So many talented musicians, including Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, call Atlanta home. Ruby & The Soulphonics are old school soul but are not one-dimensional at all. Their sound goes beyond just one genre. What is it about Atlanta that produces great music?
Their last album, State of All Things, is available everywhere to either buy or stream. My favorite song on the album is “Broken Woman.” Listening to this album gives me hope that I will make it through everything and be able to tell my own story. Part of the reason that I like Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics is that they are storytellers. Plus, their horn section is amazing! (Insert several fire emojis here)
I highly recommend listening to it immediately. If you get a chance to see them Ruby & The Soulphonics or have seen them in the past, let me know all about the show.
Before reading Paris, 7 A.M. by Liza Wieland, I could not have told you more than two things about Elizabeth Bishop.
She was a woman.
She was a poet.
According to Wikipedia, Bishop is considered one of the finest poets of the 20th century. It would be a shame to not learn about her life and poetry. Although, Paris, 7 A.M. is not an autobiography, some things in the book are true.
She did live in Paris in the mid-1930s. No one probably knows whether she helped infants escape the Nazis. I’d like to think that she might have but it is a work of fiction.
Most of the book takes place during the time when Bishop lived in Paris. Everyone is on edge because they know that a war is on the horizon.
I thought that this was an interesting perspective of Bishop. It has inspired me to learn more about her. I might even start to read and write poetry again after reading Paris, 7 A.M.
Read the book for yourself and see if you are inspired to do something different than you are doing now.
I was given this ebook by NetGalley in exchange for doing a review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.
Aree and the Pure Heart is not the first band that has reminded me of the soundtrack for the movie “Eddie and the Cruisers.” However, Aree and the Pure Heart is more punk rock mixed with a Tom Waits attitude. I will still be listening to them in 20 years. Longer than that if I become immortal.
We did this interview and now it’s time to share it with you guys. Don’t forget to check out their links and music video.
Where was your first show as a fan? As a performer?
My first show was in 1995. I went to see a band called Squad Five-O at a church in Savannah, Ga. I saw Less than Jake at a bar on St. Simons Island shortly after. I played my first show in 1996 on a sidewalk for the grand opening of a music store where I grew up. I was 14 years old. We played some originals and Operation Ivy and Suicide Machines. it ruled. You can find my first band’s demo at 57shifty.bandcamp.com
Have you ever met anyone with a pure heart – aside from children?
Yes, definitely. I think there are many saints among us. I also worked next to a special needs classroom for many years, and there were plenty of pure hearts in there!!!
Who does the best drunken street light poetry?
Probably Paul Westerberg or Bukowski? I actually haven’t drank alcohol in years. I think that I wrote that description as a sort of stream of consciousness homage to just being enamored with the love of life.
Do you think the internet helps or hurts musicians/bands?
A little of both. I think that any technological innovation is a double-edged sword, but it seems that the good tends to outweigh the bad. Two things I’ve learned from releasing music in a post internet era. 1. you can really reach an international audience very quickly 2. there are still a lot of people out there who are true music lovers. probably a lot more than one would expect.
What do you love about your hometown?
I grew up on the coast of Southeast Georgia in a town called Brunswick. When I was growing up it was dirt roads and playing in the woods. It is a really beautiful place, and I probably love the simplicity of it most. Hot as hell, though…and if you don’t know about gnats…then count yourself blessed. haha
How many $50 bottles of wine have you really broken?
hahaha. The answer is zero. In addition to being a teacher, I work part-time at Trader Joe’s. One day I was in the wine section, and I was looking at these expensive bottles of wine, and the only thing I could think of was how great it would be to just smash them all to pieces. That turned into the first song on the record.
What would you do if you were immortal?
Defend myself against the evil corporations that will try to brand me or put me in a lab to make some pill from my blood. Also, learn as much as I can and hopefully reach some sort of level purity and holiness.
What do you want people to know about Aree and the Pure Heart?
I am just very amazed to see people from around the world enjoying the music. Thank you to everyone that listens. I am very grateful.
I know everyone is super busy but if you could take a moment out of your day to check out Indie pop punk band, Kitty Kat Fan Club, that would be awesome. Their new album, Dreamy Little You, will be available on May 31.
The band also loves all types of animals. They will be donating 5 % of the album proceeds to animal rescue groups. So on top of being a good band, they are genuinely good people.
If you want to know a little more, read the following interview with Brianda Goyos Leon of Kitty Kat Fan Club.
Where was your first show as a fan? as a band?
By the way, this is Brianda Goyos Leon conducting the interview. My first show was the 2011 Warped Tour at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mt. View, Ca.. My favorite band in high school was Bayside and I went to see them in particular.
What is the most unusual pet that you have had?
I grew up in Mexico and had a slew of strange pets including a jack rabbit, snapping turtles, and baby sharks. The sharks died and I fed them to my turtle. Mind you I was only 6 years old. ha ha.
When did you become involved with pet rescue groups?
We as a group have been passionate about animal rights from the beginning. Besides the cutesy name we are involved. More so with Mike Park. He volunteers with animal shelters and has been active for decades.
Are there kitty cats in your fan club?
I would like to hope so. ha ha
Why do people like vinyl records?
The warmth of analog is hard to describe. There’s something about the sound that can’t be replicated through digital realms. Also, the tangible feeling of putting the record on the turntable and having the needle hit the groove. That first crackle, it’s hard to beat that feeling.
Do you have a favorite record?
Yes, a couple. The first record that really made me think about putting together a collection of songs as a whole vs just singles was the album Awaken, My Love by Childish Gambino. It’s just the perfect album. More recently, I can’t stop listening to Isolation, by Kali Uchis. Just beautiful.
Have you ever had a cat eat your vinyl records? Is that a weird thing for cats to do?
Luckily, that has never happened. ha ha. Hopefully it will continue to never happen.
What do you want people to know about Kitty Kat Fan Club?
We’re just a collective of friends who love music. Not trying to save the world, but still trying to be positive through music and create a fun environment for everyone involved.