Tunes and Artists to Check Out Before 2015.

GOAT
Lost (Acoustic Version)
Mileage: Retuned
The Intelligent South
Director: Teddy Cool

The shout out for this writing goes to Justin Griffith a.k.a. GOAT(Grades of Absolute Truth). I follow his Instagram and Twitter feeds and I understand how he keeps his music community happy. Apart from writing and performing his music, he also teaches kids and adults to learn musical instruments, even if he doesn’t teach them to sing or rap. And what is that? Well, he has this exciting merchandising going on.

These days it is not enough to post tunes or performing live through social media. You gotta give your fans something they can use for their everyday live. And nothing is better than a cap, a shirt or a jacket-anything that’s ‘practical.’ And Griffith is so good in this. He also posts snippets of his live videos via Instagram.Instagram is a good tool in exposing your music/art/blog. Never underestimate the power of the hashtag. He reminds me a bit of Beck who jumps from one genre to another. This music video I posted represents that point.

Remember where you came from, understand where you're at, & know where you're going. #GradesOfAbsoluteTruth

Remember where you came from, understand where you’re at, & know where you’re going.
#GradesOfAbsoluteTruth

So who are the musicians backing Griffith?
They are :GOAT(Griffith) – Lead Vocals/Guitar, Double J – Producer/Keys/Backup Vocals, Christian Sly – Guitar/Backup Vocals, Graham Impey – Bass Guitar, James Bownds – Drums/Percussion/Backup Vocals, Lourdes Mabel – Backup Vocals. His inspirations  are  singer/songwriters, conscious hip hop, rock, blues, (and soul while combining the depth of an introverted poet), the precision of a perfectionist, and the relevance of a leader. He was included in the Top 10 Artists in DFW by LIT Monthly.

He has an impressive array of performances having  opened for Everlast, Bubba Sparxxx, Shwayze, Paul Wall, Jon Connor, King Los, Devin the Dude, Snow Tha Product, Mac Lethal, Ceschi, Mr. Dibbs, & more. He can also perform as an acoustic act, duo, trio, or with a 6-piece band. See how versatile this artist is? He exudes an amiable vibe. You can just tell it not just from his social media posts but through his charisma on stage. So yes this is a shout out to this awesome guy and I am sure other artists out there can learn from his tireless way of getting his music out there.

http://GradesOfAbsoluteTruth.com/

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The holiday spirit is about keeping warm while taking that time to reflect on what was before and what will be. The songs of Michael Stovall is very proper for the atmosphere. I know people are out there busy with their preparations. Singer/songwriters have to put their craft aside to make way for family gatherings. There are those who have lost loved ones and this Christmas was awfully sad.
Goodbye & Goodluck is for all of you sad ones. It’s because no matter how hard we try, this world is not a perfect place. And though life is beautiful, life can also be painful. It’s these little things or bigger things that make us human. And this tune is so beautiful I feel my soul calmed after listening.
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Passion is unpredictable. Passion makes us prolific. JP Kallio is prolific this year. He has released more than one album and wrote many songs. I know some of them are yet to see the light of day. Apart from performing and writing songs, he is busy with his music blog. He writes quality articles that merit discussion. I think when you are an artist, you just gotta ride the wave when it comes. Because there will always be moments when inspiration is hard to squeeze. It speaks for me as a blogger. There are days where I feel like I want to write something but there is nothing there to write about. There are many tunes worth covering but my brain is dried up or on something else. I am distracted. So when the impulse happens, I grab my Mac and type away in case the muse escapes again!
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Wooah! Check this tune out! It’s a repost from an electronic musician that I follow, his name is Ben Landis. I am sure you people from the gaming community is familiar with his works. Anyway this tune is not from Landis but from a group called Enhanced. They are from the UK and they have more than 22,000 followers via Soundclound. This is a dance track that has the winter chills going all over your body when you listen to the melody. And yes the title is called Wintertide. I am following this group now.
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Mary Fahl is my muse.
About the video:

Exiles: The Wolves of Midwinter, written by Mary Fahl, former lead singer of October Project, along with John Lissauer for the audiobook version of Anne Rice’s new novel, The Wolves of Midwinter, which will be released Oct. 15, 2013.

Available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.com. Shot and edited by Kate Bennis, http://www.katebennis.com.

Mary Fahl on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mary-F…

Mary Fahl on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaryFahlMusic

Mary Fahl website: http://maryfahl.com

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Lastly, don’t forget to follow this amazing Irish singer/songwriter, Peter Chains. I like his voice. It has got that Peter Steele kind of deep but with the soothing style of Leonard Cohen, Anyway, you be the judge. If you think Hozier is amazing, I am sure you will find his singing mind-blowing.

My 17th Podcast is Up!

My weekly show is back to sooth your world with wonderful music! Yes yes they are all here: sound salad and tunes of high quality.

New tunes are up plus more emphasis on Christmas music in my Celtic music show. As for the indie variety, I am featuring tunes from Radio Happy Music Compilation for the Haiyan​/​Yolanda Victims. Visit www.celticmusicfan.com

www.spheremusic.me

and www.radiohappy.eu

Celtic Music

Loreena McKennitt-The Seven Rejoices of Mary Tara O’Grady-Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Enya-Amid the Falling Snow Cherish the Ladies-Deck the Halls Larry Kirwan feat. Ashley Davis-Happy Christmas The Celtic Tenors-Silent Night Damien Dempsey-Oh Holy Night

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Indie variety

Ade Hodges-Short Drone for Tacloban Among the Echoes-Feels like Heaven Xan Alexander-Klausified Flight-Strange Little Girl Heliophile-Nebula Samuel Smith-The Way of the World

 

 

Jolly Tune for a Tragic Christmas

This Christmas is going to suck. I just lost my beloved dog Victor. Only a few months ago, exactly the 15th of May, my best friend and life companion-my mom- passed away. So you understand why it is hard for me to feel good or be grateful for still being alive. Is life prepping me for something worse to come? Yeah like…perhaps death or disease? Who knows? Do I care? No. Well, I don’t know. But if there’s one thing that makes me forget the injustice, then it’s music.

A month ago, Layne Greene mentioned in passing that he’s trying to come up with a holiday music project. He has never done this before because he hates Christmas songs. But he is doing it because a lot of good things happened recently. That is true. Well, on top of bad ones where one of his friends became a victim of a hate crime and now that fellow is on a wheel chair. But well, on top of that(and other atrocities) there are other good things to be thankful for. He is graduating  from a Business course soon and he will merge his business background with music. Who knows? He might become a music mogul one day. Or a legendary folk artist. Either way he is dedicating his life to music.

Well, we are both dedicating our lives to music. I love my stint as an online dj. I am also a contributing staff for Subkulture magazine. On top of those I am healthy. I don’t smoke or drink. Well, I drink occasionally(as a social drinker and also as a social smoker). But I don’t have vices at home. My only vice is music. It is a perfect drug. What could go wrong with that?

I’ll Be Home For Christmas is a jazzy and folkie take on this classic tune.It  is a Christmas song recorded in 1943 by Bing Crosby who scored a top ten hit with the song. I love songs by Bing Crosby ( and movies too). This particular tune echoes my sentiments. I want everyone I love to be home for Christmas. Perhaps they will be in spirit. I hope so. I am not religious. But I think it sucks when you don’t believe in anything more than this life. It’s been getting lonely here. I have lost so much this year. I think it’s changing me in a way. No one survives those tragedies without losing a part of himself. So my big thanks to Layne from bringing a song (and a series of holiday songs for the next 30 days)into this holiday purgatory. He will have more. So watch out for those.

The Last Busker in London and Other London Tales by Garry Crystal

Garry Crystal

Garry Crystal

Every author has a certain style in writing that makes him or her identifiable from the rest. Just like in music. You know exactly what band is playing because of a certain sound they have. The Last Busker in London and Other London Tales is a beautiful introduction to the writing style of Scottish author Garry Crystal. Reading Crystal’s prose is like flipping through the journal of someone even though you were told not to spy. He makes each of his stories so personal and believable it feels like you are reading the work of someone you know. And sometimes, you feel as if you are reading about the scenes in your life you dare not wish to tell someone.

This collection  starts with the story of the same title. Here, Cal(written in the first person as most of his stories are) takes a drinking spree on a Christmas eve only to end up in a terrible fate involving three crooks. It is both a cautionary tale and as an excursion into the fact why we sometimes do things that in the end will destroy us. Here, Cal muses about illusion of happiness we sometimes cloak our lives, while deep inside we are really sad: ” The disease only becomes terminal when you don’t realize you are alone and you become used to the silence and look forward to it when you get home at night.”

Crystal  has his stories always surrounded by interesting characters. In Sunrise in the City, Cal meets a friend who gets him into trouble, dumps the car and then runs away leaving him to fend for himself. Crystal’s tone is unapologetic, even brutal but always reflective. He describes every emotional scar we all experience as a sort of cautionary tale. Sometimes as a release.

The Last Busker in London and Other London Tales is something I can read again and again, just to remind me how dull life is without the zany characters around us. And also to remember that in the heart of our quiet desperation lies a seed. And that seed is an art in which Garry Crystal has polished and made beautiful.

My big thanks to Dean Walker for recommending and giving me this beautiful gem of a book. It’s also my Christmas gift!

The Drugs Don’t Work by The Verve is one of the songs that appeared in the book.

Buy the amazon book: http://www.amazon.com/Busker-London-Other-Tales-ebook/dp/B005MKCEJ8

I.V. Webb Casts a Spell

Also in this edition: “Movement and Location” by The Punch Brothers, Tyrone Wells: This Love and I’m Giving You My Heart – Single
by Brianna Gaither

She carries with her that kind of atmosphere that reminds me of a combination of cathedrals, incense filled rooms and forest trees.

I got introduced to the music London based artist  I.V. Webb today. I find her name intriguing. You don’t really get to hear  musicians having a name like that these days. It is so…cryptic. Just like her music. Her sound reminds me a bit of the Darkwave bands in the 90s. Bands like The Skeletal Family, Die laughing and singer/songwriter Eva O. It is the incorporation of classical instruments to her rock inspired ballads that provide the haunting pastiche.

Sometimes, her songs fall like velvet curtains under starry night, sometimes they swirl like smoke, floating and surrounding you. You rarely get to hear music like that on mainstream music these days. Songs like Stars, White Rabbit and Speechless will stay with you as she sings” Silence cast a spell on me ,and leaves me standing cold again…”

And her voice? It is captivating, no doubt about it. She knows how to use it like a fine instrument. She carries with her that kind of atmosphere that reminds me of a combination of cathedrals, incense filled rooms and forest trees. I hope to hear more of her.

http://soundcloud.com/i-v-webb

 https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-demo-seeds/id266021116

My thank you to Sarah Tremmel
of Delta Delta Delta for introducing me to this artist.

I’m Giving You My Heart – Single

 by Brianna Gaither

Remember the sweet lass from Oklahoma who gave us the stunning track “Find You?” Well that lass is back with a holiday tune called I’m Giving You My Heart.

This is what she says bout this track

” Hello!

Hope all is well with you. This year I had the privilege of writing and recording an original Christmas song! I’ve never written a Christmas song before, but it was a lot of fun and I’m excited to share it with you. It’s called “I’m Giving You My Heart”– hope you’ll check it out! You can find the song on iTunes via the link below. I’d love to hear your thoughts. ”

Buy it here:http://tinyurl.com/BriannaChristmas

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Tyrone Wells: This Love

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I got a copy of an album by Tyrone Wells via Noisetrade. A great music site that lets you sample thousands of great artists. If you like mellow Adult alternative types then you will like his melodic and introspective songs. Acoustic guitars, Cello and synths are combined perfectly to provide that soothing background suited to this season.

Listen to samples here: http://www.fixtstore.com/product/88908/Tyrone-Wells—This-Love-%28MP3-Album%29

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“Movement and Location” by The Punch Brothers

Hey I am a big PB enthusiast! This is an amazing video. Go ahead and watch.

The Punch Brothers play a track from their album Who’s Feeling Young Now? More CONAN @ http://teamcoco.com/video