Posts Tagged ‘Joe Tocket’

NOTHING LIKE A LITTLE SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION…

May 17, 2013
Rudi and the LIving Dolls return to the racks with the upcoming release of a 4CD box set.  Release date and distribution avenues are still in negotiations at press time.

Rudi and the LIving Dolls return to the racks with the upcoming release of a 4CD box set. Release date and distribution avenues are still in negotiations at press time.

COMING AGE HQ

Scranton PA

Friday, May 17, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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RUDI AND THE LIVING DOLLS RE-EMERGE FROM THEIR CRYOGENIC CRYPT TO RELEASE CD BOX SET OF THEIR “GREATEST” YEARS”

Scranton P.A. – In the mid-eighties there was a band who blazed a path for others to follow.  Up until their departure for Southern cities (Philadelphia) in the late 80’s and early `90’s, they were the first and for the most part, only all-original live act in the Wyoming Valley area of Pennsylvania.  The Scranton/Wilkes Barre area overall at that time was devoid of any sort of  “Original Music Scene”.

Those who were unfamiliar bullied Rudi and the Living Dolls for so long, as well as dealing with those unaware of the concept of local original music, or the challenges associated with  creating in a ghost town, all of those factors didn’t scare them at all.

But regardless of their bravado, they moved and became little fish in an enormous sea.

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ED RANDAZZO SHOWS, TELLS AND DELIVERS WITH HIS CD SHOW AND TELL

April 10, 2013
Local NE PA artist Ed Randazzo's latest release Show And Tell.  Out now!  Photo courtesy Ed Randazzo

Local NE PA artist Ed Randazzo’s latest release Show And Tell. Out now! Photo courtesy Ed Randazzo

Facebook is actually good for some things!  This may come as a surprise to many, but I had the good fortune to make the acquaintance of Ed Randazzo through Facebook.  While the initial conversation was not about music, we became conversational through the site and I got introduced to a whole new world of music happening (literally) in my back yard.  Randazzo invited me to one of his shows, opening for Spencer Bohren at the Tripp house in West Scranton’s Tripp’s park section.

This show was put on by a group I can’t stop going on about, PocoNotes, as they have one of the most noble operation statements I have heard of in many years of dealing with the monster that is the music business. That mission statement being, to promote blues and roots music on the local level.  I have been a proponent of local level music promotion since I was involved in playing music at the local level back in the mid to late 80’s with Rudi And The Living Dolls.  Since being fortunate enough to establish this column, first through the independent music store syndication, I was immediately barred from promoting local acts because the indie music stores weren’t able to profit from independently self-distributed products.

Products from acts like another former Rudi And The Living Dolls member, drummer Joe Tocket’s new band Instant Karma and the subject of this review, Ed Randazzo and his album Show And Tell.

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