Daily Archives: August 3, 2011

Talain Rayne – “Attic Lights” Album and Music Video Release for “Dear Brother, your Sister” [NEW MUSIC/VIDEO]

Everything in the music industry starts with a song.  In the case of Talain Rayne, it also starts with a motivation, passion, and enthusiasm that is unmatched by many of today’s upcoming artists.  With an excellent debut album and growing fan base on the east coast, it’s no question that Talain’s passion for music has caused him to give it everything he’s got and empower others to keep him going.  His album “Attic Lights” is filled with songs that drive, rejuvenate, and take you away to a listening bliss.  It all came together when Talain joined forces with engineer Jonathan Castelli and guitarist Jonny Kapps in the fall of 2010 to co-produce the album.  The passion is in the music folks, and Talain has poured everything he has into his music and more.  Hear for yourself and check out the title track “Attic Lights” from his debut album:

Still reading?  Good, I thought you might.  The realization that music was his ultimate passion and goal came when Talain spent a semester at the Contemporary Music Center (CMC) at Martha’s Vineyard, now located in Nashville.  With only a few years experimenting with playing piano and singing, Talain took off writing songs and performing, growing his recently discovered talent.  “His dynamic personality is reflected in the melodramatic, electronic-infused, pop-rock that is bound together by his characteristic voice.”   His songs were drawn from his family and closest relationships.  The love, struggle, and honesty of Talain’s life story is captured in each and every one of his songs.  I encourage you to give them a listen because I can guarantee that there is something for everyone to appreciate here.  From the first to the last song on the album, Talain lays it all out in the tracks.  Honestly, there is not a song that I wouldn’t recommend listening to.  Songs like “Dear Sister, Your Brother,” and “Family Wall” have received radio attention in the Philadelphia area, while electronic-influenced songs like “Owls” and “Lemonbright*” bring the listener to a different place in music entirely.  Check out this video of “Family Wall” which was featured on MTV’s The Seven:

I was a fan of his music before he stepped foot in the studio.  It was after meeting with him and playing some music together when I realized that he is also an amazing photographer and videographer, has a passion for youth, and has great taste in fine wine and cheese.  After all, he is French.  He is also a big fan of Phoenix, the French band that lit up the charts with the song 1901 from the album Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  His biggest inspiration comes from the bands Sleeping at Last, Coldplay, Sigur Ros, The Rocket Summer, and Shiny Toy Guns.  Check out this song Lemonbright* from his debut album:

With only a $125 budget and some help from his friends at CMC, Talain Rayne just released a new music video today for “Dear Sister, your Brother.”  Check it out!

Last time I saw him live, it was at the Lazerdome in central, PA.  The crowd got rocked by Talain’s energy, his band’s solid groove, and the dialed in tone from the keys and guitars.  This summer, Talain Rayne is playing main stage this year at Purple Door Music Festival in central Pennsylvania.   You can check out his new tour dates at www.talainrayne.com, which has links to his latest media.  Be sure to keep an eye out for his tour coming this fall!

By: Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC

Stroked “Is This It” [ALBUM REVIEW]

One of the best parts about writing this blog is the music.  Learning about new music and constantly listening to new bands and sharing it with you is a major perk.  Thinking you have your finger on the pulse of the Los Angeles music scene is also nice and completely unrealistic in this massive behemoth of a musical metropolis.  LA has so much to offer music wise and the ever changing musical landscape here is mind boggling but there are certain things that are definitive and one hundred percent accurate and one of them is popularity.  Good or bad popularity of a rock and roll act can’t be denied.  This blog is about one of the my favorite bands of all time and a very popular one at that.  They are called The Strokes.  Now your probably ready to punch me in the face for writing about something so mainstream?  Hold your horses cowboy and let me explain.  This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Stroke’s seminal album “Is This It.”  It’s a hit fest from start to finish.  Stereogum has put together a special tribute to “Is This It” with major and non major indie artists doing takes on the songs.  Get excited.

Peter Bjorn and John – Is This It

I don’t know or have heard a lot of the bands on this awesome tribute but I will highlight some of the best.  The opening tracks guitar laden effects slathered and the awesome vocal stylings of Peter Bjorn and John of “Young Folks” fame brings some major indie cred and star power to this record.  “Is This It” is one of the best / my favorite Strokes songs ever.  As a fitting introduction to the band ten years ago it has now become yet again a fitting introduction to “Stroked.”  For those keeping score I’m going to skip “Modern Age” and move into the third track on the record.  This version of “Soma” by Frankie Rose is a completely mellowed out pseudo electronic version of the original.

Soma – Frankie Rose

Pretty awesome version if I do say so myself.  A lot of these artists are new to me so perk up and leave a comment if you know more or can suggest something I should listen to.  This next track is The Strokes most famous and popular song.  It’s called “Last Night” and it’s done by a great band called The Morning Benders.  Recently The Strokes have toured the festival circut and released a new record of great music as well as efforts after “Is This It,” but for whatever reason I can’t get enough of this pop gem.  People (mostly me) go nuts when they play it on a nightly basis and it has defined the band since it was released 10 years ago.

Last Night – The Morning Benders

Awesome cover, awesome song.  Deep breaths, I’m getting all worked up.  The synth in that version kills it (kills it in a good way).  There is just enough of the original, great melody mixed with a quick pop beat, awesome cover.  Ok moving on.  This is where it get’s interesting.  I said earlier this record is a complete and utter hit fest.  Obviously I wouldn’t lie to you.  Many of the concert staples The Strokes play come off this record and from what I’ve read they actually enjoy playing them on a nightly basis.  On of the tunes I love so much is called “Hard To Explain.”  For me it’s the iconic example of how good of a singer Julian Casablancas actually is.  The tribute version keeps that in mind giving it the acoustic treatment, more specifically the string quartet treatment.  It’s a light touch with heavily effected vocals and I think it does the trick while keeping in mind how good the original is.

Hard To Explain – Owen Pallett

Gorgeous composition and great vocals from Owen Pallett that track is a stand out in the second half.  The next song is “New York City Cops.”  Yet another fan favorite and live staple.  The version on this compilation is, in a word, interesting?  It’s a hip hop song.  SAYYYY WHATTTTT?????  But, Steve “NYC Cops” is one of the most rockin’ tracks on the whole record why would they give it the hip hop treatment?  To be honest I have no idea, but its a pretty cool version of the song using a sample of Julian’s vocal as the chorus.  Check it out here.  I won’t judge if you won’t.

New York City Cops – Heems

This brings us to the end of the record.  We’ll skip over “Trying Your Luck” and get right after it with “Take it or Leave It.”  This epic show closer tells you like it is and that’s the way The Stroked have been since day one.  They make their music and quite frankly don’t give an f-bomb what anyone else thinks.  They have made some of my favorite music of all time and this tribute Stereogum put together is a fitting tribute to a great record and a greater band.  Enjoy The Strokes.  Enjoy this entire compilation for FREE HERE, take it or leave it.

Take It Or Leave It – Computer Magic

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