Monthly Archives: June 2011

Mr. Cat & The Jackal – “The Devil Always Wants To Dance” [VIDEO]

Mr. Cat and the Jackal

Mr. Cat & The Jackal is an experimental acoustic folk band based in Durbanville, South Africa.  The band recently finished their second studio album, Sins & Siren Songs, after 13 months in production.  The album was produced by Abri du Plessis and MCATJ, and contains 16 tracks.  The first music video for the single “The Devil Always Wants To Dance” was shot in one take on location in Phillipi and directed by Thomas Ferreira.



By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC



B. Fleischmann presents “Playtime”

Hey guys. I came across this video a while back and had forgot about it until recently. Written for B. Fleischmann’s “Playtime” track, director Saman Keshavarz creates somewhat of video game within the video, as we follow a box-headed character through an insane journey to find Mr. Insanity. The video also features some pretty awesome visuals, namely the use of stop motion animation.

B. Fleischmann is an Austrian musician who began his music career as a drummer, but is more known for his electronic music. “Playtime” is track off his 1998 Angst Is Not A Weltanschauung album. You can hear “Playtime” in its entirety below. Since then, he has partnered with fellow Austrian musician Herbert Weixelbaum to create duo505.

You can find more info about Fleishmann at his myspace page.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC |

J. Roddy Walston and the Business [NEW MUSIC]

You ever go to a bar, walk in, musics blaring and sadly its just a crappy cover band bangin’ away in the corner and like 20 drunk local- yokels destroying pints over in the other corner nodding along to the bands fifth time playing a slurred “Proud Mary” with one extremely unattractive -poor excuse for a truck drivers wife- dancing alone in the middle of the floor?  Then you punch yourself in the face for paying Cletus a pointless 5 dollar cover at the door and just take the loss and walk out?  Well that doesn’t happen often, but when it does it’s just the complete and utter worst thing in the whole world.  I don’t mean to go all “Martin Luther King Jr.” on you but, I have a dream.  I have a dream that one day I will walk into the shadyest of dive bars, pay 5 dollar cover to Cletus and right before I punch my self in the face I will hear sweet sounds J. Roddy Walston and the Business.  Get after it.

Used to Did – J. Roddy Walston and the Business

With that said Baltimore’s J. Roddy Walston and the Business are the real deal.  They are loud and in your face.  Great piano, great guitars and J. Roddy himself has an awesomely distinct voice.  That first track I posted for you is the third track on their self titled release which came out about a year ago.  The next track I’m going to post is how the record opens.  It’s arguably one of my favorite songs in existence at the moment.  It’s called “Don’t Break The Needle” and if this doesn’t make you want to hear more you’re not human.

Don’t Break The Needle – J. Roddy Walston and the Business

J. Roddy Walston is backed by Billy C. Gordon on guitar with Steve “The Sleeve” Colmus (Drums) and Logan Davis (Bass) holding it down in the rhythm section.  They play rock and roll, simple as that.  This record is really outstanding.  Song after song I find myself not only getting lost in the music but nodding along the whole way.  As I said before J. Roddy has a distinct voice.  I think his voice completely makes this record.

His high energy matches the high octane of the band.  The rhythms are relentless and catchy.  If you like rock and roll and you need some music to throw on to keep a dying party going at say 3am I think you might find refuge in this record.

Full Growing Man – J. Roddy Walston and The Business

J. Roddy is playing The Satellite in Silverlake tomorrow night in LA.  I’ll be going.  I’ll be the guy right up front dancing my ass off.  If you want to dance come find me I’ll be hard to miss.  I’ll be dancing hardest to this song.

Brave Man’s Death – J. Roddy Walston and The Business

The band is currently in the middle of a US tour which looks like it stops at Austin City Limits.  Their tour page is HERE.  You can buy their self titled release HERE.  It’s only 7 bucks.  If you don’t buy it you are a stupid.

Next time you walk into a bar after paying a cover you regret and you’re about to punch yourself in the face.  Pull your iProduct out of your pocket and crank ‘J. Roddy Walston and The Business’ and pretend the poor excuse for a band is as good as them, which is impossible.  This band is going to be huge.  MARK MY WORDS.  Here’s the last track and a video.  And oh yea, a cover of my favorite Queen song, “Fat Bottomed Girls.” with a drunk guy singing in the background.  Boom.

Use Your Language – J. Roddy Walston and The Business

Qualities not terribly amazing, but you get the point.  Enjoy

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

City And Colour – Little Hell [NEW MUSIC]

In January 2010, City and Colour embarked on an additional US headlining tour, again supporting Bring Me Your Love, with supporting act Lissie, and an additional UK tour in June 2010, supporting P!nk, along with Butch Walker, along with a few headlining dates. On these tours, Dallas Green has performed two new songs by the titles of “Silver and Gold” and “Oh Sister”, as well as a couple of never-played-before covers – “Murderer”, originally by Low, and “Grinnin’ In Your Face”, originally by Son House.

In an interview with Alter the Press, Green has revealed that he has written a bunch of new songs and he just needs to record them for his next record, hinting on a possible early 2011 release date for his third studio album. He said that there are 15 songs that he really likes and he expects around 10 to appear on his next album.

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“So Slow.” San Diego Reaggae-Rock High Tide release final cut to music video.

San Diego, California. Popular for it’s pristine weather, beautiful scenery, and perfect surf breaks, this town became the stomping grounds for a group of local musicians who got together to share their souls, and to collaborate on their influence of Dub, Rock, Ska & Reggae. On and off the stage the band not only remains committed to the music, but continues to be a cohesive family of brothers. Now known as one of Southern California’s most electrifying bands, High Tide has been expanding on its original style & eclectic sound since 2003.

Rooted in a reggae beat they often push traditional riddims to their very edge and keep the club rocking nonstop. With a throwback style from house party beginnings, vocalist Ed B leads a topnotch group of dedicated musicians and the result is a harmonious rhythmic vibration that cannot be denied. Often featuring the dancehall stylings of guest vocalist, Baby Mouse, the band is known for being versatile and unique. They have toured throughout the entire Southwestern US, establishing their mark in several locales including Arizona, the Bay Area, and Orange County.¹

“So Slow” is a chill summer jam set to the backdrop of sunny Southern California. High Tide will be performing at various shows this summer including this Saturday, July 2nd, opening for Pato Banton at the Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA.

For more information on High Tide, including streaming media, biographies, and tour dates, take advantage of these links: High Times on twitter, facebook, and myspace.

¹ excerpt from facebook

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC |

HAEZER – “James Bond” [MUSIC]


HAEZER began his career with a performance at Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa.  He first opened for visiting internationals such as Steve Aoki, Gtonic, Djedjotronic and Le Castle Vania.  He released his first single, Who The Fuck is HAEZER, a collaboration with Cyperpunkers and Saint Pauli,  on Freakz me Out Records in Germany, and toured with Cyperpunkers South African tour in 2010.  To date HAEZER has headlined at most major local festivals such as Oppikoppi, Earthdance, Rocking the Daisies and Synergy and can be seen on a regular basis at the Assembly’s Discotheque massively popular electro dance parties. He has also recently started his own party with DJ/Producer Markus Wormstorm (SWEAT-X) called GARDEN BOYS, held monthly at FICTION in Cape Town.  Check out his single James Bond.

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Behind The Board -Filippo Gaetani [Interview]

Q01 Who are you, What do you do & where are you based?

My name is Filippo Gaetani, I am an independent producer-mixer working across Europe and US/CAN.

I mostly live between Tuscany-Italy and Vienna-Austria.

Q02 What album,track,gig or producer inspired you to end up behind a mixing board

Back then when I was 13/14 ? and later…Producers: George Martin, Trevor Horn, Tony Visconti, Al Schmitt…, Phil Spector..

Albums which made want to record music ? mmm, The Beatles White Album, Bowie’s Diamond Dogs, Paul Mccartney Ram, The Yes Album…John Lennon Imagine, Peter Gabriel 1 and 2, Zappa-One Size Fits All and many others i suppose.

Q03 Where did you study your trade?

Learned recording with an old Revox b77 reel to reel doing almost infinite guitar, bass, vocals and percussion overdubbing in mono. Recording my friend’s bands while they were rehearsing, assisting-engineering in studios in northern Italy and arranging horns and string sections.

Q04 What advice do you have for any budding engineers out there?

Do it only if you have a strong passion. Fall in love with yours and with someone else’s sound visions. If it doesn’t happen, it ain’t your thing.

Q05 What people in the biz do you look up to or aspire to be like?

Being like..I dont know. Sometimes human beings reserve weird surprises when you meet them personally.

From the professional point of view, yes I have a few..

I can tell you my biggest icons , artists and producers.. the ones still alive, who I would like to meet: Trevor Horn, Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell, Tchad Blake, Chris Squire, maybe Jon Brion. I also admire the work of Mark Ronson, Nick Launay, Daniel Lanois and Ken Andrews was a relatively recent inspiration.

Q06 Analog or Digital? Tape or DAW? Outboard or Plugin?

Both, Both, Both

Q07 What 3 pieces of gear could you not live without?

An Apogee converter, an Api lunchbox, AKG 414

Q08 What do you think is the best mixed record of all time?
Hard to say if it’s the mix. We sometime say..the best sounding one..
Almost impossible to pick one…
Let’s try among these
Fiona Apple – When The Pawn..
Me Shell Ndegeocello –  Peace Beyond Passion
Boston – Boston
Failure – Fantastic Planet
Beatles – White album & Abbey Road
John Mayer – Continuum
mmm…I am forgetting something important for sure
Q09 What do you do on your downtime from Studio/Live?
I love cooking, eating great food,.. i am a movie freak, i do some video work with final cut, i play with my kids, i love swimming and playing football
Q10 If you werent an enginneer, what would you be doing instead?

Architect, or Movie maker/director

Q11 What was your 1st professional album,mix/master job?

As an engineer/mixer..I believe it was Barbara Casini -Todo o Amor, a beautiful brazilian music song collection.

Q12 What is some of the recent works you’ve been part of?

Adrina Thorpe, SheLoom, My Excellence, Martin Klein, Peter Doran, Jessie Grace, Russell Morgan (upcoming)…

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

TopCast RUNDOWN (6/21-6/28) [CHARTS]

This week was flyin’ by with tons of new songs from so many spectrums, I could barely even keep track of them all!!! We went all over with this TopCast, capturing a wide-range of genres from reggae to punk-rock to jazz. Please sit back and enjoy last weeks 8 top posted independent tracks in this weeks TopCast RUNDOWN!

A Shattered Hope Live at Soma in San Diego, CA [Photos]

A Shattered Hope Live at Soma in San Diego, CA

Click the pic for more concert shots!

A Shattered Hope– “Scary Bad Skinny”

Check their website for more info and be sure to catch one of their high-energy shows, if you want to rage that is.

Props to Kian Bardikalaie for the pics!

By: Shane Suski |Ambassador of Photography | San Diego, CA| @shanewithmwl | Beat-Play and Music Without Labels, LLC

The Mayors of SexyTown Live at Soma in San Diego, CA [Photos]

The Mayors of SexyTown Live at Soma in San Diego, CA

The Mayors of SexyTown – “Stashers”

Check their website for more from The Mayors of SexyTown

Props to Phil Greene for his photographic expertise!

By: Shane Suski |Ambassador of Photography | San Diego, CA| @shanewithmwl | Beat-Play and Music Without Labels, LLC