Monday, August 20, 2018

“Deep Burn Blue” by The Paper Kites – A Song Feature

     “Deep Burn Blue” has the feel of two powerful-yet-gentle rivers merging into a single flow. The vocals and the guitars are independently dynamic and graceful, while the combination is synergistically forceful. Still, the combination has a delicateness.

     The Paper Kites are based in Melbourne, Australia. They are preparing for a "Where You Live Tour” of Canada and the U.S. The tour begins November 5, 2018. Among the stops is a visit to August Hall in San Francisco. For the list of dates, visit the band’s website - http://thepaperkites.com.au/

     The members of The Paper Kites are Sam Bentley, Christina Lacy, Dave Powys, Sam Rasmussen, and Josh Bentley.

     “Deep Burn Blue” by The Paper Kites


Lyrics of “Deep Burn Blue” by The Paper Kites
I know it seems alright
To just wait till the feelings right
But I can see it in your eyes
A shade of blue and a signal fire

You like the glow of the downtown lights
The colours on the street when it rains all night
But I can't give you what you want
If you don't want it from me baby

It's a deep burn blue
(Burning right through you)
It's a deep burn blue
(Burning right through you)
It's a deep blue burning right through you

I know that people talk
Shake their heads at the way you walk
On the street, in the park
You say it's cause we're the same in the dark

You like the sound of a pink moon cry
Lying on the floor as the day goes by
But time alone means nothing
If you can't escape the hurt you're feeling

It's a deep burn blue
(Burning right through you)
It's a deep burn blue
(Burning right through you)
It's a deep blue burning right through you
[Repeat]

And it burns right through you

[Repeat chorus]

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Australian Visit - Free Friday/Saturday (“FL&R”)

     Free and Legal Downloads? Yes, at least temporarily. Bands often temporarily permit free downloads of their releases.  The end of an offer may be based on the expiration of a set period of time or on a limited number of downloads.  But at least for now, here are songs that qualify as Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) downloads.
     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 FL&R song each Friday/Saturday.
     Each of today’s tracks is available via Triple J Unearthed, the outstanding Australian site.

     Hannah Campbell is a Melbourne-based songwriter. Her latest single is “Run Like Wolves.” To access the free download, go to the Triple J site and click the download arrow (https://www.triplejunearthed.com/jukebox/play/track/7215336). 


     This Campbell is based in Brisbane. Dave Campbell performs and records under the moniker Sometime Sonny. His bandmates are Joe White, Jordan Aston, and Jack Hunter
     “Have a Heart” by Sometime Sonny - Available via Soundcloud (below) or TripleJ (CLICK HERE).


     KIAN hails from the goldfield town of Castlemaine, Vic. To download "Waiting," go to:
 https://www.triplejunearthed.com/jukebox/play/track/7271171.


      Ben Whiting (vocals, guitar) of Melbourne records with Billy Donaldson (bass), Victor Salamanca (drums), and Alex Burkoy (violin, cello, guitars).
     “Birdcage” by Ben Whiting - To access the free download, go to the Triple J site and click the download arrow:
 https://www.triplejunearthed.com/jukebox/play/track/7136741


Friday, August 17, 2018

“Sierra Madre” by Jacob Furr – A Song Feature

     Bonnie Bishop is the secret weapon. It’s her voice that periodically harmonizes with Jacob Furr’s during “Sierra Madre,” the title track of an album released almost two years ago.

      Quoting content from the release of the album:
  “"The 10 new tracks from Jacob Furr’s album find the Texas troubadour continuing down his path as a calculated, well rehearsed storyteller. For years, he was meandering through rolling hills and isolated pathways. On ‘Sierra Madre,’ it’s as though Furr has returned from jagged cliffs and sharp mountains. His storytelling is as surefire as ever, but there’s a confidence in Furr’s vocals unlike we’ve seen. There’s a presence throughout. It’s dark—and at times, feels as though it’s on the edge of engulfing Furr and company whole—but Furr continuously ropes it in. There’s an edge to it on tracks like 'Sierra Madre' and 'Estacado' that boom and echo. His shadow looms. The heavy grit mixes with the thick guitar licks that roar right alongside Furr. It’s a second storyteller in Furr’s album of tale, lore, and prophecy."

     The contributors to the album include Jacob Furr (vocals, guitar), Ryan Tharp (vocals, guitar), Aaron Stanfield (drums, keys), Austin Lee Kroll (bass), Bonnie Bishop (vocals).

     “Sierra Madre” by Jacob Furr


Lyrics of “Sierra Madre” by Jacob Furr
Look into the darkened sky
See the fire on my trail
Where gods and legends go to die
I breathe my last, as I tell my tale

I found a lover burning bright
But time was not a friend
Though love is eternal light
Stars must someday end

My course was set by her charts
Guided by the light of her heart
We sailed alone into the night
My orbit broke when her star died

So I make my bed among the stones
Lost son of the galaxy
Sierra Madre take me home
I'm weary of this odyssey

My course was set by her charts
Guided by the light of her heart
We sailed alone into the night
My orbit broke when her star died

Thursday, August 16, 2018

“Tourniquet” by Meg Myers – A Song Feature

     “Tourniquet” passionately shines a light on the vulnerability and internal strife inherent to a troubling relationship. The often breathy power vocals of Meg Myers are capable of carrying the track, but the instrumental support is equally praiseworthy. Strings, guitar and percussion are dynamic in their purpose. Particularly in the first portion of “Tourniquet,” the percussion and piano cooperate with the vocals to emphasis the sentiment. The strings consistently establish tension, but sometimes with a calming presence (such as after the one-minute mark) and other times with a chilling existence (such as in companionship with the guitar around the 3:33 mark).

      “Tourniquet” is on Meg Myers’ recently released album "Take Me To The Disco" (300 Entertainment). The album is self-reflective and revealing. In discussing the album she explained:
   "When I first wrote some of these new songs, I thought I knew what I was writing about. A lot had to do with a breakup. Listening back to some of these songs made me realize what I was really writing about... what was underneath it all," continues Myers, who grew up in a Jehovah's Witness household in Tennessee before breaking free to pursue music in L.A. at the age of 19. "All of a sudden it all made sense to me and that moment of realization just overwhelmed me with a flood of tears and joy. On the surface, I thought I was writing about love loss but I've learned it goes much deeper than that. It's going back to the child in me that needed to be healed. I've always written from a true place, but in getting to know myself better, I'm now writing from an even deeper level of honesty."

     Twice, we’ve grabbed the opportunity to see Meg Myers perform (first at Rickshaw Stop and then at a Live 105 BFD festival). Both were positive experiences. Myers will return to San Francisco on October 16, when she makes an appearance at August Hall. A more complete tour schedule is included at the bottom of this post.

      “Tourniquet” by Meg Myers


Lyrics of “Tourniquet” by Meg Myers
Gotta give you up
But I don't know how
I'm on my knees
And I wanna know the secret of love
Of love

And if I could be stronger than you
Then maybe I'd leave
But you got that hit that I need
My baby please

But I can't keep taking
I'm numb, I'm sedated

Only love hurts like this
So, tie a rope around my wrist
I'm losing, I'm losing the feeling
You're my tourniquet (eh, eh)

Sticks and stones built my home
And all the faces I have known
I'm losing, I'm losing the feeling
You're my tourniquet
(Eh, eh, eh, eh) [Repeat 3x]

You're my tourniquet
(Eh, eh, eh, eh)

One touch
And I'm running for the hills
But how could I leave
When the pain gets real?
Make me feel

Cover up
In the middle of the night
Like a child I was scared, I was lonely
I was fighting the good fight
Bright light

But I can't keep taking
I'm numb, I'm sedated

Only love hurts like this
So, tie a rope around my wrist
I'm losing, I'm losing the feeling
You're my tourniquet (eh, eh)

Sticks and stones built my home
And all the faces I have known
I'm losing, I'm losing the feeling
You're my tourniquet
(Eh, eh, eh, eh) [Repeat 3x]

You're my tourniquet
(Eh, eh, eh, eh)

You're my tourniquet
(Eh, eh, eh, eh) [Repeat 3x]

You're my tourniquet
(Eh, eh, eh, eh)

Tour Dates:
Sep 15 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Sep 20 - Dallas, TX @ Dada
Sep 21 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues - Bronze Peacock
Sep 22 - Austin, TX - Antone's
Sep 25 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Sep 26 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
Sep 28 - Norfolk, VA @ Norva
Sep 29 - Washington, D.C. @ U Street Music Hall
Oct 1 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Oct 2 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Oct 5 - Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar
Oct 4 - Detroit, MI @ El Club
Oct 6 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Oct 7 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
Oct 9 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes Other Side
Oct 10 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
Oct 12 - Portland, OR @ Dante's
Oct 13 - Vancouver, BC @ Venue Nightclub
Oct 14 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
Oct 16 - San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
Oct 17 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Jessie Reyez at Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco

Contributed by: Michelle Darrah

     Jessie Reyez was scheduled to perform early Saturday at Outside Lands, so we made sure to be there early as well.  Rolling Stone featured Reyez in an article "Lolapolooza 2018: The 13 Best Things We Saw" for the best #MeToo Moment during her performance at Chicago’s Lolapolooza the weekend prior.  The article increased our excitement to see her performance.  Reyez did not disappoint. 

     Walking toward the stage, we heard "Shutter Island," a high energy song that was our original introduction to the skills of Jessie Reyez.  We immediately noticed Reyez' stage presence.  Between songs, she engages with the crowd in a way that is very genuine and sincere.  Her personality shines through. 

     During the #MeToo Moment, Reyez spoke of an experience with a music producer early in her career.  She then went into the song, "Gatekeeper," which she wrote as a result of the experience.  The raw emotion was evident as Reyez ended the song yelling, "The #MeToo Movement is not fucking new."  She delivered a very powerful message in a very authentic way. 

     Reyez then spoke openly of her own times of depression, asking the crowd to raise their hands and admit their own feelings of depression.  She then sat down on a stool, pulled out her guitar, and went into her song "Figures."  This song is much softer, but the emotion in it is just as evident.  “Figures” was an obvious crowd favorite, as many attendees knew the lyrics and sang along with Reyez. 

     We walked away from the performance wondering if any other performance of the day would top it, and while the rest of the day featured some amazing artists, Reyez remained the favorite.   

     A 30-second clip at Outside Lands – “Figures”

     “Figures” on Jimmy Fallon


          “Shutter Island” by Jessie Reyez


Monday, August 13, 2018

“Don’t Be Afraid” by So Many Wizards – A Song Feature

     With their 2017 album, “Heavy Visions,” So Many Wizards discussed having come to grips with mortality. The follow-up track from the Los Angeles band ends with the directive “Don’t be afraid, it’s only death.” But it isn’t the insight that brings So Many Wizards to the pages of bloggers. The melodies are forceful, the tempo shifts are well executed, and the vocals are strong.

     The band members of So Many Wizards vary depending upon different sources of information. For example, a recent email about a solo project identifies Devin Ratliff as a former member of the band. Thus, we will go with the credits of the track “Don’t Be Afraid” - Nima Kazerouni (vocals and guitar), Erik Felix (drums), Allie Bumsted (keys), Tomemitsu (guitar), and Devin Ratliff (bass).

     “Don’t Be Afraid” by So Many Wizards 


Lyrics of “Don’t Be Afraid” by So Many Wizards
Don't be afraid
It's only smoke
They don't know what
They're talking about

You are a man
With special powers
They can bite your heels
Try to suck your hours

Now you're on your own
Now you gotta see
It's just a dream
Water on your feet

Don't be afraid
It's only death
When you make your bed
Don't let these thoughts get trapped into your head

Life don't bring me down
Wish I'd never found

And I don't know when
And I don't know how
But I know it's coming
Coming straight and now
When I make my bed
When I make my bed
It's in my head
These things I said I know I can't get out

Life don't break me down
Wish I'd never found
Dead eyes calling me
Soon you'll be set free

Yeah right..

Don't be afraid...
[Repeat 4x]
It's only death...
[Repeat 4x]

Don't be afraid...
[Repeat 4x]
It's only death...
[Repeat 4x]