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SAM LLANAS RETURNS AND ROCKS “THE WHOLE NIGHT THRU”!!!

September 2, 2014
This wise owl knows what's good.  Llanas' new disc is a no brainer, it's great!  Photo courtesy Daystorm Music

This wise owl knows what’s good. Llanas’ new disc is a no brainer, it’s great! Photo courtesy Daystorm Music

Sam Llanas has returned to the market place with his newest effort, The Whole Night Thru. His last album, the live compilation 4/5 Live was merely a teaser as to what Llanas and company were up to. That company is comprised of some vital, undiscovered talent from the Wisconsin cheese belt. I have personally witnessed the soul and expression drummer Ryan Schiedermayer puts into Llanas’ music, having seen the duo live at the Rockwood Music Hall in NYC a couple of years ago. But this album features a full band, not just the duo of Llanas and Schiedermayer. Joining them is lead guitarist Sean Williamson, and bassist Matthew “El” Turner.

With the release of The Whole Night Thru, Llanas bids a mournful good bye to the BoDeans, a move that, as Llanas mentions in a recent press release, is a recalcitrant one. Llanas clarifies the situation: “I think people have this misconception that I left The BoDeans to pursue a solo career, but that’s just not the truth. I never wanted the break up of the BoDeans. It broke my heart.”

Been there…

But as a recent convert to Llanas’ music, and only having heard small snippets of BoDeans tracks, I can tell that even though it was not Llanas’ preference to have the BoDeans disintegrate, he took with him the heart, the soul, and the spirit of his music.

Let’s check out some of that heart/soul/spirit…

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THE COVERAGE CONTINUES! A DAY FOR GRACE/SAM LLANAS TO GET NATIONAL/GLOBAL ATTENTION ON DAVE MARSH’S SIRIUS-FM SHOW, “SPECTRUM”!!!

August 24, 2013
Dynamo performer Llanas (left) belts-it-out at the Rockwood Music Hall, NYC, Sept. 2012.  Accompanied by long-time percussionist Ryan Schiedermayer (right).  Photo by Lynn Vala

Dynamo performer Llanas (left) belts-it-out at the Rockwood Music Hall, NYC, Sept. 2012. Accompanied by long-time percussionist Ryan Schiedermayer (right). Photo by Lynn Vala

As someone who has been on the bandwagon since the play A Day For Grace made its debut at Stage Left Studios in Manhattan last September, I have taken slack, I have taken criticism, I have steered through harsh criticisms leveled at me through this blog, Facebook and my business email.  One trick pony, in their pocket, too one-sided.

Now it’s time to share this coverage, and hope that others take up the crusade as I have.  This play has personal meaning to myself as well as the team behind the play.  All of us have been touched by topics within the play.

On Sunday, September 22, on the last day of the New York run, again at Stage Left Studios, at 11:00 a.m., Sam Llanas, Doug Vincent and Gary Tanin will be on the Dave Marsh “Kick Out The Jams” radio show on Sirius XM Radio, The Spectrum (Channel 28).

To the established readers of this blog, you already know the sensitive, real-life topics discussed in the play.  They are dark and sordid.  For those of you who are new to BouleBlog (and the demographics suggest readership has increased recently, THANK YOU) a brief sysnopsis: (more…)

A BOULEBLOG FIRST! TWO REVIEWS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! SAM LLANAS BRINGS THE PASSION TO THE STAGE WITH 4/5 LIVE VOL. 1, AND A DAY FOR GRACE RETURNS TO THE STAGE TRIUMPHANT!

August 21, 2013
A personalized copy of Four/Five Live Volume 1! It doesn't get much better than that!

A personalized copy of Four/Five Live Volume 1! It doesn’t get much better than that!

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  We are embarking on something new here at the BouleBlog, a double review!!!  There is much going on in the Sam Llanas camp and we have little time to cover it.  So sit back in your favorite comfy chair, grab yourself a lovely beverage, turn your cell phone off and spend some time with Sam Llanas, as well as Doug Vincent in our first epic, single post two part review!  Two for the price of one, and cue that annoying little guy ‘the price is FREE!!!!’

When you see an emotive performer like Sam Llanas live, you get to witness the whole being.  Because when Llanas interprets his songs, time after time he put each and every atom of that being into every performance.  So to get this live disc from Llanas is thrilling because other than the visual of Llanas, you are still going to get powerhouse passion, as well as the full array of human emotions in song form.

For those of you who want to get a live load of Llanas, he will be performing sets in advance of the play A Day For Grace playing in various locations from Virginia, to Denver, to Milwaukee, to Chicago and culminating in a return to New York to play on the stage where it first came to being, Stage Left Studio.  Llanas has been reported to play a set then is joined for the play by Doug Vincent, star and playwright.

I find myself at a slight disadvantage as many of the songs were from Llanas’ BoDeans catalog.  I have not yet gotten myself up to speed on the BoDeans (regrettably).  So I will evaluate the songs I am unfamiliar with on their current merit, how they were performed on this disc, at that moment in time.  Actually, I think that’s fair.  There is no real point in comparison between what was and what is.  Llanas is solo now.  He lives and dies by the bits and bytes he puts on the disc.  But knowing Llanas, he’s not sweating it.  He is a consummate performer, and his backing band is a crew of highly skilled professionals (we’ll get to who plays what later on) who are totally capable of carrying out Llanas’ concentrated compositions.

In fact, here’s some of them now:

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SAM LLANAS (FORMERLY OF BODEANS) JOINS NATIONAL TOUR

March 10, 2013

Hit play signs Llanas for second play theatrical tour to Milwaukee, Chicago and New York City

Sam Llanas (left) and Doug Vincent (right); Llanas and Vincent bring the touching play "A Day For Grace" back to fortunate audiences in Milwaukee, Chicago and New York City for another run.  Do not miss this most  poignant performance!  Photo by Matthew Staver

Sam Llanas (left) and Doug Vincent (right); Llanas and Vincent bring the touching play “A Day For Grace” back to fortunate audiences in Milwaukee, Chicago and New York City for another run. Do not miss this most poignant performance! Photo by Matthew Staver

Milwaukee – In a career move that belies his time opening for everyone from Bob Dylan to U2, former BoDeans rock legend Sam Llanas has joined the cast of the critically acclaimed drama Day for Grace.

The play, which weaves the true-life tale of playwright and lead actor Doug Vincent’s
tumultuous youth, features Llanas in live nightly performances of music from his 1998 album A Good Day To Die.

“Every issue addressed in the play – from bullying and mental illness to alcoholism and suicide – is
also addressed on Sam’s album” said Llanas’ manager Gary Tanin in a recent interview. “What’s
even more astonishing is that the playwright had never even heard of this album before writing
the play.”

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BOULEBLOG GOES TO THE GRAMMYS WITH MASTERING ENGINEER, PRODUCER AND ARTIST EXTROIRDINAIRE, GARY TANIN!!!!

February 14, 2013
Gary Tanin hams it up at the Chicago Chapter Grammy Event. Photo courtesy Gary Tanin

Gary Tanin hams it up at the Chicago Chapter Grammy Event. Photo courtesy Gary Tanin

I know you haven’t heard of the band I am about to reference unless you are located near Cincinnati.  That band is called The Psychodots.  When Adrian Belew joins them, they are The Bears.  Belew, Rob Fetters, Bob Nyswonger and Chris Arduser.  The wrote a song once called “Prarie Dog Town”.  I reference this band’s song because there is a line in the song that, when presented with the following subject matter, immediately popped into my mind: ‘We’re too hip to screw around’.

I like to think we are too hip to screw around.

My thinking is influenced by the fact that I have long been espousing the existence of one Gary Tanin.  Yeah, my best thing to ever happen to me studied Mr. Tanin in her Telecommunications courses in college (while I wasted my time in Business Administration with a Law minor, UGH, useless) but I knew of him as a contributor to the genesis of what became that computer program in your Mac called GarageBand.

Then there was his involvement in the career of long-time Todd Rundgren cohort Roger Powell.  Then there is his work with former BoDeans member Sammy Llanas.  Then there is his solo work on his own musical career, as well as the numerous artists to whom he has lent his magic ear.

I put on my Facebook page that I use to promote this blog, (https://www.facebook.com/groups/bouleblog/) that we only back winners on this site.  We stand by that, and in fact, we are now pleased to show our proof.  Dig in as we go to one of the satellite Grammy galas, this time in Chicago where Mr. Tanin rubbed elbows with a few high and mighty folks at this event.  This was one of the REAL events, unlike that sham of a show that captured the mindless of America, topped American televisions ratings and proved that most of America’s minds have turned to mush.

Check out the real deal…

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UNFETTERED BY OPPRESSIVE BANDMATES, SAM LLANAS IS BURNING UP THE SOLO CIRCUIT, BRINGING HIS SPIRITED, SOULFUL AND EARNEST STYLE OF MUSIC TO MILWAUKEE’S LINNEMAN’S, FEBRUARY 9TH!!!

February 7, 2013
Sam Llanas and his faithful Taylor guitar will be bringing his quality style of balladeering to Linneman's in Milwaukee February 9th.

Sam Llanas and his faithful Taylor guitar will be bringing his quality style of balladeering to Linneman’s in Milwaukee February 9th.

Not often in music today are there artists who have not only a natural gift for presenting music, but present it with honest, pure emotion.  If you think what you see in today’s popular artists is raw emotion, I hate to be the one to break this to you, but you have been mislead.  Artists like Lady Gaga, Katie Perry, One Direction, Justin Beiber, and the all-time prat Taylor Swift (no, that’s not a misspelling, it is an English term, look it up, it fits) put on a good show, but they’re emotions are fraudulent at best.  For example, Taylor Swift is 23 years old (or 24, or 22, who cares what the exact number is), she wouldn’t know TRUE heartbreak if it bit her on the bum.

You wanna hear a piece about actual heart destruction?  Then give Gary Tanin’s Love Changes a listen.

Like Tanin’s real emotional album, Sam Llanas is no stranger to putting true feeling into song.  I was lucky enough to get a close-up view of Mr. Llanas in action last September at the Rockwood Music Hall in New York City.  This was my first exposure to Llanas live.  In no uncertain terms, I was blown away.

Llans keeps his chord structures simple, but what he does with those chord structures is nothing less than brilliant.  To squeeze such emotions out of a few open chords equals genius.  I usually review progressive acts.  Music comprised of augmented/diminished chords, alternate bass notes not supporting the root chords, odd time signatures, completed with verbose, madrigal lyrical composition.  It is refreshing to hear stripped down structures supporting words one doesn’t need either a Queen’s English dictionary or a thesaurus to understand.

It makes my job much easier as well.

What makes Llanas so great?  OK, so he uses simple structures and working class lyrics.  If that isn’t enough for you, read on and we will gladly explore more…

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MEGA-MAN GARY TANIN COVERS ALL THE BASES AND GETS DOWN TO BASICS WITH HIS NEW/OLD RELEASE “LOVE CHANGES”.

December 12, 2012
Gary Tanin enjoying some rare down time playing a communal piano in Denver CO during a recent run of "A Day For Grace" featuring Sam Llanas and Doug Vincent.

Gary Tanin enjoying some rare down time playing a communal piano in Denver CO during a recent run of “A Day For Grace” featuring Sam Llanas and Doug Vincent.

Dr. Who, South Park, Robot Chicken, all mention it (among others).  But it’s not just a concept in fiction or animation…  It’s real!  What’s that?  Cloning.  Remember Dolly the sheep?  If there was ever someone who could benefit from cloning, it has to be Gary Tanin.  It is amazing to see this person’s body of work as it is, but when you get down to digging into this man’s history, you realize he surpasses the definition of multi-faceted.

Many of you may not have even heard of him, but I would bet the farm you’ve heard his work.  From national JC Penney ads to a Wisconsin based “Who’s Who” of musicians. However I know that won’t satiate you, you still want to know why I am dedicating this column space to someone you consider a virtual unknown.  Yeah, he’s so unknown, my best thing to ever happen to me studied telecommunications, and Gary Tanin was mentioned as part of the curriculum of study.

You don’t get to be part of a major East coast college curriculum by being a nothing.

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A FIRST FOR BOULEBLOG!!! VIDEO!!! JEFF BOULE INTERVIEWS “A DAY FOR GRACE” STAR DOUG VINCENT!!!

October 25, 2012

While the video itself lacks technical quality, what you are about to witness is a one-of-a-kind, exclusive interview with the gripping two-man show co-star Doug Vincent.  The other co-star, none other than the extraordinary Sam Llanas!!!  Follow the technical advisements attached to the video, and more importantly pay attention to the discourse, the dialog, the message!  I want to thank Mr. Vincent for his kindness, patience and indulgence in our first ever video interview.

I can promise that as we go along the video quality will get better as, with your understand and encouragement, we would relish the chance to grow and expand our capabilities.

In the meanwhile I hope you will enjoy our first video interview with the incomparable Mr. Doug Vincent.

Special thanks to all who helped make this happen, Mr. Douglas Vincent, Mr. Samuel Llanas, Mr. Gary Tanin, Ms. Jessica Belf-Vincent, and any and all who I may have forgotten to list.  We have not forgotten about the Killing Joke MMXII review, but this was too exciting to let slide.

LIFE IS NOT ALL FUN AND GAMES. A DAY FOR GRACE DEMONSTRATES JUST HOW MUCH AT THE STAGE LEFT STUDIO, 9-13-12

September 24, 2012

Sam Llanas (left) and Doug Vincent (right); co-performers of A Day For Grace. Photo by Matthew Staver

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  The themes and language contained in the following play review are best suited towards a mature audience.  We at BouleBlog strongly suggest that readers under the age of 16 please consult your parents or guardian adults regarding the content and if it is proper for the viewing of minors in the household.  Thank you.

We are spreading our wings here at BouleBlog.  This is our first play review!!!  I can hear the nay-sayers now…  “What does he know about plays?  He’s JUST a musician…”  Yeah, just a musician.  The first flaw in that thinking is, I have spent some (academic) time doing theater.  So I can actually speak some of the lingo, blocking, direction, lighting, cues, etc.  Annette Palutis, you should be proud…

From the pre-show buzz, this promises to be interesting.  The basics of the story are, it is about the son of an alcoholic who is expecting the birth of his first child.  Touchy subject, alcoholism.  It hits close to home.  My best thing to ever happen to me did not see her mother for the last 18 years of her mom’s life as her mother preferred drinking over the company of the woman who was ostensibly her only surviving child.  My best thing has issues with abandonment.  This may be out-of-line, but part of the reason I separated from the syndication was to get down in the trenches.  If getting in those trenches means telling the story of my best thing and how she, as a five year old girl, watched her father suffer a cerebral hemorrhage and drop in front of her eyes only a to die a few days later, so be it.

My personal experience with alcoholism brings me back to the last time I saw my father in the house I grew up in New Jersey.  Ah, fond memories of Muzz (that’s what we called him, not dad, not father, but a nickname given to him by his friends because of his stylish upper lip warmer) gripping me by the collar of my shirt on either side of my neck, slamming me against the double door refrigerator DEMANDING that I tell him I loved him.

I can assure you I didn’t.

But as most victims of alcohol abuse can tell you, I did what was demanded of me (self preservation).  I saw my father once more before alcohol consumption took him at age 55.  At my brother’s wedding.  My brother’s wife was smart, she saw him going down the same road, so she left him!  My brother would drown shortly later in an alcohol-related boating accident.  So I am not unfamiliar with the irreversible damage alcohol abuse can do.

But A Day For Grace is also a comedy!  Huh???

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SAM LLANAS BRINGS REAL MUSIC BACK TO LIFE AT THE ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL, NYC, 9-12-12

September 17, 2012

Brilliant balladeer Sam Llanas looks deep into the soul of the camera, and sings to the depth of the heart. Photo by Lynn Vala

The Rockwood Music Hall couldn’t possibly be a more intimate venue.  Having arrived early, once the beginning act of the show concludes, we are then entertained by Californian Jason Karaban (the venue was intimate enough that I saw his driver’s license, as well as returned Mr. Karaban’s capo to him after it slipped off the neck of his guitar and out of his hand).

We are also highly chuffed that we will be meeting Mr. Doug Vincent, author of “A Day For Grace” (which will be explored in more detail in a future review, yes, now that we are on our own, no more record store influence, we can review plays, musical instruments, pop culture, the future is wide open, so stay tuned!).  The confusing part for me was, will this be the Sam Llanas solo show, or will it be “A Day For Grace”.  I was confused until I saw the marquee at the Rockwood.  This was Mr. Llanas’ baby.

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