All public consumption of their three epic cover albums aside, The Easy Star All-Stars have something to prove. Not to anyone listening as much as to themselves as artists. Either way, terrific human spirits were up there glorifying sound. Having conquered and re-mapped three of the most legendary artists/albums in the history of music, one would think it’s all downhill from here. Not even close…
As Ras I-Ray (bass/vocals) just eluded to, The Easy Star All-Stars are merely getting started. Just for a second, let’s swipe away all the important studio track record of artistry and get down to the nitty gritty. The live show…
On a muddied Auditorium Shores coast of Austin, TX, the experience of these finely tuned professionals was present on stage. Even the intermittent raindrops added to the effect of their fully-banded sound as it echoed in front of the lowly clouded Downtown skyline. Concert-goers swayed from one direction to another, somehow finding harmony with muck at their feet. All about the vibe and rhythm, many artists displayed their talents that day (Mystic Roots, Grimy Styles), and even later on that weekend (Subrosa Union, Spiritual, Los Skarnales), but its The Easy Star All-Stars that have the capability of becoming the face of mass consumption for such a stereo-typed genre, Reggae. The question remains, can they materialize an original sound that will break from the chains of cover stardom? One reviewer has no doubt.
The Easy Star All-Stars hit the studio this summer to record a full album of original material, to keep up with the Easy Star All-Stars and other terrific Easy Star artists like John Brown’s Body visit their website
The Art of Shooting are a new female fronted rock band by way of Brooklyn. They’ve got their debut album, Traveling Show, ready for release and it seems like it’s going to be a good album (“dreamy shoegaze with crunchy, melodic and bursting with vocal harmonies”). We like to know what music inspires a band. Here are 5 music recommendations from The Art Of Shooting as they get prepared for the release of their debut album. Read more
Hey ya’ll. It’s Dennis Scanland bringing you another week of tasty pop/rock morsels for you to devour. Yes, this is my favorite indie genre that’s why this episode is a little longer than others.
- Seasons – Medications (Completely Removed)
- Canada – Communipaw (Communipaw)
- We Will Make A Song Destroy – Rogue Wave (Permalight)
- The Video Dept. – The Radio Dept. (Clinging to a scheme)
- Rave & Drool – The Killjoys (Gimme Five)
- Take it Easy – Surfer Blood (Astro Coast)
- Who Fingered Rock ‘n’ Roll – Cornershop (Judy Sucks A Lemon For Breakfast)
OK, this week I’m bringing you a video that’s more about the actual video than the music contained within. Philip Bloom is a photographer/filmmaker/Director and he completed a project of filming/shooting via stop motion the days and night of Dubai. It is captivating. The music is from a girl that goes by Tryad. The song is “I See” and it’s very fitting to the visuals you are about to experience. Enjoy…
Toronto’s Dearly Beloved have just released their debut album, Make It Bleed on Zoe. A great alt-indie-rock sound. We asked singer/bassist Rob Higgins what music was on his playlist right now. Read more
For nearly 15 years, The Emo Diaries has been Deep Elm’s way of documenting an extraordinary and powerful style of music that possesses the ability to stir emotion like no other. The Emo Diaries has introduced over 135 incredible bands including Jimmy Eat World, The Appleseed Cast, This Drama, Further Seems Forever (featuring Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional), Planes Mistaken For Stars, The Movielife and many more to fans wordwide. All songs are exclusive and unreleased, making each chapter of The Emo Diaries a true compilation, not a sampler of previously released music. Bands are selected to participate based on open, blind submissions of their music. Only the music matters, not who the band is…and that’s the way it should be.
The Emo Diaries unofficially came to rest in 2004 with its tenth chapter. Deep Elm cited the bastardization of the term “emo” in pop culture, as well as mainstream’s stranglehold and subsequent commercialization of the genre, which placed the focus squarely on the aesthetic…not the music, the energy or the passion. But then in 2007, Deep Elm re-opened its doors to the genre they helped to document and expose to the world. The scene heralded the release of Chapter 11 “Taking Back What’s Ours” and fans have been asking for another chapter ever since.
Submission for Chapter 12 is open to any artist, signed or unsigned, throughout the world (http://www.deepelm.com/submit). There is no cost to participate and selected bands will be informed all details including worldwide promotion, publicity, marketing, distribution and royalties. Submission will close when the label has selected 12 songs for worldwide release.
Submission Info: http://www.deepelm.com/submit
Hello faithful listeners, It’s Dennis Scanland bringing you another edition of the New Music podcast from Music Emissions. This week I’m bringing a little heaviness.
- All You Need To Know – Gamma Ray (To The Metal)
- Automation – Sayyadina (The Great Northern Revisited)
- Rise Above – Despite (In Your Despite)
- Fear Cave – Bison b.c. (Dark Ages)
- Another Rainy Night (Without You) – Queensrÿche (Empire)
Damn, there aren’t many bands as strong and consistent as Mr. Ted Leo’s Pharmacists. Here is a great video for “The Might Sparrow”, their single from the awesome Brutalistic Bricks. Have a great weekend!
It’s got a really good line-up too. Both old and new, proving that KRS has been there for us:
01 ELLIOTT SMITH “Angeles” from Either/Or
02 THE THERMALS “Now We Can See” from Now We Can See
03 GOSSIP “Standing In the Way of Control” from Standing In The Way of Control Read more
Having spent the last two years touring the world in support of their critically acclaimed debut - A Book Like This - Angus and Julia Stone return with their eagerly anticipated sophomore release Down The Way.
On Down The Way they make their debut as producers, and develop their sound without losing the spirit of their debut. Here’s some music recommendations the duo have given us: Read more