Mon, 2 March 2015
It's hard to believe but we are already 3 months into 2015. This is my 3rd MPAD episode and I really thought I'd be able to get more of these out by now, by time keeps flying by. But, I am bringing the goods one this one. I have an interview with Alex B., also known as, Paper Diamond, an innovative electronic musician that has geinded and polished his craft to create a sound and show that is a stand out among so many other DJ/EDM acts. His new ep "Rain Drops" will be out soon. If you want to read the full interview go to Motorcityblog where I posted it last week.The track I play from Paper Diamond is "Just Like Clockwork" with Cherub.
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Thu, 26 February 2015
Last Monday night, Leighton Meester played the Magic Bag, a local venue for me, and being a fan of Gossip Girl with an interest in catching celebrities in a different light I decided to check it out. I went into the show without much knowledge of the music Leighton would be performing but I did know that she had transitioned from dance pop to a more Americana/country vibe.
Walking in just before the opening act, Cassandra, a local singer/songwriter, I found the place packed beyond full, just navigating myself to a spot where I could photograph from was a chore. For a local singer I wasn’t aware of before tonight, Cassandra, was quite good. She had a bassist and guitar player with her and her songs were mostly acoustic but I wouldn’t call her a folk singer. She brought a lot of soul and R&B to her songs, a couple of them even had a bit of a hip hop feel to them as she rapped some of the lyrics. I’ve got a feeling she will be playing out more in town as the crowd really dug her set.
Ah, the crowd for the show… I thought Gossip Girl lost popularity in its later years but it must have kept its rabid fan base because this show was filled with hundreds of GG fans. The majority of the crowd were fashionable females, between 18 and 25 and in groups of three to four. You could say it was a house full of a few hundred “queen bees”. They all seemed familiar with Leighton’s songs and in between them would call out in admiration of Leighton.
Leighton and her band took the stage, around 9:15pm, which is pretty early compared to most the shows I go to but for a Monday night this was more than welcome. Her songs did have a big Americana feel to them with acoustic guitar and themes of heartbreak and heartache. What impressed me with Leighton’s performance was she had evidently really put work and effort into the songs. Her backing band were experienced musicians that played their parts with a high proficiency. Leighton’s got a nice voice that suits her sound, it’s not the strongest but she can more than carry a song. Most of her set came from her latest release “Heartstrings” but also included covers of the Cardigans “Lovefool” and an encore of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” that brought the biggest cheers from the crowd.
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Fri, 20 February 2015
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Wed, 18 February 2015
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Thu, 12 February 2015
Kill Frenzy is a term that means killing several people at once in a video game, but it's also an apt name for a DJ that can slay more than a few on the dance floor. Kill Frenzy who has played in my town, Detroit before (and hopefully will again soon) is a Belgium Producer/DJ that is part of the Dirtybird Records crew. His latest offering is "slyly" titled "TAYLR_SWFT," and features 11 tracks filthy, dance floor bliss. Starting with "All Night Long," Kill Frenzy makes music that is minimal but still packed with fun surprises. There are vocals effectively mixed in most of the tracks as Kill Frenzy drops sexy bombs like "No Panties" and "XXX" featuring Astrid. It's the rare electronic dance record I can fully enjoy in the car or on the headphones but with the understanding that it is really meant for the dance floor.
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Tue, 10 February 2015
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Thu, 5 February 2015
In the 90's and early 2000's shoegaze was all the rage. With a band of members that barely looked up as they played and moved even less, showgaze wasn't much to watch but that was never the point of it. It was more about being blown away by the dense sound of buzzing and crunching guitars to a song that was beautiful and heavy at the same time. Most the bands were British, My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Catherine Wheel were just a few of the bands that got thrown into this genre. For me, shoegaze was just part of the mix of music I was listening to, along with Britpop and some hip hop influenced dance music. But, shoegaze managed to have a lasting impact on me, as some of those songs still strike a nerve with me today.
Which is why it doesn't surprise that music with the similar melodic and disharmonious chords is still being made today. Just this last week 3 songs in the shoegaze vein arrived in my inbox, and the best part is all of them are brilliant.
Swervedriver is back and still raving down.
Whirr from San Francisco and Philadelphia released this thick load of achingly beautiful noise.
and, lastly, Them Are Us Too, a duo from California release the more subdued and equally wonderful, "Us Now."
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Tue, 3 February 2015
It's hard to believe it is February already! Here's episode 2 of the year for Most People Are DJs where I give you a rundown on my time at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show. You can read about the trip on my post a few weeks ago. I also play music by Diet Cig a new band from New Paltz, New York, who have recently released their debut Over Easy EP.
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Thu, 29 January 2015
I saw Zola Jesus last week at the Loving Touch and was completely captivated by her performance. To be honest, since I am more of a pop music fan, I found her past material, while interesting, a bit off-putting to listen to on a regular basis. Which is why I am a huge fan of her latest release Taiga, an album that is both accessible and an artistic expression of emotion. From the driving rhythms to her songs that are front by her brilliant and distinctive vocals,Tiaga is an album I listened to the past couple weeks non-stop. However, it is Zola’s live performance that really capture her unbridled vocal talents and devastating power of her songs.
The nice thing about the Loving Touch is it is a small intimate venue that puts the crowd in close, nearly claustrophobic proximity to the artist. As big as her voice is, Zola is actually small in stature, maybe just over 5 feet, which was shocking as most of the crowd just assumed Zola to be taller, more of a runway model’s height. The entire crowd on this night embraced Zola’s performance with a knowing that they were getting something truly special.
Zola’s latest video for “The Hunger” displays a good deal of what I experienced in her live performance. It is also my favorite song from Tiaga so it’s nice to see it getting more exposure. The “Hunger” video is explained by Director Allie Avital Tsypin / BANGS “... is essentially a sculpture project...an exploration of a life form: both raw and refined. A negotiation between form and inner life, movement and stillness, desire and satiation. Working with Nika is always an honest and satisfying collaboration…it was really fun to interpret the song and Nika's (Zola's) aesthetic sensibilities through film.”
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Wed, 28 January 2015
Through the use of my Amazon Fire TV Stick I have been watching more YouTube videos and short movies. While I have a Google Chromecast and a Roku, the YouTube app on the Fire Stick seems to work best for me. It’s nice to use a remote and I don’t have many streaming issues. I prefer watching YouTube on the my TV. While I’ve never been one to go down the YouTube rathole I have been finding myself burrowing pretty deep lately. Here’s a couple videos I came across recently that I can recommend.
The first short is from Thump, a place with EDM music videos and short documentaries. Whether you are into the EDM scene or not, their documentaries are quite interesting, especially Blackout: Sex, Hugs & EDM!!!” The video is a 30 minute film shot last New Years Eve in different places around the world. Each of the different settings reveal how the revelers spend their night hanging with friends, some drinking, some drugs and maybe some fun along the way. The places they film at include Paris, Tokyo, New York and even Detroit. The Detroit material is cool because I know a couple of the people they film. In fact, one of them, Erno the Inferno, has been on a previous MPAD episode. The film has crazy, funny, and some serious moments as they flash from city to city playing out the long and debaucherous night.
The other video came my way via the Short of the Week website. Short of the Week is a great site to check for short films that are well shot and always interesting. The one they featured yesterday is a nice and twisted film called “I’m Not Sorry.” The film is about lonely, disturbed man that is using a dating site incognito. The lead in the film reminds is a slimy guy and reminds me of Joe Spenell from the original slasher classic, Maniac. At one point in the movie he’s shown in a painter coverall with blood spattered all over him, it makes me wonder what his day job is. I won’t share too much about about the short because I don’t want to give anything away, but it does share a couple things in common with “Blackout” including a great soundtrack and a drunk girl. You may want to have something lined up to watch directly after this as it will shake you up.
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