Saturday, February 16, 2019

Gleneagle - Free Saturday (“FL&R”)

     Finding songs that can be legally downloaded is easy. The difficult task is to find legally downloadable music that we recommend. Our plan is to post at least one Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) song each Saturday.

     Gleneagle is a Rock band from Vancouver, Canada. They've emerged with a unique style and sound, bringing distorted guitar leads and driving drums and bass akin to the likes of Attack in Black, contrasted with vocal elements reminiscent of early Springsteen.

     The members of Gleneagle are Brandyn Evans (drums, percussion, bass), Oskar Wroz (vocals, bass, guitar), and Jackson J Gardner (vocals, guitar, synthesizer, percussion). The Bandcamp site also identifies Kristopher Ruston (organ, keyboards).

     “Don’t Let You Down” by Gleneagle (available on a name-your-price basis - "tips" are appreciated)


Friday, February 15, 2019

“Sometimes Solitude” by Little Man – A Song Feature

     “Sometimes Solitude” delivers nostalgia to music lovers who have experienced an immersion into the sea of Classic Rock and carries an education for Indieheads without that experience, but who have a respect and appreciation for the roots of today’s music. Better yet, it does so within a vehicle having a polish that reflects modern day sensibilities.

    In “Sometimes Solitude,” Little Man captures the soul of the acoustic classics of Led Zeppelin, such as “Battle of Evermore” and “Going to California.” While the credits for the song don’t identify the mandolin, the late portion of the intro lifts the listener with a blend that has the enchantment of an acoustic guitar/mandolin mix. “Sometimes Solitude” does employ a mellotron, which was a favored instrument in songs from The Kinks, The Zombies, Moody Blues and The Beatles (“Strawberry Fields Forever"). For most of the song, the vocals are pleasing while remaining detached from any specific era. Then, when “Sometimes Solitude” temporarily takes on a Rock edge, the vocals adopt Robert Plant characteristics.

    If asked for our favorite span of the song from Little Man, the easy selection begins at 2:32 and continues to 2:49. That is when “Sometimes Solitude” exits its Rock edge, vocally caresses a poignant thought (I once thought about how sad I'd be, if I never heard the sound within me) in minimal instrumental support, and returns to the song’s acoustic float with a percussion emphasis.

     Little Man is from Minneapolis, Minnesota, having Christopher Perricelli as the frontman. The credits of “Sometimes Solitude” identify:
 Chris Perricelli - Vocals, guitars
 Sean Gilchrist - Drums
 Brian Herb - Bass
 John Fields - Mellotron, synth, percussion

     The song was produced by John Fields (Soul Asylum, Jonas Brothers, Switchfoot, Miley Cyrus). According to Little Man, the release of singles is leading to a full length release this Spring/Summer; song content: introvert, traveling, the moon, light and dark, being by yourself, nature, zen, spiritual.

     “Sometimes Solitude” by Little Man




Lyrics of “Sometimes Solitude” by Little Man
When I think about
All you do for me
Every day of the year

You're everything to me
Nothing more to be
I keep on showing myself

When I'm traveling
To or where or when
I keep on telling myself

Well, sometimes solitude
Comes across as rude
But I feel good when I'm there

Well, when the moonlight sky gives birth to midnight
(Black as night, black as night)
It all begins from here
From the dark to light
(Black as night, black as night)
I once thought about how sad I'd be
If I never heard the sound within me

Early morning rise
Coolness in the air
Heading out on my way

'Cause sometimes solitude
Energizes me
To be alive every day

Thursday, February 14, 2019

“Fruity” by Rubblebucket – A Song Feature

     Rubblebucket is a Brooklyn-based duo with praiseworthy vocal skills and talent on brass instruments. Kalmia Traver handles lead vocals and the baritone saxophone, while Alex Toth is heard on the trumpet and backing vocals. Their single “Fruity” was released in August 2018, but we were reminded of the song by an announcement that Rubblebucket will be touring. The schedule includes two stops in the San Francisco Bay Area – UC Berkeley Theatre and The Catalyst Atrium in Santa Cruz. The full schedule is at the bottom of this post.

     “Fruity” by Rubblebucket 


Lyrics of “Fruity” by Rubblebucket
I've said I'll make it to the party
But I've got a lot going on
The lioness gave a feast for forty of her body
Then slept on the ground till a flower grew out
Yeah

I'd said we'd walk around the city
And catch a cab at exactly dawn
I've promised with my eyes and I know that
A peach tree skipped to you, Fruity
And the next spring dropped her flowers on the ground

La la la la la la la la la la la la
Let's not wait or let's wait
No hurry to fall in love
La la la la la la la la la la la la
Let's not wait or let's wait
No hurry we're all in love

I let you sip from my lemon tree
And bask in the roots and the sunbeams
I let you wrap your body into mine until we're one thing
Until we're one thing
I promised that we'd swim in rivers
On mountains with nobody on em
I gazed at your face for too long until my own was gone
I promised that we'd ride the golden blanket to heaven
I'm sorry, Fruity, I must just find the earth again
Again, again, again

La la la la la la la la la la la la
Let's not wait or let's wait
No hurry to fall in love
La la la la la la la la la la la la
Let's not wait or let's wait
No hurry we're all in love

I've said I'll make it to the party
But I've got a lot going on
The lioness gave a feast for forty of her body
Then slept on the ground till a flower grew out
Yeah

I'd said we'd walk around the city
And catch a cab at exactly dawn
I've promised with my eyes and I know that
A peach tree skipped to you, Fruity
And the next spring dropped her flowers on the ground



TOUR DATES
3/13: Rochester, NY @ Anthology^
3/14: Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern#
3/15: Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme#
3/16: Evanston, IL @ Space#
3/18: St Louis, MO @ Ready Room#
3/20: Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre#
3/21: Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre#
3/23-3/24: Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest#
3/26: Reno, NV @ The Saint#
3/27: Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Atrium# -- CLICK HERE for ticket information
3/28: Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre# -- CLICK HERE for ticket information
3/29: Pomona, CA @ The Glass House#
3/30: San Diego, CA @ Music Box#
4/1: Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf#
4/3: Austin, TX @ Barracuda^
4/4: Dallas, TX @ Deep Elum Art Co^
4/5: Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall - Upstairs^
4/6: New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks^
4/9: Tampa, FL @ Crowbar^
4/10: Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre^
4/11: Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle^
4/12: Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry^
   * Diet Cig supports
   # Twain supports

   ^ Mikaela Davis supports