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Generational Poem to Song Crossover: Lucinda Williams

by Angela ShafferApril 28, 2016
“Dust” by Lucinda Williams from The Ghosts of Highway 20:

1.  Track Review:

MoJo has an exclusive interview with Lucinda Williams including “her thoughts on Bob Dylan, her new record, getting married onstage and more” (MoJo). Click HERE to purchase the issue online. Paul Stokes quoted Williams who said: “’Dust’ comes from a poem that my father wrote… That’s a pretty big part of the song. I’m very proud of it” (MoJo). Williams also noted that laying beat to the poetic verse was not a one-step process. She said, “You have to come up with an arrangement using those lyrics so you create a refrain” (MoJo). To fit the music, Williams altered a few of the words – namely the word “dry” to “dust” – which became the song title. Barbara Hoffman noted Lucinda’s lyrics underwent scrutiny from her father who was a professor and poet. Hoffman said, “Miller Williams died [New Year’s Day 2015], but Lucinda started mourning him several years ago, when Alzheimer’s set in, and he told her he couldn’t write poetry anymore” (NYpost). Granting music to Miller’s poems are a way for Lucinda to further carry on her father’s literary work.

2.  “Dust” by Miller Williams from The Ways We Touch: Poems 1st Edition:

Click HERE to purchase Williams’ poetry book.

 

Dust

There is a sadness so deep

the sun seems black

and you don’t have to try to keep

the tears back

 

because you couldn’t cry

if you wanted [...]

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Occult Orientated Crime “Japanese Trains” Video Review

by Angela ShafferApril 28, 2016
“Japanese Trains” by Occult Orientated Crime from Just a Clown on Crack:

 

1.  Video Review:

Computer animated, SIM-like people meander onto the train for a scenic view of a city-scape. Complete with Japanese messages (unbeknownst in meaning to American eyes), video components illustrate the electronic, industrial-mix track “Japanese Trains.” Elegantly gliding through tunnels of perspective, Occult Orientated Crime delivers a visually stimulating video component to their soothing synth style.

Dekmantel Records quoted Danny Wolfers – a.k.a. Legowelt’s ambient project Occult Orientated Crime – who said: “… it’s the music itself that gives it a distinctive sound: the way the music was composed, the notes and the sound palette. I haven’t used any sharp sounds for example, but everything is very round so your brains will soak it up as something smooth” (Dekmantel). Mike Reid said, “ … even though the name of the album might suggest a hyperactive variation on carnival music, Wolfers explicitly alludes to something focused and generally chaos-free” (TinyMixTapes). Click HERE to read Reid’s full article.

2. Album Tracklist:

Click HERE to pre-view tracks from Just a Clown on Crack on Dekmantel Records.

A1. Bridge Over A Golden Duckpond A2. Japanese Trains A3. Telepatic Consultation B1. Blue Austral B2. Central Coast Drifter B3. Just A Clown On Crack

3.  Album Release:

The first ever physical release from Wolfers, Just a [...]

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Interview: The Phryg

by Myles HuntApril 27, 2016

Discovering new music is always a very distinct and pleasurable feeling. Whether the artist is well known or not simply does not matter at all. What matters is that their music has entered the ear waves of yet another active listener. Early this week, the progressive funk band, The Phryg, gained some interest thanks to their groovy tune, Hello Miss, which will be released from their upcoming self-titled album set to be unveiled in July. To learn more about these guys, Collin Patierno, Bryan Walters, Mike Kirchhofer and Chris Plietz took some time to elaborate more on their musical career to date.

Music has always been their go to livelihood. “We are musicians and this is our bread and butter. Besides, we have way too much fun playing music and we’d like to keep it that way.” They will have no problem doing that.

The Phryg went on to explain a bit on their most prestigious work. “Our new album is by far our favorite project to date. The quality of the compositions backed by the state of the art recording and production is a fantastic combination that we are very proud of. This album will define us.” If the music is anywhere as wonderful as Hello Miss, listeners everywhere are going to enjoy a real treat this summer.

As musicians, their work takes them all over the place. The Phryg gave some insight on their memorable performances. “Any time we play with a great lineup of bands it’s an ideal performance. Festivals are great for this reason, [...]

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Midnight Machines by LIGHTS Video and Review

by Angela ShafferApril 27, 2016
Midnight Machines by Lights Midnight Machines by Lights on iTunes

Preview, buy, and download songs from the album Midnight Machines, including “Up We Go,” “Same Sea,” “Follow You Down,” and many more. Buy the album for $7.99. Songs start at $1.29.

 

1.  Album Review:

iTunes editors’ wrote: “Midnight Machines is more than just an acoustic retelling of 2014’s Little Machines. With the instruments stripped way back, Lights’ vocals are more emotion-packed and confidently honest than they’ve ever sounded.” By going acoustic, Lights expression becomes “direct, tender, and vulnerable” (iTunes). Stripped of electronic confusion, Lights’ vocals and soul shine through – revealing dualistic qualities dependent on instrumentation. In this way, absence creates space and allows for the powerful song to ring out true. Robin Murray described Midnight Machines as Little Machines turned on its head – also add inside out and backwards. The instrumentation takes Lights’ tracks to new levels unimagined in pop-rock alone. Murry quoted Lights’ leading lady who said, “I worked with a string section and my band to create this ultra vibey, late night version” (Clash). The approach creates a new experience, an evolved and completely separate album. Brendon Veevers said, “Re-imagining her pop gems in a folk, acoustic setting may not be new territory for Lights … with each song transforming so radically in the process, the [once [...]

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R&B Sensation: Dawn Richards New Track

by Angela ShafferApril 27, 2016
“Honest” by Dawn Richard (produced by Kingdom): 1.  Track Review:

Dawn’s latest track, “Honest,” confronts the difficulty of relationships in that honesty is the best – although often ignored – policy. Lyrics say: ““Loving you is like smoking spliff/ It’s a temporary high laced with side effects/ I’d rather be honest.” Dawn’s tone indicates that the side effects more than likely outweigh the momentary high. Wise words from an authentic individual: Dawn uses music to spread the implication that a person should want honesty in life. And to attain an honest character, one must first be honest with the self – it may be time to cut the side effects and continue alone, complete with an honest nature. Robin Murray said, “Fusing the chrome-plated futurism that Kingdom & Co. call their own with her own provocative R&B, [‘Honest’] fuses club-glamour with an almost jungle sense of velocity” (Clash). James Rettig said, “This track has been teased in various forms for at least a year, but it’s finally here in full and it’s pretty great, which is to be expected from the same artist who put out the next-level Blackheart last year” (Stereogum).

2.  YouTube Live 360:

3.  Tour Dates:

Click HERE to purchase tix to see Dawn on her limited 2016 schedule.

 

15 June 2016, XOYO, London, UK

19 June 2016, w/ Dawn and DORJ, Kantine am Berghain, Berlin, [...]

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