Sleep Deprived Music Review: Elke

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Elke quit her modeling career and changed her name. She’s also releasing an independent album this month. I admire her so much for taking a chance on herself. Not enough people want to take the risk that is involved in changing careers. Some people don’t even want to risk moving the furniture or changing their appearance.

 

Elke’s EP Bad Metaphors will be released on April 20. Her voice is a little bit different, kind of husky. However, she is worth taking a chance on – in the same way, someone took a chance on Nina Simone. (That might be a bad metaphor – just go with it.)

Until the album comes out, you can find her here – Elke on bandcamp and here – Elke on soundcloud.  

There are three songs on the EP. It still seems weird to me that there are singles, albums and EPs. An EP has more songs than a single but less than an album. I’m old school I guess.

Two Lives is my favorite song.

On a side note, after the Bad Metaphor album, this was my second favorite bad metaphor on the Internet: He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant and she was the East River. (Mistupid.com)

  • I received an advance copy so I could do a review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.
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Interview with . . . Mojave Nomads

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If I were in my 20s and could do life over, I think I might follow a band or two around the country. In a sense, I could be in a band like Mojave Nomads. Not like in the band – more like running the merch booth. It would be a cool gig – listening to bands, traveling, making a few bucks. I wonder if they could use a momager.

Tyler Harris, lead singer, told me about what the band is currently doing. There might even be an opening in the merch booth.

How have things changed since winning the “Catch a Break at AMS” opportunity? 

– AMS has really helped us so much, gear isn’t everything, but it does really help. Hooking us up with D’angelico, Orange, Shure and QSC has been game changing.

Will you be going on tour this summer? 

YES! Lots planned for this summer, going to try and tour as much as we can before we head back into the studio!

How does one get a job running the merch booth? Asking for a friend . . . 

– All you gotta do is ask, babe.

What is the biggest lesson that you’ve learned from being around the music industry? 

– Practice, Patience and Planning, things aren’t always going to go your way, but you better be ready for it when they do.

Where was your first show? 

– Our first show was in our drummer Cole’s backyard. Back Yard Bashers forever.

Is there anything interesting about Ogden, Utah? Isn’t there a dinosaur park there? 

– Ogden is really great, the local community of small businesses/artists is growing everyday and its really amazing to be apart of it.

Yes! LONG LIVE THE DINOSAUR PARK.

Who taught you about music? 

– I think we all pretty much learned from our parents/older brothers, and then we just all went from there!

What do you do when you’re not on tour or in the studio? 

– We really try and write songs all year long so that we are always improving, but besides that we try to stay in shape, try and watch good movies, and try not to drink too much ;)

Do you have a bucket list? If so, what type of things are on it? 

– Our band bucket list is too extensive, but a few are to:

  • Meet Nardwuar
  • Work with Danger Mouse
  • Play Red Rocks in Colorado

What do you guys eat while on tour? Any favorite diners/restaurants? 

– Cole only eats subway, but our favorite spot so far is Torchy’s Tacos in Austin, Bryton liked it so much he got a tattoo.

What do you want people to know about Mojave Nomads? 

– We aren’t going anywhere and we are ALWAYS having a good time.

Sleep Deprived Music Spotlight: RIMIDI

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Yesterday, I was watching Sugarshack Sessions on YouTube. Again. It’s one of my favorite things to watch. They have so many great bands.

Anyway, RIMIDI was on the video. It was the first time that I had ever heard her sing. I loved her voice so much that I wanted to know everything about her music.

Her last album was The Dopamine Collection, vol. 1. It was released in 2013. So it’s been awhile.

Her Facebook page had a post that hinted at something new on the horizon. It could be anything though. Please, please, please be a new album.

If you get a chance, check out RIMIDI’s album and social media pages. She is worthy of all of the adoration and support that we can give.

 

 

RIMIDI on bandcamp

RIMIDI on YouTube

RIMIDI on Facebook

RIMIDI on Sugarshack Sessions

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Typhoid Rosie

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Maybe I haven’t had slept enough. I’m listening to Typhoid Rosie’s latest album. Well, trying to listen. My kids are screaming “Look at Me!!” – while twirling the ribbons from their Easter baskets. The candy might be gone.

So this album is fitting. It has a lot of energy and says “Look at Me!!” I can’t say whether they have ribbons or candy but it’s possible.

I like the song “Pieces.” “Happiness” is also pretty good.

This is Now was released in March. You can find it on bandcamp. It’s worth a listen so check it out. For the best experience, give your kids a ton of candy and ribbons then turn up the volume. It will be super awesome I swear.

Typhoid Rose on bandcamp

Typhoid Rose on Soundcloud

Typhoid Rose website

 

 

 

Sleep Deprived Music Review: The Weeks

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Sometimes I make mistakes. . . well, this one was more of an oversight. I save albums to listen to at a later time and then I forget about them. Today, I’m trying to fix that issue. How could someone forget about The Weeks?

Their latest album, Easy, should not be forgotten. Go listen to it right now! Don’t let it collect dust.

The lead singer, Cyle Barnes, has an amazing voice that is reminiscent of John Cafferty. In case you’ve forgotten, John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band were basically Eddie and the Cruisers. It’s ok, I forgot who the real band was too. So Cyle Barnes is like John Cafferty but less Jersey and more Southern indie rock.

Things that I love about this album:

  1. The lead singers voice  . . . it’s like fireworks and summer. Super hot.
  2. Horns. I love a good horn section.
  3. The whole band is pretty rockin’.

 

When I was a kid, I was a huge Bo Jackson fan. Not only do The Weeks have a song and an album called “Dear Bo Jackson,” two of the band members have a Twitter account, @DearBoJackson. It’s all about sports if you’re into that sort of thing.

The real Bo Jackson is also Twitter @BoJackson. 

 

The Weeks website

The Weeks on Twitter

The Weeks on Spotify

Bottle Rockets Video on YouTube

 

Interview with . . . Attic Salt

The definition of Attic Salt is “refined incisive wit.” Although the band Attic Salt denies being refined, I suspect that they have an abundance of wit.

They may also hold the record for the shortest replies during one of these interview things. Still, they say a lot without saying much – sort of like Animal from the Muppets. It’s cool. Animal is awesome, just like Attic Salt’s drummer, Fred Malcom, who played this round of Twenty Questions.

 

Have you ever had a house with an attic?

Sure have.

 

Do you guys have a refined incisive wit?

Nothing is refined about us.

 

Is there anything that would keep you from doing a show?

Plenty of things.

 

What is something that people should visit when they are in Springfield?

Keep driving. Nothing to see here.

 

Have you ever been to Pouzza Fest before?

Nope, never before.

 

What’s the most punk rock thing that you’ve ever done?

No idea. We aren’t very punk rock.

 

What mode of transportation do you take while on tour?

A van.

 

Do you have any plans for the summer?

Practice shows and sweat.

 

Where was your first show?

A tiny apartment above a garage.

 

Let’s say you’re planning your last show – when you’re much older- what do you want it to be like?

Free drinks for the band.

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Attic Salt:

Lanny Durbin Bass

Alyssa Currie Guitar and Vocals

Fred Malcom Drums

Andy Harmon Guitar and Vocals

Attic Salt website

Attic Salt on Twitter

Sleep Deprived Music Spotlight: Lyia Meta

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It’s unusual for me to do reviews of singles. I’m a creature of habit so I’m still not doing single reviews. My friend, Jeff, at Electicmusiclover, recently did a review of Meta’s single. Oh, here it is:  Lyia Meta. Single Review “Without Walls”

However, I will say that if you want to check out Lyia Meta’s single. “Without Walls,” on Spotify that you won’t regret it. She’s got a great voice.

The word is that there will be an entire album released at some point in the near future. Until then, you can also visit her website. She’s also a multimedia artist. There’s interesting stuff on her blog.

 

Lyia Meta on Spotify

Lyia Meta on YouTube

Lyia Meta website