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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 | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

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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 | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

“Vindicate.” The latest video release from Vancouver pop-rock syndicate The Shrugs.

Unstoppable, undeniable, and absolutely remarkable are three phrases that barely scratch the surface with the dark pop-rockers known as The Shrugs. Their high-energy music layered with thoughtful lyrics and candy-coated vocals will pull you into a head-over-heels romance with this young band from Vancouver, BC Canada.

Capturing a sound that echos of the deep shadows of BC’s coastal waters, and the gritty streets of the Vancouver, The Shrugs perform music that twists the White Stripes up with songs that would put No Doubt to shame. Caitlin Connelly’s vocals soar over the Brandon Johnas’s guitar in every song, while Stephanie Cole on bass drives the listener to crave more of this quartet’s unique sound. – exert from website

It’s quite impossible to come to any conclusion that conflicts with the aforementioned description of The Shrugs. Their rugged, yet refined style jumps off the page and is only shadowed by their energy. “Vindicate” highlights Connelly’s soaring vocals and the group’s dark pop-rock style. The release of “Vindicated” is appropriate timed with the soon-release of their second EP, which will debut in July. Don’t take my word for it. Check it out, and make sure hop over to their facebook page to show them some love when you finished.

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

“Life Is For The Living.” Ryan Michaels Band Unveils New Music Video For Title Track.

“For me there’s a spiritual connection when you hear a meaningful lyric paired with a memorable melodic hook. Drawing from my own personal life experiences I want to create those moments so that people can relate to my music. This is what inspires me to perform and write songs.” – Ryan Michaels

Rising from the Tennessee rock scene, these rockers have burst on to the scene, gaining popularity with each passing day since their debut album, Life Is For The Living, was released last fall. Along with popularity, RMB has recieved nominations in multiple categories from the Nashville Independent Music Awards.

Last week, RMB unveiled the music video to the title track. Motivated by real life stories from those living in Nashville, “Life Is For The Living” is all about the power of life and making the best of it in every situation. An anthem of sorts, this song is melody-driven and full of inspiring lyrics.

You can find more information out about RMB and tour stops at the band’s website, RyanMichaelsBand.com, or check them out on facebook.

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

Lazy Habits – “Starting Fires” [VIDEO]

I thought I’d mix it up a little today. Combining jazz and hip-hop, Lazy Habits brings a unique sound to the mix. “Starting Fires” is their latest video and will be released for sale at the end of July (check out their website for details of the release). Back to the music, piano keys usher “Starting Fires” in as the brass section brings a classic big band sound to the refrain until the hip-hop flow drops, vacillating between vocalists MC Lazy and Skin Horse in the verses. Lazy Habits describes their music as “beats, rhymes and brass of the highest caliber.”

The Sun, a British tabloid newspaper, said of a performance, it’s “the best house party your parents never wanted you to have.”

Lazy Habits, composed of eight band members and currently based in London, England, was born in the London borough of Hackney in 2005. Rocking stages at festivals throughout the United Kingdom, the band is set to preform outside the UK in various European countries this year, including Latvia, Croatia, and Taiwan. Previously, the band has toured with the likes of Mos Def, Bonobo, and Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 fame.

This morning the guys over at Radar Music Videos put me on to another of Lazy Habits’ videos called “Even Out,” which was directed by Phil Good. The video is so simplistic, yet clever. This song also puts the group’s big band, jazzy style of full display while adding catchy vocals, rewriting the story of Jack and Jill. When you’re finished replaying these videos over and over, make sure you skip over to their facebook fan page to show the group some love and to check out their tour schedule. For starters they’ll be performing at the Glastonbury Festival, which begins today in the UK.

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

[PREMIERE] The Nico Blues Unveils Latest Music Video to “Folk Song Number Two”

The Nico Blues have been featured by our editors on multiple occasions (See previous features). Recently, we were alerted by the band that they were on the brink of releasing a new music video for “Folk Song Number Two” off their self-released Blame the Boredom, Blame the Basements album, which is still available for free download on their website.

The video features a fixed-guitar view that follows the band throughout the entire self-produced video. I often find home-made music videos to be quite endearing and this video certainly follows suit. For those who may not have seen previous posts, The Nico Blues is an alternative rock/indie rock outfit from the Tri-State Region. Their previous video to “Living Proof” was even featured in an MTVu contest earlier this year. When you’re finished viewing their latest video, make sure you swing by their facebook page to show them some love.

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

Shapes – “I’m OK” [VIDEO]

Shapes, an NYC-outfit, self -describes as “Gutter-glam, A true melding of pop and punk, sans penis and fart jokes. Brutally honest and ugly lyrics set to undeniably poppy music. Songs of love and death. This music is the sound of yearning. An earnest, sober (sometimes… but not too often), & mournful acceptance that life will never be what you want it to, tempered by an undying youthful exuberance and acceptance of nothing. It is the sound of going down drinking and swinging. SHAPES, will forever go, anything, but gentle(!), into that good night.”

I enjoyed hearing Shapes for the first time, partially because it was refreshing to hear something different, but mainly because it’s just a pretty awesome song. The video invokes nausea because of the camera perspective, but if you close your eyes (or minimized the browser) that feeling will be alleviated. You can check out their facebook page or follow them @shapesband for more information.

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

Rebel Ramon – “They Can’t Stop Me” [VIDEO]

From an early age, Brandon Ramon was attracted to sports and Hip-hop music. He can recall listening to songs like “It Takes Two” by Rob Base and Rakim’s “Microphone Fiend.”

While his passion for hip-hop grew through childhood, his calling was not manifested until post-adolescence.

Brought up in the city of Richmond, Virginia, Brandon used events from his tumultuous upbringing, to fuel his music, even adopting the alias of the “Voice of Struggle.”

There’s something that just authentic about listening to Rebel Ramon. His music depicts the hardships of living in the inner-city while also presenting positive messages throughout. Recently, I randomly stumbled upon his latest video, “They Can’t Stop Me,” which presumably will also be featured on Rebel Ramon’s “Brainstorm EP” that is set to launch at the end of June. I’m looking forward to hearing more from this young hip-hop artist.

You can follow his tweets @RebelRamon.

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

Hannah Miller – “The Reason Why” [VIDEO]

Hannah Miller‘s soulful voice is on full display in her newest music video to her track, “The Reason Why.” The gentleness of her voice provides such comfort as her sultry lyrics dance to the solemn notes of a reverent piano. Miller, a Tennessee native, creates a delicate yet powerful tone in “The Reason Why,” a theme which seems recurrent in a lot of her recorded work.

Hannah Miller will be touring the during summer months in states up and down the eastern shore. You can review her tour schedule on her blog and facebook page.

Last year, Miller released her fourth independent album,  Journey to the Moon, which four-track set is inspired by love and life. Along with three other tracks, you can find “Way About You,” a catchy jingle set to a retro-themed video.

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

Afrobeta – “Play House” [VIDEO]

This video is wild! “Play House” is a futuristic escapade which looks more like a scene from Tron than it does a music video. It’s a funky blend of quick-hitting lyrics and funky synths, guaranteed to keep your head bopping from beginning to end.

Afrobeta is an electro-funk doublet from Miami composed of Tony Smurphio & Cuci Amador. Noticeable for more than his sublime hairdo, Smurphio lays down the thumping beats, synths, and funky finger work on the keys (Smurphio actually served as Pitbull’s traveling keyboardist for a number of years before Afrobeta). Amador, the sexy Cuban, fronts the group and provides the seductive vocals.

Afrobeta was formed “as a means to attain an ultimate form of artistic self-expression,” and you can feel the individual markings of each piece in their music. Their debut album Under the Streets will be released on August 9th of this year.

Music video by: Ruben van Leer

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