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Band Of The Week: NVision

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Earlier this year I took a trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. While on an excursion out that way for some business, my biz partner and I wound up going to one of the popular spots out there to see a band and they really impressed us. The energy they were emitting that night was contagious as everyone in attendance was super into the band. Not to mention a few of their songs were super on the money. It left me and my friend quite interested in the band. Fast forward a few months and that band is really kicking ass in their area and making quite a name for themselves in the region. Allow me to introduce you to, NVision. These guys are a ferocious and energetic rock band that are kicking ass and taking names. Their most recent single “The End” is a banger. It’s deep lyrically and the music is catchy enough to stick in your head while at the same time promoting a positive message. Another of their songs that I really dig is “She Said.” This song is a deeply personal song about one of their friend. The story told in the lyrics are quite moving. The song even inspired the band to begin their own festival to help support victims of domestic violence and abuse. NVision is the type of band that is willing to take chances and experiment with their sound. When you listen to their other songs you can pick out bits of EDM, 00’s emo and even a tinge of hip hop in the rhythms. The honest approach to the lyrics are very relatable in that they explore feelings of loneliness, despair and depression while maintaining the positive hope of a brighter tomorrow. Currently, they are working on more music for their debut album. One other thing to note, NVision is the outlier in a scene that is heavily influenced by the early 00’s nu-metal/radio rock era. Having a band like NVision break out of that and really explore their sound is just what music needs. These guys are on the verge of breaking through their region. So take notice and play it loud!!!


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End Of Album Songs: The Doors

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A while back I was starting to compile a list of the best end of album songs. During this process I noticed how big the list was and it got a bit overwhelming. So, I thought I’d make this a category instead, that way you all can truly enjoy all the great songs in small doses rather than be bombarded by them all.

For the first one, I present to you all the great end of album songs by The Doors. They were true masters of making an “album” and knew just the right way to end it too. Every one of their albums had a great closing song.

 

The Doors- The End (from The Doors):

 

The Doors- When The Music’s Over (from Strange Days):

The Doors- Five To One (from Waiting For The Sun):

 

The Doors- The Soft Parade (from The Soft Parade):

 

The Doors- Maggie McGill (from Morrison Hotel):

 

The Doors- Riders On The Storm (from L.A. Woman):

 

Songs In Film: The Doors- The End in Apocalypse Now

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I’m a HUGE fan of The Doors. I get really excited when I hear them be it on the radio, TV, or movies. One of the best things about this topic is that, I get to show you how impactful certain songs are when used in the right way in a film. The Doors song “The End” is perfectly used in Apocalypse Now.

Enjoy!

 

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Album Anniversary: The Doors- The Doors

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The Doors, one of my all time favorite bands, have just celebrated quite the milestone. Their debut album has just turned 50. Yes, I just said 50 years old. That would be 50 years of influence, inspiration and legacy. Over the years, The Doors self titled debut has sold over 20 million copies, been ranked as number 42 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time personally I think it should have been higher), inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. They have also been credited as one of the pioneers of psychedelic rock. The album was recorded in 6 days at Sunset Sound studios in Hollywood with producer Paul Rothchild and engineer Bruce Botnick. Some interesting facts about the recording of the album is that the album was recorded on a four-track tape machine. The drums and bass (Larry Knechtel was brought in to add some extra “oomph” to the songs, as well as add another layer to Ray Manarek’s Fender Rhodes piano bass) on track one, guitar and organ on track two, vocals on track three, with the fourth being used for overdubs.

For me personally, The Doors first album is sacred to me. This was truly an “album.” Back in the 60’s and 70’s a lot of albums came with a bunch of filler songs, but there isn’t one ounce of filler on this album. The order of the songs beginning with “Break On Through (To The Other Side)” all the way to “The End” has a flow that breathes life into those listening. The “vibe” that the album puts out is astonishing. Jim Morrison’s words and voice strike a chord within, making you think and feel something deep in your consciousness. Robby Krieger’s style of guitar playing melded classical with jazz and rock. He perfectly complemented drummer John Densmore’s Latin and jazz feels. On a side note, I truly believe that John Densmore is one of the most underrated drummers of all time. And then there is Ray Manzarek who provided so many extra layers and melodies to The Doors’ songs.

The Doors will always be to me, one of the most important bands ever. Their legacy, mystique, ¬†willingness to explore music and evolve, and words, are the works of legends. Their catalog alone, though only six albums, is uncompromising. Even their out there¬†work on The Soft Parade and dabbles into more “pop” styled songs, can’t be shot down. The Doors were masters of their craft, instruments and words. There is a reason why their legacy will be everlasting.

So, let us all take a moment and celebrate a truly great band and album. Open your mind and take in the 44 minutes and 48 seconds of greatness that is The Doors first album.

 

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