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In Motion Trio LIve at Cubbfest 2011 in San Diego, CA [PHOTOS]

In Motion Trio Live at CubbFest 2011 in San Diego, CA

In Motion Trio– “Hong-Sau” (LIVE)

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Thanks to Phil Greene for the photos!

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

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Mucca Pazza is a Circus Punk Marching Band from Chicago, IL [NEW MUSIC]

Imagine your typical high school marching band.  Now cut it in half, and cut it in half again.  Then age them, add some instruments that you wouldn’t usually see, some informal cheerleaders, and then let them “march” wherever they want and however they want.  Throw in some rebellious and quirky style, and you will have something along the lines of Mucca Pazza.  Since I was unable to attend their show in early July 2011 here in Nashville, I wanted to at least spread some hype about this totally original, unique, and independent band.  From what I heard, their show at Exit/In was outstanding, so allow me to describe this remarkable phenomenon that is Mucca Pazza.

I saw Mucca Pazza for the first time when they toured through my college two years ago.  I didn’t know exactly what to expect from a 30-piece circus punk marching band, but it was definitely something that I had to see for myself.  This is one of the most memorable concerts that I, and anyone else that has ever been to one of their shows, will never forget.  Mucca Pazza is a 30-piece circus punk marching band from Chicago, Illinois.  The band contains instruments and members that you would not find in a typical marching band.   They have cheerleaders, accordion, electric guitar, mandolin, violin and a megaphone to name a few.  They have played at Lollapalooza, Rothbury Music Festival, and Tour de Fat.  The band was even featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 2006.  Their repertoire encompasses themes from Shostakovich and Bartok, covers of 60s TV show themes, and even Balkan-brass covers.  Balkan-brass originated in the 19th century when trumpeters in the Serbian military transposed Folk music to music they could play in a more upbeat style during rough times.  Here is a video of Mucca Pazza performing “Peace Meal” at Tour de Fat 2010.

Playing on each other’s instruments, interacting with crowd members, and dancing around the venue is all part of what makes Mucca Pazza an outstanding show.  The venue is their stage, and who knows where they’ll end up during a performance.  This is originality at its finest.  I’m not sure what I would do if I was their tour manager, but they seem to keep their crew of around 30 members in tact.  What a band!  Don’t miss their next show August 19 at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, IL.

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

Belle Histoire at The Hardrock Café in Nashville, TN [SHOW/NEW MUSIC]

Belle Histoire is a new indie-pop alternative band from Covington, KY that’s been getting a lot of attention for their music in a brief amount of time.  The band consists of Jane Smith (vocals, keys), Aaron Hunt (guitar, keys, vocals), Austin Livingood (guitar/vocals), Mitch Winsett (bass, vocals), and Wes Comer (drums).  Their new original music has sparked interest in many new fans from their hometown of Cincinnati and Nashville, TN.  They have just released a debut EP on iTunes called “Spirits.”  Check out this song from their EP called “Nightmares.”

My friend Chrissy attended their show in Nashville on July 25.  “I was able to see Belle Histoire at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Nashville last week.  I went to the show without any pre-conceived opinions of the band and was pleasantly surprised!  The 5-piece group began their set with poise and maturity kicking off the show not with a timid “hello” into the microphone but with a powerful combustion of sound as they began their first song with confidence and excitement.  From the first note to the last, their songs were intriguingly eerie, and their performance, captivating.  Also to be noted was the vocal performance and stage presence of front woman Jane Smith.  Her voice is honest and pure and her presence on stage is of confidence and expression!  Being only 17, her maturity in these areas is, in my opinion, beyond her years!”  From getting the opportunity to spend time with Belle Histoire after the show, she soon learned that their personalities were just as pleasant as their music.  It’s no wonder that this band is acquiring so many fans in so little time.

Belle Histoire has shared the stage with Cold War Kids, Parachute, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody’s Business, Aaron Gillespie, Jarrod Gorbel, MANSIONS, and many more.  They will be playing a show with the Cold War Kids tomorrow night in Covington, KY at the Madison Theater.  If you are in the area, it would be a great show not to miss!  If you can’t make this show, check them out here.

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

Incan Abraham “Sunscreen” [NEW MUSIC]

Adventures are always fun.  I spent this weekend with an old college roommate basically just trying to avoid being arrested.  Spent Sunday afternoon up at the Getty Museum in LA at a great event called “Off The 405”.  The band Lord Huron was playing.  I have written about them before on this blog so check it out here.  They served booze which, if you haven’t been drunk at a fancy shmancy museum, it’s a pretty awesome activity.  Lord Huron played and were great as usual, but this blog isn’t about them.  Later that night I called a friend of mine and he told me about this show happening in the Silverlake neighborhood of LA.  It was called “Sound Effects Art”.  It was put on by a good friend of mine named Rebecca and my new good friend Logan.  Together with the help of others created one part amazing art show and one part awesome concert.  Throw in a bomb taco truck and last night was pretty legitimate.

Sunscreen – Incan Abraham

Incan Abraham are a local band making a big splash in the LA music scene.  They are constantly playing shows in and around LA with countless residencies under their belt already.  I was told I needed to be there to hear their set and boy am I glad I made it in time.  They are a tight 4 piece dream/ pop/ drum/ hypnotica band comprised of members Giuliano Pizzulo, Spencer Mandel, Andrew Clinco and Teddy Cafaro.  They just released a new EP called Sunscreen.  Here’s the other track from the EP, “Third Man”.

Third Man – Incan Abraham

You can download “Sunscreen” for FREE at Incan Abraham’s Bandcamp page HERE and if you act now you can also download their previous EP called “Adult World” for FREE as well at the same site.  Here’s a pretty bitchin’ track off “Adult World” called “Helium Eggs”.

Helium Eggs – Incan Abraham

Incan Abraham have a bunch of shows lined up in and around LA.  They are playing one of my favorite small venues in this city, The Bootleg, on August 11th.  Check out their facebook and tour page HERE.

Also keep your finger on “Sound Affects Art”.  It was an amazing event with a musical score that went along with each of the paintings in a really really cool space.  This wasn’t a one off thing so keep tabs HERE.

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

The Honeymoon Thrillers – “The Honeymoon Thrillers” [MUSIC]

If you’re interested in the Nashville rock scene, you need to know about The Honeymoon Thrillers.  Formed last year in February 2010, the band came together to create some pretty stellar music with influences from The Beach Boys, Elvis, The Clash, and The Strokes.  The band members include Nathan Barlowe (lead vocals, guitar), Cary Barlowe (guitar, vocals), Chris Boyle (bass), Jared Byers (drums), and Josiah Holland (keyboards).  The Barlowe brothers were previously well known for their other project Luna Halo, which received a lot of local attention.  The other members of the group hail from bands The Lonely Hearts, Bleach, and Mean Tambourines.  While the new surf rock group creates sounds similar to The Killers, Kings of Leon, and Weezer, they have definitely developed a distinct sound.  Their self-titled album released June 18, 2010 is loaded with this new vintage, yet modern sound and vibe that will keep you entertained for it’s entirety.  “Shine,” “Summer Song,” and “Sally Don’t Be So Mad” are just a few of the great songs on this record.  Produced by Chris Granger, the album was certainly able to naturally capture all of the songs in a way that listeners could get a perfect feel for the band.  “We used 3 mics on the drums and one in the hallway all recorded in mono.”  With final help from Grammy award-winning engineer Vance Powell (White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather), The Honeymoon Thrillers finalized a great mix for a killer debut album.  Take a listen:

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The idea of The Honeymoon Thrillers started when Nathan Barlowe began writing songs with inspiration from old records that his dad and uncle used to listen to.  The unique style and sound of their music began when Barlowe left a distortion pedal on while recording demos.  “I realized I had never really heard anything like what was happening. It was retro and modern all at once.”  That was the point when he knew that this had to come together, so he brought his brother and friends on board.  Check out this video for one of my favorite songs from The Honeymoon Thrillers called “Summer Song:”

The Honeymoon Thrillers stepped right onto the scene last spring with a debut show at SXSW in Austin, TX and feature performances at Next Big Nashville and CMJ festival in NYC.  With additional attention from magazines like SPIN and various websites, the band became a sure up-and-coming phenomenon that would continue to make significant progress in the Nashville rock scene.  Even Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill has given attention by laying down bass on their first record.  I am definitely looking forward to hearing more from The Honeymoon Thrillers in years to come.  Listen to and purchase their album here.

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

Trevor Menear “Some Kind Of Sunshine” [NEW MUSIC]

It’s been just over a week since my last blog post.  Sorry.  Had to go visit the lady in North Carolina.  Thought I’d use my trip to discover some cool local bands out there, but instead I found hippie jam band drum circles and people playing homemade instruments (the terrible sounding kind) in the street.  Kinda cool if your deaf, but not really my cup of tea.  There is a time and place for hippie jam band drum circles and a romantic evening with the lady you haven’t seen in a couple months is not the time and in my ear drums wasn’t the place.  Instead I stumbled upon this awesome new artist named Trevor Menear.  I signed up for his mailing list at The Satellite Lounge in LA right before I left and he gave me his CD for free.  I listened to it on the plane ride back to LA and I wish I knew it was this good because honestly would have paid 20 bones.

River Blues – Trevor Menear

Chicago native Menear is a blues man.  His most recent and second full length offering “Some Kid Of Sunshine” he features the blues with a small hint of pop mixed in just for fun.  Two things hit me right off the bat.  His guitar work and the originality and distinctness of Trevor’s voice.  Both are the stars of the show on this record.  His take on the blues is fresh and his acoustic picking is just awesome.  This record has a good mix of heavy and light.  A good example to contrast that first track “River Blues” is the track “Better On The Way”.

Better On The Way – Trevor Menear

It’s pretty awesome when you stumble on an artist with this kind of range.  He keeps the same general tone throughout the record, but each song is very different and the mix between his acoustic picking and the electric guitar is awesome to listen to.  All that acoustic light stuff is nice, but lets be serious this guy can wail so lets hear some more.  Here’s an original off the record and a video of Trevor and band covering “Champagne and Reefer” by the legendary Muddy Waters.

Make Me Howl- Trevor Menear

That’s my favorite song on this record.  Come to think of it maybe “Blues River” is.  Eh, whatever they are both awesome tunes and as the starting two tracks on this record needless to say my attention was grabbed in a big way.  There are other little gems on this record as well.  One tune in particular is the track “Giver Her a Name” It’s kind if buried near the end of the record, but the haunting melodies and the strings are really cool especially after the heavy distortion of the guitar on the previous tracks.

Give Her a Name – Trevor Menear

Now for the good part.  Here’s where I get to tell you that Trevor lives locally in LA and has played and is playing a bunch of local free shows namely the Venice Beach Music Festival on August 13th.  I guess it’s really only good for me and the rest of the Californians, sorry.  His tour page is here and he’s playing The Foundry on Melrose tomorrow night from 8:30 to 11:30 for FREE.  I’ll see you there.

Now for the second good part.  On his website Trevor’s new record “Some Kind Of Sunshine” is available in the “pay what you want” format.  Do yourself a favor and throw him a 5 or a 10, whatever you can afford.  You won’t be disappointed
and you’ll get to hear the rest of the tracks I wasn’t able to fit above.

Here’s the last track as usual.  There are 13 tracks on this record.  Seriously buy it, I honestly think its worth a 20…

November (a long way from here) – Trevor Menear

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|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

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

A Shattered Hope Live at Soma in San Diego, CA

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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

Left Lane Cruiser “Junkyard Speed Ball” [NEW MUSIC]

So I was at the liquor store today buying myself some delicious treats.  I sauntered though the whiskey and bourbon aisle perusing the selection.  Wasn’t in the mood.  Last night wasn’t supposed to be one of those “what the hell happened and why do I have a tattoo of a ninja turtle on my rear end” kind of nights.  I got home and saw a text that read “Left Lane Cruiser, get after it.”  Checked my e-mail and there was a zip file with the same title.  I listened, without a word walked across the street, bought every single bottle of whiskey they had in stock and yelled “Cowabunga!” while a man named “Sneaky Dave” drew a terrible rendition of Michaelanglo on my ass just because I already knew where this night was going.  This is the blues, this is loud, this is Left Lane Cruiser.

Set Me Down – Left Lane Cruiser

Am I right or am I right?

This whiskey fueled two-man frenzy of blues-driven rock’n’roll noise straight from Fort Wayne, Indiana promise to hit you like a shock wave and show you a foot-stompin’ good time.

I couldn’t have said it better myself.  With Freddie J IV completely shredding on guitar and Brenn “Sausage Paw” Beck on “drums, trash and hollering” this two man duo is a machine that will chew you up and spit you out without hesitation or effort.  They have released 4 records and their most recent record “Junkyard Speedball” is a complete monster.  If your going to call a record “Junkyard Speed Ball” it better be fast, it better have raw emotion, it better have grit and it better have… well I’ll just let them show you.  They would have punched me in the face for talking to much already anyway.

Justify – Left Lane Cruiser

There’s not much I have to say that the band hasn’t already said.  The gritty vocals, the DIRTY DIRTY DIRTY guitar, the pounding drums and the trash just come together and make me cross-eyed with pleasure.  The volume is awesome, this is good mood blues at 100 miles per hour.

I’d definitely compare these guys to the likes of ‘The Black Keys’ because they have that same two man dynamic with no bass guitar.  I would ‘un-compare’ them to ‘The Black Keys’ because I hate having to make comparisons in the first place and these guys are just different.  Yes the instrumentation is the same.  Left Lane Cruiser is fast, faster than everyone else.  They have a certain whiskey fueled anger to their music.  They site the North Mississippi Hill Country Blues as an influence.  I’m already familiar with the Dickinson Family and the North Mississippi All Stars (you should be too) and man does that just click and make sense.  This song is called “Big Momma.”  Time for 5 more shots.

Big Momma – Left Lane Cruiser

So basically all I have to say is, you’re welcome.  If you like rock and you like the blues Left Lane Cruiser is for you.  Honestly I haven’t been this excited about a band in a while.  Go out and buy their music.  They are on iTunes HERE.  I received the “Junkyard Speed Ball” from a friend, but I definitely coughed up a couple bucks to hear what else these guys have to say and trust me its worth it.  They are currently bar hoping and playing a bunch of smaller festivals in the Mid West.  Tour page is HERE.   If you live there I envy you like I have never envied anything before.  This band will give you a hangover.  This band is heavy.  Enjoy.

Heavy – Left Lane Cruiser

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