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Notes From An Artist

David C Gross and Tom Semioli

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Get in on the conversation with hosts David C. Gross and Tom Semioli. Culled from the archives and current episodes of our CYGNUS RADIO show, Notes From An Artist brings you individuals who affect culture through music, photography, entrepreneurship, visual and fine arts, journalism, and permutations thereof. It's the only podcast that matters!
 
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We’ve talked about how Nickelback is easily one of music’s most polarizing bands (listen here: https://youtu.be/l6W11KCNLe4). But does the Canadian rock outfit prove naysayers wrong with “Get Rollin’” (their 10th album and first in more than five years)? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a podcas…
 
A supergroup with members of My Chemical Romance, Coheed And Cambria, Thursday, Circa Survive and Saosin?! Does L.S. Dunes live up to its potential with its debut album “Past Lives”? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a podcast that’s part album review and part competition. In each episode, both h…
 
The Clash are often referred to as “the only band that matters” (and rightfully so). But if you had to pick the British genre-fusing punk rock icons’ best songs (that are NOT named “London Calling”), which three would you pick? Find out our choices in this episode of Epic Footnote Productions’ “If You Have to Pick 3 … ,” a podcast where we have to …
 
When we reviewed Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Unlimited Love” back in April, we could never have imagined they’d release ANOTHER double album just a few short months later. But what does “Return of the Dream Canteen” say about the current state of RHCP? Is RHCP’s onslaught of double albums in 2022 (their first in more than 15 years with John Frusciante)…
 
Does Lamb Of God live up to their legacy as a leader in the new wave of American heavy metal movement with their ninth album “Omens”? Or does Randy Blythe and the Virginia metal outfit leave fans yearning for more? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a podcast that’s part album review and part comp…
 
Does Slipknot live up to their status as their generation’s larger-than-life metal band with “The End, So Far,” or does album No. 7 leave much to be desired from Corey Taylor and the Iowa-metal outfit? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a podcast that’s part album review and part competition. In e…
 
On paper, an Ozzy Osbourne solo album that enlists a slew of all-stars for guest appearances (including Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, Jeff Beck, Eric Claption, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, Metallica’s Robert Trujillo, Zakk Wylde, Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan, and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready… just to name a few) should be making massive fans like u…
 
Very few bands are as beloved as Clutch. So do the Maryland rock veterans live up to fans’ high expectations with “Sunrise on Slaughter Beach” (their first album in nearly four years, as well as their shortest to date)? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a podcast that’s part album review and part…
 
Legendary guitarist, composer, recording artist, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and longstanding member of the classic lineup of Genesis - Steve Hackett discusses his career, thoughts on how The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway usurped the punks, and his Genesis Revisited repertory ensemble. With hosts David C. Gross and Tom Semioli. The Steve Hackett Play…
 
It's been nearly ten years since The Mars Volta disbanded. But will fans enjoy Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala's attempt to craft their vision of a pop record, or will the group’s self-titled comeback album leave fans yearning for the hyperactive, head-spinning sound that made them prog rock darlings? Find out what Matt and Zach think…
 
There’s no denying Megadeth are responsible for some of metal’s most iconic albums and songs. But does Dave Mustaine and co. live up to the band’s legacy with its 16th album, “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!” Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a podcast that’s part album review and part competi…
 
Even after nearly three decades, very few bands sound like Muse. But does the operatic alt rock trio live up to their legacy with their ninth studio album, "Will of the People"? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a podcast that’s part album review and part competition. In each episode, both hosts …
 
Born in Kingston, Jackson grew up in the Stony Hill and Waterford areas. He was given the nickname 'Sanchez' due to his skills – a reference to a footballer of that name. He sang from an early age in the Rehoboth Apostolic Church choir in St Catherine. After working with several Kingston sound systems, first as selector for the Rambo Mango sound sy…
 
Bands reuniting can lead to varied results - especially when bands reunite without key members. But is it hypocritical to be skeptical of some reunions while fully accepting of others when the band’s circumstances may be identical? What makes some reunions successful and others a complete bust? That’s what Matt and Zach discuss in the latest episod…
 
The Interrupters have created lots of buzz with their blend of two-tone ska So-Cal punk rock. But does the band live up to their hype with album number 4, “In The Wild”? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a podcast that’s part album review and part competition. In each episode, both hosts are give…
 
Author Mitchell Cohen returns to NOTES FROM AN ARTIST to discuss his latest tome entitled “Looking For The Magic - NYC, The ’70s & The Rise of Arista Records” (Trouser Press Books). An acclaimed journalist, and former A & R exec (among other titles) at Arista, Cohen tells the story of one recorded music’s most important, innovative, and culturally …
 
Beyonce has easily been one of the past two decades’ most powerful and influential figures in pop culture. But if you had to whittle down her vast musical catalogue down to three songs, which three would we declare as Queen Bey’s best? Find out our choices ahead of her new album "Renaissance" in this episode of Epic Footnote Productions’ “If You Ha…
 
Author Mitchell Cohen returns to NOTES FROM AN ARTIST to discuss his latest tome entitled “Looking For The Magic - NYC, The ’70s & The Rise of Arista Records” (Trouser Press Books). An acclaimed journalist, and former A & R exec (among other titles) at Arista, Cohen tells the story of one recorded music’s most important, innovative, and culturally …
 
There's no harm in a band trying to evolve their sound. But it can sometimes be startling when a band sounds almost unrecognizable from their debut album. So which three bands do we think sound the most different from their humble beginnings? Find out our choices in this episode of Epic Footnote Productions’ “If You Have to Pick 3 … ,” a podcast wh…
 
After 20 years, Coheed And Cambria remain committed as ever to the concept album format. So how does the progressive alt rock outfit’s 10th effort “Vaxis II: A Window of the Waking Mind” fair among the other albums within their beloved Amory Wars storyline? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a pod…
 
For over a decade, Porcupine Tree left many fans wondering if they’d ever play together again - let alone release new music. So do Steve Wilson, Richard Barbieri and Gavin Harrison live up to fans’ expectations with “CLOSURE / CONTINUATION”, or does the progressive rock outfit’s first album in 13 years leave much to be desired? Find out what Matt a…
 
Dave Pomeroy's "State of the Union" Address. Legendary Nashville bassist and longtime President of the Nashville Musicians Association, AFM 257 discusses how the union is adapting to major changes in the recording industry. Dave also ruminates over his career and the icons he has worked with for the past four decades. The Dave Pomeroy Playlist…
 
There’s something so satisfying about screaming “fuck” while singing along to your favorite bands. But which songs best used the beloved and often forbidden curse word? Find out our choices in this episode of Epic Footnote Productions’ “If You Have to Pick 3 … ,” a podcast where we have to pick our top three choices on any given music-related topic…
 
The almighty GWAR have returned to destroy puny humans with their 15th studio album, “The New Dark Ages.” Do the Scumdogs of the Universe deliver the vulgar goods with stories of their epic battles within the Duoverse of Absurdity, or leave much to be desired by pathetic mankind? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Mi…
 
“Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers” marks Kendrick Lamar’s first proper album in 5 years. So does the Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper cement his stance as hip hop’s leading social commenter with album no. 5, or does he leave much to be desired? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a podcast that’s part al…
 
It’s 2022 - there are a plethora of ways for music fans to consume high-quality audio with ease… so why the heck are cassettes still being produced by bands and labels?! Furthermore, who is actually going out of their way to buy new music in a physical format that even at the height of its popularity was considered inconvenient to use and inferior …
 
Listen to a series of revealing John Lennon stories hitherto untold – until now. In this riveting interview, attorney - author Jay Bergen recalls his time representing the former Beatle in 1975 in his case against Mafia-connected record mogul Morris Levy. Levy bullied Lennon, releasing an unauthorized album entitled “Roots” – which forced John to h…
 
In 2022, "South Park" celebrates 25 years as one of TV's most popular, clever, and sometimes controversial animated shows. And as the show's use of crude humor to lampoon pop culture has evolved, so its use of music. But which three musical moments from "South Park" would we declare as the best? Find out our choices in this episode of Epic Footnote…
 
Wait, didn’t Rammstein JUST release their self-titled album? Don’t get us wrong - we’ll always happily take new music from the Neue Deutsche Härte pioneers. But does the German group’s eighth studio album, “Zeit”, prove they’re still the most dangerous band in the world? Or has the time (or as they say in Germany, “zeit”) come for them to say adieu…
 
Results may vary when already established artists combine their talents into a new entity. So which bands did it right and lived up to the title "supergroup"? Find out which three supergroups we declare as the best in this episode of Epic Footnote Productions’ “If You Have to Pick 3 … ,” a podcast where we have to pick our top three choices on any …
 
Jack White is one of modern rock's most eccentric performers. So how does his first of two new albums being released in 2022 - the harder-edge sounding "Fear of the Dawn" - stand up against his vast catalog that spans multiple bands and solo offerings? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a podcast …
 
A new Red Hot Chili Peppers album with John Frusciante for the first time in more than 15 years is enough to make “Unlimited Love” one of 2022’s most anticipated releases. But does RHCP’s 12th studio offering live up to its hype and potential? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a podcast that’s pa…
 
On this week’s show: Jin has surgery, Jimin has a solo, and more. Data Drop News Jin has surgery on injured finger Jimin to be on K-Drama OST BTS and Free Fire collaboration coming BTS to perform at Grammys Next Week Last Word: Are mixtapes coming? Featured image: Photo by Jorge Bermudez on Unsplash Notes/Links A little taste😋 of #BTS_Dynamite on t…
 
A Conversation with John Altman: "You cut the cloth to fit the suit!" You know his music (George Michael, Monty Python, James Bond, Simple Minds, Rod Stewart, Prefab Sprout, Tina Turner & Barry White, Diana Ross, Bjork….to cite a scant few) but likely, not his name. Dubbed “Hidden Man” by Python member Terry Gillam, John Altman is an Emmy award win…
 
Record Store Day will once again release unique vinyl editions of many special albums, demos, soundtracks and singles during the annual event dedicated to celebrating indie record stores globally… So which titles are we most excited for in 2022? Find out our choices in this episode of Epic Footnote Productions’ “If You Have to Pick 3 … ,” a podcast…
 
On this week’s show: BTS and K-ARMYs are reunited at Olympic Stadium and more. Data Drop News BTS and K-ARMYs are reunited at Olympic Stadium Concert rules movie theaters too IFPI lists BTS on 2021 Global Album, Single Charts BTS wins big at Gold Disc Awards Next Week Last Word: Can Hybe and BTS change the ticket conversation? Featured image: Photo…
 
Hosts David C. Gross and Tom Semioli converse with author / journalist (Wall Street Journal) / blogger Marc Myers. His latest book is entitled “Rock Concert: An Oral History As Told by the Artists, Backstage Insiders, and Fans Who Were There!” Myers discusses the evolution of the rock concert as we know it, and points towards the future of live per…
 
Ghost has taken the hard rock world by storm with a theatrical presence that's as haunting and mystical as their devilishly catchy music. But will the band’s fifth full-length album “Impera” help vocalist and mastermind Tobias Forge solidify his Papa Emeritus persona and the nameless Ghouls as metal’s next headlining stadium attraction? Find out wh…
 
On this week’s show: The tour is headed to Vegas, BTS rules the world… again, and more. Data Drop News BTS top global act of 2021 Las Vegas shows announced Seoul show streaming packages available for purchase Stay Alive continues to be a global hit Next Week Last Word: Prayers for Ukraine Featured image: Photo by David Vives on Unsplash Notes/Links…
 
He's a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer as a guitarist / producer / composer with the Patti Smith Group. A recording artist, noted journalist (Crawdaddy, Rolling Stone, Creem, Melody Maker), record store clerk (Village Oldies) and archivist/curator for the iconic American garage rock music compilation "Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychede…
 
On this week’s show: K-ARMY gets ready for in-person shows, and more. Data Drop News Taehyung has bout with COVID South Korean in-person shows announced Classic BTS content available for purchase Next Week Last Word: BTS & the Grammys Featured image: Photo by joongil Lee on Unsplash Notes/Links [Notice] Positive COVID-19 Diagnosis and Health Status…
 
“It takes three bass players to add up to one singer!” Hosts David C. Gross and Tom Semioli converse with singer-songwriter Kate Taylor and her esteemed bassist Leland Sklar. Kate’s new album, aptly titled WHY WAIT! features many of the same players from her iconic 1971 bow SISTER KATE, including producer Peter Asher, drummer Russ Kunkel, guitarist…
 
Phish is an anomaly … How did a quirky jam band from Vermont gain such an enormous and devoted fanbase who's helped them become one of the biggest concert attractions of the past three decades without chart-topping songs or heavy radio play? What is the secret behind the intense fandom of Phish? That’s what Matt and Zach discuss in the latest episo…
 
On this week’s show: Stay Alive sets the charts blazing, & more Data Drop News Stay Alive sets the charts blazing, and more. Next Week Last Word: Informed Listening Featured image: Photo by Johnny Kaufman on Unsplash Notes/Links Chart Links 방탄소년단·투모로우바이투게더·다운, '한국대중음악상' 노미네이트[공식] (Naver/OSEN) Galaxy x BTS: Galaxy for the Planet | Samsung (YouTube) …
 
His versatility as a bassist is incomparable, anchoring tours and/or albums by Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Buddy Rich, Peter Frampton, Gotye, Carly Simon, Judy Collins, Paula Cole, Chuck Mangione, Steven Wilson, James Taylor, Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe to cite a select few. An innovator on electr…
 
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