Free LIONS EP – one day only!

Matt Drenik and company (aka LIONS) have a new EP that they’re pimping across the UK as they play a week’s worth of dates with Monster Magnet and Karma to Burn. Because the EP isn’t available in the U.S. yet, they’re making it available to download for free, but only for today (November 30). So quit wasting time reading this and hop on over to the band’s ReverbNation site. The first 6 songs in the player have a blue arrow that you can click to download the tracks. Highly, highly recommended if you’re a fan of Local H, Monster Magnet, Soundgarden, Rage Against the Machine, and The Toadies.

You may recognize LIONS from their track “Metal Heavy Lady” which is featured on Guitar Hero 3.

Top 5 list for week of 11/22/09

1. Free downloads:  Glossary singer Joey Kneiser’s solo debut, Columbus hip-hop all-star collective Greenhouse

Two totally different end’s of the spectrum, but both great in their own way. Kneiser’s folky storytelling serving as a stop gap between Glossary CDs can be downloaded here.

Greenhouse is the brainchild of Blueprint and Illogic. The EP features guest appearances by The Catalyst and Zerostar. Download the EP here.

2. Phil’s reaction to Fisbo the Clown on Modern Family

I love this show so much. Phil’s reaction at the 45 second mark of this clip is awesome. If you haven’t checked out this show yet, catch up on all the episodes.

3. Cleveland hardcore legend Don Foose’s (ex-Spudmonsters) new  self-titled project.

I don’t know Don, never saw his old band the Spudmonsters back in the day but his new band (Foose) makes me think of the late ’80s Cleveland punk scene (and Peabody’s Down Under), a scene which I won’t claim to have ever been part of but I was definitely aware of it.

4. Yes, Anvil deserve all the recent attention they’ve been getting but let’s not forget about Canada’s hair metal veterans Helix who just released Vagabond Bones, an album that would have sounded great in 1990.

5. Kevin Tihista’s cover of Townes Van Zant’s “Still Looking for You” from Introducing Townes Van Zant Via the Great Unknown

“Golden Days” DVD now available

Indie filmmaker Chris Suchorsky thought he was filming a young band on the verge of becoming a household name when he asked The Damnwells if he could tag along on tour with them and watch as they recorded their sophomore album, Air Stereo. Little did he – or the band know – that things wouldn’t go as planned and that The Damnwells would fall by the wayside as similar-sounding bands like The Fray and Augustana received record company attention and radio push.

As is, unfortunately, the case with many indie documentaries, “Golden Days” has been wrapped up and completed for a few years and has run the film festival circuit but is only now available for old (and new) fans of the band to enjoy in their own homes. I don’t think this is a spoiler when I reveal that 2 of the band members featured in the movie (guitarist Dave Chernis and drummer Steven Terry) are no longer in the band and that The Damnwells have since released a third album (One Last Century) all while waiting for this documentary to come out.

Just in time for the holiday season, “Golden Days” is now available for purchase and, having been both a huge fan of the band and having had a chance to see a rough cut of the documentary nearly 2 years ago, I’d highly recommend either putting it on your Christmas list or buying a copy (or three) for your music-loving friends.

Tour: The Willowz

Been a busy year for Richie James Follin. The Willowz singer released a solo album, a side project (Barracks), toured as the opening act for The Toadies, and is now gearing up for the release of The Willowz latest album, Everyone, by hitting the road for a select number of tour dates in December. Everyone is available digitally now and in physical form on Dec.15 (just in time to stay fresh in people’s heads for “Best of 2009” lists!)

DOWNLOAD: “Repetition”

Dec 11 Bourbon Street – Columbus, Ohio
Dec 12 Radio Radio – Indianapolis, Indiana
Dec 13 Empty Bottle – Toronto, Ontario
Dec 17 M Room – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dec 18 The Middle East – Cambridge, Massachusetts
Dec 19 Jerky’s Live Music Hall – Providence, Rhode Island
Dec 20 Mercury Lounge – New York, New York