAMM - Media Day - Anaheim, CA 1.21.15
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Overview/Photos/Video: Mike & Stephanie Savoia

This years Media Day at NAMM was indeed the most attended one in recent memory. At times it was hard to even move around to shoot a photo or even video. Maybe a good sign the music business overall is back on the up? This annual trade show draws nearly 100,000 music-industry retailers, manufacturers, artist and fans from around the world encompassing nearly every genre of music. Before the four-day trade show opens, most of us media-related folks fly in a day early to attend a special 3 hour session with a few select companies that participate to showcase their new products direct to media before they become possibly lost in the nearly 1.5 million square feet of exhibit space within the Anaheim Convention Center and outside buildings. 

All the companies (feel free to click the links to discover some cool company products) participating this year on NAMM media day were:
Blackbird Guitars, Cordoba Guitars, Epsilon-Pro, GTC Sound Innovation, IK Multimedia, Imitone, iZ Technology, Line 6, Make Noise, Marion Systems Corporation, McCarthy Music, Monster Products, Orange Music Education, Peavey, Rock & Roll High, Roland Corporation, Taylor Guitars, TC-Helicon, The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, V-MODA and Yamaha

Each year the Executive Director of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, Brian Rothschild brings in a big name special guest to mentor students from Berklee College to write and record a new song on the tour bus. The artist also comes in on media day and talks about the importance of music education among the youth of today and how NAMM & the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus work together to do just that. This year was George Clinton (Parliament Funkadelic). He also promoted his new book "Like George" too.

 

One of the most interesting product demonstrations was from Orange Amplification's with their new Musicboard where the student does not necessarily need to play an instrument to learn and understand music theory with actual sound demonstration using the music board. The video will show you a normal looking whiteboard come to life with the touch of a wand or you can demonstrate with the attached keyboard!

So after 3+ hours at Media Day here's each of our favorite new product release at NAMM Media Day 2015.

Stephanie: Imitone - Play any instrument with your voice. Definitely my favorite product on Media Day. You can use your voice to create a guitar riff or whistling to make a melody on a piano. You don't have to know how to play these instruments to create music with them. The software translates the sound of your voice, humming, whistling and even musical instruments into MIDI - digital music sound. To get started, you just need the Imitone software, a microphone and a music app. An example is Apple's GarageBand. Your voice would become piano, electric or acoustic guitar, or one of several keyboards.

If you are going to sing, hum or whistle, it does need to be in tune. If it's not in tune, the instrument your voice is being translated to will also be out of tune. The software is still in beta so the two versions are being sold at a discount. The basic version is $25 and includes: Scale correction, loudness control, vibrato control, pitch blend, octave shift, and percussion control. The prime version includes the above as well as: Simultaneous multi-instrument control, adjustable tuning, timbre controls, experimental polyphonic detection, fully configurable MIDI sequencing, custom analysis tuning and analysis data visualization.

Mike: GTC Sound Innovations REVPAD - The REVPAD is a wireless small, elegantly designed device, that can be easily attached with thin velcro on top of any amplified guitar, acoustic or bass. It transmits to a sound processing base unit that contains high-end effect algorithms along with traditional analog distortion and overdrive. This is a game changer for guitarists world wide! Imagine the sounds and unique sounds with your playing you could create! REVPAD expands any guitar beyond one’s imagination and gives the ability to play unique and inspiring sounds with just a finger swipe on the pad. Check out all the info on this awesome product from Israel: http://www.gtcsound.com/revpad_page

 

Check out all of our NAMM Media Day photos: CLICK HERE 

More NAMM Blogs on the way! 

 

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Saturday Night Shows Craig Gass/Steel Panther/Zero Down

Saturday night dilemma of what to do? How about catching 3 shows at different locations on the same night in Seattle like myself?

Lets' start in the U-District at the Neptune Theatre with comedian & impressions of celebrities specialist Craig Gass. He has 2 shows this night at 7 and 9:30pm. I'll be covering the 7pm show. What's really cool is Gass is giving a portion of his ticket sales to local comedian Dylan Avila who was attacked onstage by a crazed comedian not allowed to perform that night so he took a baseball bat to Dylan's head resulting in a fractured skull. (See KOMO News story) Dylan is actually going to try to open up Craig's show too only a week after his attack. Buy Tickets Now. Craig Gass is supporting his latest CD/DVD release "The Worst Comedy Show Ever" (Buy Now).



So as soon as Craig Gass is done I'm heading down to my 2nd comedy show of the night at the Showbox, Steel Panther! If you don't know who Steel Panther is yet, their Wiki page states it perfect: "is an American glam metal band from Los Angeles, California, mostly known for their profane and humorous lyrics as well as their exaggerated on-stage personae that parody the stereotypical lifestyle in the 1980s". If you recently saw them open for Judas Priest in the Tacoma Dome last November you'll remember them forever and if you had your kids there, you were probably covering their ears at the same time too ha! Catch Steel Panther on Jimmy Kimmel tonight on...that should be interesting 18+ TV ha! To buy tickets to their 21 & over Showbox show this Saturday CLICK HERE. Standing room only left to buy so hurry!

So by the time Steel Panther is done I'm jumping back in the Jeep and heading down the road to Slims Last Chance Saloon where our local old-school metal heads Zero Down are playing their "No Limits To The Evil" CD (on Italy's Minotauro Records) release show. With their stage time set around 11:30 I have a chance to catch some of the show and yes CD's will be available to buy for you all! The band were on KISW's Loud & Local this past Sunday. Hear the hour long podcast with new songs. I recently had the awesome opportunity to shoot the main CD shot of the band to correlate with the amazing cover artwork by the legendary metal artist Ed Repka (Megadeth/ Vic Rattlehead). Guitarist Lenny Burnett had an idea for it to be in a corn field, but once I saw the final album cover and watched the "Children of the Corn" movie (for a little inspiration) the shot and treatment instantly came to mind. I wanted it to be bad ass like the band was in the corn field as it was beginning to burn. Even though we had more fun than evil out in the field, I'm just glad we got out of there alive. Watch this video for a good laugh at our "No Limit To The Evil" band shot at Bob's Corn Field in Snohomish.

So who's joining me for all 3 shows Saturday night? Ha! "Iron" Mike Savoia

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Black Sabbath/McDonalds Tribute Band Mac Sabbath!

What happens when you take Black Sabbath and the crazy unhealthy culture of McDonalds characters? Mac Sabbath!!! Yes you read that right, a band called Mac Sabbath headed by the amazing Ronald Osbourne! Brilliant funny idea and wait till ya hear/read the lyrics, a mash of Sabbath & McDonalds ingredients guaranteed to give a laughing heart attack before eating McDonald's food will ha ha!! Check these guys out on Facebook! They will be conquering a McDonalds playland near you soon! Can't wait!

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Vote for KISW L&L Rockers to play Seahawks Game 12/28

Rockaholics! Go vote online and support our KISW Loud & Local rockers The Crying Spell. The final artist battle was yesterday at the Seattle Seahawks game with The Crying Spell vs. Dusty 45s. The online voting is on and the winner plays halftime at the Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams game Sun, Dec 28! SUPPORT LOCAL ROCK MUSIC!!! VOTE! SHARE and spread the word! Let's gets some KISW LOUD & LOCAL blood on that Century Link field for the home finally December 28th vs. the St. Louis Rams!

Vote online HERE - 1 vote per computer/device day till Dec 17th.  The Crying Spell contain former members of Second Coming & Point One!
Remember to listen to Jolene & her Loud & Local show each Sunday from 11pm-12am.

VOTE NOW FOR THE CRYING SPELL

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