Only Known Video of Louis Armstrong in the Studio
There is no doubt the Louis Armstrong is an influence and a legend. As is the case with many early era musicians, video footage is hard to find. Too often the footage is lost, destroyed or never even existed. It was pleasing to see in a post at Open Culture that there does exist one video of “Satchmo” in the studio.
One of His Best Performances – BB King at Sing Sing
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.
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The Black Satellites – Don’t Forget My Name
If 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”
Love in the Dark
Disclaimer – some might consider material by this band not safe for work, if explicit lyrics offend you, please exercise you freedom of choice and navigate to another post as we exercise our freedom of speech.
I don’t know much about these artists. Love in the Dark, a 6 piece band from Chicago, according to their email, records their own material in the drummer’s basement. Looking at some of the photos on their Facebook Page, I would best describe the seating sardine style. The band’s members occupying every possible square inch of space with the keyboardist, at times on the floor. However, they blast a lot of sound out of the small space. A lot of very awesome sound.
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.”
This Duo Makes Some Seriously Awesome Noise
Lets be frank and honest, distortion is noise. The reason they are selling so many distortion pedals is because so many of us love that kind of noise. Frankly, I like what one of the band’s members had to say very much:
“One of the things that makes rock ’n’ roll great is its little imperfections and riding on the edge of disaster, knowing full well that any second it could all just fall apart.” – Vinny Piana
Strong and Powerful
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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Alternative, Blues, Rock, Punk, Pop and More – Call it Latimer House
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.
Monogroove’s New Release, Echos in the Glass
This is a request to review an album that I was really glad to receive. It is was, unlike many, great to listen to. The tough part will be deciding on a favorite track.
First, a little basic information on Monogroove, according to their Reverb Nation Bio is:
Monogroove is the Los Angeles based female fronted dual vocal Power/Pop Band Performing in and around the LA circuit, Benefits, Charity/fundraisers and private gatherings
The Members are:
- Rin Lennon – Vocals and Guitars
- Andrea Ireland – Vocals
- Brad Myers – Bass
- Kenny Cratty – Drums
Yes, the gender make up is the same as the Mamas and the Papas. Musically they do have somewhat of that sound. However, being a fan of the famous foursome, I think that this release offers a much more eclectic mix of sound.
Echoes in the Glass is a very solid album of great music. From the catchy sax rift that kicks the album off with the first track, When You Went Away, with a sound much like Mo-town, to the last track, the band does a good job of providing the listener with 17 tracks that you will want to listen to. They even tossed in an awesome cover of Tomorrow Never Knows, a tune that, in my opinion, is a tough one for any band to cover.
The band is excellent vocally with some beautiful harmonization on almost every track. It is definitely the vocals that I feel is the band’s strong suit. However, I want to make it clear that the music is also great. Another thing the band does well is to keep a certain style of their own while still giving the listener a good dose of eclectic music. There are funky songs, mellow songs, sad ballads and just down right happy tunes on this collection.
You can find out more about this band at the links below:
You can buy their music at (affiliate links):
Welcome to the First Episode of The Whatever and Whenever PodCast
Welcome to episode 001 of the Whatever and Whenever PodCast, actually, when we recorded this episode, we had not even thought of a name for it. Meshelly and Lumpy just knew that we wanted to add another show to the line up at Indie Nation. We wanted to do news and music… and we wanted to simply use it to hijack the stream when nothing else was scheduled. We also knew we wanted something that would be fun and safe for work. Our thought was something like a drive time show, mostly music, some fun banter and some recent news.
So on the mics we go, fired up idjc (Internet DJ Console) and off into cyberspace we blasted. And remember, you will never know when a new show may stream live and, in the end, time-shifted or live, it is hopefully great content.
2012.05.18 – Stupid As Charged
This week’s “Stupid As Charged” consists of four stories which all share the theme of stupid, dumb, strange, weird, or in some other way are worthy of a dunce cap rating. In particular this episode; being sure to use all applicable discounts with that stolen credit card, how not to use a motion detecting camera, a coffee bandit, and, what no more fish?