Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Ben Dunham Partners With Award-Winning Songwriter Dave Gutter On New Single, Talkin' Down

Producer and musician Ben Dunham announced today the release of his single, "Talkin' Down," on Friday, February 16, 2018. The exclusive release party will be hosted at Sweet Melissa's, 4 Langdon Street, Montpelier, Vermont, at 9:30 p.m. The release party will feature original live music and is open to the public. More information on the venue can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/190286301552235/

Recorded at The Halo Studio in Portland, Maine, "Talkin' Down" was written by Dunham with vocal collaboration from Dave Gutter, the frontman of Rustic Overtones, a psychedelic rock band out of Portland, Maine. Dunham's partnership with Gutter began after he received a stylistic comparison to the artist during the promotion of his latest album, The Backline Collective, which was released in July of 2017.

The punchy, polished track comes in just under four minutes and captures raw, dark emotions. According to Dunham, "The single was inspired by how our thoughts and words carry more weight than we may realize and how people's personal struggles often make it easier to bring others down."

Beyond partnering with 13 artists on his first album, Dunham has worked and toured with an impressive roster of musicians, such as the hip-hop funk band Dysfunkshun, Madou Dembele, and now Dave Gutter. He hopes to keep the collaborations coming in his second album, a continuation of the Backline Collective, which will be released later in 2018.

On his partnership with Gutter, Ben said, "I have been a big fan of Dave for a long time now, so I was excited to get to partner with him on my newest single. Dave has worked with many big names like Bowie, Aaron Neville, Gramatik, and Eric Krasno. For him to take the time to work with me was incredible, and I think our hard work comes through in the single."

Dunham's single will be available on Reverb Nation https://www.reverbnation.com/bendunham

About: Ben Dunham started his music career as a teenager, playing in bars and local hotspots. Anchored by a love for the bass, Ben enjoys composing music and lyrics and has contributed to many bands throughout his career. He continues to play in several bands throughout the Green Mountains of Vermont and beyond, and knows no bounds when it comes to genre.


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Get Loose With Vidorra's Standout E.P. "Full Speed Ahead My Boy"

Vidorra's latest EP "Full Speed Ahead My Boy" is the perfect slice of hip hop influenced club music to smash up the dance in 2018. Percolating with a low bass end rumble, plenty of festival-ready hooks and a forward-leaning swagger which captures the best of what urban music can be; Vidorra is a breath of fresh air and welcome addition to global landscape of youth culture. The future is bright for this talented artist!

The "Full Speed Ahead My Boy" EP features the tracks: "New Wave, Don't Be Afraid", "Full Speed", "Make It Pop (feat. Dimi Marc)", and "The City". Each of these displaying incredible creativity and a future looking sensibility which helps pull this visionary talent to the front of a crowded pack. As someone who can unite global dance and urban culture, Vidorra is an important artist with a unique story to share with the world.

Hailing from Birmingham in the United Kingdom, 18 year old artist, producer and multi instrumentalist Vidorra is an innovative creator with his finger on the pulse of what's hot. Bursting onto the scene in 2017 with debut single "M.I.A" featuring American hit singer and songwriter Mickey Shiloh, who was first signed and developed by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins. Mickey would go on to write and feature on records for Wiz Khalifa, Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Lopez, gaining Vidorra immediate support from the likes of Music Week, Record of The Day, Certified UK, IX Daily, and Zero Magazine.

Not content to merely simmer in the underground, Vidorra went all in on his next project, the EP "Riches", a joint effort with LA by way of Detroit rapper Young Twaun, whose notable credits include winning the Jack Daniels competition 遷ack'n-For Beats' judged by Kid Ink, DJ Envy and Angela Yee of HOT 97's - The Breakfast Club.

In February 2017, Vidorra won Best Young Act at The Music Awards of Staffordshire and Cheshire. Vidorra was also nominated for Best Electronic Act. After landing a slot on the mainstage of Lymelight Festival in April 2017, Vidorra would focus his attention on his next single, the fiercely anticipated "Clarity", released on his own label WhatSheOrder in June 2017.

As 2018 is just beginning to get underway, Vidorra has his eyes on the prize as he continues to make the power moves necessary to reach the top. Not someone to sit back and watch, this 18 year old prodigy is doing it, and making it happen. A true inspiration for the bedroom producers everywhere, Vidorra is an exciting addition to the overly saturated and increasingly formulaic landscape of contemporary popular youth orientated music.

Check out Vidorra's future classic EP "Full Speed Ahead My Boy"!


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hybrid Studios Hosts Annual NAMM Afterparty

Hybrid Studios hosted its fourth annual NAMM afterparty, Hybrid Happy hour 2018, at their Santa Ana location on January 26th. Presented by Stacks FX, Towne Park Brewery, The Arts & Learning Conservatory, and Angeline Vineyards & Winery, with Genelec, Lewitt, and Applebox Network, the sold out event featured an In-n-Out food truck, open bar, and performances from Bearwulf, The Shakes, and Bird & The War. Complimentary shuttle service to and from the Anaheim Convention Center was available throughout the night to make travel simple for NAMM attendees and convention sponsors.

"We were thrilled with the turnout again this year," said Hybrid Studios Manager, Mike Miller, "The party is an opportunity for NAMM attendees to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the convention, have some drinks, relax, and listen to some great music. It also gives our industry sponsors a chance to show and discuss their products in their natural environment. We had Stacks FX in Studio B, while Lewitt and Genelec shared the control room in Studio A. Our alcohol sponsors were a huge hit as well. We can’t thank Towne Park and Angeline Vineyards enough for providing their amazing products for the party."

Every year Hybrid Studios tries to improve and add new elements to the annual event. For 2018, the studio implemented a live stream of the event on Hybrid's Facebook page through Applebox Network, a resident partner of the Santa Ana production facility. Applebox host Kevin Allen interviewed Lewitt Founder and CEO, Roman Perschon, Genelec's Eastern Territory Sales Manager, Paul Stewart, and Bearwulf front man, Rob Gravely. Hybrid Manager, Mike Miller, interviewed Stacks FX Founder, Brian Frederick, and singers from Bird & The War and The Shakes, Chris Chavez and Sean Perry respectively. Craig "Burnie" Burns interviewed select partygoers throughout the night, and performances from all three bands were streamed live as well. A highlight video and photos from the event will be available soon on Hybrid's facebook and http://www.HybridHappyHour.com/.

About Hybrid Studios
Hybrid Studios is a fully integrated multimedia production facility in Orange County, CA. Not only does Hybrid feature a state-of-the-art analog & digital recording studio; it also boasts a massive sound stage, including a pre-lit cyclorama. Equipped with the best gear and an experienced staff, Hybrid provides a variety of products and services to clients across the creative spectrum from recording, mixing and mastering to video and photography.

For more information on Hybrid Studios, please visit https://www.hybridstudiosca.com

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Singer/Actor Ronny Cox Wins RoundGlass Award

RoundGlass Music Awards has announced Ronny Cox the winner in the Best American Roots Song category for his song "Bus To Baltimore".

The Awards took place at the Edison Hotel in New York City on Friday, Jan. 26.

Other winners at the RoundGlass Music Awards included Ringo Starr & Friends for Now the Time Has Come - (Song of the Year and Best Pop Song), Jessica Kelly for Little Thing - (Best Music Video) and Kato Hafez for Belad ElAkhlaq (Land of Morals) - (Best Rock Song).

RoundGlass Music Awards was founded by Grammy winning composer, producer and conservationist Ricky Kej. The mission of RoundGlass is to bring together a large International community of musicians who create socially responsible music for wellness, environmental consciousness and peace.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Music And Kids Joins Forces With Carnie Wilson, With Plans To Provide One-on-One After-School Music Education To Thousands Of Middle And High School Students

Music and Kids (www.musicandkids.org) is a newly-formed 501(c)(3) non-profit organization started by singer-songwriter and performing artist Chuck Murphy, who resides in Palmdale, California, in the heart of the Antelope Valley. At the 2017 Almond Blossom Festival, Chuck Murphy was presented with the Quartz Hill Chamber's Person of the Year Award for his service to the community. Murphy's tradition of service continues with the formation of Music and Kids and its contributions to the communities in the Antelope Valley and beyond.

The mission of Music and Kids is to bridge the growing gap between government-funded educational programs in music and private funding.

In keeping with their mission, the first initiative by the Music and Kids organization involves providing one-on-one, after-school music instruction to 1,000 middle and high school students starting in the Antelope Valley of California and expanding to Southern California. To get this started, the first promotion, the Jr. Star Search Competition, will be a karaoke-style singing competition at the Almond Blossom Festival, hosted by the Quartz Hill Chamber of Commerce, on March 10th and 11th, 2018 in George Lane Park, Lancaster, CA. The Jr. Star Search Competition will involve 50 student performers enrolled in grades 6-12 (ages 12-18) in schools located in the Antelope Valley and 10 six-month scholarships will be awarded at the event. Registrations will be accepted through February 9, 2018. The application can be found online at www.musicandkids.org.

Joining Music and Kids as a celebrity judge for the Jr. Star Search Competitio is Carnie Wilson of multi-platinum award winning Wilson Phillips and Love Bites by CarnieŽ (https://lovebitesbycarnie.com).

A second promotion is planned for the Coachella Valley region of California later in the spring of 2018.

Music and Kids will expand these efforts throughout Southern California and eventually nationwide in coming years. As the program expands, Music and Kids will visit schools all over the United States to raise awareness of the number of opportunities there are for performers as players of musical instruments or singers; or the support team as songwriters, recording engineers, and producers.

Music and Kids will be looking for the flowers in the field -- the students that are already standing out with their natural musical ability that may or may not be getting the ongoing education to develop their talent. Music and Kids will then help guide the students and parents with information and assist with scholarship funding when funds are available.

Music and Kids will join with communities to develop ongoing programs and events to continue the awareness for the need for music, music education, and the love a community can build through music.

The Almond Blossom Festival and the Jr. Star Search competition are free and open to the public, so Music and Kids relies on corporate and other community partners to provide volunteers to help defray costs and to contribute funding to the Music and Kids on-going one-on-one music program. Jr. Star Search sponsors will receive favorable publicity for supporting this novel event. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Music and Kids at (661) 435-3143 or email cmurphy@musicandkids.org. We have a variety of packages and will gladly customize a sponsorship package to accommodate your needs and/or budget.

Related Links:
Music and Kids: http://www.musicandkids.org
Quartz Hill Chamber of Commerce: https://quartzhillchamber.com
Chuck Murphy: http://www.chuckmurphy.net
Chuck Murphy YouTube Video Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjCv8GDPb9bjfDbRgDOfw04cQABBbfB9u


Monday, April 9, 2018

Singer/Songwriter Mandy Bon Releases "Traffic Jams" EP

Singer/Songwriter Mandy Bon has released 'Traffic Jams,' an EP made up of four original songs sharing the artist's insights into the ups and downs of life. Each song on the EP, 'Super Glue,' 'LA Traffic', 'Only A Fake' and 'Saying Goodbye', have corresponding music videos that can be seen here. The objective of the EP is to gain the artist representation by a major or independent record label.

Bon, a music major who plays piano, guitar and ukulele, decided to compose original music that reflected being a young twenty-something musician wondering aloud about her life path. "I get lots of ideas driving in L.A. traffic," says Bon. "A lot of songs come to mind." 'LA Traffic' highlights Bon being scared of commitment but willing to take the risk when she first started dating her future husband. "I was feeling very unsure about the direction of my life, was very nervous, I think people can relate," says Bon. "Kiss me in LA Traffic Take it slow we'll keep it classic Don't know where we're going But I'm not running away from You... You, me, and LA."

Getting Stuck
Another song on the EP titled 'Only A Fake' chronicles the universal frustration of getting stuck, with the anger being vented on oneself. "I wrote this when feeling very discouraged," says Bon. "In the end, the song is about pulling yourself out of that hole and keep stepping forward. Things will get better, even if at first it doesn't feel that way. We all have moments where we compare past with present." "Guess I'm only a fake Nice and neat for a day Pack away my mistakes Guess I'm only a Fake."

Uke Ballad
'Super Glue' is a ukulele-propelled ballad of love written to Bon's husband. The corresponding music video has the artist playing uke while flipping boards highlighting both her art and lyrics. "And I like you, even when I bug you, and actually I love you, alot!"

Bon hooked up with violinist Maile Hutchinson to breathe life into 'Saying Goodbye', "an honest song poured out of me when I felt absolutely devastated." "I'm a mess Watch me cry Driving home Dripping Sky." "Ok, so basically a very cheery song," adds Bon with a laugh. For the EP, Bon composed, recorded and mixed each track. Bon also helmed most of the music video production herself.

About Mandy Bon
Mandy is a Los Angeles based singer/songwriter/composer. For more information, contact her at mandy@bonproductions.com


Friday, April 6, 2018

Can You Cover A Song In Just One Week?

Split Sounds, a new music company focussing on innovation and new digital products, has announced the worldwide launch of its first initiative Cover in a Week. Each week, the Cover in a Week team partners with music publishers to hand-select a new song for artists to cover. Artists are tasked with making the most original and entertaining arrangements they possibly can, with the best recordings being selected for potential sync placements in movies, TV shows, ads or playlists.

"With Cover in a Week, we are aiming to connect the dots between unsigned artists and producers, and the publishers representing the greatest songwriters in the world. Film and television producers as well as advertising agencies are continually looking for unique and interesting versions of great songs, and getting a song placed in these can help establish an aspiring artist's career" co-founder Hilton Rosenthal said.

In addition to licensing and sync opportunities, Split Sounds has partnered with The Orchard for global distribution across all online platforms for select Cover in a Week versions.

Split Sounds has been created by father and son duo Hilton and Nick Rosenthal. Hilton has had a distinguished 40-year career in the music space having run international record labels, publishing companies and producing major international artists including work with Paul Simon, Carole King, Johnny Clegg and Harry Belafonte. Nick has been an entrepreneur and product innovator since age 14, and has been featured at South by Southwest and Midem as well as conferences and events in the USA, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland and Greece. He helped launch AWAL’s Label Services division (later acquired by Kobalt Music Group) and has been a consultant to Coke Music and MTV in the areas of music marketing and digital strategy.

"Covers have become an integral part of the music industry ecosystem, yet they remain fragmented and artists have not yet harnessed their potential. Cover in a Week is the perfect first step for us to begin developing our vision and platform to power the future of the music industry" Nick Rosenthal said.

Cover in a Week is now accepting entries for the first featured song, with many more to come. Artists interested in being part of the challenge can visit www.coverinaweek.com to enter.


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The 60th FYC Album By Various Artists Features Talented Indie Artists That Were On The 1st FYC Grammy Awards® Ballot

Bongo Boy Records releases an double cd album that captures the moment of independent music that were on the 1st Grammy Awards® ballot. The album titled The 60th FYC Album by Various Artists is digitally released today.
Physical albums are available during Grammy® Weekend in New York City and the World.
This album includes music that was indeed on the 1st voting ballot.

Album Available at: https://bongoboyrecords.com/the60thfyc/
Download at CDBABY: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/the60thfycalbum
iTunes, Amazon, MyMusic, KKBox and many others Worldwide including Asia.

M U S I C * R E V I E W
by The Grouch

Hej America!
The other day my friends at Bongo Boy sent me a preview copy of a new double album they are releasing. The name of the album is The 60th FYC Album and features talented Independent Artists were on the 1st Grammy Awards® ballot and is releasing THE 60th FYC album(cd). Talented, indeed, as I scroll through the roster of names on the track list I see some of my personal favorites.

1. Paula Boggs Band - Benediction 4:07 - Man, you have to dig the bass that starts off this track. One would have to be totally devoid of soul to not feel the groove. The piano that comes in is excellent. Paula's band proves that a band can be laid back and still rock! Lest you think the only thing that rocks are the musicians playing instruments, I would be delinquent in my role as a music critic if I did not mention that Paula has a God-given gift with her voice! In other words, she blows my mind.

2. Acoustic Radio - Better Man 3:54 - Next up is Acoustic Radio. This is a County jam that really reminds me of the old Allman Brothers' Band. For those of you have dismissed Country as being the lame music of ‘fly over states', listen to this song and tell me the man cannot sing and the guitar does not rock! Rock it does! Lest we forget, Rock and Roll is, in its essence, a blending of the blues which came from Africa and was changed into the blues in North America and Country which is connected to connected to the immigrants from Scotland and Ireland who settled in Appalachia. The combination of these two genres gave birth to a form of music that changed the world. Coming from the Country side of Rock and Roll, Acoustic Radio greatly contributes to the canon of music we all enjoy.

3. Elise Lebec - Queen of Light 4:36 - Man, I dig that percussion that starts off the track, before what sounds like a violin comes in with the melody. The focus, for me anyway, is on Elise's beautiful voice. Naturally, the players with her play as well as she sings, and I am a sucker for strings played well, but I just cannot get past that voice. Simply put, I feel like I have heard an angel backed by a smoking rhythm section with a violin player who can make the instrument talk. My only complaint is that at just over four and one-half minutes, the song ends too soon.

4. Martha Reich - The River 4:38 - This track starts with some beautiful keyboard work which is accentuated by some very nice strings. Martha's voice is nothing short of sublime. I am not really sure what genre of music this is, so I will simply call in "beautifully played moving music" In other words, if my dentist played Martha's music it would ease my sense of dread each time I visit him. This truly is a very beautiful song.

5. Donna Scott - Carnival 4:31 - Oh yeah, I dig the funky into that leads off with some wicked percussion. Then a jazz piano kicks in and I realize that this is essentially a Jazz piece. Now, in full disclosure, I usually loath Jazz. The reason is simple envy. I am an old Punk rock drummer and as such have difficulty counting beyond four. I cannot put my finger on it, but I am able to see what Donna and her wicked rhythm section is doing. I am actually able to follow this track and I find myself grooving to it. By the end of the song I have the big goofy grin I get when I really like something. When you add Donna's great voice over the band of massive players who are without a doubt enjoying themselves, you end up with a very special song.

6. Big Bone Daddy - All My Time 5:10 - Big Bone Daddy is one of my all time favorite Bongo Boy artists and I am very happy this song is included on this album. You MUST listen to this track. Each time I listen to this track, which is often, I swear it is a cover, but for the life of me I cannot place it. I am reminded of Procol Harum, but I am also reminded of the first music I ever really spent time listening to, that is Motown. Having been raised in Detroit, this was the music that was in the water. Everything out of Detroit has been touched by Motown (Yes, even Nugent lists Motown as a major influence.) and this track would fit right in. I swear this song should have been, (if it wasn't,) in the movie The Big Chill. Excellent work guys. I am emotionally moved each time I listen to this track.

7. Murat Ses - No No More 3:52 - Now, for something completely different. This track is a heavy synth track. Murat Ses is nothing if not energetic. This track is sure to get the dancers and ravers up and moving. She has a good voice and the song does groove. I particularly enjoy the sections of the song in which the bass is accentuated.

8. Maryann - Hips, Lips & Eyes 3:13 - Good God, I dig Country with a sense of humor. The song starts out with a Country vibe, before going into a Jerry Lee Lewis type of 50s Rock and Roll. The old-school horns in the background totally rock! Man, I hope those cats are wearing fedoras and shades. The thing that gets me are the lyrics. Ok, ok, Maryann does indeed sing well, in fact the song would suck if she didn't, but what I really like is this is an old-time seduction manual. I want to hang with Maryann!

9. Laura Ainsworth - The Man I Love Is Gone 4:18 - Man, oh man, what a voice!! Where does Bongo Boy find all of these fantastic female vocalists. This is a Jazz/Blues track that just demands to be played in a smoky underground club at 3:00 AM. But, wait there is more, the horn man is incredible. This is such a subtle groove, the drummer is using brushes, yes brushes! Talk about laid back intensity, this track is blisteringly cool in a 40s pre-Rock and Roll sort of way. Excellent work!!

10. Ricky Persaud Jr. - Reggae Blues 3:36 - Rick, I am a huge fan! For those who don't know Ricky is nothing short of a genius. He is a master of many instruments and I don't even think he has turned 20. This song is no exception. The intro builds into a thundering blast of sound that would make Clapton proud. I swear with those blistering notes, I hear a little Eddie Van Halen influence as well. Then the listener realizes that this is a Reggae song, but the kind of Reggae Carlos Santana would play. Complex, heavy, incorporating horns and spot on - as close to perfection as a recording can get. I really hope to see Ricky in person someday.

11. Maryann - Transparent World 2:57 - Maryann is back, and I am really digging the guitar intro. Those chords rock. Then her voice comes in and BOOM, there it is, ROCK -N- ROLL. The drums are heavy; the man knows how to pound. The guitar just lays down chord after chord in an excellent riff. I am not sure if this is a religious song, but in all honesty, I could not care less. She could be singing Pink Fluffy Unicorns Dancing on Rainbows for all I care. The music and her voice are incredible. I still want to hang with Maryann!

12. Vikku Vinayakram & The Selvaganesh Family - Guru Stotra ft. Siddhant Bhatia 6:01 - This is an interesting song. As he is not singing in a language I understand, I have no idea what he is singing. I can say that he has a good voice. I dig the percussion. I am reminded of when the Beatles went to India. There is a definite groove here and he seems to be rapping or at least trading licks between his voice and the percussion. Overall, this is a very interesting song.

13. Ingrid Nomad - No Mind 5:10 - We are back to something I am a little more familiar with. This sounds like a Cool Jazz track to me. The sound effects made by the extended cymbal ringing are cool and add to the atmosphere. The players are all very good with the bass and piano dominating the instruments. Ingrid has a magnificent voice that I really enjoy. Overall, this is a very mellow groove and I dig it. In fact, as the piano takes the lead, I am surprised how much I dig this song. I have the same feeling I had the first time I heard Traffic's the Low Spark of High Healed Boys, although the piano in this track is a bit more on the Jazz side, I am still captivated.

1. Frank Piombo - Keep It Movin'4:02 - Album two starts off this a jazzy piece that could have been featured at Studio54 back in the day. The players are all very good and the guitar does open up with a slightly effect-laden solo, before the horn steps up and blows some wicked notes. Then about two minutes fifteen seconds in the band changes tempo slightly in what turns out to be a bridge, before going back into their own version of Jazz Funk. It's cool Frank, you have kept my attention which is difficult to do and, really, I like your song!

2. Maryann - HITF 060617 3:50 - Maryann is back again. Man, this band just does not quit. This time out they are showing that they can play Pop tracks as well. The thing is that this is really good Pop, that could be an earworm. I have come to the conclusion that Maryann is simply a very talented and versatile band whom I really would like to see in person. Any chance you will be in Sweden this summer?

3. Beto Hale - The Only One 4:26 - This is a very sensitive song that is sure to make your girlfriend happy. Musically, there is enough guitar and the bass/drums are locked in, so I think a lot of guys will dig it too. I am reminded of Eddie Money. I remember, my girlfriend saying that Two Tickets to Paradise was so sensitive and beautiful and all I could think was "Yeah, and that guitar rocks."

4. Jordan Green - Take A Ride 2:57 - Jordan Green has scored a major hit with this Country/Pop jam. Jordan has a good voice and the absolute Country backup singers add to the song. Then at about the 1:40 mark Jordan opens up and shows the world what Country Rock guitar sounds like. Overall, this is an excellent jam that I will be listening to in my car as I curve around these mountain roads.

5. Ban Brothers - Tumi Bhorer Paakhi (female) 5:14 - This is another very interesting song, as I do not understand the language in which she is singing. What I do understand is what their stringed instruments are doing. I say stringed instruments, because I am not 100% sure what is being played. It sounds like a guitar, but as this is a type of music I have never heard, it could be some exotic instrument that I am not familiar with. In any case, the strings, the percussion, and her voice all combine to make an interesting, as well as infections song that demands a second listen.

6. Kathryn Shipley - Shine Your Love 3:53 - I dig the old 60s organ combined with the guitar that starts out what seems to be a rocking spiritual. Kathryn has a very good voice and the soulful background singers add to the groove. Man, if this is what Kathryn's church sounds like, sign me up. Growing up Lutheran, I feel ripped-off, our church had sucky music. If we had had music like this I might have paid more attention.

7. Armen Balyan - Fiya 3:01- Well, this is different from the last track, but it is cool nonetheless! Basically, Armen is jamming on a synthesizer while singing all about fire. I think the underlying theme is that life is difficult, but as long as we are here we might as well have fun, just be careful and don't get burned. Overall, Armen, you get an A+ for creativity!

8. Deborah Henriksson - Whisper 3:54 - Deborah, my fellow American-raised Swede, is one of my favorite artists on Bongo Boy. The reason is simple. She has an excellent voice! I could listen to Deborah all day. I really like the subtle lead guitar in the middle of this track, but it is Deborah's voice that is captivating. I defy anyone to this track and tell me it isn't beautiful. (Deborah, how about a fika this summer?)

9. Kama Ruby - Treasure Island 4:09 - This is another mellow song with a tremendous female vocalist out front. If I were Bongo Boy, I would seriously consider sending out Mandy, Deborah, Kama, Queen Sheba and your other fantastic female artists out on the road for a "Voices from Heaven" tour. Kama, too, has an excellent voice and I will be listening to this track many times.

10. The Two Tens - Keeping Hope Alive 3:10 - BOOM this track hits you square in the face right from the start. I really like good Pop/Punk and this, folks, is exactly what this music is. The music is far from complex, but it is played so incredibly well. Their singer has the perfect voice for this type of music and the band is very tight! I cannot help but think that these guys are really enjoying themselves. Their live shows must be incredibly energetic and a lot of fun!

11. Maryann - Life - "Thank You" 2:46 - Maryann, I am really becoming a huge fan! The bass intro is ultracool. The vocals are gritty and emotionally intense. This could be, quite easily, the best song Maryann has on the album. Excellent work!

12. Shea Welsh - Slowly Falling ft. Michelle Coltrane 4:52 - Very nice guitar work starts out the song. Then the vocals come in and I am thinking Bongo Boy should add another act to the "Voices from Heaven" tour. The band is laying down a mellow groove with enough flash to keep everyone interested between verses. All in all, this is a good song, by a group of talented players and a woman who can really sing.

13. Kala Ramnath & Ojas Adhiya - Om Namah Shivaya 9:06 - I am reminded of the Beatles in India again as this track starts. It is definitely interesting and the drone in the background keeps my attention. Then a funky beat is laid down by the percussionist and I find myself trying to figure out what he is doing. This song does groove, and I think it would groove much more if I were in Colorado now…

So, folks what is the bottom line? Simple, this double album is more than worth the purchase price. Bongo Boy Records is capturing the moment that talented Independent Artists were on the 1st Grammy Awards® ballot and is releasing THE 60th FYC album(cd). This album includes only music that was indeed on the 1st voting ballot.

The term "GRAMMY Week" or "GRAMMY Weekend" is solely for the purpose of informing you of the time of the promotions.
Bongo Boy Records is not connected to or affiliated with the GRAMMY Awards® and has no influence over the selection of GRAMMY Award® nominees or winners. Bongo Boy Records is an independent record label.


Sonz Of Thunder UK Champion A Message Of Unity On New Single "London City Anthem"

Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jn4H5erdvDo

A message of solidarity and unity, this track and it's creators choose to take a view of their city which is inclusive and optimistic. Like so much of the best Reggae and Dancehall music, "London City Anthem" was inspired by challenging times. Written in response to the recent terror attacks at the London Bridge and Finsbury Park, "London City Anthem" is a song born of darkness which encourages audiences to reach for the light.

Natives of Northwestern London, brothers Shane and Dean Brown are inspired to create socially conscious music which moves bodies and generates thoughtful dialogue around important themes guiding our modern society. Choosing Reggae, Dancehall, Hip-Hop, RnB and Gospel as their creative tools, the brothers create music which inspires hearts and minds to see the opportunity in the world around them.

The Sonz of Thunder UK have a history of drawing inspiration from socially charged and politically challenging times. Following the death of South African President Nelson Mandela, the brothers Brown knew they had to write a song which would celebrate his life.

The musical production and video treatment for their track "Mandela" is considered a creative high point for the group. From the unique sound effects to the uplifting messages of unity and solidarity, "Mandela" is a vibrant musical celebration of the life of one of the most heroic individuals of all times. Nelson Mandela left an enduring legacy of freedom and opportunity on our world and the Sonz of Thunder UK have been able to champion this history and distill it into rhythmic dancehall inspired package.

Released on New River Sound Music, "London City Anthem" is a pulsing tribute to one of the world's most important cities. Building on past successes such as "Mandela" and "More to Life", "London City Anthem" promises a bright future for Sonz of UK Thunder and the city they love so much. Be sure to check out timely lyrics and bouncing island vibes of Sonz of Thunder UK's new single "London City Anthem"!


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

MarilynMusic Places Five New Songs With Altino Music

Casey Conrad and Michael Gaines of MarilynMusic are happy to announce the placement of five new songs from their catalogue with new Scottish artists "Chayniq," produced by Altino Music.

Papa Jube aka John Altino has managed Wycleff Jean for many years, as well as producing numerous successful records internationally. Papa Jube and Conrad have been friends and collaborators for years.

Altino Music has produced hits for platinum artists such as Beyonce, Justin Beiber, Neo, and Mary J. Blige.

"It was interesting that Altino Music chose such an eclectic variety of MarilynMusic's songs," Conrad mused adding, "it reflects the versatility of the artists."

The songs selected are "If I Were You," "Come Into My Life," "No Reason No Rhyme," "Press Play" and "Your My Miracle." They can all be heard on MarilynMusic.net.

Gaines and Conrad have also continued their creative relationship with academy award winning producer Gene Kirkwood, who just produced the award winning documentary "The Defiant Ones," about the historic successful relationship between iconic record producer, music mogul Jimmy Iovine, and hip hop legend Dr. Dre.

Among several projects being developed with Kirkwood is a narrative t.v. series about the birth of the great American songbook.

"It's titled 'American Rhapsody,' and it chronicles the colorful story of how our immigrants helped create popular American culture," Gaines said. "We are proud and excited to be working on important music driven stories," he concluded.

MarilynMusic continues to maintain the highest standard of musical taste. So keep listening.


Thursday, March 15, 2018

KAYA KENYATTA Is Comin' To Get You - But Luckily Your 'Time Ain't Up'!

Don't panic though as this sublime track actually has a positive message. 'Time Ain't Up' was inspired as Kaya Kenyatta found himself, amongst others, caught up in the financial crash, which had a huge affect on his career to become a trainee solicitor. It questions the concept of the 'American Dream', which all westerners seem to have adopted; forsaking all others for personal gain! 'Time Ain't Up' is in fact a statement...which we all need to take heed of, reaffirming that no-ones time is up until you're in fact 6 feet under, and that none of us should let others prevent us from chasing and achieving our goals. Kaya Kenyatta's way of getting this message across in 'Time Ain't Up' is worthy of critical review for sure. This is reminiscent of Eminem's early work...but on the next level! Trust me!

Kaya Kenyatta grew up listening to Hip Hop stalwarts such as 2Pac, Young MC, NWA, Immortal Technique, Ice Cube and Dr Dre to name but a few, and one can instantly tell that the old school influences are deep rooted, however his other big inspiration was Bob Marley; and the revolutionary traits that Kaya Kenyatta picked up on can be felt within his music. He also took note of what cutting edge producers were doing during his earlier years; citing Timbaland, DJ Premier, Kanye West and The Prodigy as having a huge part to play in his musical journey.

Born in Belgium to an English father and Belgium mother, Kaya Kenyatta studied at English and International schools, which exposed him to so much that the world had to offer at such a young age. I believe this had a huge part to play in forming such a versatile and well rounded musician. Kay Kenyatta started to spit bars during his university years and continued when he moved to Canada, where he also began producing for a number of years, before returning back to the UK. Kaya Kenyatta's music is evolving all of the time and I've no doubt that you are listening and reading about a future star...right now!

'Time Ain't Up' is available through all major digital outlets.

iTunes: https://goo.gl/pfPHQg
Apple Music: https://goo.gl/1FTymu
Amazon: https://goo.gl/HqPCsF
Spotify: https://goo.gl/RvfPvR
Tidal: https://goo.gl/VdyM4o
Google Play: https://goo.gl/TgVvvJ

Check out the social's:

Website: www.kayakenyatta.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/kayakenyatta
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn4XANal199OkqON0nqGc0Q
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/kayakenyatta/
BandCamp: https://kayakenyatta.bandcamp.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kaya_kenyatta/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kenyattaemcee

Source: http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=201549

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Craymo Releases December Rain (Carol Of Love) To Radio

When recording artist Tiffani LeBlanc dropped her first hit, "Kinda High" in 2017, music fans took notice of not only her soaring vocals but also her dramatic sense for fashion and style. The new artist continues to gain heat as she drops her latest track, "Let's Party" a feel-good anthem for fun times. "Let's Party" is already being added to Top 40 Billboard reporting playlists on stations across the country in markets such as California, Miami and Atlanta. The upbeat pop tune positions the young songstress as a #PartyPrincess whose reign has just begun.

A natural performance artist, Tiffani boasts the confidence of a woman who has always known just what she wants. When just three years old, she would walk around in her mother's heels singing everything from R&B and hip hop to pop to classic rock. In the early 2000s, she began making her voice heard performing at an array of events, including musical theater competitions and opera shows. In 2010, she won the critic's choice award in the Florida State Thespian festival.

"Let's Party" is Tiffani's first major release since signing with the label Wonda Music, Inc. The song was produced in part by Murk Da Mic and Jerry Wonda. "Let's Party" is currently topping the "DRT Global Top 200 Airplay," "DRT Global Top 150 Independent Airplay," "DRT Global Top 50 Pop Airplay" and the "DRT Global Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay" charts.

The music video "Let's Party," directed by Joan Pabon, captures Tiffani's wild woman essence and rebellious attitude. Influenced by trailblazers like Madonna, Lady Gaga, Drake, and Emmylou Harris, Tiffani LeBlanc is the #PartyPrincess for the new millennial generation. As she continues to hone her unique sound incorporating hip hop, pop, dance, and R&B, music fans will continue to bow down to her reign. 

Website: http://tiffanileblanc.com/
Music: http://youtu.be/WoIUQrJKB5I

Source: http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=202257

Monday, March 12, 2018

Recording Artist Tiffani LeBlanc Reigns As The #PartyPrincess With New Track "Let's Party"

When recording artist Tiffani LeBlanc dropped her first hit, "Kinda High" in 2017, music fans took notice of not only her soaring vocals but also her dramatic sense for fashion and style. The new artist continues to gain heat as she drops her latest track, "Let's Party" a feel-good anthem for fun times. "Let's Party" is already being added to Top 40 Billboard reporting playlists on stations across the country in markets such as California, Miami and Atlanta. The upbeat pop tune positions the young songstress as a #PartyPrincess whose reign has just begun.

A natural performance artist, Tiffani boasts the confidence of a woman who has always known just what she wants. When just three years old, she would walk around in her mother's heels singing everything from R&B and hip hop to pop to classic rock. In the early 2000s, she began making her voice heard performing at an array of events, including musical theater competitions and opera shows. In 2010, she won the critic's choice award in the Florida State Thespian festival.

"Let's Party" is Tiffani's first major release since signing with the label Wonda Music, Inc. The song was produced in part by Murk Da Mic and Jerry Wonda. "Let's Party" is currently topping the "DRT Global Top 200 Airplay," "DRT Global Top 150 Independent Airplay," "DRT Global Top 50 Pop Airplay" and the "DRT Global Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay" charts.

The music video "Let's Party," directed by Joan Pabon, captures Tiffani's wild woman essence and rebellious attitude. Influenced by trailblazers like Madonna, Lady Gaga, Drake, and Emmylou Harris, Tiffani LeBlanc is the #PartyPrincess for the new millennial generation. As she continues to hone her unique sound incorporating hip hop, pop, dance, and R&B, music fans will continue to bow down to her reign. 

Website: http://tiffanileblanc.com/
Music: http://youtu.be/WoIUQrJKB5I

Source: http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=202257

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Runway 27, Left: Planned Release Of Third Album 'Triple Story' In Spring 2018

The release of Runway 27, Left lead guitarist Erich 'White Feather' Brandl's German-language autobiography 'So schaut's aus' (in English: 'This is where it's at!') in February 2017 was followed by the blues duo's first-ever performances in Great Britain (in April 2017) and appearances at bigger open-air venues in July (Haslach im Kinzigtal, Germany) and September (Volksstimmefest Vienna, Austria). While on tour in Britain, the duo seized the opportunity of recording for their third album 'Triple Story' due to be released in spring 2018. Eventually, whole-page articles were published on Runway 27, Left by acclaimed magazine 'Blues in Britain' (in October 2017) and on lead guitarist Erich Brandl by employee magazine 'Intern' by MA53 (municipal department) in Vienna (in December 2017).

With critical coverage by German magazine 'Der Folker', playing their first concerts in Switzerland and two of their performances filmed full length by Austrian TV station Servus TV, 2015 was a fairly successful year for Runway 27, Left. Receiving their first award ever, The Akademia Music Award for Best Blues Song in the January 2016 Akademia Music Awards, the new year 2016 saw the acoustic blues duo make a head start. On the winning song, The Akademia thinks that "Aptly titled, 'Tex-Mex Food And Texas Blues' combines easy lyrical stylings with a cool electric guitar riff to create a great anthem for any merry bar scene."

On their current album 'Friends And Catfish', Lukas Weber of Planet.tt Magazine from Vienna, Austria, says that "Half of the album was recorded at historic Sun Studio in Tennessee, the other half in Berlin; the result is something to be proud of (to listen to). Editor's picks: 'Blue Sunday' & 'Talking To Myself'."

Radio personality Josep Palmada of the Red Hot Blues Radio Show on Radio Vilafant from Spain thinks that 'Runway 27 Left from Vienna (Austria) show a very personal approach to the blues. It's a duo consisting of Anthony 'Tone' Kammerhofer and Erich 'Weissfeder' Brandl, mainly influenced by blues, country, Rock'n Roll, Zydeco and Bluegrass. Their second album 'Friends And Catfish' was recorded in the USA and Europe, and all songs on the album are original songs. It's great work.'

With more than 134 performances from 2011 to 2017 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, acoustic duo Runway 27, Left's first album 'Weekend Warriors' was released on their label 'Weissfeder Records' in March 2012. The harbinger of their first album, radio-only release 'Flawed & Flattened', had already gathered radio airplay in the UK, the USA, Spain, The Netherlands, Australia, Germany, Austria and Macedonia.

Eventually, April and May 2012 saw their first, brief guest appearances upon invitation by local artists in Memphis, TN, and New Orleans, LA. February 2013 saw them back in Memphis, TN, for recording their first few songs for their upcoming second album at historic Sun Records Studio, further enhancing their strong bond with St. Blues Guitar Workshop, too. The second part of their second album was recorded in September 2013 at Tonbrauerei Studios in Berlin, Germany. In January 2016, Runway 27, Left received the Akademia Music Awards for Best Blues Song for 'Tex-Mex Food & Texas Blues'. Both albums, 'Weekend Warriors' and 'Friends And Catfish' are available on all respective download platforms worldwide.

Highlights of 2016 and 2017 comprised Runway 27, Left's first-ever performances in the UK and bigger open airs in Germany's south-west - like Bräunlinger Strassenmusiksonntag and Festival der Strassenkünstler in Haslach - and Austria (i.e., Volksstimmefest Vienna).

Runway 27, Left is a blues project having former Trans Am/Sun Luca/Run Riot bass player Erich 'White Feather' Brandl and My Other Brother lead vocalist Anthony 'Tone' Kammerhofer team up.
The musicians (Erich Brandl - guitars, bass, backing vocals and Anthony Kammerhofer - lead vocals, rhythm guitars) try to reconnect with the roots of pop and rock music, calling their style 'In-Blues Entertainment'.

Runway 27, Left's concert schedule for spring 2018:

10 Mar 2018 - Conny's Café – Vienna, Austria
16 Mar 2018 - The Cattle Shed - Neumarkt i.d. Oberpfalz, Germany
17 Mar 2018 - Jeaneys Live Music Pub - Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany
18 Mar 2018 - Ballroom - Nuremberg, Germany
05 May 2018 - Café Liliom - Vienna, Austria
31 May 2018 - KulturSchusterei - Barmstedt, Germany
01 Jun 2018 - Mobile Blues Club - Hamburg, Germany
02 Jun 2018 - Lindener Tradtionsgaststaette Zum Stern - Hannover, Germany
16 Jun 2018 - Café Liliom - Vienna, Austria
13 Sep 2018 - Mausefalle - Bonn, Germany
14 Sep 2018 - Panoptikum - Lüdenscheid, Germany
24 Nov 2018 - Cafe Adria - Vienna, Austria


Source: http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=201517

Monday, March 5, 2018

MusicDish Review: Vi Stylez' Calypso-tinged "Can't Breathe - We Want Peace"

This is Vi Stylez biggest hit single "Can't Breathe- We Want Peace", which openly addresses the police brutality and misconduct issue within the American society.

The music video starts with an armed man driving his car chasing a man who is running to escape, as it seems to portray the scenes we have so often seen on the news. Throughout the song, the video shows clips of how police have violently acted toward the people, while Vi Stylez sings in a graveyard in memory of those victims to police brutality such as Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and others.

As the video shows heart-wrenching footages, Vi Stylez intensively invokes his beliefs in the chorus and bridges. The chorus remains simple and yet contains the most important message that he wants to deliver. By using simple lyrics "I can't breathe. You see my end zone. I don't shoot. I know justice. I want peace", he combines calypso syncopated rhythms and repetition, which are enhanced a catchy and memorable melody. Although simple, the message of the song is strong and clear. In the bridge, the music becomes calmer and sings "I want what I am. Because we want our voice to be heard", indicating his desire for how police brutality and misconduct can be brought to justice.

During his years performing on the streets of the Virgin Islands, Vi Stylez has encountered several police acts of violence, having been shot by police multiple times, the last time nearly ending his life. The video ends with Vi Stylez persuading the armed man to stay away from making a terrible mistake, as all lives matter.

Website: http://www.vistylez340.com
Music: http://youtu.be/CudOcURXGaM

Source: http://mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=201477

New Fast Boyfriends Album Announced

After two years of writing and recording new material, cult underground alternative rock band Fast Boyfriends will be unveiling new material in the run-up to Christmas with their third release "No Audience With..."

The new album features the London band's trademark soulful and broody fuzz-driven sound with killer choruses and a hint of weird psychedelia, all lovingly over-produced by the band themselves at Granary Studios in Kent, England.

Anyone with a taste veering towards the eclectic via Pavement, Echo and the Bunnymen, The National, The Bad Seeds, The Modern Lovers, The Wedding Present and the like should head over to the Fast Boyfriends' shop on their Facebook page to snap up the strictly limited CDs while stocks last - for the princely sum of £6 including delivery to UK mainland, with international delivery rates by request.

The album will be available on general release digitally via all major outlets from 22nd December, but for for the full sonic experience on gloriously retro compact disc in a digipack
- order now to avoid disappointment! 

Website: http://www.facebook.com/fastboyfriends/shop/

Source: http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=201304

Thursday, March 1, 2018

DEATH BY MISADVENTURE, New True Mystery Podcast Launches 31st January 2018

Want to be go on a supernatural journey to explore the strange facts behind the mysterious deaths of some of the most famous rock stars in the world?

Death by Misadventure is a new true mystery, and paranormal podcast. Each episode takes a supernatural journey and explores the most tragic deaths in music history! It covers the shocking details, examine the mystical facts, and unravel the mystery behind rock stars who died under infamous circumstances...

Death by Misadventure's debut episode will focus on the mystery behind Marc Bolan: The Rock and Roll Curse of the Glam Band, T. Rex, 40 years on from his untimely death. Join us on a supernatural journey through the life and death of Marc Bolan. We uncover the shocking details, examine the mystical facts, and unravel the paranormal mystery behind the death of the lead singer of the glam rock band, T. Rex.

"I feel there is a curse on rock stars. I honestly feel it could all end tomorrow. Not just the band thing - I mean life." The words of Marc Bolan, the hippy mystical mod from London's east end who applied glitter under his eyes in the 1970s and in the process invented glam rock to become one of rock music's biggest and brightest stars... until a moonlit night in September two weeks before his 30th birthday dimmed his light just as suddenly as it had burst onto the scene. Marc Bolan loved cars. Cars ruled his life. It was a car that took him away to rock star nirvana... the irony? Marc Bolan couldn't drive. The idea of driving scared him to death. He also famously told his manager he would like to die in a Mini. His wish came true.

The is a first in the weekly True Mystery podcast series takes you on a supernatural journey through life and death of rock stars including Viola Beach, Bon Scott (AC/DC), Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) Brian Jones (Rolling Stones) and many more...

DEATH BY MISADVENTURE will be released every Wednesday

Episode 1 premiere on January 31st, 2018

Production Schedule:

1- Marc Bolan, T. Rex - January 31st
2 - Viola Beach - February 7th
3- Bon Scott - AC/DC - February 14th
4- Chris Cornell, Soundgarden - February 21st
5- Brian Jones, Rolling Stones - February 28th
6 -Randy Rhoads, Ozzy Osbourne - March 7th
7 - Chester Bennington, Linkin Park - March 14th
8 - Lisa Lopes, TLC - March 21st
9 - Layne Staley, Alice in Chains - March 28th
10 - Kim Jong-hyun, Shinee - April 4th

There are 50 episodes planned for 2018. Details of further episodes will be released in due course.

LISTEN HERE - www.deathbymisadventure.co.uk
Available on iTunes, Googleplay, Stitcher and Tune-in. 

Source: http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=201791

Monday, February 26, 2018

Daggerplay Release New Single 'Cruel Wind Blowing'

Helsinki punks Daggerplay end 2017 with a bang with the release of new single Cruel Wind Blowing. The new track fizzes by in 3 minutes of old-school punk rock energy and fist-in-the-air melodies reminiscent of genre heavyweights Rancid and The Clash, and is accompanied by a stylish Sin City-inspired video.

"Cruel Wind Blowing is a very melancholy, melodic and and fast rock'n'roll roll song with lyrics about being lonely, lost and mentally fragile" explains frontman Pekko Mantzin. "Deeper in black I'm falling, throw me a rope. Am I too slow to catch it or will I let it go? - those lines sum up what the song is about. Sometimes you don't know if you're going to make it out of a situation and you feel desperate."

Since forming in 2011, Daggerplay have been busy perfecting their hybrid of riotous punk and power pop and blowing away audiences on the buzzing Helsinki music scene. Daggerplay will be celebrating the release of Cruel Wind Blowing - head to daggerplay.com for details.

Daggerplay can also be found at facebook.com/daggerplay and @daggerplay on Twitter.

Website: http://www.daggerplay.com/
Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVGMpU0l7yI

Source: http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=201296

Daggerplay Release New Single 'Cruel Wind Blowing'

Helsinki punks Daggerplay end 2017 with a bang with the release of new single Cruel Wind Blowing. The new track fizzes by in 3 minutes of old-school punk rock energy and fist-in-the-air melodies reminiscent of genre heavyweights Rancid and The Clash, and is accompanied by a stylish Sin City-inspired video.

"Cruel Wind Blowing is a very melancholy, melodic and and fast rock'n'roll roll song with lyrics about being lonely, lost and mentally fragile" explains frontman Pekko Mantzin. "Deeper in black I'm falling, throw me a rope. Am I too slow to catch it or will I let it go? - those lines sum up what the song is about. Sometimes you don't know if you're going to make it out of a situation and you feel desperate."

Since forming in 2011, Daggerplay have been busy perfecting their hybrid of riotous punk and power pop and blowing away audiences on the buzzing Helsinki music scene. Daggerplay will be celebrating the release of Cruel Wind Blowing - head to daggerplay.com for details.

Daggerplay can also be found at facebook.com/daggerplay and @daggerplay on Twitter.

Website: http://www.daggerplay.com/
Music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVGMpU0l7yI

Source: http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=201296

BAFTA-nominated LittleBigPlanet And Tearaway Composer Kenny Young Releases WonderWorlds Soundtrack Album On All Major Music Platforms

Kenny Young's soundtrack album for WonderWorlds, the recently released user-generated content game for iOS developed by Glowmade and published by Tequila Works (Rime, The Invisible Hours Et al.), is released worldwide today on all major music platforms (iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Bandcamp etc.).

Fans of Kenny's catchy melodies and poppy genre mashups found in his BAFTA-nominated music for LittleBigPlanet and Tearaway are in for a real treat. WonderWorlds features an eclectic mixture of retro-infused Polynesian island vibes, 80s-tastic synthwave and dreamy dreamscapes.

"How can you chuck a load of concept art and excited babble about creativity, nostalgic memories, old games and retro based movies at one person and have them turn it into a perfect soundtrack? Ask Kenny Young - outstanding work!" said Adam Sibbick, Co-Founder and Art Director at Glowmade.

Kenny had this to say – "If you could boil me down in to some manner of musical elixir, I'd like to think that this album is pretty much what you'd be left with at the bottom of your still – intoxicating and infectious melodies that induce special feelings :D"

Stream/Buy the album: https://fanlink.to/WonderWorldsAlbum

WonderWorlds is available now from the app store: http://bit.ly/WonderWorlds

A Press Kit including related media and Kenny's latest biography can be found at: www.kennyyoung.com/biography

About Kenny Young:
Kenny is an award-winning composer who has worked on games such as LittleBigPlanet, LittleBigPlanet 2, Tearaway, Tearaway Unfolded and Tethered. His work has been recognised by the likes of BAFTA, AIAS, GANG, GDC, VGAs, NAVGTR, Gamespot, IGN, SXSW, TIGA and the Golden Joysticks.

He sits on the Game Developers Conference advisory board and is a founding volunteer of the Audio Mentoring Project.

For more information about Kenny and his work, visit www.kennyyoung.com, like him at Facebook.com/KennyYoungMusic and follow him on twitter @kcmyoung.

Source: http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=201274

Thursday, February 22, 2018

So Cal Rockers Cockeyed Optimist Release Dynamic New Single 'Into The Night' From Their Upcoming Release Through Orchard/Sony Distribution Worldwide

Coming out of the creative epicenter that IS Southern California, the group COCKEYED OPTIMIST prepares a major new chapter in their creative existence. With the release of the title track from their upcoming album 'INTO THE NIGHT', the band makes a bold musical & lyrical statement to who they are & what makes them tick.

"I feel that "Into the Night" is the first time in a long time that one of our songs represents my thoughts and feelings 100%", states lead singer/songwriter Cynda Renae, "The riffs, the lyrical content...everything about that song speaks to me. I've often thought recently about the lack of togetherness we are experiencing as a people and how closed off we make ourselves. But if there is one thing I've learned in my dark times, it is that the relationships with people you love and care about that make life worth living."

The band, getting comparisons to the best of such female fronted acts as EVANESCENSE & PARAMORE, feels that this is their best & most potent work.

"I believe it is this deep connection I feel to the song that made me very particular during the writing process", continues Renae, "I wasn't the most open to some ideas that were presented. You could say I let my connection cloud my vision of what the song could be. But once just accepted everything and finally saw the big picture I realized we made all the right choices. It's very exciting to have this song out in world for people to hear!"

Joined by Guitarist/Writer Sean Pierce Johnson & Drummer Nick Stone, the band has distilled years of observation & deep thought into the lyrics & musical development on the new album.

Johnson tells us "For me, "Into the Night" is a perfect example of a "new chapter". It's been several years since we released a record and we've learned so much about ourselves during that time. Now, with this album, I feel like we have our best material and our best shot at showing the world who we are and what we are about. We lived our motto: through the darkness, hope emerges. We left our holes and came out into the world stronger and more resilient. This is a very exciting time."

The band has secured the guidance & expertise of INDIEPOWER, the powerhouse marketing & promotion network led by 45+ year industry innovator Jay Warsinske. Jay has been on the cutting edge of breaking bands & developing new music since the golden 70's birth of alternative & hard rock as we know it today. His voluminous credits include helping to launch & break such artists as U2, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Sublime & many others.

"I'm happy to finally release the song "Into the Night", the first song from the album of the same title", adds Cynda, "This is the first song we used a 7-string guitar on so it's a bit heavier in tone. We decided with this our first full length album, to release the songs one at a time over the next two years. This will enable us to keep putting out new music, since our last EP "All That You Were" was released in 2013. I'm especially excited to finally have Nick on a record."

The album is being scheduled for release later this year through THE ORCHARD/SONY & INDIEPOWER, promoting on the final WARPED TOUR, IES – the INDIE ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT, & marquee events throughout the year. The band's website is www.CockeyedOptimist.net.

Renae explains the plan "We hope to create a music video for each song as well. The concept of the "Into the Night" music video is that the three of us have gone our separate ways, but not in a good way. The lyrics "What has become of us? We're only into us," sum up the way we live in 2018. We've all become islands that shut reality out. To counteract this, "Into the Night" means that despite our fears, we need to live in the real world with real connections to others and nature."

Cockeyed Optimist is:
Cynda Renae, Vocals
Sean Pierce Johnson, Guitars
Nick Stone, Drums

Source: http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=201763

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Vintage Vibe Electric Piano Featured On New "Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band" Album

Chick Corea and Steve Gadd released Chinese Butterfly today, a 2-disc album on the Concord Jazz label. With masterful playing by two of the most celebrated talents in jazz performing as the "Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band," Chinese Butterfly includes two tracks that feature Chick playing the Vintage Vibe Piano-the record's first single, "Like I Was Sayin'," and the 16-minute epic that closes the album, "Gadd-zooks."

Vintage Vibe created the Vintage Vibe Piano(tm) and Vibanet(tm) as modern takes on two classic instruments, the Rhodes and Clavinet. "We were honored to show Chick our version of the Rhodes," Vintage Vibe founder Chris Carroll says. "He immediately embraced its sound and feel. We built him a Vintage Vibe Piano of his own and adjusted it to his exacting specifications. We're thrilled to hear Chick put it through its paces on Chinese Butterfly."

For his Vintage Vibe Piano, Chick chose extra features that include Vintage Vibe's stereo tremolo preamp and MIDI out with the QRS system (http://www.vintagevibe.com/products/vintage-vibe-tine-piano).

Chick Corea comments on his Vintage Vibe Piano, "The Vintage Vibe Piano delivers that warm and clear sound I love to use for my electric music. It's a pleasure to have that beautiful feel available for me to compose and play with."

Corea and Gadd push into new musical territory with an inspired band of collaborators on Chinese Butterfly: Benin-born guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke, saxophonist and flutist Steve Wilson, Cuban bassist Carlitos Del Puerto, and Venezuelan percussionist Luisito Quintero. The album is the realization of a long-held desire by both Chick and Steve to work together more intensively. "Whenever Chick and I bump into each other, we always talking about playing music together," Gadd says. "After many years of talking about it, we finally set some time aside."

"I've always enjoyed composing music for a band, and hearing what Steve would do with my compositions. When we started playing those two tunes together, it felt so good that we decided to put a band together," says Corea referring to "Like I Was Sayin'" and "Gadd-zooks"-the two songs featuring his Vintage Vibe Piano.

With its team of master technicians, fabricators and assemblers, Vintage Vibe is the world leader in repair and restoration of electro-mechanical keyboards and the only manufacturer of a complete line of replacement parts for Rhodes and Wurlitzer pianos as well as Hohner Clavinets. This unique combination of expertise, talent, and resources led the company to begin manufacturing its own electro-mechanical piano designs in 2009, the Vintage Vibe Piano(tm) and the Vibanet(tm) - modern takes on Rhodes and Clavinet keyboards with improved performance, reduced weight, and sleek new looks. Since then, an ever-expanding group of the worlds' top artists have been drawn to use Vintage Vibe instruments for recording and performance.

For more on the "Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band," Chinese Butterfly album visit: http://www.concordmusicgroup.com/albums/chinese-butterfly-chick-corea-steve-gadd-band/

For more information on Vintage Vibe keyboards and repair and restoration services, please visit www.vintagevibe.com

Source: http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=201715

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Boy/Girl Songs By A Chinese Woman And An American Man...

The singer-songwriting team of Todd and Jingyu are sharing their music by giving away all the songs for free at their website: www.toddandjingyu.com. The songs took over 10 years to write and record. The title of this digital-release album is "Find Me Find You: A Story".

The songs can be enjoyed individually but if one listens in order they tell a fully-integrated narrative on the theme of romantic love...

The album parallels the artists' own story: both were love-wrecked... then breakdown... reboot... meeting and falling in love... navigating the Chinese/American cultural divide... embracing commitment and exploring universal ideas on relationship... aiming to go deeper.

Todd Lerner has worked for Rolling Stone and Spin magazines, and his previous album of songs was played worldwide and positively reviewed... from The Detroit News: "12 Finely polished pop-rock tunes" and from Nights and Weekends: "Every single tune is as good as the last." Jingyu Yao is from China and has been living in America.

2 of the songs for you to hear:
"Boy and Girl" Hear it on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2CyAI54 On SoundCloud: http://bit.ly/2kNBmTz
"Find You" Hear it on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2lzMeFa On SoundCloud: http://bit.ly/2oNJCbD

All the songs (free for everyone):
Click to hear all the songs on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2lAkDnq On SoundCloud: http://bit.ly/2B0Dfn1
Download the songs (free): www.toddandjingyu.com/find-me-find-you-album.zip

Source: http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=201569

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Don Dawil's Valentine's Day Debut Latin Single "Necesito Verte"

"Necesito Verte," on sale February 14th in time for Valentine's Day, breathes fresh air into Latin Pop music. Don Dawil, it's performer, writer, and producer, delivers lyrics that are thoughtful and personal. It's introduction with smooth piano and lush, airy pads, clears the air for the listener and allows you to envision the song's lyrics. It's a song about being distant but loving strongly, it's about longing to be with someone you love.

If you've ever woken up one day and the first thing that you've desired is to see someone who you haven't seen for along time, this song is about you. If you've ever hesitated to answer your calls because the distance between you and the person on the other side has become such a wall, this song is for you.

This song will make you pick-up the phone and call your mom.

Don Dawil, who currently serves in the U.S. Military, would know such a feeling. He was born in Santiago, Dominican Republic but has lived in the U.S. since he was 13. He has been singing and performing for many years and has entered the world of song and is here to stay. This is a personal song that connects with listeners that have ever been apart from loved ones or that long to be with the one they love. This is a dreamy song about needing to communicate with a special someone.

It's sound is mysterious but it's lyrics are revealing. It's like a ballad put to a Latin, Tropical mix. It's sound is reminiscent of slow Merengues from the 80's and 90's but with the style of Latin Pop today.

Don Dawil, is an Urban Latino artist that generally performs in the style of Reggaeton and Hip-Hop, but make no mistake ladies and gentleman, this man can write a lasting pop song.

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Source: http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=201737

Raquel Aurilia To Debut New Single "Pretty Roses" Live on 'Today In Nashville' TV Show February 8th

Singer-songwriter Raquel Aurilia announced today she has a new single "Pretty Roses" set to release on Valentine's Day. To kick off the new release she will debut the new single with a live performance on "TODAY IN NASHVILLE" TV program on WSMV-TV on February 8th at 11am CT.

"I'm so excited about the new music I have coming out in 2018," says Raquel Aurilia. "It's a great way to kick off the new year and I am so proud of the first new single ‘Pretty Roses'."

Raquel co-wrote "Pretty Roses" with songwriter Jennifer Adan (co-writer of Blake Shelton's #1 song "She Wouldn't Be Gone"), and Jonathan Hamby (keyboard player for Carrie Underwood). Producer / Engineer Mike Lattanzi collaborated with Raquel recording and mastering the song at the exclusive Lattitude Studio South in Leiper's Fork in the Greater Nashville area.

Raquel Aurilia is a singer-songwriter who has toured opening 25 U.S. cities for John Waite - including an upcoming concert scheduled January 19 in Phoenix, AZ. Aurilia has opened for B.B. King, Gin Blossoms, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Lisa Loeb, Eddie Money, Pat Benatar, and Riders in the Sky. Aurilia has worked with Grammy Award winning producer Tony Papa (James Brown, Willie Nelson, John Denver) and Gardner Cole (Madonna, Jodi Whatley), as well as Grammy nominated producer Billy Smiley (Bebe and Cece Winans, Vince Gill, Johnny Cash) in Nashville. Aurilia's music has been featured in MTV's hit series "The Hills," "The City" and "Taking the Stage."

Musicians on "Pretty Roses":
Drums - Tommy Harden
Bass - David Roe Rorick
Guitars - Kenny Vaughan
Cello - Jenny Lynn Young
Background vocals - Randall Thomas, Ana Hudgins
Keyboards, programming and additional guitars - Michael Lattanzi

Upcoming Tour Dates - Raquel Aurilia
January 19 - Phoenix - BLK LIVE (opening for John Waite)
February TBD - Nashville

Raquel's live TV performance debut of "Pretty Roses" will be broadcast in Nashville on WSMV-TV NBC4's "TODAY IN NASHVILLE" which airs locally at 11am CT. The show can also be viewed online at www.TodayInNashville.com. "Pretty Roses" single will be available for purchase on iTunes on February 14, 2018.

Weblinks: www.RaquelAurilia.com / www.twitter.com/raquelaurilia / https://www.facebook.com/RaquelAurilia / www.instagram.com/raquelaurilia / www.about.me/raquelaurilia /

Source: http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=201668

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

VidaPrimo Debuts Latin Music Channel On XUMO

VidaPrimo, the premier Latin music video network, has partnered with live and on-demand over-the-top (OTT) service, XUMO, to launch the first Latin music video channel available on the platform. The new channel is now available direct to consumers through smart TV, mobile and other streaming device integrations.

XUMO brings viewers more than 120 premium digital channels on its free platform and is available on several smart TV brands such as LG Electronics, Hisense, VIZIO, Magnavox, Panasonic, Philips and Sanyo as well as Roku, iOS and Android devices.

"Our partnership with XUMO is an important one for VidaPrimo," said Stephen Brooks, Executive Vice President and General Manager at VidaPrimo. "With millions of users across devices, XUMO expands our network footprint into the smart TV space, strengthening the connection from our artists to their fans in the living room."

The VidaPrimo channel on XUMO (channel 288) will feature content from its library of over 8,000 music videos as well as its original programs. It is featured in XUMO's new music vertical, and expands the company's channel offerings to Spanish speaking audiences.

"VidaPrimo's addition to XUMO's diverse channel lineup invites our viewers to access the largest Latin music destination and engaging content focused on Hispanic culture," said Stefan Van Engen, Senior Vice President, Content Programming and Acquisitions at XUMO. "We're thrilled to work with VidaPrimo as they extend their services into an OTT environment and believe the partnership aligns with XUMO's goal to offer premium entertainment to all music fans on the biggest screen in the home."

XUMO also powers LG's Channel Plus service, a 24-hour linear experience on LG Smart TVs that delivers both live and on-demand streaming content to users through an innovative interface that presents over-the-air broadcast channels alongside over the top-streaming-channels.

"Channel Plus is an excellent way to enjoy music video content. Even in an on-demand world, most viewers still crave a lean-back experience in the home," said Brooks. "Music videos are the perfect product for that experience, and XUMO executes it very well."

For more information or to view a list of XUMO's 120+ free, premium digital channels, please visit http://www.xumo.tv/channels. To learn more about VidaPrimo and experience the best of Latin music videos and artists, visit the channel.

About VidaPrimo
VidaPrimo is a global media company that provides advertisers access to Millennial consumers in the US and Latin America, through culturally relevant Latin Music video content and agreements with more than 120 of the hottest Latin Rhythm artists. VidaPrimo is the largest independent Latin Music Multi-platform network with presence on YouTube and over 15 web, mobile, subscription streaming, smart television, connected streaming device and broadcast platforms. With over 1 billion monthly views across the US and Latin America, the VidaPrimo platform connects its massive reach of engaged Latin Millennials to global brands through high quality in-stream video advertising in front of premium content, in-video product placement, custom production, social influence and fan activation.

About XUMO
A streaming television company based in Irvine, California, XUMO delivers over-the-top (OTT) video-on-demand (VOD) and LIVE digital channels direct to consumers through smart TV, mobile and other streaming device integrations. Through strategic partnerships with LG Electronics, Hisense Company, Ltd., VIZIO and Panasonic, XUMO has developed one-click access for consumers to stream over 100 free channels. Channel Plus, exclusively powered by XUMO, for 2012 to 2017 LG smart TVs with Netcast 3.0 to 4.5 or webOS 1.0 to 3.5 presents consumers with OTT content in both linear and VOD formats. XUMO for Hisense, will be available as a virtual input in Q4 2017, the first of its kind, on 2017 Hisense and Sharp smart TVs. A step above standard OTT companies, XUMO is also available as a button on the remote control for 2016-2017 VIZIO D-Series and SmartCast smart TVs, the Chromecast build in VIZIO smart TVs.
Website: http://www.vidaprimo.com

XUMO brings consumers over 100 premium digital channels via applications that are fully equipped with content recommendations, curated programs and dynamic ad insertion capabilities. XUMO is also available on several other smart TV brands such as Samsung and Funai Electric Co., Ltd. who manufactures and sells Magnavox, Philips and Sanyo in North America as well as iOS, Android and Roku devices. Learn more about XUMO at http://www.xumo.tv and follow @XumoTV on Twitter.

Source: http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=201514

Monday, February 12, 2018

"Mountain Songs" Music From The Heart Of The Mountains

Andorran bass player Landry Riba (Principality of Andorra, 1975) releases is third album under the title "Mountain Songs"! This 5 tracks album was recorded live in 5 different locations in the Principality of Andorra, one piece each 2 days, by Pere Revert (www.sonnos.eu), and mixed and mastered at Störung Studio (www.storung.com) in Badalona (Spain) by Alex Gámez.

The recipe stills being nearly the same as for Landry's previous albums: They were trapped in the dream of a dog (2014) and Tales from behind the mirror (2015) and is clearly in a modern classical style. Listeners will find:
- Some field recordings performed in the woods, near a river or during a snowy day in the Pyrenean Mountains...
- A bass base, giving the harmonic line of the pieces, playing chords or arpeggios
- Classical strings (violin, viola and violoncello), going on with the melodies
- Piano, guitars or synths, played by special local guests, providing some extra sounds in some tracks
- Some electronic samplers, providing a particular background and blending all the other ingredients together...

This album is a very special journey in the Andorran mountains! Each piece was recorded in historical locations, using one day to install the studio and set all the gear and one day to record the song and the video. Ten days were needed to complete the entire journey! All the videos were directed by Andorran filmmaker Eric Rossell (www.ericrossell.com) and will be a fantastic opportunity for viewers to enter some awesome places usually closed to visitors. All the mixing and mastering process of the album was ran using analog gear to keep on with the warm and organic atmosphere reached during the recordings!

The album will be distributed via TuneCore and Bandcamp on its digital and CD + DVD versions. Official release is scheduled on December 29th 2017. All videos will be released on Landry's YouTube channel. The video from the track "Oblits" is yet available.

The whole album will be available for streaming listening at www.landryriba.com/music. Pre-order of the album is yet possible at www.landryriba.com/store.

Source: http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=201261

Blachawk Records Signs Direct Deal With Warner Music Group (Philippines)

Blachawk Records signs new direct deal with mega company Warner Music Group (Philippines) for distribution. Under the new deal, Blachawk Records artist Ace Drucci is set to release his new single "Instagram Model" featuring ATL's own Yung Fatt on December 15th. The single caught a buzz when it was premiered on 98.7 The Beat in West Virginia. Blachawk Records is a label in Northern Virginia that's no stranger to big moves, their artist Ace Drucci received a gold record for his debut single "Down to Ride" and has acquired over 8 million streams online with other releases.

About Ace Drucci:

Ace Drucci is an artist/producer from Washington, DC whose long history and roots began as a musician in various bands throughout the DC Metro area at age 15. Ace Drucci has worked as a producer on songs with 2 Chainz, Snoop Dogg, Ne-Yo and Yo Gotti to name a few. Ace Drucci's music has over 8 million streams on Spotify, Deezer, Tidal & Apple Music. Ace Drucci is also a verified artist on Spotify, Apple Music Shazam and is currently performing in various venues in the south-east region. His music has Over 2000 BDS Radio Spins over 600 Mediabase Spins in the US, in 2017 his single "Frankie Lymon" made the Top 40 Independent Charts and his single "Put That Thang On Me" went number 38 on the Mediabase charts.

About Warner Music Group (Philippines):

Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, Cordless, East West, Elektra, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Rykodisc, Sire, Warner Bros. and Word. Warner Music International, a leading company in national and international repertoire, operates through numerous international affiliates and licensees in more than 50 countries. Warner Music Philippines is the Phil. affiliate of Warner Music International. Not only is it home to Warner Music's international superstars, but it is also home to premiere domestic artists.

Social Media:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/blachawkrecords
FB: www.facebook.com/blachawk2015
IG: @blachawkrecords
Media Contact: Lena Vann
Email: capcitymediagroup@hotmail.com

Source: http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=201206

Mike Shannon & Big Bus Dream's MY DREAM MY FANTASY is one of my top 3 album picks of 2017: Russell A Trunk, Exclusive Magazine

For those not in the know, Mike Shannon is not only the founder of 4th Ward (2000) and Big Bus Dream (2006), but a product of CBGB's post-punk scene.

Indeed, 4th Ward's self-titled release debuted at #20 on CMJ's Top 200 National Charts whilst Big Bus Dream's debut album (2006), and The Jesters of Xmas Town (2008) both topped several European music charts, and were even featured in MTV's Pimp My Ride.

Now 4th Ward announces Mike Shannon's debut solo effort, My Dream My Fantasy. Encompassing his 18 years as founder and primary writer with 4th Ward and Big Bus Dream, it blends both his acoustic roots, as well as a more powerful electric arrangement.

Someone we here at Exclusive Magazine have worked with for a decade or so now, Shannon is one of those rare breeds of musician within the business: He knows and understands lyrics, their aspect of storytelling, creating visuals in the listener's minds, and so creates songs that tell tales whilst dutifully lingering within us thereafter.

And that's just what is laid bare here in front of us now with My Dream My Fantasy for Shannon's stories include subjects from drug addiction, Alzheimer's Disease, aging and gun violence, to name but a few.

Produced by Shannon, along with Eddie Z, Jamie Hoover and Ray Henderson, My Dream My Fantasy includes new tunes, along with hand-picked prior tunes re-tracked and re-mastered.

As Shannon himself has said, "All of my time, heart and energy over the last 18 years has led to this new release...because, in the end that's really what it's been...my passion and my dream. Though often felt more like a fantasy".

1. 'Just A Tear'
2. 'Really Tired'
3. 'See It In Her Eyes'
4. 'Jones Is In The House'
5. 'Smoking Guns and Jesus'
6. 'Maybe This Time'
7. 'Already Gone'
8. 'Private Ghetto'
9. 'Sweet Kisses'
10. 'Lies'
11. 'Feel The Pain'
12. 'Growing Old With Me'
13. 'No Valentine For You'
14. 'Real Love'

We begin with the upbeat, finger-snappin', toe-tappin' 'Just A Tear', which he backs up seamlessly with both 'Really Tired' and one of my own personal favorites on this debut solo album, 'See It In Her Eyes.' The psychedelic vibe to 'Jones Is In The House' makes for a fantastic flashback to an era where no music of that ilk was ever seemingly unjust, and that's followed by the pop country-stacked-entities within jangling guitar work of 'Smoking Guns And Jesus'.

The piano ballad 'Maybe This Time' is yet another stand out, heartfelt track that will definitely resonate with all of us that have loved and lost (whether it was our fault or not), and that's followed by 'Already Gone' and the Dylanesque raw warmth of 'Private Ghetto.' The upbeat, flowery 'Sweet Kisses' is delightful in its simplicity, 'Lies' is a pretty song every which way, and the gentle drum and guitar funk of 'Feel The Pain' is a nice turn of pace.

Another stirring piano ballad comes in the form of 'Growing Old With Me', before the album rounds out with the ragtag, old school semi-punk roustabout of 'No Valentine For You,' and then 'Real Love.' A track that bookends this album perfectly, give that it also features the same finger-snappin', foot-tappin' vibe and melody as the opener, My Dream My Fantasy is, quite easily, one of my top 3 albums of 2017. Buy it today as I'm sure, once listened to, that you will all wholeheartedly agree.

Website: http://www.bigbusdream.com/
Music: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/my-dream-my-fantasy/1295216622

Source: http://mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=201197

Thursday, February 8, 2018

High Definition Music Card - The New Way To Experience Music!

The High Definition Music Card Debuts with Mozart Requiem

Alexander Goldberg Jero, first winner of the first ever Surround Sound Music Award back in 2002, has been making waves in the last few months with the planned arrival of his new High Definition Music Card - which he now says will be released with Mozart's Requiem on file.

The High Definition Music Card will come in a USB format, will contain a plethora of musical choice, will be interactive, fit in your pocket and - as if all that wasn't enough - contains all of the latest and most advanced software related to surround sound reproduction - the aspect for which Jero is most famous. The intricately simplistic device seeks to be compatible with desktop and laptop devices, iPads and phones, Android phones, headphones, blu-ray players - and any other number of functional devices that one can use to listen to music on. Compatibility is one of the big selling points of this product, increasing its functionality and thereby its value to the consumer. The new innovative design of the HD card will allow music listeners not only to store their favourite tunes all in one place, but will also be a sort of multi-media one stop shop, where people can connect to share videos with friends, listen and share music and even explore the cards files to find some new tunes.
The days of keeping music on CDS are swiftly dying out!

Jero's innovative new product will be mass marketed, aimed at all consumers and specified as a new musical experience. It is set to take the music world by storm, and to re-establish Jero as a world leader in sound production. The HD card's production is already attracting major record labels and other popular artists who support the idea of a new form of music. Jero doesn't want to take all of the success to himself, however, and has earmarked space on the HD card for other artists to link blogs, bios and other information back to customers, helping every artist involved to flourish and prosper! Also good news for the consumer, who can scan through details of artists they like at a mere glance.

Born in Moscow, Jero Goldberg started playing music at the age of 7. In an interview with High Fidelity Review in 2002 he says: "Coming from a classical music background I was always looking at sound and acoustics as a main creative element of music perception. In my early years, I was always searching for the perfect location in a room to play one of my instruments and using its acoustics to complement the performance."

Jero is recording a glut of classical warhorses anew, hiring the very best of musicians in the field to connect to his virtual studio and work under his own baton. However, these are not live ensemble recordings in the traditional sense. Jero brings sections in separately and records them, often utilizing previous recordings as reference material. He then assembles the final product in the mixing room. It's an unusual approach for a genre as hopefully organic as classical music, and listeners reactions may be colored by the knowledge that high tech wizardry has at least helped to craft the architecture of any given performance.

Jero attempts to explain his process thusly: "To understand how impactful it will be, just imagine being at the movies, watching a 3D film and the concept is the same. Each individual sound has its unique three-dimensional location in space, just like 3D images do. Further, this project brings the potential to radically change the music industry through exciting new technologies and expertise." By using this process he creates 3 dimensional sounds that pop against the background and create a unique new experience for all listeners. Jero has created the third dimension of music - and better yet, he is giving us a way to access it!

All that is left to do is to wait for the announcement of the arrival of the card to see for ourselves what kind of delights lie in wait for us. If you wish to know more about the project, think you can contribute or even want to get in touch with Mr. Jero himself then you can find out more about upcoming High Definition Music Card titles at highdefinitionmusiccard.com. The High Definition Music Card is tipped to be the new format for music lovers everywhere, so keep up with the trends and don't miss out!
Website: http://www.highdefinitionmusiccard.com

Source: http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=201802

Elizabeth's Orne's "Quiet" Video For MILCK Highlights Universality Of Violence

Director Elizabeth Orne's just-released music video for MILCK singing her poignant song "Quiet" uses the power of composition to convey the loneliness often felt by survivors of bullying and sexual assault. Orne tapped into her extensive art history background to create a meticulously crafted music video juxtaposing the beauty of life with the grief, shame and isolation survivors experience.

"The song is an anthem for the moment we are in culturally. Its about not being able to stay quiet any longer," says Orne. "As a director, I wanted to show the contrast between the characters internal world and the positive effect of discovering a loving, accepting community. I composed frames for the video that are initially super controlled and restricting, but by the song's end, as the girls come together with the orchestra to sing and play music together, the frames open up to be loose, moving and free."

Orne shared some examples of how visuals in the video are used to evoke emotion. For the opening bully scene the director chose a dirt road that felt a bit "fairy tale-ish", with dark twisting branches and shadows circling the action. "I wanted to make the cruelest moments in the stories also some of the most visually beautiful, so that it would create a tension in the viewer where they both want to look and look away, all at the same time," she says.

Mid video, the director also changed the aspect ratio. "I wanted to capture how alone and isolated you can feel in your own struggle, so we started the video in a square format with well composed, still frames," says Orne. "It was a visual presentation of feeling ‘boxed in' and trapped by your life. Later, when the girls arrive at the Teen Center, we open up to full screen and start moving the camera to help accentuate how it feels to suddenly realize you are not alone, and that there is love all around you."

Orne also did some unusual casting. "I suggested to MILCK that we cast the bullies as children," she says. "Bullying of transgendered folks is very serious and often life threatening. The psychological consequences can last for years or even decades after the physical wounds have healed. Though not physically intimidating, kids have a way of cutting straight to the heart of the matter: they say the cruelest things. They have a preternatural ability to zero in on exactly what your subconscious is afraid of and give voice to that. In this case, they make her fear that she will never be accepted for who she is, which we see later in the video has greater implications in her family life. They also present a predicament, even though they are humiliating her by lifting her skirt up repeatedly, she she can't fight back because she knows they are just little kids. I love how the actress, Christine Mangum, played the tension of that dilemma.

In a second storyline, MILCK wanted to depict an abusive relationship. "Again I wanted to create a meticulously composed frame that was hard to look away from," she says. "The white walls accentuate how drained the character feels emotionally. And the art work is reflected in the tattoo design on his arm. The shot is intentionally off-balance."

All of his did not distract Orne from getting great performances out of the actors. "Both of the lead teens we cast gave beautiful, evocative performances that allowed us to tell a complex emotional story very efficiently," says Orne. "The look that Shadia gives Christine when she arrives at the Teen Center is so moving. For Christine, who is transgendered in real life, this was her first major acting role."

Website: http://www.thefamousgroup.com

Source: http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=201175

Roger D'Arcy Releases 'TUMBLING' From Latest Album HOUSE OF HEADS

With the album being downloaded in over 40 countries on 6 continents, HOUSE OF HEADS has garnered fantastic reviews all over the world.

Reviews on the quality of the songs and reviews on the quality of the recording

Roger D’Arcy quotes:

"This song is very close to my heart - the recording captures the spirit of what I was hearing in my head while writing it."

"My producers and I always attempt to express the guts of a song and we don't mind occasional rough edges as long as the idea gets across without losing any feeling we may have had the good fortune to capture."

"Tumbling is a dark piece - but it is just a piece of a much larger puzzle, don't let it bring you down."

To see TUMBLING please go here:

Also available on CD Baby:

Roger D'Arcy Website:

Media contact: Kevin Fetterplace

Source: http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=201168

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

If you like good music, you will enjoy VOLUME XIV by Various Artists - The Grouch

Release Date: 12.1.17
Territory: WORLDWIDE (iTunes, Amazon, MyMusic, KKBox, Kanjian, Omusic and more)
Official Web Page: https://bongoboyrecords.com/volume-xiv/
CDBABY: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/bongoboyrecordsvolxiv

Volume XIV - Various Artists - Album Review

Hej America!
My friends at Bongo Boy contacted me today and asked me to give a listen to and share my thoughts about their most recent compilation album entitled Volume XIV which is scheduled for release on December 1, 2017. The first thing I have to say is that I really like the cover art; the quasi art Deco post-apocalyptic vide really grabs my attention. It looks like some monster high-heeled show, along with a pair of ruby red lips are ready to devour a 1950s era American Graffiti soda fountain. (Of course, I could be wrong the older I get the more I miss the full-sized album cover art of the old vinyl days. Yes, kids once upon a time you had to leave your house and go to a physical store to purchase music and that music came on huge vinyl discs.)

1. Human Revival - Mark Baxter 3:29 - In the poll position on this album we have a track by Mark Baxter. I really like this song. Right from the start the band gets my attention. I swear I hear a prog/country vibe here. The funny thing is I really dislike a lot of prog music, but there is something about the bass that reminds me of Skunk Baxter. In all honestly, this track has more in common with the Black Crows than Steely Dan. The organ adds some old-school R&B while that bass carries the groove. Lest I forget Mark has a great voice for this kind of music and the background singers really warm my old Motor City heart.

2. Animals - Zombie Garden Club 4:48 - I have been a Zombie head for quite some time now. If you are not familiar with the Zombie Garden Club, you need to be. This guy is capable of some intense dark music as well as beautiful piano pieces. (Check out his cover of a A Whiter Shade of Pale for my money his version is right up there with Bauhaus' cover of Ziggy Stardust and Siouxsie and the Banshees' cover of Dear Prudence.) So, what is this song like? Simply put, it is a a melodic sonic blast. The guitar is both haunting and intense leaving no doubt the Zombie knows how to play. The thing that really strikes me, however is the fact that despite all the interesting and cool ‘noise' his vocals are spot on and melodic. The dissonance works well; I find myself grooving to his music. Man, I would love to see the ZGC live. (Note: to Bongo Boy, you should bring a plane load of artists out to the Targhee Fest which is a music festival about 15 minutes from where I stay in America.)

3. Bad Girl - Annemarie Picerno 4:05 - OK, first off, I feel compelled to say I think I like this song even before I hear it. I mean, c'mon, some of the best times I have ever had have been with Bad Girls. Yeah, I dig that funky beat the drums are laying down and the rest of the band has the soul to take that beat and make is blister. Hands down, though, the vocals are taking the spotlight. Annemarie has a gritty, yet smooth voice and a range that extends very far indeed. She makes great use of her background singers. Man, I feel that Motown vibe. All I can do is smile. Then the drummer throws in some very tight, really nice rolling fills and I have to tip my hat and say well done! This is another band I really want to see live as I can only imagine what a killer old-school R&B evening it would be.

4. Invincible - Lisa Coppola & Ray Powers 3:08 - This song is a duet that is a little more on the pop side of the musical spectrum. The thing is it is really good pop. Lisa and Ray can sing well, and the band can play. I am remanded a bit of the duel Tom Petty did with Stevie Nicks. I like the Country Rock guitar jam and their drummer is really walloping his cymbals. A+ for intensity, Dude.

5. Those Eyes - Kathryn Shipley 4:16 - This is another song with some grit. I like Kathryn's voice. The drummer seems to be fighting for attention as every once in a while, he lays down a lightning roll that makes me smile. After three or four of these the guitar player seems to say "Oh, yeah? Watch this!" He totally opens up with a massive jam - I am loving it. I mean what is not to love? A singer with soul, a guitar player who shoots lightning bolts and a drummer who can pound. Add in a rock-solid bass and a general groove and what you are left with is a killer song that just made my personal play list.

6. Tears (A Cappella) ft. Armand Hutton - Bruce Lev 3:05 - Man, I am speechless. Really, there are many very good musicians on this album including a couple I think could become superstars, but for pure take me home soul Armand and Bruce win hands down. LISTEN to this track. I am sure you will agree this is simply fantastic work

7. God Help Me - One Supernova 5:03 - I like this song. It has a mellow vibe, yet their percussionist is in the pocket. Then suddenly the acoustic guitar is eclipsed by a massive blast of electricity. There is something about his voice that I cannot put my finger on, his vocals have a soothing quality. Well, soothing until he goes into screaming mode and the guitar really opens up, then all of a sudden, the mellow somewhat religious overtones of the song are gone and I am listening to some massively blistering ROCK AND ROLL. Absolutely excellent segue guys, I never saw it coming.

8. No King of Mine - Anthems for Autumn 3:13 - Man, another raunchy blast! Bongo Boy has put together a smoking album. Good God I dig women who can ROCK and ROCK HARD. This is a headbanging song that for my money is right up there with Avenged Sevenfold, who, in my opinion are one of the most blistering bands on the planet. This song is now on my personal play list.

9. Pumped Up Kicks - SQUISH 3:07 - This is a unique track. I really dig the fuzz bass that drives the song. The first time I heard the organ I thought my computer was beeping. I then realized Microsoft can't rock, that has to be in the song. In all honesty, I am a bit perplexed by this track, but I enjoy it nonetheless. Interesting work guys!

10. Make Music Not Money - Above The Sun 2:58 - What a heavy post-hippy jam! OK, he does quote Paul Simon and the chorus is make music not money, so there are hippy overtones, but he makes a valid point when he says remember when being on the cover of Rolling Stone used to mean something? Now, all you have to do is plant a bomb at the end of the Boston marathon. I don't think I could have said it better myself. I would be remiss if I did not mention the fact that the man playing lead guitar absolutely smokes!!

11. Crush - Ricky Persaud Jr. 3:07 - Ricky is back and I, for one, am glad he is. Honestly, I have not heard anything by this young cat that I did not really like. This time around Rick tells us about a young man's encounter with true love. (I vaguely remember that feeling.) All in all, excellent reggae jam!

12. - 1 Of Us 3:13 - This is an interesting song. I like the strings and almost choir sound of the music. I could see this song being played in a new age church. It is beautiful and haunting. I can't say it is really rock and roll, but whatever genre it is, it does sound good and keeps my attention. Anyone who has read any of my reviews knows that I have an extremely short attention span, so well done guys.

13. This Time - Studeo 3:38 - This is kind of a modern country song that uses orchestral strings in the background and some nice keys off to the side. The keys do step up for a couple of bars before my attention is pulled away by the drummer doing some nice snare work. Over everything, though is her voice which is beautiful and totally dominates the song. It is safe to say that without these vocals the song would be no where nearly as compelling.

14. Needle in The Mirror - the oOhz - What an ominous title! His voice is just as ominous. The minimalist guitar only adds to the effect. Then the song takes what I think of as a Rocky Horror Picture Show turn. That is suddenly the band goes into a section that grooves and the listener discovers that the phrase Don't Put the Needle in the Mirror is an earworm that will get into your head and stay there...for a long time. (Thanks for putting this track last Bongo Boy!)

So, what is the bottom line? Simple, as I have come to expect, Bongo Boy has found a gaggle of Indy bands that do what they do very well. As the man said, being on the cover of Rolling Stone used to mean something. If I were Rolling Stone, I would take a close look at what Bongo Boy is doing. If you like good music, you will enjoy this album. I know I did.

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