2017 marks Rick Shaffer’s eighth solo album, “Stolen Moments”, which was inspired by the concept that there are no guarantees or promises in life.  Throughout his career, Shaffer has turned over every possible stone, and he’s decimated them all into a thousand pieces. He helped jump start punk rock, merged seamlessly into garage rock and found success with The Reds©, a band he co-founded, he has since found his way to solo punk and garage rock releases among other projects. That all makes his new record an incredibly hard act to follow. What else is there left to conquer? The proto-garage raver to end all garage ravers, that’s what!

Rick Shaffer’s art balances garage primitivism and smart rock craft, which will frequently draw avant-gardists and casual listeners alike, to his unique rock n’ roll fervor. Combining jagged, roaring guitars and fast-slow dynamics with raw melodic vocals, intertwining harmonics, and evocative, lyrics, Shaffer is an accomplished musicians who is not afraid to wail and bash out chords while his lead guitar squeals out spirals of beautiful noise.

The music’s shrieking power will cover every emotional and intellectual territory inside your cluttered brain, as “Stolen Moments” pushes the envelope, redefines, and ultimately sets fire to the foundations of everything currently found under the rock tag and all its sub-genres.

It is of course, abrasive in parts, but it is not inaccessible to even mainstream radio. I could easily imagine tracks such as Downtown Suzy”, Modern Lie, Time Strays and Call My Name blaring from my radio. It may take some time to get past the squalls of raw power, but once you do, it is easy to see that this actually is a very melodic album. The guitars wail and scream and Shaffer uses his instrument like few others do today. A great full-length from one of the smartest, ingenuous artists foraging within the genre, in my humble opinion.

No theatrics, no sense of hip or cool. Just the basics. The performances themselves are delivered in variable doses of bone crushing, elegance, beauty, raw, power, and color. The great thing about Rick Shaffer is that he is an artist that does everything so right. The vocals are fierce and emotive, Teddy Rixon’s bass like loud, delicate thunder, Stevie Carlisle’s drums smart, inventive, and solidly anchored.

And then there is Shaffer’s guitar, bearing the responsibility of bringing all those twisted, sonic sounds right into your stereo. Of course, there are the songs that exult those qualities, among them: All I Want, One In Five, Higher, Chopping Wood and Danger Awaits. Rick Shaffer is for real, and “Stolen Moments” is an immense creative process transformed into musical form, one that is impossible to ignore.


Screaming Match Reviews Rick Shaffer’s “Stolen Moments”




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Tarock Music’s 2012 Review



HAPPY NEW YEAR!  We hope 2013 will be the best year ever for all of us.  Everyone at Tarock Music was busy throughout 2012.  We had lots of activity with ventures completed and started to pave the way into 2013, and following are a few of the highlights.

We started off the year with Rick Shaffer’s video, Buy And Sell, from his Hidden Charms album, being nominated for a Rock Wired Radio Music Award.

Universal Music Group digitally re-released two Reds albums – The Reds and Green With Envy.  As well, as soundtracks that Rick Shaffer and Bruce Cohen wrote songs and score for, Manhunter, directed by Michael Mann, and Band Of The Handdirected by Paul Michael Glaser.

Shaffer also released a new album, Idiot Flats, that immediately became Indie Music Critic’s Pick Of The Week, along with great reviews by Devon Jackson, James Moore, Chairman Ralph, Chris West, and lots more.  To read all the reviews visit our Tarock Music web site, and click on the Idiot Flats tab and sub-tabs at the top of the page.  A video of track 2, “One More Heartache,” was also released,  directed by David N. Donihue (Super Rad Motion Picture Group).  While British director, Peter McAdam, started work on a video of track 3, “Remember,” using his patented iCoda software, that will debut in 2013.

Director Steve Balderson (Dikenga Films) licensed Bruce Cohen’s instrumental, “Saturn Night,” for his film The Far Flung Star, that’s scheduled for release in 2013.  And, Pump Audio licensed  tracks from Cohen’s solo album, Two BC.

Director John Lawrence licensed Shaffer and Cohen’s tracks, “Big Town” and “Dark As Night,” for his feature film debut, Peloton.  The film was the official selection of the Heartland Film Festival, Napa Valley Film Festival, and Lucerne International Film Festival.

Tarock Music signed  with Los Angeles based Chris Brown and Jeff Johnson’s Natural Half Note Songs,  to license our catalog for TV and film.

Tarock Music joined the effort to save the United Kingdom’s 99-year-old Twickenham Film Studios.  The fight is still on and their petition currently has 4,866 signatures, with 5,000 needed ASAP.  Take a minute to support Twickenham by adding your name . . . Save Twickenham Studios Petition.   And, we continue to support Yoko and Sean Lennon’s Artist’s Against Fracking in New York.  You can still add your name to this ongoing cause that will eventually terribly affect all of us in every state if we don’t protest now.

We also steered you to noteworthy directors from the Once A Week Film Festival and we hope you enjoyed watching their unique indie films.

Now, we’re happily going forward into 2013 ready for new ventures and opportunities, and hope you’ll all be doing the same.

The Once A Week Online Film Festival ● THE GIFT

Don’t miss THE GIFT a new film short, produced, directed, and edited by Andrew Griffin, which he co-wrote with Philip Ardagh for Stork Nest.  The story is about a troubled couple who are visited by a stork bearing hope, along with violence and tragedy.

The Gift was screened at Courts-métrages − Festival de Cannes 2012,  and was filmed in Camber, Lydd, and Dungeness, South Kent, UK,  by director of photography, Sam Brown, whose contribution is especially noteworthy.

Additional credits include beautiful music by Max Richter, Hildur Gudnadottir, and Keith Kuniff.  While the cast includes Ian played by Davie McKay, Georgie played by Kate Dickie, June played Lorraine Stanley, Inspector Stevens played by Gary Lewis, and the Baby played by Sullivan.


This far too short review will not do the record justice. Old school Philly guy (also in The Reds®) who offers up his 2nd solo record with some nice down home rock, where that spot between blues and rockabilly meets up. My pick to click is the slow, murky “Buy And Sell.”

• Handsome Don • Daggerzine

“Lost Forever” Licensed By Modirn Records

Modirn Records has just released another of their popular samplers entitled, Modirn Music Sampler IV. The album contains the song “Lost Forever,” written by Rick Shaffer and Bruce Cohen, and licensed from Tarock Music.

The album can be purchased on CD BABY, and most other popular music sites.

“Necessary Illusion” at #77 on Chuck Eddy’s TOP 2010 ALBUMS

Rick Shaffer’s first solo album, “Necessary Illusion,” is listed at #77 on Chuck Eddy’s Top 150 Albums of 2010. Below is the list from 1 to 100.

1. Bob Seger – Never Mind the Bullets Here’s Early Bob Seger (Myonga CD-R reissue)
2. Joe Cuba – El Alcalde Del Barrio (Fania reissue)
3. Bigg Robb – Jerri Curl Muzic (Over25Sound ‘09)
4. Jace Everett – Red Revelations (Western Boys/Hump Head)
5. (Various) – Fire In My Bones: Raw + Rare + Otherworldly African- American Gospel [1944-2007](TompkinsSquare reissue ’09)
6. Allan Sherman – My Son, The Folk Singer (Collectors’ Choice Music reissue)
7. (Various) – Classic Sounds Of New Orleans (Smithsonian Folkways reissue)
8. Traband – Domasa (Indies Scope)
9. Luther Lackey – Preacher’s Wife (Ecko)
10. Ke$ha – Animal (RCA)
11. Jamey Johnson – The Guitar Song (Mercury)
12. John Mellencamp – The Early Years (MMRX reissue)
13. Flynnville Train – Redemption (Evolution)
14. Radar Favourites – Radar Favourites (Reel Recordings reissue)
15. The Orlons – The Wah-Wahtusi/South Street (Collector’s Choice reissue)
16. Was (Not Was) – Pick Of The Litter 1980-2010 (Microwerks reissue)
17. Coati Mundi – Dancing For The Cabana Code In The Land Of Boo-Hoo (Rong)
18. Chely Wright – Lifted Off The Ground (Vanguard)
19. Sweet Angel – A Girl Like Me (Ecko)
20. Far*East Movement – Free Wired (CherryTree/Interscope)
21. Laura Bell Bundy – Achin’ & Shakin’ (Mercury)
22. (Various) – The Roots Of Chica 2: Pyschedelic Cumbias From Peru (Barbés reissue)
23. Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey/Garvey’s Ghost (Hip-O Select reissue)
24. Frank Zappa – Greasy Love Songs (Zappa reissue)
25. Pylon – Chomp More (DFA reissue ‘09)
26. The Endtables – The Endtables (Drag City reissue)
27. Danny Krivit – Edits By Mr. K: Vol. 2: Music Of The Earth (Strut mix)
28. Dwarr – Animals (Drag City reissue)
29. Colt Ford – Chicken And Biscuits (Average Joe’s)
30. Tim Woods – The Blues Sessions (Earwig)
31. Joan Soriano – El Duque De La Bachata (¡Aso)
32. (Various) – Salsa Explosion! The New York Salsa Revolution 1969-1979 (Strut/Fania reissue)
33. Lee Brice – Love Like Crazy (Curb)
34. Scott Morgan – Scott Morgan (Alive Natural Sound)
35. RockTits – Heavy Cosmic Groove Mix (aordisco.blogspot.com mix)
36. Walter Gibbons – Jungle Music (Strut mix)
37. Allan Sherman – My Son, The Celebrity (Collectors’ Choice Music Reissue)
38. Katrina And The Waves – Katrina And The Waves (CGB reissue)
39. Bob Blank – The Blank Generation: Blank Tapes NYC 1975-1985 (Strut mix)
40. This Moment In Black History – Public Square (Smog Veil)
41. Raymilland – Recordings ’79-’83 (BDR reissue)
42. Kenny Chesney – Hemingway’s Whiskey (Sony Nashville)
43. Dave Douglas & Keystone – Spark Of Being (Greenleaf Music)
44. The Sword – Warp Riders (Kemado)
45. Wounded Lion – Wounded Lion (In The Red)
46. Jerrod Niemann – Judge Jerrod And The Hung Jury (Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville)
47. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Buried Behind The Barn (Alternative Tentacles reissue)
48. Shinyribs – Well After Awhile (Nine Mile)
49. Cankisou – Lé La (Indies Scope)
50. Jefferson Airplane – Setlist: The Very Best Of Jefferson Airplane Live (RCA/Legacy reissue)
51. Chubby Checker – It’s Pony Time/Let’s Twist Again (Collector’s Choice reissue)
52. Art Museums – Rough Frame (Woodsit EP)
53. Tutu And The Pirates – Sub-Urban Insult Rock For The Anti/Lectual 1977-1979 (Factory25 reissue)
54. Chin Chin – Sound Of The Westway (Slumberland reissue)
55. (Various) – Diplo Presents Dubstep: Blow Your Head (Downtown mix)
56. John Jackson – Rappahannock Blues (Smithsonian Folkways reissue)
57. Chuck Brown – We Got This (Sweet Venture)
58. Ebo Taylor – Love And Death (Strut)
59. Randy Houser – They Call Me Cadillac (Show Dog)
60. Kermit Ruffins – Happy Talk (Basin Street)
61. Earl Gaines – Good To Me (Ecko)
62. Shakin’ Street – 21st Century Love Channel (Pervade Productions ’09)
63. M.I.A. – Maya (XL/Interscope)
64. Allan Sherman – My Son, The Nut (Collectors’ Choice Music reissue)
65. Grong Grong – To Hell ‘N’ Back (Memorandum/Aberrant reissue)
66. Method Actors – This Is Still It (Acute reissue)
67. Chrome Dome – Chrome Dome (Lexicon Devil EP)
68. Jeff Eubank – A Street Called Straight (Drag City reissue)
69. Ashley Hutchings, Richard Thompson, Dave Mattacks, John Kirkpatrick, Barry Dransfield – Morris On (Fledg’ling reissue)
70. The Fall –Your Future Our Clutter (Domino)
71. Katrina And The Waves – 2 (CGB reissue)
72. Terry Knight And The Pack – Terry Knight And The Pack/Reflections (Collector’s Choice reissue)
73. Dr. John and the Lower 911 – Tribal (429)
74. Steve Winwood – Revolutions: The Very Best Of (Island reissue)
75. Rosehill – White Lines And Stars (Cypress Creek)
76. Selena Gomez & The Scene – A Year Without Pain (Hollywood)
77. Rick Shaffer – Necessary Illusion (Tarock Music)
78. Honey Ride Me A Goat – Udders (Lexicon Devil)
79. Merle Haggard – I Am What I Am (Vanguard)
80. Ray Wylie Hubbard – A. Enlightenment B. Endarkment (Hint: There Is No C) (Thirty Tigers/Bordello)
81. Elizabeth Cook – Welder (Thirty Tigers)
82. Trace Adkins – Cowboy’s Back In Town (Universal)
83. The Mother Truckers – Van Tour (World)
84. Eddy Current Suppression Ring – Rush To Relax (Goner)
85. DJ Spinna & BBE Soundsystem – Strange Games & Funky Things Volume 5: Smoking ’70s Soul and Rare Grooves (BBE mix)
86. Syl Johnson – Complete Mythology (Advance Sampler) (The Numero Group promo reissue)
87. Johnny Flynn – Been Listening (Thirty Tigers/Transgressive)
88. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Wages (SideOneDummy)
89. (Various) – Casual Victim Pile: Austin 2010 (Matador)
90. Da-Exclamation Point — [Un]released Recordings 1980-81 (Factory 25 reissue)
91. Kid Rock – Born Free (Atlantic)
92. Marrow – Sunshine Enema (Marrowcell)
93. Jason Boland & The Stragglers – High In the Rockies: A Live Album (Apex Nashville/Thirty Tigers)
94. Trombone Shorty – Backatown (Verve Forecast)
95. Johnny Winter And – Live At The Fillmore East 10/3/70 (Collector’s Choice reissue)
96. (Various) – Indies Scope 2009 (Indies Scope ’09)
97. Kleenex/Liliput – Live Recordings, TV-Clips & Roadmovies (Kill Rock Stars reissue)
98. (Various) – Classic Appalachian Blues (Smithsonian Folkways reissue)
99. Stone River Boys – Love On The Dial (Cow Island)
100. Heart – Red Velvet Car (Legacy)