BLUE OCTOBER's singer UK tour Wednesday, 7 December 2011 22:52 by madseason
Justin Furstenfeld

I've just read on 78Triple6 that Justin Furstenfeld, frontman of the mighty Blue October, will be touring the UK for an acoustic tour in March of 2012. So far only three dates have been announced but I understand that more dates would be announced soon.

This is great news, and come just a few days after the one attesting that BBC's Radio 2 Playlist has added Blue October's "The Feel Again (Stay)" to its A List, with the likes of Adele, Amy Winehouse, Beyoncé and Katy Perry!

And the music video for "The Feel Again (Stay)" is Top 10 on the UK's most popular rock and metal station Scuzz TV!

It seems that things are starting to going great for Justin & Co. in UK. Well deserved!

News, news and more news Friday, 28 October 2011 22:20 by madseason
I've some interesting news that I had to leave behind due to the server upgrade. I'll try to claw them back in a couple of posts. First of all, the mandatory Blue October news: their upcoming emotion drenched single, "The Feel Again (Stay)", has been chosen as the soundtrack to the closing film for this year’s three day (31st Oct – 2nd Nov) UK Radio Festival. "The Feel Again (Stay)", a powerful, poignant song about loss and heartbreak, is the perfect musical backdrop to an obit film which looks back and remembers all the people from the radio industry who have passed away in the last twelve months. Speaking of the texan band, I can confirm that their last american tour partners IAmDynamite will be the opening band of the upcoming Blue October's german shows.
Electronic/dream poppers M83 have a brand new video out, for the single "Midnight City", off their last week released new (double) studio album "Hurry Up, We're Dreaming". Directed by Fleur & Manu, the video is a tribute to "Village of the Damned", "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Akira". Enjoy it here. Also, M83 announced more live dates, in addiction to the scandinavian ones presented at the beginning of this week. This time the dates are in Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. Head on to their website for further info.
young guns

"Learn My Lesson" is the first single/video off Young Guns sophomore record, to be released early next year. For those who still don't know them yet, Young Guns are an interesting english alternative rock band coming from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Watch the video clicking on the image on the left.

Hurricane Bells have released their new, PledgeMusic financed, album last Tuesday. It's titled "Tides And Tales" and you can preview and buy it on Hurricane Bells' Bandcamp page. And do not forget Hurricane Bells' new video for the single "The Ghost Of Her", released just one month ago.

Behind the moniker Smoke Signals we find Coley O’Toole, Joe Ballaro and Zac Clark from the great eclectic piano rock band The Queen Killing King. The new album, named as the band "Smoke Signals", is out since last August. The band describes it as a collection of "blues and bluegrass infused songs with stick-to-your-ribs melodies and high harmonies". This is a different sound that I invite to know, listening to the whole record here, and watching the video for the single "Black Holes (featuring Rocco DeLuca)"at this link.
Christian alternative poprock stars Jars Of Clay have been writing songs and reinventing their sound for 17 years. Many music fans still remember them for their succesfully first single "Flood", but there's much more to be mined in their 11 albums catalog. Their new collection "Gather And Build" is a playlist that features a handful of quintessential Jars Of Clay songs, as well as some previously unavailable tracks. Get it for free thanks to NoiseTrade here.
Download "Are You There", a nice track from Vancouver alternative rock band Fear Zero last album "Whole Damn Nation", for free at this address:
Daughtry's new video for "Crawling Back To You" premiered yesterday. As said, the single's off the band's upcoming album "Break The Spell", produced by Howard Benson and to be released November, 21st through RCA Records.
monte negro

Los Angeles based, original bi-lingual rock band, Monte Negro (a band I really dig) has just released the single "Zero", which is an exciting prelude to what will be Monte Negro's new album release in early 2012: "Replica I". Watch the very entertaining video clicking on the image on the left.

Watch new music video for "Fire Escape", Matthew Mayfield's third single from his debut album "Now You're Free". The video for the song (co-written by John Paul White of The Civil Wars) also features the lovely actress Brittany Snow. Matthew is also giving you the chance to download his album for free: just follow this link.

Another new video: this is for contemporary christian singer/songwriter Plumb's new single "Drifting" featuring both Tiffany and Dan Haseltine of Jars Of Clay. Check it here. News about the new album coming soon!
Download a supercatchy new song from Plain White T's named "The House On Shady Lane" at this link. For free, of course.
You can watch the live stream of Zornik's sold out exclusive anniversary show at Ancienne Belgique (Bruxelles) tomorrow October 29th at 20.45 (Center European Time). Just follow this link: Zornik live.
Republic Of Letters is a cool San Diego based poprock band in Coldplay/The Killers style. They released their "Stories" album last March for Mass + Measure Records and this is the video for the single "Entre Chien Et Loup (Restless Hour)", shot and edited by Jared Armijo-Wardlean.
BLUE OCTOBER: some great interviews Friday, 15 July 2011 21:30 by madseason

I want to signal a couple of very good interviews to Justin Furstenfeld, frontman of Blue October. The first (and the best) is on 102.1 The Edgethe second is on and the third is on 97X online.

So, if you wanna know everything about the new album "Any Man In America" (out next month), Justin's custody battles, bipolar disorder, guitars and guitar players, you know what to do.

A little extract from one of the interviews: "I've been on the rock scene for quite a while and I love the rock scene but I just don't like all the rock bands. I love Nickelback but you've got to write a new song, bro; I've heard the same one 50 times. If you wanna be a rich band and that's what you want out of life that's cool; I'm in it for the art. I don't need to be rich; I just need to put diapers on my baby and make sure my girlfriend's cool and I'm straight."

BLUE OCTOBER - APPROACHING NORMAL Tuesday, 1 December 2009 12:24 by madseason

Blue October Approaching Normal Front Cover

  • Release date: 24 Marzo 2009
  • Etichetta: Brando Records - Universal Records
  • Produttore: Steve Lillywhite


  • Justin Furstenfeld - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • C.B. Hudson - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Ryan Delahoussaye - violin, viola, mandolin, piano, backing vocals
  • Matt Noveskey - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Jeremy Furstenfeld - drums, percussion


[voto: 5]

Problema: come dare seguito a un super-cd come "Foiled", trainato al disco di platino in USA dal singolo-tormentone "Hate Me", uno dei pezzi più trasmessi dalle radio rock (e non solo) americane nel 2006, resistendo a tutte le pressioni del caso, senza fallire?

Soluzione: chiamare un produttore superesperto e di rinomata fama come Steve Lillywhite (qualche sua collaborazione per i pochi che non lo conoscessero: U2, Peter Gabriel, Chris Cornell, XTC, Ultravox, Counting Crows, Dave Matthews Band, Travis, Matchbox Twenty, Phish, The Rolling Stones, Switchfoot, Talking Heads, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Pogues...)
In sostanza, i Blue October fanno i Blue October anche sulla loro nuova fatica, con il consueto approccio all'arte unico, originale e passionale. Quello che cambia è l'aggiunta del tocco di Lillywhite, che porta i texani a rendere più accessibile la loro musica, e i brani più coesi tra loro, senza snaturare il loro sound originale.

Il risultato è un bellissimo album che, pur senza raggiungere le vette del masterpiece "Foiled", ha comunque tutte le carte in regola per ampliare la base degli appassionati di Justin e soci, senza deludere i tanti che li amano da anni.

Approaching Normal è un ovvio candidato alla top ten dei migliori cd del 2009.

Una nota: "Weight Of The World", il pezzo che apre l'album, è la rielaborazione in studio di un pezzo già proposto precedentemente dal vivo e che in veste appunto live era stato incluso nel cd/dvd "Argue With A Tree".

Un'altra nota: "Kangaroo Cry" è stata pubblicata sul cd "NCIS: The Official TV Soundtrack" (assieme a brani di Dashboard Confessional, Oasis, John Mellencamp, Jakob Dylan, Seether, Perry Farrell ecc...) il 10 Febbraio 2009, circa un mese prima dell'uscita di "Approaching Normal".


Tracklist di Approaching Normal

  • 01. Weight Of The World (Justin Furstenfeld) 4:05
  • 02. Say It (Justin Furstenfeld) 3:38
  • 03. Dirt Room (Justin Furstenfeld, C.B. Hudson III, Jeremy Furstenfeld, Ryan Delahoussaye, Matt Noveskey) 3:25
  • 04. Been Down (Justin Furstenfeld) 4:19
  • 05. My Never (Justin Furstenfeld) 3:47
  • 06. Should Be Loved (Justin Furstenfeld) 4:02
  • 07. Kangaroo Cry (Justin Furstenfeld, Jeremy Furstenfeld) 4:53
  • 08. Picking Up Pieces (Justin Furstenfeld) 4:22
  • 09. Jump Rope (Justin Furstenfeld) 3:22
  • 10. Blue Skies (Justin Furstenfeld) 3:44
  • 11. Blue Does (Justin Furstenfeld) 3:27
  • 12. The End (Justin Furstenfeld, Patrick Leonard) 5:00
  • 13. Graceful Dancing (Justin Furstenfeld) 4:53

Discografia dei Blue October

  • The Answers  (1998 RoDan Entertainment - Scoop)
  • Consent To Treatment  (2000 Universal Records)
  • History For Sale (2003 Brando Records - Universal Records)
  • Argue With A Tree  (2004 Brando Records - Universal Records) live album, anche DVD
  • Foiled  (2006 Brando Records - Universal Records)
  • Foiled For The Last Time (2007 Brando Records - Universal Records) 1 cd studio + 1 cd live
  • Approaching Normal (2009 Universal Records)


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