Must Have: City Sketches EP by Radiolab

Dane Di Piero from Radiolab said that he is putting the Radiolab namea0971561603_10
to rest since he will be starting a new band soon. This came after he posted a picture of himself with his left hand in a cast via Instagram. Surprise, surprise we have the same situation! Mine is healing though, after I broke the right hand after fallingl two weeks ago. It strikes me that accidents can change a person’s perspective about life. You know, fresh eyes, fresh perspective, new direction, realisation etc…. 

Radiolab is a good project but like anything in life, change must happen. He said:

“This is a bandcamp.com exclusive release and free for you readers to download.
https://radiolab.bandcamp.com/album/city-sketches-ep

City Sketches is an EP with three songs. If you are familiar with the band Love Spirals Downwards then you will find that this duo share a bit of their sound in terms of atmosphere and vocal styles. City Sketches has an urban ‘pop’ feel without sacrificing the edgy appeal that they are known for.

It doesn’t matter if I don’t really pay attention to the lyrics of the first song City Sketch (feat. Sarai Jazz) because I think the song has accomplished what I want it to do-elevate the mood. My City Sleeps has that 80s New Wave synth sounds and again the Liz Fraser inspired vocals. From the Gutters of the Penthouses closes this EP with its instrumental goodness. It’s something you would like to listen to, coming home from work and staring at the ceiling while the moon swallows the metropolis.

It is sad that Radiolab is no more and that is why you better grab this EP. It’s so good!

All music by Dane Di Pierro
vocals by Sarai Jazz

Surfin’ and Rockin’ tunes from the new EP of Maff

Currently listening to this band called Maff. They are from Chile. Their EP is composed of nine songs(one is a reprise). I will mention my impression of songs I like in random order.  It is hard not to like Walking on Fire with its anthemic guitars and great melody. The song sounds like it could have been recording inside a stadium as it gives out that kind of vibe.image You and Linger Around have the same pace and should be played side by side. Million Year picnic gives me the overall impression of their style. A definitive song.

 The vocals are laid back and the emphasis on the melodies and atmosphere. Million Year Picnic sounds like a potential single. 

It is hard to decide what songs are my favorites when I reached Blue Seas because each track is beautiful and the satisfaction builds up by sequence. Someday slows the pace with its thoughtful ballad style. Planet Wave reminds me of the late 90s. I see surfers in my mind. Act 1(the opening song)is perhaps the only one that sounds ‘different’ because of its rhythm. It is complex and its abstract aspect makes it cool. What a lovely EP!

The band excel in its execution and style. This is the kind of music where lyrical depth is secondary to musical texture. And I guess for someone who is not a ‘lyrics’ guy, it is easy for me to embrace this.

Links:
FOR SHARING:
Bandcamp https://maffmusica.bandcamp.com/album/maff-2
Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/maffmusica/sets/maff-ep-2015
YouTube sampler https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RgcpXqDPyE

TRACKLIST
1. Act 1 03:30
2. Linger Around 02:54
3. Walking On Fire 04:57
4. Million Year Picnic 04:33
5. Someday 06:13
6. You 05:06
7. Planet Wave 03:10
8. Blue Seas 04:00
9. Walking On Fire (Radio Edit) 3:20

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Ear Candy: The Constant State by Malka

Malka - The Constant State cover artwork

Malka:
Darko Saric – Vocals, Guitar

Michael Dawson – Drums

David Ciauro – Vocals, Bass

EJDeCoske – Vocals, Guitar

When guitars pain sonic colours in the canvas of rhythm and vocals that’s got to be Malka. You can bask under the warm beauty of their melodies or you can take each song apart and decipher the thoughts inside. But one thing remains, it is easy to like them the first time you heard them. Their new EP is called The Constant State and boasts eight songs embellished with atmospheres of lazy afternoons, languid rainy days and a picnic at a quiet park. They are one of the bands that will come out of Welsh label Ear to Ear Records soon (specializing in shoegaze, dreampop & alternative/ indie rock).

I enjoyed listening to The Constant State because it is like the 90s again when modern rock was unpretentious and exciting. I love the fact that Malka emphasises more on texture rather than loudness is a plus. I love the supple vocals of Darko Saric as it doesn’t take centre state but rather works with the other instruments- making ti an instrument in itself.

Check out more from Ear to ear Records:

Ear to Ear Records
http://eartoearrecords.co.uk
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http://www.facebook.com/eartoearrecords
http://twitter.com/eartoearrecords

GOAT: The Power of Music, Causes and More (Interview)

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Following the release of the senseless ep, Justin Griffith a.k.a. GOAT took my request for an interview. I admire how he handles his musical career and how he inspires other people to be passionate with what they do. His music is a fusion on Hip Hop, Alternative rock and Pop. Other than giving us tips on how to stay buoyant in the seas of challenges that face  independent artists, he also gives us a glimpse into his project H4. You will learn about it as you read along. 
1. How did you come up with the moniker GOAT and what’s the meaning behind it?
When I was around 8 years old, a childhood friend gave me the nickname GOAT. After watching Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, there’s a part where they say something about a “gnarly ole’ goat dude.” We started calling each other that and it stuck to me. For a long time, my friend Brent was the only person that called me that. I began playing in bands with him years later and the name spread.  Back in probably 1998, I came up with an acronym for it – Grades Of Absolute Truth. So I didn’t choose goat, it was given to me and I gave it meaning later. Within the last few years, I noticed how many people think of evil things when they think about goats, which is completely deceiving regarding my music. That’s when I really started pushing the branding of Grades Of Absolute Truth more.
2. Can you tell us about your latest release and video?
Our new project, the senseless ep, is almost anaural social experiment. After recognizing my life was out-of-control and unhealthy, I decided to design a customized 40-day cleanse based on my weaknesses. I committed to specific diet restrictions and water intake, but also refrained from touching people, intimacy, listening to music, watching TV/movies, documented how many times I visually admired women, and more.  I needed a change for myself and I wanted to build an inspirational bank to write from.  We’re constantly on sensory overload and things bombard our senses every minute – marketing, advertising, entertainment – all targeting your cravings. I wanted to cleanse myself of some of that.  I wanted to get back to the roots of what I feel like lifeshould be about. Less clutter, more substance minus substances.

Photo by Danny Duran

Photo by Danny Duran

After I completed the senseLESS Cleanse, I designed five 48-hour self-induced experiments aimed to deaden one sense at a time. For example, I blind-folded myself for a weekend. It helped me appreciate my blessings more.  The songs from the senseless ep are directly inspired by these experiences.
Our new video, “Hands Around My Throat,” is a story of struggle and addiction.  Whether it’s drugs, alcohol, sex, food, or whatever…we all have vices.  Once something has you by the throat, you’re finished until you make a decision to fight it.  If you defeat it, you can’t ever let that issue out of sight because it’ll sneak back into you.  “Lost in the darkness” is a phrase repeated throughout the song and Director Teddy Cool played with lighting and shadows to back that up.  Glimpses of hope appear in the lyrics and the occasional shots with the bright white background drive that home.  Roger Charo was in charge of editing and special effects – his post-production work blew me away.  Lourdes Mabel did an amazing job of personifying struggle.  We’ve heard several people comment on how creepy she played her role and that’s exactly what we were going for.  If you don’t pay attention, you’ll miss Double J sporadically appearing in the shadows behind me.  I also have to give a shout out to Jordan Palmer of JP2 Photography for makeup and Joel Salazar of Too Fresh Productions for putting in work behind-the-scenes.
3. How’s the music scene in Dallas these days?
It’s on a slow and steady incline. There are struggles like anywhere else, but the talent is thick here. I’ve read and heard that many critics feel like Dallas doesn’t have a sound.  I see that as a strength.  On the other hand, I’m definitely not a representative of mainstream thinking.  I want diversity and multiple flavors to taste.  This is my home, so I fully believe in what it can become.  On any day of the week, there’s multiple shows to choose from.
4. You also play the guitar and other instruments, right? What other musical things do you do?
Yep, my first love was the guitar.  I grew up listening to and idolizing musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Slash from Guns-n-Roses.  That’s where my passion for music began.  Then it slowly progressed into learning more about writing, singing, bass, piano, drums/percussion, sequencing, and production. Honestly, I’m just attracted to anything that has to do with music…it’s my life.
5. How challenging was the recording of the new EP compared to the rest?

The most challenging part of recording the senseless ep was the fact that Double J & I are both crazy perfectionists.  That’s a blessing and a curse.  It’s a blessing because now that it’s complete, it’s exactly how I envisioned it to be.  It’s a curse because it took so long for us to agree that it was finished.  With that said, I’ve never been so ready for that release date.  With past projects, there were always things that I wish I had done.  Not with this one, it was time.

6. You are also doing merchandising. I have seen the T-shirts and other things. Do you think this is necessary for artists in terms of propagating your ideas, style and brand?
Yes, I absolutely think it’s necessary.  When someone believes in what you do enough to wear it across their chest, that’s powerful. That’s always been one of the coolest things people can do to support us.  Because of that, I make it a consistent priority to release fresh and comfymerch – baseball tees, hoodies, thermals, t-shirts,racerback tanks, boy shorts,coozies, stickers, and more.  Plus, it has opened the door to collaborate with visual artists and pushes usto be creative in another way.

7. What are the causes that you are passionate about?

Overall, I feel like we all need to lend a hand when we’re able to.  Back in 2008, I foundedH4 (Hip Hop Helps Heal).  It’s a non-profit collective built on the love of hip hop culture, where egos are left at home and the people involved become selfless.  With close partnership with The Intelligent South, BumTheary,ArtLoveMagic, and more, we pledge to throw benefit shows annually to aid specific concerns of the community.  We’ve raised and contributed thousands of dollars to organizations, such as Genesis Women’s Shelter, Toys For Tots, American Lung Association, National Breast Cancer Foundation, the Susan G.Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Salvation Army, and Children’s Medical Center.  No one involved in our shows gets paid a penny and all profits go directly to the charity we chose.  Hip hopfrequently has negative connotations attached to it, but we try to disprove that mentality the best we can.

8. What’s the best thing about playing live and meeting your listeners?
Playing live is an addiction and I go through withdrawals when I go long periods of time without it.  Feeling the energy and connecting with people in the moment is amazing.  When a listener tells me that a song has helped them through a tough time in their life, that’s one of the best feelings in the world.  Music has always been a form of therapy for me.  So when someone can relate to something I went through and it directly helps them, I think of it as turning something negative into a positive.
9. Who is your mentor?
I’ve never had anyone that I’d call a musical mentor.  There are people that I’ve learned from, but only for short periods of time.
Dr. Paul Tucker and Dr. David Schwarz were two professors I learned a great deal from while studying music at UNT, but I’ve also learned from collaborating and consistently working with other lyricists and musicians.  The internet is something that’s really contributed to my growth, but it’s probably stunted it in ways too.  Tom Jackson, Derek Sivers, and John Oszajca are a few industry leaders that I’ve been following online for a while.  They put amazing info out for indie musicians.

10. What’s your message to your readers?
I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to hear what I’m about.  Please feel free to hit me up anytime, it’s always cool to connect.  You can also sign up to get 7 free songs on my site.  Check out the LIVE IN YOUR LIVING ROOM page while you’re there too!

Instagram – @musicbyGOAT
Twitter – @musicbyGOAT
Thanks for the invite Baxter!
There you go. Another inspiring interview. Check out his links and give your support. This artist is amazing!

Callaghan Makes an Auspicious Single with Who Would I Be.

One of the sweetest voices in the Pop Americana scene arrives just when we are experiencing the lack of female singer/songwriters who are like Tori Amos,Sarah Mclachlan and Kate Bush.  Her official music video “Who Would I Be’ has circulated in the internet enough to reach wider ears. I

t’s a beautifully written ballad showcasing her pure soprano voice. Like the other recent artists I’ve featured in this blog, I discovered her through Instagram. It would be awesome if music lovers like me would get together and talk about new voices in the indie pop/alternative scene. And I tell you, Who Would I be would be played often! It is one of my newer favourites and I wish it climbs the charts so that more people will come to appreciate her beautiful voice and melodies.

Few things I gathered about Callaghan.

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-She spends her time between Nashville and London.

-Her record label is called Green Town Music

-Her music is labelled as Pop, Americana.

-Her new album “A History of Now” released this month, April 2015

-Her influences are Elton John, Sarah McLachlan, Coldplay, Shawn Mullins, Buddy Holly

You can find her through the following accounts:

http://www.callaghansongs.com/

www.twitter.com/callaghanmusic,

www.youtube.com/callaghansongs