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The Bloody Muffs at Local 269 in NYC March 18, 2011 April 3, 2011

By Angela Blasi

Off East Houston St. in NYC lies a club that deems itself, “The Last Bastion of Great Live Music in NYC.”  A small club with just enough room for a bar and a few tables and chairs (mainly standing room only), one could tell frills were not something of a major concern to the owner.  No, instead a simple back line and a whole bunch of punk rock bands held my attention for the evening.  Primarily, it was the Bloody Muffs.  A trio made up of drummer Kat Kaos, lead vocalist/guitarist Jonesy and bassist Jessica, the group doesn’t waste much time with fancy bio’s or elaborate songs.  Rather, it seems they put all efforts into the DIY mentality; straight and to the point, giving it all they’ve got on every song.

Although their set was short that night at Local 269, I have to say it was a good one that I enjoyed.  Maybe they aren’t taking on politics and challenging the government with each verse and chorus, but I can not deny how much fun singing an entire chorus of “Fuck Your Mom” can be.  With songs about various whores, people sucking, drunken sex and feeling alright no matter what happens, I found myself laughing and simply enjoying the music all night.

Despite technical difficulties in the first number, the band carried on effortlessly, letting the mistakes roll off their backs like seasoned professionals.  I liked their inclusion of all three members on vocals, adding texture and a conversational nature to many of the songs that gave for a sense of inclusion and light heartedness.  I also must add, that as a group they were musically solid.  I particularly enjoyed the song, “Love Me Like A Drug” where each pause and blast beat were seamlessly integrated into the music, all members executing the rhythms perfectly.  Sure, a seasoned eye can catch mistakes from any player but the errors are not important so much as it is the performer’s ability to overcome them and keep going.

I’d recommend this band for anyone who isn’t into taking themselves too seriously and enjoys punk rock that does the same.  A great band to go see, have a beer and hang out with, the Bloody Muffs are a good time live.  For your listening pleasure, check out their two albums Heavy Flow and Sloppy Seconds, both available on Amazon.com and iTunes.

 

What You’ve Been Missing – Brendan Perry March 27, 2011

by Mark B.

For the better part of a 30+ year musical career, he has been known as one half of the mystifying group Dead Can Dance, known for masterfully arranging unique soundscapes from blending numerous musical genres and movements (Chant, Irish folk, African poly rhythms, Medieval, Renaissance, Middle Eastern and Punk, to name a few).   Co-led by his distinctive style of chant singing, Perry provided a powerful presence with a radiant counterbalance to partner Lisa Gerrard’s booming mystical voice, helping to guide the listener through beautiful poetic verses entwined within world influences.  But the world of musical wonders was not to last forever, as DCD decided to call it quits not long after the release of their final album in 1996.   Fortunately this would not be the last we would hear from the cathedral voiced musician, as he chose to continue with the release of his debut solo effort Eye of the Hunter (1999).

For fans, one of the biggest issues when a hugely influential group breaks up is whether any solo career is worth following.  Will the solo efforts be any good?   Will the new works be a stretching of their musical abilities or will they simply rehash their previous groups for years to come?  Most thankfully, Eye of the Hunter turns out to be a finely executed debut, managing to explore new musical ground and allowing Perry to vocally stretch his wings, successfully avoiding a complete rehash of DCD.   It is a beautifully ethereal, folk inspired experience featuring acoustic based arrangements, orchestral electronics and sparse instrumentation.  The tracks seamlessly shift between hopeful and melancholy with each passing track without ever becoming a cheap copy of DCD.   As the capacity to grow as a new solo artist continues after a long period of inactivity, he finally returned with his most recent release Ark (2010).  Featuring predominantly electronic arrangements and lyrics which could only be described as inward gazing outward, he manages to flesh out a more haunting, yet strangely uplifting sound without falling victim to the ever clichéd Emo-misery and gloom.  When it comes to finding beauty within the empty or experiencing the gloom without the doom, Brendan Perry is definitely an artist that you can count on to deliver, regardless of what incarnation he exists in.

Required Listening
With only 2 albums having been released since 1999, the best way to truly experience solo Brendan Perry is to get a hold of both Eye of the Hunter and Ark.  Get to it!

Six Ways To Experience Brendan Perry
6. “Inferno” – from the album Ark – An intense and otherworldly song which cries of longing.
5. “Severance” – from the album The Serpent’s Egg­­ by Dead Can Dance,
4. “The Trial”- from the album Dead Can Dance by Dead Can Dance – A fast paced world music tinged almost punk song that gives glimpses of Perry’s roots in the Punk scene of Australia.
3. “Anywhere Out of the World” – from the album Within the Realm of a Dying Sun by Dead Can Dance – Music for the world-weary romantic dreamer.
2. “Medusa” – from the album Eye of the Hunter – A dreamy Waltz through the tale of seductress.
1. “Utopia” – from the album Ark – A glimmer of hope from someone who has been overwhelmed by all the hardships of life, and is still standing.


 

Sandi Thom February 23, 2011

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By Angela Blasi
I have to say, technology sometimes serves its purpose.  I was just trolling the pages of YouTube for Sandi Thom’s “I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers in my Hair)”, when I decided to delve deeper.  I have to tell you, I like what I hear.  This may be the most random artist review I’ll ever do, but it needed to be done.  I had no idea she was classified as a blues/rock artist, but as I take on track after track, I can hear the blue notes she touches and it gives her music powerful melodies as well as character.  A trend I’ve come to notice in the singer’s artwork is the beauty in its simplicity.  It is so refreshing to hear a track stripped of fancy production edits, punches and the dreaded autotune.  Thom’s voice, with all its unique accouterments’, is the most colorful and alluring part of the piece.  I fell so in love with her hit single partly because of its simplicity.  Through the first 30 seconds of the track, you are flooded with nothing but her voice; a voice that washes over you with the force of a tidal wave yet rocks you slowly like the bay.  The entire song retains that crisp cleanliness of sound as the natural groove of her voice is accented perfectly by the one-two punch of a kick drum that grabs you by the heart-strings, forcing it to beat simultaneously with every pitch and note.  Other tracks such as “Superman” retain that very haunting simplicity.  Slower track, “Superman” cries with the sweet sadness of your first honest broken heart.

In the trend of Sandi Thom, simply stated, she carries a powerful instrument in her soul expressing it beautifully in a tirade of melodies and harmonies that delve deep inside the listener.  Accentuated charmingly without ever losing it’s focus, Sandi Thom’s songs brilliantly shine track after track.

 

New Music and Videos February 8, 2011

“Cameras” by Matt and Kim
What makes a great pair?  A phenomenal song with a video that keeps your full attention!  I love the catchy pop hooks that keep me grooving and I’m loving the sounds of the fight behind the song, what a great addition.  The chorus gives me the impression that the song was meant for none of this to be caught on camera, in a way telling us to go live our own lives; not everything needs documentation.  “No time for cameras, we’ll use our eyes instead / No time for cameras, we’ll be gone when we’re dead / No time for cameras, we’ll use our minds instead / I see flashes of gold.” Well said Matt and Kim.

“Born Under A Bad Sign” by Moneybrother
I can’t get enough of this song!  I love to listen to it while working out.  It has a familiar sound, like Kaiser Chiefs meet The Clash.  NVMP will be sure to let you know how Moneybrother is live, as they will be opening up for Flogging Molly on the Green 17 Tour, more details to follow.

“What You Know” by Two Door Cinema Club
I am loving this indie track.  The video is fun to watch, as in “what the hell am I watching here?” all while falling in love with the track.  I can’t put my finger on it as of why, but when I watch, all I can think of is the chick in that Robert Palmer video for “Addicted to Love.”  Oh well, just enjoy some new music.

“Sail” by AWOLNATION
If you haven’t head of AWOLNATION by now, then wise up fools!  Finally, a new video has been released, but maybe you can blame it on my ADD.  The piano and the la-la-la’s tie the song all together, with the ‘sail”s stretched out ever so slightly.  The electronic dance beats with an alternative vibe leaves us craving more from AWOLNATION.  We have no idea what will happen next in the video, but we hope to find out soon.

 

BLACK TAXI VS. DEADBEAT DARLING January 18, 2011

Black Taxi and Deadbeat Darling are two of New York City’s strongest drawing bands, and found immediate success at the Bowery Ballroom by selling out their first two performances at the venue.  They’ll return to play the Bowery Ballroom for a third time, in front of what is already approaching a sold-out crowd.

Check out Bill Mayo’s promotional video for the show:

Black Taxi recently crossed the country with their high-energy dance rock act, bringing the show as far west as LA’s Viper Room and hitting major cities in the Southwest and Midwest.  With the release of a brand new music video for “Shoeshine,” the opening track on their album “Things of that Nature,” and a busy tour schedule, BLACK TAXI is hitting the ground running in 2011.

www.blacktaxi.com

VS.

Deadbeat Darling made their debut UK appearance in 2010, and followed the tour with a successful run at CMJ where they were named one of the top 28 acts by BlackBook Magazine.  Their showcase schedule included a sold-out show at The Studio at Webster Hall.  Over the past six months they’ve introduced a variety of new songs, many of which will be included on their forthcoming album.  The new material channels influences that are fresh to the Deadbeat Darling sound.
www.deadbeatdarling.com

 

 

Dispatch: The Embodiment of “New Folk” Music December 31, 2010

Submitted By: Sean M. Davis

They made history at the Hatch Shell in 2004, sat upon the roof of their oldest companion in 2006: now, for 2011, Dispatch is planning something big, and I am eager to discover what it is!  The recent activity on dispatchmusic.com sparked a renewed interest in the band: who exactly is Dispatch and what is their influence on musical discourse?  Many critics and writers attempted to label Dispatch in the past, all failed.  They failed because Dispatch is not about arbitrary aesthetic labels, pre-determined by faceless record companies.  No, Dispatch is about making music, about bringing people together and, most of all, they are about originality in expression.  Maybe their music does not show the most erudite use of technique, but their songs have a sense of realness to them that much avant-garde music lacks.  One thing is certain of Dispatch: their resistance against anything mainstream, and eclectic musical background, makes their sound completely unique.

Perhaps the main reason Dispatch defies labels is because of their propensity to incorporate multiple styles and make them their own.  From reggae to hard-rock, nothing is taboo for Dispatch.  It is because of this eclectic style that I will finally attempt to classify this motley assortment of independent musicians.  First, let me begin by re-defining an over-referenced genre: folk music.  Most people think of folk music as the old-fashioned origins of styles like country or bluegrass, or as a specific genre referring to songwriters such as Bob Dylan or Joni Mitchell.  However, my definition of folk music encompasses a larger variety of musicians.  Folk is nothing more than original music produced by amateurs, usually expressing some kind of personal message or telling a story.  Folk traditions all over the world are influenced by the sounds and conventions of their geographical locations; many people think that because of the internet and mass media, real folk music is no longer possible.  This notion is absurd.  Just because the amount of music amateurs have access to blossomed in the past few decades does not mean that the sounds produced are more or less valid.  If anything, the sheer amount of styles artists have at their disposal provides a greater opportunity to create new and interesting music.  For these reasons I dub this music “new folk.”

If we accept my definition of “new folk,” groups like Dispatch are the quintessential examples of the style.  They incorporate sounds from as many musical idioms as they have come into contact with; then they turned it into something new.  Borrowing from other musical traditions is idiosyncratic of folk music, as is propounding a message of self-improvement.  Also, like Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary, Simon and Garfunkel and countless others before them, Dispatch often employs the fable as a musical-literary device.  Songs such as “The General,” “Flying Horses” and “Riddle” exemplify the use of fable in music.  This practice draws upon songs like Bob Dylan’s classic “Mr. Tambourine Man,” and Peter, Paul and Mary’s “Where have all the Flowers Gone?”  The difference is that Dispatch fuses the literary fable with a multitude of musical styles.

The “new folk” will continue to grow; with the iTunes age upon us there is no telling what kinds of music will emerge.  One can only hope that bands such as Dispatch surface through the rough and find their way into our ears.  We are no longer bound by the aesthetic chains of record companies; we can write the type of music that we want.  Even if Dispatch does not fit your ear, they proved that independent, amateur musicians can create powerful, thought-provoking music.

Check out Dispatch music at www.dispatchmusic.com

 

A cappella…some traditions never die… September 22, 2010

Let me ask you a few questions…

Have you ever wondered what the limits of the human voice were, and what would happen if we challenged them?

Have you ever wondered if the human voice could imitate, to performance quality, the instruments in a band?

Have you ever wondered if that thing you do at a concert when you half know the words to the songs could ever have a viable place in a band?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could stop wetting the bed?

On that last one, me neither…and that’s a good thing, because this collection of impressive A Capella renditions of some modern favorites and contemporary classics could make you wet your pants…

Enjoy!

“Wonderwall” by Oasis peformed by UGA Noteworthy (http://www.myspace.com/noteworthyislife) in 2009

BYU’s female a capella group (http://newsnet.byu.edu/story.cfm/60999) performing “Apologize” by One Republic in 2008

UC Berkley’s Noteworthy (http://noteworthy.berkeley.edu/) performing “Poker Face” by Lady GaGa – this one is freaking amazing…definitely been making the viral video rounds as of late…

Klone, out.

 

New Music Videos I’m Obsessed With… August 20, 2010

By TNT
Up first,  “St. Christopher” by Deadbeat Darling.  This haunting and unique video is incredibly artsy and creative.  It was directed by Ben Smoot using still images.

Next, “Ambling Alp” by Yeasayer, directed by Radical Friend.  Greg Swindasz introduced me to this video and I think we can all agree on one word for this video – trippy.  It’s awesome, check it out.

Finally, “Symphonies” by Dan Black, this version featuring Kid Cudi.  I love this song and think this video is truly one of a kind.  Watch and be amazed!

“Strawberry Swing” by Coldplay is a cool video as well, but I am not able to embed it, so click here to check it out on YouTube.  Enjoy, Happy Friday!

 

Stigz First Single Via Area 51 Records Goes Worldwide: EP to Follow End of August August 17, 2010

DJ/Remixer/Producer Stigz dropped his first single “Narcissism” via Area 51 Records Friday, August 6th 2010 wherever dance music is sold (Beatport, I-Tunes, Traxsource, DJdownload, etc.)  A deep, tech house groove with haunting vocals and concussion inducing percussion flow from the track, sure to bang out the deep, dark rooms and dancehalls worldwide.  It is the first of five original releases on Area 51, with “The Lowdown on Drugs” EP to follow, featuring four original tracks and two remixes by DJs/Producers John Hartston and Leon Blaq.

His bio according to The DJ List:
“Stigz has been spinning tracks for the last 8 years. Starting out with a love for trance, before his 18th birthday he was devoted to the equally hypnotic and pounding rhythm of deep house. In 2005, he took over CLUBSESSIONS on 89.5 FM WSOU on Sunday nights from 10p-12a. Since that time, his record collection and taste for all forms of Electronic Dance Music have grown. From throwback dance floor classics, to underground tribal tech that will blow out your eardrums (and subwoofers), all the way over to the most unique mash-ups around, Stigz laces it all into his repertoire without missing a beat. Specializing in deep house and tribal tech, he sometimes takes you on a genre bending foray into deep solid grooves and techy breaks. He has several tracks on a few labels, so keep your eyes peels and ears open. He also can check out his sets, for free, on I-tunes, where he records his underground sets and weekly radio show appearences.
He has appeared behind the decks at several famous and underground spots, including but not limited to famous NYC names like the legendary Webster Hall or underground downtown gem, Club Love.

He currently spins in the NYC metro area (or where ever the music takes him), and runs several radio shows: Clubsessions 89.5 FM WSOU Sundays 10p-12a EST in the NYC area- wsou.net global, wtnrradio.com Drumatik Sounds with DJ Stigz – Sundays 10a-2p Global, and Tuesdays 7p-9p on Global1fm.com. You can get in touch with him on facebook, at “Stigz” or “Clubsessions WSOU“, twitter.com/djstigz, or here on thedjlist.com.
Stigz – Narcissism out Friday 8-6-10 worldwide with “The Lowdown on Drugs” EP to follow later this month.

For all the New Yorkers: He will be spinning at Club Avion in Brooklyn on August 28th. Check him out for more info, releases, and where to see him live or hear him freaking your speakers.

Listen to Diskoteka (I Make the Beat Go) Revamp here:
http://soundcloud.com/stigz/stigz-diskoteka-i-make-the-beat-go-revamp
Listen to The Lowdown on Drugs here:
http://soundcloud.com/stigz/stigz-the-lowdown-on-drugs

Download Narcissism here:
http://www.djdownload.com/mp3-detail/Stigz/Narcissism/A51/2346947
or here:
https://www.beatport.com/en-US/html/content/release/detail/269414/narcissism#app=fe3&a486-index=0

 

Free Music You Say? June 27, 2010

We’ll be there! Mark your calendar, these artists are not to be missed, especially April Smith and the Great Picture Show, Seth Kallen, and Savoir Adore.  NVMP is on vacation for the next few days, we’ll see ya when we get back.     – TNT