Month: February 2015

Indulging

Everything about this song, everything about this music video is RICH, delicious, and the perfect indulgence. After a night of indulging myself, fancy dinner, drinks and dessert, this song came on and everything was right. A fast-moving car, stallions, a man (wait, no, at second glance it’s a woman!) completely covered in body paint…dark hooded figures, floating crystals, a QUEST! What more could you ask for when indulging in a song. I have been will always be “obsessed” with this song:

This Swedish electric duo has been making music for nearly a decade. They haven’t released an album since 2011 but I don’t care. I’m just glad they exist because without them, there’d be no “Conquest.”

How did this one sneak by?

There is SO MUCH MUSIC OUT THERE? Has anyone else realized that? Well, I’m constantly reminded and it’s truly an overwhelmingly beautiful thing. There will never be a day in the future that there won’t be new music to hear and new artists to uncover, from past or present! This tune crossed my path yesterday evening and I had never heard of song or artist before about 7pm last night:

Black Books is a “southern dream pop” quintet based out of Austin Texas. With one EP and one self-titled full length album out, I don’t know how I haven’t heard them before but better late than never! I can’t wait to explore. “The Big Idea” is off of their self-titled full length album that was released in 2013.

Here is their cover of the classic “Love Fool” which you can download for free! What an excellent musical gift:

Screaming guitars, synth and brass, OH MY!

That’s just to name a few of the instruments in Roadkill Ghost Choir’s arsenal and doesn’t scratch the surface of lead vocalist, Andrew Shepard’s voice and it’s wide range of pitch and tone….AND I can’t forget to mention their hair. Shepard and others in the band can boast for having nearly butt-length locks, something even I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to claim!

The synth quality is more pronounced in their newest album, ‘In Tongues’, whereas their EP, ‘Quiet Light’, is more on the heavy rock side with hints of bluegrass hidden in the raging banjo riffs. Regardless, their music will make you question whether you are truly listening to rock and roll, bluegrass, folk or maybe even a touch of pop or country twang sometimes, depending on what track you’re tasting.

Roadkill Ghost Choir is Andrew Shepard, brothers Zach and Maxx Shepard, Stephen Garza and Kiffy Myers. This quintet of Florida-originating rockers can put on one heck of a show. They passed through Bozeman last summer as headliners. Hollow Wood, whom I’ve mentioned many times before on Music For Lunch, opened for them as the groups were touring together for a bit. Despite the fact that quite a bit of the crowd had hit the sack (yes, I’m saying that most people at the show went home to go to bed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t understand) before Roadkill Ghost Choir made it on stage, the Roadkill boys played as if they were playing for a packed house, which, means the world to me as a music fan. AND, they still claimed that they had a blast at the show, playing for small crowds is part of being a musician and part of touring but I still believed they deserved the Filling Station to be packed wall to wall with screaming fans. Maybe next time they come to Bozeman, which I really hope they do.

OK, I’m done blabbing, I promise. Time to get to some music. I’ll start with a favorite of mine off of their new album, which they played in Bozeman last year before the release of ‘In Tongues.’ This track is called “No Enemy”:

One of their biggest hits, which they played on the Letterman show, is “Beggars’ Guild.”

“Beggars’ Guild” is off of ‘Quiet Light’ as is my favorite track of theirs, “Devout”:

If you like what you hear, start hoping they come back! Or show them some love and send them a message!

Greetings from Québec musicians, Maybelleen!

Pierre-Louise Camiré and brother, Charles-Emile Camiré are Maybelleen, a Québec-originating brother duo producing psych-pop-dream-rock. Here, check out this photo they sent me of their top tracks, genre classification included, jotted down on some old fashioned, spiral bound notebook paper:

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These two fellows were kind enough to answer some of my questions about their musical adventures AND send me some photographs from their most recent shoot! Check out the photos below by clicking on one, which will take you to the short gallery:

It’s clear from the interview below that Pierre-Louise and Charles-Emile have a passion for creating new, unique and catchy music for all types of listeners. Their EPs vary greatly from song to song and I can’t wait to see what else this gentleman come up with. My conversations with them and their answers to my interview questions bleed with genuine excitement and true commitment to their mission to travel the world, sharing their sound. Check out what they had to say:

Q: ‘Gold in Our Hands’ came out about a year ago, yes? And now, you’ve just released ‘Stereotypes.’ Where do you see yourselves in another year? Or at least where do you hope to see yourselves?

A: In planes, tour vans, festivals, exciting venues… We want to move and play as much as possible.

Q: Along those lines, it seems like you come up with material rather quickly! Releasing two excellent EPS in a year nearly…Do you feel like you sometimes can’t keep up with your own creativity?

A: Actually, ‘Gold In Our Hands’ became an album through some songs we were putting online and so we started to play them live. ‘Stereotypes EP’ is for us, a closer sound to what Maybelleen really is and it’s only 6 songs out of… 30 others we could pick! We can say that we’re just really surprised of our own creativity!

Q:. Has becoming touring musicians been a dream for you both? If so, when did that dream become something that HAD to become a reality?

A: Some years ago, when our music started to sound like something interesting, we’ve been told by our dad to keep up with that in the most serious way and make it our only reason we wake up in the morning. We realized it was what we had to do in our lives, like anyone who have a career choice. You got to work for this only and it’ll start to grow.

Q: Do you feel your musical influences/inspirations have changed as you’ve started to develop your own sound? Or do you always turn to those same artists who inspired you initially?

A: Our sound is quite like our personality… You develop it as you’re growing up. Even as babies, our lifestyle at this age had an impact on our music today and when it was time to pick up an instrument, it just evoked in a physical way. We certainly have favorite bands which we love but it doesn’t really have an important impact on our sound.

Q: Can you pick two of the most exciting moments you’ve experienced in the last year since the release of your first EP?

A: Our UK tour for sure which inspired us to make ‘Stereotypes’ and the entire song-writing, recording thing of this album. Exciting projects always leads you to another!

Q: Finally, my favorite part of all of this (well, I shouldn’t say “favorite” because I love everything about music so I don’t know if I have a favorite part). If you have the time, could you make a 5 to 10 song playlist that captures your current (within the last few years) favorite songs? Here is Pierre-Louise and his brother, Charles-Emile’s, self-procured playlist! This is your chance to have a listen to what they’re listening to. It starts with Rush and finishes with a track by their very own father, Jean-Francois Camiré :

Q: Oh, one more thing. When do we get to see where you’ll be touring in the US?

A: Things will get more concrete about tour dates soon. We would say in mid-March, we’ll put out more details and exciting news concerning gigs.
Alright musicforlunchers, keep your ears and eyes peeled for Maybelleen in the coming years and don’t forget to check out their two EPs, ‘Stereotypes’ and ‘Gold in Our Hands’, both available for sampling on their soundcloud page:

and their newest EP is available for purchase at their website:

http://www.maybelleen.com/music

Thanks for your time, Maybelleen and thank you to all of you for reading and listening!

Dreams, free socks and some laughter for breakfast

This morning I fell back asleep after being mostly awake which, for me, means I’ll have strange and vivid dreams. This particular time the dream was more on the strange and pointless end of the dream spectrum but despite that, it left me with a sort of sinking feeling. The only good part about this particular dream was that my friend was giving away some of her clothes and she was giving me a bunch of great free socks. This likely entered my dream world this morning due to the fact that yesterday I did end up with some excellent free socks, generously given to me by a lovely friend. I never really woke up this morning and was kind of in a funk but what did finally wake me up was telling my buddy who’s a cashier at the grocery store about my free socks dream. This struck him funny, we’re talking fits of laughter, which of course made me laugh, pleasantly nudging me out of my confusing dream state.

Anyway, what inspired me to mush the dream, the socks and the laughing together for this post was this remix of a wonderful song by Hundred Waters:

It sounds like dreaming, don’t you think? Hype Machine is premiering a remixed version of their latest album, ‘The Moon Rang Like a Bell’ and the “Out Alee” track really stood out to me considering me dreamy morning. Check out the whole album here:

http://hypem.com/premiere/hundred+waters

Hundred Waters has been a favorite of mine for quite some time now. They have a sound that is not like anyone else. A lot of their music is fantastical and ethereal; Nicole Miglis’ vocals dancing up and down, side to side. Their first self-titled album is a must-listen. Here’s a favorite of mine from that album…it sort of makes me feel like I’m dreaming, too:

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This is a screen shot of what greets me everyday I turn on my lap top (click it! you can read the quotes and see all the music listed):

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There are four sticky notes: two with quotes that I need to see everyday and two that are PACKED with albums/songs by various musicians that I CAN’T under any circumstance neglect to purchase at some point. The list gets longer and longer every day but a few artists/albums/songs get knocked off the list every so often; usually around pay day!

Anyway, I knocked a few off this morning on a whim, one of which was Amen Dune’s new album, ‘Love’, released May of last year. The more I listen to it, the more I fall for every song. This was the first track I heard on the Hype Machine back in December when they did their annual Zeitgeist:

This song has big furry, warm, safe arms that wrap around me. Without even thinking, the second this song starts, I find myself with eyes closed, swaying back and forth. That’s just me, though…hopefully that big, furry, warm, safe arms comment wasn’t too much….

Anyway, Damon McMahon, originator of Amen Dunes has been releasing music since 2006 but it wasn’t until after he released his solo album, ‘Mansions’ in 2006, that he became Amen Dunes. Now based out of Brooklyn and incorporating a wide variety musically-talented collaborators and friends, McMahon’s ‘Love’ is a masterpiece. Damon McMahon is pictured below. I wonder if he has big, furry, warm, safe arms….? Maybe that was too far now.

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Check out “I Can’t Dig It”, a slightly louder track from the album:

Well, here’s to knockin’ some more off of my never-ending musical checklist!