Badflower Vocalist Discusses All

We caught up with Josh Katz, mastermind behind the band Badflower to talk about his relationship with his parents, growing up as the ‘popular kid’, anxiety disorder, the possible commercial release of the viral YouTube song ‘Move Me’ and more! This interview was conducted on July 18th in Reno, Nevada during a stop on the Shinedown tour.

 

Ice Nine Kills Vocalist Discusses Love For Horror Movies

Spencer, the sole original member of Boston’s Ice Nine Kills is somewhat of a visionary, having released an album of tracks inspired by novels and now, an album of songs inspired by horror movies called ‘The Silver Scream’. The new album is both aggressive and melodic, heavy and orchestral at the same time.

 

[NEW APRIL 2019] Shinedown Singer Brent Smith Discusses Dragons, Demons, Monsters And 2019 Tour

 

420 CBD Zohko Brand Oil Review

Happy 420 to those of you who partake! Perhaps you aren’t into the flower or the effects of THC, but have found that the CBD extractions have had some medicinal benefit.

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Whatever the case, there are a lot of CBD products available online and in stores across the country and we hear that many have questionable quality control. Zohko is a nicely packaged product that comes in 500 mg and 1500 mg strengths, with a 25 mg capsule version that includes caffeine.

Check out our review of ZOHKO CBD products below.

[NEW APRIL 2019] Shinedown Singer Brent Smith Discusses Dragons, Demons, Monsters And 2019 Tour

El Dorado Wine Country Airbnb Review

If you are looking for a unique wine tasting vacation, look no further than El Dorado County. This lesser-known wine region is home to some amazing Rhone varietals, is a bit closer than Napa (if flying into Sacramento) and far cheaper than the Napa Valley estates!

While there aren’t a ton of vacation rentals in the Placerville area, the ones you’ll find are almost always unique and reasonably cost effective!

Check out the review on the hidden gem we recently stayed at. With a beautiful wrap-around porch and easy river access, this home hidden among the oaks and pines was a very cool find!

Check Out The El Dorado Passport Weekend Of Wine

El Dorado Passport Weekend Of Wine

Northern California is known for wine, and when you think wine and California, your first thoughts might be of Napa Valley, Sonoma or even the explosion of the Paso Robles region on the Central Coast!

That said, those in the know (US) predict that in 20 years or less, the next California Hot Spot for wine lovers will be the region just off Highway 50 in, and south of Placerville, California known as El Dorado County. Lodi, famously known for world class Zins lies just south of here.

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While only 25 wineries actually participated in the El Dorado Passport Weekend(s), there are many more in various levels of production to be found and loved in the area. Check out the official El Dorado wines website to get a glimpse of all that is waiting your wine discovery in the area, and watch the video below for our first-hand experience!

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Shim Moore Gets Real

Australia’s Shim Moore, longtime front man for the rock outfit known as The Sick Puppies, responsible for a number of Top 10 rock songs in the mid 2000’s such as the smash ‘You’re Goin’ Down’ and the viral ‘Free Hugs’ song spent some time speaking with us about his abrupt exit from the band he founded with high school friends, newfound freedom as a solo artist, putting together a new band and embarking as a solo artist.

The new song ‘Crucified’ is accompanied by a very Tarantino-esq video, brilliantly done as Shim battles with his evil alter-ego.

Check out our discussion below:

Real Talk With L.A. Vixen Dorothy

Real Talk With L.A. Vixen Dorothy

Dorothy has been compared to artists such as Grace Slick and Janis Joplin, but her style is uniquely Southern California Desert Rock. Kicked into high gear (and in the ass) by 4 Non Blondes founder Linda Perry, Dorothy claims that sobriety has helped her focus her career and accomplish goals previously unimaginable for a struggling female in the music business.

Check out our one on one interview with the artist below!

Like Desert Rock? Check Out Tempe, Arizona’s The Black Moods!

Arizona’s Finest The Black Moods

Taking a page from the Gin Blossom’s songbook comes Tempe, Arizona’s The Black Moods. While they’ve got a few albums under their belt, the addition of producer Johnny K has taken the band to the next level with their song ‘Bella Donna’.

Check out our interview with the guys below where we discuss influences, the ‘Arizona vibe’ and their delicious band-branded Black Moods Wine!

Check Out Our Take On The Top 18 Rock Songs Of 2018

The Top 18 Rock Songs Of 2018

As we approach the end of 2018, I wanted to give a personal opinion on what I feel are the musical highlights of the year gone by. You may agree with all or some of these, or you may think I’m full of s**t. Fine by me. These are not based on any kind of chart position, local airplay or other bias aside from a personal one having spent the last 30 years in the rock music industry. Take a look and feel free to comment your opinions below the article!

  1. The Dose: Vervain

The Dose released this song (one of three in a video trilogy) in June of 2018. This grunge throwback band’s name has the double meaning of ‘get a Dose of our style’ and the Spanish word for the number two (Dos) as the band is a two-piece outfit, featuring a drummer (Ralph Alexander) who is not only heralded to be one of the best in rock music today but also plays both bass and drums simultaneously and Indio Downey, son of uber-famous Robert Downey Jr. This is one of a small handful of bands to watch in 2019!

17. Badflower: Heroin

This is the second single from the groundbreaking Los Angeles band, and one of a few songs found on their forthcoming ‘Ok, I’m Sick’ album (to be released in early 2019) that has already seen the light of day, albeit with a different mix. Frankly, this song would have wound up higher on the list if it hadn’t been released so late in 2018. Frontman/guitarist Josh Katz has the unique talent of writing from the soul lyrically, and once again he puts it all out there for fans to see on the track ‘Heroin’. While some might hear the song as a literal nod to the dangers of the drug heroin, the video likens heroin to the addictive qualities of being stuck in a dysfunctional relationship with a seductive woman. This video for this one has HOT written all over it. See for yourself below!

  1. Underoath: ihateit

Warped Tour stalwarts Underoath have had many fits of start/stop over their lengthy career. The Florida based band has been tearing it up since 1997 but have stayed largely underground, starting as a psudo-Christian metal-core band, they have since dropped the religious label and have worked hard to refine their sound to reach a larger, more mainstream audience. On their latest release ‘Erase Me’, singer Spencer Chamberlain digs deep to reveal some of his inner demons and public struggles with drugs and alcohol. Founding member Aaron Gillespie (drummer/vocalist) now resides in Salt Lake City and is known for writing and producing for many successful acts and was the drummer for Paramour for several years.

  1. From Ashes To New: Crazy

Giving a nod to their heroes in Linkin Park, this rap/rock outfit had a breakout year in 2018, playing Reno a few times and holding a top five rock song nationally with the track Crazy. The Linkin Park influence can be heard thorough out their 2018 sophomore release ‘The Future’.

  1. Beartooth: Disease

While being described as both a hardcore punk band and metal-core outfit, the Columbus, Ohio based band has been tearing up the underground circuit since their formation in 2012 with their brutal vocal and guitar attack. The title track ‘Disease’ stays true to their aggressive roots while throwing in enough melody to attract a more mainstream radio friendly audience.

  1. Thrice: The Grey

It has been fascinating to watch and hear the evolution of the Thrice sound since their humble beginnings as a post-hardcore punk band in Orange County (Irvine, Ca.) in 1998. Singer Dustin Kensrue has released a total of twenty albums, ten with Thrice over the last two decades. Dustin has gone from Warped Tour screamer to acoustic singer/songwriter to introspective ‘thinking mans’ musician as evidenced by their latest two releases. While not on any critics lists for 2018, the album ‘Palms’ sits on the top of my personal list of the BEST ALBUM OF 2018!

  1. Dorothy: Flawless

The #metoo movement of 2018 was captured in a way with the empowering track ‘Flawless’ by Los Angeles beauty Dorothy. While the rest of the album is a bit too ‘Janis Joplin’ for what we do on Rock 104.5, Flawless captured a vulnerability that made the song connective on many layers. Contrary to first impressions (rock singer with neck and wrist tattoos), Dorothy prefers melon balls over chicken fried steak for breakfast and water over tequila when wrapping up the night as mentioned in my interview with the singer below!

  1. Greta Van Fleet: When The Curtain Falls

Literally exploding on the scene back in 2017 with Safari Song and Highway Tune, personally Greta failed to impress with their full length debut album ‘Anthem For The Peaceful Army’ due to  the seemingly insincere, contrived lyrical content. Sure, it’s easy to say that Greta Van Fleet totally ripped off the Led Zeppelin sound (as many before them have), but they do it astoundingly well for a bunch of 21/22 year olds. ‘When The Curtain Falls’ is a standout track on the album, reflecting on how fickle the Hollywood lifestyle can be (and the arc of success in general). Words like ‘You’re a child in the garden, You’re growing up, I’ll watch you bloom, And your dreams are not forgotten, You’ll be a woman soon…’ (from the song ‘The New Day’) just have me thinking WTF?

  1. Disturbed: Are You Ready

I have to applaud the guys in Disturbed for really trying to break the Nu-Metal mold and reinvent themselves on the album ‘Evolution’. While I still think there are far too many ballads on the record for my personal tastes (based largely on the success of their version of The Sound Of Silence), it is cool to hear David Draiman work hard to show off his vocal range and pink belly. All that said, the debut track from the album is totally 100% Disturbed!

  1. Bring Me The Horizon: Mantra

One of the most highly anticipated new releases of 2019, BMTH really put some unique, interesting production flair on the first sampling from the bands forthcoming release with the twisted track ‘Mantra’. While the video and lyrical content leave more questions than answers, the song is a blast to listen to LOUDLY, especially with headphones on. I can’t wait for the full album to drop in the new year from these rising British metal-core stars!

  1. The Glorious Sons: S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun)

A hit is a hit is a hit, and this one infects your ears like a worm. I was lucky enough to see them live a few years back and the vocalist Brett is a damn rockstar! Just wait till we get some West Coast shows from the Canadian band in 2019 and you’ll see/hear the proof that they are more than just a catchy songwriting, Juno Award winning Canadian band!

  1. Shinedown: Devil

What more can be said about Shinedown? Practically everything they release proves to be a massive hit, and the hard-rocking ‘Devil’ is no expeption.

  1. Godsmack: Bulletproof

The long break has proved to be quite helpful to the Boston based metal band as Godsmack were in danger of becoming much like the aforementioned Disturbed, writing the same kind of album over and over again. Godsmack have returned with a more polished, (hate to say it) ‘lighter’ sound as they all have the perspective of being successful, getting happy with that success and focusing more on family and friends than the angst of ‘growing up’. Shannon Larkin and I discussed it during the Aftershock festival back in October. You can listen to the interview below! BTW, who knew Sully had such a sharp sense of humor, anyway?!?

AND NOW FOR THE TOP 5 OF 2018!

  1. Five Finger Death Punch: Sham-pain

Perhaps the most mis-understood band of all time, Ivan Moody and 5FDP have been through it all; lawsuits, personal drama, drug addiction, public meltdowns, etc. and have emerged with a new outlook on life and renewed sense of sarcasm and humor as evidenced by the parody of ‘rockstardom’ in the track Sham-pain! Check out my interview with Ivan where he bares it all below:

  1. Three Days Grace: The Mountain

Talk about ‘ear worms’, perhaps the best workout song of the last decade was done by the band that looked like they might implode after the awkward loss of original vocalist Adam Gontier. ‘The Mountain’ hits like a ton of bricks with its inspirational message and catchy melody.

  1. Ghost: Rats

Nothing spells HIT like a song about the bubonic plague, right? Ghost have been just under the radar for the last decade, coming very close to, but not quite over the top of becoming a household name. The time was ready for Ghost, and Ghost was ready to take on the world with their latest album ‘Prequel’. Starting their career out as an over-the-top satanic band hoping to trump the evil undertone of Mercyful Fate/King Diamond, Sabbath, Marilyn Manson, the scared the crap out of unsuspecting audiences early on. Over time, and with a series of very funny videos, the public slowly became quite aware of the humor behind mastermind Tobias Forge. While there might be a bit of credibility to their ‘evil undertone’, the overtone is that of an act which pokes fun at all the Satanists who have come before them. Take their musicianship seriously, but view their product as that of a best-selling Broadway production!

  1. Bad Wolves: Zombie

Tragically serendipitous, ‘Zombie’ was done a while before the January 15th loss of Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan. Dolores was actually set to reprise her role in the song as a duet with Bad Wolves frontman Tommy Vext on the day the world lost her. The song went on to become the biggest hit of the year and an interesting launching pad for the ‘supergroup’ known as Bad Wolves as the track is far from representative of the hard thrashing nature of the band and the bulk of the rest of their songs.

1.Badflower: Ghost

I had to think long and hard about what track would make the #1 spot on my list and Badflower’s ‘Ghost’ is it. I first heard this song in early to mid 2018 and immediately started to do some research on them. Being inundated with new music, it is rare that a song strikes me as a HIT upon very first listen. I quickly discovered other tracks floating around on YouTube like the aforementioned ‘Heroin’ and the underground smash ‘Move Me’ (which interestingly ISN’T on the new album) and decided to lead the charge here in Lil Ol’ Reno for the song ‘Ghost’. Legitimately, Rock 104.5 was one of (if not THE) first commercial radio station in the country to put ‘Ghost’ into a power rotation. Since the summer of 2018, the song and band have gone on to be one of the most played of the year and is being heralded as ‘The Band To Watch in 2019’ from all kinds of press outlets, including the very ‘hipper than the room’ KROQ in Los Angeles.

I’ve spent the last several weeks getting into the full album ‘Ok, I’m Sick’, and while ‘Ghost’ remains a standout, the album is chock full of heart-felt, emotional musical offerings touching on subjects like the ethical treatment of animals, sexual abuse, the loss of a spouse/best friend, coming of age, protest against government, sex, drugs and ROCK & ROLL! I’ll go out on a limb to say that the rawness of singer Josh Katz approaches, and perhaps eclipses the ‘heart on your sleeve’ mentality of that of Kurt Cobain. He’s an unlikely and perhaps unwilling rockstar. I have high hopes that he’ll come to grips with his stardom and talents, embrace them and continue to deliver intriguing, compelling music for years to come!

 

 

 

 

Lake Tahoe Vodka Blind Taste Test

The American Indians always knew there was something special with Lake Tahoe and the pristine, turquoise water, but did they ever brew or distill with it?

Obviously, the final product is always the sum of its parts; crap in- crap out, but how does Tahoe Blue perform in a blind taste test with the generic Costco brand vodka. Both are highly rated, but Tahoe Blue claims to mash and distill using water from Lake Tahoe!

Check out our blind taste test!

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Alibi Ale Works Knocks It Out Of The Park With Mr. Tartacular Line Of Sours

If you’ve jumped on the ‘sour beer train’, make the effort to go out and find this Lake Tahoe sour.

Many of their Mr. Tartacular sour beers sell out in record time and therefore, you probably can’t even find this one anymore, but it’s worth the search!

Check Out Our Revision Brewing Four Beer Review

Pineapple Tenderized Flank Steak

So, we saw a video recently talking about the many ways you can tenderize a steak. Keep in mind, this is not necessarily a marinade as we weren’t looking for ‘pineapple steak’ per-say, but rather a new method to tenderize before seasoning that didn’t involve salt.

Frankly, the result was underwhelming as the video shows, but perhaps this method would work better on a different cut of meat?

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Amador Cabernet Maker Has Sights Set On Rivaling Napa Reds

Throughout the course of a lifetime, you’ll (hopefully) run across more than a few people who blow your mind with their knowledge, creativity and pioneering spirit. Such is the case with our friend Chaim Gur-Arieh of CG D’Arie Vineyards.

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Chaim is a food scientist who holds the patent for creating Cap’n Crunch, along with the Powerbar and Gogurt! From Crunch to Cabernet, Chaim has a goal of displacing Napa as the leading region in the USA for amazing Cabernet Sauvignon.

Check out our vertical review of three cabs from CG D’Arie below, and check out Chaim’s blog on their website here.

Armenian Brandy Review

[SCAM ALERT] Tent Review

So, this ‘hydraulic tent’ deal is the biggest scam we’ve run across in a lot of years. As mentioned in the video, you may have been recently bombarded by ads on social media promoting this very cool looking tent which, supposedly sets up in 3 minutes and tears down just about as fast.

Well, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Check out our video Scam Alert review of this piece of junk.

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Album Review: Underoath ‘Erase Me’

While the Tampa, Fl. based band has been around since 1997, it is likely you aren’t familiar with them. With their reformation and recent release ‘Erase Me’, that may change in 2018 and beyond.

The new album shows massive growth in songwriting and accessibility along with a newfound angst, perfect for those times when you are ready to ‘crank it to 11’!

In the video below, us Doods speak at length and discuss the album song-by-song with Chris Dudley, keyboardist for the band.

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Miracle Fruit 360 Review!

Think of it as an acid trip for your tongue! Here’s the premise: one of these tablets, dissolved in the mouth will make anything tart, bitter or sour taste sugary sweet. Therefore, lemons become lemonade, limes become lime candy, fine Cabernet wine becomes a nice Ruby Port, Dijon mustard becomes honey mustard, etc. Here’s the actual fruit in the wild:

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Believe it or not, this stuff actually works as advertised. Word of caution- it takes 30 minutes to an hour for the effects to wear off! Check out the video below for examples of us trying different foods and our natural reaction to what happened!

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Interview: Rising Rock Star Dorothy!

It’s been a long ride, but it looks like Dorothy’s year is 2018!

Named one of the ‘Artists You Should Know’ way back in 2014 by Rolling Stone magazine, Dorothy’s early material never really lived up to the early excitement or hype? Fast forward several years, add some new band mates and utilize the help of the legendary Linda Perry to ‘get centered’, and a fresh, new, sober Dorothy is ready to take the world by storm with the release of the album ’28 Days In The Valley’.

Yes, these really are her lips (you’ll find out about the ‘lip comment’ in the interview)!

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Check out the video below as us ‘Doods’ get down and personal with Dorothy, and find out if she’s now a steak & eggs or granola and mellon ball breakfast girl!

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St. Patrick’s Day Week In Review

We cover a myriad of topics in this episode, like the guy who went to court to prove that he was indeed alive…and LOST, steering wheels coming off Ford vehicles while driving, March Madness, magic mushrooms, St. Patrick’s Day traditions and why the ‘Doods’ hated what the girls loved when it came to Apple Irish Whiskey!

By the way, do NOT wish somebody the ‘luck of the Irish’ today, as the Irish had horrible luck, with multiple wars, poverty, disease, etc. over the years.

Instead, tell them to kiss your Blarney Stone!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from us Doods~

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360 Video Chat With Jonathan Davis Of Korn

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Jonathan Davis, vocalist from the rock band Korn has a new solo album out. In our conversation, Jonathan shares what went into the making of the album and why it took almost a decade to be released to the public. Plus, what do the terms ‘felching’ and ‘Korn’ have in common? Find out below!

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