I’m baaaaack . . .

Yes, it has been a while, so funny how one life incident can derail your life, hobbies, motivation, and overall well being.

Back in July of 2015 my dad fell and broke his hip while mowing the lawn, he laid there for a half hour, until a neighbor stopped to give him aid. He did well with the surgery but afterwards, started to have multiple issues requiring him to go back to the hospital a number of times. As with many older people (pop was 83), an injury like a hip, can manifest itself and uncover other problems. As it was, on one of his trips back to the hospital, they found a bleeding ulcer, and ultimately and aggressive stomach cancer. He was told that treatment would probably kill him, so he elected to go home and enter hospice.

Dad put up a great battle, and settled all his needs, and passed away after spending his last Thanksgiving and Christmas with us on December 31, 2015. As I write this I still have him deeply planted in my heart, his body is gone, but his words, actions, smile, and all the great things about him live inside me. To quote my own song called “Dad” he is “alive inside us” here’s a video of the song Dad by Jay Regan

Anyway, taking care of my dad, with my sisters and extended family, really upset my work as a musician. During that time I was in the middle of performing, recording my new CD, which turned out to be “Wash Me”, released 4/7/2017 (my dad’s birthday), and writing Philly AIMS, and other things to promote.  For most of 2016 I was in a fog, exhausted from dealing with my father and taking care of my mom, that I dropped a lot of things I like.

So it took to the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 to finish recording Wash Me, this time around I did all the tracks, (except horns), mixed and mastered. In 2017 after the release I made a number of videos, you can see some here: Jay’s Wash Me videos and now I have begun playing live to promote the CD.

The next phase of getting my self “on track” is to start blogging about the awesome Philly Area Independent Music Scene, I’ve already been to one show Ego Alien at Tusk on May  27, 2017 and hope to make it out to others soon!

Please contact me for album or EP reviews, live show reviews, or any ideas for posts and if you are an artist/band “Keep Making Music” and a follower or fan “Share your favorite Philly artist/band and come put to show (please).

Great to be back and until next time,

Love and Peace,

Jay

Jay’s Music Website

 

 

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Music Review: Ego Alien new eponymous EP.

One of the nice things about doing a weekly radio show is that I get the opportunity to hear new music before it’s released. Back in February, while seeing Ego Alien perform at Dobbs, Ted gave me a copy of Ego Alien’s newest EP. (BTW, Ego Alien’s live show is something to see!)

Ted is Ted Bunch, guitarist, vocalist and writer for Ego Alien. The EP in question is their new release simply called Ego Alien. The EP includes 4 songs: Lines, Little Miss Panic Button, Green Means Go, Big Bluey Dawn. I had high hopes for the EP as I had already been a fan of Ego Alien’s music since the release of their debut EP “Crawl on the Edge”. They have also been a staple on my Philly AIMS Radio Show. (Sunday’s, 8 PM to 10 PM on http://www.rockbandomradio.com)

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Ego Alien is a power trio consisting of Ted on guitar and vocals, Chris Kusmanick on bass, and for now, a Drummer by committee. (Hopefully the drummer spot will be filled permanently soon). As fate would have it, Ted is also an impressive drummer and he is the one playing on the EP, unfortunately his clone is not available for live performance.

The music, to me, is representative of the 90’s sound with an updated twist. The EP is full of catchy hooks, power chord drive and booming bass and drums. Standouts for me are “Lines”, with its prominent slide guitar and “Green Means Go”, which after one listen will be stuck in your head for hours. The remaining tracks are just as good and fit well together as an EP, seamlessly grabbing the listener and keeping them enthralled. After one listen I let it run through again as I wanted to hear more. Hopefully the next release will have a few more tracks.

Along with making good music, Ego Alien front man Ted Bunch is a great supporter of the Philly Area local music scene, you will often see him at other bands shows, right up front, cheering loud. To top it off Ted is a great guy, we need more people like Ted in the Philly scene.

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Ego Alien has a number of shows coming up to support the new EP and you can get more information about the band and get their music at their sites below. I will be playing the entire EP on my Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 Philly AIMS Radio Show (starting at 8PM EST on http://www.rockbandomradio.com) to promote Ego Alien’s March 24th show at Shady Katie’s in Somerdale, NJ so browse on in.

Ego Alien website: http://www.thirstyrecords.com/thirsty-artists/ego-alien/

Pick up the CD for a mere $5.00http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/egoalien1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EgoAlien1

PHILLY AIMS Radio Show on www.rockbandomradio.com SUNDAY’s 8 to 10 PM EST

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Not sure why I’ve waited all these month to post this, but I’ve been doing a Philly AIMS radio show since September of 2014 on http://www.rockbandomradio.com. The show highlights the independent music of the Philadelphia area, past and present. I also play artists from other areas of the world but the main focus is Philadelphia Area unsigned.

The show is loosely formatted and off-the-cuff and it’s my little way to expose our great Philly original music to a wider audience.

The show is every Sunday night, from 8PM to 10PM Eastern standard time. Often times I will feature one particular bands music if they have an important show or release new material but generally I try to shove as much music as I can into two hours. I also play music from all genres.

The station I broadcast on is Rock Bandom Radio, http://www.rockbandomradio.com they play 24 hours a day and have a slew of shows with live presenters so you should tune in throughout the day. Also there is a chat app on the rockbandomradio.com site so make sure you join me during the show to chat with fans, band members and others.

If you are a Philly area original artist or band contact me and i will play your music too. If you are already being played make sure you keep me up to date with live shows and other news.

You can listen to past shows at Mixcraft –  https://www.mixcloud.com/jayregan/

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Fight the Fear – A Random Discovery

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photo by Lindy Terrell

There are many expressions that relate to discovery, “even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes” or is it “blind nut finds a squirrel sometimes” whatever. So when I went to Connie’s Ric Rack one evening, a lot later than I expected to arrive, I was pleasantly surprised to “discover” the band playing the closing set that August 15th, 2014 evening was something special.

You’ve all have either been the closing act or have stayed long enough to see the closing act occasionally. It’s a tough spot, especially if you are from out-of-town. Usually the end of the night thins out and people are either tired or maybe a bit drunk. I was neither, maybe a bit tired, so I settled in with a fresh beer and watched the closing band.

In this case the band was Fight the Fear, a 4 (or is it 5)piece band from Connecticut playing, what I think, was there first Philly show. They attacked their set with professionalism, all the members were thoroughly engaged, and super, super tight. I noticed right away they had something special going on and soon after the room noticed the same thing. People who were merely hanging out or sitting at the bar and even those hanging out outside, slowly migrated to the front of the stage where Fight the Fear lured the crowd into their music. Head rocking, dancing, and cheering ensued!

The music is complex, yet hooky, and Gabrielle, the lead vocalist and keyboardist, ties everything together with poignant lyrics, awesome phrasing and melody and great keyboard work as well. Their bass player Andrew and drummer Jaco form a tight background that allows guitarist Alex and Gabrielle to weave in and out creating interesting texture and ambience.  The band later clarified that when they tour they bring along a second guitarist to help fill out the sound, so when I saw them they were a 5 piece.

One thing that really stood out for me was the clarity and pitch of Gabrielle’s voice, top-notch for a live performance. The other was the playing of bassist Andrew, who has serious chops. The instrumentation was not overbearing with each member controlling stage volumes so everything could be heard and appreciated.

The band has had a lot of local area success back home and has toured regionally. They expect a return to the Philly area sometime in November.

Please take a moment to check out their sites and don’t miss seeing Fight the Fear Live, one of the best live performances I have seen in a long time. Their 6 track CD, Antique Electric, is available at their website and I have featured tracks from the band on my Philly Area Independent Music Scene radio show on www.rockbandomradio.com (Tuesday evenings, 9:00 PM to 11 PM, EST)

http://www.fightthefearmusic.com

Gabrielle Laskhmi – Vocals and Keyboards
Alex Beaupre – Guitar
Andrew Ciarlelli – Bass
Jaco Lindito – Drums

Jiggley Jones – More than just an interesting name.

A few months back I first heard the name Jiggley Jones on an advert for a gig he was playing at Shady Katie’s , I thought to myself that’s an interesting name.  I really didn’t follow-up on his music at that time as I was in the process of final mixing of my CD, but promised I would get around to it. A few months passed and I was checking out the site Your Local Note (www.yourlocalnote.com) and I came across a vidcast  (video and broadcast interview) of Jiggley Jones discussing his new CD “a mountain, a struggle, a tunnel, a light” and I immediately felt a kinship for the way he approaches his music and his easy-going demeanor.

I contact jiggle to express my interest in reviewing his CD and he sent it out straight away. The CD includes 6 songs and is on the Lamon Records label. A word I kept hearing describing Jiggley’s sound is country, now that is a genre of music I really don’t have a great understanding of, but I do like a lot of artist who are considered country artists.

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In listing to Jiggley’s songs  I realized soon, that his songs didn’t fit in the same category as a song like “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy”, which is refreshing.  I really don’t think of this as country music, I think it can be label Americana as it is a mixture of many styles, rock, country, blue grass, folk, easy listening, all which I feel are styles of music Jiggley grew up on and appreciates.

I found the songs deep, meaningful and full of emotion, with well thought out lyrical content and highlighted by Jiggley’s strong vocals.  The production and instrumentation are top notch and the songs have recognizable hooks that leave impressions on the listener.

For me, the highlight of the CD was the song Look What I Found, I learned from Jiggley’s interview on Your Local Note that it is about his wife and I really liked the pace and feel of the track. I believe anyone who listens to the CD will find something they like and understand.

You can learn more about Jiggley Jones at his website www.jiggleyjones.com