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“Santa Baby” (Single) by Me First and The Gimme Gimmes

Artist: Me First and The Gimme Gimmes
Title: “Santa Baby” (Single)
Label: Fat Wreck Chords
Release Date: 11/30/2018
Genre: Punk/Holiday
Rating: 4/5

Truth be told, the band Me First and The Gimme Gimmes is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me since everything that I listen to from them just puts me in a fun and rocking mood. For those in the unaware, MFATGG are technically a cover band but one that makes lightning fast renditions of the classics they do and even toss in teasers from other songs to see if you’re paying attention. I’d compare them to being a Punk Rock version of The Nerds if you needed more information about what they are. You’re going to want to look up albums like “Have A Ball” and “Are A Drag” when time permits but with my being on a Holiday Hootnanny kick with Christmastime heading our way, I was stoked to learn that they had offered up their own version of the classic “Santa Baby” which was originally sung by Eartha Kitt. She played Catwoman at one point on the classic “Batman” television series if you didn’t know.
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“Skeletons” (Single) by New Years Day

Artist: New Years Day
Title: “Skeletons” (Single)
Label: Red Music
Release Date: 11/8/2018
Genre: Alternative Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

It feels like forever ago that I gave you readers an overview of the “Diary Of A Creep” EP that New Years Day had released this past February and if you didn’t see that review please click HERE to be on point with me. It was a covers album with one new song, and I did enjoy it. Fast forward to now, the band is on the road with In This Moment and Halestorm and they will be hitting New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom in a couple of weeks. As no new album is ready to dish out to fans, they’ve teased us with a brand-new single in “Skeletons” which comes at us digitally and under the Red Music banner. I launched the track on Spotify to give you some thoughts about it. Here we go.
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“Show Me The Way Back Home” (Single) by Held Hostage

Artist: Held Hostage
Title: “Show Me The Way Back Home” (Single) w Joe Lynn Turner
Label: Independant
Release Date: 10/24/2018
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

Today is Veteran’s Day in these United States and in honor of the holiday, the American Rock Band named Held Hostage have offered up a tune that speaks from the mind of someone involved in conflict. The song begins with the Pledge of Allegiance which I felt was a fine touch based on our living in a time where Old Glory is not as respected as she once was. The mid-tempo tune showcases the pitfalls that many of our enlisted seemed to sadly face after active combat in faraway lands. Coming home to relatives that barely recognize them and to larger public scrutiny or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD for short).
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“Dance Macabre” (Carpenter Brut Remix)

Artist: Ghost
Title: “Dance Macabre” (Carpenter Brut Remix)
Label: Loma Vista Recordings
Release Date: 8/24/2018
Genre: Hard Rock/Pop Rock

Greetings followers of the comings and goings in the world of the band Ghost. The band recently offered up a remixed version of their single “Dance Macabre” and I am here to tell you a few of my thoughts out it. You might recall that back in May they shared what amounted to an “Instagram Story” video that showed reactions and interactions about the tune and if you missed my summary on that one just click HERE to be up to speed. So now what do we think about the bands remix by Carpenter Brut?
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“Nothing Compares 2U” (Single) by Toni Cornell w Chris Cornell

Artist: Toni Cornell/Chris Cornell
Title: “Nothing Compares 2U” (Single)
Label: Independent
Release Date: 6/18/2018
Genre: Rock
Rating: 4.5/5

It’s been just over a year since the world lost the voice of the great Chris Cornell and while so many of us still mourn the singer, there is no one his passing has affected more than his daughter Toni. Now, in honor of Father’s Day, she has released a cover single of the hit made famous by Sinead O’Connor with “Nothing Compares 2U”. The amazing thing about this is that it is done as a duet with her Father Chris and was recorded shortly before his death. Over the years I can admit to never really following the career of O’Connor, but I always enjoyed this track since it was such a powerful and heartfelt number. Could a duet by the Cornell’s work in the same fashion? The answer to that question is a rousing “YES”, it can, and it does.
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