Saturday, 27 February 2010
Here are some hip-hop artists that I'm promoting that I think you guys will like. I don't promote anything that I don't think will actually take off, I have some serious hopes about these guys.
Riz is definitely like Akon or something or a mix between that and Flo Rida. He's got some really radio-ready tunes that are set to be the next party songs of 2010. Them Southerfolkz are kind of smoother and more hip-hop than rap and really surprised me. Wordsmith has some great beats and has a strong rap flow that is impressive, I really like Wordsmith.
Check out this package of promo tracks:
Check out Wordsmith's mixtape too!
Thursday, 25 February 2010
More Quote Unquote awesomeness. Seriously. Just some awesome indie rock with a definite punk influence, oh and some of these guys just happen to play in a band with a little known guy named... Jesse Michaels. Nothing else needs to be said.
Link from Quote Unquote
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
In preparation for seeing them tonight, and as I'm meant to be doing an essay, I figured some love for Japandroids was due. Although their debut full length, Post-Nothing, was thrown up on this very blog not so long back, this upload compiles all their fuzzed-up and blissed-out exploits to date. Balls to psychology and hipsters, let's frenchkiss some French girls.
Sunday, 21 February 2010
Normally I don't do concert reviews, but recently I went to Harrisburg to see my roommate and his band play which I haven't done in a while. Let me tell you, despite the bias, they blew my mind. I had seen them before and of course heard plenty of solo stuff, but I really was impressed. Also, I promised Moe that I'd give a shout-out to him eventually, and they really do deserve it.
The venue was the Lower Paxton Youth Center which always has a mix of people there. The other artists were hardcore and metal and then one defiance, ohio wannabee band that is not quite worth mentioning or looking up their actual name. Surrounded by 15 year olds and punk rock high schoolers that tried to act tough, I snuck in and skipped the 3 dollar cover charge by saying "I have no money on me, I'm poor". One look at my beard and they were like "... Just go". Otherwise, LPYC is a good venue and usually has a lot of interesting bands and good people.
The band consisting of Moe Weimer(My roommate), Chris Bemis, Josh Digrugilliers, Spencer Schutte have really tightened up and have taken more rock n' roll influences especially from The Rolling Stones and a little bit from rockabilly and blues. They also have that kind of head bopping thing going that The Beatles have.
I am always impressed by the band's skills whether it's Chris's flawless guitar solos, or Spencer's character showing in his enthusiastic drumming and taking off his shirt, or Josh pulling some great bass riffs in which really tie the sound together, or Moe rocking out and dancing getting the crowd pumped. The band really does have a lot of talent and potential, even if you don't like the music you can tell that they know what they are doing.
At the moment, they don't have any merch or CDs for sale, but they have some tour dates up. I'll let you know when their CD is released and stuff. I'm also gonna have more friend bands that I for some reason never put up that I think you should check out from the Beard Party Collective.
Adding, you should really see them live because they will make you smile and dance and are really nice people. Their recordings are mediocre in comparison.
Thursday, 18 February 2010
Bored this weekend or any time this spring? So go to a My Heart To Joy show and get stoked for their upcoming EP Release. I'm actually really jealous of anybody that goes to the shows on the 20th and 21st with Snowing and Slingshot Dakota. That show's gonna be absurdly good. I'm sick and can't make them and if not I already promised my roommate I'd go to Harrisburg with him to see him play... Oh well, read up!
Saturday, 13 February 2010
Keep forgetting to post this, but Exit Stencil Records is offering almost all of their albums for free for the entire month of Febuary. There's some really good music and well priced stuff for sale also. This should save you some money on Valentine's Day.
Friday, 12 February 2010
Quote Unquote supergroup Kudrow takes Bomb The Music Industry's Jeff Rosenstock, Mike Campbell bassist of Latterman and Laura Stevenson and The Cans, and Dave Garwacke of Halo Fauna and Thousandaires. This ultimate trio is free off Quote Unquote Records so check it out. It's like BTMI, but less ska and more real instruments. This should hold you off until tomorrow when I expect to have more stuff up.
Buy From Earnest Jenning!
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Imagine fusing the raw electric guitar sound of The White Stripe’s “Icky Thump” and the charisma and vocals of The Arctic Monkeys into a cover band making Britpop reinventions of songs from an eclectic genre list. Finally, have Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich have his way with it. That’s just what England’s The Hotrats have done in their debut album “Turn Ons,” adapting classics made by artists such as The Kinks, The Sex Pistols and The Beastie Boys.
The Hotrats (an homage to Frank Zappa’s album of the same name) is the side project of brothers Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey (both of whom are members of the rock band Supergrass). With the single “Drive My Car” by The Beatles among their cover songs, The Hotrat’s career has expanded. Over and over this album proves itself as much more than just a cover project.
“Turn Ons” truly withholds the integrity of the originals and brings an unexpected quality that you wouldn’t normally expect a cover band to produce. For example, Pink Floyd’s “Bike” is turned from a psychedelic time-honored track into a clever upbeat alteration, maintaining the mindbending noisy outro of the original. In “Crystal Ship” by The Doors, everything is spot on from vocals that sound hauntingly like Jim Morrison to the accented keyboards.
The album has all the wonder of finding a new favorite artist with the expectations of familiar songs. This most recent project of The Hotrats has given light to the dark musical genre of “cover band.”http://www.keystoneonline.com/2010/02/05/hotrats/
This album wants to be your friend. The dual female/male harmonics cozy up to your ears and the shoegaze-y early-90s indie pop-rock whispers your name, soothes your soul, and offers just the right amount of attitude to keep you interested. When it came out the critics called it "bubblegrunge", which, not gonna lie, gives me a raging boner.
This came out on Sub Pop is '93, and I guess releasing an album in the shadow of the flannel rock scene, at least one like this, was poor strategy. But it WAS excellent form and superb execution. I suggest the download link for temporary listening pleasure, and the Amazon link if you can afford $1.48 for a used copy (or the .99 per song mp3 dealio, but physical copies of old albums is the way to go imo).
BITE THE BULLET
Monday, 8 February 2010
UkeBox is Justin Bender. He plays a ukulele. His band plays punk rock. Justin is a cool guy. He lives in Philadelphia. You should really download this EP. You won't regret it. It's what all the cool kids are doing. You want to be a cool kid, don't you?
By clicking this link, you are giving into peer pressure. Good for you!
Sunday, 7 February 2010
So I work for Platform 1 Entertainment as a campus rep and they are asking me to distribute this as much as possible and get some serious feedback. There are artists of all different genres inside. I'd really appreciate it if you took the survey, but if not just enjoy the tracks. Spread the word and I'll love you forever. The campus rep name is Jesse Warner. Oh, and I don't think I get any more credit if you give them all 5's so be honest and leave some comments if you don't like it. Thanks again and I'll get some more posts up soon.
Followup: If you like Civil Twilight, check out this EXCLUSIVE TRACK that is going to only be up for a week.