Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Punk Rock Bingo Preview, SweetKenny Album Updates, And New Videos!!

News has been somewhat slow lately, hence the recent quietness at the SMS, but let's end the month strong with this one! Today, we have some new video finds, and big album updates from a regional solo artist, but first, here's a preview for a special event that, while not a concert, is intriguing for punk fans, so here's what you should know!

The long anticipated debut of punk rock bingo goes down TONIGHT at The New American Pub!  Presented by Six Two Oh, this is a concept that has been done successfully in some other cities, and it's exactly what it says on the tin: Bingo with a punk rock theme and prizes! There are plans to show cult punk movies on the TV(s?) there tonight, as well as play punk music, with "stupid prizes" planned, but no one has spilled the beans yet on what specific prizes may be up for grabs. Destroilet singer and recent concert promoter Brenton Ellis (a.k.a. Buck Norris) will be the caller, which should be fun in & of itself! You guys should know how to play bingo, and to participate TONIGHT, cards will be $1 each, with no cover charge otherwise. This is a 19+ event, and everything will start at 9:00 PM. For more details, visit the official Facebook event page! Though not a concert, this sounds like a fun & unpredictable event for punk and/or bingo fans, so get your dabbers ready TONIGHT at The New A, and hopefully this becomes a recurring event!

Next up, here's the latest from Dafter, Michigan hard rock solo artist Kenneth "SweetKenny" Sutton's prolific studio output, so what should you know? His previously teased new album "Charlie Hidelburg: Ancient Hunter" was released a little earlier than expected on August 21st (apologies for the delay) to his Bandcamp page and other online outlets, and it's a concept album themed as a score for a TV show or video game, with the cover art bearing a resemblance to Tomb Raider. Though new references cite "Cartoons" to be his fourth original album released in 2015, there are three more new albums that aren't on Bandcamp that you can stream on Spotify and find on various online stores (most notably on Google Play) entitled "In The Groove", "The Island", and "The Specialist Parts 1-2". All were released since mid-August, and three more albums (entitled "Anything Go's", "Underwater Adventure", and "Desert Romance") are planned for release next month and are now available for pre-order.

Other than visible themes on the albums (possibly intended as scores as well), we don't know a whole lot on this sudden influx of new SweetKenny albums, which he hasn't plugged on his website or Bandcamp page that I've seen. Are these extra albums not considered in the main line, or is extra acknowledgement of them coming? In any event, our next SweetKenny CD review won't be until 2016, as we just reviewed "Fleabag Hotel" in July, but check this massive haul of new material out above, and here's his newest posting to his YouTube channel, of his new song "Kiss Kiss Bang" set to footage from the video game James Bond 007: Nightfire!

Also, here's one more new video discovery from AlgomA guitarist Boyd Rendell's YouTube channel, and in this case, it's actually of the doom metal trio in action! Uploaded on April 2nd, this is of AlgomA playing their original song "Phthisis" (which is about tuberculosis) during their last jam at "Das Bunker" in Garden River before Boyd moved from the location. Though he noted that the video was fuzzy due to "half resolution", it's of solid quality and captures this shorter but crushing newer original in solid fashion! Give it a look below, and remember to check out punk rock bingo TONIGHT, as put on by the guys in AlgomA with Six Two Oh!

Finally for today, here's a new video of Ten Kings guitarist Joe Jenkins improvising to a Joe Satriani-esque backing track, as uploaded to his YouTube channel yesterday! His first posting there of the year, it's a strong instrumental performance that captures his original skill nicely, and if you're curious to see more of his own solo videos, don't worry, we have a ton more coming from a non-YouTube source in the coming days! Give Joe's new video a look below, and also stay tuned for news on Ten Kings' next shows!

That's all for today, but stay tuned for weekend concert previews tomorrow! Thanks everyone!

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