Saturday, May 30, 2015

Stonecraft


About: Stonecraft

Stonecraft is Andy Morgan, and Viil Fjose, a Celtic music duo who blend flavours from Welsh and Irish music, combined with their own original compositions to create a compelling and unique fusion that leans towards a progressive acoustic folk.

The duo have four releases, “The Call” – 2008, “Moving Tides” – 2010, “Behind the Door” - 2013, and their latest, an EP “The Quiet Truth” in March 2015.

Have a listen to their wonderful music below.













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Summer Fiction


About: Summer Fiction

It’s approaching 3 am and Bill Ricchini aka Summer Fiction isn’t on the windswept beach his moniker may suggest. He’s in a dank basement echo chamber at Eve Studios—a 200-year old country house/recording studio just North of Manchester, UK. His wordless “oohs” bounce off the cinderblock walls overdubbing a tricky vocal harmony part Brian Wilson, part Jeff Lynn. A jangly guitar chimes in channeling Johnny Marr—born just a few miles away.

It’s been over 4 years since Ricchini’s self-titled debut as Summer Fiction was released to praise from New York Magazine, Vogue, NPR, KCRW, Magnet, and other admirers. In that time, Ricchini moved from South Philadelphia to Brooklyn and took songwriting trips to Mexico and the Pacific Northwest.

Ricchini also went through a rough spot during that time, losing two close family members to illness. Soon after, he saw the disintegration of his parents’ 40-year marriage. In the months that followed, he found himself writing songs that felt different. These were not love songs but they were about love and longing, often focusing on romantic and religious obsession. Songs that examined the idea of lover as deity and explored the broken and beautiful aspects of his own relationships

Ricchini approached long time collaborator and UK transplant Brian Christinzio (BC Camplight) to co-produce the new Summer Fiction record, titled Himalaya. Arrangements were made and Ricchini camped out at Manchester’s Eve Studios for two weeks that chilly spring shaping the songs: “the Big Star meets The La’s power pop of “Perfume Paper,” the smiley pet sounds carousel of “Lauren Lorraine,” the Nilsson/Bacharach melodic songcraft of “Religion of Mine,” the icy fingerpicked ballad “By My Side.”

Himalaya was mixed in Brooklyn by Grammy-winning engineer Geoff Sanoff and mastered by Joe Lambert (The National, Sharon Van Etten, Deerhunter, Panda Bear).

Ricchini’s songs have appeared in films such as The Fault in Our Stars, Safety Not Guaranteed and television shows such as Grey’s Anatomy.












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Brad Stock


 About: Brad Stock

Musical: Picked out the melody of "Billy Jean" at age 12, borrowed Dad's Jazzmaster, broke the whammy bar in a fit of metal fury, took classical guitar till i got grounded, musically destroyed a garage, moved to Denver, played "The Scene," heard my song was on the radio (denied it), dabbled in jazz till i decided free jazz was funner and more annoying to yuppies, fell asleep for 7 years, woke up, picked up a guitar, picked out the melody to "Billy Jean." Personal: Birthing required forceps, squishy head, craving kraft singles. Grew a chin, fell in love with the desert, eloped to the ocean, dove in and now ive finally come up for air. Here's the evidence.

Album: The Atomic Clock:

The Atomic Clock is a mythic journey that starts with the rising of The Sun and ends with the setting of The Moon. It is an epic sojourn, a spiritual, emotional, and physical journey from the perspective of a man who has seen a thing or two.








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Friday, May 29, 2015

The Radiation Flowers


About: The Radiation Flowers

The Radiation Flowers, formerly “Powder Blue”, are a progressive Psychedelic band that hails from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

The sound of elevation throbbed into a vertical sky, The Radiation Flowers navigate the same sonic playground as influences Spacemen 3, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Cure, among many others. Guitar rock for northern lights and dark side mantras muttered in the drowsy light, these folks know how to get you off with minimal chords played to maximal effect. Like they say, "it's a sci-fi-hurricane kinda groove".

Band Members:

Shelby Gaudet - Vocals, Guitar
Amber Kraft - Drums, Percussion
Christopher Laramee - Guitar
Jay Allen - Bass
Elsa Gebremichael - Keys, Vocals









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The Liquid Scene


About: The Liquid Scene

The Liquid Scene brings back the retro scented psychedelic sounds of yesteryear for the new generation (you know who you are). Join other like-minded and like-spirited luminaries of change on the retro road of love ~ because deep down you know you’re old skool and that music can change the world. It’s a new dawn. And Revolutions is here...

The Band:

Lead singer/songwriter Becki (bodhi) diGregorio has previously released two solo albums that sold well in Europe on the Jarmusic Label.  Those discs featured contributions by XTC members Andy Partridge and Dave Gregory.  On this collection bodhi plays acoustic guitar, sitar and dilruba.

Lead, electric guitar and sonic stringed effects are handled by Tom Ayers whose credits include performing and recording with Columbia recording artists Persephone’s Bees, as well as recording two albums with Chuck Prophet.

On bass guitar and keyboards is Endre Tarczy who has toured with Chris Cain, Coco Montoya and The Beatles tribute band The White Album Ensemble.

Playing drums and percussion is Trey Sabatelli whose credits include Jefferson Starship, The Tubes and Todd Rundgren.






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Puma Pumku



About: Puma Pumku

Puma Pumku is a Psychedelic Pop band from Santiago de Compostela Spain. The band released their debut album “Is it in You?” with Spanish Record Label “Matapadre” in November 2014. The 9 song album features a blend of Psychedelic and Dream Pop music which is anchored by their hit single “Twilight of the Mind”.

The album comes after their self titled EP released in 2013, produced by Roberto Mallo and Rodrigo Caamaño of Bizarre Love Triangle.

Puma Pumku are, Amadeo Varela (guitar, vocals), Alvaro Dosil (guitar, vocals), Guillermo Cavero (bass), Oscar Raña (drums) and Francisco Varela (keyboard)






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Ancient Cities


About: Ancient Cities

Formed in North Carolina in 2013 by multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Stephen Warwick, Ancient Cities melds well-crafted lyrics with fuzzed-out guitars, hints of psychedelia, and a pop sensibility.

Warwick gained noteriety in 2010 with his lof-fi folk endeavor titled Talking Machine, receiving local acclaim as best song-writer and landing on Shuffle Magazine's top 10 list of best albums that year.

Seeking a new musicial outlet, Warwick headed back to the studio and enlisted friends to join him in the for a yet-to-be-named project. Towards the end of the recordings, Justin Fedor (The New Familiars) joined Warwick and the two set out as a duo for their first tour under the name Ancient Cities, after a dream Warwick had as a child. July 2014 marked the release of Ancient Cities' self-titled debut album, and they expanded their live sound with a rotating cast of musicians. Current line-up includes Justin Faircloth on organ/synth and James Dulin on Drums.

They've been touring up and down the east coast for a few years playing club dates as well as festivals such as CMJ Music Marathon, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and the prestegious Newport Folk Festival's 56th anniversary. They were one of three bands chosen by Converse to play Newport, as well as record at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio in Boston where they started work on their follow-up album Supermoon Blackout.

Ancient Cities has been featured in the Vanity Fair and the Village Voice, as well as a series of live videos with famed music sites PASTE Magazine and Live & Breathing. Most recently the song "Juice" from their debut album can be heard on SHOWTIME'S Shameless Season 7














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