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Ready for some tracks that are primed with deep beats and silky smooth vocals? Well look no further than Kwamie Liv who recently dropped her debut EP Lost in the Girl today for free download. She's travelled the world over and this first ep is already bursting with maturity and originality.

While Kwamie's down-tempo and intimate trip-hop/R&B early offerings "Follow You" and 5AM" set her out as one to watch Lost in the Girl further proves her flair for experimentation and determination to exceed expectations. 

Category:blog -- posted at: 9:18 PM

Back in December I got a subscription for a few months of Spotify for half off their usual monthly price. For the first few weeks I was super impressed and interested in the service. I could easily stream endless amounts of music and create playlists for a very low monthly price. The catalog of music at Spotify is actually astounding so I can surprisingly find a lot of the music I like. Spotify suits the way I consume music as well. When it comes down to music, I’m an explorer, always willing to try different things. I’ll come across a band mentioned on a podcast or an article and look them up for a listen. I don’t repeat listen much because I’m usually moving on to the next band. I also like the community aspect to Spotify which a lot of other services are missing. I can see what my friends are listening to and they can easily share their music with me. Having recently watched the documentary Downloaded by Alex Winter, it reminded me how music Spotify compares to what I liked about Napster: easy access to lots of music with a community aspect.

However, from David Byrne to Pink Floyd, I have seen much of the artists negative response to Spotify and other streaming services.  Their complaint is they make very little from these services and it would take a monumental amount of effort to get the millions of listens they need to make a decent size paycheck . I guess I look at it a little differently. I’ve reviewed music on and off for the past 20 years, so I have never paid for much of my music. With Spotify the artists get some funding from me which they never got in the past. However, that is my special circumstance. It’s different for the regular Joe that is used to paying for music. They are used to buying music in one format or another as property they keep on a physical CD or digital file. 

Product by stream changes things, it makes physical space less cluttered but makes real life more complicated for the creators of entertainment. Which leaves me in a quandary because I have been trying to shift to a clutter free life. Over 25-years I’ve accumulated loads of CDs, cassettes and vinyl. I no longer have a record player and while I can admire vinyl making a comeback, I’m not about to go back to it. My car does not even have a CD player so I’m listening to those less and less and cassettes haven’t entered any conversation of mine for a couple decades. I want to stream with a good conscious. I want to sleep in my king size bed at night and rest easy knowing the artists in my headphones aren't sleeping in the streets. My compromise is to stream away and buy artist merchandise when I see them perform live. They usually get a bigger cut from their merchandise and for the smaller artists a lot of the time my cash is going straight from my pocket into theirs. 

While this takes care of my dilemma, what about the bigger picture? How does having streaming services like Spotify and Google Play impact the way you buy and think about music? 

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So much time has passed since my last podcast I’ll bet you might think you thought I podfaded. Well, you can set aside your fears as Most People Are DJs may rust but it will never fade away! This is a catch up episode to let you know all the activity I have been up the last few months, including comic conventions like C2E2 and Motor City Comic Con and Movement, Detroit’s electronic music festival. Some of the celebrities (at least in my book) I met along the way included cosplay superstar, Yaya Han, Katie Cassidy from Arrow and hipster rap artist, Riff Raff Pics.
In the beginning of the show, I also talk about the positive and negative aspects to doing an email interview. The end part of this episode I play some clips from my interview with Marc Evan Johnson and Ben Blacker from the Thrilling Adventure Hour Podcast. They talk about how Marc became the voice of Sparks Nevada and what it’s like being backstage at a TAH show. Besides the podcast, Marc and Ben are working on a hundred different things, Marc did a pilot called Fatrick and Ben is doing a run on Marvels Thunderbolts.You can read my post from the interview at Spoiler Free Movie Sleuth. If you are at San Diego Comic Con you can catch the TAH crew performing and hanging out.
The music from the show is taken from 8-Bit Operators “Enjoy the Science: A Tribute to Depeche Mode.” A new 8-Bit collection of Depeche Mode covers that are brilliant and interesting takes on 15 of Depeche Mode’s best songs.

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They started out as Lost Boys playing raw, punky music but with an occasional stroke of tender beauty. Soon they found themselves and refined who they are. They are the Prude Boys and they are coming to your town with a soaring guittar, a throbbing bass and a snappy snare. 

MPAD:Who is in the band?

Sadie Sam, the drummer
Quennton Thornbury, guitar & vocals
Caroline Myrick, bass & vocals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 MPAD: When did you form and why?

PB: We formed in the Spring of 2013 (as the Lost Boys), playing music in our buddy's attic to deal with being broke and bored. After playing and realizing we could all write songs together, and were addicted to playing, we got a name and a Facebook.

MPAD: Describe your sound in ten words or less and what band would not offend you to be compared to?
PB: We are: garage-punk-pop-surfy-noisy-rock n' roll kids. We've been compared to The Pixies and we thought that was right nice.

MPAD: What’s your latest release and how can people get it?
MB: Our latest release is a one-take live demo we recorded in our practice garage. It's named "Lost Boys Demo 2014" and is available at lostboysmichigan.bandcamp.com. Our first EP is also there. It's more polished.

MPAD: Favorite local venue and why?
PB: We adore Woodruff's of Ypsilanti. We've played there 6 million times because we love the people who work there, the people who come there, and the cheap drinks. It's like a second home, next to our garage.

MPAD: What’s one another local band you think people should see?
PB: One? We could hardly pick one, so how about two. del Brutto & Double Weirdo. They are raucous, rowdy, crazy dudes and their shows are not to be missed. They're also our best friends.

MPAD: What do you like most and least about Detroit?
PB: Most of all, we love the music here. The scene is diverse and weird and people are pretty damn nice, which is refreshing. We do not so much like the unpredictable and incomplete public transportation system. Bikes work though.

MPAD: Where’s the best place on the internet for people to go hear more from you?
PB: Prudeboys.tumblr.com is the place to go. It has all of our links, plugs, gadgets, trinkets, knick knacks and more. We also have a few videos up on youtube if you search hard enough, like our first music video for "Care Package".

MPAD: What makes being in a band worth it for you?
PB: The money, cars, clothes, and women. But actually, it's because we love playing shows. There's such an exciting energy that comes from playing live. It's exhilarating. It's incredible playing for a crowd. Also, we love the chance shows give us to hear what other bands are doing. We're planning a short tour down south and it'll basically be a vacation where we get to have a good time playing shows with different bands every night. We couldn't think of anything better.

MPAD: You will know the band is successful when…..
PB: When we're not eating Jet's pizza every day. But we'd probably do that anyway.

MPAD: Most embarrassing moment so far….
PB: We genuinely have no shame, but there have been a few shows where maybe we played a little too late in the night, if you catch my drift, and we weren't exactly "on point" or "coherent". I'm sure people have been embarrassed for us.

Category:blog -- posted at: 2:19 AM

By now all of you have to know that my two favorite things in life are indie comics and music. I get the best of both of worlds when somebody does both which is what Little Dragon has been up to lately. For their upcoming release "Nabuma Rubberband," Little Dragon is posting "Namuma Comics: The Story of Little Dragon" as a Tumblr IRL (btw, I do not know what "IRL" stands for). . You can listen to a full stream of the album right now on Amazon and at the Tumblr page. Little Dragon has always been a band I have wanted to spend more time with so this is the perfect time to delve into them. "Nabala Rubberband" is quite the jam as they pump up the funk and bring a more organic feel to their music. 

In their press release it says for the album the were musically inspired by the more experimental pockets of Prince's back catalogue, club culture and the vintage Janet Jackson slow jams Yukimi used to listen to wandering around Gothenburg during the unrelenting winter, Nabuma Rubberband has a different feel to previous Little Dragon albums. "When you put some of Janet's really slow stuff on you feel like you're floating," Yukimi explains. "That feeling really influenced me and maybe that's why there are quite a lot of slow jams on the record. In the past we've been a bit self-conscious about making slow jams after 'Twice'. Then we wanted to make dance music which we did with Machine Dreams and then Ritual Union still had a dance vibe, but with this album it wasn't about that. The intention was about whatever we felt strongly about."

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On the episode I preview C2E2, the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, a convention that brings the best of pop culture to downtown Chicago. A convention that is packed with so many cool things and people this will make the 3rd year I will travel from Detroit to experience the show.

On the the podcast I'll cover the panels and others things I am checking out at the show. You can read my full blog post preview for C2E2 over at The Movie Slueth, a great movie review site I am conributing to. Also on this episode I am playing music from Tunde Olaniran, an electro hip hop artist that I've played before and interviewed. The song "The Internet" features James Linck and is one of the highlights of Tunde's amazing live show. 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:40 PM

Roman Romains played in my hometown opening for Gary Numan with an electric set that started the night off just right. The band is comprised of 2 members from The Duke Spirit, Liela Moss and Toby Butler. They recently released their first album Zeal with music that is a combination of dance with industrial and goth touches. The centerpiece being Liela’s vocals that could be compared to Bjork coupled with the menace of the Knife. Their set was a rousing experience with Leila dancing around at times striking boxer poses, looking fierce and beautiful in the same moment. Before the show Liela filled me in on the forming of Roman Remains and how the tour has been going thus far.

MPAD: Were either of you involved in synth-oriented projects before Duke Spirit?
Liela: Toby remixed some songs for friends and labels we are buddies with - you can find them if you look up Bad For Lazarus from Brighton, UK. He also did stuff for a fave UK label Heavenly so the last Mark Lanegan project called Black Pudding! Then the Gary Numan mix, which led to the tour...

MPAD:I hear a lot of post punk/industrial elements with Roman Remains, tell me about some bands you love that may have some impact on Roman Romains sound?
Liela: SUNNS, NIN, The Knife, Major Lazer, Bjork, Depeche Mode, FuckButtons, Caribou

MPAD: When you were first developing Roman Romains songs did you think you would tour with it?
Liela: We had zero expectations! We weren't sure how it would work logistically! Toby spent a long time thinking out how to make it viable and actually keep lots of live elements truly live and organic despite the programmed foundation to it.

MPAD: What do you like most about touring in America compared to other countries?
Liela:
Big Horizons, crossing Desert then mountains then woodland - basically the geography keeps changing and startling us with its beauty...the food can be pretty delicious too, when you drive off the beaten track...


MPAD
What’s been surprising for you so far on the Gary Numan tour?
Liela:How hilarious and humble he and his band are. How articulate he is when discussing music. Very interesting and inspiring - he works so hard he literally doesn't stop. He's very generous with his energy to fans.

MPAD: With social media and an ongoing internet presence, do you think fashion is becoming a more important aspect to the visual representation of music?
Liela:I'm not sure. It's always had an importance for people that connect costume and style with performance.

MPAD: Do you spend a lot of time on the internet while on tour?
Liela: Not as much as my band mates! I am addicted to looking at property on an app as I go in and out of cities. Last week I wanted to move to Austin. Now maybe Nashville or New Hampshire where I had a good breakfast in an idyllic little town. If people but the album maybe I can live in all of them, haha!

MPAD:There’s a lot of nice balance with the elements of Roman Romains – it’s all noisy, sensual, fun and dark. Was there a lot of intentional thought about the balance of sound or was it more organic?
Liela:There was lots of attention to detail and to keeping things evocative all the way through.

MPAD: I love your song titles, but my focus leans towards the musical and vocal textures of your songs, so much so, I really have no idea what you songs are about! Can you explain a couple for me like “Tachycardia” and “Thirsty As A Truck”?
Liela: “Tachycardia” is really a mantra for myself to remind me to move through life spontaneously in the spirit of non-attachment or concern with who stands beside you in life.  “Thirsty as a Truck” is a collage of lyrics about trying to satisfy desires by misusing alcohol or misusing people's generosity. It's some observations on craving, greed and how isolating that can be...

MPAD: Does this time away from Duke Spirit re-invigorate you for what lies ahead for Duke Spirit?
Liela: Yes definitely! I have Duke spirit ideas on these journeys.

MPAD: Do you think any of Roman Romains sound will creep its way into future Duke Spirit?
Liela: No idea!

More pics can be see at the Most People Are DJs Flickr pageInterview and pics from the show by Mikel O.D.

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