Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Bernie Journey Sends Out A Very Catchy Dance Single You Need To Hear

Bernie Journey is set to release one incredible track of music on December 30th 2014. The track entitled “Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking?” is a dance, pop, electronic single that took me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting the song to be so catchy, but by the mid-point I was singing along and really enjoying the music. It’s an ethereal mix of pop sensibilities with electronic music precision that is definitely going to get you moving a bit.

The single is reminiscent of the 1980s for me, with clear vocals, sung over hypnotic electronic elements, and that classic dance pop sound. It just seems like it fits so well in the past, that you’ll be thinking this is a hit from another generation. However, it’s new, it’s well done, and presents a vibrant end to the year. The track itself is a compelling one, bringing together a collaborative musical process that is often missing with electronic music.

If you’re a fan of pop music, this is definitely going to be hard to stop listening to. Bernie Journey does so well here, putting together something so incredible. You’re going to want to take tabs on the music that this incredible artist is putting out. It’s new music like this that is definitely capping off a great 2014, and will usher in a great 2015 as more and more people keep listening to electronic, pop, and dance music. I recommend checking out “Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking?”, and see if you can get it out of your head. It’s a great tune, seriously, check it out.

Make sure you keep track of Bernie Journey via the official website here. Also check out more via Facebook here, Twitter here, Instagram here, Soundcloud here, and PunkJunk here. Oh, and don't forget to order via Amazon if you like what you hear (link here)!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Bombs Dropping Winter 2014 Produces 40 Minutes of Electronic Madness

Not since I first heard the soundtrack to Mega Man 2 have I been so enthralled with electronic music. This year has been great for digital music, and I have been given a lot of options to listen to, and here is just another example of great music moving through the internet and other arenas. Bombs Dropping “Winter 2014” is a mix of electronic dub, club, or whatever you want to call it and it’s definitely a fine production. It starts heavy with “Fame”, before it starts dropping digital bombs, as it were.

There’s a lot of bouncing on the record, but there’s steps that are going to take you out of the old techno raga and put you in touch with a new wave of digital creation. I love the tracking on “Cold Front” which feels like something right out of a video game from the PS3. It feels organic, and it has a strong electronic vibe that is definitely well worth your time. You’re going to be thrown back into the industrial era of rock music that made games like Quake so exciting.

Don’t misunderstand, however, as this is not stuck in the past, it’s onward and to the future. By 1:15 of “Cold Front” you’re into something all new and creative that is hard to paint within words. There’s more stand out tracks as you listen, including “Scorched Earth”, “Holiday Spirit”, “Revolutionary”, and of course “Death of Me”. However, this is another one of those electronic records that you are going to want to listen to as a whole.

Whether you’re dancing, or you’re immersed in writing, drawing, or at the gym, this is a record that is not to be missed. It has a definitive electronic feel as it throws you through various levels of digital creation. I love it, and recommend it highly.

Check out Bombs Dropping’s latest “Winter 2014” and more via the official bandcamp page here. It’s one of the best electronic records I’ve heard all year.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Violent Ground Tackles Heavy Lyrical Progress on The Release of Their Latest Record

Violent Ground is no joke. They have found a way to tap into a sector of hip hop that is usually seen in major hubs of the United States. These two brothers from Quebec and Labrador present a lyrical giant of a record that blew me away upon first listen. The beats are strong, and the lyrical presentation has a duality that is definitely going to take them far. I was very impressed with the track “Born With Tha Mic”, before the guys championed a set of tracks that absolutely will blow you way.

“Reborn”, “Never Fade Away”, “Rap”, “Nuthin’ On Me”, all stand out amidst a solid 13 tracks, but this is a whole record to be consumed and listened to as a whole, not just singles. I appreciated the way that things work so well together, flowing through various themes, topics, and ideas. From love, loss, politics, and so much more, the duo paints a picture so well that it feels so complex and yet they make it seem so simple. The flow goes slow, fast, and through various stages, creating a kaleidoscope of thematic beats that are not seen in the mainstream right now.

As far as hip hop records, this is a strong showing and something that I think more people should hear. The duality of the vocals alone is worth checking out, as it’s synchronic at times, but with power and focus through various highs and lows. It’s impressive how the rhyme skills show on top of elevated beats that are organic in nature. There’s so much here that it’s a heavy record with lots of talent. I’m impressed with the delivery, especially the harmony and chaos that is presented in such a complete package. As far as independent hip hop, this is a very powerful record that feels so urgent in a time when a lot of the mainstream is boring and tired.

I highly recommend you check out Violent Ground’s latest record. You can check out the track “Born With Tha Mic” below, and check out more via their official website here.

T.Lee Before The Overpower Is A Hard Hitting Hip Hop Record You Need To Hear Today

T.Lee throws out a hard hitting record that starts with one heavy handed mix of beats and lyricism. “Before The Overpower” builds on an empty canvas and gives you a deep look into a versatile rap game that T.Lee is overthrowing. “The Crash Part.2” is a provocative track that speaks volumes with raw power and a beat that drives the point the rapper is trying to make as an opening. It’s like a kick to a locked door before rushing in and taking no prisoners, solid in the approach, and smooth through the ending, a well-placed starting point for a hip hop record that truly goes through several defining lines.

It’s not all harsh and heavy handed, T.Lee knows how to flow through various moods, beats, and rap styles. You’ll be surprised how he a story can unfold from introspection to commentary on love, life, and so much more. Just when you think you figured out everything, the record takes a left turn and a new picture is painted for you, which is usually reserved for the best rappers. It’s during the flows that come through with “Right Now”, “Henny Hardaway”, and “Warrior” that introduce you to variations on several lyrical positions.

There’s expertise found here that definitely shines light on the prowess of T.Lee’s voice. He finds a way of mixing up hip hop beats with mainstream swagger and lyricism that is definitely more than just your standard release. You’re going to want to listen to this record twice or three times in one sitting because there’s so much found here. Lyrically sound, beats that shift, and flow that will hit you hard. “Before The Overpower” is one of hip hop record you have to check out, it’s a good new release and something that you are going to definitely want to recommend to others as well. T.Lee is making solid moves and pushing some incredible lyrical elements, and tracks that stand out amidst a crowded hip hop marketplace.

Check out the official T.Lee website here, and hear what very well may be your next favorite hip hop record. It’s one of the best release in 2014, especially with so much power in the lyrical presentation. Don’t miss out.

A.S.H.E.S The Chosen Flies Through An Urgent Hip Hop Triumph on ID, Ego, Superego

“Conformity is Over Rated…” the first track ends with a serious note as to what’s to come and it most certainly comes through on this record of great importance. Hip hop has been sewn up with a lot of mediocre rappers, and the mainstream seems to have lost the ethos of the past yet again. Then rappers come out like you hear on this record and you get a whole new hope for the future. It’s with that in mind that “Tears In Your Eyes” opens up, the storytelling that you’ve heard in the past gets a new twist with rhymes and beats that showcase the harsh realities of life, love, and more.

A.S.H.E.S The Chosen comes through with rhymes that matter, paint a picture, and beats that are connective tissue to the body of “ID, Ego, Superego”, and it’s expertly done. Every track has been carefully chosen, words presented as more than just rhymes, and something that hits you right in your mind’s eye. At times it’s bouncing, others it’s raw, but overall the words are put together to show you a larger picture, and it most certainly comes through. It’s with the tracks like “Never Let ‘Em Break You down”, “Art of Survival”, and “No Apologies”, that A.S.H.E.S The Chosen really shines, even though the rest of the record is super as well.

At the end of the day, with hip hop, it’s either hit or miss. This is one of the hits, and it comes through with a certain expertise that you don’t always get from a lot of rappers. There’s so many little things here in the beats, the way the rhymes are put together, and the entire package as a whole. There’s a lot of imagery painted here, stories, emotions, and introspection that makes this a triumph of artistry, not just music. You owe it to yourself to catch up with A.S.H.E.S The Chosen, because this won’t stay underground for long. It’s that good of a recording, and I recommend it.

Make sure that you catch up on the official A.S.H.E.S The Chosen website here, Facebook page here, follow on Twitter here, and of course instagram here. Don't miss out!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Benefit for Victims of Violent Crime EP Review

Anti-Flag released this EP entitled “A Benefit for Victims of Violent Crime” after tragedy struck their band. It was in 2007 when the bass player’s sister and boyfriend were murdered. That tragedy left the band with heavy hearts, and they took to the studio to record a few songs and give the proceeds to “The Center for Victims of Violence and Crimes”. The release marked 5 new songs from the band, and mixed reviews from critics. The critics should’ve been beaten for giving this less than stellar reviews, considering the intentions of the band, the solidarity of giving the funding away and the tragedy that struck.

None the less, people still want to review this record as an absolute Anti-Flag release. The strength of “A Benefit for Victims of Violent Crime EP” really hinges on the back story and the political, social movement that the band has been promoting since they first started. Even today, they push on a heavy political focus and social conscious message that other punk bands may have abandoned. The record today sounds as good as ever, and the tracks that stand out are appealing on a lot of levels.

My personal favorites include “No Paradise”, “Corporate Rock Still Sucks”, and the live tracks of “1 Trillion Dollars”, “Turncoat”, and “911 For Peace”, bring out a disc that is still as viable as it was when it first came out. Anti-Flag fans that have not picked this up, should do so. You receive a total of 12 tracks, 5 new songs, 7 total initial tracks, and 5 live tracks, making this a definite purchase and collector’s item for punk fans.

The only downside, is that this wasn’t pressed in vinyl. However, there are plenty of Anti-Flag vinyl records here, and you may find some of the tracks on there. I used to have “Bright Lights of America” in colored wax, but sold it in 2011. “A Benefit for Victims of Violent Crime EP” is a solid record to pick up via disc or download, so get to it.

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Mary Keey Delivers An Unreal EDM Record With Electricize Me

20 seconds into the latest from Mary Keey, and I’m a fan. I was blown away at 40 seconds in, and may very well have found my favorite electronic record for 2014. As a music writer, I listen to all sorts of music, and electronic is definitely one of the most eclectic genres, but this is something altogether new, and emphatic in the electronic world. This record comes off hard up front, then mellows into a variety of tracks that are unique, and flow through a very unique release. “Electricize Me”, is not a one trick pony, it’s a full scale record that has various inclusions from the world of digital music, and it is perhaps one of the finest mixes I’ve heard in a long time.

“Apollo” opens things up in such a heavy manner, that you immediately take note of the record’s presence. After the initial introduction, you are taken through both dance elements, electric elements, and singing that fits right into the mold of EDM, with so much ease. There’s something special here, especially when you pay attention to the way the sequences work here. On “Awake” you especially get to hear this amazing talent to fuse vocals and electronics, pushing the limits and giving you a whole new anthem.

There’s an intangible quality to this record, and it’s really a fascinating take on EDM. It’s too easy to call it just that, because there’s a lot more to this record. Don’t get me wrong, it is heavy on electronics, but it’s absolutely a beautiful mix. Some of the stand out tracks include, “Apollo”, “Awake”, “Like A Drug”, “Made in Japan”, and “Over”. These are just some of the tracks that stand out, but don’t dismiss the rest, there’s 13 tracks that flow through various moods and pieces that are outright going to stun you.

Mary Keey showcases a great deal of talent on “Electricize Me”, and it’s something that fans of electronic music are going to love. I found it compelling, and well rounded, you will too, so don’t sleep on this one. You’re going to miss out. It’s a great record, with some instant classics on board. Turn your speakers up and take a moment away from your day to pay attention to what very well maybe your new favorite record.

Get this record here, and visit the official Mary Keey website here. Again, don't miss out on this incredible EDM record.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Fey Unleash A Hard Rock Introduction With Experimental Flavor With Bye Bipolar

The power of the Deftones, the intensity of Poison the Well, and the precise elements that made Chevelle so good are all filtered into a whole new presentation with the release of “Bye Bipolar” from the band Fey. The Canadian band unleashes 7 tracks of experimental hard rock that is a breath of fresh air in a genre that is somewhat boring at times. There’s a lot to listen to here and it’s going to punch you in the throat if you aren’t paying attention. Things really start to go crazy with “Rent Free” as the ending minute will completely shake your computer and headphones.

The promise of a record that sounds like Glassjaw is what you’re going to get here, because that’s what I got at first, but you know what? Fey seems to come into their own element on this one, and perhaps that’s the thing that you’ll takeaway. Comparisons aside, the band has found a voice that is very much welcomed in regards to hard music. It’s not quite hardcore, it’s not quite metal, but it has elements of all different areas, and it creates a lavish landscape before disrupting everything with chaos. It’s smooth, transitional, experimental, and downright a solid record that you’re not going to be able to stop listening to.

In hard music, there’s so much cookie cutter that you’ll get bored fast, but that’s not what is presented here. Fey finds a way to entice you on every track, separating themselves from what you could call hard rock, and introduces you piece by piece to something altogether new, and refreshing. The stand out tracks include “Rent Free”, “Replaceable History”, “Zero One”, and “Compass”, but with the 7 tracks, you get a full view of what the band is doing so well.

If you like the aforementioned bands, if you like hard music, then you’re going to find “Bye Bipolar” to be one of the best records to come through this year. It’s a solid masterpiece of musical integrity and definitely one of the better hard records I’ve heard in a while. It flows through several emotional connections, several genres, and at the end of the day, brings to the table nothing short of an instant classic.

Check out the record from Fey via Bandcamp here, and don’t miss this one, it’s a gem of post-hardcore, hard rock experimental glory.

J.P. Kallio Puts Out A Beautiful Record Full of Life on The Call

J.P. Kallio’s fourth record is one of the most compelling things I’ve heard this year. The opening track alone is enough to hook even the most jaded of music fans, as the guitar work ushers you into a whole new world of music. It’s a good guitar ballad of sorts, and it begins a record that has incredible lyrical elements and emotion that you don’t always find in a lot of releases. There’s a certain honest that comes through from the beginning and flows through to evoke a fine mix of songs that you’ll have a hard time putting down.

“Call Off The Angels” is one of the best songs on the record, but the movements forward produce even more for the listener. “On His Way To Hell”, “No Safe Bets”, “Watch The Rain”, and others filter through this record that produces a good sense for what J.P. Kallio has to offer. The acoustic, rock, and blues structure is felt throughout here, and there’s a lot of raw emotion that bleeds through the songs, making it a standard. It’s hard to find any missteps on this record, as it really feels so complete, and full, which is a testament to the artist’s adherence to honest music.

As far as acoustic, alternative, this is one of the best records I’ve come across. There’s so many layers to this, and it’s definitely a promising record. It transcends the simple song writing that you hear, with complex topics and ideas that hit home as you listen. You will go through several emotional rides through the tracks, and you’ll have to listen to it again, just to keep up.

J.P. Kallio presents a fin record with “The Call” and it truly is one of the best records of the year. It’s simple at times, it’s complex musically in others, and throughout there’s an honest relationship between song and lyrics that definitely permeates. It’s a beautiful type of record that deserves a lot of attention.

Check out "The Call" and visit J.P. Kallio's website here.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Ahtanum Shore Pushes Out A Powerful Rock Record With The Words She’ll Never Hear

From the moment that the new Ahtanum Shore album starts, you are taken into a frenetically paced punk rock album that is going to wake up and never let you go. You’re not going to be able to sit still on this one as there are several elements at play here and while there’s definitely a pop punk tinge, there’s also melodic rock, and even tastes of hardcore sprinkled within the tracks.

From the opening moments of “This Song’s From You”, to the powerful push forward on the rest of the record, you are taken on a ride of emotion and song writing ability that is not only going to propel the band into more headphones and radio, but could possibly give them a shot at the big time. The production here is good, tightly produced, and brings about a good sense of expertise on every single track. The riffs are solid, the percussion comes in strong, and the vocals are definitely on par with some of the best bands past and present. Fans of bands like Fall Out Boy and New Found Glory will definitely find this record to be their next favorite, as it takes on that power sound and drives through some punk ethos and more.

Stand out tracks on this record include, “This Song’s From you”, “Through No Fault of My Own”, “Saving Grace”, and “It’s Your Turn Now”, all of which bring together an iconic sound that is definitely going to surprise some. As a whole, this record has a lot of great songs, it’s fast paced, it is powerful, and definitely something that sits well with alternative rock, pop punk, and hardcore fans as well. If you’re a fan of New Found Glory, and other acts within the genre, you’re going to definitely want to check out Ahtanum Shore’s latest record as it is definitely a good release. It’s among the best of the year in the alternative music category.

Check out Ahtanum Shore's latest record, and hear what very well may be the next big thing. You can do so by checking out their official website here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Shid Latta Takes You On A Whole New Journey With High

I previously reviewed a track from Shid Latta here, and was impressed with his delivery and lyricism. This time around he’s got a new record out, and a single that smashes together some incredible beats, in order to create a whole new track of epic proportions. This track, “High” produced by Hippie Sabotage drops serious lyrical elements. Shid Latta bounces through serious emotional heart felt lyrics about loss and the honesty is up front. It hits you hard with reality, and if you’ve ever loved and lost you know exactly what he’s talking about with this track.

I’ve heard a lot of remixes and productions, but this is one that is done right. Right when you think you’ve figured out where this is going, Shid Latta comes through with a different take, a new verse, and rolls it into the beats with relative ease. It’s the craft that really works here, and promotes the right elements of hip hop with a far more diverse range of ideas than you would normally expect.

By the time you hit the end of the single, you’re left with serious contemplative elements. Heart break is no joke, and it’s definitely on display with this song. If you haven’t been keeping up with this up and coming rapper, you need to pay attention now. If “High” doesn’t get you, wait until you hear the rest of his offerings, including “How It Is” and other tracks on Sound Cloud. This guy is stepping up to becoming the next big thing out of Baltimore, so don’t sleep on this.

If you’re a hip hop fan, you need to go to Sound Cloud here and check out this track here, or visit Reverb nation here and pay attention to what’s coming through. This is great hip hop, and needs more listens, so check it out. You need to seek out the latest record from Shid Latta, "LOVE + OTHERx DRUG$" and turn it up to 11, it's a solid endeavor.

Make sure that you also check out Shid Latta on facebook here, and follow him on twitter here!

Rasplyn Creates Astounding Artistry Through The Release of Scenes Through The Magic Eye

“Circle Round” sold me on Rasplyn’s release. “Scenes Through The Magic Eye” filled my office with music that seemed to drive me into a circle of artistry, I had been pining for all day. It hadn’t been a great day here at Sell Out Records HQ, but as soon as I started to pay more attention to Rasplyn’s release, I was drawn into a world of beauty, art, and magic. This compelling first track is an exciting introduction into a world of musical clarity that should not be ignored.

On this release of 7 tracks, you get layered musical instrumentation, compelling and artistic vocals, with a “world music” vibe that is hard to narrow down. It’s not really “one” thing, as it is pure art. There’s bits and pieces from all sorts of sounds, instruments, and elements that are very much artistic in nature. From far off lands to symphony inspired notes, to beautiful landscapes of musical creativity, you’re really taken on a journey through time and space. “Priestess of the Goddess” for example, is a tune that fits quite well into the background of epic movies, and video games. Close your eyes and you will be whisked away into a new land, a new hope, and beautiful music that is in the clouds.

As a whole, “Scenes Through The Magic Eye” is by far the best mix of instrumental and vocal music I’ve heard in a long time. It is well balanced, creates compelling narratives through song, and really is well worth your time. I absolutely fell in love with “Circle Round”, “Open Door”, and “Among The Stars”, but as a whole, this record is just fascinating. I’m completely floored by the intricate details here, the notes, and arrangements as well as the simplicity of the tunes at times. There’s something deep here, and you will find that it’s like nothing you’ve ever heard. I love it. Carolyn O’Neill’s solo project here is far more compelling than anything I’ve heard in a while. I love it.

You can learn more about this record from Mythical Records here, the official Rasplyn site here, and the Mythical Records twitter page here. Carolyn O’Neill’s creativity flourishes here, and is in fact a testament to her musical prowess.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Raving Wild Exalts Folk and Alternative With An Incredible Single

Raving Wild releases a track that not only encompasses what I hear on rock radio right now (106.7 KROQ L.A) but the kind of heart felt music that connects with you on a visceral level. With a mix of the 1980s introspective lyricism you’d except from The Cure and touches of folk like guys like Mumford and Sons, to a whole new spin on the genre, you get pushed into an anthem that will have you singing along in no time. In fact, I was very impressed with the way “Raving Wild” pushes you into the song with a good deal of focus on leading you down an adventure.

From the first notes, through the chorus and guitar notes, you are given a sound that is eclectic, and very much honest. It’s catch, it’s fun, it has soul and that’s something that you don’t always get with these types of songs. There’s a certain urgency in this song, and you are going to tap your feet, and absolutely fall in love with the chorus.

Overall, this is one hell of a single, and really does a lot to put a stamp on what Raving Wild is doing as an artist. Listen to this track, and you’ll very well be singing along after one listen of the chorus. I love it. You’ll love it, it’s an instant classic in my book.

Check out Raving Wild via Soundcloud here, the official website here, and don’t sleep on this single and artist.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Miriam Crespo Brushes Upon Greatness With Thierry’s Song

Miriam Crespo got me, right in the heart with this track. This folk, country, rock tune is such a good mix of music. It’s got a real folk sound, but with an indie push that reminds me a bit of Neko Case, but a bit more mature in sound. This is a very heart filled website, and it’s the first track from the artist’s upcoming record.

This is a strong song full of emotion. It tells a story, and it paints you a picture. It’s as though someone is there with you, talking to you about the world around them. I found myself having to listen to this track several times as the overall emotion poured through the lyrics.

There’s always something unique about folk and country singers, especially when you start to break down the overall flow of their vocals and connect the dots of their backing bands. Miriam Crespo’s vocals flow nicely over the eclectic band that gives you several notes to float on. I love the interludes, the notes, and the vocals which all connect to the soul. I love it.

“Thierry’s Song” is a very good taste to what very well may be a break out record coming through next year. For now, Miriam Crespo’s track does everything right. It hooks you, it tells you a story, and it has a solid composition.

Check out more from Miriam Crespo via Soundcloud here, and keep a look out for the new record coming in Spring 2015.

Shane Sebastian Shines on LA LA In Impressive Fashion

Shane Sebastian complete floored me with the track “LA LA”. I wasn’t really sure what to expect upon first hearing the track, and as soon as it got into gear, I was sold on the song. Within a minute, you’ll find yourself swimming in a world of emotion. It’s a lovely tune with some very introspective and eclectic moments. I loved hearing the balance here, moving through a strong vocal arrangement, and good sound amidst layered music.

You will find that the song really comes alive around a minute, as things really come together in such a strong manner. You may find yourself thinking about David Bowie in how the vocals are dynamic on this tune. They elevate the song to another level, and definitely brings forth a great emotional connection. Acoustic guitar work, electronic elements, and powerful vocals lead through “LA LA”, and it’s hard to really put your finger on. So many pieces come together here and the song really shines.

Shane Sebastian has a real winner here, and I am completely enthralled in the track. You’re going to find that it’s unique, powerful, and really evokes a sense of emotion. You have to listen to this, it’s a great new track.

Check out this artist's Soundcloud single page here, and of course the official Shane Sebastian website here.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Panda Bear Creates a Musical Art Piece You Need To Listen To Right Now

Panda Bear is the brain child of Noah Lennox. Don’t remember that name? Well, he’s the founding member of Animal Collective, and the guy has been pushing music for quite some time. In this release he takes a bottle, smashes it open, and then makes art of the pieces. I mean that in a musical way, as this is an experimental EP that delivers on all the right pieces, and creates an image of the artist that you are not going to find with other albums right now. “Mr. Noah” is an EP that is all over the place in consideration of arranging music. It doesn’t have a set genre, although the electronic vibe is definitely in place here. You get a mosaic of sounds when you listen, and it’s very creative, and personal on many levels.

“Faces In The Crowd” stands out as my favorite track, as it goes up and down in terms of sound design and features some very interesting notes. I like the way it flows through the noise and comes together with vocals that are all but poignant, and saturated underneath a wall of sounds. Simply put, it’s a strong track of unique musicianship. “Untying The Knot” is another grand opus for me, and it really shows off Panda Bear’s intricate layering, albeit simple to some. I love the flow of the record, going from one end of the spectrum to another in terms of influence. You will not find yourself thinking that his is a droning record that just plays on the same note over and over again, as many other solo projects seem to do these days.

Panda Bear’s “Mr. Noah” EP is a solid example of experimental independent music. It’s definitely full of life and interesting parameters. I like it, and definitely recommend it to fans of indie recordings. It’s hard to put this one in one genre, and can only be exemplified as an artistic approach to musicianship. You owe it to yourself to check this out.

You can listen to this record via Spotify here, or you could check out the official Panda Bear website here.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Kava Music Takes On Pure Creativity With The Release of Transmissions

Kava took the idea of recording tracks in 3 cities, each one for each member’s home town and created what very well may be the most creative use of electronic music you’ve heard in a minute. “Transmissions” is set to be released in 11/11, and it’s by far one of the coolest fusions of digital music you’re going to hear this year. It’s presented with a certain passion that really comes through on the record. I found myself not only listening to this at home with my cats, but also streaming it on my phone while I did a quick session at my local skate park.

There’s a vibrancy found here that moves your ears , with some robotic elements that rival some of the artists you may already know. I thought “Elevation Repair” was right out of the book of Gandalf’s Beat Machine, but right when I wanted to peg this as a comparison, there’s a balance that shocks the system and creates something new. I like how you can’t predict where the tracks are going, and there’s a fluidity to this that is very much psychedelic in the approach. “OverRoad” is a prime example of this journey, one that seems to be taking you one way, but delivers you soundly in another.

There are some strong showings here, a record that truly isn’t relegated to the same thing over and over again. I was delighted with the mix, and found several tracks to be anthemic in their use of sounds. “Happenstance” for instance is a journey into another dimension, and really reverberates through the speakers.

Aside from my personal favorites mentioned, you’ll find that there are some stellar tracks here including “Book of Faces”, and “Blinking Sun” for instance. These are not throwaway tracks to fill an album, each track represents something to you the listener and the artists that are creating them. It’s this type of integral musical placement that makes “Transmissions” a must own recording. It’s layered, it’s poignant, it’s futuristic, and yet it’s firmly rooted in the past as well. I love it.

Check out Kava via SoundCloud here, and their official website here. You don’t want to miss this one, it’s a brilliant showing.

Sursum Verbo Drives Home An Indie Rock Sound With Fool

Sursum Verbo has released a strong contender for my favorite record this year. I know I say that a lot, but seriously, there’s so much good music coming across my desk that I don’t know what to do with myself. This is another shining gem for me, and as soon as I heard “9 Volt” I was sold. The track reminds me of early Tooth and Nail Records releases, when they were still pushing art and music together. This is a classic example of indie rock, but with a twist here and there.

With “Fool” Sursum Verbo tap into something that makes indie rock so good. The record uses a steady stream of guitar, percussion, and strong vocals to create a resounding sound that echoes across your home. I turned it up loud, and tried to dance with my kitty. She was having none of it, granted she just got spayed and is mad at me, but still this is a solid recording. On the track “What You Can”, I was sold with the bass line intro. As a bass player myself, I always love strong bass lines coming up front, and that’s what you get on this track.

It’s not just those tracks that won me over, as you get good movement with “Mercy”, “Looking Back”, and “These Rooms” as well. This deserves more listens, and really does do a lot for the band. If you’re a fan of bands like The Velvet Teen, Interpol, and even The Muffs, you’re going to find this release to be a strong contender for your favorite as well. There’s a lot here, even with only 5 tracks, and it really appeals to the indie fan in me.

Enough of my rambling, pick up Sursum Verbo’s “Fool” Ep and see what I’m talking about. It’s one of my favorite records right now, and it very well may become one of yours. Oh, and don't forget to visit their official website here, and keep up with their latest and greatest moves.

Friday, November 7, 2014

John Neal Throws Around The Southern Infused Rock and Roll Like No Other

John Neal is an artist from Little Rock, Arkansas and upon listening to his latest self-titled release, I can truly say I’m a fan. His new record is out now and fuses together a southern rock gospel that is going to completely blow you away. (Not gospel as in religious, but you know the blues/rock sound) Whatever the case is, this is one hell of a release and it definitely deserves to get cranked up. It’s hard hitting from the opening track “Mexico City” through the last track of “Call on Me”.

Diving into the roots of blues music and bring out some stellar rock is hard for even established artists, but John Neal makes it seem easy. Bring together the best parts of several genres, the presentation on the record is quite good. It has a country tinge, but it’s not country, it has a rock feel but it’s not just pure rock, it’s built on solid song structure, good lyrical elements, and just plays through like a crossover record right out of CMT.

Don’t misunderstand though, there’s more to this than the country vibe, as there are some hard moments here. Stepping on the distortion pedal, throwing around some killer riffs, adding extra instruments, and playing to the rock crowd is definitely a strong suit of John Neal, especially with this release.

There are a lot of artists that want to blend genres, and say that they are down home rock and roll, but they fail to prove it. John Neal lets the music talk and wow, you get hit hard with every track. Stand outs include “Mexico City”, “Roll Me Away”, “Over and Over”, and “Alright!” but this one plays well on all fronts.

Check out this record via the official John Neal website here, and get yourself familiar with what very well may be the next big rock and roll hit of 2014.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Figures of Light Step Into The Twilight Zone With Instant Drone

“Instant Drone” is the latest release from Figures of Light, and it’s a sonic boom of frequency, and audio communication. It’s a vibrant display of musical orchestration done in the most unique manner I’ve heard in a long time. This instrumental track pushes the boundaries of creativity in such a scope, that it becomes difficult to really give it comparison. Think Joy Division, Statistics, or Starflyer 59, or perhaps Sonic Youth on this track. There’s a variety of noise, feedback, and guitar work that is made to come together like a kaleidoscope.

The fusion of the different sounds and melodies work very well here, and it is far and away the most unique track I’ve heard in music in a long time. You will not be able to stay away from what Figures of Light is doing here, and upon first listen, you’re going to be blown away. It’s a hypnotic tune that takes you to another landscape, a ride through what Rod Serling would introduce you to before going to a place of not only sight and sound, but of mind.

Figures of Light with Mike Pilat create one of the more fascinating tracks I’ve heard in quite a while. “Instant Drone” is the type of track that can easily fit into cinema. It has a far reaching grasp that you are not going to get with other tracks from the band, or from many other artists. It’s a strong piece of music that is worth your time.

Check out Figures of Light "Instant Drone" below, and follow the links to pick up this record:

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War Poets Craft An Excellent EP With Hot And Cold American Relationships

There was a time when I would purchase every single record released from Jade Tree Records. When playing the latest War Poets disc, I was brought back to that era in my life. Jade Tree introduced me to this type of song writing. It wasn’t emo, it was indie, but it had more lyrical integrity than the genres, it had a deep sense of communication and emotion that made me a music fan of all genres. It’s with that in mind that War Poets have created an outstanding EP that molds and shapes musical genres into something pure. With the release of “Hot and Cold: American Relationships”, you are driven through several themes, melodies, and songs that will be welcomed by even the hardest of critics.

This all starts very well with “Say No More”, and goes through “Perfect One”, “Upside Down”, and an introspective “Know The Way”, before coming through on the last 2 tracks in full circle of musical themes. The lyrical elements are all very well put together, throwing together a mix of emotions that are very much common place for music. Love, loss, struggle, and so much more are painted here and that’s definitely felt through the mix of acoustic guitars, percussion, and vocals that blend very well through the music.

The record feels full, as you get towards the end. “Bits and Pieces” is my favorite track, putting together a soft touch to the strong vocals across the record. There’s a subtle beauty found on the track, and it’s a nice break from the four previous tracks. It’s a testament to the release, as you start to think that the next track will be predictable, but nope, a new style and format comes through, and it’s solid.

Just when you think that the record is done, “Ones Who Love” comes through with a nice alternative rock feel and you’re whisked away in the War Poets boat to a new world. Overall “Hot and Cold: American Relationships” is an outstanding EP and part of the proceeds go to help find a cure for Cystic-fibrosis, so go get this record and support a good cause, and get some awesome tunes.

You can learn more about War Poets via their official Facebook page here, and pick up the record on itunes here, as well as other outlets. Don’t sleep on this one, it’s a great EP.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Hong Kong Danger Duo Comes Out With A Vibrant Alternative Uppercut On The Release of Their New EP

Hong Kong Danger Duo is such a cool name, I wish I would’ve thought of it first. The release of their debut EP marks an incredible start to what very well may become a long career for this band that plays a mix of rock fused with lots of genres, and definitely defies the monikers I can think of. The self-titled EP starts strong with “Haymaker’s Son” and drives through layered guitar riffs, percussion, and strong vocals amidst electronic backdrops. There’s so much here, that you’ll have a hard time pinpointing any one given direction, and that’s a powerful thing with this debut.

The songs flow together with a strong blues rock feel, but there are moments of metallic glory, and a streamlined fuzz that is going to definitely pique your interests. With “City Smog” you get a southern rock style, and some nice guitar work flowing with lyrical elements that are stronger than what you will hear on the radio today. It’s a strong second song, and leads right into the heavy “Flatline” to finish off the EP with a great powerful component.

At the end of the day, Hong Kong Danger Duo pushes out a good EP to introduce their brand of rock to the world. It’s heavy, it’s eclectic, it features a layered rock and roll ethic that you will not find with a lot of bands today. Think Led Zeppelin meets Jack White with a more pronounced percussion twist. Then again, throw those names out, and just listen to this EP and come up with your own comparisons, it’s a solid release, that should get this band a lot of recognition. The third track alone is worth buying this record for, it’s a strong rock song that will get you moving in the morning.

Check out more information on Hong Kong Duo via their official site here, and Facebook here. Listen to their record via Spotify, Amazon, or buy it wherever you may find it, it’s a solid release, I recommend it greatly.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Whole Wheat Bread Hearts of Hoodlums Still Rocks Harder Than Mainstream Rock

Whole Wheat Bread is a band that doesn’t get enough credit today. I first saw them in 2006 (I think) when they toured with Reel Big Fish and MXPX. They opened the show and it was a spectacular display of punk rock ethos by three individuals that knew how to write a hook and drive through some catchy songs. The trio was able to rap too so it wasn’t all just punk rock elemental displays. I found their work to be quite good and ended picking up their record that day. They’ve been bouncing around the underground scene and even put out a record with my man MURS (I don’t really know MURS), and that was solid.

In 2009, they put out “Hearts of Hoodlums” and I still think it should get more spins than it does. In my attempt to shine light on more music within this site, I am going to recommend you look up this record, and pick it up. This record features everything you’d expect from a new school punk rock record, but it has a lot of themes and ideas that would permeate with urban, African American culture. Like the song “Throw Your Sets Up”, which seeks to glorify gang culture in a way, but really just comes across as an anthem for being proud of your city. I’m not proud of my city, but maybe one day I’ll throw my set up.

The stand out tracks include “Bombs Away”, “Throw Your Sets Up”, “I Can’t Think”, “Blood Stains and Bite Marks”, as well as “Every Man For Himself”. However, this is no throwaway punk record. There’s a lot of solid song writing and structure to all of this, and it’s one of the better records you’re going to pick up that mixes the hip hop ethos and smashes it with the punk rock that is normal on Fat Wreck Chords and others.

Pick up Whole Wheat Bread’s “Hearts of Hoodlums” here, and make sure that you follow up on this act if they come through your town.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Thorne Puts Out The Parade And Brings Me To Tears

Ok, so I didn’t cry, but wow, what a voice. Thorne’s “The Parade” is one of the most incredible songs I’ve heard in a long time. It’s powerful, and it features incredible lyrical elements, amidst tracking that is nothing short of breath taking. At the chorus point I was completely enthralled with this track, and I could see it play through the moments of my life. I could see moments of happiness, sadness, and introspection come through as I listened to the beauty come through the speakers.

I absolutely love the mix here, with passionate singing and percussion that comes through with acoustic guitar work. I am completely impressed by the ease of the musical landscape painted here, as it truly shines with such an easy going attitude. At the second minute, I found myself in a whole new world of music. “I want you to cry”, the lyrics come through and hit me hard. Thorne has a way of singing to me, as if I were the only one in the audience, and that’s the sign of an incredible artist. When you feel like it’s just you and the artist in a room, they win, and I for one love this track.

Thorne creates a beautiful kaleidoscope here, and when you look into it, you get hit with a refraction of emotional connections you don’t usually get from music. I love the way this track bleeds through your soul, and makes you remember the lines, and repeats in your mind’s eye. It’s a compelling track of epic proportions, and I for one am recommending it to everyone I know. Turn this up, listen, and pay attention to what very well may be the next big thing in music.

You can listen to Thorne’s “The Parade” here. Check out the official Thorne site here as well.

Friday, October 31, 2014

2KX Create A Lavish Musical Framework Beyond Comparison

I know it’s my job to compare musical acts and try to paint a picture as to what they are doing so that you can go and buy the record and check them out, but every now and again artists are beyond just one genre and above any simple terminology. It’s paying disservice for me to call the latest release from 2KX anything other than a masterpiece. Fronted by Lisa LaRue, this is a release of progressive rock and is like nothing I’ve heard in a long time. Yes, there are other prog rock bands out there, but this release is a cataclysmic exemplification of art, and not just music. With the release of “Sussuration”, you get elements of every type of musical genre, but it’s like a work of art, seamless in the integral elements that make this worth picking up.

I was floored by the pieces, and really found myself in awe at the precision at which every element comes together. It’s like a giant jigsaw puzzle, and once you hear the record, you understand the pieces fit to make sure that this makes sense. It truly makes sense, every song comes through with vital pieces and then progresses into a huge and compelling soundscape.

My personal favorite is “Lemniscate” a 13 minute masterpiece of funk, soul, 80s rock, and so much more. It had me doing a little dance in my office chair with my speakers blasting. It’s rare to hear a record with so many parts coming together in this format. It has ups and lows and sews together 30 minutes of pure bliss. This is definitely a solid release and something that I can definitely see getting a lot of attention.

2KX really puts forth a great set of songs here, with full framework of artistry in mind. There are so many notes presented here and many genres, even though you’ll have a rock theme come through to wrap it all up. “Sussuration” is by far one of the coolest releases I’ve heard this year. It’s unlike anything else I’ve heard thus far.

Check out Lisa LaRue and 2KX via the official site here, and check out Facebook here. You cannot miss this, you will love it on so many levels. I love it. I’m impressed.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Iakopo Produces A Landmark Single With One Forever For Lovers Out There

Iakopo has just released and the artist took to Okinawa to produce the music video for the title track “One Forever”. When you hear love songs, you may immediately think of one genre, and one of your favorite singers, but every now and again a new artist comes through and shakes things up a bit with poetry, and musical taglines that are just compelling to listen to. Iakopo has painted quite the illustration with this track, giving all you guys out there a song to sing for your girl, or put on as background music to spark a bit of romance. This song has everything you could ask for in an honest look at love and appreciation for someone, as you hear the lyrical notes, and the musical elements.

Acoustic guitar tones, simple percussion, and signature vocals put together a nice song that will have you flowing through feelings for that special someone in your life. It’s a good overall song, and the video is definitely in line with the lyrical elements and musical tones that you get from the track. Overall it’s a solid release that has a lot of passion and honesty through the music. With a mix of good lyrical content, and stellar production, you may very well have found your next favorite song to put on when you’re alone with that special person you love.

Check out “One Forever” and pick up the new record here. Also, check out the music video below, and turn up your speakers, it’s a really laid back, and introspective track.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

DigMarie Pulls At The Heart With A Stellar Vocal Range

During my days, I listen to a lot of fast, hard, and obnoxious music. But every now and again I will slow things down and listen to some slower tunes. DigMarie came on my playlist and completely turned my day upside down. The vocal presentation mixed with the lyrical elements all play so well together. They put my cats at ease (I have 4), and got me daydreaming. There is a sweetness to the vocals that you get when you hear this talented singers voice. There’s a gentle spirit that comes forth on tracks like “Lost In You” and it’s sincerity that tugs at your heart, and whispers in your ear. It’s a seduction that is played with such a compelling elemental design.

As you move forward with more tracks from DigMarie, you start to realize that there’s a lot more talent than you may have first realized. There’s depth to the tracks, and as you traverse the different layers of the music, you get that same vibe that you received when you first learned about many other mainstays in the music industry. It’s not enough to just have a good voice, you need to present it in the right package, fusing melody, lyrics and musical integrity, all of which is found here. I’m impressed with the way the poetry comes together with the softness of the vocals. There’s a triumph here that flows through rhythm and blues, jazz, and soft rock at times. The vocal range is nice, there’s subtle touches with the music, and overall it’s a lovely mix.

There are a lot of records that come out today, and it’s hard to find good music sometimes. A lot of cookie cutter tracks get played on the radio, and people miss out on amazing talent like that presented with the DigMarie tracks. You’ll find that this is an artist to watch, as her vocal styling really plays well with hip hop, pop, and so much more. You will be kicking yourself if you don’t listen to DigMarie’s latest tracks and get in on the ground floor. There's so much to the music, and the vocals stand tall amidst great production. There's something intangible that's found here, and something that I for sure am falling in love with, alongside most of the fans that are fully aware of such a talented and introspective artist. Thumbs up all the way!

Check out more about DigMarie via her Facebook here, Reverbnation here, Soundcloud here, twitter here, and blogspot here.

Joe Con Nails Different Genres on I Choose You EP

Joe Con’s latest effort “I Choose You” is an ep that mashes a lot of genres together to form one of the most satisfying records that I’ve heard in a while. It’s hard to fit this one into one area, but it’s definitely going to find fans across several genres. There’s a little bit of country, rock, alternative, hip hop, and other elements moving fast within the songs. It’s based on acoustic guitar entries, but it’s built and layered with more as the lyrics come in and the singing builds a bridge between the listener and the words that Joe Con illustrates.

The lyrics are good here, they paint a good story, they are like country music’s finest in many ways. However, it’s not limited to that genre and it really isn’t the same as you would expect, even though you feel it at times, including during some of the parts of “Said and Done”. There’s a more contemporary feel to the tracks so it’s hard to place Joe Con in a box. Just when you think you’ve figured the work out, you get hit with a different style. By the time you get to the final track, you will have navigated through good acoustic elements, good percussion, and lyrics that are definitely transitional in many ways.

“I Choose You” has a lot of life, and it’s a testament to the music quality of Joe Con. It’s bluesy, it’s jazzy, it’s country, it’s got a raw edge to it, and it really is a good effort. You are not going to find another artist that is able to do so much with such simplicity, especially after hearing “Breaking My Heart”, which is one of the standout tracks for me on this release.

Overall, Joe Con nails it on this record. The bigger picture of the EP feels full, and you are not left with leftovers from a full record, you are given a full record that is going to be hard not to like. It’s the type of songs that you’re going to want to hear again and again, as there is a little something for everyone on this one.

Check out more from Joe Con via his official website here, and follow via twitter here.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sienná Presents a Fascinating Painting of Music With I Know Why

I was introduced to Sienná through the first musical notes on the upcoming single “I Know Why”, and was completely stunned. There’s something elegant about the musical production at first glance. You’ll hear a very melodic point, before you are lead down a line of singing and other elements that create a lavish picture. It’s this ethereal relationship that comes through with vocals and sound design that is really well done. It’s got a mix of pop, electronic, digital, and organic sounds that work very well here.

You really get this compelling sound and design that flows so well together. You are not going to be disappointed upon listening as it starts to become clearer through the track. By minute 2, you are enthralled, you are in love, and you can’t let go. There’s a symbiosis at work here, something that only the best artists can produce, and that’s iconic here. It’s not a noisy track, it’s moody, it’s eclectic, and it is definitely one of the better sounding songs I’ve heard in a while.

As you progress through the track, you are treated to a dual relationship of singing that connects in a very balanced manner. Through Sienná’s track, “I Know Why” asks questions, talks about love, hurt, and so much more within the elements. It has ups and downs but they are done so gracefully that you are going to want to hear this over and over again. It’s like the introduction to a nature video, as the way things flow are so tranquil at first glance, then they flow through jazzy, rock elements and you are thrown into a beautiful landscape.

Get a cup of tea or coffee and sit back and listen to this wonderful track. It’s by far one of the most compelling singles I’ve heard in a long time. It’s pop, electronic, jazz, rock, and so much more in a very nuanced fashion. Sienná really does well here, it’s a testament to artistry and I’m recommending it wholeheartedly.

Check out this track via soundcloud here. Check out, Facebook here, and Youtube here.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Electro Positive Plus Is A Beautiful Mix of Music By Vin Deca

I was immediately blown away by Vin Deca’s production on “Electro Positive Plus”. Not since Kavinsky have I heard of a unique mix of music that is by far compelling and artsy in so many worlds. This is beyond the genre of dance and electronic music, as it fits into a whole new element of musical creativity. I’m honestly not sure how to really explain the layers that are created here as the positivity shines through and through.

On the record you are going to hear the traditional beats you may have grown accustom to in regards to dance or pop music, but right when you think you’ve got Vin Deca figured out, he throws you a curve. When you listen to tracks like “Avec Plaisir” you really denote that. I loved the way the flow turned around and then struck a new element throughout. It is an energy filled track that really needs your attention.

The rest of the record is compelling too, and it flows through ambience and rhythm that is very much on par with what you would expect from a jazz musician from the 1940s. I mean that it translates through creativity and is not at all set in one arena. You are going to find that there are so many elements at play here, and while it is electronic, it is not what you are going to expect at all.

Every track is done right, everything is put through with a very precise penmanship and signature. You are going to dance, you are going to laugh, you’re going to want to wake up and move around a bit. I found that there were moments on this record that made me want to get back to the gym (I’ve been going daily fyi) and put this on, share it with others, and more.

Perhaps my favorite track is “J.I.T.C (Jesus In the Club)” a raucous track that has so much power. It brings me back to the first time I heard the Newsboys at SC4Y camp in southern California (1993). Overall this is the type of music that is hard to classify as one genre, there’s just so much at play.

Vin Deca produces some compelling and iconic electronic music on “Electro Positive Plus” and it’s definitely worth checking out right now. I’m amazed, you’ll most likely be amazed if you’re into electronic music. Even if you’re not, take this for a spin, it’s refreshing, I like it. I recommend it greatly.

Check out more from Vin Deca via his official site here, media page here, and listen on spotify here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Shid Latta Ignites A Powder Keg of Explosive Lyricism on How It Is

Shid Latta is coming out strong from Baltimore and brings about one of the most compelling tracks that I’ve heard in a long time. It not only hits you hard with the beats and production by EVOLUTION MS, it comes through with a lyricism that hits you like a prized fighter to the face. The delivery of the lyrics is hard, delivered within words and ideas that are filled with dreams. The writing brings about a swagger that comes over the top and brings you to the experience that the rapper is trying to present like a painting. If you close your eyes you will start to bounce a bit as the delivery showcases a lot of different elements moving forward.

This is the type of song that you are going to hear playing as loud at a stop light because it’s full of incredible timing and influence. It makes you want to throw a fist up in the air at times, it makes you want to listen carefully to the lyrics, and it’s the sign of a rapper that knows how to divide the beats and inspire within the words, but not in a corny way.

Shid Latta brings together the best possible worlds of hip hop into a song that is going to floor you. It is strong, it’s a heavy layered, lyrical dominant track that is produced with some of the finest sounds I’ve heard in a while. You will definitely be hard-pressed to find another track that hits you like dynamite like “How It Is” does. It’s a testament to what’s going on in the underground music scene.

The honesty that Shid Latta brings on this track reverberates and definitely is recommended. You have to check this one out, and definitely keep tabs on the moves this rapper is making. You will definitely hear a lot more from him, as the honesty and raw lyrical elements pave the way for a compelling tune.

Listen to this track via Reverbnation here, and Soundcloud here.

You can follow Shid Latta through the following links, keep note, this rapper is going to make serious moves: facebook, the official Shid Latta site, twitter, tumblr, instagram, youtube, linked in, and google+.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A.K.A. FiSHEЯ Drop A Huge Track With It’s A Jesus Thing

I grew up on Christian music, and with that, I had to hear a lot of terrible rappers try to rhyme. Then something happened, call it a spiritual awakening, but Christian music started getting really good. A.K.A. FiSHEЯ proves that yet again, and you get a super flow that is going to surprise even the staunchest of critics. With the track “It’s A Jesus Thing”, you get the power of secular beats with a flow that is going to push you into thinking twice about what Christian rappers are all about.

The lyrical flow here is impressive, A.K.A. FiSHEЯ makes this seem too easy. When you start to dissect the track, you will find that there are a lot of elements that the best rappers in the game have, only this time around you are getting pure food for the soul. Whether you’re a believer or not, this is going to hit you hard. The beat alone is going to make you want to turn up the stereo, and once the flows start, you’re going to be cast down into a world of incredible music. I found it to be compelling, and nothing short of brilliant on many levels.

The one thing that A.K.A. FiSHEЯ does really well here, among many things, is combining the message with the music. Often time’s Christian artists can’t find their way to flow in the right format, and 16 bars seem labor intensive. That’s not what you get here, you get a flow that is on point, hits heavy and doesn’t stray from the message at any turn. It’s impressive the way things work through a very tight spot and yet all is done well.

At the end of the day, music is either good or it isn’t, and A.K.A. FiSHEЯ does something spectacular here. Combining a message of hope, and goodness into a sonic boom of a beat is just a testament to the talent that is out there. This track is essential listening for any hip hop head, and anyone that likes good music. You’ll be impressed, I love it, it’s a solid song.

Check out this track via Soundcloud here, and make sure that you keep tabs on A.K.A. FiSHEЯ.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Shivers To Bring Out Charades In A Special Vinyl Record You Need To Have

When The Shivers first came out with their landmark record, I couldn’t find a friend that liked them. Today, I’m 31 years old, and I can’t find friends that like good music, and I don’t care. When I first caught wind that this record was being pressed and released, I looked for someone to tell, and what better place than this blog, right? The Shivers will release “Charades” remastered, sequenced, and on Vinyl for the first time on October 17, 2014. Mark your calendars, break your piggy bank and make sure that you’re getting this incredible release.

If you’re not familiar with The Shivers, then you’re missing out. You need to pay attention, because it is this New York City band that is one of the most influential artists of the past decades. Despite the fact that their release didn’t set the charts on fire or get into your brother’s music collection, they have managed to create a beautiful, and eclectic sound well worth your time.

With 13 albums released, and a slew of fans, you’ll find that they have created an incredible body of work, that doesn’t get enough praise in my book. It’s with this latest release on vinyl that we finally get a shot at putting this on display and listening through the true definition of audio for us the fans.

The folk ballads found on “Charades” will change the way you think about your music collection. Keith Zarriello’s vocals tell you a story that reaches into your soul through your ears. The lyrics, the sounds, the structure, and all that comes through on the record deserves more and more listening. You’ll wear out the needle on the record player, because this is a triumph of music in my opinion.

All in all, check out the beautiful sound that is coming to you October 17, 2014. You could preorder via Keeled Scales, here. You need this record, get two of them.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Arjun Puts On A Musical Clinic With The Release of Core

I admit, I have been through the wringer lately. Traveling across the country, my car breaking down, and missing my sister’s wedding all happened in the last few days. I felt terrible, and another thing I forgot was to review Arjun’s latest release sooner. I’m kicking myself hard right now because this is an album that should’ve been up and reviewed a lot sooner. All that aside, Arjun’s latest record “Core” blew me away within 30 seconds. The first song “Rocks” is perhaps one of the most solid instrumental songs I’ve heard in a long time. I love instrumental rock music, but this is on par with some of the best ever played. It’s well conceptualized it’s perfectly played, and brings together a certain jazz quality through every change of sound design. It rocks hard, but it does so with such a precise and exclusively unique manner. It goes from rock, metal, jazz, and even a bit of reggae bass, all without leaving you hanging, and it’s a perfect start to what I call a perfect record.

You really get a feel for what Arjun is doing by track 3, and you start to wonder where you’ve been all this time. The songs are all structured so well, and create a lavish display of rock and jazz sound. It’s guitar driven, heavy at times, and plays on the heels of orchestral and iconic rock sound. This is perfection, mixing all the rock sounds you could want, without spoiling anything. Arjun finds a way to create melody where you would not think to find it, and they do so with such a masterful union of sounds. I love the way they can build to stellar solos, and drive the bass lines through several locations on the fret board. As a bass player, I loved the strong bass notes, but let’s not forget the other parts. Precision drumming, and a guitar sound that is going to put your favorite band to shame.

On “Lavalust” you’re going to drop your jaw, as the bass line comes in to hit you in the head with awesome sound. The drum and bass on this track alone should compel you to pick up this iconic record as it is one hell of a tune. It’s this type of unique, quality rock sound that is missing from popular music today. Arjun put on a clinic, and you’re going to be floored by how they come through their sound. I for one am amazed, and I know you will be too. No joke, these guys are on top of their game, impressive release.

You can check out more music from Arjun by going to their official site here, checking their twitter here, Facebook here, and the YouTube video below.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Billy Roberts and The Rough Riders Punch In One Country Rock Classic

Storytelling and music go hand in hand, especially when dealing with country music. Billy Roberts and The Rough Riders take that to a whole new level on their latest release, “The Last of the Originals”. From the opening lines and singing on this record, through some stand out tracks, you are going to be floored by the way things open up to tell you about a new world of ideas. This is not your grandfather’s country music, and it’s not what you hear on the radio, this is true storytelling and it’s done with such a flair, that you’re going to be kicking yourself for not listening to this sooner.

The record starts out with a great rocking feel on “Mrs Jones” and it doesn’t let up. There’s a slight twang here and there, but for the most part, this is a rock record with country roots throughout. The storytelling really changes everything here and it’s something that you’re going to absolutely love when you listen up. The lyrics really compliment the song’s structures and gives you a good feel for what very well may become your favorite record up to this point.

With “The Last of the Originals” you get a little bit of every type of country style. You even get a bit of blues guitar here and there, and you get good solo work, and elements that will make you feel like you’re listening to a much more complex record. As you take on each track, you’ll start to get a sense for a good sense of lyrical elements, some of which are so vivid that you may think you’re seeing a movie play out.

Some of the stand out tracks include, “My Baby Gone Cold”, “With You”, “No More Mr Nice Guy”, “I Was Young”, and “Red Head Baby”. This is a serious alternative record, and I only say that because I don’t think it should be lumped into just one genre. There’s good guitar work, good lyrics, and great attention to minor details that you will find with more than just one genre. I love it, and recommend it to anyone that is looking for new music.

Check out more information on this band via their official website here.

Daniel Angelus Creates a Tight Atmospheric Record With Dream Pop

Daniel Angelus, one half of Surrender Hearts, has unleashed one of the most atmospheric records I’ve heard in a long time. The EP is called “Dream Pop” and it takes notes from a lot of bands, and artists, but it’s truly its own. It’s a complex electronic debut that takes layers upon layers to work within. You’ll listen to it and pick up on a lot. You will not be able to take this straight through, you will need to rewind and listen to the tracks again and again to pick up on all the little things that are being pushed in your ears. It’s like a cloud of music comes through and blinds you, only to play on your ears and create something grand.

It’s with the track “Touched By The Death” that the EP really starts to shine, even though the opening track is a good one as well. However, it’s within the scope of the second track that I’m brought back to different times. You play this and close your eyes, thinking about your past and you start to see a cinemascope play forward. I for one saw my own past, a past full of life, death, and new beginnings push through while the track played on. It was at the 1 minute mark that this really pushed me to all new levels, and it’s a highlight of what Angelus does on the record. It makes you dream, it’s special, it pulls at your heart and begs for reflection.

As a whole, “Dream Pop” is a perfect EP for me. It’s on par with Crosses, and even some Deftones, but not the heavy tracks. This is something that you’re going to want to listen to often, as it is defiant, iconic, impressive. It’s orchestral, it’s atmospheric, it plays on pop, it plays on rock, it is soft, it’s heartfelt and so special, you have to listen to this one for sure.

You'll want to check this record out, and listen for what very well may be your next favorite record, I love it. Check it out here.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Gliceryn Brings Forth A Dynamic Rock Sound Worth Paying Attention To

If you turn on alternative radio, you’re going to get hit with a lot of electronic music and dance hits. What happened to rock? Gliceryn pushes out the trends and instead, brings forth a rock sound that is well placed in the alternative scenes that made Seattle’s sound of the 90s takeover what glam rock was destroying. The band has put together an initial showing that is all over the map, and they cut their teeth on a rock sound that is not being played often on radio, and should.

What you first get from Gliceryn when you hear them is the strong backing of the band’s hard, dirty rock sound. No, this isn’t just fuzz and noise for the sake of it, it’s tight, it’s well produced and it brings through that rock and roll sound that you’ve been missing. They work well together to form a unifying front of noise that comes through as high quality. Their initial offering “Deadbeat” is one that should punch you hard, and flow through the rest of their tracks right now.

Through “Pure”, “Colour”, and “Borderline”, you get touched with several elements of rock music that is somewhat reminiscent of Pearl Jam’s early experimentation with rock sound. They aren’t confined to just one genre here, they are working through several sounds and all rock with no pretense. The quality of the tracks and the lyrical distribution is definitely something that reminds me of Mother Love Bone at times, but is far more rooted in modern rock sounds.

As a whole, the band is doing something grand and should be poised to get into the face of the mainstream in a matter of time. If you love rock music, you have to check out Gliceryn and what they are doing. The Seattle rock sound they’re pushing is well worth exploring and I for one am excited to hear from the band.

Check out the band’s music via Reverbnation here, check out Facebook here, and their official website here.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Roxanna Paints Beautiful Pictures With Her Vocals on Exotica

Roxanna is an artist I caught up with through the release of “Exotica” and I’m flabbergasted. How did I not hear about her before? She has released one of the infest records here, and her vocals are second to none. They are sultry, they fill the room with emotion, and they focus on so many layers that I had to stop writing for a moment to just get lost in the words. Love, passion, loss, dreams, art, and so much more cycle through with the songs that you hear on this recording. You will not find a dull moment here, or a wasted note. There’s just so much passion that comes through with the songs, and it’s really something operatic at times.

I loved the flow of the tracks, and the starting point “Only You” got me hooked. I love female vocalists, but there was something that Roxanna does on this record that really shines beyond my favorites. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but she figures out a way to connect with me on a visceral level. That connection is what makes music so worthwhile, so eclectic, so magnificent overall. It’s a beautiful thing and the tracks point to that every time.

Perhaps my favorite track is “El Amor”, which is a Spanish language track that had me really longing for a passion, kiss, something that is written in novels, shown in movies, and is not always real life. Sure there are moments, but not like the descriptions and ideas that are painted through the song.

What you get with the release of “Exotica” is 15 tracks of beautifully painted artistry. The record is by far one of the best I’ve heard in a while. It transitions from various types of music, and really punches in a wonderful, soulful balance. I’m recommending this to anyone that loves female vocalists, especially those that have a wide range of notes, and beautiful, poetic, songs.

You can pick up this record via amazon here, and I highly recommend it.
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