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Saturday, August 7th, 2010 03:38 pm
Evolove - photo by Mia Tyler

This is Evolove. They're an alternative rock band from Los Angeles. From left to right you have: Billy Berman (bass/acoustic guitar), Colby Jensen (rhythm guitar), Lucy Levinsohn (vocals), Dave Corsile (lead guitar/vocals) and Brian Weathers (drums/percussion). They came together in July of 2009.

They've got an EP called 2012: Countdown To The End, which I'm really enjoying. You can preview all of their songs on their Myspace or Reverbnation, or below.

Evolove playlist via Reverbnation )

Currently "On The Floor" is my favorite, but that's probably due to my mood. All of the songs are good. The lyrics are not revolutionary, but they are good and entertaining. Most importantly, they're not offensive to my (admittedly hypersensitive) sensibilities. The guitar work is really catchy and their songs go by quickly without being rushed or too short.

Their first video was for "Toyshop Girl":

Toyshop Girl video )

They also have a video for "2012":

2012 video )

And here's an acoustic version of "Let Me In", which is really quite good.

I found this band when Dave's friend, Tommy Joe Ratliff who is the bassist for Adam Lambert, twitted about them. Rarely do musician recommendations work for me, I don't listen the way musicians do, but this one was a good fit. So that was shiny.

Important Links:
MySpace
ReverbNation
Twitter
YouTube

Buy their EP:
Amazon
cdbaby
iTunes
Monday, May 31st, 2010 09:49 pm
So. Meet Battleme.


(Pictured: Blurry dude on the diagonal.)


They sing one of my favourite songs, a lovely, mellow little track called Burn This Town. Chances are that you haven't heard of them. They're on an indie label called Bad Mouth Records, but they don't have a debut album out yet. That should come later this spring and should be between 9-12 songs.

This is Battleme in their own words:

Battleme is the lost noise project of Matt D from Lions (Austin, TX). It surrounds itself with heroes and losers.

-Source


Burn This Town was featured in an episode of Sons of Anarchy, and can be found on the Sons of Anarchy: Shelter EP (i.e., the EP soundtrack for season 2).



I hope to hear more from them because Matt D's other band, Lions, is one of the "house bands" for the show, since SOA primarily uses cover versions of famous songs to keep costs down. I love hearing awesome songs in TV shows or movies. I'm not going to lie - it gives me a little thrill.

The band has an interesting sound. While it's not exactly groundbreaking, there's definitely enough room on my iPod for it.

Lyrics )







Links:

- ReverbNation
- Facebook
- MySpace
Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 12:37 pm
This lovely man is Anthony Green. (He's also in my icon.)



He sings in a band called Circa Survive. He also supports breast cancer research, and foundations like Keep-A-Breast. Here he is, making a plaster cast of his rack. Or rather, of the rack he no doubt wishes he had.



Anthony's side project is the whole reason I pushed for this week's theme. In 2008, he put out a solo album called Avalon. I heard about it via an e-mail update from My Chemical Romance and I kind of scoffed. Why the hell would I go and buy your friend's album? Also, it's pretty lame to use your fan base like that. Well, I was a fucking idiot because the love I have for this man knows no bounds.

I don't even remember how I ended up hearing a song from Avalon, but I suspect that I came to Circa Survive first. I'm pretty attached to Act Appalled (Juturna) and The Difference Between Medicine and Poison is the Dose (On Letting Go). Chiodos was playing Warped Tour the last time I went and since I'd gotten a magazine with both Craig Owens and Anthony Green on the cover, I decided to check out some of his stuff, too. I like Circa Survive well enough, but Anthony's solo stuff is golden, in my opinion.

His voice isn't for everyone, which is something that drives me nuts because people are way too quick to brush him off. If you give him a chance, you'll probably really enjoy his music. While Circa Survive is pretty loud, Avalon is full of slower, calmer, songs - though that's not to say that it's all a bunch of ballads. It really isn't. I can't really compare it (or him) to anyone in particular because I have no clue who he might sound like. Now that I've said that, someone will no doubt school me with a list as long as I am tall, but I don't really care.

To record the album (and later to support it), he played with Good Old War, another favourite of mine. (He later returned the favour on Weak Man, off GOW's Only Way to Be Alone.)

The best song on Avalon also happens to be the shortest. Slowing Down (Long Time Coming) clocks in at 1:44, but it's an amazing little song.





It also has lovely lyrics. ).

Along with Avalon, you get the High and Driving EP, which includes several demos of Avalon songs. It's always interesting to see how songs may have changed from that starting point. Between the demo and the album versions, I've listened to Slowing Down (Long Time Coming) 150 times. I'm still not bored of it. I'm still not 100% sold on the Colin Frangicetto remix album, particularly on my favourite song, but I'll give him another listen and try to be objective.

There's another Circa Survive album coming soon, but after that Anthony plans to work on his next solo effort, Beautiful Things. I'm pretty excited for that.

Links:
- Last FM (with performance video)
- MySpace (LOL, username used to be moshtradamus)
- Twitter
- Facebook
Saturday, May 15th, 2010 03:16 pm
Cassidy Haley, photo by Dave Murffy


This is Cassidy Haley / @cassidyhaley. I'll give you a minute to recover. ;)

In all seriousness, he's not just a really hot and beautiful queer dude. He's also insanely fucking talented. The first song I heard of his was Whiskey in Churches, and actually I watched the video for it. That was really good for me on a lot of levels.

But what really sold me on Cassidy's music was the song Fly. I heard it again via video on his YouTube Channel. He has done several acoustic versions of his songs. He usually begins each recording by talking a little bit to the camera, giving us some background on the song which I personally appreciate a great deal. So the video for Fly starts that way, with about 2 minutes of background and then at 2:25 he starts singing. It's fucking breathtaking. I mean, so powerful and inspiring. Just really moved me.

Both of these songs, along with four others, are on Cassidy's EP Little Boys and Dinosaurs(iTunes link). You can preview the entire EP here on his site. You can also buy the physical cd from his site.

His most recent video is for Daylight Breaks, it's beautiful and haunting and just so full of emotion. I highly recommend it.

Cassidy used to design clothes at Skingraft Designs but has since dedicated himself full time to music. He does still design for friends (many of whom are in the entertainment industry) and for his fans.

I love his design aesthetic, his theatre and drama, and (of course) his music.

I very much recommend him to all of you.

Links:
Official Site
Twitter
Facebook
MySpace
iTunes