Still catching up on the inbox after so much time away. I have another gem to share today. Carolyn Marie is a pop powerhouse serving up excellent music and videos. She is also a very talented dancer and choreographer. Additionally, she is in touch with e-media via her zine.
The Moment was produced by multiplatinum Grammy-winning, producer, Earl Cohen.
Alcohol & Bad Decisions
Psychocide is a hard rocking quartet from Montreal. Their music is explosive and energetic. Their latest release, Alcohol & Bad Decisions shall be available March 3, 2017.
The album is engineered by Christian Cummings who has worked with U2, Blink-182, Switchfoot and The Used. The album is a concept album which tells the story of characters that will be in a future comic book. After the break is a music video from the band.
Shelita Burke – Belong
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.
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.
She has Kittens and is not Afraid to Use Them
An Interview with Sarah Donner
If the musicians at Gen Con have anything in common, it could only be that they are all unique. Sarah Donner is one fine example of such, having her own special feline, geek, funny personal style, twist and brand. Not only does she do songs about cats, but specifically about Schrödinger’s and, check out her latest video at the end of the interview notes, which is Tesla themed. Seriously how could geeks like us not love this stuff?
Not only did we manage to catch up with Sarah Donner for an interview but she was also nice enough to let us record her live. Keep it tuned here for when we release all the Gen Con stuff. Also, if you ever get word that she is playing near you, be sure and go see her as you will not be disappointed. I was lucky enough to catch up with Sarah at a coffee shop across the street from the con. Listen it to as we talk and hit on the following and more?
Join us as she tells us about:
- When she started playing
- “Angsty female songs”
- How she uses comedy
- of course, cats, science, geek and other inspirations and influences
- The Anatomy Coloring Book
- How many albums so far
- Being on the road
- Her thoughts on the new media order
- What would she call her genre
- Who does she think she sounds like
- Our thoughts on genre
- Her advice to those who desire to do what she does
You can find out more about Sarah at:
- Ever Wonder What Schrödinger’s Cat May Have Thought? (pascophronesis.wordpress.com)
- Ask a Cat Lady, Sarah Donner Answers Cat Questions in Song (laughingsquid.com)
- Help Pave The Way To A Tesla Museum (pascophronesis.wordpress.com)
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
Alternative Singer-Songwriter, Megan Landry
In my opinion this young lady has some serious talent. I had a difficult time deciding what tracks to choose for this podcast. The reason being is that they are all excellent.
Those of you who read my reviews and follow my podcasts know that I am not a fan of genre. She spins herself as alternative. While that may be the best genre for her, I feel she does and excellent job of blending styles. I don’t consider all of her work “alternative”. She does some material I would call blues, pop, etc., The important point is that her work is varied in a great way. He songs do not all sound the same.
She writes some great lyrics, adds appropriate music and wonderful vocals. I was very impressed by the wonderful backing vocals on Wallpaper. Also, she seems very talented with video as well, check out the video at the end of this post.
Megan is very good at setting the mood of a song (and video). While it is one thing to make good music, it is much better to make music that moves the listener emotionally. It is nice to see young talent doing more than just pushing out pop tunes. (Not that there is anything wrong with that.) I noticed that other reviewers often refer to her as an “Ottawa teen”. She might fit that description based on years but she is certainly much more mature than such as a singer and songwriter.
Megan has also done some work to bring awareness to bullying. (Check out the related articles below.) Her song Stronger is about that. She has made headlines for some time now and I expect her to continue doing so.
I promise you that if you check out her music you will find something you will love.
You can find out more about this wonderful artist at:
- Great Ottawa Music Videos (part 5): Megan Landry (blogs.ottawacitizen.com)
- Anti-Bullying Song Stronger by Megan Landry (standupagainstbullyingguy.wordpress.com)
- Ottawa teen’s ‘Stronger’ anti-bullying anthem becomes online hit (o.canada.com)
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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.