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Will Gray – Broke* Documentary – “Introducing Will Gray” [FILM & MUSIC]

Every single aspiring independent artist, band, producer, or musician should pay close attention.  We all know that the music industry has undergone extreme changes, and it continues to change in this current age of transition.  Labels are folding, music is free, and the digital age is upon us.  What do we do?  Can artists still do this, be happy, and support themselves?  All these questions and more are discussed in Will Gray’s Broke* Documentary.  However, Will didn’t just wake up one day and decide to do a documentary about the struggles of emerging artists.  He has been living it for over a decade.  Broke* is about the music industry, and what it takes to thrive as an independent artist or music executive in search of their big break.  The documentary features interviews from industry names like Don Was, John Legend, Isaac Slade from The Fray, Seth Godin, Kelly Clarkson, and many more.  After sifting through 300+ hours of footage and more than 60 interviews, Broke* has been created and directed with perfection.  In fact, the film won the Special Jury Prize at the Nashville Film Festival this spring.  “The film digs beneath the clichés and standard storylines to reveal an industry struggling to find a new identity and an artist who’s simply trying to establish one.”  The question: “Can a new act be “broken”?”

Will Gray is not only a great director for his documentary Broke*, but he is an amazing musician that combines folk and hip-hop to create some truly incredible, fresh, and intelligent music.  His influences range from jazz greats like Miles Davis to pop icons like Michael Jackson.  “Will Gray is an independent Hip-Hop/Americana artist who has shared the stage with acts ranging from Erykah Badu, Twista, and Jurassic 5, to Justin Townes Earle and Los Lonely Boys. His original songs have been licensed by MTV, Ford Motor Co., Warner Bros. Records, Playstation, and Motorola.”  This is music that I feel speaks to everyone musically, and conceptually.  Will Gray released his debut album “Introducing Will Gray” under the production of Grammy Award-winning producer T Bone Burnett.  Check out one of my favorite songs from the album called “Back to the Wall:”

Will Gray may be one of the most influential artists of this generation; not because his music is number one on the charts (although it certainly could be), but because he is grabbing the industry by the horns and showing the world what it takes.  As the industry continues through a transitional period, this film gives an inside look at how music executives, producers, and artists feel about its current and future status.  Will music survive the digital age?  Will true and significant art be able to endure pop culture?  What is the breaking point, if it still exists?  As music continues to thrive upon the feel-good listener, Will Gray’s music explores new musical concepts as well as lyrical concepts untouched by the mainstream.   Please explore what this artist has to offer at willgraymusic.com.  Check out the Broke* Documentary, and buy “Introducing Will Gray.”

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

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Purity Ring – “Lofticries”

Purity Ring
So once I got over the comedic reference in their name, it was quite hard to stop listening to this new 7″ vinyl by Purity Ring. The latest addition before the release was the cleverly arranged “Lofticries” which is just an amazingly ambient piece hinting of the R&B and hiphop vibe. Enjoy this track and visit their site to download these two tracks for free. But don’t be ‘that guy’, let’s show some love and shell out the minor $5 charge for the 7″ vinyl of both tracks.
The fun doesn’t stop there! The song was first heard from David Dean Burkhart‘s independent video for “Lofticries” using footage from an old 1970s Swedish film entitled Thriller: A Cruel Picture.

Animal Collective – “What Happened?” [MUSIC]

Real cool track by Animanl Collective I scooped up off of SoundCloud. The song comes from ‘ODDSAC‘, a visual album created by Danny Perez and Animal Collective. It has a very Radiohead feel to it with the mellow background and soft vocals. Here is “What Happened?” followed by the trailer from their visual album ODDSAC.

The New Motels – “My Radio” [VIDEO]

Rockin’ out some fun tunes from the Philadelphia area are The New Motels with their music video for “My Radio”. They have a very relaxed airy feel, incorporating folk and pop to their indie rock style, makes it great music to just kick back and enjoy some tunes. Visit their website for more music.

The Drums – Best Friend [VIDEO]

The Drums

An extremely catchy tune from this Brooklyn based New York City band. Here is another collaboration with the Black XS Live Take Away Shows set in the streets of Paris outside of a costume store front. The lead singers high vocal range melodically leverages the rhythms of the drums and guitar. Here is “Best Friend” performed live and please take time to see some more by The Drums here.

Röyksopp – “What Else Is There?” [VIDEO]

The design in this video is absolutely outstanding. A very innovative design to mix with the creative sounds of Röyksopp from Norway. Here is the video for “What Else Is There?”

Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt

This is an amazing beat to some very trippy video footage.

Music by DJ Shadow.

Featuring original, unedited 16mm footage from a Bolex H16 RX-4/SB camera.

Kanye West – Runaway (Full-length Film) [VIDEO]

With the release of his newest album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” set for November 22, Kanye has been hard at work pushing new music out through mixtapes weekly. This newest work by Mr. West definitely brings a unique twist to the music video adding not only more songs to one piece of work but including a scripted storyline to accompany the music. Here is Kanye’s first Full-length film, “Runaway”