A Pile of Music for September
It’s been a while for a music pile, and I’ve had lots of requests for reviews. I’d love to do all of them, but such is not possible with only 24 hours in the day.
So here we go!
Ian James Music
I had some music sent my way and never had a chance to take a listen. Hooray, for now I do!
Ian James has a sound that makes me think of 80s alternative, yet there is a noticeable synth sound in there that breaks away from the genre.
He cites Hendrix as a heavy influence, but I gladly found that this didn’t mean for the songs to just sound off as psychedelic solos ripped from Are You Experience. The sound has evolved to something different that can stand on its own.
You can find his Facebook page here, and I appreciate the Boba Fett reference (I am just a sucker for a Star Wars reference, always, I know). The album Grand Delusions was released in July on Blue FX Records, and you can hear the track ‘All for Nothing’ on FNX!
The newest album by James is a set of ten songs in the rock/alternative/indie genre, recorded in Lowell, MA. You can check out the album, available on iTunes, via the site above. In addition, signing up for the e-mail list will snag you a free track from the album.
As you’ve probably already noticed through my love of musicians like Eva Walsh, I love violins/fiddles mixed with pop or rock. This is Haydn’s most recent track, and her album, I Am A Man is due out in early 2013. She will also be featured at the Hollywood Bowl on October 5, with artists Jason Mraz and Chrisina Perri.
It may be no coincidence that her name strikes recollection to one of music history’s most prominent Classical composers, as her performance is masterful and emotional. Her tracks do remind me of A Perfect Circle or Massive Attack at times, but her vocals take it in a different direction.
“Both as a solo artist and in her legendary collaborations (Roger Waters, Herbie Hancock, Page and Plant), Lili has toured the world and her records have been celebrated by NPR, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and audiences worldwide. In addition, she is the featured voice and violin on several films with Hans Zimmer (Pirates of the Caribbean 3 & 4), among many others” (Press).
Well, talk about rolling down the bowling lane of awesome and hitting every pin on the way out. Maybe we can interview her? I’ll work on it!
Oh yeah, she also has performed with George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars. Her version of ‘Maggot Brain’ is a moving cover.
Don’t forget to check out the other video! And her site.
Well, she’s done it again! One of my favorite acts out of Brooklyn has a new video, this time for the track titled ‘Body Games’. Back when I listened to the entire album of Slow to Love, I thought it as a catchy single, though the video has taken it in a different direction than I thought. Or is it? I may have to think about this one a little more. I’m just going to leave this here…