Today's Links February 8, 2016
- UV Boi – L-UV
UV boi is a young Brisbane producer making noise on SoundCloud and getting ‘L-UV’ all across Australia, as well as the far reaching corners of the globe. With, what he calls, “mellow yet heavy-hitting 808 music” UV boi can only be likened to such artists as Yung Gud, Ryan Hemsworth and Flume. However, these artists pale in comparison to his far more original sound.
- The Advantages of Using Session Musicians on Your Song Demos
Why do professional recordings sound, well…professional? There are a number of reasons including high quality microphones, pre-amps, an experienced engineer and a well-designed studio space. But one of the single most important elements in a great-sounding, professional recording is the performance of the session musicians. There is a reason that the job of the session...
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- 2016 NAMM Show Brings Music and Innovation to Anaheim
I spent as much time as possible at the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, taking in as many sights and sounds as possible, stretching from Media Preview Day (Jan. 20) through a late night performance from alternative-Americana singer-songwriter Michael Ubaldini that wrapped up just before midnight on Saturday, Jan. 23. Here are some highlights from this year's amazing National Association...
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- Lydia Brownfield & The Jagged Hearts – Ghosts & Lovers
A year and a half ago I wrote about Lydia Brownfield’s album Wanting’s for Sinners, which was a fine album. But it pales in comparison to her new release, Ghosts & Lovers. While her last album saw her projecting Tori Amos or Aimee Mann (at least a little bit), this new album finds her in territory that suits her much better. Imagine a grown-up Exene Cervenka meeting an edgier and...
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- Paul Cowley – Rural
This is a twelve-track album stuffed with tasteful, acoustic and slide guitar picking from an Englishman now resident in rural France - hence the title. Cowley, originally from the Birmingham area, includes strong covers of many standard traditional acoustic classics including a couple from the ever-popular, melodic Mississippi John Hurt - 'Monday Morning Blues' and 'Pay...
- Six Ways To See if You’re Ready for a Professional Song Demo
One of the big decisions that we, as songwriters, have to make is whether or not we're ready for a professional song demo. In other words, is our song good enough to warrant spending the money and time necessary to make a high-quality recording? While our instinct may be to love all of our songs equally, the reality is that some of our songs are simply better/more commercially...
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- Reissues and Retrospectives Conjure Up Masterworks Anew
The burgeoning effort to reissue under-the-radar lost classics has allowed listeners to discover a wide range of seminal albums in recent years. This year has already seen a slew of notable reissues, including essential titles from Game Theory and singer-songwriter JD Souther, as well as a collection honoring songwriter Rod McKuen and an exclusive 1959 live recording featuring Wes Montgomery.
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- Showmanship, Making Beats and Being Remembered – An Honest Discussion with Tom Lark
From his humble beginnings practicing in a Christchurch garage Shannon Fowler has always sought to create music that would be memorable. After gaining plenty of praise as Tom Lark he continues to make strides towards his ultimate goal, leaving behind a worthy legacy. Hey mate thanks for taking the time to chat with us. This isn’t your first time in Sydney is it? No, I’ve been to...
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- Charles Kelley – The Driver
Many artists find inspiration from pain or life changing events. Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley got his out of sheer boredom and it resulted in a Grammy nomination. The title track off of his first solo album “The Driver,” is up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. With Lady A on hiatus, Kelley thought, “It’s winter,” “I’m bored and I want to make some music.” He contacted...