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Flawless Friday Video: New Language

Los Angeles alt-rock band, New Language, is following the rules by staying home. It’s for your safety as well as theirs.

While they’ve been home, New Language has made a new video for you guys to watch. It’s called, “No Time.” Most of us have more time on our hands than usual. So you will have plenty of time to check out the video, right?!

www.newlanguageband.com
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Interview with . . . LifeCycle

Today on the blog, we are welcoming LifeCycle of New Jersey. There is another band called Lifecycle; however, they are from London and play alternative/tribal music.

The LifeCycle that we are interviewing is definitely rock and roll. Let’s find out more about LifeCycle, shall we?

Who is answering the questions?

Scott Pustilnick – Bass Guitar and Backing Vocals

Band/Artist Name:

LifeCycle

Where was your first concert as a fan? As a performer? 

Going WAY back to my first concert as a fan…..electricity was just invented! My first as a fan was Van Halen in support of their first album. I was really young but my parents were into music and I was fortunate. 

As a performer, the Jersey Shore. I was in a cover band just finding my way and trying to get better.

Do you have a bucketlist? If so, what’s on it? 

I think to have a bucketlist , you have to be one of those people that refers to the bucklist.  I never refer to it so I have to say no, I don’t have one. Having said that, there are things that the band is working very hard to accomplish.  If LifeCycle had a bucket list, it would be touring Japan, then touring Japan again, and then finally touring Japan.

What was the last thing that you read?

Good Question!  I am reading a Steven King book right now but the last thing I read before this book is called “The Four Agreements”.  I highly recommend it if you are trying to be happy and not be an asshole to people you love.

What are you listening to at the moment?

JAZZ! I am down the “rabbit hole” with all things Jazz right now. From Chic Corea type fusion to more traditional Chet Baker and everything I can get my hands on.  Apple Music has been a game changer. For hardly any money , you can have more music then you could ever imagine. Not only is it convenient and you can share all this music with friends, Apple Music has the most obscure albums ever recorded.   

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing? 

We have a YouTube series called “A Day in the LifeCycle”.  It’s a look at the band off stage and its very stupid at times.  The band loves to do it and I end up editing the videos and releasing them every other week.  If I wasn’t a musician, I would be making videos for other musicians. I love it and its art. Art is art.

Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?

I think LifeCycle would benefit from a collaboration with Rick Wakeman.  Rick’s keyboards and piano work are insane and have been a part of progressive rock and he even played with Black Sabbath on some tracks.  Some of songs would really be a good fit for that kind of partnership.

What do you want people to know about your music?

I want people to know about our music….period.  It’s all about awareness. Our music is real and we actually play our instruments. The songs are put together well and we give a shit.  We don’t write things we cant play live. People are smart and can judge for themselves. We just thank everyone for taking the time to listen to us or watch us live.  LifeCycle totally appreciates your valuable time. Stay safe and may the Schwartz be with you!

Website: https://www.lifecycleband.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lifecycleband/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lifecycleband/?hl=en

Flawless Friday Music Video: Evildog

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Enjoy the new video, “Always Monday,” from Evildog. It is low-budget but I can appreciate that. The video isn’t cheap – it’s economical. They make it work with what they have plus clips from old movies. Plus, the song is awesome.

Evildog was formed in February 2018, in Málaga, Spain.

Evildog band members:

Victoria Villa, voz
Javi Tocino, guitarra
Sandra Martínez guitarra
Carlos Ospina, bajo
Alberto Martos, batería

Links:

Web: http://evildogband.com/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5uuSe5eklSAyI4cjTZWqMU
Bandcamp: https://evildog.bandcamp.com/releases
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/evildogband/

Meet and Greet: Tarah Who?

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Who: Tarah Who? of Paris and Los Angeles. They describe their music as cowpunk rock alternative grunge. I’m not sure what cowpunk is exactly but Tarah Who? knows who they are.

What: They have a new single, “Pantomath.” You can listen to it basically anywhere online.

Fun Fact: A pantomath is a person who wants to know and knows everything.


Where:

Links-

Tarah Who on Facebook

Tarah Who on Spotify

Tarah Who on iTunes

-PANTOMATH 

we are surrounded by “know it all” ‘s 

Just because of my gender 

I get a lot of man-splaining 

Hey ho hey ho , i am smiling at you but i know you’re wrong! 

You know better..

You can do it better..

So why aren’t you doing it yourself

Hey ho hey ho , i am smiling at you but i know you’re wrong! 

There isn’t a special way, and if there was, would we want to know it? 

Come on come on, yeah..

There isn’t one way for anything.

We are made different,

Our wishes are different

So please take that once and for all,

And stop showing me how life is..

Hey ho hey ho , i am smiling at you but i know you’re wrong! 

Because you must know by now, you must know by now,

That i don’t give a shhhhhhhhh

There isn’t a special way, and if there was, would we want to know it? 

Come on come on, yeah..

Let me tell you my little friend…

116 Days of Summer Guests: High Moonlight

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The band High Moonlight began their work in the late 90’s. At first it had a first name which was Evil Side and then Boots Goblins. The sound was more heavily encased in blues than metal itself, but they would soon begin to develop more precise and objective ideas.

If at the beginning the idea was to play covers of bands such as Sabbath, Dio, Purple and others, the focus now is also to focus on their own songs.

As with almost every band at the beginning of their journey, it was never easy to maintain a solid lineup at the beginning, so the hardest thing was having members committed to serious and focused work.

In the early 2000s the band had to cease activities returning years later with a new lineup.

In 2016 comes the first major opportunity for the band in their journey so far, which was to participate in the compilation Roadie Metal-volume 8 (Brazilian Heavy Metal Bands). Big names in national metal have already gone through this collection, Torture Squad, Claustophobia, Heaven’s Guardian, Fatal Scream are some of them.

High Moonlight’s main feature is its authentic, punctual, striking and creative guitar riffs (something that most bands have put aside a bit these days). Adding to that beautiful (and heavy) vocal melodies and inspirational solos, that’s it! This is the formula that composes and defines the band’s sound, without any obligation to the big bands of the world metal genre.

The lyrics cover conspiratorial subjects (aliens, occult government, existentialism), epic or intergalactic battles, and sometimes themes of contemporary pop culture as superheroes.

Currently the HML has been reformulated and has Robert Wagner and Robert Veck on electric guitars, Chris dos Anjos on vocals, Luciano on bass, Barreira on drums.

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Cristina Vane

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The title of Cristina Vane’s last EP is the story of my life – Troubled Sleep. 

If Vane and I were best friends, we’d probably take our motorcycles across the country. We’d be Thelma and Louise, except with motorcycles and guitars.

It’s just wishful thinking but this music is perfect for a road trip with your bestie. I don’t even have a motorcycle. I’m more interested in paddleboarding or kayaking.

I wonder what the odds are of taking a boombox on a paddleboard. I could play this album while crossing a lake.  Would it be easier if I had a bestie that could play guitar while we paddled down the river? We’d have to waterproof everything . . .

Am I even awake right now? Am I doing a non-review review again? Sometimes it’s just easier to tell you the impression that the album gives me. The impression tells me that we should go out west and soak in the blues wherever we can.

Make sure you check out Cristina Vane – either a live show or her music that is online. I don’t think I can paddle to her shows out west in time. Now that would be an adventure.

 

 

 

 

Cristina Vane website

Troubled Sleep album on Spotify

116 Days of Summer Guests: GhettoSongBird

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The year 2001, in my hometown Philadelphia, was my initiation into a world I had no idea that I was not supposed to belong in. My race, gender and passage from the hood did not equate to the sum of Rock artists that were being played on radio and television. It did not add up to what history required Rock‘n’Roll to be on the airwaves, at award shows, on the cover of magazines, in the latest music videos, displayed on CD covers or selling out stadiums globally.

Being a Black Woman in Rock, playing a hardcore lead/rhythm guitar and writing aggressive songs about social issues was not going to skyrocket my career back then, but it did land me on a mission to break glass ceilings and heavy concrete walls at the same time.

How did I get to stages, such as CBGB’S, some desired to know? What led me to produce my 1st EP “Alley Of The Earth” with Kenny Terry and Rosa Lee Brooks (a recording artist who wrote and recorded with Jimi Hendrix) in Los Angles, 2002? The mere notion that I DID belong and this majestic power driven music (that I fell in love with by listening to my mother’s record collection) called me through the voices of my ancestors who created every emotion of “race music” (the Blues and Rhythm and Blues) shapeshifting into Rock-n-Roll.

Learning about Sister Rosetta Tharpe empowered my journey (who lived her last days a few blocks from where I grew up in North Philadelphia). If she is the root of Rock music then I am definitely that flower sprouting out of the concrete sidewalk helping to keep the culture alive; growing and kicking ass in every sub-genre.

The awakening of my Enchanting Rock Goddess Tour gives me the unapologetic energy to celebrate everything I was told that I can not be in the rock music arena when I already am. I have to thank my Roxsploitation Band Ronin Ali and Chris Nelson for being the wings to help navigate me through this rock-n-roll Dream, that is indeed reality.

I had to pinch myself when legendary Rock venues such as The Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles (that I am performing at June 30th), The Bitter End in New York City (where I’ll be performing July 22nd) & the Troubadour in London (where I will rock November 27th) responded quickly to book me.  After 17 years of doing this the independent route, my urban legend is starting to take flight as wide as my gratitude. I am here, loud and clear in the name of Rock-n-Roll. Hell yeah!

For my tour schedule, my music and updates go to reverbnation.com/GhettoSongBird

My tour fundraiser:

Click here to support GhettoSongBird’s Diaspora Tour Fund organized by Samantha Hollins

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Stringer

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Stringer will be releasing their new album, “My Bad,” on June 29. The title of the album could be the title of my biography. I feel like this band gets into shenanigans on and off stage.

However, I feel like they take their music fairly seriously. Or they are just pretty talented and can get away with stuff.

I listened to a top-secret copy of the album. Some of the song titles are “Dead Horse,” “Ghosts,” and “Miss Slovenia.”

I wasn’t keeping my fingers crossed that the album didn’t suck. Apparently, crossing your fingers works because the album doesn’t suck.

“Halving” sounds so sweet but really the lyrics are a little twisted. My favorite songs are “Ghosts” and “Swimming.”

Some of Stringer’s songs remind me of Weezer but darker, punk rock and with more acoustic guitar. Stringer would be pulling pranks on Weezer 24/7. Now that would be something that I would watch constantly on YouTube. Stringer, can we make that happen?

Stringer on bandcamp

Cool dudes that send me cool music: http://www.earshotmedia.com/

Interview with . . . In Your Memory

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In Your Memory is a post hardcore band from Washington D.C., except for one band member from Cleveland.

Their latest album, Failure to Launch, came out in July 2017. You can find it at the usual places – Spotify, bandcamp, iTunes. In Your Memory just finished up a tour with Emery, As Cities Burn and LOYALS. The band members are Omar Veras, Casey Reid, Alex Scott, Troy Humphrey and Jonathan Shephard.

They are a band that is new to me and I wanted to find out more before they come back to Cleveland.  Omar Veras, lead singer of In Your Memory, fielded the questions on behalf of the band.

Who in the group is from Cleveland? How did they wind up meeting the other band members?

Casey is originally from Parma, which is right outside of Cleveland. We linked up through a friend that played in another local DMV band when we were auditioning new guitarists a few years ago.

Who is your favorite superhero? Real or fiction.

Not to be cliche but my mother…I’ve seen this woman go hell & back for her family sacrificing herself always. Even still after her heart attack, she kept a straight face, I love you vieja! On the fiction side…hands down The Flash is my dude!

Do you think that more kids will experience a failure to launch?

Hopefully they do. The way I see it failing is apart of life…show me someone who hasn’t failed and ill show you someone who isn’t successful.

Would people go to shows if they couldn’t take their phone?

I know so! It would turn into a “secret” that only those who join see. Plus other than chaos we also push our passion level to the limit which means anyone watching will feel like they are part of the show sharing those emotions in each song.

Does it bother you when people film the your shows?

I’m split down the middle! Although I’m all for “in the moment experiences” but I love the fact that you can also show your friends the chaos that goes on when IYM hits the stage. For me, as long as those folks bring more friends next time I’m for it!

Where was your first show?

One of the first shows I can remember was in Virginia when we opened up for Twelve Foot Ninja. That was the first time we were all comfortable enough to command the stage.

Who chose to do the Mulan cover? Do you still play it during shows? (The video is hilarious by the way.)

After bouncing several ideas around, Troy mentioned the song from Mulan. After several play throughs we all got on board. I’m glad you loved the video concept. No, lol we don’t play it live. I think I’ve played it live acoustically in the past but never full band!

What do you love about Washington D.C.?

The culture…I can honestly say DC is the melting pot of the US. We have it all!

Are there any videos that you watch repeatedly?

Lately, I’ve been glued to the NPR Music channel on youtube. It’s a series of stripped down songs performed by their artist. The top 2 I’ve been playing repeatable are the ones from Chance the Rapper & Anderson .Paak, you need to check those out!

Are there any causes/organizations that you support?

Definitely! All things against domestic violence and keeping everyone awareness of police brutality towards ethnic groups. A few local organizations that come to mind are BlackLivesMatterDMV.org and DCcadv.org.

Failure to Launch on Spotify

“I’ll Make a Man Out of You” video on YouTube

Cool Dudes that send me cool music: http://www.earshotmedia.com/

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