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Introducing: Robin Joel Sangster

posted September 22nd, 2014 by Brian Rutherford | Filed under: Bio, Editorial, General Interest, Introducing, On The Verge | 0

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

No one ever said being indie is easy, much less for London-based musicians going against the tide. Thirty-three year old singer songwriter Robin Joel Sangster knows this all too well.rjsvert

“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…

Interview: Butcher Babies’ Heidi Shepherd

posted September 19th, 2014 by Carlita | Filed under: Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | 0

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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…

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 48

posted September 17th, 2014 by CharlesMartel | Filed under: Recommendations from the Writer's Mind, Video | 0

What makes me select the videos for inclusion in these blogs? Putting aside availability, the main criterion is a track which is unlikely to be familiar to most who will follow these blogs. After all, introducing new music to people is what it is all about. Occasionally I run across an excellent classical piece which, while more familiar, demands a hearing. And if something is unusual or unique, then that is also up for consideration. I try to avoid excessively long pieces wherever possible, but sometimes something is so good that it just cries out to be included. Of course, the higher up the list we go, the less likely a track is to be unfamiliar.

Nearly there now.
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Press Release Roundup: September 15

posted September 16th, 2014 by Carlita | Filed under: Editorial, Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | 0

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.

Run The Jewels

1623 On the hip-hop front, one of our fav duos, Run The Jewels dropped a track for free download, “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry” off their eagerly awaited album ‘RTJ2′, coming out on October 27. If you missed it,I got a chance to chat with El-P in December about working with Killer Mike on this new album. Fingers crossed, ‘Meow The Jewels’ also gets released. Peep the track and our interview below: Read more…

Interview: K.Flay

posted September 11th, 2014 by Carlita | Filed under: Editorial, Interviews | 0

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As a traveling music lady, multitasking road trips and long airplane rides (putting on headphones blocking out screaming babies and religious song singing flight attendants-yes, this happened) present themselves. Prepping for this flying and driving time to check out new albums, it was a must K.Flay’s ‘Life As A Dog’ landed in my mix. First hearing about this female indie pop/rock MC in various circles, I’ve always appreciated her real left-of-center style (not posing Minaj Anaconda style on covers), raw lyrics and relatability (like you’ve known her years and could chill on the regular).

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Press Release Roundup: September 10

posted September 10th, 2014 by Carlita | Filed under: Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Press Release Roundup | 0

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.

Red Bull Sound Select

Red Bull Sound Select just announced “30 Days in LA” featuring 60 acts in 30 venues across the city during the month of November. Angelenos will get a chance to see Future Islands, Cut Copy, Run The Jewels, The Julie Ruin, Warpaint, The Head and The Heart, Thurz, Azizi Gibson, Courtney Barnett and San Fermin and more. To get tix, click here!

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Jenny Lewis

Singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis has added some new East Coast dates to her latest fall run. Currently in the UK, she recently played the iTunes Festival with Beck, promoting her release, ‘The Voyager’.

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Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 47

posted September 10th, 2014 by CharlesMartel | Filed under: Music News, Recommendations from the Writer's Mind, Video | 0

There are songs, and indeed whole albums which I used to like, but no longer do. If I had to say why I would say that I have grown out of them. The reasons for this are complex, and generally do not have anything to do with over-familiarity. A song I have grown out of is likely to be one which I used to think was clever (especially lyrically) or technically good, but as the years have passed I now regard as being either not as technically good or original as I thought they were or, in the case of lyrics, not that clever but smug, trite or even puerile. A classic example of this is “Mary Long” by Deep Purple. Occasionally, and this is very rare, I come across a song which I used to like because of the views it expressed, views which accorded with my opinions when I was younger, but no longer do. The Kinks’ “Get Back in Line” is one of the few examples I can think of.

Well into the top 100 now.
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Interview: Swollen Members’ Prevail

posted September 5th, 2014 by Carlita | Filed under: Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | 0

Photo credit: Rob Newell

Photo credit: Rob Newell

Among the onslaught of hip-hop albums dropped during these busy summer months, few received the constant rotation in my headphones more than Swollen Members’ ‘Brand New Day’. One of my favorite groups north of the border, this Juno Award-winning trio (with thriving solo careers as well) released their 11th album together. In an industry that’s seen many historic hip-hop groups fracture and drift apart, the brotherhood combo of contrasting MCs Madchild and Prevail with Rob The Viking guiding the production continues to work 15 years later.

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A cut above the rest, and there are the rest of the tracks

posted September 4th, 2014 by nlathy | Filed under: Checking the Playlists, Editorial | 0

Tony Williams

Tony Williams

It’s a different era for the album. Read more…



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