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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

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Sleep Deprived Music Review: In the Presence of Wolves

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In the Presence of Wolves released Of Two Minds, Stages 1-2: The Ape and The Cage at the end of June.

The piano on the intro “As We Speak, Pt. 1” is really beautiful. It’s a concept album so it’s not your typical hard rock/heavy metal stuff. Some parts are a little less melodic but I think it works. They describe themselves as progressive/ experimental/alternative. Mr. Cats and Guitars says that he also likes it and it’s “very technical.”

I like the lead singer’s voice. I don’t know what he looks like but I picture Jordan Catellano for some reason. (It doesn’t matter what he looks like but I was daydreaming while listening to this album. It’s a good album for daydreaming.

The band lineup includes:

Vini Stamato – Bass/Vocals
Chris Capitanio – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Mason Ingling – Drums/Vocals
Jim Ellis – Rhythm Guitar

They combine the jazz and rock so that no one will be hating on the jazz. Jazz is not everyone’s favorite but we wouldn’t have a lot of music if it weren’t for jazz.

I haven’t found anything that I don’t like about this album. It’s groovy and it rocks at the same time. This album was really enjoyable to listen to and I would do it again.

 

You can find the album and other band information by clicking on the following links:

In the Presence of Wolves on Bandcamp

In the Presence of Wolves on Twitter

In the Presence of Wolves website


Sleep Deprived Music Review with Cats & Guitars: Aviator, Loneliness Leaves the Light on For Me

My daughter has a boyfriend – Mr. Cats & Guitars. He’s a parent’s worst nightmare – he’s a dreamy long-haired musician. He’s funny and polite. It just reminds me how much harder I have to work to keep him from making out with my daughter. I mean look at him dammit. Just look.

 

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photo by Jen Gore. I think

It’s best to keep dreamy musician boyfriends occupied so I gave Mr. Cats & Guitars an assignment. (Cue evil laughter here.)

Two weeks ago, I asked Mr. C & G,  to listen to this album and to tell me his opinion. So in the answer section, he is C & G and I’m H.

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Who:  Aviator

What: Loneliness Leaves the Light on For Me.

Where:

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Was it good?

H: It’s full of enough angst to get through a five mile bicycle ride. I have trouble running or cycling to happy songs. Happy pop songs make me want to sit by the lake and meditate or take a nap. This album is definitely not for meditating. It’s more for angry running or using a punching bag.

C&G: Yes.

Can you understand the words?

H: I cannot understand 90 % of the words but I understand the feeling of the songs. That’s what matters, right? How many bands have lyrics that anyone understands?

I liked the song, “I Wouldn’t Leave Here if You Paid Me.” People can probably relate to not wanting to leave the house.

C&G: Yeah for the most part

What is not so good?

H: There’s one song, “End Scene,” that I didn’t really care for too much. The vocals were too screechy. (We’re very technical with our musical definitions around here.)

C&G: The quality could be better, some parts play too long taking the viewer away from the music kinda like a run on sentence

Would you recommend it?

H: Yeah, I would. It’s a pretty good album. If I had to rate it, maybe a 7 out of 10.

C&G: Yes I would. It has trippy atmospheric parts and heavy parts almost like Deafheaven meets Underoath. Catchy choruses. The instruments sound good. Good vocals.

 

Thanks for visiting –  but dammit, now I have to go think of more time-consuming activities for Mr. C&G to do this summer


Sleep Deprived Music Review: The Crane Wives, Foxlore

The Crane Wives, a quartet from Grand Rapids, Michigan, remind me that there is still really great acoustic rock bands out there. In the past, I listened to a lot of acoustic music. (Hellooooo Lilith Fair, I miss you so much.)

The Crane Wives are close enough to where I live that it’s possible to catch a live show.

The album, Foxlore, was released in 2016. They write their own music. It comes from an honest place. In fact, their bio on Facebook says that their interests are, “Creating honest music and sharing it as much as possible.” I believe them.

Their music is like Indie- Pop-Rock, sort of like Jewel but more upbeat. They use three part harmony and acoustic instruments in most of their songs.  I love all of their songs, but “Curses” and “The Ghost”  are my personal favorite.

Kate Pillsbury and Emilee Petersmark are the lead singers. They both play the guitar too. Bassist Ben Zito and percussionist / vocalist Dan Rickabus round out the band line up.

Foxlore on Spotify

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Sleep Deprived Music Review: Saint Cecilia, Entrance

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Saint Cecilia has released a CD called “Entrance.”

What: It is like pop music but better. She plays most of the instruments on the album.

You can find the album here.

Saint Cecilia, Entrance on Bandcamp

Saint Cecilia on Spotify

If you’re searching for Saint Cecilia make sure that it’s not a link to the Foo Fighters. I love the Foo Fighters but their Saint Cecilia is different.

This album is much lighter and happier than what I usually listen to. It’s an alright album. The first few songs sound alike. I thought that it was just one long song. The people on Bandcamp really love this album. I’m not in love with it yet. Maybe I’ll fall in love with it by the second or third date.

My youngest kid would probably like it. She’s into happy, bouncy songs. I can see her painting and singing along to the music.

I love the album cover. She looks like a mermaid with legs.  What do you think?

 

If anyone else listens to Saint Cecilia, let me know your thoughts.

 

 


New Songs and Stuff: J and the 9s

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Dear J and the 9s,

I just can’t quit you J and the 9s. Whenever I try to listen to something else, I always come back to your music.  No one is more excited that you have new music than me.

It has so much energy, which many of us lack. Maybe we’re living vicariously through your band. You guys are out there living the dream. I cannot even find my coffee right now.

So your music could help to save the day. Maybe your music will help people to discover their untapped potential and live their own dreams. Maybe not.

At the very least, the music that you make is a mood booster. Who doesn’t need something to lift their spirits? Until I find my coffee, your music will have to fill the void.

Thanks for being awesome!

Love,

Me . . . . again

P.S.

J and the 9s on iTunes

J and the 9s video on Pancakes and Whiskey


Sleep Deprived Music Review: Mosey

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What band? Name of album

Mosey. The Way We Remember. Their record label is Know Hope Records.

Genre

They are listed under alternative rock and punk rock. I think they are alternative and slightly punk.

Is it good?

It’s a pretty decent album. I have no complaints. It’s a little more laid back than what I usually listen to on the radio.

Is it different?

Not exactly. Sometimes every band sounds like ten other bands to me.

Does it remind you of other bands?

It reminds me a little bit of Weezer. Not entirely. I think the lead singer sounds like the singer for Death Cab for Cutie.

Would you recommend it to other people?

Yeah, I think other people will like it. It’s not offensive. Hardly any cursing or screaming. So if you like cursing and screaming, you might not like this album as much.

Did you enjoy listening to the album?

Yes, it was enjoyable. I didn’t feel like stabbing myself in the ears so that is a plus.The song, “By Heart,”is also really good.

I like the song “Know Your Hair.” However, I am obsessed with my hair.

 

Where can you find it?

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Mosey Bandcamp

Mosey on Twitter

On a scale of 1 to 5.

I’m terrible at giving scores. How about a 3.5?

 


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