Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Taylor Locke - Time Stands Still


Taylor Locke, known from Rooney and Taylor Locke & The Roughs is working on his first straight solo record. Presumably it will be called Time Stands Still


There's no release date yet, but it may be not far away. Songs that were already at soundcloud for a limited time are Time Stands Still, No Dice, Running Away From Love and Call Me Kuchu.

Watch this space for more information about the record.


Facebook: www.facebook.com/TaylorLockeMusic

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Vacationer - Relief

If you're still looking for the perfect summer-record, I think I can help you there: Vacationer - a group from Philadelphia - just released their second album Relief 
Vacationer are Kenny Vasoli, Matthew Young and Grant Wheeler.



Relief is not just the title of the record - it's the record's proposition.
From start to finish the album is the musical image of vacation, palm trees, wide sand beach and blue sky (the cover fits quite well).
Vasoli says: “Whether through love, exploration or relaxing, we all strive for relief. It’s just a quick flip-of-the-switch away, and think it’s good to be reminded of that.

Relief is available digital, on CD any beautiful translucent blue vinyl at amazon.com or directly from the band HERE.

Make sure you listen to: Onward & Upward, The Wild Life, Paradise Waiting, In The Grass and Heavenly




Official website: vacationermusic.com

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Pelle Carlberg

Sometimes I stumble upon songs and records I forgot about for a long time - and I rediscover them. A few days ago it hit me with Pelle Carlberg. And it hit me with a high impact.


Pelle Carlberg was born in Uppsala / Sweden in 1969. He played in bands since 1985, mostly known is Edson

After the last record of Edson in 2003 he released 3 full solo records and 2 EPs from 2005 to 2008.
For a start I recommend his solo debut "Eveything.Now!". 
Carlberg combines catchy and intimate pop with sharp lyrics. Someone (not sure, where I read it) said about him: "He sounds like Belle & Sebastian, but writes like Morrissey". I think that fits on one hand quite well and on the other hand it's quite a compliment. 

Cover artwork for the first record "Everything.Now!"



Discography:
  • Go to Hell, Miss Rydell EP (2005)
  • Riverbank EP (2005) 
  • Everything. Now! (2005) 
  • In a Nutshell (2007) 
  • The Lilac Time (2008) 
Closing remarks:
Pelle Carlberg's "Riverbank" music video can also be seen in the video game titled "The Darkness". During gameplay, interacting with the TVs will allow you to watch this music video, which constantly loops on the "alternative" channel. 
And that's how I discovered him. I don't think this happened to me with any artist. So thank you, "The Darkness".

Official Website: www.pellecarlberg.se

The Britannicas - High Tea

The Britannicas are Herb Eimerman (USA), Magnus Karlsson (Sweden) and Joe Algeri (Australia). They are separated by thousands of miles of ocean but they use modern technology to make old-school pop music.
High Tea is their second album. And if you like 60s pop music it may be perfect for you.


Recommended tracks: Got A Hold On Me, Come on Boys, A Shag And A Cup o’ Tea, Talkin' 'bout Summer



The songs of "High Tea" can be previewed & bought at CDBaby.com.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Here Comes The Reign Again: The Second British Invasion - Update

If you have a look at the right side of this blog, you'll find a complete index of artists I wrote about in the last four years. A great deal of these musicians came together on Here Comes The Reign Again: The Second British Invasion. I am lost for words...


...well, not completely: Here Comes The Reign Again is a compilation by Andrew Curry. It's his second project, his first was Drink a Toast to Innocence.

Here is the Kickstarter.com campaign:


Find all information and updates also at the Facebook page of Here Comes The Reign Again.

Track listing:
  • Life In A Northern Town – Chris Collingwood
  • Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Rachael Yamagata
  • Save A Prayer – David Mead
  • Dancing With Myself – Taylor Locke
  • Promises, Promises – Freedy Johnston
  • Life’s What You Make It – The Nines
  • Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Mike Viola
  • Relax – Mike Doughty
  • Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Tracy Bonham
  • Goody Two Shoes – Jim Boggia & Pete Donnelly
  • Something About You – Kelly Jones
  • Every Time You Go Away – Linus Of Hollywood
  • Digging Your Scene – Ken Stringfellow
  • Don't You Want Me – Chris Price
  • They Don’t Know – Graham Alexander
  • Tainted Love – Eric Barao
  • Only You – The Wellingtons
  • Cruel Summer – People On Vacation
  • Tenderness – TeamMate
  • Our House – The Corner Laughers
  • West End Girls – Secret Friend
  • Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Bleu
  • Freedom – The Davenports
  • Wouldn’t It Be Good – Cliff Hillis
  • Kids In America – Big-Box Store
  • True – Minky Starshine
  • No One Is To Blame – Eytan Mirsky & Alyson Greenfield
  • Things Can Only Get Better (kickstarter-only bonus track) – An American Underdog
Short biographies from some of the artists:

Taylor Locke


Taylor Locke co-founded the LA rock band Rooney in 1999, and was signed to Geffen Records in 2002. After 3 albums and a decade of international touring, he shifted his focus to his own group, Taylor Locke & the Roughs . After 2 albums with that group, he has gone completely solo and is about to release his solo debut, "Time Stands Still".

Eric Barao

 
Eric Barao is a singer-songwriter from Massachusetts and co-founder (with guitarist/songwriter Jeff Caglarcan) of the powerpop/rock band The Cautions. In 2001, The Cautions released a critically-acclaimed debut EP, and had risen to top 10 finalists in the AMA New Music Awards, a national contest sponsored by Dick Clark, Coca-Cola, CMJ and The American Music Awards. In 2005, they released their full-length follow-up album Proceed With...The Cautions, and continued to perform throughout the Northeast. Eric currently performs with a lineup of veteran musicians from the Boston/Providence area, including Matt Boynton, Carlene Barous, Matt Lydon and Matt Gillooly.

Eric has recorded music for radio and television, and film soundtracks including the indie film Turbocharged and the critically acclaimed new documentary, Raising Matty Christian. He also contributed music to the film Balls of Fury, starring Christopher Walken.

His 2013 self-titled release, co-produced by powerpop icon Bleu, appeared on multiple year-end "Best Of" lists. Check it out here: http://ericbarao.bandcamp.com/album/eric-barao.

Tracy Bonham


A native of Eugene, Oregon, Tracy Bonham began singing at age five, playing the violin at nine and piano at age 14. On her 1996 debut, The Burdens of Being Upright, Tracy established herself as a brash rocker with ironic nods to the emerging music of punk girl bands. With blunt, direct observations on love and loss, the album went gold and earned the singer Grammy nominations for Best Alternative Music Performance and Best Female Vocalist.

"Mother Mother", her first single, not only became a nationwide anthem, but also was a #1 hit on the Billboard Modern Rock charts, earning Tracy an MTV Video Music Awards nomination in the process. From the late 1990s to the mid 2000s, Tracy steadily recorded and performed both individually and with numerous groups, appearing with everyone from Blue Man Group and Aerosmith to Ron Sexsmith and Juliana Hatfield. Following 2005's Blink the Brightest and the 2006 EP In the City + In the Woods, the singer took some time to focus on other things, before re-emerging with the deeply personal Masts of Manhattan in 2010.

Ken Stringfellow


Ken Stringfellow is most widely known as a founding member of The Posies, as well as for his long-standing work in studio and on stage with REM, Big Star, and much more. Producer of acclaimed albums by Damien Jurado, the Long Winters, etc, Ken has also released four solo albums, all of which received high marks from Pitchfork, Mojo, and other gold standard indie media. His latest release, Danzig in the Moonlight came out in 2012.
"An artist worthy of respect and a listen from any true fan of classic pop....uniformly flawless" - Pitchfork

"Stringfellow is one of the most underrated songwriters of our generation" - Billboard Magazine

"Stringfellow's clear, composed croon forgives all sins" - Rolling Stone

"Lush pop perfection" - Mojo

David Mead


After signing to RCA in 1998, David Mead released a pair of critically-acclaimed records, The Luxury of Time and Mine and Yours. Honing a songwriting gift that embraces elements of Broadway, The Beatles, Prog and New Wave, Mead has since continued to release albums (Indiana, Wherever You Are, Tangerine, Almost and Always) full of “infectious melodies” (The Guardian) sung in a voice “honeyed and compelling” (Entertainment Weekly) while touring relentlessly over five continents, sharing the stage with the likes of Fountains of Wayne, Joe Jackson and Shelby Lynne.

His music has enjoyed exposure in television and film, as well as praise from some unexpected admirers: “David Mead is one of my favorite singer-songwriters,” said John Mayer, and Taylor Swift recently covered his song “Nashville” in concert. In 2011, Mead’s fans rallied around him and raised over $20,000 to fund the recording of his new album, Dudes, a work of pure pleasure filled with humor, mystery, and emotional wallop.

Bleu


Bleu is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer, and mixer who's been releasing his highly stylized musical manifestos since 1999. His work as a solo artist has included collaborations with a who's who of cult-pop icons such as Andy Sturmer and Roger Joseph Manning Jr. of Jellyfish, Hanson, and Steve Gorman of The Black Crowes. As a writer and producer for other artists, he's reached the masses through gold and platinum selling acts such as Meat Loaf, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, and The Jonas Brothers. 2013 saw Bleu involved in many more collaborations, and side-projects. He contributed an awesome version of "Baby Come Back" to our last project, Drink A Toast To Innocence: A Tribute To Lite Rock, and he released his fifth full-length album, To Hell With You.

Mike Viola


A prolific Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, producer and recording artist, Mike Viola first entered the national spotlight as founder and front man of the Candy Butchers. Mike became known not only for creating music for award-winning films (“Get Him To The Greek,” “Walk Hard,” “That Thing You Do!”), but also for writing and producing for other artists (Mandy Moore, Rachael Yamagata, Tim Christensen, Gin Wigmore, Karise Eden). Mike’s latest release is Ghoul, an innovative project that's one part new album and another part trading card game! Mike can also be found on our last release, Drink A Toast To Innocence: A Tribute To Lite Rock, turning in a fantastic version of "Steal Away."

Chris Price


Chris Price is a songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist from Miami Beach, Florida. He has released one album to date, the independently released, critically lauded 2012 LP "Homesick", which he recorded using only his iPhone 4. Most recently he produced Linda Perhacs first album in 44 years, The Soul Of All Natural Things, and is in the process of making new albums with, respectively, Emitt Rhodes and Roger Joseph Manning Jr. He is also the co-writer and co-producer of all Taylor Locke & the Roughs material, and in addition to all those wonderful people, he has performed on records by or played shows with artists such as Beck, Bleu, Mike Viola & Low. Chris currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Rachael Yamagata


Rachael Yamagata has been called ‘the troubadour of heartbreak’ by the press and fans are drawn to her ability to ‘turn emotion into song’. She’s got the old soul singer songwriter essence that calls upon Todd Rundgren, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, The Carpenters and Elton John and sonically gravitates towards the darker stylings of Nick Cave, Tom Waits, P.J. Harvey and Danny Elfman.

In September 2002, Rachael landed a deal with Arista's Private Music, and her self-titled EP arrived in October. Her first full-length album, Happenstance, followed in June 2004. Featuring production from John Alagía, who had previously helmed such albums as John Mayer's Room for Squares and Dave Matthews Band's Busted Stuff, the album's pop-tinged sound found its way onto several TV shows, including The O.C. and Alias. Happenstance also endeared Rachael to such musicians as Ray LaMontagne, Jason Mraz, Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst, and Rhett Miller, all of whom invited her to perform on their albums as Yamagata readied her sophomore effort. Boosted by such support, she returned in 2008 with Elephants...Teeth Sinking into Heart, an eclectic release that featured both intimate material and PJ Harvey-inspired rock.

Rachael has since gone the independent route, releasing subsequent records on her own label, Frankenfish Records. She launched a Pledge Music campaign to raise funds for her third full length LP, Chesapeake, and reached her goal in three days thanks to a loyal following that continues to support her.

Cliff Hillis


In baseball terms, Cliff Hillis is a valued, multi-talented utility player: He plays guitar, bass and keyboards, he sings, he writes, and he’s an in-demand studio whiz that’s recorded, produced or mixed many artists. Cliff can also be seen performing with the popular Philadelphia-area bands Ike, Love Seed Mama Jump and the In the Pocket: Essential Songs of Philadelphia project.

Cliff's most recent album is the critically acclaimed Dream Good, which includes collaborations with Scot Sax, Danny Wilde of The Rembrandts, and Philip Price of Winterpills. His two previous albums (Better Living Through Compression and The Long Now) garnered praise from USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Absolute Powerpop, Amplifier, Goldmine and many more. His original songs have been featured in TV shows (All My Children, Party of Five, Roswell, Life Unexpected and more) and films (Enough, After Sex, Waking Dreams, Mayor Cupcake). Hillis has also won national songwriting and jingle awards and contests. Cliff also contributed a fantastic rendition of "Shake It" to Drink A Toast To Innocence: A Tribute To Lite Rock.

Big-Box Store (Joe Seiders)


Big-Box Store is a musical covers project by Los Angeles drummer/multi-instrumentalist Joe Seiders. Joe has been touring and recording for 15+ years with artists such as Bleu, The Everyday Visuals, Beat Club, Tracy Bonham, Juliana Hatfield and many others. Big-Box Store covers primarily female artists in the pop genre, stripping away the top 40 production to expose the great songwriting often overlooked. Channeling artists such as Iron and Wine, Sufjan Stevens and David Bazan, Joe chooses a low-fi approach to recording, often enhanced by the mixing talents of Bleu. Big-Box Store’s debut EP “Love Songs" was released on iTunes in late 2013. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Parks - New record on Pledgemusic

The debut album of Parks will be released via Pledge Music and can be preordered NOW!
It will be mixed by Grammy award-winning engineer, Ducky Carlisle.

Parks are Brian E. King (Songs/Vocals/Guitar), Stu Dietz (Guitar), Matt Girard (Bass/Vocals), Brian Fitch (Drums),  Liz McBride (Vocals/Keys/Percussion).

Described as "a crisp & precise take on garage pop" (Boston Globe), Parks distinguishes itself with dynamic live performances, lush instrumentation, rich three-part harmonies and sonics somewhere between fizzy Shins twists and fiery Strokes-esque turns.


http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/parks

Here are the news from Parks:

"As you see in our video, we will be releasing our long-awaited debut album via PledgeMusic and YOU! Over the past year of working tirelessly, we have a ton of bonus materials, unreleased outtakes, alternate versions, behind-the-scenes footage, and MORE! We’re extremely proud of it and we need your help to bring it to a wider audience. We’re excited to say the least. Here are some of what you’ll receive as a pledger: ·Instant download of our two singles ·Incredible perks including bonus tracks, home demos (even potentially embarrassing iPhone demos), studio videos, personalized songs, vinyl (!!!), house shows + dinner, and more! ·Exclusive insight into the recording/writing process ·Come visit us in the studio and sing, play, or hang with us for the day! With every pledge, you support us in the releasing our record. Please join us and be a part of something we’re extremely excited to share with you."

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/parks

Friday, June 20, 2014

Musicmaik - Emeral EP

A friend of mine - Maik Antrack - just released his first EP - it's called Musicmaik - Emeral.

Back in 2010, equipped with a guitar, pen and paper, Maik Antrack sat on Mt. Taranaki and wrote an idea, which later came to life as a piece on his first album „Ooceeyaan“.
Weeks later, after traveling to some of New Zealands’ lonely places and exploring Australias’ East coast, he came back to Europe with a bunch of ideas. 12 pieces went on his first recording „Ooceeyaan“.
When he finished this album, a mysterious and rough travel diary, there was more to say, more to explore, more to play. There was an open door, leading to his undeniable love for straight-forward stuff, melodies, grooves. 3-4-GO! There’s rooms for vast improvisation and explorations in sound. And worlds in between. Paths yet to find! So Musicmaik, that’s Maik playing his own Music. The latest EP release „Emeral“ features five new explorations.


Emeral is a place, everyone of us owns. It’s far from daily life and still you can find it’s entrance at every corner of a street.
While touring with New York based Songwriter Steve Waitt in 2012, Maik played together with Gidon Carmel, another one of Israels’ nicely grooving drummers. So why bother about that? Having not the biggest Nightliner- touring bus around, as a musician you tend to hang out and sleep in adventurous places.
Remembering that, Maik thought of Gidon when he planned his new recordings for the Emeral sessions. Looking for a studio, „Tempelton“ in Berlin Wedding was a good choice for part of the EPs’ sounds. Drums and bass where recorded together in the studio. 
So Johannes did the guitar recordings. And! The brass! These guys, - Damir Bacikin and Fred Hendrich, playing an awesome trumpet and trombone on „Seen On TV“, „Tease You“ and „Stay“.
In February and March 2014, vocals where recorded. Studio? No. An old East German - Funkwerk- Leipzig microphone (Maik found it on a flea market) stood on a wooden floor in Johannes’ living room in Berlin. Some breathless squeeks later, the vocal-recording-adventure was finished.

Loving music, energy and skill, that latest release from Musicmaik is well worth diving into.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Jenny Lewis - The Voyager

Jenny Lewis (former singer of Rilo Kiley) has her new solo record - The Voyager - out on July 29, 2014. It's the first record since six years.
It was produced by Ryan Adams & Mike Viola, Beck, Jenny & Johnathan Rice.


The Voyager can be preordered (digital, CD, LP, T-Shirt, Tote bag) at www.jennylewis.com.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Identical Suns

Now something from a new band : Identical Suns.

Identical Suns are:  Todd Stanton, Rene Rodriguez, Andrew Stanton (Producer, Guitar) and Brian Jones (Guitar).

Identical Suns began as a conversation. One afternoon in September, 2013, founding members Todd Stanton and Rene Rodriguez starting talking about writing songs. Todd and Rene had become online friends as part of a Mike Viola group on Facebook in mid-2012. The group was started up around Mike Viola’s performances on a online website called StageIt.com. It was soon discovered that this group had a lot of musicians as members and it was decided that those who were interested would start hosting their own online shows, as a warm-up for the Mike Viola shows. With encouragement from Mike, the shows included covers of Viola songs and, toward the middle of 2013, Mike devised a series of shows for the various musicians to play one side of a Beatles album.


Todd and his family began to play shows (as the Stantones) and Rene played as a solo artist. In August 2013, Rene went out to visit Todd and his family in Ohio. They got along instantly, even though they had never met in person, they felt like they had known each other for a long time and became even better friends. One evening, Rene was asked by Adam Waltamire of Pop Garden Radio to consider playing at a Rick Nelson Tribute Show in early 2014. Rene was concerned because he was basically a cover artist, no longer writing songs of his own. He felt that he needed at least a couple of originals to play at the show. That afternoon in September 2013, Rene expressed this concern to Todd Stanton. Todd suggested that they should write some songs, Rene agreed.

One of the initial concepts of the group was that there would be no genre involved here. Identical Suns wasn’t going to be a Power Pop group who would strive to sound like any other group. They don’t set out trying to sound like ELO or The Beatles or Beach Boys, etc. They are only interested in where the song takes them, where the lyrics go and each member plays their part in this creation. Some songs have required a serious discussion of the subject of the song - who is this person in the song, where are they in their lives?

In early 2014, Todd, Andrew and the family came out to California to join Rene at the Rick Nelson show that started the iSuns project. It was an adventure. This would be the first time that the group would play these songs together, and in just a few hours. Despite of all their worries about the performance, everything went well. A huge relief. Exactly two weeks later, Rene flew out to Ohio to hang out with Todd for a few days. They played a show on StageIt but only wrote one song.

At this time, the group has eight completed songs (with the inclusion of the Rick Nelson cover “Just Take A Moment”). The songs are “Baby, I’m Down”, “Nothing I Can Do”, Coulda Sent A Reminder”, “Show Me A Sign”, “Yesterday Ended At Midnight”, “E.M.I.L.Y.” and “Common Ground”.
Special guest Christian Phillips of Sonic Executive Sessions contributed the background vocals on “Common Ground.” Ultimately, Identical Suns is a group who are actively engaged in the fun and enjoyment of writing and recording music. The only goal is having the songs speak for themselves, letting whichever process works at that moment, and being open to inspiration. The experience has been positive and the results speak for themselves.



PowerPopSquare had a short Q&A with Todd and Rene from Identical Suns:

PPS: How did you guys come together?

Rene: Todd and I met online through the Mike Viola StageIt Superfan Page. We didn't know each other before that and we started talking over all the stuff going on in that page, then we decided to make some music.

Todd: Like Rene said, thru the Mike Viola Weirdo group. At one point, some of the instrument/artist inclined members of the group (actually I think Mick Morris was the one to suggest it) decided we should do Stageit shows when Mike was taking a break. That was fun. I actually got to organize it. We actually wound up doing a total of 3 series of Weirdo Stageit shows. This gave me an opportunity to deal with each of the MV fans a little closer. Rene and I emailed back and forth, and at one point spoke on the phone. And we became good friends.
Then later, Adam Waltemire, also apart of the MV group) was so impressed with Rene's Stageit show that he invited him to play at a "festival" for the Spring of 2014. Rene called me up and said we should write some material for him to play. That triggered the birth of Identical Suns! We both had pieces and parts of songs that never came to fruition As of today's date we have 8 songs written and recorded.

PPS: What are your musical inspiration and your influences?


Todd: I never listened to much anything popular growing up. My mother didn't want us kids listening to the sexually -or- drug suggestive themes of much of the late 60s/early 70s music, so my brother and I listened to a stack of Dad's old 45s. None of which really stuck with me. Then in the early 80s, I started listened to radio. It was such a mess of music then, sappy love themes, crappy disco, and the dying embers of 70s rock bands filled the air. I would record music off the radio that did grab me though. Songs like 'Take it to the limit" by the Eagles, "Shake It Baby" by Ian Matthews. "Le Freak" by Chic.
My first albums purchased though were ELO's "Greatest Hits" -and- Bob Seger's "Nine Tonight".
A few years later I met a friend, Dave Rybaczewski. He learned I played piano, and asked if I wanted to record on a song he was writing. That began my road to writing music. We wrote 5 albums worth of music under a band name called 'Complexcity". Dave was into all kinds of 60s and 70s music. It was thru him I learned about bands like Genesis, Yes, and the Beatles. That coupled with the era of MTV, I now was knee deep into a wide range of pop/rock music. As I continued to write music, I started writing/recording music on my own. I recorded 4 albums worth of music from 1998-2005. During that time period, I was really into groups like Billy Joel, Foo Fighters, Boston, Radiohead, Jeff Lynne, Ben Folds, World Party and especially Jellyfish.
These days groups like Mike Viola, Bleu, David Myhr and a renewed interest in the Rembrandts (the pre-Friends era).

Rene: My musical inspirations and influences are all over the place. I grew up in the 70s and 80s so I love those cheesy pop songs especially from the 70s. I also love the Beatles and the Beach Boys. I have been a Beach Boys fan since I was really young and started listening to the Beatles around 1976. 

PPS: What would you choose: mp3? CD? Vinyl? Cassette?

Rene: I like CDs and Vinyl. I use MP3s for simplicity but I still have some cassettes kicking around. I did experiment with recording on my small tape recorder, using the small, built-in microphone instead of my regular mic. I really like the lo-fi quality of that recording. Those old cassettes are great to have around.

Todd: Media? I'm going to be hated for this, but....
I'm a realistic/practical guy. MP3s... all the way. Not even iPod formatted music files. I like control over my music. I like to play them anywhere, share them with anyone, listen to them on whatever I want.
Vinyl, I'm sorry, is just not practical. It's cute it's trying to make a "come back", but it's a fad. My son Andrew, loves the novelty of it, but he doesn't own a turntable and probably never will. Why? It's impractical. To have a collection, requires room. I was into cassettes (mid 80s) then CDs (90s) but have since pitched the cassettes, and boxed the CDs.

PPS: Will there ever be a Star Wars song? (Todd is a big Star Wars fan)

Todd: Yes.... I wrote one years ago: "THENNA" When the prequels were coming out, and the internet was still in its infancy, there was a short lived rumor that Luke and Leia's mother was named 'Thenna". So I wrote a song about her.
Years later after I wrote it, another local band covered it when they played out. That was the coolest thing, hearing someone else play your song. :-) 
Not sure I would do another one though. Everyone knows I love Star Wars... too much. I wouldn't want people to think I can't write about anything else (but maybe after writing 75+ songs in my life, maybe there's proof I can) :-)

Rene: Hmm, I'm not sure. We never really plan out the subject for a song we have written, or we haven't so far. We have talked and discussed the subject matter after the fact but not in advance. I guess we won't know until it happens. We'll let you know.

PPS: Tell us your three Desert Island records!

Rene: Well, that's a tough one. One of them would probably be the Beach Boys "Sunflower" because it's such a great album. Another one would be the Beach Boys album "Holland", one of my favorite songs is "Leaving This Town", but the whole album is fantastic. Lastly, I'd pick the Beatles "White Album", mostly for its diversity. There's always something on there to make you feel good. 

Todd: This type of question has been around a long time. I think the origin of it would have to do with when music wasn't portable. So its hard to answer that question without first saying "Why can't I just bring my MP3s?" .... but I understand the substance....
I have always joked with my kids that they need to know from memory one of two albums before they move out of the house. "52nd Street" by Billy Joel -and- "Live Bullet" by Bob Seger...so maybe those two.
Lastly, I guess it would be a toss up between "Split Milk" by Jellyfish -and- The White Album (I agree with Rene on that one). God... there's always "OK Computer" by Radiohead....
Why can't I just bring my MP3s?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

+ + + News - May 2014 + + + (Jeremy Fisher, OK Go, Will Dailey)

Jeremy Fisher


Jeremy Fisher is back with Lemon Squeeze. The record is out now. It's available at www.jeremyfishermusic.com (digital, CD, Vinyl).
 


Ok Go


The new record of OK Go - called Hungry Ghosts - will be out circa October 2014.
Pre-orders can be done at Pledgemusic.
You can get A LOT of stuff there: the record digital, on CD, Vinyl, signed records, handwritten lyrics, t-Shirts, a ride in the tour bus, private concert, being an extra in the videos...
If you pre-order you will get the EP Upside Out in June 2014.


Will Dailey

National Throat is out now for Pledgers at pledgemusic.com.
It's also available for pre-order at willdailey.com.