REVIEW: THEESatisfaction’s “EarthEE”

THEESatisfaction photo THEESatisfaction_cover_zpsrhprhr1l.jpg As someone who has followed Sub Pop Records for almost 30 years, it’s surprising and perhaps a bit of a shock that they have released something as soulful, moving, and powerful as THEESatisfaction and their album EarthEE but I’m glad they have done so. You might call this natural soul, neo-soul, earthy soul but personally, I simply want to call this soul that is able to branch out and find new things. The first person I am reminded of when I hear the voices of Stasia “Stas” Irons and singer Catherine “Cat” Harris-White is Georgia Anne Muldrow, as they’re all able to sing beautifully and with sensuality, then throw out dope rhymes without a fear of holding back words. They can be poetic in a romantic sense, then touch into the earth or the streets and tell you directly what they feel. You can also say this is along the lines of folks like Erykah Badu or Jill Scott but also with a slight OFWGKTA tendency, which means if they wanted to step out of the boundaries you expect them to remain in, they will do so. When you hear them rap in “Blandland”, you may immediately say “this would sound nice with Ladybug Mecca” and while she doesn’t show up, who does show up is fellow Digable Planets member Ishmael Butler, which is a chance for THEESatisfaction to extend their Seattle connection and show that family can be family when there is a sense of commonality. Me’Shell NdegeOcello finds her way nicely in “WerQ” and even with every cameo appearance the album features, it is still distinctively the sound of THEESatisfaction, and the song they’re creating/defining for themselves is enough to make people want to hang around for future endeavors.

REVIEW: No Spill Blood’s “Heavy Electricity”

No Spill Blood photo NoSpillBlood_cover_zpshhynwrjc.jpg Heavy Electricity (Sargent House) by Ireland’s No Spill Blood is proof that a band can still make angry music without sounding as if they’re trying to cater (too much) to anyone but themselves. In other words, the rage they play in their music sounds as if they’re giving each other last messages in case one of them dies, as if they’re saying “I want you to pass this to a loved one, I do so with confidence.” A lot of the riffs could be considered metallesque with sounds and rhythm sequences bordering on electronic mayhem, if not on the industrial side. Now mix that with punk or speed metal and it sounds like the perfect blend to down with the ship together and you feel the glory of the misery. “Harsh Route” even has some synth parts that sounds like something from a Foreigner, Styx Black Sabbath song, bright and moist but never out of place, especially when they morph that into something much uglier. The lyrics and and should be appreciated for those who may not be able to deal with the every day issues of simply living but there is always a small hint of brightness on the other side, if you’re willing to give it a listen.

(Heavy Electricity will be released on March 10th.)

REVIEW: Allman Brothers Band’s “A&R Studios, Live In New York On 26th August 1971″

Allman Brothers Band photo AllmanBros_cover_zps9cc9cony.jpg A&R Studios: Live In New York On 26th August 1971 (Autarc Media) is a recording the Allman Brothers Band did two months before the death of guitarist Duane Allman and while this may not have the sane vibe or zest as the Live At Fillmore East album, there is more than enough juice in this baby to keep people satisfied. All the goods are here, from “Statesboro Blues”, “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed”, “You Don’t Love Me”, “Trouble No More”, and “Done Somebody Wrong” among many more, and what is nice about this one, like with any Allman Brothers Band live show, is to hear the different variations between everything from the solos to Gregg Allman’s singing to the drumming and the overall vibe. The session here is a bit eased up, more laid back but still retaining the same energy they were becoming known for in 1971. A very fine listen. The show has been released a number of times so if you haven’t heard it yet, pick it up.

REVIEW: Black Star Riders’ “The Killer Instinct”

Black Star Riders photo BlackStarRiders_cover_zpsbf0rf3ft.jpg The Killer Instinct is a hard rock and heavy metal album by Black Star Riders for those who like their style of music on the classic side. I guess for me, there’s nothing wrong with liking something that sounds as if it came from the days of my youth but do you want to stay in ones memories forever or do you want to find a way to bring yourself to modern times? My point is that as strong as their musicianship is, I found myself getting bored by the third song, as if every cliche was being done in front of my face without anyone ever throwing something new. I wanted just a hint of… something just so I would know there’s something else but they have nothing else, at least not here. I understand what they’re doing and it works, but give me something just so I know there is more, or at least make me want more for the next round. I found this to be a bore.

VIDEO: Hustle And Drone’s “Bhikshu (Live at PDX Pop Now! 2014)”

While this year’s PDX Pop Now festival in Oregon is only five months ago, the guys in Hustle And Drone have shared a live performance from last year’s festival’. Check out what they did with “Bhikshu” and why they are one of the upcoming electronic pop groups to watch for.

If you happen to be a Portland-based artist who would like a chance to perform at this year’s PDX Pop Now!, head here for details.

SOME STUFFS: Alright ready to release new 7″ EP and do a week of shows

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They are Alright, and not just a way to say this group is alright, that’s their name and they’re from Charlotte, North Carolina. Featuring current and former members of It Looks Sad and Late Bloomer, they will be releasing an EP this spring through the Negative Fun and Self Aware labels, a split effort that is to insure people will hear it and enjoy the good music found on it. On vinyl, the EP will be released as a 7″ while digital will be, of course, digital. You can pre-order it from both Negative Fun or Self Aware, take your pick. If you want to know waht they sound like, have a listen to a tune from it called “Mixed Signals”, which will hopefully be direct to you. You have to head to to hear it.

They’ll take a week in March to do some shows during the second half of the month as a way to greet the much-desired spring. They’ll be doing shows with a number of other great bands, so show up early.
March 20… Charlotte, NC (Snug Harbor) ®
March 21… Raleigh, NC (Slims) ¥
March 22… Richmond, VA (Bandito’s) £
March 23… Oaklyn, NJ (Studio Lu Loo) Ƅ
March 24… Bethpage, NY (Mr. Beery’s) ȸ
March 25… Boston, MA (O’Briens) ʯ
March 26… Providence, RI (Aurora) Җ
March 27… Philadelphia, PA (KFN Upstairs) Պ
March 28… Washington, DC (TBA) ֆ

® = w/ Mineral Girls
¥ = w/ See Gulls
£ = w/ Sea Of Storms
Ƅ = w/ Extract, Goddamnit
ȸ = w/ Greensleep, Troubled Hearts
ʯ = w/ New Legs, Drug Dogs
Җ = w/ Twin Foxes, Laika’s Orbit
Պ = w/ Dogs On Acid
ֆ = w/ Witch Coast, Big Hush

SOME STUFFS: Drew Miller releases two brand new albums

You may not know Colorado musician Drew Miller just yet but if you’ve been keeping track of my website for the las few year years, you have seen projects by The Northern Hemisphere, Aywazlawst, Brother Saturn, and Chromadrift. Two new albums have been released, thsi time by The Northern Hemisphere and Chromadrift.

The album by The Northern Hemisphere is called We Were Stranded On An Island and while I like it when he releases EP’s every few months, the album experience is much more exciting. Have a listen.

For his album as Chromadrift, check out Another Cold Universe. Listen to them as you want, you may hear some kind of continuity between all of them, or you may hear them individually as their own masterpieces, or just listen for the sake of experiencing new sounds from the man. CHeck out Another Cold Universe below.

Both albums are available for free but if you are really into what Miller offers, show some support or maybe even better, if you’re a movie or video director and want to collaborate with him for a future project, get in contact with him, he’s on both Twitter and Facebook.

VIDEO: Action Bronson’s “Actin’ Crazy”

The man is acting crazy, enough to where Action Bronson said “YOU KNOW WHAT YOU GOD DAMN FAKA? I WANT TO LET THE WORLD KNOW I AM ONE OF THE CRAZIEST SHAKAMS IN MY MACKAFRAMALAM” and he did by writing and recording “Actin’ Crazy”, a song that is on his new album Mr. Wonderful. You can see it above, not below because I didn’t place anything there. The album will be out on the 24th of March.

SOME STUFFS: Autumn Rowe releases new remix EP

She was nominated for a Grammy and now Autumn Rowe has a new release out. This is for If I Don’t Have You – The Remixes, where you have the original plus the remixes for it. The bassline sounds a bit like one of the bass synth lines in The Police’s “De Do Do Do De Da Da Da” but then it gets sparkly. You can download it by heading to Beatport.