Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Dejah Of Mars graphic novel review

Reviewed by Joe Tell for Queen City Bookstore.
Published by Artvoice Newspaper.
Click the link to read the review

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Joe Tell Contact info

Update 9/2/16: As you may or may not know your friendly neighborhood blogger, Joe Tell, is a experienced local musician who has played live gigs since the age of 16 with a multitude of cover and original bands. Initially inspired by the song "Jukebox Hero" I started taking formal guitar lessons from U-Crest music center, riding my bike there every week with acoustic guitar in hand. Eager to learn rock and roll playing styles I gave up lessons and started playing along with the radio and my records. I taught myself how to play bass to join my friends basement band. I have been in and out and all around the local rock and blues club scene for the last 34 years. I know all the up's and down's of playing out every weekend and the phrase "been there, done that" sums up my current attitude in a nutshell. The last few years I have chosen to concentrate on writing and recording original music with a few friends as Forever Green.
Anyway, I have joined Facebook for the sole purpose of promoting my blogs. FB is currently in the top 3 for the most visited websites so I wanted to have a presence on FB to promo my blogs.
I will be playing by my own rules in an attempt to avoid the evil trolls who live on that site...
Here are links to my 4 new FB pages...Don't worry, I won't be soliciting for likes out of desperation or a need for attention and I will not hold it against you if you don't like any of the pages.
However you can expect a Thank You from me for liking any of the pages.
Joe Tell's Music Blog
Forever Green
Buffalo Comic Book Dude

Update 8/12/16: For the local drama crew, you no longer have any power here, read it and weep

Update 7/25/16:
Once again I must state a lesson that I learned to live by a long time ago.
I learned that it's really easy to be blatantly disrespectful and overtly negative but it's a lot harder to stay positive and hold your tongue in an attempt to keep the peace. If more people thought this way this world would be a much better place.
I can write childish and immature posts' about things and people I don't agree with but I choose to spend my time writing positive things that help people in an attempt to build them up.

-Always seeking new local music to review on this music blog, if your band is interested in submitting a CD or 2 for review or submitting a show flyer please email: for more info.
-Currently accepting paid fill-in offers playing bass.
I am a experienced fill-in player, having recently filled in for the cover bands Under Arrest and 55 Main learning their rock and roll set-lists' on bass guitar for a performance.
If anyone needs to contact me directly I can be reached @, thank you.

Music is my passion and every time I go out to see a band the creative energy that builds up inside of me is undeniable and very hard to contain. A fellow musician may know this urgent feeling but anyone who doesn't love to play will never understand. My attitude would be very different if no one else got up to play and I didn't know the guys in the band. I choose to no longer play in cover bands but when I did play I never played it safe and always took chances. I always went into unexplored territory in an attempt to become a better player and performer. It's very easy to "play it safe", always playing the same chords and notes on the neck while standing still out of fear of failure. It's much harder to explore the notes on the neck in a creative way while trying to move around in an attempt to entertain fickle, disinterested crowds. If you don't have a desire to become a better player and/or performer you will never understand.
Thanks for providing further inspiration for me to write kid.

Joe Tell playing Bass with The Path 2010 Best New Group Nominee for the Buffalo Music Awards.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Monstress by Marjorie Liu graphic novel review

Monstress by Marjorie Liu
Graphic novel review by Joe Tell 
Published by Artvoice Magazine in the Graphic Traffic column
Sponsored by Queen City Bookstore

Sunday, August 7, 2016

How To Talk To Girls At Parties by Neil Gaiman graphic novel review

How To Talk To Girls At Parties by Neil Gaiman
Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon (Artists') Dark Horse Comics (Publisher)
Review by Joe Tell 
Published by Artvoice Magazine in the Graphic Traffic column
Sponsored by Queen City Bookstore

Don’t be confused by the title of this graphic novel, it’s not a self-help book. How To Talk To Girls At Parties is based on a fantastic short story written by Neil Gaiman, one of the most celebrated authors of our time. The story won the prestigious Locus Award for Best Short Story in ’07. The watercolor illustrations by twin brothers Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba are brilliantly colored, full of energy and passion. The subtle, compelling, narrative follows a pair of teenage boys who are on their way to a house party. “Girls! Girls!, Girls!” Vic shouts as he leads the most reluctant of the pair, Enn, to their destination. To Enn, Vic seems to have the opposite sex all figured out but all is not as it seems at this particular party. Before they arrive, Vic tells the shy and quiet Enn “You just have to talk to them” after Enn admits to his inexperience with girls. Upon hearing the Tum, Tum, Tum of some exuberant music the pair arrive at the party. After Vic pairs off with a girl Enn finds himself walking around the house to find something to drink. Taking Vic’s advice Enn gets up the courage to talk to a couple of girls whose friendly banter is odd yet strangely beautiful at the same time. Enn seems content in their company as the girls speak to him in weird, poetic ways, each relating to him their own unique story. In the end the pair finds out that the girls at this party are different in ways they never expected, leaving them with an experience they will never forget. 

Next review is for Dejah Of Mars from Dynamite Comics

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Prinze George - Maryland

Prinze George is touring in support of their debut LP Illiterate Synth Pop, out on Sounds Expensive. The two singles from the record have been praised by Stereogum and SPIN, with the latter calling their song "Wait Up" "a cinematic ballad from retro-pop heaven."

In February of 2015, Prinze George started traveling to Minneapolis, MN to record Illiterate Synth Pop with Evan Bakke (Prince, Fraea, Soul Asylum) at Sounds Expensive Studio. They kept coming back in between tours with Albert Hammond Jr., Little Boots, Walk the Moon and more, and finished recording in early 2016. 

Prinze George is Kenny Grimm (production/instrumental), Naomi Almquist (vocals) and Isabelle De Leon (drums), who are based in Maryland. Kenny and Naomi grew up together in PrinceGeorge's County, where they met Isabelle while she was in college. Formed in 2013, Prinze George has quickly exploded onto the Indie scene. Following the release of their breakthrough single, "Victor," The Wild Honey Pie declared, "[This band] could be destined for Indie Pop royalty status." Climbing to #1 on the Hype Machine charts, the single and the band have won the attention of music blogs, fans, and labels from all over the world. "Victor" was also selected for the movie soundtrack of Warner Bros.' biggest European release in 2014, "Honig Im Kopf," a film directed by Til Schweiger. 

"Illiterate Synth Pop is a panorama of the people we grew up with and the places we've travelled to with them; both inside and outside of our home. Coming of age, Love, loneliness, and feeling stuck are frequent themes. This collection of songs is a great reflection of who we are,” explains Naomi. "Making the album in Minneapolis was a tremendous experience because we were immersed in a beautiful creative space that allowed us the freedom to work and play at our own pace. We were also surrounded by people who are focused and professional but also playful and free, which is imperative for our creative process. If making a record is just business as usual, it affects the music; so we were lucky to have it all.”

8/12 - Eau Claire, WI - Eaux Claires
8/15 - Columbus, OH - The Basement
8/16 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
8/17 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
8/20 - Washington, DC - Rock&Roll Hotel
10/2 - Austin, TX - ACL Festival