Yes, the band who gave us “Something About You”, “Rock’N'Roll Band” and of course “Amanda” have created a Christmas song that is sure to delight many, while others will say “damn, don’t these guys know how to quit?” If you’re guitarist Tom Scholtz, why quit when you can still make some damn good music? The band take “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and turn it into “God Rest Ye Metal Gentlemen 2013″, which of course means it is metallized, with help from Kimberley Dahme, Gary Pihl, and Tom Hambridge. Solid.
A new song by Jazzyfatnastees has been uploaded by the ladies, and this one is complimented by the presence of rapper Jean Grae. It can’t be anything but good and if you say “how about better?”, then I’ve made my point.
When it comes to favorite songs, I don’t look for something that is hit-savvy. I just want a song that moves me. It can move me as if it is a single, or have it be a deep cut on an album, EP, or some mix someone made and I want to focus on just that segment. It doesn’t matter what genre these songs are because again, all music moves me. Even if it’s something I don’t like, it moved me to hate. These two songs I do not hate at all and for some reason, the moment I first heard them, I knew they would become my picks for favorite songs of the year. Out of the hundreds… no, out of the thousands of different songs I heard, these two reigned supreme like an episode of the original Iron Chef and 2013 would have suffered just a small bit without them. In no particular order:
Spree Wilson featuring GoDreamer’s “All I Need“
For those who are looking at the envelope on teh cover, hoping to find J-Live’s real address, stop. The only thing you’ll find is the title of his forthcoming album, which will be Around The Sun, and it’s due out in the spring. What you will be able to find out, or at least listen to, is a song from said project, called “Money Matters”. It could either address issues of money, or that in this day and age, and perhaps during any time in history, currency is important. Perhaps J-Live covers why that may be. What does matter is that you take a listen, check to see and hear if you like the song. It would benefit everyone involved.
Purpose hooked up with Paranorm for a recording, we know this as fact.
Purpose produced the song.
The song is called “Microphone Phenomenal” and are things phenomenal? Listen and find out if it’s fact… or at least something that makes you want to hear more.
That more can be heard on their album, Life Outside The Frame, which means to think, listen, and do things in your life that is outside of the box, outside of the norm, outside of an established comfort zone. You may find more comfort there.
They’d thank you for your support.
“Al Roka” is not the latest slang to describe an Almond Roca and while it could be one way of talking about weatherman Al Roker, that might lead to some kind of lawsuit. MH The Verb does not care about things like this, but what he does care about is making some good music. He attempts and succeeds with his song produced by LongArms, and one wonders how the song would sound if produced by ShortArms or StubbyKnees. Uncertain at this time but at the time, you can listen to “Al Roka” now. The Balloon Guide is the name of MH The Verb’s forthcoming project.
Blues music has its lovers and naysayers, some preferring for it to being close to its roots while others enjoying a bit of exploration. For guitarist Norine Braun, exploration is part of her daily ritual but not without a few bumps and bruises along the way, but that is a part of life, isn’t it? Bringing life into the music is what Braun enjoys doing, and it’s what she does on her latest project, Conventus The Eye Of The Heart.
You might not think of Vancouver, British Columbia as a place where the blues lives and breathes, but some of the best music of the last 25 years calls Vancouver home, some of it with its shares of blues. Fortunately for Braun, there have been a number of “up” moments in her path, including gaining a nomination for Best Country/Jazz/Blues/AC song for the 2013 RightoutTV Music and Video Awards, Female Singer-Songwriter of the year in the jazz category for an independent music awards in Los Angeles, and crafting a path for herself in music festivals throughout North America. The style of blues she plays on “Conventus The Eye Of The Heart” is not just true to the music’s origins, but also embraces elements of rock, funk, soul, and even hits of folk. One can say that her style of music is simply about being honest and allowing that to shine throughout.
The honesty comes through in songs that touch on the passing of someone in her family, going through a personal illness, and dealing with the epiphany of the benefits of a brighter outlook in life and what that will mean to Braun in the future. You might want to call her someone who touches on the same things Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Etheridge, Erykah Badu, Brittany Howard, and Amy Hanaiali’i, and while the comparisons are welcome, she is very much someone who embraces her influences while having a desire to push forward on her own terms. As some have said, there is an eclectic side to the emotional and heartfelt aspects of her music, but what may be perceived as an imbalance results in beautiful harmony, which is what everyone should inspire in having in their lives. It is what Braun inspired to created songs like “No More Reprise”, “Take The Sleek Train”, “The Perfect Love Affair” and the fantastic album closer, “Conventus”. Hearing these songs will make you want to enjoy that journey with Braun while feeling pain, joy, sorrow, and hope, all which lead towards the moral of not just the story, but stories. Braun’s music are open books for the whole world to read, and those pages await to be heard.
Conventus The Eye Of The Heart is Braun’s ninth album and can be streamed and purchased below via Bandcamp.
If you’re outside, you may have the motivation to dance. Well, maybe not in some of the cold weather some of us in the northern hemisphere are going through but maybe the freezing temperatures will drive you to find a way to warm up. Here’s one possible way to do it: “Dance Until Three”, the latest video from Hey Anna. Groove with them at home or at the workplace.