The Crooked Roads through Cedar Grove by Rob Watts: Now Available! 

  

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

Savvy Salvage on Cape Cod

  

Savvy Salvage

905 Route 28

South Yarmouth, MA

774-994-2548

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. 

Relove-Recycle-Resell! SavvySalvageCapeCod@gmail.com

Visited and written about by @RobWattsOnline

   

     

Faith No More: Sol Invictus (Album Review)

 

Faith No More: Sol Invictus

Review by Rob Watts

@RobWattsOnline 

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: Soundtrack Now Available

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 (Album Review)

 

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)

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Trader Joes Instant Coffee

  

Rob Watts

@RobWattsOnline.com

Coffee lovers, you’ll thank me for this. I spend a lot of time traveling and oftentimes, I’m not in the vicinity of Starbucks, Tim Horton’s or Dunkin Donuts. I don’t need to tell you how bad hotel room coffee is. Here’s something I picked up at Trader Joes recently and it’s been a life saver. Trader Joes Instant Coffee packs are perfect for travel and they are the most convenient packaged product I’ve seen in a long time. No need for having excessive packs of sugar and creamers with you. These small packs contain sugar and cream, so it’s just pour and go. More importantly, it’s good!  You’re ready for your day :)

Cover Reveal: The Crooked Roads through Cedar Grove! 

Cover Design by Nicolene Lorette Design

My latest project, The Crooked Roads through Cedar Grove, will be released on June 30th. This Thriller/Mystery is based on my previous three-book-at-a-time novella series, which started back in 2011. For those unfamiliar with that series, it consisted of three standalone tales set against the backdrop of Cedar Grove, Massachusetts, a fictional New England town. Each story focused on a different protagonist, faced with their own personal conflicts. Each story, however, tied together with the next in ways known only to me at the time, as each novella was left with a cliffhanger ending. Now, all the answers are revealed, and through this reimagined telling of those three accounts, you’re sure to enjoy your adventure through the crooked roads through Cedar Grove! 

The cover design was performed by Nicolene Lorette Design. Readers of my previous release, Left-Hand Path, will be familiar with Nicolene’s work as she had done the cover art for that project. 

There’s an unsettling anomaly dwelling in the picturesque New England town of Cedar Grove. Kathleen, a seventeen-year-old newcomer to the town, is harassed and bullied by her classmates. Alex and Bethany purchase a beautiful home for well-below its value, only to discover that the reduced price offers them more than they bargained for. Brian develops an infatuation with a girl he finds online, but she’s not who he expects. There is a sinister presence silently twisting their fates together on the crooked roads through Cedar Grove.

In addition to the story, this Casebound Special Edition includes a 20 song soundtrack of original music written, composed and performed by yours truly. If you enjoyed suspenseful film scores from the late 70s and early 80s (think Howard Shore, John Carpenter and Tangerine Dream), then you’ll most likely enjoy the accompanying soundtrack of hypnotic, kaleidoscopic music. 

“The Crooked Roads” will be available in select stores June 30th. Pre-orders for the book will begin next week online at Ocean View Press. Pre-orders will be offered at a discounted price before the official release date and will include a very special gift. Don’t miss out! 

Can’t wait until June 30th? 

I’ll be on hand signing copies of the new book/CD at the following venues beforehand:

June 4th- The Peabody Institute Library of Danvers in Danvers, MA

June 20th- Nashua Public Library in Nashua, NH

June 27th- New Jersey Comic & Anime in Morristown, NJ

If you live nearby, stop by and have your copy signed! Until, next post—happy weekend!