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Sleep Deprived Music Review: Swamp Dogg

Swamp Dogg

Do you think that old school blues could be the cure for the blues? If you want to test the theory, listen to the “Sorry You Couldn’t Make It,” the latest album from Swamp Dogg.

His music is a combination of country, R & B and the blues. It’s like some of the music that has been recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. In fact, Swamp Dogg has recorded music at Muscle Shoals.

The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section was known as The Swampers, which is where Swamp Dogg got part of his stage name. In case you were wondering, he was around way before Snoop Dogg.

My favorite songs on the album are “Sleeping Without You is a Dragg” and “I’d Rather Be Your Used To Be.” All of the songs are solid though. You almost can’t go wrong by listening to Swamp Dogg’s music.

3. Where would you want to listen to this record?

If I could listen to this album anywhere that I choose, I would choose to go on a train ride. Hopefully, they have a box car with a dance floor. Is that a thing? Until then, it would be awesome to see Swamp Dogg live in concert.

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Sleep Deprived Music Review: Angelica Garcia

Angelica Garcia will be releasing her latest album, Cha Cha Palace on February 28.

Her music is like a bluesy salsa mix. It’s not like Latin pop. There’s too much depth and soul to be any kind of pop music. No offense to Latin pop musicians – I mean, I’m not the only one that loves Marc Anthony, am I?

Still, it will probably make you want to dance. Garcia brings the dance party but also emotions and protest anthems. It has all of the feelings that people have. My favorite song on the album is “Valentina in the Moonlight.”

 

With Mexican and Salvadoran roots in the San Gabriel Valley, East of Los Angeles, Garcia has built a personal and professional life in Richmond, Virginia.

I used up all of my free listening chances on this album. I had to ask for a second round just to finish this review. I used up all of the 2nd round also. No regrets. Would recommend that everyone use their time to listen to the Cha Cha Palace.

I’d like to listen to this album at ICE protests and road trips across the world.


 ‘WEAR YOUR ROOTS’ t-shirts and posters are now available for sale via her website, with all proceeds going to regionally based organizations supporting migrant families in the U.S.: ¡MIRA!, Annunciation House, and Immigrant Families Together .

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Tour Dates

03/16 -03/22 – Austin, TX – SXSW Music Festival
03/31 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s *
04/01 – Washington, DC – Songbyrd *
04/02 – Chapel Hill, NC – Cats Cradle (Backroom) *
04/03 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight *
04/04 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5 *
04/06 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks *
04/07 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall *
04/09 – Austin, TX – Antone’s *
04/10 – Dallas, TX – Ruins *
04/11 – Kansas City, MO – Encore *
04/12 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown Jr. *
04/14 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry *
04/15 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music *
04/16 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups *
04/17 – Detroit, MI – Deluxx Fluxx *
04/18 – Toronto, ON – The Garrison *
04/20 – Montreal, QC – le Ministere *
04/21 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall *
04/22 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg *
* w/ Vagabon

Meet and Greet: David J

David J on bandcamp


Who: David J

What: New single “I Only Hear Silence Now” featuring Emily Jane White is available.

Bandcamp / Album orderhttp://bit.ly/36NTJOp

Why: “This video was pieced together over several months.  Most of the footage was shot by the intrepid Pierre Malacarnet at Beck Studios in Wellingborough, the site of the original Bauhaus recording of ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’. I filmed the game and lovely Emily Jane White in a 19th Century bathtub in San Francisco.  Pierre then shot some other cut away scenes in Berlin and edited the whole thing together quite brilliantly.  The mood of the film resonates perfectly with that of the music,” says David J.

Where: GET TICKETS http://www.davidjonline.com/TOUR.html

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Sleep Deprived Music Review: Y’akoto

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http://www.yakoto.de/

Although, Y’akoto’s album, “Mermaid Blues,” was released in 2017, it is exactly what I needed to hear today. Sometimes people need to hear songs with emotion and a story. Something that lets you be sad for a minute and then says it’s time to move on from sadness. Well, that’s what I am taking away from “Mermaid Blues.”

Y’akoto has been called a neo-soul singer. So there are elements of R & B, jazz and the blues. I wish that there were more singers like her. There are tons of great singers but so many don’t sing songs that are authentic.

Y’akoto is originally from Ghana but has lived in Germany and many other places.

My favorite songs on the album are “Drink My Friend” and “Fool Me Once.” If it was possible, I would listen to the album at a blues club that has a dance floor. There aren’t enough good blues clubs in the world. So in the meantime, we can just enjoy Y’akoto’s music wherever we can.

Links

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Y’akoto website

Y’akoto on Spotify

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Aspherium

Aspherium

If you need some progressive death metal to inspire you, may I suggest Aspherium’s latest album, “The Embers of Eternity.” The album would be appropriate to play to get pumped up for battle – you know, if we were Vikings. Maybe you have your own battle that you need to fight.

Aspherium is a progressive death metal band from Norway. They might even be descendants of Vikings.

I have been watching a lot of documentaries and fictional shows about Vikings. So it seems fitting to finally do this review of Aspherium. The post has been waiting in the wings for their time to be revealed.

You could say that today they have conquered all of the other blog posts. If I could, I would listen to this album while on a horse in a live action role playing game. I would make sure that “As We Walk Through Ashes” is playing at some point. It’s my favorite song on the album.

Maybe just seeing the band live would be sufficient. It’s probably easier than finding a horse that wants to be a nerd. I read somewhere that the band is into gaming. What are the chances that they would do a concert for a live action role playing tournament?

Band Members:

Marius Skarsem Pedersen: Guitars/Vocals,
Bjørn Tore Erlandsen: Drums,
Torgeir Lyby Pettersen: Bass,
Morten Nielsen: Guitars

Links:

https://aspherium.bigcartel.com/

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Sleep Deprived Music Review: Alice Boman

Alice Boman of Sweden released her debut album, Dream On, a few days ago. So take whatever money you have left in your post-holiday budget and support Boman in some way – buy her album, go see her live, snag the merch.

Boman’s music on the album feels ethereal and hushed – like Boman is sharing secrets with someone she trusts. It’s quiet yet powerful.

“I took instruments and recording equipment to a house in the countryside of Sweden for a few weeks to get away from everything,” Boman says. “To just focus on writing and playing. No distractions. Sometimes you need that distance to get into a flow.” 

 It’s a bit of electronic pop combined with folk. My favorite songs on the album are “Don’t Forget about Me” and “Wish We Had More Time.”

Boman doesn’t remind me of any musical artist in particular. I read that she wrote the music while listening to Portishead. If you have heard Portishead, you’ll hear their influence on this album.

I would like to listen to this album at a beach house that not in a tourist area. Maybe Maine . . .

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Sleep Deprived Music Review: The Battles of Winter

The Battles of Winter

The Battles of Winter released their album, At Once with Tattered Sails, in 2016 but it’s still worthy of mentioning. They haven’t posted anything on social media for several years. Hopefully, they are just going off the grid to make new music.

Some of their songs have a pirate theme. So maybe they are sailing around the world until they figure out if they want to set foot on land again.

It’s noisy post-punk. If they are on a ship, then it’s acoustic post-punk unless they have a system for generating electricity. Whatever The Battles of Winter plays – acoustic or electric- is beyond cool. My favorite song on the album is “Love’s White Thread.”

 

Their music reminds me of Midnight Oil and Depeche Mode but with a dash of post-punk. The Battles of Winter calls London their hometown when they aren’t sailing.

I’d like to listen to this album on a pirate ship with Anne Bonny and Mary Read. We’ll just be over here waiting for the return of The Battles of Winter from their nautical journey.

The Battles of Winter:

Alistair Gale (vocals/guitar)
Lucas Manley (guitar)
Graeme Dinning (bass)
Martin Good (drums)


Sleep Deprived Music Review: Toronto Blessings

Toronto Blessings – Asleep

Toronto Blessings album, “Asleep,” will keep you awake for days.

The album feels a little aggressive and in your face but it’s not a problem. Music is like that sometimes. Life is not all rainbows and sunshine and neither is music. Case in point – Toronto Blessings is brutally honest with their lyrics and music.

Their music is more punk/alternative than anything else. The band used to be in a heavy metal band – Cavorts. Apparently, they got bored and wanted to do something different. So Toronto Blessings was born. You can still hear a bit of the metal influences. Maybe it’s the loudness . . .

 

You would think that their hometown is Toronto. However, Toronto Blessings are not from Toronto. They are originally from Barnsley in South Yorkshire, England.

If we end up renovating our bathroom, I’m going to play this album. Dismantling the bathtub is going to require some aggression and a sledgehammer. Toronto Blessings is perfect for destroying things with sledgehammers and still being thoughtful about the process.

Band members:

Rik – Vocals/Bass
Dale – Guitar/Vocals
Murray – Drums/Vocals


Links

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Sleep Deprived Music Review: Fox Medicine

Fox Medicine

Portland band Fox Medicine released their album, Procedures Mystiques, in November. This is a fashionably late review.

Fox Medicine’s music is punk but not like most punk. It’s kind of weird and fuzzy but I’m ok with that. They refer to their music as “bubblegum doom.”

The first song on the album, “Comfort Pony,” reminds me a little bit of The Runaways. If The Runaways and Sonic Youth did Ecstasy and then had a musical baby, it would be Fox Medicine. No one needs to do drugs – just listen to Fox Medicine and it will be enough of an adventure. Honestly, the song titles are the best thing that I’ve seen today. I’m kind of partial to “Orion’s Pointy Belt.”

Neezy Dynamite (guitar/vocals) met Vanny Keeps (drums/vocals) at a Melvins show. They began playing shows in late 2016.

I think I would like to listen to this album at a Hello Kitty store or a hipster shoe store. I could never buy an unworthy pair of boots if Fox Medicine is playing.



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Sleep Deprived Music Review: Elliot Moss

Get excited because Elliot Moss will be releasing an album, “A Change in Diet,” on January 17, 2020. It will be released just in time for a new year, new you and all of that. There’s a month to watch the videos for “July 4” and “Barricade” while you are waiting for the album.

 

Moss writes and performs electronic music but not the kind that will get on your nerves. Think of it as electronic music with a heart and soul. My personal favorite songs on the album are “Barricade” and “Untroubled Mind.”

 

The music reminds me of some dubstep/electronic music that I have heard at music festivals. I miss going to hear music at festivals, just not a fan of the outdoor elements. However, I would weather most storms in order to hear Elliot Moss. He has the right mix of everything that is good – good vocals, good lyrics and good melodies.

Moss is from New York and still lives there. He’s going to be on tour so maybe you can catch up with him in a town near you.

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I want to listen to this album everywhere. Driving in the city. Dancing around the house. Bike rides. Hiking trails. Coffeehouses. Everywhere.


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