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Pseudonym

An advantage of being far behind on inbox submissions is I can be super-selective. You are going to love what Pseudonym.

First, I shall let this musician introduce himself. From his bio on BandCamp:

“Pseudonym is a band consisting of me, Paul Desjarlais, and other real or imaginary people. Back in Boston a long time ago I used to play bass for The Uncalled Four, and then for Haberland. After that I released a cassette album called Pabz, and later a CD called Pig Tail World. Now I live in San Francisco and I record songs when I get a chance and sometimes post albums online.”

With so many out there with a synthesizer, drum machine, minimal skills, and a computer self-proclaimed a DIY musician, it is a tag line here at Indie Nation… “We listen to bad music so you don’t have to”. Pseudonym is a welcome exception.

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.

VanDeRocker – Kissing Booth

POSTED ON January 1st  - POSTED IN alternative, music, Opinion, pop, Review, videos

VanDeRocker

Kissing Booth

Personally, I am a bit of a snow lover but I am already hearing “Okay, Christmas is over bring on summer”. The song I am sharing should have you thinking summer because it has a certain surf music feel to it.

Before we get to the video, though, a little more information on Adrienne VanDerRocker. From her bio page:

“VanDeRocker is the L.A. based indie rock/electro-pop project of Adrienne VanDeRocker, a composer and songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist. Adrienne grew up in Austin, belonging to a Dutch-American family of classical musicians. Piano was her primary instrument in her childhood, but as she became more interested in rock music (and less interested in school), she developed an interest in guitar and writing songs. By 12 years of age, she began performing in local bars with her sister’s band, which marked the beginning of a deep fascination with the world of music and performance art.”

Grain of Sand

POSTED ON December 29th  - POSTED IN acoustic, ambient, From the indie inbox, independent music, jazz, Latin, music, Review, traditional

Grain of Sand

Bill McBirnie and Bruce Jones – Brazilian Flute Music

While I am literally years behind on keeping up with my inbox, I still keep every email until I read and review it. Great music is timeless.

Bill McBirnie and Bruce Jones reached out to us in February of 2015. Their release Grains of Sand is a solid collection of Brazilian flute music. (Actually, it is much more than Brazilian.

Shelita Burke – Belong

POSTED ON December 18th  - POSTED IN acoustic, alternative, Blues, independent music, music, Opinion, Review

Shelita Burke – Belong

I got a direct message from @ShelitaBurke asking me to give a song of hers a listen. The song, Belong is a very pleasing track and has already received one million plays on Spotify.

I shall share Belong after the break, it is a lovely mix of vocals and music. The lyrics are very poetic and her vocal approach nicely uses repetition to create a song that pleases the ears. It left me wanting more Shelita Burke.  I am confident you shall feel the same way.

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.

Victory Kicks

POSTED ON December 16th  - POSTED IN alternative, Community, independent music, music, New Media Order, news, pop, Review, rock

Victory Kicks – The Young Flood and More!

Victory Kicks

Victory Kicks

A long time ago, in an inbox overstuffed, I was contacted by Victory Kicks. Originally, I was asked to review two tracks which were released back in February. While I enjoyed Smoke and Last Night, it merely served as an enticement to listen to more of their excellent alternative music.

First let us hear what the band says about themselves:

Victory Kicks are an alternative rock band from the Isle of Wight and now based in London. Formed originally as a home recording project by singer/songwriter John Sibley, the band continues to produce and release all its records independently on its own label, Unmanned Aerial Vinyl.

This band has been around for a while and, hopefully, they stay around even longer. Originally a solo project, their Facebook bio states they are now a quartet. A really, really good quartet. Once I listened to the two tracks they requested me to review, I was simply thirsty for more and spent hours doubling back and listening to everything they have released. I don’t often binge listen to a band but this talent is a worthy exception. It was time well spent and I am certain I will be looking for more from them in the future. They now have 7 releases. They also offer their entire discography at 50% off at bandcamp.

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”

2014.09.15 – TNN – Walking Dead Edition

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2014.09.15 – Tech Net News and Opinion – Walking Dead News

The Walking Dead is a Big Deal

The Walking Dead is a Big Deal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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That said, this is most likely our most popular segment.  Seriously, who doesn’t love The Walking Dead?

On The Run – Speak to Me

POSTED ON September 12th  - POSTED IN alternative, Community, Entertainment, independent music, music, news, Opinion, Review, rock, videos

Powerful and Moving – Speak to Me by On the Run

On The Run

On The Run

This band contacted us some time ago.  However, due to having the best problem any music reviewer could have, that being too many submissions and not enough listening time, I am just now digging them out of my inbox.  On the Run is an alternative rock/rock band from East Freedom, Pennsylvania.  The quintet has a very powerful and engaging sound.  I won’t say much about them because I am sure you will decide to like them if you only give them a listen. I will say they crank out some great work on the guitars. The members are:

  • John Ross Green – Vocals/Guitar
  • Ryan Weaver – Guitar/Vocals
  • Paul Johnson – Guitar
  • Tyler Miller – Bass
  • Brian Fisher – Drums
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