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Alex Brubaker – Deconstructing The Temporal Lobe [NEW MUSIC]

What would rock music be without the guitar?  What would most music today be without the guitar?  It’s difficult to imagine, and nearly impossible to really think about.  We wouldn’t have Elvis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, and other legends that have directly influenced much of today’s music.  Fortunately, we can all relax because the guitar exists.  However, for Alex Brubaker, the guitar is not just a guitar.  It’s a rhythm section and an entire musical ensemble that can be looped, distorted, delayed, scratched, hit, tapped, and transformed into new musical opportunities.  With influences ranging from Dream Theater to Trace Bundy, you might expect that his style would reflect progressive experimentation with this age-old instrument.  You would be close to correct, but listen for yourself to one of his songs called “Ice Mountain.”

After starting on prog rock and metal in high school, Brubaker transformed his style by applying the same ideas and techniques to the acoustic guitar, but that’s not all.  He has incorporated looping, tapping, alternate tuning, and using two guitars.  His creativity is refreshing and his ideas are unique.  Brubaker released his debut album called Deconstructing the Temporal Lobe in September 2009 after only two years of experimenting with percussive fingerstyle guitar.  You’ve got to give it another listen if you are the least bit interested in the guitar or if you just like music!  In this next song, Alex incorporates both acoustic and electric guitar to create a pretty dope riff.  It’s called “Phoenix.” Check it out.

Slightly different than your typical I IV V, huh?  In today’s music industry, we get sucked into songs with the same progressions, forms, rhythms, and bass lines.  It’s like walking through an art gallery with paintings, sculptures, and art forms that are just modern copies of what’s been done before.  They’re good, but they are just communicating what’s been said in earlier paintings without any creative change.  It’s not only rare to try to be an innovative artist, but it’s also difficult.  Similar to the rise of street art in recent years, the rise of new independent music has seemed to explode through channels like youtube and social media.  It’s easier now than ever to go searching for new artists and music because of technology.

Alex Brubaker likes to challenge music.  What new sounds can I make using this instrument, and what obscure pattern of rhythms can I fit here?  These are common questions for Alex.  His debut album Deconstructing the Temporal Lobe features sounds and feelings created by using the guitar in a variety of ways.  With electric and acoustic, distorted and clean, Alex displays a mixture of experimentation on the guitar that makes for great listening anytime.  Songs like “Phoenix” display powerful riffs with creative loops and textures, while songs like “Debris of a Brainstorm” take you from one melodic idea to another.  When you listen to Alex Brubaker’s songs, they allow your mind to relax and just listen, because each guitar medley paints an incredible picture.  Check out more of his music and purchase Deconstructing the Temporal Lobe at alexbrubakerguitar.com.

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

The Joshua Farm & Beat-Play – Growing Together [PHOTOS] [EVENT]

It feels amazing to be back in the long, hot days of summer, and nothing says “summer” more than fresh produce.  Recently, I attended the open house at the Joshua Farm in Harrisburg.  It’s an urban farm that sells organic fruits and vegetables while promoting education and vocational services for at-risk youth.  Marking five years of sustainable agriculture and youth employment the farm welcomed the community with tours, scavenger hunts, amazing food from the farm, live music by Crooked Hill and a mural at the entrance of the farm sponsored by Beat-Play.

Just like the music we represent, Beat-Play is an ambassador of diversity.  As a small company, we are proud to cross-pollinate our independent music interests with other brands that promote things that are fresh, innovative, and good for your soul.  While our collaboration with The Joshua Farm may be recognized as a symbolic gesture for growth for everybody involved, Beat-Play believes in the values that are garnered with positive community organizations.  We are proud to partner with The Joshua Farm because we know that they are working for the greater good.

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

Amma Johnson Performs Live – Amazing Voice!

I love Amma Johnson. She is one of my favorite independent artists, especially because of the message she carries in each of her songs.

This video is particularly inspiring, as she dedicates her song “Finally Free” to her 2 friends who have been clean and off drugs for several years. It’s a very emotional video, in a great way, and Amma’s voice is AMAZING. Hope you enjoyed!

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