A few years back, Concord was the new hot spot for local music talent. There was a community, there was love, there was selflessness, there was help… it was awesome. Has this all changed? Has it died? Has it gone the way of the dodo bird and fled for warmer waters? Maybe. Can it be saved? I think so. Will it take work? It will. Can you do it? You can. We can. We must.
I used to hate my voice. I would mix it as low as I could without the words getting completely lost, and put as much delay or reverb on it as I could stand. At some point I found myself pushing my voice up in the mix, leaving it dry or using minimal effects, and feeling a lot more comfortable with the way I sounded. Then I would listen to some of the things I recorded and think, "Why didn't I do another take there? That's pitchy. That sounds like crap. That's embarrassing." And on it went.
We all have a favorite bass player. I won't tell you who mine is because even if you'd heard of them, which you haven't, you couldn't even begin to understand them. I like my favorite bassit because they're great. However, you like your favorite bassist because the hot girl at the record store likes them. You like them because that cool friend of yours with the black-framed glasses and the emotionally damaged girl on his arm. Who knows, maybe you’re pathetic enough to like them because the goddamned public likes them. I hate Eric Reingold.
People Skills are on tour!!!! we thought you might like to see what they have been up to(in reverse order). Check out the band in pictures and then go see them live on tour. Below are their upcoming dates. We especially want to thank the very talented jrockready for all the pictures. You can find him on instagram. @jrockready. quite a talented fellow who is following this talented band on their cross country tour. Send them and him some love!
Wedding Camp is a very new new new punk rock band from New Hampshire. Songs are short and simplistic and lo-fi. Is that a bad thing? No, no no its not, makes it great. No solos, a chunk punk guitar with punk drumming. This is a new band. You can hear the newness in the tracks but what you also hear is potential. I would love to hear this band live in 6 months. They have potential to take music, mash it in a pulp, spoon into your brain and slap you mad with happiness and senseless with sound. I think the energy of the punk would hit you in the teeth and make you beg for more.
Badfellows has their new album available! You can listen below. It is slightly different than their previously recordings but still has Badfellows dripping out the speakers. Another great release from the Manchester based band.
This is what the band had to say about the release-
‘Personal Beehive’ is officially out now. This album means a lot to us and we owe our eternal thanks to Alex Bourne, Granite Tapes, Jaclyn O’Connell, and everyone who supports us. We love you all. Head to https://granitetapes.bandcamp.com/album/personal-beehive to download the album (and buy a real snazzy tape!) We hope that maybe this album can make you feel some sorta way about something, or someone. <3
My daughter is 3 years old. There are a few things I realized a few things about what she will perceive about music and what is my standard of reference. It makes me feel old but also give me a sense of wonderment as time and perceptions march on.
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Jake McKelvie & The Countertops