Steve Benjamins – Sightlines
Steve Benjamins is a musician from Toronto. His latest release Sightlines is an ear pleasing collection of downtempo and indie pop. While his music does have the sound of these genres, this work is eclectic, unique and fresh. His voice is both powerful and soothing. His compositions leave the listener wishing to hear more. In my opinion, this six track EP, his third release, is his best… I mean that, on discovery of Steve, I listened to everything I could find by him on the web.
Steve’s combination of vocal and musical styles keep it mellow while maintaining steady movement and energy. He keeps it interesting, you won’t want to stop listening.
There are tracks that flow very much like a Philip Glass work with simple almost monophonic repetitive melodies, others layered for an orchestral feel, at times reminiscent of Mike and the Mechanics, even very unique tracks with a discordant battle going on between the instruments and, best of all, doing it all by creating distinct sound of his own.
Elessar Thiessen – 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.
Five Year Mission – Shore Leave
This is one great 5 man band. Lumpy was lucky enough to catch up with them in this year at Gen Con 2014 and can’t wait to see the Gen Con regulars again next year.
The members of the band are:
Noah Butler – Guitar/Bass/Keys/Vocals/Songwriter
Andy Fark – Percussion/Songwriter
Patrick O’Connor – Guitar/Bass/Keys/Vocals/Songwriter
Mike Rittenhouse – Guitar/Bass/Keys/Vocals/Songwriter
Chris Spurgin – Guitar/Bass/Keys/Vocals/Songwriter
For Celtic Thursday, Ceili Moss
This is an edited shorter version of our live news show from Monday, 15 September, 2014. We tend to focus on tech, net news, and games. We are still a music oriented station. We always open and close with indie music. This post is just the beginning and end of our news show.
We opened the news with Ceil Moss:
- As Far as the Eye Can See from the album of the same name
- Lies a Lurrighan
A Great Idea #CelticThursday
Recently Marc Gunn, The Celtfather, did a podcast expressing concern about a Celtic Emergency. He has some concerns over the current state of Celtic music. He feels that public awareness of the art has declined. Marc is a great guy and a huge supporter of Celtic Music. Not only does he promote it, he puts his money where his mouth is.
On the podcast linked above, the Celtfather suggested an awesome idea. That would be to make today #CelticThursday on social media. Basically he is asking everyone to Tweet, Facebook post and use every other form of social media to promote Celtic music. Use the hash tag #CelticThursday. We here at Indie Nation feel that is great idea and are asking all our readers, listeners and followers to take part.
Also, on more recent Celtic Geek, he mentioned that this month is Kilted to Kick Cancer Month. So, to increase prostate cancer awareness, donate and don your kilt.
Also, get Tweeting and help Mr. Gunn help Celtic music.
You can find Marc Gunn on the web at:
- His Website
- @marcgunnmusic on Twitter
- Brobdingnagian Bards
- The Irish and Celtic Music Podcats
- The Celtic Geek Podcat
- The Bards Crier Ezine
Hard, Edgy and Strong
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.
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.
Great Song, Great Video, and a Source of Inspiration
First off, kudos to @SeriouslySheila for bringing this artist to our attention. Second, get a hold of us Sheila we would like to hear more from this talented artist. Sheila sent us a tweet asking us to re-tweet this artist’s video. After checking it out, we decided that it was well worth a post. Listeners, check him out in the video below.
Welcome to a special edition of The LumpCast. Listen in and enjoy as Boz and I spend some time with the awesome talent of The Dead Good.
- 2013.08.16 – The LumpCast (indienation.fm)
- 2013.05.23 – The LumpCast (indienation.fm)
- 2013.08.09 – The LumpCast (indienation.fm)
The LumpCast, Another Show of Eclectic Podsafe Music
Welcome to this week’s episode of The LumpCast. We opened with, as I almost always do, Housy Grooves by Dr. H.P. Winkler. The original net label is no more. However, you can find this awesome house tune at archive.org
This week’s episode features the music of Seer, Tvs Kyle, The Hush Now, Steve Goodie and many more. Join Lumpy as he spins swing, rock, hip hop and just about every other genre known to man.
You can get the full show notes and listen to the entire show at The LumpCast.