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Film

GRACE ROWE'S - THE SWEETENING

 

by Robert Speed


(L - R) Grace Rowe, Michael Jaworski 


Question, would you check out an alternative reality if you were a lonely woman?  Would it be the best or worst thing that could happen to you? 


Well, these are just some of the questions that the movie short, "The Sweetening,"  by director, writer, and actor Grace Rowe raises in this captivating short movie.


We start with a frustrated married mom of two who becomes a beta tester for a virtual reality program that facilitates romantic encounters.  At first the encounters seem safe but after awhile they become flirty and sexy. The next thing you know, what seems harmless develops into a wonderful alternative life. A life filled with a wonderful new partner who becomes the only one she truly wants in her life.  The woman soon finds what seemed to be ultimate joy has changed to a deep and personal despair with huge consequences


Rowe's short has garnered awards like: Winner Best Cinematography Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival 2016, Official Selection Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2016, and Official Selection Lady Filmmakers Beverly Hills 2016. 


Grace Rowe is an amazing talent and you should definitely keep an eye out for her work. According to her website, Rowe is developing a TV series that works around the themes in her short Sci-Fi movie. 


Also, stayed tuned for her next premiere short to be shown at selected Film Festivals, "Bag Of Worms". 


www.idylwildpictures.com


facebook.com/idylwildpictures.


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News From Australia 


BACHELOR GIRL RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE - 'SPEAK'      



It has been over 15 years since James and Tania have released an entire album. 

In mid 2017, James completed a four week trip to Stockholm to write and record with Tania. 

These sessions produced and outstanding album covering some moving musical ground.


This single,'Speak' deals with issues of unspoken anguish such as: sexual harassment, bullying, gender equality, and mental health.


Bachelor Girl's single encourages that a personal unburdening of a deeply hidden, unspoken pain will bring a healing process to both the individual and all of us in society.  


Check out their new video below (Copy link into your browser)


Distributed by Xelon Entertainment 

 

 

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/CXDDGEkt19Y
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Rock




 REMAIN, ONE OF THE BEST!


REMAIN, is a band from Denton,Texas. They take their name from its meaning; to persevere.

The band's new track Millennial Nation addresses real issues and challenges 
listeners to search for love of all man kind in their lyrics.

Described as being on a mission of truth and having powerful poetic rock that 
produces both lighthearted jams and anthem-like songs; this band is the real deal. 

REMAIN has also been picked up by Bongo Boy Records for their new track.

Welcome REMAIN. 

http://remainrocks.com

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Rock

WHITESNAKE - FLESH AND BLOOD

by Robert Speed
     

Those who have been waiting for a new WHITESNAKE Album, shall wait no longer. The rock legends have returned with their latest studio album, "Fire and Blood". Is it good you may ask? Yes, indeed, you will rock and roll to your hearts content. 


The band has added a few new members that have circled around the WHITESNAKE camp in the past years. The current line up consists of Reb Beach, Guitars; Joel Hoekstra, Guitars; Michael Devin, Bass; steadfast mainstay Tommy Aldridge, Drums; Michele Luppi, Keyboards; and of course David Coverdale, Vocals. 


There is no question that the current band carries on the tradition of David Coverdale's demanding power rock. The master songwriter and vocalist, David has always surrounded himself with the cream of the crop musicians and writers.  So, this group is no exception. 


WHITESNAKE after 40 plus years is still one of the leaders when it comes to rock and roll. 


"Flesh and Blood," will be released May 10, 2019.  


Frontiers Music s.r.l.


 

 

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Melodic Metal

CHAOS MAGIC FEAT. CATERINA NIX - FURYBORN


by Robert Speed


Chaos Magic is an album you will want to put in your rock collection. Quite, simply put it is a powerhouse of a CD filled with great songs, excellent production and serious rock musicians that know how to rock from A to Z. 


I had not heard of the project but no matter, there is power coming from my speakers when you cue this one up. 


The lead singer is a Chilean vocalist named Caterina Nix. A lady will amazing rock vocals. She certainly makes you want to listen to all the songs over and over again. The album is a collaboration between Chilean vocalist Caterina and fellow Chilean producer, singer, and musician Nasson. Together, they have created an absolute gem of an album.  


There are also great duets with Caterina, such as: Tom Englund (Evergrey) on the title track and Ailyn (Ex- Sirenia) on "Bravely Beautiful", to name a few.  


The bands line up includes: Caterina Nix (Vocals), Nasson (Guitars, vocals, piano, programming, acoustic guitars and traditional bass), (Franco Lama (Programming), Carlos Hernandez (Drums) and Hermaunt Folatre (Bass). 


"Furyborn," is an outstanding album showing the wonderful and amazing talents of Caterina and her band.  


Go get this one!!!


Release Date: June 14, 2019 


Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l.   





 

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SynthPop


DARK ROUGE PARK, DEEP MUSIC

The music of Dark Rouge Park combines a classic electronic SynthPop sound with thought-provoking lyrics and unique vocal styling. The lyrics focus on the reality and sadness in life while promoting survival and coping.

 Parallel World addresses topics you dont always hear discussed in other music, and they do so in such a deep, meaningful way, describes one fan after hearing the album. The music stays with you long after the songs are over.

Even though, Dark Rouge Park formed in 2012, the band members have been on stage for 20+ years individually.

Thomas Sathmari's first work, called Space Project was released in the early 90's, followed by the second album, called "Space Project II". 

Thomas was a member of another band, called "Car Wreckers", and in the 2000's he was the songwriter, producer and keyboardist a special group, called MOTIVA. 


This band plays classical Hungarian Folk songs, but the music is electronic/synthpop while the feeling and the overall voice follows the traditional Hungarian Folk.

Janos Karsky started his musician career as a Club DJ in various places, followed by a 2 year Radio DJ era. He started to work on the earlier song's of Dark Rouge Park alone as a solo musician. He wrote instrumental songs under name Dark Light Shadow. 

Edina Simon, the front person and the singer of the band has a very long musician and on-stage experience. She worked together with a lots of popular European and Hungarian bands as background vocalist, including a well known Eurodance group, called Groovehouse, and a Pink Floyd tribute band, called "Keep Floyding". 

Dark Rouge Park finally formed in 2012, when Thomas and Janos started to work together. Edina finally joined to the group in 2013 and they soon finished their first song, called Let Me Go.

Now, the group has a video playing on over 60 TV Stations in the U.S. called, "Cyber Date." The screenplay was written by Chris Cunningham who made Madonna's video, "Frozen." The band is also part of Bongo Boy Records out of New Jersey.


http://www.darkrougepark.net/videos/

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FEATURE

Bachelor Girl's Tania Doko 



Bachelor Girl was an Australian pop band, formed in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 1992 that consisted of singer/songwriter Tania Doko and writer/instrumentalist James Roche.

The band formed in 1992 when songwriter and record producer James Roche met vocalist Tania Doko. Roche was creating a demo tape of a song he wrote for an Australian girl group, Girlfriend, and when his original singer canceled, he recruited Doko. The duo began writing and recording and started and put together a demo CD and performed several Melbourne showcases looking for a record deal and found a deal with Gotham Records in 1997, after Sony rejected them.

In 1998 Bachelor Girl's debut single, "Buses and Trains," was not only an Australian smash but an International hit as well. The song-writing chemistry between Tania and James was explosive and their double platinum-selling debut, "Waiting For The Day" won them the 1998 ARIA for Best Producer. In 1999, with 4 ARIA Award nominations and the APRA Award for Song of The Year & PPCA most played song on Australian radio (Buses & Trains), Bachelor Girl rode high on the airwaves and the charts as their debut release spawned five smash hit singles including "Buses and Trains," "Treat Me Good" and the anthemic Australian classic "Permission To Shine".

Bachelor Girl's second album was called Dysfunctional (2002). A release which would include the featured hits "I'm Just a Girl" & "Drowning Not Waving".

The band split in 2003 after the release of their second album proved less successful. A third album was recorded, though not released (A track from that album is available on Tania Doko's EP "To Whom it May Concern").

In 2004 Tania was asked to participate in a judge/mentor role on Channel 7's "Popstars" the Australian Idol. Later in 2006 the artist's singing/acting talents landed her a role in "SERIOUSLY, the Pet Shop Boys Reinterpreted," a production that would take her to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her performances there garnered the artist rave reviews and endorsements from many people including the Pet Shop Boys themselves.

 

Constantly writing, recording, and performing Tania put together a new album and a new electro rock band called SHE SAID YES (SSY). Securing the support for the Darren Hayes national tour October 2007, SHE SAID YES released their critically acclaimed debut independent EP to coincide with the tour.

 

Tania produced an acoustic EP in 2008, which consisted of past hit Bachelor Girl releases and current SSY tunes unplugged. The acoustic installment was released to coincide with the highly successful 2008 national tour "Let's Get Together". A tour which included Tania, Jon Stevens, Ian Moss and Jack Jones aka Irwin Thomas.

 

The first part of 2009 found Tania and DJ Darren Glen collaborating and completing the track "Curious". Tania's powerful vocals can also be heard as she performs with The Veronicas on the single, "Don't Say Goodbye" (Featuring Tania Doko).

 

Currently, Tania is still busy working on music and new projects.  She is certainly one of my favorite vocalists.

 

http://www.myspace.com/taniadoko

 

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News

 

THE INNOCENT BYSTANDERS- ATTRACTIVE NUISANCE

 

by Robert Speed

(L-R) Steve S, Donny S, Steve B, Jessica L, Ben N, Kaimi W, Kath R.


If you get a chance to check out the band,"The Innocent Bystanders," please do. The group has a certain fun and musical familiarity which strikes one as refreshing. The music is a mix of saxophone ala 60's Stax sound, a little Ska, a smidgen of Springsteen and even a little Fleetwood Mac. 


Members include: Steve Semeraro (6 & 12 string electric guitars), Donny Samporna (Bass), Steve Berenson (Drums), Jessica La Fave (Sax),  Ben Nieberg (Vox & Acoustic Guitar), Kaimi Wenger (Keys) and Kath Rogers (Vox). 


The San Diego band first released a 4- song EP last year called, "Attractive Nuisance," which basically introduced the group. My favorites tunes from the release is "Working Man's Daughter," and "Highways". In the case of "Working Man's Daughter," I think this song has some real potential to do something on the airwaves. 


The group is also working on a second record who's working title is  called, "Jingle House". 


Attractive Nuisance




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RSP NEWS


Robert Speed Productions is very excited to announce their newest signed artist Jimy Graham; a wonderful guitarist and amazing talent. 

Stay tuned for new information about RSP's Remain and Dark Rouge Park also.


Tania Doko has been touring in Australia doing a few tour dates with famed Bachelor Girl.


Mami Horie is an artist with a CD, entitled "Again." This music is very and will take you back to the days of Frank, Dean, Sammy and Tony Bennett as well. 




Robert Speed is always interested in furthering great ideas for artists and music.The World Music Directory is such an idea. Founded by John Brooks, The World Music Directory, is a place where music lovers can discover new music. Artists and bands from any genre can list themselves in the directory. It is easy to do and takes less than 5 minutes.  




www.worldwidemusicdirectory.com


Remember visit RSP Retail and listen to Poleshift and Mami. 



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Theatre

NORTH COAST REP -  A WALK IN THE WOODS

by Robert Speed
Front (L-R) David Ellenstein and J. Todd Adams   
Photo courtesy: Aaron Rumley  

Lee Blessing's play, A WALK IN THE WOODS, is a very real and relevant drama for today. In the midst of the Cold War, a U.S. and Soviet arms negotiator agree to meet informally. Their revealing and absorbing conversations are laced with humor, which evolve through debate and discord, while exploring unexpected and uncharted territory.

This play gives the viewer much to think about and hopefully learn something along the way. 

In a time in which we are dealing with questions and answers we should all want to know the answers too, this is a production that is quite timely. 

The production is directed by Richard Baird. 

May 29th -  June 23rd, 2019 


North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, CA. 92075.  

858-481-1055 or www.northcoastrep.org 

 

 

 

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News 


ROBIN MCKELLE - MELODIC CANVAS    



Every once and awhile you hear an album that makes you just sit down and feel captured by emotion, art, and technique all at once. 


Melodic Canvas is that CD. Robin McKelle is the real deal and she delivers a powerful record. McKelle produced this new album with genius. She added just the right "acoustic' focus on percussion and other aspects as a true artist who knows art should. Her vocal abilities shine and I mean shine, she feels every word she sings, and we understand and feel what she shares with us. 


McKelle has something to say and it is something we truly need to hear. She tells us about social issues such as politics, faith, and more in a way we all can understand if we listen. Thank you for speaking the 'Truth'.   


Robin also surrounds herself on this album with some players which I need to mention as well. Shedrick Mitchell on piano and organ is outstanding. His gospel/ jazz / soul flavor is excellent. A man who knows how to take you to church and drop you in jazz keyboard bliss at the same time. Vicente Archer (bass) was tasty with soul and jazz flavors. Daniel Sadownick handled the percussion duties admirably, Chris Potter (saxophones) on two tracks added that special something every album needs. Plus, Marvin Sewell and Al Street played guitars on a few tracks which give this work that special guitar rhythm lift. 


Robin truly understands the importance of music as an art form and being an artist myself I do appreciate what that truly means. There is not one bad track on this CD.  


Go out and buy Melodic Canvas if you truly want to experience a great blending of all that is pure and real. 



Presently on tour.


Visit: http://robinmckelle.com


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NEWS

CALAMITY - FEMALE POWER HOUSE GROUP FROM SAN DIEGO!
CalAmity (L-R) Nisha Catron, Marcia Clare, Jules Whelpton (Chair), Cathryn Beeks, Kristen Cusato

The music scene in San Diego has always been a special one.  It is a place where up and coming musicians and talent just keep emerging. Along with this fact, most people know Cathryn Beeks is one of the most knowledgeable people in San Diego for pushing local talent. She hosts,The Listen Local Radio and Web Shows in town and boy are these programs worth hearing. 

Cathryn is not only great on the radio as a host, but shoots great videos, covers special event interviews for Indie film; and if that was not enough she's a wonderful musician too. So, for me, it is a great pleasure to see and hear her new musical group, "CAlAmity". 

What is CalAmity all about you might ask? Well, CalAmity is a female eclectic acoustic group from San Diego  The artists in the band are Cathryn Beeks, Nisha Catron, Marcia Clare, Jules Whelpton, and Kristen Cusato. Five talented ladies whom simply are at the top of their game from vocals to playing music while loving every minute.  

Go see these ladies as soon as possible because they are going places.

Visit: http://ListenLocalRadio.com/calamity
  


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Dine In Dine Out



HOME MADE SUGAR COOKIES -- DELICIOUS IN AN HOUR OR LESS




Have you ever had a craving for cookies but did not want slice and bake or store bought? 

 

Well I have found a solution and I would like to share it with you.  I looked through several recipes, added my own touches and came up with a delicious and fast way to make sugar cookies.    

 

Ingredients:

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

(I prefer the taste of real vanilla; however it is more expensive, imitation can be used too.)

2 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Sift flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; set aside.  Get out your little hand mixer and blend the sugar and vegetable oil in large mixing bowl until creamy, about 2 minutes.  Add the eggs and vanilla one at a time.  Add the sifted ingredients all at once. 


Grease your cookie sheet with butter or cooking spray. (I like the flavor of the butter myself.)    Using a teaspoon, form the dough (what's nice is you don't have to wait to chill this dough; you can start baking your cookies right away!)  into small balls by rolling in the palm of your hand.   Put about 1/2 cup of granulated sugar in a small bowl and roll the balls in the sugar; a few at a time.  Then place on cookie sheet.  For fun, dip a fork into the sugar, then mark the cookie with the fork. 


Bake for about 10 cookies so they are just lightly golden brown.  Let them cool a few minutes, then place on a cooling rack.  Makes about 5 dozen cookies. 


These cookies also make a great gift too! 

Enjoy!


 

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