Movies and snacks go together like Han and Chewie, and with the release of Lucasfilm's Solo: A Star Wars Story, the folks at popchips have a snacking suggestion. A special package arrived in my mailbox here at Rock Father HQ this week - one that contained a bag of popchips Galaxy Puffs and pair of tickets to see Solo: A Star Wars Story at the local Regal Cinemas. It's said "Hey James! This is the box you're looking for!," and contained a note to emphasize that "great movies deserve great snacks," and that they've delivered "the best snack in the galaxy" to "take your taste buds to hyperspace." Now I'm sure that "best snack in the galaxy" is subjective, as Jabba the Hutt tends to prefer a jar of those little frog-like creatures, the Ewoks will forage for just about anything, and who knows what Wuher is serving-up at the Mos Eisley Cantina these days. But these aged cheddar puffs are pretty good - and it's said that they're "Popped with The Force."
Though it was released back in April, I've only recently started spinning THE WAY LIFE GOES, the long-awaited solo album from CINDERELLA frontman TOM KEIFER, here at Rock Father HQ. My earliest memories of Keifer's work in CINDERELLA were shaped in large part thanks to MTV and the local carnivals, where bands like his could be heard alongside BON JOVI, POISON, SLAUGHTER and many others of the era, blasting from the Flying Bob's or the game section, where crowds of black-shirted teens would try their hand at winning a wood-framed mirror bearing the logo of their favorite band. CINDERELLA's NIGHT SONGS was released just two months prior to my 10th birthday, and I missed out on seeing the entire "glam era" live and in-concert, and my album collection was being dominated by HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS and BOBBY BROWN records, along with the soundtracks to SPACEBALLS and POLICE ACADEMY 4: CITIZENS ON PATROL. By the time I'd really become aware of CINDERELLA and moved into full-on rock mode (High School), the band was nearing it's first end. Fast-forward nearly two decades, CINDERELLA has reunited and hit the road a few times, and now, here I sit listening to the debut solo album from "the voice of CINDERELLA." And it's good.
On October 29, ED KOWALCZYK will release THE FLOOD AND THE MERCY (Soul Whisper/Harbour/Caroline Records), his second full-length solo album since his departure from the band LIVE in 2009. Produced by Jamie Candiloro (R.E.M., Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson) and mixed by Tom Lord-Alge (Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, Santana), THE FLOOD AND THE MERCY features guest appearances by Rachael Yamagata and R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck. The album is set to hit Europe early to coincide with Kowalczyk's I ALONE Acoustic Tour. Check out the first single, "Seven," below...
Former SMASHING PUMPKINS guitarist JAMES IHA has kept consistently busy between production work (THE SOUNDS, LADYTRON, WHISKEYTOWN) and his own musical pursuits as a member of A PERFECT CIRCLE and TINTED WINDOWS. Now, Iha has announced a September 18, 2012 release date for his new solo album, LOOK TO THE SKY. Set for release via The End Records, you can stream the first single ''To Who Knows Where'' below, right here on The Rock Father. I'm diggin' it.