Sleep Deprived Music Review: Fairy Bones

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Fairy Bones will be releasing their third album, 0% Fun, on February 23.

What: It’s like punk-pop. It’s a little angry but with a hint of fun. Their music reminds me of that feeling of “Everything is awful but I can still poke fun at myself.” That’s what I think when I hear “No One Can Suffer Like I Can.” Some people are so dramatic that it’s funny.

 

“8 Ball” has a 60s surfer vibe, which I like. “I hate everything except surfing.” Maybe some of us can relate. Who can hate surfing?

“Killing Me” sounded a little bit like Sheer Mag.  The song has that same fuzzy distorted sound.

 

Where:

Fairy Bones on Bandcamp

Fairy Bones website

Fairy Bones on iTunes

 

I haven’t heard the whole album yet but I like what I’ve heard so far. So give this band your money. Also, go see them on tour. They haven’t set any dates as of today but there will be a tour. There’s always a tour.

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Sleep Deprived Music Spotlight: Leilani Wolfgramm

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In my spare time, I’ve been searching for Leilani Wolfgramm. Her style is a mix of Reggae and R&B. Her music is new to me. Her video found its way into the mix while watching the Dirty Heads and Bob Marley Videos. Sometimes YouTube is brilliant.

She has an album, Live Wire, coming out on February 23. Two of the songs have been released but I can’t find very much information about the rest of the album. There was one recent interview with Leilani Wolfgramm on Earmilk.

Her website doesn’t have any information about her at all. It’s like someone bought the domain but didn’t actually customize it. It’s kind of weird. Most musicians have a main website with an abundance of information and links to videos and social media.

So if you’re curious about Leilani Wolfgramm, I’ve included some links that are real and will lead you somewhere.

P.S. I finally found the whole album! I should be a music detective. If only that were a real thing.

P.P.S. Leilani – I know you’re busy. But you deserve a website that your fans can visit. Maybe you could hire someone to fix it?

Leilani Wolfgramm on Facebook

Leilani Wolfgramm on Twitter

Leilani Wolfgramm on Spotify

Leilani Wolfgramm on Sugarshack Sessions

Leilani Wolfgramm and Loved Ones video

 

 

 

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Michael Kiwanuka

 

 

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This review is more of a spotlight than an actual review. Most of my music reviews are suggestions. “Listen to this album. It’s amazing.”

Love & Hate is one of the best albums that I’ve heard in the last few years.

Love & Hate by Michael Kiwanuka was released in 2016. It’s still better than anything on the radio today. I read somewhere that he used to open for Adele.

I love his voice. It breaks my heart and then puts it back together. It’s the blues with a little soul, baby.

“Cold Little Heart” is one of my favorite songs – even beyond this album. It has a long intro but sometimes we need to be a little bit patient. I’m probably responsible for a large percentage of the Youtube views.

“I’ll Never Love” is also a great song. It makes me want to smoke a cigarette and stare longingly out of a train window. I don’t even smoke.

If you want to hear an album that will make you feel all of the feelings, then Love & Hate is a good place to start.

 

Cold Little Heart Video on YouTube

Michael Kiwanuka

Love & Hate on Spotify

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Lady Wray

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Lady Wray’s Queen Alone came out in 2016 but I just found it today. It’s not a secret that I love old school R&B/soul singers like Chaka Khan. Some singers are real beyond their talent and it shows in their music.

Lady Wray reminds me of all of those chicks from the 70s who really put their heart out there for everyone to hear. There’s also a hint of the Jackson 5 in the music.

She has had some success in the past but due to some minor setbacks, it took awhile to get her career going. It would be a shame to not listen to Lady Wray. So go out and listen to this album, follow her on Twitter, go see her shows. She is worthy of all of your devotion.

Lady Wray is magical.

Lady Wray on Twitter

Lady Wray on Spotify

Queen Alone album

Lady Wray “Do It Again” video. Youtube

Sleep Deprived Music Review: J and the 9s

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J and the 9s have a newer album available for your listening pleasure. I was supposed to tell you about this album a few months ago. Apparently, my brain was not cooperating. So this may not be an actual review – don’t be surprised most of my reviews are non-reviews. I mostly just point you in a direction of good bands and their albums

Their new album, the terrible twos, is available on Spotify, Amazon and iTunes.

Of course, I like it. I’m their number 1 fan of all time.

My only complaint is that it is a short album. There are only five songs. Two of the songs are the same, except that one is the radio version and one is not.

Their music reminds me of rebelling against adulting. Whenever I feel like I should be more like normal adults, I listen to J and the 9s. They have so much energy. Maybe the album is short because they are exhausted and have run out of candy.

 

P.S. Here are several links. (Since I am their #1 fan, I know all of their online hangouts. For the love of God, please follow them on Twitter.)

J and the 9s on Twitter

J and the 9s on Instagram

J and the 9s on iTunes

Terrible Twos on Spotify

J and the 9s website

J and the 9s on bandcamp

J and the 9s on cdbaby

Interview with . . . Fairy Bones

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    Photo credit: De Anastacia Photography

 

Fairy Bones seems like a fun band so an interview could be a good time for everyone involved. They might deny being playful but you guys will not be disappointed.

Fairy Bones is a rock band from Arizona. They are releasing their second album, 0% Fun, later this month. Band members are Chelsey Louise – Vocals / Guitar, Robert Ciuca -Guitar, Ben Foos – Bass, and Matthew Foos – Drums.

 

 

 


  • Where was your first show?

Ice House Tavern. And Ben, our bassist, didn’t show up.

  • How did you guys come up with the name?

In an ayahuasca fueled sweat lodge meditation session. It came to us from the ether.

 

  • Who does the art work for your merchandise?

A bunch of different artists. We like to collaborate. The latest “Stabbit the Rabbit” is by @alexbenson (of Okilly Dokilly) and our suicidal fairy is by @andrewcrystal_tattoer, my tattoo artist based in Arizona.

 

  • How much fun do you have on a daily basis?

0%

 

  • What is involved in having 100% fun during a show?

When the audience is having 100% fun.

  • What part of Arizona are you from?

Tempe!

 

  • Are you planning to tour this summer?

No.

  • Have any of you had a paranormal experience? Fairies, ghosts, witches. . . .

Oh yes. Matt, our drummer, is convinced he saw a UFO. Chelsey has seen a ghost. And Robert, actually, might be a vampire.

  • Are there any covers that you like better than the original?

Nancy Sinatra’s “Machine Gun Kelly”

  • Who would you like to record with?

Timbaland, Pharrel Williams, Lady Gaga, Radiohead, Josh Homme, Aticus Ross

  • How much fun did you have doing the “Killing Me” video? Who’s the best dancer?

0%. Ben is clearly the best dancer.

 

This is a note from their press release. If you’re in the Phoenix area, you could have 100% fun at their album release show.

*Fairy Bones will celebrate their sophomore effort on February 23rd at Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, AZ with support from their friends in Doll Skin, Bear Ghost and Paper Foxes. This event will be 16+ and tickets start at $12. Tickets go on sale February 17th, available through www.crescentphx.com.

Fairy Bones website

Fairy Bones on Twitter

Fairy Bones on Bandcamp

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Jacob Banks

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Do yourself a favor and listen to this album, The Boy Who Cried Freedom by Jacob Banks. I’m not telling you because Mr. Banks needs more views on YouTube. He doesn’t.

It’s an amazing album and you will be missing out if you don’t hear it.

His voice is definitely the best thing that I’ve heard in awhile. The music is a mix of soul and the blues. It’s not exactly like contemporary R & B music but if you like R & B you will probably love this album. Chances are that if you have ears, you will appreciate his voice.

You can find Jacob Banks and his music at the following links.

Jacob Banks website

The Boy Who Cried Freedom on Spotify

Chainsmoking video on YouTube