Saturday, August 19, 2017

“Unnecessarily” by Jaye Jayle – A Song Review

     In February 2017, Emma Ruth Rundle and Jaye Jayle joined forces in a release of a split EP. One of the six songs was “Unnecessarily.”
    Jaye Jayle is a side project of Evan Patterson (Young Widows). The members are Evan Patterson (vocals, guitar, synth), Todd Cook (bass, vocals), Neal Argabright (drums, samples), and Corey Smith (keys, synth, guitar, percussion, vocals). 

     “Unnecessarily” by Jaye Jayle




Friday, August 18, 2017

Free Friday (“FL&R”) – August 18 - Ron Gallo

     Free and Legal Downloads? Yes, at least temporarily. Bands often temporarily permit free downloads of their releases.  The end of an offer may be based on the expiration of a set period of time or on a limited number of downloads.  But at least for now, here is a song that qualifies as Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) downloads.
     Finding songs that can be legally downloaded is easy. The difficult task is to find legally downloadable music that we recommend. Our plan is to post at least one FL&R song each Friday. 
     Ron Gallo tells his tale of relationship worry in almost equal portions of Blues, Garage and Soulful Rock. We are particularly fond of the Bluesy Kaleo-like guitar riff that periodically jumps into “Young Lady, You're Scaring Me.” The song is one of eleven tracks on the album entitled “Heavy Meta.”

     Gallo is based in Nashville. According to the oddly ended credits for “Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me,” the contributors are Ron Gallo (lead vocals, guitar), Joe Bisirri: (backing vocals, guitar), Jerry Bernhardt (bass), Dom Billett (drums), Carl Bahner (percussion), and Dylan Sevey (nothing). 

     Ron Gallo will visit San Francisco on October 20. He will open for Black Angels at historical The Fillmore. For ticket information, CLICK HERE.

     “Young Lady, You're Scaring Me” by Ron Gallo (if your browser doesn’t show the download arrow, go to the Soundcloud site (CLICK HERE) and use the pulldown menu labeled “… More”)


Lyrics of “Young Lady, You're Scaring Me” by Ron Gallo
Let’s get a house, you and me and your twelve cats
We’ll put mirrors on the ceiling
We’ll have a bunk bed by the bath

You’ll line my mattress with nails
One for every time something psycho came out of your mouth
Your cavern eyes are preying
Your scarlet lips half saying
A sales pitch for the circus in your mind

Young lady, you’re scaring me
Young lady, you’re scaring me

Dumbbell right to the temple
Carry me to your shrine
Dedicated to the prince of the last of your nine lives

She waited in the darkest corner all night
Until I closed up shop
I turned out the lights

Then she begged for me to drive her home
I thought about the Kensington Strangler
As I was about to say “NO”

When we pulled up to her bleeding dollhouse
She said, “Park behind the hearse.”
I said, “No need. Get out and take your purse.”

Young lady, you’re scaring me
Young lady, you’re scaring me

Remember that time you wrote me two hundred letters
Never once to a single reply?
Remember they all referenced a love that wasn’t real?
Considering we talked maybe one or two times

Young lady, you’re scaring me
Young lady, you’re scaring me



Thursday, August 17, 2017

“Monsters in the Dark” by MyKey – A Song Review

     MyKey is the performance name of Mikey Ambrosino in Rockville, Maryland. We cannot find much more information about him. But we enjoy upbeat rhythm around serious subject matter, which is a fair description or “Monsters in the Dark.”



(Hold me higher. Hold me high)
(Hold me higher. Hold me high)

There are monsters in the dark.
And I’d like to find them on your own, and then
We said, we said, last words over the phone.

We road the interstate
While she would drive I’d narrate
Singin’ our old songs from back home.

Come on, come on, that’s it now
Pick up, we’re gonna hit the town.
Come on, come on. (Whoa!)
Come on, come on. (Whoa!)
We’re not gonna stick around
Better put on your dancing gown.
Come on, come on. (Whoa!)
Come on, come on. (Whoa!)

There are monsters in the dark
They’re not gonna keep us apart
(Hold me higher. Hold me high)

I’ll search with all of my heart
(Hold me higher. Hold me high)
There are monsters in the dark

A single step is all it takes
Over oceans, all emotions
I feel trapped under the weight.
Keep my head above water
Long enough to say
That I love and miss you dearly,
More and more after each day.
(What’s in the dark?)

And I start to feel like one of them
I keep waking up beside her
Every time a different bed
Woken by strangers
No word from friends
Well there’s some evil ones
Just haven’t found them yet.

Come on, come on, that’s it now
Pick up, we’re gonna hit the town.
Come on, come on. (Whoa!)
Come on, come on. (Whoa!)
We’re not gonna stick around
Better put on your dancing gown.
Come on, come on. (Whoa!)
Come on, come on. (Whoa!)

There are monsters in the dark
They’re not gonna keep us apart
(Hold me higher. Hold me high)
I’ll search with all of my heart
(Hold me higher. Hold me high)
They’re not gonna keep us apart
(Hold me higher. Hold me high)
I’ll search with all of my heart
(Hold me higher. Hold me high)
There are monsters in the dark


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

“Subtitles For X, Y, Z” by CREO – A Song Review

     Last month, we held a short-lived goal of posting our favorite songs from the first half of 2017. Before the influences of short-attention-span blogging took full effect, we did agree that “Behind the Beat” should be at the top of the list. Some songs have the power to pull a listener into a different energy state. That’s not “Behind the Beat.” Instead, the song from Sydney’s CREO is a vehicle that picks up the listener at a first level and delivers her or him after elevating two energy levels. There is no reason to pull the listener, since there is no resistance, despite the song’s unapologetically angry ending.

     “Subtitles For X, Y, Z” is the title track of an upcoming EP release from CREO. Again, anger surfaces. But the emotions are dynamic, rather than the stepped upward build heard in “Behind the Beat.” In fact, “Subtitles For X, Y, Z” ends with waning energy, while vocal layering insures that the attractiveness of the song isn’t impacted. The relaxed approach at the start allows an appreciation of the well-phrased lyrics. In describing the motivation behind “Subtitles For X, Y, Z,” CREO’s Jorjee Haman stated:
  “We all go through the process where age and experience start to skew the innocence and purity of our natural habits and emotions. I remember vividly the first time I fell in love or even lust, and it was a simple feeling, it just came over me, I didn’t think about the alternatives and possible scenarios, I just accepted the feeling for what it was. Nowadays, I battle with myself, to avoid certain feelings and thoughts because of past experiences. ‘Subtitles for X, Y, Z’ is all about getting out of your own head, fucking off agendas and accepting that those innocent quirks you try to hide need to be loved by yourself, first and foremost.”

     CREO is based in Sydney, Australia. The members are Jorjee Haman (vocals), Carlos Romanos (guitar), Daniel Tsoltoudis (drums), and Alex Milano (bass).
     “Subtitles For X, Y, Z” by CREO 


     “Behind the Beat” by CREO 


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

“Waste of Time” by Nathan Ball – A Song Review

     The song reflects on the ineffectiveness of spending your time wishing things were different. “This is just a waste of time, I’ve been driving ‘round all night.” While discussing “Waste of Time,” Nathan Ball explained that he is haunted by the childhood advice that he shouldn’t wish his life away.

     The messaging of “Waste of Time” is poetically versed and is rhythmically delivered in close cooperating with the percussion. In comparison, a guitar sometimes dances with that rhythm and other times around it. During the chorus that begins at 0:40, the guitar is continuous, providing a lush texturing to the track. Then, within the verse starting at 1:19, the guitar interjects its dance during lyrical breaks.

    Staff members at Indie Obsessive tend to place a greater emphasis on lyrics than most of the music blogs we highly respect. Normally, repetition is not our friend. But “Waste of Time” builds a crescendo into its repetition of “Is it all a waste of time? I've been driving ‘round all night.” It’s another example of the skillful composition of the song.

Quoting press release content regarding Nathan Ball:
  “Writing and recording his new material, Nathan gathered a band around him — including co-writer and producer Max Radford, and began playing show after show. ‘It was a weird one because we were just moving along doing our own thing yet every show we ever played was packed out. Eventually Industry people started coming along and saying: ‘how the hell are you doing this?’ We just kept making music and playing and somehow it connected. I’ve always liked the idea of people getting on board because they want to, rather than it being shoved in their faces.’
  Nathan’s work fuses two chief loves – one for the classic songwriting of Paul Simon or Van Morrison and the other an eagerness to experiment and push boundaries sonically. Perhaps unexpectedly he finds inspiration in left-field house music. ‘That’s where I get the emotions I like to bring into my own writing,’ he explains ‘I love the way it makes you feel – it’s euphoric, but sad, introvert but expressive. I can’t quite pin down what it is… I love that darker side of the genre, I guess.’”

    “Waste of Time” by Nathan Ball 


Lyrics of “Waste of Time” by Nathan Ball (some best guesses)
I saw it comin’ head on
You sat upstairs with the light on
Waking up slowly look what you’re missing
Your curtains closed I was wishing

Gone down a road and it’s hard to know lady
If you gonna make it
You should get away sometime
Gone down a road and it’s hard to know lady
Where you gonna take it
This is just a waste of time
I've been driving ‘round all night
I've been driving ‘round all night

But I've said some things I should've kept in
But I wish I knew what you were thinking
You said that night I should have kissed you
Don't treat it like you didn't want to

Gone down a road and it’s hard to know lady
If you gonna make it
You should get away sometime
Gone down a road and it’s hard to know lady
Where you gonna take it
This is just a waste of time
I've been driving ‘round all night
I've been driving ‘round all night

Is it all a waste of time?
I've been driving ‘round all night
[Repeat 3x]

Gone down a road and it’s hard to know lady
If you gonna make it
You should get away sometime
Gone down a road and it’s hard to know lady
Where you gonna take it
Is it all a waste of time?
I've been driving ‘round all night

Monday, August 14, 2017

“All In One Night” by Stereophonics – A Song Review

     The vocals are somehow both detached and impassioned. “All In One Night” tells the story of meeting a person, bringing her baby into the world, and marrying her almost two years later.

     Stereophonics are a band from Wales. Their name emerges in conversations around bands that are highly successful in the UK, without significant success in the US. The song “Maybe Tomorrow” was impactful when used during the closing credits of the 2004 movie “Crash,” but the exposure didn’t have the carryover effect in the US.

     The members of Stereophonics are Kelly Jones (vocals, guitar), Richard Jones (bass), Jamie Morrison (drums), and Adam Zindani (guitar, vocals). 
     “All In One Night” by Stereophonics 


Lyrics of “All In One Night” by Stereophonics
One o'clock in the morning
And I'm leaving from the club
My friends are having a party
Kind of feel I've had enough

At two o'clock in the morning
Sure, I'm at the party house
I meet the roommate getting some water
She got a baby in her stomach

Oh oh oh oh oah oh
[Repeat]

Three o'clock in the morning
We hear a scream above the sounds
Looks like the baby in her belly
Thinks it's time to come on out

Four o'clock in the morning
I'm driving all over the road
I swerve a dog on the High Street
And crash into the post

Oh oh oh oh oah oh
{Repeat]

She can't wait any longer
I got to help her come into the world
The police try to arrest us
But then they see the baby girl

Five o'clock in the morning
I'm drinking coffee on the ward
I take a walk in to see her
Tells me 'bout the dad, took off

Oh oh oh oh oah oh
[Repeat]
All in one night
All in one night

Six o'clock in the morning
And now we're 22 months along
Asks me to be the daddy
And get married when it snows

Oh oh oh oh oah oh
[Repeat]
All in one night
All in one night
All in one night
All in one night
One night
All in one night

Oh oh oh oh oah oh
[Repeat]

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Free Friday (“FL&R”) – August 12 - DreamVacation

     Free and Legal Downloads? Yes, at least temporarily. Bands often temporarily permit free downloads of their releases.  The end of an offer may be based on the expiration of a set period of time or on a limited number of downloads.  But at least for now, here are songs that qualify as Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) downloads.
     Finding songs that can be legally downloaded is easy. The difficult task is to find legally downloadable music that we recommend. Our plan is to post at least one FL&R song each Friday. This week, we are one day late.
     DreamVacation is a Los Angeles-based band. According to their Facebook page, the members are human and their bio is:
  "We're Transforming life into music. Putting death back into the silences in between. Using our blend of organics with instrument machinery, we create for you the sound of pictures."

     “The Same Love” by DreamVacation


    “Breaking Your Heart While It's Still Beating” by DreamVacation 



What Made John Bonham Such a Great Drummer?

     The Outside Lands Festival is in full force. Writing time is limited. So, here is a video that we love.




Friday, August 11, 2017

Catching Up - First Blush and 8/7 Central

     SubmitHub is a site that allows artists to reach out to bloggers, video posters, and labels. There is a 48-hour time limit to respond to the artist. Sometimes, we don’t fully appreciate a song until after the the time has expired. Here are some examples of blogworthy submissions that deserve attention.
     Quoting content from the post on SubmitHub:
  "First Blush is the brainchild of Charles Sekel… First Blush's music centers around themes of depression and isolation, and the struggle to be optimistic while journeying through the darker corners of the psyche. Borrowing from sources as diverse as The Beach Boys and The Who to M83 and The Flaming Lips, First Blush melds its influences under a cloak of distorted and atmospheric textures."

     “Just Noise” by First Blush

Website: http://firstblushmusic.com/


     Again quoting the submission from the band:
  “Our name is 8/7 Central; we’re a multi-national band currently based out of Brooklyn, NY. We are going to be releasing our debut EP this September in Berlin, Germany during our European tour to promote the record. We wanted to reach out to you guys and see if you’d want to back the single, 'Missile,' which was released on 8/7. Our sound has been described as a form of heavy new wave.”

     The members of 8/7 Central are Victor Crusner (guitar, vocals), Evan Banks (guitar), Stephen Kingslow (bass), and Florian Mewes (drums).
     “Missile” by 8/7 Central



Thursday, August 10, 2017

“Junk” by Vivienne Chi – A Song Review

     Our love for quirky percussion dates back to the introduction to the Flying Lizards’ cover of “Money.” The Flying Lizards used a “prepared piano” that included the London telephone book, an ashtray and other odd items resting on the piano strings. The piano took on aspects of the banjo. They also used a typewriter and a clattering snare (yes, a cluttered piano and a clattering drum).

     Near the start of the video for “Money,” a member of the Flying Lizards is shown using kitchen items (including a kettle) to provide the percussion. While it isn’t an accurate representative, it does provide a segue to “Junk” by Vivienne Chi. “Junk” does sound as if kitchen utensils were used. It’s both quirky and genius. It’s genius because the sound is first heard at the 0:46 mark, when Vivienne is asking what is hiding in your junkyard, a good place to find old kettles. And it’s genius because the sound of the kitchen kettles follows percussion that has the deep resonance of an orchestral kettle drum (aka timpani).

     A major difference between the two songs is that while “Money” uses spoken word vocalization, “Junk” is vocally lush, textured and varied. The lyrics are sometimes whispered and other times forcefully asserted. Vivienne explains that her song was inspired by a homeless person, who is always smiling and carrying herself well. “Junk” ponders who is free. “Maybe we’re missing something.

     Vivienne Chi has relocated to London after living in Bristol and in Spain.  
     "Junk” by Vivienne Chi – A Song Review

Website: http://www.viviennechi.com/

     “Money” by The Flying Lizards