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Full Trunk

POSTED ON January 2nd  - POSTED IN Blues, Blues Rock, Community, hard rock, independent music, music, New Media Order, rock, videos

Full Trunk

Hard Blues Rockin’ Band from Israel

Happy New Year all. I am still digging through my inbox backlog. No worries great music is timeless. Let us all kick off the first Monday of 2017 with some awesome rockin’ blues from Full Trunk.

Previously known as Nisman Trio this Israel-based band really kicks ass. I immediately listened to and loved every track… even though, at times, I can’t understand the lyrics. Don’t let the fact that some of their material is in Hebrew, they have plenty of Tunes sung in English.

BB King at Sing Sing

POSTED ON December 23rd  - POSTED IN Blues, Blues Rock, Community, Entertainment, music, videos

One of His Best Performances – BB King at Sing Sing

English: A B.B. King guitar pick, made by the ...

English: A B.B. King guitar pick, made by the City of Portland, Maine, to commemorate B.B. King day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am a BB King fan. I actually got to meet him once. I feel blessed.  If I recall correctly, I saw him perform three times.  Despite growing up in the 70s, I am certain I could not forget seeing this legend.

I happened on the video below at Open Culture. As mentioned in the article, link after the video, he thought it one of his best performances. I have seen this and many other of his videos before and I agree.

If you liked the video above, check out the additional ones at Open Culture.

Thanks for reading, feel free to comment and remember to support the indie artist.

Bronx Cheerleader – Psychedelic Rock

Bronx Cheerleader – Psychedelic Rock from Saint Catharine’s, Ontario

If you like creative jammin’ psychedelic rock and roll, safe bet you are going to love Bronx Cheerleader. From Saint Catharine’s, Ontario, this band has a great psychedelic sound. These Canadians use dreamy vocals, great effect guitar, some steel pedal guitar, and lots of simply great music. While they heavily use guitars and vocals, they do eclecticism well mixing in other musical events in a pleasingly unexpected way.

Bronx Cheerleader - Real Punks Don't Sing About Girls

Real Punks Don’t Sing About Girls

 

In my opinion, one of the hurdles an artist can be confronted with is sticking largely with one genre.  It is too easy for the music to start sounding “all the same”.  In order to leap the obstacle, the musician must do the genre superbly well.  Bronx Cheerleader is as good an example of perfectly making such a jump.

They have a good number of releases, both singles and LPs, dating back to 2005, many great tunes. They are also hip enough to offer Real Punks Don’t Sing About Girls on 12″ vinyl. They offer Tough Guy Cliches as a free download.

Black Satellite – Don’t Forget My Name

The Black Satellites – Don’t Forget My Name

BlackSatellite-DontForgetMyName-CoverIf you like driving get-jam-on rock and roll, you will love the four track release, Don’t Forget My Name, from the New York City-based group, Black Satellite. It is driving, hard-hitting, fantastically energetic, and leaves one wanting more.

As I almost always do, let me have the band speak for themselves. According to their bio:

“Delivering a fusion of hearty blues, hard rock with a pop undercurrent that doesn’t undermine its complexity and originality. Melodic, fragile, authentic, built with emotion and groove before giving way to powerhouse vocals and screaming guitars. In a nutshell a sound with every song to make your heart beat a little bit harder”

The Band Avon Dale

POSTED ON October 13th  - POSTED IN Blues, Blues Rock, Community, independent music, music, New Media Order, NSFW, Opinion, rock

The Band Avon Dale – Rocky, Bluesy and Jamin’ in Memphis

Warning: Some may consider this material may not safe for work and has some profanities. If that bothers you, please exercise your freedom of choice by going to another post as we exercise our freedom of speech.

The Band Avon Dale is a Memphis-based band. I will give you my take on them in a short minute. However, I think they do a great job of describing themselves, from their About Page:

“Avon Dale is a Memphis-based, rootsy rock band with a touch of soul. A four piece band featuring a dynamic rhythm section, the elemental sounds of an acoustic guitar, blues inspired electric guitar riffs, and soulful vocals, that range from tender and plaintive, to gritty and beseeching. A powerful live act, Avon Dale meshes concise rock ballads with lengthy improvisational jams. With a raw energetic presence, the band is quickly gaining followers in rock and jam band circles alike and becoming a Memphis must see act.”

Elessar Thiessen – A Rainy Week in Paradise

POSTED ON October 12th  - POSTED IN acoustic, alternative, Blues, Blues Rock, Community, independent music, music, pop, R&B, rock

Elessar Thiessen – A Rainy Week in Paradise

A Rainy Week In Paradse

A Rainy Week In Paradise

Elessar Thiessen is a Winnipeg singer/songwriter. His “day job” is a producer. However, he is certainly not a musician who “shouldn’t give up his day job”. He has more than enough talent to give up producing and just play. According to his bio, he got his first guitar at age 8 and has played ever since. It also said that the Canadian weather kept the young musician indoors. One thing for sure, whether due to weather or just talent, his latest work shows off not only his production skills but also his talent for composing and playing.

While he does get some help from other artists on some tracks, he is basically the musician on this album. (And, naturally, the producer.) His latest work is a showcase of how many things he can do well, very well or exceptionally well. His voice is excellent. He uses it well, capitalizing on rhythm, tone, and amplitude to powerfully and emotionally deliver the song. The lyrics and their delivery add more, he knows when to simply repeat lines for emphasis, pump it out with more soul, slide it off his tongue in smooth jazzy style and,use expression and words to paint a picture in the listener’s mind’s eye.

Flogging Molly – Drunken Lullabies

POSTED ON October 9th  - POSTED IN Blues, Blues Rock, Celtic, Community, Entertainment, music, New Media Order, news, Opinion, punk, videos

More Music Videos for Celtic Thursday – Drunken Lullabies from Flogging Molly

w00t! Today is Celtic Thursday.  An awesome idea from the equally awesome Marc Gunn.  While we at Indie Nation spin all genre, Brian, our tech and news director, though Marc’s idea kewl enough to reprogram our bot to spin all Celtic music from 10 AM to 10 PM DST every Thursday.

Michael Cullen – True Believer

Micheal Cullen Releases True Believer

Michael Cullen True Believer v 2.0 4PAN1TMichael Cullen is an Australian singer song writer.  He plays old semi-acoustic guitars, records on tape, uses tube microphones and other analog equipment.  Michael has been performing in bands for the past two decades and his experience really shows on this 9 song release. He has a distinct baritone voice and a musical style that is truly his own.  While his bio indicates that he has much experience in the punk genre, he is much more diverse than a single genre.

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.

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.

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.

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