Indie Music Where Real Music Lives <![CDATA[Music Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3]]> Fri, 6 Jan 2012 01:53:32 +0000 <![CDATA[ Full Moon Express "Memories of the Past" CD Makes Local Appearance after 15 years]]> set of bluegrass music in a coffee house setting to help with a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute celebrating roots music.
The band was well received as well as the other acts that performed that day. Full Moon Express released a CD a few years ago entitled “Memories of the Past”.  The Full Moon Express plays a progressive style of bluegrass music that had some notoriety back in the 70’s. Bands like Hot Rize and  New Grass Revival took bluegrass to a different level than the traditional sound of bluegrass of the Dillard's and Flat & Scruggs style.

The CD is a simple recording of the band rehearsing for an upcoming performance. Standing around two Shure micro-phones the band recorded this collection of songs with a simple stereo reel to reel tape player.
Popular tunes on the CD that makes this a progressive bluegrass album are, Mid-Night Rider, I’ve Just Seen a Face and You Ain’t going No Where.
On the more traditional side of bluegrass, The Old Home Place and Ebo Walker made the cut for the CD.
The CD is worth checking out and adding to your bluegrass collection. Availabe at as a CD or in download format.]]> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 23:08:15 +0000
<![CDATA[Mumford & Sons 'Sigh No More' Quick Tip by lyssachttr]]> Tue, 19 Oct 2010 18:40:59 +0000 <![CDATA[!!! (band) Quick Tip by theKENnection]]> Thu, 19 Aug 2010 20:50:41 +0000 <![CDATA[The Dead Girls Quick Tip by KitEck]]> Fri, 9 Jul 2010 05:09:07 +0000 <![CDATA[ JAY-Z is looking for Indie Music!!! Check out ECHO and DRAKE]]>   In the sea of demos I swim in daily I must say there are many times I think hope for an original act that features actual musicians and talent,may be a lost concept.This realization has been known to drive me to drink. In my efforts to intoxicate the songs playing in my head I witnessed,what I consider to be an indie miracle. Catching the final hour of a live show by the indie alternative band ECHO and DRAKE. I was immediately starry eyed,mouth dropped open,tingles and everything. Every member of this band dominates their instrument , lead singer Jon Ericson included.The lyrics were smart and original and the compositions were innovative and intelligent.

  The music owned the crowd.Seemed to have a hypnotic grasp on the audience.I was stopped in my tracks, totally engulfed in the performance.For the record, I have paid hundreds of dollars to see a band that made me marvel this way at the power of music.What struck me the most is that when I approached the band they all seemed humble and seemingly unaware that they are "One" and not one of many.This inspired me and forced me then to obsessively Google the music and saturate myself with it .Listening to their demo infrantically.Luckily their album is set to release in the fall. I have high hopes for these fellas,any band that can give good live show like they give good live show has got my full attention.

Jay-Z, I hear you have been swimming in indie music looking for the next big talent.This is it !!

Check them out at


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<![CDATA[Daytrotter Quick Tip by dbranan13]]> Tue, 8 Jun 2010 02:28:11 +0000 <![CDATA[Indie Classics on my Permanent Playlist]]> Thu, 3 Jun 2010 08:05:22 +0000 <![CDATA[xx (album) Quick Tip by theKENnection]]> Thu, 3 Jun 2010 07:40:54 +0000 <![CDATA[Kate Miller Heidke Quick Tip by Indiejustice101]]> Fri, 19 Mar 2010 15:37:47 +0000 <![CDATA[Indie music Quick Tip by Indiejustice101]]> Fri, 19 Mar 2010 15:27:02 +0000 <![CDATA[The Shape of Things Quick Tip by Indiejustice101]]> Tue, 16 Mar 2010 17:39:04 +0000 <![CDATA[Grey Is Old Quick Tip by Indiejustice101]]> Tue, 16 Mar 2010 17:14:04 +0000 <![CDATA[ Dark Dark Darks New Release BRIGHT BRIGHT BRIGHT]]>
On March 9, Dark Dark Dark released their six-song EP Bright Bright Bright on Supply and Demand Music.Track after track I found myself pleasantly surprised by the sophistication and freedom of the music."Something for me", is a soul cry I have never heard before.A proclaimation of swirling sound and vibration that is only matched by the lyrics that beg you to listen,to understand and to comply.The sheer genious and inventiveness of the arrangements are sure to impress and delight you.

Nona's voice is a language that you only speak inside you,and it is the only language you have ever spoken the truth in.Pianos and violins conversate with her, jazz sneak in, passion runs wild.The experimental sound goes from a slow tap to reminicent pound.The sound takes you to a new time,that feels like now.With songs that steal you away and take you to the carnival and back.Dark Dark Dark envelopes you completely and holds you inside a spinning fun house of sounds and feelings.Dark,yes,but some of the most magnificent combinations of sounds and lyrics I have ever heard.This is authenicity personified.Dark Dark Dark's Bright Bright Bright proves that even in the darkest chambers of your heart,there is enough light to find your way.

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<![CDATA[ Relaxing]]> Thu, 11 Mar 2010 20:42:07 +0000 <![CDATA[Keith Masters Quick Tip by Nikki_B]]> Thu, 11 Mar 2010 20:34:05 +0000 <![CDATA[Holly Miranda Quick Tip by Indiejustice101]]> Thu, 11 Mar 2010 20:23:38 +0000 <![CDATA[ Fun!]]> Thu, 11 Mar 2010 20:04:42 +0000 <![CDATA[Grey Is Old Quick Tip by mikewilson]]> Thu, 11 Mar 2010 19:57:11 +0000 <![CDATA[ Simply Beautiful]]> I love this girl right here! She knows how to pull you in and not let go. The song 'Waves' is such a breathtaking of those songs you could light a candle to, and just lay on a bed, thinking.

She slightly reminds me of a Fiona Apple, with her sultry, jazzy voice.

I listened to the studio version and completely was in aw, however, this live version??? Wow! Flawless. Simply beautiful.

She has got to be one of the most talented Indie artists out here, and hope to see her go far in this business.]]> Thu, 11 Mar 2010 12:52:43 +0000
<![CDATA[ Music Tells, Music Heals, Music Connects... Music MOVES]]>

The why of music is a bit more complicated and is something I'd like to explore, not for the sake of mankind but for my own development, I guess. Music has always been something that I respond to subconsciously. Either I like this piece of music or I don't. Either I respond well to this artist's voice or I don't. Either I am uplifted by a musician's work or I'm not. It's like a knee-jerk reaction, on the music and the response follows. The emotional response is instantaneous. That's how it's been for me. If a piece of music doesn't sound good to me, it'll probably not sound good no matter how long I tried listening to it. 

But wait, let's not dwell on what doesn't sound good or what's not right in life. What about those that sounds good? What about those that brings out strong emotional response? What about those music like those of Secret Garden or Omar Akram which gets in touch with the soul? I don't know about you, but I do at times feel (yes, I can feel or draws out) the soul within. It's like you feel your heart beating after a hike or scare. Getting in touch with yourself, that's what I feel Music does for me. It's also what many movies do best; a great musical score brings out the best in a movie and let the audience go home feeling they connected with the movie. Have you ever respond to a singer voice so much so you feel misty after listening to him/her? There you have it, that connection.  Life is so great being moved that way!

I've a great many appreciation for music from all over the world; classical, pop, opera, operatic pop, new age, rock & roll, jazz, etc. Sometimes, the connection is real. Sometimes it is superficial. Still, there is some form of connections. At best, it is spiritual. At worst, it is simply noise. Simply put, music tells. It tells you about yourself, your outer world, your inner world and your response to them. A life without music is a life without balance; the balance of your internal & outer world. I believe music connects us to our inside, what we know exist but cannot touch or get in touch with without a conscious effort. Music at times take away that effort and easily connects us to our heart & soul. Isn't that great?! Thank you for the music!

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<![CDATA[ Vinyl, Lovely Vinyl, Beautiful Pressing]]>
Listen to the previews, download the MP3's, then go and buy this on vinyl. The sound quality and difference is remarkable. Everything is just warmer, and clearer than on CD.

The pressing is on heavy thick vinyl that never existed back in the day (even audiophile recordings in the vinyl heyday were never on vinyl this heavy). Frankly, vinyl never sounded this good. When that was the only format, there were tons of manufacturing shortcuts taken. The audio gear and speakers were nowhere as good as they are today. My Yamaha receiver has the best sounding preamp for phono input. Nothing I ever listened to before was this good.

Just enjoy the whole vinyl experience on a really great album.]]> Sat, 31 Jan 2009 12:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[ Thin rainbows]]> Kid A," and their most organic recording since "OK Computer" in 1997, or maybe even since "The Bends." It's remarkably taut, losing some steam toward the end ("Faust Arp" is a dud and "Reckoner" stumbles a bit), but tightening up again with its strongest song, "Jigsaw Falling Into Place," the best breakup song in a long time. Yorke calls this his version of "seduction songs"; they do sound rather seductive, particularly the sensationally dark "All I Need," but they're about as emotionally warm as an iPod. Then again, the same could be said for the spiritually-distant "romance"(sex) Yorke is singing about. Less cold: "Bodysnatchers," a confused high-voltage anthem for twenty-first century society, and "Weird Fishes," in which Yorke gets eaten by the worms and sounds kind of happy about it.]]> Fri, 30 Jan 2009 12:00:00 +0000 <![CDATA[ Radiohead's In Rainbows: It's All I Need]]> Pros: Thom Yorke is a genius, incredibly amazing lyrics and music, basically everything...

Cons: ...are you kidding me?!

The Bottom Line: In Rainbows is easily the best album that was released in 2007, and the best album I've bought in a long time.

Radiohead is one of many bands that I’ve heard mentioned numerous times over the years, but have always sort of ignored. Sure, I could sing along with the chorus to Creep, and I was even familiar with songs like High & Dry and Kid A thanks to remakes by Jamie Cullum and John Mayer. But I had always disregarded Radiohead as being another terribly overrated band; there was simply no way that they could be nearly as good as all their rabid fans claimed.

When my friend insisted upon me borrowing a couple of Radiohead CDs, I took them wearily, but popped in the band’s latest disc, In Rainbows, for some background music while I read one afternoon (I’ve recently fallen in love with Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series- but that’s another review.). Soon I was paying less attention to the book and more attention the music. It was almost if my ears were playing a trick on me- I was listening to a Radiohead CD, and it really was as good as everyone said it was! My prejudice (like most prejudices) turned out to be completely wrong.

Radiohead was known in the 90's for their grunge/rock sound, but their musical direction now is more experimental/indie rock, which happens to work extremely well. This is all demonstrated perfectly on the album’s opener, 15 Steps. The song begins loudly with drums and scratching effects before introducing lead singer, Thom Yorke’s distinctive vocals. Yorke’s range seems to be pretty far reaching, but for this song, he stays mostly in his upper register calling to mind Chris Martin (and I’ll try not to make any more Coldplay/Radiohead comparisons, as I know a lot of Radiohead fans have issues with Coldplay fans. Yes, I’ll agree that Radiohead did the sound first, but I’m not going to argue about who does it better). Lyrically the song is a bit imaginative and doesn’t tell one particular story, but each line is still extremely well-written and relevant (“How come I end up where I started//How come I end up where I went wrong /Won't take my eyes off the ball again/You reel me out then you cut the string”)

Next up is Bodysnatchers the only song on the album that I don’t absolutely love. However, that’s mostly due to my own personal preferences- the song is still a good one and one of the more lively tracks on the album. It’s probably the most mainstream song on the disc, and the memorable chorus (“I have no idea what I am talking about/I am trapped in this body and can't get out”) made this song an ideal choice for a single (it was the first released from the album). I will say that one of my favorite lyrics on the album comes during this song (“I have no idea what you are talking about/Your mouth moves only with someone's hand up your a--”) and that makes me like the track a bit more.

Perhaps my problem with Bodysnatchers is simply that it precedes my favorite song on the album, Nude, and simply pales in comparison. Nude starts off innocently enough with the sound of Yorke quietly harmonizing before the bass line and drums are added in. The harmonies at the beginning of the song are beautiful in an almost eerie sort of way, which is the best way to describe the entire song. The opening lyrics immediately grabbed me (“Don't get any big ideas/they're not gonna happen”), and the rest of the lyrics throughout the song paint a perfect picture of lust and regret (“Now that you've found it, it's gone/Now that you feel it, you don't/You've gone off the rail/...You'll go to hell for what your dirty mind is thinking”). But it’s not just the lyrics- the music in this song, the melody, Yorke’s vocals- are all simply breathtaking. The guitar paired with Yorke’s falsetto give the song an angelic, euphoric feeling, while the plodding bass line and piano (band member Jonny Greenwood) create a mysterious/foreboding vibe. The combination is flawless and works quite perfectly with the lyrics. Simply put, this song is genius and in the two weeks that I’ve been listening to this album, I’ve replayed this song nearly 60 times.

Weird Fishes/Arpeggi is another of my favorites on the album. It begins like most of the songs on the disc- guitar and drums creating a melodious tune before introducing Yorke’s vocals. The opening guitar chords on this song are my favorite, but the entire song is filled with great musical moments (particularly towards the end, when the drums and guitar create a lovely arpeggio). The lyrics are again vague and don’t really link up to any straight story, but, as seems to be the trend with Radiohead’s lyrics, still hold plenty of thoughtful moments (“I'd be crazy not to follow/Follow where you lead /Your eyes/They turn me/...Everybody leaves/If they get the chance/And this is my chance”). Meanwhile, All I Need brings the tempo down a notch, and begins in a more subdued fashion compared to some of the other songs on the album. A thudding bass line opens the track before later adding in more guitar, piano, synthesizers and even white noise (which Greenwood created in the studio by having every string section play every note of the scale). Though the song is another hit musically, it’s the lyrics that I find most appealing. This time around, the song tells a cohesive story of a complex and complicated relationship. The topic is a cliched one, but the lyrics are incredibly original and almost abstract (“I'm an animal/trapped in your hot car /...I am a moth/who just wants to share your light/I'm just an insect/trying to get out of the night) , but are still presented in a way that’s incredibly relatable (“I only stick with you because there are no others/You are all I need/...It's all wrong/ It's all right”)

My second favorite on the album is Faust Arp, a ballad with a lovely string section. The song begins with Yorke singing the lyrics incredibly fast, and the lines flow almost like a stream of thoughts. Musically, the song is stripped down to just acoustic guitar (which sounds amazing), and other string instruments (the violin is equally pretty), and of course, Yorke’s expressive vocals. Lyrically, the song is a bit harder to pin down- I’ve seen numerous debates of the songs meanings (particularly on; anything from suicide, mythology (due to the Faust reference), a relationship, drug usage, sex, and mental illness have all been suggested. While I personally think the song is about drug use (“Wakey wakey/rise and shine/it's on again, off again, on again/watch me fall like dominos/....I'm tingling, tingling, tingling/it's what you feel now/what you ought to, what you ought to/reasonable and sensible/dead from the neck up/because I'm stuffed, stuffed, stuffed”), it really doesn’t matter- the lyrics are incredibly well-written, and the fact that they spur such strong debate and discussion is a good testament to Yorke’s songwriting ability.

Reckoner brings the album back up in tempo- starting loudly with heavy percussion and guitar. Yorke returns to singing in falsetto, and his vocals sound pretty and fragile along the rough melody. The result is another musically stunning song, particularly during the bridge, where most of the instrumentation subsides momentarily to highlight Yorke’s harmonies. The addition of a tambourine during most of the verses also give the song a sort of mid-eastern/tribal feel. House Of Cards is again, a simple love song on the surface, but a glance at the lyrics reveal something much more complex- and something I think everyone has felt in terms of relationships (“I don't want to be your friend/I just want to be your lover/No matter how it ends/No matter how it starts/Forget about your house of cards/And I'll do mine”). The song is also stripped of most production, resulting in a slow-paced acoustic rock sound, that surprisingly works well placed amongst the other songs on the album. Jigsaw Falling Into Place is the only song on the album that I didn’t immediately notice- in fact, it took repeated listens for me to even remember the song. Despite the song’s initial lack of presence, it’s still a fantastic song on the disc. The opening acoustic guitar calls to mind Faust Arp, but the guitar and percussion pick up towards the first verse. The lyrics create a wonderful story, and are the most narrative on the album (“Just as you take my hand/Just as you write my number down/Just as the drinks arrive/...A Jigsaw falling into place/So there is nothing to explain/You eye each other as you pass/She looks back and you look back/Not just once and not just twice”). Yorke sings the lyrics with the proper amount of emotion and conviction and the song is yet another that I love.

The album comes to a close with Videotape which is one of the best songs I’ve heard in years. It begins with a simplistic few chords being played on the piano before adding in Yorke’s vocals. His delivery is appropriately heartbreaking given the song’s lyrical content, which I’ve taken to be about someone contemplating death (“When I'm at the pearly gates/This will be on my videotape, my videotape. is my way of saying goodbye/Because I can't do it face to face”). The song continues on quietly until the chorus, when a drum loop is added in, as well as the sound of Yorke harmonizing again. The drumming in this song is exquisite; sounding at times like the noise a train makes when it’s slowing down on its track (which fits in perfectly with the lyrical content in this song). The ending lines of this song almost always bring me to tears (“No matter what happens now/You shouldn't be afraid/Because I know today has been the most perfect day I've ever seen.”), and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Thom Yorke is one of the most brilliant songwriters/musicians I’ve ever had the pleasure of being exposed to.

In Rainbows has quickly placed itself as one of my favorite albums now. I’ve honestly listened to each of the songs nearly 40 times since I first started listening to the album a few weeks ago, and that’s just my iTunes counts (I’ve also made my friends listen to it when I’m riding in their cars, and whenever I’m just hanging out around the house I pop the disc in). Though the overall tone of the album can get a bit heavy at times, the music and lyrics are just too perfect for me to not listen to the disc repeatedly. My experience with this album has lead me buy all of Radiohead’s previous work, and (much like my “journey” with Ben Folds Five) I’m preparing myself to enjoy each and every entry on their discography.


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