Cowboy Bebop combines jazz, blues, country, rock, even heavy metal. who better to discuss this genre-bending soundtrack than Steve Conte, vocalist from some of the anime’s most famous jams? He honored us with an interview, and even after this awesome episode, we STILL aren’t sure if we’re done talking about Cowboy Bebop’s music…
Today, March 5th, is another Bandcamp Friday where for 24 hours, 100% of the revenue from sales goes directly to the artists! It started at MIDNIGHT last night and will end at midnight tonight! 12AM PST, 3AM EST, 9AM in EU, etc. Get there before time is up in your country!And while you’re there you can hear a few of Steve’s other releases…
It’s a wonderful thing Bandcamp.com is doing for musicians during the pandemic – since they can’t work together in studios or play live. Pleas support independent music…and thanks in advance! We love you Bandcamp!!!
Happy Holidays everyone! So… I’m singing/playing guitar & “acting” in this movie (I’m playing a musician, big stretch, i know) w/ Vincent “Big Pussy” Pastore & Maureen Van Zandt (The Sopranos), Eddie Brigati (The Rascals), Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts) Zou Zou Mansour (Soraia), Dina Regine, Christian Keiber, Kerry McGann & many others!
Big song at the finale too…it’s only 25 minutes long – Enjoy!
Renegade Theater presents: “A Rock & Roll Christmas Carol”!
Last minute special – 10% off admission! Use the code SHM10OFF when purchasing your ticket.
Let’s talk songwriting; song form, chords, melodies, hooks, arrangement, lyrics & more! We’ll study some classics – plus – I’ll break down songs from my solo bands, New York Dolls, Michael Monroe & Company Of Wolves. And you can ask me anything musical during our Q&A session!!
Anyone can participate no matter which part of the world you live in. Just do the time difference calculation… Starts at 12 noon Pacific time, 3pm East Coast time, 8pm UK time, 9pm Central Europe time, 10pm for Nordic countries & 4am in Japan.
Sonically, The Crazy Truth lies somewhere between garage rock and punky blues with hints of Latin-soul in a dark, smoky lounge. Stooges & Stones meet Morphine & Tom Waits. Classic roots with modern twists. Steve Conte brings the power, soul and raunch; a guitar hero on the edge of falling apart – with the voice of a derelict angel. Drummer Phil Stewart is equal parts Max Roach and Keith Moon while bassist Leeko was weaned on The Clash and old school reggae. Conte says: “This album sounds like a band playing LIVE because it is — drums, bass & guitar together in one room, solos recorded live on the basic tracks, rough and tough. It was like doing a gig – and I love playing live with this band because it’s all about interplay and the moment. We don’t just deliver the songs…we JAM!”
Lyrically, the songs reflect two decades of life and excess in New York City…the distractions troubled souls move toward to fill the emptiness. Dive bars, gambling, sex & drugs …it’s all there, but not celebrated with the usual macho rock attitude. It’s really about redemption. With Steve Conte’s unique perspective he sings, “I’m always putting the last things first, that’s why I’m starting out with the second verse” and “drag queens, drama queens, future ex-porn stars, we’re all looking for lovers with beautiful scars”. Whether he’s the morally bankrupt guy “coming downtown in a Gypsy Cab” or riding a “Busload Of Hope” to Atlantic City, Conte offers optimism – “In the end we transcend – we’re divine”.
Special guests include David Johansen (New York Dolls) on harmonica, Catherine Russell (David Bowie) & Nicki Richards (Madonna) on backing vocals and Danny Ray (Sylvain Sylvain/ Johnny Thunders), Kiku Collins (Beyonce) Tom Timko (Stevie Wonder) on horns. The album was mixed by the legendary Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Keith Richards) and mastered by Richard Dodd (Tom Petty/Green Day).