National Science Fiction Day – Jeff Ronay – Open the Pod Door HAL
Happy 2016 listeners and welcome to the first “Pick of the Day” for 2016. Today is National Science Fiction Day. The second of January has been because it also the birthdate of Isaac Asimov. I will let you know more about today’s artist, Jeff Ronay, after the break and some trivia fact about today.
From Columbus, Ohio – 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.)
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
Indie Nation first got word of this via a press release from Exit 364 Media. We would like to thank them for a most excellent heads up! If the local music scene here in Cleveland, Ohio ever turns sour, I may head south to Tallahassee, Florida.
Indie Nation Listeners, we have a very special treat for you. We managed to catch up with the lovely and talented Polina Kourakina. An artists with a very unique and awesomely pleasant style. Listen in as we discuss her music.
Also, if you are in the greater Cleveland area, be sure and check out her FREE show at The Beachland Tavern. The fun show starts at 7:30 PM, tomorrow, January 26, 2013. Lumpy will be there and hopes to see you as well.
For this week’s episode of the LumpCast, I thought I would kick back to some of the musicians we have had the pleasure to get to know in the recent past, some locally from Cleveland and others from elsewhere.
I am playing short sets and spotlights for this show. Many of them are recordings I actually did with a Zoom H2 Portable Recording unit when these musicians played live at local clubs in the Cleveland, Ohio area.
Listen in as Cleta, Omnidragon, Boz and Lumpy spin and eclectic mix of indie music.
Thursday, 12 January, 2012
Bands playing at various clubs on Thursday 12 January, 2012 include; Goodmorning Valentine, Langhorne Smith, Rayland Baxter, Wicked St., Latin for Truth, So Many Ways, Latin for Truth, and Brent Kirby.
Bands on Tour – Week Two
Bands on tour this week include; Bellwether, Cathy Miller, Loves It!, Ian Shaw, Adam Rich, Theophilus London, Mockingbird, Patrick Sweany, Steve Brownell, Marcus Dirk, Emily Keener, and more to be announced here later this week.
2012 – Week 1 – Bands On Tour This Week
Welcome to week one of 2012. There are a good number of bands on tour: Wolfboy Slim, Call Me Constan, the Mix Mistress, Jeff Sherman, Javon Ivery, Davey Porter and the Young Republicans, Iris Dement, Realm of Insanity, Jamie Combs, Wish You Were Here, Richie Reece, Bob Niederriter, Robin Stone, Thor Platter, Third Class, MyTh and Company, and Stiletto Overdrive.
Rob Montague and The Flat Earth Society, January 4, 2012 at The House of Blues, Cleveland, Ohio
We don’t really need a reason to do a pick of the day, short of having a reason to do one.
It could be that the artists is just good, they might have a track that is relevant to what day it is, or they might be doing a show. Maybe we just felt like it… The only standard is the, same as at the station, it must be great independent music.
In the cast of Rob Montague and The Flat Earth Society, it is a case of two out of three. He is playing a live gig in Cleveland tomorrow and he is a very good musician. Join us for this pick of the day as we feature his songs; And She Said Hello and Brand New Day from his Album “Farewell Song”.
2012 – Week 1 – Bands On Tour This Week
Welcome to week one of 2012. There are a good number of bands on tour: DEADIRON, Jovan Ivey, Cathy Miller, Purple Monkey Sircus, Jason Patrick Myers, Rob Montague and The Flat Earth Society, Downplay, and Silverlights.