Turn Me On: Rachael Sage

Turn Me On: Rachael Sage

  In 1996, Rachael Sage did something totally wacky. Things were beginning to change in the music industry, but no one knew yet just how much of a systemic seismic shift was coming, and it was then that Sage started her own New York City record company, MPress Records. As its premier offering, she issued […]

Turn Me On: Cory Sipper

Turn Me On: Cory Sipper

KCSN 88.5 FM’s Jim Nelson is back, with another installment of his Turn Me On column … showcasing singer/songwriter Cory Sipper. ——————————— If the only requisite for scoring hit after hit was to simply write and record a slew of smart, hopelessly hooky songs, then there’d be no need to turn you on to Santa […]

Turn Me On: The Record Company

Turn Me On: The Record Company

For his latest entry in our Turn Me On category, KCSN 88.5 FM’s Jim Nelson profiles the Record Company… Three seconds. That’s about all it took. The unrelenting, circular bass line that sends The Record Company’s Off the Ground into a sick, deep groove, got me in about three seconds. It could have been the […]

Turn Me On: The Saint Johns

Turn Me On: The Saint Johns

It’s time for another entry in our Turn Me On category – so here’s KCSN 88.5 FM’s Jim Nelson with an introduction to the Saint Johns… At last, even vegetarians have a reason to celebrate Taco Tuesdays. Or at least one particular Taco Tuesday. If you were at this particular Taco Tuesday Party in St. […]

Turn Me On: Airport Impressions

Turn Me On: Airport Impressions

For the latest entry in our Turn Me On category, KCSN.org’s Jim Nelson tells of the talented Maltese band Airport Impressions… Boy was I wrong about Malta. I knew it was a country, but I sorta had this vague notion that it was in the South Pacific somewhere. Now I know that Malta is a […]

Turn Me On: The 100 Year War

Turn Me On: The 100 Year War

  In late summer 2014, Eye Detail filmed Paul Freeman performing a new song called Heroes that was to be included on the veteran Welsh singer/songwriter’s soon-to-be-finished debut studio album. On that late summer day the onetime guitarist for James Blunt—he was there for every bit of the runaway international smash that was You’re Beautiful—had […]

Turn Me On: Kaleo

Turn Me On: Kaleo

New Rock Cellar Magazine columnist Jim Nelson (of 88.5 FM KCSN in Southern California) returns with another Turn Me On entry…this time about the Icelandic band Kaleo.  We was fooled by Kaleo. Set up the way a pool shark tones it down before mercilessly blindsiding you with mad skills. When the four-piece Icelandic band snuck […]

Turn Me On: Darlingside

Turn Me On: Darlingside

Rock Cellar Magazine is honored to feature Jim Nelson of Southern California’s KCSN 88.5 FM as a new contributor…here’s his first entry in our Turn me On category… Darlingside used to have a drummer. But he sort of got in the way. Not in the spatial sense of “got in the way”; rather, in the aural sense. Basically […]

Turn Me On #5: Tumbleweed Wanderers, The Band

Turn Me On #5: Tumbleweed Wanderers, The Band

One of the bands on the lineup for this year’s Outside Lands Music Festival that caught our attention were the Tumbleweed Wanderers, a group of Oakland, California-based musicians working their way up the folk/rock scene. Combining earnest, soulful down-home melodies and an array of instrumentation (in addition to the ‘usual’, they also employ a glockenspiel, […]

Turn Me On #4: Boy & Bear, Fleetwood Mac

Turn Me On #4: Boy & Bear, Fleetwood Mac

Boy & Bear One of the benefits of living in Southern California (or having an internet connection) is the ability to stream KCSN, California State University Northridge’s radio station. The playlist is so varied and eclectic that quite often you find yourself seeking out the names of the artists and bands you hear. Australia’s Boy […]