Thanks to those who came out for the June 4th signing of Rob Watts’ The Crooked Roads through Cedar Grove. Was great meeting so many nice people as well as many talented authors from the area. Couldn’t make it out that night? You can purchase copies of The Crooked Roads through Cedar Grove (Book & CD) at RobWattsOnline.com and OceanViewPress.com
Out of their Shadows by Ranjana Kamo
Review by Rob Watts
A wonderfully told story about faith, love, commitment and success. Two of the protagonists, particularly Nita and Sagar, are very well developed and are easily identifiable for the reader. The challenges that they face within the story are very relatable issues that anyone can attest to at one point or another in their life. Without giving anything away, Nita is on a journey towards success, but not the type of success one might automatically assume. Her personal journey towards her goal is one of dedication and drive, despite the pitfalls that lie ahead. Sagar has romantic feelings for someone (I won’t say who) and must gather up the courage to share his true feelings. He could be denied the happiness he’s in search of if he doesn’t. The story as a whole is very inspiring. It forces the reader to take stock in the gifts we’ve been given in life, as well as appreciating the tools afforded to us in life to go after what we really want. As cleverly implemented in the story, it’s patience, dedication, faith and loyalty that truly get us to the achievements we seek in life. Ranjana Kamo has a wonderfully unique way of getting this across to the reader in a very entertaining and subtle fashion.
Purchase Out of their Shadows at Amazon.com
The Crooked Roads through Cedar Grove, the new Mystery / Thriller by Rob Watts is now available at a discounted price of $19.99 and FREE shipping until June 30th. This special edition hardcover includes a 20 song soundtrack performed by Watts specifically for the novel. All orders between now and June 30th will receive a free limited edition 5″ clear vinyl album of “The Gathering” from the soundtrack (while supplies last.) All books come signed and will ship June 2nd.
The novel will be available digitally June 2nd.
Purchase your copy at Ocean View Press or RobWattsOnline.com
905 Route 28
South Yarmouth, MA
Savvy Salvage, a reclaimed artistic boutique with a nautical twist. Located on Cape Cod in beautiful South Yarmouth, this brand new shop is conveniently situated on RT 28. Owned and operated by year-round Cape residents Sharon Dean and Sean Pitta, this quaint little shop features a unique gathering of nautical themed items ranging from framed art, furnishings, vintage artifacts and comedic finds from yesteryear. Many of the pieces throughout the store have been reclaimed and lovingly restored by owner Sharon Dean. Elsewhere in the shop, you’ll find items on display by local artisans, such as a wall of beautiful wooden carvings by North Yarmouth resident David Cooperrider.
While “down the Cape,” be sure to make Savvy Salvage one of your stops. Support local art and give a home to one of the many treasured pieces throughout this wonderful new store. Make a day of it, as there is a Dairy Queen and a mini golf course right accross the street.
Visited and written about by @RobWattsOnline
Faith No More: Sol Invictus
Review by Rob Watts
It’s as if the last eighteen years hadn’t happened. Reuniting in the studio for the first time since their 1997 release, Album of the Year, the San Fransisco based experimental rockers have responsibly recorded an album that die hard fans can declare worthy of the near two-decade-long sabbatical. Sol Invictus picks right up where Album of the Year left off. Having listened to their 1997 effort a bunch of times leading up to the new release, I can say with absolute certainty that Sol Invictus sounds exactly like what I’d have expected from the band in 1999, let alone 2015. In short; they truly meant it when they said they were recording a Faith No More album that sounds like Faith No More.
Mike Patton‘s vocals are amazing as always and his classic delivery has lost nothing over the years. All of his side projects have kept him in top shape and Sol Invictus benefits greatly from that fact. Roddy Bottum’s keyboards gives the album the right amount of ambience and ethereal quality. Billy Gould and Mike Bordin‘s familiar backbone will jump right out at you and Jon Hudson‘s guitar performance is probably one of his best offerings on this album.
It’s difficult to pin point all the great elements of each song, as I’ve always approached Faith No More’s music as a full-album experience. At least since 1992s Angel Dust. Superhero and Motherfucker, the two lead singles, are hard-driving rock delights, but Cone of Shame and From The Dead really shine a light on Patton’s operatic vocal abilities. Matador is a highlight, especially for fans of Bottum’s synth playing. Black Friday features Patton’s sung-in-spoken word vocals that we’ve all come to know and love. As an album in its entirety, it comes close to Faith No More’s finest work to date. I hope we don’t have to wait another eighteen years for a new album, but if it’s as good as this one, I’ll wait patiently.
The Crooked Roads through Cedar Grove by Rob Watts (Digital Version)
The digital version of the soundtrack to The Crooked Roads through Cedar Grove by Rob Watts is now available on iTunes, Spotify and all other major download and streaming services. The physical version will be available with the novel of the same same on June 30th.
Best Coast “California Nights.”
There aren’t many bands around today who you can rely on to consistently release quality albums; especially music that get better with each new release. “California Nights” could very well be one of the best new releases this summer. Continuing with the same formula of upbeat hook-laden songs from their previous ep “Fade Away“, the Los Angeles surf pop band once again employed producer Wally Gagel, known for his work at Fort Apache Studios with acts such as Belly, Sebodah and Juliana Hatfield. The album has some amazing hooks, especially on songs such as FEELING OK, HEAVEN SENT and JEALOUSY. The hypnotic dream pop title track features Bethany Cosentino‘s vocals at their most epic state. Between her and band mate Bobb Bruno, this could possibly be their most ambitious and greatest piece of work…yet! (Rob Watts)