Today's Links February 22, 2016
- Celebration for Ray Manzarek Brings Together Surviving Members of the Doors and More
One of the most tragic things in the years leading up to the death of Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek in May 2013 was that original drummer John Densmore didn't join forces with Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger in their Doors of the 21st Century or Riders on the Storm projects. However, on Friday night, Densmore and Krieger performed together live for the first time in...
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- Five Female Guitarists Everyone Should Follow on Instagram
It’s no revelation that electrifying, badass women have existed in the music worldfor, well, as long as music and women have co-existed. It’s also no secret that famous female guitarists are few and far between when compared to male counterparts, andsince Instagram’s debut and the #RiffWars uprise, the significant herd of men overcrowding the hashtag, and many others, has given this...
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- Songcraft Takes Center Stage on New Discs
Americana and classic songwriting takes center stage on a number of new releases, including an essential Johnny Cash live disc, two JD Souther reissues and new albums from genre-defying master artist Emitt Rhodes, Aussie country music outlaw Henry Wagons and North Carolina-based songstress Skylar Gudasz. Artist: Johnny Cash. Title: Koncert v Praze (Columbia / Legacy Recordings)
- First Trip to LA? You’re in Luck! Ali Barter Has the Ultimate Guide for You
Following up her brilliant AB-EP, Ali Barter jetted off to LA to continue writing and recording with producer Harlan Silverman. The first of those new songs is Far Away. If you’ve ever felt like heading to LA for a holiday but aren’t sure where to go, Ali has a few recommendations based on her time there. After bunkering down in LA to record Far Away, Ali Barter is now your helpful...
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- The 5 Steps to Make Sure Your Tour is Kickass According to The Snowdroppers
The Snowdroppers are one of those band who sell tickets to shows on their reputation alone. If you haven’t seen these gentlemen doing their thing on stage then you’re in luck. The band are embarking on their Gluttons for Punishment tour in February, so if you love your rock n’ roll shows raw and loud get yourself a ticket. As connoisseurs of the stage, the band decided to...
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- Does Ambience Get Your Rocks Off? Motioner Is For You
I love it when artists have multiple projects. Like how Josh Tillman dipped his beak into both Fleet Foxes and Father John Misty. It just gets me thinking, “Wow, this guy is a bit of a chameleon. Completely versatile. He can think in a few different ways and be awesome at all of them“. It makes me and probably most of us ‘normal’ people feel entirely inadequate and leaves us questioning...
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- A Primer on Professional Demo Studios for Songwriters
You’re a songwriter. It’s what you do. It’s what you’ve trained yourself to do through countless hours of study, practice and effort. Your songs are yours and no one can write them for you. In other words, you’ve become an expert at writing your songs. That’s how it should be. However, if you’re going to treat your songwriting as a business that you hope to profit from, then...
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- The Ocean Party – Mess and Noise Critics Poll 2015
A couple of days ago you might have woken up to a little pressie from The Ocean Party as they decided to release a cheeky album more or less overnight. Titled Mess & Noise critics poll 2015, the work is eight tracks long and oozes some classic Ocean Party sounds, with a couple of twists chucked in there to keep it real (they’ve joined the synth party).
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- Home Lives – Cool Waves, Young Blood
I’m not someone who is hugely familiar with the indie-pop / jangle scene, so when I stumbled across the debut EP of NY duo Home Lives I didn’t really know how to feel about it. I couldn’t relate it to anything in my stacks of ancient hardcore-punk and garage records, but then I started to dig a little deeper and discovered an intriguing three-track that has something for everyone – even people like myself.