James Lewis Speed- All my bestfriends

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Belated father's day Cover ArtJames Lewis Speed is an awesome lo-fi singer song writer I happened upon on the internet. I chose the song All my bestfriends for the reason that the overlapping vocals are so simple yet hypnotic. Speed's voice and a guitar work find a some how untapped originality it such simple music. Simple is not intended to be used in a derogatory way as we should all no some of the worlds best songs are the simplest. The lyrical styling is very indie and reminds me of the scattered poetic vocals of Issac Brock. They fill the mind with an image that is nearly neutral and leaves the recipient of the stimuli to make their own impressions into the mold of this music, A musical Rorschach Test of sorts. When I hear this song I hear all to torture of this world followed by euphoria of a faith rewarded at a bitter sweet cost. perhaps reaching some sort of heavenly house party where you are talking to all of your best friends, no matter how estranged, dead, or just long faded the friendship or friend may be. If you are a person that put a lot of the thought and scrutiny in lyrics give this budding artist a listen at:

Red Eyes - Get Out Now

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Red Eyes is a punk and ska band out of Bristol, Wisconsin. The song Get Out Now primarily shows their light-hearted ska side. For how simple the video recording it is, this song is fairly well equalized while conveying the raw authenticity of live performance. The song flows well while the guitar and bass to stray far from each other while the drummer adds some mentally stimulating fills. The vocals are right on par for the sound they are going for. Upon further investigation the band has expanded to having two guitarist which I feel will offer up more depth and texture to their music. Considering Get Out Now is their first original song I am impressed by their over all talent and potential. If your in the Bristol Area try to catch one of their power pack performances and get lost in the crowd while this head turning music pulsates the crowd from head bobbing to head banging.

The Blinds- Push Comes to Shove

The Blinds are a Blues/Rock band out of San Francisco, with an impressive website and band art. In the song Push Comes to Shove you can hear the fusion of their idolized blues artist with their own hint of individuality. The bass, guitar, and drums all come in united and begin to deviate into a distorted bluesy riff. The very contemporary blues vocals come in with the kind of blues rock sass we have come to admire; similar in nature to Jack White or Cage the Elephant. The band has a clear and cohesive sound. I can't tell if the recording texture was intended but I think mastering the tracks could really make The Blinds tasty tunes come through stronger. As far a lyrics you got to admit that a song called Push Comes to Shove is the kind of figure of speech that screams the Blues/Rock.

Burning Bush - Insomnia

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


I am ashamed for neglecting the heavier side of music as long as I have. Burning Bush will be redeeming review. They are a Metal/Punk band from Brooklyn NY. The beginning of the song immediately puts a smile on the face. Its quick vocal intro is somewhat reminiscent of the blood hound gang which through me off. Then it gets HEAVY. The evil and energized riff charges the listener's batteries to pump them up for the rest of this over the top song. The guitar is a phenomenal tribute to many great metal guitarist and simultaneously it very unique in the way it flows. As a big fan of bass work here is a standing ovation for that line after the guitar solo. The singer has an excellent command of the timbre and pitch necessary for singing metal and the drummer does an outstanding job of playing the kind of percussion that makes your feel you are under heavy fire. If you are suffering from metal malnutrition click this link and try not to head bang your head phones off.

Kiwi Time - Believe Me

Kiwi Time is an Indie band from San Francisco. In the song Believe Me they show case some of their greatest strengths. The song begins with catchy droning guitar riff and an excellent cymbal build up. Then the singers voice comes soaring in beautifully. Her voice is very exotic and smooth. The song has an excellent build up and the band shows their cohesive power and keep the song flowing excellently. The only qualms to be had with this song are that the lyrics are bit too simple. Besides this Believe Me is an alluring tune with much to flaunt. The masterful work of the lead singer along with her natural born talent make distract from every flaw in the song and the recording its self sounds as professional as Kiwi Time's quality and composition. Kudos!

SONI Greko - Out Here on My Own

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Today we get a little taste of some R&B from composer SONI Greko. When the song begins, the listener is immediately submerged in the very digital piano work vaguely reminiscent of the piano work in A Christmas song by Paul McCartney. The songs vocals utilize the strong and exotic french accents of this duet. Their voices combine into a singular, concentrated force during the chorus. The music is very soothing, the introduction of the bass adds a layer that helps solidify the emotions conveyed by the singers. I would like to hear these two singers together with a slightly less digital sound. I feel as though it distracts from the excellent chemistry between the vocalists. The piano sounds just a little too much like a 90's key board. Their beautiful voices deserve the timeless texture of an authentic piano, but I can be a tad of a puritan. The music is an interesting change of pace to a lot of what you will hear on the web. If you are sick of the same old same old, then go listen to SONI Greko's work, close your eyes and let the music take you away.

Corey Sky - Noelle

Friday, August 19, 2011

Corey Sky is an independent artist from Brooklyn. He creates music in a singer song writer style. In the song Noelle he shows off is very full and distinct voice. Though some of the lyrics are a little cheesy it goes well with the feel good nature of the music. The music is fantastic beside the sound quality sounds a little artificial. I feel a more natural sound would complement Sky's voice a little better. All in all the song Noelle is catchy and for some reason gives me a slight 90's nostalgia. Check it out on Corey Sky's sophisticated website and check out the gallery. This musician looks like he has a lot of fun.

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