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Monday, January 19, 2015


Paying tribute to the passing of Peter Alex Lust, onetime front-man, lead guitarist and vocalist of popular Los Angeles rock band The Feisty Piranhas, Alex's dad, Peter Lust, is overseeing the posthumous release of two DVDs ("Feisty Piranhas - The PIRANHA Experience" (and) "Feisty Piranhas  - Live In Lasers") and one album ("Evil Monkey") dedicated to the lasting memory of the younger Lust (Street Date: January 15, 2015).

The DVDs will contain ten bonus documentaries approximately three-ten minutes in length about Peter Alex Lust's life and performances before he passed.

Both the DVDs and CD will be available for sale at 100% of the proceeds will go to Peter Alex Lust's foundation, The Music Foundation For The Memory  of Peter Alex Lust III. The new album was mastered at the famed Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, California.



There’s no misnomer here, as the Feisty Piranhas lived up to their name in the music, stage presence, and personality.

A pop punk, rock, and reggae band hailing from Ventura County, California, Feisty Piranhas brought a vivacious and spunky energy to the music scene, both on stage and off.

Started by father/son drummer and guitarist duo Peter Lust, Jr. and Peter Alex Lust III in 2002, the band made quite a splash, winning numerous recognitions and awards –  “Showcase Artist of the Year” at the 20th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards, with Peter Lust also nabbing the LAMA's "Rock Drummer of the Year". They were selected a “Top 100 Unsigned/Independent Artist for 2008” by respected national trade publication, MUSIC CONNECTION, in their year-end December issue.

The high-energy band brought a hard, loud, and fast sound to the stage, favorably compared to groups as diverse as Green Day and NOFX, Rush, and even Pink Floyd. It's no wonder that the Feisty Piranhas were invited to play at world-renowned venues and opened for big name acts like punk stalwarts The Misfits and Dragonforce, as well as seminal rockers Blue Oyster Cult and The Tubes.


VENTURA COUNTY REPORTER - “Feisty Piranhas are led on vocals and guitar by 24-year-old Peter Alexander Lust III and backed up by his father, Peter Lust (“Pops”), a spacecraft consultant by day and punk rock drummer by night. The show should make for an interesting audience mix as the more mature B.O.C. fans mingle with some feisty pop punkers in the pit.”                                

ROCKWIRED MAGAZINE - “Dark, moody, Socal punk/pop with unexpected flourishes."

VENTURA COUNTY STAR - “They bring so much energy...the band’s mix of blues-punk-hard rock guitar, progressive rock drumming, emotional vocals, and razor sharp clarinet harmonies creates a new breed of songs that are catchy but also have true emotion and musical attitude that are supported by Peter Alex’s lyrics".

ALL ACCESS MAGAZINE - "Feisty Piranhas have a very melodic but in-your-face sound that mixes punk, reggae, ska, and pop punk…at The Key Club the band were able to play to the crowd’s needs and gained new fans with their Sublime-ish/reggae-ish tone of music. Even the hard rockers were clapping to the band's groove, finishing it off with a solid cover of Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” 

WEST HOLLYWOOD PATCH - “The Feisty Piranhas came down from Ventura County to spread the concept of community and integrity throughout the independent music scene as well as to properly rock out an eight‐song set…the band put on a valiant display, serving as the perfect appetizer for FEAR's eight‐course beating.”

If he could speak from Heaven, the young Lust - a mere 24 when he unexpectedly passed away in January 2014 - might now be saying, "I come down to you though my father. Thank you for thinking of me.

I am alive in a different place and I am watching down on all of you. Keep your wills high, I am an angel now. An angel that is keeping over all of my friends and those who care and think of the spirit I left behind.

Do not for a second believe that nothing is here, it is bustling with sprints and Angels that care for all of you on what we call earth. God does bless you". 


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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Paiste Cymbals to Debut New Lines at 2015 NAMM Convention

Featuring Designs Inspired By Legends in The Music World

Unlimited Noise for Limited Budgets

The renowned Swiss cymbal maker Paiste announces the launch of the new PSTX. Trashy effect sounds to complement the classic cymbal type, crash, ride and hi-hat in the set are very much the trend. Paiste now goes a step further and introduces the PSTX, a complete collection of extremely affordable effect cymbals.

The core of the PSTX is made up of the Swiss models, cymbals that achieve a noisy, dirty, trashy sound quality by the use of specific layouts and varied sizes for the holes. Their silky surface distinguishes the cymbals visually. The aluminum Pure Bells stand out due to their distinct character and concept. The 14", 16" and 18" Swiss Thin Crashes provide exotic, warm, deep crash sounds. They are immediately responsive and fade just as quickly. Drummers who look for more aggressiveness and volume will find the 18" Swiss Medium Crash a perfect choice.

The 10" Swiss Splash produces very light, airy accents. The 14" Swiss Flanger Crash responds just as fast. Due to its low tension construction it features an explosive flanging and undulating sound that stands out uniquely. Both cymbals are well-suited for hand playing. It gets really exciting when you combine two PSTX cymbals from different alloys. The 10", 14" and 16" Swiss Hats are striking rhythm instruments with a dry, noisy sound that evokes the hi-hat sounds of analog drum machines.

With the 14" Swiss Flanger Stack both cymbals are mounted with the bells facing up. Depending on how much the pair is tightened on the stand, the sustain changes from a hi-hat like dry to shattering crash effects. In the manufacture of the 9" and 10" Pure Bells Paiste uses aluminum for the first time. These bells distinguish themselves through their warm, calm and pure sound.

PSTX are made from 2002 bronze, brass and aluminum in Switzerland using modern, innovative methods.


Dave Lombardo rules in Metal

2The renowned cymbal maker Paiste announces the launch of the new 22" RUDE Power Ride The Reign.

Dave Lombardo is the pioneer of speed metal drumming. In the beginning of the 80s he massively raised the bar for speed and aggressiveness with Slayer. The album Reign In Blood attained cult status, also thanks to Dave’s legendary double bass drumming. Since back then Lombardo swears by the RUDE cymbals.

This year Paiste celebrates the 35th anniversary of the series that defines the sound of punk and metal until today. To commemorate the anniversary Paiste collaborated with Dave Lombardo to create the 22" RUDE Power Ride The Reign. It’s based on the original cymbal which can be heard on Reign In Blood.

This extremely heavy ride cymbal features a cutting, metallic ping; always clear even in extreme volume situations. Its vitality supports Lombardo’s preference for dynamic, agile playing. The large bell leaves nothing to be desired in terms of aggressiveness and fullness.

The raw look of the non-lathed 22" RUDE Power Ride «The Reign» is a classic and underlines the lusty, brute power of the cymbal. The groove on the bell provides a shot of extra depth.

RUDEs are entirely made by hand in Switzerland from the original CuSn8 bronze using traditional methods that have remained unchanged in over half a century.


Tight and Crisp

3The renowned cymbal maker Paiste announces the launch of the new 12" Signature Combo Crisp Hi-Hat The Rhythmatist.

Stewart Copeland achieved international fame as member of British New Wave icon

The Police. On one hand, chart hits like Roxanne, So Lonely or Every Breath You Take delighted the fans.

On the other hand, Copeland’s unorthodox style of accompanying these songs influenced generations of drummers. At present he works as composer of sound tracks, ballet, opera and orchestral music.

Stewart Copeland teamed up with Paiste Sound Development to design a dynamic hi-hat small enough for fine articulation, yet crisp enough to cut through at all volume levels. The result is the 12" Signature Combo Crisp Hi-Hat The Rhythmatist.

Paiste uses different alloys for the top and bottom cymbals. The CuSn20 Bronze top is responsible for warmth and fullness, while the Signature Bronze bottom provides brilliance and precision. Played closed the hi-hat produces a rather dry, crisp sound. The chick sound is full and razor-sharp. Thus the Compo Crisp Hi-Hat is well suited for drummers who want to emulate Stewart’s subtle, nuanced style, or as a powerful auxiliary hi-hat.

Signatures are entirely made by hand from the originally used Signature bronze in Switzerland using traditional methods that have remained unchanged in over half a century.


The Logical Extension of a Classic

5The renowned cymbal maker Paiste announces the launch of the new 22" Formula 602 Medium Ride.

The Formula 602 Medium Ride epitomizes the easy to control, pure, all-purpose ride cymbal. Designed in the middle of the last century, it still sets standards with its high-class workmanship and classic look. Clinic virtuoso Gergo Borlai, Berklee professor Henrique De Almeida and last but not least drum genius Vinnie Colaiuta already use either the 20" or 24" version of this cymbal on tour and in the studio.

The new 22" Formula 602 Medium Ride extends the assortment of Formula 602 - Classic Sounds to 13 models. It shines through its perfect balance of a smooth, sparkling ping and a full, rich wash as well as a clear, yet unobtrusive bell sound.

Thanks to the new choice of Medium Rides in 20", 22" and 24" drummers now have a finer gradation available with regard to depth, pitch and volume to individually implement their personal sound.

Formula 602s are entirely made by hand from the originally used CuSn20 bronze in Switzerland using traditional methods that have remained unchanged in over half a century.


From Aggressive to Captivating

4The renowned cymbal maker Paiste announces the launch of the new 10" 2002 Mega Bell.

Paiste’s 2002 series made rock history … and keeps on going. The 10" 2002 Mega Bell adds a piercing, heavy bell sound with tremendous sustain to rock drummers’ setups, which is impossible to ignore even in loud situations.

Its sound character is bright, yet warm. Played with the shoulder of the drumstick an extremely powerful, woody attack dominates, flowing into a strong, slightly glimmering tone that fades very slowly.

Like the legendary 2002 cymbals, the 10" 2002 Mega Bell is also well-suited for other styles. Percussionists and musical experimenters will discover extraordinary, captivating sounds, depending on where you hit the bell or when played with various mallets.

2002s are entirely made by hand in Switzerland from the original CuSn8 bronze using traditional methods that have remained unchanged in over half a century

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015




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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Eddie Vedder Flies Solo at the Santa Barbara Bowl

*Due to technical Issues, This Article was removed from the server, we have recovered this Story for republication


Concert Review and Photographs by Jessica Martinez

It's was a beautiful summer evening at the Santa Barbara Bowl, Eddie Vedder, front man for Pearl Jam would be performing for his fans at a sold out show at one of Santa Barbara’s most popular venues to support his most recent solo album Ukulele Songs . The sun was up with clear skies and a slight breeze that made for a perfect day at this open air amphitheater. When I arrived at the bowl, some fans were gathered at the plaza, socializing, lounging and making merry, while others took their seats awaiting the start of the evening’s performances.

As the opening performer, Glen Hansard took the stage; fans flocked from the terrace to the theater. Hansard, who's is well known for his Academy and Critics Choice Awards song, “Falling Slowly”, from the Once Soundtrack, followed up this hit with other originals "Leave" and "Low Rising". Glen then surprised the audience with his cover of Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks." Throughout these songs, Hansard belted a range of vocal notes which sounded amazing to hear live. Hansard finished his set and left the stage to a standing ovation; fans stood up and applauded with much appreciation.

During the preparation of equipment for Eddie Vedder, fans headed back to the plaza for drinks and other accommodations. It seemed the longer the wait, the more excited some fans became. Sporadic burst of laughter occurred throughout the crowd while socializing at the plaza which clearly indicated they were having a great time. It was about 8:00 pm, with the sun still lighting up the skies, when Eddie Vedder took the stage. He was greeted with a standing and a roaring crowd. With Ukulele in hand, Eddie Vedder began with "Can't Keep," from his solo album titled, Ukulele Songs. After performing the opening song, in a bantering way, Vedder says, "Feel free to buy me a Drink”, fans were very quick to oblige.

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He continued to play songs from his solo album, and then played some Pearl Jam favorites, “Wish list", "Unthought Known", "Parting Ways" and "Off he goes". As Eddie switched to an acoustic guitar for the fifth song, he says, "Everybody get comfortable. We're going to be here for a while."


Eddie continued to play for the next couple of hours, he performed some cover songs, such as "Hurt," by Nine Inch Nails, Redemption Song," by Bob Marley," "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away," by the Beatles, and Needle and the Damage Done," by Neil Young.The concert ended with duets from Vedder and Hansard which included "Falling slowly," and "Dream a Little Dream of me”.

The combination of both their vocals was a perfect end to this event.


Friday, January 9, 2015




10401412_10152312878481994_4784302502635770439_nOn February 27th, electronic music pioneer Howard Jones will have the United States premiere of his brand new multi-media project, ENGAGE, at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles.

Entirely fan-funded by PledgeMusic, ENGAGE is his most ambitious work to date, incorporating specially-commissioned visuals with music and an interactive live show.

ENGAGE is inspired by such diverse musical genres as electronica, contemporary classical and pop, fusing this audio mélange with other visual and literary arts such as ballet, modern dance and philosophy. The audience is invited to participate via smart phone apps, customized clothing and fluorescent make-up. To check out the official trailer, please visit .

Howard Jones commented, "I didn't want to think of just another studio album or another live concert DVD, I wanted to liberate myself from conventional song structures. I wanted cinematic textures, big sub-bass moments, and dramatic coordinated visuals." ENGAGE will be released commercially as a DVD/CD package later this year.

10499582_10152294692766994_9194059217003162321_oTo purchase tickets for the Los Angeles premiere, visit .

The ENGAGE performance will be immediately followed by a greatest hits set.

Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene in 1983, with his very English songwriting and pioneering synthesizers. His first two albums HUMAN'S LIB and DREAM INTO ACTION were worldwide hits. HUMAN'S LIB reached #1 in 1984 in the UK and featured the hits "New Song," and "What Is Love?" In 1985, Jones then released the follow-up, DREAM INTO ACTION, which quickly became a Top Ten Platinum album in the United States and featured the smashes: "Things Can Only Get Better," "Life In One Day," "No One Is To Blame," and "Like To Get To Know You Well."

Howard Jones has sold over 8 million albums worldwide and continues to make new music and tour the world.

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