It was during Wizard World Chicago in 2016 that Jumpin' Jamie first hit my radar - performing pop culture and pop punk inspired family music to a live audience. Now, the New Jersey-based kindie rocker is readying his full-length debut album Kookie, a record that's inspired by some of the bands that shaped his own love of music - bands such as Green Day, R.E.M., The Beatles, Weezer, Ash and more. Today, The Rock Father™ is presenting the World Premiere of Jumpin' Jamie's debut single - "Back to the Future" - complete with a music video by artist Marie Chatelot, re-telling the events of Robert Zemeckis' Back to the Future (1985) and Back to the Future II (1989) in stop-motion cardboard animation. Crank up the speakers and fire up the Flux Capacitor, then hit "play" on the video below!
It's been two years since PRODUCT OF HATE released their debut album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE via Napalm Records. Three years of touring (they started the cycle a year prior to the album's release), a few singles, five music videos, a live video and a lyric video later, and we're nearing news on their second album. I'm beyond partial to the band as I co-manage them and have served as director/editor on the aforementioned five videos - and even though the second album is on the way (Shhh! Recording was just completed!), people are still discovering the first one. Having been asked for "playthrough videos" for awhile now, we grabbed some footage from the archives and put together a bass playthrough for "Kill. You. Now." This is four minutes of Mark Campbell going to town on his six-string bass, as pulled from the raw footage from when we shot the original video. Check out the "Slappin' da Bass" version below. Thanks, Paul Rudd!
When it comes to music, one thing that's pretty stale is the habit of making fun of Nickelback. In fact, I only cite Possible Oscar's "How We Recycle" as an acceptable parody, but even that is old - originally from 2007. Nickelback has a new album out, and FEED THE MACHINE is doing pretty well in bringing the rock to the mainstream masses. With their new video, "The Betrayal Act III," they show off what they do so well - mixing the heavy and the poppy, essentially setting the bar for radio rock, but with some real punch. It's heavy but hooky at the same time. Check it out... it's completely acceptable to do so.
“I always knew I wanted to make a record for kids,” says Josh Lovelace (best-known as a member of the GRAMMY-nominated NEEDTOBREATHE), who on November 17 will release his first-ever family music album, Young Folk. With a goal of making the music "folky and accessible, rather than annoying or watered down," Lovelace, a married fellow "Rock Father" of two, has crafted a collection of songs inspired by his love of folk and family music - a love passed down to him from his grandparents, who first shared with him the music of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. Later he would discover the works of Sharon, Lois & Bram, and his path to becoming a performer would be set. Today, The Rock Father™ Magazine is happy to premiere the music video for "You're My Very Best Friend," the debut single from Josh Lovelace and Friends. See it below!
I despise Snapchat on many levels, particularly in that it managed to convince millions of people that vertical video is acceptable. This is 100% false, and if video is presented in any format other than landscape (widescreen) or square (like an old tv), that is incorrect. Most folks wouldn't hang their television vertically because tall-and-skinny video is painful to watch. But, in an effort to capture the tainted eyes of those millions, Facebook and Instagram also went vertical via "stories," solidifying their Snapchat clones with filters as well. Why am I ranting about this again, you ask? Because THE DARKNESS has released a new music video for "Southbound Trains," and unfortunately it's done in a snapchat style... which means they've either got black bars on the sides, or have to place multiple vertical images next to each other to fill-out the properly-configured widescreen player. I love THE DARKNESS, but this is just annoying.
I had a chance to catch POWERMAN 5000 live last year at a small club here in Illinois, and let me tell you - they put on just as electrifying a show now as they did nearly two decades ago as "When Worlds Collide" was blowing up the radio. The lineup has evolved, but the magic is still there, and on October 27 the band will unleash their latest album, NEW WAVE. This week brings us the first single and video from the new record, with "Sid Vicious in a Dress" streaming below. Beware there is some NSFW imagery there, particularly a moment with a baseball bat - something I tend to be familiar with. Crank it up!