After sliding over to one of our favorite indie labels, Easy Star Records, Rebelution is back with “Count Me In”.
“Too blessed to be stressed,” is one of many key song lyrics from Rebelution’s new album Count Me In. The California band’s fourth full-length release on its own label 87 Music, and partnering for the first time with Easy Star Records, marks its tenth year together. And while surely every band has its share of stress, Rebelution feels they have been “too blessed” to have much time to worry about it.
Said guitarist/singer Eric Rachmany about the band in its decade milestone, “we still have the same energy as we did as a young band, if not more. The more experience we had doing this, the more inspired we became.” Read more
Do you remember the first piece of music you ever bought? In my case it was a single, purchased in early 1969, the Archies’ ”Sugar Sugar”. The first album I bought was shortly after my twelfth birthday, “Led Zeppelin II”. Though the Archies’ single is long gone, I still have that original vinyl of the Led Zeppelin LP. I still remember the circumstances under which I bought that album, trawling through the comparatively small number of racks of albums in W.H. Smiths for about an hour until I finally decided on the purchase. Looking back, it was a moment which changed my life and began my forty year long (so far) love affair with music.
The next twenty tracks bring us closer to the 200’s.
Always in the mood for live music during the summer, I trekked to The Hollywood Bowl for last weekend’s 36th Annual Playboy Jazz Fest. Featuring a varied line-up both days hosted by comedian George Lopez, I entered a chill diverse community environment with fun, food and bunny ear-wearing folks catching up with old friends and making new ones. Day One highlights included Allen Stone, who got the entire Bowl to jump and clap their hands, who performed material from previous albums and new songs off his upcoming Capitol Records debut “Radius”. Dianne Reeves also lit up the stage, working a mini-tribute to Celia Cruz into her set. Bringing The Big Easy out west, Henry Butler along with Bernstein and the Hot 9 thoroughly impressed the audience and got white handkerchiefs waving throughout.
So Cal jazzheads, join me this weekend at The Hollywood Bowl for this year’s Playboy Jazz Fest! The 36th annual event features a diverse line-up including George Benson, Al Jarreau, Fantasia, Jamie Cullum, Allen Stone, Arturo Sandoval, Dianne Reeves, Juan de Marcos and The Afro-Cuban All-Stars and José James! Tix are available here.
Peep my fest recap and my interview with José James as I chatted with the upcoming fest performer this week about his new album on the Music Emissions site soon!
MUSIC EMISSIONS – 10 QUESTIONS FOR #NXNE13 ARTISTS:
1. Toronto is a city where there’s always a lot going on when it comes to live music. Why should folks come out to see you at NXNE? What makes you stand out?(And if you’ve played Toronto before, what’s your favourite venue and why?)
We put every effort into making the show sound as good as humanly possible. I know that sounds trite, but I feel like a lot of bands just assume they can play their reorded material well. We do not assume that. The live performance of the songs is another aspect of the craft and we are working on it constantly. Making discoveries every show. I love the shows we are playing lately….they are some of my favourites.
Here’s the math: Nice, somewhat beareded men + sweat + reverb + hits from the catalogue= win for you.
I’ve always loved our shows at the Horseshoe. Hands down it’s always sweaty and fun.
2. NXNE is all about music discovery – Apart from yourself(ves), who’s the ONE ACT you would most recommend people check out at NXNE?
There is this young band from Halifax which I think are really interesting. They are called Walrus. It’s shoe-gazey, it’s 80s, it’s post punk, it’s wonderful.
3. Come September, what’s the coolest thing you hope to say you did “on your summer vacation?”
Swim in the ocean here in NS. It’s literally freezing.
4. We all know there will eventually be a zombie apocalypse – If you only had enough battery life left on your music player to enjoy ONE album in full before your brains get eaten, what would it be?
I’d listen to one of those seminal mix CDs I made for myself that are buried in my closet. Nostalgia 2001. Nostlagia is where I would head before death by Zombie.
Do you have musical heroes? Are there those individuals who, for whatever reason, you admire beyond any others? I think we all do. Here are some of mine. John Watts, lead singer and songwriter with Fischer-Z, my favourite band. Jimmy Page, possibly the greatest guitarist of all time. Mick Jagger, the man who put the front in frontman. Finally, the single greatest known musical genius in the history of music, Ludwig van Beethoven. And if you look through this list you will see that all of them are more than amply represented. You may not agree with any or all of them but they helped shape and define my musical taste.
Within the next twenty tracks, the two-thirds marker will pass.
Always on the quest for new music, there’s nothing better than following smart and diverse music-listening artists who put you onto other artists in the same lane. Getting a random tweet about Oakland based Panamanian pair Los Rakas’ latest record ‘El Negrito Dun Dun & Ricardo’, this album’s been on repeat ever since. Addressing a range of topics like the harsh reality of the “Sueño Americano” unfilled and showing love and respect for all Afro-Latinas on “Africana”, hay algo para todos. Broadening horizons, the primos who blend hip-hop with dancehall and reggaeton also left-field collaborated with legendary punk band Blondie’s new album recently, showing versatility and expansion into new audiences.
Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, I will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across my virtual desk.
Hear COLBIE CAILLAT’s Gypsy Heart beat now.
New York, NY – June 09, 2014 – Multi-platinum Grammy Award-winning Southern California songstress COLBIE CAILLAT surprised listeners everywhere this week with the release of her brand new EP, Gypsy Heart Side A [Republic Records]. Caillat first revealed the news of Gypsy Heart Side A earlier today during an appearance on Live! With Kelly & Michael.
GYPSY HEART SIDE A EP Track listing:
1.Live It Up
3.If You Love Me Let Me Go
5.Never Gonna Let You Down
The five-song collection is available now via iTunes and all DSPs, and it comprises the first half of her forthcoming fourth full-length studio album, Gypsy Heart, due out later this year. This also marks the follow-up to 2011’s All Of You, which debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200. Read more
It’s no secret 2014’s been a banner year for underground hip-hop releases. In the first five months alone, West Coast legends and newcomers have provided my ears bangers to spare. Amid the barrage of new music, doing his part to rep for the established Oakland scene, J. Stalin dropped his latest offering, Shining in Darkness (SID) on his own label Livewire Records, with key contributions from Too $hort, E-40, Joey Fatts, Shady Nate and Iamsu! It’s obvious this mob music artist/businessman’s admirably earned his spot at the “Boss” table.