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Published: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:30:00 GMT

Last Build Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2018 20:00:00 GMT

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The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 20:00:00 GMT

Another wonderful week. Jim Comey's book hits the shelves on Tuesday and boy is Trump pissed. Syria rumbles on, how this will end, no-one knows. The FBI raids Trumps lawyer, Cohen.


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2018/04/15/the-news-in-review--barrett-and-guests.mp3




The Week In Reviews - Michael Kollwitz

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:00:00 GMT

Michael Kollwitz has just released Serenety II, a very soothing and relaxing work. Big deal, I hear you say. The world is awash in New Age music, why would this album be any different ? The answer is the instrument, how many people can you name that play the Chapman Stick? I hope that you can join us on what I am sure will be an exciting ride.


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2018/04/12/the-week-in-reviews--michael-kollwitz.mp3




The Week In Reviews - Shawn Phillips

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 21:00:00 GMT

Shawn Phillips, one of music’s most daring, influential and enigmatic figures, has an announced the release of his new album, Continuance, via Tunecore Distribution. The record – Phillips’ 26th solo effort – sees the genre-bending singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist, who was once described by Bill Graham as “the best-kept secret in the music business,” mixing hard rock, blues, funk, jazz, classical and New Age into an enthralling, singular style of expression. “I didn’t set out to create this album for people who want some background music while they’re having dinner,” says Phillips. “And it’s not something to be sampled piecemeal. I wanted to make a complete experience, a record that takes you on a journey both musically and lyrically. That’s all I’ve ever done.”


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2018/04/11/the-week-in-reviews--shawn-phillips.mp3




The Week In Reviews - David Fitzpatrick

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 20:00:00 GMT

Guitarist/Songwriter David Fitzpatrick who has led Milwaukee’s Dave Fitzpatrick Band for decades will release his first major solo work entitled “Parachutes in Hurricanes” on Daystorm Music. Known for his production résumé, musician/engineer/producer Gary Tanin (Jack Spann, Sam Llanas, Roger Powell, Daryl Stuermer) was recruited to collaborate on Fitzpatrick’s solo opus due to arrive April 27th.    Nearly three years in the making, many musicians provided their artistry along with core members of David’s band. Fitzpatrick and Tanin spent countless session hours crafting the melodies and arrangements that resulted in the compositions on the album. “It was an extensive undertaking that could only have been steered by this songwriter’s single-minded passion for perfection,” explains producer Gary Tanin, “It took David's uncompromising excellence, courage, persistence, and dedication to the art form. I'm extremely proud of our achievement.”


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2018/04/10/the-week-in-reviews--david-fitzpatrick.mp3




The Week In Reviews - Richard Dillon - Terra Incognito

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 19:00:00 GMT

There are pianists and there are composers, and then there is Richard Dillon! His latest work is Terra Incognito and it is a veritable aural feast. A short quote from the review: The label New Age always disturbs me, I prefer the term ‘neo clasical’.  Billed as New Age, Richard Dillon is anything but! Thee is no Yoga or time for meditation with Terra Incognito: The Space Between is an album that you cannot ignore. The tempo bounces around and I love it. I was certain that I was in for a treat from the first track Whalesong Redux I will be playing  some tracks from the album, you won't want to miss this episode


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2018/04/09/the-week-in-reviews--richard-dillon--terra-incognito.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 20:00:00 GMT

Our weekly look at what is going on at home and abroad. The revolving door at the whitehouse shows no sign of slowing down. Predictions are that Scot Pruit may be the next victim of Trumps Grim Reaper. McConnel and Ryan are worried about a blue wave in November. Are Fox and Friends on the Whitehouse payroll? F&F say something dumb and minutes later Trump tweets it as his new policy.


Media Files:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2018/04/08/the-news-in-review--barrett-and-guests.mp3




The News In Reviews - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 20:00:00 GMT

The speed of the revolving door at the Whitehouse has picked up speedpeople are now leaving before they even enter. The March For Life saw participation in every state and more than 800 events were held. But will this spur Congress into action? I havs my doubts. Trumps travails with ladies continues, but I doubt it will shake his base. Even the good evangilicals seem unphased at his actions.


Media Files:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2018/03/25/the-news-in-reviews--barrett-and-guests.mp3




The Week In Reviews - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:00:00 GMT

Is it just a 'stormy in a teacup'? This week has seen the Stormy story take off in new and possibly dangerous directions for Trump. FBI's McCabe got his marching orders 2 days before he was due to retire, fair or spitefull? Tillerson fired on Twitter, now that is a new one. GOP loses PA 18, is this a wake up call for the mid-terns?


Media Files:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2018/03/18/the-week-in-reviews--barrett-and-guests.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 20:00:00 GMT

It was without doubt a classic Trumpian week. Sam Nunberg got the week started, he was magnificent in his stupidity. The annoucement of Tarrifs on steel and aluminum have gone down like a lead balloon with everyone with an IQ bigger that their hat size.


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2018/03/11/the-news-in-review--barrett-and-guests.mp3




The Week in Reviews - George St Clair

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 20:00:00 GMT

Part western balladeer, part borderland chronicler, songwriter GEORGE ST. CLAIR is a master of conjuring feelings and images of lives past and present. Growing up on the high plains of Texas put George in touch with the vastness of the American West, and his songs evoke the dry deserts, rolling grasslands, and high mountains of his West Texas homeland. Living for the past several years in the UK has given him a renewed perspective on the land where he grew up, and these reflections take shape on his new album BALLADS OF CAPTIVITY AND FREEDOM. Although George is based in Europe, the album was recorded at Bird and Egg Studios in Richmond, CA, mixed by Ben Bernstein at Petting Zoo Studios in Oakland, and will release in stores and online worldwide March 2, 2018. I am looking forward to this interview. How many Country singers can you name that live in the UK and have a PhD in Anthropology?


Media Files:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2018/03/08/the-week-in-reviews--george-st-clair.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:00:00 GMT

Mass shooting by deranged man, Check Dems want gun control, Check Reps have no comment, Check NRA silent, Check Russia investigation, Trump claims proof of no collusion, Check New sex scandal involving Trump and a Playboy Playmate, Check Melania opts to skip chopper ride to Air Force One, preferring some  alone time in the limo Check  


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2018/02/18/the-news-in-review--garrett-and-guests.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 21:00:00 GMT

Emotional support hamster Olympics and atom bombs Who has security clearances in the west wing? Aparrently 40 do not! That includes Jarred Kuschner. Elon Musk his rocket and Star Man Cape Town Day Zero


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2018/02/11/the-news-in-review--barrett-and-guests.mp3




An Inverview with Jon Durant

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 23:00:00 GMT

Following three acclaimed CDs with his group Burnt Belief, Jon Durant has returned with his first solo album since 2011's “Dance of the Shadow Planets.” Unlike his previous solo albums, however, “Parting Is” is a completely solo guitar album.    A deeply emotional and personal record, “Parting Is” takes the idea of a solo guitar album and transforms it into a stunning sonic landscape of texture and color. Many of the sounds on the album bear no relationship with traditional guitar, but there are no synthesizers employed at all. Everything is played by Jon Durant on guitars (with Durant also playing fretless bass on four pieces). 


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2018/02/08/an-inverview-with-jon-durant.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 21:00:00 GMT

Trump has a unique quality, it you mention him the oxygene has a tendency to get sucked our of the room.


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2018/02/04/the-news-in-review--barrett-and-guests.mp3




The Week in Reviews - Tautologic

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 20:00:00 GMT

Tautologic will release Re:Psychle, a CD of songs inspired by real-life Chicagoans. Beginning in early 2018, Re:Psychle will be available through the band's own label - Turtle Down Music (http://www.turtledown.com) - and at Tautologic's live performances. The album will also be available as a download from Bandcamp, CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.   Based in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Tautologic bandleader Ethan Sellers is an alumni of the University of Chicago. Written within blocks of the University and the Obama mansion, Sellers' songs for Re:Psychle document people he has met around the Chicago area.   Addiction and mental illness color many of their stories, and the lyrics open up windows on a host of topics - veterans' issues, tension between religious belief and a secular society, addiction, conspiracy theories, materialism, mental health, celebrity culture, and the need for re-connection with nature.  


Media Files:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2018/02/01/the-week-in-reviews--tautologic.mp3




The Week in Reviews - Deborah Offenhauser

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 20:00:00 GMT

Pianist and composer Deborah Offenhauser began taking piano lessons when she was five years old, though she had been playing for some time before then—begging her brothers to teach her everything they knew. After a visiting piano teacher mistook her piano playing for her older brother’s, she was promptly signed up for lessons and a lifelong love of music was born. She studied piano formally until she was fourteen, memorizing classical pieces for festivals and contests, and learning theory, scales, and chord progressions along the way. Her father ensured that she wouldn’t be too immersed in classicism, and she credits him for her exposure to more contemporary musical numbers . When Deborah’s piano teacher relocated, her formal lessons ended but her love for music continued unabated. While her older brothers had long left their childhood piano lessons in the past, she not only continued playing piano, but the classical organ, mandolin, 5-string banjo, guitar, and violin as well. She worked as an accompanist throughout high school and college, and after making connections with college faculty, she was asked to lecture at the University of Michigan. Her career as a music teacher had just begun. Deborah continued to play music during her teaching years, opening for bands from The Moody Blues to The Chordettes, playing at resorts, hotels, and casinos, and recording albums of original piano tunes blended with covers of favorite songs. With patience and perseverance, she was delighted when her efforts led to “Desperate Housewives”, “The Big Bang Theory”, and “Madam Secretary”—all hit television shows—using her songs in their programming. She also became a pianist for a number of touring Broadway shows and has seen her music distributed nationally via Barnes & Noble, and Borders Books & Music book stores. Her new CD Soundscapes is outstanding


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2018/01/25/the-week-in-reviews--deborah-offenhauser.mp3




The Week in Reviews - Bob Holz

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:00:00 GMT

Jazz-fusion composer and drummer Bob Holz will be releasing his third album “VISIONS: Coast to Coast Connection,” featuring  bass legend Stanley Clarke on February 23, 2018! “This collaboration with the jazz star and Return to Forever bassist/composer, Stanley Clarke involved the recording of new compositions I wrote taken from my roots in jazz, classical, blues and rock music,” says Holz. Joining Holz and Clarke is former Mahavishnu Orchestra bassist Ralphe Armstrong who currently plays in Holz's touring band, Bob Holz and A Vision Forward featuring Jamie Glaser and Ralphe Armstrong. “My compositions have plenty of room for interplay between both bass players,” adds Holz. Bob Holz is presently managed by Roy Holland Productions and is signed to MVD Entertainment Group. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWDKDTfM59Q


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The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 21:00:00 GMT

It has been a busy week in Trimpland. The release of Michael Wolff's book Fire  and Fury, has derailed whatever plans the Whitehouse had and instead has it in full damage control.


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2018/01/07/the-news-in-review--barrett-and-guests.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:00:00 GMT

Peace in the middle east? Roy Moore in the Senate? Government shutdown? Tax heaven, but for who?


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/12/10/the-news-in-review--barrett-and-guests.mp3




The Week in Reviews - Dave Kerzner

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 22:00:00 GMT

Dave Kerzner, co-founder of the progressive rock group Sound of Contact, has released his second solo album “Static” with a physical CD version available in mid-October. “Static”. The album is the follow up to his highly acclaimed debut album “New World”. Joining him are special guests Steve Hackett (Genesis), Durga McBroom (Pink Floyd), Nick D’Virgilio (Big Big Train), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) and more in addition to his core group consisting of guitarists Fernando Perdomo and Randy McStine, fellow SOC band mate Matt Dorsey and drummer Derek Cintron.   “Static” is a “progressive rock opera” about the clutter and chaos in modern everyday life. It boldly navigates through subjects ranging from noise in our heads of ego, jealousy, technological distractions, substance abuse and narcissism to profiling the hypocritical and corrupt characters in politics, media and society today.   


Media Files:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/11/30/the-week-in-reviews--dave-kerzner.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:00:00 GMT

Jeff Sessions – The man that can’t remember his birthday?. Well that’s how it seems. Roy Moore – Words fail me. Non of the options look good for the GOP and 2018. Al Franken – Should he resign That dang tax bill – Good thing or bad thing. Tax cuts for business permanent but expire for individuals. Is the repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate going to be the poison pill Dems start impeachment proceedings – But would a president Pence be any better? Asia tour a success – Trump managed to not start WWIII. Today is International Toilet Day - Why was Piglet staring down the toilet? He was looking for Pooh. Today, November 19th is Toilet Day. Urine for a treat. So what should we all do to celebrate? Spend a penny. Go to the jax, the john, the loo, the crapper, the lav, the WC. Use the facilities, the bathroom, the restroom, the washroom, the little girls’/boys’ room (if we’re going to be more decorous and euphemistic, using the name of the room so no one has to contemplate bodily functions). Take a pee, a slash, a leak, a widdle. Number one and number two. Go on, go on, go on. We prefer the loo or the toilet, the Brits like the lavatory, the French have the double-vee-cee, the Americans use the restroom.  


Media Files:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/11/19/the-news-in-review--barrett-and-guests.mp3




The Week in Reviews - Scott Fischer

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:00:00 GMT

The musical mind of native Chicagoan Scott Fischer has been described as a colorfully symphonic amusement park. Whether it's a song-length concept piece, a full album, a rock opera or something else entirely, big bright melodies and ambitious composition always take center stage. As a contributor to Zappacast (the official Frank Zappa podcast), a performer in The Rod Stewart Experience with the legendary Carmine Appice and now on his seventh album, it's no wonder this latest release is titled “Open 28 Hours”: Whatever you're expecting from Fischer's Flicker, you're going to end up with more.   “Open 28 Hours” revisits the humor and camp of Fischer's previous musical bodies of work, and also maintains a musically mature songwriting style and Fischer's signature elastic vocals. Part prog, part power pop, part funk, part piano magic, part 80's extravagance and all at once endlessly intriguing, “Open 28 Hours” plays like a diverse mixtape from another planet. Diversity is not only this band's strong suit, but its card to play in an industry where singular genres seemingly come hardwired in these days. Instead, Fischer's Flicker has something for everyone without kowtowing to trends or passing whims. Good songs are universal, and this is a record that's full of them.


Media Files:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/11/18/the-week-in-reviews--scott-fischer.mp3




The Week in Reviews - Arnie "Tokyo" Rosenthal

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:00:00 GMT

Tokyo Rosenthal has just released a wonderful book Our Last Seder. It is a great read. I will be sitting down with the author to ask him about the book, and I am sure there will be some musc involved.


Media Files:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/11/14/the-week-in-reviews--arnie-tokyo-rosenthal.mp3




The News In Reviews - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 21:00:00 GMT

Here are my program notes Roy Moore – Should he stay or go? Trump and Putin – Does Trump believe him or not? Tuesday blowout – A prelude to the midterms? Tax plan – will it pass? Obamacare – where is the repeal and replace? Puerto Rico – are they getting as much help as FL and TX Texas church mass killing – NRA keeping very quiet, why?


Media Files:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/11/12/the-news-in-reviews--barrett-and-guests.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 21:00:00 GMT

Just 37 percent of Americans approve of his job performance in the latest ABC News/Washington Poll poll. His net approval rating of negative 22 percentage points is the lowest for any president at nine months in office in polling dating to 1946; except for Gerald Ford, no other president had a net negative at this point in his presidency. Moreover, 65 percent of Americans say Trump has accomplished either “not much” or “little to nothing” as president, up from 56 percent after his first 100 days. For a president who constantly says he is accomplishing things at unprecedented pace, only 35 percent of respondents agreed that he is keeping his major campaign promises.


Media Files:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/11/05/the-news-in-review--barrett-and-guests.mp3




The Week In Reviews - Michael Tracy

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 21:00:00 GMT

MICHAEL TRACY combines straightforward American Rock and Roll with poignant lyrical themes, reminiscent of Rock Singer/Songwriter idols like Tom Petty, Bob Seger, John Mellencamp, and Bruce Springsteen. He has released four studio albums, and together with his band has shared the stage with Bon Jovi (garnering him a featured article in Billboard Magazine), Poison, George Thorogood, Styx, Foreigner, Don Felder, Jefferson Starship, Dokken, and Zach Myers (Shinedown). MICHAEL TRACY will release his new album STILL GOT SOUL in stores and online November 17, 2017. This latest effort is his most ambitious yet, representing an artist who has clearly found his voice and a "lane" to call his own. His previous label experiences not being a perfect fit, MICHAEL TRACY was inspired to start his own independent label, TW Music Group, to support his new release, and set out to find the right producer that could capture the sound and style he had spent years cultivating, but had yet to realize on a record. In late 2015 Michael would find what he was looking for with Los Angeles producers Bob Marlette (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alice Cooper) and Sahaj Ticotin (Ra). He traveled to LA and recorded three songs with them that would appear on his early-2016 release Love And Worries, a short collection of previously unreleased material. From those original sessions, a bond emerged between Michael and producer Sahaj Ticotin, and a shared belief that together they could create great records. They got together again in late 2016, co-writing an original Holiday tune that Michael had been working on called “Poinsettia Red.” 


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/11/02/the-week-in-reviews--michael-tracy.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 20:00:00 GMT

Trump and his elves spent the week causing distraction and confusion. In fact anything to avoid the friday evening annoucement that Mueller has sealed indictments that will likely be announced on Monday.


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/10/29/the-news-in-review--barrett-and-guests.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 20:00:00 GMT

It has been another stellar week in the 'train wreck' euphamistically called the Presidency. He has pledged almost $500,000 to help his aides legal expenses with the Russia probe. The deaths in Niger has become a PR disaster for all involved.The stopping of subsidies to insurance companies will result in higher premiums and deductables.  


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/10/22/the-news-in-review--barrett-and-guests.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 20:00:00 GMT

Does trump actually have an agenda, or is it soley to undo everything Obama did? Obama care North Korea Bob Corker Iran Tillerson fucking moron comment Pence and the NFL, $240,000 bill Is trump trying to destroy the press  


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The News In Review - Barrett And Guests

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 20:00:00 GMT

What a week! it is hard to know where to start. Trump and the truth seem to be casual aquiantences at best.


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/10/08/the-news-in-review--barrett-and-guests.mp3




The Week in Reviews - Mark Vickness

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 22:00:00 GMT

After years as the driving instrumental force behind the guitar/vocal duo, Glass House, guitarist Mark Vickness releases his first solo CD inspired by experiences traveling throughout the US.   “Places” is a modern fingerstyle solo acoustic guitar CD featuring eight original compositions and an arrangement of the spiritual, “I Must Tell Jesus,” which Mark recorded in memoriam to the woman who raised him who died in 2015 at the age of 99.    Says Mark, “Although the music on this CD is inspired by places I have been, it's also about the personal journey of delving into modern fingerstyle guitar in writing and recording these pieces.”


Media Files:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/10/05/the-week-in-reviews--mark-vickness-1.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett and Guess

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 20:00:00 GMT

One thing is clear, with Trump in the whitehouse there is never a dull moment. Is it useful and constructive? Well that is unknown.


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/10/01/the-news-in-review--barrett-and-guess.mp3




The Week In Review - Acting Natural

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 21:00:00 GMT

ACTING NATURAL lead singer & guitarist Eric Carnevale, bass guitarist/vocalist James David Maney, and drummer/vocalist Jesse Leonard are fueled by a mutual interest in bringing back the authenticity of raw Rock & Roll music. Their new ACTING NATURAL EP is a stunning debut that proves they have aligned their unwavering dedication to creating quality music with a signature sound. The ACTING NATURAL EP will have a worldwide digital release on September 22, 2017, followed by a physical CD release on October 20, 2017. Coinciding with the digital release, ACTING NATURAL will be attending the iHeartMusic Festival on September 22 in Las Vegas, NV.


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/09/29/the-week-in-review--acting-natural.mp3




The Week In Reviews - OTIS

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:00:00 GMT

From the American South, Kentucky, comes a new group of southern blues rock champions, OTIS, who will be releasing their highly anticipated second album on Purple Pyramid Records on September 15th. Executive Produced by Grammy winnning Blues/Rock guitar great Paul Nelson, who is best known for his work with the late Johnny Winter, OTIS's “Eyes Of The Sun” takes blues rock to a higher level!   “If ever there were a band to fill the new top spot in the Jam Blues Rock scene and the void left by loss of groups like the Allman Brothers... 'OTIS' is it. This tight unit of talent from the back woods Kentucky has everything it takes to become one of music's next great classic Blues Rock Bands!”- Paul Nelson   The band has earned accolades from ZZ Top guitarist Billy F. Gibbons who hailed the band's “fine singing, sweet guitar tones...all around enjoyable listening!”


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/09/21/the-week-in-reviews--otis.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 20:00:00 GMT

It has been a busy time, 2 huricanes in 17 days and now 3 more are churning in the atlantic. I am so glad that gbobal warming is a hoax! Trump has been causing trouble, making deals with the dems has the right wing repeblicans reaching for the Tums. Kim Jong Un continues to test, is there a way to stop him?


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The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 20:00:00 GMT

Is the GOP about to distance themselves from Trump? Is he a liability for the 2018 midterms?


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The Week In Reviews - Prog Rock Band Aisles

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 20:30:00 GMT

Aisles, the acclaimed South American prog rock sextet, will tour the United States for the first time in their career to play five dates, including the festivals Progstock in Rahway, New Jersey, and Progtoberfest, in Chicago, Illinois. Aisles will be performing part of their latest record, “Hawaii,” a two-disc concept album about human colonies established in space after the destruction of the Earth. Its twelve tracks explore the dilemmas and challenges that the individual and the human spirit would face in this futuristic scenario. Regarding the theme and sound of the album, guitarist and producer Germán Vergara states: “Without a doubt it’s our most profound work so far. With ‘Hawaii’ we dug deep in search of a concept that could really move us. Our objective was to write music that would emotionally and mentally take us to the place where the events in the album occur: Space.”


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The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 20:00:00 GMT

This week on the program I will be joined by singer/songwriter Tokyo Rosenthal. He has just released a new CD, This Minstrel Life. Why have a musician on a program about politics? Well, I think you will find that Tokyo is quite a political animal, several of his songs contain political leanings.


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/08/20/the-news-in-review--barrett-and-guests.mp3




The Week In Reviews - the UnAmerican struggle

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:30:00 GMT

“Bigotry unchecked ushers in greater abuses to civil rights and liberties. The UnAmerican Struggle is my response to help educate people about the increasing struggles diverse people experience in America.” So says Ric Osuna. The rise of Trump has also given rise to a number of groups that seem to feed off the hate that Trump seems to tollerate.


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/08/18/the-week-in-reviews--the-unamerican-struggle.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett And Guests

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 20:00:00 GMT

It has been a busy and mostly unproductive week. North Korea causing all sorts of threats and the US engaging in the verbal mellee. Is this a good strategy? The violence in Charlottsville yesterday was a stark reminder of how polarized the country has become. There are two sides to every argument and both are right and wrong at the same time. It is wrong to try and rewrite history, only George Orwell could do that. But it is equally wrong to bring violence and death to the table.


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The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 20:00:00 GMT

The opioid epedemic is ravaging the US. This week on the program we will explore the problem and ways forward.


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The Week In Reviews - The Rift

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:00:00 GMT

Hard rock trio The Rift will be releasing two balls to the wall singles titled “Rock Narcotic” and “Mysterious” from their eagerly awaited forthcoming second album slated for release end of July 2017! Conceptually the first single “Rock Narcotic” is a tribute to rock and roll. It's about how rock n roll feeds our imagination, inspires us, and allows us to totally immerse ourselves in it's grooves. Once you're hooked on that feeling you never want to let it go, it's the best drug in the world. The second single “Mysterious” is more abstract. It's about the give and take nature of life, struggling to have faith but wanting to, and realizing how precious and short our time is. 


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/07/25/the-week-in-reviews--the-rift.mp3




The Week In Review - Life After Mars

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:00:00 GMT

Progressive rock band Mars Hollow has announced that they will be recording a new album after a nearly 5-year hiatus. The announcement was made during a semi-reunion show and subsequent radio interview in June, and came on the heels of a show billed as “John Baker and Steve Mauk Perform the Music of Mars Hollow” in Chicago. The show was the first time Mars Hollow has performed live since May, 2012. The most recent studio effort from the group was the track “So Far Away,” which also had a video release and was included on the Mars Hollow Live album. The album, also available on DVD, documented the band's 'Church of Prog' spot at RosFest, 2011 and was released in Fall of 2012.    


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The News In Review

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 20:00:00 GMT

Where is the most unpopular bill since Income Tax at? After 7 years of grumbling, the GOP don't seem to have a clue what to do with Obama care. Mosul is about to fall, ISIS is losing ground, however one article I read this week sait the caliphate really does not physical territory. The capiphate can be online How do you fix it?  


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/07/16/the-news-in-review.mp3




Barrett and Guests

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:00:00 GMT

Lets talk about North Korea and Otto Warmbier. It could be argued that he should not have gone there in the first place, but go he did.In light of his death what should the US response be? Health care, will it lower costs Wh press briefings Buget cuts


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The News In Reviews - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 20:00:00 GMT

"Nothing to see here" the trumpers scream. Lots to see here is what everyone else said! So who is right?


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/06/11/the-news-in-reviews--barrett-and-guests.mp3




The News In Rewiew - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 20:00:00 GMT

The Trumpinator had another tough week. There was little to celabrate.


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The Week In Review - Alex Lopez

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 22:00:00 GMT

Blues rock guitarist Alex Lopez and his band The Xpress will be releasing their eagerly awaited third album titled “Slowdown” on MarEmil Records on May 19th! A powerful modern blues album that seamlessly fuses rock and blues and combines it with an unstoppable groove. The album's lyrical theme will also connect with today's world. “Slowdown” tells a story about a person who travels down a path that leads to addiction and their struggle to find a way back home. Each song is a chapter in this saga and the album takes you from innocent beginnings to heartbreaking despair and eventually to redemption and salvation.  


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/06/01/the-week-in-review---alex-lopez.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 21 May 2017 20:00:00 GMT

Another rocky week for the Trump administration. He just can't seem to get Russia out of his hair. Like presidents before him, he has fled Washington in search of more fertile ground.


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/05/21/the-news-in-review--barrett-and-guests.mp3




The Week In Reviews - Aerial School

Thu, 11 May 2017 22:00:00 GMT

Hard rockers from Hollywood, Aerial School, is releasing their debut seven-song EP titled “Love Is Calling.” The sound is big, bold and oozes raw sensuality! “Love is Calling” just might make you want to mouth kiss someone! This is one of those rock 'n' roll records that makes you want to test the limits of your speakers as it just gets better the louder it's played!   Written and produced by guitar slinger Thorn St Germain, seven songs of exquisite, unbounded and divine rock thunder! Vocalist Dusty Bo is the perfect match for St Germain's howling, ripping guitar and legendary harmonica man Jimmy Z shines on “Red Hot Flame” with possibly the most astonishing blues harp solo on a rock song ever, changing keys three times!  


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/05/11/the-week-in-reviews--aerial-school.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 20:00:00 GMT

A late night talk show told his audience that they have much to celebrate. 100 days and we are still alive! But how has Trump really done? What has he achieved?


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/04/30/the-news-in-review--barrett-and-guests.mp3




The Week In Reviews - Kwame Binea

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:00:00 GMT

Soul rocker Kwame Binea was born in West London with native origins in Ghana. He has peppered his music with a unique brand of “Roots Rock” which embodies his fertile and culturally diverse personal saga.   “Universal Love” by Jimmy Cliff, a featured track on his new debut album “Roots Rock n Universal Love,” was produced by Vernon Reid of the group Living Colour who also co-wrote the tune “Love Surreal.” Of the process, Vernon says, “Kwame connected to 'Universal Love' immediately. He brings a fresh perspective and a renewed sense of hope to this seldom heard classic.”  


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The Week In Reviews - Zero Times Everything

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:00:00 GMT

Experimental music ensemble Zero Times Everything will be releasing their eagerly anticipated new album “Sonic Cinema” on April 21, 2017! Avant-garde post-industrial pre-cambrian pan-ethnic serial noise proto-punk neocortex music. It lives at the intersection of “My Life in the Bush of Ghosts” and Autechre, mixing glitchcore, ambient, and progressive rock. Says band member Richard Sylvarnes, “In film making it is critical to create a sense of space; a world wholly imaginary that we can enter completely and without reservation. That is the first critical step in the creative process of Zero Times Everything. We strive to create worlds with sounds for a film that is either real or imagined. Hence the title: ‘Sonic Cinema’. Although largely an instrumental recording there are passages of spoken texts; either through a disembodied heroine’s chant from a 1930’s gangster film, robot voices reciting Marxist texts, a child’s recitation of ‘Twenty-first Century Schizoid Man’, to a chorus of angry protesters whose calls against war resemble a liturgical chant. The totality of these texts describe a malignant world within the throes of a breathless apocalypse. And, yet, the record ends on a celestial note – a treated, improvised guitar loop – that inspires hope and resilience within the storm.”


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/04/25/the-week-in-reviews--zero-times-everything.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:00:00 GMT

Trump is nearing the 100 day mark, what is his mark?


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Exposing Clinton Addiction to Power: by Fred Lucas

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:00:00 GMT

The subject of FBI investigations and the leaders of the most controversial political organization in America, the Clintons have long been the subject of talk radio. Fred Lucas opens up those conversations that tore open the secrets currently being examined by the FBI. For those interested in the dynamics of Washington politics, the undercurrents of the Establishment and the lust for power that moves those who practice politics in Washington today, Fred Lucas brings those readers into the mix. “Fred Lucas not only delineates the roots of talk radio as a venue for communicating conservative political thought in the 1930s and 40s, he explains how it has become, in the 21st century, the life force for the conservative movement and the voice for conservative ideals on the current political landscape. Anyone who loves talk radio will love this book”


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/04/19/exposing-clinton-addiction-to-power-by-fred-lucas.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 20:00:00 GMT

Another stellar week in politics. Trump uses $60 million worth of Tomahawk Missiles against a Syrian air base, and guess what, the base was up and running again in 24 hours!  


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/04/09/the-news-in-review--barrett-and-guests.mp3




The Week In Review - John Haesemeyer

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 20:00:00 GMT

San Francisco - Recorded on both sides of the equator, Americana/Rock artist, John Haesemeyer's new EP, Maybe If I Try, will be released on April 29, 2017. John Haesemeyer (HAZE-mire) is a San Francisco based performing artist who fuses folk and pop genres, emphasizing intimate vocals, acoustic guitar, orchestral instruments, and the rhythm section of a rock band.   Argentinian producer, Nahuel Bronzini arranged the record, instilling a range of American rock, country, and folk influences, coupled with the classical traditions honed in his formal training. Bronzini is a popular producer and string arranger in the Bay Area, and produced John's last two records.   


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/04/06/the-week-in-review--john-haesemeyer.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 20:00:00 GMT

Trump has pissed off entire countries, now he is pissing off the members of his own party.


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The Week In Reviews - Legerdamain by James Heaphy

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Legerdemain is the true story that takes Jim Heaphey through the alleyways and bathhouses of Casablanca, the exotic Arabian Nights-like Fair in Marrakesch, the settings of the privileged in Cairo and the hillside villages of Cyprus. The story unveils the workings of MI6, the CIA, French Security Force, the Moassad and the KGB. In so doing, the story brings to the reader an understanding of the Islamist mind and sets the stage for the affairs of the Twenty-First Century.


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/03/29/the-week-in-reviews--legerdamain-by-james-heaphy.mp3




The week in reviews - Yang

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:00:00 GMT

Founded by Frédéric L’Épée in 2002 (previously founder of the bands Shylock in the 70's and Philharmonie in the 90's), Yang is an instrumental quartet which compositions melt guitar counterpoints, odd time signatures, New Music with a hint of oriental modes all together with a powerful rock pulse.   Their new opus, “The Failure of Words”, is a touchstone in Yang's evolution. This album, unlike the others, aims no more to sound like in live situation but is a musical process itself. The idea behind the project was to express the inability, as human beings, to really communicate with our species, always experiencing conflict, disharmony and delusion. Only art, love, are able to convey our deepest feelings and ideas. Words failed us.


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/03/27/the-week-in-reviews--yang.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:00:00 GMT

I always send out a request for ideas for topics. This one,,,,, Trump gets great news..... now Dems own it.   What Russians, or do you mean the ones Hillary approved the sale of 20% of our uranium reserves to, and right after Bill got a $500K gig to travel to Moscow....   How about instead.... the debt ceiling, the Reid Rule comes back to bite Demoncrits, parsing 'wiretap' into Team Trump was surveilled and some body high up knew and approved it on Team Obama.... you know.... the same people who told you 'why I just heard about Hillary's server in the news just like you did.....when all along the IShole was communicating with her under a 'pen name'.....   Oh.... and why wouldn't we believe Trump when he says he, his family, team, etc were survielled? Wasn't it Obama and Clinton who told us a youtube video caused Benghazi? These same people tried to rig the Israeli election against Bibi....   I


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The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:00:00 GMT

It has been another busy week in the world of Trump. A budget proposal that both sides hate, Spicy pissing off the brits, and Trupcare floundering. Still, the good news is that he is spenping the weekend at his private club Mar-a-largo.


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The week in review - Andrew Scotchie

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:30:00 GMT

Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats formed in Asheville NC as a street busking project in late 2011. Revered for their high energy live shows, dynamic musicianship & Scotchie's larger than life stage presence, the band has continued to craft their hard driving style of rock & blues and are dedicated to building their musical family everywhere they go. Consistent studio recordings, year round touring, earnest songwriting & sharing show bills with legends such as Sonny Landreth, Blind Boys of Alabama, Drivin N Cryin and Bettye Lavette has made Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats one of the industry’s must-watch bands.   


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The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 21:00:00 GMT

Where to start. Wire taps. Pence on AOL. Sessions and the Ruskies.


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The Week In Reviews Lainey Schooltree

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 23:00:00 GMT

When music trends pander to the lowest common denominator, the real rebellion discards formulas and charts a stubbornly individualistic path. That's where we find Schooltree on their second release, Heterotopia: forging a new standard in sonic storytelling and taking us through cracks in the sidewalk into other worlds.   The story Four years in the making, Heterotopia is a symphonic odyssey through a dystopian dreamworld: a 100-minute double record in the tradition of ambitious concept albums like The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and Quadrophenia.


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The Week In Reviews - Publisher Don Bracken

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:00:00 GMT

An interview with publisher Don Bracken about his expansion plans for History Publishing.


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The Week In Reviews - Ape Shifter

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:00:00 GMT

Progressive Rock ensemble APE SHIFTER will be releasing their self-titled debut album in March 2017! APE SHIFTER is all instrumental and reaches from rockin' 70's riffs played with punk rock ferocity to creeping metal grooves. Intense Simian Instrumental Rock from the nasty pits of the Hellabrunn Zoo.   Born on Friday the 13th in Washington, D.C. and raised in Laurel, Maryland, Jeff Aug is a cool underground guitarist who lives at the foothills of the Alps in Southern Germany for the last 18 years.  He has toured with Allan Holdsworth, Soft Machine, Johnny A., Albert Lee, and has performed shows with Jawbox, Shudder To Think, and Ice-T & Bodycount with his old band.  He's worked with John Stabb from Government Issue, has been touring and recording with Anne Clark for the last 10+ years, and has been touring as a solo guitarist for the last 20+ years. Jeff can also be heard on the Atari Teenage Riot album “Is This Hyperreal?” (Dim Mak Records / Digital Hardcore Records). Jeff is also a Guinness™ world record holder setting the world record for the “most concerts performed in different countries in 24 hours” twice (2009, 2012)!  


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/02/16/the-week-in-reviews--ape-shifter.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 21:00:00 GMT

The Trumpification of the US is now 22 days old. The major british bookmaker Ladbrooks, is offering 'evens' that Trump will be impeached or resign withing his first term.  Nancy DeVos may have gobs of money, but that does not seem to keep the teachers happy. Flynn has some memory problems about what he did or did not say to Russia. Oh and his head whipping boy Robin Townly, an NSC senior director for Africa and a former Marine, was denied access remains unclear. But his departure appears to be another problem for Flynn roughly two months into the job as President Trump’s top adviser on national security issues.  


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The Week In Reviews - An Interview With Debra Shiveley Welch

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:00:00 GMT

About the Book I have studied Tudor history for over fifty years; the fascination for that era and the people who made up the family of Henry VIII has never waned. I used to say to people, “When I read about Henry VIII, his siblings or his wives, it isn’t as if I’m learning something; it’s more like I’m being reminded.” Reminded indeed – so perhaps I wasn’t that surprised when I discovered through DNA analysis and genealogy that I am a direct descendant of Margaret Tudor, and therefore Mary Queen of Scotts. Henry VIII is my eighteen-time first cousin! So, I decided to visit my kin. What fun! Within the following pages, you will travel with Bridget Littleton, a rich and beautiful young woman who, with the help of the Bermuda Triangle, is transported back in time to Tudor England. Most of the book is fantasy, of course. Were it not, we’d all be paddling our way to Tudor times for a visit, but I have stuck to the basic facts of life in Tudor history. Yes, I have played with it a bit, but the basic facts are there. I have also taken the liberty of using my not so royal ancestor John Lyttleton and his son Sir John Lyttleton whose wife was, in fact, named Bridget. I’m having such a good time!


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The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 21:00:00 GMT

It has been a bumper week for Trump and his Trumpettes. Sean Spicer claims that Iran fired on a US navy vessel - BUNK Lap dog Kellyanne Conway invents the 'Bowling Green Masacre' (BUNK) which resulted in the 2011 Iraq refugee ban (BUNK). There was no ban. Trump gets his travel ban unbanned by a 'so called' judge. The republicans seem to be losing their lust for a wall. Few think that Mexico will pay.


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The Week In Reviews - Richard Niles - Bandzilla

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:00:00 GMT

What happens when a group of top studio musicians get together in their free time? A unique mixture of sophisticated composition, passionate improvisation, scathing social commentary and biting humor, BANDZILLA play furious funk, sleazy soul, punk jazz and heartfelt ballads. Led by acclaimed composer/arranger/guitarist Richard Niles, the 25-piece jazz-fusion orchestra was originally formed in the studio to play on the seminal Grace Jones track ‘Slave To The Rhythm’. Since then, Niles & BANDZILLA have performed and recorded with Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, James Brown, Kylie Minogue, Mariah Carey, Pet Shop Boys, Michael McDonald, Cher and Tina Turner.   


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/01/19/the-week-in-reviews--richard-niles--bandzilla.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:00:00 GMT

Trumpification is 5 days away. Oddly the country seems less united than ever.What sort of world are we facing?


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The Week In Reviews - Binky Womack

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 23:00:00 GMT

“Womack Style” is the latest album project from Binky Womack, a member of one of the most iconic music families of all time. Nephew of music legend Bobby Womack, Binky's new album is released through Gonzo Multimedia UK.   Binky has his own studio in Burbank, California (The Ear Hole Recording Studio) and acts as a producer to many top line artists. He also has a publishing company, Bindelari Music, which is represented by World Domination Music for the world excluding North America. Bindelari is also the vehicle for new acts such as Jae, as well as Binky's own material.


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2017/01/11/the-week-in-reviews--binky-womack.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 21:00:00 GMT

Lots to talk about as the US prepares for 'trumpification'.


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The Week In Reviews - Paul Nelson - Badass Generation

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 23:00:00 GMT

Much to the excitement of guitarists worldwide, guitar legend Paul Nelson has released his new album “Badass Generation” to critical acclaim! Grammy winning guitarist Paul Nelson was Johnny Winter’s protege guitarist in the Johnny Winter Band. Paul has toured with countless worldwide touring artists and performed live and or on recordings along side major artists such as Johnny Winter, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper, Leslie West, Robben Ford, Joe Perry, Mark Knofler, Brian Setzer, Dr. John, Slash, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, Sonny Landreth, Los Lobos, Kim Wilson, Elvin Bishop, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Reb Beach, Steve Morse, John Popper, Debbie Davies, Los Lobos, Quin Sullivan, Tinsley Ellis, Lucky Peterson, Joe Louis Walker, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, John Medeski, Joe Walsh, Larry Carlton, Steve Vai, Earl Slick, Hubert Sumlin, Pete Rivera, Rick Derringer, Harvey Brooks, Bill Evans, James Cotton, Magic Slim, Coco Montoya, Uptown Horns, Blues Brother Horns, Reese Wynans, Edgar Winter, Ray Davis, George Lynch, James Cotton, Anthony Jackson, Dickey Betts, Junior Brown, Pat Travers, Jimmy Vivino and La Bamba of Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Paul Schaefer’s CBS Orchestra to name a few. With appearances on David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel programs.


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The Week In Reviews - Don Falcone

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 23:00:00 GMT

“The Roadmap In Your Head” is the 13th studio album from the Spirits Burning space rock collective, and the second to feature keyboardist Cyrille “Clearlight” Verdeaux. The album has a strong Gong presence, as it includes performances by four musicians from Gong’s Radio Gnome Invisible Trilogy (Daevid Allen, Steve Hillage, Mike Howlett, Didier Malherbe), and four members of the current Gong (Ian East, Fabio Golfetti, Dave Sturt, Kavus Torabi). Clearlight is a project of French songwriter and composer Cyrille Verdeaux that blends classical romanticism and prog-rock experimentation. The first Clearlight album was released under the name “Clearlight Symphony,” in 1974, by British major label Virgin Records. The most recent release was 2015’s “Impressionist Symphony.”


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The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 21:00:00 GMT

Trump continues to flesh out his staff. Not all of his picks are getting A+ marks, but we shall need to wait and see.


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The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:00:00 GMT

The UK are set to have sweeping changes in the legal spying laws. Can we expect the same here in the US? Trump contivues to buillt his cabinet and other serious positions. Some are asking is this what 'draining the swamp' looks like?  


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2016/12/04/the-news-in-review--barrett-and-guests.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 21:00:00 GMT

There is plenty to talk about this week. Trump continues to be unconventional. Fidel Castro is dead. Jill Stein forces a pointless recount.


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The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 21:00:00 GMT

Another busy week in the transition to President Trump. The Oxford Dictionry has declareed that Post-Truth is their word of the year.Post-truth politics is the phrase that has become popular. No one cares about the facts, only the message counts.


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The Week In Review - Bob Beland

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 23:00:00 GMT

Much to the anticipation of music aficionados worldwide, renowned LA songwriter Bob Beland is releasing his new album “Left Of Center” on his own independent label Wrong Way Works! Beland is an American born musician/songwriter from Los Angeles, CA, where he has performed, written and recorded original music from 1973 to the present. His diverse career spans over four decades. I will be sitting down with Bob Beland and exploring his new album. It is delightful, listen in and hear some of the music


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The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 21:00:00 GMT

The people have spoken. Trump will indeed be our new leader. So lets talk about it. Draining the swamp in Washington, sounds great, but can he do it?


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The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 21:00:00 GMT

Tuesday is two days away. Election 2016 is down to the wire.


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The Week In Reviews - FloRocker

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 22:00:00 GMT

Over the past quarter-century there has been a huge upsurge in Hip Hop and Rap music emanating from the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area. The trend continues to this day with some great new artists and labels popping up not only in San Francisco and Oakland, but in the adjacent suburbs of Vallejo and Richmond, California. This includes FloRocker, a dynamic artist and producer who has been in the game for many years, and is proud to announce his new 12-track debut album, Rich In The Heart, due for worldwide digital and physical release on October 28, 2016. FloRocker is releasing this album as a celebration of life, spanning club songs to street records, and with a variety of genres represented including Rap and Hip Hop.


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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/simon-barrett/2016/11/03/the-week-in-reviews--florocker.mp3




The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 20:00:00 GMT

It has been another busy week in the Presidential race.Trump continues to trip himself up, and Clinton continues to be mired in the email trouble. What bothers me is that the race has become so polarized I wonder if who ever wins, will they be able to move the country forward?


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The Week In Rewiew - Ray Vaughn

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:00:00 GMT

The newest album from San Francisco-based rocker Ray Vaughn may be called Wounded Bird, but he’s really more like a phoenix rising from the ashes of a forgotten San Francisco music scene. Wounded Bird picks up where his last solo album left off, and now Ray Vaughn’s songs have grown from the more stripped down singer/songwriter arrangements of Way Down Low to full-band productions. Ray’s new album will be released worldwide both physically and digitally on November 4, 2016, through his own independent record label, Rayoso Music.  


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The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 20:00:00 GMT

Another busy week, Clinton is fighting Wikileaks and Trump Gropegate. I wonder if this is what the american people want to really put this at the forefront when the election is 3 weeks from now? I personally don't think so, I would much prefer to hear policy discussions, but that does not seem to interest either of them.


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The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 20:00:00 GMT

The good news is that the election is a month away.I for one will be glad when it is all over. Trump has not had a great week, the audio tape from 2005 is unlikely to help him in his quest to court the votes of women. The timing was priceless, it took the wind out of the sails of Wikileaks


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The Week In Review - Stick Men

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:00:00 GMT

Much to the excitement of music aficionados worldwide, prog legends Stick Men will be releasing their new album “Prog Noir” on October 21, 2016. It is now available for pre-order as a single disc edition and a super deluxe box set, which contains an additional bonus CD with exclusive material, a double vinyl version of the album, a t-shirt and poster. The band, featuring members of King Crimson, has also released a new lyric video for the track, The Tempest’ A departure from their previous efforts, “Prog Noir” includes song oriented material, featuring vocals on several tracks. Says Tony Levin, “The album is somewhere between being the best of our current compositions, and having a unifying concept overall. Part way through the our recording process, the ‘Prog Noir’ title, lyrics and idea came up – it sort of shone a dark, noir light on what had come before, and it influenced what came after (including some ‘noir’ instrumental interludes that will be part of the box set version.) For me that’s a good way to go – I like a concept involved with an album sometimes, but I don’t feel it needs to encompass every piece.”


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The Week In Rewiews - Burnt Belief

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:00:00 GMT

Inspired by the unspoken and hidden truths behind our daily reality, “Emergent” is the third in a trilogy of collaborative works by bassist Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree/Metallic Taste of Blood/O.R.k etc) and experimental US guitarist Jon Durant, under the working name Burnt Belief.   “Emergent” builds on the duo's previous work whilst still exploring the fundamental aspects that define Burnt Belief's sonic world, namely hypnotic rhythmic elements seamlessly blended with lush guitar led soundscapes and deep ambient atmospherics. “Emergent” also showcases the intense and unpredictable, yet satisfying guitar playing from Durant, who manages to tame elemental, skittish and frequently unsettling tones, by subtly wrapping them in layers of magnetic aura. Drumming throughout is Vinny Sabatino, who brings an inventive, muscular and precise beat to complement Colin Edwin's expansive and expressive fretless and upright basses.


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The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:00:00 GMT

The Trump v Clinton battle rumbles on, mostly fueled by zealots from the left and right.


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The Week In Reviews - Gustavo Assis-Brasil

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:00:00 GMT

Much to the anticipation of guitarists worldwide, guitar virtuoso Gustavo Assis-Brasil has released a new album “Chromatic Dialogues”! The tracks were conceived and recorded in Boston, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh during the Fall of 2015, and brought to Grammy winner engineer Dave Darlington for mixing and mastering at Bass Hit Studios, New York City, in January 2016.   Says Gustavo, “The main idea of recording this album was to combine compositions with improvised musical dialogues (duets). The result was an original blending of spontaneous instrumental conversations with intricate and introspective musical statements.


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The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 20:00:00 GMT

So we have the most negative presedential race in living memory. Why is that?


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The Week In Revews - Charles Xavier

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:00:00 GMT

Charles Xavier, aka “The Xman,” is a visionary producer, composer, electronic musician and percussionist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a work ethic matched only by his creative madness, Xavier is releasing his sixth full-length album, Happy Note Records Sampler 2016, on October 14, 2016. This powerful new compilation spans 20 plus years of The Xman’s releases, featuring contributions from Satori, The Messengers, and genres including Jazz, Electronic, New Age and Ambient music. In the past 30 years, Xavier has built multiple businesses, was a key contributor to a million-dollar audio recording business, and has undertaken several endeavors in music. His own independent record label Happy Note Records is a multifaceted entertainment company promoting “Unconventional Music for Unconventional Minds.”


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The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 20:00:00 GMT

Another busy week in politics. Clinton takes a page out of the trump playbook and abuses his supporters. Matt Lauer is accused of giving Trump an easy time in his 'Town Hall'.  


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The News In Review - Barrett and Guests

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 20:00:00 GMT

Another busy week. A question for you  all, The IRS handed down a fine for illegal political contributions made by which foundation? a) Clintton Foundation or b) Trump Foundation? What is Trumps position regards Mexico? Wednesday left me confused. Does clinton have a memory problem?


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The Week In Reviews - Neon Alley

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 23:30:00 GMT

Known for (what the band likes to call) Modern Classic Rock, Neon Alley takes you back to an era when Rock wasn’t about making a quick buck, but about songs written and performed from the heart. I will be talking to David Vaccaro about his new venture Neon Alley, It is loud, it is brash, it is exactly what Classic Rock should be.


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