CLOSE YOUR EYES. TAKE A DEEP BREATH. OPEN YOUR HEART.

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
High School Yearbook Photo

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Romanian Holiday



NO! I said ROMANIAN Holiday!


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I..... am..... Dracula!


You might remember my band, The Twilights,
and our instrumental "Transylvania 6-5000."
It was a big hit in our neck of the woods.
 Times have changed in the old country.
Romania today has thriving dance-pop
and hip hop scenes and, in this series,
I will introduce some of the best
Romanian artists and recordings.

Take it from me... you won't
be "Balkan" at these tunes!


I bite. I suck. They don't.


Tonight, as the full moon rises,

I command invite you to join me

INNA Garden of Eden!


INNA

ft. YANDEL

You met Romanian spitfire INNA
earlier this year at Riley's Rave #1.
She's the vivacious singer and dancer
who, along with Alexandra Stan and others,
is part of the burgeoning EDM scene in the
Southeast European republic of Romania.
INNA is back, this time accompanied by
Puerto Rican Reggaetón rapper Yandel.
The potent pair perform "In Your Eyes,"
a single from INNA's third album
Party Never Ends. The titillating
video was released on INNA's
27th birthday in October 2013.

"In Your Eyes" - INNA ft. Yandel
(Nov. 2013, highest chart pos. #15 Turkey
#23 Poland/#31 Spain, single from
Mar. 2013 album Party Never Ends)





G GIRLS

Formed in June 2016, G Girls is an all-female
super group made up of four Romanian divas -
INNA, Alexandra Stan, Antonia (Iacobescu)
and Lori (Loredana Ciobotaru). The G Girls
made their debut with the arresting single
and video "Call the Police."

"Call the Police" - G Girls
(June 2016 single)

Time saving tip:
DJ Drac says start
playing video at
25 sec. mark!





LIVIU HODOR

feat. MONA

Liviu Hodor is a veteran Romanian musician,
DJ and record producer. In the 2013 Liviu
released "No Stress," an exciting dance-
pop single featuring Romanian vocalist
Ramona Sora, stage name Mona.

"No Stress"
Liviu Hodor feat. Mona
(2013 single)

Time saving tip:
DJ Drac says start
playing video at
1:37 mark!





ALEXANDRA STAN

Balcan beauty Alexandra Stan is also back
with us after receiving rave reviews at
Riley's Rave. In 2011, Alexandra scored
an international hit with "Mr. Saxobeat,"
a single from her debut studio album
Saxobeats. "Mr. Saxobeat" rocketed to
#1 on the UK Dance chart and also topped
the charts in ten other European countries.

"Mr. Saxobeat" - Alexandra Stan
(Jan. 2011, highest chart pos.
#1 UK Dance/#1 in 10 other countries,
from Aug. 2011 album Saxobeats)

Time saving tip:
DJ Drac says start
playing video at
23 sec. mark!





INNA

INNA returns now with Floridian hip hop
artist Flo Rida. Together they rock this
Romanian rave with a single that went
to #1 in France and #4 in Lebanon
and charted in 13 other countries.
INNA is the "Club Rocker!"

"Club Rocker" (Cutmore Remix) 
INNA ft. Flo Rida (June 2011 single from
Sept. 2011 album I Am The Club Rocker!)

Time saving tip:
DJ Drac says start
playing video at
37 sec. mark!





CORINA + MIRA

+ SKIZZO SKILLZ

As you have discovered in the Riley's Rave series,
modern pop and hip hop are uniting youth around
the world, a phenomenon known as globalization.
Pop music coming out of Bucharest and other
parts of Romania currently reflects a strong
American influence, while music produced
in the U.S. is absorbing the styles of Romania
and other parts of the world. Western hip hop
influence is evident in the recording and video
"Fete din Balcani" by Romanian artist Corina
along with Mira and rapper Skizzo Skillz.

"Fete din Balcani" ("Balkan Girls") - Corina
+ Mira + Skizzo Skillz (June 2015 single)

Time saving tip:
DJ Drac says start
playing video at
1:07 mark!





Dawn is breaking...

Our Balkan blowout

draws to a close.


There is only time for one

last Romanian rhapsody.

Sink your teeth into INNA's new single.
She will surely drive you batty as she
sings "Say It With Your Body."

INNA

"Say It With Your Body"
INNA (Sept. 2016 single)

Time saving tip:
DJ Drac says start
playing video at
38 sec. mark!





Fangs for being here tonight.
 I hope you enjoyed the post.
(It's much more pleasant than a stake.)


I'd like to have you for dinner sometime soon.
Until then I'll satisfy my craving with Adam's apple.
I'll be lurking for you next time, blud.

Fare thee well!


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Night of the Living Echo Boomers!


DARKNESS FALLS ACROSS THE LAND

THE MIDNIGHT HOUR IS CLOSE AT HAND


CREATURES CRAWL IN SEARCH OF BLOOD

TO TERRORIZE Y'AWL'S NEIGHBORHOOD

AND WHOSOEVER SHALL BE FOUND

WITHOUT THE SOUL FOR GETTING DOWN

MUST STAND AND FACE THE HOUNDS OF HELL

AND ROT INSIDE A CORPSE'S SHELL

- excerpt from Shady Del Knight's "I Have a Nightmare"
campaign speech delivered Sept. 7, 2016, Des Moines, IA.

Welcome to part 9 of my year long series
on the up-and-coming female stars of
modern pop, pop rock and pop rap.
Halloween is almost upon us and
the young ladies who have been
haunting this series are here to
get you into the spirit. Is there a
ghost of a chance you'll like what
these ghoul-feinds have to offer?

LITTLE MIX


Little Mix is a four member girl group formed
exclusively for the 2011 season of The X Factor
and the only group to win the competition so far.
Their victory landed Little Mix a record deal and
they started releasing singles and albums in the
pop, R&B dance-pop and Synthpop categories.
At the end of 2015, Get Weird, the third
album by Little Mix, came close to
the top 10 on the Billboard 200.


A few months earlier, Little Mix released
"Black Magic" as the lead single from
the album and it zoomed to #1 on
the chart in the UK and Scotland.

FICTION AND FACT
FROM SHADY'S ALMANAC:

The Little Mix song "Black Magic" is not to
be confused with "That Old Black Magic,"

...the song Swinging hipster Buddy Love
sang to Stella in The Nutty Professor!

 "Black Magic" - Little Mix 
 (June 2015, highest chart pos. 
 #24 US Mainstream Top 40 
 #1 UK and Scotland, from 
 Nov. 2015 album Get Weird

Herman Munster says start playing
the video at the 1:02 MARK!





BECKY G


Shirley you must remember Becky G
(Rebecca Gomez) from Urban Decay.
Becky's the caliente California girl
who is still in her teens but raps
like a thirty year veteran.


In 2012, Becky G teamed up with singer/rapper
will.i.am, a founding member of The Black-Eyed
Peas, to record "Problem" (The Monster Remix),"
a song used in the soundtrack of the animated
motion picture Hotel Transylvania.

 "Problem (The Monster Remix)" 
 Becky G feat. will.i.am (from 
 2012 movie Hotel Transylvania

Herman Munster says start playing
the video at the 45 SEC MARK!





LADY GAGA

While some of the artists in this series are
newcomers, others are household names.


With 200 music industry awards to her credit,
singer, songwriter, actress, style icon, philan-
thropist and social activist Lady Gaga is one
of the most widely known and best selling
artists of all time. "MANiCURE," a song
from Gaga's third studio album ARTPOP,
works well in this highlight reel from the
campy Fox horror series Scream Queens.

 "MANiCURE" - Lady Gaga 
 (from Nov. 2013 album ARTPOP
 scenes from TV series Scream Queens

Herman Munster says start playing
the video at the 27 SEC MARK!





FIFTH HARMONY


I introduced the Miami-based X Factor
girl group Fifth Harmony back in


In August 2015, Fifth Harmony released the
single "I'm in Love With a Monster," a song
they recorded for the soundtrack of Hotel
Transylvania 2. Beware: the booming tuba
on this track might blow out your woofer.
It's all about that bass, no treble!

 "I'm in Love With a Monster" 
 Fifth Harmony (Aug./Sept. 2015, 
 highest chart pos. #23 Belgium, 
 from film & album Hotel Transylvania 2

Herman Munster says start playing
the video at the 47 SEC MARK!




ICON FOR HIRE



Led by Swedish-born singer/songwriter Ariel
(Bloomer), Icon For Hire is an alt rock and
electronic rock band from Decatur, Illinois.
In August 2011, Icon For Hire released their
debut album Scripted. One of the tracks,
"Off With Her Head," is a perfect
song for Halloween!

 "Off With Her Head" 
 Icon For Hire (from the  
 Aug. 2011 album Scripted

Herman Munster says start playing
the video at the 51 SEC MARK!





BEA MILLER

You met 17 year old Bea Miller
earlier this month in Sugar N Spice.


She's the Jersey girl firing on all cylinders
as a singer, songwriter and actress. In the
summer of 2015, Bea released her debut
album Not An Apology and it brushed
the top 5 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Pair-mit me to introduce "Dracula,"
 one of the songs on the album.
(You can fang me later.)

 "Dracula" - Bea Miller 
 (from July 2015 album 
 Not An Apology

Herman Munster says start playing
the video at the 33 SEC MARK!




I hope you enjoyed these scary hits
by modern misses. Stick around
for part 10 coming soon!

Have a Shady day!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Freakin' Awesome, These Rock Sirens!


Ladies and gentlemen...

boys and girls of all ages!


Welcome to Fräulein Elsa's Cabinet of Curiosities
here in Jupiter, Florida. I'm Shady Dell Toledo,
strongman of the troupe. Find a seat. You're in
for a treat. For the next FIVE SOLID HOURS my
Freak Show family and I will present, for your
edification and delight, a trio of female-fronted
rock bands guaranteed to mystify & mesmerize.
And now, without further ado, here she is, just
back from her tour as headliner at top cabarets
 from Paris to Berlin, the star of our show...
the one and only Elsa Mars!


Thank you for the standing ovation,
my lovelies. You are too kind. Tonight
you will meet three young and talented
rock singers- Dorothy, Mixi and Taylor.
I taught them everything they know.

DOROTHY

Our first act of the night is Dorothy,
a sexy, boozy, dark and dangerous band
from Los Angeles, California, led by singer
Dorothy Martin. Dorothy was ranked #14
on Rolling Stone's list of the 50 Best New
Artists of 2014. In the fall of that year,
Dorothy recorded a cover of a song by
hip hop artists Kanye West and Jay-Z
on their joint album Watch the Throne.
Here in a live performance is Dorothy
the band and "No Church in the Wild."

"No Church in the Wild" - Dorothy
(recorded fall of 2014, live at the
SXSW Festival, Austin, TX, Mar. 2015)

SHADY DELL TOLEDO SAYS
SAMPLE THE THE SONG
STARTING AT 32 SEC MARK!





STITCHED UP HEART

I'm Dandy Mott, a bored, spoiled rotten
ultra rich kid slash frustrated wannabe
actor and budding serial killer.


Some people call me a monster.
I wouldn't have to be if they'd
just stop breaking my rules and
ruining my good times. By sheer
coincidence, "Monster" is the name
of our next tune. Another LA-based
band, Stitched Up Heart, fronted by
Alecia 'Mixi' Demner, plays blend
of hard rock and goth heavy metal.
In June of this year Stitched Up
Heart released their major label
debut album Never Alone which
includes the single "Monster."

"Monster" - Stitched Up Heart
(April 2016 single from the
June 2016 album Never Alone)

SHADY DELL TOLEDO SAYS
SAMPLE THE THE SONG
STARTING AT 20 SEC MARK!





DOROTHY

I'm Gloria Mott, Dandy's mother.


They say nothing good ever happens
after midnight. That's especially true
when Dandy is around. He's basically
good boy but he can be a handful at
times, like when he's butchering people.
Dorothy retakes the stage now to perform
their debut 2014 single "After Midnight"
released three months ago on the
band's debut album ROCKISDEAD
which peaked at #129 on the
Billboard 200. Note that it
is not the J.J. Cale song
covered by Eric Clapton.

"After Midnight" - Dorothy
(June 2014 single from the
June 2016 album ROCKISDEAD)

SHADY DELL TOLEDO SAYS
SAMPLE THE THE SONG
STARTING AT 33 SEC MARK!






BETTE (right): Hi, we're Bette and Dot Tattler,
the conjoined twins who entertain
in Elsa's Freak Show.


BETTE: My sister is all excited about this
band because they share the name Dorothy.  

DOT: I'm so excited I almost dozed off!

BETTE: I love Dorothy Martin.
She's got Bette Davis eyes!

DOT: Moving on, "Raise Hell" is
another single from Dorothy's 2016
album ROCKISDEAD. According
to Wiki, the song has been used in
promos for Pandora, HBO shows,
Levi's, Acura, Orange Is the New
Black and Now You See Me 2.

"Raise Hell" - Dorothy
(single from June 2016
album ROCKISDEAD)





STITCHED UP HEART

I'm Desiree Dupree, another member
of the Elsa Mars troupe.


Those glorified Doublemint Twins
(above) got nuthin' on me, child.
I can triple your pleasure! Now
let's enjoy an encore performance
by the LA-based hard rock/metal
band Stitched Up Heart featuring
feisty lead vocalist Mixi Demner.
Released as a single in late 2015,
"Finally Free" cracked the top 20
on the Active Rock Radio chart.

"Finally Free" - Stitched Up Heart
(Dec. 2015 single from June
2016 album Never Alone)

SHADY DELL TOLEDO SAYS
SAMPLE THE THE SONG
STARTING AT 43 SEC MARK!





DOROTHY

I'm Jimmy Darling aka the Lobster Boy.
Shady Dell's my pa but he's ashamed
to admit it.  Far as I'm concerned
he can go pound sand! 


Dorothy the band is back for another shot,
this time to perform their 2016
non-album single "Get Up."

"Get Up" - Dorothy
(2016 non-album single)

SHADY DELL TOLEDO SAYS
SAMPLE THE THE SONG
STARTING AT 24 SEC MARK!





I'm Ethel Darling aka The Bearded Lady.
I'm Jimmy's mother. Dell is his dad, but
a poor excuse for one. Dell was in the
wind soon after Jimmy was born. Now
he's back workin' for Elsa and stirrin'
up a heapa trouble.


Jimmy has potensho. If the boy can learn to
control his drinkin', his fightin' and his killin'
 he'll go far in this world.  "Dark Nights" is
another track from Dorothy's summer 2016
album ROCKISDEAD. The video is one of
 the funniest things you're ever likely to
see. If you've got the time, it's worth
watching from beginning to end.
Be sure to read the crawl at
the bottom of the screen.

"Dark Nights" - Dorothy
(from June 2016 album
ROCKISDEAD)





THE PRETTY RECKLESS

We're Amazon Eve and Ma Petite...
two more members of Elsa's family.


You first met The Pretty Reckless in vol. 1
of Rock Jeopardy. The hard rock/alt rock
and post-grunge band features the ballsy,
bluesy vocals of Taylor Momsen who, as
an actress, played Jenny Humphrey on
the CW network TV series Gossip Girl.
Just yesterday, October 21, Taylor and
The Pretty Reckless released their 3rd
studio album Who You Selling For.
Here they are with the lead single
from the album "Take Me Down."

"Take Me Down" - The Pretty Reckless
(July 2016 single from Oct. 2016
album Who You Selling For)





The show's over, folks...
but the fun has just begun.


I'm Twisty the Clown...

and I'm waiting to play with you
in the woods outside your house.

Don't keep me waiting!



GET YOUR FREAK ON.


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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fright Night... From Dusk Till Dawn!


Watch this, Richard.


Then we talk.






And now begins the ancient word.


The sun slips below the sky


and the world turns upside down.


In the night, we make our feast.


For centuries, I danced for them,


the blood-gatherer,


the bringer of souls.


I've brought them lost ones,


the troubled ones,


the desperate ones.


Now, I am free,


and the world turns upside down again.

Don't call me Fez, amigo, or I rip your throat out, comprende?

They are thirsty for revenge,


and nothing will stop them.


No boundaries,


no borders.


They will come for me,


but I am coming for them.


Their empire of blood will fall,


and I will not rest


until...


it all...


BURNS!






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