Listen to “Findie Music” with the Glasshouse Boys

Glasshouse Boys

They create songs with changing moods like the dynamic sunlight on Irish landscape. They are based in Dublin. They call their music: “Findie” (Folk-Indie). Major influences include Bob Dylan, Pixies, Neil Young, Pokey Lafarge and Jack White. Brendan Carvill is the guitarist and lead vocalist. His sunny voice calls to mind 60s and 70s singer/songwriters. I guess Neil Young is a good reference. But his Irishness always comes through and that makes his style really unique. Conor Black plays the guitar and mandolin. Listen to their song “Her” and you will hear a great amount of mandolin glory there. It is also present in “Songbird.” Bala Blake keeps the tunes solid and ‘large’ with his bass. And last but not the least, Nimai Blake keeps the tempo alive with his skins.

I feel they are destined for bigger things. You can really spot that in their originality and the attitude of their music. If you like Bluegrass and Irish folk then this will appeal to you. If you just love music for its sake then you better listen to this one because this is the way songs should be made.

Thanks to singer/songwriter  Rachael McCormack for sharing this band via soundcloud.

Finding My “Bohemia” With Von Shakes

Von Shakes

Band: Von Shakes


Patrick Brazel – Vocals/Rhythm
Hugh O’Reilly – Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals
Cillian McSweeney – Bass/Backing Vocals
Ryan Normandin – Drums

Type of music: Indie Rock


The Strokes, Kings of Leon, The Pixies, The Cure, BRMC, The Smiths, Margaret Thatcher, The Replacements, Kooks, Neil Young, Foals, Justice, etc.

Introducing of the catchiest alternative rock band to come out of Ireland is no other than Von Shakes. Composed of Patrick Brazel – Vocals/Rhythm guitar, Hugh O’Reilly – Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals, Cillian McSweeney – Bass/Backing Vocals and Ryan Normandin – Drums; the band promises to deliver sonic goodness a.k.a pepper with caramel filling. How’s that? The potential single Robinson Crusoe has a massive ear worm you can’t untangle yourself from due to its awesome melody when you hear it. And I love great melodies.

The single from the album My Side has a video out and it features a chase with a projected image of a girl around the city. Very cool video worth checking out! The song itself is another pop rock tune that is really going to court mainstream radio. If radio stations will play this tune   then they are not missing out.  Lead man Patrick Brazel looks like he could be an actor in a movie.

Bohemia has twelve tracks of good music. Headaches is my other favorite because of that great guitar sound, terrific beat and sweet bass. I think their shining moments happen when they play fast tunes. Although I’d say Pale is a good ballad where the vocals are full bodied and really expressive. Hopefully as they mature we will hear more great ballads from them.

Bohemia is an auspicious debut that will gain fans at the rate of how pancakes are done! It’s really that good. Add a good amount of maple syrup and you have one of the best musical snacks of 2013. Go look for Bohemia and relieve that depression with good tunes.


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Finding My “Bohemia” With Von Shakes


Featured songs: Mary Arrived on Sunday (Don Beekeeper), Freezing Rain (Hurricane Bells cover by Layne Greene) and Dancing with tears in my eyes by Ultravox

Song artwork by Don Beekeeper

Mary Arrived on Sunday (Don Beekeeper)

Collaboration is an amazing thing between musician. It is a unifying force that creates alchemy and making even two opposites unite. This happens to friends and it makes you realize that no one is an island not only socially but also creatively. We all got through the process of meeting and creating something during that meeting, be it thoughts, lessons or works of art. This week, two Canadian musicians ‘sat together’ to create a song. Don Beekeeper wrote the song and Layne Greene added the guitar lines. It works! According to Don : “I wrote and recorded this with just acoustic guitar and sent it to Layne – he did the rest.” I know Layne likes to experiment with sound recording and yes, his pedals which he obsess about. Mary Arrive on Sunday is a poignant track that expresses moments we have captured as if in camera. Don uses his voice as an emotive instrument. Think of  Neil Young.


Ultravox Weekend

My two friends Loic and Paula were in Paris. They went to see the Ultravox concert. Ultravox is one of the bands that awakened me to the beauty of New Wave music as a kid. How can you not respond to Dancing with Tears in my Eyes? The video of a nuclear meltdown is also amazing!

Music video by Ultravox performing Dancing With Tears In My Eyes (2009 Digital Remaster).

Speaking of Paula, she has a new collab album with My.Cosmo . Futher details from Cosmo Simnovec:

New collaboration with Paula (UK) – Falling from the sky
EP with 4 versions (Electro, Ambient, Acoustic & Demo)
Release date: November 01, 2012

Check out the album art:


Freezing Rain (Hurricane Bells)

Layne Greene was responsible for my conversion to the music of Hurricane Bells. I love their sound and the production techniques they use in their recordings. One of them is the ample use of reverb. Layne provided his own reverb and slight echo in this cover version. This is the third of the series he is making until Christmas. I mentioned that I love the chord structure of this song so I asked what he used. He said:

C#6, C#maj, C#sus, C#maj

For his guitars:

“I’m using my ibanez EW acoustic for all the acoustic track, and my godin freeway classic for all the electric stuff.”

He also added:

The guitar was fun to record  one take, start to finish , nothing planned out except for the intro.The intro bit is the slide part he plays, but done without a slide, after that I just played it reallllly safe until the solo kicks in then I just threw everything I had at it without ruining it kinda let loose so to speak.

*The word collab is not really in the English language. Paula and I got the hang of it after talking about different musical projects she has with other musicians.

Raw and Powerful

Welcome to our acoustic and folk edition featuring Don Beekeeper, Layne Greene and Fleet Foxes

Don Beekeeper: I love being on Soundcloud

I have not met anyone who is as interactive in soundcloud as Canadian singer/songwriter Don Beekeeper. Everyone seems to be either on facebook or in my case IRC.  According to Don: I don’t write any one particular kind of song. I try to make things sound like I think they should sound, based on what they say. I tend to use the fastest and easiest way to play and record my stuff. I like to move on from one thing to the next. I’m actually more interested in writing something new than I am in thinking about what I’ve already done …

He loves collaborative work with other artists . One of the memorable tracks I heard was his spoken word set to music. His prose is intense. He reminds me of the beat poets of the 50s. His music is stripped down acoustic style with bits and pieces taken from Blues, folk and ballads. I am sure Don probably has other ideas as to how he defines his music. He strikes me as a very opinionated guy with a sense of humor. But I don’t really know the guy very well so I am just basing it on first impression.

His soundcloud page is flowering with comments. He noted : I love being on Soundcloud. I’ve never encountered a place with a greater concentration of talented and otherwise-hidden people. I’m writing this from my basement with headphones on. He does have a nice voice. His range is somewhere between Neil Young and Leonard Cohen. He also plays the harmonica. One of his youtube videos show him singing accompanied by an acoustic guitar and harmonica.


Layne Greene: Cliffs Along the Sea (Bryan John Appleby cover)

Cliffs Along the Sea is the second in series of the cover project that singer/songwriter Layne Greene is working on until Christmas. I like Bryan Appleby and I think he made a really nice cover of the song. I heard the original version and the vocals on that one gets pretty rough in the chorus section. Layne did a workaround. He was able to counteract that treacherous passage by doing an overdub, using the same melodic line an octave lower. This maintains a cohesive pull between higher and lower notes. He usually harmonizes , so hearing him sing  monophonic is really new. He doesn’t own a recording studio yet so his songs are recorded manually in a small room where a workaround to improve the sound is a constant task. I think this constant exposure made him a really clever guy to make do with so little yet create something clean, crisp and worth a listen.


Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (Live on KCRW)

Our folk edition would not be complete without the music of the Fleet Foxes. Their use of emotional landscapes with an almost cinematic appeal make their music really interesting.