Sleep Deprived Music Review: Butterscotch

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Apparently Butterscotch is the first female beatboxing champion. Also, she was a finalist on America’s Got Talent. I didn’t see her on the show. I found her on Bandcamp over the weekend.

The Scotch Tapes, vol. 1-3 are available on Bandcamp. She also has a few new singles available that are not on this album.

I enjoy listening to her voice. Also, not every song is exactly the same. She doesn’t sound like every other singer in the world. She still does beatboxing but I think she’s trying to expand and do new things. Some of the songs are a little jazzy. Some are a little more like R&B.

Butterscotch does a great cover of Sade’s “Cherish the Day.” It’s amazing. I also like the songs “Lovesick,” “Orbit” and “The Drift.” “Orbit” is too short. I wish it were longer. Both “Orbit” and “The Drift” songs are jazz-influenced. She could probably do a whole album of jazz and it would be a beautiful thing. Butterscotch is really in her element with jazz – maybe even more than beatboxing.

There’s nothing wrong with this album. I have no complaints really. I was just imagining myself in the studio yelling, “You know what this song needs? More beatboxing!” It’s not true though. If it needed anything, the album needs more jazz. I’m looking forward to hearing what she does next.

 

Follow Butterscotch on social media:

Butterscotch on Bandcamp

Butterscotch on Facebook

Butterscotch on Twitter

#WeekendCoffeeShare: Pretty Little Liars and Reading.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you

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  • that nothing exciting happened.
  • that I almost finished reading a book. I have about sixty pages to go.
  • I’m trying to figure out how to get my pdf books to load onto my Kindle App. It seems like it should be really simple. Maybe something is wrong with the files because it is not going well at all.
  • I spent some time listening to music to review. I’ll probably post something this week but I’m not exactly sure what it will be.
  • I ate an inside out grilled cheese sandwich. It was pretty good.
  • I didn’t drink very much coffee. I did drink a slushy though. It was delicious.
  • There were some new episodes of  Pretty Little Liars on Netflix. I can’t stop watching it.
  • I did not go to the Potterfest in Kent, Ohio this weekend. Maybe next year. . .

 

 

Posts from last week

Satisfaction: Weekly Photo Challenge

The Midnight Queen: #bookreview

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Lake Street Dive

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Lake Street Dive

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The album that I’m in love with this week is Side Pony by Lake Street Dive. NOT drive people! D-I-V-E!

The band members are  Rachael Price (lead vocals), Mike “McDuck” Olson (trumpet, guitar), Bridget Kearney (upright bass), and Mike Calabrese (drums).

 

It’s jazzy, bluesy and a little old school R & B. It’s everything that I’ve been looking for lately. It will make you wish you had someone to dance and be nostalgic with besides the cat. My cat is not into dancing or nostalgia.

I was looking in the section of artists similar to Alabama Shakes on Spotify. This band is not exactly like the Alabama Shakes. Sometimes bands similar to other bands are not exactly the band that you are looking for. Sometimes you hit the jackpot.

I love the Rachael Price’s voice. Musically, they are pretty excellent and darned near perfect. They met at the New England Conservatory in Boston. So yeah, they know what they are doing.

 

The album cannot go on forever. I wish that it could. It can be put on repeat and that will have to be enough.

Everyone should go listen to this album immediately!!

Lake Side Drive on Spotify

 

Lake Side Dive on Twitter

 

 

The Midnight Queen: #bookreview

Have you ever wished that you could have the ability to use magic? In The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter, Gray Marshall once had magical powers. The powers disappeared after an incident at his university forced him to leave school and work at a Professor Callender’s estate as a gardener.

Gray befriends Sophie, one of the daughters of Professor Callender. They both discover that events leading up to their current situation are not what they seemed.

I thought that the characters were interesting. There was a clear sense of who they were. The characters that were supposed to be likable were and the characters that were supposed to be villains were definitely despicable. The only character that I wasn’t sure about until the very end was Mrs. Wallis, the housekeeper. She has a lot of secrets and I always wondered if she was plotting against Gray.

While reading this book, I really wanted Gray to overcome the challenges that he faced. On a side note, I kept picturing Gray as a redhead instead of having sandy blonde or brown hair.

The only thing that threw me off a bit was the spelling of certain words, like magic, which were spelled a little differently. By the end of the first 100 pages, I was finally used to it.

I would recommend this book for those who are thirteen and up. There is one section where Hunter discusses a honeymoon.  However, it is not graphic or explicit by any means. I think that if you enjoy fantasy or books about magic, then you will enjoy this book.

I would give The Midnight Queen 4.5 out of 5 stars. This book hasn’t gotten the attention that it really deserves so put it on your TBR pile. Then spread the word about how much you love it because I think you will.

*I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. The opinions are still my own.

Find Sylvia Izzo Hunter on Goodreads, Twitter, and Amazon.

Interview with . . . In the Presence of Wolves

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done an interview – mostly because it’s always naptime. Since I really like the band, In the Presence of Wolves, it’s time to stay awake and do this interview. In the Presence of Wolves rhythm guitarist, Jim Ellis, provided the answers that you all want to know.

 

Have you read “In the Presence of Wolves” by Art Wolfe?

No, but I cried like a baby while reading “Into the Wild.”

 

Who has influenced you the most musically?

That’s so hard to narrow down. We all come from a relatively similar background but all of our influences have really seeped their way into the new album. Chris is massively into jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. Vini and Jim are fanboys of Circa Survive and Coheed and Cambria. Mason takes a lot of cues from The Dillinger Escape Plan. So, I supposed we’re a melting pot of sorts.

Why do you think people get so wrapped up in labels?

For the longest time, labels were really the only way to get your music out there to a mass audience. Now with the advent of the internet and social media, you can reach a kid over in Thailand who just so happened to stumble across your music. Now, getting signed by a label is a milestone most bands will never achieve, and while having the connections, tour support, and endorsements certainly help a hell of a lot, there’s no reason why a band doing the DIY thing can’t make a name for themselves.

 

Has anyone ever tried to put you in one category of music or another?

Of course, that’s what people do. Especially like promoters who have to book a “hard rock” or “prog metal” night at a club. It’s just easier to handle. We don’t really mind it all that much. It boils down to us not really fitting in too well anywhere haha, we’re either too heavy, not heavy enough, too rock vs. too prog. But because of that, we always stand out, and people usually dig it.

 

Who would you like to share the stage with?

We would love to support The Dillinger Escape Plan at least once before they’re done for good. Either them or a hologram of Prince.

 

What’s on your bucket list?

We’d love to hit Europe. We’ve made some friends in bands over there from some festivals we attended this past year. I’d say if things keep going the way they are, we might be able to do at least two weeks to a month in 2018.

 

Tell me something about Philadelphia that most people don’t know. Any great bars or coffee shops that people miss?

There’s a middle aged African American man that like to hang around South Street dressed up as Hulk Hogan. It’s amazing.

Favorite “Rocky” Character

A. Rocky

B. Apollo Creed

C. Clubber Lang

D. Mickey

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What do you want people to know about In the Presence of Wolves?

We’d love for people to know the lyrics so they could sing along at shows. Also Vini like to get naked on tour. He calls it the naked worm. It’s uncomfortable.

 

 

Sleep Deprived Music Review: In the Presence of Wolves

#weekendcoffeeshare: Almost went camping . . .

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You can find this mug at https://www.pinterest.com/glampit/!

 

If we were having coffee, I would tell you

  • I almost went camping with my boyfriend at the Rootwire Music Festival. It’s in Ohio somewhere. At a campground. I think you had to pay extra for showering.
  • My boyfriend calls me a decepticon because I used to go camping with him. I didn’t tell him that camping is not my favorite thing.
  • I didn’t go again for the fourth year in a row . I stayed home with the kid, the rabbit and Manny Pacquiemeow, the cat. By the way, the cat is a jerk.
  • My time was spent reading, watching Netflix, cleaning and not leaving the house too much.  Although, I had to go buy coffee creamer. I was going to buy pizza but the freezer at the store was not working. I had to tell the cashier. But at least the ice cream freezer was ok. I also forgot to buy ice cream.
  • Is it ironic that someone who doesn’t leave the house much thinks about traveling so much? It’s mostly because I don’t like driving. Someday, I’ll go see the world. My bank account also says no at the moment.
  • I found a budget app because I need help budgeting. I can do it but I get lazy about it. Then before you know it – broke again. I should be able to afford comic books by October. Maybe September.
  • I watched the entire season of  Riverdale. I’m trying to watch Supernatural still. I made it through the first episode.
  • I’m trying to decide what album to do a review on for next week. There are a few to choose from. I thought I had a list but I can’t find it. Will have to start the list from scratch.
  • I have a 100 or more pages to read of “The Midnight Queen.” What are the odds that I’ll finish and have a book review ready by tomorrow?
  • I have to take pictures today. It’s not like it’s a requirement. It’s only for the blog. I can’t help myself though. I’m almost always taking pictures.
  • If you get a chance, check out my #weekendcoffeeshare board on Pinterest. If you’re in the link-up, I try to share your post on Pinterest- even if  you don’t have a Pinterest button.

 

  • Hope you all had a good weekend!

Weekend Coffee Share Link Up

Here are a few posts from the past week.

Unusual: Weekly Photo Challenge

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Sheer Mag

My Trip to Adele: #bookreview