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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
Saturday, June 12th, 2010 01:57 am
Handsome Furs - I'm Confused cover art

Handsome Furs is a synth punk indie rock band formed in 2007 and based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. [ref]

I got this single from Amazon on a Sub Pop Sampler last year. It was free, but I really quite like it. It's got a retro feel to it that takes me back to the 80s in a good way, while not leaving behind the evolution music has taken since then. And I like the chorus.

The video for it is disturbing, but good. You can watch it on Vimeo or YouTube, or embedded here:

Read more... )

Freaky, no? But in that quirky Euro-Canadian way that just really appeals to me. I haven't checked out the rest of their music yet, but I think this song and video is a good introduction to them.

Buy:
Amazon [mp3] or [Face Control full album]
iTunes

Vital Links:
Official Site
MySpace
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
Saturday, May 15th, 2010 03:30 pm


So, last week I mentioned that on occasion, iTunes Canada actually does give us a fucking awesome song for free. This is one of those times.

Sam Sparro is an Australian singer-songwriter born in 1982. He's best known for this song - Black & Gold. His self-titled album came out in June 2008. Of the 13 songs, Black & Gold (Marcussen Album Version) is the strongest (and, unfortunately, the only song worth keeping, IMHO). His work ranges from R&B to funk to electronica, to classic Prince to Scissor Sisters, to everything in between. If that sounds like it's your cup of tea, then he's definitely an act worth checking out.

Back to Black & Gold, though. This song has proven to be extremely popular, which was a huge surprise to me because I haven't heard it anywhere. Apparently it's been used in soundtracks, commercials, tv promos, and video games. You'd think I'd at least have heard about that, but apparently not. It's entirely possible that I live under a rock.

There's been a few cover versions of this song (most notably Adele, Ellie Goulding, Alphabeat, and Katy Perry) but like usual, the original is always best. There's something to be said for Sam Sparro's voice and the way he sings the lyrics. Also, a bad cover version of any song is a sin that should banish you to the depths of hell.*

*Okay, okay, we'll reserve that solely for butchers ofHallelujah. DNW anyone other than Jeff Buckley, kthnx.

Here, have a streaming file from Grooveshark:



The song has a video, but Sam's record label, Island Records (UK), has had embedding disabled at YouTube. It's so camp and I laughed, but everyone needs a little camp in their day now and then. Click here to see it. It's boys in tuxedos and top hats. Carrying walking sticks and feeling up a limo. No, I'm not just saying that. There's also a fast food drink cup but that might be for a rousing game of One of these things is not like the other....

Links:
- Facebook
- MySpace
- Twitter
Saturday, May 8th, 2010 12:48 pm


This is Imagine Dragons. I have waxed poetically about them in my personal journal a few times before, but I really, really want more people to find them and love them too. :D

Imagine Dragons is an unsigned band located in Las Vegas, Nevada. I found them thanks to a Google Alert for Panic! at the Disco (who they sound nothing like really). So far they've recorded two EPs. The first one is available on iTunes: Imagine Dragons - EP. The second one, Hell and Silence, is now (as of 6/5) available on iTunes.

You can preview pretty much all of their music on their ReverbNation page, but I've included the player behind the cut-tag:
hear it, love it )

One thing that impresses me about Imagine Dragons is how polished they sound. The songs sound just like they were recorded by a major studio, not rough at all. They have a synth-rock sort of sound and a manic energy for most songs, but they can do lilting ballad types as well. Good range.

They are the "go to" band for out of town bands who want a local opening band in Vegas. They mostly tour right around Nevada and California, but they also performed at South by Southwest this year.

Here's an interview with them by a local Vegas music vlog. And here is some video from their performance at the Neon Reverb Music Festival where they just fucking slayed it.

You can get two of their songs for free by joining their mailing list which is VERY low traffic. In fact, I think the only thing I got so far was an email from them offering me another free song. So it's no hardship.

sign-up for free music! )

They've got a retro flair to their style, but updated and made fresh. A nice balance between what was and what is. Though the main vocalist is male, their female keyboardist provides backing and it really fills out the sound nicely.

Links:
MySpace
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube
Fan Club (lots of good info there)
Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 04:39 pm
Stylo by Gorillaz cover art


There's a really nice groove to this song that just pulls you in and transports you to this other reality. Somewhere chill and yet alien. The lyrics are a good mix of repetition and narrative. The different voices singing really adds some dimensionality to the song. And the music is this interesting mixture of retro and futuristic. Really well done.

The only radio-type thing I listen to is Music Choice. The Alternative Channel starting playing the hell out of Stylo and I was quickly hooked. The comic characters in the artwork confused me at first, since I had never heard of the band prior to this. But I looked them up, and it's actually kind of interesting:


Gorillaz (which originally was to be called Gorilla) is a British virtual band formed in 1998 by a collaboration between Damon Albarn of Britpop band Blur and Jamie Hewlett, co-creator of the comic book Tank Girl. They had the idea to create the band while watching MTV in their London flat.

The band is comprised of four fictional band members: 2-D (vocals, keyboard), Murdoc Niccals (bass), Noodle (guitar, vocals) and Russel Hobbs (drums). These characters only appear in animated form and are not alter-egos of real people, as is often mistakenly assumed.

There is an extensive fictional back-story behind these band members, written by Albarn and Hewlett, which is described in the albums produced by the band as well as several videos and their autobiographical book Rise Of The Ogre. Damon Albarn is the only permanent musical contributor to the band, which is a collaboration between various musicians. Their style is broad, with a large number of alternative influences including rock, hip-hop and electronica.

-source


You can pay $1.29 for Stylo on iTunes or you can buy Stylo on AmazonMP3 for only $0.99 (assuming your country has access).

I did give the whole album a few listens, but Stylo was the only song that really fit me. That happens from time to time with a band/album. It's not that the other songs are bad, it's that my tastes and the band's only intersect on one song. That's why we're doing these Single Recommendations.

Links:
Official Site
MySpace
Lyrics for Stylo
Stylo Music Video on YouTube
Stylo Music Video on Vimeo
(PS: the video is SO FUCKING COOL!)