Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Inside the Black + Free Album Download


Hard rockin' Hollywood, California quartet Inside the Black truly embody what their hometown is all about: sex and the spotlight.  Their throaty wails and aggressive chords are half vintage rock, half Buckcherry; a perfect mashup of old and new to satisfy various types of rock and roll fans.

2010 has been an exciting year for the band. On top of continuously bringing the house down at legendary Los Angeles landmarks like The Whisky A Go Go, The Viper Room, The Key Club, The Cat Club, Dragonfly, and The Cobalt Café, the band has returned to the studio to work on the follow up to their 2006 self titled release and will be featured on the upcoming soundtrack to Heavy Metal's first digital comic, Gates, set to release in 2011.

Recently, Inside the Black graciously uploaded their 2006 self titled release on Bandcamp and made it available as a free download. Get familiar with the band on BandSoup and then head over to their Bandcamp site if you like what you hear!

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Video: Mumdance- Don't Forget Me Now


Wild video from Brighton, UK DJ, Mumdance. Directed by Ben Reed.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Elisa Ferrari


When Austin, Texas based folk-pop singer Elisa Ferrari was an infant, her parents often lulled her to sleep with the sound of music. As time passed, her connection to music grew even stronger and at five years old Elisa was convinced her destiny in life was to become a world famous pianist. This dream might have come true if her family could afford a piano, but one of her loving uncles went the practical route and gave her an acoustic guitar for Christmas. The rest is history.

Combining her childhood experiences with her master's degree in Ethnomusicology, Elisa Ferrari's sound is an amalgam of present day folk-pop, Brazilian pop, tango, tropicalia, bossa nova, and forro-- a true melting pot of global sounds. This can be heard on her latest album, isla de niños, an 8-track trip filled with haunting strings, South American jazz percussion, and sultry vocals.

With her soft and spirited voice, Ferrari touches on love, life, decision, and biting political critiques pushing for social awareness in today’s cultural climate like no other female pop vocalist. A perfect introduction to her whimsy would be her first bandsoup submission, Oh Henry, a dark atmospheric song that shows why many compare her to the popular vocalist, Neko Case.

Elisa Ferrari says it has taken her years to have the courage to share her music with the public, which is such an odd statement from the artist that created the courageous and daring isla de niños. I guess we can thank her parents, uncle, and the "wizard behind the curtain" that gave her the push to share her gift with the rest of the world.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Rumour Cubes + Free Album Download


Listening to London, England based instrumental rock group Rumour Cubes is like watching shadows waltz in crystal blue pools of beautiful music. Grabbing influences from post-modern giants such as Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Joe Bartlett (bass), Siew Cottis (viola), Hannah Morgan (violin), Omar Rahwangi (drums), Adam Stark (guitar, electronics) and Simon Stark (guitar, electronics) construct surreal, multilayered pieces that reveal something new to the ear after each rewind.

After forming in 2009, the band completed and released their debut EP, We Have Sound Houses Also, in September of this year. Taking advantage of new internet promotional avenues, Rumour Cubes is offering a free download of their three track EP on their bandcamp website, as well as a physical option that comes in a beautifully designed case made from recycled material and includes an A3 poster.

The first cut from the record, The University is a Factory, is a slow building ship full of paranoia sailing through seas of glimmering guitars, splashing cymbals, and bubbling bass before it hits the perfect storm and rocks out of control through waves of heavy electric chords and violin stabs. This epic opener sets the precedent for the rest of the EP and puts this relatively unknown band from London in the same ranks as the celebrated musicians they look up to.

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