How are you folks? The truth is, I posted the entries below ahead of this intro. I didn’t know what to write about, but I figured that I need to represent artists who make my world exciting. Some of them are new, others I met a few years back, some I talk to ocassionally, some are so busy with their lives(and music) and I am happy for them.
Thursday is payday and I am so exciting to see if I can get a new bicycle. This time I want a fat bike. Fat bikes are amazing because you can just take them everywhere. And I am planning to get myself a new bluetooth speaker so I can jam while pedaling. It is really awesome to have music wherever you go.
Anyway, I hope your middle of the week is amazing. Not as boring as mine. Ok signing off for now…
Now for something not really related to music…
If you are a Horror fan and you want to support podcasts related to it, then check out Emerald Gore Society. They have their regular Gorecast where members review movies and other stuff. It is fun. Do check it out.
Canadian singer-songwriter Layne Greene is really getting good gigs around Nova Scotia. If you are around, do drop by and say ‘Hi’ to him after the show!
113 Archimedes St, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia B2H 2T3
To be released!
Alex Pardini ‘SOUL THIEF’
FORMLOS Records 002 / Promo
Official Release Date: November 25, 2016
“I am a SOUL THIEF
And I’m coming for you, and you and you too!
And I’ll steal your soul
And I’m gonna transform it and rearrange it and re-create it
And I’m gonna put some magic into it
Some vibratory thing!
And the vibe will make you feel good
Will make you shake your hips
I’m a SOUL THIEF
I’m gonna make you feel good inside
deep down inside
And if you jack to this groove, to my groove
You jack to your own groove
Because your soul and mine
Just became one
From disco to disco
From soul to soul
From you to me
I’m a SOUL THIEF”
Yes the beautifully realized indie folk/pop album can be your’s for free throughout the month of December! Emerse yourself to the sonic gardens of Quiet Places and Lookout. While Iron Town and All We Need This Time are rich in layers and reverb. This magical listening experience is brought to you by Canadian singer-songwriter Layne Greene. A toast to beautiful music!
Recorded and Mixed at The Farm in Port Howe, Nova Scotia by Dale Murray
Mastered in Mineville, NS by J. LaPointe at Archive Mastering
Produced by Dale Murray
All songs written by Layne Greene (SOCAN)
Everywhere Around Here by Layne Greene
released 04 April 2015
Layne Greene – Vocals, Guitar, Keys
Bryan MacDonald – Guitar
Alex Lank – Drums, Keys
Dale Murray – Bass, guitar, Backup Vocals
Christina Martin – Back up Vocals
Fleur Mainville – Fiddle
Devon Greene & Adam Johnson – Backup Vocals
Graphic Design by Kyle DeCoste
Photo by Kelsey MacLennan
I was so happy the day I received a copy of Everywhere Around Here by Canadian singer-songwriter Layne Greene. Instead of jumping in front of the computer and blog about it, I decided to hold the urge and go on with my life for almost two months to see if the novelty wears off. So these things happened along the way:
I take it everywhere.
I got two physical copies and one digital copy of the album. I am displaying the two copies in my book shelves because I love the packaging. But I take the digital copy where ever I go-to the gym, the beach and the park. Right now I am listening to it inside Starbucks while writing this blog. Lane Greene’s music has a way of soothing me when I am stressed. The songs also make me feel like I am in a safe environment. The drums, bass, guitars and other instruments have that sparkling but soft quality. I love the production as I think this is truly represents his music.
Every time I listen to it, I notice new things.
I love it when an album reveals to you something in pieces. Unlike most young singer-songwriters that sound generic, his approach is mature and diverse. Fiddles, glockenspiel and other folk instruments make themselves heard in Everywhere Around Here. This dude is really enlightening and you could spend hours and hours with his talking about genres and history of music and he has a lot to say about them. He loves what he is dong and he knows where he is going with his career.
He knows his assets and limitations.
He knows he is not Ryan Addams or Neil Young so he doesn’t try to be. When he sings, he does so within his range. He also uses his voice as an instrument, layering them, harmonising them making something awesome out of the ordinary. He is not a rockstar type but an artist who likes to make music as a lifetime career.
All nine songs are worth hearing.
The album has nine songs. Some of them already appeared in his previous EPs. I think he has more than five of them out before he was twenty-two. But these songs have undergone many arrangements. They have also experienced the stage as performing live is what he likes to do. I remember the many time he busked under harsh weather and people loved what he’s doing. My favourite is Quiet Places because the song has a good beat and it builds up this wonderful thing. But there are songs worth noting like Iron Town which has a special meaning to him. The current single is Look Out. You should see the video because it’s really amazing!
Layne is special.
He is a fantastic artist. He fascinates me endlessly and I love to chronicle his career. I think I will do so until I am old. I hope this post will urge you to listen to Everywhere Around Here. Get it and support this dude. There is no one quite like him.
This is it! My first album comes out today. I’d like to thank everyone who has had a hand in helping make this happen, it’s been over a year and a half since I started finalizing the songs and working on the plans for release, and I would not have been able to do it without everyone’s help.
Throughout this process there’s been a lot of twists and turns, steps forward and steps backwards, good days, bad days, long nights, and 4 hour drives across Nova Scotia in the middle of the night through a snowstorm. All in all, I’ve learned a lot. About myself, about the industry, about how much time, effort, blood, sweat, and tears it takes to get an album finished. When we started rehearsing a year ago, I don’t think I fully understood what I was getting myself into, and I don’t think that even if I had, I would have been able to prepare any more for it.
I’ve been dreaming of this day for about 7 years now, and even a year ago it was only just starting to look like a remote possibility. Luckily with some hard work and support from my team we were able to pull it all together, and today is the day! I’m excited to share the album with all of you, and I can’t wait to see everyone’s smiling faces at the rest of the shows we have lined up. Thanks so much everyone for your support, I couldn’t have done it without you!!
As Halloween creeps up it is great to have a companion soundtrack. The sumber beauty of Panophonic’s Failure in Many Dimensions reminds me of old Joy Division and Cure with that guitar and synth sound. There are six songs and the EP has a (in my opinion) a fantastic artwork. Failure in Many Dimension is released by Patetico Recordings which is an independent label and promotional company based out of Philadelphia. It is the same label that brought us great music from bands like Under the Wire, Stellarscope and ShiShi.
This is a follow ep to their fantastic EP Sounds of Desolation. Although the arrangements vary per track and the approach evolves per release, you can always expect somber melodies and atmospheric synths from Panophonic. After all these are the things that make their sound unique.
The EP opens with In You I Want to Swim which is a haunting song reminiscent of 80s New Wave/Goth Rock music. What Do You See is mind blowing in its simplicity. The pulsing beats are gorgeous. This brings me to shoegazer heaven. All the tracks in this EP pay tribute to dream pop if you love that style of music. The guitars are ethereal. The singing, sublime. Give it a listen to bring smile to your face despite its somber mood.
New single by Joel Sarakula
“Hello. I am proud to present to you my new single Northern Soul. This is my first release since I released the ‘The Golden Age’ last year.” Joel Sarakula
Joel Sarakula is a singer/songwriter from Australia who is now based in the UK. This is a new single which will be included in a new album which will be released next year. I don’t have the information as to the title but I know anything from Sarakula is worth a listen! I just left a message to his fanpage saying ‘this is a smile inducer!”
People of Pictou Country: Layne Greene
Layne Greene geared up to release an album next year.
He’s a musician. When he was four years old, his mother put him in piano lessons. It wasn’t long before he discovered his love of music. Over the years he’s played guitar, piano, and dabbled with a few other instruments.
But there is one instrument that means the most to him–an acoustic guitar. It’s not just any guitar, though. His grandmother shares his love of music, and one day about 50 year…s ago, while his grandparents were camping, they came across a gentleman playing a guitar. His grandmother wanted it, and his grandfather was willing to buy it. Some bargaining, and $13 later, his grandmother had the guitar she wanted. They kept it, but years passed and it started to collect dust. A few years ago, this young man discovered the old guitar in his grandmother’s closet. He knew it was special, and he wanted it.
The guitar was in need of serious repair, but he saw the potential. When he graduated from St. F.X. he decided to fix the guitar as a present for himself. Just as he’d known, it was an amazing guitar and he’s been using it ever since.
And he’s used it well. Today he has music that has been listened to over 52 000 times online, played numerous concerts, and he’s about to release his first CD.
Watching him tell the story, I couldn’t help but notice how much his eyes lit up. A simple guitar, purchased on the spur of the moment during a camping trip, had been handed down to the best possible person. Someone who saw treasure and memories in a $13 guitar.
Got this while perusing the web:
Annual UK vinyl sales set to crack the one million mark for the first time since the mid-’90s – FACT Magazine: