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Diamonds & Demons by Paul Maged

Hard, Edgy and Strong

Paul Maged - Diamonds & Demons

Paul Maged – Diamonds & Demons

If you like hard-driving rock with edgy lyrics and an attitude, you are going to love Diamonds & Demons, the sophomore work of Paul Maged. The release date is 23 September.  The seventeen track work is less than a minute from what will be one hour of good listening.  It is an awesome sophomore showing for this artist.   I guarantee you that you shall find more than one track to fall in love with.  I am also certain, you will have a very hard time picking a favorite track.  The album will give you an hour of great listening.

I will also insert my warning to the listeners here.  Not all of his material would be considered safe for work.  There are some explicit lyrics.  Considering the hefty subject material he covers I am not surprised and don’t feel that the language is in any way inappropriate.

The Road Heavy

A Great Sound – The Road Heavy

The Road Heavy just released their second track, the title track, The Devils Grin and I think it rocks.  While I have not heard much from this new band, I have not heard a track that I didn’t love. I can tell you that we should all be keeping and eye and ear out for this up and coming band.  They do some serious kickass rock. They have a nice thick hard, Skynard-like sound.  You can find out more about these guys at their bio or better yet, catch them on tour.

You can find them on the e-world at:


We became aware of this artist because of Indie Music Bus. If you are an indie musician, you may wish to check their site out.

Qvalia – Now Released

POSTED ON September 1st  - POSTED IN Album, Entertainment, independent music, music, New Media Order, news, pop, Review

Qvalia – This is the Color of My Dreams

Qvalia - This is the Color of M Dreams

Qvalia – This is the Color of My Dreams

The 7 song collection runs a total of 25:10.  It is officially released today.  If I have anything bad to say about it is that it is only 25 minutes long.   The artwork and the liner notes are very nice.  It is nice to see that some artists still provide the consumer with something more physical. I am going to do something I don’t normally do.  I am going to give you my take on each track.  Frankly, they are all that good. Let us start with the tracks and a little bit about each:

Tommy Mora

POSTED ON September 1st  - POSTED IN Album, Blues, Blues Rock, Entertainment, independent music, music, New Media Order, news, Opinion, pop, R&B, Review

Strong and Powerful

Tommy Mora - Let it Shine

Tommy Mora – Let it Shine

Musically those two words seem to be a good summing up of this musician.   His music is strong, thick and full of energy.  While his music is not all the same, he certainly puts a lot of punch and bang into each tune.  Truly exiting stuff.

He has a very strong voice and shows it off well in Let it Shine.  The tune is what I would call a powerful blues rock tune that reminds me of the better music from The Blues Brothers movie.  It has both driving horns and guitar.  The song just moves.

He also sent us Your Love which, while still powerful, has more of an eighties Huey Lewis and The News swingy power-pop type of sound.  If you like music that is more southern rockish in sound, you are going to love the driving force of Simple Man.  I especially like the hard harmonica in the song.

I would honestly say that of the three tracks he asked us to review, I really liked each and every one of them.  You can find out more about this talented musician at:

Check out the video for Let it Shine


We became aware of this artist because of Indie Music Bus. If you are an indie musician, you may wish to check their site out.

Disclosure This may be a paid review.  John “Lumpy” Lemke is a freelance writer who accepts paid work. While Lumpy does accept paid reviews, he does not accept submissions unless he is free to express his honest opinion.  Lumpy does not write negative reviews.  If he receives submissions which he feels would justify a negative review, he simply turns down writing the reviews.  Lumpy does not solicit payment for reviews and only accepts such reviews with the conditions above and from organizations which exist to promote independent artists and labels.  Lumpy would NEVER write a review on material he would not be willing, given proper permissions, to play on his shows.  Lumpy funds Indie Nation out of his own pocket.  Any funds received from paid reviews are used to offset the cost of this site’s operation.  This site has never posted a profit and, if there ever are surplus funds, they will be used to buy material for listener give-aways.

Today We Shine the Spotlight on Megan Landry

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 Alternative Singer-Songwriter, Megan Landry

Megan Landry

Megan Landry

In my opinion this young lady has some serious talent. I had a difficult time deciding what tracks to choose for this podcast.  The reason being is that they are all excellent.

Those of you who read my reviews and follow my podcasts know that I am not a fan of genre.  She spins herself as alternative.  While that may be the best genre for her, I feel she does and excellent job of blending styles.  I don’t consider all of her work “alternative”.  She does some material I would call blues, pop, etc.,  The important point is that her work is varied in a great way.  He songs do not all sound the same.

She writes some great lyrics, adds appropriate music and wonderful vocals.  I was very impressed by the wonderful backing vocals on Wallpaper.  Also, she seems very talented with video as well, check out the video at the end of this post.

Megan is very good at setting the mood of a song (and video).  While it is one thing to make good music, it is much better to make music that moves the listener emotionally.  It is nice to see young talent doing more than just pushing out pop tunes. (Not that there is anything wrong with that.)  I noticed that other reviewers often refer to her as an “Ottawa teen”.  She might fit that description based on years but she is certainly much more mature than such as a singer and songwriter.

Megan has also done some work to bring awareness to bullying.  (Check out the related articles below.)  Her song Stronger is about that.  She has made headlines for some time now and I expect her to continue doing so.

I promise you that if you check out her music you will find something you will love.

You can find out more about this wonderful artist at:

Disclosure This may be a paid review.  John “Lumpy” Lemke is a freelance writer who accepts paid work. While Lumpy does accept paid reviews, he does not accept submissions unless he is free to express his honest opinion.  Lumpy does not write negative reviews.  If he receives submissions which he feels would justify a negative review, he simply turns down writing the reviews.  Lumpy does not solicit payment for reviews and only accepts such reviews with the conditions above and from organizations which exist to promote independent artists and labels.  Lumpy would NEVER write a review on material he would not be willing, given proper permissions, to play on his shows.  Lumpy funds Indie Nation out of his own pocket.  Any funds received from paid reviews are used to offset the cost of this site’s operation.  This site has never posted a profit and, if there ever are surplus funds, they will be used to buy material for listener give-aways.

Latimer House Releases 7″ Red Vinyl Single

Alternative, Blues, Rock, Punk, Pop and  More – Call it Latimer House

Latimer House - BirdCage Walk

Latimer House – BirdCage Walk

While the headline is about a single, that is just the starting point.  I urge you to buy the single but don’t to stop there. Get the full album as well.  Birdcage Walk and Until Then are both great tunes but how much can I tell about only two songs?

Let us talk about the album for a bit.  Once you check out the album, you will still want the single because the B side is not on the album AND Birdcage Walk is a remix. Personally, I like it when the singles are not the same material you get when you buy an album. You can find all the band’s work discussed in this review at their Bandcamp page.

Let me start by saying that I had brief doubts about this album when I gave it my first listen.  It was one of those experiences where it was a bit different and not exactly what I expected.  When I discovered the band, they were described as “pop”.  While pop may work, they are much more eclectic than just pop. Putting labels on music may help with marketing and sales but it threw me momentarily.  The overall experience was one of being unexpectedly pleased.  It was better than I expected.

For example, at first, I cared not for This is Pop with simple very popish rhythms and melodies.  It was just too popish but…  two minutes into the tune, I began to appreciate the sarcasm of the delivery. By the end of the tune, I was loving it. (The video is also very good as well.) In my opinion, it is the best choice of the ten to kick the album off with for it quickly sets the tone… the listener should expect something slightly different, not over the top , crazy different but like a novel new flavor added to coffee, something pleasantly refreshing and not part of one’s daily routine.

The band drives much of their music with guitar rhythms but it is all the interplay that gives them a sound with a bit of an attitude.  They syncopate well and in their own style.  It is a refreshing break from typical.  While I don’t like genres and don’t fully agree that they are pop, I totally believe they should be popular because they are producing great music.

While the ten song collection does fit the descriptions above, it is much more than that.  The musicians do a great job of combining material familiar to the listener while spicing it with novel and unique sounds, rhythms and melodies.  It is just great music.  Toss it into that genre.

This is not just another alternative band.  This is not just a pop album.  This is not going to be the best album you ever bought.  However, it a collection of worth which you will enjoy. This is a solid collection of songs that makes one want to follow the band.

2014.08.25 – Tech Net News and Opinion

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2014.08.25 –  Tech Net News and Opinion

Sarah Donner

Sarah Donner

Brian thought it might be a good idea to try and break the news up into more organized groups.  After only one show’s worth of hindsight, I would have to agree that it seems like  a great idea.  It certainly seems to encourage more conversation from the chat room and I already know it made it much easier on the post edit.

We opened with some Sarah Donner. They were live tracks recorded with her permission at this year’s 2014 Gen Con. The tracks were Going Under and Fossil Girl You can find out more about her at:

TNN – The Gen Con 2014 Edition

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Talking Gen Con 2014 on Tech Net News and Opinion

Gen Con 2014

Gen Con 2014

If you have never been to a Gen Con, Lumpy will spend almost one-quarter of the show playing some of the artists who performed there and talking about his experience. Lumpy had never attended a Gen Con before. There are a few things he knows for sure:

  • He had a great time
  • He got many interviews
  • He learned much
  • He has every intention of returning in 2015

We opened the show with a few tracks from some of the artists who were at Gen Con:

Both of the artists above are members of The FuMP.   Thanks to Through Gamer Goggles Lumpy got to attend Gen Con and that is what this edited news edition is all about:

2014.08.18 – Tech Net News and Opinion

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Tech Net News and Opinion

 

Picture of Gen Con Indy 2008 in Indianapolis, ...

Picture of Gen Con Indy 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Welcome to this week’s episode of Tech Net News and Opinion.  The week we shall discuss Gen Con 2014, a man not quite legally dead, some Chicago politics, whether satire and fake news need a tag, facial recognition abuse by the police,  a dumb criminal using Siri, a recent court decision regarding piracy and ex parte, Linux in Munich, music, technology, a new card reader,”oragamic” solar panels, and smart tattoos.

If you have never been to a Gen Con, Lumpy will spend almost one-quarter of the show playing some of the artists who performed there and talking about his experience.  Lumpy has never attended a Gen Con before.  There are a few things he knows for sure:

  • He had a great time
  • He got many interviews
  • He learned much
  • He has every intention of returning in 2015

Marc Gunn – A Celtic Artist to Perform at Gen Con

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Cats, Hobbits and Sci-Fi, An Excellent Fit for Gen Con

Before we even begin, I wish to caution the listener that some of this material may be NSFW (Not Safe For Work).  Listener discretion is advised.

Marc’s music is characterized not only by its Celtic style but wit, humor and is often themed by sci-fi, Tolkien or cats.  He is creative and entertaining.  He is also another talent performing at Gen Con this year.  Lumpy can’t wait to meet Marc at his booth this year.

Sarah Donner – The Rebuttal of Schrödinger’s Cat by Sarah Donner

Kittens, Music and General Geekery

I honestly can’t decide whether this lady is easier on the eyes, ears, soul or brains.  Quoting her Twitter account, “I have kittens and I’m not afraid to use them”.  Honestly, what geek could not like some one who love cats and sings about physics.  Sarah Donner is one of the many talents that will be performing at the 2014 Gen Con.  Check out her video below and follow her at the links after the video.

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