Before it’s officially acceptable to go pumpkin spice crazy and stress over what costumes to wear for Halloween, we couldn’t let September escape without talking about our favorite songs of the summer. 2014′s summer proved to be a busy one and we wanted to create a staff time capsule as we rocked to a variety of track releases of all genres. Peep the podcast to listen to our staff summer snippet picks by Brian, Nathaniel, Chiara and I, Carlita, below.
1. Robin Joel Sangster- “The Water”
2. Los Rakas- “No Tan Listo”
3 and 4. Hiss Golden Messenger- “Lucia” and “Mahogany Dread”
5. Mark de Clive-Lowe featuring Nia Andrews- “Now or Never”
6. Sheppard- “Geronimo”
7. Boomdabash featuring Otto Om- “L’Importante”
8. Big Data- “Dangerous”
How Taking Back Sunday Made Punk Disappear in the Studio and Reappear Live
Taking Back Sunday has been an icon in the alternative rock industry since the New York natives burst onto the scene with their interesting mix of punk music and hardcore vibes in 1999. The band reveled in their success and continued to produce record after record, despite the comings and goings of several bandmates.
Amidst the changes, the band skyrocketed as an indie group, and eventually had a high-octane album released by Warner Brothers Records in 2006. Fast forward 8 years—Taking Back Sunday, once glorified for their edge, released a laid-back album entitled, “Happiness is.” The recent release was a cause for much debate among critics and music lovers alike. Where did the punk go? Read more
As a music correspondent who luckily gets sent music daily, I can’t say enough about a good album cover. When your eyeballs hit a cover artistically done with care and serves its purpose, it boldly grabs your attention and makes you want to hit “Click”. Coming across DeQn Sue’s ‘Zeitgeist’ cover above illicited such a reaction and I needed to know more. Delving into the LP, I discovered this Alabama and Los Angeles based artist spoke to and for my left-of-center “magenta” sensibilities delightfully with the right amount of funk, spunk and punk.
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Mi gente, it’s music award season again and today The Latin Recording Academy revealed their nominations for the 15th Annual Latin Grammys, taking place live from the MGM Grand in Vegas on November 20. Receiving more than 10,000 music piece submissions this year, Gabriel Abaroa Jr.,the President and CEO of the Academy, stated the nominations reflected “the dynamic and vibrant worldwide Latin music community of artists, producers, engineers, songwriters and everyone involved in the recording process.” Getting a chance to speak to Gabriel last year, I imagine he remains proud of how far the industry’s evolved and how it continues to thrive.
The concept album. The very phrase sends shudders down my spine. True concept albums, as opposed to albums on a theme or rock operas, are not as common as you may believe. For instance, “Reconstruction Site” by the Weakerthans is a great album with a theme whereas “Tommy” or “SF Sorrow” are rock operas. But true concept albums almost always start negatively with me. “2112” and “Hemispheres” are concepts on one side (of the vinyl) and are about the only ones I can truly tolerate. “The Wall” I dislike, but my real intense loathing and hatred is reserved for the overblown, pompous, contrived, pretentious, affected bullshit which is “Tales from Topographic Oceans.” Anyone who claims to have been inspired, as Jon Anderson does, to embark on a four-track, double-vinyl melodrama as a result of reading a lengthy footnote at the bottom of page 83 of some Hindu Yogi’s autobiography deserves all the ridicule he is likely to attract. I could go on but when Anderson wanted to record it in a wood at night he was, not surprisingly, told to “get a life”.
Enough of this…let’s get on with the next ten.
For American fans of fashion and music icon David Bowie, the wait is over. The much buzzed about ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibit opens today at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, its only U.S. stop. Enthusiasts will be able to follow the many transitions and transformations that occurred during his life. Assembled with intricate care and deference to the legend, the traveling exhibit follows a young boy in Bromley, already called “an exhibitionist” by fifth grade, with grand, specific ideas of stardom. Sketches, paintings and storyboards of stage sets, memorable costumes and album covers reveal a visual artist in control of every part of his image, down to every last detail.
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.
In addition to our ever-popular UNSW contests every month, Music Emissions is constantly striving to introduce you to the most underrated indie artists in the globe. With that said, we introduce you to Robin Joel Sangster.
Robin Joel Sangster
“Don’t confuse making music and being famous, there are too many famous people,” says Sangster. “Most real musicians have to keep making music (whether it sells or not) or they would probably keel over and die. Most of the famous people out there should just concentrate on the latter.”
Although he has had no formal training, growing up under parental influences such as Van Morrison, James Taylor and Loudon Wainwright III sort of speaks for itself. These days, RJS, has found inspiration in artists like The Decemberists, Otis Redding and Brandy Clark, helping mold his own original score and sound, subsequently resulting in his 2013 LP, “Upstream.” Read more
Wading (or slashing) through a mountain of e-mails, while trying not to spontaneously combust in the Los Angeles heat recently, I stopped in my tracks once I saw the twisted cover of Butcher Babies’ upcoming EP. Bold and brash, I couldn’t take my eyes off it and ‘uncovered’ an amazing LA based metal band fronted by two strong ladies Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey. Read more