BANDCAMP SUGGESTIONS: BOAC’s “Project Roach”


Photobucket He goes by the name of BOAC, and two weeks ago I posted his video for the song “The Show Goes On“. If you liked it and wanted to hear more, you now have a chance to hear his brand new project via Bandcamp, called Project Roach. Fans know that his moniker stands for Banging Out All Classics, and this new album could very well be a classic in the making. Journalist Shawn “Speedy” Lopes covered him in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin ten years ago. What has changed since 2001? Well, the Star-Bulletin consolidated with the other Honolulu newspaper and are now the Star-Advertiser and BOAC, he’s still rapping and producing, in fact the guy has yet to stop. Find out why music still moves him by checking out what’s new, with the hopes of more newness in 2011.

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=2685511074/size=venti/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=bb429f//

VIDEO: Clan Destined featuring Rita J, Ozy Reigns & Ka’Ra Kersey’s “Show Your Lighters”

Directed by Tyler Person, “Show Your Lighters” is a new video by Clan Destined, a song featuring Rita J, Ozy Reigns and Ka’Ra Kersey. Clan Destined are an Atlanta duo consisting of AmDex and DT, and the song is from their album coming out on January 22nd.

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=2893600202/size=venti/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB//

VIDEO: SigNif’s “Lovely Imperfections”

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin but now based in New York, SigNif is about to release an album called The Transition, which will be made available for free via Bandcamp. Check out the video,and if you like it, stream the album and consider downloading it.

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=1645226967/size=venti/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB//

SOME STUFFS: Robotanists ready to touch your abdomens

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Robotanists are in the studio recording music for what will be their third album. Are you ready to touch their abdomens?

The album, scheduled for release on February 15th via Overhead, will be called Plans In Progress, which will be complimented with some initial winter tour dates and plans to rock nations throughout 2011, including a stop at next year’s SXSW. They will be making the Silverlake Lounge in L.A. a residency in February, here is how things are stacking up for them:

02/07 Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge
02/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge
02/21 Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge
02/28 Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge
03/18 Austin, TX @ The Blackheart – SXSW showcase

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=752949991/size=venti/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB//

VIDEO: The Simonsound’s “Show Intro/Medley”


The Simonsound are moving crowds and bringing in new fans with their love of analog synths and making people perk up at any time. This is a video of a live performing showing how they start/s their shows, before going into “Man And The Machine”, “Baker’s Dozen”, and a cool cover of Bob James‘ “Nautilus”.

If you like what you see and hear, also check out the UK Simonsound.co.uk, blog, which explores the current activies of one of its members, Simon James, and check their Bandcamp page featuring a few free downloads for your listening pleasure.

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REVIEW: Kuuluuko’s “Sweet Pea” (EP)

Photobucket It’s great to go into a new release and not sure what to expect. I saw the name Kuuluuko and I have no idea what that is, I’m willing to take a listen. The opening track has the band kind of doing a loose funk groove, sounds like +Live+ with a hint of Blind Melon, and I’m alright with what I’m hearing. The second song comes in and the guitars are at high veloicity, everything is loud and insane and it will make you want to burn carpets. Then it moves back into something more relaxed and organized, and I’m sitting listening to this wondering “what the hell is this?”, all while holding a smirk. In other words, I’m liking it as much as I’m being astonished by what I hear.

The group are a duo (Stephen Salazar and Cullen Corley) so initially there’s a need to hear something that is obviously missing, in this case a bass guitar. Once you get used to it and comfortable, the music reveals different things through the absence of one thing. It can be grungy, it can have a nice garage feel a la White Stripes, and perhaps with that comparison you may here the raw electric lo-fi blues that they call their own, and one that Billy Childish would feel welcome to jam in.

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=1188647376/size=venti/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB//

REVIEW: Black Bombaim’s “Saturdays and Space Travels”

Photobucket Sometimes I became interested in an album or an artist by the visuals. Call it eye candy, call it selfish, but if it’s appealing to me, I want to know more. The artwork for Black Bombaim‘s Saturdays And Space Travels (Lovers & Lollypops/Sonic Infusion), which I discovered on a blog, looked kinda trippy. Is it psychedelic? Is it mindblowing? Is it “far out”? It looked like that so I wanted to hear what they were about. I didn’t read the review too deeply, but it was on a blog with heavy metal albums and I perhaps assumed that it would be something of the stoner/sludge/doom metal variety. It’s none of these things, although the word “stoner” did come to mind.

Combine elements of The Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Black Crowes, Grand Funk, and Canned Heat and you will have what may be your dream band, or in this case a trio. “Acid hard rock psychedelic blues boogie” is a phrase that needs to be properly shortened, as ahrp bluboo music will not doo, but it has the feel of all of those genres and then some. These three guys from Portugal are in it for the love of the jam, they praise the sound of a power trio and take it further into deeper dimensions. You know that point in “Dazed And Confused” from Led Zeppelin’s The Song Remains The Same, where Robert Plant stops moaning and ooing and the group turns into a sick instrumental trio by feeding off of each other? This is Black Bombain’s sound, but there’s also that Southern rock groove (and there is indeed a groove) in their sound that makes you wish all of their influences could hear what they’re coming up with.

This single album has only two songs, each one just under 20 minutes. This isn’t for people with short attention spans, it’s about lighting up something, drinking a favorite beverage, and wanting to hear their music from start to finish. There are no song titles, maybe one song is “Saturdays”, maybe the other is “Space Travels”, maybe it is just “Side A” and “Side B”. It doesn’t matter, but when guitarist Ricardo finds a spot of comfort, he takes off and doesn’t come back. When he feels it’s the right time to exit, you end up hearing him solo with his guitar/effect pedals, as drummer Senra and bassist Tojo remain the anchors and just keep on getting deeper. It feels like Nirvana‘s “Endless Nameless” in a way or something along the lines of Sonic Youth, all while having a distinct jam session feel to it. The end of the second song has Ricardo playing his solo endlessly, and the instruments are pushed into reverb, remininscent of how Melvins ended “Leeech” on their debut album, Gluey Porch Treatment. I selfishly wanted the song to have a proper ending, if anything, and as they faded the song out, I’m thinking “no, please do not leave”. It’s open ended, Duke Ellington style, as if to say “to be continued”.

I love these guys, and I hope the rest of the world discovers their incredible brand of “acid hard rock psychedelic blues boogie”.

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=3797454805/size=venti/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB//

BANDCAMP SUGGESTIONS: Fletch

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I visit Bandcamp.com on a regular basis to find new artists and music, and I also have my music on there. If you haven’t heard of Bandcamp, it’s a website where you are able to stream music by artists who post their music. If you like what you hear, you can purchase that song or the entire album for the price indicated, or sometimes they’ll offer the music for free. You are able to download the music as MP3, OGG, FLAC, or other files that are to your liking. Some of the reviews I’ve done this year are of albums that are available on Bandcamp. If you are a fan of hard copy as I am, then you may also have the option to buy the music on vinyl, CD, or cassette when available.

I wish I could take credit for coming up with this idea, but I actually saw a “Bandcamp Recommendations” section at a great hard rock/metal blog called The Soda Shop. I’ve wanted to do a similar idea for my site, so when I saw The Soda Shop do it, I figured I could incorporate it here too. So allow me to give credit where credit is due.

For what I will call Bandcamp Suggestions, it will cover a wide range of musical styles, just like the music regularly covered here at ThisIsBooksMusic.com. As with my reviews and anything else I cover, if the cover, artist name, or title may not offer hints, you can see what genre the artist creates by looking at the header information.

Let’s begin with my first official “Bandcamp Suggestion”, with this one being hip-hop.

Photobucket This one was suggested to me on Sunday evening by Twitter member PoSafeTweets. It is a rapper from St. Louis named Fletch, and what I immediately noticed about the cover to Conversations is its resemblance to album covers on the CTI label. I had to take a listen.

The tracks range from being highly polished to songs with a nice demo feel, not too raw but enough to where a listen will make you say “nah, I like how it sounds as is, no improvements necessary.” On one side, he’ll be funny and get into a deep discussion about penile implants, but on the flip side he’ll mark a new chapter in his life and get serious about the anticipation of fatherhood. It’s a decent basement-type album that doesn’t get big-headed, arrogant, or corny, just a casual “day in the life of” someone putting his thoughts into music and sharing it with the world. His 2001 album, Erase The Hate, is on the page too, and I love the confidence he shows off there. Download both for free.

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=804172890/size=venti/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB//