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Music Review: Traveling Songs by The Dada Weatherman

Year: 2016
Genre: Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Blues Rock, Folk Rock, Folk
Online: Official Website, Jamendo, Facebook, Twitter
Tracks:

  1. Free Your Mind
  2. Traveler’s Song
  3. Desert of Love
  4. Rewind
  5. We Will Be Alright
  6. Rocking Out
  7. M.O.
  8. Falling in Love

I apologise for the delay in posting another album review. I decided to remove the album that I previously had on the top of the list on account of Canadian band The Rest being oddly absent from the interwebs nowadays. It made me a little sad but I suppose that even good bands break-up or fade into the ether. I recommend that you check out their album on Jamendo here. And this brings us to the next album on the list.

I first noticed French band The Dada Weatherman, otherwise known as Dada & The Weatherman, about two years ago when one of their new albums popped up on the front page of Jamendo. Folk.It.Up was a good listen and I soon found myself listening to some of their other releases. Last year, they came out with the album that I am reviewing today, Traveling Songs. Please note that all of their tracks are in English.
Traveling Songs is a collection of eight tracks that offer a more refined folk and psychedelic and blues rock edge, reflecting Dada’s roots growing up listening to classic rock and blues from the 60’s and 70’s. With all of TDW’s albums, there is a strong focus on vocal and guitar work to do justice to the compositions. Sadly, I can’t say the same for several other artists that I have listened to of late.
Do I have a favourite track in this release? I enjoy all of the tracks, but if I had to choose then it would be a toss-up between Traveler’s Song and We Will Be Alright. Be sure to post your favourite tracks of the album in the comments section if you take time out to listen to the album.
In conclusion, this is a great addition to the existing catalogue of releases by The Dada Weatherman. It offers something new whilst somehow managing to stay true to the roots of the artist. Be sure to also check out the other releases of TDW and let me know what you think of their music. And last but not least, if you have any other artist and album that you’d like me to check out on Jamendo, be sure to drop me a line and I will try to get to it ASAP. You can find a copy of the album on Jamendo along with a huge catalogue of their releases.

If you have any other artist and album that you’d like me to check out on Jamendo, be sure to drop me a line and I will try to get to it ASAP. I have a backlog of album reviews to get through so bear with me.


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World of Keiko 02/28/2017

It has been another busy week for me. Due to making the decision to play more BDO in order to spend quality time with some guild members, I spent much of the last five days playing. As such, some recent posts have been delayed.
I also made the decision to move my weekly music review to Sunday alongside my Sunday Playlist post. I figure that this should offer something more for folks to listen to over the next week. I hope that it doesn’t feel like overkill but I suppose that I will have to see what you guys think of the changes.
I will attempt to juggle my time a bit more effectively and efficiently but it might take a few weeks to find my footing. That being said, I am having fun playing the game again. For a few months there, I was a tad burnt out by the grinding for level and shinies. It was nice to have life skills as a back-up in the meantime.
I did manage to at least get an anime review out and am nearly halfway through the next series that I will be reviewing. I forgot how funny the show Bamboo Blade was. It seems that the show also managed to get more complex over time and still holds up quite well ten years later. I suppose that I will have to wait until Friday to tell you guys a bit more about it.

Not much to say on the writing front but I wasn’t really expecting anything special in that department. It is not to say that I didn’t think about Freak or my serial. I just simply didn’t put physically sit down to write. I don’t feel guilty about this because I do believe that I at least made a few relevant decisions regarding how the stories would progress.

Back to the gaming front, I managed to get the awakening for my Ninja this past weekend after sitting on level 55 for a few months. It was a bit of a rush and I found myself really digging how easily the character was able to take out several pain-in-the-ass golems in Mediah. Some folks will know exactly what I am referring to when I say “Wilderness Golems”. For those that don’t, Wilderness Golems are slightly overpowered compared to many of the other creatures in the zone. They also have some rather annoying abilities. What the hell is up with a lot of Mediah creatures having stun abilities?
I also started on the task of getting some other characters in the early 50’s closer to their own awakenings. I should have 3 more toons with awakenings in the next five days. This should be made a lot easier with some purchases that I made in the marketplace yesterday. Hubby gave me a pep-talk, as he often does. It had to happen and it makes a HUGE difference to overall damage output. I am also very thankful that many if not all of the items can be shared with my stable of twelve characters. My next awakening will be for my Sorceress which is two-thirds of the way to level 56. After that, it will be a toss-up between Musa and Valkyrie, with a slight inclination to play my Musa first.

Well, that is it for this week. I will post my creative prompt after this and try to deal with my weekly manga review before I turn in this evening. Here’s hoping that I will be able to post on time tomorrow and for the rest of the week. A big shoutout to new followers Edhein (anime) and shadowoftheoperaghost (KDrama). I look forward to conversing with you and the host of other followers. In any case, I leave you guys with this clip by Allie Farris.


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Music Review: The Banquet by This Public Life

Year: 2011
Genre: Indie Rock
Similar Artists: The Boxer Rebellion, Radiohead, Monoral
Online: Official Website, Jamendo, Bandcamp, Triple J Unearthed, Facebook
Tracks:

  1. Smile
  2. Look Up
  3. Bombs Away
  4. Gypsy
  5. Born Again
  6. War Machine

After some deliberation, I have decided to move my weekly music reviews to Sunday instead of Saturday. I hope that folks don’t mind but I also want to get back into playing Black Desert Online again and figure that Saturday is a good choice due to the number of guild members that are usually on during that day. In any case, this week’s album review will be for a release by Australian Indie Rock band This Public Life.

The Banquet is a six-track album that came out in 2011. Though small, the collection packs a bit of a punch. No two songs are alike, showing a variety of tone and style but each still manages to showcase some excellent vocal and instrumental work. I find this especially important given that a lot of bands tend to release a lot of the same even on a single album. It also means that can see what to expect from the band in terms of composition and performance. The sound engineering also does justice to a collection of songs from a band that really deserves a lot more recognition than it currently gets.
When this album originally went live on Jamendo, I took an immediate liking to it. Years later, I still find myself listening to it in the foreground rather than in the background. It is nice to sit there and just take in the individual elements of a song and that crisp sound engineering allows me to isolate the instruments and vocals easily. For me, The Banquet is a good example of why I enjoy Indie Rock so much. There is this feeling of purity to it that comes from not being ordered around by a big record company. That being said, we see a lot of talented bands that don’t get the recognition that they deserve.

In conclusion, I recommend this album to anyone looking for some solid Indie Rock. Be sure to give it a listen and check out their release It Shouldn’t Cost the Earth from 2016 while you are at it. If you like what you hear, be sure to spread the word and maybe leave a comment to let me know what you thought.


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Music Review: Falling Apart by LukHash

Year: 2012
Genre: Electronic, 8Bit, Chiptune, Darkstep, Electronic Dance
Similar Artists: Trancendam,
Online: Official Website, JamendoBandcamp, Soundcloud, Youtube, Facebook
Tracks:

  1. Alpha
  2. Pixelove
  3. Detached Reality
  4. Falling Apart
  5. China
  6. Computer Date
  7. Room 12
  8. Broken Star
  9. 65536
  10. Gravity
  11. H8 U 2
  12. R3born
  13. Bonus Track – Woken Up @3AM V2

LukHash is an electronic artist from Poland that I discovered on Jamendo last year. They’ve been around for a while now, developing a bit of a following online in the process. It is certainly understandable why they are so popular as well.

Falling Apart is a thirteen-track compilation that does a great job of offering a glimpse into what makes LukHash so unique and entertaining to listen to. Whilst no two albums in their catalogue are alike, you know from the start that you are about to listen to will give soundtracks for the likes of Gianna Sisters a run for their money. I could waffle on about this and that but I doubt that I would do the album near as much justice as simply listening to it yourself.
Do I have any favourite tracks on this album? I would say that H8 U 2 is my personal favourite even though it is a mild rehash of a song from an earlier release. It has the deep bass and percussion that I find myself repeatedly going out of the way to listen to. Perhaps it is because it is one of the darker tracks on the album.

All in all, I really like this album. If you enjoy old-school side scrolling RPGs you will likely appreciate this album a bit more as well. In any case, be sure to check it out along with the other releases in LukHash’s catalogue.


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Music Review: Last Impulse of the Dying Sun by From Sky to Abyss

Year: 2016
Genre: Hard Rock, Metal, Metalcore
Similar Artists: Killswitch Engage (USA), Flayst (Switzerland), Sons of Northern Mist (Russia), Factor 150 (Ukraine), Lost Ape of Killa (Italy), Perishing Mankind (Austria), Echovolt (Ukraine)
Online: Jamendo, VK, iTunes, Amazon
Tracks:

  1. Intro
  2. Beast
  3. Sunburst
  4. Buried in Your Dream
  5. Violent Reflection
  6. Quantum Ocean
  7. This Tragedy is Only for the Hopeless
  8. Dead By Leaves
  9. Maora
  10. Us
  11. Last Impulse of the Dying Sun

I will begin by saying that I do not listen to a lot of hard rock or metal music. However, this week I will be discussing a recent album release by Russian hard rock and metal band From Sky to Abyss. When I saw their newest release featured on the Jamendo website in early January, I had no clue who they were but I figured that I would quickly find out if their music was worth a damn. Let’s just say that I liked what I heard.

Last Impulse of the Dying Sun is an eleven-track compilation of well-engineered compositions. The vocals are crisp, and other instrumental performances are solid. Every now and then, you hear a slight synth vibe in the background as well, which made me smile a bit because it worked well with the growling vocals, intimidating guitar work and percussion.
Do I have any favourite tracks on the album? I have two. For some reason, I really dig the mood and guitar work in the seventh track This Tragedy is Only for the Hopeless. That being said, I also find myself repeating the first track a lot as well. Both have distinctly different vibes.
One thing that could potentially be questioned about this album is whether or not it adds anything new to the genre. Whilst I don’t necessary think that it does, I don’t feel that it has to. In this day and age, there is often this feeling that people need to innovate or do something new. I would argue that innovation is pointless if the result sucks and holds no real purpose beyond some compulsion to be different. Of course, that is just my two cents on the matter.

This album may not be everyone, but I highly recommend that folks that enjoy rock, hard rock and metal take the time to listen to the album all of the way through. For the creatives out there, I suspect that this album might work well for getting into the mood to work on high-level destruction and action scenes with a darker edge. If you guys do check out the album, I’d love to read what you thought of it in the comments section.


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Sunday Playlist 02/05/2017

The theme for this week is “sweet love”, where I bring together ten easy listening, pop and electronic tracks that share that warm and fuzzy feeling that you have when you are in love. It is hopeful and joyful, that feeling of being intimately connected with somebody else. For many, that sensation is fleeting. However, for some people that feeling can last for a lifetime.

  1. Beautiful Angel by Giannespoli from Oh, Yeah. Wait! What? [USA]
  2. Voyage 1 – Waterfall by The Kyoto Connection from Wake Up [Argentina]
  3. Spinning by Liv Margaret [USA]
  4. We’ll Light the Sky by Lyonn from We’ll Light the Sky [USA]
  5. Deeper for You by Melanie Ungar from What is Love? [CAN]
  6. Whatever You Want by Arrow and Olive from Arrow and Olive [USA]
  7. Uplifting Icecubes by Beat Laboratory [GBR]
  8. Yours by Ben Drake from Aftermath [USA]
  9. Deep Sunrise by Café Del Chillia from Best of 2014 [NLD]
  10. Desert of Love by The Dada Weatherman from Traveling Songs [FRA]

You can find the playlist here.


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Music Review: Funkloric Trip by Cool Cavemen

Year: 2014
Genre: Funk, Fusion, Rock
Similar Artists: Incubus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, FFF (French band)
Online: Official Website, TwitterJamendo, Youtube, Bandcamp
Tracks:

  1. Intro
  2. Belgique mon Namurrr
  3. Nichrome
  4. Style 59
  5. Smack Fast that Fat Snack
  6. Drunk Dream
  7. Killian Kevin
  8. Mulherao
  9. Paname Ricain
  10. Primitiv Man
  11. Buffalophil
  12. Secret Agents Can Surf
  13. Speedy Fonkales
  14. A380Kg
  15. Everybody Spank
  16. Mozart est la
  17. Slide to Hell
  18. Lost in Translation
  19. Polka Vodka

Cool Cavemen is s French Fusion and Funk Rock outfit that I discovered on Jamendo more than a decade ago. Their songs from those earlier albums still bring me a certain amount of joy and I occasionally find myself humming several in particular to make quick work of tedious activities. Music by bands such as Cool Cavemen offers plenty of incentive for me to learn French. Their music and style have both changed a bit over the years, transforming into what we hear in their most recent release Funkloric Trip.

Funkloric Trip is a collection of nineteen often playful songs. Playful? The guys experiment with several different styles, making for a really fun album that I often listen to on repeat for several hours. Some of the songs also have a humour to them, such as Style 59 (here is the amusing music video) and Buffalophil.
Do I have songs that I like more than others? Much in all as I enjoy all of the songs on the album, I have to admit that I do have several favourites, but I will cover three in particular. Belgique mon Namurrr was the logical choice for the first song for the album and is an awesome standalone track. It is perfect for fleshing out detective noir scenes. Smack Fast that Fat Snack offers the right amount of a Funk edge to bring my energy levels and mood up. Secrets Agents Can Surf is a song that has some wonderful changes in pace throughout, giving that wonderful surf rock vibe in the process.
How do the songs fit together? Though the album doesn’t explicitly have a theme, the variation in the style of the songs managed to create a paradox of sorts. Those seemingly disconnected songs seem to work together because they do contrast each other. Weird, I know. Compare that to artists such as Mike Oldfield and Muse that typically go for a theme or a story for each album.

I highly recommend that you guys check out this album and other music in their catalogue. Seriously, these talented weirdos deserve some more listens because they produce some really enjoyable tunes. If you do take time out to listen to Cool Cavemen, be sure to let me know what you think of their music. If you like it, share it with others as a little thank-you to the band.