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Locals Only Special Edition: Stan Lynch Interview

Stan Lynch in the studio (http://www.stanlynchmusic.com/photos.html)

It’s a special edition of Rock104.com‘s Locals Only as Glenn Richards talks with Stan Lynch (Gainesville music legend, successful Nashville songwriter, producer, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee as the original drummer for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)! They talk about his life and times in Gainesville and his latest production for his Gainesville buddies, the Dixie Desperados who have a CD release party Sat June 22 with Mike Boulware & Family at HIGH DIVE (Gainesville, FL). You’ll hear special treats from Stan’s career featuring music from artists he’s worked with including rare tracks from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Styrophoam Soule, Road Turkey, and more! Plus plenty of new music from the Dixie Desperados. Enjoy!

Hear an archived recording of the show HERE!

  • Dixie Desperados – Mean As Hell (Dixie Desperados) [producer]
  • Sister Hazel – Concede (…Somewhere More Familiar) [producer]
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Even The Losers (Damn The Torpedoes) [drums]
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Strangered In The Night (Recorded live at My Father’s Place, Roslyn, NY, 1977) [drums]
  • Camryn Wessner – Temporary (Temporary) [co-writer, producer]
  • Don Henley – Drivin’ With Your Eyes Closed (Building the Perfect Beast) [co-writer]
  • The Mavericks – I Should Have Been True (What A Crying Shame) [co-writer]
  • Tim McGraw – Back When (Live Like You Were Dying) [co-writer]
  • Dixie Desperados – Clint Eastwood (Dixie Desperados) [producer]
  • Dixie Desperados – Wandering Man (Dixie Desperados) [producer]
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – So You Want To Be A Rock & Roll Star (Pack Up The Plantation) [drums]
  • Road Turkey – Out On The Shreads (1972 Demo; Steve Soar on lead guitar, Carl Patty on bass, Marty Jourard on keyboards [who would later move to L.A. and form the Motels], and Stan Lynch on drums)
  • Styrophoam Soule – Make Me Smile (1971 Demo; Randy Morris guitar; Jamie Sterrett bass, trombone, vocals; Stan Lynch drums; Lonnie Morris vocals; probably Tom Bogle keys; Chris Platt trumpet; Danny Beckham sax)
  • Dixie Desperados – Beer Drinkin’ Women (Dixie Desperados) [producer]
  • Dixie Desperados – Rebel Yell (Dixie Desperados (1976-2001))

Stan Lynch with Jeff Sims of Dixie Desperados

 

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

 

Road Turkey

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Review: Queens of the Stone Age Return with Alt-Rock ‘…Like Clockwork’

BY ALYSSA HOLCOMB

Alt-rock heavyweights Queens of the Stone Age have returned riff-heavy with their first record since 2007. … Like Clockwork is just as you remember the California-based band – hard, driven, and full of awesome.

“Keep Your Eyes Peeled” opens the album with a dark, bass-heavy drawl, while “I Sat By The Ocean” picks up the tempo with singer-guitarist Josh Homme keeping his vocals just the right mix of chest and falsetto.

“The Vampyre of Time and Memory” varies a bit with its techno/piano opening hybrid. “If I Had A Tail” stands out with bassist Michael Shuman pounding out a beat that’s equally gritty and sexy. Adding to the song’s greatness, Dave Grohl fills in on the drums behind an all-star lineup of gang vocals featuring Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, Screaming Trees’ Mark Lanegan and former QOTSA member Nick Oliveri.

First single, “My God Is The Sun,” is equal parts up-tempo and slightly psychedelic. This transitions into the Trent Reznor-featured “Kalopsia,” which is slow and slightly Soundgarden-sounding in its deep vocals overlaying softer music.

“Fairweather Friends” shows off Homme’s voice with a bit more belt. The grooving “Smooth Sailing” is full-on funky and arguably one of the album’s best tracks. At first, you could mistake it for an outlier on a Jack White record.

The album closes out with the Beatlesque “I Appear Missing,” a pitched verse transitioning into a harsher chorus. The title track is last, a piano ballad intro fading into some melodic musical chaos (again, a la The Beatles) halfway through.

Even though my QOTSA knowledge is limited, an album like this proves that this is not only a band full of a variety of influences, but one with the rare knowledge of how to combine those influences in the right way – and make an awesome record out of it, once again.

Queens of the Stone Age is touring the festival circuit in Europe this summer and will headline Lollapalooza in August. For more information, check out the band’s website: www.qotsa.com.

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Alice in Chains Get Prehistoric With New Record

By ALYSSA HOLCOMB

Growing up with Chains’ music, I would have to say I’ve been pretty hooked when it comes to the band’s simple intensity and hard harmonies. Oxymorons aside, their new record The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here exhibits the same type of intensity and harmonies, but falls a bit short of a rock and roll asteroid.

Album opener “Hollow” starts off well enough, vocalist William Duvall (who replaced the late Layne Staley) mixing nicely with guitarist Jerry Cantrell overtop hard riffs that are typical Chains style. “Pretty Done” and “Stone” are much the same as the first, with drawling vocals filling the sound out. “Voices” brings an acoustic tone in, a nice reprieve with a more balanced vocal style – one voice doesn’t stand out too much, and it makes for a good track.

The title track is slow, but unlike the band’s other measured tracks, this one never picks up. This is my general issue with the album – the standard Chains sound is there, but there is something holding it back from breaking the threshold and becoming great.

However, tracks like “Low Ceiling” and “Breath On A Window” show more promise with more upbeat tempos (an interesting segue from the dragging “Lab Monkey.”) The thrashing “Phantom Limb” is arguably the album’s hardest rocker, with a heavier guitar sound more prominent from the beginning. The album ends with two slower pieces, “Hung On A Hook” and “Choke,” proving that while the album has tempo transitions, they are not necessarily well thought out.

The album is not “bad,” but to me, it doesn’t stand out. Amongst their other albums, even their last record Black Gives Way To Blue, this record doesn’t have a track that really stood out, with “Hollow” coming the closest. Loyal Chains listeners will recognize the same style, but for this listener, it lacked some of the intensity that truly makes the band.

Alice In Chains will tour throughout the globe this summer. For more information, check out their official website: www.aliceinchains.com.

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