Friday, August 31, 2012

BONUS Song(s) of the day for August 31, 2012

I couldn't resist... this time, I'm putting a bit of a twist on the song of the day and sharing with you an EP of the day, courtesy of Evie! I absolutely LOVE her EP Gumption. It's been on my iPod for what seems like forever and every time a song comes up it genuinely puts a smile on my face! I love this lady, she's an incredibly talented artist! Enjoy!!! 

Song of the day for August 31, 2012

Hey there all you cool cats! Ready for today's song of the day? It's brought to you by Slam Cartel. Get ready for Wishing Eye... and might I suggest you TURN THIS UP!!!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

BONUS Song of the day, part 2!

And this is just because I like you! From their recently released self-titled 2nd album, I give you Bad Man by Lit On The Flash... best enjoyed with the volume turned WAY UP!!!

BONUS Song of the day...

I feel like sharing music with you tonight! You're in for another indie treat... Enjoy Breakdown by In Air (formerly Nobody Gets Killed), one of the songs that got me to finally realize how much mainstream radio sucks! Thanks guys!!!

Song of the day...

Hello everyone!

I decided today that I am going to start a song of the day post to share some of my favorite music here with you. I may even share more than a song a day with you... depends on how I feel from one day to the next!

The one commonality you will find is that these songs will all be by indie artists (big shock!). THIS will be the music that you won't hear on mainstream radio, but should be!

So sit back and enjoy my first song of the day from my original indie artist favorite, David Gielan, and his song Hero In Waiting!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Message to Venus is here to Change mainstream radio

Hello blogosphere! Welcome to another addition of "Getting to know another of Los's favorite indie artists"! I actually just made that up... promise, it'll be the last time I use it!

Now, on with the show!!!

Nothing like letting the music speak for itself...

I wonder if the day will ever come that I don't get excited about discovering new indie acts... probably not in this lifetime! Since I made the conscious decision to almost completely ditch mainstream radio, I'm always on the lookout for the next best indie act to follow and help promote. Introducing you to Message to Venus is long overdue... and I apologize to the guys in the band for taking so long in getting them onto this blog.

Message to Venus is a Miami based, Puerto Rico-bred rock band made up of Jandre Nadal, lead vocals/guitar; John Feliciano, lead guitar; JuanMa Font, drums; & Edgar Ramos, bass. Without a doubt, this is one of the hardest hitting rock acts that I have had the pleasure of listening to in a long time! Their latest EP, The Envelope, is a favorite of mine and a constant companion on my iPod. 

Full of giant guitar riffs, heavy drum beats, smooth bass grooves, and tied up nice and neat with strong vocals, Message to Venus is primed to hit the stratosphere!

Modern rock radio is quickly falling into the same trap that Top 40 stations around the country are falling into. Hit us so fast with the newest "up and coming" act and sprinkle in some songs that may or may not remain relevant 20 or 25 years later, and hope that we don't catch on to the lack of originality left. As is the norm for me, I will not do these guys the injustice of comparing them to any rock acts past or present. Message to Venus are unique unto themselves and deserve their turn at righting the ship that is today's modern rock radio!

The most effective way to spread the music of these incredible indie acts that I share with you is word of mouth. Please help spread the word and bug the hell out of your local rock station(s). TELL THEM YOU WANT TO HEAR MESSAGE TO VENUS ON THE AIR! Help them take back mainstream radio and give it back to fans of REAL music!

The essential Message to Venus links:

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Well Reds Kickstarter campaign

Hello again! It's your favorite indie artist fan back with yet another Kickstarter campaign... this time for The Well Reds!

For those of you unfortunate enough to not have discovered this incredible band yet, here's your introduction: blogosphere, The Well Reds. The Well Reds, the blogosphere!

The Well Reds are an Atlanta based rock band with breakout potential written all over them.  The band is made up of Jeremy Ezell, vocals/guitar/piano; Sean Crawford, vocals/guitar; Rex Crawford, vocals/bass; and Torin Degnats, drums. I've been addicted to their sound since the first time I listened to their debut EP Violet nearly a year ago. As always, I dare not do them the disservice of comparing them to anyone or anything currently playing on mainstream radio. Mostly because they are so much better than anyone or anything currently playing on mainstream radio!

Head over to their Kickstarter page today and watch their submission video... one of the best I've EVER seen for a Kickstarter campaign! They are looking to record their next album, but without the big money from a major record label, they need our help! Come to think of it, this is the best reason WHY you should help them... with YOUR help, they can record the album that they are capable of recording and give their fans exactly what we've come to expect of them musically!

The Well Reds Kickstarter Campaign

I don't take my support for indie artists lightly and I wouldn't put myself out there for these artists like I do if I didn't believe in them. I say this all the time and I will continue to say this: There is so much more to music than what mainstream radio allows you to believe there is. It's time to give bands like The Well Reds the credit they deserve and to help them give us back the music that we as fans deserve. Please help them with their Kickstarter campaign so we can have OUR music back! I'm a proud backer and you should be too!

And don't just take MY word for it... head over to their website and check out their music... follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook. You'll soon come to the same conclusion that I did: THE WELL REDS ARE F*ING AWESOME!!!!

The Essential The Well Reds links:

The Well Reds on Twitter

The Well Reds on Facebook

The Well Reds ReverbNation

The Well Reds YouTube channel

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Come with me as I discover Roadside

Hello again everyone! I didn't realize how much I've been neglecting this blog lately. I wish I could keep blaming it on writer's block, but sometimes life just gets in the way of even the best of intentions.

So to make it up to you, I am going to introduce you to one of the best bands that you may not have heard of yet... Roadside!

Hailing from Plymouth, Devon, Britain, Roadside is made up of Sam Davey on vocals, Colin Dower on lead guitar/backing vocals, Duncan Leitch on rhythm guitar, Steve Moore on bass and Jamie Alger on Drums. Ever since the first time I heard their single Give It Up on Wise Radio, I've been somewhat obsessed with it. It's one of those songs that gets stuck in your head and the world is a better place because of it!

I am continuously amazed at the quality of talented British indie artists that I've had the privilege of discovering as of late. Roadside are easily one of the best! I will continue to update you on a regular basis whenever I learn anything new about Roadside. This is a rare opportunity for you to follow this amazing band along with me as I learn more about them and their sound. So join me on their journey to music superstardom. One listen and you'll know why I feel confident in making that statement!

The Essential Roadside links:

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Country music fans... have you met Nick Gibson?

1985... The Highwaymen... Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson... almost ruined country music for me forever. In 1985, I was 13 years old and deep into my obsession with rock and roll at that time, more specifically Hair Metal and power ballads. 1985 was also during the time that the national speed limit was 55mph. We used to drive from Dallas to Munday, TX (yes. that really is a town in west Texas where a lot of my family on my mom's side still lives) almost every other weekend, and with a 55mph speed limit, it would take us between 3 and 1/2 and 4 hours to make the drive... while we listened to The Highwaymen... on cassette tape... one side after the other... for 3 and 1/2 to 4 hours straight... and I was stuck in the backseat of my mom's Ford Tempo because my sister is 2 years and 9 months older than me, and that's just the way it went. Fast forward just a bit in 1985 and along comes this guy named George Strait and his song "The Chair" to save country music for me! I remember thinking to myself how cool it would be to actually use those lines on a girl in a bar and have them work. But I wasn't old enough to be in a bar trying those lines out on any girl, so I lived vicariously thru George Strait from that day forward!

Now there's this joke about country music... you know the one, "What do you get when you play a country song backwards? You get your truck back, your dog back, you get your first wife back..... blah, blah, blah..." Well, try playing a country song forward and see what you get instead. No pretension, no gimmicks, no over the top production, no auto-tune. You get honest, raw emotion that speaks to you from the heart. I challenge you to find one friend who hasn't lived a country song at some time in their life. Country music is simple arrangements, honest lyrics about life, love and family- sometimes happy, sometimes sad, but always honest. Country music today has a certain cross-over appeal, thanks in large part to American Idol winner Carrie Underwood and teen phenom Taylor Swift. But for my money, I'd love to see country music get back closer to its roots. That's where Nick Gibson steps in.

Like every other new artist whose music I've discovered, I found Nick Gibson on Twitter. From the first time I heard You and Tennessee on Wise Radio, to every time I hear I Go Crazy on my iPod, I've been a fan and gain a deeper admiration for the country artist that Nick Gibson is. He's made appearances on the Wise Radio's weekly Top 10 countdown, and also spent several weeks as a favorite on their weekly Music Challenge. He describes his own sound on his Facebook page "country mixed with a little rock 'n a little blues", I describe him as radio ready RIGHT NOW. There isn't another country artist on mainstream country radio quite like him today, which is why he is so important to the future of the genre. With country music, you run the risk of getting into a rut, so to speak. Before long, it seems like every other artist on the radio starts to sound like every other artist. I don't know if you'd chalk that up to record execs sitting back on their heels and putting out cookie cutter after cookie cutter, but considering their unwillingness to put real artists out there for the music fans, I probably would.

So where does Nick Gibson fit into today's country music scene? George Strait, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Kenney Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton... does he deserve to draw comparisons to his contemporaries? Of course he does, but why should we do that to him? Why ask him to duplicate what other artists have done before him? Why not let his artistic ability stand on it's own merit and allow him to carve out his place in the annals of country music?

I honestly believe that Nick Gibson deserves to draw comparisons of his own someday soon. So go out for yourself and discover this wildly talented country superstar in the making. You'll be glad you did... I know I am!

The essential Nick Gibson links:

Nick Gibson on iTunes

And Mr Gibson, this Dr Pepper's for you!

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