ALBUM REVIEW – Boss Keloid – Family The Smiling Thrush


Following up a breakthrough album, such as Boss Keloid’s last opus Melted On The Inch (Holy Roar) which finished at #4 in Ghost Cult’s Album of the Year poll in 2018, is a challenging proposition. Stray too far from the magic formula and you risk undoing that giant stride taken forwards (even without being a band that has always taken efforts to ensure development and evolution of their sound is a given); repeat the previous approach and accusations of diminishing returns, or playing it safe, abound along with an invariably inferior product. Continue reading


Hail The Void Signs with Ripple Music, New Album Due Later in 2021


Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal band Hail The Void has signed with Ripple Music and is working on a new album, their second. The band is the second band to join the Californian label as part of the special series of releases curated by Blasko. More info and new music to be announced soon.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Jakethehawk – Hinterlands


At first, Jakethehawk’s second album closely adheres to the relentless wave of Stoner Doom. But while Hinterlands (Ripple Music) is rife with the heavy riffs and spaced-out psychedelia typical in the genre, it reveals a deep pool of influences that include Prog Rock, Shoegaze, Alternative, Folk, and a bit of Southern Rock among other tastes. The results are similar to the eclectic blend seen on Fostermother’s 2020 debut, though with a dramatic scope more in line with the likes of Howling Giant or Sergeant Thunderhoof.

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Dumb and Dumbest Episode #565: Ben Umanov of Metal Sucks Returns

Matt and Curtis welcome back Ben Umanov of Metal Sucks/Blast Beat Network. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #565 is an interview with Ben Umanov of Metal Sucks on Whether Where you Are From Matters. The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #564: Group Chat On Promoting Music, Hardcore Ethics and More!

Matt, Curtis, and Keefy from Ghost Cult hosted a new FREE music marketing Q & A over Zoom. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #564 is our Group Chat On Promoting Music, Hardcore Ethics and More! The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #563: Miscommunication

Matt and Curtis discuss why being clear with your communication is everything. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #563 is all about Miscommunication. Join our next Music Marketing Q & A zoom call on February 3rd at 2 PM EST. DM Matt or Curtis for more info. The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #562: Gunnar Sauermann of Prophecy Productions


Matt welcomes in music industry legend and expert Gunnar Sauermann of Prophecy Productions (ex Season of Mist) but his long career in the business. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #562 is an interview with Gunnar Sauermann of Prophecy Productions. International. Join our next Music Marketing Q & A zoom call on February 3rd at 2 PM EST. DM Matt or Curtis for more info. The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).Continue reading


Dumb and Dumbest Episode #561: Trevor Swenson of Dynamic Talent International


Matt welcomes in Trevor Swenson of Dynamic Talent International to forecast what the future of the music industry looks like for record deals, touring, and more. Dumb and Dumbest Episode #561 is an interview with Trevor Swenson of Dynamic Talent International. Join our next Music Marketing Q & A zoom call on February 3rd at 2 PM EST. DM Matt or Curtis for more info. The podcast is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), and Music Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR).Continue reading