New music releases, 30th June 2014

Here are this week’s new and notable music releases for the 30th of June, 2014:

KATL - High Priestess
High Priestess, Kobra & The Lotus

Revival, Bellowhead
Mutineers, David Gray
The Division Bell (20th Anniversary Edition), Pink Floyd
Isolate and Medicate, Seether
Games of Thrones Season 4 OST, Ramin Djawadi
From Parts Unknown, Every Time I Die
New Jersey (Deluxe Edition), Bon Jovi
Remedy, Old Crow Medicine Show
Saga City, Saga
High Life, Bryan Eno and Karl Hyde
Magic Forest, Amberian Dawn
Hardcore Lives, Madball
A Sunday Night Above The Rain, Marillion
Legend (30th Anniversary Edition), Bob Marley
Devil’s Road, Walkabouts
Our Year, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis
Naturbal, Vintersorg
A Fistful of Desert Blues, Lydia Lunch and Cypress Grove
Tracing Back Roots, We Came As Romans
The Process Of Self-Immolation, Alraune
A Poet’s Life, Tim Armstrong

You can by all of the above and many more at the Skin Back Alley Music Store.

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Richie Sambora had “no freedom” in Bon Jovi

Richie Sambora 2014

Richie Sambora has been speaking out in a radio interview following his departure from Bon Jovi last year.

Speaking to Rock Radio NI ahead of a solo European tour, Sambora explained that he felt a lack of freedom to express himself musically as part of Bon Jovi.

“There’s freedom there, obviously,” the guitarist said. “That’s one of the main things I was missing in music over the past years – and also in Bon Jovi, actually. There wasn’t enough room to improvise, to have that moment where you can actually lose yourself musically.”

He also revealed that he is working on a new solo project with his touring guitarist, Orianthi. “What I’ve done is assemble an amazing group of musicians. I asked the guys in my band to express themselves and bring all the input they can. The process of songwriting is easier than it’s been in a long time… The songs are just coming out of me right now – I just keep writing and writing,” he says. “I always felt there was some kind of nobility centred in my desire and passion for what I do. I still have that, I think I have it even more now.”

“I’m loving music right now. I feel like I’m 15,” he said.

There was a flurry of drama last year after Sambora pulled out of a leg of Bon Jovi’s world tour just hours before it was due to begin. A series of claims and counter-claims emerged from both the Sambora and Bon Jovi camps, but the guitarist has always claimed that he will rejoin the band in the future.

Meanwhile Sambora released a new song, “Lighthouse”, last month to benefit a planned New Jersey drug rehabilitation centre. Speaking of his own addictions Sambora said: “I got firsthand experience. I never did heroin, but obviously I did other stuff. We can’t be scared silent. Together we can make a difference because this epidemic has to stop.”

“I wanted to do something optimistic, a beacon of light and hope. Everyone needs that light when they’re far off the shore.”

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