Lost on The Metro Gets Down With Ramey Road

Lost on The Metro Gets Down With Ramey Road

Lost on The Metro has a new track out that was just released and it's got quite classic blues-rock style to it that shows the bands amazing presence on and off stage. 

This single, Ramey Road, is a strong one indeed as a single but, you can also watch them perform the track and others live on stage via the bands YouTube page HERE.

Lost on the Metro started in the basement of Jilly and David's house.  All three band members had grown up in musical families, but Jilly and David were married for 20 years before they realized by chance that they were pretty good at writing songs together.  They were both asked to participate in a teacher cover band, and their show went so well, they ended up booking gigs after that.  The lead singer of the teacher band suggested everyone write songs over the summer, and that pressure was just what David and Jilly needed to discover that they had this immense well of creativity that was just waiting to overflow into songs. 

Invisible Lines Review - Mr. MAC written by @Avijit Misra

 Invisible  Lines Review

Invisible Lines Review

Founded by Dan McLaughlin, MR.MAC is a new musical persona that is set to take the American music industry by storm with original music as his album Invisible Lines makes listeners groove as they open YouTube. Listening to this album made me wish to read between the lines of his dense lyrics. This album features ten songs, and “Invisible Line”, the title song of this album has an ‘80’s, post-Punk energy. The rhyming of lyrics is awesome and this is a song that you will not wish to pause once you hit the play button.

The “Jenny Was” song talks about an Alt- girl who has something for everyone; except for the one who loves her. This reminded me of a song “Miss Independent'' by Ne-Yo which sent positive vibes by talking about a woman who did everything in the best way.

“Looking for You” is a song that sounds like it’s straight from the 80’s even though it is not. Even as I was listening to the next track, “Until We're Awoken” song, I was humming “Looking for You”. Until We're Awoken song talks about the role of fate in a person's life. It also

gives valuable advice about being careful in a situation of confusion.

“Donna Donna” is sung so nicely, and feels like MR.MAC's answer to Ricky Martin's “Maria'' because both of these songs appeared to be about some girl mentioned in the title. This song’s scintillating harmonica solo creates the feel of good ol' blues-rock of the 1960s.

So far, all of the songs have the feel of Jazz or Rock n Roll and then came “You Said It Was Doomed'' which sounded like an alternative metal song. MR.MAC does have potential to be a rock star. This song talks about seeing perfection in things that appear to be doomed from their inception. Seeing that MR.MAC can sing in so many different genres made me wonder if he has a Midas touch in the world of music, and creating gold in each genre he touches.

“Going Back Again” is my favorite song on this album. The Funk/Rock groove recalls revisiting memories: both the joy and darkness that it brings. (“Going back again/ a road without an end/remembering our crimes/living in a bubble in time…”)

“Island Days” made me ponder if the story of Robinson Crusoe inspired MR.MAC to write and create the song.  The verses of this song talked about being happy while exploring an idyllic island-- finding happiness in someone,  losing it in an instant, and yet somehow being ok with it all in the end.

“Another Way To Go Too Far'' is a song that touches upon strife and unrest in the streets (“...tear gas burns your eyes, while the demagogue smokes a cigar”).  It gives confidence to the listener, preparing their mind to accept the gritty realities of life and that they will find another way (probably an unconventional one) to release themselves from this veil of tears. The soft and soothing music of this song reminded me of an old song called “Don‘t Turn Your Back On Me Baby” by a rock band called Parikrama.

The title of “Microwave Burrito” made me wonder if the song was about snacks and it appeared that I was right. The throw-back, “gather-around-the campfire” vibe of this song serves as a comedic tribute to late night trips to the convenience store when you have the munchies.

Assuming that you are streaming these songs on YouTube while reading this review, and thinking about buying this album, then I would say that you are making the right decision. You can find it for download on the usual sites, such as Apple and Amazon music and also stream it on Soundcloud and Spotify. You must not miss any song on this album.


Planet Of Rhythm Exclusive interview


GCoulda you tell us what it's like being from L.A.?


LA is a great city for music, like any other large city.   Of course the downsides are things like traffic etc. but it is a wonderful place to create music, to hear music and experience great performances.

Could you name the members in Planet of Rhythm and the roles they play?

Doug Hafford (me): songwriter, singer, guitar

Greg Thomas: Producer Rhythm Guitar, Bass, backup vocals

Chad McKinsey: Producer, Drums, Guitar, backup vocals

Juliet Roberts: Lead and backup vocals (what a talent she is)

Elliott Jason: Lead Guitars

Jorge Orellana:  Bass, Sax 


Who inspired you guys to make electric blues rock music; is it something you guys just have in common?


The music comes from our love of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s style rockers.   Of course much of that was inspired by earlier artists such as Robert Johnson, or Howlin’ Wolf etc.  We love the simplicity mixed with great musical performances, overdriven guitars and a strong driving beat.  That format is just hard to resist!

Can you tell us about your latest project?


We are currently working on a new record titled Watta You Gonna (as in What are you going to do now?)   We have all 12 demos done and are just now starting to lay down the final tracks.   As usual, there will be 12 tracks including 10 original tunes and two covers.



What is the normally creative process like?

I write the original songs and generally have a backlog of songs that fall somewhere in the spectrum from terrible to potentially good.  

The producers and I choose a subset of the songs that show potential

We then create a demo in the studio for each song, changing arrangements, instrumentation, tones, tempo etc. as needed.

The demos are then built upon – replacing demo tracks with real tracks to bring the song to a more finished state

                A great deal of collaboration goes on during this phase as each musician brings their own flavor to the song, approach etc.  Everyone is responsible in some way for the final product.

Other instrumentation might be added at this point, such as pedal steel guitar, or saxophone etc.

Once all tracks are recorded, we work together to polish, mix and redo any troublesome areas and then create the masters for publication.


Probably much like any other band I’m sure.



Are their any musicians you’ll like to work with in the future? 

My dream would be to work with Bonnie Raitt, but that will never happen.   We can dream!

Are you guys going on tour any time soon; if so, can you give us some details?

we are primarily a studio band – but may have some performances coming once the new record is finished.  Stay tuned!

Besides music, what are some other things you guys are into?


The group has varying interests but mostly around music.   Our other singer, Juliet has a pet cow for example named lily lavender!

Any last remarks?


Thanks to all of our fans for listening, we love hearing from you!


Dan McLaughlin, singer-songwriter, guitarist founding member of MR MAC. Album: Invisible Lines

 Interview: 2/17/2022 

Dan McLaughlin, singer-songwriter, guitarist founding member of of MR MAC. Album: Invisible Lines


So Mr Mac, Where are you from and what's it like in your hometown?


I hail from Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. I live on Oahu, a beautiful island, though somewhat over-crowded. Other than that, the tourist brochures are fairly accurate. The vibe is laid-back and tropical.  Reggae (“Ja-waiian”),Hawaiian music and whatever corporate radio dictates you should listen to  are the favored genres. Bruno Mars went to the High School I teach at. Jack Johnson lives on the North Shore. 

Honolulu is a scene that generally favors cover bands, rather than original acts--unless you fit into a popular genre. The original rock-punk scene is spirited, but small. In that way, if feels like a close-knit, underground community. 

I understand you do alternative rock , can you tell us where some of your inspiration comes from?


I think “Indie Rock” might better describe my music. In other words, I don’t feel encumbered by any particular genre; but feel free to borrow from any and all styles, trends, and musical eras. My influences seem archaic: Beatles, Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, John Prine, Iggy Pop, Richard Thompson, David Bowie, Hawaiian Slack-Key, Chicago Blues, Elvis Costello, to name a few…


My brother was a street musician in New Orleans and introduced me to the Blues and my first paid gig. 



So talk about your latest album Invisible Lines

Invisible Lines is put together like a mix-tape for a road trip, offering the listener an odyssey of lyric-driven musical experiences that would propel them down the highway through a vast unknown landscape. Invisible Lines differs from my 2015 release, ShadowBox, in that it was recorded with a band that had been playing together for about 4 years. I think the ensemble effect is evident. Some of the songs themselves refer to the pandemic and the lines we draw between ourselves and the world. All of the songs are original, and document experiences from my life. 


What’s your favorite song on this album?

Many people comment that they like “Jenny Was”, a story of Love’s labors lost. But my personal favorite is “Another Way to Go Too Far”.  The lyrics started out talking about the death of my brother, but morphed in a prescient way to reference the riots of the pandemic, and sadly, the death of bass player Howe Stidger, who plays and sings on the track, and who passed away before the album’s official release. 


Being a musician, are there any challenges you face in today's music industry?

The greatest thing about the music industry today is its decentralized nature; it now depends more on the authentic caprice of individuals who have the world’s music at the click of a mouse.  Whereas before, musicians depended on a few key record labels and radio stations, it is now a free for all. Artists emerge out of the blue, buoyed by traffic trending to their streaming sites. Everything seems to be organic and the corporate mechanisms formally required to make it are no longer as consequential.  


The irony is that it is difficult for independent artists to make any money. Pennies are paid for streaming, and few are interested in purchasing songs on music platforms such as Apple Music. Gigantic tours and massive publicity campaigns are still controlled by large corporations, and huge money is made from big concerts and ancillary merchandise. 

Do you play any instruments?

Besides vocals, I play a Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster and also an electrified Martin acoustic. I have been known to riff on a harmonica from time to time--(but the lead on “Donna Donna” is an unheralded harmonica virtuoso known as Louie “the Fish” DeNolfo).


I also got into exploring pure sound with the late artist Stan Wood of Portland Oregon. He taught me to explore the noise-aspects of music and how to play the”vibraband”, a simple strip of rubber that sounds like a trumpet or a sax. This instrument hasn’t appeared yet in my current musical lexicon.


In addition, I dabble in didgeridoo, but neither of the latter instruments appear on my current album. 


So what’s the creative process like on a day to day basis?

I often start out with free-form guitar improvisation in an open tuning. This then evolves to playing some covers and my older songs. Then I work on musical ideas--chord progressions and riffs that have been spinning around in my mind. 

Songs often come to me in broken phrases, bits and pieces of interesting language that I hear in passing. For instance,  “Invisible Line” was about an irate chef who yelled at a waiter: “Why can’t you see my invisible line?” I’m a teacher as well, and some of my best lyrics have come out of extremely boring staff meetings.  Then again, a song might be built around a unique riff that came out of nowhere--or a modified,(maybe semi-stolen!), riff on the guitar. 



Is there anybody you like to work with in the future? And Why?

 I'm currently looking for players in my local area, especially a keyboardist. I think MR MAC would be a good opening act for The Eels due to both bands being lyric-driven, with eclectic influences. 


Could you tell us some of your future plans?

Hawaii is very isolated. One of the things the pandemic has shown is how valuable the internet is. While I do intend to put together live shows on the island, I also want to enhance our internet presence-- perhaps streaming live or recording performances in studio for Tiktok, Facebook, Youtube and other streaming platforms. 


Any last remarks?

I would like to thank Flyah Mag for their interest in my music.





Spider-Man: Capability EPISODE 2 Writer – Avijit Shanker Misra Spider-Man created by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko Produced by Rellz Tha Postman


Spider-Man: Capability


Writer – Avijit Shanker Misra

Spider-Man created by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko

Produced by Rellz Tha Postman

DISCLAIMER: All characters in this story are fictitious. Any resemblance to those who are living or dead is purely co-incidental. The characters of this story have not been created to hurt the sentiments of any community. Spider-Man is the copyrighted property of Marvel Comics. This story has been written for a non–profit series.






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At the FiskCorp headquarters, CEO Wilson Fisk was in his office when his assistant James Wesley entered. Among the civilian employees of Fisk who had no connection to the criminal empire of Fisk, Wesley was the only person who knew that Fisk was secretly a crime boss and his name in the underworld was Kingpin. 
Wesley said, “Mr. Fisk! Mr. Alistair Smythe is here!” Fisk replied, “Show him in!” Wesley responded, “OK Sir!” Wesley walked out and a young man Alistair Smythe walked in. Seeing Wilson Fisk gesturing him, Smythe took a seat in front of Fisk. Fisk asked Smythe in an interviewing tone, “Why do you want to work for FiskCorp when your father is a great scientist and working for our competitor OsCorp?”
With confidence and determination reflecting in his voice, Alistair Smythe replied, “My father Spencer Smythe is indeed a great scientist but I want to step out of his shadow and prove to the world that I am his equal in every aspect of life! Be it business or science! I am second to none!”
Appearing impressed, Wilson Fisk said, “US Army wants flying gliders on which soldiers can stand and fire at the enemies while flying! Norman Osborn met Gen. Thaddeus Ross and got a contract! But so far OsCorp has not succeeded in making it!”

Placing a file in front of Wilson Fisk, Alistair Smythe spoke with a victorious smile, “I have done my homework Mr. Fisk! This file contains the blueprints of everything that my father is working on related to this project at a top secret facility of OsCorp! He thinks that I am not aware of the location of this facility! I can make something more advanced than what my father is working on! And I would definitely want FiskCorp to sell it to the US Army!”

Visibly impressed, Wilson Fisk said as he browsed through the file, “Excellent! We have a secret facility! There we work on projects related to robotics and chemistry! You will work on weaponized gliders there and I will arrange material for you to power the glider! You will refine that too!” Alistair Smythe replied, “Thank You Mr. Fisk! I will not disappoint you!”
As Alistair proceeded to walk out, Wilson Fisk called out, “Smythe! You will get your appointment letter along with terms of salary tomorrow! And call me Wilson!”
After Alistair left, James Wesley entered with a large and bulky man. He told Fisk, “This is Mr. Aleksei Sytsevich! He said you were expecting him!”
Wilson Fisk replied, “Mr. Sytsevich is a perfect candidate for the next project that I need to kick start now! Do you have the serum?”

James Wesley checked his pocket and pulled out an injection as he said, “Yes Sir!”
Looking at Aleksei Sytsevich, Wilson Fisk said with a sheepish smile, “I promised you hundred-thousand dollars! You can earn $ 50,000 by injecting this serum in your body!”
Hearing that, Aleksei Systsevich took the injection and injected the serum. He started feeling energy. In a Russian accent, he asked, “What is this serum?” Wilson Fisk replied, “We wanted to create the super soldier formula that Reinstein created during the Second World War but our scientists were not so brilliant! They came up with the closest possible substitute that they could! You have injected it in your body! Now for 48 hours, you are strong as a Rhino! Extraordinary physical strength and immunity from bullets is what you have! And if you fail in your job, you will live only for 48 hours!”
Aleksei Systsevich spoke in Russian accent, “Rhino! I like the name! But what is the thing with 48 hours?” Wilson Fisk replied with a grin, “I cannot take the risk of you double crossing me and disappear with extraordinary strength! So I had to spend $ 1 Million extra to make the serum a little bit poisonous!” Visibly shaken, Aleksei Systsevich blurted, “What?”

Wilson Fisk gestured Aleksei Systsevich to relax as he said, “That poison will kill you in 48 hours! Complete the task as soon as possible and Alistair Smythe will give you antidote!”
Little bit calm, Aleksei Systsevich looked at Fisk and asked in Russian accent, “What do I have to do?” Wilson Fisk instructed Aleksei Systsevich, “Today evening, there is a magic show in the Patrick Henry Auditorium! It has been organized by OsCorp! Illusionist Quentin Beck is coming to perform! You need to crash the party, abduct Harry Osborn and bring him to the secret facility that I told you about!”
Aleksei Systsevich replied, “You will get Harry Osborn!”

After Aleksei Systsevich left, James Wesley asked Wilson Fisk, “You are confident that Alistair Smythe can give us an edge over OsCorp! Why do we need Harry Osborn?” 
Wilson Fisk replied, “We cannot impress Gen. Ross just by developing gliders for soldiers! We also need a unique way to power them! My sources at OsCorp told me that a thief called Black Fox stole some documents and blueprints from Stark Industries and sold them to Norman Osborn! Using them, Norman Osborn has developed a Multi-Isotope Radio-Decay Cell! He wants to create many such cells and use them to power the gliders that he is developing for the Army! If my suspicion is right, then this Multi-Isotope Radio-Decay Cell is the same thing, or wait, more like a mini version of the arc reactor that powers a metallic suit developed by Tony Stark! He named that suit as Iron Man suit! If my estimation is right, a Multi-Isotope Radio-Decay Cell can power a glider for at least 15 years! Busy with gliders, we don‘t have to do research and develop the battery! If we have Harry Osborn, Norman Osborn will give us the developed Multi-Isotope Radio-Decay Cell willingly! Our innovators can copy it and create more batteries in a short time!”