The Appice Perdomo Project: Energy Overload

One of the key figures in rock and roll history, Carmine Appice has joined forces with multi-instrumentalist and rising studio star Fernando Perdomo to form The Appice Perdomo Project (aka APP), whose debut album ENERGY OVERLOAD was released September 24, 2021 on Cleopatra Records. The album is an all-instrumental, rock-oriented tour de force with fusion influences also readily apparent. Carmine’s always-amazing drumming and Perdomo’s blazing guitar licks and riffs make Energy Overload a tour de force of sound, texture and non-stop heaviness. Carmine has pounded the skins for such iconic rockers like Ozzy Osbourne, Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart (Carmine & Rod co-wrote the hits Do Ya Think I’m Sexy and Young Turks) and he is a founding member of legendary 60s rock bands Vanilla Fudge (You Keep Me Hanging On was the band’s classic hit in 1967…it was featured prominently in Quentin Tarantino’s film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) and he’s a founding member of Cactus. Both the Fudge and Cactus still tour. His playing has also been a huge influence on drummers including Joey Kramer (Aerosmith), Neal Peart (Rush), Phil Collins (Genesis), Brian Taylor (Queen), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) and countless others. He was inducted into the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2014. He remains on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Drummers of All-Time list.

I had the honor to catch up with Carmine and do a little diGGin’ into this blazing new release “Energy Overload”. We dissect a few of the new tracks and learn about the entire process (at times I think we did some algebra?). We talk about the new way of working happened in his new studio with Fernando on this project- and how long it was (and how many songs in) before they actually met in person. Fascinating stuff! We also get into new Vanilla Fudge, with the oriGinal line-up and how Carmine was able to help Tim Bogert (RIP) be a part of it. This was one of thse conversations where I cannot tell you more about it than is actually in it. You have to get an earful of the whole thing to get youself in the know. Carmine is “A Piece” of rock and roll greatness. diGG

Rocky Smooth

The final part of this week’s proGram had the feel of it:

Ready Or Not- Ursula 1000
Take Me Back (Scottie Soul’s Remix)- Sunday Slim
San Mateo- Garrett Shider
Cruise Control (daZZZla & Doris Remix)- Mr. Doris & D-Funk
Las Panteras- Los Bitchos
Play On- Rollover DJ’s

Community- Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise
Mind Journey- Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise
Real Love- Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise
Rescue Mission Pt. 2- Leaf Erikson
Smoke Don’t Clear- Injury Reserve

Love & Dopamine- The Glory Reverb
Midnight- RoSaWay

You Beat Me To The Punch- LOUALLDAY + Mary Wells
What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted- LOUALLDAY + Jimmy Ruffin
Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)- LOUALLDAY + The Temptations

Together Colors Work Well

The mid-section of the proGram is further proof, toGether should be a simple & beautiful thanG:

Nine Souls- Ilana Katz Katz
Downtown With The Devil- Ilana Katz Katz
Good News- Diane Durrett & Soul Suga
greenarrowradio promo- Blind Lemon Pledge
Broken Hearted Blues- Carolyn Wonderland

Waiting To Be Free- Zac Harmon
Cake Walk- Tony Holiday Ft. Mark Hummel & Dennis Gruenling
Wish It into the Cornfield- Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps Ft. Anson Funderburgh
Imaginary War- Samantha Fish

Moment 1- Superfjord
Sassy- Kurt Elling Ft. Charlie Hunter
The World (Is Going Up in Flames)- Charles Bradley & The Extraordinaires (Live at the Apollo)
Can’t Get It Right- The Honeyshotz
You’ve Been Cheating- Omar Coleman & Eddie Roberts

Changes- Apollo Suns
So Long Ethan- Apollo Suns
Eazin’ Down- Eddie Roberts

I Don’t Want to See You Cry (LP Version)- Ghetto Priest

Shroom Zoom

The first part of this week’s proGram got us growing quick in a rockin’ way:

Sweet Child O Mine- 2 Cellos
Magic- Grand Splendid
I’ll Be There- The Dazed Son
Hemlock Girl- The High 70’s
Hertz- Amyl and The Sniffers

Too Late (A Big Wave)- Pinhdar
Slave To My Rhythm- Fabrizio Grossi & Soul Garage Experience

Rev It Up- The Ziggens
The Giant Turtle Is the Memory of the Beaches- Captain Rico & the Ghost Band

Long Haul Trucker- Pat McManus Band
I Ain’t Got You- The Ronnie Wood Band Ft. Mick Taylor (live @ The Royal Albert Hall)
I Am A Fool For You- Mink Shoals

Amyl & The Sniffer Livestream “Comfort To Me”

Amyl & the Sniffers, the Melbourne, Australia rock band fronted by Amy Taylor, released their sophomore album “Comfort To Me” a few weeks ago via ATO Records/Rough Trade. I was thankful to be a part of a VIP event where the band premiered a filmed performance of the record played in full, in one take, on a slab of concrete in a suburban wasteland somewhere in Melbourne, Australia.

“Comfort To Me”, which was co-produced by the band and Dan Luscombe, is the follow-up to Amyl & the Sniffers’ critically acclaimed 2019 self-titled debut album, which won Australia’s esteemed ARIA Award for Best Rock Album and saw the band tour their anarchic and ridiculously fun live show internationally for the past two years. With its lyrics largely written during the Australian Bushfire season, when The Sniffers were already wearing masks to protect themselves from smoke in the air, Comfort To Me came together in a 3-bedroom apartment where the four band members quarantined together during COVID-19 lockdown. The result is a less spontaneous and more darkly considered record that masterfully captures the essence of the band like never before. “This album is just us — raw self expression, defiant energy, unapologetic vulnerability,” says Taylor. “It was written by four self-taught musicians who are all just trying to get by and have a good time.”

This album, this band. THIS THIS THIS!!!

Pigeon Grooves

Final portion of this week’s proGram got those city birds out of their comfort zone and ohhh they got it going:

New Thing- The Allergies
You Don’t Love Me- Jamie and the Numbers
Yeah, You!- The Rare Sounds & Eddie Roberts & Robert Walter Ft. Chris Stillwell & Zak Najor
Shimmy Sham- The White Blinds

A Brighter Day- The New Mastersounds, Lamar Williams Jr. & Adryon De León Ft. Josh Hoyer
Organ Speech- Mister T.
Groove Analyser- Mister T.
Formerly Diffin’s Corners- Davis Hall & The Green Lanterns

How Do I Let a Good Man Down- Robin McKelle
The World Is Cold- Cookin’ on 3 Burners Ft. Mantra & Jane Tyrrell
Ms. Fat Booty- Cookin’ On 3 Burners
Bi-Polar- Garrett Shider

Silver Gloves- Apollo Suns
Pops- Let Your Hair Down
Luigiboard- Let Your Hair Down
Bird of Paradise- The Grease Traps
The Things You Do- The Honeyshotz

Hallelujah- Todd Clouser A Love Electric

This Right There

The middle portion of this week’s proGram worked hard to take you here:

greenarrowradio promo- Rusty Ends
When the Cat’s Gone the Mice Play- Sue Foley
Mama Put the Gun Down- The Porkroll Project
Once the World Stops Ending- Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps Ft. Dean Parks
Make America Groove- Diane Durrett & Soul Suga

Chicken Feet- Whitey Somers
Wot You Got- Whitey Somers
Get Outta Here (Dog Named Bo)-Tony Holiday Ft. Bobby Rush
Love Raining Down- Avey Grouws Band
Desiree- Seth Lee Jones
Mary Ann- Seth Lee Jones

Ain’t No Givin’ Up- Fabrizio Grossi & Soul Garage Experience
Ain’t That Loving You Baby- The Ronnie Wood Band Ft. Mick Taylor (live)
Bell Bottom Blues- Tedeschi Trucks Band Ft. Trey Anastasio (live at LOCKN)

Be The Change- FUTURENOT

Path Leave

The first part of this week’s proGram definitely weaves it’s way thru the comings and goings:

The Owl Theory- Swamp Tooth
Valle Local- José González
Never Enough- Good Morning
Almost Jumped The Sun (reprise)- Will Rainier
Mrs. Rosenbaum- The Brothers Steve

Breed- The Dollyrots
Don’t Fence Me In- Amyl and The Sniffers
Guided By Angels- Amyl and The Sniffers

The Beachland Ballroom- IDLES
Tame The Wave- Captain Rico & the Ghost Band
Butterfly- Mega Bog

Open Windows (Here I Am)- Dan + Claudia Zanes Ft. Grace Ferrell/Phillip Ferrell/Amadou Kouyate
**pre-recorded conversation with Claudia & Dan Zanes**
New Beginnings- Dan + Claudia Zanes Ft. Eze Jackson
Star Time- Dan + Claudia Zanes Ft. Ashley Sierra

Let Love Be Your Guide

Smithsonian Folkways has officially welcomed “Let Love Be Your Guide”, the first duo album by internationally renowned family musicians and family to the proGram, Claudia & Dan Zanes. The collection is a welcoming, freewheeling musical conversation about anti-racism, racial justice, and the joys of community. Conceived during the 2020 Black Lives Matter uprisings and coronavirus pandemic, the songs describe the new terms of togetherness – how we understand it, how we build it, and how we strive for more. Claudia & Dan like to describe their style – rooted in many different traditions including gospel, country, R&B, and traditional Haitian music – as electric folk. At the core it’s two voices and an electric guitar. The eclectic, warm, and accessible music the duo makes reflects the kindness and openness that underpin their message: out of isolation and hardship we can learn how to accept and heal the wounds of the past, and how to change and face the future with grace and compassion, regardless of our age. In addition to the usual ways that music enhances our daily lives, Claudia & Dan imagine that families will use these songs as a starting point for important and uplifting conversations at home. “Let Love Be Your Guide” was written and recorded in Baltimore shortly after the couple moved to the city from Brooklyn at the end of 2019. They had been there just a few months when the pandemic hit and they were left, like all of us, at home. In an effort to connect with others, they decided to record and share a new song online every day, creating a Social Isolation Song Series. The popular series, which was later acquired by the Library of Congress, delivered inspiration and hope by bringing people together when we were forced apart, providing light when things were so dark for the artists and their virtual audience. The series ended after two hundred days. The experience changed the couple as they realized more clearly what folk singers have always known: songs are here to inspire and uplift, but they’re also here to tell the stories and reflect the times, and these were indeed unprecedented and unforgettable times.

I had the pleasure to sit down and chat with family to the proGram, Claudia + Dan about the new release, “Let Love Be Your Guide”. We dive into how it formed out of the Isolation Song Series and how a new place to call home helped build onto the existing possibilities. Stories are told, laughs are definitely had and the inspiration of a first time duo album, by a duo meant to be, are easily felt when check ing out our chat. As always, the best way to dive into a new album is to find a way to get it into your earholes and heart and see how it wraps itself around you. I have a feeling you’ll see how an album about some serious themes can still be inviting to all and a celebration of each of us.