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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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Sunday Playlist 03/12/2017

I am back with this week’s playlist. This time around, the theme is “smooth love”. I have attempted to bring together songs from different genres that emulate the feel of a live performance at the jazz club, the cafe and places where you can listen to music for the pure joy of it. Whilst you might feel compelled to get up and dance, you can just as easily sit down and drink in the atmosphere as the band performs.

  1. Thinking of You by Lawrence Beamen [USA]
  2. Wanna See You by Niki J Crawford from The Genesis Block EP [USA]
  3. Mechanism by Anitek from Anitek Instrumentals Vol.2 [USA]
  4. Worst Kind of Perfect (Remastered) by Ben Hammond from [Reasonably] Honest [USA]
  5. It’s the Right Time by Büffel from First Touch [Germany]
  6. Baby Go by Eve [Kazakhstan]
  7. Say You Love Me by David Krystal from View From The Inside [Canada]
  8. Amor Y Amor from Estudiante from Regresar [Cuba]
  9. Possibilities by Jasmine Jordan from Time Travel EP [USA]
  10. Devotion by Neon Niteclub from The Dream Machine [USA]

You can find the playlist here.


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Sunday Playlist 03/05/2017

After a rough week wherein I took a brief hiatus from blogging, I am back with the weekly playlist. This time around, the theme is “sexy nights”. I could have gone the more explicit route but I decided to go with something more PG. As it is, today’s mix should be a good introduction to the featured artists if you haven’t already heard of them before.

  1. The Heat by Sam Garbett [Great Britain]
  2. Don’t Beg by the.madpix.project from Don’t Beg (single) [Germany]
  3. Sex Like Art by The Easton Ellises from EP One [Canada]
  4. One by Heartskin from One [Russia]
  5. Wasteland (instrumental) by Lily Wolf from Deleted Scenes (instrumentals) [USA]
  6. Don’t Rock the Boat by Neon Niteclub from The Dream Machine [USA]
  7. Show Me by Slava Prox from We Breath as One [Russia]
  8. Ater Drak (featuring Carrol) by Auquid from Dreaming [Ukraine]
  9. Hold You by JekK from Roses [France]
  10. Long Kiss (radio mix) by Fred First from Looking Back Vol. 2 [USA]

I don’t really have much to add this time around. As always, if you have some artists on Jamendo that you would like to recommend ahead of future reviews and/or playlists, then feel free to drop me a line. I’d also be willing to consider themes ahead of future playlists as well. I’ll try to have a music review posted for you guys in the next day or two.

You can find this week’s playlist here.


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Sunday Playlist 02/26/2017

Hello again! It has been a rather busy week but I am back with another playlist for you guys. In lieu of the numerous offerings available, I decided to release another playlist with the theme “Sweet Love” which brings together songs from a range of genres. With all of the things happening in the world, it is nice to sit back on occasion and think of something more positive such as that feeling that you get when you are with the person that you love.

  1. The Music Is In You by The Kyoto Connection from Awake [Argentina]
  2. The Symphony by Lyonn [USA]
  3. Open by Melanie Ungar from What Is Love [Canada]
  4. Feel This Way by Asaf Productions from Asaf Productions Vol.3 [USA]
  5. Sky by Ben Drake from Aftermath [USA]
  6. Silencio by Café Del Chillia from Best of… Café Del Chillia [The Netherlands]
  7. Like the Sun by Explosive Ear Candy [USA]
  8. Awake by Circa Vitae from Lovers EP [USA]
  9. Even Though by Ben Hammond from [Reasponably] Honest [USA]
  10. Reason to Believe by Giannespoli from Oh, Yeah. Wait! What? [USA]

Human connection is one of the most basic requirements of existence beyond food, water and shelter. So often, we take this simple thing for granted and miss out on the numerous benefits of being connected with another human being. We get distracted by things and those things that we cling to in order to find meaning and comfort become the means for us to lose something more precious. After all, what are things if we aren’t able to share them with someone special?
It is our family, our friends and our lovers. They stand with you and root for your success. They hug you and give you a pep-talk when you need it. They may not always agree with you but they won’t hold it against you because they know your heart. With this in mind, why not spend some time with the people that you care about to stay connected. Even if it is something as simple as a text, it can let them know that you are thinking of them.

You can find the playlist here.


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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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Sunday Playlist 02/19/2017

This week’s theme is “future love”,  a collection of ten electronic tracks that deal with the weird ways that relationships will be dealt with in the not-so-distant future. Yes, the two tracks by Auquid were deliberately added. I felt that both offered a distinctly different “feel”.

  1. Dust by Numback from Swing [Russia]
  2. Life on Jupiter by The Nuri from Music Box [Germany]
  3. Bliss by Oniric from Dreams of Nowhere [France]
  4. Ragnarok by Auquid from Anarchy [Ukraine]
  5. All or Nothing (single) by Beat Laboratory [Great Britain]
  6. The Mind is a Complex Thing by Ben Drake from Written in the Sky [USA]
  7. In Da Summer [Jazzy Summer Remix] by Café Del Chillia from Best of… Café Del Chillia [The Netherlands]
  8. Who’s Your Baby (single) by Capashen [France]
  9. Do Geese See God_ by Circa Vitae from Circa Vitae EP [USA]
  10. When the Body Wants by Auquid from Within [Ukraine]

How will humanity deal with human attraction in the future? Many writers and futurists have their own visions of how something so simple will be addressed. Some of these ideas are absurd whilst others suggest unique and beneficial ways in which we can perpetuate our species whilst dealing with diminishing resources due to problems such as global warming.
How much will computer interfacing play a part in dealing with these needs? We’ve recently seen an upsurge in this subject being discussed in the media and in pop culture for decades. How do we address the need for human connection whilst also dealing with security concerns?
Human expansion into other parts of the universe will likely be a consideration as well given the physical constraints on space travel and the colonisation of other worlds. Is it feasible to construct colonies on the likes of our Moon in the not-so-distant future? Does the idea of living on another world or in space appeal to you?
On top of this, we see an ageing population with their own share of problems. How will we address their own physical, social and mental needs? How much will these methods affect those used to address the needs of younger people?

English: by victor Orly

English: by victor Orly (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the comments section, I would love to hear your thoughts on how you would address the very human need for companionship in the future. I have my own thoughts on the subject but I am curious as to how many of you have ideas of how to deal with this very human problem. I look forward to discussing this subject with you.

You can find the playlist here.


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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.