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SRL Networks Adult Contemporary Compilation featuring songs by Christina Custode.
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SRL Networks Adult Contemporary Compilation featuring songs by Christina Custode.
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Skalle drops Contrasistema
Skalle – Contrasistema (2012)
Overall Rating: 8/10
Skalle is a 2 member band from Souuth of the border (Montery Mexico) Elctro-Fusion band that just released the debut CD Contrasistema. This is one release that certainly doesn’t disappoint. This is one artist that brings to the table effective songwriting via a very original sounding musical delivery. This meshed with a one in a million Electronic-Fusion-Rock sound makes for a very effective combination. “Contrasistema” even touches on Psychedelic-Pop of the 1970’s almost as if you’re listening to a 2 or 3 different bands. Trust me when I say this duo can play a wide range of musical styles and genera’s. All songs are wonderfully simple but masterful in their overall arrangements. Some of the production touches remind me of Power–Pop bands. This CD is quite entertaining overall with an amazing amount of passion and musical unpredictability. You never know what’s waiting for you around the next corer. The overall score and writing abilities of David Adrian and Carlos X are very appealing via well-crafted pieces, top tiered sampling, effects, and drum performances that may make your head spin. The overall production value is very in your face and thrashes the musical envelope. Favorite pieces are ‘Sleepwalker” and “Lights, Beat, Dance.” But there’s plenty of mystery and mind blowing moments to go around on “Contrasistema” which gives these guys an amazing feel in his attempt to connect with a cult fanbase down in Mexico or here in the US. “Contrasistema by Skalle is a cutting edge production. Skalle have effectively proven themselves with this latest release. All 2 members especially Adrian are clearly capable songwriters, artists and composers.
I must admit “Contrasistema” made it from my home stereo to my car stereo which is where it is now. All pieces stuck with me melodically long after the experience was over usually indicates he is something special about the artist or band in question.
by Drew Blackwell edited by Mindy McCall
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Barton – Falling Out CD review
Ken Barton (BARTON) drops new CD (Falling Out)
Overall Rating: 4/5
Meet Barton – www.facebook.com/kenneth.barton.52
I always listen to the opening track extremely carefully. It’s the opening track the band or artists has selected to hit your ears first and foremost. The opening track “I didn’t Know” sets the stage rather well for this CD. It was a great intro piece that stuck in my head and had me eager for what was ahead. All in all the whole CD is brilliantly delivered with a powerful Punk Rock, guitar driven texture with songs that at times can bite you and hit you hard with serious melodic staying power. Music will remind you of Live, The Byrds, The Minus 5, to Pearl Jam and Beck. His bio describes it best: Portland, Oregon resident Kenneth Barton is obsessed with playing guitar. It began way back in 1976 when some of his schoolmates performed Three Dog Night’s Joy to The World for his 6th grade class. His Mom responded by renting him an acoustic guitar and by the time he’d completed high school he’d become nearly inseparable from his Gibson Les Paul. Barton was a bit of renaissance guy in that a number of other passions would interfere with his guitar habit as his life moved along. Barton is most well known as the guitar player and primary songwriter for the 1990’s bands Suntribe and Petal, but since 2001 he’s been largely absent from the music scene. Barton represents a fresh new voice in modern punk and present a strong message that’s aggressive, upbeat and highly melodic. “Falling Out” presents a very loud, youthful and at times even in your face sound. Each piece is real, not so overly- corporate sounding and very defiant in nature.
Unfortunately Barton has a sound quality that reminds you of CD’s released in the early 80’s – a bit dated and somewhat sloppy all around with the engineering. Some songs sound OK others need upgrade. Barton will also remind me of a variety of bands from the 80’s in the hey day of the Punk Rock movement like REM and Talking Heads. In the end this CD from Barton will simply make you feel more upbeat and positive and is a real jolt to the senses.
Buy Falling Out – www.cdbaby.com/cd/barton22
Written by Mindy McCall edited by Drew Blackwell
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Tim Ryan O’Kane releases Chaos and Blue
Artist: Tim-Ryan O’Kane – Chaos and Blue (CD Review)
by Sarah Scharnweber edited by Heather Savage
Chaos and Blue is the new EP from Tim-Ryan O’Kane. This album offers melodic tunes and comforting vocals that make the listener feel like they are at an intimate gathering with the artist, such as a small bar. The first track, Beautiful Bird, offers an airy tune and angelic vocals that pulls the listener along and leads them straight into the second track, Marmalade. This track offers a more toe-tapping sound and grittier vocals than the first, but still has the melodic sounds that seem to be the artist’s trademark. The third track, The Sum of It all, has more lounge-feeling sound and would be fitting in a darkened coffee shop or bookstore sitting area. The last track, called, All Things Change, is a moodier song with a sadness to it that seems to draw off of the lighter feeling to the earlier songs in the album. This song also takes advantage of the melodic vocals and the strong guitar work that the rest of the album highlights.
Overall, Chaos and Blue, is reminiscent of more modern work from Silverchair, or Jerry Cantrell and uses the same skill to draw the listener in and allow them to remove themselves from the world around them and immerse themselves in the musical experience.
Overall Score: 8/10
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Richard Tyler Epperson CD review
Artist: Richard Tyler Epperson
CD: Falling Between the Stars
URL – www.reverbnation.com/richardtylerepperson
About the Artist: Richad Tyler Epperson is a fascinating musical project based out of Utah. Reading from his bio: It wasn’t until I was around 22 years old when I got the courage to start writing tunes and trying to sing. Which brings me to the modern day, I’m in my 20’s and realizing time goes by sooooo fast so I created a Youtube account and Facebook page in September of 2011. I’ve started recording songs and posting videos as well as playing live shows and plan to continue, hopefully with great support. I’ve just released my 1st CD January 2013. I recorded the whole album in my home studio.
Review: “Falling Between the Stars” is their debut release and it has much to commend it. Admittedly, there is a whole lot of variety to these arrangements and performances. First: This impressive Epperson brings to the table some amazing songwriting skills, solid session performances and impressive production skills. The guitar work and other musical contributions of Epperson are off the charts. Second: Epperson’s vocal abilities hit the mark remarkably by just letting it all hang out. Third: their sound and amazing songwriting touch and is possesses a wide degree of latitude. In fact one could classify Epperson as a four genera artist: Jazz-Folk, Pop, and even a dash of Hip Hop. All songs are a skillful combination of all the aforementioned genera’s. Music will remind you of The Academy Is, We The Kings, Hey Monday. Epperson has the songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous. There’s also a unique quality to this catalogue that breaks the mold when compared to the overly predictable, forgetful rock that’s been filling the airwaves lately. What am I trying to say – well let me start by saying there is nothing predictable and forgetful about Richard Tyler Epperson.
Conclusion: I’ve always said if you can play it a party, then it’s marketable. The music on Falling Between the Stars is extremely marketable – with amazing songs and music that just makes you feel good, but also has the courage to explore powerful feelings of yearning and lost loves.
Connect with Richard Tyler Epperson – www.facebook.com/RTEmusic
by Heather Savage edited by Rory Richardson
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Rating: 5/5 Stars
CD: Upside Down
Formed in 2010 by David Sizemore on Guitar and vocals and Ryan Burton on Drums, Corey Glass Bass, already opened for The Days of the New, Seven Mary Three and others, they are a living proof that there are still pure rock bands out there waiting to blow people’s mind.
Upside Down by Farehaven is an album full of epic moments, and a powerful hard rock sound that almost immediately reminds us to bands such as Three Days Grace, Adema but with a slightly more classic sound. The album starts immediately with “Capsule”, heavy yet catchy guitar riffs, bass lines, drumbeats and the great voice of Sizemore fits perfectly, creating something almost addictive. It’s between the modern and the classic. The same applies to the last song on the album “Cast Out”. “Black Heart” begins with a beautiful piano which then give way to a heartbreaking song that somewhat reminiscent of Breaking Benjamin. Again the instruments come together to give us something worth listening to again and again. Intense, dramatic, amazing. “Caught In Your Trap” follows the same path, the violin or the synthesizer, adds a more epic feeling to the track. “Nobody Know You”, “Going Nowhere”, “The Liberty” and “Wandering Alone” on the other hand are more “fun”, entertaining. However, all that we have cherished from the beginning, can still feel there. “Tell You” it’s like a cross between Pearl Jam awesome type-of-sound and Breaking Benjamin, especially in the verses.
In conclusion, if the guys continue working together as a band, we might be in front of a legendary band. The whole record is impressive, from production to the band itself. Another thing I loved was is that they aren’t those bands, as I have been mentioning from the third to the sixth paragraph, that have something less, more or extra in each of the track giving them each their own identity.
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2 The Nines
2 The Nines – Oblivion (2012)
by Michael Keith edited by Joshua Beach
URL – www.2theninesmusic.com/
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
About the Artist: Los Angeles based band “2 the Nines” are clearly doing all the right things – building upon the LA pop legacy. Their debut release entitled “Oblivion” is making quite a splash musically. Band members are TJ Runnells and Nick Midulla. Citing a recent WLS Radio article: 2 the Nines, a primarily acoustic duo from Hollywood, California have collaborated to create a new effort called “Oblivion.” Gathering influences from a wide variety of music genres, 2 the Nines glides effortlessly between a wide swath of styles. For instance, “Oblivion,” the album’s titular track has a nice Spanish patina while “Take Me Home” brings to mind folk story-songs. Their take on the Sam Cooke soul classic, “A Change Is Gonna Come,” is about as acoustically soulful as it gets. Sam would be proud. But, make no mistake, these guys can rock as well as they can deliver melody. Enough said let’s dive into the music.
Review: I have to say I was extremely impressed with the opening 3 tracks “Hic Up”, “Catch a Cold” and “Two Eyes”. They made quite the first impression with me. Each one possessed my full unadulterated attention, and had me eager for what was ahead. To be honest: I expected cheesy Singer/Songwriter Pop cut from the same cloth as say a Jason Mraz. Not that there’s anything wrong with Jason Mraz but I just want to hear something new and different. What I discovered delivered what I wanted and then some. The whole CD is full of what I would call catchy Acoustic Pop energy with a hooky pop-style that appeals to so many different senses on so many different levels. It reminds me of Dave Matthews, State Radio, Virginia Coalition and Parachute. I can also hear the slight Psychedelic-Dance-Jazz-Hop Hop influence in there as well as an unplugged Black Eyed Peas. What I really like about 2 The Nines Oblivion is it never crossed into rap territory, that and there‘s no attempt to deliver what I call over the top pop. Its not cheesy music with a handsome face via top flight sampling or cookie cutter songwriting with a mix that sounds more like a commercial than a piece of music.
Oblivion appeals to both advanced and novice listeners alike. Whatever kind of listening level you’re on – some will identify with things while others will not. Like a three layered cake, 2 The Nines is one artist that can take you deep and has so much to offer. Weather it’s musically, lyrically, inspirationally, emotionally, spiritually – if you feel like music is taking us in the wrong direction then rest assured 2 The Nines are taking us back in the right direction with “Oblivion.”
Final Word: 2 The Nines will affirm your faith in music again. These 2 represent all that is magical, real and good in music. Their debut CD “Oblivion” delivers a highly passionate 13 track catalog via gold standard musicianship, amazing guitar chops, impressive songwriting and music that covers all the bases: Rock, Pop and Psychedelic-Hip Hop-Jazz.
Top Tracks: Two Eyes, Title Track – Oblivion and I’m a Stone
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Nadia Ackerman – The Ocean Master
Nadia Ackerman – The Ocean Master
URL – www.nadiaackerman.com/
Review by Larry Toering edited by Cyrus Rhodes
Intro: This is a release of the sensational audio variety indeed, in which Nadia Ackerman should be recognized for by the first listen, but it grows with every repeated listen, and that should also seal its global fate with the best around in the industry.
Review: It’s such a great piece of ear candy that it cannot be denied by listeners of all genre. It plays out like an easy listening masterpiece from track to track, with such examples as “Time Has Betrayed Me,” “The Middle Of The Sea,” and “Lighthouse” really combine the essence of everything on offer under its title and overall concept. Ackerman does a stellar job at conveying a message down the line at every turn, as the songs serve up a very mellow and mystifying vibe that never stops from one end to the other. And if you like ballads, then this is right up your alley, because that is the general speed of this exquisite recording. You will come away not only impressed, but with a feeling of joy, even from the sheer talent she posses, and the band altogether provide a solid backdrop for her with which to deliver an over all package of original mastery in the process. What a fantastic showing by all involved. It nails the senses with a vast sea of beauty and outdoor appeal every way imaginable. Sit back and enjoy the soft ride this great disc has to offer, in a musical landscape that is constantly changing to find solid ground as time wears on. It’s important to absorb such talent in order to do so, and that is just common sense to any music fan in this digital age of sonic sound. Once you have taken it all in, you will not hesitate to repeat it time and time over, because it has an overall rejuvenating quality that is just hard to find anymore.
Conclusion: There is so much to enjoy about this release that I hope to see find its way to the masses. It’s something you have to hear to fully appreciate, and it comes highly recommended for that and so much more. Ackerman is a first class artist with first class songs.
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Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) October 27, 2012
Studies show that the benefits of listening to, playing, and studying music are bountiful. Music education is a very important part of one’s upbringing and educational experience. As Eugene Ormandy, conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, said, “It’s [music education] terribly important, extremely important — because when you are a child, you are in a receptive age … In high schools, public schools — that’s where they must have the best influence, the first influence, which will go through their whole life.” Although this quote pertains to childhood, older students, including college students and adults, should consider investing in their personal music education as well. Start this year off on the right foot with music lessons!
Dyce Kimura, a seasoned guitar teacher and performer, wants to share his passion for music with students of all ages and is offering back to school lessons in voice and guitar! He is a Fort Lauderdale guitar teacher who teaches beginner guitar, electric guitar, and acoustic guitar lessons. He is offering a back to school discount for new students of $100 off 10 lessons, which normally cost $600, but cost $500 with the special discount.
Dyce’s approach to teaching music is different from that of any other teacher’s. He believes that anyone with the desire to learn how to play the guitar can learn. Dyce focuses on getting to know his students, and then begins teaching them the fundamentals. He helps students learn how to play the songs and styles that they want to learn as quickly as possible, and coaches them one-on-one. His goal is to have students play with authority on the guitar, a skill that includes ear training, improvisation, and learning how to interpret songs musically.
From the first lesson, Dyce’s students will be playing the guitar. They will be learning basic chords first before moving on to putting chords together to form songs. His students will learn some basic improvising and soloing techniques as well during their lessons. He allows students to work at their own pace and teaches them according to the speed they are comfortable at. His lessons are custom-made and tailored for each individual student.
Dyce’s lessons cover a wide range of topics and skills, including reading sheet music and tabs, learning songs by ear and ear-training, basic and advanced chords, songwriting, and more. He teaches everything from rhythmic and chord structures to stage presence and how to choose and use the right music equipment.
He is not limited to Fort Lauderdale guitar lessons – he also teaches in Weston, Parkland, and cities in the Broward and tri-county area. He realizes that some may not have the mobility to travel to these cities, or may prefer a different medium of learning, so he also teaches lessons over Skype and on DVD.
Dyce sums up his teaching method when he says, “From your first lesson, I will have you playing. And, I will inspire you to keep on playing. The guitar is not an easy instrument to play; but if you aspire to be an accomplished player; I can get you there.”
For more information, visit Dyce’s website at www.dycekimura.com or call him at 786-457-3687.
Lexi Haas is just like any other 10 year old girl from Charlotte, North Carolina. She loves animals, ballet, basketball, board games, Harry Potter, and spending time with her family and friends. Lexi has an incredibly intelligent mind, and her personality and love of life, make it impossible not to smile and feel warmth when you are in her presence.
There is one thing that makes little Lexi a bit different from her peers. When Lexi was born, her parents noticed bruising on her face, and a darkening of her skin immediately following her birth. This condition is known as newborn Jaundice which is the yellowing of a baby’s skin from the build up of a chemical called bilirubin. Lexi was put under an oxygen tent to assist her breathing during the first 24 hours after her birth, however was released shortly after without further testing. The medical condition that Lexi is currently living with today is called Kernicterus, which was a result of her untreated Jaundice.
Lexi is currently participating in a study on Kernicterus at UCLA medical center in Southern California, where doctors and medical experts are researching cures for this condition.
A few weeks ago, award winning music producer Andrew Lane, who is best known for producing platinum selling albums that include the Hannah Montana Soundtrack, the High School Musical Soundtrack, Toni Braxton, Backstreet Boys, and Mary J Blige, was contacted by one of Lexi’s family friends via Facebook, and asked to take a look Lexi’s website and video. “When I saw that video it was just amazing”, said Lane. “It brings tears to your eyes”. When we asked why he decided to support this cause over the many other charities he is approached by daily, he responded by saying; “She needed a voice to let everybody know how special she was, and what a light she is to the world.”
Andrew Lane collaborated with 14 year Pop Artist, Macy Kate, to produce and co write a beautiful original ballad which will be presented to Lexi and her family at his Burbank studio on Saturday October 27th, 2012 at 6:00pm PST. This is a surprise event that Lexi and her family have very little details on.
This new single that is being dedicated to Lexi, will be released on ITunes in the next few weeks, in effort to raise money that will help support the research of Kernicterus, and provide Lexi the treatment she deserves. Macy Kate’s message to Lexi is to “ always stay inspired, and always believe in yourself”. Lane’s message to Lexi is “ We love you, and we appreciate you”.
For additional information on the October 27th event, or to schedule an interview Macy Kate or Andrew Lane, please contact Dani Thompson at 714-496-5152 or by e-mail at danithompson(at)dntagency(dot)com. Press coverage at this event is requested and encouraged to help raise awareness to mothers with newborns on this preventable condition that Lexi is facing.Thank you for your support.
DALLAS, Oct. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – PumpYouUp, Inc. releases their first published work, a Holiday album with a few darker songs for Halloween and one hour of entertainment via 23 tracks.
Robert Dede, founder of PumpYouUp, Inc. discusses the state of the music industry and IRFA, their new album, and the state of the PumpYouUp brand. Please search Spotify, GooglePlay, iTunes, Rhapsody, MOG, etc for “Christmas Nutcracker Dubstep,” and grab your headphones to make the reading more impressionable. GooglePlay does include longer samples and a play-all feature.
The New Album: Quickly after the PumpYouUp launch in Oct 2011, PumpYouUp won a 2011 StumbleUpon Holiday Award for their holiday music. Given the popularity with StumbleUpon’s readership, Robert is confident in repeated popularity with additional audiences. Jango fans are growing rapidly and PumpYouUp’s recent advertising has already reached several million listeners. The music was designed to be on the edge of mainstream, liked by male and female, any age. It is Robert’s most heart-felt wish that the news, media, and holiday music lovers give the new album 60 seconds to earn an impression.
The State of the PumpYouUp brand: is progress. PumpYouUp’s goal is to gain increasing organic popularity via music and software. The Dubstep and Techno traffic currently represent their largest draw. PumpYouUp’s music goals have been realized and growing. Work is under way with mobile/tablet/desktop software and an improved website. PumpYouUp is not ruling out a Jango/Spotify/Pandora type offering. For more info seePumpYouUp KDAF33 coverage.
The State of Music: Robert has harsh impressions of congress’s competency and little hope for the artist… “Streaming companies and ad-based free music and unlimited music subscriptions have officially devalued music to zero. Why should a listener buy the album when they can listen for free and streamers can steal such plays for .0001 cents; a slight exaggeration. The method congress and law functions via revolving door lobbyist, the artist cannot be fairly represented. I sincerely hope future streaming law takes payments to a granular level.” Robert elaborates with an example; if a streaming customer listens to one indie album 15 times over one month, and thus dominating the play percentage for that month, then that artist should receive significant revenue derived from that listener for that month. Robert adds, “Unlimited streaming music services are clearly hurting the average artists. If the dollars don’t work out fairly for the artist, then businesses have to increase the cost of their ads, or premiums, or in someway limit the music or sour the free-music experience. To take advantage of the minority artist because it’s possible, or is needed by a big business, is blatantly criminal. Taking granularity to the per-listener per-artist per-revenue per-month level is the ONLY FAIR method of making such systems work for the artist. Pandora’s behavior reminds Robert of how Monsanto took over the world’s food source. Robert explains “Watch the documentary ‘The World According to Monsanto’ and then understand how easy it will be for Pandora and others to Monsanto-ize the artist. Granted Monsanto’s behavior is the worst possible example I can envision. But the truth in how congress and politics can fail humanity is clear; when related to something as important as our food supply. My final thought: As the world becomes increasingly efficient with fewer necessary jobs, it’s the intellectual products that take zero planetary resources that seem the least protected and least fostered; when it should be the other-way-around to achieve a sustainable economy into the future.”
Conclusion: Robert thanks all for reading and listening, the PumpYouUp.com site currently offers qualityHalloween music for free download. All PumpYouUp’s contributing artists would love the exposure. Many of PumpYouUp’s tracks are also available for download. As StumbleUpon’s readership clearly appreciated, yours may too. In this age of legally devalued music, PumpYouUp’s album only has a chance if it gets played for free on Spotify, Rhapsody, etc a million times, and your readership will enjoy the tip and free plays.
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Et Tu Bruce strikes again
ET TU BRUCE’ – Suburban Sunshine
By Heather Savage edited by Cyrus Rhodes
Official URL – www.ettubruce.com/
Et Tu Bruce hails from England (West London) and just released their fourth release to date “Suburban Sunshine” in 2012. They have received many impressive accolades thus far during their tenure as a band, and have been compared to bands like The Beetles to The Beach Boys for starters.
Meet the band – Jamie White (Guitar/Vocals), Matthew O’Toole (Guitar/Vocals), Darrin Bruce (Bass) and his brother Craig Bruce on Drums.
“Suburban Sunshine” (2012) is their latest release and it has much to commend it. Admittedly, there is a whole lot of variety to these arrangements and performances. First: the band’s delivers rock solid playing like a well oiled machine. This is testament to hundreds of hours of rehearsal time no doubt. Second: the songs are extremely catchy and melodic. These guys have all the attributes required of an effective band from the UK and their vocal harmonies will remind you of Yes and The Beach Boys. Third: their sound and amazing songwriting touch are as good as it gets for Alternative Rock. All songs are a skillful combination of modern pop rock yet with a slight quirky aftertaste that will remind you of They Might Be Giants, Todd Rundgren, Flaming Lips and even The Hollies. Et Tu Bruce possesses the creativity and songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous. There is also a unique quality to this catalogue that breaks the mold when compared to the mundane pop-rock that’s been filling the airwaves lately. What am I trying to say – well let m start by saying there is nothing fake and superficial about Et Tu Bruce. Not every square inch is filled with musical ambience delivered under duress – but musical space this allows the music to breathe on its own with passion that cannot be faked. Equally as impressive is how marketable this 10 song catalogue truly is. It covers so much ground and despite this it manages to not spread itself to thin across to many lines – nice touch. I’ve always said if you can play it a party, then it’s marketable. The music is extremely marketable in this respect – with a fresh sound that is passionate and entertaining very much like Et Tu Bruce. All 10 tracks will genuinely lift your spirits unlike most music you hear on the radio these days.
Let me go on record by sating Et Tu Bruce has no weaknesses that I can see and hear. They have everything and their latest release “Suburban Sunshine” is an endearing album limited by nothing. I would imagine in time we will hear more from them as they’ve released 4 CD’s thus far. Time will tell but I can honestly say this is one artist that is set up for marketable success down the road with her musical personality and fresh sound that gives modern music a well needed wake up call.