. That is sad. I shall always remember him as one of the most brilliant musicians of all time. His dark style of lyrics and breaking all the musical rules are simply the surface of his genius. He did all genre of music and it may be next century before we fully comprehend how brilliant his music is.
One great example of his musical genius is the track Rubber Shirt from the Sheik Yerbouti double album. The album became a huge hit when it was censored. The album is full of overdubs and is a masterful mix of songs. The Rubber Shirt track is an example of what Zappa called “Xanochrony”. The song is a mix of different musicians all recorded at different times, time signatures and tempos. The result sounds like a wonderful jazz improv.
Jimi Hendrix – Moebius (S)trip
Before license fees changed it all, MTv transformed music into the realm of the visual. Music videos added another layer of creativity to music.
Less than a year ago, Google launched Deep Dream, AI software to create videos. The video below is the work of YouTuber Lulu xXX. A live performance of Hendrix playing Hey Joe fused with the art of Jean Giraud aka Moebius.
Jimi Hendrix – Moebius (S)trip
Latchkey Revolt – High Energy Rock from Singapore
Latchkey Revolt is a quartet from Singapore. They are a hard-hitting rock band that pound the listener with great sound, grooves and solos. I like them much.
Disclaimer – Some of the lyrics in this material are explicit. This material is not safe for work. Listener discretion is advised.
Now if a little language does not bother you, I really suggest you listen on. These artists drive the songs from start to finish. All feature a powerful drive, each having their own individualism, and absolutely nothing dull about any of them. In my opinion, a great listen. Check out some Latchkey Revolt after the break.
Radiohead – Spectre
While I am not a fanatical James Bond fan, I confess I have most of the 007 films except for a few of recent ones. I am also certain, I will get around to the more recent releases when I happen on them this winter at my local library. (A quick stop at Wikipedia list 24 titles, of which I have seen 21.)
One can not deny that the character is timeless. Mr. Bond has entertained at least four generations of fans. One could also say the same about the soundtracks. I don’t own any James Bond movies, but I still have a few cassette tapes of James Bond movie soundtracks. Seriously, what musician wouldn’t want to do music for a Bond film?
Furthermore, I am not a huge fan of Radiohead. I respect their work and it is obvious they have much talent, but I rarely listen to works such as Magic Beans except when I am occasionally in the mood for such. I am more of a blues, jazz or hard rock listener. However, after hearing Spectre work by Radiohead, I am amazed that it was not actually included in the film. They put it up as a Christmas gift to their fans at their SoundCloud Page. They had the following to say:
Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the Bond movie Spectre. Yes we were. It didn’t work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much. As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it. Merry Christmas. May the force be with you.
In my humble opinion, they nailed it. It is perfect music for a Bond film. Especially since I went and listened to some of the material from the soundtrack. It is a shame that “It didn’t work out”. The track below is many times better than many of the tracks that are in the soundtrack.
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”
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.
An Author in Armor
I am not joking. This guy is really into sword fighting and he is a published author. (The photo to the right is actually him.) To be truthful, when I first approached him, I thought I was unfamiliar with him completely. During the interview, I found he writes for one of the games I follow. Besides, how could a blogger and gamer not want to interview an author in armor?
Mr. Birtolo is a, to say the least, well-rounded, amazing person. He is also a computer programmer who works for Microsoft, a martial artist and jousts. If you explore his about page, you will see he that there is much more to him. Listen to the interview to find out more as we discuss:
- His book The Shadow Chaser, the first of a trilogy by him
- Some of the games stories he has written
- How he became an author
- His influences and inspirations
- His advice to aspiring writers
- His favorite book on writing
You can find Dylan on the web at the links below
- His Website
- This list of his published works
- Dancing with My Muse at Live Journal (He also reviews games here)
I would also like to publicly thank him for his time. He seems like a wonderfully interesting person and I am already hoping he is at the next Gen Con because I have many more questions for this multi-talented man.
One last thing about this author, talent must run in the family. His mother is also an Emmy winning writer and actress.
- 1A Games at Gen Con (indienation.fm)
- Feeling down? Missing GenCon? Virtually visit Anti-GenCon instead! (geeknative.com)
- Con Diary: Gen Con wrap up (womenwriteaboutcomics.com)
If I had to describe the work of this band in just two words, I would use “refreshingly different”. If I had to assign them to a genre, which I hate doing, I might go with avant-garde. Galaxxies describes themselves as “experimental, alternative/indie pop music”. Regardless of how one would describe them in terms of genre, their music is great. While it could certainly fit into the genres mentioned, I think the most important thing to say about their style and music is that it has a unique and wonderful sound.
Galaxxies is a Canadian duo that has no shortage of creativity. They also take full control of every aspect of their work’s realization. Garrett Gengler is involved in every step of the project including web design, video and cover art. Marcile Wilmot is the other half of the project and she takes writing credits and brings her Jamaican upbringing to the table as well. It shows in their music, their album art and even their well done covers.
The Galaxxies EP is a great five song collection. Each of the tracks are unique and different. All of the track are well produced and share only the commonality of being great music. Frankly, it was difficult to decide on what tracks to include in this podcast. I went with Galaxies, Love Ain’t True, and Slow Time.
The Colored Parade – … And the Walls of the City Will Shake
As usual I am way behind on my album reviews. My inbox is overflowing. Artists and agents please be patient, I am listening and typing as fast as I can.
Today, I am pleased to introduce you to The Colored Parade. The album … And the Walls of the City Will Shake is a great piece of work. If I had to use just one word to describe this album it would be eclectic… other than that, I am at a loss for words.