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J. Irvin Dally “Despitado” [NEW MUSIC]

Longest day of my life, people.  First day at a new gig.  Not that you need to know/ care at all, but whatever its a set up for today’s blog.  I came home and ate a pretty nasty sushi roll from Trader Joes and oh yea I stepped in a pile of what I obviously have to assume was steamy french poodle shit.  Great work day, long, but really awesome work day.  Can’t knock the people who pay the bills.  I just needed to unwind.  Now I hate admitting this, but I’m going to.  Sometimes I sit down to write this blog completely inspired by a new band or by a recommendation that gets the ole gears a grindin’ but tonight I must have been at a loss, I scoured my iTunes library to see if I had missed anything or acquired anything new.  I HAD RUN OUT OF INDIE BANDS TO WRITE ABOUT.  Ok I really didn’t.  There are about 8.7 million indie bands in LA.  After like 8.7 million F-bombs in my head and out loud realizing that I would let down the almost 8 people who read my portion of this site (hi dad) I decided to just take a shot in the dark.  There’s a showcase at the Echo (my now favorite venue in this town) on Monday nights so I checked out who was playing, bought their record completely blind for 5 bucks and I was left with J. Irvin Dally and his most recent release ‘Despitado.’  Man I hope it’s good.

Brasil (adelir de carli) – J. Irvin Dally

I’ve been listening to this guy for an hour and I guarantee after one song you feel just as relaxed as I am.  His high tenor voice is almost ghostly.  It pleasantly interacts with the euphoric and reverbial (is that even a word?) guitar tones.  Did I hear a little calypso influence there?

This record has a mellow unpolished finish to it.  You know like people who spend a lot of time once they get out of bed just to look like they just got out of bed?  That’s the vibe I get.  The instrumentation and effects are well placed and with the support of simple yet effective guitar work this music hits the spot for me.

The Little Ones – J. Irvin Dally

‘The Little Ones’ is my favorite song.  A great opening for the record.  Upbeat or at least as upbeat as J. Irvin seems to get.  He plays the kind of music you can sit down listen to and get lost in.  The first two songs on the record are full bodied ‘indie folk’ in all its glory.  Toward the end of the record J. Irvin switches it up a little with a tune called ‘Think Red Yellow Glasses’.  Clocking in at 2:38 its a great example of how deep he is willing to go into the reverbial (F-it, it’s a word… my word) nature of his music.

Thick Red Yellow Glasses – J. Irvin Dally

Needless to say this music was a delightful surprise and a great way to end my day.  Perfect quiet music to listen to.  The man has a gift for putting me in a relaxed state, but like not in a weird, creepy, I hope you fall asleep to my music because I’m staring at you from a distance way.  It looks like I’m also lucky in that although I missed the show at the Echo tonight he’s playing the west coast for the next few weeks.  J. Irvin Dally’s tour page is HERE.  You can buy ‘Despitado’ HERE.  It’s five dollars so you basically don’t have a choice.  Before I drift into a foreseeable coma I’ll leave you with the last tune as usual from J. Irvin Dally’s ‘Despitado’.  I guess sometimes laziness turns to luck and in this case we all get to listen to awesome new music.  So until next time, good luck.

Shanidar – J. Irvin Dally

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

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Charles Bradley feat. The Menahan Street Band “No Time for Dreaming” [ALBUM REVIEW]]

Daptone Records out of New York is one of my favorite indie labels for one reason and one reason only, the ability to go above and beyond with their artists in production value and sound.  OK fine that was two reasons, sue me.  They have managed to keep the sounds of 60’s and 70’s soul and blues alive in a big way.  Artists like Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings have flourished because they have been given an environment to create new music with respect to the old sounds.  Now Dunham Records (an offshoot of Daptone) has found another diamond in the rough, Charles Bradley.

Charles Bradley –  I Believe In Your Love

I read Mr. Bradley’s bio and I was blown away.  Talk about hardship scarafice and true unadulterated love of music.  The man has hitchhiked or traveled all over America, from Maine to Alaska, picking up odd jobs along the way.  Basically living  on the streets for a good part of his life, Charles Bradley has always had a love for music.  After seeing The Godfather of Soul James Brown at the Apollo in 1962 he knew he wanted to be a apart of the scene, but circumstance after circumstance led Bradley away from what he loved.

Charles Bradley – The World (Is Going Up In Flames)

This record in a word, heavy.  It’s a biography of a man’s life leaning on hard times and suffering.  The thoughtful music is sung by a man who has not only felt these emotions but lived them.  I’d tell you more about Charles, but I think I’ll let him fill you in better than I ever could.

Charles Bradley –  Why Is It So Hard?

Bradley was discovered playing, his idol James Brown, covers in Bedstuy, NY under the name “Black Velvet” by a representative from Daptone Records.  After listening to this record I can see where Bradley’s raw vocal talent comes from.  He and his label mates knew it was time to put his story on tape.  He like many other successful artists sings about what he knows and doesn’t pull any punches.  Backed by the Menahan Street Band, Bradley is a vocal force reminiscent of the great James Brown who he loved so much.  If you love the soulful sounds of the 60’s and 70’s do yourself a favor and check out Charles Bradley and the Menehan Street Band.

Charles is currently on TOUR and his new record “No Time For Dreaming” is available in many formats through the Daptone site HERE.  He will be playing LA’s Echo on May 4th.

Here’s the title track and the last track from “No Time For Dreaming”

Charles Bradley – No Time for Dreaming

Charles Bradley – Heartaches and Pain

Check out Daptone as well.  They are an awesome little label with an amazing roster.  And as they say, I hope they “Keep Puttin Soul Up.”

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

The Holloys “No Where Now Here” [MUSIC][ALBUM]

I woke up this morning with a terrible hangover.  Yes it’s monday, but whatever that’s what days off are for.  I’ve been wanting to write about The Holloys for a couple weeks now, but I never felt in the right state of mind to do so.  Most people when they wake up from what I like to call “antics” hardly want to listen to something loud/ electronic and industrial.  I guess it might just be me but when I woke up this morning I cranked The Holloys most recent offering “No Where Now Here”… hangover gone due to overdose on volume.

The Holloys – Shape Shift

This band is from another planet.  I like this record because its rooted in heavy guitars and great bass lines with an electronic sub context making this disc danceable and just plain fun to listen to.

In my opinion this band can do no wrong, they are experimental making the music they want to make.  On this disc they have bouncy almost pop offerings mixed with heavily affected industrial rock.  The drumming on tracks such as “Love Echange” is exceptional.

The Holloys – Love Exchange

For the Holloys, that’s a sound built after excavating the overlap between the anxious (and sometimes aggro) post-punk of Public Image Limited’s Metal Box and the endless groove of Fela Kuti and the Saharan guitar music Sublime Frequencies so generously provides to the world. — OC Weekly

At the moment their website isn’t in the best shape.  Sadly I turned to myspace to gather more information on this awesome band.  I say sadly because I don’t like myspace.  I guess sometimes as fate would have it the bands I write about and I have something in common.  This is the image at the top of their myspace page.

Any band that would put something like this up on their own page is ok by me.  I’m not sure if I’m allowed to post vulgar stuff seeing as this is a family show, but that image is definitely an important look as to how The Holloys run their ship.  Reckless abandonment for the norm and exploration into the realm of controlled noise I think the Holloy’s have stumbled onto something here and I just can’t look away.

The Holloys – Let Love Take Over

The Holloys are appropriately opening for BATTLES at the Echoplex on May 2nd giving me and you an even better reason to go down there.

Usually this is the part where I tell you where you can buy a bands music, but for today this is the part where I tell you to go to download a bands music for free.  On the bands site HERE.  They have posted links for free full record downloads of “No Where Now Here” and “Art War”.  ** The site is under construction at the moment, but trust me the links will work.

If you need a little more persuation to download FREE music here’s the last and title track from The Holloys “No Where Now Here.

The Holloys – No Where is Now Here

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