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A Tribute to George Harrison

POSTED ON September 12th  - POSTED IN Album, Community, Concert, Concerts and Tours, Entertainment, Festivals, music, news, Opinion, pop, rock, videos
English: I took this years ago at Wembley, Geo...

English: I took this years ago at Wembley, George is singing “Here Comes the Sun”. Category:George Harrison Category:The Beatles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many Musicians to Join the George Harrison Tribute Concert

While John was my favorite of the “Fab Four” as a soloist, there is a strong argument that George may well be the most respected as a singer-songwriter.  The simple fact that the man settled for one or two tracks competing with the Lennon-McCartney duo certainly says much about his commitment to the group.  Regardless of how I feel, it is clear that many musicians have tons of respect and admiration for the man.

Pitchfork.com reports that Brian Wilson, Wayne Coyne, Weird All, members of Weezer, Cold War Kids and more will all be performing at the show.  All proceeds are going to Sweet Relief.  Sweet Relief is a non-profit that provides monetary support for struggling musicians.

After the break, there is a video of the DVD of a previous tribute concert to the former Beatle.  I have a friend who is a total Harrison fanatic and she was kind enough to let me watch the entire set.  I can say two things about the work.  First, it is amazing how much his son looks like him. So much so that it actually confused Paul.  Second, it is an excellent line up and performance.  The boxed DVD set has a  lot of material, all of which is very enjoyable.

The Slang

From Columbus, Ohio – The Slang

The Slang

The Slang

There is much to like about this band from Columbus, Ohio.  To start with, I feel The Slang is a great name for a band.  I also really like the EP cover.  Stuff like that, however, does not make a band good or bad.

The band is the work of John Bobo, who is the songwriter, plays several instruments and vocalist, and John Newsome is the bassist.  They are currently touring their EP with additional members  Matt Thiedt on guitars and keys and Michael Dillon on drums.

Musically, this alternative/power pop band has a sound reminiscent of the late 90’s; energetic, loud but not noisy, and a wall of sound.  I am not 100% certain but I believe it was also a requirement of the 90s that every song had a keyboard in it.  Furthermore, in that era, 9 out of 10 bands and radio stations were “alternative”.  While I poke fun at the era, I still turn the volume up when music from it plays… admit it, you do too.

Compositionally, they don’t blow me away. In a good way, they have a typical late 90s sound. They cover that style exceptionally taking “the same old thing” and making it fresh, vibrant and alive.

Technically, the work is exceptional.  It was recorded at The Cutting Room. The EP is well produced and mastered having been done by successful, seasoned engineers.  (Mixed by Mark Needham, who has done work for Imagine Dragons and Tokyo Police Club, and mastered by Brian Lucey, who has done work for The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys.)

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.

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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.

Introducing Bubby Jackson

POSTED ON July 16th  - POSTED IN acoustic, Album, Blues Rock, classic rock, Entertainment, music, news, Press Release, rock

Wanna Know from Bubby Jackson

This artist sent me an email with a few tracks to sample from his recent release.  I think it some good music and suggest that listeners here check it out.  But first a little about Bubby, from his bio:

 

Bubby Jackson - Wanna Know

Bubby Jackson – Wanna Know

My name is Bubby Jackson. I’m a guitar player and songwriter from northeastern Maryland. I’m excited to be releasing my first indie collection, “Wanna Know”. This is a retrospective of sorts, and encompasses unreleased songs from the last ten years or so. Some of these have been demoed or performed live by myself and bands I’ve been part of, but this is the first time you get to hear fresh studio recordings updated for 2014. We did the recordings at Harlem Parlour in New York with producer/drummer extraordinaire, Sammy Merendino (Cyndi Lauper, Billy Joel, Hall & Oates, Kinky Boots Broadway, etc.) and engineer/co-producer, Derik Lee (everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Matchbox Twenty to Britney Spears to Broadway everything). Bass guitar and some additional recording was handled by my long-time friend, Ross Troy. I have tried to include a variety of song styles which showcase all of the different musical genres I enjoy – and I hope you’ll find something you like, too.

Personally, I agree, you are going to find something you will like.  You can find out more about him at his web site and the links below:

Melvoy – Irrelevant Elephant

POSTED ON July 12th  - POSTED IN Album, independent music, music, New Media Order, news, Opinion, pop, Press Release, rock, surf, swing

Introducing Melvoy – A Great Mix of Sound

Melvoy

Melvoy

I am on my third full listen of Melvoy’s new album.  I am as pleased with it as I was on the first listen.  The music is a nice blend of surf, rock, and Latin.  The music and vocals are wonderfully solid and full.  The work is well produced and has a terrifically thick sound. While it is hard to assign a genre to this artist’s work, it certainly deserves the label of excellent.  The 11 track release, Irrelevant Elephant, is something I think you should check out.  It is impossible to listen to this album and not allow some of its amazing energy to positively impact your mood.  In short, if you even remotely enjoy this style of music, you are going to fall in love with this album.  Put your ear buds in and get the salsa ready!

Eternally Dizzy

POSTED ON July 11th  - POSTED IN Album, alternative, music, news, Opinion, Press Release, rock

Introducing Eternally Dizzy, A Powerful Trio

I don’t know much about this new band from Columbus, Ohio. What I do know is that I like what I hear very much.  I first heard of this band over at Record, Rewind, Play.  I checked out what they had to offer over at Bandcamp and liked the 90s alt-rock sound.  This trio’s members are:

  • Andre’ Vanderpool – Front Man
  • Joe Camerlengo – Bass
  • Jeremy Skeen – Drums
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