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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?

 


Sleep Deprived Music Review: Eva Under Fire

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What band? Name of album

Eva Under Fire. War. Their record label is Golden Dragon Records

The band members are as follows:
Amanda Lyberg – Vocals
Rob Lyberg – Guitar
Jeff Llewellyn – Bass/Vocals
Corey Newsome – Drums
Chris Slapnix – Guitar/Vocals

Genre

Rock and roll. Emphasis on the rock.

Is it good?

Yeah, I think it is. I was going to see them live but they cancelled. They’re from Detroit so there’s still a possibility of seeing them sooner than later.

 

Is it different?

Not necessarily. However, it’s still a pretty rockin’ album. I can see myself dancing around the house while listening to it.

Every song has a lot of energy. It could be the album that keeps me moving even though I’d rather be sleeping.

Does it remind you of other bands?

It reminds me of Lita Ford if she was the lead singer for the Black Veil Brides. It’s not a totally bad idea. . . .

Would you recommend it to other people?

Yes. Go listen to it.

Did you enjoy listening to the album?

I really did enjoy it. I will be listening to it again soon. My favorite song was “Good Morning Misery.”

Where can you find it?

Spotify, Google Play, Bandcamp.

You can also find t-shirts and other merchandise on Bandcamp. Eva Under Fire also has a Facebook Page and are on Twitter.

On a scale of 1 to 5 stars.

I would give it a  3.5 out of five stars.

 

Eva Under Fire on Twitter

 

Eva Under Fire video

 

 


Next to None: Heavy Metal Prodigies

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The kids in Next to None are young enough to still be considered prodigies. The band members are about 15 or 16 years old, which I’m sure makes people feel old.

All of that being said, they are really remarkable. They wrote their own music too, which is becoming more rare these days.

Their sound is a little progressive, a little hard rock, a little heavy metal. It’s all good. It’s better than good really. I am totally blown away by how mature their sound is. Hopefully, their voices maintain a similar quality after puberty is over.

Next to None will have their first album, “A Light in the Dark,” out anyday now.

Next To None includes Max Portnoy on drums, Ryland Holland on guitar, Kris Rank on bass, and Thomas Cuce on keyboards and lead vocals.

P.S. Remind me to hide my daughter when they come to town. I know, I know, I should take her to the show.

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